Dr. Cyberusfaustus: Good evening ladies and gentlemen
Dr. Cyberusfaustus: Welcome to Aether Salon and the Classical Fencing Society Salle d’Armes
Darlingmonster Ember smiles
Sera murmurs “Wonderful!”
Dr. Cyberusfaustus: The publishing house of Prezdigitation will provide a printing of this evenings talk at:
Defence in the Age of Steam
Dr. Henry Jekyll: Hello, you two.
Jimmy Branagh: Hoy awl:)
Sin smiles as the urchins arrive.
Myrtil Igaly: ‘ello Doctor!
Dr. Cyberusfaustus: My name is Doktor CyberusFaustus and I thank you for allowing a continental such as myself to speak to the noble art in this great kingdom
Myrtil Igaly: ‘ello everyone!
Beryl Strifeclaw: Hello Myrtil
VI: hello you two
Myrtil Igaly: Hey Beryl! ‘ello Miss Vi!
Dr. Henry Jekyll: Hello, Wright. Glad you could make it.
VI: hello Mr davis
Wright Davis (wrightguy0): Vi
Dr. Cyberusfaustus: Tonight’s discussion is “Personal defence in the age of steam: with discourse on the preservation of natural mechanical defence in the face dehumanizing artifice
Darlingmonster Ember: 😀
Beryl Strifeclaw tilts head at the title
Beryl Strifeclaw: What?
Jimmy Branagh: We moight get th’ blood spray Myrtil. Be ready ta duck
Myrtil Igaly: I’m ready
Dr. Cyberusfaustus: We begin with the origin of personal defence as a proper study, rather than mere instinctual scrapping…fencing as martial art
Dr. Cyberusfaustus: For those of you who frequent the Museum of Natural History in New Babbage you will be well acquainted with some of the more recent finds in Egypt
Myrtil Igaly: severed skulls of Egyptian people killed by a sword?
Dr. Cyberusfaustus: Archaeologists have uncovered numerous reliefs and wall paintings depicting two individuals fighting using what appear to be practice weapons rather than actual lethal weapons.
Myrtil Igaly: aaah
Dr. Henry Jekyll: Hm….
Dr. Cyberusfaustus: The art appears to have been formed as early as 2000 B.C. as a distinct form of combat
Dr. Cyberusfaustus: As the Roman Empire came and transitioned to the Holy Roman Empire, the weapons changed…
Dr. Cyberusfaustus: As we are quite aware of on this Isle, fencing as a practice developed along with the practical weapons of the field…
Dr. Cyberusfaustus: During the Medieval period, wooden practice weapons were fashioned to mimic the broadswords of the time…
Dr. Cyberusfaustus: Schools, guilds and various fraternal organizations were founded in this time to provide training to their members in the art of defence… various Masters proposed more effective means of using the weapons as well as devised new weapon types for training and use…
Dr. Cyberusfaustus: In the Renaissance period, the sword took the form closer to the personal weapon we know today, rather than the battlefield cousin
Dr. Cyberusfaustus: This was apparently due to the use of gunpowder making armor obsolete… as such soldiers, and later civilians began to utilize the sword…
Dr. Cyberusfaustus: with improvements in metallurgy, the blade grew thinner and lighter and one could keep ones opponent further from them…
Dr. Cyberusfaustus: The dominant centers for this development were in Spain, France, and Italy… while as Sir Richard Burton has written, this land clung to its earlier forms of sword with some degree of pride
Dr. Cyberusfaustus: As the use of the sword was studied and taught more for personal defence rather than battlefield war, the emerging sciences applied their opinions as well
Dr. Cyberusfaustus: In Spain, geometry and the human form and its movements formed the center of Destraza, the Spanish Circle, which taught precise distances and foot movements for evasion, threat and offence.
Dr. Cyberusfaustus: The Italians developed athletic styles utilizing two weapons and not far distant from some of the grappling arts as well… always practical more than artful
Dr. Cyberusfaustus: The French continued to refine and subdue the body and the steel to more and more efficient lines… minimizing,target, and movement
Dr. Cyberusfaustus: Soon the open war, Bellum, shifted entirely to the war of two – Duo bellum or the Duel.
Dr. Cyberusfaustus: Over the same period the technology of the sword improved… smiths perfected a very light, sturdy and flexible blade with a triangular cross section, which allowed the entire weapon to be shorter…
Dr. Cyberusfaustus: this led in the last century and the start of this to the creation of the smallsword, which appears still in reports of duels today
Dr. Cyberusfaustus: As mentioned before, there has always been equipment available to make the practice of the art safer…
Dr. Cyberusfaustus: The baited blade… a blade which has been dulled or had its tip covered was common in addition to the use of wooden weapons
Jimmy Branagh: That would sure make me feel safer!
Myrtil Igaly: if you hit hard, it still hurts though
Darlingmonster Ember: nods
Dr. Cyberusfaustus: The French would apply a leather tip wound with twine to the smallsword… this button looked like a small flower or florette/fioretto
Dr. Cyberusfaustus: which then lent the name for the practice sword devised by the french masters to practice the smallsword safely
Myrtil Igaly: Oh I didn’t know that 🙂
Dr. Cyberusfaustus: In addition in the last century, we gained the fencing mask which allowed even greater range in practice and has made fencing popular for the general populace
Myrtil Igaly: ((called “fleuret” in French ))
Dr. Cyberusfaustus: (thank you… I am but a German,… what know I of French))
Myrtil Igaly: You’re welcome!
Darlingmonster Ember: 😀
Myrtil Igaly: same meaning “fleur” means “flower”
Dr. Cyberusfaustus: and Fleuret means small flower
Dr. Cyberusfaustus: je presume
Darlingmonster Ember: grins
Dr. Cyberusfaustus: anyhow, I digress
Myrtil Igaly: that would be “fleurette” but same thing
Myrtil Igaly: yes
Myrtil Igaly: sorry
Dr. Cyberusfaustus: As we can see the language and the word changes over time
Dr. Cyberusfaustus: I have seen all of the following names in various texts through the ages
Dr. Cyberusfaustus: the Italians took a different route, refusing to use a different sword for practice and practical fighting
Dr. Cyberusfaustus: some Italian masters felt the lighter French practice weapon was a disservice to those using it to train for actual combat…
Dr. Cyberusfaustus: and as such we have seen a growth in what is oft termed academic fencing…
Dr. Cyberusfaustus: something of beautiful form, but of questionable use in actual defence
Dr. Cyberusfaustus: This is often muddled with Classical Fencing, which some English writers have equated with the academic
Dr. Cyberusfaustus: The primary element to consider is that while national schools and weapons have merged, the actual training is subject to the master running a particular school or salle
Dr. Cyberusfaustus: Aside from artifice of exercise for young people
Darlingmonster Ember smiles
Dr. Cyberusfaustus: fencing remains in this age in reputable salles in all countries as an excellent means of preparing for self defence against ruffians or even the duel itself
Dr. Cyberusfaustus: The duel being frowned upon by both Church and State, proponents of this form of justice have even devised forms of ‘safe’ dueling
Dr. Cyberusfaustus: In this century we have the French invention of the Epee du combat… a larger weapon than the fleuret, it is afixed with a point which while preventing a lethal puncture, can ‘prick’ the skin to draw blood… in the salle, with appropriate clothing, it also fixes the point well to the heavy cotton to improve the students form
Dr. Henry Jekyll: I suppose this is where “To first blood” comes from?
Dr. Cyberusfaustus: The Germans continue to perfect the University duel called the Mensur with heavy protection to allow only the cheeks and sometimes the nose to be cut
Dr. Cyberusfaustus: Indeed Dr. Jekyll
Dr. Henry Jekyll smiles and nods.
Myrtil Igaly: Germans don’t wear masks?
Darlingmonster Ember: chancey!
Dr. Cyberusfaustus: It has risen in the Teutonic society to such repute that to have a scar from such an encounter is a surer indication of education than a diploma which can be more easily forged
Beryl Strifeclaw: German dueling sabers look a bit different
Dr. Cyberusfaustus: indeed, they have both a straight and curved form… the Degen (straight) and the Sabel (curved) both with overlarge hilts to protect
Morphed Carter: hey
Myrtil Igaly: ‘ello Mister Morphed!
Dr. Cyberusfaustus: also the action is taken in a static distance measured (mensur) to be around the desired strike to the face/head, but disallowing a thrust
Jimmy Branagh: ((Okay, it’s Jimmy’s typist’s feeding time. Thanks mr. Cyberfaustus! Very interesting. Someone grab a transcript, please. Maybe send to Book for posting 🙂 Bye all!))
Dr. Cyberusfaustus: In this land it is most similar to the singlestick
Myrtil Igaly: ((I have to go to bed too, thank you for the talk :)))
Darlingmonster Ember: bye Jimmy
Darlingmonster Ember: bye Myrtil
Dr. Cyberusfaustus: Indeed.
Dr. Cyberusfaustus: We continue to this day with an influence from all quarters… including france and asia
Dr. Cyberusfaustus: Indeed in London we have seen combinations of French Sabot, Cane fighting and Juijitsu under one Master pugilist to the British crowd as Baritsu
Dr. Cyberusfaustus: As for the future, while the french play at forming it to a sport, it is clear that single combat and defence on our streets continues to be a concern
Dr. Cyberusfaustus: we should heed the scientific musing that soon there may be the ability to annihilate our enemies far across the globe without seeing them… in this cowardly and inhuman advancement, fencing and the modern martial arts provide a means to respect humanity while protecting oneself from those who have depraved themselves to offend the innocent
Dr. Cyberusfaustus: So, fence… it s a good tonic to remind us of our frail mortality and to repsect our brothers and sisters
Dr. Cyberusfaustus: I thank you all
Dr. Henry Jekyll: Thank you.
Dr. Cyberusfaustus bows his head and clicks his heels with Teutonic civility