Held at Balboa Park, San Diego. Braving the threat of sudden deluge, the Barony of Calafia gathered for its seventh Anniversary Tourney. The skies managed to stay clear for opening court. The two day event had two lists: one based on “pass” fighting, the other for Baronial Champion. The five categories in the Championship lists were fighting, chess, music performance, literature and heraldry. The person who accumulated the most points from all categories would be declared winner.
Between rounds of “pass” fighting on Saturday, the chess matches were held, as well as the heraldry test. The judges of the “pass” fighting were Mistress Gabrielle Devereaux NicChlurain, Baroness Bjo of Griffin (Flavia Beatrice Carmigniani), and Viscountess Bevin Fraser of Sterling (who had to give her place to Baroness Alison von Markheim due to rehearsal for Investiture.). The fighting was fierce and most of the fighters were glad to leave the judging up to the three judges. The winner of the “pass” fighting was Sir Armand Sebastian de la Forêt de Savigny, who received a chalice and a ring, which he gave to his lady, Baroness Diana, who in turn presented it to Baroness Rowen-Lynn.
At closing court the heavens opened up and those poor souls who bravely spend the night in the park were to be drenched. That night a banquet was held, and after the delicious catered dinner, Evening Court was called on time. Baron Talanque called forth all the old and new officers and the offices were changed during a brief ceremony. Baron Talanque then presented Christopher of Deauville, Lord Charles du Rouen, and Tryggvi Halftrollson with Golden Tridents for all their past service to the Barony. The Order of Leodamas, which is voted on by the membership of Calafia and which had not been given out in three years was given to Baroness Diana de Savigny. After Evening Court there were movies of previous tourneys, and the Music Category of the Lists was held.
Sunday broke clear, mild and beautiful. The lists began around 1 PM. More chess was played, poetry read, and songs sung by the remaining participants. Games were played on the field by nobles and populace alike. At closing court, Sir William the Lucky was named Baronial Champion, having the most points and having performed outstandingly in all five categories. Sir Armand Sebastian de Savigny came in second. Sir William was presented with a brass mug and the Girdle of Hypolyta, which he presented to Mistress Louise of Woodsholme, whose favor he had borne. The winner of the Illuminated Letter “C” Contest was Christina Linnea of Sweden. Baron Talanque awarded Mistress Louise of Woodsholme with the Order of the Golden Trident for her service to the Barony. There were many entries in the Design-A-New-Pavilion-for-Calafia Contest, so many that the winner had to be announced at Investiture.
“How not to manipulate the results of a list:
“Baron Talanque was (probably understandably) irked that the Champions of a fair chunk of the groups in Caid were these two knights from the Bay Area who kept coming down for events -- i.e. Steve and me. So he conceived a plan to deal with these wandering stick-jocks have the Champion decided by a variety of competitions, of which fighting was only one. (A fine idea, which I later cribbed as Prince of the Mists.) But it back-fired. As the finals of the fighting lists started, the Lists officer came over and informed the Baron that "If William comes in second in the fighting, he wins the Championship." -- a fact of which I was blissfully ignorant. Talanque tried re-adding the scores several times, but to no avail. And then Armand went and won the finals. You never saw anyone so obviously trying hard to be gracious about the collapse of his plans while making an award.
“I wonder if he ever realized that we just came visiting because we enjoyed it, and ended up as Champion frequently just because we couldn't resist an opportunity to fight different people? Heaven knows, neither of us had and great and burning desire to be champion of half the outlying branches in the Kingdom!” – William the Lucky
“It wasn't just you two. He didn't really appreciate non-Calafians winning his tournaments either. (And don't get me wrong, despite all that, Talanque was a great supporter of the Principality and the Kingdom, he just ruled his domain with a chauvinistic perspective. If all the barons had been cut from the same mold, Caid would have been a lot less interesting.)
“Regardless, you were most welcome. Your presence allowed a lot of Caiden fighters to test themselves, so many had never ventured north. It allowed the principality and later the two kingdoms to compete and have wars, because we all knew each other, fewer misunderstandings as had occurred between Caid and Atenveldt. And I think it helped Caid to become a kingdom. Initially, only a few Isles-men went to Kingdom events. You and others reciprocated and started attending southern events with more regularity. Soon fighters from all over Caid, including Calafia, began attending crowns and coronets. It enriched both north and south.
“And to any degree that Talanque may have rued your presence was totally offset by the fact that the only Caiden (principality) to hold the Western Crown was in fact, a Calafian.” – Martin the Temperate[If all the barons had been cut from the same mold, Caid would have been a lot less interesting.)] “Or perhaps Caid would have been a lot more contentious. I always found Talanque a bit amusing in his on-going efforts to run things his way. Back when the college of bards were writing poems for all of the fighters in the crown lists Stefan de Lorraine wrote one for Lysander of Sparta which started out something like:
Talanque sat in his great hall, his mead horn in his hand.
"Oh who will win the Western Crown and still remain my man."
“Talanque later admitted to Steve that that was basically his feeling. When Gregory did win the crown (defeating me in the finals) he was, of course, not Talanque's man.
[It enriched both north and south.] “It was one of the places we could go to have fun. In the early and mid 70's Bill and I were basically tourney junkies, attending pretty much everything between Seattle and L.A. You have to be a bit young and stupid to do things like drive to Seattle for a party. Admittedly, I had ulterior motives in 72 and 73 since I was dating Bevin Fraser and then later Eilonway ap Lyur in San Diego.” – Steven MacEanruig“Yep, I went down a few times, too. Jeffrey Brokenblade, one of my squires was going to San Diego State and so after attending Baron Pwyll’s Angels 1st Anniversary Revel and Feast of a whole backyard roasted pig – 200 lbs?? – I went to San Diego and got acquainted with the area enough to decide to return for some of Calafia’s Balboa Park tournaments. I remember fighting Lysander both down in Calafia and once again at a tourney in Briones, as the rain started to fall, out near my pavilion, away from the eric. I also remember winning a black and gold filigree Maltese Cross on a blue and (gold?) Satin twisted cord (I still have it). I think it was a championship tourney – and the location seems to have been in Balboa Park. The year would have been around 1973-1974 I think – does anyone remember it?” – Henrik of Havn
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