Good evening gentles.
As you are all no doubt aware two weeks ago I put in a call for expressions of interest regarding the role of Seneschal of Politarchopolis as I was planning to step down.
It is my pleasure to announce that Lady Anne de Tournai has been provisionally chosen to be the new Seneschal.
As of today there begins a two week commentary period in which members of the populace may email myself at firstname.lastname@example.org or the Kingdom Seneschal at email@example.com with any comments or concerns you may have.
At the end of that period, unless any insurmountable issues arise the office will pass shortly thereafter at a suitable event.
While Ultimate Fighter has been cancelled, there are still some exciting events in the coming month:
This coming Saturday sees us travelling to the lands of Rowany, for the Feast of the Pheasants in their canton of Okewaite. We hope to see many of you there with us, showing support for our neighbours and partaking of their hospitality.
And on the 5th and 6th of July we will host Midwinter Coronation for the crowning of Cornelius and Elizabeth, the next King and Queen of Lochac. There are currently 136 people booked for this auspicious event, with a price rise on the 22nd of June. The feast is capped at 200 people so please book to avoid disappointment.
If you are able to help out for set-up, pack-down or serving, please let Crispin know.
Baron Crispin and Baroness Joan
Overall, the new site seems to be a success. The weather was clement, and cold enough to enjoy wearing proper garb. No rain, and one windy afternoon which saw a few tents in need of rescue. There will be more toilets next year, and the map will doubtless be tweaked so that everyone has the space they need.
Three knightings – our own Sir Niall among them.
One new laurel – Elena le Bruestere from Innilgard.
No new pelicans.
The War Procession went off very well, with an excellent show from each contingent. The Royal Seer made a dramatic appearance, in order to prevent excessive bloodshed.
We won the Olympiad. There were various games – fencing (won for us by Don Galbraith, provided by
Northern Reaches), archery (won for us by Sigmund Spelman), running in armour (won for us by Draco), running unarmoured (lost, but a fine run by Claire from Descartes), shotput (won by a full metre for us, by Redfox from Okewaite)), javelin (Alex MacAlpin, in fine form and beaten by only about six inches), tug-of-war (won decisively by Descartes) and discus. Apologies, I can’t remember who the discus thrower was. From Innilgard maybe?
The war scenarios pitted Greeks against Persians. We fought bravely as the Persians, but the Greeks had the victory by a narrow margin.
Rowany was declared the overall winner, and the King made peace between the warring Barons.
There was a forge on site where a number of people learned some smithing and came home with useful things they had made. There were lots of classes on all sorts of topics – what did you learn?
Greesispoone fed many people and was much appreciated.
There was a LOT of fencing. Robin of Ambledune won the Newcomer’s Tourney. Ceara was awarded the prize for her chivalry and enthusiasm in the Baronesses’ Rapier Tourney.
Our archers did well (of course). Isobel le Bretoun won the Period Division. For the first time, we undertook archery during court, and (fortunately?) both Barons missed the herald. Baron Crispin shot a pavilion, Baron Loyola shot a chair, and in the end both shot gold. Loyola’s gold was shinier than Crispin’s, and so the Royal force joined Rowany for the Olympiad and wargames.
We had combat archers! Hopefully there will be even more next year, as there were a number of people who were not quite ready this time.
Andronicus is no longer incipient, but is now a full College.
The Baronial Brunch seemed to go down well. Accipiter, Whyte Company, Burbage and Aldhelm members all helped with preparation and cooking, keeping the pancakes coming despite the breeze which kept trying to interfere. Many others came to feast and socialise. Thanks to all who joined us for the morning, and we hope to see even more of you next year.
Our college members (both Andronicus and Aldhelm) were complimented many times for their courtesy towards other members of the populace, in fetching and carrying, babysitting, minding the troll tent, heralding and more. They were also prominent in assisting us throughout the event.
Our first Festival as B&B has been rewarding as well as busy. We offer congratulations to all who had success in their endeavours, and thanks to all who helped us in ways small and large. We hope you all had at least as much fun as we did, and are already planning for next year…because Festival is only two weeks away!
Joan and Crispin.
Here you will find some information and resources about Rowany Festival, the SCA’s largest event. In particular, this page deals with the Politarchopolis baronial campsite.
Going to Festival?
Easter is only Two Weeks Away!
You may want to consider:
If you’d like to stay in the Politarchopolis campsite (Polit Central), make sure to tell Anushka, who is co-ordinating it. There’s a Facebook group for it: “2014 Politarchopolis Festival Campsite”. And when booking for Festival, make sure to put Politarchopolis as the group you are camping with, so that the campsite is big enough to fit everyone.
The Politarchopolis campsite is not planning a food fund, so you may wish to book with the Greesispoone kitchen being run by our very own Mistress Monique. See http://greesispoone.wordpress.com for further details.
If you are a heavy fighter who first fought in Politarchopolis, then you are eligible to join the Politarchopolis team for the “Group of Origin” tournament that is being organised for Monday afternoon at Festival by Count Niall. Talk to Countess Liadan, who is organising our team.
The war this Festival is between Politarchopolis and Rowany: we need your help! Heavy combattants, combat archers, water bearers, banner bearers and generally anyone keen to see our Barony victorious are welcome to join the war effort, either at the procession in opening court on Thursday night (and the party afterwards), on the battlefield or helping make banners and other items in the lead up. Talk to Baron Crispin if you want to get involved, either in person, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’re also planning a Baronial Brunch for Sunday morning at Festival, from 8:30am. Joan is cooking pancakes, so come along to Polit Central and eat, socialise and prepare for war.
For more about Festival, see the Festival Website: http://festival.lochac.sca.org/
I have just updated the Roll of Arms as far as I am able. This pretty much means that I’ve added our awards from Valentines’, and a few out of an old post I discovered from Ginevra.
Obviously this still leaves enormous gaps in the record. We’ve decided it may be useful to put out a call, for you all to look at the existing list and see if you can help to fill those gaps.
If your name is incorrect, that’s an easy fix. Send us an email.
If you are sure you have received a certain award, but are not listed, we will need as much info as possible. Give us your name, the current B&B, Herald’s name, event and date – as many of these as you can fill in. We will attempt to cross-check your memory with the appropriate herald and B&B, and hopefully our roll of arms for the last decade will look much less ragged.
Few activities can match the colour, romance, and excitement of the medieval tournament of chivalry. Knights and Squires, Lords and Ladies compete with one another in displays of prowess and honour.
The Beginner’s Combat Course aims to introduce the fundamental principles and techniques of tournament combat, construction of swords and shields along with some of the etiquette and culture of SCA tournaments.
Venue – Ainslie Scout Hall, corner of Ebden St and Hassall St, AINSLIE.
Cost $20+ weekly Insurance $5 or SCA membership.
Classes are at 6:30pm on Wednesdays with a repeat class Sunday at 2:30pm
All equipment is supplied
Welcome those new to our society at the Politarchopolis Newcomers feast
When: 8th of March
Where: Ainslie Scout Hall – Cnr of Hassall and Edben St Ainslie
Newcomers (First event) – $10
Members – $15
Non Members – $18
Activities in the park start at 1 with the hall opening at 4 and the first course around 6.30
Details of the heavy and fencing tournaments to be announced
Booking contact Adam the Renegade via Email: email@example.com or after hours on 0400 299 760
Hope to see lots of you there!
It’s all fayre in love and warre! This Valentine’s (15th of February) join us for a day of tournament and feasting!
Will Aphrodite or Ares prove victorious? You be the judge!
Unfortunately dance practice will not be on this evening as Joanna is unwell. Dance should resume next week as per the calendar.
Their Majesties have just announced Crispin and Joan as Baron and Baroness designate for Their most glorious Barony of Politarchopolis! The Barony will farewell our beloved Aonghus and Ginevra and welcome Crispin and Joan for Baronial changeover at the Fields of Gold (29 November 2013 – 1 December 2013). See upcoming events for details.
For the outgoing and incoming Barons and Baronesses of Politarchopolis and the glory of the Crown of Lochac, three cheers!