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The Thirteenth Year

First Principality Tournament -- Principality of The Mists
May 14, 1978

From The Page (May, 1978):


The first Coronet Tourney of the Principality of the Mists will be on Sunday, May 14, at Pine Lake in Stern Grove, in St. Andrew's (San Francisco) -- site of last year's March Crown Tourney. A potluck feast and revel will follow the tourney at the Stern Grove Clubhouse. The tourney will run from 10:00 AM to dark, and the revel from then (no earlier than 6:30 PM) to 11:00 PM. (Lists will open at 1:00 PM.)

A BOX LUNCH AUCTION will be held to benefit the Principality coffers, and to ehance the reputation of all the fine lords and ladies of culinary inclination. (Please preregister with the Principality Seneschale, so that her staff and the site Autocrat can arrange on the basis of what is coming.)

In addition to the Coronet Lists, there will be CONTESTS: 1) BODY-LOOTING -- on a female fighter, using 2-person teams; 2) ATHOLBROSE -- judgeships will be auctioned off; and 3) ARMOR AS ART -- any piece of armor, judged on beauty, usefulness, and authenticity. This armor contest is a response to the renewed interest in armor-making in this area: more people that ever are making armor, and this contest should serve as a useful showcase, in addition to encouraging beautiful, as well as functional, armor. There will be entry fees for these contest, and prizes tba.

One of the primary reasons for choosing Stern Grove is that it is a public park, and a well-used one. The Chatelaine will have recruitment information, and the Seneschale asks everybody's cooperation and indulgence to put our best face forward, and try to attract new and young blood to the Society. We don't lack for numbers in the heartland, but there are so many potentially fine additions to the Principality still untapped.

From The Page, (July, 1978):

Some ninety people gathered that day in Stern Grove, San Francisco, to celebrate the beginnings of a functioning Principality. There being no royalty present, there was no formal court. Their Majesties were, however, present in spirit: Maythen of Elfhaven, Seneschal of the Mists and Autocrat of the tourney, read a letter from Them to the populace designating Duke William of Hoghton as Their official representative for this event. They declared that the day's victor would be known as a Warlord (though the title for his successors was subject to further consideration). All fighters of the Principality were eligible to join in combat for the office of Warlord, save those who already held title sof Viscount or higher (this being so that less experienced, or less honoured, fighters, could have a chance).

When all was said and done, there were 10 fighters entered in the Lists. The combat was joined in round-robin style, so that each fought each of the others. When this was done, three stalwarts were tited, each with but one loss -- and that to one of the other two. Sir Steven MacEanruig had killed Sir William the Lucky, Sir William had killed Sir Lorin Sur La Roche, and Sir Lorin had killed Sir Steven, each of whom had killed everybody else. After hasty consultation with the King's representative and the civil government, it was concluded that the position fo Warlord could be filled equally well by an individual, or by "The Mists General Staff". Since a round-robin among the three finalists would likely as not have been equally inconclusive, all decided to agree to a draw.

Having so agreed, it became necessary to agree on someone to crown Lady of the Mists. After further consultation (hastily concluded, for each third of the Warlord was of the same mind on the subject), the triumvirate approached Lady Hilary of Serendip and asked, "My Lady, would you like to be compromised?" When she managed to stop laughing, Lady Hilary was gracious enough to accept.

In a closing gathering akin to court, then, the three symbols of the office were awarded to the three victors: Sir Lorin was given the baldric, Sir William the laurel coronet, and Sir Steven the axe. The Warlord then named Lady Hilary as their Lady of the Mists, each having a hand in laying a laurel coronet on her head.

The Warlord then announced a Crusade against Caid (which declaration was to be formally made to the Caidans on June 3, when they became a Kingdom), the purpose being to free the King and Queen of the West from their evil clutches. The Principality's effort to free Their Majesties is to be fought in the relatively neutral Shire of Tarnmist on July 15.

Maythen of Elfhaven resigned as Seneschal of the Mists, and named Renfield Wanderscribe to succeed her in that office for the interim, while a corps of deputies is found and trained. Renfield introduced the populace to the officers of the Principality: the new Herald, Elwyn Greystar; the Mistress of the Arts, Deporodh of Rannoch; the Master of Sciences, Roderick dubh MacCrea of Kintail; the Knight Marshall, William of Hoghton; the Constable, Alan Silverbear; the Chatelaine, Juliana MacColin of the Isles; the Mistress of the Golden Key, Mirand of Underwood; the Mistress of the Lists, Alison of Hoghton; and the Principality Archer, Llerrett de Granada.

After this gathering, a vigorous round of twealzy-wopping -- basically a pillow-fight on a log -- was conducted by Leonessa des Belles Fleures. This helped to raise some filling for the fledgling Principality coffers, along with unbalancing some people. In addition, art objects contributed by Lady Deporodh and by Lord Raoul the Urbane were sold to the populace.

In the evening, the fireplace of the park clubhouse lent an especially homey atmosphere for the box-dinner auction and revel. Several lucky attendees paid well for dinners by Lady Deporodh, Dulcinea de Yerba Buena, Alison of Hoghton, Linda of Collinswood, and Dierdriana of the Misty Isles. The "Armour as Art" contest saw several attractive and functional entries: from James the Fisher, mail shirts for children; from Benjamin von Ermantrodt, a sturdy leather hauberk; and from Nick Worthington, a greathelm. All of these were truly attractive; it shows that tere are good armourers about (and reminds us that some of those with this talent accept commissions to armour others). The contest winner will be announced during th eJune Crown Tourney.

A special note of thanks is in order for April of the Dales, who stayed around to provide invaluable assistance in cleaning up the building. However, thanks also go to all present for picking up most of their own refuse, and thus making cleanup much easier.

Compiled from Chronicles by
Renfeild Wanderscribe
Wilhelm von Schlüssel
William the Lucky

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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