Most of these answers can be found in the Society/Calontir Marshals handbooks. The Earl Marshal strongly encourages anyone involved in SCA Combat Related Activities to read the entire handbook.
For convenience, here are some Frequently Asked Questions:
First, contact your local Marshal to begin basic fighter training at your local fighter practice. Read and become familiar with the Rules of the List in the Marshals Handbook. Since ability varies from person to person, there is no set amount of time required in training before you may attempt your authorization. However, it is a good idea to get a fair amount of practice in first and be familiar with the safety rules and fighting conventions before making the attempt. It is usually a good idea to ask your local Marshal and/or local fighters if you are ready yet. They will be a good gauge of your skill/safety level. All fighters are required to Authorize with Weapon and Shield as their first Authorization.
When you are ready you will need to go through the authorization process at an event with a minimum of three Warranted Marshals (or Reserve Marshals). Two of these marshals need to be from outside your local group so that an unbiased assessment may be made. Ask your local marshal and/or read the handbook for more information.
First, be sure to keep a copy for your records and also give a copy to your local group’s Knights Marshal. Copies of the form should be sent to the Deputy for Cards:
Honorable Lord Jawhar ibn Akmel el Ghazi
c/o Neal Tapp
424 South Duquesne Rd
Joplin Mo 64801
If you have recently relocated to Calontir and wish to get a Calontir fighter’s authorization card, please read the Transfer Authorization Procedure
For mundane legal reasons, anyone who is within the boundaries of the list ropes or on the battlefield while combat is occurring must be authorized to do whatever they are doing on the field, whether that be fighting, scouting or marshalling. For that reason all marshals must go through an authorization process during which they demonstrate an ability and willingness to enforce the rules of SCA combat. Any one who is an authorized fighter may become an Authorized Marshal. You do not need to be a member of the Society, (Warranted Marshals must be SCA members)
Currently, this requires that the authorization be overseen by the Earl Marshal or one of the Deputy Earl Marshals of the kingdom. Read about the Marshal-In-Training (MIT) Authorization Procedure here.
MITs and Authorized Marshals are NOT required to send Quarterly Reports to the Earl Marshal.
*It is important to note that an Authorized Marshal can do inspections and help marshal fighting, but they cannot run Authorizations or be the Marshal in Charge of an event until they become warranted. Please refer to the Calontir Marshals Handbook for more information.
The knowledge and experience of the members of the Order of Chivalry are a valuable resource to the fighters and marshallate of the kingdom, and as such, the Earl Marshal hereby warrants all members of the Order of Chivalry as Reserve Marshals.
Reserve Marshals are for all intents and purposes the same as Authorized Marshals (See above) but they may also help run Authorizations. However, the Marshal in Charge of the event will still need to sign off on all Authorization forms.
Reserve Marshals are not required to send Quarterly Reports to the Earl Marshal.
A Member of the Order of Chivalry may also wish to become a Warranted Group Marshal or Warranted Marshal of the Field if they desire to be the Marshal in Charge of an event.
The Group Knights Marshals, usually referred to as Knights Marshals, are the real workhorses of the Marshallate. They are the individuals with whom most people come in contact. Every group with martial activities must have a warranted Knights Marshal or a Knights Marshal-in-Training (Marshallate representative) who is responsible for all such activities within that group. The Knights Marshal is responsible for conducting local fighting practice, demonstrations of fighting, etc. The Knights Marshal should help in the finding of a site, training of fighters, enforcing armor and weapon standards and instructing the fighters in the fighting conventions of Calontir. The Knights Marshal must make every effort to ensure the safety of everyone participating or watching. The Knights Marshal is also responsible for keeping of records on all fighters of the local group.
The Knights Marshal must report Quarterly to the Earl Marshal.
Please refer to the Calontir Marshals Handbook for more information.
Though not a requirement, Marshals of the Field are usually individuals who have previously served as Warranted Group Knights Marshals and are interested in continuing their work in the Marshallate after leaving local office. Most Marshals of the Field have considerable experience and are active in fighting throughout the kingdom.
Marshals of the Field report directly to the Earl Marshal on a Quarterly basis to become Warranted.
Please refer to the Calontir Marshals Handbook for more information.
As with the warranting of any officer, warranted marshals must have the approval of their kingdom superior, the Earl Marshal. The process by which one becomes warranted is not short. This allows the Earl Marshal time to decide whether the individual should be warranted. The steps are as follows:
*It is important to note that only a Warranted Marshal can be Marshal in Charge of an event and sign off on Authorizations. Please refer to the Calontir Marshals Handbook for more information.
All Group Marshals and Marshals of the Field are required to submit Quarterly reports to the Kingdom Earl Marshal. Failure to do so will result is loss of Marshalling privileges. Group Marshals also need to submit a copy of their reports to their local Seneschal. If your group does not have a Marshal, the Seneschal must send Quarterly Reports to the Earl Marshal. All Group Marshals and Marshals of the Field also need to complete a Group Marshal or Marshal of the Field Agreement to Serve Form (available on this site).
All reports must be legible. Submission by email is fine and will get the quickest response.
Send a copy of the Calontir Group Marshals Status Report Form (available on this site) to the Deputy in Charge of Cards. Send a letter style report to the Earl Marshal.
Reports are Due:
1st Quarter – April 15th
2nd Quarter – July 15th
3rd Quarter – October 15th
4th Quarter – January 15th
Yes, Marshal Reports can be entered online here. Group marshals should still send the group list to the Deputy in Charge of Cards.
Use the FALCON application to send in reports.
Yes! Any fighters who do not have a waiver on file (SCA paid Member) will need to fill out a waiver at each fighter practice they attend. Please see the SCA Waivers page for more info.
Yes. Please read the information regarding Minors and SCA Combat Related activities here..