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Pas Tourney Type
Although I doubt many of the folks on this list will be going to Rescue
California, I thought several might be interested in their description of
the Pas de Arms tourney they will be holding on coronation Weekend. Pas de
Arms style tournies were not very prominent in the West when I left there 2
years ago. They're one of the neat new things I learned about in Atlantia.
I pulled this off the West Kingdom e-list.
Here is the information for the Windymeads Pas d'Arms (to be held in
Rescue, CA, on April 20). For more information, contact the Windymeads
seneschal, Cynon, at email@example.com.
This year's tournament is based on fifteenth century
German challenge tournaments and "feats of arms." This
mode of combat was one of the more popular forms of
tourney fighting in the period. It involved
sequential passes on foot with spears, polearms,
single swords, and single daggers.
The Invocation will begin at 10:30, when the tenans
(defenders) are introduced with a helmschau, or parade
and display of armor and heraldry. Bring your best
banners, a page to carry your shield, and a Herald to
sing your glories. (If you don't know any Heralds, ask
around. Bribe or Buy one!) At this writing, the list
of tenans includes: Cynon, Sibelious, Sean, Master
Malcolm, Elric, Sir Thomas, and Sir Aldric.
If at this time, a member of the gallery (audience)
feels any of the competitors are not worthy to
compete, they may challenge his or her entry into the
tournament by knocking over the competitor's helm. If
so challenged, the competitor can gain entry into the
tournament only by persuading a panel of judges of his
valor and courtesy.
Challenges will begin at 11. The first round will be
fought in order of precedence of the fighters
The second round's order will be determined by a panel
of judges: the three most honorable and chivalrous
fighters will fight their challenge rounds first.
There will be a short lunch break (during which those
who wish to may indulge in pickup rounds, and so on).
The third round will be the "feats of arms." These
bouts are fought with matched weapons. The defender
may choose the weapons style; the challenger chooses
the style of the bout, whether standard single combat,
counted blows, group combat with balanced teams, or
combat at the barriers. Each challenge will consist of
four sub-rounds, each with a different weapon.
The fourth round will be melees.
At the closing ceremonies at approximately 4 p.m.,
there will be a second helmschau. At that time members
of the gallery will be invited to present tokens to
that fighter you feel has best displayed valor in
battle, and the fighter who has been most courteous.
We encourage all fighters to display their helms,
shields, and the tokens they have earned during the
feast in a special display area, where the populace
may continue to reward them for their valor and
More information about the event can be found in the April _Page_,
or at the Mountain's Gate web site,