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The Eighth Year

Summer Festival -- Province of the Mists
August 11, 1973

Held in Redwood Bowl, Joaquin Miller Park, Oakland. King Henrik and Queen Seitse attended. A quest was featured. Duke Paul of Bellatrix was the Champion of Arms. Duchess Carol of Bellatrix was proclaimed Queen of Love and Beauty. King Henrik admitted Trude Lacklandia to the Order of the Leaf of Merit and gave her an Award of Arms. A competition was held for the Champion of Arts.

“I remember the Redwood Bowl and, I think, this event. I'm not sure if this is the one I remember that at one time had Paul standing in what seemed like a small sea of poison oak. He didn't come down with it, however, so it's always possible we misidentified it. Of course it's also possible his armor protected him.
     “All my remembrances of quests (except one) are basically bad. They always seemed to amount to endless trudging around in armor with occasionally fights or silly questions to answer.” – Steven MacEanruig

“Eventually, they will reach the one great quest.
     “And we can tell them about it in enormous detail.” – Anonymous
“... it was the only quest I know that didn't revolve around endless trudging or silly questions. Of course the site helped also. I've always kind of wished I could have gone on it myself, but then being an ogre was an awful lot of fun.” – Steven MacEanruig

Description of this event, © Copyright 1980 by William R. Keyes (Wilhelm von Schlüssel)
This is from The History of the West Kingdom, Volume 1 (the only volume produced). When reading this text, please keep in mind the following disclaimer:

Disclaimer: This history may have errors in it, as much of the detail is “remembered” history, or as one of the cover pages of the original type-written manuscript states “The material within is derived from the information printed in The Crown Prints and in The Page, and from the memories of the participants.” The original document was typed on onion-skin paper, with hand-written notes (often in the margins). All attempts have been made to reconcile the notes with the original document.

Annotations, when they are added, are from The Annotated History of the West, Volume 1, which is the same text as Master Wilhelm's mentioned above, with commentary from members of the SCA who were active at the time of the event, and are added to help clarify questions and expand on what happened and why. This volume is copyright © Ken Mayer (Hirsch von Henford).

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