Realm of Stygia

MisCon 31 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, Field of Wonder (6)
    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.

  • Break Fri 4:50 - Fri 7:00
  • panel Fri 7:00 - 7:50 PM, Temporary Technical Difficulty Panel, Ballroom C
    Panelists: Butte Magic , Cheeky Geeky Vaudeville , Eekie and Snow Cosplay , Ministry of Magic , Montana Melee , Realm of Stygia , Realms of Avalon , Summit Gaming , Valhalla's Workbench , Christian Ackerman, Josh Aronoff, Darla Babcock, Justin Barba, Philo Barnhart, Jason Benner (El Capita'n), Daniel Bensen, Carol Berg, Pete Berg, Larry Bonham, M. H. Bonham (Maggie), David Boop, Jill Bowers, Rob Carlos, Robert Chenoweth (Bob), C.J. Cherryh, Clay Cooper (Ol Scratch), Aaron Douglas, Claire Eddy, Henry Edwards, Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle), Spencer G. Ellsworth, Erik Evjen, Eric the Excellent, Jane Fancher, David Farland, Amy Farrington, Justin Farrington, Eric Scott Fischl, Stewart Fleming (AoF), Deby Fredericks, Ruth Frey, Manny Frishberg, Julie Frost, Ann Gimpel, Gail Glass, James Glass, Tod Glenn, John Goff, Tony Gregori, Hugh S. Gregory, Vandy Hall, Becky Harouz, James Hayes, Randy Henderson, Lane Heymont, J.K. Hinther (GinnyJones), Michael Hodges, Jason A. Holt, Mary Beth Horvath, Matt Horvath, Meradeth Houston, Andrea Howe, Fiona Jallings (dreamingfifi), Crystal Jones, Esther Jones, Frog Jones, James Jones (Sir James), MaryAlice Jones (Mistress Azira), Reid Jones, Elliott Kay, Sanan Kolva, Rebekah Leib, Kendra Lisum, Todd Lockwood, John Logan, Tundra Malamute, Matt McAdoo, John McDonald, Rob McDonell (Illuminati Rob), Gene Mealey, Charles D. Moisant, Kevin Nielsen, Erika Noble (Eekie), Tim Nydell, Peter Orullian (Rock Lord), Guy Pace, L.F. Patten (Laurey), J.A. Pitts, Nick Plantz, Carter Reid, Joyce Reynolds-Ward, Nikki Rossignol, Ira Sather-Olsen, The SCA, Greg Schneider, Keith Seyffarth, D.L Solum, Brooke Stanley, Jeff Sturgeon, Patrick Swenson, Lord Albion The Wayward Minstrel of Eir Du, Melissa Thompson, Tex Thompson, Peter Wacks (pjwacks), Krista Wallace, Dean Wells, Jason Williams, Danica Winters, Emmett Worthey, John Wright, David Yake

    This is a temporary panel. We are having technical difficulties with the schedule (it won't list panelists unless they are scheduled for panels on the public side of the site). We created this fake panel just so we can get every panelist on the schedule.

  • Break Fri 7:50 - 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.