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Katherine Barr wields her special weapon last year, Dietrich (who lost his bet with her).

Katherine Barr wields her special weapon last year, Dietrich (who lost a bet and ended up as her weapon)

Baroness Katherine Barr, former Seneschale of the East, evened up the sides in the Laurels vs. Pelicans melee by joining the Pelicans yesterday. “I thought I would give the Laurels a fighting chance by not using my shield and sword, Dietrich, from last year.”

Fundraising for the melee was supposed to end tonight so the weapons makers had time to construct specialty weapons. Sir Michael of York and Lord Gregory of York, who build the weapons with a team of volunteers, have offered to extend the deadline.

Mistress Fia with her boffer rose at last year's melee

Mistress Fia with her boffer rose at last year’s melee

“This event is too much fun to put road blocks up,”
said Sir Michael. “We want to give people every chance to rise to the level of incompetence that specialty weapons create. My kids are still talking about the bourbon bottle and Grendel’s arm that were used last year.”

The three participants still raising money for their specialty weapons are:
Mistress Fia Carmen, Delicate Flower of the Northern Army – Boffer Flower
Despotissa Margarita Kofinopoia, Scourge of Somethingorother – Broom
Maestro Dorio of the Oaks, The Peaceful Negotiator – Feather of Doom

Donations can be made via check, Paypal or in person. For paypal, see the Laurels vs. Pelicans website. To donate via check or in person, email Lucie Lovegood.