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What a bloody brilliant day.

Crown was held today, and I ventured forth to cry lists and spend time with my beloved household. The forecast called for fair weather, but cold, so I broke out my best woolen garb (okay, I'll be fair -- my only woolen garb) and headed out to Kingston, NH.

It's a good thing I wore all that wool; I needed it. With a cotton smock (should have dug for a linen one, it would have been a little warmer), red wool gown, and grey wool plaid apron, plus my Army silky long underwear, wool leggings, and darkwolfie's wool hat, I was almost warm enough. Had I worn my period boots with the wool insoles and wool mittens, I think I would have been fine. I didn't remember hand coverings till late in the week, and I didn't have time to knit anything, so I bought some leather gloves. I also took a long strip of grey wool, left over from making the strip to fix darkwolfie's cloak, and wrapped it across the back of my neck, crossing it in front and tucking it into the neckline of my dress. Had I a couple of small (1.25" or so) pennannular brooches, I'd have pinned it in place and pinned the slit of my neck opening closed, as well.

The tourney went very quickly. It's a testament to both the size of the field and the skills of the list mistresses that it went as quickly as it did -- I think the final was over by 3:30, and I don't think we started till noon. There were only 35 entrants, which meant a huge number of byes in the first round. The final four were Sir Artorius, Sir Griffith, Duke Darius, and Sir Konrad, and Sir Griffith won in the final over Sir Artorius. It's going to be interesting. This is the first time he and Ekaterine have ruled, and they'll be King and Queen at Pennsic next year.

So now I'm home, watching the tail end of Supernatural, and when it's done I'm going to go take a nice hot shower and simmer the rest of the cold out of my bones.

I have a new list of garb I want, though. I want a heavier undergown with tighter sleeves -- will probably end up being my white undergown, when I make my 12th night outfit, but can't hurt to have more than one. I also want a scarf as descibed in my book on headcoverings from Dublin, so I can have something to wrap round my neck. (Dharma Trading has some silk/wool blend scarves on offer. I'm sure they're too long, but I can always cut them down. can't hurt to have extra.) Mittens -- I think I'll spin up some yarn to make them. And then of course, a Viking coat. I have some brilliant blue wool in the basement that I should rescue, and I'm sure I can find some linen with which to line it.

Show's over; shower time.

i feel: cold cold

16 trips or shoot the rapids
msmemory From: msmemory Date: November 5th, 2006 02:17 am (UTC) (base camp)
We closed lists signup at 12:15, then held the procession. It was nearly 1:00 when we started.

(I used to have a cotton flannel underdress, and was reminded today that I need to replace it.)
tashabear From: tashabear Date: November 5th, 2006 02:28 am (UTC) (base camp)
Wow. We zoomed right along, then. I wish Spring Crown had gone as quickly...

It was good to see you today!
darkwolfie From: darkwolfie Date: November 5th, 2006 02:36 am (UTC) (base camp)
It was cold when I left, but at least there was no drizzly, crap-rain like at Spring Crown.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: November 5th, 2006 03:01 am (UTC) (base camp)
For which we were all profoundly grateful.
bkdelong From: bkdelong Date: November 5th, 2006 02:49 am (UTC) (base camp)
I think it's time for me to get a hat or two made. Some of those woolen hats look mighty comfy.

Apologies for what may seem like a silly question - what are/is a "byes" ? I'm guessing it's people who go "bye" due to losing a match?

What are list mistresses/masters tasked with?
tashabear From: tashabear Date: November 5th, 2006 03:12 am (UTC) (base camp)
Byes in fighting are like byes in football. It's a freebie, a "go directly to GO" card. They're used when there are not enough fighters to fill a list tree, usually a multiple of eight. Because there were 35 fighters instead of 32, there were something like 29 byes. The combattants all fought anyway, so everyone would have an equal chance to get tired, but they advanced directly to the next round with a win on their cards. The six remaining fighters fought and three advanced, which brought the total to 32, and an even tree (eight rings, four fighters per ring in the first round). That's my understanding, anyway.

List masters and mistresses are the ones who keep track of how many wins and losses are racked up by the combattants, which is important in Crown, since it's double elimination. I actually don't think I've ever seen a man run a list table. That's not to say it doesn't happen, but I usually see women doing it. It's something I do want to learn one of these days, but for now, I'm having a blast heralding.
bkdelong From: bkdelong Date: November 5th, 2006 11:58 am (UTC) (base camp)
Great - thanks for the detailed explanation. Very helpful.
booniesjen From: booniesjen Date: November 5th, 2006 02:31 pm (UTC) (base camp)
It does sound fun being a list mistress. Maybe someday we will do it together. :D
tashabear From: tashabear Date: November 5th, 2006 07:48 pm (UTC) (base camp)
I think peacockduchess knows how to do it. Between her and baronessmartha, I bet we can learn -- and your math degree will keep me from doing something stupid.
baronessmartha From: baronessmartha Date: November 5th, 2006 04:50 am (UTC) (base camp)
are you a math person?
If you are not, go to Tasha's explaination, it is a good one.
If you are a math person, the explaination is much shorter though.

The Double elimination set up is based on powers of 2.
In order to fill all the slots, you have participants fight a round to get tired, but that they cannot loose. The aim is to have everyone have a similar number of fights, but to maintain the structure of the tourney.

tashabear From: tashabear Date: November 5th, 2006 05:01 am (UTC) (base camp)
Powers of 2 -- I wish they'd explained it to me that way when they were teaching us list trees in karate. It would have been SO much easier than the ROTE MEMORIZATION my idiot instructor made us do.
bkdelong From: bkdelong Date: November 5th, 2006 12:06 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Alas, I am an anti-math person ;) - so Tasha's helped. But I greatly appreciated your explaination as it will help my engineer-wife. I, on the otherhand, flunked calc 3 times in college and logic twice. Alas.
baronessv From: baronessv Date: November 5th, 2006 03:08 am (UTC) (base camp)
It was nice meeting you for real. Hopefully we will meet again in the future :)
tashabear From: tashabear Date: November 5th, 2006 03:11 am (UTC) (base camp)
*grin* It's likely; I do plan on being around. :-D
beard5 From: beard5 Date: November 5th, 2006 08:58 am (UTC) (base camp)
Tasha! I'm sorry I missed you at the event, I spent most of it up in the lodge thingie, chatting with various folks about scribal stuff.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: November 5th, 2006 10:42 am (UTC) (base camp)
That's okay. I spent most of it in lists. Glad you came out for it, though. ;-D
16 trips or shoot the rapids