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Polling Deadline Tonight

East Kingdom Gazette - Mon, 2017-08-21 16:49

The deadline to answer the first order polling of Ivan and Matilde is today. Polls close at 11:59 pm.

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Melee Madness in the Barony of Endless Hills – Court Report

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sun, 2017-08-20 14:17

From the Scrolls of the Reign of Timothy and Gabrielle, King and Queen of AEthelmearc, as recorded by Dame Kateryna ty Isaf, Jewel of AEthelmearc Herald with the assistance of Countess Margerite Eisenwald and Maestro Orlando di Bene del Vinta at Melee Madness in the Barony of Endless Hills on June 3, Anno Societatis LII.

Their Majesties, Timothy and Gabrielle, invited The Baron and Baroness of Endless Hills, Verdi Stephan and Fiona to Their court.

Their Majesties asked the Equestrians who participated in the Kingdom Equestrian Championship to come forth. They thanked them all, noting that for many this was the first event they attended and Their Majesties were greatly impressed with the horsemanship displayed. They were especially thankful for the opportunity the equestrians afforded Their son, Timothy the Younger to ride in the procession.

Their Majesties advised the court that while there were many participants who excelled, the Kingdom needed a Champion and thus They invited Mistress Ysebeau Tiercelin to stand as King’s Champion and Kingdom Equestrian Champion. They also invited Master Tiernach MacCaithal to stand as Queen’s Champion.









Their Majesties called forth Ashley of Endless Hills. For her work in helping in the kitchen, retaining, with set up and tear down, Their Majesties inducted her into the Order of the Silver Buccle. Scroll by Lady Jinx.

Their Majesties called forth the rest of the children present and asked Lord Nicolo to give the toy chest fleet feet. The children were instructed to take one toy each, beginning with the youngest child present. Having been given a count of ten, Lord Nicolo fled the court with the children fast behind.

Their Majesties gave leave to Their Excellencies of Endless Hills to hold Their court.

Upon the completion of the Baronial court, Her Majesty spoke of the honor and grace of the fencers who fought this day and how she was impressed by all the contenders. Knowing that there could be but one who would be called upon to be Her Champion, She invited before Her Master Clewin Kupfenhelblinc to stand as her Queen’s Rapier Champion. Her Majesty then called Lord Durante de Caravaggio forth and divested him of the regalia of the Queen’s Champion and thanked him for his service to both Coutness Marguerite and Herself. She invested Master Clewin with the regalia of his office and asked him to join the court as Her Champion.

Before dismissing Lord Durante, Her Majesty invited Countess Marguerite to join Her in the next business of the court. The Countess spoke movingly of the service Lord Durante had provided to her and was pleased to be part of the court during this moment. Her Majesty then Granted Arms to Durante and awarded him the Queen’s Order of Excellence for his faithful service to Her predecessor. To mark his new station, a circlet was placed upon his brow, gifted by Her Excellency. Scroll was limned by an unknown artist, words and calligraphy by Baroness Graidhne ni Ruaidh.

Their Majesties called forth Helena Kobot. Noting that she was working diligently on her fencing, had started making her own garb and was always helpful at events, They were moved to make her a Lady of the court by Award of Arms. Scroll by THLady Máirghréad Stí­obhard inghean uí­ Choinne.

Their Majesties called Vincenzo of Endless Hills. Gratified to see such a hardworking young man willing to take on the tasks of adulthood within the Society, They felt it only proper he be given the rank and station of an adult. Therefore for his work retaining, setting up and tearing down at events, helping autocrats and head cooks alike, They Awarded him Arms and made him a Lord of the court. Scroll by Baroness Fiona the Prepared.

Their Majesties called forth Eustacious di Mecina. Because of he is a person who is seen everywhere helping in tasks great and small and always with a joyful and enthusiastic smile, Their Majesties saw fit to make him a Lord of the court and Awarded him Arms.

Their Majesties asked Their Excellencies to convey an award for Them since it was known that the Gentle in question would not be in Their presence to be given the award by Their Hands and charged Their Excellencies to carry this missive to him at Their next opportunity. Their Majesties then had Lord Leo the Ronin added to the Order of the Keystone for his great endeavors in creating an online presence for the Barony of Endless Hills and his work as both Chronicler and Web Minister. Scroll by Baroness Barbary Rose.

Their Majesties called for Lord Alayn Pyett to attend Them. For his works of art as Blacksmith, wood carver and weaver, They inducted him to the Order of the Sycamore. Scroll by Baron Caleb Reynolds and Sir Murdoch Bayne.

Their Majesties called forth Lady Kolfina Jodisdottir. Knowing her to be skilled with rapier and bow, and dedicated to building her skills by rigorous practice many nights a week, They were moved to induct her to the Order of the Golden Alce. Scroll by Baron Caleb Reynolds and Sir Murdoch Bayne.

Their Majesties called Lady Valgeror inn rosti to attend Them. A fencer who has chosen and researched the form of Destresa fencing, she has overcome obstacles to become a force to be reckoned with upon the field and so They inducted her to Their Order of the Golden Alce. Scroll by Lady Kolfina Jodisdottir.

Their Majesties called forth Lady AEsa Hegulfsdottir. Knowing that she has served her Barony as Archery Champion, has been a heavy weapons fighter and is skilled with the bow, Their Majesties were moved to make her a Companion of the Order of the Golden Alce. Sir Murdoch presented her with the Golden Alce medallion passed down through the members of the order in her household. Scroll by Sir Murdoch Bayne.

Their Majesties advised that it is Their right and privilege to give recognition long overlooked. They called forth Lord Kenrick of Endless Hills and inducted him to the Order of the Golden Alce for his skill in heavy weapons fighting, his continued teaching of the combat arts and his service as Baronial Champion for Heavy Weapons combat. Scroll was limned by an unknown artist and calligraphed by Mistress Euriol of Lothian.

Their Majesties invited before them Dame Kateryna ty Isaf. Their Majesties then called forth the Order of the Fleur d’Aethelmearc to attend Them. Speaking of how delighted They were to recognize her gift for feeding Their Realm both delicious and well researched feasts and how They were looking forward to yet another such feast this day, They were moved to induct her into the Order of the Fleur d’Aethelmearc upon this day. The scroll was by Sir Murdoch Bayne, wordsmithing by Lord Gregory Hillson.

Their Majesties called before them Lady Antionette DeLorraine. Their Majesties advised They having asked Their Order of the Millrind for counsel regarding gentles in the Realm deserving inclusion in that order, one name did rise to Their attention that They felt needed to be done immediately. Their Majesties then called for the Order of the Millrind to attend Them. They advised that for her work as Seneschal, Autocrat and many times serving as Retainer, They were moved to induct her to the Order of the Millrind and grant her arms. The scroll is a work in progress by THLady Alianora Bronhulle.

Their Majesties asked that all scribes who contributed to the scrolls given during the courts today stand and be recognized.

Her Majesty asked Don Po Silvertop to attend Her. Her Majesty was moved to recognize Don Po as Her inspiration of the day and bestowed upon him the Golden Escarbuncle for not only his prowess on the fencing field, but also the joy he brings to his bouts and instills in others.

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

– The Heralds and Signet would like to thank all the scribes who contributed to the day. If you worked on a specific scroll and were not attributed, please contact the Jewel Herald at to have the court report amended.​​​

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2017 Battle of the Nations – Barcelona ~ Así es la vida

PainBank - Thu, 2017-05-11 20:51
La Monumental

As I sit here on the plane and reflect on my 6th year of campaigning in Europe at medieval tournaments, I ponder where to next and how shall I commit.  I am over traveling alone.  I have not the drive to do it myself any more.  Having someone with you to just talk with, assist you when confused on how things should work in an unknown place or even to decide on where to eat is an immeasurable bonus and happiness.  Then there is the question of what happens should you get hurt, who can assist you with the heavy stuff and getting to the airport or perhaps even home from the hospital?  These are the things to consider, which you might not even think of, until it is too late.

Trying to travel with armor sucks.  How do you pack? Where does it all go?  This makes things very difficult. What if you have a pole ax or halberd?  What is the length of the poles?  Can you buy a pole to put it on at the site?  Or do you get (my current usage) a snowboard bag and attach then axe head on site?  Then can you get it off, should you need to, for getting it home?  Is it now long enough to compete properly, 6.5 foot or 7 foot?  Of course, there is always the questions that occur from the airlines when you check it in!  What is this?  Sports equipment… then there is some waving of hands and attempts to explain it to them.  Of course, there is always questions, but usually they let you go.  I also pack in about 1/3 of my armor in the snowboard bag as well.  Of course, that is now two bags, so there is a cost to take it over, then one to bring it back.  So now you are looking at about a $200 extra cost for flying and returning. 

Then there are the emotions.  What is the greatest about fighting is also the worse.  The highs are followed by lows to the same degree.  Expectations, anticipations and preparations, which having lead one to the tournament, build you up to a climax that is an amazing experience.  This is something that is slightly different for every person and every tournament.  It is part of the sport and I am yet unsure how to suggest one cope with it.  Ride the emotional wave and enjoy life.

Then there is the fighting.  Every tournament except Battle of the Nations (BotN) seems to be pretty lax on armor and weapons requirements.  (I’m not sure about Dynamo Cup) And weapons for that matter, although they still check those out pretty well.  The actually marshaling to address safety concerns seems to be at a fairly high level all around.  There always seems to be some kind of issue that gets raised or set of issues at and I suppose there always will be until the sport matures to a professional degree.  Something like where you check in/out your arms and/or armor or some such.  But the logistics of that is pretty significant.  They were up to the old ways of running things some.  late rule changes, odd enforcements both in the list and out of the list for registration.  There are definitely some improvements to be made, but overall it is getting better a little by a little.  My #1 suggestion to improve this is for them to schedule things more sooner and to let teams supply volunteers to join in in making some of the stuff happen.

I would say one the biggest disappointment I have seen from BotN is the lake of catering to the fans or new fans of the sport.  They price the event out of the range of average folks that want to enjoy the show.  They could have probably filled 10k+ fans into the arena in Barcelona, however, by charging 30 euro per session or half day, per person, that made it 60 euros for someone to watch just one day of action.  Yup, not many families or other coming out.  What is the right price, maybe 20 euro for the day.  In Belmonte, the price being 30 euros kept the crowd pretty low, compared to the IMCF championship where the price was like 10-20 euro for the day, which had a huge crowd.  Until this sport is completely filling arenas, we should be keeping those ticket prices good for all.   

Barcelona was a wonderful city to visit, which I wish I had more time to explore.  Maybe one day I’ll return just to enjoy the city.  Walking through the gothic quarter it was easy to image what walking through Diagon Alley in Harry Potter might have felt like or perhaps walking through Waterdeep.  I’ll be back, but not sure how much I want to go to Battle of Nations again verse attending other potential tournaments, as there could be a lot of fun at smaller ones as well.  It all depends upon where my travel companions wish to go and have fun at.  Look for me in the list though as I will be there again.  I’m also leaning toward doing more singles fights too.  Hell, I’ll fight in as much as I can.

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