This weekend was Balfar’s Challenge and one of my fencing friends, Llewellyn, was elevated to the SCA’s Order of Defense. It’s a great honor and responsibility, and is the highest rapier award in the organization.
I was asked to make a falling band and matching cuffs set to go with his elevation garb. Our friend Liadan was making the main outfit, so I conferred with her on what the outfit would look like. She sent me the cuff and collar measurements for the outfit.
As the photos show, she went with black and green as the main colors (based off an extent example she found) and gold trim to accent it all.
Saturday was Fall Crown Tourney for the East Kingdom, and as well as finding who would be the East’s heirs, it was also when my good friend and fellow Fencer Nataliia was to be elevated into the Order of Defense.
I had the honor of making Nataliia’s doublet for the occasion. We were in the back of court at K&Q Rapier when we had this great exchange:
As noted in a previous post, I became Master Donovan’s provost (see: fencing squire). He gave me a sweet blue leather collar with pewter hardware — similar to what some of the EK MoD’s have but in white.
Because of the hardware, I didn’t want to be wearing that at K&Q Rapier Champs or other fencing events. I’m afraid it’ll take a hit and break. Of course, the simple solution is “just don’t get hit” but simple =/= easy. So I wanted to make a “fighting collar.” It also gave me an excuse to whip up something that’s more in line with my 17th Century persona.
Very late in SCA period and beyond, the chains of offices slowly lost their chains and were replaced by fancy silk bands. This was my basis for the design. Super simple and easy. And like with my fancier provost collar, we put an EK Populace badge on it. The silk came by way of my fencing sister Alesone via Master Donovan.
Today was the East Kingdom’s Ladies of the Rose Tournament. I had the pleasure and honor of fighting for Duchess Elisanda of Meridies. The rest of our fencing half of the team consisted of Don Devillin, Uraka, Trian and Scrooby. It was definitely an interesting mix of a fencing team, but a solid squad.
I figured we’d do well in the fencing half of the tourney, but we far surpassed my expectations. We came in second place in fencing and our Rose team was fourth overall. Definitely a good showing. Really proud with how our team did. Everyone seemed to have a lot of fun, and everyone pulled their weight in getting victories. So I’m sure no one left feeling like dead weight (we had none).
Personally, it was a great day. I went undefeated in my bouts, which was comforting and a nice confidence boost since the past few practices have felt frustrating. A lot of it stems from trying to fine tune some techniques against good fighters. A recipe for frustration. So going 10-0 and only losing one limb during the entire run was pretty awesome. Hoping I can continue that trend at K&Q next month.
Also some other exciting news. I officially became provost to Master Donovan (provost is what the East is calling the fencing squires; not sure what other kingdoms are doing). We’ve been discussing it since after I got my OGR at GNEW; figured since today’s event was about camaraderie, courteousness, and pageantry, it was a good event to make it all official.