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The Eleventh Year

St. Gunther’s Tourney -- Barony of Calafia
July 24, 1976

Held in the Calafian Circle, Balboa Park, San Diego. Baron Armand Sebastian de la Forêt de Savigny was the autocrat. The Seventh Quest for the Chalice of St. Gunther, the patron saint of fermentation, distillation, and inebriation, was held. Threatening clouds moved away and the field was dry by morning court. At opening court Louise of Woodsholme presented a package of prommissary notes to the principality, which were received on behalf of Prince Morven by Duke Aonghais dubh MacTarbh. After opening court an art auction was held to raise funds for the Calafian war chest. The items ranged from very nice to “interesting” and brought in a fair amount of money.

After lunch the Chalice was taken into the woods in the keeping of Thomas of Waverly, and shortly thereafter the fighters went in quest of it. Robear du Bois found it, and thus did not have to fight until the lists were reduced to three people. These three turned out to be Balin of Tor, Viscount Gregory of York, and Sir Martin the Temperate. Even with the ressurective powers of the Chalice, Robear fell to Balin, who proceeded to slay Gregory, but was finally killed by Sir Martin. Closing court was held early so folk from Dreiburgen could leave to go to the Mestersing. Sir Martin was presented with the Chalice and the accompanying ring, which he gave to Quiauxochitl. Robear du Bois and Thomas Whitelowe each received a bottle of mead for their entries in the mug decorating contest. The kid’s boffer contest was won by Geoffry of York, and the croquet game was won by Baroness Rowen-Lynn and Squire Christopher. Cameron of Caldoon also took the opportunity to present an award to Charles de Rouen for unfailing devotion to the pursuit of the fair sex and untempered dedication to the consumption of alcoholic spirits. The award resembled a chastity belt, but Charles lost no time in placing it on his head.

After closing court a kiss auction was held, people having been nominated during the day. The ladies brought consistently higher prices, the maximum bid for a lord being $6.80 for Viscount Gregory while Lady Louise brought a bid of $20. The evening’s activities were also designed to raise funds for Calafia’s war chest, and all were invited to Cameron’s Casino, where one might gamble with Cameron’s crooked currency. Unfortunately all the tables closed early, with the exception of the poker game whose participants had to be dragged off kicking and screaming when the hall closed.

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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