The coats of arms embroidered on their breasts were those of the counties and towns from which they took their names. The third rank, dressed in black, remained silent. Garter King-at-Arms, pointing them out to Gwynplaine, said, "My lord, these are the four Pursuivants-at-Arms. Blue Mantle." The man with the blue cape bowed. "Rouge Dragon." He with the St. George inclined his head. "Rouge Croix."
First of all marched, in the order of their rank, and to the number of a score or more, certain gentlemen, esquires and knights, chosen mostly from the King's attendants. Behind these came two pursuivants-at-arms in tabards, and following them a party of a dozen more bannerets and barons.
With your Majesty's gracious permission, I will pray the marshals of the field to let it be proclaimed by the heralds and pursuivants-at-arms that I challenge any true knight to do battle with me with the sword, and on horseback." "Ye will fight with a blunted blade, Sir Jocelyn," cried the King. "We maun hae nae risk of life.