By Syr Kyppyn Kirkcaldy
As the Middle and East Kingdom come together for battle each year at Pennsic, they depend on Allies to enhance their forces. These Allies have their own war point each year in heavy combat with a tourney that has gained fame and notoriety as one of the most entertaining battles at Pennsic. This year the allied Champions battle was set for 45 minutes of non stop action. Four resurrection points are placed in the corners of the field with a two minute wait time, before a dead warrior can re enter the game. Each team lined up behind their own flag, with the intention of crossing the field and obtaining their rival team’s flag. Once the same side captured both flags, the winning side would earn a point, and the game would reset.
I asked King Gregor of the East how he thought this battle would impact the war. “This battle will set the tone for Pennsic going forward. It is a well contested and friendly battle and the beautiful day is an omen of good things to come for all of us.” Indeed the tone of the day was hopeful for both sides, King Lucien of the Middle said, “We’re excited to let the Allies start the war with a showcase of heroes from many lands. We are impressed that the Kingdom of Lochac brought 30 warriors this year.” The Allied commanders impressed upon me the significance of this battle. For the East, HRM Maynard of Æthelmearc stated, “This is one of the hardest battles to test endurance. Forty-five straight minutes for the allies to have a chance at honorable combat with each other.” HRM Northshield, Morgan Olander agreed with his rival team captain. As commander of the Middle Allies team, he explained how this battle differentiates itself from every other battle as a hard fight that turns and twists at a moments notice due to the two minute resurrection rules. “You think you have won the point with a minute and a half on the clock, but as soon as the other teams resurrection time limit is up, the strategy changes.” I spoke with many fighters this year that stated this battle was their favorite of the war. Sir Evander of Ealdormere told me, “My favorite fight of the year, clean hits and lots of fun.”
As the battle began the Eastern Allies pressed the Middle Allies as the East flanked the Mid and surrounded the banner. Making the first point for the East was Sir Mark Daubiguy of Atlantia. After the reset, the East pressed the line again and Sir Tristan of Æthelmearc stole the banner, running straight across the field unimpeded, making the 2nd point for the Eastern side. The 3rd point taken by the Eastern allies was after a right flank on the Middle Allies; Lord Dietrich of Atlantia ran wide to bring both banners together on the East side. Duke Edward the Red of Ealdormere had the honor of taking the 4th point and THL Bjarn of Ealdormere took the 5th point for the Eastern Allied team. A quick game of flag change created some excitement as the Middle Allied Flag was captured and brought to the East side, but the East’s flag had been captured by the Middle Allies and then brought back to the Eastern side with the Middle allied flag for a 6th point by His Grace, Duke Roak of Ealdormere. As both teams geared up for the 7th round, a decisively quick recovery of the Middle Allied flag by Sir Mordain of Ealdormere clinched the victory for the Eastern Allied side, winning the Allied war point for the East Kingdom.
Grand works of art on display at the Great Hall
Photo by Lady Kathryn de Wrytar
Lady Kathryn de Wrytar
The excited chatter of the Arts and Sciences Fair attendees created a musical background to learning and increased fascination about the supportive craftsmanship of our past. To understand the complexity, work, talent and passion needed to produce a single garment, embellishment, chair, lace, arrows, or even libations is to love and appreciate the artisans in attendance.
Vivianne Dunbar (Heather Fox) has spent 96 hours in her pursuit of an authentic 14th century surcoat and she is only halfway there. The process of transforming raw dirty wool through the washing, carding, spinning, weaving, felling, teaseling and sewing process has given Vivianne a deep understanding and knowledge of what clothing meant to people in the 14th century. After 20 years in the SCA she has been encouraged to share her talents and her project with the greater Society for the first time.
Lady Ruth Baraskaya (Ruth Burkoswky) has been a consistent attendee at war since Pennsic 7 and this is her first A&S display in 20 years. Encouraged by her friends to participate, she shared a smock embroidery pattern based on a book from 1632 which took her three years to complete. She also displayed a blue tiger pillow top to be presented to East Kingdom royalty. On another pillow top she will embroider a documented floral border and include her husband’s device in the center.
Keely the Tinker displayed her arts and sciences entries including beads based upon period dragon pieces. Driven by the 50 year challenge, Keely set out to make 50 beads of 5 designs, but her abilities developed so quickly that she is starting another challenge of 50 different bead designs.
Lady Larissa Mikhailouna of Barony of Bright Hills displayed stitching and embroidery. Lady Amie Sparron of Atlantia displayed a German Peasant work jacket for a woman. Lady Grazia Morgano from Altlantia displayed a Milanese gown from the 1580s.
Katheryne of Bakestondone, Æthalmearc, displayed a group of Laurel and Pelican hoods that she has been giving as gifts. Her talents, developed over a short four-year period are the envy of even her mentors. One entrant in the fair was only 12 with a wonderful display of handmade moccasins which show the interest of our society youth to partake in this wonderful event and development of their own interests.
Also displayed was a four-by-two foot tapestry based on depictions of the early years of the Shire of Heronter in a Bayeaux tapestry style. Renata Rouge of Æthelmearc explained the process of her tapestry as well as offered information about how to construct a tapestry stand. If you missed a class, it is likely that you would find the presenter at the A&S Display as well. Many of the artisans were happy to offer information about classes and also handouts to promote their craft.
If your interests revolve around the more personal, presenters also offered documented evidence, process, and uses for reusable prophylactic devices; yes, I said reusable. With recreated examples, complete with a silk ribbon to tie it on, the presentation gives thought to the understanding of human interactions, and perhaps a desire to learn more about our past, whatever your interests may be.
What was apparent was that each artisan had something to offer to everyone. Whether visitors were looking for clothing, food, drink, embellishments, or weaponry, each presenter was very aware of the importance of their craft in the time period we embrace. The value of the items created was so great that these persons of talent were revered in period. Indeed they are revered today. The talents of the presenters raise the awareness of Society members to the complexity and commitment of our medieval counterparts to live daily life.
Looking to the AS 50th year Anniversary Challenge, perhaps it is time for you to develop 50 examples of your artistry, interests, or develop one of your own. It is difficult to imagine that anyone who attended the display could leave without a renewed or new passion for the arts and sciences that supported the medieval period. My challenge to you is to honor, support, and encourage those members who you know to be artisans. Provide for them the feedback that builds confidence to display their talents, no matter their age. Our Society is built upon a place and interest for everyone. Support our artisans; they would have fed, clothed, housed, produced weapons, and healed you in the past. Embrace them. Celebrate them. Become an artisan yourself.
By Christophe of Grey
The third annual St. Sebastian Shoot for the populace of Pennsic was held Saturday and started with a light rain. However the day cleared and fun was had by 197 archers who ventured forth to shoot the eleven shooting stations themed about the Silk Road. The Queen of Atlantia ventured to the range and gifted each marshal with a token for assisting with the shoot. The overall winner was Mika Longbow of the Outlands. Elk Ridge Archery donated a beautiful longbow that went to the most deserving archer who was Ru of Æthelmearc. The youth winner was Robert MacErwin of Thornmill of Aethelmearc.
Many prizes were to be had as evidenced by the list following:
Bow Divisions -
Period Bow - Joseph the Bold of East Kingdom
Longbow - Jacopo of Æthelmearc
Recurve - Don Wyatt of East Kingdom
Period Crossbow - Gregg the Archer of Atlantia
Open Crossbow - Kraken of East Kingdom
Classifications (based on SCA wide Royal Round classifications)-
Novice - Liam of Lindisfarne of East Kingdom
Archer - Ysabell Graver of Æthelmearc
Marksman - Trisola Ducci of Middle Kingdom
Bowman - Robert Cameron de Gray of Æthelmearc
Bowman Elite - Geoffrey d'Honfleur of Atlantia
Comments from the archers were all positive, indicating fun was had by all.
Events Open to All
Photographers Tea Monday, 7-9pm AS8. Come by and talk shop. No topic too big, no camera too small.
Bards’ Haven requests our guests for Tues Bardic. Bring a chair as seating is a premium this year.
Camelot Treasures has all the fun! CDs from Efenwealt Wystle, Heather Dale, Ken Theriot, and the Blibbering Humdingers; disappearing TARDIS mugs; Dalek salt and pepper shakers; Catnip Cthulus; Puppets; books and more! Booth #30
THE ANCIENT ART OF ONION! Bring one large onion to E29 Southernwood. Learn the honored art of ringlet shearing. The meaning of existence will be bestowed. Price: One box of angel hair pasta. Don’t let dicing and cubing cause world famine. All ages welcome!
EFENWEALT WYSTLE in concert Monday, 7:30-9pm at the Performing Arts Tent. Comedy! Tragedy! Authenticity! and a giant D20? Requests played in exchange for mead or cider or just about anything made by Mistress Sylvia.
Join the Barony of the Rhydderich Hael at the 38th annual Ice Dragon! March 22nd, 2014 from 9am to 9pm at the Connecticut St Armory in Buffalo NY. Enter one of the largest A&S contests in the Known world, join over one hundred heavy fighters & fencers in our lists or enjoy the sideboard & entertainment! Visit www.ice-dragon.info for details.
Slavic University, Oct. 26. Hughesville, PA. Dayboard, entertainment, fashion show, A&S display, library. www.shireofacg.org. Lady Bryghida Zajacszowa
BJD Lovers of the Known World, Unite! The Meet will still be on this Wed @ Clan Cambion (E14) 10AM-12PM. Look for the Black fence. No Doll? No Prob!
SUPER SECRET WIZARD ROCK SHOW - Hey, Harry Potter fans, join the Blibbering Humdingers, Thursday 9pm behind Camelot Treasures - Booth 30. Come to our show at Dragon*Con too!
Tired of spinning boring old wool? Try something new! Hemp roving is now available at Ursula’s Alcove, Spot 166
12x12 Panther Marquee, center pole, 7’ walls, full setup package w/accessories. Excellent condition. $1000 (retails $1800 new)/ View/more info at Willow Point NA (Furies Keep). Ask for Theresa/Fionnghuala or call (216)952-2839.
Yumi bow 4 sale! English longbow, 50#, stringer, extra string, sleeve, pristine condition - $200 ask for William at Claus of Burzee’s space #26
Bad Garb Old Maid card game - Yes we have ‘em! - from Claus the Toymaker (who else?)
15x15 Tentmaster Pavillion W/ 6ft fly All poles ropes and stakes Like new $1000 Ask for Ciara @ Darkyard
For sale Revival Clothing dress never worn - still has tag blue back laced size 2 $140 call 410-868-1587
Darkwood Armoury, 2 ring swept flat stock ring, cherry handle straight quillion, 39” bated blade. R&L hands. $350 per or 600 for pair. TXT 2158800391
RAW SHEEP DAY! Gorgeous dyed shearling! Dragon’s Magic, #27
Agate Burnishers - bone ivory & horn handles - hand carved - also dog tooth and carnelian. Guild of Limners, #26.
Sword sale! Warehouse clearance. Dent, ding, discontinued. 2nd week of War, La Wren’s Nest B#185
Benefit the Chirurgeons - buy an original Pennsic 42 T-shirt, $13. Available from Claus of Burzee, #26 Merchants Row.
Turkish drop spindles just came in. Come see them and more at Ursula’s Alcove. Spot 166 Fleet Street.
Calligraphy books under $10. Many rare titles. Guild of Limners, #26, across from the Barn.
Going out for business sale! Camp furniture, deer skins, tent sales and rental. Read my ad in the Merchant Book. Site #2.
William the Wilde is author WT Wilde on Amazon Read my books-Adventures with no socially redeeming values
CHAIN MAILLE SHIRT Chest measurement - armpit to armpit 24”x 2; shoulder to bottom edge 32”. Armpit to edge of sleeve 8” $150 neg. Call Meliora 773-882-1167 to see in person.
For sale. Medieval style folding wooden tables 6’x2’ Need to be finished & stained. $65 each. Available Fri 8/2 #203 HRYMGNARS New & Used Booty
Coifs - Linen & Linen blend $10-$15 unlined Asst. Colors. Caravan Crossroads #206
Used garb: Large to X-Large. Several eras. Make an offer. It all must go! A Leather Crafter, Booth 56, behind the barn.
Modern domed camping tent, 12x15, 3 room, good condition. $50. La Wren’s Nest B#185
For Sale - Glass muller & burnishers from England, also Mitchell nibs, vellum, parchment and hand bound leather books - The Guild of Limners, #26
Have a period feast! Rabbit meat $3/lb 10lb minimum (4 rabbits average 10lbs) Discount on large orders. Call Gar 330-383-0592
Fencers - Art of Dueling by Salvator Fabris. Rapier fencing treatise of 1616 by Tommaso Leoni. At Viking Archery Supply. Booth 12 on Bow Street.
Tent repair supplies: waterproofing, seam sealer, stakes, emergency grommets, sewing on site. Period Pavilions, Space #28
For sale: ATTENTION ALL AT PENNSIC! Claus the Toymaker would like to suggest that next year at Pennsic XLIII 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 and let him know what you think of this idea.
Henna paste, dark natural color, made fresh on-site, sifted powder, body art. Daily at Kafe Merhaba.
Panther double bell wedge w/awning and fitted floor. 12x16 complete setup package. Used 2x. $850 neg. at Foxheart on St. Lawrence Way or (301)802-6623
For sale - Bad garb, bad garb, What’cha gonna do? What’cha gonna do when the punchline’s you! - Claus the Toymaker
PERIOD PAVILIONS - new and used for rent and sale. On site for immediate delivery and 12 more on site at end of war. Others in stock, can ship. We do custom pavilions - colors and intricate shapes and faux buildings our specialty. More details and pics plus free catalog at space #28.
16x25 Oval slant wall marquis with full heavy duty floor. Tent and floor $4000. Add interior walls $4500. See Shauna, Shauna’s Camp, W11
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.
Youth archery special: Greybarr Trading. Archery (Space 91) complete starter kit: 15lb bow 2 arrows, quiver, arm guard, target for $21.95
Good garb - Bad garb PAPER DOLLS - even more humorous than the works of Beaumont and Fletcher! From Claus the Toymaker.
Does your doll need garb? Costumes by Loren has garb for 18” fashion dolls plus dressed bears in many sizes. Come see us at 166 Fleet Street.
Losing your cool? Hot under the collar? Stop by Designs By J in space 162 & pick up your neck cooler+
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
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.
Greybarr Traditional Archery has special on takedown bows. Free arrows with purchase. Largest selection of archery equipment at Pennsic. Space #91 next to West gate.
Chilly? Misty Tower has cloaks to warm you. Space 28
HARP FOR SALE - Used - Silvershell 31 strings - nylon. Cherry wood, lovely sound. $1100 OBO ($1750 new). Call Linette (717)542-5938 to see in person.
SCA Stories for Beginners by Mistress Dervila ni Leanon CD $2. Sold at Master John ap Wynne’s booth
10x18 pavilion, blue-green. $750. Ironwood, N32
Knives sharpened, cleaned, small repairs, sheaths - Cloak and Dagger, 13 Bow Street.
Panther Fr Bell 12x16 4ft ridge $325 336-255-5947
Like new Zoombang Max coverage $130 Ask at Dancing Pig Pottery
FIBER! and Awardwinning Yarns. Find them at Misty Tower. Space 28
PARCHMENT. Genuine made by Pergamina. Calf, sheep, goat, deer. Many sizes from 5x7 to whole skins. Manuscript and calligraphy quality. Limited quantity. Buy now! Guild of Limners, #26, across from barn.
For sale Sandlar boots sz11 black/grey calf height. Excellent shape $100 inquire at Vagabond in swamp.
We sell stamps and accept mail. Pennsic postmark is available. Post card tent next to Beggars Lane.
Penners at long last! Beautiful handcrafted leather cases for your pens. Durer wished his was as nice as these. Guild of Limners.
Costumes by Loren has garb in lots of Celtic knotwork and Middle Eastern patterns. Cloaks, tunics, kaftans, skirts and much more. Come see us at 166 Fleet Street.
Pergamena parchment sent their stock to the Guild of Limners - Whole skins down to 5x10 pieces. Finest quality from $8 - $200. Limited quantities
12x22 Panther, barely used! All poles, ropes, stakes incl. See AJ or Gabrielle at House Gray Fox in N18. Pick up on last Friday. $1100 OBO.
Porcelain dolls, stamped and gilt leather, woven tapestry panels, 24” hair pieces and much more. Space 28.
RAW SHEEP DAY! Dyed garment leather, $5/sq ft at Dragon’s Magic, #27
Hurry to Claus the Toymaker for your leper - Supplies have been limited since a carpenter from Galilee passed through.
Reconstructing History has period Viking beads!
For Sale: Ink - Oakgall, walnut hull, also gallo-tannic ink, absolutely perfectly opaque. $4 per bottle. Guild of Limners #26.
13x19 Oval Pavillion four seasons Tent Masters with poles, ropes and divider panels & finials. Getting older going smaller asking $1000 574-606-7455
Viking, Anglo-Saxon, Celtic glass beads. Merchant #146
Pavilion company for sale. Est. 1982. Set own hours, full/part time, turnkey, everything incl. See our ad in the gatebook. Period Pavilions, space 28
Son of Sandler thigh-high buckle boots, SZ9, $250 OBO. Call Jonathan (216)965-4764
For sale: 18x20’ Panther Pavilion canopy only. $400 obo 3 years old pickup end of War. Booth 153 Hamish’s Dreck
Sparklies! Lots of sparklies, shinies and jinglies at Costumes by Loren. Earrings, bracelets, necklaces and more. Come see us at 166 Fleet Street.
Tentsmith 14x8 officer marquee pavilion. 4ft walls. $800 incl futon floor and extras. Call Ivy (917)626-9138
THE GUILD OF LIMNERS habitantes in platea marcatores vendunt encausto, penna, libri, pigmenti, colorum diversi, rubia, quadone, omnimodes tinctori et instrumenta clericis necessaria.
Tote Bags to carry your shopping. Embroidered by us. Daily Specials. Space 28. Misty Tower
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?
Rubber stamps hand carved by Mistress Briana - Unique to the SCA all from period sources. Copyright free! Only at the Guild of Limners.
Ursula’s Alcove is on Fleet Street, Sopt 166. Yarn, books and more.
Blank Books - hand bound in leather, handmade paper, thick and chunky. Fair trade products. $8-$32, limited supply - Guild of Limners. #26.
Viking Archery Supply, Booth 12 on Bow St. Custom strings made plus complete line of archery supplies plus jewelry, pottery and leather pouches.
Hard to find pigments -- minium, vermillion, azuro, indian yellow, red ochre. Guild of Limners, #26 across from the barn
Warm cloaks, lots of styles, custom made on site. CLOAK AND DAGGER, 13 Bow Street
RAW SHEEP DAY! PERSIAN LAMB! Black shearling only three pelts to be had! Dragon’s Magic, #27
For Sale: Vellum - opaline vellum (sheepskin) direct from England. Finest quality. Sale price $20 per sheet. The Guild of Limners, #26 across from the Barn.
We don’t want to take it home! 18x24 canvas day shade complete, $300, on-demand water heater, $75 OBO. Kitchen counter w/sink $50. Camp Gallowglass, N03. (678)536-9244. Pick up at end of War.
Claus’ Guide on “How Not to Get a Laurel” - Audacious and naughty - the truth is hard and very funny. See Claus the Toymaker. #26 across from the Barn.
Woad, Madder, Cochineal, Brazilwood, Longwood - dyes to die for. Guild of Limners, #26.
Pennsic Auction 42, Monday, 29 July, 4pm at the Rapier tent, Battlefield. Preview 3:30. Cash only.
12 Step Meetings, AA, NA, OA, SA, GA, All welcome, 4:00 PM daily Denys the Decadent's Camp EO7, along Great Eastern Highway.
Moose Lodge: Lodge Night 8:30 pm Monday B03
Bard’s Haven is open for business. Celtic bardic on Tuesday. Sing for your supper nightly. E19.
Portrait photographer seeks interesting persons and locations for photoshoots. Text name, photo, concept to Marcus. (215)808-8480.
Known World Players annual business meeting, Tuesday, 6pm, AS9
Memorial Ship sails Tuesday. Paint shields at Clan Cambion, B-15, Howard’s Fenway. Process from White Wolf & Phoenix after 9:00pm.
ATTENTION BREWERS: Novices, journeymen and all interested in brewing! House DeLondres is hosting an open brewing round table. Two master brewers will be in attendance as well as other very accomplished brewers. Topic of discussion is “All Things Brewing.” Bring what you have for testing, evaluation and open discussion. Mon 4-6pm, Wed 4-6pm. X04 next to shower houses.
SCA-Judaica Yahoo List meet-up: Monday, 4pm AS10. This is open to anyone interested in doing things Jewish in the SCA or in medieval Jewish culture.
Bard’s Haven is Pagan friendly. We have mead too.
11 Years ago you linspired me to boldness and left with my heart. It’s your forever. Cat Sassi will you marry me? Love, Diggin’ Bar.
The King needs help waxing. Lessons needed - ask for HRM D.
I have skilz; mad skilz. – Magdalena
French Queen seeks subject for beheading - serious inquiries only.
To Connor of Rivenwood at Band Camp Thank you for returning my dagger. May the Gods smile upon you.
Happy 10th Anniversary, Wormwood! – Maire
Queen seeks ice - see Calon Crown.
Huscarl needs new eyebrows. Ask for Wynifred. Calon
In Memoriam - Owain Phyfe. O Poet, Bard, and Singer of Songs, your Sweet Voice transported us across the years, Dreams of Love to good cheer that flows, where Beauty moves, with Delights, And far Vineyards grow. Our eyes like some fountain, the tears overflow, But you shall always be with us, wherever we go. Adda Wadda Wadda Wadda! Your friends at Hamish’s Dreck
To House Bloodguard Notice of rent due for use of Serpentius land. Platypus, feather duster, flying PIG Due Wednesday. Deliver to landlord B04
iPad wanted 3 or 4 gen Call or text 2152725894
Looking 4 love? I have mad skills - R. Calontir
Tequila & Personal Protection. Runestone at 10pm
Lovely Laurel seeks multiple friends for night of decadent pleasure - come to Calontir Thu at 9pm
Think Pennsic is too short this year? Lady Adrianna and Lord Ferrant were only here for 16 hours Saturday night from Trimaris. Thank you with love
Ancaster Puzzle #2: HYAWDYCF?A!
To announce the birth of a daughter on 7/23 to Gulya Tancizos Istvan and Marie de Blois - 8lb 12oz
Wanted to Buy
Got extra tent sides? We’re looking! They don’t need to be in great shape - we’re not picky. Apply to Bow Lane #6 Dark Victory Armoury
WANTED before War’s end: 5x12 trailer or larger. Call Pieter (765)586-5990 or email@example.com