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The Ninth Year

London Bridge War with Atenveldt -- Principality of Caid
October 12, 1974

Held at Lake Havasu City, Arizona, beside the transplanted London Bridge. The King of Atenveldt challenged Prince Christian of Caid to a war for possession of the bridge. The forces of Caid were victorious and Caid took possession.

“We had thought we would be fighting on the bridge itself. We ended up fighting on a dirt field below the bridge. London Bridge tourists watched from the bridge. The massed forces of Caid (our first such foray) met a larger force of Aten men. We had a small number of halberds and pikes and these were the deciding factor. Those of us who had practiced the new tactics with Robear du Bois held off the bulk of the Aten might while our heavier flanks rolled up the Aten line. We also employed a dedicated reserve to bolster any holes in the lines.
     “Of amusing note, this is where many Caidens became closely acquainted. The London Bridge owners had offered hotel rooms to us. I guess we showed up in larger numbers than they expected. The room I was in slept six to the bed, 12 to the floor, and one in the tub. The (unofficial) Stromboli award (a cork suspended from a purple ribbon), was first conceived that night in honor of a man whose snore is now attributed to knocking a plane from the sky, (to say nothing of keeping us awake most of the night). He could even snore sitting up and being shaken. Only two Stomboli's were ever given.” – Martin the Temperate

“As I remember it, the London Bridge War had 33 fighters including the 2 Caidan Knights & Sir Robert of Westmarch from up north vs. 33 Atens (of whom rather more were knights but I don't know the exact figure). I do not know where the main part of the West got the idea we were outnumbered but The Page from the time has a good song they wrote about it.
     “I believe Sir Robear du Bois was the only other recipient of the Stromboli Award.” – Charles of Dublin
“Charles is right about the sides being equal, but wrong about the numbers. I counted 27 on each side before the battle.
     “It was not the Stromboli Award, it was the Order of the Sleeping Rhinoceros, an award that I made up after sleeping in the same room as Stromboli at the London Bridge War. I am a heavy sleeper and had never been awoken by someone else's snoring, but Stromboli woke us all up repeatedly. Shortly after the event I took the largest cork I could find, attached a picture of a sleeping Rhinoceros with three Old English Z's above it, and attached it to a purple ribbon. I think I presented it to him at Dreiburgen Anniversary, and I asked Martin to help me, because this was only my fourth event. We called Stromboli up and Martin described his remarkable feats while sleeping, and then we gave him the award, telling his Lady that he was to wear it when sleeping, and if the noise was unbearable, she should drop the cork down into his mouth.
     “While I know I snore, I have never felt I was in the same class as Stromboli. If it were to be awarded again, I think Cameron of Calidoon would have precedence. For eleven years I autocrated Winter Weekend, and assigned the rooms. During that time, I was told by several couples that they would share a room with anyone "but Cameron", due to his snoring.” – Robear du Bois
“Robear was the originator of the award. I think the other recipient was Einar aus Enveldt, given after a night spent out back behind my home, in the poolside cabana. He wasn't so loud as Stromboli, but he really could "stoke" I think nearly half of the 35 people who spent the night in the cabana suffocated when, breathing along in synch with his rhythm, he stopped!!” – Martin the Temperate

“I attended this war. It was rather warm, and the Water Bearers Guild was very active bringing water to the fighters. I wound up heralding a demo for the tourists up on the bridge, which meant I had to project my voice about 100 yards up to the bridge for half an hour. I was quite proud of not only being audible to the tourists, but still being able to talk afterwards!” – Wilhelm von Schlüssel

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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