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

Harry Bilings humble_archer at hotmail.com
Mon Nov 7 16:41:57 PST 2005

Master Pug is deadly on 5 color targets right side out or backwards. Shoots 
very well at (or into) wreaths and is death to hanging balls. Just don't ask 
him to kill the rabbit.
Well shot Master Pug enjoy you time in the sun.

humble archer
Ravens Fort Ansteorra
>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
>   future.
>   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

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