By Dara of House Gawain
Since we are at a war, everyone knows there is always some kind of a fight or sparring match for the adults to participate in or watch. However, some of you may not know what is available for the kids who want to join the adults in bringing honor to their kingdoms. Youth combat activities are available throughout the War.
Youth combat has been available in many kingdoms for over ten years and has been growing in popularity every year. Last Pennsic, over 150 kids from ages 6 to 17 participated in the youth combat and this year the number is expected to top 200.
Up until recently, each kingdom was allowed to establish their own rules and requirements for youth combat. However, now that the majority of kingdoms offer youth combat programs and considering the size of the Pennsic youth combat events, the SCA Board of Directors has appointed a Society Deputy Earl Marshal for Youth Combat. This new position was established to gather information from all the kingdoms’ youth combat programs and develop Society-wide set of standards and rules.
This war’s youth combat is being overseen by the Middle Kingdom marshal, The Honorable Lord Nyilas Kazmer, who is being aided by Mistress Jenna MacPherson of Lion’s Tower of the Kingdom of Æthelmearc. Together, they have arranged fighting practice for the youths every morning at 7:30 AM by the Pennsic University tent beside the battlefield in addition to a growing list of events and classes.
During these practices, the children are taught basic forms and put through exercises to help them hone their skills. They regularly do bridge battles and have even engaged in an exercise that mimics the Storming of La Rochelle. Three youths are given a point to defend against the rest of the group who have unlimited resurrections. The groups of three are rotated around to see which group can hold out the longest. Tips and techniques are taught along the way so by the time these youths are old enough to join the adults, they will already be veterans in terms of tactics and experience.
In addition to lessons in combat rules, form and tactics, the youth combat marshals teach chivalry. After each practice, the fields are walked by all the youths to pick up any trash or equipment. Good sportsmanship is encouraged and it is common for the victors to take the time to give tips to their opponents. These youths want a good challenge and make sure they can get that by helping others to improve.
Among the youth offerings are classes in weapon making and a bear pit tourney. Adult fighters are encouraged to participate in helping the youths train with a Tag Team Tourney available on Tuesday at 3 PM. This tourney will be a team tourney. Each team will have one adult fighter and one youth fighter. On Wednesday, from 7 PM and 9 PM, will be A Night With Knights. Knights of the Society will be available to work with the youths to help them improve and share wisdom. Though, from what I have seen and heard of these youth fighters, some knights and fighters may be showing up to check out future competition. Youth fighters that have progressed through the program and are, now, fighting with the adults have turned heads and there are plenty more out on the youth combat fields that will be giving current knights a real challenge in future wars.
Now for the fun part: how to get your child involved. At this point, the youth combat program for Pennsic has taken the rules of the East Kingdom, Middle Kingdom and Æthelmearc and has established a set of rules made up of the lowest common denominators of the three programs. The minimum a child needs to come and play is to be at least six years old. For equipment, each child must have a helmet, a gorget (neck protection), groin protection (can be a heavy skirt or kilt), cloth gloves and pads or one layer of cloth over the elbows and knees. Weapons are boffer style (golf tubes or PVC pipes with padding).
The children are split up into three age groups with the blow and armor calibration increasing with age. Division one is 6 to 9 and is touch only. Division two is 10 to 13. Division three is 14 to 17 and, though they still use boffer weapons, they have the option of participating in battles using rattan weapons.
This is a great program that teaches children how to fight with honor and how to build their own weapons and armor. It is also good for helping to wear out the kids since it is one of the few places in Pennsic where running around and screaming is not only encouraged but expected.
By DonalBane of Blakmers
Battlefield Reporter, Pennsic Independent
The 11th annual Storming of La Rochelle
The rapier community kicked off the melees at Pennsic XL with the Storming of La Rochelle Saturday morning. This annual heavy rapier and rubber-band gun brawl took place at the Pennsic Fort. About 200 rapier fighters took part in this year’s battle.
The sides were split into those with orange tape and those without. The attacking side was given unlimited resurrections, while the defending side was given one resurrection. The side that could hold the fort longer would win.
The Orange horde was given the chance to defend the fort first. The Orange warriors managed to deny the attackers the first time it attempted to set its petard with a well-placed gunshot. However, the Non-Orange attackers managed to set their petard on the main gate on their second attempt, causing the fort to shake with an earth-shattering kaboom.
With the doors blown, the Non-Orange force sent a steady wave of fighters crashing into the kill pocket inside the fort. It took multiple charges to break the combined forces of Atlantia and the Midrealm in the center, but once it was done, the end was soon in coming.
Attacking forces from the main fell upon the East’s warriors at the west sally point and drove them back to the middle of the field. The final Orange warrior fell at the 7:15 mark.
After the sides switched places, the Orange warriors set a plan in motion where they initially feinted sending most of their warriors to the sally point. While this allowed a small force of Orange warriors to quickly set their petard on the main gate, the move did not prove decisive.
After a second earth-shattering kaboom, the Non-Orange warriors kept a tight kill pocket, which repulse charge after charge. Elements from Brendoken, Æthelmearc, Wednesday Company and later the Thieves of Hearts kept the Orange warriors in check for at least 10 minutes.
Attrition eventually allowed the Orange warriors to break out and chase the remaining Non-Orange warriors into the towers, where the final warriors fell. However, the Non-Orange warriors had lasted 14:30, giving them the victory.
A final fight then took place, pitting the White Scarves/Bronze Rings/Kingdom Champions of rapiers vs. the rest of the Known World. This fight was a real battle of attrition, as the Known World fighters had to ferret out the White Scarves from every nook and cranny.
The Scarves made their stand at the west tower, where they slowly ground their opponents down. Eight Scarves emerged victorious at the 26:18 mark, having held on despite determined resistance.
Known World Novice Tournament
The Chivalry of the Known World, in honor of the late Count Sarnac of Ba’adur, hosted the Known World Novice Tournament on the red list Saturday morning.
A total of 68 fighters with less than two years of fighting experience entered the tournament. The tournament was comprised of eight shark pools with the top two fighters in each pool advancing to the next round. Two more shark pools then took place to determine the finalists.
The finalists included John the Breeder Davies of the East and Darlan of the Wood from Æthelmearc. Darlan bested John in two straight fights to claim the title.
Tarl’s Little Polearm Tournament
In celebration of what they call “The One True Weapons Form,” THL Tarl and the Shire of Hunter’s Home hosted Tarl’s Little Polearm Tournament Saturday afternoon on the blue list.
The tournament consisted of four bear pits where each victory earned a fighter two points and each loss counted for one point. As is tradition, every one of the 60 fighters in the tournament walked away with a prize.
At the tournament’s end, Count Edward the Red of Ealdormere won the tournament with 67 points. However, in a final best-of-three bouts fight with THL Tarl, it was Tarl who emerged victorious 2-1.
Second Generation Tournament
The Kingdom of Lochac hosted the second annual Second Generation Tournament Saturday on the red list. Nine second-generation SCAdians from throughout the Known World, often accompanied by their parents as inspiration, fought in this round-robin affair.
The finals turned into a prince vs. prince fight, as HRH Quilliam of Ealdormere did battle with Prince Miles Fitz Ranuf from the Principality of the Mists. HRH Quilliam won the final fight with two straight victories.
Also, Einar of Cynnabar was recognized as the most valorous fighter, while Raymond of the Two Baronies was honored as most chivalrous.
Lost Boys Kamikaze Battle
The Boys were back in town Saturday as the Lost Boys hosted their annual Kamikaze Battle at the Pennsic Fort. This fight-all-you-want event saw fighters join in from throughout the Known World participate. Many acts of fighting brilliance took place — particularly from Dirkam McWard of Clan O’Niall.
After 90 minutes of unlimited resurrections, the red army and white army met a final time in last-man-standing brawl. The white army would emerge victorious as forces from Drachenwald rolled the field from the south.
Ealdormere 10-Man Unbelted Tournament
Under the setting sun Saturday, the Kingdom of Ealdormere hosted its annual 10-Man Unbelted Tournament.
Four teams represented their respective kingdoms in this round-robin affair, which traditionally is one of the best-loved fights at Pennsic.
It was the team from Atlantia that claimed the title this year, going 3-0 in the round robin. Æthelmearc (2-1), Ealdormere (1-2) and the Midrealm (0-3) also participated.
Two further notes concerning martial issues:
First, the Midrealm Archery Corps is offering loaner bows so all Midrealm citizens can shoot in the populace archery War Points. Forresters Merlin and Greybarr and Uncle Jack have provided two adult bows and three children’s bows for use. Check in at Midrealm Royal for availability.
Second, Sir Osgkar of the East and a set of distinguished fighters from throughout the Known World will hold the field on Wednesday from 2 to 6 PM as a charity benefit for Mikkel the Builder of Dragonshiphaven. Mikkel was injured in a motorcycle accident and donations from the event will help defray his medical costs. Sir Osgkar asked a $5 donation, which will be good for five single-combat bouts.
By Lady Ursula the Widow
The inner workings of the SCA Board of Directors remain a mystery to many SCAdians, even as late in the game as Pennsic XL. Fortunately, the members of the Board are eager to change that.
The Board holds a town hall meeting every year at Pennsic in an effort to be accessible and gain feedback from the populace. This year’s meeting will be held in AS10 on Tuesday, August 9 from 1-3 PM. SCA Chair Leslie Vaughn will be flying to Cooper’s Lake specifically to attend this session.
Corporate officers, Society officers and Board members will be present at the meeting and ready to answer questions from the populace about any issue within the Board’s purview. Some topics expected to come up are matters of SCA governance such as e-newsletters, membership fees, the recent SCA census, coming changes to the organization, and the growing advocacy in some kingdoms to allow same-sex consorts. However, any question may be raised.
“This is a real way to talk to the BoD and get instantaneous feedback,” said Board member Tim Jennings, (Master Garraed Galbraith, OL,) who began his three-year term earlier this year. Many SCA members assume that the Board are aware of all that is transpiring on kingdom email lists, and do not realize that there are only seven Board members and three permanent staff to do all the top-level management work of the Society. “I think a lot of people assume somebody else has written in or that we’ve clearly heard about it and are dealing with it.” In fact, a posting to a kingdom or baronial list is unlikely to reach the Board members, who are eager to hear directly about matters requiring their attention. Decision-making priorities are set partly by how much email is received on a topic.
“There are a lot of myths about what Corpora does or does not say,” Jennings said. He added that the Board would welcome a chance to address those questions.
One of the persistent myths is that one must be a lawyer—or an accountant—or a peer—or an expert in medieval history—to become a member of the Board. In fact, any SCA member may be nominated or may nominate himself or herself. But be warned: in accordance with the law governing non-profit corporations, the job is unpaid.
Any SCA participant wishing to communicate with a member of the Board of Directors may email their kingdom ombudsman, listed on sca.org/BOD/, or may send a message on any subject to email@example.com. To apply to join the Board, contact Tim Jennings at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Board has recently adopted the target of a 48-hour turnaround time on all emails received.
And supposing that 300 people turn up on Tuesday afternoon and try to squeeze into AS 10? Jennings beamed. “We’ll move! We would love to have that problem.”
Bad Garb Old Maid card game - Yes we have ‘em! - from Claus the Toymaker (who else?)
14x20 Viking A-frame Panther canvas and random wood. $500. See Fridrikr or Orianna. E04, High Rafters
Agate Burnishers - bone ivory & horn handles - hand carved - also dog tooth and carnelian. Guild of Limners, #26.
Astérix and Obelix made it to Pennsic! Available at UrsulaBs Alcove. 166 Fleet St.
Bedouin tent for sale. 22’x24’ Sunforger. Includes custom poles, ropes and stakes. $900. Tent costs $2700 new. Tent is available to see at Tribal Source on Street of Gold #82. Ask for Diana.
For Sale: Yurt in fair condition. $300 OBO. Also canvas tarp 20x30, $40 OBO. Come to Shark Pit for details. Block N21.
Benefit the Chirurgeons -- buy an original Pennsic 40 T-shirt, $12. Available from Claus of Burzee, #26 Merchants Row.
Blank Books - hand bound in leather, handmade paper, thick and chunky. Fair trade products. $8-$32, limited supply - Guild of Limners. #26.
Carolingian expatriates & friends: show your support for the Scholarly Barony. University of Carolingia Varsity Melee Team t-shirts are available again, @ Lady Guendalina’s Closet, space #121.
CELTIC HARP FOR SALE. 26-string traditional wire strung lap harp, cherry wood, full tuning levers. $550 (obo). See Emer in Eoforwic (W08).
Claus’ Guide on “How Not to Get a Laurel” - Audacious and naughty - the truth is hard and very funny. See Claus the Toymaker, #26 across from the Barn.
CLOSEOUT SALE: table hooks, sign hooks, shield bosses, wire for mail, mail armor. CLOAK & DAGGER, 13 Bow St.
Costumes by Loren can now accept credit cards! Different specials every day! We have LOTS of new merchandise this year. Come by and see us at Costumes by Loren! Located at #166 Fleet Street.
ATTENTION WOAD WARRIORS! Feeling a little blue? I have the real thing! Genuine woad imported from Scotland. $4, limited supply, buy early. Guild of Limners, #26.
Cotton halter tops at Bronwyn’s at Moongate.
Fabric Petting Zoo White Wolf & Phoenix- 120 Plunder Lane- yarn and string on discount!
Feast gear galore; swords, daggers, and more. Get a pouch too! Available for you at Wolfram’s Wonderous Wares. Space 133 on Plunder Lane. Bring in ad for $1.00 off $20.00 purchase.
For Sale: Ink-Oakgall, walnut hull, also gallo-tannic ink, absolutely perfectly opaque. $4 per bottle. Guild of Limners #26.
Folkwear is still in business and has new patterns. Check them out at Ursula’s Alcove, 166 Fleet St.
For Sale 14’ Yurt. Professional quality 9193600048. Also Panther 12x12 Pavillion, needs work $480/OBO.
For sale: 18’ yurt, 12’ enclosed trailer, queen sized camp bed package deal. Trailer setup to carry $3800. Contact Melkor 513-254-3469
For Sale - Bad garb, bad garb, What’cha gonna do? What’cha gonna do when the punchline’s you! - Claus the Toymaker
For Sale - Glass muller & burnishers from England, also Mitchell nibs, vellum, parchment and hand bound leather books - The Guild of Limners, #26
For Sale SCA Road Signs - “Fighter Practice Area”, “Danger Viking Territory” and many others, some new and very silly. $5 each. Claus the Toymaker, #26.
French Double Bell, 12x16. 1 yr old. Used once. $750 obo on site. Mary 703-973-3491.
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?
Full size slat bed, mahogany red stain. Available at war end. $250 or b.o. Contact Ziggy @ August Moon, E18
Good garb - Bad garb PAPER DOLLS - even more humorous than the works of Beaumont and Fletcher! From Claus the Toymaker.
Greybarr Trad Archery “Closest Archery Shop to the Range” Wide selection of bows from $20 on up. Long bows, Recurves, Cross bows, Horsebows, Korean bows. Arrows for every bow. Wide selection of archery equip. We now accept credit cards. Space 91, St of Gold, next to West GATE.
For Sale: Vellum - opaline vellum (sheepskin) direct from England. Finest quality. Sale price $20 per sheet. The Guild of Limners, #26 across from the Barn.
How can anything Sarong be sooo! right! Celtic sarongs at Moongate
Huge modern tent for sale Eureka Condo 10.5x20, sleeps 8+ over 8ft tall for $150 cash available now. See Bergdis at Clan Cambion E15 Howards Fenway.
It’s hot now but it won’t be forever. Plan ahead! Buy wool at Ursula’s Alcove. 166 Fleet St.
KNIFE SHARPENING, cleaning, de-rusting, custom sheaths. CLOAK & DAGGER, 13 Bow St.
LINEN WADDING for stuffing gambeson, armoring coat or pourpoint. BLACK CHEAP. Dragons Magic space 27
Nearly new 18’x20’ Panther marquee canopy. Used twice. Would make great war pavilion. Inquire booth 175, Hamish’s. Oreck $800 OBO.
Need a big tent now? 3yr old Eudora titan - 9’3” x14’ and new Ez-Up. Paid $600/tent and $200 /10’ shade. All for $450 - negotiable. Call 631-786-6025 onsite.
NEW THIS YEAR - Decorate your child’s walls with medieval images - Knights, dragons, ladies - more. Let the mundanes put up Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck! - at Claus the Toymaker, #26.
On-site storage trailer for sale. Large, homemade. Light duty wheels. $350 OBO. Marcus 215-808-8480
Want a page turner? Dragonslayer’s Sword- Nominated for the Nebula. Author will sign. Space #63.
PERIOD PAVILIONS, new and used for rent and sale. 11 on site for immediate delivery and 18 moreon site at end of war. Others in stock can ship. We do custom pavilions - colors and intricate shapes our specialty. More details and pics plus free catalog at space #28.
Porcelain dolls (inc. QE1), stamped and gilded leather, woven tapestry panels, vintage posters. Space #28.
ROCKING HORSES 4 sale/rent. SQUIRE CART 4 rent to carry you in style. Disc. 4 handicapped. Space #28.
Rope bed for sale $200. Birch with good ropes full/double size. Contact Wilhelm in De Taahe Camp W02.
WARM CLOAKS, repairs, and custom orders on site. CLOAK & DAGGER, 13 Bow St.
For Sale: 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.
Tent 4Sale! 13” dia round canvas w/attached heavy duty floor. “Soul Pad 4000 Ease.” Brand new, only used this Pennsic at Trimaris Kingdom Camp in Swamp. Asking $600. Call Lady Albreda 305-781-3882.
Tent, as is, no center poles or ridge beam, $55 OBO. See William, Lochac X07 by West Gate.
Weld, Woad, Madder, Cochineal, Brazilwood, Longwood - dyes to die for. Guild of Limners, #26.
UNIQUELY YOU dressmakers dummies - the only one to corset properly. 3 available on site. Space #28.
Washable wool embroidery thread available in a full range of colors at Ursula’s Alcove. 166 Fleet St.
Pennsic in a Box: the perfect gift for a friend who couldn’t attend Pennsic 40. Images of people, places anda things that make Pennsic special. From Claus the Toymaker, #26.
Why melt? The cool comfy 100% cotton tunics and kaftans are here again. Also skirts, kurta, shirts, chemises and cloaks. Come early for best selection. And now we can take credit cards. Costumes by Loren. Space #166. Fleet Street.
You went to war and came home without treasures. For shame! Stop in to see our fine, exotic yarns at Ursula’s Alcove, 166 Fleet St.
For Sale: THE GUILD OF LIMNERS in the little white house on Merchants Row sells ink, quill pens, books, pigments, various colors, madder, woad, all kinds of paint and tools necessary for scribes and artists.
Heirusalem Help! You have to come back! Columella is making us WORK! - The PI Staff
Armor Cleaner: rusty, dirty, smelly? 757-867-3861. Ask for Rheanna or text name, camp name and location. Reasonable rates. Look good. Please your lady!
Bard’s Haven is open for business! Also Celtic bardic again on Tuesday night as usual. E19.
BEOWULF THE ROADSHOW! Monday 8/8 @ 8PM. Midrealm battlefield pavilion. Beowulf in Modern English. BYO chair. Monsters await.
Heirusalem and Fauna - we miss you and look forward to you both being at Pennsic next year! - The PI Staff
Enchanted Ground bardic circle 9-12PM stories music poems
Get pain free - Come to Merchant #2
Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Squirty Coopers Lake wgah’nagl fhtagn.
SUPER SECRET WIZARD ROCK SHOW for adult Harry Potter fans. Behind Camelot Treasures - Booth 30. CDs from the Blibbering Humdingers only $10! Thursday - starts at 9PM. You’ll crap your pants.
Lost & Found
Thai Brass Flatwear 178pc missing 1 longspoon has extra pcs see at mcht #4 $300.
HEAR YE HEAR YE in honor of the memory of Lord Krey MacLeod The Black Dragons will be hosting NOMFEST on Wen after 2pm-whenever at N15. Please bring something to share that Krey would have enjoyed eating or drinking. Put the word out.
Viscount Ragnarr Thorwaldsson has passed away. His friends are invited to share stories of his life Monday evening at Clan Cambion Howards Fenway E15.
Come celebrate a new Pelican, Mistress Helewyse de Birkstad. MK Runestone on 8/8, 8PM till dawn.
FAM and OES unofficial gathering Tuesday 4-6pm Hartstone B5.
Wanted: Nice German gentleman to court short blonde Scot spinster. Inquire @ Wednesday Company
The Red and Blue shall always overcome the Yellow and Black. Sir Aengus, you have been warned.
Pensive, moody, masked superhero with cool gadgets seen in N08. Apparently the bat has replaced the wolf this year.
Wanted to Buy
Looking for a used or new beginner harp. See Rohesia at Eoforwic (W08).