From The Page (April, 2008):
"Beware the Ides of April, for if you still wield the Palatine Sword, thou shalt perish!" Hearing this, and having sated his blood lust at Estrella, Baron Vail wisely laid aside his sword and decided to hold an Arts and Sciences Coronet Tournament to select his replacement. All Far West artisans are invited to compete for the coronet by entering their 5 best creations finished within the borders of the Far West by pen, brush, needle, hammer, etc. Contact the Baron or Baroness immediately to request permission to enter their tourney at (email address omitted).
Site Information: Tama Hills Military Recreation Center, site opens at 1500 Friday and closes at 1100 on Sunday. Site fees, $10 or 1050 Yen for everyone (non-member surcharge is waived for the Far West) cash only. No meals or rooms included. Limited single lodge rooms are already reserved, email (email address omitted) for your reservations.
Autocrat: Katherine d'Aquitaine (contact info omitted).
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Greetings unto the Populace of the West from the new Palatine Baroness and Baron of the Far West,
The day has finished, and a new Baroness and Baron have received their pearled coronets, myself, and Noe the Saxon.
17 gentles and 2 little ones attended the event, where fighting, rapier, feasting and archery took place under a blessedly sunny day in spring - much surprising all, when the weather had been so terrible the previous week.
From a field of 6 competitors, a new Heavy Weapons champion was found. The tourney style was "line of death".
Lord Kage and Lord Hector tied for fifth place, with honour.
Baron Stefan Tot placed fourth, with skill and flamboyance.
Lord Volfeed came in third, with stalwartness.
Baron Vail came in second, with ferocious skill.
Lord Noe placed first, with cunning and speed.
However, due to his newly acquired status as Baron Consort, Noe ceded his place as Champion and Protector to the valiant Lord Vail.
In the A and S Baronial Coronet tournament, three contestants tried their best to win the coronet.
In third place, with wonderful art and armour, was Baron Stephan. Baron Stephan produced many, many scrolls, costume accessories and a lovely coat of plates for his entry.
In second place, with skill, creativity and excellent documentation was Lord Friar Jak.
Friar Jak produced a lovely sonnet, well-wrought armour and armour stands, a tough shield, and a lovely Empty Shell scroll for his enrty.
In first place, winning the coronet was Katherine d'Aquitaine. Katherine produced fingerloop braids, pomander balls, an Italian renaissance dress, a Roman lunch and a Japanese devotional hanging for her winning entry.
Baroness Marixsa laboured hard and long with the help of Lady Iari to produce a superlative feast for the populace at the tourney. Particular favourites were the pommes d'oree, and the beef stew and rice pudding.
Fencing was taught to many individuals by Black Tiger Lord Kage Tatsu, and a humorous and vigorous game of 'fencing soccer' was played.
Baron Vail hosted a barbecue lunch as a farwell gift to a grateful and hungry populace. In their final court, several individuals were` recognized by Baron Vail and Baroness Marixsa with awards for work within the barony.
In the fading of the day, Katherine d'Aquitaine and Noe the Saxon were crowned Palatine Baroness and Baron, and upon stepping down Lord Vail was made Baronial Heavy Weapons Champion and Lady Marixsa was made a member of the Order of the Burdened Bouget.
A righteous afterparty ensued, and many individuals enjoyed the hospitality of Tama Hills' cabin and hotel, as reserved by the kind and diligent Friar Jak, who was unfortunately unable to share the hospitality he graciously ensured. Our thanks and gratitude goes out to him, and also Lord Kage, Lord Travis and Lady Danielle who were our contacts for signing civilians into Tama Hills.
And thus ended the day.
Noe the Saxon,
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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