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  {===========}         #73 July, AS XXXVII (2002, C.E.)

This is The eSentinel, a publication of the Crown Principality of Tir Rioga, Kingdom of An Tir, of the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc. It is not a corporate publication of the SCA, nor does it delineate SCA Policies. The eSentinel is available by subscription through the Chronicler. Subscriptions are $1/yr. More information is available on the Northern Sentinel Website: http://www.finearts.uvic.ca/~medieval/esentinel
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- Event Calendar
- By The Light of A Northern Star....
- From The CP Marshal
- From The CP A&S Minister
- Upcoming Events in the North
- Because I Can...More "New" Laws of the SCA
- Compendium of Resources

Event Calendar

12-14 Summer Faire - Lionsdale - Chilliwack, BC
13-14 Fiore Fighting Class - Lions Gate - Vancouver, BC
19-21 July Coronation - Shittimwoode - Bellingham, WA
26-28 War of Feast or Famine - Seagirt - Victoria, BC
27-28 Clinton Work Weekend - Lions Gate - Clinton, BC

3-5 Clinton War - Lions Gate - Clinton, BC
10-11 SYG Trials - Lions Gate - Vancouver, BC
17-18 Warren War - Shittimwoode - Bellingham, WA
23-25 SST - Seagirt - Victoria, BC
31-3 September Crown - Bearwood - Snohomish, WA

6-8 Baronial Stepdown - Lions Gate - Vancouver, BC
6-8 Workshop Weekend - Krakfjord - Vernon, BC
13-15 September Revel - Dregate - Omak, WA
13-15 CP Champions' Tournies - Danscombe - Kelowna, BC
14-15 Days of Archery - Lions Gate - Vancouver, BC
20-22 Wardog Tourney - Eisenmarche - Mission, BC
21-22 Workshop Ithra - Seagirt - Victoria, BC
27-29 Holmgang Tourney & Feast - Krakafjord - Vernon, BC

12-14 Golden Swan - Appledore - Oliver, BC
19 Freeze-Off - Ramsgaard - Kamlloops, BC

2 Baronial Banquet - Lions Gate - Vancouver, BC
16 Bard & A Banquet - Lionsdale - Chilliwack, BC
16-17 Grand Ithra - S. Giles - Victoria, BC
23 Feast of St. Catherine - Eisnemarche - Coquitlam, BC
23-24 Proposed Principality Event - Tir Rioga

7 Baroness' Birthday Tourney - Lions Gate - Vancouver, BC
14 Yule Revel - Seagirt - Victoria, BC

By The Light of A Northern Star....

Events change, y'know.
This is something that tradition-minded people would prefer to not realize, but it's true. Any event that gets put on for more than a decade has undergone some changes, even if you don't notice it. This is even more true for the events that have been going on for 20 or more years. The whys and wherefores of the event's origins don't' change, but the event itself does. And sometimes, regardless of what traditionalists maintain, this can be a good thing.
Clinton War started off as a friendly little get-together of Lions Gates and Montengarde, maybe 50 people or so, I'm told. Just your standard little war between two baronies, with a few friends coming along for the ride. Now we watch 1500+ show up, with a tavern, bakehouse, bath-
house, castle, a couple of inns and a week-long work-party to get everything into shape for the weekend. And the war itself, originally just the two Baronies, has developed into a de facto Principality War regardless of what the two Baronies have in mind.
Or how about Daffodil? A simple little tourney, originally designed to give Seagirt an out-of-area Defender who would be on their side for wars. And then it developed, quite by accident, into "the tourney that decided who would soon wear the Coronet/Crown of An Tir." To say nothing of
being one of the favourite feasts put on during the year. It lost its cache, and slowly morphed into something very similar, but not what it was originally intended for.
Need another example?
How about Ursalmas? Or Celtic Bardic which became Ermine Cross which became Celtic Bardic again? Or Egil's? South Sound Unity? Golden Swan? Guard War, Banner War, Samhain, Freeze Off, Bar Gemels or JuneFaire?
No event ever remains what it originally set out to be. And this should be expected, and even encouraged! Our events like Our Society should be dynamic and new every time we go to them. Yes they will be familiar, but no event ever is put on the same way twice. New sites, different autocrats, unexpected weather (remember September Drown?), a twist on the same old-same old tourney format; all these things make an event new and exciting for us. Even the most unchanging of events, like Baroness' Birthday, Golden Swan and even 12th Nights offer us something new and unique with every edition!
Yes, not all changes are good ones; we can all probably mention a particularly terrible version of all the events I've named. And in just about every case, there was a "getting back to basics" movement started because of it. But I will also guarantee you that while the attempt to return the event to it's roots looked like it worked, it didn't actually. Because you can't really turn back the clock that way.
But I'll bet it was close to the way a lot of you thought it was supposed to be.....!
So if your local event is not quite what you remember it being from a couple of years ago, don't worry it's a natural part of the evolution.

Lord Erasmus The Traveller, GdS

From The Crown Principality Marshal

This will be my last missive as Principality Marshal. Effective immediately, Sir Throvald Hwolfson is the new Principality Marshal, all correspondence and reports should now be directed to him. His e-mail is sirthorvald@hotmail.com. I do not have his home address but it should be forthcoming.
I have enjoyed my time as Marshal and hope I at least kept everyone satisfied and content, if not happy. See you all on the tourney and war fields.

Sir Griffin ap Bedwyr

From The Crown Principality A&S Minister

The latest news is that the Five Champions is changing to four Principality events. Instead of doing Five Champions in September there will be three champions, with Rapier in November and Arts and Sciences in April. At the Three Champions in September, the current Arts & Sciences Champion will hold a Prize contest. In November the Rapier Champion will hold the Rapier Championship hopefully in conjunction with a Guild Faire to be organized by your truly. Further
details to be announced as they develop.
For those working on Principality kneeling cushion squares, your deadline is extended to the September event. If your Shire is not working on a square send me your address and I will mail you a kit <sburrows@istar.ca>
For Artisan's long range planning, here is the current rules for the Arts and Sciences Contest. I am open to feedback on this though any changes will probably take place next year. I hope many of our Jambes and Artisans will join in as Contest entrants or student judges.

Principality A&S Champions Tourney April 2003

Ideal for the Champion : The Crown Principality would like to find an A&S champion who can represent the Crown Principality through leadership and example. The champion must have a public
presence in promoting the arts and sciences. This will include setting up a major Display or contest during their tenure. The Champion should show a breadth of skills and should be ready and able to judge teach and guide with gentleness and compassion.

The Champion will be expected to serve as inspiration and role model to others, especially through setting up displays, contests and forums at local and Principality events in cooperation with the Arts & Sciences Minister. The Champion will play a major Ceremonial role in putting on next year's Championship to choose his or her successor. This also includes promotion, recruiting
contestants, judging, and deciding on the Champion's Focus. In response to popular demand to increase the standards of the Arts & Sciences Competition, the Champion will choose, in cooperation with the A&S Minister, one of the forms, completed object, demo/ process or research to highlight in the following year's Championship. This will be announced each year at the September Principality event so that Artisans have 8 months to prepare their entries. Failure to announce it at the September event will forfeit the option, as artisans need time to prepare. The contest will revert to the core four each year.

The competition welcomes those who have five entries including the Champion's Focus, and are competing for Crown Principality Champion. Those who have fewer pieces, and who are not going for Champion, are also encouraged to apply for feedback and individual prizes (where there are 3 or more entries). You may submit entries previously entered in other contests, as long as they did
not win at CP level or above.

To Aelana Cordovera by March 1, 2003 at 2621 St George St, Vancouver BC V5T 3R5, phone (604) 876-9105, or email sburrows@istar.ca. Please include a list of intended entries with a sentence or two about each. (To assist in selecting expert judges as well as assistant judges). The entries as a whole, must exhibit a diversity of interests. Call Aelana if you have questions about diversity in your entries.

All competitors must be present at the competition area by 9:00 am Saturday for set up before court. Be ready for a long, intense day of participation.

In this format, experts, as well as potential contestants, Arts & Sciences Ministers or their delegates wishing to improve their judging skills, will form a consensus on who should be Champion. A judges meeting will be held while contestants are setting up their displays before court. Contestants for Champion must enter each of five categories, The expert judges and assistant judges will give feedback to all the entrants. (Training in rubrics based judging will be provided this year).

Our survey has shown a great concern in the Crown Principality for a high standard of encouragement in judging, and in response to this, we are including a training component to our
judging process. Rubrics based judging includes a checklist of desired qualities in the articles being judged, so that different items can be judged based on objective qualities. In this way we can more truly live up to the ideals of our Society in a competition which elevates rather than discourages the spirit of the participants.

The purpose of this new format is to foster the noble conduct, eloquent presentation, and honourable behaviour that befit a Champion, and to encourage evaluation and useful feedback in the
judging process which can further the Arts and Sciences. This means that each artisan is responsible for doing the best work that they are capable of, and that each judge is responsible for giving the fairest and most accurate assessment and encouragement of the work of the competitors.
The Expert Judges will take the role of in-depth questioning and they will be available as a source of information on unusual entries, for the assistant judges.

In order to qualify for the championship the entrant must include :
1. one Research Piece [a paper, an object or process display (story board) item. Three copies of the Papers must be submitted on Friday night of the Competition before the contest to allow judges time to read it before the contest.]
2. one Active Presentation piece [may be a lecture, class, demonstration or story, song or poem up to 15-20minutes]; and
3. two Completed Object Pieces in the four entries [does not require the entrant's presence in order to be clear, and may be , a display of labeled items or an entry in various stages showing the progress of completion. The contestant should be available to be interviewed by the judges].
4. the Champion's Focus [one more of these forms may be chosen by the retiring Champion as the Champion's Focus. This will be announced in the Previous September Principality event and will be
widely publicized].
If these categories overlap, please label them clearly for the judges benefit.
Each set of entries demonstrates "breadth," one of a specialist, and one of a generalist variety.

At least basic labelling is required for each entry, as appropriate. See "The History of a Good Idea" for more guidance; available by fax or post from Aelana.

~ The Process ~
After each contestant presents their entry, judges and assistant judges will complete their notes and feedback forms. When all the entries in a category have been presented, the Counter will tally the judges grades. Once all competitors have completed presenting all the entries in each category, the grades will be totalled to give a composite score for all entries of each competitor. Then the judges will fill out feedback forms for the participants.

Suggested Guidelines for Evaluation
Score Attribute

____ Does the entry meet the category specifications eg research, active `presentation, or completed object display?

____ Documentation - has the person done research as appropriate? How thoroughly?

____ Authenticity - how historically accurate is this presentation?

____ Workmanship - how well executed is this presentation?

____ Complexity - how difficult, how many steps, how much "from scratch" ?

____ Completeness - are all the necessary parts present?

____ Emotional Effect - did this presentation move you, create an feeling of `medieval atmosphere, or mind set ?

Good judging is one of the skills that make good contestants, and understanding this process is an important step towards the skills a Champion will be expected to have. Champions are often invited to judge other's work, and should know how to go about this. This is why we have included judging and assistants as an important part of the contest. It is recommended that if you intend to compete in the future, you volunteer as an assistant judge, this year.
Even if you do not think you are advanced enough to win, the Crown Principality A&S Championship is a great opportunity to get feedback on how your work is progressing. The feedback can provide just the piece of information, technique or materiel to help you take the next leap in progress to a new level of skill and authenticity in your work. We encourage you to enter as a single entry contestant, or Assistant Judge to begin to learn one form of the judging process.

Because I Can..... More "New" Laws of the SCA
(Attributions in [parentheses])

The media will always interview the worst-dressed person at the event. If they can't find the worst-dressed person, they will interview the least-dressed person.

This is not "The Dream". This is what I do on weekends to have some fun. The Dream involves 4 sets of identical twins, 2 gallons of Cool Whip, 5 quarts of chocolate syrup, 2-1/4 pounds of
strawberries, satin sheets, a magnum of champagne, a trapeze, and a python.
[Sfi Mordecai ben Yosef Yitzhak]

The probability that you forgot to pack something is directly proportional to the distance of the event times the necessity of the item.

Never expect the king to ask his herald first.

Beneath the calm, professional exterior of the SCA, lurk all the subtle, interpersonal dynamics of a nursery school at recess.
[Adapted from Gary Trudeau, via Corun MacAnndra & Tibor]

The most important thing is a cool mug or goblet. Without a mug or goblet, you end up with a paper cup or a modern bottle or an aluminum can in your hand and you are a SLOB. Add a cool mug or
goblet and immediately you, too, are cool.
[Duke Finvarr de Taahe]

All that is neccessary for tacky to triumph is that class acts should do nothing.
[Azelin Cola of Wishford]

Arguing with a herald is like wrestling with a pig. First you get really dirty and muddy, and then, after a while, you begin to realize the pig is enjoying himself.
[Ernst Nuss von Kitzingen]

Upcoming Events in the North

Ravens Key Rebellion, 12-14 July, 2002
Hartwood (Nanaimo, BC)

Once again Ravens Key issues an invitation for all fighters to do battle on our war field and attempt to scale our castle walls. This year will see a return of the fighter's obstacle course and maiden rescue as well as the usual bribery competition for the children's homemade
For the children there will be the above mentioned favour making, the Dragon's Hunt and a children's bardic as well.
Contests will include the most functional siege weapon, the best dark with shiny bits art piece, and a fun but functional camp garb contest. If we have enough participants there will also be an on site camp cookery competition and maybe even a couple of surprise
contests. There will also be an archery competition.
On Saturday there will be a potluck feast at the castle, followed by the children's bardic.
Adults and Youths (15 yrs and up) weekend fee - $10
Children (6 to 14 yrs) weekend fee - $ 3
Children under 6 are free
Family weekend rate - $25
Day rate - $5
Merchanting is most welcome and there will be food available for sale.
Because there are dogs and bears in this area we asked that parents keep a close eye on their children, especially at night.
For more information contact Lady Elizabeth at jpclark@shaw.ca (250)724-5325

Take the Port Alberni exit off the New Island Highway and stay on Hwy 4 (the Alberni Highway) until you reach Port Alberni. Keep to the right. Turn right at the first set of lights onto Cherry
Creek Rd. Turn left onto Cowley Rd (opposite the school) and follow it to where it turns into Best Rd. Keep going along it until you hit Kitsuksis St. where you turn right. The next road on the left is Kingston Rd. Go straight down Kingston and at the end you hit the private road onto the site. Please drive slowly as there are dogs, kids, potholes and a lot of dust along this road. Signs will be posted.

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July Coronation, 19-21 July, 2002
Shittimwoode (Bellingham, WA)

Tourney season has just begun, Our Rulers Wilam and Siobhan are young on Their thrones, sadly, it's time to consider the Coronation of Their Successors. Shittimwoode invites you to make pilgrimage once again to the Coronation Ceremonies held in the Roman ring-road village on the fields of Hovander Homestead.
The An Tir champions tourney will be held as well as the traditional Squire's tourney and Equestrian events, thrown weapons, rapier, and archery competitions. To the ladies of An Tir, we issue a special invitation to view the field from the shelter and vantage of our new ladies' galleries! To find more information and to get contact email for any of these competitions.
Site fee $12 Adult/$6 kids US; $15 Adult/$7 Kids Canadian. Make checks payable to "Shire of Shittimwoode, SCA Inc." Site opens at 3:00 p.m. on Friday and closes at 6:00 on Sunday.
Merchants preregistration is required. Please contact Marie the Gamesmistress (Marie Bauer) at (360)671-6706 or mthegm@juno.com
Eric reservations may be made by contacting ericreservations@shittimwoode.org
Site is Hovander Homestead Park in Ferndale WA, about half an hour south of the Canadian border on I-5. Take your best route to I-5. Take exit 262 and go west on Main Street. Go 1/2 mile and turn hard left IMMEDIATELY after going under railroad trestle. If you cross the bridge, you have gone too far. Turn right on Nielsen avenue after 1/5 mile. Site entrance on the right after 1/5 mile. Address: 5299 Nielsen Road, Ferndale WA 98248.

Autocrats: Ariel de Courtenay (Ariel Caspe-Detzer), (425) 222-5564; 4326, 334th Place, Fall City, WA 98024 or P.O. Box 694, Fall City, WA 98024 (no mail delivery at street address). caliban@peoplepc.com; Padruig MacBrian (Patrick Shannon) (360)319-0547 5353 Olson Rd, Ferndale, WA 98248 macbrian@macbrian.com

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War of Feast or Famine,July 26-28 2002
Seagirt (Sooke, BC)

Upstart Baron Seeks Mercenaries to Repell Hordes of Unwashed Invaders! Unwashed Seneschal Seeks Mercs to Teach Upstart Baron a Lesson! Gird your loins for war and enter into the fray at the 2nd
annual War between the Shire of Druim Doinian and the Barony of Seagirt. All battles will include mercenary fighters. Several Heavy point battles are included as well as Rapier point battles, target and combat archery points, an A&S point and a Champions duel. Other activities include a bardic performance, some children's activities and the 'Death to [insert Baron of your choice]" target archery shoot.
The site opens at 5 pm Friday and closes at 2 pm Sunday. Site fee for Adults is $14.00 ca ($10.00 us) , $8.00 ca ($5.00 us) per diem. Children 7-17 $8.00 ca ($5.00 us) weekend, $5.00 ca ($3.00 us) per diem. Children under 7 free.
SITE: Scouts Canada's Camp Barnard in Sooke BC 40 km (25 mi) west of Victoria BC. NO PETS ALLOWED (with the exception of Handicapped-assist animals). The site is DAMP. Flush toilets and
showers on site. Garbage Dumpster on site at the park gate. Children under 18 MUST be accompanied by a certified Parent/Guardian with included SCA documentation. Fire regulations subject to Weather Conditions.
Directions: From the Lower Mainland - Take the Tswaassen-Swartz Bay Ferry. Take Hwy 17 south towards Victoria. Take the Mackenzie turn off heading west towards the Trans Canada Hwy. Turn Right onto the Trans Canada Northbound. Then follow directions from Victoria
>From Port Angeles - take the MV Coho ferry. Sailings are at 8:20 am, 12:45 pm, 5:15 pm, and 9:30 pm. In Victoria travel east on Belleville Rd to Douglas St. Turn Left on Douglas (northbound) into downtown Victoria
>From Downtown Victoria - Follow Douglas St north as it turns into the Trans Canada Hwy #1. Take the Colwood Exit towards Sooke on Hwy 14 (Sooke Rd). Follow Sooke Road to Sooke. Turn right at stop light (only one in town) on to Otter Point Road. After about 5 Km, turn right on to Young Lake Road. YLR leads right to Camp B. (3130 Young Lake Road)
Autocrat Lord Seth Starr at (250) 472-2932; email at alexanderpj@pacificcoast.net

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Principality Fall Champions Tourney, 13-15 Sept, 2002
Danescombe (Kelowna, BC)
http://www.antir.com/danescombe (after June 9, 2002)

You are all invited to Danescombe to witness the choosing of three of our Principality Champions this fall. The Champions Tournaments will include Heavy Combat, Bardic and Archer. There will also be prize tournaments for Rapier and A&S. Heavy combat Championship will be fought with the following criteria: Sword and Shield, maximum sword length is 36", no thrusting tips. Bardic and Archery Championship details are not available yet but sign up will be on site. For the information on the A&S prize tourney, please contact HL Thorin at olafsson@shaw.ca . If you are bringing weather sensitive items please let the autocrat know and on site indoor storage can be
arranged for them. There will be space for merchanting and pavilions around the listfield. Please contact the autocrat with dimensions needed for reservations.
Site Info : Camp Boyle a large wooded Scout Camp in Summerland, BC. No street address but there will be lots of signs. There is a creek running through the site so please watch children.
There are no pets allowed on site. Smoking will be at designated smoking areas and in your encampment. This will be a very discreetly damp site - period containers at all times please. Fire restriction dependant on the mundane requirements. There are, outhouses, bathrooms (with showers), and plenty of running water on site.
Site fee - $12 for adults, $6 for 6 -12, 5 and under are free. Maximum family cap of $30. Make checks payable to SCA Inc, Shire of Danescombe.
Directions: Follow Highway 97 to Summerland. Turn onto Rosedale Avenue at the Macs & 7-11. Follow Rosedale south through town - Rosedale will curve to the west and become Prairie Valley Road
after the second 4-way stop. Follow Prairie Valley Road all the way ... it curves, branches, twists and turns, through orchards, farms, and ranches, but it is paved almost all the way to the Camp gates. The road will turn into Darke Lake Road ... keep going. Camp Boyle will appear on your left with a large field for parking on your right soon after the road turns to gravel. Watch for SCA signs along the way! A Map and event info can also be found on the Danescombe website
after June 9, 2002.
Autocrat: Yrsa Kettilsdottir (Cristin Olafsson) 608 Braid St., Penticton, BC V2A 4Y5 (250) 490-4771 cristin@shaw.ca

Compendium of Resources


Staff Credits: Chronicler and Northern Sentinel Editor: Lord Erasmus the Traveller (mka Warren Edge). eSentinel Deputy: Duncan, Lord Macquarrie (mka Ted Godwin) <duncanmacquarrie@shaw.ca>. All queries regarding subscriptions and copy should be sent to the Chronicler. Any technical concerns regarding the eSentinel should be sent to the eSentinel Deputy. All articles are copyright their respective authours.