The gentleman’s honour
As we all know, the gentleman is an honourable being. Be it keeping his word, giving up his seat for a lady or letting the women and children off the sinking steam-liner first, the gentleman will always do the honourable thing.
However what happens when someone brings dishonour to a gentleman by besmirching his good name or trying to steal his wife? Well, of course we have ourselves a good old fashioned duel on our hands.
There are many forms with which one (or in this case two) can have a duel but first and foremost how does one initiate a duel? Simple. You take off your gauntlet and throw it on the ground. Of course if you’re not in a full suit of armour a glove will suffice and one should slap their chosen opponent across the face with it.
Once the challenge has been accepted, the form in which it shall be undertaken is agreed upon. Originally the duel was on horseback and involved knights but soon evolved to sabers and feathery hats whereby the participants either fought to the death, to first blood (not Rambo) or the less honourable way of a forfeit whereby the loser is banished from town and his residence given to gypsies.
An alternative to this was ‘pistols at ten paces’. Each challenger would take a pistol and march ten paces away from one another, turn and fire. This could go on for three rounds or until someone was injured or killed. Any more than three rounds is barbaric and both offenders would have their residence given to gypsies.
Going on this method is the less conventional dueling from hot air balloons using blunderbusses. Traditionally this method is only employed when between a Frenchman and the German.
This system of dueling also evolved into the balloon race. Whereby the two challengers would have to circumnavigate the globe. This traditionally is accompanied with many hijinks and hilarity.
There are also duels where each member gets to choose their own weapon from an array and fight until the death. This is typically employed on planet Vulcan where Kirk had to fight Spock, or in Futurama where Fry had to fight Zoidberg. In these instances a traditional combat song is played to get people in the spirit of the duel.
So there you have it. If someone brings dishonour to your good name, don’t cry about it, challenge them to a duel.