The Iron Ring of the Midrealm


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Southern Ring

became Midrealm Iron Ring 07/12/2003


Ring Bearer

Date Won

Successful Challenges

1 Warder Uadahlrich Von Sassmannshausen 02/16/2002 0
2 Marco Borromei 3/9/2002 5
3 Lord Gregory Bryant 5/11/2002 3
4 Warder Uadahlrich Von Sassmannshausen 7/13/2002 8
5 Torquil 9/21/2002 2
6 Lady Brighid MacCumhal 12/7/2002 2
7 Warder Colin MacNish 02/22/2003 2
8 Lord Flaithrí Ó Cearnaigh 1
9 Cadet Brighid MacCumhal 7/17/2003 1
10 Warder Kristoff 08/10/2003
11 Rodrigo 08/11/2003
12 Michael St. Christian 08/12/2003
13 Gauge 10/16/2003 5
14 Warder Kristoff 11/2/2003 19
15 Baron Adam Comyn 7/9/2004 4
16 Warder Gallien 8/4/2004 1
17 Lady Brighid MacCumhal 8/15/2004
18 Lord AElfwine Pyttel 8/18/2004
19 Warder Blaise 1/9/2005
20 Ward Zygmunt Nadatowski 7/9/2005 14
21 Joseff of the Loc Sproule 1/8/2006 1
22 Bear 2/11/2006 5
23 Alfwine Pyttel 4/22/2006 2
24 Collette Valois 6/17/2006 1
25 Bear 6/17/2006 3
26 Lucien Featherstone 6/24/2006 5
27 Rhys 7/8/2006 1
28 Bear 8/12/2006 6
29 Warder Blaise 9/16/2006
* The great Void... all was lost... but the ring was brought back to play by 'rigo and returned to play with Bear. 8/3/2008 3
30 Warder Lleng Craidd 8/6/2008 1
31 Warder Brighid 8/7/2008 1
32 Warder Anton 8/7/2008 2
33 Kai 8/30/2008 9
34 Miguel de Santiago 1/31/2009 1
35 Warder Sibyl Sevenoke 2/4/2009
36 Vindis Sigtrygson 4/1/2009
37 Miguel de Santi 4/8/2009
38 Adam MacAaidh 4/11/2009
39 Kai Tseng 5/16/2009
40 Miguel de Santiago 5/30/2009
41 Vindis Sigtrygson 7/23/2009
42 Lleing Craidd 8/4/2009
43 Vincente Xavier Raposo 8/6/2009
44 Faelan Laidhgeann 8/7/2009
45 Gwynneth verch Ieaun ?/?/2009
46 Phaedra de Vere 1/23/2010
47 Adam Comyn 4/17/2010
48 Bjorn Arnaldsson 4/27/2010
49 Peter Grau von Bremen 4/28/2010
50 Kara Cypriani 5/5/2010

Northern Ring

became Northshield Iron Ring


Ring Bearer

Date Won

Successful Challenges

1 Lord Rodrigo de Montoya - Premier 02/16//2002
2 Lord Michael St. Christen 03/2002
3 Lord Lazareth de la Gauge 08/02/2002
4 Lord Mateo Montero de Madrid 02/2002
5 08/25/2002
6 Lord Lazareth de la Gauge 09/2002
7 Lord Rodrigo de Montoya 09/2002
8 Lord Michael St. Christen 09/2002
records lost

The Original Challenge of the Iron Ring

I have put the Iron Ring on a chain. The Iron Ring is a symbol of prowess (and only prowess) in rapier fighting, there is only one, and the only way to acquire it is to challenge the current ring bearer. The format of the challenge is fixed and shall be strictly followed to insure this does not alter from its original intent.

  • To declare the challenge the challenger declares 'I request the Challenge of the Iron Ring'.
  • The proper responses are 'I accept your challenge' or 'I am forbidden from accepting your challenge'.
  • The fight for the Iron Ring shall always be best 3 out of 5 fights to allow for the occasional lucky shot.
  • The Iron Ring may only be fought for once in any given day. If another challenger requests a challenge to the existing or new ring bearer, the ring bearer is required to respond 'I am forbidden from accepting your challenge'.
  • The 'challenge' can only be made while both participants are fully in dress rapier armor (non period practice armor is not acceptable) and there is still opportunity to fight that day.
  • The 'challenge' must be (reasonably) met before said rapier armor is removed or the ring bearer forfeits his right to the ring to the challenger. (reasonably means use common sense here, if it is not possible because of unforeseen acts of god leave it at that)
  • Since the ring bearer must choose the appropriate time, it is always the challengers right to choice of weapons. However the weapons must include a rapier (case of dagger is excluded, this is rapier prowess recognition).
  • The challenge must meet Midrealm rules of tournament combat. (including no RBG's)
  • The ring may not leave Midrealm/Northshield residence, it will revert to the previous ring bearer if the existing ring bearer moves from kingdom(s) or stops playing. (The intent is for the Challenge of the Iron Ring to continue between Midrealm and Northshield when Northshield becomes Kingdom).
  • The Iron Ring shall be worn prominently while in period armor so potential challengers may know who is the current ring bearer (my recommendation is wrap the chain around your belt and wear it as a favor).
  • Lastly, it is the duty of the outgoing ring bearer to make sure the incoming ring bearer is fully aware of these rules.
As Premier to the Iron Ring (as given to me by THL Alexander de Seton), I shall be the first ring bearer, seek me out.

One Ring To Rule Them All...

Lord Rodrigo de Montoya
Champion to the Prince of Northshield
Barony of Nordskogen
Principality of Northshield
Kingdom of Midrealm

HE Don Rodrigo de Montoya

speaks about founding the Iron Ring Tradition:

The story behind why I started the Challenge of the Iron Ring is...

A couple of years ago (long before I became the Baron of Nordskogen), I was having a conversation with Master Warder Alexander de Seton at an event in the Midlands regarding there not being enough emphasis on just prowess in rapier. It was always expected to be there, but many tournaments, awards, and overall character assessments incorporated the entire aspects of a courtier (honor, courtly graces, chivalry, teaching, etc). All this being very good, but I felt that recognizing and rewarding ability was almost to the point of getting ignored. Master Alexander suggested that if saw this as a gap in the rapier community that I should think of a way to help solve it (in other words put my money where my mouth was :). That day he was giving out hematite rings to those people who he had had good fights with as a token, he gave one to me as said maybe this will spark some ideas. Well it did, on the way back from the event I figured out the entire rules for the Challenge of the Iron Ring. That very night I posted the Challenge of the Iron Ring on the rapier lists and by morning Warder Uadahlrich emailed me. He had also received a hematite ring from Master Alexander and being from completely on the other side of the Middle Kingdom, he thought 1 Iron Ring for all of the Midrealm including Northshield would not be enough to provide the opportunity for many to Challenge for it. He asked my permission to start the Southern Iron Ring. So the very first Iron Rings were the two hematite rings given out by Master Alexander de Seton. (Unfortunately hematite is brittle and did not fair so well when struck by a rapier, so now the rings truly are Iron Rings.) And as it sits now there is a Northshield Iron Ring (former Northern Ring), a Midrealm Iron Ring (former Southern Ring, as it will remain within the new Midrealm borders drawn in October), an East Kingdom Iron Ring, a Meridies Iron Ring, and there may be Iron Rings of Ealdormere and the Principality of Gleann Abhann already or very soon.

So now, I say to any of you, if you feel that prowess or ability is not properly emphasized in any of the martial or non-martial communities that you are a part of, you should think of a way to solve it. :)

Yours in Service,

Rodrigo, sometimes goof."

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