Early Medieval Reenactment
Emerging Scene in the UK
We are called Hrafn Vaeringi. Emperor’s Wineskins, pledged our allegiance to protect & fight. Warriors from under the sign of a raven.
We portray members of 11th century Varangian Guard serving the Byzantine Empire. Our main areas of focus are Combat & Living History.
Our mission is to grow in size & promote eastern and huscarl combat systems in the UK. Varangian Reenactment is also a land to explore in terms of living history!
Eastern & Huscarl Combat Systems
We use two combat systems as our primary means of combat. We use these systems while training & taking parts of various events and shows. Both systems follow specific sets of rules to maintain competitive flair & ensure the safety of all participants. These two systems are honour-based, point-scoring rounds. There are target zones that successful hit will give a 'wound'. Depending on the number of wounds allowed - you either carry on or die by taking a knee, stepping off or laying down depending on a game played.
Each participant is allowed 1 wound, target T-Shirt & Shorts areas (excluding knees & elbows). Horizontal hits to the head, face and neck are forbidden. Spears are not allowed to hit above the nipple-height. All hits have to be clean, with appropriate force.
Each participant is allowed 2 wounds, target the whole body excluding the face & neck. Spears are not allowed to hit above the nipple-height. Shots to the feet are heavily discouraged due to overall unavailability to appropriate feet protection. All hits have to be clean, with appropriate force.Join Us
Guardsmen At The Service of Byzantine Empire
We are continuously growing our living history & crafts. Combat is not our only bread! We attend a number of events where our top priority is to showcase what it was like to be a professional guardsman (or woman!) of the Byzantine Empire at the service of The Emperor. Varangians would have jobs & professions outside of drinking & fighting. A lot of sources describe them as wealthy traders selling fur & slaves. We also explore other arts & crafts of the time that could have been familiar to the Varangians.Join Us