The Court of Owls is a secret organization centuries old with immense power and influence embedded into the very architecture and history of Gotham City. The court would select a trained and strong athletes taught by the Haly's Circus, and the few chosen ones would become their Talons (assassins). In fact, Dick Grayson was supposed to one of their Talons, but, fortunately, Bruce adopted him, before the disaster could happen. The myth of their existence has been past down for generations in an old Gotham nursery rhyme, which reads:
"Beware the court of owls, that watches all the time, ruling Gotham from a shadow perch, behind granite and lime. They watch you at your hearth, they watch you in your bed, speak not a whispered word of them or they'll send the talon for your head."
Each Talon posses the abilities of flexibility, intelligence, and are able to regenerate broken bones. Each are expert marksmen who work closely with blades. These Talons are hand selected by the Court for acrobatic children from Haly's Circus (which has been in practice for many years). Every Talon is trained very young breaking them down and building him/her back up. Once ready, they work closely with the Court until their death. The Court members are aware when a talon may die, so they control the variables allowing them to meet their passing. Once dead, they are collected to be injected with a compound in to their cells allowing their bodies to preserve. However, buried within a tooth is the Court emblem ready to be sparked sending signals to the body sending it back to life. Below city levels are where they are placed within coffins in a long hallway waiting. Their only known weakness are either cold temperatures slowing the regenerating process or severe death.
During the Night of the Owls, each Talon was resurrected sent to assassinate an important figure of Gotham.