Held at the Negro Bar Area, below Folsom Lake, CA. There was a communal banquet on Saturday. There was team terrain fighting, a medieval sciences competition, a medieval swimming-costume contest, a cooling summer drink contest, and a Ninja Infiltration Course. Baron Sir Kevin Peregrynne was the autocrat.
“Negro Bar provided challenging terrain - it's on the American River floodplain and shows considerable evidence of old flooding and extensive gold dredging in the 1800's. Since it isn't conducive to regular tournament fighting we planned the event to take advantage of the rugged landscape. The camping area consists of a dumbbell shaped level area formed by two small plateaus linked by a narrow ridge.
“For the ninja course we simply declared the tops of the plateaus off-limits and all the rest of the park fair game. Maythen of Elfhaven was the only contestant to get within view of the Daimyo (me) and fought a spirited boffer duel with his bodyguard, Aarond the Grey, before being slain. Duke Henrik arrived at the site after the contest was over (unbeknownst to him), got into his ninja gear and slipped into the brush. After a period of skulking around seeking prey, he culminated his infiltration with a water-balloon assault on the bardic circle.
“The swimming costume contest on Sunday became an exercise in gooseflesh when the operators of the nearby dam sent a massive bolus of icy lake-bottom snow melt down the river (starting Saturday night) to flush a sewage spill downstream from Negro Bar out of the river.” – Kevin Peregrynne
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