What is Bellum Aeternus?

Bellum Aeternus is a 5 day festival of all things Darkon. We welcome veteran Darkonians, cross-gamers, and new players to come out and join us as we prepare to experience annual rendition of this event (which is the single largest multi-day LARP event in the Maryland/Virginia/DC area).

Below are just a sampling of somethings that attendees can experience at Bellum Aeternus:

Wednesday Night Welcome Party, Wednesday is pretty low-key. We spend the day setting up your camp and then invite you to join us for a fun kickoff to our annual event.

Thursday-Saturday is when things really kick off…

Thursday-Saturday Vendor Row: In year’s past this has been where you can find fine merchants for food, jewelry, LARP weapons, armor, bags, garb, furs, furnishings, and more.

Thursday and Friday- Immerse yourself in a roleplay adventure experience, as you embark on quests for glory. This year’s adventure will focus on the events of the Crown War and the preparations that come with armies readying for war. More will be revealed in time…

Thursday night, join us in the tavern for a bardic competition

Friday, in addition to the ongoing adventure take part in the Annual Firebrand Tournament- a test of arms where you can test your skill and compete against skilled combatants from across the country.

Friday night in the Tavern, there will be medieval gambling and games of chance!

Saturday- submit entries into a medieval fantasy arts and sciences competition. Submit your crafts for judgement against fellow artisans of the realm and compete for prizes and glory.

Saturday Battle Game Scenarios- We always have some fun stuff planned. Count on us running some classic favorites like “kick the can” and “Halcon’s Warrior Bridge”, as well as new scenarios. The Crown War…. The crowning event of the weekend will also be on Saturday. Sir Kai Firebrand has declared his claim to the Throne. The challenger’s forces will face off against the reigning High King Alfred Goldenhue’s army. With whom will you stand?

Post-Crown war on Saturday, for a separate admission (details TBA) there will also be a grand feasting event offered and upon conclusion of the feast, it is there that all are welcome as we host a royal court and distribute awards to champions of the weekend and the realm at large.

Saturday night we celebrate our new King and wrap up our weekend of wonder with the gladiatorial combat spectacle known as pit fights.

Sunday we all pack up and plan to be off site by noon.

All this will happen at a site with solid amenities- community firepit, showers, food vendors, and ample parking. For the first time ever, we are planning to have a family camping area located on the site. There will be more to share on this later, but there are good things in store!

Bellum Aeternus IX is brought to you by a dedicated and helpful staff made up of volunteers from the realm of Darkon. We hope to see you there!

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