The Guardians of St. Artemas developed the St. Artemas nock circa 1997, as an anti-bounce back device for golf tube arrows in use at the time. After a year or so of in-Kingdom testing, the nock was approved for use by Sir Edric Aaron Hartwood, Caid Earl Marshal, and THLady Morgan the Fellwalker, Caid Deputy Earl Marshal for Combat Archery. During testing the nocks exhibited no failures of any sort, and suffered only minor damage (dents to the surface).
A few years later, THLady Morgan the Fellwalker allowed the use of the same nock design on Siloflex, which was just coming into general use.
St. Artemas has roughly 300 of these Siloflex/Ramin nocks in their inventory currently. These have been used heavily in Caid since their inception (Caid has four intra-Kingdom wars a year, all of which allow combat archery in all battles, plus Great Western War and Estrella, which allow archery in some of the battles). It is impossible to know how times these arrows have been shot since their inception but a guesstimate would indicate around two thousand shots easily ((Five St. Art archers per battle) times (five arrows per battle) times (five battles per war) times (three wars a year) gives a conservative estimate of 375 shots per year, for over five years. This does not include practices, which probably double that number per year). In that time, no failure of the nocks has occurred, and no nock has been withdrawn from service.
In 2003, Lady Ingilborg Sigmundardottir petitioned for the Saint Artemas nock to be approved at the Society level. After formalized testing was done and results submitted, the Saint Artemas nock, both the golf tube and Siloflex version, was approved at the Society level by THL Tessa the Huntress on October 8, 2004.
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