17332Caidan Rules, A Brief History (longish)
- Mar 2, 2005Of late, Caids rules have come up in several threads. I thought it might
help if the context for those rules was explained. The Kingdom MoA, THL
Carolus, can also speak on this because he was one of the folks that
helped create the rules way back when (Funny thing is he was smart
enough to not want the MoA job back then. You have to wonder what
First it is important to understand, that the rules where created for a
reason. Archery in Caid was in fact broken. There was no standardization
in the safety rules (equipment rules or rules of the range). No
consistency in how the range was laid out or run. And no consistency in
how competitions were run, or scores reported.
In fact all the MoA's prior to (the then) Lady Toline, were pointedly
asked to leave office by the Crown. Toline was in fact the first Caidan
MoA to finish out a full term of office. When Toline took office she was
commanded by the Crown to craft a set of rules acceptable to both the
Marshals Office and the Kingdom Seneschal. So working with little or no
support from the archery community, she began on the rules.
Now I say little or no support, because the archers in the far flung
areas of Caid, didn't see that change was required. We had a loose
collage of archers. And it was felt by most, that collage and not the
MoA could handle the issues before the archers of Caid. What these folks
did not realize was that if Toline did not succeed, archery could be
baned in Caid. The problems were seen by the Crown to be that bad.
At that time I was a Baronial archery officer. I had written a rules of
the line piece for a kingdom publication. Toline approached me and asked
if she could use that in the rule book. At that time I was told the
importance of the project. With Toline blessing I roped several old
hands at SCA and FITA archery into the rules committee. Carolus was one,
Allan Bluehood another, Kurt von Erikslava (sp?) and others as well.
Together we created the first rule book that is still the basis for the
rules we use today.
Lady Toline's fight was to get the rule book done and accepted by the
Crown and officers of the Kingdom. After she did that, she stepped down
(after a full two year term, yes it took that long) and handed the
office of to me.
It was up to me to be the evil bad guy that enforced the new rules. The
first several hundred authorizations and several dozen range marshal
warrants had my signature on them (can you say writers cramp?) It was an
ugly time. Many were the folks that thought the rule book wasn't needed
in the first place. Many complained that the standardized rules were not
what they were used to. And still many others felt it was a power grab
on my part (?????) to take "power" away from the collage of archers.
The Crown went to some length to explain the need for the rule book. And
after that many folks accepted it. But a few continued to fight and
protest and even flaunt the rules. In the end, the Crown called all
argument on the issue closed. And yet some continued on and the Crown
was forced to banish two people before it was all said and done. (so the
next time someone says it's a thankless job, just think you could have
had to go through what I did!)
For a brief while I think I was the most hated person in Caid. But the
system still works today. And it was a valuable experience that was very
helpful when I was called on to help with Caid's rapier rules a few
Njall Olaf Hagerson
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