Your New Champions!

Hello Debatable Lands!

Yesterday, we held our non-equestrian martial Championships at the Iron Comet Challenge. It was a day of valor, honor, prowess, and friendship. We are proud and humbled to have witnessed such passion and companionship. And most of all, fun!

There will be more news and thank yous and stories from the event staff and others, but without further ado, let us present to you Your New Champions!

Rapier Fighting: THL Ru Cavorst, seconded by Lady Ciarrdha Eilis

Youth Archery: Otto Brandulfrsson

Archery: Lord Alister Sionnach MacLeod, seconded by Lord Godfrey de Bayeux

Heavy Fighting: Lord Robert MacEwin, seconded by THL Guillaume le Noir

Thrown Weapons: Lord Thomas of the Debatable Lands, seconded by Lady Dorothea Starke Schutz

Youth Fighting: Fox

VIVANT VIVANT VIVANT!

In Levitate et Caritate, and Cheers
Baron Brandubh and Baroness Hilda

Baronial Champs THIS SATURDAY!

Here is Everything You Need to Know About Baronial Champs This Saturday! These questions are answered by Baroness Hilda:

–Where is Baronial Champs being held?
–Which Champions will be chosen?
–How will Champions be chosen?
–Who is eligible to be a Debatable Lands’ Champion?
–What about a youth Thrown Weapons tourney?
–What are the responsibilities of a Debatable Lands’ Champion?
–What can I do if I’m not competing in either the Iron Comet round or the Champions’ rounds?
–What is the Iron Comet Challenge?
–But, it’s going to rain!!!!

Read on for the answers!!

Where is Baronial Champs being held?

In conjunction with the Iron Comet Challenge at this Saturday’s event. Here’s a link!

Which Champions will be chosen?

We are choosing all our martial champs except equestrian. So, Heavy fighting, Rapier fighting, Youth fighting, Archery, Youth Archery, and Thrown Weapons. It is a tournament extravaganza!

How will Champions be chosen?

This year, the tournaments are running in conjunction with the Iron Comet Challenge. There are Iron Comet rounds for each discipline (NOTE: ANYONE can enter each of the Iron Comet Challenge tournaments, from anywhere in the Knowne World, and regardless of whether they are participating in the entire Iron Comet Challenge or Champions rounds or not). Those wishing to vie for Baronial Champion should enter the Iron Comet Challenge tourney for that/those discipline(s).

Any eligible Baronial participant in each form (see also next question) who wishes to continue on to the Champion’s round will make it known to the Baron and Baroness. We will choose the top eligible participants to compete in the Baronial Champion’s round. (We may alter this for the youth tourneys.) The format of the Champions’ rounds tournaments will be chosen by the current champion (or their second).

Baron Brandubh and Baroness Hilda will choose the next Champion from this pool of people, based on their prowess, honor, and enthusiasm.
NOTE: This is often the winner of the tourney, but not always.

Who is eligible to be a Debatable Lands’ Champion?

These prestigious honors are Baronial in nature, so only the people who are Debatable Landers are eligible for the Champions’ rounds of the tournaments on Saturday. Also, there are two more eligible groups (whims of Baron Brandubh and Baroness Hilda):

  1.  People who have been awarded “Friend of the Barony” Comets – the Green Comet and the Cometus Amicus – are also eligible to become Champion.
  2. For the Youth Fighting and Youth Archery tourneys, any youth in the region is eligible for the Championship. This is because our youths have far fewer opportunities for achieving glory in a formal tournament setting.

What about a youth Thrown Weapons tourney?

Youth can (and are encouraged to!) throw in the regular championship. The youth and adult ranges and rules for thrown weapons are exactly the same, unlike fighting and archery.

What are the responsibilities of a Debatable Lands’ Champion?

All our Champions are invited to process at Baronial Courts, and to stand with us in Court if they so desire (and if there’s room!). Additionally, they have the honor of wearing, maintaining and using the Baronial Champion regalia so that all may know of their prowess!

Champions also have the responsibility to run their successors’ tourney, and to compete in the 7 Pearls tournament, where all of the Kingdom’s Baronial Champions come to challenge each other for Best of the Best status. This year, the 7 Pearls Tournament is in Blackstone Mountain, on August 24th.

What can I do if I’m not competing in either the Iron Comet round or the Champions’ rounds?

Enjoy the day! You can help out in the kitchen, with our hard-working and patient MOLs (love you guys!), as a retainer, at troll, or with other event needs. Or, cheer on the competitors! These tournaments are to choose the very best of the best in our Barony – it’s exciting to watch! It wouldn’t be the Super Bowl without the fans, amirite? Or just hang out and be with your friends and eat good food. We are here for whatever flavor of fun floats your boat.

What is the Iron Comet Challenge?

The Iron Comet Challenge is different than and separate from the Baronial Champs rounds. ALL are welcome to participate in any or all of the Iron Comet Challenge tournaments – the more, the merrier! However, the Challenge is designed to discover the most well-rounded gentle with the greatest prowess in the martial and gentle arts.

To be a “Challenger”, you will participate the 4 martial tournaments, and also the A&S Competition. The lowest martial score will be dropped (meaning you can choose not to participate in one), and each Challenger will be ranked in each form.

We also choose a Youth Iron Comet Champion! Same rules, except there are 3 martial tournaments (fighting, archery, and thrown weapons) and the A&S, and the competitors may drop one martial form if they desire.

Iron Comet Champions’ Regalia (Adult and Youth), by Lady Gesa

This prestigious day of competitions is only run once every two years.  The winner will be known throughout the land as the Iron Comet Champion! And has the right to wear and keep Iron Comet Champion regalia. Come and see who is the best of the best! Is it you?

Also, those who participate in ALL the forms will receive recognition. In the entire history of the event, only 3 adults have ever done so: Master Annais, Don Marcus, and Lord Robert MacEwin. Will you be counted among them?

But, it’s going to rain!!!!

Never fear, my dear Comet Constituency! We do not melt! Also, there is indoor space at the event, and we can run most of the tourneys inside. It’ll be cozy, but we will make do. Debatable Landers do NOT shrink from a challenge – particularly weather-related ones! Besides, some of the best times I’ve ever had at events stemmed from unexpected contingency plans… it’s an adventure we can have together!

 

The Baron and I are very excited to see everyone compete in both the Baronial Championships, and the Iron Comet Challenge. The Best of the Best, in more than one way! See you there!

 

In Levitate et Caritate,
~Baroness Hilda