The Honorable Lord Steven’s curle chair
Photo by Nicolaa de Bracton
A Different ‘Combat of the Thirty”
By Magistra Nicolaa de Bracton
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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 email@example.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 - firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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