This ministry office handles all aspects of combat, including weapon and armor standards, and supervising the lists during tournaments and wars.
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Styles of Combat
This level is the general entry point for most combatants. The 'shinai' is a split-bamboo sword used in martial arts training. It is designed to minimize the impact for a slashing blow. No thrusting is allowed when using a shinai. This level of combat is open to all qualified combatants age 13 and over.
Rapier (aka Renaissance aka Schlager) Combat
Simulating the less heavily armored combat of late in Adria's focus period, this type of combat uses steel Schlager-style blades to represent the epees and rapiers common to this time.
Cut and Thrust
Before Renaissance fencing became common, there were still combatants who relied upon speed rather than strength for their blows. Cut and thrust requires heavier armor than Shinai or Schlager, but still significantly less than armored combat.
Armored (Steel) Combat
Unique to Adria and its siblings, the use of unchoreographed steel weapons and heavy armor is what makes our organization so different. No combatant can truly be called a Champion until they have won the field in armored combat.
Each month, the Crowns of each chartered subdivision hold tournaments for the populace. Each tourney list is appropriate to one of the styles of combat listed above. Schlager is further divided between beginners (sergeants) and more advanced combatants, including knights.
The Adrian Empire, and many of its larger subdivisions often choose their Crowns through broad-scale competitions we call wars. It is a great attraction for the combatants to have a chance to face dozens of combatants across an open field, and to participate in complex scenarios designed to test both strategy and combat ability.
In addition to Crown wars (used to compete for the Crown), subdivisions can also host what are called "Fun Wars". Set against the backdrop of some elaborate plot line, these wars are just for fun, and the chance to participate where the stakes aren't quite so high.
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