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The Ninth Year

Spring Tourney -- Rieslingshire
April 19-20, 1975

From The Page (June, 1975):

At the spring tourney in Rieslingshire Olaf the Meadi-ogre and William the Wanderer were given awards of Arms by King Paul.

From the History (by Wilhelm):

Held at Sycamore Campsite #1, Trimmer Lake Campground, East of Fresno. Lists for Champion of the Shire were held. There were situation-defense competitions with three man teams, cooking competitions (any variety of fowl), and a needlecraft contest. Iain of Cawdor was the autocrat.

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“This was the first event I fought in after my elbow healed, I used a pole weapon (glaive) in the fighting. I forget how the teams were picked, but somehow King (incognito???) Paul teamed up with myself and my squire Rand of Dunbar. To be brief we slaughtered every other team that day (several times actually).
     “If I don't have multiple events rolled together in my mind, there was a ninja invade the castle course with boffer weapons after dark on Saturday. Hide and seek with weapons, Oh Boy!
     “Then on Sunday there was a cross between an obstacle course and a time and distance road rally, with a sort of D&D meets Monty Python flavor to the human-played obstacles. Ones that I remember included a troll (Craig of the Chambers), a two-headed monster/warrior (I forget who played him/them), a boulder throwing ogre (Olaf of course) and the Black Knight ("None Shall Pass" quoth Douglas). Unless I'm deluding myself I had the combined lowest course time and penalty score, primarily because I wasn't carrying a sword and shield and didn't feel compelled to fight when the rules allowed avoidance. (That's how I got past Olaf, you can't block a boulder with a spear so I just dodged and ran, ditto the two headed monster - I stuck the glaive shaft between their legs, ran widdershins and dumped them on their keisters then scooted out of Dodge). The other amusing aspect of the course was that many combatants were followed along it by their gallery of friends and groupies, just like Arnie's Army.” – Kevin Peregrynne

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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