On the Seventh of December, Anno Societatis Forty Nine, on the list field of St Catherine's Faire in the Barony of Ildhafn did meet:
Queen Liadan ingen Fheradaig
Sir Inigo de Messaglia
Don William de Cameron
Don Emrys Twdr
Baron Oswyn Carolus
Baroness Cicilia Lyon
Lord Ludwig von Regensburg
Lady Anna de Wilde
Lady Katherine of Glastonbury
Lady Eleanor Hall
Lord James of Southron Gaard
Lisbet of Ildhafn
The outgoing Baronial Rapier Champion, Don Emrys Twdr was the Marshal in charge, and he had devised a handicap format. Those who had previously won a tournament, and those who had a rank in the guild of defense, had restricted weapons forms compared to less proven combatants - scroll down for futher details. The tourney format was a Round Robin, single bout, double kills refought.
It should be noted that Sir Inigo de Messaglia was at the time, the Kingdom's newest Rapier fighter, having just achieved his first Rapier authorisation minutes before the tournament. There was one withdrawl from the tournament, Lady Eleanor Hall had to withdraw to attend to stewarding duties after the 6th round.
|Round 1||Victor||Round 2||Victor||Round 3||Victor|
|Don William vs Lord James||William||Don William vs Don Emrys||William||Don William vs Lady Eleanor||William|
|Don Emrys vs Lady Eleanor||Emrys||Lady Elanor vs Lord James||Eleanor||Don Emrys vs Lord James||Emrys|
|Baroness Cicilia vs Lisbet||Cicilia||Lady Anna vs Lisbet||Anna||Baroness Cicilia vs Lady Anna||Cicila|
|Baron Oswyn vs Lady Anna||Oswyn||Baron Oswyn vs Baroness Cecilia||Oswyn||Baron Oswyn vs Lisbet||Oswyn|
|Queen Liadan vs Lord Ludwig||Liadan||Queen Liadan vs Sir Inigo||Liadan||Queen Liadan vs Lady Katherine||Liadan|
|Sir Inigo vs Lady Katherine||Inigo||Lord Ludwig vs Lady Katherine||Ludwig||Sir Inigo vs Lord Ludwig||Ludwig|
|Round 4||Victor||Round 5||Victor||Round 6||Victor|
|Don William vs Lisbet||Lisbet||Queen Liadan vs Don William||Liadan||Don William vs Lord Ludwig||William|
|Baroness Cicilia vs Lord James||Cicilia||Lord Ludwig vs Lord James||Ludwig||Queen Liadan vs Lord James||Liadan|
|Queen Liadan vs Don Emrys||Liadan||Don Emrys vs Lisbet||Emrys||Don Emrys vs Baron Oswyn||Oswyn|
|Lord Ludwig vs Lady Eleanor||Ludwig||Baroness Cicilia vs Lady Eleanor||Cicilia||Lady Anna vs Lady Eleanor||Anna|
|Sir Inigo vs Lady Anna||Inigo||Lady Anna vs Lady Katherine||Katherine||Lady Katherine vs Lisbet||Katherine|
|Baron Oswyn vs Lady Katherine||Oswyn||Sir Inigo vs Baron Oswyn||Oswyn||Sir Inigo vs Baroness Cicilia||Inigo|
|Round 7||Victor||Round 8||Victor||Round 9||Victor|
|Lady Anna vs Lord James||James||Sir Inigo vs Don William||Inigo||Don William vs Baroness Cicilia||William|
|Don William vs Lady Katherine||William||Don Emrys vs Lady Katherine||Emrys||Lord James vs Lisbet||James|
|Don Emrys vs Baroness Cecilia||Cicilia||Baron Oswyn vs Lord James||Oswyn||Sir Inigo vs Don Emrys||Emrys|
|Queen Liadan vs Baron Oswyn||Liadan||Queen Liadan vs Baroness Cicilia||Cicilia||Queen Liadan vs Lady Anna||Anna|
|Lord Ludwig vs Lisbet||Ludwig||Lord Ludwig vs Lady Anna||Ludwig||Baron Oswyn vs Lord Ludwig||Oswyn|
|Sir Inigo had the Bye||Lisbet had the Bye.||Lady Katherine had the Bye|
|Round 10||Victor||Round 11||Victor|
|Don William vs Lady Anna||Anna||Lady Katherine vs Lord James||James|
|Sir Inigo vs Lord James||Inigo||Don Emrys vs Lady Anna||Anna|
|Don Emrys vs Lord Ludwig||Ludwig||Sir Inigo vs Lisbet||Inigo|
|Baroness Cicilia vs Lady Katherine||Cicilia||Baroness Cicila vs Lord Ludwig||Cicilia|
|Queen Liadan vs Lisbet||Liadan||Don William vs Baron Oswyn||William|
|Baron Oswyn had the Bye||Queen Liadan had the Bye|
After the 11th round, there was a brief consultation with their Excellencies Ildhafn, and His Majesty King Niall, as there was a 3 way tie for first place in the tournament, and Ildhafn needed a new rapier champion. It was his majesties pleasure that a 3 may melee should be taken between the contenders. Baroness Cicilia, Baron Oswyn, and Her Majesty Queen Liadan.
As they took the field, the Queen asked her Baron Oswyn for a truce while they defeated Cicilia, the only Ildhafn fighter left on the field. The King advised Oswyn not to trust the Queen's words, and it the tension between the spectators was palpable. Would the truce hold? Would there be a betrayal? Would Ildhafn be left with a foreign champion?
The melee met quickly, and Cicilia fell before the combined onslaught. And the biggest surprise for spectators was no betrayal between Queen and Baron. They spared off, and afterwards, the Queen stood victorious.
At the conferment of the Baronial Champion's cloak, Her Majesty took the cloak with grace, and passed it to Baroness Cicilia to take the active duties of Champion, since her home barony is so far from our shores.
Lord Maximilian von Monsterberg
Handicap System and tournament format
At St Catherine's Fair this weekend as tradition demands there will be a tournament to select the Ildhafn Baronial Rapier Champion.
All bouts shall use standard rapier rules, with tip cuts allowed but no grasping of blades. Sidesword and blade grasping rules are allowed only if both fencers wish it.
This year will see a round robin, single kill tournament with an additional handicap as follows.
The handicap system:
Fencers will each be ranked as follows:
- 1st rank: Provosts, Guildmasters and Whitescarves
- 2nd rank: Journeymen, Free Scholars and winners of other tournaments
- 3rd rank: Everyone else
Weapons combinations are similarly rated:
- 1st rate: Two offensive weapons: Sword and Dagger or Case
- 2nd rate: Sword and defensive offhand (cape, buckler, etc)
- 3rd rate: Single sword
If the two fencers are equally rated they can fight with any combination that they wish.If the fencers are not equally rated then the junior fencer can choose their weapons and the senior fencer must choose a weapon combination of a suitably lower rank to a minimum of single sword.i.e. If a 3rd Rank fencer meets a Guild Master then that fencer can choose Sword and dagger and the Guildmaster being two ranks above must take single sword (two step below the sword and dagger combination)A second rank fencer chooses sword and dagger against a Guildmaster. The Guildmaster can choose sword and defensive off hand (one step difference). If the second rank fencer chooses sword and cloak (2nd rate) then the Guildmaster must take single sword (3rd rate).
~ Emrys Twdr