The new theme this year was "Alice through the looking glass," complete with Jabberwockys. The shoot was designed by Countess Aibhilin and Count Tarquin of the Midrealm.
Age 9 and under:
Winner: Tristan of Kyngesbridge. Second place: Thomas Montague,
Winner: Patrick MacFearghus. Second place: Erik of Roxbury Mill. Third place (tie): Brianna of Meridies and Uilliam MacFearghus.
Winner: Kaine McFearson. Second place: Breccan of Atlantia.
(My master compels me to put pen to papyrus and preserve his thoughts; who is he to think these words so precious? May Allah forgive him his pride and vanity -- Abd al-iblis)
Not so very long ago, two squires sought to be the best Vikings that the Known Worlde would ever see. Thal and Dag were so intent to do this that they would pass notes with the Futhark Runes between them, hoping that the Master would not notice.
All winter and spring they prepared themselves while assisting the Master's work to arm the royal army. When summer had come, they had proven themselves battle worthy; the Master joined them in the caravan to the tenth battle of the Pennsic War.
Once the arms were distributed and the wine of war tasted, they joined the Master in battle against the greatest host the kingdom had ever faced. Though separated from their Master early in the battle, they fought the tide of foes with all the fury of a Dane Bramaged Bersark. So valorous their victory, so grand was that stand that all skalds fear that any tale would pale before the sooth truth.
Once the adversary had been put to rout, Dag and Thal celebrated with mead, song, and fair shield maidens in the Valhalla that is Pennsic. Well, two out of three ain't bad. They watched the Great Kings raise up the worthy and debase the scoundrels in the Great Court of the Renown. Philip the Pilgrim can attest to this.
There before the whole host of the court a graven stone from Calontir (a little known land, which must be as flat at the stones they gave to the Great Kings, or so it is said) was laid at the feet of the Kings. It chronicled the deeds of the two most Famous Viking Squires of the Known World that day done (or so Thal and Dag thought they heard, for the mead made their ears ring, and Calontirish tongues are thick).
When day broke the following morn, and the great piles of loot from the fleeing armies was divided, the Master saw to the preparation of the wain for the journey home. Finding themselves at leisure (and with swollen and sore heads), the two squires sauntered to the crest of the battlefield hill where stood the stone that chronicled their famous fortunes of war. Dag stopped to read the side of the stone facing North, and Thal began reading aloud from the Southern face of the stone.
Though the words of the Northern face were set in the vulgar tongue of Calonstani, Dag could perceive the meaning behind them. Remarkably, the words that Thal spoke aloud were much the same. "The same must be written on that side!" exclaimed the Dark Viking Squire, and as he walked round the stone he saw ***To Be Continued***.
Having seen the words that he had heard Thal speak, he was taken aback when he saw that the words were inscribed on the other side in the Futhark Runes. All of these deeds were witnessed by no less than Philip the Pilgrim, whose worth and wisdom cannot be denied.
Masalaama, Mukhtar Durr al-Jabal al-Mukhfi.
By DonalBane of Blakmers
Battlefield Reporter, Pennsic Independent
St. Michael's Vespers Deed of Arm
The Company of St. Michael made a triumphant return to Pennsic Saturday with a Deed of Arms, seeking to replicate authentic fighting conditions in a classic tournament style.
After a class on the subject of deeds of arms, Master Gallaron de Cressy opened the list field to all comers.
Nine gentles answered the call: Baron Angus Tailor, Sir Aengus MacBain, Earl Yngvar the Dismal of Aethelmearc, Baron Sir Manfred Von Halstern, Sir Magariki Katsuicha no Koredono, Lord Erich Hundeman, Lord Simon de Poitier, Lord Henry of Bexley and Lord James Skalli.
The gentles did battle in single and small melee groups, with blows to exposed areas and face thrusts counting for automatic kills. Several bouts were fought with counted blows using short spears, poleaxes and short swords.
The assembled crowd, which included a period band, showed their appreciation.
Second Left-handed Tournament
Things got sinister on the red list Saturday and that was a good thing as the Left-handed Tournament returned after a one year hiatus. Lord Haden and Ysemay Sterling hosted the tournament.
Twenty gentles, including several brave right-handed fighters who switched sides, did battle with sword and shield from the southpaw side. The tournament was a round robin.
Sir Gabriel of Maccuswell from the East claimed victory, while HRH Havordh of Gleann Abhann was runner-up.
"My Mom Can Beat Up Your Mom" Tournament
Claiming the prize for best tournament name this war, the Barony of Northwoods hosted the "My Mom Can Beat Up Your Mom" Tournament, a tournament open to female fighters with SCA or mundane dependents.
Nine mothers took the field to defend their childrens' honor in this round robin tournament.
Claiming the title of "The World's Greatest Mom" ( so emblazoned on a plaque in macaroni art ( was Countess Kaylah the Cheerful of Ealdormere. Cunian Beornhelm of Atlantia came in as runner-up.
Tarl's Little Polearm Tournament III
For the third straight year, the Shire of Sunderoak(on whose lands Pennsic takes place(hosted a polearm tournament in honor of local polearm hero THL Tarl Shadowraven.
This bear pit style tournament brought out 52 fighters, all of whom brought named polearms to the fray. Two 45-minute bear pits ran(interrupted by a Middle Eastern dance show at "halftime" (with each fighter earning two points for each win and one point for a loss.
At the end of the bear pit, THL Stephen DuBois of Northshield accumulated 97 points, earning the right to face Tarl in a best-of-three fight for the grand prize.
With $50 on the line, Stephen defeated Tarl in two straight bouts.
Mountain Confederation's Annual Gagpipper's competition to be held in Confed Camp. Tuesday night o'dark thirty. Come test your skill or just to listen. E-12
Events Open to All
Holding a charity tournament? Tell us about it! See Gwynneth at the Pennsic Independent.
16" English saddle a little worn Olympic brand $75 find me @ Materialis 124
16 Ft. Yurt. 6Ft. Wall.Timber Roof Ring. Used 3 times. New canvas this war. 2 doors. See at under the Rose on EO1. EC Asking $1400.
2 new 16 ft rounds-complete setup. $1200 obo p-u SAT 9th. B08 Black Pearl-Rose or Tristan. Also 10x16 wedge black-yellow used 2 years bo
Agate Burnishers - bone ivory & horn handles - hand carved - also dog tooth and carnelian. Guild of Limners #24.
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?
Bamboo for your construction needs Yumi #83
Benefit the Chirurgeons-- buy an original Pennsic XXXVII T-shirt. $10. Available from Claus of Burzee, #24 Merchants Row.
Blank Books - hand bound in leather, handmade paper, thick & chunky. Fair trade products. $10 - $32 limited supply - Guild of Limners. #24.
WE"RE NOT IN KANSAS ANYMORE! Claus the Toymaker will autograph his new book, ASTONISHING TALE OF THE GUMP OF OZ, Monday, Aug. 4 from 11 am to 4 pm at Poison Pen Press Booth 637
Fabric Dragon is not in the merchants guide but is at Pennsic in space #106 Street of Gold. Big Sale!
Flax stricts $14 Cabochons #19 Bow St
For Sale Ink-Oakgall, walnut hull, also gallo-tannic ink, absolutely perfectly opaque. $4 per bottle Guild of Limners #24.
THE GUILD OF LIMNERS in the little white house on Mechants Row sells ink, quill pens, books, pigments, various colors, madder, woad, all kinds of paint and tools necessary for scribes and artists.
For Sale Vellum - - opaline vellum (sheepskin) direct from England. Finest Quality sale price $25 per sheet. Lovely Dutch sheepskin parchment whole skins $125 can be cut smaller. The Guild of Limners #24, across from the barn.
Glass knitting needles- you have to try them to believe them! 19 Bow St.
GOING OUT 4 BUSINESS SALE. Did you see my ad in the Pennsic Handbook? Camp furniture, iron work, horse tails $14, beautiful speckled cow hides. Come browse and BS (Be Satisfied). The Crossing #3
Bad Garb Old Maid card game - Yes we have Ôem! - from Claus the Toymaker (Who else?)
Hafla tent 4 sale best offer. Orluk Oasis
Handspun yarn from a 12th c. type flock. Also fiber dyed & undyed. Ongoing spining demo, MTFC Space 26
High quality Korean horse bows $399 Yumi #83
For Sale - Bad garb, bad garb, What'cha gonna do? What'ca gonna do when the punchline's you?- Claus the Toymaker.
Mischief, murder & mayhem- is your kingdom involved? See the on-going saga in the diorama. Space 26.
Oxblood leather shovel greaves. New,never worn House Black Hammer N30 804-931-5799 $100
Panther pavillion, 10x10, regent, $500, BEN@SINPIT,E05
Is this YOU? Free pics from past wars. Space 26
ATTENTION WOAD WARRIORS! Feeling a little blue? I have the real thing! Genuine woad imported from Scotland. $4 Limited supply, buy early. Guild of Limners #24.
Pavilion 4 sale 18X18 6Ft. walls 2 Yrs old Paid 2400 asking 1800 natural* extra ropes ask at Tgertoggs#32 Street of Dreams behind the barn *(color)
"Pennsic for Dummies" by Claus the Toymaker - scurrilous, toungue-in-cheek fun, everything you need to know to complete your Pennsic experience.
Period pavilions available on site for rent/sale. Rent rebates toward later purchase. Space 26.
For Sale - Glass muller & burnishers from England, also Mitchell nibs, vellum, parchment, and hand bound leather books- The Guild of Limners, #24
Tent: 8x12 canvas roof rip stop nylon sides outside aluminum frame available 8-4. $25 Bo3 House Blackmoon. Wilhelm or Arduinna
For Sale SCA Road Signs- "Fighter Practice Area", "Danger Viking Territory" and many others, some new and very silly. Claus the Toymaker, #24
Tent Masters Pavillion 15x21. 6 years old, good condition. Available Sat. 9 Aug. All equipment & more. $1200 OBO. Janus/Illanna of Dragon Clan. E02 Off the Strand.
NOT for spinners only- "Spinster's Rules!" Visit Misty Tower, Space 26 to read the list and order a T!
"Pennsic in a Box" new royalty expansion set this year, limited supply. From Claus the Toymaker #24.
Under the mango tree. Hand made leather bound Journals 100% cotton paper. In the bazzar next to Pillaged Village.
"Expotition" Probable pronunciation "ex-poh-tih-shun." "Going out with the conscious aim of drinking along the route, essentially a pub crawlerÉ." A.K.A. "amoeba."
Uniquely You dressmaker forms- the only one that corsets properly available on site space 26.
Weld, Woad, Madder, Cochineal, Brazilwood, Longwood - dyes to die for. Guild of Limners #24.
You! Sew on our machines. We have thread. Space 26.
Yurt for sale. E01 Middle of Dragon Trace. Car died again. Ask for Pente (Wookie) camp Infinity 8-)
12 Step Meeting daily 4:00 pm E07 off Great Eastern Highway Denys the Decadent's Camp AA NA OA SA all welcome.
Baron Guglieimo Bardicci gratefully extends his artisan Jubal to provide his beautious woad bodyart to Pennsic, located at the Guild of Limners (booth 24). He will also feature at this evening's Lowdy Toady party at my Casa Bardicci. Bona Notte!
Bored Scadian at Garments by the Goat. #097 Redhair and Hutzpah. Drop by.
BPAL meet & sniff! Come and share the magic. Tues @4:00. Camp Dancing Fox on E01 Dragons Trace
Costumes by Loren has comfortable cool cotton! Tunics, kaftans and cloaks in Celtic knotwork designs. Different sales every day! 166 Fleet Street
Do something with your kid besides sweat! Make colorful medallion cords! Kits at Claus the Toymakers.
DRAGON BROCADES, 20% off at Dragon's Magic #25
EXCELLENT QUALITY 100% wools & wool coating at Dragon's Magic #25
FINE ENGLISH NEEDLES, Sold singly. Dragon's Magic #25
Form the depths of Valhalla, forged in Mithril and quenched in mead, mercenaries are not created; they are born. Mercenary Union Norseland/Varg E23 Bog.
Go see Auntie Arwen at #185 and ask if she is drinking WATER. From Kirsten at Fabric Dragon in #106.
HOT GLASS - X05 - Tonight - Ask for Erland (Next to Solar Showers)
Is your child bored? Make a medallion cord! Colors galore! At Claus the Toymaker's Store!
SAIL MAKERS NEEDLES. 2", 3 1/2", 4 12"! Dragon's Magic #25
Silk veiling 3.5mm, 5mm silk/cotton DRAGON'S MAGIC #25
Slavic interest group will meet Wed at 10 am in A&S 3.
Snaebjorn! Where are you? What is noiz? I have stopped for garb and hope to find this brotherhood of the silver apple soon!
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 announcemnt from Claus of Burzee, Toymaker.
STEEL HOOP BONING - 1/2" xl2y $13.95 Dragon's Magic #25
The king and queen of the West are here! See them at opening ceremonies, on the field and on merchants row. Long live King Titus & Queen Eilis!
THE SCA HAS HAD A REPUTATION FOR LEAVING A SITE CLEANER THAN WE FOUND IT. PLEASE HELP CONTINUE THIS REPUTATION. FIONA MACGREGOR GDH
Think you are hardcore? Join the Mercenary Union. Report to Norseland/Varg at E23 in the Bog.
THREAD COUNTERS, 8x-10x metal & glass booth #25
TO THE 2 WOMEN who came to my shop on Thursday and bought 12 yds of purple silk - I found the tag. Please come back for the money I owe you! Dragon's Magic
To the kind lady who delivered garb to Do–a Teresa @ Abbaye Darnoun thank you very much! Please identify yourself 2 me as my campmates didn't write down your name and I wish to thank you personally!
Wurm - love you more with each passing day- Tristan
Yes, I'm Still Here! And my brick-and-mortar fabric store is still in Tunkhannock, PA. The housing market decided to get weird right after War last year so I couldn't make the move I wanted to make. I've consoled myself by buying more luscious wool, linen, and silk...which, of course, I brought for your shopping pleasure, along with corset stays, needles, pins, cheese cloth, etc. (Space 26)
Farasha & Suad #60 rave "now to the sky" by Tribe O
Fernando, please don't break anything (bed, pavilion, arm, Olga, etc.) -L.
In seach of: Eleanor of Waldren, Emeric Wendell, Geoffrey Matthias, Morgan Elandris. I have something for you. Eowyn, Tagmata, W05.
"Cenamorous" Probable pronunciation "sehn-a-more-us." "An intimate meal, often laden with aphrodisiacs, whose intention is to arouse feelings of passionÉ." With the right dining partner, any food can be an aphrodisiac.
Ladies of Pennsic, Lord Valdis of Gotland had a birthday on July 26th. I ask you to wish him well, gift him with a kiss or punish him with a spanking, as you deem appropriate.
Single Pagan male looking for Pagan matchmaker to find single Pagan female see Kirk N9 Sunderroak.
Tiger seeks champion to ransom him from Midrealm merchant. Space 122 hurry!