Iron Ring of the East

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The Challenge of the Iron Ring

The Iron Ring is a symbol of prowess (and only prowess) in rapier fighting within the bounds of a particular Kingdom. Currently there are five Rings active in the Society - in the Middle Kingdom, East Kingdom, Ealdormere, Meredies, and Northshield.

The only way to acquire the Iron Ring of your Kingdom is to challenge the current holder. 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 Iron Ring may only be exchanged once in any given day; if another challenger requests a Challenge to the new holder on the day they have won the ring from another, the holder is required to decline the Challenge. Otherwise, the holder may accept up to three Challenges in a given day, assuming the holder is the victor of each preceding Challenge that day.

The holder of the Iron Ring is required to accept the first Challenge in a day. The second and third Challenges are optional, and the holder should only accept those if they feel that they can show sufficient prowess and stamina after the exertions of the first Challenge.

Once the challenge is issued, it should be taken up as soon as is reasonable. (And really be reasonable here - if the challenged holder would like time to warm up, that's acceptable. If they are called away suddenly by an important commitment or royal command, that is also acceptable. "Calling dibs" on a challenge immediately after the current one may be acceptable, but calling dibs for tomorrow and expecting that challenges be refused until then is not.)

A challenger for the Iron Ring may only issue a single challenge per day.

The fight for the Iron Ring shall always be best 3 out of 5 fights to allow for the occasional lucky shot.

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 met before said rapier armor is removed or the holder forfeits the ring to the challenger.

Choice of weapons is left to be negotiated between the combatants, but in all cases must include a rapier wielded in an offensive manner as this is a token of rapier prowess.

The Challenge must meet its Kingdom's rules for tournament combat. (This precludes the use of RBGs or other projectiles.)

The Iron Ring may not reside outside of its Kingdom's borders. As such, it will revert to the previous holder if the current holder moves from the Ring's home kingdom or stops playing.

The Iron Ring shall be worn prominently while in period armor so potential challengers may know who is the current holder.

Lastly, it is the duty of the outgoing holder of the Iron Ring to make sure the incoming holder is fully aware of these rules.


Lineage of Bearers

Name Event Date
Geoffrey Gryphon (first bearer of the Iron Ring) Pennsic 2003
Jean-Paul Justen Casse (first to win the East Kingdom Challenge of the Iron Ring) Pennsic 2003
The ring was passed back and forth many times
Griffith Davion of the Argent Tyger
Ian Raven of Tadcaster May 19th 2006
Caine Ramsey August 16th 2006
Anssem van Rienen unknown
Donovan Shinnock Pennsic 2009
Owyn Greenwood Birka January 30, 2010
Konrad von Ulm King's & Queen's Rapier Champions February 27, 2010
Nathaniel Wyatt Gulf Wars March ?, 2010
Orlando Sforza Mudthaw March 27, 2010
Christopher Stanley Quest May 30, 2010
Lord Brendan Firebow Practice June 3, 2010
Christopher Stanley Practice June 17, 2010
Don Nathaniel Wyatt Practice June 27, 2010
Robyn Wolfclaw Pennsic
John Radburne Pennsic
Dominus Tiberius Tarius Britannicus Tir Mara Rapier Championship June 25th, 2011
Lord Xavier the Sinister GNEW XXV July 9th, 2011
Dominus Tiberius Tarius Britannicus Dragon Dormant Practice July 11th, 2011
John Radburne
Donovan Shinnock Birka January 28, 2012
Thomas of Effingham Practice February 10, 2014
Remy Delamontagne de Gascogne Great Northeastern War July 12, 2014
Lucien de Wyntere Pennsic August 3, 2014
Lottieri Malocchio Practice October 21, 2014
Devillin MacPherson Practice November 10, 2014
Llewellyn Walsh 100 Minutes November 22, 2014
Robyn Wolfclaw EK Regional Rapier Practice January 4, 2015
Jean Michel le Vaud Practice March 26, 2015
Lupold Hass Mudthaw March 28, 2015
Sorcha Dhocair Practice April 6, 2015
Nathaniel Wyatt War of the Roses May 23, 2015
Caine Ramsey Unknown Unknown
Therion Sean Storie Hunter's Moon September 5, 2015
Caine Ramsey Unknown Unknown
Lucien de Wyntere Neddingham Country Fair September 19, 2015
Rafael de Ayala Northern Region Rapier Champs November, 2015
Robert Tytes Birka January 30, 2016
Mikulaj von Meissen Practice January 31, 2016
Robert Tytes Practice February 1, 2016
Caine Ramsey Practice February 8, 2016
Robert Tytes Practice February 14, 2016
Caine Ramsey Practice February 22, 2016
Mikulaj von Meissen Practice February 29, 2016
Therion Sean Storie Genericon XXIX Demo March 5, 2016
Caine Ramsey Practice March 7, 2016
Anne De Basillon EK Rapier Academy March 12, 2016
Grim the Skald Practice March 14, 2016
Mikulaj von Meissen Practice March 21, 2016
Robert Tytes Practice March 28, 2016
William Deth Mudthaw April 2, 2016
Robert Tytes Wars of the Roses May 26, 2017
Mathias Grunwold Wars of the Roses May 27, 2017
Robert Tytes Carolingian Regional Practice June 4, 2017
Kenric æt Essex Southern Region War Camp June 10, 2017
Marguerite Ingen Lachlainn Quintavia Practice July 17, 2017
Lucien de Wyntere Pennsic 46 August 9, 2017
Christian Woolfe Malagentia Practice December 1, 2018
Maxton Gunn Malagentia Practice January 23, 2018
Radbod of Ravenser Odd, the Disinherited Endewearde Practice March 25, 2018
Camille des Jardins Malagentia Practice June 19, 2018
Trian O'Bruadair Malagentia Practice June 26, 2018
Cedric of the Floppy Hat East Kingdom 50th Anniversary June 29, 2018
Robert Tytes East Kingdom 50th June 30, 2018
Matija Potocnik Concordia of the Snows Practice July 9, 2018
Alastar Tucker Concordia of the Snows Practice July 16, 2018
Grimolfr Skulason Pennsic 47 August 4, 2018
Matija Potocnik 100 Minutes War November 17, 2018
Robert Tytes Concordia Practice November 19, 2018
Devillin MacPherson Bergental Practice January 30, 2019
Melchior Kriebel Southern Region War Camp June 8th, 2019
Mathias Grunwold Brennan and Caoilfhionn's Ducal Challenges September 7th, 2019
Rodrigo Medina de la Mar Quintavia Practice October 14th, 2019
Arngeirr Refskegg Carolingia Practice October 21st, 2019
Thomas of Effingham Carolingia Practice November 8th, 2019
William Deth Birka January 25, 2020
Donovan Shinnock GNEW July 16, 2022
Robert Tytes GNEW July 16, 2023
Rodrigo Medina de la Mar EK Rapier Champs November 11, 2023
Donovan Shinnock Carolingia Practice November 16, 2023
Alastar Tucker 100 Minutes War November 18, 2023
Aziza Andrade Concordia of the Snows Practice December 3, 2023
Liam Guyversson Of EldVatten Concordia of the Snows Practice December 10, 2023
Grim the Skald Anglespur Practice December 13, 2023
Aziza Andrade Concordia of the Snows Practice December 17, 2023
Robert Tytes Anglespur Practice January 10, 2024
Jódís Borsdottir Anglespur Practice January 17, 2024
Sherwood Anglespur Practice January 24, 2024
Aziza Andrade Anglespur Practice January 31, 2024
Robert Tytes Concordia Practice February 4, 2024

Other past Bearers of the ring include:

  • Don Collin Monro
  • Don Caine Ramsey
  • Don Duncan Keiran
  • Don Quintin Brilliant
  • Don Nathaniel Wyatt
  • Don Griffith Davion

Modifications to the Ring:

During the year that Wil Deth had possession of the Iron Ring and none could take it from him, he mounted the ring in a custom made wrestling belt. This is its look as of 7/18/2017.


An Ode the Iron Ring

In time you will know the tragic extent of my failings. I picked up the cursed object from Arngierr at a practice in Cambridge. It's Iron twisted in to a ring, it was familiar. This isn't the first time you've visited me. It's been a number of years since I last had this item come to my possession. I knew soon the challengers would be at my doorstep.

The first of these nightmares came in the form of Eva, I was teetering at the brink, staring into the abyss. Knowing that a predator is often blind to its own peril, I was cautious and retained possession of the trinket.

The second of these monsters came in the form of Rodrigo, His prodigious size alone does not dissuade the sharpened blade. He could be felled, he could be beaten. Again, the trinket stayed by me unwilling to pass to it's next victim.

The third and final abomination of sanity came in the form of Arngierr. Whom I had surely dispatched before. Did he crawl back from hell to claim this cursed prize again? Regardless, the blood pumps, the limbs obey! A flurry of dizzying blows to body, and mind left me alone at the end.


Victory is a hollow and ridiculous notion regarding this Iron Ring. As I continue on this journey I know a Devil walks these halls, he has my name, my number. Eventually we all succumb the darkness, and the Ring will pass on to it's next host.