• Medieval Era
  • 1 min

By Crusader1307

A 14th Century protocol, The Hastilude was linked to the gaming style known as the Tournament. It later became known as any form of Hand to Hand "exhibition combat" not involving The Joust (or Lance). This encompassed chosen Knights fighting in pairs with Sword, Axe, Mace, Flail or Spear. Short Swords and Knives were not allowed, as these were "Personal Weapons". Like the grander Jousts, Points were given or taken away by Judges based on style and strike locations on an Opponents Armor. These were tallied by flags  (each color associated with the Fighter themselves). The Hastilude was popular among Lesser Knights. Often, those who could not participate in the full Joust, could still compete. The protocol also served as a way of maintaining one's combat prowess in lieu of actual War.