Oops, I did it again....

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So, I hadn't planned on fighting in the Queen's Champion tourney, what with the newborn and all, but as the tournament neared, I couldn't help myself, Edward has always been an inspiration to me (can't imagine why) and I've heard such great things about them from my good friends, like Gull and Viv. I've also gotten reports of them really trying to get to know the rapier community and the fighters there and I wanted to make sure they had a good liaison. I figured that even if I didn't win, I'm a bit out of shape and switching back and forth between learning the German Rapier material and my standard Italian fight, by picking up my sword I would at least get a say in who got past me. Well, as it turns out, I was inspired that day, and I made it all the way through, defeating Lord Oliver in the finals. It was a fairly stout list with 5 Don/Donas and 9 other fighters, all but one had a kingdom level award for rapier fighting (and he's not far off). It was quite a day, and I'm very excited to be a part of Edward and Mora's reign: Short is Chic!

The thing that scares me, is that I haven't fought seriously in a tourney since I won Queen's Champion last, for Ithuna, and I'm starting to worry that I might be becoming one of those guys who can just win every time he enters. I've always seen myself as the underdog in most cases, and have looked forward to tourneys as ways to gauge my improvement in the crucible of competition. I don't like to have a lot of champions positions at any one time, so this perspective is going to seriously limit my choices for tournaments to fight in. As it stands, I have another 6 months ahead of me not fighting in serious lists. hmmm... this is all Michael St. Christian's fault anyways... I'll have to find some way of getting back at him for getting my uber-competitiveness up.... some way.......