Etienne de St. Amaranth star at ansteorra.org
Tue Sep 7 13:41:07 PDT 2004

Before people begin "getting in arms," the questions being raised here 
about the rapier community, etc., and the possibility of one award for many 
aspects of combat, that very question is already before the Crown.  I hope 
to be able to answer within the next two weeks but I don't have the answer 
yet.  So... At this time, I can only say that Optio is for armored 
combat.  Please await further developments (before arming yourselves) as I 
will forward them as I get them.


At 02:38 PM 9/7/2004, you wrote:
>Is this AoA "fighting award" going to be an armored/chiv fighting award, 
>or is it going to be an AoA level award for any martial activity (chiv, 
>rapier, equestrian, archery, thrown weapons, seige engineering)?  I ask, 
>because the Sable Crane is a blanket service award, though there are 
>various aspects of service, and the Sable Thistle can be given to a person 
>multiple times for various arts & sciences.  If this award is going to be 
>chiv-specific, I can see a few folks getting in arms about why rapier 
>fighters (for example) don't get a similar award.
>"Etienne de St. Amaranth" <star at ansteorra.org> wrote:
>No. No new slew of awards. (At least from this Crown.) This establishes
>an AoA level fighting award (which the Sable Falcon is not though it has
>sometimes been used like one and sometimes used according to its original
>purpose). The Optio is equal in precedence to the Sable Crane, Sable
>Thistle, and Compass Rose.
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