Frost War II
The Second Frostwar was held on January 3rd,
2004. This time, the weather was pleasantly snowy, mantling the
entirety of Black Forest Regional Park under a blanket of pale
white. Also, “Merctoons” Mike Hruban accompanied us as the
Friar of Photography. (Hey, if you have a better nickname, then
out with it!) The dark woods in the white snow were a perfect
scenic backdrop for this Second Frostwar.
The deeds done in the Second Frostwar were as
Quest of Three Knights
Three knights stood along the
snow-shrouded trail, waiting for challengers. The first
challenge was one of wit: Sir Ralamean of Ramsey asked ancient
riddles. If the challenger failed to guess the answer, then he
was forced to engage Ralamean in combat. The second challenge
was one of dexterity: Lady Cynara deWakeley guarded a treasure chest
bound to a tree. If the challenger could unlock the chest and
take from within a token of their success without being
thrice-pierced by Cynara’s arrows, then they could pass on. The
last challenge was one of strength: the challengers fought Ser
Maelgrim Crowther in single combat.
the Princess Battle
Four armored guards sought to defend the
fair stuffed Princess, while the remainder of the warriors sought to
kidnap her from her refuge against the snow.
On each team, one warrior would stand as
herald and yell out commands to his troops. Each team’s herald
sought to out-maneuver the other in battlefield tactics. The
idea for this type of battle was enthusiastically welcomed, and will
certainly be repeated with more troops in the future.
The feast was a potluck affair of
various and sundry medieval and quasi-medieval fare, and quite
satisfying, at that. Poems were composed (but amusingly, never
read), and Owen showed off his dazzlingly embroidered tunic.
Sir Flynn of Knightshire was declared Frostlord for the
next twelve months, when the title shall once again fall into debate,
and was presented with a badge bearing the device of the snowflake
upon its blue field in honor of the title.
Click here for images from Frostwar 2!