- It is a cultural ritual practiced by many corsair bands.
The Announced assassination, in theory, discourages casual attempts at assassination and thereby stabilizes the band's leadership.
An individual who intends to assassinate the current leader must send the announcement to the intended victim via the band's "black suit"—an individual who is outside the pecking order of the band and who serves as herald and witness. The Black Suit may not be assassinated or challenged, nor may he aspire to any position of leadership.
After announcing the intended assassination to the victim (without disclosing the assassin's identity), the Black Suit then makes a public announcement before the whole band. Twenty-four hours after this, the unnamed assassin may begin to make attempts. No other rules apply.