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Meet Master John, the Pell-i-Can
Countess Caryl chokes up when it comes to certain subjects. Sir Wulfstan the Unshod proclaimed himself an imprinted baby duckling. Count Sir Hasdrubal, the Royal Peer, was late to the party, causing His Majesty Timothy to take his own quite sound advice. But Master Bedwyr, companion of the Laurel, probably stated it best when he spoke in support of Master John the Pell at the elevation ceremony to the Order of the Pelican. After a quarter of a decade of being told by John that he could do, make, or be anything in the SCA (and then being shown how), Bedwyr declared the Kingdom’s favorite Martial Master to be a fitting addition to the Order of the Pel-i-can.
On this balmy afternoon, after an amazing castle battle, still wet with the sweat of his own brow earned while fighting in service to the crown, and surrounded by several hundred of his most avid supporters, Master John the Pell replied in the affirmative when asked if he would join the order. This sealed his fate as the newest Æthelmearc double Peer, recognized as the longest-running teacher of martial activities, for many years as tactical advisor to the Crown, and for his unrelenting dedication to service off the field. Under a gorgeous sky by the castle on the battlefield, this third day of August, Their Majesties Timothy and Gabrielle created John their newest member of the Order of the Pelican.
A reception, complete with many flavors of homemade Pelluha coffee liquor, cold beverages, and a sumptuous spread followed the ceremony. Well wishers from several Kingdoms came by to sign the guest book, eat heartily, and have a congratulatory word with John. We at the Gazette also offer our congratulations to Master (squared) John the Pell!
Dame Aoife Finn, Æthelmearc
To instill maximum fear into the hearts of our frenemies, Her Royal Highness Countess Etain ingen Dalaig announced her intention to lead a band of Æthelmearc archers in a vicious and fear inducing range shoot-in for the Archery war-point. Please join her at 10 AM on the range tomorrow, August 4th, and bring your fiercest war face to shoot for the honor and glory of the war effort!
If, for some reason you are unable to attend, fear not. Our Sylvan Majesties muster at 7:30 AM every morning in Æthelmearc Royal to process to the archery field. Still a problem? You can show up any time the archery butts are open for business, and shoot for the honor of your kingdom. In Gloriam Æthelmearc.
Dame Aoife Finn
The war has begun.
The East and the Midrealm are joined by the Holy Kingdom of Acre, while the rest of the known world has chosen to side with Aethelmearc.
On Sunday, the East Mid Alliance took the unbelted champions and the Matched Champions battles, while Aethelmearc took the belted champions and the century champions battle.
Sunday ended with the two sides tied at 2-2.
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"Early Saturday morning, while the ground was still wet with dew, the fencers of the Known World assembled in front of the Fort for one of Pennsic’s favorite rapier battles, the Battle of la Rochelle."
Reminder for the East Kingdom Court scheduled Tuesday, August 4: Short Battlefield Court at 12:30 p.m.
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Kameshima-ky Zentarou Umakai, Silver Buccle Herald, reports that at Their Coronation, Their Majesties Timothy and Gabrielle of the Kingdom of AEthelmearc placed His Excellency, Don Quinn Kerr, on vigil to contemplate elevation to the Order of Defense.
In a feature article by Nicolaa de Bracton, the Pennsic Independent reports that pre-Pennsic concerns over a rainy year had less of an impact than had been feared, and that the new early in program for Pennsic War was both popular and successful.
The Gazette brings you some of the happenings at Pennsic, courtesy of Mistress Arianna.
TRM delivered a Writ for the Pelican to Baron Uilleam macanTsaoire at the Debatable Lands Baronial dinner on Sunday, August 2. Elevation TBD.
Reminder for the East Kingdom Court scheduled Monday, August 3: Small Court and Rapier Elevation before Rapier Battle at 12:00 noon
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Pennsic, Battlefield, 1 August 2014. Sir Wilhelm Vom Zwei Kopfheiganfalka, he of the purple two-headed falcon and aged a hearty 70, wishes for 70 deaths for his birthday. So far this Pennsic, he’s only had ten. That may have more to do with muscle memory and innate fighting skill than it does actual defeats, however. You don’t need to teach this old dog any new tricks. He had little trouble battling his fellow combatants on the list field.
“We are so few,” he said, speaking of his Kingdom’s presence at Pennsic, “that I can count the battles, this tournament, other contests, and they’ll add up.” As an entrant in the Pennsic Greybeard Tournament, Sir Wilhelm was the eldest combatant, sometimes drawing entrants nearly twenty years his junior. Bearded or beardless, fighters came from as near as Pennsic’s own backyard and as far as the Kingdom of the West, to meet in fellowship and beat the tar out of each other. Male or female, each engaged in battle for the love of martial combat, each of them a factual or honorary greybeard. As they introduced themselves and gave their ages, it was discovered that the age range was 51 (and 1/8) to 70. While this article went to press before the tournament was decided on this gorgeous first day of August, there can be no doubt who won. They all won. When honorable and wise men and women share their mastery with others, and meet in joy and camaraderie, everyone wins. In fact there was so much win on the field today, it is clear that Greybeard, not orange, is definitely the new black. Dame Aoife Finn. Æthelmearc.
A reminder that the deadline to get something to the Kingdom Chronicler for the September issue of the Æstel is 5:00 PM today unless you have specifically contacted me to let me know that I need to hold space for something that is not finished yet.
For those of you following along at home, please remember that there are two Courts scheduled for Sunday, August 2, at Pennsic War.Opening Ceremonies at 9:00 a.m. Battlefield Court at 2:30 p.m. (will start immediately after the Century Battle concludes). This Court will include the Children’s Toy Box and Newcomer Tokens.
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Pennsic is undoubtedly one of the best places for people-watching, one never knows just what she might see…or hear.
Baroness Ekaterina Volkova has taken to sharing via social media some of the one-liners she has overheard at Pennsic. We’d like to share some of them with you and invite you to also share things you’ve overheard using the hashtag #ThingsHeardAtWar
“C.S.I.: Serengeti we are not”
“You do not want to die by a purple spork.”
“So what are you going to do tonight?”…”I don’t know. $50 worth of something”
“I would make a great island.”
“Is this sticky or did you just spit on it?”
“Gatorade is not a suggested Neti Pot solution”
“I am a one trick pony, but a lot of people want to see that pony.”
“Northshield- they are kinder and have more cheese.”
“The road to virtue is not documented by 10,000 selfies.”
Too bad there is no fast food War Point!
In September 2014, archaeologists from the Danish Castle Centre and Aarhus University were waiting expectantly for the outcome of carbon-14 dating which could determine whether or not the Viking ring fortress, located west of Køge, Denmark, could have been built by King Harald Bluetooth.
The remains of 21 Anglo Saxons were discovered recently during a development project in Exning, Suffolk, England. The skeletons, dating to the mid 7th century, included those of four or five adolescents and a warrior, and they may have links to royals. (photos)
From the Shire of Riversedge, in the stix of Western Pennsylvania, once again comes a most fabulous Norse Event…Vikings on the River Six: in the Stix. Come one and all to this educational endeavor, learn and teach of the culture and life-ways of those who would be called Norse during the Viking Age. Participate in Viking style hiking, primitive fire skills, Norse culture, wild edibles, fireside or hearthside cooking, and more! Please contact the autocrats if you wish to share your knowledge and skills.
All are welcome.
Early reports from Pennsic are coming in! We all thought the weather would be the biggest obstacle for set-up weekend, but it seems that pesky Troll had other thoughts. Many people spent anywhere from one to four hours in line for Troll this year. Those that showed up for Zero-night and those that chose to wait until late Saturday morning or early Saturday afternoon were hit with quite a wait. Though the lines were moving, there were just so many people anxious to get in to greet old friends, set up their homes for the next two weeks and enjoy that first post-set-up cold drink. It seems that early Saturday morning, prior to about 8:30am was the best time to Troll in, with few reporting zero wait times.
Reports from troll say that 2,777 attendees were trolled in within the first twenty-four hours of being open. That’s almost two people each minute, non-stop for a whole day!
If you are already on site and have any time to spare, Troll is urgently seeking volunteers. No experience is necessary and on-the-job training will be provided. To volunteer for a shift at Troll just present yourself to the Troll Staff Entrance located on Brewers Lane. Troll will be thankful, everyone in line will be thankful and you’ll get to be the awesome person who gets to tell so many, “Welcome Home!” as they start their vacations.
Greetings unto the most talented and erudite Kingdom of Æthelmearc from Mistress Alicia Langland, Chancellor of Æthelmearc Æcademy!
While most of us are just beginning to leave for Pennsic, I am already thinking ahead to next spring’s Æthelmearc Æcademy, which is scheduled to be held in Region 1.
This includes the following groups: Ballachlagan, Blackstone Mountain, Misty Highlands, Port Oasis, and Sylvan Glen.
The preferred date for Spring AEcademy is June 18, 2016. Please send bids to this address.
Bids are due September 1, 2015, although I encourage groups to submit them earlier, if possible. (NOTE: This bid deadline reflects a recent change to Kingdom Law, as reported in the May 2015 Æstel. Some online resources have not yet been updated to reflect the changes.)
The September 1 deadline gives the deciding Kingdom officers about a month to look over the bids and request changes (if needed) before the bids are presented to Their Highnesses. By providing Their Highnesses with bids that have already been polished, we are hoping this will make Their job of selecting the host group a little easier.
When contacting sites, please inform them that you will probably not know until mid-October, at the earliest, whether or not your bid has been selected.
If your site requires a deposit to hold the date, be sure to mention this in your bid, especially if there is a need-to-know-by date that might impact your getting your deposit back.
While the bid deadline might seem very far away, I know that locating a suitable site and preparing a Kingdom bid takes time. By the time we all return home from Pennsic, the deadline will only be a few short weeks away.
If you reside in Region 1, I hope your group will consider submitting a bid. If you have questions or need help with putting together a bid, please let me know; I will be delighted to assist!
Having attended all of the Æcademy sessions hosted by Region 1 groups — Misty Highlands, Sylvan Glen, Port Oasis — and enjoyed their hospitality, I can truly say that I look forward to returning!
Yours, in Service, Alicia
P.S. — If your group is considering submitting a bid, I would appreciate a quick note to that effect.
Here is your chance to be an ace reporter!
The Gazette has a crew of reporters on site, but they need help! We need news for those of us left behind at home as well as for those accessing the Gazette at War.
Send your photos, news items, etc. to us at email@example.com. (Just make sure to send the photographer’s name so we can properly credit.)
You can also FB message to Phoebe Sharp (Ysabeau Tiercelin) or Danielle M. Duvall (Ursula of Rouen) – we will be checking our FB “other” message bins.
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