By Lord DonalBane of Blakmers
Battlefield Reporter, Pennsic Independent
Ealdormere Unbelted Tournament
One of the Known World’s best-loved melee tournaments took center stage after Opening Ceremonies, as the Ealdormere Unbelted Tournament returned. Ten-man teams representing six kingdoms and one fighting household took part in the round-robin tournament.
For the second straight year, the team representing the Kingdom of Atlantia emerged victorious from the tournament with a 6-0 record. TRM Quilliam and Dagmar of Ealdormere gave each member of the team drinking horns.
Records from other teams in the tournament included: Æthelmearc 5-1, East 4-2, Ealdormere 3-3, Midrealm 2-4, Calontir 1-5 and the Order of the Lost Boys 0-6
After the tourney, TRM Quilliam and Dagmar also put THL Baldric, commander of the Ealdormeran unbelts, on vigil for the Order of Chivalry.
Warriors of History Tournament
Duchy von Drachenklaue’s Order of the Cataphract hosted the Warriors of History Tournament Sunday afternoon. This tournament encourages all warriors to don period armor kits with documentation. This year’s theme was “spears of all kinds,” leading to spear and dagger combat from most of the 15 participants.
After a brief Roman melee to start the festivities, the warriors fought a double elimination tournament. It was an all-Roman final to the tournament as Tiberius Iulius Rufus bested Gnaius two bouts to one in the final.
Baron Richard Larmer, who wore 14th century English armor, was honored for having the best armor kit.