Board of Directors · Lochac · Rapier Combat · Rowany

Baronial Rapier Champion Revealed to be Kangaroo

BARONY OF POLITARCHOPOLIS, LOCHAC — Tourney-watchers were surprised at the recent Baronial Rapier Championship Tourney in the Barony of Politarchopolis when a previously unknown combatant came out of nowhere to win the prize. Demonstrating unusual speed and stamina, the newly-authorized fencer calling themselves Skippe Tailforth defeated all comers, including a number of Masters of Defense, to claim the Baronial Championship.

Jaws dropped to the floor, however, when the new Champion doffed their mask and revealed themselves to be an Eastern Grey Kangaroo dressed in the finest middle class Elizabethan garb!

After consulting the rules of the list and of the tourney, and speaking hurriedly with their Excellencies of Politarchopolis, Maestro Christofalo Valaresso, outgoing Champion and Marshal in Charge of the event nevertheless declared Skippe the winner and new Baronial Champion. In a post-tourney interview with The SCAllion, Maestro Christofalo explained, “There’s honestly nothing in the rules of the list or of the Society that say that combatants have to be human. Skippe went through the proper authorization process, conducted themselves honorably, and won the tourney fair and square. I’m happy to welcome them to the Lochac rapier community.” After glancing a few times over his shoulder, he added, “Anyway, I’d rather have a larrikin ‘roo who plays by the rules than some galah of a Duke that doesn’t, any day.”

Baroness Zubayda al-khayyāta of Politarchopolis was very pleased with her new Rapier Champion, telling The SCAllion’s on site reporter, “Skippe is a wonderful example of the sort of new SCAdians we can attract now that we are committed to welcoming personae from all over the world. I’m pretty chuffed.”

In an exclusive interview with The SCAllion, Skippe Tailforth explained what brought them to the Society for Creative Anachronism. “Hey, my mate Bruce had such a ripper of a time on the field at [Rowany] Festival that I just had to have a crack at this fencing thing. Everyone’s been ridgy-didge bonza. I reckon you’ll be seeing a lot of the ‘roo mob coming out to play from here on out.”

News of Skippe’s win was met with amusement and delight throughout Lochac. Meanwhile, the U.S. Board of Directors is said to be hastily writing new language for Corpora in order to keep actual rhinos out of Crown Tourneys everywhere.

Arts and Sciences · Knowne World · Lochac · Rowany · Second Generation

Woman discovers she has enough garb for Rowany Festival, panics

BARONY OF INNILGARD, LOCHAC – Lady Winifred Chanter started preparing for Lochac’s Rowany Festival over the weekend. The almost week-long event occurs surrounding Easter, and like the Interkingdom Wars, takes significant preparation and planning. So Lady Winifred began with taking inventory of clothing pieces for her family of three. And panicked.

Somehow, she, her wife, and their 16 year old daughter had more than sufficient clothing for the six days, including weather changes, camp setup and teardown, messy classes, and court. In fact, her daughter who had claimed hand-me-downs from both her parents as well as newer pieces of her own, had an excess of appropriate clothing. 

Since this has not happened before in the 15 years the family has been in the Society for Creative Anachronism, Lady Winifred could not imagine that this state of affairs was correct and posted on Facebook, asking other people if this had ever happened to them. The answers were only somewhat reassuring, as older members stated that yes, this does, eventually, occur for most people. They didn’t need to make new garb, but they strongly advised trying every piece on to see what needed mending. Sure enough, about a third of the pieces had holes at the top of gores or at the corners of gussets, small tears, or other parts that needed tacking down or sewing up.

While this means Lady Winifred is not spending the next couple of weeks frantically pulling fabric from her stash, her wife Angharad is less pleased. “First, this means that the volume of her fabric stash won’t go down this year. And second, she expects all three of us to do our own mending! I’m supposed to be prepping the camp meal plan, and that is not something that we can just pull out from the closet.”