Missives from the South: Birthday fighting

Sunday I went to the regional fighter practice here in South Downs.   About eight fencers turned out and I got passes in with most.

Despite it being my birthday, and having planned to fight N+1 (where N is the number of your years on this planet, in my case 33) passes with everybody, I did not manage it.  I forgot to keep count through my first two opponents, then had an armor failure around pass 15 with my next opponent, and the fourth opponent was more of a teaching setting.  Oh well.  Maybe next Tuesday I’ll do the N+1.

There’d been plans prior to day-of for some melee, but that never materialized.  I’d been hoping to get a look at SOP for the Meridian army, but the turnout was a little low and intermittent.  One of the weirdest things for me to get used to is the scope of regions here.  Atlanta’s a barony, and within one hour of Atlanta is another barony and five shires.  Within an hour of Raleigh is Windmasters.  So, coming to the regional practice I was a little disappointed by the turnout and will need to spend some time recalibrating the scale.  Maybe melee next time?

The head of the Atlanta Freifechters did come out and teach some German longsword.  It was nifty stuff, and I think I’ll have to start seeking them out.

Meanwhile, we were not the weirdest people there.  Dagorhir showed up and started their boffer fighting.  There were a dozen or so of them.  One was dressed as a Jedi.  One was dressed as a goth in tophat, trenchcoat, and facepaint.  One was dressed as a goat.  I had to keep reminding myself that’s how we look to non-SCAdians.  Still.  A goat.

2 comments to Missives from the South: Birthday fighting

  • Dante di Pietro

    Eight people is pretty decent. When I host area practices we tend to get all the locals, plus maybe 1-4 people from neighboring areas. Only the really hardcore make an extra drive consistently, so eight’s respectable especially when you consider that Meridies has about a fourth of the fencers we do.

  • Tibbie Croser

    When I was in Dagorhir, I knew of a few of the Atlanta-area people, though not the goat, the goth, or the Jedi. Was the goat person actually playing a goat, not a faun? (There’s a unit of Dagorhir who play creatures from Narnia.) If you’ve seen the Rome unit at Pennsic, you might not know that they play Dagorhir most of the time; Dagorhir fighting is 90% melee, so however goofy the garb and weapons, the fighters actually get more melee experience than we do (weekly practice, monthly local battles year-round). Also, in Dag fighting you can be struck from behind, so you learn to pay attention to what’s behind you (something many SCA fencers need to learn).

    When my husband and I played Dagorhir (and he still does sometimes), we played a Puritan and a Border Reiver, similar to our SCA personas; I did play Shelob the spider for a themed battle once.

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