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Finn’s face contorted into a grimace. ‘It’s quite clever if you think about it. The ceremony binds them to him with more than just money. Liliana insisted on it, recognising the power of loyalty. It’s almost like a cult. The Ravens believe they have a direct connection to the original Corvo Nero from Renaissance Italy. In reality, they’re just gangsters like the rest.’

The Ravens

Pandini’s guards, the Ravens, ensure order within his enterprises. They address challenges and confront those attempting to sever ties with the organisation. Donning black Venetian raven masks — a nod to the Pandini lineage — and raven tie pins as part of their distinctive uniform, their formidable reputation precedes them.

Their passcode, “notte en bianco,” means “a sleepless night.” it is rooted in a medieval tradition for aspiring knights. Novices would take part in a solemn ceremony, acquiring their weapons before committing an entire night to fasting and prayer in a chapel, musing over their impending duties. Cloaked in white as a testament to purity, they stood ready to embrace their newfound responsibilities, underscoring the mystique Pandini has masterfully cultivated.

When a debt or line of credit is due, a white card emblazoned with a single black raven is given. As the raven’s imprint fades, so does the window to settle the debt. Some marks vanish quicker than others, leaving the recipient uncertain about the remaining time.

 

 LEWIS CHARD

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