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The Ninth Year

Fall Tourney -- Rieslingshire
October 19, 1974

Held at Kierney Park, Fresno, CA. Iain of Cawdor was acting Seneschal and autocrat, while Douglas Longshanks and Lorna of Leeds were King and Queen of the West. Sir William the Lucky won the lists for Champion of the Shire, and there were pair and team melees, and a revel.

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“This is the event where my right elbow was broken when Detrich von Vinebergen's sword broke on my shield edge (he is left-handed) and the broken part whipped around and cracked me above the vambrace - directly on the point where the ulna flattens and curves to form the joint (the Oelechronon Process, for you vocabulary nuts). The ER at Valley Med was overflowing (it was Fresno Relays weekend) hours passed until I was seen, the limb immobilized in plaster and we could return to Douglas and Lorna's house where the revel was taking place. My X-ray pictures were the hit (pun not intended) of the party.
     “Ironically, elbow guards were going to be mandatory the next fighting season (my own regulation no less) and mine was lying half-finished on my workbench at home.
     “It was the worst SCA fighting injury ever at that time. To say that I was concerned whether or not I would ever fight again is an understatement.” – Kevin Peregrynne

“A painful event all around. This was also the event where I stepped back from a rush by a Caiden fighter, my foot landed in a small hole, and my right knee popped neatly out of joint. I rolled to the ground, surrendered the fight, and walked (very carefully) to the sidelines. I didn't go off to the doctor's, but the knee went out twice more that day and it was a long time before I was comfortable with it.
     “I do remember when Kevin came off the field he was the calmest one there. He walked off saying something like "I think my arm is broken." and quietly stated that he thought he should go to the hospital while others were freaking out all around him. I remember waiting for a very long time for him to return to the event.” – 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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