PI Friday August 11, 2017

An Epic End

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Quintus of Vitos Minions resting as the battle rages on.

Written by: Uilleam Friseal

Mist hung over the battlefield along with dark ominous clouds. Horns signaled the beginning of battle was near and combatants swarmed to take their positions. Seconds before the cannon fired, a craze of war cries and chanting began, everyone was ready for the final battle.
Both armies raced to meet each other, single soldiers reached the breach points and began fighting immediately followed by waves of their allies meeting with a thunderous clash. Quickly, the Grand Alliance took control of the first breach point. Few fighters are left at the breach to maintain control, as the rest of the survivors moved forward in an attempt to flank their enemy at another breach.
In an attempt to keep the fight going, holds are called at each breach when needed. However, all fighting stopped for a medical hold as EMS entered the field. The field erupts in cheers as the fallen fighter returns to his feet and is escorted off the field to rest.
Chaos resumed at the contested breach points once the hold was lifted. With only a small number of fighters were able to attack through the breach, archers and siege engine operators began to launch full attacks in an attempt to thin the lines.
After some time, the Allied Kingdoms regrouped at the only non contested point and launched a powerful counter attack that managed to bring the fight back to the breach point. The attack was soon met by a charge from Grand Alliance reinforcements, who managed to punch a hole in the lines of their enemies, and regain control of the point.
This battle quickly became a stalemate as reinforcements from both armies reached the frontlines too quickly for archers to keep up. Flag stands began to break as the fighting only became more ferocious, fighters attempting to plant the flag were quickly squashed. Before long there were no standing flags, but the combat raged on just as strongly.
On opposite sides of the field, both armies employed similar tactics as large unit shield formations charged and took opposing breach points. The center breach is another story, as neither army was able to mount a successful attack, the point remained contested until the end.
As time ran low, combat became more vicious and it was clear that fighters began to give everything they had left. However, when the cannon fired and dust settled there were only two flags standing. One for the Allied Kingdoms, and one for the Grand Alliance.

Battle of Champions

By Uilleam Friseal
Battlefield Reporter,
Pennsic Independent

Prior to muster, armies convened under their Kings and Queens to receive words of inspiration. Following a brief instruction from Marshals, all fighters took their positions. They began to chant and beat their shields, as they readied themselves to charge. At the cannon, fighters from the Grand Alliance raced to meet their waiting foe. The charge was quickly pushed back by a dense shield wall, which marched strong and managed to push directly to the flag for the first capture for the Allied Kingdoms.
Fighters and Marshals cooperated to reset the field as quickly as possible. “Lay on” was called, and both armies quickly advanced to meet in the center of the field. Again, with the power of strong formations, the forces from the Allied Kingdoms were able to quickly push their foes back to their flag, allowing the needed chance to capture their second flag.
The commanders of the Allied Kingdoms seemed to have drilled formation into the minds of their soldiers, as strong shield walls and spears worked together. However, the Grand Alliance found a weak point and launched a powerful counter attack, causing the wall to crumble. Following a ferocious assault at their enemies’ flag, the Grand Alliance captured their first flag.
With a new strategy, the Grand Alliance was able to blitz through their enemies’ lines and capture another flag within moments of the call to lay on.
Following the upset of the previous bout, the Allied Kingdoms sprinted to meet their combatants before they could begin to charge. However, the Grand Alliance stood strong and began to move as one unit to push their enemies all the way back to their flag. After an intense skirmish another flag was captured for the Grand Alliance.
Armies sprinted to meet each other near the center line for an intense encounter. Whether planned or not, it was an effective strategy for the Allied Kingdoms, who were able to use the confusion to slip a scout through in order to capture yet another flag. As the flag was captured, a medical hold was called, and a fighter was escorted from the field for a minor injury.
Field reset took almost no time as soldiers moved quickly to ensure as much fighting as possible. Seconds after the next bout began, another brief hold was called to ensure fallen fighters were uninjured. After the hold, fighting became intensely aggressive around the Grand Alliance flag, allowing for another capture and an even score.
With an even number of flags for both armies, they switched back to defensive tactics in an attempt to keep things close. Holding tight formations, the Allied Kingdoms slowly pushed the fight to their enemies’ flag. Once there, it was only moments before a scout was seen sprinting back with another captured flag. On his way, the scout hit the ground hard and a brief medical hold was called to ensure the fighters’ safety. Once the scout stood, “lay on” was called and the flag was captured.
With “lay on” called, the Grand Alliance sent a blitz unit to breach the enemies shield wall. With the line broken, armies split into attack and defense units. The Allied Kingdoms stopped the blitz, but were unable to stop a scout from slipping through and capturing another flag.
Armies reverted to tactics from earlier in the battle, both taking heavy defensive formations, meeting in the middle of the field with a thunderous clash. The fighters endured the longest bout of the battle, but slowly fatigue set in and the Grand Alliance reformed their strong line and pushed hard to take one of the final flags.
Marshals announced the last bout and fighters immediately began war cries and pounding their shields like drums, gathering the last of their strength to make their enemies work for victory. With all the built up energy, the armies met near the middle of the battlefield and held unyielding formations. However, an unnoticed flank opened and a small unit from the Grand Alliance took the opportunity to sneak past the fighting and move to take the undefended flag. Before the flag could be captured, a cannon blast signaled the end of the battle.
Following the battle, Marshals confirmed that the Grand Alliance had won the War Point.
Fight with honor. Die with Valor. Arise and rejoice with your friends.

Og on Alcohol

I am missing Pennsic, again. I miss it daily. My morning starts sitting in my OG throne on the front porch watching the sun come up (much as I do at Pennsic). I have another chair on the back porch to watch the sun go down. I miss Pennsic! I miss the Pennsic people. I miss the Pennsic adventure.
A year and a half ago, I was involved in an industrial accident. Dropping over a hundred pounds on your chest isn’t easy, but I did it; OG can accomplish anything. My neck was injured in this accident, so bad I can no longer hold my head up on its own. My chin hits my chest and I stare at the floor. Lots of PAIN.
Dozen of doctors; I am on oxygen 24-7 and a BI PAP at night. I hate all of it!
I have lost over 100 pounds. YEA! It is due to trouble swallowing. Me walking 100 yards, I am done for the day. The company retired me after a year, so now I have all the time in the world to watch the sun go up and down. I had to give up driving; my hands are numb, no strength. My doctors still have no clue.
I try not to complain. I am very lucky to still be here. Am I going to get better? DAMN RIGHT I AM!!!
I will return to Pennsic, the SCA, and Pennsic is my home. Everywhere I look I see memories.
You have all been a big and wonderful part of my life. Thank you all.
Lords and Ladies, charge your glasses and raise them high,
To all of you have fun play nice. See you next year, God willing.
Drink well,
Drink often,
Drink with OG.

Unclassifieds 8-10-11

Events
50 year Tapestry is Here! Come take the tour between noon and 7pm behind merchant space 4 on the path to the Ampitheater. Open until Friday special times by appointment for dept heads and Royals.

For Sale
We’ve Moved! Come see us at #93 Street of Gold. The Treasury - Authenticity is our thing!
SPACE #4 MID-EAST MAGIC USED GARB KIDS GARB CHEAP
Looking for Spotted Pony Traders’ Deer and Elk Leather? We have it at the Little Dragons Hoard; space #119
Bad Garb Bingo! Have fun as you mock your fellow SCAdians. Only $5.00 from Claus the Toymaker #26.
The Crossing (space 48) has horse tails. Visit to learn more.
BAD GARB I and BAD GARB II - Now AVAILABLE from Claus the Toymaker - How do you know you are not in them unless you read them?
Large Bison Hide available at The Crossing (space 48)
Claus’ guide on “How Not to Get a Laurel”- Audacious and naughty - the truth is hard and very funny. See Claus the Toymaker #26 across from the Barn.
Have the tent to have a complete Pennsic Experience 18’x24’ Panther new canvas, only complete. Available at The Crossing, space 48
Bad garb, bad garb, what’cha gonna do? What’cha gonna do when the punchline’s you! - Claus the Toymaker
Fly into the sky with a 8’x8’ 3 sides blue trim fly at The Crossing (space 48)
Bad Garb Old Maid Game - Yes we have ‘em! - from Claus the Toymaker (who else?)
Snoods plain to amazing-custom too! Lady Guen #121
Good Gentles...How much have you spent on your armor? How much have you spent on your garb? How much have you spent on your children? This has been a public service announcement from Claus of Burzee, Toymaker
Hurry to Claus the Toymaker for your leper - Supplies have been limited since a carpenter from Galilee passed through.
Beat the Heat in cool, comfy 100% cotton tunics, Kitons, Angel-wing dresses, and cloaks in Knotwork and Middle Eastern Patterns. Kurta available in all sizes. We also have jewelry, doll clothes, bears and other pretties for anyone on your shopping list. Costumes by Loren 166 Fleet Street
New 12’ Yurt for sale $2500 OBO. High quality and built to last. Easy set up in less than 45 min. See Pente E18, Infinity. Come learn about Yurts!
Coleman 13.5’x9’ tent $75; twin air mattress $20; XL twin foam mattress $10. See Katherin at Newbridge in N08.
Hand-forged Knives by Forged in Fire Champ Chris Farrell-perfect gift for those missing Pennsic! #153
Aglets and boning and lacing rings- Lady Guen #121
Fairy Tale Fans! Claus the Toymaker has two new Adventure books about magic and especially Oz! Check them out!
Wooden Puzzles that last from child to child. Can be personalized no extra charge. Claus the Toymaker
Fresh henna paste to take home. Booth 37 Paisley Peacock
Map of the Knowne World puzzles-$20. From Claus the Toymaker
Fun scruillous books - some that have been out of print for years. Guaranteed to make you smile - Claus the Toymaker
Kettle BlackArts and Handmade Leather goods. Available on Etsy, Facebook and YouTube. See the purple haired couple. Ask for a free hug.
Best henna crop in years just in at space 37. Powder and paste for sale. Creamy, dark, lasting color!
Shelterlogic 10’x20’ walls NIB $75 E-18 617-230-4781
129 Stainless Steel Arms, Legs, and Chest for sale. $1200 or best offer. Small sized trades welcome. Items displayed at Greybar Traditional Archery 091
16’x16’ Center pole square marquee tent slant walls. Used but in good shape. Canvas, poles, ropes, stakes $500 Good Friends Camp N01 Heidi
20’x20’ Vinyl Sunshade with tube steel center pole and 8 side poles. No pegs or ropes. $200 519-577-7881
Well kept 14’x14’ Pavilion avail @ end of war. Including stuff listed FB Yardsale. Text 678-350-3428 to view.
GOING HOME SALE AT THE CROSSING! Reasonable offers accepted, find us at space 48.
Aromor-gaunts $150 nearly new. Wolfshead spun helm $150 OBO. Combat ready shield $150 OBO. Sz 42 arming cote $100 OBO. Call 856-981-0992 ask for Cait in N20.
Ashford spinning wheel for sale. Beautiful condition. Many extra’s. $250 or reasonable offers considered. Text or call 814-572-5722. Thank you.
Tentsmiths Regent 20’x20’ for sale. Includes poles. Only used at Pennsic. Inquire at Good Friends Camp N02. $1400.00
Viking Wedge tent for sale 15’x19’. Used 6 times $600 OBO includes frame and ground cloth. Haul away at end of War. Ask for Tath at Talbots Keep. (B07)
Calontir Trim can now run custom trims with a 500m minimum order. All the cool Baronies and households are doing it. Stop by space 50 for details.
Beware! Someone or some THING has a taste for killing! ‘The Mermaid and the Monster’; Volume III of the Edward the Red Mage Mysteries, now available at The Amber Lady, #29, Street of Dreams. Original fantasy by SCAdian author Angela P. Wade. Volumes I and II also in stock!
15’x21’ Tentmasters tent, 7’ walls, canvas & poles, fair serviceable condition, pick up 12 Aug, $500 offers, see at Nightshade Leather #204
Panther 18’x24’ new at Pennsic Canvas only or complete. Very reasonable. Site 48 or 724-421-5394
Going out of business sale. Prices very reasonable. Site 48 or 724-421-5394.
$10 T-shirt Sale!! Pennsic46 T-Shirts booth 90. Credit cards accepted. S to 4XL while they last!
Full sized rope bed, tote weight. $150/OBO. Camp Mority E09. See Marellus or Gate Guards. No mattress.
Used 12ft round by Midwest Tents. Poles, stakes and ropes included. $600. See Bambi at Pennsic Independent.
10’x16’ Marquis Tentsmith, Roof Fly, Roof Ventilation, dagging, mud flaps, sunforged canvas. Includes poles, ropes, wall hook, stakes. S.O.R.D. B08 call 203-494-9569 $800.
12’x12’ Tentmaster Tent for Sale. With Painted Finials and groung tarp. Please Touch Pottery $750. Lars.
TRAILER TIRES FOR SALE! Two brand new 4-lug tires and a spare rim. I bought a bigger trailer, so best reasonable offer please. Call 570-269-9944 Paid over $100 Located in E19.

General
Scruffy old walrus requests flirtatious ladies for ego boost. There’s mead. Culann,Bards Haven,E19
SCA Music to keep your Pennsic going all year long. Efenwealt Wystle, Heather Dale, Ken Theriot, Music-a, Subtaranea, Wolgemut and many other fine performers. Camelot Treasures Booth 30 Bards R Us.
Hoobah Foscadh for fighting in all 46 Pennsic Wars.
CONGRATULATIONS TO GUILD MIRANDOLA! Winner of the Pennsic 46 Merchant Appreciation Award! You Rock!
TO THE PIPER ONLY PLAYING “SCOTLAND THE BRAVE”, PLEASE PLAY SOMETHING ELSE...NOT ‘AMAZING GRACE!”
We would like to thank everyone for the support over the years at Pennsic. We will miss everyone. See you at Pennsic 50th!

Help Wanted
KWP needs the services of a Notary. If you have your stamp and are willing, please contact Jayme at 717-649-1823.
Lou’s toenails won’t clip themselves. Assistance required. Please inquire with House Three Skulls W07. Compensation will be provided for services and hazardous material exposure.
Breakdown Help Needed Fri 5pm on, Sat 9 am. Great Pay, food & drinks, mediaeval Miscellanea, Space #28

Memorials
RIP Michael Kelly 1976-2017 You will be missed.
Dear Rhastagir: We will always love and miss you. Thirty years on earth, forever in our hearts. Argent Company

Personals
One Magical silver apple for sale! Find Seamus the Tinker.
Jessica King, FuegoLibre, Lady Calpuleh of Renaissance and Fenix Freehold
A messenger appears at the EarthRunes Rath. No haste, no concealment; he wears blue and silver with quiet pride. He delivers a sealed envelope, and then takes himself away again with dignity.
News from Ulster’s County Fair! 4-H Highlights include Lacemaking: 1st place - Zara Schwartz, 2nd place - Joesphine Williams, 3rd place - Patricia Koenig.
OG sends his love and best wishes to all! He hopes to be here in person next year. Drink more beer!!! Love OG
Ottmar of Calontir: Despite what you Landsknect Hts may have heard your clothing donation is not required (and your fancy blouse does not fit either of us). You may retrieve it at your leisure - Ciana In Northshield

Wanted to Buy
WANTED: TRAILER OR DRY STORAGE SPACE for Booth #9. See Kenneth the Glass Master. Text 9609-682-0456
BIG hugs and kisses to the entire staff of the Pennsic Independent. Urchins, we love you all so much! The paper you are reading would not be here without many, many hours of tireless work. If you see someone wearing a PI favor (purple with a gold eagle and The Pennsic Independent stamped on it) please show them your appreciation.
Be good to the small band of Urchins left to deliver your papers today. They are all working double routes for a longer time, but have fewer papers to sell. Get yours quick!!!

War Points

Aug 6
Belted Champions Battle (Heavy): Grand Alliance 1
Heroic Champions Single Combat (Heavy): Grand Alliance 1
Rapier Champions Battle: Allied Kingdoms 1
Heroic Rapier Champions Battle: Grand Alliance 1

Aug 7
Armored Field Battle (Heavy): Allied Kingdoms 3 Grand Alliance 1
Bridge Battle (Heavy): Grand Alliance 2 Allied Kingdoms 1

Aug 8

Rapier Field Battle: Grand Alliance 4
Rapier Ruins Battle: Grand Alliance 1

Aug 9

Woods Battle (Heavy): Grand Alliance 2 Allied Kingdoms 2
Rapier Woods Battle: Grand Alliance 4

Aug 10

Archery Champions Shoot: Grand Alliance 1, Allied Kingdoms 2
Thrown Weapons Champions: Allied Kingdoms 1
Allied Champions’ Battle (Heavy): Grand Alliance 1
A&S War Point: Grand Alliance 1

Aug 11

Populace Archery Shoot: TBA
Armored Wall Breach Battle: Draw
Rapier Strongholds Battle Grand Alliance 1

Total Thus Far: Grand Alliance 22 Allied Kingdoms 10