[Ansteorra-rapier] Vivats for several fencers at Guardian of the Gauntlet / Iron Star
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Sun May 4 13:09:59 PDT 2008
Guardian of the Gauntlet
Thirty stout hearts came to face the gauntlet.
Challenges were four.
Chance in the guise of a proxy where everyone laughed.
Knowledge of history and war in two out of three.
Martial challenges were of past glories and new.
Three challenges were defeated by nine and awarded with a new chance.
With two, Chance found ally with a prepared mind and a strong arm were awarded one additional life.
With the gauntlet behind them, challengers faced each other.
There could be only one.
Seven times victors faced each other.
Many succeeded and were surprised by the chance awarded redo.
Two continued to the end of three lives.
And so the story continues.
Don Avery Shaw faced Don Christoforo Antonio Passavanti in the finals. Don Christoforo was undefeated and had been awarded a redo. Don Avery had one loss and no redos.
Don Christoforo yielded his “redo” and gained honor.
After two hard fought and very entertaining fights Don Avery Shaw is the newest Guardian of the Gauntlet.
Honorable mention to Cadets Kelly and Brian as the two last cadets standing and making the quarter finals.
Special thanks to Don Alaric, Don Sebastian as previous Gauntlet holders for bringing unique challenges to this Guardian.
Date: Sun, 4 May 2008 13:52:02 -0500From: james at crouchet.comTo: ansteorra-rapier at lists.ansteorra.orgSubject: Re: [Ansteorra-rapier] Vivats for several fencers at Guardian of the Gauntlet / Iron StarBTW, who is the new Guardian of the Gauntlet?CD
On Sun, May 4, 2008 at 1:50 PM, James Crouchet <james at crouchet.com> wrote:
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.Christian Dore
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 competitionLord 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 tourney.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 _______________________________________________Ansteorra-rapier mailing listAnsteorra-rapier at lists.ansteorra.orghttp://lists.ansteorra.org/listinfo.cgi/ansteorra-rapier-ansteorra.org
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