Hosted by the Canton of Port de l'Eau, Blades and Bards 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.
The feast will be followed by a dessert potluck. Please
join us to celebrate the holiday season and our wonderful
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.
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
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
2nd heat - Textual - The focus is on mastery of language.
Archetypical examples would include storytelling and
3rd heat - Physical - The focus is on displays of physical prowess.
Archetypical examples would include dance, pantomime, tumbling, or
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
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
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.
For all inquiries, please contact Lady Muirghein of Bristol.
Site Info: Name: Lake Washington United Methodist Church 7525 132nd Ave NE Kirkland, WA 98033
Directions to Site:
Take I-405 to Exit 18 in Kirkland (this is two exits north of
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
Note that the above Weather and Map information is generated from the site address and can be easily confused. The weather will say if its for the branch or for the site. It will be for the site if the site can be found, but this again is not always the case, and if the site is some distance from the branch then the weather may be different.