Notes - Combat Authorisation Requirements
- Renewing is the same process as authorising the first time - July 2021
- If you are an experienced combatant, this should be easy to get through at an event or official practice, as demonstrating the required competencies in bouts should be quite quick.
- Don't forget to check for rule changes since your last authorisation!
- Heavy Combatant authorisation process also grants Plumed Participant authorisation - May 2019
- A Heavy Combatant authorisation allows the participant to engage in heavy combat with melee weapons and to take the field as Plumed Combatant or Plumed Auxiliary.
- Plumed Participants need additional authorisation - May 2019
- To act as a Plumed Combatant and take an active offensive role on the field, a fighter also needs another weapon authorisation such as thrown weapon, combat archery or siege engine. Plumed Participant on its own only allows a fighter to act as a Plumed Auxiliary (banner bearer).
- Assistant Marshals - July 2021
- Changes to the Marshal's Handbook in 2013 created auxiliary marshals - these are now referred to as assistant marshals to better clarify what they do.
- Senior Marshals - July 2013
- Changes to the Marshal's Handbook in 2013 created Senior Marshals.
- Only Senior Marshals can perform armoured combat authorisations, and authorise armoured combat marshals.
- Authorisations for non-residents - June 2019
- Lochac has no convenient neighbouring kingdoms, and no royal treaties to consider another kingdom's subjects as its own, so will not authorise people who reside in another kingdom. References to royal treaty were removed from the Society Marshal's Handbook March 2018.
- No one under 16 may authorise for armoured combat - July 2021
- A rule change in Corpora in July 2020 encompassed banner bearing etc as armoured combat, and no person below the age of 16 may be authorised for armoured combat.
- Exemption for minors - May 2018
- Lochac has an exemption from Society rule: I B 6. 6. "Minors engaging in combat with adults shall be marked in the following manner: A single yellow diamond no larger than 1inch (25.4 mm) but no smaller than 0.5 inch (12.7 mm) to be placed on the front hemisphere of the helm (preferably on or near the inspection sticker). Minors competing with adults in Rapier will have the same diamond on the cuff of the glove of their dominant weapon hand."
- Minors engaging in combat activities in Lochac are not required to wear such markings.
- Medical authorisation form not required specifically for combat - May 2019
- The guardian (parent or court appointed guardian) or a Nominated Caregiver must be present at ALL events with the minor, whether the minor is participating on combat or not.