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Their Majesties’ Spark Challenge

AEthelmearc Gazette - Fri, 2017-04-28 16:30

Unto Glorious Æthelmearc do Timothy and Gabrielle send greetings,

At Our Coronation this past weekend, We announced Our Spark Challenge: Our way of encouraging folks to discover, or rediscover the magic that Our Kingdom and the Society as a whole offer. Any and all are invited to give pearls, any and all are invited to receive pearls. We distributed about 1,000 at Coronation to the Landed Barons and Baronesses, the Kingdom officers and the Peers we could, but that was just to get the ball rolling.

The idea is simple. Try something out of your usual range of activities. You may find yourself in love with your hobby all over again in ways you never thought possible. The things available to do are quite literally innumerable. Broaden your horizons. Never thrown axes or knives? Go to a thrown weapons practice. Are you comfortable at calligraphy and Illumination but afraid to try gilding? We are sure there is someone willing to teach you. Always curious about fighting heavy, but could never get up the nerve? Give it a shot. There are dozens of folks who would love to show you how it is done. Attend a class or a Curia. Sit through a court. Submit a device. Go to a bardic circle. Volunteer at Troll or in the kitchen. You’ll have fun, and hopefully meet new people and make new friends. At Melee Madness, Timothy will be doing something way, way out of his comfort zone (ask any of the equestrians about Tim and horses).

At any time after Crown Tournament, please come up to Us and show Us your 8 pearls, and better still, tell us a story or two of how much fun you had. We will gladly present you with a token commemorating the completion of your quest, and hopefully, the beginning of a magical new chapter in your SCA career.

In service to Æthelmearc ,
Timothy and Gabrielle

The Spark Challenge FAQ:

• Am I giving pearls out or am I trying to earn them?

Both! The spirit of the challenge is to encourage everyone to try something new and to recognize the effort that others are putting into the Society. If you are teaching a class, running an event, or organizing a marshal activity, TRMs hope that you would present a pearl to those individuals who are new to the activity or coming back after an extended absence.

• Is this for new people or everyone?

Both! New members are encouraged to explore all that the Society has to offer. However, long-time participants are encouraged to step outside their comfort zones and try something different.

• What if I’ve already done a lot of things?

There are many different aspects of the Society. Some possible activities include retaining, teaching, taking classes, or participating in different martial activities.

• What do I do with the pearls?

Anything you want! You can add them to garb, make jewelry, give them to a special friend, or recognize someone else doing something new. Just make a point to show your collection to TRMs.

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Court Report – The Festival of the Passing of the Ice Dragon

AEthelmearc Gazette - Fri, 2017-04-28 10:56

Documented from the Scrolls of the Reign of Marcus & Margerite, King and Queen of Æthelmearc: the Business of The Festival of the Passing of the Ice Dragon, April 8, Anno Societatis LI, in the Barony of the Rhydderich Hael. Accompanied this day by Their Heirs, Timothy and Gabrielle. As recorded by Maestro Orlando di Bene del Vinta, Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald, with assistance from Dame Kateryna Ty Isaf, Kameshima-kyo Zentarou Umakai, Silver Buccle Herald, and Baron Fridrikr Tomasson.

In the morning Their Majesties invited Their Imperial Majesties of the East Kingdom, Ioannes and Ro Honig, to join them in Their court. Their Majesties then invited the Baron and Baroness of the Rhydderich Hael to join Them.

Their Majesties called forward Baroness Miriel du Lac and, telling of her prowess in fencing, did award unto her a Golden Alce. Scroll by THL Isabel Fleuretan and Kameshima-kyo Zentarou Umakai.

Baroness Miriel receives a Golden Alce.

Their Majesties next were attended by Lord Laegaire Mac Conaill Meic Shiadahail. They told of his prowess upon the rattan field and of the praise They had received on his behalf, and so They were mindful to award him a Golden Alce. Scroll by Baroness Juliana Rosalia Dolce da Siena

Lord Laegaire receives a Golden Alce. Photo by Baron Steffan.

Next, Their Majesties received Lady Sybilla Detwyller and Sir Marek Viacheldrago. Their Majesties praised them both for their nobility and graciousness to the people of not just their local barony, but of the kingdom, and to the Crown, and so Their Majesties created them a Baron and Baroness of the Court. Scroll forthcoming.

Lady Sybilla and Sir Marek receive Court Baronies. Photo by Lady Àine ny Allane.

Duke Mathew Blackleaf was then called before the Throne and answered the writ of summons by proclaiming his desire to join the ranks of the Order of the Pelican. Their Majesties then called for the Order the Pelican to join Them. Next, Baroness Slaine an Einigh and Baron Tadhg Sotal O’Neill spoke as members of the populace and told of Mathew as a quiet servant and that through his efforts has brought others into the joy of service. Viscountess Eria av Attemark spoke of how service comes naturally, and how Mathew sets not only an example for others, but also willingly joins others in service. Duchess Dorinda Courtenay spoke by letter of how, despite his moving around, Mathew served wherever he went doing whatever was needed. Duchess Anna Blackleaf spoke of how his service to the arts and sciences community has caused that community to grow and flourish. His Majesty Marcus spoke of Mathew’s willingness to serve no matter his station, and Duke Sven Gunnarsson stated that Mathew is honorable and displays generosity without bounds. Duchess Liadain ni Dheirdre Chaomhanaigh spoke of how Mathew gives of himself for the benefit of other and can simultaneously work and play hard. Having heard these words of Their peers, Their Majesties placed around his neck the medallion of the Order, and commanded a cloak be placed about his shoulders. Then, They received his oath and created Mathew a member of the Order of the Pelican. Scroll by Raven Heraldson.

Duke Matthew swears fealty as a Pelican. Photo by Baron Steffan.

Next, Their Majesties called for Baron Robert O’Conner, who stated that, in answer to his writ of summons, it was his desire to sit vigil this day in contemplation of joining the Order of the Pelican. Hearing these words, Their Majesties released Baron Robert into the care of the Order of the Pelican to escort him to vigil.

Baron Robert is sent to vigil for the Pelican. Photo by Baron Steffan.

Duchess Morgen of Rye was then called before the Sylvan Throne, and she did affirm her desire to sit vigil this day in contemplation of joining the ranks of the Order of Chivalry. Hearing these words, Their Majesties released Duchess Morgan into the care of the Order of Chivalry to escort her to vigil.

Duchess Morgen is sent to vigil for the Chivalry. Photo by Baron Steffan.

Court suspended.

In the evening, Their Majesties invited Their Imperial Majesties of the East Kingdom, Ioannes and Ro Honig, to join them in Their court. Their Majesties then invited the Baron and Baroness of the Rhydderich Hael to join Them.

Their Majesties were attended by Syeira of the Hael Hounds and spoke of her prowess with a bow, and so did create her a companion of the Silver Alce. Scroll by Mistress Solveig Throndardottir.

Syeira receives a Silver Alce. Photo by Lord Mikus.

The children of Æthelmearc were then invited forward and were given leave to chase after the toy chest.

Next, Their Majesties gave leave to Their Excellencies Rhydderich Hael to hold their baronial court.

Their Majesties Æthelmearc and Their Imperial Majesties of the East then exchanged gift baskets in honor of Their shared friendship and esteem. Their Imperial Majesties also presented a gift basket of toys from the children of the East Kingdom to the children of Æthelmearc.

Lord Wolfgang Starke then presented himself before Their Majesties and transferred leadership of the Æthelmearc Brewer’s Guild from himself to THL Madoc Arundel.

Lord Wolfgang and THLord Madoc. Photo by Lord Mikus.

Mistress Alicia Langland then addressed the populace to announce the next Æthelmearc Æcademy and to request teachers and attendees. She also stated that they are still looking for a bid to host the fall Æthelmearc Æcademy.

Their Majesties invited Their Silver Buccle Herald, Kameshima ​Zentarō Umakai, into Their Court. He invited Master Edmund Tregelles and Maestra Giulietta da Venezia, second and third Silver Buccle Principal Heralds of the Kingdom of Æthelmearc, to join them. In keeping with the duty charged to the office of Principal Herald by the Laurel King of Arms in AS XVI, he then raised Master Edmund and Maestra Giulietta to the station of Herald Extraordinary.

Maestra Giulietta and Master Edmund are named Heralds Extraordinary. Photo by Lord Mikus.

Maestro Orlando di Bene del Vinta, Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald, was then invited before Their Majesties, who spoke at length of his service as Herald and counselor during Their reign. In recognition of his voluminous service, They created him a Baron of the Court. Scroll by THL Alianora Bronhulle upon wording by Don Po Silvertop the Rogue.

Maestro Orlando is named a Baron of the Court. Photo by Lord Mikus.

Cvria Epicvrivs was awarded Arms in absentia. Scroll by Baroness Anastasie de Lamoure.

Vrsvs Epicvrivs was awarded a Keystone in absentia. Scroll by Master Caleb Reynolds.

Next, Their Majesties called for Mikus and awarded him Arms for his service and his photography. Scroll by Lady Kadlin Sigvaldakona.

Mikus receives an Award of Arms. Photo by Baron Steffan.

Lord Gawin Hawkseye was invited into court where he was awarded a Golden Alce for his prowess and skill with archery. Scroll by Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope.

Lord Gawin receives a Golden Alce. Photo by Lord Mikus.

Lord Sasson della Sancta Victoria appeared before Their Majesties. They spoke of his ongoing service to the Shire of Port Oasis as an event steward, and did bestow upon him a Keystone in recognition of this service. They also expressed Their regret over his imminent departure from Their kingdom but assured him that he would always have a home here in Æthelmearc. Scroll by THL Astridr Vigaskegg with calligraphy by Kameshima-kyo Zentarou Umakai.

Lord Sasson receives a Keystone. Photo by Lady Àine.

Mistress Ysabeau Tiercelin and Lord Jok MacPherson next presented themselves to Their Majesties, who spoke of their enduring courtesy and kindness, and how they emulate qualities that members of the populace can aspire to, and so presented each of them with a Cornelian. Scroll for Mistress Tiercelin by Mistress Antoinette de la Croix, with calligraphy by Mistress Graidhne ni Ruaidh upon words by Baron Magnus de Lyons. Scroll for Lord Jok limned by Mistress Antoinette de la Croix with illumination and calligraphy by Mistress Graidhne ni Ruaidh upon words by Baron Rhiannon Elandris.

Lord Jok and Mistress Tiercelin receive Cornelians. Photo by Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope.

Their Majesties then called to be attended by Lady Katerin Starke. Speaking words of praise for her skill in the arts and sciences, Their Majesties were minded to award her with a Sycamore. Scroll by THL Zosia Kowalewska.

Lady Katerin receives a Sycamore. Photo by Baron Steffan.

THLady Astridr Vigaskegg next appeared before the Court with her protégé sister, THLady Hara Kikumatsu. Their Majesties told of Astridr’s excellent service in the kitchen and as an event steward. They spoke of Hara’s service to her barony in the office of exchequer. They spoke of the service each gives continually to their local groups and to the kingdom. And so, Their Majesties called forward Their Order of the Millrind and did induct Astridr and Hara both into that Order and granted arms to each. Scroll for Lady Astridr by THL Sophie Davenport with words by Baron Fridrikr Tomasson. Scroll for THL Hara forthcoming.

THLady Astridr and THLady Hara receive Millrinds. Photo by Lord Mikus.

Next, Their Majesties called forward THL Renata Rouge. They spoke at length of her skill with thrown weapons, and of her scores upon the range. Seeing that this level of excellence could not go unrewarded, Their Majesties called for the Order of the White Horn and did induct Renata into that Order. Scroll by Baroness Helena Mützhasenin.

THLady Renata receives a White Horn. Photo by Baron Steffan.

Lord Sid Hiyo next entered the Court of Their Majesties. Telling of the prowess he had achieved upon the rattan field, and of the praise Their Majesties had heard in recognition of him, Their Majesties saw fit to call forward the Order of the Gage and induct Sid into their ranks. Scroll by Baroness Ekaterina Volkova.

Lord Sid receives a Gage. Photo by Lord Mikus.

THL Thorsol Solinauga was then brought before Their Majesties where His Imperial Majesty of The East Kingdom, Ioannes, presented Thorsol with a personal token of inspiration in recognition of his prowess upon the field this day in the rattan lists.

THLord Thorsol is named the inspiration of King Ioannes of the East. Photo by Lord Mikus.

Baron Robert O’Conner was next received into court. His Excellency stated that he had received good counsel this day and that, after contemplation, it was his desire to join the Order of the Pelican. Their Majesties called to be attended by the Order of the Pelican, and then called for a royal peer to speak on Robert’s behalf. Countess Elena d’Artois told of how Robert has always been there and that he makes things happen; even to the point of his own exhaustion. Count Andreas Morgan told of Robert’s ability to dispense carnage upon the field and of his service to the fighting community. Maestro Orlando di Bene del VInta spoke of Robert’s courage, particularly as a herald, to be willing to stand before crowds of people while in the service of others and lend his talents to be their voice as a herald. The words of Master Erwillian MacFergus, as read by Countess Kallista Morgunova, enumerated many acts of service, and spoke of Robert’s integrity, humility, courtesy, and kindness. By letter, Mistress George Anne told of Robert’s generosity and his ability to get things done, and Countess Caryl Olesdatter told of Robert’s excitement about helping people, and how his joy of service is infectious to others. Countess Kallista Morgunova spoke of Robert’s kindness and generosity, and how he will speak to anyone and make them feel welcome. Having heard these words, Their Majesties were indeed moved to elevate Robert, and so called for a hood, the ancestral medallion, and a personal medallion and then, receiving his oath, did name Baron Robert a Master of the Order of the Pelican. Scroll is a work in progress.

Master Robert swears fealty as a Pelican. Photo by Lord Mikus.

Their Majesties requested the presence of Her Grace, Duchess Morgen of Rye, daimyo of Clan Yama Kaminari, for They had set her a task earlier that day and wished an answer to Their question. Her Grace confirmed that it was indeed her desire to be named a Knight of the Realm. Countess Sir Ariella recalled how Their Graces had welcomed Their Excellencies into the SCA with selflessness and generosity, and spoke of her as a role model and leader. Viscount Sir Haakon, 1st Jewel of Æthelmearc, spoke of a conversation he had had as Prince with Viscount Syr Bear and Viscountess Judith about who to choose as his Jewel, and how Her Grace embodies all the best that the Society should be about. Mistress Katryne of Bakestonden praised Her Grace’s perseverance, as integral to mastery of combat as the arts. Mistress Hilderun Hügelman conveyed the words of Mistress Ts’vee’a bas Zipporah Levi, who testified of Her Grace’s generosity, offering hospitality and her experience to both new and experienced fighters. Mistress Illadore de Bedegrayne simply called Her Grace the greatest inspiration that she knew. Duke Sir Christopher Rawlyns presented the words of Ogami-sama Akira, o-daimyo of Yama Kaminari, spoke of watching her grow from a small candle to a raging fire, and the faith and trust he placed in her. Being more than pleased with the good words of Their Peers, Their Majesties refused to make of Her Grace a Knight, but agreed eagerly to recognize her as the Knight she already was. Sir Maghnus de C’noc an’Iora presented her with spurs, Duke Sir Christopher Rawlyns presented her with a belt, and Her Majesty presented her with two chains: one from her household, along with the Ancestral Knight’s Chain of the Kingdom, the lineage of which was read by Sir Marek Viacheldrago. Finally, Her Grace was presented with a jinbaori commemorating her new station. Her Grace gave her oath of fealty, and being satisfied with her words, His Majesty, with the assistance of Duke Sir Christopher, dubbed Duchess Sir Morgen a Knight of the Society. His Majesty then presented Her Grace with her last unanswered blow. Scroll illuminated by Mistress Roxanne de St. Luc and calligraphed by Mistress Sthurrim Caithness upon words by Sir Ogami Akira.

Duke Christopher ties a white obi around the waist of his lady, Sir Morgen. Photo by Mistress Arianna.

Her Majesty then awarded Donnan Fitzgerald of the Kingdom of the East a Golden Escarbuncle and name him as her inspiration for the day.

Their Majesties thanked the scribes and artisans who contributed works for Their court.

Their Majesties then gave leave to THL Zosia Kowalewska to read the list of the winners from the Pent.

There being no further business, this court of Marcus and Margerite was closed.

Faithfully submitted,

Maestro Orlando di Bene del Vinta,
Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald

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