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.
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)
Ruthger Lutz (East)
Aemilia Soteria (Æ)
Tigernach macCathail (Æ)
Gunther Grunbaum (Æ)
Romanus Scipio Vesperanus (Ansteorra)
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)
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.
The Fools Parade paid a visit to the Pennsic Independent on Tuesday
Photo by THL Mary of Montevale
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.
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.
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
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 email@example.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
EK Gazette wants your research! We want to publish your paper on history, A&S, Esoterica-We want to learn. Contact our editor - firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.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!
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.
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!
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.