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Polling Order Recommendations Due July 9th / Recommandations des Ordres nécessitant devoir faire par le 9 juillet

East Kingdom Gazette - Wed, 2016-06-15 07:01

En français
Recommendations for TRH Brion and Anna’s first order polling are due on July 9, 2016.

The orders that require polling are: 

Peerages (society level awards): Order of Chivalry (heavy weapons), Order of the Laurel (arts & sciences), Order of the Pelican (service), Order of Defense (rapier combat)

Orders of High Merit (East Kingdom): Order of the Silver Crescent (service), Order of the Maunche (arts & sciences), Order of the Tygers Combatant (heavy weapons), Order of the Sagittarius (archery), Order of the Golden Rapier (rapier combat), Order of the Golden Lance (equestrian).

Recommendations for awards that do not require polling (including Awards of Arms and the new Armigerous (“Silver”) Orders) may be submitted to the Crown at any time.

Full descriptions of all East Kingdom awards can be found in East Kingdom Law available on-line here (.pdf document), in Section IX Awards, starting on page 23. Additional information about the new Armigerous Orders can be found online here.

Anyone may recommend any person for any award. You do not need to be a member of an order to recommend someone for that order or award.

An excellent summary of how to write a good recommendation letter is available on the East Kingdom Wiki by clicking here.

Her Majesty Avelina also wrote this excellent article on how to recommend someone for an award.

You may submit recommendations for any award by using the EK Awards Web Form. Click here to access the form.

En français
Traduction par Ekaterina Solov’eva Pevtsova

Les recommandations pour les Ordres nécessitant un vote à leurs Altesses Royales Brion et Anna doivent être reçues au plus tard le 10 Juillet 2016.

Les Ordres nécessitant un vote sont :

Pairs (Ordres de la SCA) : Ordre de la Chevalerie/Chivalry (Combat en armure) Ordre du Laurier / Laurel (Arts et Sciences), Ordre du Pélican/ Pelican (Service) et l’Ordre de la Défense / Defense (Escrime).

Ordres de Haut Mérite (Ordres du Royaume de l’Est) : L’ordre du Croissant d’Argent / Silver Crescent (service), de la Rapière dorée / Golden Rapier (escrime), de la Manche / Maunche (Arts et Sciences), du Tigre Combattant / Tygers Combatant (combat en armure), du Sagittaire / Sagittarius (tir à l’arc) et de la Lance dorée / Golden Lance (équestre )

Les recommandations ne nécessitant pas de vote (ce qui inclut les décernement d’armes (Award of Arms) ainsi que les nouveaux Ordres non-votant) peuvent être envoyés à la Couronne en tout temps.

La description de toustes les reconnaissances du Royaume de l’Est se retrouve dans la Loi du Royaume de L’Est ici (en document .pdf) dans la section IX, Awards, débutant à la page 23. Les informations additionnelles pour les nouveaux ordres non-votant sont disponible ici.

Tous peuvent recommander une personne pour une reconnaissance. Il n’est pas nécessaire de faire partie d’un Ordre pour pouvoir recommander une personne pour cet Ordre ou cette reconnaissance.

Une très bonne description expliquant comment écrire une bonne recommandation est disponible sur le wiki du Royaume de l’Est en cliquant ici.

Sa Majesté Avelina écrit également cet excellent article sur la façon de recommander quelqu’un pour une reconnaissance.

Vous pouvez soumettre vos recommandations pour toutes les reconnaissances en utilisant le formulaire EK Awards Web Form en cliquant ici.

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Court Report: Palfreys and Polearms

AEthelmearc Gazette - Tue, 2016-06-14 21:18

Documented from the Rolls and Files of the Coram Regibus of Thomas Byron and Ariella, Rex et Regina Æthelmearc: Being a True Record of the Business of His Majesty’s Royal Court at Palfreys and Polearms, 28 May, Anno Societatis LI, in the Barony of the Rhydderich Hael, as recorded by Dagonell Whitehorn and Cigfran Heronter

His Majesty asked for a moment of silent remembrance in honor of Baron Malcolm Fitzwilliam.

His Majesty commanded that Maple be brought into His presence and He declared her to be a Sylvan Steed of Æthelmearc.  Yes, Maple is a horse.

His Majesty called THL Maeve ni Siurtain into court and declared that, with the advisement of The Princess Royale Leah, she had been chosen as Queen’s Equestrian Champion.  Scroll by Rowena Moore, Baroness Alex, and Ana Ianka Lisitsina.

His Majesty called Lady Aaliz de Gant into court and proclaimed her the winner of the equestrian competition and King’s Equestrian Champion.  Scroll by Rowena Moore, Baroness Alex, and Ana Ianka Lisitsina.

When Lady Aaliz rose to leave, His Majesty bid her stay as he was not quite done with her yet.  Having heard of her great skill in the equestrian arts, he inducted her into The Order of the Golden Lance.  Scroll by Baroness Ekaterina.

Her Majesty gave leave to Their Excellencies Magnus and Miriel of the Barony of the Rhydderich Hael to hold court.  When the skies turned black, both courts were suspended and resumed 10 minutes thereafter in the great horse barn.

When royal court resumed, His Majesty commanded that due to the dirt and … other things… on the floor of the horse barn, his subjects were forbidden to kneel.

It should be noted that Rhys Benbras ap Dafydd had been called into baronial court and made Chancellor of the Exchequer for the barony. His Majesty declared that this was not proper and a commoner should not be allowed to handle money. Therefore His Majesty had no choice but to award him arms and declare him Lord Rhys for his hard work in setup, cleanup, and as troll and reservations clerk at previous events. Scroll by Baroness Ekaterina.

His Majesty desired words with Tadgh Mag Uidhir. Having heard words of his great prowess with heavy weapons, skill with armor making, and the general enthusiasm he brought to every event, His Majesty awarded him Arms.  Scroll by Theodulf FitzRenault.

Lord Wolfgang Starke was summoned before His Majesty.  For his fine skill in fencing, he was made a Companion of the Order of the Golden Alce.  Scroll by Baron Caleb Reynolds.

His Majesty requested that THL Govindi Dera Ghazi Khan come before him.  Having heard of her many works in organizing and running events, holding baronial offices, marshalling thrown weapons, and creating scrolls he was moved to induct her into the Order of the Millrind.  Scroll by Baroness Ekaterina.

His Majesty commanded the presence of Mistress Irene von Schmetterling.  For her many fine works in the fiber arts – sewing, wool spinning, and dyeing – she was presented with a writ for the Order of the Laurel.  Writ by Jacqueline de Molieres, Janos Meszaros, and Fredeburg von Katzenellenbogen.

The Princess Royale Leah entered court and spoke of the gentle who had most inspired her that day.   Not only was today the first time that m’lady Isobel Johnson had entered an equestrian competition, it was also her very first SCA event.  She was given a token of remembrance by Her Highness.

His Majesty thanked the staff of the event for all their hard work and asked that all the scribes, illuminators, and calligraphers rise in their seats that they might be cheered by the populace.  Gentles who had received scrolls in either court were reminded to take a scroll carrier to protect their scroll and to have their scroll photographed before leaving.  There being no further business before the court, His Majesty’s Court was closed.

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Royal Processions Planned for this Summer

AEthelmearc Gazette - Mon, 2016-06-13 17:17

Their Majesties have asked the Gazette to share the following with the populace:

The Royal Family: Ian Ætheling, King Byron, Queen Ariella, Princess Leah, and Joshua Ætheling. Photo by Duchess Siobhán.

Unto the Good Gentles of Sylvan Æthelmearc do King Byron and Queen Ariella send Fond Greetings!

Summer has come to Our Sylvan lands, and with it a string of joyful events.  In the month of July, We shall be traveling to Pax Interruptus, St. Swithin’s Bog 3-Day Celebration, and, at the very end of the month, the Pennsic War will begin with Land Grab on the final weekend of July.

It is Our goal to set up Our Royal camp on the Sunday of Land Grab (July 31).  We will be working from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and We ask that all the people of AEthelmearc who are available that weekend spend an hour or two helping Us to make the Royal encampment an inviting and enjoyable place.  Many hands make light work!  Bring your friends!  Bring your campmates!

At the end of War, We will tear down the pavilions and tents, probably on Saturday morning.

The Wild Hunt for fencing has begun!  Seek out the strongest fencers in our Kingdom and challenge them to a pass or two.  Report your wins at  We remind you that We are each worth 5 points – come and get Us!

We extend a hearty Vivant to the new Kingdom champions who distinguished themselves in June:

  • Lord Jacob Martinson (Rapier)
  • Takamatsu Gentarou Yoshitaka-dono (Archery)
  • Baroness Amelia Soteria (Thrown Weapons)
  • THL Aaliz de Gant (King’s Equestrian)
  • THL Maeve Ni Siurtain (Queen’s Equestrian)
  • El Tigre (Youth Combat)
  • Duke Timothy of Arindale (Shield of Chivalry)

Yours In Service to the Dream,

Byron and Ariella

King and Queen of Sylvan Æthelmearc

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King’s and Queen’s Archery Championship

East Kingdom Gazette - Mon, 2016-06-13 17:07

On a sunny field in Quintavia, 84 archers shot for the honor of serving Their Majesties as Royal Archery Champions. Queen Avelina proclaimed that Her Champion would be the winner of the tournament, and that only an archer who could out-shoot Her could hold that title. King Kenric declared that he would select His Champion based on who impressed Him during the competition. The Captain General of Archers and outgoing King’s Champion, Mistress Jehannine de Flandres, reminded all participants of the duties of the Champions and said that anyone who wished to withdraw from the final round could do so with honor.

The day’s tests of skill were designed with a Chinese theme. Outgoing Queen’s Champion, Master Li Kung Lo, explained that Emperor Chin has called forth all mercenaries to defeat his aunt, the evil Empress Wu.

She has used her magic to cause dragons and other creatures to do her bidding. As dragons are avatars of the gods, it would anger the gods if any dragons were shot, thus any hits on dragons throughout the day would score negative 1 point. All participants were able to shoot the full course of 8 targets, at the end of which the finalists would be selected.

The tournament began with a long-distance shoot at Empress Wu with an ensorceled dragon at her feet.

The second shoot was at increasing distances; archers could only proceed to the next distance if they did not miss. There followed a sumptuous lunch, after which competitors formed into small groups and proceeded to each of 6 stations. Three stations had timed shoots: Rats and Rat King, Egg-Stealing Monkeys, and Bats. The other three stations were 6 shots, untimed: Empress Wu being overpowered by a Dragon (a friend/foe shoot), an Assassin, and a Hunting Shoot (at 3D animals).

The following top scorers declined to participate in the finals:
Rupert the Unbalanced (71)
Colin Ursell (69)
Kusunoki Yoshimoto (67)
Phillip the Facetious (59)
Meruit Kieransdottir (57)
Maxton Gunn (55)

There was a 5-way tie of archers with a total score of 38. Two of these archers — Kira Asahi and Cosimo di Venezia — were no longer on-site. The other three — Nest verch Tangwistel, Alec Craig and Julienne Ridley — shot-off for the 16th spot, and Julienne prevailed.

The final round was a version of the now-traditional head-to-head pairing. In this story, Emperor Chin has reneged on his promise to pay his mercenaries. So, each archer had to knock down 5 “coins”, and the first to shoot Chin would win and advance to the next opponent.

Top 16 Quarter-Finals Semi-Finals Finals 1. Godric of Hamtun (73) Godric Godric Peter (winner) 16. Julienne Ridley (38) Treya Devillin Godric (2nd) 2. Peter the Red (66) Peter Peter 15. Rolland Ian MacPherson (39) Stefan Squirrelsbane 3. Nathaniel Wyatt (65) Wyatt 14. Elizabeth Hawkwood (39) Squirrelsbane 4. Miles Boweman (63) Osmond 13. Osmond de Berwic (41) Devillin 5. Devillin MacPherson (55) 12. Hawkmoon (42) 6. Mark Squirrelsbane (55) 11. Otto Gottlieb (42) 7. Stefan O’Raghaillagh (54) 10. Ygraine of Kellswood (43) 8. Ryan MacWhyte (48) 9. Treya min Teanga (46)

YouTube: King’s and Queen’s Archery Championship Finals

Photos and text by Mistress Ygraine of Kellswood, additional photos by Eleanora Stewart.  Video by Baroness Arlyana van Wyck.


Filed under: Archery, Events

Event Report: Queen’s Rapier Championship

AEthelmearc Gazette - Mon, 2016-06-13 10:40

Baroness Katja Davidova Orlova Khazarina (Chris Adler-France) reports on spring Queen’s Rapier Championship:

On a boiling-hot early summer day, Æthelmearc’s fencers arrived at the event site in Abhainn Ciach Ghlais to find… the wonderful surprise of an indoor, air-conditioned  list!

While His Majesty was on the northwestern side of the kingdom at the equestrian championship, Palfreys and Polearms, on May 28th, Her Majesty observed her rapier championship in comparative coolness and shade.

Everyone needs to watch out for these two. Neither are White Scarves but they’re definitely both fencing badasses! I’m really glad they got to shine and showcase themselves today.

After receiving encouragement and roses from Queen Ariella, 21 fencers of all skill levels entered the tournament, which began with three pools of round robins.  Double kills were counted as a loss for both combatants. The top two combatants from each pool were promoted to a double elimination round, along with two fencers selected by Her Majesty.

The brackets progressed swiftly to the top eight total from the three pools, who were culled by double-elimination rounds to the semi-finals of best two-out-of-three rounds: Don Po Silvertop, Lord Jacob Martinson, Master William Parris, and Lord Durante de Caravaggio de Florenza.

In a rather rare occurrence in this kingdom’s history, neither of the two finalists were members of the Order of the White Scarf (or equivalent or higher rank): Lords Jacob and Durante.

Lord Jacob steps up as Kingdom Rapier Champion. Photo by Lady Wilhelmina Marion Bodnar.

In a final best three-out-of-five rounds, Lord Jacob Martinson won case, single, and rigid parry rounds, while Lord Durante won a case round.

Outgoing kingdom champion Doña Fiora d’Artusio applauded the tournament for being “ridiculously smooth” and all the combatants for being “particularly courteous.” She was happy that the tournament format gave each entrant as many fights as possible before elimination.

“Everyone needs to watch out for these two,” she remarked of Lords Jacob and Durante. “Neither are White Scarves but they’re definitely both fencing badasses! I’m really glad they got to shine and showcase themselves today.”

“It’s great we had two finalists who weren’t White Scarves. This keeps the Scarves and MoDs accountable,” agreed Master Will, head of the Academy of Defense. He noted that the tournament had a wide variety of entrants from Award of Arms-level of recognition to Masters of Defense. He was especially happy to see “people adapting, learning, changing their game when they lost a bout, which meant that some of the finalists came out of the losers list.”

“Whoa, what a day!” Lord Jacob enthused after the tourney. “First and foremost, thank you to the Queen of Æthelmearc, Ariella of Thornbury, for granting me the opportunity to be her fencing champion. I will do my best to represent our kingdom to the best of my abilities, and will protect her at all costs with my steel.”

In addition to thanking the shire for hosting a great event, and Countess Elena d’Artois le Tailleur and Duke Titus Scipio Germanicus for training him, Jacob expressed deep gratitude to his inspirations: “My wonderful wife, and our children, who put up with me stabbing all the things and constantly running off to practices or events.”

Bearpit and Food

Her Majesty Ariella faces Lord Jacob in the list. Photo by Lady Wilhelmina Maron Bodnar

A relaxed bearpit tournament followed the championship, with marshals continuously crying “Table for one!” when a combatant needed a new “dancing partner” and “Table for two!” when both combatants died or a combatant successfully held the list five times in a row. Queen Ariella good-naturedly accepted challenges in a separate list, offering fencers who are participating in the Wild Hunt the opportunity to nab the highest score, a five-point kill (since royalty are worth even more than Masters of Defense).

“My Rapier Championship had many highly skilled and chivalrous fencers compete,” Her Majesty commented after the event. “They honored Æthelmearc and Me in entering the tournament and it was a pleasure to watch.  As My outgoing Champion, Doña Fiora, said, it was a very courteous tournament but with intensity as well.  Congratulations to My new Champion, Lord Jacob Martinson, and to the other finalist, Lord Durante!  Thank you to the Shire of Abhainn Ciach Ghlais for hosting such a well-run, enjoyable event!  It will be a meaningful, good Royal memory for Me.  As a bonus, I had the opportunity to fence almost everyone in the tournament and some who marshaled, which gave Me joy.”

Throughout most of the day, the St. Lawrence Guild of Cooks offered a copious repast of tasty finger foods, including sliced Pyes of Paris and spinach pies, several different kinds of marinated hard-cooked eggs, sliced cold cuts and cheeses, bread, dried fruit, fresh fruit, raw vegetables, and a variety of pickled  vegetables. (The delicious pickled onions and carrots were lacto-fermented in whey.)

Court and Wild Hunt

After opening Court with a moment in remembrance of Baron Malcolm Fitzwilliam, and allowing a brief Endless Hills baronial court, Her Majesty awarded a Silver Buccle, Golden Alce, and Keystone. (See Court Report.)

Countess Elena and Master William presented prizes (including a copy of Talhoffer’s Medieval Combat) to the three top three bearpit entrants: Lord Durante, Lord Andreas von Halstern, and Don Po. Master Diego Miguel Munoz de Castilla, one of the four coordinators of the Wild Hunt, reminded everyone that both the bearpit and championship that day counted toward the year-long competition.

“Don’t worry about the math about how much someone is worth, we’ll do that for you,” he said. “Just remember who you fought and email us that.”

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Herald’s Thanks for Palfreys and Polearms

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sun, 2016-06-12 08:27

Master Dagonell, Whitehorn Herald for Western New York region, asked the Gazette to share the following with the populace:

photo by THL Rhiannon

I had the honor last weekend to serve as Royal Herald at Palfreys and Polearms, which was both the Rhydderich Hael’s Champions event and the Royal Equestrian Championship.

Attending an SCA event is like watching a swan floating across a pond. On top, all is peaceful, calm, beautiful, and serene. Under the surface, things are churning like mad to make it that way. Royal Court ran like a well-oiled machine and I owe it all to the many volunteers who worked hard to make it that way.

First, my thanks to Baroness Ekaterina, the current Ice Dragon Herald. The changes to the court docket started a week before the event and ended as we were lining up for court. She took every curveball I tossed and rolled with it. Court went off as though everything had been set it stone from the start. As we processed in, her brag not only beat mine but out-did a number of former Silver Buccles I’ve heard. Whoever is running Heralds and Scribes this fall: make her teach a class on Heraldic Boasting.

A big thank-you also to Baroness Gwendolyn, Jewel Herald, who provided me the docket prior to the event, and helped to coordinate with Baroness Ekat so that everyone was on the same page.

The biggest headache for a herald is getting all the scrolls in one place. My thanks to Baroness Alex and Baroness Juliana, Sylvan and Ice Dragon Signet Clerks respectively, who took over the tasks and gathered all the scrolls and carriers for both courts. I didn’t need to touch a scroll until it came time for them to be signed.

To the artists, scribes, calligraphers, and illuminators who produced all the scrolls for this weekend, I am in awe. I saw so much gorgeous artwork at this event, I was starting to wonder if Their Excellencies were holding the entire Order of the Laurel hostage.

[An aside to Baron Caleb: I always find a private place before court and read the scroll aloud quietly to myself. This helps me catch any exotic names or unusual turns of phrase that might give me a problem. I caught the horrid pun you inserted in the middle of the scroll documentation hoping I’d read it aloud in court. I’m still trying to decide if I should warn the other heralds about you or stand by quietly and see who you catch the next time. ]

My thanks to THL Renata and to m’lady Mina, Baroness Miriel’s young daughter, who took very seriously her job of handing out scroll carriers to protect the lovely scrolls. As each recipient was being cheered, Mina took a carrier from Ren, walked up to stand behind them in court and, when they turned to leave, gave them the carrier and escorted them to Joe the Just (Maestro Giuseppe) to have their picture taken. Speaking of which, His Majesty requested that all scrolls be photographed. Maestro Giuseppe volunteered to photograph each scroll, and each recipient with their scroll, for both royal and baronial courts. Thank you so much.

My second for court was Lady Cigfran, Heronter Herald, my wife of a quarter century and my other right hand. If court functioned like a Swiss watch, it was due to her organization, not mine. She declined to stand in court, but it wouldn’t have happened nearly so smoothly if not for her.

And, while it is not the place of a herald to thank the Royalty he serves, let me just say that His Majesty, King Byron is a joy to work for.

Finally, my thanks to all the volunteers who made offers to help, either in general or with specific tasks, that I had to turn down because it was already taken care of. We heralds talk about this sort of thing on the Heraldry FB pages and people think we’re BSing them, because everyone “knows” that heralds have to beg for help and end up doing most of work themselves. I’m proud to live in Æthelmearc, a shining jewel in the SCA.

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Royal Thanks: QRC

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sat, 2016-06-11 20:47

Her Majesty has asked the Gazette to share the following with the populace:

Lord Jacob Martinson receives a rose from Her Majesty before winning her tournament. Photo by Lady Antoinette de Lorraine.

Unto the Good Gentles of Abhainn Ciach Ghlais and all who staffed the Queen’s Rapier Championship does Ariella, Regina, send fond Thanks!

The Queen’s Rapier event went wonderfully, with much delicious food and gracious event staff.  The air-conditioned site was so welcome and held the four large Kingdom lists perfectly.  Lady Antoinette de Lorraine, the autocrat, can be proud of her staff, including the Royalty Liaison, for taking care of all Royal needs.  The Rose Garden special reception and welcoming drinks for all further enhanced the hospitality of your Shire.

The Championship tournament and further bear pit tournaments were efficiently run thanks to the marshals and the MOL, Baroness Aemelia Soteria.  All the fencers showed chivalry.

Vivant to all who entered and vivat to My new Champion Lord Jacob Martinson!
Ariella, Regina

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Pennsic Pre-Registration Deadline: June 18th

East Kingdom Gazette - Sat, 2016-06-11 11:34

Paid registration for Pennsic ends on Saturday, June 18th at 11:59pm EDT.  The size of the land allotted to a group is determined by the number of people who preregister by this deadline. Unpaid online registration is available until July 8th.

Reminder: The last day of pre-registration almost always has technical difficulties, we suggest not waiting until then.

 Preregistration is available at this website.

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East Kingdom Results From The March 2016 LoAR

East Kingdom Gazette - Fri, 2016-06-10 11:36

The Society College of Heralds runs on monthly cycles and letters. Each month, the College processes name and armory submissions from all of the Kingdoms. Final decisions on submissions are made at the monthly meetings of the Pelican Queen of Arms (names) and the Wreath Queen of Arms (armory). Pelican and Wreath then write up their decisions in a Letter of Acceptances and Return (LoAR). After review and proofreading, LoARs generally are released two months after the meeting where the decisions are made.

An “acceptance” indicates that the item(s) listed are now registered with the Society. A “return” indicates that the item is returned to the submitter for additional work. Most items are registered without comments. Sometimes, the LoAR will address specific issues about the name or armory or will praise the submitter/herald on putting together a very nice historically accurate item.

The following results are from the March 2016 Wreath and Pelican meetings; these items were submitted to the East Kingdom at Pennsic 2015.


* Aharon ben Zach. Name.

* Amis Mwyn. Device. Or, a fret azure its mascle gules, a bordure sable.

* Brandr nefsbrjotr Aronsson. Name change from Cian Mac Fhearghuis.

The submitter wanted a constructed byname meaning “nosebreaker”. The form refsbrjotr uses the genitive singular form of “nose”, whereas all of the examples of “breaker of X” or “X breaker” in Old Norse that could be found use the genitive plural form of X. Examples include hornabrjótr (“breaker of horns”), øxnabrjótr (“oxen breaker”), and garðabrjótr (“breaker of fences”), and haugabrjótr(“breaker of cairns, grave-robber”), all found in Geirr Bassi. Therefore, the plural form of the byname would be nefjabrjotr (“breaker of noses”).

We note that at least one prior registration allowed the genitive singular form in a similar name:

Submitted as Ragnarr rifbrjótr, all the documented examples of X-brjótr that were supplied on the LoI and by the commenters have the X element in the genitive case. We have changed the name to Ragnarr rifsbbrjótr [sic] to match the documented examples and fix the grammar. [Ragnarr rifsbrjótr, August 2008, A-Atlantia]

Similarly, a more recent registration stated that the genitive singular form was registerable:

The byname is constructed, with the intended meaning of “stone breaker”. The byname needs to use the genitive form of “stone”, Steins- (“breaking one rock”) or Steina- (“breaking many rocks”). Kingdom confirmed that the submitter prefers the latter, so we have changed the byname to Steinabrjótr. [Óláfr Steinabrjótr, February 2015, A-Æthelmearc]

Therefore, we will allow the submitted form of the byname in this case, but future registrations of “X breaker” in Old Norse should either use the genitive plural form of X or include documentation to support the use of the genitive singular. If the submitter prefers the plural form nefjabrjotr, he can submit a request for reconsideration.

The Letter of Intent incorrectly stated that the submitter’s previous name, Cian Mac Fhearghuis, was to be released. However, in accordance with the submission form, it is retained as an alternate name.

* Charlotte Orr. Name and device. Quarterly argent and sable, a hedgehog statant gardant gules.

Nice late 16th century English name!

* Constancia de Vianne. Name and device. Purpure, a crossbow bendwise sinister and on a chief argent five musical notes inverted sable.

* Hasanah bint al-Khalil ibn Habib and Ingvar Thorsteinsson. Joint household name Erlendsstaðir.

Although the form only included Hasanah’s name as the submitter, it was confirmed in email that this is a joint registration.

* Ignacia la Ciega. Badge. Gules, a chevron between a demi-sun and a shamshir inverted Or.

There is a step from period practice for the use of a shamshir.

* Ingvar Thorsteinsson. Device. Erminois, a boar’s head cabossed sable and a chief gules.

* Ingvar Thorsteinsson and Hasanah bint al-Khalil ibn Habib. Joint badge for Erlendsstaðir. (Fieldless) A tree blasted and eradicated per fess gules and sable.

Although the form only included Ingvar’s name as the submitter, it was confirmed in email that this is a joint registration.

* Ingvar Thorsteinsson and Hasanah bint al-Khalil ibn Habib. Joint badge. (Fieldless) A tree blasted and eradicated quarterly gules and sable.

Although the form only included Ingvar’s name as the submitter, it was confirmed in email that this is a joint registration.

* Johannes von Braunschweig. Name.

The byname is found in the title of Gründlicher Bericht, wie es mit Herzog Friderich von Braunschweig und der Stadt Braunschweig in der Belägerung ergangen (, dated to 1615.

* Margaret of Rochester. Badge. Azure goutty, a chevron argent.

Nice badge!

* Matteo Genovese. Name and device. Vert, a spear and in chief two axes argent, a bordure argent semy of daggers inverted vert.

Nice 15th-16th century Italian name!

* Matthildr Skotsdottir. Name.

* Micchelle Vitalis. Name and device. Or, a bend vert between a bunch of grapes slipped and leaved proper and two arrows in saltire gules.

The submitter requested authenticity for “Italian any time in our time period”. This is an authentic 13th century Latinized Italian name.

* Michel Almond de Champagne. Name change from Michal Almond de Champagne and augmentation of arms. Per chevron lozengy argent and sable and purpure, in base a fleur-de-lys argent and for augmentation on a canton Or a tyger passant azure.

The bynames Almond and de Champagne are grandfathered to the submitter.

The submitter’s previous name, Michal Almond de Champagne, is released.

Please advise the submitter to draw the lozengy portion of the field with more and smaller lozenges.

The submitter has permission from the East Kingdom for her augmentation to conflict with the East Kingdom’s populace badge: (Fieldless) A tyger passant azure.

* Moire MacGraha. Badge. (Fieldless) A musical note argent entwined by an ivy vine vert.

* Mountain Freehold, Shire of. Badge. (Fieldless) A seahorse argent atop a trimount couped vert.

* Mountain Freehold, Shire of. Badge. (Fieldless) A seahorse Or atop a trimount couped vert.

* Nicolae Munteanu. Name and device. Or, a tree issuant from a mountain between in chief two falcons striking respectant vert.

Submitted as Nicolae Muntean, the correct patronymic is Munteanu. We have changed the byname to this form to register this name.

* Nicole la bouchiere. Name and device. Per pale argent and azure, a cleaver bendwise sinister counterchanged.

Nice late 13th century French name!

Nice choice of charge for this occupational byname!

* Oodachi Jirou Tsu’neyasu. Name.

* Osc of the Harbours. Device. Argent, five geese migrant in chevron sable and in base a torteau.

There is a step from period practice for the use of birds in the migrant posture.

* Piers Campbell. Acceptance of transfer of household name Clan Campbell of Applecross from Tomasz Tomashevskoi.

* Richard Holland. Name change from Ragnarr Sigurðarson.

The given name Richard is found in “English Given Names from 16th and Early 17th C Marriage Records” by Aryanhwy merch Catmael ( in 1575, the same year as the byname.

Excellent 16th century English name!

The submitter’s previous name, Ragnarr Sigurðarson, is retained as an alternate name.

* Robyn Wolf Claw. Name and device. Per bend argent and vert, a phoenix gules rising from flames Or and a wolf’s head cabossed argent.

The submitter requested authenticity for “1580s Tudor England”. All elements in this name and the pattern of double bynames can be documented to late 16th century England.

* Rose Therion Storie. Name.

Therion and Storie are grandfathered to the submitter, as they are elements from the registered name of the submitter’s father, Therion Sean Storie.

After the Pelican decision meeting, the question was raised whether this submitter would also need a letter of permission to conflict from her father, as Therion Storie is a possible use name for her father. PN3D of SENA states:

To be clear of relationship conflict, the submitted name must not unmistakably imply close relationship with a protected person. This includes, but is not limited to, a claim to be the parent, child, or spouse of a protected person. An unmistakable implication generally requires the use of the entirety of a protected name.

In the present submission, Rose Therion Sean Storie would make such an unmistakable claim of relationship. However, the submitted name, which does not incorporate her father’s complete name, does not. Therefore, we are able to register this name within requiring an additional letter of permission to conflict.

* Rowen Cloteworthy. Heraldic title Red Lozenge Herald.

Lozenge is a lingua Anglica form of the period losenge.

* Stanislaw Polaski. Name and device. Azure, a chevron inverted Or between three dragons passant two and one argent.

Both elements are found in Zofia Abramowicz, Lila Citko, and Leonarda Dacewicz, S{l/}ownik Historycznych Nazw Osobowych Bia{l/}ostocczyzny (XV-XVII), vol. 2, s.nn. Po{l/}aski and Wojno, dated to 1580.

Nice late 16th century Polish name!

* Tigernan MacAlpin. Device change. Gules, an alphyn rampant argent and a bordure compony sable and Or.

The submitter’s old device, Sable, a bear rampant, on a chief Or three spruce trees eradicated sable, is retained as a badge.

* Tomasz Tomashevskoi. Transfer of household name Clan Campbell of Applecross to Piers Campbell.

* Tryggvi Stefnisson. Device. Vert, a seal erect and in chief seven gouttes argent.

* Ulrich van Kathen. Device. Per pall inverted vert, azure, and argent, three musimons rampant counterchanged argent and sable.

* Védís Iðunardóttir. Device. Gules, a seal erect and in chief seven gouttes Or.

* Violante Valeriano. Device. Argent, on an ounce rampant regardant azure a comet argent, a sinister tierce urdy azure.

There is a step from period practice for the use of a tierce with another charge.

* Zipora du Bois. Name and device. Purpure, a winged fleur-de-lys Or.

Zipora is a 14th century Jewish name found in Germany and France. The combination of a Jewish name from France and a French byname is an acceptable lingual mix under Appendix C of SENA.


* Rowen Cloteworthy. Augmentation of arms. Lozengy argent and sable, a chief gules and for an augmentation a canton purpure charged with four millrinds in cross Or.

This augmentation is returned for contrast issues. SENA A3a3 states “Because an augmentation adds complexity, augmented devices are often allowed to violate certain style rules, such as allowing charges on tertiary charges or a complexity count of greater than eight, as long as the identifiability of the design is maintained. However, they may not violate the rules on contrast.” While the canton is overall and has good technical constrast with the field, it also substantially overlies the gules chief and mostly touches black parts of the neutral field. Thus, the purpure canton largely lies against a color background and does not have good contrast. In consequence, this must be returned.

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Artisan’s Village Event Promotes the Arts and Sciences Community

East Kingdom Gazette - Fri, 2016-06-10 09:39

The Shire of Hartshorn-dale held its second Artisans’ Village event over the weekend of June 3rd – 5th. Artisans Village is an event entirely focused around the Arts and Sciences community.

The event featured 8 “villages” where artisans, led by a village coordinator, displayed their art and conducted hands on demonstrations of their crafts. Period blacksmithing, cooking, brewing, and music demonstrations were featured at the event, along with lampworking, bookbinding, the fiber arts, and more.

The event also featured two full tracks of classes, including classes focused on supporting the Arts and Sciences community itself. A round-table discussion about creating positive and supportive A&S competitions was held by Mistress Amy Webbe, current kingdom MoAS; a class on beginning A&S projects was held by Master Magnus Hvalmagi, current King’s Arts and Sciences Champion, and a class on writing effective A&S documentation was led by Lady Judith bas Rabbi Mendel.

This year, a new feature was also added to the event, the “Artisans’ Progress.” Attendees at the day’s events were encouraged to collect a bead from each village they visited. Those who collected 7 beads could then enter a raffle for a chance to win a basket full of gifts kindly donated by the villages and other artisans. The winner of the “Artisans Progress” was Melanie, who joined the SCA all of two weeks ago.

Thank you to everyone who came out to spend the day at the event, and to the teachers and village coordinators!

For more pictures or information about the event, please visit our photo gallery of the event and the event website.

For those on facebook there is another album available here 

Filed under: Arts and Sciences, Events

Throwback Thursday – Joseph of Newby

PainBank - Thu, 2016-06-09 04:00

Throwback from 2005 episodes:

Joseph of Newby from down under in the land of Australia. This was an enlightening and new perspective.


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Æthelmearc Æcademy Class List

AEthelmearc Gazette - Wed, 2016-06-08 17:18

Greetings unto the most talented and erudite Kingdom of AEthelmearc from Mistress Alicia Langland, Chancellor of Æthelmearc Æcademy!

Good Gentles,

If you have been wanting to learn a new skill or perfect a technique you haven’t quite mastered, I invite you to attend Saturday’s AEthelmearc AEcademy and War College, hosted by the hospitable Shire of Ballachlagan.

With nearly 60 classes offered, you will surely enjoy a day of learning and doing!

Do you brew?  Do you want to?

  • Documenting Homebrew. What Digby never told you
  • Medieval Malting

Are you interested in classes on clothing and accessories?

  • A Brief History of Undergarments: The Pair of Bodies and the Farthingale
  • Hitatare Kamishimo, Fancy Japanese Menswear
  • Hoods for Everyone
  • Ladies Japanese Outfit
  • Making a Norse Hat or Sewing 101  (Youth-friendly class!)
  • Yorkshire and Doublet Buttons

Does a good brawl set your toes a-tapping?

  • Bransles/Brawls of Arbeau f1589
  • Bring Your Own Feet Dance Practice
  • Three 15th century Italian dances

Want to embellish garments that others will envy?

  • Hand Applique
  • To Knot or Not To Knot (Youth-friendly class!)

How about fiber arts?

  • Felted Mitten Fun!  (Youth-friendly class!)
  • Fingerloop  (Youth-friendly class!)
  • Inkle Loom Make&Take
  • Inkle set-up and beginning weaving
  • Tablet Weaving Play Time

What about food and cooking?

  • Butter Making Experiment for Children (Youth-friendly class!)
  • Grain Milling for Children (Youth-friendly class!)
  • In Charge of the Feast
  • Lunch, Feast, or Sideboard
  • Period Feasts for a Picky Palate
  • Potage Practicum

Maybe you prefer hands-on/how-to classes?

  • Armour Pattern Making
  • Beginning Pewter – Cold and Hot Pewter Look the Same
  • Introduction to Dovetails

Is history your thing?

  • Bling Out Your Dead
  • A Brief History of Carriages
  • I Came, I Saw, I Cocked It Up: Great Military Blunders, And What They Can Teach Us
  • If Not By Prowess Then By Poison
  • Medieval Metrosexual?
  • One Monarch, Two Interments
  • Vampires – Separating fiction from fiction
  • The Way of Saint James: The Santiago de Compostela Pilgrimage Then and Now

Are you musically inclined?

  • The Ubiquitous Recorder (Youth-friendly class!)
  • Moving Beyond Recorders – Other Period Instruments

Love drawing and painting?

  • Applying gold leaf using period materials
  • Basic Paint Techniques
  • Illumination Play Time
  • Italian White Vine: A Hands-on Introduction
  • Lefties Loving their Letters
  • Wax on, wax off calligraphy

Looking for ways to up your SCA game?

  • Designing armory from period examples
  • Drafting the Sun
  • Fairy tales workshop – composition in performance
  • Heraldry BINGO! (Youth-friendly class!)
  • On Being a Signet
  • Sharing the Wealth: creating a presentation of your work
  • Using Technology to Gather and Organize Documentation
  • Using Technology to Create Images for Documentation

And don’t forget there’s a host of WAR COLLEGE classes, too!

  • Basics of the Japanese Sword
  • Japanese Short Staff
  • Melee For Fencing, how to go from mob to unit
  • Shield man’s survival guide to melee
  • So you want to be a combat archer
  • So you want to be a Thrown Weapons Marshal

Event details can be found at

Looking forward to seeing YOU there!

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A Message From the Gift Coordinator

East Kingdom Gazette - Wed, 2016-06-08 15:54

Greetings to the noble people of the East!

I am Mistress Eleanore MacCarthaigh and I have the very great honor to be the Gift Coordinator for Their Munificent Majesties, Kenric and Avelina, may They reign forever!

It is my function to coordinate incoming gifts to be used as largesse or as gifts for exchanges with Their Royal Cousins. Many special projects are in the works, but I wish to communicate a few needs and un-needs to the populace. If anyone should have questions regarding gifts, please contact me (info below).

Some thoughts on gifts:
1. No single person or group needs to make All The Things. It’s very nice, but we don’t need 50 of hardly anything.
2. If you or your friends (household, regional group, etc.) would like to make some gifts and have not done them before, please contact me with your plans and/or ideas.
3. Please remember gifts need to be easily transportable, sometimes on planes. It’s also great if they are actually useful in our Game.
4. Please find a way to include a tag or other kind of label with what the item is (if it’s not obvious), the maker’s name(s), where they are located in the kingdom and “East Kingdom”.
5. Please remember allergies are an issue for many these days. If your gift is scented it could cause discomfort!

At this time we do not need paternosters or soap, we thank those who have made what we have for their brilliant response and creativity, but we have enough for now.

Gift bags of a useful size are in need, big enough and pretty enough to hold gift packages and be used later by the recipient so that they may remember the glory and generosity of our Kingdom. Small lined or lightly padded bags for jewelry and bags big enough for a modern tablet would also be of use. Draw string or strapped are fine. Varied fabrics are fine as well; however I’d like to suggest thinking about kingdom colors and the Anglo Saxon theme of Their Majesties’ reign. Please contact me if you’d like suggestions.

Packets of period spices and dried herbs would be very nice, especially if they include suggested recipes (with the goal of promoting period recipes). Please make sure packets are sealed well to reasonably preserve the contents, which should not expire within the reign.

Specific gift needs: I am looking for a few illuminators/calligraphers who are willing to make some blank note cards and “thank you” cards, about 4”x3” folded with the arms of the kingdoms for Pennsic. Packets of 6 are desired in period (or period-looking) papers. Please contact me off line – I am going to be assigning these to match specific gift-giving occasions. We also need some for Their Majesties’ use as well.

Other ideas are available plus I’m accepting thoughts and suggestions. Several projects are already in process. I thank you all in on behalf of Their Royal Majesties, Kenric and Avelina – long may they reign!

Eleanore MacCarthaigh, OL, OP
East Kingdom Gift Coordinator

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Display your Arts at Æthelmearc Æcademy

AEthelmearc Gazette - Wed, 2016-06-08 10:41

Mistress Alicia Langland, Chancellor of AEthelmearc Æcademy, asked to share the following with the populace:

Their Majesties are proud of Their artists and artisans! They enjoy viewing all of the items created and crafted by the hands of the citizens of Æthelmearc.

To that end, a display will be available at Æthelmearc Æcademy on June 11 in the Shire of Ballachlagan, from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Please bring your works in progress to display.

Registration and set up will open at 10:00 in the Library.

Please provide the following information with your project:

  • Name (optional)
  • Item info (what is it, geographic period location, when would it have been found in period)?
  • What inspired you?
  • What did you learn in the making of this item?

Commentary/feedback sheets will be provided for entrants who request them. The display will be attended through out the day. Entrants are welcome to sit with their items as well.

If you have questions or need further information, please contact Baroness Rowena Moore at sodtigger AT gmail DOT com.

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Royal Thanks for NOWM

AEthelmearc Gazette - Mon, 2016-06-06 21:06

Their Highnesses have asked the Gazette to share the following with the populace:

Photo by Master John Michael Thorpe.

We would like to thank everyone who came out to support His Highness and myself at Northern Oaken War Maneuvers (in Ohio). Thank you to TRM & TRH of the Middle as well as Their Excellencies Cleftlands (and their people) for the incredible hospitality. Spending the day with TRM Æthelmearc and their staff only made the day brighter.

It was great to see old friends and make new.

We hope everyone had a good day regardless of their pursuit and we are enjoying seeing pictures on Facebook of the prowess shown in Myrkfaelinn and in the Endless Hills.

Marcus & Margerite

PS: Ingrid thanks Josie. (As do I!)

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Sad Tidings: Baron Malcolm FitzWilliam

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sun, 2016-06-05 18:07

Baron Malcolm Fitzwilliam. Photo by Master Alaxandair O Conchobhair.

Last month, the Kingdom suffered a great loss. Baron Malcolm fitzWilliam passed away from heart complications stemming from pneumonia. He was a good friend and a good man. He was also a long-standing contributing member of the College of Heralds.

Malcolm served as both Sycamore Herald (the Kingdom Tournament Deputy) and Keystone Herald (the Kingdom Education Deputy). Through both of these appointments, his primary objective was to promote education and participation throughout the heraldic community and the Kingdom. Everything that he did, whether heraldic in nature or not, was done out of love for his Shire, his Kingdom, and the Society as a whole.

And let that be the lesson that we all take from him. The Society lives on through the effort that we all give it, but it is the love that we put into it that makes this life that we have all chosen worth living. Let us all try to carry on his legacy.

 In Honor and Service,
Kameshima Zentarō Umakai
Silver Buccle Principal Herald, Kingdom of Æthelmearc

Baron Malcolm heralding Count Yngvar and Countess Caryl into Crown last fall. Photo by Master Alaxandair.

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Event Report: Æthelmearc War Practice

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sun, 2016-06-05 13:34

Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope reports on a wet but fun Æthelmearc War Practice:

War Practice started auspiciously enough, with a sunny and pleasant day on Friday to welcome campers setting up tents, shooting archery, and throwing weapons. The evening saw the traditional Gage Meet ‘n’ Beat, in which many fighters tested themselves against members of the Grant-level fighting award in one-on-one combat.

Gage Meet ‘n’ Beat. Photo by Crystal Clark.

In the next field over, 15 fencers competed in a ribbon tourney in which combatants could wager ribbons on the outcome of a bout or a series of bouts. The winner of that tournament was Lord Robert MacEwin of Thornhill.

Rapier Ribbon Tourney. Photo by Crystal Clark.

Rapier Ribbon Tourney. Photo by Crystal Clark.

Alas, late Friday night and Saturday morning turned chill and drizzly. The weather cleared for a little while late on Saturday morning through the early afternoon, but went downhill again into intermittent hard rain by mid-afternoon. However, many gentles refused to let the weather dampen their spirits and persisted in having fun!

The Kingdom Youth Combat Champion’s Tournament pitted six combatants in a round robin, with two additional youth fighters joining later for melees and a bear bit. The victor and third time Kingdom Youth Champion was El Tigre of the Shire of Hunter’s Home. The most chivalrous youth fighter was Daichi, who was one of four fighters to authorize up a division that day.

Their Majesties address the youth fighters before the Champion’s Tourney. Photo by Arianna.

Youth Combat Melee. Photo by THLady Aaliz de Gant.

The 10-Man Melee tournament featured five teams including fighters from numerous households like Sable Maul, Woodland Watch, and Stormhaven, along with teams from various local areas. It was won by Æthelmearc 10, consisting primarily of fighters from Region 3.

Click to view slideshow.

The Rose and Baroness’ Rapier Tournament included 19 fencers, each sponsored by a Lady of the Rose or a Baroness. The victor was Mistress Illadore de Bedegrayne.

Before the start of the rapier tournament, however, Their Majesties called forth Master Lodovic of Gray’s Inn and Don Clewin Kupferhelbelinc, and gave each of them a Writ of Summons to consider elevation to the Order of Defense.

Don Clewin receives a Writ for the Order of Defense. Photo by Lord Ursus.

Master Lodovic receives a Writ for the Order of Defense. Photo by THLady Aaliz de Gant.

Master Bataar. Photo by Arianna.

The Kingom Archery Champion’s Tournament was also held at War Practice. Before the competition, Their Majesties bestowed a Golden Alce upon Master Bataar Sogdo for his skill as an archer.

The Champion’s shoot, designed by Lady Katherine Täntzel, was based on Monty Python and the Holy Grail, including 50- and 100-yard shots that showed the Black Beast of Arrrrgh and its animator. Of the 13 archers who competed in the qualifying rounds, four advanced to the semi-finals: Takamatsu Gentarou Yoshitaka-san, Master Bataar Sogdo, Lady Anorra of Steltonwald, and THLord Cynwulf Rendell.

After shooting at the Taunting Knights in the semis, THLord Cynwulf and Yoshitaka-san advanced to the finals, where they were faced with two targets: a 45-second timed shoot at the “Black Knight” and the Knight who says Ni! The new Kingdom Archery Champion, Takamatsu Gentarou Yoshitaka-sanis serving as Champion for the second time.

The Kingdom Archery Champion’s Shoot, Yoshitaka-san in white. Photo by THLady Aaliz de Gant.

In the early afternoon there was also a tournament to determine the new Kingdom Thrown Weapons Champion. The format was qualifications with specialized targets, pinpoint, spears and Royal Rounds. The finals consisted of Royal Rounds, reverse Royal Rounds and then a specialized target where you were not to hit the arms of the King and Queen or Æthelmearc’s arms A large number of gentles scored very similar high marks, but in the end, the victor was Baroness Aemelia Soteria, who receieved the regalia of office from the outgoing Champion, Lord Sean Delamort.

Thrown Weapons competition, Baroness Aemelia Soteria at right. Photo by Crystal Clark.

After the morning’s tournaments were completed, the heavy weapons and fencing combatants turned their thoughts toward war. The heavy fighters fought a series of open field battles and bridge battles under the watchful eyes of the Warlord, Duke Tindal, and Their Majesties.

Heavy weapons field battle. Photo by Lord Ursus.

Heavy weapons bridge battle. Photo by Lord Ursus.

Duke Tindal addresses melee strategy with the fighters while Their Majesties look on. Photo by Lord Ursus.

The fencers also fought field battles and worked on targeting their skills at kill pockets under the guidance of the Rapier Warlord, Master Donnan MacDubhsidhe.

Rapier melee. Photo by THLady Aaliz de Gant.

Rapier melee. Photo by THLady Aaliz de Gant.

While all of this belligerence was happening on the battlefield, many gentler pursuits were held in the Great Hall or in the classroom tents. Class offerings included topics like brewing, music, fiber arts, scribal arts, cooking, autocratting, herbalism, costuming, and dancing.

Artisans’ Play Time. Photo by Crystal Clark.

Artisans’ Play Time. Photo by Crystal Clark.

Friday night saw the inaugural Grand Ball, organized by THLord Sionn the Lost, with live music for the dancers.

Click to view slideshow.

On Saturday, there was a combination A&S display and hands-on classes at the Artisans’ Play Time in the Great Hall, including tracks in scribal arts, fiber arts, and cooking. In additional, Edelvrouw Lijsbet de Keukere ran the first Scarlet Apron Cooking Competition with the theme of illusion foods. There were numerous entries that were both tasty and beautiful. Lady Elska Fjarfell was chosen as the winner for her marzipan and sugarpaste chicken and eggs entries, with her son Simon Fjarfell winning the youth category with a lamb made of crystalized sugar. Maestra Tomasia da Collevento was the winner of the populace choice with her peacock pie.

Click to view slideshow.

Court on Saturday night featured the induction of Lord Aidan Gunn into the Order of the Millrind, Lady Ottilige Rappoltsweiler and THLady Cassandra Matis into the Fleur d’AEthelmearc for their work as cooks, and a Writ for the Laurel given to THLady Alfrun ketta for her skill in fiber arts.

In addition, Maestro Augusto Giuseppe da San Donato gifted Their Majesties with a custom-made fire ring to be used in Æthelmearc Royal camp at Pennsic. Their Majesties thanks Master Giuseppe and requested that their new Pennsic Chamberlain, Master Janos, take the ring into his keeping until Pennsic.

Click to view slideshow.

On Sunday morning, the annual Pick-A-Prize raffle was held by the Tribe of Tuatha Firen. The Chieftain of the Tribe, Master Caleb Reynolds, announced that the raffle raised $1,120.09, to be split evenly between the Kingdom’s Pennsic expenses and Their Majesties’ travel expenses. He further announced that next year will be their 25th and last year running the raffle, but that the Tribe is hoping another group will step in to run a Kingdom Fundraiser at War Practice the following year. Over the last 24 year, Tribe of Tuatha Firen has raised over $10,000 for the Kingdom.

Brunch was served by members of the Shire of King’s Crossing on Saturday and Sunday. Also on Sunday morning, Their Majesties held Their first Curia, where topics including a restructuring of the Marshalate and possible changes to Youth policy were discussed.

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East Kingdom Rapier Seeks Marshals

East Kingdom Gazette - Thu, 2016-06-02 21:24

Lady Alesone is coordinating Marshals for the rapier tent and war points at Pennsic this year. Consider helping her fill the calendar. Shifts are in 2 hour blocks. This is also a good opportunity for Marshals In Training to get experience. The Rapier Tent is open at 8:00 am and closes at 5:00 pm each day. Your hours will count towards the volunteer war point. Many hands make light work, so consider taking a shift.

Here is the sign up link.

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Royal Thanks for Palfreys and Polearms

AEthelmearc Gazette - Thu, 2016-06-02 19:57
Unto the populace of Aethelmearc do Byron and Ariella, King and Queen, send Greetings.

We wish to extend Our most sincere thanks to the Baron, Baroness, and populace of the Barony of Rhydderich Hael for their hospitality and goods works when We traveled to their lands to choose Our equestrian champions at the Palfreys and Polearms event.

Because of the heat, the ratio of Palfreys to Polearms was quite high, but everyone seemed to be doing what they loved.  His Majesty had just noted in Curia a week earlier that smaller niche events were often the most enjoyable, and this event show
ed the truth of that remark.

We were so pleased to see 11 entrants in Our Equestrian Tournament.  This speaks to the quality of equestrian work in Our fair Kingdom, and to the maturity and growth of this discipline.  We were particularly moved by the openness and warmth shown to Our daughter, Princess Leah, as she was permitted to participate.  We also appreciated the opportunity to receive the contestants from horseback.  It made a huge difference to the medieval feel of the event.

Our congratulations go out to THL Aaliz de Gant, who emerged victorious to earn the mantle of King’s Champion, on the very day that she was inducted into the Order of the Golden Lance.  We also extend congratulations to Maeve ni Siurtain, who impressed His Majesty (well, to be honest, impressed the Princess Royale, who guided His Majesty’s hand) and became the new Queen’s Champion.

Our thanks go to Brother Bobby and his entire crew for creating a spectacular day of fun in numerous martial disciplines.  We were pleased that so many gentles came forth in the afternoon to entertain His Majesty with blades and earn 5 points in fencing’s Wild Hunt (everyone who fenced against me has earned 5 points regardless of the outcome — braving the heat for Our benefit has earned you that).  We wish to particularly thank Padraig and Juliana and Ekat and Elizabeth for providing Us with shade and food and drink and attention to make Our day go smoothly.  We also thank the cooks for the event, as the food from the kitchen was most friendly to Our palate. And We of course thank Our good friend and retainer Elss of Augsburg for staying beside Us throughout the day.

Lastly, We wish to thank Our most trustworthy advisor, Princess Leah, who kept Us from seeming… uninformed… upon the equestrian field.

In Service,

Byron and Ariella, Rex et Regina AEthelmearc

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ISO: Kingdom Horse Barding!

AEthelmearc Gazette - Wed, 2016-06-01 22:34

We need everyone’s help – the Kingdom horse barding has disappeared! It was last seen at Gulf Wars a couple of years ago.

It is needed for SCA 50 Year so that our Majesties can look resplendent in the closing ceremony procession!

Barding from the front.

We would ask that all past stewards, retainers, and royalty please check your storage areas – it would most likely have been in a bin, and may look like tablecloths to the uninitiated.

If you find it, please contact Tiercelin immediately so that we can arrange for pick-up and delivery to 50th. Thanks!

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