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Blackstone Raids: Waterbearer supplies needed!

AEthelmearc Gazette - Wed, 2015-04-15 17:06

Greetings Æthelmearc Army,

In your preparations for Blackstone Raids on the weekend of April 24-26, I would like to ask something of you. Every year Baroness Constance and the waterbearing staff make very sure that there is hydration available. The staff of Blackstone Raids provides a budget for water and supplies for the water bearers which goes against the bottom line of running the event.

So here is my challenge to the fighters, fencers, archers and throwers of the kingdom. In your packing, plan to bring something to help the staff.

What is needed?

  • Gallon jugs of water
  • Jars of Pickles
  • Bags of Oranges
  • Bags or bins of pretzels
  • Watermelon/Grapes

If you arrive Thursday or Friday you can drop them at the main lodge. If you arrive Saturday you can drop them off at the water bearers tent on the battle field.

Help support the whole army and keep them well-nourished and hydrated!!

 In Service,

Baron Liam
Deputy Commander
Aethelwald


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AEthelmearc Gazette - Wed, 2015-04-15 08:13

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Event Report: Coronation of Timothy and Gabrielle, April 11, A.S. XLIX, Shire of Abhainn Ciach Ghlais

AEthelmearc Gazette - Tue, 2015-04-14 19:52

Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope reports on the Coronation of Timothy and Gabrielle which was held on a bright, sunny day in the Shire of Abhainn Ciach Ghlais.

The Coronation event really began on Friday night, when Prince Timothy sat vigil at the site, having invited the populace to seek him out and give him their counsel. Unfortunately the weather conspired against His Highness, with rain and wind forcing him indoors, which then caused the vigil to be cut shorter than previously planned. However, Prince Timothy commented on the following day that it had been a very valuable experience that He recommended to any future monarchs.

Last Court of Titus and Anna Leigh. Photo by Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope.

On Saturday morning, a choir of gentles from all over the Kingdom sang Their Majesties, Titus and Anna Leigh, along with the assembled Barons of every Barony in the Realm, into the lovely sanctuary for Their Last Court.

Mistress Kateryna Ty Ysaf receiving a Court Barony. Photo by Mistress Hilderun Hugelmann.

Their Majesties bestowed numerous awards on deserving gentles, most notably a Court Barony on the outgoing Kingdom Chamberlain, Lady Geirdis Riurikova, and another Court Barony on the Kingdom Exchequer, Mistress Kateryna Ty Isaf. Their Majesties noted that among Mistress Kat’s many achievements, she renegotiated the Pennsic Treaty so that Æthelmearc will now receive 1/3 of the profits from the Pennsic War instead of the 20% it received previously.

Mistress Ekaterina Volkova asked Their Majesties’ permission to retire as Sylvan Signet, as she had reached the end of her term. They thanked her for all of her hard work with the scribes of Æthelmearc and granted her leave to step down.

Baron Robert of Sugar Grove. Photo by Lady Christina Mary Lowe, called Jinx.

Their Majesties summoned Baron Robert of Sugar Grove, who crafted the Kingdom Throne (nicknamed “Armando”) as well as the new Prince and Princess’ thrones. After praising his skill in woodworking and carving, Their Majesties called for the Order of the Laurel and informed Baron Robert that he was to present himself on a date mutually agreeable to himself and Their Heirs at which he was to answer whether he would accept elevation to the Order of the Laurel.

After numerous other awards were given, including Court Baronies to Their Heads of Court, Maistir Brandubh Ó Donnghaile and Mistress Hilderun Hugelmann, as well as Sigils to a large number of lords and ladies who had given of their time and talents to the reign (with Sigil scrolls woodblock-printed by Mistress Fredeburg von Katzenellenbogen), Their Majesties thanked the populace, walking out into the aisle to speak more closely to the people about how much They enjoyed Their time on the thrones and appreciated the support of the people of Æthelmearc.

Timothy crowned as King. Photo by THLord Juan Miguel Cezar.

They then called for Their Heir, Prince Timothy of Arindale. Once His Highness’ right to the Crown was confirmed by the Kingdom officers, Their Majesties released the Queen’s Guard and Their retainers, and then King Titus crowned Prince Timothy as King of Æthelmearc. Queen Anna Leigh relinquished her crown to King Timothy, and Duke Titus and Lady Anna Leigh departed the court.

King Timothy then proclaimed that the Kingdom should not be ruled by one person alone, and called forth his lady and inspiration, Princess Gabrielle, to the music of the choir and much praise from Her herald. He crowned Gabrielle as His Queen, after which the Silver Buccle Herald, Master Kameshima Zentarō Umakai, read the roll of Kings and Queens of Æthelmearc.

Queen Gabrielle is crowned. Photo by Lady Christina Mary Lowe, called Jinx.

Their Majesties accepted the fealty of the Kingdom Officers, the Landed Barons, and the Peerage including the vigilants for the incipient Order of Defense (of which only Don Orlando was present).

The Masters and Mistresses of the Pelican swear fealty. Photo by Lady Christina, called Jinx.

Their Majesties then called for their predecessors. They thanked Duke Titus for his service, then asked the Silver Buccle Herald  to present a special message to His Grace. Master Kameshima stepped from behind the thrones, bent toward Duke Titus, and said “Knock-knock.” After the expected reply from his Grace, Master Kameshima said “Amish.” When His Grace gave the usual response, Master Kameshima said “Awwww, we’ll miss you too,” at which the populace broke into laughter, groans, and applause.

Anna Leigh is made a Countess. Photo by THLord Juan Miguel.

Their Majesties then summoned the Ladies of the Rose, who requested that Comes Tindal bring forth the Rose cloak, which they draped upon Anna Leigh’s shoulders as she was inducted into their Order. Their Majesties handed an embattled coronet to Duke Titus, who placed it on Anna Leigh’s brow as the herald named her a Countess of Æthelmearc, to the cheers of the populace.

Their Majesties next appointed Sir Ariella of Thornbury as the Queen’s Guard’s Chivalry Advisor, and Lord Silvester Burchardt as Captain of the Guard. The Guards were then called in and given their baldrics of office.

Court was recessed so that gentles could enjoy a hearty lunch created by THLady Byrghida Zajacowa and her kitchen crew, followed by the various amusements of the day, which included a Gold Chain Tournament and Unbelted Meet & Beat organized by Sir Hauoc the Wild, a Rapier Tournament run by Doña Gabrielle de Winter in which fencers were invited to test themselves against the White Scarves of the realm, and dancing organized by THLord Sionn the Lost. There were also merchants, a Kingdom History display by the Kingdom Historian, THLady Hrefna Ulfvarinnsdottir, a table of period desserts for gentles to taste, and an auction of many fine items arranged by Duchess Christence Blackmoore and Baroness Ellesbeth Donofrey with assistance from Lady Syele Pfefferin and THLady Astrid Olafsdattir (friends of Their Majesties from nearby portions of the East Kingdom) to benefit the Royal Travel Fund.

THLord Blue Star, who received the Order of the Gauge in morning court, vs. Sir Ariella of Thornbury. Photo by Lady Christina, called Jinx.

Don Vigo da Napoli, who was inducted into the White Scarf that morning, fencing his daughter, Lady Ghalyla bint Joseph. Photo by Lady Christina, called Jinx.

Though the day was windy, the temperatures were warm and the sun was shining, so the fighters and fencers enjoyed the opportunity to compete in the list outdoors.

At the First Court of King Timothy and Queen Gabrielle, many deserving gentles were recognized. Shortly before court began, the tickets for the auction had been drawn and items given to the winners, so Their Majesties called for Duchess Christence to announce the total collected for the Travel Fund. The crowd gasped as Her Grace proclaimed that the auction had brought in $1,058, the highest she had ever seen for a single-day charity auction at an SCA event.

Lady Syele Pfefferin, Baroness Ellesbeth Donofrey, Duchess Christence Blackmoore, and THLady Astrid Olafsdattir, who organized the Travel Fund auction. Lady Syele also donated two very popular and amazing German hats, much like the one she is wearing, to the auction. Photo by Mistress Arianna.

Mistress Alexandra dei Campagnella swears fealty as Sylvan Signet. Photo by Lady Christina, called Jinx.

His Majesty thanked Her Grace, the other organizers of the auction, and all who donated the spectactular items to it, as well as the populace for their generosity. He suggested that, rather than Their Majesties using that money to fund Their own travel, the donations should be used to purchase a trailer for future Crowns to transport royal regalia.

Other notable items of afternoon court included the appointment of Mistress Alexandra dei Campagnella to the office of Sylvan Signet. Mistress Ekat was called forward to pass on the portfolios and wished her successor well in the post.

Their Majesties also appointed Mistress Euriol of Lothian as interim Chamberlain; Her Excellency made it known that she is seeking a permanent replacement in that office.

It was also announced that the next Kingdom Seneschal upon Mistress Cori’s retirement in September will be Duke Christopher Rawlyns.

Don Quinn Kerr receiving his Writ for the Order of Defense. Photo by Lady Christina, called Jinx.

Later in the court, King Timothy and Queen Gabrielle called for all of the peers of the realm to witness the bestowing of Æthelmearc’s third Writ for the Order of Defense, which was given to Don Quinn Kerr. King Timothy noted that numerous people had advised Their Majesties that the Order of Defense could not be complete without Don Quinn. He is not only a member of the White Scarf, but also has a Laurel for research into period fencing practice, and serves as commander of the Southern Watch. He hales from the Barony of St. Swithin’s Bog, of which he is a former Baron. Don Quinn was instructed to determine a suitable date and place for his elevation. The populace expressed their pleasure at this Writ with great applause.

At the conclusion of court, gentles retired to a splendid feast by Lord Leioolfr Grimr and crew. Toward the end of the feast, Their Majesties requested the presence of the cooks, who received a standing ovation from the feasters along with King Timothy and Queen Gabrielle’s great thanks.

Lord Leioolfr Grimr, who received a Sycamore earlier that day, and the cooks in his crew. Photo by Mistress Arianna.

Congratulations to the autocrat, Maître Gilles de Beauchamps, and the good folk of Abhainn Ciach Ghlais, for hosting another memorable and well-run event!


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Resend Comments to BoD Sent On April 14

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2015-04-14 17:03

 A message from the Society’s Office of Information Management and Technology –

Due to unidentified difficulties, some e-mail messages submitted to ‘comments@lists.sca.org’ after 6:00am EST and before 3:00pm EST on Tuesday, April 14th, 2015 were approved for release to the list, but did not make it into the list’s archive.

In order to insure that -all- missives and comments are received by the Board of Directors for due consideration in advance of this weekend’s meeting in Cincinnati, OH, we would earnestly request that all commenters who sent messages during the window of time identified above to please resubmit their communications to the list. We apologize for any inconvenience this request may present.


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Points De Guerre Pour Pennsic

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2015-04-14 16:56

Cet article est maintenant disponible en Français. Veuillez cliquer sur le lien ci-dessous.

Pennsic War Points List Released/Points De Guerre Pour Pennsic

(English Translation:  The following article is now available in French.  Please click on the link below.)


Filed under: En français, Pennsic

Elfsea/Steppes Sunday in the Park photos online

SCAtoday.net - Tue, 2015-04-14 16:05

Master Caelin on Andrede reports that he has created an album of photos from the Elfsea/Steppes Sunday in the Park which took place recently in the Kingdom of Ansteorra. The photos are available on Flickr.

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Xerxes and Belana new Calontir royalty

SCAtoday.net - Tue, 2015-04-14 11:54

The Falcon Banner reports that Sir Caius Equitius Rectus Xerxes was the victor of the March 28, 2015 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Calontir. Sir Xerxes was inspired in his endeavor by Mistress BelAnna de Rouge de Anjou.

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Northshield Stands with Æthelmearc at Pennsic!

AEthelmearc Gazette - Tue, 2015-04-14 06:57

Their Majesties Timothy and Gabrielle happily announce that Their Royal Cousins Tom and Sigrid will stand with the might of the army of Northshield at the side of our Sylvan Kingdom in the Pennsic Wars.

Surely with such allies as are joining our Kingdom, victory will be assured!

Vivat to the Kingdom of Northshield! We salute you!


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From the Minister of Lists

East Kingdom Gazette - Mon, 2015-04-13 18:45

Greetings,
At this time, I would like to hear from all those that might have interest in being the Central Region Deputy MOL for the kingdom.

This job is a pretty easy one.
The deputy is in charge of keeping an eye on the region. If an event is in need of an MOL, the deputy helps to find someone suitable.
I will often ask my deputies to follow up on reports from Baronies in their region.
Regional deputies are expected to help MOL Crown tournament and K&Q champions tournaments when they fall in their own areas.

I am looking for someone that loves to MOL. Joy in what we do translates over to the list field and allows everyone to have a great time.
You do not have to be a long time MOL to hold this position. All experience levels are welcome to contact me.

On another note to other regions:
If you desire to someday rise in the MOL office, please talk to me. I am always looking to connect with MOLs who want to get more involved.
Do you want to come and spend a day with me at the MOL table? I would love it!!
My job is super fun and I would love for others to experience that. Send me an email and let’s chat.
sabynluttrell@gmail.com

Cheers,
Sabina Luttrell
East Kingdom Minister of Lists


Filed under: Announcements, Law and Policy Tagged: central region, job opening, minister of lists

The Branch Polling Process Explained

East Kingdom Gazette - Mon, 2015-04-13 17:38

Mistress Mercedes, East Kingdom Seneschal, and Duchess Thyra, our most recently retired Queen, have collaborated on the following article which describes how the process of selecting new landed Barons and Baronesses actually works.

The East Kingdom has had quite a few Baronial Investitures over the past year. When the ballots are sent in, they seem to disappear into a black hole for several weeks, and then the Crown announces who will be the next baronial seat. Let’s shed some light on what happens at the Kingdom level after you send in your ballot.

By Kingdom law there are two types of ballots that Baronies may use: the single-choice method and the multiple-choice method (aka The Borda Method). Baronial seneschals work with the Branch Polling Deputy to decide which method is best for their group. Sometimes a group has just two candidate slates, so they may choose a simple “pick one” ballot. Sometimes, it is a ranking of all the candidates, with some extra math that accounts for how the populace feels about their options.  Both methods give the option to write in comments, which will be read by the Crown. These comments will be kept confidential, and are not shared with anyone in the Barony.

Once a ballot is filled out, it is mailed to the Branch Polling Deputy, who counts the ballots and runs the calculations. The Deputy then sends the whole package to the Regional Seneschal (or other kingdom officer who is not a resident of the polled barony), who then repeats the process. Then the package is mailed to the Kingdom Seneschal, who again repeats the process and writes up a confidential report for the Crown.

The report includes:

The names of those officers who counted the ballots
The number of ballots sent out and returned
The tallies
The percentages
The comments (anonymous)

The report also has this language:

“The information contained within this letter is confidential. This information may not be shared with anyone not on the distribution list above without the express permission of Their Majesties or the Kingdom Seneschal.””Returned ballots may only be viewed by the talliers, the Kingdom Seneschal and/or the Kingdom Seneschal’s designates, and the Crown.”

“This letter is a recommendation to Their Majesties. It is NOT an announcement of Their decision. Their Majesties will consider this letter and make Their decision at a later date.”

“It is Their Majesties’ privilege to announce Their Decision on this matter. Until such time as they do, this report is confidential and may not be divulged to any party. Even after Their Decision is announced, actual numbers of returned pollings and the preferences therein are never to be divulged to any party or parties.”

While the populace may be very interested in the results of a poll, it is important to the process that the results be kept confidential. However, there are still the checks and balances of having different officers all double-check the counts and math.

This all sounds very democratic. And indeed, if any slate of candidates receives a simple majority of valid ballots (51%), the Crown is bound by Law to invest that slate. However, it is somewhat rare that a slate of candidates receives this percentage (due to abstentions or a large ballot). In all other cases, the Crown is charged with deciding the succession. There are no guidelines in Law as to how the Crown should make their decision when a simple majority is not achieved. The East Kingdom is a monarchy, after all.

Running for the baronial seat is a difficult process in and of itself. There are usually months of meetings, many letters to write and questions to answer. And in the end, only one set of candidates can be chosen, regardless of how close the polls may be. We applaud every candidate who steps up to give their time and energy toward the welfare of their barony, even if they are not chosen. It requires bravery and loyalty even to put their name in.

If you ever have any questions about how something works in the Kingdom, we encourage you to write to the Seneschal at seneschal@eastkingdom.org. Their job is to look after the welfare of the populace, and that includes you!

Ruantallan Baronial Investiture photo by Baroness Ygraine of Kellswood.
Endewearde Baronial Investiture photo by Lady Camille des Jardins.


Filed under: Law and Policy Tagged: baronial polling, elections

Pennsic University!

AEthelmearc Gazette - Mon, 2015-04-13 16:46

One of the most important areas at the annual Pennsic War is the Pennsic University. The University is a place where teachers and students from across the Known World come together to share knowledge and inspiration, to teach and learn, to share their passions for all things medieval and Scadian.

You don’t have to be a Laurel or a Pelican, a Knight or a Master, to teach at Pennsic. ANYONE can teach, from the newest beginner to the most experienced veteran. All volunteers are welcomed with open arms (and a nifty gift).

This year, as in years past, the registration for classes in on-line at the Pennsic War website. As Kingdom Ministers of Arts and Sciences, Baroness Orianna and I strongly encourage you – yes, you – to teach at the Pennsic University.

You can sign up your class by going to Pennsic War any time prior to the week or so before the War.

However, if you want your class to appear in the Pennsic booklet, which greatly increases the possibility of having many students and much word-fame, you must register your class by MAY FIRST!

So, come along and teach at Pennsic. You won’t be sorry you did so.

In service,

Fridrikr Tomasson, Kingdom Minister of Arts & Sciences.


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La Gratitude de Leurs Majestés

East Kingdom Gazette - Mon, 2015-04-13 15:06

Photo courtesy of Baroness Cateline la Broderesse

Cet article est maintenant disponible en Français. Veuillez cliquer sur le lien ci-dessous.

The Gratitude of Their Majesties/La Gratitude de Leurs Majestés

(English Translation:  The following article is now available in French.  Please click on the link below.)

 


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Press Article From East Kingdom Coronation

East Kingdom Gazette - Mon, 2015-04-13 14:11

The following message is printed by the Gazette at the request of Lord Martyn de Halliwell.

On Saturday, a reporter from BillyPenn.com, a local Philadelphia news-blog, attended part of East Kingdom Coronation. The reporter spent time speaking with several people before Court and through Last Court / Coronation Court.  Several people were instrumental in providing a wonderful experience for our guest.

I would like to thank Baroness Aneleda Falconbridge, the East Kingdom Media Liaison, who offered advice and guidance when I contacted her ahead of the event. For their work on the day of the event, thanks also go to Dueña Mercedes de Calafia, Baroness Ysmay de Lynn, Master Peter the Red, Lady Suba al-Hadid, and Lady Iseault of the Clews who sat with her during Court and explained what was going on.  Also a thank you to Lady Katrin Daans for loaning some accessories to complete our reporter’s outfit for the day.

These are the gentles I know who spoke to her, but I know several others did as well.  To anyone else who took a moment to speak to the reporter, thank you, you were all shining examples of “crazy, insane, wonderful people.”

Please take a moment to read the finished article, it is wonderfully done, and be sure to share it with all your friends and family:

http://billypenn.com/2015/04/13/game-of-thrones-irl-i-spent-my-saturday-dressed-as-a-peasant/

-Lord Martyn de Halliwell


Filed under: Court, Events, Interviews Tagged: Bhakail, coronation, press

Polling Award Recommendations Due April 17

East Kingdom Gazette - Mon, 2015-04-13 12:22

King Omega and Queen Etheldreda wish to let all know that They will issue Their second and final polling shortly. Please send Them your recommendations no later than this Friday, April 17.

Recommendations are requested via the online form:
http://fluidsurveys.com/s/EKRecommendations/

Editor’s Note:  Need more information about the East Kingdom awards polling process? This article gives a good overview. Need to find out whether or not someone has the award you are considering? Look them up in the Order of Precedence: http://op.wiglaf.org/index.php. You do not need to be a member of an order to recommend someone for an order. Any person may recommend any other person for any award.


Filed under: Court, Law and Policy, Official Notices Tagged: award recommendations, awards, polling deadlines, polling orders, pollings

Pennsic War Points & Battles

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sun, 2015-04-12 14:24

Their Majesties, Timothy and Gabrielle, have released the Pennsic War Points and Battle Schedules and Plans.

Complete and detailed information about how the war points will be fought, plus related regulations and schedules can be found here – Pennsic War Point Details and Regulations.

WAR POINTS SUMMARY
15 Points for Armored Combat
10 Points for Rapier
7 Points for Archery
1 Point for Service
1 Point for A&S
1 Point each for Thrown Weapons and Siege

SUNDAY, AUGUST 2
9:00 am: Opening Ceremonies
10:00 am: Unbelted Champions – 1 point
11:00 am: Belted Champions – 1 point.
12:00 pm: Matched Champions – 1 point
1:00 pm: Century Champions

MONDAY, AUGUST 3
10:00 am: Armored Castle Battle – 2 points.
1:00 pm: Rapier Manor Battle – 1 point

TUESDAY, AUGUST 4
10:00 am: Armored Bridge Battles – 3 points
1:00 pm: Rapier Village Battle – 1 point
3:00 pm: Siege and Combat Archery Battle – 1 point

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 5
9:00 am – 5:00 pm: A&S Point
9:30 am: Archery Champions Shoot – 1 point
TBD: Thrown Weapons Tournament – 1 point
TBD: Rapier Champions Battle – 1 point
TBD: Rapier Heroic Champions – 1 point

THURSDAY, AUGUST 6
11:00 am: Armored Woods Battles – 3 banners, 3 points
2:00 pm: Rapier Woods Battle – 3 points

FRIDAY, AUGUST 8
10:00 am: Three Armored Field Battles– 1 point each (3 points total)
1:00 pm: Rapier Field Battles – 1 point each (3 total)
Service Point comprising hours from Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday – 1 point
A&S Point for non-Laurels – 1 point

ONGOING DURING WAR WEEK
Populace Archery Shoot – 6 points


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First Female Knight of Lochac Created

SCAtoday.net - Sat, 2015-04-11 20:23

At Rowany Festival this Easter, Countess Eva Von Danzig, Baroness of Innilgard, became the first female knight of Lochac.

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First Eastern Writs Given for Order of Defense

East Kingdom Gazette - Sat, 2015-04-11 16:51

The writs for the first three Eastern members of the Order of Defense were delivered today by Their Majesties Omega and Etheldreda. The Order of Defense recognizes superior prowess and contributions in rapier combat with a patent level award, more commonly known in the SCA as a peerage. This peerage order was created by the SCA’s Board of Directors in February. The peerage may be awarded beginning on May 1st. The writs notified the first three candidates that they were instructed to appear at Crown Tourney on May 2nd and answer Their Majesties as to whether they are willing to be accepted into the Order.

Sir Antonio Patrasso has been active in the East Kingdom Rapier community for twenty five years, and served as East Kingdom Marshal of Fence from 2004 to 2008. In addition to being a companion of the Order of Chivalry and the Order of the Pelican, he was the 26th inductee to the East Kingdom Order of the Golden Rapier. Sir Antonio also holds the Order of the Silver Crescent, the Order of the Tygers Combattant, the Queen’s Cypher, the Order of the Iron Tower (Settmour Swamp). He currently serves as King’s Rapier Champion and and is a Past Queen’s Rapier Champion. In addition to his duties as a marshal, he also serves the Seneschalate as New Groups Deputy, and serves the office of the Tyger Clerk as Backlog Scroll deputy. He lives in the Barony of Settmour Swamp.

Don Donovan Shinnock has been active in the East Kingdom Rapier community for over twenty years and was a cadet of Don Martin Quicksilver. He has served twice in the East as King’s Champion of Rapier and as Queen’s Champion of Rapier. Don Donovan is a Companion of the Order of the Silver Rapier and the Order of the Golden Rapier. He is also a Companion of the Maunche for his research on rapier combat, received the King’s Esteem of Merit from King Edward II, King Kenric II and King Brennan and is a Companion of the Carolingian Orders of the Perseus and the Daystar. He currently lives in the Shire of Quintavia.

THL Fraiser Macleod currently serves as the East Kingdom Marshal of Fence. He has been active in the East Kingdom Rapier community for twenty six years, beginning his SCA career in Endewearde as a student of Master Gregory Finche before moving to AEthelmearc and then returning to the East. He is the 8th White Scarf of Aethelmearc and the 31st Companion of the Golden Rapier, and has fought as a Rapier Champion at Pennsic for both the East and AEthelmearc. He has previously served as Queen’s Rapier Champion of the East. Don Fraiser is also a Companion of the Silver Crescent, the King’s Esteem of Merit, and the Portcullis of endewearde, and is one of the founding members of the Northguard Rapier Company. He currently lives in the Barony of Endwearde.


Filed under: Court, Fencing

Pennsic War Points List Released/Points De Guerre Pour Pennsic

East Kingdom Gazette - Sat, 2015-04-11 12:01

En français

His Majesty Darius, called Omega, has released the listing of Pennsic War Points to the Gazette. Here are the highlights. More detailed information about how the war points will be fought, plus related regulations and schedules can be found here – Pennsic War Point Details and Regulations.

WAR POINTS SUMMARY
15 Points for Armored Combat
10 Points for Rapier
7 Points for Archery
1 Point for Service
1 Point for A&S
1 Point each for Thrown Weapons and Siege

SUNDAY, AUGUST 2
9:00 am: Opening Ceremonies
10:00 am: Unbelted Champions – 1 point
11:00 am: Belted Champions – 1 point.
12:00 pm: Matched Champions – 1 point
1:00 pm: Century Champions

MONDAY, AUGUST 3
10:00 am: Armored Castle Battle – 2 points.
1:00 pm: Rapier Manor Battle – 1 point

TUESDAY, AUGUST 4
10:00 am: Armored Bridge Battles – 3 points
1:00 pm: Rapier Village Battle – 1 point
3:00 pm: Siege and Combat Archery Battle – 1 point

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 5
9:00 am – 5:00 pm: A&S Point
9:30 am: Archery Champions Shoot – 1 point
TBD: Thrown Weapons Tournament – 1 point
TBD: Rapier Champions Battle – 1 point
TBD: Rapier Heroic Champions – 1 point

THURSDAY, AUGUST 6
11:00 am: Armored Woods Battles – 3 banners, 3 points
2:00 pm: Rapier Woods Battle – 3 points

FRIDAY, AUGUST 8
10:00 am: Three Armored Field Battles– 1 point each (3 points total)
1:00 pm: Rapier Field Battles – 1 point each (3 total)
Service Point comprising hours from Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday – 1 point
A&S Point for non-Laurels – 1 point

ONGOING DURING WAR WEEK
Populace Archery Shoot – 6 points

En français

Sa majesté Darius dit Omega a révélé la liste des points de guerre pour Pennsic à la gazette. Voici les points majeurs.

SOMMAIRE DES POINTS DE GUERRE
15 points pour le combat armé
10 points pour l’escrime
7 points pour le tir à l’arc
1 point pour le service
1 point pour les arts et sciences
1 point chaque pour les armes de siège et les armes projetées

DIMANCHE LE 2 AOUST
9:00am: Cérémonies d’ouverture
10:00am: Champions sans-ceinture – 1 point
11:00am: Champions avec ceinture – 1 point
12:00pm: Champions comparables – 1 point
1:00pm: Champions du centenaire

LUNDI LE 3 AOUST
10:00am: Combat armé, battaille du chateau – 2 points
1:00pm: Escrime, bataille du manoir – 1 point

MARDI LE 4 AOUST
10:00am: Combat armé, batailles sur le pont – 3 points
1:00pm: Escrime, bataille au village – 1 point
3:00pm: Bataille de s’armes siège et tir à l’arc – 1 point

MERCREDI LE 5 AOUST
9:00am – 5:00pm: point des Arts et Sciences
9:30am: Tir à l’arc, tournoi des champions – 1 point
Heure à être déterminée: Tournoi d’armes projetées – 1 point
Heure à être déterminée: Escrime, bataille des champions – 1 point
Heure à être déterminée: Escrime, bataille des champions héroiques – 1 point

JEUDI LE 6 AOUST
11:00am: Combat armé, bataille dans le bois, 3 bannières, 3 points
2:00pm: Escrime, bataille dans le bois, – 3 points

VENDREDI LE 7 AOUST
10:00am: 3 batailles de champs – 1 point chacune (3 points total)
1:00pm: Escrime, bataille de champs – 1 point chacune ( 3 points total)
Point de service durant les heures comprises de mardi, mercredi, jeudi – 1 point
Point d’Arts et Sciences non- lauriers – 1 point

CONTINUEL DURANT LA SEMAINE DE GUERRE
Tir à l’arc de la populace – 6 points.

Traduction: Mór of Kilkenny


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Reacting to Medieval Reactions

Medievalists.net - Sat, 2015-04-11 00:48
In mid-March a new Twitter account came into being: @MedievalReacts


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The Rapier and the Rose

AEthelmearc Gazette - Fri, 2015-04-10 16:43

Countess Elena d’Artois is a Companion of the Order of the White Scarf. This article is from a Facebook post in which she contemplated the relationship between Æthelmearc’s Ladies of the Rose and Garnet and the rapier fighters, most especially the White Scarves.

Countess Elena at the Rose Tourney at Pennsic 43, where she was sponsored by Countess Kallista. Photo by THL Juan Miguel Cezar.

The Queens of Æthelmearc, Roses, and Garnets have a very special and ever-changing relationship with the White Scarves and fencing community. Their paths have changed from guardian, to guide, to confidante, to dear friend, to momma bear, and who is in what role changes as the community changes.

When I was a terrified first time princess, three White Scarves especially changed my path. They helped me to understand the art that is fencing (which I still don’t understand as well as I would like…. but we all grow, every day, together). They and the fencers welcomed me and supported me in that role, so much so that I have stayed and now serve in that community. Don Bastiano, Don Corwin, Don Christian and others were wonderful guides at that time. They taught me the Cult of the Queen, the honor of being a target, a courtier, a scholar, and a soldier. These are integral to the role of the fencer in the Society and those things that we learn in our art martial are skills that help us be successful in life. Focus. Determination. Discipline. Respect. Service. Pursuit of excellence. Kindness. Standing for what is right. A kind word can mean the difference to someone, and you never know who you touch. The art of defense can be elegant. One need not be a brute to eviscerate an enemy. Those are the things that the fencers taught a Rose-to-be.

As a fencer I watch the Roses. Those qualities that they embody and protect are those that we aspire to. Service to a greater community. Excellence and Chivalry are more important than victory. Gentility. The impact of words we speak. Inspiration. Loyalty. Honor. Grace. The responsibility of position doesn’t end when you leave the field. Leading by example in all things. Those are the things that I learn from the Roses I watch. So much yet to learn.

Lord Mark le Gabler (at right) competing in the Rapier Champions Tourney at Pennsic 43. He was inducted into the White Scarf the following month. Photo by THLord Juan Miguel Cezar.

Our kingdom’s Queen’s Rapier Championship Tournament is coming. Take this opportunity to look at your Queen and the Ladies of the Rose who support you. Spoil them. Revere them. Respect them. They are the Ninjas of Æthelmearc. Do something nice for a Lady of the Rose when you see them next. Coronation is this weekend. What a wonderful opportunity to share a drink or a piece of chocolate.

Countess Elena, photo by Mistress Chrestienne de Waterdene.

That said – if you would do those wonderful things for a Lady of the Rose – also do those things for someone you don’t know. Reach out to a new person and say hello. Offer a stranger a beer. Give a piece of chocolate to someone who might like it. You don’t have to be a Rose to appreciate a kind word, a drink, or a sweet. Those skills we learn in our game are the same skills that help us to make a better world in every area of our life. We serve a larger community. Kindness and respect are universal. But if learning to do it for one person or group of people teaches us how to do that better, then we have truly learned and grown as a people.

My fellow fencers, what do you see as the relationship between the Roses and the fencers? How do they inspire you?


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