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Court Report: Kingdom Twelfth Night

AEthelmearc Gazette - Tue, 2015-01-20 19:02

Documented from the Scrolls of the Reign of Titus and Anna Leigh, King and Queen of Æthelmearc: the Business of Their Court at Kingdom 12th Night, 10 January Anno Societatis XLIX, in the Shire of Abhian Ciach Ghlais. As recorded by Their Silver Buccle Herald, Kameshima-kyō Zentarō Umakai, with the assistance of Drotinn Jorundr hinn Rotinn, Golden Alce Herald.

During Curia:

The Kingdom Seneschale announced the following change to Kingdom Seneschal Policy: The lead time for soliciting resumes for the position of Kingdom Seneschal will be moved from 6 months to 15 months before the current Seneschal steps down. The choice will be made by the Royalty seated one year prior to the change, so as to allow for extended training time for the new Seneschal. This brings practice into line with the Exchequer’s office.

The Kingdom Seneschale further announced the following change to Section III-600 of Kingdom Law, Crown Tournament Requirements: The sentence “Letters of intent must be postmarked, e-mailed or hand-delivered to the Crown no mater than 30 days prior to the Crown Tournament” will be changed to “Letters of intent must be postmarked, e-mailed or hand-delivered to the Crown no later than the Coronation immediately prior to the Crown Tournament.”

The Kingdom Herald announced that the office of Chancellor of the Æcademy had passed from Meestress Odriana vander Brugghe to Mistress Alicia Langland.

The Kingdom Seneschale announced that Their Majesties would hold a second Curia at the Feast of the Seven Deadly Sins on February 7th.

In the morning:

Master Fridrikr Tomasson av Knusslig Hamn was brought forth and announced as the new Kingdom Minister of Arts and Sciences.

Baroness Rynea swearing fealty as the new Kingdom Minister of the Lists as her predecessor, Mistress Maria Cristina de Cordoba, looks on. Photo by Master Alaxandair O’Conchobhair.

Mistress Maria Christina de Cordoba was brought forth and thanked for her service as Kingdom Mistress of Lists. Baroness Rynea Ingen of Stormsport was then asked to join Mistress Maria and invested as the new Kingdom Mistress of Lists.

Lady Mairin O’Cadhla was inducted into the Order of the Keystone for her devotion to providing a safe and entertaining environment for the children of Æthelmearc at events. Scroll by THL Aindreas mac Ghille Fhionntaigh a’ Ghaoithe Airgid.

Lady Elizabeth Arrowsmyth was created a Baroness of the Court of Æthelmearc for her passionate service to her Barony, Kingdom, and to Their Majesties. Scroll by Mistress Kateryne of Bakestonden, Baroness Boudiccea Ravenhair, and Baroness Ekaterina Volkova.

His Royal Highness, Timothy of Arindale, was named a Companion of the Millrind for his tireless support and building of the Æthelmearc Army. Scroll illuminated by Lady Fiora d’Artusio and calligraphed by THL Kieran MacRae.

Baron Tigernach mac Cathail was invited before Their Majesties to answer the Writ of Summons that had been served to him. He answered that it was still his wish to sit Vigil and receive the counsel of the Order of the Pelican. Said order was then invited into Court to escort Baron Tigernach to the place that had been prepared for him.

In the evening:

Lady Alianora Bronhulle, the Sylvan Bard, came forth and announced to the populace that a grand competition had been held to allow Their Majesties to choose her successor. Their Majesties then proclaimed to one and all that Baroness Gwendolyn the Graceful had caught Their eyes and ears, and They named Her Excellency as the new Sylvan Bard of Æthelmearc. Scroll by Lady Rosalia Krowczykowa.

THL Madoc Arundel, who had overseen the day’s Taster’s Tavern, was brought forth and announced that Baron Rauthbjorn Lothbroke had won both the Populace’s Choice and Her Majesty’s Choice for his Lemon mead. Scrolls by Lady Lara Sukhadrev.

Lady Antoniette de Lorraine, the Seneschal of Abhain Ciach Ghlais, came forward and presented gifts to Their Majesties on behalf of the Shire. While Lady Antoinette was in Their presence, Their Majesties took the opportunity to commend Lady Antoinette for her unending patience, politeness and pleasantness by inducting her into the Order of the Cornelian. Scroll by Duchess Branwyn verch Gwythyr.

Lady Ysabeau of Comport, of the Kingdom of Ealdormere, was brought before Their Majesties and, the appropriate negotiations and documentations on behalf of Their Majesties Trumbrand and Kaylah having been negotiated and documented, named as a subject of the Kingdom of Æthelmearc.

Fede of Nithgaard was Awarded Arms for the splendid German garb that she made not only for herself, but for others who had attended the day’s event.

Lady Teresa Alvarez was inducted into the Order of the Sycamore for her skill and generosity in the creation of Italian garb. Scroll by Lady Mary Elizabeth Clason.

Lord Daniel Rufus was elevated to the Order of the Keystone for his generosity in opening his house to host meetings, classes and practices, as well as the annual shire’s Thanksgiving meal, for his involvement in the shire’s cook’s guild, and for his assistance in setting up and cleaning up events. Scroll in progress by Lord Angellino the Bookmaker.

Adelyn Idesborn and Christian Goldenlok were Awarded Arms for their devotion to the martial and musical arts. Adelyn’s scroll by Lady Vivienne of Yardley; Christian’s scroll illuminated by Mistress Juliana Delamare and calligraphed by Adelyn Idesborn upon wording by Sir Gareth Kincaid and Mistress Juliana Delamare.

Lord Conrad Kienast was created a Companion of the Sycamore for his skill in entertaining the populace through the art of storytelling. Scroll by Baroness Gillian Llewellyn of Ravenspur.

Lord Jeremiah MacCoul was named to the Order of the Keystone for his service as shire Knight Marshal, as a heavy weapons marshal, at demos, and for creating tabletop games for use at events and demos. Scroll by Lady Kaðlín Sigvaldakona.

Lady Elyse la Bref was inducted into the Order of the Sycamore for her skill in creating award scrolls. Scroll by Lady Vivienne of Yardley.

Lady Ylaire Sainte Claire was elevated to the Order of the Keystone for her work as autocrat, teacher, scribe, and Minister of Arts and Sciences. Scroll by Lady Alianora Bronhulle.

Lady Edekyn O Fierhie was created a Companion of the Sycamore for her performance skills with I Verdi Confusi, as a teacher and student of dance, and her devotion to several performances over the course of each of recent Pennsic Wars. Scroll by Lady Elyse la Bref.

THL Morien MacBain was named to the Order of the Millrind for his service setting up and cleaning up events, as teacher, as marshal, and equipping and training newcomers, as well as the extensive traveling that he does in order to make these things happen. Scroll by Countess Aidin ni Lier.

The Order of the Fleur d’Æthelmearc was convened, and Lady Alianora Bronhulle was inducted as its newest member, for she has shown skill and enthusiasm in both the execution and teaching of the arts of calligraphy, illumination, lacemaking, costuming, cooking, and bardic performance. Scroll calligraphed and illuminated by Lady Edana Aldys Haukyns upon wording by Baron Fridrikr Tomasson av Knusslig Hamn.

Baron Tigernach mac Cathail was summoned before Their Majesties and gave testimony that he had indeed received the counsel of the Order of the Pelican and the populace as They had instructed, and was now prepared to receive elevation to that Order. Their Majesties received the testimony of Duke Timothy of Arindale, who stated that his service to the Kingdom as its King, Prince, Knight and Duke paled in comparison to Tigernach’s. Sir Murdoch Bayne spoke of Tigernach’s first days in the Society, when he attended a meeting of the Barony of Endless Hills, found things that needed to be done, and stepped in and did them. Sir Malcolm Duncan MacEoghainn added that, having known the burden of the Crown, the Pelicans bear the burdens of running the Society, and Tigernach bears those burdens with joy. Mistress Katja Davidova Orlova Khazarina of the Order of the Laurel spoke of the qualities of artisans that we admire, including the “fire in the belly” that gets others excited, and of Tigernach’s skill at getting others excited about serving the Society. Master Fridrikr Tomasson av Knusslig Hamn of the Order of the Pelican stated that he marvels at Tigernach’s knowledge of the laws of Æthelmearc, which is quiet, hidden service that few see and nobody appreciates. Duchess Anna Blackleaf, Lady of the Rose, sent words of Tigernach’s unfailing courtesy and gentle demeanor while performing service for others, even in the face of difficult situations. Brandubh O’Donnghaile, 33rd Jewel of Æthelmearc, spoke of the many forms of inspiration, some loud, some quiet, and that Tigernach was capable of both, doing what he does so that there will be no problems. Hearing such testimony, Their Majesties invested Tigernach with the regalia of his new station, being the ancestral Pelican Medallion of Æthelmearc, a personal medallion, and a cloak, created him a Companion of the Pelican, and Awarded him Arms by Letters Patent. They then received Master Tigernach’s Oath of Service, and read a proclamation illuminated by Countess Rosalinda of Castile and calligraphed by Kameshima-kyō Zentarō Umakai upon wording by Sir Malcolm Duncan MacEoghainn.

Baroness Ekaterina Volkova, Sylvan Signet, announced that a Scroll Blank competition had been held that day to bolster the supplies of scribes. The competition had been scored for both prolificacy and skill, with points both for new scribes and experiences ones. A total of 77 scroll blanks had been collected over the course of the day. The winner of the day’s competition was Ishiyama-roku-i Gentarō Yori’ie, who had produced 59 of the 77 scroll blanks.

There being no further business, Their Majesties’ Court was closed.

In Honor and Service,
Kameshima Zentarō Umakai
高貴国境の王国の治部卿
Silver Buccle Principal Herald, Kingdom of Æthelmearc

~ photos by Alaxandair O’Conchobhair


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Report on SCA Board Meeting – January 17, 2015

AEthelmearc Gazette - Tue, 2015-01-20 09:38

With the kind permission of our friends at the East Kingdom Gazette:

The East Kingdom Gazette thanks Viscountess Krysta of Starfall for taking the notes used to create this article.

The Board of Directors held their quarterly meeting on January 17, 2015 in Milpitas, CA. The following is a summary of the meeting.

The meeting began with introductions and an ice breaker question. The agenda was moved, seconded and approved. Minutes were approved for meetings held on October 25, 2014, December 2, 2014 and January 6, 2015.

Recurring Business
The Board changed the status of several branches. The following Cantons in the East were put into abeyance: Sea Tyger’s Rhyn, Dragon Forge, Fennbrycg, Dragon’s Aerie and Bowman’s Rest. Also of interest to the East were new branches in Drachenwald that were approved in the countries of Russia and the United Arab Emirates. New branches were also approved in Ansteorra and An Tir, the Shire of Cold Keep moved to Tir Righ from Avacal, Theobald College in Carontir was changed to an Incipient Shire, and the Canton of Westland Mor in Aethelmearc and Shire of Dun Ard in Calontir were dissolved.

The follow meetings were confirmed for the Board: April 18, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio; July 11, 2015 in Milpitas, CA; and October 24, 2015 in Pittsburgh, PA. A conference call was tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, February 24, 2015. Renee Signorotti reported that hundreds of bank accounts had been authorized this quarter. Warrants were given for the Exchequer of the College of Arms and the Society Seneschal’s Emergency Deputy, Kelly McGill.

The Board is always looking for nominees to the Board. There are several people on the West Coast currently on the list. Comments on nominees should be sent to recruiting@sca.org

Proposed Peerage Order – Order of Defense
Two committees have worked on a proposed peerage order, the Order of Defense. One researched whether there should be a Rapier peerage and reported yes. The second proposed Order names, heraldry, and regalia.

The comments that the Board received leaned towards not supporting a separate peerage for Rapier. Many of the comments agreed that the Rapier combatants should be able to be recognized as peers, but not in a separate peerage.

A wide-ranging discussion with input from Directors and the audience covered many different sides of this proposal. The specific wording they were considering created a separate peerage for Rapier combatants only. There were three clear thoughts being expressed:
• fold a rapier peerage into the Order of Chivalry
• create a “fourth” polling Omnibus peerage to include rapier and all non-rattan combat/martial prowess
• make the fourth polling peerage Rapier only.

The discussion turned to definitions in Corpora for membership in the Order of Chivalry. As written, persons who exhibit prowess in tournament combat and meet the other qualities of a peer of the realm may be offered membership, and may choose between Knighthood and Mastery of Arms. This could be interpreted to mean that there is no impediment to the Crowns and Kingdoms to offering persons of prowess with rapier combat membership in the Order of Chivalry.

Director Fulton called the question and made the motion to approve the changes to corpora which would create a separate peerage for Rapier combat. A second was offered by Director Czudnochowsky. Lisa May (Countess Margaret ni Conner), Arthur Donadio (Duke Cuan McDaige) and John Fulton (Duke John the Bearkiller) voted Aye. Lisa Czudnochowsky (Duchess Marion FitzWilliam), Andrew Coleman (Jarl Ailghenan mac Sithigh), David Keen (Baron David of Caithness), and Chair Scott Berk (Baron Phillip Reed the Facetious) voted Nay. The language creating the separate peerage for Rapier failed.

The Board did make a set of changes to Corpora. They were part of the Additional Peerage Proposal that was sent out to the SCA for comment. The Board deleted the following from Section IX. of Corpora, which dated back to when Rapier was a new activity in the SCA.
C. Rapier Fighting in the Society
The Board acknowledges rapier combat as an ancillary activity of the Society when properly supervised by the Marshals and when approved by individual kingdoms. Rapier combat may take place within a kingdom only by rules established by the Marshallate of that kingdom and after the approval of those rules by the Marshal of the Society. The Marshal of the Society will maintain guidelines for rapier combat within the Society. Rapier combat, not having been part of formal tournament combat in the Middle Ages, shall not be a part of formal tournament lists for royal ranks and armigerous titles.

The Board added the following wording to the same section.
Royal Lists
Only Chivalric (rattan) combat shall be used for formal tournament lists for royal ranks.

Kingdom of Avacal
Strong support was expressed by the people of Avacal, from An Tir and from the Society Seneschal regarding The Crown of AnTir sent a letter in support of advancement citing geographic isolation and the great expense incurred when AnTir kingdom level events were held in Avacal. The Coronet scheduled for the first of May would be the first Crown Tournament, supported by AnTir, and the first Coronation would be at the end of June. The reign cycle would remain as the Coronet cycle is now. Director Czudnochowsky moved and Director May seconded that Avacal be advanced to Kingdom at their (Investiture) Coronation in June. Approval was unanimous.

YAFA Marketing Plan
More information will be offered at the April meeting on how to market the Youth and Family Achievement program by Director Keen.

Sign Herald’s Handbook
Laurel Sovereign of Arms has requested approval of a handbook for Silent Heralds (sign language interpreters for courts and other official SCA business). The motion carried.

Reassigned Shires
Two shires in Eastern Colorado are being moved from Artemesia to The Outlands for geographical reasons. Motion carried. Change was effective immediately.

Highlights of Officer Reports

President – Chirurgeon activities have been evaluated by a committee, and there was good participation from chirurgeons from across the Known World. The insurance will not cover Chirurgeonate activities. Chirurgeon will be removed as a warranted office. First aid activities are still encouraged. The Board directed the President to recommend Corpora language to accomplish this change. The badge and regalia will continue to serve as it has.

Vice President Information Mgmt. & Technology – The Legacy Known World mail server is being decommissioned.

Society Webminister Report – William Blackfox award recommendations will be accepted in the 1st Q. The audit of Kingdom websites is happening.

Vice President of Operations (Society Seneschal) – The NMS is set by the Board and may not be raised by local groups. A kingdom may not require its branches to add an event charge to fund kingdom projects. Site preparation and planning is moving forward for the 50th year event. The Known World map project is running into issues because of problems with zip code reporting. A chatelaine education and information project in being planned.

Vice President of Corporate Operations – The 2012-2013 audit had been approved and will be published.

Society Treasurer – The recommended salary and stipend changes for the 2015 budget were approved in executive session.

Laurel Sovereign of Arms – There were ~400 more submissions through the Laurel office in 2014 (from 2013)

Marshal – PVC bows are showing up and causing some concern.

Minister of Arts & Sciences – Working on retention of information about classes, content, and instructors offered throughout the Known World. MoAS is traveling.

Society Chirurgeon – Resigned as of the end of this meeting. No applications will be taken, because the office will no longer be a corporate office.

Standing Committees – The Grand Council was directed by the Board to discuss approaches to training officers, which offices would benefit from training and which methods would be best. There were no reports from the Legal committee. The Peerage Exploratory Committee was discussed above.

Limited Executive Session
This included acceptance of the Chirurgeon resignation, budget adjustments, votes regarding sanctions or expulsions of specific individuals, Board ombudsmen assignments, and acceptance of all actions of subsidiary Boards.


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Announcement from the SCA, Inc. Board of Directors – Proposed Corpora Change Results – 4th Peerage

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2015-01-20 00:09

The following message was sent out Monday evening to the SCA, Inc. Announcements mailing list.

At the January 17, 2015 Board of Directors meeting in Milpitas, CA, the Board voted against revising Corpora to establish a rapier peerage. The Board also voted to delete wording that labeled rapier as an ancillary activity of the SCA and replace it with wording that unambiguously established rattan as the only permitted weapons in a Royal List. The ramifications of the two votes has generated quite a bit of discussion on social media about a number of things, but the Board did not make any decisions concerning anything at all except turning down the rapier peerage proposal and adding a statement that Royal Lists may only be fought with rattan weapons. This letter is intended by the Board to respond to the most prevalent rumors circulating in response to the Board actions of Saturday.

The Board Votes.

The Board was split on the question of the rapier peerage. Three directors voted to approve the Corpora changes and the resulting establishment of a rapier peerage because they believe that while rapier should really be recognized by the Chivalry, trying to force inclusion in the Chivalry by Board fiat would not work, and they were willing to vote yes on the proposal as a good compromise. Two directors felt rapier should be recognized as part of a peerage that recognizes all non-rattan martial arts and not a separate peerage. Two directors believed rapier should be recognized in the Chivalry. So, with a 4-3 vote against the proposed Corpora changes, which would have established a separate rapier peerage, no change will take place at this time.

The only other action the Board took concerning rapier in the SCA was removing language dating from 1979 saying that rapier was an “ancillary” activity of the SCA and, to make it clear that we are not discarding the traditions of Crown Tourney, the Board then made it very clear that only rattan combat may be used in a Royal list. This change to Corpora received the unanimous approval of the Board.

Response to Social Media Discussions.

First, the Board received commentary from less than 2% of the membership over the entire 3 years and all requests for comments on the rapier peerage issue. Many people wrote in more than once, but repeating an opinion doesn’t count as a separate opinion. However, it was not the lack of commentary that influenced some Board members to vote against the proposal; it was the fact that the small amount of commentary the Board did receive trended against a separate rapier peerage. The majority of comments received in favor of recognizing rapier with a peerage said that rapier should either be included in the Order of the Chivalry or in a new peerage that included all non-rattan combat. The result of such a relatively small number of people commenting is that the opinions the Board did receive were given greater weight – if a larger number of those who supported the separate rapier peerage had commented, a different result might very well have resulted. There’s no way to know that for sure, but it underscores the importance of writing in to let the Board know your opinions about proposed changes to Corpora.

Second, the Board did not open the Order of the Chivalry to inclusion of rapier fighters. There is a 1999 policy interpretation from the Society Seneschal (upheld by the Board at that time) specifically stating that the Order of the Chivalry is intended for rattan combatants only. It would take a new policy interpretation (which would need to be upheld by the current Board) or other Board action to change that fact. The Board’s intention in removing the “ancillary activity” language had nothing to do with making rapier knights. The Board removed the “ancillary activity” language because it was simply no longer accurate or true. It may have been true long ago when it was added to Corpora, but times have definitely changed. Rapier has permeated the fabric of the Society, and the Board felt that the language needed to be removed. However, in order to clarify that we weren’t changing the rules regarding Crown Tourneys by the deletion of the “ancillary activity” language, the Board added language restricting Crown Tourneys to rattan weapons.

The Board discussed removal of the “ancillary activity” language months ago and sent it out for comment at the same time as the additional peerage language. We understand that some people are unhappy the various changes weren’t put out in separate announcements, but it never occurred to us to send out multiple announcements on the same general subject at the same time. The Board received commentary on that section, as well as the rapier peerage sections, and we can’t recall any comments that disagreed with the deletion.

People will always understand what they read through the filter of their own opinions and biases, and the fact that some have made certain interpretations and raised them on social media does not make those interpretations factual. Also, a strongly expressed opinion by one or two Board members does not constitute the opinion of the entire Board of Directors of the SCA, so any assumptions made based on one or two such opinions are also not based in fact. It takes a vote of 5 out of 7 directors to make changes to Corpora, individual director opinions notwithstanding. Any official opinion of the Board of Directors will always be labeled as such, will always come through the approved communication channels and will always be posted on the corporate web site.

We welcome your comments which can be sent to: SCA Inc. Box 360789 Milpitas, CA 95036. You may also email comments at lists.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: Corporate, Law and Policy, Official Notices Tagged: board of directors, BoD, bod meeting, corpora, Inc., order of chivalry, rapier, SCA

From the SCA Board of Directors

AEthelmearc Gazette - Mon, 2015-01-19 23:25

At the January 17, 2015 Board of Directors meeting in Milpitas, CA, the Board voted against revising Corpora to establish a rapier peerage. The Board also voted to delete wording that labeled rapier as an ancillary activity of the SCA and replace it with wording that unambiguously established rattan as the only permitted weapons in a Royal List. The ramifications of the two votes has generated quite a bit of discussion on social media about a number of things, but the Board did not make any decisions concerning anything at all except turning down the rapier peerage proposal and adding a statement that Royal Lists may only be fought with rattan weapons. This letter is intended by the Board to respond to the most prevalent rumors circulating in response to the Board actions of Saturday.

The Board Votes.
The Board was split on the question of the rapier peerage. Three directors voted to approve the Corpora changes and the resulting establishment of a rapier peerage because they believe that while rapier should really be recognized by the Chivalry, trying to force inclusion in the Chivalry by Board fiat would not work, and they were willing to vote yes on the proposal as a good compromise. Two directors felt rapier should be recognized as part of a peerage that recognizes all non-rattan martial arts and not a separate peerage. Two directors believed rapier should be recognized in the Chivalry. So, with a 4-3 vote against the proposed Corpora changes, which would have established a separate rapier peerage, no change will take place at this time.

 The only other action the Board took concerning rapier in the SCA was removing language dating from 1979 saying that rapier was an “ancillary” activity of the SCA and, to make it clear that we are not discarding the traditions of Crown Tourney, the Board then made it very clear that only rattan combat may be used in a Royal list. This change to Corpora received the unanimous approval of the Board.

Response to Social Media Discussions.
First, the Board received commentary from less than 2% of the membership over the entire 3 years and all requests for comments on the rapier peerage issue. Many people wrote in more than once, but repeating an opinion doesn’t count as a separate opinion. However, it was not the lack of commentary that influenced some Board members to vote against the proposal; it was the fact that the small amount of commentary the Board did receive trended against a separate rapier peerage. The majority of comments received in favor of recognizing rapier with a peerage said that rapier should either be included in the Order of the Chivalry or in a new peerage that included all non-rattan combat. The result of such a relatively small number of people commenting is that the opinions the Board did receive were given greater weight – if a larger number of those who supported the separate rapier peerage had commented, a different result might very well have resulted. There’s no way to know that for sure, but it underscores the importance of writing in to let the Board know your opinions about proposed changes to Corpora.

Second, the Board did not open the Order of the Chivalry to inclusion of rapier fighters. There is a 1999 policy interpretation from the Society Seneschal (upheld by the Board at that time) specifically stating that the Order of the Chivalry is intended for rattan combatants only. It would take a new policy interpretation (which would need to be upheld by the current Board) or other Board action to change that fact. The Board’s intention in removing the “ancillary activity” language had nothing to do with making rapier knights. The Board removed the “ancillary activity” language because it was simply no longer accurate or true. It may have been true long ago when it was added to Corpora, but times have definitely changed. Rapier has permeated the fabric of the Society, and the Board felt that the language needed to be removed. However, in order to clarify that we weren’t changing the rules regarding Crown Tourneys by the deletion of the “ancillary activity” language, the Board added language restricting Crown Tourneys to rattan weapons.

The Board discussed removal of the “ancillary activity” language months ago and sent it out for comment at the same time as the additional peerage language. We understand that some people are unhappy the various changes weren’t put out in separate announcements, but it never occurred to us to send out multiple announcements on the same general subject at the same time.  The Board received commentary on that section, as well as the rapier peerage sections, and we can’t recall any comments that disagreed with the deletion.

People will always understand what they read through the filter of their own opinions and biases, and the fact that some have made certain interpretations and raised them on social media does not make those interpretations factual. Also, a strongly expressed opinion by one or two Board members does not constitute the opinion of the entire Board of Directors of the SCA, so any assumptions made based on one or two such opinions are also not based in fact. It takes a vote of 5 out of 7 directors to make changes to Corpora, individual director opinions notwithstanding. Any official opinion of the Board of Directors will always be labeled as such, will always come through the approved communication channels and will always be posted on the corporate web site.

We welcome your comments which can be sent to: SCA, Inc. Box 360789 Milpitas, CA 95036. You may also email comments@lists.sca.org.


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The Society Welcomes a New Kingdom!

AEthelmearc Gazette - Mon, 2015-01-19 20:30

Congratulations to the Principality of Avacal, whose bid to become a Kingdom was accepted by the SCA’s Board of Directors on January 17. Avacal is currently part of An Tir, and is comprised of the Provinces of Saskatchewan, Alberta, and parts of British Columbia in Canada. They join Ealdormere as the second SCA Kingdom to be wholly Canadian.

Their first Crown Tournament will be held on May 1-3 with Coronation scheduled for June 26-28.

Map of An Tir, including Avacal.

Welcome to the Twentieth Kingdom of the Society!


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Report on SCA Board Meeting – January 17, 2015

East Kingdom Gazette - Mon, 2015-01-19 16:35

** This Post was updated by information from Dr. Scott Berk.  Chair – Board of Directors, SCA, Inc**

The Gazette thanks Viscountess Krysta of Starfall for taking the notes used to create this article.

The Board of Directors held their quarterly meeting on January 17, 2015 in Milpitas, CA. The following is a summary of the meeting.

The meeting began with introductions and an ice breaker question. The agenda was moved, seconded and approved. Minutes were approved for meetings held on October 25, 2014, December 2, 2014 and January 6, 2015.

Recurring Business
The Board changed the status of several branches. The following Cantons in the East were put into abeyance: Sea Tyger’s Rhyn, Dragon Forge, Fennbrycg, Dragon’s Aerie and Bowman’s Rest. Also of interest to the East were new branches in Drachenwald that were approved in the countries of Russia and the United Arab Emirates. New branches were also approved in Ansteorra and An Tir, the Shire of Cold Keep moved to Tir Righ from Avacal, Theobald College in Carontir was changed to an Incipient Shire, and the Canton of Westland Mor in Aethelmearc and Shire of Dun Ard in Calontir were dissolved.

The follow meetings were confirmed for the Board: April 18, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio; July 11, 2015 in Milpitas, CA; and October 24, 2015 in Pittsburgh, PA. A conference call was tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, February 24, 2015. Renee Signorotti reported that hundreds of bank accounts had been authorized this quarter. Warrants were given for the Exchequer of the College of Arms and the Society Seneschal’s Emergency Deputy, Kelly Magill.

The Board is always looking for nominees to the Board. There are several people on the West Coast currently on the list. Comments on nominees should be sent to recruiting@sca.org

Proposed Peerage Order – Order of Defense
Two committees have worked on a proposed peerage order, the Order of Defense. One researched whether there should be a Rapier peerage and reported yes. The second proposed Order names, heraldry, and regalia.

The comments that the Board received leaned towards not supporting a separate peerage for Rapier. Many of the comments agreed that the Rapier combatants should be able to be recognized as peers, but not in a separate peerage.

A wide-ranging discussion with input from Directors and the audience covered many different sides of this proposal. The specific wording they were considering created a separate peerage for Rapier combatants only. There were three clear thoughts being expressed:
• fold a rapier peerage into the Order of Chivalry
• create a “fourth” polling Omnibus peerage to include rapier and all non-rattan combat/martial prowess
• make the fourth polling peerage Rapier only.

The discussion turned to definitions in Corpora for membership in the Order of Chivalry. As written, persons who exhibit prowess in tournament combat and meet the other qualities of a peer of the realm may be offered membership, and may choose between Knighthood and Mastery of Arms. This could be interpreted to mean that there is no impediment to the Crowns and Kingdoms to offering persons of prowess with rapier combat membership in the Order of Chivalry.

Director Fulton called the question and made the motion to approve the changes to corpora which would create a separate peerage for Rapier combat. A second was offered by Director Czudnochowsky. Lisa May (Countess Margaret ni Conner), Arthur Donadio (Duke Cuan McDaige) and John Fulton (Duke John the Bearkiller) voted Aye. Lisa Czudnochowsky (Duchess Marion FitzWilliam), Andrew Coleman (Jarl Ailghenan mac Sithigh), David Keen (Baron David of Caithness), and Chair Scott Berk (Baron Phillip Reed the Facetious) voted Nay. The language creating the separate peerage for Rapier failed.

The Board did make a set of changes to Corpora. They were part of the Additional Peerage Proposal that was sent out to the SCA for comment. The Board deleted the following from Section IX. of Corpora, which dated back to when Rapier was a new activity in the SCA.
C. Rapier Fighting in the Society
The Board acknowledges rapier combat as an ancillary activity of the Society when properly supervised by the Marshals and when approved by individual kingdoms. Rapier combat may take place within a kingdom only by rules established by the Marshallate of that kingdom and after the approval of those rules by the Marshal of the Society. The Marshal of the Society will maintain guidelines for rapier combat within the Society. Rapier combat, not having been part of formal tournament combat in the Middle Ages, shall not be a part of formal tournament lists for royal ranks and armigerous titles.

The Board added the following wording to the same section.
Royal Lists
Only Chivalric (rattan) combat shall be used for formal tournament lists for royal ranks.

Kingdom of Avacal
Strong support was expressed by the people of Avacal, from An Tir and from the Society Seneschal regarding The Crown of AnTir sent a letter in support of advancement citing geographic isolation and the great expense incurred when AnTir kingdom level events were held in Avacal. The Coronet scheduled for the first of May would be the first Crown Tournament, supported by AnTir, and the first Coronation would be at the end of June. The reign cycle would remain as the Coronet cycle is now. Director Czudnochowsky moved and Director May seconded that Avacal be advanced to Kingdom at their (Investiture) Coronation in June. Approval was unanimous.

YAFA Marketing Plan
More information will be offered at the April meeting on how to market the Youth and Family Achievement program by Director Keen.

Sign Herald’s Handbook
Laurel Sovereign of Arms has requested approval of a handbook for Silent Heralds (sign language interpreters for courts and other official SCA business). The motion carried.

Reassigned Shires
Two shires in Eastern Colorado are being moved from Artemesia to The Outlands for geographical reasons. Motion carried. Change was effective immediately.

Highlights of Officer Reports

President – Chirurgeon activities have been evaluated by a committee, and there was good participation from chirurgeons from across the Known World. The Board does intend to examine the recent recommendations of the Chirurgeon committee and will announce its own changes if need be in the near future. The insurance will not cover Chirurgeonate activities.  First aid activities are still encouraged.  The badge and regalia will continue to serve as it has.  **

Vice President Information Mgmt. & Technology – The Legacy Known World mail server is being decommissioned.

Society Webminister Report – William Blackfox award recommendations will be accepted in the 1st Q. The audit of Kingdom websites is happening.

Vice President of Operations (Society Seneschal) – The NMS is set by the Board and may not be raised by local groups. A kingdom may not require its branches to add an event charge to fund kingdom projects. Site preparation and planning is moving forward for the 50th year event. The Known World map project is running into issues because of problems with zip code reporting. A chatelaine education and information project in being planned.

Vice President of Corporate Operations – The 2012-2013 audit had been approved and will be published.

Society Treasurer – The recommended salary and stipend changes for the 2015 budget were approved in executive session.

Laurel Sovereign of Arms – There were ~400 more submissions through the Laurel office in 2014 (from 2013)

Marshal – PVC bows are showing up and causing some concern.

Minister of Arts & Sciences – Working on retention of information about classes, content, and instructors offered throughout the Known World. MoAS is traveling.

Society Chirurgeon – Resigned as of the end of this meeting. **

Standing Committees – The Grand Council was directed by the Board to discuss approaches to training officers, which offices would benefit from training and which methods would be best. There were no reports from the Legal committee. The Peerage Exploratory Committee was discussed above.

Limited Executive Session
This included acceptance of the Chirurgeon resignation, budget adjustments, votes regarding sanctions or expulsions of specific individuals, Board ombudsmen assignments, and acceptance of all actions of subsidiary Boards.


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A Message from Their Royal Highnesses Æthelmearc

AEthelmearc Gazette - Mon, 2015-01-19 12:17

The Æthelmearc Gazette publishes the following missive at the request of their Highnesses.

Unto the Kingdom of Æthelmearc do Prince Timothy and Princess Gabrielle send greetings,

As most of you know by now, the SCA corporate Board of Directors has chosen to decline the addition of a fourth peerage for Rapier combatants. It had been our intention, if the BoD had passed the proposed MoD, to provide writs to five or six candidates at our Coronation, and task them with developing a ceremony that was fitting with their new station.

The BoD’s rational for this decision was mixed. Some on the BoD wanted the peerage to be “an omnibus” peerage for all things martial not heavy weapon in nature. Others felt that it should just “be included into the order of the Chivalry”. The Board then adjusted our governing documents, Corpora, to remove the obstacles in our laws preventing such action by the Crowns who were so inclined. If only all the practical obstacles could be moved by fiat, there would not be a problem.

Our initial decision upon receiving news of the BoD’s decision was, alright, let’s just knight a fencer or two, and the process will eventually take care of itself. We understand the repercussions of such actions to ourselves and would discuss it with our household members. However, we aren’t sure that a candidate would completely understand the path that lay in front of them. Even if our Order of the Chivalry were to welcome these new members with open arms (which we seriously doubt would be the case), we are confident that the Chivalry of the Known World would not. This would literally tear our Order apart, and trust me when I say by extension, the Kingdom would be torn apart. And, at the end of the day, for what? If we were to make a knight or two, in our opinion, it would be a hollow victory for the Rapier community. We have already gone from our plan of making five or six new Peers, the leading edge of a fine new Order, beloved by all, to one or two who wouldn’t be welcome into the Peerage that was “forced” to induct them. In the reasonable future, it is unlikely that any Monarchs would add more fencers to the Order. We would have created at best two Peers without a home.

It seems then that the only choice open to us is to force the hand of the Board of Directors. We propose creating a de facto peerage for the Rapier community, by Kingdom law and custom equivalent in status to the three Peerages, until such time as the BoD sees fit to correct their oversight. If we treat these new Peers as such, encourage other Kingdoms to follow suit, and get enough of the other Kingdoms to do so, the BoD will be forced to grant these “Peers” true status as Peers.

We plan to task our Kingdom officers with developing a proposal for Kingdom Law, developing Heraldry for the Order, and plan all the other details to make this proposal a reality. We will begin contacting the other Royalty to see if they will join us in forcing the BoD’s hand. For now, until someone more clever and/or more Heraldically inclinded comes up with a better name, we will just title this new Order “The Guardians of Æthelmearc”

As always, we remain in service to Æthelmearc,
Timothy and Gabrielle


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Rapier Website Woes

East Kingdom Gazette - Sun, 2015-01-18 20:45

From the Kingdom Rapier Marshal:

Greetings all,

As many of you are well aware, the East Kingdom Rapier Website is experiencing difficulties right now.  The link to the current rules is down.  I want to let everyone know that we are working on it as we speak.  I have been in touch with Lord Lorenz, the Kingdom Webmaster and we currently have a Webmaster at Large working on the issues and hope to have them resolved soon.  I very much appreciate all your patience.  I’ll be in touch with updates as they come along.

In Service,
Don Frasier MacLeod, KRM, East


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Equestrian Meeting at Birka

East Kingdom Gazette - Sun, 2015-01-18 19:30

Mistress Eleanor fitzPatrick wishes to share the following:

An East Kingdom Equestrian Social/Roundtable will be held at 3pm on Saturday at Birka. Open to any and all with an interest in equestrian activities – stop by to talk shop, meet fellow horse people and find out what’s happening event-wise for the next season. Location will be posted at the event.


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From the Kingdom Seneschale

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sun, 2015-01-18 19:11

A message from cori, our Kingdom Seneschale.

Regarding discussion of Peerage and Rapier Combat:

With the ongoing discussion of the Board meeting, I have been following several threads here in Æthelmearc and have seen opinion and speculation regarding how we may go forward on this topic.

Changes to Corpora are being discussed in several venues. At this time (1/18/15 1:52pm) there have been no changes to Corpora on the Society website, no announcements of changes on the Society Seneschal page, and no emails to the Kingdom Seneschal with any official updates or changes. The version of Governing Documents (Corpora) hosted on the Society website is January 2014. The hard copy held in the Corporate Office takes precedent but we do not at this moment have access to it and we will need to wait and learn of any official changes through official channels.

I will check back periodically with updates. I thank all of you for continuing to treat each other gently and with respect. I am pleased and not surprised that the tenor of discourse on such an emotional topic remains respectful of all involved. It is what I have come to love about my Kingdom.

Thank you,
cori
Seneschale, Æthelmearc


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Avacal approved for Kingdom status!

East Kingdom Gazette - Sun, 2015-01-18 18:35

The SCA Board of Directors has approved the bid of the Principality of Avacal to become a Kingdom! Avacal will be the 20th Kingdom of the SCA.

This news was announced by Savaric and Dalla, King and Queen of An Tir, via social media, and was shared by Edward and Thyra, King and Queen of the East, at Their Court yesterday at Twelfth Night.

Avacal is a Principality within the Kingdom of An Tir, comprised of the Canadian Provinces of Saskatchewan, Alberta, the northeast parts of British Columbia, and the Yukon and Northwest Territories.

Map of An Tir


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Quivers and Quarrels: Winter issue

SCAtoday.net - Sun, 2015-01-18 15:24

Sir Jon reports that the Winter edition of the SCA wide archery E-newsletter is now available online.

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Photo Caption Contest #2

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sun, 2015-01-18 10:33

Greetings Most Awesome Kingdom in the Known World,

Before announcing this months contest.. It’s the winners from last month:

I am pleased to announce the winners from last months contest. Though we do not have awesome prizes you do have the right to put this on your SCA resumes and lord it over the heads of your friends who did not win.

Third Place:
Robert Peterson: ““My noble lords, I do not see any giants. All I see are windmills.””

Second Place
Arianna “Come on, let’s keep looking, there has to be a better candidate for the fourth horseman. This guy just doesn’t have the right vibe for Famine…”

And the Winner
Aoife: “Does this duck make my butt look big? Seriously, guys, are you even looking? Pay attention. Does this duck make my butt look big?”

Congratulations.

This month features two of Æthelmearc’s best; Duke Maynard and Sir Stefan Ulfkelsson. Please use the reply function to add your caption. Last month we had over 17 entries and a whole lot of viewers. Lets go for even more this month! Please make sure you hit like next to the captions you like as they count as votes. You can vote for all of them.

YIS,
That Guy Phil


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An Interview with the Ice Dragon Pentathlon Coordinator

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sat, 2015-01-17 20:16

The Ice Dragon A&S Pentathlon is the longest running A&S competition in the Kingdom of Æthelmearc, started by the Rhydderich Hael while the Barony was part of the East Kingdom. The Pent has grown and changed each year, and the Gazette brings you an interview with this year’s Pent Coordinator, Padraig O’Branduibh.

Tell us a little about yourself and what your goals are for the Pent this year.
I’m currently the seneschal of the Rhydderich Hael. I offered to take on the Pent in order to work on solving a problem I saw with how scores are processed. Being a data person in my mundane life I decided to tackle said issue, and hopefully make things easier for whoever succeeds me at the job. I would like the Pent to be as big as ever, allow the A&S community of Æthelmearc (as well as our neighboring kingdoms) to showcase its many talents, and help my fellow artisans learn more about their craft through critique and feedback.

Why should an artisan enter the Pent?
There are two main reasons. First, it is a venerable and prestigious contest. Those who like to pitch their skills against all comers will greatly enjoy the level of competition. Winning the Pent or one of the categories really means something, and it is something that anyone can be proud of. Additionally, having one’s work judged helps an artisan know where to focus their time and attention in order to improve. It is easy to get caught in a rut from looking at your own work for too long, and having a fresh set of eyes take a critical look at it can be incredibly helpful.

The Pent has gotten a reputation for being hard to enter. Has anything been done to make the process easier this year?
I am working on streamlining the process of entering the Pent. I will have entry forms available online as we near the event, which will allow a contestant to enter with little time taken the day of the event itself. Keep an eye on the Ice Dragon Pent page for updates.

Will the judges know who has entered?
They will not. In order to keep the competition as fair as possible judges will not be given names for the entries. It is possible that a savvy judge may figure a few out, but I am counting on their discretion and honor not to let that interfere with their judging either way.

What advice would you give a first time Pent entrant?
First, check the rubrics page. Reference the one for your category, or if there is none then check the generic rubric. This is the tool the judges will use to score your work. Note especially the importance of documentation. A little more time spent on that, and knowing what is expected in the documentation can improve your score significantly. Also, don’t be intimidated by the competitive aspects or the quality of the other contestants. Simply by entering you are putting yourself a cut above the rest, and are providing yourself with a baseline score to work from in the future. Personal improvement is very important in what we do, and knowing where you stand helps with that process.

What are the levels for Pent entries, and can you describe them for us?
We have four divisions in the Pent. All entries done by an individual can be entered in the Individual division, which is the default. If more than one person has worked on the entries they can be added in to the Group division. Entrants doing individual entries who do not yet possess a grant or higher A&S award can enter the Novice division. Lastly, anyone under 16 years of age can enter into the Youth division.

Each division is evaluated separately and receives its own awards. Thus if you enter the Pent as a Novice you are eligible to win the Novice Pent award.

What is the deadline for literary entries, and where do I find more info about how to submit these, preferred formats, etc.?
Literary entries must be emailed or postmarked by February 28th. The instructions are on the Ice Dragon Pent page. Keep an eye on the page as we are making updates to keep things current and answer questions as they arise.

What is the schedule for the Pent for set-up, judging, etc.?
The tentative schedule is as follows:

10:30 Pent Judges check in
11:00 Deadline for On-site Pent Entries/ Judging Begins
12:30 Pent Performance Entries
3:30 Pent Entries Pick-up begins/ Q&A with judges
4:45 All Pent Entries must be picked up.

How does the Pent actually work – will my work automatically be entered in the Pent if I enter things in five main categories?
All entries in to the competition are judged within their own categories, and are eligible to win an award for said category. If you items in to five different categories you can participate in the full Pent. I would prefer if entrants declare they are entering the Pent, but I will verify this at check-in to make sure nobody gets missed in the full Pent scoring.

Can I enter just one thing in one category? What if I enter five things in one category?
If you enter just one thing in one category you will still be judged and are eligible for the category award, but not the Pent. You need entries in five main categories for that. Any one item, though, CAN be entered in to three different main categories. Thus if you’re clever and you have the supporting documentation you can enter the Pent by entering only twice. To be in the Pent these must all be different main categories. Thus, five things in the same category don’t count. In order to keep traffic down I discourage people from entering too many things in the same category, but if you really feel you have two that are worth putting in and are very different from each other I will let it slide.

I would like to be a judge. Who do I contact and what kind of qualifications do I need to have?
Baroness Alex is taking care of the judges for the Pent. Her contact information is on the Pent page.

Qualifications are largely up to the perspective judge. To maintain fairness in judging we traditionally have each item evaluated by three different judges. This allows us to use judges of different levels of experience, so even if you aren’t an expert in the field, but still feel you have some good knowledge about any of the categories you can work as a judge.

Of course we prefer at least one of the judges for each item to be a Laurel in order to provide the expert critique and feedback only they can provide. The Pent has always relied on the Laurel community to serve as its backbone, and wouldn’t be the high quality competition it has become without them.

Have the categories changed this year? Where can we find them?
The categories are the same as in past years. They’re located at the Ice Dragon Pent page. The categories are well known across the kingdom, so if you have any questions you can either check with me or anyone who is familiar with the A&S competitions in the kingdom.

Are you doing anything special for this year’s Pent?
I would love to see a large turnout at this year’s Pent. To encourage this I am working on securing some prizes for the winners of the four Pent divisions to be given out along with the traditional award scrolls. I am working on finding items that any SCAdian would be proud to own, with a special eye toward the members of the A&S community. More about those will be on the Pent page as I get them in.


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NBC News goes to Pennsic

SCAtoday.net - Sat, 2015-01-17 13:12

Do you remember why you joined the SCA? If you don't, or need to remember why you are still a member, watch For Glory & Honor: Medieval Reenactors Go To Battle, an NBC News feature showcasing the SCA at the Pennsic War. (video)

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The Taking of an Equerry

AEthelmearc Gazette - Fri, 2015-01-16 19:36

By Mistress Shishido Tora (Gozen).

While not part of any Kingdom law, it is customary for Peers to assume a mentoring relationship with a student who aspires to follow the example of their Peer in achieving a level of excellence in their chosen discipline within the SCA. Knights take Squires; Laurels take Apprentices and Pelicans take Protégés. Each have their own belts which indicate their status, and when new people are brought into the SCA this is something that usually is explained to them to avoid the embarrassment of wearing a colored belt indicating a student relationship. The relationship between the Peer and their Squire/Apprentice/Protégé is personalized to the individual and usually includes expectations from both sides. Within the equestrian community of the Known World, there is a special type of student —known as an Equerry.

Historically, the term Equerry was used to denote a senior attendant with responsibilities for the horses of a person of rank. Within the SCA, the term is used to denote a “student” of an Equestrian Peer or Grant Level such as a Lancer (Companion of the Order of the Golden Lance). The intent is to denote that the “student “is learning and being mentored in the ways of the horse and equestrian arts.

In 2000, Sir Jerald of Galloway envisioned taking a squire based on the equestrian arts. Aside from being a Knight, Sir Jerald was also a Viscount and the premier knight of An Tir. He also designed the arms of An Tir during his tenure as Black Lion Herald.  Sir Jerald was an accomplished horseman and was very involved in the equestrian program of the SCA, competing throughout the Known World. He competed five times at Gulf Wars, where along with other members of the Lance of St. Anne, he held the field Tenant. He was an Equestrian Marshal in several Kingdoms and was Special Deputy to the Society Equestrian Officer.

Sir Jerald of Galloway

Sir Jerald determined to establish a Peer-student relationship for himself and his “squires” that was not focused solely on rattan style fighting but on the skills of horsemanship in the tradition of the medieval knight. Sir Jerald, as a former Herald Emeritus, did research on the term “equerry” which he used to identify this type of squire for himself. He also wrote his own ceremony for taking an equerry:

I, Viscount Sir Jerald of Galloway, mindful of your Prowess, Chivalry and Dedication to the equestrians of the Knowne Worlde do hereby recognize within you a person of worth and a seeker of knowledge. I have chosen you as my personal Equerry.

As an Equerry you will demonstrate to the Knowne Worlde the Chivalry, Equestrian Skills, and Pageantry of the Mounted Warrior of the High Middle Ages.

Do you understand the purpose of becoming an Equerry?

Do you agree to continue the example you have set forth which has caused the notice and appreciation of myself?

Then it is my pleasure to bring you under my shield, joining your voice with mine so that our combined example might cause others to strive for greater excellence.

Bear this belt with pride, but not in vanity, allowing it to remind both you and others of your continued commitment to myself and the Equestrians of the Knowne Worlde.

As noted on the website for the Lance of St Anne, Sir Jerald took the first two Equerries ever created in the SCA on March 17, 2000 at Gulf Wars IX. His Equerries were THL Brenna Caitlin MacGrioghair of Renwick and THL Myra Elvey MacGregor, both of Trimaris. He presented his Equerries with a belt, gules and or checque with Jerald’s personal device –a battle axe–on the tip of the belt.

Sir Jerald passed from this world on September 19, 2007 in his home kingdom of An Tir. Besides his excellent example as a Chivalrous man, Sir Jerald continues to serve as an example and inspiration to many equestrians throughout the Known World. It was his desire that others continue this tradition and that Peers or recipients of Grant Levels awards who had achieved a level of equestrian excellence pass their knowledge onto others and further develop their equestrian skills.

Mu’allemah Yaasamiin al-Raqqasa al’Alaa’iiyiyya created a third Equerry in in the SCA in the Kingdom of Artemisia. In 2002, she took THL Philip de Lisboa as an Equerry to further his knowledge of Equestrian Arts. According to her, Philip serves as her equestrian retainer, looking after her needs as well as those of her horses, and is learning horsemanship from her. He also studied the equestrian martial arts from Yaasamiin. During the Equerry ceremony Yaasamiin was flanked by her King, 4 Artemisian Knights, an An Tirian Knight, and several Laurels and Pelicans who comprised the approximately 25 spectators who stood as witness. As she notes, “He did not fit the Protege nor Apprentice category….. I used the red and gold checky that Jerald used and put a cinquefoil on the tip of the belt where he put his battle axe. ” (A cinquefoil is part of her arms.)

Yaasamiin and Her Equerry, His Lordship Philip

The tradition of the taking of an Equerry was continued in Æthelmearc, when Viscount Alexander Caithness took his own Equerry. In 2014, Mistress Ysabeau Tiercelin took Lord Rhiannon Elandris of Glyndrvdwy as an Equerry at Ice Dragon. Following the tradition of Sir Jerald, she presented Rhiannon with a belt—gules and or checque–made by another of her apprentices, Lord Magnus de Lyons.

Mistress Ysabeau Tiercelin

Lord Rhiannon Elandris

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last Year, the Society Equestrian Officer, Dame Arabella da Siena, took an Equerry. The tradition continues in our fair Kingdom; at this past Æthelmearc Kingdom 12th Night, Mistress Shishido Tora (Gozen) took an Equerry under the Order of the Golden Lance of Æthelmearc.  THL Morien MacBain became the third Equerry of Æthelmearc, and was presented with a set of checky colored garters. The oath given by Mistress Gozen to her student closely followed the original ceremony of Sir Jerald as a tribute to his example.

Equerry garters presented to THL Morien MacBain by Mistress Gozen.

We in the Æthelmearc equestrian community are proud to carry on this tradition, and to foster growth in a part of our SCA activities that takes so much from medieval knighthood.

 

 

 


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First Quarter 2015 Board Meeting

SCAtoday.net - Fri, 2015-01-16 18:00

The Board of Directors would like to remind the membership that the First Quarter 2015 Board Meeting is scheduled for tomorrow Saturday, January 17, 2015.

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Doctoral thesis changes history of Swedish glass

SCAtoday.net - Fri, 2015-01-16 16:40

Archaeologist Anna Ihr's doctoral dissertation, Becoming Vitrified, shows that the glass industry in Sweden is much older than previously believed, as early as the 13th century. The thesis describes how different vitrified, or glassy, materials can be interpreted and analysed.

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SCA Inc. discontinues Known World Mail

SCAtoday.net - Fri, 2015-01-16 12:05

Effective February 1, 2015, the SCA is discontinuing its Known World Mail, a hosted mail service previously offered to SCA members.

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Draft Agenda for Tomorrow’s BoD Meeting

East Kingdom Gazette - Fri, 2015-01-16 10:37

A draft agenda for tomorrow’s Board of Director’s meeting has been posted on the SCA’s website.  The meeting will be held in Milpitas, CA.  The agenda is available here.


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