On Saturday, June 1, 2013, the outgoing Royal Archery Champions of the East ran a devious (some would say “despicable”) tournament to determine their successors. The Queen’s Champion, Master Philip Reed the Facetious, created 11 novelty shoots, providing a full day of challenging and fun archery for all the competitors. The King’s Champion, Lord Nathaniel Wyatt, designed the head-to-head elimination shoot for the 16 finalists, which involved shooting “minions” which were attacking Queen Kienna; harming the queen in the process led to instant elimination.
At the end of the long day, the tournament winner and new Queen’s Archery Champion was Baron Krakken Gnashbone. He prevailed over Lord Orvar, who was declared the new King’s Champion. Both Champions are from the Barony Beyond the Mountain.
Scores from approximately 70 participants were tallied and sorted, then each of the top archers was asked if they would like to continue to the final rounds and would agree to accept the responsibilities of being a Champion if they should be so honored. Five archers chose to step out of the competition: Lord Jake Felinfoel (2nd by score), Master Li Kung Lo (6th), Lord Kusunoki Yoshimoto (7th), Lord Miles de Locwode (15th, from Atlantia) and Baroness Tamar Walshman (19th). Thus were 16 finalists selected, seeded and paired for their one-on-one bouts. It is worth noting that there were 9 finalists shooting crossbow and 7 shooting handbow.
#01 Krakken Gnashbone vs #16 Tamsin Whitlocke
#02 Mark Squirrelsbane vs #15 Mongo Chinua
#03 Godric of Hamtun vs #14 Magnus Fra Holstein
#04 Rupert the Unbalanced vs #13 Ygraine of Kellswood
#05 Colin Ursell vs #12 Paul Spearman
#06 Kieran Bren of Bannockburn vs #11 Orvar
#07 Jehannine de Flandres vs #10 Thorlaeifr Hvitskegg
#08 Hawkmoon vs #09 Radagast
Krakken vs Radagast
Mark vs Jehannine
Rupert vs Colin
Godric vs Orvar
Krakken vs Rupert
Mark vs Orvar
Krakken prevailed over Orvar
In Royal Court, the retiring Archery Champions were thanked for their service, and the regalia of their offices was presented to their successors. Each new Champion also received a beautiful scroll created by Lord Aleksei Dmitriev to commemorate the occasion.(Photos by Ygraine of Kellswood)