This is the November 2015 issue of The Windale Report, a publication of the Shire of Windale of the Society for Creative Anachronism. The Windale Report is available from Jekob Caudill, Chronicler, Shire of Windale. It is not a cooperate publication of the SCA, and does not delineate SCA, Inc. policies. Copyright 2015 Society for Creative Anachronism Inc. for information of reprinting photographs, articles, or artwork from this publication please contact the chronicler (firstname.lastname@example.org) who will assist you in contacting the original creator of the content. Please respect all legal rights of our contributors.
1. Coronation 11-07-15 to 11-08-15
As summer wains and winter approaches we celebrate the reign of Morgan and Elizabeth, and welcome their heirs as our new King and Queen. Please join us on November 7th 2015 at Heritage Elementary School (6805 N 125th Ave, Glendale, AZ 85307) for coronation. Site opens at 9 am and closes at 6 pm and the gate fee is $10 for members and $15 for non members Youth under 17 are free. This site is very discreetly damp, please no visible containers and remove containers on your own. Site does have a playground and there will be a children’s corner. And join us on Sunday November 8th 2015 at Varney Park (11820 N 81st Ave, Peoria, AZ 85345) for King and Queens Champion tournaments. The site will be ours from 9 am to 6 pm, there is some shade available but please bring more shade to share and with alternate ways of securing because staking is not allowed. This site is very dry because it is a public park. There is a playground and park tables nearby. Contact Lady Emma Makeblise (Stacy Keller) (623) 332-1216 email@example.com or Lady Jacqueline de Bretaigne (Jackie Hoeffler) (850) 420-2872. Please no calls before or after 9 am/pm please. Directions to Heritage Elementary: from Phoenix take I-10 West from Phoenix to N Dysart Rd in Avondale (Exit 129), continue North on Dysart Rd. to West Glendale Ave, turn Right and continue East on W Glendale Ave to N 125th Ave, turn Right and continue into the School grounds on the left hand side. Directions to Varney Park: from Phoenix take I-10 west to Hwy 101 go north to the Peoria Ave exit and turn right (East) cross over the railroad tracks and turn left (North) on 83rd Ave. Turn right (East) on Cactus Rd and then right (South) on 81st Ave. The Park will be on the right hand side. Parking is in the Boys and Girls club parking.
2. Southern Crusades 11-11-15 to 11-16-15
SOUTHERN CRUSADES XVII Reconquista de Iberia Nov 12th – Nov 16th 2015 The Baronies of the South invite one and all to participate in the Reconquest of the Spanish Peninsula. Southern Crusades: The Reconquista will be held at the Western Heritage Arena in Marana AZ with numerous activities planned. We will have Armored Fighting, Rapier, Archery, Equestrian, Art & Sciences classes, etc. There will also be nighttime activities such as Hafla & Torchlight Tourneys Dates & Times: Site Opens Thursday Nov 12th at 8 am for those who have pre-registered, 12 pm (noon) for those who did not pre-register. Site Closes Monday Nov 16th at 12 pm (noon). SITE FEES: Pre-registration: $25 for Adults, $10 for Youth ages 5-17, $5 Non-Member Surcharge $5, $70 Family Max (2 Adults & 2 Children) At Gate: $30 for Adults, $10 for Youth ages 5-17, $5 Non-Member Surcharge SITE INFORMATION: Directions to Western Heritage Arena, Marana AZ. On I-10 take exit 236, from the north turn right and from the south turn left (do not cross the railroad tracks). Turn onto the eastbound frontage, just before the Chevron station. Go 1/2 mile east to Postvale Road, turn right and the entrance is immediately on the right EVENT STEWARD: Roberto Raimondo de los Montana de Trueno (Bobby Truelove) firstname.lastname@example.org (520)678-4247 PRE-REGISTRATION INFORMATION: Baroness Samara or Lord Domnall will be at all events so you can pre-register, Dragon’s Horde 23 – 25 Nov will the last event you can pre-register at.. If you want to Pre-register at an event, there will be a sign at Gate to let you know who to look for and where they will be located. Pre-registration can also be done by mail until 31 Oct 2015. Mailing information and the pre-registration form will be posted on the Southern Crusades Web site for those that want to pre-register by mail. Yes, it’s true, this year there will be Equestrian at Southern Crusades. Combat Cookery is alive and well, but the question is – Who will take home the Combat Cookery’s winners banner. If you are thinking of participating in this competition, now is the time to contact the Combat Cookery Steward (listed below) no later than 31 Oct 2015, however the sooner you register the better. For your shopping pleasure there will be a Merchant’s row. If you are interested in being a Merchant please contact the Merchant Steward (See Web Site for contact information).
News of the World
With the autumn season in full effect, the month of November has no shortage of glory in store for the faithfull dreamer. In the wind up for the holiday season, and hot on the heals of a sizzling samhain, we In the kingdom of the sun are primed for War and more. The elevation of a humble gladiator to honored Ceaser lauches us into a season of sharpened knives. The wolves are at the door, and in this month of declining temperatures, it is the heat of the blood that will see us throughone of the greatest wars in the known world.
We lauch the month with the coronation of a King. One of the oldest, and most honored warriors of the kingdom, recipient of a litany of awards and recomendations, made a free man by the grace of a king and the gift of a rudius, will be elevated to the highest post of servitude in the land. Their Royal Highnesses Casca and Melissa will be taking the throne of Atenveldt with all of the pagentry and ceremonies that entails. Shortly there after will champions for both King and Queen be selected by tournament.
Following the elevation, and the gathering of the guard, we plunge headlong into the heart of war. Southern Crusades will be upon us. This war offers some of the best fighting known in the kingdom of Atenveldt, while simultaniously giving rise to non fighting events such as the famous combat cookery. This is the war of quests, and stories. If you have never attended an SCA war this would be a fantastic starting point. Small enough to be comfortable, and large enough to get lost Souther Crusades still stands out as one of my favorite events. If you are attending please keep a look out for Tir Na Nog.
A Cultural Offering
The Irish Story and Legend of Cu Chulainn
Cu Chulainn is one of the most famous Irish mythological heroes. He appears in the stories of the Ulster Cycle, and Scottish and Manx folklore. He was said to be the son of Deichtine and the god Lugh, and the nephew of Conchobar mac Nessa, the King of Ulster. His given name at birth was Setanta but he gained the name Cu Chulainn, meaning ‘Culann’s Hound’ after he killed a ferocious guard dog belonging to a smith named Culann. Cu Chulainn offered to take the place of the guard dog until a replacement could be reared.
The stories of Cu Chulainn’s childhood, which date back to the 9th century, are many. It is said that as a small child, he had asked incessantly to be allowed to join the boy-troop at Emain Macha (today known as Navan Fort in County Armagh, Northern Ireland). According to the legend, he sets out on his own, and eventually runs onto the playing field at Emain, unaware of the custom of asking for protection. The other boys see this as a challenge, and attack Setanta, but he beats them all single-handedly as he carries the trait of ‘ríastrad’, in which he undergoes a sort of distortion, becoming an unrecognizable monster who knows neither friend nor foe. King Conchobar put a stop to the fight.
In the next part of the story, Culann the smith invites Conchobar to his home for a feast. At this point, Conchobar is so impressed by Setanta that he asks him to join the dinner. Setanta is unable to attend right away, but promises to join them at Culann’s house later. However, Conchobar forgets, and Culann lets loose his ferocious hound to protect his house. On arrival at their house, Setanta is forced to kill the guard dog in self-defense. Culann is devastated at the loss of his guard dog and Setanta feels so bad that he offers to rear a new one, and to guard Culann’s house until the new dog is ready to do so.
When Cu Chulainn is seven years old, he overhears a druid named Cathbad teaching pupils at Emain Macha. Cathbad states that any pupil who takes arms that day would have everlasting fame. Desiring everlasting fame, Cu Chulainn goes to King Conchobar to ask for arms. Conchobar gives Cu Chulainn many arms to try, but none can withstand Cu Chulainn’s strength until finally Conchobar gives him his own arms. Unfortunately, Cu Chulainn did not listen to Cathbad’s full prophecy, and he was unaware that a pupil who took arms that day would have everlasting fame, but a short life.
As Cu Chulainn gets older, he decides he would like to take Emer, daughter of Forgall Monach as a wife. However, Forgall is opposed to this, and tells Cu Chulainn that he should train with Scottish warrior-woman, Scáthach. Forgall’s true intent is that Cu Chulainn will be killed. While Cu Chulainn is gone, Forgall offers Emer to Lugaid mac Nóis, a king of Munster, but when the king learns that she loves Cu Chulainn, he refuses to take her hand.
Scáthach teaches Cu Chulainn all the arts of war. His fellow trainees include Ferdiad, who becomes Cú Chulainn’s best friend and foster-brother. During his training with Scáthach, Cu Chulainn comes to face Aife, Scáthach’s rival. Although the two are evenly matched, Cu Chulainn eventually seizes Aife, and demands that she bear him a son. While Aife is pregnant, Cu Chulainn leaves Scotland, and returns to his love Emer, but Forgall still refuses to allow the marriage. Enraged, Cu Chulainn storms Forgall’s fortress, kills twenty-four of his men, abducts Emer, and steals Forgall’s treasure. Forgall falls to his death.
King Conchobar fears the marriage of Cu Chulainn and Emer, because Conchobar has the “right of the first night” over all marriages and is afraid of Cu Chulainn’s reaction if he sleeps with Emer. On the other hand, Conchobar will lose all his power and authority over his subjects if he doesn’t. The druid Cathbad suggests that Conchobar sleep with Emer, but Cathbad sleep between them.
After eight years pass by, Cu Chulainn’s son by Aife, Connla, comes to find him. When Connla refuses to identify himself, Cu Chulainn kills him. As Connla dies, his final words are that he and Cu Chulainn could have “carried the flag of Ulster to the gates of Rome and beyond,” leaving Cu Chulainn grief-stricken.
Several years pass, and Cu Chulainn rides out to face a group of men who have conspired to kill him. They are all sons of men he had killed. On his way, he encounters three one-eyed hags eating a feast of roast dog. They invite him to join them. Cu Chulainn had several gessa, which are self-declared taboos which, if broken, would lead to his inevitable downfall. Two of his gessa were to never eat dog meat, and to never refuse hospitality. At this junction, he has no choice but to break one of his gessa. He takes one bite and places the bone under his thigh. The hand he used and his thigh are immediately weakened. Cu Chulainn continues on his journey, and is eventually killed while fighting his conspirators. When he received his fatal wound, he tied himself to a pillar so he would die standing and facing his enemies. As the prophecy foretold, Cu Chulainn had reached fame but died at a young age.
The legends of Cu Chulainn are still told to this day. As a mythological hero, the stories of his strength and power have lived on, re-told throughout the years in many ways. Today, the image of Cú Chulainn is invoked by both Irish and Ulster (Northern Ireland) nationalists. Irish nationalists see him as the most important Celtic Irish hero, while unionists see him as an Ulsterman defending the province from enemies to the south.
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