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 Rankings

The Freebooters are a tight crew.  If you want to work your way up the ship, here is how:

Swabby/Galley Rat

Requirements:

  • An unauthorized fencer

Duties:

  • Working on getting authorize

Crewmen (Freebooter Favor)

Requirements:

  • An authorized fencer in single rapier

  • Take the Freebooter Oath

Duties:

  • Improving with single

  • Working on a second authorization

  • Trying out the secondary forms

  • Is thinking about period garb

Midshipman (Green cords)

Requirements:

  • Authorized fencer in single rapier

  • Authorized in at least one secondary form

  • Has earned 1 Freebooter Award, not including a Challenge Award

  • Attempting period garb

  • Served as a Crewman for at least 6 months

Duties:

  • Working on other authorizations

  • Reading fencing manuals

  • Attends events and fights

  • Begins to help with training others

Sergeants (Red cords)

Requirements:

  • Authorized fencer in single rapier

  • Authorized in at least two secondary forms

  • Has earned at least 3 Freebooter Awards, not including Challenge Awards

  • Wears period garb

  • Helps train new fencers

  • Served as a Midshipman for at least 6 months

Duties:

  • Working on other authorizations

  • Reading fencing manuals

  • Attends events and fights

  • MIT

Lieutenants* (Silver Cord Capes)(Mates are Lieutenants who have been distinguished by the Captain)

Requirements:

  • Authorized fencer in single rapier

  • Authorized in at least three secondary forms

  • Has earned all 6 Freebooter Awards, including at least 2 Challenge Award

  • Wears period garb

  • Train new fencers

  • Marshall of the East Kingdom

  • Served as a Sergeants for at least [9 or 12] months

Duties:

  • Working on other authorizations

  • Reads multiple fencing manuals

  • Attends events and fights

  • Helps run events

Captain* (Gold cord cape)

Requirements:

  • Authorized fencer in single rapier

  • Authorized in all other secondary forms (that we focus on in the Freebooters)

  • Has earned all 6 Freebooter Awards, including at least 3 Challenge Awards

  • Wears period garb

  • Trains fencers

  • Studied and teaches period techniques

  • Marshall of the East Kingdom

  • Served as a Lieutenant for at least 12 months

Duties:

  • Has read multiple fencing manuals

  • Attends events and fights

  • Runs events

  • Trains MIT’s

  • Leads the company

*Denotes an Officer rank

~All promotions occur with approval from the Captain.

As Freebooters advance through the ranks, they receive a mark of Office.

  • Crewman, upon authorize and swearing The Oath, receive the Freebooter Favor.

  • Midshipman receive a green cord that is worn on the arm.

  • Upon promotion to Sergeant, green cords are turned in and exchanged for red cords.

  • Upon promotion to Lieutenant, red cords are exchanged for a cape with silver cords.

  • Upon promotion to Captain, the silver cape is replaced by a personalized, gold cord cape.

 

Awards

Freebooter Awards

Freebooter Awards exemplify what we believe being a Freebooter is about.  We wish to honor those members of our company that embody these traits.  We have decided to include Freebooter Awards as a condition of being promoted within the ranks, because we believe that these are attributes that all Freebooters should aspire to be, especially Officers.  Freebooter Awards are given by the Captain, approved by the Officers, but can be nominated by any member of the crew.  There are six categories as follows, but we need names for awards and look forward to everyone’s ideas!

Battle (Skull and Crossbones*)

  • Winning a tournament

  • Competing in 5 tournaments

  • Seeks out new opponents (doesn’t only fight Freebooters)

  • An outstanding moment in battle during a sanctioned event (single or melee)

Service (Anchor*)

  • Dedication to the Group

  • Helping around the camp or at practice

  • Helping without having to be asked

  • Offering assistance at events or in other Shires

Plunder (Sun Coin*)

  • Acquiring contracts of service for the Freebooters

  • Donating resources to the group

  • Always sharing your rum

Honor/Chivalry (Seahorse*)

  • Doing the right thing in the face of adversity

  • Treating others with respect

  • Good sportsmanship at practices, events, tournaments, and anywhere else where you are the representing the Freebooters

Education (Wheel*)

  • Seeking out knowledge about fencing and period related interests

  • Improving one’s practice through reading manuals and/or watching videos

  • Teaching one’s fellow shipmates

Style (Mermaid*)

  • Wears period garb

  • Has an active persona (does not have to be official and can change)

  • Embodies persona when in battle and off the field

  • Fights with class and panache

*Awards are small charms that can be sewn onto your Freebooter favors.

Challenges

  • Challenge Awards are not Freebooter Awards.  They are challenges given by members of the Freebooters, most often by the Officers, but anyone can offer a challenge to the crew (as long as you provide the plunder).

  • Challenges are given to improve skills, promote fighting, embody good sportsmanship, encourage participation, etc.  

  • Some Challenges may have different requirements and steps.

  • Current Challenge Awards:

    • Century Challenge:

      • V1: 100 shots for 100 straight days

      • V2: 100 shots for 100 days

    • The ‘Challenge’ Challenge:

      • V1: Challenge 25 people outside of the Freebooters to a fight

      • V2: Challenge 50 people outside of the Freebooters to a fight

      • Etc, etc

    • The Great Hand/Foot Challenge (pick one!):

      • V1: Take out 25 hands/feet from different people outside the Freebooters

      • V2: Take out both hands/feet of 25 different people outside the Freebooters

      • The Black Knight: Turn 25 opponents into the Black Knight from Monty Python and the Holy Grail (both hands and feet).

    • East Kingdom Dueller:

      • V1: Fight with people from 15 different areas within the East Kingdom.

      • V2: Fight with people from 30 different areas within the East Kingdom.

      • V3: Fight with people from 50 different areas within the East Kingdom.

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