aki no yo o uchi kuzushitaru hanashi kana
dashed to bits
© Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold)
sitting around the table
rehashing the day
anger runs high
under empty stars
© G.s.k. ‘15
At Trambache one of the features is a big night battle where different companies face off to re-enact a famous moment in the history of the area.
Unfortunately, although everyone should just bring their swords, there are a couple of people in a particular team who bring along short pikes topped with steel hooks or semi-axes. They also stay in the second row behind swordsmen in order to thump people without interference. Their goal is to dent helmets and armour. Three of our lads had great dents in their helmets, on one we counted around 15! Three of our lads were finally able to grab the pike and disarmed one of the marauders.
Besides being potentially very dangerous (some of our lads just had mail shirts over gambesons) full armour costs a lot of money and having to repair it isn’t free. Some of our company are contemplating not participating in next year’s battle if these people are present. It’s sad to say but this isn’t the first time this has happened and though the organizers should call that team to order, they still show-up creating bad blood.