Pennsic 39 (2010)

PI Friday August 13, 2010

Dirty Jobs of Pennsic

By Sir Guillaume “I  Shinbalds” de la Belgique, Guest Contributor

There are plenty of dirty jobs at Pennsic to go around, but on Wednesday evening, when the rain began to fall at midnight, the war became a dirty job for everyone. There were tents drenched, costumes soaked, and camps flooded in the wee hours of the morning. But one of the hallmarks of this war is that when something like that happens, everyone steps up: the War staff, the people of Cooper’s Lake, and all of us who’ve come for the week, to do the wet, muddy, dirty job of keeping the camp standing. What might have been a disaster became an opportunity for acquaintances made and friendships strengthened. It gave us all a tiny taste of the sort of dirty work that goes on all over Pennsic.
It has been my honor this week to get to know the folks who do some of the dirty jobs of Pennsic but I know I’ve only scratched the surface. In fact, my single regret is that we only had a week to profile these tasks and the people who do them. Pennsic’s “dirty jobbers” are far too numerous to name. The fact is, everyone who volunteers, from the folks who work for a few hours at the troll booth, right up to Mayor John von der Velde himself, is likely to be sweaty, filthy and tired at the end of their shift.
It’s easy to overlook just how much work goes into making Pennsic happen. By the most recent calculations, the official staff of the war—that is, the folks who were camping out here a week or more before the first attendee showed up for land grab—numbers 135 people. Those hard-working folks are supported by about 2,000 other volunteers, all of whom give up some or all of their summer vacation time so those of us who come to fight, learn, create, shop and party with friends can have a war to enjoy. And the most amazing thing is just how easy they make it look—because if there’s one thing I’ve learned in exploring Pennsic’s dirty jobs, it’s that making the war look “effortless” takes a lot of effort.
If you have the opportunity as you’re beginning your break-down in the next day or so, take a moment to acknowledge the hard-working Pennsic staff. Give a wave to the team of Dukes Michael, Valharic, Cuan, and their ducal deputies who maintain the watch and have given up a lot of sleep to keep the campground friendly and safe. Wish a good day to Baroness Anna and her staff who, in heat or rain, are waiting at Information Point to answer all of our questions, from how to navigate the campground to where you can find emergency dentistry services nearby. Give a shout-out to all the safety staff at Chirurgeon’s point, led by James “Hawk” Galloway (who, I suspect you’ll be glad to know, only had to break out his biohazard suit once during the war—really!). Shoot a smile at Lord Gregor “Tree” McLey and his gang in the technical services tent. They’ve been surveying, digging, plumbing, and wiring since early July, and they’ll be on site for almost another week after all the rest of us are safe (and cool!) at home with all of our garb washed and our armor polished.
And finally, raise a cup at your camp to toast the many, many people who go on working behind the scenes to get the war going and keep it running. It’s a phenomenal effort of volunteerism and personal sacrifice that, frankly, is almost unheard of in the modern world—and perhaps that’s part of what makes Pennsic so magical.
I’ve noticed one thing as I’ve explored the dirty jobs of Pennsic this week: Everyone who does this sort of work is reluctant (sometimes obsessively so) to be recognized for their efforts. “Please don’t write about me. There are other people who work a lot harder than I do,” is a statement I’ve heard from just about everyone I’ve interviewed, even people drenched with rain, dripping sweat, and covered with mud, grease and paint. But the truth is, our dirty jobs series has proved that while the work that’s done to make Pennsic happen can be messy and exhausting, the jobs themselves bring a great deal of reward. Everyone who works toward putting on the war has the satisfaction of seeing their efforts enjoyed by the thousands of attendees at the event, and the joy of making new friends in the process of getting all the work done. Viscount Edward said it best: “Pennsic and the SCA have become my family, and (doing these jobs) is a way to give something back to my family.”
So on behalf of everyone at Pennsic, let me conclude our series by simply saying “thank you” to the whole war staff. By doing the dirty jobs of Pennsic, you’ve made this a very beautiful week for us all.

Editing Guillaume’s writing might be considered a “dirty job” in itself, but he would like to thank the Pennsic’s media liaisons, THLs Jacquetta de Mehun and Bonita of Steltonwald, and the staff of the Pennsic Independent who worked with him and the SCA’s Office of Media Relations in the creation of this series. You can follow along with more of Guillaume’s SCA adventures in his books, We Are Not Amused, Sir Guillaume, and Here Comes The Reign, both available in Ceridwen’s Closet in merchant’s row, space 074, or through his website www.SirGuillaume.com.

Dragon Fends off Tyger on the Bridges

By DonalBane of Blakmers
Battlefield Reporter

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After 17 War Points:
East Tygers 11, Midrealm Dragons 6

The two Great Armies of the East and Midrealm got back to business Thursday as the bridge battle returned to Pennsic.
This year’s bridge battle was fought over five bridges with no resurrections. Possession of a majority of bridges or sweeping the field earned victory. There were three fights, each worth one War Point, and combat archery and siege weapons were in play for the third fight.
Trailing but undaunted, the Midrealm deployed its forces on the east side of the field. There was some shifting in the lines, but the Dragon deployed Ealdormere, Calontir, Ironlance and Northshield to hold the northern bridges. In the center, Æthelmearc, North Oaken and Pentamere were deployed, while House Darkyard, Trimaris, House Darkmoon and House Ironwolf anchored the southern defenses. South Oaken was held in reserve.
Eager to press their advantage in the war, the East deployed its Northern and Southern Armies to the north. Atlantia anchored the defenses in the center. To the south, Black Talon, House Clovenshield, Meduseld and the Western Coalition manned the bridges. The Tuchux and the Ulsterblichen were held in reserve.
The first battle saw both sides eager to get into the fight, leading to see-sawing battle lines on nearly every bridge. The Midrealm forces on the northern bridges were able to maintain their lines and hold on throughout the battle.
Meanwhile, the southern bridge saw the most action. A determined charge anchored by South Oaken forces drove the East’s allies nearly off the bridge. However, the situation reversed when the Ulterblichen committed to the fight. House Bloodguard led a charge that pushed the Midrealm forces back the length of the bridge and allowed for a brief breakout. However, the cannon to end the battle sounded before the Ulsterblichen could roll the field.
There was a dispute on the southern bridge, as somehow Sir Elizabeth of House Darkmoon managed to slide back to the middle of the bridge after the East forces had rolled off of it. The marshals ruled the bridge was contested. It mattered not, however, as Midrealm forces held the other four bridges to claim the fight and the War Point.
In the second fight, the East switched to a counter-attacking strategy. The Tyger held huge reserves back off the bridges and allowed the Midrealm forces to assault them.
The strategy worked to perfection. After about 20 minutes of fighting, the Tuchux forced the Midrealm forces on the south central bridge to the breaking point. As the Midrealm committed their final reserves to plug the hole, Eastern forces began a huge push on each bridge.
It was the Ulsterblichen that broke the Midrealm lines, as they powered through the wavering defenses on the south central bridge, mopped up the remaining forces on the south bridge and turned north.
A tide of Eastern warriors swept north and the end came when a determined force from Ironlance, Northshield and Calontir was surrounded and destroyed. The East took the second fight and War Point.
The third fight saw neither side anxious to overcommit, which led to mass targets for the various combat archers and siege weapons. For the first 25 minutes, the battle was largely confined to skirmishes and warriors trying (and failing) to avoid arrows and ballista bolts.
This time, the East found most of its success on the northern bridge, which it held at the end of the battle. Midrealm forces held firm on the central and north central bridges.
The two southern bridges were in dispute at the final cannon, but both final fights went the way of the Midrealm. On the south central bridge, a force of Æthelmearcians rolled over an outnumbered force of Tuchux and House Clovenshield. The southern bridge saw the renewal of the ancient rivalry between the Bloodguard and Darkyard. Darkyard led a push that knocked the Bloodguard off the bridge, claiming the final bridge and the War Point for the Midrealm.
HRM Radagaisus of the Midrealm addressed his jubilant forces after the battle.
“The day is ours,” HRM Radagaisus. “We are well-pleased with our army. We know you dug deep for us this day and we thank you for it.”
HRM Edward of the East also was pleased afterwards.
“It’s been a well-fought war on both sides so far,” HRM Edward said. “It’s been a lot of fun.”

Friday’s Big Battle: The Field Battle

On the last day of fighting at Pennsic, it’s main event time. This year’s field battle will be three, last-man-standing, no resurrection fights. Combat archery and siege weapons will be allowed in the last fight. Their Majesties also are planning two friendship battles after the War Point battles.
Note: There will be no Pennsic Independent Saturday, but full reports from the field battle and a summary of the War will be available at www.pennsicindependent.com that day.
As always, VIVAT! HOOBAH! WASSAIL! and HUZZAH! to all the warriors of the Known World.

Economy in the Trenches! Former Society Seneschal Reduced to Selling Papers!

By Mistress Daphne of Colchester
Gulf Wars Advance Scout

While I have your attention, please read on. As Pennsic XXXIX comes to a close, thoughts may begin to turn to Gulfwars XX, taking place in March 2011. Something new at Gulfwars XX will be a daily newspaper. Yes, twenty years in the making! That is reason alone to attend Gulfwars. However, please feel free to enjoy the battles, the arts, the horses, hounds, and hawks—this list could go on endlessly. Ask anyone who has attended Gulfwars and they can tell you tales of valor, fun and, of course, bacon.
It is my hope that the newspaper will be informative, entertaining, and become a fixture at Gulfwars. To achieve that goal, I am asking for those who would like to volunteer to be part of this historic venture. I shall be needing volunteers to write articles (prior to and during Gulfwars), photograph events at the war, run the front desk, assist in sales, type in articles, draw cartoons, you name it—the paper needs it!
Have you thoughts or ideas of what you would like to see in a newspaper that is part of an SCA event? I welcome suggestions and input. Are you a merchant who would like to buy an ad in the paper? Then, I really welcome your input!
My undying gratitude goes to the staff of the Pennsic Independent. Despotissa Heirusalem and her hard working staff have allowed me to look over their shoulders, ask questions, and help out in some of the daily duties. I have treasured the opportunity to peek inside the inner workings of an established newspaper. Heirusalem, you and yours will always be welcome in my camp at Gulfwars.
I can be reached at Mdaphne@aol.com or (228) 832-7404.

SCA Census 2010

By Master Liam St. Liam
Features Reporter, Pennsic Independent

If you have ever wanted to express your opinion about any aspect of the SCA – from the non-member surcharge to an additional peerage to same-sex consorts – you now have your chance.
The SCA 2010 Census committee, working with the Board of Directors, has set up an open survey on the Internet that seeks answers to a wide variety of questions regarding people’s SCA experiences.
The survey, open to all, is linked on the main page of www.sca.org and the link has been distributed though many e-mail lists and blogs.
Connor MacGillivray, the chairman of the committee, said that smaller surveys of this type have been done in the past, but never reaching out so far and wide.
“The Board of Directors is reaching out to everyone in the SCA, whether members or not, on a society-wide level.”
Connor said the census, which will be open until Dec. 1, is just a first step.
“It’s important for people to know that the Board will not use this information to make any decisions right off the bat,” he said. “This is to get a feel for how people feel about the SCA now and what they want in the future.”
Connor said the census will collect both demographic data and survey data, and added that he has several committee members who are professionals in the field and will help him prepare a report for the Board of Directors.
“The information will be packaged for the Board, and they will also have access to the raw data,” he said. “Anyone will be able to see it. People will have access and can see what the data are.
“This is something that will take a while,” Connor said. “That information will be taken seriously.”
Connor added that he feels this census is a first step toward gathering more information from the populace for the board. “I see this as the first step. We’re setting the bar, and we’re setting it high. That’s how I conceive it. There will be more questions that will come up.”
The survey does not ask for an individual’s name, and those who take it do not have to be SCA members. It asks demographic information, including number of years in the SCA, reasons for joining and staying in, and it seeks to find out what areas of the SCA individuals are interested in. There is also a section for those who have dropped out of the SCA, seeking the reasons for that. For those who have left and returned, there is a section asking why.
The survey also seeks commentary on many widely discussed topics, such as those already mentioned, and asks whether they would prefer a central SCA corporation or individual state corporations. There is ample space for additional commentary.
If you would like to complete the survey today, there is a dedicated computer at Mystic Mail, that can be accessed for free to take the survey.

Second Friday Unclassifieds

Events Open to All
Classes in engraving and repoussé from 10 a.m. on. Limit 6 per class. Class fee $5. Livonia Smithery, Booth Space 170, Fleet Street.
MEAD TASTINGS AT THE BEE FOLKS! Come join us Tuesday, Thursday and Friday nights, 7-until-we-kick-you-out. Bring your own bottle and cup. #114.
Runvaldr classes evenings at 7 p.m. Holistic healing also good for others manifesting at Cabochons on 17 Bow St. Donations accepted to cover expenses.

For Sale
12’-19’ yurts 4 sale! $1500 & up. Must sell. Ask for Pente 919-360-0048 E01 Camp Infinity. Will deal.
10 gal hot water heater LP see Denys the Decadent E07 asking 200 OBO.
10’ Regent + fly, blk + red w/full setup $750 OBO Contact Hector 330-472-0398. Pickup Fri Aug 13.
10ft Sybley style canvas tent 18” sidewalls 3 screened windows 3 ceiling vents heavy zipoff rubber floor. Used for 1 event B4 Pennsic pd. $800 sell $550 E31 Revelwood by Classic Swimhole ask for Deryk.
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?
14x14 Panther Pavilion, 14x14 fly , poles included $1,200 Call Richard McKenzie 407-271-5842.
20’ Mongolian yurt(Ger): used for one week @ Pennsic 37, it is too much for me and I have downgraded. Has been in temp. controlled storage. Asking $5,000 O.B.O. Call 914-841-7146 or stop by Clan of the Northern Lynx E28 at Pennsic ask for Caroline or Bamm.
Benefit the Chirurgeons--buy an original Pennsic XXXIX T-shirt. $10. Available from Claus of Burzee, #26 Merchants Row.
20x30 Panther Marquis w/roof vent. Canvas only. Located in Lagrange, GA. $1800 OBO call Honorata 706-881-6930.
4 sale gothic heavy weapons breast & back $120. Pauldrons $85. Dress sallet $100. Call 610-357-2718
65 Foot Dia. Sky Lodge see at Richspiritdrums.com. Highest quality, unique design $4400 254-652-7522
Agate Burnishers - bone ivory & horn handles - hand carved - also dog tooth and carnelian. Guild of Limners #26.
Arrrghhh!! Pirate Kitty Toys-Space 42 Fabric Dragon.
Bad Garb Old Maid card game- Yes we have ‘em!- from Claus the Toymaker (Who else?)
Cotton reuseable soap scrubbies, organic catnip toys, 100% cotton fingerless gloves, & more- space 42.
Display/armor stand. Packs small, wood, painted or stained. N05/Clan Lurkr. $25
Dragon hats, jester hats, Medieval doll clothes, dressed bears and lots of other stuff to play with at Costumes by Loren. 166 Fleet Street.
Dyers! Get your undyed skeins & roving in Space 28.
Pennsic in a Box - Comes with people, places and things found at Pennsic in a colorful wooden box - Makes a great fun gift for friends who couldn’t attend this year. Found only at Claus the Toymaker #26.
Fabric Dragon went back to College, please buy something! Space 42
Falcon‘s Mew catnip toys and stuffed animals #171.
Blank Books - hand bound in leather, handmade paper, thick & chunky. Fair trade products. $10 - $32 limited supply - Guild of Limners. #26.
For Sale - Bad garb, bad garb, What’cha gonna do? What’cha gonna do when the punchline’s you?- Claus the Toymaker.
FOR SALE: Bathhouse - Trailer. Cost $1500 to build. Needs some work. Will sacrifice for $400. See Eleanor at merchant space #6. Trailer is set up in Meridies Royal, N01.
For Sale - Glass muller & burnishers from England, also Mitchell nibs, vellum, parchment, and hand bound leather books- The Guild of Limners, #26.
For sale. Horse tails $10; 12x16 pavilion new in box; drum kits; shaman calendar. Site #3
For Sale SCA Road Signs- “Fighter Practice Area”, “Danger Viking Territory” and many others, some new and very silly $5 each. Claus the Toymaker, #26.
Gorgeous fused glass pendants & earrings - Space 42.
Hair sticks wooden & semi-precious. Mention this ad and get 10% off Booth 171.
Knitters & Spinners! Forgot your needles? Need yarn or roving? Space 28 can help.
Manicure/Pedicure offered by Dau 412-874-4314 Manis $5-7. Pedis $10-12 done @ barn. Parties available @ your site $25 guaranteed for a party. Text me.
Good garb - Bad Garb PAPER DOLLS - even more humorous than the works of Beaumont & Fletcher! From Claus the Toymaker.
MIDNIGHT MADNESS SALE, 10% off most items Mediaeval Miscellanca, Space 28.
New 750ml Bottles $10/case. See Wren, Merchant 185.
Pavilions for sale- two 16 foot rounds - new this year available at end of war. Complete package. 1 decorated $1450, 1 plain $1200 Black Pearl Tavern, B08.
PEARLS, prehnite, peridot and beads that don’t start with ‘P’ at Fabric Dragon space 42
For Sale Vellum - opaline vellum (sheepskin) direct from England. Finest Quality sale price $20 per sheet. Lovely Dutch sheepskin parchment whole skins $125 can be cut smaller. The Guild of Limners #26, across from the barn.
“Pennsic for Dummies” by Claus the Toymaker - scurrilous, tongue-in-cheek fun, everything you need to know to complete your Pennsic experience.
Period Patterns™- What can you make from them? Come see sample garments- Mediaeval Miscellanea, Space 28.
Period Pavilions™ for sale or rent, some on site for immediate delivery. New + used, plain + decorated, simple + elaborate. Custom pavilions- we create exactly what you want. Free color brochure + catalog. See our ad in the gatebook. Mediaeval Miscellanea Space 28.
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 #26.
Pin Money products can be found at Miriam’s #58. Period lampwork pins, beads, Viking glass, rings, spindles and of course- FIBERS!
Queen size rope bed $200 call Coleta 513-324-4252
Real Gold Thread - Kamibari was $40 now $30 a Skein Terra Incognita # 171.
Seaymour- Happy 1st Pennsic together - Love, Red Molly.
Sleep dry next Pennsic! Panel houses @1/2 pavilian prices. Maison Rive Space #24
Songs of Rosalind Jehanne vol 1 on CD! Featuring performances by Ken & Lisa Theriot, Efenwealt Wystle, John Lyttleton, Bryce de Byram & more! Camelot Treasures booth 30
NEW THIS YEAR: Decorate your child’s walls with medieval images - Knights, dragons, ladies - more. Let the mundanes put up Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck! - at Claus the Toymaker #26.
THE GUILD OF LIMNERS habitantes in platea mercatores vendunt encusto, penna, libri, pigmenti, colorum diversi, rubia, quadone, omnimodes tinctori et instrumenta clericis necessaria.
The Pennsic Independent called it “The Quintessential Collection of Songs”. Get your copy of Master Hector’s “Red Album” at Camelot Treasures Booth #30
UNIQUELY YOU! DRESSMAKER’S FORMS - the only one that corsets properly. Fit the cover exactly to your body change it as you do, the form still fits you. A 2nd cover = share with a friend. Available on site, save the shipping. Mediaeval Miscellanea, Space 28.
Weld, Woad, Madder, Cochineal, Brazilwood, Longwood-dyes to die for. Guild of Limners #26.
Yes! Pennsic does get chilly so we have cloaks & shoulder warmers for you. Space 28.
Your Device/Arms/Picture on a Banner up to 3 ft square. Custom done. Select Kingdoms in stock. Visit Misty Tower in Space 28.
Yurts 4 Sale! Many sizes. Contact Pente/Wookie. Camp Infinity E01 EASY TO SET UP! 919-360-0048. Possible Trade for Enclosed Trailer. Must Sell.
For Sale Ink-Oakgall, walnut hull, also gallo-tannic ink, absolutely perfectly opaque. $4 per bottle Guild of Limners #26.
Pennsic in a Box: the perfect gift for a friend who couldn’t attend Pennsic XXXIX. Images of people, places, and things that make Pennsic special. From Claus the Toymaker #26

General
Car issues? Butler Tire 724-283-8473. They were great & reasonable! Even open Sat. 7:30-3p.m. Elen :)
Drum making workshop hosts wanted, Drum & flute repairs Richspiritdrums.com Drums avlb. 254-652-7522
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 announcement from Claus of Burzee Toymaker.
Free rabbit cage. Light wire. Inquire at EK Royal.
HELP SHAPE THE FUTURE OF THE PAST. Participate in the SCA census. Available online for free at Mystic Mail 9-11a.m. and after 5p.m.
Intrigue, scandal + thwarted romance- the story develops as Pennsic progresses. Come see the diorama daily at Mediaeval Miscellanea, Space 28.
Our masterwork, having successfully aged 14 years, we wish Happy Birthday to our eldest son Piotr. Casimirski (of course we embarrassed you - your loving parents)
Pennsic is over! If you have not activated: Remember - There is no shame in self activation!
Pooker Snoodles, Love you lots + lots, Your Honey Bear
Reform Jewish services 6:30p.m. Friday behind Silver Dragon Co. Booth 9- Bow Street
Sandust Wanted. See Metilda of Lochleven/EK Royal.
See Auntie Arwen space 185 and ask if she is drinking WATER! <3 Fabric Dragon
SF author Michael Z. Williamson signing copies of his books. CLOAK & DAGGER #13.

Help Wanted
BREAKDOWN HELP WANTED! Good pay, food, fun crew. Bonus if work til truck is loaded! Start Sat. at 10. Mediaeval Miscellanea, Space 28.
I’m looking for Geneyoligest Kirk Owen 412-377-4322
TRAILER STORAGE NEEDED: Cash or a shower house paid Maison Rive Space #24.

Lost & Found
Book Production Spindling lost AS 13, return to Clan O’Choda and Ehanhs

Memorials
Aett Kveldulf raises its horns to their fallen sister, Silkisif of Svanhill. Valhalla welcomes a courageous and tender heart, which our mead-hall is the poorer for the loss thereof. Charge your glass, who read this: to Silkisif!
Calvert died during production. Party at Summer’s End.
Lord Brendan O’Moran, a founding member of the Shire of Caer Adamant. Your fighting spirit will be remembered.
Lord Brendan O’Moran - Pennsic is not the same for me without you. With loving memory, your Lady, Alison
RIP Dunstyn & Evliquia McGroyne. Survived by Edmund & Sarah de Wight.

Parties
Japanese Incense Ceremony followed by a Japanese Poetry Party Friday @ Clan Yama Kaminari (E03) Incense Ceremony @ noon Poetry Party @ 1:00
Middle A+S Officers meeting Mid Royale 10-11 Fri.

Personals
Baroness Judith Have a Safe Trip Home! Love Your Secret Pal
Crusher: Safe Journey to your home: Your Secret Pal.
ELL Congratulations on finding a man - YEAH- OG grieves in his beer =YECK= salty beer.
Celebrate the moment as it turns into one more. Thanks to the PI staff for bringing back the fun. One little victory- and on to Pennsic XL. Dr. Nick.
Muscles Happy Birthday love Tracie.
Freeport boy looking for Lower Burrell girl.
Fuzzy Headed Snuzzler loves her Daddy and reminds him not to stay forever
Happy 21st Birthday Lord Tristan from Mom and Dad and all of your friends in Rising Waters
Happy Birthday, Rose. Meet me at the food court Friday nite at 6pm for dinner and presents for you and Micah.
Local residents thank Duke Logan of Ebonwolf for demonstrating how not to honor a code of chivalry and for creating a new parking lot in his camp. It is so much closer to camp than the normal parking lot we will all use it next year! HUZZA!
Muscles Happy Birthday lfrom your old brothers.
My Pennsic Virgins - Though I may not remember your names, I’ll always remember meeting you! - Zoe.
To the Coopers, Pennsic staff, merchants, and Pennsic populace: Thank you so much for allowing us to serve you year after year. It is our great honor and privilege (and a lot of fun!) to produce the Pennsic Independent. -The PI Staff
N XL˚ LVII.DCCLXXVIII, W ØLXXX˚ ØVIII.CDLVII. “Heath Saint Sicce.” Bring a Pen!
Thank you Phillipe and Julliana for taking care of me this Pennsic and helping to make it possible to be here. You are loved and appreciated always Petra...you too Konrad!
Thanks to all our honored guests who visited our camp again this year! - Bard’s Haven Camp
To the Lord who returned Lady Tatiana’s amethyst crystal she thanks you with all of her heart.
To the staff of the Pennsic Independent: you are so wonderful! Thank you all for making this work, and making it work better every year. I love you all so much. You are fired! See you next year. -Aitch
Wanted Hungamunga talk to Wolfgang in OGLAND.
WAR OVER? HAVE TO GO HOME? BLAME ANGUS
Was he here? Was he just an illusion? No one knows. Those are the ways of trendy werewolves. Thanks for a great Pennsic to all my campmates. - T.L. in N08.
You are still a Pennsic Virgin if you haven’t read Lady Tudor Glitz! Available in Space 89-L3 Fabric Dragon.

PI Friday August 6 2010

Friday's Unclassifieds

Contests
Bard’s Haven is open for business! Also, Celtic Bardic is Tues at 7p.m. in our camp on Willow Point.
Bardic Bounty on Bad Garb. Shame a lame out of their mundanes! Bounty is redeemed at Bard’s Haven.

Events Open to All
Aethelmerk will cost you again. Free Aethl. classes cancelled by Med. Order stop by Megan’s Guild of Limners 11a.m. - 3p.m. Monday to talk pigment w/Aleksandr or stop & visit Megan anytime.
Classes in engraving and repoussée from 10 am on. Limit 6 per class. Class fee $5.00. Livonia Smithery, Booth Space 170, Fleet Street.
Looking for OBOD Members. Lets meet Monday 8/9 @ Info Point @ 3p.m.
The Ladies of the Rose Tourney will be held on Monday at noon. A lady of the rose may sponsor one unbelted fighter. The tourney will be a single elim, that rolls into a bear pit tourney. Ladies of the Rose are encouraged to give their tokens to all worthy fighters.

For Sale
Yurts 4 Sale! Many sizes. Contant Pente/Wookie. Camp Infinity E01 EASY TO SET UP! 919-360-0048. Possible Trade for Enclosed Trailer. Must Sell.
10’ Regent + fly, blk + red w/full setup $750 OBO Contact Hector 330-472-0398. Pickup Fri Aug 13.
Agate Burnishers - bone ivory & horn handles - hand carved - also dog tooth and carnelian. Guild of Limners #26.
20’ Mongolian yurt(Ger): used for one week @ Pennsic 37, it is too much for me and I have downgraded. Has been in temp. controlled storage. Asking $5,000 O.B.O. Call 914-841-7146 or stop by Clan of the Northern Lynx E28 at Pennsic ask for Caroline or Bamm.
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 #26.
New 750ml Bottles $10/case. See Wren, Merchant 185.
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?
FOR SALE- Tentsmith 9x12 Marquee Slant wall w/fly-complete set up package; contact Sir William @ N31 Mountains Keep Camp to see tent-$645
Benefit the Chirugeons--buy an original Pennsic XXXIX T-shirt. $10. Available from Claus of Burzee, #26 Merchants Row.
Older 16x13 pavillion burgundy & White, black dags, roof vent, awning, everything included $375. Can be seen at Camp Killkinny; see Wren at Merchant 185.
Blank Books - hand bound in leather, handmade paper, thick & chunky. Fair trade products. $10 - $32 limited supply - Guild of Limners. #26.
Early Lacemaking Workbook (R.Shepherd) Limited # in stock, or order for Sept delivery. Free Postage! Poison Pen Press #63
Falcon mew catnip topys and stuffed animals #171.
For Sale 12x16 Marque 6’ Walls 5’ Awning includes canvas floor, ropes & poles tall yellow & Green Tent on Kurdson Way N03 good condition $500 available Sunday a.m. Aug.15.
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, #26.
For Sale Ink-Oakgall, walnut hull, also gallo-tannic ink, absolutely perfectly opaque. $4 per bottle Guild of Limners #26.
For Sale SCA Road Signs- “Fighter Practice Area”, “Danger Viking Territory” and many others, some new and very silly $5 each. Claus the Toymaker, #26.
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 #26, across from the barn.
Good garb - Bad Garb PAPER DOLLS - even more humorous than the works of Beaumont & Fletcher! Form Claus the Toymaker.
Hair sticks wooden & semi-precious. Mention this ad and get 10% off Booth 171.
NEW THIS YEAR: Decorate your child’s walls with medieval images - Knights, dragons, ladies - more. Let the mundanes put up Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck! - at Claus the Toymaker #26.
“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 #26.
Real Gold Thread - Kamibari was $40 now $30 a Skien Terra Incognita # 171.
Weld, Woad, Madder, Cochineal, Brazilwood, Longwood-dyes to die for. Guild of Limners #26.
General
12 Step Meeting daily 4:00 pm E07 off Great Eastern Highway Denys the Decadent’s Camp AA NA OA SA all welcome.
Battery charging available at Mystic Mail. Free for Internet Customers. SD memory cards for sale.
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.
Knives sharpened, repairs, sheaths made. CLOAK & DAGGER #13.
Machine mending of garb Dau (Barn) 412-874-4314
Notice to Mariners. Sea Monsters have been seen in the waters offf Port Tortuga/B09 The harbor master will provide a prize for the first to name all four monsters and their movies.
Pennsic is here: Be sure to activate early and often!
SF author Michael Z. Williamson signing copies of his books. CLOAK & DAGGER #13.
TENT FOR SALE, Panther 12’ Regent, ropes, stakes, floor, awning, ready to go. $500. CLOAK & DAGGER #13

Help Wanted
WANTED CHILD CARE FOR 3 GIRLS: 12, 10, 7 1/2 afternoons. If interested contact Jamie Blackrose Merch. # 143.

Personals
Baroness Judith Have a Great War!
Many Thanks to the Kingdom of Caid for supplying the popcorn for the infamous Lars Dance last year! Barony of Carillion.
Sir Crispin Bucher to Ian - Your table is at By My Hand Designs #143 on Battle Rd.
Something Wrong? Blame Angus.

Wanted to Buy
Need center-grip round sheild aprox. 30” with center cut out. Contact Kjyl at Gabriel’s Landing E17.

Water Battle Rescued

By Pennsic Independent Staff

Herein may all good gentles read the Valiant, Heartwarming Tale of How the Children’s Water Battle was Rescued--
Less than two weeks before Land Grab for this year’s Pennsic, a heartbroken message was posted on various email lists and boards in the Midrealm and East from the Shadowclans. It appeared that the much loved Children’s Water Battle at the Fort would have to be cancelled for Pennsic XXXIX.
In the past, Shadowclans had been able to provide most of the staff and the approximately $700-$900 for the activity. But this year very few Shadowclans members are able to attend the War, due almost entirely to economic conditions. Shadowclans is based in the Pentamere Region of the Middle Kingdom (Michigan), which has been particularly hard hit by the modern recession. Master Johann, the mastermind behind the Children’s Water Battle, is unable to attend Pennsic this year, nor is his wife who is 8 months pregnant.
As Lord Taranach McLeod of Shadowclans explained at the time, “Unless we can muster a Herculean effort to get volunteers and get together some kind of treasure for the kids, I am afraid it would be better to wait until next year when it can be done right.”
Enter the Herculean effort as Her Majesty of Æthelmearc, Tessa, went into action, calling for all who might come to her aid to ensure that the Water Battle would go on. Many replied almost immediately .
A sufficient start on volunteers and donations of materials and money took place quickly enough that the Children’s Water Battle was able to be rescheduled for Thursday, August 12, from noon to 2 pm. [Note that the information in the Pennsic Book is no longer correct; the battle does NOT take after Opening Ceremonies on Sunday.]
Coordination of volunteers and donations has been carried out by Lord Tarnach (volunteers), Lady Ameris (donations and treasure), and Lady Gwynnyd (marshals).
If you would like to contribute your time, items, or money at this point, please check with Lord Tarnach or Lady Ameris at the Shadowclans encampment in N33.
Donations of candy (NO CHOCOLATE) should be in sets of 300 with each item individually wrapped. Toys are being purchased from donated funds so there can be consistency in the “booty” awarded to the nearly 300 children who usually take part in the battle.
Donations of usable super soakers and similar implements of “destruction” were also being sought, as were replacements for worn 3/4-inch water hoses.
Volunteers are needed for tasks such as: stuffing the treasure bags, moving equipment from a storage trailer to the Shadowclans camp the day before the battle, moving materials to the Fort area starting around 7:30 on Thursday the 12th (the day of the battle), filling and moving buckets of water, and “filling the weapons.” Other volunteers for duties such as manning the walls and assisting the children should show up at the Fort by 11 a.m. and no later than 11:30.
Again, please check at the Shadowclans camp in N33 to find out exactly what they still need before making any purchases on your own of specific items.
Many, many thanks to all those who gladly and quickly stepped up to the task when Her Majesty of Æthelmearc and others asked it of them. You make the SCA what it is. Vivat to all of you!

Welcome to Pennsic XXXIX

Sometimes, the only constant at Pennsic War is change.
As people arrive at this year’s war, they will see a variety of changes in everything from where Herald’s Point is to where the archery range is, to where to go to eat and shop.
The fact that you are reading the first issue of the Pennsic Independent on the Friday of Land Grab Week instead of the middle Saturday is just one indication of the changes this year.
The Heralds have moved from the A&S area to a location next to the playground near Information Point. The Heralds are also computer-printing submissions this year and have made other changes to streamline the process.
The archery range is now out beyond the B-Blocks and is on a bus route. Transportation has promised that starting Saturday, bus service will be increased to the archery range so there will always be 30 minutes or less between buses.
The Woods Battle on Tuesday will take place on a different stretch of terrain located “behind” Mount Eislinn. [For other changes to martial activities, see the reports by our battlefield and martial reporters elsewhere in today’s edition of the paper.]
A&S Point is in the A&S area, where there are colorful new banners to mark the classroom tents, and the Games Tent is in the Service Area.
Security has been merged with other departments, is doing Disability Transportation, and is called The Watch.
“As far as I can see, all the changes are working smoothly,” said Master John von der Velde, the Mayor of Pennsic. “So far, everything I have heard has been good.”
After an interim change, new adjustments have been made for minors attending A&S classes, but the move is minor. The Pennsic Ambassadors, who are adult volunteers, will be monitoring the A&S area to make sure SCA rules involving supervision of minors are maintained.
The Fruity Cobbler did not return this year because of concerns with the health of one of the owners. It has been replaced by Medieval Munchies, which has similar food and is run by the same family that runs Beast & Boar. The former Cock & Bull is now Cornucopia Utopia.
Wolgemut, whose music has become a familiar sound for shoppers near the bottom of Gold and Market Streets, is not at Pennsic this year.
The Marketplace opened on Monday of Land Grab Week this year, and will be closing at 11:00 pm on Friday of War Week. Those who are used to doing their last minute shopping on Saturday should remember to shop on Friday instead (and watch for the Last Minute Shopping Guide in the Pennsic Independent).
Cindy Cooper, the Pennsic Merchant Liaison, stated that the Marketplace change is a reflection of the general Pennsic schedule. “Official Pennsic activities are over on Friday,” Cindy said. “It just makes sense to close the Marketplace at the same time.”
Food merchants have the option to remain open on Saturday, but some may not take that option. Those who are planning to be open include Nobleman’s, DeRose’s Bread Boule & Coffees, Beast & Boar, Medieval Munchies, Cooper’s annex (ice cream, beverages, and market), and Odyssey Coffee. [A complete list of food vendors open and their hours on Saturday will be in the August 13 issue of the newspaper.]

Woods Battle Finds New Home

By DonalBane of Blakmers
Battlefield Reporter, Pennsic Independent
The Woods Battle is a true Pennsic original. It is a battle that can trace its origin back to the very first Pennsic some 39 years ago.
For the past 15 years or so, the Woods Battle’s home has been located north of Dagan’s Dell, but beginning this year the Woods Battle has found a new home.
According to Master Padraig Dubh MacEanruig, East Kingdom Earl Marshal and marshal-in-charge at Pennsic XXXIX, the reasons for switching to the new location were many.
“We’re not going to have to block off Currie Road this year,” Master Padraig said. “I think we had outgrown the old woods. Every year, we would tromp around in there and nothing would grow back.”
HRM Edward the Grey of the East also indicated the move was “fundamentally a Cooper thing” and that the new battle will be staged on land that is owned by Cooper’s Lake.
“I certainly embrace trying something new,” HRM Edward said.
The new woods site is situated north of the “B” camping blocks and is four times the size of the old woods. The terrain varies greatly inside and includes several crossing roads. Thick brush and heavy terrain are characteristic of most of the woods.
All of this has forced the marshals to adjust. According to Master Padraig, the woods will be split into four separate zones to help speed response to any issues or injuries.
Master Padraig also notes the sheer size of the new woods is going to present a major challenge to army commanders.
“No one can take their entire army and set up a static, diagonal line,” Master Padraig said. “It simply can’t be done. “
As for entry points into the new woods, His Majesty of the East said he and HRM Radagaisus of the Midrealm have yet to finalize the exact entry points.
However, the muster area for the southern entrance will be atop Mount Eislinn, while the muster point for the northern entrance will be just north of the Zion Baptist Church on Currie Road, according to Master Padraig.
The Woods Battle is scheduled for Tuesday at 10 a.m. It will be a two-hour long, unlimited resurrection affair.
The winning side from Monday’s Break the Siege battle will be allowed to choose the side from which it will enter the woods. The losing side will have the chance to move the mobile banner inside the woods.
The battle’s rules remain similar to years past. The two Great Armies will fight over three banners within the woods. Possession of each banner will be checked at 45 minutes, 90 minutes and at the end of the battle at two hours. Any side which earns at least three “possession points” during the course of the battle will earn one War Point. The side with a majority of possession points will earn an additional war point.
Those who prefer rapier combat to armored combat also will have a chance to play, as the Rapier Woods Battle is scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday.
“I think it’s going to be a good addition,” Master Padraig said. “A lot of old timers say they think this going to be like the old woods battles (when Pennsic first moved to Cooper’s Lake).”
“The East certainly loves the woods,” HRM Edward the Grey said. “We have fighters who come to Pennsic specifically for the Woods Battle. At the same time, I know better than to underestimate our opponent.”

PI Monday August 9, 2010

Let there be WAR!!

By Lord DonalBane of Blakmers
Battlefield Reporter, Pennsic Independent

A perfect summer morning at the Pennsic Fort provided the backdrop for the Opening Ceremonies Sunday. Some pointed fashion displays helped provide the impetus to officially start Pennsic XXXIX.
As is custom, Æthelmearc came to the dais first, about 20 minutes before the two belligerent kingdoms arrived. When the Midrealm and East arrived, they marched in side-by-side with a host that included royalty from nearly every kingdom in the Known World.
When all the royalty and populace had assembled, HRM Malcolm of Æthelmearc gave warm greetings to the crowd.
“Greetings and welcome to these fields of Pennsic!” HRM Malcolm said. “Never in my experience before have I seen the joy and friendship between my cousins and the people of the Known World running so strong.”
HRM Malcolm then gave way to HRM Edward the Grey of the East, who also greeted the populace, but noted he had a question for HRM Radagaisus of the Midrealm. HRM Edward noted he loved the blue Tyger, which is sacred to the East.
“How came you thus to have a blue Tyger upon your shoulder and on the floor in your court?” HRM Edward asked.
HRM Radagaisus responded that he knew the Tyger was a versatile creature, such as the pelt he wore upon his shoulder.
“We noted there were unusually large Tygers unusually close to our borders,” HRM Radagaisus said. “We thought they were a threat to us. We thought it best to eliminate the threat.”
HRM Radagaisus then noticed HRM Edward was wearing a cape of what appeared to be dragon skin.
HRM Edward noted that in his travels, he could not put a foot down without stepping on a dragon. He noted even the smallest ones had value and went so far as to toss a basket of dragon skins to the crowss.
HRM Radagaisus took offense at this, but HRM Malcolm interceded. His Sylvan Majesty noted he had been “greatly impressed” with both his cousins and encouraged them to “look beyond certain historical differences.”
HRM Edward said he would like to move beyond such differences and presented HRM Radagaisus with an arrow. As he was accepting the arrow, however HRM Radagaisus accidentally broke the arrow, causing the cannons to sound.
“Having been in this situation before, I believe this means War!” HRM Malcolm said, drawing huge cheers from the crowd.
The roll of the Kingdoms then began with Æthelmearc declaring first for the Midrealm.
HRM Tristan of Atenveldt announced that a “Western Coalition” had been formed. For the first time in memory, Atenveldt, Caid, the West and An Tir will fight as one, and on the side of the East.
HRM Jean Paul of Ansteorra then broke with tradition and declared his kingdom would ally itself with Trimaris. Trimaris would later declare for the Midrealm.
All three of the Midrealm’s former principalities will fight for the Dragon, as Ealdormere, Northshield and Calontir declared for the Midrealm. The Outlands also declared for the Midrealm, honoring its alliance with Calontir.
HRM Jason of Atlantia said he would honor his kingdom’s long-standing brotherhood with the East. Drachenwald, Artemesia and Lochac also declared for the East
Meridies and Gleann Abhann did not declare at the ceremony.
The Holy Kingdom of Acre, which is celebrating its 30th year, said it would continue its long alliance with the East.
The Great Dark Horde spoke last and presented an arrow to the Midrealm to cement its alliance.
House Darkyard then brought forth the Pennsic War Horn to the dais. HRM Edward then took the horn and let forth two breathy blasts to open the war.
Their Majesties then addressed the crowd for the final time.
“People of the kingdoms of the Known World… “ HRM Edward said.
“… Let there be War!” HRM Radagaisus completed.
The belligerent kings then escorted each other’s consorts off the dais to close the ceremony.
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Saturday Battlefield Report

By Lord DonalBane of Blakmers
Battlefield Reporter, Pennsic Independent

Ealdormere Unbelted Tournament
One of the Known World’s best-loved melee tournaments took center stage after Opening Ceremonies, as the Ealdormere Unbelted Tournament returned. Ten-man teams representing six kingdoms and one fighting household took part in the round-robin tournament.
For the second straight year, the team representing the Kingdom of Atlantia emerged victorious from the tournament with a 6-0 record. TRM Quilliam and Dagmar of Ealdormere gave each member of the team drinking horns.
Records from other teams in the tournament included: Æthelmearc 5-1, East 4-2, Ealdormere 3-3, Midrealm 2-4, Calontir 1-5 and the Order of the Lost Boys 0-6
After the tourney, TRM Quilliam and Dagmar also put THL Baldric, commander of the Ealdormeran unbelts, on vigil for the Order of Chivalry.

Warriors of History Tournament
Duchy von Drachenklaue’s Order of the Cataphract hosted the Warriors of History Tournament Sunday afternoon. This tournament encourages all warriors to don period armor kits with documentation. This year’s theme was “spears of all kinds,” leading to spear and dagger combat from most of the 15 participants.
After a brief Roman melee to start the festivities, the warriors fought a double elimination tournament. It was an all-Roman final to the tournament as Tiberius Iulius Rufus bested Gnaius two bouts to one in the final.
Baron Richard Larmer, who wore 14th century English armor, was honored for having the best armor kit.

Unclassifieds

Contests
Bard’s Haven is open for business! Also, Celtic Bardic is Tues at 7p.m. in our camp on Willow Point.

Events Open To All
BAGPIPERS AND FANS NEEDED at the Mountain Confederation’s annual PIPERS COMPETITION Tues., E12 @ 8:30p.m. All ages welcome, ID needed to drink. Piper sign up starts @ 7:30p.m.
BPAL meet ‘n’ sniff Mon@3:00 at Camp Dancing Fox E01. All welcome, refreshments will be served.
Casa Bodacious now open! By the hour, half hour or act by special appointment. Group rates available.
Classes in engraving and repoussé from 10 a.m. on. Limit 6 per class. Class fee $5. Livonia Smithery, Booth Space 170, Fleet Street.
Correction: Caravansera Bukhara 8-11 pm Tuesday! Middle Eastern Tent Bring stories music dance you!
Drachenwald’s PCS Party & Court Aug. 9 @ 6pm in Drachenwald Royal N13. Friends welcome.
Looking for OBOD Members. Let’s meet Monday 8/9 @ Info Point @ 3 p.m.
Runvaldr classes evenings at 7 p.m. Holistic healing also good for other manifesting at Cabochons on 17 Bow St. Donations accepted to cover expenses.
The Ladies of the Rose Tourney will be held on Monday at noon. A Lady of the Rose may sponsor one unbelted fighter. The tourney will be a single elim that rolls into a bear pit tourney. Ladies of the Rose are encouraged to give their tokens to all worthy fighters.
TURKU in concert 8:30 p.m. Thursday August 12th. “The Turks are on the Walls” At the Fortress on the Main Battlefield.

For Sale
10 gal hot water heater LP see Denys the Decadent E07 asking 200 OBO.
10’ Regent + fly, blk + red w/full setup $750 OBO Contact Hector 330-472-0398. Pickup Fri Aug 13.
14x14 Panther Pavilion, 14x14 fly , poles included $1,200 call Richard McKenzie 407-271-5842 .
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?
20’ Mongolian yurt(Ger): used for one week @ Pennsic 37, it is too much for me and I have downgraded. Has been in temp. controlled storage. Asking $5,000 O.B.O. Call 914-841-7146 or stop by Clan of the Northern Lynx E28 at Pennsic ask for Caroline or Bamm.
20x30 Panther Marquis w/roof vent. Canvas only. Located in Lagrange, GA. $1800 OBO call Honorata 706-881-6930.
2x2 wood spokes approx. 6.5’ garment rack in Drachenwald - see Arianwen 520-425-1919 Make offer
65 Foot Dia. Sky Lodge see at Richspiritdrums.com. Highest quality, unique design $4400 254-652-7522
Agate Burnishers - bone ivory & horn handles - hand carved - also dog tooth and carnelian. Guild of Limners #26.
Are you a Thread-Counter? 8x & 10x Linen Testers make it easy. Dragons Magic #27.
Armor 2 complete sets of Dark Victory Armory in bags never used. $200@obo ask at booth or at big yurt with camel in B9.
Bad Garb Old Maid card game- Yes we have ‘em!- from Claus the Toymaker (Who else?)
Benefit the Chirurgeons--buy an original Pennsic XXXIX T-shirt. $10. Available from Claus of Burzee, #26 Merchants Row.
Dragon’s Magic, space #27, has fine wools, silks, and linens! “Fabricmonger to the Crown of the West” by royal appointment to Her Majesty Eilis, Regina Occidentalis, AS XXXXIII.
For Sale - Glass muller & burnishers from England, also Mitchell nibs, vellum, parchment, and hand bound leather books- The Guild of Limners, #26.
Dyers! Get your undyed skeins & roving in Space 28.
Fabric Dragon went back to College, please buy something! Space 42
FABRIC! From the collection of Animalx! Award winning costumer space 89 across from the booksellers.
Falcon‘s Mew catnip toys and stuffed animals #171.
Fitted cotehardies 2 Simplicity pattern size 18, back lacing, 1 brown, 1 green silk like material, floor length long sleeve . E01 Silverhorde, Jackie or Kathy $60 each.
For Sale 12x16 Marque 6’ Walls 5’ Awning includes canvas floor, ropes & poles tall yellow & Green Tent on Kurdson Way N03 good condition $500 available Sunday A.M. Aug.15.
Blank Books - hand bound in leather, handmade paper, thick & chunky. Fair trade products. $10 - $32 limited supply - Guild of Limners. #26.
ATTENTION ALL AT PENNSIC! Claus the Toymaker would like to suggest that next year at Pennsic XL 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.
For Sale - Gently used Trojan Horse style tent. 10x20 ft. steel carport frame with canvas roof and side walls. Complete with ropes, stakes and storage bags. Asking $500 obo. Available Sat Aug 14. Ask for Duncon, Iron Bog N20.
For sale. Horse tails $10; 12x16 pavilion new in box; drum kits; shaman calendar. Site #3
For Sale Ink-Oakgall, walnut hull, also gallo-tannic ink, absolutely perfectly opaque. $4 per bottle Guild of Limners #26.
For Sale SCA Road Signs- “Fighter Practice Area”, “Danger Viking Territory” and many others, some new and very silly $5 each. Claus the Toymaker, #26.
FOR SALE- Tentsmith 9x12 Marquee Slant wall w/fly-complete set up package; contact Sir William @ N31 Mountains Keep Camp to see tent-$645
For Sale Vellum - opaline vellum (sheepskin) direct from England. Finest Quality sale price $20 per sheet. Lovely Dutch sheepskin parchment whole skins $125 can be cut smaller. The Guild of Limners #26, across from the barn.
Hair sticks wooden & semi-precious. Mention this ad and get 10% off Booth 171.
Jarl Valgard Stonecleaver will autograph Medieval Fantasy as Performance 8 - 10 PM Wed Aug 11, Poison Pen Press #63
Knitters & Spinners! Forgot your needles? Need yarn or roving? Space 28 can help.
Cool comfy cotton in Celtic knotwork patterns. Kaftans, cloaks, tunics, and skirts. Shop early for best selection. Costumes by Loren 166 Fleet Street.
Dragon’s Magic #27-(the brown house by the toymaker and Guild of Limners) has fabulous fabrics.
Good garb - Bad Garb PAPER DOLLS - even more humorous than the works of Beaumont & Fletcher! From Claus the Toymaker.
Manicures/pedicures by licensed cosmetologist. Manis $4-$6 Pedis $10-$12 Discounts for parties with $25 minimum. N35 Dau meet at barn 412-874-4314
Need a job? Professional resume writer located @ N01-Clan Dance Horse or dance tent. $50-resume ask for Jane
New 750ml Bottles $10/case. See Wren, Merchant 185.
NEW THIS YEAR: Decorate your child’s walls with medieval images - Knights, dragons, ladies - more. Let the mundanes put up Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck! - at Claus the Toymaker #26.
Pavilions for sale- two 16 foot rounds - new this year available at end of war. Complete package. 1 decorated $1450, 1 plain $1200 Black Pearl Tavern, B08.
PEARLS, prehnite, peridot and beads that don’t start with ‘P’ at Fabric Dragon space 42
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 #26.
Pennsic resistant spinning wheels! 2 only. Space 42
Period Patterns(tm)- What can you make from them? Come see sample garments- Mediaeval Miscellanea, Space 28.
Period Pavilions(tm) for sale or rent, some on site for immediate delivery. New + used, plain + decorated, simple + elaborate. Custom pavilions- we create exactly what you want. Free color brochure + catalog. See our ad in the gatebook. Mediaeval Miscellanea Space 28.
Pin Money products can be found at Miriam’s #58. Period lampwork pins, beads, Viking glass, rings, spindles and of course- FIBERS!
Real Gold Thread - Kamibari was $40 now $30 a Skein Terra Incognita # 171.
Songs of Rosalind Jehanne vol 1 on CD! Featuring performances by Ken & Lisa Theriot, Efenwealt Wystle, John Lyttleton, Bryce de Byram & more! Camelot Treasures booth 30
For Sale - Bad garb, bad garb, What’cha gonna do? What’cha gonna do when the punchline’s you?- Claus the Toymaker.
THE GUILD OF LIMNERS habitantes in platea mercatores vendunt encusto, penna, libri, pigmenti, colorum diversi, rubia, quadone, omnimodes tinctori et instrumenta clericis necessaria.
Wolfram’s Wonderous Wares 134 Plunder Lane- Pouches, cloak clasps, diverse goodes, feast gear etc.
Yes! Pennsic does get chilly so we have cloaks & shoulder warmers for you. Space 28.
Yes, there’s quality real cheesecloth at Dragon’s Magic #27.
Your Device/Arms/Picture on a Banner up to 3 ft square. Custom done. Select Kingdoms in stock. Visit Misty Tower in Space 28.
Yurt 16ft set up in Argent Co. N17 $1500 obo 571-330-8390. Great space comfy and dry.
Yurts 4 Sale! Many sizes. Contact Pente/Wookie. Camp Infinity E01 EASY TO SET UP! 919-360-0048. Possible Trade for Enclosed Trailer. Must Sell.
Weld, Woad, Madder, Cochineal, Brazilwood, Longwood-dyes to die for. Guild of Limners #26.

General
12 Step Meeting daily 4:00 p.m. E07 off Great Eastern Highway Denys the Decadent’s Camp AA NA OA SA all welcome.
Drum making workshop hosts wanted, Drum & flute repairs Richspiritdrums.com Drums avlb. 254-652-7522
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 announcement from Claus of Burzee Toymaker.
Hydrating Before Activation Improves Performances!
Intrigue, scandal + thwarted romance- the story develops as Pennsic progresses. Come see the diorama daily at Mediaeval Miscellanea, Space 28.
Japanese Culture: Come join Solveig Throndardottir and the members of Clan Yama Kaminari on Artisans Row as they introduce us to Medieval Japanese Culture
Knives sharpened, repairs, sheaths made. CLOAK & DAGGER #13.
Narrowwork: Cords & Trim: Trim! Cords! Kumihimo! Lucet! Come on over to Artisans Row, and get better acquainted with the World of Narrowwares -- an easy (and addictive) way to get involved in fiber arts.
Need a Place to Perform? Play the Palace! Caesar’s Palace is a small entertainment venue on the Roman Road. See Caesar Vito at Villa Vino, W10.
Paternosters: “Please pray attend us on Artisans Row, and learn more about prayer beads in history as you make your own paternoster in our classes.”
Q: What’s 38ft long, blows smoke & has glowing red eyes? A: I don’t know, but I just saw it by the lake!
See Auntie Arwen space 185 and ask if she is drinking WATER! <3 Fabric Dragon
SF author Michael Z. Williamson signing copies of his books. CLOAK & DAGGER #13.
WANTED: Ride from Pennsic to Montreal, QC on Thursday the 12th/ ONLY 1 person + backpack + 1 box/ will pay share of gas & trolls/ contact J-F443-413-3273.

Help Wanted
WANTED CHILD CARE FOR 3 GIRLS: 12, 10, 7 1/2 afternoons. If interested contact Jamie Blackrose Merch. # 143.

Memorials
RIP Dunstyn & Evliquia McGroyne. Survived by Edmund & Sarah de Wight.

Parties
Clan Blue Feather Ball & Fashion Cotillion Tues. Aug.10 @9:00. Come celebrate our 20th anniversary by wearing your finest blue feather themed garb!
Clan Blue Feather encampment party Thurs. Aug. 12. Bad garb night! Come in your worst outfit.
Lesbian, Trans, Bi-Women’s Social MONDAY 7:30-9:30 p.m. The King of Acre is away and the Queen wants to play. Join us N13 Acre encampment next to Cariadocs. How many yrs 11, 13? Come share stories.

Personals
Baron G.B. consorts with demons and fallen women.
Beautify Pennsic - - Free Rurik’s chest! Show the TA-TAs!
Expressions of affections are always in order - I Love You Joseph of the Red Griffin!- - B’ Rose.
Have you heard about Dunstable?
House Valodin Have a great War!
Lonely bridge troll seeking Pennsic love, no more than 4 inches tall. Stop by Ye Olde Mead Hovel in N31, ask for Chum and bring treasure!
Lose the Fight? Blame Angus.
Seen in N8, Trendy Werewolf - T.L.
Sir Crispin Bucher to Ian - Your table is at By My Hand Designs #143 on Battle Rd.
Baroness Judith Happy Monday! Hope you are enjoying war! Love Your Secret Pal
Something Wrong? Blame Angus.
To all the Lovely Ladies of Pennsic, we apologize that we will not be hosting the Ladies Tea this year. Don’t worry, we’ll be back Pennsic 40, bigger and better. -Tyger & Alejandra The Black Pearl B08.

Wanted to Buy
Need center-grip round shield approx. 30” with center cut out. Contact Kjyl at Gabriel’s Landing E17.

Venetian Rapier: The School, or Salle

Jack Marvell
Special to The Pennsic Independent

Tom Leoni, master of the modern translations of Italian fencing manuals, is back with the publication of Venetian Rapier: The School, or Salle.
Unlike Leoni’s previous work, The Art of Dueling, his sprawling, well-regarded translation of the Lo Schermo, overo Scienza d’Arme (1606) by Salvatore Fabris, Venetian Rapier is a minimalist tome — a 57-page distillation of the principles of the Italian rapier fight.
The book is a translation of a 1606 fencing manual authored by Nicoletto Giganti, who is both pragmatic and terse in his advice: “The whole artistry in our discipline consists of this: when you launch an attack, the opponent should receive a hit.”
Venetian Rapier does not offer a comprehensive theoretical system of rapier fighting, rather Giganti provides a practical curriculum for learning historical techiques.
The principles and techniques that Giganti sets down are familiar to any student of Italian rapier theory: guards and counter-guards, taking the tempo, the cavazione, gaining the sword, voids. He also includes a much more recognizable version of the modern lunge than advocated by Fabris.
Unlike the repertoire of diverse and sometimes acrobatic guards offered by Fabris, Giganti, in the section of the book dedicated to single sword, confines himself to versions of a simple high terza, both to the inside and outside lines, with examples of counter guards. He offers a pared down section of rapier-and-dagger guards, focusing on three “deceitful” guards that offer the fighter opportunities to capitalize upon time and measure.
Importantly, Giganti is rather clearer than Fabris in his explanation of “gaining the sword,” an essential technique that basically involves pre-parrying an attack, and offers more examples:
“To set yourself against the opponent’s guard, stand out of measure, with the sword and dagger high, strong in your body placement and with your stance firm and secure; then, examine the opponent’s guard and slowly proceed to gain the sword by just about resting your blade over his, as if covering it.”
There are flaws to the work. The illustrations are of rather poorer quality than those found in the Art of Dueling, as the anatomical proportions of the figures can be rather skewed. Leoni also points out that there are distinct discrepancies between some of the images and the descriptions found in the text, surmising that the illustrations could have originated as generic stock images.
Venetian Rapier: The School, or Salle is published by Freelance Academy Press, www.freelanceacademypress.com. Revival Clothing is hosting Freelance Academy Press at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 10. There will be a special opportunity for author autographs and to meet and socialize the the Press team.

While the Worm Turns

By Lady Mary of Montevale
Features Reporter, Pennsic Independent

At Sunday’s Day of Fiber-y Goodness in Artisan’s Row, this reporter’s nose was first drawn to a large heap of “skirted” wool which had already had the worst edges removed, but which had not yet even been washed—because of its distinctive barnyard fragrance.
Only moments later, however, a strange wooden contraption caught my eye. It proved to be a Piedmont Reel for reeling silk, reconstructed from a period Italian woodcut by THL Serena Kimbalwyke, this year’s Middle Kingdom A&S Champion.
Lady Serena raises her own domesticated silkworms (and yes, she also has the mulberry trees whose leaves comprise the silkworms’ diet), and I soon found that she knows more about these insects, their biology, and their “product” than almost anyone who doesn’t have a Ph.D. in entomology.
Most people reading this article probably already know that silkworms and silk-making began in China about 4,000 years ago, and the Chinese continued to have a corner on the silk market for a very long time. In the Middle Ages, European silk production was a big industry in what is now modern-day Italy and in parts of France.
But did you know that you can control a silk worm’s rate of development by changing the temperature of its environment? Or that by controlling the light/dark cycle to which it is exposed, you can control whether the worm will be one who hibernates or one who develops in the summer?
Or that genotyping of domestic silkworms has shown their original ancestor from the wild still exists as a species today?
The silkworm only eats in its caterpillar stage. Some modern silkworm farmers prefer to feed the insects commercial silk worm chow rather than mulberry leaves in order to have cocoons available year round. When the adult moths are ready to leave their cocoons, they do not chew their way out, however, medieval people believed that they did. We now know that the moth who is ready to leave the cocoon secretes an enzyme which weakens the “glue” of the strands which form the cocoon, and then the moth crawls out.
This process of the moth leaving the cocoon creates a problem for the person who wants to make reeled silk (the smooth, shiny, “silky feeling” version of the fabric) because it destroys spots in the long filament which the caterpillar produced to spin his cocoon.
(Silk noile, often called “raw” silk in modern times, is the non-shiny fabric with a slubbed surface, and it is made from short fibers. It is referred as “spun” silk, as opposed to “reeled” silk.)
To reel silk, you have to “stifle” the cocoons before the moth has begun to produce the enzyme mentioned earlier. In period times, silk makers did this by steaming the cocoons or placing them in boiling water. [Hey, we do this to lobsters and clams!] Lady Serena freezes her cocoons; she believes it is more humane than the heat methods. She also added that since insects cannot regulate their own body temperature, it may not really matter.
The medieval definition of “raw” silk was “silk that has been reeled but had not been further processed.” This is why extant period records speak of shipping raw silk: they were referring to spools of reeled silk thread which has not yet been woven into fabric.
The secret to successfully reeling silk on the Piedmont Reel is first to find, on the cocoon which has been soaked in hot water, the “one true filament” which is the continuous one. The silk filament goes from the cocoon to the casting arm of the reel which is connected to a turning bobbin. This distributes the filament over the arms of the reel in such a way that wet silk does not rest on already-dried silk. It dries very quickly and is wound off onto a spool.
At this point, several threads do feel to the hand like the silk from which ladies’ fine veils are made, and it is a white color. The silk on the reel as displayed at Artisans’ Row was about 18 cocoons’ worth.
Lady Serena has also raised wild silk worms, and her next project will be to reel wild cocoons. Because the “glue” of the wild cocoons is a tougher substance than that of the domesticated product, she expects she will have to soak the wild cocoons in a basic solution (such as lye) and not in water, which has been proven to break the filament of wild cocoons. She also wants to investigate whether the toughness of the wild cocoons might be based on the silkworms’ diet in the wild or on other factors.
She will be teaching a class on “Reeling Silk with the Piedmont Reel,” this Wednesday at 1 p.m. Please check the Arts and Sciences additions for August 11, either at A&S Point or in the Pennsic Independent, for the location of her class.

PI Saturday August 14, 2010

East Takes Plateau Battle

By Dominic Seamor, Martial Reporter

In the last rapier War Point of this Pennsic, the Tyger fencers swept the plateau of every Midrealm warrior to claim the day. While exact numbers were not available, over 300 fencers took to the field. The battle was set as a flat “plateau” with two large hay-bale “boulders” providing some obstacles in the middle of the field.
The Midrealm and its allies entered from the east edge in a “classic Roman phalanx,” according to Warder Anton, the Midrealm commander, with most of their fighters massed in the center and light flanking elements to each side. The Eastern host seemed to be divided into several roughly equal blocks, under the overall command of Don Ogedei. There were no resurrections and the battle was to the last man or woman standing.
When the cannon sounded the massed warriors rushed onto the field. Don Ogedei said that this was the first rapier battle that didn’t go as he had expected, but his troops made things come out right for the East anyway. Both sides flanked their enemy to the left, resulting in the Middle Kingdom army facing north instead of west. Then unit cohesion broke down and bands of fighters ran this way and that, seeking enemies to slay. It became almost impossible for the assembled populace to track the action, but the fencers of both sides had no doubt where their enemies were and desperate small-unit actions reduced the numbers on both sides. It is not possible to say whether superior numbers, superior tactics, or just better fortune made the difference, but finally a last Midrealm fencer stood at bay, fighting to the end against several foes.
After the battle, both kings addressed their assembled armies. King Edward of the East gave the credit for this victory to the inspiration of his noble Queen, HRM Marguerite. King Radagaisus thanked his army commander, Commodore Warder Anton, for his valorous leadership by giving Warder Anton the Dragon’s Tooth. His Majesty also was greatly impressed with the skill and courage of M’lord Gabriel of the Barony of Brendoken who had been that last brave Midrealm warrior standing against the warriors of the East, and he also was awarded the Dragon’s Tooth in honor of his valiant stand.

Editor’s note: I would like to personally apologize to the rapier fighters and the Crown of the East that this story was omitted from the Friday edition in favour of a non-war-point rapier story, as this was the War Point that decided the War in favour of the East. The mistake was not intentional, but the hurt it caused is nonetheless very real. I am truly sorry for this mistake. Magistra Nicolaa de Bracton, Editor-in-Chief, Pennsic Independent

East Wins War! ….. But Dragon takes the Field

By DonalBane of Blakmers
Battlefield Reporter, Pennsic Independent

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After 20 War Points: East Tygers 12, Midrealm Dragons 8

Although Pennsic XXXIX was decided Thursday on the rapier plateau, the Great Armies of the East and Midrealm met for the final time Friday for the Field Battle.
The Field Battle this year included three last-man-standing battles, each of which was worth one War Point. Combat archery and siege weapons were allowed for the third battle.
The East lined up its troops on the west side of the field. The Tuchux and Southern army took to the north side of the field. Black Talon, the Northern Army and Atlantia assembled in the center, while the Unsterblichen held the south.
The Midrealm’s forces lined up on the east side of the field. Calontir, Ealdormere and Ironlance took the north, Æthelmearc, Pentamere and House Darkmoon deployed in the center and House Ironwolf, and the Oaken armies deployed to the south.
The first fight saw a huge brawl erupt on the southern flank. South Oaken forces checked a flanking maneuver by the Bloodguard and then rolled the flank themselves, joining a maelstrom of fighting in the center of the battlefield. The Tuchux attempted to intervene from the north, but a tide of Midrealm warriors proved too strong for the East. Forces from Darkmoon, Ironlance and North Oaken were seen clearing the field when the cannon sounded, giving the Midrealm the first War Point.
According to East commanders, Duke Konrad devised the East’s strategy for the second fight. That strategy involved extending the flank to the south, while sending the whole Atlantian army at full charge to the northeast. The move created a huge diagonal skirmish line and the field became a huge battle of attrition.
After a long hold, the fight was confined to three small pockets to the north of the field, where the East had superior numbers. The East used its numerical advantage in the final push and eliminated the remnants of Ironlance to claim the second War Point.
The third fight saw forces on both sides hit each other hard early. The lines fluctuated several times before a hold was called. After the hold it was clear the East’s forces in the northwest corner of the field found themselves between two lines of Midrealm warriors. The jaws closed on the East’s forces and a wave of Dragon fighters swept the northern field. House Bloodguard made a heroic last stand, but the Midrealm claimed the third War Point.
HRM Edward of the East and HRM Radagaisus of the Midrealm met at the center of the battlefield after the fight and embraced. Both kings had nothing but compliments for each other’s armies and commanders.
With the East winning the War, HRM Edward said it was a total team effort.
“Everybody dug in. Every last one of our forces contributed,” HRM Edward said, noting HRM Marguerite of the East and HRM Gerhild were instrumental in inspiring more rapier fighters to fight for the Tyger.
HRM Radagaisus told his troops he was happy with their efforts.
“You left every ounce of energy on the field,” HRM Radagaisus said. “We are very proud to be numbered among you.”

Pennsic Poll 4

By Tatiana Kianova
For the Pennsic Independent

Do you have any special plans for the 40th celebration of Pennsic War?
Hermina de Paga, Household Otto’s Cove, Pennsic Pirates: “My plan is to hopefully try to get a Pirate Water Battle for adults for the 40th celebration of the Pennsic War. I’d also like to improve the general atmosphere and to bring more joy to the War!”
Mistress Brighid ni Chiarain, Barony of Settmour Swamp, East: “I don’t have any special plans other than to teach and take classes and attend bardic circles just as I have in the past.”
Aiesha, ACG Æthelmearc: “For the 40th celebration my plans are to definitely be here!”
Scott MacKay, East: “I plan to be here and enjoy the festivities. My friends and I have talked about making a 40th commemorative mead, but it is early yet so that is just in the planning stages!”

Stolen Armor

By Master Liam St. Liam

For the second consecutive Pennsic, Master Andrixos of Calontir has been the victim of theft from the battlefield.
Last year, his helm and gauntlets were stolen from under the Calontir shade fly on the field and were later recovered, though the helm was damaged.
This year, his leg armor was taken, again from the Calontir shade fly on the field.
“After fighting to the very edge of heat exhaustion on Monday, I was forced to strip my armor on the field. Wary of being struck again, I carried my helm and gauntlets and lamellar back to the shop for safe-keeping,” Master Andrixos said.
“What did I omit from that list?” he asked. “In my exhaustion, I forgot that I had left my legs.” When he arrived back at the shade fly Tuesday, the legs were gone and had not been recovered by Thursday afternoon.
Master Andrixos said the legs are dark brown cuisses and demigreaves of cuir boulli. The knees are stainless steel. There is a knee brace built into the armor in the following form: a stainless steel framework of one inch wide by about one quarter inch thick flat stock "outlines" the cuisse and demigreave. It is covered by a thin layer of brass and held together by copper rivets. The articulation of the knee is through the steel armature, so there are four larger rivets through each kneecop. The backflaps are of undyed leather, strapped with both undyed or black leather from the craft packs at Real Leather, attached with large chromed roller buckles.
“ The legs are closely fitted to me and would be useless to anyone not my size. They have done a wonderful job of keeping my knees safe through endless hours on the ground behind a scutum,” he said.
Last year, after he advertised his loss in the Pennsic Independent, his armor was turned in to Lost and Found, with the welded chain camail cut from the helm.
“It had visited a chop shop,” he said. “I was greatly heartened by the offers of help from all corners and the shared disgust at the motives of the miscreants.

“Again it is my hope that publicity trumps thieves, and a trumpeting of this act makes the possession of somewhat unique armor too toxic to bear.”
If you have information regarding the leg armor, please contact Master Andrixos at Calontir Trim (contact information is in the Merchant Book).

PI Saturday August 7, 2010

Pennsic War Returns to Traditional Roots...or Does It?

By Lord DonalBane of Blakmers
Battlefield Correspondent – Pennsic Independent

To my fellow warrior watchers and the warriors who keep us cheering, allow your humble battlefield reporter to bid you all the warmest welcome to Pennsic XXXIX!
This year’s war promises to be anoth¬er fun affair for those of us on sidelines and those in the shield wall.
How’s it going down? That’s my job to tell you.
First and foremost, after last year’s “split war,” Pennsic returns to the stan¬dard format of Midrealm and allies vs. East and allies.
Talking with HRM Edward the Grey of the East, this reporter learned that both he and HRM Radagaisus of the Midrealm believed the traditional war “was part of our upbringing” and chose to return to the old format.
“We spent a lot of time making certain it was a balanced war,” HRM Edward said.
The War this year will be best of 21 War Points (12 points wins). There is a lot of bundling between armored com¬bat and rapier combat this year, which means less adjustment on the battlefield
The archery champions’ shoot on Sun¬day counts for one War Point this year. Meanwhile, there will be two populace shoot War Points — the one shooting on Tuesday and Wednesday and the other shooting on Thursday and Friday. Get your bows out and have fun.
For our rapier-loving friends there will be three major melees. The town battle on Monday at 2 p.m., the “Jungle” battle on Tuesday at 2 p.m. in the woods, and the rapier plateau battle Thursday at 2 p.m. All are worth one point each.
Wednesday will be Champions’ Day at Pennsic, with the rapier, allied, un¬belted and belted champions battles tak¬ing place in that order. All champions’ battles are worth one point each.
That leaves 11 points up for grabs in four armored melees between the two Great Armies. The scenarios this year have been set up so that points may be split between the armies.
Break The Siege Battle (Monday, 10 a.m.) may look a bit complicated but also appears to be a lot of fun. Each army will have 45 minutes to drive their opponents out of the castle, through the village and out of the mountain pass. There will be unlimited resurrections for the garrison (attacking) army and
up to two resurrections for the besieg¬ing army.
Check page 26 of the Pennsic Book for specifics, but this battle can be worth up to three points for the victor and one point for the loser.
The Woods Battle returns Tuesday at 10 a.m., but not to the woods you used to know! The new Woods Battle site is located just north of Mount Eislinn and already has fighters buzzing about the possibilities for new engagement. The battle will be fought over three banners with possession of the banners checked at 45 minutes, 90 minutes and at the end of the two-hour battle.
Each side that earns at least three pos¬session points will earn one War point; the side with a majority of the points will earn an additional War point.

Battle returns Thursday at 10 a.m. There will be three non-resurrection battles over five bridges, with each battle last¬ing 30 minutes. Possession of the ma¬jority of bridges (or sweeping the field) after 30 minutes earns victory, with each battle counting one War Point. Be aware combat archery and siege weapons will be in play for the third battle.
Finally, the main event (a.k.a. the Field Battle) will take place Friday at 10 a.m. There will be three last-man-standing battles, each worth one War Point. Com¬bat archery and siege weapons will be in play for the third battle.
TRM East and Middle will also host two friendship field battles (and per¬haps more) after the War Point battles are over.
It’s going to be another great war, my friends. Return to your camps and when the cannon sounds, come out fighting!

Early Bird Rapier Tourney

By Lord Dominic Seamor
Martial Reporter, Pennsic Independent

Pennsic’s rapier warriors got an early start to their War Friday morning with the annual Early Bird Tournament. This tourney, which has been run for six or seven years now according to the event organizer, THL Warder Maximilian der Zauberer, is intended as a “meet and greet” event. THL Maximilian’s motto for this tourney is “more talking, less fighting,” and he encourages that attitude with an exceptional tournament format.
Every fencer who signs up receives a worksheet where they will list the names of their opponents. Fencers can fight whoever they like, in as many different combats as they can manage in the time limit, but whether a fencer wins or loses is less important that what they learn about their opponent. Duelists must learn at least one SCA-related fact about each of their opponents, and it is the number and quality of the facts gained that determines the victor of the tourney. THL Maximilian is the judge of the “quality” of the facts learned. A fine (fabric) bird, fit to perch on the victor’s shoulder, is the prize for this tourney.
This year THL Maximilian awarded two birds in the tour¬ney, one for the greatest collection of facts and the other for the most “interesting” facts provided by a single fencer. Margaret Gryffydd took the prize for the greatest number of combats fought and knowledge gained in the time limit, while Draco of Storvik in Atlantia was given the bird for having provided some truly fascinating factoids. Sadly, most of these factoids are not suitable for printing in a family newspaper. Vivat to the victors, and to our socially articulate rapier fighters.
Additions to the Rapier Tournament Schedule
Sunday, Aug. 8, 4PM: Known World Baronial Tourney, Main Rapier List
Wed. Aug. 11, 4PM: Warden Reginald’s Birthday Tourney, Main Rapier List

Memorial Runestone Update

By Lady Mary of Montevale
Features Reporter, Pennsic Independent

The Pennsic Memorial Runestone Project, underway since Pennsic 37, has moved another step closer to completion thanks to a foam mockup which shows the actual size and artwork for the nine ton slab of stone that will be the final runestone.
Lord Valdis of Gotland (East), who has carved the mockup and will carve the actual stone, explained that that many people who expressed an interest in contrib¬uting to the project had trouble visualizing the reality of a nine-ton, eleven-foot-long piece of stone. Thanks to the foam mockup, visualization is no longer a problem!
The memorial project came about as a result of the deaths of some very dear friends and family members of Valdis and other SCA members. There will be an inscription carved on the stone, but no names will be listed on it so that the stone can stand as a memorial to any friends who are no longer with us but who loved Pennsic and the times spent here.
The foam mockup is currently on display at space 64 in the marketplace; later in the week it will be moved to Viking-u-Like at space 110. Along with the mockup you can view the text of the planned inscription and get information from Lord Valdis about making contribu¬tions to the project.
The Pennsic Memorial Runestone Project has a Face¬book page and a web site at Pennsicrunestone.com.

Saturday Unclassifieds

Contests
Bard’s Haven is open for business! Also, Celtic Bardic is Tues at 7p.m. in our camp on Willow Point.

Events Open to All
Classes in engraving and repousse from 10 am on. Limit 6 per class. Class fee $5.00. Livonia Smithery, Booth Space 170, Fleet Street.
Looking for OBOD Members. Let’s meet Monday 8/9 @ Info Point @ 3p.m.
Muhekian - The Taste of Tea Japanese Tea Ceremony Clan Yama Kaminari (E03) Sunday 7:00p.m. (Limit 12).
Runvaldr classes evenings at 7 p.m. Holistic healing also good for other manifesting at Cabochons on 17 Bow St. Donations accepted to cover expenses.
The Ladies of the Rose Tourney will be held on Monday at noon. A Lady of the rose may sponsor one unbelted fighter. The tourney will be a single elim that rolls into a bear pit tourney. Ladies of the Rose are encouraged to give their tokens to all worthy fighters.

For Sale
20’ Mongolian yurt(Ger): used for one week @ Pennsic 37, it is too much for me and I have downgraded. Has been in temp. controlled storage. Asking $5,000 O.B.O. Call 914-841-7146 or stop by Clan of the Northern Lynx E28 at Pennsic ask for Caroline or Bamm.
20x30 Panther Marquis w/roof vent. Canvas only. Located in Lagrange, GA. $1800 OBO call Honorata 706-881-6930.
Agate Burnishers - bone ivory & horn handles - hand carved - also dog tooth and carnelian. Guild of Limners #26.
Armor 2 complete sets of Dark Victory Armory in bags never used. $200@obo ask at booth or at big yurt with camel in B9.
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 #26.
10 gal hot water heater LP see Denys the Decadent E07 asking 200 OBO.
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?
Bad Garb Old Maid card game- Yes we have ╘em!- from Claus the Toymaker (Who else?)
Yurts 4 Sale! Many sizes. Contact Pente/Wookie. Camp Infinity E01 EASY TO SET UP! 919-360-0048. Possible Trade for Enclosed Trailer. Must Sell.
Benefit the Chirugeons--buy an original Pennsic XXXIX T-shirt. $10. Available from Claus of Burzee, #26 Merchants Row.
Blank Books - hand bound in leather, handmade paper, thick & chunky. Fair trade products. $10 - $32 limited supply - Guild of Limners. #26.
Dragon’s Magic #27-(the brown house by the toymaker and Guild of Limners) has fabulous fabrics.
Dragon’s Magic, space #27, has fine wools, silks, and linens! “Fabricmonger to the Crown of the West” by royal appointment to Her Majesty Eilis, Regina Oc¬cidentalis, AS XXXXIII.
Early Lacemaking Workbook (R.Shepherd) Limited # in stock, or order for Sept delivery. Free Postage! Poison Pen Press #63
FABRIC! From the collection of Animalx! Award winning costumer space 89 across from the booksellers.
Falcon’s Mews catnip toys and stuffed animals #171.
For Sale 12x16 Marque 6’ Walls 5’ Awning includes canvas floor, ropes & poles tall yellow & Green Tent on Kurdson Way N03 good condition $500 available Sunday A.M. Aug.15.
For Sale - Bad garb, bad garb, What’cha gonna do? What’cha gonna do when the punchline’s you?- Claus the Toymaker.
For Sale - Gently used Trojan Horse style tent. 10x20 ft steel carport frame with canvas roof and side walls. Complete with ropes, stakes and storage bags. Asking $500 obo. Avialable Sat Aug 14. Ask for Duncon, Iron Bog N20.
For Sale - Glass muller & burnishers from England, also Mitchell nibs, vellum, parchment, and hand bound leather books- The Guild of Limners, #26.
14x14 Panther Pavilion, 14x14 fly , poles included $1,200 call Richard McKenzie 407-271-5842 .
For Sale Ink-Oakgall, walnut hull, also gallo-tannic ink, absolutely perfectly opaque. $4 per bottle Guild of Limners #26.
Yurt 16ft set up in Argent Co. N17 $1500 obo 571-330-8390. Great space comfy and dry.
THE GUILD OF LIMNERS habitantes in platea mercatores vendunt encusto, penna, libri, pigmenti, colorum diversi, rubia, quadone, omnimodes tinctori et instrumenta clericis necessaria.
For Sale SCA Road Signs- “Fighter Practice Area”, “Danger: Viking Territory” and many others, some new and very silly $5 each. Claus the Toymaker, #26.
FOR SALE- Tentsmith 9x12 Marquee Slant wall w/fly-complete set up package; contact Sir William @ N31 Mountains Keep Camp to see tent-$645
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 #26, across from the barn.
10’ Regent + fly, blk + red w/full setup $750 OBO Contact Hector 330-472-0398. Pickup Fri Aug 13.
Good garb - Bad Garb PAPER DOLLS - even more humorous than the works of Beaumont & Fletcher! Form Claus the Toymaker.
Hair sticks wooden & semi-precious. Mention this ad and get 10% off Booth 171.
New 750ml Bottles $10/case. See Wren, Mechant 185.
NEW THIS YEAR: Decorate your child’s walls with medieval images - Knights, dragons, ladies - more. Let the mundanes put up Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck! - at Claus the Toymaker #26.
Older 16x13 pavillion burgundy & White, black dags, roof vent, awning, everything included $375. Can be seen at Camp Killkinny; see Wren at Merchant 185.
“Pennsic for Dummies” by Claus the Toymaker - scurrilous, toungue-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 #26.
Real Gold Thread - Kamibari was $40 now $30 a Skein Terra Incognita # 171.
THE GUILD OF LIMNERS habitantes in platea mercatores vendunt encusto, penna, libri, pigmenti, colorum diversi, rubia, quadone, omnimodes tinctori et instrumenta clericis necessaria.
Weld, Woad, Madder, Cochineal, Brazilwood, Longwood-dyes to die for. Guild of Limners #26.

General
10th Century Anglo-Scandinavian Culture: “Please come join us on Artisans Row for an introduction to 10th Century Anglo-Scandinavian Life and Culture. Come find out what it means to be a real Viking!”
12 Step Meeting daily 4:00 pm E07 off Great Eastern Highway Denys the Deca¬dent’s Camp AA NA OA SA all welcome.
Battery charging available at Mystic Mail. Free for Internet Customers. SD memory cards for sale.
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.
Guild Mirandola’s Manuscripts & Book Arts: “Come join Master RanthulfR As¬parlundR and his wife, Arin fran Traentorp, on Artisans Row, and learn about the workings of a scribal workshop. Witness scribal Beauty in the making!”
Knives sharpened, repairs, sheaths made. CLOAK & DAGGER #13.
Need a Place to Perform? Play the Palace! Caesar’s Palace is a small entertain¬ment venue on the Roman Road. See Caesar Vito at Villa Vino, W10.
Notice to Mariners. Sea Monsters have been seen in the waters offf Port Tortuga/B09 The harbor master will provide a prize for the first to name all four monsters and their movies.
SF author Michael Z. Williamson signing copies of his books. CLOAK & DAG¬GER #13.
TENT FOR SALE, Panther 12’ Regent, ropes, stakes, floor, awning, ready to go. $500. CLOAK & DAGGER #13
Viking Wire Weaving: “Come on over to Artisans Row, and get hands-on experience with Trichinopoly (Viking Wire Weaving) all day today!”

Help Wanted
WANTED CHILD CARE FOR 3 GIRLS: 12, 10, 7 1/2 afternoons. If interested contact Jamie Blackrose Merch. # 143.

Lost & Found
4 inch amethyst crystal lost zero night. If found please return to House Vondraken Block E12. Ask for Aleksander or Tatiana. Reward offered by Aleksander.

Personals
Baroness Judith Have a Good Weekend! Love Your Secret Pal
Pennsic: The Quest to Activate has Begun!
Sir Crispin Bucher to Ian - Your table is at By My Hand Designs #143 on Battle Rd.
Something Wrong? Blame Angus.

Wanted to Buy
Need center-grip round sheild aprox. 30’ with center cut out. Contact Kjyl at Gabriel’s Landing E17.

PI Sunday August 8, 2010

Auntie Arwen's thunderbolt

by Ursula the Widow
Reviews Editor, Pennsic Independent

J. T. Sibley, aka spice merchant and beloved dinosaur Auntie Arwen, says her new book The Divine Thunderstorm: Missiles of the Gods is about the folklore surrounding the phenomena of thunder and lightning. That's not so much an outright lie as it is a drastic understatement.
The book, based on Sibley's dissertation but greatly expanded, does indeed address folk belief and myth surrounding thunderbolts, from the Ice Age to the 20th century and from Persia to America. However, like Sir James Frazier in The Golden Bough, Sibley treats her core myth as a point of departure and exploration.
The Divine Thunderbolt has the same relationship to Sibley's recent magico-historical novel, Hammer of the Smith, that the King James Bible has to the Chronicles of Narnia. For those who like their history straight up, here is the one-hundred-proof undiluted stuff.
Sibley investigates specifically and in detail thunderbolt beliefs and associated artwork, mythmaking and tales for a long list of Indo-European cultures. If you ever wondered what your persona thought about thunder, it's in here. While individual cultural beliefs are addressed, the connections between them are also made plain. The reader's sense of widespread shared understandings gradually grows until he or she can virtually see our ancestors, thousands of miles apart but all gazing with the same awe at the same sky.
The value of this work to SCA members, however, will not be limited to pure theory or persona development. The many figures and drawing that illustrate Sibley's intensive research will furnish a rich source imagery for the embroiderer, the goldsmith, and the scribe, while the substance of the volume could keep a clan of storytellers well fed for a lifetime. Linguists will enjoy her excursions into etymology; archers will speculate about the real wood of the arrow that slew Baldur.
Although writing here as a scholar rather than a storyteller, Sibley never drones or obfuscates. She simply tells it like it was in a refreshingly plain style.
Auntie Arwen's books are available at her spice shop, Booth XXX.

La Rochelle Turns 10 in Style

By DonalBane of Blakmers
Battlefield Reporter, Pennsic Independent

The rapier combatants of the Known World got melee season officially underway Saturday morning with the 10th annual Storming of La Rochelle.
About 200 rapier warriors from across the Known World assembled at the Pennsic fort on a perfect summer morning. These forces were split into those with orange tape (“The Dutch”) and those without.
Under the watchful eye of head marshal Uadhalrich von Sassmanchausen, the two forces were each given a chance to defend the fort with the defenders given one resurrection and the attackers having unlimited resurrection. Whichever side held out the longest would claim victory.
Rubber band guns were in full force during the melee and a petard was used to “blow the gates” by both squads.
The Dutch army defended the fort first and put up a determined wall of fire with its rubber band guns. The defending snipers on the battlements proved so effective that the attacking armies needed three attempts to place its petard.
Eventually, an earth-shattering kaboom blew the gates open, but the Dutch resistance inside proved stubborn. A kill pocket at the main gate, manned by forces from Atlantia, Pentamere and the Southern Watch, held the attacking forces at bay for more than 10 minutes, despite repeated charges from Brendoken, Wednesday Company and the Thieves of Hearts.
Meanwhile, defenders from the East and attackers from Æthelmearc battled over the western gate ferociously.
It took heavy fighting, but the attackers finally overwhelmed the Dutch. The Dutch army held out for 13:51.
After the two armies changed sides, the Dutch threw everything they had at the main gate – including one fighter who spider-crawled his way under a shield wall to set the petard.
With a second earth-shattering kaboom achieved, the Dutch army began an efficient assault on their foes, with Midrealm and Atlantian fighters keeping constant pressure on the kill pocket.
Within minutes the kill pocket was perforated, and Dutch forces spread out to sweep the fort. Last stands were made by forces from Brendoken in the two towers, but the Dutch forces cleared the fort in 8:50, claiming the win.
A third battle ensued with Warders, White Scarves and members of other top rapier orders taking on the remaining rapier fighters.
Despite being outnumbered by what appeared to a 5-to-1 ratio, the warders used careful placement and superior skill to hold off and then seize the battle.
The end came when the warders in the east tower broke out and encircled the forces assaulting the western tower. Wednesday Company was the last force to fall with Vindis the Sigtnygson being the last man to fall before the warders’ blades.

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Saturday Battlefield Report

By Lord DonalBane of Blakmers
Battlefield Reporter, Pennsic Independent

Dwarves vs. Giants Tourney
Duke Cariadoc of the Bow hosted this annual fun tournament, pitting gentles 5-foot-6 and under (dwarves) against those 6-foot-3 and taller (giants). This year, the dwarves were not only short on stature, but also on numbers as seven giants competed against six dwarves.
Despite the brief defection of Duke Edmund of Hertford, the dwarves were overwhelmed 3-0 in melees. Numerous thrown insults led to single combats and much fun was had by all.

Second Generation Tournament
The Kingdom of Lochac hosted the inaugural Second Generation Tournament early Saturday afternoon. Six second-generation fighters took part in this round-robin affair, which was watched over by their parents and TRM Edmund and Lenore of Lochac.
In the finals, Vidarr Einarsson of the Midrealm scored two straight wins over Erik de Tyr to claim the title.

Left-Handed Tournament
Things got sinister on the Pennsic battlefield Saturday as the third Left-Handed Tournament took place, sponsored by House Aedis Vesperis. A total of 16 gentles participated in a rotating round-robin tournament, including two right-handed fighters who switched hands for the afternoon.
One of those right-handers-gone-sinister was Duke Edmund of Hertford, who won 13 bouts to take the tournament title.

Tarl’s Little Polearm Tournament
This well-attended tournament, hosted by the Shire of Hunter’s Home, drew more than 50 gentles Saturday. All fighters fought in a bear-pit style tournament with polearms, which is the favored weapon of THL Tarl Shadowraven. Each fighter earned two points for a win and one point for a loss in the bear pits.
The tournament finished with its first repeat winner as Duke Maynard von dem Steine won the tournament with 124 points. Duke Maynard then bested Tarl 3-1 in a best-of-five bout fight to claim the overall title.

Say “Wire” to Me

By Lady Mary of Montevale
Features Reporter, Pennsic Independent

Baroness Betha, an instructor at Viking Wire Weaving Day in Artisan’s Row, first got into the craft when a friend visited a reconstructed Viking village in Denmark, saw samples of wire weaving and picked her up a set of directions (in Danish). The directions were delivered with this accompanying remark, “Here, I think this is up your alley.”
Twenty years later…
Her Excellency has written a book on wire weaving (see her web page at ancientwire.com), teaches frequent classes at Pennsic, and was prepared on Saturday to spend all day teaching at Artisan’s Row because, in her own words, “Say ‘wire’ to me and I don’t stop.”
Archibald of Stoke-on-Trent (Æthelmearc) knew when he read about the Artisan’s Row that he had to come to the Viking Wire Weaving Day because he could “stay here all day until I get it right.” (His last attempt at wire weaving was at Pennsic about ten years ago.) He loves the format of the Artisan’s Row.
So did about a dozen other gentles, ranging in age from 9 to 63, as they worked with #2 pencils and 24-gauge copper wire (available at any craft store) in their initial attempts to wind the wire in a spiral around the pencil (a dowel could also be used) and then threading the wire through all the spirals to keep them connected. The trick is not to lose your place in the threading and not miss any of the spirals.
Sabine Eastwind (East), who’d never tried wire weaving before, admitted that while starting was a little tricky, once she got the idea, it was pretty easy…definitely fun!
After threading the wire through all the loops, you remove the piece from the pencil and pull it through a special draw plate to compress and stretch everything. As Archibald pointed out with a smile, “After that you won’t see your imperfections and joinings of wire.”
The draw plate can be made of wood or bone. The wooden one looks like a paddle with neat rows of drilled holes in successively smaller sizes. The more often the wire “chain” is drawn through a series of smaller holes, the more its appearance will change.

Sunday Unclassifieds

For Sale

Period Pavilions™ for sale or rent, some on site for immediate delivery. New + used, plain + decorated, simple + elaborate. Custom pavilions- we create exactly what you want. Free color brochure + catalog. See our ad in the gatebook. Mediaeval Miscellanea Space 28.
Real Gold Thread - Kamibari was $40 now $30 a Skein Terra Incognita # 171.
Songs of Rosalind Jehanne vol 1 on CD! Featuring performances by Ken & LIsa Theriot, Efenwealt Wystle, John Lyttleton, Bryce de Byram & more! Camelot Treasures booth 30
Tailor w/sewing machine - mending garb while you wait N35 Dau meet @ barn Sat & Sun 12-6pm 412-874-4314
Weld, Woad, Madder, Cochineal, Brazilwood, Longwood-dyes to die for. Guild of Limners #26.
FOR SALE- Tentsmith 9x12 Marquee Slant wall w/fly-complete set up package; contact Sir William @ N31 Mountains Keep Camp to see tent-$645
“Pennsic for Dummies” by Claus the Toymaker - scurrilous, tongue-in-cheek fun, everything you need to know to complete your Pennsic experience.
Wolfram’s Wonderous Wares 134 Plunder Lane- Pouches, cloak clasps, diverse goodes, feast gear etc.
Yes! Pennsic does get chilly so we have cloaks & shoulder warmers for you. Space 28.
Benefit the Chirurgeons--buy an original Pennsic XXXIX T-shirt. $10. Available from Claus of Burzee, #26 Merchants Row.
Yes, there’s quality real cheesecloth at Dragon’s Magic #27.
Your Device/Arms/Picture on a Banner up to 3 ft square. Custom done. Select Kingdoms in stock. Visit Misty Tower in Space 28.
Yurt 16ft set up in Argent Co. N17 $1,500 obo 571-330-8390. Great space comfy and dry.
For Sale Vellum - opaline vellum (sheepskin) direct from England. Finest Quality sale price $20 per sheet. Lovely Dutch sheepskin parchment whole skins $125 can be cut smaller. The Guild of Limners #26, across from the barn.
Yurts 4 Sale! Many sizes. Contact Pente/Wookie. Camp Infinity E01 EASY TO SET UP! 919-360-0048. Possible Trade for Enclosed Trailer. Must Sell.
Bad Garb Old Maid card game- Yes we have ‘em!- from Claus the Toymaker (Who else?)

General

12 Step Meeting daily 4:00 p.m. E07 off Great Eastern Highway Denys the Decadent’s Camp AA NA OA SA all welcome.
A Day of Fiber-y Goodness: Spinning & Fiber Prep.: “Visit us on Artisans Row, and find out how flax and wool get transformed into those fine threads that make up the fabric of your garb.”
Battery charging available at Mystic Mail. Free for Internet Customers. SD memory cards for sale.
Drum making workshop hosts wanted, Drum & flute repairs Richspiritdrums.com Drums avlb. 254-652-7522
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 announcement from Claus of Burzee Toymaker.
Intrigue, scandal + thwarted romance- the story develops as Pennsic progresses. Come see the diorama daily at Mediaeval Miscellanea, Space 28.
Knives sharpened, repairs, sheaths made. CLOAK & DAGGER #13.
Lost: Dragon, answers(?) to Sushi. Last seen munching pirates.
Natural Dyeing: “Come over to Artisans Row, and see how the plants around us can color our world in new and beautiful ways! Witness the brilliant colors as they emerge from our dyepots.”
See Auntie Arwen space 185 and ask if she is drinking WATER! <3 Fabric Dragon
SF author Michael Z. Williamson signing copies of his books. CLOAK & DAGGER #13.
Weaving in all forms: “Come weave with us on Artisans Row! Witness a warp-weighted loom in action. Play on an Oseberg loom, a tapestry loom or a 4-harness loom. Work with us to create an intricate web of thread.”

Help Wanted

WANTED CHILD CARE FOR 3 GIRLS: 12, 10, 7 1/2 afternoons. If interested contact Jamie Blackrose Merch. # 143.
Lost & Found
4 inch amethyst crystal lost zero night. If found please return to House Vondraken Block E12. Ask for Aleksander or Tatiana. Reward offered by Aleksander.
Lost: Belt with rampant lion buckle, belt pouch, has drivers license and medallion inside. Any info please contact Moresca #140 or call 718-702-4342.
Personals
Agnes Daunce mka Nellie Miller 1938-2010. Hicjace + Agnessa, optimus quondam optimusque futurus.
Baroness Judith Enjoy the tea! Love Your Secret Pal
Beatrice of Hartshorn-dale Have a great war!
Remember To Always Activate Safely!
Sir Crispin Bucher to Ian - Your table is at By My Hand Designs #143 on Battle Rd.
Something Wrong? Blame Angus.
Taoist Tai Chi Society Members! Want to meet others? Stop by House Fallen Star N12 and ask for Alzbeta.
Wanted to Buy
Need center-grip round shield approx. 30’ with center cut out. Contact Kjyl at Gabriel’s Landing E17.

PI Thursday August 12, 2010

Boffers, Balloon Animals, and Juggling Balls—Oh My!

By Lady Mary of Montevale
Features Reporter, Pennsic Independent

Wednesday’s 11th annual Pennsic Children’s Fete in the Barn was a resounding success. Like Mary Poppins, it was practically perfect in every way.
From improved traffic flow which had no one waiting in line to register for more than 20 minutes to the estimated 500 balloon animals created on the spot by three balloon artists to the hot, sweaty parents who trudged out of there, laden down with booty and goodies at 4 p.m., it was simply a wonderful afternoon.
First and foremost, it was a wonderful afternoon for the 351 children who attended the festivities. They were streaming in all afternoon, almost right up to the last minutes, according to Baroness Cairistiona (Atlantia) who was in charge of registration.
If you were Madeline (4), it was wonderful to have a purple, pink, and silver sparkly butterfly painted on your left cheek that matched your very special pink and purple dragon friend that you brought to the party. The dragon is a very new friend—no name yet, although Madeline confided that she knows this is a girl dragon.
If you were Justin (9), it was wonderful to be handed what you immediately declared to be “the best balloon snake I have ever seen.”
If you were Rebecca (7), it was wonderful to take three pairs of balloons and some rice and find they could be turned into three juggling balls of your own.
And if you were any number of young lords (and even some young ladies), it was wonderful to use a foam boffer sword to rush an armored adult fighter (who is also armed with a boffer or pool noodle), bring him to his knees with a cry of “Surrender to me now!”… And then find that you have just “killed” His Majesty Conrad, King of Caid. Even better, His Majesty also gives you suggestions to improve your fighting technique so you can try to “kill” him again.
For the 115+ adult volunteers, some of whom had been working for a year to bring this day about, the big payoff was seeing the smiles on the children’s faces and hearing their expressions of delight as they completed a picture, a necklace, or a figure in clay.
But there was something else perhaps just as important. All one had to do was look at the many pink gowns worn by the women working at the Fete, notice how many large, burly men were wearing pink tunics or baldrics, see the pink name tags of the volunteers which were embellished with the familiar twist of pink ribbon representing the fight against breast cancer. The Pennsic Children’s Fete, for the adults who work to make it happen, is a memorial to its founder, Duchess Arielle of Atlantia, who lost her fight against breast cancer just two weeks before last year’s Pennsic. The continuing success of the Children’s Fete and the pleasure it brings to the children of Pennsic are Her Grace’s legacy to Pennsic and to all of us.
Countess Rowan of Atlantia had high praise for this year’s director of the children’s party, Herrin Emeludt Hansler, who is also the Chancellor of Youth Activities for Atlantia. Her Excellency mentioned the year of organizational meetings, the email list, the solicitation of donations of time and supplies from other groups and from the royalty of other kingdoms, and many other tasks that were part of what she deemed “an excellent job” by this year’s director.
Parents and children saw some of the results of improved traffic flow (just one entrance point and just one exit point) and improved security measures for the fete this year. Large tables blocked most of the open side of the Barn to keep anxious children from just rushing in to join the fun before they’d been registered. Parents wore pin-on tickets for each child in their care, and a 6-foot-plus muscular door “dragon” kept on eye on the exit spot so children would not leave in the company of anyone other than a parent.
Countess Rowan also praised HRH Princess Brianna of Atlantia and the other members of her household who hold fundraisers every year to finance the refreshments served at the fete and then handle the serving of those refreshments at the party. This year, the liquid refreshment was a choice of lemonade or water—both very welcome in Wednesday’s heat and humidity.
The inflated jumping castle was just as popular this year as it was when it was first introduced last year. Andreas (Atlantia), who has been involved with the children’s party since its very first year, was keeping admirable order at the castle, where there were weight and number limits on how many could jump at a time, and where Andreas made sure that each set of jumpers kept to their limit of exactly 3 minutes. Just like last year, the castle was one of the first places the children formed lines as they entered.
Many youngsters left proudly clutching the muslin tote bags on which they had creatively and colorfully painted iron-on transfers of heraldic images. This very popular all-in-one activity and souvenir was the work of Baronessa AnnaBella di Cherubino and Baroness Elsbeth Donofrey, both of the East. Her Excellency AnnaBella donated the plain muslin tote bags and ironed on the transfers of the heraldic images that Her Excellency Elsbeth had drawn. Older children received slightly plainer totes so that they could create their own heraldry.
Not every volunteer at the party was a veteran. Evelyn (14, Atlantia) is attending her very first Pennsic. While her mother was part of the band of bardic performers who performed both as a group and individually as they roamed the party, Evelyn was a “fan girl” for Countess Rowan and other noble volunteers.
Thanks to the heat and humidity, and the closed nature of the barn, there were many other adults fanning themselves as well, whether with proper fans, straw hats, or even just sheets of paper. The kids were having too good a time to care about the weather.
After all the children had departed, some rather reluctantly and some of the youngest ones dozing in their strollers or wagons, Herrin Emeludt summed up the afternoon with these words: “We had a lot of fun and we will do it again next year.” Her Grace Duchess Arielle would most certainly approve.

First Mass Populace Archery War Point

By Lord Dominic Seamor
Martial Reporter, Pennsic Independent

“The support we’re gotten from the entire Pennsic staff has been wonderful, all the way up to the Mayor” said Pennsic 39 Archery Marshal-in-Chief Baron Master Mark Squirrelsbane. He credited this level of support with helping to create the greatly improved turnout for the first of two War Points to be earned in the Mass Populace Archery Shoot this year. Transportation has assigned additional buses to greatly reduce the wait for a ride out to the range and the Martial Activities staff has provided increased levels of support, making the Archery Range a comfortable (as comfortable as any place can be in the heat and humidity of this Pennsic) place to shoot.
The populace has responded to this encouragement by coming out to the Archery Range in greater numbers than the last War. All shooters faced three challenges: the Clout Shoot, the Soldier Shoot and the Castle Window Shoot. The Clout Shoot tested their ability to hit a distant target, while the Soldier Shoot gave the shooters images of charging warriors to hit. Both these shoots limited the archer to six arrows or bolts. The Castle Window shoot was a 30-second timed shoot where the archer could fire as many times as he or she could load, aim, and release. Points were totaled by kingdom for each of the three shoots, with the kingdom winning two of the three shoots taking the War Point.
Yesterday the archers of the East Kingdom took the War Point, winning the Clout Shoot with 1764 points versus 1575 points, and also taking the Soldier Shoot by a score of 2323 to 2091. The Castle Window Shoot was also won by the Eastern shooters by 1316 to 1056 points.
Everyone is reminded that there is still one more Archery War Point in contention, and you are invited to the Archery Range to add your contribution to the push for victory. Look for the white and red banner on the leftmost tower of the Battlefield Fort to know when the Archery Range is open, or you can go to Information Point and ask them to contact Archer One on the radio. The Archery Range is scheduled to be open for the second Mass Populace Archery Shoot from 10a.m. to 6p.m. on Thursday the 12th, and from 10a.m. to 4p.m. on Friday the 13th.

Thursday Unclassifieds

Knowne World Petanque Tournament results: Corner’s Girls made it to the final. So did Chalkman/Lusty Wench. Chalkman/Lusty Wench won 13 to 5. Well done Hennesx & Mym. To all the good friends who show, thanks! See you next year. Le Rieur Sanglier

Contests
Bardic Bounty on Bad Garb. Shame a lame out of their mundanes! Bounty is redeemed at Bard’s Haven.

Events Open to All
Classes in engraving and repoussé from 10 a.m. on. Limit 6 per class. Class fee $5. Livonia Smithery, Booth Space 170, Fleet Street.
Hey Harry Potter fans! Wizard Rock show featuring Efenwealt & Aenor as the Blibbering Humdingers. Thurs 9 p.m. behind Camelot Treasures booth 30. Enter from Servant’s Path. CDs available.
MEAD TASTINGS AT THE BEE FOLKS! Come join us Tuesday, Thursday and Friday nights, 7-until-we-kick-you-out. Bring your own bottle and cup. #114.
Middle KMOAS open hours 2-4 Tues & Thurs Midrealm Royal.
Runvaldr classes evenings at 7 p.m. Holistic healing also good for others manifesting at Cabochons on 17 Bow St. Donations accepted to cover expenses.
Samurai Chef - Introducing period Japanese food and Dining. Thur @ NOON Clan Yama Kaminari (E03)
TURKU in concert 8:30 p.m. Thursday August 12th. “The Turks are on the Walls” at the Fortress on the Main Battlefield.

For Sale
12’-19’ yurts 4 sale! $1500 & up. Must sell. Ask for Pente 919-360-0048 E01 Camp Infinity. Will deal.
10 gal hot water heater LP see Denys the Decadent E07 asking 200 OBO.
10’ Regent + fly, blk + red w/full setup $750 OBO Contact Hector 330-472-0398. Pickup Fri Aug 13.
10ft Sybley style canvas tent 18” sidewalls 3 screened windows 3 ceiling vents heavy zipoff rubber floor. Used for 1 event B4 Pennsic pd. $800 sell $550 E31 Revelwood by Classic Swimhole ask for Deryk.
12 ft. Diameter yurt by Yurts of America. 6ft. side walls. New this Pennsic. avaialble on Sat. Aug. 14th, $2800 see Rask at Cloak & Dagger Booth 13.
14x14 Panther Pavilion, 14x14 fly , poles included $1,200 Call Richard McKenzie 407-271-5842.
20’ Mongolian yurt(Ger): used for one week @ Pennsic 37, it is too much for me and I have downgraded. Has been in temp. controlled storage. Asking $5,000 O.B.O. Call 914-841-7146 or stop by Clan of the Northern Lynx E28 at Pennsic ask for Caroline or Bamm.
20x30 Panther Marquis w/roof vent. Canvas only. Located in Lagrange, GA. $1800 OBO call Honorata 706-881-6930.
4 sale gothic heavy weapons breast & back $120. Pauldrons $85. Dress sallet $100. Call 610-357-2718
4ft Great Sword new. Paid $40 sell $30. N30 Southwind.
65 Foot Dia. Sky Lodge see at Richspiritdrums.com. Highest quality, unique design $4400 254-652-7522
Yurts 4 Sale! Many sizes. Contact Pente/Wookie. Camp Infinity E01 EASY TO SET UP! 919-360-0048. Possible Trade for Enclosed Trailer. Must Sell.
Agate Burnishers - bone ivory & horn handles - hand carved - also dog tooth and carnelian. Guild of Limners #26.
Are you tired of having your skirts drag? Costumes by Loren has lots of garb both short and long. Bright colors and patterns in easy to care for cotton. 166 Fleet St.
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?
Blank Books - hand bound in leather, handmade paper, thick & chunky. Fair trade products. $10 - $32 limited supply - Guild of Limners. #26.
CLOAK & DAGGER Booth 13 has archery supplies by Viking Archery Supply again this year.
Cotton reuseable soap scrubbies, organic catnip toys, 100% cotton fingerless gloves, & more- space 42.
Display/armor stand. Packs small, wood, painted or stained. N05/Clan Lurkr. $25
Don’t be roadkill! 5’ rule reflective trim. Space 42
Benefit the Chirurgeons--buy an original Pennsic XXXIX T-shirt. $10. Available from Claus of Burzee, #26 Merchants Row.
Dyers! Get your undyed skeins & roving in Space 28.
Fabric Dragon went back to College, please buy something! Space 42
Falcon‘s Mew catnip toys and stuffed animals #171.
Fitted cotehardies 2 Simplicity pattern size 18, back lacing, 1 brown, 1 green silk like material, floor length long sleeve . E01 Silverhorde, Jackie or Kathy $60 each.
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 #26.
For Sale - Bad garb, bad garb, What’cha gonna do? What’cha gonna do when the punchline’s you?- Claus the Toymaker.
FOR SALE: Bathhouse - Trailer. Cost $1500 to build. Needs some work. Will sacrifice for $400. See Eleanor at merchant space #6. Trailer is set up in Meridies Royal, N01.
For Sale - Glass muller & burnishers from England, also Mitchell nibs, vellum, parchment, and hand bound leather books- The Guild of Limners, #26.
For sale. Horse tails $10; 12x16 pavilion new in box; drum kits; shaman calendar. Site #3
For Sale SCA Road Signs- “Fighter Practice Area”, “Danger Viking Territory” and many others, some new and very silly $5 each. Claus the Toymaker, #26.
Free 15 year old arming pavilion yellow + green. All poles, stakes, ropes and hooks N09 -Denis de Dijon cell: 301-318-0794
Hair sticks wooden & semi-precious. Mention this ad and get 10% off Booth 171.
John Lyttleton’s next CD available for pre-sale $20. See Master John in camp with Emerson N03 by 8/13
Knitters & Spinners! Forgot your needles? Need yarn or roving? Space 28 can help.
Lost your needle? Dragon’s Magic has packs of needles on sale - 50 cents
Manicure/Pedicure offered by Dau 412-874-4314 Manis $5-7. Pedis $10-12 done @ barn. Parties available @ your site $25 guaranteed for a party. Text me.
Micarta rods for making hilts. CLOAK & DAGGER #13.
MIDNIGHT MADNESS SALE, 10% off most items Mediaeval Miscellanca, Space 28.
New 750ml Bottles $10/case. See Wren, Merchant 185.
NEW THIS YEAR: Decorate your child’s walls with medieval images - Knights, dragons, ladies - more. Let the mundanes put up Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck! - at Claus the Toymaker #26.
For Sale 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 necessary for scribes and artists.
Pavilions 4 sale - 10x15 $650, 17x23 $800 - see Eleanor at Blue Unicorn Space 183
Pavilions for sale- two 16 foot rounds - new this year available at end of war. Complete package. 1 decorated $1450, 1 plain $1200 Black Pearl Tavern, B08.
PEARLS, prehnite, peridot and beads that don’t start with ‘P’ at Fabric Dragon space 42
Pennsic in a Box - Comes with people, places and things found at Pennsic in a colorful wooden box - Makes a great fun gift for friends who couldn’t attend this year. Found only at Claus the Toymaker #26.
Period Patterns™- What can you make from them? Come see sample garments- Mediaeval Miscellanea, Space 28.
Period Pavilions™ for sale or rent, some on site for immediate delivery. New + used, plain + decorated, simple + elaborate. Custom pavilions- we create exactly what you want. Free color brochure + catalog. See our ad in the gatebook. Mediaeval Miscellanea Space 28.
Pin Money products can be found at Miriam’s #58. Period lampwork pins, beads, Viking glass, rings, spindles and of course- FIBERS!
Queen size rope bed $200 call Coleta 513-324-4252
For Sale Vellum - opaline vellum (sheepskin) direct from England. Finest Quality sale price $20 per sheet. Lovely Dutch sheepskin parchment whole skins $125 can be cut smaller. The Guild of Limners #26, across from the barn.
Real Gold Thread - Kamibari was $40 now $30 a Skein Terra Incognita # 171.
Songs of Rosalind Jehanne vol 1 on CD! Featuring performances by Ken & Lisa Theriot, Efenwealt Wystle, John Lyttleton, Bryce de Byram & more! Camelot Treasures booth 30
Steel and aluminum fence wire for mail making. Several spools. CLOAK & DAGGER #13.
UNIQUELY YOU! DRESSMAKER’S FORMS - the only one that corsets properly. Fit the cover exactly to your body change it as you do, the form still fits you. A 2nd cover = share with a friend. Available on site, save the shipping. Mediaeval Miscellanea, Space 28.
Woods Battle? We have bite & rash cream! Space 42
Yes! Pennsic does get chilly so we have cloaks & shoulder warmers for you. Space 28.
Good garb - Bad Garb PAPER DOLLS - even more humorous than the works of Beaumont & Fletcher! From Claus the Toymaker.
For Sale Ink-Oakgall, walnut hull, also gallo-tannic ink, absolutely perfectly opaque. $4 per bottle Guild of Limners #26.
Yes, there’s quality real cheesecloth at Dragon’s Magic #27.
Your Device/Arms/Picture on a Banner up to 3 ft square. Custom done. Select Kingdoms in stock. Visit Misty Tower in Space 28.
General
ATTENTION MUSICIANS! RADIO FREE MONGOLIA WANTS YOUR DEMO CD’S FOR AIRPLAY. PLEASE LEAVE THEM AT BOX #1, HORDE CAMP GATE.
Don’t be afraid to find new forms of activation!
Drum making workshop hosts wanted, Drum & flute repairs Richspiritdrums.com Drums avlb. 254-652-7522
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 announcement from Claus of Burzee Toymaker.
Free rabbit cage. Light wire. Inquire at EK Royal.
Intrigue, scandal + thwarted romance- the story develops as Pennsic progresses. Come see the diorama daily at Mediaeval Miscellanea, Space 28.
Knives sharpened, repairs, sheaths made. CLOAK & DAGGER #13.
KNOWN WORLD CHOIR CONCERT Thurs 5:30pm Performing Arts Tents.
Leatherworking: “Come join us for Leatherworking Day on Artisans Row, and get a hands-on introduction to leather work and decoration from some of the most experienced leatherworkers in the Society.”
Open Solar with Master Cariadoc: “Come join Master Cariadoc and his guests in fascinating discussions of his many areas of interest. Come meet the man called one of the truly legendary figures in our Society.”
Overheard: The solar showers are extra warm this year, but they smell like dragon pee!
Rider/Gas share back to Las Vegas NV. Leaving Sat. Night. Driving truck, haul/drop off also acceptable. 7023433301 Text Best.
Sandust Wanted. See Metilda of Lochleven/EK Royal.
See Auntie Arwen space 185 and ask if she is drinking WATER! <3 Fabric Dragon
SF author Michael Z. Williamson signing copies of his books. CLOAK & DAGGER #13.
Soaps & Lotions: “Come on over to Artisans Row for a day of clean play and sweet-smelling enjoyment. Soaps and Lotions arrive on Artisans Row just when we need them most!”
Welcome to your first Pennsic - Debra- From Erlan.

Help Wanted
BREAKDOWN HELP WANTED! Good pay, food, fun crew. Bonus if work til truck is loaded! Start Sat. at 10. Mediaeval Miscellanea, Space 28.

Lost & Found
Book Production Spindling lost AS 13, return to Clan O’Choda and Ehanhs

Memorials
The Eleventh Memorial Ship will sail this Thursday, August 12th at about 9:30 pm from the base of the causeway, at the border of blocks W-12 and W-14. It can be seen at the Stave Church Thursday afternoon. Procession @9p.m. to the Runestone, and on to the lake. Shields may be painted during the week at Tancred’s Tangled Woods, or Thursday afternoon at the Stave- Church.
Aett Kveldulf raises its horns to their fallen sister, Silkisif of Svanhill. Valhalla welcomes a courageous and tender heart, which our mead-hall is the poorer for the loss thereof. Charge your glass, who read this: to Silkisif!
Lord Wolfhunter - You will always be in our hearts and you will forever be remembered 1967-2009.
RIP Dunstyn & Evliquia McGroyne. Survived by Edmund & Sarah de Wight.

Parties
Clan Blue Feather encampment party Thurs. Aug. 12. Bad garb night! Come in your worst outfit.
Come to Settmour Swamp for a Polynesian Soire (Tiki Party) to celebrate LapuLapu’s victory over Magellan’s millitant encroachment. We will be offering Quality BEER and CIDER as well as some delicious Polynesian cocktails. A ROASTED PIG, HAGGIS, and snacks will be offered too!
ATTENTION FIREDANCERS and DRUMMERS: The Swamp will hold a firedance competition. See Arnacai in Settmour Swamp for an audition Wednesday at 7PM. Prize for the Winner! Drummers will also receive a special gift.
Japanese Incense Ceremony followed by a Japanese Poetry Party Friday @ Clan Yama Kaminari (E03) Incense Ceremony @ noon Poetry Party @ 1:00

Personals
Baroness Judith Have a great day! Love Your Secret Pal
CAMPMATE BEAT YOU TO THAT MIDNIGHT MADNESS DEAL? BLAME ANGUS
ELL Congratulations on finding a man - YEAH- OG grieves in his beer =YECK= salty beer.
Expressions of affections are always in order - I Love You Joseph of the Red Griffin!- - B’ Rose.
Freeport boy looking for Lower Burrell girl.
Habibi- Thank you for being the foundation on which my new chapter is based. I love you more than words can say. Yours always, Nafoora
Happy Birthday, Rose. Meet me at the food court Friday nite at 6pm for dinner and presents for you and Micah.
Help shape the future of the past. Participate in the SCA census. Available online for free at Mystic Mail 9-11a.m. and after 5p.m.
I saw a werewolf talking with the Hus. His hair was perfect. - T.L. in N08.
Last year outside Barducci, my head between your thighs, you saw things you never saw before. YOU, Canadian (I never got your name) know how innocent this is. Meet me? Fritz, Buorgaror, W09
Master John Michael Thorpe and THL Fionnghuala inghean Diarmada: WE MISS YOU! -Lion’s Tower & Singing Stone
My Pennsic Virgins - Though I may not remember your names, I’ll always remember meeting you! - Zoe.
N XL˚ LVII.DCCLXXVIII, W ØLXXX˚ ØVIII.CDLVII. “Heath Saint Sicce.” Bring a Pen!
To the Lord who returned Lady Tatiana’s amethyst crystal she thanks you with all of her heart.
Wanted Hungamunga talk to Wolfgang in OGLAND.

Tyger, Dragon Split Spoils in Champion’s Battles

By Lord DonalBane of Blakmers
Battlefield Reporter

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After 13 War Points:
East Tygers 9, Midrealm Dragons 4

Allied Champions Battle
With the rapier champions battle being won by the Midrealm on the last bout Wednesday, the Allied Champions battle turned out to be a similarly tight fight.
After some words of encouragement from HRM Edward of the East and HRM Radagaisus of the Midrealm, 120 champions and allied champions lined up on each side for an SCA-style game of capture the flag. Each side had to run the opposing side’s flag back to their own banner to earn a point. The first team to seven points (or the side with the most points after an hour) would claim the war point. Resurrections occurred at two-minute intervals throughout the battle.
As usual, the fight was one of the most intense at Pennsic. The Eastern allies claimed the first two banners; only to see the Midrealm allies rally.
At the end of the hour, the marshals determined the score was tied at 2-2. Thus, the fighters were lined up once more, this time for a last-man-standing fight to determine the War Point.
The ensuing brawl eliminated nearly every fighter on the field. However, a small group of Atlantians was able to stick together and drive off the final Midrealm Allies, giving the War Point to the East.

Unbelted Champions Battle
This year’s unbelted champions tournament was a best-of-three fights affair pitting teams of 15 vs. 15 against each other.
A large number of the populace from both sides ended up watching this brawl.
The first fight pitted an East team comprised mostly of Northern Army warriors against a team of Dragons, mostly from Constellation. The Midrealm’s force was able to reform quickly and claimed the first fight.
The second fight was huge brawl between an East squad anchored by House Bloodguard and Midrealm team led by Oaken army members. It was quite a smashing affair with a high attrition rate, but the Dragon forces won out.
Although the Midrealm forces had already claimed the War Point, the Dragon sent out its third team anchored by Pentamere and Midlands to face and East squad led by VDK. The fight went the same way as the first two, as the Midrealm forces rolled over the field.

Belted Champions Battle
The East’s 20-man team of knights and masters sought to avenge its unbelted team’s defeat as it met a force of 20 Midrealm chivalry shortly after the unbelted battle. The fight was a whirling dervish for a good while, but the East’s forces were able to maintain their cohesion better and swept the field to claim the War Point.
Thursday’s Big Battle: The Bridge Battle
The bridges are back at Pennsic as the two Great Armies renew their fight Thursday at 10 a.m. This year, there will be three battles over five bridges with victory in each battle being worth one War Point. An army must control the majority of bridges or sweep the field to earn victory. There will be no resurrections. Be aware combat archery and siege weapons are allowed in the third fight.

PI Tuesday August 10, 2010

Dragon Breaks the Siege to Open the War

By Lord DonalBane of Blakmers
Battlefield Reporter

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After five War Points: Midrealm Dragons 2, East Tygers 3

The Grand Armies of the East and Middle Kingdoms met for the first time at Pennsic XXXIX in a new concept battle. The Break the Siege Battle took place Monday morning.
For the first time, the object of the battle was not to fight into the fort but out of it.
Each army was given 45 minutes to drive their enemy out of the fort, retake three houses in a “village” and finally claim a banner in the mountain pass.
The armies attacked out of the fort were given unlimited resurrections, while the defending armies were given one resurrection in the village zone and one resurrection in the mountain pass.
Claiming the banner before the 45-minute time period was worth 1 War Point. The side that claimed the banner faster would claim an additional War Point.
The East was given the opportunity to break out first. HRM Edward arrayed his forces inside the fort. The Western Coalition and elements of the Southern army attacked the west gate; the Ulsterblichen and Atlantia surged out of the main gate, while the Northern Army and the Tuchux attacked the east gate.
The Midrealm had a slight numerical advantage as it defended first. The Æthelmearc army held the west gate, while forces from North Oaken, Calontir, Ealdormere and Northshield formed a gauntlet on the causeway. South Oaken, House Darkyard and Trimaris manned the east gate.
At the sound of the cannon, a massive meat grinder erupted at all three gates. On the east gate in particular, the front lines became living masses of fighters in a desperate push for territory.
Midrealm forces on the causeway held up relatively well, but a well-timed charge led by House Serpentia helped open the west gate. The Ulsterblichen then worked a flanking maneuver, which drove the Midrealm’s forces to west back through the village.
To the East, the fight remained a jihad all through the village, but the East’s superior numbers eventually pushed the Midrealm back.
After a hold, the jaws of the East’s forces slowly closed around the Midrealm’s forces guarding the banner. The final fight remained a brutal affair but Master Rouslon of the East claimed the banner at the 35-minute mark to end the first fight.
The second fight began about 30 minutes after the first, but the intensity did not wane in the slightest.
The fight on the east gate pitted the Northern Army and the Tuchux in a maelstrom against Ealdormere, Calontir and the Free Company of Ironlance. The fighting was nothing short of breathtaking, but the Midrealm’s allies eventually pushed their way into the village. The combined Oaken armies pushed their way out of the west gate despite determined resistance from Atlantia, while the center gate saw Æthelmearc, the Midlands army and others rush headlong into the Ultsterblichen and Western Coalition.
The battle flowed in much the same as the first, with Eastern forces putting up a determined resistance. However, a thrust led by Ealdormere between two of the houses spelled the beginning of the end.
A small banner guard of East warriors was surrounded by a wave of Midrealm fighters. Count Sir Stephen Dubois of Northshield claimed the banner at 31:50, giving the Midrealm victory and the Extra War Point.
“What a way to start a War!” HRM Radagaisus of the Midrealm said to his troops after the battle.
HRM Edward of the East was also pleased with his forces.
“I think they fought with all their heart and all their honor,” HRM Edward said.
HRM Radagaisus was also happy with how the battle flowed, as he was one of the battle’s designers. He also expressed great joy for the efforts of his Allies and expects a good war for his troops.
“The Midrealm army always does well when we start strong,” HRM Radagaisus.

Tomorrow’s Big Battle: The Woods Battle
The new woods north of Mount Eislinn will be christened today with a two-hour, unlimited resurrection battle fought over three banners. Because the Midrealm won the siege battle, the East will have a chance to place the mobile banner first. The Midrealm will muster on the north side of the woods, while the East will muster on the south side.

Love’s Labours Found

by Lady Mary of Montevale
Features Reporter, Pennsic Independent

Virtually every single item on display in Monday’s annual A&S Exhibit in the Barn was a labor of love.
Of love and persistence, and perhaps in some instances, a moment or two spent wondering “Why did I ever start this?”—which has long since been replaced by pride in one’s workmanship and artistry. Even a project which is a few hours short of completion merits display, as evidenced by the pieces of baronial regalia for the Barony of the Flame exhibited by Baroness Camilla de la Reynaude (Middle).
One red glove, its cuff banded with several repetitions of the baronial device, was finished. Her Excellency modeled it for me. The second glove is yet a few fingers shy of complete “glovedom,” but the set will be ready in time for Midrealm court on Thursday. Fellow knitters will appreciate the work that went into the gloves even more when they learn the gauge for the yarn is 17.5 stitches to the inch, and that the gloves were knit using five size 0000 (1mm) double point needles.
Another item for which the details of production boggle the mind is the Byzantine set of headdress, collar, and pallium which Lord Corwyn MacCamie (Calontir) is quick to tell the inquisitive took him six years to complete because of all the semi-precious stones which form the decorative patterns on the three pieces had to be sewn on by hand.
How many pieces?
On the headdress there are 3,000 pearls. On the collar: 4,700 2mm semi-precious stones of 27 different kinds. On the pallium: 7,655 pearls and 6,730 of the 2mm stone. Do the arithmetic. Sewn on one at a time. Six years. Think about it.
Stopping to examine each individual exhibit and speak to each exhibitor in the Barn might take as long as Lord Corwyn’s project. Thus what follows is only a small sample of what could be seen on Monday.
Ose Silverhair (East) has been in the SCA for only eighteen months. She displayed her experiments in nalbinding in which she tried out various stitches with a variety of weights of yarn. A 3-section display board showed clear explanations for each of the stitches as well as two or three samples apiece from various kinds of yarn.
Baroness Maigret of Carrigart, OP (East) only knits in the evenings, so she was able to progress at a rate of about an inch per hour on two pairs of stockings in the manner of Eleanora of Toledo’s grave stockings. The red pair on display were knit of silk, the white pair of wool. It took about 30 hours to complete a single stocking. She followed a set of instructions written by Baroness Camilla de le Reynaude (of the baronial gloves described above) that has been published worldwide. Just do a search on “Eleanora of Toledo’s stockings.”
The current Baroness of Storvik (Atlantia), Janina Krakowska, displayed the baronial heraldic cloak which she wore at Sunday’s opening ceremonies on which she had embroidered a scene depicting the founding of Storvik about 35 years ago. She also displayed what she called a humor piece: a muslin bottle carrier, lined with insulating wool, in which one could carry (back in the day) a bottle of Pennsic chocolate milk. The outside was embroidered in the style of the Bayeux Tapestry with an image of Cooper’s Store and a young Norman departing, carrying his bottle of chocolate milk and his bag of ice.
A very eye-catching and beautiful gown was made of white and black wool by Lady Odile de Brienne (Middle). Lined with silk, the gown is based on the blue gown in the April illustration in the Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry.
Also inspired by medieval sources was an oil painting on board by Lambert (Middle), done in the styles of Hieronymus Bosch and Pieter Bruegel. Using a favorite theme of medieval iconography, “Cynnabar’s Fighters” shows the Baron and Baroness of Cynnabar and several other baronial worthies in a large cauldron set over a blazing fire.
Lady Elsa de Lyon (East) used French sources to create the illumination on a Pelican scroll. The general design was based on a French book of hours from Rouen (1500), while the fencers portrayed on the scroll were from The Art of Fencing (1595) and the archers came from Froissart’s Chronicles (15th c.).
Baroness Sfandra Dmetrieva Chernigova (East)’s persona served as motivation when she created a married woman’s headgear in 14th c. Novgorod style. The fabric used, cotton upholstery velvet, was the closest in appearance to period silk velvet because of its short, dense pile. Lined with linen, the headgear has 12 oz. leather as stiffening because of the weight of the many pearls used in the ornamental decoration.
Mistress Maudelyn Godelinva Taillour (Meridies) found herself beginning to work with fiber as an offshoot of the costuming work for which she received her Laurel when she needed accurate accessory pieces for her Anglo-Saxon garb. On Monday she displayed completed items made using sprang: an Arden Mose woman’s cap and a reproduction Skrydstrup cap, a 14th c. grave find which might have been worn by a man. During the exhibit she worked on another Arden Mose cap, this one of blue finger-weight wool, using a frame also based on late Viking archeological finds.
Popular with many visitors to Monday’s exhibit was the display of “Pigment Mythbusters” by Atlantian scribe Lady Lavia Zanna. All of the supposed facts displayed were things people have told her about period scribal supplies which she believes are not true. For example, she is 90% certain that the pigment Indian Yellow was not obtained by feeding certain animals a diet consisting only of mangoes.
Lord Corwyn Ravenwing (East) began painting pottery reproductions about a year ago. He does not throw the pots; he only paints them. On display in the Barn were an Aramaic incantation bowl (4th to 7th c.), an Iranian painted bowl, (10th c.), and a piece of Teano ware from the 4th c. BC.
Every year, the A&S exhibit serves as a delight for the eye and a source of inspiration for newcomers and SCA veterans alike who want to return home from Pennsic to begin A&S projects of their own.

Rapier Town Battle

By Lord Dominic Seamor
Martial Reporter, Pennsic Independent

Swift blades flashed in the warm sunshine Monday afternoon as an estimated 400 rapier fighters struggled for a War Point in the Town Battle. The two armies were attempting to control five strategically placed banners (one to the north, one in the center building, one in the east, one to the west and one in the southern pass) in and around a straw-bale town. The placement of the buildings produced four main east-west alleys that served to focus much of the action, while numerous side streets allowed for tactical maneuvers. The battle was an hour long, with (initially) unlimited resurrections. Don Ogedei commanded the forces of the East and its allies who entered from the western edge of the field, while Warder Anton led forth the legions of the Midrealm and its numerous friends from the eastern edge. Both armies fought under the eyes of their respective Royals, with the banners of many other lands also flying in the wind.
Throughout the battle the main action centered on the northern and central banners. The east and west banners were never in serious contention. The Eastern forces took possession of the southern banner soon after the starting guns blasted and held that banner for the entire engagement with a wall of steel blades. But such was not the case in the center and the north. While the East initially took both these positions, they soon lost the northern banner to a superb flanking maneuver from Midrealm troops advancing up the north-central main alley who first pushed back the Eastern defenders and then turned the corner and trapped the guard of the northern banner between themselves and the main Midrealm force advancing on the northernmost alley. That was the first time the northern banner changed hands on that day. It was not the last. The northern banner changed hands approximately eight times during the battle, making it the most contested piece of the entire struggle.
The fighting was just as hot in the center, where the banner was located inside a building, which made the doorways into that building the focal points of the fight. The Eastern army did not hold the center banner for long, being pushed out in the first ten minutes of fighting. The Dragon army set up a strong defense of the central banner that withstood attack after attack. The flow of casualties to resurrection seemed endless. At the halfway point of the battle the Eastern commanders gathered a host of the resurrected and finally gained access to the center building. There was little tactical maneuver possible at the doorways, just a battle of attrition where the superior numbers of Eastern fighters told. The East regained the central position and never lost it again.
At the second planned scoring hold, while the blessed waterbearers delivered their gifts to the thirsty soldiers, it was announced that the combination of heat and humidity made it necessary to change the last part of the battle to a no-resurrection format. To a man and woman, the tired, sweaty fighters expressed their willingness to continue under the original rules of engagement but the chiurgeons, marshals and Royals remained adamant.
When the fighters resumed their struggle, the lack of more lives to lose did not make the hosts of the Midrealm shy of their foes. Warder Anton knew that he must gain two of the banners to have any hope of victory, and he personally led his fighters forward into the battle. All along the line the Midrealm pushed hard against the enemy. Warder Anton fell leading a charge but the loss of their captain only put more fire into the fighters following him.
Sadly, it was not enough. Though the Middle Kingdom army came close enough to the southern and central banners to almost touch them, Don Ogedei and his Eastern fighters slew any foe who came in reach, and the last Midrealm warrior fought and fell in honorable single combat, leaving the East in possession of all three banners, and a final score of 6 to 0, giving the War Point to the East and its valiant host.
Don Ogedei said that his allies deserved special thanks for the quality and quantity of their warriors, particularly naming the Atlantians and Ansteorrans as “absolutely fierce.” TRM Edward and Marguerite of the East also thanked their heroic allies, and then led their army in three hearty “Vivats!” for their honorable and hard-fighting Midrealm foe.

Tuesday Unclassifieds

Contests
Bard’s Haven is open for business! Also, Celtic Bardic is Tues at 7 pm in our camp on Willow Point.
Bardic Bounty on Bad Garb. Shame a lame out of their mundanes! Bounty is redeemed at Bard’s Haven.

Events Open To All
BAGPIPERS AND FANS NEEDED at the Mountain Confederation’s annual PIPERS COMPETITION Tues., E12 @ 8:30p.m. All ages welcome, ID needed to drink. Piper sign up starts @ 7:30p.m.
Middle KMOAS presents an A&S roundtable Wed 10-12 in Midrealm Royal. All are welcome.
Classes in engraving and repoussé from 10 a.m. on. Limit 6 per class. Class fee $5. Livonia Smithery, Booth Space 170, Fleet Street.
Correction: Caravanserai Bukhara 8-11 pm Tuesday! Middle Eastern Tent. Bring stories, music, dance, you!
Hey Harry Potter fans! Wizard Rock show featuring Efenwealt & Aenor as the Blibbering Humdingers. Thurs 9 p.m. behind Camelot Treasures booth 30. Enter from Servant’s Path. CDs available.
HOUSE DE LONDRES ANNUAL PARTY AND BARDIC!! TUESDAY 9:30 PM X02 - LOW ROAD ACROSS FROM O’HODA BEHIND THE SOLAR SHOWERS.
MEAD TASTINGS AT THE BEE FOLKS! Come join us Tuesday, Thursday and Friday nights, 7-until-we-kick-you-out. Bring your own bottle and cup. #114.
Middle KMOAS open hours 2-4 Tues & Thurs Midrealm Royal.
Runvaldr classes evenings at 7 p.m. Holistic healing also good for other manifesting at Cabochons on 17 Bow St. Donations accepted to cover expenses.
TURKU in concert 8:30 p.m. Thursday August 12th. “The Turks are on the Walls” At the Fortress on the Main Battlefield.

For Sale
12’-19’ yurts 4 sale! $1500 & up. Must sell. Ask for Pente 919-360-0048 E01 Camp Infinity. Will deal.
10 gal hot water heater LP see Denys the Decadent E07 asking 200 OBO.
14x14 Panther Pavilion, 14x14 fly, poles included $1,200 call Richard McKenzie 407-271-5842 .
20’ Mongolian yurt(Ger): used for one week @ Pennsic 37, it is too much for me and I have downgraded. Has been in temp. controlled storage. Asking $5,000 O.B.O. Call 914-841-7146 or stop by Clan of the Northern Lynx E28 at Pennsic ask for Caroline or Bamm.
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?
20x30 Panther Marquis w/roof vent. Canvas only. Located in Lagrange, GA. $1800 OBO call Honorata 706-881-6930.
25lb. Recurve bow, glove, armguard & quiver $85 obo ask for Bethany @ W15. Red Spears.
2x2 wood spokes approx. 6.5’ garment rack in Drachenwald - see Arianwen 520-425-1919 Make offer
4ft Great Sword new. Paid $40 sell $30. N30 Southwind.
65 Foot Dia. Sky Lodge see at Richspiritdrums.com. Highest quality, unique design $4,400 254-652-7522
Agate Burnishers - bone ivory & horn handles - hand carved - also dog tooth and carnelian. Guild of Limners #26.
Are you a Thread-Counter? 8x & 10x Linen Testers make it easy. Dragons Magic #27.
Yurts 4 Sale! Many sizes. Contact Pente/Wookie. Camp Infinity E01 EASY TO SET UP! 919-360-0048. Possible Trade for Enclosed Trailer. Must Sell.
Armor 2 complete sets of Dark Victory Armory in bags never used. $200@obo ask at booth or at big yurt with camel in B9.
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 #26.
10’ Regent + fly, blk + red w/full setup $750 OBO Contact Hector 330-472-0398. Pickup Fri Aug 13.
Benefit the Chirurgeons--buy an original Pennsic XXXIX T-shirt. $10. Available from Claus of Burzee, #26 Merchants Row.
Blank Books - hand bound in leather, handmade paper, thick & chunky. Fair trade products. $10 - $32 limited supply - Guild of Limners. #26.
Don’t be roadkill! 5’ rule reflective trim. Space 42
Dyers! Get your undyed skeins & roving in Space 28.
Fabric Dragon went back to College, please buy something! Space 42
FABRIC! From the collection of Animalx! Award winning costumer space 89 across from the booksellers.
Falcon‘s Mew catnip toys and stuffed animals #171.
Fitted cotehardies 2 Simplicity pattern size 18, back lacing, 1 brown, 1 green silk like material, floor-length long sleeve . E01 Silverhorde, Jackie or Kathy $60 each.
For Sale 12x16 Marque 6’ Walls 5’ Awning includes canvas floor, ropes & poles tall yellow & Green Tent on Kurdson Way N03 good condition $500 available Sunday am, Aug.15.
For Sale - Bad garb, bad garb, What’cha gonna do? What’cha gonna do when the punchline’s you?- Claus the Toymaker.
For Sale HAND GROUND PERIOD PIGMENTS- - once you’ve tried it, you’ll never use anything less. It’s not as complicated as you may think. Free sample and instruction in its preparation with this ad from Misstress Megan at the Guild of Limners, #26 Merchants Row.
For Sale - Gently used Trojan Horse style tent. 10x20 ft. steel carport frame with canvas roof and side walls. Complete with ropes, stakes and storage bags. Asking $500 obo. Available Sat Aug 14. Ask for Duncon, Iron Bog N20.
For sale. Horse tails $10; 12x16 pavilion new in box; drum kits; shaman calendar. Site #3
For Sale SCA Road Signs- “Fighter Practice Area”, “Danger Viking Territory” and many others, some new and very silly $5 each. Claus the Toymaker, #26.
For Sale Vellum - opaline vellum (sheepskin) direct from England. Finest Quality sale price $20 per sheet. Lovely Dutch sheepskin parchment whole skins $125 can be cut smaller. The Guild of Limners #26, across from the barn.
Good garb - Bad Garb PAPER DOLLS - even more humorous than the works of Beaumont & Fletcher! From Claus the Toymaker.
Hair sticks wooden & semi-precious. Mention this ad and get 10% off Booth 171.
Jarl Valgard Stonecleaver will autograph Medieval Fantasy as Performance 8 - 10 PM Wed Aug 11, Poison Pen Press #63
Knitters & Spinners! Forgot your needles? Need yarn or roving? Space 28 can help.
Lost your needle? Dragon’s Magic has packs of needles on sale - 50 cents
Manicure/Pedicure offered by Dau 412-874-4314 Manis $5-7. Pedis $10-12 done @ barn. Parties available @ your site $25 guaranteed for a party. Text me.
Manicures/pedicures by licensed cosmetologist. Manis $4-$6 Pedis $10-$12 Discounts for parties with $25 minimum. N35 Dau meet at barn 412-874-4314
Materia Alchemia is still in print. Available at Space 166 Fleet Street. Ursula’s Alcove.
My jobber had garment leather that was too pretty to resist- now I have it. Wouldn’t you like it too? Dragon’s Magic #27.
New 750ml Bottles $10/case. See Wren, Merchant 185.
NEW THIS YEAR: Decorate your child’s walls with medieval images - Knights, dragons, ladies - more. Let the mundanes put up Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck! - at Claus the Toymaker #26.
For Sale Motar & Pestle sale -3 sizes - all $5 each. Today only. Guild of Limners. #26.
Pavilions for sale- two 16 foot rounds - new this year available at end of war. Complete package. 1 decorated $1450, 1 plain $1200 Black Pearl Tavern, B08.
PEARLS, prehnite, peridot and beads that don’t start with ‘P’ at Fabric Dragon space 42
Period Patterns™- What can you make from them? Come see sample garments- Mediaeval Miscellanea, Space 28.
Period Pavilions™ for sale or rent, some on site for immediate delivery. New + used, plain + decorated, simple + elaborate. Custom pavilions- we create exactly what you want. Free color brochure + catalog. See our ad in the gatebook. Mediaeval Miscellanea Space 28.
For Sale Ink-Oakgall, walnut hull, also gallo-tannic ink, absolutely perfectly opaque. $4 per bottle Guild of Limners #26.
Pin Money products can be found at Miriam’s #58. Period lampwork pins, beads, Viking glass, rings, spindles and of course- FIBERS!
Real Gold Thread - Kamibari was $40 now $30 a Skein Terra Incognita # 171.
Songs of Rosalind Jehanne vol 1 on CD! Featuring performances by Ken & Lisa Theriot, Efenwealt Wystle, John Lyttleton, Bryce de Byram & more! Camelot Treasures booth 30
Wolfram’s Wonderous Wares 134 Plunder Lane- Pouches, cloak clasps, diverse goodes, feast gear etc.
For Sale - Glass muller & burnishers from England, also Mitchell nibs, vellum, parchment, and hand bound leather books- The Guild of Limners, #26.
Yes! Pennsic does get chilly so we have cloaks & shoulder warmers for you. Space 28.
Pennsic in a Box - Comes with people, places and things found at Pennsic in a colorful wooden box - Makes a great fun gift for friends who couldn’t attend this year. Found only at Claus the Toymaker #26.
Your Device/Arms/Picture on a Banner up to 3 ft square. Custom done. Select Kingdoms in stock. Visit Misty Tower in Space 28.
Yurt 16ft set up in Argent Co. N17 $1500 obo 571-330-8390. Great space comfy and dry.
For Sale 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 necessary for scribes and artists.

General
12 Step Meeting daily 4:00 p.m. E07 off Great Eastern Highway Denys the Decadent’s Camp AA NA OA SA all welcome.
Drum making workshop hosts wanted, Drum & flute repairs Richspiritdrums.com Drums avlb. 254-652-7522
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 announcement from Claus of Burzee Toymaker.
Intrigue, scandal + thwarted romance- the story develops as Pennsic progresses. Come see the diorama daily at Mediaeval Miscellanea, Space 28.
Knives sharpened, repairs, sheaths made. CLOAK & DAGGER #13.
Metalsmithing & Glass Day: “Come on over and see the hottest of the Arts on Artisans Row, as the metalsmiths and glass people both demonstrate their skills!”
Paper Arts: “Paper-making, book-binding, quilling! Come over to Artisans Row and get drawn into the World of Paper Arts!”
See Auntie Arwen space 185 and ask if she is drinking WATER! <3 Fabric Dragon
SF author Michael Z. Williamson signing copies of his books. CLOAK & DAGGER #13.

Lost & Found
Lost phone in brown case- dire need, father in hospital. Please return to P, at disability camp or Lost and Found.
Kimberly Ann Karn from California: Please return to Auntie Arwen’s Spices. You left something very important there!
MONKEY! We miss you. Small hand-sized stuffed monkey with magnetic hands and family who loves him. Please bring him to Mead Hovel at N37 on Fosse Way.

Memorials
RIP Dunstyn & Evliquia McGroyne. Survived by Edmund & Sarah de Wight.
The Eleventh Memorial Ship will sail this Thursday, August 12th at about 9:30 pm from the base of the causeway, at the border of blocks W-12 and W-14. It can be seen at the Stave - Church Thursday afternoon. Procession @9:00 p.m. to the Runestone, and on to the lake. Shields may be painted during the week at Tancred’s Tangled Woods, or Thurdsday afternoon at the Stave- Church.

Parties
Clan Blue Feather Ball & Fashion Cotillion Tues. Aug.10 @9:00. Come celebrate our 20th anniversary by wearing your finest blue feather themed garb!
Clan Blue Feather encampment party Thurs. Aug. 12. Bad garb night! Come in your worst outfit.
Known Worlde Scribes Tea hosted by the Pleasure of Their Stellar Majesties at the Ansteorran Royal Pavilion. All are welcome. Date: August 10th, Tuesday. Time: 2-4 p.m. Location: Ansteorra Royal Block N06 on Kurdson Way, between Brewer’s Rd and Chandlers North of Pennsic A&S Univ. Scribes, pray bring your portfolios and works in progress. Refreshments provided, donations welcome.

Personals
Baroness Judith Drink water! Love Your Secret Pal
Crusher: You are such a Great Person: Your Secret Pal.
To the Lord who returned Lady Tatiana’s amethyst crystal she thanks you with all of her heart.
Expressions of affections are always in order - I Love You Joseph of the Red Griffin!- - B’ Rose.
Ladies Monday eve we were rendered speechless by your grace & beauty but could not find voice to request your pleasure after a long hard sweaty day of battle & bardic. Please stop by Trimaris W17 & ask for Tomas or Wulfric.
My Pennsic Virgins - Though I may not remember your names, I’ll always remember meeting you! - Zoe.
N XL˚ LVII.DCCLXXVIII, W OLXXX˚ OVIII.CDLVII. HEATH SAINT SICCE. BRING A DEM!
What countess has been seen wandering with werewolves at Twilight? - T.L.

PI Wedesday August 11, 2010

King Quilliam

By Master Liam St. Liam
Features Reporter, Pennsic Independent

Thormot Quilliam was within two victories of becoming the king of Ealdormere when his mother, Brigit Lanbein, leaned over and whispered in his ear.
“You are a bout away from achieving what you have always dreamed of,” she said, fortifying his resolve and sending him out for the final round against Sir Wat, whose squire Dagmar Halvdan was Qulliam’s consort.
“I had won the first best two-of-three, and he had won the second,” Quilliam said. “My mother said that, and that was the moment that just blew me away.”
Minutes later, the 19-year-old from Skeldergate was the crown prince of Ealdormere and finding himself preparing to be a Pennsic king.
The king, the walking definition of an earnest, strapping young man, started in the SCA youth fighter program at 14, and while he could fight heavy weapons with adults in Ealdormere at 16, he could not fight adults at Pennsic until last year. Every time he swings a sword, he is appreciative of the chance, because when he was 17, he was in a serious automobile accident. While it was not obvious at first, it turned out he had broken his neck. After two months of therapy, he was fighting again.
The king said he chose to fight for Queen Dagmar because, “My first-ever event as a heavy fighter was a demo in Oshawa, and she made me a shield,” he said. “She’s a really, really good friend. She’s the best organizer I know. Everyone loves her.”
The queen, who is older than her king and has known him since he started in the SCA, also fought for him in the tournament. For the final, she was on the sidelines, knowing that she would either be a monarch or would be in her knight’s entourage.
When Queen Dagmar speaks of her king, she bursts with pride. “If you saw the jewelry I wore at opening ceremonies, part of it was the prize he won in his first youth fighting tournament,” she said. “We have been good friends for a long time.”
Qulliam is not the kingdom’s first unbelted prince or king, but the bout between him and Sir Wat marked the first kingdom final where neither man had ever been prince before.
Master Hector of the Black Height, one of the kingdom’s oldest and most respected peers, found himself impressed by the king in many ways. “He really is someone special. He does so much. At one of our events, he wrote a poem, and it was quite good. We award our people with words, and we dubbed him Skald King.”
HRM Ealdormere spoke with humor and confidence at opening ceremonies. He first pointed out that he had come “for the picnic,” then, in a loud voice, declared for the Midrealm.

Tyger Roars in the Woods

By Lord DonalBane of Blakmers
Battlefield Reporter, Pennsic Independent

After Eight War Points:
East Tygers 5, Midrealm Dragons 3

Fighters of the Known World got their first look at the new woods Tuesday as the Great Armies of the East and Midrealm fought the woods battle.
The Midrealm chose to enter the woods from the north side, while the East entered from the south side, just to the north of Mount Eislinn.
This year’s fight was fought over three banners in a two-hour, unlimited resurrection battle. Possession of each banner was checked at 45 minutes, 90 minutes, and at the end of the battle, with possession of each banner counting as a “possession point.”
Earning three possession points was worth one War Point to each army. The army with a majority of possession points earned an extra War Point.
At the sound of the cannon, the two armies charged into what some fighters termed “a fair but hard fright.”
After some furious early charges, the East was able to take firm control of both the north and central banners. The Tyger held onto those two banners throughout the fight.
The fight for the southern banner was a brawl, according to those at the front. At the 45-minute mark, a small force of Atlantians battled a larger force of Midrealm fighters, leaving the banner in contest.
The East was able to send reinforcements to secure the southern banner.
Despite repeated charges from the Midrealm, the East held the southern banner at the 90-minute mark and the end of the battle. The result was an 8-0 win for the East, earning the Tyger two War Points.
Jubilant Eastern forces gathered at their resurrection point, where HRM Edward thanked both his warriors and each of his Allies for the effort they put forth.
HRM Marguerite then praised her troops.
“You have the heart and you have the blood and I thanks all of you for shedding it this day.” HRM Marguerite.
HRM Edward also said the victory would not have been worthwhile without “noble opponents” and raised a hearty “VIVAT!” to the Midrealm.

Wednesday’s Big Battle: Champion’s Day
The Rapier Champions, Allied Champions, Unbelted Champions and Belted Champions (in that order) will do battle today. These battles are spectator-friendly, but very spirited affairs. Feel free to watch. Each champion’s battle is worth one point.

Wednesday Unclassifieds

Contests
Bard’s Haven is open for business! Also, Celtic Bardic is Tues at 7p.m. in our camp on Willow Point.

Events Open to All
Cabeat Dunstable!
Casa Bodacious Open. Now serving Greeks.
Middle KMOAS presents an A&S roundtable Wed 10-12 in Midrealm Royal. All are welcome.
Classes in engraving and repoussé from 10 a.m. on. Limit 6 per class. Class fee $5. Livonia Smithery, Booth Space 170, Fleet Street.
Come visit the Bee Folks for Midnight Madness! See our 2nds table for special deals.#114
Do you tweet? Come to the Pennsic Potluck Tweetup, today at 1pm. Hosted by Dalhraidia, E27. Please bring food or drink to share.
Hey Harry Potter fans! Wizard Rock show featuring Efenwealt & Aenor as the Blibbering Humdingers. Thurs 9 p.m. behind Camelot Treasures booth 30. Enter from Servant’s Path. CDs available.
MEAD TASTINGS AT THE BEE FOLKS! Come join us Tuesday, Thursday and Friday nights, 7-until-we-kick-you-out. Bring your own bottle and cup. #114.
Middle KMOAS open hours 2-4 Tues & Thurs Midrealm Royal.
Runvaldr classes evenings at 7 p.m. Holistic healing also good for other manifesting at Cabochons on 17 Bow St. Donations accepted to cover expenses.
Samurai Chef - Introducing period Japanese food and Dining. Thur @ NOON Clan Yama Kaminari (E03)
TURKU in concert 8:30 p.m. Thursday August 12th. “The Turks are on the Walls” At the Fortress on the Main Battlefield.

For Sale
12’-19’ yurts 4 sale! $1500 & up. Must sell. Ask for Pente 919-360-0048 E01 Camp Infinity. Will deal.
Bad Garb Old Maid card game- Yes we have ‘em!- from Claus the Toymaker (Who else?)
10 gal hot water heater LP see Denys the Decadent E07 asking 200 OBO.
Dragon’s Magic, space #27, has fine wools, silks, and linens! “Fabricmonger to the Crown of the West” by royal appointment to Her Majesty Eilis, Regina Occidentalis, AS XXXXIII.
10ft Sybley style canvas tent 18” sidewalls 3 screened windows 3 ceiling vents heavy zipoff rubber floor. Used for 1 event B4 Pennsic pd. $800 sell $550 E31 Revelwood by Classic Swimhole ask for Deryk.
12 ft. Diameter yurt by Yurts of America. 6ft. side walls. New this Pennsic. avaialble on Sat. Aug. 14th, $2800 see Rask at Cloak & Dagger Booth 13.
14x14 Panther Pavilion, 14x14 fly , poles included $1,200 call Richard McKenzie 407-271-5842.
20’ Mongolian yurt(Ger): used for one week @ Pennsic 37, it is too much for me and I have downgraded. Has been in temp. controlled storage. Asking $5,000 O.B.O. Call 914-841-7146 or stop by Clan of the Northern Lynx E28 at Pennsic ask for Caroline or Bamm.
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?
20x30 Panther Marquis w/roof vent. Canvas only. Located in Lagrange, GA. $1800 OBO call Honorata 706-881-6930.
25lb. Recurved bow , glove, armguard & quiver $85 obo ask for Bethany @ W15. Red Spears.
For Sale - Bad garb, bad garb, What’cha gonna do? What’cha gonna do when the punchline’s you?- Claus the Toymaker.
2x2 wood spokes approx. 6.5’ garment rack in Drachenwald - see Arianwen 520-425-1919 Make offer
4ft Great Sword new. Paid $40 sell $30. N30 Southwind.
65 Foot Dia. Sky Lodge see at Richspiritdrums.com. Highest quality, unique design $4400 254-652-7522
Agate Burnishers - bone ivory & horn handles - hand carved - also dog tooth and carnelian. Guild of Limners #26.
Albion Gaddhale and scabbard $1200 Gaukler #52
Are you a Thread-Counter? 8x & 10x Linen Testers make it easy. Dragons Magic #27.
Armor 2 complete sets of Dark Victory Armory in bags never used. $200@obo ask at booth or at big yurt with camel in B9.
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 #26.
10’ Regent + fly, blk + red w/full setup $750 OBO Contact Hector 330-472-0398. Pickup Fri Aug 13.
Pavilions 4 sale - 10x15 $650, 17x23 $800 - see Eleanor at Blue Unicorn Space 183
Benefit the Chirurgeons--buy an original Pennsic XXXIX T-shirt. $10. Available from Claus of Burzee, #26 Merchants Row.
Blank Books - hand bound in leather, handmade paper, thick & chunky. Fair trade products. $10 - $32 limited supply - Guild of Limners. #26.
CLOAK & DAGGER Booth 13 has archery supplies by Viking Archery Supply again this year.
Costumes by Loren has sales all day. Select jewelry 50% off. Other sales as the mood strikes. Free gift with purchase. 166 Fleet Street.
Cotton reuseable soap scrubbies, organic catnip toys, 100% cotton fingerless gloves, & more- space 42.
Don’t be roadkill! 5’ rule reflective trim. Space 42
Dragon’s Magic #27-(the brown house by the toymaker and Guild of Limners) has fabulous fabrics.
Dyers! Get your undyed skeins & roving in Space 28.
Fabric Dragon went back to College, please buy something! Space 42
Falcon‘s Mew catnip toys and stuffed animals #171.
Fitted cotehardies 2 Simplicity pattern size 18, back lacing, 1 brown, 1 green silk like material, floor length long sleeve . E01 Silverhorde, Jackie or Kathy $60 each.
For Sale ATTENTION ALL AT PENNSIC! Claus the Toymaker would like to suggest that next year at Pennsic XL 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.
FOR SALE: Bathouse - Trailer. Cost $1500 to build. Needs some work. Will sacrifice for $1400. See Eleanor at merchant space #6. Trailer is set up in Meridies Royal, N01.
For Sale - Gently used Trojan Horse style tent. 10x20 ft. steel carport frame with canvas roof and side walls. Complete with ropes, stakes and storage bags. Asking $500 obo. Available Sat Aug 14. Ask for Duncon, Iron Bog N20.
For Sale - Glass muller & burnishers from England, also Mitchell nibs, vellum, parchment, and hand bound leather books- The Guild of Limners, #26.
For sale. Horse tails $10; 12x16 pavilion new in box; drum kits; shaman calendar. Site #3
For Sale SCA Road Signs- “Fighter Practice Area”, “Danger Viking Territory” and many others, some new and very silly $5 each. Claus the Toymaker, #26.
For Sale Vellum - opaline vellum (sheepskin) direct from England. Finest Quality sale price $20 per sheet. Lovely Dutch sheepskin parchment whole skins $125 can be cut smaller. The Guild of Limners #26, across from the barn.
Hair sticks wooden & semi-precious. Mention this ad and get 10% off Booth 171.
Jarl Valgard Stonecleaver will autograph Medieval Fantasy as Performance 8 - 10 PM Wed Aug 11, Poison Pen Press #63
Knitters & Spinners! Forgot your needles? Need yarn or roving? Space 28 can help.
Manicure/Pedicure offered by Dau 412-874-4314 Manis $5-7. Pedis $10-12 done @ barn. Parties available @ your site $25 guaranteed for a party. Text me.
Micarta rods for making hilts. CLOAK & DAGGER #13.
NEW THIS YEAR: Decorate your child’s walls with medieval images - Knights, dragons, ladies - more. Let the mundanes put up Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck! - at Claus the Toymaker #26.
MIDNIGHT MADNESS SALE, 10% off most items Mediaeval Miscellanca, Space 28.
My jobber had garment leather that was too pretty to resist- now I have it. Wouldn’t you like it too? Dragon’s Magic #27.
Need a job? Professional resume writer located @ N01-Clan Dance Horse or dance tent. $50-resume ask for Jane
New 750ml Bottles $10/case. See Wren, Merchant 185.
Pavilions for sale- two 16 foot rounds - new this year available at end of war. Complete package. 1 decorated $1450, 1 plain $1200 Black Pearl Tavern, B08.
PEARLS, prehnite, peridot and beads that don’t start with ‘P’ at Fabric Dragon space 42
“Pennsic for Dummies” by Claus the Toymaker - scurrilous, tongue-in-cheek fun, everything you need to know to complete your Pennsic experience.
Period Patterns™- What can you make from them? Come see sample garments- Mediaeval Miscellanea, Space 28.
Pin Money products can be found at Miriam’s #58. Period lampwork pins, beads, Viking glass, rings, spindles and of course- FIBERS!
Real Gold Thread - Kamibari was $40 now $30 a Skein Terra Incognita # 171.
Songs of Rosalind Jehanne vol 1 on CD! Featuring performances by Ken & Lisa Theriot, Efenwealt Wystle, John Lyttleton, Bryce de Byram & more! Camelot Treasures booth 30
For Sale Ink-Oakgall, walnut hull, also gallo-tannic ink, absolutely perfectly opaque. $4 per bottle Guild of Limners #26.
Steel and aluminum fence wire for mail making. Several spools. CLOAK & DAGGER #13.
Pennsic in a Box - Comes with people, places and things found at Pennsic in a colorful wooden box - Makes a great fun gift for friends who couldn’t attend this year. Found only at Claus the Toymaker #26.
THE GUILD OF LIMNERS habitantes in platea mercatores vendunt encusto, penna, libri, pigmenti, colorum diversi, rubia, quadone, omnimodes tinctori et instrumenta clericis necessaria.
UNIQUELY YOU! DRESSMAKER’S FORMS - the only one that corsets properly. Fit the cover exactly to your body, change it as you do, the form still fits you. A 2nd cover=share witha friend. Available on site, save the shipping. Mediaeval Miscellanea, Space 28.
Weld, Woad, Madder, Cochineal, Brazilwood, Longwood-dyes to die for. Guild of Limners #26.
Wolfram’s Wonderous Wares 134 Plunder Lane- Pouches, cloak clasps, diverse goodes, feast gear etc.
Woods Battle? We have bite & rash cream! Space 42
Yes! Pennsic does get chilly so we have cloaks & shoulder warmers for you. Space 28.
Good garb - Bad Garb PAPER DOLLS - even more humorous than the works of Beaumont & Fletcher! From Claus the Toymaker.
Period Pavilions™ for sale or rent, some on site for immediate delivery. New + used, plain + decorated, simple + elaborate. Custom pavilions- we create exactly what you want. Free color brochure + catalog. See our ad in the gatebook. Mediaeval Miscellanea Space 28.
Yes, there’s quality real cheesecloth at Dragon’s Magic #27.
Your Device/Arms/Picture on a Banner up to 3 ft square. Custom done. Select Kingdoms in stock. Visit Misty Tower in Space 28.
Yurts 4 Sale! Many sizes. Contact Pente/Wookie. Camp Infinity E01 EASY TO SET UP! 919-360-0048. Possible Trade for Enclosed Trailer. Must Sell.
Pennsic in a Box: the perfect gift for a friend who couldn’t attend Pennsic XXXIX. Images of people, places, and things that make Pennsic special. From Claus the Toymaker #26

General
12 Step Meeting daily 4:00 p.m. E07 off Great Eastern Highway Denys the Decadent’s Camp AA NA OA SA all welcome.
Drum making workshop hosts wanted, Drum & flute repairs Richspiritdrums.com Drums avlb. 254-652-7522
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 announcement from Claus of Burzee Toymaker.
Intrigue, scandal + thwarted romance- the story develops as Pennsic progresses. Come see the diorama daily at Mediaeval Miscellanea, Space 28.
Knives sharpened, repairs, sheaths made. CLOAK & DAGGER #13.
KNOWN WORLD CHOIR CONCERT Thurs 5:30pm Performing Arts Tents.
Lacemaking: Join us on Artisans Row today as the Lacemakers of the Known World create beautiful lace in all its many forms before our eyes!
Period Painting: Visit the Painting Studio of Baroness Annejke MacAiodh, Lady Dosalena Sophia della Mirandola, and Mistress Milesent Vibert on Artisans Row and get a hands-on feel for the skills of a fine art painter in period.
Rider/Gas share back to Las Vegas NV. Leaving Sat. Night. Driving truck, haul/drop off also acceptable. 7023433301 Text Best.
See Auntie Arwen space 185 and ask if she is drinking WATER! <3 Fabric Dragon
SF author Michael Z. Williamson signing copies of his books. CLOAK & DAGGER #13.
Still missing: Sushi the dragon. Newly missing: some pirates, a few children and a Tuchux.
The Sock Monsters: “Sock-workers of the Known World Unite! Come join the Known World Sock Guild in a day of sock-making and other fiber activities, including felting a lovely rug for our socked feet to enjoy!”
We are so busy activating- We missed yesterdays deadline! Hopefully you are busy activating too!
Welcome to your first Pennsic - Debra- From Erlan.

Help Wanted
BREAKDOWN HELP WANTED! Good pay, food, fun crew. Bonus if work til truck is loaded! Start Sat. at 10. Mediaeval Miscellanea, Space 28.
Casa Bardicci now hiring consorts. Enthusiasm a must. Aesthetics negotiable. Greeks welcomed.

Lost & Found
MONKEY! We miss you. Small hand-sized stuffed monkey with magnetic hands and family that loves him. Please bring him to Mead Hovel at N31 on Fosse Way.

Memorials
Aett Kveldulf raises its horns to their fallen sister, Silkisif of Svanhill. Valhalla welcomes a courageous and tender heart, which our mead-hall is the poorer for the loss thereof. Charge your glass, who read this: to Silkisif!
Lord Robin le Cleaver of Sangre del Sol, Trimaris. You will always be in our hearts and you will always be missed.
Lord Wolfhunter - You will always be in our hearts and you will forever be remembered 1967-2009.
RIP Dunstyn & Evliquia McGroyne. Survived by Edmund & Sarah de Wight.
The Eleventh Memorial Ship will sail this Thursday, August 12th at about 9:30 pm from the base of the causeway, at the border of blocks W-12 and W-14. It can be seen at the Stave - Church Thursday afternoon. Procession @9:00 p.m. to the Runestone, and on to the lake. Shields may be painted during the week at Tancred’s Tangled Woods, or Thursday afternoon at the Stave- Church.

Parties
Clan Blue Feather encampment party Thurs. Aug. 12. Bad garb night! Come in your worst outfit.
Come to Settmour Swamp for a Polynesian Soire (Tiki Party) to celebrate LapuLapu’s victory over Magellan’s millitant encroachment. We will be offering Quality BEER and CIDER as well as some delicious Polynesian cocktails. A ROASTED PIG, HAGGIS, and snacks will be offered too!
ATTENTION FIREDANCERS and DRUMMERS: The Swamp will hold a firedance competition. See Arnacai in Settmour Swamp for an audition Wednesday at 7PM. Prize for the Winner! Drummers will also receive a special gift.
Japanese Incense Ceremony followed by a Japanese Poetry Party Friday @ Clan Yama Kaminari (E03) Incense Ceremony @ noon Poetry Party @ 1:00
Pennsic Zombie Crawl. Make up starts at 4PM. Crawl starts at Dusk. Gather at Vlad’s, E20. Wednesday 8/11

Personals
Baroness Judith Happy Anniversary! Enjoy Midnight Madness Love Your Secret Pal
Congrats to Appolonia for her engagement to Yngvarr! Here’s to a long happy life together!
ELL Congratulations on finding a man - YEAH- OG grieves in his beer =YECK= salty beer.
Expressions of affections are always in order - I Love You Joseph of the Red Griffin!- - B’ Rose.
Freeport boy looking for Lower Burrell girl.
I saw a werewolf drinking a Piña Colada with the Countess. Doiing the werewolves of Pennsic. Look for him in N8 on the Serengeti. - T.L.
Happy Birthday to Philipp, Jeanie & Babs! From Clan Cambion.
MISSED THE DEADLINE FOR ADS IN THE INDEPENDENT? BLAME ANGUS
My Pennsic Virgins - Though I may not remember your names, I’ll always remember meeting you! - Zoe.
N XL˚ LVII.DCCLXXVIII, W ØLXXX˚ ØVIII.CDLVII. “Heath Saint Sicce.” Bring a Pen!
Taoist Tai Chi Society Members! Want to meet others? Stop by House Fallen Star N12 and ask for Alzbeta.
Thank you watch for finding my Umbrella.
To the Lord who returned Lady Tatiana’s amethyst crystal she thanks you with all of her heart.
Wanted Hungamunga talk to Wolfgang in OGLAND.

Works in Progress

By Lady Mary of Montevale
Features Reporter
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This Norse dress is proudly displayed by its maker, Katherine von Roessler.

The Youth A&S Exhibit, now in its fifth year, attracted 15 displays on Tuesday morning. In the words of Mistress Safia al-Khansaa’ (East), the only Youth A&S Coordinator since the exhibit’s inception, “This is a wonderful opportunity for the youth.”
This year’s participants ranged in age from 3 to 15 (although the upper limit is actually 17), and each had written their own description of their project on an age-appropriate form. (Even when the handwriting is Mom’s or Dad’s, the words are from the young exhibitor.)
Beyond obtaining the above facts, this reporter had little else to do since a couple of exhibitors were happy to evaluate what they were seeing of their peers’ work. One was making tokens of wire and beads to award to her fellow exhibitors.
Of an antler-handled saw: “It’s absolutely gorgeous…and a bit menacing.”
Of a drinking horn: “Absolutely amazing.”
Both these items were displayed by Brandyn (11, East) who also demonstrated the process of filing down another antler for a second handle during the three-hour exhibit. The drinking horn, once in possession of some cow or other, is decorated with the image of a Celtic wolf. The art of carving runs in the family. Brandyn’s father started teaching him when he was about seven. Brandon has been helping out with the early stages of some of Dad’s pieces. This year, Brandyn’s first at the Youth A&S exhibit, he will be doing all the work on some pieces of his own. Dad, by the way, is the creative impetus behind the Pennsic Memorial Runestone project.
“The Viking spiral beads are really cool.”
Grania of Dernehealde (10, Middle) started making the spiral beads about a month ago, using a kit which is period in the design of its components and colorful wire of the kind available from any craft store. The resulting necklace of tightly-spiraled wire beads also contains some donated and found metal charms.
Of the felt shoes: “Amazing. I couldn’t have done it.”
Thora the Destroyer (8, Æthelmearc) displayed not only the warm, soft, colorful felt shoes but a photographic record of the entire project from start to finish. No doubt about it, the most tedious, labor-intensive part of the project was squeezing out the excess water that had been part of the felting process…and squeezing…and squeezing—100 times, checking it, squeezing fifty times more, before then it was at the point of being just about right.
Of the linen Viking apron dress: “Drop-dead gorgeous.”
The butter-yellow apron dress and white linen underdress are the outfit that earned Lady Katherine von Roessler (12, Middle) the tie for champion at the Barony of Flaming Gryphon’s first-ever Youth A&S competition earlier this year. She asked that appropriate credit be given to her mentor, the Baroness of Flaming Gryphon, Duchess Sabine de Rouen, who supervised her sewing and helped her to correct some mistakes.
Katherine said of the exhibit at Youth Point, “I liked a lot of them, but my two favorites were by Megan and Cerdiwyn.”
Megan (15, Caid) had three very pretty necklaces on display, made of materials such as garnet chips, chips of mother-of-pearl, amethyst, and freshwater pearls.
Ceridwyn (12, Atlantia) displayed a stunning pencil sketch that is the “planning stage” for an illumination.
A&S projects can also be a learning process for more than just the immediate skill of making something.
Regarding garb: If you outgrow the clothing before you have finished sewing it, finish it anyway and give it away to someone who can use it…who will also outgrow it and pass it on to yet someone else, and you can smile when it see it several “generations” later, still being used by someone in your local group.
Regarding rose beads and science, a project by Lady Ana Ximenez de Hume (age 11, East): The “goop” obtained from cooking Damask roses in a cast iron pot results in beads with the strongest smell, while the “goop” of Rosa Gallica cooked in an enamel pot results in beads with the best color.
We adults at Pennsic speak often of the need to raise the next generation of the SCA. The Youth A&S Exhibit is evidence that, at least in some aspects, our work is nearly done.