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The Thirteenth Year

First Annual War -- Caer Lyon
October 14-15, 1978 (AS XIII)

From The Page (October, 1978):

First Annual War or It Happened One Day on the Way to the Castle. WOE BE UPON US! Bandits, thugs, and other villanous sorts have infested our woods, preying on helpless merchants and unsuspecting travellers. Fierce Vikings ravage our coast, looting and burning, killing wantonly, and carrying off women. Now they are reported to be amassing in great numbers and a full scale invasion is feared. As if that were not enough, our peasants grow restless and threaten to revolt. We call upon all men and women of stout heart and strong arm to come and help us on October 14 and 15 to defend our land and property.

Planned events include a caravan through bandit-infested woods, an early morning Viking raid using boffer weapons only and a punitive reprisal using normal SCA combat. Finally, there will be a pitched battle to squelch the revolting peasants followed by a peasant hunt. Bring your regular SCA fighting gear but everyone (including kids and ladies) should also bring some sort of boffer weapons--maces and axes--foam taped to cardboard shafts, ethyl foam swords, rags stuffed in old socks, rubber daggers, or anything that doesn't require regular protective armor.

Regular combat will be by An Tir War Rules. There is a definite possibility that war archery will be allowed on a limited basis, so fighters should arrow-proof their helms or be prepared to do so and those planning to be archers should negotiate the use of a fencing mask with throat protection. No one will be allowed to participate without adequate face protection. Also, archers must be willing to accept a blow from their own weapon in order to qualify it for combat.

Directions (omitted).

There are flush toilets and running water at this site. Camping is OK both Friday and Saturday (and after, if desired). There is a $2 charge per campsite per night so plan to camp with friends. The weather will probably be chilly with a good chance of rain. Stores and gas stations exist reasonably near. There will be some crash space available for people arriving Friday night.

For further details or to sponsor a contest or plan an activity, communicate with Garrick the Silent (contact info omitted).

Description of this event (if any), taken from The Page, or from memory of at least one person who attended the event.

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