For your enlightenment
n. A leather scourge used for flogging.
tr.v. knout·ed, knout·ing, knouts
To flog with a knout.
[French, from Russian knut, from Old Russian knutŭ, from Old Norse knūtr, knot in cord.]
Mrs Bugbear and I had a good laugh at the end of the game. For your further reference I encountered the word in the book Mutiny On the Bounty. A book I read for enjoyment in grade seven or eight, a couple of years before the Mel Gibson film based on the events.