SCA kingdoms and branches

New SCA Board Nominees

East Kingdom Gazette - Mon, 2015-02-02 20:58

Additions have been made to the list of nominees to the SCA’s Board of Directors.  The Board requests input on the existing nominees and also new nominations.  The list of nominees and information on how to submit commentary is available at this webpage.  Current nominees from the East are Baroness Alesone Gray of Cranlegh, Duchess Sabine de Rouen and Viscount Edward Zifran of Gendy.

 


Filed under: Corporate

Polling Recommendation Deadline Extended

East Kingdom Gazette - Sun, 2015-02-01 18:19

Prince Omega and Princess Etheldreda have extended the deadline for recommendations for their first round of polling to Friday, February 6. Award recommendations can be submitted through the online form.


Filed under: Tidings Tagged: award recommendations

Candidates Sought for Society Marshall

East Kingdom Gazette - Sat, 2015-01-31 20:48

The position of Society Marshal will soon be open. Candidates must apply in writing to the Board of Directors. This is an unpaid position.

The position entails administrating the marshallate activities of the Society and coordinating the activities of the kingdom Earl Marshals. Reports are required to be filed quarterly to the Board summarizing the martial activities of the Society and of each kingdom. The Society Marshal is also responsible for holding meetings to communicate with the kingdom Earl Marshals.

The successful candidate must be well versed in administrative techniques, problem solving, and interpersonal communications. Knowledge of marshallate policy, rules, and procedures is essential. The ability to travel is necessary, as well as having a telephone and e-mail. Knowledge of the traditions and history of the Society is required.

Resumes (both professional and medieval, including offices held and awards received) must be sent to the attention of the Board at the SCA Corporate Office, P.O. Box 360789, Milpitas, CA 95036-0789. Resumes must also be emailed to resumes@sca.org, with a copy to marshal@sca.org.  Resumes must be received by April 1, 2015.

Questions regarding this position may be directed to Shawn Lindsey (Ritter Asoph Hearts) Society Marshal. He may be reached by phone at 817-822-4303 (please no calls after 9 PM CST), or via email at marshal@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: Heavy List, Official Notices Tagged: corporate, heavy list

King and Queen’s Bardic Championship Results

East Kingdom Gazette - Sat, 2015-01-31 20:36

At today’s King and Queen’s Bardic Championships, hosted by the Shire of Nordenfjord, the results were as follows:

Final Four:
William the Alchymist
Katrusha Skomorokha Negodieva Doch’
Judith Fitzhenry
Ysemay Sterlyng

The King’s Bard is Ysemay Sterlyng, and the Queen’s Bard is William the Alchymist.

Thank you to Sir Michael of York for this report.


Filed under: Arts and Sciences Tagged: Bardic, champions

Award Recommendation

Trimaris (Kingdom) - Fri, 2015-01-30 19:10
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Inter-Kingdom Archery Standings for 2014

East Kingdom Gazette - Fri, 2015-01-30 13:45

The Inter-Kingdom Archery Competition (IKAC) and Inter-Kingdom Combat Archery Competition (IKCAC) are privately sponsored, year-long, standardized tournements open to all archers of the Known World. The Keeper of the IKAC and IKCAC, Lord Lorenzo il Confuso, has just officially announced the results of the 2014 season, which ended December 1, 2014.

The kingdoms are ranked based on the average of the top three archers’ scores, and medallions are awarded for each division. (Members of the winning kingdom’s “team” always receive first-place medals; second-place awards or more may be given if enough archers submitted scores.) East Kingdom archers submitted scores in all but the Combat division, and placed as follows:

  • Open Handbow: East #2
    There was an unprecedented tie for first place between An Tir and Lochac, and the East was only one-third of a point behind their team average!
  • Open Crossbow: East #2
  • Period Handbow: East had no average; only one submission.
  • Period Crossbow: East #2
  • Child (age 9 and under): East #3
  • Youth (age 12 and under): East #2
  • Yeoman (age 15 and under): East #2, but very close to first!

Complete results for 2014 and past years can be viewed at the IKAC Results website.


Filed under: Archery

Advisory Opinion from the Society Seneschal

East Kingdom Gazette - Thu, 2015-01-29 19:41

Subject: Advisory Opinion Regarding the possible inclusion of non-rattan righters into the Order of the Chivalry

Greetings,

I felt that the following Advisory Opinion was required in view of the potential for confusion brought to my attention by one or more Kingdom Seneschals; however, in view of continued questions, I would like to amplify the bandwidth as I want everyone to have access to this Advisory Opinion of the rules of the SCA; this advisory opinion is based upon my independent reading of Corpora as presently constituted, a 1999 policy interpretation (by a prior Society Seneschal) and the affirmance of that position by the Board of Directors in 1999. As such, I am presenting the following Advisory Opinion for maximum distribution in view of continued questions. Please be advised that this is not an invitation to further debate; rather, it is a rather simple statement of the state of the Governing Documents of the SCA, i.e. Corpora. While the final authority regarding Corpora rests with the Board of Directors, the Board is devoted to transparency, and in all cases any change in Corpora must first be put out for comment to the membership prior to any Board action.

Best regards,
A.J. Pongratz
Vice President of Operations, SCA, Inc.
(Society Seneschal)

January27/2015

Advisory Opinion Regarding the possible inclusion of non-rattan righters into the Order of the Chivalry

Greetings unto Kingdom Seneschals,

After January 17, 2015, I have received inquiries regarding whether a Crown may grant admission to the Order of Chivalry to a rapier or cut-and-thrust fighter. The following opinion is being disseminated to all Kingdom Seneschals to assist Their Crowns in view of the recent amendment of Corpora by the Board of Directors.

Despite the recent change in the language of the governing documents of the SCA, Inc. thereby removing the “ancillary activity” language from Corpora by the Board of Directors on January 17, 2015, an individual combatant should not be admitted to the Order of Chivalry based upon the combatant’s prowess in the areas of rapier or cut-and-thrust combat; my position is in conformity with the previous policy interpretation of the 1999 policy interpretation by the then Society Seneschal, affirmed by the Board of Directors in 1999, which clearly indicates that only rattan combatants (heavy or armored combatants) are eligible for recognition in the Order of Chivalry. I have determined that the key controlling factor in answering this question rests in the language of corpora dealing with “tournament combat”, namely:

Article IV. ROYALTY
A. Selection
1. Royal Lists must be conducted at a tournament announced in the kingdom newsletter as being for that purpose. Crowns or Coronets who wish to conduct a royal list in a manner other than individual combat must obtain the prior approval of the Board of Directors.
—as well as–
Article VIII. PERSONAL AWARDS AND TITLES
A. Patents of Arms
4. Patent Orders
The following institutions are established for all kingdoms in the Society. A Patent of Arms may be conferred only upon a person being admitted into one of these orders. Each candidate for a patent order must satisfy the general requirements listed above in A.1., as well as the specific requirements listed here.
a. The Chivalry: (i) The Chivalry consist of two equal parts: Knighthood and Mastery of Arms. No one may belong to both parts of the order at one time. When a member is admitted to the Chivalry by the Sovereign, the choice of which part of the order to join is made by the new member. The candidate must be considered the equal of his or her prospective peers with the basic weapons of tournament combat. To become a Knight, the candidate must swear fealty to the Crown of his or her kingdom during the knighting ceremony. Masters of Arms may choose to swear fealty, but are not required to do so.

It is clear that “tournament” combat in the SCA pertains exclusively to Crown Tournaments and Coronet Tournaments prior to January 15, 2015 and tournament combat is exclusively rattan, heavy, armored combat. The January 17, 2015 amendment to the governing documents, made by the Board of Directors, is in conformity with this position, namely, the only martial combat that may decide Crown and Coronet Tournaments is rattan combat and this amendment to Corpora is consistent with all of the governing documents of the SCA.

When the Order of Chivalry was created, it was conceived as the peerage whereby the best tournament fighters (both Crown and Coronet Tournaments), i.e. rattan, heavy, armored combat, would be honored with the title of Knight or Master at Arms. Such has been the case for almost fifty years. I must conclude that removing the “rapier as an ancillary activity” language or any other additions made by the Board of Directors has no definitive impact on the clear intent of the governing documents.

In 1999 the Society Seneschal (Lee Forgue), was asked by the Crown of the Midrealm for a Corpora interpretation as to whether or not a Crown could Knight a rapier fighter; Lee Forgue as Society Seneschal (circa 1999) responded with an official policy interpretation that was affirmed by the Board of Directors in 1999. Ms. Forgue’s affirmed interpretation of what was previously Article VII (which is now Article VIII) is noted below in pertinent part.

“My interpretation is that, when Corpora VII.A.4.a.(1).(a) speaks of tournament combat as the prerequisite for admission to the Order of Chivalry, the form of fighting referred to is that variously referred to as armored, heavy, chivalric, or rattan combat or, in the Rules of the Lists (Corpora Appendix B), traditional Society combat, i.e., the form of fighting done wearing substantial armor and using rattan weapons that was totally developed in and for the SCA.”

In view of my own research as well as the prior policy interpretation made by Lee Forgue in 1999 (which was affirmed by the Board of Directors in 1999), I cannot hold otherwise in this opinion even in view of the removal of the “rapier as an ancillary activity” language as there is no evidence that this “ancillary activity” impacts either the 1999 holdings of the Society Seneschal and the Board of Directors, the traditions of the SCA or the other pertinent portions of Corpora including but not limited to Articles IV and VIII.

In the face of nearly 50 years of tradition, the totality of Corpora (i.e. the governing documents of the SCA), the 1999 policy ruling of the Society Seneschal which was affirmed by the Board of Directors in 1999 and my own independent interpretation of Corpora, there is no question that, absent a change in Corpora, a Crown may not grant a rapier fighter into the Order of Chivalry as a Knight or Master at Arms.

Please pass this official advisory opinion on to your respective Crowns. I know that there has been a lot of confusion recently and I also know that there has been a lot of angry and frustrated feelings in terms of the possibility of an additional peerage; however, nothing truly precious or dear is ever achieved easily. I have complete confidence in the men and women of the Board who are trying to best serve the individual members of the SCA as well as the future of the SCA. They are individuals like you and me, who volunteer their time and try to be good stewards of this game that has become such an important aspect of our lives.

When I think about the SCA and how it has affected my life, I know full well that I am a better man because of it and I also know that each of us serves this dream with our hearts, minds and bodies… and the members who volunteer and serve as Board Members are no different than any of us… they want to do what is best for the women and men of the SCA… and they want to give us their very best… and at times, as you know, it is a thankless job.

If either you or Your Crown have any questions, please feel free to contact me by telephone after 5:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time at (916) 600-2716.

Very truly yours,
A.J. Pongratz, Esq.
Society Seneschal/V.P. of Operations, SCA, Inc.
(Barone Antonio Giordano da Sicilia, O.P.)

Cc: The Board of Directors

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: Official Notices Tagged: announcements, society seneschal

Announcing Jeanne Blue Alaunt

East Kingdom Gazette - Thu, 2015-01-29 18:12

As part of the ongoing efforts to grow the Tir Mara College of Heralds and provide better customer service to our Tir Maran brothers and sisters, Ryan Brigantia has approved the appointment of Jeanne de Robin as Blue Alaunt Herald, the new deputy to my office, responsible for handling submissions from Tir Mara.

Submissions and fees for Tir Mara subjects should be sent to Jeanne Blue Alaunt. She will make sure that they get to me and get input into OSCAR appropriately. We are also working on finding a way to create a bank account in Canada for Canadian submissions fees, so that Tir Marans will no longer have to endure the extra expense of getting money shifted into US dollars.

Tir Maran submissions should be sent to:

Jeanne de Robin, Blue Alaunt Herald

Please join me in welcoming Jeanne to the staff and assisting her in getting up to speed in her office. Expect to hear more news from Ryan Brigantia about Badger and the French-language liaison very soon.

Also please feel free to distribute this missive to any and all relevant mailing lists, social media sites and other information distribution methods.

Your faithful and obedient servant,
Alys Blue Tyger


Filed under: Heraldry Tagged: announcements, heraldry, Tir Mara

Rulings From The Earl Marshal

East Kingdom Gazette - Thu, 2015-01-29 14:50

The following letter was written by Baron Jibril al-Dakhil, East Kingdom Earl Marshal, and is being posted by the Gazette at his request.

Greetings Unto the East Kingdom,
The following are official rulings effective immediately.

YIS,
Baron Sir Jibril al-Dakhil

Ruling 1
A new deputy shall be immediately created as follows:
Earl Marshal Emeritus: the outgoing Earl Marshal shall serve as advisor to the current Earl Marshal as needed to facilitate continuity and transition.  This position shall not prevent the holder from holding any other Kingdom position including Royalty.  Sir Oskgar of the Woods shall serve as the first Earl Marshal Emeritus.

Ruling 2
Be it known that two-inch Mandrake tips on fiberglass spears shall be immediately banned.  Mandrake tips may be used on rattan spears. I understand this is an inconvenience for many and it is no less for me as I have spears of my own that I must rebuild.  However, in keeping in line with the need for safety and the fact that the two-inch Mandrake tips were not designed for this purpose I find this ban necessary. Icefalcon or homemade two-inch tips are allowed on all spears.

Ruling 3
The EK Marshal’s Handbook shall be amended as follows:

Old CC4: Judging the effects of blows is left to the honor of the combatant being struck by the weapon, unless he or she relinquishes this responsibility, with the exception of clear violations of the Rules of the Lists or the Conventions of Combat.

New CC4: Judging the effects of blows is left to the honor of the combatant being struck by the weapon, unless he or she relinquishes this responsibility, with the exception of clear violations of the Rules of the Lists or the Conventions of Combat. Effectiveness of a blow may not be judged by the opposing combatant, the marshal on the field, or other observers. Information unavailable to the combatant being struck may be supplied by the opposing combatant or the marshal, including blade orientation upon impact, apparent force transmitted, or apparent location and angle of the blow’s impact based upon the observer’s angle of observation.

Old: Part IV: Censure and Suspension
Violators of the rules of the list can be brought to the attention of the Earl Marshal or his Representatives by anyone in the form of a written report. The report should contain the names of all involved the action involved and include the date event and name of the MIC at the time along with the reporters name and contact information including an email address and phone number. The marshalate, after consideration and investigation can come back with the following results:

New:Part IV: Sanctions
Violators of the Earl Marshal’s rules and policies can be brought to the attention of the Earl Marshal or his Representatives by anyone in the form of a written report for censure or suspension. The report should contain the names of all involved the action involved and include the date event and name of the MIC at the time along with the reporters name and contact information including an email address and phone number. The marshalate, after consideration and investigation can come back with the following results:

Definition:
Deferment- A fighter’s removal from all participation in any SCA fighting practice or activity, in the Kingdom, or falling under the office of the Earl Marshal,  for one day.

Actions:
Deferment- This may be done by any marshal at any time for any violation of the Earl Marshal’s rules and policies.  This may be done orally and is expressly not subject to the requirement that violations be done in writing.  This shall take effect immediately and last for the duration of the fighting practice or activity, in the Kingdom or falling under the office of the Earl Marshal.  The marshal exercising a deferment shall notify the DEM of the Region in writing of the deferment.  The writing shall include the name of the fighter, name of the marshal, date of the deferment and reason for the deferment.  The DEM of the Region shall forward the written report to the EM for review and recording.


Filed under: Heavy List

Unofficial Court Report: A Market Day at Birka

East Kingdom Gazette - Thu, 2015-01-29 11:45

First Court at Birka. Photo courtesy of Countess Caoilfhionn.

The Court of our most excellent prince and lord, Edward, by right of arms most illustrious King of the East, third of that name, and Thyra, his Queen by agency of that same right, second of that name, held upon 24 January in the forty-ninth year of the Society in the Barony of Stonemarche; on which day were called all and sundry the lords of the realm and the great persons of the kingdom to hear the following publicly proclaimed:

Item. Their Majesties gave thanks to Lady Sylvia du Vey for her service as Equestrian Marshal, whereupon they accepted the fealty of Baroness Doucette de Verdun as the new Equestrian Marshal.

Sir Oskgar of the Wood (left) and Sir Jibril al-Dakhil (right) at the transfer of the office of the Earl Marshal of the East. Photo courtesy of Countess Caoilfhionn.

Item. Their Majesties thanked Sir Oskgar of the Wood for his service as Earl Marshal and accepted the fealty of Sir Jibril al-Dakhil as the new Earl Marshal.

Item. Their Majesties summoned Ulfgeirr Ragnarsson (called Ulfgar the Nice) before the Court and, praising his skills in combat, inducted him into the Order of the Tygers Combatant, the which deed was memorialized in a document created by Vettorio Antonello.

Item. The aforenamed Order being incomplete, Their Majesties then summoned the mighty Sigurdr Berserk and caused him to be added to the Order of the Tygers Combatant, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Jonathan Blaecstan.

Item. Their Majesties called Aiden McShane before the assembled Court and inducted him into the Order of the Silver Rapier, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Renye Wurm and Bebhinn inghean Ui Siodhachain.

Mistress Eleanore MacCarthaigh, upon learning she is to sit vigil for the Order of the Pelican. Photo courtesy of Raziya Bint Rusa.

Item. Their Majesties bade Rafael de Ayala de Santiago to appear before them, whereupon they inducted him into the Order of the Silver Rapier, the which deed was memorialized with a document created by Aesa Sturludottir.

Item. Their Majesties summoned before the assemblage the good man Lucien de Wyntere and, praising his skill with the rapier blade, endowed him with the Order of the Golden Rapier, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Nataliia Anastasiia Evgenova.

Item. Their Majesties commanded that Eleanore MacCarthaigh appear before the Court, and thereupon put her to the question of whether she would accept membership in the Order of the Pelican, the said question to be answered that afternoon.

Tiberius is called to vigil. Photo courtesy of Baron Tadea Isabetta Di Bruno

Item. Their Majesties summoned Tiberius Iulius Rufus and commanded that he sit vigil and answer the question of whether he would accept membership in the Order of the Pelican, the said question to be answered that afternoon.

Whereupon the Court was adjourned, and then did reconvene upon the hour of Matins.

Item. Their Majesties invited the King and Queen of Acre to attend upon them and join in their Court, and renewed the friendship between the two lands.

Item. With leave of their Majesties, Countess Caoilfhionn gave tokens to children who had participated in the Children’s Service Initiative.

Item. Their Majesties called Cody of Endewearde before the assemblage and inducted him into the Order of the Tyger’s Cub, the which deed was memorialized in a document created by Aesa feilan Josursdottir.

Item. Their Majesties made gifts of toys to the children of the East.

Item. Their Majesties welcomed Konstantia Gold Falcon Principal Herald of Calontir as ambassador from the Crown of Calontir, and made her a gift of a document created by Alys Mackyntoich and Eva Woderose.

Lord Simon Peter Squirrel is presented to the Court. Photo courtesy of Countess Caoilfhionn.

Item. Their Majesties called Simon Peter Squirrel before the Court and Awarded him Arms.

Item. Their Majesties called Poplyr Childs before the Court and Awarded him Arms, the which deed was memorialized in a document created by Nest verch Tangwistel and Marie Heather Hall.

Item. Their Majesties called Carl of Anglespur before the Court and Awarded him Arms, the which deed was memorialized in a document created by Katrusha Skomorokh.

Item. Their Majesties called Robert of Anglespur before the Court and Awarded him Arms, the which deed was memorialized in a document created by Lilian ate Valeye and Lada Monguligin.

Item. Their Majesties awarded Arms to John of Southwick, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Nemania filia Huweli.

Item. Their Majesties awarded Arms to Marcus Antonius Leptis, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Sorcha Dhocair inghean Uí Ruairc and Ulrich Reinhart.

Item. Their Majesties called before the Court the good lady Dalla Olafskona and, praising her artistry in knitting and embroidery, inducted her into the Order of the Maunche, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Elisabeth Greenleaf.

Item. Their Majesties, seeking to augment the aforesaid Order further, then summoned Sunnifa Heinriksdottir before the assemblage, and in token of her great skills in the fiber arts, invested her with the Order of the Maunche, and confirmed that investiture with the gift of a glass and document created by Solskinn of Smoking Rocks, Nest verch Tangwistel and Henna Sinclair, with words by Toki Redbeard.

Item. Their Majesties then called Lisabetta Medaglia before the Tyger Thrones and, praising her skill at illumination, inducted the said Lisabetta into the Order of the Maunche, the which deed was confirmed with a document created by Eleanor Catlyng and Kayleigh Mac Whyte.

Item. Duena Mercedes de Califia, Seneschale of the East Kingdom, announced that the Riding of Giggleswick had achieved official status.

Item. Their Majesties gave tokens of welcome to newcomers to the Society.

Item. Their Majesties called before the Tyger Throne the noted bookseller Devra the Baker and, having heard word of her retirement, granted her a pension fit for her station, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Aildreda de Tamworthe and Eva Woderose.

Item. Their Majesties commanded the presence of Thomas de Winterwade, good and noble servant of the Kingdom; whereupon they caused the said Thomas to be entered into the Order of the Silver Crescent, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Anastasia Gutane and Fiona O Maille O Chaun Coille.

Item. Their Majesties then further commanded that Magnus de Londres appear before the assemblage, and in witness of his great labors for the Realm, elevated the said Magnus to the Order of the Silver Crescent, the which deed was memorialized in a document created by Heather Rose de Gordoun.

Baron Harald kneels before Her Majesty. Photo courtesy of Raziya Bint Rusa.

Item. Their Majesties summoned Harold von Auerbach to appear before the Tyger Thrones, whereupon the said Harold was endowed with the Order of Terpsichore, the which deed was confirmed with a document created by Katherine Stanhope.

Item. Their Majesties called into their presence Lili von der Tann and endowed the said Lili with the Order of the Troubadour, the which deed was memorialized in a document created by Anne of Framlingham, Constance de St. Denis and Marietta Charay.

Item. Their Majesties called upon Eleanore MacCarthaigh to answer the question put to her that morning, to wit that she would join the Order of the Pelican; and Their Majesties took testimony from Peers and good persons of the Realm, whereupon they did invest the said Eleanore with the Order of the Pelican.

Item. Their Majesties invited Muirenn ingen Dúnadaig to attend upon them, whereupon they awarded her Arms, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Lilian ate Valeye and Nest verch Tangwistel.

Item. Their Majesties invited Rúadán mac Paidín to attend upon them, whereupon they awarded him Arms, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Lassar ingen Aeda and Nest verch Tangwistel.

Item. Their Majesties invited Vuradech Mac Aed Finn to attend upon them, whereupon they awarded him Arms, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Sarah Davies of Monmouth and Bronwyn of Wentworth.

Baroness Aneleda of Falconbridge (left) and Mistress Catrin o’r Rhyd For (right) confess their roles in the East Kingdom Calendar Project. Photo courtesy of Countess Caoilfhionn.

Item. His Majesty summoned before the Tyger Thrones the good ladies Aneleda of Falconbridge, Lucie Lovegood of Ramsgate and Catrin o’r Rhyd For and, thanking them for their work raising funds for the good of the Realm through a calendar project, endowed them with the King’s Esteem of Merit.

Item. Her Majesty summoned before the Tyger Thrones the artists who had contributed to the fundraising calendar project and endowed all of the following good people with the Queen’s Honor of Distinction:
Alexandre St. Pierre; Christian von Jaueregk; Rhonwen glyn Conwy: Lada Monguligin: Sakura’i no Kesame: Eleanore MacCarthaigh; Ro Honig von Summerfeldt; Carolyne de laPointe; Eva Woderose; Palotzi Marti; Emma Makilmone; Camille des Jardins; Isabel Chamberlaine; Khioniya Nikolaevna Ryseva; Lisabetta Medaglia; Eleanor Catlyng; Henna Sinclair

Item. Their Majesties awarded Arms to Remy le Bastard, the which deed was memorialized in a document created by Bebhinn inghean Ui Siodhachain and Shadiyah Al-Zhara.

Item. Their Majesties summoned Christine Violet before the assembled Court, whereupon they awarded her Arms, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Aud Lifsdottir.

Item. Their Majesties summoned Aud Lifsdottir before the assembled Court, whereupon they awarded her Arms, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Harold von Auerbach.

Lady Lucie Lovegood of Ramsgate. Photo courtesy of Countess Caoilfhionn.

Item. Their Majesties called before the Court the good lady Lucie Lovegood of Ramsgate and, in witness of her labors for the good of the Realm, inducted her into the Order of the Silver Crescent, the which deed was memorialized in a document created by Eloise of Coulter.

Item. Their Majesties invited Barbeta Kyrkeland to attend upon them, whereupon they endowed the said Barbeta with the Order of the Silver Crescent for her many good works for the Kingdom, the which deed was memorialized in a document created by Nest verch Tangwistel and Marie Heather Hall.

Item. Their Majesties invited Lily of Eastham before the assembled Court and, praising her good and diverse labors for the benefit of the Realm, created the said Lily a member of the Order of the Silver Crescent, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Catarina Giaocchini.

Item. Their Majesties called Carmelina de Vacarri before the Court and awarded her Arms, the which deed was memorialized with a gift of embroidery created by Gwenlliana Vachan.

Item. Their Majesties called Petra de Cilicia before the Court and awarded her Arms, the which deed was memorialized in a document created by Anna Doukeianina Syrakousina and Aldis Thorbjarnarsdottir.

Item. Their Majesties called Elvira Violante Ballesteros before the Court and awarded her Arms, the which deed was memorialized in a document created by Nicolette Bonhomme and Sakurai no Kesame.

Item. With leave of Their Majesties, Master Godric of Hampton, Captain-General of Archers, created Aesa Ormstunga a Master Bowman.

Item. Their Majesties thanked Master Godric of Hampton for his service as Captain-General of Archers and bade him take his rest; in witness of the love they bear him they further gave him their tokens.

Mistress Jehannine offers her fealty. Photo courtesy of Raziya Bint Rusa.

Item. Their Majesties accepted the fealty of Mistress Jehannine de Flandres as the new Captain-General of Archers.

Item. Her Majesty endowed the good lady Alexandra of Silverwood with the Queen’s Honor of Distinction in witness of her work at Market Day at Birka.

Item. His Majesty endowed Alexander Clarke with the King’s Order of Excellence, the which deed was confirmed with a document created by Raistlin the Quiet.

Item. Their Majesties commanded Tiberius Iulius Rufus to attend upon them and give answer to the question set before him; and the said Tiberius affirmed that he would accept the offered accolade; and Their Majesties took testimony from notable persons of the Realm; whereupon they endowed the said Tiberius with the Order of the Pelican and Arms by letters patent.

Tiberius Iulius Rufus, newly elevated to the Order of the Pelican, welcomes his Knight, Sir Gareth Grey de Wilton as he is also admitted to the order. Photo courtesy of Lady Isolda Fairamay.

Item. Their Majesties then summoned Gareth Grey de Wilton to appear before the assembled Court, whereupon Their Majesties took testimony from notable persons of the Realm and upon the strength of that testimony, offered the said Gareth admission into the Order of the Pelican; and the said Gareth so accepting, the deed was confirmed in a document created by Harold von Auerbach.

Item. Their Majesties thanked the musicians who had played for the courts.

I, Alys Mackyntoich, Eastern Crown Herald, wrote this to memorialize and make certain all such things that were done and caused to be done as above stated.

Witnesseth:
Ryan Mac Whyte
Kayleigh Mac Whyte
Mylisant Grey
Alesone Gray of Cranlegh
Malcolm Bowman
Donovan Shinnock
Anastasia da Monte
Yehuda ben Moshe


Filed under: Court Tagged: birka

Announcement from the East Kingdom Chancellor Minor

East Kingdom Gazette - Wed, 2015-01-28 13:25

Greetings to the Populace of the East, from Leonete D’Angely, East Kingdom Chancellor Minor.

Throughout the day at Birka, I was pleased to see families of all ages and types enjoying all that the SCA has to offer, from youth combat to shopping as a family, from attending family specific classes or relaxing in the Family Lounge to participating in the dancing and fashion shows. The youth of the East attended Marshalls meetings and taught classes alongside the adults, and ferociously guarded both the Royal Room and Her Majesty Thyra, protecting her from dangers big and small. There was some mention of some very dangerous pineapple candies. This event showed just how much we truly are a family friendly society dedicated to providing a safe and enriching environment for those of all ages.

Unfortunately, an incident occurred in the hallway outside of court that must be addressed. An adult grabbed a child by the arms, shook him, and yelled at him for being loud and running around while court occurred. This was witnessed by multiple adults, including the closely supervising parents. Unless you are saving the child from imminent harm (such as a child bolting onto a list field,) do not touch a child withot permission of the child’s parent. If a child is disturbing an event, politely asking them to quiet down, or asking them where their adult is and politely addressing the issue with the adult would be the appropriate actions to take. If that action does not lead to a solution, the next step would be to speak to the event steward, local, or kingdom seneschal for them to intervene. No one deserves to feel unsafe at an event, no matter what age they are. If you have any questions or concerns about this or any other matter involving youths and families in the East, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Baroness Leonete D’Angely
East Kingdom Chancellor Minor

Addendum from the Kingdom Seneschal

People should remember that touching anyone without their consent (except where safety is concerned) is considered Simple Assault in most US jurisdictions even if it does no physical harm. Touching anyone in an inappropriate manner can lead to expulsion from an event and possibly arrest. Touching in an aggressive and intentionally harmful way, such as grabbing or shaking, is contrary to the SCA’s goal of a chivalrous and honorable Society and will not be tolerated at events.

Dueña Mercedes Vera de Calafia
Seneschal, East Kingdom


Filed under: Official Notices, Tidings, Youth Activities Tagged: community, Youth

Announcement from the SCA, Inc. Board of Directors Regarding the February 2, 2015 Conference Call

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2015-01-27 19:10

The following message was sent out by the SCA, Inc. Board of Directors today, via the Announcements mailing list:

Due to the large amount of information surrounding the additional peerage matter, the Board of Directors has decided to participate in a conference call on February 2, 2015. This is not an unusual occurrence. Conference call meetings are regularly held to help facilitate communication, especially on important issues. This meeting was scheduled for further discussion of the results, reactions, and information that came forth after the last meeting’s failed vote on the peerage language change.

The Board would like to assure the membership that they are reading all the comments that have been sent to them so far on the issue. Anyone who would like their opinion heard is encouraged to write the Board at comments@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 Tagged: board of directors, BoD, bod meeting, corporate, SCA, sca inc

Letter from the Earl Marshal

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2015-01-27 15:26

The following letter was written by Baron Jibril al-Dakhil, East Kingdom Earl Marshal, and is being posted by the Gazette at his request.

Greetings unto the East Kingdom:

A complaint has been brought to the office of the Earl Marshal of the East Kingdom regarding this past Crown Tournament dated November 1, 2014 for violations of the list. Upon due investigation and consideration the following shall be the official and final ruling of the Office of the Earl Marshal of the East Kingdom:

East Kingdom Earl Marshal’s Response Regarding a Complaint Filed from Fall Crown 2014:

At the outset, any rule that purports to say a complaint shall not be made against the Royalty cannot apply to Crown Tournament. No Royalty fights in Crown Tournament by express decree of EK law. Secondly, it is nearly impossible to bring a written complaint against a combatant in a tournament before completion of the tournament. Therefore, the rule is clearly meant to apply to SITTING Royalty and not someone who becomes Royalty after the action that gives rise to the complaint. To construe the rules in any other way would defy common sense and logic. While January 2014 Curia’s rule change to EK law amends the language to Crown from Royalty it is a change that merely clarifies language and not content.

It is with this understanding that I move forward in my capacity as Earl Marshal of the East Kingdom in accepting a complaint against His Grace Omega Aurelius Serpentius for conduct in the list of the Fall 2014 Crown Tournament of the East Kingdom. Both of the Finalists know that I have spoken with the combatants in finals, various marshals present during finals, various members of the Chivalry, His Majesty Edward, and former Earl Marshal Oskgar of the Woods. In addition, I have read various emails and extensive social media commentary from spectators who are among the Peerage and Populace alike. Until this complaint was made, neither Baron Sir Oskgar nor myself could take action despite our discussions about how best to proceed in the best interest of the Kingdom and Marshallate.

A complaint was made that during the finals Duke Omega (a) called a head shot good, did not die and continued to fight after Duke Omega called a second shot low, and; (b) threw down his polearm so as to be helpless and therefore invulnerable to attack by his adversary.

There were several additional allegations that spoke to the final blow of the tournament that stuck Duke Omega in the head but was not accepted as a killing blow as well as Duke Omega backing up into the crowd to avoid defeat.

In the responses that I received to my solicitation from marshals present, it was also raised that Duke Kenric (a) may not have accepted solid blows, and; (b) lost his composure, threw down his weapons and stormed out of the list.

The following are the applicable sections of the rules:

Pt. 1, Sec. F. Combatants shall behave in a knightly and chivalrous manner, and shall fight according to the appropriate Society and Kingdom Conventions of Combat.

CC1. The legal target areas are defined as the whole torso, head and limbs, with the exception of the lower legs beginning one inch above the top of the kneecap, and the hand from one inch above the wrist.

CC4. Judging the effects of blows is left to the honor of the combatants, unless they relinquish this responsibility, with the exception of clear violations of the Rules of the Lists or the Conventions of Combat.

CC7. A helpless opponent shall not be struck, and a “hold” must be called. An opponent is helpless if he has slipped or is falling, or has struck the ground, or if he has dropped or broken his weapon. Blows begun before the cause of the hold shall be counted. If a combatant either drops his weapon, or slips and falls without being pushed three times, the combatant will be warned that on the next occurrence he will be considered to be held at sword’s point and be forced to yield.

Conduct:
I will first address the issues for which there lay no possible sanction. There was no clear list and backing up into the crowd to avoid defeat cannot be construed as a violation. This was an error manifest by the weather conditions and environment. While unfortunate and should be avoided at all costs in the future, even if a list must be made of kneeling fighters behinds their shields, this is not conduct that calls for sanction. Calibration questions were raised by Duke Omega against Duke Kenric during the finals. Duke Kenrick answered them and the bouts continued. To the extent that Duke Omega was unsatisfied with the answer and continued to fight, this is not conduct that calls for sanctions. Fighters must trust their adversaries honor as they wish their own to be trusted or seek guidance from the marshals if the question remains. This was not done. This is not the fault of Duke Kenric and no sanction is warranted.

Duke Omega was struck with the blow that ended the tournament. Duke Kenric chose to withdraw (discussed below) rather than question the call or seek guidance from the marshallate. This blow has been the result of great controversy, as it seems to spectators that the prior Earl Marshal and King were finally approaching the combatants to intervene and address the issue. The blow was not addressed within the confines of the rules as Duke Kenric chose to withdraw at this point. Duke Kenric’s withdrawal from the tournament precluded further discussion in the moment as was sorely needed. I will not issue a sanction against Duke Omega for making call of calibration that was not properly questioned by Duke Kenric. Regardless of how the blow looked, this was not the fault of Duke Omega as the rules expressly make Duke Omega the sole judge of the effects of the blow and Duke Kenric did not question the blow or call in the marshals.

I will say that this particular blow will result in a change to the EK Marshal’s rules, which will allow marshals to notify fighters of the angle and appearance of shots that the fighter may not otherwise be aware of without waiting to be invited by the fighters to speak. This is NOT a rule that allows marshals to call fighters dead but simply to provide information so that the fighter has all possible information when judging a blow. Sir Oskgar and I discussed this at great length and I humbly thank Sir Oskgar for his assistance in putting forth a solution that maintains our culture of honoring the fighter’s integrity but strengthens the marshal’s role in tournament.

Turning now to the actions for which a sanction will be issued I begin with Duke Omega calling a head shot good, then a low shot, then continuing to fight. Upon a declaration of being struck in the head with a good shot, a combatant is dead. These are our rules. In my first Crown Tournament, I called a head shot good against Baron Sir Manfred Van Halstern. After leaving the field I was overhead to say to my knight, Sir Stephen von Dresen, that the shot was light and I should not have taken it. Baron Sir Manfred was informed of my whimpering and came to me to offer to refight. I declined to refight because I called the shot good, I did not immediately communicate to Baron Sir Manfred that I wasn’t sure or ask the marshal. Instead, I made a call and let it stand. That is similar to the action that happened here. Duke Omega made a call, did not discuss it, but instead resumed fighting. This blow landed on a legal target and was judged by Duke Omega to be good. At this point, Duke Omega must either yield the fight or immediately explain why he wished to continue. Duke Omega did not and as such the conduct violates the rules of the list.

Next, Duke Omega threw down his pole arm. On one occasion the pole was clearly trapped against Duke Kenric’s body and Duke Omega stated as much. Next, Duke Omega, while backing up into the crowd, threw down his pole arm to avoid being struck. This happened directly in my line of sight and was clearly done to avoid a shot that could not be blocked. This violates the rules of comportment on the list. It did not occur three times and does not require Duke Omega to yield.

Finally, Duke Kenric threw down his weapons and stormed off the list because Duke Kenric struck Duke Omega with a blow Duke Kenric felt was a killing blow. This was not Duke Kenric’s call to make by operation of the rules. Moreover, it violates the rules of comportment on the list.

Sanctions:
Revenge and justice are not the same. Revenge is an emotional response to a wrong, while justice is the reasoned response to a wrong. A Knight must do justice in the name of his King, not seek revenge. A Marshal must be fair in the application of the rules. There is no room for revenge in the marshallate. Thus, when the Earl Marshal metes out sanctions it must be must be an appropriate, reasoned response to a wrong.

Pursuant to the EK Marshal’s Rules His Grace Kenric aet Essex shall be censured for his lack of comportment and unseemly withdrawal from the list at Fall Crown Tournament November 1, 2014. Because Duke Kenric immediately apologized and showed contrition, no greater sanction is warranted.

Pursuant to the EK Marshal’s Rules His Grace Omega Aurelius Serpentius shall be censured for refusing to yield after acknowledging a good blow and for intentionally disarming himself to gain tactical advantage and avoid a loss. Because Duke Omega has expressly committed to the Chivalry and the Populace that he never again enter a Crown Tournament, no greater sanction is warranted.

Some may feel this is insufficient sanction against Duke Omega as Duke Omega was declared the victor and named Prince. Here is where revenge must give way to reason and justice. Duke Omega has publically stated that he will never fight in Crown and this self-imposed sanction exceeds any punishment allowed by EK law and one that would otherwise be reserved for the Board of Directors. No King should ever accept a letter of intent from Duke Omega again without dishonoring the foundation of our Society – that we are men of our word. No Earl Marshal should ever allow Duke Omega to fight in Crown Tournament even if allowed by a King, as the very entry into the list of Crown Tournament would be a violation of Duke Omega’s own word and unequivocal evidence that he cannot comport himself in a knightly and chivalric manner as required by the rules of the East Kingdom. This is rational and reasoned justice and a heavy self-imposed sanction that cannot be undone.

For those who wish to hear Duke Omega apologize and beg forgiveness, I say your position is unreasonable and unhealthy for the Kingdom. What fighter drops his guard when under attack? Where is the sense in expecting Duke Omega to say, “I did wrong” when it will be thrown in his face and used against him rather than accepted as contrition? It was Duke Kenric’s withdrawal that ended the tournament and King Edward’s acceptance of the withdrawal that made Duke Omega our Prince. Had Duke Kenric not withdrawn the fight could have continued or been refought. This is why we have a marshallate and the lesson to be learned here is to turn to the marshallate and demand that issues are addressed IN THE MOMENT. I stand resolutely in support of my Prince Omega because he has chosen a path of unequivocal, self-imposed punishment that could only have been done by the Board of Directors.

Let this begin what I hope is a very short list of sanctions recorded against fighters in the East Kingdom. Let these examples of conduct signal the importance of communication between fighters and the importance of adherence to rules of the list. Most importantly, let this begin to truly heal the Kingdom.

Yours in Service,
Baron Sir Jibril al-Dakhil
Earl Marshal of the East Kingdom


Filed under: Heavy List, Official Notices

Birka Tournament Results

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2015-01-27 12:51

The following tournament results are available from the oxhide bear-pit style tournaments traditionally held at A Market Day at Birka.

Heavy list comtat at A Market Day at Birka. Photo courtesy of Countess Caoilfhionn.

130 heavy list (rattan) fighters entered the lists, fighting a total of 3,252 bouts. The overall top finisher was Sir Douglas Henry. The top unbelted finisher was Hrafn the Bonesetter.

Complete Birka heavy list tournament results are available by clicking here.

69 rapier fighters entered the lists at A Market Day at Birka, and fought 1,164 bouts in total. The top finisher was Remy Delemontagne de Gascogne with 150 points.

Complete Birka rapier combat tournament results are available by clicking here.

Rapier Combat at A Market Day at Birka. Photo courtesy of Countess Caoilfhionn.

 

 

 


Filed under: Fencing, Heavy List Tagged: a market day at birka, birka, Tournament Results, Tourney Results

Curia Report

East Kingdom Gazette - Sun, 2015-01-25 22:57

Their Majesties Edward and Thyra convened East Kingdom Curia in Stonemarche on Sunday, January 25 after Market Day at Birka ended. Their Highnesses had to leave early due to the impending snowstorm, which forced them to reschedule modern business travel plans.

The agenda for Curia, which can be viewed on the East Kingdom Seneschal’s web site (http://seneschal.eastkingdom.org/curia.php), was lengthy and time constraints resulted in some items being tabled for a second Curia at Mudthaw. Details are still being worked out and will be posted on the East Kingdom Seneschal’s page as soon as they are available.

The agenda included name changes to four East Kingdom Awards (the Queen’s Honor of Distinction, the King’s Esteem of Merit, The Tyger of Valor, and the Gift of the Golden Lyre). His Majesty, with the assistance of Mistress Alys Mackyntoich, explained that they were necessary because Corpora requires that our awards be registered with the Society College of Arm. The College has specific rules for award names, with which these four awards were not compatible. His Majesty was at pains to assure the populace that they had consulted with the Royal Peers who had instituted the awards in question to be certain that they understood the intent of the award and were choosing name corrections which were as close as possible to conveying that intent while still meeting the requirements of the Society College of Arm. Master Ryan MacWhyte, Brigantia Herald, has been working on bringing all of the Kingdom Awards in line for the past 2 years, and with this set, the job is complete.

Someone in the populace inquired as to whether this requirement also applied to Baronial level awards. Brigantia indicated that it did and that most were already in compliance. He indicated that he would be offering assistance to those groups which would need to make changes, once the Kingdom level changes were settled.

The agenda included changes to several sections of law relating to Baronial selection procedures. Their Majesties stated more than once that their intent was not to make any material changes to the way things work, but only to clarify points, and remove duplication where the same procedure is currently described in multiple places in Law. The list of dates when specific baronies are due to be polled is also being removed, as it was needed only while the term limits were being phased in. Now that all groups have new Barons and/or Baronesses chosen since the laws regarding term limits were enacted, it was felt that the schedule of which groups were due for elections would be best maintained by the Kingdom Seneschal rather than listed in Kingdom Law.

Language will also be added clarifying the procedure for notifying local groups of Their Majesties’ decisions regarding their pollings, as this has been a source of some confusion in the past. The new text also specifies that while the decision made by a reign is binding, the investiture may take place in a subsequent reign, if it’s not possible to schedule one between the date of the decision and the next Coronation.

Language was proposed for adding a Thrown Weapons Championship Tourney to the list of East Kingdom Champions Tourneys, and allowing throwers to be included in the Queen’s Guard. Their Majesties expressed strong support for the Thrown Weapons community, but also expressed considerable concern that adding another required Royal Progress would make an already challenging schedule even more difficult. In some reigns the required championship events and other Kingdom events such as Twelfth Night, in combination with Baronial Investitures, threatens their ability to attend non-mandated events. Their Majesties would like to hear commentary from the Kingdom regarding creative solutions to the problem. Mistress Mercedes, the Kingdom Seneschal, will be receiving the commentary. An announcement of a dedicated email address for it will be forthcoming shortly.

The question of making Thrown Weapons one of the Kingdom Champions Tourneys was tabled for a future Curia. The item making them eligible for inclusion in the Queen’s Guard was passed with strong support from the assembled Curia.

A proposed change to the Law section governing groups holding events outside their borders was approved with minor language changes.

A revision to the Kingdom’s complaints procedure was approved as proposed by Their Majesties. His Majesty explained that under the current Law, if someone wishes to make any kind of complaint against the heirs, or against any territorial prince/princess, should the East have a principality at some point in the future, he cannot utilize the current Complaint Procedure to provide any kind of due process at the kingdom level. He can only rule unilaterally on the matter, which would then probably be taken to the Board of Directors by whichever party fell short of their desired outcome. Their Majesties wish to afford future royalty the opportunity to deal with such matters in the context of the Kingdom’s resolution process, so that everyone involved can have the benefit of due process. Their Majesties did specify that the complaint procedure would not be retroactive.

The proposed change to Kingdom Law to allow persons who do not live within the geographic boundaries of a group to serve as officers or autocrats for that group, if local policies permit, was tabled for the follow-up Curia at Mudthaw, as the time period for which the room had been rented was exhausted.


Filed under: Law and Policy Tagged: curia

Understanding SCA Jargon

East Kingdom Gazette - Sun, 2015-01-25 18:23

The following article is graciously provided by Countess Marguerite inghean Lachlainn.

26+ SCA Phrases you may need to explain to Newcomers.

Autocrat
Person who is responsible for running an event. Although the dictionary definition of autocrat means an absolute ruler or dictator, in reality an autocrat for an event has the ultimate responsibility but sometimes limited control over all aspects of the day, especially if the event is a Royal Progress. In conversation the term is slowly being replaced by the more accurate “event steward”, but official SCA and East Kingdom documents still use the word autocrat.
Awards or “Award System”
Awards are given by the King and Queen or by landed Barons and Baronesses to acknowledge the excellence of one of their subjects. The Award System is used to describe the entire process that culminates in giving an award.  Everything from writing someone in for the award, to the additional advising of the Crown for a polled order, to the decision by the Royalty or Landed Baronials to bestow one.
Bling
A casual word used to describe the insignia of the awards which a person has received in the SCA.  Commonly anyone who has received an award will wear the medallion or token or symbolism of that award on their person, especially when attending court. The chest that the King and Queen store award medallions and other insignia is sometimes called the ‘bling box’
CA
Combat Archery
Chiv or The Chiv
The Order of the Chivalry.
Cookie or “a cookie” or “the cookie”
A slang noun used to describe an award that someone is actively and obviously working toward.  It is almost exclusively used in a derogatory manner, as in “He is only taking on that work “for the cookie”.
The Dark Side
  The sport of crossbow shooting.
DFB
An abbreviation of the rapier phrase “Death from behind.” Death From Behind is an alteration of the rules of engagement that allows the the combatants to remove opponent from a melee combat by (safely) sneaking up behind them in a melee and delivering a killing blow.  It is a phrase often used to confirm understanding of the rules of the engagement (“Are we doing DFB in this battle?”).  It can also be used as slang verb to describe clever and sneaky action.  (“I flanked the line and DFBed 2 or 3 guys before they took me out.  It was epic!”)
The Dream
This ancient and loaded phrase has been used to describe the SCA itself, and also the activity of providing a medieval experience to others.  This, of course, means that “The Dream” has very personal definitions for anyone who holds it. Because debate on the definition of the term has lasted so long and has varied so widely, it is often said that the problem with using “The Dream” is the inclusion of the word “The”. 
4th Peerage
A catch all noun used to describe a potential new peerage created by the SCA Board of Directors. In some kingdoms there is already a 4th peerage, the Rose, and some kingdoms assert the Royal Peers are the 4th peerage, so this term is sometimes factually inaccurate. The discussion about the creation of a new Rapier peerage is occasionally referred to as the debate about the 4th Peerage.  The other 3 Peerages are the Chivalry, the Laurel and the Pelican.
Favor
A token or a small gift understood to be a mark of the bestower’s high esteem of the person receiving the token.  In the romantic tradition of the SCA it is often assumed to be a gift of a lady to her lord, or a fighter to their consort, although that that is by no means a hard and fast rule.  Additionally, the Queen is expected to bestow her favor (generally a piece of cloth embroidered with her symbol) to members of the populace who impress her or whom she wishes to inspire.
Feastocrat
The person who is responsible for producing the feast and/or day-board at an event.  This word is derived from the term “autocrat”.
Heavy or Heavy List
The Showcase sport of the SCA. Often described as “hitting your friends with sticks”. Other kingdoms refer to this same type of sport as “Chivalric Combat”. Sometimes the term “Heavies” is used to describe the people who participate in that sport. In order to become the ruling monarch, you must be able to win the twice annual Crown Tournament which is a Heavy List tournament.
K&Q
An abbreviation of the phrase “King’s and Queen’s”. There are several events a year that start with the phrase Kings and Queens, Championship events where the two winners are named as the Champions of the King and Queen for the following year.  Example: Kings and Queens Bardic Champions, Kings and Queens Equestrian Champs, etc.
Lists or “The Lists”
This noun has two different meanings  Depending on context it can either refer to email lists (The lists were particularly active today) or the tournament field. (‘I will meet you on the lists and we will go a round or two.”)
Mundane
Derived from the use of the word “Mundania” in Piers Anthony’s Xanth series to describe a non magical world, “mundane” is used to describe anything that is not part of the SCA.  It can be used as an adjective (“In my mundane job I am an IT consultant”) or as a noun, (“My parents are mundanes.”)
Newbie
Newcomer.  Someone who has been participating in the SCA for 6 months or less.
OP
Order of Precedence. The master list of who got what award and in what order they got them, and therefore who out-ranks who. This list matters in The East most when lining up combatants for Crown Tournament, otherwise the impact of the OP on day to day interaction is limited to individual reactions to perceived rank. A duke outranks a count, but in practice most people treat them both as royal peers if you met them talking together in a hallway. The East Kingdom Order of Precedence is maintained by the Shepard’s Crook Herald.
Peer Fear
The sometimes irrational fear that Peers of the Realm are more intimidating, and harder to talk to or interact with than non peers. This is a condition that particularly afflicts newcomers, apprentices and protegees, but it is not limited to them.
Service
The work that is done behind the scenes to make the other aspects of the society function. In order for there to be combat, marshals must provide their service marshaling. In order for us to have an event, someone must provide the service of checking people in at the gate, running the event, or keeping the books. People whose enjoyment of the Society is in performing that type of service are sometimes said to be “on the service track” or described as “service junkies” if they are particularly fervent.  Ant. Toxic Service is service that leaves the society in a worse state than if it had not been done, either because the service is bad/unneeded or because it is done in such a way that it drives others away, and prevents others from providing service. – Hat tip to David Lockhart for that definition.
Thug
A Heavy List fighter. This term is often used to describe a member of the Northern Army of the East Kingdom, (“I am a Northern Army Thug”) but it can be used to describe a soldier of the East Kingdom.
Thunk
The sport of thrown weapons.  Named because of the sound of a successful stick into the target.
Tin Hat
A semi-derogatory term used to describe a group of people who wear coronets. (“I don’t want to go to that party, all the Tin Hats will be there.”)  It can also be used as a self mocking term by the Dukes, Countesses and Barons/esses who wear the coronets to remind themselves not to take themselves too seriously. (“I’m just a pipe-fitter from Jersey in a Tin Hat” -Attributed to Prince Omega)
Token
A small bauble given as a gift to a performer or artisan in thanks for excellence in sharing their art.  These tokens are often hand made, and may represent some aspect of the heraldry of the person gifting the token. These small gifts are greatly valued and are more important to the people who receive them than the value of the actual gift.  They are often saved and put into one place, so that when the artist is having a crisis of faith in their own work they can be pulled out to remind the artist that they have accomplished good work in the past and will do so again.
Troll
The table at the front of events that takes your money, makes sure you have a signed waiver and gives you a site token.  Related: To “Troll in” means to go through the process of checking in at the front desk of the event.  Use of this phrase is slowing falling out of favor (as it implies that the people working the desk are “troll like”) and many autocrats now refer to this as “Gate.”
Unbelt
A heavy List fighter who is not yet a member of the Chivalry.  Curiously, this term is not usually used to mean a generic fighter who presumably does not wear a colored belt, but more specifically someone who is squired to a member of the Chivalry and who has received a red belt from their Knight/Master but who has not yet been elevated to a white belt/baldric.  It can also refer to the team of people who will be fighting in the “Unbelted Champions Battle” at the Pennsic War,   Related: “Belts” or “Belted” means a member of the Order of the Chivalry.
War
Pennsic War.  Although the East Kingdom hosts many events that have a subtitle that contains the word “war” (Great North Eastern War, Southern Region War Camp) In the East Kingdom use of the phrase “Are you going to War?” always refers to Pennsic.  It is a mark of how important that event is in the minds of the Eastern populace.

NB: Some elements of this article were crowd sourced from a post from Facebook. The author is grateful for the assistance of her friends in the SCA.


Filed under: Tidings Tagged: jargon

Birka Youth and Family Schedule

East Kingdom Gazette - Fri, 2015-01-23 01:19

Baroness Leonette D’Angely wishes to share the youth and family activities schedule for Birka:

*Youth Service Initiative Forms will be available in the family lounge*
9:30-5:00: Family Lounge open on the mezzanine.
10:00-4:30: Medieval Games open in the lounge area.
1:30-2:00: Children of the East will be guarding the Royal Room
——————- Hawthorne——————
10:00-11:00: Make Your Own Medieval Toys (Ages 4 and up)
11:00-12:00: Intro to Juggling (Ages 8 through adult)
12:00-1:00: Family Meet and Greet and Garb Swap
1:00-1:30: Vikings! (Ages 4-10)
1:30-2:30: All Ages Intro to Embroidery (Any age, must be able to handle yarn needles and scissors)
2:30-3:00: Horses in Medieval Times (Any age)
3:00-4:00: Yarn Dolls (Ages 5 and up)
4:00-5:00: How to design an Equestrian Challenge Course (Any age)


Filed under: Youth Activities

Unofficial Court Report: 12th Night and Carillion Investiture

East Kingdom Gazette - Fri, 2015-01-23 01:16

The Court of our most excellent prince and lord, Edward, by right of arms most illustrious King of the East, third of that name, and Thyra, his Queen by agency of that same right, second of that name, held upon 17 January in the forty-ninth year of the Society in the Barony of Carillion; on which day were called all and sundry the lords of the realm and the great persons of the kingdom to hear the following publicly proclaimed:

Item. In the first sitting of Their Majesties’ Court, Their Majesties gave thanks to Kis Mária (called Mika) for her good, faithful and notable service holding the lands as Baroness of Carillion and, as token of her merit and great nobility, created the said Mária a Baroness of their Court, the which deed was confirmed in a document illuminated by Lillian atte Valeye and calligraphed by Jonathan Blaecstan.

Item.  Their Majesties invested Corcrán mac Diarmata as Baron of Carillion, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Vettorio Antonello.

Item.  Their Majesties invested Luned Gwyn as Baroness of Carillion, the which deed was confirmed in a document calligraphed by Kateryne of Bakestondone and illuminated by Boudicea Ravenhair.

Item.  Their Majesties gave thanks to Mistress Kayleigh Mac Whyte for her service as Tyger Clerk of the Signet and bid her take her rest; whereupon they accepted the oath of Mistress Nest verch Tangwistel as the new Tyger Clerk.

Item. Their Majesties thanked Lady Gabriella de Bas Serra for her service as Kingdom Minister of Arts and Sciences and bid her take her rest; whereupon they and accepted the oath of Mistress Rainillt Leia de Bello Marisco as the new Minister of Arts and Sciences.

Item.  Their Majesties accepted the oath of Lord Cristoff Gockerhan von Loch as the new Kingdom Chamberlain.

Item. Their Majesties called before them Sabine de Kerbriant and instructed her to go forth to the place prepared for her to sit vigil and prepare to answer the question whether she would join the Order of the Laurel.

Item. Their Majesties called before them Karl Meerstappa and instructed him to go forth to the place prepared for him to sit vigil and prepare to answer the question whether he would join the Order of the Chivalry.

Whereupon, Their Majesties adjourned their Court until the hour of tierce, at which time such further business was done and caused to be done:

Item.  Their Majesties accepted the fealty of Baron Corcrán and Baroness Luned for the lands and privileges of Carillion.

Item.  Their Majesties gave tokens of welcome to newcomers to the Society.

Item.  Their Majesties summoned before the Court Laurencia von Heisler, whereupon they inducted the good lass into the Order of the Tyger’s Cub, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Shoshana Gryffyth.

Item.  Their Majesties called into their presence Caitilín ingen Donndubáin, whereupon they welcomed the said Caitilín into the Order of the Tyger’s Cub, the which deed was confirmed written in English by Theodora Bryennissa and in Gaelic by Medhbh inghean ui Cheallaigh, and calligraphed and illuminated by Wulfgar Silverbraid.

Their Majesties congratulate newly inducted Pelican, Sir Antonio Patrasso. Photo by Cateline la Broderesse

Item.  Their Majesties demanded the attendance of Antonio Patrasso and took testimony as to the merits of the said Antonio from Peers of the Realm and a good man of the common people; whereupon they elevated the said Antonio to the Order of the Pelican, the which deed was memorialized in a document authored in English by Alys Mackyntoich, translated into Italian by Martyn de Haliwell, and calligraphed and illuminated by Eva Woderose.

Item.  Their Majesties made gifts of toys to the children of the East.

Item.  With leave of their Majesties, Countess Caoilfhionn gave tokens to children who had participated in the Children’s Service Initiative.

Item.  Their Majesties issued a proclamation in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the guild of Athena’s Thimble.

Item.  Their Majesties accepted words and gifts from the Crown of the Middle Kingdom, conveyed by their ambassadress, Mistress Zsof.

Item.  Their Majesties announced the creation of the Kingdom of Avacal from the northern reaches of An Tir.

Item.  His Highness announced the appointment of Master Padraig Dubh MacEanruig as the Warlord for the upcoming Pennsic War.

Item.  His Highness announced the appointment of Don Lottieri Malocchio as the Rapier General for the upcoming Pennsic War.

Item.  Their Majesties summoned Theodora Bryennissa, called Treannah, before the Tyger Thrones and, praising her many good works, inducted her into the Order of the Silver Crescent, the which deed was memorialized in a document authored by Rowen Cloteworthy and calligraphed and illuminated by Wulfgar Silverbraid.

Item.  Their Majesties awarded Arms to Vachir Arslajin, the which deed was memorialized in a document created by Astrid Feilan.

Item.  Their Majesties awarded Arms to Tumen Qorchi, the which deed was memorialized in a document created by Shoshana Gryffyth.

Item.  Their Majesties summoned before the Tyger Thrones the good lady Dosalena Sofia della Mirandola and, praising her skills with pen and brush, inducted her into the Order of the Maunche, the which deed was confirmed by a document created by Nataliia Anastasiia Evgenova.

Item.  Their Majesties further inducted Celebriande of Owlsherst into the Order of the Maunche, the which deed was memorialized in a document illuminated by Dosalena Sofia della Mirandola and calligraphed by Lada Monguligin.

Master Karl Meerstappa is presented with his hand- carved chivalry “scroll” Photo by Cateline la Broderesse

Item.  Their Majesties demanded the presence of Karl Meerstappa to answer the question put before him in the morning, to wit: whether he would join the Order of the Chivalry; whereupon their Majesties heard testimony from worthy Peers of the Realm and did create the said Karl a Master of Arms; and the said deed was memorialized in a runestone carved by Kenric aet Essex, inscribed with the words of Toki Redbeard that had been translated into Old Norse by Fridrikr Tomasson.

Item.  Their Majesties called before the Court their servant Ari of Hartshorndale and awarded him Arms, the which deed was memorialized in document created by Eowyn Eilonwy of Alewife Brook.

Item.  Their Majesties summoned Gwendolyn verch Gwilliam ap Gwilliam into their presence and awarded her Arms, the which deed was confirmed in a woodblock print created by Naomi bat Avraham with words by Andrew Schickard.

Item.  Their Majesties called David of Hartshorndale before the Tyger Thrones and thereupon awarded Arms unto the said David.

Item.  Their Majesties then summoned Kathryn Perry into their presence and, wishing to honor her talents in dress-making, cooking and dancing, elevated her to the Order of the Maunche, the which deed was memorialized in a document authored by Kolozsvári Árpád and calligraphed and illuminated by Palotzi Marti.

Item.  Their Majesties requested their presence of Samuel di Bianco, whereupon they gave good report of the skills at cookery of the said Samuel, and, do doing, caused him to be added to the Order of the Maunche, the which deed was memorialized in a brass plaque created by Cormac Mór and bearing the words of Martyn de Haliwell.

Item.  Whereupon the good Maitre Lucien de Pontivi begged leave of Their Majesties to honor his lady Aildreda de Tamworthe in song, and led the assembled Court in harmonious praise of the said Dreda, at the conclusion of which, their Majesties summoned the Order of the Laurel and commanded the said Dreda to give answer whether she would join that august company upon the 21st day of February in Dragonship Haven; a Writ thereupon was issued bearing the calligraphy and illumination of Alexandre St. Pierre and the words of Maitre Lucien, translated into Latin by Master Steffan ap Kennydd.

Item.  Their Majesties commanded the presence of Sabine de Kerbriant to answer the question previously put before her; and the said Sabine stating that she would accept the accolade of the Order of the Laurel, their Majesties then took testimony from noble Peers and a good lady of the common people; whereupon they caused the said Sabine to be inducted into the Order aforesaid; in memory whereof the said Sabine was gifted with a portrait created by Reiner Verplanck, a poem by Ysmay de Lynn, and a triptych created by Arden of Icombe.

Item.  Their Majesties thanked the musicians who had played for the courts.

I, Alys Mackyntoich, Eastern Crown Herald, wrote this to memorialize and make certain all such things that were done and caused to be done as above stated.

Witnesseth:

Ryan Mac Whyte
Lucien de Pontivi
Mylisant Grey
Catrin o’r Rhyd For
Judith fitzHenry
Sabine de Kerbriant
Theodora Bryenissa
Martyn de Haliwell
Anastasia da Monte


Filed under: Court Tagged: awards, Barony of Carillion, court, court report, Edward and Thyra, royal court

Equestrian Meeting Change

East Kingdom Gazette - Fri, 2015-01-23 01:15

From Baroness Doucette du Verdun:

The Equestrian Meeting, held every year at Birka, experienced a schedule
change after the site book went to the printers.

The previous time/location was noon in the Penthouse Room.

Instead, the Equestrians will be holding two meetings at Birka; everyone is
welcome to both.

9 AM: Business Meeting (event planning and scheduling, what we’re doing
this year, how to become a marshal or officiant or crew, etc.)

3 PM: Social (meet and greet, talk about the upcoming year and plans for
events, get to know people and get involved with us, come talk)

The 9 AM and 3 PM meetings will be held in one of the conference rooms near
the fighting – we will be informed by the site that day which room we have,
and we’ll put up signs. Please, come find us. We welcome participation in
whatever capacity you feel capable of.

Please forward to anyone you know who has interest in SCA Equestrian
Activities. Thank you!


Filed under: Equestrian

Statement from the East Kingdom’s Ombudsman to the Board of Directors

East Kingdom Gazette - Thu, 2015-01-22 17:08

The Gazette asked the Ombudsman for the East to provide a statement as to what the Board is considering it will do moving forward with regards to the Rapier peerage.  David Keen kindly and promptly sent us the following reply.

The BoD has been at work towards a solution to the current crisis, including wording some proposed Corpora changes. We are constrained as to how we must operate to release these for commentary. We must open an executive session of the BoD, entertain a motion, second the motion, discuss the motion and finally vote on the motion to release it for commentary. Setting a time and date for an executive session via conference call can be challenging given modern work schedules.

The tone and timbre of the commentary to the BoD has been changing these past 24 hours. Keep your thoughts and comments coming. The input from the membership is vital if the BoD  is to come to the most appropriate solution.

w/r,
David W. Keen
Director, SCA Inc.
Ombudsman for: Æthelmearc, Atlantia, East, Middle, YAFA Committee
~David of Caithness, OP


Filed under: Corporate, Fencing