Chronicles of the East Kingdom
The Chronicles of the East Kingdom is a single page document discovered among the files of the East Kingdom Historian. It purports to describe the founding and first year or so of the East.
From the reference "...El of the Two Knives as Chancellor of the Exchequer, a post he has held under every monarch since." we can place the time of its writing to before October 1972, when Wilhelm of Bothnia took over the job of Exchequer.
The document does not end cleanly, so we can only assume that this is just the first page of a longer manuscript.
The Chronicles of the East Kingdom In the second month of the third year of the reigns of the kings of the west, two came from the land of the mists, eastward to realms which had heard little of the feats of arms of the men of the west nor of the skills of their smiths and artisans. Finding those among these peoples yet unaquainted with civilization who were willing to listen to the code of chivalry and to learn the rudiments of proper behavior and honorable warfare, these missionaries, y-clept Walter and Elfrida of Greenwalls, did much to bring enlightenment to what was a wilderness. By the second of June of that year, enough people had been con- vinced of the virtue of their ideas to hold an outdoor revel on the grounds of a local castle. The heavens opened upon that day and the revelers were forced to seek shelter within the castle. The castellan declaimed that permission had only been granted for the use of the grounds, then rapidly flooding, and that they could not continue into the castle. They were forced to flee homeward, as storming the castle and punishing this vile peasantish discourtesy was as yet beyond their means. On the twenty-first day of July of the same year, a tournament was held. Weapons were forged by Eiolf and those who were called Baru Go-ren and Bruce of the New Rock. Robert of Fort Hill, Peter of York, and Elfrida of Greenwalls provided music while Bruce slaughtered all comers to win the crown of the East. King Richard of the West dispatched an embassy of congratulation. An invitation was extended and upon the second day of the fifth month, King Henrik of the West knighted our victor Sir Bruce of Clove, being the site where he had won his victory. Following a tournament five days before All Hallows, at which he was crowned, King Bruce I set about forming a government. His first thought was the defense of the kingdom. On Twelfth Night, seeing the armourers to be honourable and skilful fighters, he dubbed them Sir Eiolf Eiriksson and Sir Rakkurai of Kalakura. Within a fortnight he had selected his help in the work of creating a viable kingdom. Among them were Lady Elfrida, later 0.L., and Walter of Greenwalls as seneschal, and El of the Two Knives as Chancellor of the Exchequer, a post he has held under every monarch since. A meeting was scheduled for one week after Groundhog’s Day at the seneschals' country retreat. Snow fell that day. By dawn carts were impeeded in their progress. By the time of the meeting, the snow had reached the cuisses of the knights, and even His Majesty's chariot, with its team, could not reach the site. The snow had reached the waist of his subjects of giant blood by sunset. At this time, the fourteen travellers attempted to reach their homes. Despite serfs to clear the roads, none completed their trip that day and some had disappeared from ken of mortal men. On Whitsunday, returning from a tournament, a small party of ladies of the kingdom, escorted by Sir Eiolf and Koppel f. Lachsfalk, was attacked by a band of nine brigands. While Lachsfalk held the thieves in a narrow defile, Sir Eiolf shepherded the ladies to safety then returned to help. By the time he reached the defile, the robbers had fled; Lachsfalk lie bleeding on the ground. He gave him into the hands of the chirugeons who forewent bleeding him on the grounds that the blackguards had done such a superlative job. Despite certain machinations of a group of self-inflated peasants, the Midsummer tournament occurred on schedule and the MacGregor of Götr-Karlsberg, having won the day, was named knight and heir-apparent to King Bruce. Scriveners for chronicles of neighboring duchies spread
Discussion / Notes
About the second to last paragraph, Steffan writes:
"That's the incident when Koppel, returning from an SCA event/practice on the NYC subway with some other folk, was mugged. He was wearing most of his armor and had his sword. He held 'em off while the ladies dashed up the stairs. Legend has it that's what he was knighted for, but he was already a knight."