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Rent-a-Don 2009

Long time ago (I believe it was at Double wars 2004) I decided I must go to Rent-a-Don. Unfortunately it has never been possible, until now. I live in England what could possibly stop me from going to an event here.

So last week I resolutely packed my bags and picked up my tickets (Sponsored by my friends Andreas and Mackan) I had a bit of run in with the british anti terrorism force that stopped me and searched my bags at Victoria rail station.

- What is in the bag sir?

- Swords ….

Arriving on site and quickly settling into a room my excitement starts to build. Renowned fencers from near and far starts arriving to the site and the ever present oohing and aaawing over new swords and armour begin.

The Saturday starts after a brief sleep (I was awoken at 6 am by nature) After a few authorisations and breakfast (Thank God for Crispin and his brewed coffee) it is time for classes, a brief introduction to Giganti, Capo Ferro and Fabris.

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After this we had to pick our style, I went for Fabris, which I thoroughly enjoyed (even if my legs hated me for the choice) The Fabris class with Master Logos was fantastic and I enjoyed it immensely. Master Logos was a fantastic teacher and the style fit my way of thinking even though it hurt my body to find the proper stances (I still have pain in my back leg five days later).

After a fantastic meal and an Academy meeting it was time for the prize playing. Two where fighting for free scholar and I was fighting for Provost together with his excellency the Viceroy of Insulae Draconis. As I got all armoured up and ready to play I suddenly realised that I was not only fighting in my own Prize fight and one of the Free Sch

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olar fights I was fighting in all of them. The fight started at eight o’clock as I fought Single rapier, Rapier and dagger and Rapier and buckler with the two free scholars. As dusk was settling in properly I then started my own prize fight in all five rapier form s (single, dagger, case, rigid, non rigid) against my three most worthy opponents, Antonio (whom I also fought in my Free Scholar prize playing at double wars 2004), Cernac and Don Caleb.
After these 30 bouts I was called on to hold the field for 30 minutes against a never ending stream of fresh fighters. My body was complaining vividly against this kind of extended torture and requested

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that I immediately ceased this folly. There were many times during this evening that I questioned the wisdom of my choice to go through with this prize fight. And I remember a moment just before where I wondered aloud if I should proceed or if I should in fact not go through with it.

Very tired I stepped off the field and started to prepare to faint towards bed. But only after receiving a neck massage to salvage what was left of my neck and arms.

The next day of course I was supposed to teach a three hour class on Fiore and my plan was to not only do the Longsword but to show of the Fiore system as a complete martial art with grappling and dagger to. IMG_2640.JPG The workshop went really well ad I think I might even have taught my very best Fiore seminar ever. Much owed to the enthusiastic audience but also due to the fact that it has been my dream these last few years to bring Fiore and the Longsword into the SCA. With the new Experimental Cut n Thrust Longsword rules, this has become a possibility.

We whizzed through the Fiore system, and the three hours passed like it was mere minutes and I hope a good time was had by all. I enjoyed myself thoroughly at the very least.

The classes where then concluded to prepare for court and feast. For me this would be the first time in the SCA that I would be called up in court (the only other time was when I was picked as the crown princess guard by Honour at double wars 2004).IMG_2691.JPG

This time I was not called in front once but twice, both as a teacher at Rent-a-Don but also to be awarded the rank of Provost in the Drachenwald Academy of Defence. I was awarded a beautiful braid made by Baroness Kambreda the Quiet. Although it was hard to let go of my Free Scholar braid lovingly made by Gytha North of Brighthelm, I am now proud to bear this new braid.

After court followed a fantastic feast with plenty food and good company. As the shadows grew longer we assembled a makeshift stand and had the opportunity to do some cutting with a sharp sword. For me it was actually the first time I got to try and for a brief period of time I actually felt no pain as my body was saturated with endorphins and general happiness (Like a child on Christmas eve/morning).

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There were many spectators wishing that they had abstained from alcohol that evening as they longingly watched the few of us that did cut our way through an army of milk and water bottles.

It is amazing how easily a proper cut just glides through an object with little or no resistance, a bit like cutting through air.   

As excited and exhausted as I was I could not possibly just totter of to sleep but got caught up in a late night story telling session that ended well into the small hours of the morning and limping back to my bunk I realised there were precious few hours until breakfast.

Monday morning started with slow breakfast packing and the joyous news that I have finally transcended my eternal MIT status and had now been made a Period Fencing Marshall and on top of that authorised as a Cut n Thrust Marshall to enable me to follow my dream of integrating my Love of the Longsword with my commitment to the SCA.

All in all it was a fantastic time and I hope to be able to come back to Rent-a-Don soon and maybe even return for a visit to Raglan (I hear it is a fantastic event and possibly the best sword fighting event in the known world).

Prayer before battle

I got this sent to me on The Curia1 mailing list and I thought I’d share it. It is a fantastic prayer, aparently prayed by a templar knight before a battle in the holy land.

Almighty God, Eternal Father, Lord of Lords, have mercy upon me, a
humble knight in Thy Divine Service. Oh Lord, I pray for Thy
indulgence and blessings. Forget not Thine servant in his trials, nor
his Order of Knighthood. I pray, that Thy Will be done in all things,
both great and small.

Let me always be worthy of Thee, let me not forget Thee in good times
nor bad. Armor me with the armor of Thy Righteousness, give me the
sword of Truth that I shall confound Thine enemies and be unto Thee a
true knight.

O Lord, in my hour of need, be with me. Let me never forget my sacred
and holy vows unto Thee, that I should not be prey unto demons and devils nor the dark things of this world.

Let me always be a beacon unto those in distress, never allow me to
forget my obligation unto the homeless nor the poor: let me serve Thee
and Thine Eternal Throne all the days of my life. Let me always
remember the obligations that I have taken upon me. Lord, if it is
Thine Will, let me serve Thee forever!

If ever, oh Lord, I turn from Thee and this Order, let my name forever
be cursed, may my spurs be broken and my body given unto demons to
dwell with them forever in that Lake of Fire which Thou hast: prepared
for the ungodly.

Power beyond Power, Pillar of Strength, Refuge of the Homeless, let me
serve Thee for all the days of my life! Amen.

  1. SCA people recreating the medieval church []

Master Arenvald von Hagenburg now a Dragon Steel

What can I say, this guy is one of my heroes. He is a scholar but not the kind that hides behind dusty books, but rather one with a sharp wit and a warm sense of humor.

Well done to be added to the Dragon Steel, the order has grown quite muscles thanks to Master Arenvald joining their ranks.

Registered name and arms

MY SCA persona name and arms have just been registered here Seeing that I submitted them in may it “only” took six months. And they only changed Karl Skarpe to Karl Skarpi, I can live with that …..

Here is my emblazon

“Gules, a Paschal lamb passant proper between three crosses crosslet Or.”

Case of rapiers authorization

At civil wars I went for case of rapiers authorization, hoping to get this one aout of the way as well, still not my favorite style so therefore an SCA authorization again.

Thomas Langland awarded Dragons steel.

Long has he deserved it! And I have lobbied for it since I joined SCA. My mentor, my maestre, my friend! I am proud to be one of his students and proud that he has been given the highest award currently available to a fencer!

Thank you John and Honor for listening to a serf like myself! And the order of the Dragon Steel and all the fencers of Drachenwald are ever so much richer for it!

I’m a free scholar!

At doublewars I fought for the prize (Sponsored by Richard the Rampant) and became a free scholar in the Drachenwald fencing academy. I now proudly wear the black braid (Made by Gytha Haldesdottir) and titulate myself a free scholar of the academy.

Authorized in case of schlaegers

At doublewars I opted for an SCA authorization for case of schlaegers rather than the hard ardous Holmgard authorization. I don’t really care for case and especially not case of schlaegers. But I did it and it was loads of fun. It was the first time I did the simpler SCA authorization ie. testing safety and control only and not skill and safety and control under extreme preassure.

Although not my favorite fighting style I am now authorized in it wich feels great.

Rapier dagger authorization.

Got my rapier dagger authorization today, have been priming up to it for quite some time and was hoping to get it in before double wars and lo and behold I did. But I didn’t deserve it, I fought so badly in the authorisation bouts and I was so tired at the end I almost fainted. I should have quit way before those last bouts.On the upside in the slower paced and more relaxed bouts after the authorization I figured out how to deal with the dagger properly, I was sparring with Fredrik when I suddenly changed my guard to accomodate his left hand, when I did my dagger work just popped into place! It felt great!

Authorization in schlaeger

I finally got my authorization in schlaeger. It has been long hard work to get it. I actually to Langlands great dismay got him a few times during the authorization when he was going all out to wear me down. Alas the student has learned a few tricks from the master!

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