By DonalBane of Blakmers
Battlefield Reporter, Pennsic Independent
Belted Champions Battle
After the Bridge battles were completed, the East and Midrealm met again on the field for the Belted Champions battle. As usual, this battle included 20 champion knights from both kingdoms.
The fight was quick and rugged affair, but the Tyger’s forces were able to stick together better and roll over the field.
Unbelted Champions Battle
Just after the Belted Champions, the Unbelted Champions of the East and Midrealm came together for their 40-on-40 fight.
Having seen their belted brethren fall, the Midrealm’s forces came out with steely resolve and they showed it on the battlefield. The Dragon’s forces rolled over the field with minimal casualties and ground the East down.
As has become tradition, Captain Gunner, head of the Midrealm unbelts, was given a sword in friendship by his Eastern counterparts. Gunner was later put on vigil for knighthood.
Allied Champions Battle
One the toughest and best fights of the war, the Allied Champions battle took place Thursday about 30 minutes after the other champions’ battles. The battle was an SCA-style game of capture the flag with resurrections allowed in two-minute intervals. The side that captured the other squad’s flag seven times—or had the most captures in 60 minutes —would earn the War Point.
The fight was a rollicking affair with battle lines wavering all over the field. Several times, a warrior seized a flag only to be tripped by the turf monster. There was also one occasion where each side grabbed the other’s flag at the same time, negating any scoring.
After splitting the first four captures, the East’s allies took a 4-2 lead, and were able to hang on for a 4-3 win at the end of the hour.