Murder in the Desert


Event Summary

Event Main Contact (Event Steward): Cassandra Deveroux
Date: August 23 , 2019 until August, 25 2019
Site opens at: 3:00 PM on August 23th 2019
Site closes at: 12:00 PM on August 25th 2019

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

Hours:  Friday, 3pm – Sunday, 3pm

Site:  City Park, Corner of 1st Ave & East D St, Culver, OR

Directions:  Make your way toward Highway 97.  Heading east on Highways 20, 126, 58 and other Southern routes, turn North onto Highway 97.  Turn left toward Culver on SW Culver Hwy just past milepost 106.  Turn right onto 1st St.  The park entrance will be on the right.  Coming from Highway 26 and other points North, turn South on Highway 97.  Turn right toward Culver onto SW Culver Hwy just past milepost 105 about 8 miles South of Madras.  Turn right onto 1st St.  The park entrance will be on the right.

Event Description: Murder in the Desert is designed to generate participation by all attendees. Every person will be part of a team of no more than 10 people. You can make your own group or connect with others on site. Anyone who has not chosen a team before the “Declaration of Teams” scheduled Saturday morning will be assigned.

Points:  The team victors will take home a treasure provided by the Shire of Corvaria. Teams are awarded points for all activities. Team victory will be calculated based on the highest average points per person on your team.

Earn points as follows:

  • Volunteer an hour, earn a point (gate, marshal, water bearing, etc.).  
  • Participate in the Summits or Corvaria Shire Championships earn a point
  • Participate in siege cooking or iron scribal competitions earn a point; win first place and earn 5 points, win second place for 3 points
  • Participate in Heavy war scenarios earn 1 point per type of scenario for a maximum of four points
  • Participate in scheduled Cut & Thrust and Rapier tournaments earn 1 point per tournament; win first place and earn 5 points, win second place for 3 points.  See above for championship points.

SCA trivia and live action heraldry will be used to break a tie.

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.


This event includes the following activities and/or services:
Royal Presence - Summits
Offers Youth & Family activities
Has Heavy Fighting activities
Has Rapier and/or Cut & Thrust activities
Has Archery activities
Has Thrown Weapon activities
Has Bardic activities
Has Arts & Sciences activities
Allows pets (check for details)

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Registration Information

Land reservations are encouraged.  Contact Cassandra via the land reservation post in the Facebook event, send a message through Messenger, or email through the event.

Site Fees

Fee TypeCost*
Kids under 18Free
*SCA Members will receive a $5 member discount off the cost listed above.

Event Schedule

9:00Armor inspection opens for war scenarios 
9:30Court – Invocation of championships, Declaration of teams 

Morning war scenarios begin.  Open Field and Bridge resurrection battles run with and without archery

Siege cooking and scribal competitions begin  


Cut & Thrust tourney


Silent auction opens, closes at 4:30





Corvaria Rapier Championship

Corvaria Youth Archery Championship

Populace vote, Siege cooking competition

12:30Populace vote, Scribal competition 
1:00Rapier, Capture the Documents 

Afternoon war scenarios begin.  Breaching the Gate resurrection, Open Field – 2 deaths, run with and without archery.  Corvaria Defender tournament.

Captain of Eagles and Corvaria Archery Champion tournaments.

5:30Evening court 
8:00Dessert Social (bring something to share) 
EveningBardic circle 

Meal Information

There is a Dessert Potluck Social planned for the evening – approximately 8 pm

Tournament Information

War Scenarios:

The Heavy War Scenarios incorporate booty. Units protect and steal War Chests; this process will be described by the MIC. The War Chests will be represented by stuffed animals and contain items donated by war scenario participants. Each participant must donate something to contribute to the War Chests (plain or fancy, large or small–it matters not). 

Corvarian Defender Tournament: In the afternoon open field battle, after the Corvarian Defender–Sir Morgan–is killed a second time, the new Shire Defender will be determined using an alliance by conquest format. All can participate; those interested in being Shire Defender will be asked to sign up by 1pm.

Archery/Thrown Weapons Championships:

  • Pre-registration is available for Summits Championships – Form link:
  • Archery Championships, Captain of Eagles and Shire of Corvaria:  Plan for a royal round, wand shoot, and clout shoot.
  • The Corvarian Youth Archery championship terms will be declared at the time of the competition.  The current champion is preparing targets.
  • Summits Hunter championship will employ blades and axes.
  • Corvaria is donating $5 per entrant to the Principality Championships to the Summits Regalia funds.

Steel activities:

  • Cut & Thrust tourney
  • Revival – Corvaria Rapier Championship
  • Rapier Capture the Documents

Siege cooking competition:

In the spirit of flying things like Gryphons and Crows, create on-site the winged creature dish of choice. Chicken will be provided and competitors can fill in the rest Competitors should be able to discuss one medieval aspect of the dish. No other documentation is needed.

Iron scribal competition:

We will be painting all the same “Thank You” cards, the design will be simple.  Your mission should you so choose to accept it is to paint the cards in shades of Ultramarine Blue using white and black to lighten or darken the blue, also you are to add decoration to the front of the card by diapering, or drawing more components to enhance the card. You are the illuminator. In palettes there will be the Ultramarine blue, black, and white provided. I will also have brushes, pencils and lining pens available if you so desire to use them (or please feel free to bring your own). After the allotted time they will be voted on and points will be awarded.

Volunteer Information

Gate/score-keeper, marshaling, water bearing, etc.

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