In PIC:1x04 "Absolute Candor" - we see Picard challenged to a sword fight by Romulans on the planet Vashti.

In the episode we see Picard tear off a sign, 'Romulans Only' and stomp on it, to challenge their tribalism. In that sense he picks the fight. The Romulans talk of their prior knowledge of Picard. They drag him outside and put a sword in his hand.

This leaves two possibilities:

  1. They know of Picard's sword fighting skill and are seeking a fair fight on his terms.

  2. Sword fighting is a common way to solve matters of honor in Romulan culture.

Is there a precedent for Romulans settling honor battles in a sword fight?

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    I don't think Romulans are even aware of the concept of "honor" from TOS to DS9. Maybe their culture (d)evolved into some warrior society on that planet due to the exodus and continued refugee status instead of continuing as the cloak-and-dagger society they used to be. – Morfildur Feb 17 '20 at 14:06
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    I think PIC is introducing us to the idea that there is no single "Romulan culture". It may be that these particular Romulans have swords as a part of their culture. It could also be that disruptors are scarce in their colony and they have adopted the use of swords out of necessity. – Brian Ortiz Feb 18 '20 at 22:17
  • @BrianOrtiz, maybe they're just Klingonboos, but use more practical swords instead of Klingon antler-"sword" Bat'leth? – user28434 Mar 11 '20 at 12:07

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