Tonight at our local SCA weekly meeting and fight practice, I’m going to try something new: rapier (aka fencing in modern parlance). I probably will not be able to do it because of my many physical disabilities and ailments, not to mention sheer pain, but I want to at least TRY…
My friends Ginny Beatty (see Festival of Maidens 2018) and Uilleag Balbhan mka Dan Barringer (see Major Vikings Exhibition and Flaming Gryphon 12th Night) who are both rapier marshals, will show me the very beginning steps of rapier fighting tonight.
My inspiration for this aspiration is Azriel le Fey, known in the mundane world as Bonnie Scott. I first noticed her at my second SCA event, Rose Tourney, in October 2016 (see Rose Tournament 2016). I was too enthralled while I watched her fence to take any photos, but luckily other people did. (All my photos in this post lack attributions, alas! If they are yours, please let me know so that I can include your info.)
After she was done fencing and was hanging out in the day camp, I shyly approached her to convey my admiration. She was really nice! 🙂 I also asked her if she had made her own garb, which I thought was particularly impressive, and she had. Since then, I’ve discovered that she makes just about everything she wears, and that includes an almost unbelievable variety of costumes:
Some other photos of Azriel fencing, first at AEdult Swim 2017:
And at Tournament of Defense 2017. She is in the middle pair of fencers, with her back to the camera:
A little over a year ago, in January of 2017, Azriel le Fey was elevated to Master of Defense (MOD) for her accomplishments in rapier. This is the highest distinction for this martial art. Here are some pictures taken at her Elevation a the Court of King Edmund and Queen Kateryn at the Festival of Maidens 2017:
You can see why she would be such an inspiration to me! Whether or not my attempt at doing rapier turns out to be more than a one-night thing, I am really grateful to her for providing such a glorious, and gorgeous, role model! ❤