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The Tenth Year

Monboggian Midwinter and New Moon Festival -- Barony of Lion's Gate
January 17, 1976

Held in the Ballroom of the University of British Columbia Campus in Vancouver. The many contests included: sticky fingers for thieves and pickpockets, best rabbit dish, story-telling, song contest, wine or beer, kissing, wrestling, best paunch, best costume, best combination of hat and beard, dancing, and fighting. Akbar the Sot and Mongo of Bog autocratted. The Monboggian Horde was on stage reviewing the guests. Sean Geält and Michael Trygvason, following the ancient and venerable Monboggian custom, showered the stage with bread; Sean was captured and sentenced to one blow of a dread Monboggian War Carrot. An unidentified thief was also seized and Sean escaped (temporarily) in the confusion. The thief later bought his way free. Baron Gerhard Kendall of Westmoreland was awarded a black and blue codpiece for services rendered to the Shire, and he and his lady were sent Tudor portraits from their counterparts in Madrone. Malla of the Moors received a spear, a goblet of wine, and a loaf of bread in a naming ceremony; his newborn daughter is a six generation Monboggian (how this is possible is not clear, but then the rabbit is their totem). The ceremony was presided over by Mongo of Bog, High Monbog Shaman.

In the fighting Bjorn of Havok defeated Morgan of Aberystwyth in the melees, and was also victorious on the field. Viscount Edward Zifran won all the challeneges. Then Baron Gerhard and Styraeman of Havok demonstrated two-handed fencing (circa 1550). At various times during the day Aragon the Armorer tried to buy Semasem for gold, but failed; the page, André Lessard, was accused of thievery and was about to be placed in the stocks, but was found innocent by Viscount Edward. Baron Gerhard challenged Subotai of Bog to a war carrot duel, but Subotai struck the referee and the contest was declared a draw. Feasting and entertainment followed.

The sticky fingers contest (for misappropriation of funds) was won by Boverk of Monchiolvich, who stole five purses and begged the rest. Susan the Opaque and Edward Zifran won the ladies and gentlemen’s kissing contests, respectively. (One may note that they were both judges.) Friar William won the Best Paunch contest and was awarded a mirror so that he might once again see his shoes. Semasem, in a Berber robe and veil, won the Best Costume Award, and Baron Gerhard won the Combination Hat and Beard contest.

Description of this event, © Copyright 1980 by William R. Keyes (Wilhelm von Schlüssel)
This is from The History of the West Kingdom, Volume 1 (the only volume produced). When reading this text, please keep in mind the following disclaimer:

Disclaimer: This history may have errors in it, as much of the detail is “remembered” history, or as one of the cover pages of the original type-written manuscript states “The material within is derived from the information printed in The Crown Prints and in The Page, and from the memories of the participants.” The original document was typed on onion-skin paper, with hand-written notes (often in the margins). All attempts have been made to reconcile the notes with the original document.

Annotations, when they are added, are from The Annotated History of the West, Volume 1, which is the same text as Master Wilhelm's mentioned above, with commentary from members of the SCA who were active at the time of the event, and are added to help clarify questions and expand on what happened and why. This volume is copyright © Ken Mayer (Hirsch von Henford).

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