Realm of Stygia

MisCon 30 Panel Volunteer

Stygia is the Montana chapter of the Belegarth Medieval Combat Society.

Belegarth is a medieval sword fighting sport where foam padding is used on the weapons to prevent serious physical injury to participants.

There are different levels of play, there are gatherings were a lot of people play at once, and there are small groups and teams that intermingle with other groups. But most importantly Belegarth is a semi-competitive sport where participants can strive to just enjoy playing with others or work at being physically and mentally the best fighter they can be.

Belegarth's chief difference from other medieval combat groups come in the level of contact, role-playing and costs to play.

Belegarth combat is a full contact sport. This differentiates it from other foam combat games in that we allow grappling, shield kicks and bashes and do not require participants to pull blows. This allows for fast paced, hard fighting.

Belegarth participants are also not required to roleplay, although it is certainly encouraged. Many foam combat groups have races, classes, magic and roleplaying integrated into the gameplay. Belegarth's combat system is focused entirely on just that: combat.

Stygia was originally formed under the realm name of Gorothannon in 2001.

There are several groups, called units, within our realm. We have a unit of Orcs and various monsters that banded together to form the Uruk Hai. There is also a unit of mercenaries that formed to be a fighting unit against the Uruk Hai...they are known as the Dread Gate Mercenary Alliance. We have a few other units such as the Shadow Clan and the Freeholders. Races vary from humans to trolls to pixies and dragonkin.

Belegarth allows for great amounts of creativity in your character. You can be just about anything you want within the realm of medieval fantasy but your character type does not allow for any special treatment. Combat rules are the same to everyone...regardless if you are a heavily armored dragonkin or a tiny little pixie.

While many of us really enjoy the costume and character aspects of this game, Belegarth is a combat game first and foremost. One thing we Belegrim love more than anything else is new people! We all remember what it was like to be new and feel like a fool out on the field and we are happy to lend a little help to get you started!

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Scheduled Panels and Presentations:

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  • panel Fri 4:00 - 4:50 PM, Belegarth: Foam Fighting 101, Demo Tent (5)
    Panelists: Realm of Stygia

    Learn about about the history of foam combat sports, and the weapons/culture. We;ll go over how to create your own foam weapons and armor from the fighters of Realm of Stygia.

  • panel Fri 5:00 - 5:50 PM, Medieval Modern Societies, Demo Tent (5)
    Panelists: Realm of Stygia , The SCA

    Join he SCA and the Realm of Stygia and Learn about your local options for enjoying the middle ages.

  • panel Fri 6:00 - 6:50 PM, Costume Parade, Open Green (3)
    Panelists: Butte Magic , Cheeky Geeky Vaudeville , Lord & Lady Towers (Will Brown & Ashley McGehee), Realm of Stygia , Realms of Avalon , Kevin J Anderson, Justin Barba, Christine Barkl, Jim Butcher, Dragon Dronet, Robin Hobb, Tundra Malamute, Nikki Rossignol, Beth Stoops, Chad Volpe (The Fin)

    Come in costume (or not) and join us for a brief stroll around downtown Missoula to ring in the start of MisCon and announce to the usual inhabitants of our fair city that we've arrived! We're going to walk to the Elks, the Wilma, the Roxy Theater, and through Caras Park back to the hotel.

  • Break Fri 6:50 - Sat 9:00
  • panel Sat 9:00 - 2:50 PM, Combat Demos: SCA & Realm of Stygia, Field of Wonder (6)
    Moderator: Gene Mealey; Panelists: Realm of Stygia , The SCA

    The fighters of the SCA and the Realm of Stygia will dazzle you with their combat prowess by beating on each other for 6 hours. Fighters will rotate our every 20 minutes, displaying different fighting styles all day.

  • Break Sat 2:50 - Sat 4:00
  • panel Sat 4:00 - 5:50 PM, SCA/Belegarth Tournament, Field of Wonder (6)
    Panelists: Realm of Stygia , The SCA

    Come cheer on your favorite fighters as they pit themselves against each other in a tournament of arms. Who will win prizes and fame? Come find out. It might not quite match up to the epic battle to the death between the Mountain verses the Viper . . . or will it?

  • Break Sat 5:50 - Sun 10:00
  • panel Sun 10:00 - 10:50 AM, Realm of Stygia Combat Show, Field of Wonder (6)
    Panelists: Realm of Stygia

    The Realm of Stygia's fighters will show off their fighting skills while they beat up each other in order to make you happy.

  • Break Sun 10:50 - Sun Noon
  • panel Sun Noon - 12:50 PM, Garbing Up: Sewing for the Medievalist, Demo Tent (5)
    Panelists: Realm of Stygia , The SCA

    This panel brings together seamstresses from Missoula’s local SCA and Belegarth chapters to introduce the clothing used in both societies, discuss considerations to take into account when making clothing, including fabric choice, sewing and finishing methods, and embellishment techniques to really make your garb pop!

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