Today, I would like to issue a challenge to y'all.
It is a fun challenge.
As you probably know, Chalice of the Sun God III: The Return of Poseidon, will take place at our Barony of Ponte Alto, on the weekend of September 15-17.
Like it is traditional, there will be competitions for Chalice A&S Champion, Bardic, Archery, Rapier and Armored, as well as an overall Team Champions, which will take the coveted Chalice of the Sun God home for a year. (Heck, this year there will even be a youth combat Chalice Champion!)
You can check the basis of the tournaments and competitions at the Chalice website for more information.
So here's the deal: I have won the A&S Chalice Champ for two years in a row. One of the rules is that if you won, you are expected to come back and defend your title the following year if at all possible.
That also means that I will be defending it for a third time this year.
In that regard, I have been discreetely scolded by several gentles for winning two years in a row in a competition sponsored by the Barony of which I am Baroness.
What can I say? I participated the first time in order to encourage everyone to join in and, much to my surprise, I won the title with my 16th C. muff. Since I was expected to defend it, I had an entry the following year, which consisted on a pair of 16th C. gloves. This year, I will be defending my title again, and I plan to do it with gusto.
(Bear in mind, the Chalice A&S Champ has nothing to do with the Baronial A&S Champ. That would be our fabulous melaniesuzzane)
So here is the challenge. I would like to invite everyone who does A&S to come and compete for the title of A&S Chalice Champion.
Last year I won just by the skin of my teeth, by only one point, against the absolutely fantabulous hardtack by fenrir1323. And it was his first entry ever at an SCA A&S competition!
So go gun for me! I will be working on a fun little project for this competition and will be waiting for you! Come kick my butt! Believe me, I will enjoy it! And I will enjoy even more to see the display of all your terrific entries! Last year it was a pleasure to walk through the A&S hall and see all those beautiful entries worthy of a Tempore Atlantia! You people rock!
And while you're at it, remember that there will be competitions for Chalice Bard. (Yes, I won that last year too, so you can also pelt me with tomatoes.) This is another competition that is worth watching and listening to. More and more talent is showing up, and I will be delighted to have you gunning for me.
Finally, if you can hold a rapier, whack a stick of rattan or shoot a bow, come join us! The job of Chalice champ for those disciplines will also be up for grabs as you shoot for the current Chalice champions!
And again, while you're at it, consider forming a team. You don't have to be in a team to compete, but it just makes it a lot more fun.
Also, your teammates do not have to be all from the same barony or group. Anyone will do. So check out the guidelines and run with the ball!
This is going to be such an exciting event! I can't wait!
And now for something completely different: A meme ganked from Spikywheel.
Here are the rules:
1. Delve into your blog archive.
2. Find your 23rd post.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the sentence in your blog along with these instructions.
My 23rd entry's fifth sentence was:
"I want to snuggle with Marcellus while we watch the ground turn white outside through our living room window."
Gee, I still want to do that.