PI Wednesday August 6 2014

Listening to Pennsic

By: Mary of Montevale, Reporter

Whether as an addition to your play list for your annual pilgrimage to Cooper’s Lake, as a little touch of Pennsic to buoy you up in the depths of your 50-week town run, or as an introduction to the War for a newcomer, the Pennsic Independent Podcasts can be a source of both entertainment and education.
The podcasts, the first of which was released prior to the beginning of Pennsic 37 (2008), have grown to a total of 29 episodes each running between 20 and 30 minutes. They were originated and continue to be produced by Lord Leifr (East) who is not only the producer, but the technician, editor, and host of the programs. He often records interviews on site and then spends many hours editing to achieve the final product.
The content of the episodes is Leifr’s primary concern. He looks for interesting facets of all the work that goes into making Pennsic happen, such as answers to questions like “What happens at Herald’s Point?” or “How does Troll work?” Other topics research the culture of Pennsic—traditions, legends, and all the things that can get passed around by word of mouth from “someone who knows someone who knows someone who….” You can listen to well-known Pennsic names ranging from Duke Cariadoc to noted singer Michael Longcor (Duke Moonwulf) to royalty like His Majesty Konrad (East) explaining his stunning announcement at Opening Ceremonies for Pennsic 37.
You can access and download the episodes at pennsicindepedentpodcast.com or at the iTunes store (check their directory). The podcasts have always been, and will always be, free.
If anyone is interested in giving feedback or suggestions for episode topics, and especially if you are interested in participating as an interviewee, you can contact Lord Leifr via the website listed above, in email at pipodcast@gmail.com, or on Twitter at @pipodcast. He has his mobile equipment on site at the War and it may be possible to arrange a interview session before you

The Great Deeds of Opponents

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Æthelmearc fighters try to hold the bridge
Photo by Master Phillip the Pilgrim

By: Mary of Montevale, Reporter

If it is true that no battle plan survives initial contact with the enemy, the enemy of the martial War Points this Pennsic is most certainly the rain. One of the changes caused by the cancellation of the Woods Battle was the rescheduling of the armored Bridge Battle for Tuesday (it had originally been set for Thursday).
According to those I spoke to after the Battle all said what a fantastic day it had been: many examples of good, clean combat; no instances of tempers flaring in the adrenalin rush that can accompany armed combat; apparently no medical holds—certainly no EMS or chirurgeons were summoned out to the field at any point; and perhaps best of all, the determination of who had won the battle could not be finally made until the final bridge that remained undecided in the fifth and final battle of the day.
Did I mention that the rain did not start until well after the final cannon shot when the field was nearly clear and the post-battle courts on both sides were ending?
The first battle took nearly 40 minutes, thanks to some holds and the time needed to resolve possession of all five bridges past the initial 15 minutes of combat. As usual, the outermost two bridges were occupied in an initial great rush from both sides of the field, while the forces for the interior three bridges waited out a barrage from the ballistae and moved forward only a couple of minutes before the 15 minute point was sounded. In the end, each of the outer bridges went to a different side after much pushing back and forth that could have gone either way. The three interior bridges were claimed by the East and its allies: 2 in great part due to the actions of Blood Guard; 3 came after the Tuchux entered the bridge as reinforcements; and 4 was taken thanks to the efforts of the Northern Army. East and allies 4 bridges, Middle and allies 1 bridge. 1 War Point for the East and its allies.
The second battle was completed in almost half the time needed for the first one. The first bridge to be taken was the center one after a mixed group of fighting units from the Middle blew right through their Eastern opponents. The two outer bridges’ possession was reversed, with the East taking 5 in a triumph through sheer numbers and the Middle taking 1 thanks to some aggressive action by their ally Northshield. Middle 3 bridges, East 2 bridges. War Point for the Middle, and the two sides are tied 1-1.
The third and fourth battles also went rather quickly, with the East taking the third by a score of 3 bridges to 2 for the Middle and the fourth going to the Middle in an exact reversal of the earlier score. Notable actions in the third battle include the late entry of Darkyard at bridge 1, the strong fighting of the Tuchux on bridge 3, and the ability of Æthemearc to move the opposition off bridge 4. In the fourth battle, the decisive bridge was number 4 where fighters from Iron Lance held on for a very long time on behalf of the East before succumbing to a great second effort at pushing them off by Darkmoon and a group led by the Prince of the Middle.
Thus, the fifth and final battle was reached with each side having 2 War Points. The concluding battles seemed to move back up the sequence of bridges, with the Middle taking bridge 5. The East possessed bridge 4 after some alert action by Blood Guard’s leader, Duke Andreas der Eisfalke, to bring reinforcements to help Silver Keep and the Northern Army, and well as bridge 3 where Black Talon and the Tuchux had very little trouble. For a while, the fate of bridge 2 went back and forth with strong fighting between Dark Sun and the troops led by the Prince of the Middle and their opponents from Æthelmearc, House Arindale, and Tau. But finally the Middle and its allies were able to triumph, and the contest for the vital final War Point remained tied at two bridges for each side.
Fighting on bridge 1 had been swinging back and forth throughout the final battle with Northshield, some troops of the Midrealm Guard, and an assortment of mercenaries on one side and fighters from Æthelmearc, Black Maul, Rome, and Iron Lance for the East. Fighting would continue to the last man, a fighter from Æthelmearc who found himself facing a remaining six fighters for the Middle. They offered him single combat and he accepted, but succumbed to a blow to the chest from the second man he faced.
Fifth War Point to the Middle, who took the day with 3 War Points to the East’s 2.
However, this is not quite the end to the day or the story. I sought out the man who had stood alone at the end for the East on bridge 1, and was directed to him.
Thus, I met Edward of Blackthorn (Æthelmearc) who recounted for me how humbled he had felt by the offer of single combat which came from one of the six men he faced at the end. He took out his first opponent but was forced to his knees in the process. His second opponent chivalrously entered their meeting also on his knees, but managed a killing blow to Edward’s chest as Edward landed a head shot.
After telling me this and describing the day’s fighting as fantastic, Edward picked up his gear and bade me follow him to the Midrealm side of the field where he wanted to seek out the man who had offered him the choice of single combat.
Thus, I met Duke Dag. His Grace related to me that a chance for honor on the field does not come along all that often, so that when it did for the single fighter opposite him and five others on the last bridge, he very much wanted to offer Edward the chance to be a hero. The two men, the Duke and the Lord, then shook hands by the side of the battlefield as the first rumbles of a thunderstorm were heard off to the west.
I owe special thanks for whatever accuracies there are in this account of the day’s battles to Lady Lorin of the Dual Masque (East) the founding captain (now retired) of the Black Dragon Company who stood beside me during the Bridge Battle to explain to me exactly what was happening and help me identify the various fighting units. I also thanks to HRH Edward of the East who instructed me to “please report the great deeds of our opponents as well,” and so inspired the title and the closing paragraphs of my account of the battle as well.

Unclassifieds

Contests
Questers wanted! Are you brave enough to accept the Quest of the Drunk Tag? Can you follow the roles of myrth and merryment and alcohol? See Fernando’s Engravings around 7pm. Free.

Events Open to All
Look, COMMA, Honey. A memorial party for Master Rufus the Short will be held Thursday night, 7-9 @ A's End camp, at the end of Bones Nose Rd. In honor of Rufus, cheap beer, munchies, and Escargot avec Fromage will be provided. Feel free to add to the bounty.
Silent auction for Real Leather family at Merchant Booth 147 daily from 9-6. Come and help one of your own.
Celebrating 40 years Marche of 6 Wyntarian Road to Valhalla Nov 8 - indoor melee, youth tournaments.
Bards Haven is open for business
TEACHERS! NEWCOMERS! Want to teach/learn something new in the SCA? Join us at DRAGON’S QUEST III, October 11 in the Barony of Brendoken (Dalton, OH).
Come join the Shire of Silver Rylle for a day of German celebration on Aug. 23rd in Hershey, PA. @ 10am. More info on East Kingdom event calendar.
IT’S ALMOST HERE: STUDIO 1554
12 Step meeting E07 4pm AA/NA/OA/SA all welcome. Denys the Decadent’s Camp Great Eastern Highway
Robin Netherton & Gale Owen-Grocker will be lecturing at Figments & Filaments, a costume convention. You can too! More info online or stop by Poison Pen Press- ask for Corwyn www.figmentsandfilaments.com

For Sale
12’ x 16’ wall tent, 5’ walls, poles, ropes, stakes. Call (814)233-8288
Hand-dyed veils, coronets and hair spikes. New to Pennsic, fantastic prices! Wolfram’s Wondrous Wares. #133
Agate Burnishers - bone ivory & horn handles - hand carved - also dog tooth and carnelian. Guild of Limners, #26
Industrial sewing machine for sale. Located in NE Philadelphia for pickup. See Maire in Brigadoon W23. $400
For sale: 16’x12’x12’ Norse A-frame (poles, hardware, canvas, floor) $700.00 negotiable. Available for pickup Aug 8th. Come see and ask Lyda @ Talfryn Camp (N38).
Asterix and Obelix just arrived at Pennsic. Visit Ursula’s Alcove, 166 Fleet St. to get your own copies.
Tea & Absinthe brand teas are here! Over 30 different flavours to tempt you. Materialis #87 Street of Gold
For Sale - Glass muller & burnishers from England, also Mitchell nibs, vellum, parchment and handbound leather books - The Guild of Limners, #26
Kuchi jewelry clearance! Clean, no glass or coins missing. See Ghazalah 11-5 at Kafe Merhaba. SHINY!!
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
Pergamena parchment sent their stock to the Guild of Limners - Whole skins down to 5x10 inches. Finest quality from $8-$200. Limited quantities.
TENT REPAIRS AND SUPPLIES - Waterproofing, seam sealer, other supplies, sewing and grometting on site. Space 28.
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?
Mongolian ger/yurt $1000.00 or BRIO. 22ft diameter. Wood parts only, no cloth or ropes. 1954 Kenmore sewing machine $250.00 or BRIO. Full cabinet, runs, needs friction wheel. Pine Box Traders, Merchant space 192.
Fond of authenticity? Us too! Space #85 Treasury.
Midnight Madness all day! CLOAKS! Unique color and pattern combinations! At Hobbitronics, Merchant Space #8 Bow Street
Camp gate for sale. Two gorgeous towers with arch. Own a Pennsic landmark. $450. Clan Blackhart/Sin Pit E05
We’ve gone mad at Dancing Pig Pottery! Place settings and nesting bowls need to go home with you! Buy three pieces, save 10%. Buy four pieces, save 15%. Buy five or more save 20%. Come to 16 Bow Street and buy pots tonight!
THE GUILD OF LIMNERS habitantes in platea mercatares vendunt encausto, penna, libri, pigmenti, colorum diversi, rubia, quadone, omnimodes tinctori et instrumenta clericis necessaria.
For Sale: Bad Garb Old Maid card game - Yes we have ‘em! - from Claus the Toymaker (who else?)
Closeout sale! Short tunics and kaftans are $5 off or 4 for $100. While supplies last. Costumes by Loren, 166 Fleet Street.
For Sale - Bad garb, bad garb, what’cha gonna do? What’cha gonna do when the punchline’s you! - Claus the Toymaker
Trader style pavilion, 12’x16’ with 12’x12’ fly with sidewalls. Cell (814)442-5816, $800.00. Setup included.
Henna paste handmade fresh on-site and sifted Rajasthani powder. Great dark color! 11-5, Kafe Merhaba
Benefit the Chirurgeons - buy an original Pennsic 43 T-shirt, $13. Available from Claus of Burzee, #26 Merchants Row.
Mortars and pestles - set of 3 - vitrified porcelain. Only $10 at the Guild of Limners, #26.
For Sale: Panther 18x18x7 center pole Marquis and fly; sunforger-FR, sod flaps, groundcloth tarp setup kit and brackets. Excellent condition. $2700. See at Rome Camp, B06, Heraklides or Athena. Text (571)276-6313.
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.
Romantic French double belled wedge set up 6 times $900* see Berengaria Highland Foorde Camp N22 *includes ropes + poles
For sale-Son of Sandler size 9 1/2 boots, like new, black fleur de lis buttons @ Son of Sandler $350 OBO
Pennsic maps in medieval style - only at Arte of the Booke, #65 Market Street
Angel wing dresses are now available at Costumes by Loren. 166 Fleet Street. Limited quantity.
Need sheetwall? We have a six foot by fifty foot breathable fence tarp for sale or trade. Color is white. See Chance at Mead Mouse on E-17. Zodi water heater also available.
Cool clothes for a warm war! At Bronwyn’s by the Pillaged Village.
Round pavilion $500/best, Brewers Lane/Caer Mear
Has the Pennsic populace gone mad? Ask because there are still Pennsic 43 mugs at Dancing Pig Pottery. This unprecedented event has certainly made us crazy. The result? 10% off remaining Pennsic 43 mugs. Hurry to get yours before everyone regains their senses! 16 Bow Street.
12’ round canvas tent with seup trp $650 like new text 812-841-6997 Cecil
Mutiny supplies, mysterious stranger disguises, backstabbing repellant resources, unruly child corrective devices. All at Hamish’s Dreck. Space 145.
Comfy SQUIRE CART to convey you in style, disc. for handicapped. ROCKING HORSES for rent/sale. Sp #28
Houpelandes! Costumes by Loren now has houpelandes. 166 Fleet Street. Shop early for the best selection.
Bad Garb Bingo! Have fun as you mock your fellow SCAdians. Only $5.00 from Claus the Toymaker #26.
Hurry to Claus the Toymaker for your leper - Supplies have been limited since a carpenter from Galilee passed through.
King sz. Viking bed in exclnt. cond. Breaks down flat, sturdy. Doubles as ark. $300 OBO. See @Old Barons Resthome., N09, Chandlers-Cariadoc’s.
Calligraphy books under $10. Many rare titles. Guild of Limners, #26 across from the Barn
Go natural! Ursula has certified organic wool yarn - both raised and dyed to meet the Oregon standard. Visit 166 Fleet Street to see the rainbow of colors.
Panther A-frame 10x14x8 canvas only. $500. Space 106.
For Sale: Stainless bascinet helm. Comes strapped, ready for aventail. Excellent condition. See Rodrigo at Runestone Watch (W08). $300. Text (814)520-7470.
For Sale: Ink - oakgall, walnut hull, also gallo-tannic ink, absolutely perfectly opaque. $4 per bottle. Guild of Limners, #26
Bookbinding leathers, metal clasps and supplies, plus blank journals and C&I supplies - Arte of the Booke, #65 Market Street
MADNESS! 20-30% off most. Mediaeval Misc. Space #28.
Any merchant need an ice urchin? Call/text (570)205-2602
For Sale: ATTENTION ALL AT PENNSIC! Claus the Toymaker would like to suggest that next year at Pennsic XLIV that we choose one day and on that day everyone must dress in 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.
Military tent 16x30 used with poles. $300 OBO call 9103305453 to see or text. Available Thursday
Used Boy Scout tents and two gazebos. Must sell. - Cloak and Dagger - Space 13 or text (317)658-2964
Penners at long last! Beautiful handcrafted leather cases for your pens. Durer wished his was as nice as these. Guild of Limners. #26
Knives cleaned, sharpened, repaired, custom sheaths. Cloak and Dagger, Space 13
PARCHMENT. Genuine made by Pergamena. 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.
CANVAS CASTLE FOR SALE, “stone” with 2 turrets. Perfect for a knight or a kingdom gatehouse. Also a 1/2 timbered manor house (expandable!) and other faux-buildings, painted canvas over steel frame (no center pole!) Period Pavilions, available at Space 28.
PERIOD PAVILIONS™ - new, used and custom for sale or rent. 12 on site, 27 more in stock (can ship). Colors, intricate shapes, and faux buildings our specialty. More details and pics, plus free catalog at Sp #28.
Hard-to-find pigments - minium, vermillion, azuro, indian yellow, red ochre. Guild of Limners, #26 across from the Barn.
Porcelain DOLLS, stamped/gilt LEATHER, tapestry panels, garb, FABRIC, 24” hair pieces, BOOKS, etc. Sp. #28
Sales all war! Costumes by Loren has sales every day. Come and see us at 166 Fleet Street.
Sharp shiny objects! 64oz. Pennsic party flasks! And the infamous Bunny fur bikini! Only at Hamish’s Dreck, Space 145. Where Laurels fear to tread
Blank Books - handbound in leather, handmade paper, thick and chunky. Fair trade products. $8-$32, limited supply - Guild of Limners, #26
PAVILION CO. FOR SALE, est. 1982. Set own hrs, full/part time. Will finance. See Gatebook ad. Sp. 28
Horny Viking Custom Leather. Passional kilts and corsets. Custom chainmail by Pendragon. Booth 200.
Tardis Tea has rematerialised at Pennsic! Allons-y and Geronimo now in stock but Fantastic couldn’t make it to War. Materialis #87 Street of Gold
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
Funwear Forest Festival and Faire at Bronwyn’s by the Pillaged Village.
Thatched 1/2 timber dollhouse, silent auction. Sp #28.
Tired of spinning wool? Want to try something new? Visit Ursula’s Alcove for hemp roving. 166 Fleet St.
Viola Da Gamba. Good condition. Needs new strings, 1 tuning peg, and bow rehiring. $175 OBO. Will consider trade. Ask for Morgan @ Moongate Designs in the Merchant area.
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 have new towers now for sale. Our current towers $100 OBO N40 Aiben Alley
Woad, Madder, Cochineal, Brazilwood, Longwood - dyes to die for. Guild of Limners, #26
Wooden shower 6’x8’ for sale, $500 OBO. Originally built for disability camp. Wheelchair accessible and handicapped bars. Contact Scholastica. Txt (407)416-9788.
Yurt not coming to Pennsic for Sale! 16ft diameter yurt with solid wood double doors, heavy duty vinyl floor and medium brown canvas acrylic cover. Used 2x seller will deliver or transfer within 50 miles of Frederick, MD $1200 Mike or CC @ 301-620-2044
Yurt roof ring for sale, new. 14 ft. Iso obo. A-S end.
Attention brewers! The Bee Folks have 15 buckets of Brewers Special Honey. Ulfiltered, bottom of barrel, cappings, etc. $3.50 per pound

General
Just a reminder that the gravel is Cooper’s Lake Campground property and is to be spread only by Cooper’s Lake staff. Unauthorized use of the gravel pile is theft, is a violation of site rules, and could be grounds for expulsion from the site.
BIG HUGS TO LOCHAC CAMP AND THE WATCH. Missing you all. Have a great Pennsic and see you next year! Duchess Megan, West
NOTICE OF FILMING- An escorted camera crew will be on-site during this War. They will NOT be filming in private camps.
I am seeking ride to Toronto Thursday afternoon. Contact Glorimyre, Camp Eoforwic W08 Offer gas+? or text 647-969-6042
Stop by and wish Smoke and Fire Co. a happy 30th Birthday
Master John ap Wynne and Mistress Lenore are not at the War due to her health issue. Stop by Merch Space 4 to write good wishes in a hand made book made by John Skinner to be taken home to them. They plan to be back next. The music booth is open.
Need healing? Have reiki. Text me @ 260-602-9828
WAR KITTENS! Two brothers found abandoned during setup, currently fostered in New Castle. 8 weeks old and looking for forever home. Donations also accepted toward vet cost. See Ghazalah at Kafe Merhaba.
I Algar Irenhande am in possession of a pig named Rosa. I am holding her for ransom if you want her back you must win her by combat on the heavy field Friday after the castle battle by the marshals tent in the list
Mankind Project Initiated Brothers: Let’s meet for breakfast @Beast and Boar on Thursday 9-10am
Radio Free Mongolia - 88.3 FM
Foreclosure sale! Everything must go! Our sloth-like ways have driven us to sell all of our goods! Not too proud to listen to any offer! See BlackPit E05 for details. Authi Sylven Glade Savings and Loan (not FDIC)
Shire Wars 4: Anglo-Saxon Harvest Oct 10-12. Site borders on 3 kingdoms www.shire-wars.com

Help Wanted
Teardown help needed. 7am Sat morn, 7am sharp. 2hrs max. CASH PAID! Need 2 strong people, at least 6ft. tall. Inquire @ Circle Works, space #15.
BREAKDOWN HELP needed! Fri and Sat. Good pay, food, fun crew. Bonus possible. Mediaeval Misc. Space #28.

Lost & Found
Found! Two drunken pink flamingos roaming E12 we took them + showing them love contact House Von Draken for info! We will deliver them home Thurs.
FOUND: One Iron toe ring. Possibly indicating mawwiage. Angry husband likely. Further domestic bliss improbable unless universal balance is restored. My motives are pure. Inquire in Dance Tent.
Lost walking stick, brown tree branch w/carved old man face & cord w/beads & bell lost near Chalkman. Sentimental value. Reward paid in beer or return to Chalkman. (814)233-8288

Memorials
In honor of Don Edmond the Lame a memorial will be held Wednesday at 5pm, after his two hander tourney at 4. All who knew him are invited. Wednesday on the Fencing Field.

The memorial ship will sail Thursday evening at dark, Thor willing. Launching from center of spit on north side of lake. Paint shields at, and process from White Wolf & Phoenix, 120 Plunder Lane.

Personals
Healer seeks amazon single female 21 - 36. My hands soft yet strong 434-981-4968
Snuzzler to Daddy: I miss you, come home so I can play with you!
Bards Haven is Pagan-friendly (monotheists too!)
For my everything, my best friend, my love. Thank you for all the joy you bring in my life. Love Pepper
Shhh! They know not what they hear, nor what we say. Who knows the truth today? -Agent 00Z
Old Meg Sez: This moment only is the only one you have. Happiness is a choice - some folk choose power, prestige, the adulation of crowds. I choose happiness. I plan for it, I make room for it, I look for it in every corner. It is there. Old Meg knows.
Into braided nose hair? (Inside & out) Your dream man leaves Thursday morn! Call/text 309-264-3649
40M, tall, handsome, athletic seeks 25-40F companion to share parties fun times. Text pic to (217)778-7934
Mad Dog for Mayor!
Teeny tiny tiggle toes: we made lucky thirteen. Some Pennsic romance. Twelve years, three kids and still no grey hairs. Thank you for the best days of my life, even the last 365 or so. It just gets better and better
Newly diagnosed with breast cancer. Need info on recovery after surgery to return to active job. Text to (717)471-1434 to meet/discuss.
HOOBAH FOSCADH FOR FIGHTING IN ALL 43 PENNSIC WARS
Pennsic 38 (2009) After 17yrs for me and 11yrs for the girl, we had to stop attending due to real life. This was the beginning of the end - a horrible year.
Katie and Cassie, I hope you are enjoying your vacation. Katie make sure you get to beggars row and let everyone else hear that beautiful voice. Cassie join you sister this year and show off your tumbling. Dad
Recruiting! Sailors and marines for an expedition to the Chesapeake Bay much plunder to be had. Inquire w. Rear Admiral George Cockburn Royal Navy.
Lady Gaga for Baroness!
Thanks for the underpants. PROFIT! - The gnomes –
Master Thorvald Redhair: There are gifts for you and Ghita at the Pennsic Independent front desk! Please pick them up before the staff eats them! Love, Heirusalem
The Disco Port-o-potty in E21 is funky.
The Magdaronica requires crack fries!

Wanted to Buy
WANTED: 40 foot trailer, for on site storage. Call 845-667-6488 Tom
Need my plastic shield painted. U bring paints: white & medium blue & other supplies. Must work from picture. Pays $25. Come Wed 2pm @Drachenwald(N13). Ask for Marsha.