We hope that this missive finds you in great comfort, basking in the joy of revelry and friendship from this seasons’ Yule and Candelmas celebrations. As you warm your hearts and feet by your glowing hearths and sup cups of mulled wine to ebb away the chill of the winter’s grasp, know that peace is fragile and, as the sun warms and chases the cruel fingers of winter, so does it fan the flames that does incite the blood to boil and set the Dragon’s face with grim visaged war. Already do We shine our helmets and mail, sharpen Our spears, axes and swords in preparation to follow the King and Queen of the Dragon, Cellach and Vukasin, as They march South to lend aid and arms to our allies. To the Men-at-Arms, Knights, support staff and all members of the populace who travel with Their Majesties, We send Our heartfelt gratitude. Know that We too shall stand the field providing Our broken bodies as ransom should Their Majesties have need.
Upon Our return, We fear that peace will not come easy. We have heard dark tidings that the baleful yellow eye of the Eastern Tiger stretches its covetous glare to Our fertile lands with rapturous ambition. Our messengers, merchants and diplomats returning from the many Kingdoms have brought to Us information of the building and hoarding of weapons and machines of war and the mustering of armies far to the East.
Know that it is Our intent to meet this army of brigands and pillagers before they dare enter Our lands. We shall march with force to the fields of Pennsic deep under the emerald canopies of Our great ally Sylvan Aethelmearc, and there make Our intent of violence and justice known against the Eastern incursion.
We hope that all of the realm can hear Our formal challenge and declaration of intent in person at the coronation of Alric and Katherine on May 5th, 2018, in the Barony of Middle Marches. It shall be there that We will make known Our Champions who will march in the vanguard with Us to ensure the destruction and route of the Eastern Tiger.
That being said, His Highness’s Champion of both Rapier and Armored combat will be chosen by tournament. All combatants wishing to participate for the honor of championing His Highness will then need to present themselves at coronation and prove upon the field their mettle.
Due to the nature and commitment needed for a true and proper champion, His Highness Alric invites all unbelted fighters to deliver to Him a letter of intent to enter His Champion’s list. This letter should give the reasons for why such a fighter would want to be a champion, and also inform His Highness of their ability to perform the task. The tournament to decide his Highness’s and future Majesty’s armored champion will take place at the Coronation of Alric and Katherine in the Barony of the Middle Marches on May 5th, 2018.
His Highness would also invite all Rapier fighters to send to him a letter of intent to enter his Champion’s list. Again, this letter should give the reasons for why such a fencer would want to be a champion, and also inform His Highness of their ability to perform the task. The tournament to decide his Highness’s and future Majesty’s fencing champion will take place at the Coronation of Alric and Katherine in the Barony of the Middle Marches on May, 5th 2018.
It is the intent of Alric and Katherine to hold a competitive shoot in order to choose by skill our archery and thrown weapons champions. As with Rapier and Armored combat champions Their Highnesses Alric & Katherine request letters of intent to compete in the Champion shoot and thrown weapon tournament. The tournaments for Archery and thrown weapons will be announced at a later date.
All letters of intent to be Champion are due by March 15th, and none shall be accepted after that date; email or physical letters will be accepted. We eagerly await word from the powerful claws of the Dragon populace.
Alric and Katherine
Prince and Princess of the Middle Kingdom.