I recently started watching the Showtime series Penny Dreadful. So far I am enjoying it. I wouldn’t say that it is scary, but it is definitely a fun mash-up of various 19th century monsters and the occult. being set in Victorian London (1891) does’t hurt the show, either! The enigmatic Sembene is one of my favorite characters and I am looking forward to learning more of his backstory;
Sembene was a Senegalese man who was a longtime acquaintance of Sir Malcolm Murray. Sembene served as Sir Malcolm’s manservant in which he also performed the role of sentry and confidant. He had an air of mystery and his heroic efforts proved invaluable in Sir Malcolm’s personal quest.
As far as I have watched, Sembene is the only character who uses an edged weapon (short sword or big knife). Sir Malcolm has a sword cane, but meh. I prefer Sembene’s weapon. Which brings me to my point–Sembene appears to favor a short sword usually associated with the Afar people of Djibouti, and known as a gile or jile. I suppose he took a liking to the gile while traveling with Sir Malcolm as opposed to it being a weapon of his homeland.
Image source: Swords and Antique Arms