This year’s Pennsic war ends at noon on Saturday, a day earlier than it has closed in the past, with an unofficial actual attendance of 9,913 people on-site. This is the lowest attendance since Pennsic 23 (1994), when the attendance was 9221. The last time the official attendance was below 10,000 was Pennsic 27 (1998) when the official Pennsic attendance is listed as 9,999. (All attendance numbers listed, except this year’s number, are sourced from the official Pennsic War website.)
Sir Tanaka Raiko, who on Wednesday was named as the 17th Tyger of the East, has generously shared with Gazette readers his memories of his induction into the order. Established April 26, A.S. 37 by Darius II and Roxane II, the Tyger of the East is an award ” given to those who most embody and personify the ideals of the East Kingdom.” It is given only once per reign.
“Some hours ago I was named the 17th Tyger of the East.
I have to be honest with you, the reality of what that means didn’t dawn on me at the time. I mean here I am in the Pennsic Court of Gregor and Kiena with the 404, the fighting unit of the East that I have the honor to co-command with Sir Albrecht von Halstern. We marched in at their majesties’ request. We are Her Majesties army, Queen Kiena explains, as She had selected my squire, Ryuokojin of the Iron Skies, to be Her champion some months before. Continue reading
The Field Battle at the Pennsic war is among the most spectacular sights in the Society. With more than a thousand armored combatants on each side, and hundreds of spectators lining the edges of the field, it is an event that is eagerly awaited by young and old alike. Continue reading
On Saturday evening, despite the intermittent rain, the 42nd annual Pennsic War was officially declared, as delegations from all 19 SCA Kingdoms, plus the Kingdom of Acre and the Great Dark Horde, declared if they would fight with the forces of the East or the forces of the Middle. Continue reading
The first battle scheduled was the Allied Champions battle, in which all Kingdoms attending Pennsic, except the East and the Middle, selected 80 fighters per side to fight a 1 hour resurrection battle. Sir Tanaka Raiko, reporting for the Gazette, has let us know that in “the allied champions battle…our side is dominating.” More information about the Allied Champons battle is available online here from the Pennsic Independent. Continue reading