Below you will find the Pennsic standard rapier conventions. As in years past, these rules will govern all war point events,
and other rapier activities where the marshal-in-charge so chooses. Rules applicable to particular activities are denoted in
the individual event descriptions. Fencers are encouraged to review these conventions carefully, as there have been changes
from last year.
Also, some important notes for participation in rapier combat at Pennsic:
In order to participate in any rapier war point events, a fencer must have authorized in at least
one rapier weapons form prior to
arrival at War.
Fencers are free to authorize in additional weapons forms at War, and use those forms in war
point events. Participation in non-war point events will be at the
discretion of the Marshal in Charge of a particular event.
Per the Corporate Rules for Rapier Combat in the SCA (the "Society Rules"), all fencers, prior to every combat or
practice, shall ensure their equipment is safe, in good working order and has been inspected by a marshal
authorized to inspect rapier gear.
At Pennsic, such inspection must be performed (a minimum of
once per day) by either a marshal from a fencer's home kingdom to that kingdom's standards or, if
a marshal from that kingdom is not available, by any marshal, to the Society Rules.
Additionally, those fencers participating in the war point events must receive an inspection sticker, which will be
available at the Rapier Marshal's tent. A sticker will be issued upon a fencer's armor and equipment passing an
initial inspection, and the fencer displaying proof of authorization with positive ID and site token.
Cut and Thrust Rapier
Fencers interested in practicing cut and thrust rapier are free to do so on the rapier field, using the
Society Rules or their own kingdom's cut and thrust programs. Fencers wishing to practice C&T
must be supervised by a marshal warranted to do so in that marshal's kingdom.
This year's Youth Rapier Marshal in Charge is Lord Lucien De Wyntere. Minors wishing to participate in youth fencing activities must first see
him (accompanied by a parent or guardian) to complete necessary paperwork.
He may be found on the field during youth fencing practice, at times listed on the
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