Iron Ring of the East

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The Challenge of the Iron Ring

The Iron Ring is a symbol of prowess (and only prowess) in rapier fighting within the bounds of a particular Kingdom. Currently there are five Rings active in the Society - in the Middle Kingdom, East Kingdom, Ealdormere, Meredies, and Northshield.

The only way to acquire the Iron Ring of your Kingdom is to challenge the current holder. 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 Iron Ring may only be exchanged once in any given day; if another challenger requests a Challenge to the new holder on the day they have won the ring from another, the holder is required to decline the Challenge. Otherwise, the holder may accept up to three Challenges in a given day, assuming the holder is the victor of each preceding Challenge that day.

The holder of the Iron Ring is required to accept the first Challenge in a day. The second and third Challenges are optional, and the holder should only accept those if they feel that they can show sufficient prowess and stamina after the exertions of the first Challenge.

Once the challenge is issued, it should be taken up as soon as is reasonable. (And really be reasonable here - if the challenged holder would like time to warm up, that's acceptable. If they are called away suddenly by an important commitment or royal command, that is also acceptable. "Calling dibs" on a challenge immediately after the current one may be acceptable, but calling dibs for tomorrow and expecting that challenges be refused until then is not.)

A challenger for the Iron Ring may only issue a single challenge per day.

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

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 met before said rapier armor is removed or the holder forfeits the ring to the challenger.

Choice of weapons is left to be negotiated between the combatants, but in all cases must include a rapier wielded in an offensive manner as this is a token of rapier prowess.

The Challenge must meet its Kingdom's rules for tournament combat. (This precludes the use of RBGs or other projectiles.)

The Iron Ring may not reside outside of it's Kingdom's borders. As such, it will revert to the previous holder if the current holder moves from the Ring's home kingdom or stops playing.

The Iron Ring shall be worn prominently while in period armor so potential challengers may know who is the current holder.

Lastly, it is the duty of the outgoing holder of the Iron Ring to make sure the incoming holder is fully aware of these rules.

History

Lineage of Bearers

Name Event Date
Geoffrey Gryphon (first bearer of the Iron Ring) Pennsic 2003
Jean-Paul Justen Casse (first to win the East Kingdom Challenge of the Iron Ring) Pennsic 2003
The ring was passed back and forth many times
Griffith Davion of the Argent Tyger
Ian Raven of Tadcaster May 19th 2006
Caine Ramsey August 16th 2006
Anssem van Rienen unknown
Donovan Shinnock Pennsic 2009
Owyn Greenwood Birka January 30, 2010
Konrad von Ulm King's & Queen's Rapier Champions February 27, 2010
Nathaniel Wyatt Gulf Wars March ?, 2010
Orlando Sforza Mudthaw March 27, 2010
Christopher Stanley Quest May 30, 2010
Lord Brendan Firebow Practice June 3, 2010
Christopher Stanley Practice June 17, 2010
Don Nathaniel Wyatt Practice June 27, 2010
John Radburne Pennsic
Dominus Tiberius Tarius Britannicus Tir Mara Rapier Championship June 25th, 2011
Lord Xavier the Sinister GNEW XXV July 9th, 2011
Dominus Tiberius Tarius Britannicus Dragon Dormant Practice June 11th, 2011
John Radburne
Donovan Shinnock Birka January 28, 2012
Thomas of Effingham Practice February 10, 2014
Remy Delamontagne de Gascogne Great Northeastern War July 12, 2014


Other past Bearers of the ring include:

  • Don Collin Monro
  • Don Caine Ramsey
  • Don Duncan Keiran
  • Don Quintin Brilliant
  • Don Nathaniel Wyatt
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