By Master Liam St. Liam
For the Pennsic Independent
Pennsic always changes from year to year, and the most obvious change for Pennsic XXXVI will be its starting date.
As announced earlier this summer, next year’s Pennsic will start on Friday, July 27 and will run through Sunday, August 12. Baroness Rosamunde Beausivage, next year’s Mayor, made the formal announcement following a meeting of the seneschals of the East, Middle and Æthelmearc and representative of Cooper’s Lake Campground..
The main reasoning behind the change is the early start of school in a number of southern and midwestern states, which causes problems for parents and for SCA members who are teachers or work in other aspects of education. For parents in place like Trimaris and parts of Calontir, the early school start meant only one week of Pennsic – or no Pennsic at all. At least one former member of the Board of Directors, Mistress Elasait of Calontir, has missed Pennsic at time because of the school calendar in her home kingdom of Calontir.
“I cannot tell you how happy I was to hear about the change,” said Lady Seichel von Halstern of the East Kingdom, who is leaving today for a college orientation. “This way, it’s not going to mess me up for the next five years.”
Almost everyone interviewed about the date change either supported it or did not have a strong opinion either way. A few people said they might have to rearrange their July schedules but thought it would not be a major problem.
Prior to Pennsic, the decision produced a rather heated discussion on the East Kingdom Internet mailing list, partly because it had not been discussed publicly. Most of those in other kingdoms said there were not too many complaints.
There will have to be some changes in events in some kingdoms. Æthelmearc may be unable to continue its demo for the Hawk Creek Nature Preserve, and the July event schedule in the East Kingdom will have to be adjusted because the traditional date for Southern region War Camp in Eisental. That event is usually scheduled for the weekend that Pennsic will start next year. Several other kingdoms already do not have major events scheduled in July.
By DonalBane of Blakmers, Battlefield Reporter
For the Pennsic Independent
Combat of the Thirty
Immediately following Opening Ceremonies, nearly 60 of the Known World’s finest warriors assembled to stage a recreation of the Combat of the Thirty of the Hundred Years War. Duchess Eanor of Amberhall of the Middle Kingdom led the English, while Sir Nigel MacFarlane of Ealdormere led the French.
Each fighter brought several ransoms to the field in the event they were captured. Fighters could be captured by taking three poleax blows to the head and then led to the opposing side’s banner. Fighters could only be killed by a thrust to a vulnerable spot in their armor. In the event the fighter was killed, his entire ransom stash would be “looted.”
While the English side did manage to ransom a few French fighters, the French were overwhelming in the end and won in a rout. Next year, the English will be captained by Duke Yngvar the Dismal of Æthelmearc, while the French will be led by Sir Kieran MacLoud of the Midrealm.
Inter-Kingdom Unbelted Melee Team Tournament
The Kingdom of Ealdormere hosted the third annual Inter-Kingdom Unbelted Melee Team Tournament around noon Sunday. Seven teams of 15 fighters from across the Known World engaged in a round robin tournament with the two top finishers battling it out for the championship in the end. Results from the round robin were: Midrealm 6-0; Atlantia 5-1; _thelmearc 4-2; Ealdormere 3-3; Atenveldt 2-4; Trimaris 1-5; and Lochac 0-6.
The Midrealm and Atlantia took the field for the title fight and, much like their round-robin encounter, the match was a meat grinder. Unfortunately, one Atlantia fighter had to be transported from the field after sustaining an injury. The Atlantians rallied, however, and bested the Dragon warriors for the title.
Known World Novice Tournament
The third annual Known World Novice Tournament, sponsored by the Order of the Chivalry and run by Sir Sarnac of Ealdormere, drew 100 fighters with less that two years experience. These fighters were organized into 10 round robin shark pits with the top two fighters advancing to the semifinal shark pits. The winners of the two semifinal shark pits would then advance to the title match.
It was an all East Kingdom affair in the finals, as Lord Deacon de Shatillion bested Lord William de Shoreham two bouts to one to claim the title.
While the young guns of SCA shone on the red tourney field, some the Society’s most experienced warriors met for the Graybeard Tournament on the white tourney field. A total of 28 gentles over the age of 50 participated in the tournament, with the winner taking home a scroll by Lady Aibell Suil-Uaine.
The final fight saw Sir Sextus Plinus Callidus beat Lord Aric Coer d’Latter in two straight bouts to claim the title.
Iron Rose Tourney
Over fifty women took the field in the annual Iron Rose tourney. Results were as follows:
4th place – Timbrein
3rd place – Stephanie of Wulfshaven
2nd place – Hilda Gunn
1st place – Serena Shieldbreaker
4th place – Ariella of Thornburg
3rd place – Marygeld Tynker
2nd place – Baronesse Mira Finnbhar ni Argyll
1st place – THL Kaylah the Cheerful
Today’s Big Battle: The Town Battle
After a long hiatus, the town battle returns to War Point play. The object of this resurrection battle will be to capture “buildings” and move Kingdom relics into temples and ships. The side with the most points for capturing buildings and relics after 90 minutes will claim a single War Point.
What to look for: Chaos! As this style of battle has been off the Pennsic calendar for some time, expect numerous strategies to be employed. There may be a “feeling out” process early in this battle, but expect a spirited fight.
By DonalBane of Blakmers, Battlefield Reporter
For the Pennsic Independent
On a bright Sunday morning, the mood seemed to match the weather as the sovereigns and populace of the Known World assembled to officially open Pennsic War XXXV.
The Kingdom of Æthelmearc, celebrating its 10th year as an independent kingdom, took its customary place as it was first to occupy the Pennsic fort. Songs of Æthelmearc filled the stage in front of the fort until the two belligerent nations arrived.
The Great Armies of the Midrealm and the East marched onto the field side by side, bringing their allies behind them. One by one, the sovereigns of the Known World were embraced by TRM Malcolm and Tessa of Æthelmearc and then took their place upon the stage until the ceremonies opened with a trumpet fanfare.
HRM Malcolm was first to address the populace, welcoming “his cousins” and the people of the Known World to his land.
“It seems we have a bit of a discussion going on between two of my cousins,” HRM Malcolm said, drawing laughs from the crowd. “And it appears that it needs more discussion.”
“This land, this Society and our world is one of honor, courage and chivalry,” HRM Malcolm added.
” We welcome you all and hope in this week, you are all able to live by those virtues.”
With that Malcolm yielded the stage to HRM Brion of the East and HRM Felix of the Midrealm. HRM Brion spoke first, saying that he had brought with him a large army, but preferred not to engage the Midrealm as enemies but in friendship.
“I think we spoke of how good it is to seek glory on the field,” HRM Brion said to his counterpart. ”Methinks this is good thing to do while we are here.”
“You speak that which is in my heart, Brion,” HRM Felix replied. ”We would hope to repeat the victories that the Midrealm earned on this field last year. We will test ourselves against the East.”
After HRM Brion said it would be an honor to meet him on the field, Their Majesties of An Tir and Artemisia came to the stage. HRM Brion then produced an arrow that was made eight years ago and had “great significance to me.”
“It would do me a great honor and show me great friendship to have you break this with me to declare this war,” Brion said.
HRM Felix replied “In friendship,” and the two kings broke the arrow and embraced one another, drawing cheers from the crowd.
The roll call of Kingdoms then began and HRM Malcolm was first to speak. HRM Malcolm said he remembered the mighty roar of the Dragon from the past year’s war and said that his kingdom “loves a challenge.” With that Malcolm threw his kingdom’s support behind the East.”
HRM Radnor of the West spoke next and noted his kingdom was dedicated “to the highest calling of chivalry.” He said the West would join the side of the smaller force to even out the sides as much as possible and thus declared for the Midrealm.
HRM Craven of Atenveldt spoke next and said he would “follow the bloodline” as HRM Brion was a former king of Atenveldt. Thus, Atenveldt would fight with the East.
In quick succession, Meridies, Caid and Ansteorra all declared for the Midrealm. Atlantia spoken next and swore allegiance to its father kingdom, the East. An Tir also declared for the East.
HRM Semjaka of Calontir spoke next and said he also desired to keep the forces even. As such, he declared for the Midrealm, as did the Kingdom of Trimaris. HRM Bela of the Outlands said his kingdom would side with their longtime allies from Calontir and thus declared for the Midrealm.
HRM Michael of Drachenwald said that while his kingdom was born of the East, “the black dragon will fly together with the red dragon as we will for the Midrealm.” HRM Michael of Artemisia noted he also had bloodlines with HRM Brion, and declared his allegiance to the East.
HRM Aaron of Ealdormere said his Kingdom would join its former brothers in forming “a red wave to sweep away the East.” HRM Draco of Lochac affirmed he was “the real King of Lochac,” and declared for the Midrealm.
HRM Lars of Northshield then made a bit of history as, for the first time, the Gryphon will fight with the Tyger.
Last to speak among the SCA Kingdoms was the newest Kingdom — Gleann Abhann. HRM Mary-Grace first thanked the populace for the opportunity for her Kingdom to fight in the war. HRM Mary-Grace then said she would follow her allies Meridies and declared for the Midrealm,
The Holy Kingdom of Acre then continued its long-standing alliance with the East. Finally, the Great Dark Horde entered as Khan Rowena approached the stage with much fanfare. In honor of the friendship the Horde had with Duke Eliahu, Rowena presented Felix with a Horde arrow as token of the Horde’s allegiance to the Midrealm.
With all parties declared, the Darkyard Legion brought forth the Pennsic War Horn. After several tries, HRM Brion was able to produce a low blast. HRM Felix then attempted to do likewise, but the cannons roared as he tried, officially opening the war.
The final act of Opening Ceremonies was three hearty Vivats in praise of friendship.
Lost & Found
Reward if Found: Fabric Dragon is not in the merchant booklet this year, but is here somewhere! If found the rewards are special pricing on silk, linen, and wool threads, and other embroidery and beading supplies. Report finding immediately to: everyone
Lost - Kodak digital camera. Please return to L&F. We would really like the pictures of our kids back.
Will the gentle who bought a Pennsic DVD and Poison Pen Press on Friday please return it. We think it is defective.
Brendoken Citizens and Friends; join us at an Open House and Revel on 8/15 at Brendoken Baronial Camp N03. 7pm until whenever. Bring chairs, please!
Andrew MacRobb and his lady Damaris invite all friends to their handfasting on Tuesday, 8/16/06 at 5:00pm at Club Aed on Bye The Way. Dinner Afterwards!
To all ÿstrgardrians past, present, and future! Come to the 2nd Annual ÿstgardr Pancake Breakfast 8am-11am Monday, 8/14/06, in E04 ÿstgardr. Free pancakes for all, donations graciously accepted but not necessary.
Erotic/Belly Dancers for Lesbian Tea Party. Female dancers only for ladies-only party. Burlesque/Topless/Nude. All ladies welcome. The party starts 8:30pm Mon 13th at B08 the Black Pearl Tavern on Tours Rd see Ozoul or Tyger before the party or just show up!
The baby shower for Hawk and Uta will be at 4-6pm on Monday at the Northwoods Camp on Block B05.
EMBROIDERY SUPPLIES AND MORE: Silk, Wool, and Linen Embroidery threads, Real Gold Spangles and threads, scissors, needles, Frames and Hoops, Kits, and much more...Also pearls and other beads. FABRIC DRAGON, probably in space 191B, Keep looking, we are worth finding!!
Evil Abra’s empire has expanded! New items include sale book selection, the garb annex & 1/2 price clearance corner! Visit the Gypsy Caravan, #107, Street of Gold. Open ‘til 11 pm nightly!
MAIDEN MONGOLIA’S Last Pennsic!!! Stop by #72 to say goodbye, tell a story, hear a joke.
Meet your maker! Buy from your local crafter before they vanish.
Good Gentles... How much have you spent on your armor? How much have you spent on your garb? How much have you spent on your children? This has been a public service announcement from Claus of Burzee, Toymaker.
Get Cheap and Ostentatious! We’ve been catering to the broke since A.S. 14. Cabochons On Bow Street space #19
FOR SALE! 2001 Avenger Utility Trailer, 6’W X 12’ L X 6’H. Great condition! $3000.00. If interested or for more info, contact Lady Marion ferch Llewellyn at Barony of Bhakail. Trailer can be seen on site.
Evil Abra has budget amber! Amber rings from $9.95, amber bracelets from $9.95, amber necklaces from $14.95, amber pendants from $9.95, amber earrings from $7.00! Check out our 1/2 price amber boards! Buy $100 worth & get an extra 10% off if you mention this ad! Visit the Gypsy Caravan, #107 Street of Gold, open ‘til 11:00 pm nightly!
Smoke & Fire Co. Space 78 offers a fine selection of Dutch Oven Cookbooks.
Panther Pavilion for sale--used one year. 18’ X 24’ Classic Pitch Marquee with 7’ walls. Will consider all offers before listing on Ebay. Set up package is negotiable. Will work out delivery. Call 440-322-2579 for more information.
Evil Abra has a new garb annex! Someone has to dress the peasants! Garb, pants, skirts, dresses & shirrts in silk, linen and cotton. Very comfy and most is $15 to $20! Mention this ad for an extra 10% off! Visist The Gypsy Caravan, #107 Street of Gold! Open ‘til 11:00 pm nightly!
Benefit the chirurgeons - - buy an original Pennsic XXXV T- shirt. $10. Available from Claus of Burzee, #24 Merchants Row.
Custom built elaborate pavillion with matching take down floor. Pavillion and interior custom walls made by Tentsmiths. 16 X 26 round-end, slant-wall marquis with four doors and roof striping. Floor has joist in hauger ribs on a frame held by industrial hinges and 3/4 inch decking. Minimum bid considered $7000. Furniture and storage unit not included. See Shauna of Shauna’s Lamp W11
Mention this ad 10% off Silversmith Fine Jewellery custom orders & repairs Cornelius’ Pick Bazaar Z13
Glass muller & burnishers from England, also nibs, vellum, parchment, and hand bound leather books - The Guild of Limners, #24
Need cooler garb? Try a chiton! Costumes by Loren has cloaks, garb, jewellery, gemstones and much more. Home of Materia Alchemia 166 Fleet Street
Evil Abra says, “Check your silver prices!” We bought last year when silver was $4 an ounce, folk who restocked before Pennsic paid $12 per ounce- guess whose prices are going to rock!!! Mention this ad for an extra 10% off any purchase of $100 or more! (Bring friends & shop together for the discount!) Visit The Gypsy Caravan, #107 Street of Gold, open ‘til 11:00 pm nightly.
ATTENTION ALL AT PENNSIC! Claus the Toymaker would like to suggest that next year at Pennsic XXXVI that we choose one day and on that day everyone must dress in his medieval clothes and treat Pennsic as if it were an SCA event. Please stop by his toyshop and let him know what you think of his idea.
Bad garb, bad garb, what’cha gonna do? What’ca gonna do when the punchline’s you?
Ink - Oakgall, walnut walnuthull, absolutely pefectly opaque. $4 per bottle Guild of Limners #24
Evil Abra says, “You can do research at home - read something fun at Pennsic!” See our vast selection of novels, magickal books & fun subjects. All the books are buy 2 get 1 free all war! Most are 1/2 off cover price as well! Visit the Gypsy Caravan, #107 Street of Gold, open ‘til 11:00 pm nightly.
Blank Books - hand bound in leather, handmade paper, thick & chunky. $10 - $32 limited supply - Guild of Limners. #24
Come hither and tickle my short and curlies, Forba’s Yarns, z-14
8x & 10x linen testers (thread counters) Booth #25.
F12’ Yurt for sale, spot 104, Street of Gold - Armlann.
For Sale - Panther Regent Pavilion, 16’x16’, excellent condition, sod cloth, hemp ropes and custom features (no poles). $800 or best offer.
Chateau Merdecheval @ Long Way and Chicane Lane (Block N33). Ask for Harley. Pay and take it immediately!
Take My Fabric! Antique satins, solids, some prints. $1/yd. See Moire at the Pennsic Independent.
THE GUILD OF LIMNERS habitantes in platea mercatores vendunt encausto, penna, libri, pigmenti, colorum diversi, rubia, quadone, omnimodes tinctori et instrumenta clericis necessaria.
BAD GARB I and BAD GARB II - Now AVAILABLE From Claus the Toymaker - How do you know you are not in them unless you read them?
Pavilion for sale: Brand new! Panther 16x16 center-pole. 7’ walls. Seam-engineered, other extras. Roof, Walls, and poles, valued at $2200, for only $1600. Take it home from Pennsic! See it at Ravenstreet, E05. Ask for Mistress Anne or Master Tirloch.
RAW MILK - Available less than 10 miles from camp from Dean Farms. Call Adam Dean, 724-944-7894 for more info between 8:00am and 12:00pm daily.
Panther Pavilion 9’x16’ oval with 6’ walls & fly. See Padraig at Shire of Caer Adamant, N24.
CORSET STAYS at excellent prices. DRAGON’S MAGIC #25
Looking for luscious linen and scrumptous silk? Barjavel Historic Fabrics at the Silver Dragon Company, #11 Bow Street. www.barjaveldesign.com
Sheild bosses - hydroformed 6”. Available now. Cloak & Dagger, space 15.
SILK VEILING, 3.5 & 5mm, 26” wide DRAGON’S MAGIC #25
ATTENTION WOAD WARRIORS! Feeling a little blue? I have the real thing! Genuine woad imported from Scotland. $4 Limited supply, buy early. Guild of limnes #24
SILK SHANTUNG & CHARMEUSE - $9 per yard. Booth #25
What is your dream garb? Let us help you build it. Tailoring, repairs & accessories. - Misc etc. Z6
Bad Garb Old Maid card game - Yes we have ‘em! - from Claus the Toymaker (Who else?)
See the Frodo popped corn bowl, 17 inch yellow birch, other sizes available. Also the fearsome flat tooth shark and other puppets all @ A Tinker 123 Plunder.
Jewelry repair. Bazaar. $10. Each add. hour, $6. Cornpick
Sharpening, cleaning, polishing, sheaths made. Cloak & Dagger, space 15, by the showers.
THE GUILD OF LIMNERS in the little white house on Merchants Row sells ink, quill pens, books, pigments, various colors, madder, woad, all kinds of paint and tools necessar for scribes and artists.
LINEN & SILK threads & floss at DRAGON’S MAGIC #25
Fencing shirt stinky? 100% linen fencing shirts! Hoods! Linen undies! Tailor made garments @ Silver Dragon Co. #11 Bow street firstname.lastname@example.org
Four Seasons Tent Masters Rectangular Marquee 17’W x 22’L with 6’ walls. Everything included; canvas, ropes, poles, stakes and storage bags. See Darkcraft’s Wandering Mercantile, Booth 56. @2,500 or B.O.
Truck died, must get home. Yurts for sale 19’, 15’, 12’ E01 Padhraigh’s Alehouse. Ask for Dente (Woorie)
For sale antique 1830’s rope bed full size STURDY! Avail NOW! $125 OBO. Seek Desi @ Stormvale BTM W08
SCA Road Signs - “Fighter Practice Area”, “ Danger Viking Territory” and many others, Some new andvery silly. Claus the Toymaker, #24
The Book Lady may not be back next year. Inventory reduction sale now in progress. Including; Jewelry and Crystals. In space 185 with Auntie Arwen.
Knilling 10KF Violin outfit - brand new, never used includes case, bow, rosin, pitchpipe. 4’ fine tuners. Retail value $1500 - yours for $995/or best offer ask for Eiric at Camp Spartii - N15.
Large Wooden Cart. Any reasonable offer accepted. Inquire at King’s Taste, Bazaar #1. Bring out your dead! Carry your Barony’s armor!
CAPE SPECIAL. 10% off our all ready low Pennsic prices. Orders included. Monday, Tuesday only. Misty Tower. Space 26
CLEARANCE: We’re overstocked on gently used Period PavilionsÆ, and we have no room for new ones. Many sizes, styles and colors available, including faux “buildings”. Good prices on all, up to 55% off. Immediate delivery on some. Space #26. -- Medieval Misc.
REAL CHEESECLOTH for real cheesemakers. Booth #25
Used Pavilion for Sale. 10’x14’ Marquee. Sunforger, poles, ropes and stakes included. Mathilde, N21, Quatrefoil, must take delivery Saturday $300 or best offer.
For Sale - Four Seasons Tent Masters Oval Marquee 13’W x 22’L x 10’H with 6’ walls. Everything included, canvas, ropes, poles, stakes, and storage bags. See Darkcraft’s Wandering Mercantile, Booth 56. $1000 or B.O.
Greatsword Prize Tourney, Tuesday, August 15, 3:30, Blue List. Memorial Tourney is for Thorkell of Neville’s Cross. Prizes include: barbuta helm, jewelry and more.
Hear Ye! Hear Ye! S’Avant-Garde is granted the LAUREL CROWNED CIRCLE AWARD of OMICRON DELTA KAPPA Society, Inc. for achieving certification in Mental Health Counseling for the Deaf. We invite you to join her friends, her sungha & her peers in offering their heartfelt congratualtions for receiving this rare honor.
Where the heck is Bow street? Across from Midrealm Royal and the Store, Bow Street is a treasure trove of merchants! Don’t miss it.
Slavic interest group meeting Aug. 16 2 - 4 pm at _thelmearc Royal! Come have a lot of Slavic fun!
Vellum - opaline vellum (sheepskin) direct from England. Finest quality sale price $25 per sheet. THe Guild of Limners #24, across from the barn.
Disability Guild www.health.yahoo.groups.com/AIs
Bard’s Haven will not hold sing for your supper this year but we be having Celtic bardic on Tues with all the usual gifts, prizes and a special feast.
12 Step Meeting daily 4:00 pm E07 off Great Eastern Highway Denys the Decadent’s Camp AA NA OA SA all welcome
To all _thelmearc Chatelaines who are attending Pennsic, we will be having a Chatelaine’s meeting in _thelmearc Royal on Thursday 8/17/06 at 2-3pm. See you there! Gillian Llywellyn
PNZ LOO ZLQ WKH ZDU EUB QHB QLL
Hail House Nuin, St. Joan’s & Camp Rubber Ducky! War greetings to all! Wish we could be there with you but we ran into some delays on the town run. With much love. Rabhairt & Marja
Rescue Ranger Reading Refuge--Need a rest from revelry? Visit our library of diverting tomes! Open daily 3 to 5 FREE! Wyrmwood Forest, E21. Got books?
Bhakail Baronial Court - Tuesday, 7:30pm - Bhakail, N11
Michael Z. Williamson signing copies of his novels at Cloak & Dagger, space 15.
SEWING HINT: aged fabric breaks fewer needles DM25
Tirnewydd & friends! Wish we were there! Have fun, be safe! Marco & Michelina
Mary Woolridge - Please return to Booth 39. We gave you the wrong turtle brooches. Yours are waiting.
Free Tarot readings by Aghx come to E-20 and find Aghx of the Clan of the Seven Leaves. Gratuities welcome but not necessary.
Anyone with a serious interest in Dark Age Reencactment are invited to the Regia Anglorum pot-luck and meeting at Duke Talymar’s encampment (by the Runestone) on Tuesday at 7pm with the meeting about 8pm. Dress is not required.
Darwin Awards Book Signing! Author Wendy Northcutt will be signing books and taking SCAdian related submissions. WHEN? Wednesday, 1pm. WHERE: Tomes & Tunes Space #51 on Broadway. Hardback books available! Discount for Pennsic: $12.00
Kendrick will be holding a bookbinding Demo/Discussion. Group at the Haunted Bookshop #63 4-5pm. M,W,F
Weaving classes Monday 11am - Lucet: 2pm - Card: 8pm - Inkle: Tuesday 8am - Inkle: 11am - Inkle: 2pm - Lucet: 5pm - Inkle: 8pm - Card: See Pine Box Traders Space #126.
REWARD: for return of stolen cloak undamaged. No questions. Misty Tower, Space #26
If you are a Librarian, love libraries, or are a library, please join us at the Known World Librarians’ meeting 6-9pm, Monday, 8/14 in AS4.
Do you have the pipes to complete? Can you blow the competition away? The Mountain Confederation is calling all pipers to our Annual Bagpipe Competition. WHEN? sign in is 8:30ish WHERE: Confed E12 on Brewers Road, Tuesday of War Week.
Come One Come All! Come to the Annual Confederatoin Pipers’ Competition 8:45ish at Confed - E12, Tuesday of War Week.
Youth Fighter Program Daily starting at 8am. Learn how to fight like a knight, loaner gear available, parents must be present for registration. All Kingdoms welcome. Meet on the battlefield.
O Thief who stole a black velveteen cloak from Misty Tower: May your deed rebound upon you 3-fold.
The 11th Annual Bardic sponsored by House De Londres will be on Tuesday, August 14th at 10pm. Invitations available at De Londres Encampment X05. See Aluric.
Live journal fighter practice on Monday, August 14th, 2:30pm. Sir Ix-Aztecknight invites all those from livejournal.com to join him at the Gold list to meet all.
Ghazalah the henna artist has moved to Willofyre Pottery! Fresh paste made daily!
To Everyone: Go Tell Auntie Arwen (Auntie Arwen’s Spices) to drink more WATER. From Fabric Dragon
Evil Abra says, “A good lord is hard to find!” Abra thanks Marius for 24 + years of Love, Support, Hard work and putting up with a madwoman. “you’re the best!” Here’s to 24 more! All my love. *heart* Abra
Pink Fuzzy Bunny: We have two hostages 133 Plunder.
Footloose & Fancy Free? A lady is looking for a gentleman with 45-60 years of life’s experiences to help her polish the brass. If interested contact: 330-347-6407.
Gentle Lady of a ceretain age ISO gentle man for conversation/friendship. See Anya of Clan Kyle, Kurdson Way.
Attention Known World - We would like to announce the marriage of Lord David de Londres and Lady Morgain of Lynn. I love you rivers and streams! David
Beware the yurt yakker! Protect your yurt! Evict drunks!
Would Donald R. Richardson and Howard Rusko please return to the Pillaged Village with the purchases they made on Saturday the 12th and their credit card slips?
To the noble knight of Lochac who was the only person in 12 and a half hours to offer the ladies and lads of the Pillaged Village assistance in unloading their truck: Good Sir, you are a credit to your order.
Last Pennsic a generous Lady lent me her skirt to walk home from the showers, as I had forgotten my towel. She said she was camped with Three Rivers I believe, but I was unable to find that camp, so if she or her friends would like to return her skirt to her, please come to the Independant and pick it up. Thank you.
Lord Slyme of Cynnabar came to war with an electric fan, a basket of cleaning supplies, a couch and a full length mirror. Really!
Thursday August 17th 9pm to 11pm Come to the Official Pennsic Speed Bump for The Hasta La By By party for Pete and Sully of Maiden Mongolia. Stop by and wish them well. For health reasons this is their last Pennsic. On Market Street outside booth 72. BYOB
Learn the ancient art of the stunt nipple. See Anya of Wulf Den. No appointment necessary.
Greg Kveberg and Scott Logan - Shoshannah is seeking you. Come to the Barony of Bakhail, N11, Harem of Bilgisayr to find me.
Dion Drunken McDuff --- thank you soo much for a great beginning to war, I wish I could stay. My lady will keep me informed of the wonderful things you do for her and for (to?) our household members. I will miss you all, see you Friday! -- Kristin
Aurora, Tsvia, Asa, Gwerydd: Where are you? The urchins are revolting! We have no stories! People are throwing their money on the ground! What shall we do?!? -- Brains
Peregrine: I will pick you up at midnight anytime, anywhere! Thanks for being there when I needed you - Aitch
Vivat Ursus! Vivat Svana!
Wrolf I love you more every moment I am with you. Ten years is just the beginning. Love Aibell
You gave a class on building wood lathes last year. I built one and need advice. Siobhra at House Von Draken - E12.
Kristin, my Gryphon. I shall miss you this week while you are home defending our country, sleeping with our greyhound Onge, and missing me as I will miss you. With my greatest love and affection, your Tygre, Gwyn.
By Einar Gunn
For the Pennsic Independent
Certain aspects of both events are familiar: armor, boots, helmet, weapons, gear, clothing. There are water-bearers and medics. But in one war, the ammunition is live and there is no resurrection. There is supporting fire, but it comes in the form of explosives rather than rocks from siege engines. The delay for artillery will be minutes, not days, but even those minutes can be crucial. Heat exhaustion is a problem, and it can be lethal at the wrong time. Go down from the heat and you’ll get an IV and a quick evac…hopefully. In both cases, the fighters need water, food, resupply and a competent commander. But the enemy in one cares nothing for chivalry or courtesy. It will strike from the rear, at downed soldiers, even at civilians outside the field of play.
Many SCAdians also serve in the Armed Forces. Each year, a good number of them cannot make Pennsic, because they are deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan, Korea, Bosnia or numerous little flare ups in Africa or elsewhere. Reservists and Guardsmen may be in odd parts of the world for training, providing support to allies from Canada to Australia to Thailand. Or they may be activated themselves.
It is important to remember that the wars we play at are often glamorized from the best, most noble events in history, or replayed to bring that aspect to the front of our re-creation.
While you trek around the lake to parties, or to the archery field, remember our brothers and sisters marching long miles in the Afghan mountains with loads of 100 pounds or more. As you don armor and drink water before the field battle, remember those driving convoys on the MSRs in Iraq, or searching house to house for hostile forces. They also sweat and chafe, but dare not doff their gear to cool down, and there are no holds until one reaches the base. Marshals can think of the Peacekeepers in Bosnia, who must remain vigilant that old hatreds between factions don’t erupt into further violence. Even the most contentious and troublesome happenings at War are tame compared to real engagements. Treating a broken wrist at the castle in high heat and through armor is not the same as doing so on a crowded street, where insurgents are flocking for a piece of the action and fire may come in at the medics as they load the victim for transport. Security can think of patrolling a base perimeter or guarding the gate. As you load or unload your trailer, imagine the millions of tons of supplies loadmasters are pulling in and out of planes in desert heat while keeping an ear out for an attack warning.
And yet, many of us in the military are here at the War, despite the difficulty of travel and leave, and the need to return afterwards. Some troops have made it to Pennsic for mere hours, or just long enough to participate in a favorite event. My wife and I are here straight from our Annual Training, she as a combat photographer at an urban combat training site, I from teaching troops how to respond to IEDs.
There are Strongholds of SCAdians in Iraq, Bosnia, Afghanistan, and aboard several ships. Some people might regard this as crazy, to take a break from the military by playing in the heat and cold while wearing garb or armor and walking long distances on rough ground,
But it doesn’t take many events, or more than one War, for most of us to understand. For the dedicated SCAdian, Pennsic is part of the Dream, and what might appear like a play from outside is a way of life, a way of reaching one’s history and soul.
This War, take a few minutes to make it a way to understand the souls of our real world Warriors. Let the cold, heat, rain and pain remind you that you are alive, and cherish the memory when you return home.