Balfar’s Challenge

We drove up to Dragonship Haven for Balfar’s Challenge, but somehow I neglected to snap any photos of the youth fighters at the event.

My thanks to Lord Cedric of Armorica, the marshal-in-charge for this event.

Miles, one of our fighters from Østgarđr, took second place in the tournament and won a lovely piece of rattan to use for making a pole arm or other great weapon.


The East Kingdom’s youth combat season kicks off every year at Mudthaw in Settmour Swamp. We had twenty kids in armor, and held well-contested tournaments in divisions II and III.

This was the largest event I’ve managed to date, and I was lucky to have Lady Eikaterine and Karrah the Mischievous on hand to marshal, and Judith the Confused managing the paperwork at the list table.


Pennsic is the peak of youth combat year for fighters in the East — eight days in a row of bouts against fighters from many countries and kingdoms. Kids receive training both from the marshalate and from senior adult fighters at the top of their game.

This was my first Pennsic as a youth marshal, and my son’s first year fighting at Pennsic.