A Message From Baron Elliot
- Unto the people of the Known World, especially the populace
of Estrella XIX, with the request that you echo this message
across to all Kingdoms and lists....
Greetings and Thanks:
Greetings to you my hardy band of wet and muddied friends. Thanks to
you, we few, we happy few, we band of brothers (And sisters!) of
those that rose from our beds, warm and tight, and answered the call
to rescue and service. For they that day's night endured the cold, the
wet and the dark with me shall be my sibling be they never so vile.
That day gentled their condition and indeed Gentles in the Society
then abed shall think themselves accursed they were not there and
hold their manhood (And womanhood!) cheap while any speaks that fought
the elements with us upon Saint Valentine's Day!!
Once more into the breach, my friends....
With apologies to Will S., and my English teachers, I open this
letter to you, my friends from the different realms of the Society.
Estrella War XIX was, indeed, an adventure (Adventure here being
defined as the experience of being cold, wet, and hungry.) for all
that were in attendance on Wed., Thurs., and Friday morning, we had a
reported 3 inches of rain from about 12:30 AM on Friday alone (This is
a lot for Phoenix). In this missive I wish to report to you that if
every you thought Chivalry was dead or in distress- put it from your
mind. The ideals of our organization are not only intact, they are
On that Thurs. night/Friday morning I did indeed observe our
membership under dire circumstances rising to the occasion to rescue
and offer comfort to those who were affected by the weather and
flood, At one time we had over 12 inches of standing water in the low
spots. This situation required evacuation of the southern portion of
the camping area. More than 1,000 people had to be evacuated from
their pavilions as this fast moving, but powerful rainstorm did its
best to cause a flood of Biblical proportions. Outlands was hit hard
and Caid suffered with Her. Calontir was awash as was the overflow
camping areas. So many acts of compassion and caring took place during
this weather disturbance that I cannot begin to tell you of all of
them, nor give the names of those who went above and beyond. I won't
even go into the contribution of my partner Main, Baron Raffaelle, or
our Site Autocrat Baron Kristoff- Heroes, both of them. But I
will recall but a few of the incidents that I personally
* A squire of no more than 17 years, leading a group of children
to safety on high ground in the pouring rain.
* A King still in court robes directing his people to search
every tent to make certain no one was left behind, who then dove
into the water to follow his own directive.
* A lady cook, who after cooking meals all day for more than
100, rose from her bed to drive the trolley shuttle evacuating
hundreds to the safer side of the site.
* Another Crown, who being advised that his own home had
flooded, elected to stay onsite to help his people and others.
* A brand new member, a youth who had volunteered for just about
every War duty for the entire week, who got out of his bed and
slogged through the water helping people carry their belongings
* The Barons, Baronesses and others with large pavilions who
opened them to refugees and stayed up all night to ensure that
their charges were cared for.
*The Chirurgeons tending the sick and injured in spite of the
fact that Chirurgeon's Point was flooded.
*Another Crown, this one my own, who after working to help
others survive the storm, pulled a full day's shift doing grunt
work (King Jonathon as a constable and Queen Deille manning
Security Point.) so that the Autocrats and Sheriff could snatch
a small portion of rest.
The above are but a few of many heroic deeds and we are all
aware that there were many, many more whose actors will never be
known or named.
My Friends, the storm was so severe that the Autocrats were
forced to temporarily close the gate to new arrivals and contact
the American Red Cross and ask them to standby. We also had to
give serious consideration to shutting down Estrella XIX
But then, Thank God, morning came and with it clearer skies. The
water receded, leaving muck and mud, but also dry camping spaces
for refugees and a clear message that War would proceed. The Red
Cross stood down with our deepest thanks. The rest, as they say,
is history. We survived and we had fun.
For me personally, as the Senior Main Autocrat, this was like
riding a roller coaster- the anticipation, dread, panic, terror,
joy laughter, panic, and then exhaustion. But right now the only
thought that comes to mind is:
"Gee Daddy, can we ride it again?!" (This is my fourth run as an
Estrella Main Autocrat- You'd think that I would have wised up
In closing, I think that Atenveldt and all of Her Estrella
guests have a right to be proud. Chivalry is not dead, but
instead lives on in the spirit of Estrella. Every Lord helping
that night is a knight of renown, and every Lady an angel of
mercy and Queen of Love. What an august group of heroes I get to
hang out with!
Lots of love,
Baron and Peer of Atenveldt