[Ansteorra-archery] authorization and tight reigns

Sir Morgan Buchanan morganbuchanan at hotmail.com
Fri Oct 3 04:52:45 PDT 2008

First, I want to commend the CA community for your sense of responsability toward your friends.  Erring on the side of caution when dealing with fairly rough simulated combat is commendable, and as a part-time pin cushion, I thank you.  :)

To my way of thinking, the biggest difference between CA authorization and Heavy authroization isn't simply the fact that once you throw your shot, you can't do anything about it, but that due to the dearth of practice locations where CA is allowed in this kingdom (there's what, 1 or 2 practices where it can be done?) someone who doesn't have a heavy authorization to begin with simply doesn't get the live-combat in-helm time that the average heavy fighter gets going to weekly fighter practice for weeks or months prior to authorization.

This is not to suggest that I think we need to err more on the side of caution, but to at least look toward that factor when authorizing new CA's, and I have every belief that all of our CA Authorizing Marshals do just that.

Another dearth that we seem to have in this kingdom since the "reset" is authorizing marshals in general.  Sieur Jean Paul was working toward rectifying that problem when he was KEM, and in discussions I've had with the new KEM, Sir Asoph, that's very much our goal now.  This includes CA Authorization marshals.  We don't need to make everyone in the kingdom an authorization marshal by any means.  But we DO need MORE.  And there is of course no reason at all that virtually every fighter with some reasonable amount of experience isn't also a marshal for everything that they're authorized to do.

So my challenge to each of you is to look toward upgrading yourself.  If you're a combat archer but not a marshal, work toward becoming a marshal.  If you're a CA marshal, work toward becoming an authorizing marshal.  Once upon a time I was CA authorized.  Heck, I've even fired 2 shots in combat!  (Both kills, thanks.)  :D  I will challenge myself by re-upping my CA authorization and then getting CA Marshal authorized.  For those of you who are exceptions to this challenge, because you're already CA, CA Marshal and CA Auth Marshal, I challenge YOU to help us identify people who should be stepping up, and then help us help them step up.  I know you're doing it already...but sometimes it helps to hear the words.  :)

Change is slow, but it is coming.  If you're an individual who's up to one of those challenges above, be on the look out for a call to do just that, and soon.  

Kind regards,
Sir Morgan
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