This is the Pennsic Independent for Tuesday, August 17. Please use the table of contents below to see today's top stories.
By DonalBane of Blakmers
Pennsic Independent Battlefield Correspondent
After eight War Points: Eastern Tygers 4, Midrealm Dragons 2 (pending Archery and Rapier champion results)
For the first time on Monday, the two Great Armies of the East and Midrealm met each other for one of the grandest spectacles of the Known World: the Pennsic Field Battle. This year, there were three fights in the field battle with each fight counting as one war point.
On a sunny but temperate morning, HRM Felix of the Midrealm assembled his army and allies on the east side of the field, while HRM Kelson of the East assembled his army and allies on the west side. Both sides appeared to be evenly matched numbers-wise and both were in great spirits as the opening cannon sounded.
In each of the three fights, the fighters from ®thelmearc seemed to have a major say in the outcome. The first fight began with both sides barreling headlong into each other and a giant melee pit in the middle of the field. But the battle turned when the ®thelmearc army was able to break out and link up with elements from the Mountain Confederation and Great Dark Horde. The group was able to drive the remaining Midrealm forces to the top of the battlefield.
In the second fight, the East and its main force concentrated on the center again, drawing most of the Midrealm and their allies to join them. However, the ®thelmearc army took the northern flank, while Atlantia seemed to press from the south. When the two armies converged in the center, the end was soon in coming for the Middle.
The third fight allowed for the use of combat archery and siege weapons, but the outcome was still dictated by the main force. This time, Midrealm allies anchored by the Outlands, drove ®thelmearc before them. However, the main East force in the center was able to exploit a gap in the Midrealm line. Surging forward, the East's main force swept the Midrealm forces from behind and won the day.
After the battle, HRM Kelson was gracious in victory.
"We met our valiant adversaries on the field, as we always do, in friendship," Kelson said. "They gave us a noble fight and we thank them for that. We had to raise the best of our army and allies for this near and hard-won fight."
In a new battle at Pennsic this year, TRM Felix and Kelson each assembled 150 champions from their kingdoms and allies to contest a single banner over a bridge. The battle had unlimited resurrections. Every five minutes, the marshals recorded who held the banner, with the side scoring the most points taking the war point.
More than one peer watching the melee called it one of the most intense and exciting fights they had ever seen. Both sides plowed into each other with wild abandon, much to the delight of the assembled populace.
"This is the kind of fighting His Majesty and I had hoped for," HRM Felix said during the battle.
At the 50-minute mark, the Midrealm had five points, while the East had two points, with the sides drawing on three points. With victory beyond their grasp, the East conceded the war point, but many gentles stayed for a one-resurrection fight to the finish. Eventually, the Midrealm cleared the bridge, putting the exclamation point on their win.
The annual belted champions battle posted 20 of the East's finest knights against 20 of the Midrealm's finest. At the outset, the champions broke into five groups and proceeded to plow into each other. In the end, the East's most cohesive unit was able to defeat the Midrealm who were confined to their knees.
Having just seen their belted brethren fall, the Midrealm unbelted champions took the field against their Eastern adversaries. For the first minute of the battle, the two sides stayed put at about 25 paces from each other, with neither wishing to commit. After some encouragement from HRM Kelson, the Midrealm split its forces and attempted to rush the East's flanks. The strategy worked, as the Midrealm champions were able to roll over their Eastern opponents.
Post-battle, the Midrealm champions assembled around HRM Kelson. Kelson congratulated the Midrealmers for their win and promised to present the Midrealm's captain, Luter, which a sword as token of his team's win.
Tuesday's featured melee: Woods Battle - noon, three war points (one per banner)
This is oldest battle at Pennsic and one of the most unique, as both armies will battle over three banners in a two-hour resurrection battle.
What to watch for: Not much really. For obvious reasons, the woods battle is the least spectator friendly. Extra water bearers at resurrection points will be welcome.
By Master Liam St. Liam
Baron Raphael di Angelo is just letting off extra energy, and he's doing it by striving to fight more than 1,000 rapier bouts this Pennsic.
Baron Raphael, who is ranked 52nd in the world in mundane epee competitions, missed out on a berth to the Olympics in Athens and found himself still ready for a challenge.
"Having not qualified for Athens, I supposed I have a great deal of mental and emotional energy to dispense with," said Baron Raphael, who is from New York City and lives in Paris. "I couldn't think of a better way to do it than doing 1,000-plus bouts at Pennsic. He completed 637 bouts through Sunday and was planning to fence for several hours after Monday's Rapier Champions' tournament.
The inspiration for his quest came from a fellow member of his East Kingdon household, ICOD. Eight years ago, Baron Raphael saw his campmate Balin, now a member of the Order of Chivalry become the first fighter to complete 1,000 bouts at Pennsic. Others have completed the question, including Geoffrey Scott, a Chivalry candidate from the West who completed 1,500 bouts Sunday night.
No one had yet done 1,000 rapier bouts, and Baron Raphael admits that perhaps he should have known better than to try it. "I saw Balin when he finished. He was in bad shape. I don't know why I thought it was a good idea."
But Baron Raphael, who has been fencing in the SCA for 19 years and started Olympic-style fencing two years earlier, said he has found it worth it so far. "It's been great to meet fencers from lots of different kingdoms with lots of different styles," he said. "That's what's great about the SCA. You come up against people of various backgrounds."
He added that he doesn't find problems switching from the straight-on competition of Olympic-style fencing to the various attacks of SCA fencing.
"I enjoy the differences. I don't necessarily have to wear white, and I can fence outdoors," he said. "I find SCA fencing very relaxing."
Editor's note: The first fighter known to complete 1000-plus bouts at Pennsic was Mattias Sean Cameron at Pennsic XXI twelve years ago. This by no means diminishes the tremendous accomplishment achieved by Sir Balin, Viscount Geoffrey and the several others who have duplicated or surpassed Sir Cameron's feat in the years since.
By Master Liam St. Liam
Pennsic Independent Battlefield Correspondent
Don Antonio Patriquin of the East Kingdom set the tone for Monday's Rapier Champions' tournament by capturing the opening bout over Lord Martin of Hawksworth of the Middle Kingdom in a matchup of kingdom champions.
Don Antonio's teammates followed with five successive victories, and when the tournament was over, roughly two hours after it started, the East had scored an impressive victory with 11 fencers still alive after the last Midrealmer was eliminated in the double-elimination tournament.
The victory produces a war point for the East, one of three rapier war points being contested this year. The Rapier Champions' tournament featured teams of 30 on each side, 20 each from the East and Middle and 10 from the allies' kingdoms. Prior to the tourney, the king and queen of the East elevated Jean-Paul Justin Casse to the Order of the Golden Rapier.
Don Jean-Paul was one of seven Eastern fencers who suffered only one loss in the tournament. Four fencers for the Eastern side went unbeaten. They were Don Antonio, Don Arioch The Quick, both of the East as well as Lord Tora Taka of the West and Duke Ragnar Blackhammer of Atlantia.
The last remaining Midrealm ally was Don Robert McFarland of Ansteorra, who was 5-2 in the tourney, losing his final bout to Don Arioch. The last Midrealm fencer left was Warder Lazarus Gauge, who was 8-2, and was defeated in the tournament's last match by Lord Tora.
Today's fencing includes the ®thelmearc Youth tournament at 10 a.m., the Ansteorran tourney at 11, and the popular Atlantian Five-Man Melee tourney at 2 p.m. Wednesday's fencing includes the East Kingdom tournament at 10 a.m., the Broken Field battle for a war point at 1 p.m., the Siege of LaRochelle at 3 p.m. at the fort, and the MDA Benefit tournament at 4 p.m.
By: Juliet Runolfskona
On Sunday night, Public Safety reported a traffic jam. Servant's Path was intermittently blocked by Traffic Control as scooters usurped the road. When asked, representatives of Gimps United said that the hubbub was only the warm-up for Thursday evening's Scooter Jousting Challenge.
Expect more traffic delays Thursday after dark when the Holly Regatta ensues. Visiting Royalty will be invited to send forth their Champions and their wheeled steeds to compete in the First Annual Holly Regatta in memory of THL Honoria of Holly Shire.
Be it known that all challengers must provide their own wheeled steeds, and will be requested to make a small donation to the memorial fund. Lances provided by Gimps United.
Annual Mountain Confederation Pipers Competition! Tuesday Aug. 17, start time 8:30pm and goes until we run out of entertainment. Bring your Cup, (your ID if you want to drink) and a piper if you have one. Other entertainers are welcome.
Fund Raiser/Silent Auction: Sugar Loaf Helmet to be auctioned at Mandrake Armory - #92 Street of Gold. Auction ends at Midnight Madness.
The Society Exchecquer is camped at House Redhair in E24 Monday thru Friday.
Lady Caitlin of Enniskillen will be toasted with a luncheon vigil to honor her upcoming elevation. Thursday, August 19 from noon to 3. House Wild Rose camp, E24 on Great Eastern in the bog. Look for the rose arbor gate.
Breast cancer survivors! My chemo starts August 23. Any pep talks, words of wisdom, prayers welcome. See Anya of Clan Kyle, Kurdson Way.
Society Chronicler's office hours: Mon, Weds, Thurs, Fri 10-11:30 am Pennsic Independent Office
Bhakail Baronial Court - Tuesday evening at 8:00pm at Brewers & Fletcher Rds. Those with business in court please see Lord Eirikr Thorrison at House Full Circle located at block N-18 between Battle and Currie Rds.
Kendrick of the Haunted Bookshop will be doing a booksewing demo and discuss the history of bookbinding at the Haunted Bookshop in Bookseller's Row Daily at 11:00AM and 3:00PM
Lochac royal court in Lochac encampment at Westgate Tuesday 6:30pm.
Bardic Circle - Barony of Dragonship Haven Area B08 Tuesday Aug. 17th, half past dark. All are welcome. ID to drink. Come sing or just listen.
Desire booty? Desire Deals? We have the answer! Visit the MDA auction booth, near the store. Silent auction is Mon-Thurs - 8:30 to 5:00. Loud auction Friday at noon in the barn!
12 step meetings daily at 4 PM. E07, Denys the Decadent's Camp. All welcome. AA, NA, OASA, etc. Open meeting.
Midlands Bardic Circle. Beer for our guests, food for bards. N21, just past North Gate 8:00 PM tonight.
Heralds' Point is in need of warranted exchequers for cashier duty. If you can help for a couple of hours, please stop by during opening hours!
The friends of the late THL Honoria (Holly) would like to invite you to sign a book of condolences for her husband THL Leo. The book is in the Disabilities Camp X02.
Grand Rat Reunion - Celebrating 25 years of rats. Today at Z13 in the Bazaar behind the Barn.
FIGHTING SEASON is still on! Come whup some at ROSE TOURNEY Sept. 18 in Brendoken. http://www.brendoken.org for info!
Get cheap and ostentatious! We've been catering to the broke since A.S. 14. Cabochons on Bow Street, #19
HAND GROUND PERIOD PIGMENTS -- once you've tried it, you'll never use anything less. It's not as complicated as you may think. Free sample and instruction in its preparation with this ad from Mistress Megan at the Guild of Limners, #24 FABRIC: $6/yd. Fine lightweight woolens plus linen and blends. Small Churl Books, #63. Going Fast!
Honey extractor stainless steel $165. S&M leather.
Apartment for rent, 3 beds, Pittsfield, MA, $675/month. Sarah (203)345-6728 or camping with Lurkr, N20
Knitters of the Known World, yarns worsted to lace weight at the Magik Badger.
Londonderry linen thread, Medici wool tapestry and more silk floss and thread than can be fit in this ad...Fabric Dragon is in Bazaar #3, space 20.
GLASS MULLERS FROM ENGLAND. Also nibs, vellum, parchment and hand-bound leather books - The Guild of Limners, #24 Merchants Row
Tent - rd army, extendable poles $300. S&M Leather.
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?
Majesty of Morocco. SCA tour April 5, 2005 from $1250 + air. firstname.lastname@example.org / Rich @ merchant #72
ATTENTION WOAD WARRIORS! Feeling blue? I have the real thing! Genuine woad imported from Scotland. $4. Limited supply, buy early. Guild of Limners, #24
Glass jewels with sew-on-settings. Get the authentic fakes. Cabochons on Bow Street, #19
THE GUILD OF LIMNERS habitantes in platea mercatores vendunt encausto, penna, libri, pigmenti, colorum diversi, rubia, quadone, omnimodes tinctori et instrumenta clericis necessaria.
Portraits painted in great and small. Oil, charcoal and watercolor. Cabochons on Bow Street, #19
HOOP BONING - 1/2" coating steel at Dragon's Magic #25
Four Seasons Tentmasters - We offer the best tents you will ever own. Come see us and let us help you stay warm and dry. Space 81 Gold Road.
COSTUMES BY LOREN All cloaks $45 and under! New specials every day. Located at Ursula's Alcove. Space 137 on Plunder Ln.
More Books! Ursula's Alcove and Unique Editions have teamed up to bring you a great selection of new and used books. Just make your way to 137 Plunder Lane. Look for the flamingos.
FINE WOOL, SILK, LINEN, NOTIONS - Dragon's Magic #25
BABY BIBS - SCA-THE NEXT GENERATION - $4. Claus the Toymaker
Soothsaying: Cards, runes, palms, dreams interpreted. Cabochons on Bow Street, #19
20 x 20 period tent and 7ft tall walls $1200 OBO Sabastian booth 139.
VELLUM - Opaline vellum (sheepskin) direct from England. Finest quality. $15-30 per sheet. The Guild of Limners #24, across from the barn.
Pirate shirts $20, Broom stick skirts $8. Space 21 Heeter's Haven Call 814-720-5314 for directions.
For Sale: Handmade Satyre doll, 27 inches tall, soft plush, well endowed. The perfect gift for that special someone. Adults only. Mathilde - Quatrefoil
Henna body art - Serengeti fence line - by only 2 trees.
Evil Abra has awesome Middle Eastern and the price is right! Baubles, Belts, and Bangles. Chokers, beaded belts, and more. New order just in and more coming! The Gypsy Caravan - open 9 till late. 108 Street of Gold.
Linen and silk threads and floss at Dragon's Magic #25
Come visit Evil Abra's. Acres of silver, 2000 + sterling rings, every cross imaginiable. Tons of knotwork pendants, pins, bracelets and barettes. The Gypsy Caravan - open 9 till late. 107 Street of Gold.
E-150 Ford Ext. Van. Str. 6 on site $950. S&M Leather.
Why should I bother to find Plunder Lane? BJ
Oh no! Where did Cabochons go? We're on Bow Street. Come visit our new shop in #19.
Silk gauze - 3.5mm $3/yd at Dragon's Magic #25
10x20 Pavilion, green and gold. Can be seen at corner of Wainwright and Sedalia's Way. Inquire at Sleepy Unicorn, SP 91 behind the barn. $300.
Roses made of wood $3/ea or $25 a dozen. Space #21
Blue Herringbone Linen is back in stock! We sought far and wide and found some more! Fabric Dragon.
Hand forged stainless steel flesh flippers. Great for open pit cooking only $20 each. See Claus the Toymaker across from the barn.
20' x 40' canopy kit for sale unused. You supply 1 inch EMT $195 New $175 OBO. 631-455-4690 cell.
Tend and bed for sale - period 10x27 foot merchant style, no center poles so it's 100% usable space. Asking $1900. Take home at end of war. Queen size takedown bed. Packs failry flat, Ugly, but sturdy enough to dance on. $100. Will consider package deal. See Peregrine or Amind. Meridies Royal (N01).
Benefit the Chirurgeons -- buy an original Pennsic XXXIII T-Shirt. $10. Available from Claus of Burzee, #24 Merchants Row
Metal buttons, glass-head silk pins! Booth #25
Evil Abra does it again. 30% off amber rings, $19.95 amber necklaces. Amber bracelets and earings too. The Gypsy Caravan. Open 9 till late. 107 Street of Gold.
2 dresses for sale, sz-10 and 14. Also have hand-made Amish quilts and crafts for sale. See Bountifoole at Blood Moon Clan, corner of Chandlers and Low Rds.
Garb Closeout! Combat Boots for ladies, trews, tunics, children's garb. All must go! Lowering prices all week. Cloak & Dagger, Space 15.
NEW CD FROM EFENWEALT WYSTLE - only at Angevin Treasures, booth 30, We also have the largest selection of period and SCA music at Pennsic.
Pennsic the War on DVD! At Sleeping Unicorn, space 91 Street of Gold behind the barn.
GER - YURT - MONGOL TENT - with tall door option. Only used once. Great Dark Horde E10 Alice
The best plumes may be found at Bronwyn's in the Bazaar! The largest selection of colors. $4 per plume.
Blades cleaned & sharpened. Custom sheaths. Crazy Elnar at Cloak & Dagger. space 15.
Seamstress: The sewing lady is at #183.
Lost: Satellite dish - House Stahlgeist has misplaced the dish! The big screen TV is here and the cold fusion power supply is fusing! Beer bounty!
Barony of Brendoken! A revel open house will be on August 17 at Erevnite Asteron, N22, starting at 6:30 PM. Look for the two astronomers on the gate.
Sign of the Black Rose takes great pride in Congratulating our beloved Artist-in-Residence Lady Savant, on her triumphant graduation as a BS w/Honors Cum Laude in Psychology & Philosophy. We invite you to join us in wishing Her the best of luck in Graduate School. PooBah!
AnnaRousse...You are the Love of my Life...Rneld
Ask Auntie Arwen (#184) if she is drinking enough WATER!
Thank you for your help in my basic knitting class! Amanita Villarosa
Unto All at War-Lord Svein sends greetings from Drachenwald... Drachenwald... where your persona comes from. And unto the Clan of the Arctic Winds I say this... GET THEE DOWN AND BE THOU FUNK---Lord Svein Aelfricson
Aikido person seeking other Akeido people. Contact Maggie at Stonemarche N33.
Peggy J. Hicks of zip code 30016 - would you please return to Castle Furnishings (the book merchant).
Beautiful man, I've dreamed of your clinging. Everything I have to give you. Your Lady, Fire.
Belated Birthday Greetings to OG Ermengardaesharon
Hakim - I did it! Pentacle on the shoulder. Ouch! Love - Mary Elizabeth
Happy Anniversary Stinkhead! It's been 8 years & we haven't killed each other yet. - The Other Stinkhead
Is there a drill sergeant in the house? New recruit in our camp needs advice before bct. Crazy Elnar at Cloak & Dagger, Space 15.
Heirusalism of the day, "I'm reallly good at stating the obvious."
Cool temperatures mean human shells are thicker. Going to classic swimming hole in search of soft, unshelled human. Squirty.