Greetings unto the populace of Calontir and our noble guests,
This year’s Lilies War will provide ample opportunity for you to take the C&T field. In addition to time for pick-ups, historic martial arts classes, C&T melees, and a total of 17 tournaments are planned.
I intend to open the C&T field for pick-ups, authorizations daily from 3-5pm Sat-Fri. A number of classes are also scheduled in the afternoons to provide you with plenty of opportunities to learn more about how to use a sword and put those lessons into practice.
On most days of the war, the field will open with a quick single-elimination tournament to get us warmed up. Other tournaments will include a longsword tournament sponsored by His Excellency Donald Andrew MacDonald, a reprise of last year’s dagger tournament sponsored by Lord Brian Robert MacDougall, a MS I.33 tournament sponsored by Galen MacColmain, a Butcher’s tournament sponsored by Maria Arosa de Santa-Olalla, a saber tournament sponsored by William Douglass, a novice tournament, a childrens’ tournament, a sword and dagger tournament, a scored double round robin tournament, and a tournament sponsored by the Ladies of the Rose. We will also hold a tournament to choose the first Serjeant of the Stilefyrd.
We will also be hosting some evening activities from 7pm-9pm (ending before dark) in order to take advantage of the cooler weather and to allow those who may be busy throughout the day to join us. These will include C&T melees on Sunday and Thursday nights. We will also be joining our armored friends in taking part in Monday Night Violence, where we will enjoy Blood of Heroes (C&T melee), a double dagger tournament, and a potluck. Finally, we will hold a high-personal Pas-de-Armes on Tuesday night sponsored by Khalil Abd I Wahid and Mikhail Nikolaevich Kramolnikov.
We will also have ample opportunities for those who are new to C&T or who are interested in getting started to come try it out. We will hold introductory classes on Sunday afternoon as well as a number of other classes throughout the week. You are also welcome to come join us at the field throughout the week and we’ll make sure to get you started.
I hope to see you on the field!
Lord Gawin Kappler
Last UPDATED: 4-20-17
Warm-up Tournaments: Each morning will start with a single-elimination speed tournament. There are no restrictions on weapons form, so bring your favorite. The field will open at 10 am for inspections, warm-ups, etc. The tournament will start promptly at 10:15 am.
Melees: Throughout the war, we will hold experimental C&T melees. Fighters who meet the requirements of the experiment (Authorized in C&T for >1 years) may take part. We will perform various melee games. These melees are scheduled in the evenings in order to take advantage of cooler temperatures.
Longsword Tournament: During this tournament, fighters will use a two-handed sword (i.e. longsword) without a secondary. The tournament format will be double-elimination. The prize for this tournament is sponsored by His Excellency Donald MacDonald.
Blood of Heroes Melee: This C&T melee will be played in 5 man teams, the object in Blood of Heroes is to get the ‘dog skull’ from the center of the field onto the opposing teams stake. Fighters on a team, often referred to as juggers, each play a specific position which determines their weapons combination:
Qwik – Dagger only – the Qwik is the only jugger able to touch the dog skull
Slash – Sword and Dagger
Drive and Backdrive – Sword and Buckler
Chain – Sword and Cloak
Double Dagger Tavern Scramble: Lord Brian MacDougall will once again be sponsoring the double dagger tavern scramble. Combatants will begin unarmed in the center of the field and will “scramble” to grab a pair of daggers with which to defeat their opponent. The tournament format will be round-robin. This tournament is sponsored by Lord Brian Robert MacDougall
Sword and Dagger Tournament: During this tournament, fighters will use a single-handed sword and a dagger. The tournament format will be round-robin. If there are sufficient fighters for multiple pools, the top fighters from each pool will compete in a single elimination bracket to determine a victor.
MS I.33 Tournament: During this tournament, fighters will use a single-handed arming sword and a buckler (< 18” diameter). The tournament format will be a bear-pit. The victor of each fight retains the field and defends their stature until defeated. Wounds will be retained until death. At the end of 45 minutes, the fighter with the most wins is the victor. The winner of the tournament will receive an arming sword from Darkwood Armoury. Additional prizes will be awarded for those deemed to best represent the technique and appearance of MS I.33. This tournament is sponsored by the Honorable Lord Galen MacColmain.
Butcher’s Tournament: Round robin formatted tourney. Each fighter will draw (in secret) their own card with a body part on it. That body part becomes their kill shot. For example, I draw a right arm… the only blow that can kill me is one struck on my right arm. But my opponent doesn’t know that. Therefore the game becomes a process of elimination. Prize is a complete feast gear set sponsored by Lady Maria Arosa de Santa-Olalla.
Pas-de-Armes: Bring your kit, banners, retinue, heralds, and skills, Combatants are invited to show your skill!
Entrants are invited to show all the pomp and skill that would come with their station – including a voice Herald to state your virtues to the field and insult your opponent and a retinue appropriate to your station and persona.
The tournament will be a double elimination challenge tree using paired weapons. The list mistress will determine who is the challenger and the challenged. The challenger will pick paired weapons.
Aside from winning your fights, additional Points will be given for best kit, presentation, banners, retinue, heralds usage, best voice herald, honor on the field, best death, and since we are Calontir, there will also be extra points for singing. Awards will be given for Fighting skill, Herald, Pomp, Kit, Death and Honor. This tournament is sponsored by Lord Khalil Abd I Wahid and Master Mikhail Nikolaevich Kramolnikov.
Novice Tournament: During this tournament, only fighters do not have an AoA-level award for steel combat and who consider themselves to be “novices” will be allowed to enter. The tournament format will be round-robin. If there are sufficient fighters for multiple pools, the top fighters from each pool will compete in a single elimination bracket to determine a victor.
Fyrd Sergeant Tourney: Stile Fyrd, come and test your mettle against your fellow Fyrd to become the first Fyrd Sergeant of Calontir! Weapon systems used will be single sword, sword and buckler, two weapon and two-handed sword. Sponsored by the Honorable Lord William Douglas and Lord Khalil Abd I Wahid.
Sabre Tournament: A traditional sabre duel that will use the “no point given” rule set. Only sabres can be used, cuts above the waist only, fought until first blood. Simultaneous blows will be given winning order (head beats torso beats arm, beats hand.) Double elimination. There will be loaner sabres so please come out even if you don’t have one. Winner will receive one of the sabres used in the tourney! Sponsored by the Honorable Lord William Douglas.
Rose Tourney: Participants in this tournament must be sponsored by one of the Ladies of the Rose. The tournament format will consist of a double round-robin such that each Rose’s champion has the opportunity to hold the field against the other combattants. The Rose whose fighters win the most passes will be deemed the winner. Additional prizes will be given for the with the best kit, most chivalrous fighter, and the overall winner of the tournament.
Please Note: The Ladies of the Rose request that fighters bring as accurate a kit as possible, avoiding visible plastic, blatantly modern shoes, and other mundane items.
Children’s Tournament: Entrants in this tournament must be sponsored by one of our kingdom’s many children. The tournament format will be round-robin. If there are sufficient fighters for multiple pools, the top fighters from each pool will compete in a single elimination bracket to determine a victor.
Scored Double Round-Robin Tournament: Each fighter will hold the field and fight 3 passes with each opponent in their pool, resulting in two sets of passes (a total of 6 passes) between each pair of fighters. Passes will be scored based on the type of blows that land. A blow to the Head/Neck is worth 5 points, to the Ribcage is worth 4 points, to the Abdomen/Pelvis is worth 3 points, to the Upper leg/Arm is worth 2 points, and to the Hands/Below the calf is worth 1 point. Double kills and strikes where a successful afterblow is delivered within a single action are worth 0 points. If there are sufficient fighters for multiple pools, the top fighters from each pool will compete to choose a victor.