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Greetings to the Greatest Kingdom of the Knowne Worlde, Calontir!
I come to you with a request for help from your Calvary. The past several years have seen the Calontir Cavalry host at least half (sometimes MORE) of all the equestrian activities at Gulf Wars - from Mounted Combat, to Youth Classes, to Barding classes, to Challenges and games, to Running Lists Roundtables. This year is no different! AND, it sees the return of one of the more beloved activities of the Knowne Worlde riders - the Torchlight Tournament! The Honorable Lady Katrin, the co-creator of this Tournament, will again be in attendance at Gulf Wars and will be hosting this activity on Wednesday evening, 7pm-9pm. As such, we will need many hands to make this tournament run smoothly.
But Eowyth, you might ask, I don't have a horse, how can I help?!
Never fear, fine steed-less Calontiri Brethren - We have jobs for you! I've linked below to a few articles that may help you and of course, if you show up on Wednesday night, I'll give you a job to do. It might be holding a marshal's horse (Kacey likes carrots) or resetting reeds or helping our scorekeeper (maybe you're a scorekeeper?) or heralding or any other number of duties required for a successful tournament. Don't worry - we'll put you to work.
But Eowyth, you might inquire, it's the same night as Midnight Madness - what if I want to go shopping?!
I say to you that we will not impede your shopping! But consider making us a stop along your shopping route. After all, sometimes one must give an item a few moments before making the decision to purchase. Come by the field, lend a hand for 30 minutes, then head back to the Merchants and pick up that beautiful new pair of boots. Many hands make for light work and I know how much Calontir supports her equestrians - if everyone gives just a little time, this tournament will be smoooooth as a Falcon's Wing!
But Eowyth, you might realize, I simply can't lend a hand. Is there something else I can do?
To that, I say, YES! Do you have an incinetron that you're bringing to war? Can we borrow it? We are trying to move to a more Medieval (i.e. Actual Torchlight Tournament), but the only way to move away from the glow sticks seen in previous years, is to ... wait for it... have more torches! We are working with the Gulf Wars staff to obtain site incinetrons, but the reality is that we need more than they'll be able to provide. So... If you have an incinetron, please consider letting us borrow it for Wednesday evening. We can pick it up prior to the tournament and drop it off following the conclusion. Because we have trucks. ;-)
But Eowyth, you plead, I can't help on Wednesday... How else can I help?
Well, Calontir is also hosting a Challenge on Monday, from 10am-12pm. Consider ground crewing or water bearing or helping score at that! The Honorable Lady Rhiannon is running that Challenge, and she will also need many hands to make the Challenge run smoothly. She will also be running the Mounted Archery Tournament on Wednesday, 11am-1pm. It's difficult to collect arrows when one is on Horseback, so extra hands (and eyes) are ALWAYS appreciated for this activity.
I will also need ground crew to help with the Jousting Classes and the Jousting Tournaments happening throughout the week. As those plans solidify, I'll be posting the schedule.
Throughout the week, water-bearers would NOT be turned away during the Mounted Combat scenarios as well as the Jousting Tournaments.
Calontir - Please consider helping your cavalry. 30 minutes here and 20 minutes there means some of us marshals might actually get to sit down (or participate). ;-) I promise... It will be worth your while. Why?
Ever In Service (and Fun),
Baroness Eowyth þa Siðend
Please feel free to e-mail me with any questions, to volunteer, to offer an incinetron, etc. :-)
And please forward this to any group/household/etc lists who might hold an unknowing volunteer!