I want to write down some of my thoughts about the fighting at Sapphire Joust XII this year because in many ways I think it was some of the smoothest we have had. I don’t know that I have the brain power for that yet though so I thought I would post this instead.
On Saturday afternoon I ran a 12c Mellee Ransom Tourney. Here is the description of rules:
12c Ransom Tourney: Two teams of roughly even sides will be created with two Recets (resurrection points) on either end of the Ravine. Each fighter is responsible for bringing ransom worthy of their station, or they make arrangements with their captors on the fly. (Reproduction Money, Gifts to one’s lady, Agreements of service, Donations such as: Shift work at Pennsic, other charitable donations, etc.) A fighter may be either Bested or Captured. If a fighter is struck with any telling blow to the body or head and is not quickly Captured, they are out of the fight (Bested) and must resurrect at their Recet. Capture: Immediately after being struck if they can be taken by a Captor (“You are taken”) before they can be rescued by their teammates they must be walked back to the opposing teams Recet and the Ransom logged in with the Ladies of the Gallery. Rescue: Teammates may attempt to rescue a taken combatant by besting the Captor. This battle will be one hour long.
We ended up running this for 30 mins as the fighting was breaking down at the end of a very long and hot day and it was raining like all hell while this was going on. Almost everyone I spoke to loved this tourney and I got some very good feedback about to to tweak this to make it work better.
I thought it would be fun to post the Ransom List collected by the Ladies of the Gallery in a hope of displaying the Chivalry of these gentles and increasing their word fame. I’m using titles as I know them, or as they fit.
Captor: Captive: Ransom:
Lord Eckerhard Johan Tell Knight of his deeds.
Sir Tascius Hrothgar One Beer.
Sir Tascius Aaron of Moorhaven One Beer.
Lord Patrick of Kells Sir Tascius $5 donation to the Komen for the Cure Fund.
Joscelyn D’Outreamer Iain Play his bagpipes for Sir Bryce
William Shoprat Raphael Take a Flower to his Lady.
William Shoprat Master Donal Take a Flower to his Lady.
William Shoprat Ld. Lukas Take a Flower to his Lady.
Ld. Gerhard Ld. Lukas Asked for a vow that Lukas would lead the Unbelt Team with honor.
Duke Jason Kinslaye Joscelyn Cry he was bested the next morning @ Kraken Tourney.
Duke Jason Kinslaye Sir Arrayd Cry he was bested the next morning @ Kraken Tourney.
Duke Jason Kinslaye Conal 3 Pick up Fights.
Master Terafan Patrick $25 Donation to the Koman for the Cure.
Abran de la Barra Tearlach Entertain him with a story on the walk back to camp.
Raffael Patrick $25 Donation to the Koman for the Cure.
Lord Lukas Conal Fight at his side for three upcoming events.
I’m hoping to run more of these tournies as they offer a chance for chivalric deeds. I think one change is that when you are bested you must kneel for a moment to acknowledge your defeat.