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The entrants in this Spring’s Crown Tourney are listed below. The details on how Crown Tourney will be fought are as follows. The tourney will be double elimination with fighters bringing their weapon of choice for all rounds of the tourney. For the final four, two wins will be required to advance. This means an undefeated fighter will need one win; a fighter who has already lost a bout will need two wins. The finals will be comprised of only one bout.
The entrants are listed according to the Order of Precedence, and the Gazette would like to thank Baron Rowen Cloteworthy for providing us with the ordered list.
En français par Sir Pellandres dit Le Frère
Ci-bas seront indiqués les participants au tournoi printanier de la Couronne de l’Est. Ledit tournoi sera combattu selon les règles suivantes. Item, le format sera celui d’une élimination double où chaque combattant décidera de son propre armement, et ce pour chacun des tours. Item, les quatre finalistes devront avoir deux victoires pour passer en finales. Ainsi, un combattant invaincu de tout le tournoi pourra passer avec un seul combat victorieux. Un autre qui aurait déjà perdu une joute aura besoin de deux victoires. Item, la finale ne sera décidée que d’un seul combat.
Les participants sont ordonnés en fonction de leur Précédence. La Gazette offre ses remerciement à son excellence Rown Cloteworthy pour avoir recherché et établi ledit ordre.
Diamond Tourney at Gulf Wars, Countess Marguerite reporting
The Diamond Tourney is one of the most prestigious tournaments at Gulf Wars. Sponsored by the Diamonds and Roses of Gleann Abhann it features Rapier and Armored combatants. Each sitting Queen is allowed one combatant of each. We are pleased to report that the finals consisted of
Count Cellach MacChormach Midrealm and
Dona Anastasia fighting for Queen Thyra of the East.
King Titus Germanicus of Aethelmearc and
Don Blayde of the West fighting for Queen Anna Leigh of Aethelmearc.
The victors were Count Cellach and Dona Anasasia for Queen Thyra. Vivat!
En francais par Maîtresse Bess avec Behi Kirsa Oyutai. Comtesse Marguerite est la journaliste
Le Tournoi du Diamant est l’un des plus prestigieux à Gulf War. Parrainé par les Diamants et les Roses de Gleann Abhann, on y présente autant des combattants en armure que des escrimeurs. Chaque Reine à droit à un combattant dans chaque discipline.
Comte Cellach MacChormach du Royaume du Milieu et Dona Anastasia se sont battus pour la reine Thyra de l’Est.
Le Roi Titus Germanicus d’Aethelmearc et Don Blayde, de l’Ouest, se sont battus pour la Reine Anna Leigh d’Aethelmearc.
Les vainqueurs ont été Comte Cellach et Dona Anasasia pour la Reine Thyra. Vivat!
An announcement from Master Padraig MacEanruig, East Kingdom Pennsic Warlord
Greetings all, after consulting with Their Royal Highnesses I am pleased to be able to announce the chivalric advisor and co-captains of this years Eastern Unbelted Team. They are Sir Alex as advisor, and as captains, Lord Harald Hokonson and Lord Tiernan MacAlpine. Although the format has yet to be decided for this upcoming war, they will help the Chivalric advisor and myself prepare a strong and chivalrous team.
Une annonce de Maitre Padraig MacEanruig, Seigneur de Guerre du Royaume de l’Est à Pennsic:
Bonjour à tous,
Après avoir consulté leurs Altesses Royales, je suis heureux de pouvoir annoncer qui seront le conseiller chevaleresque et les co-capitaines de l’équipe Sans-Ceinture de l’Est pour cette année. Ils sont Sire Alex comme conseiller, et comme capitaines, Seigneur Harald Hokonson et Seigneur Tiernan MacAlpine. Quoi que le format de la guerre à venir reste encore à être choisi, ils aideront le conseiller et moi-même à préparer une forte équipe chevaleresque.
The Gazette thanks Mórag filia Scayth for translation services.
This is one of a series of Q&A articles with East Kingdom Officers. The Gazette thanks Sir Jibril al-Dakhil, the Kingdom Earl Marshal, for answering our questions.
Please describe your job responsibilities.
It is my job to ensure that rules of safety are learned and adhered to by all. It is also my job to ensure that we have the best safety standards in each area of marshal exercise in the East Kingdom
What do you enjoy about this activity?
My favorite part of this job is making everyone happy. It’s so rare that you can hold a position that your every decision pleases everyone. :-D
Do you have a goal for your term?
My goal is to continue to foster the integrity of the marshals throughout the Kingdom and to remind everyone that the marshal volunteers make up the foundation for all chivalric activity in the game. Sometimes we forget to give the marshals their due respect because they are not the most glamorous ones on the field. After all, when everything goes well and everyone understands the rules the marshals are almost invisible.
Are you currently looking for any deputies?
I am currently looking for a Southern Region Heavy Weapons – and among the existing deputies my “drop dead”.
What was your first event? And what made you stay?
My first SCA event was Gulf Wars. I drove down with Sir Stephen von Dresden and stayed because he kept the car keys. It was also tons of fun, free outdoor showers and I got to sweat off those few extra pounds.
Which people made an impact on you in the SCA and why?
This is not a question that I can answer easily. There are just too many people that have made a huge impact on me both on and off the field. The one that shapes all of my experiences is Sir Balin’s statement, “you never regret going to an event but you regret missing one.” The kindness and generosity of people in SCA is beyond comparison and a beacon of light in a sometimes dark world.
Could you share with us a moment – or several moments – that describe what makes the SCA special for you?
A smile from then Avelina Keyes on a very bad day, when she didn’t know me from a hole in the wall. Encouraging words from Duke Vissevald that I hadn’t realized how much I needed. Manfred Man-Butter. ICOD squire walks. Yes, cryptic.
Greetings unto the populace of the East Kingdom. The Shire of Glenn Linn would like to extend an invitation to attend Northern Region War Camp, July 2-5, 2015. We will be in a new, much larger location at the Washington County Fair in Greenwich, NY. This year we will have heavy list, youth fighting, rapier for adults and youth, archery, thrown weapons, equestrian, Royal court, A&S classes, merchants, and merchant demonstrations. With a theme of “assassination” this year’s war camp promises to be a fun event for all.
As this is a new site, we are trying a new process to make check in and camp set up occur as smoothly as possible. We are now taking reservations for individuals and groups. We have campsites near the fighting, near rapier, and near equestrian, as well as general camping near water and electric. We even have two household sites still available. Although reservations are not necessary to attend NRWC, they may help you camp near your preferred activity. Campsites are offered on a first come, first served basis.
For more information or to reserve your preferred campsite, please contact Lisabetta vedova di Alessandro, Autocrat for NRWC, at firstname.lastname@example.org
You watched fighting for some time now, and you’ve been amazed at the feats of arms and honor. So much so that there’s a little voice inside you saying, “do it….just do it.” Well, you should just do it. Immerse yourself in the game; try something to give you a better perspective on another aspect of this thing of ours. Pick up the gauntlet and accept your challenge.
First and foremost this activity is FUN! From the physical elation to the psychological uplift to the adrenalized kick in the pants, fighting will be exciting and enjoyable to the individual who can overcome themselves. We’re all different, how we react to the elicitation of our “fight or flight” instinct will determine how much fun this game is for you. Some love the competition, or the camaraderie. The shared challenge will bring you closer to others and yourself.
The way to start in Heavy Combat is find a practice that is relatively close to you. I say relatively because not all local groups have heavy weapon practices. Take a look at your Kingdom’s website and locate where your home group is. Contact the group’s seneschal and ask if they have a local practice when and where it may be.
The local seneschal may or may not put you in contact with their Knight Marshal. He’s the officer in charge of running practice and teaching new fighters. He will advise you to the particulars of practice–the where, when, how of it–and will be in charge of showing you the basics and the ropes of what you’re doing.
About starting the first time in Heavy Combat, you should be aware that it is physically strenuous. This should not be taken lightly. If you do nothing else but wear armor, it will send your blood pressure soaring. The typical suit of SCA armor is 30-60 lbs. Just standing in it will elevate your heart rate. So as a popular series of commercials say, check with your doctor and make sure your heart is ready for…
SCA combat is real conflict. Nothing is choreographed. The blows are meant with murderous intent. There are no weight classes or gender classes. You’re a fighter. This is daunting to some and liberating to others. If you expect to have the game dumbed down for you, please find something else to do. New fighters have to learn not only how to move in armor, but move in ways that their bodies aren’t accustomed to. The loading on your limbs is significant and constant. You need to be aware of this going in.
You will be struck. You will be hit. The blows will be hard. That is part of the game. We teach you how to calibrate the blows you are receiving. By the rules a “telling blow” is one that would have defeated the armor standard. The armor standard is a chain mail hauberk over a padded gambeson, with an open faced helm. A safety assumption in our game is impervious hand and knee armor. This all translates to being struck with force. The majority of armor will protect you from injury, but you may likely be bruised. It happens. “Rough game Quidditch”.
As you may or may not know there are two forms of Heavy Weapons List combat; The Tourney (one on one) and Melee (team on team). As a new fighter you’ll typically train in one-on-one combat to start with learning and drilling the basics. There are also multiple weapon forms that you can train in. Weapon and shield can be single handed weapon in concert with a shield, usually sword and shield but often mace or ax and shield. Two weapon which can be two swords, two maces, or two axes or any combination of them. Polearm or halberd is a bladed weapon on a pole between 4 feet and 7.5 feet in length. Two handed sword or greatsword is any sword that is wielded with two hands. Spear, which is a “thrust-only” weapon, is usually only a melee weapon. Last but not least is combat archery, which can be either a hand bow (that is a longbow or recurve bow) or a cross bow. Combat archery is a melee only weapon form.
The majority of weapons are made of rattan, which looks like bamboo but is actually a member of the Palm family. It’s lightweight, strong, and flexes under stress. As it wears the fibers come apart and rarely fails catastrophically. If it does break, it does so without jagged or pointed edges unlike hardwoods. Spears most often are made of a protruded fiberglass haft with a padded tip. Sometimes they’re made of rattan, but those spears flex a great deal.
So you show up at a practice and a knight marshal or his/her designate takes you and shows you how to do footwork, shield work, and how to throw shots with a broadsword. You don’t HAVE to start with sword and shield, but it is the best combination of offense and defense in our game. They may or may not put you in armor right away. It’s a judgment call base on how you’re doing.
As mentioned you will get hit. I suggest you get it over with early so you’re not wasting your time or money. In our game only “telling blows” count. There will be times when you’re struck or throw a blow that just isn’t good. It’s the nature of the game. Armor does defend you. So you have to hit people with significant force. You will train up to it. We do not fight with “light sabers”. You have to hit people with force. There are times you will be hit and you will be bruised. Yes, you will be hit that hard. If you don’t want to bruise, don’t play this game. Even the best get hit with murderous intent; in the beginning everybody gets hit. If you go in with excitement and a sense of adventure, it will mitigate the fear of being struck. You’ll have fun.
In the beginning you’re going to be loaned armor. Sometimes a local group has loaner armor, many times it will be off the body of another fighter. This is a rite of passage in the SCA. Expect that you’ll be hot swapping armor. Fighting is a hot sweaty affair; you’ll sweat just standing in the armor. Once you start fighting you’ll be sweating like digging ditches in Georgia in the summer; expect it and plan accordingly. Helms are the most important part of your kit. They are heavy, but intentionally so, for a heavy helmet protects your brain. The mass of the helm will protect your brain; the heavier your helmet, the more protective to your brain. If you’re thinking you want a light weight helm, go play another game for your sake and ours.
There are few activities that will sort out the practitioners from the posers faster than heavy weapons combat. Check your ego at the door, practice and learn, it’s a worthy endeavor and you will find it enlightening.
This IS a martial art. It is strenuous. It is a lot of fun.
Are you interested in discussing a route to Peerage for all practitioners of martial arts in the SCA? A Society-wide Facebook group has been created to gather support and work towards a peerage that would be inclusive of all martial activities. The Facebook group was started a day ago and already has over 330 members. It can be found here.
The position entails administrating the marshallate activities of the Society and coordinating the activities of the kingdom Earl Marshals. Reports are required to be filed quarterly to the Board summarizing the martial activities of the Society and of each kingdom. The Society Marshal is also responsible for holding meetings to communicate with the kingdom Earl Marshals.
The successful candidate must be well versed in administrative techniques, problem solving, and interpersonal communications. Knowledge of marshallate policy, rules, and procedures is essential. The ability to travel is necessary, as well as having a telephone and e-mail. Knowledge of the traditions and history of the Society is required.
Resumes (both professional and medieval, including offices held and awards received) must be sent to the attention of the Board at the SCA Corporate Office, P.O. Box 360789, Milpitas, CA 95036-0789. Resumes must also be emailed to email@example.com, with a copy to firstname.lastname@example.org. Resumes must be received by April 1, 2015.
Questions regarding this position may be directed to Shawn Lindsey (Ritter Asoph Hearts) Society Marshal. He may be reached by phone at 817-822-4303 (please no calls after 9 PM CST), or via email at email@example.com.
Comments are strongly encouraged and can be sent to:
Milpitas, CA 95036
You may also email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This announcement is an official informational release by the Society for Creative Anachronism , Inc. Permission is granted to reproduce this announcement in its entirety in newsletters, websites and electronic mailing lists.
Greetings Unto the East Kingdom,
The following are official rulings effective immediately.
Baron Sir Jibril al-Dakhil
A new deputy shall be immediately created as follows:
Earl Marshal Emeritus: the outgoing Earl Marshal shall serve as advisor to the current Earl Marshal as needed to facilitate continuity and transition. This position shall not prevent the holder from holding any other Kingdom position including Royalty. Sir Oskgar of the Woods shall serve as the first Earl Marshal Emeritus.
Be it known that two-inch Mandrake tips on fiberglass spears shall be immediately banned. Mandrake tips may be used on rattan spears. I understand this is an inconvenience for many and it is no less for me as I have spears of my own that I must rebuild. However, in keeping in line with the need for safety and the fact that the two-inch Mandrake tips were not designed for this purpose I find this ban necessary. Icefalcon or homemade two-inch tips are allowed on all spears.
The EK Marshal’s Handbook shall be amended as follows:
Old CC4: Judging the effects of blows is left to the honor of the combatant being struck by the weapon, unless he or she relinquishes this responsibility, with the exception of clear violations of the Rules of the Lists or the Conventions of Combat.
New CC4: Judging the effects of blows is left to the honor of the combatant being struck by the weapon, unless he or she relinquishes this responsibility, with the exception of clear violations of the Rules of the Lists or the Conventions of Combat. Effectiveness of a blow may not be judged by the opposing combatant, the marshal on the field, or other observers. Information unavailable to the combatant being struck may be supplied by the opposing combatant or the marshal, including blade orientation upon impact, apparent force transmitted, or apparent location and angle of the blow’s impact based upon the observer’s angle of observation.
Old: Part IV: Censure and Suspension
Violators of the rules of the list can be brought to the attention of the Earl Marshal or his Representatives by anyone in the form of a written report. The report should contain the names of all involved the action involved and include the date event and name of the MIC at the time along with the reporters name and contact information including an email address and phone number. The marshalate, after consideration and investigation can come back with the following results:
New:Part IV: Sanctions
Violators of the Earl Marshal’s rules and policies can be brought to the attention of the Earl Marshal or his Representatives by anyone in the form of a written report for censure or suspension. The report should contain the names of all involved the action involved and include the date event and name of the MIC at the time along with the reporters name and contact information including an email address and phone number. The marshalate, after consideration and investigation can come back with the following results:
Deferment- A fighter’s removal from all participation in any SCA fighting practice or activity, in the Kingdom, or falling under the office of the Earl Marshal, for one day.
Deferment- This may be done by any marshal at any time for any violation of the Earl Marshal’s rules and policies. This may be done orally and is expressly not subject to the requirement that violations be done in writing. This shall take effect immediately and last for the duration of the fighting practice or activity, in the Kingdom or falling under the office of the Earl Marshal. The marshal exercising a deferment shall notify the DEM of the Region in writing of the deferment. The writing shall include the name of the fighter, name of the marshal, date of the deferment and reason for the deferment. The DEM of the Region shall forward the written report to the EM for review and recording.