Midrealm Bardic Madness challenges announced
- (feel free to forward as appropriate)
I realize this will get let in the rush of Pennsic for many, but I did want
to be sure it got out there:
The challenges haven been formulated, the restraints fashioned, and the
holding cells prepared.
The feast day of Alexandr Nevski is celebrated by the Orthodox church on
November 23. It seems fitting, then, that the strong Slavic heritage of the
Canton of Dun Traigh (the name only looks Scottish) be reflected in the
theme of this event.
Bardic Madness XV: NEVER SAY NEVSKI
November 23, 2013
Hosted by The Canton of Dun Traigh in the Barony of Andelcrag at
Howard Miller Library and Community Center
14 South Church Street
Zeeland, Michigan 49464
Full information (and complete descriptions of the challenges) at:
Those Pesky Peasants: In military planning, a single mounted knight is
said to be the equal of six infantrymen, but in the Battle on the Ice,
Alexander's 5,000 infantry defeated a force of 4,000 knights - an amazing
victory. Tell us a tale of victory over (seemingly) insurmountable odds.
Ain't to Saint: Alexander was not sainted for his saintliness - it was for
his military and political prowess. Tell us a tale of transformation of
mundane (in either the common or the SCA sense) virtues elevated to the
Form Challenge: Surrender! Or Else I Will! (Alliterative Verse): Alexander
was sainted for defeating the Finns and the Teutonic Knights, yet he also
capitulated to the Golden Horde. All of these enemies used alliterative
verse forms. So let's try out some Mongol alliterative verse on the theme:
"Surrender! Or Else I Will!". (For full details, see the web site)
Juliane's Fishpond (or, "Infamous Last Words"): You will pull a fish from
the "fishpond" and on it you will find a sentence or phrase. Your job is to
devise two verses and chorus which END with this line.
Borscht Belt: The Rus are famous for their broad humor, from chastushka to
the Borscht Belt comedians. Compose a song or poem which VERGES on the
obscene (there are children present).
Maraha, Prince of [your country here]: Through a rather bizarre comma
mistadventure, our favorite itinerant storyteller Maraha - decidedly a
commoner and non-combatant - was recently mistaken for the Prince of the
Midrealm (he now styles himself "The Bard Formerly Known as Prince"). Tell
us a tale of an unlikely Royal (specifically Maraha, if you like).
Three Rights Make a Left: Nevski was the right man in the right place at
the right time. Two wrongs don't make a right, but three rights DO make a
left. Tell us a tale about going in a direction you didn't intend.
The Rusalkas Are Coming, The Rusalkas Are Coming: A Rusalka is a Slavic
water spirit, the soul of a young woman whose life ended violently (and
usually as a result of a bad relationship). She must carry her comb to come
on dry land, where she will climb into the trees, comb her hair, and sing.
Let's end the evening with a melancholy or spooky tale: Tell us a tale of
such a spirit. Gender-bending welcome.
The old favorites: Pass the Tale, Toasting, Period Piece, Mazacroca and of
course the Concert.
Autocrat: THL Istvan Valkai (Charles Stefanich) mos6238@...
Gatekeeper: Lady Alice Froste (Diana Woodbury); 15337 Port Sheldon St, West
Olive Mi. 49460
Provost:Llywelyn Glyndyverdwy (Mark Cipra); 440-285-9243;
Web Site: http://www.no-gorsedd.com/bmxv/
Llywelyn Glyndyverdwy (Mark Cipra)
"When in doubt, end with a jig" - Robin McCauley