Fencers: Important Announcement Regarding Pennsic / Escrimeurs : Annonce importante pour Pennsic

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Greetings Rapier Combatants of the East!
   There was some misunderstanding with the Battlefield scheduling for this year’s Pennsic War, and if you have submitted a class or tournament, you should resubmit it immediately!  We greatly apologize for the difficulties, but they are, apparently unavoidable.  You have through this Saturday (May 9th) to resubmit your class or tournament for scheduling.
     In Service,
        Master Frasier MacLeod, KRM, East

 

En français par Ekaterina Solov’eva Pevtsova

Salutation aux Escrimeurs de l’Est!
Il y a eu de la confusion avec l’horaire du champ de bataille cette année pour Pennsic. Alors si vous avez offerts vos service pour donner une classe ou organiser un tournois, vous devez immédiatement envoyer à nouveau ces informations. Nous sommes grandement désolés de cette situation mais il semble que ce soit inévitable. Vous avez jusqu’à ce samedi (demain, 9 Mai) pour envoyer à nouveau les informations pour votre classe ou votre tournois.
Au Service,
Maître Frasier MacLeod, KRM, Est.

Important Pennsic Announcement Regarding Refrigerated Medication / Information importante pour ceux qui vont à Pennsic et qui prennent des médicaments devant demeurer au froid.

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Today Pennsic staff announced:

“Effective this year, The Pennsic War can not provide refrigeration service for individuals needing storage of medications.

If you must bring sensitive medicines that need refrigeration please take that into consideration when making your Pennsic plans.”

En français par Ekaterina Solov’eva Pevtsova

Aujourd’hui, les organisateurs de Pennsic ont annoncé qu’à partir de cette année, “Pennsic War ne peut plus offrir le service d’accès à un réfrigérateur pour storer les médicaments des participants.

Si vous devez apporter des médicaments qui doivent être gardés au froid, vous devez maintenant prévoir un endroit ou les conserver.”

From the Dean of the War College / Du doyen de l’Ecole de guerre

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battleWarriors of the East take heed!

My role as Dean of the War College has several main objectives. One is to assist with training the East Kingdom Army. Over the past year, I have spoken to many people, inside and outside our great Kingdom, as to how we can better hone our skills while having more fun. It is the general consensus that the War Camps, in their current form, are tired, boring and feel more like work than fun. The standard format we are using doesn’t excite anyone and most likely results in poor attendance. My first goal as Dean is to revamp the War Camps. To this end, I am announcing that the format for SRWC has changed to a somewhat story driven series of scenarios with more interesting victory conditions and advantages/consequences of winning/losing each stage of the scenario. There will be a speed tourney to choose the captains, then the teams will be selected. The Captains will then choose their commanders. Once the teams are set, the captains will be given their sealed orders. It is their job to disseminate the instructions/objective to their commanders/team and make ready for the next stage. After the completion of each scenario, the captain will receive a new set of sealed orders based upon whether he won or lost. Rinse and repeat. I won’t divulge any of the story right now other than the Working title; “The Secret of Gregor’s Gold”. Lame title, I know, I’m working on it. Details to follow…

Two rulings of note:  First, after some discussion with some of the combat archery community, we realize we need to do more to encourage their participation. On the other hand, a significant portion of the fighters express concern about feeling like “Ducks in a barrel” and are tired of constantly being shot by opponents they can’t reach.  A great suggestion came up that is used in some other kingdoms. To keep it more challenging for the archers, we will allow ONLY SHOTS TO THE FACE COUNT FOR COMBAT ARCHERY during these scenarios. This should improve our archers skill and reduce the frustration from the rest of the fighters. Therefore, COMBAT ARCHERY WILL BE ALLOWED IN ALL SCENARIOS. Second, there will be NO SPEARS IN THE WOODS! I want to make this portion up close and personal and eliminate the spear dueling line that always forms in the woods. There will be a capture and hold objective in the woods, so eliminating the spears should make the whole scenario more interesting. Spears will be allowed in the other scenarios.

NRWC  – The new site for NRWC is a wide open field so there are no terrain features for us to play with.  SPOILER ALERT!  Since we don’t have terrain to work with, it is my intention to run the Pennsic Champions Battle scenario at NRWC.  This is essentially a resurrection “Capture the Flag” scenario in a defined, walled in space. The rules for the Pennsic scenario are published for your review, but the scale of the field will be a bit smaller. We will also allow CA in this battle. IMPORTANT: I haven’t told the MIC yet about this plan. Don’t ruin the surprise! This is a grueling battle, so if the conditions are real hot, we will have a halftime for everyone to rehydrate, and switch sides.

Our short term objective is to place the units and their commanders in situations, allow them to devise their plans, give the orders, make command decisions and live with the consequences. Once the entire scenario is complete, we will sit down and have a quick autopsy while we rest and rehydrate, then break out into unbelted champions meetings and single combats. It is my hope that I can convince some of our chivalry to run some classes following the scenarios as well. Our long term objective is to bring fun back to the War camps and build attendance while improving our command/war skills.

I look forward to working with our commanders and troop as we work towards the common goals of fun and excellence. I welcome all feedback and suggestions that will assist in achieving these goals.

In service,

Duke Gregor von Heisler
Dean of the East Kingdom War College

 

En français par Sir Pellandres dit Le Frère

Oyez oyez combattants du royaume de l’Est!

Mon devoir en tant que recteur du Collège de Guerre a plusieurs objectifs. Un d’entre-eux est de prêter main forte à l’entraînement de l’armée du royaume de l’Est. Au cours de l’année, j’ai eu l’occasion de parler à de nombreuses personnes, autant à l’intérieur qu’à l’extérieur de notre grand royaume, au sujet de comment améliorer nos troupes, leur compétence, mais aussi le plaisir qu’elles ont. L’avis général que le format présent utilisé lors des camps de guerre est fatigué et dépassé, qu’y assister ressemble plus à un travail qu’une partie de plaisir. Comme personne n’est stimulé par cette manière de procéder, la participation a décliné les années passées. Mon premier but en tant que recteur sera de reformuler ces camps de guerre. À cette intention, je fais l’annonce que la tenue du SRWC (Camp de guerre de la région du sud) sera modifiée en une série de scénario reliés par une histoire qui guidera les conditions de victoire et aussi pour lesquels il y aura une influence, positive comme négative, à gagner ou perdre une bataille. Il y aura d’abord un tournoi rapide pour déterminer les capitaines, puis les côtés seront divisés. Ceux-ci pourront ensuite choisir leurs commandants. Une fois les camps établis, les capitaines recevront leurs ordres sous sceaux. Il sera alors de leur reponsabilité d’en partager l’information et les objectifs à leurs commandants et leur troupes. À la fin de chaque bataille, ils recevront aussi une nouvelle enveloppe basée sur le résultat. Ainsi de suite jusqu’à la résolution de la campagne. Je ne vais rien divulguer de l’hisoire, mais sachez que le titre de travail sera “ Le secret du trésor de Gregor ”. (Je sais, pas trop fort, mais bon, j’y travaille…) Les détails suivront…

Deux notes sur les règles : Premièrement, suite à certaines discussions avec la communauté d’archer de combat, nous réalisons qu’il faudra faire plus d’efforts pour les intégrer et encourager leur participation. Par contre, bien des combattants exprime leur mécontentement à se faire tirer sans pouvoir riposter. Un proposition intéressante qui est surgit, et qui est utilisée dans d’autres royaumes, est que pour ces scénarios seuls les tirs au visage ne compterons. Cela devrait avoir pour effet d’élever la précisions de nos archers et réduire la frustration des combattants. Pour ce, l’archerie de combat SERA POSSIBLE DANS TOUS LES SCENARIOS. Deuxièmement, il n’y aura pas de lances (spears) dans les bois! Je désire que cette portion des scénarios soit orienté au corps-à-corps et ainsi éviter la traditionelle ligne de duel qui se forme dans le boisé. Il y aura des objectifs de capture ainsi que de tenue d’endroit alors l’absence de lances devrait être intéressante. Je précise que les lances seront disponibles dans les autres batailles.

NRWC – Le nouveau site où sera tenu NRWC (Camp de guerre de la région du nord) est composé d’un grand champ ouvert. Il n’y a donc pas autant d’occasion de développer des scénarios. Comme nous ne pourrons pas bénéficier des caractéristiques du terrain, il est de mon intention d’y reproduire la bataille des champions de Pennsic. En gros, il s’agit d’un “capture le drapeau” au sein d’une zone fermée. Allez voir les règles décrites sur le site de Pennsic. Nous n’allons qu’en réduire l’étendue. L’archerie sera encore là permise sur le champ. À NOTER : Je n’en ai pas encore parlé au Maréchal en charge. Ne ruinez pas sa surprise… C’est une bataille qui est très exigente alors, si les conditions sont très chaudes, nous aurons une pause dans le milieu afin de se ressourcer, se réhydrater et changer de côté.
Notre objectif à court terme est de placer les unités et leur commandant dans des situations, leur permettre de déterminer un plan, donner des ordre, les ajuster et vivre avec les conséquences. Après le scénario, tous s’installeront ensemble afin de décortiquer l’événement pendant que nous nous reposons et se réhydratons. Il y aura ensute des combats singluliers et une rencontre des champions de “l’Unbelt”. J’ose croire que je pourrai persuader certains de la chevalerie à y tenir des classes. Quand à notre objectif à long terme, il est de ramener le plaisir aux camps de guerre et y faire remonter la participation tout en améliorant nos habiletés à la guerre comme au commandement.

J’ai bien hâte de travailler avec nos commandants et nos troupes vers ces nouveaux objectifs de plaisir et d’excellence. Je m’attends à recevoir tous les commentaires et suggestions possibles afin de les atteindre.

Toujours prêt à servir,
Duke Gregor von Heisler

Maybe You Should Try Something New This Saturday

arms Iron BogThis Saturday, May 9th, the Barony of Iron Bog will be hosting it’s 2nd Maybe event. So Maybe come try something new. There will be loaner gear available for martial activities and teachers will be there for many A&S activities. Including bead making, illumination, bardic, cooking, fiber arts, metalworking, woodworking, and more. This event will also feature 2 tournaments to find Iron Bog’s new Rattan and Rapier champions for the next year. Please think about visiting the Barony for this wonderful day of fun.

Event Announcement:
http://www.eastkingdom.org/EventDetails.php?eid=2813

Take Up an Artisans Village Challenge

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This reminder was submitted by Lady Lissa Underhill…


artisans villageArtisans Village is a month away. Thinking of taking up one of our Artisans Challenges?!

We have 18 wonderful challenges representing a diverse array of arts, including cooking, scribal, costuming, glass bead/jewelry making, and the performing arts. We also have several research and persona based challenges, some of which would be applicable for a wide variety of arts or sciences.

Please view the list of challenges below, and go to the event website for more information about each challenge:
http://www.hartshorn-dale.org/village/challenges.htm

We hope to see you and your work at the event!

LIST OF CHALLENGES and SPONSORS

Galen, What Should I Make for Dinner?
–Tristan de Worrell

Faith-Filled Food
–Judith bas Rabbi Mendel

Create a 16th Century Italian Item of Clothing or Accessory
–Kataryn Mercer

The Gift of Tongues
–Galefridus Peregrinus and Judith bas Rabbi Mendel

An Untraveled Path Challenge
–Renye Wurm

Siens Experimente
–Alesone Gray of Cranlegh

Mistery of Grocers of our City of London
–Alesone Gray of Cranlegh

All In A Days Work
–Ibrahim al-Rashid

Write a Biography
–Markesa Manuel de Carvalhal

Procrastinators Challenge
–Sarah le Payller

Wire-wrapped bead challenge, in two parts.
–Sarah le Payller

Funny, It Does Look Jewish
–Reb Eleazar ha-Levi

Make Earrings
— Carowyn Silveroak

Kingdom Inspired Largesse
–Rainillt de Bello Marisco

Recreate a Period Glass Bead
–Elysabeth (Lissa) Underhill

Thinking Inside the Box: Formal Poetic Forms
–Aildreda de Tamwurthe on behalf of the East Kingdom College of Performers

“Tik, tak! hic, hac!”: Art about Artisans
–Sabine de Kerbriant

Getting your nibs wet
–Lada Monguligin

Street Bransels in Drachenwald

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Musicians play light music in the Lower Hall for the Meet and Greet Wednesday night

The Gazette thanks Lady Aaradyn Ghyoot for this account and the accompanying photos.

Known World Dance Symposium -­ billed as a “dry name for an awesome event” – this was more exciting a time than even our hosts could have imagined! Deeply entrenched in the front lines, bransling in the streets was just one of the many things this Eastern reporter witnessed at the symposium. For, when a fire alarm goes off during classes, what else are we do to but take to the streets? An event, a demo… at that point, none could tell. A drink here, a drink there, the tavern was well stocked with local brews, tasty sodas and much needed waters, and those stores were well depleted daily by hordes of thirsty dancers. From the first moments of the meet and greet to the last moments of clean up, the Altes Rathaus was filled with music and dance day and night.

The opening night in the lower hall, where musicians gave us hints at the melodies we would soon tread the stones too, saw attendees in garb and in mundanes alike, swaying to the music that echoed wonderfully off the heraldic pennants and stone walls. We met and greeted each other, finding common languages and learning a little of foreign tongues. The talking and jam sessions lasted late into the night, and the last hangers on were shooed out of the hall at nearly the stroke of midnight. Out into the empty, quiet streets we went, and on toward waiting beds.

Countess Judith teaches an Italian dance in the Upper Hall

Countess Judith teaches an Italian dance in the Upper Hall

Thursday opened with much fanfare, or at least much coffee, and classes started quickly and with great attendance. The ladies at gate were efficient and ever so kind, assisting all and tirelessly answering questions from the passers by whose interest in the old building and the oddly dressed gentles entering it drew them close all day. The lower hall rung bright with the sounds of English Country Dance, and the upper Hall was filled with the swishing feet of Italian dances. The kitchen, ever bustling, presented the dancers with meals all day, filling all with delectable meals of period origin. This humble reporter was gifted with the head cook’s own copy of the recipe book, a wonderful gift from a wonderful chef! Each night closed with a Ball, and Thursdays saw the Gentlemen on one side and the Ladies on the other, with a Caroso Ball our entertainment. It gave excellent opportunity for discussion, and exquisite opportunity for new dance partners!

dancers and musicians take to the streets for dancing as a fire alarm interrupts classes Friday morning

Dancers and musicians take to the streets for dancing as a fire alarm interrupts classes Friday morning

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Dancing continues in the shadow of the fire truck

Friday dawned, and sleepy dancers (as the nightly dancing didn’t end till almost 1am!) again filled the halls with echoes of called steps and beautiful music. The cooks again delighted the populace with tasty meals… and were tragically interrupted by the howling of mechanical alarms as we were forced out of the building and into the streets. So palpable was our pain and disappointment of having been robbed of dance time in the beautiful halls, that bransles broke out in the street as dancers refused to let something so modern as a fire alarm stop them. The musicians played on, ringed protectively in hordes of dancers as onlookers drew out cameras to document the goings on that covered the fair streets of the medieval city. The dancing continued, even as the blaring sirens and flashing

musicians adapt to their new surroundings and play in the center of a ring of dancers

Musicians adapt to their new surroundings and play in the center of a ring of dancers

lights of the fire department arrived, and making way for the monstrous vehicles, the dancers closed ranks again and continued, wasting no time of their dancing event simply standing and waiting to be allowed back in. Our own Duchess Thyra joined their dancing, smiling bright to keep spirits up. So long was our delay that the staff, having figured some way back in momentarily, returned to the streets with meat pasties and mushroom pies, and pitchers of water to

Happy SCAdians all wave as the fire department calls all clear and depart.

Happy SCAdians all wave as the fire department calls all clear and depart.

keep the dancers going. All was met with much applauding, and more dancing. At long last, the bransles waned and the building was declared safe, and the event continued as well all moved inside again, and back onto the carefully planned schedule. No ill effects were felt from the kitchen, and all the foods were well prepared and presented. The Ball that night went late again, as is their way, and the dancers were up to the end… Duchess Thyra being among the last to leave the grand Upper Hall in the wee hours of the night.

Duchess Thyra, Baroness Phalin and Lady Cecilia enjoy meat pies during the Street Bransles

Duchess Thyra, Baroness Æsa Feilinn and Lady Cecilia enjoy meat pies during the Street Bransles

 

 

 

Saturday came, and with it a surge of new dancers! The halls, full before, were now packed with the happy faces of dancers young and old. The staff, in their grace, took this in stride and everything continued to run beautifully. The kitchen, having already filled all to the brim with excellent fare, produced even more wonderful dishes for the waiting masses. The classes were well attended again as everyone prepared for the Grand Ball that night. Court for their most generous Highnesses of the Kingdom of Drachenwald and their gracious Excellencies of the Barony of Knights Crossing was also held as graceful dancers performed for them in honor of the event. Then, in a hall decorated for the occasion with long tables in white linen and colors announcing brightly the host Kingdom (a more amazing feast hall this reporter has never seen ­ the ambiance was perfect and I was, for a moment, transported to another time completely) a grand feast was held for all assembled. The dishes presented were full of flavor and dressed beautifully, and the kitchen amazed us all. Then tragedy and disaster struck again! Our feast was again disrupted by the infernal screams of mechanical alarms, and flashing lights as

Duchess Thyra treading the stones at the Grand Ball Saturday night

Duchess Thyra treading the stones at the Grand Ball Saturday night

though from hell itself rained down on our fair scene! Good gentles all, adorned in their finest for the feasting and coming Ball, fled the hall in a riot of color, spilling out again into the streets of Miltenberg with goblet and napkin in hand. Finding ourselves again in the street, we did what all dancers do when evicted suddenly from such gorgeous surroundings ­ we bransled. Much laughter did come from the populace as we danced in the streets for our smiling Royalty and Baronage, and again we made room as the rushing vehicles came to see to our safety. It was declared fine, and we returned to the feast, only the dessert suffering slightly for the delay ­ we had a lovely compote and cookies instead of milk pies. The Grand Ball was as full and amazing as it sounds, and as an added treat we were entertained through dance by Countess Judith of Northumbria and her merry troupe, recreating for us scenes from mythos.

Countess Judith presented a series of myths in dance and song during the Grand Ball

Countess Judith presented a series of myths in dance and song during the Grand Ball

Sunday dawned and the last of us gathered again in mundanes, to tear down the event and clean those great halls. Carrying stacks of chairs and moving piles of food we hand many hands to help carry the SCA out of the Altes Rathaus and leave those halls as they were before. Slowly the staff departed for their own lands, and this reporter, after many hugs, wandered off as well, back into the warm light of the afternoon and the sounds of a modern medieval city.

Novice Rapier Tourney Added to EK Novice Day

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Last year we ran an amazing event for novice heavy fighters.  It was held a little later in July, but offered new fighters a last weekend to authorize. It was Very Good Day ™. It was something I was very proud to be a part of. This year we are opening it up to more activities including, rapier and A&S.  An entire day of activities and competition for those people with 2< years of experience in their disciplines. I am running Rapier.

So what does this mean for you?

We will be running a tournament for novice rapier fighters. It will in the format of the type tourney we run for KQ Rapier Championship. You need to have less than 2 years experience in rapier. This means any heavy cross overs that are just getting into rapier, this day is for you too.  If you are interested in understanding what rapier is all about, experienced fighters will be on hand to answer your questions about rules, gear and game play.

We will be doing all the authorizations. Novices get first run of the marshals, but there will be folks on hand to run secondaries or reauths as well. It will be the last day to get authorized before Pennsic. If you are interested in helping marshal, shoot me an email.  MITs this is a great event to get more experience in authorizations and running/marshaling tournaments. alesone.gray @ gmail.

We are growing our future. Come be a part of it.
http://www.eastkingdom.org/EventDetails.php?eid=2814

Baroness Alesone Gray of Cranleigh

Polling Recommendations for Golden Lance Sought

Their serene Majesties, Edward and Thyra passed the Order of the Golden Lance at their last curia at Mudthaw. The Golden Lance will be an order of high merit for those who have excelled in the Equestrian Arts. As a former rider myself, we are excited to bring this new level of recognition to our Eastern riders.

We will accept recommendations for the Premiers of this new order until June 1st. It is our intent to poll all authorized riders for the selection of the first members of this new order. As there is no formal polling system set up, we will use a more informal method. If you are an authorized rider and wish to participate in this polling, please ensure the Kingdom Equestrian Marshall, Baroness Doucette de Verdun has an up to date email address.

In Service to the East,
King Omega and Queen Etheldreda

Rapier Marshal Information Requested

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Greetings, East Kingdom Rapier Marshals.

We are in the process of compiling information for the fencing community and ask that every active marshal please email the following information to your regional marshal:

-Name (SCA and Mundane)
-Membership number and expiration date
-Who warranted you and when.

Local Marshals, please obtain this information from your area Marshals at Large.

Emails for each region are listed below:.

West Tir Mara Deputy Doña Borujin Acilaldai  Email: rapier@tirmara.eastkingdom.org

East Tir Mara Deputy Lord Guthfrith Yrlingson Email: rapier@tirmara.eastkingdom.org

Northern Region Deputy Dona Camille des Jardins Email: kmof.north@eastkingdom.org

Central Region Deputy Don Lotieri Malocchio Email: kmof.central@eastkingdom.org

Southern Region Deputy Baroness Engracia de Madrigal Email kmof.south@eastkingdom.org

In Service,

Master Frasier MacLeod
KRM, East

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