By THLaird Colyne Stewart
The rains of May continued.
Their Royal Majesties had called for all who felt themselves worthy to come into Their Barony of Ben Dunfirth to partake in a tourney. The prize? To become heir of the kingdom, and to crown a consort.
The day of the
Crown Tournament was wet. A drizzle greeted us upon awaking, and it did not
stop all day long. Though, at times, it did intensify to the point where the
sound of water pounding on the roof was as if one were standing under a
waterfall. Cloaks recently dried out were called on again. Kingdom
Andersen (who we think was still in our wagon from the weeken d before) and I arrive just after in the morning. We found
ourselves a spot to sit behind Sir Berus
Jarl, Serjant Malik abd al-Raman, Baron Siegfried
Brandbeorn and Lady Isotta
Gianglifiazzi. All four were preparing to fight in the tourney.
Many Septentrians were in attendance that day, including two past Baronesses of Septentria. Eirik, Septentria's unofficial Minister of Propaganda, circulated the new Septentrian Recruitment posters.
The combatants and consorts were called, and soon each was presented to Their Majesties. As listed in the event program, they were:
Baron Phaidrig McNeil for Mistress Etaoin O’Fearghail
the Kid for Mistress Susanna the Unyielding
Sheikh Sergeant Malik abd’ al Rahman for Maitresse Baronne Genevieve Chastellain d’Anjou
Master Konrad Matthias Jaegar for Dame Alyce de Sheppey
Dame Alyce de Sheppey for Master Konrad Matthias Jaeger
Sir Evander MacLachlan for THLady Melusine de la Rose
Master Trumbrand the Wanderer for THLady Kaylah the Cheerful
THL Kaylah the Cheerful for Master Trumbrand the Wanderer
Brandbeorn for Lady Isotta
Gianfigliazzi for Baron Siegfried
THLord Tynne Duair ap Beul for Baroness Tabitha Dearval
Lord Yric de Mornay for Lady Brigit nic Larkin fra
Leeman of Newcastle Emlyn for Lady Brayla la Viennette
The last to come before Their Majesties was Grimroth Skullhammer, a fur cla
The Trillium Herald, Lord Erik of Longacres, when announcing him cried,
"May I present Lord Grimroth Skullhammer who fights today for..."
Here he paused and loudly whispered, "Who are you fighting for?" The
barbarian appeared confused, and Her Majesty graciously explained that each
fighter participating in the tournament must fight for a consort. Grimroth
nodded his understanding, held up one finger to ask for a moment of time, then
waded into a group of Ladies watching the procession. They wailed and ran at
his approach but he was fast enough to catch one, and Countess Moria the Black
was dragge d before the Thrones of
Ealdormere. Moria begged Her Majesty not to let this thing happen, but the
Queen asked Moria to be Grimroth's consort for the good of the kingdom. To this
wish Moria acceded.
The combatants then took their seats as the four lists were taken by heralds and marshals. The tournament was a round robin, best two out of three. This meant that each fighter had to face all other fighters and fight between two and three fights with each. Many though that this would make for a very long day, but so well prepared and run were the lists, that the tournament, from beginning to end, lasted no longer than approximately two and a half hours.
Malik had support staff, but neither Siegfried
nor Isotta did. Therefore Lord Wat
of Sarum, Lord Berend van der Eych and myself acted for them in this capacity,
fixing swords, tying straps, adjusting armour and giving encouragement.
The tournament, from my vantage point, was fought with chivalry and honour. The number of questionable blows were low and no one's nose horn was very long. All of the combatants from Septentria did great honour to themselves, their consort and the kingdom that day. When the round robin was completed the two fighters with the best records were Baron
Siegfried Brandbeorn and Sir Rory Cennedi the Kid.
The finals were three best of three rounds, the first with pole, the second with great sword and the third with sword and shield. Both men fought bravely and well and in the end
emerged victorious by defeating Siegfried
in four straight fights. (He won two with pole and two with great sword, making
the sword and shield round redundant.)