Episode 39: Knives (Season 2, Episode 17*)
Synopsis: In which an old friend of Londo comes seeking a significant favor and once again strange things are afoot in Sector 14.
*The Lurker’s Guide notes that JMS says this episode should have come before “In the Shadow of Z’ha’dum” but was actually broadcast after it because it demanded so many special effects.
The Forms of Kanly have been obeyed! http://dune.wikia.com/wiki/Kanly
Another great example of an honor-bound society with ritual combat: Wakanda. There’s a terrific dissertation in the treatment of ritual/honor in genre fiction and how it evolves over time to reflect the “current” world.
KJ Parker is a pseudonym for author Tom Holt. Jon and Chris cannot recommend Parker’s works enough.
Here’s a decent piece on Parker’s works for a new reader: https://www.tor.com/2015/08/18/starting-with-first-principles-where-to-begin-with-k-j-parker/
Devices and Desires, the first book of the Engineer Trilogy, was where we started. Pick it up and take a read and let us know what you think.
Ellen Kushner’s Swordspoint Smaller “world,” more focused on a handful of characters. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000XUDHHA/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1
Joe Abercrombie’s First Law series book 1. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00TOT9LDK/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1
Later books that spin out and explore more pieces of the world are fantastic as well. Another really terrific example of worldbuilding.
Carmen Argenziano. Where the heck have I seen this guy? https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0034492/?ref_=tt_cl_t13