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Unofficial Court Report: Smoking Rocks 40th Anniversary Celebration

East Kingdom Gazette - Wed, 2016-04-27 18:04

Though the day started overcast with a bit of rain, there was naught but comradery and lightheartedness to be found among the attendees of the Barony of Smoking Rocks 40th Anniversary Celebration, held on the 23rd of April, Anno Societatis 50, reckoned 2016 in the Common Era. The day’s revels were attended by Their Majesties Kenric III and Avelina III. In mid-afternoon, upon completion of the rapier and armoured tourneys and the arts and sciences competition, Their Majesties opened Court. They invited Their Excellencies Smoking Rocks join Them and to conduct what business they had in Baronial Court. Smoking Rocks Court concluded, Their Majesties resumed Their own Royal Court.

First to speak to the King was Ceawlin Alreding, Baron of Smoking Rocks. Baron Ceawlin recalled a time in the past when a faithful family retainer named Kenric had served as his cupbearer. At the time, Baron Ceawlin had promised his retainer a ha’penny at Christmastide. Kenric’s fortunes now much changed, His Excellency still wished to fulfill his debt and presented His Majesty with his ha’penny and his thanks.

Their Majesties called for Ysabella de Coventry and spoke of her service to thrown weapons and archery. They wished to pass on the appreciation of her work by Their predecessors, Omega V and Etheldreda IV, and gave her a scroll Awarding her Arms from the 22nd of August, A.S. 50, 2015 C.E. at the Equestrian and Thrown Weapons Championships. The scroll was prepared by Lady Aaradyn Ghyoot.

The Crown then called for the children of the East and offered them toys from the Kingdom’s coffers, if they could catch Ulf the Dragon Slayer. Ulf ran out of Court with the box, followed by a dozen children and much joyful cheering.

King Kenric and Queen Avelina called for Lasair an Fhraoich and spoke of her tablet weaving and work on the inkle loom. They called for Their Order of the Silver Brooch and made Lasair a member of that Order, with a scroll to commemorate that crafted by Lord Vettorio Antonello.

Their Majesties called for those new to the Society and several people approached. Their Majesties offered them tokens of appreciation and thanked them for participating.

Lord Haakon Ragnarsson was summoned before the Crown and praised his work as an anchor of his shield wall. They called for Their Order of the Silver Tyger and caused Haakon to be numbered among them, with a scroll saying such prepared by Lady Onora inghean ui Rauic. Their Majesties felt Their Order of the Silver Tyger incomplete and called for Baron Bruka the Saracen. King Kenric praised his work in the shield wall and his skill with pole arm, and named Bruka to the Order with a scroll prepared by Mistress Nest verch Tangwistel. Mistress Nest verch Tangwhistle then approached the thrones in her role as Tyger Clerk of the Signet and swore fealty, and was given fealty in return by the Crown.

The Crown called for Lady Marguerite von Elfenau. They spoke of her work as a chonicler, her musicianship with Fracta Modi, and how she opens her house for project days and newcomer get togethers. They called for Their Order of the Silver Wheel and caused Marguerite to be counted as one of that Order. She was presented with a framed piece of stained glass crafted by Lady Solskinn of Smoking Rocks with words by Mistress Nest verch Tangwistle.

Their Majesties then spoke of the polling that had recently been conducted in the Barony of Smoking Rocks in its search to find successors to Baron Ceawlin Alreding and Baroness Molly Blythe. Their Majesties announced that they had found the heirs to the Baronial Seat and called for Lord Richard Leviathan and Lady Alys Attewater and bade them plan for their Investiture. Queen Avelina then thanked the Barony and the event steward for a wonderful day and offered her expectations for a wonderful feast.

Before the Court of Their Majesties could be closed, Master Padraig Dubh MacEanruig, who had been made a member of the Order of Chivalry twenty years prior, came forward and asked if Their Majesties would accept his fealty. King Kenric said he would much rather have Master Pat at his side than opposing him and so accepted his offered fealty and gave him the fealty of the Crown in return.

There being no further business, the Court of Kenric III and Avelina III at Smoking Rocks 40th Anniversary was concluded. My thanks to the heralds – Mistress Suba al-Hadid, Lady Amy verch Rychard, Lord Agapios Cargos, and Justinius Alexander Eternus – and all the retainers and scribes and others who supported the Crown and the event.

For Crown and College, Pray know I remain, – Master Rowen Cloteworthy


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The Wild Hunt Begins

AEthelmearc Gazette - Wed, 2016-04-27 08:20

Lords and Ladies of the rapier community…. Hear the call to hunt! Sharpen your rapier wit, make keen your eye, prepare your gear! You have been CHALLENGED!

In hopes of inspiring each and every one of you.. From those who only authed yesterday all the way to those with a rapier peerage.. Your friendly Kingdom Huntsmen challenge you to boldly swagger forth in readiness to learn, improve and challenge!

From Æthelmearc War Practice 2016 to Æthelmearc War Practice 2017, all fencers are invited participate in the Wild Hunt by seeking out fencers of all skill levels at official events – to work with and to challenge for points (and prizes!)…

The Wild Hunt Rules: The purpose of this endeavor it multi-faceted. Firstly, it is a vehicle to encourage the participants of the Æthelmearc Rapier community to be more active within the kingdom by approaching and engaging with as many different fencers as possible at any given opportunity, to get them to step out of their comfort zone. Secondly, it is an attempt to encourage all ranks to travel and participate more within the kingdom. Finally, it is an attempt to track what events are being attended by all ranks, as well as the activity levels of each. During the course of the Hunt; Countess Elena, Master Diego, Dona Gabrielle, or Don Po are the marshals and final arbitrators. Any questions should be directed to them.

Duration: This is a one year long Tournament. The Wild Hunt shall be from Æthelmearc War Practice 2016 until the start of Æthelmearc War Practice 2017. The Hunt will only take place at published events in the Kingdom and is only open to members of the Æthelmearc population. Each person will be responsible for maintaining their own log book of who they face during the event and reporting it to the email address for tally throughout the season. Scoring will begin at the opening of the field at Æthelmearc War Practice 2016.

How to Join: To participate, an individual must actively announce their intent to the any of the 4 Marshals. The Hunters may then begin to report their kills and join the Facebook group “The Wild Hunt” to stay in touch with the various opportunities for bonus points and to see the leaderboards. Fighters that wish to participate may join at any time prior to the start of Æthelmearc War Practice 2016 and before Æthelmearc War Practice 2017.

How to Challenge:

  • It must happen at events that have scheduled rapier activities.
  • The Hunter must be armed for rapier combat, in the rapier activities area, ready to fence, during a time open for pick-ups.
  • The Prey must be armed for rapier combat, in the rapier activities area, and ready to fence.
  • Both participants in the challenge may be hunting at the time. The Prey need not be a reporting Hunter to be considered as an opponent.
  • Duration or type of challenge shall be mutually agreed upon by the Hunter and Prey (i.e., coaching time, tourney style fights, 10 min, 3 passes, keep fighting until a kill is made, upper or lower limits of passes to be decided upon each challenge, etc)
  • Tourney passes that are victories may be documented as Hunt wins. A hunter can record one kill per Prey per event for scoring.

Think of this as documenting your pick-ups. As part of the process, Hunters are encouraged to keep a journal and take the opportunity with each combatant to review what things they can learn, have been doing better, etc. This is also an opportunity for coaching if you want it. But if the coaching is the goal, make that clear at the opening of the challenge so the opponent is aware of how to look at the passes.

How the Scoring Works: Scoring will be based upon the highest rapier award held by both the hunter and the challenged.

  • Authorized Rapier Fighters (no rapier awards or awards that do not carry an AoA):1 point
  • Alce (for rapier combat) or other fencing award that carries an AoA: 2 pts
  • White Scarf or any other GoA for rapier combat: 3 pts
  • Master of Defense or Laurel (Rapier Combat): 4 pts

Scoring will be tabulated by totaling all points accumulated by an individual then dividing by the value of rank of hunter. (Thus an authorized fighter that defeats a MoD would receive (4 pts / 1 pt.) for a total of 4 points. A MoD that defeats a MoD would receive (4 pts / 4 pts) for a total of 1 point.)

If a WS or MOD is medically unable to fence, but is willing to observe a hunter while they fight non-challenge passes and offer coaching, points may be accrued that way as if the WS or MOD were challenged.

During the course of the Hunt, the arbitrators may issue conditional situations to an upcoming event that effect the scoring. (i.e. – challenge bouts must be fought with your weakest form, Passes should be done with the off hand, etc).

If during the course of the season, a hunter receives an award which moves them to higher point value, all subsequent event totals would be tabulated at the higher value and have no effect on previous results.

How to Report: At the conclusion of the bout(s), if a kill is achieved hunters are responsible to document the following information:

  • Æthelmearc authorized opponents: Name, date of event, name of event
  • Out of Kingdom opponents: Name, kingdom, rank, name of event, and date of event.

By Tuesday evening of the week following the event, all scores should be reported. The email to send scores to is: TheWildHunt1@yahoo.com

If scores are not sent in by Tuesday at 11:59 pm, they will not be counted for that event. Leaderboards will be posted periodically to show progress. Prior to Æthelmearc War Practice 2017, the final scores will be tabulated and the winners will be announced and prize(s) distributed at Æthelmearc War Practice 2017.

The Prize: The prize chest may grow as the year goes on. At this time the booty is: a fencing shirt, and parry cloak. Donations will be accepted if anyone would like to contribute. The Marshals will award the contents of the chest at Æthelmearc War Practice 2017.

There is also a Facebook Group for The Wild Hunt

Good luck! and Happy Hunting!

 Photo by Lady Silence.


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Crown Tournament – What To Expect / Déroulement du Tournois de la Couronne

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2016-04-26 17:04

King Kenric crowns Queen Avelina at an earlier Crown Tournament.

En Français

This Saturday the Gazette will provide limited coverage from the East Kingdom’s Spring Crown Tournament. The tourney format as well as the fighters with their consorts are listed below.  Due to the limitations of the site, the Gazette anticipates that our coverage will not start until the semi-finals.

Format

The format for Crown Tourney will be a pooled round robin leading into a 16-man double elimination tournament. The weapons used will be the choice of the fighters until they reach the semi-finals. The winner of the semi-final bouts will be determined by who wins the best of 5 and rotating weapon forms will be used. The undefeated fighter will enter the finals with 1 win to their credit. The finals will be best of 5 with rotating weapon forms.

Entrants

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

En Français:  Traduction par Boyarinia Ekaterina Solov’eva Pevtsova

Ce samedi, la Gazette du Royaume de L’Est offrira une couverture limitée du Tournois printanier de la Couronne du Royaume de l’Est. Le format du Tournoi ainsi que la liste des combattants et leurs consorts se trouvent ci-dessous. La couverture du Tournoi par la Gazette ne débutera que pour les demi-finales, l’accès à internet à partir du site étant limité.

Format :

Les rondes se dérouleront jusqu’à ce qu’on atteigne 16 combattants, par double élimination. Les armes seront au choix des combattants jusqu’aux demi-finales. Le gagnant de la demi-finale sera déterminé dans un meilleur de 5 avec des armes différentes à chaque rencontre. Le champion qui n’aura aucune défaite arrivera en finale avec un avantage de 1 point dans la finale. Celle-ci sera déterminée de la même façon que les demi-finales.

Combattants :

• Duc Brion Anthony Uriel Tarragon combattra pour l’honneur de la Duchesse Anna Ophelia Holloway Tarragon.

• Duc Randal of the Dark combattra pour l’honneur de la Duchesse Katherine Stanhope.

• Jarl Valgard Stonecleaver combattra pour l’honneur de Dame Gracia Vasquez de Trillo.

• Sir Wilhelm von Ostenbrucke combattra pour l’honneur de Maitresse Vienna de la Mer.

• Sir Rhys Ravenscroft combattra pour l’honneur de la Vicomtesse Jimena Montoya.

• Sir Marcus Blackaert combattra pour l’honneur de la Baronne Astrid Sigrun Ulfkelsdottir.

• Sir Cedric of Armorica combattra pour l’honneur de Maitresse Brid nic Shearlais.

• Maitre Æthelhawk Keyfinder combattra pour l’honneur de Maitresse Siubhan Wallace.

• Maitre Tiberius Iulius Rufus Primus combattra pour l’honneur de Vopiscus Rufius Donatus.

• Sir Ivan Ivanov syn Dimitriov vynuk Tzardikov combattra pour l’honneur de la Baronne Matilde de Cadenet.

• Sir Ané du Vey combattra pour l’honneur de Maitresse Sylvia de Vey.

• Sir Simon Gwyn combattra pour l’honneur de Dame Tullia Tranquilla.

• Lord William RavenHair combattra pour l’honneur de Dame Ceara Inghean Eoin Mhic Lucais.

• Baron Sigurthr VigurHafn combattra pour l’honneur de la Baronne Medhbh inghean Cheallaigh.

• Baron Duncan Kerr combattra pour l’honneur de Maitresse Eleanor fitzPatrick.

• Baron Matthias Grunwald combattra pour l’honneur de la Baronne Æsa feilinn Jossursdottir.

• Lord Ryouko’jin of Iron-skies combattra pour l’honneur de Dame Indrakshi Aravinda.

• Lord Ulfgeirr Ragnarsson the Nice combattra pour l’honneur de Dame Lavina Attewode.

• Baron Tiberius Nautius Maximus combattra pour l’honneur de Maeve of Linne Tatha.

• Baron Fionn Mac Con Dhuibh combattra pour l’honneur de la Baronne Molly Schofield.

• Lord Gawyn O’Clery combattra pour l’honneur de Maeve O’Clery.

• Lord Corwin Blackthorn combattra pour l’honneur de Dame Solveig Bjornsdottr.

• Peter de Bracebridge combattra pour l’honneur de Dame Gaeira Aggadottir.

• Renaud Mauclerc du Dragon Dormant combattra pour l’honneur de Léana Doucet


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Who Owns Me? The Answers

AEthelmearc Gazette - Tue, 2016-04-26 13:11

By Caleb Reynolds

The following (the answers to His Excellency’s latest quiz) is a list of the real swords and their real owners:

Tizona – This is one of the swords carried by El Cid. It’s currently on display at the Museo de Burgos in Burgos, Spain.

Durandal – Roland’s sword, as mentioned in the Song of Roland.

Grus – Belonged to Boleslaus the Wrymouthed, also known as Boleslaus III, the 11th century Prince of Poland.

Joyeuse – Charlemagne’s personal sword, on display at the Musée de Cluny in Paris, France. It was also the coronation sword of the kings of France up until Napoleon. (This was a two-fer.)

Legbiter – Magnus Barelegs, otherwise known as Magnus Olafsson, King of Norway at the end of the 11th Century.

Skofnung – Hrólf Kraki, the 6th century Danish King.

Zulfiqar – Ali ibn Abi Talib, who said it was given to him by the prophet Muhammad. Its image was used on banners and flags of the Ottoman Empire.

The Sword of Goujian – Goujian, King of Yue, a state in Ancient China. This bronze sword was discovered in 1965 and dates back to the 6th century BCE.

Curtana – The coronation sword of the monarchs of England, also known as the Sword of Mercy. It is on display along with the British Crown Jewels at the Tower of London.

Koryû – Kusunoki Masashige, a 14th century samurai. Koryû means “little dragon.” This is considered one of the national treasures of Japan and can be seen at the Tokyo National Museum.

Dyrnwyn – Rhydderch Hael. Dyrnwyn is Welsh for white hilt; the sword had an ivory hilt.

The Sword in the Stone – San Galgano. This is currently lodged in a stone inside a glass case in a round chapel on top of Montesiepi in Tuscany, Italy.

Dôjigiri Yasutsuna – Minamoto no Yorimitsu, a 10th century samurai. Called Monster Cutter, this tachi is currently housed at Tokyo National Museum.

Murgleys – Ganelon’s sword, as mentioned in the Song of Roland. This was called Mulagir in Germany and was described as having a carbuncle on the pommel.

Lobera – Ferdinand III. Called Wolf Slayer, St. Ferdinand’s sword is currently housed at the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the See in Seville, Spain.

And the fictional people and swords I added as red herrings?

People:

Damocles was tested by a sword of Dionysius, which apparently did not have a name.

Amir Arsalan – Shamshir-e Zomorrodnegar, from Persian legends.

Sigurd – Hrotti was the sword Sigurd claimed from the Dragon Fafnir’s horde, from Norse/German mythology.

Richard Cypher – carried the Sword of Truth, from the fantasy series of the same name.

Michael Moorcook’s sword & sorcery character Elric of Melnibone was cursed to wield the soul-drinking sword Stormbringer.

William Wallace – History does not record if William named his sword. (No, William Wallace was not a fictional person, but he is on this list anyways. Freedom!)

Fergus mac Róich – wielded Caladbolg in Welsh mythology.

Derfel Cadarn – the champion of Dumnonia, in the Arthurian legends, wielded Hywelbane.

Arya Stark, from A Game of Thrones fantasy series, wielded Needle.

Bastian’s sword, from The Neverending Story, was Sikanda.

Swords:

Narsil – The sword of Elendil, the shards of which were broken and later reforged into Anduril, wielded by Aragorn, son of Arathorn, etc. in the epic fantasy The Lord of The Rings.

The Master Sword – Link’s sword, from the Zelda video game series.

The Vorpal Blade – The sword of Gary Gygax in Dungeons & Dragons roleplaying games… +5 against Jabberwockies!

The Sword of Omens – Lion-O from the cartoon Thundercats.

Shannara – the uber sword from the Sword of Shannara fantasy books.

Fragarach – Sword of Manannan mac Lir in Irish mythology.

Eckesachs – Belonged to the legendary hero Hiebschwert of Germanic legends.

Arondight – Lancelot’s sword of the Arthurian stories.

Gram – Odin’s sword, broken by Sigmund of Norse mythology.

Cthrek Goru – Torak’s sword from The Belgariad fantasy series.

How did you do?

If you took this quiz, then you are a SCAdian. Hooray! You won.


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Crown Tourney Update: Conditions North of the Wall

East Kingdom Gazette - Mon, 2016-04-25 22:46

Photo of Crown Tourney site on April 24

On behalf of Al-Faris Mohammad, autocrat of Spring Crown Tourney

As the noble populace of the East prepare for their journey to the northern reaches of the Kingdom, we would take a moment to remind everyone to bring sturdy footwear and warm clothes to Crown Tourney this weekend.  We currently expect a beautiful sunny day in the low 50 range. (11 degrees for those wishing the Celsius equivalent).  There may be some muddy patches and small banks of snow, but the majority of the site should be dry and free of the grasp off winter.

Photo of Crown Tourney Site on April 16

There were visits to the site both April 16 and 24, and as you can see by pictures, one week does make a big difference.  However, please ensure you are prepared for the elements.  The Inn in heated but Court is planned to be outdoors.  We look forward to seeing everyone soon.

In Service,

Mistress Tadea Isabetta di Bruno

 


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Kingdom Youth Champion’s Tourney at War Practice

AEthelmearc Gazette - Mon, 2016-04-25 21:39

Youth Fighters, pay heed! The Æthelmearc Youth Combat Champions’ Tourney will be held on Saturday, May 21st at Æthelmearc War Practice in the Canton of Steltonwald. Anywhere from one to three Champions will be chosen by Their Majesties, King Byron and Queen Ariella, based on the fighters’ prowess and chivalry. Champions will receive the regalia from the current champions, Karl (Division 1) and Drake (Division 2), and serve as Kingdom Champions until the next tourney is held by Their Majesties’ successors.

Schedule for youth fighting at War Practice:

Saturday morning:

  • 9:00 am – List opens for inspections
  • 9:30 – Authorizations
  • 10:00 – Youth Champion’s Tourney begins
  • 11:00-12:00 – Melees

The Youth Combat list will be on the main battlefield, to the east of the thrown weapons range and alongside Currie Road. Look for a blue pop-up canopy.

For more information on Æthelmearc War Practice, see the Kingdom website.

If you have any questions about youth combat at Æthelmearc War Practice, please contact the Marshal-in-Charge, Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope.

Last spring’s Youth Champions’ tourney. Photo by Mistress Arianna.


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Call for Applicants – Vice President for Information Technology

East Kingdom Gazette - Mon, 2016-04-25 12:57

The SCA Inc. seeks applicants for the position of Vice President for Information Technology, for a three-year term beginning October 22, 2016.  This is a part-time volunteer position requiring technical leadership and a commitment of approximately 10-15 hours per week plus availability for emergencies.  The position is reports directly to the President and indirectly to the Vice President of Operations and to the Board of Directors by way of an Ombudsman.

The Vice President for Information Technology (VPIT) leads a team of volunteers who maintain and manage the SCA’s Internet servers for web, email, and related infrastructure services.  The VPIT team manages the SCA’s Internet domains, SSL certificates, the technical aspects of e-commerce clearinghouse services, and similar aspects of the corporation’s online identity.   The VPIT may also lead and direct external paid contractors for specific business critical projects or administrative duties.
Applications for the office will be accepted through July 1, 2016.  Please send both an SCA and modern resume to resumes@sca.org.
Comments are strongly encouraged and can be sent to:
SCA Inc.
Box 360789
Milpitas,  CA 95036

You may also email comments@lists.sca.org.

This announcement is an official informational release by the Society for Creative Anachronism , Inc.  Permission is granted to reproduce this announcement in its entirety in newsletters, websites and electronic mailing lists.


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Brewing in Focus at Siege of Harlech

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sun, 2016-04-24 23:14

By Lady Cairdha Eilis O’Coileain

In an amazing and beautiful day, the populace made their way to the castle of Their Majesties, King Byron and Queen Ariella.  Throughout the day, fighters and combat archers clashed in combat while much of the populace looked on in amusement. All enjoyed the fine weather and delicious foods. But, little noticed to some, in a comfortable corner of the great hall gathered several the Kingdom’s brewers. Excited to taste and discuss their work under a condition very few had ever experienced, the brewers sat around a table where no other arts were present to distract from the focus of their craft.

Brewing competition entrants and judges. Lady Ciardha Eilis is in the center. Photo by Baroness Hilderun Hugelmann.

For the first time that I can recall, brewing was the only art in competition at an event. Numerous entries were presented, including beers, wines, meads, and cordials. As Their Majesties joined the round table, they were given considerable information on the ways of judging the brewing arts, the qualities to look for in the variety of beverages, and the differences in the many styles. They responded with much interest and many questions. After a very informative and delightful conversation, His Majesty commented how wonderful it was to be able to focus Their attention on just one thing and not be forced to move quickly on to the next thing.  It made my heart soar to see such interest in an art that I so love, but even more so to be able to spend time with Their Majesties focused on my art, a gift bigger than any other I could imagine. Vivants to our most gracious and beneficent Majesties!

The proceedings were led by Master Tofi Kerthjalfadsson, who was extremely helpful to Their Majesties in explaining judging and sampling.  Entries came from THL Madoc Arundel, THL Jorundr hinn Rotinn, Good Gentle John, one other good gentle, and His Excellency Baron Fergus of Hanna from Atlantia.  THL Madoc submitted three entries; a pyment, a Riesling, and a sage ale. All three were delicious and well received. THL Jorundr submitted a Brunello which was quoted as being “a most excellent and well-rounded Italian red wine.” Good Gentle John, not an active member of the Society but one who supports his wife’s love of our game, submitted two delightful beers, a cream ale and a Belgian brown. His generosity was loved not just by those of us at the table, but many of the fighters as well. Another good gentle submitted three cordials, the most outstanding of which was an apple and peach spiced with cinnamon and clove.  Last, but not least, His Excellency of Highland Forde, Baron Fergus, blew us all away with the most amazingly balanced metheglin many of us have ever tasted.

Baron Fergus is recognized for his spiced mead. Photo by Arianna.

In court, many of the entries were celebrated and acknowledged for their skillful creation and wonderful tastes, but the overall winner was Baron Fergus and his extraordinary mead. It was a wonderful moment for the brewing community to share and be recognized for the beautiful art that it is.


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Sad Tiding from Æthelmearc

East Kingdom Gazette - Sun, 2016-04-24 18:48

We are saddened to report the passing of a former citizen of the East Kingdom, Mistress Esperanza Halevi (mka Esther Tucker) in the Barony-Marche of the Debatable Lands on April 11, 2016.   A detailed memorial article has been published by the Aethelmearc Gazette here: Sad Tidings: Mistress Esperanza Halevi


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From Laurel: Applications for Pelican Sovereign of Arms

East Kingdom Gazette - Sun, 2016-04-24 11:09

Dame Lillia, Pelican Queen of Arms, is nearing the end of her tenure, which officially ends January 1, 2017. We are beginning the process of seeking a successor for her office. If you are interested, please see the job description below and send a letter of interest and your resumé to bids@heraldry.sca.org and resumes@sca.org by Saturday, June 30, 2016.

 

If you have questions about the job, please contact Lillia at pelican@heraldry.sca.org or myself at laurel@heraldry.sca.org. Dame Lillia will be available at KWHSS 2016 for questions about the job.

 

Pelican Sovereign of Arms

The Pelican Sovereign of Arms is an educational deputy of the Laurel Principal Sovereign of Arms, responsible for the consideration of and decisions concerning names submitted for registration by the College of Arms.

 

Pelican is an unpaid position, currently requiring approximately 20 hours a week. The position requires considerable tact and patience, onomastic knowledge, research and reasoning ability, a clear understanding of the Standards for Evaluation and past Laurel rulings, the ability to write clearly and succinctly, the ability to work within tight deadlines and coordinate closely with Wreath, Laurel and other staff to produce a Laurel Letter of Acceptance and Return monthly, computer literacy and word processing skills, reliable e-mail and telephone access, and time and ability to travel. Access to a good research library is desirable but not required. Given the current structure of the office, a high-speed internet connection is useful but it is not required.

 

Resumés must be sent in both hard copy to Laurel at the address at the top of this Cover Letter and electronically to bids@heraldry.sca.org and resumes@sca.org.

 

The electronic applications will be posted on OSCAR with addresses and other contact information stripped from them. Resumés must be received by June 30, 2016 with an expected start date following Pennsic 2016.
Comments are strongly encouraged and can be sent to:
SCA Inc.
Box 360789
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Pikestaff needs Cover Artwork

East Kingdom Gazette - Sun, 2016-04-24 10:12

We are looking for artwork to grace the cover of upcoming issues of Pikestaff. Any medium that can be reproduced in black and white is acceptable. Size requirement is 7.5″ x 10″. You can include text or it can be added later.

Please contact the East Kingdom Chronicler at chronicler@eastkingdom.org If you are a new or emerging artist, please don’t be shy. We welcome an opportunity to share work by all the artisans in the East Kingdom.
YiS,

Lady Isabel de Roys

East Kingdom Chronicler


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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.


Categories: SCA news sites

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.

 


Categories: SCA news sites

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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