Murder in the Desert


Event Steward: Cassandra Deveroux

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

Event Summary:

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

Click here for more information about this location such as site amenities, rules, and restrictions.

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.


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.


Steel activities:

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


This event includes the following activities and/or services:
Royal Presence - Summits
Youth & Family Activities
Heavy Fighting Activities
Rapier and/or Cut & Thrust Activities
Archery Activities
Thrown Weapons Activities
Bardic Activities
Arts & Sciences Activities

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Site Fees

Fee Type Cost*
Adults $25
Kids under 18 Free
*SCA Members will receive a $5 member discount off the cost listed above.

Event Schedule

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

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

Siege cooking competition begins.  


Cut & thrust tourney

Silent auction opens, closes at 4:30


Corvaria Rapier Championship

Corvaria Youth Archery Championship

Populace vote, Siege cooking competition

1:00 Rapier, Capture the Documents  
1:30 Iron scribal competition  

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.

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

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.

This page was last updated: August 7, 2019
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