SCA kingdoms and branches

Rapier Website Woes

East Kingdom Gazette - Sun, 2015-01-18 20:45

From the Kingdom Rapier Marshal:

Greetings all,

As many of you are well aware, the East Kingdom Rapier Website is experiencing difficulties right now.  The link to the current rules is down.  I want to let everyone know that we are working on it as we speak.  I have been in touch with Lord Lorenz, the Kingdom Webmaster and we currently have a Webmaster at Large working on the issues and hope to have them resolved soon.  I very much appreciate all your patience.  I’ll be in touch with updates as they come along.

In Service,
Don Frasier MacLeod, KRM, East


Filed under: Fencing Tagged: rapier, websites

Equestrian Meeting at Birka

East Kingdom Gazette - Sun, 2015-01-18 19:30

Mistress Eleanor fitzPatrick wishes to share the following:

An East Kingdom Equestrian Social/Roundtable will be held at 3pm on Saturday at Birka. Open to any and all with an interest in equestrian activities – stop by to talk shop, meet fellow horse people and find out what’s happening event-wise for the next season. Location will be posted at the event.


Filed under: Equestrian Tagged: birka

Avacal approved for Kingdom status!

East Kingdom Gazette - Sun, 2015-01-18 18:35

The SCA Board of Directors has approved the bid of the Principality of Avacal to become a Kingdom! Avacal will be the 20th Kingdom of the SCA.

This news was announced by Savaric and Dalla, King and Queen of An Tir, via social media, and was shared by Edward and Thyra, King and Queen of the East, at Their Court yesterday at Twelfth Night.

Avacal is a Principality within the Kingdom of An Tir, comprised of the Canadian Provinces of Saskatchewan, Alberta, the northeast parts of British Columbia, and the Yukon and Northwest Territories.

Map of An Tir


Filed under: Corporate, Official Notices, Tidings Tagged: Avacal

Masque of Courtly Love: Love Bites

Marche of Alderford - Fri, 2015-01-16 17:38

      Alderford's 19th Annual
Masque of Courtly Love: Love Bites

 

March 7, 2015 9 am to 8 pm

Grace United Methodist Church • 1720 Schneider Street NW • North Canton, OH 44720

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Draft Agenda for Tomorrow’s BoD Meeting

East Kingdom Gazette - Fri, 2015-01-16 10:37

A draft agenda for tomorrow’s Board of Director’s meeting has been posted on the SCA’s website.  The meeting will be held in Milpitas, CA.  The agenda is available here.


Filed under: Corporate Tagged: board of directors

Known World Mail Service Being Decommissioned

East Kingdom Gazette - Thu, 2015-01-15 20:42

Greetings from the office of the Vice President for Information Management
and Technology for SCA, Inc.

Good gentles,

The Known World Mail (KWM) service was established by SCA Corporate many
years ago, in a time when mail services were commodities, and not commonly
available without considerable expense. As expected, technologies and market
adoption have both matured over time. Today, free and inexpensive mails
service options from providers like Google, Yahoo, AOL and many others
abound. Of course, as an organization, we have no desire to compete with
such abundant offerings, nor to fail in protecting information members have entrusted to us.

Given its many years of service, we believe the Known World Mail
service has exceeded its intended lifespan, and are now preparing to
decommission it. This message is intended to serve as notice of this action.

Users with active KWM mailboxes were previously informed via direct e-mails earlier today.

With the exception of the mail domain supporting the SCA College of Heralds
[heraldry.sca.org], the SCA, Inc. mail server will discontinue hosted mail
operations (e.g. KWM) effective February 1, 2015. Please note: The root mail
domain SCA.ORG was previously migrated to a commercial hosting service and
will not be impacted by this action.

Thank you for allowing us to have served you.

Thank you,

Michael Schneider
M.Sc. CINS, CCISO, CISSP-ISSEP, CHFI, CEH
Vice-President, Information Management & Technology
Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc.
it@sca.org

Comments are strongly encouraged and can be sent to:
SCA Inc.
Box 360789
Milpitas, CA 95036

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

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


Filed under: Corporate, Official Notices

New Land Procedures for Pennsic

East Kingdom Gazette - Thu, 2015-01-15 09:35

Photography by Baroness Cateline la Broderesse

Lady Magdalena Winter, Deputy Mayor Planning & Zoning of Pennsic War 4, has posted new procedures for land registration for the upcoming Pennsic War.  These procedures can be found here on the official Pennsic website.


Filed under: Pennsic

Curia Agenda Posted

East Kingdom Gazette - Wed, 2015-01-14 22:33

The next East Kingdom Curia will be held on Sunday, January 25 at 10 am.  The site will be the Radisson Hotel in Manchester, NH where A Market Day at Birka is being held.  The agenda for Curia is available at the East Kingdom Seneschal’s website.

 


Filed under: Law and Policy Tagged: curia

EK Kings and Queens Arts and Sciences Championship Details Announced

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2015-01-13 18:08

Roman writing implements. Work by Master Luke Knowlton. Photo by Baroness Cateline la Broderesse

The 2015 Kings and Queens Arts and Science Championship will take place on Saturday March 7th in the Barony of L’lle du Dragon Dormant (Montreal). Please see the Kingdom Announcement for full event details.

The championship will be judged as a body of work. Entrants shall enter a minimum of two items and a maximum of five. No item should have won a previous King’s or Queen’s Championship. Each item should have been made within three years of the competition.

The items can be from a single discipline or from multiple disciplines. The winner of the competition is the Queen’s Champion of Arts and Science. The King determines the Kings Champion of Arts and Science.

Please see the complete announcement here:  King and Queen A and S Championship Announcement

Competition Registration Information

Please email the Registration form or the information to Master Luke Knowlton at Lukeknowlton@gmail.com with the subject line A&S CHAMPIONS REGISTRATION.

Entrants MUST register in by February 1st, 2015 in order to coordinate judges.

East Kingdom Arts and Science Competition Registration Research Papers and other Written Entries to be received no later than February 1st, 2015. Please email the entries with the subject line A&S CHAMPIONS WRITTEN ENTRY to both:

Judging: Those interested in Judging please contact Master Luke Knowlton at the email above with the subject line A & S CHAMPIONSHIP JUDGING.

Cooking Access: For entrants requiring cooking / kitchen access: it will be limited, but available. Please contact Cellach Donn Mhican Mhadaigh cellachdonn@hotmail.com.

Phone: 450-667-1292 for further information and to have a spot reserved.


Filed under: Arts and Sciences, Events Tagged: a&s, Arts and Sciences, east kingdom events, events, King and Queen's Champions, Kings and Queens Champions

Known World Heraldic and Scribal Symposium to be held June 26-28 in Toronto

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2015-01-13 15:08

Greetings from Magistra Nicolaa de Bracton, co-steward for the Known World Heraldic and Scribal Symposium 2015!

I am pleased to invite you to attend KWHSS in the canton of Eoforwic (Toronto, ON, Canada) in the Kingdom of Ealdormere June 26-28, 2015.

The website and registration is now live! Please click here to visit the KWHSS 2015 Website.

To make it easier for our non-Canadian friends to attend and pay for the event, we have been approved to use ACCEPS for our event registrations.

We would also like to extend an invitation to all heralds and scribes to teach at the symposium. The class proposal form is now live on the website as well.

You may also send an email to kwhssclasses2015@gmail.com if you would like more info or to propose a class.

Over the years, there has been an excellent relationship between our two kingdoms, and we are very much hoping that many of our friends will make the trip to teach, share and learn. We are very much hoping to see many of you this coming June!

Want more information about past Known World Heraldic and Scribal Symposiums? Here’s the webpage.


Filed under: Heraldry, Official Notices Tagged: Calligraphy and Illumination, classes, events, heraldry, heralds, Kingdom of Ealdormere, known world events, kwhss, scribes, symposium

Pre-Register Soon for King’s & Queen’s Bardic Champions

East Kingdom Gazette - Mon, 2015-01-12 10:00

Greetings fellow citizens! Please pray attend to this most important event update for King and Queen’s Bardic Champions.

1. The deadline for pre-registration draws near (1/17/2015) – you have the option of credit card via ACCEPS or snail mail. You may also, if you wish, attend EK 12th night and deliver your pre-registration to Lady Erlandr Nordenskald who will be happy to accept it.

2. After this event concludes, there will be a seamless and magical transformation into a DEMO. With such a critical mass of talents under one roof we could not resist. The Shire of Nordenfjord will offer a free concert of instrumental and vocal music to our town seniors. This is scheduled to run from 7 pm – 8:30 pm. Limited performance opportunities remain available and all are invited to participate. If interested, please contact Lady Erlandr Nordenskald as soon as possible – erlannordenskald@yahoo.com – (845) 358-7576.

In service,

Lord Æthelstan St. Maur, Co-Autocrat


Filed under: Arts and Sciences, Events Tagged: Bardic

Committee Formed to Explore Two Handed Swords in Rapier

East Kingdom Gazette - Sat, 2015-01-10 23:49

Unto the Kingdom of the East do I, Don Frasier MacLeod send greetings,

First and foremost, Happy New Year! Second, I have been asking for resumes to put together a committee to formulate a set of rules for 2 Handed Swords in Rapier, and I am pleased to announce that I have selected that committee. This group of individuals will, over the next few weeks, work out a set of rules for 2 Handers that will be usable and accommodating. The following gentles will form the 2 Hander committee:

Sir Antonio Patrasso
Master Matthaus Plattnersohn
Baroness Alesone Gray of Cranlegh
Baron Malcolm Bowman
THL Owynn Greenwood
Don Griffith Davion
Don Thomas of Effingham
Lord William Deth
Lord Yehuda ben Moshe
Lord Cedric of the Floppy Hat

In addition to these gentles, the Regional Marshals will also have a say on this committee. If you have any comments or suggestions, please feel free to speak to any of the people listed, any of my Regional Marshals, or myself. We look forward to working out a set of rules that most everyone can be happy with and will keep 2 Handers safe and fun.

In Service,
Don Frasier MacLeod, KRM, East


Filed under: Fencing

Schedule Change for Twelfth Night

East Kingdom Gazette - Sat, 2015-01-10 23:43

The time of first court at Twelfth Night has been moved back to 11:30 am.


Filed under: Events Tagged: Twelfth Ni

Period or Not…Names

East Kingdom Gazette - Fri, 2015-01-09 17:30

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.

Today’s name is Kira:

I’ve been asked by a Gazette reader to talk about period names that sound like “Kira.” This set of sounds appears in several languages in period, although not necessarily in the ones that people expect.

The name Kira appears as a female name in Russian, dated to c. 1202.[1] It also appears as a surname in 14th century Japan.[2]

In very late period German, we find the female given name Kyrra, which *may* be pronounced like “Kira.”[3]

In Gaelic, Cera was the name of at least three Irish saints who lived prior to c. 1200 CE.[4] The post-1200 spelling of the same name is Ceara, which is also registerable as a saint’s name.[5] Note that this name is probably pronounced more like “Kara” or “Kera” than “Kira.” However, there are also the period Gaelic women’s names Ciar and Ciarnat, which are pronounced with a long ‘i’ sound.[6] The name Ciara appears to be a wholly modern form, based on current evidence.

For a person looking for an English name that sounds like “Kira,” we have to resort to the rule I’ve discussed before, where 16th century English surnames can be used as if they were English given names. Based on a quick bit of research, that gets us the spellings Kyrre[7] and Keyre[8], which are close to but not exactly like “Kira.”

All in all, for someone who wants the sound of “Kira,” there are a couple of options for time, place and culture.
[1] “Russian Names Database” by Paul Wickenden of Thanet (http://heraldry.sca.org/names/paul/ka.html)

[2] Nostrand, Barbara. Name Construction in Mediaeval Japan (1999) lists Kira as a historical surname dated to 1332.

[3] Kyrra Sranis; Female; Marriage; 02 Jan 1629; Evangelisch, Schotten, Oberhessen, Hesse-Darmstadt; Batch: M92548-1

[4] O Corrain, Donnchadh and Fidelma Maguire, Irish Names (Dublin: The Lilliput Press, 1990), s.n. Cera

[5] Martyrology of Donegal (http://books.google.com/books?id=zn8NAAAAQAAJ), at p. 375.

[6] O Corrain & Maguire, s.n.n. Ciar, Ciarnat

[7] John Kyrre; Male; Burial; 24 Dec 1585; Cranbrook, Kent, England; Batch: B02880-3

[8] Mergery Keyre; Female; Marriage; 13 Aug 1576; Cranbrook, Kent, England; Batch: M01834-4

 


Filed under: Heraldry

Artisans Village makes Artisan Challenge!

East Kingdom Gazette - Fri, 2015-01-09 16:42

(Submitted by Lissa Underhill)

Artisans Village will take place on June 5-7, 2015 in the Shire of Hartshorn-dale.

Instead of a traditional A&S competition, the event will feature an Artisans Challenge.

Members of the populace have until March 31st, 2015 to issue a challenge related to an SCA-period art or science. Anyone is welcome to submit a challenge, and all are encouraged to take up challenges. Please be aware that challenges take time to complete, so please try to issue your challenge as soon as possible

Challenges will be listed on the event website as they come in, and after the deadline a full list of challenges will be announced throughout the kingdom. Artisans will then have a couple of months to complete these challenges before the event.

Please submit challenges or questions about the challenge to Lady Elysabeth Underhill

Ideas for Challenges:
In the past we have had a wide array of challenges. For example, artisans have been asked to create a period bow string or to create a scroll blank and donate it to the kingdom. For more examples of past challenges, please go to the following website.

Feedback and Assessment of Challenges:
There will be a time allotted in the schedule for people who have completed a challenge to get face-to-face feedback from their challenger. Conversation between challengers and those who take up a challenge is also encouraged both before and after the event. The goal of the Artisans Challenge is to create a friendly and supportive environment for artisans to increase their skill, or to try something new.

A Few Thoughts on Offering a Challenge:
Challengers will be responsible for determining the rules for their individual challenges. Please be as specific as possible when issuing your challenge. Please also provide contact information that can be posted online for people to contact you with questions. It is up to the individual challenger to decide if there will be one “winner,” or if everyone who completes or attempts the challenge will be acknowledged. The awarding of prizes is also up to the challenger, and not required (though some token of acknowledgement should be considered).


Filed under: Arts and Sciences, Events

Memorable Bits of Eastern History by Duke Akbar

East Kingdom Gazette - Thu, 2015-01-08 21:21

His Grace Akbar and Her Grace Khadijah in a modern yet historic setting

The Gazette asked Duke Akbar ibn Murad al-ben ibn Hakim, third King of the East, for memories of the early days of the East Kingdom.  The following are his words. 

The Memorable Bits
by Duke Akbar

There is a wonderful lampoon of British history called 1066 and All That which is dedicated to the proposition that history is what is memorable.  These are (some of) my memorable bits:

If this were a traditional old East Kingdom war story it would begin thus: No shit, there we were…  in a small conference room at the American Museum of Natural History at the monthly meeting of the New York chapter of the National Speleological Society,  Count Murad, Sir Aeiolf, Sir Rakkurai, Sir Koppel and myself.  Of course, we had not acquired those names and titles yet.  (While I suppose it is generally known that the EK formed after Marion Zimmer Bradley (Lady Elfrida) moved from the west coast to Staten Island and recruited mainly from science fiction fandom, but it is probably less well known that five of the first six EK knights were spelunkers.)   I think it was the summer of 1968 that my father and I learned from our friends Barry and Kenny (hereafter refered to as Rakkurai and Koppel) about this medieval group that was just starting up and after about six months spent making clothing, weapons, and rudimentary armor, we and my best friend (later known as Sir Ismael) showed up at the first EK Twelfth Night feast, at an apartment somewhere in the vicinity of Hacketstown, New Jersey, about a hundred mile drive from our hometown on Long Island.  Bruce of Cloves was King, the first to be elected by combat.  The three of us, having arrived in matching gear, were appointed the king’s own janissarys and my father Murad made captain of the guard. Ismael and myself were about sixteen  then.  Later that night Aeiolf and Rakkurai were knighted by King Bruce who had himself been knighted while visiting the West Kingdom.  John of Brook Lynn was the Herald.  Frederic Feolyldwyn (called the Silent) recited a poem the subject of which I cannot recall with certainty but probably described Bruce’s crown tourney with all his usual flourishes.  I cannot recall whether Frederic was made baron at this event or later that year  (the rules were somewhat different then).

I recall attending a meeting of the Aulic Council later that year.  This was the precursor to the curia regis, or king’s council.  I don’t know what the custom is now, but at that time anyone could attend and everyone had a vote, even the king.  It took a very long time for most people to start thinking and acting in medieval terms.  Even then, there were many different ideas as to what the SCA was  and what it should become.  I suspect the situation hasn’t changed much.

That summer, the second EK Crown Tourney was held in Rumsen, NJ.  I recall besting Maragorn, who had been appointed the first King of the East without a crown tourney (yes, the rules were quite different then) but losing to Alpin MacGregor, who won the crown.  Murad won the archery competition.  Khadijah, whom I had not yet met, performed with a troupe of puppeteers.  Vardak of Iloi and his troupe of actors performed the final scene from Hamlet without introduction, so it was rather startling until everyone recognized it.  Vardak was later made a count (yes, yes i know). In those days, it was the custom to hold a grand procession where everyone would be presented to their Majesties, in order of precedence.  This took a great deal of time and argument to establish and to run and within the next half dozen reigns became totally unwieldy,  but was great fun while it lasted.

Alpin, I believe, was attending MIT in pre-Carolingia Boston and appeared at only one or two events after that.  As a result of his absence it was a whole year before the next crown tourney was organized.  It was at this time, I believe, that Sir Rakkurai became kingdom seneschal and Koppel became brigantia herald.  There were a number of smaller tourneys as well as fighting practices and feasts at Green Walls, Lady Elfrida’s home on Staten Island, that year.  It was at one of theses events that King Alpin decided to test his court by challenging each of his officers and the captain of his guard.  Only Murad defeated his majesty.

In those days the only armor requirement for SCA combat was a helm.  Most helm designs were pretty sketchy.  Some looked like erector set projects gone awry.  Then Rakkurai found out someone in the West was making helms from propane tanks, which were good but quite heavy.  Murad got the idea of using freon tanks, which at 16 guage, were a bit lighter.  These became very popular until actual period armoring techniques were worked out.  It was a consequence of breaking my thumb at a training session that gauntlets became required, I learned not to drop my shield, Rakkurai stopped training with a hardwood boken, and rattan swords became the standard.

After one of these events at Green Walls, a group was traveling homeward via public transport while still dressed in SCA garb, when they were attacked by a local gang.  They were trapped at the end of a fenced in train platform.  While one gentleman hoisted the ladies over the fence, Koppel, armed only with courage and a very flimsy letter opener, held the platform against the gang.  Although he sustained numerous injuries, the rest escaped safely.  As a result, traveling in garb was made illegal and Koppel was knighted.

In the late summer or fall of that year the world science fiction convention was held in St. Louis, and it was determined that a number of people from both the East and West Kingdoms as well as the principality of the Middle would attend.  King Alpen attended, as well as a dozen or so people from the East.  Ismael and myself represented House Hakkim and served, as was becoming traditional, as the royal guards.  I remenber seeing Sir Bela of Eastmarch, his wife Lady Karina (who was the senior herald present), Master Edwin Bersark (Lady Elfrida’s brother) among others from the West.  Also present was Sir Caridoc of the Bow, who had recently won the tournament making him reigning prince of the Principality Under the Mountain, part of the EK.  As the BoD had recently seen fit to elevate the principality to kingdom status,  Sir Cariadoc was to be elevated to King without benefit of a further crown tourney, (thereby setting no precedent whatever).  This was accomplished at the WorldCon when King Alpin (of the East) crowned Sir Cariadoc king of the Middle Kingdom.

The third crown tourney was held on Staten Island.  I finaled against Sir Aeiolf, and quite surprisingly, won.  I was seventeen then.  The East Kingdom in theory spanned almost half the US, but in fact the membership really was mostly in the NY/NJ area.  The next crown was won by my father Murad and I took over as captain of the guard and also began serving as the deputy earl marshall under Count Vardak.  During Murad’s reign we began negotiations with the Middle to set up what would become the Pennsic war.  At the Tolkien conference in Cleveland that year, we sat down with the Middle marshallate who I recall included Andrew of Seldom Rest (not yet knighted), Sir Franz von Blinkend-lichten, and Prince Cariadoc (now awaiting his second coronation). I  think everyone knows how Duke Cariadoc moved to the east coast, carried the war arrow to the court of Rakkurai, won the next eastern crown tourney (the seventh) and was King of the East for what was later called Pennsic I.


Filed under: History Tagged: Crown Tourney, Duke Akbar, Pennsic

Award Recommendations for Their Highnesses

East Kingdom Gazette - Wed, 2015-01-07 17:11

From Their Highnesses:

 

Greetings to the Populace of the East! We will be putting together our first set of pollings. The deadline for recommendations will be February 1, with the plan to have those sent out mid-February and therefore ending Mid-March. Our second polling deadline will be the week after Coronation. We only intend to send out two pollings for our reign so please plan accordingly. The award recommendation system has been inconsistent so please submit via the system but also email it to Princess@eastkingdom.org Remember award recommendations should include the full SCA name of the individual, why they are deserving of the award, any pertinent details necessary for a scroll should we decide to move forward with awarding the individual, at least two potential events for the award and the name and email address of a contact person. Please also remember that if the person is in fealty (squired, apprenticed or proteged to a Peer) to check with the Peer prior to writing them in for any award.

Non-polling award recommendations still go to Their Majesties at this time.

Feel free to share with other Orders/lists. Thank you!

In Service to the East,

Prince Omega and Princess Etheldreda


Filed under: Uncategorized

Tir Mara Resident Needed on Council of the Exchequer

East Kingdom Gazette - Wed, 2015-01-07 12:34

From the Kingdom Exchequer:

Financial Council of the Exchequer:   There is a most immediate need is for a Tir Mara resident on the Council of the Exchequer.     The main criteria for these positions is that you must live in the region you would be representing.  The initial term on the council is two years.  This position entails reviewing financial matters that come before the kingdom.  The council approves the annual Kingdom and Officer budgets, changes to kingdom financial policy, and other kingdom expenditures that are not covered in the annual budgets.

Applicant letters and questions should be sent to exchequer@eastkingdom.org.

In Service,

Maestra Ignacia la Ciega,

East Kingdom Chancellor of the Exchequer

exchequer@eastkingdom.org


Filed under: Law and Policy

Call for Resumes: Experimental Deputy to Kingdom Rapier Marshal

East Kingdom Gazette - Wed, 2015-01-07 12:32
Unto the Kingdom of the East do I, Don Frasier MacLeod send greetings,    To start off the new year I am calling for resumes for my Experimental Deputy.  This deputy would be responsible for coordinating all the wacky ideas people talk about and seeing if any of them can actually be put into use in a safe and fun manner.  I will be leaning heavily on this Deputy for the Rapier Spear discussion and any experimentation that might take place with it, as well as a host of other ideas floating around.  If you would like to be considered for this position, please send your SCA resume to me at the Kingdom Rapier Marshal e-mail on the EK Website.      In Service,      Don Frasier MacLeod, KRM, East
Filed under: Fencing

Pennsic 44 Pre-registration Website is Live

East Kingdom Gazette - Mon, 2015-01-05 20:30

The Pennsic 44 pre-registration system opened for business January 1, 2015.

Mailed registration closes May 25, online paid registration closes June 17, and online UNpaid registration closes July 10.

Visit the Pennsic War website or the Pennsic Registration Office page for more information.


Filed under: Events, Pennsic Tagged: pre-registration, registration