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The Fourteenth Year

Baronial Banquet -- Lion's Gate
November 24, AS XIV (1979)

From The Page (February, 1980):

The annual Lions Gate Baronial Banquet took place in the lower hall of St. Mark's Church in Vancouver on 24 November 1979, AS XIV. Many good folk journeyed to Lions Gate from far lands (Castle Rouge, Three Mountains, Madrone, Mists, Eisenmarch, and further) to partake of the sumptuous fare, visit with old acquaintances, and once again enjoy the presence of Queen Shannon-Morgan. To the regret of the ladies of Madrone, King Radnor was not in attendance.

The four remove feast, which included roast beef, pork, bashed neeps, and other delicacies, was punctuated by entertainment provided by talented Lions Gate performers who sang and did intricate court dances, and the presentation of a subtlety.

During Queen Shannon-Morgan's court, some confusion ensued when the contingent of Castle Rouge was presented to Her Majesty seeking permission to join the Kingdom of the West, and some good folk (to all appearances) mistook them for rabble rousers from the contentious Myrgan Wood. Also during court, the Baron and Baroness of Lions Gate presented awards to those members of their populace deemed worthy of the Lions Claw and other honourable mention.

The final remove proceeded quietly as Roger the Goliard sang. The Queen presented the singers of the evening with cups of wine, and Roger received the Queen's favor.

The feast ended after midnight and was cleared away quickly. The populace drifted off through the fog toward home. (The chronicler and cohorts, having no better sense, drifted south along I-5 and were attacked by the resident blizzard in Fairehaven during the wee, inchoherent hours.)

(The author is Melissande Açare)

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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