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King's Assessments

Assessments was hot and humid, and I believe that the last bits of my brain that were functional melted yesterday. Sorry about that.

The highlights of the day were:

  • Antonio's Free Scholar Prize, the highlight of which was the presence of Alan, his first teacher, from the East Kindgom, and who got to fight him first at Christian's request. It was quite cool, and Adam was very touched. Antonio also got a nifty gold scarf from Her Majesty with her personal arms embroidered on it. All in all, very nice.

  • isenglass's Laurel elevation. Her deer in the headlights" expression when she was called up by her Majesties and told that she would be placed on vigil was priceless. Also, the private little garden that this particular venue has, was absolutely perfect for that kind of thing -- almost idylic. The nicest vigil for the nicest lady.

  • Getting to see a lot of friends that I don't get to see very often, like stanci, grauwulf, Brianna, and others. Also, having the Ponte Alto Baronial dayshade full of people chatting, working on projects, resting from the merciless sun, or simply having fun. It was awesome.

  • The Atlantian Siege Engineers getting allowed to play at the "Hole in the Wall" battle scenario.

    Okay, it took a lot of "Are we playing yet?" "Now?" "Can we load the engines now?" I think that I drove our poor Warlord bananas, but in the end we were allowed to get our practice in and there was much rejoicing.

    It went something like this:


    "We need to practice. Can we practice now please?" I say.

    "I'm trying," says an overheated and tired Warlord. "I have lost a good chunk of fighters due to the heat, so I need to take that into account."

    "I know," I say. "But it would be really useful for our engineers to get the practice in, if at all possible."

    "Okay, what do you need?"

    "People to shoot at."

    "In other words, you need targets."


    "Okay, we'll get you into the last scenario."



    Random fighter: "Does this mean that we will have to stand in there while you throw rocks at us?"

    Me: "No, we actually want you to run, or fight, or whatever. We need moving targets."

    Fighter: "Oh, lovely."

    Me: "Hey, think about it. You give us a chance to practice, we will get really good, and when we go to Pennsic we will be on your side throwing rocks at the other side."

    Fighter: "Oh, way cool! Hey, what do I have to do to authorize in siege?"

    Me: "Drop me a line, baby. I'll get you squared away."


    Okay, this is not exactly a conversation. It is more like a parody of what happened with the training of our newly -- and almost newly -- authorized crew. Mainly, it goes to prove that the first thing we need to get our guys to learn is not to stare at the projectile to see where it went before loading another shot.

    (For the record, I have heard that this is something that rings true for most missiliers.)

    But it was really funny.

    "Load!" says ballistabob.

    "Right on!" says Crewperson No.1.

    "Pull!" yells ballistabob, as he and Crewperson No. 2 fire the engine.

    "Whoa!" says Crewperson No. 2. "Look at it go!"

    "Load another shot!" yells ballistabob.

    *Thwack!* The rock hits four guys on the other side.

    "I said load another shot!" ballistabob says.

    The crew, however, is too busy watching where the shot went.

    "Tee Hee!!!!" Giggles Crewmember No.1. "That was a good one!"

    The four fighters yell "Dead!" and leave the field.

    "Oh yeah!" Giggles Crewmember No. 2. "We rock!"

    "Can someone load another shot? Pretty please?"

    "Oh, we kill them dead!" both crewmembers do a little jig.

    "A shot? Can someone load another shot?"

    "What? Oh!" Says the Crew. "Sure! Right on Boss!"

    Rinse, repeat.

    In the end, the crew got the hang of it, and the whole team was deadly effective, and far more accurate than what we have been in years.

    I am really proud of all of them.

    I can't wait to see all of our engines in action at Pennsic!


    The lowlights were as follows:

  • Being in the sun all day long, marshalling on the heavy field, and almost getting heat exhaustion.

    I should have known that something was wrong when, after drinking water like a maniac all day, I saw no need to use the bathroom since 10 a.m.

    At the end of the day, I was dehydrated, feeling awful, getting a headache, and looking like death warmed over. Luckily, greta_k and psalite helped me cope at the end of the day, particularly at Court, at which point the greta_k, aided and abetted by psalite, confiscated my coronet and did not allow me to put it on until I had cooled off.

    I must clarify first that this particular coronet is attached to my beautiful 16th Century hat. Unfortunately, said hat is black, heavy beaver felt and very hot. The kind of thing that you don't want on your head if you are having heat exhaustion.

    Admittedly, I was very self-conscious about being at Court and not wearing the coronet. But I was also so completely wiped out that it did not matter. I did get to put it back on when TRM called in the Order of the Pearl, but by then I had cooled off enough to be able to wear it if only briefly.

    I also wanted to go to the Dragoons Party afterwards, but I just did not have the energy. At that point, all I wanted was a cold shower, air conditioner, and ice cold water. I was really bummed about it.

    I wonder if Celric got to sing or if he was tackled into submission.


    All in all, it was a good event in spite of the horrible heat.

    I just hope Pennsic's weather does not turn out to be like that.

    Here's to hope.
  • Comments

    ( 12 comments — Leave a comment )
    Jul. 8th, 2007 09:26 pm (UTC)
    I am looking forward to next year, when I can join in the seige stuffs!
    Jul. 8th, 2007 11:34 pm (UTC)
    Come to the dark side! We have cookies!
    Jul. 8th, 2007 10:12 pm (UTC)
    I totally want to see pictures.

    (My dear non-SCAdian husband, when the above story was related to him, responded "Siege weapons?!? They have f&%^ing siege weapons?" One of these days I'll drag him in...)
    Jul. 8th, 2007 11:35 pm (UTC)
    Oh, we can train him to lob stuff at people! :-D
    Jul. 9th, 2007 12:05 am (UTC)
    Sadly, Celric refused to sing when pestered. He says "come to pennsic."

    We shall have to gather a large audience at some point and make him sing, since I have yet to see proof that Dante wasn't just making it all up when he said Celric sang at all.
    Jul. 9th, 2007 12:16 am (UTC)
    Ohhh, we definitely have to make him sing! We may live to regret it, but where would be our sense of adventure if we didn't?

    And who knows? Maybe he'll surprise us :-D
    Jul. 9th, 2007 01:02 pm (UTC)
    The reason he refused to sing had more to do with the song we were trying to get him to sing. He wasn't drunk enough for that one. It's the "Song Of Celric" and it's an over the top display of his already over the top ego.
    Jul. 9th, 2007 02:26 pm (UTC)
    Hmmm . . . we definitely need to do something about that. I mean, making him sing. His ego is beyond saving. :-)
    Jul. 9th, 2007 12:42 pm (UTC)
    What you neglected to say was that you were so brain-addled from heat exhaustion that you kept INSISTING on putting that damned hat back on your head! I kept removing it, you kept putting it back on. I had to threaten to sic Duchess Kyneburgh on you if you didn't stop wearing the hat (psalite and I also had to take it away from you - Bad Baroness! No Coronet for you!).
    Jul. 9th, 2007 02:27 pm (UTC)
    Oh, noooo!!!!!!!!!!!

    But seriously, thank you ladies for taking care of me. Like I said before, the little braincells I had left melted with the heat.

    Jul. 9th, 2007 12:44 pm (UTC)
    A great crew indeed
    My two engineers were fantastic. One had just authorized that day, and the other had never actually used an engine in combat. While there was a bit of the "ooh, that was a good shot!" going on, they were engineers to the core, and we managed to get off over 20 shots during the 10 minute battle. For those of you who have done seige, you know that this is a most respectable rate of fire under combat conditions. You were great, ladies!
    Jul. 9th, 2007 02:28 pm (UTC)
    Re: A great crew indeed
    They were absolutely awesome, and the rate of firing and accuracy were record breaking for us.

    Great job!
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