Fighters wield two swords, one long steel, and one short. It's a form of swordplay somewhat reminscent of the European parrying dagger, or Musashi's katana/wakizashi combination. The fights occur in small circular ring of dry yellow grass. Each bout is won by either touching the opponent with the steel, or knocking them out of the ring. Fights consist of the best of between three and seven touches; three in the first round, five in the semi-final, and seven in the final.
Past Champions Edit
- Lord Chamberlain Fortis dan Hoff
- Major Collem West
- Sand dan Glokta
- High Justice Marovia
- Lord Marshal Varuz
- Commander Valdis of the Knights Herald
Before the First Gurkish War, Sand dan Glokta won The Contest and became a rising star in the Union Army. However, he was capture and torture by the Gurkish during the war. He returned to The Union a cripple, shunned by polite society, and eventually had few options but to enter The Inquisition. He is now never mentioned as a previous winner of The Contest.