In Memoriam: Lord Seamus Mac Neachtain

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Lord Seamus on the field at Pennsic. Photo courtesy of Svanna Vefa.

On Sunday, word was received in the Kingdom that Lord Seamus Mac Neachtain, of the Shire of Owlsherst, has passed away. An imposing figure on the field, he was as well known for his generosity, kindness, and leadership as he was for his martial prowess.

Lord Seamus was currently serving the Kingdom as the Captain of HRH Margarita’s guard, and was the only unbelted fighter that advanced to the final 8 combatants in the most recent East Kingdom Crown Tournament. He was widely-respected as the Armored Combat Commander for the Southern Army, leading the South to the prestigious Blue Tyger Legion at Pennsic 47, and he was a three-time member of the unbelted East Kingdom Armored Combat melee team. A squire to Count Ruslan, he was a member of House Gleipnirvirki, fighting as part of the Hrafnox unit. Continue reading

Schedule, Curia Agenda, and Site Book Now Available for Great Northeastern War XXXIII

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The site book and class schedule for Great Northeastern War, taking place in Malagentia July 11 – 14, are now available for download from the Great Northeastern War website.

A limited number of paper copies will also be available at the event, however the event staff is making the book available for early download so that attendees can plan their weekend and download the information to a mobile device if they wish.

Link for the full site book (.pdf format)

Link for the Great Northeastern University class listing, via the interactive University portal (via the Thing):  gneuniversity.org
The Thing allows you to view classes through Excel, iCal, or view interactively on the website.

Link for the Great Northeastern University class listings as a .pdf.
Click here to download

Answers to most other questions about the event, including directions, gate opening times, fees, pets, and site rules, can be found at the event website:
Great Northeastern War Website

Please check the web page and the Event page on Facebook for updates and corrections.

East Kingdom Curia will be held at Great Northeastern War on Sunday, July 14 at 9:00 am in the barn. Curia allows the Crown to solicit and listen to advice on proposed changes to East Kingdom Law. You can learn more about Curia and view the agenda for this Curia at the East Kingdom Seneschal’s website.

Birka Hotel now Accepting Reservations

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A message from Mistress Fia Kareman, Autocrat, A Market Day at Birka XXXI

Good afternoon!

You have been very patient, and now that the New Hampshire primary appears set in stone (although that could change…) it is now time to announce the details regarding A Market Day at Birka XXXI (2020).

The details are as follows:

A Market Day at Birka XXXI will be held at the Doubletree hotel in Manchester on January 24 – 26, 2020.

The room block will open for reservations at 2:00pm on Monday, July 1, 2019.

You should call the hotel directly at 603-625-1000 and not the national hotel reservations line. Ask them for the Birka rate, which is $149.00/night for 1-4 people. However, due to high call volume they may switch you to a special national line which we’ve been told should work just fine.

The Birka website has *not* been updated and it has not yet been submitted to the EK Calendar, nor has a Facebook event page been made. Those will all happen within the next few days.  🙂

This information is now public.  Feel free to forward it as you please.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at autocrat@birka.org.  🙂

Kings and Queens Rattan Champions Finals

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The final combatants in today’s rattan champions tournament are:

Pan Jan Janowicz
Earl Horic

Finals will be best 3 of 5 bouts, starting with longsword (best of three counted hits), sword/buckler, axe, two sword, and finally bring your best.

The Gazette thanks Martin Wasser Speier for on-site reporting and photos.  Any mistakes belong to the Gazette, and not the MoL or on-site reporting.

Kings and Queens Rattan Champions Final Four

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Going into the semifinal round of the tournament, all prior losses have been forgiven. Competitors will fight best two of three bouts to advance to the finals, with matched weapons forms (sword/buckler, Dane axe, and longsword).  The following gentles remain:

Brick James Beech
Horic
Avaldr Valbjarnarson
Jan Janowicz

The Gazette thanks Martin Wasser Speier for on-site reporting and photos.  Any mistakes belong to the Gazette, and not the MoL or on-site reporting.

Kings and Queens Rattan Champions Update

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Nine entrants remain in the tournament to determine the next rattan champions.  The following gentles remain:

Brick James Beech
Elglin
Horic
Avaldr Valbjarnarson
Jan Janowicz
Matthias Grunewald
Jozef Ludwiczak
Joachim Liechtenauwer
Magnus Tindal

Because of the uneven number, Duke Brennan will be fighting “bye” rounds, and all rounds are best two of three bouts.

The Gazette thanks Martin Wasser Speier for on-site reporting and photos.  Any mistakes belong to the Gazette, and not the MoL or on-site reporting.

Kings and Queens Rattan Champions Begins

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The tournament to determine the new champions of rattan is well underway.  There are 36 entrants vying to win the tournament to become King’s Champion.  The Queen’s Champion is chosen by Her Majesty by whatever criteria she may deem appropriate.

The Gazette thanks Martin Wasser Speier for on-site reporting and photos.  Any mistakes belong to the Gazette, and not the MoL or on-site reporting.