By Dominic Seamor
Thrown Weapons Reporter
After three hours broiling in the hot Pennsic sun, Paul Spearman (East) emerged as the overall winner (and best rat-killer) in the 13th Known World Thrown Weapons Championship held Tuesday afternoon on the Thrown Weapons range.
Paul and the other 33 throwers faced a series of wicked challenges designed by Baron Gareth Thorne and THL Elayne Thorne (Mid). Our valiant throwers were trying to reduce the spread of the dreaded bubonic plague by killing infected animals such as rats and boars, while trying not to impede the evacuation of people from the infected areas. Each competitor threw a total of six weapons of each kind (knife, axe, and spear) for a possible maximum score of 18 points per weapon, and 54 points overall. Paul Spearman earned 40 of those 54 points on his way to the overall title, helped by a nearly-perfect score with spears. Trystan der Fackeltreager took the prize for knife, gaining 13 points. The spear title was claimed by Paganus Grimlove (Caid), who threw for 16 points. At the time of this writing, the knife score was tied between Charles (Æthelmearc) and Colin MacKenzie (East) who each have a score of 11 points. The knife title will be determined on Wednesday by a throw-off between the two gentles, who sadly were forced to leave before the tied score was announced.
While many and skillful were the throws and the throwers, the most unusually effective technique was shown by Her Excellency Baroness Robynne the Grey of Caid, who participated in the competition along with her husband, Lord Malcolm Alberic. This is Her Excellency’s first time at the War and she has found the whole experience so exhilarating that she got a little confused on one of the spear targets. Engrossed in Pennsic conversation with the thrower in the adjacent lane, Her Excellency picked up a spear and threw it, backwards. The weapon flew straight, despite her lack of time for recent practice (Her Excellency is the Kingdom Seneschal for Caid) and stuck right in the bull’s-eye of the target, with the metal point of the spear hanging in the air. In recognition of her unusual but effective method of spear throwing, and after a quick consultation with the thrown weapons rules (which state that the spear cannot touch the ground and must stick in the target, but do not specify which end of the spear must be in the target) Baron Gareth awarded the Baroness the full three points for her throw. Despite the three points, Her Excellency did not win any of the categories, but still greatly enjoyed the competition. We wish Her Excellency well and hope she enjoys the rest of her visit to Pennsic.
All of the winners in the tourney were awarded illuminated scrolls prepared by Pani Zofia Kowaleweska and Baron Caleb Reynolds (Æthelmearc). Vivats for the generosity and skill of the scribes, and congratulations to the victors.
Brave fighters battle for the bridges in close combat.
Photo by Master Philip the Pilgrim
By Master Liam St. Liam
After the Eastern-Midrealm Coalition made easy work of Tuesday’s first bridge battle, King Savaric of the Middle Kingdom and King Kenric of the East sent the Southern Oaken army across the field, making the rest of the afternoon much more competitive.
“They fought very well for us, and they fought very well against us,” King Kenric said after the coalition posted a 3-1 victory, but had to work much harder for those second two points. One of the battles, the fourth, was voided, because of a rules interpretation issue.
“I’ve been at Pennsic a long time, and this was an inspiring day,” said Duke Henri d’Artois, the battle commander for Æthelmearc. “I got to fight against some of the guys I consider my heroes.”
Duke Henri got that chance because the Midrealm commander, Sir Farthegn, who developed the battle plan for the Coalition, rotated his units from bridge to bridge. “We had our opportunities. It was just awesome. All of our regional units did a great job. Our guys were every bit as good as I knew they would be.”
Duke Jason of Atlantia, the other Allied main commander, echoed Duke Henri on praising his troops. “I consider our guys to be a professional army.”
Duke Henri sent a thank-you to the units from Mountain Confederation. Duke Jason said that while all units on the Allies’ side fought well, he was especially pleased with the work Trimaris and Meridies did on their bridge.”
From the Coalition side
“It was a chess match,” said Master Feral, the Eastern warlord. “We had the bigger pieces, but they had more pieces. The Midrealm battle plan was a good one, to switch from bridge to bridge.” Master Feral was impressed with all of the Eastern armies, and with the Midrealm as well. Ansteorra and Calontir stayed in the middle of things. Rome also made a difference on the Coalition side.
One tactic the Coalition used was to hold certain units in reserve, particularly Duke Andreas’ Unsterblichen. But Duke Andreas said his army didn’t do it alone.
“You have to talk about Darkmoon,” Duke Andreas said. “We followed in the success of Darkmoon.”
Today’s war points include the thrown weapons, archery, and fencing champions, as well as four heavy weapons champions’ battles.
The unofficial war point count has the Coalition leading, 12-4.
Crypt: P1 solved - Winner please return.
P2: 4 is N 1st letter is H.
P3 A SEQ IS TSULAO 1st letter 2nd line is T
Vote for most helpful, knowledgeable, authentic, fun merchant. Thank them for making Pennsic wonderful. Vote @ Cabochons #17 Bow. Ends Thursday at noon.
Events Open to All
Memorial Ship burning: Thursday, Aug 9. Paint shields at Folump Enterprises Merchant Space 67, Market St., Starting 7:00 PM. Process to lake at 8:30 PM.
RIVER WAR- “NEW BEGINNING” - September 28-30
Tall Pines Day Camp, Barony of Iron Bog- East Kingdom. A small wager and bragging rights are at stake- Brave souls are asked to come to show support to the Barony of their choice. See Lord Sterling De La Rosa
(email@example.com) for questions.
10x14 Panther wedge tent with super ground cloth, 2 pole hangers and 2 rafter hangers $400 obo. Camp Big Yellow House N18
12x18 Marquee with dining fly. Ropes, poles, stakes inc. Good cond. $1200. House Argent Fist (B4)
12x20 Panther double bell wedge pavilion. Used once and carefully stored since. Includes tent, poles, stakes, ropes and awning. $900 OBO INQ at Hunters Home or call 858-735-0113 lv message
15X15 Regent with Fly. Excellent cond. All trimmings inc. $900. House Argent Fist (B4)
18 Ft Yurt. Great shape, $900 or best offer. Will trade or barter. Call Erica 617-653-1963
20x30 Pavilion. Ropes-Poles-Stakes included. $950 obo. See at Northern Cross on Runestone Hill or leave message. 814-881-8097. Karsten.
Bad Garb Old Maid card game - Yes we have ‘em! - from Claus the Toymaker (who else?)
3 Ladies’ Rings, made by Master Gaulkner, history-based. Blue sapphire, sz 7, $100; Citrine , sz 7, $100; Amber, sz 6, $100. Brun @ 703-597-8724
30 years in business - so we are taking 30% off everything but tents. Mediaeval Miscellanea, Space 28
32 foot former NASA touring trailer for sale! Trailer has two personnel doors with stairs and safety railing, an awning on one side and can be wired for electric. Perfect for storage or merchanting! Asking 6K, price negotiable. Call 814-897-6830 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
9 yard saris 7 yard: Just Plain Plunder #18
A new shipment of hair sticks just arrived at Lady Guen’s. Space 121
Acer Iconia Tablet A500 10S32 with case $250. Sp #185 LaWrensNest. Ask for WREN or Julie
Agate Burnishers - bone ivory & horn handles - hand carved - also dog tooth and carnelian. Guild of Limners, #26.
Ask Mawsho about real estate and romance at Merchant Site 2. All accessories for your camp. Read my ad in the merchant book.
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.
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?
Beading needles and wire now in space 121
Benefit the Chirurgeons – buy an original Pennsic 41 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.
Bosch water heater for sale! Inquire for details at E04 Blood Moon Clan. Offers considered. You need details on this one. See Lorelei of Solace.
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.
Cloaks- 10% off to celebrate our 10th War. MTF #28
Combat archers, Siloflex tubes are available at Viking Archery Supply, Merchant #13 on Bow St.
Complete set of A. Kent’s novels about Richard Bolitho. 24 vols., paperback. Mediaeval Misc., Space 28
FABRIC! From the collection of Animal X! Internationally known costumer.
Feed your spinning habit! Gorgeous fiber at MTF #28
Folding knives for sale! I have lots and lots of folding knives from $1 to $8. I don’t want to take these home. Costumes by Loren, 166 Fleet Street.
For sale - Bad garb, bad garb, What’cha gonna do? What’cha gonna do when the punchline’s you! - Claus the Toymaker
For Sale: Ink - Oakgall, walnut hull, also gallo-annic ink, absolutely perfectly opaque. $4 per bottle. Guild of Limners #26.
For sale 2 teak x-chairs. $300. Vair & Ermine (N18). Ask for Ysane
For sale 7’3”x13’6” enclosed trailer. On-site. No title. Does not leave Cooper’s. Includes large counter unit with cold storage for kitchen/bar and deep sink with counter space. $500 or best offer. Contact Hunters Home in B-6 or call 724-679-1325
For sale: ATTENTION ALL AT PENNSIC! Claus the Toymaker would like to suggest that next year at Pennsic XLII that we choose one day and on that day everyone must dress in his medieval clothes and treat Pennsic as if it were an SCA event. Please stop by and let him know what you think of this idea.
For Sale: Bosch 250-LP tankless electric pilot water heater w/GoPower RV solar kit & inverter. Installed in solidly built 4x8 storage/utility house w/ shingled roof. Plumbing will support 2 exterior shower stalls + sink. Room for plumbing expansion. Used at Pennsic ‘06-’10, in enclosed offsite storage since. Requires flatbed trailer or similar to transport. Needs new batteries, filtration. $1000. Inquire at Pit of Despair N21. Ask for Anastasia or Elizabeth.
For Sale - Glass muller & burnishers from England, also Mitchell nibs, vellum, parchment and hand bound leather books - The Guild of Limners, #26
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: Vellum - opaline vellum (sheepskin) direct from England. Finest quality. Sale price $20 per sheet. The Guild of Limners, #26 across from the Barn.
Full Chain Mail Coif $75 See Farasha & Suad Merchants Space 60
Good garb - Bad garb PAPER DOLLS - even more humorous than the works of Beaumont and Fletcher! From Claus the Toymaker.
Half Gallon Pennsic Party Flasks! Don’t run out of your favorite beverage! Hamish’s Dreck Booth 175
Hangover, Headache, Heat Exhaustion COLD Neckcoolers could be the cure $5 BRIAR PATCH GARB #73
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.
Henna art at Your Inner Vagabond. Specializing in fine-line detail and custom designs. Kids badge #s tattooed for $1. Ask for Heather (thru Thurs).
Hot off the press, The Inkle Pattern Directory by Anne Dixon is available at Ursula’s Alcove #166.
Kids garb at Neverland Designs #121 Plunder Lane
Knitting needles & accessories. Misty Tower #28
Laptops for sale at cost. Inquire at Mystic Mail.
Last chance to buy Dragonspire books! 50 cents each or 2 for a dollar! Folump Enterprises, Booth 67!
Leather armor kit for sale. Optimized for CA but useable for heavy. See THL Eamon Barony of Roaring Wastes/Darkyard. $180 OBO
Leather at a pottery shop? The madness ends this war. Midnight Madness sale at Dancing Pig Pottery - Leather inventory clearance up to 80% off! Archery arm guards, wallets & much more!
Leather Works. Save your hands. Compound Action Revolving Punch 70% less pressure required to operate. See Isak - Booth 56 Leather Crafter
Madness! 30% off almost all! Mediaeval Misc., Space 28
Mama Thunder dresses for sale @ Hobbitronics (#8)
Marquee tent 10x21 2yrs old Sunforger $1200 complete. See Anton #83 Street of Gold
MASKS, hand-carried from Venice. Unique. Space 28
Master Hector’s Red Album and That Reminds Me Of A Story: On sale at Camelot Treasures on the Street of Dreams
Midnight Madness special! Buy a Pennsic 41 T for the chirurgeons and choose a free T from a past year - from Claus the Toymaker
Midnight Madness Specials Aplenty at Dancing Pig Pottery 16 Bow St. 50% off select pottery seconds & insane pricing in our leather clearance sale.
Mint Carousel pavilion 18’ Panther. Purple & gold asking $2000 OBO. Also a storage/box trailer. 6’x8’x5’ upgraded to larger one. Great onsite storage $150. Contact Garraed Harpwood E24 or 206-419-6640.
New Learning CD by Mistress Rosalind Jehanne. Available at Camelot Treasures #30. Street of Dreams.
Panther 16x16 Regent, super ground cloth, 12x12 awning, poles, stakes, ropes. $1000 OBO. Call/txt 405.659.6737. Available Fri.
Paternosters from simple to divine. Space 121
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.
Penners at long last! Beautiful handcrafted leather cases for your pens. Durer wished his was as nice as these. Guild of Limners.
Pennsic Virgin badges- $3. Prior years also. Space 28
PERIOD PAVILIONS, new and used for rent and sale. 3 on site for immediate delivery and 12 more on site at end of war. Others in stock, can ship. We do custom pavilions - colors and intricate shapes and faux buildings our speciality. More details and pics plus free catalog at space #28.
Porcelain dolls, stamped + gilt leather, woven tapestry panels, 24” hair pieces, 1066 t-shirts. Space 28
On-site lockers for cheaper than off-site! 8x8x10 - $500, & 16x8x10 - $750! See Baron Petreus, Full Moon Canada S.E. Corner B-09
Professional cabaret dance costumes including Madam Abla $200.00 and up. Ask to see at merchant space 4.
Riveted maile shirt, large, 3/4 length sleeve, $250. Chalkman Pub E18 Stefan
Rubber stamps hand carved by Mistress Briana - Unique to the SCA all from period sources. Only at the Guild of Limners.
Sharp shiny objects! Low prices! New Selection of Handmade Axes! Keep your raiding Vikings happy! Hamish’s Dreck #175
Snoods in silk, cotton and metallic. Custom orders welcome. Space 121
Tent for sale: 10x20 canvas...Inquire at Polyhymnia N10...Ask for Alaric...Pick up at end of Pennsic.
Tentmasters 12x18’ pavilion, poles, ropes and stakes. $1500 obo. See at Lochmere Camp on Battle Row. Viking Slat Bed (queen) $250 also available.
Tentsmiths double-bell wedge tent (21x11 plus large awning) for sale: $450 or best offer. Come see it at the Black Dragons N15, ask for Shannon.
THE GUILD OF LIMNERS habitantes in platea marcatores vendunt encausto, penna, libri, pigmenti, colorum diversi, rubia, quadone, omnimodes tinctori et instrumenta clericis necessaria.
TODAY ONLY - TEN HANGING OIL LAMPS $95.00 MAISON RIVE SPACE #24
Totes on sale! Celtic- $14. Other- $17. MTF #28
Trailer 4 Sale: 8 x 16 custom trailer, 2 axle. Rear ramp, side door. Interested leave msg @ Midrealm Royal for THL Briana Exchequer $500 OBO
Two full-size pub bars, exquisite marble tops. Original price $3000. On sale for only $300 or best offer. You must pick up and move. Call 850-933-9300 or see Mairi or Octavio at E5.
Univ. of Carolingia Varsity Melee Team Tshirts now at Lady Guendalina’s Closet, #121, Plunder Lane.
Unused set of armor and ironmonger helmet $400 OBO. See Gareth at Axes & Arrows in N09
Used good condition Boy Scout tents, fit one person plus gear. $35, all proceeds to troop. Cloak & Dagger, 13 Bow Street.
Viking archery supply, merchant #13 on Bow St. Midnite Madness Special - Archery t-shirts are 20% off, free Christmas tree ornament with $10+ purch.
Warm cloaks, lots of styles, custom made on site. CLOAK AND DAGGER, 13 Bow Street
We have lots of new merchandise at Costumes by Loren! Earrings, necklaces, gemstones, doll clothes, teddy bears, and more. 166 Fleet Street. We take credit cards.
Why melt? Cool comfortable cottons in bright knotwork or middle eastern patterns. Shop early for best selection. Costumes by Loren, 166 Fleet Street.
Woad, Madder, Cochineal, Brazilwood, Longwood - dyes to die for. Guild of Limners, #26.
www.SimplyTapestries.com Great Tapestries, Great Prices...
Yard sale block E18 in Misty Highlands on 8/9 & 8/10 from noon - 3pm. Books, goblets, and a small gorget. Yard sale prices! Ask for Lady Asta.
Yurt for sale $400 or B/O. See Jimmy the Brewer Camp Biernmead N22
Yurts 4 Sale. 10, 12, 15, 18’ Rich 815.641.1189 msg/txt
12 Step Meeting E07 Denys the Decadent’s Camp. 4:00 PM Daily. AA NA OA SA GA All welcome.
88.3FM Radio Free Mongolia. Background sounds for the Pennsic War.
Attention Occupiers! HQ for Occupy Pennsic is at Bard’s Haven/E19. Come by and tell us your stories!
Barbarians! Bellydancers! Get your tribal on with Harquus temp tattoos. FDA approved, safe, BLACK! Ask for Heather at Your Inner Vagabond thru Thurs.
Costumes by Loren now takes credit cards. 166 Fleet Street.
Driving thru MO? SCA friendly campground near I-44. Visit MTF-space 28 for more info.
East Kingdom Seneschals meeting - Thursday 9. August 4-5 P.M. East Kingdom Royal
FABRIC TIP: Choose twill fabric when you need more flexibility - Dragons Magic #27
Knives sharpened, cleaned, small repairs, sheaths- Cloak & Dagger, 13 Bow Street.
Losing your cool? Hot under the collar? Get your reusable cooler at Designs By J, space 162. Free recharge service!
Master José aka Mathew Gnagy will be signing books and showing off his unique technique at Ursula’s Alcove 166 Fleet St on Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm. Pick up or bring your copy of his new book, “Knitting off the Axis”. He will also be available Friday at noon for those who can’t make the reception on Tuesday.
MIDNIGHT MADNESS starts at NOON so you can SEE THE COLORS! Dragon’s Magic #27
Photography Roundtable AS 14 4 - 6pm Wed. Come discuss any photography topics. All skill and equipment levels welcome. Sponsored by Master Phillip.
Portrait photographer seeks models for Pennsic portfolio. Maidens, warriors, nobles, wenches. All types. No events, lg groups, children. Text name, picture, concept to 215-808-8480. Limited spots.
Sewing machine free. Needs tune up. Too heavy to carry around. Inquire at Wulfden. Ask for Malkyn.
SUPER SECRET Wizard Rock Show for Potterheads! Thurs, Aug. 9th @9pm behind booth 30, Camelot Treasures. Featuring Efenwealt & Aenor as the Blibbering Humdingers. It’s a secret.
Tent for sale 11x18 oval marquee w/custom 9” canopy blue trim dags N08 (15 foot red Japanese banner) Ask for Ruttiger
The Honorable Lord Giacomo Vincenti Provost of Atlantia hearby announces the prize of the Honorable Lord Arghylle Buchanan that he be tested by all members of the Honorable Order of the White Scarf, Warders of the Bronze Ring, Ogrs and diverse others to prove his merit upon his prize upon his assumption of our Order. The prize fight will begin directly after the rapier war point on Thursday on the main rapier field.
Thunder Dinner will be on Thursday Aug 9 at Trimaris Royal at 7pm/1900 followed by circle at Brigadoon.
Time change - Ritsuryo: Rank Title and Government in Medieval Japan (850P) will meet Wed 8/8 at noon
CARPENTER NEEDED for contract to alter Pennsic House. PA/OH preferred. Merchant Space #24
Lost & Found
Lost: custom ramshead torc. Reward for return
Anastasia Petrova Chernaya: Please join the Shire for dinner, 6pm Wed. E13 Come to Howard’s Fenway and ask for the camp.
Cat and Braap of Black Talon - Congratulations on your marriage - Aug 4, 2012
Best Pennsic souvenir EVER, Snuzzler says
Celebrating the anniversary of a Pennsic fling that grew to blissful matrimony! For Rosalind with love, your Andreas
Claus the Toymaker misses his pigs! A free Pennsic magnet to anyone returning his little swine. No questions asked!
Congratulations to Laird Claymore on receiving his AOA at Æthelmearc War Practice! XO Thunderrrrr!!!!!
Dear Pella or Harley or Susan-whichever
Just a small note to make us seem clever
Despite yurt and tent leaks thou remain oh so chipper
For without thee we never can find the Big Dipper.
And for poison ivy destruction thou art the most
We miss thee, we love thee, where’s our French Toast?
Kisses & Hugs from the Chateau.
Dona Francis seeks old Trimaris friends. N13 Club Aed
For Lady w/ 3 knee operations. I have ur purchases 703-973-3491
Little Bear, my toe is fine. Bear licenses are cheap.
R...I mean A...Thank you for the best first Pennsic ever. 4X3 <3 <3 <3
Rajni would like to thank all of her wonderful Tribal Odyssey Students. You made my war very special. email@example.com
Tyrvi, my love Happy 5th Anniversary. You are the best husband a woman could ever have!! Love Always Kelly Shannon <3 <3
Wanted to Buy
WANTED: Trailer, at least 4 x 8 wih 1.78 ball hitch. Ours broke down & stolen from roadside. House Barra Camp N07 ask for Brock or Isabelle.