→A Standard Battle
First Clash – Display only.
Second Clash –
Competitive Fight All combatants have only one hit in this clash. This is a battle fought as a line, with no outﬂanking. When hit, the combatants simply step back a few yards, appearing, perhaps, to nurse minor injuries. One of the Commanders must signal that they have lost this clash by waving their standard or by giving another agreed signal. If a decision cannot be reached, the two commanders will parley and ﬁght the Second Clash again.
Third Clash –
Display only In this clash , The Marked Men (see below) will live or die, according to the outcome of the Second Clash. Also any Single Combats (see below) may occur. The dead stay where they lie. Also, other handpicked persons will feign wounds. This will not affect their hits in the ﬁnal clash.
Fourth Clash – Competitive Fight This is the
ﬁnal battle , where the combatants employ their full number of hit points. At least one side will have lost one or two men as a result of losing the Second Clash, and they will suffer from that deﬁcit at the beginning of the Fourth Clash. ===Marked Men=== To help alleviate the age old problem of having several clashes without losing a single man, only to see every combatant suddenly keel over at the end of the show, the ‘Marked Men’ game has been introduced. This is essentially a gamble. Each side will be required to produce a proportionate number of volunteers (usually no more than ten per cent of their ﬁeld strength) of Militia class or above (for their own safety, untested members of the Levy may not volunteer). These volunteers enter a gambit situation. If their side loses in the Second Clash, then the volunteer must ‘die’ during the Third Clash – hopefully in as noticeable and spectacular a fashion as possible. They then remain dead on the ﬁeld for the rest of the display, taking no part in the ﬁnal battle. However, if their side wins during the Second Clash, they get the reward of an extra hit in the ﬁnal battle, hence a Militia man will have three hits while a combatant of Warrior class will be ﬁghting with four hits in the Fourth Clash. '''Notes''' * Members of the Levy cannot volunteer to be Marked Men. * Militia do not have to volunteer, however, to move up to the next rank they do need to volunteer on at least one occasion per season. * Warriors have to volunteer on at least one occasion per season.
Warriors and Warlords have an additional option in the Third Clash. Instead of volunteering as Marked Men, they may arrange a Single Combat with a Warrior or Warlord from the other side
. This can take several forms. All are equally valid and encouraged; * A pre-arranged and rehearsed, choreographed show-ﬁght, where the outcome of the Third Clash decides the winner. * A freeform ﬁght where the outcome of the Second Clash decides the winner. * A fully competitive, one-on-one ﬁght - up to two hits, winner survives into the ﬁnal clash. In each case the winner takes an extra hit in the Fourth Clash, taking them up to four hits. Note: Volunteers to be Marked Men and arrangements for Single Combats must be agreed at muster before the battle begins.
==The Code of Conduct==