[Ravensfort] Defender of the Rose
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Fri Nov 11 17:58:15 PST 2005
Well done Gregor!
Sounds like it was fantastic!
--- kclement at verizon.net wrote:
> Greetings to all of Raven's Fort.
> Gregor here. I attended the Defender of the Rose event last weekend, so I
> thought I'd let everyone know what happened.
> This report should be the next Quoth, but in case anyone wants it sooner, or
> doesn't get the Quoth, I'm posting it here as well.
> This is my event report on the Defender of the Rose event that took place Nov
> 4-6, put on by the shires of Shadowlands and Emerald Keep.
> All in all, it was a wonderful event. With everything else going on in the
> society and the world, (a brand new kingdom for one), there were some
> communications and scheduling problems. An event done by committee can be a
> messy thing, even if that committee is composed of some of the brightest stars
> in Ansteorra. Still, the Autocrat, Lord Thomas, did a fine job of herding all
> the right cats (his co-autocrat was called away on mundane business), so
> confusion was kept at a minimum. Having arrived early on Friday, I did my
> best to help the volunteers play catch-up as well.
> One of our problems was the wind. While not as annoying as a nice, bone-
> chilling rainfall, the huge gusts kept everyone on the lookout for falling
> Kansas farmhouses. I had the interesting experience of holding on to a wind
> wall pole and being almost dragged into the woods (the wind wall was later
> abandoned as one would an underwater sand castle). The weather otherwise was
> very agreeable, not nearly as cold as some feared.
> While I was not at every event, I can comment on a few. As far as I could
> tell, the entire weekend went on time from start to finish, mostly due to the
> efforts of the Rose Enforcer, namely Master Modius. His look of displeasure
> was enough to keep everyone motivated.
> The rapier list went very well. As one of the field heralds, I had a good
> view of some spectacular fighting. Fighters from many baronies were there. A
> clash of Dons by the dozen entertained nobles and good gentles alike. I kept
> calling it Lord of the Dons until several of the fencers reminded me that
> they were armed.
> Besides myself, there was another Ravens Forter in attendance to make our
> baronys presence felt. Lord Plachoya Sobaka stormed the Archery competition,
> coming in a close second to Master Pug, in a large number of competitors. In
> fact, one particularly difficult round entailed shooting a rabbit target, and
> Lord Plachoya excelled over all the rest, bagging the little furry rodent in
> the eye (to the tune of many in the crowd singing Kill da Wabbit, Kill da
> My own competition, my beloved Bardic, was also as much fun to watch as to
> participate in. I made the final round, but made a critical error that may
> have cost me the contest, although the winner, HL Katrina of Coventry was on
> fire with her performances. Still, I can dream, cant I?
> There were other entertainments as well. The Barons Men put on a exceptional
> performance for us, doing a play that seemed almost like a Shakespearean
> production performed by the cast of Napoleon Dynamite. There was audience
> participation (everyone got their own vegetables to throw) and the play itself
> had the energy of improv with the skill of carefully honed rehearsal.
> The bardic circles were also an exciting staple of the weekend. I attended
> the Saturday night circle and was regaled with wonderful songs and poems and
> heard a story that Ive already decided to steal (the ending is a pun! Whoo
> Hoo!). We were all tired, so I decided to leave as soon as the circle got
> boring. This was, of course, my mistake. Many, many hours later, I was still
> enraptured by the tales of Lord Gerald, HL Katrina, and several other artists,
> whose names were unable to lodge successfully in my exhausted brain pan. Then
> Duchess Willow de Wisp showed up. Her Grace had been in fine form all
> weekend, but Duchess Willow was truly in her element as the fire burned and
> the stars shined.
> I regret not having first hand information about more of the events of that
> crazed weekend. I was told that the Equestrian event went wonderfully
> (despite one horse making a break for it). Also, the Heavy Fighting astounded
> the assembled crowd (the final bout went on for nearly fifteen minutes
> really, Im not kidding). The A&S display was breathtaking as always, with
> scrolls, woodcuts, and many other fine achievements. I was not able to
> partake of the feast due to dietary restrictions, but it was an impressive
> display and the moans of happiness from the diners spoke volumes.
> The Rose Courts were all very entertaining. The assembled duchesses,
> countesses, and of course, Her Highness, were a veritable Greek chorus/ Peanut
> gallery of information and enjoyment. In a daring move, the final court was
> on Sunday at noon. Not surprisingly to most of us, though, there were still a
> large number of people there to hear the last words of the Ladies. On a side
> note, the final court is where it was announced that there is a new Gulf War
> commander for Ansteorra. Don Robert stepped aside to let Don Iago have a
> chance to suffer
that is, enjoy the position.
> As I said, all in all, it was a fine event. Id vote for shower facilities
> for next year, but the flushable bathrooms were a fine thing. The event was
> well run, most problems were fairly transparent to the populace, and the
> Ladies of the Rose were a cornucopia of praise, enthusiasm, largess, and
> inspiration to us all. Everyone is to be commended.
> See you there next year.
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