Archery Defender, I Am

For those of you who don’t know, I am in a medieval renactment group called the SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism). In it, we do all kinds of things that some people think are weird. But we also fight.

And not like play fighting, like with broom sticks (although that is allowed). We fight with rattans, swords, seige engines, and we have wars and battles and the whole nine.

We also have archery, which is my focus in the society. I’ve been doing it for about 5 years now and its been great fun. Although this weekend, I had a not wholly unexpected turn of events. This weekend was an event called Acorn War (and yes, there were 60 or so people on a war field beating the crap out of each other; it was great fun). Also during the event, there was a tournament to see who will be the next defender of the area know in the society as Mountains Edge.

The tournament took all day Saturday and consisted of many different types of shoots, but in the end I emerged victorious! I had the highest cumulative score and the highest number of shoots won so I won two ways. There were about 15 others shooting for the defendership also but I beat them all!

What does this mean, you ask? Basically, I have to stand in court behind the Mt Edge seneshal (the leader of the area) and look intimidating next to the heavy defender, equestrian defender, A&S defender, and bardic defender. That, and I get free admission to Mt Edge events (bonus).

So, that was my weekend. What did you do?

– Cheers

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