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SCA Midrealm Pennsic War 37, 2008

admin on August 28th, 2008

Here are some videos of battles fought at this year’s Pennsic War

10 Man Melee

Unbelted Champion Tournament

Allied Champion Battle

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With last week’s announcement of Harry Potter being pushed back, I didn’t get this posted as I wanted.
The tale of Robin Hood and his merry men is fairly well known. They lived in the woods, caused trouble for Prince John and the Sheriff of Nottingham until King Richard’s return, Robin and Marion were sweethearts who wanted to marry, those things. Over the years the tale has been told in various films. BBC America’s TV series is the first I know to portray the hero of the poor and England in a long format. I watched the first part of season one a few episodes in and was immediately hooked. When it ended I couldn’t wait until the following spring to see the second season (it is filmed with all English actors and broadcast in Europe in the fall and then America receives it the following spring when the season has ended in Europe). However the season finale of BBC America’s Robin Hood left me in shock and wonder.
Killing of characters in tv series is not new. Nor is it new to kill off main characters, although that is a little rarer. But how can you kill of such an important character as Maid Marion? She is what Robin strives for in the history. What makes him want to be a good man. Of course in the BBC America series Robin is shown to have been a nobleman who came back from the war early and then lost his lands and title by opposing Prince John and the Sheriff. His robbing the rich to help the poor is payback and to anger the Sheriff since Prince John is only mentioned in this series.
I had read, before the season began in America, something briefly that sounded like Maid Marion left or was killed off. I didn’t mean to read it and as soon as I saw it would spoil the season for me, quit. But the whole time the thought was in the back of my head of could they really kill her off? She is too important in my opinion to do that but apparently the producers and writers didn’t think as much. When they showed the previews for the season finale and said some would not return, I still did not believe she would be killed. So when her death came about I was actually shocked. I even cried because now what is Robin going to do to keep him level. I guess this is what will keep him going and even make season 3 about revenge instead of redemption.
The other thing that bugged me was that Will Scarlett stayed behind with Djaq. Djaq was an interesting addition as a woman and Sarasin. But she is not actually from the history of Robin Hood. Thus her leaving is not as wrong. Don’t get me wrong, I love her character and what she brings to the group but she was not part of it originally, so it’s not as much of a loss. However Will Scarlett staying behind is just as wrong as Marion’s death. Next to Little John, Will Scarlett is the most famous of Robin Hood’s merry men. Actually I can not think of any other names mentioned in history than those three.
It could be with this parting, Robin will return again to the Holy Land and we will see the two again. But I do not understand how the group can have the same dynamics without those that are famed to have run with Robin. Of course it could also be that the writer’s needed a smaller group. So Robin, Munch, John, and Alan again make that up. Easier to have Alan and Munch sort of be Will in two people. I have no real way of knowing, that is just my speculation.
I will not sign off on the show just because they got rid of two of my favorite characters. If that would be the case for me, I would have quit watching Lost a long time ago too. But I will try not to get as attached to the characters as I am. This show is more in following with my passion of medieval history so I am willing to forgive. As long as they show why they did what they did and don’t divert completely from the history of Robin Hood.

The Barn – Part 5

admin on August 26th, 2008

Eva turned, walked to the barn and pushed her way into the brush. It was dark in between the brush and the barn. Her dark green tunic and leggings helped her blend in. It smelled of old wood, grass, leaves, mold, and something else. Eva thought the other smell might be the dragon eggs but she wasn’t sure if they gave off an odor or not. Soon Elter joined her.
Eva looked at him and said, “You have to be quiet for this to work.”
Elter nodded but the smile on his face made her worry. Eva wasn’t sure how long they would have to wait but within a few minutes the ground outside was getting dark. Eva didn’t think it was due to a storm.
Blaze breathed in rapidly. Eva tried to locate her but couldn’t see her anywhere. She had gone invisible again apparently trying to surprise her own enemy. Eva tried to look up and see the other dragon but couldn’t without revealing herself.
“It’s a black.” Blaze whispered. She had to be nearby.
Eva’s attention changed from the sky to the trees due to the great ruckus coming from there. The bugbears and hobgoblins were obviously not expecting any resistance and thus were not being careful or quiet. Elter started to step out and Eva grabbed him shaking her head.
“Just a little longer.”
The four creatures emerged. Eva wrinkled her nose in disgust as Elter stared, his mouth moving but no words coming from it. The four creatures were ugly indeed.
The bugbears were both seven-feet tall, with hair and muscles all over their bodies. Wedge shaped ears stuck out on top of their heads, looking slightly elvish, but were too hideous to be mistaken as such. One was brown while the other a deep red. Each wore leather that was torn and old but still covered their bodies. Gaping mouths revealed long sharp fangs. Clutched in their hands were weapons. One carried a mace and a spear while the other a spear and a war hammer. Eva was worried about the spears but let the thought pass knowing the mace and war hammer could be more fatal.
The hobgoblins were not much shorter, at about six and a half feet tall and burly looking. They were also hairy but not very muscular. Both were dark gray with blue noses, but one had a dark red face while the other a red-orange face. They both wore blood red clothes and carried swords. The hobgoblin with the red-orange face also had a whip at his side but that weapon did not worry Eva too much.
They appeared to be speaking to each other in a harsh language Eva didn’t recognize.
She looked at Elter and nodded. Aiming the crossbow at one of the hobgoblins, she took care to aim for a vital spot, and let the bolt loose. At the same time Elter was aiming with many small sharp stones and some nails he had found. His timing was almost the same as Eva’s and the missiles seemed to fly together at their different targets.
Eva’s bolt hit home, right into the chest of the closest hobgoblin and he fell like an ox, dead almost instantly. Elter hit one of the bugbears in the eyes, blinding it so that it could not fight. The other two creatures immediately went into a defensive stance, looking where the attack had come from. Eva jumped out, sword in hand. Elter ran out beside her, quickly smiling at Eva.
The remaining bugbear threw the spear at Eva. It flew past her far enough away that she didn’t have to move to avoid it. Then it raised the mace clutched in its other hand, a war cry erupting from its mouth as it ran toward her.
Eva had downed the hobgoblin with the whip. Its brethren took a moment to assess the situation, see who the enemy was, and also run toward Eva.
The two creatures closed the short distance quickly. Then the hobgoblin fell as Elter tripped it with his hoopak. It landed hard, the sword in its hand skidding way in the grass. Eva turned her attention to the bugbear as it attacked her.
The bugbear brought the mace down, trying to crush the elf’s skull. Eva ducked out of the way and counterattacked with her sword, coming in on top of the bugbear’s open arm. It howled as the blade cut the skin. But it was shallow and did not have the effect Eva hoped.
The downed hobgoblin cursed in its own language. Elter jumped back as the creature tried to grab his leg. As the hobgoblin got up, Elter danced around it.

For some reason there wasn’t a word of the day on Friday. So this week we only get 4 new words to learn.

1) Peat (n.) – A delicate person.

A citizen and his wife the other day
Both riding on one horse, upon the way
I overtook, the wench a pretty peat,
And (by her eye) well fitting for the seat.

– Donne’s Poems

Pronunciation: /pEt/

2) Cendal (n.) – A species of rich thin silken stuff, very highly esteemed.

Her gomfainoun was of cendal Ynde,
Of gold ther were on thre coronne.

– Arthour and Merlin

Pronunciation: /sEndAl/

3) Sclatyre (v.) – To be negligent.

/Sclatyre/ thy clothys bothe schort and syde,
Passyng all mennes syse.

– MS. Cantab. Ff. ii. 38

Pronunciation: /sklAtir@/

4) Drihe (v.) – To endure.

For as me thenketh, I myght /drihe/
Without slepe to waken ever,
So that I scholde noght dissever
Fro hir in whom is al my lyght.

– Gower, MS. Cantab. Ff. i. 6

Pronunciation: /drih@/

Pennsic 2008 Pictures

admin on August 22nd, 2008

Pennsic 3

Pennsic 2

Pennsic 1

This is more of a teaser than an actual trailer but man some of the scenes really make me not want to wait until July 17th for this to be released.

The Barn – Part 4

admin on August 20th, 2008

Blaze looked at them one more time. Many emotions flickered across her face, as much as could on a dragon’s face. “The treasure I hide is dragon eggs.”
Eva was stunned but quickly recovered. Elter stopped dead in his tracks and again said nothing for a moment. Few things could make a kender speechless.
“Dragon eggs?” Eva asked in a low awed voice.
“Aye. The lifeblood of our race.”
“So that’s why you are so worried about getting attacked.”
“Dragon eggs? Wow! I’ve never seen dragon eggs before.” Elter turned toward the barn but Eva grabbed him before he could skip off to explore and get in trouble.
“Not now, Elter. We have other concerns. We need to set up some kind of defense. I don’t think we have much time if Blaze has decided to show herself now,” she said looking at the dragon.
Elter nodded a solemn look on his face.
Eva looked around, wondering how they could defend an old barn from some bugbears and hobgoblins. She tried to think how her and Elter could defend themselves. Eva knew that the hobgoblins would attack her upon sight. Elter, being small, could outmaneuver the bugbears that would probably go after him. The two species might be stuck working together due to their greater fear of a dragon but they wouldn’t fight side by side for anything. Elter might even be able to take one out with his hoopak, or at least distract one long enough to get away, but Eva doubted he would try to escape.
Turning back to Elter she asked him, “What do you have hidden in your pouches? Anything we might use to defend ourselves?”
Elter dug through one of him many pouches, searching and expressing delight at many things he found.
“Ow. Wow I forgot I had these. Wonder where I got them from? Maybe a brave warrior dropped them and I picked them up to return them but he didn’t want them.” He looked at Eva hopefully and held out his hand. In it were about twenty caltrops, small metal balls with spikes on them in a triangular shape. No matter which way they were set down at least one spike would stick up. Eva looked and smiled.
“Perfect. We can put these just inside the door to the barn. One of those creatures is bound to get in and this will slow it down.”
Blaze nodded in approval as Eva took them, walked to where the door was hidden and threw them down just inside. Elter went back to rummaging through his pouches, looking for something else. Something shot up just missing his head as Eva came back. Blaze moved her head out of the way.
“Wow I don’t even know where I got this from!” Elter pulled out a hand crossbow. Eva guessed that he probably “borrowed” it from the weapons storage in Malin and refrained from scolding him for the moment. He may have taken the weapon without asking but right now they needed it. Elter pulled out three more bolts for the weapon. Since the mechanism had not been very tight the bolt had just arched up and fell back to the ground. Eva looked at the weapon and decided there wasn’t much more Elter could find. She could use the crossbow to take out as many enemies as possible, or at least slow them down, Elter could use his hoopak and when the time came they would fight hand to hand.
Eva looked back at the barn and decided they should hide in the brush for a better chance at surprise. It also would put the odds in their favor if they could take one or two of the vile creatures out before attacking full on.
“Do you have something to use as a weapon in your hoopak?”
Elter looked at the weapon. He nodded. “I think I can also find more rocks and maybe some nails around here.”
Eva nodded and looked at Blaze.
“Well we are as ready as can be. I think its best we hide in the brush. If we’re lucky the dragon won’t realize we are here and inform his minions of our presence.”
“I hope not.”
Elter bounced up and down. “”Fight! Fight! Fight!” He bounded off toward the barn looking for rocks and other things for his sling.

In case you did not hear the news yesterday, here is the press release about the sixth Harry Potter film being moved from a November 21, 2008 date to July 17, 2009.

Warner Brothers has just announced that Half-Blood Prince will be delayed. The film will instead be released on July 17th, 2009. From the press release:

In making the announcement, Mr. Horn stated, “Our reasons for shifting ‘Half-Blood Prince’ to summer are twofold: we know the summer season is an ideal window for a family tent pole release, as proven by the success of our last Harry Potter film, which is the second-highest grossing film in the franchise, behind only the first installment. Additionally, like every other studio, we are still feeling the repercussions of the writers’ strike, which impacted the readiness of scripts for other films—changing the competitive landscape for 2009 and offering new windows of opportunity that we wanted to take advantage of. We agreed the best strategy was to move ‘Half-Blood Prince’ to July, where it perfectly fills the gap for a major tent pole release for mid-summer.”

Read the full release at the link below.
Press Release:
BURBANK, CA, August 14, 2008 – Warner Bros. Pictures today announced that it has moved back the release date of “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” to Summer 2009. The sixth installment of the blockbuster Harry Potter franchise will now open day-and-date domestically and in the major international markets on July 17, 2009. The announcement was made by Alan Horn, President and Chief Operating Officer, Warner Bros.

In making the announcement, Mr. Horn stated, “Our reasons for shifting ‘Half-Blood Prince’ to summer are twofold: we know the summer season is an ideal window for a family tent pole release, as proven by the success of our last Harry Potter film, which is the second-highest grossing film in the franchise, behind only the first installment. Additionally, like every other studio, we are still feeling the repercussions of the writers’ strike, which impacted the readiness of scripts for other films—changing the competitive landscape for 2009 and offering new windows of opportunity that we wanted to take advantage of. We agreed the best strategy was to move ‘Half-Blood Prince’ to July, where it perfectly fills the gap for a major tent pole release for mid-summer.”

Jeff Robinov, President of Warner Bros. Motion Picture Group, confirmed, “The release date change does not alter the production schedule for this or future Harry Potter films. Post-production on ‘Half-Blood Prince’ was completed on time, and the studio’s release plans for the two-part ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’ will not be affected by this change. We know Harry Potter fans are eagerly anticipating seeing the final chapters unfold onscreen. In fact, the good news for them is that the gap will now be shortened between ‘Half-Blood Prince’ and the first part of ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.’”

Commenting on the release date change for “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” David Heyman, the producer of all the Harry Potter films, offered, “When Jeff Robinov explained the rationale behind moving the release date of ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’ to July 2009, it was immediately apparent that this offered us the potential to reach the widest possible audience. I am extremely proud of this latest film and of the work of David Yates and our incomparable cast; I believe we have developed and pushed the series further still. We are all looking forward to sharing it with Harry Potter fans around the world, even if we have to wait just a bit longer.”

David Yates, the director of both “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” and “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” and who will also helm “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” added, “It has been a joy to work on ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.’ Dan, Rupert and Emma and all our returning young cast continue to blossom, and our new cast members bring fresh color and life to Hogwarts. Even as we put the finishing touches on this latest film, we are already beginning preparations on the final two films—we start filming in February—and I am excited to bring this remarkable series to the exciting and moving conclusion its loyal fans deserve.”

In “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” Voldemort is tightening his grip on both the Muggle and wizarding worlds and Hogwarts is no longer the safe haven it once was. Harry suspects that dangers may even lie within the castle, but Dumbledore is more intent upon preparing him for the final battle that he knows is fast approaching. Meanwhile, the students are under attack from a very different adversary as teenage hormones rage across the ramparts. Love is in the air, but tragedy lies ahead and Hogwarts may never be the same again.

Warner Bros. Pictures presents a Heyday Films production, “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.” David Yates, who directed last year’s summer blockbuster “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,” returns to direct “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.” David Heyman and David Barron are the producers, with Lionel Wigram serving as executive producer. Steve Kloves wrote the screenplay, based on the book by J.K. Rowling.

Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson are reprising their roles as young wizards Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger. The film also stars Jim Broadbent, Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane, Warwick Davis, Michael Gambon, Alan Rickman, Maggie Smith, Timothy Spall, David Thewlis and Julie Walters. The cast also features David Bradley, Jessie Cave, Frank Dillane, Tom Felton, Matthew Lewis, Evanna Lynch, Helen McCrory, Natalia Tena, Hero Fiennes Tiffin, and Bonnie Wright.

Taken from mugglenet

1) Plattinde (v.) – Journeying forth.

Of hem ne wolde nevere on dwelle,
That he ne come sone /plattinde/,
Hwo hors ne havede, com gangande.

– Havelok, 2282

Pronunciation: /plAtInd@/
2) Encloyde (adj.) – Hurt in the foot. [Note: “enclowed” is defined as
nailed or riveted]

The hors on woche sche rode was blac,
Alle lene and gallyd on the bac,
And haltyd as he were /encloyede/;
Theroff the womman was anoyede.

– Gower, MS. Cantab. Ff. i. 6

Pronunciation: /EnklOId@/

3) Roune (v.) – To whisper. Sometimes for speech or song in general.
It is occasionally used in its primitive sense, to counsel or consult.

On hys knees he sette hym downe
With the prest for to /roune/.

– MS. Harl. 1701

Pronunciation: /run@/
4) Coarte (v.) – To compel, or force.

Dyves by dethe was straytely /coartid/
Of his lyf to make a sodeyne translacion.

– MS. Laud. 416

Pronunciation: /kOArt@/
5) Slade (n.) – A valley; a ravine; a plain.

It had bene better of William a Trent
To have bene abed ith sorrowe,
Than to be that day in the greenwood /slade/,
To meet with Little Johns arrowe.

– Robin Hood, i. 118

Pronunciation: /slAd@/

Robin Hood: We Are Robin Hood Episode

admin on August 15th, 2008

Everyone has arrived in the Holy Land. The Sheriff has stolen the seal of the King’s enemy and has someone to help lure the king out so that he can be killed. Robin and the gang know they need to save the King, save Marion, and thus save England.

When Gisborne goes to feed Marion, she tells him he needs to save the king by killing the Sheriff. She tells him that the King will reward him and she will willingly give him her hand in marriage.

Alan learns that the pigeon did survive and probably made it to the King with his message. Alan apologizes again for his actions and Robin asks for the gang to leave Alan alone. Djaq tells Robin that there are soldiers patrolling which means the town is in the hands of her people and a curfew is in effect so it will be dangerous to move around. Robin and Munch head out and stop to talk. Marion hears their voices carry and tries to get to them. However she believes Robin to be dead and goes back to sitting in her chains.

Sarasin guards find the gang and they knock them out. They head to Bassam’s house, where the pigeon went and Djaq’s family. Robin talks to Bassam about finding the King and bringing peace to the two countries. Djaq tells her uncle that Robin will do what he says and Bassam says he will help.

Meanwhile a messenger arrives at the Sheriff’s house and tells him that Robin is in the Holy Land looking for the king. Marion has her own spy and she listens in to this news. The Sheriff says he will have the King kill Robin to get rid of his nemesis.

The next morning out on the Crusader’s Frontier, the Sheriff’s man claims to be the envoy of the Prince Saladin and shows King Richard the seal to “prove” he is. The King is told the Prince agrees to meet King Richard that day to talk peace. To further give proof he tells the King that Robin is one he can not trust. The King looks incredulous that Robin would be a traitor.

Marion again pleads with Gisborne to kill the Sheriff. When Gisborne goes back to the house, the Sheriff asks if there is anything he needs to tell him. Gisborne tells that Marion wants him to kill him but that he will not do it. He tells the Sheriff he will stand by him but he wants one thing in return. That when they return to England, he will take Marion by force to marry.

Bassam takes Robin and the gang to King Richard’s campsite. They enter looking for him to warn about the Sheriff and black knights. Robin and Munch meet with the King. He tells the King that the Sheriff is in the Holy Land to kill him and that he must let Robin protect him. When King Richard sees Djaq he believes what the Sheriff’s messenger said. King Richard tells Robin he can not believe he would betray him like that and Robin tries to defend himself by denying it. The King tells his men to execute Robin and his gang.

The Sheriff has a man pretending to be the Prince and when asked what if the King knows what the Prince looks like, the Sheriff responds that they are not talking but killing the King.

The King decides not to kill Robin and the gang but leave them in the desert attached to stakes. He says there is still a change if God wills it for them to live. He does not believe them but does remember that Robin saved his life once.

The Sheriff confronts Marion and asks if she is upset Gisborne did not take her offer. He also confesses that Robin is not dead, which she can not believe.

Back in the desert, Munch believes they will be ok if they can survive til nightfall. Djaq tells them they will not make it that long in the heat with no water. As the day wears on, Munch tells them all he loves them. Suddenly they see Marion and think they are saved, until they all realize the Sheriff is with her. The Sheriff has Marion tied to the back side of Robin and tells them of his plans to kill the King. After the Sheriff leaves, they all seem to despair and Robin tries to convince them it is a good thing to die for the King and England. Marion has Robin say his wedding vows right then. When he finally finishes, she says her own vows to him. Munch begins to cry during Robin’s and right at the end the King’s helper shows back up to save Robin and the gang. He tells them they have horses and will go to save the King.

The Sheriff and his men go to watch the death of King Richard. Robin is actually hiding in the robes and when the man tries to attack Robin, he reveals himself. The Sheriff is upset about the switch. Robin and the man begin to fight and the King sees that Robin was not lying. When Robin begins to get in trouble, they all come down to rescue him. The Sheriff and his men ride away to a city and the battle ensues. Being in the city it is hard to find anyone. The King’s man insists King Richard leaves and as he is trying he first saves Robin and then is saved by Robin. Then the Sheriff gets behind the King and shoots an arrow into his back and kills him man at arms. When Marion finds Gisborne about to kill the King who has fallen off his horse, she tries to stop him. Marion tells Gisborne that she would rather die than help him and that she is going to marry Robin. Gisborne runs Marion through in a rage. Robin arrives then and is stricken by grief.

Djaq takes the arrow out of the King and then goes to see Marion. Marion finds out she will die if the sword is pulled out. She tells him how proud she is of him for fighting and that they will have all the time in heaven. Marion says they need to finish their wedding. King Richard gives him a ring for the marriage. He gives her the ring and then kisses her. She takes the sword out after and dies in his arms right away.

Robin buries Marion beside the King’s man at arms. Will and Djaq decide to stay and not return to England. Robin gives his blessing to them. And the rest of the gang leaves with the King’s blessing and a purpose to stop the Sheriff still.