Pennsic 33 (2004)

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Geoffrey Scott well on his way toward 1500 fights

Lord Geoffrey Scott, an armoured fighter who intends to fight 1500 bouts before the end of Pennsic 33, reports that he had completed the first 303 bouts as of Wednesday evening.

The Pennsic Independent will provide further updates on Geoffrey's progress as the challenge continues.

Kopper Kettle Closed

Many of those who travel to Pennsic have enjoyed the home cooking at the Kopper Kettle, a dine-in restaurant near Coopers Lake. Unfortunately, the familiar "Welcome SCA" sign has been replaced with a "Closed for Renovation" sign.

According to New Castle locals, the sign has been up for almost a year. No one is certain if or when the Kopper Kettle will open again. Calls to the Kopper Kettle went unanswered as of Friday.

Magician Cleared of Witchcraft Charges

By Dr. Henry Best

At the Pennsic War, the Coxcomb Academy Graduation Show was jarringly
interrupted as an Inquisitor charged the show's master of ceremonies,
Captain Matthew Christopher, with witchcraft. Captain Christopher is a well
known performer of magic tricks, some of which confound normal explanation.
The Inquisitor, brandishing a copy of the Malleus Maleficarum, bombastically
informed the Captain that his beloved ship, the H.M.S. Peregrine, had been
impounded, along with all his worldly possessions, and demanded to hear an
immediate plea to the charges of Witchcraft and Consorting with Diabolic
Powers. The erstwhile Captain, glancing around for his stage manager, Dr.
Henry Best, and finding himself high and dry without support of any kind,
pleaded "not guilty". Dr. Best, a wise and well educated man, is reported to
have fled the scene several minutes earlier upon sighting the Malleus
Maleficarum, also known as "The Witch Hammer". Christopher appealed to his
Laurel, Finn Jarl Herjolfsson, for protection. Apparently finding the
prospect of facing the Inquisition unpalatable, Finn confiscated his
apprentice's belt, saying "I am unable to protect you, and probably have
been for quite some time." The courageous Jarl then appealed to the Crown of
the Middle Kingdom for protection for his disowned apprentice, before
bravely stepping away from the Inquisitor's gaze.

King Felix, called "the Decisive", and his lovely Queen Madeleina, called
"the Bright", were in attendance at the show. Felix and Madeleina strode
boldly onto the stage and faced off the Inquisitor on Matthew's behalf.
Citing both his value as an entertainer, and his illuminating treatise on
performance magic, "The Well-Versed Conjuror's Bag of Tricks", which by
coincidence was dedicated directly to Felix and Madeleina, the Crown
pardoned Matthew Christopher of all charges, restored his goods, and charged
him to stand vigil to join the Order of the Laurel, and so be in direct
fealty to the Crown, for his own protection. Felix stated that the elevation
would take place at Northshield Coronation, and that he would create a
Laurel and a Kingdom all in one day, which this reporter deems a good day's
work for anyone.

As the crowd of Laurels, Royalty, and Inquisition left Matthew alone and
staggering upon the stage, Dr. Best made a reappearance, clipboard in hand,
and reminding Matthew that "the show must go on", bade him introduce the
next act. The Coxcomb Academy then resumed its business of showcasing the
acts of its hard working and talented students.

The rumored sightings of Capt. Matthew Christopher in the company of a cat
with sleek black fur are, at present, unconfirmed.

Vigil and Elevation Information:

Matthew Christopher will stand a vigil at the Tournament of the Rose,
September 18th. Although he welcomes advice from other peers, he is
specifically holding a vigil that day to gain advice from the Ladies of the
Rose, and will grant them precedence to speak. http://brendoken.org/rose/

The elevation will take place at the Northshield Coronation, October 16th.
Matthew will stand vigil for one hour before elevation, isolated in silent
meditation. There will be a reception following court, by grace of the new
Kingdom of Northshield, for any peers wishing to advise the new Midrealm
peer, himself only minutes older than that kingdom.
http://www.silfrenmere.org/Events/coronation/

Congratulations and advice may also be sent to the vigilant at
matthew@coxcomb.org

Pennsic Independent Server Problems: Almost fixed!

As with any large software upgrade, we've encountered some small glitches in the Pennsic Independent transition. Coincidentally, an unrelated problem with the web hosting provider hit at the same time. ...

Believe it or not, the migration to the new software that now runs the PI Web Edition was a very smooth process. There is still a problem accessing the PDF version of the Pennsic Independent (paid subscribers only), but we expect to have that fixed later tonight (Wednesday, August 4).

On the exact same evening when we had just finished installing the new software, a denial-of-service (DoS) attack was launched by spammers against the hosting company that manages the PI's physical server hardware. This sort of attack usually relies on Windows computers that are infected with a special kind of virus program, which can be triggered remotely by the attacker to launch millions of bogus connection requests against the target. PI wasn't specifically the targeted web site; we just happened to get caught in the crossfire.

Robin Gallowglass, one of the hardware administrators, acted quickly to deal with the problem, but it still took most of the night and part of the next day to recover. (Incidentally, the PI server wasn't security-compromised, just temporarily overloaded with workload.) During the time when the DoS attack was in progress, we could not work on finishing the site upgrade.

All of this is, hopefully, behind us, and we are taking care of the last couple of minor problems. Everything should be working fine before Pennsic. In the meantime, we apologize for the inconvenience.

Justin

PI Web Technical Staff

Pennsic Independent publisher elevated to the peerage! The Known World rejoices!

With great support and acclaim, Pennsic Independent Publisher Heirusalem Crystoma was elevated to the Order of the Pelican at Midrealm Crown Tourney in the Shire of Narrental last Saturday, October 30th, A.S. XXXIX.

In their wisdom, HRMs Brannos and Rebekah granted the boon of Mistress Margherita Alessia, Society Exchequer, to elevate her protege. Sung in by the Rivenstar Madrigal Singers and followed by her family as well as the staff of the Pennsic Independent, House Rodentia, and House Von Metton-de Grinstead. Twelve notables from all across the Middle Kingdom as well as Ealdormere and Æthelmearc read the virtues of THL Heirusalem so that all may know her worthiness. With that, she accepted her cloak from Magistra Nicolaa de Bracton, Society Chronicler and Pennsic Independent Editor-in-Chief and also received the legendary Constellation medallion of the Order from close friend Master Sigulf Karlnar. After Their Draconian Majesties made her a Pelican, she was sung out of the hall to original music written and performed by Mistress T'Sivia Tamara v’Amberview, Pennsic Independent Features Reporter.

The staff of the Pennsic Independent is immensely proud that our publisher has finally gotten the recognition that she has so long deserved. Hoobah for Mistress Heirusalem.

Pennsic Novelty Shoots Information

SCAtoday reports information on the Pennsic Novelty Archery Shoots.

Traffic advisories for highways near Pennsic

Travel to Pennsic may be a little slower in the next few days due to highway construction in the vicinity of Cooper's Lake Campground.

Several individuals have advised the Pennsic Independent that Interstate 79 is under construction in the vicinity of Pennsic, and that U.S. Route 422 is being repaved just west of the Pennsic site, basically the area between Pennsic and New Castle PA. The resurfacing on U.S. 422 is expected to be completed within the next several days.

In both cases, traffic is maintained but motorists may experience delays. Please drive with caution, especially in and near construction zones.

Update on Pennsic Weather Conditions

People planning to travel to Pennsic have asked us for an update on what conditions are like here at War, and we are glad to oblige.

A number of folks have asked us to post an update about ground (read: mud) conditions for the benefit of those making plans to set up camp in the next few days.

The good news is that the weather has been mostly gorgeous so far, with highs around 75F and lows in the 50s F. There have been some light showers, but not enough rain to cause major problems with mud. As of noon on Thursday, August 12, the ground is damp but not soggy, the sky is overcast, and there is currently no precipitation here.

You can also check the five-day forecast by clicking on the link at the bottom of the Weather Report block on the left edge of this page.

We’ve Moved!

After several years on Services Row, The Pennsic Independent is relocating to the Barn area. Our new home is just behind the Once Again Inn. We are hoping our new location will be more convenient for many of you. Please come see us!

PI Web Edition -- Saturday, August 21, 2004

This is the web edition of the Pennsic Independent for August 21, 2004. Please see the table of contents below for today's top stories.

Dragon takes final battle, storms fort

By DonalBane of Blakmers

Pennsic Independent Battlefield Correspondent

After 27 War Points: Eastern Tygers 14, Midrealm Dragons 3, Mother Nature 7 (pending archery war points)

Having been stormed out on Thursday, both the great armies of the Midrealm and the East assembled for the final time this Pennsic hoping to storm into something: the Pennsic fort. Each side was given a chance to both defend and attack the fort, with the side that held out longer claming the final heavy fighting war point of Pennsic XXXIII.

To spice things up a bit, the Barony of Marinus in Atlantia brought out several large “breastworks” and used them to bar the way to the fort. Several attacking fighters were designated sacrificial lambs and cleared the breastworks by force. Several other gentles were felled by another new weapon: “boiling oil,” poured off the battlements.

The East and its allies defended the fort first. The Tyger placed Atlantia, Markland and the Great Dark Horde on the east gate, Black Talon, Three Skulls and other on the central gate and Æthelmearc and the Northern Army on the west gate.

The fight for all three gates was called “a meat grinder” by several gentles that witnessed the fight. However, the critical breakout came from the west gate with elements of the Oaken and Darkyard armies leading the charge. After the breakout, the end was soon in coming and the East surrendered the fort in a time of 19:21.
After a brief break, the sides reversed with the Midrealm defending the fort. The Dragon assigned Calontir, Cleftlands and Ironlance to the east gate, Northshield, Trimaris and other allies to the central gate and Darkyard, South Oaken and Red Wing Lion to the west gate. House Darkmoon was held in central reserve surrounding His Majesty’s banner.

For about 20 minutes. The East’s advances were held in check. But at roughly the 20-minute mark, all three gate defenses seemed to collapse simultaneously. House Darkmoon attempted to fend off the surging Eastern fighters, but could not stem the tide. However, the marshals ruled that the Midrealm had held the fort for 21 minutes, giving the Midrealm the war point.

Addressing his troops after the battle, HRM Felix of the Middle waxed poetic.

“It had been a great and humbling experience to lead this army,” Felix said. “You have made me very proud.”

Dwarves vs. Giants Tournament
One of Pennsic’s most recognized novelty tournaments took place Friday as the Barony of Carolingia hosted its annual Dwarves vs. Giants tournament. The Giants (those 6-foot-3 and over) met the Dwarves (those 5-foot-6 and under) in melees, single combats and “handicapped” melees, where the Giants fought on their knees. Despite light-hearted height insults that were traded between the sides, all had great fun.

Known World Squires Tournament
Pennsic’s final armored tournament was the Known World Squires Tournament, which had to be postponed from Thursday due to the storms. Despite the postponement and a driving rain, 69 squires took part in a double elimination, Atlantian speed tournament to determine the best squire. In the end, Lord Douglas Henry of the East claimed the tournament.

Saturday’s featured battle: The great scrum of dragons heading for the exits! Seriously, VIVAT, HOOBAH, WASSAIL and HUZZAH to my fellow warrior watchers and the noble gentles who fight for us. See you at Pennsic XXXIV.

Photo by Master Liam St. Liam: A view from Mt. Eislinn.

Fencing Week Wraps Up

By Liam St. Liam

Pennsic Independent Battlefield Reporter

Collette Le Vallois and Lord Tora Taka are at different stages of their SCA fencing careers, but each was able to claim victory in two tournaments during Pennsic War Week.

Collette, who is from Pentamere in the Middle Kingdom, won her own kingdom’s Youth Rapier tournament Friday, defeating Simone D’Aubrey of Ealdormere in the finals of the five-person tournament.

Earlier in the week, Collette won the Æthelmearc Youth Tournament by posting more kills than the same runner-up, Simone.

“I am glad I had just a good opponent,” said Collette, who has been fencing three years and is attending her first Pennsic. “He’s very, very good.”

Youth rapier marshal Lord Gilebert de Dijon pointed out that in Friday’s tournament, Cyrus of Iron Wolf gave five points of honor during the competition.

Lord Tora, who won the East Kingdom Tournament earlier in the week, has been fencing for 17 years and put together two tourney victories in three days.

Friday’s victory came in the Outlands/St. Liam’s Tournament, which drew 29 rapier fighters for a pool-to-single-elimination tournament.

Lord Tora defeated Don Antonio Patriquin in the finals. Lord Tora took Don Antonio’s dagger on the first contact, then gave up his own dagger before hitting Don Antonio to the chest for the victory.

“I’ve been watching him fight all week, and I was still too close,” said Don Antonio, and Eastern don who defeated fellow Easterner Sir Ivan Ulricsson in the semifinals. Lord Tora defeated Midrealm champion Lord Martin of Hawkswood in the semifinals.

Over 40 Tourney


Lord Greylond Crow made the most of his first visit to Pennsic, winning the Over-40 Tournament, which is sponsored by Don Nigel of Castle West.

Lord Greylond is from Atlantia’s Barony of Hawkwood. In the finals, he defeated Don Jordan Harvey of the East Kingdom. The tourney prize was a hand-made wooden buckler.

Women’s tourney


Lady Lilias de Cheryngton of the Barony of Carolingia in the East Kingdom topped the 14-woman field in Pennsic’s first Women’s Rapier Tournament. Lady Lilis defeated Kara of Cynnabar, a Midrealm fencer, in the finals.

Other semifinalists were Emeline Patterson of Concordia in the East and Brighid McCumnal of the Midrealm.

Novice tourney


Eighteen fencers competed in the third annual Æthelmearc Novice Bear Pit Tournament.

In the Epee Bear Pit, Terrence Merit McKlay of Misty Highlands in Æthelmearc was the winner, and Caitlin Woodmane of the Eastern Barony of Bergental was the runner-up.

Travis Bond of Thor’s Mountain in Meridies was the winner of the Schlager portion of the tournament, and Benjamin of Hunter’s Home was second.

Prizes were donated by Darkwood Armory and Zen Warrior Armory.

Quest completed


Don Raphael Di Angelo chose to make his fencing quest more difficult, but he competed it nonetheless. Instead of simply fighting 1,000 bouts, he chose to keep going until he won 1.000 times. He completed that at midweek after fencing a total of 1,140 bouts.

In some fencing-related awards, Reginald D’Argoogle, one of the oldest fencers in the Middle Kingdom, received a Bronze Ring. Ronan Lynceus, an Eastern fencer and the captain of the Queen’s Guard, received a Court Barony.

Photo by Master Liam St. Liam: Leading the charge at Fencing Melee War Point on Wednesday.

One Knight at Pennsic

Once More Unto the Breech


By Sir Guillaume “Rain Stops, Everyone Buggers Off” de la Belgique

When do you know the war is really over? When your pavilion hits the ground? When your armor is in its bag? When you begin to wonder where on earth you parked your car?

For me, it’s that moment when, at the edge of Hwy. 422, I reach forward and turn on the radio. I’m always astonished that none of the local stations carry any information about who won the castle battle, or what the King of Æthelmearc had to say at closing court, or who got knighted on the field. All they’re talking about are obscure issues like the Presidential campaign, the standings in the National League or reviews of the movies that opened yesterday. The reminder that the world goes on despite the events at Pennsic is always somewhat of a shock to me.

But, to be honest, it’s a good thing to be reminded that the SCA is just a game. For two weeks we’ve been focused on war points, A&S classes, court politics and peerage business. We need to remember that our universe is but a small drop in the ocean of humanity. We need to keep in mind that unless we take something with us as we leave the gates of Cooper’s Lake, all our time and energy here is wasted.

We need to leave here recharged and refocused. We need to bear with us a sense of honor, fair play, decency and respect. When we leave here, we become the standard bearers of noble behavior and ethical principles, even though we may be venturing out into a world where those things seem to be in short supply. Although it may be concealed beneath our business suits, our work clothes or our uniforms, we need to carry a part of Pennsic with us every day.

We need to look forward to Pennsic XXXIV not by planning greater embellishments to our campsites or crafting new pieces of armor, but by working to bring the ideals of the Current Middle Ages to those poor, benighted individuals who live outside the boundaries of this place.

As many people will remind us today, it’s just a 50-week trip into town. Remember, our quest during that trip is to leave the places we visit a little better than we found them. Fare well.

Miss the chance to get Guillaume’s books and audio CDs at Pennsic XXXIII? Don’t forget, you can always buy (and enjoy more original stories) on-line at www.SirGuillaume.com

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Announcements

Contest Results

Known World Petanque tournament: RS-15/CM-10

Events Open to All

Kendrick of the Haunted Bookshop will be doing a booksewing demo and discuss the history of bookbinding at the Haunted Bookshop in Bookseller’s Row Daily at 11:00AM and 3:00PM

12 step meetings daily at 4 PM. E07, Denys the Decadent's Camp. All welcome. AA, NA, OASA, etc. Open meeting.

Weather permitting, the Tribute-Longship will sail & burn at full dark, Sat the 21st. Come and paint a shield or place a note of love in the ship.

Midrealm is now accepting submissions at Herald’s Point.

Metalsmiths’ Symposium 3 - Shire of Montevale and Shire of Silver Rylle - Nov 12-14, 2004. Forging, casting, glasswork of all sorts, jewelry making classes! Plus pottery making, herb classes, calligraphy and illumination, perfume making, and more for forge widowers! Children’s clases as well! For info on the event or to teach a class, contact Carowyn Silveroak and Corwyn Ravenwing at oakenraven@juno.com or check out the event at the SCA website under East Kingdom Events! Come and have fun! Other kingdoms are more than welcome to come play! (Let us know if you are planning to bring a forge!)

If you have consulted at Herald’s Point and have not yet paid for forms or submissions, you must do so by 1pm Saturday. Unpaid submissins will not be sent to the Kingdom submissions heralds.

Rose Tourney, Sept. 18, in Brendoken. C/ck from the MK calendar.

“Hunt for the Beast” Labor Day weekend. September 3-5 NW Ohio. Very west site has cabins and camping, fields, woods, feast hall, showers and flushies. Heavy, archery, thrown weapons, hawking demo, feast. See Pale/Midrealm events website. scaotto@yahoo.com

For Sale

Apartment for rent, 3 beds, Pittsfield, MA, $675/month. Sarah (203)345-6728 or camping with Lurkr, N20

GLASS MULLERS FROM ENGLAND. Also nibs, vellum, parchment and hand-bound leather books - The Guild of Limners, #24

BABY BIBS - SCA-THE NEXT GENERATION - $4. Claus the Toymaker

THE GUILD OF LIMNERS habitantes in platea mercatores vendunt encausto, penna, libri, pigmenti, colorum diversi, rubia, quadone, omnimodes tinctori et instrumenta clericis necessaria.

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. 107 Street of Gold.

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?

VELLUM - Opaline vellum (sheepskin) direct from England. Finest quality. $15-30 per sheet. The Guild of Limners #24, across from the barn.

If you ran out of money or time and didn’t buy something you saw at Cabochons - don’t despair! We do mail order! Call us at (603)654-2601. Don’t forget our masks, hand dyed silk scarves, ceramic cookie stamps and shortbread molds, god, goddess and saint images, miniatures, woodburning, painted boxes and all the rest! If we make it we can custom make it for you! Write us at tchipakkan@eternalviper.net

Majesty of Morocco. SCA tour April 5, 2005 from $1250 + air. t_imperial2004@hotmail.com / Rich @ merchant #72

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

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 Ursula’s Alcove. Space 137 on Plunder Ln.

TRAVEL SAFE!! See you next year! Dragon’s Magic

20 x 20 period tent and 7ft tall walls $1200 OBO Sabastian booth 139.

Henna body art - Serengeti fence line - by only 2 trees.

ATTENTION WOAD WARRIORS! Feeling blue? I have the real thing! Genuine woad imported from Scotland. $4. Limited supply, buy early. Guild of Limners, #24

Come visit Evil Abra’s. Acres of silver, 3000 + sterling rings, every cross imaginiable. Tons of knotwork pendants, pins, bracelets and barettes. The Gypsy Caravan - open 9 till late. 107 Street of Gold.

20’ x 40’ canopy kit $175; Most of a 16’ yurt $895; Convertable table/bench kit 2 $750. Immediate pick-up. Michael at the Village No3 and Sedalsias 631-455-4690 cell.

Tend and bed - period 10x27 foot merchant style, no center poles so it’s 100% usable space. Asking $1500. Take home at end of war. Queen size takedown bed. Packs failry flat, Ugly, but sturdy enough to dance on. $100. Will consider package deal. See Peregrine or Amind. Meridies Royal (N01).

Garb Closeout! Combat Boots for ladies, trews, tunics, children’s garb. All must go! Lowering prices all week. Cloak & Dagger, Space 15.

Pennsic the War on DVD! At Sleeping Unicorn, space 91 Street of Gold behind the barn.

16’ yurt w/ 2 doors, 6’ walls. $1000 OBO. Clan Kerr, E02.

Medieval Games #23 now has Blank Shield Goose Game.

14x24 oval marquee - blue and white $900 or best reasonable offer. See Maira or Torguiil in N16, Sternfeld
Two handmade Ukrainian/Russian belt knives. Must see to appreciate. $75 each or $125 for pair. Also have a Toledo sword with a brass hilt. Castle on one side and rampant lion on the other side. See Erik at Haus Nein House Camp in N-30.

Rapier Armor Drop Tester for sale, $30. Contact Aelfwine Pyttel, Mustard’s Field on block N03.

Armored Combat - an illustrated training manual of SCA heavy fighting by Duke Paul of Bellatrix. Available free online at www.bellatrix.org. New video demos coming soon. Group trainings by arrangement.

Pirate shirts $20, Pirate pants $15. Handmade jewelry in 65 in different stones and silver. We do custom work. Space #21. Heeter’s Haven 814-720-5314.

PERIOD PAVILION - 13’ and slant round, all incl. Tentsmiths $1000 - see Kender, Clan Kindred E31
Has your Mystic Mail delivery disappointed you this year at Pennsic? If so, please visit our new business, amazinglaptops.com, after next week!

Sidesaddle-western style. Suitable for pagents. Medium tree, 18 inch seat $300 OBO. pella98@aol.com
Going home sale - Horse Tails camp furniture. Folding tables, trunks, bed orders taken, site #4. See Mawsho.
Pavilion Rental - See me for renting a period pavilion with a clothes bar for next Pennsic. Many sizes. Site #4. See Mawsho.

T-SHIRTS $5. Pennsic t-shirts. Hammond Crafts, Bazaar #1, booth Z13.

General

The Marche of Alderford presents: Known World Costuming Symposium IV, September 24-26, 2004. Four Points Sheraton North Canton, OH 330-494-6494 Fax 330-494-7129. Featured speaker will be Mistress Drea di Pelligrini. http://sca.4th.com/alderford/events/kwcs2004

Once again I would like to thank all of the lords, ladies and good gentles of the Pennsic War for their support of our urchins. Each year their coverage of Pennsic improves with your support. Thanks to you all! Your urchin wrangler, Lady Aurora

Help Wanted

Wanted: Large, burly man with good organizational skills to help pack up the Pennsic Independent on Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning. Newspapers and compensation. See Heirusalem at the Pennsic Independent.

Claus the Toymaker still needs wandering merchants to sell t-shirts for the Chiurgeon’s Fund. Come to site 24.

Twelve year old on the serengeti will babysit for a couple of hours and will also do ice runs. Leave messages at Rivenstar for Smerelda the Helpful.

Personals

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 School—PooBah!

AnnaRousse...Je t'aime pour toujours...Rneld

Ask Auntie Arwen (#184) if she is drinking enough WATER!

Taern McGregor and L. Catherine Seton belatedly wish to announce their engagement - date to be set later.

NOTICE TO THE FRIENDS OF SOLOMON BEN JACOB (SHERWIN KADER): He is ill this war and was not able to come. He is ill and not able to make it this War. All are welcome to stop at merchant booth #56, Darkcraft’s Wandering Mercantile. I am collecting a book of get well wishes to send him after the War. Keep him in your hearts and we will see him next year. Isak Darkcraft.

Barbara J. Smart : please return to the Merlion’s Tail.

Armand - too long til next yr. Hugs n smooch! Miranda

KUMIHIMO - http://groups.yahoo.com/group/kumi2

Thing one and thing two say neener neener boo boo.

Winner! of the Robin Wood Midnight Madness raffle: #652351 - Lynn McMillen

Unto Caitlin of Enniskillen, CONGRATULATIONS and a very big hug from Mistress Christina O'Riain - I wish I could have been there for your big day. Well deserved, Mistress. I expect to see pictures and hear tales of the festivities once you return from the plains of Pennsic. Safe travels.

‘Till the end of time Annarousse will love” The Boy’s Dad

Basha, we’re sorry. We will no longer know the delight of your body. Congratulations! Love, Morningwood.

To friends not here -- I raise my glass. We miss you Robert - Pennsic Independent.

Papalou n’est plus! Papamou! Papamou!

To Yellow From Stripe - I love you. I thank you.

Heirusalism of the day “I’m living a surreal life.” Have you been Heirusalated? Have you seen anyone Heirusalating? Share your Heirusal-love! Congratulations to our Proto-Pelican!

Fergus - My life, both mundane and SCAdian, is wonderful because I share it with you. I hope that all our Pennsics are as special as this one. You are the twinkle in my eye, the laugh on my lips, and the love of my heart. Now and forevermore - Maggie

You who struggled the rough road with your burden,

Armor to fight a waiting foe,

Your view of the natural order of things,

is most desperately flawed.

A lady who stopped to let you pass by,

A lady whom you did not know,

said, “Lord, I yield the way to you.”

No courtesy did you show.

You said, “It’s the natural order of things.”

Meaning that you should come first.

But, you made a serious misstep, my lord,

For the lady you did not know.

I am said lady and I am a bard,

And I have a mem’ry of steel,

For all of your burdens you never have carried,

A wound such as stories can wield.

I know not your name or the camp where you rest,

I know not your purpose in war,

But the natural order of things demands grace,

Of which you have none rest assured.

The natural order of things, my lord

Is that ladies and bards deserve thanks,

One is for chivalry, the other for words,

Above all your rude ways they rank.

On this particular day, for this particular reason, we send this message bearing our good wishes. Happy Birthday Oswald. Love, from House Bluebrick.

To the people who took Misty Highlands and Greenwood’s signs: You are the most dishonorable, unchivalrous, disrespectful low-lifes at Pennsic. Using our heraldry to test your idiotic theories of hydroengineering in a ditch is neither amusing nor appropriate. I hope you develop some remnant of honor and courtesy.

Sorcha - Thank you for sharing my war and my life and making each that much more magical. We have our foundation now, let’s build the rest of our lives together. As always, these words are inadequate to the feeling in my heart. I love you very, very much - Alasdair

PI Web Edition -- Friday, August 20, 2004

This is the web edition of the Pennsic Independent for August 20, 2004. Please see the table of contents below for today's top stories.

Photo by Johan of Rivenstar: Snake charmer charms the crowd at the Bazaar.

Mother Nature Scatters the Forces

by DonalBane of Blakmers

After 22 War Points: Eastern Tygers 14, Midrealm Dragons 2 — Mother Nature 6!

The combined forces of the Midrealm and East ran headlong into an enemy that neither force could master: a furious midday storm on Thursday.

Despite a driving rain throughout the morning, a good numbers of Midrealm and East forces assembled Thursday for the Mountain Pass battle. The two sides were to contest three banners in two one-hour battles.

However, during a hold about 25 minutes into the first battle, a lightning bolt struck close to the field, forcing the marshals to order the battlefield cleared. While the two forces were prepared to wait out the storm, two more lightning bolts struck too close to the camp and the marshals ordered all fighters to leave the battlefield immediately. The storm forced the battlefield to be closed for several hours Thursday.

Friday’s featured melee: The fort battle – 11 a.m., one point.

The grand finale for rattan fighters happens at the fort. This year, the attacking force will have a single causeway from which to assault the fort. Both sides will be give a chance to attack and defend the fort, with the side that holds out longer taking the war point.

What to look for: Assaulting the fort through the main gate can be defined simply: suicide. Look for both sides to use creative ways to penetrate the forts massive defenses.

Behind the Scenes at the Pennsic Independent

by Magistra Nicolaa de Bracton

In five years as editor of Pennsic newspapers, I have often been asked what goes on behind the scenes. Trust me. You don’t want to know. We at the Independent guard our secrets better than most Peerage circles. Oh the tales I could tell…

Ahem.

Our day normally begins a little before 9 am. On the days we are publishing, the papers arrive from the printers and the circulation desk allots them out to our urchins — the kids who deliver the papers. The tradition of having urchins goes back many, many years, before there were many organized children’s activities at Pennsic. We couldn’t do it without them and consider them a vital part of our staff. The kids not only earn ten cents per paper they sell, plus any tips they receive, they also receive a variety of bonuses for selling a certain number of papers each day. Lady Aurora, our circulation manager (or urchin wrangler) works with both the kids and their parents to make sure the rules are understood by all. We try to make sure that each urchin has a “route” that they sell in, so that as many areas of Pennsic as possible are served. Many get quite creative with poems and songs to sell their papers. We also have many kids who have grown up at Pennsic selling the paper. We give them a great deal of responsibility, and they respond wonderfully.

Meanwhile, the front desk opens for advertising and submissions. We have a 1 pm deadline for all advertising, since the ads are the most labour-intensive aspect of the newspaper. We create many of the display ads on-site, and have a full graphics shop in our trailer. Classified ads are entered into a database, meaning that we need enter a multi-day ad only once. All work is done on Macintosh computers, using a program called InDesign for layout. Lady Shannon, our advertising manager, and Lady Moire, our production manager, work throughout the early part of the day to prepare thumbnails of the paper so we will know how much space we have for articles, and to make the decisions (along with THL Heirusalem, our publisher, and the editorial staff) as to how long the paper will be. We always try to make sure that advertising and non-commercial content are approximately equal, with the exception of our special Midnight Madness advertising section.

We have three regular staff “beat” reporters — Baroness Tsivia, who specializes in non-martial activities, Master Liam, who is our fencing/archery/thrown weapons/etc. reporter, and Lord Donalbane, who is our battlefield reporter (and a sports reporter in his modern life). They work from leads provided by our customers, as well as from the printed schedules and their own intuition for finding interesting stories. In addition, we have our three featured writers — Og, Duke Sir Guillaume, and “Lord Red the Green” (who is actually one of our regular staffers...shhh... Other members on staff (such as me) also contribute articles from time to time, and we also have a number of freelancers who regularly provide content. Photos are provided by staff members and freelance submissions, and artwork is either done by our staff artist, Lady Muirne, or by freelance contributions. Anyone is welcome to contribute articles, artwork, or photos, although there is no guarantee we’ll have space to use them.

We also have arrangements with members of the Pennsic staff to obtain the A&S class changes and camp news, which are both published as a service to our readers. This is in contrast to the advertising (both display and classified), which is purchased by merchants and other individuals. While we work to make sure no ad is offensive in content, we cannot guarantee the accuracy (or veracity!) of any advertisement.

By early evening, the last stories are in and the editorial staff (Lord Calvert and I) are in the process of selecting and editing the stories, picking out artwork and photos, and slotting stories into our thumbnails. As we finalize content, Lady Moire slots it into the layout. Proof copies are printed out and circulated amongst the editorial staff and our publisher.

Heirusalem’s duties, incidentally, are to manage the paper from a business standpoint (tracking all funds coming in and going out) — including the preparatory work before Pennsic in selling ads and working with the Coopers on setup, and to be the go-to person for any overall issues with the newspaper. She also manages the entire staff. Think of her as the “autocrat” of the Pennsic Independent.

When the paper is finally ready to send to the printers, Heirusalem calls Chauncey at Workman Press. The Pennsic Independent and many of its predecessors have had a long-standing arrangement with these folks, and while we have briefly tried other printers, we always have come back to Workman — they know our needs, will drive out to pick up the master copies, and even those times when the paper has been put to bed in the wee hours of the morning, the paper has always been delivered within an hour or so of 9 am. Chauncey drives to the gate and picks up the paper, which we have left with the guard. Overnight, the newspaper is printed, and at 9 am the next morning, the whole process begins again.

Those of you who are here at Pennsic may not even be aware of our online presence. This year, Master Justin, one of the people behind the SCAtoday.net news site, has put the software used for that site to good use to produce the online Pennsic Independent edition this year. Lord Calvert works to select several of the day’s top stories and photos for inclusion on the website, which is available free of charge and allows those cannot attend to keep up with Pennsic happenings. We have also offered PDF subscriptions for the first time this year, allowing subscribers to get the entire newspaper. Response has been excellent — we have several subscribers overseas in the Middle East, in fact.

Of course, like any newspaper, we make mistakes — sometimes big ones (I wonder whether a certain erstwhile King of the Middle ever found his P?), but we try to keep them to a minimum, and apologize profusely when they happen. We also strive to keep a sense of neutrality and objectivity — which is why you will not see stories about political issues, “my Crown/Kingdom/household is better (or worse) than those other guys” or other personal disputes in the Independent. We will not be used as a weapon to help fight other peoples’ battles, especially given that we come from several different kingdoms and probably do not know the context or history of these types of issues. At the same time, we strive to find content that is interesting and timely, and are always open to suggestions or volunteers. Feel free to let us know how we can improve YOUR newspaper.

Photo by Mistress Kay of Tre Astrium: Pennsic War XXXIII Pennsic Independent staff wraps up another year of production.

Known World Thrown Weapons Competition

The sixth annual Known World Thrown Weapons competition was held on Wednesday afternoon. After two and a half hours, the following winners were determined:

Axe
Jason Warren of Æthelmearc
Knife
Joe the Just of Æthelmearc
Spear
Dominic of the East

Dominic was also the overall winner.

The organizers would like to thank all the participants and Neptune, Arwenna, and Baroness Brigid for marshalling.

Estrogen and Axes

This thrown weapons competition was held for the second year and was open to all ladies of Æthelmearc, and was won by Hanna. Baroness Peregrine and Baroness Rowan competed for the second year. Lady Magdalena reports that next year the competition may be opened to ladies from all kingdoms.

Lightning Strikes Great Middle Highway

by the Pennsic Independent Editorial Staff

K3SCA, the amateur radio association which has provided weather forecasting services at Pennsic for the last eight years through their radio link with the National Weather Service, knew that yesterday’s storm was going to be a big one, and a whopper it was. At about noon a sizeable static spike, a branch off of a main lightning strike, came down approximately 15 to 20 feet away from Duke Talymar’s Gate near the Spotted Pony and across the street from the Midrealm Royal encampment. A second strike hit the Barn while the Chirurgeons’ Auction was going on. The lightning struck and melted some electrical wiring. The blast then went into a nearby tree causing some scorching as well as blowing leaves all over several pavilions, particularly the one belonging to Charles Oakley, Seneschal of the Midrealm.

Although yesterday’s storm was not related to the dual hurricanes that recently hit Trimaris, it is a significant system running from the Calontir-Midrealm border all the way to the Atlantian coast.

Some gentles, including Pennsic Independent reporter Tatiana, felt mild effects from the lightning strike at the barn. HRM Cainnleach of the Outlands also experienced static sparks from her fingertips. Many of these gentles sought treatment at Chirurgeon’s Point. Jean-Paul Pierrepont and Flaxy, the radio operators from K3SCA, stated that if this had been the main strike instead of a less powerful static spike, the damage could have been extensive. Thanks to the nature of this type of strike there were no serious injuries.

Photo: Thursday's lightning strike showered leaves on a pavilion.

Rain Soaks Many Activities

by Master Liam St. Liam, Pennsic Independent Battlefield Reporter

Like the French army at Agincourt, residents of Pennsic loathe having to cope with rain, especially the heavy thunderstorms that hit Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

Merchants found “Midnight Madness” slower than in years past, partly because they had to bring their display tables inside their tents. Thursday morning was also slow, because many merchants open a little later the day after “Midnight Madness.” Food merchants, on the other hand, did a solid morning business, especially at times the rain let up. Later in the day, more shoppers ventured out as the end of the War neared.

The Mountain Pass battles got started but was ended by lightning, which closed the field for much of the day. The third Rapier War Point, the Woods Melee, was postponed at first, with the possibility of an Open Field Battle, but that plan fell victim to another set of heavy showers. The Drachenwald Mixed Pairs tournament was also rained out.

Many people reported problems with water in their tents, ranging from a distracting drip to major puddles and soaked bedclothes. A few even packed up early and headed home. There were no major injuries reported in a static lightning strike. Atlantia’s Wednesday evening court, which was held at the Pennsic Fort, finished just before the rain started. Ealdormere Court in the Barn was nearly drowned out at one point by the sound of heavy rain.

The rain kept archers off the hill most of the day, . That leaves today, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., as the last chance to shoot the Mass Archery War Point. There will be children’s archery championships held this morning at the archery field.

Thrown weapons events were rained out after what had been a very successful week. Lord Leonhard Schuwert of the Barony of Dragonship Haven, the East Kingdom Pennsic marshal, said the range has been busy all week prior to Thursday.

He said the beginners’ classes are averaging 35 people a day, and he keeps three ranges going — one for practice, one for teaching and one for competition. He said 15 people from eight kingdoms are part of the Marshal in Training program. Lord Leonhard said between 100 and 200 people use the range daily. He hopes that in the future, the Royals organizing Pennsic will consider a mass thrown weapons point similar to the three mass archery points.

There are three specialty fencing tournaments starting at 10 this morning — the Midrealm Youth Rapier Tournament, the Aethelmearc Novice Tournament and the Seniors (Over 40) Tournament. The Outlands Rapier Tournament is at 1 p.m., and the Ladies Tournament is at 2 p.m. Closing Court is scheduled for 6 tonight at the Barn.

Unclassifieds

 

Events Open to All

The Society Exchequer is camped at House Redhair in E24 Monday thru Friday.

Society Chronicler's office hours: Mon, Weds, Thurs, Fri 10-11:30 am Pennsic Independent Office

Kendrick of the Haunted Bookshop will be doing a booksewing demo and discuss the history of bookbinding at the Haunted Bookshop in Bookseller's Row Daily at 11:00AM and 3:00PM

12 step meetings daily at 4 PM. E07, Denys the Decadent's Camp. All welcome. AA, NA, OASA, etc. Open meeting.

Reform Jewish services at #11 Bow Street, behind Silver Dragon Co. 7PM Friday Evening. Oneg follows.

The friends of the late THL Honoria (Holly) would like to invite you to sign a book of condolences for her husband THL Leo. The book is in the Disabilities Camp X02.

Weather permitting, the Tribute-Longship will sail & burn at full dark, Sat the 21st. Come and paint a shield or place a note of love in the ship.

Cloak & Dagger welcomes noted author Michael Z. Williamson. Now signing copies of Freehold, the Hero and the Scope of Justice in booth #15.

Midrealm is now accepting submissions at Herald's Point.

Bardic Arts Forums! Come and take part in our discussions. A&S tent 7, 6pm every day.

Pennsic Drive-In hours, Dusk:30 Thurs-- children's choice (Shrek, Willow, Ice Age, Quest for Camelor), Fri - Viewers choice - 20 period movies to choose from. Booth 130.

Metalsmiths' Symposium 3 - Shire of Montevale and Shire of Silver Rylle - Nov 12-14, 2004. Forging, casting, glasswork of all sorts, jewelry making classes! Plus pottery making, herb classes, calligraphy and illumination, perfume making, and more for forge widowers! Children's clases as well! For info on the event or to teach a class, contact Carowyn Silveroak and Corwyn Ravenwing at oakenraven@juno.com or check out the event at the SCA website under East Kingdom Events! Come and have fun! Other kingdoms are more than welcome to come play! (Let us know if you are planning to bring a forge!)

Friday Eve Bardic: Clann OiCarrinnin on Bannockburn, in B02. Last wagon up the hill between 7:30 and 8:00pm. Not a competition, all welcome to share.

If you have consulted at Herald's Point and have not yet paid for forms or submissions, you must do so by 1pm Saturday. Unpaid submissions will not be sent to the Kingdom submissions heralds.

Rose Tourney is coming! Fighters, you have until Sept. 18 to fix armor and show up in Brendoken. www.brendoken.org

For Sale

GLASS MULLERS FROM ENGLAND. Also nibs, vellum, parchment and hand-bound leather books - The Guild of Limners, #24

BABY BIBS - SCA-THE NEXT GENERATION - $4. Claus the Toymaker

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.

ATTENTION WOAD WARRIORS! Feeling blue? I have the real thing! Genuine woad imported from Scotland. $4. Limited supply, buy early. Guild of Limners, #24

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.

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?

VELLUM - Opaline vellum (sheepskin) direct from England. Finest quality. $15-30 per sheet. The Guild of Limners #24, across from the barn.

Majesty of Morocco. SCA tour April 5, 2005 from $1250 + air. t_imperial2004@hotmail.com / Rich @ merchant #72

"Is this your spoon?" Custom wood burning and painting. Cabochons on Bow Street, #19

HAND GROUND PERIOD PIGMENTS -- once you've tried it, you'll never use anything less. It's 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

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 Ursula's Alcove. Space 137 on Plunder Ln.

SALE CONTINUES: of fine fabrics - Dragon's Magic #25

20 x 20 period tent and 7ft tall walls $1200 OBO Sabastian booth 139.

Roses made of wood $3/ea or $25 a dozen. Space #21

Glass jewels with sew-on-settings. Get the authentic fakes. Cabochons on Bow Street, #19

Henna body art - Serengeti fence line - by only 2 trees.

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.

20' x 40' canopy kit $175; Most of a 16' yurt $895; Convertable table/bench kit 2 $750. Immediate pick-up. Michael at the Village No3 and Sedalsias 631-455-4690 cell.

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

Garb Closeour! Combat Boots for ladies, trews, tunics, children's garb. All must go! Loewing prices all week. Cloak & Dagger, Space 15.

Blades cleaned & sharpened. Custom sheaths. Crazy Elnar at Cloak & Dagger. space 15.

Pennsic the War on DVD! At Sleeping Unicorn, space 91 Street of Gold behind the barn.

GER - YURT - MONGOL TENT - with tall door option. Only used once. Great Dark Horde E10 Alice

Panther Pavilion for sale, 16x16, 3 yrs old. 7 ft walls. Ropes, stakes, poles included $850, Erevnite Asteron, N22.

For sale - 8x12 Marquee. Good condition, some wear. Take home at the end of war - $500. See Angus at Clan Kerr, E02

12x12 Pavilion for sale. $1000 OBO. See Zarifa at Brotherhood of the Black Rose, E17.

16' yurt w/ 2 doors, 6' walls. $1000 OBO. Clan Kerr, E02.

Benefit the Chirurgeons -- buy an original Pennsic XXXIII T-Shirt. $10. Available from Claus of Burzee, #24 Merchants Row

Capture Pennsic memories w/our fair Middle Eastern ladies and gentles. Middle Eastern photo set w/you being in pose, being fed grapes/being fanned by our Middle Eastern Models Ln. Kreations Gallry, booth 130. Corner of Bazaar St. and Plunder Lane.

For Sale - Panther Regent 16x16 tent w/set up pkg. $750. 4 yrs old - pick up Sat. Chris at Dancing fox camp - E01

Medieval Games #23 now has Blank Shield Goose Game.

Oh no! Where did Cabochons go? We're on Bow Street. Come visit our new shop in #19.

Warlords - Need coin to pay your troops? See Chandra at the West Camp (W03) or contact Seelie at 226 in Bazzar 3. We also have a limited supply of blank sheet for moneyers.

For Sale: Two pavilions - One 12' x18' and one 16' x 21', ropes, poles and stakes included. Blue Unicorn Merchants pavilions for sale. One 12'x18' for $800 and one 16' x21' for $900, complete set-up included. Pick-up Sat. after 8pm or Sun by 10am. Space 181.

Infrastructure for sale: Two carports; 12x16 and 12x14 Panthers; 12' hardwood yurt, 10x10 shower with new 40 gal heater and heater. Take on Saturday or will store with nonrefundable deposit for land grab 2005. Michael at the Village - N03 at Sedalias Way. 631-455-4690. Reasonable offers considered.

Pennsic scrap book - tooled leather cover w/artwork. 12x12 in book. Will personalize $58.00. Place order today, delivery before Christmas Ô04. Booth 130.

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.

14x24 oval marquee - blue and white $900 or best reasonable offer. See Maira or Torguiil in N16, Sternfeld

Two handmade Ukrainian/Russian belt knives. Must see to appreciate. $75 each or $125 for pair. Also have a Toledo sword with a brass hilt. Castle on one side and rampant lion on the other side. See Erik at Haus Nein House Camp in N-30.

Green Man masks to wear and display. Herbal salves and teas. Cabochons on Bow Street, #19

Toys aren't just for kids you know. Come check out the gorgeous and magical dragons. griffons and faeries at Claus the Toymaker - the red and green house across from the barn. Price range from $30 to Oh My Goodness!

Rapier Armor Drop Tester for sale, $30. Contact Aelfwine Pyttel, Mustard's Field on block N03.

Armored Combat - an illustrated training manual of SCA heavy fighting by Duke Paul of Bellatrix. Available free online at www.bellatrix.org. New video demos coming soon. Group trainings by arrangement.

Pirate shirts $20, Pirate pants $15. Handmade jewelry in 65 in different stones and silver. We do custom work. Space #21. Heeter's Haven 814-720-5314.

Portraits painted in great and small. Oil, charcoal and watercolor. Cabochons on Bow Street, #19

PERIOD PAVILION - 13' and slant round, all incl. Tentsmiths $1000 - see Kender, Clan Kindred E31

Wooden canopy bed for sale. Includes brocade dagged curtains. Beautiful! N33, Barony of Stonemarche, $450.

New book about the SCA! to preview or order: www.knightsnextdoor.com available in October 2004.

Sidesaddle-western style. Suitable for pagents. Medium tree, 18 inch seat $300 OBO. pell98@aol.com

General

The Marche of Alderford presents: Known World Costuming Symposium IV, September 24-26, 2004. Four Points Sheraton North Canton, OH 330-494-6494 Fax 330-494-7129. Featured speaker will be Mistress Drea di Pelligrini. http://sca.4th.com/alderford/events/kwcs2004

Volunteer Point totals so far: Artemesia 66; Lochac 4; Caid 40; Calontir 93; Drachenwald 8; Ealdomere 312; East 488; Meridies 7; Middle 468; Northshield 3; Trimaris 2. Remember to record your hours!

Help Wanted

Wanted: Large, burly man with good organizational skills to help pack up the Pennsic Independent on Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning. Newspapers and compensation. See Heirusalem at the Pennsic Independent.

Claus the Toymaker still needs wandering merchants to sell t-shirts for the Chiurgeon's Fund. Come to site 24.

Strongman with hammer needed by Guild of Limners to pound woad. See Baroness Megan at site 24.

Twelve year old on the serengetti will babysit for a couple of hours and will also do ice runs. Leave messages at Rivenstar for Smerelda the Helpful.

Lost & Found

A reward is offered for the return of the spur reportedly found, but as yet missing. Contact Thrain of House Gray Fox in N-18 to negotiate for its return.

Personals

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!

AnnaRousse...Loving you till the end of time...Rneld

Ask Auntie Arwen (#184) if she is drinking enough WATER!

DAOC friends, come visit camp of Gwyntarien - Howard's Fenway - Aldric & Morwena Greystone. Share stories.

Taern McGregor and L. Catherine Seton belatedly wish to announce their engagement - date to be set later.

NOTICE TO THE FRIENDS OF SOLOMON BEN JACOB (SHERWIN KADER): He is ill this war and was not able to come. He is ill and not able to make it this War. All are welcome to stop at merchant booth #56, Darkcraft's Wandering Mercantile. I am collecting a book of get well wishes to send him after the War. Keep him in your hearts and we will see him next year. Isak Darkcraft.

Barbara J. Smart : please return to the Merlion's Tail.

Armand - Can I take you home from Pennsic w/me? - M

Markland Army Rocks! Huzza to all! - Strawberry

"Lady" Atriel - your "court" misses you. 'Till next War.

Oskar to Ballista Babes: Cast your Lightning! Leave no Red Dragon standing, and sweep the Castle clean. May the Ravens drink deep.

Congratulations on the Tyger, Caewlin! The Evil Norman Overlord might even let you sleep inside near the hearth when you get back. Oskar

Red-headed sheep with pretty face seeks clueless wire-weenie, living in parents' basement, for long walks and cuddling.

Baba Ganoosh where R U? Report to Steding ASAP

A heartfelt thank you to the gentle who turned my very special knife into the Lost and Found at the end of the war last year. It was a bone handle knife with an inset. This knife is very special to me. It was gifted from a very dear friend and I have had it over 16 years. I was devastated at its loss and I am very grateful to the powers that be for its return. I also want to thank the Lost and Found for being there and taking care of my knife over the past year. Please stop by Norseland (E-23) and ask for Katrina. I would like to thank you personally.

To St. Swithens Bog, et al. for love and care that made our Pennsic great. -- Snorri and Augusta

Greetings and warm salutations from Squirty the Squid. Due to the cold weather I have decided to vacation in the south this year. I know this will come as a blow to the ladies who longed to be devoured in my tentacled grasp. I will return for a bite to eat and some inky groping, next year. Till then, stay warm under the covers, Squirty.

KUMIHIMO - http://groups.yahoo.com/group/kumi2

Glad you enjoyed our mead and thanks for the weapons you left behind. If you want them, come get Ôem before we turn Ôem in. I - Tir Thalor, B02

Thing one and thing two say neener neener boo boo.

Winner! of the Robin Wood Midnight Madness raffle: #652351 - Lynn McMillen

M'Lady Jeannette de la Croix - Through all these years, and many more, you are my love - in life and at war - Reinhart

The War Cry Heralds want to thank the Pennsic Ind. urchins for their assistance in crying.

Heirusalism of the day - "I try really hard not to be obnoxious."

Yellow would like to thank Stripe for not only a wonderful war, but for being her love, her partner, and her very best friend. I love you, Stripe.

In Ealdomerian Camp. Being fed hoser beer. They seem to think I am in some Duke's household. Not complainging-hic-Squirty.

Unto Caitlin of Enniskillen, CONGRATULATIONS and a very big hug from Mistress Christina O'Riain - I wish I could have been there for your big day. Well deserved, Mistress. I expect to see pictures and hear tales of the festivities once you return from the plains of Pennsic. Safe travels.

To all our friends: missing you and looking forward to being there next year. Elizabet Marshall and John Marshall atte Forde

PI Web Edition -- Thursday, August 19, 2004

This is the Pennsic Independent web edition for Thursday, August 19. Please see the table of contents below to read today's top stories.

Photo by Lady Mary: The Janissary Band returns to Pennsic.

East sweeps bridge battle, claims the war

By DonalBane of Blakmers

Pennsic Independent Battlefield Correspondent

After 16 war points: Eastern Tygers 14, Midrealm Dragons 2

Wednesday proved to be the decisive day for the war as the East Kingdom and its allies were able to sweep the day's battles (including the rapier melee) and claim overall victory in Pennsic War XXXIII.

The day began with the Great Armies of the Midrealm and the East taking the field for the bridge battle. Needing to turn the tide of war, the Midrealm turned in a good fight among the five bridges. While the lines weaved between battles movers, the Midrealm assigned Calontir to the northern bridge, Ealdormere, House Darkmoon and others to the north central bridge, the Darkyard Legion and others to the central bridge, the Oaken army and others to the south central bridge and Trimaris and the Midlands army to the south bridge, with Ironlance and other elements in reserve.

The East looked to press its advantage by assigning Black Talon to the north bridge, the Northern Army to the north central bridge, Atlantia to the central bridge, various other Eastern elements to the south central bridge, and Maarkland and the Great Dark Horde to the south bridge. The Bloodguard, Rome and the Tuchux were held in reserve and the Tuchux would have a major impact on all three fights.

The first fight saw the Midrealm press forward on all bridges, attempting to sap the will of their enemies, but the strategy did not work as the East carefully picked out fighters and thinned the Midrealm's ranks. The end came when the depleted Midrealm forces on the south central bridge got a full, fresh charge from the Tuchux and were nearly driven off the bridge. At the same time, Bloodguard and Rome also charged forward on the southern bridge and the two forces eventually broke out and proceeded to sweep the field, giving the East the win. Hasdrubal's Marines were the only Midrealm allies left standing when the cannon went off.

The second fight saw a more cautious approach from both sides as neither group wished to charge themselves to death. Once again, it was Tuchux who pressed the issue, nearly driving their Midrealm opponents the whole way across the south central bridge before breaking out. While the breakout occurred too late to sweep the field, the East's forces had enough bridges in hand to claim a decisive second win.
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The third fight also involved combat archery, which many gentles used to their advantage. Post-battle, the battlefield was so littered with arrows and bolts, it appeared that Agincourt had been revisited. The East did not waste time in this battle, pressing the Midrealm and breaking them early. The Tuchux led a breakout from the southern bridge, while Black Talon spearheaded a breakout on the north. The two pincers combined forces to grind down the remnants of Darkyard in the center.

After seeing his army triumph again, HRM Kelson of the East refused to be boastful in victory.

"We still have yet to win the war," Kelson said. "The Midrealm has the ability, the chivalry, and the prowess to win this yet. We will not allow ourselves to become overconfident Tygers."

Allied Champions' Battle

The Allied Kingdoms of the East helped put His Majesty's mind at ease. The allies of both the Midrealm and the East assembled near the force with the allied champions and put forward their usual hard-hitting, wonderful display. The battle was a 30-minute battle with unlimited resurrections. The sides fought over possession of three banners with possession being recorded at 10-minute intervals.

The southern banner was largely a contest between Ealdormere and Atlantia, while the central banner largely was fought between AEthelmearc and Calontir with a conglomerate of Allies contesting the northern banner.

It was a rollicking fight, but when the final whistle sounded, the East's Allies had seized the banners for five points, while the Midrealm's Allies claimed three points. One point was contested evenly and declared a tie. Thus, the war point went to the East.

Thursday's featured Melee

Mountain Pass battle: 11 a.m. (two battles, three points each)

This will be a full resurrection battle with three banners being contested over two one-hour battles. Each banner is worth one point. Full combat archery will be allowed for this battle.

What to watch for: Incoming arrows! Seriously, combat archery means spectators will be asked to stay at least 10 feet behind all hay bales. Expect the lines to waver much, with major charges in the final five minutes of each fight.

Eastern fencers get the point

by Liam St. Liam, Pennsic Independent Battlefield Reporter

Even the Eastern commander was surprised at how quickly and effectively his forces and their allies handled their opponents in Wednesday’s Fencing Melee War Point.

“The Central Region wasn’t supposed to break through like that,” Don Antonio Patriquin said with a smile, nodding at Central Region commander Dona Nataliia Evgenova Svatislovina . “That wasn’t part of the plan.”

Planned or not, the breakthrough was followed by another from the allied Atlantia units. Aethelmearc’s Northern Region Glory Hounds broke through a Midrealm unit commanded by Count Peter van Doorn, and allowed the Southern Region break through the final street, setting the stage for the East’s victory.

“I couldn’t have stopped them if I had wanted to,” said Dona Nataliia, whose unit was backed up by the Northern Region, including Princess Svava. “They were going right through.”

The East won the Fencing Champions’ War Point Monday, and the two sides will meet again for the final fencing War Point in the Woods Battle at 2 this afternoon.

Wednesday’s battle was the first mass fencing melee of its kind, and the East went into it with a 150-105 advantage in number of fighters. The field was set up as a town battle with four streets and a single avenue running through them, but it quickly turned into a bridge battle because of the speed of the Eastern advance.

Don Antonio said advance planning was the key for his army. “The command staff communicated with each other for the last month and worked as a unit . We made it clear that this was a battle, not an individual fight. The units worked well together, and we have Princess Svava out there, and she’s an inspiration to fencers from the East to everywhere.”

King Felix of the Midrealm also fought and addressed the fencers both before and after the battle, urging them to respect each other and be friends afterwards. Warder Maximilian von Zauberer was the Middle Kingdom commander.

Prince Rurik of Aethlemearc was part of his kingdom’s Northern unit, which was commanded by Duchess Dorinda and included Duke Morgan and Duke Yngvar. Aethelmearc’s Southern Watch followed the Glory Hounds across the field.

The Midrealm side was down to one fighter, Don Robert McFarland of Ansteorra, and he was granted single combat and killed by Duke Ragnar Blackhammer of Atlantia.

After the War Point, the East and Middle combined to defeat the rest of the participating kingdoms in a second battle, and the Allies won the third battle, which included rubber-band guns.

Dona Marion of Oaken Glen was still bouncing after the battle and spoke for many of the Easterners and their allies. “I am still on an adrenaline high,” she said. “The fact that everybody came together was great. We had a good battle plan. People knew what they had to do and did it.”

Photo by Master Liam St. Liam: The Fencing Melee war point.

One Knight at Pennsic

Royals Beware! (Please Ask Your Chamberlain to Read This to You)

by Sir Guillaume “You Look So Domestic” de la Belgique

At the risk of creating a Pennsic-wide panic, I must warn the populace of the Known World about a dreadful plot to destroy our Royalty. This is an ongoing issue, although Pennsic is one of the main places where this nefarious scheme is put into action. Even now the perpetrators are lurking among You, Your Assembled Majesties, and I urge You to be vigilant and wary.

I am referring, of course, to: Your chamberlains.

The chamberlain or chief-lady-in-waiting is the person who is responsible for the maintenance of the King and Queen — arranging Their schedule, keeping Their obligations, coordinating Their correspondence, changing Their oil every 3,000 miles, etc. But lurking among all of those duties is a horrible plot to undermine the Monarchs’ ability to take care of Themselves in any way, shape or form.

In short, Your Majesties, Your chamberlains are out to turn You from intelligent, responsible adults into blithering idiots.

At least, that’s what happened to Felinah and I during our two reigns. Sure, our two chamberlains, Ceridwen and Veronique, always claimed they were “simply trying to help,” but in retrospect I understand how this plot took shape, and I can see that a great deal of the damage took place at Pennsic.

Now those of you reading this who are not Royalty may have no idea what I’m talking about. You see those processions of Princes and Kings walking past at the head of a column of guards, courtiers, heralds and ministers, and you think, “Gosh, it must be wonderful to be in command of a whole kingdom.” With no disrespect intended to any of the Monarchs here at the war, let me just say, “Ha!” Those people wearing those impressive Crowns and marching around with all those entourages have not been in command of anything, including their social calendars, their dining preferences, or their ability to use the privy since about 22 seconds after the final blow was struck at Crown tournament.

As I said, this is a very subtle, pervasive plot. I remember having a tiny inkling of this conspiracy after the Midrealm Royal dinner during our second reign at Pennsic XXXI. Felinah and I had been at Pennsic for nearly a week, going to meetings, battles, teas, brunches, courts, parties and all manner of delightful but hectic activities. As we were walking home from the week’s Major State Dinner, we skirted past the edge of the merchants’ area where the “midnight madness” sale was winding down. I recall thinking, “Hey, we don’t have any other commitments tonight! I’ll duck out of this procession just for a moment and see if there’s anything I want to buy.”

Which, of course, shows you just what a moron I was. Even as I stepped away from the column of attendants, the Crown of Caid began emitting high-powered radio waves, like some kind of Royal “Lo-Jack” device. Then, a random, wandering duchess rushed over to my chamberlain, pointed directly at me and shouted, “Careful! He’s getting away!” causing the entire procession to stampede into the merchants’ area just to make sure I was not actually lifting an item of merchandise with the Royal hand.

Yes, there was once a time when Felinah and I could pack our own clothes, take care of our own equipment, set up our own pavilion and cook our own meals. That was before our chamberlains launched their plots. Now, all we can do is stand there, looking helpless, with a vague notion that someone else is running our lives and hoping they don’t hurt us too badly.

So, Your Majesties, I wish You all better luck in surviving Pennsic with Your self-reliance intact. Beware those professionally organized appointment calendars, those neatly arranged Royal meeting rooms, those eternally filled goblets...those thing are Your downfall. And Your Majesties don’t need to thank me for pointing this out to You. Trust me, I’m simply trying to help.

From fighter practice on the edge of a swimming pool, to winning a lady’s heart by hitting her with a piece of rattan, to cheerleaders at Crown tournament, Guillaume’s books and audio CDs are full of hilarious stories about life in the SCA. You can find them on sale in Ceridwen’s Closet, space 122 in merchants’ row.

Shire members from the Holy Land make a Pennsic pilgrimage

by Master Liam St. Liam, Pennsic Independent Battlefield Reporter

In the past year, Lord Yehoshua ben Haim HaLevi and Giovanna Luparelli have met through a forwarded e-mail message, which he received the first week after moving from Boston to Israel, helped organize the first SCA group in Israel and joined in running five events.

In the past three weeks, they have gotten married in New York City and joined that group, the incipient Shire of Beit Ariyeh, in its first visit to Pennsic.

“This is our honeymoon,” said Giovanna, who has two daughters, Tzipporah and Sara. Other shire members attending are Naomi bat Yehezkel and her husband, Alter, and Rana, who has recently moved back to the U.S. from Israel.

The shire members said there are five paid members in the group, which is part of the Kingdom of Drachenwald, and that there are about 30 people who take part, including 15 who regularly attend events.
Lord Yehoshua moved to Israel last September and almost immediately received e-mail from a friend, who had seen Giovanna request to form an SCA group on another list.

The shire, which has a Hebrew name meaning “House of the Lion,” is planning an “Eighth Night” event, in December and has invited members of the nearest SCA group – in Greece – to the event. The group is also working with a friend who is a travel agent to organize a “SCAdian’s Tour of Israel” next June.

Alter said he had tried once before to get together with someone to start a group and added that the latest effort has seen the shire members involved in fencing, bardic arts, brewing and period games. “We are hoping to get heavy fighting going,” he said.

One of the difficult aspects of having a shire in Israel is that at least half the members are religious Jews who observe Sabbath from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday.

Considering that in Israel most people work a half-day Friday, have Saturday off and go back to work on Sunday, Thursday nights have become the easiest time to have events.

For Pennsic, Lord Yehoshua contacted a friend from the Atlantian Barony of Storvik who he knew kept kosher. The shire, the three people from Storvik and three other religious Jews from Lord Yehoshua’s former barony of Carolingia are cooking together at the war, making separate meals from the 40 others in Storvik.
The family will be leaving Pennsic today to visit New York for another week before returning to Israel.

Photo by Master Liam St. Liam: Lord Yehoshua ben Haim Halevi (with Lady Genvieve Fletcher, Drachenwald Herald) is one of seven members of the Incipient Shire of Beit Ariyeh — the first SCA group in Israel — attending Pennsic.

PI Web Edition -- Wednesday, August 18, 2004

This is the Pennsic Independent online edition for August 18. Please see the table of contents below to view today's featured stories.

A Day for the Arts and Sciences

by Magistra Nicolaa de Bracton

For the past seven years, the A&S Display has been the “place to be” for those wishing to share their projects with the Known World, as well as those seeking inspiration. This year was no exception. This year, over 250 displays were featured from thirteen kingdoms. Unlike last year, the displays were not grouped by kingdom. According to Ygraine of Preston, the display’s organizer, some kingdoms had many entries while others had relatively few, and “if you wanted to see just your kingdom’s artisans, you could do that at home.” It was hoped that mixing up the entries would encourage artisans to “mix it up.”

There were a wide variety of objects on display, from artisans attending their first event or first projects to Laurels with 30+ years of experience. There were a number of entries where a number of artisans had collaborated as well. “It was a lovely mix—everyone has been very encouraging and enthusiastic.” Indeed, some who viewed the exhibits, including Royalty, left comments and tokens for the entries that inspired them most. As usual with this display, there were many astounding projects; the photos that appear with this story are only a tiny sampling of the many items on display yesterday.

The event could not have happened without the help of many people who showed up when the display opened for setup at 7 am, and Ygraine wished to express her thanks to all those who pitched in.

Photo by Magistra Nicolaa de Bracton

One of the group projects was contributed by the Royal City of Eoforwic in Ealdormere. The Baron and Baroness of Septentria asked all groups to contribute at least one entry in this year’s display, and Eoforwic decided on a group project, this processional canopy based on a 16th century Italian example. It was handsewn from red linen, with the embroidered arms of each canton and hand-turned wooden poles.

Tomak's Fountain

by Baroness Catherine Oakley

On Sunday evening, several self-described “minions” from Shadowclans arrived at the Middle Kingdom Royal encampment with a large wagon load of sculptural pieces. Telling curious onlookers to wait and see what it was, they began to assemble a huge base into which they inserted a waterproof liner painted to look like tile-work.

Next, large pedestal sections in the shape of rough rock slabs were put in place in the center, surmounted by a statue of Minerva, warlike goddess of wisdom, holding her shield flat in her left arm. To Minerva’s right: a turtle and a statue of Cymadoce with a sea serpent, resting on a huge seashell. Finally, to Minerva’s left, they placed another shell supporting a hippocampus and a statue of Neptune the Sea god, who blows on a conch shell. A few additional details, and the builders began to fill the base with water.

At last, just before dusk, to the delight and applause of the large crowd that had gathered, the assemblage was brought to life as a fountain with multiple jets of water flowing and splashing down over the rocky base.
The builders, who declined to be specifically identified, said that the fountain is the work of an artistic genius named Tomak. He is greatly inspired by the work of Bernini, and that influence is immediately evident in this amazing work of art. He based the sculptures on the story of the Aenead.

Tomak is also responsible for a succession of castle gates and walls fronting the Shadowclans encampments over the years. His latest work is a cathedral which the builders said can be seen at the Shadowclans camp. Another small sculpture is displayed near the fountain.

Entitled “Fountain of Minerva, Neptune and Cymadoce,“ the fountain’s sculptural group is made of synthetic alabaster, a tinted epoxy material that is built up in layers. The figures were first carved individually of clay, then a rubber mold was made over the clay and a hard fiberglass shell over that. The mold was then broken into sections and ten or more layers of resin were brushed in. There are three clear layers on the outside, giving the sculptures their translucency. Other layers of tinted and bead epoxy were added. The veining was done freehand between layers. The whole process of making each piece took four to six weeks, because each layer must dry thoroughly. Once the sections were done, they were fitted together and an almost invisible seam of epoxy was used to cement them together.

Passers-by are requested not to toss coins into the fountain; however, donations to waterbearing will be gratefully accepted.

Photo by Smerellda the Helpful.

Tyger roars in the woods again

By DonalBane of Blackmers

After 11 War Points: Eastern Tygers 9, Midrealm Dragons 2
On a temperate Tuesday, the Grand Armies of the East and Midrealm gathered again for Pennsic trademark: the woods battle. Assembling at the site just north of the campsite, the Midrealm entered the woods this year from the south entrance, while the East came in from the north.

The woods have been the personal playgrounds of the East for the better part of the last decade, but early on it seemed the Midrealm was putting its best foot forward. Reports from the front indicated that the Midrealm possessed two of the three banners after the opening cannon. Over the course of the next two hours, the lines wavered with both armies throwing headlong charges into each other.

According to the marshals, the final charge was able to garner all three banners for itself. The East’s banner was recaptured by elements of the Æthelmearcian army. Atlantia did most of the heavy lifting in defense of the central banner, although HRM Cuan of Atlantia said Sir Decker of Artemesia was the first gentle to seize the banner. Finally, the Midrealm’s banner was taken by a vanguard of the East headed by Haus Von Halstern

As Real Men Fought — Historic Combat Series

The Historic Combat Series continued with As Real Men Fought, an open tournament with period victory conditions. The tournament was held with individual combats between the Venans, comprised of Master Galleran de Cuessy, Colin James McLahlan, Dame Lyanna ferch Gwynhelek and Lord James Biblesworth, and the Tenans, comprised of Baron Asbjorn Johannsen, Capt. Richard Larmer, Sir Buqu and Lord Bjorn Hurkartir.

After four rounds of the single combat, the Venans judged Sir Buqu to be their most worthy opponent, while the Tenans selected Master Galleran, who went undefeated. The tournament concluded with a grand melee, which saw the Tenans drive the Venans from the field.

Wednesday’s featured melee: The Bridge battle — 11 a.m., three war points (one per fight)

Another Pennsic trademark, the bridge battle will see both armies contest five parallel bridges on three occasions. The fights will be decided by which side holds the most bridges after 30 minutes or when one side sweeps the field.

What to look for: The pattern of the bridge battles is “charge and duel” — a big charge followed by a series of dueling spears. Watch for breakouts on any bridges because the side that breaks out should quickly decimate its remaining opponents.

Volunteering at Pennsic

by Baroness TSivia bas Tamara v’Amberview, O.L., Pennsic Independent Feature Writer

Once upon a time, the concept of a War was dreamed, and the Dream was good. A few friends came together to practice the arts of War and of “No S**t There We Were” stories. From these humble beginnings between the Middle and East Kingdoms came the Pennsic War, first of the great inter-kingdom Wars in the SCA today.

Since those humble beginnings over thirty years ago, the Pennsic War has grown to a celebration of all things SCA: fighting, archery, fencing, cooking, arts and sciences, and so much more. And like the things which are medieval and/or renaissance in theme, there are the service things many of us love to do at Pennsic: public safety patrols, marshalling, chirurgeoning, waterbearing, disability access, Dead Rabbits, and so much more.

Without the gentles who serve us in myriad ways so that we may all enjoy our War and our holidays, things would not be nearly so enjoyable. Similarly, if we do not offer up an hour or two of our time to pick up trash, cook a meal, kiss a boo-boo or drive a cart, Pennsic would not run smoothly.

Every service at Pennsic could do with an extra set of hands or three. Imagine Chirurgeon’s Point at three in the morning if you fell on a tent stake and cut your knee but no one was there to offer comfort and first aid because no one volunteered. Imagine trying to co-ordinate a field battle without marshals, waterbearers, chirurgeons, and everyone else who gives of their time. Many fighters voluntarily take themselves off the field and into marshal tabards so that everyone else can fight and have a great time.

If you haven’t done something of a service nature this War yet, how about trying something new? Waterbearers can always use a helping hand, as can Public Safety. You don’t have to have first aid training to help out the Chirurgeons: they can always use a scribe or two. Want to meet some fascinating people? Offer to drive a golf cart for Mobility Access Services. Even Information Point can use volunteers.

So, if you are enjoying your time at Pennsic, why not give a little back? Choose a service you think might be fun, and find out if they can use a hand between now and the end of the War. Remember, places like Chirurgeon’s Point can use hands to help in packing down at the end of the week as well. Big or small, young or old, you can do some good at Pennsic by being a “helium hand” and volunteering.

Photo by Baron Erick Longacres of Ealdormere

Pennsic’s youngest volunteer, Thorbjorn Aaronson of Ealdormere, helping out with Public Safety. At three months, it will probably be a while however, before he gets his golf cart waiver.

Unclassifieds

 

Events Open To All

Fund Raiser/Silent Auction: Sugar Loaf Helmet to be auctioned at Mandrake Armory - #92 Street of Gold. Auction ends at Midnight Madness.

The Society Exchequer is camped at House Redhair in E24 Monday thru Friday.

Lady Caitlin of Enniskillen will be toasted with a luncheon vigil to honor her upcoming elevation. Thursday, August 19 from noon to 3. House Wild Rose camp, E24 on Great Eastern in the bog. Look for the rose arbor gate.

Breast cancer survivors! My chemo starts August 23. Any pep talks, words of wisdom, prayers welcome. See Anya of Clan Kyle, Kurdson Way.

Society Chronicler's office hours: Mon, Weds, Thurs, Fri 10-11:30 am Pennsic Independent Office

Kendrick of the Haunted Bookshop will be doing a booksewing demo and discuss the history of bookbinding at the Haunted Bookshop in Bookseller's Row Daily at 11:00AM and 3:00PM

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!

12 step meetings daily at 4 PM. E07, Denys the Decadent's Camp. All welcome. AA, NA, OASA, etc. Open meeting.

Caid Court will be held Thursday at 6PM in Caid Royal

Heralds' Point is in need of warranted exchequers for cashier duty. If you can help for a couple of hours, please stop by during opening hours!

The friends of the late THL Honoria (Holly) would like to invite you to sign a book of condolences for her husband THL Leo. The book is in the Disabilities Camp X02.

Weather permitting, the Tribute-Longship will sail & burn at full dark, Sat the 21st. Come and paint a shield or place a note of love in the ship.

Cloak & Dagger welcomes noted author Michael Z. Williamson. Now signing copies of Freehold, the Hero and the Scope of Justice in booth #15.

Midrealm is now accepting submissions at Herald's Point.

Bardic Arts Forums! Come and take part in our discussions. A&S tent 7, 6pm every day.

Drachenwald - Where your persona comes from! Drachenwald PCS gathering at 6pm - Brewers Lane.

Capt. Elias Gedney offers his most fervent apologies. Due to an unfortunate mix up, he confused the time of his Tues 11AM class, "Period or Non-Period Pirates". The class will be re-offered Wed. Aug 18, 1PM in AS 10.

Bards! Rat song competition at the Rat Lady's 7-8 during midnight madness.

Japanese calligraphy and scroll design - A hands-on introduction, Thurs 11:00-1:00. Yama Kaminari (E03).

Samurai Chef - Japanese Cookery. A hands-on introduction, Fri 11:00. Yama Kaminari (E03).

Muhekian - The Taste of Tea. A mid-day Chakai. Reservations requested. Yama Kaminari (E03). Fri. 12:00.

Pennsic Drive-In hours, Dusk:30 Thurs-- children's choice (Shrek, Willow, Ice Age, Quest for Camelor), Fri - Viewers choice - 20 period movies to choose from. Booth 130.

Dame Tsivia will be signing her book at Auntie Arwen's Wed. 4-6PM and Thurs 6-8PM. Booth 184.

ROSE TOURNEY, Sept. 18 in Brendoaken! More fun than Midnight Madness. See MK calendar or www.brendoken.org for more.

For Sale

Wrapping yourself up for an event? We have Chantal Boulanger's fabulous Saris: An Illustrated Guide to the Indian Art of Draping. Only $30 at Poison Pen Press, Booth 63.

Portraits painted in great and small. Oil, charcoal and watercolor. Cabochons on Bow Street, #19

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

BABY BIBS - SCA-THE NEXT GENERATION - $4. Claus the Toymaker

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.

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.

ATTENTION WOAD WARRIORS! Feeling blue? I have the real thing! Genuine woad imported from Scotland. $4. Limited supply, buy early. Guild of Limners, #24

MIDNIGHT MADNESS - $1/yd off fabrics over $7/yd at Dragon's Magic #25

HAND GROUND PERIOD PIGMENTS -- once you've tried it, you'll never use anything less. It's not as complicated as you may think. Free sample and instruction in its preparation with this ad from 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?

"Is this your spoon?" Custom wood burning and painting. Cabochons on Bow Street, #19

VELLUM - Opaline vellum (sheepskin) direct from England. Finest quality. $15-30 per sheet. The Guild of Limners #24, across from the barn.

Majesty of Morocco. SCA tour April 5, 2005 from $1250 + air. t_imperial2004@hotmail.com / Rich @ merchant #72

Glass jewels with sew-on-settings. Get the authentic fakes. Cabochons on Bow Street, #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 Ursula's Alcove. Space 137 on Plunder Ln.

More Books! Ursula's Alcove and Unique Editions have teamed up to bring you a great selection of new and used books. Just make your way to 137 Plunder Lane. Look for the flamingos.

COOL VEILING: cheesecloth, linen, and silk! Booth #25

Green Man masks to wear and display. Herbal salves and teas. Cabochons on Bow Street, #19

20 x 20 period tent and 7ft tall walls $1200 OBO Sabastian booth 139.

Roses made of wood $3/ea or $25 a dozen. Space #21

Henna body art - Serengeti fence line - by only 2 trees.

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. 107 Street of Gold.

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

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.

Come visit Evil Abra's. Acres of silver, 3000 + sterling rings, every cross imaginiable. Tons of knotwork pendants, pins, bracelets and barettes. The Gypsy Caravan - open 9 till late. 107 Street of Gold.

Were you born yesterday? Plunder Lane is a great place to shop. With exotic goods from at least 6 kingdoms. You are sure to find something to please you. UA

10x20 Pavilion, green and gold. Can be seen at corner of Wainwright and Sedalia's Way. Inquire at Sleepy Unicorn, SP 91 behind the barn. $300.

Hand forged stainless steel flesh flippers. Great for open pit cooking only $20 each. See Claus the Toymaker across from the barn.

20' x 40' canopy kit $175; Most of a 16' yurt $895; Convertable table/bench kit 2 $750. Immediate pick-up. Michael at the Village No3 and Sedalsias 631-455-4690 cell.

Silk and linen threads and floss at Dragon's Magic #25

Tend and bed for sale - period 10x27 foot merchant style, no center poles so it's 100% usable space. Asking $1900. Take home at end of war. Queen size takedown bed. Packs failry flat, Ugly, but sturdy enough to dance on. $100. Will consider package deal. See Peregrine or Amind. Meridies Royal (N01).

Garb Closeour! Combat Boots for ladies, trews, tunics, children's garb. All must go! Loewing prices all week. Cloak & Dagger, Space 15.

NEW CD FROM EFENWEALT WYSTLE - only at Angevin Treasures, booth 30, We also have the largest selection of period and SCA music at Pennsic.

Oh no! Where did Cabochons go? We're on Bow Street. Come visit our new shop in #19.

Pennsic the War on DVD! At Sleeping Unicorn, space 91 Street of Gold behind the barn.

GER - YURT - MONGOL TENT - with tall door option. Only used once. Great Dark Horde E10 Alice

Panther Pavilion for sale, 16x16, 3 yrs old. 7 ft walls. Ropes, stakes, poles included $850, Erevnite Asteron, N22.

For sale - 8x12 Marquee. Good condition, some wear. Take home at the end of war - $500. See Angus at Clan Kerr, E02

12x12 Pavilion for sale. $1000 OBO. See Zarifa at Brotherhood of the Black Rose, E17.

16' yurt w/ 2 doors, 6' walls. $1000 OBO. Clann Kerr, E02.

Gingher sewing and embroidery scissors - booth #25

Capture Pennsic memories w/our fair Middle Eastern ladies and gentles. Middle Eastern photo set w/you being in pose, being fed grapes/being fanned by our Middle Eastern Models Ln. Kreations Gallry, booth 130. Corner of Bazaar St. and Plunder Lane.

For Sale - Panther Regent 16x16 tent w/set up pkg. $750. 4 yrs old - pick up Sat. Chris at Dancing fox camp - E01

Medieval Games #23 now has Blank Shield Goose Game.

Blades cleaned & sharpened. Custom sheaths. Crazy Elnar at Cloak & Dagger. space 15.

Warlords - Need coin to pay your troops? See Chandra at the West Camp (W03) or contact Seelie at 226 in Bazzar 3. We also have a limited supply of blank sheet for moneyers.

For Sale: Two pavilions - One 12' x18' and one 16' x 21', ropes, poles and stakes included. Blue Unicorn Merchants pavilions for sale. One 12'x18' for $800 and one 16' x21' for $900, complete set-up included. Pick-up Sat. after 8pm or Sun by 10am. Space 181.

Infrastructure for sale: Two carports; 12x16 and 12x14 Panthers; 12' hardwood yurt, 10x10 shower with new 40 gal heater and heater. Take on Saturday or will store with nonrefundable deposit for land grab 2005. Michael at the Village - N03 at Sedalias Way. 631-455-4690. Reasonable offers considered.

Pennsic scrap book - tooled leather cover w/artwork. 12x12 in book. Will personalize $58.00. Place order today, delivery before Christmas ‘04. Booth 130.

For Sale (Used): Greatland Outdoors ($199 New) 3-Room Cabin Tent, Good Condition $50 (OBO); Queen Size ($189 New) Sharper Image Aero Bed, Good Condition $45 (OBO) _ See Max Von Halstern at N14

General

Seamstress: The sewing lady i s at #183.

The Marche of Alderford presents: Known World Costuming Symposium IV, September 24-26, 2004. Four Points Sheraton North Canton, OH 330-494-6494 Fax 330-494-7129. Featured speaker will be Mistress Drea di Pelligrini. http://sca.4th.com/alderford/events/kwcs2004

Help Wanted

Sitter Wanted - 4yr old girl seeks sitter w/same generous terms, days only. See Lorelei B06 at Blue and Yellow Camp.

Lost & Found

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!

Elmo: Baby can't sleep! Please return to lost and found. Lost in merchant area 8/15.

Lost! Forged damascus blade, sheep's foot style. If found, please return it to Magik Badger Ironworks Booth #58. Thank you! We need to find this!

Fowl Play! Gear Chicken-nappers: Gypsy Mayhem would like to congratulate you for taking the largest, ugliest heaviest piece of prankster-bait ever made to be stolen. How does it feel to be shafted by a 6ft yellow Gypsy Cock?

Personals

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 School—PooBah!

AnnaRousse...Je T'aime Epouse...Rneld

Ask Auntie Arwen (#184) if she is drinking enough WATER!

Peggy J. Hicks of zip code 30016 - would you please return to Castle Furnishings (the book merchant).

Auntie Arwen - Thank you for the wonderful tea! You are the best! Everyone should know how wonderful a spicy you are!

Josef - Will you marry me? 13 years ago. I love you! - Heirusalem

DAOC friends, come visit camp of Gwyntarien - Howard's Fenway - Aldric & Morwena Greystone. Share stories.

Many congratulations to Raven and Zygor of Darksphere Keep on the annoucement of their engagement.

Many thanks to Pentamere for the most excellent watter battle from Victoria and wet, happy children.

Classic swimming hole mighty fine eatin' fer young growing squid. Guess I'll put my tentacles up and sleep it off. Wait...what's that noise? Squirty.

Redweasals Armory - Your Leine is at Menage de Fous - B02 - The Pagan Goddess.

To the lady who stopped at our shrine on Monday: You are always welcome here. Our pilgrim's tokens are here for all. May God bless and keep you in the palm of his hand.

Belated but still heart-felt. Happy Birthday, Rose "Osnah" Harless - from your crazy Dad.

Henry, I've been waiting for you.

WANTED: Return our skulls and no harm will come to you. We promise - Captain Malkor of Siren's Landing.

Heirusalism of the day - "I hear there is a bug up my skirt."

In Memoriam: Cheryl Lloyd, best known as the Lizard Mom, died in June of cancer. The loss of her sense of humor, kidness, creativitiy, and friendship will be felt in the Known World. We miss you. Thomus the Lapidary and Elizabeth Hammsford.

To the anonymous gentle who found and returned my watch from the Field Battle. You have my profound grattitude. Stef, Mountain Confederation.

I would like to thank the young gentle who returned my wallet with cash and credit still inside! Stop by merchant space 180 for a personal thank you.

Countess Adriana -Although we are not at Pennsic this year, Pennsic play(s)ed an important part in our live together. So I felt that this is an appropriate place in which to wish you a happy anniversary and to say I love you more and more each year. Lady Elena

Happy Anniversary Dannarra! Miss You! Love You! Beorn

Greetings Dancing Fox! Wish I were there wreaking havoc with the Vixens. Raise a glass to me, I'll raise one to you. Simona

PI Web Edition -- Tuesday, August 17, 2004

This is the Pennsic Independent for Tuesday, August 17. Please use the table of contents below to see today's top stories.

Tyger sweeps Dragon from the field

By DonalBane of Blakmers
Pennsic Independent Battlefield Correspondent

After eight War Points: Eastern Tygers 4, Midrealm Dragons 2 (pending Archery and Rapier champion results)

For the first time on Monday, the two Great Armies of the East and Midrealm met each other for one of the grandest spectacles of the Known World: the Pennsic Field Battle. This year, there were three fights in the field battle with each fight counting as one war point.

On a sunny but temperate morning, HRM Felix of the Midrealm assembled his army and allies on the east side of the field, while HRM Kelson of the East assembled his army and allies on the west side. Both sides appeared to be evenly matched numbers-wise and both were in great spirits as the opening cannon sounded.

In each of the three fights, the fighters from ®thelmearc seemed to have a major say in the outcome. The first fight began with both sides barreling headlong into each other and a giant melee pit in the middle of the field. But the battle turned when the ®thelmearc army was able to break out and link up with elements from the Mountain Confederation and Great Dark Horde. The group was able to drive the remaining Midrealm forces to the top of the battlefield.

In the second fight, the East and its main force concentrated on the center again, drawing most of the Midrealm and their allies to join them. However, the ®thelmearc army took the northern flank, while Atlantia seemed to press from the south. When the two armies converged in the center, the end was soon in coming for the Middle.

The third fight allowed for the use of combat archery and siege weapons, but the outcome was still dictated by the main force. This time, Midrealm allies anchored by the Outlands, drove ®thelmearc before them. However, the main East force in the center was able to exploit a gap in the Midrealm line. Surging forward, the East's main force swept the Midrealm forces from behind and won the day.

After the battle, HRM Kelson was gracious in victory.

"We met our valiant adversaries on the field, as we always do, in friendship," Kelson said. "They gave us a noble fight and we thank them for that. We had to raise the best of our army and allies for this near and hard-won fight."

Heroic Champions Bridge Battle

In a new battle at Pennsic this year, TRM Felix and Kelson each assembled 150 champions from their kingdoms and allies to contest a single banner over a bridge. The battle had unlimited resurrections. Every five minutes, the marshals recorded who held the banner, with the side scoring the most points taking the war point.

More than one peer watching the melee called it one of the most intense and exciting fights they had ever seen. Both sides plowed into each other with wild abandon, much to the delight of the assembled populace.

"This is the kind of fighting His Majesty and I had hoped for," HRM Felix said during the battle.

At the 50-minute mark, the Midrealm had five points, while the East had two points, with the sides drawing on three points. With victory beyond their grasp, the East conceded the war point, but many gentles stayed for a one-resurrection fight to the finish. Eventually, the Midrealm cleared the bridge, putting the exclamation point on their win.

Belted Champions Battle

The annual belted champions battle posted 20 of the East's finest knights against 20 of the Midrealm's finest. At the outset, the champions broke into five groups and proceeded to plow into each other. In the end, the East's most cohesive unit was able to defeat the Midrealm who were confined to their knees.

Unbelted Champions Battle

Having just seen their belted brethren fall, the Midrealm unbelted champions took the field against their Eastern adversaries. For the first minute of the battle, the two sides stayed put at about 25 paces from each other, with neither wishing to commit. After some encouragement from HRM Kelson, the Midrealm split its forces and attempted to rush the East's flanks. The strategy worked, as the Midrealm champions were able to roll over their Eastern opponents.

Post-battle, the Midrealm champions assembled around HRM Kelson. Kelson congratulated the Midrealmers for their win and promised to present the Midrealm's captain, Luter, which a sword as token of his team's win.

Tuesday's featured melee: Woods Battle - noon, three war points (one per banner)

This is oldest battle at Pennsic and one of the most unique, as both armies will battle over three banners in a two-hour resurrection battle.
What to watch for: Not much really. For obvious reasons, the woods battle is the least spectator friendly. Extra water bearers at resurrection points will be welcome.

Getting to the Point at Pennsic

By Master Liam St. Liam

Baron Raphael di Angelo is just letting off extra energy, and he's doing it by striving to fight more than 1,000 rapier bouts this Pennsic.

Baron Raphael, who is ranked 52nd in the world in mundane epee competitions, missed out on a berth to the Olympics in Athens and found himself still ready for a challenge.

"Having not qualified for Athens, I supposed I have a great deal of mental and emotional energy to dispense with," said Baron Raphael, who is from New York City and lives in Paris. "I couldn't think of a better way to do it than doing 1,000-plus bouts at Pennsic. He completed 637 bouts through Sunday and was planning to fence for several hours after Monday's Rapier Champions' tournament.

The inspiration for his quest came from a fellow member of his East Kingdon household, ICOD. Eight years ago, Baron Raphael saw his campmate Balin, now a member of the Order of Chivalry become the first fighter to complete 1,000 bouts at Pennsic. Others have completed the question, including Geoffrey Scott, a Chivalry candidate from the West who completed 1,500 bouts Sunday night.

No one had yet done 1,000 rapier bouts, and Baron Raphael admits that perhaps he should have known better than to try it. "I saw Balin when he finished. He was in bad shape. I don't know why I thought it was a good idea."

But Baron Raphael, who has been fencing in the SCA for 19 years and started Olympic-style fencing two years earlier, said he has found it worth it so far. "It's been great to meet fencers from lots of different kingdoms with lots of different styles," he said. "That's what's great about the SCA. You come up against people of various backgrounds."

He added that he doesn't find problems switching from the straight-on competition of Olympic-style fencing to the various attacks of SCA fencing.

"I enjoy the differences. I don't necessarily have to wear white, and I can fence outdoors," he said. "I find SCA fencing very relaxing."

Editor's note: The first fighter known to complete 1000-plus bouts at Pennsic was Mattias Sean Cameron at Pennsic XXI twelve years ago. This by no means diminishes the tremendous accomplishment achieved by Sir Balin, Viscount Geoffrey and the several others who have duplicated or surpassed Sir Cameron's feat in the years since.

Monday Fencing Roundup

By Master Liam St. Liam
Pennsic Independent Battlefield Correspondent

Don Antonio Patriquin of the East Kingdom set the tone for Monday's Rapier Champions' tournament by capturing the opening bout over Lord Martin of Hawksworth of the Middle Kingdom in a matchup of kingdom champions.

Don Antonio's teammates followed with five successive victories, and when the tournament was over, roughly two hours after it started, the East had scored an impressive victory with 11 fencers still alive after the last Midrealmer was eliminated in the double-elimination tournament.

The victory produces a war point for the East, one of three rapier war points being contested this year. The Rapier Champions' tournament featured teams of 30 on each side, 20 each from the East and Middle and 10 from the allies' kingdoms. Prior to the tourney, the king and queen of the East elevated Jean-Paul Justin Casse to the Order of the Golden Rapier.

Don Jean-Paul was one of seven Eastern fencers who suffered only one loss in the tournament. Four fencers for the Eastern side went unbeaten. They were Don Antonio, Don Arioch The Quick, both of the East as well as Lord Tora Taka of the West and Duke Ragnar Blackhammer of Atlantia.

The last remaining Midrealm ally was Don Robert McFarland of Ansteorra, who was 5-2 in the tourney, losing his final bout to Don Arioch. The last Midrealm fencer left was Warder Lazarus Gauge, who was 8-2, and was defeated in the tournament's last match by Lord Tora.

Today's fencing includes the ®thelmearc Youth tournament at 10 a.m., the Ansteorran tourney at 11, and the popular Atlantian Five-Man Melee tourney at 2 p.m. Wednesday's fencing includes the East Kingdom tournament at 10 a.m., the Broken Field battle for a war point at 1 p.m., the Siege of LaRochelle at 3 p.m. at the fort, and the MDA Benefit tournament at 4 p.m.

Traffic Tie Up

By: Juliet Runolfskona
Disabilities Camp

On Sunday night, Public Safety reported a traffic jam. Servant's Path was intermittently blocked by Traffic Control as scooters usurped the road. When asked, representatives of Gimps United said that the hubbub was only the warm-up for Thursday evening's Scooter Jousting Challenge.
Expect more traffic delays Thursday after dark when the Holly Regatta ensues. Visiting Royalty will be invited to send forth their Champions and their wheeled steeds to compete in the First Annual Holly Regatta in memory of THL Honoria of Holly Shire.

Be it known that all challengers must provide their own wheeled steeds, and will be requested to make a small donation to the memorial fund. Lances provided by Gimps United.

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Events Open To All

Annual Mountain Confederation Pipers 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.

Lady Caitlin of Enniskillen will be toasted with a luncheon vigil to honor her upcoming elevation. Thursday, August 19 from noon to 3. House Wild Rose camp, E24 on Great Eastern in the bog. Look for the rose arbor gate.

Breast cancer survivors! My chemo starts August 23. Any pep talks, words of wisdom, prayers welcome. See Anya of Clan Kyle, Kurdson Way.

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.

Kendrick of the Haunted Bookshop will be doing a booksewing demo and discuss the history of bookbinding at the Haunted Bookshop in Bookseller's Row Daily at 11:00AM and 3:00PM

Lochac royal court in Lochac encampment at Westgate Tuesday 6:30pm.

Bardic Circle - Barony of Dragonship Haven Area B08 Tuesday Aug. 17th, half past dark. All are welcome. ID to drink. Come sing or just listen.

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!

12 step meetings daily at 4 PM. E07, Denys the Decadent's Camp. All welcome. AA, NA, OASA, etc. Open meeting.

Midlands Bardic Circle. Beer for our guests, food for bards. N21, just past North Gate 8:00 PM tonight.

Heralds' Point is in need of warranted exchequers for cashier duty. If you can help for a couple of hours, please stop by during opening hours!

The friends of the late THL Honoria (Holly) would like to invite you to sign a book of condolences for her husband THL Leo. The book is in the Disabilities Camp X02.

Grand Rat Reunion - Celebrating 25 years of rats. Today at Z13 in the Bazaar behind the Barn.

FIGHTING SEASON is still on! Come whup some at ROSE TOURNEY Sept. 18 in Brendoken. http://www.brendoken.org for info!

For Sale

Get cheap and ostentatious! We've been catering to the broke since A.S. 14. Cabochons on Bow Street, #19

HAND GROUND PERIOD PIGMENTS -- once you've tried it, you'll never use anything less. It's 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 FABRIC: $6/yd. Fine lightweight woolens plus linen and blends. Small Churl Books, #63. Going Fast!

Honey extractor stainless steel $165. S&M leather.

Apartment for rent, 3 beds, Pittsfield, MA, $675/month. Sarah (203)345-6728 or camping with Lurkr, N20

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 Merchants Row

Tent - rd army, extendable poles $300. S&M Leather.

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?

Majesty of Morocco. SCA tour April 5, 2005 from $1250 + air. t_imperial2004@hotmail.com / Rich @ merchant #72

ATTENTION WOAD WARRIORS! Feeling blue? I have the real thing! Genuine woad imported from Scotland. $4. Limited supply, buy early. Guild of Limners, #24

Glass jewels with sew-on-settings. Get the authentic fakes. Cabochons on Bow Street, #19

THE GUILD OF LIMNERS habitantes in platea mercatores vendunt encausto, penna, libri, pigmenti, colorum diversi, rubia, quadone, omnimodes tinctori et instrumenta clericis necessaria.

Portraits painted in great and small. Oil, charcoal and watercolor. Cabochons on Bow Street, #19

HOOP BONING - 1/2" coating steel at Dragon's Magic #25

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 Ursula's Alcove. Space 137 on Plunder Ln.

More Books! Ursula's Alcove and Unique Editions have teamed up to bring you a great selection of new and used books. Just make your way to 137 Plunder Lane. Look for the flamingos.

FINE WOOL, SILK, LINEN, NOTIONS - Dragon's Magic #25

BABY BIBS - SCA-THE NEXT GENERATION - $4. Claus the Toymaker

Soothsaying: Cards, runes, palms, dreams interpreted. Cabochons on Bow Street, #19

20 x 20 period tent and 7ft tall walls $1200 OBO Sabastian booth 139.

VELLUM - Opaline vellum (sheepskin) direct from England. Finest quality. $15-30 per sheet. The Guild of Limners #24, across from the barn.

Pirate shirts $20, Broom stick skirts $8. Space 21 Heeter's Haven Call 814-720-5314 for directions.

For Sale: Handmade Satyre doll, 27 inches tall, soft plush, well endowed. The perfect gift for that special someone. Adults only. Mathilde - Quatrefoil

Henna body art - Serengeti fence line - by only 2 trees.

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.

Linen and silk threads and floss at Dragon's Magic #25

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.

E-150 Ford Ext. Van. Str. 6 on site $950. S&M Leather.

Why should I bother to find Plunder Lane? BJ

Oh no! Where did Cabochons go? We're on Bow Street. Come visit our new shop in #19.

Silk gauze - 3.5mm $3/yd at Dragon's Magic #25

10x20 Pavilion, green and gold. Can be seen at corner of Wainwright and Sedalia's Way. Inquire at Sleepy Unicorn, SP 91 behind the barn. $300.

Roses made of wood $3/ea or $25 a dozen. Space #21

Blue Herringbone Linen is back in stock! We sought far and wide and found some more! Fabric Dragon.

Hand forged stainless steel flesh flippers. Great for open pit cooking only $20 each. See Claus the Toymaker across from the barn.

20' x 40' canopy kit for sale unused. You supply 1 inch EMT $195 New $175 OBO. 631-455-4690 cell.

Tend and bed for sale - period 10x27 foot merchant style, no center poles so it's 100% usable space. Asking $1900. Take home at end of war. Queen size takedown bed. Packs failry flat, Ugly, but sturdy enough to dance on. $100. Will consider package deal. See Peregrine or Amind. Meridies Royal (N01).

Benefit the Chirurgeons -- buy an original Pennsic XXXIII T-Shirt. $10. Available from Claus of Burzee, #24 Merchants Row

Metal buttons, glass-head silk pins! Booth #25

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.

2 dresses for sale, sz-10 and 14. Also have hand-made Amish quilts and crafts for sale. See Bountifoole at Blood Moon Clan, corner of Chandlers and Low Rds.

Garb Closeout! Combat Boots for ladies, trews, tunics, children's garb. All must go! Lowering prices all week. Cloak & Dagger, Space 15.

NEW CD FROM EFENWEALT WYSTLE - only at Angevin Treasures, booth 30, We also have the largest selection of period and SCA music at Pennsic.

Pennsic the War on DVD! At Sleeping Unicorn, space 91 Street of Gold behind the barn.

GER - YURT - MONGOL TENT - with tall door option. Only used once. Great Dark Horde E10 Alice

The best plumes may be found at Bronwyn's in the Bazaar! The largest selection of colors. $4 per plume.

Blades cleaned & sharpened. Custom sheaths. Crazy Elnar at Cloak & Dagger. space 15.

General

Seamstress: The sewing lady is at #183.

Lost & Found

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!

Parties

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.

Personals

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 School. PooBah!

AnnaRousse...You are the Love of my Life...Rneld

Ask Auntie Arwen (#184) if she is drinking enough WATER!

Thank you for your help in my basic knitting class! Amanita Villarosa

Unto All at War-Lord Svein sends greetings from Drachenwald... Drachenwald... where your persona comes from. And unto the Clan of the Arctic Winds I say this... GET THEE DOWN AND BE THOU FUNK---Lord Svein Aelfricson

Aikido person seeking other Akeido people. Contact Maggie at Stonemarche N33.

Peggy J. Hicks of zip code 30016 - would you please return to Castle Furnishings (the book merchant).

Beautiful man, I've dreamed of your clinging. Everything I have to give you. Your Lady, Fire.

Belated Birthday Greetings to OG Ermengardaesharon

Hakim - I did it! Pentacle on the shoulder. Ouch! Love - Mary Elizabeth

Happy Anniversary Stinkhead! It's been 8 years & we haven't killed each other yet. - The Other Stinkhead

Is there a drill sergeant in the house? New recruit in our camp needs advice before bct. Crazy Elnar at Cloak & Dagger, Space 15.

Heirusalism of the day, "I'm reallly good at stating the obvious."

Cool temperatures mean human shells are thicker. Going to classic swimming hole in search of soft, unshelled human. Squirty.

PI Web Edition -- Monday, August 16, 2004

This is the Pennsic Independent Web Edition for Monday, August 16, 2004. Please see the table of contents below for today's top stories.

The Die is Cast

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

Sunday Battlefield Wrap-up

By Donal Bane of Blakmers
Pennsic Independent Battlefield Correspondent

Battle of the Thirty

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.”

Ealdormere 15-Fighter Unbelted Tournament

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

Concordia 10-Fighter Tournament

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.

Known World Novice Tournament

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.

Lost Boys Fort Battle

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.

In Memorium

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.

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Events Open To All

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.

For Sale

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

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.

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. t_imperial2004@hotmail.com / 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.

General

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.

Help Wanted

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 & Found

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!

Parties

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.

Personals

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

PI Web Edition -- Sunday, August 15, 2004

This is the Pennsic Independent Web Edition for Sunday, August 15, 2004.
Please see the table of contents (below) for today's top stories.


Photo by Nicolaa de Bracton: The Middle Kingdom Laurels did not go away hungry from Saturday's pig roast at the royal encampment. From left, Lord James Ironmark, part of the cooking team, Master Brusten de Bearsul and Master Jean-Paul Pierpont, both Laurels.

The Short, Victorious War

By THL Heirusalem Crystoma

Viscount Edward Zifran of Gendy, in his musings to the Pennsic populace stated, "I would like to dedicate the 33rd Pennsic War to 'inspiration.' I encourage us all to look inward to find that which inspires us to be part of Our Society and having done thus, share with others the motivation that draws us to Pennsic each year." This eloquent yet simple statement, when viewed in the darkness of a (mostly) sleeping late evening of Pennsic War becomes a quest. It is easily, longingly, happily fulfilled.

Our current world is filled with fear and strain. For many of us, the thought of spending a week or two playing at a congenial medieval war seems almost laughable in light of the harsh reality of war gripping the world. Our sons, daughters, husbands, wives and dear friends are gripped in that reality and are never far from our thoughts. What they are doing is so large compared to what we are doing and where we are that it is beyond our comprehension.

Therein lies a modest and grand part of inspiration.

Wars are declared, fought and lost over ideals, politics and commerce. Here we fight a different kind of war, not over a broken arrow or boundaries or over the long-planned and well-rehearsed designs of kings and queens. This war is not insignificant or silly. It is a war we each bring with us and each leaves the battlefield victorious.

For the individual, it is the same war our sons, daughters, husbands, wives and dear ones fight. Each of us, in our private war, starts each day with hope. Each day we do battle. If we do it right, each evening we lay down with less of ourselves and we somehow better the world around us.

Our war is against ignorance, greed, selfishness and loss of the heritage that has been stretched and shaped into the conditions we currently live in. It is a defiance of the idea that a community cannot be built on honor and integrity. It is a triumph of beauty, imagination and reason.

Here, the dignity of the Royalty, the heart of the artisan, the honor of the fighter, the banter of the merchant, the touch of the lover, the song of the bard, the innocent smile of the child, the nod of the person who just walked past you, and in all who create this unique and peaceable war, there is victory.

Because whatever else you may go home with, you will go home with inspiration in this short victorious war. Wherever our loved ones are today, may they be so inspired by their companions. May we be so inspired by their selfless dedication with which they fight their lengthy one.

Push for 1500

By Magistra Nicolaa de Bracton, Pennsic Independent Editor-in-Chief

Have you come to Pennsic to get all the fighting in you possibly can? Viscount Geoffrey Scott has. He hopes to fight 1500 bouts at Pennsic — and you might be able to help.

Viscount Geoffrey, a 37-year old resident of the West Kingdom and squire to Sir Geoffrey Mathias, has been in the SCA over twelve years and was inspired by another fighter's quest to fight 1000 fights. "Believing that goals should be something that one should strive for, I therefore set a goal that I was unsure that I could reach," he says. "I needed a number that would really push me. I chose 1500."

While Viscount Geoffrey has never fought anywhere near that many bouts over a period of a couple of weeks, he has fought over 100 bouts on a single day at one particular event for the past five years. "This year, we met our goal to fight 120 battles in a single day. Each year we benefit a different charity. This year it was the Crohns and Colitis Foundation."

Viscount Geoffrey's personal challenge has, however, now become Royal Decree. King Uther of the West Kingdom has ordered him to complete it before appearing before him at Purgatorio the weekend after Pennsic to accept the accolade of knighthood. Viscount Geoffrey says, "There is no longer any doubt as to whether I can achieve my goal. I shall honor my word and my King. I shall fight 1500 fights." Viscount Geoffrey also intends to fight the battles at Pennsic as well. Viscount Geoffrey reached 1000 fights by Friday evening, added 150 more on Saturday, and hopes to finish his quest by today.

Those who wish to help Viscount Geoffrey fulfill his quest will find a man who loves to fight in many styles-from a pas d'armes, with matched weapons at the barrier, to "mad dog" tourneys in which the fighters fight as many challenges as they can during the time allotted for the tourney, with one point for each fight and another for each victory. His armor is currently late 14th century transitional plate, and he says the weapons forms he has been using most often are sword and heater and sword and buckler.

Viscount Geoffrey plans to spend as much time as he possibly can on the battlefield. Look for his arms: Azure, a chevron and in base a compass star, Or.

Photo by Liam St. Liam: Viscount Geoffrey Scott, left, prepares to fight King Draco of Lochac as part of his quest to fight 1500 bouts in preparation for his elevation to the Order of Chivlary.

Saturday Tournament Wrap-Up

By Donal Bane of Blakmers, Pennsic Independent Battlefield Correspondent

Outlands Unbelted Tournament

About 30 gentles came to the field to participate in the first major tournament of Pennsic: the Outlands Unbelted Tournament. Under the watchful eyes of TRM Giovanni and Cainnleach of Outlands, the gentles fought in two round-robin line tournaments until the top eight fighters were determined based on the number of wins.

Once the final eight were determined, the tournament went to a single elimination bracket. The finals saw Sichelgaita von Halstern of the East face off Prince Hrodir Vigagein of Northshield. Striking a blow for all women fighters, Sichelgaita first legged Hrodir and then bested him with blow to the head. She was awarded a table by Their Majesties for her effort.
HRM Cainnleach also presented another table to Hedinn Inn Raudi of the East, who showed great courage in his very first tournament.

Judicial Combat — Historic Combat Series

The Historic Combat Series opened war week with Judicial Combats, a tournament modeled after German judicial combats of the 15th century. Eight gentles took part in the tournament where each gentle game armed with dagger, short spear and bastard sword. Killing blows could be registered by face thrusts, trusts to the elbow and armpit, three head blows with the sword or being knocked to the ground or driven from the list.

The round-robin tournament ended with Sir Vladimir Aleksandrov winning six fights to take the tournament.

One schedule note: due to the Known World Squires' Tournament occurring on Thursday, the Plate and Mail Tournament for the Historic Combat Series has moved to Friday at 2 p.m.

Photo by Heirusalem Crystoma: The Pennsic battle and archery range stand ready for a week of fighting and archery.

Scoping the Swords and Shields: War Points Explained

By Donal Bane of Blakmers, Pennsic Independent Battlefield Correspondent

Greetings, fellow warrior watchers!

With Pennsic XXXIII upon us, I'm certain a great multitude of gentles will be descending on the battlefield to fight or cheer on their favorite gentles. However, changes are afoot in the Pennsic War Point schedule and I hope to explain those changes with the help of Pennsic Battlefield Coordinator Sir Alaric Lefevre.

First, the number of actual war points has jumped from 13 to 27 this year,
"That was Their Majesties' decision," Lefevre said. "It helps make each battle mean something and each one more important. Hopefully, it will keep more fighters involved at the war."

Indeed, instead of having best-of-three battles, such as the field battle, each win will earn one War point. The same will go for battles with banners as the goal; each banner will be worth one war point.

Perhaps the biggest news this year comes from the "It's About Darn Time" file: for the first time in Pennsic history, mass rapier battles will be included as war points. There will be a rapier broken field battle at 1 p.m. Wednesday (one point) and woods (one point) battle at 2 p.m. Thursday. Along with the rapier champions' battle (3 p.m. Monday), the fencers will have their biggest influence on the outcome of Pennsic in history.

"Their Majesties made the decision to include [rapiers] and I think it's a good decision," Lefevre said. "This will do a lot to support the rapier communities in the Society."

Archery is back as well, with the archery champions' shoot (one point) and populace shoots (three points) running throughout war week. As always, my faithful colleague Liam St. Liam will keep his eyes trained on the fencers and archers.

For my fellow rattan-lovers, the war gets started with a bang on Monday as the field battle (11 a.m., three fights, one point each), belted champions (one point), unbelted champions (one point) and the heroes' resurrection battle. Unlike previous years, the heroes' battle will be a one-hour resurrection battle on a single bridge. A banner in the center of the bridge will be contested between 150 champions from each great army. At each five-minute interval, a point will be awarded to the side that holds the banner and the side with the most points after an hour wins.

"Their majesties came to an agreement on this," Lefevre said. "They wanted to test their champions and they will do so."

The woods battle (noon, one point for each banner collected) takes center stage Tuesday, while the bridge battle (11 a.m., three fights, one point each) and the allied champions battle will run on Wednesday.

Thursday could be a crucial day for the war, as the mountain pass battle returns at 11 a.m. There will be two fights in this year's mountain pass battle with three banners, each worth one war point, up for grabs. With six points available, it will be the last big chance to earn points at war.
The grand finale on Friday is the fort battle (11 a.m., one point), with the battle following the same format as last year. Each side will be given a chance to attack and defend the castle and the side that holds out longer wins the war point. However, there is one big change this year in that there will be only one way to approach the castle: a 30-foot-wide causeway.

In the middle of that causeway, a banner will be posted. If the defending side can hold that banner for 10 minutes, they will receive a 10-minute bonus to their castle holdout time. As usual, attackers will get unlimited resurrections, while defenders get none.

"That was done to give the battle a bit more authenticity," Lefevre said.

Lefevre said there is one big change in that the main battlefield has been expanded to 600 feet by 600 feet. As a result, there will be no car traffic allowed on the battlefield.

"There have been some logistical problems that forced us to do that," Lefevre said. Lefevre is hoping for a very competitive war and so am I. I have it on good authority — namely HRM Felix of the Midrealm — that the sides will be very even fighter-wise this year. That will be a welcome change from last year's Pennsic, which basically was over after Opening Ceremonies. Sunday's featured melee: The Lost Boys Fort Battle — 3 p.m.

What to look for: With the war point battles not starting until Monday, this is fighter's last change to get their melee fix before it counts. Usually, many warriors do just that and result is a rollicking good time.

Youse have a good time!

By Magistra Nicolaa de Bracton

The comparison that this year's Pennsic Mayor, Viscount Sir Edward Zifran of Gendy, has made that running Pennsic is like running Tammany Hall in the early days of New York is apt. When you run a staff of 152, including seven divisions whose heads share about 120 years of Pennsic experience and 54 departments, with a budget of $214,000-not to mention 352 porta-potties (cleaned twice daily) — you have to have the political skills of a machine boss — if perhaps not the thuggery to back it up.

The thugs have been replaced by the Dead Rabbits, the "hiring hall" for Pennsic, which will be used as a volunteer clearinghouse, as well as a way to provide those who seriously breach Pennsic rules — but not enough to get sent home — a way to provide "community service." Other new features this year: a bigger battlefield (600x600 feet, or approximately 200 metres square), new modular, easy-to-store daises, a new pager system, and more A&S tents. Approximately 10,500 pre-registered for Pennsic this year.

The A&S tents are also the focus of a significant policy change. Private parties are no longer allowed to book the tents, because of increasing liability concerns over alcohol and cleanup issues. Meetings, vigils, performances, and other "official" business will still take place in the tents, however.

Another new rule (#25 in your Pennsic book) forbids posting notices or announcements in the porta-potties. These have become a cleaning issue for the companies we rent them from because of sticky residue, etc., and we were being charged to clean them after Pennsic. Rule #26, also new this year, prohibits tampering with, moving, destroying, or vandalizing any Cooper's Lake property, such as signs, the Barn, golf carts, Zoning and Planning markers, etc.

Many have asked whether the haywagons will be running again this year, after last year's mudbath. According to Viscount Edward, buses have replaced the haywagons for the route around the lake, and a haywagon will run up to the archery field.