With fall comes fresh-pressed apple cider. One of the markets near where I work was selling unpasteurized (no sulfides added or anything) apple
The “Push for Pennsic” SCA event this past weekend was fairly unremarkable… a couple of tournaments, a couple of authorizations, melee practice, oppressively hot and humid weather…
I also won the Midrealm Iron Ring. The current (now former) holder of the ring (Kelvin) made a big deal about how he was donning his “target” when he was armoring up, so of course he was challenged for it pretty much straight off. Technically, John got in the first challange, but since he was not in armor at the time, it was not a valid challange, making me the first challanger.
As was my right, I chose single sword (German style) as the challange format.
John marshaled the challenge, and declared it to be particularly “brutal”. In one exchange, Kelvin took my legs, but being on my knees didn’t stop me from doing a full-length-of-the-blade drawcut to his neck.
I wish that we had gotten pictures of video of those fights… I would have liked to have the opportunity to critique myself…
So I won the ring. I also have the accompanying “box of history” that goes along with it, that I intend to spend some time poking through. It is custom for every holder of the ring to add something, some little token, to the box. I need to figure out what I want to put in to represent myself.
I don’t think that I will have the ring for long. I am pretty (actually 100% sure) that John intends to challenge me for it the first chance that he has.