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The Fourteenth Year

Prince's Champion Tournament -- Principality of the Mists
February 2, AS XIV (1980)

From The Page (March, 1980):

It was a chilly, cloudy day in February (the second, to be exact) on which the second Principality of the Mists Prince's Champion Tourney was held at Casa de Granada in Hayward.

The day's activities began at about noon with opening court. Several presentations were made to their Highnesses. First, James the Fisher presented Princess Maythen with a bouquet of flowers and Princes William with a June, 1952 issue of "Astounding". Then Brandon d'Arindel gave their Highnesses a bottle of fine wine. After several announcements, Master Frederick of Holland, the then-current Prince's Champion, returned to Prince William the two war hammers representing the honor of the Prince's Champion. Prince William graciously accepted them, complimenting Master Frederick on the honour he had brought the station of Prince's Champion. Master Frederick then presented a purse full of coins to King Christopher, explaining tht since he could not attend the upcoming Atenveldt war, he helped the funds would take his place.

Shortly after the closing of court the fighting began. The lists were interrupted once by dancing led by Gaius Aucklandus and accompanied by music from members of the Marhkeim Consort.

Eventually it came time for the final round to determine who would be the Prince's Champion for the Principality of the Mists. Into this fight came Sir Steven MacEanruig and Master Fredrick of Holland. From a battle well fought on each side, Master Fredrick emerged the victor.

Soon afterward, closing court was held. Prince William presented Master Fredrick with the two war hammers symbolizing the post of Prince's Champion. Princess Maythen presented Master Fredrick's ladies, Nicorlynn of Caer Wydyr and Eilis O'Boirne, with bouquets of fresh flowers. Sir Steven, who through his skill at arms had reached the final round of the day's lists, was also presented with a bouquet of flowers. Following several announcements and the closing of court, fighting and revelry continued.

Towards nightfall, the populace retired to Houghton Towers for a revel featuring several wonderful fondues. Grateful to their Highnesses for the use of their home and for the tasty food, all populace had a merry time.

Chronicled by Genevieve de la Mer Bleue

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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