By THLaird Colyne Stewart
On May 5th, Ardchreag was honoured to host a Baronial Fight Practice at
Park in Scarborough.
Fighters and fencers came from Petrea Thule, Eoforwic,
Greenhithe territory, and Ardchreag. Many good gentles who do not fight sat and
talked and sung songs and sewed and spun. It was a very good opportunity for
people from across the Barony to meet in a laid-back friendly environment. All
told there were approximately sixteen people in attendance.
While the fencers fought there was some one-on-one armoured combat, followe
shield wall drills. Thorfinna, a good gentle named Will, and I formed a shield
wall while Baron Cynred, Tiberius (of Petrea Thule) and Druss (Squire to Sir
David) poked, prodded and pulled at us. (I commented that all the experienced
fighters were with spears, and all the newbies with shields. The Baron laughed
and said, “Welcome to Pennsic!”) When it was over, we were told that if all the
shield men in Ealdomere could fight as cohesively as us three our Kingdom woul d be in good shape. (The more experienced fighters
then looked at each other and japed that all that would mean was that House
Darkyard woul d be sicked on us.)
The practice lasted for two hours though it was another hour before all packed up their carts for the rides home. If this is an indicator of Baronial Fight Practices I hope they continue to be held on a regular basis so that all those in the Barony can get together outside of an event. It is good.