in my story, one of my cultures proposes through crafting an exquisitely ornate knife and then challenging their intended to a duel. If the challenger wins the intended must take the knife and they are now engaged. If the intended wins then nothing happens. :3

I kinda wanna be proposed to this way tbh

Female: "With this blade I say to you, upon your blood drawn our fates be entwined anew"
Male: "And if instead your blood appear, I'll feel no sorrow at your tear"
Both: "With blood on blade showing its face, our fates be decided in this place"

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