The Warlord of the Outlands Tournament at Stag’s Emprise, October 14 A.S. 52

The tournament was in the style of Sir Michael McBain’s Artus Cominus. There were eighteen fighters, thirteen rounds each with a different weapon style, single fight.

With mine own eyes I saw acts of chivalry. In one fight, one opponent had a dagger and the other had a great sword. The wielder of the great sword chose to only use one arm in order to make the fight a little more fair.

There were also amazing skills shown. We all watched as Lord Gere started to lose his balance and fall backward while retreating (the floor had gotten dusty and a little slippery), only to regain his feet and immediately strike out at his opponent, vanquishing him.

Lord Khal Gan was voted “best dressed” by some of the ladies of the gallery. His new Mongol kit is amazing.

At the end of the thirteen rounds, there were three warriors who each had eight wins. Sir Wilhelm Gelbart (known also as Galbrearth), Lord Gere Thorkelsson, and Lord Ronan f-Fiacal mac Conaill (who is also currently the Windhover Bard) all stood tall It was the King’s will that they fight round robin, best two-out-of-three with great axe.

Sir Galbrearth and Lord Gere fought. Sir Galbrearth won.
Sir Galbrearth and Lord Ronan fought. Lord Ronan won.
Lord Ronan and Lord Gere fought. Lord Gere won.

His Majesty, in consultation with Her Royal Highness, declared that the round should be fought again, round robin, best two of three.

Sir Galbrearth and Lord Gere fought. Sir Galbrearth won.
Sir Galbrearth and Lord Ronan fought. Lord Ronan won.
Lord Ronan and Lord Gere fought. Lord Gere won.

Our good King and wise Crown Princess then decided that a Meanest Mother (every one fights everyone all at once) was the best course. These stalwart fighters once again took the field. Sir Galbrearth was dispatched first, leaving Lord Gere and Lord Ronan standing. After a flurry of axe blows, Lord Ronan fell. Lord Gere was victorious!

In court, Master Bela Kierzon (the Kurgan) returned the Thunderhead to the King, saying he had long wanted to be the Warlord. By carrying this Axe he could honor the first Prince of the Outlands, who was his Master.  Master Bela was released as Warlord to much acclaim.

With pride and wonderment in his eyes, he knelt before the King in court to accept the Prince’s Axe, Thunderhead. His Majesty called for an oath from him. He swore to be a good Warlord, to try to be as inspiring as Sir Jaxx was when he held the Axe, and to wake everyone up at Estrella so the Outlands can be first to the battlefield.

Dutifully relayed,
Matilda Seton
Blue Iris Herald