By: Lady Noelle de la Plume
This year’s La Rochelle battle plan was to invade the fort quickly and make it fall. The teams were picked at random and the orange tape team won with a time of 12 minutes 36 seconds whereas the other team did it in 14 minutes 10 seconds.
Historically speaking, La Rochelle was overtaken by sheer numbers on the attackers’ side. Therefore in the La Rochelle battle at Pennsic, the attackers get unlimited resurrections whereas the defenders only get two.
Countess Adriana of Acre, an armored fighter, just authorized in rapier this year. She killed four people with a gun before she got out her rapier and she “absolutely loved it.” She has fought over 20 years as an armored fighter.
The recreation of the La Rochelle battle has been run for the past 12 years and was is of the few in which they do not split up the sides by kingdom. Fencers can team up with people from opposite kingdoms whom they only get to see at Pennsic. The fight continued until everyone on the inside was killed. This year there were about 90 fencers on each side. The marshal-in-charge was Warder Anton du Marais this year.
The battle begins by the attackers placing a petard at the main gate and the marshals yell, “there was an earth-shattering kaboom.” A petard was a small bomb used to blow open gates on fortifications, usually made out of a church bell. However, this petard bared an uncanny resemblance to a mini-keg of beer. If the petard got hit with rubberband guns, whether in transition or not, then it blew up and anyone standing within a few paces was killed.
Dragos Potcoaba from Atlantia was also a first time rapier fighter and was excited to report that when he was inside the fort he was one of the last people standing.
After the first two battles, a third battle was held with the fencers with the highest award in rapier in their kingdom against the world, which ended up with a tie. They were down to two defenders and three attackers when they ran out of time.
The main technique for the defenders was to create a kill pocket in front of the main gate. After the gate was blown, they would walk up to the gate and line up in an arch around the gate, killing the attackers as they came through. Since the attackers had unlimited resurrections, the defenders tried to only hit the legs to limit their mobility and block more fencers from coming in.
His Grace King Thomas Hanover von Eisenfaust of the Kingdom of Acre declares for the East at Opening Ceremonies
Photo by Master Phillip the Pilgrim
Fight During the Day, Party At Night
Magistra Nicolaa de Bracton
Although the skies opened in the hour leading up to Opening Ceremonies Saturday evening, the clouds parted as the Kingdoms of the Known World processed onto the damp fields of combat. This was the first time in recent memory (or possibly, ever) that Opening Ceremonies were held in the evening, and the reason behind it became clear at the close of the ceremony.
His Majesty Maynard of Æthelmearc opened the festivities by welcoming all to the 42nd Pennsic War. “You have come to our lands today to declare whether you will stand with the fiercest Tyger of the might of the Dragon. And after the fighting is done, we will come together as friends at the campfire to tell stories. This is the greatest event in the Society. Soak it in!”
He added “This event takes a year to plan. Please thank those who have worked hard to bring it to you, and volunteer.”
His Majesty Gregor of the East then thanked his cousin of Æthelmearc for safe passage through his lands, courtesy, grace, nobility, and chivalry. He then turned to His Majesty Lucien of the Middle. “Our kingdoms have been fighting for 42 years –41 if you don’t count last year. But I cannot think of a single reason to wage war with this man—except for the simple joy of combat.” He then vowed to fight to the last breath, to allow the Middle to withdraw to attend to their dead and wounded, and to leave the field together in fellowship each day.
His Majesty Lucien of the Middle then responded to this challenge. “I have great respect for His Majesty of the East. We will not draw our swords in anger or call him enemy—but we will accept this challenge. Once the sun goes down, we will partu even harder than we fought that day. And when the sun rises the next day, we will do it all again.”
Their Majesties of the Middle and the East then broke the ceremonial war arrow. It was noted that His Majesty of the Middle got the larger (and pointy) end. Perhaps an omen of victory?
Torches were then brought forward to be lit to symbolize the allegiance of each allied kingdom as they declared.
As is traditional, the Kingdom of the West, the founders of the Society, went first and declared for the Middle.
Æthelmearc, hosts for this Pennsic War, declared for the East. “The Middle Kingdom has invaded us and stolen our Blackstones,” stated King Maynard, “and our cousins of the East have vowed to assist us!”
King Ivan of Atenveldt, in declaring for the Middle, added that “Pennsic is as close as any living being gets to Valhalla.”
Caid, Ansteorra and An Tir all declared for the Middle while Atlantia declared that they would stand with their fathers and brothers of the East. Calontir then declared for the Middle, to be joined with the Outlands, who declared they would fight with Calontir. Trimaris, Artemisia, Drachenwald and Ealdormere all joined the Tyger while the Dragon’s ranks were swelled with the addition of Lochac and Northshield. Finally, the Kingdom of Acre joined their long-time allies of the East and the Great Dark Horde declared for the Middle.
The final act of Opening Cermonies was the traditional sounding of the War Horn. As is customary, the horn was brought onto the field by House Darkyard, and the question was asked: Peace, or War? His Majesty Lucien of the Middle directed Master Rocco Barbarossa of Darkyard to sound the horn “as he is good at it.” With the sounding of the horn the 42nd Pennsic War was officially underway—but His Majesty Gregor had additional words. “We fight during the day, and will party at night. We invite you to the East Kingdom pavilion on the field for a Known World party—right now!” And thus the Royalty and Kingdoms of the Known World made their way to the Eastern pavilion to begin to tell the stories of this 42nd Pennsic War.
Events Open to All
Slavic University, Oct. 26. Hughsville, PA. Dayboard, entertainment, fashion show, A&S display, library. www.shireofacg.org. Lady Bryghida Zajacszowa
Bards Haven requests our guests for Tues Bardic. Bring a chair as seating is a premium this year.
Photographer’s Tea Monday, 7-9pm AS8. Come by and talk shop. No topic too big, no camera too small.
BJD Lovers of the Known World, Unite! The Meet will still be on this Wed @ Clan Cambion (E19) 10AM-12PM. Look for the Black fence. No Doll? No Prob!
EFENWEALT WYSTLE in concert Monday, 7:30-9pm at the Performing Arts Tent. Comedy! Tragedy! Authenticity! and a giant D20? Request played in exchange for mead or cider or just about anything made by Mistress Sylvia.
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
Panther Fr Bell 12x16 4ft ridge $325 336-255-5947
16x25 Oval slant wall marquis with full heavy duty floor. Tent and floor $4000. Add interior walls $4500. See Shauna, Shauna’s Camp, W11
Blank Books - hand bound in leather, handmade paper, thick and chunky. Fair trade products. $8-$32, limited supply - Guild of Limners. #26.
For sale: 18x20’ Panther Pavilion canopy only. $400 obo 3 years old pickup end of War. Booth 153 Hamish’s Dreck
Agate Burnishers - bone ivory & horn handles - hand carved - also dog tooth and carnelian. Guild of Limners, #26.
Camelot Treasures has all the fun! CDs from Efenwealt Wystle, Heather Dale, Ken Theriot, and the Blibbering Humdingers; disappearing TARDIS mugs; Dalek salt and pepper shakers; Catnip Cthulus; Pippets; books and more! Booth #30
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 Old Maid card game - Yes we have ‘em! - from Claus the Toymaker (who else?)
Benefit the Chirurgeons - buy an original Pennsic 42 T-shirt, $12. Available from Claus of Burzee, #26 Merchants Row.
Chain Maille shirt chest measurement armpit to armpit 24” x 2; shoulder to bottom edge 32”. Armpit to edge of sleeve 8”. Call Meliora at 773-882-1167.
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.
HELP! I overstocked on wool coatings! Excellent quality - $2/yd off. Dragon’s Magic #27. TODAY ONLY!
Coifs - Linen & Linen blend $10-$15 unlined Asst. Colors. Caravan Crossroads #206
Costumes by Loren has garb in lots of Celtic knotwork and Middle Eastern patterns. Cloaks, tunics, kaftans, skirts and much more. Come see us at 166 Fleet Street.
Fencers - Art of Deuling by Salvator Fabris. Rapier fencing treatise of 1616 by Tommaso Leoni. At Viking Archery Supply. Booth 12 on Bow Street.
FLAT STEEL CORSET STAYS at Dragon’s Magic #27
Viking, Anglosaxon, Celtic glass beads. Merchant #146
For sale - Bad garb, bad garb, What’cha gonna do? What’cha gonna do when the punchline’s you! - Claus the Toymaker
12x12 Panther Marquee, center pole, 7’ walls, full setup package w/accessories. Excellent condition. $1000 (retails $1800 new)/ View/more info at Willow Point NA (Furies Keep). Ask for Theresa/Fionnghuala or call (216)952-2839.
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.
Going out for business sale! Camp furniture, deer skins, tent sales and rental. Read my ad in the Merchant Book. Site #2.
Pergamena parchment sent their stock to the Guild of Limners - Whole skins down to 5x10 pieces. Finest quality from $8 - $200. Limited quantities
Greybarr Traditional Archery has special on takedown bows. Free arrows with purchase. Largest selection of archery equipment at Pennsic. Space #91 next to West gate.
Hard to find pigments -- minium, vermillion, azuro, indian yellow, red ochre. Guild of Limners, #26 across from the barn
17x29 Panther, barely used! All poles, ropes, stakes incl. See AJ or Gabrielle at House Gray Fox in N18. Pick up on last Friday. $1100 OBO.
HARP FOR SALE - Used - Silvershell 31 strings - nylon. Cherry wood, lovely sound. $1100 OBO ($1750 new). Call Linette (717)542-5938 to see in person.
Henna paste, dark natural color, made fresh on-site, sifted powder, body art. Daily at Kafe Merhaba.
For Sale: THE GUILD OF LIMNERS in the little white house on Merchants Row sells ink, quill pens, pigments, various colors, madder, woad, all kinds of paint and tools necessary for scribes and artists.
Tent repair supplies: waterproofing, seam sealer, stakes, emergency grommets, sewing on site. Period Pavilions, Space #28
Hurry to Claus the Toymaker for your leper - Supplies have been limited since a carpenter from Galilee passed through.
10x18 pavilion, blue-green. $750. Ironwood, N32
Knives sharpened, cleaned, small repairs, sheaths - Cloak and Dagger, 13 Bow Street.
Attention GREEKS & ROMANS - GAUZE-WEIGHT WOOL at Dragon’s Magic #27
Like new Zoombang Max coverage $130 Ask at Dancing Pig Pottery
Losing your cool? Hot under the collar? Stop by Designs By J in space 162 & pick up your neck cooler+
Modern domed camping tent, 12x15, 3 room, good condition. $50. La Wren’s Nest B#185
Panther double bell wedge w/awning and fitted floor. 12x16 complete setup package. Used 2x. $850 neg. at Foxheart on St. Lawrence Way or (301)802-6623
PARCHMENT. Genuine made by Pergamina. Calf, sheep, goat, deer. Many sizes from 5x7 to whole skins. Manuscript and calligraphy quality. Limited quantity. Buy now! Guild of Limners, #26, across from barn.
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?
PERIOD PAVILIONS - new and used for rent and sale. 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.
13x19 Oval Pavillion four seasons Tent Masters with poles, ropes and divider panels & finials. Getting older going smaller asking $1000 574-606-7455
Porcelain dolls, stamped and gilt leather, woven tapestry panels, 24” hair pieces and much more. Space 28.
Rubber stamps hand carved by Mistress Briana - Unique to the SCA all from period sources. Copyright free! Only at the Guild of Limners.
Calligraphy books under $10. Many rare titles. Guild of Limners, #26, across from the Barn.
SILK TAFFETA - 54” wide - Iridescent! Dragon’s Magic, Booth #27
Penners at long last! Beautiful handcrafted leather cases for your pens. Durer wished his was as nice as these. Guild of Limners.
Son of Sandler thigh-high buckle boots, SZ9, $250 OBO. Call Jonathan (216)965-4764
Sparklies! Lots of sparklies, shinies and jinglies at Costumes by Loren. Earrings, bracelets, necklaces and more. Come see us at 166 Fleet Street.
Does your doll need garb? Costumes by Loren has garb for 18” fashion dolls plus dressed bears in many sizes. Come see us at 166 Fleet Street.
Support your sport: University of Carolingia Varsity Melee Team T-shirts are available at Lady Guendalina’s Closet, #121. Only $10!
For Sale: Ink - Oakgall, walnut hull, also gallo-tannic ink, absolutely perfectly opaque. $4 per bottle. Guild of Limners #26.
Sword sale! Warehouse clearance. Dent, ding, discontinued. 2nd week of War, La Wren’s Nest B#185
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
Tentsmith 14x8 officer marquee pavilion. 4ft walls. $800 incl futon floor and extras. Call Ivy (917)626-9138
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.
Turkish drop spindles just come in. Come see them and more at Ursula’s Alcove. Spot 166 Fleet Street.
For sale. Medieval style folding wooden tables 6’x2’ Need to be finished & stained. $65 each. Available Fri 8/2 #203 HRYMGNARS New & Used Booty
Used garb: Large to X-Large. Several eras. Make an offer. It all must go! A Leather Crafter, Booth 56, behind the barn.
2 Darkwood Armoury, 2 ring swept flat stock ring, cherry handle straight quillion, 39” bated blade. R&L hands. $350 per or 600 for pair. TXT 2158800391
Viking Archery Supply, Booth 12 on Bow St. Custom strings made plus complete line of archery supplies plus jewelry, pottery and leather pouches.
Warm cloaks, lots of styles, custom made on site. CLOAK AND DAGGER, 13 Bow Street
We don’t want to take it home! 18x24 canvas day shade complete, $300, on-demand water heater, $75 OBO. Kitchen counter w/sink $50. Camp Gallowglass, N03. (678)536-9244. Pick up at end of War.
For Sale - Glass muller & burnishers from England, also Mitchell nibs, vellum, parchment and hand bound leather books - The Guild of Limners, #26
We sell stamps and accept mail. Pennsic postmark is available. Post card tent next to Beggars Lane.
Ursula’s Alcove is on Fleet Street, Sopt 166. Yarn, books and more.
Good garb - Bad garb PAPER DOLLS - even more humorous than the works of Beaumont and Fletcher! From Claus the Toymaker.
William the Wilde is author WT Wilde on Amazon Read my books-Adventures with no socially redeeming values
Woad, Madder, Cochineal, Brazilwood, Longwood - dyes to die for. Guild of Limners, #26.
Portrait photographer seeks interesting persons and locations for photoshoots. Text name, photo, concept to Marcus. (215)808-8480.
12 Step Meetings, AA, NA, OA, SA, GA, All welcome, 4:00 PM daily Denys the Decadent's Camp EO7, along Great Eastern Highway.
ATTENTION BREWERS: Novices, journeymen and all interested in brewing! House DeLondres is hosting an open brewing round table. Two master brewers will be in attendance as well as other very accomplished brewers. Topic of discussion is “All Things Brewing.” Bring what you have for testing, evaluation and open discussion. Mon 4-6pm, Wed 4-6pm. X04 next to shower houses.
Memorial ship will sail Tuesday, July 30. Paint shields at Clan Cambion, Howard’s Fenway, E15
Bard’s Haven is open for business. Celtic bardic on Tuesday. Sing for your supper nightly. E19.
Known World Players annual business meeting, Tuesday, 6pm, AS9
Pennsic Auction 42, Monday, 29 July, 4pm at the Rapier tent, Battlefield. Preview 3:30. Cash only.
SCA-Judaica Yahoo List meet-up: Monday, 4pm AS10. This is open to anyone interested in doing things Jewish in the SCA or in medieval Jewish culture.
Bard’s Haven is Pagan friendly. We have mead too.
Parties Ladies social - Lesbian, bisexual, transgender womyn invited to Kingdom of Acre camp, Sunday, July 28, 3-5pm for afternoon “tea” - N13 - Come and enjoy good company, fun activities and good food.
Remembering Baron Tynne Duair ap Betul of Rozakii. Dark, Sunday July 28 Come to E23, The Greater Freehold of the Rozakii. Share memorials and toast our Brother Tynne.
To Williow/Aelfwitha, Happy B-Day, Saxon sister! Brenna
Ancaster Puzzle #1: LATBONATPCAG!
To Endewearde: Wes Hail! ~ G&C
iPad wanted 3 or 4 gen Call or text 2152725894
To Connor of Rivenwood at Band Camp Thank you for returning my dagger. May the Gods smile upon you.
To M of GG ~ Revised wishlist: one new song. ~ G&C
Wanted to Buy
WANTED before War’s end: 5x12 trailer or larger. Call Pieter (765)586-5990 or firstname.lastname@example.org