From The Page (October, 1979):
This annual tourney will take place at Pine Lake Meadow, Stern Grove, San Francisco. The rumblings of Discontent and Rebelliousness against the current Seneschal, Lord Catalin ("A Flounder in my Ear, Indeed!") Di Napoli, shall erupt into a bloody Coup d'Etat. The Rebels, led by the Deptuy Seneschal, Lord William ("Question Authority") Allen, will meet Lord Catalin's forces in both open battle and in secret conspiracies. Melees, challenges, fencing, boffing, contests, and a "factions game" will lead to the final confrontation between Catalin and William. Afterwards, at the revel, a "Raise the Dead" spell will be performed for the defeated.
Directions: (Omitted). Further information: William Allen (phone).
From The Page (January, 1980):
Revolution in St. Andrew had become inevitable. The graffiti on the catacomb walls were hailing William Allan as the new leader, while the Seneschal, Lord Catalin di Napoli could do nought in Province meetings but deny that he'd been walking about with a flounder in his ear. Meantime, the rebels openly plotted his downfall. In appealing to the King for aid, Lord Catalin wrote a precise and informative report on circumstances. Quote he, "Jesus Christ, I'm in trouble."
The overcast sky of October twentieth saw a small gathering decide the issue once and for all. The Williamites and the Catalinsts would battle in melees of boffers, fencing, and the traditional sword and shield. Additional war points would be given to winners of a factions/assassination game, and an original war song contest.
As sides were taken and rules of the factions game were being worked out, Lady Ana Moonstar (Lord Catalin's wife of six days ...) slyly went about putting kill tags on all loyalists, effectively (and intentionally) wiping out her own side in that contest.
The warriors began arming up for the first melee in which Sir Rep of Titious (looking, so some were heard to say, remarkably like His Majesty) would lead the loyalists against a rebel army which included Sir Steven MacEanruig, Sir William the Lucky, and Bumble di Bee (thought by some to be an excellent candidate for a Prince Christopher look-alike contest). It was to be a woods melee, with one side hiding in the forest and the other side going in after them five minutes later. The fighters were ready, Duke William of Hoghton stood ready as marshal in charge of the field ... and it rained.
Dripping but determined, the fighters began the war with the loyalists taking positions in the woods. The Williamites split their army into two main sections and entered the forest from the sides. Sir Steven and Sir William were floaters, supposed to enter the fray wherever the need seemed greatest. While this strategy did keep the foe guessing, it also proved the rebels' undoing. In the end they lost because they never did commit Lucky and MacEanruig.
The second melee was fought in the same manner as the first, except this time the Williamites hid themselves. Five minutes later, the Catalinists advanced. They loyalists established a center force of pole men while their shield men closed in pincer-like, on both sides of the woods Slowly the pole-men peeled off to join the action on the flanks. The rebel line folded, Sir William and Sir Steven were outnumbered and slain, Bumble was captured, and victory went once again to the Catalinists.
Bumble di Bee was not to be counted out yet, as he brashly challenged Lord Catalin to combat with glaive and backup weapon. If Bumble won, he would be free. In this manner, Bumble won his release, much to the regret of the newly organized rebel rescue party.
And so Bumble was returned to captivity, tied to a tree, and the third war point melee was begun. The plan of the captors was simple: They formed a circle around the tree, and assigned a guard to slay the captive if rescue seemed imminent. What is not simple is explaining how this plan fell apart. Bumble was cut free and handed a sword just as the last of his captors was slain.
As the saner folk sought shelter from the rain at the revel site, the fighters scrambled sides and went back into the soggy woods for a two-man melee.
Stumbling into the dryness of the hall, people laid out their food and drink, munched, cheered their way through rounds of blindfolded boffer, and went outside to play with shinai in the occaisional moments of dryness. Yet all wondered about the progress of the revolution; the Catalinists had won most of the field battles, while the treachery of Lady Ana Moonstar gave a decisive victory and the war point for the factions game to the rebels.
At last Catalin and William could stand it no longer. Cursing, with sabres drawn, they left the hall to settle their differences. The resulting duel, complete with leaps and flourishes, went cross-country and up and down hill. While Lord Catalin showed clear superiority in the leaps and rolls, the winner was that renowned fencer, William Allan.
The Williamites walked away cheering. As the Catalinists carried off their fallen hero, their crushed spirits were lifted by an idea: they would have the Wizard of the Astral Fog perform the ceremony to raise the dead! (Actually, the Wiz was trying to raise William the Conqueror, but in the Astral Fog one takes what one can get ...)
The time came for the final tally. As they reviewed war points, people realized that the war song contest had not happened. It was held on the spot, with the only entry a song sung by Lord Catalin. He made it up as he went along. In an act of kindness, it was agreed that the song contest would be judged later.
In a final ceremony, Lord Catalin turned the Seneschalate over to William Allan. Duke William of Hoghton pronounced the war tactics shown that day "abominable". Lord William, in his first official act as Seneschal, announced a new Provincial award, the Order of the Cracked Cross, given for meritorious services; its first recipient -- Lord Catalin di Napoli.
Thus the rebellion passed into history, leaving only one burning question behind: Why did he have the flounder in his ear in teh first place?
(The author is Kallum of Tybermonde)
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