[Southern] A day at the Pas d'Armes Feb. 21,22,23 2003

Brian du Val cobalt60 at lcc.net
Mon Dec 2 17:03:18 PST 2002

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     Their Excellences Niklas and Kezia,
            Baron and Baroness of Barony of Raven's Fort,
            Invite you to Spend

            A Day at the
            Pas d'Armes
            For the Selection of Baronial Champions
            February 21st through 23rd, 2003
            Come admire the pomp and ceremony of a Pas de Armes. Numerous activities are planned, as well as the title competitions for Haeftmaster (knife, axe, an spear), Chevallier (equestrian), Bowman of the Fort, and Ravenskald (bardic). Please note: Due to site restrictions, the Brewing and Vintning competitions will be held later this year at Defender of the Fort.

            Generally, Saturday will hold the usual activities dealing with the selection of the title champions. All events will begin after opening court and throughout the day all participants will be cominig and going about their business in preparation of the tourney on Sunday morning. A themed A&S competition will be held in the grand hall with the subject being "things that would have been seen at a Pas de Armes."

            Feast will be held in a different manner than usual. The tables will be aranged so that a Helmet Viewing may be held, displaying the helmets, crests, banners, honor shields, and actual tourney shield of each participant in the tourney. All nobles may marvel at the spectacle and the Gallery will be given the task of choosing the best crest and then choose a member of the list to single out, tease, and set a difficult but not totally impossible task/quest/riddle to solve before the beginning of the tourney the next morning. This is traditional and a type of courtly fun.

            Tentative feast menu will be of French fare, and is as follows:

            Opening course
            Salad or seasonal fruit (depending on availability after long winter)

            Pottage course
            Onion and Pea Soup & Turnips

            Meat course
            Roasted chicken with orange sauce

            Poached pears in syrup

            Candied Orange Peel

            Warm mulled apple cider, water

            Sunday morning, all fighters and their consorts should be present to place in Order of Precedence and be introduced to the Gallery. After the fighters have chosen to be English or French and are ready, the tourney will begin. The first round will be Sword and Shield or equivalent; second round, Barrier with single sword and counted blows of five; third round, Barrier with mached weapons; fourth round, Melee at the Barrier; and finally the last round, with a Grand Melee with retainers and other fighters under their lieges banners. The French and English with each have one champion to be given a banner to keep as a prize and to carry as an additional banner in the Grand Melee.

            All entrants in the tourney must submit a letter of intent to their Excellencies by the day of the tourney. It is requested that an illuminated Writ of Chivalric linage showing who their knight was that squired them and their knight and their knight and so on or to which master they are student to and their master or knight. The writ outlines the contestants family tree of training.

            The event will be held on the Livingston Trade Days grounds and will open at 4PM on Friday and close at 4PM on Sunday. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. They may also attend with a 21 year or older adult with a signed and NOTARIZED Minor Event Waiver Form from the parents. Site fee is $7 ($10 for non-SCA membership holders or those without proof of membership per SCA, Inc. policy effective 01/01/2003) for adults, and children 5-12 are $4. Feast fee is $5. Feast limit is 100. Please reserve with the Feast Steward listed below. Make checks payable to: SCA Inc/Barony of Raven's Fort. The site features shaded camping, hot-water showers, and bathroom facilities. No alcohol is allowed as the site is DRY. Pets on leashes are welcome, however State law requires mammal pets have WRITTEN proof of current Rabies Vaccination, not just a collar tag. Horses must show written proof of Coggin's Test.

                  Event Steward:
                  Baron Brian du Val
                  cobalt60 at lcc.net  Feast Steward:
                  HL Jacinth de Warwick
                  jacinth at ev1.net


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