All Dagorhir Rules are intended for the enjoyment and safety of our participants. Dagorhir attributes our nationwide success to our sense of priorities behind our rules: safety, playability, and realism. All weapon safety guidelines and combat rules are stringently enforced at all times. This keeps the injuries to a minimum and keeps the fun fun. Rules are kept as simple as possible, to keep battles exciting and fast-paced, and to keep the system easy to learn. Though realism is plays a role, safety and playability are far more essential. Dagorhir’s system is a proven success after more than 30 years of play-testing.
Detailed below is the current “Manual of Arms”
(This Manual of Arms (MOA) is a summary of the Dagorhir rules. This version includes clarifications and decisions from the Ragnarok War Councils through 2013. The Manual of Arms was originally based on the 1988 Dagorhir Aratari Manual of Arms which was, in turn, a distillation of the rules contained in the 1980 Dagorhir Handbook (Library of Congress Catalog Card Number TXu 50-026). This MOA is included under the copyright to the New Millennium Dagorhir Handbook (Library of Congress Catalog Number Txu 1-102-610). Numbering has been added for reference purposes.
Dagorhir is a very physical sport. While serious injuries are very rare, minor injuries such as bruises, muscle strains, and skinned knuckles can result from being hit by Dagorhir weapons and/or tripping, accidentally smashing one’s hand into that of another participant, or running into a tree, etc.)
Dagorhir is a game of honor. In all aspects of Dagorhir, common sense supersedes loopholes. In applying the rules, safety comes first, followed by playability, then “realism.” Please read the rules thoroughly (several times is recommended). The rules are written to be self-explanatory, clear, and detailed, but not every angle of every situation can been covered. Often a rule is clarified later in the same (or subsequent) paragraph. Loopholes will not even be considered by the Heralds (referees), check-in personnel, officials, or other players.
1 – Participation
1.1 – The minimum age for participation in Dagorhir battle games is 16; however, some Dagorhir Chapters may choose to raise or lower this limit for their Chapter.
1.2 – All participants must sign a release form before they will be allowed to participate in any Dagorhir event. For those who are under 18, a legal guardian must sign the release form with either a notary or a member of the Dagorhir check-in staff as witness.
1.3 – All participants are required to wear a costume (“garb”) that meets or preferably exceeds minimum Dagorhir requirements as seen below. The intent of this rule is to maintain a non-obtrusive appearance appropriate to a fantasy/medieval setting at Dagorhir events. Garb is required on the battle field and is strongly encouraged when in public areas. How a player dresses while in a private camp is not regulated by these rules; however garb at all times is strongly encouraged. The event staff reserves the right to make certain areas, functions, gatherings, or the entire event garb required. Proper garb not only benefits the player, but enhances the experience of other players and improves the overall atmosphere of the event.
1.3.1 – A tunic, shirt, dress, or vest of crotch length or longer. Bare chest is acceptable if allowed by law and or camp/event rules, but only if the rest of the costume meets or exceeds minimum garb standards. Clarification: Obviously modern clothing such as sweat-pants, pajama pants, modern skirts, etc is not acceptable.
1.3.2 – Non-obtrusive pants, kilt, skirt, leggings, or similar leg ware. Bare legs are acceptable.
1.3.3 – Non-obtrusive footwear (moccasins, earth-tone shoes, boots, sandals, etc.). Bare feet are acceptable if allowed by the event rules.
1.4 – Forbidden Garments, Patterns/Logos, and Equipment: The intent of this rule is to limit the amount of obviously modern looking items at the event. It is sometimes possible to wear modern clothing in a way (by modification or concealment for example) that it is not considered forbidden. A herald or member of the event staff will make final decisions on this.
1.4.1 – Forbidden garments include but are not limited to: blue jeans, white shoes, camouflage patterns such as military fatigues, visible T-shirts or other obviously modern clothing, and modern hats.
1.4.2 – Real swords, knives, or weapons of any sort (even in sheaths or cases) may not be worn or carried during Dagorhir combat.
1.4.3 – Weapons, shields, garb, and armor may not have clearly mundane logos or prints, nor may be made with fluorescent/neon colors.
1.4.4 – Cleats and spikes are not permitted on the battlefield.
1.4.5 – The event staff reserves the right to allow certain forbidden garments to accommodate special needs, because of weather conditions, etc. These exceptions will be made on a case by case basis. Players are encouraged to overcome this with proper garb when it is possible.
1.5 – If non-Dagorhir spectators, parental guardians, service staff, or similar bystanders are present at an event, the event staff determines if they are required to wear garb. This is handled on a case by case basis.
Examples of minimal, optimal, and illegal garb:
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2 – General Rules
2.1 – Event organizers reserve the right to eject or exclude any person from a Dagorhir event for the following reasons:
2.1.1 – Violating local, county, state, or federal laws which impact Dagorhir or Dagorhir events, including but not limited to violations which endanger the safety of Dagorhir members, spectators, or bystanders; violations which endanger Dagorhir’s use of facilities; violations of Dagorhir’s intellectual property rights (including but not limited to using Dagorhir’sÂ® Servicemarked name without legal permission and theft of copyrighted material from Dagorhir, Dagorhir chapters, or units); etc.
2.1.2 – Endangering the safety of persons or property, including actions demonstrating intent to cause actual injuries or harm on the Dagorhir battlefield.
2.1.3 – Endangering Dagorhir’s ability to use event facilities and/or related equipment
2.1.4 – Abusive language or other behavior unbecoming of a Dagorhir member using a “reasonable person” standard.
2.1.5 – Disobeying the Dagorhir-related requests and instructions of those in charge of events.
2.1.6 – Anything not noted above but negatively impacts a Dagorhir event or is deemed to casts Dagorhir as a whole in an unsuitable manner; using a “reasonable person” standard.
2.2 – The Herald (Dagorhir Referee) is the primary authority responsible for interpreting and enforcing these rules on the battlefield.
2.2.1 – A Herald has the right to remove anyone from the field for behaviors described above.
3 – Types of Combat and Damage
3.1 – As stated previously, in combat, common sense supercedes perceived loopholes. In all manners concerning these rules, Heralds and event organizers shall have final say. When resolving rules questions, Heralds shall consider the matter according to the following criteria: safety first, playability second, and “realism” last.
3.2 – Weapon Combat: To “kill” or “wound” someone in Dagorhir, you must use a weapon which has passed safety inspection for that event.
3.2.1 – All weapons must be checked and marked by weapons checkers appointed by the event organizer before they may be used in combat.
3.2.2 – There are five classifications of weapon types, divided into melee and projectile weapons, which are designated by colored tape: Blue, Red, Green, Yellow and White. Players are never allowed to strike to the head with melee weapons. Airborne missile weapons are allowed to strike to the head.
188.8.131.52 – Blue melee weapons are shorter hacking and smashing weapons which are intended to be used primarily with one hand. Blue weapons cannot be considered red weapons even when used with two hands.
184.108.40.206 – Red melee weapons are longer hacking and smashing weapons intended to be used primarily with two hands. A red weapon must be used with both hands to count as a red weapon; if used with a single hand, it counts as a blue weapon.
220.127.116.11 – Green melee weapons are stabbing weapons, such as spears, sword points, daggers, and stabbing points on pole arms.
18.104.22.168 – Yellow projectile weapons include arrows, crossbow bolts/quarrels, and thrown javelins. Arrows and crossbow bolts may never be used as hand weapons; however, hand-held javelins may be used as green melee weapons.
22.214.171.124 – White projectile weapons are rocks and other blunt-force projectile weapons which only must be thrown and are only legal to the head.
3.3 – Hit Locations: Hit locations include Torso, Leg, Arm, head and Neck, Feet and Hands
3.3.1 – Torso: shoulders (including arm sockets), chest, stomach, crotch, sides, back, and buttocks.
3.3.2 – Leg: From the top of the foot (including ankle) to the torso (below the buttocks).
3.3.3 – Arm: From point where hand joins the wrist to the shoulder socket
3.3.4 – Head: Off limits to all weapon/shield strikes except yellow and white projectile weapons.
3.3.5 – Neck: Off limits to all weapon/shield strikes except yellow and white projectile weapons. NOTE: Neck is unaffected by hits from white projectile weapons.
3.3.6 – Hands and Feet: Intentionally blocking any blow with a hand which is not gripping a weapon or the handle of a shield results in the loss of that arm. Intentionally blocking any blow with foot results in the loss of that leg. Gripping the blade or point of your opponent’s weapon with your hand results in the loss of that arm.
3.3.7 – Hands and feet are unaffected by weapon hits if:
126.96.36.199 – The foot is on the ground; if the foot is in the air when it is hit, it is considered a hit to the leg.
188.8.131.52 – Hands are holding a weapon or the handle of a shield. When not holding anything, hands are considered part of the arm.
3.4 – Judging Hits:
3.4.1 – A hit from a hand-held weapon counts when the weapon’s striking surface hits with sufficient force. Clarification: taps, grazing, and glancing shots do not count as sufficient force.
3.4.2 – Hits from projectile weapons count when the head of the weapon merely strikes the target: stopping or being slightly deflected.
3.5 – Weapon damage varies according to weapon type and whether the target area is armored. See the Dagorhir Combat Quick Reference Chart for a one-page matrix showing the effect of each color of weapon against armored and unarmored target areas.
|Leg or Arm||Lose Limb**||Lose Limb**||Lose Limb||Lose Limb||Lose Limb||No Effect|
|Feet or Hands||No Effect||No Effect||No Effect||No Effect||No Effect***||No Effect|
|Head or Neck||Not Allowed||Not Allowed||Not Allowed||Not Allowed||Death||Death****|
|Armored Torso||Stops 1st Hit Only||Death||No Effect||Death||Death||No Effect|
|Armored Limb||Stops 1st Hit Only||Lose Limb**||No Effect||Lose Limb||Lose Limb||No Effect|
|Armored Head||Not Allowed||Not Allowed||Not Allowed||Not Allowed||No Effect||No Effect|
|* One hand red counts as blue.
**Any (2) limbs hacked/smashed with red/blue weapons is death.
***Except for arrows. Hits to the hand with arrows always result in the loss of the arm.
****Rocks have no effect on the neck.
4 – Weapons
4.1 – General
4.1.1 – All weapons are subject to rejection for any safety or construction discrepancies as determined by the weapons checkers appointed by the event organizers.
4.1.2 – Weapons Checkers and Heralds have the final say in determining how to classify a weapon, e.g., whether a weapon with a circular cross-section is a “sword” or a “club.”
4.1.3 – A safe Dagorhir weapon is one which when used as intended will NOT result in bruises, break bones, or knock out teeth if an unarmored person is struck with a full-strength swing.
184.108.40.206 -In order to ensure Rule 4.1.3, before being allowed onto the field, all weapons are tested at full force, by event appointed Weapons Checkers, unless previously failed by weapons checking staff for safety.
4.1.4 – All weapons must have cloth covering over all striking surfaces
4.1.5 -Two-and-a-half-inch rule: No part of a weapon’s striking surface, whether the tip, the edge, the face or any other part, may pass easily more than 0.5″ through a 2.5″ diameter hole when tested in the direction of the strike.
4.1.6 – Two-inch rule: No non-striking component of a weapon, such as a cross guard, a nonstriking tip, or a pommel, may pass easily more than 0.5″ through a 2″ diameter hole when tested perpendicular to the striking surface or shaft of the weapon.
4.1.7 – The flat (non-striking surface) of bladed weapons must be safely padded to prevent injury from hits from the flat of the blade.
4.1.8 – Hafts on axes, flails, maces, polearms, and the like must be safely padded except for a reasonable area for a handhold. This means the haft padding on swung weapons must be as safe as their striking surface. The haft on spears (which are thrusting-only weapons) is not required to be as heavily-padded as that of a swung weapon.
4.1.9 – No swung weapon may have more than 1/3 of its overall length unpadded, nor have more than 30″ unpadded.
4.1.10 – Single-edged weapons such as glaives and cutlasses must have their non-striking edge clearly marked with a 12-inch piece of silver or gray tape at least 1 inch wide.
4.1.11 – Restrictions:
220.127.116.11 – The pommel of a weapon must be padded to prevent injury in the event of an accidental “hit” and must not easily go through a 2 inch-diameter hole.
18.104.22.168 – All swung weapons must conform to the following:
22.214.171.124.1 – Blue weapons must weigh at least 12 ounces.
126.96.36.199.2 – Red weapons must weigh at least 24 ounces
188.8.131.52.3 – Balance above the un-padded handle section.
184.108.40.206 – The shaft or blade of a red or blue weapon may not flex greater than 45 degrees when the weapon is swung in the plane/direction of the striking surface.
220.127.116.11 – The shaft of a spear or javelin may not flex greater than 90 degrees under reasonable testing stress.
18.104.22.168 – No weapons other than aluminum-shafted arrows may have metal cores.
22.214.171.124 – No weapon may have a spike or blade at the butt (pommel) end. Note that double-ended weapons (below) may have stabbing points at ends; this is different from a blue sword with a green stabbing spike on the pommel.
126.96.36.199 – No swung weapon may have more than 1/3 of its overall length unpadded, nor have more than 30 total inches unpadded.
188.8.131.52 – Double-ended weapons such as quarter staves are always considered to be blue weapons.
184.108.40.206 – Any weapon with a wooden core must have all wood covered with tape.
220.127.116.11 – Disallowed weapons include but are not limited to: Nets, lassos, pungee sticks, nunchucks, tonfas, double-ended daggers, punch daggers
4.1.12 – Miscellaneous – Whenever you strike an opponent from behind, simultaneously call out the color of your weapon (“Red!” “One-Handed Green!”) so that your opponent will know how to react. If a weapon color is not called out, expect that your opponent will treat it as a hit from a blue weapon, the most common weapon encountered on the battlefield.
4.2 – Blue Weapons
4.2.1 – Blue weapons are edged (hacking) or mass (smashing) melee weapons intended primarily for one-handed use.
4.2.2 – Blue weapons must have a minimum total length of 12 inches and a maximum total length less than 48 inches. Weapons must have a minimum 6 inch striking surface.
4.2.3 – Blue weapons other than flails may have green stabbing tips or spikes.
4.2.4 – Flails:
18.104.22.168 – The ball of a flail must have a minimum circumference of 16 inches (measured at its narrowest point) and weigh a minimum weight of 4 oz.
22.214.171.124 – The end of flail haft must follow the 2 inch rule.
126.96.36.199 – The maximum “chain” length on a flail is 6 inches.
188.8.131.52 – The rope or cloth of the flail “chain” must be completely covered with segmented foam (rings) to reduce the risk of injury if the chain strikes a fighter and reduce the risk of the chain wrapping a weapon or limb.
184.108.40.206 – Flails are always blue weapons regardless of length.
4.2.5 – Double-ended Weapons
220.127.116.11 – Double-ended weapons must not be more than 7 feet long.
18.104.22.168 – Double-ended weapons must have a minimum of 18 inches in length of a cylindrically padded striking surface on each end.
22.214.171.124 – Both ends must pass as green or neither end will pass as green.
4.3 – Red Weapons
4.3.1 – Red melee weapons are long hacking and smashing weapons intended to be used primarily with two hands.
4.3.2 – A swung weapon (sword, axe, mace, glaive, halberd, etc.), 48 inches or longer is considered a red weapon when swung with two hands
4.3.3 – A red weapon used with one hand counts as a blue weapon for damage
4.3.4 – Red weapons may have green stabbing tips.
4.3.5 – Red weapons go through armor on the first hit when used two-handed
4.3.6 – All Red weapons when used two-handed can destroy a shield with two solid blows from their legal striking surface (e.g., a solid hit from the haft of a glaive would not count). Blows which are mostly blocked by another weapon and light or glancing hits to a shield do not count as “shield breaking” hits. The fighter wielding the shield judges if the blows are solid “shield-breaking” red hits; however, the physical size of the fighter delivering the blows must always be considered; i.e., a “solid” hit from a smaller, lighter person will generally feel “lighter” than one from a more massive fighter.
4.3.7 – Red weapons must weigh at least 24 ounces and balance above the top of the hand-grip.
4.4 – Green Weapons
4.4.1 – Green weapons are stabbing weapons, such as spears, sword points, daggers, and stabbing points on pole arms.
4.4.2 – One-hand green thrusts do not penetrate armor, including “pool-cue” style thrusts where the spear slides through one hand while being pushed with the other.
4.4.3 – To penetrate armor, a green weapon must be thrust with both hands from the beginning of the thrust until it has connected solidly with the target.
4.4.4 – Spears must have at least 1/3 of the haft padded, but because spears are strictly thrusting weapons (as opposed to hacking weapons), the padding does not have to be as thick as on a hacking weapon.
4.5 – Yellow Weapons
4.5.1 – General
126.96.36.199 – Yellow weapons must be used at half-drawn (arrows) or thrown with half force (javelins) at ranges closer than 20 feet.
188.8.131.52 – A yellow weapon must travel its own length through the air after it is released to count as a legal hit.
184.108.40.206 – Yellow weapons do no damage if they strike shields and Dagorhir-legal head/neck armor such as a helmet or coif.
220.127.116.11 – Players may not ever carry another fighter’s missile weapons around without the owner’s express permission. You may return fire with missiles that have been shot/thrown at you, but if you leave the immediate area where the missiles were fired/thrown, you may not take any missiles other than your own with you. Players must always return the owner’s missiles to the owner upon request.
4.5.2 – Javelins:
18.104.22.168 – The maximum weight of a javelin is 1.5 pounds.
22.214.171.124 – Javelins must be between 4 and 7 feet in length.
126.96.36.199 – Because they may be used as both thrown- and hand-weapons, all javelins must pass standards for both yellow and green classifications; “yellow only” javelins are not allowed.
188.8.131.52 – All javelins must have a yellow cover on the head (not on the pommel). No other weapons may have a yellow cover. This is to clearly show in the heat of battle which end of a javelin is safe to throw at the enemy.
184.108.40.206 – Javelins are exempt from weapon flex rule and instead must not flex more than 90 degrees.
220.127.116.11 – Any block which stops the head of the javelin from striking its target is a legal block, including catching the javelin by the shaft or blocking it with any weapon.
18.104.22.168 – Javelins must be padded along their entire length.
22.214.171.124 – Javelins may not easily pass (<0.5″) through a 3.5″ diameter hole. The softer padded face of the javelin must be at least 3.5″ wide in all directions. The stiffer structural base foam must be at least 3″ in diameter where it meets the open cell face foam.
4.5.3 – Archery:
126.96.36.199 – All bows must have a draw weight of 35 pounds or less at 28 inches draw.
188.8.131.52 – Compound (pulley) bows are not allowed.
184.108.40.206 – Crossbows must have a maximum draw weight of 35 lbs with a draw length of 12″
220.127.116.11 – Arrows must always be shot; they can never be used as hand weapons.
18.104.22.168 – To be an archer at an event, a player must bring at least 2 passing arrows to the field.
22.214.171.124 – If an arrow is deflected, even minutely, it is considered to have hit.
126.96.36.199.1 – An arrow must strike with its head to cause a hit.
188.8.131.52 – Once an arrow has hit an object (changed its path) it is harmless. An arrow cannot strike multiple targets.
184.108.40.206 – To better simulate the speed and power of real arrows in flight, the only things which can stop arrows are shields or Dagorhir-legal head armor such as a helmet or coif. Arrows cannot be caught, blocked, deflected, or knocked out of the air by anything else, including hands, feet, weapons, or other equipment. If an arrow is blocked intentionally with anything other than a body part, shield, or head armor, the fighter doing the blocking is dead automatically.
220.127.116.11 – Bows may be used to turn aside thrusts without suffering any damage. However, if a bow is hacked or smashed by a red or blue weapon, the bow is considered broken. A healer may heal a bow.
18.104.22.168 – Archers are allowed to call shots for clarity, i.e., they may call out to let their target know where a hit landed or if the hit was “good,” as in the case of a glancing or ricocheting arrow.
22.214.171.124 – If an arrow strikes a limb which has already been hacked or smashed by a blue or red weapon, the arrow is considered to have continued as if the limb were not there, hitting whatever is in its path.
126.96.36.199 – If a weapon accidentally blocks an arrow from hitting a target, the arrow is considered to have hit the target anyway.
188.8.131.52 – If an arrow hits a fighter’s hand, that arm is lost (regardless of whether the hand held a weapon or shield).
184.108.40.206 – If an arrow hits a foot which is off the ground, that leg is lost.
220.127.116.11 – Arrows:
18.104.22.168.1 – A draw stop (generally a ring of tape around the shaft) is required to prevent arrows from being drawn more than 28 inches.
22.214.171.124.2 – Arrows may not easily pass (<0.5″) through a 2.5″ diameter hole. The softer padded face of the arrow must be at least 2.5″ wide in all directions. The stiffer structural base foam must be at least 2″ in diameter where it meets the open cell face foam.
126.96.36.199.3 – All arrows must contain a penny secured perpendicularly (flat) at the end of the shaft, unless it is an arrow with a golf tube shaft. In this case, a washer slightly larger than the golf tube’s rolled edge must be used instead.
188.8.131.52.4 – All arrow striking surfaces must be constructed of open-cell foam.
184.108.40.206.5 – All arrows must have at least two full vanes/fletchings (feathers) and a nock.
220.127.116.11.6 – Only duct (cloth) or strapping tape may be used in arrow construction.
18.104.22.168.7 – All wooden arrows must have their shafts wrapped in tape.
22.214.171.124.8 – There can be no tape on the striking surface of an arrow
126.96.36.199.9 – The head of the arrow must not be able to be moved easily from side to side.
188.8.131.52.10 – In order to avoid confusing golf tube arrows with javelins, no arrow using a golf tube shaft may have a yellow cover.
4.6 – White Weapons:
4.6.1 – Rocks must be at least 4″ in diameter and constructed of foam with a little tape as possible, and all aspects of their construction must conform to the 2 1/2 inch rule.
4.6.2 – The maximum weight of a rock is 1.5 pounds.
4.6.3 – Rocks must be thrown; a fighter may never strike another fighter with a hand-held rock.
4.7 – Shields:
4.7.1 – Shields must be safely padded on the front and all edges. Any dangerous protrusions (bolts, handles, etc.) on the rear must be taped and/or padded for the user’s safety.
4.7.2 – A shield maybe used or worn in any manner, and it will still remain a shield; e.g., a shield may be carried on the arm, held in one or two hands, worn on the back, or propped against a fighter’s side.
4.7.3 – A fighter may wear or carry only one shield at a time in combat.
4.7.4 – A shield may not be taller than the distance between the wielder’s chin and their ankles, nor wider than 3 feet.
4.7.5 – The minimum diameter of a shield is 12 inches.
4.7.6 – Shields may be virtually any shape, but must have handles and/or arm-straps. If a shield is made to strap onto the body and has no means to carry it on the fighter’s arm, it is not allowed. As with all weapons rules, Weapons-Checkers and Heralds have the final say in determining what is a shield versus what is armor.
4.7.7 – All Red weapons when used two-handed can destroy a shield with two solid blows from their legal striking surface (e.g., a solid hit from the haft of a glaive would not count). Blows which are mostly blocked by another weapon and light or glancing hits to a shield do not count as “shield breaking” hits. The fighter wielding the shield judges if the blows are solid “shield-breaking” red hits; however, the physical size of the fighter delivering the blows must always be considered; i.e., a “solid” hit from a smaller, lighter person will generally feel “lighter” than one from a more massive fighter.
4.7.8 – When a shield is destroyed by two red-weapon hits, the wielder of the shield must immediately drop the shield. Additional hits from any type of weapon that strike before the shield is dropped count as though the shield isn’t there (generally counting first against the shield-wielder’s arm, then their torso).
4.7.9 – Anvilling, laying a weapon on a shield to avoid taking damage to the shield, is not permitted. Thus, a weapon must intercept the red weapon before it strikes the shield. If the blocking weapon is driven back against the shield by the hit from the red weapon, it does not constitute anvilling. If the red weapon continues past the attempted block with significant force, the blow still counts as a red-weapon hit.
4.7.10 – Fighters may use a red weapon while also using a shield.
4.7.11 – Shield “spikes” are for ornamentation only and do no damage.
4.7.12 – Shield Kicking: Players are allowed to kick shields, provided the kicker keeps one foot on the ground. (No flying kicks!) Shield kicking must be done with regard for the safety of other fighters and will be monitored carefully by the Heralds.
4.7.13 – Shields may be covered in non-latex based soft plastic sealant (e.g. Plasti-dip) as an alternative to cloth as long as they pass all other requirements.
4.8 – Shield Bashing and Checking:
4.8.1 – A shield bash means using a shield to strike an opponent starting from a distance more than two steps away.
4.8.2 – A shield check means using a shield to strike an opponent starting from a distance two steps away or closer.
4.8.3 – Players may shield bash an opponent on their front or side. Bashing an opponent from the rear is prohibited. Bashing an opponent who has lost a leg is prohibited.
4.8.4 – Players may shield check an opponent from any direction. Players may shield check opponents who have lost a leg.
4.8.5 – It is never permissible to strike a fighter in the head or neck with a shield.
4.9 – Grappling:
4.9.1 – Grappling is defined as wrestling in a safe and reasonable manner, attempting to subdue or unbalance your opponent without strikes, throws, or joint/nerve holds.
4.9.2 – A person in armor or rigid plastic safety equipment or carrying a bow and/or arrows may never initiate a grapple.
4.9.3 – Players are not allowed to initiate a grapple starting more than two steps away from an opponent.
4.9.4 – Grappling from behind should be done with great caution and will be closely monitored by Heralds for safety.
4.9.5 – Body checks (blocking your opponent’s movement using one’s body) are allowed.
4.9.6 – Punching and kicking are never allowed, except in the case of shield kicks as outlined above.
4.9.7 – An unarmored fighter may choose to initiate a grapple with any opponent, including those who are armored or carrying bows or arrows.
4.10 – Miscellaneous:
4.10.1 – Whenever you strike an opponent from behind with a non-blue weapon, simultaneously call out the color of your weapon so that your opponent will know how to react.
4.10.2 – Strikes ignore sheathed weapons (i.e., one that is attached/hanging from one’s belt or over one’s back) or any other worn object, including baggy clothing such as cloaks. If an attack would have made legal contact with a fighter had the object been absent, then it should be counted as a hit. A weapon must be in a fighter’s hand to intercept an attack.
4.10.3 – Anvilling, the act of laying one’s weapon on a shield or body part to avoid taking damage, is not permitted.
5 – Armor
5.1 – General
5.1.1 – All types of armor provide the same level of protection.
184.108.40.206 – Armor is subject to the same restrictions as garb with regards to resemblance to modern clothing and incorporation of modern symbols. Armor may not be constructed in such a way as to resemble clearly modern hats, caps, jackets, trousers, etc. (this is not an exhaustive list) nor may it incorporate clearly modern symbols and designs. Armor does not waive the garb requirement for the wearer unless all modern clothing is completely covered by the armor.
220.127.116.11 – Only items specifically constructed as armor and recognizable as armor shall be counted as armor. Armor shall be counted as such only when worn as intended. No item with an obvious function other than armor, such as straps, quivers, pouches, boots, scabbards, bandoleers, etc. (this is not an exhaustive list) shall be considered to be armor regardless of the material of its construction.
5.1.2 – Armor protects only the area it covers: e.g., one hit from a blue weapon to an unarmored elbow results in the loss of that arm, even if the rest of the arm is armored.
18.104.22.168 – Hits to areas that are both armored and unarmored must be taken to the unarmored area. Gaps in armor coverage of ¾” or less shall be ignored.
5.1.3 – Armor may not be concealed and must remain visible to other fighters. Players may wear a surcoat or tabard over armor so long as the armor is easily visible.
22.214.171.124 – Items of garb that appear to be armor, at the discretion of either the events’ armor checker or garb checker, or any herald, may not be worn on the field.
5.1.4 – The front, back, and sides of any part of the body are considered a single strike zone for armor coverage. Hits anywhere on armor on the left leg are considered hits to the “left leg armor,” and hits to a fighter’s armored chest, sides, and back are considered hits to the “torso armor” even if the hits land on different pieces of armor such as a breastplate and backplate. Think of armor protection in Dagorhir this way: armor lessens the damage from some types of hits, but does not eliminate damage entirely. Hence, an armored fighter will “survive” the first blue weapon hit to his back, but a second blue hit to the same fighter’s chest armor will have done enough damage to “kill” the fighter.
5.1.5 – All armor within a strike zone counts as a single piece of armor no matter how many separate pieces of armor are actually present.
5.1.6 – Armor does not offer protection against red weapons swung with two hands, two-hand green thrusts, or yellow (projectile) weapons except as shown below.
5.1.7 – Head and neck armor and helmets protect from yellow and white weapon hits to the head and neck.
5.1.8 – The first hit from a blue weapon to an armored strike zone has no effect.
5.1.9 – The second blue hit:
126.96.36.199 – To an armored torso results in death;
188.8.131.52 – To an armored limb results in loss of the limb.
5.1.10 – A one-handed green thrust has no effect on armor, even if previously struck with a blue weapon.
5.1.11 – Armor protection against blue weapon strikes is not eliminated due to a previous yellow or two-handed green weapon hit.
5.1.12 – Rigid plastic safety equipment for knee and elbow protection is permitted but must be concealed under clothing. It does not count as armor.
5.1.13 – No one wearing armor or rigid safety gear may initiate grappling.
5.1.14 – Rigid body armor including helmets must not have projections which protrude more than 1/2 inch from the armor.
5.1.15 – Rigid armor including helmets must have no spikes or points and must have blunted edges.
5.1.16 – Armor must not be able to catch any appendages such as fingers.
5.1.17 – Armor must be passed by heralds from two separate realms, assuming an inter-realm event.
5.2 – Metal Armor:
5.2.1 – Metal armor may be made of iron, steel, bronze, brass, or copper, or titanium. Aluminum and other modern alloys are not allowed.
5.2.2 – The minimum thickness of non-chainmail metal armor is 0.9mm (usually called 19 gauge).
5.2.3 – Chainmail, defined as armor constructed solely of interconnected metal rings, must not be able to have it’s weave penetrated by a 3/8” thick rod (dowel) in order to pass as armor.
5.2.4 – The maximum thickness of metal armor is 1/8”.
5.2.5 – Rigid metal hand, knee or elbow armor is forbidden (ring or chainmail is permitted).
5.2.6 – Helmets may not have non-period grills. (most “SCA” helmets have non-period grills)
5.3 – Leather Armor:
5.3.1 – The minimum thickness for leather armor is 3/16 inch and may be achieved by layering several pieces of thin leather.
5.3.2 – Armor that is metal studded or scaled, or has metal brigandine plates or rings, based on non-armor backing, can only be counted as armor if the studs/scales/plates/rings are not more than ¾” apart. This can be easily tested by moving a penny around the surface of the armor. If at any time the penny is completely flat on the backing without touching any studs/scales/plates/rings, the armor fails.
5.4 – Armor may not be constructed of plastic or other non-period materials.
6 – Wounds and Healing
6.1 – When in doubt of any of these rules, ask a Herald.
6.2 – When killed, scream and fall to a prone position on the ground.
6.3 – When you lose an arm, drop anything that is in that hand and put the arm behind your back. Do not switch equipment from the lost arm to your non-injured arm (this so called “magic switch” is specifically prohibited). Do not use your “lost” arm to aid in shield checking, shield bashing, or grappling.
6.3.1 – If the arm was hacked or smashed with a blue or red weapon, any other strike to the same arm counts as a torso hit, because in the Dagorhir combat rules the arm would not be there to intercept the hit.
6.4 – If you lose a leg, you must immediately kneel on that knee. To move from place to place you must either crawl, dragging the injured leg, or have comrades carry you. Hopping around on your uninjured leg is not allowed. However, you may make a lunge off the good leg toward an opponent. Any strike to a leg that has already been lost does not count. If both legs are wounded, you may only “knee walk”, drag yourself by your arms, or be carried in order to move.
6.5 – If both knees are on the ground, and the leg wound is from a hacking or smashing weapon then any hit to either leg is considered a hit on the good leg.
6.6 – If the target is lunging/rolling around and has a wounded leg (hacking or smashing) and is hit in either leg (even the one already hit) it is considered a hit on the good leg.
6.7 – If you have two limbs hacked or smashed by red and/or blue weapons, the result is death. Wounds from green and yellow weapons do not count towards this rule, even if they are inflicted by the green stabbing point of a red or blue weapon.
6.8 – If asked, a fighter must accurately describe their current armor damage and wound status. Players may never fake death or wounds during a battle to mislead opponents.
6.8.1 – Because kneeling is how we show wounds to a leg, kneeling during combat isn’t allowed. Crouching is allowed as long as neither knee is touching the ground.
6.9 – At no time may the dead speak to the living, unless it is to shout a safety warning that is “outside” of Dagorhir combat; e.g., “Look out, you’re about to step off a cliff!”
6.10 – Healing
6.10.1 – The Healer cannot heal her/himself or their own equipment.
6.10.2 – To heal a person, the Healer must be in direct physical contact with the injured person.
6.10.3 – A healer may not heal a person while either are under direct attack. If the Healer or injured person is attacked or distracted, or contact is broken for any reason, the entire Poem of Healing must be read or recited again.
6.10.4 – A Poem of Healing must then be recited or read aloud. The minimum length of a poem of healing is 180 syllables and must be approved at event check-in.
6.10.5 – When the healer completes reading the Healing Poem, all wounds and any items held by the wounded fighter are healed or repaired (i.e. armor, bow, shield, etc.).