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The Twelfth Year

Damsel In Distress Tournament -- Shire of Great Oak

April 15, 1978

From The Page (April, 1978):

This event will be held in Cedar Grove, Bidwell Park, Chico, CA. This is the site of the filming of Errol Flynn's "Robin Hood". This particular site was the Merry Men's camp. Setup will start at 9:00, and fighting will begin at 10:30. There are barbecue facilities.

CONTESTS: 1) FOR ALL D&D FANS AND OTHERS: You are a dragon and have found the lady of your dreams. Unfortunately, she is the beautiful daughter of a neighboring king, so there are many princes and knights wishing to rescue her. Devise a place of safekeeping for her. Remember, all dragons have at least one weakness, and princes tend to have fairy godmothers who give them magical gifts; 2) COOKING: You are a damsel in distress, or wish to rescue one. The dragon has a weakness for spiced nut dishes and pickels. Distract the dragon with some of these (include recipe) -- the prize is a crystal bowl; 3) COSTUME: Fool's livery and footwear -- the prize is a pomander; 4) MEDIEVAL SCENE: Create a medieavl scene of a damsel in distress rescue. The medium is your choice: painting, embroidery, play, song, poem, or other. Content is what you will be judged on -- the prize is a silver bowl; 5) ARCHERY: there will be an archery contest, and a living war game (Robin Hood).

(Directions omitted)

For more information, get in touch with the Seneschal: Darthnar (contact info omitted).

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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