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Ambassador Londo Mollari owned this pair of coutari - traditional Centauri swords - and kept them on the wall of his quarters on Babylon 5. He received them from his friend and Couro Prido dueling companion, Urza Jaddo, each under different circumstances: the first as a gift from Jaddo, the second as a victory prize upon besting Jaddo in the Morago, a duel to the death.[1]

DescriptionEdit

The coutari were a matched pair: broad-bladed, double-edged short swords with burgundy-dyed leather sheaths and hilts.

Mollari hung them on the wall of his quarters with blades crossed.

HistoryEdit

In 2259, Mollari's old friend and dueling compatriot, Urza Jaddo, came to Babylon 5. He sought out Mollari's help after a resolution was brought before the Centaurum, declaring him a traitor. The consequences would not only fall on him, but on his house, as well. He offered Mollari a coutari - the one he carried at the Battle of Gorash - as a sign of their alliance. When he learned that Mollari had gone to Lord Antono Refa for assistance - the very man who brought the resolution - Jaddo became furious, challenging Mollari to the Morago with the very blade he intended to give him. The two met in battle, and Mollari defeated Jaddo, killing him. He believed Jaddo threw the fight, knowing that his family would be brought into House Mollari and thus protected from the resolution. Mollari took the sword Jaddo gave him as well as the one the man used in the duel as his rightful trophy. He hung them up on the wall of his quarters in memory of his friend.[1]

In 2260, the coutari had become a standard fixture of his newer, opulent quarters, decorating the wall above his dinner table. He still used them from time to time, such as when he decided to violently exterminate an insect that had invaded his quarters.[2]

"Now...wanna finish our little conversation, spoo-for-brains?"

Vir Cotto, brandishing a coutari

In 2262, Vir Cotto made use of one of the coutari upon learning that a Drazi merchant had placed a listening device in a bag of food he purchased. He went back to the merchant and demanded an apology, but the merchant gave him none and publicly humiliated him on the Zócalo. Cotto took one of the coutari from Mollari's quarters and proceeded to disassemble the merchant's food stand, extracting an apology from him on pain of sharp, pointy things. Zack Allan, with the help of his security officers, pulled Cotto aside and gave him a talking-to, but otherwise did nothing as the merchant refused to press charges. Mollari, meanwhile, was quite proud of his young attache, believing him to finally be ready to take on the responsibilities of an ambassador.[3]

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