Westermark Madness

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Warlord Madness: The Musical

September 7th 2013

at the Cupertino Memorial Park / Quinlan Community Center

Address: 10185 N. Stelling Road 95014 Cupertino, CA United States

Start Time: Site opens at 8:00 a.m. Activities and classes start at 9:00. Site close: 6:00 p.m. (sundown)

Site Fee: Free but Donations are welcomed!


Take your best route to Highway 280 & DeAnza Boulevard. Exit south to Stevens Creek Boulevard & go east to Stelling Road. Turn left. Park will be down the street a little ways on your left. Parking will be on the street around the grassy area (where the event will be), NOT in the paved parking lot next to the Comm. Ctr Bldg.

This year's theme is Musical Madness

Please join us!


What happens when The Barony of the Westermark, and the Province of Southern Shores decide to host an event together? Warlord Madness: the Musical!

Site Information: Site opens at 8am on Saturday, closes at 6pm on Saturday. We have decided not to charge a fee but donations to help defray our expenses will be cheerfully extorted… er… accepted. Our Baronial pavilion needs walls and we are making efforts to raise money for that majestic purpose. The Event is free, as is parking!

Autocrat: Joel the Brewer (Rev. Joel Schonbrunn) [Baron@thewestermark.org] and Cynthia Stormo

Saturday Lunch Exhibition and Sideboard

On Saturday in the Baronial pavilion there will be a sideboard during the day. This will be for the populace and the fighters to refresh themselves. Feel free to bring anything you would like to share.

Overall Schedule

Collegium Nebulorum

Come run MAD and learn fun stuff all in the same event space. Collegium Nebulorum will run Saturday only - with great classes - all suitable for both new to the SCA and long (never old) timers. There is no charge for this event.

A&S Class sessions will run from 9-10:30am, 11-12:30pm, 1-2:30pm, and 3-4:30pm


Please note, that despite our best intentions, it is very possible that the scheduled activities will be adjusted in duration or content to best fit the time available.

8:00am Site Opens; Setup begins

9:00am 1st A&S classes begin: "Being Loud on the Field with Aasa" aka Introduction to becoming a Field Herald

10:00am Armor Inspection begins and Warlord List opens

10:30am 1st Games begin

11:00am Warlord Tournament begins

11:00am 2nd A&S classes begin: "Period Storytelling in Persona" by Duke Cariadoc

Noon Sideboard setup

12:00pm -3:00pm Silent Auction is open for bids

12:30pm 2nd Games begin

1:00pm 3rd A&S Classes begin

1:00pm Westermark Heavy Fighting Scenarios begin (pending successful completion of the Warlord Tournament)

2:30pm-3:00pm 3rd Games begin

3:00pm 4th A&S Class: "Period Islamic Cooking" taught by Duke Cariadoc & Baroness Elizabeth

3:00pm End of day heavy fighting scenarios, Warlord vs Thug and other Scenarios TBD

4:30pm 4th Games begin

5:00pm Combined Courts of The Mists, Southern Shores and the Westermark

6:00pm Strike site!

6ish pm -9pm PostEvent-Revel hosted at the George's house


Fantastic Rapier scenarios will be provided!

Day Activities

  • Silent Auction opens at Noon and closes 3pm. We take cash or check.
  • Children's Activities: Games sessions spread throughout the day!


Lunch Break from noon-1pm (or immediately following the Rapier Scenarios)


Southern Shores Warlord Tournament lists will begin promptly at 11am.

Westermark's traditional fighting scenarios will commence after the Warlord is concluded.

  • Bushkazee
    We love our sheep and defend them against all comers. In this battle, a stuffed sheep is placed on the field. To win, you must obtain the sheep, and run with it around two markers. When you are killed, you must go to resurrections point (wherever the Baroness is) and make sheep noises at her. You may be required to “baa” in a specific manner or imitation. (“Why do I always get the sexy ones?” complained a contestant after being required to baa like an underwear model. An excellent opportunity to embarrass young squires is to make them baa after the manner of their knight.) The current sheep is one made by Lady Alexia, a former A&S Minister for the barony. Winning this particular battle designates you as the Westermark Shepherd, and you are given a small stuffed sheep to care for during the year. Many shepherds have dressed their sheep in various costumes. It is very important not to lose the sheep. Previous Westermark Shepherds include: Viscount Sir Geoffrey Scott, Duchess Juana IMR, Merlin MacIntyre, Master Mikhail Justinian, Duke Frederick of Holland, and Lord Angino di Mercenario de Vincenzo, Viscount Sir Miles Fitz-rauf.
  • Immortals Melee
    How to make Westermark Applesauce: take many apples and a roll of duct tape. Tape one apple to each head (at the very top) of at least three fighters. Back away quickly. Fighters beat on each other until the apple is gone. It has great moments of amusement as some fighters will duck to avoid a head-shot and the apple will fly off, just like in children’s T-ball. NB: Sometime (usually) objects other than apples may be used.
  • The Thug (and Thugette) o’da Westermark
    Once upon a time, someone said, “Our Baron does not need a champion, he needs a thug!” The Thug tourney has been around in various forms since the time of Catalin di Napoli & Ana Moonstar. What you must do to become the Thug has varied from tourney to tourney. Typically it has involved a mass-weapon fight of some sort; sometimes round robin, and sometimes a double elimination tourney. For instance: To become Thug you may have to fight, dance in armor, and win a game. Come find out! Becoming Thug is at the discretion of the Baroness. Her Excellency has a wicked sense of humor. Geoffrey Mathias says he won something involving art/dance/heraldry/fight/game at Nicollo & Madalayne’s first tourney, but it wasn’t the Thug or the Champion. It may have been Athelesia Morgan who started the tradition of the Baroness choosing the weapons for the combatants. One memorable Madness, she had all the fighters stand in a circle, facing outwards so they could not see each other (as for a Shaston melee). She handed them weapons. She gave Sir (at the time, now Duke) Uther a small dagger, and he still won. Da Thug o'da Westermark is awarded the Thug Hat, a small plastic Viking helmet. The Thugs typically sign the hat, and are required to drink anything non-toxic poured into the hat. It is the job of the Thug to return the hat to the next Madness. Baron Corwin asked his thugs to talk to him like cheap hoods. Previous Thugs of the Westermark: Brusi of the Shetlands (check OP), Duke Sir Fabian Arnett von Schwetzingen (Madness 98), Duke Sir Uther, Co-Thugs Krysta and Savaric, The Dancing Thug Baron Sir John Theophilous (Madness 99), Kido (Helmut), Valgard (won for Krysta while she was princess), Roland (Madness 01), The Singing Co-Thugs Duke Flieg and Sir Colin Maclear (Madness ’02) Muirenn (Madness ‘03), Duke Flieg on his own (Madness ‘04), Viscount Sir Geoffrey Scott (Madness ’05), Sir Geoffrey Matthias (Madness '06), Baccus Kaloethes (Madness '07), Duke Uther (Madness '08), Baccus Kaloethes (Madness '09). Viscount Sir Miles Fitz-rauf (Madness 2010), Sir Bjarnheðinn Hamarsson (Madness 2011)
  • The Thugette
    The Thugette or Thug’s Consort is awarded a belt-favor in the colors of the Westermark. It is just big enough to carry a pack of cigarettes. Where there are co-Thugs, there are corresponding co-Thugettes. The Thugette is a much newer tradition than the Thug, as the Thug goes back to the mists of time and the Thugette was began in the reign of Chad & Athelesia. It is the job of the Thugette to return the favor to the next Madness. As the Thug chooses the Thugette, and could choose a new Thugette every day if desired, we have no record of Thugettes, except for Morgan (Muirenn), Eilis (Flieg), Viscountess Catherine of Wessex (Geoffrey Scott), Mistress Crystal of the Westermark (Geoffrey Matthias), and Na'ara (Baccus Kaloethes)
  • The 2-Headed Troll Battle
    The Troll Tourney is done by teaming up two fighters (sometimes intentionally, sometimes at the amusement of the Baroness). They fight holding on to the same double shield, so from the front it appears to be a two-headed, two-armed, four-legged monster. There isn’t any award associated with the Troll, although Sir Aaron has a great deal of fun with it for several years running. Former tolls include: Sir Aaron of Buckminster & Samuil, (of the Kates). There was one memorable troll tourney when Baroness Athelesia Morgan teamed up Uther (very big) and Elizabeth (very small). Elizabeth was eventually killed, but as both heads of the troll must be killed, she held onto the shield and was dragged around as Uther killed nearly everyone else on the field.
  • Other Potential Scenarios
    Greatsword bouts
    Knife fighting Westermark style (SCA heavy daggers)
    5-person tourney (War weapons OK, no archery due to site restrictions)
    And more! Come and suggest your favorite scenario!

Closing Court

Court will begin at 5pm

Evening Activities

These activities begin following dinner.

  • The Markee . This is a dramatic competition held Saturday evening at Madness. The winners are selected by the Baron and Baroness this year, influenced by beer and popular acclaim. The award is a wooden drama symbol, which has been marked by each of its successive owners. The Markee was made by Savaric.

It is the job of the Markee holders to return the Markee to the next Madness, as they are responsible for running the contest and deciding what the next theme is. It is also traditional for the holder(s) of the Markee to repeat their performance at the following Madness, before handing it off to a new winner. Previous Markee Holders: Mistress Wander, The BeoCat Chick, Sir Aaron of Buckminster, Kellyn Firesinger & Hugh Piper & David the Mad Fiddler, The Art Troll, Master Sir John Theophilous, Juliana, Iduna & Sarah, Angino di Mercenario de Vincenzo, Jarad, Acelin de Alsop, and Sean.

Other Activities

  • Numenarian Brick Toss Throwing the bricks is a serious and dignified competition for which you are judged both on style and distance. The Kingdom of Númenor is an ancient kingdom referred to in “The Lord of the Rings” (the books the first parties of the group that would become the SCA were based on). The Numenorians did something very, very foolish, and this caused humorous comments about them to be made by various Westermarkers whenever someone did something foolish. There were Numenorian omelets; and eventually Numenorian bricks. David of Mecca still has the original can of paint. Once upon a time, there was a young Westermarker named Fred of Numenor who made the bricks and threw them. There are currently about 6 bricks, and are often found in the early Sunday morning at Madness in a Stonehenge-like ring on the eric.

Once everyone is mostly packed up:

  • Fizzball. Fizz ball is playing a game of modified cricket/baseball using leftover cheap beer (diet soda does not work, although diet grapefruit soda comes close). Fizzball may have been started by Baron Corwin, adapted from a Sam and Max Comic (mid-1980’s). It was eventually adopted by several groups, including Westermark.

Site is closed at 6pm.

Post Event Revel

Event Website

http://www.thewestermark.org/wiki/index.php?title=Westermark_Madness PPFUF Not sung just at Madness, PPFUF is to the tune of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” (Folio 2). The first new verses must have been written by The Most Excellent Master Gerhardt von Nordflammen, as one verse of it is sung in “A California Vacuum Cleaner Salesman in the BOG Court”.


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