SCA kingdoms and branches
Yesterday the annual tourney to choose the King’s and Queen’s Equestrian Champions was hosted by the Shire of Quintavia, at the Hazel Grove Agricultural Association in Groton, MA. Unlike most of the Kingdom Champions tourneys, the site does not rotate between regions. Sites suitable for equestrian tourneys are relatively uncommon, so bids are encouraged from sites which are central to the locations of the kingdom’s active equestrians. The date also varies, but late summer or early fall are generally preferred, both to allow for the championship to fall toward the end of the competition season, and to avoid the hottest part of the summer, in the interests of protecting the horses from unnecessary heat stress.
The new Champions are Baroness Lillian Stanhope, chosen as King’s Champion, and Viscountess Gwenllhian Rhiannon of Dragon Keep, chosen as Queen’s Champion.
Baroness Lillian has a long history of involvement with equestrian arts in the East. She was previously chosen as Queen’s Champion of Horse by Gregor IV and Kienna II in 2013. Both her parents, Duke Randal of the Dark and Duchess Katherine Stanhope, are active equestrians, and Baroness Lillian has been riding at East Kingdom events since her very early years. The King’s Champion is, by tradition, the winner of the competition, which is a test of prowess in mounted martial arts designed by the outgoing Champions.
Viscountess Gwenllhian is an accomplished horsewoman, but has only recently begun to participate formally in the equestrian arts within the SCA. This was her first entry in a champions tourney. She has resided in multiple kingdoms over the course of her Society career. She served as Princess of Drachenwald (prior to its separation from the East), was inducted into the Order of Chivalry as a Master of Arms in the West, and was made a Companion of the Order of the Pelican after returning to the East.
The Queen’s Champion is chosen by Her Majesty, according to whatever criteria may seem good to her, often in consultation with the Princess, since the Champion will also serve her successor.
Equestrian competition is truly a partnership between horse and rider, so we should not leave them out.
Dakota Tesoro, affectionately known in equestrian circles as Te, owned by Baron Duncan Kerr, carried Baroness Lillian to victory. Te is a 21 year old Andalusian gelding, with more than 10 years of tournament experience. In his career, including this most recent tourney, he has carried five King’s or Queen’s champions to victory.
Jubilant, a 21 year old Morgan gelding belonging to Viscountess Gwenllhian, was her mount for the tourney. This was Jubilant’s first East Kingdom equestrian event. Viscountess Gwenllhian reports that he enjoyed the experience.
Photos were graciously provided by Lady Lavina Attewode (Bifrost Studios) and Mistress Leonete D’Angely.
Filed under: Equestrian Tagged: equestrian, Kings and Queens Champions
The Signet’s Office is organizing a Backlog Display Day at Ghosts, Ghouls and Goblins:
Many of you work hard on backlogs, and they never get to be seen because they don’t go out in court. This is a chance to show off your beautiful work, to be recognized for it, and for the Signet Office to show its appreciation. As a bonus, for anyone who needs a firm deadline, this will hopefully help serve for some extra motivation to get those backlogs done and out of your hair!
Please let Mistress Eva know if you’re planning on bringing (or sending) a backlog scroll to display so that we can make sure to have enough table space.
If you’re excited about the idea but don’t have a backlog assignment, Sir Antonio would be happy to provide one.
Mistress Eva will be providing fun, fabulous prizes for those who bring backlogs.
Filed under: Announcements, Arts and Sciences, Events Tagged: Arts and Sciences, Calligraphy and Illumination, events
This Saturday, the Barony of Settmour Swamp is pleased to host Brennan & Caoilfhionn’s Ducal Challenges. The day will feature prize tournaments for both armored and rapier combatants. Each combatant is asked to furnish a prize either made or sponsored (not purchased) for the prize pool.
Winners will alternate choosing prizes with the artists who made those prizes.
Their Graces goals for this event are two-fold.
Anyone who wishes to participate, but does not have either an art to present or a combatant to represent their art, please contact Duke Brennan via brennan at hullraiser dot com.
Full details are available on the event website: http://www.eastkingdom.org/EventDetails.php?eid=3058
Filed under: Events Tagged: brennan, caoilfhionn, ducal challenge, event, event announcement, sca event, Settmour Swamp
At its August 22, 2016 meeting the Board of Directors approved the development and implementation of an expanded Board committee structure to encourage and facilitate transparency, participation in and understanding of Society governance throughout the membership of the Society.
The Board shall establish Board committees to serve at the pleasure of the Board. Each of these committees will include representatives of the membership-at-large of the Society, to be nominated by the Kingdoms. A request for nomination process is expected to be in place for the initial committees in the 4th quarter of 2016. Committees to be established include the following:
The Board has also formed the following ad hoc committees to serve until their mission is completed in the discretion of the Board:
From time to time the Board may form other ad hoc committees for special projects. The Board has the authority to dissolve or modify any committee or its membership at any time. Committee members serve at the pleasure of the Board, subject to a 3-year term limit. Initial appointments may at the discretion of the Board be for staggered terms so that the term of all such members of a committee do not expire at the same time. Committees will make recommendations to the Board and give quarterly reports. Committee members will be appointed by the Board and Committee chairs designated by the Board. Committee members at large will be nominated in response to a Request for Nomination (RFN) sent by the Board to each Kingdom Seneschal, describing the mission of the committee and suggested minimum qualifications for committee members. Kingdoms may then (within a defined period of time) nominate individuals in their Kingdom. Nominations would be made by the sitting Crown with the advice and consent of the Kingdom Seneschal.
Comments are strongly encouraged and can be sent to:
You may also email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This announcement is an official informational release by the Society for Creative Anachronism , Inc. Permission is granted to reproduce this announcement in its entirety in newsletters, websites and electronic mailing lists.
Filed under: Announcements, Corporate Tagged: board committees, board of directors, BoD, corporate, corporate announcements, Grand Council
The following was sent out by the Society Seneschal as a follow-up to his announcement of earlier this week. The original announcement can be found here.
Greetings to all Kingdom Seneschals,
There have been questions about this week’s policy requirements forwarded to all Kingdom Seneschals and I would like to address the answers to those individual questions to everyone.
First, these responsibilities for over-sight basically fall to the ranking Seneschal (i.e. the seneschal of the hosting group) in terms of events, e.g. Kingdom Seneschals need not review purchases by the Principal Herald, Marshal, Chatelaine et al. What we are talking about is acknowledging the responsibility and over-sight required of ranking seneschals when it comes to “event” contracts.
Second, all event coordinators (autocrats, stewards, et al.) are deputies to the Seneschal and as such, these individuals must be members in good standing as they are officers and agents of the SCA. In special cases, there may be a knowledgeable individual who is acting as the go between (i.e. the conduit between the SCA and the site owner/manage). In those cases, that individual must be made a deputy to the seneschal based upon their position. If an individual is working as a conduit between the Seneschal and the land owner/manager, the role of this individual must be defined, i.e. they are either the fiduciary of the SCA (an officer or agent of the SCA) or they are a fiduciary or agent of the land owner/manager. We want to avoid confusing situations. If the individual is a fiduciary of the SCA, said individual must be working exclusively to the benefit of the SCA; such a fiduciary is a person who holds a legal and ethical relationship of trust with the SCA. In short, said fiduciary is required to prudently act in the SCA’s best interest.
Third, in general, event coordinators and special deputies for an event do not need to be warranted nor must they be approved by the Crown; In some cases input into the selection of event coordinators is within the authority of the Crown or Crowns based upon multi-Kingdom treaties or specific Kingdom Law. If you are the Seneschal, you may select your deputies, but you are ultimately reasonably responsible for their actions. As such, the ranking seneschal has over-sight authority over all deputies to the office; furthermore, the ranking seneschal may replace the event coordinator for reasonable cause.
Fourth, when it comes to a review of a contract for sites or site related activities by the ranking Seneschal, the Seneschal is acting as a responsible party who has the authority and responsibility to over-see that everything is right and proper with the event. To quote Peter Parker’s uncle (Uncle Ben Parker) in Spiderman: “with great power comes great responsibility.”*
Fifth, when I speak of a Society review of a contract, we are only dealing with a very, very small percentage of contracts that require anything more than an “additional insured policy” and a security deposit. These should truly be few an far between. If there is a request for a surety or indemnification, then and only then, will the contract need to be forwarded to the Society Seneschal. In cases where there is an extraordinary request for a surety or indemnification, please allow a reasonable time for discussion between the President, VP of Corporate Operations and VP of Operations as well as our in house counsel and our insurance broker. We are not trying to be restrictive or time consuming, we are only acting to protect the SCA and your Kingdom.
Please feel free to disseminate this email. If there are any additional questions, please feel free to send those to your Kingdom Seneschal who will direct them to me.
Filed under: Corporate
The Gazette requested an interpretation of this Society Seneschal’s official announcement from one of our editors to assist our readers in understanding its implications to them. The original announcement sections are in italics and her interpretations are indicated below each section. Our thanks to Mistress Katherine Barr for taking on this task. The interpretation is not an official statement by the SCA.
Greetings from Mistress Katherine Barr, previous East Kingdom Seneschal. A formal communication from the Vice President of Operations, SCA Inc. (Society Seneschal) was issued concerning contracts for events/services and insurance issues.
In an effort to streamline the information to be more readily useful for the administration of our kingdom, I provide this interpretation.
Interpretation from Katherine Barr: The local seneschal of a group must review a contract for events or services within their respective group, be it a local group, barony, principality or kingdom. After review by the respective seneschal, the seneschal may then either sign the contract themselves, or designate the autocrat/steward (the recognized/authorized deputy Seneschal) to sign the contract. The designation to the autocrat/steward must be in writing and the autocrat/steward must hold a valid membership with the SCA. The Kingdom Seneschal must review all contracts for Kingdom events.
Interpretation from Katherine Barr: Contracts for events or services may have additional clauses for surety, indemnification, provision for repayment or action in furtherance of acting to bind the SCA Inc. to some known or unknown liability. In essence, this means that a clause is put into a contract that may make the SCA liable for known or unknown occurrences. If a contract proposes that the SCA accept any form of anticipated or not anticipated form of liability, acceptance of indemnification, offer of surety, or other responsibility beyond the usual “named insured” policy, then the contract must be forwarded for approval prior to being signed.
This section requires that the contract be sent to the Society Seneschal (V.P. of Operations), Renee Signorotti (V.P. of Corporate Operations) and the President of the SCA. However, as this communication appears to be written to the Kingdom Seneschals, it is unclear as to who should be forwarding the contract to these individuals. This is an issue for the Kingdoms. However, if I was a local seneschal and came across a contract issue of this nature, I would forward it to the regional seneschal for clarification of who would be responsible to send the contract for review. In any case, permission to sign the contact from the Society Seneschal (V.P. of Operations), Renee Signorotti (V.P. of Corporate Operations) and the President of the SCA must be received prior to signing the contract.
This portion of the communication does not apply to security deposits or the standard adding a “named insured” to the policy.
Interpretation from Katherine Barr: Whenever moveable items are rented from a third party, including but not limited to golf carts, rented trailers and/or rented trucks, insurance should be obtained from the renting agency. If a moveable item is stolen, it is not covered by the SCA’s insurance, and the cost of the stolen item will be the responsibility of the group hosting the event.
Interpretation from Katherine Barr: Equestrian insurance is required and must be obtained if there are any horses present at any event or demo, even if it is just one horse, and regardless of the reason the horse(s) is/are present at the event or demo. If equestrian insurance has not been obtained, horses are prohibited from entry to the event/demo.
Without the required equestrian insurance, the SCA will be liable for any damages caused by horses as under the law, they are considered inherently dangerous and strict liability will be applied.
At this time, I am not an officer of the SCA, and this is strictly my interpretation of the formal communication
Filed under: Corporate
The planned war points for this year’s Pennsic were changed slightly due to accessibility issues with the woods and the extreme heat index. Both woods battles were cancelled. A substitute heavy list battle was fought, but martial activities were canceled for the time when a substitute rapier battle would have been fought. Instead of the planned 28 points, there were a possible 27 points. The East took 24 of those points. A detailed chart of the war points follows.
Filed under: Pennsic Tagged: War Points
Members of Our Noble Orders:
As we mentioned at our order meetings at Pennsic, it has come to our attention that several recommendations were not picked up during our first polling. To fix this issue and to make sure everyone recommended is on the polls, here is what we are going to do.
In general, we will send out all recommendations that we receive in order to gain feedback on any candidate. We trust you, Our Orders of High Merit and Peerage to give us the feedback We need to make informed decisions.
Thanks you for your patience and participation. If you have any questions about this or any other matter, please feel free to contact us.
In Service to the East,
Filed under: Announcements Tagged: pollings
Editor’s Note: Since this article was published, Their Highnesses have announced a change in the polling schedule. Updated information is available here.
Polling Orders: Prince Brion and Princess Anna’s first polling of awards is due on the 22nd of August 2016. Please send Them your recommendations no later than this date, and, as always, early is better.
Filed under: Court, Law and Policy, Official Notices Tagged: award recommendations, awards, polling deadlines, polling orders, pollings
The East won all three armored field battles today.
The fencing field battles were split, with two won by the Mid and one by the East, giving the war point to the Midrealm.
Results are courtesy of Mistress Anastasia, HRH Brion, and Mistress Alys Mackintosh.
Filed under: Heavy List, Pennsic, Rapier Tagged: heavy list, Pennsic, Pennsic 45, pennsic war points, Rapier, War Points
The East won all three populace archery war points. Results for each shoot are below.
Results courtesy of Mistress Ygraine of Kellswood.
Filed under: Archery, Pennsic Tagged: archery, Pennsic, Pennsic 45, pennsic war points, War Points
Baron Mael Eoin and Baroness Ysmay of Bhakail bought a themed chess set a few years ago and sought a purpose for the set. Realizing that one of their populace had moved from the Barony of Flaming Gryphon in the Midrealm, their Excellencies of Bhakail issued a challenge. At Pennsic 43, Baron Dafydd of Flaming Gryphon sat across the table from Baron Mael Eoin, accompanied by three of Baron Dafydd’s kegs. Three and half hours later, the Midrealm emerged victorious.
Bhakail then sought a contender from the East for a rematch at Pennsic 44. Baron Jean Paul of Concordia of the Snows pointed out the bout was fire against fire, with flaming Salamander fighting the flaming Gryphon, and suggested a different tack. Baron met Baron once more the following year and, fierce though it was, the match once again saw Flaming Gryphon victorious.
This year, Flaming Gryphon sat once more against Bhakail. Baron Mael Eoin met the newly invested Baron Edward of Flaming Gryphon as numerous Barons and Baronesses of the Middle and Eastern realms attended Bhakail’s annual Period Games and Bardic Night during War week. Despite a worrying opening, Bhakail rallied for a strong middle game. Ultimately, however, the Flaming Gryphon proved victorious and the East succumbed once more to the might of the Midrealm over the Game of Kings.
Looking forward, Bhakail encourages all Eastern and Midrealm Baronies to consider finding gaming Champions to join in the tradition; we will of course continue to foster friendship and entertainment between our Landed Barons and Baronesses through the traditional match but will hope to see exhibition matches between numerous Champions, if we may.
Here’s to more gaming and next year, we hope to bring the chess set back to the East!
Baron Mael Eoin mac Echuid, OP
Submitted by Baron Bhakail, Mael Eoin mac Echuid, OP; edited by Efeilian ferch Owain
Filed under: Pennsic
Today’s Arts & Sciences war point featured displays from 30 artisans from around the known world. The East’s artisans showed their work with furniture, casting, clothing, metalwork, glass beads, calligraphy and illumination, and a medieval fiber study by the Princess of Acre (who was selected for the war point as a citizen of the East).
The final point tally was 527 points for the East and 445 points for the Middle, giving the war point to the East. Participants in the judging consisted of individuals with a Kingdom-level arts and sciences award, and the participants came largely from the Midrealm (110), Atlantia (73), East (72), Aethelmearc (50), and Ealdormere (26).
Stefan of Silverforge displayed his work with furniture and metalcasting.
Elena Hylton showed a 1480’s Florentine Woman’s Ensemble.
Ulfgeirr Ragnarsson the Nice displayed his metalwork.
Elysabeth Underhill displayed her work with glass beads.
Lada Monguligin displayed her scroll work, including both calligraphy and illumination.
Vivian de Dunbar, Princess of the Kingdom of Acre, displayed a medieval fiber study.
Reporting by Mistress Anastasia and Mistress A’isha bint Jamil, photos by Mistress Anastasia.
Filed under: Arts and Sciences, Pennsic Tagged: Arts and Sciences, Pennsic, Pennsic 45, pennsic war points
With martial activities halted due to heat, please stop by the Great Hall to support the artisans competing in the A&S War Point. From 9-3, anyone with a kingdom-level A&S award may vote on the displays, and from 3-4, artisans will be available to discuss their works. Results will be announced at 4.
Filed under: Pennsic Tagged: a&s, Pennsic, Pennsic 45, War Points
All martial activities at Pennsic have been halted until dusk due to heat.
Filed under: Pennsic
The archery champions of the East defeated the Mid today, taking 2 of the 3 shoots. Complete results are below.
10 station roving range
Long Distance Walk Up
Results provided by Mistress Ygraine of Kellswood.
Edited Aug. 12, 2016 to clarify the outcome.
Filed under: Archery, Pennsic Tagged: archery, Pennsic, Pennsic 45, pennsic champions
The East emerged victorious in today’s Thrown Weapons Champions war point, with a final score of 163 to 161.
Champions represented nine kingdoms, and since the Mid was unable to field a full 12 champions, other throwers were allowed to step in to complete the team.
Trystan der Fackeltrayer of the Mid had the highest score, at 24 points. There was a three-way tie between William, Breccan Cu, and Bubba of Wolfhou for the second highest score, with 21 points each.
It should also be reported that Princess Anna of the East was seen departing the championship with an arm full of throwing axes and a fiercely maniacal giggle. The Gazette sends its best hopes to Prince Brion.
This report is courtesy of Jarl Thorson. The Gazette thanks him for his contribution.
Filed under: Pennsic, Thrown Weapons Tagged: Pennsic, Pennsic 45, pennsic champions, thrown weapons
Pennsic 45 Archery Champions Team
The 10 alternates are:
Names reported by Mistress Ygraine of Kellswood
Edited Aug.12, 2016 by Ygraine to add an alternate.
Filed under: Archery, Pennsic Tagged: archery champions team, Pennsic 45, pennsic champions
Allied Champions Battle (1 point)
Unbelted Champions Battle (1 point)
Belted Champions Battle (1 point)
Heroic Champions Battle (1 point)
Rapier Melee Champions Battle (1 point)
Rapier Heroic Champions Battle (1 point)
Photos by Mistress Leonete D’angely.
Filed under: Pennsic Tagged: Pennsic, pennsic war points, War Points
Armored Bridge Battles (2 points)
Rapier Stronghold Battle (1 point)
Filed under: Pennsic Tagged: Pennsic, pennsic war points, War Points