By Lady Ursula the Widow
Accolon Shadowhawk first auditioned for the Known World Players over ten years ago, hoping that one day the company might stage Shakespeare’s Henry V. Tonight, he will appear in the title role in “a dream come true.”
“Henry’s a hero of mine. I only hope to live up to the role in some way,” he said.
The cast first gathered together for a read-through of the play last Saturday and has rehearsed every morning of War Week starting at 8:30. Master Lorcan Dracontus, the director of the Known World Players, described their work as “incredible.” Twenty-eight people, most playing two or more roles, will perform a play with 74 characters.
Master Lorcan added that the audience “sees only two-thirds of the play—the other one-third is backstage” with wardrobe and prop mistresses handling dozens of changes. He gave special credit to Wormwood, his assistant director, who “has moved mountains this past year.”
While the cast did not meet in person until Pennsic, the process of staging the play began a year ago. Auditions were held last Pennsic and parts assigned. Telephone rehearsals were held, and cast members could log into a private page on the Known World Players website to see stage diagrams indicating what they would have to do in each scene.
Order of the Laurel vigilant Tyzes Sofia, founder and former director of the company, is also in the cast. She praised the actors’ dedication. “When I directed the troupe, I was always surprised that people came back, because of how hard I made them work. Lorcan inspires them in the same way.” Many of the actors have spent their Pennsic time outside regular rehearsals going over parts or choreographing fight scenes.
Part of the Known World Players’ mission is training, and Master Lorcan makes it a principle to use every actor who comes forward. “We need to involve more people, both actors and technicians,” he said, looking around the already bustling Performing Arts Pavilion.
At age twelve, the youngest cast member, Ana Ximenez de Hume, has been in the SCA since birth and taught her first A&S class at the age of five. She had done Fairy Tale Theatre in earlier years, but last year she decided to try out for the Known World Players. “She read several roles very strongly despite her age,” Master Lorcan said, and she was cast in the important supporting part of Gloucester. The role was adapted so that the character now appears as a young boy on his first campaign.
This is Ana’s first time acting in a Shakespeare play. “It’s fun,” she said, “but half the time I have no idea what they’re saying.”
Henry V will be presented tonight at 7:30 PM at the Performing Arts Pavilion. Be there with your band of brothers.
By Lady Mary of Montevale
Mistress Signy Dimmridaela (currently of Meridies), one of three people here this year who have attended all 40 Pennsics, stopped by the Pennsic Independent on Thursday to share her memories of Pennsics over the years.
Some of the features of the first Pennsic might surprise you. There were merchants, scouts, and mud. Since it was late September and the campground was located not far from Erie, it was cold enough late in the day for some snowflakes to fall, but they didn’t stick very long. She agreed it was not only the first but probably also the last time for snow to fall at Pennsic.
There was a timed woods battle fought in which each side was given a length of rope from which to mark the “walls” of their fortification. The East was situated atop the hill and were winning the battle until they decided to abandon such an easily-defended position and (in Signy’s words) “snatch defeat from a certain victory.” In the battle she was an accidental non-combatant “fatality” when a fighter emerging from the trees with steamed-up glasses was unable to tell that she was someone in garb who was not wearing a helmet. Fortunately, it was a body shot, not one to the head.
Another of the activities on that first weekend was a live chess game. Also, Mrthton the Rotund (Middle) brought a real live duck with him to the event (almost certainly another never-repeated fact of a Pennsic War). After a number of cars were towed from where they were stuck in the mud, there was a large gathering at a nearby drive-in restaurant that offered curb service.
Everyone present agreed that the first Pennsic War had been so much fun that they ought to do it again.
Mistress Signy told how at Pennsic IV (the infamous Mud/Rain/Flood Pennsic) there was one pavilion which remained dry the entire time. It was a small round pavilion belonging to Alia (now Mistress Alia) of Bhakhail on which the roof—or a cover laid over the roof—was a brocade-print plastic shower curtain which easily shed all the rain which fell. Pennsic V was notable for many of those who attended it mostly for being so much drier.
Here at Cooper’s Lake, Signy remembers pioneering Bow Street—now a merchant row one over from the open space in front of the west side of the barn. It was raining so heavily when she arrived one year and, not wanting to go down tht hill, she simply set up her camp at the most convenient spot. For many years, she was a Pennsic merchant who sold tunics she had made and was also the first merchant to carry trim. “I’m a trim-a-holic,” she confessed and admitted to having owned one length of trim for 40 years before finally putting it to use.
One of her most memorable moments at Pennsic came one night as she was trying to fall asleep in her tent and heard the voices of the young King of the East and some of his squires, singing a boisterous drinking song as they came away from the Pennsic Inn. Suddenly she heard the King comment loudly enough for her to hear, “Shhh. This is Mistress Signy’s tent. We have to be quiet.” And they were, at least until they had passed by, when they began singing again.
Signy says she keeps coming to Pennsic because it is a combination of family reunion, international convention, and “the best medieval shopping anywhere.” She still enjoys watching a good battle, although for her “Pennsic is less like a war and more like a village.”
“I’m looking forward to Pennsic 50,” she stated at the close of the conversation.
By Lord DonalBane of Blakmers
After 16 War Points: East Tygers 13, Midrealm Dragons 3
The Grand Armies of the Midrealm and East renewed Pennsic XL Thursday as they met for Bridge Battle.
This year’s bridge battle consisted of three last-man-standing fights over five bridges. The side that possessed the most bridges after 30 minutes or swept the field after each fight would claim a War Point.
The East lined up on the west side of the field looking to press their advantage. Though the lines did move during the battle, the East generally had the Bog Alliance, The 404 and Æthelmearc to the north, the Northern Army took the center, and Atlantia and the Southern Army were to the south. The Tuchux were held in roving reserve.
Determined to turn the tide of War, the Midrealm lined up on the east side of the field. The Midrealm had the Oaken and Constellation armies along with Ironlance to the north, Midlands, Pentamere and other elements to the center and Calontir and Ealdormere holding the south. The Darkyard Legion was generally held in reserve.
The Midrealm also got a boost before the first fight, as Black Talon switched sides and set up its massive war shields on the southern bridge.
The first fight saw both sides see-sawing back and forth on the bridges. Charges and counter-charges happened in both directions but it was the Tuchux who started the endgame.
A solid wave of black swept onto the south-central bridge, pushing the Ealdormeran army to its breaking point. That pocket held, but the Midrealm soon had to commit its last reserves to staunch a surge on the south bridge.
The breakthrough came on the north central bridge, as Æthelmearc broke out and charged in both directions. Despite a heroic effort from the Oaken army, which broke through the initial Æthelmearcian charge on the north bridge, the East’s forces swept the field and claimed the first War Point.
The Midrealm then got a big boost as the Unsterblichen marched across the field.
HRM Arch of the Midrealm explained why one of the East’s most stalwart forces decided to change sides.
“For several days, Duke Andreas Icefalcon has given wise counsel to his king,” HRM Arch said. “He offered to have his forces switch sides to make the numbers more even. Everybody had fun.”
With the Midrealm’s new allies posted on the southern bridge, the second fight began. This time the Midrealm chose to have the majority of its forces stick to their edge of the bridges and form kill pockets. The strategy worked as the East was unable to break though early.
Darkyard started the end game when a huge charge on the south center bridge. Only the intervention of the Tuchux prevented a collapse.
With that move foiled, the East’s forces on the center bridge were able to break out, but the fight had cost them nearly all their forces.
Meanwhile, the Midrealm pushed forward on the remaining bridges and Oaken and Constellation forces were able to rout the East’s forces on the north.
House Darkmoon then made a decisive move. Leaving a small force behind to guard the north bridge, Darkmoon turned south, rolled out a force of Gleann Abann warriors attacking the north central bridge and ran onto the central bridge which had no Eastern warriors left on it.
The move proved decisive as the north, north central, central and south bridges all belonged to the Midrealm after 30 minutes, giving the Midrealm a War Point.
The third battle allowed for combat archers, thrown weapons and siege weapons. The archers had a field day dealing with the static forces, as both side had heavy losses due to arrow and bolt fire.
With the ranks on both sides thinned, the East was able to concentrate its forces in the center to break through. The Northern Army led the charge over the central bridge and slowly rolled up both sides of the field, leading to an East victory and the third War Point.
There were smiles and hugs on both sides of the field after the fight.
HRM Arch simply said of the fight “That was spectacular.”
There was one other armored combat War Point on offer Thursday as the Allied Champions Battle took place. This year, the fight was a 30-minute unlimited resurrection fight followed by a last-man-standing fight. The side that held the field after resurrections had ended would claim the War Point.
Under the watchful eye of Master Rouslon of the East, 113 warriors allied to both the East and Midrealm met on a 250 feet by 200 feet battlefield. The fight was a rollicking but friendly affair.
In the end, the East’s allies were able to sweep the field of the Dragon’s allies in 3:46 after the final resurrection was allowed.
Friday’s Big Battle: The Field Battles
Pennsic XL closes its armored combat War Points with the big one. There will be three no-resurrection fights with each worth one War Point. The last man standing on each field will win. Be advised that, while there will be no newspapers produced Saturday, a full report will be available at www.pennsicindependent.com.
As always to the warriors of the Known World, HOOBAH, VIVAT, HUZZAH and WASSAIL until the next Pennsic War.
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.
15ft Round Tent for Sale. Gold w/red + blue dags. Hub & spoke design, no ropes, one man setup! Includes all wood work, stakes and groundcloth. Avail. Sat. David 256-797-1036 Camp Wild Rose E24. $750.
20x30 Comml Pavilion $300 obo. Yrs of life left. Needs minor TLC. White all poles, ropes, stakes. Will train to set up see ICOD E06. Must sacrifice.
Agate Burnishers - bone ivory & horn handles - hand carved - also dog tooth and carnelian. Guild of Limners, #26.
ANYONE CAN BREW! Ambrosia Farm Short Mead Kits - Brew in 2 weeks in a gallon of spring water. Try 12 fruit & herbal flavors - tastings daily at 3pm & Midnight Madness, Dancing Pig Pottery #16 Bow Street or online www.ambrosiafarm.com.
Bad Garb Old Maid card game - Yes we have ‘em! - from Claus the Toymaker (who else?)
Banners! Favors! Badges! Custom done for you! Come consult with us Misty Tower, Space 28
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 14’ Yurt. Professional quality 9193600048. Also Panther 12x12 Pavillion, needs work $480/OBO.
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.
Bowed Psaltery for sale - box, 2 bows tuner space 28.
Good garb - Bad garb PAPER DOLLS - even more humorous than the works of Beaumont and Fletcher! From Claus the Toymaker.
Canvas for re-waterproofing your tent. Space 28.
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.
On-site storage available 8x8x18 in NE trailer area. See Baron Petreus, B-09 Full Moon Camp Evenings
CELTIC HARP FOR SALE 26-strong traditional wire strung lap harp, cherrywood, 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.
16X22 PAVILION $1500.00 Tan and white w/ red finials & red & black corner swags. Divides into 6 rooms, 4 doors 9x12 fly all 14 curtains ground tarp + 2 lg totes. A Desert Storm tent by Sven Jenson 5 yrs old. Call 419-419-8558 or stop by W-15 Great Middle Hi-Way
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.
Custom Ts-You take the picture. We put it on a mug, Tshirt, or tote. Misty Tower. Space 28
THE GUILD OF LIMNERS habitantes in platea mercatores vendunt encusto, penna, libri, pigmenti, colorum diversi, rubia, quadone, omnimodes tinctori et instrumenta clericis necessaria.
Dbl. Bed Platform or rope too strong to break. $75 obo see Fearghus in Camp Biernmead on N-22
Did you like the fairy ring on Runestone Hill? Get your own mushrooms at www.etsy.com/shop/debhartmann.
Don’t walk around Pennsic with ugly children- Buy a mask from Claus The Toymaker only $4.00.
Dragon Ts & 1066 Ts are Back! Space 28
Fabric Petting Zoo White Wolf & Phoenix- 120 Plunder Lane- yarn and string on discount!
Porcelain dolls (inc. QE1), stamped and gilded leather, woven tapestry panels, vintage posters. Space #28.
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.
Feed Your Spinning Habit! Gorgeous Fiber at MTF #28
Weld, Woad, Madder, Cochineal, Brazilwood, Longwood - dyes to die for. Guild of Limners, #26.
Busking hats for sale! Help support your local artists. See Majik @ Revelwood encampment. W20
Fine garb. Dagged parti-color houppelandes are our specialty, kingdom bears, kids garb. Hobbitronics 8 Bow Street
Folkwear is still in business and has new patterns. Check them out at Ursula’s Alcove, 166 Fleet St.
For Sale - Bad garb, bad garb, What’cha gonna do? What’cha gonna do when the punchline’s you! - Claus the Toymaker
Astérix and Obelix made it to Pennsic! Available at Ursula’s Alcove. 166 Fleet 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.
For Sale: Ink-Oakgall, walnut hull, also gallo-tannic ink, absolutely perfectly opaque. $4 per bottle. 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.
For Sale: Yurt in fair condition. $300 OBO. Also canvas tarp 20x30, $40 OBO. Come to Shark Pit for details. Block N21.
Full size slat bed, mahogany red stain. Available at war end. $250 or b.o. Contact Ziggy @ August Moon, E18
Garb business for sale: 10 years Pennsic success. Middle Eastern, Indian, Gypsy. Includes inventory, tent, van, trailer, etc. Serious inquires only. Anna at 814-242-2909.
Be Prepared! This heat will end. Get your cloak or mantle at Misty Tower’s SALE in Space 28
Go Viking! Go Big! Huge A-Frame 4 sale! $500, Good condition, All included. 14x18. I’m still dry! W08-Eoforwic 416-655-9938 Wil or Petra!
It’s hot now but it won’t be forever. Plan ahead! Buy wool at Ursula’s Alcove. 166 Fleet St.
14’ yurt for sale. Sunforger canvas, great condition. $700 OBO. Avail end of war. Contact Dorian @ House Maxwell, block W05. 224-595-3856
Knitting needles & accessories. Misty Tower. #28
Known World map on sale @ Game Gnight Block 025.
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.
Pavilion company for sale est. 1982 set own hours, full/part-time turnkey, everything incl. See our ad in the gatebook. Period Pavilions, space 28.
For fun after the War - Take home a torch head! Hot head style torch head for making glass beads - House Delondres - X02-Behind solar showers - $25- New- Ask for Erlan- Keep Artisans Row happening at home!
Pennsic in a Box - Comes with people, places and things found at Pennsic in a colorful wooden box - Makes a great fun gift for friends who couldn’t attend this year. Found only at Claus the Toymaker, #26.
ROCKING HORSES 4 sale/rent. SQUIRE CART 4 rent to carry you in style. Disc. 4 handicapped. Space #28.
TENT FOR SALE Canvas only. Oval marquee 17x14in. Some stains. $500 cash. See Jodie W10 Lions of the Cross.
TENT for sale French double bell 1 yr old used once $700 OBO Mary 703-973-3491 Available NOW Set up incl.
For Sale - Glass muller & burnishers from England, also Mitchell nibs, vellum, parchment and hand bound leather books - The Guild of Limners, #26
Tentsmiths shower pavilion + shower stall. Hot water heater NOT included. 500.00 for tent & stall & accessories. SHAUNA AT SHAUNA’S CAMP W11
UNIQUELY YOU dressmakers dummies - the only one to corset properly. 3 available on site. Space #28.
Want a page turner? Nebula nominated: Dragonslayer’s Sword. Author signing- Small Churl Books #63
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?
Washable wool embroidery thread available in a full range of colors at Ursula’s Alcove. 166 Fleet St.
PERIOD PAVILIONS, new and used for rent and sale. 11 on site for immediate delivery and 18 more on 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.
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.
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.
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.
What happens at Pennsic gets published in The Pennsic Independent! Don’t forget to reserve your set or purchase a PDF!
Bard’s Haven is open for business! Also Celtic bardic again on Tuesday night as usual. E19.
Get pain free - Come to Merchant #2
Rivenstar, Sternfeld, Brendoken, Auntie Arwen, PI, and everyone else who has been so much help in our darkest hours: We cannot thank you enough. We love you! Heirusalem and Fauna
Urchin eating too much. Please come get it.
KEEP THE PENNSIC STORIES ROLLING: Commission an original, one-page story inspired by your input. KristenEaton.com/pennsic.html
Lost & Found
Eating knife: Black iron single edged blade with ebony and bone inlaid handle approx. 10 inches long overall- Reward offered for return.
“SERENGETI” is Non-Medieval, Let’s call it “Macsfield” to honor Mac Cooper and name the fort “Castle Wilver. Spread the word! We can do this! Don’t need official act just do it and it’s done!!
Barony Flaming Gryphon has lost one of our supporting members. Sadly Lady Maiassa Ashgrove passed from this land Tuesday. Her presence in our midst will be sorely missed. Rest in peace dear lady.
Idon- Thank you for another Pennsic as my lovely wife. May we have many, many more together. - Gideon.
Baroness Judith bee good! Love your hive.
Hey Ursula: BOTFLY!
Single white magician seeks female companion for long walks. Must loke good times with good people. Contact Majik @ Revelwood encampment, W20.
My eyes have nary spent a moment dry. The kindness of Moonwulf, the Independent Staff and peoples of Pennsic towards my sister and niece and to all those fighting cancer is witness to the FACT that chivalry is not dead. Thank you, SCA. - Lady Aurora of Innisfallen, Urchin Wrangler
To all our dear friends and honored guests who have again made our war wonderful Bards’ Haven again, thank you.
Hoobah FOSCADH for fighting in ALL 40 Pennsic Wars
IDusk- Congratulations! It’s well earned. Looking forward to barleycorn. Your Minions.
Lazarus, Dear Husband, how I miss you - My arms feel empty without you in them. Pennsic will be much better when we are here together! Your adoring wife, Catalina
Maewyn please meet me at 8 where met. Gruff
NT It is a priviledge to fight for you, my inspiration. I love you. Sir Ow
OW FWFYFFMH ~T
PI Staff: This is where I normally write something squishy about teamwork or quote Rush lyrics but this year i’ll just say a simple thank you for successful execution of our Zombie Apocalypse Plan. May we all be together again next year and Aitch, that means you, too. - Nicolaa
Cheddar Bunny. I F***ing Love you - Cracker Dack
The Magderonica is satiated. See you next War.
To my apprentice Elena - you are truly a treasure. Happy belated anniversary. Your proud mistress M.
To the Trimarian Party Bus, remember on the drive back home, straight is good, curves are bad, and its all down hill till we get home.
Twinkle, twinkle little star. Do you know where the hell you are? When next you demand from Mug a drink, try not to be such a dink - Blackhart.
Y- Thanks for 4 years of happiness - The Honey.
There was not enough drinking, not enough ho-hos, not enough mooning, not enough Chaucers but there was plenty of good fellowship. Thank you Columella, Nicolaa and the rest of the PI staff for keeping me gainfully occupied for the past twenty years at Pennsic. H, please come back soon. - SCdeG