The most well-attended event in the history of our Incipient
Shire was held April 9-11.
Combatants from as far away as Starkhafn and Erd Sul came to test
their skill in the first annual Defender of the Westen Shores
Combat began Saturday morning after a short opening court. Those
vying for the title of Defender had to score well in three of four
areas of skill. There were lists for Hardsuit, Rapier, Archery and
Arts & Sciences.
Though there were few contestants in Hardsuit, there was a fine
field of Rapier fighters. Both erics were busy as THL Don Duncan
McLean and Taran the Wanderer acting as field heralds called the
Rapier fighters to combat.
A three-way tie in the archery tournament was broken in a
speed-shoot. Catriona Ghabhalfhada showed her great skill by scoring
16 with 6 arrows shot in under 30 seconds.
Lord Ian MacDonald of Aurochsfjord proved to be the over-all
champion and Defender of the Western Shores by winning both the
Hard-suit combat and the Arts & Sciences competition as well as
doing well in the Rapier.
Following the adult fighting, the erics were turned over to the
younger fighters for a Boffer tourney.