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!