Pennsic 45 (2016)

PI Friday August 12, 2016

A Different ‘Combat of the Thirty’

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The Honorable Lord Steven’s curle chair
Photo by Nicolaa de Bracton

A Different ‘Combat of the Thirty”
By Magistra Nicolaa de Bracton
Editor-In-Chief,
The Pennsic Independent

To be chosen to display as part of the A&S War Point is a true honour. Just thirty artisans have that privilege, and their works were on display at the Great Hall on Thursday.
“Fifteen champions were chosen for each side—Middle and Allies, and East and Allies,” said organizer Mistress Gianetta Andreini da Vincenza, who along with Masteritsa Anastasia Kirilovna Ivanova and Mistress Orianna Fridrikskona organized the event. “The artisans were primarily ‘unwreathed’—that is, non-Laurels—although a few Laurels were chosen as well,” Mistress Gianetta explained, noting there was no restriction this year to non-Laurels. Mistress Orianna, keeping the list of entrants, noted that there were representatives from six kingdoms—Æthelmearc, East, Middle, Northshield, Atlantia, and Ealdormere. “Each kingdom determined how their representatives would be chosen,” she said. “Some are their kingdom’s A&S champions; others are not.” Entrants were officially anonymous during the voting, although a few stuck around to answer questions.

Voting was open to anyone holding a kingdom-level A&S award of any kind. Each person was given just three beads, and then came the hard part—choosing which entries to vote for. New this year were specially-crafted cups (made by volunteers in the East and Middle Kingdoms) to hold the beads, which each entrant got to take home. The winner of the War point was the side with the most beads.
Entrants ranged the full gamut of SCA arts and sciences. Clothing, calligraphy and illumination, woodwork, metalwork, fine metalsmithing, beadmaking, stained glass, ceramic tiles, knitting, bookbinding, playing cards, block printing, soapmaking—these were just a few of the arts on display. All were deserving of my beads, but here is who received them:

Dame Kat Ferneley of Atlantia’s entry featured tools for fiber processing, including a large spinning wheel, teasel cross (for raising nap), a niddy-noddy, and wool combs. She also displayed a large number of handmade hooks and eyes, lacing rings, and pins.

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Dame Kat and her spinning wheel
Photo by Nicolaa de Bracton

THLord Steven of Silverforge of the East showed another comprehensive body of work, including a lantern with panes made of linseed oil treated parchment based on a find from the Mary Rose, a box, a curule chair, Laurel medallions in enamel and glass, hand-cut leaf-shaped bezants, a measuring chain, 2nd a pavilion mast (metal piece to join a support pole).. He mentioned that he had picked up an enormous piece of horn this year at Pennsic and would be changing the parchment since it was “a little unstable” in the humidity.

Mistress Fredeburg von Katzenellenbogen of Æthelmearc presented a block printing display concentrated on this art ,which is growing in popularity in the SCA. Hand-carved wood blocks with various designs were used with handmade inks from period recipes to print intricate designs on paper and cloth. Even the tablecloth was printed in this manner.

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Block printing on paper and cloth
Photo by Nicolaa de Bracton

At the conclusion of the event, His Majesty Byron of Æthelmearc addressed the entrants. “The silver lining from the battlefield being closed was that I got to come back here,” he said. “I could spend hours lost here. There are the equivalent of whole textbooks displayed on a 3’ x 4’ table. I am floored by the quality of the work.” He noted that one of his own kingdom’s champions had brought their entry in a wheelbarrow, another with a microscope.
Mistress Anastasiia then announced the results: 445 points for the Middle and allies and 577 for the East and allies, giving the East the war point. She also noted the outstanding turnout of those who had voted: 110 from the Middle, 73 from Atlantia, 72 from the East, 50 from Æthelmearc, 26 from Ealdormere, and a scattering from other kingdoms.

After a successful second year, in the words of His Majesty Byron, “a tradition has begun.”

Period Shoot Results

By Baron Christophe of Grey
Archery Reporter, The Pennsic Independent

Wednesday afternoon, following the Champions’ Shoot, the fourth Annual Period Shoot was held on the archery range. Ten archers participated. Within the SCA there is a movement to be more period accurate within the archery community, and this shoot is in support of that movement. It was originated by Naran Numuchi of the Great Dark Horde and had specific requirements for equipment and supporting kit for participation (see previous article concerning this shoot).
The shoot consisted of period-accurate targets including a flight shoot in which the archer who was able to shoot an arrow the farthest won. A favorite target of this reporter is shooting out the center of a target of concentric rings. Blunted arrows are required for this shot.
Archers competed in three classes with the winners as follows: Longbow Mykeal Hafdan of Meridies; crossbow Laird Wulfric Grembeald of Æthelmearc; horsebow (static-eared recurve) Naran Numuchi of the Great Dark Horde and Atlantia. Special thanks goes out to Greybarr Archery, Viking Archery Supply, Elkridge Archery, and Horsebows archery for their support. Please make a point of dropping by and thanking these merchants for their support.
Scheduling was a bit of an issue this year. Many archers who would have participated in this shoot were somewhat “fried” after participating in the Champions’ shoot earlier in the day or had court obligations Wednesday evening. Taking this into consideration, the Period Shoot may be moved to Friday of peace week next year. Stay tuned for details as next year approaches.

The Mid Feels the Heat

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Populace War Point throwers in the knife portion of their throws
Photo by Marissa von Atzinger

By Lord Dominic Seamor
Thrown Weapons Reporter, The Pennsic Independent

Mother Nature invoked the mercy rule on the first-ever Populace War Point for Thrown Weapons when the heat index on the battlefield Thursday reached the safety limit at around noon and all martial activities were suspended. Some of the Midrealm throwers were just as glad to stop, seeing that the final total score awarded the War Point to the East and allies, who had a score of 2,300 points versus the Middle and Allies who reached just 596.
It has been said that God is on the side of the bigger battalions, and the Eastern throwers proved that, showing up to throw 507 scoring rounds over the four days of the competition. According to some sources, the Midrealm throwers were informed about the Populace War Point very late, giving little time to publicize the event, and the turnout reflects that with a bare 87 scoring rounds to the credit of the Middle and Allies.
However, Lord Altan of the Moritu, Midrealm Deputy Marshal for Thrown Weapons, feels pride in the performance of those who did throw for the Middle. The average score per round for the East was a mere 4.5 points per round, while the Middle’s populace reached an average of 7.0 points per round. If the Middle can muster enough throwers to make the odds more even, the East had better improve in quality or see the War Point go the Middle next year.
Thanks are to be given to those who organized and ran the event, especially THL Magnus de Londres, Eastern Marshal of Thrown Weapons, THL Leon the Navigator, Eastern Deputy Thrown Weapons Marshal for Pennsic, and all the thrown weapons marshals who helped organize and run the activity for the first time. Finally, humble thanks are due to Their Royal Majesties who authorized the War Point. We, the assembled throwers of Pennsic, respectfully submit these results to you, the fruits of our skill and dedication, made possible by Your generosity and faith in us. Gratias sincerissimae.

Unclassifieds 8-12-2016

Dance! Music! Dance! Music! Come to Baltimore MD for the 2017 Known World Dance & Music Symposium! June 15-18, 2017. See www.kwdms.org

Shire Wars VI celebrates the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings. Oct. 4, 2016. Normans vs. Anglo-Saxons, including combat archery. See event announcement on the EK website.

For Sale
10x10 Marquee includes poles ropes iron shelf. Bracket & shelf- like new. Pick up at end of War $550 #413-822-9557

Commercial grill with SS stand and 3 burner $400 OBO. Runestone Watch W08 or contact Rick 814-881-809. Pick up Saturday

Going home sale single beds made with 4 wedges. Make an offer on anything bring this ad site. 724-421-5394.

8x8 marquee canvas tent-used, decent shape $175. Trestle wood table $175. Drums-various $50+. Viking archery to see #012.

Army tent 16x32 GP VGC poles inc. $500 OBO Hunters Home B7 or text 724-456-2389.

Canvas cabin tent for sale. Trek tent 10x16 plus awning. Some damage to the floor. $100 OBO Available Sunday for pick up. Lada 917-544-5212

Tent for Sale 14x14 Pyramid. Stakes not inc. Camp Wild Rose E24 ask for M. William or Amya $200.

Coleman 8x13’ tent $80, Katherin @ Newbridge, N08

Yurt! Unique solid design. 14 feet across $1500 OBO. See Neil at Clan Blue Feather in E12 or email nthornt@gmail.com.

Custom Vardo/Gypsy Wagons. Many options available. See sample on W10. afabsales.com or text 716-450-3360.

For sale 79 Lincoln Town Car ask 4 BK 412-816-6287

15’ Spokewheel Pavilion $800 OBO. N18 House Gray Fox next to Darkmoon.

Going Home Sale: twin beds,18 x24 Panther new in box, hand forged viking weapon, dorm refrige, primitive viking chairs 724-421-5394 Site 48.

10x16 Panther pavilion all ropes & poles $800/OBO. 14x20 Tentsmith pavilion ridge only $800/OBO. Darostur B01 next to Ancaster, look for flamingos.

Grolsch bottles for sale $2 each. Text 850-499-4640

Panther 18x24 new in box Viking chairs fancy bowls. Booth 48

Used slat bed. 54” wide. $45/OBO. Must pick up today or Saturday. Goat Clan W06. 440-567-4988. Ask 4 Celeste.

18x16 Panther marquee 1 year old, used 3x. Great dining hall. May attract Bards. $1400 Ropes, pole, all. $1000 tent only 615-415-5842 end of war pickup.

Tudor dress hooks, dress pins, hat & veil pins, fibulae. Authenticity is our thing! The Treasury #85

3 new handcrafted linen backed hickory flatbows, inset tips & handles 66-69” AMO 30-36# $175ea. See Poplyr or Master Godric @Gamol Gat N33 Chicane Lane.

Kids garb at Neverland Designs #121 Plunder Lane.

Used shower/storage trailer $75. Needs some love 8x4 storage trailer w/shower. Available at end of war (Sat 11am) Barony of Dun Carraig Block N33.

Vardo for sale $1500. Text or call 724-854-2040.

4x8x4 Aluminum trailer w/plywood sides. Any reasonable offer. Text for pics 610-428-9562. Axel replaced in 2007. Crossbar popped weld

General
Behold the miracle! Come to the bog and watch Killage turn wine into vomit! - Algar

Fine loose leaf tea by “Tea & Absinthe” only at Materialis. Space 87 on Street of Gold.

To whomever finds this note, I have been imprisioned by my father who wishes me to marry against my will! Please, please, please! Come to Peasant’s Revolt Aug 20-28 in the Shire of Cathanar and rescue me! www.peasantsrevolt.org - In Distress, Ingegerd

Murder! Lust! Beer! Mystery novels @ The AmberLady

Bardic CD’s for the long drive home. Efenwealt Wystle, Heather Dale, Ken and Lisa Theriot, Drake Oranwood, Wolgemut, Musica Subterranea and more. Camelot Treasures booth 30 on Street of Dreams.

Need an artist when you’ve gotten back from Pennsic? Email vixensshadow@gmail.com and visit their portfolio @ vixensshadow.tumblr.com

myfunkycamelot.etsy.com - visit our Pennsic booth #30 Camelot Treasures for SCA, Angevin, and Steam-punk fashion accessories! Maitresse Aenor d’Anjou

EK Gazette wants your research! We want to publish your paper on history, A&S, Esoterica-We want to learn. Contact our editor - molly.eskridge@gmail.com

Lost & Found
Lost: Rust colored viking apron with white & tan trim. Return to the Pennsic Independent!

Lost, stolen or strayed 2 flamingos - gilded and bejeweled. Please return to the Venetians at w13 and we will exchange them for the pirate flamingos that have come to roost.

Personals
Wassail to Maestra Jocelyn, OoD!

Bards Haven is open for business!!

Sir Harold did want to go fish, but try as hard as he wished, in camp he does stay, and remains to this day, cause Thomasso is out with his dish.

Barony of Carillion, you guys rock! Here’s to another great year. Heat, humidity, concussions, and all! Camp Mom can’t wait until next year!!

In memory of Gunther’s mom, Margaret Clark, best Mum-in-law ever.

To the lovely lady at the House Hedgehog party- you are cordially invited to visit. Sincerely, Faolan Hookah Master.

Looking for on site mechanic to check dodge caravan before great trek home. Please contact Bambi @ Dented Shield in disability camping near west gate.

Need swooners? 3 maidens available at Good Friend Camp behind Great Hall in N01. Will work for mead.

Cowboy aka. Victor of Wulf Den had to leave war due to the passing of his beloved mother, Ellie Knueve. Service saturday 10:30am at St. Mary’s in Leipsic, Ohio. Send notes to John Cowboy Knueve at 13164 Devils Hole Rd. Bowling Green, Ohio 43402.

Remember walking around Pennsic XX in our wedding clothes? 25 Wonderful years - I wish I could live them all again. Love to Gunther from Nicolaa.

Are you Viking in faith or persona? Both? If faith, SCA Heathens group on Facebook is a way to keep in touch with others. Request to join us.

Herissony Cat sends puffy-tailed love to Mary, Teagan, Lada, Medb, HelenaKat, and all the trailer trash. We did the thing.

WE MISS YOU OG! We felt lost all of Pennsic because we didn’t have our OG. We hope Pennsic 46 will find you here in your chair at the Pennsic Independent

PI Friday August 5 2016

Duke Timothy’s Adult Swim

Written by: Uilleam Friseal

Duke Timothy of Arindale is known for enjoying to fight until he can no longer stand, and again this year he has invited fighters to the field to test their skills and learn from some of the most experienced fighters in the Knowne World. In the past His Grace has been known to arrange similar events. Some of these events have gathered upwards of 300 fighters, all with the intention of teaching, learning, and having fun.
Most fighters have learned their lesson of walking to the battlefield clad in armor, and have chosen instead to haul all of their gear in carts, or in the hands of squires. After enduring Inspection Point fighters begin to line up for their turn to fight the ever-present Prince Marcus of Æthelmearc and event organizer Duke Timothy. Those who arrive late are also met with Lady in Arms Arria Marina, and Dir Der Seh Von Basel who both arrived before Inspection Point opened for the day.
During the fights, often both fighters stop to admire the skills of their adversary, and they are always met with instruction to perform it themselves in order to better defend against it or to use it in battle. Fighters from all Kingdoms can be seen learning and having fun with those with whom they will do battle in only a few short days.
With a count of 12 visible Chivalry, and no less than 20 unbelted fighters at only mid-day on the first day of the Adult Swim, Duke Timothy was very pleased with the turnout. He encourages all fighters to come fight, and all of those wishing to watch and learn to do so as well. As a man with a reputation of fighting until he can no longer stand, he hopes to see more people out for the fun of hitting each other with sticks!
Duke Timothy’s Adult Swim - Pennsic Style continues at the Red List on the Battlefield all day Friday as well.

Gladly wolde they lerne, and gladly teche

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TRMs of the East and HRM Atlantia take their turn at Troll Tuesday evening.
Photo by Mistress Constance de St. Denis

Written by: Mary of Montevale

Have you seen Pennsic 45 class listings for a location called Bog U and wondered just what and where this is? This year there will be for the first time, a “satellite campus” of Pennsic University known as Bog University or Bog U. For many years now, there have been classes offered in private camps or at merchants’ spaces. The latter have come about mostly as a matter of convenience for the instructor—particularly in the case of those who are also merchants—or to permit longer, noisier, or messier hands-on classes than are possible in the tents in the University block. Longtime residents of the camping area around the lake (The Bog) and in other remote camping blocks have grumbled about how far it is to get to the University classroom tents and then back home. Long treks to and from the University Point area can be a problem in extremely hot weather especially when steep hills are involved. Bog U is situated in E24 where there is an area set aside, totally separate from any private camp, for a covered pavilion in which classes will be held. The South Loop of the bus service runs right past the new campus and bus drivers are aware of the location. Bog University was not born in a day. A group of people from several camps in that part of Pennsic have been working with the more traditional Pennsic U since the War ended last year to be sure that everything about the creation of this new location meets the stringent requirements of the “old” university in terms of location, facilities, staff, safety, class offerings on period topics and Pennsic/SCA culture, etc., so that it will be an official satellite of the University area “up top.” Social media has been used to spread the word about Bog U and its class offerings this year. As of two days before Land Grab Friday, this new venture had 42 fully registered classes, representing 6 kingdoms, multiple branches of A&S, and a raft of instructors with previous Pennsic teaching experience. Because the setting is the Bog, there will be no classes scheduled before 10 am and no loud classes earlier than noon. The organizers have described it as “more low key” than the traditional University class area. Like private camps and merchant spaces, the classes offered at the Bog U location are listed in the Thing and in the printed schedule (if submitted by the deadline) found in the Book which you received at Troll. Any changes, additions, or cancellations will appear daily on the signboards at University Point and in the Pennsic Independent. A major difference for this new campus is that it is an actual extension of Pennsic U so that rules about minors age 12 and over are the same at both locations. The founders have high hopes that Bog U will only continue to grow in future years by offering more and more classes on “period” topics and that the Bog itself can establish a venue for more SCA-oriented activities as well as for the numerous nighttime parties for which it has long been famous. Another class/workshop area situated almost as far away from the Pennsic U. block as the Bog is the Artisan's Easement at Atlantia Royal (N40). This is the location of the Fiber Arts pavilion this year. Mostly hands-on classes such dyeing, using a loom, tablet weaving, and spinning wheel construction (discussion). To reach Atlantia Royal, walk or ride the bus (South Loop) to the intersection of many roads by the North Gate and then walk back Long Way. The rules about minors attending classes in private camps will apply here. Very different from Bog U, but also the brain child of some Bog residents’ desire to have less formal class and workshop opportunities closer to camp is Lakeside Community College. LLC is not part of Pennsic U, but they are trying to promote Pennsic U classes (including Bog U) that are located from the Middle Eastern Tent on down through classes in private camps in the W- and E- blocks. Their listing of classes can be found on their web site, pennsiclakeside.org. The center column “Pennsic U” shows “Yes” for classes that are listed in the Thing, and “No” for classes which are LCC in origin. LCC’s own classes are much less formal, both in setting (private camps) and content, and are scheduled for a later start in the morning or may run later in the evening. Some of them are not on “period” topics, but they are classes that residents in that part of Pennsic expressed an interest in having. Some of them are more social than instructional, such as the plans for a jewelry making session in which all present are working on their own projects. A number of classes are intended only for adults, and this is clearly indicated in the class description. The Pennsic rule stating “all minors must be accompanied by a parent” applies to all LLC class listings in private camps, just as it does for private camp classes elsewhere at the War. However, ages 12-17 may attend Bog U (E24) classes without being accompanied. Whether you ride or walk, if your journey to E24 for classes is a lengthy one, don’t neglect also to make a stop at the Hydration Station which is in the same block. The Gypsy Kitchen is in the same area, but only opens around midnight, by which time the day’s classes in the Bog will be long over.

Unclassifieds 8-5-2016

For Sale
16 ft. diameter yurt, ash lattice & rafters, oak ring, Panther canvas,rubber floor. Asking $1800. Contact Bruce @ 732-674-4311.
Coleman camp toilet, flushes, chemical, lge. seat, NEW, TP and chemicals included. $70.00 Ask for Bambi @ Pennsic Independent or Dented Sheild.
For Sale 15’x30’ marquis, includes full setup pkg. $500.00 or best offer Full Circle Camp Batte Rd
Peter Wright Anvil, 123 lb., delivery at Pennsic avail. $400 OBO. 216-409-4740
Tudor dress hooks, dress pins, hat & veil pins, fibulae. Authenticity is our thing! The Treasury #85

General
Chess Challenge: Jayme Hume of Berwyk challenges any comers to a Battle of Kings: Westengale N03 on St. Lawrence just past the great hall.
CMT/LNT seeks trade w/ CMT/LNT current and noncurrent gentle-pathy preferred, myofascial loved B5 Aielnem #434 981 4968

Parties
Service dog social Tuesday 7pm Barony of Lochmere N18 Look for lg. banners!

Personals
PLEASE READ ALOUD: Gisher looking to complete item 86. Please email gisher@james-gang.org or meet at 5pm on Saturday, August 6th at Troll. -Caera Wyther from Calontir

PI Monday August 8, 2016

A Spark of Inspiration

by Magistra Nicolaa de Bracton
Editor-In-Chief, The Pennsic Independent

For close to 25 years, Pennsic-goers have found inspiration at the annual A&S Display. This is not a competition—just a chance for artisans around the Known World to share their work on the big stage that is Pennsic. According to Lady Adle Lochlane, department head for the A&S display, this year’s event attracted over 110 artisans to the Great Hall, 78 of whom registered in advance. “Some of our artisans have been exhibiting regularly for years. Duke Cariadoc is always here,” noted Lady Adele. It is always difficult to summarize this event—the displays speak for themselves, and there are always so many different and talented artists. “This display shows the best of the things you did not know were possible,” said Mistress Biatric Aluares de la Oya, Lady Adele’s deputy.
For the first time in many years, I was among those displaying. In between talking about my project (to copy a 13th century Latin manuscript and bind it into a book), I got a chance to visit some of the other projects. These are only a small sampling of the delights to be had at the exhibit.

Lady Elizabeta Aligliaza Toscari of the Middle Kingdom was showing several pieces done in mosaic. One was a portion of the famous mosaic of the empress Theodora in St Vitale in Ravenna. She demonstrated how she carefully cut each piece of glass before gluing it onto her ground material; this is called the direct method. Once the mosaic is created, grout was added (or in some cases, not added) to complete the project. Each of the three pieces she was exhibiting took 4-6 months to complete.

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Photo by Master Phillip the Pilgrim
Creating beauty one tiny piece of glass at a time

In a corner of the hall sat Baroness Tatiana Ivanova of Birchwood Keep of the Kingdom of Atlantia. For nearly 40 years she has been creating beaded Russian headdresses, dating from the 13th century up through modern times. She noted how important the Mongol influence was on the designs, especially early on. The later headdresses are unique to various Russian cities and towns. She estimated that the average headdress included over 3000 pearls and took about 120 hours of work.

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Photo by Magistra Nicolaa de Bracton
Beaded head pieces from around Russia

Eithni ingen Talorgan from Northshield showed an exquisite collection of Birka posaments. “This was a fashion fad of the 9th century,” she said, adding that it was relatively short-lived and not widespread. The posaments are created from silk cording wrapped with silver thread, and were used for trim, drawstring ends, and headbands. The designs look a little like Celtic or Norse knotwork. She was able to see many of the extant pieces in person, even using a microscope attachment for her camera to see how the silk cord was wrapped in silver, and has experimented with various modern materials to see which best recreates the look and feel of the originals. The resulting bands were incredibly delicate and intricate.

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Photo by Magistra Nicolaa de Bracton
The delicate art of posament headdresses

Lady Miriam bat Pesach of the Middle Kingdom displayed an illuminated Hallel, (a Jewish prayer service primarily of Psalms 113-118). This was originally a gift for her granddaughter’s Bat Mitzvah (as her granddaughter is named Hallel). The Hallel prayers are part of the haggadot and are included in the seder service, so there were a number of period models to base her gift on. She chose several different manuscripts from Spain dated 1300-1350 and married aspects of all of them togther into a single work. “I wanted to also capture the sense of humour in the works,” said Lady Miriam, pointing at some of the whimsical zoomorphic letters. She also pointed out that in the original, the left margins (Hebrew being read from right to left) were justified—if the scribe was in the middle of a word when he reached the end of the line, he would just restart the word on the next line. She completed the project using primarily period pigments; gold gilding with fish glue, slaked plaster and Armenian bole; and a reed pan (cut from bamboo garden stakes from Home Depot).
“I burn things for science!” said Baroness Rutilia Fausta from the Kingdom of Caid. She was displaying a truly astounding variety of Roman arts and sciences—from beautiful carved intaglio gems to ceramics, from tasty food to medications made from earthworms and cockroach guts. Regarding the latter, she mentioned that she had to be sure that all of her items could get through the TSA at the airport. Many of the fouler substances were remedies based on the works of the early first century physician Dioscorides. For instance, the cockroach guts (along with oil) were a treatment for earache. Cow dung and vinegar were a skin treatment, and a diuretic was prepared from earthworms and wine. “Dioscorides has a whole section on dung—cow, sheep, human…apparently human dung with honey is a cure for tonsillitis.” On the slightly less foul side, she shared bath oils—one of rose in almond oil, the other of cypress in Moringa oil—that would hopefully counteract the foul scent of any Dioscorides’ “treatments.”

And there were over 100 more projects like this. No artisan could leave this event without inspiration for three or four new projects, or without meeting fellow arts and sciences geeks from around the Known World. If you missed it this year, put it on your calendar for next year. You will not be disappointed.

Champions’ Battles

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By Uilleam of Clan Friseal
Reporter, The Pennsic Independent

Houses fall into units as fighters from both Kingdoms take to the battlefield and begin to form ranks. As the whistle sounds, both armies march toward each other until an Eastern captain gives the order to charge. As fighters of the Middle resurrect, they organize themselves to charge the ranks of the East. With the line of poles and shields broken, chaos breaks out and the first hold is called as a Middle kingdom fighter takes the flag for a false point.
Moments after the hold is called off and the lines are reformed, the Eastern army flanks to the right with a sudden unannounced charge. During the rush, a fighter is run over and needs a moment on the ground to rest. He gets up under his own power and falls back into formation as both armies cheer him on. Units form in the Eastern army as the Middle reforms their line; the Eastern units break off causing confusion on the battlefield, which results in a captured flag by the East.
Immediately after the field is reset and units are reformed, the East successfully uses the same flanking strategy in a drawn-out skirmish near the base of the Middle Kingdom flag in order to gain yet another point in their favor. The East seems to favor certain strategies as they claim yet another flag in a quick charge.
Fighters form ranks and charge one last time. Fighters from the East push quickly and force their foes to a corner of the battlefield opposite their flag. An Eastern fighter can be seen running without a weapon or shield as he makes his way through to the Middle’s flag. In a display of excellent teamwork and coordination from his partner-in-arms, Lord Tegrinus, the unarmed Baron Patraich Oceallaigh is able to capture the final flag for the Eastern Kingdom.
As the winner is declared, the King and Queen of the Æthelmearc make their way to the center of the battlefield.

Queen Ariella of Æthelmearc regarding the outcome “The Queen of Atlantia and allies showed tremendous skill and did not give way easily. This has easily been the greatest battle of Pennsic in many years, possibly that I have ever seen. I wish to give thanks to Æthelmearc and all of our allies who made today possible. This battle would have been nothing had our foes not fought with honor and amazing skill.” Added King Byron “We are so proud of Æthelmearc. They heeded the call of their King and came in great numbers to achieve victory over the most noble of opponents.”
With the main battle decided, the Unbelted take to the field and form lines. Middle Kingdom fighters break formation and charge the East. By maintaining formation, the fighters from the East stand victorious. Eastern fighters assist their foes in standing, being sure to embrace each in celebration of a glorious battle. The second battle is over even faster due to a full charge from the East, resulting in a decisive victory.
The Marshals call for a hydration break between Unbelted and Belted battles. During the break, the Marshals entertain the crowd by balancing their staves on various appendages.
The Belted Battles begin with those who have been Knights for more than 12 years. Prior to forming ranks, Middle Kingdom Knights cross the field to wish their foes an honorable battle. The East approaches quickly and break formation to surround their foes. Middle fails to maintain their formation and many fighters are brought to their knees. With one pole arm standing and most of their fighters alive but legless, the Middle still gains a victory. This was a truly honorable battle.
Second to the field are those who have been Knights for less than 12 years. Knights from the Middle Kingdom quickly surround those from the East and make quick work earning yet another victory.

Finally, new Knights fight the battle named by Marshals as the “Baby Knight Battle”. As the battle begins, many fighters are run to the ground, leaving one Middle Kingdom fighter wounded. Following a short hold, the injured fighter stands and leaves the battlefield under his own power. As he makes it to his feet, cheers erupt from all sides of the battlefield. With the hold lifted, fighters are called back to their last known positions in order to continue the battle. The battle quickly turns as the Middle Kingdom knights fight for the honor of their fallen ally, leaving the Middle Kingdom victorious.
Different from the mass battles of the day, the Heroic Battle pits just two fighters against each other. As spectators notice what is happening, they move in for a closer look and surround the fighters. With a reduced fighting area, the combatants seem to fight with even greater chivalry, taking time to bow and compliment their adversary following admirable actions. The greatest example of this can be seen in the duel between The King of the West and Duke Brannos. The two combatants take their time to enjoy fighting worthy opponents, often pausing to ensure that each is hitting clean and with honor. When His Highness takes to one knee, Duke Brannos insists that the hit was not clean and should not be counted. The fight ends when His Grace strikes the Duke rapidly on helm and shoulder.
Point tally from Marshals East: 4, Middle: 2

Living Pennsic the Flat Way

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By Magistra Nicolaa de Bracton
Editor-In-Chief, The Pennsic Independent

Flat SCAdians are making the rounds at Pennsic, attending parties, classes, battles and shopping in the market. What is a Flat SCAdian? Inspired by the Flat Stanley project known by many school children, where Flat Stanley is mailed around the world to have adventures, some SCAdians who cannot be at Pennsic have sent along flat (or somewhat flat) versions of themselves.
When Master Liam St. Liam fell out of bed about a month ago, injured his knee, and suffered complications, he sent along a flat version of himself, who has been spotted all over Pennsic at Runestone Hill, at a Calontir bardic circle (his favourite place at Pennsic), at McGuire’s Maroauders, and even helping Master John set up his rope bed. He’s visited protégés, and will go to the classes he originally planned to teach, which were taken up by other teachers. To get all the places he needs to go, there are two of him!
This is likewise the case with Flat Cateline la Brodesse. Her real model is home with her son, who is undergoing cancer treatment. She’s been shopping, visited a chocolate library, the food court, and a halfla at oChoda.
Flat Cian isn’t really flat—he is a monkey wearing the tabard of the Principal Herald of the Kingdom of Atlantia. He’s been to Heralds’ Point, attended His Majesty of Atlantia, and visited several other encampments. Flat Konstantia (or Flatstantia) from Calontir wasn’t able to make it to the meetup, but she has her own Facebook group and several folks to help her cause interkingdom incidents.
Dearest to the Pennsic Independent is Flat Og. Og the Red is not at Pennsic this year, but his chair still sits proudly in our front office. We are hoping Flat Og can have a few adventures and visit some of the places Og would normally go. If you would like to take Flat Og out on an adventure and are willing to photograph him, please stop by the Pennsic Independent office.

Unclassifieds 8-8-2016

Events
Dance! Music! Dance! Music! Come to Baltimore MD for the 2017 Known World Dance & Music Symposium! June 15-18, 2017. See www.kwdms.org
EventsSuper Secret Wizard Rock Show for Harry Potter fans. Thurs 9 pm @ Thanet House N15 on By The Way between Brewer’s and Chandler’s. PG-13 Featuring Efenwealth and Aenor as the Blibbering Humdingers.

For Sale
10’x10’ Marquee includes poles ropes iron shelf. Bracket & shelf- like new. Pick up at end of War $550
14’x21’ double bell wedge tent $600 OBO 610-406-8108 m.bowers526@gmail.com
15’ Spokewheel Pavilion $800 OBO. N18 House Gray Fox next to Darkmoon.
16 ft. diameter yurt, ash lattice & rafters, oak ring, Panther canvas, rubber floor. Asking $1800. Contact Bruce @ 732-674-4311.
18x16 Panther Marquee 1 year old, used 3x $1000 tent only $1500 w/ ropes, poles, etc. End of War pickup. Booth 145 Hamishs Dreck 615-415-5842
3 Hickory Flatbows 30-36# $175ea poplyr@ Gamolgat n33
5 Gallon RV water heater. Great for small camps $50. See Evander or Richard at House No House N30.
6x12 red horse trailer w/ sealing plywood $700 OBO. See Saxsa at House Fabri in B3 850-499-3135
8’ square shower building includes wet wall, roof & floor. $400 OBO. For more info contact White Raven @ 574-398-9310. Please leave number.
9’x18’ Double Bell Wedge tent w/awning all poles and stakes included. Only used a few times $500.00 812-701-1820
Custom Vardo/Gypsy Wagons. Many options available. See sample on W10. afabsales.com or text 716-450-3360.
Essential oils, henna kit and supplies space 37
For Sale English longbow 34# 28” draw $110. 315-360-0364 text please.
Full leather gift/vigil books: From Historic Designs. Hand-bound & tooled by Kendrick von Brumbach. Very limited supply. At the Haunted Bookshop -063.
Going out of business sale 18x24 marquee new in box. Primitive Viking chair 12x12 center pole. Site 48.
Greybarr’s Garage Sale. Something for everyone. Yards & yards of fabric, lanterns, baskets, etc. Space 91 St of Gold West Gate
Grolsch bottles for sale $2 each. text 850-499-4640
Hand painted glass, slate wood, etc. Bustom painting on bows, etc. 91 St of Gold West Gate
Handmade Afghani rugs - soft and durable. space 37
Has the Mustard Fairy not visited? Learned Steel’s Medieval Mustards are available at Auntie Arwen’s!
Henna paste made fresh on site. Darkest stains! #37
Indigo, henna, classic dye. Paisley Peacock #37
Kitchen/storage trailer $800 OBO on site avail imm for info Unicorns Garden sp 207.
Mongolian Ger 22 ft $1000 OBO All Framework No cloth. See Photos Booth #192
Opera bard at Pennsic Again! 10 years experience will follow your friends around and sing at them. Assault your enemies with Caccini! Or Bizet! Will deliver opera messages $5 a song and up. Text 240-405-6842 for set up.
Panther 18x24 new in box Viking chairs fancy bowls
Repro French 6LB cannon on Naval truck must pick up in KY $2500 serious inquiries only. 812-449-5406
Stuck in booth merchant seeks lesson on spinning. 724-452-7932 or space 201. Will pay. Bring wheel.
Tent for Sale 14x14 Pyramid. Stakes not inc. Camp Wild Rose E24 ask for M. William or Amya $200.
Tudor dress hooks, dress pins, hat & veil pins, fibulae. Authenticity is our thing! The Treasury #85
Used fencing swords. Reasonable 724-289-6914
Vardo for sale $1500. Text or call 724-854-2040.
Viking archery booth 12- complete line of archery supplies including custom bowstrings. Also have throwing hawks, leather pouches, t-shirts, cloaks, jewelry, and neck coolers. Starting Monday afternoon combat archery components-arrows and crossbow.
12x12 Panther Regent with canopy fly, black trim, sod flaps. All poles but one, stakes. Contact Runa in Great Dark Horde camp, E10. $600 cash or Paypal.

General
Achbar for President!
All pipers will be killed.
Boo-boo-oil & salve - rivets - buckles - dyes - soaps & essential oils- oils - bitter apricot kernels at the Blue Unicorn Etc. on Battle Road. Also custom enbroidering.
Cloak & Dagger sharpening knives, cleaning, custom sheaths. #13 Bow St.
Fine loose leaf tea by “Tea & Absinthe” only at Materialis. Space 87 on Street of Gold.
Help me find a new home for my dear late husband’s fabric collection. Hus Faerhaga N08 Tues & Wed 9 am to noon.
Murder! Lust! Beer! Mystery novels @ The AmberLady
myfunkycamelot.etsy.com - visit our Pennsic booth #30 Camelot Treasures for SCA, Angevin, and Steam-punk fashion accessories! Maitresse Aenor d’Anjou
The Magdaronica is up to something
The SCA treasures the virtue of Honor. Two Lanterns were removed from the road outside of House Black Hammer. The name of the actual owner is on the bottom of the lanterns. Please return them to N33.
This just in: In a feat of astounding personal fortitude; Sir Harold has left his chair.* In further news: missing person report. Sir Harold come home, your chair misses you.-
We would like to recognize the transition of maiden to newly annointed Lady of the Lake. Raise your flag high in triumph for your completion or proper tribute to Aphrodite within the temple on the lake.

Memorials
The memorial ship will sail Thursday, Aug. 11. Paint shields at White Wolf & the Phoenix, 120 Plunder Lane.
Parties
Celtic bardic! BardsHaven/E19. All the usual goodies! Food! Gifts! And other stuff!
Come join us for the second annual Duct Tape Party. Once again at Camp Silver Back on E23! Find a duct tape bandit before for a chance to ener the drawing to win the grand prize! Sponsored by eaglecriesforobin.com
Service dog social Tuesday 7pm Barony of Lochmere N18 Look for lg. banners!
Personals Bards Haven is open for business!!

Personals
Patty D - Sending Spoons!
Sir Baldrick the Just of Chelmsford the test came back positive.
This is the shrine of Flat OG. Leave beer!

PI Saturday August 6, 2016

Catch 'Em All at Pennsic


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Lady Danielle de Lorraine and Drakon from Markland try to catch 'em all
Photo by THL Mary of Montevale

by: Magistra NIcolaa de Bracton

Are you pining for Pokemon? Or perhaps looking for an alternative that keeps the spirit of the game without involving modern technology? Two separate events at Pennsic this year aim to help you scratch that itch. In one, you'll catch all manner of mythological heraldic beasts. In the other, you will meet all kinds of people from across the Society.

Pensimon Go: The Menagerie Quest
Elinor Larke LeDauncer has been attending Pennsic every year since birth. When Pokemon Go! was first released, immediately people began to worry that Pennsic would be overrun with packs of kids and adults out hunting Pokemon. Using the "C" in "Creative Anachronism" this time meant responding to a challenge proposed by Sir Gui Avec Cheval: What could be devised to capture the spirit of the game without involving smartphones? Thus, the birth of Pensimon Go! 
With the assistance of Dame Aoife Finn, Elinor's husband, Leaocgh O Maoldhomhnaigh, and the artwork of Mistress Zaynab Yasmine bint Hasan, a Pensidex has been assembled containing descriptions of various mythological and heraldic beasts that might be spotted in public places at Pennsic. These hints will help in spotting the various Pensimon. "True to the original spirit of Pokemon Go, this scavenger hunt is able to be played as a more passive hunt, " said Elinor. "Walking around places you think might have a Pensimon is a much quicker way to find them than trying to think through every bio and aim for one in particular."
Like its modern counterpart, Pensimon Go! will not only get you active at Pennsic, it may also show you parts of Pennsic you have never seen. "As someone who has found herself walking in a park, during a rainstorm, near the lake because those conditions might make something new appear... It's funny how much of an impact hunting may have on your daily routine and willingness to explore," said Elinor.
Pensimon Go: The Menagerie Quest will run from 9 am Mon morning on August 8 through noon on Wed August 10 and is intended for all ages. 
Supplies are slightly limited (privately funded and free to participate), but sharing is allowed. Participants will collect sightings of magical creatures hidden in public spaces (please leave the critters where you find them). Prizes will be awarded for both over age 12 and under age 12 players. Results will be tallied and the winners announced in the Independent after the contest closes. Come by the offices of the Pennsic Independent Monday morning to pick up your very own Pensidex.

Pennsic Catch Them All
Duchess Mary of Carrigart's challenge has participants hunting people rather than monsters.
"The goal is simple – seek and find people from every stage of progression from every kingdom," Duchess Mary said in a post to the East Kingdom Gazette.  "I have a form to help you keep track and if you bring that form back to the Games Tent by 8/11, you will get a prize for your efforts. Whoever caught the most/’them all’ gets a special prize."
Categories of Pennsic People include Flying Types (siege engineers, axe and knife throwers, and archers of various skill levels), Something I Learned (collecting knowledge in the categories of history, fun, and awesome), Royal and Rare Speciments (Viscounty, Count/ess, Duchy, Court and Landed Baron/ess) In the Classes and Behind the Scenes (artisan, apprentice, Laurel, Helpy Person, protege and Pelican) and On the Fields (fighter, squire, knight, rapier fighter, student of a MoD, and Master of Defense) The challenge is to collect one of each of these from each of the 20 SCA Kingdoms (yes, that is 400 possible people to catch!)
"Truly, the real prize will be the people you meet and the things you learn," said Duchess Mary in her post. Forms can be found at the Games Tent. "And since we are an increasingly digital society if you feel inclined, and, it is not offensive to your ‘catch’ please post pictures with #Pennsiccatchthemall"

Poker Card Rapier Tourney Results

By: PI Staff

A field of twenty-five combatants took part in the 6th annual Poker Card Rapier Tournament yesterday, which was run by Warder Ækfwine se Pyttel and Warder Aanita Villarosa. The winner of round 1 was Theodoric of Northshield with 4 Aces and a King. The winner of round 2 was Duke Omega of the East with Aces and 8s. The Martial Appreciation Drawing Prize went to Mistress Dorinda.

Unclassifieds 8-6-2016

For Sale
16 ft. diameter yurt, ash lattice & rafters, oak ring, Panther canvas,rubber floor. Asking $1800. Contact Bruce @ 732-674-4311.
For Sale
18x16 Panther Marquis 1 year old, used 3x $1000 tent only $1500 w/ ropes, poles, etc. End of War pickup. Booth 145 Hamishs Dreck 615 415 5842
6x12 red horse trailer w/ sealing plywood $700 OBO. See Saxsa at House Fabri in B3 850 499 3135
8? square shower building includes wet wall, roof & floor. $400 OBO. For more info contact White Raven @ 574-398-9310. Please leave number.
Black Propane Grill Clean 40.00 Call 602-721-5498
Coleman camp toilet, flushes, chemical, lge. seat, NEW, TP and chemicals included. $70.00 Ask for Bambi @ Pennsic Independent or Dented Sheild.
Essential oils, henna kit and supplies space 37
For Sale 15?x30? marquee, includes full setup pkg. $500.00 or best offer Full Circle Camp Battle Rd
For sale: Queen-size air mattress, brand new, used one night. $30 see Katherin at Newbridge in N08.
Full leather gift/vigil books: From Historic Designs. Hand-bound & tooled by Kendrick von Brumbach. Very limited supply. At the Haunted Bookshop -063.
Going out of business sale 18x24 marquee new in box. Primitive Viking chair 12x12 center pole. Site 48.
Grolsch bottles for sale $2 each. text 850 499 4640
Handmade Afghani rugs - soft and durable. space 37
Henna paste made fresh on site. Darkest stains! #37
Indigo, henna, classic dye. Paisley peacock #37
Panther 18x24 new in box Viking chairs fancy bowls
Peter Wright Anvil, 123 lb., delivery at Pennsic avail. $400 OBO. 216-409-4740
Tudor dress hooks, dress pins, hat & veil pins, fibulae. Authenticity is our thing! The Treasury #85
Vardo for sale $1500. Text or call 7-854-2040.

Parties
Celtic bardic! BardsHaven/E19. All the usual goodies! Food! Gifts! And other stuff!
Service dog social Tuesday 7pm Barony of Lochmere N18 Look for lg. banners!

Personals
Bards Haven is open for business!!
Please lick Giles from Lochac, Love Macca.
PLEASE READ ALOUD: Gisher looking to complete item 86. Please email gisher@james-gang.org or meet at 5pm on Saturday, August 6th at Troll. -Caera Wyther from Calontir
Return of the Magdaronica!

PI Sunday August 7, 2016

The Longhouse of House Hedgehog

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Raising the longhouse
Photo by Catella of Cilicia

by Catella of Cilicia, Reporter

For the second year in a row, an enormous house-like structure stands tall in the heart of the Bog on E23. House Hedgehog’s Longhouse has made another appearance with another grand impression on members of the Pennsic community.
Architectural assembly of House Hedgehog’s Longhouse requires a team of eight people (household members and campers) and approximately 12 hours of labor. Once assembled, the pine Longhouse with red oak staining stands just under 16 feet tall and around 23 feet long. The building features two floors: the lofts create a second floor that is housed directly beneath the canvas roof and a ground floor that is a wide and open common space.
The second floor lofts are at either end of the building can be entered by ladder and feature rugs, small tables and pillows. The lofts are an ideal lounge space, used to host musicians, for comfortable chatting or simply observing entertaining activities taking place on the first floor. The ground floor is composed of natural ground and is home to a handmade long wooden table with handmade benches for seating. Most often, the ground floor is used for group activities such as hosting guests, eating meals, and housing group entertainment such as games and celebrations. Incidentally, household members can also found napping on the ground floor during the hottest hours of the day as the shade and use of natural ground provide a much cooler atmosphere than possible with even the coolest tent.
The dream of a longhouse began as the brainchild of Lord Volkhard Rovan, the head of House Hedgehog, in early 2015. In his mundane life as the co-founder and co-owner of a private club of history and gaming in Maryland, he often provides hands-on lessons for SCA relevant topics that widely vary from woodworking to smithing to sewing and more. With a multitude of utilities and skills at his disposal, Lord Volkhard began planning a structure that could better accommodate his beloved Household at Pennsic. Looking for the best manifestation of his ideas, he also reached out to longtime friend and Household member Síoda o Craobháin.
Síoda’s 38 years of expertise in set and lighting design for theatre proved to be the final key to unlocking the legacy Lord Volkhard had envisioned. With designs flowing excitedly between Lord Volkhard and Síoda, the two also began the process of better researching period Viking longhouses. The design that emerged provided for the needs of the Household, was appropriate for the Pennsic environment but also featured documentable aspects of Viking longhouses. After designs were mostly finalized, five people worked continually with countless assistive hands. Five months later, and with great enthusiasm, the Longhouse proudly entered existence.
When House Hedgehog’s camp is open (see the sign in front of camp) and when they are available, Lord Volkhard and Síoda happily answer questsions and Household members and campers proudly give brief tours of their incredible structure.

A Nice Evening for a War

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With the breaking of the arrow War has begun
Photo by Master Phillip the Pilgrim

by Magistra Nicolaa de Bracton

Banners flew in the early evening sun, and the sound of song, of drums, and of pipes filled the air. From the eldest—the West Kingdom, preceded by an enormous banner—to the youngest—the Kingdom of Avacal, attending their very first Pennsic as a Kingdom, the realms of the Known World gathered once again on the fields of Pennsic to declare alliances. “We welcome you in the spirit of fellowship and joy,” said King Byron of Æthelmearc, “But we hear tidings of conflict, and that the East and Middle have gathered here to resolve their differences.”
“We heard rumors of a horde gathering on our western border, and raised an army to meet it, but it looks as if we will meet them on the lands of Æthelmearc,” said King Kenric of the East. “We hope to not damage your lands too much, and we will take nothing unpaid for.”
Said King Cameron of the Middle, “We are just one day’s march from the border of the Middle, and sought to secure our own lands, but we find ourselves with our army here as well.”
“Surely, you can work it out?” asked King Byron. “Uhhhhhh…” said King Kenric, “We’ve done a lot of talking. Diplomacy has accomplished all it can. There will be war.”
“Then, Cousin, let us meet upon the field,” replied King Cameron.
The War Arrow was then brought forward by the Khan of the Great Dark Horde, who presented it to TRM Byron and Ariella. Both King Kenric and Queen Avelina of the East and King Cameron and Queen Amalie of the Middle seized it and broke it.
“Oh, dear,” said King Byron, as cannons sounded marking the beginning of hostilities.
Kingdom by kingdom, the royalty stepped forward to declare their alliances. First came the West Kingdom, who chose to stand with their brothers of the East. Æthelmearc, presented with two armies on their lands, chose to place their trust in the East, their parent. Caid declared their allegiance simply: “Pretty words. East.” They were joined by the Stellar Kingdom of Ansteorra and the kingdom of Lochac
The Queen of Atlantia, noting the progress of the alliances, declared for the Middle, stating “We like these odds.”
“We have no quarrel with the East or Middle,” stated the King of Calontir. “We will fight with our cousins of Ealdormere. The Kingdom of the Outlands then declared they would fight with Calontir, leaving Ealdormere to determine the alliance of three kingdoms. “We stand with the kingdom that has shown us courtesy, respect, and honesty. We stand with the East,” said the Queen of Ealdormere.
The silver tongue of the Queen of Trimaris, and the words of Prince Edmund of the Middle led the Kingdom of Trimaris to declare with the Middle. The King of Gleann Abhann also noted the persuasive powers of Prince Edmund in making their alliance with the Middle. “We had intended to fight with our brothers of Calontir and Ealdormere,” said the King of Northshield, “but we will fight with the Middle to even the sides.”
The King of Drachenwald, noting that that kingdom had lost several dukes and spearmen to the Kingdom of Æthelmearc, made their alliance with that kingdom.
The newest kingdom at Pennsic, Avacal—their royalty in attendance for the first time—cited oaths taken to the King of the West and the King of An Tir, and declared they would fight with the West.
The Holy Kingdom of Acre, honoring their longstanding treaty, also declared for the East. The Khan of the Great Dark Horde, when asked to declare, stated that after much deliberation that they would stand alongside Northshield, and presented the King with an arrow. Finally, the Tuchux came forward to lend their steel to the Kingdom of Æthelmearc.
Alliances declared, the war horn was brought forward by House Darkyard and presented to King Kenric, who presented it to his Queen. Queen Avelina then sounded a clear and resounding note. “Armies of the East, Middle and allies,” cried the herald, “This is War. Go and prepare yourselves!”

Calf to Codex Comes to a Conclusion

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Master Johannes at work
Photo by Master Phillip the Pilgrim

by Magistra Nicolaa de Bracton

Readers of last year's Pennsic Independent learned about the Calf to Codex project, a nearly five year long effort to produce a bound book using completely period tools, techniques and materials. The project, led by Master Johannes von Narrenstein of the Middle Kingdom, features work by 22 bards and historians regarding the history of the Middle Kingdom, compiled and edited by Ursula Mortimer. Eight parchment makers started from a class presented by Master Ranthulfr to process and prepare deerskin parchment from hand-butchered deer. Ink, shell gold, and paints were prepared by another group of six artisans, and another sixteen completed the calligraphy and illumination. Flax was grown and spun into bookbinding thread by another team of eight, with wax provided by a beekeeper. The bookbinding team of ten included makers of hand-planed oak boards, hand-dyed leather, hand-forged metal claps, and experienced binders. Even the tools for the project were made by hand.
The result of the project is the Codex Mediterranae, a beautiful 112-page book that had its debut at the SCA 50 year celebration at a special reception, where many of the pieces within the book were performed. In fact, according to Master Johannes, the book is meant to be touched and used, not kept behind glass. "This project has been like the one that made the Great Booke more than twenty years ago," he said.  "As we conceived it, the first finished book is not be the property of any one person, group, or organization. That is to say: unlike the Great Booke, it will not be given to the Crown or sent off at once to a museum. Instead, it will be used like a book should be – read from, to us, at events and gatherings. We will have a custodian to take care of it, and invite readers to read to us from it." Indeed, Master Johannes hopes to have the book at a number of bardic circles around Pennsic this year.
Editor Lady Ursula Mortimer added, regarding the selection of works chosen for the book, " A great many excellent pieces fit the criteria for the volume. The hardest part was leaving out the ones for which there was no space. We could easily have filled two books this size."
If you would like to see the book or hear some of the bardic works included performed, there are several opportunities to do so. The Book will be at the A&S Display at the Great Hall on Sunday, August 7 from 1-5 pm, as well as at the A&S Champions' War Point, Thursday, August 11 from 9-3 pm. You can hear many of the works in the book performed at "Calf to Codex, a Concert" from 6-7:30 pm at the Performing Arts tent. If you would like further inspiration or information about the book, just search Facebook for the Calf to Codex group, where you will not only find a complete pictoral history of the making of the book, but also ongoing inspiration for those interested in the scribal and book arts within the SCA. There are indeed plans to follow up with a second book project, perhaps including less strictly authentic works.

Unclassifieds 8-7-2016

For Sale
Panther 18x24 new in box Viking chairs fancy bowls
Full leather gift/vigil books: From Historic Designs. Hand-bound & tooled by Kendrick von Brumbach. Very limited supply. At the Haunted Bookshop -063.
16 ft. diameter yurt, ash lattice & rafters, oak ring, Panther canvas, rubber floor. Asking $1800. Contact Bruce @ 732-674-4311.
Vardo for sale $1500. Text or call 724-854-2040.
Handmade Afghani rugs - soft and durable. space 37
3 Hickory Flatbows 30-36# $175ea poplyr@ Gamolgat n33
Henna paste made fresh on site. Darkest stains! #37
Black Propane Grill Clean 40.00 Call 602-721-5498
Indigo, henna, classic dye. Paisley peacock #37
Grolsch bottles for sale $2 each. text 850-499-4640
Essential oils, henna kit and supplies space 37
Opera bard at Pennsic Again! 10 years experience will follow your friends around and sing at them. Assault your enemies with Caccini! Or Bizet! Will deliver opera messages $5 a song and up. Text 240-405-6842 for set up.
8’ square shower building includes wet wall, roof & floor. $400 OBO. For more info contact White Raven @ 574-398-9310. Please leave number.
Peter Wright Anvil, 123 lb., delivery at Pennsic avail. $400 OBO. 216-409-4740
Viking archery booth 12-- complete line of archery supplies including custom bowstrings. Also have throwing hawks, leather pouches, t-shirts, cloaks, jewelry, and neck coolers. Starting Monday afternoon combat archery components-arrows and crossbow.
18x16 Panther Marquis 1 year old, used 3x $1000 tent only $1500 w/ ropes, poles, etc. End of War pickup. Booth 145 Hamishs Dreck 615-415-5842
Going out of business sale 18x24 marquee new in box. Primitive Viking chair 12x12 center pole. Site 48.
Repro French 6LB cannon on Naval truck must pick up in KY $2500 serious inquiries only. 812-449-5406
6x12 red horse trailer w/ sealing plywood $700 OBO. See Saxsa at House Fabri in B3 850-499-3135
For sale: Queen-size air mattress, brand new, used one night. $30 see Katherin at Newbridge in N08.
Tudor dress hooks, dress pins, hat & veil pins, fibulae. Authenticity is our thing! The Treasury #85
Custom Vardo/Gypsy Wagons. Many options available. See sample on W10. afabsales.com or text 716-450-3360.

General
Cloak & Dagger sharpening knives, cleaning, custom sheaths. #13 Bow St.
Attn Bards & Filkers 600 filks from Golden Age #208
Chess Challenge: Jayme Hume of Berwyk challenges any comers to a Battle of Kings: Westengale N03 on St. Lawrence just past the great hall.
Veronica needs rum & sunshine!
Carolingia, University of: Support the old Alma Mater! Varsity melee team t-shirts @ #121
Fine loose leaf tea by “Tea & Absinthe” only at Materialis. Space 87 on Street of Gold.
CMT/LNT seeks trade w/ CMT/LNT current and noncurrent gentle-pathy preferred, myofascial loved B5 Aielnem #434-981-4968
2-17 Known World Dance & Music Sym. 6/15-18 2017 Baltimore MD - Want more info? Come to the European Dance Tent @ 7pm Sunday. See 222.kwdms.org
The Known World Dance Symposium meeting has been moved up to 7pm on Sun 8/7 in the Dance Tent. All are welcome to attend.
Boo-boo-oil & salve - rivets - buckles - dyes - soaps & essential oils- oils - bitter apricot kernels at the Blue Unicorn Etc. on Battle Road. Also custom enbroidering.

Memorials
The memorial ship will sail Thursday, Aug. 11. Paint sheilds at White Wolf & the Phoenix, 120 Plunder Lane.

Parties
Singles Party Sun Bog 6-9. Get your leis from the match maker at ARStation.
Celtic bardic! BardsHaven/E19. All the usual goodies! Food! Gifts! And other stuff!
Service dog social Tuesday 7pm Barony of Lochmere N18 Look for lg. banners!

Personals
To Scarlet Ibis: have a great War all! See you when you get home. Elizabet
Bards Haven is open for business!!
*Attention* This just in! Sir Harold hasn’t moved from His Chair in six days.
Patty D - Sending Spoons!

PI Thursday August 11, 2016

Archery Champions Shoot Results

By Baron Christophe of Grey
Archery Reporter, The Pennsic Independent

This year’s Archery Champions’ Shoot consisted of 10 roving stations, one friend/foe station, and one walk-up station. Archers were divided into groups of Midrealm and allies and East and allies and then further divided into ten groups of four. In each group three archers were on the champions team and one alternate was the fourth shooter. This allowed the alternates to shoot the entire course. The teams did a shotgun start, where each started at one of the ten roving range stations (rather than all starting at the beginning). This eliminated bottlenecks experienced in past years. A highlight for this reporter is that Their Majesties Kenric and Avelina of the East both shot the roving course.
On the roving course the East took eight, the Midrealm took one and one station was a tie. The final tally for the roving station was East 2015 and Midrealm 1780. At the friend/foe timed shoot the East had 72 and Midrealm had 48. At the walk-up clout station, the East had 90 and Midrealm had 96. Thus the final tally was East 2177, Midrealm 1924, with East taking the war point.

Champions Thrown Weapons War Points

By Lord Dominic Seamor
Thrown Weapons Reporter, The Pennsic Independent

The greatest gathering of royalty the Thrown Weapons range has ever seen began the Champions Thrown Weapons War point Wednesday morning, with six crowned heads opening the festivities. Their Majesties of the East encouraged their champions, His Majesty with words of dedication and good sportsmanship, while Her Majesty distributed her favors with her own gentle hands. Her Royal Highness of the East also exhorted the Oriental champions to do their best. While Æthelmearc is an ally of the East this War, Their Majesties of the Sylvan Realm provided a great boost to the team of the Middle Kingdom with a magnificent display of chivalry. Despite the best efforts of Lord Altan of the Moritu (Middle) and Lady Dealla Cohen (Atlantia), the roster of the Midrealm team was missing one member. Rather than compete with uneven teams, Their Sylvan Majesties allowed one of their alternate throwers to enlist in the ranks of the Middle, bring each side to twelve members.
Throwing for the East and its Allies:
Alexander Makcrystine (East)
Matteo Genovese (East)
Kazimierz (East)
Ruthger Lutz (East)
Aemilia Soteria (Æ)
Tigernach macCathail (Æ)
Gunther Grunbaum (Æ)
Romanus Scipio Vesperanus (Ansteorra)
William (Caid)
Anton Barsuk (West)
Varinn of Attica (Lochac)
Daniel of Whitby (Ealdormere)
For the Midrealm and its Allies:
Trystan der Fackeltrager (Mid)
Bubba of Wolfhou (Atl)
Breccan Cu (Atl)
Dealla Cohen (Atl)
Kryss Kostarev (Atl)
Altan of the Moritu (Mid)
Arinwald Rotstein (Mid)
Kestral Altara von Isarton (Mid)
Seamus the Tinker (Atl)
William the Archer (Mid)
Moonwulf (Mid)
Sanada Masamota Kenshin noKuma (Æ)
While waiting for the tourney to commence, HRM Sir Gabriel, King of Ansteorra, spoke of how happy he was to see that Thrown Weapons had grown to a level earning such attention and respect. He described how Thrown Weapons had moved up such a level that the Crown had a Thrown Weapons Champion, standing in Court alongside the Heavy Weapons Champion, the Rapier Champion, the Bardic Champion, and others. His Majesty said that this showed that the Society «was many things for many people.»
THL Leon the Navigator (East) had designed a tourney worthy of champions. There were eight targets, alternating knife, axe, knife, axe, knife, axe, and the last two for spear. The champions got two throws at each target, and all throws were from fifteen feet for spear, and from ten feet with all other weapons. The first knife target bore a nine-inch white circle worth two points, but in the center of the circle was a two-inch red heart and striking the heart lost the thrower one point. The second target bore a similar outer circle, but for this target the heart was the black heart of an enemy and was worth two points, while the white area was worth one point. Target number three had the nine-inch circle worth one point, but a one-inch diameter green circle marked a three-point scoring area, making this the most difficult target of the tournament. The next two targets were standard royal round targets, worth three points for the bulls-eye, two points for the middle circle, and one point for the outer ring. The final axe target bore a picture of a hand reaching for a mug, and this mug was the vessel with the pestle has the pellet with the poison. The champion’s task was to strike the vessel and spill the poison for two points, or at least stick a weapon in the target thereby warning the drinker and earning one point, but they had to avoid the hand on pain of losing a point. The first spear had an eighteen-inch white circle divided by a cross into four quarters. Two alternating quarters were marked with Xs, and hitting those quarters lost a point. The two unmarked quarters were worth two points. The last spear target was a standard royal round target.
The contest proceeded in three rounds with eight throwers in each round, with four members of each team in each round. In addition to seeing the highest individual score of the tourney from Trystan der Fackeltrager (Mid), who scored 24 of a possible 40 points, the round was livened by the unquenchable wit of Kazimierz. Even when his very first throw pierced the red heart and cost him a point, his ability to lessen the burden of stress on throwers and audience never wavered.
After all twenty-four champions had completed the course, Lord Leon delighted the assembled populace by announcing that the tourney had been decided by only two points. The Middle, led by Trystan’s high score, had earned 161 points. The East, however, had squeaked out that two-point margin with a score of 163, gaining the War Point for their alliance. The Eastern throwers had defeated their opponents by only an average of sixteen-hundredths of a point per thrower. With such a close decision, both sides avowed their eagerness to renew the contest next year.
A very special thanks is owed to THL Dominique and her husband THL Arinwald Rotstein, who have for these many years provided a refreshing table of fruit, nuts, and snacks for the assembled royalty, champions, and populace. Such a deed of generosity lightens the heart and eases the mind of all who partake. Many, many thanks.
The assembled royalty also wish to remind their subjects that Thursday is the last day to score points for your kingdom in the Populace Throw. Remember that the Champions Throw was decided by only two points.

Fools Parade visits the PI

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The Fools Parade paid a visit to the Pennsic Independent on Tuesday
Photo by THL Mary of Montevale

Traditions Thrive at the Childrens Fete

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The King of Atlantia taking part in the Children’s Fete
Photo by THL Mary of Montevale

By THL Mary of Montevale,
Editor, The Pennsic Independent

The Wednesday-of-War-Week Children’s Fete at Pennsic has now been going strong for about twenty years. Every year sees a number of traditional, much-loved activities mingling with some new attractions.
Face painting always has one of the longest lines as both boys and girls have favorite designs they want to wear on their faces. I saw pink butterflies, visages of fierce creatures, and what looked like a superhero’s face mask. Henna is new this year, and very popular with the girls who struggled to be patient while waiting their turns for Mistress Asalah al-Hina (Middle) to fashion a graceful floral spray on the back of one hand.
Balloon animals have always been cherished souvenirs of the day, and this year it looked as if the most asked-for figure was a Pikachu fashioned by a few twists of yellow balloons. The balloon crafter this year was Lady Khaula bint Ismail. It took a bit of urging from his father, but finally young Marcus proudly showed off his valued new friend.
Circlets could be made from foam strips embellished with glue-on stickers and gems, followed by duct tape bracelets which were decorated in a similar fashion. Mistress Gisela Szabo (East) presided over this table, custodian of the scissors and glue. Nearby was a make-and take craft that was new to me—fashioning tiny fairy dolls from scraps of glittery fabric, feathers, and tulle.
The “dream” pillows at another table were pockets of colorful cotton fabric into which a stuffing mixture of dried potpourri materials and beans was placed before sealing the pouch. I was informed that they work well placed under your pillow, but are just as useful for tossing.
Painting canvas tote bags remains popular with both boys and girls. A black outline drawing is filled in with your choice of paint colors. Many of the designs were Celtic patterns, but it was a Roman helmet with a brush on the top that looked to be the choice of many boys.
Far and away, the real draw of the afternoon was the portion of the Great Hall which had been marked off for boffer combat between youngsters and adult fighters. This was a sport not just for boys. I personally witnessed a number of angelic-looking little girls bring two Kings and a Prince to their knees or, even more spectacular, to an Oscar-worthy death scene. A good case could be made that the adult fighters look forward to this traditional Fete activity more than the kids do.
There were cold drinks and other refreshments for everyone, quite welcome due to the day’s heat and humidity.
The Fete first begun by volunteers from the Kingdom of Atlantia who wanted to provide a special activity for young Pennsic attendees during War Week when there was so great a focus on adult activities. It now Fete now attracts adult volunteers from throughout the Known World. Many of the women volunteers continue to wear pink for this annual event, honoring Duchess Arielle the Golden of Atlantia, who passed away several years ago due to breast cancer, including Countess Rowan of Atlantia, this year’s Rose sponsor and liaison with attending Royalty. My thanks to Countess Rowan and Lady Aine OGrienan, for helping me gather information for this story.

Unclassifieds 8-11-2016

Contest Results
15th Known World Petanque Championship. Thank everyone and the P.A.P. for all the help. In the end, Vestguard came on top as the Champion! It was safe and fun. Merci bien les amis. Le Rieur.

Events
Shire Wars VI celebrates the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings. Oct. 14 - 16, 2016. Normans vs. Anglo-Saxons, including combat archery. See event announcement on the EK website.

A child’s voice is the sweetest sound- join us for our concert on Thursday at 6:00 pm - Performing Arts Tent - We are the future past

Super Secret Wizard Rock Show for Harry Potter fans. Thurs 9 pm @ Thanet House N15 on By The Way between Brewer’s and Chandler’s. PG-13 Featuring Efenwealt and Aenor as the Blibbering Humdingers.

Dance! Music! Dance! Music! Come to Baltimore MD for the 2017 Known World Dance & Music Symposium! June 15-18, 2017. See www.kwdms.org

For Sale
Coleman 8x13’ tent $80, Katherin @ Newbridge, N08

12x12 Panther Regent with canopy fly, black trim, sod flaps. All poles but one, stakes. Contact Runa in Great Dark Horde camp, E10. $600 cash or Paypal.

Full sized slat bed with futon mattress. $200/OBO. Available Saturday. See Nessa @ Canvas Skulls, E30.

16 ft. diameter yurt, ash lattice & rafters, oak ring, Panther canvas, rubber floor. Asking $1800. Contact Bruce @ 732-674-4311.

Kids garb at Neverland Designs #121 Plunder Lane.

18x16 Panther marquee 1 year old, used 3x. Great dining hall. May attract Bards. $1400 Ropes, pole, all. $1000 tent only 615-415-5842 end of war pickup.

10x16 Panther pavilion all ropes & poles $800/OBO. 14x20 Tentsmith pavilion ridge only $800/OBO. Darostur B01 next to Ancaster, look for flamingos.

Custom Vardo/Gypsy Wagons. Many options available. See sample on W10. afabsales.com or text 716-450-3360.

Essential oils, henna kit and supplies space 37

15x20 tent used 8 wars includes poles, stakes, ropes. Clan Cambion E15 or see Stefan in dance tent 1200.

For sale 79 Lincoln Town Car ask 4 BK 412-816-6287

Post cards and stamps available at the Gold Star tent. Come see aerial photos of XLV. Opposite space 110.

3 new handcrafted linen backed hickory flatbows, inset tips & handles 66-69” amo 30-36# $175ea. See Poplyr or Master Godric @Gamol Gat N33 Chicane Lane.

Lacing rings and aglets at Lady Guens. Space 121

Going Home Sale: twin beds,18 x24 Panther new in box, hand forged viking weapon, dorm refrige, primitive viking chairs 724-421-5394 Site 48.

Vardo for sale $1500. Text or call 724-854-2040.

10x10 Marquee includes poles ropes iron shelf. Bracket & shelf- like new. Pick up at end of War $550 #413-822-9557

Grolsch bottles for sale $2 each. Text 850-499-4640

Tent for Sale 14x14 Pyramid. Stakes not inc. Camp Wild Rose E24 ask for M. William or Amya $200.

Hand painted glass, slate wood, etc. Custom painting on bows, etc. 91 St of Gold West Gate

14x21 double bell wedge tent $600 OBO 610-406-8108 m.bowers526@gmail.com

Used shower/storage trailer $75. Needs some love 8x4 storage trailer w/shower. Available at end of war (Sat 11am) Barony of Dun Carraig Block N33.

Handmade Afghani rugs - soft and durable. space 37

Canvas cabin tent for sale. Trek tent 10x16 plus awning. Some damage to the floor. $100 OBO Available Sunday for pick up. Lada 917-544-5212

Indigo, henna, classic dye. Paisley peacock #37
8x8 marquee canvas tent-used, decent shape $175. Trestle wood table $175. Drums-various $50+. Viking archery to see #012.

Propane 40GL water heater, works, $35. - OBO, Dhmoritu, E09, ask for Campmistrs

Snoods and boning and busks oh my. Come to lady Guens. Space 121

Henna paste made fresh on site. Darkest stains! #37

Storage or shower trailer $500 OBO. Trailer tongue must be replaced with new tongue! Barony of Carillion block N10 corner of Brewer and Fletcher. Ask for Ty or Wulfgang for more info.

Greybarr’s Garage Sale. Something for everyone. Yards & yards of fabric, lanterns, baskets, etc. Space 91 St of Gold West Gate

Tudor dress hooks, dress pins, hat & veil pins, fibulae. Authenticity is our thing! The Treasury #85

15’ Spokewheel Pavilion $800 OBO. N18 House Gray Fox next to Darkmoon.

Going home sale single beds made with 4 wedges. Make an offer on anything bring this ad site. 724-421-5394.

Panther 18x24 new in box Viking chairs fancy bowls. Booth 48

General
EK Gazette wants your research! We want to publish your paper on history, A&S, Esoterica-We want to learn. Contact our editor - molly.eskridge@gmail.com

Sir Harold did cook up a feast, It was a remarkable beast, The diners did say at the end of the day, we couldn’t taste toe in the least!

Bardic CD’s for the long drive home. Efenwealt Wystle, Heather Dale, Ken and Lisa Theriot, Drake Oranwood, Wolgemut, Musica Subterranea and more. Camelot Treasures booth 30 on Street of Dreams.

Need an artist when you’ve gotten back from Pennsic? Email vixensshadow@gmail.com and visit their portfolio @ vixensshadow.tumblr.com

Carolingia, University of: Support the old Alma Mater! Varsity melee team t-shirts @ #121

Boo-boo-oil & salve - rivets - buckles - dyes - soaps & essential oils- oils - bitter apricot kernels at the Blue Unicorn Etc. on Battle Road. Also custom embroidering.
Fine loose leaf tea by “Tea & Absinthe” only at Materialis. Space 87 on Street of Gold.
Attn Bards & Filkers 600 filks from Golden Age #208

myfunkycamelot.etsy.com - visit our Pennsic booth #30 Camelot Treasures for SCA, Angevin, and Steam-punk fashion accessories! Maitresse Aenor d’Anjou

MURDER! LOST! BEER! The Edward Red Mage Mysteries by Angela P. Wade @ The Amber Lady Shop #29

The old codger says thank the staff you meet, remember the folks you meet, and leave this place clean.

CMT/LNT seeks trade w/ CMT/LNT current and noncurrent gentle-pathy preferred, myofascial loved B5 Aielnem #434-981 -4968

Lost & Found
Lost: Rust colored viking apron with white & tan trim. Return to the Pennsic Independent!

Memoriall
The camp of Wayfaring Rest (E04) would like to invite all who knew THLady Rowan L’Crotha to a celebration of her life. Lady Rowan was a teacher, a mentor, an illuminator, & a Chatelaine. She was known for her studies in Middle Eastern dance, Slavic arts & culture. Her love of life, generosity, & apple pie warmed the hearts of all she came in contact with. Please feel welcome to our camp Thursday evening between 5-6 for food & remembrance, followed by the longship ceremony.

The Memorial ship will sail this evening, weather permitting. Meet at 9pm at White Wolf & the Phoenix. 120 Plunder Lane, then process to the lake.

Parties
Thanks to everyone for another great duct tape party from everyone at Camp Silverback! The winners of that night’s events are: Zeph, Thora, Laney, and Sheryll. Congratulations to them. Stop by for your prizes! See you all next year!

Personals
Wild seahorses on the run! Some of our seahorse water bottles have not returned to the Atlantian day shade. If found, please help them find their way back home to the herd.

Fuzzybottom-Who would have thought that what began as “If you do it, I will” would have lasted 15 years! Happy Anniversary! “Alexandra”

Celebrating the anniversary of a Pennsic fling that blossomed into a wonderful marriage. I love you, Mistress Rosalind Jehanne! XOXOXO - Your Andreas

Need swooners? 3 maidens available at Good Friend Camp behind Great Hall in N01. Will work for mead.

Patty D - Sending Spoons!

To the lovely lady at the House Hedgehog party- you are cordially invited to visit. Sincerely, Faolan Hookah Master.

Bards Haven is open for business!!

To Three Bears-Thank you for the help & Pirate Patch.

Are you Viking in faith or persona? Both? If faith, SCA Heathens group on Facebook is a way to keep in touch with others. Request to join us.

To whoever has Flat Og, pics or it didn’t happen.

PI Tuesday August 9, 2016

In Memoriam

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Distributing Dave’s favorite notebooks
Photo by Magistra Nicolaa de Bracton

By Magistra Nicolaa de Bracton
Editor-In-Chief, The Pennsic Independent

As the clock neared 4 pm, the golf carts began to gather by the fort by the road named for Dave Cooper. Pennsic staff mingled with green-shirted Coopers; Betty Cooper, wearing her baronial coronet, sat in a cart with a photo of Dave. Coffee was set up in the back of one of the carts and distributed to those standing nearby.

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Giving regards to Betty Cooper
Photo by Magistra Nicolaa de Bracton

Rice Krispy Treats—Dave’s favorite—were passed among the crowd. Another gentleman had a box full of little notebooks and pencils to distribute as mementoes—a place “to keep track of all the work you need to get done,” and a pencil just the right size. In fact, it may come in handy for reporting stories the rest of this week.
At 4 pm, Viscount Edward, Mayor of Pennsic 45, called for silence. By then, perhaps seventy-five people had gathered—many were those you have seen working so hard to make Pennsic happen for all of us. Those in the midst of the rapier battle on the field took a knee. “In memory of The Dave, we will all now drink coffee, smoke cigarettes, eat Rice Krispy Treats, and then get back to work while the sun is still up—just as he would have wanted it,” he said. After a few minutes of silence and a few sips of coffee, life continued at Cooper’s Lake. Dave may not be here, but he’s far from gone.

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Dave IS here
Photo by Magistra Nicolaa de Bracton

Mother of All Battles

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Fierce guards protect the Dragon gates
Photo by Master Philip the Pilgrim

By Uilleam of Clan Friseal
Reporter, The Pennsic Independent

Chaos was in the air on the battlefield all morning—the sounds of shields being beaten as drums, and the cries of the noble houses gathered. The Tuchux made themselves known as they crossed the field chanting to honor their clan. Captains formed units of their best fighters and handed out orders to be followed while in battle. Marshals gave the word that battle would begin shortly, which resulted in war cries from all sides as fighters took to the field.
The attacking armies of the East formed a line, fronted by a massive shield wall composed largely of three units of Tuchux warriors. The armies of the Middle, who were to defend, formed into several squares through the town, as well as in line sent to lay in wait for the armies of the East to pass the mountains. At the sound of the cannons, the East began to march through the mountain pass, quickly gaining speed to a full charge. At sight of the charge, fighters from the Middle heeded orders from captains and met their foes with force enough to break the lines. With lines broken, a group of Eastern fighters broke off from the rest and flanked the to the far side of the battlefield and forced the Middle army against the castle. Marshals did their best to ensure the safety of both fighters and spectators, but in the madness of battle mistakes are often made. There were many holds through the day, but they were mainly to ensure all combatants were thoroughly hydrated. Sadly, one hold was needed to clear a fighter who had suffered a knee injury from the field. After the hold was lifted the Eastern armies rallied and forced the remaining Middle fighters through the castle gate, which caused the battle to enter its second stage. During the rest between stages, water bearers were encouraged to allow fighters as much to drink as requested. Fighters gathered around their captains to receive their orders and take rest. With the field reset, the armies took their positions and awaited the call to lay on. At the sound of a horn, a barrage from the Eastern army’s siege weapons and arrows from the Middle filled the sky. Fighters from the Middle found their way around the walls to meet their enemy. With a wall of shields and polearms behind the gate, Eastern fighters found it difficult to enter the castle. However, once inside, the number of defenders began to dwindle. Those who remained made their way to defend the chokepoints in an attempt to hold out as long as possible. Tuchux reinforcements charged the final large skirmish happening inside the castle, flanking Middle fighters and pushing them to the top of the walls. The Midrealm lasted a long while defending from only the walls, though nobody could have foreseen the strategy that won the battle. The final death was aided by Torvus of Rome who served as a platform for his ally Maximus, who reached over the castle wall to end the second stage with a dramatic kill.
During the battlefield reset fighters did their best to stay in battle mode by sparing with allies. However, an unfortunate number of fighters and spectators found the heat to be unbearable and EMTs found it necessary to remove several of each. Marshals instructed captains and water bearers to ensure that every fighter had been rehydrated.

Upon the order to return to the battlefield and prepare for the fight, the Eastern armies formed a line close to the castle road, forcing a long charge from the Midrealm forces. Many fighters broke stride and fell from the lines before reaching the waiting shields of the Eastern ranks. The East held on to an impressive troop formation, allowing themselves to be pushed to a chokepoint along the left side of the castle. With the aid of their rapid fire siege weapons, the East held their position until they were finally overrun by reinforcements from the Middle.
During the reset, captains on both sides were heard giving orders and words of encouragement, telling their allies to fight with honor, for a victory without honor would be more of a loss than an honorable defeat.
Eastern armies next took positions through the castle, mainly covering the far left flank. At the sound of the horn, catapults and ballista launched their payloads to the sky upon the field of fighters waiting to charge. Upon breaking through the gate, the Middle’s armies separated and attempted to flank, only to find the East ready and waiting. Orders were called and a small band broke off to make an attempt on the opposing flank. Eastern fighters prepared for the second flank and sent a group of unbelts to act as cavalry for those standing guard of the right side chokepoint. The Tuchux fighters broke into three units in order to aid all points of conflict. Each charged in and overran the front lines of enemies, giving their allies an opportunity to reform their lines and prepare a charge of their own. Broken weapons then caused a hold to be called, which all fighters seem to have needed at the time.
With weapons repaired, the battle was restarted only to be held several times to clear the dead out of the gate. Piles were so dense that not even poles could reach the enemy. A massive regroup followed by a charge caused the Middle armies to wrap around and close in on one half of the castle. With reinforcements occupied by forces at other chokepoints, this charge became the turning point and gave Middle armies an upper hand. A brief hold allowed both sides to reposition and rehydrate before the end. With fighters briefly rested, both sides traded blows for nearly 20 minutes until the Middle broke through shields with well placed pole strikes.
His Royal Highness Marcus of AEthelmearc said, regarding the battle, “Beginners were seen throwing themselves into the heaviest fights, and the most experienced were seen taking charge and providing support wherever necessary. I also felt that our opponents all fought with great honor, and it was clear that everyone was having fun.”
The battle was decided by duration of defense—how long each side was able to defend their positions before being overrun. The Middle defended for 19 minutes and 49 seconds, and the East defended for 24 minutes and 32 seconds. The War Point was thus awarded to the East Kingdom.

Over the Garden Wall

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A look inside the Queen of Æthelmearc’s beautiful garden
Photo by Magistra Nicolaa de Bracton

By Magistra Nicolaa de Bracton
Editor-In-Chief, The Pennsic Independent

Peering over the walls of the Æthelmearc Royal Encampment, I saw an oasis of greenery. Coming inside, I heard the melodious, gentle sound of a gurgling fountain. Before me lay a labyrinth in stone, with a shaded archway at the center. Closing my eyes, I could see Her Majesty Ariella of Æthelmearc walking the pathways with her ladies-in-waiting, enjoying a quiet moment in the midst of the bustle of War.
Master Ambrose, who many know as the “Labyrinth Guy” for all of the chalk labyrinths he has drawn at Pennsic for many years, first conceived of the idea of a labyrinth within a pleasance to be located in a garden, and presented the idea to Her Majesty—who then asked Mistress Filipia Capriotti to help organize the garden surrounding the maze. The result is what is know as a “raised bed pleasance”, with aromatic plants set amongst the labyrinth to make the journey pleasing to eye and nose. The style of this garden dates to about the 15th – 16th century, although the labyrinth itself is, of course, quite ancient.
“Many of the plants in the garden are those who love the heat—basil, sage, hyssop, and betony,” said Mistress Filipia, who also pointed out some heirloom cucumbers (which look like tiny round melons) with fruit nearing ripeness Other highlights are several fruit trees, including an edible crabapple that is currently bearing fruit and a pair of rescued fig trees she hopes to greenhouse over the winter. Her Majesty contributed some Asiatic lilies in bloom, and others from around the kingdom also contributed a variety of plants from their gardens, including sage and several varieties of dianthus (carnations, pinks, and Sweet Williams). The centerpiece of the garden adjacent to the labyrinth is a fountain from Her Majesty’s own castle.
“Now that we have the infrastructure, we hope this garden can be created on a yearly basis going forward,” said Mistress Filipia. When asked whether there had been a guild or Facebook group around the creation of the garden, she answered no—it had been just an informal group of people, but “a Royal Gardeners’ group might be an idea.”
All are invited in to enjoy the garden and walk the labyrinth. “We had a gentleman propose to a lady there the other evening,” said Mistress Filipia. There are also a number of small plants for sale at $1 each, with larger plants available as well— you might also be able to take a small piece of a royal garden home with you.
So don’t just peer over the wall. Come inside—you are welcome to enjoy a garden fit for Royalty.

Unclassifieds 8-9-2016

Events
Super Secret Wizard Rock Show for Harry Potter fans. Thurs 9 pm @ Thanet House N15 on By The Way between Brewer’s and Chandler’s. PG-13 Featuring Efenwealt and Aenor as the Blibbering Humdingers.

Dance! Music! Dance! Music! Come to Baltimore MD for the 2017 Known World Dance & Music Symposium! June 15-18, 2017. See www.kwdms.org

PENNSIC-INSPIRED TEAS to sample. Bring or buy your own drinking vessel. Wednesday, 3-5 @ Dancing Pig Pottery, 16 Bow St.

A child’s voice is the sweetest sound- join us for our concert on Thursday at 6:00 pm - Performing Arts Tent - We are the future past

For Sale
Greybarr’s Garage Sale. Something for everyone. Yards & yards of fabric, lanterns, baskets, etc. Space 91 St of Gold West Gate

15’ Spokewheel Pavilion $800 OBO. N18 House Gray Fox next to Darkmoon.

Propane 40GL water heater, works, $35. - OBO, Dhmoritu, E09, ask for Campmistrs

6x12 red horse trailer w/ sealing plywood $700 OBO. See Saxsa at House Fabri in B3 850-499-3135

Kitchen/storage trailer $800 OBO on site avail imm for info Unicorns Garden sp 207.

9x18 Double Bell Wedge tent w/awning all poles and stakes included. Only used a few times $500.00 812-701-1820

Indigo, henna, classic dye. Paisley peacock #37

Custom Vardo/Gypsy Wagons. Many options available. See sample on W10. afabsales.com or text 716-450-3360.

Opera bard at Pennsic Again! 10 years experience will follow your friends around and sing at them. Assault your enemies with Caccini! Or Bizet! Will deliver opera messages $5 a song and up. Text 240-405-6842 for set up.

Essential oils, henna kit and supplies space 37

10x10 Marquee includes poles ropes iron shelf. Bracket & shelf- like new. Pick up at end of War $550 #413-822-9557
Going Home Sale: twin beds,18 x24 Panther new in box, hand forged viking weapon, dorm refrige, primitive viking chairs 724-421-5394 Site 48.

1st Annual Historical Brewing Roundtable AS4 7pm Wed 8/11 - Come to learn, share, taste, and be inspired. Non-alcoholic brewing welcome. (Age 21+ for tasting alcohol)

Vardo for sale $1500. Text or call 724-854-2040.

Hand painted glass, slate wood, etc. Custom painting on bows, etc. 91 St of Gold West Gate

Used fencing swords. Reasonable 724-289-6914

Kids garb at Neverland Designs #121 Plunder Lane.

Tudor dress hooks, dress pins, hat & veil pins, fibulae. Authenticity is our thing! The Treasury #85

5 Gallon RV water heater. Great for small camps $50. See Evander or Richard at House No House N30.

Viking archery booth 12- complete line of archery supplies including custom bowstrings. Also have throwing hawks, leather pouches, t-shirts, cloaks, jewelry, and neck coolers. Starting Monday afternoon combat archery components-arrows and crossbow.

Mongolian Ger 22 ft $1000 OBO All Framework No cloth. See Photos Booth #192

16 ft. diameter yurt, ash lattice & rafters, oak ring, Panther canvas, rubber floor. Asking $1800. Contact Bruce @ 732-674-4311.

Panther 18x24 new in box Viking chairs fancy bowls

Handmade Afghani rugs - soft and durable. space 37

Repro French 6LB cannon on Naval truck must pick up in KY $2500 serious inquiries only. 812-449-5406

Grolsch bottles for sale $2 each. text 850-499-4640

Has the Mustard Fairy not visited? Learned Steel’s Medieval Mustards are available at Auntie Arwen’s!

Commercial sewing machine Rex walking foot. New hook serviced $600. Can be seen at Big Horn Trade Co. 141

Used shower/storage trailer $75. Needs some love 8x4 storage trailer w/shower. Available at end of war (Sat 11am) Barony of Dun Carraig Block N33.

Full sized slat bed with futon mattress. $200/OBO. Available Saturday. See Nessa @ Canvas Skulls, E30.

Tent for Sale 14x14 Pyramid. Stakes not inc. Camp Wild Rose E24 ask for M. William or Amya $200.

12x12 Panther Regent with canopy fly, black trim, sod flaps. All poles but one, stakes. Contact Runa in Great Dark Horde camp, E10. $600 cash or Paypal.

4x21 double bell wedge tent $600 OBO 610-406-8108 m.bowers526@gmail.com

General
Chess Challenge: Jayme Hume of Berwyk challenges any comers to a Battle of Kings: Westengale N03 on St. Lawrence just past the great hall.

Boo-boo-oil & salve - rivets - buckles - dyes - soaps & essential oils- oils - bitter apricot kernels at the Blue Unicorn Etc. on Battle Road. Also custom enbroidering.

MURDER! LOST! BEER! The Edward Red Mage Mysteries by Angela P. Wade @ The Amber Lady Shop #29

myfunkycamelot.etsy.com - visit our Pennsic booth #30 Camelot Treasures for SCA, Angevin, and Steam-punk fashion accessories! Maitresse Aenor d’Anjou

We would like to recognize the transition of maiden to newly annointed Lady of the Lake. Raise your flag high in triumph for your completion or proper tribute to Aphrodite within the temple on the lake.

Cloak & Dagger sharpening knives, cleaning, custom sheaths. #13 Bow St.

EK Gazette wants your research! We want to publish your paper on history, A&S, Esoterica-We want to learn. Contact our editor - molly.eskridge@gmail.com

Carolingia, University of: Support the old Alma Mater! Varsity melee team t-shirts @ #121

Help me find a new home for my dear late husband’s fabric collection. Hus faerhaga N08 Tues & Wed 9 am to noon.

CMT/LNT seeks trade w/ CMT/LNT current and noncurrent gentle-pathy preferred, myofascial loved B5 Aielnem #434-981 -4968

Henna paste made fresh on site. Darkest stains! #37
Fine loose leaf tea by “Tea & Absinthe” only at Materialis. Space 87 on Street of Gold.

Pay Tribute to the Magdaronica and be spared!

All pipers will be killed.

The SCA treasures the virtue of Honor. Two Lanterns were removed from the road outside of House Black Hammer. The name of the actual owner is on the bottom of the lanterns. Please return them to N33.

Achbar for President!
Help Wanted
Want a chance to earn money this Pennsic? Inquire at Oakwood Hall, space 1601 about being a travelling rose seller today through Thursday. Part time hours apply.

Lost & Found
Lost: Rust colored viking apron with white & tan trim. Return to the Pennsic Independant!

Memorials
The Memorial ship will sail Thursday, Aug. 11, weather permitting. Meet at 9pm at White Wolf & the Phoenix. 120 Plunder Lane, then process to the lake.

Parties
Celtic bardic! BardsHaven/E19. All the usual goodies! Food! Gifts! And other stuff!

Personals
Sir Baldrick the Just of Chelmsford the test came back positive.

Patty D - Sending Spoons!

Sam-Can’t do my job without you! Thank you for everything you do! -Gwyn

Bards Haven is open for business!!

The truth can now be revealed - GO (as in Pensimon GO or Pokemon GO) is OG spelled backwards. Just coincidence, or...? You decide.

Congrats on 25 years! May we have many more. To my husband, meeting you at war 10 yrs ago has changed my life. Here’s to decades more in our adventure. Love, Cat
To Canvas Skulls: We caught your Snorlax. Retrieve from E19. Does not respond to PokÈball

PI Wednesday August 10, 2016

Battle of the Five Bridges

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Pole arms meet at the line to take control
Photo by Tarmach

By Uilleam of Clan Friseal
Reporter, The Pennsic Independent

Fighters stood waiting, the sounds of trumpet, a blast of cannon fire, and the East began to charge towards the waiting forces of the Middle.
The defense mounted by the Middle Kingdom fighters was strong, but Eastern ballistae fired rapidly and that defense began to fail. As fighters began to fall from the first bridge, ballista fire was called to a halt because Eastern allies were taking some of the fire. As reinforcements for both sides reached the fight, fighters from the Midrealm began to push across the center bridge, but were quickly met with a wall of shields and pole arms from their opponents. Fighters piling onto the bridges had to push through the crowd to reach opponents. Waiting soldiers of the East began chanting and beating their shields. Moments after those waiting started their charge, the timer for the first battle ran out and marshals call for battlefield reset.
Trumpets sounded in Morse code between battles to signal how long fighters had to prepare themselves. The sounds of chanting and the pounding of shields filled the air again as marshals signaled to begin. At the cannon’s blast, fighters took off sprinting and met like waves crashing at sea. Tuchux and Black Talon shield units held fighters from the Middle back. Soon after the charge, a hold was called as medics checked a fallen fighter. He returned to his feet, but was unfit to continue and was led off the field. Following the hold, Midrealm forces found an opening, charged, and nearly broke through to the Eastern ranks waiting to enter the fray. They were met by Black Talon reinforcements, who proved that a shield defense can change the course of an assault as they pushed back the Midrealmers, successfully keeping them at bay. Catapults were launched, giving the East a chance to reform and charge just as time ran out and marshals once again reset the field.
The moment marshals reached the end of their next countdown, Eastern fighters and their allies rushed to meet their foe before the latter had reached the bridges. Those Easterners who met their counterparts so close to the Middle front were quickly defeated, but had done enough to ensure that the East and its allies would keep the Middle from advancing. Eastern allies broke through on the fifth bridge and begin to wrap around, making short work of this battle.
Orders were given, and fighters were seen adjusting formation just before the end of the countdown. Both armies charge and met directly on the line of skirmish where the fight remained until the timer was called. Between battles, fighters could be seen embracing both friend and foe showing great honor and chivalry, as well as the long standing bonds of friendship that exists between Mid and East.
As trumpets marked the beginning of the final battle, both armies once again found themselves faced off at the line of skirmish. Both had adjusted their strategies and began to show how just how strong defense can be of immense value on the battlefield. A combination of shield wall defense and well-aimed pole arm attacks by Eastern armies slowly began to take control of the final battle. In a sudden flash of activity, Eastern reinforcements charged and broke through to the Middle ranks on three bridges. During the chaos of the charge, a fighter from the Middle took a minor wound but was able to walk off the field. Moments after that medical hold was lifted, time ran out and cannon fire signaled the final end of the overall battle.
A roar of cheers and chants was heard. Friends and foes embraced one another in celebration of a glorious battle. Allied armies began to depart the field of battle, the armies of the East cheered for the Tuchux who had once again proved themselves a force to be reckoned with.
Both bridge battle war points went to the East.

Estrogen and Axes Tourney

By Lord Dominic Seamor
Thrown Weapons Reporter, The Pennsic Independent

The Axe Maidens of Ealdormere once more displayed their dedication, skill, and grace by hosting the 15th annual Estrogen and Axes tournament Tuesday at 11:30 am, at the Thrown Weapons range. Her Grace Rylyn, Her Excellency Christiana, Countess Lidr Lang-Akasan, and THL Catriona (all Ealdormere) were the leading ladies among the many Axe Maidens organizing the tourney.
Fifty-eight women participated in the competition, ranging in age from fourteen to “none of your business,” in skill from first-time thrower to baronial champion, and in rank from peasant to sitting royalty. HRM Adrielle of Ealdormere and HRM Gwyn of Northshield led the assembled throwers in the tournament.
Indeed, Queen Adrielle came to the range with the dust of battle still upon her. She had been leading Ealdomerean forces in the Bridge battle, but graciously took the time to come to the range and throw. As Her Majesty said, the SCA should be “a community embracing all activities” and she was leading by example. Queen Adrielle not only competed in Estrogen and Axes, she took the time for a set of Populace Throws as well. Queen Gwyn arrived from the Children’s Arts and Sciences Display, but still had time to complete a set of throws on the Populace War Point as well as participate in the tourney. She said that she had only been throwing for about two years, and that Estrogen and Axes “looked like fun.”
Her Majesty was right. Each thrower was allowed two axes at each of the five targets. The first four targets were each marked with two small symbols, and hitting a symbol was worth five points, while sticking in the target outside a symbol was worth one point. The fifth target was something else. This target featured three small cups, said to be filled with wine, and the throwers were required to stick the weapons into the target without hitting the cups, which would spill the wine. A successful strike would be worth five points, but spilling the wine would be worth nothing. A perfect score would be fifty points.
As the assembled competitors completed the tourney, it was noted that five of these ladies were wearing armor. Not only is that a comment on the increasing participation of the distaff sex in martial activities, it shows just how hectic the pace of Pennsic has become, with activity piled on top of activity.
Weight of armor, heat of sun, buzzing of insects; nothing stopped these assembled ladies from their appointed throws. After all was said and thrown the winning total of 30 was held by Elizabeth (Æthelmearc), with Marrin (Ealdormere) second with 23, Kestral (Middle) with 21, Eve with 19, and Foley (Middle) with 18. As first-place winner Elizabeth received a scroll with calligraphy and illumination by Lady Bethó ingen MaelFéchín.

Each winner then chose a prize from a table snowed under to a depth of several inches with all manner of good things, donated by the good people of Ealdormere and gathered together by the vigor of the Axe Maidens. Topping the table was a handmade chess set, with an inlaid wooden board also forming a lined carrying case for cast and painted plaster pieces, made and donated by Olaf Smeo of the Northwoods. There were so many things available, thanks to the “mind-boggling generosity” of the people of Ealdormere – as their Queen described it – that every competitor took something home, and still there were good gifts left on the table.
Wassail! to Their Majesties for their support and encouragement, to the Axe Maidens for the enthusiasm and dedication, to the populace of Ealdormere for unrivaled generosity, and to the ladies of our Society for their grace, charm, and skill with sharp steel.

Medieval Instrument Petting Zoo. Yes, Please Touch

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Trying out medieval instruments
Photo by Quyn

By THL Mary of Montevale,
Editor-in-Chief, The Pennsic Independent

The other day at Bog University, a class called “Medieval Instrument Petting Zoo” took place. The instructors brought an assortment of period instruments from their own collections. Between them, they had around 50 instruments to display. The three instructors discussed history, evolution from earlier period into modern day instruments of similar ilk—and at the end everyone tried the instruments out; hence the term “petting zoo.”
When they realized they did not have much representation from the Middle East, a gentleman from Burning Hand (a nearby camp) walked across the street to play the saz (the name of a family of Iranian and Turkish stringed musical instruments) and give a brief history of Middle Eastern stringed instruments.
The 24 people in the class were almost a bit too much for tent. A few of this year’s Bog U classes have actually pushed the limit; one had forty people and spilled out into the lawn.
Lady Marion Quyn said, “We are getting a pretty good mix of topside and ‘down the hill’ students. I could not be more pleased with the way it has turned out in our very first year.” She is enjoying this great opportunity for her to teach practically in her backyard since she camps in the bog. She added, “We are so thankful for all the support and we hope to continue to grow.”

Unclassifieds 8-10-2016

Events
Super Secret Wizard Rock Show for Harry Potter fans. Thurs 9 pm @ Thanet House N15 on By The Way between Brewer’s and Chandler’s. PG-13 Featuring Efenwealt and Aenor as the Blibbering Humdingers.

A child’s voice is the sweetest sound- join us for our concert on Thursday at 6:00 pm - Performing Arts Tent - We are the future past

Dance! Music! Dance! Music! Come to Baltimore MD for the 2017 Known World Dance & Music Symposium! June 15-18, 2017. See www.kwdms.org

1st Annual Historical Brewing Roundtable AS4 7pm Wed 8/11 - Come to learn, share, taste, and be inspired. Non-alcoholic brewing welcome. (Age 21+ for tasting alcohol)

Shire Wars VI celebrates the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings. Oct. 14-16, 2016. Normans vs. Anglo-Saxons, including combat archery. See event announcement on the EK website.

For Sale
Storage or shower trailer $500 OBO. Trailer tongue must be replaced with new tongue! Barony of Carillion block N10 corner of Brewer and Fletcher. Ask for Ty or Wulfgang for more info.

14x21 double bell wedge tent $600 OBO 610-406-8108 m.bowers526@gmail.com

Going Home Sale: twin beds,18 x24 Panther new in box, hand forged viking weapon, dorm refrige, primitive viking chairs 724-421-5394 Site 48.

6x12 red horse trailer w/ sealing plywood $700 OBO. See Saxsa at House Fabri in B3 850-499-3135

Kids garb at Neverland Designs #121 Plunder Lane.

Propane 40GL water heater, works, $35. - OBO, Dhmoritu, E09, ask for Campmistrs

Custom Vardo/Gypsy Wagons. Many options available. See sample on W10. afabsales.com or text 716-450-3360.

Essential oils, henna kit and supplies space 37

Used fencing swords. Reasonable 724-289-6914

Lacing rings and aglets at lady Guens. Space 121

Full sized slat bed with futon mattress. $200/OBO. Available Saturday. See Nessa @ Canvas Skulls, E30.

Tent for Sale 14x14 Pyramid. Stakes not inc. Camp Wild Rose E24 ask for M. William or Amya $200.

Greybarr’s Garage Sale. Something for everyone. Yards & yards of fabric, lanterns, baskets, etc. Space 91 St of Gold West Gate

Hand painted glass, slate wood, etc. Custom painting on bows, etc. 91 St of Gold West Gate

3 new handcrafted linen backed hickory flatbows, inset tips & handles 66-69” amo 30-36# $175ea. See Poplyr or Master Godric @Gamol Gat N33 Chicane Lane.

Handmade Afghani rugs - soft and durable. space 37

12x12 Panther Regent with canopy fly, black trim, sod flaps. All poles but one, stakes. Contact Runa in Great Dark Horde camp, E10. $600 cash or Paypal.

Vintage women’s nagajuban under kimonos on sale #208

9x18 Double Bell Wedge tent w/awning all poles and stakes included. Only used a few times $500.00 812-701-1820

Snoods and boning and busks oh my. Come to lady Guens. Space 121

Viking Archery booth 12- complete line of archery supplies including custom bowstrings. Also have throwing hawks, leather pouches, t-shirts, cloaks, jewelry, and neck coolers. Starting Monday afternoon combat archery components-arrows and crossbow.

15’ Spokewheel Pavilion $800 OBO. N18 House Gray Fox next to Darkmoon.

Indigo, henna, classic dye. Paisley peacock #37
Commercial sewing machine Rex walking foot. New hook serviced $600. Can be seen at Big Horn Trade Co. 141

Kitchen/storage trailer $800 OBO on site avail imm for info Unicorns Garden sp 207.

8x8 marquee canvas tent-used, decent shape $175. Trestle wood table $175. Drums-various $50+. Viking archery to see #012.

Has the Mustard Fairy not visited? Learned Steel’s Medieval Mustards are available at Auntie Arwen’s!

16 ft. diameter yurt, ash lattice & rafters, oak ring, Panther canvas, rubber floor. Asking $1800. Contact Bruce @ 732-674-4311.

Opera bard at Pennsic Again! 10 years experience will follow your friends around and sing at them. Assault your enemies with Caccini! Or Bizet! Will deliver opera messages $5 a song and up. Text 240-405-6842 for set up.

18x16 Panther marquee 1 year old, used 3x. Great dining hall. May attract Bards. $1400 Ropes, pole, all. $1000 tent only 615-415-5842 end of war pickup.

Repro French 6LB cannon on Naval truck must pick up in KY $2500 serious inquiries only. 812-449-5406

10x10 Marquee includes poles ropes iron shelf. Bracket & shelf- like new. Pick up at end of War $550 #413-822-9557

Grolsch bottles for sale $2 each. text 850-499-4640

Tudor dress hooks, dress pins, hat & veil pins, fibulae. Authenticity is our thing! The Treasury #85

Henna paste made fresh on site. Darkest stains! #37

Used shower/storage trailer $75. Needs some love 8x4 storage trailer w/shower. Available at end of war (Sat 11am) Barony of Dun Carraig Block N33.

Vardo for sale $1500. Text or call 724-854-2040.

Panther 18x24 new in box Viking chairs fancy bowls

General
Need an artist when you’ve gotten back from Pennsic? Email vixensshadow@gmail.com and visit their portfolio @ vixensshadow.tumblr.com

EK Gazette wants your research! We want to publish your paper on history, A&S, Esoterica-We want to learn. Contact our editor - molly.eskridge@gmail.com

myfunkycamelot.etsy.com - visit our Pennsic booth #30 Camelot Treasures for SCA, Angevin, and Steam-punk fashion accessories! Maitresse Aenor d’Anjou

Boo-boo-oil & salve - rivets - buckles - dyes - soaps & essential oils- oils - bitter apricot kernels at the Blue Unicorn Etc. on Battle Road. Also custom enbroidering.

Thank you for the donuts. You will be spared our wrath! Love from the Magderonica.

The other Lucia: Good morning sunshine!

Attn Bards & Filkers 600 filks from Golden Age #208

Murder! Lust! Beer! Mystery novels @ The AmberLady

Bardic CD’s for the long drive home. Efenwealt Wystle, Heather Dale, Ken and Lisa Theriot, Drake Oranwood, Wolgemut, Musica Subterranea, and more. Camelot Treasures booth 30 on Street of Dreams.

Achbar for President!

Pennsic Staff is a one year commitment, please be sure to thank the staff for their service this year.

All pipers will be killed.

Fine loose leaf tea by “Tea & Absinthe” only at Materialis. Space 87 on Street of Gold.

Cloak & Dagger sharpening knives, cleaning, custom sheaths. #13 Bow St.

Help Wanted
On-On W&R trails Thr 10:30am W-12(Penincila) Hares & RA wanted. Ask for Marco.

Lost & Found
Lost: Rust colored viking apron with white & tan trim. Return to the Pennsic Independent!

Memorials
The camp of Wayfaring Rest (E04) would like to invite all who knew THLady Rowan L’Crotha to a celebration of her life. Lady Rowan was a teacher, a mentor, an illuminator, & a Chatelaine. She was known for her studies in Middle Eastern dance, Slavic arts & culture. Her love of life, generosity, & apple pie warmed the hearts of all she came in contact with. Please feel welcome to our camp Thursday evening between 5-6 for food & remembrance, followed by the longship ceremony.

The Memorial ship will sail Thursday, Aug. 11, weather permitting. Meet at 9pm at White Wolf & the Phoenix. 120 Plunder Lane, then process to the lake.

Personals

Ottilige and Lijsbet - You two are the best apprentices in the world and I am unendingly proud of you. Love, Odriana

To the lovely lady at the House Hedgehog party- you are cordially invited to visit. Sincerely, Faolan Hookah Master.

Canvas Skulls: We caught your Snorlax. Retrieve from E19. Does not
respond to Pokeballs. Bring rum.
Sir Baldrick the Just of Chelmsford the test came back positive.

Congrats on 25 years! May we have many more. To my husband, meeting you at war 10 yrs ago has changed my life. Here’s to decades more in our adventure. Love, Cat

Happy Birthday Simeon de AlcaÁar

Patty D - Sending Spoons!

Bards Haven is open for business!!

Are you Viking in faith or personna? Both? If faith, SCA Heathens group on facebook is a way to keep in touch with others. Request to join us.

Happy 20th Anniversary, My Love. I wish I was there to share the magic with you tonight - Isabel

Wild seahorses on the run! Some of our seahorse water bottles have not returned to the Atlantian day shade. If found, please help them find their way back home to the herd.

*Situation Update* Sir Harold and Chair have been reunited! Toe is still missing.

War is Over

By Uilleam of Clan Friseal,
Battlefield Reporter, The Pennsic Independent

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Photo By Teagan of Clan Friseal
His Majesty of the Middle Kingdom reviews the field.

On the final day of active war all heavy combatants made their way to the battlefield for their last chance to come together in such a large-scale event, and to beat each other with sticks.
Before battle commenced every unit received orders. For the first time this War, formations were kept strong by both East and Midrealm. Each army split off into roughly five main units plus reserves held back.
Eastern forces were continuously the first to charge, often crossing the line of skirmish before the Midrealm fighters picked up to a running pace. This proved advantageous to the Middle, who waited until fighters of the East engaged on one side before flanking en masse in hopes of overwhelming those who had charged. The ever-frightful Tuchux rushed to engage the flanking party and ensured they had a slow march. When Midrealm fighters finally broke through the defense, those who remained from their original target met them. A cannon blast marked the end of phase one.
During battlefield reset, troops gathered around their respective Royalty to receive orders and words of encouragement. Upon hearing the five minute trumpet, fighters fell in and took to their formations.
Marshals and fighters counted down in unison, those with shields doing so by beating them like drums. As the cannon marked the start of the final phase, it was clear that everyone wanted to make up for the cancelled battles yesterday. This battle was an amazing display of strategy and organization that this reporter wished had existed all War. All who fought today gave it all that they had. Despite the overall victory going to the East, everyone had smiles on their faces after the battle.