Tarnach the Terrible Battles the Horde
Lady Kathryn de Wrytar
Attack after attack the horde of children stormed the castle gate and overpowered Taranach the Terrible and his men to triumphantly recover the stolen candy treasure. Taranach was sentenced in an immediate trial to the dreaded ‘walk of shame’ through the gate.
Upon first successful breach of the walls, Taranach offered a bounty of carrots and celery in exchange for their expected treasure. Again the hordes attacked with success in capturing Taranach. As certain failure loomed, the challenge was cast between the green and orange team to project their water into a holding device carried by Taranach himself. Alas at hold the buckets were equal.
Admitting the fierceness of the horde, Taranach chose to join the child horde and attack the castle against his own men, who defended the castle walls to the end.
There were times that the horde was scarcely contained and the battle brought the thunderous sounds of knights and ladies in war. It is no wonder the attackers were triumphant as the armory they brought with them to storm the castle required the iron horse of Pennsic to haul it to the castle wall. (Well, actually it was a water truck but, let’s just go with the analogy.)
In the end, the children were triumphant and elated at the recapture of the treasure within the castle and Taranach was left to recover from his battle saturation and contemplate his next terrible deed.
This year’s water battle for children was able to inspire and charge the children of our war to action against Taranach; however, it does so much more than provide for a sun and water-soaked afternoon. The efforts of the ShadowClan and Black Talon provides the children with recognition of their need for inclusion in the games, no matter their age, talents or preparedness.
The battle has grown into the largest non-marshaled event in the Known World. Fully supported by volunteers and private dollars, ShadowClan and Black Talon provided a successful event once again. Taranch himself has been involved in the water battle for the past twenty years and is excited that the children have enjoyed the story lines and the experience each time.
Along with Taranach, Thurkill L’armeurier will be working towards next Pennsic with a much larger event in mind. Currently they are planning a Facebook group and a PayPal account to allow interested donors to contribute the effort. Always supported by private funding, the event has grown to attract a larger and larger group of children. The donations of funds to purchase the weapons and treasure would be absolutely appreciated.
Both Taranach and Thurkill expressed heartfelt thank-yous to long-standing individual volunteers, such as Baroness Ciara and Baroness Gwyennyd, who act as lead marshals each year. In fact, what they do is to keep the child horde from completely overcoming Taranach. They also wrangle any adult volunteers that may be present during the event as well. A large and loud thank-you was also offered by both to everyone who helped with the children’s water battle this year and continues to show up each year to make this a focal event for our Society’s children while at war.
Vivat to Taranach and Thurkill. Look for ways to contribute to the effort soon on Facebook!
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As our regular readers know, Heirusalem, publisher of the Pennsic Independent, has not been able to attend Pennsic for the past few years as she helps her daughter, Patty, fight the rare childhood cancer neuroblastoma, although she is still involved in managing things outside of Pennsic. Here is an update on how things are going:
“Patty has changed her SCA name from Fauna of Rivenstar to Myra of Rivenstar. We are still waiting for some sort of effective treatment for her. I know last year we were in one of those clinical trials, but she was removed from it on a technicality. It seemed to be working, so we are hoping that it becomes an open trial or standard treatment soon. In the meantime, she is on a sort of maintenance chemo, which appears to be holding the solid tumor at bay, but she can only be on it for so long before it will stop working. At her age, with refractory (treatment resistant) stage four neuroblastoma, we should have lost her a long time ago. Her current prognosis is less than three years unless we find an effective treatment.”
She recently suffered and is recovering from an infection in her main line (used for the chemotherapy), but will be able to go on a planned family vacation.
Continues Heirusalem “I am in awe of how quickly she bounces back from these things and what an incredible fighter she is without even knowing how hard she IS fighting. I’d pit her against anyone in any Crown list or battlefield.”
The Pennsic Independent continues to accept donations towards Patty’s care at the newspaper office. Thank you all for your continuing care and concern.
Taranach the Terrible is finished off by a horde of children Tuesday
in the children’s water battle.
Photo by Master Phillip the Pilgrim
Woods Battle Provides Ambiance
By Syr Kyppyn Kirkcaldy
The Woods Battle has a long history of being the greatest and worst battle at Pennsic. When you ask the average fighter on the street you tend to get an answer one way or another. Why?
The Woods provides the ambiance that some like—fighting among the trees, allowing fighters to strategize guerrilla tactics in an environment that our ancestors fought in so long ago. The old Woods Battle site had been used for so many years, the damage to the forest was evident from anyone who walked there. The underbrush couldn’t grow and long-term damage to the ecosystem was beginning to deteriorate the site. So a few years ago, a new Woods Battle site was designated for combat.
This year, the entire site (approximately 1,000 by 1,000 feet) was available to the troops. Two resurrection points were given to each side and the 90-minute battle for 7 banners began with the shot of the canon.
Master Feral, Warlord for the East, gave me his plan of action for the East: “Our battle plan was conceived and run by Atlantia. The East army sent in light, fast units of soldiers who coordinated on the right side with Æthelmearc and took the closest banner quickly. We took banner number 6 and felt the Midrealm Army would get banner 7. The Midrealm fought valiantly against overwhelming numbers. The Midrealm and their allies may have actually killed more East forces, but we had more numbers to resurrect faster. Northern Army controlled banner 3 & 4, kept the corridor open. Ealdormere did a fantastic job and were fleet of foot as they gained the banners for the East.”
Lady Signy from Atlantia was assigned as a runner. She shared with me her thoughts on the battle, “The battle went very well. The banners and resurrection points were spread out and really used the space in the woods.”
Sir Cedric from the Incipient Canton of Wyndriche marshaled the battle. “I witnessed heroic deeds on both sides. Courtesy was given from both sides when needed. The fighting was very clean.”
I caught General Fargthen coming out of the woods and he was very complimentary of House Darkmoon and their effort in the woods. I met with the Darkmoon commander, Sir Gerwulf. He had this to say about the Woods Battle: “We were way outnumbered. The command and control of our unit was very good. Count Savaric was leading our division and we fought over banner 4 against long skirmish lines. Eventually, because of the numbers we were double-enveloped and overrun. Other factors included the ground being very uneven and all of the bees in the woods. The numbers were telling.”
Sir Elizabeth from Ealdormere echoed Gerwulf’s comments. “The Midrealm being so vastly outnumbered is not good for anybody.” This was a common theme of the day from everyone I interviewed. Sir Osric of the Midrealm told me, “The Midrealm were heroes and fought hard. The side on banner 1 got pushed back and Darkmoon fought to keep control. The Woods marshals were awesome and the fighting was clean.”
Sir Michael au Cluin from Midrealm described the effort of the small Midrealm forces as, “Whereever they [Midrealm] went, pain followed.” Sir Alonzio from Æthelmearc wanted to go on record to say that he did not like fighting in the new woods.” The underbrush and uneven ground contributed to injuries and problems today. Count Lutr had a fallen log pin his leg, and thankfully the graciousness and cooperation of the East side allowed him to free himself before any injury could happen. I liked the old woods much better.”
In the end, the East Kingdom controlled all 7 banners when the 90-minute canon sounded off. When I asked Master Feral, Warlord of the East Kingdom, to tell me who he thought stood above and beyond on the field today, he told me, “The heroes of the day are the Midrealm Army. Units like Darkmoon, Darkyard, and the Kingdom of Lochac did a great job banging against our units and holding them up, but the numbers were just too overwhelming.” Lord Vey of the incipient Barony of Endeweard told me he had a great time. The feelings on both sides seemed to be a mix of happiness and frustration. Other fighters used the words “target rich environment.” It remains to be seen if the rest of the war can be more evenly matched, as both sides have told me that a fair, even-odds fight is a good fight. A good fight is what every SCA warrior wants the most.