For a while now, for over two years in fact, John has been getting up at 5am, lacing up his shoes, grabbing his
Pennsic is usually pretty great, and John and I always have a ton of fun, but this year was the best that I can remember in all of our time attending. Largely this was because of our increased involvement in the fencing community and the fact that we knew a lot of (very worthy) people who were (very deservingly) elevated to various positions and received various awards.
In fact, so many people in the Midrealm received awards this year that the King and Queen spent the week holding small (and often spontaneous) courts to present awards as there was no way that everything could have been handled during the main court.
Some of the more memorable occasions.
Uadahlrich and NekoMe were both elevated to the Order of the Pelican. Uadahlrich’s lady (whose name I am unsure how to spell, so I will not mangle it here) received the Purple Fret during his vigil.
Max von Zauberer and Anton both received the award of the Dragon’s Tooth. Anton received his award on the battlefield after the Broken Field Melee.
John (along with a lot of our friends) fought on the Rapier Champions team. We (by with I mean the Midrealm and allies) won that tournament by a single bout.
John was elevated to the Order of the Bronze Ring.
We camped this year with Famdamly (a household) instead of with the Barony. The site was very nice, and was right opposite the battlefield. It was especially nice to not have to haul fencing gear up and down the hill every day!
The weather was among the best that we have ever had for Pennsic. Hot and humid, yes, but it rained only once (and at night) during the week that we were there.
John and I are already looking forward to next Pennsic.