To join Pentwyvern come to our practice at Lakewood park every Friday night from 5:30 - dark. We are currently updating our official members and ranking system, but you can find out more by talking to us in person.
How to fight
The best way to learn how to fight is to come to practice. The videos and articles listed below are a good supplement, but they cannot teach you how to fight nearly as well as practicing with other
people and talking with more experienced fighters.
Dagorhir Manual of Arms
This is the official rule book for Dagorhir. All weapons, costumes, and battle scenarios must meet the safety standards outlined here.
Starting out as a new person
This guide was created by House Morrigan, a group in Amtgaurd which is a game similar to Dagorhir but with different rules. The general principle is the same and their suggestions for starting out are excellent.
This is a full contact sport for both women and men, but many women have trouble dealing with the emotional and mental aspects of fighting. The goal of these links is to help over come these issues. Gender shouldn't keep you off the field, a fighter is a fighter.
House Lionesse Resources House Lionesse is a household in Amtguard created to encourage and support female fighters. Their articles and links a very useful, especially to isolated fighters without a strong support group.
Many articles about fighting, armor, and the philosophy of female SCA fighters. This site has been shutdown but can be accessed using a tool called WayBackMachine, unfortunately some areas of the site will not load with this method.
The Girl's Club is a forum for women of the SCA, but much of their advice applies to what we do. Read their forum and see what works for you emotionally and mentally, and check with a more experience member of Pentwyvern or the Dagorhir rule book to see what will work physically. For example the SCA has required helmets and head shots and we don't, but we all have to deal with being comfortable getting onto the field.
Choosing your weapons
Also written by a member of Amtguard, but most of their weapon combos carry over into Dagorhir.
Choosing a shield
Written by a member of Amtguard, so please check that the materials and methods you use to build your shield are legal in Dagorhir.
How to build Dagorhir weapons:
Building your first weapon can be difficult even with instructions, so it is best to talk to people who know how to build a safe weapon and ask them to show you how to do it. There are many different opinions on how to build a weapon, but as long as it is safe and passes the rules use whatever methods work best for you.
Simplicity, McCalls, Butterick Popular pattern makers that can be found in most fabric stores. Look on the site to find the pattern you want (usually in the costume section), write down the number, then find it at JoAnns or some other fabric store.
sew without a machine. It's less expensive than buying a machine and can take more time, but hand sewing looks more natural medieval groups. It does not usually hold up as well in fighting.
How to start sewing with a machine. The initial investment costs more than hand sewing but it is faster and the clothes can hold up better. Always check your manual for how to thread and take care of your machine, each one is different.
Easy - These are the best items to acquire for a complete first set of garb.
Isla is a member of Dagorhir, her garb looks great and is good for fighting.
This is a great place to go for beginner garb. You can get brown/tan/black pants (avoid cargo pockets and modern designs), oversized polo shirts (which can be cut up and laced to look more medieval), skirts, belts, shoes/ boots, and jewelry. Most people keep a set of fighting garb that can get dirty and feast garb that they keep nice for special events.
The amount of detail you put into your character is entirely up to you, all that is required is that you have a name. This means you could come up with only a name and focus on fighting without any kind of story or character, or you could develop a backstory and character traits for yourself and role-play as that character even going as far as to involve other people in your story. There isn't a lot of speaking in character or accents in our group, but we do usually have some kind of story about our character and fight loosely based on that set of traits.
In Dagorhir armor gives one extra hit to the area covered. These areas are the torso, left arm, right arm, left leg, right leg, and head. Check the official Dagorhir rules for the specific rules relating to building armor and its use.