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Art of Defense

Countess Marguerite ingen Lachlainn has been kind enough to send us the following report from King’s and Queen’s Rapier Champions, currently being fought in snowy L’ile du Dragon Dormant.

Following the round robin pools, the final sixteen met as follows in a double elimination tournament:

Lord Guthfrith Yrlingsson vs. Baron Diego Miguel Munoz de Castilla
Don Quintin Brilliant vs. Don Ogedei Becinjab
Baron Ian Raven of Tadcaster vs. Don Griffith Davion
Don Alain Longship vs. THL Owyn Greenwood
Rowen of Dragon Dormant vs. Lord Davius St. Jacques
Don Fraser MacLeod vs. Lady Camille des Jardins
Don John Radburne vs. Don Nathaniel Wyatt
Sir Antonio Patrasso vs. Lady Anastasia da Monte

The following combatants were victorious and moved on to compete as follows in the “winners list”

Lord Guthfrith Yrlingsson vs. Don Ogedei Becinjab
Don Griffith Davion vs. THL Owyn Greenwood
Lord Davius St. Jacques vs. Don Fraser MacLeod
Sir Antonio Patrasso vs. Don Nathaniel Wyatt

The remaining combatants competed as follows:

Baron Diego Miguel Munoz de Castilla vs. Don Quintin Brilliant
Baron Ian Raven of Tadcaster vs. Don Alain Longship
Rowen of Dragon Dormant vs. Lady Camille des Jardins
Don John Radburne vs. Lady Anastasia da Monte

After those bouts were completed, the final four are:

Don Nathaniel Wyatt vs. Don Ogedei Becinjab
Don Quintin Brilliant vs. Don Griffith Davion

Don Nathaniel Wyatt bested Don Ogedei to advance.

Don Quintin entered his final four bout with one loss, and Don Griffith was unbeaten entering the final four.  Don Quintin won the first bout, giving them one loss each, and forcing another bout. Don Griffith won the second bout, giving Don Quintin two losses, which eliminates him from the tournament. Don Griffith moves on to face Don Nathaniel in the final.

The finals of the tournament was best three of five. Don Griffith Davion won the first bout, with Don Nathaniel Wyatt winning the second and third bouts. Then both combatants took a short break. Following the break, Don Nathaniel Wyatt won the fourth bout — his third win — and won the championship and the title of King’s Champion.

At court, Her Majesty announced that Lord Davius St. Jacques has been selected to serve as Queen’s Champion. Countess Marguerite reports that he was “overwhelmed” when he learned that he had been selected.

The Ladies of the Rose present also presented tokens to the following combatants to recognize their exemplary chivalrous conduct during the tournament: Lady Camille des Jardins, Baron Ian Raven of Tadcaster, Lord Guthfrith Yrlingsson, and Lord Robert Earlson.

Congratulations to Don Nathaniel Wyatt, Lord Davius St. Jacques, and to all who fought with skill and honor in today’s tournament.