(514-05-20) Bodenham versus Baverstock
Summary: The challenge of Sir Idris de Bodenham versus Sir Bryce de Baverstock
Date: May 20th, 514
Related: Wedding Tourney logs.
idris bryce 


It's the training field, all over again. This time the day before the melee, so many of the knights are putting their skills to good use. Idris is in the field, himself, but he is not fighting the melee. No, he is looking for someone to challenge so he can win.

The tall one and the small one - this a concept too familiar for Sir Bryce de Baverstock, a rather short, lanky knight who's younger brother who surpasses him in height and physicality. Even so, Sir Bryce is not one to evade challenges, and such had been put forth against him, by that glance alone. Dark eyes flicker with confidence, as the Lord Knight of Baverstock steps forward and inclines his head, in wordless acceptance of the challenge. Silence seems to linger a bit longer before the knight speaks up, leaning almost casually on the tourney sword with blunted edges he is carrying. "Sir Bryce de Baverstock," is offered in courteous introduction, as Bryce extends his arm for the squire to strap on the shield with the red and black colors of his manor. "First to three hits?"

"Sir Idris de Bodenham," he introduces himself, inclining his head back to the Lord Knight of Baverstock. He is just a Family Knight, but there's a certain sharpness in his look. He draws the sword, as an acceptance of the challenge, but just in case, he notes, "I will pull back, but I might note to you, Sir, I do not blunt my weapons. I will try to hit you with the flat only."

"Fair enough," Bryce allows, after a brief moment of consideration. "Thank you for your honest admission…" His gaze shifts to the Bodenham knight's blade and he nods. "I would have noticed on my own, sooner or later, but it shows honor and a preference to keep things fair for you to tell me." Carl steps away, as soon as the shield has been fastened, and the Baverstock, raises his sword in salute. "Shall we?"

"We shall," Idris replies, already charging towards Bryce to unleash the first of his attacks - the shield is kept to the side as the blade is swung back. Only when the blade is sailing in the air to its arc — the terminus being Bryce's chest, does the shield come to the front, also in a swing, ostensibly to hit the man after the blade does in a one-two combination.

Failed.
Idris checked his sword of 15, he rolled 18.
Critical Fail!
Bryce checked his Sword at 13, he rolled 20.

Something unexpected happens. In the moment Idris raises his sword and Bryce moves to meet his attack with a parry and a strike of his own… the sword of the Baverstock flies suddenly through the air with neither of the knights really sure how it happened. The only good thing to say in Bryce's favor… the Bodenham's sword didn't hit him. "Permit me…" And Bryce steps aside to pick the weapon up from the ground.

Once Bryce has picked the weapon up, Idris attacks again, but only then. It seems the Bodenham knight is plenty happy to allow the Baverstock his respite to retake his sword and arm himself properly before resuming the blows. "Good defense, by the way. With a steadier hand, would've hit me."

Success
Idris checked his sword of 15, he rolled 14.
Failed.
Bryce checked his Sword at 13, he rolled 15.
Idris rolls 5d6 and gets (2 5 1 6 6) for a total of: (20)
Critical Success!
Bryce checked his dex at 15, he rolled 15.

A fine smile curves the Baverstock knight's lips when Idris allows him to reclaim the weapon, even so, he attacks him with no less vigour, swinging his sword against the midst of his opponent - a manoeuvre too easily seen through; at least Idris parries and lands a formidable strike of his own. A strike that is enough to make Bryce stumble, enough momentum there to topple over a larger knight than he is. But Bryce stands, finally regaining his balance as he counters the attack with his next, a feint executed towards the shoulder, before the blade aims for the legs of Sir Idris de Bodenham!

Failed.
Bryce checked his Sword at 13, he rolled 15.
Success
Idris checked his sword of 15, he rolled 11.
Idris rolls 5d6 and gets (6 4 1 3 2) for a total of: (16)
Success
Bryce checked his dex at 15, he rolled 8.

The Bodenham is not swift so much as he tries to pre-empt his opponent; his sword is sent low, so that the tip can parry against Bryce's strike, and then raised again in a quick jab to the man's side. Idris' blade connects and he pulls back the attack, nodding once to the man. His sword lifted again, he waits before counterattacking, this time his shield bashing first before the sword ever swings.

Success
Idris checked his sword of 15, he rolled 9.
Critical Success!
Bryce checked his Sword at 13, he rolled 13.
Bryce rolls 8d6 and gets (1 4 6 3 6 3 2 1) for a total of: (26)
Failed.
Idris checked his dex of 8, he rolled 14.

Another strike that hits home, alas, it is not Bryce's sword. While his own swing is easily caught and deflected by a shield, Idris gets through Bryce's defense and delivers a sound strike with the flat of his blade, and again the Baverstock has to compensate the blow with a slight shift in his stance. "Very good," he comments, in all honesty. In fact he has to step up his game, and very much so! A competitive flicker flashes the Baverstock's dark eyes and he leaps forward, going at the Bodenham in a rather daring attack that might leave some of his defense open.

And unfortunately that daring attack does not bode well for the Bodenham. The blow, he catches on his chest, and it is enough to topple him to the ground. But he stands up once given a moment to do so, lifting the blade overhead and the shield placed ahead of him. Then he rushes back at Bryce just as recklessly.

Failed.
Idris checked his sword of 15, he rolled 17.
Success
Bryce checked his Sword at 13, he rolled 7.
Bryce rolls 4d6 and gets (3 3 6 3) for a total of: (15)
Critical Fail!
Idris checked his dex of 8, he rolled 20.

Bryce will give his opponent time to rise and sort out his sword and shield, but then it is the Baverstock again who takes advantage of a breach in Idris's defenses, left open by the ferocious attack. Bryce sidesteps and deals the Bodenham a blow. A sound blow. And a faint smile flashes in his angular features, as he watches Idris fall once again.

Success
Bryce checked his Sword at 13, he rolled 10.
Success
Idris checked his sword of 15, he rolled 10.

Critical Fail!
Bryce checked his Sword at 13, he rolled 20.
Success
Idris checked his sword of 15, he rolled 6.
Idris rolls 5d6 and gets (3 1 3 6 4) for a total of: (17)
Success
Bryce checked his dex at 15, he rolled 7.

It seems that falling facefirst into mud was exactly what Idris needed. Because when he comes back up, and it takes a little while, the Bodenham sheds his shield, tossing it aside into the puddle. The smile doesn't help it either. Then the Knight strikes forward, a simple, short arc, which gets intercepted by Bryce. He uses the pommel of his sword up against the Baverstock's elbow as the sword sails low to the man's waist, enough to deal that one point he needs to win the challenge. "Good fight," he comments afterwards, putting the mud-soaked sword back into its scabbard.

According to the rules of chivalry, and because Bryce would never attack an honorable opponent on the ground, he steps aside and allows Idris to rise again. "Next strike decides the matter," he says, and goes at the Bodenham again! Steel clashes against steel, as they strike at each other, and no point is scored. So it takes another exchange of slashes, this time Idris proving to be the superior opponent, the tap of the blade against his waist to make a point - and decide the winner. "Indeed. I yield.", Bryce the Baverstock concedes, inclining his head. "You were quite a challenge, and I acknowledge your win, Sir."

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