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Reflections on the Order of Defense’s First Year

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sat, 2016-04-23 22:43

As of May 1st it will have been a year since the creation of the Society’s first Masters of Defense. Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope interviewed Duchess Dorinda Courtenay, Master Quinn Kerr, Mistress Illadore de Bedegrayne, and Master Iago Benitez to get their thoughts on the order one year on.

How do you think the creation of the Order of Defense has influenced the rapier community and the Society as a whole? What, if anything, has changed since it was implemented?

Dorinda: There is a sense of joy that is difficult to describe.  People still fence and teach and serve, just like before, but the sting of being “ancillary” has greatly faded.

Quinn: I didn’t really expect changes, and didn’t know what it would do, so I was surprised at the impact across the board. Fencers have become more eager, and have been pushing their limits more.

Iago: It’s also been refreshing for long-time fencers. This group includes people who never had a peerage before and it’s really special.

Illadore: There’s been a lot of excitement – for instance, at Gulf Wars’ Opening Ceremony, the MODs and some vigilants from across the SCA gathered and there was a whole lot of love for the order. We feel so much more a part of the SCA now. As Dorinda noted, fencing used to be called an “ancillary” activity, but now it feels more like an integral part of the Society. MOD vigils have become huge affairs involving whole Kingdoms, which is glorious to see.

What has been the biggest challenge for you since becoming an Master of Defense (MOD)?

Illadore: Living up to expectations – both the Society’s expectations as a whole and my own. But on a more practical level, finding white livery collars is hard. There don’t seem to be merchants making them, and there’s a lot of variability of design across the Society. I ordered my personal collar custom-made from Billy and Charlie’s.

Dorinda: The most difficult thing about being a MoD is living up to it.  (I swear I did not copy Illadore’s paper!)

Duchess Dorinda with the first MOD pie, made for her by Master Urho Walterrinen. Photo by Lady Fiora d’Artusio.

How well are the MODs throughout the Society connected? Are they in agreement about what the traditions should be around the order? How have you seen traditions vary across Kingdoms? For instance, Master Urho Walterrinen seems to have single-handedly created a tradition here for pie on the MOD’s receiving a Writ or going on vigil….

Illadore: (Laughs) Yes, we have pie in Æthelmearc thanks to Urho. I’ve also been trying to make a tradition of MODs wearing white garters, which I’m helping along by knitting them for new members. The first vigilants for the MOD gathered on a private Facebook group to discuss what our traditions should be. There were a lot of strong personalities but no consensus on some things, like what to call our students or what symbols we should use to distinguish them. Although the order is pretty well established at this point, the MODs still talk both within and between Kingdoms.

Dorinda: The MoD’s have been connected since the second writs were announced.  We talk often online, and meet at major interkingdom events. No, we do not agree on all traditions (such as what to call students or what to have them wear), but we are united in wanting this Order to be something worthy of the fencing community and the Crowns who elevated us.

How has your elevation influenced your relationship with any cadets you have? Have you “promoted” them to a different role? 

Illadore: I am still in discussions with my cadets about what they want from me and what they want our relationship to be. I also don’t think its “promoted” – I think it’s a sign of what kind of relationship you have with that person, just like a red belt signifies that relationship between a knight and a squire. For regalia, some have used blue or red collars for their students. I call my students Scholars, and they wear red collars.

Dorinda: Through careful planning (ahem) I arranged to have no students at the time I was elevated to the Order. Problem solved. If I do take a student, I am leaning towards a blue collar and calling them a Scholar, but that could change.

What do you think the implementation of the MOD by the Crowns was done well, both in AEthelmearc and across the SCA? What could have been done better?

Dorinda: I think the Crowns of the Known World have done a marvelous job in elevating the people who have made the fencing community what it is today. They have done so in a measured way that has allowed each Kingdom to develop its traditions, and to honor each candidate in an appropriate way. The only thing I would hope people remember is that “They are not done.” Some people wonder why this person or that has not been elevated yet. The key word is “yet.”  Many kingdoms have unrecognized MoDs, but the order in which they are elevated is not what is important. Be patient, and their day will come.

Quinn: Our royalty have been excellent. They’ve understood that the first dozen or so members of the order would have a tremendous impact and have been choosing carefully.

Iago: They were smart in the people they chose to elevate, making sure that the first few were spread geographically throughout the Kingdom so they were accessible to most of the fencing populace.

Illadore: The BoD was smart to limit the Crowns to making three MODs before consulting with the order, too.  Knowing that the order supports you makes the new MODs’ elevations better. In the West, they polled all of the White Scarves to see who that order thought the first three MODs should be and in what order they should be elevated. That the White Scarves chose me as Principal actually meant more to me than the elevation itself. In 2014 the Western White Scarves met in expectation that the BoD would create the MOD, and voted not to advise the Crown on who should be elevated unless they were ordered to do so – which they were.

How has the relationship between the MOD and the White Scarves developed? Has the Order of the White Scarf changed since the creation of the MOD? Some Kingdoms actually closed their White Scarf orders, though Æthelmearc did not.

Dorinda: Perhaps the White Scarves should answer this.  All I will say is that the White Scarves have not backed down from their tradition of leading the fencing community and serving her needs and the needs of those who have joined us recently. I believe the MoDs and the White Scarves are working as a team to keep the community growing and thriving.

Mistress Illadore, Master Iago, and Master Quinn. Photo by Arianna.


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New SCA Society President

East Kingdom Gazette - Sat, 2016-04-23 22:41

After many years of service, Leslie Vaughn (Baronessa Isabeau della Farfalla) will step down as President of the SCA.  John Fulton (Duke John the Bearkiller) will replace her as President.


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Addendum to Grand Council Announcement

East Kingdom Gazette - Sat, 2016-04-23 22:33

Earlier today the SCA Inc. announced the disbanding of the Grand Council.  The following additional information has been released.  “Society President John Fulton, Director Richard Sherman, and Director Andrew Coleman have been directed to investigate the creation of a new vehicle to facilitate communication between the membership and the directors that recognizes and utilizes the changes in technology, demographics and culture that have changed the way the Society conducts business in the 22 years since creation of the Grand Council.”  The announcement can be found on the SCA website here.


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SCA Grand Council Disbanded

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sat, 2016-04-23 17:51

The following announcement was posted on the SCA website today:

The Grand Council was formed in 1994; a time before email and social media. There was a need then for a committee that made sure that the membership had a way to communicate with the directors on issues of importance to the SCA. Twenty years later, members have access to the Internet and with it direct lines of communication to the directors and Corporate officers.  We know we still have problems receiving input from, and transmitting information to, the membership; but we don’t think an intermediary body provides us with the solution to these problems today.

So with thanks for the long and faithful service of the Grand Council, we have decided to disband the committee and work on new methods and approaches for increasing our responsiveness to the members of the SCA.

Society President John Fulton, Director Richard Sherman, and Director Andrew Coleman have been directed to investigate the creation of a new vehicle to facilitate communication between the membership and the directors that recognizes and utilizes the changes in technology, demographics and culture that have changed the way the Society conducts business in the 22 years since creation of the Grand Council.

Board of Directors, SCA Inc.

 


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SCA Grand Council Disbanded

East Kingdom Gazette - Sat, 2016-04-23 17:41

This announcement was posted on the SCA’s webpage and can be found here.

The Grand Council was formed in 1994; a time before email and social media.  There was a need then for a committee that made sure that the membership had a way to communicate with the directors on issues of importance to the SCA.  Twenty years later, members have access to the Internet and with it direct lines of communication to the directors and Corporate officers.  We know we still have problems receiving input from, and transmitting information to, the membership; but we don’t think an intermediary body provides us with the solution to these problems today.

So with thanks for the long and faithful service of the Grand Council, we have decided to disband the committee and work on new methods and approaches for increasing our responsiveness to the members of the SCA.

Board of Directors, SCA Inc


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Who Owns Me? A Pointed Quiz by Caleb Reynolds

AEthelmearc Gazette - Thu, 2016-04-21 18:59

Baron Caleb Reynolds brings us this quiz. Have fun!

Match the historic swords with their owners without using The Googles.

We are only looking at historic swords and real people, so, just to make it more difficult, I’ve added a few fictional people and swords into the mix. Bonus points if you can figure them out.

The answers will be posted next week.

Swords:

Nasril
The Master Sword
Skofnung
Koryû
The Vorpal Blade
Dyrnwyn
Zulfiqar
Joyeuse
Goujian
Tizona
The Sword of Omens
Lobera
Shannara
Fragarach
Murgleys
Durandal
Eckesachs
The Sword in the Stone
Curtana
Arondight
Grus
Gram
Legbiter
Sikanda
Dôjigiri Yasutsuna

People:

Damocles
Rhydderch Hael
Amir Arsalan
El Cid
Ali ibn Abi Talib
Boleslaus the Wrymouthed
Goujian, King of Yue State
San Galgano
Sigurd
Richard Cypher
Magnus Barelegs
Ganelon
The coronation sword of the Monarchs of England
Elric of Melnibon
William Wallace
Roland
Fergus mac Róich
Minamoto no Yorimitsu
Hrólf Kraki
Charlemagne
Percival
Arya Stark
Ferdinand III
Bastian
Kusunoki Masashige
The coronation sword of the kings of France


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On Target: The Castle Invader

AEthelmearc Gazette - Wed, 2016-04-20 21:56

This article marks a milestone: an entire year of articles from THLord Deryk Archer on archery targets. Thanks for helping make archery more fun, Deryk!

This month we’ll make a Castle Invader. For those of you who missed it, I had one at Their Majesties’ castle for the Archery Muster on April 10th, and we had a wonderful time with it.

Basically, you build a body out of pool noodles. This makes the body very arrow-friendly.

Cover the body with any old clothes you have just lying around. I used long johns and an old beat-up pair of sweat pants. The hands are gloves stuffed with cotton to fill out the fingers, again making the target very arrow-friendly.

Go back to my very first article and use the instructions to duct tape the styrofoam head, then attach it to the body with more duct tape.

The feet came from the dollar store at Halloween.

I got very lucky with the ladder: I found wood-grain colored duct tape and used it to cover pool noodles taped together to form a ladder. I cut a piece of heavy cardboard into a shield, which was attached to his left arm.

Next, hang the whole thing from a very heavy cardboard tube. We tied a heavy-duty rope the top to the castle roof, slid the cardboard tube onto the rope at the bottom, and then spiked that end of the rope to the ground. We ran a second, lighter rope next to the first rope from the castle parapet down to the ground and attached it to the cardboard tube. Then we slowly pulled the target up using the rope attached to the cardboard tube while archers shot at it. The effect was very realistic.

For scoring, hitting the shield or the ladder does not count. Since the whole target is very arrow friendly, blow-throughs also do not count; your arrow must stick in the man.

This month’s safety tip: summer is coming, so when you’re out there shooting, stay hydrated.

In service,

THLord Deryk Archer

All photos by THLord Deryk.


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Court Report: Siege at Harlech

AEthelmearc Gazette - Wed, 2016-04-20 09:48

Documented from the Rolls and Files of the Coram Regibus of Thomas Byron and Ariella, Rex et Regina Æthelmearc: Being a True Record of the Business of Their Royal Court at the Siege at Harlech, 16 April, Anno Societatis L, in the Barony-Marche of the Debatable Lands. As recorded by Gwendolyn the Graceful, Brehyres, Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald.

Their Majesties invited Her Excellency, Baroness Hilderun Hügelmann of the Debatable Lands, to join Them in Their Court.

Photo by Lady Brynna Barth.

Their Majesties invited Master Tofi Kerthjalfadsson to address the populace. Master Tofi distributed prizes for participants in the day’s brewing competition. Of particular note and mention were: Baron Fergus of Hanna, Baron of Highland Forde, for his spiced mead; The Honorable Lord Jorundr hinn Rotinn for his Brunello (red wine); Lord Madoc Arundel for his Burgundy Pyment; and Nohaaj for his Belgian-style brown ale.

Click any photo above to view it full size.

Their Majesties thanked all those Youth Fighters who defended the castle gate with bravery and prowess that day.

Youth fighters. Photo by Arianna.

His Majesty called forward Sir Arnthor inn Sterki, who was victorious in the morning’s Atlantian Speed Tourney. Her Majesty presented Sir Arnthor with a bottle of libations, donated by the brewers, and a necklace to adorn his lady.

Single elimination tourney winner Sir Arnthor. Photo by Arianna.

Her Majesty then spoke of the spear tourney held at the castle gates, and invited Sir Graedwyn mab Tiernan and THL Bors of Rouen to come forth and be recognized as the day’s victors. Their Majesties gifted these gentles with two of the ceremonial spears used in Their coronation.

THLord Bors and Sir Graedwyn, winners of the spear tourney. Photo by Arianna.

Their Majesties next called Josyefne Ra’hel Nagy into Their presence. Not accidentally was this gentle fetched from the kitchens. Her Majesty spoke of the good reports They have received of many a kitchen in which she has served, meals and support she has given to fighters, the ways in which she has offered her hospitality and generously given of her time to enhance the activities of others. Right mindful of the worth of such service, They were moved to Award her Arms.

Lady Josyefne receives an Award of Arms. Photo by Arianna.

Next did Their Majesties desire to speak with their Autocrat of the day, THL Elss of Augsburg. His Majesty thanked her for assuming the duties of autocrat in order that the day might come to pass, since it was scheduled before Their Majesties knew they would have other demands on Their time. However, on this day it was not for Elss’s organizational skill that she was brought before the thrones, but in recognition of her skill at Thrown Weapons. Thereupon did Their Majesties induct her into the Order of the Golden Alce.  Scroll by THL Tegrinus de Rhina.

THLady Elss receives a Golden Alce. Photo by Arianna.

Their Majesties called for the cooks, led by Mistress Katla ùlfeþinn, and thanked them all for stepping into a vacancy when Their previous cook was forced to withdraw her offer of provision.

Their Majesties thank the cooks. Photo by Arianna.

There being no further business, Their Majesties’ Court was closed.


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Tourney Heralds Needed

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2016-04-19 21:28

Hello to the tourney heralds of the East and Tir Mara! I am Mistress Suba al-Hadid, the new Troubadour Herald, and I’m excited to work this tourney season with you! We have several events coming up in the next few months.

In two weeks, on Saturday, April 30, there will be Crown Tourney in the Barony of Havre des Glaces in the Crown Principality of Tir Mara. We’ll need a few heralds for the lists plus additional support for the shield trees. If you think you’d like to help, please reach out to me at Troubadour@EastKingdom.org. If you haven’t heralded before but would like to try, we will help train you.

Two weeks after that, Saturday, May 14, will be the King’s and Queen’s Champions of Arms Tourney in the Barony of Dragonship Haven in the Central Region. Again, we’re looking for both experienced heralds and those who want to learn.

Saturday, July 23, will be the Novice Tourney in the Shire of Rusted Woodlands in the Southern Region. This is an opportunity for less experienced fighters, fencers, and heralds to experience what it’s like to participate in a tourney. This is a great learning experience and and excellent opportunity to learn more about tourney heraldry.

I’m looking forward to meeting all of you and having an opportunity to work with you! Again, please write me at Troubadour@EastKingdom.org with any questions or offers to help!

Yours in Service to the Dream,
-Suba

Jamilia al-Suba al-Hadid min Bhakail al-Mu’allam (Mistress Suba al-Hadid)
جميلة
الاصبع
الحديد
من
باكالي
المعلم


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Unofficial Court Report: Balfar’s Challenge

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2016-04-19 16:50

Here follows the unofficial court report from Balfar’s Challenge, held in the Barony of Dragonship Haven, the 16th of April, 2016. Reporting Herald: Donovan Shinnock.

 

Item Recipient Award Scribe 1 Galen Avdenmork Tyger’s Cub Saerlaith ingen Chennetig 2 Sorcha inghean Ui Duinn Award of Arms i: Lillian ate Valeye
c: Faolán an Screcain 3 Rodrigo de Medina Award of Arms Aaradyn Ghyoot 4 Rumhann MacDuibhsidhe an Bhlog Seolta Award of Arms Aud Lifsdottir 5 Sybill Teller Award of Arms Aziza al-Shirazi 6 Llewellyn ap Goddoddin Maunche Eleanor Catlyng 7 Rhode Kephalania Maunche Mari Clock van Hoorne 8 Quintain Brillian Order of Defense i:Shadiyah Al-Zhara
c: Eva Woderose
w:Gaius Quintillius Alopex
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Unofficial Court Report: the Coronation of Kenric & Avelina

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2016-04-19 16:42

Here follows the unofficial court report from the Coronation of Kenric and Avelina, held on the 9th day of April, 2016, in the Shire of Quintavia. Reporting Herald, Donovan Shinnock.

Item Recipient Award Scribe 1 Brennan mac Fearghus Duke i: Ro Honig von Sumerfeldt

c: Alexandre St. Pierre

w: Alys Mackyntoich and Mylisant Grey 2 Caoilfhionn inghean Fhaolain Duchess i: Ro Honig von Sumerfeldt

c: Alexandre Saint Pierre

w: Mylisant Grey

translation by Christopher and Eric Michaelson 3 Courtney Rose Tyger’s Cub Culann mac Cianain 4 Daithi Dubh Award of Arms Constance de St. Denis 5 Leurona Winterborne Silver Tyger Fiona O’Maille ó Chaun Coille 6 Nichol Mac Donnachaidh Silver Tyger Elllesbeth Donofrey

c: Jonathan Blaecstan 7 Matthew McGyver Silver Tyger i: Shahdiyah al-Zhara

c: Nest verch Tangwistel 8 Gideon ha-Khazar Maunche Agatha Wanderer

c: Alexandre St. Pierre

w: Aneleda Falconbridge 9 Llewellyn Walsh Golden Rapier Camille des Jardins 10 Amy Webbe Silver Crescent Katherine Barr 11 Aife Ingen Chonchobair in Derthaige Silver Crescent Katherine Stanhope 12 Gun∂ormr Dengir Silver Crescent Vettorio Antonello
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Sad Tidings: Mistress Esperanza Halevi

AEthelmearc Gazette - Tue, 2016-04-19 11:51

The Æthelmearc Gazette is saddened to announce the passing of Mistress Esperanza Halevi of the Barony-Marche of the Debatable Lands on April 11, 2016.

Mistress Esperanza (mka Esther Tucker) was a long-time member of the Society known for the antiquarian bookshop she ran with her husband, Lord Guido Halevi Aldina, who passed away in 2003. While she had a physical shop in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh, she and Guido would often sell books on medieval and renaissance topics at SCA events until age made it too difficult for them to lift and tote heavy boxes.

Esperanza and Guido came to the SCA rather later in life than most of us, being in their 50s when the joined in the mid-1980s. Nevertheless, they jumped in with both feet, merchanting and helping out in whatever ways they could. They were members of the Peacemakers household, founded by Baroness Serena Lucia of the Peacemakers and now headed by Sir Alonzio of the Peacemakers.

Esperanza and Guido, probably late 1980s. Photo taken by Mistress Ts’vee’a bas Tseepora Levi, provided by B.D. Wahlberg.

Esperanza received her Laurel for poetry from Yngvar and Caryl, first King and Queen of Æthelmearc, at 12th Night in A.S. XXXII. She was known for her wit and her sometimes pungent sense of humor, and was a regular contributor at bardic circles.

Although ill health and limited mobility kept her from attending SCA events for most of the last decade, Mistress Esperanza is remembered fondly by many in the Debatable Lands.

Mistress Ts’vee’a bas Tseepora Levi recalls, “Esperanza halevi was a wonderful woman. Her poetry was fun and full of humor. She and her husband Guido merchanted books, when they could bring themselves to part with them.”

Master Michael Alewright remembers, “She was (among many other things) a poet extraordinaire, devoted bibliophile, and friend with open heart and wry perspective. She will be greatly missed.”

Their Majesties, Byron and Ariella, commented “Our interaction with Mistress Esperanza was pivotal. When trying to locate the SCA (after a search for a perfume merchant led us to drive to the gates of Pennsic) someone told us to find Tucker’s Books and she told us about the local Barony meetings at CMU. So, approximately 20 years ago, she was the clandestine gateway into the SCA for us.”

Here is one of her humorous filks, courtesy of her grandchild B.D. Wahlberg:

A LADY GOES TO PENNSIC
 (Tune: “Hava Nagila” – more or less!)

Pennsic! It’s time for Pennsic! Oh yes, it’s Pennsic – the very best time of year!
Turn off the highway, onto the byway; over the one-lane bridge – and we’re here!
Ooh! Ahh! How medieval!
Look at all the lords and ladies – garbed and armored, hot as Hades!
Look at all the grand pavilions – boy scout greens to bright vermilions –
And on the grass – oh, what a gas! – six barbarians swilling beer!

Oh, oh – a court’s in session! Here’s a procession of V.I.P.’s up the aisle:
Heralds in tabards, swords in their scabbards; proud heads adorned with crowns in high style!
Eh, what? Heralds mumble!
Cannot hear a word they’re saying; maybe the King is A.O.A.-ing;
Maybe he’s making knights or laurels (chosen for talent, not for morals!)
Who can it be?Wish I could see… The acoustics here are vile!

 Guess I’ll be moving on now, behind the barn now, to see the merchants’ display;
Shopping! How I love shopping! So I’ll be stopping at every booth on the way!
Ooh! Ooh! I can’t stand it!
Look at this gown of antique satin, yellow and green (like leeks au gratin);
Look at this gorgeous belt I found me (wish it would reach the whole way round me!);
A darling stuffed rat!  Gotta have that – mustn’t let it get away!

Oh, look – a Punch and Judy!  Oh, goody, goody, a puppet show, what a lark!
And when that’s ended (how simply splendid!) actors will come and play “Noah’s Ark”!
Oh, oh – is this period?
Belly dancers, dressed in scanties – shove some money in their panties!
That’s all right for Medes and Persians – I like classier diversions!
Shall we pavane? Galliard, anyone?Or just party after dark???

Hey, now it’s time for dinner! Though I’d be thinner if fancy foods I’d forgo,
Still, I would rather feast now on roasted beast now, with almond pudding to go…
Say, what? What’s your problem?
What’s all this annoying prattle, asking if I enjoyed the battle?
Everything here is so exciting – why would I want to look at fighting?
…Pennsic’s a war??? That’s what it’s for???? HOW WAS I SUPPOSED TO KNOW??!!!

And here’s another ditty of Mistress Esperanza’s:

Song to a Certain Tune

I’ve written songs to ‘most every tune
From “Malaguena” to “Clair de Lune,”
From “Bobby Shaftoe” to “Bonny Doon” –
But not one to the tune of “Greensleeves.” 

Chorus:
But “Greensleeves” is a lovely song,
And if you use it you can’t go wrong
Your authenticity’s firm and strong
If you sing to the tune of “Greensleeves.”

Now, Lady Greensleeves, I’ve heard them say,
 Used to lie around in the grass all day;
With all the men she was making hay,
And that’s how she got her green sleeves.

Chorus

As bard, I’ve written songs in the past,
And some are slow, and some are fast;
But this one’s over and done at last –
It’s the one to the tune of “Greensleeves!”

Chorus

Her obituary is available here. Mistress Esperanza was 86.

Contributions in memory of Esther Tucker may be made to Congregation Dor Hadash, or Friends of the Squirrel Hill Library.

 


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Ice Dragon Pentathlon Category Places

AEthelmearc Gazette - Mon, 2016-04-18 21:52

At long last, here are the complete category results from this year’s Ice Dragon Pentathlon. The quality of the entries was simply amazing this year, making for some difficult judging decisions. One thing, though, was never in question; surely Æthelmearc is setting an example for the Known World in the Arts & Sciences!

Previously announced were the Pentathlon winners:
Novice: Elska Fjarfalle
Artisan: Irene von Schmetterling
Laurel: Fredeburg von Katzenellenbogen

ACCESSORIES
Artisan
First:
Ishiyama Gen’tarou Yori’ie
Tabi in Burgundy Linen
Second: Irene von Schmetterling
Third: Svana in Kyrra

Novice
Tied for first:

Elska Fjarfalle
Siobhán inghean uí Liatháin
Tied for Second:
Edana the Red
Zofia Kowaleska
Third: Kolfina Jodisfottir

Laurel
First: Fredeburg von Katzenellenbogen

ANIMAL ARTS
Novice
First:
Rowena Macara
Red Leather Bridle

 

 

 

 

APPLIED RESEARCH
Novice
First:
Silvester Burchardt
Brocaded Tablet Woven Band Samples

 

 

 

 

 

 

Polish Hydromel

BEVERAGES
Artisan
First:
Madoc Arundel
Sage Beer
Second: Madoc Arundel

Novice
First: Zofia Kowaleska
Polish Hydromel
Second: Elska Fjarfalle
Third: Lucretia di Cosimo

 

CERAMICS/GLASS
Artisan
First:
Rachel Dalicieux
Second: Rachel Dalicieux

Novice
First:
Ian Campbell
Inlaid Floor Tiles
Second: Kalishka Peredslava
Third: Kolfina Jodisdottir

CLOTHING
Artisan
No first or second
Third:
Ishiyama Gen’tarou Yori’ie

Novice
First:
Elska Fjarfalle
Second: Abigail Kelhoge
Third: Rowena Macara

Lucanian Sausage

CULINARY
Artisan
First:
Joszefne Rahel Nagy
Second: Svana in Kyrra

Novice
First: Ottilige Rappoltsweiler
Second: Ottilige Rappoltsweiler
Tie for Third:
Lucia de Moranza
Zofia Kowaleska

CURIOSA
Artisan
Second: Madoc Arundel

Hand of Glory by Lady Maggie Rue, Photo by Master Fridrikr Tomasson.

Novice
First: Maggie Rue
Hand of Glory
Second: Edana the Red
Third: Liam Macantsaoir

FIBER ARTS
Artisan
First: Irene von Schmetterling
Sture Glove Study
Second: Svana in Kyrra
Third: Ishiyama Gen’tarou Yori’ie

Novice
First: Silvester Burchardt
Tablet Woven Brocaded Band
Second: Lucia de Meranza
Third: Abigail Kelhoge

Laurel
First: Fredeburg von Katzenellenbogen

Brocaded Tablet Woven Band

HERALDIC DISPLAY
Artisan
First: Madoc Arundel
Second: Rachel Dalicieux
Third: Ishiyama Gen’tarou Yori’ie

Novice
First: Zofia Kowaleska
Book of Hours Page
Second: Rhiannon Elandris
Third: Edana the Red

Laurel
First: Fredeburg von Katzenellenbogen

HOUSEHOLD ARTS
Artisan
First: Irene von Schmetterling
Skirrets in the Pot and in a Salad

Novice
First: Elska Fjarfalle
Second: Rhiannon Elandris
Third: Sasson della Sancta

 

LEATHER WORKING
Novice
First: Ruslan Ygorovich Voronov
Leather Scabbards
Second: Ian Campbell
Third: Ian Campbell

 

 

 

LITERARY ARTS
Research
Novice
First: Elska Fyarfalle
Second: Arsalan Egesig
Third: Luceta di Cosimo

Laurel
First: Marguerite d’Honfleur

Prose & Poetry
First: Megge Gormshuileach
Second: Darri Inn Valski

METAL WORKING
Novice
First: Edana the Red
Second: Megge Gormshuileach

NEEDLEWORK
Artisan
First:
Svana in Kyrra
Second: Irene von Schmetterling

Novice
First: Lucia de Moranza
Second: Rowena Macara

PERFORMANCE ARTS
Artisan:
Rachel Delacieux

Novice
Third: Liam Macantsaoir

PERFORMANCS ARTS NON MUSICAL
Novice
First: Lucetta di Cosimo
Second: Nigel of Southwood

Illumination by Marioun Golightly

SCRIBAL ARTS
Artisan
First and Second: Marioun Golightly
Third: Rachel Dalacieux

Novice
First: Juliana Rosalia
Second: Zofia Kowaleska
Third: Edana the Red
Honorable Mention: Abigail Kelhoge

Laurel
First: Fredeburg von Katzenellenbogen

STUDIO ARTS
Novice
Second: Luceta di Cosimo
Tie for Third:
Lucia de Moranza & Abigail Kelhoge

Laurel
First: Fredeburg von Katzenellenbogen

TOYS
Novice
Second: Sasson della Sancta

Viking Era Loom

WOODWORKING
Artisan
First: Madoc Arundel
Second: Ishiyama Gen’tarou Yori’ie

Novice
First: Hrolfr Fjarfell
Viking Era Warp-Weighted Loom
Second: Hrolfr Fjarfell

 

YOUTH
Simon a Fjarfelli
Woven Backpack


 

 

 

 

 

 


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Call For Donations To SCA 50 Volunteers

AEthelmearc Gazette - Mon, 2016-04-18 16:46

Attention, Talented Artisans of the Society for Creative Anachronism

In the Society for Creative Anachronism, we are a collective of volunteers, each serving in their own way at one point or another so that all may have a chance to play, enjoy, learn and have fun. It is on this mantra that the SCA has gone on for 50 years now, and shall continue to do so.

As we Celebrate 50 Years of the Society, many of our SCA family will be considering attending the SCA 50 Year Celebration Event, June 17th through the 27th of this year and many of them will be giving their time and service to the event, staffing the Gate, serving on the Watch, Marshalling the Lists.

We wish to show appreciation to the Volunteers who give of themselves, from the newest member giving their first hour of service to the Multi-Peer who serves alongside that newest member. The Society works because our Volunteers continue to turn the wheels and drive us forward to fun, adventure, knowledge and my personal favorites, Family and Friendship.

Everyone who volunteers on site during the event will receive a ticket for each hour they serve. These tickets can be dropped into boxes that will labeled with the items you’ve donated: items that our volunteers would proudly use or displayed long after the event is over.

And Artisans, this is where you are most needed. We come seeking donations from the Amazingly Talented populace of the Known World: we are asking you to please consider donating handmade items that people would Buy/Trade/Commission for themselves.
No matter your rank, Laurel or student; professional crasftsperson or astonishingly talented amateur: we’re asking all of you to help us recognize the volunteers in service to the Society’s 50th Year Celebration. Please, put forth your beautiful work to be a cherished gift for a Volunteer.

If you’re considering a specialized item (something that must be custom sized or fit, for instance) or you aren’t sure how to submit it to the cause, please contact my Coordinator, THL Justice McArtain, at justice.napier@gmail.com
All donations can be mailed to His Lordship Justice ahead of the Event or delivered at the SCA 50 Year Celebration Event if you are attending.

To Donate, or if you have any additional questions, simply email the following details to justice.napier@gmail.com

  • SCA Title and Name
  • Mundane Name
  • Item to be Donated
  • To be mailed or delivered at 50 Year
  • Mailing Address
  • Any additional information / description of your item you wish to include (including pictures of our work if it’s a ‘after raffle’ item.

As a thank you to everyone who contributes, His Lordship Justice will be doing a raffle of his own.
Two artists will be drawn to receive a Gift Card each to get more supplies (or whatever you want to do with the money).
We thank you for your time and hope that you will reach out to offer your talent to support the Volunteers who give of theirs for this once in a lifetime Event.

In Service,

Herr Alexander Adelbrecht von Markelingen

SCA 50 Year Celebration – Volunteer Relations Coordinator


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Spring Crown Tournament Format and Combatants

East Kingdom Gazette - Mon, 2016-04-18 15:53

The format for Crown Tourney will be a pooled round robin leading into a 16-man double elimination tournament. Weapons of choice throughout up to the semi-finals. Semi-finals will be best of 5 with rotating weapon forms. The undefeated fighter will start up 1 win. The finals will be best of 5 with rotating weapon forms.

List of Crown Combatants in approximate OP order by combatant.

Duke Randal of the Dark fighting for Duchess Katherine Stanhope
Duke Brion Anthony Uriel Tarragon fighting for Duchess Anna Ophelia Holloway Tarragon
Jarl Valgard Stonecleaver fighting for Lady Gracia Vasquez de Trillo
Sir Rhys Ravenscroft fighting for Vicondesa Jimena Montoya
Sir Wilhelm von Ostenbrucke fighting for Mistress Vienna de la Mer
Sir Marcus Blackaert fighting for Baroness Astrid Sigrun Ulfkelsdottir
Sir Cedric of Armorica fighting for Mistress Brid nic Shearlais
Sir Ivan Ivanov syn Dimitriov vynuk Tzardikov fighting for Baroness Matilde de Cadenet
Master Tiberius Iulius Rufus Primus fighting for Vopiscus Rufius Donatus
Thane Aethelhawk fighting for Mistress Siubhan Wallace
Sir Ané du Vey fighting for Sylvia du Vey AKA Mistress Sylvia de Vey
Sir Simon Gwyn fighting for Lady Tullia Tranquilla
Baron Sigurthr VigurHafn fighting for Baroness Medhbh inghean Cheallaigh
Baron Duncan Kerr fighting for Mistress Eleanor fitzPatrick
The Honorable Lord William RavenHair fighting for Ceara Inghean Eoin Mhic Lucais
Baron Matthias Grunwald fighting for Baroness Æsa feilinn Jossursdottir
The Honorable Lord Ryouko’jin of Iron-skies fighting for Indrakshi Aravinda
The Honorable Lord Ulfgeirr Ragnarsson the Nice fighting for Lady Lavina Attewode
Baron Tiberius Nautius Maximus fighting for Maeve of Linne Tatha
Baron Fionn Mac Con Dhuibh fighting for Baroness Molly Schofield
Baron Simon Montgumery fighting for Mistress Margaret Hepburn of Ardrossan
Lord Gawyn O’Clery fighting for Maeve O’Clery
Lord Corwin Blackthorn fighting for Lady Solveig Bjornsdottr
Peter de Bracebridge fighting for the Honorable Lady Gaeira Aggadottir
Renaud Mauclerc du Dragon Dormant fighting for Léana Doucet


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Court Reports from Coronation

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sun, 2016-04-17 21:32

April 9, AS 50 (2016)
Coronation of Thomas Byron and Ariella
Shire of Gryffyn’s Keep

Documented from the Scrolls of the Reign of Magnus Tindal and Etain II, basileos kai basilissa Æthelmearc: the Business of Their Court at Coronation, 9 April Anno Societatis L, hosted by the Shire of Gryffyn’s Keep. As recorded by Their Silver Buccle Herald, Kameshima-kyō Zentarō Umakai, with the assistance of Gwendolyn the Graceful, Brehyres.

Last Court of Tindal and Etain

Drake and Davia, the Prince and Princess Royale, were given the Sigil of Æthelmearc for their assistance throughout the Imperial Reign.

The Royal Children receive Sigils. Photo by Master Fridrikr Tomasson.

The children of the Kingdom were sent into the care of Lady Svava of St. Swithin’s Bog to entertain themselves through Court.

The Imperatori bestowed the Sigil of Æthelmearc upon the following gentles: Viscount Sir Haakon Oaktall, Sir Cunen Beornhelm, Baron Sir Murdoch Bayne, Sir Óláfr Þorvarðarson, Baroness Rioghnach ni Rose, THL Ariadne Flaxenhair of Dragon’s End, Lord Magnus Jager, Lord Horatius Cincinnatus and Lord Christian Magnus.

Baroness Rioghnach and Sir Murdoch receive Sigils. Photo by Master Fridrikr.

Lady Elizabeth Parker was inducted into the Order of the Sycamore for her performance skills, both as a member of the Debatable Choir and as part of I Genesii. Scroll by Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope.

Lady Elizabeth Parker receives a Sycamore. Photo by Master Fridrikr.

Meisterin Felicitas Flußmüllnerin and Herr Fridrich Flußmüllner were created Baroness and Baron of the Court for all of the various service that they rendered unto the Crown over the course of the reign. Scrolls by Baroness Helena Mützhasenin.

Meisterin Felicitas and Herr Fridrich are made Barons of the Court. Photo by Master Fridrikr.

THL Beatrix Krieger was named Praetorian and Baroness of the Court for the service she performed as Captain of the Imperial Guard. Scroll in progress by Sir Murdoch Bayne.

THL Beatrix is made a Baroness of the Court. Photo by Master Fridrikr.

Maestro Bastiano de Iacopo was called before The Imperatori and asked if he had contemplated the question set before him at St. Swithin’s Bog 12th Night, whether he would accept the accolade of membership in the Imperial Council of Defense. Bastiano responded that he had held the field as was tradition for that council, and received good words from the Council and from others in the Kingdom, and that it was now his wish to take a seat with the Council of Defense. Duke Sir Timothy of Arindale, speaking as a Royal Peer, stated that there was nobody more inspirational that Bastiano. Then speaking as Councilor of Chivalry, Sir Timothy claimed that as a Knight, he strove to live up to the Victorian ideals of Knighthood, and that Bastiano both pursues and achieves those same ideals. Master Iago Benitez, speaking as a Councilor of both Defense and the Pelican, recalled the 20 years that he had known Bastiano as both fighter and teacher, and that Bastiano had taught him much more than he had ever taught Bastiano. Thus moved by this testimony, the Imperatori named him a Councilor of Defense, placed upon Bastiano’s shoulders a coat bearing the badge of the Order of Defense, the Ancestral Collar of the Order, and a personal collar, and received his Oath of Fealty upon his rapier as is tradition. Scroll forthcoming by Dona Fiora d’Artusio, upon words by Master Quinn Kerr.

Maestro Bastiano is greeted by the Companions of the Order of Defense. Photo by Master Fridrikr.

His Highness, Prince Byron, came before the Imperatori and, proclaiming that times were changing in the Kingdom, made his claim to the throne of Æthelmearc. Duke Sir Christopher, the Seneschal, verified that a tournament was held in accordance with the laws and customs of the Kingdom and Society. The Minister of the Lists verified that His Highness was victorious through the tournament list. The Silver Buccle Herald verified that the Prince’s patents of nobility had been checked, and that he was the true heir of Æthelmearc. The Imperatori asked for a few more moments to complete their business, and would call upon him when they were finished.

Prince Byron makes his claim to the throne. Photo by Master Fridrikr.

The Praetorian Guard was summoned, and released from their service to the Empire. The Imperial retainers were summoned, and released from their service to the Empire.

The Imperatori called for Their Heirs, Thomas Byron and Ariella, to attend Them. The Silver Buccle Herald confirmed that it was their desire to defend and rule the lands of Æthelmearc. He then confirmed with the people of the Kingdom that it was their will to subject themselves to the rule of Thomas Byron and Ariella as their King and Queen. Finally, he confirmed that they were willing to swear to serve as chiefest defenders of the realm, highest executors of its laws, and chiefest patrons of the arts. The Keeper of the Law then bestowed upon them the Laws of Æthelmearc, which they were bound both to obey and enforce. The Emperor Magnus Tindal removed the Crown from the Empress Etain and gave it unto the keeping of the Kingdom. Finally, the Emperor Magnus Tindal removed the Crown from his own brow and, as his last act, crowned Thomas Byron of Haverford 38th King of Æthelmearc.

Augustus Tindal crowns Byron as King of Æthelmearc. Photo by Master Fridrikr.

Here ends the Scrolls of the Reign of Magnus Tindal and Etain II, 37th in the line of monarchs of the Sylvan Kingdom of Æthelmearc.

Coronation of Byron and Ariella

Documented from the Rolls and Files of the Coram Regibus of Thomas Byron Rex and Ariella Regina, King and Queen of Æthelmearc: Being a True Record of the Business of Their Royal Court at Their Coronation, 9 April, Anno Societatis L, in the Shire of Gryffyn’s Keep. As recorded by Gwendolyn the Graceful, Brehyres, Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald, acting as assistant to Their Silver Buccle Herald, Kameshima-kyō Zentarō Umakai.

Herein begin the Rolls and Files of the Coram Regibus of Thomas Byron and Ariella, 38th King and Queen of Æthelmearc.

Upon receiving the crown, Byron, Rex, crowned Ariella His Queen. Thereupon did Count Magnus Tindal and Countess Etain withdraw and take their ease.

Byron crowns Ariella Queen. Photo by Master Fridrikr Tomasson.

Being duly crowned King and Queen, Their Majesties received an unction of water from the River Thames, at the hands of the Silver Buccle herald and Their royal herald, as token of remembrance of those true kings and queens of old who had come before Them.

Queen Ariella receives unction of water from the River Thames. Photo by Master Fridrikr.

Duke Duncan von Halstern of the Order of Chivalry presented Their Majesties with the Sword of State, to represent glory in virtue and excellence in justice. Her Majesty received armills of sincerity and wisdom from Annanias Fenn, Master of the Order of Defense.Their Majesties received rings, set with garnets, as symbols of their bonds of protection for the people, from Duchess Morgen of Rye, of the Order of the Rose. Sir Maghnus de Cnoc an Iora, Master of the Pelican, gave unto Their Majesties a scepter, as a symbol of virtue and equity. Mistress Tsvia bas Zipporah Levi of Granada, of the Order of the Laurel, bedecked Their Majesties in mantles of royal estate.

Mistress Ts’vee’a invests King Byron with the Mantle. Photo by Master Fridrikr.

Duke Christopher Rawlyns, Seneschal, then did confirm to Their Majesties Their right to retain the state which They had inherited by lawful succession, instructing Them to stand as the mediators of the nobility and the common people of the kingdom.

The Silver Buccle called for the Roll of Kings and Queens, which was rendered in plainchant by the Debatable Choir. The line of Kings and Queens, and the Rule of Æthelmearc thus continuing unbroken, Their Majesties began Their reign.

Their Majesties invited back into Their presence His Excellency, Count Magnus Tindal, and Her Excellency, Countess Etain ingen Dalaig. Mindful of their example and service to the Kingdom, Their Majesties did confer upon Their Excellencies their duly earned status of Duke and Duchess. Duke Tindal’s scroll a work in progress by Meißterin Felicity Flüßmüllerin and Freiherr Fridrich Flüßmüllnerin; Duchess Etain’s scroll by Meißterin Fredeburg Katzenellenbogen.

Tindal and Etain are invested as Duke and Duchess. Photo by Duchess Siobhán.

Their Majesties called forward Their royal children, Leah and Ian. His Majesty informed His son that he and his brother, Joshua, would be known as Ætheling, according to the ancient traditions of the Saxon princes. But as for Their daughter, His Majesty felt that a more appropriate title might present itself…. Thereupon did Their Majesties decree that Their children be invested as Princes and Princess Royal: Joshua Ætheling, Ian Ætheling, and Princess Leah.

Princess Leah and Ian AEtheling. Photo by Duchess Siobhan.

Their Majesties received oaths of service from Their Great Officers of State. Their Majesties received oaths of fealty from the territorial Barons and Baronesses of the Barony-Marche of the Debatable Lands, the Barony of the Rhydderich Hael, and the Barony of St. Swithin’s Bog. Their Majesties received oaths of fealty from the Companions of the Order of Chivalry there present. Their Majesties received oaths of service, severally, from those Companions of the Orders of the Laurel, Pelican, and Defense, and additionally of those Royal Peers there present.

The Masters of Defense promise to serve the King and Queen. Photo by Master Fridrikr.

Their Majesties summoned before Them Meißterin Fredeburg von Katzenellenbogen, Captain of Her Majesty’s Guard, and those other guards present. Her Majesty spoke of the hours She anticipated spending among them, whereupon Their Majesties received their oaths of service, and invested them into Her Majesty’s guard.

Their Majesties summoned before Them Master Alaric MacConnal and The Honorable Lady Elss of Augsburg, Head Retainers, and those other royal retainers present. His Majesty spoke of the donation of their time and Their Majesties’ gratitude for their dedication to the reign and the kingdom. Whereupon, Their Majesties received their oaths of service, and invested them as retainers to the Royal Household.

Their Majesties summoned before Them The Honorable Lady Gwendolyn the Graceful,  Brehyres, Their Royal Herald, and received from her her oath of service. With the leave of Their Majesties, the Silver Buccle did invest and name her as Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald, to act as representative of the Silver Buccle, with the authority of the voice of the Crown, to serve the Crown and the Kingdom in all matters heraldic until such time as new Heirs may come forth to claim the throne.

Brehyres Gwendolyn the Graceful is made Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald. Photo by Master Fridrikr.

The Silver Buccle then presented Their Royal Majesties, Byron and Ariella, unto the People of Æthelmearc, for their homage and acclaim.

Thus ended the Coronation of Thomas Byron and Ariella, 38th King and Queen of Æthelmearc. There being no further business at that time, Their Majesties’ Court was suspended.

First Court of Byron and Ariella

Documented from the Rolls and Files of the Coram Regibus of Thomas Byron Rex and Ariella Regina, King and Queen of Æthelmearc: Being a Continuation of the Business of Their Royal Court at Their Coronation, 9 April, Anno Societatis L, in the Shire of Gryffyn’s Keep. As recorded by Gwendolyn the Graceful, Brehyres, Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald, with the assistance of The Honorable Lady Sophie Davenport, Seedling Pursuivant.

Their Majesties invited those territorial Barons and Baronesses present to take their places in Their Court.

His Majesty’s Champion, Duke Duncan Von Halstern, approached the throne and through Their Herald issued a challenge to any who disputed the rightful reign of Thomas Byron and Ariella. The challenge going unanswered, His Majesty offered His Grace the cup of peace, and invited him to join the Court.

The following edicts were issued:

On April 9, 2016, do We, Byron and Ariella, King and Queen of Æthelmearc, expel Dan Heyman, known in the Society as Dan of the Debatable Lands, from participation in any SCA activity.

On April 9, 2016, do We, Byron and Ariella, King and Queen of Æthelmearc, expel Derek Holton, known in the Society as Bluestar, from participation in any SCA activity.

Their Majesties called before them Aesgirr inn rauoi and praised his efforts as chronicler and laborer in many kitchens on behalf of his shire. In recognition of his contributions, They raised him to the nobility and Awarded him Arms. Scroll by THL Aelric Ravenshaw.

Lord Aesgirr receives his Award of Arms. Photo by Duchess Siobhan.

Their Majesties then received James of Gryffyn’s Keep and Sara of Gryffyn’s Keep. They spoke of these gentles’ dedication to the Society as fighters and their support to their shire in its events and activities. Their Majesties then recognized them as members of the nobility by Awarding them Arms. Scrolls by THL Aelric Ravenshaw.

Lord James and Lady Sara with their daughter, receiving their Awards of Arms. Photo by Master Giuseppe.

Their Majesties next sought Summerled Half-Dane, who was not in attendance, but whose lady came forth to carry Their Majesties’ words to him. Their Majesties cited Summerled’s willingness to open his home, his skill in bannermaking, and his tireless efforts in the Shire’s and kingdom’s kitchens. In appreciation for his service, They Awarded him Arms in absentia. Scroll by THL Aelric Ravenshaw.

Tristyn of Gryffyn’s Keep was next brought before Their Majesties, whereupon They discussed with her her service as both Arts and Sciences Minister and Deputy Exchequer. In praise of her service to her Shire, They recognized her nobility with an Award of Arms. Scroll illuminated by THL Tegrinus de Rhina, calligraphed by THL Alianora Bronhulle.

Lady Tristyn receives an Award of Arms. Photo by Master Giuseppe.

Their Majesties next summoned Lord Markus Skalpr Grimmson, whose tablet weaving, hoods, and armor stands have not been unnoticed. To recognize his skills, Their Majesties inducted him to the Order of the Sycamore. Scroll by Anlaith ingen Trena.

Lord Markus receives a Sycamore. Photo by Master Fridrikr.

Lord Takamatsu Gentarou Yoshitaka was invited before Their Majesties, who remarked on the skill demonstrated in his etching and Japanese clothing. They were moved to name him a Companion of the Order of the Sycamore in recognition of his accomplishments. Scroll by Lady Vivienne of Yardley.

Lord Yoshitaka receives a Sycamore. Photo by Master Fridrikr.

Their Majesties sought the attendance of Lady Catalina Iannarella. His Majesty noted that this lady has served as Exchequer, Arts and Sciences Minister, autocrat, and head cook for her shire. In order to recognize and facilitate her continuing service, Their Majesties named her a Companion of the Order of the Keystone. Scroll by Lady Kadlin Sigvaldakona.

Lady Catalina receives a Keystone. Photo by Master Fridrikr.

Lady Alimé bint Yorgi came before Their Majesties. Her Majesty confessed that for some time, She had believed this lady to be a resident of the Barony-March of the Debatable Lands, for so often did She see her hard at work within those borders, but that She was further pleased to learn that her service to the Barony did not neglect the needs of her own Shire of Gryffyn’s Keep. Others shared this view, and to that end, Their Majesties called before Them Their Order of the Millrind. With the acclaim of that said Order, They did Grant her Arms and induct her as its Companion, whereupon Kameshima-kyō Zentarō Umakai presented her with his own medallion. Scroll by Master Caleb Reynolds.

Lady Alimé bint Yorgi is inducted into the Millrind. Photo by Lady Catalina Iannarella d’Colliano.

Her Grace, Duchess Siobhan ingen ui Liathain was invited to attend Their Majesties. They spoke of the ways in which she has enriched the Kingdom since her return, notably through her skill in wire weaving. In affirmation of these accomplishments, They called into Their presence the Order of the Fleur D’Æthelmearc and named her a Companion of that Order. Scroll forthcoming.

Duchess Siobhan is made a Fleur d’Æthelmearc. Photo by Master Fridrikr.

Next did Their Majesties desire to be attended by Her Excellency, Countess Rosalinda de Castille. Their Majesties praised this noble lady’s enthusiasm for, dedication to, and prowess within the arena of Thrown Weapons. They then summoned the Companions of the White Horn and inducted her into that meritorious Order. Scroll by Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope.

Countess Rosalinda is inducted into the Order of the White Horn. Photo by Master Giuseppe.

Then did Their Majesties require the presence of Dame Elspeth Ann Roth and Master Alaric MacConnal. Their Majesties spoke of their unceasing service, to the Barony-March of the Debatable Lands, to the larger heraldic community, the Debatable Choir, the Debatable Consort, and their service to come to Their Majesties’ retinue. So that all may know the regard and esteem with which they are held, Their Majesties were moved to create them Baroness and Baron of Their Court. Scrolls by Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope and Lady Alysoun of the Debatable Lands; coronets fashioned by Lady Sumayya al Ghaziyya.

Master Alaric and Mistress Elsbeth are made Court Baron and Baroness. Photo by Master Giuseppe.

Their Majesties next requested the attendance of His Grace, Duke Timothy of Arindale. His Majesty noted the impact that His Grace has had upon the Kingdom in a short span of time, and the tireless and generous service he has provided as both subject and steward of these lands. Being far from alone in this opinion, Their Majesties convened council with those members of the Most Noble Order of the Pelican there present, and with their enthusiastic assent, charged Duke Timothy to name a time and place to sit vigil for the purpose of contemplating elevation into that august Order. Scroll by THL Kieran McRae.

Duke Timothy receives a Writ for the Pelican. Photo by Master Giuseppe.

Their Majesties invited THL Thomas Lestrange to enter Their Court and address the populace. His Lordship announced the winner of the day’s heavy weapons tournament: THL Boden the Lost. He then asked Dona Fiora D’Artusio to reveal the winner of the fencing tournament. She related that there had been a tie between Doña Emily of Dunvegan and Master Iago Benitez. A tie-breaker saw Doña Emily triumphant. She was presented with a cloak as token of her victory.

Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope was invited forward and given leave to address the populace. Her Excellency has graciously taken on the task of coordinating the production of Her Majesty’s Queen’s favors, from the design chosen by Her Majesty and the populace at Ice Dragon. Mistress Arianna invited anyone who wishes for a kit to aid in the manufacture of favors to find her after court or at upcoming events. She also invited other artisans to seek her out if they wish to make favors using other methods.

His Majesty cautioned the populace that the days of peace are threatened by winds of war. As in times past, the kingdom must choose whether to ally with our parents the East or their ancient rivals the Midrealm. After discussion with both of Their Royal Cousins, and through careful deliberation, Their Majesties decreed that the Sylvan Kingdom will stand with our ancestors, the East. His Majesty charged all the populace to sharpen their swords, tend to their bowstrings, and ready themselves, to aid our allies and to defend our homeland when War comes to her fields.

Her Majesty announced her intention to carry on the tradition of recognizing each day one who had inspired Her. On this day, She selected Lady Cairdha Eilis O’Coileain for comprehensively and exuberantly indulging Ian Ætheling in discussion of non-alcoholic beverage brewing.

Lady Cairdha Eilis is recognized as Her Majesty’s inspiration. Photo by Master Augusto Giuseppe da San Donato.

Their Majesties thanked all scribes and regalia wrights who contributed their talents and largesse to enhance the Court’s proceedings.

Their Majesties also thanked the event staff who made the day of Their Coronation so enjoyable for all, including but not limited to THL Thomas Lestrange, the cooks, Master Duncan for his site tokens, and all others who labored to assist the event.

There being no further business, Their Majesties’ Court was closed.


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Spring Crown List Announced!

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sun, 2016-04-17 08:48

Their Majesties Thomas Byron and Ariella, are happy to announce the list of contenders for Their Crown Tournament, to be held May 7th in the Barony of Delftwood.

“Greetings unto the Nobles and Populace of AEthelmearc and all who hear these Words.

We are proud to announce the Noble Fighters and Inspirational Consorts who will take the field at the Tournament to choose Our Heirs.  We are indeed pleased with these Gentles, and We look forward to a glorious day of chivalrous combat.

In Service to the Dream,

Byron and Ariella, Rex et Regina AEthelmearc

Duke Sir Timothy of Arindale for Duchess Gabrielle van Nijenrode

Duke Sir Sven Gunnarsson of Fathrundrialand for Duchess Siobhan Inghean ui Liathain

Duke Sir Malcolm Duncan MacEioghann for Viscountess Rosalinde Ashworth

Duke Sir Marcus Eisenwald for Baroness Margerite Eisenwald

Earl Syr Yngvar the Dismal for Countess Caryl Olesdatter

Sir Maghnus an Chnoic na n’Iora for Brehyres Gwendolyn the Graceful

Sir Cunen Beornhelm and THL Ariadne Flaxenhair of Dragon’s End, each for the other

Sir Murdoch Bayne for Baroness Rioghnach ni Rose

Sir Delphinious Aegeous for Lady Shirin of Susa

Sir Magariki Katsuichi no Koredono for Lady Katherine Sinclaire

Sir Angus MacBain for Mistress Yvianne de Castel d’Avignon

Mistress Jenna MacPherson and Lord Rouland of Willowbrooke, each for the other

Sir Gareth Kincaid for Mistress Juliana Delamare

Sir Arnþorr inn sterki for Lady Ceirech na Hinnsi

Baron William Freskyn Murray for Baroness Katherine Kiersey

THL Jairus of the Darklands for Baroness Rosemund von Glinde

Baron Dominic McMorland for Countess Isabeau de l’Isle

Baroness Beatrix Zsofia Serilda Krieger and THL Thorsol Solinauga, each for the other

THL Lothar Hügelmann for Baroness Elizabeth Arrowsmyth

Brother Boldo for Noelle the Goodhearted

Lord Fearghus max Eoin for Mariss Muller


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Abhainn Ciach Ghlais Receives Historic Preservation Award

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sat, 2016-04-16 20:01

Photo by Barbara Confer Franck.

If you belong to the SCA you’ve more than likely helped out at one of your local group’s demos at least a time or two or more. What’s unusual is to receive a congratulatory letter from an outside historical nonprofit group wanting to bestow your local group with one of its prestigious awards for doing something you love.

This is what happened to the hard-working folk from the Shire of Abhainn Ciach Ghlais (ACG) who recently received an “Historic Preservation Award” from the Shikelimo Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). The distinctive honor was bestowed on Saturday, March 26, 2016 during the annual DAR Awards Ceremony held at the Union County Library, Lewisburg, PA.

The award is designed to recognize worthy individuals or groups for outstanding achievements in all areas of historic preservation, and was given to ACG for its active involvement, particularly demos, within the local community.

During the ceremony, the DAR Regent went into detail about two of ACG’s biggest annual demos, which have been visited by thousands. These include the time-honored medieval encampment held at the Lewisburg Art’s Festival in April and the annual Renaissance Faire and Festival held for the benefit of the Sunbury Redevelopment Initiative.

The DAR Regent listed a wide variety of arts and sciences ACG traditionally presents and is enjoyed by the community such as learning how to roll glass beads, creating calligraphy with period tools, weaving chain mail, preparing period camp cooking and more. She also gave credit for the crowd’s fascination with watching day-long fighting and fencing bouts.

Smaller demos were also acknowledged such as one held at Camp Victory, a camp for children with diabetes, and what it meant for the children when they had a day of bard-told stories, swinging a sword at a knight in armor, learning how to weave on an inkle loom and playing medieval games. The Regent even mentioned how much enjoyment DAR members had when last year ACG performed a demo for them.

Attending shire members were asked to come up on stage to accept the award. These included Duke Sir Timothy of Arindale and Duchess Gabrielle van Nijenrode, Dame Bronwyn MacFhionghuin, THL Brad Boda Aetheward, Lord Conrad Keinst, Lady Byrgida Zajaczkowa, Lady Elyes la Bref, Lord Jeremiah MacCoul, Lady Greer Wallace, and Lady Deirdre Kildare.

Deirdre, the shire’s seneschal, offered her appreciation for the award along with a few words about ACG and her pride in the shire’s “multifaceted talent which stretches wide and deep.”

Refreshments, along with picture taking, followed the bestowal of awards.

Since the DAR’s founding in 1890, historic preservation and education have been part of its mission. Its Historic Preservation Award is an annual honor given to one individual and to one group.  The would-be recipient must be nominated with supporting documentation such as newspaper articles and recommendation letters which are then forwarded to the Historic Preservation Committee of the National Society for approval.

Submitted by
Lady Deirdre Kildare


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Unofficial Court Report: Last Court of Brennan Ri and Caoilfhionn Banri

East Kingdom Gazette - Fri, 2016-04-15 15:30

And so it was that Brennan Ri and Caoilfhionn Banri did throw a party for their heirs, and hold Court in the Shire of Quintavia on 9 April AS 50.

First was Duchess Marieke called into court. She presented the restored and refurbished Sword of State to Their Majesties.

Brennan Ri and Caoilfhionn Banri called before them Eydis Thorgrimsdottir. She was Awarded Arms and named a Lady of the Court, receiving a wooden scroll by Marietta Charay with words by Aesa feilin Jossursdottir and translation to runes by Avaldr Valbjarnarson.

Next was Olaf Haraldson called into court. He replied to the question posed to him, and thus was the Order of the Pelican called forth. He was elevated to the order, receiving regalia and a carved horn scroll with words by Allyn Min Teanga and the carving by Randall Vihari-Farkas.

Next was Geloria de Sancto Johanne called before Their Majesties. They carried the words of Thorkatla, and presented Geloria with a Meridian Majesty. She received a scroll by Caterina Coeur Noir of Meridies.

Brennan Ri and Caoilfhionn Banri called forth Isobel (Libby) Bickerstaff. Speaking of her services, they welcomed before them the Order of the Silver Crescent. She was inducted into the order and received a medallion and a stained glass scroll by Solskinn of Smoking Rocks with words by Nest verch Tangwistel.

But Their Majesties were not yet through with Isobel. For her work as their Court Scheduler, they named her a Baroness of the Court. She received a coronet from Her Highness Avelina, and a scroll by Palotzi Marti.

Next was Ariana of the North called into court. Her skill in archery noted, she was inducted into the Order of the Sagitarius. She received a medallion and a scroll by Éadaoin Chruitire.

The order not yet complete, next was Isadora del la tor called into court. She was inducted into the Order of the Sagitarius, receiving a medallion and a stained glass scroll by Conor O Caellaigh (with assistance from Mongo Chinua) with calligraphy by Lada Monguligin.

Remaining on the topic of Archery, Their Majesties invited Li Kung Lo into their court. They named him a Baron of the Court, presenting him with a coronet and a scroll by Nest verch Tangwistel.

Their Majesties called into court their Order of the Silver Rapier. Noting their order by no means complete, they called before them Magdalena Von Kirschberg to join the order. She received a medallion and a scroll by Nataliia Anastasiia Evgenova.

Their Majesties called before them Culann mac Cianain. His Majesty Brennan spoked highly of Culann’s work as an armorer, and named him Armorer to the Crown, presenting him with a scroll by Harold von Auerbach.

Additionally, Culann mac Cianain was presented with a King’s Cypher for his service to the reign.

Her Majesty Caoilfhionn called into court Fergus Redmead and Sabina Lutrell. For their service to the reign, they each received a Queen’s Cypher.

Next was Malcolm Bowman called into court. For his service to the reign he received both a King’s Cypher and a Queen’s Cypher.

Their Majesties next invited the Worshipful Company of Her Majesty’s Underwear into court. They presented gifts to the King and Queen.

Next did Brennan Ri and Caoilfhionn Banri call into court. Aife ingen Chonchobair, Harvey Wynegode, Thora Sharpstooth, Lianor de Matos, Heather Rose de Gordon, Aethelflied Brewbane, Anastasia da Monte, Cateline la Broderesse, Keagan MacKeagen, Elizabet Marshal, Asa in Svarta, Lucien de Pontivy, Aildreda de Tamworthe and Eva Woderose. All were named Tailors/Seamstresses to the Crown, and presented with both a King’s Award of Esteem and a Queen’s Award of Esteem.

His Majesty called before him Donovan Shinnock and Llewyllyn Walsh. He presented both with a King’s Award of Esteem.

His Majesty invited before him Catrin o’r Rhyd For. She received a King’s Cypher for her service to the reign.

Brennan Ri and Caoilfhionn Banri called forth their Order of the Silver Wheel. Stated that the order was incomplete, they invited before them Raziya bint Rusa. She was inducted into the order, and received a medallion and a scroll by Isa of Ruantallan with words by Marion du Canard.

The order not yet complete, Their Majesties invited before them Lavina Attewode. She was inducted into the Order of the Silver Wheel, receiving a medallion and a scroll by Svea the Short-sighted.

The order still not yet complete, Brennan Ri and Caoilfhionn Banri called forth Tomyris of Stonemarche. She was inducted into the order, receiving a medallion and a scroll by Wulfgar Silverbraid and Treannah.

Her Majesty called into court Cassandra Blondel and Arlyana van Wyck. They each received a Queen’s Award of Esteem.

Her Majesty Caoilfhionn next called into court Anton LaFlamme and Aiden McShane. They each received a Queen’s Award of Esteem.

Their Majesties welcomed into their court Ellen du Grandchamp. They called for the companions of the Order of the Golden Lance. Ellen was inducted into the order, receiving a medallion and a scroll by Katherine Stanhope.

Next did Their Majesties call forth Catalina de Valencia. The named her a Baroness of their Court, presenting her with a coronet and a scroll by Rhonwen Glyn Conwy.

His Majesty called into court Mercedes Vera de Califia. For her service to the reign she was presented with a King’s Cypher.

Brennan Ri called forth Martin der Wasserspeir. For her service to the reign she was presented with a King’s Cypher.

Caoilfhionn Banri called forth Clodagh and Leonete D’Angely. They were each presented with a Queen’s Award of Esteem.

Tola knytir was also awarded a Queen’s Award of Esteem.

Their Majesties invited into their court Fiona O’Malle. She was presented with a King’s Award of Esteem and a Queen’s Award of Esteem.

Brennan and Caoilfhionn called into their court Demi la Roux de Avignon. She was presented with a King’s Award of Esteem and a Queen’s Award of Esteem.

Her Majesty called into court Medhbh inghean ui Cheallaigh. For her service to the reign Medhbh received a Queen’s Cypher.

Her Majesty called into court Einarr Njortharson, called Billyfish. For his service to the reign, Billyfish was presented with a Queen’s Cypher.

Her Majesty called forth Miles Boweman. Her Majesty welcomed him into her Queen’s Order of Courtesy.

Brennan Ri and Caoilfhionn Banri called forth Elizabeth Elenore Lovell. For her service to the reign she was presented with a King’s Cypher and a Queen’s Cypher.
Her Majesty called His Majesty before her. She did present to Brennan her Queen’s Award of Esteem.

His Majesty called Her Majesty before him. He did present to Caoilfhionn his King’s Cypher.

Their Majesties called forth the King’s Bard, Aethelflied Brewbane, to practice her art as a soothsayer. The signs unclear, Aethelflied had her student, Caoilfhionn Banri, also practice. Her Majesty read the signs and portents, and realized that the time had come o not just throw a party for their heirs, but to pass to them the Crowns of the East.

Their Majesties called forth their retainers, and released them from service.
Her Majesty called forth her guards, and released them from service.
Their Majesties called forth their champions, and released them from service.
Speaking of their love of the Kingdom of the East, they thanked the people for their love and support.

Thus closed the last court of Brennan Ri and Caoilfhionn Banri, making way for the Coronation of Their Heirs, Kenric and Avelina. Long Live the King! Long Live the Queen!

Long live the Kingdom of the East!

In Service,
Malcolm Bowman, Eastern Crown Herald (Ret).

Though not in attendance, Martyn de Halliwell was named Tailor to the Crown and received a King’s Award of Esteem. Further, Cristoforo Donatello dei Visconti was named Tailor to the Crown.

Thank you to the heralds for the day, Elizabeth Elenore Lovell, Yehuda ben Moshe and Liadan ingen Chineada.


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Call for Content – EK Rapier Website

East Kingdom Gazette - Thu, 2016-04-14 18:31

Unto the Rapier Combatants of the Kingdom of the East do I, Master Frasier MacLeod, send greetings,

We have recently changed Webministers for the EK Rapier website. I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Mistress Analeda Falconbridge for stepping in at a difficult time and keeping the site afloat and viable until a permanent Webminister could be found.

Our new Webminister, Lord Brian of Stonemarche, has asked me to put out the call for CONTENT! If there is an article, an essay, a class, a presentation, or anything along those lines you think would make the Rapier website better and more useful, let us know! Feel free to send it along to Brian and myself, with a copy of the SCA Creative Work Copyright Assignment/Grant of Use Form found here: Link to Release so we can use your work legally and with your permission.

The EK Rapier website is for all of YOU, and without you we can’t make it better. Help us turn the site into something other kingdoms will look at and go “Wow, I wish my website was cool like the East’s is”.

In Service,

Master Frasier MacLeod, KRM, East


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