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The Rules Concerning The Iron Ring of Gleann Abhann
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Conventions of the Iron Ring are as follows:

The Ring must remain in the possession of a fencer who resides in Gleann Abhann.

The Ringbearer must present the ring and accept at least one challenge at any event any day rapier activities are scheduled. He (She) may accept more than one challenge if they desire.

If there is more than one challenger, the challengers must first decide among themselves who has the privilege of the first challenge. This may be by fencing or game of chance.

Once decided, the fighters will present themselves, properly armed and armored, to the list field with a marshal. A formal challenge will be given and the duel will begin.

The duel for the Ring's possession will be decided as a best three of five bouts. The bouts should use all five authorized fighting styles; Rapier, Rapier/Dagger, Rapier/Soft Parry, Rapier/Hard Parry, Case. ( As long as the fighters are properly authorized in the style). The styles may be used in any particular order.

The Ring may change hands only once a day.

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Holders of the Iron Ring
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Holder Date Event
Master Erik of Telemark November 1, 2003 Gleann Abhann Investiture
Wulfram Forester December 6, 2003
Christmas Revel
Aethan Dunmire March 17, 2004 Gulf Wars XIII
Azar of Wyrmgeist March 19, 2004
Gulf Wars XIII
Adam Goodwine March 20, 2004 Gulf Wars XIII
Shoiel ben Y'israel de Poznan August 14, 2004 Pax Axe
David the Traveller of Eagle Isle August 21, 2004 Troll Fen Regional Practice
Wulfram Forester January 29, 2005 Troll Fen Defender
Frederick Alton March 18, 2005 Gulf Wars XIV
Dante di Pirro August 27, 2005 Aphar Faire XIII
Wulfram Forester May 20, 2006 Coronation
Pol Uto June 3, 2006 Axemoor Regional Practice
Francisco Diego Cortes de Cadiz August 6, 2006 Wyrmgeist Regional Practice
Frederick Alton October, 2006 Fighter's Collegium
Tomas mac Thighearnain March, 2007 Gulf Wars XVI
Shoiel ben Y'israel de Poznan September 29, 2007 Privateers' Plunder Harvest Home
Georg von Stauffenberg March 15, 2008 Gulf Wars XVII
Pol Uto May 17, 2008 Crown List
Alysia Gabrielle de Fougeres February 28, 2009 Fighter's Collegium
Aethan Dunmire March 19, 2009 Gulf Wars XVIII
Savelli Bastiani March 20, 2009 Gulf Wars XVIII
Master Erik of Telemark September 12, 2009 War of the Pearls
Regné de Lyon October 10, 2009 Diamond Wars
James Cooke the Sinister April 10, 2010 Coronation
Aron the Dane May 22, 2010 Cracked Anvil
Binn MacBranain August 7, 2010 Huntsman's Harvest
Jarl Jon the Tall November 13, 2010 Crown List
Binn MacBranain March 16, 2011 Gulf Wars XX
Ryan Dollas March 18, 2011 Gulf Wars XX
Binn MacBranain April 23, 2011 A Veddy British Beltaine
Kegan of South Tower September 3, 2011 Mid Summer Knight's Dream
Binn MacBranain February 18, 2012 Newbie Collegium
Shoiel ben Y'israel de Poznan March 14, 2012 Gulf Wars XXI
Lorccán hua Conchobair July 21, 2012 For the Love of Helen
Binn MacBranain August 11, 2012 Aphar Fair
Wulfram Forester September 15, 2012 Kingdom A&S
Aindel Drake January 25, 2013 Swamp Romp
Lorelei (Osprey) von Orlamunde February 23, 2013 Fighter's Collegium
Savelli Bastiani March 13, 2013 Gulf Wars XXII
Binn MacBranain March 15, 2013 Gulf Wars XXII
Viktoriya Philois September 7, 2013 Slay The Dragon
Master Erik of Telemark October 4, 2013 Coronation
Viktoriya Philo November, 2013 Bordermarch Autumn Melees
Ryan Dollas March 11, 2014 Gulf Wars XXIII
Binn MacBranain March 21, 2014 Gulf Wars XXIII
Ryan Dollas May 31, 2014 Candlelight
Miguel Mono de Hierro July 27,2014 Regional Fighter Practice held in conjuction with the Academy of the Performing Arts
Robert Dubois January 31,2015 Swamp Romp
Ryan Dollas March 19, 2015 Gulf Wars XXIV
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The Complete History of the Iron Ring
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The Origin Of the Iron Ring (Midrealm and Northshield)

On February 17, 2002, THL Elijah Cameron of Black Isle, Warder of the Bronze Ring, Sheriff and Defender of Northshield, La Familia di Cellini, posted the following to the South East Rapier Yahoo Group:

Greetings Midrealm Fencers,

Pardon any cross postings...

In a conversation with THL Alexander de Seton this weekend at Stone Dog Tavern, we were discussing an issue many of us have pondered before, not enough strictly prowess based recognition in our rapier culture. Alexander challenged me to come up with something and to further provoke his point he gave me a hematite ring that he had been personally passing out as a gesture of prowess and thanks for a good fight this weekend.

He hoped an 'iron ring' (hematite is raw iron ore) would spark ideas (yes, the similarity to the Iron Watch is on purpose). Well, its a long drive back from Chicago, I had time to think...

The Original Challenge of the Iron Ring

I have put the Iron Ring on a chain. The Iron Ring is a symbol of prowess (and only prowess) in rapier fighting, there is only one, and the only way to acquire it is to challenge the current ring bearer. The format of the challenge is fixed and shall be strictly followed to insure this does not alter from its original intent.

To declare the challenge the challenger declares 'I request the Challenge of the Iron Ring'.

The proper responses are 'I accept your challenge' or 'I am forbidden from accepting your challenge'.

The fight for the Iron Ring shall always be best 3 out of 5 fights to allow for the occasional lucky shot.

The Iron Ring may only be fought for once in any given day. If another challenger requests a challenge to the existing or new ring bearer, the ring bearer is required to respond 'I am forbidden from accepting your challenge'.

The 'challenge' can only be made while both participants are fully in dress rapier armor (non period practice armor is not acceptable) and there is still opportunity to fight that day.

The 'challenge' must be (reasonably) met before said rapier armor is removed or the ring bearer forfeits his right to the ring to the challenger. (reasonably means use common sense here, if it is not possible because of unforeseen acts of god leave it at that)

Since the ring bearer must choose the appropriate time, it is always the challengers right to choice of weapons. However the weapons must include a rapier (case of dagger is excluded, this is rapier prowess recognition).

The challenge must meet Midrealm rules of tournament combat. (including no RBG's)

The ring may not leave Midrealm/Northshield residence, it will revert to the previous ring bearer if the existing ring bearer moves from kingdom(s) or stops playing. (The intent is for the Challenge of the Iron Ring to continue between Midrealm and Northshield when Northshield becomes Kingdom).

The Iron Ring shall be worn prominently while in period armor so potential challengers may know who is the current ring bearer (my recommendation is wrap the chain around your belt and wear it as a favor).

Lastly, it is the duty of the outgoing ring bearer to make sure the incoming ring bearer is fully aware of these rules.

As Premier to the Iron Ring (as given to me by THL Alexander de Seton), I shall be the first ring bearer, seek me out.

 

One Ring To Rule Them All...

ord Rodrigo de Montoya
Champion to the Prince of Northshield
Barony of Nordskogen'
Principality of Northshield
Kingdom of Midrealm

The Introduction of the Iron Ring
to the Kingdom of Meridies (A Gift From Northshield)

On September 17, 2003, THL Cameron posted again to the South East Rapier Yahoo Group:

Greetings all,

ome of you may have heard of the "Iron Ring Challenge" that has been going on in both the Northshield and the Midrealm for the last year or so and more recently in the East Kingdom.

For those of you who have not, the Iron Ring is a token that is passed from fighter to fighter through personal challenges. It is not an award granted by any Crown but a gift from Rapier Fighters for Rapier Fighters. It is meant to be a symbol for prowess and can only be won at swordpoint. While speaking with Baron Rodrigo de Montoya of Nordskogen (in Northshield), I mentioned that I thought the Rapier Fighters of Meridies would enjoy such a game. He as the creator of the challenge and premier "Ring Bearer" suggested that I begin it down here and gifted me with an iron ring to present to you the Rapier fighters of Meridies.

The rules are simple.

1- You and the ring bearer must be in garb for the challenge to be issued:  "I challenge you for the Iron Ring"

2- Once weapons are agreed upon, there will be three bouts, the best of three takes the ring.

3- those who play the game are encouraged to build traditions around the ring ie; protocols, regailia etc... whatever we feel enhances the challenge and makes it uniquely Meridies.

I have the Iron Ring and will be bringing it with me to Red Tower. It is my hope that there will those who would wish to take it from me. If you have any questions or suggestions, let me know.

 

Salute!
Cameron

 

The Introduction of the Iron Ring to
the (then) Principality of Gleann Abhann

On October 20, 2003, THL Wulfram Forester posted the following to the South East Rapier Yahoo Group:

I would like all interested in becoming the next Gleann Abhann Princess Rapier Champion to be aware that the tourney will be held at Investiture Nov 1, 2-3 PM.

Unless there are any objections, the winner, in addition to having the honor of serving our new Stellar Princess, will also be the first fencer to possess the Gleann Abhann Iron Ring. This will initiate the Iron Ring Challenge for Gleann Abhann. (Rules to follow)

The tourney will be a round robin tourney, with best two of three bouts determining a winner. Wounds would be retained for the duration of that opponent. Single rapier would be used first bout. Rapier and second weapon/parry device for next bout. Third bout, if needed would be fighter's choice. In addition to this, fighters would be asked to carry whatever they planned to use for the second hand on their person from the beginning. (EX: dagger in sheath or belt, wearing cape). This second item can only be drawn after the initiation of the bout.

The idea is a person unexpectedly coming upon an old enemy on the street. After an argument and initial drawing of sword to make threats, they decide to engage. Then they would have to use whatever they had on their person to begin with. And they would have to draw it or take it off in the process of fighting to use it.

I think this should be an interesting tourney with lots of fencing for all.


YIS
Wulfram Forester GAR/GAPSC

 

The Official Rules Outlined for Gleann Abhann

On November 3, 2003, THL Wulfram Forester again posted to the South East Rapier Yahoo Group:

Greetings,

It is my pleasure to announce that Master Erik of Telemark is the new Gleann Abhann Princess Rapier Champion.

Master Erik was undefeated in a round robin tourney of 6 fencers to claim the honor.

In addition, he now is the first "Ringbearer" of the Gleann Abhann Iron Ring. He may be challenged for it's possession at any event that has rapier activities.

Rules are as follows:

The Ring must remain in possession of a fencer who resides in Gleann Abhann.

The Ringbearer must present the ring and accept at least one challenge at any event any day rapier activities are scheduled. He (She) may accept more than one challenge if they desire.

If there is more than one challenger, the challengers must first decide among themselves who has the privilege of the first challenge. This may be by fencing or game of chance.

Once decided, the fighters will present themselves, properly armed and armored, to the list field with a marshal. A formal challenge will be given and the duel will begin.

The duel for the Ring's possession will be decided as a best three of five bouts. The bouts should use all five authorized fighting styles; Rapier, Rapier/Dagger, Rapier/Soft Parry, Rapier/Hard Parry, Case. (As long as the fighters are properly authorized in the style) The styles may be used in any particular order.

The Ring may change hands only once a day.

I hope to relieve Master Erik of the "burden" of the Ring soon. I hope that others will seek the same.

 

YIS
Wulfram Forester, RM,GAR/GAPRC

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