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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- There is one medieval society which Louisvillians and folks all over the world are taking part in.
"It's full speed, full power and there's almost no such thing as hitting too hard," said Lord Jamie Von Atzinger.
When one sees a group of individuals adorned in stainless steel and armed with shields, they might think they are playing dress up. Those who are a part of the society for creative anachronisms say it is anything but make-believe.
"We are a recreation group, not necessarily a reenactment group," said Chatelaine of the Barony of the Flame.
Chatelaine said groups across the country and the world come together at events throughout the year to suit up in their own "recreations," dating back to the 14th century.
"The S.C.A. started at Berkeley in the 1960's and it has been going strong ever since," said Chatelaine. "We have 30,000 members, 19 kingdoms and we are an international organization."
The Louisville area's "Kingdom" is known as the "Barony of the Flame."
Members come to rehearse for battles where strength is shown, talents are exposed and honor is gained. Warriors battle in events such as fencing and wooden sword fighting, where they can advance to achieve new levels of hierarchy and honor within the society.
They say this is not to be confused with live action role playing or "LARP-ing." "Live action role-playing is all fantasy, we try to have some sort of basis for historical reality, though we might not always achieve it," said Baroness Lady Camilla de La Reynard of the Barony of the Flame.
Reynard said the weapons used in LARP-ing "are pretty much foam."
"The weapons we use are based on the practice weapons that could have been used in the middle ages," said Reynard.
Member Marissa Von Atzinger said the combat is live action and not rehearsed. "There are rules for spectators as far as keeping a distance," said Von Atzinger. She said there were many other components to the S.C.A., aside from battling.
"Lots of people practice arts or sciences like calligraphy, dance, cooking, or brewing."
She said many members strive to be historically accurate in their depictions, but it varied from person to person.
Nobles agreed it is not all about combat in the S.C.A.
"Anything that existed as a craft in the skill in the middle ages, we recreate," said Reynard.
Those of every class in the hierarchy will launch a battle at Glendale Campground on Saturday, May 18.