"And now the bloodshed!"

No blood was spilled during the swordplay at a recent event held by the Barony of Ponte Alto in Prince William Forest Park, Falls Church, Virginia, despite a pronouncement by the Queen of Atlantia. Dan Zak of the Washington Post has the story.

While the armored combat drew the most notice, SCA members were able to discuss their hobby and what the SCA means to them.

"I love the challenge of trying to do things the way they were done back then, without computers, microwaves, electric stoves -- the challenges of trying to see if I could cook a meal over coal or see if I could make cloth by weaving the material," says Baroness Mary Isabel of Heatherstone (Leesa Orton, 37, of St. Inigoes).