Great Northern War XVII

Great Northern War XVII (GNW 17) was held at BP Park – 68 Cash Avenue, Samford, Queensland over the June long weekend (Friday 5th – Monday 8th June 2015, AS50). It was a fully catered event with dorms for interstate visitors and on site camping available.

The design on the red GNW 2015 t-shirts was a scene depicting Mongowls (in honour of the Kahn and Khatun) invading the Northern Reaches. It was drawn by TH Lady Ceara Shionnach, 2015.

The design on the red GNW 2015 t-shirts was a scene depicting Mongowls (in honour of the Kahn and Khatun) invading the Northern Reaches. It was drawn by TH Lady Ceara Shionnach, 2015.

The event is run alternatively between the Northern Reaches baronies – this year it was hosted by the Barony of Saint-Florian-de-la-rivière. More information is published about the event in general is available on the Great Northern War event page.

Event token for GNW 2015. Photo by TH Lady Ceara Shionnach, June 2015.

Event token for GNW 2015. Photo by TH Lady Ceara Shionnach, June 2015.

Event team

Stewarding team

Event officers

Catering

Catering Menu

TH Countess Beatrice Maria Malatesta was head cook for GNW 2015.

The menus from GNW 2015 are listed below, with dishes marked as gluten free (gf), vegetarian (veg), vegan and/or dairy free (df) marked where applicable.

Breakfasts

Saturday, Sunday, Monday

  • Bacon
  • Eggs
  • Mushrooms
  • Porridge
  • Weetbix
  • Cornflakes
  • Bread

Morning/Afternoon Teas

Saturday, Sunday, Monday

  • Tea
  • Coffee
  • Fruit
  • Biscuits

Lunches

Saturday, Sunday, Monday

The lunches were co-ordinated by TH Lady Christine Bess Duvaunt.

People in the lunch queue. Photo by TH Lady Ceara Shionnach, June 2015.

People in the lunch queue. Photo by TH Lady Ceara Shionnach, June 2015.

  • Cold meats
  • Green Salad (gf/df/veg)
  • Cucumber salad (gf/df/veg)
  • Onion and Leek Soup (Saturday) (gf/df /veg)
  • Mushroom Soup (Sunday) (df/veg/gf flour used)
  • Cheese
  • Bread
  • Boiled Eggs
  • Carrot Sticks
  • Apples
  • Mandarins
  • Pickled Onions
  • Pickles
  • Olives
  • Fruit Cake
  • Biscuits (GF available)

Friday Night

The Friday night soup kitchen and sausage sizzle will be run by Lady Ringwar Northwood.

Before/during Flame Tourney

  • Potage Dyvers (Beef Stywyd)
  • Beef Stew (df)
  • Gourds in Pottage (gf / df / veg)
  • Vegetable Soup (gf / df / veg)
  • Cock-a-leekie (Chicken and Leek Soup) (df / gf)

After the Flame Tourney

  • Sausage sizzle

Saturday Night Feast

The Saturday night feast was run by TH Countess Beatrice Maria Malatesta and TH Baroness Hróðný Aradóttir.

Kitchens on Saturday night. Photo by Philip vom Kahlenberg, June 2015.

Kitchens on Saturday night. Photo by Philip vom Kahlenberg, June 2015.

  • Barley Pilaf (veg)
  • Lamb balls in broth (gf / df)
  • Lentil Stew (df / gf)
  • Bread Roast Beef (gf / df)
  • Roast Chicken (gf / df)
  • Lombard mustard (gf / df)
  • Gravy (gf / df)
  • Armoured turnips (gf)
  • Loseyns (medieval lasagne) (veg)
  • Roasted carrots (gf / df)
  • Minted Peas (gf)
  • Chickpeas in oil with garlic (gf / df / veg)
  • Garlic Torte (veg and gf only)
  • Applemas (gf)
  • Pears in Red wine (gf / df)
  • Spanish pastries (squares of pastry sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon)
  • White wine with sage and honey for the high table

Sunday Night Feast

Baron Drake Morgan and Lady Natal’ia Vladimirova ‘doch ran the Sunday night feast based on the manuscript named ‘Emporers Food and Drink (yin shan zhengyao)’ by Hu Szu-hui [YSCY].

Feast goers illuminated by candle light. Photo by TH Lady Ceara Shionnach, June 2015.

Feast goers illuminated by candle light. Photo by TH Lady Ceara Shionnach, June 2015.

Meats:

* Willow Steamed Lamb [YSCY] – Roast Lamb with a Asian style glaze (gf / df)

* Seu Soup [YSCY] – Boiled Lamb with Pomegranate Molasses… (gf / df)

* Chicken cooked in Bean Sauce [YSCY] –Chicken and Onions with a ‘bean sauce’(df)

* Meat cakes [YSCY] – Beef Hamburgers with a central Asian spicing served with a yoghurt and herb sauce (gf and df on demand)

Carbs:

* Steamed rice [Descriptions from William Rubruck’s Journal] – Steamed with cinnamon/cardamom/clove. (gf / df / veg / vegan)

* Cooked Millet [Descriptions from William Rubruck’s Journal] – Millet cooked with caramelized onion and butter (gf / veg; df and vegan on demand)

* Chickpeas [YSCY adaption] (absolutely…just need to find a reasonable recipe) – Served cold – smaller batch (gf / df / veg / vegan)

* Fried bread [Charles Perry’s article on central Asian breads] (or there will be a revolt and this is not vegan friendly) (df / veg)

Veggies:

* Green Bean with Sesame [Adaptation] – (gf / df / veg / vegan)

* Fire-roasted Onion [Descriptions from William Rubruck’s Journal] – (gf / df / veg / vegan)

* Cabbage Soup with Honey [Descriptions from William Rubruck’s Journal] – (gf / df / veg)

Vegetarian/Vegan only recipe:

* Eggplant Manta [YSCY] – Finger Eggplant stuffed with Lamb mince, replaced with Vegetarian Mince or Mock Duck… (veg; vegan option only)

Kumiss was available at the Jolly Duke for the Brave/Insane. (gf / veg)

Jolly Duke Tavern

Baron Master Drake Morgan and Duke Sir Alaric of Bangor hosted the ever popular Jolly Duke Tavern, beside the dining hall. The Jolly Duke Tavern drinks were free – largesse from the Patrons of the establishment. The beverages included home brewed alcohol and some cordials – this year’s offerings included approximately 300 litres!

Duke Sir Allaric of Bangor serving in the Jolly Duke Tavern. Photo by Lady Amalia del Benino.

Duke Sir Allaric of Bangor serving in the Jolly Duke Tavern. Photo by Lady Amalia del Benino.

Jolly Duke had 6 taps on this year, with 2 taps for non-alcoholic choices, including:

Beer:

  • Threepenny Mild,
  • Go-by-the-Wall English Strong Bitter,
  • Cherrywood Smoked Beer,
  • Old Duke Spiced Ale,
  • Poacher’s Braggot (Gluten Free Honey Beer),
  • (From the Largess of Burnfield) Scottish Wee Heavy.

Ciders and Wines:

  • Peach Cider (we’ve done 3 barrels of it this year),
  • Raspberry Cider,
  • Ginger Cider,
  • Elderflower Cider,
  • Dry Cider #1 – strong and smooth, slightly off sweet,
  • Dry Cider #2 – strong and very tart,
  • Raspberry Wine.

Heavy Fighting

Flame Tournament

The traditional Flame Tourney was held on Friday night in the ring of fire – a double roped, large-sized list field with gas-fuelled fire, cross bars and braziers.

The tournament was an eight round grand melee (single engagement at a time) with the winner of each round gaining admission to the single kill, single elimination semi finals. The final two fighters competed in a single kill, triple elimination.

Entrants to the Flame Tournament. Photo by Lady Amalia del Benino, June 2015.

Entrants to the Flame Tournament. Photo by Lady Amalia del Benino, June 2015.

At GNW XVII, there were 40 heavy combatants in the list. The eight combatants who progressed to the finals were:

  1. Sir Stigh Joghensson
  2. Count Sir Berenger of Nancy
  3. Duke Sir Alaric of Bangor
  4. Sir Rowland Bridgeford
  5. Duchess Liadan ingen Fheradaig
  6. Kaeso Flavius Artorious Gladius
  7. Duke Sir Gabriel de Beaumont
  8. Sir Radbot von Borg

The quarter final results were:

  1. Count Sir Berenger of Nancy defeated Sir Stigh Joghensson
  2. Duke Sir Alaric of Bangor defeated Sir Rowland Bridgeford
  3. Kaeso Flavius Artorious Gladius defeated Duchess Liadan ingen Fheradaig
  4. Duke Sir Gabriel de Beaumont defeated Sir Radbot von Borg

The semi final results were:

  1. Count Sir Berenger of Nancy defeated Duke Sir Alaric of Bangor
  2. Duke Sir Gabriel de Beaumont defeated Kaeso Flavius Artorious Gladius

Grand final results:

Duke Sir Gabriel de Beaumont defeated Count Sir Berenger of Nancy in the grand final of the Flame Tournament.

Knight School and Melee Games

Saturday saw the return of Knight School, where Knights in attendance were invited to teach aspects of heavy combat on the list field.

Knight School on the list field. Photo by Philip vom Kahlenberg, June 2015.

Knight School on the list field. Photo by Philip vom Kahlenberg, June 2015.

During lunch, Count Sir Henri de Montferrant ran melee games. The list field was fitted out with a net at each end, and a team of four played off against a team of six in a game of armoured soccer.

Ultimate Fighter Series

Over two years, Count Sir Berenger of Nancy co-ordinated the Ultimate Fighter Series. In this, various Baronies held a set of five tournaments locally, with each requiring different weapons combinations. The top two non-belted fighters at the end of the five tournaments (who could get to GNW) were invited to represent their Barony in the finals.

The ten fighters who competed (by Barony) included:

Innilgard: Lord Finnbjorn Skeggesson and Lord Tristan

Mordenvale: Master Orri Vigleiksson and Master Padraig Lowther

Northern Reaches (Saint Florian and River Haven): Lord Alain Quartier, Kaeso Flavius Artorius Gladius and Lord Lankin Ealdwulf

Politarchopolis: Lord Mark Ottignon and Baron Aonghus mac Griogair mhic Raghnaill

Rowany: Baron Miles de Colwell

Grand Final of the Ultimate Fighter Series between Lord Mark (left) and Master Orri (right). Photo by TH Lady Ceara Shionnach, June 2015.

Grand Final of the Ultimate Fighter Series between Lord Mark (left) and Master Orri (right). Photo by TH Lady Ceara Shionnach, June 2015.

The tournament was a round robin, with Master Orri and Lord Mark placing top two. They fought a best of three finals, with Lord Mark Ottignon victorious.

Lord Mark Ottignon, victor of Lochac's first Ultimate Fighter Series championship. Photo by Baroness Ginevra Lucia di Namoraza, June 2015.

Lord Mark Ottignon, victor of Lochac’s first Ultimate Fighter Series championship. Photo by Baroness Ginevra Lucia di Namoraza, June 2015.

War

On Saturday and Sunday there was war held, with scenarios run by Count Sir Henri de Montferrant.

War inside the fort. Photo by TH Lady Ceara Shionnach, June 2015.

War inside the fort. Photo by TH Lady Ceara Shionnach, June 2015.

The Saturday war sides were the Khatun’s side (i.e. the conquered lands of Lochac) versus Duchess Liadan ingen Fheradaig’s (Southern Rebel Alliance) side. They mostly fought in and around the war fort.

Saturday War on the open field. Photo by Duchess Constanzia Moralez y de Zamora, June 2015.

Saturday War on the open field. Photo by Duchess Constanzia Moralez y de Zamora, June 2015.

On Sunday, combatants fought in a bridge battle and some open field battles.

Powerful Owl Fighter Auction Tournament

The Fighter Auction Tournament, a single kill and double elimination style, included 22 heavy combatants compete. The auction itself raised almost $1,200 to improve next year’s event.

Grand Final of the Powerful Owl Fighter Auction Tournament between Sir Radbot (left) and Kaeso (right). Photo by TH Lady Ceara Shionnach, June 2015.

Grand Final of the Powerful Owl Fighter Auction Tournament between Sir Radbot (left) and Kaeso (right). Photo by TH Lady Ceara Shionnach, June 2015.

The tournament was won by Sir Radbot von Borg, defeating Kaeso Flavius Artorius Gladius 2-1, giving him the title of Powerful Owl for a year.

Rapier

Rapier School

Saturday was a casual fighting/training day and saw Lady Euphemia di Niccolo Ziani and Lady Leonor de Alcocer successfully authorise for fencing. TH Lady Ceara Shionnach ran a beginner class for Rapier School, with Sir Somerled of Redcliffe and Baron Yevan de Leeds teaching in armour.

Fencing school - begginers classes under the Rotunda and in-armour lessons outside the Rotunda. Photo by Philip vom Kahlenberg, June 2015.

Fencing school – begginers classes under the Rotunda and in-armour lessons outside the Rotunda. Photo by Philip vom Kahlenberg, June 2015.

Valhalla Tournament

On Sunday, ran four rounds of a nine person Valhalla style tournament. Sir Somerled of Redcliffe claimed victory as champion of the tournament.

Valhalla rapier tournament - Lady Euphemia faces Sir Somerled. Photo by Philip vom Kahlenberg, June 2015.

Valhalla rapier tournament – Lady Euphemia faces Sir Somerled. Photo by Philip vom Kahlenberg, June 2015.

Owlish Rapier Auction Tournament

On Monday, seven fighters entered a round robin format tournament that raised almost $300 for the event next year. Baron Yevan de Leeds defeated Lord Finnr Magnusson in the best-of-three finals, with Lord James of Southron Gaard placing a close third.

Rapier Auction Tournament Grand Final between Baron Yevan (left) and Lord Finnr (right). Photo by TH Lady Ceara Shionnach, June 2015.

Rapier Auction Tournament Grand Final between Baron Yevan (left) and Lord Finnr (right). Photo by TH Lady Ceara Shionnach, June 2015.

Entertainment

During the evenings of Great Northern War there are often various games or other activities to entertain the populace. This year, one such entertainment was a play directed by Lady Lucia Littlefaire.

People gathering by the bonfire on Sunday night. Photo by Lady Amalia del Benino, June 2015.

People gathering by the bonfire on Sunday night. Photo by Lady Amalia del Benino, June 2015.

Firelight Games

On Saturday night after the feast, TH Lady Christine Bess Duvaunt ran a series of sheep stealing wars with boffer weapons and pool noodles.

Boffer Wars. Photo by TH Lady Ceara Shionnach, June 2015.

Boffer Wars. Photo by TH Lady Ceara Shionnach, June 2015.

Boffer games. Photo by TH Lady Ceara Shionnach, June 2015.

Boffer games. Photo by TH Lady Ceara Shionnach, June 2015.

On Sunday night after the feast, some chariot races, sheep stealing wars and pool noodle hockey were played. Chariot jousting was then undertaken between Prince Steffan Glaube and his daughter, pulled along by two ‘valiant steeds’ each.

HRH Sir Steffan Glaube in boffer jousting. Photo by TH Lady Ceara Shionnach, June 2015.

HRH Sir Steffan Glaube in boffer jousting. Photo by TH Lady Ceara Shionnach, June 2015.

After this, Duchess Liadan ingen Fheradaig came up with a bunch of games (in addition to the games already played). These included boffer wars, duck duck noodle (similar to duck duck goose, but with amended rules for lots of hitting with pool noodles), and pool noodle dodgeball. After all, if you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a noodle.

A game of Duck Duck Noodle. Photo by TH Lady Ceara Shionnach, June 2015.

A game of Duck Duck Noodle. Photo by TH Lady Ceara Shionnach, June 2015.

Owl Bingo

To encourage silly fun, TH Lady Christine Bess Duvaunt devised an Owl Bingo game that was located in the back of the event booklet.

The owl grid, drawn by TH Lady Christine Bes Duvaunt, June 2015.

The owl grid, drawn by TH Lady Christine Bes Duvaunt, June 2015.

The idea was to complete as many activities as possible, getting someone who observed you completing the task to sign the corresponding cell in the owl grid.

Activities included:

1 – DO A LAP OF THE LIST FIELD HOPPING, WEARING BELLS (bells on string will be hanging from the list field for use in this activity)

2 – OUT OF NOWHERE, DO A DEATH SCENE AS DRAMATICALLY AS POSSIBLE

3 – FIND 2 OTHERS AND DO THE CHICKEN DANCE BEHIND A PELICAN

4 – FIND A HERALD AND CHALLENGE THEM TO A PUN-OFF

5 – DO A PERFORMANCE OF SOME KIND TO ENTERTAIN THE POPULACE (SOLO OR GROUP) WHILST IN THE LUNCH QUEUE

6 – WRITE A POEM FOR SOMEONE YOU KNOW AT THE EVENT AND PERFORM IT TO THEM

7 – CLEAN SOMEONES DISHES AFTER LUNCH

8 – CLEAN SOMEONE ELSE/S DISHES AFTER FEAST

9 – FIND 3 OTHERS AND DO A 5 SECOND SILLY DANCE BEHIND A LAUREL

10 – TRY TO PURCHASE A CUP OF UNICORN JUICE FROM THE JOLLY DUKE TAVERN

11 – BRING WATER TO SOMEONE ON THE WAR FIELD

12 – FIND A PERSON FROM THE CRESCENT ISLES AND INTRODUCE YOURSELF. IF YOU’RE FROM THE CRESCENT ISLES, FIND A PERSON FROM TERRA ROSA AND INTRODUCE YOURSELF. (Crescent Isles = NZ, Terra Rosa = Australia)

13 – TRY TO DO AN ACCENT FROM THE CRESCENT ISLES TO A PERSON FROM TERRA ROSA, IF YOU’RE FROM THE CRESCENT ISLES, TRY TO DO AN ACCENT TO SOMEONE FROM TERRA ROSA. (Crescent Isles = NZ, Terra Rosa = Australia)

14 – DO A SPONTANEOUS DANCE ON/NEAR THE WAR FIELD WITH ONE OTHER FOR 5 SECONDS

15 – SING OR HUM THE TUNE OF GREENSLEEVES WHILE SKIPPING AND DISTRIBUTING FOLIAGE IN FRONT OF SOMEONE AS THEY WALK (flower girl at a wedding sort of thing)

16 – FIND A REDHEAD FROM POLITARCHOPOLIS AND INTRODUCE YOURSELF

17 – MAKE AN OWL MASK FROM MATERIALS FOUND ON SITE. WEAR IT FOR A MINIMUM OF 30 MINUTES

TH Lady Ant and TH Lady Ceara wearing their owl masks for the Owl Bingo challenge. Photo by TH Lady Ceara Shionnach, June 2015.

TH Lady Ant and TH Lady Ceara wearing their owl masks for the Owl Bingo challenge. Photo by TH Lady Ceara Shionnach, June 2015.

18 – MAKE/OFFER A DRINK TO SOMEONE

19 – TELL A REALLY BAD ‘DAD’ JOKE TO SOMEONE

20 – TAKE PART IN A GAME DURING THE EVENT

21 – OFFER A KNIGHT SOME DUCT TAPE

22 – ASK A KNIGHT TO SAY ‘NI’

23 – IN A CROWDED PLACE, PRETEND YOU’RE A MIME STUCK IN AN INVISIBLE BOX FOR AT LEAST 30 SECONDS

24 – TAKE A SELFIE WITH ONE OR MORE FRIENDS DOING ONE OF THE TASKS ON THIS LIST

25 – POINT AT SOMEONE AND SHOUT “YOU’RE ONE OF THEM, RUN!” RUN, PRETEND TO TRIP, AND CRAWL AWAY SLOWLY.

Photo Scavenger Hunt

In order to gather a variety of images for Saint-Florian-de-la-rivière’s online picture gallery, Lady Flur’ de Olepenne organised a photo scavenger hunt. Lady Flur’ offered handmade leather tokens as rewards for those who completed the task.

Lady Flurs' photo scavenger list. Photo by TH Lady Ceara Shionnach, June 2015.

Lady Flurs’ photo scavenger list. Photo by TH Lady Ceara Shionnach, June 2015.

Arts and Sciences

There were over 25 classes on offer over the weekend, some for adults and some kids focussed. Topics ranged from sewing/embroidery, illumination, Viking beads, and leather pouches to dancing and cheese making.

Martin teaching blacksmithing. Photo by Philip vom Kahlenberg, June 2015.

Martin teaching blacksmithing. Photo by Philip vom Kahlenberg, June 2015.

TH Lady Christine Bess Duvant teaching patterns of styles and clothing. Photo by Lady Amalia del Benino, June 2015.

TH Lady Christine Bess Duvant teaching patterns of styles and clothing. Photo by Lady Amalia del Benino, June 2015.

Blacksmithing with Martin. Photo by TH Lady Ceara Shionnach, June 2015.

Blacksmithing with Martin. Photo by TH Lady Ceara Shionnach, June 2015.

Blacksmithing in progress. Photo by TH Lady Ceara Shionnach, June 2015.

Blacksmithing in progress. Photo by TH Lady Ceara Shionnach, June 2015.

Master Bernard Stirling teaching a class on pouches. Photo by TH Lady Ceara Shionnach, June 2015.

Master Bernard Stirling teaching a class on pouches. Photo by TH Lady Ceara Shionnach, June 2015.

Archery

The archery field saw much action over the event, including an IKAC shoot, a Royal Round competition, a hunt, a clout shoot and a children’s novelty shoot.

Kinggiyadai Khagan (left) inspecting combat arrows in war. Photo by TH Lady Ceara Shionnach, June 2015.

Kinggiyadai Khagan (left) inspecting combat arrows in war. Photo by Duchess Constanzia Moralez y de Zamora, June 2015.

Equestrian Activities

There were four horses on site that competed in a variety of equestrian activities across the weekend.

Four horses competed at GNW 2015. Photo by Philip vom Kahlenberg, June 2015.

Four horses competed at GNW 2015. Photo by Philip vom Kahlenberg, June 2015.

Kids Activities

Kinder Keep was an exciting area for the children at the event to play, co-ordinated by Baroness Ginevra Lucia di Namoraza. The Keep included various childrens activities (including colouring in, blackboard-painted shields and table, and some arts and sciences classes), a giant chess game, a riveting quest ending in piñata candy and Boffer Auction Tournament.

The Kinder Keep area was filled with games, colouring in, seats, chalkboards, and other fun things. Photo by Baroness Ginevra Lucia di Namoraza, June 2015.

The Kinder Keep area was filled with games, colouring in, seats, chalkboards, and other fun things. Photo by Baroness Ginevra Lucia di Namoraza, June 2015.

The Boffer Auction Tournament raised over $200. The 5-9 years boffer victor was Georgia, and the 9-13 boffer victor was Sean of River Haven.

5-9 year old Boffer Auction Tournament. Photo by Baroness Ginevra Lucia di Namoraza, June 2015.

5-9 year old Boffer Auction Tournament. Photo by Baroness Ginevra Lucia di Namoraza, June 2015.

Baby, boffer and giant chess outside the Kinder Keep. Photo by TH Lady Ceara Shionnach, June 2015.

Baby, boffer and giant chess outside the Kinder Keep. Photo by TH Lady Ceara Shionnach, June 2015.

Mighty Slayer of the dreaded Rainbow Llama Pinata of doom. Photo by TH Lady Ceara Shionnach, June 2015.

Mighty Slayer of the dreaded Rainbow Llama Pinata of doom. Photo by TH Lady Ceara Shionnach, June 2015.

The Kids Quest in progress. Photo by TH Lady Ceara Shionnach, June 2015.

The Kids Quest in progress. Photo by TH Lady Ceara Shionnach, June 2015.

Kingdom Raffle IV

The fourth Kingdom Raffle, as run by Countess Mistress Lilya bint Hizir, was Tudor themed. The raffle raised almost $600 for the Kingdom, and the winner of the raffle was Lord Rastis Radoslavov.

Countess Lilya bint Hizir with the prize for the Tudor Raffle at Rowany Festival 2015. Photo by TH Lady Ceara Shionnach, June 2015.

Countess Lilya bint Hizir with the prize for the Tudor Raffle at Rowany Festival 2015. Photo by TH Lady Ceara Shionnach, June 2015.

Peerage

In Court on Saturday night during the feast, House Jorsala was called up before the Khagan and Yeke Khatun. There they asked Lord Gilbert Purchase if he would agree to join the Order of the Chivalry, and they asked him to return to court the following night with his answer. During Sunday night’s court, he accepted Their Majesties offer and will be elevated at a time and date of his choosing.

Lord Gilbert Purchase is called before Their Majesties and asked to join the Order of Chivalry. Photo by TH Lady Ceara Shionnach, June 2015.

Lord Gilbert Purchase is called before Their Majesties and asked to join the Order of Chivalry. Photo by TH Lady Ceara Shionnach, June 2015.