Medieval / Early Renaissance Re-creation
The Adrian Empire is dedicated to the study and re-creation of Western European culture between the Battle of Hastings (the year 1066) and
the end of the reign of Queen Elizabeth I of England (the year 1603). Our members work to re-create the arts, skills, and culture of this
range of the Medieval and Renaissance eras.
Local chapters usually meet on a monthly basis and hold tournaments of combat, archery, and the arts. Occasional regional as well as two
annual national "wars" are also held which include both tournaments and group battle scenarios.
At all of our events, we strive to wear period garb, set up period encampments or settings, and comport ourselves with chivalry and honor.
Adrians hold regular archery tournaments in historic style. While wooden bows are encouraged, modern bows are allowed if they
are not compound and have no sights or counterbalances and our archery tournaments allow only wooden shafted arrows. Period
crossbow tournaments are currently being studied within the group. See
the Missile Weapons Manual for details.
Archery is also integrated into some combat scenarios using fiberglass safetey shafts with specially constructed padded tips and
bows with limited power.
Adrians reproduce non-choreographed combat competitions in both one-on-one and group battle scenarios. Combat takes place in
three basic forms: a training form for beginners using slatted bamboo weapons (shinais), rapier-style with a variety of fencing-type
weapons, and heavy armored combat using steel weapons. Safety is the top priority and our rules put minimum standards on armor worn
and limitations on weapons used. See the Combat Manual for details.
Arts and Sciences
Adrians strive to re-create various historical arts and sciences. We research and reproduce objects that existed in period,
using period construction techniques whenever possible. Examples include costuming, cooking, needlework, drawing, bardics (e.g. song and tale),
wood and metal working. See
the Arts and Sciences Manual for details.
Ministry service is the administrative side that holds Adria together. Adrian ministers take sign-ins, track member progress,
monitor combat for safety issues, review arts and sciences projects, and prepare the national newsletter just to scratch the surface. If
you want to help track or process information behind the scenes or even wear a crown and be the face of a region or the Empire itself,
ministry service is for you. Just talk to someone doing a job and offer to help and they should be able to point you in the right direction.