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Old 09-22-2020, 06:16 AM   #671
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Sail Hockey

Nobody is sure of the origin of this sort. Nor are the rules universalized. But it has a rough similarity whereever it is played.

It is a water sport played in an estuary or a lake fed by a river of at least moderate size. There are two teams each with up two three Goalsmiter Boats, up two five blocker boats and up to three transit boats. The size of the crew is unimportant by itself: it is measured by the boats size and the manager's estimate of the crew's skill, etc.

Blocker boats and goalsmitters are given a different type of paddle. The first is for paddling the ball or thrusting at opposing crewmembers or parrying same (which is why safety gear is always worn). The second type of paddle is more sophisticated. It will hold a ball for several seconds before an embedded electronic device opens the net. Only Goalsmiters can actually score goals: blockers can run interference or join in defense. This sometimes includes deliberate ramming which is another reason for safety equipment.

Each boat can take on any of the three roles, as long as the minimum is not exceeded. A change in role is signaled by a change in the flag on the mast.

Each boat is powered by sail alone: grav moters or chemical engines are removed at the start. However modern communications both between boats and with shore are allowed as is the limited use of drones.

Balls are released into the stream at intervals and are declared "in play" when the enter the playing area. Each ball has a tracker installed inside it. In some rules being tangled up in brush renders a ball out of play but in others it is the responsibility of the players to seek out the ball.

The game is concluded by counting the number of goals at the end of one day though some go on two days.

Transit boats are one of the most unique elements. They are used to replace boats of other types. They can also bring supplies such as snacks or water, or replacement crew, equipment, and of course, new paddles. They are not allowed to otherwise interfere with the game and to do so loses a point for their team.

Estuarian matches are often favored over lake matches by students of the sport. The need to add tides to calculation is felt to add an element to an already sophisticated sport.
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Old 09-22-2020, 06:47 AM   #672
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Zira Sirka Dikh Terra Uskamsii (hope I got that right):

Terran Golf is a sport that caught on early among Vilani. Though many old-fashioned (yes there are Vilani whom Vilani would call old-fashioned) and even some more up to date prefer uskamsii golf has gained a strong following not least because it had fewer restrictions of access to courses: on conquered worlds Terrans often left Vilani laws in place in an autonomous zone but refused to enforce them outside which meant many Vilani had access to golf courses that they had not to an uskamii course.

At the founding of the Second Imperium this practice carried over to Vland itself. While the name was politically sensitive, it was simply translated "Grand Imperial Golf Course of Vland." With due displays of politic respect (such as conspicuous hangings of portraits of the Emperors of the Second Imperium), the course was able to gain popularity. With the coming of the Long Night it was neglected not least because of the reawakening of Vilani Nationalism. However it was declared an Imperial Treasure Site by Cleon Zhunastu who was an avid golf player, and reconstructed.

The local rules are the same as in Terran golf, but the vegetation is native Vilani. It is immaculately kept by local groundskeepers. Playing here can require a reservation of several years for someone who is not of unusually high status.
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