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Unbelted champions of the East and Middle Kingdoms shake hands before the battle.  Photo courtesy of Baroness Leonete D'Angley.

Unbelted champions of the East and Middle Kingdoms shake hands before the battle. Photo courtesy of Baroness Leonete D’Angley.

War was declared today between the Kingdoms of the East and the Middle.  Pennsic War 43 is now underway.  Today’s war points included the Allied Champions battle which was won by the East, the Unbelted Champions battle which was won by the East, the Heroic Champions battle which was won by the Middle, and the Rapier Champions which ended in a tie.  The Belted Champions battle which was scheduled for today was not held. Their Royal Majesties were unable to reach an agreement to fight the belted battle.  The Middle conceded the war point.

Their Majesties of the East have bestowed awards on several members of the Eastern populace and beyond. Mistress Tyzes Sofia, called Zsof, former resident of the East Kingdom and current King’s Bardic Champion of the Middle Kingdom, was awarded the Order of the Troubadour at the East/Middle Bardic Exposition on Saturday evening. Lord Thomas of Effingham was inducted into the Order of the Golden Rapier on Monday following the Rapier Champions, becoming the 100th member of that order.

Tomorrow the armored and rapier armies will meet in the Field battles.