Greetings to the list;
I thought I'd take a quick minute to introduce myself, for those that
haven't met me, and remind those for whom it's been too long since our
paths have crossed.
I am Lord Gavin MacAidan, mundanely Gavin Lusk. I've been a fencer for just
over fifteen years now, having taken a bit of a break in the middle. I've
watched the changes to the rules over the years with some awe, some
amusement, and some occasional shaking of the head - everything from
switching from epee to schlager, amid cries that people were going to get
themselves killed on the list, then to the heavier blades now. While I'm
not yet authorized in cut and thrust, it's my plan for the winter to let
various good folk beat the snot out of me while I learn.
The rapier rules in Ealdormere are undergoing some major revisions in the
way we do authorizations and generally approach the whole 'learning to be
safe' thing. For the most part, I see these changes as beneficial,
hopefully leading us to a more in-depth study of period styles (I can hear
those who have fenced against my brute force method laughing at that coming
For all of us, especially we old dinosaurs, there will be an inevitable
period of adjustment as we come to grips with the new rules. There will be
questions and concerns, and a fair amount of discussion both on this list
and on the marshal's list. This is a good thing. Initially, I expect much
of my job will be clarifications, adjustments and small bits of tinkering
with the rules that Lars laid down, but for the most part, I don't
anticipate any major changes to the new authorization format. Having said
that, I am hoping to hold a rapier moot at some point in the next year or
As fencers, remember always that your first duty is to protect yourself on
the list. Your second duty is to protect your opponent. Your third duty is
to have fun as you practice, learn and compete with your choice of weapon.
I hope to be announcing my deputy marshal and cut and thrust marshal in the
coming weeks. As a reminder to marshals out there, if you're interested in
either job, drop me a line.
Finally, with a new person in the KRM's slot, and a new set of rules to go
by, there will be questions. If you have a question, it is probable that
someone else has the same question, so ask. Either here on the rapier list,
to the marshal's list if you are a marshal, and to the kingdom rapier
marshal's email (ealdormere.rapier.marshal@...
). I will try to
respond as promptly as I can.
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