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Riddle of Steel V – A new Conan arises

PainBank - Tue, 2015-12-15 10:56

I attended the AMCF recognized EMP event Riddle of Steel V this past weekend near Orlando, FL.  It was a blast and quite a bit of fun.  It is a fairly unique event, which are usually the best.  Here is my review, which I started on my trip home:

As I sit here thinking on this past weekend at the Riddle of Steel, I’m recalling a similar feeling to Spain and France in 2014 and 2013.  Something magical happened.  Prague was great as well, in it’s own way.  There was a explosion of emotions and release of dopamine.  The high that is created from such intense combat is an addictive thing.   The best part of it all is being around those who I have been able to share these experiences with.  I celebrated this past weekend with many friends, old and new.  It is a celebration of life and energy.  The expression of friendship and shared interest.

Love life and enjoy the moments you have, as they are fleeting.  Gone the next moment when the mundane bleak world returns to focus.  I love living a life in harness and the trials overcome.  I hope to continue to enjoy this for many more years to come, but should it pass too soon, I will know I have enjoyed every minute for what it was worth.  Time is precious, enjoy it, don’t waste it on the negatives in life.  If you don’t like something or you want to do something, then do it.  Change your stars.

I would thank first Michelle and Tinker for opening their home and hearth to all of us.  To the many folks that helped setup/tear down of the various stuff.  You rocked.  The cooks and those that helped prep the food, it was excellent all around.  To the marshals, who enabled the fighters to have fun and not worry so much about the other parts, your time is very, very appreciated.  To all the fighters I had a chance to throw down with and those I didn’t from far and wide, laugh in the face of your enemies, crush them, drive them before you…..  To all the little things that everyone else chipped in, from the music, to the dancing, to the awesome boats, and the rest, it you who makes this fun possible.  Finally to Alex Cooley, Baldar, I say thank you for being such a Conan nut.  The Riddles continue and only Crom knows who will answer.

All Hail Derek Gabreski the new Conan.

 

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An Interview with Master Thomas Spence Colby

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sun, 2015-12-13 21:56

Master Thomas Spence Colby recently published a book called The Roving Archery Course: A guide for course planning, construction, and appreciation that’s available for purchase on Amazon. Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope caught up with Spence and coerced him into answering a few questions.

Being Spence, of course, he had to start with some humor. And continue with more humor. And end with even more humor…

The status of the manual… I wrote the bloody thing to be cheap so I could hand them out at archery events — it was intended to be handbook, not the next great American novel. Perhaps I was seduced by the thought of fame and glory (although it’s been so long since I’ve been seduced it might have just been acid reflux, who knows?), but the book stands as it is. It will serve the purpose it was intended to serve. It won’t serve any porpoises, however. I didn’t use waterproof paper.

Please tell us about your persona and a little bit about your SCA career.

I was named Thomas at my christening, for St. Thomas à Beckett, in the year of Our Lord 1300, but my mother always called me Spence. She was a frail and sickly maid from Brittany and soon retired to a convent to pray and meditate, leaving me to follow my father, Donald of Colby, to the wars. He was a sworn archer to the Crown and fought and garrisoned throughout the Scottish lands and across France. He taught me to pull a true bow from an early age, but before I could join the archery company, I carried arrows to the ranks of archers. Later, I got to stand beside those sturdy men and learned the art of battle in action.

I was in command of a Company of my own when my father was struck and badly wounded during battle at a small village named Crecy. He lingered for years before he finally departed this veil of tears. By then, I had accrued enough honors and treasure to buy a small farm and retire with a wife and raise my son.

My other life is remarkably the same (it makes it easier to remember the details…) My mother didn’t name me Spence, but short of that, everything else basically the same. Okay, I didn’t shoot too many Frenchmen or Scots, but I did follow my dad to many archery shoots and learned the art from him. We shot many ‘field courses’ and spent many hours ridding the woods behind our house of invading stumps. I learned much about roving courses from him.

Master Thomas Spence Colby with his cartoon alter ego, Spooki

As far as the SCA career… I had a career? Huh! Where do I look for my 401(k) earnings? I started out as a fighter. Okay, I started out as a pell for the fighters. The fractured skull should have told me two things – one, never block a shot with your head, and two, it’s time to hang up the armor. But it took a broken collar bone six months later to pound the lesson home. Surprisingly, it wasn’t the broken bone as much as the fact that I won the archery competition right afterward (I only won because I refused to go to the ER and every time I pulled the bow back I tended to scream piercingly and distract the other archers… DON’T shoot with a busted collarbone, it stings a bit!) That was when I realized that even with flinging arrows into the next country and sobbing like a baby with each shot, I wasn’t too bad at this shooting thing. Don’t know why I never thought about it before… guess I just had my heart set on being a fighter.

Once I decided to forgo the sword and take up the string, I discovered the art I learned from my father was something I was fairly good at…. not the shooting bit; I still suck at shooting, but the art of setting up a course and crafting targets that were different from the standard. I started to offer my services as an archery marshal for local events and set up the first few ‘roaming ranges’ most folk had ever seen or shot. They proved to be a huge hit. Why fight it? Sure beats getting hammered by bigger guys in smelly armor – I could offer something I was good at and not go home after the weekend covered in bruises and limping badly.

The roving courses got attention – I first was asked to be a local marshal, then Shire Captain, Regional Marshal, and for a while, the first Archery Commander of the new Kingdom of Aethelmearc. I was the principle of the new Order of the Scarlet Guard and I’m proud to say, holder of the East Kingdom’s vaunted Order of the Sagittarius. I had more respect and honors that I ever did as a corpse on the list field. I think I made the right choice, there.

What prompted you to write a book about roving archery courses?

Well, I can say it wasn’t greed – I cut the profit margin so I could offer this book to people without much coin of the realm in their pouch. I spent over four decades pulling a bow and pulling arrows from trees, the ground, the neighbor’s car, and I realized that I had acquired a decent amount of understanding of the skills required to set and run a course… why make someone else go through the trial and error period if I could ease the trip? Besides, there might be marshals willing to try a roving course but unsure how to start. This was a service I could provide to the SCA – much of what I learned about the fun roving course I picked up doing them in the Society’s good grace. This was a way to give something back.

There’s a story I like to tell about how I got started with making roving courses in the SCA. When I buried the armor and picked up the bow everyone was shooting Royal Rounds. I find them boring… great practice, but we were losing archers from sheer boredom. I suggested that I set up a roving course and offer that at the next event. We had a blast. I was asked to do more courses.

In due time, I attracted the notice of archers from distant shires and far baronies, and they started to travel the long distances to come and shoot one of my courses. This made me a bit nervous… remember that no one was doing these courses in the SCA except me as far as I knew.

I had agreed to set up a course for a local event and just before the event weekend I found out that the Big Man himself was coming to see this roving course thing. The Principality Archery Captain!A Grand Master Bowman and in charge of all the archery activities in the area. Yoicks! I’d never met the man, but I knew if I screwed up in his sight, I’d never marshal another course and I might even have my birthday taken away. Sweaty palms time.

If I remember correctly, the course was some dumb thing, ‘Smurfin’ Safari’… yup, we were shooting at blue-skinned wee folk, and I’m not talking Picts here. I figured that was the first strike against me, right there. Lawdy, Spence…smurfs?

Robert the Grey turned out to a wonderful, soft-spoken gentle who put me at ease very quickly, a truer gentleman I’d be hard pressed to find. He shot the course, seemed to be having fun, and didn’t rip away my warrant or anything. But there was a problem…

While Robert certainly shot up to his reputation, he didn’t place first… he was beaten out by a mere Bowmen with an Royal Round average of 32. Oops! I expected the roof to come down hard on me for that! I expected him to blame the course, the weird shooting situations, the targets, me….
Robert approached me and asked the scores, and I confessed he didn’t win… and his true honorable spirit immediately showed. He grinned in that easy way he has and told me that he deserved to lose – he hadn’t shot well and the Bowman was obviously a better shot at unmarked ranges and shooting through trees and brush – which are markedly absent on most Royal Round ranges. Robert slapped me on the back and told me to keep doing these courses; it had pointed out a flaw in his ability and in his opinion, more gentles could benefit by becoming a more well-rounded archers and shooting at something other than Royal Rounds’ concentric circles on flat, clear ground.

I vowed to do just that, and this book is a direct outgrowth of that promise.

How do you design a good archery target?

Oh, sure, I tell YOU and you tell someone else, and soon no one will need to BUY the book! I’m tempted to say “Just buy the bloody manual, oy?” but I guess it’s a fair question, albeit one that begs a long and involved answer. (Like a BOOK length answer…)

Okay, the secret I can share is this, and I can share this because I was constantly saying it to marshals… This ain’t the bloody Louvre, it’s an archery range! Art we don’t need – EVERYONE is creative or artistic enough to whip up a target that will more than serve the purpose. It needs only to be large enough for archers shooting at it to stand a chance to hit it, it needs to stop arrows, and have clearly defined scoring zones. I devote much of the book to making the targets for the course – lots of hints and help. I was known for making very fancy and elaborate targets but that’s not the real key to the best roving course.

What are the most important principles for creating a good roving range?

If I keep giving stuff away for free, why ask anyone to buy the book?! Sigh… okay, I mentioned it, so fair question. I compare designing and planning a good roving course to making a good stew. You need a good hearty broth that permeates the entire dish and flavors everything. In the roving course, the broth is safety. It is foremost and constant. Of all the wonderful activities we do in the SCA, this is the one that uses not only real weapons, but weaponry designed to reach out and touch someone further than an axe throw away! Safety is a constant concern and flavors EVERY decision.

A good stew needs a good mix of vegetables. This corresponds to the actual planning and lay-out of the course. The mix and variety of the targets, ranges, and shooting situations make the course interesting and challenging. Too many peas and the stew is unbalanced – too many shots from the same distance, and the course is boring. This section of the design is the real key to a good course.

NOT the meat! Meat being the targets… I can show you a course that will dazzle the most veteran archer and not use a single ‘flashy’ target. Ever hear of a vegetable soup? The targets are simply something to use to build the course and add depth – after all, while I can do a crackerjack course shooting at tree stumps or plastic bags stuffed with dead leaves, who wouldn’t whether be shooting French knights or dragons? I diagram the ways in the book to make a good target to dress the course with flair.

And last, but not least, a good stew would be edible without seasonings and spices, but flat, plain. The roving course is the same. I mention in the book some of the little things that boost the appeal of the course for the archers, like a water stop, scoring systems, signs, games and stories. This is the finishing touch for a course that can be quite a wonder for the gentles shooting it.

All these things need to plotted and planned, but it is easier than you might think.

What do you think most roving archery courses get wrong?

Seriously, I think the fact that many roving courses never happen is the biggest wrong thing. I’ve seen some poor courses, and one or two that were borderline unsafe (none of these are SCA – we have a great record for doing that right) but even a lousy course can a ton of fun. If I had to pick the most common boo-boos, I’d pick lack of variety in the course, shaky attention to safety, and lack of imagination and daring. ‘Lack of vision’ can apply to some courses I’ve shot – so many missed opportunities on the course, I want to cry! I restrain myself quite often from begging the people in charge to please allow me to help them set the course… didn’t you see that GREAT shot through the dead tree, across the swamp, and over the big pile of rocks?! Okay, granted, that’s not getting it wrong, but it is to weep for lost chances!

Do SCA archery roving ranges differ much from mundane ones? If so, how?

Yup, and how! The basic set-ups are the same, more or less, but the fact that the SCA has the Marshal running the course is a GREAT bonus and an opportunity that yields some excellent courses for us. The mundane courses are set up for a group of archers to wander through on their own. That can limit the possibilities for both course concept and target ideas. The SCA courses can really flower with a guide to the course tagging along – story courses, special scoring, theme related activities, and of course, let’s not forget… the SCA can shoot at Frenchmen! The mundane courses tend to stick with hunting animals as the concept and even there they can be strange and lack some sense of purpose – I swear I’ve shot at a deer, followed in succession by a deer, a turkey, another turkey, a deer, a turkey, a turkey, ahh! Look! Another turkey!, and finally a ‘beer’… a standing black bear that they replaced the head with a buck. They’re known to travel in six-packs. Okay, that showed some imagination (or the fact they were running out of targets and were scraping the bottom of the barrel) but in the SCA? Oh my! We can hunt mythical critters, save the princess, pretend to be Robin Hood, or re-fight the battle of Agincourt. WE can re-enact, be an actor in the story, live our wildest fantasies (the ones about archery, at least) and shoot for the sky! (Not literally, it’s tough to find the arrows again and the scoring rubric is the pits).We can be so much more creative and wonderful!

Did you plan to market the book toward a general audience? The description on its Amazon page has a lot of SCA references; are you expecting that most of the buyers will be Scadians?

Expecting? Perhaps hoping is the better term! I spent many wonderful years perfecting my abilities with setting up courses at events; it is only reasonable to draw on that experience. But the book is aimed at anyone that is looking to set up a course – at an event, a demo, a Boy Scout camp, local shooting club, or in the back yard. I tried to not be too oriented towards one group and stick with the core concepts. Which proved rather tricky, actually… a high speed machine with training wheels is a completely different weapon from my old stick and string and offering hints on set-up can be frustrating. The tricks that will dazzle a traditional archer will pose no concerns at all for someone using a laser rangefinder and a lighted four-power scope on a precision arrow-projecting machine. But I tried to make this manual useful for everyone that uses arrows. Except road sign painters.

I hope that every Archery Marshal gets a copy – it will help them plan better courses, I think. It is a neat and beneficial thing to offer a roving course at an event and fun to run as well. Okay, tiring… but very satisfying in the long run. And every archer should read the book and should learn the tricks as well – if for no other reason than to learn to appreciate a well-founded course when they shoot it. Or to beat one that isn’t….

The book is available on Amazon.com. It is a Print-on-Demand book, which means that it might require a week to get a copy in the mail (yes, THAT fast!). It is a trade paper 6X9”, 108 pages, crammed full of B&W illustrations, diagrams, and cartoons, and includes a helpful (sorta) glossary of archery terms. It is also a good read for anyone that’s not really interested in setting up a course but loves archery. I tell secrets.

Thank you for the opportunity to present my book.

I live in service,
Master Spence Colby


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Event Report: Queen’s Rapier Championship

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sat, 2015-12-12 19:44

The Queen’s Rapier Champion Tournament was held on December 5th, A.S. L, in the Barony-Marche of the Debatable Lands. Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope reports on the doings there, with much assistance from Baroness Katja Davidova Orlova Khazarina.

Baron Liam is sent to vigil. Photo by Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope.

Morning Court

The Queen’s Rapier Tournament event began with the Imperatori, Tindal and Etain, calling forth Baron Uilliam MacanTsaoire, and then summoning the Council of the Pelican and asked if they still agreed that His Excellency was worthy of elevation to their Order.

Upon hearing a resounding “Aye!” from the Pelicans, the Imperatori asked Baron Liam if he would sit vigil in contemplation of this elevation. He answered in the affirmative, but asked that he be permitted to give his baronial coronet into the keeping of his lady, Baroness Constance, so that he could go to his vigil unencumbered by his duties as Baron. The Augustus and Augusta consented, and the order took Baron Liam to his vigil.

Baron Liam at his vigil. Photo by Lady Àine ny Allane.

Queen’s Rapier Champion Tournament

Then the combatants for the Queen’s Rapier Championship Tournament assembled, and each processed into court to be introduced to the Imperatori.

THLady Alianora Bronhulle. Photo by Lord Robert Pour Maintenant.

Master Donnan Macdubhsidhe with his consort, Lady Dominique von Weiβenthurn. Photo by Lord Robert.

The Imperator thanked the 37 combatants who entered the rapier championship tourney, for they were all willing to defend His Queen’s honor.

The combatants were divided into four lists, each of which were fought round-robin and churned quickly since the rule for the day was “dead is dead,” and thus double kills were counted as a loss for both combatants. There were a lot of double kills that day, one of the MOLs, Baroness Anna Eisenkopf, observed with a laugh.

Her Highness Ariella and the Imperatori concentrate on the rounds. Photo by Baroness Katja Davidova Orlova Khazarina.

After the four lists had completed their tournaments, the top 12 continued to compete in the round-robin finals. During the tournament, the Queen and the Ladies of the Rose bestowed roses on the fencers whose comportment they felt embodied the ideals of courtesy and prowess. These roses were provided by Master Bastiano di Iacopo and Master Iago Benitez.

Lord Magnus bastiano di Vigo vs. Master Diego Muñoz. Photo by Lord Robert.

In the end, THLady Fiora d’Artusio and Don Po Silvertop tied for first place, leaving Augusta Etain to make a difficult decision regarding the two gentles who had impressed her the most during the whole tourney.

She asked them to both face the Imperator for the final, each fighting the best two out of three bouts. Each combatant won two out of three against their Emperor, and afterward Empress Etain expressed how impressed She was with both, adding She would announce Her decision on the new champion at Court that night.

The Imperator faces Don Po Silvertop. Photo by Baroness Katja.

THL Fiora lunges at the Imperator. Photo by Baroness Katja.

The other finalists were:

Lord Jehan le Blanc
Doña Gabrielle de Winter
Don Eric Grenier de Labarre
Lord Jacob of Dunmore
Lord Durante de Caravaggio
Don Anais Fenne
Lord Cyrus Augur
Lord Magnus bastiano di Vigo
Master Bastiano di Iacopo
Lord Jacob Martinson

Sideboard

After the Queen’s Rapier Champion tournament was completed, fencers took a break for a tasty sideboard lunch prepared by Maistir Brandubh o Donnghaile and his brother, THLord Jorundr hinn Rotinn.

Photo by Lady Àine ny Allane.

Ember Day tarts. Photo by Baroness Katja.

“The main driving impetus was for us, since it was a martial event, to choose largely portable dishes with a lot of meat. Very few things were not hand-held food,” Maistir Brandubh said, praising the kitchen’s collaborative effort.

The generous offerings included pork roasted in wine and spices, roasted chicken thighs, a silky beef brisket smoked by Master Tofi with poudre forte, and a Tyrolean ham from Her Ladyship Cassandra Matis. There were also thick slices of bakery bread with honey butter, roasted carrots and parsnips, fried chickpeas, cannellini bean hummus, an herb & cheese tart, and a leek & mushroom soup.

Although simple and easily identifiable to modern diners, all recipes were period,  Maistir Brandubh noted. He had selected his favorites from Forme of Curye, while His Lordship Jorundr chose some dishes from the Italian corpus, such as the Siennese tart for dessert.

They lauded Kattera Doplerin for helping all day in the kitchen, as well as Master Creador Twinedragon and THLord Deryk Archer.

Free Scholars Tourney

The Free Scholars Tournament, sponsored by the Defense Academy, began after lunch. It was a single elimination tournament open to all fencers without grant or peerage level recognition for their fencing skill. Twenty-nine fencers participated in this tournament.

Free Scholar Tourney Finals, Lord Durante de Caravaggio vs. Lord Jacob Martinson. Photo by Arianna.

At the end of the tournament, Master William Parris, who heads the Academy, had the top two fencers, Lord Durante de Caravaggio and Lord Jacob Martinson, fight a final round. Both died in a double kill, so he went on to the third and fourth place fencers, Lord Ru Cavorst and Lord Takeda Sanjuichiro Akimasa… who also double killed. When the fifth and sixth place fencers also double killed, Master Will announced that there would be no winner, but thanked all of the participants. He later noted, “Given the frequency of double kills throughout the day, the Academy looks to put its future efforts into training and refining defense, making every parry and void count. Victory is appealing, but survival is at the heart of fencing.”

He then announced the names of those who had qualified for the rank of Free Scholar in the Academy: THLord Jorundr hinn Rotinn, Lord Magnus bastiano di Vigo, THLady Fiora d’Artusio, Lord Jehan le Blanc, and THLord Ælric Ravenshaw.

New Free Scholars. Photo by Baroness Katja.

Countess Elena d’Artois le Tailleur praised the tourney for being very clean, and Master William Parris expressed how excited he was about the attendance and involvement.

Baron Liam’s Vigil, Classes

While all of these hostilities were going on in the main hall, non-combatants had activities to keep them entertained, including an A&S Display and classes on such diverse topics as pilgrimage songs, jewelry, and banners.

Lady Raven Whitehart talks about copper wire weight in her class on largess rings and fibulae. Photo by Baroness Katja.

In addition, Baron Liam had asked the populace to assist him in his Pelican vigil by contributing to the Toys for Tots drive that his modern employer, Cranberry EMS, was running. The gentles of Æthelmearc responded by filling His Excellency’s donation box almost to overflowing. Fifty-six gentles signed the vigil waiting list to give him advice or just express how inspired they were by him.

Photo by Arianna.

Vigil display. Photo by Baroness Katja.

Evening Court

As the day wound down, the court of the Imperatori commenced with a choral processional. Empress Etain called forward the two Champion’s Tourney finalists, Don Po Silvertop and THLady Fiora d’Artusio, thanked Don Po, and then announced Her choice of THLady Fiora as Her Rapier Champion.

THLady Fiora is invested as Queen’s Rapier Champion. Photo by Lady Àine ny Allane.

Numerous gentles received well-deserved awards, most notably Lord Jacob of Dunmore, who was inducted into the Order of the White Scarf, and Dame Elsbeth Anne Roth, who received an Augmentation of Arms for her decades of service at all levels to the College of Arms.

“For sharing the joy of heraldry in all of its forms, thank you so much,” Master Kameshima Zentarō Umakai proclaimed after handing Dame Elsbeth her scroll, pointing out that she had recruited him and several previous Silver Buccles to that job.

Dame Elsbeth receives an Augmentation of Arms. Photo by Baroness Katja.

Lord Jacob of Dunmore is inducted into the White Scarf. Photo by Lady Àine ny Allane.

The high point of court was the elevation of Baron Liam to the Order of the Pelican. After numerous fine gentles of great repute told the Crown about his many accomplishments and his excellent character, Emperor Tindal and Empress Etain placed the ancestral Pelican medallion around his neck and invested him with a Pelican brooch made by Don Anais Fenne, a Pelican torque made by Lord Takamatsu Gentarou Yoshitaka, and a hood crafted by Lady Rivka bat Daniyel. His Excellency then swore his oath of fealty and was greeted by the Companions of the Pelican with great joy.

Master Liam greets the Companions of the Pelican. Photo by Baroness Katja.

Usually the last items of court are the Empress’ inspiration of the day (in this case, Master William Parris for his work on the Defense Academy), and a thank you to the scribes, but Emperor Tindal took the populace by surprise with one additional item. He said there was a gentle who had “confounded” him, and then called for Lord Robert MacEwin of Thornhill. The Emperor noted of Lord Robert, “I originally met you when you were Youth Combat Champion for Our first reign. Then at Æthelmearc Æcademy last month, you sought me out to learn about adult fighting. Last Pennsic during the Æthelmearc Novice Fencing Tourney, you taught me some fencing moves. So I thought, I would give you a Golden Alce so you wouldn’t be eligible to fence in the Novice Tourney next Pennsic! But it turns out you already have a Golden Alce for having been Kingdom Youth Combat Champion and a Junior Grandmaster Bowman, which you got when you were a youth… but you’re still a youth — who fights and fences with the adults… but is still a youth. Now you see why I’m so confounded.”

This rambling exposition by the Imperator drew much laughter from the populace, but the Emperor’s next words brought tears to Lord Robert’s eyes: “Since I can’t give you a Golden Alce, I give you a ring from My right hand, so you will be the Right Hand of the King.” The Emperor then pulled a heavy brass ring from his finger and handed it to Lord Robert, to the cheers of the populace. Lord Robert, who is 16 years old and has been a member of the Society since birth, later said that this was the most touching and meaningful “award” that he has ever received.

On that note, court was closed.

Lord Robert, the confounding inspiration and now Right Hand of the King. Photo by Baroness Katja.


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Officer Profile: Kingdom Chatelaine

AEthelmearc Gazette - Thu, 2015-12-10 22:52

Welcome to our interview with the Kingdom Chatelaine, THL Desiderata Drake. This is the fifth in our series of interviews with Kingdom officers, to learn what they do.

What are your job responsibilities?
As Kingdom Chatelaine, I am responsible for promoting the growth of the Kingdom by providing Regional and Local Chatelaines with training and support for newcomer recruitment activities and member retention strategies.

What do you enjoy most about the office?
I love seeing the excitement and wonder in newcomers as they discover the SCA. I also really enjoy encouraging and supporting the local chatelaines. They are all really passionate about the position, and have wonderful ideas on how to keep The Dream alive for newcomers and current members as well. 

Where can people find information about the office?
People can find information about the Chatelaine’s office on the website here.

What are your goals for the office?
My number one goal is positive communication, both within the Chatelaine’s office, and between the Chatelaines and the membership. Communication between Chatelaines often leads to additional ideas and resources – especially for planning demos, and connecting newcomers with people who may be more familiar with a specific area of interest.

What was your first event in the SCA?
My first event in the SCA was helping with a demo. I had been to a few meetings and fencing practices, then helped Angel’s Keep with an Earth Day Demo at Cayuga Community College in 2006 (see photo at right). I was in borrowed garb (which I later bought because I loved it so much), the belt was from Walmart, and the purse I made myself (it fell apart the next day). My first real event was the following weekend at Axes & Ales in Sterlynge Vayle.

What made you stay?
At first, I stayed because of the guys with long hair, the parties, and the ability to wear dresses that I could spin around and around in. Now, I stay because of the friendships which are more like family, the opportunity for hands-on learning of so many different A&S things, and helping people find their passion in the SCA. And spinning in dresses.

Are you looking for deputies?
All of the Kingdom and regional deputy positions are currently filled, but I’m always looking to train additional people.  If interested, please send me an email at ae.chatelaine@aethelmearc.org


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Last Call for Merchants at SCA 50 Year

East Kingdom Gazette - Wed, 2015-12-09 15:43

Time’s running out if you want to be a merchant at the SCA’s 50 Anniversary Celebration.

Applications must be mailed, and must be POSTMARKED no later than December 15, 2015.

Please follow the directions included in the application packet. The Merchant Coordinator’s address is included on the last page of the application.

This link will take you directly to the Merchant information page: http://www.sca50year.org/merchant.html

The first link on the page is a downloadable PDF that contains all the specifics for interested merchants, PLUS the merchant application.

Questions? Email the Merchant Coordinator: Merchants@sca50year.org


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Everything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know About Precedence

AEthelmearc Gazette - Wed, 2015-12-09 15:02

Unto the Kingdom, greetings from Kameshima Silver Buccle! With the recent announcement by our Eastern neighbors regarding the precedence of some of their awards, there have been a lot of questions raised about exactly what precedence is, and how it is applied in certain technical situations. Never fear, your Friendly Neighborhood Kingdom Herald is here with the answers!

What exactly is precedence, anyway?
Remember that the SCA attempts to recreate a Western European style medieval society. In that time, we were a much more class-oriented society than we are now, so people were defined a lot more by their rank in society. Now, in the SCA we assume that everyone is at least a minor noble so that nobody has to be a peasant, but we’ve defined three general “ranks” of precedence:

  1. An Award of Arms (or “AoA”) is the first rank, and allows you to use the title of “Lord” or “Lady.” Most people will receive their Award of Arms by itself. However, if you are made a member of the Order of the Golden Alce, Golden Stirrup, Keystone or Sycamore, membership in those orders conveys an Award of Arms if you don’t already have one. For this reason, those four awards are known as “AoA-level orders.”
  2. A Grant of Arms (“GoA”) is the second rank, and allows you to use the titles of “Honorable Lord/Lady” or “Lordship/Ladyship.” Some Kingdoms will give lots of what are called “naked Grants” — how scandalous! — which means the recipient is given a Grant of Arms without membership in one of the “Grant-level orders.” In Æthelmearc, however, that is relatively rare; most people receive their GoA along with membership in one of the Grant-level orders: the Fleur d’Æthelmearc, the Gage, the Golden Lance of Æthelmearc, the Millrind, the Scarlet Battery, the Scarlet Guard, the White Horn, and the White Scarf of Æthelmearc. Landed Barons and Baronesses are also given Grants of Arms, if they don’t already have them, when they are invested.
  3. A Patent of Arms (“PoA”) is the third and highest rank, and is reserved for members of the Peerage Orders (Knights, Laurels, Masters at Arms, Masters of Defense, Pelicans, and the Royal Peers). Each of these Orders has its own titles that go along with it.

It can’t be that easy.
Well… it’s not. Within each rank, there are further levels. Each Kingdom has the right to rank these slightly differently, but in Æthelmearc, here’s the much more detailed breakdown, from highest to lowest:

  1. Dukes and Duchesses
  2. Counts, Earls and Countesses
  3. Viscounts and Viscountesses
  4. Other Peerages (Knights, Laurels, Masters at Arms, Masters of Defense, Pelicans)
  5. Those with Patents of Arms but no Patent-level Orders (there are none that I know of, but it could happen)
  6. Ladies of the Rose and Garnet
  7. Landed Barons and Baronesses
  8. Former Landed Barons and Baronesses
  9. Grant-level Orders (see above)
  10. Those with Grants of Arms but no Grant-level Orders
  11. Court Barons and Baronesses
  12. AoA-level Orders (see above)
  13. Those with Awards of Arms but no AoA-level Orders
  14. Those with “non-armigerous awards” (awards that have no precedence attached to them)
  15. Those who have not yet received any awards

What category am I in, and where do I fit within it?
You’re in whatever category corresponds to the highest award you’ve gotten in the SCA. If you have an AoA and nothing else, you’re in category 13. If the next thing you get is a Millrind, you’ve jumped up to category 9. If you then get a Sycamore, you’re… still in category 9.

The people in each category are ranked by seniority, based on the first time you got into that category. So, if you got your first Grant-level award 5 years ago, you’d be above someone who got their first Grant-level award 2 years ago, but below someone who got theirs 10 years ago. The number of Grant-level awards you have doesn’t matter. If you have 2 and I have 1, but I got my 1 before you got either of yours, I still outrank you.

Peerages, and even Royal Peerages, work the same way. No matter how many times someone serves as monarch, for example, once they’re a Duke or Duchess, that’s where they’ll be in the Order of Precedence (or “OP”). If I’ve been King five times, and you’ve been King twice, but you became a Duke before I did, you outrank me, period, end of story. Similarly, no matter how many different Peerages someone has, it’s just the date of the first one that counts.

How can I see my awards and who’s around me?
Go to the Order of Precedence page of the Æthelmearc College of Heralds web site. Click the “Alphabetically” link on the left side to see everyone’s awards listed alphabetically by name, or the “Order of March” link to see everyone listed in Precedence order. Search for your name to find out where you rank!

This is also great when you’re thinking about writing a letter to the Royalty to recommend someone for an award. You can use this to check who already has an award, and who might have been overlooked! (“What do you mean, this person’s been playing for 15 years and don’t have an AoA?!”)

What about people from out of Kingdom? How do their awards equate?
Each Kingdom has their own AoA and/or Grant-level awards. (Some Kingdoms have one or the other; some, like us, have both.) All Kingdoms observe the same Peerages. So, if someone who became a Duke in, say, Atenveldt 40 years ago moved to Æthelmearc, their “spot” in the OP would still have those 40 years of seniority. A Grant of Arms in one Kingdom is just as good as a Grant of Arms in another, and all those with Grants of Arms are treated equally within a Kingdom.

That means it’s very important that, if you move to a new Kingdom, you should look on their Kingdom Heraldry web page, find their Deputy Herald for the Order of Precedence, and make sure they know that you’ve moved in and where they can find your current Precedence Listing.

(Remember what I said earlier, though, about different Kingdoms ranking the categories slightly differently. A Court Barony, for example, might be ranked higher or lower in another Kingdom than they are here!)

Each Kingdom’s awards, protocols, the reasons behind why they made the precedence and award decisions that they did, and so on, are a few fascinating facets of what we call Inter-Kingdom Anthropology, which is a fancy term for “being an SCA geek about more than one Kingdom.” Inter-Kingdom Anthropology, or IKA, is one of those things that people like heralds and historians love to dig into. If it’s something that interests you too, talk to your local herald or historian, or your Kingdom Herald or Historian, for more details.

OK, I’ve got the basics. Now tell me about what the East just did.
So the East Kingdom has the Orders of the Tygers Combatant, Silver Crescent, Maunch, Golden Rapier, Golden Lance of the East, and Sagittarius. Up until now, those were AoA-level Orders. However, recently, Their Majesties Brennan and Caoilfhionn — for those of you not familiar with Gaelic, by the way, that’s pronounced “KEE-linn” — decided to change East Kingdom law and make them Grant-level Orders instead. That’s the easy part.

The tricky part is this: “Furthermore, included in this change, the existing Companions of the aforesaid Orders shall be considered to have received a Grant of Arms retroactively to the date of the original induction into their first Order of High Merit.” That means that, if you got your first Grant-level award (let’s say your Maunch) 10 years ago, and you haven’t gotten anything higher since, your place in the Order of Precedence will now change to reflect the fact that you got a Grant of Arms 10 years ago.

This can affect other Kingdoms because of what I said earlier about a Grant of Arms in one Kingdom being just as good as a Grant of Arms in another. If you’re that person I just talked about who got your Maunch 10 years ago, but you live in Æthelmearc now, your precedence order in our OP can change because now you’re higher in precedence than all the young whippersnappers who got their Millrinds and Gages last week.

So who does this affect?
This affects only those people who:

  1. Has one or more of those Orders, and
  2. Had no Grant of Arms or Grant-level Orders before that, and
  3. Has no higher-precedence awards (that’s anything in categories 1-8 of my list up above) either before or since.According to our Precedence Deputy Herald (Golden Alce Herald), that’s about 75 people in the entire Kingdom of Æthelmearc. So, not a whole lot of people. But for those people, it’s very important! I have other questions…Great! We love questions! (Why is the sky blue? So it will have good contrast with the clouds, of course!) If you’re interested in learning about precedence, or other aspects of heraldry, you can contact any of the following people:

 

 


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Last Call for SCA 50 Year Merchants

AEthelmearc Gazette - Wed, 2015-12-09 07:28

Time’s running out if you want to be a merchant at the SCA’s 50 Anniversary Celebration.

Applications must be mailed, and must be POSTMARKED no later than December 15, 2015.

Please follow the directions included in the application packet. The Merchant Coordinator’s address is included on the last page of the application.

This link will take you directly to the Merchant information page.

The first link on the page is a downloadable PDF that contains all the specifics for interested merchants, PLUS the merchant application.

Questions? Email the Merchant Coordinator: Merchants@sca50year.org


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Unofficial court report – BBM/Bergental Yule

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2015-12-08 19:55

On an unseasonably warm Fall day, Their Majesties Brennan Ri and Caoilfhionn Banri, along with Their Highnesses Kenric and Avelina, did visit the Barony Beyond the Mountain, and attended the BBM/Bergental Yule. Five December 2015, AS L.

At the start of the day Their Majesties did open a court. There, they called before them the Baron and Baroness of Barony Beyond the Mountain. Their Excellencies were presented with their new Baronial coronets.

Next they called forth Nadia Hart. She was made a Lady of the Court, and Awarded Arms. She received a scroll with calligraphy by Constance de St. Denis and illumination by Marie Heather Hall.

Their Majesties called before them Isabeau d’Orleans. Speaking of her many accomplishments, Their Majesties did send her on vigil to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Laurel.

Not yet finished, Their Majesties invited before them Cassandra Grey of Lochleven. They also placed her on vigil to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Laurel.

The vigilantes still not complete, Brennan and Caoilfhionn invited Pakshalika Kananbala into court. She was placed on Vigil to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Laurel.

Thus was the court of Their Majesties suspended until afternoon.

After a day of many activities for all, Their Majesties once more opened their court.

First, they invited Their Excellencies from Beyond the Mountain to hold court. That done, they next invited Their Excellencies from Bergantal to hold court. Their courts complete, Their Majesties once more began their business.

Brennan and Caoilfhionn invited into court the Baron and Baroness from Barony Beyond the Mountain. Their Excellencies gave fealty to the crown.

Next was Michaela Intemann invited into court. Despite her youth, her service was much appreciated. Their Majesties named her a Page of the Court, and inducted her into the Order of the Tyger’s Cub. Michaela received a medallion, and a scroll by Vettorio Antonello.

The Children in attendance were called forth. As is the custom, they chased the toy box to the delight of all.

Their Majesties called into their court Eydis Thorgrimsdottir. To the surprise of all, not one but two ladies did present themselves. His Majesty took it upon himself to determine which of these gentles was expected, and though he quizzed them no clarity was achieved, much to the amusement of all. At last, mention of a fruitcake class did produce the Eydis Thorgrimsdottir sought. The other Eydis Thorgrimsdottir was presented a ring from the King’s hand to remember the unusual occurrence.

The Eydis Thorgrimsdottir whom had been sought by the Crown was made a Lady of the Court, and Awarded Arms. She received a scroll by Elisenda de Luna.

Their Majesties invited into their court Joel of Vestfell. They spoke of his many services to the Kingdom, and called forth the Order of the Silver Crescent. Joel was inducted into the order, and presented with a medallion.

Brennan and Caoilfhionn invited before them Marieta Charay. For her service to the Crown they made her a Baroness of the Court, Granting her Arms. She received a coronet and a scroll with calligraphy and words by þóra Eiríksdóttir and illumination by Æsa feilinn Jossursdottir.

Their Majesties called into court Eric Michaelson. Though only a teen, they spoke of his long service to the East, and made him a Lord of their Court. Eric was Awarded Arms, and received a scroll featuring calligraphy and illumination by Rhonwen glyn conwy and words by Alopex.

Once more Brennan and Caoilfhionn invited into their court Pakshalika Kananbala, to have her answer to the question she’d been posed in the morning. She agreed to be elevated to the Order of the Laurel, and the companions were called to attend the court. After words from the Peers were heard, Pakshalika received regalia, was elevated to the Order and given a scroll by Heather Rose DeGordoun.

Otto Gottlieb was invited before the court of Their Majesties. His skill and service to archery spoken highly of, Brennan and Caoilfhionn called before them the companions of their Order of the Sagitarius. Otto received a medallion and a stone by Randall Vihar Farkas & Camma an Daraich with words from Fiana of Clare.

The Order not yet complete, Their Majesties called forth Deormund Wulfscyld. He was elevated to the Order, and received a medallion and a scroll with illumination by Adrienne d’Evreaux and calligraphy by Alexander St. Pierre.

The Order of the Sagitarius still incomplete, Brennan and Caoilfhionn invited into their court þóra Eiríksdóttir. They inducted her into the Order, presenting her with a medallion and a stained glass by Solskinn of Smoking Rocks with words by Nest verch Tangwistel.

Their Majesties called into their court Christopher Michaelson. Though a teen, his service was noted and he was made a Lord of the Court, and Awarded Arms. Christopher received a scroll featuring calligraphy and illumination by Marieta Charay and words by Alopex.

Once more, Brennan and Caoilfhionn invited into court Isabeau d’Orleans. She answered the question put before her in the affirmative, and they called into court the companions of the Order of the Laurel. After words from Peers of the Realm, Isabeau was presented with regalia, elevated to the Order and presented and a scroll by Eloise of Coulter.

Their Majesties invited into Their Court Gabriella Bas Sera. Her skill and service to the arts made note of, the companions of the Order of the Maunche were called into court. Gabriella was inducted into the order, presented with a medallion and a scroll by Vettorio Antonello.

Next Their Majesties called into court Eithne Inghean Mael Duin. She was escorted by her husband, Þórormr Barnakarl, who was asked to remain before Their Majesties as well.

Eithne was made a Lady of the Court, and was Awarded Arms, receiving a scroll by Eleanore MacCarthaigh with words by Nest verch Tangwistel.

Their Majesties next made it clear why they invited Þórormr Barnakarl to remain before them. He was Awarded Arms and made a Lord of the Court, receiving a wood burned scroll by Aleksei Dmitriev with words by Tommaltach MacFhiachach.

Once more Brennan and Caoilfhionn called into their court Cassandra Grey of Lochleven. They had her answer to the question they had put before her in the morning. She answered with a yes, and the companions of the Order of the Laurel were invited into Court. After words from Peers of the Realm, Cassandra received regalia, was elevated to the Order and presented with a scroll by Nest verch Tangwistel.

Thus concluded the Court of Brennan Ri and Caoilfhionn Banri, Queen and Queen of the East. Long live the King and Queen! Long live the Prince and Princess! Long live the Kingdom of the East!

In Service,

Malcolm Bowman, Eastern Crown Herald

Thank you to the additional court heralds, Donovan Shinnock, Yehuda ben Moshe, and Jehane de Fenwyk.


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To the Artisans of the East from the Tyger Clerk

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2015-12-08 17:48

Greetings to the Artisans of the East,

With changes that have been introduced at the last Curia to the existing award system, I decided this was a prime time to initiate a request from the Tyger Clerk of the Signet’s Office. Especially since Her Majesty also happened to mention getting people who are not traditional scribes involved in the creation of scrolls. If you have ever though you might like to help out this is the time to start. We are likely to get a good number of new assignments from the changes in the award system, so we are looking for talented people willing to help.

As you sit in court listening to the awards going out, surely you have noticed some that were not the traditional paper scroll. We have given out a variety of different items representing a wide range of artistic practices over the years. During the last year I have seen stone carvings, embroidery, woodburning, wood block printing, pottery and painting on non-paper media. In the past I have also seen a painted windwall, carved horn and a painted lute. We welcome artists who work in techniques other than the traditional paper scrolls to become members of the scribes for the East Kingdom. Typically an assignment is given to the scribe at least a month before it is due to go out in court, sometimes up to three months is available. A great many projects can be completed in that amount of time. Therefore if you do anything that can be turned into an award, and think you might like to try this out get in touch with the Signet’s Office.

The Tyger clerk of the Signet’s Office has a webpage at: http://signet.eastkingdom.org/wp/  At our homepage you can find the handbook and sample wordings under the “New Scribe” heading. There are also many examples of scrolls in the gallery.
You can send a message to either the Signet at: Signet@Eastkingdom.org
Or the New Scribe deputy at: newscribe.deputy@Eastkingdom.org

Thank you all for your attention,
Nest verch Tangwistel
Tyger Clerk of the Signet


Filed under: Arts and Sciences, Court Tagged: awards

Proposed Heraldic Artwork For New Awards

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2015-12-08 16:34

Lord Yehuda ben Moshe, the East Kingdom Submissions herald, has provided the Gazette with the artwork that was submitted to the SCA College of Arms for awards recently established in the East Kingdom.  Final decisions from the College are expected in April 2016 for the Golden Lance and in June 2016 for the new armigerous awards. Until those decisions are received, this artwork is not official.

The badges can be displayed in ways other than shown in this artwork. Lord Yehuda explained how this works for those who are not familiar with the heraldic submission process. “For the purposes of submissions, all badges, including award badges, must be submitted on a square form.  While this doesn’t matter for fieldless badges (Apollo’s Arrow, the first Silver Brooch, Silver Wheel), it does affect the shape of the fielded badges (Silver Tyger, second Silver Brooch, and Golden Lance).  Badges may be displayed on any shape – period heraldic display shapes include the escutcheon (shield shape), circle, square, heart, lozenge, rectangle, etc.  As I expect a large number of people to use round badge medallions, I’ve included round versions of the Silver Tyger, second Silver Brooch, and Golden Lance badges.  These are not what was submitted to the College of Heralds, but they are acceptable renditions of the design.”

In addition, Lord Yehuda added the following information about the Silver Brooch. “Two badges are being submitted for the Silver Brooch.  This is deliberate, and either one may be used.”  Anyone who wants vector versions or high-resolution bitmap versions can contact Lord Yehuda, who can provide them.

The blazons submitted with the badges are listed below. Lord Yehuda noted that the blazon text may be changed by the College of Arms.

  • Order of the Golden Lance of the East: Per fess azure and Or, a tilting lance fesswise and a tyger courant counterchanged.
  • Order of Apollos Arrow: (Fieldless) On a sun argent an arrow azure.
  • Order of the Silver Brooch: 1) (Fieldless) A closed brooch argent. 2) Per pale argent and azure, a closed brooch counterchanged.
  • Order of the Silver Tyger:  Azure, a tyger rampant and an orle argent.
  • Order of the Silver Wheel: (Fieldless) A cartwheel argent

Filed under: Heraldry

New Eastern Awards: Q&A with Shepherd’s Crook Herald

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2015-12-08 15:44

The following is a Q&A with commonly asked questions about the new awards and answered by the Shepherd’s Crook Herald, Master Rowen Cloteworthy

I’m sure some of you have questions about the new Grant-level Orders, the new Armigerous Orders, and how these changes affect your precedence and the Order of March.

I heard the order names were changing. Is that true?

No, the names of the Orders of High Merit (Silver Crescent, Maunche, Tygers Combatant, Sagittarius, Golden Rapier, and Golden Lance) are not changing. The new Armigerous Orders will be added to the Order of Precedence with their new names.

What about these new awards? What are the Armigerous Orders?

Their Majesties created a new class of awards called the Armigerous Orders. These will rank below the existing Orders of High Merit. There are five Armigerous Orders – the existing Silver Rapier and the new Silver Tyger (armoured combat), Silver Brooch (arts and sciences), Silver Wheel (service), and Apollo’s Arrow (archery). They are not polling Orders and the Crown can give an Armigerous Order at any time.

For our purposes, “armigerous” means “comes with an Award of Arms”. The Crown’s vision with these new awards is that most people will receive an Award of Arms after some length of time being involved with the Society. Later on, the Crown will have a way to reward individuals who continue to be active in their field but haven’t yet reached the level of an Order of High Merit. If the recipient had not yet received an Award of Arms, the Armigerous Order will automatically give that person their AoA.

What about thrown weapons or combat archery? Why don’t they get an award?

There are already awards for thrown weapons, siege, and combat archery. The Order of the Golden Mantle for prowess and service in the areas of siege weaponry, scouting, and thrown weaponry. The Order of the Artemis is awarded for prowess and service in combat archery. The Crown does not often get recommendations for these awards and encourages those communities to recommend worthy individuals.

What is a Grant of Arms?

A Grant of Arms is a step above an Award of Arms but lower than the Patent of Arms that peers receive in the Order of Precedence.

Did I retroactively get a Grant of Arms?

As of the publication of Brennan II and Caoilfhionn II’s Curia in the January 2016 Pikestaff, if you have an Order of High Merit, you now also have a Grant of Arms. Even if your scroll doesn’t say you have a Grant of Arms, you have a Grant per the change to EK Law. Section IX.B.1.a. will read – “Induction into an Order of High Merit will be accompanied by a Grant of Arms for recipients who do not already have a Grant or a Patent of Arms.”

What if my scroll says I got an Order of High Merit with an Award of Arms? Do I not have an Award of Arms anymore?

If your scroll says you got an OHM and an AoA at the same time, then you got both your Award of Arms and a Grant retroactively. We won’t take your AoA out of the Order of Precedence.

When may I officially start using the title THL?

Per Corpora, the official title for someone with a Grant of Arms is “Lord” or “Lady”. The Society doesn’t have any other official title for someone with a Grant of Arms. Although there is an SCA-traditional form of address, it’s not technically correct. Using it is your choice.

Will you change the listings in the Order of Precedence to indicate that everyone with an OHM now has a grant?

We’re not going to go back and mark every person with an Order of High Merit as also having a Grant. For the Order of March, we will know that you have a Grant and line you up in the right place.

How does this change the Order of March?

You can find the new Order of March here. All the changes are in Groups Six and Seven. We’ve rearranged the way people with Grants line up in the March. For a while, we’ve sorted grant-holders by the date the Grant was received and nothing else. After consultation with the Crown and the Brigantia Principal Herald, we’ve decided to place recipients of Orders of High Merit first in the group, Court Barons with Grants second in the group, and Grants Simple (people who have a Grant but neither an Order of High Merit or Court Barony, sometimes called a “naked Grant”) are third in the group.

How do I recommend someone for the new awards?

The online award recommendation form will be updated soon, but if you feel someone should be recognized right away, you can include your recommendation under the “other” category on the form.

I hope I’ve answered your questions, and I thank you all for your help and your patience.

Pray know I remain,
For Crown and College,

– Master Rowen Cloteworthy, Shepherd’s Crook Herald


Filed under: Heraldry Tagged: awards, grant level awards

East Kingdom Law Changed for Grants of Arms

AEthelmearc Gazette - Tue, 2015-12-08 01:34

Unto the Kingdom, greetings from Kameshima!

Behold the following missive from Master Ryan MacWhyte, Brigantia Principal
Herald of the East Kingdom, sent two days hence:

“This morning in Curia their Royal Majesties, Brennan and Caoilfhionn,
changed the laws of the East Kingdom to elevate the prestige of our Orders
of High Merit. As of the publication of the results of the Curia Regis in
the February 2016 Pikestaff, Estimated Publication January 15th, 2016, the
Orders of the Tygers Combatant, Silver Crescent, Maunch, Golden Rapier,
Golden Lance, and Sagittarius will, going forward, hereby be afforded a a
Grant of Arms should the recipient not already have a GoA or PoA.

“Furthermore, included in this change, the existing Companions of the
aforesaid Orders shall be considered to have received a Grant of Arms
retroactively to the date of the original induction into their first Order
of High Merit. ”

Drotin Jorundr hinn Rotinn, Golden Alce Herald, in charge of maintaining
the Order of Precedence for the Kingdom of Æthelmearc, has already altered
the Æthelmearc Order of Precedence to reflect this change! Vivat to Jorundr
Golden Alce, and vivant to those companions of those Orders on their new
station!

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


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Report from East Kingdom Curia: December 5th, 2015

East Kingdom Gazette - Mon, 2015-12-07 23:26

Curia met at Bergantal/Barony Beyond the Mountain Yule on December 5th, 2015, with the following results. Please remember that this report is unofficial, and none of these changes are effective until published in Pikestaff, the official newsletter of the East Kingdom. It is anticipated that they will appear in the January issue, which should be available for subscribers to download by Dec. 15.

The major order of business was  a set of revisions to the Kingdom’s awards structure.

3.1. Orders of High Merit
Revisions to IX.B.1.a. to make induction into an OHM also convey a Grant of Arms

King Brennan spoke to introduce this change, discussing the Crown’s motivations. They feel that our Orders of High Merit are undervalued by people outside the East because they do not convey a Grant of Arms, as most other kingdoms have chosen to do with their own equivalent Orders. They wish to insure that our Order members are treated equally and appropriately when they travel outside the kingdom.

Prince Kenric raised the question of how this change would effect the Order of March. Brigantia deferred to members of his staff, who explained that after research and consultation with heralds from other Kingdoms, they have determined that the Order of March will be amended to specify that members of the Orders of High Merit and Grant-holders from Foreign lands would rank above gentles who hold a Court Barony with a Grant of Arms, who in turn would rank above gentles who a simple Grant of Arms.

The question was raised by a concerned member of Curia as to whether this was likely to result in the Orders raising their standards for inclusion. His Majesty replied emphatically that he charges the Orders not to do so. He believes our standards are already very high compared to those of other kingdoms, and that this change acknowledges a high bar that is already there.

Passed with the following language:

IX. Awards

B. Orders of High Merit

1. There are six Orders of High Merit in the East Kingdom, and their recipients are known as Companions of their respective Orders.

a. Induction into an Order of High Merit will be accompanied by a Grant an Award of Arms for recipients who do not already have a Grant or a Patent of Arms. [no change to remainder of section IX.B.]

3.2. Armigerous Orders
Insertion of new section IX.C. (and subsequent sections renumbered) to establish armigerous orders; also transferring current IX.C.12. to this new section so the Order of the Silver Rapier will also convey an Award of Arms.

This change occasioned the most lengthy discussion of the Curia.

His Majesty explained that the Crown feels that because Eastern standards for the Orders of High Merit are extremely high, that there is frequently a very long gap between when someone receives and Award of Arms, and then they are considered for membership in an Order. They feel this gap results in a large section of the populace who are doing good works in specific areas which the Crown would like to recognize, but cannot because of the gap in the Award structure which this set of Orders is intended to fill.

Several members of Curia spoke in favor of the proposal. The primary concerns with it were expressed by Mistress Nest verch Tangwistel, the Tyger Clerk of the Signet – namely that it would put a substantial additional burden on the scribes of the East Kingdom, as there is expected to be a backlog of people considered deserving of the new awards. His Majesty expressed his deep admiration for the hard work of the Kingdom’s scribes, and sympathized with the potentially heavier workload these awards represent, but said that he felt the problem being fixed by the new awards was so large it justified asking people to make sacrifices to address it.

Her Majesty also urged the Signet to encourage scribes to produce awards in other formats than paper scrolls, when appropriate, noting that this would allow additional artisans to help with the potential flood of new assignments.  Mistress Nest appeared persuaded by the enthusiasm of Curia for the new awards, and assured all present that the scribes of the East Kingdom would rise to the occasion, whether with pen and ink, or in other media.

His Majesty was also most specific that they do not expect to see these new orders replace simple Awards of Arms. Our current Crown sees those as being an indication that the recipient is contributing to the Kingdom in some small way. The new orders are to recognize that the gentle in question is not only contributing, but is beginning to be good at an area.

A question was raised about whether there was any relationship between the proposed new Archery order, the Order of Apollo’s Arrow and the archery ranks based on Royal Round averages. His Majesty replied that there was absolutely no connection between awards conferred at the Crown’s pleasure and any guild rank, including archery scores.

The following points were clarified during the discussion:

  • These new awards are separate orders, and it is possible for a deserving gentle to be inducted into as many of them as are appropriate, but only once per order.
  • Gentles who are already companions of the Orders of High Merit are not barred from receiving the corresponding Armigerous Order, but it is anticipated that they will not be awarded them since they have already exceeded the level of skill or effort appropriate to the new Orders.

The Crown will be pleased to accept award recommendations for these new awards as soon as the law change creating them takes formal effect. It is expected that the Awards Recommendation form on the East Kingdom web page will be updated shortly to include them.  Recommendations for these orders are encouraged, but as they are not polling orders, the Crown may decide spontaneously to bestow them, at their pleasure.

Mistress Alys Mackyntoich, Ogress Herald Extraordinary, has prepared badges for the new orders, which will be submitted to Laurel for approval immediately following Curia.

Passed with the following Language:

IX. Awards

C. Armigerous Orders

1. There are five Armigerous Orders in the East Kingdom, and their recipients are known as Companions of their respective Orders.

a. Induction into an Armigerous Order will be accompanied by an Award of Arms for recipients who do not already have one.

b. Companions of each Amerigerous Order will rank equally with Companions of the other Armigerous Orders in the Order of Precedence.

c. Companions of an Armigerous Order will be entitled to a scroll proclaiming their induction into the Order.

d. The Armigerous Orders are awarded solely at the discretion of the Crown. They are not Polling Orders.

2. The Order of the Silver Rapier (established August 2 A.S. 43, 2008, by Konrad and Brenwen; made armigerous December 5 A.S. 50, 2015, by Brennan II and Caoilfhionn II) The Order of the Silver Rapier may be awarded by The Crown to an individual for martial skill upon the rapier field, whether in single combat or melee combat.

3. The Order of the Silver Tyger (established December 5 A.S. 50, 2015, by Brennan II and Caoilfhionn II) The Order of the Silver Tyger may be awarded by the Crown to an individual for martial skill upon the armored combat lists, whether in single combat or melee combat.

4. The Order of the Silver Brooch (established December 5 A.S. 50, 2015, by Brennan II and Caoilfhionn II) The Order of the Silver Brooch may be awarded by the Crown to an individual for excellence in the arts or sciences, whether in a single art form or multiple art forms.

5. The Order of the Silver Wheel (established December 5 A.S. 50, 2015, by Brennan II and Caoilfhionn II) The Order of the Silver Wheel may be awarded by the Crown to an individual for dedicated service that benefits the local group, Kingdom, or Society.

6. The Order of Apollo’s Arrow (established December 5 A.S. 50, 2015, by Brennan II and Caoilfhionn II) The Order of Apollo’s Arrow may be awarded by the Crown to an individual for martial skill in the field of target archery

3.3. Orders of Honor 

Renumber former section IX.C. to IX.D.; also changes to make scrolls optional except as specified.

It is hoped that a reduction of scrolls accompanying these awards will ease the burden placed on the scribes by the creation of the Armigerous Orders. In the course of discussion, it was pointed out that if a person desires a scroll or token and did not receive one, they are always free to commission one.

A member of Curia raised the question of whether the Burdened Tyger properly belongs in this section, since it’s not a true order. Orders, by definition, can only be joined once. A person can receive more than one Burdened Tyger. His Highness Prince Kenric announced his intention of addressing this matter at his Curia, and the question was tabled until that time.

Passed with the following language:

IX.Awards D. Orders of Honor

1. There are Orders of Honor in the East Kingdom, and their recipients are known as Companions of their respective Orders.

a. Companions of each Order of Honor will rank equally with Companions of the other Orders of Honor in the Order of Precedence.

b. Except as otherwise expressly stated below, scrolls for induction into Orders of Honor are optional.  [no change to IX.D.2. and IX.D.3.]

4. The Order of the Tyger’s Cub (established October 14 A.S. 13, 1978, by Gyrth and Melisande; revised December 5 A.S. 50, 2015, by Brennan II and Caoilfhionn II)

a. The Order of the Tyger’s Cub may be awarded by The Crown to children under the age of eighteen in the East Kingdom who have displayed admirable virtue and decorum at events.

b. The Companions of the Order will be entitled to act as pages to the Royalty of the East Kingdom until such time as they reach the age of eighteen.

c. The Companions of this Order shall be entitled to a scroll. [no change to IX.D.5. through IX.D.11.]

3.4. Other East Kingdom Awards
Renumber former section IX.D. to IX.E.; also changes to make scrolls optional except as specified.

The Crown also changed the text of the Order of Valor to specify that the Crown may present it, from the previous language which allowed only the King to present it. His Majesty felt that the Queen should be able to recognize value on the field in her own right, if she were to be attending an Interkingdom war alone.

Passed with the following language:

IX.Awards E. Other East Kingdom Awards

1. These awards are not armigerous, they convey no standing in the Order of Precedence, and the recipients are not Companions of any Order. Scrolls are optional for these awards, except as otherwise expressly stated.

2. The Queen’s Cypher (created by Gavin and Tamera and first presented on October 18 A.S. 15, 1980; revised December 5 A.S. 50, 2015, by Brennan II and Caoilfhionn II)

a. The Queen’s Cypher is hereby established to recognize those subjects of the East Kingdom who have distinguished themselves by providing exceptional service to the Queen.

b. This Order may be awarded by the Queen to whomever She deems deserving.

c. The Queen may award no more than ten Queen’s Cyphers during any one Reign; nor will She feel required to award any at all, if none are clearly meritorious.

d. The recipients of this award will be entitled to either a scroll proclaiming their meritorious services or a personal token of the Queen bearing the Cypher, which is the Queen’s initial together with an “R”.

3. The King’s Cypher (created by Balfar II and Luna II and first presented on April 13 A.S. 30, 1996; revised December 5 A.S. 50, 2015, by Brennan II and Caoilfhionn II)

a. The King’s Cypher is hereby established to recognize those subjects of the East Kingdom who have distinguished themselves by providing exceptional service to the King.

b. This Order may be awarded by the King to whomever He deems deserving.

c. The King may award no more than ten King’s Cyphers during any one Reign; nor will He feel required to award any at all, if none are clearly meritorious.

d. The recipients of this award will be entitled to either a scroll proclaiming their meritorious services or a personal token of the King bearing the Cypher, which is the King’s initial together with an “R”.

4. The Blue Tyger Legion (established November 19 A.S. 29, 1994, by Gregor II and Christence II; revised May 31 A.S. 50, 2015, by Darius V, called Omega, and Etheldreda IV; revised December 5 A.S. 50, 2015, by Brennan II and Caoilfhionn II)

a. The Blue Tyger Legion may be awarded by The Crown to groups that have demonstrated exceptional martial prowess in the field.

b. During any one Reign, no more than one group will be inducted into the Legion.

c. The inducted group is entitled to hang from its banner a schwenkle, bendy purpure and or, charged with the initials of the inducting Monarchs.

d. A group may be recognized in this way more than once, in which case the initials of the inducting Monarchs will be added to the existing schwenkle.

5. The Queen’s Award of Esteem (established by edict October 6 A.S. 31, 1996, by Elspeth; renamed January 25 A.S. 49, 2015, by Edward III and Thyra II; revised December 5 A.S. 50, 2015, by Brennan II and Caoilfhionn II)

a. The Queen’s Award of Esteem may be awarded by the Queen, for any reason She deems worthy, in order to recognize an act, a series of acts, or general behavior that is not already properly recognized by other East Kingdom awards.

b. The token of the Queen’s Award of Esteem is not defined, but will be specified in 4 each Reign by the Queen and will be fashioned by the Queen’s hand.

c. This award will be given solely at the Queen’s discretion.

d. A gentle may receive the Queen’s Award of Esteem more than once, and no upper or lower limits on the number to be awarded per Reign will be imposed.

e. The Queen’s Award of Esteem includes all gentles who previously received the Queen’s Honour of Distinction.

6. The King’s Award of Esteem (established January 31 A.S. 44, 2010, by Konrad II and Brenwen II; renamed January 25 A.S. 49, 2015, by Edward III and Thyra II; revised December 5 A.S. 50, 2015, by Brennan II and Caoilfhionn II)

a. The King’s Award of Esteem may be awarded by the King, for any reason He deems worthy, to acknowledge special merit in an act, a series of acts, or general behavior that is not already properly recognized by other East Kingdom awards.

b. The token of the King’s Award of Esteem is not defined, but will be specified in each Reign by the King.

c. Recommendations for this honor will not be requested.

d. A gentle may receive the King’s Award of Esteem more than once, and no upper or lower limit on the number to be awarded per Reign will be imposed.

e. The King’s Award of Esteem includes all gentles who previously received the King’s Esteem of Merit.

7. The Order of Valor of the East (established September 29 A.S. 37, 2002, by Andreas II and Isabella II; renamed September 25 A.S. 40, 2005, by Darius III and Roxane III; renamed January 25 A.S.42, 2008, by Andreas III and Gabriella; renamed January 26 A.S. 48, 2014, by Kenric II and Avelina II; renamed January 25 A.S. 49, 2015, by Edward III and Thyra II; revised December 5 A.S. 50, 2015, by Brennan II and Caoilfhionn II)

a. The Order of Valor of the East may be awarded by the Crown to honor individual members of the armies of the East Kingdom who have distinguished themselves in either of the following ways.

i. By displaying extraordinary command excellence on the battlefield at an InterKingdom War.

ii. By displaying extraordinary actions of valor on the battlefield at an InterKingdom War.

b. The Order of Valor of the East may be awarded no more than three times during any one reign.

c. The Order of Valor of the East includes all gentles who were: i. Inducted into the King’s Order of the Tyger of Valor ii. Inducted into the previous Order of the Valiant Tyger iii. Inducted into the Tyger of Valor d. A scroll is optional. [no change to IX.E.8. and IX.E.9.]

10. The Company of the Pennon of the East (established June 19 A.S. 40, 2005, by Gaufred Kelson II and Geneviere II; renamed January 25 A.S. 49, 2015, by Edward III and Thyra 5 II; revised December 5 A.S. 50, 2015, by Brennan II and Caoilfhionn II)

a. The Company of the Pennon of the East may be awarded by the King and Queen to any East Kingdom gentle that has demonstrated exceptional martial prowess on the field, field support, staff, or other gentles who support the East Kingdom at events held in another Kingdom.

b. A Gentle may be inducted into the Company of the Pennon of the East more than once, and no upper or lower limits on the number of gentles to be inducted per reign will be imposed.

c. The token given will be a small pennon or streamer, able to be worn either on the person or attached to a banner, bearing the initials of the awarding Crown. The colors of such token will reflect the host Kingdom of the foreign war for which the award is given; such as the blue, gold, and/or white of Atenveldt for the Estrella War.

d. The Company of the Pennon of the East includes all gentles who previously received the Tyger of Foreign Legions.

11. The Award of Gilder (established July 18 A.S. 44, 2009, by Andreas IV and Gabriella II; renamed January 25 A.S. 49, 2015, by Edward III and Thyra II; revised December 5 A.S. 50, 2015, by Brennan II and Caoilfhionn II)

a. The Award of Gilder shall be given by the King and Queen to children of the East Kingdom under the age of 18 who display or perform works of Arts & Sciences that manifest the spirit of the East Kingdom Arts.

b. The token of the Award of Gilder shall be a coin displaying the initials of the awarding Royalty.

c. The Award of Gilder includes all gentles who previously received the Order of the Golden Kinder.

3.5. The Queen’s Guard
Revision to V.D.4. to allow the Princess to appoint as the Guard’s advisor a Companion of one of the martial peerage orders.

Her Majesty spoke of the fact that the Queen’s Guard is now composed of representatives of a wide range of martial disciplines, rather than just squires on the cusp of receiving the accolade of chivalry, and that thus it is no longer appropriate to limit their Peer advisor solely to the Chivalry.

Passed with the following language:

V. Court Appointments

D. The Queen’s Guard [no change to V.D.1. through V.D.3.]

4. Will have a Companion of one of the martial Peerage Orders, chosen by the Princess, to serve as their advisor.

3.6. Blue Tyger Legion
Revision to IX.E.4. to restrict the award to no more than one per reign.

Passed with the following language:

4. The Blue Tyger Legion (established November 19 A.S. 29, 1994, by Gregor II and Christence II; revised May 31 A.S. 50, 2015, by Darius V, called Omega, and Etheldreda IV; revised December 5 A.S. 50, 2015, by Brennan II and Caoilfhionn II)

a. The Blue Tyger Legion may be awarded by The Crown to groups that have demonstrated exceptional martial prowess in the field.

b. During any one Reign, no more than one group will be inducted into the Legion.

c. The inducted group is entitled to hang from its banner a schwenkle, bendy purpure and or, charged with the initials of the inducting Monarchs.

d. A group may be recognized in this way more than once, in which case the initials of the inducting Monarchs will be added to the existing schwenkle.

3.7. Crown Tourneys
Revision to VIII.A.3.b. to make the preferred dates for Fall Crown Tourney the first two weeks in November.

His Majesty explained that the Crown’s motivation for this change was to make Crown Tourney more family-friendly. If the event is held on the last weekend in October, it forces participants with young children to choose between activities with their children and participating in Crown.

A comment was offered from the Curia membership that this change would also assist with locating sites, as many suitable sites are booked well in advance for Halloween-related events.

Passed with the following language:

VIII. Events

A. Kingdom Events [no change to VIII.A.1. and VIII.A.2.]

3. Crown Tourneys

a. The preferred date for Spring Crown Tourney is the first Saturday in May, with the last Saturday in April serving as an alternate date. Written bids must be sent by January 1st. The Heirs must choose from eligible bids by February 15th .

b. The preferred date for Fall Crown Tourney is the first Saturday in November, with the second Saturday in November serving as an alternate date. Written bids must be sent by July 1st. The Heirs must choose from eligible bids by August 15th . [no change to remainder of section VIII.A.3.]


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Calling all Teachers and Challengers!

East Kingdom Gazette - Mon, 2015-12-07 21:27

Greetings!  The Arts and Sciences focused Artisans’ Village Event (June 3-5, Shire of Hartshorn-dale) is looking for teachers and challengers. The goal of the Village is to create a friendly and supportive environment for artisans to gather together to demonstrate and practice their crafts, and for people to try something new. The event is being presented with the support of the East Kingdom University.

Classes will be held both Saturday and Sunday. If you are interested in teaching a class at the event, please contact Lady Elysabeth (Lissa) Underhill at laralu@gmail.com to volunteer.

Instead of a traditional A&S display or competition, members of the populace are invited to challenge others to complete a focused A&S project. In the past, there has been a wide array of challenges, such as: creating a period bow string, developing a persona story, making an item of food or dress related to a particular culture, etc. Anyone is welcome to submit a challenge. More information and a list of past challenges is available on the event website.  If you have questions or wish to issue a challenge, contact Baroness Isabelle de Montreuil sur Mer at university@eastkingdom.org

Event Website: http://www.hartshorn-dale.org/village/index.htm

Please also note that there is a list of 8 wonderful villages on the event website where A&S demonstrations on different topics will be held all day Saturday. Thanks to the village coordinators and others who have already volunteered to demonstrate at the event.


Filed under: Arts and Sciences, Events Tagged: a&s, classes, events

Castles, Vikings, Mongols, and more Castles! Medieval News Roundup

Medievalists.net - Sun, 2015-12-06 23:30
What we found this week on our wanderings through the world wide web.

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Our photo of the week comes from Neil Williamson on Flickr, who took this picture of the Red Castle, which lies on the east coast of Scotland

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Book Review: Woven Into the Earth

AEthelmearc Gazette - Thu, 2015-12-03 17:25

Each month, Aarhus University Press in Denmark offers a free e-book, downloadable in pdf format. In December, that book is Woven into the Earth by Else Østergård. Mistress Hilderun offers a review:

Book Cover by Jørgen Sparre

Else Østergård’s Woven into the Earth is a comprehensive analysis of medieval textiles excavated from Norse Greenland, including Poul Norland’s finds in Herjolfsnæs.

Østergård presents an absolutely complete picture of these Norse garments, detailing not only the textiles themselves, but delving into the raw materials (sheep and goats), the processing, spinning, and weaving of the wool, and the cut and construction of the garments. She further describes tools and implements used, and accessories as well. Beyond the comprehensiveness of the data, she writes in an extremely readable, accessible style, and you leave each section feeling like you truly comprehend the material (pun intended!). Her book is rich not only in information and analysis, but also photographs, maps, charts, diagrams, and drawings…and even measurements and patterns of some of the finds!

Woven into the Earth is an essential book in the library of anyone interested in period hand sewing, weaving, spinning, dying, patterns or garb construction. Its robust scope will also delight anyone interested in Norse, 14th century, or medieval European culture.

Aarhus University Press has provided a fantastic opportunity for us to add this indispensable book to our collections, and I recommend downloading the free e-book version this month (link).

For those interested in a companion volume that’s a practical guide to making tunics, hoods and hose based on the Greenland finds (includes patterns and instructions), I also recommend Medieval Garments Reconstructed: Norse Clothing Patterns by Lilli Fransen, Shelly Nordtorp-Madson, Anna Norgard, and Else Ostergard (ISBN-10: 8779342981)


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Goose bone flute found at Lincoln Castle

SCAtoday.net - Thu, 2015-12-03 10:50

The construction of a new vault for the Magna Carta at Lincoln Castle led to the discovery of a unique goose bone flute dating to Norman times. While the flute was broken, a re-enactor muscian has created two replicas, one for display with the broken original and another to play. (photos)

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Toys for Tots Drive at Baron Liam’s Vigil this Weekend

AEthelmearc Gazette - Wed, 2015-12-02 21:05

Baron Liam receiving his Writ for the Pelican. Photo by Arianna.

Greetings from Baron Liam MacantSaoir,

I have chosen to use my Pelican vigil at Queen’s Rapier Championship this weekend as a way to help others.

My employer  (Cranberry Township EMS) is in the process of a Stuff the
Ambulance Campaign for Toys for Tots. I would like to give that campaign a boost.

I am asking that if you are coming to my Vigil or coming to the event and have the means to do so, that you bring a new, unwrapped toy for a child in need to donate.

Thank you in advance,
Baron Liam MacantSaoir


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Birka Garb Challenge, issued by Caoilfhionn Banrí / Défi de costume à Birka, par Caoilfhionn Banrí

East Kingdom Gazette - Wed, 2015-12-02 13:10

En français

Greetings, people of the East!

Her most royal Majesty Caoilfhionn has issued a Garb Challenge to the good gentles attending the Market Day at Birka. She desires to see the skill with needle and thread of the populace in interpreting the theme, “Characters of Pixar.”

If you must, turn yourselves Inside Out in order to find the perfect Toy, Story book, or other accessory to adequately display your Incredible interpretation of the challenge. Even if it seems you might hit a creative Wall-e, or you are afraid Monsters, Inc-luding laurels, squire brothers and apprentice siblings may scorn you, you must be Brave, keep your chin Up, and stay strong by eating nourishing Ratatouille. Although it is a Bug’s Life out there for those artisans who think taking on challenges is like Finding Nemo, those wounds inflicted by pins, needles, and shears will soon turn to sCars of pride and victory!

En français  Traduction par Behi Kirsa Oyutai

Salutations, gens de l’Est !

Sa très grande Majesté Caoilfhionn mets au défi toute la population venant au Marché de Birka de produire des costumes. Pas n’importe lesquels cependant; son désir est de voir le talent de nos artisans avec fil et aiguille lors de l’interprétation du thème, “Personnages de Pixar.”


Filed under: En français, Tidings Tagged: a market day at birka, garb challenge

On Target: the Archer’s Cross

AEthelmearc Gazette - Wed, 2015-12-02 10:13

This month’s edition of On Target from THLord Deryk Archer is about shooting at an archer’s cross. This is a very period shoot.

First, color in a cross on a piece of foamboard. I prefer to make the arms of the cross approximately 4 inches wide. Attach the target to your usual straw or foam target butt.

After you get some experience shooting at the target as it looks above, cut the cross out, reinforce the foamboard with several layers of cardboard to prevent blow throughs, and nail a stake to each side of the target. Hammer the stakes into the ground and place another target behind the cross target, approximately 3 feet beyond the open cross. I used a target from the Highlander shoot. You can draw bricks on the foamboard around the cut out cross to better simulate a castle wall.

Scoring is 1 point per hit. Again, this simulates attacking a castle with arrow slits.

This month safety tip: during the Christmas season, drive as safely as you would shooting on the range.

THLord Deryk

 


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