An Tir event brings together medieval and modern

The shire of Ambergard in An Tir hosted its War in the Oasis event recently, attracting almost 200 armoured combatants for a day of melee fun. Mike Irwin, from the Wenatchee World newspaper was on hand to observe the battles.

The event took place near Ephrata, Washington and featured siege engines and combat archery in addition to the usual swords, spears, axes, and glaives.

From the article:

"There aren’t very many places," laughed Tovi Naff of Moses Lake, "where you get to wear funny clothes and go out and kill your friends."

Nearly 200 helmeted, armored and dues-paying members of the Society for Creative Anachronism gathered here Saturday for a day of good-natured battle and siege. War in the Oasis — meaning the city’s Oasis Park — is hosted annually by the Shire of Ambergard, the SCA name for Grant County’s fan club of all things medieval, from weaponry to clothing to cooking to crafts.

The article goes on to describe how SCA members make the mental leap from modern to medieval and back again, focusing on authenticity for personas and crafts but remaining modern for health and safety matters.