By DonalBane of Blakmers
Battlefield Reporter, Pennsic Independent
DonalBane’s unofficial War Points: Midrealm 16, East 13, Mid-East Coalition 3, Allied Kingdoms 0 (one tie – phew!)
The Grand Armies of the Dragon and Tyger met for the final time at Pennsic XXXVII in the Field Battle Friday. This year, there were five last-man-standing fights, although — as has become customary at this Pennsic —there were a few twists along the way.
The East’s forces lined up on the west side of the field, looking to score victory. Atlantia, Ironlance and the Ulsterblichen were sent north to start the day, with the bulk of the East army and the western allies to the south and only a small force of mercenaries in the center.
The Midrealm lined up on the east side of the field, sending Æthelmearc and the Tuchux north, the whole of the Midrealm army in the center and Ealdormere, Calontir and the other allied kingdoms to the south.
The first fight saw the East make no attempt to defend the center of the field; everything was thrown into a double flanking maneuver and the strategy worked. Despite the Tuchux doing a complete circle around the battlefield, the East forces stuck together a bit better during this annihilation battle. About 50 warriors were all that was left on the field after a final hold was called, but the East’s forces overran the Huskarls, giving the East victory in the first fight.
Thirsty for victory, the Dragon’s forces brought a bit more aggression into the second fight. The Midrealm army thwarted the East’s flanking attempts by throwing everything they had at both flanking forces. When the dust cleared, few warriors from either side were alive, but the Tuchux had held themselves in reserve at the top of the field after sweeping Black Talon off of it. The Tuchux then joined the remnant of the Æthelmearcian army in a pincer movement towards the center, which crusted the remaining East forces.
The third fight was a “regicide” battle where the object was to be the first to kill the king of the Midrealm or the East. However, before the fight, the Tyger and Dragon saw most of the allied kingdoms abandon them and form their own army on the north of the battlefield. HRM Anton of Calontir agreed to carry the banner for the allies, turning the regicide fight into a three-way dance.
The Midrealm attacked from the southeast corner and the East from the southwest. It was clear both kingdoms were annoyed with the rebellion and sent almost all of their forces against the allies. HRM Anton shifted to the northeast corner of the battlefield, where forces from Calontir and Ironlance surrounded him.
However, the strategy backfired. The Midrealm’s forces, aided by the Tuchux, put the Atlantian army to the sword, while the East focused all of its forces on the northeast corner. HRM Anton’s fate was sealed by wave after wave of coalition forces and he was eventually slain.
After a hold, it looked like TRM Lutr and Konrad were spoiling for a fight. With Lutr surrounded by the Huskarls and Konrad surrounded by the Ulsterblichen, the forces charged headlong into each other … and then hugged each other to signify the end of the battle.
Furious at the collusion of the belligerent nations, the allied kingdoms reformed on the north side of the battlefield. This time, the East and Midrealm did not find their intentions as Dragon and Tyger lined up on the south of the field together. The fight that followed was quick and brutal as the coalition forces turned the right flank of the allies. In the end, houses Serpentius and Darkmoon were seen destroying the last remnants of the Atlantian army.
The final fight pitted the allies and the Middle-East coalition against each other again, but the allies had no better luck. Despite the Midrealm loaning the Northern Oaken army to the allies, the coalition rolled over the field, ending the final heavy battle of Pennsic in victory.
Saturday’s Big Battle: The flight of dragons through the gate!
As always, VIVAT, HOOBAH, HUZZAH and WASSAIL to all my warrior friends and fellow warrior watchers. May we all meet again on these same fields for Pennsic XXXVIII.
By Jack Marvell
Feature Reporter, Pennsic Independent
With the drums of War fallen into silence, many members of the populace begin their long journeys homeward today. For them, the memories of Pennsic XXXVII will shine ever brighter as the days pass.
The Pennsic Independent took to the streets to ask the populace what were their best memories of the War.
“My best memory of the War was having the Queen of Gleann Abhann make me a citizen (of her kingdom),” said Safiya Bint Hakim Al-Khwarizmi, her eyes shining with emotion. “I feel very at home in the encampment”
Another lady, Anlaith Ingentrena, talked about the excitement of the town battle. “I would have to say my best Pennsic memory this year was being in the Town Battle,” she said. “I was really wild. I had lot of fun, lots of adrenaline. It has been a very good experience.”
Count Sir Duncan von Halstern said he has good family memories.
“We’re here with our two kids,” he said. “Just sharing Pennsic with my children, that’s something that’s going to stick with me for a while.”
When asked about his best memory early Friday morning, Fionn of Dun na Ngal looked to the future instead of the past.
“I’m about to have one,” he said. “It’s always when the women in white march of my clan from the bog.”
Each Pennsic for about the last 10 years, the women of Clanne Preachain lead their warriors to the field battle. They are dressed in white, carrying swords and spears. They chant and sing and exhort the warriors to victory, Fionn said
Sean, Fionn’s son, has his own best memories.
“Eating burgers and going crazy for no reason and wearing my socks around camp,” he said.
Flora, daughter of the Pennsic Independent’s publisher, Despôtissa Heirusalem Crystoma, enjoyed some time spent with the Dragon Herald of the Midrealm, Master Dafydd Blaid.
“I would have to say dancing with Taffy,” she said.
Encountered in the dubious company of the highly-esteemed OG, Stitch, a lady dressed in the pirate fashion, said her best memory was “getting him his yurt.”
“It surprised the hell out of me,” OG said
“Yes, it did, and that was the beautiful thing,” Stitch said.
For Catlin Svensdottir, the best memory was music.
“Playing my harp on Runestone Hill while being accompanied on guitar by a campmate,” she said. “We played ‘Greensleeves’. What better place to play harp? It is the most Pennsic-y place we know.
By Mistress Tirza bithe Reaboughes,
O.P., O.M., S.F., Q.O.C.
Baron David Cooper has given his most gracious, exuberant approval to the erection of an 8’ memorial stone for the family and friends that have passed on. Lord Valdis of Gotland, of the East Kingdom, an established bone and wood carver, is heading the project. The design will be finalized after the 10 ton stone is aquired from a local quarry; however. It will be in the style of Scandinavian 1-14th century memorial stones with a rune inscription. Once the design is laid out on the stone, Lord Valdis will NOT be carving it. The people of Pennsic are invited to come together and participate in this phase, to work out our own sorrow as we work the stone. For Valdis, the inspiration was the loss of Lady Sueeatra, former proprietor of S&M Leathers. Each of us will be welcome to carve in the memory of our own special grief.
In order to accomplish this, Lord Valdis needs two things – good words for the inscription (he hesitates to use his own) and funding. Stone purchases and delivery are estimated to be $1,000, all to be raised by private donation. Checks will be accepted at Booth #64 Shrewwood (where Valdis’ design skill may also be observed) made to: “Cooper’s Lake Memorial Rune Stone.” After war, checks can be mailed to Ken Koll, 44 North Church Street, Waynesboro, PA 17268. The funds will be held in this account until the stone is purchased. Inscription recommendations can be submitted at the booth or emailed to email@example.com. Lord Valdis (Ken Koll) will establish a discussion group on Yahoo for all who contact him to finalize the inscription.
Thursday’s Atlantian heraldic walking tour results: 1. Atenveldt 2. Ravenstreet 3. East’s Applique Walls 4. House Drachenstein-Heraldic Canopy 5. Atlantia-Walls & “Stained Glass” windows.
14 ft. Yurt for sale. Set up $500 or Best Offer Moritu Camp as is.
2-Story Pavillion - Frame-and-Cavas 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.
ANALOG / IF / GALAXY MAGS 1996-2005 mostly complete $250/best offer. See Master John at The Stavechurch
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?
Benefit the Chirurgeons-- buy an original Pennsic XXXVII T-shirt. $10. Available from Claus of Burzee, #24 Merchants Row.
Civil War Tent 10x12 $200 Blood Moon Clan corner lot near Solar Showers ask for Hillary in Camp w/onion dome.
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 are $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!
Uniquely You dressmaker forms- the only one that corsets properly. Available on site space 26.
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.
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
Fine linen Norse Aprons, Viking tunics, and embroidered coats at The Hooded Hare. Hop over to our new space: #164, Fleet Street
For Sale - Bad garb, bad garb, What’cha gonna do? What’ca gonna do when the punchline’s you?- Claus the Toymaker.
For Sale Don’t be seen with ugly children...make them wear a mask made by 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- GYPSY WAGON $1800 OBO WE LOST THE RIDE HOME FOR IT! BOOTH 119 YURTS OF AMERICA.
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!
For Sale Ink-Oakgall, walnut hull, also gallo-tannic ink, absolutely perfectly opaque. $4 per bottle 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: Tipman Boss handsticher leather sewing machine. No electric needed! Retailed @ $1500 plus accessories. No longer being manufactured. $750 as is condition inqure Dancing Pig #18 Bow St.
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.
Going home sale. See what new and used pavillions we have left. Pack your gear in a sturdy but beautiful trunk. Think about renting a period pavillion for next Pennsic. 12ft yurt Singing Horse design $900, 18x20 Panther new $1300 site #3
GOING OUT 4 BUSINESS SALE. Did you see my ad in the Pennsic Handbook? Camp furniture, iron work, horse tails, beautiful speckled cow hides. 18x20 Panther new $1300 14ft yurt singing horse design complete with Floor $1400 OBO. Come browse and BS (Be Satisfied). The Crossing #3 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.
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!
Going out of business sale at Castle Furnishings! Deep discounts! Everything at least 20% off. Many items 90% off. Some store fixtures available SPC 63
Handmade slat bed for sale. Based on Gokstad bed. $400 OBO. Robin House Gallowglass Camp, N03, Corner of St. Lawrence and Sedalia Way.
Is this YOU? Free pics from past wars. Space 26
Mischief, murder & mayhem- is your kingdom involved? See the on-going saga in the diorama. Space 26.
For Sale SCA Road Signs- “Fighter Practice Area”, “Danger Viking Territory” and many others, some new and very silly. Claus the Toymaker, #24
New heads! Heads tightened! richspiritdrums.com
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)
Pavilion for sale: 20x15 green & gold. $1200 Sleepy Unicorn, Street of Gold. Containers included
“Pennsic for Dummies” by Claus the Toymaker - scurrilous, toungue-in-cheek fun, everythingyou need to know to complete your Pennsic experience.
Period Pavilions(tm) available on site for rent/sale. Rent rebates toward later purchase. Space 26.
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-)
Bad Garb Old Maid card game- Yes we have ‘em!- from Claus the Toymaker (Who else?)
STEEL HOOP BONING - 1/2” xl2y $13.95 Dragon’s Magic #25
An idea for next year. Could we have a drop off at the end of war for non perishables to go to a local shelter?
CLEAN, DRY, cardboard paper boxes. Pick up at the Pennsic Independent on Friday or Saturday. FREE!!!
Costumes by Loren has comfortable cool cotton! Tunics, kaftans and cloaks in Celtic knotwork designs. Different sales every day! 166 Fleet Street
DRAGON BROCADES, 20% off at Dragon’s Magic #25
Drumsmith Richard Barony of Fenix 541-778-2540
EXCELLENT QUALITY 100% wools & wool coating at Dragon’s Magic #25
For Sale 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.
Go see Auntie Arwen at #185 and ask if she is drinking WATER. From Kirsten at Fabric Dragon in #106.
Gold medal-winning squid seeks endorsement opportunities. Leave a note for Squirty at the lakeside by the flushies. That’s right...just a little closer now
GOT LUMBER? Don’t throw it in the dumpster, donate it! I’m building my kids a treehouse. Please call 814-720-9018 for pickup. Thanks -Thyri
Hoobah FOSCADH for FIGHTING in ALL 37 PENNSIC WARS
Silk veiling 3.5mm, 5mm silk/cotton DRAGON’S MAGIC #25
The Ladies’ Tea would like to thank all the musicians, dancers, and ladies for an amazing Monday night. We look forward to seeing all of you next year same time for a Midsummer’s Night Dream celebration!- The Black Pearl
THREAD COUNTERS, 8x-10x metal & glass booth #25
To Gunther and the Furballs: bedtime just isn’t the same without you. Be home soon with lots o’ booty. Nicolaa
SAILMAKERS NEEDLES. 2”, 3 1/2”, 4 1/2”! Dragon’s Magic #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
Who do Kings answer to? Their Queens!
FINE ENGLISH NEEDLES, Sold singly. Dragon’s Magic #25
Wurm- will you come home w me? I love you- 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
Be a true Scadian-Turn in the pewter astrolabe I wore every war since P20 Reward - L&F or 631-786-6025
Lost: A&S project. Handwoven linen napkin lost Tuesday between E-01 and Your Inner Vagabond. Please return to Camp Budgardr in W-09. Reward.
Lost cell phone Palm One, large keyboard silver grey, large screen it is needed for business geneous reward will be given when found. Please contact The Pennsic Independent office.
Lost red cell phone bring to lost & found pls
Wanted Park-o-meter lost last year walked away from r/s reward talk to Og.
Baron Gugliemo Bardicci extends his artsan Jubal to provide his beautious WOAD bodyart to Pennsic, located at the Guild of Limners (booth 24).
Helewyse-it was Baronwars 1, you forgot my name, I never saw your face(but my pillow remembers) congratulations on making Baroness! Signed “Big Boy” from Darkyard
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.
BARONESS Katrina Macaolish. Thank you for the return of my headband. Truly grateful. Lady Muzafar
Donnehadh DubhGlas and Marian O’Neall have a new Scadian! Welcome Elizabeth Diane Thompson
Fernando: You go home now. You use up all the fun! L.
Let all know that the kindest, most thoughtful people are Scadians. Grateful thanks to whoever turned my wallet into lost and found. Lady Svea the Shortsighted.
To the beautiful red headed lady I saw on the battlefield. Would like to get to know you. Come to Silverhorde camp E01 ask for Wolfy.
To the man w/g dark hair & blue paw tattoo @ Runestone Hill showers prev Tues: I was so entranced I couldn’t speak (and was underdressed from the shower cleanout when they kicked us to the steps.) I wish I had had the courage to smile @ you. ~Gwenyvere of Nox Draconsis (the girl in the towel & shift)-
Ulfr Hlnn Svarti Juzki and Charity Morgan- Oh how we missed you, your smiles and laughter (though a bottle of your mead made it). We pray you will overcome all obstacles and share next year’s war with your many friends.