Bartholomew Baskin, one of the organizers of the campaign, says the handbook was revised "with seemingly little prior consultation." According to the Fiat Lux web site's FAQ, the previous Lochac Earl Marshal had heard about the proposed rules but did not believe they applied to non-contact combat as practiced in that kingdom. Sir Gregory, the current Lochac Earl Marshal, found out about the situation and initiated discussions with the Society Earl Marshal, Duke Hrothgar. After a face-to-face discussion at Pennsic 35, a compromise was agreed to that delays implementation of the new rule in Lochac until August 2008.
Minimum armour requirements for full-contact combat include head and face, neck, kidney, groin, knee, elbow, and hand and wrist protection. Non-contact combatants have previously been allowed to wear less armour, and rather than being struck they are simply declared dead by an approaching enemy fighter. The new rules eliminate this distinction, so that all combatants must be fully authorized and armoured.
In Lochac, just under 400 supporters of existing light archers, siege crews, and banner bearers have signed up to the "Fiat Lux -- Let there be Lights" campaign. Some have provided detailed personal comments or have indicated on the web site that they have written to the Society Earl Marshal or other corporate-level officers. Although the campaign originated in Lochac, the web site now lists supporters in the West, Drachenwald, Outlands and Caid.
The Society Marshal and the Society Media Relations Officer did not respond to email inquiries from SCAtoday.net in time for this story.
Marshal's Handbook for armoured combat (PDF)