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The Fifteenth Year

Barbarian Tourney -- Silver Desert
August 2-3, 1980 (AS XV)

From The Page (July, 1980):

Barbarians, greetings!! Have you paid your money for the barbarian tourney? We told you that the price will go up. It did. Reservations are not $6.50 for adults. For this extravagant fee you will receive one dinner (but, boy, what a dinner!), the dinner of course being the wedding feast, and entry into any contest you would care to enter. Exception: if you come in a civilized persona you may watch but not participate in events. (Civilized being anyone considered civilized by a 14th century French or English court.) We need entertainers for the wedding feast: singers, dancers, jugglers, acrobats, mimes, etc. There will be a partial refund to entertainers after the feast.

There will be an event for everyone, with approximately twenty different events. If you cannot find one you like, you are probably too civilized for this tourney. A few examples: House of the Hammer is sponsoring events for novice, intermediate, and expert fighters; Merrie Lynn Mennymom is sponsoring an authentic clothing contest (prize: much material); Dane Ironclaw is sponsoring a rope-ladder climb (prize: archery armour). For a complete list of all the contests, prizes, and rules, contact Bjorn Berserk of A'Bakki (contact info omitted), or Anastasia Stilanovna (contact info omitted). These people will be glad to accept your money to reserve your place at this fantastic event.

(directions omitted)

The Ladies of the Bay (a courtesans guild from Southern Shores) is sponsoring a competition also. Each category will be worth 25 points. The winner will have a lady of the guild accompany him until sunset, one tourney-cooked meal, and one cow's horn lined with beeswax.

a) costuming: must be authentic and in period (no jeans, please!)

b) song: a war song, preferably from one's own experience, but not necessarily, must be in period

c) poetry/storytelling: in period, preferably from one's own experience, but not necessarily

d) wrestling (no holds barred): first throw or two-shoulder pin has not yet been decided

For more information on this contest, contact Lady Ambrosia de UndaLucia (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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