I wrote a story!

November 21, 2009 — A gold-rimmed sea serpent undulates around a trident along the end of the narrow blue flag as it ripples in the morning breeze that blows across the gopher-pocked green of Lakeside’s El Monte Park, which spreads out below the brown face of El Cajon Mountain. And if that sentence sounds high-flown, well, there’s a reason why. The flag is only one of maybe a hundred ringing the field that will see today’s combat — armored, unarmored, and rapier — and the serpent is only one of four symbols on that flag, but it is the symbol of the Barony of Calafia. The barony covers San Diego and Imperial Counties, and today is its anniversary tournament. It’s an event grand enough to command the presence of King Patrick O’Malley and Queen Kara the Twin of Kelton, the reigning monarchs of the Kingdom of Caid, the sixth kingdom in the Society for Creative Anachronism, a region that encompasses southern California, southern Nevada, and Hawaii. (Yes, it helps that their majesties are locals, but still.)


  1. Dorian Speed says

    I read a story!

    Really interesting – did the print edition have pictures? I would have loved to see the tapestry they describe at the end.

  2. Matthew Lickona says

    The tapestry was amazing. Sadly, my pix were lost in a recent hard drive crash. Thanks for reading!

  3. Mark Thomas says

    Maybe there's a market for Galahad after all.

  4. Matthew Lickona says

    That's quite enough hope out of you, young man.

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