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Blades and Bards Yule (Sven the Musical)

December 13, 2014
Porte de l'Eau

E King County, WA

Autocrat: Muirghein of Bristol

Bards and Blades

Hosted by the Canton of Port de l'Eau, Bards and Blades is a yule feast which promises food, song, and combat. The event shall occur on Saturday, December 13th, at the Lake Washington United Methodist Church (7525 132nd Ave NE, Kirkland, WA 98033).

In addition to a hearty feast (and good company!), there shall be a rapier tournament and a bardic competition. Details for each can be found below.

The Baron and Baroness of Madrone, Sir Stefan and Lady Emmelina, have been invited to select their bardic champion from the competitors at this event. The Canton of Port de l'Eau shall also declare one stalwart swordsman to be The Gecko's Blade, the rapier defender for the Canton.

Event Schedule

  • 9:00AM -  Site Opens
  • 9:30AM - Lists Open and Armor Inspection for Rapier Tournament
  • 10:00AM - Rapier Tournament Begins
  • 12:00PM - Break for Lunch
  • 12:30PM - Lists Open for Bardic Tournament
  • 1:00PM - Bardic Tournament Begins
  • 5:00PM - Court Begins
  • 6:00PM - Yule Feast
  • 9:00PM - Site Closes

Feast Information

The feast theme is shall be 16th century Venetian. Details regarding the removes will be announced as they are decided.

Tournament Formats

Bards:

Objective - To earn as many votes as possible before the end of the competition. Points will be awarded by your peers, Their Excellencies, and other esteemed judges during the scoring rounds.

Format - In an effort to promote versatility, the competition has been arranged into 4 "heats", each with highlighting a different set of skills. Competitors are not required to compete in all heats, but cannot earn tokens in heats in which they do not compete.

1st heat - Musical - The focus is on production of rhythm or melody. Archetypical examples would include vocal or instrumental performance.

2nd heat - Textual - The focus is on mastery of language. Archetypical examples would include storytelling and plays/skits.

3rd heat - Physical - The focus is on displays of physical prowess. Archetypical examples would include dance, pantomime, tumbling, or juggling.

4th heat - Performer's Choice - The performer is free to showcase their best work.

An important note: There will be no hard and fast rule which labels an given act as "textual" versus "musical" or "physical". Anyone may submit any act in any category, but the expectation is that the act will be judged according to the criteria of the heat. For example, all songs with lyrics can be argued to have a textual component and therefore submitted in the "textual" heat, but the performance will be judged on its textual merits rather than its musical merits.

Judging - A judging round will occur after each heat. Each competitor will be given a bead or token, and will use this to vote for the person they believe to have won the heat by placing the token into a corresponding cup marked with the proposed victor's name. Competitors will be allowed to vote for themselves, if they feel they outperformed all others.

In addition, the Baron and Baroness and other esteemed judges will also be given a number of tokens with which they can use to vote throughout the day.

After each judging round the beads will be counted and removed, so competitors will not see the scores aggregate over time.

Notes and expectations on regarding judging criteria - The highest criteria is a sense of enjoyment or awe. No act should win which is fails to touch the viewer in some way. Next, all other things being equal, period entries should outrank non-period entries. However, a poor madrigal does not inherently outrank a good filk. Similarly, all other things being equal, entries which adhere to the spirit of the heat outrank those which do not.

Blades:

Objective - To earn as much honor as possible, before running out of lives or time. Honor will be represented by a token.

Format - All competitors will be given an equal number of lives to begin the tournament. Competitors will then challenge each other to individual fights, setting terms as they see fit. As a fight concludes, the victor will recieve one honor token, and the loser must forfeit a life. Once a competitor has lost all of their lives, they may no longer compete.

Competitors are encouraged to introduce themselves and announce the terms of their combat to the crowd prior to engagement (in the same fashion we see for the Challenges of the Garters and the Pas d'Armes tournament format).

Additional lives may be awarded by the gallery or Their Excellencies for acts of chivalry or good conduct. However, honor may not be awarded in this fashion - all honor must be earned by putting one's life at risk in combat.

Time and number of lives will be determined as we have a better idea of how many competitors there will be.

Victory Conditions - The victor is the competitor who has the most honor tokens once time has run out, or all other competitors have run out of lives.

Contact Information

For all inquiries, please contact Lady Muirghein of Bristol.

Email Address: kirsten.hervey@gmail.com

Fees and Site Information

Site Fees:

  • $10 Member
  • $7 Child
  • +$5 for Non-member Surchage
  • +$7 for Feast Ticket

Site Info:
Name: Lake Washington United Methodist Church
7525 132nd Ave NE
Kirkland, WA 98033

Directions to Site:

Last Event's Directions:

Take I-405 to Exit 18 in Kirkland (this is two exits north of SR-520).
Follow the ramp for SR-908 East toward Redmond. 
After merging onto SR-908 (NE 85th St), go about 1 mile to the traffic light at 132nd Ave NE.
Turn right onto 132nd Ave NE, and go about 1/2 mile.
The site will be on your right − look for the little green ENTER signs.



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