What is this Ice Dragon Pentathlon people keep talking about?
That’s quite a question.
The Ice Dragon Pentathlon is an arts competition that dates back to the second Festival of the Passing of the Ice Dragon. While it has had many forms over the years, the most recognizable and often used is the format we’re using this year: multiple categories anyone can enter and win, with an overall competition among those who have chosen to enter a minimum of five different categories.
You can enter one item in one category at Ice Dragon.
You can enter up to five items in one category at Ice Dragon.
This enters you into the competition for that category.
So essentially, we’re having 19 separate arts competitions.
If you choose to enter the Grand Pentathlon, you will need to enter a minimum of five separate categories. You can enter more. Only your top score in each of five categories will count. The 19 categories are listed here with explanations.
The folks who choose to enter the Grand Pentathlon will have their top score from each of their top five categories added together to determine their Grand Pentathlon score. So
- If you entered Culinary Arts with five entries and got five perfect scores, only one of those will count toward your Grand Pentathlon score (but we WILL be at your next feast).
- If you enter ten categories, only the top five scores FROM FIVE DIFFERENT CATEGORIES will count towards the Grand Pentathlon.
- There are nineteen categories. If you enter – and win – ten categories, it is possible for someone to enter – and lose – five categories, and still beat you in the Grand Pentathlon based on the scores because the Grand Pent only counts each competitor’s top five scores in five separate Categories
To determine an item’s score, each item is evaluated on five criteria on a scale of 1-6 by three judges. These are added together for a potential score from 15 to 90 points The criteria used are dependent on the category entered and are broken down into four groups:
- Material Culture (THINGS, including all written word entries except research papers)
- Live Performance
- Research Paper
- Youth (minors are welcome to enter as adults if they wish to do so)
The winner of each Category is based on the best individual or group score of all items entered into the category. Winners of major categories will be announced and prizes awarded for them at the event.
An entrant’s Grand Pentathlon score is calculated by taking the entrant’s single highest score in each Category they are entered in. If the entrant has entered more than five Categories, the top five are used. These are added together to produce a Grand Pentathlon score. The Winner of the Grand Pentathlon is determined solely by the scores.
It is possible for a person to win five or more Categories and lose the Grand Pentathlon to another person who has won NO Categories. We have 19 Categories. A person scoring 50 in each of five Categories, winning those Categories, has a Grand Pentathlon score of 250. A person scoring 60 in five other Categories, but coming in second in each to five other people thereby NOT winning the Categories, will have a Grand Pentathlon score of 300. This is why we base the Grand Pentathlon on score, not on the number of major categories won.
People 17 and under may – but are not required to – enter as Youth in the same categories as adults, but they will not be judged as adults and they are not eligible for the Grand Pentathlon. The highest scoring Youth entry across all categories will win the Youth competition.
Alternately, people 17 and under may choose instead to have their work judged as an equal to any adult entry in the category appropriate to the materials and/or construction.
The Pent identifies multiple artisans collaborating on a single project as a group entry, which can include projects made with separate elements but part of a cohesive objective. Group Entries are not their own category; they are entered as a group entry into the appropriate category for the project and are judged separate from individual category entries.
Starting this year (2022), the components of a group entry can be entered by their individual artisans to count towards their personal Pent scores. To avoid unfair advantage the Pent requires Group participants who are interested to document in detail who collaborated on what so it is clear the sub-project is at its core an individual contribution to the greater cohesive objective.
The following examples explain this division in more detail:
Example 1: Many artisans create one cohesive project, but without clear division of labor:
- 5 artisans work together: artisans A & B do 1, artisans B & C do 2 and artisans C & D & E do 3, creating project 123
- project 123 can ONLY be entered as a group project, as all components or sub-projects 1, 2 and 3 are collaborations.
- Artisans A & B, as well as artisans B & C and C & D & E can each enter their sub-projects BUT only as different collaborative group entries (and under different group names), which do NOT count towards their individual Pent scores.
- The individual artisans would have nothing to enter as individuals.
Real life example:
Anita, Ingrid, Leif, Eric and Janne make a Viking klappenrock coat: Anita & Ingrid weave the fabric, Leif & Eric sew the garment together, and Leif, Eric & Janne spin the yarn. The coat would be entered as their Group Entry in Fabric Construction, and, if they wanted, Anita & Ingrid could enter their woven fabric in Fiber Arts (separate Group Entry with a different group names); Leif & Eric in Fabric Construction (separate Group Project with a different group names and a notation that they did not do the weaving or all the spinning) and Leif, Eric & Janne also in Fiber Arts (separate Group Entry with another different group name).
Example 2: Many artisans make one thing, with clear division of labor:
- 4 artisans work together: artisans A & B do 1, artisan C does 2 and artisan D does 3, creating project 123
- Project 123 can be entered as a group project.
- Sub-project 1 can be entered by artisans A & B as a group entry into an appropriate different category (and under a different group name), and will NOT count towards their individual Pent scores.
- Artisan C can enter sub-project 2 and artisan D can enter sub-project 3 as individual Pent entries, counting towards their individual Pent scores.
Real life example:
Anita, Ingrid, Leif and Janne make a Viking klappenrock coat: Anita & Ingrid weave the fabric, Leif makes bronze clasps and Janne constructs the garment. The coat would be entered as their Group Entry in Fabric Construction.
If they wanted, Anita & Ingrid could enter their weaving in Fiber Arts (separate Group Entry under a different group name).
Leif and Janne, as they did not collaborate on their individual sub-projects, can also enter individually: Leif can enter his metal clasps in Metal Working (individual) and Janne can enter her garment construction in Fabric Construction (individual), with a notation that neither the weaving nor the clasps are part of the entry. Both these entries would count towards their individual Pent score.
Example 3: Many artisans make one thing, with a clear division of labor:
- 3 artisans work together: artisan A does 1, artisan B does 2 and artisan C does 3, creating project 123
- project 123 can be entered as a group project
- Artisans A, B & C can each opt to enter their individual sub-projects as individual entries (NOT cross entries) in their appropriate categories, which WILL count towards each artisans individual Pent scores.
Real life example:
Anita, Janne and Leif recreate a Norse Wardrobe from a specific grave find. Anita recreates the festoon beads, Janne recreates the different layers of the garments, and Leif recreates the brooches and small knife found in the burial. The wardrobe would be entered as their Group Entry in Curiosa (Group Entry), and, if they wanted, Anita could enter her flamework in Ceramics & Glass (individual), Janne her garments in Fabric Construction (individual) and Leif his brooches and belt knife in Metal Working (individual). Each sub-project would could towards each individual Pent score.
The Pent encourages Group Entries and we are more than happy to assist you in figuring out how to do your idea most effectively. Please contact the Pent coordinator with any questions, including pre-approval of division of labor as well as which categories would be appropriate for which sub-projects.
Special competitions are established at the discretion of the Pent Coordinator in consultation with the Event Autocrat and Rhydderich Hael Baronage.
King & Queen’s Choice
Chosen at the discretion of the Æthelmearc Royalty. All items in all displays are eligible for and automatically entered in this competition.
Baron & Baroness’ Choice
Chosen at the discretion of the Rhydderich Hael Baronage. All items in all displays are eligible for and automatically entered in this competition.