If you are interested in being on the Melee Champ’s team this year, please fire me an email at Justin.Aucoin@gmail.com so I can add you to my list of candidates.
EK Rapier Army Executive Officer
If you are interested in being on the Melee Champ’s team this year, please fire me an email at Justin.Aucoin@gmail.com so I can add you to my list of candidates.
Pennsic University is pleased to announce that it is once in again in business for Pennsic 45 and is accepting new teacher and class reservations.
As last year, please connect to Thing to begin the process of registering to teach classes.
If you taught in the last two year, your Teacher information should still be in the system, so you don’t have to re-register as a teacher, just update your availability and arrival dates, confirm your teacher and contact information, and create your new classes for this year.
If your classes are in one of the covered “tracks” submit your classes through Thing as normal.
If your classes sort clearly into one of the Tracks, You may be contacted by your track coordinator to make sure your request is adequately resourced.
If you think your class belongs in a specific track, but that in the ‘Scheduling additional’ field.
We look forward to seeing all our old teachers and students again this year and hope for big loads of new students and teachers to become old friends with for next year!
Information about Pennsic University can be found here.
Tell us of any questions or issues you may have University this year.
We are also interested in any comments you might have about the book format we used last year.
Send your comments here.
Youth Combat and combat involving minors is not suspended in the State of Pennsylvania, and shall continue according to established Society and Kingdom guidelines. This includes archery, siege, equestrian and thrown weapons.
Brennan & Caoilfhionn, Princeps & Principissa Orientalis, will hold meetings with the Orders on the schedule below. Order meetings will be in the East Kingdom battlefield pavilion. Attendees are invited to bring a chair, as there is very limited seating. Thank you!
Sunday August 2nd
5-5:30 PM Maunche
5:30-6 PM Laurel
6:30-7 PM Silver Crescent
7-7:30 PM Pelican
Thursday August 8th
5-5:30 PM Tygers Combattant
5:30-6 PM Chivalry
6:30-7 PM Golden Rapier
7-7:30 PM Defense
Their Royal Majesties have asked the Gazette to distribute the following announcement which can also be found in the June issue of the Pikestaff
Greetings to the East Kingdom!
We are very excited to announce that this year there will be an Arts and Sciences War Point at Pennsic. The following individuals have all committed to serving as our Eastern champions for the war point at Pennsic:
Please come and support our champions on Wednesday of War Week in the Aethelmearc Royal Encampment! All Maunches and Laurels are allowed to vote but the populace is encouraged to attend to see all the wonderful work being done in the Kingdoms of the East, Midrealm and Aethelmearc!
In Service to the East,
King Omega and Queen Etheldreda
Salutations au Royaume de l’Est ! Nous sommes très heureux d’annoncer que cette année, un point pour les Arts et Sciences sera accordé à Pennsic. Les personnes suivantes ont toutes promis de servir en tant que nos champions de l’Est pour le point de guerre à Pennsic:
Agatha Wanderer (Championne de la Reine),
Naomi bat Avraham (Championne du Roi),
Rosina von Schaffhausen,
et Guthfrith Yrlingson.
S’il-vous-plaît, venez supporter nos champions le mercredi, dans la Semaine de Guerre, au Campement Royal d’Aethelmearc ! Les gens faisant partie de l’Ordre de la Manche, ainsi que de l’Ordre du Laurier, seront alloués un vote, mais la population est encouragée a assister et apprécier tout le merveilleux travail accompli dans les Royaumes de l’Est, du Milieu et d’Aethelmearc !
En Service pour l’Est,
Roi Omega et Reine Etheldreda
Countess Brekke Franksdottir and Sir Michael of York recorded their memories of Pennsic IV, famous for its mud and rain, at the request of the Gazette. Comments have been turned on for this article so others may add their own memories.
Pennsic IV was hosted by the Midrealm and held on a farm in Ohio over Labor Day weekend in 1975. It was the first Pennsic longer than 2 days and the first with really bad weather throughout.
As I recall, the site was a field on the side of a hill, with parking below on flat ground, near the road. The top of the hill was relatively flat, and that’s where we were camping, with woods behind the encampment, a fairly long hike to the cars, and the plains below for field battles. I vaguely recall the porta-pottie being essentially a large truck with two sides: Men, and Women, and only one private stall, at least on the Ladies’ side.
The site was a farm field – someone called it “the back 40 (acres)”. It was in the middle of nowhere and would have been a lovely site – except that the rain made the soft earth really muddy. If you weren’t at the top of the hill or able to find some kind of grassy hummock to stand on – you were standing in mud. In some places it was a few inches thick, in others – it was a foot deep. Continue reading
Warriors 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.
Duke Gregor von Heisler
Dean of the East Kingdom War College
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
Have you always wanted to teach at Pennsic? Are you a veteran teacher, but find yourself procrastinating this year? Don’t delay! While classes will be accepted right through Pennsic, the deadline to have your class appear in the Pennsic site book is May 1.
It’s a very easy process to sign up. A link for teacher registration appears on the Pennsic War home page. The registration process is very user friendly. With just a few clicks of the mouse you will be able to create your class.
Take a minute to look at all the wonderful classes that have already been scheduled. Then commit to sharing your knowledge and passion for the arts and sciences with the Pennsic populace. If you have questions about registering your class, contact Capt Elias Gedney, Chancellor, or THL Artimesia LaceBrayder, the Registrar.
An announcement from Master Padraig MacEanruig, East Kingdom Pennsic Warlord
Greetings all, after consulting with Their Royal Highnesses I am pleased to be able to announce the chivalric advisor and co-captains of this years Eastern Unbelted Team. They are Sir Alex as advisor, and as captains, Lord Harald Hokonson and Lord Tiernan MacAlpine. Although the format has yet to be decided for this upcoming war, they will help the Chivalric advisor and myself prepare a strong and chivalrous team.
Une annonce de Maitre Padraig MacEanruig, Seigneur de Guerre du Royaume de l’Est à Pennsic:
Bonjour à tous,
Après avoir consulté leurs Altesses Royales, je suis heureux de pouvoir annoncer qui seront le conseiller chevaleresque et les co-capitaines de l’équipe Sans-Ceinture de l’Est pour cette année. Ils sont Sire Alex comme conseiller, et comme capitaines, Seigneur Harald Hokonson et Seigneur Tiernan MacAlpine. Quoi que le format de la guerre à venir reste encore à être choisi, ils aideront le conseiller et moi-même à préparer une forte équipe chevaleresque.
The Gazette thanks Mórag filia Scayth for translation services.
The Gazette asked Duke Akbar ibn Murad al-ben ibn Hakim, third King of the East, for memories of the early days of the East Kingdom. The following are his words.
The Memorable Bits
by Duke Akbar
There is a wonderful lampoon of British history called 1066 and All That which is dedicated to the proposition that history is what is memorable. These are (some of) my memorable bits:
If this were a traditional old East Kingdom war story it would begin thus: No shit, there we were… in a small conference room at the American Museum of Natural History at the monthly meeting of the New York chapter of the National Speleological Society, Count Murad, Sir Aeiolf, Sir Rakkurai, Sir Koppel and myself. Of course, we had not acquired those names and titles yet. (While I suppose it is generally known that the EK formed after Marion Zimmer Bradley (Lady Elfrida) moved from the west coast to Staten Island and recruited mainly from science fiction fandom, but it is probably less well known that five of the first six EK knights were spelunkers.) I think it was the summer of 1968 that my father and I learned from our friends Barry and Kenny (hereafter refered to as Rakkurai and Koppel) about this medieval group that was just starting up and after about six months spent making clothing, weapons, and rudimentary armor, we and my best friend (later known as Sir Ismael) showed up at the first EK Twelfth Night feast, at an apartment somewhere in the vicinity of Hacketstown, New Jersey, about a hundred mile drive from our hometown on Long Island. Bruce of Cloves was King, the first to be elected by combat. The three of us, having arrived in matching gear, were appointed the king’s own janissarys and my father Murad made captain of the guard. Ismael and myself were about sixteen then. Later that night Aeiolf and Rakkurai were knighted by King Bruce who had himself been knighted while visiting the West Kingdom. John of Brook Lynn was the Herald. Frederic Feolyldwyn (called the Silent) recited a poem the subject of which I cannot recall with certainty but probably described Bruce’s crown tourney with all his usual flourishes. I cannot recall whether Frederic was made baron at this event or later that year (the rules were somewhat different then).
I recall attending a meeting of the Aulic Council later that year. This was the precursor to the curia regis, or king’s council. I don’t know what the custom is now, but at that time anyone could attend and everyone had a vote, even the king. It took a very long time for most people to start thinking and acting in medieval terms. Even then, there were many different ideas as to what the SCA was and what it should become. I suspect the situation hasn’t changed much.
That summer, the second EK Crown Tourney was held in Rumsen, NJ. I recall besting Maragorn, who had been appointed the first King of the East without a crown tourney (yes, the rules were quite different then) but losing to Alpin MacGregor, who won the crown. Murad won the archery competition. Khadijah, whom I had not yet met, performed with a troupe of puppeteers. Vardak of Iloi and his troupe of actors performed the final scene from Hamlet without introduction, so it was rather startling until everyone recognized it. Vardak was later made a count (yes, yes i know). In those days, it was the custom to hold a grand procession where everyone would be presented to their Majesties, in order of precedence. This took a great deal of time and argument to establish and to run and within the next half dozen reigns became totally unwieldy, but was great fun while it lasted.
Alpin, I believe, was attending MIT in pre-Carolingia Boston and appeared at only one or two events after that. As a result of his absence it was a whole year before the next crown tourney was organized. It was at this time, I believe, that Sir Rakkurai became kingdom seneschal and Koppel became brigantia herald. There were a number of smaller tourneys as well as fighting practices and feasts at Green Walls, Lady Elfrida’s home on Staten Island, that year. It was at one of theses events that King Alpin decided to test his court by challenging each of his officers and the captain of his guard. Only Murad defeated his majesty.
In those days the only armor requirement for SCA combat was a helm. Most helm designs were pretty sketchy. Some looked like erector set projects gone awry. Then Rakkurai found out someone in the West was making helms from propane tanks, which were good but quite heavy. Murad got the idea of using freon tanks, which at 16 guage, were a bit lighter. These became very popular until actual period armoring techniques were worked out. It was a consequence of breaking my thumb at a training session that gauntlets became required, I learned not to drop my shield, Rakkurai stopped training with a hardwood boken, and rattan swords became the standard.
After one of these events at Green Walls, a group was traveling homeward via public transport while still dressed in SCA garb, when they were attacked by a local gang. They were trapped at the end of a fenced in train platform. While one gentleman hoisted the ladies over the fence, Koppel, armed only with courage and a very flimsy letter opener, held the platform against the gang. Although he sustained numerous injuries, the rest escaped safely. As a result, traveling in garb was made illegal and Koppel was knighted.
In the late summer or fall of that year the world science fiction convention was held in St. Louis, and it was determined that a number of people from both the East and West Kingdoms as well as the principality of the Middle would attend. King Alpen attended, as well as a dozen or so people from the East. Ismael and myself represented House Hakkim and served, as was becoming traditional, as the royal guards. I remenber seeing Sir Bela of Eastmarch, his wife Lady Karina (who was the senior herald present), Master Edwin Bersark (Lady Elfrida’s brother) among others from the West. Also present was Sir Caridoc of the Bow, who had recently won the tournament making him reigning prince of the Principality Under the Mountain, part of the EK. As the BoD had recently seen fit to elevate the principality to kingdom status, Sir Cariadoc was to be elevated to King without benefit of a further crown tourney, (thereby setting no precedent whatever). This was accomplished at the WorldCon when King Alpin (of the East) crowned Sir Cariadoc king of the Middle Kingdom.
The third crown tourney was held on Staten Island. I finaled against Sir Aeiolf, and quite surprisingly, won. I was seventeen then. The East Kingdom in theory spanned almost half the US, but in fact the membership really was mostly in the NY/NJ area. The next crown was won by my father Murad and I took over as captain of the guard and also began serving as the deputy earl marshall under Count Vardak. During Murad’s reign we began negotiations with the Middle to set up what would become the Pennsic war. At the Tolkien conference in Cleveland that year, we sat down with the Middle marshallate who I recall included Andrew of Seldom Rest (not yet knighted), Sir Franz von Blinkend-lichten, and Prince Cariadoc (now awaiting his second coronation). I think everyone knows how Duke Cariadoc moved to the east coast, carried the war arrow to the court of Rakkurai, won the next eastern crown tourney (the seventh) and was King of the East for what was later called Pennsic I.