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Chivalry Isn't Dead, Just Misunderstood

SCAtoday.net - Thu, 2015-10-29 19:15

An article on Myths Retold considers the question of what "chivalry" meant in the Middle Ages, metaphorically and linguistically, and how that relates to modern concepts of chivalry. [PG-13 due to language]

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Deadline Extended for President of SCA, Inc. Applications

AEthelmearc Gazette - Thu, 2015-10-29 17:33

Leslie Vaughn, President of the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc., has announced that the SCA Board of Directors is continuing to accept applications for the position of President of the SCA Inc. until March 31st, 2016. All applications received will be evaluated after March 31st, 2016.

The Board of Directors of the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc. is currently accepting applications for the position of President of the SCA Inc. This is a position requiring approximately 10-20 hours per week and includes a stipend.

The President is the principal spokesperson for the SCA, Inc. This officer is a liaison between the SCA, Inc. and outside professionals such as attorneys, accountants and insurance representatives. This officer is a contact for the SCA, Inc. for law enforcement, government agencies, and claimants against the SCA, Inc.

The President works with the Vice President of Corporate Operations to coordinate much of the day-to-day modern operation of the Corporation, and supervises and facilitates communication between many of the Society Officers.

The President is required to execute contracts necessary to properly conduct the SCA’s business, and may delegate similar responsibilities. The President is also responsible for such legal matters as contracts, merchandising and affiliate agreements. The President advises the Board of Directors on areas of corporate governance and policy issues. The President may be assigned other duties by the Board.

Qualifications for the position include excellent written and oral communication skills, the ability to work independently to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines, and strong computer skills. Experience in a modern business setting, organizational ability and problem-solving skills are a must. Experience in a modern non-profit organization and prior experience at the Corporate or Society level of the SCA are desirable, but not required.

Applicants must be available to attend quarterly meetings of the Board of Directors, typically held over a Friday and a Saturday. They must also be available for approximately four conference call meetings per year, typically during weekday evenings. As a great deal of the Board’s business occurs via the Internet, familiarity and basic skills with a computer, MS Office software (specifically Microsoft Word and Excel), and e-mail are required. The successful applicant must have reliable access to the Internet.

Hard copies of résumés (both professional and SCA, including offices held and awards received) must be sent to the attention of the Board and the President at the SCA Corporate Office, P.O. Box 360789, Milpitas, CA 95036-0789. Résumés must be received by March 31, 2016. Questions regarding this position may be directed to Scott Berk, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the SCA Inc. via e-mail at chairman@sca.org, or to Leslie Vaughn, President, via e-mail at president@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.


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Application Deadline Extension – President, SCA Inc.

East Kingdom Gazette - Thu, 2015-10-29 12:37

The following announcement was sent out via the SCA’s Announcements mailing list.

Leslie Vaughn, President of the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc., has announced that the SCA Board of Directors is continuing to accept applications for the position of President of the SCA Inc. until March 31st, 2016. All applications received will be evaluated after March 31st, 2016.

The Board of Directors of the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc. is currently accepting applications for the position of President of the SCA Inc. This is a position requiring approximately 10-20 hours per week and includes a stipend.

The President is the principal spokesperson for the SCA, Inc. This officer is a liaison between the SCA, Inc. and outside professionals such as attorneys, accountants and insurance representatives. This officer is a contact for the SCA, Inc. for law enforcement, government agencies, and claimants against the SCA, Inc.

The President works with the Vice President of Corporate Operations to coordinate much of the day-to-day modern operation of the Corporation, and supervises and facilitates communication between many of the Society Officers.

The President is required to execute contracts necessary to properly conduct the SCA’s business, and may delegate similar responsibilities. The President is also responsible for such legal matters as contracts, merchandising and affiliate agreements. The President advises the Board of Directors on areas of corporate governance and policy issues. The President may be assigned other duties by the Board.

Qualifications for the position include excellent written and oral communication skills, the ability to work independently to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines, and strong computer skills. Experience in a modern business setting, organizational ability and problem-solving skills are a must. Experience in a modern non-profit organization and prior experience at the Corporate or Society level of the SCA are desirable, but not required.

Applicants must be available to attend quarterly meetings of the Board of Directors, typically held over a Friday and a Saturday. They must also be available for approximately four conference call meetings per year, typically during weekday evenings. As a great deal of the Board’s business occurs via the Internet, familiarity and basic skills with a computer, MS Office software (specifically Microsoft Word and Excel), and e-mail are required. The successful applicant must have reliable access to the Internet.

Hard copies of résumés (both professional and SCA, including offices held and awards received) must be sent to the attention of the Board and the President at the SCA Corporate Office, P.O. Box 360789, Milpitas, CA 95036-0789. Résumés must be received by March 31, 2016. Questions regarding this position may be directed to Scott Berk, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the SCA Inc. via e-mail at chairman@sca.org, or to Leslie Vaughn, President, via e-mail at president@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


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Period or Not…Names

East Kingdom Gazette - Thu, 2015-10-29 08:12

This is a recurring series by Mistress Alys Mackyntoich on whether certain names currently can be documented to period based on existing evidence..  There are a lot of names that people think are medieval, but actually aren’t, and others which people think are modern, but in fact are found in the SCA’s period.  If you would like to suggest a name, send an email to the Gazette.

The male name Ian, pronounced like “Ee-an,” is popularly thought to be a period Irish or Scottish name.  In fact, Ian is not found in period Gaelic, Scots or Anglicized Irish.  Although there are a few examples of the spelling Ian in gray-period English (that’s the period between 1600 and 1650)[1], that name was more likely pronounced like “Yan” than like the modern “Ee-an.”

There are a few names in Gaelic that sound like the modern “ee-an” but, because of the weirdness that is Gaelic spelling, these names don’t look anything like Ian.  The Gaelic name Áedán is actually pronounced something like “ee-an.”[2]  In addition, the Gaelic name Áedegan is pronounced like “eye-an.” [3]

[1]  Ian Moore; Male; Marriage; 27 November 1608; Leconfield, Yorkshire, England; Batch: M060801 (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NVTY-232).

[2]  Ó Corrain, Donnchadh & Maguire, Fidelma. Irish Names. (Lilliput Press, 1990) at 13.

[3]  Id. at 14.

 


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The Sound of (Medieval) Music – Part I: Plainchant Modes

AEthelmearc Gazette - Wed, 2015-10-28 12:19

by Gwendolyn the Graceful, Brehyres.

Hello, and welcome back to my series of articles about the Bardic Arts in the SCA!

Often in these articles, I’ve made reference to whether something “sounds” period or not. The primary quality that signals a piece’s authenticity to our ears is almost always the mode in which the piece is set. The vast majority of “modern” music, even music written in a generic minor key, SCA-folksy style, is said not to sound quite right because it’s set in the modes that have become standard format in music from about the post-Baroque era.

Disclaimer: I am not a musicologist, and I have only taken a handful of music theory lessons. I’m not academically trained in the area of early music, so what you’re getting here is very much a layman’s explanation of modes. However, I have found that it’s something very few people do know, so I wanted to touch on it before moving on to other, less technical, topics. Undoubtedly there are musicians in the SCA who know far more about this than I, and are better qualified to discuss it!

So, this article will only scratch the very surface of understanding what a mode is and what it does to the sound of the music that we hear. I’m also going to grossly over-simplify it, mainly for the purpose of keeping this article short (or as short as possible, anyway). I strongly encourage anyone interested in this topic to take a class from a qualified teacher. Nonetheless, this is probably the most “technical” of all these articles, so bear with it. I promise it’ll pay off later.

Another thing to remember throughout this article is that the modes discussed here are those found in the Western European Church and to some extent in the courts of Western Europe. They are perhaps familiarly referred to as Gregorian modes, because they are the rules that grew up to govern Gregorian chant and plainsong. Plainchant is the all-inclusive proper term for the music that encompasses these rules. Other cultures and locations saw very different development of melodic construction, so their chord structures and modalities accordingly fall outside the rules and strictures of what we loosely think of as “Medieval” music modes.

Okay, so, to start off, let’s talk for a moment about “major” and “minor” keys. Most people are somewhat familiar with this concept, but in case you’re not, a “typical” major scale (in modern musical terms) is an 8-tone progression, each note one step above the previous, with the exception of the intervals between notes 3 and 4, and notes 7 and 8, which are half-steps. (The white keys on a piano keyboard, from C to C.)  Think “Do re mi” from “The Sound of Music.”

There are also five additional half-steps that bridge the gap between those other full steps in the scale (the black keys on a piano). These half-steps are referred to as either a sharp (higher) tone relative to the note below them (symbolized with a ♯), or a flat (lower) tone relative to the tone above (symbolized by ♭). A major scale without any of the “extra” half-steps or half-tones is called a “diatonic” scale; a scale that includes all the “extra” half-tones is called a “chromatic” scale. Here’s what they sound like. (MP3: Major scale https://aethelmearcgazette.files.wordpress.com/2015/10/01-major-scale.mp3; MP3: Chromatic scale https://aethelmearcgazette.files.wordpress.com/2015/10/02-chromatic-scale.mp3)

Musicians can change the quality of that scale by altering which half-tones are used, and which ones are not. For example, the half-tone interval between E and F could be displaced one half-tone lower, and the half-tone between intervals 7 and 8 can be moved to the space between notes 5 and 6, like this:

C D E♭  F  G  A♭  B♭ C

The intervals in the first scale above could be described thus:

C  D  E  F  G  A  B  C

1  1  ½  1  1   1   ½

And in the second one thus:

C D E♭  F  G  A♭  B♭ C

1  ½   1  1   ½    1    1

Notice that there are still five whole steps and two half-steps, but now instead of being step-step-halfstep, step-step-step-halfstep, they are step-halfstep-step, step-halfstep-step-step. In other words, it’s the same pattern but wrapped around so that the two halfsteps are split, instead of both coming before the first halfstep. (MP3: Major scale https://aethelmearcgazette.files.wordpress.com/2015/10/01-major-scale.mp3e; MP3 Minor scale https://aethelmearcgazette.files.wordpress.com/2015/10/03-minor-scale.mp3)

If we wanted to keep all the notes on the white keys, we could simply move the starting note up 6 or down 2, and we’d have an identical set of intervals.

Visually, it looks like this:

C  D  E  F  G  A  B  C  D  E  F  G  A  B  C

{  1   1  ½  1  1   1  ½ } 1   1  ½  1  1  1  ½

C  D  E  F  G  A  B  C  D  E  F  G  A  B  C

1   1  ½  1  1  { 1  ½  1   1  ½  1  1 } 1  ½

See how the area bounded by the brackets is a continuation of the original pattern, just started at a different point in its repetition? That shift changes what we hear as a “major” scale into a “minor” one – the difference in quality being that a minor scale sounds a little more mournful or serious to our modern ears.  (MP3: Major scale https://aethelmearcgazette.files.wordpress.com/2015/10/01-major-scale.mp3; Amin scale https://aethelmearcgazette.files.wordpress.com/2015/10/04-amin-scale.mp3)

You can also move either of these scales up and down in pitch by simply changing the note where you start and finish, and adjusting all the other intervals accordingly. As long as you keep the same relative distance between notes, you will “hear” the same scale. All you’re doing is changing the key to correspond to your starting and ending note (the “tonic” part of diatonic).

With me so far?[1] Great! Now, forget all that.

Because the church in the Medieval period didn’t use Major and Minor keys.

And they (generally) didn’t use “black keys” to fill in the gaps between the white ones, a.k.a., those other five missing half-tones from our chromatic scale. The interval between an E and an F was always a half-tone, and the interval between an A and a B was always a full step[2].

But, they DID move the starting note up and down to create different key signatures.

And that’s how we get Gregorian modes. Clear as mud?

I’ll explain.

Let’s go back to our modern major scale (MP3: Major scale https://aethelmearcgazette.files.wordpress.com/2015/10/01-major-scale.mp3):

C  D  E  F  G  A  B C

1  1  ½  1  1   1  ½

But what if you started on D? No black notes, no adjusting the space between tones 3 and 4:

D  E  F  G  A  B  C  D

1  ½  1  1   1   ½  1

What happened? It almost looks like a minor scale, but it’s not quite. See where the half-steps fall? Between 2 and 3 and also between 6 and 7. This is the Dorian mode. It was the first “Authentic” mode of plainsong, and the building block for everything else. (MP3: Dorian scale https://aethelmearcgazette.files.wordpress.com/2015/10/05-dorian-scale.mp3)

Just like the minor scale, where the intervals are in the same order but as if it’s been “wrapped around” to shift the placement of the half-tones, the Dorian mode uses the same method to change where the half-tones fall in its bracket:

C  D  E  F  G  A  B  C  D  E  F  G  A  B  C

{  1   1  ½  1  1   1  ½ } 1   1  ½  1  1  1  ½

C  D  E  F  G  A  B  C  D  E  F  G  A  B  C

{ 1  ½  1  1   1  ½  1 }  1  ½  1  1  1  ½

What’s next? Move up one note on the board, and start your bracket there:

E  F  G  A  B  C  D  E

½ 1  1   1   ½ 1   1

That’s the Phrygian mode (MP3: Phrygian mode https://aethelmearcgazette.files.wordpress.com/2015/10/06-phyrigian-scale.mp3). Compare it to our major scale again:

C  D  E  F  G  A  B  C  D  E  F  G  A  B  C

{  1   1  ½  1  1   1  ½ } 1   1  ½  1  1  1  ½

C  D  E  F  G  A  B  C  D  E  F  G  A  B  C

1  1 { ½  1  1   1  ½  1  1}  ½  1  1  1  ½

Sensing a pattern?

Guess what comes next.

Correct!  The Lydian, also known as Ionian, mode, starting on F (MP3: Lydian https://aethelmearcgazette.files.wordpress.com/2015/10/07-lydian-scale.mp3).

F  G  A  B  C  D  E  F

1  1   1   ½ 1   1   ½

Compared to the major scale:

C  D  E  F  G  A  B  C  D  E  F  G  A  B  C

{  1   1  ½  1  1   1  ½ } 1   1  ½  1  1  1  ½

C  D  E  F  G  A  B  C  D  E  F  G  A  B  C

1  1 ½ { 1  1   1  ½  1  1  ½ } 1  1  1  ½

And so on, right up the scale. The last is Mixolydian, which starts on G (MP3: Mixolydian https://aethelmearcgazette.files.wordpress.com/2015/10/08-mixolydian-scale.mp3):

G  A  B  C  D  E  F  G

1   1   ½ 1   1   ½  1

These four modes (Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, and Mixolydian), are collectively called the “Authentic” modes. Why Authentic? Because they came first. No, really. There are four others that make up the “Plagal modes,” each of which adds the prefix “Hypo” to the names of the authentic mode (Hypodorian, Hypophrygian, etc.). The “hypo” part signifies that each of these modes starts one fourth (i.e., three intervals) below the tonic (or “final”) of the authentic mode it follows, and ends on the fifth above the final. In other words, Hypodorian starts on A, but on a piano keyboard, it would be the A below the D of our Dorian scale; Hypophrygian starts on B, Hypolydian starts on C, and Hypomixolydian starts on D.

So if you’ve been paying attention, you’ll realize that Hypolydian, starting on C and ending on C, is basically a Major scale! Ha, fooled you! It’s not, exactly, because the “final” note (that is, the note on which a chant will resolve, or end), is not C, but F. Nonetheless, for all practical purposes it is basically a Major scale. Well spotted.

But wait! you cry. If Hypomixolydian starts on D, and Dorian starts on D, aren’t they the same?

Well, yes and no. To start, sometimes the B is flatted (lowered) in Dorian, Lydian, Hypodorian, and Hypolydian modes (to avoid a “clash” between B♮and B♭)[3]. Also, the position of the tonic (final) note is different between the two scales. In Dorian, it’s a D. In Hypomixolydian, it’s G. You don’t have to worry too much about all that — and if you’re really intrigued, again, I recommend taking some formal theory classes to help understand it all.

The important thing to take away is that this was the methodology used by clerics for hundreds of years to compose liturgical music. As the four, then eight, and eventually twelve modes of chant evolved, they influenced other Medieval and Renaissance music produced by court composers. The influence of these modes is a large factor in why the music of that era has a particular sound, distinguishing it from more modern pieces.[4]

But I want to stress again here that this is only the case in most of western Europe, in areas where the Church held a great deal of influence. In fact, Early Music scholars sometimes call it “Frankish” or “Carolingian” chant to try to allow for all the other varieties of chant that were evolving during this time. And in other areas, Eastern European, Chinese, Japanese, Middle Eastern, Sephardic, Ladino, African, and Native American musical structure were not nearly as influenced by the Gregorian modes for most of period, to name just a few. So they are often markedly different from this Gothic European sound.

Another big factor to remember is that the secular music that followed these rules was basically limited to the music of the high court, composed by learned scholars who had likely been educated by monks or nuns in the proper composition of music using these modes. The Church, and the Courts with their wealthy patrons, had the resources and the power to see to it that these pieces were preserved. They sponsored the compliation of books that collected music in written notation. That is why a preponderance of extant music from the Middle Ages and Renaissance employs these sounds: The music of the court and the church, is, quite simply, what survived intact.

As to what might or might not have survived outside of liturgical and court music, and what rules people used to guide composition–well, that’s for another article!

Footnotes:

[1] If you’re still having trouble, think how one might use ROT13 to encrypt a statement like a spoiler on a website. You’re using all the letters in order, but offsetting where you start. So A corresponds to N, B to O, C to P, and so on. It’s the same with the notes on the scale – you can shift the relative starting point and maintain the same spaces in between the notes. The difference is that for modes, you’re not adjusting the intervals for the two places where the relative pitch is not a perfect step up or down. Get it?

[2] Except for when it wasn’t. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

[3] See note #2 — here’s where it catches up with us!

[4] Though they do appear in secular music all the way up to the modern era. See  here for some examples.


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Unofficial Report of SCA Board Meeting Available

East Kingdom Gazette - Wed, 2015-10-28 07:40

Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope  of the Æthelmearc Gazette reported on the SCA Board meeting held in the Debatable Lands on Oct. 24.  The unofficial report can be read here at the Æthelmearc Gazette.


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SCA Board Meeting in Pittsburgh, October 24, 2015

AEthelmearc Gazette - Tue, 2015-10-27 09:00

Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope reports on the SCA Board meeting held in the Debatable Lands on Oct. 24. This is an unofficial report; for the official report, see the Board meeting minutes that will be published at a later date on the SCA Newsletters site.

A quarterly meeting of the SCA’s Board of Directors is much like any other business meeting. The participants wear modern business clothing (some were in suits), they sit at a U-shaped table with the audience forming the fourth side of the square, and they operate under Robert’s Rules of Order with motions proposed, seconded, and approved with a rap of the chairman’s gavel.

Even the topics discussed might not seem out of place in a modern board room: finances, publications, approval of meeting minutes, and changes in procedure took up much of the day. Coffee and tea were served.

Of course, the big difference is that the topics all pertained to the SCA.

Photo by Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope.

The fourth quarter 2015 BoD meeting was held at a hotel in the Barony-Marche of the Debatable Lands (Pittsburgh) in the Kingdom of Æthelmearc. It ran the entire day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a longish lunch break during which the directors held an executive session. As is customary, the directors had already held a lengthy executive session on Friday night as well. Like all quarterly BoD meetings, the Saturday portion was open to the public, and about 30 people attended from all over Æthelmearc as well as the Middle, East, Atlantia, and Meridies, along with the directors and corporate officers. The meeting began with everyone introducing themselves, including not only the directors and officers but also the audience. The Board members and officers in attendance were:

Scott Berk, Chairman
Lisa Czudnochowsky, Vice Chairman
David Keene, Director
John Fulton, Director
Andrew Coleman, Director
Arthur Donadio, Director
Paul Lancaster, Director
Chele Martines, Director-Elect

Leslie Vaughn, President
Therese Hofflein, Corporate Treasurer
Gloria Woodard, Publications Manager
Patrick Anderson, Legal Counsel
Renee Signorotti, Vice President of Operations
Leslie Luther-Fulton, Executive Assistant to the Board
Kathy Palmer, Society Exchequer
Alan Smith, Society Marshal
Michael Schneider, Vice President of IT
Kelly Magill, Grand Council Chair and Deputy Society Seneschale

Board Recruitment

After some routine business like the approval of the July minutes, the acceptance of some SCA branch status changes, and the establishment of future BoD meetings and conference calls, Director Lisa Czudnochowsky (Duchess Marion FitzWilliam of Ealdormere) noted that the Board currently has 42 nominees but would like more. About half of the people on their list are self-nominated, and she pointed out that you don’t need to have a business background or experience on a non-profit board to be selected. She said the Board looks for people from a wide array of disciplines and locations, and they never know what skillset they will need until they actually need it. They are particularly interested in people with a non-American viewpoint; Lisa strongly hinted to Duke Sven Gunnarsson, newly arrived in Æthelmearc from Drachenwald and a member of the audience, that he should put in a resumé. The directors also asked for comments on the nominees; Director John Fulton (Duke John the Bearkiller from Meridies) said they want both positive and negative commentary, and Director Andrew Coleman (Jarl Ailgheanan mac Sithigh, formerly of Meridies, now living in Atenveldt) explained that such comments are purged once a candidate is selected to become a director. Nominations and comments on nominees can be sent to recruiting@sca.org.

The Board members also said they are looking for SCA events where they can hold “Meet and Greet” sessions to give the SCA membership opportunities to learn more about the workings of the Board and ask questions.

50th Year Celebration

The Board members strongly encouraged members to attend the 50th Year Celebration to be held in Indianapolis, IN, in June of 2016. The Society Seneschal, A.J. Pongratz (Master Antonio Giordano da Sicilia), noted that the town around the site is “pulling out all the stops” to welcome the SCA, including offering very reasonable hotel rates. The local movie theater even plans to play medieval-themed shows ranging from Monty Python and the Holy Grail to A Lion in Winter.

PayPal Acceptance Project

The Corporate Treasurer, Therese Hofheins (Mistress Kiara Loftus) and the Society Exchequer, Kathy Palmer (Baroness Katherine Angelique d’Artois de Berry) have completed the initial trial runs of using PayPal for gentles to make event reservations online. It was piloted in Caid, Gleann Abhann, and Trimaris, as well as at Caid’s Great Western War. The results were considered good although there were some hiccups with GWW. It will be rolled out to other Kingdoms in batches, with Ansteorra, Artemisia, Atlantia, and Gulf Wars being next. Kathy said Kingdoms would need to “have their financial house in order” to be permitted to begin using the system. The procedure was explained as follows:

  1. Each Kingdom would appoint a Deputy Exchequer in charge of PayPal event reservations.
  2. Event attendees would email this Kingdom Deputy Exchequer, informing them of the event they wished to attend, how many people they wished to reserve for, whether on-board or off-board, etc.
  3. The Deputy Exchequer would generate a PayPal invoice and send it to the event attendee.
  4. The event attendee would pay the invoice on PayPal.
  5. The Deputy Exchequer would email lists of paid reservations to the group hosting the event on a regular basis.
  6. Shortly after the event, the Deputy Exchequer would mail a check for the total reservation monies to the hosting group.

Director Andrew Coleman pointed out that this is an interim solution. The eventual plan is for the Society to have an “Event Module” on the Society website through which members could make event reservations with a credit card just as they now purchase SCA memberships. This project is currently in the works; a completion date was not mentioned, but the Corporate Secretary, Renee Signorotti, said it would be the one of the primary subjects of the BoD’s first quarter 2016 meeting.

John noted that the shutdown of the ACCEPS program was poorly done, and that the Board wants the new event registration system to be implemented properly to ensure a smooth transition. Regarding the PayPal program, he suggested that any policies around its implementation should be about fixing problems rather than punishing kingdoms for financial issues. Kathy and Therese said they would do what they can to assist kingdoms with financial reporting issues to resolve them so they can implement the PayPal system.

NMS Policy Change

Therese announced a slight wording change to the Non-Member Surcharge policy. It would require groups to charge the NMS for all events that appear either in their Kingdom or local newsletters, or on Kingdom or local websites, that are covered by the SCA’s insurance and charge a fee. This will close a loophole that was allowing groups to not charge the NMS by claiming their event was unofficial. Therese and Kathy also noted that a few Kingdoms had not been forwarding NMS fees to the Society, and that they had been working with those Kingdoms to resolve this issue and achieve compliance.

Grand Council

Kelly McGill (Lady Heather Shea of Ealdormere) reported that in the previous quarter the Board had requested that the Grand Council discuss and report on the following topic in three phases, one per quarter:

  1. Critique the process used to create the Order of Defence, which the Board feels was not well-executed
  2. Based on findings of phase 1, propose a better process to be used to create any new peerages going forward
  3. Analyze how the Kingdoms have implemented Order of Defence to see if there have been any problems

Kelly reported that phase 1 was complete. The consensus of the Grand Council (GC) was that the process took too long and the 2010 survey used as its basis may have been statistically problematic. The GC considered the exploratory committee’s scope too narrow, and then the Additional Peerage Review Committee’s scope was even narrower, with only a yes or no to the proposal being sent to the Board, so concerns expressed in that committee did not go to BOD. Kelly noted that there was a diversity of opinion on the GC, so not all members agreed on these issues, and when asked what the “takeaway points” from this exercise were, she said she felt there were none.

The GC has already moved on to Phase 2.

BOD members said they knew the rapier peerage process was flawed, painful, disconnected, and confusing, which is why they don’t want to repeat these mistakes with future peerages. John said he had read some of the GC’s online conversations, and he believed the assessments in their discussions were very accurate.

Omnibus Peerage

Lisa acknowledged that there were people in the audience who were present in support of the Order of Valiance omnibus martial peerage proposal. She said the BoD has not forgotten about them, but they want to make sure they do not make mistakes with any new peerages.

Director and Board Chairman Scott Berk (Master Philip the Facetious of the East) was asked if the GC project to analyze the peerage process used for the Order of Defense and then suggest a new process would affect the BoD’s schedule for looking at the Valiance or other peerage proposals. He confirmed that the Board will not take up any such proposals until the GC completes their work. The expected time from for that would be by the 2nd quarter meeting of 2016. He pointed out that while any new peerage is not going to be done in the year that the Valiance group proposed, it is also not going to take five years like the Order of Defense did. He reiterated that the Board wants to do it right.

Grand Council Members Required to be Paid SCA Members

John proposed an amendment to the GC charter requiring that GC representatives be paid SCA members. There was much discussion. Many of the BOD members spoke in favor of the motion, saying they consider the GC a useful BoD advisory committee, and while its members are not quite officers, they should still be SCA members given what the GC has evolved into over the years. A significant portion of the audience spoke against the motion, citing a variety of issues from the GC’s founding as the “loyal opposition,” to the financial concerns of some older members, to the need for the Board to receive advice from people critical of the corporate level processes, with some members of the GC deliberately choosing not to be members for philosophical reasons. Kelly, who is the Chairman of the GC, said that she supported the motion but is concerned about losing members, as it is already hard enough to get people to join the GC. John said that if the GC dies due to membership issues, the Board will help Kelly rebuild it with paid members. He also stated that he is personally willing to pay membership dues for any GC members who can’t afford it. In the end, the motion to require paid membership for GC representatives passed unanimously.

Officer Reports

After a break for lunch with the Board holding an executive session, the Society officers presented their reports.

  • The Society Marshal, Alan Smith (Master Alan Gravesend of Atlantia) reported that changes to the Rapier and Heavy Combat handbooks have been approved. They will be available online and will include a table at the front of each handbook listing changes from previous handbooks to make it easier for marshals to see what is new. All changes were discussed at the Kingdom levels before being implemented Society-wide. He noted that the Society Youth Combat Handbook will be presented at the January Board meeting. He also commented that Pennsic ran very well.
  • The Laurel Sovereign at Arms (Society Herald), Joseph Percer (Master Andrewe Bawldwyn), reported via Director Arthur Donadio (Duke Cuan McDaige of Atlantia) that there is a new heraldic education initiative. Interested parties can contact the Clarion Herald, Maistresse Marie de Blois, at education@heraldry.sca.org to contribute.
  • The Society Minister of Arts and Sciences, Eric Contreraz (Master Raven Mayne), reported via Lisa the he wishes to propose a Known World Symposium teacher travel reimbursement fund. This was directed to the Society Exchequer. Renee noted that there is already a fund created by a very generous donation from the Christopher Bone family specifically for dance, which can be used for musicians to play for dancing or for dance teachers. When the family was approached about expanding it to other arts, they replied that they preferred to keep it just for dance-related teaching. A new online report form debuted this quarter and worked well.
  • The Vice-President for Corporate Operations, Renee Signorotti, noted that the SCA does not have a way to track people who have been sanctioned, banished, or expelled, which is needed to ensure that such people do not hold offices. She plans to create a report listing these people. Renee also said that the Event Module to allow online event reservations is in design, so coding is happening. Once ready, it will be an arm of the existing membership module and will supplant the PayPal system.
  • The Publications Manager, Gloria Woodard (Countess Honor of Restormel) reported that the Tournaments Illuminated issues this year will have an SCA History theme in honor of the 50th Year Celebration. She also reported that the Compleat Anachronist has been approached by a company called Ebsco regarding indexing issues of the publication for use in research databases, usually employed by schools and colleges. Access is password protected, only available to subscribers who pay a fee. The SCA would receive some of that money when people searched for our publications. Lisa, who is a teacher, said it would not involve a lot of money, but it will put our scholarship into the hands of millions of students and would promote the SCA as well as the work of its members. A.J. pointed out that this supports our mission as an educational institution, and could also be a recruitment tool. Lisa suggested getting a contract from Ebsco for the Board to review, and said she thinks there is no down side to the proposal.
  • YAFA (Youth & Family Achievement program), Stephanie Hoyt (Duchess Rustique), reported via David that the program is being implemented on a trial basis in Caid to some enthusiasm. It’s a program for kids ages 5 to 18 to study medieval topics. The hope is that it will keep kids engaged so they stay in the SCA. It can be thought of as SCA Scouts, with merit badges like Boy/Girl Scouts, but it requires family participation as well. Activities can take place at events, but also at guild meetings, fighter practices, and other local gatherings. There are four divisions by age. Kids will get pilgrim badges for completing divisions. It’s knowledge-based but can also integrate with existing youth combat and rapier programs, so, for example, kids can get badges for learning about rapier but can also earn badges for participating in youth rapier. More info is available at http://www.sca.org/YAFA-FAQ.pdf. Feedback from families on the program should be sent to Duchess Rustique.
  • President, Leslie Vaughn (Baronessa Isabeau della Farfalla) reports that she has relocated to An Tir. She notes that closing the office of the Chirurgeonate was difficult but many people helped out. She requests that people use courtesy in online communications.
  • VP of Information Technology, John Michael Schneider (Lord Grimkirk ap Greymoor) reports that the SCA had issues with Gmail and Yahoo blacklisting sca.org email addresses, but that seems to have been resolved. We’re running on old servers and software that is out of date, plus the heralds need more storage space, so he is looking to improve the system. A trial online polling system is being used for a baronial election in Atlantia. Also, there was an outage on the SCA.org website but Master Alaxandair o Conchobhair, who manages hosting of the site, was commended for taking care of it quickly.
  • Society Seneschal, A.J. Pongratz (Master Antonio) reported that updated Youth as Adult combat rules have been approved. He approved the actions by the Kingdom of Atlantia of rescheduling their Coronation from Oct. 3 to Oct. 10 as a precaution due to concerns about Hurricane Joaquin. He also asked the Board for approval on his handling of an issue pertaining to a new rule requiring all Kingdom Seneschals and Youth Officers to submit background check requests. One Kingdom Seneschal in Canada requested the use of a Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Background Check rather than an SCA Background Check. The Seneschal said the rules require an SCA Background Check, and if it is not done, he would need to talk to that Kingdom’s Crown about how to proceed to prevent the kingdom from falling into abeyance. There was an extensive discussion about Canadian cultural privacy concerns. Arthur asked if a variance could be given for Canadians who prefer to use the RCMP background check instead of the SCA check. The consensus was to have Arthur and Patrick Anderson (Master Gabriel Andvaka Kjotrason), who are both attorneys, review the policy and then have the Board look at it again in its December conference call. In the meantime, the Board voted to issue a waiver of this rule for two Canadian Kingdom Seneschals (Ealdormere and Avacal) pending further investigation. It was noted that Avacal is holding a Youth Champion’s Tourney at their Crown Tourney on Nov. 20, and it was agreed that they need at least one marshal with either an RCMP or an SCA background check completed by then, along with compliance with the two-deep rule.

PA Background Checks

SCA Legal Counsel, Patrick Anderson, said that he is working with the Society’s outside legal counsel and the Society Seneschal to develop a set of guidelines pertaining to the Pennsylvania law requiring state-specific background checks for people working with children. The current policy, issued in July of 2015, will remain in place until then. Legal counsel has given Patrick a nine-page opinion that he is working through. Patrick and A.J. both noted that the PA law is poorly written and very arcane, making it difficult to determine whether it really applies to SCA youth officers and youth marshals. They both encouraged residents of PA to write to their legislators and request that the law be clarified. Patrick noted that background checks protect the organization, not the children. What protects the children is our two-deep policy and our ongoing vigilance. An audience member asked why state and FBI clearances aren’t enough, and A.J. explained that FBI checks only find federal crimes, while state checks only find crimes committed in that state, whereas the SCA’s background check covers all 50 states and Canada. When asked about Europeans or other foreign nationals entering the U.S., Patrick pointed out that people with criminal records abroad would most likely be prevented from entering the U.S. by the INS.

Summary of Decisions from Executive Sessions 

  • The Board determined that electronic signatures of Board members are binding.
  • The Board issued Revocation and Denial of membership pending review by the Society Seneschal for 17 people from 11 different Kingdoms, all requested by the Crowns of those Kingdoms over the past 8 to 10 months.
  • Ombudsman assignments were reapportioned due to John Fulton stepping down and Chele Martines joining the Board. David Keene will continue to serve as Æthelmearc’s Ombudsman.

Duchess Melisande de Belvoir, who was present in the audience, reported the passing of Master Galleron de Cressy (Will McLean) of the East Kingdom that morning. He had been diagnosed with cancer some months previously. The Board offered its condolences.

Since it was his last meeting as a Director, John Fulton was offered the gavel to close the meeting. Before doing so, he told a humorous story about how he started in the SCA in 1974, discovered that being good at swinging a stick meant you got lots of presents, and met and married his wife. More generally, he expressed appreciation to the SCA for the good things it had brought into his life, and to the Board for giving him its trust. Once the gavel was struck, the Board then quickly read into the record the minutes for all SCA Subsidiary groups, and there was cake in honor of Duke John’s retirement from his third stint on the SCA Board of Directors.

Board members and Corporate officers. Photo by Madame Cynthia du Pont.


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The Battle of Agincourt in the News

Medievalists.net - Mon, 2015-10-26 00:39
The 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt was noted by many British media outlets over the weekend. Here are some of the articles that looked at the battle:

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Our image of the week comes from AJ Leon on Flickr, who drew his own take on the Battle of Agincourt:


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East Kingdom Curia at BBM/Bergental Yule

East Kingdom Gazette - Sun, 2015-10-25 19:07

With the permission of Mistress Mercedes Vera de Calafia, the East Kingdom Seneschal, this is the text of an email she sent out earlier today to those members of the populace who hold seats on the East Kingdom Curia:

This is to announce the Curia Regis of Brennan Ri and Caoilfhionn Banri to take place at BBM and Bergantal Yule on December 5, 2015 starting at 10:30am. http://www.eastkingdom.org/EventDetails.php?eid=2887  If you come to the event for Curia only, there will be no charge for entrance.

Because of the timing of Curia, we do not have time to print the announcement and agenda. As provided for by East Kingdom Law III.H.3:

An email to those with seats on the Curia Regis (as defined in Section III.D. above) sent to their email address listed in the last published Pikestaff, at least 21 days prior to the Curia date. If any of those with seats on Curia Regis do not have an email address published in Pikestaff, those individuals will be notified by letter postmarked at least 21 days prior to Curia. 

People with seats on the Curia Regis is defined in III.D.:

The following are entitled to a seat on the Curia Regis. With the exception of The Crown, these people
may send representatives to the Curia to fill their seats if they are unable to attend.
1. The Crown and Heirs of the East Kingdom
2. The Coronet and Heirs of Principalities of the East Kingdom
3. Kingdom Officers
4. Local Seneschals

Attached is the agenda for Curia Regis in .pdf form. The specific language of the proposed law changes will be published on the EK Seneschal’s web page in a few days. If you have any questions about the proposed law changes, please contact myself or the Crown.

In Service,

Mercedes Vera de Calafia

East Kingdom Seneschal

Curia Agenda


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Bobbin Along: Lace-Making the Late Medieval and Renaissance Way

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sun, 2015-10-25 17:30

Jo Edkins’ Bobbin Lace School: A Bobbin Lace Hedgehog (an sca-like whimsy, not necessarily historical).

Lace-Making was such a lucrative past-time in our period of study that young ladies with that talent once were financially independent. No wonder the Catholic Church used to claim that lace was an immoral addition to the wardrobe. Its use encouraged women to make a living for themselves without the help of men! Nowadays, we tend to consider it frilly and girly. I may need to rethink that attitude in light of that Feminist discovery. Shakespeare himself spoke to the well-known popularity of women and their bobbins (each thread in the pattern is wound on its own little elongated spool, or bobbin) in his play, Twelfth Nigh, that he referenced “…free maids that weave their threads with bones.” Some early bobbins have been found by collectors that were made of spindle-shaped bones such as chicken thigh bones. Nowadays, those spindled bobbins are objects of art all by themselves.

Many web pages that pop up on top of your internet searches which speak to lace history are the result of insufficient and shoddy research. Many of those repeat (plagiarize much?) the same exact and incorrect text. Therefore, if you read elsewhere that Bobbin Lace, today’s topic, was invented in the 1500s, please ignore such reckless scholarship. Lace as a whole has been with us a very long time. Lace Bobbins, particularly historic ones, are a current subject of European collector’s fever, and a great many have been found that predate the 1500’s publication of the earliest how-to manual for bobbin lace (see one good lace-bobbin scholarship paper here, and the historic lace pattern book, Le Pompe, here).

Lace in general is a great deal older than the Renaissance, and the use of bobbins to organize the threads of complicated patterns must surely predate the height of bobbin lace use.  We know, as far as lace history is concerned, that ancient Egyptians had an appliqué process for decorative knotted thread, as did the Vikings, whose technique of gold- or silver-wire or colored thread lace-like appliqué was called posament. Mankind’s quest for sumptuous adornment has more to do with the development of bobbin lace than the average Tudor-era seamstress looking for yard goods. Regardless, the later you venture into the documentation of lace and bobbins, the greater evidence you can find for this beautiful and creative craft and its increasingly beautiful bobbins.

Read on to learn the history of Bobbin Lace, to find patterns and how-to videos, and even read a lace maker’s pillow construction tutorial.

Bobbin Lace: The Taming of Multitudes of Threads.
An image from the historic lace slideshow of the Lacis Museum at Http://Lacismuseum.org

HISTORIC LACE

The Digital Archive of Documents Related to Lace can be found here. It contains as many historical documents as the author could find.

A visual archive of historic lace could be very important to you, if you are trying to decipher technique. If that’s the case, The Structures of Antique Lace website is just the tool for you.

HOW-TO BOBBIN LACE INFORMATION

If you are lost or wondering how to begin, may we suggest the Learning Bobbin Lace: Where to start web page? Its comprehensive lists and starter information are perfect for your first read.

In addition, there are many lace tutorials on YouTube. Most recommended by lace experts seem to be these two, from a Canadian lacemaker: Video #79 Bobbin Lace Supplies and Video #84 Beginner Bobbin Lace Tutorial.

A comprehensive list of bobbin lacemaking tutorials can be found here: Lace News: lacemaking tutorials on YouTube.

NEEDFUL THINGS

Although not all bobbin lace pieces are meant to be yards long of repeated patterns, there is no doubt that repeat pattern lace is the most useful for Tudor and Renaissance and later-era costomers. In order to do that, you’ll find a lacemaker’s pillow very handy with its roller to lay out your repeat pattern. Look here to figure out how to make one type: Make a Bobbin Lace-maker’s Pillow.

In order to make bobbin lace, one must follow a pattern, whether for a repeated lace motif or for a single lace central figure such as the hedgehog, above. A whole bunch of them reside here: Lace patterns.

Jo Edkins’ Lace School is a one-stop source of information for the beginning and intermediate lacemaker. Most helpful are the glossary of lace terms, a pictorial index of named lace patterns, 26 free bobbin lace patterns of all shapes and sizes (one is whimsically named Winkiepin Footsides, for heaven’s sake!), and many other useful bits and links.

Long considered a terrific scholar regarding bobbin lace, please visit this expert for reliable information: Bobbin Lace by Laura Cathcart.


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EVENT REPORT: Agincourt, October 17, A.S. L, Barony-Marche of the Debatable Lands

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sat, 2015-10-24 04:40

This report was compiled by Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope with assistance from O’no Kuma, Maistir Brandubh o Donnghaile, Master Alaric MacConall, Lady Katheryne Täntzel, Lord Robert MacEwin of Thornhill, Lady Melodia Beaupel, and Lord Robert Pour Maintenant.

Though the sun played peekaboo through clouds that brought intermittent cold winds and even the occasional tiny snowflake, the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt proved more fun for the folk of Æthelmearc than it did for the French on that fateful day in October, 1415.

The morning started with the Court of the Imperator, Magnus Tindal, in which he bade THLord Morien MacBain set himself on vigil, there to receive the counsel of the peers and populace regarding his elevation to the Order of the Pelicans.

TOYS FOR TOTS TOURNEY

Martial activities began with the Toys for Tots charity tournament organized by Brillo el Dragon for his high school senior project. 15 fighters participated in a bear pit tournament that lasted almost 2 hours, contributing toys and cash to the charity. Sir Vladimir Mechnik, known as Sir Vlad Two Swords, was the victor, but the children who will received Christmas gifts as a result of the tournament will be the true winners.

The Toys for Tots Tourney. Photo by Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope.

YOUTH CHAMPION’S TOURNEY

At the same time, Their Excellencies Liam and Constance presided over their Youth Combat Champions’ Tournament, which had five young gentles similarly competing in a bear pit for the right to be named baronial champion.

Their Excellencies address the youth fighters. Photo by Arianna.

In addition to receiving points for winning and losing bouts, the fighters had the opportunity to receive bonus points from the Baron, Baroness, and Marshals for chivalry, sportsmanship, and feats of valor or humor. This resulted in not only many points of honor, but also some entertainingly dramatic deaths and a fair number of quotes from Monty Python. His Majesty stopped by and commended the youth fighters for their prowess and camaraderie. He also bestowed upon the newest youth fighter, Danny, a mug in appreciation of Danny’s skill in the Kingdom Youth Championship Tournament held the previous week at Crown Tournament. In the end, Ulfr, who had just stepped down as kingdom champion a week before, was the winner and named Baronial Youth Champion.

Ulfr vs. Danny in the Baronial Youth Combat Champion’s Tourney. Photo by Arianna.

FENCING

Once the youth fighters left the field to hold tavern brawl melees at the picnic tables on the other side of the feast hall, the fencers took the list.

For the dozen or so rapier combatants, Lord Cyrus Augur ran a round robin tournament with each round being best of three fights using progressive weapons forms: single sword, sword and parry object (or just sword), and then two weapons. Master Will Parris was the victor.

THLady Fiora vs. Lord Balan. Photo by Arianna.

After the tourney, there were melees, including a free-for-all called Paranoia. Fencers who were killed were out of the melee until the fencer who had killed them was also killed.

Lady Lucia vs. Lord Michael Gladewyne. Photo by Arianna.

THROWN WEAPONS

After a tasty lunch crafted by Lord Takamatsu Gentarou Yoshitaka and his kitchen crew, the tournament to choose the Debatable Lands Thrown Weapons Champion was hosted by last year’s Baronial Champion, Lord Halldorr Bildr Fintanson. There were 8 competitors vying for this honor, and all knew well the challenge the cold weather presented to the already daunting task. A qualifying round was held, after which 5 throwers were deemed worthy. The championship field included all manner of experience levels, from the most serious and experienced to a first time thrower who picked up knife and axe that day simply to try his hand. A steady hand he proved, for he indeed did qualify and acquit himself nicely.

The competition was a Robin Hood themed throw, and centered on the capture of Will Scarlet.

Thrown weapons participants. Photo by Zyla of Sebastion’s Place.

The competitors included Lady Verena Wittkopf, Baroness Aemilia Soteria, Don Clewin Kupferhelblinc, Karl Kupferhelbelinc (age 6),  O’no Kuma, and the first time thrower, Duncan McClough.

There were four targets, with one axe target and three knife targets, two weapons thrown per target. The axe target consisted of a white castle with a double door. Five points were awarded for hitting the door, one point for hitting the castle, and 10 points for hitting either the hinges or the handles of the door.

The second target proved much more challenging. It consisted of a head and shoulder with an inch-wide cloak above and around the shoulders. 10 points were given for sticking your knife in the cloak so as to pin Will Scarlet to the wall for questioning, 5 points for a non-lethal strike to the head or arms, and 1 point for the rest of the target. However, a lethal strike to the head or torso would prove costly, deducting 5 points from your score. There was only one 10 point throw, executed brilliantly by Baroness Aemillia Soteria with a devastating knife to the cloak at the bottom of the neck above the shoulder, pinning her subject quite nicely to the wall.

The third target consisted of a small Baronial shield over the center bullseye, with smaller still round shield targets encircling it. Each competitor was given a shield to strike. Hitting the target at all was worth 1 point, while hitting your chosen shield was 5 points. However, hitting an “ally” shield would deduct 5 points, and hitting the Baronial shield, God forbid, was a devastating deduction of 10 points. This target was the most difficult yet, yielding few points to the competitors, but thankfully no one struck the Barony shield.

The final and ultimately deciding target a “head” placed on the ground with an apple pinned upon the top. Competitors were to knock the apple off the top for 5 points, and doing damage to the apple’s skin would yield 10 points. But doing damage to the head would cost you a deduction of 10 points. This was by far the most challenging target. Not only was there a high risk for a miscue, but the target being on the ground presented a formidable addition challenge, as most throwers don’t practice throwing to ground targets. This point proved out in the end, with most competitors missing the target entirely or flirting dangerously close to damaging the head. In the end, only 2 competitors managed to knock the apple off the head: Duncan and Don Clewin, with Clewin being the only one to actually damage the apple, slicing the upper right portion of the apple clean off. This brilliant throw gave Don Clewin the Championship, with a total of 17 points.  Three others tied for second with 11 points.

The throwing proved difficult due to the cold and wind as fingers became numb and knives became slippery and harder to control. However, there was never a complaint or a discouraging word heard by any on the throwing line. Her Excellency, Baroness Constance, marveled at the skill and aptitude of the throwers, especially in the cold conditions!

Congratulations to Don Clewin Kupferhelblinc on his victory. We know you will represent us well throughout the coming year. VIVAT!!

ARCHERY

Agincourt was the site of many populace archery shoots:

  • Lady Katheryne Täntzel ran a youth shoot for French vs English.
  • Master Alaric MacConnal ran a shield shoot of French vs. English, which was won by Lord Pavel Dudoladov for the English.
  • THLord Deryk Archer ran a hunt shoot.  Ben Nemeth, a promising new archer from the Debatable Lands, took top honors in this shoot.
  • Maistir Brandubh o Donnghaile ran royal rounds, where King Tindal shoot his first ever royal round.

We shot through the rain, snow and sun. In the end, not surprisingly, the English proved victorious on the archery range.

However, the premier archery competition of the day was the Seven Pearls shoot. There were seven stations, jointly designed and marshaled by last year’s champion, Lord Ichikiero Osoroshi, with assistance from Meistari Urho and Maistir Brandubh.

Seven Pearls Archery competition. Photo by Baron Liam macanTsaoire.

Alas, due to the need to reschedule after weather canceled the plan to hold Seven Pearls at Archers to the Wald, only two baronies were able to provide champions to shoot: the Debatable Lands sent Lady Katheryne Täntzel while Delftwood was represented by Baroness Anastasie Delamour.  To make the competition more interesting, they invited other archers to fill in for the Baronies not represented, as the Shoots were designed for 7 to compete against one another. Baron Edward Harbinger, Lord Takematsu Yoshitaka, Ben Nemeth, Lord Pavel Dudolodov, and Master Alaric MacConnal filled in for the other groups.

Shooters were awarded points based on their ranking in each end.  All archers received between 1 and 7 point for each end of arrows, first place in each end received 7 points, down to last place in each end received 1 point.

The shoot opened with a one-minute timed round where each archer had to shoot 3 arrows each at 20, 30 and 40 yard targets for standard royal round scores.

The second shoot required the archers to remove all 6 pearls from a baronial coronet while shooting en masse.

The third round was a swan shoot at 40 yards, while the fourth was a baronial heraldry shoot,  where all archers shot at the heraldry of the other baronies. The winner was the barony with the least hits on its arms, while the barony with the most hits on its arms received the least points.

The fifth shoot was comprised of period targets of a shield and wand, and the sixth was a pearl hunt, with 49 pearls on the target. Only seven were true pearls and worth points, but archers had to shoot all the pearls to find the true pearls.

In the seventh and final challenge round, after working through the range, each archer issued a challenge and all archers had three arrows to answer the challenge.

In the end Lady Katheryne bested Baroness Anastasie to claim the title of Seven Pearls Champion for the Debatable Lands, while Baron Edward proved the victor among the stand-ins.

Much fun was had by the archers on this cold afternoon. Lady Katheryne, Marshal in Charge, wishes to thank the other marshals and also Meistari Urho for providing loaner gear.

HEAVY BATTLES

The sides were chosen, French (blue) and English (red), with the marshals attempting to make them about even.

First there were a series of gate battles. Access was limited to a nine-foot gate, though the combat archers could fire more freely. The sides took turns being the aggressors with unlimited resurrections against the defenders who had none. Each side was the attacker twice.

After that, there was a series of five open field battles. The French won the first two, the English the final three.

Then a game was played where teams of three non-archers tried to cross an open field while a group of three archers fired at them. If any of the non-archers were ‘killed’ the entire team had to return to the starting line. If one was legged, all were legged.

Finally, the traditional ‘Tavern Brawl’ was held, in which fighters began the melee seated at picnic tables and then jumped into the fight when the marshals called Lay On.

ARTS AND SCIENCES

THLady Sumayya al Ghaziyyah and Lady Astridr Vikaskegg ran the first St. Crispin’s A&S Competition, which is planned to be held annually at Agincourt in the future. There were 25 entries ranging from novices to Laurels and from fiber and costuming to calligraphy and illumination. Entries were judged based on Creativity, Workmanship, Aesthetics, Authenticity, and Complexity. While documentation was considered important, scores for it were only considered in the case of a tie.

Baron Silvester Burchardt won the overall St. Crispin’s Challenge with his piece of brocaded tablet-woven trim.

Brocade tablet weaving by Baron Silvester Burchardt. Photo by Arianna.

Prizes were also given to gentles in categories based on the arts awards they possessed. Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope won the Laurel category with a black hours Fleur scroll. In the Journeyman category, for gentles with Fleurs, THLord Ishiyama Gen’tarou Yori’ie won for his Suoh (Japanese garb). In the Novice category, for gentles with Sycamores, Lady Ceindrich verch Elidir won for her knitted stockings based on an extant pair made for Eleanor of Toledo. In the Tenderfoot category, for gentles with no Arts awards, Lady Abbatissa Dreye de Banneberi won with her sekanjabin.

COURT

After the day’s activities wore down, Their Excellencies and His Majest held court, processing in to the Debatable Choir singing the Agincourt Carol.

Baron Liam and Baroness Constance recognized their Youth and Thrown Weapons Champions, as well as the winners of the Seven Pearls Archery and other archery competitions, the A&S competition winners, and the winner of the Toys for Tots tournament, as previously mentioned.

Baron Silvester Burchardt is named winner of the St. Crispin’s A&S Competition. Photo by Arianna.

Brillo el Dragon addresses the Baron and Baroness regarding the Toys for Tots tournament that he organized. Photo by Arianna.

Maistir Brandubh o Donnghaile was called forward as archery marshal and noted that Lord Pavel Dudoladov and Lord Robert Pour Maintenant had achieved the Royal Round rank of Marksman.

Their Excellencies also bestowed awards on the following gentles:

Lord Markus Skalpr Grimsson receives a Blue Silver Comet for his tablet weaving and the authenticity of his fighting accoutrements. Photo by Arianna.

Lord Takamatsu Gentarou Yoshitaka receives a Gold Comet for his service, including building the gate for the Debatable Lands’ Pennsic encampment. Photo by Arianna.

Lord Robert Pour Maintenant receives a Gold Comet for his service as a heavy weapons marshal at practices and events. Photo by Arianna.

Their Excellencies then called for Sir Thorgrim Skullsplitter, presenting him with a scroll commemorating the Green Comet that had been given to him at Pennsic, and also asked him to convey the Toys for Tots tourney winner scroll and likewise a belated Green Comet scroll to Sir Vladimir Mechnik, who had left the event before court.

Sir Thorgrim receives his Green Comet scroll and scrolls for Sir Vlad. Photo by Arianna.

Finally, Their Excellencies had words with the Imperator, Magnus Tindal, regarding their plans to invade their neighboring Shire of King’s Crossing at the Shire’s upcoming Birthday B(r)all on November 7th in order to retake the lands “stolen” from the Barony-Marche many years ago. His Majesty, after expressing some concern, decided the invasion might be justified and granted Their Excellencies leave to execute this plan.

Imperator Tindal addresses the Baron and Baroness about their planned invasion of King’s Crossing. Photo by Arianna.

Baronial Court closed, and Kingdom Court commenced. A record of the doings at that Court may be found here.

After court, gentles retired to a splendid feast cooked by Meesteress Odriana vander Brughe and her crew, then wound the evening down with bardic activities and good fellowship. Those who stayed overnight in the cabins on the site were treated to a breakfast of bagels and yummy feast leftovers Sunday morning.

Congratulations to the Autocrats, Baron Liam, Baroness Constance, and Lady Isabel, for another fine Agincourt event.


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Halloween Caption Contest

AEthelmearc Gazette - Fri, 2015-10-23 15:00

Greetings,

I have searched my archives to find some of my Æthelmearc Halloween photo shops. I will post a few every so often. Please add your caption, or better yet a very short story for each picture using the comment boxes below.

YIS,
Filipo


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Throwback – Gulf Wars 2006 Event Report – Piss off!

PainBank - Fri, 2015-10-23 10:13

WOW!  Gulf Wars XV, which also has some photo links from then as well.

Photo Credit to: THL Barbara Sterlings  In the pic, there are some classic folks, can you spot them?

It was a long time ago and dates our show.  This was a fun time and here is our report from that time.  Enjoy:

http://www.painbank.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/PB_8_Gulf%20Wars%20XV%20Report.mp3

 

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Changements à la structure de récompenses pour le Royaume de l’Est”

East Kingdom Gazette - Fri, 2015-10-23 07:53

Cet article est maintenant disponible en Français. Veuillez cliquer sur le lien ci-dessous.

New Award Structure for the East Kingdom / Changements à la structure de récompenses pour le Royaume de l’Est”

(English Translation: The following article is now available in French. Please click on the link below.)


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Court Report: Agincourt, October 17, A.S. L

AEthelmearc Gazette - Thu, 2015-10-22 19:49

Documented from the Scrolls of the Reign of Magnus Tindal and Etain, Basileus Kai Æthelmearc: the Business of The Emperor’s Court at Agincourt, 17 October, Anno Societatis L, in the Barony-Marche of the Debatable Lands, accompanied by Their Highnesses Byron and Ariella, Prince and Princess of Æthelmearc, and Their Excellences Uilliam and Constance, Baron and Baroness of the Debatable Lands. As recorded by Their Silver Buccle Herald, Kameshima-kyō Zentarou Umakai.

In the morning:

THL Morien MacBain was called before the Emperor, who confirmed that it was still Morien’s wish to contemplate whether he would accept appointment to the Imperial Council of the Pelican. The Imperator then convened said Council, who escorted His Lordship to the place that had been prepared for him.

In the evening:

The children of the Realm were summoned before the Emperor, who invited them to meet with Dame Hrefna Úlfvarinnsdóttir in the back of the hall, where there would be toys and games so that they would not be bored through Court.

Baron Uilliam and Baroness Constance swore their Oath of Fealty as Baron and Baroness of the Debatable Lands. While Her Excellency was in Court, the Emperor bestowed upon her a token of appreciation from Baroness Mariana, the Imperial Reign Coordinator, in thanks for her service as Royalty Liaison.

The Emperor allowed time for Their Excellencies to conduct the business of their Baronial Court.

Takamatsu-san Gentarō Yoshitaka was called forth and recognized for having achieved a Royal Round average of 83 and therefore was awarded the rank of Master Bowman.

Lord Yoshi is named a Master Bowman. Photo by Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope.

Drotin Jorundr hinn Rotinn was granted the King’s Award of Excellence for his many venues of service, including fencing, heraldry, and archery. Scroll by Lady Vivienne of Yardley.

Drotinn Jorundr receives the King’s Award of Excellence. Photo by Arianna.

Lord Jacob Martinson was called forth and presented with a second scroll to commemorate his Award of Arms, which he had received at Pennsic.

Lord Jacob receives his AoA scroll. Photo by Arianna.

Lady Abbatissa Dreye de Banneberi was inducted into the Order of the Keystone for her service in helping to setup and tear down events, assisting in kitchens, coordinating potlucks, and for donating sekanjabin made by her own hand on many occasions for gift baskets and to individuals. Two scrolls were created to commemorate this event, one by Baroness Helene al-Zar’qa, and a second by Lady Mary Elizabeth Clason.

Lady Abbatissa is inducted into the Order of the Keystone. Photo by Arianna.

THL Margery Kent of York was recognized for her many years in the performing arts, as part of the Dismal Players, the Debatable Consort, and I Genisii, with elevation into the Order of the Sycamore. Scroll by Baroness Gillian Llewellyn of Ravenspur.

The companions of I Genesiithe Greatest Commedia dell’Arte troupe in the Known World – were called into Court to celebrate Margery’s exemplary work as part of their troupe. They presented her with a scroll naming her as Zanni Emerita and forever granting her sole designation and ownership of the name of Spinetta within their troupe. Scroll illuminated by Lady Kathryn Täntzel, to be calligraphed by Kameshima-kyō Zentarou Umakai upon words by THL Elss of Augsberg.

Lady Margery receives a Sycamore and is extolled by the cast of i Genisii. Photo by Arianna.

THL Fiora d’Artusio was granted admission into the Order of the Golden Stirrup for her continuous dedication to the authenticity of her garb, both on and off the fencing field. Scroll by Baroness Gillian Llewellyn of Ravenspur.

THLady Fiora is admitted to the Golden Stirrup. Photo by Arianna.

Lady Hara Kikumatsu was Granted Arms and named to the Order of the Fleur d’Æthelmearc for her skills in researching and creating Japanese garb, dyeing techniques and braided cordmaking. Scroll illuminated by Ishiyama-roku-i Gentarō Yori’ie and calligraphed by Kameshima-kyō Zentarou Umakai.

Lady Sumayya al-Ghaziyya was Granted Arms and elevated to the Order of the Fleur d’Æthelmearc for the beautiful leatherwork and Turkish garb that she creates. Scroll by Baroness Helene al-Zar’qa.

Mistress Hilderun Hügelmann was inducted into the Order of the Fleur d’Æthelmearc for her research into livery collars, most recently relevant to the recent creation of the Order of Defense and its regalia.

Lady Hara, Lady Sumayya, and Mistress Hilderun are inducted into the Fleur d’Æthelmearc. Photo by Baroness Constance Glyn Dŵr.

THL Morien MacBain was summoned before the Emperor, assured Him that he had in fact sat vigil as He had instructed, and that it was still his wish to take the seat in the Imperial Council of the Pelican. Duchess Tessa the Huntress, Morien’s patroness in service, was invited forth and released Morien from his obligation as her protegé. The Emperor then convened the Council of the Pelican and asked for testimony from Peers and other worthies of the Realm. Duchess Gabrielle van Nijenrode spoke of his courtesy and politeness even after countless hours of service, and of how his work in starting the Paladin’s Pantry had now spread across the Known World. Count Sir Jehan de la Marche recalled some 20 years ago when he first came to Æthelmearc and Morien became his squire, and of his service to the heavy weapons, siege, combat archery and equestrian communities since then. Master William Parris bore the words of Maestro Orlando di Bene del Vinta, who named Morien an inspiration of his for many years, and calling him an artisan, a creative genius, a servant, a warrior, kind, generous, courteous and honorable. Shishido-nagon Tora Gozen noted Morien’s continuing desire to better himself, whether it be in the realm of martial arts, bardic arts, or service. Duchess Tessa the Huntress spoke of a Blackstone Raids many years past, when she found herself in need of a combat archery marshal and found Morien already doing it, and then of a time last year when she found herself in need of a combat archery marshal, and a siege marshal, and a heavy weapons marshal, and once again found Morien already doing all of those things. The Emperor then commanded that Morien be arrayed in the regalia of a Counsellor of the Pelican, and thus Morien was presented with the Ancestral Pelican Medallion of Æthelmearc, a personal medallion, a cloak, a hat, and a horse brass bearing the badge of the Council, that he might be known as a Peer even upon horseback. His Lordship now presenting as a Counselor of the Pelican, the Emperor named him to that Council, Granted him Arms by Letters Patent and elevated him to the station of a Peer of the Realm. The Emperor accepted Master Morien MacBain’s Oath of Fealty, and words by Count Sir Jehan de la Marche, to be penned upon a work in progress by Master Morien ap Rhys, were read.

Master Morien MacBain swears his fealty as a Companion of the Pelican. Photo by Baroness Contance.

The Emperor, noting that he had been commanded by his Empress to find and recognize inspiration in her absence, invited forth Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope, Baroness Aemilia Soteria and Lady Ceindrech verch Elidir, and presented them with tokens of inspiration for their service running the day’s youth combat tournament.

All those who had contributed time and effort in creating the day’s scribal offerings were invited to stand and be recognized.

There being no further business, the Emperor’s Court was closed.

In Honor and Service, Kameshima Zentarō Umakai 高貴国境の王国の治部卿 Silver Buccle Principal Herald, Kingdom of Æthelmearc
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On Target: The Highlander Shoot

AEthelmearc Gazette - Thu, 2015-10-22 14:51

This month’s installment of On Target is about how to run the Highlander archery tournament that I marshaled at this year’s Archers to the Wald.

Highlander head target. Photo by THLord Deryk Archer.

Each Archer gets a token for his quickening. An archer may join the game at any time.

Any archer can challenge any other Archer. The two archers must then give all of all their tokens to the Marshal in Charge. The Archers get one shot at their opponent’s head; if they both miss, they both get another shot. This continues till one or both heads are hit in the same volley. In the event of a double kill, all tokens are returned to the head table. The winner of the round gets all the tokens, while the loser is obviously out. At the end, if there are three shooters and there is a double kill, the third Archer wins automatically. If it’s down to two archers and there is a double kill, the Quickenings are the tiebreaker, so it’s important to collect as many tokens during the day as possible. This shoot is about protection and revenge.

An archer may be under the protection of another player. If challenged, he or she announces whose protection they are under, and that third party will come for revenge just like in the TV series. At that point the Challenger may resend his challenge. Around 3 o’clock in the afternoon, get all the players together for the gathering so you can finish the game. Remember, there can be only ONE.

So this month I want to leave you with a safety tip. I’ve noticed archers are starting to nock their arrows before they get to the line. Remember, do not nock an arrow till the Marshal gives the command.

Till next month…

THLord Deryk Archer


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Court Report: Crown Tournament, October 10, A.S. L

AEthelmearc Gazette - Thu, 2015-10-22 07:52

Documented from the Scrolls of the Reign of Magnus Tindal and Etain, Basileus Kai Æthelmearc: the Business of Their Court at Crown Tournament, 10 September Anno Societatis L, in the Shire of Misty Highlands. As recorded by Their Silver Buccle Herald, Kameshima-kyō Zentarou Umakai.

In the afternoon:

When the last blow had been struck, the Imperatori called before them Baron Sir Thomas Byron of Haverford, the only competitor who remained standing, and his consort and inspiration, Baroness Sir Ariella of Thornbury. They crowned His Excellency as Their Heir and named him the Imperator Destinatus of Æthelmearc. Prince Byron then placed the Heir’s Consort’s coronet upon the brow of Princess Ariella.

Byron crowns Ariella as Princess. Photo by Master Alaxandair o Conchobhair.

In the evening, accompanied by Their Heirs, Byron and Ariella:

The Imperatori presented a basket of gifts to Their Highnesses and welcomed Them into Their Court.

Her Majesty presents Prince Byron and Princess Ariella with a gift basket. Photo by THLady Sophie Davenport.

Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope was invited forth to speak of the Youth Champion tournament that had taken place that morning. Of all those that had competed, the Imperatori called forth two to serve as Their Youth Champions: they named Karl Kupferhelbelinc as Division I Champion, and Drake Magnusson as Division II/III Champion. Scrolls by Mistress Fredeburg von Katzenellenbogen.

Karl Kuperferhelbelinc is named Division 1 Youth Combat Champion. Photo by Lady Àine ny Allane.

The children of the Realm were summoned before the Imperatori, who invited them to accompany Their own children to meet with Dame Hrefna Úlfvarinnsdóttir in the back of the hall, where there would be toys and games so that they would not be bored through Court.

Kameshima-kyō Zentarou Umakai, Silver Buccle Herald, and Master Tofi Kerthjalfadsson, Kingdom Exchequer, offered their Oath of Service, as they had not been able to attend the Imperial Coronation.

Lady McKenna Henderson, who had served as Royalty Liaison for the day, was called forth and given a token of appreciation from Baroness Mariana, the Imperial Reign Coordinator.

Lady McKenna receives Her Majesty’s token of appreciation. Photo by Lady Àine.

The Ladies of the Rose and Garnet were invited to speak of the chivalry and courtesy displayed on the field that day, and to name one to bear the Shield of Chivalry. The Ladies wanted to recognize the honorable behavior of THL Beatrix Krieger and THL Jussie Laplein, but they named THL Darian Valski as the most chivalrous combatant of the day and asked him to be their champion and bear the Shield of Chivalry in the Imperial Court.

THLord Jussie Laplein. Photo by THLady Sophie.

THLady Beatrix Krieger. Photo by Lady Àine.

THLord Darian Valski, recipient of the Shield of Chivalry. Photo by Lady Àine ny Allane.

THL Ailionora Bronhulle was awarded the Sigil of Æthelmearc for her service as retainer and guard. No scroll was present.

Lady Ailianora receives a Sigil. Photo by Lady Àine.

Leonardis Hebenstreit was awarded Arms for both learning and teaching the art of heavy weapons combat, as well as serving during feasts and cleaning dishes after they are done. He also volunteered to serve at the Roses’ Tea at Pennsic. No scroll was present.

Leonardis is awarded Arms. Photo by Lady Àine.

Lord Rouland of Willowbrooke was Granted Arms and inducted into the Order of the Gage for his increasing prowess in heavy weapons, which started in the Youth Combat program, continues in the lists and on the melee fields, and serves as an inspiration to many currently in the Youth Combat program. Promissory scroll by Maîtresse Yvianne de Castel d’Avignon.

Lord Rouland is inducted into the Order of the Gage. Photo by Lady Àine.

The Empress, continuing in the tradition of her predecessors, spoke of how She was inspired by Count Sir Jehan de la Marche, by his service as marshal, and at his eloquence on the field. She presented him with her token of inspiration for the day.

Count Jehan is named Queen’s Inspiration. Photo by Lady Àine.

The Imperatori wished to recognize the work of all of the scribes of Æthelmearc, whose tireless work beautified Their Courts and Their Kingdom.

There being no further business, the Imperial Court of the Basileus was closed.

In Honor and Service, Kameshima Zentarō Umakai 高貴国境の王国の治部卿 Silver Buccle Principal Herald, Kingdom of Æthelmearc
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East Orders of High Merit to Become Grant Level

AEthelmearc Gazette - Wed, 2015-10-21 15:50

Their Majesties of the East have announced that the current Eastern Orders of High Merit will become Grant level Orders. As our fair Kingdom was once a Principality of the East, this news may be of interest to many Æthelmearcers. Additionally, They are creating four new AoA level awards.

Read the details here, courtesy of the East Kingdom Gazette.

 


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New Award Structure for the East Kingdom / Changements à la structure de récompenses pour le Royaume de l’Est”

East Kingdom Gazette - Wed, 2015-10-21 14:26


En français  In case of disparity between the French or English text, English text have precedence.
The following is a message from Their Royal Majesties, Brennan and Caoilfhionn:

We have decided that, at this point in the history of the East Kingdom, it is right and proper that the existing Orders of High Merit (the Silver Crescent, the Golden Rapier, the Maunche, the Tygers Combatant, the Sagittarius and the Golden Lance), which currently carry an Award of Arms, should instead carry Grants of Arms and be afforded the same precedence as these polling orders do in most other kingdoms. Consistent with existing precedent on Orders that are elevated to Grant-level after their creation, everyone who currently has an Order of High Merit will be deemed to have received a Grant of Arms as of the date when he or she was elevated to the Order of High Merit. Therefore, if you received a Silver Crescent on December 1, 1992, you will be considered to have received a Grant of Arms on the same date.

Additionally, we believe that the population and participation in the East warrants the creation of four new, armigerous non-polling orders that would parallel the existing Order of the Silver Rapier. We intend to create new armigerous non-polling orders for rattan combat, arts and sciences, service and archery, and to make the existing Order of the Silver Rapier carry an Award of Arms, which it currently does not.

We have come to this decision after much thought, debate, and discussion with various members of the populace, officers, and friends. We recognize that this is a huge change for our kingdom, and as such, we would like to be as transparent about our decision-making as we can be while addressing some of the anticipated concerns that may arise.

Why Do We Need Grants?

While everything works pretty well in the East with the Orders of High Merit bearing Awards of Arms, in almost every other kingdom, the equivalent orders are Grant-bearing. When we travel, we see that tournaments or A&S competitions are open to “members of your kingdom’s grant-level order,” which leaves the Eastern companions of Orders of High Merit in the awkward spot of having to explain themselves. While we, in the People’s Republic of the East, don’t really place a huge deal of weight on the distinction among Awards, Grants and Patents of Arms, it is a Big Deal in other places. We would like Easterners to be able to go to any Kingdom and be equal in station, according to the customs of the Kingdom, with those who have earned equal notice.

Additionally, the members of the Eastern Orders of High Merit work very hard to achieve this recognition. A person in the East puts in as much work, time and dedication to receive a Maunche as someone a few miles away does to receive a Fleur from AEthelmearc or a Pearl from Atlantia, both of which bear a Grant of Arms. Induction into an Eastern Order of High Merit is a Huge Deal, and its importance is not adequately expressed by the current system. We can honor that accomplishment by adding a Grant of Arms, honoring the work in a medieval fashion by awarding station in addition to induction.

What Changes Does This Make To Existing Orders?

Practically, adding the Grant doesn’t change anything in terms of how the existing Orders of High Merit are earned or granted. We don’t intend any change in the standards applied by the Orders for advising the Crown. This change is recognizing the high standards that already exist.

I Already Have An Order of High Merit, What Does This Mean To Me?

Consistent with existing precedent on how to treat Orders that change after their creation, everyone currently holding an Eastern Order of High Merit will be deemed to have received a Grant of Arms as of the date of his or her induction into that Order. For example, if you were inducted into the Order of the Tygers Combatant on August 13, 1997, once we make this change to law, you will also be deemed to have received a Grant of Arms on August 13, 1997.

How Will The New Orders (and the Silver Rapier) Function?

We do NOT intend for these new armigerous orders to be polling orders, but to be awarded as the Crown sees fit. We are using the Silver Rapier, which is not a polling order, as the model. Like the Silver Rapier, these new planned armigerous awards will be awarded only once to an individual. The Crown may, at its discretion, ask advice from other people in the same field and solicit recommendations, but there will be no formal pollings.

Will New Awards Put An Undue Burden on the Scribes?

We recognize the significance of this concern. We only have so many scribes and they work tirelessly for the kingdom, laying out their own money and giving their free time. We had toyed with the idea of making these awards all “scroll optional” except in the case where an AoA is being granted along with induction.

We spoke to the Signet as well as several scribes and were assured that creating new awards would not put undue burden on the scribal community. In some cases, these new awards will be combined with an AoA, which means one less AoA scroll that needs to be created. In some cases, these will replace “catch all” awards that are currently being given to acknowledge service or art or prowess that are not QUITE up to the standards of the Orders of High Merit. In short, if used as we intend, there should not be a significant increase in the burden already placed on our hard-working scribes.

Won’t Having More Awards Increase the Length of Courts?

After carefully considering this issue, and discussing it with many people including experienced court heralds, we do not believe that adding a new way to recognize people will make courts significantly longer. As we touched on above, there are currently a number of “catch all” awards or tokens that are being used to recognize people for their good works when those works do not quite reach the level of an Order of High Merit. Having a lower tier of awards gives the Crown options for recognizing positive contributions and excellence beyond just the King’s/Queen’s Awards of Esteem, etc. We anticipate that the types of awards given in Court will change, but the raw number of awards will only increase slightly.

Why Do We Need to Replace Simple Tokens with Defined Awards?

Tokens are wonderful and we encourage their use, not only by Crowns, but by anyone who wishes to thank and recognize excellence in others. However, a token can be anything and given by anyone for any thing. The symbolism of a consistent award with a registered badge tells the world that you do a thing and are pretty good at it, good enough that the Crown recognized you specifically for doing that thing.

One of the concerns we are hoping to address with this is membership and retention. It has been pointed out that our “bar” for the Orders of High Merit is pretty high in the East. We lose a lot of very enthusiastic people a few years after they get their AoA because there is a substantial gap in encouragement and recognition. We believe that these orders will fill that gap.

What Are These New Awards Going To Be Called?

After discussions with our heralds within the East Kingdom, we have selected the following names for the new awards:

Order of the Silver Tyger – for prowess in rattan and armored combat
Order of the Silver Brooch – for excellence in arts and sciences
Order of the Silver Wheel – for excellence in service
Order of Apollo’s Arrow – for prowess in archery.

We expect to have badges finalized within a few days.

In Service to the East,
Brennan and Caoilfhionn
Rex et Regina Orientalis

[Editor’s Note: This article was edited on October 23rd 2015 to update the name of the new service award to Order of the Silver Wheel]

En français Traduction par Lady Deirdre Ruadh et Behi Kirsa Oyutai .

Le message suivant provient de Leurs Royales Majestés, Brennan et Caoilfhionn:

Nous avons décidé que, à ce point de l’histoire du Royaume de l’Est, il est juste et bon que les Ordres de Haut Mérite existants (L’ordre du Croissant d’Argent / Silver Crescent, de la Rapière dorée / Golden Rapier, de la Manche / Maunche, du Tigre Combattant / Tygers Combatant, du Sagittaire / Sagittarius et de la Lance dorée / Golden Lance) accompagnés actuellement d’un Décernement d’Armes (Award of Arms), devraient à la place être accompagnés d’un Octroi d’Armes (Grant of Arms) et avoir le même rang de préséance que les ordres votants des autres royaumes. Afin d’être constants avec la préséance existante, un récipiendaire de l’un des Ordres qui sont élevés au niveau de l’Octroi d’Armes après leur création, tous ceux ayant présentement un Ordre de Haut Mérite sera considéré comme ayant reçu un Octroi d’Armes au moment de leur élévation dans l’Ordre. Ainsi, si vous avez reçu un Croissant d’Argent le 1er décembre 1992, vous serez considéré comme ayant reçu un Octroi d’Armes à la même date.

De plus, nous croyons que la population et sa participation dans l’Est permet la création de quatre nouveaux ordres non-votants accompagnés de décernement d’armes, qui existeront en parallèle avec l’Ordre de la Rapière d’Argent (Order of the Silver Rapier). Nous avons l’intention de créer de nouveaux ordres non-votants pour le combat au rotin, les arts et sciences, le service et le tir à l’arc, en plus de faire en sorte que l’Ordre de la Rapière d’Argent existante soit accompagné d’un Décernement d’Armes, ce qui n’est présentement pas le cas.

Nous sommes venus à cette décision à la suite de longues réflexions, débats et discussions avec une variété de membres de la population, des officiers et des amis. Nous reconnaissons que c’est un énorme changement pour notre Royaume et nous voulions être aussi transparents que possible quant à notre processus de décision, tout en prenant en compte certaines inquiétudes qui pourraient être soulevées.

Pourquoi avons-nous besoin d’Octrois?
Bien que tout fonctionne très bien dans le Royaume de l’Est avec le fait que les Ordres de Haut Mérite soient accompagnés de Décernement d’Armes, dans la plupart des autres Royaumes, les Ordres équivalents aux nôtres sont dotés d’Octrois d’Armes. Lorsque nous voyageons, nous remarquons que plusieurs tournois ou compétitions d’Arts et Sciences sont ouverts aux « membres d’un Ordre du niveau d’un Octroi d’Armes d’un royaume», ce qui laisse les compagnons venant de l’Est récipiendaires d’un Ordre de Haut Mérite dans la désagréable position d’avoir à se justifier. D’autre part, dans la population de la République de l’Est, nous n’accordons pas une grande attention à la différence de poids entre les Décernements, les Octrois et les Patents d’Armes alors que c’est très important dans les autres royaumes. Nous souhaiterions que les gens de l’Est puissent se rendre dans tous les Royaumes et être égaux en situation, en accord avec les coutumes du Royaume, avec ceux possédant un même rang.

De plus, les membres des Ordres de Haut Mérite de l’Est ont travaillé durement pour se faire reconnaître. Une personne dans l’Est met autant d’efforts, de temps et de dévouement afin de recevoir une Manche qu’une personne à quelques kilomètres de distance met afin de recevoir une Fleur d’AEthelmearc ou une Perle (Pearl) d’Atlantia, ces derniers étant accompagnés d’un Octroi d’Armes. L’accession à un Ordre de Haut Mérite de l’Est est un événement privilégié et son importance n’est présentement pas bien exprimée par le système actuel. Nous pouvons honorer cet accomplissement en ajoutant un Octroi d’Armes, honorant ainsi le travail accompli d’une manière médiévale en décernant une stature en addition à l’introduction à l’ordre.

Quels changements cela aura sur les Ordres existants?
En pratique, l’ajout de l’Octroi d’Armes ne change rien à la façon dont les Ordres existants sont mérités ou remis. Nous n’avons aucune intention de changer les standards appliqués par les Ordres pour conseiller la Couronne. Ce changement ne fait que reconnaître les grands standards de qualité déjà existants.

Je suis déjà membre d’un Ordre de Haut Mérite, qu’est-ce que cela veut dire pour moi?
Afin d’être constants avec les précédents existants à propos de comment traiter les changements apportés à un Ordre après sa création, toute personne ayant actuellement un Ordre de Haut Mérite sera reconnu comme ayant reçu un Octroi d’Armes à la même date que son entrée dans l’Ordre. Par exemple, si vous avez été reçu dans l’Ordre des Tygers Combatant le 13 août 1997, une fois ce changement légalisé, vous serez reconnu ayant reçu un Octroi d’Armes le 13 août 1997.

Comment les nouveaux Ordres et la Rapière d’Argent (Silver Rapier) fonctionneront-ils?
Nous n’avons PAS l’intention que ces nouveaux ordres soient votants, mais plutôt attribués à la discrétion de la Couronne. Prenons la Rapière d’Argent en exemple, puisqu’il n’est pas votant. Comme la Rapière d’Argent, ces nouveaux ordres pourront être octroyés qu’une fois. La Couronne peut, à sa discrétion, demander l’avis de personnes tierces dans le même champ de compétence et demander des recommandations, cependant, il n’y aura pas de vote formel.

Est-ce que ces nouvelles distinctions mettront une pression indue sur nos Scribes?
Nous reconnaissons l’importance de ce questionnement. Nous avons une banque de scribes qui travaillent sans relâche pour le royaume, fournissant de leur propre argent et donnant de leur temps gratuitement. Nous avons jonglé avec l’idée de faire de ces nouveaux ordres « Parchemin optionnel » à l’exception du cas où un Décernement d’Armes est accordé avec l’introduction.

Nous avons discuté avec le Signet, ainsi qu’avec plusieurs scribes et pouvons vous assurer que la création des nouveaux ordres ne sera pas une charge trop lourde pour la communauté des scribes. Dans certains cas, les ordres seront combinés avec un Décernement d’Armes, ce qui signifie qu’il y a moins de besoin pour des parchemins de Décernement d’Armes dans ce cas. Dans certains cas, ils remplaceront les distinctions « Fourre-tout » qui sont actuellement remises pour remercier et reconnaître le service, les arts ou la chevalerie, mais qui ne sont pas encore aux standards des Ordres de Haut Mérite. Au final, si utilisés comme Nous le pensons, il ne devrait pas y avoir une augmentation dans la charge de travail déjà entre les mains de nos scribes.

Avoir plus de récompenses n’augmenterait-il pas l’augmentation de la durée des Cours?
Après avoir bien étudié ce problème et discuté avec plusieurs personnes incluant des hérauts de court expérimentés, nous ne croyons pas que l’ajout d’une nouvelle façon de reconnaître les personnes fera des courts réellement plus longues. Comme Nous avons déjà mentionné précédemment, il y a un nombre de reconnaissances et jetons « fourre-touts » qui sont utilisés afin de reconnaître les personnes pour leur bon travail lorsque ces travaux ne sont pas encore au niveau d’un Ordre de Haut Mérite. Pouvoir offrir un nouveau pallier inférieur de récompenses donne à la Couronne des options de reconnaître positivement les contributions et l’excellence au-delà des Récompenses d’Estime du Roi / De la Reine, etc. (King’s/ Quenn’s Award of Esteem, etc). Nous anticipons que les types de récompenses données à la court changeront, mais que le nombre de récompenses données n’augmentera pas de manière significative.

Pourquoi devons-nous remplacer un gage symbolique (tokens) pour des récompenses définies?
Les gages symboliques sont merveilleux et nous encourageons leur usage, non seulement par les Couronnes, mais par toute personne qui souhaite remercier et reconnaître l’excellence chez les autres. Toutefois, un gage peut être n’importe quoi et être donné par n’importe qui pour n’importe quoi. Le symbolisme d’une récompense définie avec un badge enregistré informe les autres que vous avez fait quelque chose et/ou êtes vraiment bon à votre passion, suffisamment bon afin que la Couronne vous reconnaisse personnellement pour faire cette chose particulière.
Une de nos préoccupations concerne l’adhésion des membres et le renouvellement. Il a été démontré que la barre pour les Ordres de Haut Mérite est très haute dans l’Est. Nous avons perdu beaucoup de personnes vraiment enthousiastes quelques années après qu’elles aient reçu leur Décernement d’Armes, parce qu’il y a un fossé substantiel au niveau de l’encouragement et la reconnaissance. Nous croyons que ces Ordres combleront ce vide.

Comment ces nouvelles récompenses seront-elles appelées?
Après discussion avec nos hérauts dans le Royaume de l’Est, nous avons sélectionné les noms suivants pour ces nouvelles récompenses :

Ordre du Tigre d’Argent (Order of the Silver Tiger) – Pour les prouesses en combat en armure et avec rotin.
Ordre de la Broche d’Argent (Order of the Silver Brooch) – Pour l’excellence en arts et sciences
Ordre de la Roue Argent (Order of the Silver Wheel) – Pour l’excellence en service
Ordre de la Flèche d’Apollon (Order of Apollo’s Arrow) – Pour les prouesses en tir à l’arc.

Nous attendons les versions finales des badges dans les prochains jours.

Au service de l’Est

Brennan et Caoilfhionn
Rex et Regina Orientalis


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Court Report: Hunter’s Moon, October 3, A.S. L

AEthelmearc Gazette - Wed, 2015-10-21 09:36

Documented from the Scrolls of the Reign of Magnus Tindal and Etain, Basileus Kai Æthelmearc: the Business of The Empress’s Court at Hunter’s Moon, 3 October Anno Societatis L, in the Shire of Hartstone. As recorded by THL Sophie Davenport, Seedling Herald.

After instructing the populace to seek their comfort, The Empress called for Beatrix Krieger and the children present. Beatrix passed out goodie bags with toys to the children so they may be amused while the business of the Court was conducted.

The Empress called for the Autocrat of the event, Beatrix Krieger, and the cooking staff. THL Beatrix thanked the Chief cook, Lady Abigail Kelhoge and her staff for working hard to prepare a wonderful feast to be served after court, the marshalls for fencing, heavy weapons and thrown weapons, and the populace of Hartstone for their work in the rain to make the event a success.

The Empress next wished to hear about the heavy weapons tournament held. THL Thorsol Solinauga reported that THL Beatrix Krieger had won the Barricade Tournament, and that Master John the Pell had won the Bear Pit Tournament. THL Thorsol also wished to say how impressed he and the other fighters were of Alexi and how he conducted himself on the field.

The Empress then wished to hear about the day’s fencing tournament from Baroness Helene al-Zarqa’. She reported that Round Robin tournament was won by Master Benedict Fergus atta Mede, with a scroll by Lady Abigail Kelhoge, and by much acclaim of his peers, Master Caleb Reynolds won the Barricade Tournament, with a scroll by Lady Abigail Kelhoge.

It was reported that there are some Throwers who had attained new rankings, and the Empress requested that Master Antonio de Luna elaborate. He reported that Joselyn of Hartstone has attained the rank of Thrower, that Douglas of Hartstone has attained the rank of Verfer, that Kiegard, Destroyer of Worlds has attained the rank of Verfer, and that THL Renata Rouge has attained the rank of Caster. Master Antonio invested them with the insignia of their new status and instructed them to return the insignia for updating when they have reached the next level.

The Empress requested that Master Antonio remain for a moment. She spoke of the weather and the work that Master Antonio did to set up ranges, and did name him her inspiration of the day.

The Empress then had Hrolfr Fairfell called forth and named him the new Archery Champion, as he had won the Tournament held at A Shoote in the Wyldewoode on September 5th. Scroll by Master Caleb Reynolds.

The Empress requested the current Thrown Weapons Champion to attend and report. Master Tiernach Mac Cathail reported that although the weather was wet and cold, a tournament was held and winner is to be the new champion. He then call forth Shawn de la Mort, introduced him to the Empress and with her approval invested Shawn with the insignia of the Champion, instructing him to give his oath. Scroll by Master Caleb Reynolds.

The court of Empress Etain was then closed.

In Honor and Service, Kameshima Zentarō Umakai 高貴国境の王国の治部卿 Silver Buccle Principal Herald, Kingdom of Æthelmearc
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