For right now I do think that the majority of the medieval knights were some sort of pro-sportsmen, rather than soldiers. We allegedly have this thing called hastilude, which was a generic term used in the Middle Ages to refer to many kinds of martial games. One of those martial games was jousting:
- Jousting is a martial game between two horsemen wielding lances with blunted tips. The primary aim was to replicate a clash of heavy cavalry, with each participant trying hard to strike the opponent while riding towards him at high speed, if possible breaking the lance on the opponent's shield or jousting armour, or unhorsing him. The joust became an iconic characteristic of the knight in Romantic medievalism. The participants experience close to three and a quarter times their body weight in G-forces when the lances collide with their armour.
Tartary Flag / CrestIt appears that Tartary had at least two different flags. One of those flags represented the Emperor of Tartary, and the other one represented the actual Empire of Tartary. You can see those flags below. I have no clue why they had to have two different flags. May be only wisdom of the Owl could control the power of the Griffin. Then again, may be the power of the Griffin was supposed to safeguard the wisdom of the Owl.
While browsing through the Album of Tournaments and Parades in Nuremberg (16th-17th centuries), I noticed a couple of knights sporting owls on their horse blankets.
I think those owls could be indicating that these specific knights were representing the Tartarian Empire during the tournament. Well, at least, one of the below owls did. May be both, for if the Owl symbol did represent the Empire of Tartary, I'm not sure it could have been used by some other Kingdom, Empire, or whatever they had back then.
Now I finally got to the point of this overinflated post. These two knights appear to have their names written above their heads.
KD: If you can make out these two names, please let us know what they are. Also, if you have anything to share (related to this thread), please feel free to do so.