Saturday August 8 2009

Mid-East Champions Roll; Honor even in Helm’s Deep

By DonalBane of Blakmers
Battlefield Reporter – Pennsic Independent

Friday’s Event Points: Mid-East Alliance 2.5, Known World Alliance 0.5
War Points: Known World Alliance 2, Mid-East Alliance 1

The final day of battle at Pennsic War XXXVIII saw history take place at the Midrealm and East Kingdom joined forces in two champions’ battles before the final large melee in the fort.

Combined Unbelted Battle
After decades of fierce combat against each other, the unbelted champions of the East and Midrealm joined forces Friday against a force of champions from the Allied Kingdoms. The Midrealm and East each fielded 60 unbelted warriors to do battle with 120 allies.
The fight was as hard as it was decisive. Forces from the East charged the Allies left flank and blew it open, while the Midrealm’s forces chewed through their opposition. The training of the East and Midrealm paid off, as they were able to reform more quickly and sweep the field in short order.

Combined Belted Battle
HRM Andreas of the East told the unbelted champions he hoped he could duplicate their success during the belted champions battle
HRM Andreas and HRM EikBrandr of the Midrealm joined a force of 40 Chivalry champions on the field to face 42 belted champions from the Allied Kingdoms.
Again, the cohesion of the Midrealm and East’s forces proved decisive in this fight. Whole forces of Tyger and Dragon champions rolled over the field, sweeping their foes before them. In the end, the Mid-East forces eliminated Duke Lars of Northshield, Duke Valharic of Atlantia and Sir Richard Wulfwood of Calontir to complete the rout.

Helm’s Deep Battle
The final big fight of war took place in and around the Pennsic fort. This battle was fought over six banners around the fort, with the defenders having one resurrection and the attackers having three resurrections.
Each battle was scheduled for 30 minutes, with possession of the banners checked at 10 minutes, 20 minutes and the end of the battle. The side with more banners after both fights would win.
The Known World Allies defended the fort first. Northshield and its mercenary allies guard the east gate, while Ealdormere held the center of the fort. Forces from Atlantia, Æthelmearc and Calontir stationed themselves outside the fort to the east.
At the sound of the cannon, the Mid-East’s strategy was clear. The Tyger and Dragon sent token forces to occupy the east gate of the fort while focusing the bulk of its efforts on sweeping the banners outside and taking the north gate.
The move proved effective as forces from the Northern army turned the flank of the Allies and started a general retreat among Allied forces back towards the fort.
From there, House Darkmoon occupied the west gate, while the Unsterblichen and Oaken armies led a grinding assault on the north gate.
The allies threw almost everything they had at the north gate to stop the push, but the tide of Mid-East warriors proved impossible to stem. Soon, HRM Andreas was leading the Mid-East’s forces through the north gate, while House Darkmoon punched through the west gate not long after.
From there, the rout was on as Mid-East forces relentlessly pushed east. Around the 17-minute mark, the cannon sounded to end the battle. The banner count was 15-3 in favor of the Mid-East after one battle.
The Mid-East commanders made a strategic decision before the second fight took place. Since they needed only to hold the three banners inside the fort for 20 minutes to win the battle, they decided not to deploy any forces outside the fort.
Thus, the Southern army was sent to hold the east gate and the whole of the Midrealm army deployed to the west. The Unsterblichen and Northern army, backed up by the Huskarls, forced a kill-pocket defense in front of the north gate.
Early on, it looked as if the strategy would work as wave after wave of Atlantians fell in the kill-pocket. However, the Allies’ numerical advantage slowly began to show, as they pushed the pocket back.
When the forces were pushed back to the north gate, the Tuchux used the opening to run around the back of the fort and joined a push by Ealdormere on the east gate.
After a final hold, the breaches on the east and north gates turned into a rout. At battle’s end, it seemed the whole of the Allies’ army had surrounded a small force of Midrealm warriors at the West’s banner.
The cannon sounded to end the battle. It took the Allies longer to sweep the fort than the Mid-East forces, but they still accomplished it in less than 20 minutes. That meant the banner count was 15-3 for the Allies in the second battle, which tied the battle and split the event point.
HRM EikBrandr said he was pleased with this Pennsic war, regardless of the outcome.
“We’re absolutely, 100 percent thrilled,” EikBrandr said. “With the camaraderie and new friendships we have made this War, we have seen the fruition of all that we had hoped.”
Saturday’s big battle: The flight of dragons through the gate!
As always, HUZZAH, VIVAT, HOOBAH and WASSAIL to the warriors and warrior watchers of the Known World. May we all meet again at Pennsic XXXIX.

Og on Alcohol

The worth of a man in the Middle Ages can be judged in many ways: his skill with a sword, his pedigree, his history, how much land he controlled, how many servants e had. There were rules, and rules were important.
Squires had seven servants: one clerk, two grooms, two lesser servants and two boys. Knights had 23. Barons had nearly 70. Earls had about 200. Dukes had around 250. Kings and queens…1000s! Some stayed with the property and others went with their lord traveling. It depended on who you were and where you were going and for how long. The very rich and important could always hire more. Power has its privileges. We are lucky we are at Pennsic. We no longer have a need for servants and slaves.
Lords and Ladies!
Charge your glasses and raise them high!
To the Beast and Boar with a breakfast that will hold me to dinner. To an OG, that is something. To the coffee houses that handle my caffeine addiction and to the ladies of OGLAND who provide four-star dinners at a discount price, served with a smile. To all the people who give me beer with the line "OG, you’ve got to try this," and to the Goddess who yearly brings me cheesecake TO DIE FOR! I could invent no world better than this. Thank you all… I drink to you.
Drink well,
Drink often,
Drink with…

Pennsic Closes with Smiles and Friendship

By DonalBane of Blakmers
Battlefield Reporter–Pennsic Independent

A sense of friendship and new beginnings presided over Closing Ceremonies Friday at the barn as 12 sovereigns from the Known World came forward to close Pennsic XXXVIII.
The Kingdom of Aethelmearc arrived first and followed to the dais by the sovereigns, with TRM of the East and Midrealm coming in last.
Each sovereign spoke the populace, mainly of how much fun they had and how many new friends they made during this War. Appeals were also made for the populace to attend Gulf Wars, Estrella War, the Great Western War, and even Rowny Festival in Lochac.
The two belligerent sovereigns spoke last, though it was clear there was no belligerence between them.
“This really has been a good Pennsic,” HRM Andreas of the East said. “Something changed this War. We hope everyone tells stories about this year. We must always remember that we are a family.”
HRM Andreas noted there were 300 more fighters on the field this year, which he felt was due to the trust everyone put in the new War format.
HRM Andreas noted the East “barely, barely squeaked by” to win the traditional War. He closed by telling his fellow sovereigns, “If you’re ever in Jersey, look us up.”
HRM EikBrandr of the Midrealm made it clear he was ecstatic with the War.
“This time of change at War need not be a one-time shot,” HRM EikBrandr said. “This War has created an evolution at Pennsic. There is no one here that we should hate. No one else out there is like us.”
“Who we really are are brothers in arms,” EikBrandr added, and then embraced Andreas, to the cheers of the crowd.
HRM EikBrandr also noted the allies won the new War.
The War Horn was then summoned and Baron Master Rocco Barbarossa of House Darkyard blew a high blast to officially end the War.
The Pennsic countdown then commenced and three gentles were left standing at the end, signifying their attendance at the first Pennsic.
In the last act of Closing Ceremonies, TRM Andreas and EikBrandr switched places on the dais to stand with the other’s queen, before the four belligerent sovereigns – no longer belligerent – walked out arm in arm to the cheers of the populace.

Saturday Web Edition Delayed

The Saturday, August 8 Web Edition and PDF downloads have been unavoidably delayed. Internet access was not available on Saturday, and the staff has only recently regained a reliable connection.

Please watch for both the Web Edition and PDFs to be available by tomorrow evening!

Thank you!

Mistress Heirusalem Crystoma, Publisher, The Pennsic Independent


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20 foot used Gyr (Mongolian Yurt) for sale. $4000 OBO. See Northern Lynx E28.
Benefit the Chirurgeons-buy an original Pennsic XXXVIII T-shirt. $10. Available from Claus of Burzee, #24 Merchants Row.
16X16 PANTHER REGENT PAVILION w/ropes, poles and fly. Excellent cond w/custom features $1,000. Camp Chateau Merdecheval, N33. Ask for Harley.
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Agate Burnishers - bone ivory & horn handles - hand carved - also dog tooth and carnelian. Guild of Limners #24.
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Visit Dark Victory Armory on Bow Lane for Cheap, Protective Armor.
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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!
A Yurt for sale. Camp Infinity E01. ASK FOR WOOKIE
For Sale SCA Road Signs – “Fighter Practice Area”, “Danger Viking Territory” and many others, some new and very silly. Claus the Toymaker, #24
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Norsemen! Norsewomen! Come to the Icelandic Althing! Sept. 26, 2009 Orono, ON. Hosted by the Canton of Eoforwic. Fighting, archery, thrown weapons, law cases, classes, living history. For more info contact Gunther & Nicolaa -
The finest stage is barren without someone to be upon it. Thank you dear guests who honored us with your presence! BARD’S HAVEN CAMP.
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Play the Beckerath Organ: Cleveland, OH. $20 half hour. (see events page).
Give yourself a tax break - brew your own ALCOHOL! Ambrosia Farm Short Mead Kits brew in 2 weeks with no special equipment. 12 flavors at Dancing Pig #18 Bow St. Kits brew 4 bottles of mead - each $8 $7.50 for multiples or
I Genesii’s fans are the greatest! Unfortunately, our cameras are not. If you have pictures or recordings of past shows (including this year’s), please visit us at Polyhymnia/Debatable Lands-N10.
To Persons Unplugging my wife’s mobility cart: collect your cellphone/iPod at N05. Ask for Og or Wulfgang.
Wednesday 8\5 2:00 A&S7: You were some of the rudest, most inconsiderate people I have ever met.
Hoobah! FOSCADH for fighting in ALL 38 Pennsics!

Help Wanted
Help Help!
Humpty Dumpty Came to War
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall!
We seek all you good horses and all you good men (and ladies) to help her break camp again! Please offer at Maison Rive, merchant space #22. Volunteers will be fed!
Fabric Dragon is hiring help for pack down. #42
LADY IN DISTRESS (injured merchant) needs break-down help Sat aft. & Sunday. Good Pay & Food. Space #26.

Lost & Found
Lost: Platinum wedding band. See Seonag in Streonhalle W20. Leaving Saturday.
Grey heavy wool half cloak with hood. Last seen at Chalkman. See Freddie at Turtle Island on Battle Rd
Lost: Helm on Long Way near Quarry. Helm is spindle top, some rust, EK stickers, no inspection sticker. Please return to N25 - Mukayyam al-Samar (last camp before Tuchux) or Lost & Found.
Many thanks to those who offered good words when my helm and gauntlets were stolen from the field. The welded chain camail was stolen. May the thief find that it gives him neither protection nor gain. You cost me the field battles. Master Andrixos.
Lost Green Muffin Cap. Label Sofia. Call Tracy 410-845-8871.
Stolen from the Bread Bowl a Bushnell Game Camera. Return or found no questions asked. See The Old Broad.
Lost 1 inch Green Stone in Silver Setting. Great sentimental value. Reward. Magda 18046512906 Caermear

Lord Zachary Wolfhunter passed from this life July 8, 2009. Loving husband of Erland Nordenskald of Norseland. Zach was a member of the East Kingdom Shire of the Rusted Woodlands. He was apprenticed to Baron Sean DeLondres for brewing. He was also Thrown Weapons Marshal, deputy Chirurgeon, deputy Seneschal and Pursuivant for the Shire. He will be missed.

To the populace, staff, and merchants of Pennsic War 38: Thank you for another year of support for the Pennsic Independent! It is our great pleasure to serve you in this manner. We look forward to seeing you again next year! Remember to visit us at for followups on this war!
- the Pennsic Independent staff
J&A Rules - O Blackheart - 4 You have made my War :> Erin
THL Margaret of HighBridge
Tis raining, tis pouring
The chateau is imploring
O Amon-Ra or Goddess
Save us from this swampyness
Miss U-Chateau ‘Mud-Cheval’“
CPL David Kidd - We love and miss you! Stay safe! From Camp Ursoqhouse Valodin and the Medieval Biker Babes.
Moire! Where are you? Your brother is crying. We have no ads! The tent is full of roaches! Nicolaa is trying to kill me! Zombies ate all the brains! Save me! Aitch
To House Valodin not at War - we missed you!
Dear Gregory of Lochswan: Lochac’s having a blast. Sucks to be you! Love, Us.
Lord Aleksandr once Traveller has finally found his tongue - lost when his teacher of many years, MISTRESS MEGAN NI LANE, OL named him her apprentice. A great and unexpected honor.
Dear Peter, Marg and I are having a great time. We hope you are good. Talk soon. Rohan.
Petra - We miss your beautiful face and lovely accent. Please come back soon! We love you! PI
RED HAT Purple Pennsic Purveyors of Pleasure. Tea had to be cancelled this year. Queen Iwannadeollah, Katerina Hereksdottir of Norseland was unable to make it to War this year. She will make contact and will be looking forward to seeing all next year.
To all and especially Sir OW: Safe journey home. ~T
Happy 1st War Glenné & Aiden. Luv Elen of Birchbrae.
Mistress Juliana von Altenfeld is pleased to announce that she has taken AGMOF Don Edmund the Lame as her apprentice in the art and science of cooking so she may extend her protection, guidance and expertise in feeding the masses.
To my secret pal - you are the best - Judith
SC - Thank you for services rendered! The PI Staff
MISTRESS MEGAN NI LAINE, O.L., having lately observed the improved qualities of his comportment and the increasing diligence of his scholarship as an Alchemist and Natural Philosopher, is well pleased to take as her apprentice Lord Aleksandr The Traveller. Vivat Encausto!
To the PI Staff - Thank you all for joining me in this adventure yet again. I am in awe of your perseverance and strength. However we manage to do this, it comes off every year. Your work benefits so many people! Bless you all.
- Heirusalem

Wanted to Buy
Small trailer for storage at Pennsic. Approx. 4x8.
Please contact Iron Bog in N20 or 856-343-7292