Please read these words from Their Majesties:
Their most august and royal Majesties, EikBrandr, Dragon king of
iron glory, Oathbinder bearing and fierce foe defeating, and Runa,
fair of face but fairer of judgment, send with joy these words to
those who in fief hold Their land and herald Their voice.
It has been with pleasure that We have begun Our time on the Midrealm
throne, and been lifted by the revelry and celebration of Our
Coronation. But the drums of war cease but briefly, and were always
beating in Our hearts. Strong is that beat, too loud to be ignored,
and growing more insistent with every passing week. We cannot contain
its call; We now echo it and send it to you to strengthen and spread
throughout Our lands. War approaches!
Taking the Midrealm host to the field of Pennsic has long been a duty
of the summer Crown. It is Our hope to bring new life and further
renown to Our kingdom. There are three ways that We call on you, and
your Baronies, to assist in this goal. As We have said, the stronger
Our heart beats within Our realm, the stronger it can be reflected
through Our efforts outside Our borders. These tasks We ask of you
will create that strength.
Firstly, war is a martial endeavour. Our army has grown in skill and
strength every year, and We ask that you continue the same efforts of
melee practice that have contributed to this excellence. We ask that
you gather your levy, as great as always, and prepare them for travel
into foreign lands. Further, We seek to expand our abilities with the
feathered shaft, for this is dear to Our Queen's heart. As has been
cried, Her Majesty shall bring to the field a unit of archers that
shall be named Runa's Rangers. We ask that you call to arms all those
who would wield a bow that they may join Her in this effort. We
expect more archers from every barony than have ever been seen on the
Pennsic battlefield from Our Kingdom before.
To hone the skills of Runa's Rangers, We have advised Our Kingdom
Earl Marshal that We shall begin to compete with all other kingdoms
of the Known World in the Inter-Kingdom Combat Archery Competition,
with the shafted arrows that may be used on foreign fields. Much like
the IKAC that is familiar to many, the IKCAC fires those arrows that
are built to shafted arrow combat archery conventions, firing on
targets. Full rules and parameters are available. We encourage all
Our subjects to take advantage of this, and to put Our kingdom at the
forefront of this contest.
The acts of war that are pursued on the field cannot be enjoyed
without support from many, many others. We ask that Our kingdom be
known not only for our dominance in battle but also for Our generous
and industrious nature. There are a variety of branches at Pennsic
that require volunteers, and We look forward to hearing your reports
of Our people, inspired by you to highest feats of service. We will
reward such acts accordingly, and Our kingdom will thrive from such a
gift to the entire Society.
Finally, Our presence at Pennsic is built on the support of Our
people. We are looking for every Barony to meet Our call for
retainers and guards throughout Our reign and especially for Our
Royal encampment. We have asked Sgt. Bjarki, to be Our Captain of the
guard. We know that he has already been speaking with you about
guards, and it is Our hope that many fine warriors of the Dragon, be
they heavy or light, stand forth to help guard Our Presence. Our
Hersir, Squire Captain Artair is Our head retainer, and he will be
contacting you to coordinate the help of retainers form Our people
throughout the kingdom.
We ask that you announce and organize as much help as possible within
your borders, and contact Our staff to let them know how you may be
We thank you now for your efforts to come. We know that We ask much
of you, but this only comes from what you have already shown your
Baronies are capable of, and We know that you hold the glory of Our
kingdom as dear in your hearts as We do in Ours.
Written in Our scriptorium in the Cleftlands, on this date. To
certify these words, we have here under set Our hands.
EikBrandr and Runa
Rex et Reina