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Opening Ceremonies at Gulf Wars

photo by Countess Marguerite

As many of you are aware, our chivalrous King and valiant Queen have journeyed to the far lands of Gleann Abhann to join in joyous combat and revelry at Gulf Wars.
This annual event is one of the largest in the SCA and pits the strength and grace of the four kingdoms of Ansteorra, Trimaris, Meridies and Geann Abhann in a week long contest to bring out the best each has to offer. Billed as “A War Without Enemies” this friendly competition features events in every aspect of the SCA. We are pleased and proud to bring you news from the several Easterners in attendance.

Their Royal Majesties Edward and Thyra preparing to join the mounted procession to the opening ceremonies at Gulf Wars

photo by Countess Margureite

After a rainy start to the war yesterday, the southern sun shone brightly on this morning’s Opening Ceremonies.  TRM Edward and Thyra majestically represented the East in the traditional mounted procession of all of the visiting Royalty. In the ceremony that followed, the forces of the East declared their allegiances as follows:  The chivalric fighters, with the King, will fight for Trimaris.  The Rapier and Archery combatants, with our Queen, will make their mark for Ansteorra.

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Photo by Countess Marguerite

The afternoon brought a demonstration of the prowess that the East has brought to this historic battle. The Diamond Tourney, which is sponsored by the Diamonds and Roses of Gleann Abhann features Rapier and Armored combatants. We are pleased to report that Don Donovan and Lord Mathais who were fighting for our dear Queen Thyra achieved the semi-finals in this tournament bringing honor to themselves, their Queen and Our Kingdom.

We will continue to bring you news and stories from the War as they come in.

We are exceedingly grateful to those individuals who have taken time out of their fun to make sure that we, back home, can join in.