PI Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Gates of Rome

By DonalBane of Blakmers
Battlefield Reporter,
The Pennsic Independent

Official War Points: Midrealm Dragons 37, East Tygers 0
(DonalBane’s unofficial War Points: East Tygers 5, Midrealm Dragons 2 (one draw))

There may be peace at Pennsic, but there was battle on a bright Monday morning as the two Grand Armies met for the first time at the Gates of Rome Battle.
The battle was a one-hour, unlimited resurrection battle fought over five gates of the “Aurelian Wall” that snaked from north to south on the battlefield. Possession of an individual gate was worth one War Point.
The Midrealm lined up with its forces on the east side of the field. The Dragon deployed Ealdormere, Calontir, Ansteorra, its western allies, and the Tuchux to the north; Æthelmearc, the Great Dark Horde, and the Huskarls (Houses Darkmoon, Stahlgeist and Ironwolf) were sent to the center; and Caid, Trimaris, Northern Oaken, the Bog Alliance, and the Darkyard Legion were sent south.
As a gesture of friendship, HRM Lutr sent the Constellation and South Oaken armies –Lutr’s home region—after HRM Konrad asked for men.
The East’s forces were deployed on the west side of the field. The Tyger sent Black Talon, House Serpentius and members of the Northern Army to the north; the Ulsterblichen, Northshield, House Clovenshield, Duchy von Drachenklaue, and the East’s new Midrealm allies were sent to the center; and Ironlance and Atlantia were sent south.
Upwards of 1,500 fighters rushed into battle at the sound of the cannon. All five gates were under heavy assault for the entire battle, leaving all five in dispute.
The north gate was enveloped by a horde of Tuchux and Huskarls, giving the Midrealm the gate. To the south, the Atlantian army held firm, despite several late charges.
The south-central gate was declared a draw by Their Majesties as Darkyard and VDK went at it.
Northshield took the north-central gate. Finally, a conglomerate of East forces and their new Midrealm allies took the central gate.
HRM Konrad praised his Midrealm forces for playing a major role in taking the central gates, noting he was “stunned” his forces took those two gates.
“Go with my thanks because you all fought hard and as warriors,” Konrad told South Oaken and Constellation.
HRM Konrad also said he would like to see some of “the East’s marquee units” fight with the Dragon sometime later this war.
“I think everybody fought really hard, but what I heard most was how much good feeling there was on the field today,” Konrad said. “People were very relaxed.”

Tuesday’s Big Battle: The Woods Battle
The battle that dates back to Pennsic I returns today. This year’s fight will be a two-hour resurrection brawl over five banners, with each banner earning a War Point.
What to watch for: Not much. Non-combatants are still not allowed in the woods, though water-bearing help at resurrection points is appreciated.


By Magistra Nicolaa de Bracton
For the Pennsic Independent
Monday’s Archer Champions’ Shoot had some of the best archers in the Known World faced by Rodents of Unusual Size, shrieking eels, potions and sorcerers, and a certain Prince Humperdink—not to mention an Iron Man clout shoot and the dreaded Friend or Foe shoot. This year, two practice sessions were held on Saturday and Sunday to help the archer commanders from each kingdom to select their teams. Both the East and the Middle fielded teams of twenty archers, with sixteen additional archers provided to each from their allied kingdoms.
First up was the Roving Range, featuring ten targets based on the movie “The Princess Bride.” At one station, archers were faced with five Rodents of Unusual Size that had to be shot in sequence, from farthest to nearest. One particularly challenging shoot featured a tiny knothole in a tree that had to be hit before taking aim at the albino behind, and another forced archers to think quickly and hit targets that rhymed with the words being announced. Another target featured a picture of a jug of water—but hitting the jug resulted in negative points; only the rope counted for a positive score. Several shoots, including the large herd of shrieking eels, were unknown timed shoots at unknown distances.
After spending the morning in the woods, the archers emerged to find a lovely lunch spread of fruit, ham, cheese, pepperoni, and salty snacks arranged by Camp Kellswood and friends under the direction of official drudge Maude of Oldchurch and Baron Jorg Johansen. The East Kingdom then shot the Friend or Foe while the Middle shot the clout. The Friend or Foe shoot featured two devilishly intertwined creatures. Only the heart area on the enemy counted for points. Hitting the other creature (a much larger dragon) counted for negative points. The clout shoot gave archers an opportunity to fire as many arrows as possible at the clout (a circular castle more than 100 yards away) within one minute, with any arrow within the clout scoring one point, any reaching the target in the middle scoring two, and any inside the castle window on the target scoring three points.
Final scores for the shoots were: Roving Range: 2591 East; 2143 Middle; Friend or Foe: 53 East, 46 Middle; and Clout, 392 East, 269 Middle.
At the end of the shoot, archer general Mark Squirrelsbane of the East thanked all of the marshals who had made the shoot possible. Thanks to an earlier start time and the efficiency of the range setup, the shoot was complete by 1:30 pm—much earlier than is customary. And best of all, when asked whether they had had fun, the answer from the Archer Champions was a resounding “yes!”


Mountain Confederation’s Annual Bagpipper’s competition to be held in Confed Camp. Tuesday night o’dark thirty. Come test your skill or just to listen. E-12
Contest Results
The Fence for the Cure tourney was held on Sunday. We raised over $500 towards the philanthropic 3-day. To all who volunteered their time, thank you! To all who came out and fenced and donated, thank you! Your time and efforts were truly appreciated.

Events Open to All
Christian prayer group non-denominational. All are welcome 8 PM Battlefield. Look for the Banner.
The War Horn is on display in the merchant area, Market Street behind the barn, Mon-Fri, 1pm-5pm weather permitting. Guarded by House Darkyard. Come take a look at SCA History!

For Sale
16” English saddle a little worn Olympic brand $75 find me @ Materialis 124
16 Ft. Yurt. 6Ft. Wall. Timber Roof Ring. Used 3 times. New canvas this war. 2 doors. See at Under the Rose on EO1. EC Asking $1400.
2 new 16 ft rounds-complete setup. $1200 obo p-u SAT 9th. B08 Black Pearl-Rose or Tristan. Also 10x16 wedge black-yellow used 2 years BO
2-Story Pavilion - Frame-and-Canvas portable structure, excellent condition, flat packs on a trailer for easy transport and storage. Fully functional 2nd story. Available end of Pennsic. Come to Mystic Mail, Booth #188 for full details.
Agate Burnishers - bone ivory & horn handles - hand carved - also dog tooth and carnelian. Guild of Limners #24.
Alotta Drums wow $20 #190 under the only 2 trees!
ATTENTION WOAD WARRIORS! Feeling a little blue? I have the real thing! Genuine woad imported from Scotland. $4 Limited supply, buy early. Guild of Limners #24.
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?
Baltic amber starting at .50 ea. stones 10% off till midnight, rounding up. Silver Cauldron #136
Bamboo for your construction needs Yumi #83
Beaded shoes & headdresses #190
Bad Garb Old Maid card game- Yes we have ‘em!- from Claus the Toymaker (Who else?)
Benefit the Chirurgeons-- buy an original Pennsic XXXVII T-shirt. $10. Available from Claus of Burzee, #24 Merchants Row.
‘Bosch’ hurdy-gurdy for sale. This is the last one made by the lutier Charles Supplee before his retirement, and is patterned after the one in the painting Garden of Earthly Delights (15c). Includes heavy wood case, antler tuning key, string cotton, and waist strap. $1900. contact Sir Ogami, Clan Yama Kaminari, E03
Calligraphy nibs & supplies: scissors from stork to 12” Tailor Shears: Bowls 8” to 12” to 12” dia. A Tinker 197 Plunder La.
Canvas hammock with frame $40 - see Katherin at House of Blacksilver, E11.Coin tops & scarves harem pants $20 each, 2 for $35 #190
Etched amber awards are at Time Traveling Traders Space #77 Market St.
Blank Books - hand bound in leather, handmade paper, thick & chunky. Fair trade products. $10 - $32 limited supply - 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.
Fabric Dragon is not in the merchants guide but is at Pennsic in space #106 Street of Gold. Big Sale!
Finest Amber in the known world is at Time Travelling Traders Space #77 Market Street.
Flax stricts $14 cabocons #19 Bow St
For sale: 6mm welded stainless shirt about 6lbs $350. Ask for Jirrel at Bakhail-N11
For Sale - Bad garb, bad garb, What’cha gonna do? What’ca gonna do when the punchline’s you?- Claus the Toymaker.
For Sale - Glass muller & burnishers from England, also Mitchell nibs, vellum, parchment, and hand bound leather books- The Guild of Limners, #24
For Sale THE GUILD OF LIMNERS in the little white house on Mechants Row sells ink, quill pens, books, pigments, various colors, madder, woad, all kinds of paint and tools necessary for scribes and artists.
For Sale Vellum - - opaline vellum (sheepskin) direct from England. Finest Quality sale price $25 per sheet. Lovely Dutch sheepskin parchment whole skins $125 can be cut smaller. The Guild of Limners #24, across from the barn.
French double bell wedge Panther Pavillion $250 OBO Take @ end of War. See Gen Chalkman Pub E17 Hill Rd.
Glass knitting needles- you have to try them to believe them! 19 Bow St.
GOING OUT 4 BUSINESS SALE. Did you see my ad in the Pennsic Handbook? Camp furniture, iron work, horse tails $14, beautiful speckled cow hides. Come browse and BS (Be Satisfied). The Crossing #3
Hafla tent 4 sale best offer. Orluk Oasis
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!
Handspun yarn from a 12th c-type flock. Also fiber dyed & undyed. Ongoing spining demo, MTFC Space 26
Harps & Musical instruments all on sale. Harps 20% off. Silvershell Music 43 Broadway.
High quality Korean horse bows $399 yumi #83
Is this YOU? Free pics from past wars. Space 26
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!
Lots and lots pirate boot Good Booty! #190
For Sale Ink-Oakgall, walnut hull, also gallo-tannic ink, absolutely perfectly opaque. $4 per bottle Guild of Limners #24.
Mischief, murder & mayhem- is your kingdom involved? See the on-going saga in the diorama. Space 26.
*NEW* Heather Dale and Hector CD’s! Now in stock at Camelot Treasures, Booth #30. Waeshael!
NOT for spinners only- “Spinster’s Rules!” Visit Misty Tower, Space 26 to read the list and order a T!
Oxblood leather shovel greaves. New, never worn House Black Hammer N30 804-931-5799 $100
For Sale SCA Road Signs- “Fighter Practice Area”, “Danger Viking Territory” and many others, some new and very silly. Claus the Toymaker, #24
Panther pavillion, 10x10, Regent, $500, Ben@Sinpit, E05
Evil Abra says, “Check your silver prices!” We bought last year when silver was $7 an ounce, folk who restocked before Penssic paid much more- 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.
Panther Pavillion 16 x 16 Regent with green dags. Will need to be rewaterproofed. Available Sat 9 August @ 11am. $1200 OBO N17 Zeebera
Pavilion 4 sale 18X18 6Ft. walls 2 Yrs old Paid 2400 asking 1800 natural* extra ropes ask at Tgertoggs#32 Street of Dreams behind the barn *(color)“Pennsic for Dummies” by Claus the Toymaker - scurrilous, tongue-in-cheek fun, everything you need to know to complete your Pennsic experience.
“Pennsic in a Box” new royalty expansion set this year, limited supply. From Claus the Toymaker #24.
Period Pavilions available on site for rent/sale. Rent rebates toward later purchase. Space 26.
Silk parasols $5 Wood Fans $1 Snoods 2 for $5 #190
Steel boned corsets 99 to 250 bonded fabric WOW #190
Tall boots $85 stripy socks $5 Wool capes 20% #190
TENT FOR SALE: Officer’s Marquee by Tentsmiths. 14’ x 8’ with 5’ walls 8’ peak 3 years old. Sunforger canvas with poles ropes and the tent bags. At GRAYFOX encampment next to DARKMOON. N18 $875 O.B.O. Cash/Paypal only
Twin size rope bed frame $75 See Bjorn Block W18 Lake Shore beside flushie trailer
Uniquely You dressmaker forms- the only one that corsets properly available on site space 26.
Want to buy a bridge? 8 ft to 10 ft span bridge for sale. $200 or best offer. Transportable! Packable! On display at W07. Ask for Emmiken.
Evil Abra has a new garb annex! Do you like flax, winter sun and cut loose? Check out our back room garb. Someone has to dress the peasants! Garb, pants, skirts, dresses & shirts in silk, linen and cotton. Very comfy and most is $5 to $20! Mention this ad for an extra 10% off! Visit The Gypsy Caravan, #107 Street of Gold! Open ‘til 11:00 pm nightly!
Weld, Woad, Madder, Cochineal, Brazilwood, Longwood-dyes to die for. Guild of Limners #24.
X-chairs $175 Silvershell Music 43 Broadway.
You! Sew on our machines. We have thread. Space 26.
Yurt for sale. E01 Middle of Dragon Trace. Car died again. Ask for Pente (Wookie) camp Infinity 8-)

12 Step Meeting daily 4:00 pm E07 off Great Eastern Highway Denys the Decadent’s Camp AA NA OA SA all welcome.
A NEW VIKING HOME COMPANION CD IS NOW AVAILABLE AT THE PILLAGED VILLAGE Midgard Mayhem by T8 Rvaldr Torgarson Live perfomances will be at 7PM on Sunday Wednesday and Friday in front of the Village.
Ask angry Drew - he knows all! VOF voted best Pennsic Oracle! Leave your questions- answers posted daily - on the road to good intentions
ATTENTION BARONY OF STORVIK!! Baronial Court will be at 4:00 Tuesday in the Clan Cambion Encampment in E-15. It is the intention ofTheir Majesties to be in attendance. BYOC [Bring your own charr] is suggested. Very light refreshments.
Bardic Circle - Dark 30 at B08 - Dragonship Haven off Battlefield-Agincourt and tours. Songs-stories-whatever-period or not. Goal is fun for all! Tonight.
BARON GUGLIEIMO BARDICCI gratefully extends his artisan Jubal to provide his beautious WOAD body art to Pennsic, located at the Guild of Limners (Booth 24). BONA NOTTE!
12 Step Meeting daily 4:00 pm E07 off Great Eastern Highway Denys the Decadent’s Camp AA NA OA SA all welcome.
Beads, bead looms, trims and linen fabrics Silverdragon Company Bow Street Space #11
Bored Scadian at Garments by the Goat. #097 red hair and hutzpah. Drop by.
BPAL meet & sniff! Come and share the magic. Tues @4:00. Camp Dancing Fox on E01 Dragons Trace
Brendoken’s Baroness luncheon starts at 12:30 in N09, Fletcher RD near the highway. Look for black and green field with a gold star.
Citizens of Brendoken and friends. Come to our Revel at N09, Fletcher RD near the Highway, at 6 PM on. There will be Court.
Costumes by Loren has comfortable cool cotton! Tunics, kaftans and cloaks in celtic knotwork designs. Different sales every day! 166 Fleet Street
“Crapuliferous” Probable pronunciation “crap-you-lih-fer-us.” It means “drinks designed to quickly cause drunkenness….” A.k.a. “cheap date.”
Do something with your kid besides sweat! Make colorful medallion cords! Kits at Claus the Toymakers.
Don’t miss the Known World Canine meeting Tuesday Aug 5th from noon to 2pm in Æthelmearc Royal. All are welcome!
Drachenwald court & pcs gathering HRM Fiona invites all gentles that live or once lived in the greatest kingdom of them all Drachenwald to attend court starting at 7pm with pcs gathering to follow held at N13 west end
DRAGON BROCADES, 20% off at Dragon’s Magic #25
Estrogen & Axes is Tuesday-not Thursday! 9 am Register. 10 am ladies’ axe throw at thrown weapons. Loaner axes and lessons available. No men allowed!
EXCELLENT QUALITY 100% wools & wool coating at Dragon’s Magic #25
FINE ENGLISH NEEDLES, Sold singly. Dragon’s Magic #25
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 announcemnt from Claus of Burzee Toymaker.
Free garb and stuff! Please visit E30, the tent with the orange curtains. Help yourself to anything on the mats in the front yard each day ‘til Thurs.
Go see Auntie Arwen at #185 and ask if she is drinking WATER. From Kirsten at Fabric Dragon in #106.
Handkerchief linen! Silk, patterns, pewter badges and more! Silverdragon Company Space #11 Bow Street
Happy 1st birthday Nico. we love you, Peanut.
Harry Potter fans - wizard rock & HP filk Tuesday 9:30-11PM Camelot Treasures booth 30. Join us!
...he shoots, he scores-but loses the gold to Al the Octopus. Next up: rhythmic tentacle gymnastics. The bagpipes sound and the tentacles begin to wave...
In memorium, Solomon Ben Jacob, Come and share memories of Soll. Members of the Caravan will hold a speed bump party tonight at 9pm in front of merchant booths #56 and 57 behind the barn. Bring something to toast and a seat.
Is your child bored? Make a medallion cord! Colors galore! At Claus the Toymaker’s Store!
Join in the fun! Pin the tail on the slyme! Any sort of tail will do. Ponts for originality and surprise. No actual nailing of the slyme permitted!
Kendrick will be doing a bookblnding demo on Tuesday 3:00-6:00 at the Haunted Bookshop #63 in the Booksellers Row.
Laurel vigil for Joanna of Northumberland Tues 7 PM Ealdormere Royal W17
SAILMAKERS NEEDLES. 2”, 3 1/2”, 4 1/2”! Dragon’s Magic #25
Silk veiling 3.5mm, 5mm silk/cotton DRAGON’S MAGIC #25
Slavic interest group will meet Wed at 10 am in A&S 3.
Snaebjorn! Alas, I fell into the bog last night. So many strange sights! fear not, I still am fighting my way through pennsic to find the silver apple and you. Then bera the blessed will save me!
STEEL HOOP BONING - 1/2” xl2y $13.95 Dragon’s Magic #25
Storytelling Academy student performances A&S 6 Friday August 8 9-10 AM. Open to all. Open mic to follow.
Storytelling by Gabrielle d’Auvergne Family friendly 7-9PM Minerva’s Spindle space 158 Friday August 8.
The Baron and Baroness of Bhakail invite all Bhakailis and friends to join them for their court (and refreshments) on Weds. at 5pm., N11
THREAD COUNTERS, 8x-10x metal & glass booth #25
TO THE 2 WOMEN who came to my shop on Thursday and bought 12 yds of purple silk - I found the tag. Please come back for the money I owe you! Dragon’s Magic
To the person who photographed a female campmate in the shower, House 3 Skulls hopes public safety finds you first.
To the woman (Natalie’s camp auntie) who bought butterflies at The Bead Lady #146 Battle Rd. on Sun, Aug 3rd between 1 and 2 pm. Please return so I may correct a credit card error.
Virgil for Pelican: THL Lancelot von Windhaven will be sitting in vigil on Tuesday afternoon from 12 till 4pm in the Northshield Pavillion in N19. He will be elevated into the Order of the Pelican during Northsheild Court on Wednesday at 4pm (or whenever the battle ends) at the same location.
Who’s in charge of the war? Who do kings answer to?
Wurm- love you more than whiskey itself- Tristan
Yes, I’m Still Here! And my brick-and-mortar fabric store is still in Tunkhannock, PA. The housing market decided to get weird right after War last year so I couldn’t make the move I wanted to make. I’ve consoled myself by buying more luscious wool, linen, and silk...which, of course, I brought for your shopping pleasure, along with corset stays, needles, pins, cheese cloth, etc. (Space 25)

Lost & Found
Apothecary class - Please return my Beast & Boar mug Nina, N24 or to lost and found. I leave Thursday morning - I will also be at Children’s Fete Thanks!
Lost 2 rings in woman’s shower near Cooper Store on Sat AM . Huge sentimental value-Eye ring is a good luck charm and may bring bad luck to finder. Please call cell 585-507-3938 to claim reward and return rings. I’m camped in disability camping, big white wall tent near orange fence on right side, ask for Su.e

In memoriam, Solomon Ben Jacob, Come and share memories of Soll. Members of the Caravan will hold a speed bump party tonight at 9pm in front of merchant booths #56 and 57 behind the barn. Bring something to toast and a seat.

Red Hat Society Tea at the House Delondres. Wednesday 7PM-10PM. Ladies - stop by and see us as you shop.

A definite sign of the apocalypse-Kibitz has vanished! Griz is trying his best but is just not as follicly endowed and won’t wear those goofy pants. We miss you and hope all goes better. The PI Staff.
All hail Thadius of ParksBlade, Iron Chef of Gold Street whose generosity and kindness continues to amaze us. You rock! - Your friends on the Street of Gold.
Farasha & Suad #60 rave “now to the sky” by Tribe O.
Gas $ for ride. Pit airport. Sat. Anytime before 4pm. No armor. Just 2 bags. Craig at Booth 175. Call (781) 864-0359.
I, Lord Andreas de Caunteton celebrate the day Mistress Rosalind Jehanne said YES at Pennsic XXXIV and now our first as husband & wife. :)
I once had a campmate named Aiben, Whom all of Pennsic was cravin’. They portioned him out, And shared him about. Except for the bits they were savin’
In seach of: Eleanor of Waldren, Emeric Wendell, Geoffrey Matthias, Morgan Elandris. I have something for you. Eowyn, Tagmata, W05.
Mistress Adrielle! We miss you! Signed, Bail Money Bear & Co.
Single Pagan male looking for Pagan matchmaker to find single Pagan female see Kirk N9 Sunderroak.
Thank you to the kind gentle who found and returned my pouch on Sat. night Thank you Thank you.
The Aerie of Tir Thalor salutes Argenta, Giles, and the little one. When ya comin’ back?! We checked and the Bee Folks are fine. Next year, be here to ask them yourselves! Miss you!
The most popular man at the war is Aiben, and I’ll tell you why for no plea or comman halts his helium hand and he labors half-naked, what’s more
Tir Thalor - If someone visits Mystic Mail, let us know what’s up, who’s there, and stuff; we won’t tell you did! - Giles, Argenta, and the Kid.
Valdis, Hope War is everything you wanted. Can’t wait to hear the stories!

Wanted to Buy
House Fallenstar (N12) Aquarium progressing well. Stilts needed to feed shark. See Alzbeta Michalik for fitting. (I know I’m reaching.)

Water Battle

By Grizzly of Ironstar
Marshall Reporter, the Pennsic Independent
Over 300 Pennsic youth stormed the Fort Monday afternoon.
Armed with water guns and water balloons the children of Pennsic rushed the Fort and the handful of adults that protected it. Armed with super soakers, hoses, and buckets of water, it looked as though the adults might actually hold the Fort. In the end, the overwhelming number of children was too much and they were able to storm the Fort, take prisoners and demand the treasure.
The Water Battle is an annual event that has been going on for about 11 years and is sponsored by Shadow Clans.
“It’s a blast! I love doing it each year,” said Taranach, one of the defenders who were taken prisoner in the fort. No ransom was asked or offered for Taranach, and he was released unharmed in the end.
The battle usually stems from some sort of betrayal by the adults towards the children. Swapping brussel sprouts for treasure and kidnapping Santa Claus were by far some of the worst offences and the ones that received the most violent response from the children.
The organizers of the event are very careful to hand pick adults as defenders and marshals who are very even-tempered and careful with the children. All children of Pennsic were welcome to join in the fun. Children over 40 could watch safely from the hay bales. At the end of the battle the adults gave up and relinquished their treasure: foam swords and bags of candy.