News of the rapier and cut-and-thrust fighting world.

Known World Combat Collegiums Scheduled

In September 1st and 2nd of 2018, the Kingdom of Northshield will host to Known World Academy of Rapier (KWAR) and the first Known World Armored Combat Colloquium (KWACC) in more than a decade. For those that have not taken part of known world events, these bring some of the best and brightest in their fields to teach, learn, and take part in these focused areas within the SCA.

The event is scheduled to be in Stoughton, WI, in the Barony of Jararvellir.

Look for details at this website in the coming months:


From Their Highnesses, Concerning The King’s Rapier Champion

Greetings to all Defenders, Warders, Donyas & Dons, Ladies and Lords who practice the fine art of defense.

We wish to announce that on the occasion of Our Coronation We will be holding a tournament to determine the King’s Rapier Champion. This tournament will be open to all authorized Midrealm Rapier combatants that are willing to travel and serve the Kingdom in this role. (more…)

Pennsic Fencers Scholarship Fund Drive

In October of 2013, I was sitting at a Command Symposium during a break, and listening to people tell stories of friends who had been unable to attend Pennsic. This person had unexpectedly lost their job. That person was an eager college student who just didn’t have the funds. Another person had just had a baby, and money was too tight. All of the stories had a common thread – fencers who loved the Society and wanted to help the war effort, but couldn’t because of financial strain.

Thus came the idea – Why not start a Scholarship, driven by fundraisers throughout the year and supported by the rapier community? The Middle Kingdom Pennsic Scholarship Fund was born. (more…)

Baron Wars: Updated Rapier Activity Schedule!

Updated Rapier Activity Schedule!

Order of events:
Friday Night:
1. Rapier Tent – Open Liste: 6:00 – Dark (provide your own marshals)
2. Rapier Tent – Dark:30 – 3 AM: Rapier Party

1. Authorizations: 9 AM – 10 AM;
2. Youth Rapier: 9 AM – 12 Noon Rapier Tent, if marshals are available
3. Kingdom Rapier Melee Practice: 10 AM – 12 Noon;
4. Lunch Break: 12 PM – 1 PM;
5. Captain Craidd’s Boarding Actions: 1:00 – 2:00; Rapier Tent
6. Learn to Parry Tournament: 2 PM – 4PM; Rapier Tent and area
7. Pageant of the Masters 4:00 – 5:00
8. Open sparring After the Tournament 4:00-ish, Rapier Tent
9. Rapier Tent Lists close: 4:30 PM
10. Field lists close: 5:00
11. Court: 5:30 PM?, in the Rapier tent.
12. Dark:30 – ? AM: Rapier Party Part II!

To save space I’ll skip the Boarding Actions rules & description. If you don’t know what it is – “Fun bear-pit on the boards” sums it up nicely.

The Learn to Parry Tournament: 2 PM – 4:00 PM-ish
A tournament in two (2) parts:
• Round robin pools to start
o Three (3) lethal passes per bout.
o 0-3 possible points per bout.
o The victor of each pass gets 1 point.
o Double Kills count as 0 (no point for either combatant).
o Half of each pool will advance to the Double Elimination portion of the Tournament.
• Double Elimination Portion – with a Swiss-6 component. (Now 6 because of the 2-handed rapier authorization)
o Each combatant will list the order of authorization styles to be used as the Double Elimination portion progresses:
o Default to single rapier for any missing authorizations.
o Off-hand Parry is divided into Rigid & Non-rigid.
o Windy Day Rule: Single Rapier may be substituted for Rapier & Non-rigid parry at the Marshals’ discretion.
o One kill, only 1 re-fight for a double kill. A second double-kill counts as a loss for both. Learn to parry.
• Prize for 1st and 2nd places.

Rapier activity for those out of the Tournament:
• We’ll come up with something.

Pageant of the Masters 4 PM-ish – 5 PM
• Demonstration of the Master’s practice by students of opposing Masters.
o The students practise their Master’s system upon their opponents.
• Expositions of the Master’s method as being superior – given by the students.
o The students and pageant spectators divide into groups, as they desire, whereupon the students expound upon the Master’s craft in tutorial.

There’s melee!! There’re tournaments!! (with prizes!)
Any day with a sword in hand is a good day!
Come on out, we’re gonna have a blast!
(and the weather is looking good, too!)

Capt. Craidd

South Oaken Rapier War Practice

Greetings from Dayffd Blaidd, Baron Flaming Gryphon.

Push for Pennsic will be the one and only scheduled South Oaken Rapier War Practice. I ask that as many people who are fighting in the rapier battles at Pennsic, including cross-overs if possible, please try to take part in this practice. Tentative schedule (subject to alteration, possibly without notice) follows:

1000 – 1100 Inspections and Authorizations
1100 – 1130 Capture/Defend the Flag
1130 – 1230 Lunch/Pick-ups
1230 – 1300 Collect Resources
1315 – 1345 Line Engagement
1400 – 1500 Prize Tournament
1500 – 1630 Pick-ups

Fencers from outside South Oaken are encouraged to come and help with training and marshaling as well. Any participation will be appreciated.

Pennsic: Scheduling activities on the Battlefield

From the Pennsic Battlefield Scheduler:

People wishing to use the battlefield/fort/tourney lists for an activity can place a request using the same process as last year – via the Pennsic University Thing process found here:

Please enter all applicable information to help me sort out the best place to put you in; especially set-up/tear down times and what area you’d prefer to get. Volume of participants expected can help too. There is a supplementary area for extra info. Deadline for the book is two weeks and I will do my best to schedule all requests submitted by that date.

Questions can be sent to me at:

I’m not on FB site very often these days so cannot guarantee seeing posts there.

Countess Joleicia of Litchfield
Pennsic 44 Battlefield Scheduler

Order of Defense Name, Badge, and Regalia Registered

Greetings unto all who read these words,

The Laurel King of Arms has just published a special Letter of Acceptances and Returns (LoAR) for the items related to the Order of Defense. I have clipped out a lot of the discussion of procedural stuff. Because the last peerage was created in 1972 and the first set of written rules for the College of Arms came out in 1982 there was not a lot of precedents or procedures relating to the registration of items for peerages and significant discussion revolved around that.

The information below is taken from both the cover letter and the acceptance letter. I recommend reading the entire LoAR.  If you would like to read the letter in its entirety it can be found here http://heraldry.sca.org/loar/2015/04s/

Society for Creative Anachronism. Order name Order of Defense and badge. (Tinctureless) Three rapiers in pall inverted tips crossed.

Appearing in the Letter of Intent as Order of Defence, the preferred spelling is Order of Defense. The spellings defence and defense are used interchangeably in our period [see the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), s.v. defence]. We have changed the name to the desired spelling, with the caveat that both spellings are acceptable and can be used according to the desires of the kingdom and the individual companions of the order.

The badge of the Order is registered as tinctureless. We recognize that it has been long-standing policy to not register tinctureless armory outside of Herald’s Seals. However, given that the majority of the armory and regalia for the Peerage orders are tinctureless, we have afforded the same standing to the badge registered herein.


Society for Creative Anachronism. Regalia for Order of Defense. (Fieldless) A white livery collar.

Submitted as (Fieldless) A white livery collar, bearing the badge of the Order of Defence, commentary indicated that requiring to recognize a specific badge hanging from the collar would decrease identifiability of the members of the order.

The white livery collar is registered and protected as regalia only. Similarly to the laurel wreath of the Order of the Laurel, it is not registered as a badge and cannot be registered on armory for the members of the Order of Defense.

In acknowledgement of the diverse forms and ornamentation that livery collars may possess, we decline to specify a type for the Order, just as we do not specify anything beyond a white belt for the Order of the Chivalry. In order to be considered regalia, the collar itself must be white.

Much like the superprotection of the white belt as regalia for the Order of Chivalry does not prevent the populace from wearing belts of other colors or metal, the superprotection of a white livery collar for the Order of Defense does not mean that members of the populace cannot wear livery collars of another color or metal livery collars, including those made of silver.


The phrase Academy of Defense is a historical term used by fencing schools, and is used by multiple SCA branches to refer to both educational events and fencing practices. A registration of Order of Defense would “superprotect” the term Defense under NPN4B2 of SENA, preventing further uses of X of Defense and limiting the use of Defense in both non-personal and personal names in future registrations:

Order and award names may not include the names of the peerage orders or overt references to famous knightly orders such as the Garter. Other types of non-personal names may only use such elements in contexts where no reference to the order is likely to be perceived by members of the order and the general populace.

However, in acknowledgement of the traditions of excellence that many branches have displayed in educating their populace on period rapier combat, the SCA Board of Directors has granted permission for the use of Academy of Defense or Academy of Defence by any branch, and only branches, in the future.


We note the following acceptable styles for members of the Order: X, Master of the Order of Defense, and X, Master of Defense. On the question of post-nomial abbreviations (the practice of putting initials for awards behind one’s name), we decline to specify an abbreviation as this practice is post-period.


Known World Academy of the Rapier and Costuming Symposium

The Known World Costuming Symposium and the Known World Academy of the Rapier are returning to the Midlands!

Join us at the DoubleTree by Hilton Libertyville from November 13-15! There will be classes, tourneys, court, merchants, and a lot of fun!

You can reserve a room two ways – go to www.mundelein.doubletree.com and register using GROUP code KWA, or call 847-949-5100 or 800-222-TREE and use GROUP code KWA.

Kai Tseng will be Dean of the Rapier Academy, and Acelina of Dorelai will be Dean of the Costuming Academy. Please contact them with any questions or comments about classes, or to volunteer to teach. Contact Baroness Nadezda (Merril Miller) for Royalty questions.

The Facebook page for the event may be found at https://www.facebook.com/events/821546024560890/