The Cotillion is an organization as old as The Hegemony itself. Operating out of the Mortel Fleur – a brothel in Whitecliffe – the Cotillion is a cadre of elite assassins. The Cotillion is government sanctioned, The S’engouer being not afraid to use intrigue and espionage when the situation warrants. Cotillion members enjoy celebrity status in S’engouer lands, and are recognizable throughout the world. Not all Cotillion members are cloak-and-dagger types, most are flamboyant and boisterous, though their arrogance is usually well earned.
To become a member of Cotillion, one must endure a brutal gauntlet of tests, and that is only to become a full-fledged operative. Prior to that is over a decade of training, almost always from youth. Young boys and girls are brought into the Mortel Fleur, perhaps one in four hundred become members of the Cotillion. The people who emerge from the brutal, torturous battery of tests alive are rare, but they emerge from the flames some of the greatest warriors the world has ever known.