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Advisory Opinion from the Society Seneschal

East Kingdom Gazette - Thu, 2015-01-29 19:41

Subject: Advisory Opinion Regarding the possible inclusion of non-rattan righters into the Order of the Chivalry

Greetings,

I felt that the following Advisory Opinion was required in view of the potential for confusion brought to my attention by one or more Kingdom Seneschals; however, in view of continued questions, I would like to amplify the bandwidth as I want everyone to have access to this Advisory Opinion of the rules of the SCA; this advisory opinion is based upon my independent reading of Corpora as presently constituted, a 1999 policy interpretation (by a prior Society Seneschal) and the affirmance of that position by the Board of Directors in 1999. As such, I am presenting the following Advisory Opinion for maximum distribution in view of continued questions. Please be advised that this is not an invitation to further debate; rather, it is a rather simple statement of the state of the Governing Documents of the SCA, i.e. Corpora. While the final authority regarding Corpora rests with the Board of Directors, the Board is devoted to transparency, and in all cases any change in Corpora must first be put out for comment to the membership prior to any Board action.

Best regards,
A.J. Pongratz
Vice President of Operations, SCA, Inc.
(Society Seneschal)

January27/2015

Advisory Opinion Regarding the possible inclusion of non-rattan righters into the Order of the Chivalry

Greetings unto Kingdom Seneschals,

After January 17, 2015, I have received inquiries regarding whether a Crown may grant admission to the Order of Chivalry to a rapier or cut-and-thrust fighter. The following opinion is being disseminated to all Kingdom Seneschals to assist Their Crowns in view of the recent amendment of Corpora by the Board of Directors.

Despite the recent change in the language of the governing documents of the SCA, Inc. thereby removing the “ancillary activity” language from Corpora by the Board of Directors on January 17, 2015, an individual combatant should not be admitted to the Order of Chivalry based upon the combatant’s prowess in the areas of rapier or cut-and-thrust combat; my position is in conformity with the previous policy interpretation of the 1999 policy interpretation by the then Society Seneschal, affirmed by the Board of Directors in 1999, which clearly indicates that only rattan combatants (heavy or armored combatants) are eligible for recognition in the Order of Chivalry. I have determined that the key controlling factor in answering this question rests in the language of corpora dealing with “tournament combat”, namely:

Article IV. ROYALTY
A. Selection
1. Royal Lists must be conducted at a tournament announced in the kingdom newsletter as being for that purpose. Crowns or Coronets who wish to conduct a royal list in a manner other than individual combat must obtain the prior approval of the Board of Directors.
—as well as–
Article VIII. PERSONAL AWARDS AND TITLES
A. Patents of Arms
4. Patent Orders
The following institutions are established for all kingdoms in the Society. A Patent of Arms may be conferred only upon a person being admitted into one of these orders. Each candidate for a patent order must satisfy the general requirements listed above in A.1., as well as the specific requirements listed here.
a. The Chivalry: (i) The Chivalry consist of two equal parts: Knighthood and Mastery of Arms. No one may belong to both parts of the order at one time. When a member is admitted to the Chivalry by the Sovereign, the choice of which part of the order to join is made by the new member. The candidate must be considered the equal of his or her prospective peers with the basic weapons of tournament combat. To become a Knight, the candidate must swear fealty to the Crown of his or her kingdom during the knighting ceremony. Masters of Arms may choose to swear fealty, but are not required to do so.

It is clear that “tournament” combat in the SCA pertains exclusively to Crown Tournaments and Coronet Tournaments prior to January 15, 2015 and tournament combat is exclusively rattan, heavy, armored combat. The January 17, 2015 amendment to the governing documents, made by the Board of Directors, is in conformity with this position, namely, the only martial combat that may decide Crown and Coronet Tournaments is rattan combat and this amendment to Corpora is consistent with all of the governing documents of the SCA.

When the Order of Chivalry was created, it was conceived as the peerage whereby the best tournament fighters (both Crown and Coronet Tournaments), i.e. rattan, heavy, armored combat, would be honored with the title of Knight or Master at Arms. Such has been the case for almost fifty years. I must conclude that removing the “rapier as an ancillary activity” language or any other additions made by the Board of Directors has no definitive impact on the clear intent of the governing documents.

In 1999 the Society Seneschal (Lee Forgue), was asked by the Crown of the Midrealm for a Corpora interpretation as to whether or not a Crown could Knight a rapier fighter; Lee Forgue as Society Seneschal (circa 1999) responded with an official policy interpretation that was affirmed by the Board of Directors in 1999. Ms. Forgue’s affirmed interpretation of what was previously Article VII (which is now Article VIII) is noted below in pertinent part.

“My interpretation is that, when Corpora VII.A.4.a.(1).(a) speaks of tournament combat as the prerequisite for admission to the Order of Chivalry, the form of fighting referred to is that variously referred to as armored, heavy, chivalric, or rattan combat or, in the Rules of the Lists (Corpora Appendix B), traditional Society combat, i.e., the form of fighting done wearing substantial armor and using rattan weapons that was totally developed in and for the SCA.”

In view of my own research as well as the prior policy interpretation made by Lee Forgue in 1999 (which was affirmed by the Board of Directors in 1999), I cannot hold otherwise in this opinion even in view of the removal of the “rapier as an ancillary activity” language as there is no evidence that this “ancillary activity” impacts either the 1999 holdings of the Society Seneschal and the Board of Directors, the traditions of the SCA or the other pertinent portions of Corpora including but not limited to Articles IV and VIII.

In the face of nearly 50 years of tradition, the totality of Corpora (i.e. the governing documents of the SCA), the 1999 policy ruling of the Society Seneschal which was affirmed by the Board of Directors in 1999 and my own independent interpretation of Corpora, there is no question that, absent a change in Corpora, a Crown may not grant a rapier fighter into the Order of Chivalry as a Knight or Master at Arms.

Please pass this official advisory opinion on to your respective Crowns. I know that there has been a lot of confusion recently and I also know that there has been a lot of angry and frustrated feelings in terms of the possibility of an additional peerage; however, nothing truly precious or dear is ever achieved easily. I have complete confidence in the men and women of the Board who are trying to best serve the individual members of the SCA as well as the future of the SCA. They are individuals like you and me, who volunteer their time and try to be good stewards of this game that has become such an important aspect of our lives.

When I think about the SCA and how it has affected my life, I know full well that I am a better man because of it and I also know that each of us serves this dream with our hearts, minds and bodies… and the members who volunteer and serve as Board Members are no different than any of us… they want to do what is best for the women and men of the SCA… and they want to give us their very best… and at times, as you know, it is a thankless job.

If either you or Your Crown have any questions, please feel free to contact me by telephone after 5:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time at (916) 600-2716.

Very truly yours,
A.J. Pongratz, Esq.
Society Seneschal/V.P. of Operations, SCA, Inc.
(Barone Antonio Giordano da Sicilia, O.P.)

Cc: The Board of Directors

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: Official Notices Tagged: announcements, society seneschal

Advisory Opinion from the Society Seneschal on the Inclusion of Non-Rattan Fighters into the Order of the Chivalry

AEthelmearc Gazette - Thu, 2015-01-29 19:14

The following is a message from the Society Seneschal.

Greetings,

I felt that the following Advisory Opinion was required in view of the potential for confusion brought to my attention by one or more Kingdom Seneschals; however, in view of continued questions, I would like to amplify the bandwidth as I want everyone to have access to this Advisory Opinion of the rules of the SCA; this advisory opinion is based upon my independent reading of Corpora as presently constituted, a 1999 policy interpretation (by a prior Society Seneschal) and the affirmance of that position by the Board of Directors in 1999.  As such, I am presenting the following Advisory Opinion for maximum distribution in view of continued questions.  Please be advised that this is not an invitation to further debate; rather, it is a rather simple statement of the state of the Governing Documents of the SCA, i.e. Corpora.  While the final authority regarding Corpora rests with the Board of Directors, the Board is devoted to transparency, and in all cases any change in Corpora must first be put out for comment to the membership prior to any Board action.

Best regards,
A.J. Pongratz
Vice President of Operations, SCA, Inc.
(Society Seneschal)

January27/2015
Advisory Opinion Regarding the possible inclusion of non-rattan righters into the Order of the Chivalry

Greetings unto Kingdom Seneschals,

After January 17, 2015, I have received inquiries regarding whether a Crown may grant admission to the Order of Chivalry to a rapier or cut-and-thrust fighter.  The following opinion is being disseminated to all Kingdom Seneschals to assist Their Crowns in view of the recent amendment of Corpora by the Board of Directors. 

Despite the recent change in the language of the governing documents of the SCA, Inc. thereby removing the “ancillary activity” language from Corpora by the Board of Directors on January 17, 2015, an individual combatant should not be admitted to the Order of Chivalry based upon the combatant’s prowess in the areas of rapier or cut-and-thrust combat; my position is in conformity with the previous policy interpretation of the 1999 policy interpretation by the then Society Seneschal, affirmed by the Board of Directors in 1999, which clearly indicates that only rattan combatants (heavy or armored combatants) are eligible for recognition in the Order of Chivalry.  I have determined that the key controlling factor in answering this question rests in the language of corpora dealing with “tournament combat”, namely:

Article IV. ROYALTY
A. Selection
1. Royal Lists must be conducted at a tournament announced in the kingdom newsletter as being for that purpose. Crowns or Coronets who wish to conduct a royal list in a manner other than individual combat must obtain the prior approval of the Board of Directors.

—as well as–

Article VIII. PERSONAL AWARDS AND TITLES
A. Patents of Arms
4. Patent Orders
The following institutions are established for all kingdoms in the Society. A Patent of Arms may be conferred only upon a person being admitted into one of these orders. Each candidate for a patent order must satisfy the general requirements listed above in A.1., as well as the specific requirements listed here.
a. The Chivalry: (i) The Chivalry consist of two equal parts: Knighthood and Mastery of Arms. No one may belong to both parts of the order at one time. When a member is admitted to the Chivalry by the Sovereign, the choice of which part of the order to join is made by the new member. The candidate must be considered the equal of his or her prospective peers with the basic weapons of tournament combat. To become a Knight, the candidate must swear fealty to the Crown of his or her kingdom during the knighting ceremony. Masters of Arms may choose to swear fealty, but are not required to do so.

It is clear that “tournament” combat in the SCA pertains exclusively to Crown Tournaments and Coronet Tournaments prior to January 15, 2015 and tournament combat is exclusively rattan, heavy, armored combat. The January 17, 2015 amendment to the governing documents, made by the Board of Directors, is in conformity with this position, namely, the only martial combat that may decide Crown and Coronet Tournaments is rattan combat and this amendment to Corpora is consistent with all of the governing documents of the SCA. 

When the Order of Chivalry was created, it was conceived as the peerage whereby the best tournament fighters (both Crown and Coronet Tournaments), i.e. rattan, heavy, armored combat, would be honored with the title of Knight or Master at Arms.  Such has been the case for almost fifty years. I must conclude that removing the “rapier as an ancillary activity” language or any other additions made by the Board of Directors has no definitive impact on the clear intent of the governing documents.

In 1999 the Society Seneschal (Lee Forgue), was asked by the Crown of the Midrealm for a Corpora interpretation as to whether or not a Crown could Knight a rapier fighter; Lee Forgue as Society Seneschal (circa 1999) responded with an official policy interpretation that was affirmed by the Board of Directors in 1999. Ms. Forgue’s affirmed interpretation of what was previously Article VII (which is now Article VIII) is noted below in pertinent part:

My interpretation is that, when Corpora VII.A.4.a.(1).(a) speaks of tournament combat as the prerequisite for admission to the Order of Chivalry, the form of fighting referred to is that variously referred to as armored, heavy, chivalric, or rattan combat or, in the Rules of the Lists (Corpora Appendix B), traditional Society combat, i.e., the form of fighting done wearing substantial armor and using rattan weapons that was totally developed in and for the SCA.” 

In view of my own research as well as the prior policy interpretation made by Lee Forgue in 1999 (which was affirmed by the Board of Directors in 1999), I cannot hold otherwise in this opinion even in view of the removal of the “rapier as an ancillary activity” language as there is no evidence that this “ancillary activity” impacts either the 1999 holdings of the Society Seneschal and the Board of Directors, the traditions of the SCA or the other pertinent portions of Corpora including but not limited to Articles IV and VIII. 

In the face of nearly 50 years of tradition, the totality of Corpora (i.e. the governing documents of the SCA), the 1999 policy ruling of the Society Seneschal which was affirmed by the Board of Directors in 1999 and my own independent interpretation of Corpora, there is no question that, absent a change in Corpora, a Crown may not grant a rapier fighter into the Order of Chivalry as a Knight or Master at Arms.

Please pass this official advisory opinion on to your respective Crowns. I know that there has been a lot of confusion recently and I also know that there has been a lot of angry and frustrated feelings in terms of the possibility of an additional peerage; however, nothing truly precious or dear is ever achieved easily. I have complete confidence in the men and women of the Board who are trying to best serve the individual members of the SCA as well as the future of the SCA. They are individuals like you and me, who volunteer their time and try to be good stewards of this game that has become such an important aspect of our lives. 

When I think about the SCA and how it has affected my life, I know full well that I am a better man because of it and I also know that each of us serves this dream with our hearts, minds and bodies… and the members who volunteer and serve as Board Members are no different than any of us… they want to do what is best for the women and men of the SCA… and they want to give us their very best… and at times, as you know, it is a thankless job.   

If either you or Your Crown have any questions, please feel free to contact me by telephone after 5:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time at (916) 600-2716.

Very truly yours,
A.J. Pongratz, Esq.
Society Seneschal/V.P. of Operations, SCA, Inc.
(Barone Antonio Giordano da Sicilia, O.P.)

Cc: The Board of Directors

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.


Categories: SCA news sites

Announcing Jeanne Blue Alaunt

East Kingdom Gazette - Thu, 2015-01-29 18:12

As part of the ongoing efforts to grow the Tir Mara College of Heralds and provide better customer service to our Tir Maran brothers and sisters, Ryan Brigantia has approved the appointment of Jeanne de Robin as Blue Alaunt Herald, the new deputy to my office, responsible for handling submissions from Tir Mara.

Submissions and fees for Tir Mara subjects should be sent to Jeanne Blue Alaunt. She will make sure that they get to me and get input into OSCAR appropriately. We are also working on finding a way to create a bank account in Canada for Canadian submissions fees, so that Tir Marans will no longer have to endure the extra expense of getting money shifted into US dollars.

Tir Maran submissions should be sent to:

Jeanne de Robin, Blue Alaunt Herald

Please join me in welcoming Jeanne to the staff and assisting her in getting up to speed in her office. Expect to hear more news from Ryan Brigantia about Badger and the French-language liaison very soon.

Also please feel free to distribute this missive to any and all relevant mailing lists, social media sites and other information distribution methods.

Your faithful and obedient servant,
Alys Blue Tyger


Filed under: Heraldry Tagged: announcements, heraldry, Tir Mara

Rulings From The Earl Marshal

East Kingdom Gazette - Thu, 2015-01-29 14:50

The following letter was written by Baron Jibril al-Dakhil, East Kingdom Earl Marshal, and is being posted by the Gazette at his request.

Greetings Unto the East Kingdom,
The following are official rulings effective immediately.

YIS,
Baron Sir Jibril al-Dakhil

Ruling 1
A new deputy shall be immediately created as follows:
Earl Marshal Emeritus: the outgoing Earl Marshal shall serve as advisor to the current Earl Marshal as needed to facilitate continuity and transition.  This position shall not prevent the holder from holding any other Kingdom position including Royalty.  Sir Oskgar of the Woods shall serve as the first Earl Marshal Emeritus.

Ruling 2
Be it known that two-inch Mandrake tips on fiberglass spears shall be immediately banned.  Mandrake tips may be used on rattan spears. I understand this is an inconvenience for many and it is no less for me as I have spears of my own that I must rebuild.  However, in keeping in line with the need for safety and the fact that the two-inch Mandrake tips were not designed for this purpose I find this ban necessary. Icefalcon or homemade two-inch tips are allowed on all spears.

Ruling 3
The EK Marshal’s Handbook shall be amended as follows:

Old CC4: Judging the effects of blows is left to the honor of the combatant being struck by the weapon, unless he or she relinquishes this responsibility, with the exception of clear violations of the Rules of the Lists or the Conventions of Combat.

New CC4: Judging the effects of blows is left to the honor of the combatant being struck by the weapon, unless he or she relinquishes this responsibility, with the exception of clear violations of the Rules of the Lists or the Conventions of Combat. Effectiveness of a blow may not be judged by the opposing combatant, the marshal on the field, or other observers. Information unavailable to the combatant being struck may be supplied by the opposing combatant or the marshal, including blade orientation upon impact, apparent force transmitted, or apparent location and angle of the blow’s impact based upon the observer’s angle of observation.

Old: Part IV: Censure and Suspension
Violators of the rules of the list can be brought to the attention of the Earl Marshal or his Representatives by anyone in the form of a written report. The report should contain the names of all involved the action involved and include the date event and name of the MIC at the time along with the reporters name and contact information including an email address and phone number. The marshalate, after consideration and investigation can come back with the following results:

New:Part IV: Sanctions
Violators of the Earl Marshal’s rules and policies can be brought to the attention of the Earl Marshal or his Representatives by anyone in the form of a written report for censure or suspension. The report should contain the names of all involved the action involved and include the date event and name of the MIC at the time along with the reporters name and contact information including an email address and phone number. The marshalate, after consideration and investigation can come back with the following results:

Definition:
Deferment- A fighter’s removal from all participation in any SCA fighting practice or activity, in the Kingdom, or falling under the office of the Earl Marshal,  for one day.

Actions:
Deferment- This may be done by any marshal at any time for any violation of the Earl Marshal’s rules and policies.  This may be done orally and is expressly not subject to the requirement that violations be done in writing.  This shall take effect immediately and last for the duration of the fighting practice or activity, in the Kingdom or falling under the office of the Earl Marshal.  The marshal exercising a deferment shall notify the DEM of the Region in writing of the deferment.  The writing shall include the name of the fighter, name of the marshal, date of the deferment and reason for the deferment.  The DEM of the Region shall forward the written report to the EM for review and recording.


Filed under: Heavy List

Unofficial Court Report: A Market Day at Birka

East Kingdom Gazette - Thu, 2015-01-29 11:45

First Court at Birka. Photo courtesy of Countess Caoilfhionn.

The Court of our most excellent prince and lord, Edward, by right of arms most illustrious King of the East, third of that name, and Thyra, his Queen by agency of that same right, second of that name, held upon 24 January in the forty-ninth year of the Society in the Barony of Stonemarche; on which day were called all and sundry the lords of the realm and the great persons of the kingdom to hear the following publicly proclaimed:

Item. Their Majesties gave thanks to Lady Sylvia du Vey for her service as Equestrian Marshal, whereupon they accepted the fealty of Baroness Doucette de Verdun as the new Equestrian Marshal.

Sir Oskgar of the Wood (left) and Sir Jibril al-Dakhil (right) at the transfer of the office of the Earl Marshal of the East. Photo courtesy of Countess Caoilfhionn.

Item. Their Majesties thanked Sir Oskgar of the Wood for his service as Earl Marshal and accepted the fealty of Sir Jibril al-Dakhil as the new Earl Marshal.

Item. Their Majesties summoned Ulfgeirr Ragnarsson (called Ulfgar the Nice) before the Court and, praising his skills in combat, inducted him into the Order of the Tygers Combatant, the which deed was memorialized in a document created by Vettorio Antonello.

Item. The aforenamed Order being incomplete, Their Majesties then summoned the mighty Sigurdr Berserk and caused him to be added to the Order of the Tygers Combatant, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Jonathan Blaecstan.

Item. Their Majesties called Aiden McShane before the assembled Court and inducted him into the Order of the Silver Rapier, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Renye Wurm and Bebhinn inghean Ui Siodhachain.

Mistress Eleanore MacCarthaigh, upon learning she is to sit vigil for the Order of the Pelican. Photo courtesy of Raziya Bint Rusa.

Item. Their Majesties bade Rafael de Ayala de Santiago to appear before them, whereupon they inducted him into the Order of the Silver Rapier, the which deed was memorialized with a document created by Aesa Sturludottir.

Item. Their Majesties summoned before the assemblage the good man Lucien de Wyntere and, praising his skill with the rapier blade, endowed him with the Order of the Golden Rapier, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Nataliia Anastasiia Evgenova.

Item. Their Majesties commanded that Eleanore MacCarthaigh appear before the Court, and thereupon put her to the question of whether she would accept membership in the Order of the Pelican, the said question to be answered that afternoon.

Tiberius is called to vigil. Photo courtesy of Baron Tadea Isabetta Di Bruno

Item. Their Majesties summoned Tiberius Iulius Rufus and commanded that he sit vigil and answer the question of whether he would accept membership in the Order of the Pelican, the said question to be answered that afternoon.

Whereupon the Court was adjourned, and then did reconvene upon the hour of Matins.

Item. Their Majesties invited the King and Queen of Acre to attend upon them and join in their Court, and renewed the friendship between the two lands.

Item. With leave of their Majesties, Countess Caoilfhionn gave tokens to children who had participated in the Children’s Service Initiative.

Item. Their Majesties called Cody of Endewearde before the assemblage and inducted him into the Order of the Tyger’s Cub, the which deed was memorialized in a document created by Aesa feilan Josursdottir.

Item. Their Majesties made gifts of toys to the children of the East.

Item. Their Majesties welcomed Konstantia Gold Falcon Principal Herald of Calontir as ambassador from the Crown of Calontir, and made her a gift of a document created by Alys Mackyntoich and Eva Woderose.

Lord Simon Peter Squirrel is presented to the Court. Photo courtesy of Countess Caoilfhionn.

Item. Their Majesties called Simon Peter Squirrel before the Court and Awarded him Arms.

Item. Their Majesties called Poplyr Childs before the Court and Awarded him Arms, the which deed was memorialized in a document created by Nest verch Tangwistel and Marie Heather Hall.

Item. Their Majesties called Carl of Anglespur before the Court and Awarded him Arms, the which deed was memorialized in a document created by Katrusha Skomorokh.

Item. Their Majesties called Robert of Anglespur before the Court and Awarded him Arms, the which deed was memorialized in a document created by Lilian ate Valeye and Lada Monguligin.

Item. Their Majesties awarded Arms to John of Southwick, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Nemania filia Huweli.

Item. Their Majesties awarded Arms to Marcus Antonius Leptis, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Sorcha Dhocair inghean Uí Ruairc and Ulrich Reinhart.

Item. Their Majesties called before the Court the good lady Dalla Olafskona and, praising her artistry in knitting and embroidery, inducted her into the Order of the Maunche, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Elisabeth Greenleaf.

Item. Their Majesties, seeking to augment the aforesaid Order further, then summoned Sunnifa Heinriksdottir before the assemblage, and in token of her great skills in the fiber arts, invested her with the Order of the Maunche, and confirmed that investiture with the gift of a glass and document created by Solskinn of Smoking Rocks, Nest verch Tangwistel and Henna Sinclair, with words by Toki Redbeard.

Item. Their Majesties then called Lisabetta Medaglia before the Tyger Thrones and, praising her skill at illumination, inducted the said Lisabetta into the Order of the Maunche, the which deed was confirmed with a document created by Eleanor Catlyng and Kayleigh Mac Whyte.

Item. Duena Mercedes de Califia, Seneschale of the East Kingdom, announced that the Riding of Giggleswick had achieved official status.

Item. Their Majesties gave tokens of welcome to newcomers to the Society.

Item. Their Majesties called before the Tyger Throne the noted bookseller Devra the Baker and, having heard word of her retirement, granted her a pension fit for her station, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Aildreda de Tamworthe and Eva Woderose.

Item. Their Majesties commanded the presence of Thomas de Winterwade, good and noble servant of the Kingdom; whereupon they caused the said Thomas to be entered into the Order of the Silver Crescent, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Anastasia Gutane and Fiona O Maille O Chaun Coille.

Item. Their Majesties then further commanded that Magnus de Londres appear before the assemblage, and in witness of his great labors for the Realm, elevated the said Magnus to the Order of the Silver Crescent, the which deed was memorialized in a document created by Heather Rose de Gordoun.

Baron Harald kneels before Her Majesty. Photo courtesy of Raziya Bint Rusa.

Item. Their Majesties summoned Harold von Auerbach to appear before the Tyger Thrones, whereupon the said Harold was endowed with the Order of Terpsichore, the which deed was confirmed with a document created by Katherine Stanhope.

Item. Their Majesties called into their presence Lili von der Tann and endowed the said Lili with the Order of the Troubadour, the which deed was memorialized in a document created by Anne of Framlingham, Constance de St. Denis and Marietta Charay.

Item. Their Majesties called upon Eleanore MacCarthaigh to answer the question put to her that morning, to wit that she would join the Order of the Pelican; and Their Majesties took testimony from Peers and good persons of the Realm, whereupon they did invest the said Eleanore with the Order of the Pelican.

Item. Their Majesties invited Muirenn ingen Dúnadaig to attend upon them, whereupon they awarded her Arms, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Lilian ate Valeye and Nest verch Tangwistel.

Item. Their Majesties invited Rúadán mac Paidín to attend upon them, whereupon they awarded him Arms, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Lassar ingen Aeda and Nest verch Tangwistel.

Item. Their Majesties invited Vuradech Mac Aed Finn to attend upon them, whereupon they awarded him Arms, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Sarah Davies of Monmouth and Bronwyn of Wentworth.

Baroness Aneleda of Falconbridge (left) and Mistress Catrin o’r Rhyd For (right) confess their roles in the East Kingdom Calendar Project. Photo courtesy of Countess Caoilfhionn.

Item. His Majesty summoned before the Tyger Thrones the good ladies Aneleda of Falconbridge, Lucie Lovegood of Ramsgate and Catrin o’r Rhyd For and, thanking them for their work raising funds for the good of the Realm through a calendar project, endowed them with the King’s Esteem of Merit.

Item. Her Majesty summoned before the Tyger Thrones the artists who had contributed to the fundraising calendar project and endowed all of the following good people with the Queen’s Honor of Distinction:
Alexandre St. Pierre; Christian von Jaueregk; Rhonwen glyn Conwy: Lada Monguligin: Sakura’i no Kesame: Eleanore MacCarthaigh; Ro Honig von Summerfeldt; Carolyne de laPointe; Eva Woderose; Palotzi Marti; Emma Makilmone; Camille des Jardins; Isabel Chamberlaine; Khioniya Nikolaevna Ryseva; Lisabetta Medaglia; Eleanor Catlyng; Henna Sinclair

Item. Their Majesties awarded Arms to Remy le Bastard, the which deed was memorialized in a document created by Bebhinn inghean Ui Siodhachain and Shadiyah Al-Zhara.

Item. Their Majesties summoned Christine Violet before the assembled Court, whereupon they awarded her Arms, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Aud Lifsdottir.

Item. Their Majesties summoned Aud Lifsdottir before the assembled Court, whereupon they awarded her Arms, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Harold von Auerbach.

Lady Lucie Lovegood of Ramsgate. Photo courtesy of Countess Caoilfhionn.

Item. Their Majesties called before the Court the good lady Lucie Lovegood of Ramsgate and, in witness of her labors for the good of the Realm, inducted her into the Order of the Silver Crescent, the which deed was memorialized in a document created by Eloise of Coulter.

Item. Their Majesties invited Barbeta Kyrkeland to attend upon them, whereupon they endowed the said Barbeta with the Order of the Silver Crescent for her many good works for the Kingdom, the which deed was memorialized in a document created by Nest verch Tangwistel and Marie Heather Hall.

Item. Their Majesties invited Lily of Eastham before the assembled Court and, praising her good and diverse labors for the benefit of the Realm, created the said Lily a member of the Order of the Silver Crescent, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Catarina Giaocchini.

Item. Their Majesties called Carmelina de Vacarri before the Court and awarded her Arms, the which deed was memorialized with a gift of embroidery created by Gwenlliana Vachan.

Item. Their Majesties called Petra de Cilicia before the Court and awarded her Arms, the which deed was memorialized in a document created by Anna Doukeianina Syrakousina and Aldis Thorbjarnarsdottir.

Item. Their Majesties called Elvira Violante Ballesteros before the Court and awarded her Arms, the which deed was memorialized in a document created by Nicolette Bonhomme and Sakurai no Kesame.

Item. With leave of Their Majesties, Master Godric of Hampton, Captain-General of Archers, created Aesa Ormstunga a Master Bowman.

Item. Their Majesties thanked Master Godric of Hampton for his service as Captain-General of Archers and bade him take his rest; in witness of the love they bear him they further gave him their tokens.

Mistress Jehannine offers her fealty. Photo courtesy of Raziya Bint Rusa.

Item. Their Majesties accepted the fealty of Mistress Jehannine de Flandres as the new Captain-General of Archers.

Item. Her Majesty endowed the good lady Alexandra of Silverwood with the Queen’s Honor of Distinction in witness of her work at Market Day at Birka.

Item. His Majesty endowed Alexander Clarke with the King’s Order of Excellence, the which deed was confirmed with a document created by Raistlin the Quiet.

Item. Their Majesties commanded Tiberius Iulius Rufus to attend upon them and give answer to the question set before him; and the said Tiberius affirmed that he would accept the offered accolade; and Their Majesties took testimony from notable persons of the Realm; whereupon they endowed the said Tiberius with the Order of the Pelican and Arms by letters patent.

Tiberius Iulius Rufus, newly elevated to the Order of the Pelican, welcomes his Knight, Sir Gareth Grey de Wilton as he is also admitted to the order. Photo courtesy of Lady Isolda Fairamay.

Item. Their Majesties then summoned Gareth Grey de Wilton to appear before the assembled Court, whereupon Their Majesties took testimony from notable persons of the Realm and upon the strength of that testimony, offered the said Gareth admission into the Order of the Pelican; and the said Gareth so accepting, the deed was confirmed in a document created by Harold von Auerbach.

Item. Their Majesties thanked the musicians who had played for the courts.

I, Alys Mackyntoich, Eastern Crown Herald, wrote this to memorialize and make certain all such things that were done and caused to be done as above stated.

Witnesseth:
Ryan Mac Whyte
Kayleigh Mac Whyte
Mylisant Grey
Alesone Gray of Cranlegh
Malcolm Bowman
Donovan Shinnock
Anastasia da Monte
Yehuda ben Moshe


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Potables needed for Known World Party

SCAtoday.net - Thu, 2015-01-29 11:08

Mistress Sylvia du Vey, Guildmistress of the East Kingdom Brewers Guild, reports that donations are needed for the known World Party to take place at Pennsic War XLIV.

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The Horseless Equestrian, or Getting Started In SCA Equestrian without a Horse.

AEthelmearc Gazette - Thu, 2015-01-29 11:05

By THLady Meadhbh inghean ui Bhaoighill.

There are a lot of gentles who approach the Kingdom’s equestrians to tell us that they would love to be involved with the equestrian community within the SCA, but for whatever reasons, they are unable or unwilling to buy their own horse.

That’s fine – horse ownership comes with a tremendous amount of responsibility, and it is certainly not for everyone. But there are many ways in which you can get involved and potentially be offered the loan of a horse on which you can compete.

First, let’s dispel a couple of myths and explain why we are as we are:

Myth 1: Horse owners are all independently wealthy. Hah! We horsemen have heard this one for so long that we have long since given up trying to dispel it. There is a saying in the horse world that the best way to make a small fortune in horses is to start with a large one. It is a true saying. A huge number of horsefolk actually spend every spare cent they can earn on their horses, with a lot of us holding down an “extra” job to help pay for our addiction.

This Tuscan-style equestrian estate in Santa Barbara, Calif.,which is currently listed for $14.95 million is the type of farm most people think horsepeople own. Photo source–“Wealthy Horse Owners Jump Back Into Equestrian Estates,” CNBC website.

Myth 2: Horse owners are all ignorant ____s.  (insert your favorite derogatory term here). This one is usually because we tend to say “No” a lot. Most of us have an almost constant stream of people wanting to ride our horses. In order to protect ourselves, our horses, the public, and even the wanna-be rider, frequently “No” is a necessity, and it is not because we are evil, mean-spirited people.

“My Good Gentle! May I Ride Your Horse?” 

Picking up a ride on a borrowed horse is very possible – we all love to bring new riders into the wonderful world of horses.

However, it is never a good idea to go up to someone you barely know (or don’t know at all) at an event and ask to ride their horse. For most of us, our horses are our children. They are also living, breathing, prey animals, with minds and hearts of their own, and a half ton or so of weight to throw around.

We generally have spent years working on developing a partnership with this animal, and we will do everything in our power to protect him. If that includes saying “No,” that is what we wil do.

“Well, Okay, I Can Understand That – But What I Really Want To Know is ……how to be welcomed into the equestrian fold, and be around the horses, and maybe get to ride.”

Æthelmearc Equestrians at the Kingdom Equestrian Championship in 2013.

The best advice I can give you here is as follows:

Get to know, and make yourself known to as many of the equestrians as you can. The more we know you, and the more we feel we can count on you, the more likely we are to offer you some saddle time.

Help out at events. The equestrians who show up at events with horses in tow generally spent a LOT of money and time to get there. Once we get there, our horses require much in the way of housing and care. We may need to set up portable corrals. We need to find water and provide food for the horses. We also have lots of heavy, bulky equipment that will often need to be manhandled to and from our trucks and trailers, and all the time we are doing this, we are babysitting our horses to make sure they stay out of trouble. Fetch a bucket of water. Help string a temporary fence. Anything that can be done to make our lives easier is very much appreciated and will likely get you in the saddle quicker than anything else. Caveat: NEVER feed, water, or even touch a horse, unless in an emergency situation, without explicit permission from the owner. Horses have personalities, some good, some not so, allergies, and other issues just like people do. Even a well-meaning handful of grass, with the wrong type of leaves mixed in, can be fatal to a horse.

Equestrian camp including corrals for horses, pavilions, and trailer parking areas.

Ground crew at events. We almost always need more ground crew than we have available (although I would like to add that here in Æthelmearc ground crew folks ROCK!) and our courses generally cover a fair amount of ground, which makes for a lot of running around for the crew if we are shorthanded.

Never try to make yourself out to be a better rider than you are. Actually, this one is rather self-policing, since, generally, we can pretty much see through your telling us that you’ve ridden for twenty years, and we realize, pretty much instinctively, that what you really mean to say is that you rode once, for ten minutes, twenty years ago and your behind hasn’t hit a saddle since then. But, to be on the safe side, if you are a novice, be very clear about that. We don’t want you to be hurt any more than we want you to hurt our horse.

I apologize for the plain speaking here, but understand that you may not be cut out for riding – or at least riding some horses. If you are six feet six and two hundred fifty pounds, a lot of horses are just plain not going to be able to carry you without the risk of injury. And we won’t let that happen.

Take good care of what you have been given to use. If you have been given permission to ride someone’s horse, “riding it like you stole it” is probably not a good idea. Be very clear with the owner on what they would or would not like you to do while riding the horse. That may include what gait(s) they would like you to stick to, whether they want you to stay in an enclosed area or not, and what activities they feel you are capable of handling while also handling their horse. Remember: They know their horse a lot better than you do. If they say “nothing faster than a trot” – stick to a trot. Also remember that tack (saddles, bridles, etc.) costs money. Usually lots of money. Splashing through a creek with brand new tack, letting the bridle reins drag so they can be stepped on and broken, wearing boots with buckles on the inside of the calf to scratch flaps, or rivets on jeans that dig into seats will probably be frowned upon.

Last, but certainly not least, and, in fact, the best advice I can give you, is to help out. Not only at events, but before and after events. If there is a horseman who lives near you, get to know them. Offer to help them once in a while – be honest that you would eventually like some saddle time. We put in long, hard hours taking care of our animals, and we also spend a lot of our money on them. There are innumerable ways you can help:

  • Offer to help bring in, or stack, hay.
  • Offer to help clean tack.
  • Offer to clean stalls once in a while, and/or feed occasionally. (We all like a night out here and there.)
  • Horse-sit for a vacation.
  • Help with bathing and grooming before an event.
  • Pitch in to cover the cost of feed, bucket of treats, or farrier visit.

Volunteer to groom the warhorses!

All of these suggestions will be far more likely to get you in the saddle than merely showing up at the equestrian site and asking to ride a horse. There are also many other ideas for the horseless rider out there, such as leasing, part-leasing, and so forth, that I will cover in my next installment.


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Photos from Steppes 12th Night 2014

SCAtoday.net - Wed, 2015-01-28 16:53

Master Caelin on Andrede reports that he has created an album of photos from the Kingdom of Ansteorra's 12th Night 2014. The photos are available on Flickr.

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Announcement from the East Kingdom Chancellor Minor

East Kingdom Gazette - Wed, 2015-01-28 13:25

Greetings to the Populace of the East, from Leonete D’Angely, East Kingdom Chancellor Minor.

Throughout the day at Birka, I was pleased to see families of all ages and types enjoying all that the SCA has to offer, from youth combat to shopping as a family, from attending family specific classes or relaxing in the Family Lounge to participating in the dancing and fashion shows. The youth of the East attended Marshalls meetings and taught classes alongside the adults, and ferociously guarded both the Royal Room and Her Majesty Thyra, protecting her from dangers big and small. There was some mention of some very dangerous pineapple candies. This event showed just how much we truly are a family friendly society dedicated to providing a safe and enriching environment for those of all ages.

Unfortunately, an incident occurred in the hallway outside of court that must be addressed. An adult grabbed a child by the arms, shook him, and yelled at him for being loud and running around while court occurred. This was witnessed by multiple adults, including the closely supervising parents. Unless you are saving the child from imminent harm (such as a child bolting onto a list field,) do not touch a child withot permission of the child’s parent. If a child is disturbing an event, politely asking them to quiet down, or asking them where their adult is and politely addressing the issue with the adult would be the appropriate actions to take. If that action does not lead to a solution, the next step would be to speak to the event steward, local, or kingdom seneschal for them to intervene. No one deserves to feel unsafe at an event, no matter what age they are. If you have any questions or concerns about this or any other matter involving youths and families in the East, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Baroness Leonete D’Angely
East Kingdom Chancellor Minor

Addendum from the Kingdom Seneschal

People should remember that touching anyone without their consent (except where safety is concerned) is considered Simple Assault in most US jurisdictions even if it does no physical harm. Touching anyone in an inappropriate manner can lead to expulsion from an event and possibly arrest. Touching in an aggressive and intentionally harmful way, such as grabbing or shaking, is contrary to the SCA’s goal of a chivalrous and honorable Society and will not be tolerated at events.

Dueña Mercedes Vera de Calafia
Seneschal, East Kingdom


Filed under: Official Notices, Tidings, Youth Activities Tagged: community, Youth

COURT REPORT: Their Royal Majesties Titus and Anna Leigh at St. Swithin’s Bog 12th Night, 24 January A.S. XLIX

AEthelmearc Gazette - Wed, 2015-01-28 10:57

Documented from the Scrolls of the Reign of Titus and Anna Leigh, King and Queen of Æthelmearc: the Business of Their Court at St. Swithin’s Bog Twelfth Night in the Barony of St. Swithin’s Bog January AS 49, accompanied by Their Highnesses Timothy and Gabrielle, Prince and Princess of Æthelmearc, and Their Excellencies Iago and Emilia, Baron and Baroness of St. Swithin’s Bog. As recorded by Their Silver Buccle Herald, Kameshima-kyō Zentarō Umakai, with the assistance of Drotinn Jorundr hinn Rotinn, Golden Alce Herald, and Lord Ian Campbell of Glen Mor.

His Majesty announced that He would be holding a meeting following Court, and any gentles who wished to weigh in with their opinions regarding the recent announcements by the Board of Directors would be welcome.

Their Majesties Granted leave to Their Excellencies Iago and Emilia to hold Their Baronial Court.

Gunnar UlfrBani was Awarded Arms for his skill and service upon the fencing field. Scroll by THL Rois O Faye.

Lord Battista di Lupo Speranza

Battista di Lupo Speranza was Awarded Arms and inducted into the Order of the Golden Alce for constant dedication to both the fencing and rattan communities. Scroll the THL Alianora Bronhulle.

Lord Arvik of St. Swithin’s Bog was created a Companion of the Keystone for service at events and to the thrown weapons community, for serving as Head Cook, and especially for  his promotion of thrown weapons to the youth of the Kingdom. Scroll illuminated and calligraphed by THL Ismay Ponde upon wording by Count Sir Jehan de la Marche.

Lord Arvik of St. Swithin’s Bog

Lady Svava of St. Swithin’s Bog was elevated to the Order of the Golden Alce for her constant drive to better herself in both light and heavy weapons, often competing on both fields in the same day at the Pennsic War. Scroll in progress by Baroness Barbary Rose.

THL Rois O Faye was named to the Order of the Sycamore for her skill and productivity in creating commemorative scrolls to celebrate the achievements of the populace of Æthelmearc. Scroll by Lady Rachel Dalicieux.

Lady Aemelia Soteria

Lady Aemilia Soteria was inducted into the Order of the Keystone for her multifaceted service to multiple Baronies, including in thrown weapons and archery, as MOL, teacher, and lender of equipment. Scroll illuminated by Master Caoinleán Seanchaidh and calligraphed by Mistress Cynthia Love of the Tower upon wording by Lady Elizabeth of
St. Swithin’s Bog.

Her Majesty informed all those who wish to create and donate largesse for the upcoming Estrella and Gulf Wars that Æthelmearc has the responsibility to create largesse for the host Kingdom of Atenveldt for Estrella, and the Kingdom of the Outlands for Gulf Wars.

Lady Elizabeth of St. Swithin’s Bog

Lady Elizabeth of St. Swithin’s Bog was named to the Order of the Golden Alce for her quiet service to the thrown weapons and archery communities. Scroll by Lady Rachel Dalicieux.

THL Gunther Grunbaum was created a Companion of the Sycamore for his skill in leatherworking, and for winning the St. Crispin’s Leather A&S competition at the recent festival of Agincourt. Scroll in progress by THL Gwydion ap Arden.

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

 

~ All photos courtesy of Mistress Hilderun Hugelmann.


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Announcement from the SCA, Inc. Board of Directors Regarding the February 2, 2015 Conference Call

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2015-01-27 19:10

The following message was sent out by the SCA, Inc. Board of Directors today, via the Announcements mailing list:

Due to the large amount of information surrounding the additional peerage matter, the Board of Directors has decided to participate in a conference call on February 2, 2015. This is not an unusual occurrence. Conference call meetings are regularly held to help facilitate communication, especially on important issues. This meeting was scheduled for further discussion of the results, reactions, and information that came forth after the last meeting’s failed vote on the peerage language change.

The Board would like to assure the membership that they are reading all the comments that have been sent to them so far on the issue. Anyone who would like their opinion heard is encouraged to write the Board at comments@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, Official Notices Tagged: board of directors, BoD, bod meeting, corporate, SCA, sca inc

Board of Directors February 2 Conference Call

AEthelmearc Gazette - Tue, 2015-01-27 18:57

Due to the large amount of information surrounding the additional peerage matter, the Board of Directors has decided to participate in a conference call on February 2, 2015. This is not an unusual occurrence. Conference call meetings are regularly held to help facilitate communication, especially on important issues. This meeting was scheduled for further discussion of the results, reactions, and information that came forth after the last meeting’s failed vote on the peerage language change.

The Board would like to assure the membership that they are reading all the comments that have been sent to them so far on the issue. Anyone who would like their opinion heard is encouraged to write the Board at comments@sca.org.

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

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

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


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Calling All Warranted Chirurgeons!

SCAtoday.net - Tue, 2015-01-27 16:07

Estrella War is near, and we are looking for those who are willing to assist in keeping our event safe.  If you are a warranted Chirurgeon within your Kingdom and are interested in volunteering at either Chirurgeon Point or during Battles, please contact Lady Rowan.

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Letter from the Earl Marshal

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2015-01-27 15:26

The following letter was written by Baron Jibril al-Dakhil, East Kingdom Earl Marshal, and is being posted by the Gazette at his request.

Greetings unto the East Kingdom:

A complaint has been brought to the office of the Earl Marshal of the East Kingdom regarding this past Crown Tournament dated November 1, 2014 for violations of the list. Upon due investigation and consideration the following shall be the official and final ruling of the Office of the Earl Marshal of the East Kingdom:

East Kingdom Earl Marshal’s Response Regarding a Complaint Filed from Fall Crown 2014:

At the outset, any rule that purports to say a complaint shall not be made against the Royalty cannot apply to Crown Tournament. No Royalty fights in Crown Tournament by express decree of EK law. Secondly, it is nearly impossible to bring a written complaint against a combatant in a tournament before completion of the tournament. Therefore, the rule is clearly meant to apply to SITTING Royalty and not someone who becomes Royalty after the action that gives rise to the complaint. To construe the rules in any other way would defy common sense and logic. While January 2014 Curia’s rule change to EK law amends the language to Crown from Royalty it is a change that merely clarifies language and not content.

It is with this understanding that I move forward in my capacity as Earl Marshal of the East Kingdom in accepting a complaint against His Grace Omega Aurelius Serpentius for conduct in the list of the Fall 2014 Crown Tournament of the East Kingdom. Both of the Finalists know that I have spoken with the combatants in finals, various marshals present during finals, various members of the Chivalry, His Majesty Edward, and former Earl Marshal Oskgar of the Woods. In addition, I have read various emails and extensive social media commentary from spectators who are among the Peerage and Populace alike. Until this complaint was made, neither Baron Sir Oskgar nor myself could take action despite our discussions about how best to proceed in the best interest of the Kingdom and Marshallate.

A complaint was made that during the finals Duke Omega (a) called a head shot good, did not die and continued to fight after Duke Omega called a second shot low, and; (b) threw down his polearm so as to be helpless and therefore invulnerable to attack by his adversary.

There were several additional allegations that spoke to the final blow of the tournament that stuck Duke Omega in the head but was not accepted as a killing blow as well as Duke Omega backing up into the crowd to avoid defeat.

In the responses that I received to my solicitation from marshals present, it was also raised that Duke Kenric (a) may not have accepted solid blows, and; (b) lost his composure, threw down his weapons and stormed out of the list.

The following are the applicable sections of the rules:

Pt. 1, Sec. F. Combatants shall behave in a knightly and chivalrous manner, and shall fight according to the appropriate Society and Kingdom Conventions of Combat.

CC1. The legal target areas are defined as the whole torso, head and limbs, with the exception of the lower legs beginning one inch above the top of the kneecap, and the hand from one inch above the wrist.

CC4. Judging the effects of blows is left to the honor of the combatants, unless they relinquish this responsibility, with the exception of clear violations of the Rules of the Lists or the Conventions of Combat.

CC7. A helpless opponent shall not be struck, and a “hold” must be called. An opponent is helpless if he has slipped or is falling, or has struck the ground, or if he has dropped or broken his weapon. Blows begun before the cause of the hold shall be counted. If a combatant either drops his weapon, or slips and falls without being pushed three times, the combatant will be warned that on the next occurrence he will be considered to be held at sword’s point and be forced to yield.

Conduct:
I will first address the issues for which there lay no possible sanction. There was no clear list and backing up into the crowd to avoid defeat cannot be construed as a violation. This was an error manifest by the weather conditions and environment. While unfortunate and should be avoided at all costs in the future, even if a list must be made of kneeling fighters behinds their shields, this is not conduct that calls for sanction. Calibration questions were raised by Duke Omega against Duke Kenric during the finals. Duke Kenrick answered them and the bouts continued. To the extent that Duke Omega was unsatisfied with the answer and continued to fight, this is not conduct that calls for sanctions. Fighters must trust their adversaries honor as they wish their own to be trusted or seek guidance from the marshals if the question remains. This was not done. This is not the fault of Duke Kenric and no sanction is warranted.

Duke Omega was struck with the blow that ended the tournament. Duke Kenric chose to withdraw (discussed below) rather than question the call or seek guidance from the marshallate. This blow has been the result of great controversy, as it seems to spectators that the prior Earl Marshal and King were finally approaching the combatants to intervene and address the issue. The blow was not addressed within the confines of the rules as Duke Kenric chose to withdraw at this point. Duke Kenric’s withdrawal from the tournament precluded further discussion in the moment as was sorely needed. I will not issue a sanction against Duke Omega for making call of calibration that was not properly questioned by Duke Kenric. Regardless of how the blow looked, this was not the fault of Duke Omega as the rules expressly make Duke Omega the sole judge of the effects of the blow and Duke Kenric did not question the blow or call in the marshals.

I will say that this particular blow will result in a change to the EK Marshal’s rules, which will allow marshals to notify fighters of the angle and appearance of shots that the fighter may not otherwise be aware of without waiting to be invited by the fighters to speak. This is NOT a rule that allows marshals to call fighters dead but simply to provide information so that the fighter has all possible information when judging a blow. Sir Oskgar and I discussed this at great length and I humbly thank Sir Oskgar for his assistance in putting forth a solution that maintains our culture of honoring the fighter’s integrity but strengthens the marshal’s role in tournament.

Turning now to the actions for which a sanction will be issued I begin with Duke Omega calling a head shot good, then a low shot, then continuing to fight. Upon a declaration of being struck in the head with a good shot, a combatant is dead. These are our rules. In my first Crown Tournament, I called a head shot good against Baron Sir Manfred Van Halstern. After leaving the field I was overhead to say to my knight, Sir Stephen von Dresen, that the shot was light and I should not have taken it. Baron Sir Manfred was informed of my whimpering and came to me to offer to refight. I declined to refight because I called the shot good, I did not immediately communicate to Baron Sir Manfred that I wasn’t sure or ask the marshal. Instead, I made a call and let it stand. That is similar to the action that happened here. Duke Omega made a call, did not discuss it, but instead resumed fighting. This blow landed on a legal target and was judged by Duke Omega to be good. At this point, Duke Omega must either yield the fight or immediately explain why he wished to continue. Duke Omega did not and as such the conduct violates the rules of the list.

Next, Duke Omega threw down his pole arm. On one occasion the pole was clearly trapped against Duke Kenric’s body and Duke Omega stated as much. Next, Duke Omega, while backing up into the crowd, threw down his pole arm to avoid being struck. This happened directly in my line of sight and was clearly done to avoid a shot that could not be blocked. This violates the rules of comportment on the list. It did not occur three times and does not require Duke Omega to yield.

Finally, Duke Kenric threw down his weapons and stormed off the list because Duke Kenric struck Duke Omega with a blow Duke Kenric felt was a killing blow. This was not Duke Kenric’s call to make by operation of the rules. Moreover, it violates the rules of comportment on the list.

Sanctions:
Revenge and justice are not the same. Revenge is an emotional response to a wrong, while justice is the reasoned response to a wrong. A Knight must do justice in the name of his King, not seek revenge. A Marshal must be fair in the application of the rules. There is no room for revenge in the marshallate. Thus, when the Earl Marshal metes out sanctions it must be must be an appropriate, reasoned response to a wrong.

Pursuant to the EK Marshal’s Rules His Grace Kenric aet Essex shall be censured for his lack of comportment and unseemly withdrawal from the list at Fall Crown Tournament November 1, 2014. Because Duke Kenric immediately apologized and showed contrition, no greater sanction is warranted.

Pursuant to the EK Marshal’s Rules His Grace Omega Aurelius Serpentius shall be censured for refusing to yield after acknowledging a good blow and for intentionally disarming himself to gain tactical advantage and avoid a loss. Because Duke Omega has expressly committed to the Chivalry and the Populace that he never again enter a Crown Tournament, no greater sanction is warranted.

Some may feel this is insufficient sanction against Duke Omega as Duke Omega was declared the victor and named Prince. Here is where revenge must give way to reason and justice. Duke Omega has publically stated that he will never fight in Crown and this self-imposed sanction exceeds any punishment allowed by EK law and one that would otherwise be reserved for the Board of Directors. No King should ever accept a letter of intent from Duke Omega again without dishonoring the foundation of our Society – that we are men of our word. No Earl Marshal should ever allow Duke Omega to fight in Crown Tournament even if allowed by a King, as the very entry into the list of Crown Tournament would be a violation of Duke Omega’s own word and unequivocal evidence that he cannot comport himself in a knightly and chivalric manner as required by the rules of the East Kingdom. This is rational and reasoned justice and a heavy self-imposed sanction that cannot be undone.

For those who wish to hear Duke Omega apologize and beg forgiveness, I say your position is unreasonable and unhealthy for the Kingdom. What fighter drops his guard when under attack? Where is the sense in expecting Duke Omega to say, “I did wrong” when it will be thrown in his face and used against him rather than accepted as contrition? It was Duke Kenric’s withdrawal that ended the tournament and King Edward’s acceptance of the withdrawal that made Duke Omega our Prince. Had Duke Kenric not withdrawn the fight could have continued or been refought. This is why we have a marshallate and the lesson to be learned here is to turn to the marshallate and demand that issues are addressed IN THE MOMENT. I stand resolutely in support of my Prince Omega because he has chosen a path of unequivocal, self-imposed punishment that could only have been done by the Board of Directors.

Let this begin what I hope is a very short list of sanctions recorded against fighters in the East Kingdom. Let these examples of conduct signal the importance of communication between fighters and the importance of adherence to rules of the list. Most importantly, let this begin to truly heal the Kingdom.

Yours in Service,
Baron Sir Jibril al-Dakhil
Earl Marshal of the East Kingdom


Filed under: Heavy List, Official Notices

Birka Tournament Results

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2015-01-27 12:51

The following tournament results are available from the oxhide bear-pit style tournaments traditionally held at A Market Day at Birka.

Heavy list comtat at A Market Day at Birka. Photo courtesy of Countess Caoilfhionn.

130 heavy list (rattan) fighters entered the lists, fighting a total of 3,252 bouts. The overall top finisher was Sir Douglas Henry. The top unbelted finisher was Hrafn the Bonesetter.

Complete Birka heavy list tournament results are available by clicking here.

69 rapier fighters entered the lists at A Market Day at Birka, and fought 1,164 bouts in total. The top finisher was Remy Delemontagne de Gascogne with 150 points.

Complete Birka rapier combat tournament results are available by clicking here.

Rapier Combat at A Market Day at Birka. Photo courtesy of Countess Caoilfhionn.

 

 

 


Filed under: Fencing, Heavy List Tagged: a market day at birka, birka, Tournament Results, Tourney Results

Cry Heralds needed for Gulf Wars

SCAtoday.net - Tue, 2015-01-27 12:28

Gulf War is on the horizon, and the Clarion Calls go throughout the land for volunteers to help make Gulf Wars XXIV "the best of the best."

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Event Report: St. Swithin’s Bog Twelfth Night

AEthelmearc Gazette - Tue, 2015-01-27 09:41

Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope reports on the Bog Twelfth Night event.

St. Swithin’s Bog Twelfth Night included a wide array of activities, including martial tourneys as well as the usual feasting and arts. It was held at a new site with more space than the traditional site, which permitted the addition of fighting and fencing.

The rapier tourney had an unusual format. Fencers were each given a pin with five ribbons. They were then required to challenge other fencers to a bout with any conditions to which both would agree: best of three fights for one ribbon, first to win five fights for two ribbons, and so on. Some of the fencers and their consorts even bet ribbons on the outcome of certain bouts. It made for an interesting tournament with a good bit of amusement on the part of fencers and spectators alike.

Photo by Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope

The heavy weapons bear pit tournament was dominated for a while by the chivalry, with Sir Alric of the Mists and Prince Timothy holding the field for long stretches, but in the end the winner was THLord Arnthor inn Sterki. All of the fighters enjoyed themselves, and good humor dominated the low-key list.

Photo by Arianna

Over the course of the day, spectators and combatants alike were encouraged to vote for the most chivalrous fighter in both lists. For the heavy weapons list, Lady Svava of St. Swithin’s Bog was chosen most chivalrous, not only for her honorable combat, but also for her spirit. She later received a Golden Alce from Their Majesties. On the rapier list, Lord Gunnar UlfrBani not only won the tourney but was also chosen most chivalrous, then capped off the day by receiving both the Bog’s martial award and an Award of Arms from the King and Queen.

Lord Gunnar with his Baronial award scroll for martial skill. Photo by Mistress Hilderun Hugelmann.

While the combatants were having their fun, Baron Iago and Baroness Emelia of St. Swithin’s Bog were faced with the daunting task of choosing their next Baronial Arts & Sciences Champion. Among the many lovely entries, they selected the painted mask made by Master Caoinleán Seanchaidh, called Tower, as the best item, and duly named him their A&S Champion, further enjoining him to enter the Seven Pearls A&S Competition at Ice Dragon.

Mask by Master Caoinleán Seanchaidh, called Tower. Photo by Arianna

Baronial award medallions in glass, entered by Lady Rachel Dalicieux. Photo by Arianna.

Pouch entered by Lord Ian Campbell of Glen Mor. Photo by Mistress Hilda

Embroidered pin cushion entered by Dame Vivienne Marie de Beauvais. Photo by Arianna

Beaded gown entered by Lady Andree of Snow Rose. Photo by Arianna

There was also a silent auction of donated items, as well as a 50/50 raffle, both to benefit the Bog’s coffers.

THLord Sionn the Lost ran dancing throughout the afternoon, with many gentles including Her Majesty and the Prince and Princess enjoying a mix of bransles and English Country dances.

Photo by Mistress Hilda.

Late in the afternoon, Master Duncan Blackwater arrived with one of his birds of prey in hand. As always, he was then surrounded by a delighted crowd eager to see the bird and hear about how Master Duncan raised and trained it. Prince Timothy and Princess Gabrielle’s children were especially enthralled.

Photo by Arianna

Lady of Misrule Grace of Steltonwald. Photo by Arianna.

Shortly before court, the Monarch of Misrule was chosen by means of tickets which had been distributed to all of the non-peers as they checked in at troll. The gentle thus selected was Grace of Steltonwald, who then processed into court with the royalty, Baron and Baroness, and was given a throne on which to sit through Court. At one point during royal court, Their Majesties explained to Grace that, as Lady of Misrule, she should encourage “shenanigans,” and His Majesty went on to demonstrate how it is done by seizing several hapless gentles from the audience (including Grace’s own Lord Magnus Bastiano di Vigo) and joining them on the dais in a rendition of the can-can. This was only Grace’s second event.

Photo by Arianna

A tasty lunch and the well-seasoned evening feast were created by a crew led by THLady Rosheen Rois O’Faye, who was awarded a Sycamore by Their Majesties for her skill in cooking and scribal arts. With His usual sense of mischief, King Titus silently beckoned the populace to tiptoe into the kitchen with Him to bestow this award on Her Ladyship there, rather than take her away from her feast preparations.

Photo by Arianna

The highlight of the feast was the beautifully decorated individual pies served as the final remove, with diners receiving their choice of blueberry or cherry.

Photo by Arianna

The evening ended with more dancing, again led by THLord Sionn. Though the weather outside had turned to freezing drizzle, all made their way safely home, pleased with their day spent with good friends, good food, and good fun.


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A Question of Peerage: Your Opinion Matters

AEthelmearc Gazette - Mon, 2015-01-26 22:02

As a result of the First Quarter Director’s Meeting, interest in the Additional Peerage Proposal has soared, with postings on the subject proliferating in social media venues.

The Gazette has compiled a list of useful links and deadlines so that you can access pertinent information from one page.

Comments to the Board of Directors
As noted in Their Majesties’ letter, published by the Gazette this morning, the SCA Board of Directors will be having an Executive Session on February 2nd to discuss the issue. Comments from the populace are strongly encouraged, and may be sent to comments@sca.org.

According to the Board, they received commentary from less than 2% of the membership over the entire three year exploratory process and all requests for comments on the rapier peerage issue. The Directors do read the emails, and you do not need to be a paid member to send your comments. If you do not write, your voice will not be heard; it is that simple.

Since they have already rejected the proposal for a rapier-only peerage, that option is not on the table at this time. One of the options they are considering is an Omnibus peerage for all non-rattan martial arts – not only rapier, but also archery, thrown weapons, equestrian, siege, combat archery, etc. If you would like to send your opinions to the Board of Directors, please write to them this week, before the Feb. 2nd Executive Session, at comments@sca.org. ~ from Their Majesties’ letter

Unofficial Additional Peerage Survey
Mistress Euriol of Lothian of Æthelmearc and Baron Antonio di Rienzo Ruspoli of Drachenwald have privately funded an unofficial survey on the additional peerage question. The survey is set to record a single response per IP address. The goal is to collect 2000 responses, which makes for a good statistical sampling. The polling results will be sent to the Board of Directors before the February 2nd Executive Session. It is their hope that people will share the link as widely as possible over the next few days. More than 500 responses have been received so far.

Click here to take the Additional Peerage Poll.

It should be noted that this survey should not be taken in lieu of sending private emails to the Board; indeed, the survey encourages comments and also gives the SCA email at the end.

Letter from Their Majesties
Their Majesties’ letter to the Æthelmearc populace can be found here.

Letter from Their Highnesses
Their Highnesses’ letter can be found here.

Official Board Announcement
An official statement from the Board of Directors can be found here.

Information on the Original Additional Peerage Exploratory Committee
You can find information on the original Additional Peerage Exploratory Committee (APEC) and a link to the original committee report here.

Second Quarter Board Meeting
The Second Quarter 2015 Board Meeting will be taking place in the Middle Kingdom on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at the Embassy Suites Cincinnati – River Center 10 East Rivercenter Boulevard, Covington Kentucky, 41011. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend.


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Land procedure changes for Pennsic this year.

SCAtoday.net - Mon, 2015-01-26 14:55

There will be significant changes to Pennsic Land procedures for Pennsic War 44, including new "early in" and block seniority rules.

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Call for Applicants - Society Chronicler

SCAtoday.net - Mon, 2015-01-26 11:30

The Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) is seeking candidates for the position of Society Chronicler. The Interim Society Chronicler’s warrant ends in August 2015. In order to ensure a smooth transition, applications for the position of Society Chronicler are now being accepted.

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