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Court Report: Under the Grenewode, August 26, A.S. 52

AEthelmearc Gazette - Mon, 2017-10-02 11:10

From the Scrolls of the Reign of Timothy and Gabrielle, King and Queen of  Æthelmearc, as recorded by Dame Kateryna ty Isaf, Jewel of AEthelmearc Herald as conducted by Lord Arias Beltran del valle at Under the Grenewode hosted jointly by the Barony of Blackstone Mountain and the Shire of Port Oasis on August 26, Anno Societatis LII.

Their Majesties called for Lord Sasson della Sancta Victoria to speak about the Arts and Sciences competition that had gone on throughout the day. In this competition, while all submissions were praised for their craftsmanship, two gentles did rise above to earn recognition. Lady Katarina of Twin Moons was named both the choice of the Populace and Their Excellencies of Blackstone Mountain for her blackwork chessboard, and Baroness Cerridwen de Skene was named Royal Choice and Heir’s Choice for her wool embroidery and silverpoint.

Lord Sasson with A&S competition winner Baroness Cerridwen

Their Majesties then gave Lord Sasson a different task: to convey the children’s toy chest from Their presence for the children of the Kingdom to begin their search. After allowing Lord Sasson the traditional head-start, the children were then sent to find him and receive a toy from those offered.

Their Majesties called for Their subject Rhiannon Borror to appear before Them. They noted this gentle’s long history of service to the kingdom as chatelaine and demo coordinator, and for this were They were moved to award her Arms and create her a Lady of their Court.

Rhiannon receives an AoA

Lady Aine ny Allane was next summoned to Their presence. Lady Aine had shown herself to be a presence at many events, recording the events of those she attends in picture form for those who could not be there themselves, and giving of her time to make sure the work of the Kingdom and Society is done and done well. For this did They induct her into Their Order of the Keystone. The scroll is a work in progress.

Lady Aine receives a Keystone

Their Majesties next demanded the presence of Lady Katharine McClung before Them. They spoke of this Lady’s long history of serving her Kingdom and Barony as a scribe and more recently as Onyx Pursuivant and Millrind Herald. Believing her work to be worthy of greater renown, They did then summon Their Order of the Millrind, and bid her join the ranks of the Order as its newest member. The scroll was created by Lady Juliana Ravenshaw.

Lady Katharine receives a Millrind

Their Majesties bade the Order to stay a moment longer as Their business with them was not yet finished. They invited Maestro Orlando di Bene del Vinta to attend Them as well. Citing his service to the kingdom as a vocal  herald, as the Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald to Their Royal Parents, and as a leader in the organization of Their fencing army, They did also name him to a place in Their Order of the Millrind. The scroll was created by Lord Sasson della Sancta Victoria.

Maestro Orlando receives a Millrind

Next did Their Majesties summon Lord James Freeman to Their presence. Having succumbed to the exertions of the day in organizing certain activities, he was sent for. While the court waited, Their Majesties asked his mother to come forward that They might praise her for having raised such a hard working son and so that They might confound said son to the merriment of all. Once he appeared at speed, Her Majesty named him Her Inspiration for the day and bestowed upon him a Golden Escarbuncle, for She had seen the fruits of his labors throughout the day and noted the success
of the tournament format in entertaining the populace.

James Freeman receives a Golden Escarbuncle

Their Majesties then invited all those present whose work had contributed to a scroll handed out on the day to rise and be recognized by the populace.

There being no further business before Their Majesties, Their court was then closed.


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Baron Dominic Receives Chiv Writ at Harvest Raids

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sat, 2017-09-30 10:49

Baron Dominic is sent on vigil today.

Their Majesties Gareth and Juliana issued a writ this morning at Harvest Raids to Baron Dominic Morland to consider elevation to the Order of the Chivalry.

He is now on vigil, as is fellow vigilant THL Thorsol, and both will be elevated at tonight’s Court.

Vivant!

Reporting and photo by Baroness Katja

 

 

 

 


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Court Report: Æthelmearc Æcademy, June 17, A.S. 52

AEthelmearc Gazette - Fri, 2017-09-29 20:09

From the Scrolls of the Reign of Timothy and Gabrielle, King and Queen of
Æthelmearc, as recorded by Dame Kateryna ty Isaf, Jewel of Æthelmearc
Herald with the assistance of THLady Sophie Davenport, Silver Buccle Herald
in the Shire of Angel’s Keep on June 17, Anno Societatis LII.

In the morning:

Their Majesties called THLady Jacqueline de Molieres before Them.  They
asked her if she was ready to sit vigil this day and receive the counsel of
the Order of the Laurel.  She assented and Their Majesties called forth the
Most Noble Order of the Laurel to take her to a place made ready for her to
sit in contemplation of elevation to the peerage.

Jacqueline de Moliere is sent to vigil.

In the afternoon:

Their Majesties called forth Floki Bjornson.  Finding him to be overall a
very helpful young gentleman who works diligently as a kitchen assistant
and porter for the Shire of Angel’s Keep and beyond, They felt it was right
and just to induct him into the Order of the Silver Buccle.  The scroll is
a work of Lady Gilliane McGill de Verona.

Floki receives a Silver Buccle

Their Majesties called forth rest of the children present so that they
might chase the toy chest from the court.  They called upon the good graces
of Baron Perote Gormal Campbell and asked him to take up the toy chest.
The children were assembled and counselled to take one toy each, beginning
with the youngest child present once they stopped Baron Perote.  The count
being given, they did chase him from the court.

Their Majesties invited Mistress Alicia Langland to speak before the
court.  Mistress Alicia thanked the teachers who made the day so successful
and especially those who were teaching for the first time advising them
that they should see her to receive a pearl for taking on this new
endeavor.  She also thanked the staff of the event for organizing and
running such a fine day.

Their Majesties called Maddalena D’Agostino before Them.  For her many
works, including as tollner, kitchen staff, teacher of nailbinding and
deputy Herald of the Barony of Delftwood, Their Majesties Awarded her Arms
and made her a Lady of the court.  The scroll was created by the hand of
Lady Edana the Red.

 

Maddalena receives her AoA

Their Majesties called for the Rock to be brought forth in court.  A mighty
and impressive runestone was ceremoniously brought forward so that Their
Majesties could find a gentle worthy of carrying this burden.  Their
Majesties then called Bjorn Grimmson to present himself before Them.  They
Awarded him Arms for his work as Head cook for Dayboards, Chamberlain and
overall helper for the Shire of Angel’s Keep as well as his might of arm as
a fencer.  The carved scroll was etched by Lady Felice de Thornton.

Bjorn receives an AoA

Their Majesties called Ulfgrima Tannadotir to attend Them.  Knowing she
serves as the Shire’s Children’s Officer and by taking care of the upkeep
of the Gold Key with a smile for all, They saw fit to make her a Lady of
the court and Awarded her Arms.  The scroll was a work by THLady Julianna
Stafford.

Ulfgrima receives her AoA

Their Majesties called forth Lady Elisabetta Tempesta.  Having seen her
work for her Shire as Seneschal, Exchequer, Feast cook and autocrat, They
felt it right to induct her to the Order of the Keystone.   The scroll was
created by the hand of THLady Elyse le Bref.

Lady Elisabetta receives a Keystone

Their Majesties called Lady Maire ni Cathai O’Connor to attend Them.  To
engage the children of Aethelmearc and hold their attention is a gift this
gentle Lady excels in.   Their Majesties being parents are minded to be
appreciative of such a person and thus inducted her into the Order of the
Keystone. Scroll by Lady Edana the Red.

Lady Maire receives a Keystone

Their Majesties then called forth Lord Snorri skyti Bjarnarsson.   His
leatherworking is of fine detail, his arrows fly true.  For his works of
art including the scabbard he displayed at Ice Dragon, Their Majesties were
moved to induct him into the Order of the Sycamore.  Scroll by Lady Alysoun
of the Debatable Lands.

Lord Snorri receives a Sycamore

Their Majesties call for THLord AELric Ravenshaw to attend Them.  Noting
his attention to detail in his every effort to dress, fight and teach with
authenticity for his German persona and for his teaching of German
longsword techniques, Their Majesties inducted him into the Order of the
Golden Stirrup.  Scroll by THLady Mary Elizabeth Clausen.

THLord Aelric receives a Golden Stirurup and then is surprised with a Writ for the Pelican.

Their Majesties advised THLord AElric Ravenshaw to remain with Them as They
had another piece of business concerning him that needed to be attended
to.  With that, Their Majesties called before them the Most Noble Order of
the Pelican.  For his many years of service to the Shire of Ballachlagen as
well as his work as a scribe, They enjoined THLord AElric to return to Them
with a time and place where he would sit vigil in contemplation of
elevation to the Peerage as a Companion of the Order of the Pelican.  Writ
scroll by Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope.

Their Majesties called THLady Jacqueline de Molieres to rejoin Them.
Having sat vigil and received counsel, Their Majesties asked her if it was
her wish to continue.  She assented and Their Majesties called for the
Order of the Laurel to attend Them.  They asked for worthies to attest to
her qualifications to for this accolade.  As a Member of the Order of
Chivalry from Atlantia, Sir Bedawyr of Avaricum spoke of the fact that she is an
example of Gentility and Courtesy and chivalric grace.  As Jewel of
Aethelmearc, Lord Conrad Keinast spoke of how befitting it was that her
heraldry was the Dandelion, for her roots run deep.  He advised she was
instrumental in starting the Embroidery Day at Pennsic and sees worth where
others do not.  As a member of the Order of the Pelican, Mistress Alicia
Langland spoke of her generosity of spirit and how she sees a need and
brings others with her to fulfill it.  As a member of the Order of the
Laurel, Master Gille MacDhonuill spoke not only of her skill but also of
her extraordinary ability to teach others as a craftsman does.

Having heard these words and the counsel of the Order of the Laurel, Their
Majesties agreed it was right and fitting to elevate Jacqueline de Molieres
by Letters Patent to the Order of the Laurel.  They called forth for the
regalia of her new station, the Laurel wreath, the Cloak and a Laurel’s
broach for her to be adorned by so that all may know her to be a peer of
the Society.  A scroll was created for her by the hand of THLady Vivienne
of Yardley.  Their Majesties having received her oath of service as a
member of the Order of the Laurel, asked Mistress Jacqueline de Molieres to
bide a moment as They wished the presence of the Order while They completed
another item of business before the court.

THL Jacqueline is made a Laurel

Their Majesties called forth THLord Artemius Andreas Magnus.  The beauty of
his stained glass and lampwork being known throughout the Kingdom, They
advised him that it was Their will that he sit vigil upon a date mutually
agreeable to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Laurel.

Baron Artemius receives a Writ for the Laurel

Their Majesties asked that all scribes who contributed to the scrolls given
during the courts today stand and be recognized.

Her Majesty asked Lady Aurelie NicTurnear to attend Her.  Her Majesty
advised how she was moved by the joyful service of Lady Aurelie to name her
the Queen’s Inspiration of the day and bestowed upon her the Golden
Escarbuncle.

Lady Aurelie receives a Golden Escarbuncle

There being no further business this day, Their Majesties’ court was thus
concluded.

All photos by Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope.


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2017 Battle of the Nations – Barcelona ~ Así es la vida

PainBank - Thu, 2017-05-11 20:51
La Monumental

As I sit here on the plane and reflect on my 6th year of campaigning in Europe at medieval tournaments, I ponder where to next and how shall I commit.  I am over traveling alone.  I have not the drive to do it myself any more.  Having someone with you to just talk with, assist you when confused on how things should work in an unknown place or even to decide on where to eat is an immeasurable bonus and happiness.  Then there is the question of what happens should you get hurt, who can assist you with the heavy stuff and getting to the airport or perhaps even home from the hospital?  These are the things to consider, which you might not even think of, until it is too late.

Trying to travel with armor sucks.  How do you pack? Where does it all go?  This makes things very difficult. What if you have a pole ax or halberd?  What is the length of the poles?  Can you buy a pole to put it on at the site?  Or do you get (my current usage) a snowboard bag and attach then axe head on site?  Then can you get it off, should you need to, for getting it home?  Is it now long enough to compete properly, 6.5 foot or 7 foot?  Of course, there is always the questions that occur from the airlines when you check it in!  What is this?  Sports equipment… then there is some waving of hands and attempts to explain it to them.  Of course, there is always questions, but usually they let you go.  I also pack in about 1/3 of my armor in the snowboard bag as well.  Of course, that is now two bags, so there is a cost to take it over, then one to bring it back.  So now you are looking at about a $200 extra cost for flying and returning. 

Then there are the emotions.  What is the greatest about fighting is also the worse.  The highs are followed by lows to the same degree.  Expectations, anticipations and preparations, which having lead one to the tournament, build you up to a climax that is an amazing experience.  This is something that is slightly different for every person and every tournament.  It is part of the sport and I am yet unsure how to suggest one cope with it.  Ride the emotional wave and enjoy life.

Then there is the fighting.  Every tournament except Battle of the Nations (BotN) seems to be pretty lax on armor and weapons requirements.  (I’m not sure about Dynamo Cup) And weapons for that matter, although they still check those out pretty well.  The actually marshaling to address safety concerns seems to be at a fairly high level all around.  There always seems to be some kind of issue that gets raised or set of issues at and I suppose there always will be until the sport matures to a professional degree.  Something like where you check in/out your arms and/or armor or some such.  But the logistics of that is pretty significant.  They were up to the old ways of running things some.  late rule changes, odd enforcements both in the list and out of the list for registration.  There are definitely some improvements to be made, but overall it is getting better a little by a little.  My #1 suggestion to improve this is for them to schedule things more sooner and to let teams supply volunteers to join in in making some of the stuff happen.

I would say one the biggest disappointment I have seen from BotN is the lake of catering to the fans or new fans of the sport.  They price the event out of the range of average folks that want to enjoy the show.  They could have probably filled 10k+ fans into the arena in Barcelona, however, by charging 30 euro per session or half day, per person, that made it 60 euros for someone to watch just one day of action.  Yup, not many families or other coming out.  What is the right price, maybe 20 euro for the day.  In Belmonte, the price being 30 euros kept the crowd pretty low, compared to the IMCF championship where the price was like 10-20 euro for the day, which had a huge crowd.  Until this sport is completely filling arenas, we should be keeping those ticket prices good for all.   

Barcelona was a wonderful city to visit, which I wish I had more time to explore.  Maybe one day I’ll return just to enjoy the city.  Walking through the gothic quarter it was easy to image what walking through Diagon Alley in Harry Potter might have felt like or perhaps walking through Waterdeep.  I’ll be back, but not sure how much I want to go to Battle of Nations again verse attending other potential tournaments, as there could be a lot of fun at smaller ones as well.  It all depends upon where my travel companions wish to go and have fun at.  Look for me in the list though as I will be there again.  I’m also leaning toward doing more singles fights too.  Hell, I’ll fight in as much as I can.

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