"J. Badgley" wrote:
> On Sat, 31 Mar 2001, wally meeker wrote:
> > What would you do about those fighters who are
> > confined to a wheel chair to fight. We have at least
> > one in Calontir who is a Fyrdman (AoA level Martial
> > arts award here) The Chivalrous fighters here go down
> > on a knee to engage him. So what would you do here?
> This is a different case entirely. I would, to play the game, be willing
> to go down on my knees to fight if he wished.
> This is one of the ways in which our modern society does not reflect
> mediaeval reality, as far as I've seen. Would people who are now in
> wheelchairs have been fighting in tournaments in the Middle Ages?
> Nonetheless, I believe that going down and fighting from the knees or
> fighting with the one arm behind your back because it was lost is a silly
> rule. This is something different: this is someone with a handicap to
> begin with. My main aversion to the former is that someone in such pain
> as to make their limb useless would hardly be in a condition to keep
> fighting. This latter is a case of someone who is not dealing with that.
> And, I hate to say it, but mediaeval tournaments were _not_ equal
> oppurtunity events.
Besides, If you lost an arm or a leg, your life is about to be measured in
very short minutes unless someone gets a tounaquite on quick. Most sword
strikes to the extremities would have ended a fight quickly. If it is a
tournament instead of a battle, wouldn't yielding be apropriate?