The balisong left a silvery trail as she slashed at the shape, and it retreated with a wail that made her teeth ache. “Didn’t like that, did you?” she said. “I thought you wouldn’t.”  She’d acquired the knife in the Philippines, from a mananambal for whom she’d done a favor. The blade was blessed and cursed in equal measure and it could draw blood from things which did not, as a rule, bleed. She darted forward, seeking to capitalize on her opponent’s distress.

The Jade Suit of Death (2014)

While her ever-dependable Webley-Fosbery is often Ebe Gallowglass’ first choice when it comes to implements of violence, it is not the only weapon in her possession. While a number of firearms reside in the old sea chest at the foot of her bed, including a disassembled Vickers gun, and an MP 18, a weapon that was banned by the Treaty of Versailles, more often than not she will choose instead to carry her balisong.

After leaving Cairo, but before coming to London, Gallowglass spent an unspecified number of years journeying from one port-of-call to the next, including Manila, in the Philippines. Gallowglass says little in regards to what she got up to while she was in Manila, save that at one point, she claims to have done a favor for a local mananambal, and received the butterfly knife as a gift.

What this favor was, and whether the knife is in fact blessed (or cursed) is anyone’s guess. While the blade itself has been known to cut the flesh of entities otherwise immune to mortal weapons, whether this is due to some innate property of the weapon itself or to the person wielding it is anyone’s guess.

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