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By DonalBane of Blakmers

Battlefield Reporter for the Pennsic Independent

After five War Points: East Tygers 3, Midrealm 2

The Great Armies of the East and Midrealm met for a Pennsic original Tuesday as both armies fell upon the forest north of the main camp.

Rotating places again, the Midrealm entered the woods from the south, while the Tyger’s forced attacked from the north. Each side had two resurrection points for two hour-long battles, each of which was worth one War Point. This year, the two armies fought over five banners—two fixed Dragon banners, two fixed Tyger banners, and one mobile central banner. For the first time in memory, combat archery was allowed in the woods. Archers participated during the second battle only.

At the sound of the first cannon, both armies charged through the woods and met in combat. According to gentles coming off the field, the lines oscillated much, particularly along the line of spruce trees. A late charge by the East brought the Tyger’s forces within sight of the Midrealm’s main resurrection point.

At the sound of the cannon to end the first battle, the outcome of the fight was in dispute. According to the marshals, the East had banner superiority, but the Midrealm held onto the critical mobile banner. By rules of the battle, the fight was declared a draw and the War Points split.

The second battle saw the armies shift their secondary resurrection points, leading the main battle lines to run more east-west than north-south. Behind those lines, both sides engaged in an hour of firm but fair fighting.

At the sound of the cannon, the East’s forces held both Midrealm banners and the Midrealm held both East banners. However, the Midrealm held the mobile banner, giving them the win in the second fight, the War Point, and overall victory in the woods for the second straight year.

HRM Felix was visibly emotional when he heard the results from the marshals.

“You have done the impossible,” HRM Felix told his troops. “This morning, the count of our forces showed we had the same strength as yesterday. You are the English who defeated the French that glorious day.

“Our allies fought outstandingly today,” HRM Felix added. “Calontir, Ealdormere, Meredies, Trimaris—all of them fought with great fire.”

Today’s big battle: The Castle Battle

For the first time in recent memory, the day’s big brawl at Pennsic will not be East vs. Midrealm. Instead, Æthelmearc, along with some allies, will defend its home turf--the Pennsic Fort. A force of 400 warriors will defend the fort against the rest of the Known World in an attempt to recreate a realistic siege scenario.

What to watch for: Hard fighting in the breaches. Three bridges are the only way to approach the castle and fights on these bridges in the past have been meat grinders.