In Black Panther, T'Challa is challenged to ritual combat twice, once during his coronation ceremony, and once afterward. In both cases, T'Challa explicitly declares, "I accept your challenge".
What happens if the king, or king-apparent, refuses a properly constituted challenge? Is verbal acceptance of a challenge a mere formality or social grace, or does the king actually have full discretion to decline the challenge? What happens if he does so?
- Does he automatically forfeit the throne?
- Is he required to appoint a champion to fight in his stead?
- Does the fight happen anyway?
- Is the challenger just out of luck?