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Stronghold of Battle Rock

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History: Battle Rock is a Canton Stronghold of the Barony of the Far West. The following is from the Stronghold's website, provided by (at the time) Baron Otto Spilman:

"The SCA has been active on Okinawa since at least the mid 1980s, though the group has existed under various names, including the Ile of Blue Mists, the Canton of Chuzan, the Canton of Battle Rock, and finally the Stronghold of Battle Rock.  Depending on whether one sees the first SCA event on Okinawa as our birthday, or the passage of our name and device, the birthday of Battle Rock may be seen as 23 March 1984 or 24 February 1995. I suppose one could view the former as our birth and the latter as our Christening. Either way, those are two important dates in our early history.  The First official event held 23rd March, 1984 was called the Warlord Tourny. The first member ever mentioned in a Page entry was Sillan Gareth, which would be assumed as one of the founding members of the Blue Mist, now known as the Stronghold of Battle Rock.  Although Warriors Gate Assumes the title for the beginning of the Barony of the Far West, the Stronghold of Battle Rock had registered events prior to Warriors Gate even being founded.  Their are news paper clippings that often discuss members in the numbers of 90 or more on any given Saturday doing fighter practices on our local base.

"In 1992 The Group attempted to register the name Canton of Chuzan which was rejected by the College of Heralds  because the name conflicted with that of Chusan, largest island of the Chusan (or Chou-shan) archipelago, in the East China Sea. The approved name was "Canton of Battle Rock" but prior to that the group went by the name of "Canton of the Isle of Blue Mists" but the name never got registered and eventually registered Canton of Battle Rock after Chuzan got denied. This occured in 1995, and so goes the history of the Stronghold of Battle Rock.  Due to the majority of our members being service members, we eventually changed from a Canton to a Stronghold.

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Location: Okinawa, Japan

Description of the history of this branch is a summary from the small amount of information available, by Hirsch von Henford. Location information is from the back of The Page.

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