The Yeomen of the Wolf is a martial company within the Kingdom of Ealdormere. Its mandate is to inspire participation in all types of ranged weapons activities; and to expand the frequency and variety of ranged weapons events and tournament types throughout the Kingdom . Members of the Yeomen will be encouraged to assist wherever possible, both on the range and off, and to be true ambassadors for the missile weapons community. The company will be open to anyone who participates in ranged weapons activities (target archery, thrown weapons, combat archery and siege weapons). Like other martial companies such as the Ealdormere Academy of Defence, the Yeomen of the Wolf is not an official SCA order. Ranks achieved within it will just be marks of achievement within the company and carry no standing within Ealdormere 's Order of Precedence.
The company will have a rank system and progressing in rank will be achieved through a point scoring system. Points can be earned through all types of activity that is associated with any of the ranged weapons disciplines (target archery, thrown weapons, combat archery and siege weapons). Points will be acquired from participation in tournaments, martial prowess, period equipment and appearance, and service to the various ranged weapons disciplines (see below). The company's ranks are as follows:
These ranks are based on period military ranks and though they are similar to rank names used in other SCA organizations, the names are in common enough usage that there shouldn't be any conflict with ranks used by other groups.
In addition to these ranks, There is also be the rank of Yeoman Marshal. The Yeoman Marshal is the person in charge of organizing the company. That rank will be relinquished once the person steps down from that office and hands it over to a successor. The duties of the Yeoman Marshal will be to:
Other senior marshals from the various ranged weapons activities can also help to share the duties with the Yeoman Marshal. This will allow consistency within the company over time, provide a pool of potential successors ready to succeed an outgoing Yeoman Marshal, spread out the workload and allow the presence of one or more senior members of the company to be present at as many of the tournaments as possible.
When an individual decides to join the company they will be given the rank of Yeoman and provided with a score book to track their progress and a patch with the badge of the company (see below). Once a person scores enough points to advance in rank they will be presented with a rank badge to display along with their company badge. Members are responsible for bringing their score book to events, meetings, practices, etc so any points they earn can be tracked and confirmed by marshals or the Yeoman Marshal. They should also periodically report their scores to the Yeoman Marshal or senior marshals associated with the company so it can be updated on the master scoring list.
Scoring points through martial prowess will come from participating in tournaments, scores from tournaments, placing in the top three in tournaments, participating in and scoring war points, etc. Types of tournaments include: Royal Rounds, IKACs, Winter shoots, Seasonal shoots, Clout shoots, Roving ranges, Novelty shoots, Sponsored shoots, Shoots based on period tournaments, etc.
Scoring points through service and practical application will come from all other non-martial prowess activities that are associated with the different ranged weapons disciplines and will include all types of marshaling, sponsoring tournaments, serving as a champion, owning period garb and equipment, making period garb and equipment, research, teaching, etc. This part of the scoring system will not only reward people for participating in a wide variety of activities within the ranged weapons community but allow those who are not as skilled in the martial aspects of the various disciplines to also be able to progress in rank at a reasonable rate. It is hoped that having as large as possible selection of activities will give people as many opportunities and as wide a variety of ways to advance in rank.
Please note this is a work-in-progress.
Service and Application:
* Services points can be awarded if the individual has already accomplished the task (once for each section). This is optional and each individual can choose to “start fresh” and get a head start when they join the company.