Held on the island in Nicasio Reservoir, Marin. Duke Henrik of Havn was the autocrat.
“A long hot event. I remember being enthusiastic about it though Steve Perrin said to me that he didn't go to island wars anymore. I should have listened, but my new lady, Suzanne of Ravenhill, was interested in going. Lots of walking around long distances in full armor. Lots of waiting up on a hillside for something to happen. If I have the date right on this one it may be the one where so little was happening that we put down a shield and played bridge on it while waiting. I do remember some serious blow counting problems and long conversations about them between people. Basically boring, hot, and slow. I don't remember if there were any more of these or not, but I wouldn't have gone again anyway.” – Steven MacEanruig
“This was the first war where Saunders’ Bludgeon Tipped 28" long wooden arrows were used along with other forms of tip padding on arrows. I had encountered the Saunders Bludgeon Tips shortly before during one of my trips to Atenveldt where they were using them a lot in mini-wars and practice events. I remember in one fight at the Island War I was on the opposite side that Steven MacEanruig was on and I shot at him thru some brush cover and struck him in the left side under his raised shield and he fell over dead. I thought it great that we finally had an arrow format that would fly like a real arrow and still be safe to use in combat. Little did I know what effect safety concerns was to take on that issue in later years! I also remember Bellatrix and MacEanruig having a 1 on 1 archery duel that day and after they fired several arrows at each other, they both shot simultaneously and their two arrows hit point to point and dropped to the ground midway between them.” – Henrik of Havn
“I don’t remember being shot, but it’s certainly possible. Most of my memories of the war are of heat, long walks in the sun in full armor, and some other unpleasantness about blow counting. I had forgotten about the archery duel, but not that you mention it, I do remember it. Good for a laugh, which we certainly needed by that time.” – Steven MacEanruig
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