Murder in the Desert


Hosted in-person by Device of Corvaria

The Shire of Corvaria (Bend, Jefferson, Deschutes, & Crook Counties, OR )

Event Summary

Event Main Contact (Event Steward): Temperance Trewelove
Date: August 26 , 2022 until August, 28 2022
Site opens at: 3:00 PM on August 26th 2022
Site closes at: 2:00 PM on August 28th 2022

Event site:
Culver City Park
East D Street (no physical address) Culver, OR 97734

Greetings one and all,

It’s time for war on the High Desert. Come to Corvaria for the repeat inaugural Murder in the Desert; it is the quintessential all-day (or at least very long) resurrection war and much more. Bring your troops and a treasure to defend. The war scenario pits landed troops (this means armored combat teams) against each other defending and attacking on our staged Summits map. The combat victors are those who have the most “treasure” at the end of the fighting. If you aren’t keen on rattan fighting, you can earn points for your team by vying for the Corvarian championships (rapier, youth archery, archery, & rattan), volunteering, taking classes, participating in an archery novelty shoot (loaner gear available), competing in scribal arts, bocce ball, or bean bag throwing. The Corvarian Defender will depend on the number of fighters. It will either be Alliance by Conquest OR round robin 2 out of 3 for each pairing, most wins wins. We are still working on adding elements to the schedule, so other opportunities for earning points may present themselves. If you don’t have a team when you arrive, we will create a team for you. Everyone will be included. Saturday is a potluck feast where bards can perform to earn points for their team. Of course you can always bring what you like, but if you want some guidelines: A-H bring a main dish, I-N bring a side dish, O-T bring some sort of salad, U-Z bring a dessert. Things to bring: yourself and your joy, something to share at potluck, something to contribute to the treasure chest. The weather forecast for Saturday is a pleasant high of 77 F during the day and a low of 46 F at night. Please plan to pay with cash or checks; we aren’t set up for any other payment styles.

This event includes the following activities and/or services:
Has Heavy Fighting activities
Has Rapier and/or Cut & Thrust activities
Has Archery activities
Has Bardic activities
Has Arts & Sciences activities
Allows pets (check for details)
Offers a feast or meal

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This is a Level 2: Branch Event where no Kingdom or Principality business is expected to be conducted event.

Accessibility Information

Level grass park with ADA compliant restrooms.


Site Fees

Fee Type Cost*
Adult $25
Youth 17 & under Free
*SCA Members will receive a $5 member discount off the cost listed above.

Event Schedule

Time Activity Location
3:00 p.m. Friday, 8/26 Gate Opens
6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Travelers’ Soup/Archery (Royal Rounds/Fun Shoot?) Permanent Shelter/Range
8:00 a.m. Saturday, 8/27 Gate Opens
9:00 a.m. Final Declaration of Teams & Treasure contributions/Rapier Championship/Youth Archery Championship Permanent Shelter/TBD/Range
9:30 a.m. Heavy Armor Inspection followed by War scenarios @ 10:00/Heavy Defender Championship at the conclusion of War scenarios
1:00 p.m – 3:00 p.m.

3:00 p.m.

3:30 p.m.

Archery (novelty shoots & RR)

Steel Marshaling Class

Archery Championship begins




6:00 p.m. Potluck feast begins/Bardic for points Permanent Shelter
7:00 p.m. Court TBD
8:00 p.m. Open Bardic lawn by Permanent Shelter

Meal Information

Traveler’s welcome soup available on Friday evening.

Potluck feast on Saturday. Of course you can always bring what you like, but if you want some guidelines: A-H bring a main dish, I-N bring a side dish, O-T bring some sort of salad, U-Z bring a dessert.

Tournament Information

Corvaria Heavy Defender

Corvaria Rapier Champion

Corvaria Archery Champion

Corvaria Youth Archery Champion


Youth and Family Activities

Youth Archery

Merchant Information

Welcome to Oat Lane Merchants. They specialize in researching and replicating medieval artifacts. Some of the goods they will showcase are: brass dice, embroidery tools, needle cases, etched hair clips and more. Come to Murder prepared for fun and maybe a little shopping splurge!

Emergency Preparedness Information

In case of emergency…

Call 911 directly.  There is good cell service in the area.

Emergency services are available at St. Charles Madras, approximately 10 miles north of site at 470 NE A St, Madras, OR 97741 (541) 475-3882.

Emergency services are also available at St. Charles Redmond, approximately 18 miles south of site at 1253 NW Canal Blvd, Redmond, OR 97756 (541) 548-8131.

The closest urgent care is Summit Medical Group Oregon Urgent Care at 865 SW Veterans Way, Redmond, OR 97756 (541) 382-2811.


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