Glossary

Heavy Weapons

Combat performed in armor and simulated (rattan) weapons on foot, as opposed to “Light Weapons” which include fencing and archery. Heavy weapons combat is done in armor that meets SCA safety regulations, according to SCA rules, which were developed to safely re-create the combat of the medieval knight. These are the usual tournament and war-weapons (sword and shield and other weapons such as mace, axe, polearms, and more) which, in order to be used, require the use of armor, and training. A fighter must be authorized in the use of these weapons for his or her own safety, as well as the safety of his or her opponents.

Herald

A person who is trained to function in one or more of the areas defined by the College of Heralds. A herald is an officer of the SCA. There are a variety of types of heralds, but they mainly break down to three areas: announcements (on the field of honor ["Field Herald"], general announcements -- sometimes called "duty" ["Duty Herald"]), master of ceremonies for court ["Court Herald"], and name/device/armory consultation ["Submissions Herald", or "Research Herald"].

High Table

The table at a feast where the presiding nobility and the honored guests are seated. Also called "Head Table."

Highness

Used as the title of address for Princes and Princesses. Formally, a Crown Prince or Princess is addressed as a Royal Highness. Coronets will sometimes augment this title in a manner appropriate to Themselves or Their Lands (ie., Their Alpine Highnesses, Her Serene Highness, etc.).

HOLD

A cry meaning "Stop whatever you are doing and freeze in place until you see where the hazard is!" The basic use is in combat, but it's been extended to cover all forms of activity. If on the field of combat, the you might not only stop, but drop to one knee.

Household

A voluntary association of friends or people with similar interest. organized under whatever rules the members jointly accept. Households have no formal standing in the SCA.

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