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Honor War

April 15, 2011 to April 17, 2011

Pullman, WA & Moscow, ID

Autocrat: Aerngaldra Hrafnskald device7203OP


 Honor War 2011 - “More Than A War”

  Hail and welcome to the best war contesting over lentils in the Inlands! The friendly folks of Lyonsmarche invite you to join us in beautiful Hellsgate State park.  Get your SCA year started off the Honor War way.  We are planning many unique war fighting scenarios and rapier scenarios, as well as numerous Archery shoots for fun and prizes, Arts & Sciences galore, and the very first Challenge of the Copper Dragon! This will be a combination riddling contest & scavenger hunt, & fun awaits for all. Help us choose our Champions in Archery, Brewing, Rapier and A&S. Be amazed at Lyonsmarche’s ever-popular lentils! We are going to have a class or workshop or two, artisans displaying their crafts, and evening bardics.  Merchants are always welcome; please email if you are interested in teaching or merchanting!

GATE opens 2 pm to populace (12 noon for vendor set-up), Friday April 15th. Site closes 2 pm, Sunday April 17th.

SITE FEES: Ages 16 & up $16, 6-15 $8, 5 & under are free. Family cap $45. Day fees half price. NMS $5 fee applies to non-members. Make checks payable to COLLEGE OF LYONSMARCHE.  RVs needing hook-ups will need to park in the B loop & pay $10 extra per night, please contact autocrat. 


AUTOCRAT:  Lady Aerngaldra Hrafnskald (Rebekah Leib) 208-875-0175 (H)

WARCRAT:  HL Phelan Tolusmidr (Bill Lillibridge) 208-791-5039 (Cell)



SITE INFO: Hells Gate State Park, 4832 Hells Gate RD, Lewiston, ID 83501

HONOR WAR 2011 - “More Than A War” General Event Schedule



12 pm - Site open for vendors.

2 pm - Site open to populace.

8 pm - ‘Falling Stars’ archery shoot. Start time may be approximate depending on wind, etc.

10 pm - Quiet time.



9 am - Good morning! Enjoy our friendly, morning informational heraldic wake-up call.

10 am - A&S entries submitted to A&S judging area. Entries will be displayed for viewing by the populace during the day. Details available onsite.

10 am - Archery range opens - numerous archery shoots throughout the day, details onsite.

10:30 am - Heavy armor inspection.

11 am - 3 pm - Heavy War

2:30 pm  Rapier Armor inspection

3:00 - 4:30 pm  Rapier group battles / War

5- 630 pm  (Per TRM’s option) - Court

7 pm - General revelry and mayhem commence.

11 pm - Quiet time.



9 am - Good morning! Enjoy our friendly, morning informational heraldic wake-up call.

9:30 am - Rapier Inspection starts

10:00 am –Rapier Championship Tournament

Noon – Cabin checkout

2:00 pm - Site closes




Here is a listing of the archery contests that will be held at Honor War. There will be prizes to be had in many of the contests! The Archery Championship of Lyonsmarche will be won by the archer with the highest overall score that wishes to be considered for the Championship, so it behooves you to shoot in as many contests as possible. You do not have to be considered for the Championship to shoot in any or all contests; you will be simply be asked before shooting if you want to try for it or not.

HONEYBEE SHOOT - You will have 6 arrows to shoot from 20 yards at six worker bees. Each hit (breaking a line) on a worker bee is worth one point, but multiple shots on the same worker do not count; i.e., if you hit one worker with three arrows, you receive only one point. However many points you have entitles you to that many arrows to be loosed at the queen bee; hits on the queen are worth three points and must be fully inside the lines.

DRAGONSLAYER SHOOT - A great and terrible Dragon is menacing Lyonsmarche’s fruitful lentil fields! This strange, purple wyrm with the moronic grin (he is apparently strangely popular with young children) must be slain at all cost! You will have six arrows to shoot from 20 yards. Hits on the body are worth one point (dragons are well-armoured!), however hits to its evil heart are worth 5 points. Even worse, this horribly fecund Dragon is attempting to hatch its dread offspring on our beautiful lands; shoot and destroy its eggs for 10 points per egg to ensure they don’t hatch!

FALLING STARS SHOOT - This will be a night-time clout shoot on Friday night. Glowsticks and zip ties will be provided to be attached to your arrows. At the sound of the winding horn, each round of shooters will loose their arrows towards the heavens to (hopefully) fall within the target ring. Hits within the ring will be worth 3 points apiece. Due to the unique nature of this shoot, we will have to ensure there is no wind blowing in the direction of the shooters from the target area. Heavy or otherwise adverse winds will result in cancellation of the shoot as we will not risk safety of participants or bystanders. If you have never practiced clout shooting before, it is HIGHLY advised that you do so before participating in this shoot.

ROVING BUNNY HUNT - When Lyonsmarche’s lentil fields aren’t being menaced by dragons, they are apparently being nibbled to death by ravenous bunnies of disgusting cuteness.  Please save our fields and fill your stewpot; we will have stationary rabbit targets at various distances to walk to; at each station, you will have three arrows to loose. Each hit on a bunny is worth 2 points.

ROYAL ROUNDS - This is the normal Royal Round shoot; you will have 6 arrows to fire at 20 yards, 30 yards, and 40 yards, and then as many arrows as you can fire in 30-seconds at 20 yards at paper targets.




Archery Championship - Many archery contests will be held; overall highest point total from all contests (if wishing to contest for the Championship) will win the right to wear our beautiful Lyonsmarche leather arm guard for one year. Champion must return next year to run the contest & shoots to find their successor.

A &S Championship - One entry to enter.  You may enter as many entries as you want.  Please make it something that you have not entered before in the past.  Please bring your A&S projects completed or even if it is a work in progress.  Documentation is a plus.  Displays are really nice.  If you can give the judges a little presentation (what is the item, where in period was it made, when was it made/used in period, it's development, a little history, how you made it, how they made it in period, your deviations from period techniques, and why), then that is a huge plus.


Homebrew Championship - Again, one entry is all that it takes to enter.  One bottle per entry.  You may enter as many as you want.  The judges won't complain.  Beer, wine, mead, spirits, etc., etc.  Liquors are welcomed, but there is a preference for other types of entries.  Judging criteria will be based upon established tasting criteria (clarity if applicable, taste, aroma, etc., etc.)  Documentation is a plus, especially if you can show it is period.  That will earn bonus points.  If you have an A&S type presentation to go with your entry, then that will also earn bonus points.


Rapier Championship - Will be Sunday morning.  Details will be in the event copy on-site. 


We have some excellent offerings at Honor War to learn amazing skills! Please feel free to attend as many classes and workshops as you like; there is no fee for any of the classes.




11 am - 12 noon “Intro To Chainmail - European 4-in-1 “ Instructor - Milord Takakane of Lyonsmarche

                This class will teach the basic technique needed to re-create European 4-in-1 maille, the most common type found in period. All materials and tools are provided. Supplies and tools will also be available throughout the day for people who wish to work on their newfound skills.


11 am - 1230 pm “Bellydance Basics And Beyond” - Instructor - Milady Solari Mahirimah

                This class is for the beginning to intermediate dancer. Both women AND men of any age are welcome to come to class! The class will cover proper stretching, moves (fast and slow), floorwork and dance posture. The steps will be broken down into their fundamental movements and individual help will be given to help each student perfect the movement. A look at "Pop n' Lock" and historical styles of dancing demo will help the student to understand the difference between historical, "SCA Style" and modern forms of belly dance.  Please bring a notepad and pen, water and something non-jingly to tie around your hips. I will have scarves to borrow, if you don't have anything suitable. This blurb is the most boring part of the entire thing, I promise! Now, just show up and we'll have some fun!


12 noon - 1 pm “Tablet Weaving Basics” - Instructor - Milord Takakane of Lyonsmarche

This class covers the basics of Norse tablet weaving, including loom setup, working with designs, selection of materials, history of tablet weaving, and technique.


1230 pm - 2pm “I’ve Got the Moves..Now What?” - Instructor - Milady Solari Mahirimah

                On to the finer points that no one will tell you or warn you about.  We'll be looking at costuming, dance safety, performance space use, props and balancing (with a demo), the do's and don'ts, drum circle etiquette, music choices, how to dance with other dancers, and all of those little things that I've learned in my 14 years of belly dancing. Bloopers and "No sh** there I was..." stories will be shared and how to overcome the ‘oops!’ moments that will invariably happen when dancing.  How to "SCA-ize" everything but dance(which will be taught in Belly Dance Basics and Beyond) will be covered.  Please bring something comfortable to sit on, notepad and pen.


1 pm - 4 pm “Basic Leatherwork - Making a Knife Sheath” - Instructor- Lord Godwin FitzGilbert de Strigoil

This class will be limited to 8 'active' participants, (materials for 8 people), however the only restriction otherwise is seating room.Eight people will be making a knife sheath; please bring a knife you would like to make a sheath for (8” blade length or less, please), materials are all provided free of charge. We will be going over cutting, punching holes, hand sewing and some basic design work (tooling). The class may take 3 hours-ish depending on attendance.



2pm - 3pm “Making Your Own Wooden Arrows” - Instructor - Milord Rhobert  am y Bwa

This workshop is intended for those who would like to make their own arrows for SCA target shooting but who have not had a chance to try it up to now.  You'll see the step by step production of a period target arrow and be able try each step yourself.   Rhobert am y bwa will teach you how to make your own wood arrows for SCA target shooting.  He'll bring samples of materials and tools needed to produce a set of target arrows using either attached or self nocks, and explain the difference.  You'll be able to try chopping various fletchings using a modern chopper and hand cutting fletches and have a chance to attach fletches using a modern fletching machine.  He'll have on hand a wide range of points including target as well as reproduction period points to include, tanged points as well as hollow points. He'll explain the difference between modern and period points and show you how to make a set of truly period looking arrows for your target shooting.  He will also have samples of wood shafts of various species and diameters and explain the uses of each, both in modern and period times.  You'll learn about barreled and tampered shafts in period arrow making and why this was done. Each participant will be given a packet containing all the information that is discussed as well as resource lists to get your own arrow making supplies and tools.



MERCHANTS:  Please contact Aerngaldra so that you may have booth space.  Remember that if you don't have an Idaho Vendor's license, then our Autocrat will have the appropriate paperwork for you.  


PARKING: Shuttle will be provided to outer non-fee parking lot as we have done in past years.  Cars remaining in C-loop must be careful to only parked in paved areas - meaning stay off the grass to make the park rangers happy.   If you absolutely want to keep your vehicle in the C-loop, then it is an extra $8.50 / night ($8 + tax).

CAMP TRAILERS & RV'S -  The C-loop does not have any RV hook-ups.  If you park in the C-loop, then please park north of the bathrooms.  If you need/want electricity and water hook-ups, then these are available in the adjacent B-loop for an extra $10/night.  Please contact the autocrat so that she can reserve a spot.  You will still need to go to the C-loop SCA gate to pay.

DOGS: You all know how to camp with pets.  Please make sure they are happy and quiet for your neighbors and of course pick up after them.  Make sure your pets are upto date on shots and are wearing appropriate tags, and are on leashes.

Please note this is a State Park so there are FLUSHIES and SHOWERS in the bathrooms in the camp site restrooms.

CABINS:  (UPDATE- The 3 cabins near the C loop are now all rented, sorry.) Cabins rent for $55 per night each plus Idaho State Sales Tax.  There is a $10 reservation feeCall the Reserve America at 1-888-922-6743 to make cabin reservations at Hells Gate State Park in Lewiston.

Camp Cabin Amenities: The one-room unit sleep up to five on bunk beds and futons - bring your own bedding. The cabins are equipped with electricity, heat and A/C, lockable windows and doors.  Cook outside on the grill-covered fire pit.  You can setup one tent outside of your cabin.  Central restrooms.  Each cabin includes parking for one vehicle.  Extra cars cost extra per night unless moved to the outer lot.

There are 8 cabins at Hells Gate. The 4 cabins nearest Honor War are located between the B & C camp loop are Locust, Sycamore, Maple, and Pondersa (closest to the C-loop - all have tree names).  The 3 cabins between the A & B loop are Sacajewea, Lewis and Clark (closest to the B-loop) and the furthest cabin in the middle of the A-loop is Tammany.  If you end up in one of these distant cabins, then you will want to drive back and forth between these distant cabins and Honor War in the C-loop.  Checkin is 3pm and checkout is Noon. 

Please email the Autocrat and let her know which cabin you have reserved.  She will pickup your cabin key before the park office closes at 4pm on Friday so that you can get your cabin key as soon as you sign-in at our SCA gate.



You can also rent these cabins online at


Site Info:
Name: Hells Gate State Park
4832 Hells Gate RD
Lewiston, ID 83501

Directions to Site:

Last Event's Directions :

Google Maps below gives an excellent view of Hellsgate State Park at the south end of Lewiston.  We will be camping in the C-loop which is at the far south end of the park.  The war on Saturday will be fought in a large field south of our camp area. 

FROM WEST:  Make your best way to Clarkston WA along Rt 12.  Just after the golf course, turn right onto 15th St. Drive about 8-10 blocks to a big stop light intersection. Turn left onto Fleshman Way.  This will take you across a tall bridge.  Keep in the right lane and take the Snake River Ave Exit at the Idaho end of the bridge. Turn left onto Snake River Ave.  Turn Right into Hells Gate State Park


These directions will save you at least 5-10 minutes of driving and skip many traffic lights since you avoid driving through downtown Clarkston and much of Lewiston.  However if you miss the turn onto 15th St, then just drive straight through Clarkston on Bridge St, then go across the Snake River on the blue bridge in the right lane, at the end of the bridge immediately turn right into Lewiston Idaho and onto Snake River Ave, then just drive south until you reach Hells Gate State Park. 


FROM NORTH (US-95 or US-195):  Make your best way to Lewiston ID. From Spokane take US-195 South.  From northern Idaho US-95 South. At the bottom of the Lewiston grade merge onto US-12W on the ramp to Lewiston/Walla Walla to the Clearwater Bridge. On the Clearwater Bridge make sure that you are in the right lane so that you will follow US-12 W.  At the 18th St light by Black Sheep, turn Right onto the Levee/Dike Bypass which you will follow until it dead ends into Snake River Ave.  Turn Right and drive south until you reach Hells Gate State Park.


FROM EAST (US-12):  When you get to Lewiston, take the US-12 W / US-95 N ramp, continue straight onto US-12 / US-95 N, continue to follow US-12 W to the Clearwater Bridge. On the Clearwater Bridge make sure that you are in the right lane so that you will follow US-12 W.  At the 18th St light by Black Sheep, turn Right onto the Levee/Dike Bypass which you will follow until it dead ends into Snake River Ave.  Turn Right and drive south until you reach Hells Gate State Park.


FROM SOUTH (US-95):  Drive north to Lewiston, merge onto US-12 W, continue to Clearwater Bridge. On the Clearwater Bridge make sure that you are in the right lane so that you will follow US-12 W.  At the 18th St light by Black Sheep, turn Right onto the Levee/Dike Bypass which you will follow until it dead ends into Snake River Ave.  Turn Right and drive south until you reach Hells Gate State Park.

From the NORTH, SOUTH, or EAST:   If you miss the light at 18th St in Lewiston, then Main St will turn into D St. which will dead end into the west end of the Levee Bypass.  You would need to turn left onto the Levie Bypass and then the next right would be onto Snake River Ave and drive south until you reach Hells Gate State Park.

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