[Bards] A very fun event...
harperaria at yahoo.com
Tue Jun 5 10:20:40 PDT 2007
Thank you for posting the words to your piece! I very much enjoyed it
and was hoping to get a copy of them. :)
Yes, we did have a fantastic time with the bardic at Castellan this
year! There were eight bards entered in the competition. One of whom
being Caer Byrnes, age eight, from Mooneschadowe. Maggie, Caer, and
Tadgh were our finalists this year, and they gave Their Excellencies
and myself the pleasure, and difficulty, of judging their final pieces.
If you ever get a chance to ask them to perform their pieces for you,
you definitely should!
The Children's Bardic was also a pleasure this year. Aderyn, Antigonus,
Liliana and I very much enjoyed judging the many talented children, and
young adults who are up and coming bards. We should all be wary! For I
hope in the next few years to see these young bards challenging the
rest of us in competition, as some of them already are.
Everyone should come next year. This competition is always more fun
with more Bards!
--- Genie Barrett <ladymaggie at justinanimator.com> wrote:
> Hello all,
> I just got home from a great weekend in Northkeep.
> I was able to attend Castelon, and had a great time. Having never
> been there before, I was ill prepared to compete for the Castelon
> title, and having been ill all week I couldn't fight, but I decided
> to enjoy myself by competing in the bardic competition. They have a
> really fun format there.
> You are given a small bag of stones and a very loud bit of
> cloth. The cloth is to allow the other competitors to recognize you,
> and the stones are for the winner. GRIN
> The competitors find someone to judge them and then challenge each
> other to a performance. Each bard gives the judge a stone. The
> judge is taken from the populace, and can be just about anyone. The
> person the judge likes better gets both stones. The three people
> with the highest number of stones are in the final round. It was fun
> to perform in different places to different people all day.
> The final round is an original piece written to a subject given at
> afternoon court. We got the subject of "castle" or "keep". We had
> about an hour to write it.
> I had a blast. I met many new people, because I had to ask them to
> judge or compete against me. Sadly, I remember no names, but the two
> I competed against in the final round had both beat me during the
> day. One is a young lady of 10 or so years, who won the children's
> bardic in her age group, again (she won it last year, too). The
> other was a finalist at Warlord as well. I am sorry, I have heard
> your name, but so fast that nothing stuck.
> We performed our pieces during feast.
> The winner was announced with the rest of the winners of the day at
> evening court.
> I have never competed in a bardic like this. It was less stressful,
> and sometimes more stressful, than a standard competition. I had a
> fun time accosting those I competed against. Think, "I challenge you
> to a bardic duel." in all the grandiose and silly attitude you can
> muster. I challenge all of you to come next year and take the title
> from me.
> GRINS Besides, there's a huge piece of amber and a really cool
> lantern as loot.
> And the mother in me can't finish this missive without a little
> brag. My daughter, Emmah, won the bardic competition for her age
> group with a period story she chose herself.
> Maggie MacPherson
> Glaslyn's Bardic Defender
> Northkeep Bard
> Here's a copy of my piece. The rhyming isn't consistent, but...
> by Maggie MacPherson
> Set to the tune of Burden of the Crown
> As I approach this castle the walls are soaring high.
> The guards patrol the towers as only friends draw nigh.
> The breeze now stirs the banners I see the sable tower,
> I walk across the drawbridge and enter your warm hall.
> Your baron smiles and greets me, his lady at his side.
> And though the storms are coming your arms are open wide.
> And through the rain and thunder comes laughter's joyous song.
> This is my first impression as I come to Castelon.
> Knights teach and want to help me, and laurels share their song,
> A baron shares his welcome and bards sing loud and long.
> Each lord and lady smiles as they enjoy the day,
> And long years pass behind me 'ere I forget my stay.
> (Permission granted to use for the Voices of the Star, if
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