[Ansteorra-archery] A Thank You for the Rose event...

David Ruff davidsbox01 at yahoo.com
Mon Nov 7 09:39:33 PST 2005

Grats :)
I am very happy the shoot went well... im totally not happy i had to work this weekend as i needed some event time. However am very glad things went well. 
THANK YOU HL Moreg for picking up the reins on such short notice. I owe you for this and look forward to the favor called in should you need help with anything.
To the Order of the Rose. 
It was my pleasure and heart felt honor and a privledge to be able to server as the Primere Archery Defender for these past years. You each are people i hold close to my heart and i true hope that in the future i may still be allowed to shoot for you should the need arise. My successor is a very skilled and talented archer and i step down knowing you are in excellant hands. 
In honor and respect,
Lord Ulrich of Carolingia

Pug Bainter <pug at pug.net> wrote:
Good Morning,

This weekend's event was a wonderful experience for me. The skill level
of the entrants into the different tournaments was outstanding and a
joy to watch and participate in. The attention to planning of the
event including everything running on or ahead of schedule. I look
forward to attending and participating in more of these events in the

For the archery tournament, I have to thank Duchess Julia for organizing
it, providing refreshments to those present, and allowing Arcus Moreg
to enter the tournament despite her being the Marshal in Charge when
Ulrich was unable to attend due to mundane conflict. The quality and
diversity of archers present was amazing. Among the 20 entrants, several
children entered and at least one continued on beyond the first round
defeating other children and adults equally. Present were champions
(current and past) of groups throughout the Kingdom, previous Royal
Huntsmen, members of the Arc d'Or, as well as Master Leon Dunne, an
archery legend of this Kingdom and a Lion to the core.

The format of the tournament allowed the archers to show a diversity
of skill by shooting at a variety of different formats. For those not
present, the format was:

- Standard 5 color target - 6 arrows
- Random medium distance
- 1 point for outer (white) ring, 5 points for inner (gold) ring
- 75% of entrants advance
- Timed Inverted 5 color target - as many arrows as possible in 30 seconds
- Random short distance
- 5 points for outer (white) ring, 1 point for inner (gold) ring
- 50% of remaining archers advance
- Rose wreath - 6 arrows
- Random medium distance
- 1 point for large wreath, 3 for medium wreath, 5 for small wreath
- Twist: -2 points for shooting one of the roses in the wreath
- 4 archers advance to be paired against each other
- Animal target - 3 arrows
- 30 yards at a rabbit (Many chants from the Roses of "Kill the Rabbit")
- 3 points for body, 5 points for kill zone
- Ties sudden death til someone beats the other
- Head to head - one archer from each pairing to advance to finals
- Hanging ball target - 6 arrows
- Random short distance
- 1 point for hitting ball
- Ties sudden death til someone beats the other
- Head to head - one archer to be name Archery Defender

This format was enjoyable for the archers and I know many of the Roses
present enjoyed the last three shoots, particularly when they could
tease the 4 archers who shot a rose during the wreath shoot. I was so
very glad to not be among those archers this day. I was also glad that
Master Leon did not withdraw at this point due to the foreboding of
shooting a rose but the Roses assured him it was for their entertainment
and not a personal insult if it should happen. Unfortunately I did
garner much heckling, particularly from Countess Octavia, when it took
much longer than it should have for me to shoot the poor defenseless
bunny in order to advance to the finals.

For those not present, in the end I defeated Arcus Plachoya in the
finals to become the second Archery Defender within the Company of
Defenders of the Roses. As Duchess Julia stated, Ulrich may not have
known exactly what he was in for being the premier of this company,
but he definitely came through with a fine format for the selection of
the person to follow him. I hope that I am able to only improve from
there to make it even more enjoyable for the Roses, the archers
shooting for the honor, and those watching from the pavilions.

This is an honor that I hold in great regard and a tournament that I
truly desired to be able to win. The gifts that the Roses provided are
already being displayed and well protected as is appropriate to their
nature. These are prizes I will show with pride throughout my coming
years in the SCA.

In Service,
Master Phelim Gervase called Pug

Phelim "Pug" Gervase | "The problem's plain to see
Bryn Gwlad - Ansteorra | Too much technology."
Dark Horde Moritu | 
pug at pug.net | --Styx
Note: The views do not reflect the SCA nor the Kingdom of Ansteorra.
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