Rapier Combat

All Rapier Combat at Great Northeastern War will be conducted in accordance with the East Kingdom Rapier Combat Rules. Inspections and authorizations will be available on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Unless otherwise noted, all activities will occur on the fencing field. All times subject to change at the whim of weather, field conditions and Roving Royal Court.


Pickups & Learnings: We will be facilitating and encouraging pickups and spontaneous lessons to foster good feedback, encouragement and of course, plenty of fencing. The ‘pick-up’ site 

is the small tent featuring the colorful ‘fish ‘o fence.’


3 pm – 6pm. Pickups and authorizations. Bring your own marshal.


9 am – Field Open. Pickups and authorizations.

5 Person Rapier Melee

Friday 10 am. 1 War Point.  Sign ups will begin as soon as the field opens in the morning. Each team will declare for a side, war point will be awarded to the last team standing.

5 Person Cut and Thrust Melee

Friday 11 am. 1 War Point. Sign-ups will begin as soon as the field opens in the morning. Each team will declare for a side, war point will be awarded to the last team standing.

Tavern Brawl 

Friday 12:30 pm.  Located in the Barn. Treachery, innovation and style are the watchwords of the day in the ever popular tavern brawl. We will run through a variety of scenarios, giving you ample opportunity to fight beside your friends…and stab them in the back.

By the Book Prize Fight

Friday – 4 pm. It is our great pleasure to host our 3rd annual exhibition tournament focusing on period form & weapons. This year, there will be two parts. Interested fencers may opt-in into EITHER or BOTH parts. 1. ASSAULT/KATA/FLOW. Fencers should come up with a 30-45 second series of movements that demonstrate a variety of bladework, body positions, & footwork of their chosen style. 2. EXHIBITION/PRIZE FIGHTS. These will be three to five passes per pairing (depending on # of fencers), rotating forms when applicable. If your chosen form doesn’t have multiple forms or you are limited by your current authorizations, repeating forms is fine. These exhibition fights must be with SCA-legal weapons, including spears. C&T is allowed & encouraged if agreed upon by both participants. The SCA Reduced Armor Experiment is also permitted for this event. Contact Maréchal Remy Delamontagne de Gascogne for more information.

5:30 pm – Field Closes


8 am – Field Open. Pickups and authorizations.

Pennsic Rapier Singles Tournament

Saturday 9 am.The East Kingdom’s Rapier Singles Leaders will once again to host a tournament to help determine the makeup of this year’s Pennsic Champions team. Double elimination, bring your best weapons form. Each pass will be fought once, double kills will be refought so as to make the tournament as clean as possible. (Note: winning the tournament does not guarantee a spot on the team). 

GNEW Novice Tourney

Saturday 9 am. Open to all rapier fighters authorized on or after July 1, 2020.  Tourney will be round robin format for the first round.  Subsequent rounds will be determined based on number of participants. It is requested that combatants match form for those who are limited to single sword.

The Great OGR Mix’n’Match

Saturday 11 am. It’s back! As in previous years, fencers will be split between OGRs and non-OGRs, and then non-grant level fencers will be paired up with a random OGR in the field for a short period of fencing time, a short period of discussion/feedback/instruction and then another round of fencing to finish things up before returning to rotation for a new pairing. The intent is to offer a series of short, semi-organized training sessions, as well as the opportunity for fencers to meet and get some one-on-one fencing and feedback in a non-tourney setting. The individual fencing/discussion times will be kept somewhat short, but will hopefully open the door for more in-depth discussion throughout the rest of the weekend (and beyond!).

Any questions, please contact Aesa Ormstunga or Molly Schofield.

5th Annual Master Gregory Finche Memorial Cut & Thrust Tournament

Saturday 12 pm. In memory of Master Gregory Finche comes the fifth annual Cut & Thrust memorial tournament. It is asked that fencers donate an item to the prize pool in order to secure entry. This item must be handmade, either by you or another in your name. A limited number of sponsor prizes will be available for those in dire need prior to tourney start.

Final format will be dependent on the number of entrants, however we hope to have each bout be the best of three passes, scored by number of victories. Double kills will be refought.

Field Battles

Saturday 1 pm. 3 War Points. A set of three scenarios: Capture the flag with limited resurrection; Timed open field with limited resurrection; Treasure Chest / Banners Scenario. (DFB allowed in all scenarios; knee walk to engagement, running allowed to engagement).

4:30 pm – Field Closes