Templestone Training sessions:
Two handed sword light combat
Title: Training at Kingsley Swords
Date: Tuesdays 2011
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Repeats: This event repeats every week.
Location: Dalmian Primary School Kingsley
Notes: Sports fencing style sword training. This is not a Darksun
Event but an allied group that has invited Darksun members to
train with them. $5.00 entry fee covers hall costs.
Tao 0426 763 676
Sunday 24th July 2011
4 Man Team Lighting Carnival
Armoured Combat - Melee
Place Wandi Community Centre
DeHaer Drive Wandi
Best team livery
Best team list shield
Best team banner
Best supporter garb
Best child supporter face paint
Best team display
Afternoon tea Potluck to follow Carnival
- contact Steward for details if unsure
Armoured Combat 4 man team (max 1 KSCA/team) round robin tourney,
Kane teaches Lord Vishrant the art of the long sword
we will be at
Arming sword tourney
Saturday, July 16 · 1:30pm - 5:00pm
Dalmain Primary School
Bobby James Hunt
This tournament is set up like the dagger tourney. round 1 will be single
sword fluffy round 2 and round 3 will be single sword and either buckler
or dual single fluffys provided by darksun. You may wish to fight the
entire bout with just a single sword. Advanced combat rules will be
discussed on the day. You must be a Current Member of House darksun
by 25 th of june at the latest to Enter. Darksun crown or 5 dollars
to enter. Protection required is head neck hands elbows and groin. recommended
body protection. All invited guest can add appropriate guests to this
event Please do this so That we have an idear of the numbers for the
Balingup Medieval Carnivale
Saturday, August 27 at 10:00am - August 28 at 4:30pm
Balingup, Western Australia
Balingup Medieval Carnivale - 4th weekend every August
27th - 28th August 2011
Saturday 10am-4.30pm Sunday 10am-4.30pm
Entry $10 per day or $18 weekend pass!
located in the community grounds at
the end of Brockman St in the beautiful town of Balingup
Sample some of the Regions finest Wines & tempt your tastebuds with
a variety of great food.
Wander amongst the Market Trader Stalls in search of a perfect bargain.
Enjoy musical entertainers & Medieval Displays.
Daily Parade led by the Balingup Carnivale King & Queen at 1 pm.
Saturday Night Burning of the Dragon
An Inquisitive Monkey At West Kingdom
Things To Do At Your First Event.
by Lady Jehanne de Wodeford ( unfortunately Lady Jehanne's
photos could not be reproduced for this very informative artical)
Disclaimer and product warning label: The following is not an official
publication of the Society for Creative Anachronism. It is not intended
as a rip-off of Curious George (TM), Houghton Mifflin Publishing or
the late H.A. and Margret Rey, creators of Curious George. Frankly,
Houghton Mifflin should have known what it was getting into when it
licensed the production of loveable monkeys who need good homes. Besides,
we don't expect to get a single bruised banana for this endeavor. However,
this writer rather hopes that the Reys might have been amused by what
follows, given that their wonderful character has been exploring the
world and learning new things by doing since 1941.
George was so very excited. It was a beautiful spring Saturday morning
at his very first SCA event. He tumbled out of my car and climbed up
onto the table at the gate to pay his site fee and sign in.
"You know, George," the constable told him, "part of
attending an SCA event means wearing the kind of clothes people wore
before the 17th century. Besides, if everyone is wearing medieval garb,
you'll feel more like you're part of things if you do too. Go look for
the tent with a big gold key on the sign. They can lend you something
GATE: The entry to the site and to the
event, where you sign in and pay your site fee, if any. Some kingdoms
use the term "troll." Sometimes the gate volunteers will have
a site handout for you. Be sure to read it as it includes important
information on what's going on and any rules that the site owner requires.
CONSTABLE: These volunteers assist with
gate duties, security and lost and found. They wear blue tabards or
baldrics with gold maces so you can identify them.
Sure enough, George found a tent with key signs all over it! "You've
come to the right place," said the Lady In The Persian Hat.
GOLD KEY: This refers to the volunteers
who can lend you something to wear if you do not yet have something
GARB is a common SCA term used to differentiate
between clothing of a style which might have been worn before 1600 and
modern day dress. You might hear modern clothes referred to as "mundanes."
The CHATELAINE (sometimes also known as
CASTELLAN or HOSPITALLER) welcomes visitors and new members. If you
are new, ask to be directed to the chatelaine. This person can help
you get oriented.
In only a few minutes, the Lady In The Persian Hat helped George find
something to wear: a bright red tunic and a coif (a type of medieval
cap). "There," she said, "Now you look very stylish."
George looked around excitedly. Beautiful tents stood all around the
List Field and colored banners fluttered in the breeze. "That's
the royal pavilion," said the Lady In The Persian Hat, pointing
to the large yellow one with the green laurel wreath and crown on the
roof. "That's where the King and Queen hold court. If you hear
a herald say, 'Draw nigh for Their Majesties' Court,' you should go
and watch what happens."
At outdoor events, THE LIST FIELD, BATTLEFIELD
(or in the West Kingdom, the ERIC) is the
main field where fighting and other activities take place. The field
itself is usually fenced off with flagged ropes and stakes, and people
pitch their tents and sunshades around the field, allowing space for
a walkway all the way around. For your safety, stay outside the ropes
whenever anyone is fighting. George is being a little bit naughty here:
sitting ON the list ropes is not the best place to try to watch a tourney
from, even if you're really short.
When he tried to watch from ground level at Mists Coronet the following
weekend, he couldn't see over the tall spring grass! What's a monkey
Look for tents bearing black and white banners with the words "Guests
Welcome." This means the owner(s) of that tent are happy to share
their space and vantage point with visitors. It is always polite to
ask permission before entering or passing through anyone's encampment.
After all, you wouldn't just walk into somebody else's house without
knocking! It is also polite to relinquish your seat if the owner comes
back and asks you to.
The HERALD serves many functions: "town
crier," announcer of combatants in the tourney, master of ceremonies
during royal court. You can identify a herald on duty by their green
baldric or tabard with gold crossed trumpets. The Voice of the Crown,
it is customary to stop one's conversation or lower one's voice when
a herald is making an announcement, so that others can hear what is
being said because it may be important. You'll hear polite people say,
"Thank you, Herald," when one has finished a duty shout. It's
even nicer to offer them something to drink, particularly if they've
been making the rounds to cry a very large camp.
George watched the fighting for awhile. It was very exciting - and
very loud. He had expected the swords to go "clang," but they
actually went "bang" or "thump." "That's because
the swords are made out of rattan," an Old Used Duke told him.
"It's safer that way. We want to kill our friends, not hurt them."
George pointed at the other people inside the list ropes. They were
holding long striped staves, like black and yellow candy canes or really
skinny bees. "Those are the marshals. They make sure that the fighting
is done safely."
The Old Used Duke explained it well. The MARSHAL
inspects the fighters' armor and weapons before fighting begins and
monitors the fighting while it goes on to make sure that everything
is done as safely as possible. There are marshals for armored combat,
rapier, archery, equestrian games, even children's boffer fighting..
All of them are our safety officers. If you hear somebody shout "Hold!"
that means to stop. It's a Very Good Idea to pay attention even if you
are not fighting because that "Hold!" might mean that there's
something dangerous going on near you!
What's that banner mean? The CHIRURGEON (KAI-ur-jin)
is trained to offer first aid. If someone is sick or hurt, look for
someone wearing a baldric with this symbol or find the tent flying this
There was so much to see and do! George visited the Arts and Sciences
Pavilion where there was a lot of brown going on that day. Brown ink,
brown dye, brown yarn, brown everything. People had made all sorts of
brown medieval things and brought them to show what they'd done and
how. There was another tent full of ladies sewing and talking. George
was once mistaken for a pincushion, so he hurried past the sewing ladies,
just in case.
Lady Sylvie invited him to her tent for a snack. George liked the nuts
and apricots but thought the olives sour.
Then he found Merchants' Row! There were all sorts of things for sale:
sharp things and shiny things and things that smelled good. Knives and
swords and drinking mugs and jingly belts and bright scarves and rolls
of colored fabric and books with pictures and books without pictures
and furry hats and rings and incense that smelled like bananas, cloak
pins and amber and ribbons and pewter dishes and fancy clothes. George
thought the drinking horn with the brass leaves was pretty. I told him
he was too small to own a flanged mace.
The best part of all was making so many friends!
The King and Queen are addressed as "Your Majesty. Princes and
Princesses are called "Your Highness." There are other titles
and items of clothing that are reserved for certain ranks, but if you
really don't know, it's always safe to call someone "my Lord"
or "my Lady." Explain that you're new. They'll understand.
(For a glossary of common SCA terms, click here.)
George thought Their Highnesses of the Mists would be very busy at
the Coronet tourney to choose their successors, so he didn't try to
say hello that day. The following weekend, His Highness, Leohtulf, Prince
of the Mists, shared a meat pie with George at La Prova Dura. His Highness
was prickly and hard to eradicate, winning many battles that day. No
wonder he needed a snack!
The Royalty are often very busy but they like making friends too. They
try to take the time to meet people when they can. Bow and say hello
if they're passing by. If they don't have time to talk, it's not because
they don't like you, it's because they have so many things to do.
how to break the ice at your first event!
SCA people are very friendly, but they're also very polite. If they
see you're sitting quietly by yourself, they may think you want to sit
quietly by yourself. It's probably going to be up to you to make the
first move. Here are a few ways to do just that:
Approach someone who is wearing something you think is beautiful or
working on a project that looks interesting and ask them about it. Most
people are very willing to share what they know. You may discover friends
with mutual interests and learn how to make or where to get the thing
Keep an eye out for people who look like they could use an extra set
of hands and offer to help. Even if they decline your assistance, they
will appreciate that you offered. Gentlemen, offering to carry anything
for a lady is always courteous, even if it is something small and she
looks like she's perfectly capable of dealing with it herself.
Volunteer! Offer to help out at the Gate (a great place to meet people!),
work as a list page, be a water bearer, learn how to herald at a tourney.
Find the event's autocrat and ask how you can help: replenishing toilet
paper supplies, posting announcements and picking up trash will win
you their undying gratitude. New help is always welcome and you get
to meet plenty of people. Listen for announcements for meetings of heralds,
lists, or water bearers the morning of the event and show up. The person
in charge can let you know when your help will be needed and provide
instructions on what you need to know. You don't need to work the entire
day either. Every little bit helps.
AUTOCRAT is an SCA term used to describe
the person who is in charge of running a particular event. The autocrat's
name is listed in published event announcements, however, if you don't
know who it is, ask at the Gate.
Attend court. It's as good as theater. Bear witness to the deeds of
the Royalty as they dispense laws and acknowledge the achievements of
their people. Some day someone you know may be called into court. It
could even be you - and you'll know what to do.
Make a list of your questions. Events can be overwhelming and busy
even for old timers, particularly if they are working to make the event
run smoothly. If there's not time or opportunity to ask a question at
a particular moment, you'll have it written down so that you can ask
at another time or ask another person. Having a small pad and pen also
comes in handy if you want to exchange contact information with new
friends or write down the name of that book someone recommended.
Look and listen for activities geared for newcomers. Some events include
newcomer gatherings and some events are even specifically designed for
Visit Merchants' Row at the events that have one. Even if you don't
buy anything, it's a great place to people watch and get ideas about
appropriate clothing, tableware, accessories and so forth.
Visit the Arts & Sciences and Guild pavilions. See what people
are making - you may find an activity that you want to learn. For example,
the Clothiers' Guild has resources to help you find the medieval or
Renaissance look you like and how to make it. Classes are often offered
at events. Some events, such as West Kingdom Collegium or the Arts &
Sciences Tourney are all about classes.
Attend a bardic circle or drum circle. Even if you don't feel ready
to sing a song, tell a story or shimmy to Saracen drumbeats, go watch
and listen. You may be inspired to jump in the next time.
Learn to dance. Dance is spelled F-L-I-R-T. European dances are taught
on the spot at many events and are great fun, not to mention a way to
meet members of the opposite species.
i think i need a name!
Your parents never gave you a choice, but as you will quickly discover,
people adopt medieval names for use in the SCA. This is not something
you need to rush into. Click here for the SCA Heraldry Page to find
all the resources on how to register a name and device (or coat of arms).
Get a feel for what culture and time period you might be interested
in and then start looking for names from that culture. Once you find
something you like, talk to a book herald. There may be someone in your
local group who can assist, or you can visit the Consultation Table
at the Herald's Pavilion (click here for schedule) at certain events.
some customs and courtesies!
Heralds: It is customary to stop talking when a Herald is speaking
so that everyone can hear the announcement.
Making a Reverence (Bowing or Curtseying): This is easy to do and adds
to the ambiance of medieval courtly life. It is customary to bow or
curtsey to the royalty, and it's incredibly courteous to do it to anyone
else. Just think how special it'll make that person feel. It is also
customary to bow when passing the thrones, whether or not they are occupied
at the moment, as a gesture of respect. Gentlemen, a simple bow from
the waist is easy. If you see someone who can carry off "making
a leg" and bowing with great flourish, ask him to teach you. Ladies,
curtseying is not complicated either. Bow your head a little and keeping
your back straight, bend your knees. Your feet can't be seen under a
long gown and it looks very graceful. You may even see "foreigners"
making a reverence in a style appropriate to their non-European personae.
Again, if you want to learn how, ask. (Gentlemen, for information on
how to kiss a lady's hand without getting slapped, click here.)
Children and Dogs: If you bring either, you are responsible for their
behavior. At events where pets are permitted, they should be leashed
(or crated) at all times and the owner is expected to pick up after
Smoking: West Kingdom Law prohibits smoking in public areas of the
event. This includes the walkways between the list field and private
camps and in Merchants' Row. Smoking is permitted in your own camp.
If you are a guest in someone else's camp, ask permission before smoking.
You never know who may have allergies or other respiratory illnesses.
Photography: Some kingdoms have specific rules regarding photography.
The West does not, however, please use good judgment and be courteous.
Snapping a flash photo while someone is trying to perform or make a
speech is extremely distracting. It is downright dangerous to do when
people are dancing around a campfire and a camera suddenly blinds them!
Some people are even camera shy. "May I make your portrait?"
is a good way to ask someone's permission.
Personal Areas and Property: One's home is one's castle, even if it's
made of canvas. If you wish to enter or pass through someone's camp,
please ask for permission. Likewise, if you wish to admire someone's
property (pavilion, weapon, musical instrument, etc.), please ask before
touching. You may not know the right way to handle something without
George is allowed to sit on my hurdy gurdy because he's specially trained
- and doesn't weigh very much. Don't try this at home. We're what you
Being Medieval: After all, isn't that the whole point of what we do?
Hiding or disguising obtrusively modern things is really easy too. Pour
your soda into an appropriate looking cup. Modern camp chairs and coolers
are easily disguised under blankets or table cloths. Cameras and cell
phones can hide in a belt pouch or basket. (If you MUST make that cell
phone call, find a spot away from others. You won't be disturbed and
you won't disturb others with your conversation.) Cars should live in
the designated parking area as soon as they have been unloaded.
Being Good Guests: Our goal is to leave the site cleaner than it was
when we arrived, and chances are, your mother isn't here to pick up
after you. Be sure to dispose properly of trash, cigarette butts, bottle
caps, etc. (Old Altoids tins make excellent portable ashtrays. Simply
close the lid and tuck it in your pouch or pocket until you can find
an appropriate place to dump the butts and ashes.)
The Privy: More modernly known as the restroom, and at many outdoor
sites, the porta-john. Your assistance in keeping these necessaries
tidy will make everyone's event much more pleasant. When using a portable
privy, be sure to put the lid down when you are finished. This allows
odors to be vented safely instead of remaining inside the privy itself
and makes things much more pleasant for whoever uses it after you do.
The only thing that should go into a portable privy is you-know-what
and toilet paper, otherwise pipes jam, the privy cannot be properly
pumped and EVERYBODY is unhappy. Trash and female sanitary items should
be taken to a trash can. Don't make a mess all over the floor. It's
no treat for ladies with long hems! Please do not remove the light sticks
or toilet paper. If toilet paper is low or out, tell the event autocrat
and it will be taken care of.
Partying: Please party responsibly. Modern-day local, state and federal
laws on illegal drug use and legal drinking age DO apply and WILL be
enforced. If you are of legal age and enjoying your libation of choice,
remember that a weekend living in a tent and being essentially outdoors
is a stress on your body. Stay hydrated during the day, dress for cold
conditions, and enjoy your weekend. (George stunt-dived into The Old
Used Duke's Beer Gob to impress Lady Flidais, but it was empty at the
time. He's not old enough to drink and he thinks beer smells funny anyway.)
Camping: Visit http://midtown.net/dragonwing/col9806.htm for information
on how to camp safely and comfortably in the SCA.
The SCA On A Budget: http://jauncourt.i8.com/hints.htm#newbie
Society and Kingdom Web Links, including resources for newcomers:
Not in the West Kingdom?
http://www.sca.org/findsca.html has information to help you find out
which kingdom you are in. Our Society has branches in the US, Canada,
Europe, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Rim.
George and I would like to thank the gracious and hospitable people
of the West Kingdom for their gleeful assistance with this project.
Special thanks to Her Majesty, Constantina von Ravenna and His Highness,
Leohtulf of the Silver Hills, for taking a moment out of their busy
days to participate, and to Her Grace Emma Fitzwilliam, the Duchess
of Decorum, from whose "Privy Posts" I have shamelessly cribbed
and whose gracious example I fear I am too great a smartypants to ever
live up to.
The quote of The Very Wise Lady is from Diana Listmaker's "Courtesy
and Etiquette In The Current Middle Ages" from the original Known
World Handbook, (c) 1979 by the Society for Creative Anachronism.
Photos were taken by the author at March Crown, Mists Coronet and
La Prova Dura (March 25-27, April 1-3 and April 8-10, 2005), except
for the fireside scene which was taken at Estrella War (February 18,
2005). Photo of Jehanne and George taken at Mists Cynagua War (April
16, 2005) courtesy of Baroness Ellen of the Western Wind.
Copyright 2005 Lisa A. Joseph.
Permission to link to or reproduce this document for use in the Society
for Creative Anachronism is hereby granted. Document must be reproduced
in its entirety and credit must be given. Don't make us fling poo.