The people of Ferelden trust their dogs more than any other people in Thedas.
Due to this, Fereldans have developed a strange custom, wherein, before any business is to be done with someone the Fereldan does not trust, the person in question is taken before the Fereldan’s dog.
The dog is then introduced to the person. Should the dog growl, or show fear, or place themselves between their owner and the person in question, the person is viewed to be untrustworthy and the Fereldan will not do business with them.
The same custom is also done with potential suitors.
Should an Orlesian fear that a Fereldan’s dog will not trust them, whether they have bad intent or not, this guide advises that they place a piece of smoked ham, or other piece of meat within the inner pockets of their clothes, The dog, smelling the food, will often greet the person in an enthusiastic manner, and the person may thus continue their business with the Fereldan.
- A Guide to Étiquette written by Comtesse Juliette De Mont-de-Glace