The proficient character is aware of the proper forms of behavior and address in social situations, especially including situations involving nobility. For typical uses (the correct title for a Duke, the fanfare used to greet visiting diplomats, seating lords and ladies at a table, organizing a reception line, gestures to avoid in the presence of dwarves, etc.), no check is required. For very unusual circumstances (such as an imperial visit), a proficiency check is required.
The proficiency does not immunize a character from doing the wrong thing or making a faux pas -- a character who knows better certainly can violate the social norms in a situation.
Skills & PowersEdit
CP 2, Initial Rating 8, Charisma (Appearance) / Wisdom (Intuition)
A character dealing with a completely forgein or unknown culture can make a proficiency check to correctly guage the required etiquette. They gain a +2 bonus on this check if they are the same race, and a further +1 (or more) if the character has had some time to observe the culture.
The empathy trait gives a +2 bonus to Etiquette.