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By Master Liam St. Liam
Pennsic Independent Battlefield Correspondent

Don Antonio Patriquin of the East Kingdom set the tone for Monday's Rapier Champions' tournament by capturing the opening bout over Lord Martin of Hawksworth of the Middle Kingdom in a matchup of kingdom champions.

Don Antonio's teammates followed with five successive victories, and when the tournament was over, roughly two hours after it started, the East had scored an impressive victory with 11 fencers still alive after the last Midrealmer was eliminated in the double-elimination tournament.

The victory produces a war point for the East, one of three rapier war points being contested this year. The Rapier Champions' tournament featured teams of 30 on each side, 20 each from the East and Middle and 10 from the allies' kingdoms. Prior to the tourney, the king and queen of the East elevated Jean-Paul Justin Casse to the Order of the Golden Rapier.

Don Jean-Paul was one of seven Eastern fencers who suffered only one loss in the tournament. Four fencers for the Eastern side went unbeaten. They were Don Antonio, Don Arioch The Quick, both of the East as well as Lord Tora Taka of the West and Duke Ragnar Blackhammer of Atlantia.

The last remaining Midrealm ally was Don Robert McFarland of Ansteorra, who was 5-2 in the tourney, losing his final bout to Don Arioch. The last Midrealm fencer left was Warder Lazarus Gauge, who was 8-2, and was defeated in the tournament's last match by Lord Tora.

Today's fencing includes the ®thelmearc Youth tournament at 10 a.m., the Ansteorran tourney at 11, and the popular Atlantian Five-Man Melee tourney at 2 p.m. Wednesday's fencing includes the East Kingdom tournament at 10 a.m., the Broken Field battle for a war point at 1 p.m., the Siege of LaRochelle at 3 p.m. at the fort, and the MDA Benefit tournament at 4 p.m.