ES - RE: ANST - Elfsea defender
zarazina at flash.net
Mon Sep 28 21:08:38 PDT 1998
Anyone know the results from activities on Sunday of Elfsea? How did
everyone like the culture camps?
On Sunday, the Gauntlet Tournament was won by Alaric Drake. He then
presented the beautiful sword to Corbin, for his excellence and chivalry
shown on the field. I did not catch the winner's name from the newcomers'
The Burgundian Camp was declared the winner of the Culture Camp competition
and the big mucking chest full of stuff was presented to Sir Pendaran and
The Norse Camp was beautiful, with the Viking tents, the table, the haunch
of ham roasting over the cook fire, the banners flying overhead with
pictures of longships; the men working, drinking, carving stones, and
telling tall tales; the women gossiping, spinning wool, knitting, and
nursing tow-headed babies.
The Celtic Camp was guarded by picts dressed in loin-cloth and woad. The
food was good, a nubile young lady sang songs of the faery people, banners
with intertwined horses and dogs fluttered in the breeze. It would have
been easy to stay there in the magic time forever, lost in the land of the
In the Burgundian camp, the landed gentry who sponsored the vinyards led us
on a journey through their lands by way of all our senses. The Cantigas de
Santa Maria played in the background, a white dove cooed softly from her
perch. The port wine smelled of summers rich in grapes, and the escargot
in butter left one with remembrances of the bounty of the sea. The
centerpiece of silver platters and goblets heaped high upon each other with
bunches of green and red grapes tempted the eye as well as the palate.
The mosaic candleholders took the fire, gave it colors, and threw it
against the harmony of the gilded banners hanging from the pavilions. A
bed, luxurious in its furs, beckoned to all. The people gathered to share
the beauty, and to be with one another in a magical place.
We were transported to a different place and time at each camp. That is
what the culture camps are supposed to do.
The people who put on the camps are a different kind of hero. And they do
it, because .....that's what heroes do.
Thank you, all,
Xene Therianos, Baroness of Elfsea
A most humble member of the Ancient and Honorable Order of the Laurel
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