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The Silly Side

The SCA has moments when people step out of the middle ages and get silly. It's a release. You will find in this part of the website a series of photos or other silliness (tales, artwork, etc.) that should not be taken seriously -- the people involved didn't. These photos are not referenced in the "Who's Who" page intentionally ...

You have been warned -- check out any of these items at your own risk.

The Bards of Bedlam Filk Song LibraryCollected or Perpetrated by The Bards of Bedlam
You Know You're In the SCA When ...Culled from old issues of The Page
Loud Legging DayMists Investiture, May 17, 1997 (AS XXXI)
The Legend of St. Colin, the DudeBlack Knight Tourney, xxxx
The Lord's Prayer, in Klingon(no date)
Vinhold Apology to King Radnor(no date)
Prince Geoffrey - Energizer BunnyNovember 8, AS XXXVIII (2003)
Twelfth Night Present -- A Goblet January, AS XXXVIII (2004)
Monkey FunJune 26, AS XXXIX (2004)
The Duchess Ball, Twelfth Night AS XLOctober, 2005 - January, 2006, AS XL
Cynagua Fall Coronet -- Hula HalloweenOctober, 2005 (AS XL)
Words from Prince Dmitriy and Princess Hannah, The Tempus NebulorumNovember 12, 2005 (AS XL)
The Barony of the Far West attends PennsicAugust, 2005 (AS XL)
Learning to Braid -- Court Meeting for Prince Gunther and Princess Juliana   January 2007, Vakkerfjell
The Hodoeporican of St. SudafedJanuary 2009, Oertha

Ducal Prize

The Ducal Prize Tournament, started years and years ago for the West Kingdom Land Fund (now run by a separate corporate entity called Kingdom Historical Trust, Inc." or "KHTI" for short) by some of the Dukes and Duchesses of the West Kingdom has always been a "silly" event. The following are links to the parts of the History website that have photographs from Ducal Prize Tournaments past ...

August 31-September 3, 1990 (AS XXV)
Bride of ... March 7, 1992 (AS XXVI)
September 5-6, 1992 (AS XXVII)
September 3-5, 1994 (AS XXIX)
September 2-4, 1995 (AS XXX)
September 1-4, 2000 (AS XXXV)
August 29-September 1, 2003 (AS XXXVIII)

The Pandybat Tournament

The original Pandybat Tournament was held at June Crown, AS XI. The original write-up in The Page describing this tournament was in the June 1976 issue of The Page, in the Announcements section, from the Office of the Earl Marshall:

Notice to the Fighters and Rattan Smiths of the West Kingdom: at the June Crown Tournament (June 19 & 20), there will be a Pandybat Competition and Grand Melee of Pandybatters. There will be an award for the best Pandybat, with the survivor of the melee becoming Champion Pandybatter of the West. (Note: All Pandybats must be safe to use on the field, though the considerations of authenticity and handling need not be applied to their design.)

For the information of those who are not familiar with this (in)famous class of devices, an explanation: a Pandybat is a weapon (?) of Tournament Combat, which at first glance is obviously not a sword, mace, or axe, and at closer inspection does not have any relevance to fighting whatsoever. Pandybats are difficult to use, and so unlikely and clumsy in their handling and application that their use is preferred by only a minute coterie of devotees, who are often difficult to distinguish from fools and incompetents.

There are a number of species of Pandybats (perhaps mutations is a bettr term), among which are:

The Classical Pandybat: "Well, umm, y'see, I started out to make a sword, but the rattan wasn't long enough, so I put a mace head on the pommel for fighting at close quarters, then I remembered that I fight best with axe, so ..."

The Left-Handed Pandybat: "But if I use it in my right hand the flail hits me on the knee, and the corkscrew catches on my shield strap."

And the Equestrian Pandybat, a device intended for use from horseback, and which, due to its singular lack of applicability to foot combat, has only been mastered by a hard core of demented souls, who are shunned by even the general run of Pandybatters.

So let your imagination (and your sense of humor) run rampant, and join in the carnage (mostly self-inflicted) which will ensue.

The Pandybat tournament is held traditionally at Purgatorio Coronation, and while it hasn't always occurred, is one that many folk look forward to each year. (This event sometimes occurs at Ducal Prize, which is usually a weekend or two after Purgatorio.) The premise is that the entrants bear weaponry that is more dangerous to themselves than to their opponents. The victor (or team of victors) is given to hold for the year "Phil" the "Panda-Bat" -- a stuffed, bat-winged panda. The competition started being held at Ducal Prize Tournaments instead of Purgatorio at some point. The following are links to Purgatorio Coronations (and/or other events) where there are photographs from the Pandybat competition:

June 19-20, 1976 (AS XI)
August 22-23, 1981 (AS XVI)
August 24-25, 1985 (AS XX)
August 19-20, 1995 (AS XXX)

As the Pandybat is not an official award, it is not tracked in the West Kingdom awards list database. However, the following is an attempt to list all past holders of the Pandybat, showing the winner(s), the date, and the weapon that was used to win (with many thanks to folk on SCA-West racking their brains to try to remember details):

WinnerDateWeapon Used
The Squire's Guild
(Paul of Hameldone,
Karl of Clan Colin,
Duncan Greencastle,
David of Westerville
Sweyn MachChlurain of Helsingor)
June Crown, June 19-20, AS XI (1976) The Battering Squire
(Karl of Clan Colin)
Eric Foxworthy,
Berik von Langenthal,
Jay d'Argent
Purgatorio, August 22-23, 1981 (AS XVI) The "Turnpike"
The Orcs
William the Lucky,
Hilary of Serendip,
Brandon d'Areindel
Purgatorio, August 20-21, 1983 (AS XVIII) The Orc-estra
Carl of the Crossbow Purgatorio, (?) The Pony Tail Flail
Vlasta of the Wild Hair,
Gregory Falconheart
Purgatorio, August 24-25, 1985 (AS XX) Two Man Shield
Eric Foxworthy(?) Purgatorio, August 22-23, 1987 (AS XXII) The War Caber
(?) Purgatorio, (?) The War Amoeba
(The only entrant, it
attacked its "handler"
when he tried to have
it roll over.)
Thomas Edmund of Ruislip Purgatorio, (?) Rhino-de-Hide
John of Skye Purgatorio, August 19-20, 1995 (AS XXX) (?)
Siobhan ni Seaghda,
Conner McAuliffe FitzJames,
Rashid al Faqih,
Khaalid al-Jaraad
Ducal Prize, (?) The Pandy Peer
Garick Köpke Ducal Prize, (?) War Chair
Therasia von Tux Ducal Prize, August 4-6, 2000 (AS XXXV) Meals on Wheels:
Weapon: Pizza Cutter (12")
Shield: Pepperoni Pizza
Raven of Drachenheim Ducal Prize, August 31-September 3, 2001 (AS XXXVI) Torvald Torgarsson
(who as many know
is more dangerous to
himself than his

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