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Rapier Combat

Light Fighting and Weaponry

Rapier combat is also known as light fighting and fencing. There are two types of blades that are used: epee and schlager. Epees are lighter blades, and are generally used as a beginning weapon. The schlager blades include oval and diamond shaped schlager blades and various forms of wider blades (sometimes just generally referred to as Del Tin blades, although some of those called Del Tins are not actually Del Tin blades). The schlagers portray a more realistic representation of a rapier. They are heavier and some are less flexible then the epee. Fighters have different preferences to which blades they prefer to use.

The armor that is worn includes a doublet, gorget (required for schlager fighting only), cup (for men only, but the "female cup" is encouraged for women fighters, as well as breast protection of some sort), gloves, mask, and either a hood or a drape attached to the mask. The defensive secondaries include buckler, cloak, scabbard, and defensive dagger. The offensive secondaries include dagger, case (another sword), and rubber band gun (RBG). Sometimes fighters choose to fight with unusual secondaries, such as candle holders or stuffed animals. These are generally known as "silly secondaries" and must be approved by the other combatant before a fighter can use them.

The combat is not like that of sport fencing, or "strip fencing", which is better known. They combatants not only move in straight lines, but also rotate. They can perform a "death from behind" (to simulate stabbing someone in the back), and they also fight in melees. Melees are battles that include many fighters on teams. "Mad mothers" or "meanest mothers" are battle situations where it is everyone for themselves. Kill zones include the torso, head, and groin. Limb shots render that limb useless, and when a blow to the leg or foot is dealt, the fighter must fight from a sitting position on the ground. Shots that have the majority of the pressure on the tip, a straight poke with the sword, are legal hits. Draw cuts are also used, and involve drawing a third of the blade across the body of an opponent. Blows are called by the fighter that receives them. Rapier combat, like the rest of the SCA, focuses on chivalry and honor.

Anyone who is interested in learning the arts of rapier combat are encouraged to attend the practices and talk to any of the fighters for more information. The Shire has loaner gear for new fencers. General procedure for training new fighters is that the first night they will be introduced to the concepts of rapier fighting and the SCA, and taught foot work and basic attacks and parries. The following practice they will suit up and begin to fight.

3-Month Rule

The Shire has instated what is known as the "3-month rule" that applies to the use of loaner equipment. After someone has been fighting regularly for three months, they are mandated to buy a new piece of equipment for themselves. If not, they will no longer be able to use the loaner gear. While the loaner gear is free to use, the Shire encourages fencers to get their own personal gear to save the loaner gear from wear and tear. Also, the loaner gear is not in its prime and has all been donated to the Shire, so new equipment for a fighter will be in better condition.

Le Guard Azure

Le Guard Azure is not a guard of Nahrun Kabirun, but is in fact a guard that encompasses the entire southern part of the Outlands. Its patron is the Baroness of the Citadel. Nahrun Kabirun has had many of its fighters inducted into the guard. The guard fights together as a unit at war and in other melee situations. It is stratified into the categories of regular fighters, lieutenants, and a captain. The captain of the guard is determined each year by a tournament typically held in late summer. The tournament is run by the captain from the previous year.