A listing of all Amtgard chapters in the State of Illinois, past and present.
Illinois Time Line; 1983-2008
August 1983: Areth Nar, mundanely Chris Brooke, one of the founders of Windmoor Crossing and the Rising Winds, is introduced to Amtgard by a friend. His friend, Clifford Kinder, learned about Amtgard in the Burning Lands. A small group begins in his backyard, but fails shortly thereafter when he moves to Indianapolis in June 1984.
Circa March 1985: Sir Charloc Darkstar, former squire to Sir Nashomi, moves from the Burning Lands and establishes a land in Chicago. Not much is known about the group, but Charloc eventually claims the title of “King of Chicago.” It appears by July 1987, the land is dead and Sir Charloc is once again residing in the Burning Lands.
July 1999: evil Randy leaves Fiery Nights, Takari takes the Leadership of the park.
December 1999: Windswept Vale is accepted under the Kingdom of Goldenvale at the Kingdom Coronation. It is known that Tilion and Cyraya were present. Cyraya and Tilion also took part in the Crown A&S Tourney: Cyraya took second and Tilion took third. Goldenvale recognized a few members of Windswept Vale with awards as well.
January 2000: Rising Winds raids Windswept Vale. Shadow’s Home aids Windswept Vale. Windswept Vale wins. The event creates a bit of controversy as members of the raiding party complain about the attitude they are greeted with and a rules dispute. Windswept Vale does the same about the raiders attitude.
March 2000: Tilion and Cyraya move to Pegasus Valley in New Mexico. Windswept Vale folds.
April 2001: Sawney Freehold Shire is legitimized. The group had existed for about a year before, but had not formally attempted to become Amtgard. Founding members included Tylor Everwind, Jacen Golddrake, Alona Twotrees, and Wulfgar Strahd.
August 2001: First formal attempt to unify Amtgard in the State. A Chicago conclave was proposed as a means to discuss ways to do Mass recruiting for Shadow’s Home, Fiery Nights, and Windswept Vale, which was seeing a slight interest in trying to reform.
April 2002: Cursed Prairie is established. Members of Cursed Prairie separated from Sawney due to geographical distance. The group was holding fighter practices in Bloomington as part of Sawney beginning in December 2001. Founding members include Callandra Drachewolf, Maera Halvorsdottir, Vlad Tepes, and Valkyrja. Works closely with the Dagorhir Realm Wolfpack.
June 2002: Cursed Prairie is accepted to the Golden Plains.
August 2002: The Dragon’s Tale is established in Robinson, IL.
May 2002: Callandra moves to Texas, Simon is made the Monarch of Cursed Prairie.
September 2002: The Shire of Constantinople (originally Byzantium) forms in Carbondale, founded by Simon Blackfell, Magdelin, Mephiston Mystic, and Nudraigh. Simon and Magdelin played in Cursed Prairie, Mephiston played in the CK back in the nineties. There contract faces some issues with BLBOD as they originally tried to use the same name for the Amtgard land as for the Dagorhihr Group.
June-August 2003: Unification attempt under Golden Plains. Lands involved included Sawney, Cursed Prairie, Shadow’s Home, Fiery Nights, Phoenix Tears, Hyborea, Corona, Felwithe, Loch v’Naer, and the Frostlands from Wisconsin. Constantinople held out while handling issue with name.
September 2003: Sir Shef, GP Champion, and Squire Ashe, GP Regent, hold meeting at Western Gate about Illinois Lands. RW attendees included Sir Brock, Gwenhyfar, Sir Glavas, and Azmandius. Attendees from Shadow’s Home included Kuma, Alona, and Ash. Some unknown members of Sawney attended as well.
Novemebr 2003: Shadow’s Home has a friendly raid of Loch v’Naer.
April 2004: Out of the ashes of Sawney Freehold, the Shire of Forsaken Lakes is formed. It was discovered that Sawney’s contract never made it to the BLBOD, and the land used this as a time to rebuild and begin following the rules more closely.
May 2004: First Amtgard Pellenor Fields run by Hyborea. The event is Lord of the Rings themed.
May 2005: Second Amtgard Pellenor Fields held. Run by “Katzu’s Wayward” and Legion of House Manticore.
May 2006: Third Amtgard Pellenor Fields is attempted, but fails due to site and scheduling issues.
October 2006: Cursed Prairie is revived in East Peoria, IL by Shinsei and Maggie.
January 2007: Phoenix Tears hosts the Crème de la Crème Tourney, a sort of Arts and Sciences invasion battle between Western Gate and Phoenix Tears. Constantinople sends a small delegation as well.
April 2007: An attempt to unify Wisconsin and northern Illinois into a Principlaity under the Iron Mountains is started. The four groups involved were Frostlands, Crimson Circle, North Haven, and Fiery Nights.
December 2008: Elemental Fields is established in Waterloo, IL by Lance Bakore.