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.