John I understand you believe you passed something with the meaning you intended but the problem is that the way it is currently written in the rule book is not as clear to me as you intend
per the following:
"The High King and the Challenger also have the option to ask for single combat. Single combat will be a tournament fight per the rules of the Noble Council. If this option is refused both parties will have to fight in a Crown War."
the only time the rules state who is to be called "the challenger" is per the following:
"When “Lay-‐On” is called, any and all armies may fight as they choose, as well as make and break alliances as they choose, until there is one obvious knight controlling the field. In order to gain or retain the High King title, knights vying for this position must be
present and on the field when lay on is called, however they need not be alive at the end of the battle to emerge victorious (it is assumed, they have resurrecting clerics somewhere) If the victor of this battle is the High King or the High King’s army, the Crown War is finished and the incumbent will remain High King. If the High Kings army loses, the victorious army must state for whom they are fighting, this knight becomes the challenger and a siege battle
occurs immediately. "
so the issue becomes the following: no where in the rules does it clearly state any knight that calls a crown war is the offical challenger or should be treated as "the challenger" rather it states someone becomes "the challenger" only after winning the 1st open feild fight and with the support of the remaining people on the feild
the additional issue here is that the paragraph stating the following eludes that any challenger and sitting King can agree to have a personal fight to determine who is King:
The High King and the Challenger also have the option to ask for single combat. Single combat will be a tournament fight per the rules of the Noble Council. If this option is refused both parties will have to fight in a Crown War.
I think your intention is that this can happen any time with both of them never calling a crown war and that if after they discuss and agree to a personal challenge fight any other knight can state "wait I also want to be King" which by your ruling would instantly push the issue to a crown war
I think the way the whole thing is written is not clear at least to me and hell I am the only player in the game that has actually called a crown war... but as I said I am open to discussion on my ruling and I can see how you in your head clearly understand what is written in the rules in the way you wrote it but understand please that to make it have the intention you intend "for any knight and the king to have the right at any time to have a personal combat with the outcome of that tournament dictating who is King without ever having or calling a crown war" that text is no where in the rules as they are written.
And yes we have one year to work this out before the next one thank goodness
and it is in the rules if you are a prince and wish a title increase to be your next step to king you have to petition for the right to get a ring fight ... the difference here is that if the NC approves the title increase for the Prince the king can not refuse the ring fight pushing it to a crown war - it is locked in and the king must fight
rather the crown war method for advancement does not require NC approval and can be also done as a prince or by any knight the difference here is that the king can refuse the challenge which would escliate it to a crown war ... two different - seperate ways to challenge