Anyone is permitted to enter the competition. There, participants advance through a series of duels until eventually the victor of the final duel is announced the winner and is awarded a trophy for their achievement.
The Grand Serkonan Guard keeps an eye on proceedings, and a victory in the competition is enough for even a working class person to win a junior officer rank in the Guard. The Verbena is also open to viewing by general spectators, who often come from all over Serkonos.
- Corvo Attano won the Blade Verbena in 1814. His trophy is located within his abandoned home in the Dust District and is one of Dishonored 2's collectible souvenirs.
- According to Meagan Foster, the Grand Inventor Kirin Jindosh entered his Clockwork Soldiers into the tournament.