The Duel

Your Excellency, on the day of our last meeting You offended me, with neither cause nor right to act in such guise. For this must I conclude that Your Excellency despises me, and therefore wishes to cast me from the number of the living. I can and I shall satisfy Your wish. 
I hereby invite Your Excellency and Your second to join me and mine in such a place, where You would not be held guilty of offending the laws of the Serenissima by slaying me, and I would be accorded the same grace should God assist me in killing You.

Before the guns go off, The duel unfolds over ten steps. In between them are the crucial moments that brought the duellists, their seconds and the judge to this fateful encounter. Five flashbacks play out in reverse, a journey that starts with the throwing of the gauntlet and ends with the close kinship that once bound the protagonists.
This backstory is woven on the spur of the moment, without a script, like an old play from Commedia dell’Arte.

Author:Oscar Biffi
Roles: 5. No gender suggestions.
Time:2 hours.
Replayability: High.

The duel follows strict rules, but players invent the matter of honour to be settled.

Leitmotiv:Honour, the meaning of nobility, Ancien Régime, Republic of Venice, Commedia dell’Arte.
Handouts:Cartels
Mask of the Magnifico
Mask of the Servitore
Mask of the Giudice
Mask of the Capitano
Mask of the Innamorato

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