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The Twelfth Year

Hunt for the Chalice of St. Gunther -- Barony of Calafia
July 9, 1977

Held at Balboa Park, San Diego. Prince Balin and Princess Lorissa attended. The winner of the Medieval Event Auction from the KPBS Auction attended, having been given the prize as a present. Thus Hall VII of Balthea and his lady Carol were presented to their Highnesses as Visiting Dignitaries for the Day. Hall and Carol received flowers, fudge, home-brewed mead, and a scroll commemorating the day signed by the Calafians. They also received two goblets decorated in the subtle St. Gunther style and a dram of the ashes of the saint. At opening court Lord Cameron of Caldoon was made “Hare Apparent” Baron Talanque and received symbols of his new rank - a scroll with a hare’s head on it and a stuffed rabbit with a silver crown and scepter. Mistress Louise of Woodsholme presented Lady Fiona Gregorovna (Natalya de Foix) with the scroll which Fiona had won at the Calafian Art Auction the previous fall, for her Grant of Arms, complete with real pearls on the crown above the arms. It was announced that Jon Trimara had resigned as Trident Pursuivant and that the heraldic duties would be divided between Carlotta the Lost (book heraldry) and Jeosigh MacCruimein (field heraldry). Then it was time for Princess Lorissa to hide the chalice. The fighters went to look for it. Lord Charles of Dublin found it but Balin of Tor was the victor in the lists. His fellow members of the Brotherhood of the Blade covered over Lord Charles’ body with his own banner and carried him off the field. Lindia of Woodlyn was abducted by Jason Griffiths of Shadowhyrst, Haga, and Lord Charles of Dublin (then recovered). Her Lord and husband, Fredrick of Woodlyn, made a brave approach towards the heavily armed fighters, but was frightened away by a loud brandishing of weapons. It is difficult to tell who won because some of the fighters, including Viscount Hugh the Undecided and Sir Armand Sebastian de Savigny changed sides!

At closing court, Mistress Louise’s sister won the cooking with alcohol contest, Thomas Shackles won the Design-a-Masthead-for-the-Calafian-Newsletter Contest. Due to the high quality of her entry, Mistress Louise’s design was declared the new stationary of Calafia. Prince Balin accepted the Chalice of St. Gunther, which he got to keep till the next time, and He presented Princess Lorissa with the accompanying ring. Then she and Prince Balin presented the lady Carol with a ring in commemoration of the day. There was an arts and crafts auction. Viscount Gregory of York was made Captain and Shield of the Calafian Company of the Brotherhood of the Blade, Prince Balin was made Vice-Commander, and Lorenzo di Sant’Angelo and Ethelred the Jute were inducted into the Calafian company. Rod Gallowglass was made an Associate member. A revel was held at the home of Lady Cristóbal and Lord Eamond du Battlemont.

“Few people realize what it costs to keep attending events [as Royalty]. With Lorissa, it took the entire family getting refurbished, if not new, costumes each time, fixing food, packing the van, getting up early, getting to the events ... In many cases it also included getting her Guards to the events, or getting Balin to the event on time.” – Flavia Beatrice Carmigniani

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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