Border Raids: “It’s what we call the dream”

"An open field surrounded by woods, knights representing two kingdoms lunging and slashing at each other with swords, spears, and knives," writes Ally Burtner of the Fort Knox Turret after attending a day of combat at the recent Border Raids between Meridies and the Midrealm. (photos)

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Handmade glasswork, leatherwork, and costumes are displayed in the organization’s Arts and Science competitions, judged by members. Skills and creative talents are further displayed through calligraphic scrolls handwritten by masters of the craft, needlepoint, medieval dance, and armoring, which can be sold, admired, or traded.

But such activities and festivities are sideshows to the main events—fencing, dueling, and battling.