Thu, 4 Dec 2014 07:25:33 -0500
The Board has recently circulated potential language for changes
to Corpora to support a possible new Peerage for Rapier. They
are asking for commentary.
One of the codicils at the end (I'll quote it below), seems to move
rapier from an ancillary activity that Kingdoms may or may not
choose to support, to one that they must support.
How would this impact Calontir?
IX. Society Combat
[C. Rapier Fighting in the Society
The Board acknowledges rapier combat as an ancillary activity of the
Society when properly supervised by the Marshals and when approved by
individual kingdoms. Rapier combat may take place within a kingdom only
by rules established by the Marshallate of that kingdom and after the
approval of those rules by the Marshal of the Society. The Marshal of
the Society will maintain guidelines for rapier combat within the
Society. Rapier combat, not having been part of formal tournament combat
in the Middle Ages, shall not be a part of formal tournament lists for
royal ranks and armigerous titles. ]
C. Royal Lists
Only Chivalric (rattan) combat shall be used for formal tournament lists
for royal ranks.
[This last might need some explanation. The current Section IX.C is a
holdover from a Governing and Policy decision from October 1979, when
the Board decided that rapier combat would be allowed in the SCA as an
ancillary activity. Rapier combat is no longer considered an ancillary
activity and has not been for many years. Also, the duties of the
Society Earl Marshal are properly defined in section VI.D. So this
section is reduced to a single clear, unambiguous rule.]
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