Unto all who read these words do Lorenzo and Adela, Baron and Baroness of South Downs, send greetings and good wishes.
A few weeks ago, we were honored to be invested into our new position and take on the responsibilities it entails. Red Tower was, as always, a wonderful event and showcased the many talents of the Barony’s populace. The hard work of both our long time members and our newest additions in making the event run smoothly were greatly appreciated.
We are eager to see what the future holds for both ourselves and the Barony, and what new traditions grow from the changes that are even now shaping that future. For example, recent weeks events have brought about a shift in venue for Castle Wars. While this obviously has resulted in a certain amount of upheaval in the usual plans of those attending (and hosting) the event, it also will provide opportunities to make new memories in new surroundings. We look forward to seeing all of our friends from the Barony and beyond in November, to cross swords in battle and raise glasses in celebration.
Here is the word of Master Lorenzo, whose investiture will take place at Red Tower:
Red Tower XLII Baron’s Prize Tourney: The Duelists’ Challenge
This year’s Baron’s Prize List is a chance for rapier fighters to showcase their virtues by issuing challenges to their fellow combatants. All combatants will be ranked in reverse order of precedence and each in turn shall issue a challenge. Number of combatants, weapon style, and victory conditions are at the discretion of the challenger. If time permits, more than one round of challenges may be issued. The winner will be judged on the following criteria:
Courage: Is the challenge a true test of the combatant’s ability against worthy foes? Beware: Courage without Prudence leads to folly!
Prowess: Skill at arms is the heart of any duel, but do not forget Compassion in your pursuit of Prowess.
Noblesse: Artful words, elegant attire, and refined bearing reflect the quality of one’s character, when properly tempered with Humility.
Here is the word of the Mistress Adela, whose investiture will take place at Red Tower:
Red Tower XLII Baroness’ Prize Tourney: Luck of the Draw
While skill is invaluable to any warrior, often luck plays as large a role in determining victory. Each combatant will draw a card with a number on it, and will then fight the person who drew the same number. If there are an odd number of combatants, one person will be granted a bye for the round. Combats will occur in order of the numbers chosen. Weapon styles will be selected by each combatant from a separate deck of cards (unusual weapons will be provided for those who do not have their own). The winners of the first round of fights will choose again from a reduced set of numbers, and so on. The details of the final combat will be determined based on the number of participants.
July is one of four months of the year that has five Wednesdays. This Wednesday the Barony Arts and Sciences team will be working on designing a banner for use at both events and gatherings. We would love your help with this effort. Also, several members of the populace will be available to help you with draping fabric if you need assistance as you sew your grab.
Have you ever wanted to make your own trim, but not sure how to get started? You are in luck . . . . At our monthly class night on Wednesday, July 23, THL Beldthora Serpentsdottir will be teaching a beginner’s class on how to set up and use an inkle loom to create beautiful trim. This class is scheduled fro 7:00 until 9:00 as time is needed for both learning to set up the loom and to weave.
Tools and supplies you will need:
- Cotton crochet thread in two or more colors in one of the following sizes: 3, 5, 10, or 20 (The higher the number, the thinner the thread.)
- Inkle loom, if you have one
Duke John of Ean Airgead and Ximon Martillo De Cordoba will be presenting an informative and entertaining discussion of heavy weapons and rapier fighting for non-fighters. Even if you are a fighter, I am sure that you don’t want to miss this opportunity to listen to their great presentation.
Due to some hosting issues, the Baronial website had to be rebuilt from scratch. There are a large number of broken links still lying about, so please be patient as we get things back in order.
We’re the Atlanta area group of the Society for Creative Anachronism, a non-profit educational organization started in 1966 dedicated to research and reenactment of the Middle Ages and Renaissance (and other time periods pre-17th century). We welcome anyone who is interested in bringing the past to life with us!