[Ansteorra] News from Gothic! Knightings, Centurions, Optios oh my!

Gail Gavit ggavit at interconnect.net
Mon Sep 6 15:08:49 PDT 2004

Congratulations !  Well done!
HL Katherine Brandon

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Carl Chipman" <cchipman at nomadics.com>
To: <Ansteorra at ansteorra.org>
Sent: Monday, September 06, 2004 10:49 AM
Subject: [Ansteorra] News from Gothic! Knightings, Centurions, Optios oh my!

What's an Optio, you ask?

Their Majesties Dracontius and Sibri, created the Optio fighting award. 
This AoA level award was created to recognize fighting ability and 
leadership of promising fighters.  The Optios are also tasked with assisting 
the Centurions upon the field.

The insignia of the new award is representative of their function, as its an 
red eagle's claw on a gold field, with an embattled red border.  The Optios 
are to be talon of the Centurions.

In Roman times the Optio was under-officer of the Centurion, who would 
motivate the men to greater feats of glory (see His Majesty for an example 
on how they "motivated" them).

The premiers of the order were Tarquin, Evan der Fultime, Brom O Brian, Liam 
Gordon, and Baron Gauvin.  The five were immediately immortalized in song on 
Sunday when Master Andrixos, the Calontiri Ambassador to the known world, 
performed an original composition of his in honor of the Optios.

Earlier in the day, upon the field of battle, Their Majesties announced the 
elevation of Centurion Anton to the order of the Chivalry.  His vigil will 
be Friday of Bryn Gwylad Baronial.

Then later in the evening, in a deft manuever of court-fu that would have 
made Jackie Chan's jaw drop, Their Majesties announce that Centurion Owen 
will also be joining the chivalry, with his vigil to be held Friday night of 
Mooneschadowe Guardian.

Finally, in the final court on Sunday, the Centurions came into the Their 
Majesties' presence with a complaint.  In the Centurions tournament on 
Sunday, the felt that Optio Tarquin had NOT performed as an Optio should. 
It was their opinion, that Tarquin was a Centurion, and should be held as 
such.  Their majesties thanked the Centurions for their counsel, and then 
inducted Optio Tarquin into the Order of the Centurions of the Sable Star.

The event and the fighting were astounding.  Perhaps 120 fighting men and 
women took the field on Saturday in armoured combat.  Saturday evening, 22 
brave men and woman took to the barrier for Ansteorra's first Ansteorra 
Barrier Championship (Trust me you had to see it to believe it), with 
Centurion Ysfael surviving to the end. At the tournament, His Majesty 
Dracontius, amazed by the two fighters going beyond all his expectations of 
them, Awarded to Ld William and Roc the Bold the Sable Falcon of Ansteorra..

On Sunday newly squired Lachlann Dunn proved his metal by winning the 
Western Bear Pit tournament.

The new site was fantastic, the fighting was amazing, the weather was a gift 
from God, with cool breezes and light clouds.  I can honestly say that this 
was one of the greatest events I've ever been to in the kingdom of 

Sieur Jean Paul de Sens,

Carl Chipman
Nomadics, Inc.
cchipman at nomadics.com

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