This is the Pennsic Independent Web Edition for Monday, August 16, 2004. Please see the table of contents below for today's top stories.
When the pageantry was finished and the last alliance declared, King Felix of the Middle Kingdom gave his final instructions to the gathered crowd.
“Go fight,” His Majesty said. “Have fun.”
The songs of Æthelmearc, Ealdormere, and Calontir mixed with the sounding of the war horn, the snap of the traditional broken arrow, the tunes of a bagpiper and the strong voices of kings and queens during a quick and efficient opening ceremony held for Pennsic XXXIII in bright sunlight in front of the Pennsic Fort.
The processions had begun with musters early Sunday morning, with the East’s allies mustering outside her gates and the Midrealm’s allies lining up by the Dragon gates. Æthelmearc stood as one, in front of the fort, ready to receive the visiting armies.
War point battles will not begin until this morning, but the makeup of the two armies was finally revealed as eight kingdoms declared for the Midrealm, and seven kingdoms, the Great Dark Horde and the Kingdom of Acre declared for the East.
In a war that was declared “between friends,” the sides appear to be fairly equal, with the alliances decided mainly on past agreements between kingdoms and for historical reasons.
The Midrealm will be joined in battle by the kingdoms of Atenveldt, Meridies, Calontir, Ansteorra, Trimaris, the Outlands, Drachenwald and Ealdormere. King Alaric of Ansteorra declared his armies would fight alongside its traditional ally, Calontir. The loudest and clearest declaration came from King John of Drachenwald, who declared his intention to ally with Ansteorra and therefore the Midrealm. King Berus of Ealdormere explained his kingdom’s decision to the crowd by saying, “The blood of the Dragon still flows within our kingdom.”
King Kelson of the East handed war banners to each ally, and that group included the West, Caid, Atlantia, An Tir, Artemesia and Lochac, as well as the Great Dark Horde and Acre. The West was the first to declare, and Caid and An Tir said they would stand beside their brothers from the West. King Cuan of Atlantia and King Maynard of Æthelmearc declared that since their kingdoms had come from the East, they would fight alongside her. King Konrad of Artemesia said that since each of his fighters would bring the strength of many, Artemesia would provide “a thousand men” for the East.
Eight of the war’s 27 war points will be decided today, starting with three Field Battles, which begin at 11 a.m., and five champions’ competition, which begin following the field battles. The Champions’ battles will start with a one-hour Heroes’ Resurrection battle, followed by the Belted and Unbelted Champions battles. In addition, the Archery Champions and Rapier Champions will take to the range and the list. Each champions’ battle is worth one point.
Photo by Magistra Nicolaa de Bracton
By Donal Bane of Blakmers
Pennsic Independent Battlefield Correspondent
Following opening ceremonies, HRM Felix of the Middle and Count Rhys of the East assembled two sides of 30 fighters in an attempt to recreate the conditions of the famous Battle of the Thirty from the Hundred Years War. The battle was conducted under period fighting conditions, meaning that kills would be registered to thrusts to vulnerable spots and being knocked to the ground. Also, fighters that sustained three head blows were considered “stunned” and could be escorted from the field for ransom.
HRM Felix’s side, which represented the French, was able to decimate Count Rhys’ force (the English) until Rhys himself was the last man to fall. Many ransoms were paid out by chivalry afterwards.
The battle was so well received that two gentles, Sir Philippe dePamiers of the Midrealm and Count Valharic of Atlantia, stepped forward to serve as next year’s captains.
HRM Felix did not mince words when describing the battle.
“That was one of the best combats that I have ever been involved in,” Felix said. “Her majesty of the Middle took more pleasure in watching that fight that when I won crown tourney.”
Count Rhys was similarly impressed.
“I was honored to be a part of this,” Rhys said. “For just a moment, we left the SCA and touched the Middle Ages.”
Eight teams of 15 unbelted fighters came forth for a rollicking round robin tournament that impressed many gentles. In the end, East 1 ended up winning, going 7-0 in the tournament. For the efforts, HRM Berus of Ealdormere presented Angus the Bruce with flowers to present to HRM Geneviere and Lady Shiro with a sword for HRM Kelson. Other record from the tournament included: East 2 – 5-2, Atlantia 5-2, Midrealm 4-3, Æthelmearc 4-3, Atendvelt 2-5, Ealdormere 1-6 and Trimaris 0-7
The 10-fighter tournament ended up being a five-fighter tournament fought between four teams. In the end a team names “Three Rights, One Wrong and Just Some Duke” won the tournament. The team consisted of Sir Vladimir Alecksandrov, Sir Rodrigo Falcone, Lord Kaloch Von Zweekl, Duke Paul of Bellatrix and Duke Ragnar Blackhammer.
A total of 48 fighters with less than two years fighting experience from across the Known World participated in the Known World Novice Tournament. The fighters were separated into seven round-robin pools, with the top two fighters advancing to the semifinal round robins.
The semifinal round robins were won by Lord Donovan Cardal of the Midrealm and Lord William Thomas of Atlantia. Those two faced off in a best-of-three final, which was won by Lord Donovan with two straight wins.
The Boys were back in town and they brought plenty of friends with them in their annual “fighting for fighting sake” brawl at the fort. As usual, constantly switching passages and different fighter levels kept the assembled rattan warriors in good spirits.
Monday’s featured melee: The field battle – 11 a.m., three war points (one per fight)
For spectators and fighters alike, this is the proverbial big one. Witnessing the first charge of the field battle remains of the biggest thrills in the SCA. For that reason, spectators should try to get to the battlefield early as watching space will be at a premium.
What to look for: In the field battle, static lines lead to quick deaths. Victory usually goes to whichever side can keep its units together and keep them moving throughout the battle.
THL Honoria Winthrop of Holly Shire, mka Janet Marie Teofilo-Witwer of the Canton of Bowman's Rest in the Barony Beyond the Mountain, Kingdom of the East, formerly Baroness of the Western Seas, Kingdom of Caid, passed away at 1 pm Sunday, August 15th, 2004 at the hospital in Butler, Pennsylvania.
Known to her friends as Holly, she was very active in the arts and sciences and shared her knowledge of fiber arts, bookbinding, costuming, cooking and papermaking. She was also known for feasting, painting and illumination.
She shared the past seventeen years today with Leo THL Winthrop of the Torn Surcoat. She is survived by five spinning wheels, four looms, a 72-drawer card catalog of needlework supplies and nine bags of unwashed wool.
She started in the SCA in 1985 with the Barony of Western Seas, and later became the director of the competition who chooses the next A&S Baron and Baroness. She was Baroness of Western Seas three times, twice by her own hand. She loved the fiber arts the best. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
12 step meetings daily at 4 PM. E07, Denys the Decadent's Camp. All welcome. AA, NA, OASA, etc. Open meeting.
Annual Mountain Confederation Piper's Competition! Tuesday Aug. 17, start time 8:30pm and goes until we run out of entertainment. Bring your Cup, (your ID if you want to drink) and a piper if you have one. Other entertainers are welcome.
Fund Raiser/Silent Auction: Sugar Loaf Helmet to be auctioned at Mandrake Armory - #92 Street of Gold. Auction ends at Midnight Madness.
The Society Exchecquer is camped at House Redhair in E24 Monday thru Friday.
Breast cancer survivors! My chemo starts August 23. Any pep talks, words of wisdom, prayers welcome. See Anya of Clan Kyle, Kurdson Way.
Slavic Interest Group Monday 8/16, 6:30pm AS4. Celebrate all things Slavic with us and share info.
There will be a Midrealm Chroniclers meeting Monday August 16 at 7:30pm in Camp Erevnite Asteron.
Come one, come all to the Mountain Confederation's Animal Piper's Competition, Tuesday night at 8:30pm. Winner receives a tasty prize, so bring your pipes.
Society Chronicler's office hours: Mon, Weds, Thurs, Fri 10-11:30 am Pennsic Independent Office
Bhakail Baronial Court - Tuesday evening at 8:00pm at Brewers & Fletcher Rds. Those with business in court please see Lord Eirikr Thorrison at House Full Circle located at block N-18 between Battle and Currie Rds.
To all brewers of the East: The East Kingdom Brewers Guild will be holding a reception in East Kingdom Royal, from 8pm-10pm on August 16th, Monday night. Please spread the word. Baroness Mistress Suzanne Neuber de Londres EKBG, Guild Mistress
Kendrick of the Haunted Bookshop will be doing a booksewing demo and discuss the history of bookbinding at the Haunted Bookshop inBooksellerÕs Row Daily at 11:00AM and 3:00PM
Soothsayers of the Knowne Worlde! Welcome to the East Kingdom Soothsayers' Guild meeting at Auntie ArwenÕs Spices (Merchant Space #184 8:30PM Monday Aug 16.
Lochac royal court in Lochac encampment at Westgate Tuesday 6:30pm.
Duke Paul of Bellatrix's class location 8/17 at 9:00AM on the white list on battkefield.
Bardic Circle - Barony of Dragonshiphaven Area 808 Tuesday Aug. 17th, half past dark. All are welcome. ID to drink. Come sing or just listen.
Japanese Stagecraft - A participatory introduction to medieval dramatic and comic theatre. History, staging, and acting. Casting for Yama bikoza. E03 2:00.
Desire booty? Desire Deals? We have the answer! Visit the MDA auction booth, near the store. Silent auction is Mon-Thurs - 8:30 to 5:00. Loud auction Friday at noon in the barn!
Play the Anglo-Saxon lyre. Explore playing styles for the lyre based on archaeological evidence. In Budgardr W09, behind Enchanted Ground. 11:00-Noon.
Wolgemut will perform Mon at 9pm in the performance tent.
Soothsaying: Cards, runes, palms, dreams interpreted. Cabochons on Bow Street, #19
Cool veiling: cheesecloth, linen, and silk! Booth #25
Supplement your study of 16th century Persian garb with Women's Costume of the Near & Middle East, $29.95 at Poison Pen Press, Booth 63.
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! Once more Black Rose welcomes HENNA ARTIST CAT & that serene seer, Morwen Stargazer! Come to BAZAAR 4 for the finest in free hand fine line original design HENNA BODY ART by CAT. Hand or Foot design from $5 starting Tue 17th Morwen will amaze & amuse you with her gift for gazing in palms or cards; come be entertained. Henna & Readings daily Tue-Sat 10 am til close.
FABRIC: $6/yd. Fine lightweight woolens plus linen and blends. Small Churl Books, #63. Going Fast!
Knitters of the Known World, yarns worsted to lace weight at the Magik Badger.
Londonderry linen thread, Medici wool tapestry and more silk floss and thread than can be fit in this ad...Fabric Dragon is in Bazaar #3, space 20.
GLASS MULLERS FROM ENGLAND. Also nibs, vellum, parchment and hand-bound leather books - The Guild of Limners, #24
"Is this your spoon?" Custom wood burning and painting. Cabochons on Bow Street, #19
BABY BIBS - SCA-THE NEXT GENERATION - $4. Claus the Toymaker
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.
Come visit Evil Abra's. Acres of silver, 2000 + sterling rings, every cross imaginiable. Tons of knotwork pendants, pins, bracelets and barettes. The Gypsy Caravan - open 9 till late. 107 Street of Gold.
Tent - rd army, extendable poles $300. S&M leather.
THE GUILD OF LIMNERS in the little white house on Merchant Row sells ink, quill mens, books, pigments, various colors, madder, woad, all kinds of paint and tools necessary for scribes and artists.
Glass jewels with sew-on-settings. Get the authentic fakes. Cabochons on Bow Street, #19
If we've got it, you don't need it, but you probably want it anyway. Jewelry, masks, fortune telling, portraits...Cabochons on Bow Street, #19
ATTENTION WOAD WARRIORS! Feeling blue? I have the real thing! Genuine woad imported from Scotland. $4. Limited supply, buy early. Guild of Limners, #24
HAND GROUND PERIOD PIGMENTS -- once youÕve tried it, youÕll never use anything less. ItÕs not as complicated as you may think. Free sample and instruction in its preparation with this ad from Mistress Megan at the Guild of Limners, #24 Merchants Row
Portraits painted in great and small. Oil, charcoal and watercolor. Cabochons on Bow Street, #19
Benefit the Chirurgeons -- buy an original Pennsic XXXIII T-Shirt. $10. Available from Claus of Burzee, #24 Merchants Row
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?
Lost your needle? Sold in pack or single! Booth #25
VELLUM - Opaline vellum (sheepskin) durect from England. Finest quality. $15-30 per sheet. The Guild of Limners #24, across from the barn.
Evil Abra has awesome middle eastern and the price is right! Baubles, Belts, and Bangles. Chokers, beaded belts, and more. New order just in and more coming! The Gypsy Caravan - open 9 till late. 108 Street of Gold.
Green Man masks to wear and display. Herbal salves and teas. Cabochons on Bow Street, #19
For sale: 6 GE 40 Gal propans H2O heaters $200 - Includes adapter for BBQ grill tank and free on site delivery. Plumbing available $150-solid brass, child safe design. Stop by W01 or call 757-515-1064. Ask for Gryphon.
Majesty of Morocco. SCA tour April 5, 2005 from $1250 + air. firstname.lastname@example.org / Rich @ merchant #72
Oh no! Where did Cabochons go? We're on Bow Street. Come visit our new shop in #19.
Four Seasons Tentmasters - We offer the best tents you will ever own. Come see us and let us help you stay warm and dry. Space 81 Gold Road.
COSTUMES BY LOREN All cloaks $45 and under! New specials every day. Located at Ursulas Alcove. Space 137 on Plunder Ln.
Honey extractor stainless steel $165. S&M leather.
Corset stays and linen testers at Dragon's Magic #25
20 x 20 period tent and 7ft tall walls $1200 OBO Sabastian booth 139.
Pirate shirts $20, Broom seick skirts $8. Space 21 HeeterÕs Haven Call 814-720-5314 for directions.
Roses made of wood $3/ea or $25 a dozen. Space #21
For Sale: Handmade Satyre doll, 27 inches tall, soft plush, well endowed. The perfect gift for that special someone. Adults only. Mathilde - Quatrefoil
Tunics $15.00 Chemises $20 Bloomers $5.00 Treasure Chest Z10 Bazaar #1
Henna body art - Serengeti fence line - by only 2 trees.
Evil Abra does it again. 30% off amber rings, $19.95 amber necklaces. Amber bracelets and earings too. The Gypsy Caravan. Open 9 till late. 107 Street of Gold.
E-150 Ford Ext. Van. Str. 6 on site $950. S&M Leather.
Plunder Lane is between Battle Road and Curry Rd. Turn left after DeRoseÕs Ice. - Ursula
Oskar to Ballista Babes: Cast your Lightning! May the Ravens drink deep.
THANK YOU TENT PIXIE! I am overjoyed, grateful and humbled by your gift of a fine new tent! Only in the SCA - I shall pay your blessing forward. Joyfully, Amazon the Accident Prone
I would like to say thanks to all the parents who stayed and helped me with the kids making a pouch class. It was a success due to all the helpers. Thanks a lot - Michael of Devonshire
Seamstress: The sewing lady is at #183.
Looking for someone to be a wandering merchant to sell T-shirts for the chirurgeon's fund. See Claus the Toymaker at 24 Merchants Row.
Lost: Satellite dish - House Stahlgeist has misplaced the dish! The big screen TV is here and the cold fusion power supply is fusing! Beer bounty!
Barony of Brendoken! A revel open house will be on August 17 at Erevnite Asteron, N22, starting at 6:30 PM. Look for the two astronomers on the gate.
HOUSE GRAY FOX. I really wish I could be there! Missing all y'all - Love you! HAVE FUN and raise a glass of mead for me!... The Astrid
Sign of the Black Rose takes great pride in Congratulating our beloved Artist-in-Residence Lady Savant, on her triumphant graduation as a BS w/Honors Cum Laude in Psychology & Philosophy. We invite you to join us in wishing Her the best of luck in Graduate SchoolÑPooBah!
Rneld still Loves AnnaRousse
Ask Auntie Arwen (#184) if she is drinking enough WATER!
Her Heirusellency's Heirusalism of the day: "Otherwise known as the 'love shack.'"
Squirty the Squid returns to his annual hunting grounds. Getting tired of skunks - maybe try Dead Rabbits today with ink and a nice Chianti.
Viscount Sir Leif Gray Fox - good luck in your battles and know that my heart is with you! All my love - Astrid