Post by Kensman Wulfgar Ragnarson on Apr 26, 2008 7:42:03 GMT -5
I would just like to thank all the people who will be coming to my trial. I do hope that all the fighters and well wishers get the chance to come out . To all the people who want to come but can't. I know that money is tight and gas is high so don't sweat it if you can't make it. I do understand. Hope to see you all in a week. Till than I got to run. No really I got to run two miles cross country. LOL.
Post by Kensman Wulfgar Ragnarson on May 4, 2008 17:01:20 GMT -5
I am happy to report that I have passed all the trials that where put before me. I do have more to do so no rest for me yet. I would like to thank everyone that came out and fought with me in the rain. It means the world to me. There isn't enough thank that I can say for so many people to travel here and fight in the down pouring rain. Thank you everyone!!!
I will have those pics corrected and up by end of next week. Sorry......
I have been and will be traveling back and forth to Elkhart, IN. I had to go up wed cause the guys needed important test stripes for this project. I got home yesterday to find out that Z has to work 7 days a week for 3-4 weeks to catch up on this project. If i want to see my husband, I have to go to him.
Post by Lord Kensman Oron the Wolf on Jun 3, 2008 21:18:48 GMT -5
My apologies for the lax reply to this post. My bench is full to overflowing, from preparations for this set of trials to Ragnarok closing in.
First I wish to thank everyone that braved the foul weather to travel from near and far to help pull this trial off. The members of Pentwyvern, the Ravens of Vidar, Mittlemarch, Rivendell, the Warband, Sword Brothers, Kensmen, friends and family, I am more appreciative than you will likely ever know.
On the day of Wulfgar's trials, drizzle was the first order of business. This dreary weather set a somber tone for the tasks ahead. Almost 30 warriors from lands near and far, friends and family braved foul forecasts to be on hand to help, fight, or just cheer him on.
Sword Brother Wulfgar began his 2 mile cross-country steeple chase at 11am with the rain slowly increasing. He choose to carry a broad sword and barrel mace to aide him in combat. Wulfgar pushed hard on the run, not trusting himself to complete all of the fighting and the run in under the 30 minutes granted him.
My Sword Brother faced a great swordsman, a dual weapon wielder, sword and shield, and a band of 3 brigands placed at random intervals along his path. Wulfgar was told he must fight each opponent until he defeated them, before moving on. He defeated each in turn, swiftly and soundly. Wulfgar completed the hilly, muddy course complete with obstacles, hurdles, and fighters in nineteen minutes flat.
With that portion of his trial complete, my Sword Brother needed to face me in single combat, each of us armed with only daggers to cross the finish line. Exhausted, he gave great effort, but for the first 4 bouts, I took full advantage of his heavy limbs. Wulfgar found the energy for one great thrust, and with that, he completed the first trial of the day. He was given time to rest, and drink before beginning his trials of proficiency and mastery. For a brief time, the rain cleared, only to return in even greater force.
Wulfgar fought with each of the 5 most common weapons styles on the field single sword, dual weapons, great sword, sword and shield, and spear. He fought single sword against single sword, two sword, sword and shield, great sword and spear, best of three, repeating any simultaneous kills. Wulfgar then repeated this with two weapons, sword and shield, etc. Wulfgar also had to fight additional fighters in his prefferd fighting styles. He fought one hundred and three bouts, victorious in 86 of them. Wulfgar remembered his training well, and despite being tired and wet faced each of his opponents with clarity and focus, doing whatever it took to defeat his adversaries. The rain began to pour from the skies, not allowing me to complete this portion of his trials. He still has a few multiple and armored opponents to face to complete his mastery trials.
Wulfgar was given command in two separate field scenarios. The first was a raid battle, complete with long-ships and the second, a defend your keep against greater odds scenario. My Sword Brother and his northmen fought hard against the monks and town guard. but their close resurrection point (endless reinforcements) proved daunting. In the end, his raiding party managed to liberate eleven pieces of gold (gold painted hockey pucks)of eighty seven, not a great victory but a victory none the less.
The second battle was essentially the opposite of the first battle. Wulfgar, the other Sword Brothers and Kensman defended his horde of gold against a raiding party looking to steal any or all of his sudden windfall. Wulfgar made several sound command decisions, which caused the enemy attackers to fail miserably in their attempted raid. The attackers managed to steal only a single piece of gold, and that man was killed before he could return to his boat with it. The single piece of gold was easily retrieved and returned to it's rightful owner. My Sword Brother and his defenders managed to scuttle all three of the long-ships, cutting off their retreat, and killing all before any could escape.
By this time, we had been fighting for almost 2 solid hours in a torrential down pour. I had wanted to do three more battle scenarios, but that was just not going to happen today. The battle/trial was called
Although I was unable to complete all of this trial as I had planned, I can say that this trial accomplished what it was intended to. Wulfgar was pushed beyond his limits, he rose to the occasion with his single best day of fighting in his seven year career. Many of the various aspects of his training came together, proving to Wulfgar and to all who faced him that he was ready for any challenge.
Well done Sword Brother. Victory and glory shall be yours to command.