Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) ** Kingdom of Caid ** Great Western War XVII - Oct 8-13, 2014

Rapier Combat (SCA Fencing)

"Of all the weapons devised by Man in the long lapse of the centuries, the sword is the only one which combines effectiveness in defence with force in attack, and since its Bronze Age beginnings has gathered round itself a potent mystique which sets it above any other man-made object." - Ewart Oakeshott

Combat Staff

Rapier: Lady Roisin ni Brian and Lord Bjorn Zenthffeer,

Welcome to Rapier Tournament and Melee at GWW!

The Kingdom of Caid looks forward to crossing blades with our friends from across the Known World! We invite all fighters to join us for a weekend of valor, chivalry, and swordplay. We might even see some excellent deaths, dirty deeds, and campfire-worthy heroics!

Scenarios will be held on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Please check this page as the event draws closer for specific scenarios and times. Tournaments will be held on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday and will include the Early Bird Tournament (with post-tourney potluck), the Bridesmaids Tournament, and The White Scarf Tournament. We will also be hosting a weekend-long fighter Bingo tournament--fight pick-ups, meet new friends, win prizes!

If you have any questions regarding Great Western War Rapier, plan on hosting a tournament that you would like us to publish, or would like to volunteer for set-up on Thursday morning (you know you do!) please email Lady Roisin ni Brian and Lord Bjorn Zenthffeer at

Conventions of Combat

History of the Rapier

The sword most often seen in SCA rapier combat dates primarily to the late 16th century, and has its theoretical roots in earlier traditions dating as far back as the 13th century. The term rapier was not used in Italy, Spain or France. To them it was simply called a spada or sword. To the average reasonably well-read modern swordsman or collector of arms and armour, a rapier would be a swept-hilted, long and narrow sword intended primarily for thrusting.

In the late 15th to the early 16th century a split occurred allowing a civilian form of combat to develop which revolved around the sword (single handed and two handed), hafted weapons, and dagger work. Masters such as Marozzo, Caranza and Mair taught a theory of combat that could be said to not only apply to military combat but now also to the civilian duel. This style of combat used the cut as well as the thrust. By the end of the 16th century, civilian combat had evolved to the point of favoring the thrust over the cut where masters such as Fabris, Giganti, and Capoferro put forth their new theories of personal combat utilizing what we call today the rapier. The study of these masters and the theory of combat from the 15th through the 16th centuries spans volumes and is an important study for the scholar of historical civilian swordplay.

The Cut and Thrust program in the SCA was instituted to allow practitioners the outlet for exploring the works of the masters of the 16th and earlier centuries with weapons such as the single handed sword or the hand and a half sword. (Courtesy of William Wilson)

Great Western War Rapier Conventions

We will be following Caidan rapier standards for this war. Some of the differences that fighters from other kingdoms will want to note are as follows. Please see for complete Caid rules.

Warbands: Please check in as a group with the number of fighters and name of the warband representative before scenarios start. (Fighters without a warband will be assembled into general groups based on kingdom). Please have your valid, non-expired fighter card, and your site token ready when you check in.

On your first day of fighting, please have your armor inspected. Your mask and weapon will be issued a sticker to signify that you have been inspected. It is recommended that you have your weapons inspected each day that you fight since fighting conditions can affect blades.

We will again be sharing the battle field with armored combat. We will use a separate field for tournaments. Since we are not competing for war points, we reserve the right to make changes to the schedule or switch sides as needed for a fun war. We will keep war bands and kingdoms together as much as possible.

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Rapier Combat Schedule

Rapier Combat: Battlefield and Rapier Tourney Field
Time Thu Oct 9 Fri Oct 10 Sat Oct 11 Sun Oct 12
9-10 AM        
10-11 AM Hay Bale Setup      
11 AM-12 PM continued      
12-1 PM        
1-2 PM        
2-3 PM        
3-4 PM        
4-5 PM        
5 PM        
6 PM    

Grand Court starts


GWW 2014 Rapier Schedule/Scenarios

For all tourneys, please try to arrive a half-hour early for inspections and warm up so that we can start (and finish) on time!

All tournaments will be fought on the rapier field. The battlefield will be shared alternately between Armored Combat and Rapier Scenarios.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

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Friday, October 10, 2014

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Saturday, October 11, 2014

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

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