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

You may also email

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! - 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.

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.

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 - 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

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 ~ 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. - 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 - 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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An Announcement from Their Majesties of Æthelmearc on the Additional Peerage

AEthelmearc Gazette - Mon, 2015-01-26 08:30

Unto the good populace of Æthelmearc do Titus, Rex, and Anna Leigh, Regina, give greetings!

As you are all aware, there has been a great deal of emotional and passionate discussion over the past week regarding the SCA Board of Directors’ decision not to implement a rapier peerage. The confusion over whether or not the BoD was advocating the knighting of fencers added further heat to the SCA community’s concerns.

We would like to share with you what has taken place among the Crowns of the Known World over the past week, and what possibilities We anticipate over the coming weeks and months.

First, we would like to thank David Keen (Master David of Caithness), our Kingdom Ombudsman on the Board, who has done his best to keep Us informed of the Board’s plans and thought processes. The Board has been flooded with letters from gentles all over the Known World, and is well aware of the sense of urgency felt by SCA members regarding resolution of this issue. They will be holding an executive session on Monday, Feb. 2, to discuss possible options. 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

In the meantime, the Crowns of the Known World have also been discussing the issue. As you might imagine, getting 19 couples from all over North America, Australia, and Europe to come to agreement on a subject this controversial is not an easy task. One thing We are agreed upon is that all endeavors in the Society deserve a path to peerage. There is also a general consensus that if the BoD does not act on this matter very soon, then the Crowns may take the matter into Their own hands.

One of the barriers to knighting rapier fighters is the 1999 Seneschal’s ruling, referenced by the BoD in their announcement of Monday, January 19, barring the knighting of non-rattan fighters. We are hoping that the Board and Society Seneschal will not sanction any Crowns who choose to ignore that ruling. We know how contentious knighting someone for fencing would be, and it is not Our first choice. That said, the Crowns of at least four Kingdoms have indicated that they are prepared to take that step if the Board cannot come to agreement on a solution to this issue. We can only wait and see what the Board chooses to do, continue discussions with the other Crowns, and then make Our own decisions accordingly. We are talking to the Chivalry and White Scarves of Æthelmearc, and may poll them regarding their opinions on this matter since they are the ones who would be most directly affected.

We appreciate thoughtful, impassioned, and courteous discussions of this issue. Know that We are listening and want to find the best solution for all concerned.

In service,

Titus Scipio Germanicus and Anna Leigh
King and Queen of Æthelmearc

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Curia Report

East Kingdom Gazette - Sun, 2015-01-25 22:57

Their Majesties Edward and Thyra convened East Kingdom Curia in Stonemarche on Sunday, January 25 after Market Day at Birka ended. Their Highnesses had to leave early due to the impending snowstorm, which forced them to reschedule modern business travel plans.

The agenda for Curia, which can be viewed on the East Kingdom Seneschal’s web site (, was lengthy and time constraints resulted in some items being tabled for a second Curia at Mudthaw. Details are still being worked out and will be posted on the East Kingdom Seneschal’s page as soon as they are available.

The agenda included name changes to four East Kingdom Awards (the Queen’s Honor of Distinction, the King’s Esteem of Merit, The Tyger of Valor, and the Gift of the Golden Lyre). His Majesty, with the assistance of Mistress Alys Mackyntoich, explained that they were necessary because Corpora requires that our awards be registered with the Society College of Arm. The College has specific rules for award names, with which these four awards were not compatible. His Majesty was at pains to assure the populace that they had consulted with the Royal Peers who had instituted the awards in question to be certain that they understood the intent of the award and were choosing name corrections which were as close as possible to conveying that intent while still meeting the requirements of the Society College of Arm. Master Ryan MacWhyte, Brigantia Herald, has been working on bringing all of the Kingdom Awards in line for the past 2 years, and with this set, the job is complete.

Someone in the populace inquired as to whether this requirement also applied to Baronial level awards. Brigantia indicated that it did and that most were already in compliance. He indicated that he would be offering assistance to those groups which would need to make changes, once the Kingdom level changes were settled.

The agenda included changes to several sections of law relating to Baronial selection procedures. Their Majesties stated more than once that their intent was not to make any material changes to the way things work, but only to clarify points, and remove duplication where the same procedure is currently described in multiple places in Law. The list of dates when specific baronies are due to be polled is also being removed, as it was needed only while the term limits were being phased in. Now that all groups have new Barons and/or Baronesses chosen since the laws regarding term limits were enacted, it was felt that the schedule of which groups were due for elections would be best maintained by the Kingdom Seneschal rather than listed in Kingdom Law.

Language will also be added clarifying the procedure for notifying local groups of Their Majesties’ decisions regarding their pollings, as this has been a source of some confusion in the past. The new text also specifies that while the decision made by a reign is binding, the investiture may take place in a subsequent reign, if it’s not possible to schedule one between the date of the decision and the next Coronation.

Language was proposed for adding a Thrown Weapons Championship Tourney to the list of East Kingdom Champions Tourneys, and allowing throwers to be included in the Queen’s Guard. Their Majesties expressed strong support for the Thrown Weapons community, but also expressed considerable concern that adding another required Royal Progress would make an already challenging schedule even more difficult. In some reigns the required championship events and other Kingdom events such as Twelfth Night, in combination with Baronial Investitures, threatens their ability to attend non-mandated events. Their Majesties would like to hear commentary from the Kingdom regarding creative solutions to the problem. Mistress Mercedes, the Kingdom Seneschal, will be receiving the commentary. An announcement of a dedicated email address for it will be forthcoming shortly.

The question of making Thrown Weapons one of the Kingdom Champions Tourneys was tabled for a future Curia. The item making them eligible for inclusion in the Queen’s Guard was passed with strong support from the assembled Curia.

A proposed change to the Law section governing groups holding events outside their borders was approved with minor language changes.

A revision to the Kingdom’s complaints procedure was approved as proposed by Their Majesties. His Majesty explained that under the current Law, if someone wishes to make any kind of complaint against the heirs, or against any territorial prince/princess, should the East have a principality at some point in the future, he cannot utilize the current Complaint Procedure to provide any kind of due process at the kingdom level. He can only rule unilaterally on the matter, which would then probably be taken to the Board of Directors by whichever party fell short of their desired outcome. Their Majesties wish to afford future royalty the opportunity to deal with such matters in the context of the Kingdom’s resolution process, so that everyone involved can have the benefit of due process. Their Majesties did specify that the complaint procedure would not be retroactive.

The proposed change to Kingdom Law to allow persons who do not live within the geographic boundaries of a group to serve as officers or autocrats for that group, if local policies permit, was tabled for the follow-up Curia at Mudthaw, as the time period for which the room had been rented was exhausted.

Filed under: Law and Policy Tagged: curia

Sterlynge Schola: A Mocking Good Court and a Gallery of Classes

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sun, 2015-01-25 20:45

Please enjoy these photos of Sterlynge Schola, held January 17th in Sterlynge Vayle. Scroll to the end to enjoy a link to the first video on the Gazette’s new YouTube channel!

Viking Bling, as worked on by Othindissa.

Her Highness, industriously making Lucet cord during an arts discussion.

Svanna demonstrates some particularly fine drop-spindle technique.

Fiona the prepared, with the Gaston Phoebus volumes she uses to discuss hounds coursing.

Don Orlando, on how and why to keep a journal for fight and fence improvement.

The Kingdom Arts Champion, THLady Christine inghean Grioghair, displays one of her beautiful pieces.

….Goldwork, with pearls, were featured at the Beginning Goldwork Embroidery class.

Her Excellency of Delftwood poses for a quick portrait during her Beginning Illumination class.

Samples of the Introduction to Illumination class, geared for those who usually draw with stick figures!

The processional for Mock Court at Sterlynge Schola. This clip shows the point of Mock court, a learning opportunity, with explanations for who sits where. Starring TRHs Timothy and Gabrielle standing in as the monarchs, and Master Fridrikr from Thescorre as the officiating Herald.

You can find the link to the Mock Court video here on the Gazette’s new YouTube channel!

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Understanding SCA Jargon

East Kingdom Gazette - Sun, 2015-01-25 18:23

The following article is graciously provided by Countess Marguerite inghean Lachlainn.

26+ SCA Phrases you may need to explain to Newcomers.

Person who is responsible for running an event. Although the dictionary definition of autocrat means an absolute ruler or dictator, in reality an autocrat for an event has the ultimate responsibility but sometimes limited control over all aspects of the day, especially if the event is a Royal Progress. In conversation the term is slowly being replaced by the more accurate “event steward”, but official SCA and East Kingdom documents still use the word autocrat.
Awards or “Award System”
Awards are given by the King and Queen or by landed Barons and Baronesses to acknowledge the excellence of one of their subjects. The Award System is used to describe the entire process that culminates in giving an award.  Everything from writing someone in for the award, to the additional advising of the Crown for a polled order, to the decision by the Royalty or Landed Baronials to bestow one.
A casual word used to describe the insignia of the awards which a person has received in the SCA.  Commonly anyone who has received an award will wear the medallion or token or symbolism of that award on their person, especially when attending court. The chest that the King and Queen store award medallions and other insignia is sometimes called the ‘bling box’
Combat Archery
Chiv or The Chiv
The Order of the Chivalry.
Cookie or “a cookie” or “the cookie”
A slang noun used to describe an award that someone is actively and obviously working toward.  It is almost exclusively used in a derogatory manner, as in “He is only taking on that work “for the cookie”.
The Dark Side
  The sport of crossbow shooting.
An abbreviation of the rapier phrase “Death from behind.” Death From Behind is an alteration of the rules of engagement that allows the the combatants to remove opponent from a melee combat by (safely) sneaking up behind them in a melee and delivering a killing blow.  It is a phrase often used to confirm understanding of the rules of the engagement (“Are we doing DFB in this battle?”).  It can also be used as slang verb to describe clever and sneaky action.  (“I flanked the line and DFBed 2 or 3 guys before they took me out.  It was epic!”)
The Dream
This ancient and loaded phrase has been used to describe the SCA itself, and also the activity of providing a medieval experience to others.  This, of course, means that “The Dream” has very personal definitions for anyone who holds it. Because debate on the definition of the term has lasted so long and has varied so widely, it is often said that the problem with using “The Dream” is the inclusion of the word “The”. 
4th Peerage
A catch all noun used to describe a potential new peerage created by the SCA Board of Directors. In some kingdoms there is already a 4th peerage, the Rose, and some kingdoms assert the Royal Peers are the 4th peerage, so this term is sometimes factually inaccurate. The discussion about the creation of a new Rapier peerage is occasionally referred to as the debate about the 4th Peerage.  The other 3 Peerages are the Chivalry, the Laurel and the Pelican.
A token or a small gift understood to be a mark of the bestower’s high esteem of the person receiving the token.  In the romantic tradition of the SCA it is often assumed to be a gift of a lady to her lord, or a fighter to their consort, although that that is by no means a hard and fast rule.  Additionally, the Queen is expected to bestow her favor (generally a piece of cloth embroidered with her symbol) to members of the populace who impress her or whom she wishes to inspire.
The person who is responsible for producing the feast and/or day-board at an event.  This word is derived from the term “autocrat”.
Heavy or Heavy List
The Showcase sport of the SCA. Often described as “hitting your friends with sticks”. Other kingdoms refer to this same type of sport as “Chivalric Combat”. Sometimes the term “Heavies” is used to describe the people who participate in that sport. In order to become the ruling monarch, you must be able to win the twice annual Crown Tournament which is a Heavy List tournament.
An abbreviation of the phrase “King’s and Queen’s”. There are several events a year that start with the phrase Kings and Queens, Championship events where the two winners are named as the Champions of the King and Queen for the following year.  Example: Kings and Queens Bardic Champions, Kings and Queens Equestrian Champs, etc.
Lists or “The Lists”
This noun has two different meanings  Depending on context it can either refer to email lists (The lists were particularly active today) or the tournament field. (‘I will meet you on the lists and we will go a round or two.”)
Derived from the use of the word “Mundania” in Piers Anthony’s Xanth series to describe a non magical world, “mundane” is used to describe anything that is not part of the SCA.  It can be used as an adjective (“In my mundane job I am an IT consultant”) or as a noun, (“My parents are mundanes.”)
Newcomer.  Someone who has been participating in the SCA for 6 months or less.
Order of Precedence. The master list of who got what award and in what order they got them, and therefore who out-ranks who. This list matters in The East most when lining up combatants for Crown Tournament, otherwise the impact of the OP on day to day interaction is limited to individual reactions to perceived rank. A duke outranks a count, but in practice most people treat them both as royal peers if you met them talking together in a hallway. The East Kingdom Order of Precedence is maintained by the Shepard’s Crook Herald.
Peer Fear
The sometimes irrational fear that Peers of the Realm are more intimidating, and harder to talk to or interact with than non peers. This is a condition that particularly afflicts newcomers, apprentices and protegees, but it is not limited to them.
The work that is done behind the scenes to make the other aspects of the society function. In order for there to be combat, marshals must provide their service marshaling. In order for us to have an event, someone must provide the service of checking people in at the gate, running the event, or keeping the books. People whose enjoyment of the Society is in performing that type of service are sometimes said to be “on the service track” or described as “service junkies” if they are particularly fervent.  Ant. Toxic Service is service that leaves the society in a worse state than if it had not been done, either because the service is bad/unneeded or because it is done in such a way that it drives others away, and prevents others from providing service. – Hat tip to David Lockhart for that definition.
A Heavy List fighter. This term is often used to describe a member of the Northern Army of the East Kingdom, (“I am a Northern Army Thug”) but it can be used to describe a soldier of the East Kingdom.
The sport of thrown weapons.  Named because of the sound of a successful stick into the target.
Tin Hat
A semi-derogatory term used to describe a group of people who wear coronets. (“I don’t want to go to that party, all the Tin Hats will be there.”)  It can also be used as a self mocking term by the Dukes, Countesses and Barons/esses who wear the coronets to remind themselves not to take themselves too seriously. (“I’m just a pipe-fitter from Jersey in a Tin Hat” -Attributed to Prince Omega)
A small bauble given as a gift to a performer or artisan in thanks for excellence in sharing their art.  These tokens are often hand made, and may represent some aspect of the heraldry of the person gifting the token. These small gifts are greatly valued and are more important to the people who receive them than the value of the actual gift.  They are often saved and put into one place, so that when the artist is having a crisis of faith in their own work they can be pulled out to remind the artist that they have accomplished good work in the past and will do so again.
The table at the front of events that takes your money, makes sure you have a signed waiver and gives you a site token.  Related: To “Troll in” means to go through the process of checking in at the front desk of the event.  Use of this phrase is slowing falling out of favor (as it implies that the people working the desk are “troll like”) and many autocrats now refer to this as “Gate.”
A heavy List fighter who is not yet a member of the Chivalry.  Curiously, this term is not usually used to mean a generic fighter who presumably does not wear a colored belt, but more specifically someone who is squired to a member of the Chivalry and who has received a red belt from their Knight/Master but who has not yet been elevated to a white belt/baldric.  It can also refer to the team of people who will be fighting in the “Unbelted Champions Battle” at the Pennsic War,   Related: “Belts” or “Belted” means a member of the Order of the Chivalry.
Pennsic War.  Although the East Kingdom hosts many events that have a subtitle that contains the word “war” (Great North Eastern War, Southern Region War Camp) In the East Kingdom use of the phrase “Are you going to War?” always refers to Pennsic.  It is a mark of how important that event is in the minds of the Eastern populace.

NB: Some elements of this article were crowd sourced from a post from Facebook. The author is grateful for the assistance of her friends in the SCA.

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Æthelmearc Signs the Treaty of the Golden Lance

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sun, 2015-01-25 12:30

On the 27th day of July Anno Societatis XLVIII, Æthelmearc joined with the Kingdoms of Ansteorra, Caid, Trimaris and Atlantia in recognizing equestrians within their kingdoms with a Grant level award by signing the Treaty of the Golden Lance.

During the reign of Count Isenwulf Thorolfssone and Countess Rosalinda of Castile, it was decided that The Order of the White Horn would no longer be used to recognize all those martial disciplines other than Heavy fighting (Rattan). This Order would be designated for those skilled in Thrown Weapons alone and that other Orders would be designated for Combat Archery, Siege, and Equestrian. At that time, it was decided that Æthelmearc would join other Kingdoms in the use of the Order of the Golden Lance in order to recognize its equestrians. After determining the procedures necessary, this original plan came to fruition during the reign of Duke Maynard von dem Steine and Duchess Liadain ni Dheirdre Chaomhanaigh. Through their efforts, the Treaty was signed at Pennsic in 2013.

Shishido Tora (Gozen), the current Kingdom Equestrian Officer, contacted the appropriate people to determine the process which needed to be fulfilled in order that Æthelmearc could enter into the Treaty with the other Kingdoms. This involved creating a document which would be signed, coordinating with the other Royalty members to ensure their attendance at Pennsic along with their Principal Heralds, and setting a date and place for the Treaty to be signed. Under the direction of the Crown, these details were “ironed out” and it was determined that the Treaty would be signed immediately after Opening Ceremony during the Known World Party.

After the Opening Ceremonies were completed, the members of the Royalty retired to the East Kingdom’s pavilion on the field, where the Known World Party was set to begin. Initially the Treaty was laid upon the tables designated for the use of Æthelmearc so that they could share their food and wine with the attendees. Due to the congestion in this area, the Treaty was later moved to a central area away from any liquids which could endanger the paper upon which the Treaty was drawn. After a short time, all the parties had signed the Treaty.

With the signing of the Treaty and inclusion of the Order in Kingdom Law, equestrians of the Kingdom can now be recognized by this Order for their skills in the equestrian arts as well as service to the equestrian community. Companions of the Order are entitled to wear a badge of the Order and/or a ribbon “Sable edged Or charged with a lance Or” worn on either the calf or above the elbow, or as a pennon bearing the badge of the Order on their Tournament lance. Additionally, when traveling throughout the Known World, they are recognized by these other Kingdoms for their rank which is retained if they relocate.

The pictures below show the Royalty and Principal Heralds of the Kingdoms of Ansteorra, Caid, Trimaris, Atlantia and Æthelmearc signing the Treaty. (Note that titles are not included, as the persons are identified by their offices at the time of signing. ) The Treaty, which was created by Shishido Tora, is also shown below after signing.  Note that the descriptions appear above the relative photograph.

The first to sign the Treaty was the King of Trimaris, Kurn O’Farrell of Ulster. The second picture shows the Triskele Herald, Posadnik Sasha Gregor’evich Vilanov, signing the Treaty. (My apologies as I was unable to capture the image of Queen Eridani Aureus signing the Treaty.)


The Queen of Ansteorra, Gwen verch Cynwrig de Ynys Mon signed for both herself and her King (Lochlan Dunn).  Avery Shaw, Proxy to the Star Principal Herald, Andrewe Baldwyn, signing the Treaty.

The King and Queen of Atlantia, Amos and Ysabella.  (My apologies as I was unable to capture the image of the Queen actually signing the Treaty.) 

 The Triton Herald, Gisela vom Kreuzbach, signing the Treaty.







The King of Caid, Sven Örfhendur and Quuen Cassandra Zoë Paganel, sign the Treaty.










The Crescent Principal Herald, Cormac Mor signs as the King of Æthelmearc looks on.


The Queens of Æthelmearc and Caid confer at the Treaty signing prior to Æthelmearc signing.  The King of Æthelmearc, Maynard von dem Steine signs the Treaty for Æthelmearc.




The Queen of Æthelmearc, Liadain ni Dheirdre Chaomhanaigh, signing the Treaty.


Silver Buccle Herald, Kameshima Zentarou Umakai, signing the Treaty.


Signed Treaty of the Golden Lance and the artist and author of this article, Mistress Shishido Tora (Gozen). The original is maintained by Æthelmearc and the four signing Kingdoms each received a copy of the Treaty.

This article was originally published in the newsletter for the Kingdom of Æthelmearc, the Æstel.




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Chirurgeons at Rowany Festival - Sat, 2015-01-24 21:20

As Rowany Festival soon approaches, we are once more in need of dedicated helpers to cover our first aid requirements at the event.

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Stefan's Florilegium updates for January 2015 - Sat, 2015-01-24 17:24

THLord Stefan li Rous provdes updates for Stefan's Florilegium for January 2015.

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Regional A&S Gatherings: The Hael Storm Model

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sat, 2015-01-24 13:24

Submitted by Ysabeau Tiercelin.

Enjoying the fruits of our labors!

For a couple of years, we’ve been hosting monthly A&S gatherings at our home in Hamburg; they’ve become known as Hael Storms, because, well, Rhydderich Hael. But with so many groups within an hour’s radius, our goal this year is to make these truly regional A&S gathers. We are hosting the next one on Sunday the 1st, from noonish until whenever (although those of you here after 9 p.m. are watching Downton Abbey with us). Highlights this month include a cheese gnocchi class to demo the dish that was a hit at our recent Masked Ball, and dying wool in a bath over a fire to make period fishing lures.

What exactly is a Hael Storm?
Quite simply, it’s an informal A&S gathering, open to any interested participant.

Learning to make flatbread.

Our Cook’s Guild hosts the cooking portion – sometimes we just try new recipes, sometimes we have theme days where everyone brings ingredients for recipes from a specific time or culture, sometimes we do a medieval version of Chopped (mystery baskets – tongue or sardines anyone?). This month will be a bring-your-own-recipe version, so bring a recipe and the ingredients to make your dish. We have a pot luck at around 6 pm to enjoy the literal fruits of our labors. Cooking not your thing?  Bring drinks or something to share. We just ask that no-one come empty-handed.

Garb help.

The Textile Guild helps people with sewing issues, including guiding newcomers through their first garb. We embroider, knit, draft patterns, do garb research and anything else sewing related. Sewing machines and ironing boards provided! Lots of costuming books!

We have a functional scriptorium with tables, class space (we have done a raised gilding class, among others), light boards, many books with scribal inspiration, and a copy machine.

We’ve had musicians (we have a harpsichord in good tune for anyone interested) playing, a sushi demonstration, and fencing outside in good weather.

In short, if it’s A&S, you can do it at a Hael Storm. You can also just come and enjoy the fellowship!

Regional Reach

Stripping woad leaves in preparation for making woad balls.

The Kingdom is having great success with the regional martial musters, with rattan fighters and rapier fighters coming out in droves to fight and learn.

As our Region 4 A&S Minister, I’d like to encourage the same thing on the A&S side in Western New York. Carpool with a people from your group and join us for a relaxing day. These A&S days also serve as perfect newcomer gatherings, so they can meet people before jumping into garbed events.

Hosting Your Own Regional?
What do you need to host your own regional A&S gather? Not much – just someone willing to act as host in their home, an announcement in whatever media will reach the most people in your area, and participants ready to have a fun day of learning, chatting and being with friends. Go for it!

For address and directions for the Hael Storm, email Tiercelin at

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Equestrian Events for Autocrats and Event Organizers

AEthelmearc Gazette - Fri, 2015-01-23 19:12

By Mistress Shishido Tora Gozen.

This article is specifically tailored towards those persons interested in adding equestrian activities to their event, focusing on the important steps that should be followed.


  • Plan on contacting the Equestrian Marshal staff at least 6 months before the event.
  • An Equestrian Marshal must be present when horses are on site.
  • Marshal staff will advise you if an Æthelmearc Equestrian Marshal is available for your event.
  • Marshal staff will advise you regarding equestrian insurance, and other requirements and assist with meeting these requirements.


Prior to adding equestrian activities to your event, several questions must be answered. These include:

  • Is this potential site suitable for equestrians? An Equestrian Marshal will determine this by inspecting the site.
  • The inspection will evaluate specific issues relative to horses such as footing for the horses, water availability, and other safety concerns.
  • Permission for equestrian activities must be verified with the site owner. Marshals can answer specific questions raised by the property owner regarding horses.
  • Space for horse camping, availability of stalls and trailer parking must be determined.
  • Information regarding these issues will be disseminated to equestrian participants prior to the event by the Equestrian Marshal.


A special insurance rider must be activated in order to have equestrian activities at an event. This includes any equestrian activity, even if the horses are used only for processions.

  • Equestrian Insurance fees are $50.
  • Insurance must be ordered at least 30 days prior to the event.
  • Late fees after this deadline, are $175.
  • Insurance may be ordered by the Autocrat or Equestrian Marshal in Charge.
  • A copy of the insurance will be provided to the Kingdom Equestrian Officer (KEO) at least two weeks prior to the event date.


  • The SCA requires the posting of two signs regarding Equine Liability Law at all events where equestrian activities are conducted.
  • This applies to any event where horses are present, even if only for use in processions.
  • Usually the Equestrian Marshal will provide and ensure these signs are posted.
  • Signs are ordinarily posted at Troll and the main equestrian area.
  • Society Rules detail sign requirements.
  • Society Rules require all persons with a high probability of having direct contact with equines to sign an equestrian wavier.
  • Events which limit contact to the equestrians require only equestrians to sign this form. This includes riders, handlers, and grounds-people. The Equestrian Marshal will ensure signatures are obtained and copies are forwarded to the Waiver Clerk.
  • At events where all attendees could have direct contact with equines, all attendees will sign this form, which will ordinarily be placed at Troll. Troll staff or the Equestrian Marshal will ensure copies are forwarded to the Waiver Clerk.

Most of the extra steps required will be completed by the Equestrian Marshal, but the Autocrat needs to be familiar with these requirements, especially those with time limits. Despite the fact equestrian activities require these additional steps, it is worthwhile to consider adding equestrian activities to your event. It adds a special effect and pageantry to the event. The additional activity also promises to add to your attendance numbers. It is my hope that Autocrats and Event Organizers will consider adding this activity to their event schedules.

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Resignation of the Society Chirurgeon - Fri, 2015-01-23 19:00

At the Jan 2015 quarterly board meeting, the board accepted the resignation of the Society Chirurgeon, and directed the President to handle the responsibilities of that office until further notice.

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Attention unto the Known World: Rejoice! - Fri, 2015-01-23 17:41

On LinkedIn, Landinn de Marest (Kristen Fife), reports that the Board of Directors of the Society for Creative Anachornism, Inc. has approved the creation of a new kingdom.

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