Cattle Raids, August 23rd

Her Excellency Seraphina Brugari, Baroness of Mag Mor and Cattle Raids autocrat, has posted the following information. More details can be found on the web site

Greetings Calontir!  Cattle Raids is almost upon us, and we are excited to host Their Majesties and Their Populace in the Barony of Mag Mor on August 23rd!  Many thrilling and exciting adventures await you, as we embark into the Greco-Persian Wars!  Fighting, archery, equestrian, canine, A&S and children’s activities will fill the day, as well as feasting in the evening.  Camping space is ample, and the weather looks to be glorious. 

Site opens Friday evening at 5, and closes at noon on Sunday.  This is a pet friendly and WET site.

Fighting authorizations and inspections start at 9:30 Saturday morning, and a double elimination “Bring your best” tourney starts at 10:30.

A Fyrd sponsored Man At Arms Tourney will follow the open tourney.  This tourney is hosted by the Iren Fyrd of Calontir, and open to all unranked fighters. 

Open melees will occur as time and energy allow.

Calontir Steel will hold a double elimination tourney.

Archery at Cattle Raids opens at 10 AM Saturday, and will run until 4:30

Canine activities are included for the first time this year!  Activities start at 10 AM and run throughout the afternoon.

Several A&S competitions are slated throughout the day:

  • A Pre-print text writing competition
  • Gecko Persian (yes, the lizard) in any medium
  • A Blank border competition
  • An A and S round table show and tell
  • Childrens A&S show and tell

A Bardic competition will be held.  The theme is “Migration”.

Childrens activities begin at 10:00 with a boffer tourney, and will continue throughout the day with a Mini Olympics.

Equestrian activities will begin with a processional at 12:30, followed by a Greco Persian challenge in the arena.  The excitement continues into the evening following feast, with the 60 challenge.

An Inn is available on site from 11:00-1:30.  Greek lunch will be served.

A glorious feast by Mistress Gwyneth Espicier awaits us following court.  The menu can be found on our web page.

Our web page is being updated once again as we speak, and can be found at

We eagerly anticipate the weekend with good friends and good fun.


In Service,

Seraphina Brugari

Baroness of Mag Mor and Cattle Raids autocrat

Equestrian Challenge for Cattle Raids

Harvested from the Calontir list:

Announcing A Greco-Persian Equestrian Challenge for Cattle Raids!

It is now in your hands to enslave Athens or make her free, and thereby leave behind for all posterity a memorial such as not even Harmodius and Aristogeiton left. Now the Athenians have come to their greatest danger since they first came into being, and, if we surrender, it is clear what we will suffer when handed over to Hippias. But if the city prevails, it will take first place among the Greek cities.

– Herodotus, The Histories

About the Challenge: The theme for Cattle Raids 2014 is the Greco-Persian Wars between the Achaemenid Empire of Persia and the Greek city-states from 499 – 449 BC.  Cavalry were an important part of that conflict.  The elements of this challenge are mostly taken from On the Cavalry Commander, a book by the Greek writer Xenophon (430 – 354 BC).

The Prizes: The prizes for this challenge will be contributed by the entrants.  As Xenophon wrote:

And if you could offer prizes to the regiments for skill in all the feats that the public expects the cavalry to perform at the spectacles, I think this would appeal strongly to the spirit of emulation in every Athenian.  For evidence of this I may refer to the [Greek plays], in which many labours and heavy expenses are the price paid for trifling rewards.

We encourage everyone to heed Xenophon’s words: No trifling rewards!  🙂

The Course: A full description and course diagram will be posted online shortly, but the course includes a procession, heraldry (so start working on your intro now! and pull out those banners!), maneuvering on horseback, javelin throwing, simulated polo, bonus points for riding the course bareback, and more!

TO RESERVE A STALL (or if you have any Questions): Contact the Honorable Lady Eowyth þa Siðend at

The Honorable Lady Katrin Bjarnarsdottir will also be hosting an Evening Tournament! More details and a full schedule to be posted as plans are completed.

In Service,

THL Eowyth þa Siðend

Cattle Raids Feast Menu

Greetings Calontir! Cattle Raids is quickly approaching in the Barony of Mag Mor. August 23rd will soon be upon us. We hope that many of you can attend. If you are still considering whether to make the trek, please allow your stomach to make the decision for you. Mistress Gwyneth Espicier has a most wonderful feast planned for us. It should not be missed!

Seraphina Brugari
Baroness of Mag Mor
Autocrat Cattle Raids 2014

Cattle Raids 2014 Feast
Ancient Greco-Persian Feast
Feast fee $10
80 seats available

1st course (Greek & Persian)
Fresh Cheese (Plain and Garlic)
Olive Tapenade
Herb Omelet

2nd course (Persian)
Chicken Stew with Walnut and Pomegranate
Jasmine Rice
Persian Yogurt with Cucumber

3rd course (Greek)
Pork & Beef Skewers
Stewed Mushrooms

Sweets (both Greek & Persian)
Date & Pistachio Balls


Fresh Cheese, Plain and Garlic –- (milk, enzymes, salt) and (milk, enzymes, salt, garlic)

Olive Tapenade — black & green olives, cilantro, fennel greens, mint, cumin seeds, wine vinegar, olive oil

Bread -– wheat flour, salt, milk, yeast, egg, butter, vegetable oil

Meatballs –- beef, bread crumbs (wheat flour, yeast, salt, aniseed, coriander seed, nigella seed), onion, egg, oregano, mint, parsley, salt, pepper

Herb Omelet –- egg, green onion, olive oil, parsley, cilantro, dill, spinach, fenugreek, wheat flour, salt, pepper, cinnamon, cloves, cumin, coriander seed

Chicken Stew with Walnut and Pomegranate –- chicken, chicken stock, onions, butter, olive oil, pomegranate, walnuts, sugar, cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, pepper

Jasmine Rice –- rice, salt

Persian Yogurt with Cucumber –- yogurt, cucumber, mint, salt, pepper

Pork & Beef Skewers –- pork marinated in olive oil, garlic, thyme, oregano, salt, pepper and beef marinated in olive oil, wine vinegar, cumin, dill, salt, marjoram, thyme

Stewed Chickpeas –- chick peas, green onions, olive oil, garlic, cumin, sage, coriander seed, salt, sesame paste

Stewed Mushrooms –- mushrooms, olive oil, fish sauce, honey, pepper, lovage

Cheesecake –- cottage cheese, wheat flour, egg, honey, poppy seed

Date & Pistachio Balls –- date, pistachio

Scroll Text Competition at Cattle Raids

This year there will be another preprint-text-writing competition, upgraded to a -cum-roundtable at Cattle Raids, on August 23, southeast of Mag Mor. Unless an entrant requests otherwise, judging will be interactive among all the participants, a couple judges, and anybody who wanders near enough to get sucked in, so that we can nerd together–erm, benefit from sharing ideas.

If you wish to enter the competition portion, bring three scroll texts written for an imaginary Crown on three of Calontir’s AoA’s. Pick a unifying place, time, theme, or source, so the imaginary Crown would be willing to use them together. If it sounds interesting but you have no idea how to start, email me.

If you don’t want to compete, come anyway for the roundtable. If you have a favorite book you like to use as a source, come share it with us. If you want to talk about the really cool text you wrote (pre-print or not,) bring it along. If you’re considering maybe someday trying to write a text, come tell us what you’re thinking, why you’re interested, and if you have any ideas how we can help you.

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