[Ansteorra] A Question (or 2)
eadric at scabrewer.com
Mon Nov 12 14:45:31 PST 2007
zubeydah at northkeep.org wrote:
> Out of curiosity...
> - Have you ever attended Estrella War? If so, what were your experiences? What
> made it awesome? What would you change?
> - Are you considering attending the 2008 Estrella War?
> - Do you consider yourself primarily :
> a) a chivalric fighter b) a rapier fighter or c) a combat archer?
> And in semi related question:
> - Are there Ansteorran households, guilds, fighting units, etc, that are made
> up exclusively (or in a majority) of combat archers?
> Zubeydah Jamilla al-Badawiyyah
> Nosy chick from up North
I have been to Estrella several times. Primarily while I was the
Society Combat Archery Marshal to deal with CA issues there.
It's not a CA friendly war nor are Atenveldt, Outlands, or Artemesia
particularly CA friendly kingdoms. They are large tube ammo kingdoms so
basically there is no Ansteorran CA equipment that can be used there.
Their rules governing CA tend to be exclusive rather than inclusive with
rules like "no fiberglass prods". In general they tend to be very
restrictive on CA engagement with at various times rules like, archers
must make eye contract to have a valid target (completely rules out
indirect fire), or rules like "only face shots count", or "plate is
proof against arrows" (even though SCA standards say we are to all judge
blows as if we were wearing chainmail). Caid is more CA friendly but
they generally get out-voted in the Estrella treaties on matters
I also found the marshallate inspection points to be poorly staffed,
organized, and run when compared to our standards. My observations
there are largely based on the CA inspection but all the armored
inspection was done at the same spot by a different set of marshals so I
got to observe it as well. While I was the SCA CA Marshal I could never
get any adequate reporting from Estrella War.
I'll let these folks refute what I say or speak for themselves but my
recollection is that at a single Estrella I saw Duke Patrick Michael
take himself off the field because he was having to hit people "like he
wanted to hurt them" to get them to call blows, I saw HRM Ulsted ( it
was during his last reign) send someone back to camp for his unpadded
glaive so he could get people to call blows, and Mistress Nessa really
really upset because she simply couldn't hit people hard enough to get
them to call her blows.
Saw lots of ninja wannabee's sneaking around up behind people with
little daggers reaching around them and saying "death from behind".
There was some nice parties at night.
I don't plan on going back to an Estrella again unless I have another
SCA position that requires me to, or unless I have a good friend win
crown and ask me to go with them, or unless I hear that things there
have changed radically.
I consider myself primarily an Archer, not an combat archer - an
archer. I do both target and combat archery and I expect my students to
do both target and combat archery. Most others would probably say I am
primarily a Combat Archer.
The Company of St. Sebastian is an Ansteorran War Company that is
primarily all Archers but many of our folks will pick up an sword and
shield or spear to support the crown when it is needed (or when we are
out of ammo). Five or six (mebbe a couple more) of us are ready and
equipped to do CA on the Rapier field as well if need and if time
permits. The war company has among our members four Companions of the
Order of the Arc d'Or of Ansteorra, four members who have won the Royal
Huntsman Tournament one or more times, and some of the finest archer
craftsmen in Ansteorra. At the coming Gulf Wars one of our members
will be the CA Marshal in Charge for the war and another will be the
Target Archery Marshal in Charge at the war. We will work LOTS and LOTS
of hours setting up and taking down the battlefields and archery ranges,
running the ranges, marshaling the battles, and manning the inspecting
points. We should have 15-18 folks take the field this Saturday at BAM
and plan for 12-15 at Gulf War.
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