"So, you want into the Black Ribbon, do you? Or at least, you're interested. Good. We are a duelling society of those who have the courage to face a final death."


"From spider pits to dueling rings, the zailors of the Wolfstack Docks enjoy violent sports, much like their monster-hunting counterparts in Watchmaker’s Hill. Feducci, a tomb-colonist rumored to be some sort of prince, is a patron of the brutal arts. Those who enjoy a good fight might find their calling in one of Feducci’s three illegal fighting arenas. The first arena, the Ring of Meat, is a chilly warehouse filled with hanging meat carcasses. The second arena, the Ring of Roses, is set in a crypt of victims from some long-forgotten plague. The third arena, the Painted Ring, is the top of the dome of St Fiacre’s Cathedral itself.

Fighters who make a name for themselves amidst Feducci’s fighting rings may find themselves invited to join his inner circle of elite duelists, the Black Ribbon. Identifiable by the black ribbons they wear, the Black Ribbon is a society of duelists who fight with the courage to face final death. Their duels are overseen personally by Feducci himself and are not limited to the traditional arenas. Like in Knife-and-Candle, all of London is their dueling grounds. Feducci awards the victor a small purse of rostygold, even if they don’t quite kill their opponent forever. If a duel does end in permanent death, the victor claims and wears the ribbon of their fallen opponent. There are at present seven known members of the Black Ribbon including Feducci himself, although it is hinted at that there were more in the past. Past members are presumed dead as Feducci does not permit anyone to leave the Black Ribbon once they join except through death.

Current members of the Black Ribbon include:

  • The Errant Duelist
  • Captain Vendrick, the drunken zailor
  • Chi Lan, the Royal fencing instructor
  • Colonel Pommery, the fierce artillerist
  • Father Norton, the pugilistic priest
  • Mr Inch and his menagerie (yes, a veritable zoo of pets)

Original by NiteBrite/Mrs. Brite

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