From The Page (September, 1977):
The Principality of Caid will select a new prince with a Coronet Tournament to be fought in the Barony of the Isles, September 17-18. This will not, repeat not, be on the normal Isles tourney grounds. Instead, it will be in El Capitan Park, between Santa Barbara and Gaviota. El Capitan (not to be confused with the big rock in Yosemite) has campsites with barbecue facilities, water, a pool, a nearby ocean and a nice big meadow. It also costs.
At this writing, we have reserved 20 sites for that Saturday night, at $4 each. This will allow us up to 20 vehicles and 160 people. Please carpool as much as possible when coming to the Isles. When you get to the Isles, we can carpool even more, leaving excess cars in Santa Barbara or Goleta, near Islesians' homes. If, despite all this, you get to the park and the gatepeople say we have too many vehicles already, someone will drive out to accompany you to Goleta and (grumbling all the way, no doubt) ferry you back to the park.
The campsites form a contiguous strip between the restrooms/showers and the beginning of the meadow. The tourney site is about a fifth of a mile past the last campsite (196).
There can be no fires at the tourney site (only in the campsites). We should be able to ferry equipment to the tourney site, but not to park vehicles there. We may set up some pavilions on the tourney site, but must sleep in the campsites (nearer the restrooms, showers and swimming pool). If this works out well, we may have better privileges next time.
Lists registration will begin at approximately 9:30 a.m. Saturday. There will be a short opening court at 10, lists will close at 10:45 and the first round of lists fighting will begin at 11 a.m. After the first round, lists will halt until after lunch. Closing court for Saturday will be sometime around 6:00 p.m. Come dusk, there will be skulking in the woods.
Sunday morning's schedule is "to be announced." Final court will be around noon, then we will adjourn to the state beach (across the freeway), about a one-mile walk.
Friday night campsites are still available, but may not last long. Those who want to stay there Friday night should contact Lord Renfield as soon as possible (contact info omitted). Of course, limited space is available BY ADVANCE NOTICE in Isles homes for Friday night.
From the History (by Wilhelm):
Held in El Capitan Park, between Santa Barbara and Gaviota, CA. Renfield of the Inland March (Edmund Renfield Wanderscribe) was the autocrat. Prince Balin and Princess Lorissa held court. King Paul and Queen Carol attended. Prince Balin gave Awards of Arms to Jared Alexander Blaydeaux, Lorenzo di Sant’Angelo, and Thin Robert of Lawrence. King Paul then gave an Award of Arms to Jeosigh MacCruimmon. Princess Lorissa called forward all members of the Order of the Dolphin to present to them the new medallions of the Order, which had been painted by Viscountess Bevin Fraser of Sterling. She then admitted Lady Mary Taran of Glastonbury to the Order of the Dolphin. Prince Balin appointed Ioanes Lackie as his personal Master of Ceremonies. Court adjourned for fighters to register with the Office of the Lists. Court reconvened with the knighting of Charles of Dublin by King Paul. Court then adjourned and the matches for the Coronet Lists were picked. It was fought in double elimination. Interspersed among the rounds of fighting were a number of melees and challenges. In the finals Viscount Martin the Temperate emerged victorious. Neptha of Thebes was his lady. In the evening Robear du Bois organized a Ninja war, with the winning team “Number 1" consisting of Mary of Uffington, Tamsin of the Raven Tresses, Sir Loren sur la Roche, Sir William the Lucky, and Queen Carol of Bellatrix. The next day there were several challenges and an auction for the Publication Fund, which netted $192.50. Duke Paul of Bellatrix won the Prize List left over from the Publication Fund Tourney, winning an Alicia Austin mirror for himself and a pair of Darachshire steins for his sponsor, Tim Coyle.
“It was a unique, three way finals, based on the fall of the double elimination, I had to fight Armand de Sevigny, Armand had to fight Gregory of York, and then Gregory and I closed it out.
“I don't remember the details of Gregory's fight against Armand, but my fight with Armand was memorable because I had devised a new technique specifically to counter him. Armand, dastardly left-hander that he was, once again had me on my knees. His technique was to block your vision with his shield and kill you, left or right side, depending on your block attempt. I pulled a new trick out of my hat, blocked high left with my shield to invite a flat snap to my right side, and sword blocked it. As I pulled my shield back, I shield-hooked the top of this kite, pulled it down to the ground, bending him over the top of it, and to the sight of his widening, surprised eyes, (through his eye slots), I took off his head as he was recovering from his previous shot.
“So the last fight of the lists, as it had been the first time I won the coronet, was against Gregory. Gregory was the superior technician and was usually in better condition than I by the final rounds. I don't think Gregory realized he had the better of me and, knee to knee, he pulled out his secondary weapon, a short sword. I pulled out mine, a mace, and beat him with an "inside cross," (as it was called at the time). I was unsure of the outcome until Gregory changed weapons. Though he was the better swordsman, I had the quicker shield and I just was confident I was faster. The shorter weapons accentuated the difference.” – Martin the Temperate
“Regarding the Canton of Derryabarre. This Canton was established solely
to stop the expansion of two adjacent Cantons, Lyondemer and Canyons.
Lyondemer had recently expanded their claim from "everything within
five miles of the coast" to "everything within ten miles of the coast",
and Canyons, originally a San Gabriel Valley Canton was now claiming
land west of downtown L.A. To keep from being swallowed by either
group, we formed our own Canton. The name of Derryabarre did not please
the heralds, so we became Graywinds, in honor of the local smog. I
think the Canton lasted about five years, and then quietly died, having
served its purpose.
“Regarding the Ninja War. Many of the participants were not fighters, and I was amazed at the reaction when I passed out a bunch of boffers. These people REALLY needed to hit someone. This was a resurrection battle fought in the dark well away from camp, and I believe it lasted an hour. If killed you had to return to a centrally located pavilion, check in, and wait for two minutes. Some people were back in the pavilion every two minutes and ten seconds, because they kept double-killing with the same person. Carol of Bellatrix developed the most effective tactic of the evening. When she saw someone coming, she would start wandering around peering closely at the ground, and then feign relief at seeing her soon-to-be-victim, and ask them to help find her glasses. As soon as they bent over to look for them, she would hit them on the head. It did not occur to anyone that Carol did not wear glasses, but I think four of her victims borrowed boffers and tracked her down the next morning.” – Robear du Bois
“Was that the same ninja fight where children helpfully offered to point out enemies, then boffered whoever got too close to them? Seems nobody figured the kids to be in the game until they'd gotten a few kills.
"I'm mixing ninja fights, I'm sure, but in one, Paul of Bellatrix and his friends wore black T-shirts, with flocked black lettering on them, saying "rock" and "tree" and so forth. I loved that.
“After Balin appointed Iaones Lackie as Master of Ceremonies, did Iaones actually do anything more, or react as he did in SF fandom, just get the job and disappear?” – Flavia Beatrice Carmigniani“Re: Iaones Lackie, yes, he did do more. I remember a whole series of strangeness during Balin's tenure. Iaones was quite upset when I informed him during my subsequent reign that it wasn't a permanent position. My memory says that most of the court was quite relieved.” – Martin the Temperate“He did do one thing. At closing court that day we were gathered on either side of an aisle leading to the pavilion. Ioanes come over and asked everyone to fill the space in front of the pavilion, which we did. He then returned to Balin and Lorissa and led them into court, loudly calling "Make Way! Make Way for the Prince and Princess of Caid!" We were forced to reform the aisle he had just asked us to fill, and I think the mood of sullen resentment was not limited to myself. I am sure it made Ioanes feel wonderful to have everyone scurry out of his way, but I vowed to myself never to play peasant for Ioanes Lackey again.” – Robear du Bois[... Paul of Bellatrix and his friends wore black T-shirts ...] “That was Richard of Havn.” – Paul of Bellatrix
[Prince Balin appointed Ioanes Lackie as his personal Master of Ceremonies.] “After being reminded by others, Lorissa recalls that Balin and Ioanes finally parted because of disagreement on how ceremonies should be run. Lorissa drew the line at marching in after Ioanes had cleared the room as described. Balin agreed, and Ioanes didn't like being told how to do things.” – Flavia Beatrice Carmigniani
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