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Men(or women) of coat armor should take the field with the inspiration of someone besides themselves in their heart. Champion some person in the gallery that pleases you. Join the combat crying the name of your Baroness, your Queen, your Baron, your King, your best friend. But do not enter the combat only for yourself.
It's not unchivalrous ,per se, to join the combat without inspiration, it's sad. This thing we do, this life within our lives, is predicated on serving something greater than ourselves. By entering the battle with only yourself in mind is disingenuous. At the very least take the place you live for your inspiration. Cry out the name of your Shire, your Barony as your "criee". Take upon yourself the mantle of defending the honor of your place. Do battle in the name of your patron Saint, even.
Saint Martin of Tours (patron of soldiers)
Saint Barbara (patron of artillerymen)
Saint Thaddeus ( defender of the weak)
Saint Michael
Saint George(patron of England)
Saint Andrew(patron of Scotland)
Saint Dennis( patron of France)
Saint Jude (patron of lost causes, or hopeless cases)
This isn't to say that it isn't more fun, more enjoyable, to champion a consort of some type. It is a great surge of confidence and energy to know that one's love is watching the combat and that they know you strive for them. But if you're unattached...please try the suggestions above. It costs you little in the grand scheme and adds greatly to the flavour of our game.

My own inspirations are summed up in my battlecries "For Ysabeau and Glory" and "Ad melliorum Deii gloriam". Add this to the fact that I carry her arms upon my shield as an escutcheon of pretense and you can see how clearly she spurs me on.In both a period and "real world" sense.

Try it, you'll like it.

Baron Hamish

I have often seen people uncivil by too much civility, and tiresome in their courtesy.
Michel de Montaigne (1533–1592), French essayist.

"Envy the nation that has heroes!" " Pity the nation that needs them!"- From "Reign of Fire"
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