badge Earl MarshalThe following letter was written by Baron Jibril al-Dakhil, East Kingdom Earl Marshal, and is being posted by the Gazette at his request.

Greetings Unto the East Kingdom,
The following are official rulings effective immediately.

YIS,
Baron Sir Jibril al-Dakhil

Ruling 1
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.

Ruling 2
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.

Ruling 3
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:

Definition:
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.

Actions:
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.