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The Castle Wulfenbach women's salle

Fencing is a sport traditionally associated with the European aristocracy. In contemporary common usage, fencing tends to refer specifically to European schools of swordsmanship and to the modern Olympic sport that has evolved out of them.

Fencing is one of the four sports which has been featured at every modern Olympic Games. Currently, three types of weapon are used in Olympic fencing:

  • Foil — a light thrusting weapon; the valid target is restricted to the torso, the chest, shoulders, and back; double touches are not allowed (see priority rules below). This weapon follows the rule of "right of way"
  • Épée — a heavy thrusting weapon; the valid target area covers the entire body; double touches are allowed. There is no "right of way"
  • Sabre — a light cutting and thrusting weapon; the valid target area is the saddle line, which is from one side of your hip to the other and up, this also includes the head. The target area does not include the hands. This weapon follows "right of way"

The word fence was originally a shortening of the Middle English defens, that came from an Italian word, defensio, in origin a Latin word [1].

Europa-specific fencing Edit

There are two major references to it in the chronicles:

  • Some of the young women who are students aboard Castle Wulfenbach are shown engaging in fencing as a recreational activity; during this scene, there is a confrontation between Agatha and Zulenna.
  • Gilgamesh Wulfenbach is shown as having constructed a fencing clank which he refers to as being more challenging than other ones in use by the students aboard the Castle. This clank is able to learn from experience and become more challenging, and is shown as becoming a potential hazard. Ultimately, it is modified and repurposed by Agatha.

Later, Gil uses sword against rogue clanks collected from the Wastelands, but this hardly uses the rules of fencing-as-sport, and more of fencing-as-swordplay.


  1. "Fencing" at Wikipedia

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