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THLord Stefan li Rous offers updates to Stefan's Florilegium for December 2013.
Why would I want to register my name in the SCA?
What are the requirements for picking an official name?
An SCA name must use period spellings. History books often modernize spellings to make them “easier” for modern readers. Modernizing is more common with older spellings than with later-period ones.
What are the requirements for registering a device?
Can you give us examples of period names that sound unusual to a modern ear? (Humorous or otherwise…)
What is the difference between a device and a badge?
A “badge” is any other piece of visual art associated with you. You can have up to six pieces of armory – so one “device” and five “badges.” Badges are usually simpler than arms, but not necessarily so. If you have alternate personas, their devices/arms are called “badges” for administrative purposes, even if they look like devices/arms.
When you’re talking about period practice, the answer is a little more complicated. Speaking quite broadly, a device/arms defines you. The only people wearing it should be you or your herald. A badge identifies things that are yours. Your household, your dependents, etc. display your badge. That’s something of an over-simplification, but details varied in period depending on era and culture.
What online or book sources would you suggest for research?
Are there any on-line resources to show me what period heraldry looks like?
Where can I find someone to help me pick a name or design a device?
How does the registration process work and how long does it take?
The forms can be found here.
Once I receive the forms, I enter the submission information for the name, device or badge into an electronic program called OSCAR. Once a month, I release a “letter” on OSCAR with all of the submissions received that month. You can see the letters here.
For about a month, heralds within the East Kingdom and some from outside the East will comment on the submissions on the letter, checking documentation, doing additional research, and checking for conflicts with existing names and devices. At the end of the month, I decide whether the submission needs to be returned for further work or should go up for further commentary at the Society level. You can see the Letters of Decision here.
If I decide to send the submissions up, they go into another OSCAR database for review and commentary by heralds throughout the Society. That process takes about two more months.
At the end of that review and commentary process, the chief armory herald (Wreath Sovereign of Arms) and the chief name herald (Pelican Sovereign of Arms) hold meetings with their staffs where they make decisions to accept or reject submissions. These meetings discuss submissions from throughout the Society, not just the East.
After the meetings, Pelican and Wreath write up their decisions in a Letter of Acceptances and Returns. The writing process takes about a month or so. The public can find and read the LoARs here.
Overall, we average about 8-9 months these days from submission to decision.
If you submit your name or device or badge at Pennsic Herald’s Point, it will actually take longer than if you submit it another time of year. The East gets, on average, about 175 submissions out of Pennsic. We can only reasonably handle commentary on a maximum of 50-55 submissions a month. It takes us until nearly Christmas to work through the Pennsic deluge of submissions and the resulting backlog of submissions that I receive after Pennsic.
Filed under: Heraldry, Interviews
Experts working on excavations at Dingwall's Cromartie Memorial car park have confirmed that the site was the location of an 11th century Thing, or Norse parliament. The structure may have been built at the instruction of Thorfinn the Mighty.
Archaeological digs on a farm near Newborough, England have unearthed several layers of history from Roman to Saxon times. The excavations were commissioned before the land could be used for proposed renewable energy parks.
If you are a member of a polled Order and are not subscribed to the polling distribution or the discussion list, you may sign up here: Polling Lists
And if you are subscribed to the polling distribution but did not receive the most recent polls, please contact the Clerk of the Polling Lists, (currently Duchess Katherine Stanhope).
Filed under: Official Notices Tagged: awards, pollings
East Kingdom Twelfth Night will be held in Troy, NY, on January 4, 2014 and hosted by the Shire of Anglespur and the Barony of Concordia of the Snows.
Per the autocrat, Lord Joel of Vestfell, the feast has a very hard cap of 150, and it’s “selling fast”. Online registration (by ACCEPS) ends on December 15th, and mailed reservations must be postmarked by December 22.
Celebrate the end of the holiday season with:
For more information, please see the event announcement.
Filed under: Events Tagged: Anglespur, Concordia of the Snows, Twelfth Night
In early December, the SCA.org website got a new look.
The motivation behind the “facelift” was the recent debut of the SCA Newcomers’ Portal. ”We wanted to add a very noticeable link to the Portal, so that visitors and new members could easily find their way there,” said Mistress Jessa d’Avondale, Webmaster of SCA.org *. “This led to streamlining the front page, which previously had 4 different sections and menus, and left plenty of room in the center for a large slideshow of photos.”
The new SCA.org front page features photographs of SCA participants from the SCA Digital Scribes Program, along with five buttons with prominent links for new members (the Newcomers’ Portal, On-line Membership, and Kingdom Lookup), and for existing members (the SCA Marketplace, and the Kingdom eNewsletter website).
A lighter-colored background on all pages provides more contrast for the text, and the website’s menus have been consolidated into one main menu at the top of the screen, to make it easier for visitors to navigate their way around the site.
Please send feedback and suggestions to Mistress Jessa *
* Mistress Jessa is responsible for the contents of the SCA.org website. Please note this is a separate office from the Society Webminister, Baroness Alesone, who is in charge of electronic publications, oversees the kingdom websites, and makes policy about local group websites.
Filed under: Corporate Tagged: websites
The discovery of an old forge, an iron arrowhead and utensils has led archaeologists to believe that they had found an area used by blacksmiths dating to the 1500s. The site was unearthed under Klosterenga in Oslo, Norway.
The agenda for Their Majesties’ upcoming Curia is now available on the East Kingdom Seneschal’s web site: Curia
The Curia will be held the day after Birka, in the Barony of Stonemarche:
Questions may be directed to: Clerk of Laws
Filed under: Law and Policy Tagged: birka, curia
Archaeologists working on the site of a railway line in Old Uppsala, Sweden are trying to puzzle out the purpose of two rows of large wooden pillars near a 5th century pre-Viking burial ground and religious center. (photos)
SCA Ltd is again seeking nominations for board members.
Aryanhwy reports that the first edition of the blog What's Up Wednesday is now online. The blog looks at what is going on with the A&S community in the Kingdom of Drachenwald.
Simon Vincent loves to get together and hit some friends - with foam swords, that is. An active member of the Bendigo Swordcraft group in Bendigo, Victoria, Vincent was interviewed recently by Corey Hague of ABC Victoria. (video)
On the 23rd day of November Anno Societatis 48, in the common era called 2014, at the end of a day filled with fierce battles, great fencing, youth combat as well as a delicious dayboard, Their Majesties Kenric II and Avelina II held Their Court. They warmly welcomed two of Their visiting Cousins to come and sit beside Them and Their Heirs, and King Timothy of Aethelmearc and Prince Guillaume, called William of Atlantia took up Their offer and took Their comfort. Their Majesties East presented each Cousin with gifts as Their Court began.
As They settled down to the business of Their Court, Their herald called for Vicereine Johanne i Visby and Viceroy Gui avec cheval de Guise to come forward, as they had requested an opportunity to swear their fealty this day. With words exchanged and the sword of state as well, this was quickly accomplished. Yet another had asked to swear her fealty upon the opening of Their Majesties Court, and Baroness Carillion, Kis Maria, called Mika next heard her name, and in much the same manner her fealty was taken.
Now Their Majesties called for the presence of Sir Tanaka Raiko. With whispered words and many glances exchanged, Sir Tanaka made his way before His King and Queen. However it would seem that Their Majesties had nothing more dire in Their plans then to have Their Knight call upon the Captains of this day’s combat to award a first and second place scroll as prize. Ioannes Serpentius would be called for first place, and Hrafn the Bonesetter’s name in second. Scrolls both by Nyfain merch Coel and Bjorvig Grimskald Hulderson were read and presented to these two fine warriors. Before he departed Their Presence, Sir Tanaka begged a boon of Their Majesties – that he and his lady, Mistress Sofia Staritskaia, might be allowed to swear their fealty as well. With words that rolled easily from his tongue Sir Tanaka did so swear, and with much introspection and deep thought did Mistress Sofia claim to swear the very same.
Next was cried the name of Baroness Jehannine de Flandres – for one Magnus the Red had achieved the rank of Master Bowman with a Royal Round Score of 86.33 and Their Majesties would have her carry a token to him in recognition of such an achievement. While the topic was that of archery, the Baron of Iron Bog, Collin Monro was called forward, for Her Majesty had heard that he had need to settle a matter involving Her Own Self and the Barony’s Archery Championship. Baron Collin told of the day their championships took place, 2 brief months prior. It would seem that The East Kingdom’s own Avelina, then Princess, had participated, and in fact, won the right to be their champion. Upon her entrance form the box indicating that She desired to do so had been checked, and as She so readily explained, She did in fact qualify despite the provision that the champion either reside in Iron Bog or in a Barony that boarders it, as the very trees with in Iron Bog might shortly belong to Her. However, Her Majesty in Her great wisdom, recognized that She had many other obligations now that She was Queen, and conceded that Iron Bog might name another champion. Master Phillip Reed the Facetious then spoke up, and as he noted, despite the fact that he had not checked the very box upon his entrance form that had brought them to this moment, as he had qualified otherwise to be their champion, he would gladly help if Iron Bog so chose. Baron Collin promised to consider the matter and Her Majesty considering the issue handled, allowed him to take his leave.
Kit of Serpentius’s name was called. He could not be present and so the heads of his household, Tribune Omega and Shahzadeh Roxane, stepped forward as someone who might speak for him. Their Majesties noted that They wished to elevate him to Lord of Their Court, and a scroll by Kay Leigh Mac Whyte and Lillian ate Valeye was read, and delivered to them to carry to him.
Now the Prince of Atlantia indicated that He had some business with Their Majesties East, and They recognized him, and granted him time to speak. He mentioned that he had heard rumors that The East was making ready for war, and as he wished all to remain peaceful between the two Kingdoms, he had brought gifts for Their Majesties. With glad thanks his gifts were accepted.
Next to hear her name called by Their Majesty’s herald was Jenevieve Fiana Spillane. Their Majesties commented upon all They had heard about her activity in the rapier community, and at that moment King Timothy of Aethelmearc spoke up, commenting upon how fine her fencing had been so recently in His Kingdom, and causing King Kenric and Queen Avelina to exclaim “oh, you’re THAT fencer”. With that her Award of Arms was read, and the scroll by Jonathan Blaecstan was presented to her along with a purple leather circlet that had been sent for her by Don Po.
Now a married couple was called forward, Viola and Attila Soldus. Also very active members of the rapier community as well as wonderfully helpful citizens of the East, Their Majesties wished to Award them Arms as well. First a scroll by Nest verch Tangwistel was read for Viola and blue leather circlet from Don Po was placed upon her head, and then the words from a scroll by Charis Accipiter were read, the scroll itself, promised at a future date, and then a leather circlet in brown, also sent by Don Po, was placed upon Attila’s head.
The name Phillip Reed the Facetious now rang clear through the hall, as Their Majesties demanded he present himself to Them. He arrived immediately dressed in vibrant yellow, and knelt before Them, a look of confusion upon his face. King Kenric addressed him then, thanking him for all his service to the Crown and mentioned that They felt a unique reward was due to one as dedicated as he. The King instructed His herald then to read the words which would appear on a scroll forthcoming from Alexandre St. Pierre, which had been so carefully crafted to convey what They were presenting to him. The words spoke of the importance of the health and wellbeing of those who govern The Eastern Realm, and of how mindful Their Majesties are of those who can be entrusted with the humors of Their Own bodies because of this. As They found Phillip to be such a person, Their Majesties saw fit to grant the boon of a Serjeanty that he and his heirs might be blessed with the unique privilege of providing His Majesty with a banana, ripe and pure, in full public view, that it might be of good service to His Majesty’s body. Once Master Phillip had fully grasped the importance of what had just occurred, he requested that he be allowed to swear fealty, which was allowed, and then he presented Their Majesties with some small tokens he had brought back for them from his travels to the Kingdom of the Mouse, a miniature minion that they might keep close at hand, and special minion note paper for Their missives.
Next Octavia Valeria Laevina was called forward. The cheerful hospitality this gentlewoman brings to everything she does had reached the ears of the King of Queen, and for this and more They chose now to make her a Lady of Their Court. With a scroll by Kay Leigh Mac Whyte and illuminated by Raistlin the Quiet it was done.
Now Ophelia of Serpentius was called before The King and Queen. They spoke with her of fine words others had brought to Them about her, and expressed Their desire to Award her Arms this day, which was done then with a scroll who’s illuminator was unknown, but which was lettered for her by Kay Leigh Mac Whyte.
The last formal piece of business this day was for Eliyahu al-Talhi. As he knelt before Their Majesties they spoke to him of his fighting and his three daughters. Their Majesties had noted his dedication and loyalty and for that They would make him a Lord of Their Court. A scroll illuminated by Margaret Twygge and lettered by Kay Leigh Mac Whyte was then read, and he was presented for the first time as Lord Eliyahu.
King Timothy of Aethelmearc then requested a moment of time before all, and when granted He spoke of a recent experience He had had in His own Kingdom – an evening of fighting in a corn maze, which had become such a joyful and enjoyable time, that He had approached Sir Tanaka to assist Him in creating a weekend long event based on this, for both Aethelearc and The East to enjoy in the fall of 2014, and in this moment, He wished to invite all to plan to attend.
Finally there were closing words from His Majesty Kenric. He spoke of how concerned He had been about 100 Minutes War with all the changes of site, because it was one of His favorite events. He then thanked all who were involved in making certain that it did happen, and praised the day’s happenings highly.
With that, Their Majesties closed Their Court.
These are the events as I witnessed them this day.
Joyously in service to Crown and College,
Filed under: Court Tagged: court, Kenric and Avelina
For medieval people, the ocean was the ultimate mystery, as were the creatures that lived there - in truth and in the imagination. Many of these creatures were depicted on medieval maps, the subject of two new books reviewed on Smithsonian's Collage of Arts and Sciences blog.
The public has learned to expect DNA testing to answer all archaeological questions, but this is not always the case according to Stephanie Pappas, Senior Writer for LiveScience. One good example is the mummified head, long believed to be that of King Henry IV of France, the investigation of which has led experts on a merry chase.
Mistress Isobail inghean Gilla Chriosd reports that registration via ACCEPS for Gulf Wars XXIII is now open. The War runs from March 9 through March 16, 2014.
The civic archive of the city of York, England has loaned the 15th century House Book of the city to the Yorkshire Museum until December 2013. The book will be on display for the first time in history. The manuscript details public opinion of King Richard III.
Caelin on Andrede reports that his photos from BAM (War of the Rams), which took place recently in the Kingdom of Ansteorra, are now available to view online. The photos can be found on his Flickr site.