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Family Activities at Wars of the Roses – Something New!

East Kingdom Gazette - Sun, 2017-05-21 10:17

Olivia Baker, reporting

This year at Wars of the Roses, we are doing something a little different. Rather than having specific family activities, we are encouraging and facilitating participation in all of the aspects of the event (to the extent legally and safely possible). Too much have we heard about families who cannot participate in “main” event activities and teens who are bored with crafts. There is always something to learn or help with, and it is our goal this year to provide as many opportunities for youth and their families to enjoy the event together as possible.

(1) There is always something to help with. We will provide a list of many of the activities happening at the event and things they will need volunteers for. Appropriate age ranges will be included so youth can easily find opportunities to help with the “main” Event.

(2) There is always something to learn. There will be many classes, and we will have a Village building full of artisans (and free play space) willing to share their craft and let anyone who is interested try it out. We are working with those who submit classes to have them post age ranges for their classes, and we encourage teachers to consider teaching beginner-level classes that would be appropriate for younger children as well. We are also looking for youth who would like to sponsor a competition at the Event.

(3) There is always someplace to be part of. The Village building will be a family-friendly space with free-play areas, artisan stations, and social space. It is a place where families can come to socialize, work on arts/sciences/handwork/etc, and play while enjoying “what we do in the SCA.” This is not the only place where families and youth are encouraged to participate. It is a sheltered area with boundaries that is explicitly family-friendly. Our goal is to keep families involved with the activities of the Event rather than sending them to a separated space.

We hope to see many families with all members engaged and enjoying the Event. If you have questions or suggestions, or you would like to volunteer to assist or teach, please contact me as soon as you can so we can talk!

If you’re interested in helping out with Family Activities, please contact the Family Activities Coordinator directly. 

Please remember that parents are responsible for their children at all times. Please be sure to familiarize yourself with the East Kingdom Chancellor Minor Policies

Below is the current schedule of family-friendly activities!

SATURDAY:

11:00 AM – Anyone Can Make Largesse! (Lady Finnguala ingen Neill meic Chuircc) — A class/workshop about what Largesse is and ideas for what SCAdians in various age groups and skill levels can make. A table with materials and idea/instruction sheets will be available for open use during the day on both Saturday and Sunday. Young children will need an older helper, not just adult supervision. Ages 4+

12:00 – 1:00 PM – Family-Friendly Songs for the SCA: a singalong and learning circle for sharing youth-appropriate tunes. Bring copies of our favorite SCA-and-youth-appropriate song lyrics to share!

1:00 PM – Origami (Paper Folding) for Beginners (Anna Elisabetta deValladolid) — A family-friendly class for ages 6+

1:00 PM – Storytime for the Littles (hosted by Inlé) — Come hear stories and maybe find a new favorite! We will be sharing our favorite SCA-appropriate picture books and reading some aloud. This will focus on stories appropriate for ages under 6. Live storytellers also welcome to stop by and share!

1:30 – 3:00 PM – Family Field Games — Active games for kids, family, and friends to play together that get you up and moving around!

3:00-5:00 PM – Heraldic Games! (Lady Cecelie Vogelgesangkin) — Using Registered names and devices, these games will include trivia, spelling attempts, and drawing for a full gamut of entertainment. Fun for ALL ages, they will work best with mixed age groups, so don’t be shy about joining in.

4:00 – 5:00 PM – Medieval Soda and Other Non-Alcoholic Drinks (lærifaðir Magnus hvalmagi) — We know a lot about adult beverages of medieval people, but did you know that non-alcoholic beverages were just as common (if not more)? Yup, believe it or not, soda is period! Come learn how to make some of these tasty drinks with things you can get from the grocery store!

7:00 PM – Human Chess (hosted by Mistress Ose Silverhair)

8:00 PM – Teen Roundtable (followed by Teen Social)

SUNDAY:

10:00 AM – Woven Wood (Master Angus Pembridge) — A hands-on demo of making wattle panels/fences/edging/etc.

11:00 AM – Viking Wire Weaving (Lady Shannon inghean Bhrain ui Dhuilleain) — Learn how to make those nifty woven wire necklaces (and other things) you see people wearing with their Viking-age garb. We’ll get started; students may not finish, but will be able to take their projects home to work on them. Material fee $5, age 16+, class size limit 8.

12:30 PM – Refilling the Kingdom Toychest (Lady Finnguala ingen Neill meic Chuircc) — What goes into filling the toy chest that gets brought out when the King and Queen visit? How can we help keep it full? Ideas and materials will be available. Let’s see how much we can get done to give back to the toychest!


Filed under: Events, Local Groups, Youth Activities

Master Thorpe Wins Forged In Fire Competition

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sat, 2017-05-20 00:15

Master Thorpe displays the African blade he made in his home forge for the third round of the show Forged In Fire. Photo by THL Fionnghuala.

By Baroness Katja (Chris Adler-France)

Æthelmearc fans of the History Channel’s metalsmithing competition, Forged In Fire, recognized a familiar face last week: Master John Michael Thorpe.

One of four competitors in the sixth episode of the fourth season of the show, Master Thorpe was named the champion of that episode’s challenge and won the $10,000 prize.

In each episode of the reality TV competition show, four entrants forge bladed weapons in a three-round elimination, with the first two three-hour rounds to create and improve a specific kind of knife out of a specific kind of metal in a Brooklyn, NY studio. The two finalists then have five days to create a specific historic sword in their home workshops before returning to the studio for their creation to be judged in a series of sharpness and sturdiness tests. Past competitions have challenged contestants to create such blades as Japanese katanas, Elizabethan rapiers, Norse battle axes, Scottish claymores, German katzbalger, and cavalry sabres. (See the Wikipedia article here for more about the show’s history.)

A metalworking Laurel and an SCA member since 1982, Master Thorpe has lived in Myrkfaelinn, Nithgaard, Thescorre, and now Delftwood for the past 13 years. He has three apprentices and is the founder and guild master of the Royal Guild of Æthelmearc Metalsmiths. He has served in a number of officer roles over the years, including kingdom chronicler, baronial seneschal, and several rapier marshallates.

He talked to The Gazette about the competition experience:

Q: First, congratulations on your win! Second, how long have you been a practicing blacksmith/silversmith and what experience do you have with metallurgy?

I have been making knives since I was about 14 and forging them since about 1990 or so. I am mostly self taught as a blade smith, but have learned a lot about metallurgy and blade performance from ABS Mastersmith Kevin Cashen, and Tim Zowada, and have had long discussions with Dr. Roman Landes, who literally wrote (in German) the authoritative book on the metallurgy of sharpness. I started working with metal professionally as a bench jeweler at 19, although my first exposure to the jewelry trade was in fourth grade (when a silversmith visited his class as part of the American Bicentennial celebrations). I learned enough by watching him that I was able to teach myself chasing and repousse from memory eight years later and  started making jewelry in my dorm room at RIT (Rochester Institute of Technology).

When I dropped out for a year on sick leave I went to work at a wholesale jewelry repair shop in Ithaca, where I worked my way up from polisher to bench jeweler. Repairing thousands of chains and sizing hundreds of rings is a great way to refine the fundamentals of your craft!

I taught myself metallurgy so that I could make better knives, and so that I could make a metallurgically correct 13th century knife to prove Laurel wrong when he said to someone that you could make a perfectly accurate 13th century knife that would work as well as the period ones by filing a blade out of the welding steel you get at a hardware store. I learned enough metallurgy in the process that despite my math education effectively ending after 9th grade, I was hired as a metallurgical associate engineer at an aerospace superalloy manufacturing plant, testing the metal that spins at high temperatures inside jet engines, and at one point was literally doing rocket science with tools that Benvenuto Cellini would recognize (using a chasing hammer and miniature carving chisels to collect samples for chemical analysis from the castings that became the main engine nozzles for the last three space shuttle missions).

Q: From watching the episode, it certainly appeared that you were very familiar with the competition’s specific expectations, such as the tests to gauge that the weapons were actually usable and not just impressive looking. So, how did you learn about this competition show and when did you begin watching it?

I initially learned about Forged in Fire when my wife (THL Fionnghuala inghean Diarmada) stumbled on it somewhere in the first season. I came down to watch the “cooking show about bladesmithing” and recognized one of the contestants from one of the bladesmithing hammer-ins I am a regular at. I went back and watched all of the episodes that were available and started watching regularly.

As to the specific expectations of the show, at one level, my focus in bladesmithing has always been on performance. A knife is a tool, I have always put function first, edge geometry (which determines sharpness), edge metallurgy (which determines how long an edge will continue cutting), and blade geometry (which determines how well a blade will pass through the medium it is cutting), how it will dissipate stress, etc.

The society of bladesmiths I have been a member of for over a decade, the New England Bladesmiths Guild (http://ashokanknifeseminar.com/), is a group of bladesmiths who organized the Ashokan Seminar as a vehicle to allow advancing knowledge of metallurgical science and bladesmithing outside of the heavily hype driven atmosphere of the more mainstream knife communities.

Q: What made you decide to enter this competition?

I am a horrible person. I sat and watched the show, armchair quarterbacking as the competition progressed with my wife (she can now recognize problems developing and strategic errors almost as quickly as I do, and as time went on I started bouncing some of my strategic ideas off of her for input).

As time went on, my ego got the best of me and I began to think that I could stand my ground against at least half of the winners skill-set wise, and that I had a better grasp of metallurgical knowledge than the majority of the competitors I had seen. I know and have shared an anvil with more than a few of the past episode winners, and I have a great deal of respect for the ones I know, but I felt that I had about a 50/50 chance in any given group and challenge.

Q: How did you prepare for the competition?

Since I don’t typically make blades over about five inches in length, before I even considered applying, I tested myself by forging a series of three blades giving myself a two-hour time limit from bar stock to quenched. I figured that if I could do that using all hand tools reliably, that would leave an hour for dealing with whatever material challenge curveball was thrown at me. When I proved to myself that I could do that, I sent in my application.

Q: First, you had to forge a Kukri (a large angled knife from Nepal) within a couple of hours in the studio with the other three contestants, then you and the other finalist had several days to make a specific blade in your home workshops. Had you ever made a Kukri or bent blade before? What were your thoughts about the in-studio challenge? Had you ever used the specific type of metal you were given to use?

Funny that you ask… I had never made a Kukri before, and in previous seasons competitors had always been tasked with “making a blade in their own signature style” for rounds one and two. I do not really have large blade signature style that would be appropriate for the typical performance tests, so I was planning to do a Persian style with a curved, tapered blade and trailing point, as that would perform well in the typical performance tests from the previous seasons. Then, they served up a curveball having us make a knife in (show judge) Jason Knight’s signature style. I had never intentionally made a blade with that kind of curve before. During the application process, the producer asked me if I had ever made anything “curvy or weird” before, so I ran out to the forge and made a quick serpentine dagger blade and emailed her the picture.

The Akrafena.

As to the type of steel, W1, I have used it to make little hand tools for chasing and repousse, but not for making a big blades. It is chemically similar to some other steels I have used, it is one of the most basic common tool steels, but not one of my usual choices for anything big.

Q: Had you ever made an Akrafena (an Ashanti sword with a perforated bulbous blade) or other large blade with cut-outs before? Your immediate response on the show, when told what you had to make, was that it was “scary.”

I have made several straight-bladed swords before, but not finished any of them into complete swords as I did not have the appropriate equipment to successfully heat-treat anything big to my standards (and the one rapier where I farmed out the heat treatment came back looking like a pretzel). The day before I left to go compete, I made a 45-inch-long electric heat treatment kiln (in his workshop) on the off-chance that I might make it to the final round and have to make something big, but I had not wired it or tested it before I left for New York. I did not have a quench tank big enough for a sword either.

I was not expecting to make it to the final round as I had not had any time to actually practice between the producers contacting me that it looked like I might be a contestant and when I had to get on a plane.

Q: What were your expectations when you entered the competition?

I went down with two goals: the first being to not get eliminated in the first round, and the second being to not embarrass my wife (Okay, not getting permanently injured is was also important.) Everything else was just gravy and experience points. I was going down to have fun.

Getting to the third round and facing the challenge of doing this extremely curved African sword with weird geometry and cutouts in the blade was intimidating. Then, adding in the logistical challenges that I had not had time to build any of the equipment that would speed up the build and make dealing with the odd shape easy was an extra piece of intimidation, not to mention that I was facing an opponent who had pulled off the unthinkable comeback (in the second round). I literally wired up the temperature control and modified a pottery kiln into a top-loading heat-treat kiln and welded up a quench tank during my home forge time with the camera recording my every move and the clock running. There were tons of logistical challenges to meet, and that was before I scrapped my first blade on the third day, and forge-welded five bars together to make up a bar with enough mass for a second attempt.

Q: How did you approach the Akrafena challenge? What was your process, how was it different or similar to blades you’ve made for the Society? What went well, what was the most difficult aspect of the challenge? How much did you research the historical weapon and how did that affect your design?

I researched the Akrafena on the Internet in the 32 hours I had between finding out that I was a finalist and the time my home forge time started. I was hoping that I would find one in the African section at the Metropolitan Museum of Art the morning before I flew back, but no luck. I analyzed about 20 examples and did up a CAD template that was true to the characteristics of the historic examples, and found about 30 pages of Adinkra symbols.

Then, after three days everything went sideways and I approached it basically as an exercise in situational triage. I started out with plans to make a fancy, very historically accurate piece while still following the design specifics designated in the rules. Things started to go wrong and I had to scrap the first attempt blade because it would be 1/8-inch shy of the required minimum in one dimension after finish grinding and trying to pull it out was not going as planned. I hit a point where I was not confident and abandoned my three days of work, starting over while there was still time. At that point, my whole strategy was just trying to make sure that I had a blade that could be tested, which was going to be a challenge considering the largest piece of stock I had was ¼-inch by 1 1/2-inch in cross section.

Q: What surprised you throughout the experience?

I won. Beyond that, the number of people involved in the production of the show, who are never seen on camera. During the three-hour forge sessions, there are easily more than 10 people just operating camera and sound equipment on the forge floor, all of us have at least one, more likely two or three cameras on us at any point during the three-hour sessions.

Also the lengths that they go to to ensure that everything is fair, the rules are followed, and that what you are seeing is real, despite the fact that only a tiny fraction of the footage makes it to the final edit. Seriously!

Beyond that, you expect that a reality show-type competition would have all sorts of artificially produced animosity between contestants to make drama happen? There was none of that. The production team was very professional and did nothing to try to encourage fake drama. While the four of us ribbed each other constantly in between the timed sessions, it was all good natured and we were laughing constantly (even when someone was the recipient of a particularly good barb) and have stayed in touch in the weeks since. We have plans to continue a good-natured series of build-off competitions under the name “Drunken Monkey Brotherhood Forge” to keep the camaraderie going.

Q: Brock, one of the other contestants, wore Ren Faire garb. Did you ever discuss the SCA with him?

I asked him if he does SCA. He does Ren Faire and LARP (live-action roleplaying), and that is where he makes his money.

Q: Have you ever entered any forging competitions before this? Do you plan on entering any future ones?

I do not typically do competitions, really not my style. Just like fencing tournaments, I feel most competitions bring out the worst in people and I want no part of that. This looked like fun and a unique opportunity, so I did it, not really to win, but just to do it. I had fun, and the experience was great, so I would go back and do it again given the opportunity.

Q: Is the $10,000 prize going toward any specific equipment or materials?

Medical debt. I plan to pay off some stuff, then the money that is no longer going to the creditors will go towards getting back to Florence and Munich, and taking the curator of European Weapons Collections at the Royal Armory at Leeds up on his invitation to take a close look at some pieces in the collections there.

Q: Did you get to keep either of the blades you created?

All weapons produced are property of the History Channel.

Q: Any suggestions or tips for others who want to try entering this competition?

My only real tip is this is an extreme athletic event with a technical challenge and a fire show. The round one conditions in the forge are tough, and have taken out several competitors, including one who had to be hospitalized. Understanding metallurgy and edge geometry is essential, as well as the ability to think on the fly.

 

If you missed the broadcast on the History Channel, you can see it here on the show’s webpage.

Master Thorpe’s metalworking business, Sunshadow Designs, can be found here on Facebook and here on the web.


Categories: SCA news sites

SCA Artisans List Website Launched

East Kingdom Gazette - Fri, 2017-05-19 15:03

Tamaris painting. Image via Wikipedia commons, from an uncited French manuscript of Giovanni Boccaccio’s Des Cleres et Nobles Femmes, 1403.

Greetings all from the Kingdom A&S Minister, Master Philip White.

One of my goals in this office is to connect people with teachers and make learning more accessible. I’d like to see people working with other artisans more easily and to become better partners while developing a stronger community.

Another one of my goals is to not reinvent the wheel. If we have people already working on projects then let’s see if the East Kingdom can benefit form them too.

Master Lorenzo, from Meridies, has been working on an SCA Artisans List.
Click on the link and give it a look!

SCA Artisans Website

Full disclosure! Please note!
* The Mobile Interface is read-only.
* This is a work in process!
* There will be edits and improvements.
* We know it is not perfect.
* The list has been pre-loaded based off of the Order of Precedence published online.

I’ve tried it myself! I set up my registration and logged in. I’ve updated my information and finished setting up my account.

It is really easy to use.

The more people who participate the better the tool can become. There is a name search function but also by group or State or interest.

We could also even use this for local groups to register artisans, or set up judging, or classes, or something other things. There are options!

Remember… Have fun! Teach! Learn!

Your Servant to Command,

~p.w.


Filed under: Announcements Tagged: a&s, artisans, Arts and Sciences, database, websites

Preparing our history for the East Kingdom 50th Anniversary / Préparation de notre histoire pour le 50ième anniversaire du Royaume de l’Est

East Kingdom Gazette - Thu, 2017-05-18 15:42

En français

Greetings to the populace of the East Kingdom,

In June of 2018 we will be celebrating our 50th Anniversary as the second kingdom of the SCA. As we prepared for the SCA 50th last year, we learned quickly that although we’re amazing at exploring and maintaining the history of other periods and people, we’ve not been completely successful in documenting our own. The East is not alone in this. Throughout the event I had variations of the same conversations with people from every kingdom there. Gaps in our story. Pages, photos, and names, simply missing.

Presently we’re in the very early days of planning for the 2018 event. With that in mind I’m reaching out and asking everyone to begin the process of preparing and organizing, bringing up to date, or constructing your areas, and your own history within the SCA.

If you are an area’s Historian that’s great! Please send me your contact information. If your area does not have a Historian, I ask that you please select someone to represent your area, and again send me their information.

Along with this I also ask for everyone to please update your EK Wiki pages. If you don’t have a page, please consider creating one. We used the Wiki extensively last year, and it’s a great way to get to know your fellow populace members. If you’re not familiar with the EK Wiki, it can be found at wiki.eastkingdom.org. We do ask however, although the nature of Wiki is anyone can work on anyone else’s page, please refrain from doing so without permission. When in doubt please reach out to Master Michel, the web minister in charge of the Wiki for assistance or guidance. He can be reached by e-mail.

I’m very excited about continuing the process of discovering the East Kingdom through our society’s history. 50 years is a long time and I know, because I’ve been told again and again, that there are many hidden treasures in garages, attics, basements, and closets. Not to mention the stuff on open display on walls, tables, and bookcases. If you have not but have been meaning to, now is a great time to start documenting it. Just think of the stories you’ll be able to share.

Thank you all so much. I look forward to seeing what the Hall of History will become. I’ll keep you posted as things move forward.

Yours in service,

Lady Magdelena Camaninte

East Kingdom Historian

En français
Traduction: Behi Kirsa Oyutai

Salutations à la population du Royaume de l’Est,

En juin 2018, nous célébrerons notre cinquantième anniversaire comme second Royaume de la SCA. Comme nous nous préparions pour le cinquantième anniversaire de la SCA l’an passé, nous avons rapidement réalisé que bien que nous soyons excellents pour explorer et maintenir l’histoire d’autres périodes et personnes, nos efforts n’ont pas été complètement fructueux pour documenter la nôtre. L’Est n’est pas seul dans cette situation. Au travers de cet événement, j’ai eu des conversations similaires avec des gens provenant de tous les autres royaumes. Des trous dans notre histoire. Des pages, photos, noms, simplement manquants.

Présentement, nous sommes dans les toutes premières étapes de planification pour l’événement en 2018. En gardant ceci en tête, je cherche dès maintenant à rejoindre toutes les personnes détenant des informations afin de commencer le processus de préparer et d’organiser, de mettre à jour, ou de construire vos propres sections, et votre propre histoire dans la SCA.

Si vous êtes l’Historien d’un groupe, c’est une excellente nouvelle ! S’il-vous-plaît, veuillez envoyer vos informations de contact à Historian@eastkingdom.org. Si votre région n’a pas d’Historien, je vous demanderais de bien vouloir soumettre la candidature d’une personne afin de représenter votre région, et encore, de bien vouloir soumettre leurs informations.

De plus, j’aimerais demander à tous de bien vouloir mettre à jour vos pages Wiki du Royaume de l’Est. Si vous n’avez pas de page, considérez en créer une. Nous avons utilisé le Wiki de manière importante l’an passé, et c’est une excellente manière de mieux connaître les autres membres de la population. Si vous n’êtes pas familiers avec le Wiki du Royaume de l’Est, vous pouvez le consulter au Wiki.eastkingdom.org. Nous vous demandons cependant, même si la nature d’un Wiki est que tout le monde peut faire des altérations sur les pages de tout le monde, de ne pas effectuer de changements sans permission. Si vous avez un doute à ce sujet, contactez Maître Michel, le ministre web en charge du Wiki pour un conseil ou de l’assistance. Il est possible de le rejoindre à : Mike@knauer.org.

Je suis très enthousiaste de continuer le processus de découverte du Royaume de l’Est au travers de l’histoire de notre Société. 50 ans est une longue période, et je sais, parce qu’on me l’a sans cesse répété, qu’il y a plusieurs trésors cachés dans des garages, greniers, sous-sols et armoires, sans mentionner tous les items exposés sur les murs, tables et bibliothèques.
Si vous aviez l’intention de commencer à documenter, mais que vous n’avez pas commencé, maintenant est le moment parfait pour ce faire. Pensez seulement aux histoires que vous serez capables de partager.

Merci à vous tous, j’attends avec impatience de voir ce que le Hall de l’histoire deviendra. Je vous tiendrai informé à mesure que les choses avanceront.

En Service, Dame Magdelena Camaninte,
Historienne du Royaume de l’Est


Filed under: Announcements, En français Tagged: 50th Anniversary, east kingdom events, EK 50th

Staff Announced for Their Royal Highnesses Ivan and Mathilde/Annonce de l’équipe pour Leur Royales Majestés Ivan et Mathilde

East Kingdom Gazette - Thu, 2017-05-18 07:40

En français

Their Highnesses are grateful for the counsel and efforts of many people. Should you need anything at all from Their Household, please contact the appropriate staff member.

Chief of Staff:  Baroness Christina Jenevra de Carvalhal
Deputy  Chief of Staff: Mistress Elizabeth Elenore Lovell
Vox Regis: Master Malcolm Bowman
Chamberlains: Baron Goerijs Goriszoon and Baron Fearghus O’Conchobhair
Event & Travel  Coordinator: Mistress Sabina Luttrell
Gift Basket & Largesse Coordinator: Duchess Caoilfhionn inghean Fhaolain
Awards Coordinator: Duke Brennan mac Fearghus
Mistress of the Chancery: Mistress Ardenia ARuadh
Favor Coordinator: Baroness Cateline la Broderesse
Mistress of the Wardrobe: Baroness Tysha z Kieva
Head Retainer: Baroness Mari Clock van Hoorn
Captain of the Guard: Baron Vachir Artslanjin

Original post.

En français

Leurs Altesses sont reconnaissantes pour le conseil et les efforts fournis par de nombreuses personnes. Si vous avez besoin de quoi que ce soit de la part de Leur Maisonnée, veuillez s’il-vous-plaît contacter la personne appropriée de leur équipe.

Chef de Maisonnée:  Baroness Christina Jenevra de Carvalhal
Députée Chef de Maisonnée: Maîtresse Elizabeth Elenore Lovell
Vox Regis: Maître Malcolm Bowman
Chambellans: Baron Goerijs Goriszoon et Baron Fearghus O’Conchobhair
Coordonatrice des Événements et des Voyages: Maîtresse Sabina Luttrell
Coordonatrice des Largesses et Paniers Cadeaux: Duchesse Caoilfhionn inghean Fhaolain
Coordonateur des Reconnaissances: Duc Brennan mac Fearghus
Maîtresse de la Chancellerie: Maîtresse Ardenia ARuadh
Coordonatrice des Faveurs: Baronne Cateline la Broderesse
Maîtresse de la Garde-Robe: Baronne Tysha z Kieva
Chef des Dames de Compagnie: Baronne Mari Clock van Hoorn
Capitaine de la Garde: Baron Vachir Artslanjin

Translation by: Behi Kirsa Oyutai


Filed under: Announcements Tagged: Ivan and Mathilde, royal missive, royal staff, royal wishes

Court Report: Blackstone Raids XXVI, A.S. 51

AEthelmearc Gazette - Tue, 2017-05-16 15:15

From the Scrolls of the Reign of Timothy and  Gabrielle, King and Queen of Æthelmearc, as recorded by Dame Kateryna ty Isaf, Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald with the assistance of THL Kathryn McLuing, Millrind Herald at Blackstone Raids in the Barony of Blackstone Mountain on April 29, Anno Societatis LI. The Court of Their Majesties, Timothy and Gabrielle was opened.

Their Majesties called forth Tarryn of Port Oasis.  Having been observant of the handiwork of this fine lady in leather and cloth gracing the various members of her shire, Their Majesties inducted her into the Order of the Sycamore and further awarded her Arms.  The scroll was limned by Lady Elspeth of Wurmwald and calligraphed by Baroness Graidhne ni Ruaidh.

Tarryn’s Sycamore scroll by Lady Elspeth of Wurmwald and Mistress Graidhne ni Ruadh.

The Court was suspended.

Their Majesties’ court was resumed later in the afternoon.

Their Majesties called forth all the children present and instructed Lord Sittius to take the chest of toys and run away.  The children were instructed they may to take one toy each, beginning with the youngest child present.  A countdown was made and the children chased the toy chest bearer from the court.

Their Majesties invited King Edmund of the Midrealm before Them.  They spoke of Their appreciation for His Majesties presence and how They looked forward to the reign of His successors.  His Majesty Edmund offered gifts to Their Majesties Timothy and Gabrielle and thanked Them both for the fine day he had.

His Majesty Timothy apologized to His Guests and the assembled court for having been so thoroughly robbed of his lunch money by the fighters on this day and commented how it was clear to him that He had indeed been a poor host in this respect but He appreciated the thorough ‘whoppin’ He received from Count Cellach. Their Majesties and King Edmund exchanged hugs and His Majesty Edmund took His leave of the court.

Their Majesties gave The Baron and Baroness of Blackstone Mountain leave to hold Their Baronial Court.

Baron Ichijo and Baroness Cerridwen hold court. Photo by Lady Aine ny Allane.

Their Majesties called forth Matilda de Crepelgate and seeing and especially hearing her fine work as the Onyx Herald of the Barony of Blackstone Mountain, made her a Lady of the court and Awarded her Arms with a scroll painted and gilded by Lady Vivienne of Yardley and calligraphed by Isabella Montoya.

Their Majesties then invited Lady Sigrid Schreiber before Them.  Lady Sigrid presented Their Majesties with portraits she created of both.  Their Majesties greatly appreciated the artistry of the beautiful portraits and They thanked her for such a lovely gift.

Lady Sigrid presents Their Majesties with painted portraits. Photo by Lady Aine.

Their Majesties called forth Guillame des Aix an Provence.  When the gentle called forth did not appear, His Grace Duke Rurik Longsword advised he had seen the man on site and rushed from the court to fetch him and bring him to Their Majesties.

Their Majesties called forth Borivoj Skala.  For his fighting enthusiasm and stamina, They were moved to make him a Lord of the court and thus Awarded him Arms with a scroll painted by Baron Caleb Reynolds and calligraphed by Maureen O’Shea.

Their Majesties called forth Gretchen McKlay.  They, having heard of her sumptuous Tudor feasts, made her a Lady of the court and Awarded her Arms.  The scroll to mark the occasion was painted by Lady Felice de Thornton and calligraphy was by Isabelle Montoya.

Their Majesties called forth Jos of St Alban and Rohesia of Whytemere.  Remarking on how both did much service for their local group They were moved to Award both Arms.  His Majesty commented on how Jos had even built his own Viking tent, stating He was quite surprised at his lack of Viking attire, but thought the clothes most impressive nonetheless.  The scroll for Lord Jos was pained by Lady Saskia Feldmeyrin and the scroll for Lady Rohesia was painted by Mistress Felicity Fluβmullnerin and calligraphed by Baroness Ekaterina Volkova.

Lord Jos and Lady Rohesia receive their AoAs. Photo by Lady Aine ny Allane.

Their Majesties called forth Lady Barbaia of Misty Highlands, who They were advised was not able to be at the event.  Having discovered that it would be unlikely They would see her during Their reign, They asked Sir Gareth Kincaid to convey the scroll to her.  In absentia, They inducted her to the Order of the Keystone for her work as Chatelaine, Webminister, and Autocrat for the Shire of Misty Highlands.  The scroll upon a leather shield was created by Mistress Juliana Delamare.

Their Majesties called forth Lord Gremian Ulfhedna.  They advised that his dedication to his fighting, most especially time spent doing pick-ups on the field moved Them to make him a member of the Order of the Golden Alce.  The scroll was limned by Lady Elspeth of Wurmwald and calligraphed by Baroness Graidhne ni Ruaidh.

Lord Guillaume’s AoA scroll by THLady Pippi Ulfsdottir and Mistress Antoinette de la Croix.

His Grace Duke Rurik having fetched Guillame, he presented THL Guillaume le Noir to Their Majesties.  His Majesty, commenting that this appeared to be the incorrect Guillame as He was certain that the gentleman brought before Him had already received this award, He nevertheless asked the Herald to read the scroll for the Award of Arms present to Guillame des Aix an Provence.  After much merriment, Their Majesties determined that Lord Guillame des Aix would likely not be in attendance of the court and requested that Lord Fiachna accept the Award on his behalf and convey the story of how it was there presented unto the newly made Lord.  The scroll was drawn and calligraphed by Mistress Antoinette de la Croix, painted by THL Phelippe Ulfsdotter.

Their Majesties called forth Lord Andreas di Rossi.  Seeing he too was not in the hall, Duke Rurik fetched him, with encouragement to obtain the correct person this time.  Once fetched, Their Majesties noting that he was a workhorse of the barony and the “One Man Army of Blackstone,” They inducted him into the Order of the Keystone with a scroll painting by Baron Caleb Reynolds and calligraphy by Isabella Montoya.

Their Majesties called forth THLord Ulrich von Schwartzburg. They inducted him into the Order of the Keystone for his work as Shire Exchequer and Knight Marshall, and his work ensuring the fighters of the Kingdom have both clothes and armor.  The scroll was the work of THLady Kathryn McLuing.

Their Majesties called forth THLady Kathryn McLuing.  Noting that her work in had been handed out in both the Baronial and Kingdom court this day as well as her work making garb for herself and Gold Key, They were moved to induct her into the Order of the Sycamore with a scroll by the hand of Mistress Maria Christina de Cordoba.

Their Majesties called forth Lord Nikoli Lupiescu.  They, having known of his work assisting with armor repair and making armor, also noted that he was a fighter of some renown beyond his skill in emergency armor.  They inducted him into the Order of the Golden Alce with a scroll drawn by Luca da Cola, painted by Lady Rignach Inghean ui Chonaill and calligraphed by Baroness Graidhne ni Ruaidh.

Their Majesties, stating a song was required, invited before them THLady Silence de Cherbourg.  Her Ladyship sang a contrefactum (filk) of a 12th century cantiga, with lyrics created by her hand with assistance from Master Michael Alewright and Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope. The piece called forth Brehyres Gwendolyn the Graceful to come before Their Majesties as she has been chosen for song and poem to sit vigil in contemplation of becoming a member of the Order of the Laurel.

THLady Silence singing the Laurel Writ for Brehyres Gwendolyn the Graceful. Photo by Lady Aine.

Brehyres Gwendolyn was escorted to the court by Duke Rurik while the members of the Most Noble Order of the Laurel were invited to attend. Their Majesties commanded her to present herself to Them at War Practice to sit vigil and answer Their question, if she was prepared to become a member of the Order of the Laurel. Scroll by Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope.

Her Majesty then asked that THLord Deryk Archer to come forth. Her Majesty thanked him for the archery targets that She so enjoyed that day. She was also advised that Lord Deryk was aided all day in keeping records and scoring all day by Torvi fra Bergstopt of the Shire of Montevale and asked him to bring her to the court. Her Majesty named them both Her inspiration of the day and bestowed upon each a Golden Escarbuncle.

THLord Deryk and m’lady Torvi receive Golden Escarbuncles. Photo by Lady Aine.

Their Majesties asked that the scribes who contributed to the works of art presented this day to the members of the populace please stand and be acknowledged for their gifts.

Duke Sven, having been moved by His Majesty losing so much lunch money, offered His Majesty a bag of coin so that He might be able to eat at least a small amount of food.

Duke Sven ensures that His Majesty has lunch money. Photo by Lady Aine.

There being no further business this day, Their Majesties court was thus concluded.


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Quest Artisan’s Row

East Kingdom Gazette - Mon, 2017-05-15 21:22

Oyez! Oyeeeeez!

Be it known that in but a fortnight, we will once again be engaged in a Quest!

As such, I tell you, I am greatly enthused to be coordinating Artisan’s Row!

But, of course, we would gladly welcome MORE artisans and alchemists to come and display their gifts. ‘Twould be, as well, a most advantageous time to bring forth those projects that need more space, or make more of a mess, than one can manage at other events. In particular are looking for potters, dyers and anyone else interested in coming out and taking advantage of this opportunity.

All are welcome!

Artisans Row will be officially open from 1 to 5 pm on Saturday, but I will arrange to have one “Ye Olde Poppe-Up” open all weekend, and invite all to come sit and work on their projects in the company of friends.

Here are the most kind Gentles that, as of now, will be demonstrating their skills:

Baron Erec – woodworking
Cóemgein Mac Íomhair (Kevin) – metalworking with his forge
Ceara – jewelry making
Galen – Make-your-own-Hurley-with-hand-tools station too –
Jonathan – propane- torch metal working & casting
Sof’ia – Encaustic painting

If you are at all interested please send me an email with your project and any accomidation you require.

YIS,
Lady Sof’ia Zhirinskaia
Susanrae@gmail.com


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Kingdom Seneschal stepping down

East Kingdom Gazette - Mon, 2017-05-15 21:15

Greetings unto the People of the East,

After 3 and a half years serving the East as Kingdom Seneschal, it is time for me to look for my successor. I will be stepping down at the Coronation of Ivan and Matilde and TRH will be interviewing interested parties over the next few months. If you are interested in the position please send a letter of interest and a resume to the King, Queen, Prince, Princess and myself (please include me on all letters of interest).

I am not going to include a list of duties and responsibilities. If you are interested but don’t know what the office entails, talk to the next Kingdom Seneschal about becoming a deputy to get to know the position.

In Service,

Mercedes Vera de Calafia


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War Practice Schedules Posted

AEthelmearc Gazette - Mon, 2017-05-15 19:05

Æthelmearc War Practice hosted by the Canton of Steltonwald is coming up this week. The schedules have been posted!

Click HERE (http://www.steltonwald.net/warpractice.html) to see the schedules for:

Some additional information (including Order Meetings, Class Cancellations, and Changes, Artisans’ Playtime, Scarlet Apron, and more) is HERE.

For those interested, here’s the link for the Facebook information for this event.


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Kingdom Youth Combat Champion’s Tourney at War Practice

AEthelmearc Gazette - Mon, 2017-05-15 09:26

Youth Fighters, pay heed! The Æthelmearc Youth Combat Champions’ Tourney will be held this coming Saturday, May 20th, at Æthelmearc War Practice in the Canton of Steltonwald. Anywhere from one to three Champions will be chosen by Their Majesties, King Timothy and Queen Gabrielle, based on the fighters’ prowess and chivalry. Champions will receive the regalia from the current champions, Karl (Division 1) and Timothy (Division 2), and serve as Kingdom Champions until the next tourney is held by Their Majesties’ successors.

Schedule for youth fighting at War Practice:

Saturday morning:

  • 9:00 am – List opens for inspections
  • 9:30 – Authorizations
  • 10:00 – Youth Champion’s Tourney begins
  • 11:00-12:00 – Melees

The Youth Combat list will be on the main battlefield, to the east of the thrown weapons range and alongside Currie Road. Look for a blue pop-up canopy.

For more information on Æthelmearc War Practice, see the Kingdom website.

If you have any questions about youth combat at Æthelmearc War Practice, please contact the Marshal-in-Charge, Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope.

Youth Combat Melee. Photo by THLady Aaliz de Gant.


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Tartyes, Patsy, and Pie Oh MY!!

East Kingdom Gazette - Sat, 2017-05-13 16:03

From Master Dietrich Swelgengräber.

Empress Honig von Summerfeldt, would like to extend a challenge to all aspiring cooks of the East Kingdom to represent themselves with a presentation of hand pies for an iron age chef competition.

Where: Southern Region War Camp.
June 9th, 2017 – June 11th, 2017
Saturday at 3:00pm

Submissions should include 12-15 hand type pastry with the ingredients of your choosing. Extant and period resources are strongly encouraged. Please include your best redaction and understanding of how the “Hand Pie” was developed and evolved throughout history.

 

Konzil von Konstanz (ÖNB 3044, fol. 48v), c. 1465-1475

 

 


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Spring AE Crown: Video of Finals Round 3

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sat, 2017-05-13 14:58

New Heirs Gareth and Juliana with TRM Timothy and Gabrielle. Photo by Master Liam Mac An TSaoir.

A video of the final round is here on Facebook, courtesy of Baron Friderich Swartzwalder.

 


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Sir Gareth Kincaid and Mistress Juliana Delamere new Crown Prince and Princess

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sat, 2017-05-13 14:28

Sir Gareth defeated Duke Sven in the third and final round. Vivant Prince Gareth and Princess Juliana!


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Spring Crown Finals Round 2: Duke Sven

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sat, 2017-05-13 14:24

Duke Sven won the 2nd round great sword.


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Spring Crown Finals Round 1: Sven defeated by Gareth

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sat, 2017-05-13 14:21

First round sword and shield, Sir Gareth is the victor.


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Spring Crown Tourney: Sir Gareth Defeats Duke Marcus

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sat, 2017-05-13 14:14

Sir Gareth Kincaid has advanced to the finals, defeating Duke Marcus.

The finals between Duke Sven and Sir Gareth will be best of three.


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Spring Crown Tourney: Duke Sven Defeats Sir Murdoch

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sat, 2017-05-13 14:09

Duke Sven has advanced to the finals.


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Spring Crown Final 4

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sat, 2017-05-13 13:59

AEthelmearc Crown Tourney finalists are, from the winners’ list:

  • Duke Sven Gunnarsson
  • Sir Gareth Kincaid

And from the losers’ list:

  • Duke Marcus Eisenwald
  • Sir Murdoch Bayne


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Spring Crown Tourney Round 4 Complete

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sat, 2017-05-13 13:50

 

Sir Murdoch defeats Sir Finn.

 

 

Sir Hauoc defeats Baroness Beatrix.

 

 


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Spring Crown Round 3

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sat, 2017-05-13 13:33

Round 3 is complete.

Reporting courtesy of Mistress Arianna.


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