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Society Archivist - Address Change

SCAtoday.net - Tue, 2015-02-03 16:07

The Society Archivist has a new postal address, according to an official notice from Corporate.

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Gulf War Registration 2015 deadline approaches

SCAtoday.net - Tue, 2015-02-03 13:47

Baroness Alexandra der Wasserman, Co-Mayor for Gulf War 2015, reports that the registration deadline for the War is fast approaching.

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SCA Board of Directors Announces the Creation of the Order of Defense

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2015-02-03 00:46

On Monday, February 2nd, at 11:20 pm Eastern Time, the Board of Directors of the SCA, Inc. published the following announcement via the Announcements mailing list:

Due to the large amount of information surrounding the additional peerage for rapier and cut and thrust, the Board of Directors decided to participate in a conference call on February 2, 2015. The Board received a large amount of additional comments and suggestions in the two weeks following the January 17 quarterly meeting. This was considered in addition to the first Board call for commentary on this issue.
At the February 2, 2015 special conference call meeting of the Board of Directors, the Board discussed the history of the APEC proposal process, the commentary received from the membership, and the various options available to the Board. The Order of Defense proposal was the result of many years of effort, and while the commentary from the membership opened the Board’s eyes to other options and possibilities, the Board decided at this time to reconsider the proposal to change Corpora to create the Order of Defense. During the call a motion was made and seconded to approve the changes to Corpora, and such motion passed 6 votes for and 1 against.

Motion to approve the proposed changes to Corpora that will create the new peerage, Order of Defense, and direct Laurel Sovereign of Arms to submit such name and heraldry to the heraldic comment process, with the intention of opening the Order on May 1, 2015. Voted in favor of the motion: Arthur Donadio, Andrew Coleman, John Fulton, David Keen and Lisa May. Voted against the motion: Lisa Czudnochowsky. Chairman Scott Berk exercised his option to vote and did so in favor of the motion. Motion passed.

Motion in the matter of the Order of Defense to waive the requirements of Corpora Section IV.G that the Crown consult the members of a peerage order prior to inducting new members of that order, but only in the case of the first three (3) members of the Order of Defense. Once there are three members of the Order of Defense in a kingdom, the Crown must consult the Order per Corpora prior to adding members. Voted in favor of the motion: Arthur Donadio, Andrew Coleman, Lisa Czudnochowsky John Fulton, David Keen and Lisa May. Opposed: none. Chairman Scott Berk exercised his option to vote and did so in favor of the motion. Motion passed.

No candidate may be inducted into the Order of Defense before May 1, 2015. All candidates inducted into the Order of Defense on May 1, 2015, will carry equal precedence, regardless of the time of day each such candidate was inducted.

Five years ago, the enormous response in favor of a path to peerage was specifically focused on rapier and cut and thrust combat. When and if another martial activity engenders the response from the membership at large that rapier and cut and thrust did, when another martial activity has the depth, breadth and community as exists for rapier and cut and thrust, then the Board of Directors may investigate the possibility of facilitating a path to peerage for such martial activity.

Comments are strongly encouraged and can be sent to:
SCA Inc.
Box 360789
Milpitas, CA 95036

You may also email comments@lists.sca.org.

This announcement is an official informational release by the Society for Creative Anachronism , Inc. Permission is granted to reproduce this announcement in its entirety in newsletters, websites and electronic mailing lists.


Filed under: Corporate, Fencing, Official Notices Tagged: 4th peerage, BoD, corporate, fencing, fourth peerage, order of defense, rapier

SCA Board of Directors Creates Order of Defense

AEthelmearc Gazette - Tue, 2015-02-03 00:33

This announcement was sent via the SCA Board of Directors’ Announcements list.

Creation of the Order of Defense

Due to the large amount of information surrounding the additional peerage for rapier and cut and thrust, the Board of Directors decided to participate in a conference call on February 2, 2015. The Board received a large amount of additional comments and suggestions in the two weeks following the January 17 quarterly meeting. This was considered in addition to the first Board call for commentary on this issue.

At the February 2, 2015 special conference call meeting of the Board of
Directors, the Board discussed the history of the APEC proposal process,
the commentary received from the membership, and the various options
available to the Board. The Order of Defense proposal was the result of
many years of effort, and while the commentary from the membership opened
the Board’s eyes to other options and possibilities, the Board decided at
this time to reconsider the proposal to change Corpora to create the Order
of Defense. During the call a motion was made and seconded to approve the
changes to Corpora, and such motion passed 6 votes for and 1 against.

Motion to approve the proposed changes to Corpora that will create the new
peerage, Order of Defense, and direct Laurel Sovereign of Arms to submit
such name and heraldry to the heraldic comment process, with the intention
of opening the Order on May 1, 2015. Voted in favor of the motion: Arthur
Donadio, Andrew Coleman, John Fulton, David Keen and Lisa May. Voted
against the motion: Lisa Czudnochowsky. Chairman Scott Berk exercised his
option to vote and did so in favor of the motion. Motion passed.

Motion in the matter of the Order of Defense to waive the requirements of
Corpora Section IV.G. that the Crown consult the members of a peerage order
prior to inducting new members of that order, but only in the case of the
first three (3) members of the Order of Defense. Once there are three
members of the Order of Defense in a kingdom, the Crown must consult the
Order per Corpora prior to adding members. Voted in favor of the motion:
Arthur Donadio, Andrew Coleman, Lisa Czudnochowsky John Fulton, David Keen
and Lisa May. Opposed: none. Chairman Scott Berk exercised his option to
vote and did so in favor of the motion. Motion passed.

No candidate may be inducted into the Order of Defense before May 1, 2015.
All candidates inducted into the Order of Defense on May 1, 2015, will
carry equal precedence, regardless of the time of day each such candidate
was inducted.

Five years ago, the enormous response in favor of a path to peerage was
specifically focused on rapier and cut and thrust combat. When and if
another martial activity engenders the response from the membership at
large that rapier and cut and thrust did, when another martial activity has
the depth, breadth and community as exists for rapier and cut and thrust,
then the Board of Directors may investigate the possibility of facilitating
a path to peerage for such martial activity.

Comments are strongly encouraged and can be sent to:
SCA Inc.
Box 360789
Milpitas, CA 95036

You may also email comments@lists.sca.org.

This announcement is an official informational release by the Society for
Creative Anachronism , Inc. Permission is granted to reproduce this
announcement in its entirety in newsletters, websites and electronic
mailing lists.
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Tir Mara Deputy Exchequer Sought

East Kingdom Gazette - Mon, 2015-02-02 22:00

The following message is posted at the request of Maestra Ignacia la Ciega, East Kingdom Chancellor of the Exchequer

From the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

I’m very sorry to announce that Lady Sophie-Catherine de Montnoir has had to resign from the position of Regional Deputy Exchequer of Tir Mara. This position takes more time that she can give to it with her mundane commitments. I commend her for trying to fill this position and for knowing that she does not have the time it requires to do it well. As a result I am now taking applications for a replacement for that position. I estimate that the position would take 4-8 hours per month with the end of each quarter being on the higher end of the estimate.

The ideal candidate will speak both French and English and have previously been an exchequer or have a reasonable grasp of accounting concepts. Candidates without these skills will also be seriously considered. Any candidate must have reliable and regular access to email. Send applications and questions to Ignacia at exchequer@eastkingdom.org. Having a deputy to support the exchequers in Tir Mara is a very important part of having a connected and unified Kingdom.

Yours,
Ignacia


Filed under: Official Notices

New SCA Board Nominees

East Kingdom Gazette - Mon, 2015-02-02 20:58

Additions have been made to the list of nominees to the SCA’s Board of Directors.  The Board requests input on the existing nominees and also new nominations.  The list of nominees and information on how to submit commentary is available at this webpage.  Current nominees from the East are Baroness Alesone Gray of Cranlegh, Duchess Sabine de Rouen and Viscount Edward Zifran of Gendy.

 


Filed under: Corporate

A Missive From Prince Timothy

AEthelmearc Gazette - Mon, 2015-02-02 17:45

Unto the Kingdom of Æthelmearc does Prince Timothy send greetings,

These last few weeks have been hard on all of us. Regardless of their good intentions, the BoD’s decision of the 17th opened up wounds that will take a very long time to heal. People on every side of the issue have said things that they wish they hadn’t, friendships have been torn apart. Grievances, both real and perceived that have occurred over decades, have been brought into the light of day. It is up to all of us to try to fix the rift that has developed in our midst. I ask you to help me understand what must be done for us to move on. To my mind, the most important thing any of us can do is to see things from other points of view.

Aside from my wedding band, my knight’s belt and chain are the most prized possessions I own. While my ring is a bond with my wife, my belt and chain are a bond with the Kingdom and her Crowns. In the case of the knighthood, if both parties aren’t a part of the relationship, they are just a meaningless hunk of leather and a length of chain. The trappings mean nothing if I am not worthy of the people I am trying to serve.

By the grace of Michael and Seonaid, King and Queen of Atlantia, I was knighted on the field of battle at Pennsic 19. In all these years, I have striven to be an example worthy of the bond those trappings represent. I am only human, and as such, have stumbled on occasion. For these instances, I can only apologize and redouble my efforts in the future. But as I said, I have been a knight for a long time. My ideas of what our Kingdom and her people need of me may be outdated.

I beg your indulgence. On the eve of our Coronation in April, I would like to sit vigil and reflect on how I may serve. I’d have all the populace offer any words of wisdom and guidance that may serve me as a knight, as Prince, or as King. I invite any of my brother and sister knights to sit vigil at my side.

So, on April 10th, AS 49, at the site of our Coronation, I shall sit vigil from 8pm until 1am. Any who would offer their council are welcome to visit, or if they are unable to attend, send words so that I may read them. Even if your wisdom is simply your point of view, I ask that you offer it, so that it may guide me in the future.

In service to our Kingdom and Society, I remain,

Timothy


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Event Report: Steltonwald 12th Night

AEthelmearc Gazette - Mon, 2015-02-02 10:56

Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope reports on the merriment of Steltonwald 12th Night.

Master Tofi Kerthjalfadsson, Countess Genevieve du Vent Argent, Sir Magariki Katsuichi no Koredono, and THLady Anna Malakina. Photo by Baroness Cecily of Whitehaven.

The Canton of Steltonwald held its Twelfth Night event on the last day of January. Steltonwald is best known for hosting Æthelmearc War Practice, at which the entire Canton puts in countless hours of work, so for their 12th Night they made the decision some years ago to let others handle the work and just enjoy themselves. Hence, each year the feast is catered by a local restaurant. A few years ago, the event was moved to the Hyeholde Restaurant, an upscale establishment built almost 80 years ago to look like a French chateau. For $40 per person, 12th Night attendees were provided with valet parking, servers offering drinks and hors d’oeuvres, and a gourmet meal held in a large and beautiful private dining area where they could all enjoy each other’s company at their leisure.

Lady Teresa Alvarez receiving her Keystone. Photo by Baroness Cecily of Whitehaven.

Their Majesties held a court that spanned the entire evening, pausing the festivities from time to time to bestow awards on various gentles. Notable among the recognition given was a Keystone to the autocrat, Lady Teresa Alvarez, a Fleur to THLady Madeleine de l’Este for her skill in costuming, and a Court Barony to Master Robert Marsden.

Late in the evening Their Majesties called forward Master Jacopo di Niccolo and Master Creature Twinedragon, called Creador, and enquired of the populace which of the two was the “most evil.” While Master Creador’s son, Lord Gunther Schwartzrosen, maintained that his father was clearly the more evil for the simple act of having unleashed Gunther on the world, many others cried that since it was well-known that everything is Master Jacopo’s fault, he was obviously the more evil. Accusations flew back and forth. but in the end it was agreed to much laughter that they both men were truly evil.

Lord Vigo di Napoli. Photo by Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope.

After dinner and court, Steltonwald’s infamous “Mongolian style” gift exchange began, with Maistir Brandubh o Donnghaile and Master Kameshima Zentarou Umakai serving as masters of the ceremonies. Each participant had brought a wrapped gift which was placed on a table, and then received a number from Lady Teresa. As each number was called, the holder of that number could choose a gift from the table or steal a gift from another gentle. As usual, alcoholic items (especially several bottles of whiskey, rum, and gin) were hotly contested, but a highly decorated drinking horn, a beaded veil, and a bag of Japanese silks were also exchanged many times.

When the final gift from the table had been unwrapped, the heralds announced that the festivities were at an end, and gentles wound their way up the stairs to retrieve their vehicles. Some went home while others retired to a nearby hotel to continue their celebrations by the pools and hot tubs, cheered by a pleasant evening with friends.


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St. Augustine dig: "a 16th century jackpot!"

SCAtoday.net - Sun, 2015-02-01 21:12

Archaeologists working at the site of a new garden at the gallery of the Art Association in St. Augustine, Florida, have unearthed "some of the earliest artifacts found in the downtown area." City archaeologist Carl Halbirt said, "This is a 16th century jackpot!" WFGA, Jacksonville, has the story. (video)

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Cheese Gnocchi: Little Medieval Pillows of Love

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sun, 2015-02-01 20:21

At today’s Hael Storm (see earlier post), we did a short class on making cheese Gnocchi, a popular dish at the Hael’s Masked Ball in December. The original recipe is from a manuscript Frammento di un libro di cucina del sec. XIV, edited by Olindo Gierrini in the late 1800s. This redaction is from The Medieval Kitchen: Recipes from France and Italy, Redon, Saabban and Serventi, University of Chicago Press, 1998. If you have made modern gnocchi, you will notice that the technique has not changed in hundreds of years. The ingredients, however, are different; most modern gnocchi recipes use potatoes, which are a New World food. The original translation:

Put cream cheese and flour in large bowl.

If you want some gnocchi, take some fresh cheese and mash it, then take some flour and mix it with egg yolks as in making migliacci. (Note: interestingly, there is a Corsican specialty bread still made today called migliacci that is made with fresh sheep’s cheese, eggs and flour.)  Put a pot full of water on the fire, and when it begins to boil, put the mixture on a dish and drop it into the pot with a ladle, and when they are cooked, place them on dishes and sprinkle with plenty of grated cheese.

Mix flour, cream cheese and egg yolks by hand.

The Recipe:
3 8 oz. packages cream cheese
6 egg yolks
1 1/2 cups (more or less) flour
salt to taste
grated parmesan
chicken broth

Mash up the cream cheese and mix in the flour with your hands. Add salt to taste and blend in the egg yolks. Keep kneading to form a smooth mixture. It should be about the consistency of a soft bread dough. Separate out balls about as big as your fist, and roll into inch thick ropes. Add more flour as needed to maintain consistency. Cut off pieces (the rolling on the fork thing is a later invention) and dropinto boiling water. When they rise to the top, they are done. You can also cook in broth. For the Masked Ball feast we cooked them in water, and then served them in bowls of broth, just enough to coat, not enough to make soup. Sprinkle with the grated cheese.

Another Hael Storm hit!

Knead on board until consistency of soft bread dough. Then roll pieces into 1″ snakes.

Cut into small pieces.

Gnocchi ready to drop into water.

Rising to the top – they are done. This will only take a minute or two at a rolling boil.


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Polling Recommendation Deadline Extended

East Kingdom Gazette - Sun, 2015-02-01 18:19

Prince Omega and Princess Etheldreda have extended the deadline for recommendations for their first round of polling to Friday, February 6. Award recommendations can be submitted through the online form.


Filed under: Tidings Tagged: award recommendations

SCA BoD February 2, 2015 Conference Call

SCAtoday.net - Sun, 2015-02-01 14:52

Due to the large amount of information surrounding the additional peerage matter, the Board of Directors has decided to participate in a conference call on February 2, 2015. 

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Candidates Sought for Society Marshall

East Kingdom Gazette - Sat, 2015-01-31 20:48

The position of Society Marshal will soon be open. Candidates must apply in writing to the Board of Directors. This is an unpaid position.

The position entails administrating the marshallate activities of the Society and coordinating the activities of the kingdom Earl Marshals. Reports are required to be filed quarterly to the Board summarizing the martial activities of the Society and of each kingdom. The Society Marshal is also responsible for holding meetings to communicate with the kingdom Earl Marshals.

The successful candidate must be well versed in administrative techniques, problem solving, and interpersonal communications. Knowledge of marshallate policy, rules, and procedures is essential. The ability to travel is necessary, as well as having a telephone and e-mail. Knowledge of the traditions and history of the Society is required.

Resumes (both professional and medieval, including offices held and awards received) must be sent to the attention of the Board at the SCA Corporate Office, P.O. Box 360789, Milpitas, CA 95036-0789. Resumes must also be emailed to resumes@sca.org, with a copy to marshal@sca.org.  Resumes must be received by April 1, 2015.

Questions regarding this position may be directed to Shawn Lindsey (Ritter Asoph Hearts) Society Marshal. He may be reached by phone at 817-822-4303 (please no calls after 9 PM CST), or via email at marshal@sca.org.

Comments are strongly encouraged and can be sent to:
SCA Inc.
Box 360789
Milpitas,  CA 95036

You may also email comments@lists.sca.org.

This announcement is an official informational release by the Society for Creative Anachronism , Inc.  Permission is granted to reproduce this announcement in its entirety in newsletters, websites and electronic mailing lists.


Filed under: Heavy List, Official Notices Tagged: corporate, heavy list

King and Queen’s Bardic Championship Results

East Kingdom Gazette - Sat, 2015-01-31 20:36

At today’s King and Queen’s Bardic Championships, hosted by the Shire of Nordenfjord, the results were as follows:

Final Four:
William the Alchymist
Katrusha Skomorokha Negodieva Doch’
Judith Fitzhenry
Ysemay Sterlyng

The King’s Bard is Ysemay Sterlyng, and the Queen’s Bard is William the Alchymist.

Thank you to Sir Michael of York for this report.


Filed under: Arts and Sciences Tagged: Bardic, champions

Bottling on a Budget

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sat, 2015-01-31 19:01

As any home brewer can tell you, buying bottles can be a significant cost. A five or six gallon batch of wine or mead will take at least two cases of bottles, costing $12 or more per case. This is why most brewers collect bottles from friends and family to clean, sterilize and re-use.  However, there are other largely untapped sources out there for the enterprising brewer.

Many bars and restaurants serve various wines & beers from bottles and with current recycling laws they cannot just throw out the empties. Obviously knowing someone who works there is helpful, but even just asking the manager or bartender can work. Be prepared for the odd look and occasional rejection, but this can be a ready source. One collection of several dozen bottles sitting in my garage waiting for a use was acquired from a restaurant in just this fashion.

Similarly, even small wineries use bottles in staggering quantities. They will often have surplus lots either from an overage or discontinued batches. If they have a tasting room or banquet hall then they will generate cases of empties on a regular basis. Due to the various legalities involved, it is just not worth their time to re-use the bottles and they are generally considered a disposal problem. The wineries I have spoken with generally destroy, cart off or otherwise recycle bottles by the pallet load. They are also generally very supportive and welcoming to home brewers. If you are operating on a slightly larger scale, wineries and brewers will also often have kegs, vats, bladders and other equipment that they are upgrading from or otherwise getting rid of which you might be able to acquire.

Lastly, a final nod to garage, estate and downsizing sales is warranted. A careful watching of the listings for this sort of sale can turn up the occasional trove of collected bottles or other brewing equipment.

Always be friendly and be ready to accept a brush-off now and again, but a little bit of effort and luck spotting the right opportunity can greatly enhance your brewing ventures!

~ Lord Wolfgang Starcke, Guildmaster Æthelmearc Brewer’s Guild

 


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Society Marshal Applicants Wanted

AEthelmearc Gazette - Fri, 2015-01-30 22:37

The position of Society Marshal will soon be open. Candidates must apply in writing to the Board of Directors. This is an unpaid position.

The position entails administrating the marshallate activities of the Society and coordinating the activities of the kingdom Earl Marshals. Reports are required to be filed quarterly to the Board summarizing the martial activities of the Society and of each kingdom. The Society Marshal is also responsible for holding meetings to communicate with the kingdom Earl Marshals.

The successful candidate must be well versed in administrative techniques, problem solving, and interpersonal communications. Knowledge of marshallate policy, rules, and procedures is essential. The ability to travel is necessary, as well as having a telephone and e-mail. Knowledge of the traditions and history of the Society is required.

Resumes (both professional and medieval, including offices held and awards received) must be sent to the attention of the Board at the SCA Corporate Office, P.O. Box 360789, Milpitas, CA 95036-0789. Resumes must also be emailed to resumes@sca.org, with a copy to marshal@sca.org.  Resumes must be received by April 1, 2015.

Questions regarding this position may be directed to Shawn Lindsey (Ritter Asoph Hearts) Society Marshal. He may be reached by phone at 817-822-4303 (please no calls after 9 PM CST), or via email at marshal@sca.org.

Comments are strongly encouraged and can be sent to:
SCA Inc.
Box 360789
Milpitas,  CA 95036

You may also email comments@lists.sca.org.

This announcement is an official informational release by the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc. Permission is granted to reproduce this announcement in its entirety in newsletters, websites and electronic mailing lists.


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Inter-Kingdom Archery Standings for 2014

East Kingdom Gazette - Fri, 2015-01-30 13:45

The Inter-Kingdom Archery Competition (IKAC) and Inter-Kingdom Combat Archery Competition (IKCAC) are privately sponsored, year-long, standardized tournements open to all archers of the Known World. The Keeper of the IKAC and IKCAC, Lord Lorenzo il Confuso, has just officially announced the results of the 2014 season, which ended December 1, 2014.

The kingdoms are ranked based on the average of the top three archers’ scores, and medallions are awarded for each division. (Members of the winning kingdom’s “team” always receive first-place medals; second-place awards or more may be given if enough archers submitted scores.) East Kingdom archers submitted scores in all but the Combat division, and placed as follows:

  • Open Handbow: East #2
    There was an unprecedented tie for first place between An Tir and Lochac, and the East was only one-third of a point behind their team average!
  • Open Crossbow: East #2
  • Period Handbow: East had no average; only one submission.
  • Period Crossbow: East #2
  • Child (age 9 and under): East #3
  • Youth (age 12 and under): East #2
  • Yeoman (age 15 and under): East #2, but very close to first!

Complete results for 2014 and past years can be viewed at the IKAC Results website.


Filed under: Archery

Photos of Ansteorra's Winter Crown Tourney 2015

SCAtoday.net - Fri, 2015-01-30 12:45

Master Caelin on Andrede reports that he has published several albums of photos from Winter Crown Tournament 2015, which took place revently in the Kingdom of Ansteorra. The photos are available on Flickr.

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New Address for Society Archivist

AEthelmearc Gazette - Fri, 2015-01-30 12:26

The Society Archivist’s PO Box has expired. If you have any documents to forward, please begin using the address below immediately.
(Editor’s note: It is a Society requirement that copies of all Baronial newsletters be sent to the Society Archivist – email is fine – and it is suggested the local newsletters do so as well.)

Society Archivist
Charles Alderson
Aldred Von Lechsend Aus Froschheim
SCA Archive c/o CT Alderson
22650 Markham ST
Perris, CA 92570
760-401-0446
archivist@sca.org

Comments are strongly encouraged and can be sent to:
SCA Inc.
Box 360789
Milpitas,  CA 95036

You may also email comments@lists.sca.org.

This announcement is an official informational release by the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc. Permission is granted to reproduce this announcement in its entirety in newsletters, websites and electronic mailing lists.


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Jarl Sven Randallson wins Ansteorra Winter 2015 Crown Tournament

SCAtoday.net - Fri, 2015-01-30 10:06

Annes reports that Jarl Sven Randallson was the victor of the January 10, 2015 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Ansteorra.

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