The noble's swordsmen is a roomsized apparatus commissioned from a group of tinkers by advisors to the Alliance Assembly; they wished to settle disputes with traditional swordfights, yet didn't want to risk any true physical harm.
The noble's swordsmen requires two operators; each straps himself into a skeleton-like framework that wraps around him and telegraphs his movement using marionette-like cables to one of two life.sized mechanical soldiers. Armed with wooden swords, these soldier's movements mimic those of their operators. Their wooden bodies have compartments that can be packed with bladders ful of red dye in order to simulate injury in particular body parts. Though severing the control calbes with a wooden sword is possible, such tactics are frowned upon by devotees.