[Ansteorra-rapier] Vivats for several fencers at Guardian of the Gauntlet / Iron Star
james at crouchet.com
Sun May 4 11:50:01 PDT 2008
Thank you, Master Robin. This is a great report for those of us who could
not be there. I hope we see more great acts of chivalry, courtesy and
prowess at the upcoming Squires & Cadets.
On Sun, May 4, 2008 at 11:20 AM, Jay Rudin <rudin at ev1.net> wrote:
> I've returned from the event, and several fencers caught my attention.
> Don Dyryke, Don Sebastian. As previous winners of the Gauntlet, they each
> took the field and faced thirty opponents, one after another.
> Don Alaric. Reminding us that our focus is more than just fencing, Alaric
> challenged each entrant by asking questions about period military history.
> Giovanni of the Steppes. Facing me in the first round, he won the fight.
> He struck my neck when my blade hit (and bounced off of) my arm. I walked
> off content. But he wasn't. He realized that my shot had bounced into his
> chest, so he came up to me, and then the list mistress, to re-fight his
> first tourney victory over a Don, because he wanted honor more than victory.
> Lady (?) Caitlin. Is there a more fun fight anywhere in the kingdom? She
> came up for pick-ups, and more than held her own against me in my furious,
> run-around, closing-fast style of fight. Her skills are slowly growing to
> match her level of fun -- no small feat.
> Vyolante. Fairly new, she entered both the Guardian of the Gauntlet and a
> rather challenging bardic competition. But her willingness to help is
> strong enough that I had to find a replacement marshall for her so she could
> actually get to the bardic competition
> Lord Brian ui William: No particular moment, but Brian always brings
> honor, respect and joy to our field. He is focused on his fencing, without
> ever losing sight of the fact that it's about more than a physical struggle.
> When he's there, the Star shines more brightly.
> Delayed Banishment -- melee team of Prince Ulsted, Lord Corvin, Emmeline,
> Caitlin, and one other, (Somebody please supply the name. He / she
> deserves the word-fame. The team was formed on the day, from people who had
> not worked together and didn't even attend the same practice. With no White
> Scarves, they fought well together and placed into the finals. Well done!
> Prince Ulsted. His Highness honored us by fighting in both the tourney
> and the melees. He turns out to be pretty darn good at protecting himself
> with a large shield. Who knew?
> Baron Avery. In his first Iron Star melee, his opponents tried what
> seemed like a good tactic -- isolating Avery from his team. They sent two
> fencers to keep him busy. It worked reasonably well -- they forced him back
> and kept him away from the main melee. But while he was defending against
> them both, he was able to keep watching and directing the rest of his team
> -- giving commands that were winning the battle. That was probably the
> most impressive fighting feat I saw throughout the Star melees. (It
> convinced Us that it wouldn't be good enough to isolate Avery's physical
> presence -- because his mind was still deep in the rest of the melee.)
> Iron Star defenders -- Baron Avery, Baroness Gwenneth, Master Pug, and two
> more whose names I can't place (name please?). After a round-robin that
> reduced the field to three teams, they were fighting Us, and had reduced Us
> to Uilliac alone against four of them. They offered him single combat,
> which he won. Had the four of them chosen to swarm him, they would have
> easily won. The only reason they didn't place into the final round was the
> high level of honor they showed to their opponents. We are honored to
> follow them as defenders of the Iron Star.
> Lord Uilliac. He was the star of the team that eventually won the Iron
> Star. He faced four on one, was granted single combat, and then faced
> three-on-one, two-on-one, and then one-on-one with both of them grounded. He
> won that fight, setting up the final bout (and his team's eventual victory).
> He is also the only fencer who has competed in every single Iron Star
> The White Scarves, supporting the arts. Attending the Elfsea bardic
> competition were one knight, one Pelican, one Laurel, and three White
> Scarves. Yup, we showed three times the support for this arts competition
> as any peerage, including the Laurels. Also, there was deep White Scarf
> support for the event. We had Dons / Donas made in 2008, 2006, 2004, 2002,
> 1997, 1996, 1993, 1992, 1991, 1984, and 1981.
> There were more great moments. I didn't see it all, and don't remember
> all the great moments I saw. But all day long, I was continually reminded
> how proud I am to be associated with Ansteorra's fencers.
> Robin of Gilwell / Jay Rudin
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