Charter of the Company of the White Wolf
The company of the White Wolf is a group of practitioners of Medieval European Martial Arts, organized in the manner of a XIVth to XVth century Tourney Company in times of peace, and a Free Company of Knights, in times of war.
As such, its members will endeavour to study and practice the martial skills of the late Middle Ages in order to display effective proficiency in them when called to do so at Tourneys and Battlefields at home or abroad.
Furthermore, the members of the Company will study and practice a wide range of medieval period skills outside the strictly martial, such as those related to Hunting, Hawking, Foraging and all other traditional Wilderness skills, with an emphasis on those most relevant to our far northern realm, as well as exploring the cultural and artistic aspects of the age such as Calligraphy, Heraldry or Vexillology, for example.
Members will take care and pride in their period correct appearance, both in the case of armour and civilian clothing and implements, carefully researching available medieval records in order to give a historically accurate image wherever the Company may campaign.
In the case of Armour, besides the historical accuracy rule described above, the Company will hold its members to the safety standards of such international full contact steel fighting tourney organizations as the IMCF or HMB. In case of conflict, the higher safety standard will prevail, as closely to historical accuracy as possible. As members of the E.M.P., fighting with Rattan or Wooden wasters is permitted, but the use of historical blunt steel tourney weapons, with the above mentioned high armour standards needed for it, remains the main focus of the group.
Leadership and structure:
Always in pursuit of Knightly ideals, the Company is structured as a Meritocracy, meaning that advancement and leadership will be based on proven achievement, ethical, intellectual and physical.
The Company will be commanded by a Captain, assisted by a council of senior members, which will be elected by the local branches within the Territory. Captaincy of the Company will be open to renewal or exchange once a year, by vote of all active, local members, at the time of the Company’s main yearly event, the Great Northern Open Tourney.
Advancement within the ranks of the Company, following the example of our ancestors, will be as follows: those first starting to learn and practice within the field of martial prowess will be called “Women/Men at arms”. After adequate examination and training, they may be advanced to “Squire”. When demonstrating sufficient commitment, proficiency at arms and courage in the lists, they may be sworn as a “Knight of the White Wolf”, (optionally “Dame” for the Ladies). These transitions will be accompanied by proper ritual and oaths, and involve certain duties and privileges.
Achievement within the group but outside of the martial realm will be acknowledged as well, with proper grades such as “Initiate”, “Adept” and “Master” in the respective fields.
In both the martial and the artistic realms, members who aspire to the higher grades, should expect to be held to the highest standards, both inside and outside the lists, and be ready to commit and exert themselves for years to achieve them.
Any Title or Grade granted by the Captaincy of the Company of the White Wolf is considered for group use only. In other words, and as an example, reaching the grade of Knight within the Company, does not mean recognition of the status of Knighthood within the E.M.P. or any other organization, but does certainly not preclude it.