Held at Balboa Park, San Diego. Cameron of Caldoon was the autocrat. Baron Talanque and Baroness Rowen-Lynn held court. Their Excellencies presented Their Highnesses with two etchings, a castle for the Prince and Lady Jane Grey for the Princess. Lady Fiona Gregorovna (Natalya de Foix) read a poem she had written for Baron Armand de Savigny. Cameron presented the Baron with a vial of the ashes of St. Gunther. He demonstrated the amazing power of these ashes by sprinkling some over a sedate Amaha al Sirhan, who turned into a young lady of amazing vitality and enticement. She ran over to Duke Aonghais dubh MacTarbh as Cameron wished him a “Happy Birthday.” His Grace was well pleased with his gift, swung her into his arms and said “See you all later.” Of course, he was only joking as he really did not want to miss opening court (right!). Cameron informed the populace that there were a few bottles of the ash left (like a few tons) and for a nominal fee he would part with them.
A court of love was held, with Princess Bevin, Baroness Rowen-Lynn, Baroness Matriona du Cameliard, Mistress Louise of Woodsholme, and Lady Fiona Gregorovna (Natalya de Foix) as judges. Lord Robear du Bois brought Eloise of Lancaster to trial for not kissing long enough in a recent game of Duke, Duke, Duchess. The court ruled that Eloise give Robear a bag of Hershey’s kisses so he could have a kiss from her any time he wanted to, and he could make it last as long as he wanted. Lord Charles de Rouen accused Baroness Diane de Savigny of stealing his heart, and Cameron of Caldoon said that Baroness Rowen-Lynn had done the same to him and that he could never be alone with her. The court decided that Baroness Diane should make a red heart, embroider Lord Charles’ name on it, and return it to him at Southern 12th Night. It was decided that Cameron, because he had expressed a desire to do something for the Baroness and because he wanted to be near her, should do an afternoon’s yard work, in exchange for which she would fix dinner for him and her ... and the Baron! Cameron was accused of preferring blondes to brunettes, but the court was able to disprove this by putting Cameron to the test. They called Prince Morven, Baron Armand, Viscount Gregory, and Mistress Bjo up and asked Cameron to choose. Christine Linnea of Sweden accused Shadowhawk of not eating her cooking, so the court sentenced him to fix dinner for her and two guests, one chosen by each, and himself. They also ordered that Shadowhawk had to eat his own cooking but that Christine did not. Sir Martin the Temperate accused Prince Morven of committing heinous crimes against their nest, but the court ruled in favor of Prince Morven and ordered Sir Martin to take HRH out for a chicken dinner at the restaurant of Morven’s choice.
Then there were melees, challenges, and the Lists to determine the Leader of the Calafian army. The afternoon ended with the wedding of Lord Jon Trimara and Lady Käthe von Munchhausen. Then it was off to the banquet hall at the All Saints Episcopal Church. Jared Blaydeaux was the banquet master and Cedric the Dark and Gisele Hildegaard of the Mystic Dragon were the assistants. A sumptuous banquet was served and consumed. Two immense banners hung on the wall, one of Calafia and one of Wilhelm von Messer’s arms, each filling one third of the wall. There were over 130 people at the banquet. There was a mime, dancing to the accompaniment of the Guideon Hand a galliard led by Lady Cristóbal.
On Sunday there was a Peasant Hunt, an execution, judging for the Beggar and Leper Costume Contest, games, a croquet competition, Lists for the Prize Tourney, and court. There was a Baron’s Champion Lists (open to Calafians only), won by Balin of Tor, and a Fearless Catcher Lists, won by Sir Martin the Temperate, who acquired the title. A football melee followed. At closing court the winners of the contests were announced. The contests were Best Decorated Functional Shield, Best Beggar and Leper Costume, Best Death and Mourning, Best Men’s and Women’s Costumes, and Men’s Poetry, which was won by Lord Charles de Rouen.
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