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Trimaris (Kingdom) - Wed, 2015-04-22 21:29

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An announcement from the Earl Marshal

East Kingdom Gazette - Wed, 2015-04-22 19:17
Greetings Unto the East Kingdom!

As some of you may know, my first daughter is scheduled to be born the day before Crown. This will be happening in Colorado and as such I will not be able to act as the Marshal-in-Charge for the Crown tournament. In accordance with East Kingdom Law I have asked Duke Gregor Von Heiseler to be the Marshal-in-Charge and Their Royal Majesties have consented to the substitution. As such, Duke Gregor has graciously agreed to run the Crown tournament.

As Crown is rapidly approaching I ask all Chivalry and OTC marshals, who are not fighting, to make every effort to attend and stand ready to assist Duke Gregor as he deems fit. In addition, Olaf Haraldson, Deputy for Rules Clarification, has agreed to be my Drop-Dead. Being that I much prefer this side of the grass, I have no intention of dropping dead.  So I may be in the market for a food and wine taster at future events. While Olaf has a shifty look about him, he also has a keen sense of the rules and laws of our Kingdom and integrity beyond reproach.

I thank Their Majesties for trusting in my choices and both Gregor and Olaf for being willing to step up and serve our glorious and noble East Kingdom.

Yours In Service,
Baron Sir Jibril al-Dakhil, EK,EM

Filed under: Announcements

SCA Communications Survey

East Kingdom Gazette - Wed, 2015-04-22 19:14

The following was posted to the Society for Creative Anachronism Facebook page. The original can be found here.

Please take a few minutes to complete a survey designed to gather data to assist us in the evolution of communications within the SCA.

We appreciate your time and the opportunity to gather information so we can best serve your needs in the future.…/1_ihUYVPNPJleoLyouPvSR0A…/viewform

Countess Honor of Restormel
Society Publications Manager

Filed under: Announcements

An announcement regarding Crown Tourney / Une annonce au sujet de la Couronne Tourney

East Kingdom Gazette - Wed, 2015-04-22 19:10

Greetings to the combatants in the East Kingdom’s Spring Crown Tourney!

Their Majesties have informed us that They do not want to use list
trees and personal devices for this Crown Tourney. For those of you
who were planning to bring your device for the list tree, you are
encouraged but are not required to use the device for personal display
at the tournament. For those of you planning to make a device for the
list tree, you may delay that project to a later time. On the day of
the tourney, we’d ask your help in making sure the heralds are able to
be heard across the listfield so that we can get all combatants and
their consorts to the proper lists.

Lady Rosina von Schaffhausen, Jongleur Herald
Master Rowen Cloteworthy, Troubadour Herald

En français par leurs excellences Godfroy de Falaise et Alisay de Falaise

Salutations aux participants du Tournoi printanier de la Couronne.
Nos Majestés nous ont informés qu’ils ne souhaitaient pas que les participants au Tournoi de la Couronne présentent leurs armoiries dans la lice. Ceux qui souhaitaient le faire le pourront, mais cela n’est nullement obligatoire. Pour ceux qui souhaitaient fabriquer leurs armoiries pour être présentés, peuvent remettre ce projet à plus tard. La journée du tournoi, nous demandons votre plus grande collaboration pour vous assurer que les hérauts puissent être entendus d’un bout à l’autre des lices. De cette manière les combattants et leurs consorts pourront se présenter à la bonne lice.

Lady Rosina von Schaffhausen, Jongleur Herald
Master Rowen Cloteworthy, Troubadour Herald

Filed under: Announcements, En français

Les participants et format au tournoi printanier de la Couronne de l’Est.

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2015-04-21 20:34

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

Spring Crown Tourney Entrants and Format / Les participants et format au tournoi printanier de la Couronne de l’Est.

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

Filed under: Announcements, En français, Events, Heavy List

In Memoriam: Baron Adhemar de Villarquamada

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2015-04-21 19:30

Photo of Baron Adhemar de Villarquamada on display as part of his memorial at Balfar’s Challenge on April 18th.
Photo courtesy of Cateline La Broderesse

Baron Adhemar de Villarquamada passed away suddenly on Wednesday, April 8th, following a chronic illness. Baron Adhemar was active in the Society for more than twenty-five years. For fifteen of those years he served as the Baron of Dragonship Haven, stepping down only last month. He was recognized as a Master of the Laurel by Brion and Anna in 1999 for his skill with illumination, calligraphy, and costuming, and as a Master of the Pelican by Darius and Roxane in 2002 for his long service to the College of Heralds and his Barony.

A longtime member of Duchy von Grunwald, he also was the founder and patriarch of the Maison Sainte Claire, a group dedicated to recreating the culture, customs, and crafts of the year 1405 through the structure of a French nobleman’s household. He was the Commander of La Grande Compagnie de Sainte Claire, devoted to the study and use of black powder weapons in period. Baron Adhemar was well known for his interest in and willingness to teach about 15th century French history, and was recognized with the King’s Order of Excellence in 2002 for his high standards of personal authenticity. He taught and published extensively about authentic scribal practices and was the first in the East to adapt period court and legal documents into SCA award texts.

Baron Adhemar was a Companion of the Orders of the Maunche (1992) and the Silver Crescent (2000). He was made a Baron of the Court with a Grant of Arms by Balfar II and Luna II in 1995. He was gifted a King’s Cypher from Balfar III, as well as with Queen’s Honor of Distinctions (now the Queen’s Award of Esteem) from both Olivia and Anna II. In 2004, Balfar IV and Luna IV revived the very ancient title of Captain-General of Guatemala (traditionally the very last entry in the East Kingdom Order of Precedence) for him in humorous recognition of his long service to the Kingdom. Baron Adhemar was also recognized by his Barony. In 1990, he was named a Companion of Dragonship Haven’s Order of the Yale for service. He was also a Companion of the Barony’s now-closed Order of the Hawk’s Bell for arts and sciences.

Baron Adhemar steps down as Baron of Dragonship Haven.
Photo courtesy of Cateline La Broderesse

Baron Adhemar served many of the Crowns of the East as Their Majesties’ Court Herald, now called the Eastern Crown Herald. He taught the heralds of the list-field as Troubadour (Tourney Deputy) Herald from 2001-2005. He assumed the office of Brigantia Principal Herald of the East in 2005 and served until 2009. In 2012, in the Court of Kenric and Avelina at Known World Heraldic and Scribal Symposium, Rowen Brigantia named him a Herald Extraordinaire (one of the four named that day) among the first named in the East in fifteen years.

Baron Adhemar’s former ward, Baroness Marguerite de Sainte Nazaire shared the following remembrance of him with the Gazette. “I am not good with stories or quotes, but I can tell you the sort of man Adhemar was. Everyone who’s met him knows he’s fabulous, but he is also patient. In his role as Baron and Brigantia he frequently had to deal with well-meaning but totally lost volunteers and even those purposely trying to stir things up. And though he always had a creative swearing session over them in private, he always helped them calmly and even attentively. He kitted out more people than I can
count. Cutting and sewing clothes for them, frequently out of linen and wool that he purchased. He taught freely. When I first met him he would open his tiny apartment up for a weekly scriptorium. He would teach you everything he knew if you let him. His personality could take up a room and his laugh could fill every little crack and crevasse. He was more than just funny or witty, he was fluent in sarcasm and absurdity. He loved his friends very deeply; he also loved history, his art and his Kingdom. Sometimes he forgot that he was not actually a medieval baron, but in many ways that’s what made him so wonderful. And fabulous.”

Photo of Baron Adhemar’s memorial at Balfar’s Challenge on April 18th.
Photo courtesy of Cateline La Broderesse

Baroness Ysabella de Draguignan adds “He was not only my persona’s brother, he was also my foster Laurel. I would often come to him with the most ridiculous ideas for projects and each time through my exciting spiel he would laugh exuberantly, littered with “Yes, Dear”. But when it was done he would do his best to help me research my ideas and encourage me in my pursuits. He never once said no, that’s an unsuitable idea. Not once. We may have decided through research it wasn’t period, but he would never dismiss it out of hand.”

A memorial tent was set up at Balfar’s Challenge in Dragonship Haven on April 18th, and there is also a Facebook page where friends may share photos and remembrances. The memorial service will be held on May 30th at 1 PM at Christ Episcopal Church in New Haven, CT.

Filed under: History, Tidings Tagged: Dragonship Haven, in memoriam, obituary

Spring Crown Tourney Entrants and Format / Les participants et format au tournoi printanier de la Couronne de l’Est.

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2015-04-21 17:15

The entrants in this Spring’s Crown Tourney are listed below.  The details on how Crown Tourney will be fought are as follows. The tourney will be double elimination with fighters bringing their weapon of choice for all rounds of the tourney. For the final four, two wins will be required to advance.  This means an undefeated fighter will need one win; a fighter who has already lost a bout will need two wins. The finals will be comprised of only one bout.

The entrants are listed according to the Order of Precedence, and the Gazette would like to thank Baron Rowen Cloteworthy for providing us with the ordered list.

En français par Sir Pellandres dit Le Frère

Ci-bas seront indiqués les participants au tournoi printanier de la Couronne de l’Est. Ledit tournoi sera combattu selon les règles suivantes. Item, le format sera celui d’une élimination double où chaque combattant décidera de son propre armement, et ce pour chacun des tours. Item, les quatre finalistes devront avoir deux victoires pour passer en finales. Ainsi, un combattant invaincu de tout le tournoi pourra passer avec un seul combat victorieux. Un autre qui aurait déjà perdu une joute aura besoin de deux victoires. Item, la finale ne sera décidée que d’un seul combat.

Les participants sont ordonnés en fonction de leur Précédence. La Gazette offre ses remerciement à son excellence Rown Cloteworthy pour avoir recherché et établi ledit ordre.

Duke Randal of the Dark for Duchess Katherine Stanhope
Duke Kenric aet Essex for Duchess Avelina Keyes
Jarl Valgard Stonecleaver for Lady Gracia Vasz de Trillo
Count Brennan mac Fearghus for Countess Caoilfhionn inghean Fhaolain
Sir Thomas of Ravenhill for Lady Áine an Neamheaglach
Sir Rhys Ravenscroft for Viscondesa Jimena Montoya
Sir Sichelgaita von Halstern for Lord Harold Hawkinson (Combatant Couple)
Sir Antonio Patrasso for Mistress Elizabeth Lovell
Syr Culann mac Cianain for Baroness Edana inghean Aluinn mac Kinnon
Sir Gui Avec Cheval De Guies for Master Philip White
Sir Luis de Castilla for Lady Berenika Varjo
Sir Wilham de Broc for Mistress Isabel Chamberlaine
Master Aethelhawk Keyfinder for the Honourable Lady Siubhan Wallace
Sir Ivan Ivanov Syn Dimitriov Vynuk Tzardikov for Baroness Mathilde De Cadenet
Baron Duncan Kerr for Mistress Eleanor fitzPatrick
Baron Wulfhere of Stonemarche for Lady Isabeau Du Valle
Baron Jozef Ludwiczak for Lady Gwenliana Vachan
Baron Sigurthr Vigurhafn for Baroness Medhbh inghean Ui Cheallaigh
Baron Matthias Grunwald for Baroness Æsa feilinn Jossursdottir
Lord William MacCrimmon for Lady Susanna of Dragonship Haven
Lord Harold Hawkinson for Sir Sichelgaita von Halstern (Combatant Couple)
Lord William Ravenhair for Lady Kris Spinster
Lord Anton LeFlamme d’ Saint Aubin for m’lady Cassandra Blondel de Seint Alban
Lord Sterling De La Rosa for Lady Caitrina Gordon called Katya
Lord Richard Crowe for m’lady Ameria Brown
Lord Dmitri Stephanovich for Baroness Nadezhda Voronova
Lord Turi mac Kinnon for Baroness Marguerite de Sainte Nazaire
Lord Ketilfastr Thorkilson for Lady Cezilia Raposa
Lord Ionness Aurelius Serpentius for Mistress Ro Honig von Sommerfeldt
Lord Ryouko’jin of Iron Skies for Lady Indrakshi
Lord Ulfgeirr Ragnarsson the Nice for Lady Lady Lavina Attewode
Dominus Tiberius Nautius Maximus for Lady Sandrine de Berry
Lord Gawyn O’Clery for m’lady Maeve O’Clery
Lady Saikhan Saran for Lord Lorenzo Gorla
Lord Fionn Mac Con Dhuibh for Baroness Molly Schofield
Lord Marcus Antonius Scaevola for Lady Octavia Valeria Laevina
Lord Eliayahu al-Talhi called Tally for m’lady Maria Charriez
Lord Ôzurr for Lady Julianna Le Chaluner
Lord Nicolai Wegener for Lady Æsa Sturludottir
Lord Corwin Blackthorn for Lady Solveig Bjorndottr
m’lord Arne Ulriksson for m’lady Anna Von Baden

Filed under: Announcements, En français, Events, Heavy List Tagged: Crown Tourney

Notes from the April 18 Board Meeting

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2015-04-21 17:15

This article is republished from The Æthelmearc Gazette with permission. Our thanks to them for allowing us to share this post. Please click here to see their original post.

Master William de Montegilt attended the April 18 Board Meeting and has submitted the following notes to the [Æthelmearc] Gazette.

If you’ve never been to a Board of Directors meeting, you might want to attend one. The ceremonies are very impressive. The directors are carried in, each on his or her own palanquin, to the central meeting table laden with gold plate and jeweled cups, where they are greeted by cheering members of the populace…..

OK, fine. It’s not like that at all. This is a corporate board meeting. The directors and officers wear suits or other formal business attire. The meetings are run according to the Standard Code of Parliamentary Procedure by Alice Sturgis. Meetings are held quarterly, and the Saturday session, which is a working meeting, is open to the public.

At the April meeting, the corporation was represented by the directors, the newest director-elect (who gets to watch, but not vote), several corporate officers, and about a dozen members of the populace. The guests get to speak and ask questions at the discretion of the Chair. Everyone is addressed by their modern names.

Dr. Scott Berk, the Chair, opened the meeting by asking all present to introduce themselves, and to tell everyone what their alternate persona would be if they could start over. There were lots of interesting choices, and the majority seemed to be driven by clothing. A new director-elect, Chele Martines (Sabine de Rouen) was announced, and she will be present at the next meeting. Directors serve for 3 ½ years, and typically one is replaced at every other meeting.

Standard business included recognizing new groups, approving group advances in status, approving bank accounts, and approving a new affiliate corporation in the Netherlands (the Shire of Polderslot). The member in charge of Board recruiting noted there were currently 40 nominees out of roughly 35,000 members. That is very nearly an all-time high. Five of these are from Æthelmearc. The Board likes diversity of geography and fields of interest when choosing among new candidates. It requires the approval of all seven members to elect a new member. The Saturday meeting also covers correspondence. There was NO written correspondence this quarter, which I found interesting. Everything (and there was a lot) came in electronically. Each director has to read a lot of correspondence before each meeting. Twenty years ago, this worked out to about a 4-5 inch binder. There is a deadline for consideration, which is generally the first day of the month in which the meeting is held. Anything later may likely not be considered until the next meeting, so plan accordingly.

There was no Old Business this time. There were three New Business items. One was Polderslot which got covered earlier. The second was a resignation from the Peerage (you have to write to the Board, or it doesn’t count). The last one was the proposal for the Omnibus Peerage.

The proposal was presented by Tessa Williams (Duchess Tessa the Huntress). This was the longest single item of the meeting, and discussion took almost two hours. When asked what she would like the Board to do, she asked them to approve the proposal. This was not possible, as it would require a change to Corpora, which must be put out to the membership for comment. Generally, the directors were in favor of the concept, but made it very clear that they were going to take the time to get it right, recognizing that whatever action is taken (or not), there will be some folks who won’t be happy.

Seven other guests spoke about the proposal, and the audience was included in the general discussion that followed. (Editorial note: Folks who consider the Board to be a monolithic hive-mind really need to see one of these discussions. They will be…enlightened). There was discussion of timing and whether it is too much too fast for the Kingdoms to handle? Build on the Order of Defense? Include this in the Order of Defense? Another consideration was that future martial activities be included in this new peerage so that the process would not need to start over yet again. Fairness, inclusion, and paths to mastery for everyone, and the ensuing benefits to the membership were also considered major factors. Opinions both pro and con were aired on the proposal. Eventually, the Board decided to take the following actions: First, a conference call will be held with the Board, certain officers, and the Crowns of each Kingdom, to get their thoughts. Second, a proposal with a variety of alternatives will be put out as a membership survey. Some of these are: 1) The Omnibus proposal as written 2) Similar, but for all martial activities not included in the Orders of Chivalry and Defense (the Omnibus proposal only covers martial activities, present and future, that fall under the purview of the Society Earl Marshal) 3) Inclusion in the Order of Defense 4) Do nothing at this time. There may be other alternatives depending on the feedback from the Crowns. The target for reconsideration of the proposal and its alternatives is the October meeting.

After a lunch break, the meeting reconvened. There was a very nice presentation from the 50-Year Celebration committee. They are expecting attendance in the 3-5000 range. It will be in the Midrealm, in June of 2016, near Indianapolis. There are 19 large buildings, mostly climate controlled, including horse barns, and large outside areas. They believe this will be the largest equestrian event in the history of the Society. There are about 75 merchants and over 200 classes arranged thus far, and these numbers will increase. There will be themed balls for the dancers every night. There will be a period encampment area. The local area is supportive. There will be 5000 gift packets from the local chamber of commerce. The Baroness of Sternfeld sent a letter making it very clear that the RFRA was modified to prevent discrimination by gender identity, and that attendees would find themselves very welcome by the folks in the area. Other accommodations: handicapped and mobility services will be available, as well as docents for non-SCA folk who show up. There will be a display area with the history of each of the kingdoms, including a YouTube presentation for each on a big screen. It is expected that the one from Avacal will be fairly short.

Next were officer reports, and here are a few highlights. The Society Seneschal (Vice-president for Operations) noted that commentary on the Chirurgeonate is open until July 1. The Vice-President for Corporate Operations mentioned that a survey on electronic communications will be pushed to the e-newsletters. Sign in if you want to respond. Also, the SCA, Inc. passed a fairly rigorous audit by the State of California with flying colors. The Minister for A&S had 39 pages of ongoing activities and commended the A&S community for being awesome. The Chair of the Grand Council commended a number of people, including Æthelmearc’s Arianna of Wynthrope!

Officer changes: A new director was elected (Chele Martines) as mentioned above. The new Society Marshall will be Alan Smith (Alan Gravesend). Interestingly, he will be one of the premier Masters of Defense from Atlantia. Applications for Society Chronicler will be accepted until May 15th. There were various tributes to Lisa May, who is stepping down after this meeting, and she was given the traditional privilege of adjourning the meeting.

The October 2015 meeting will be held in Pittsburgh at the Embassy Suites by the airport. I encourage as many as possible to attend, and get a better idea of how the administration behind our hobby/lifestyle is run.

Filed under: Corporate Tagged: Board Meeting, board of directors, BoD, bod meeting, bod meetings, corporate

ACCEPS Update from SCA Corporate

East Kingdom Gazette - Mon, 2015-04-20 16:44

The following was posted today to the Society Seneschal’s webpage.  The original can be found here.

The Seneschal of the Society sends greetings to my fellow SCA members and participants,

Based upon the fact that ACCEPS has now shut down, the need to remain silent to ensure the security of everyone’s credit card information on ACCEPS is no longer a concern and as such, I am able to divulge the following factual basis for the SCA’s ending of its relationship with ACCEPS in terms of all future events.

Please know that it was the Board of Directors and the Corporate Officers’ intention to allow ACCEPS to continue to serve the Kingdoms and the local groups in terms of those events that were currently being handled through ACCEPS and that the immediate shutting down of all ACCEPS activities was not anticipated by the Board of Directors or the Corporate Officers.  The immediate termination of ACCEPS was a decision made solely by the ACCEPS staff.

Furthermore, I did not anticipate that my official memorandum to the Kingdom Seneschals (the same email was sent by the Corporate Treasurer to the Kingdom Exchequers) would be disseminated in whole or in part on Social Media feeds and as such, I feel that the following points need to be made.

1. It was reported to the Board of Directors that ACCEPS’ security structure could be compromised and that ACCEPS’s security must be updated; when this was reported to ACCEPS, the creator of the ACCEPS program refused to bolster and update security and make the necessary modifications to ACCEPS to protect participants and the SCA.

2. In an attempt to protect the members and participants of the SCA using ACCEPS, the Board of Directors decided, in conjunction with the President, Society Seneschal (i.e. myself) and Corporate Treasurer, decided to remove the SCA’s authorization to use ACCEPS in terms of any future events.

3. All Kingdom and local group events currently being served through ACCEPS would be allowed to continue to participate as active ACCEPS participants; however, it was determined by the Board of Directors, in conjunction with Corporate Officers, that no new events will be allowed to register with ACCEPS due to the financial risk to the SCA and its participants.

4. The Board of Directors and Corporate Officers determined that it was most prudent to protect the individuals who are still being served by ACCEPS by not drawing attention to the security weakness inherent in ACCEPS; to do so would have been to place the participants and their credit card information at risk in terms of credit card fraud.

5. The Society Seneschal and Corporate Treasurer drafted an official letter to Kingdom Seneschals and Kingdom Exchequers to not use ACCEPS in the future, that to violate this rule would result in a suspended warrant (i.e. there was a real consequence to not following this directive) and that those events that were currently being served by ACCEPS may continue, but not be extended.  The potential sanction for any Seneschal and Exchequer not following this directive was commensurate with putting the SCA’s membership at risk.

6. A courtesy copy of these official letters (to Kingdom Seneschals and Exchequers) were sent to ACCEPS. As such, ACCEPS was informed that the SCA was terminating its relationship ACCEPS in terms of any new events; however, it was clear from the letter that the SCA would continue to allow the Kingdoms and local group to maintain all current events handled by ACCEPS.

7. The treasurer of ACCEPS contacted the Corporate Treasurer on the evening of April 18, 2015 which was the genesis of a conference call between the treasurer for ACCEPS, the President of the SCA, the Corporate Treasurer and I (as Society Seneschal), immediately after receiving the courtesy copy of the official email sent to all Kingdom Seneschals and Exchequers. The terms of the SCA’s response to ACCEPS were reviewed orally during this phone call, i.e. that the current events already being handled on ACCEPS would be allowed to proceed until fruition, but there would be no further events handled on ACCEPS.

8. Not only did ACCEPS refuse, previous to this past weekend’s Board of Director’s Meeting, to take steps to protect individuals which forced the hand of the Board of Directors and Corporate Officers, but later that evening, after the Board Meeting and after the conference call with Corporate Officers, ACCEPS chose to terminate their services to each Kingdom and local group in terms of all of the current events being handled by ACCEPS.

9. Later that evening, statements were made on Social Media quoting portions of the official communication to SCA Seneschals and Exchequers and this generated a great deal of negative comments in terms of the Board of Director’s and Corporate Officers; however, the Board of Directors and Corporate Officers were unable to comment on these until this opportunity.  To do otherwise would be to expose the weaknesses in security in terms of the ACCEPS system and put the credit card information of the members and participants at risk.   This posting is a response to all of those comments.  A number of comments received by the Board of Directors and Corporate Officers and I will be responding to each of these now that ACCEPS has been shut down.

10. PayPal is currently being utilized by several test Kingdoms and while the vast majority of the other Kingdoms are not currently ready to employ PayPal; however, the Board and Corporate Officers were compelled to act swiftly to minimize the opportunity for fraud in view of the refusal by ACCEPS’ owner/creator to make proper updates and enhancements to protect credit card information. I believe that we all understood that this would be inconvenient to Kingdoms and local groups, but in view of the world wide threat of credit card fraud and identity theft, the Board acted to protect individual participants who could be compromised by utilizing ACCEPS in the future.

If anyone has any questions regarding this matter, I can be reached at  I am unable to participate in Social Media due to the nature of my mundane employment; as such, if you are interested in actually discussing this matter, I invite you to send me an email.


A.J. Pongratz, Esq.

Society Seneschal/Vice President of Operations, SCA Inc.

Filed under: Announcements, Corporate

Crown Lyst

Trimaris (Kingdom) - Sat, 2015-04-18 23:10

Unto the Populace of Trimaris do we, Takamatsu Sadamitsu no kami Tadyoshi and Cecilia d'Este proclaim:

The Format of the Crown Tournament shall be as follows:

Crown Tournament will be conducted by heavy weapons combat.

The tournament will be double elimination, best 2 out of 3 for the finals.

Claimants must be authorized in all 4 weapon styles.

Claimant at their discretion will use all 4 styles throughout the lyst and a style may not be repeated until all 4 have been used. In the finals, any weapons may be used.

Period style shield size will be limited to claimants width from shoulder to shoulder, and length from chin to crotch.

The requirements to enter the Crown Tournament are:

Each Claimant to the throne shall provide a Letter of Intent to their Majesties 15 days prior to Crown Tournament.

    (1) The Modern and Society names of both the claimant and consorts
    (2) The membership numbers of both the claimant and consort.

Both the Claimant to the throne and consort must possess and AOA level award or higher and must have attended 6 events in the past year. (Gulf Wars or Pennsic count as 2.)

Both the Claimant to the throne and their consort must have held a shire level or greater office.

The Claimant to the throne and their Consort must both be acceptable to the Crown.

Any Kingdom Officer wishing to enter Crown Tournament must designate in writing to the Crown the person who will replace him or her should that officer win the tournament 15 (business) days prior to Crown Lyst. The replacement must be acceptable to the present Crown. The letter designating the replacement must also be signed by the prospective replacement.

The crown will accepted electronic submissions.

ACCEPS Responds to Board Ruling

East Kingdom Gazette - Sat, 2015-04-18 22:57

ACCEPS has posted a response to the announcement that the Board will no longer grant a variance that allows it to process credit cards to reserve for SCA events.   The original message can be found here.

The Board of Directors has decided to discontinue the variance granted to ACCEPS to take credit cards on behalf of SCA events, effectively immediately.

There was no explanation nor discussion from the corporate level with any member of the ACCEPS staff prior to this decision, which was broadcast to the Kingdom Exchequers on Saturday, April 18.

Based on subsequent phone conversations with the Society Treasurer and President, no issues or problems were communicated to us, just that the Board had decided to stop using ACCEPS.

Without the variance, ACCEPS cannot continue to operate in good faith within the SCA. We apologize for the inconvenience to all our friends and those events which were in progress.

The ACCEPS fee will be refunded to all branches for events which were not able to complete their requested registration period. All current registrations and funds will be sent to the event stewards during the next two weeks.

It has been an interesting and fun 12 years providing ACCEPS to the SCA.

Farewell and good luck.

ACCEPS Staff – Mistress Isobail, HL Sarra, Sir Rhodri, Misress Kaitlyn

Please send any concerns or questions to and please copy

The Board’s announcement can be found here.

Filed under: Announcements, Corporate

ACCEPS No Longer Approved For Future Use

East Kingdom Gazette - Sat, 2015-04-18 22:31

The following was posted to the Society Seneschal’s webpage today.  The original can be seen here.

The Board of Directors of SCA, Inc. believes that there are better options in terms of electronic payments in the SCA; the corporate office is moving towards an alternative payment service as rapidly as possible. As such, the Board of Directors is discontinuing its relationship with ACCEPS and no longer approves the usage of ACCEPS as of midnight April 18, 2015. As such, I am directing all Kingdom and Local Group Seneschals to follow the decision of the Board, Corporate Treasurer and Society Seneschal to not utilize ACCEPS. If anyone makes the unfortunate mistake of not being in compliance with this directive, the officer in question’s warrant will be immediately suspended.

As for all current ACCEPS related events, these will be allowed to go to completion; however, there will be no time extension in terms of these same events.

A.J. Pongratz
Society Seneschal

ACCEPS response including their plans for refunds can be found here.

Filed under: Announcements, Corporate

Accessibility Addition to Online Event Listing Forms / Événement formulaires ont maintenant la question de l’accessibilité de l’emplacement

East Kingdom Gazette - Fri, 2015-04-17 18:13

“Unto the Seneschal/es, Event Stewards and Populace of the Laurel Kingdom of the East, from your servant Alayne, East Kingdom Accessibility Porter, greetings and warm wishes for good health!

Good Gentles,

You will see a small but vital change to the online event listing form. It will now be including a box which will ask “Check this box if the site is accessible per the Kingdom Accessibility Porter’s checklist.”

Be not afraid! This is not a dire question, nor should it bring fear into the hearts of those who labor long to find event sites. This is a simple step in a thought process. It asks, “if someone contacts you about any of the many accessibility issues which many of your fellow SCAdians deal with on a daily basis, will you have an answer?”

This box indicates that you are prepared to respond to an inquiry as to whether or not someone will be safe and comfortable in dealing with a disability at your event. Sometimes, sadly, that answer will be “no.” Other times, it will be “yes.” This box prevents your reply from being, “huh?”

Accessibility issues, and the office of the Porter are not a barricade to utilizing event sites, but rather a spring board for dialogue between event staff and event attendees. It will help the special needs community make their best choices as to which events they attend, just as we all have always made our best informed choices as to which events we attend.

The day of the event is the busiest time for both Event Steward and Hosting Group; the dialogue regarding site Accessibility should be completed before this time. The new box will help to prevent back up at the Gate from an attendee asking a question which would have best been asked prior to arrival, of a volunteer who might have no concept of how to answer. It will save time and in many cases temper.

The Office of the Accessibility Porter (or more simply: Porter) is ready to assist in the ongoing needs of both event personnel and the general populace, as well as our specific demographic in creating a culture of inclusion.

Should you have questions, my Deputies and I are here to assist you.

In service,
Alayne ”
Brièvement, En français par Mistess Bess:

Lorsque vous ajoutez votre événement pour l’inclusion sur le site Web du Royaume, vous verrez une nouvelle section qui vous demande si votre lieu de l’événement est accessible aux personnes handicapées.

Il s’agit d’aider vos invités savent avance ce qu’ils peuvent s’attendre à votre événement pour l’accessibilité avant leur arrivée.

Pour plus d’informations sur comment vous pouvez faire votre événement mieux pour les personnes handicapées, veuillez communiquer avec le portier de l’accessibilité de Royaume,

Filed under: Announcements, En français

Pennsic: Scheduling activities on the Battlefield / Comment planifier des activités sur le champ de bataille

East Kingdom Gazette - Fri, 2015-04-17 12:20

Re-posted from the Midrealm Gazette

From the Pennsic Battlefield Scheduler, Countess Joleicia of Litchfield:

People wishing to use the battlefield/fort/tourney lists for an activity can place a request using the same process as last year – via the Pennsic University Thing process found here:

Please enter all applicable information to help me sort out the best place to put you in; especially set-up/tear down times and what area you’d prefer to get. Volume of participants expected can help too. There is a supplementary area for extra info. Deadline for the book is two weeks and I will do my best to schedule all requests submitted by that date.

Questions can be sent to me, Countess Joleicia of Litchfield , Pennsic 44 Battlefield Scheduler.

En français par Mistress Bess

Personnes désireuses d’utiliser le champ de bataille, ou fort ou tournoi des listes pour une activité à Pennsic peuvent déposer une demande ici:

Veuillez indiquer autant d’informations que possible, y compris pendant combien de temps vous avez besoin, quel champ que vous souhaitez utiliser, et le nombre de personnes que vous vous attendez à avoir. Date limite pour figurer dans le livret de l’événement est dans 2 semaines.

Des questions peuvent être envoyées à Countess Joleicia of Litchfield , Pennsic 44 Battlefield Scheduler.

Filed under: En français, Official Notices, Pennsic

Last Court of Their Majesties Edward III & Thrya II

East Kingdom Gazette - Thu, 2015-04-16 14:26


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 11 April in the forty-ninth year of the Society in the Canton of Black Icorndall; 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.  The Court observed a moment of silence for the passing of Master Adhemar de Villarquemada.

Item.  Their Majesties commanded Miriam Culpepper to attend upon them, whereupon they awarded Arms to the said Miriam, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Onóra inghean Uí Ruairc.

Item.  Their Majesties awarded Arms to Cassandra Arques de Northmannia.

Item.  Their Majesties created Ellisif Vémundardóttir a Baroness of the Court, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Heather Rose de Gordoun.

Item.  Their Majesties endowed Aleksei Dmitriev and Æthelhawk Keyfinder with the Order of the Burdened Tyger for their labors in providing food upon the occasion of their Majesties’ Coronation.

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

Item.  Their Majesties received a gift of a roll prepared after the fashion of the mortuary rolls of old, commemorating the events of their reign and other good and notable deeds and persons of the East Kingdom, the which roll was organized by Gunðormr Dengir, with contributions from Aildreda de Tamwurthe, Rahel Carolingiae, Steffan ap Cennydd, Eva Woderose, Aaradyn Ghyoot, Andreiko Eferiev, Kayleigh Mac Whyte, Lada Monguligin, Eleanor Catlyng, and Eowyn Eilonwy of Alewife Brook.

Item.  Her Majesty endowed Akamatsu Katsumoto and Akamatsu Tora with her Queen’s Award of Esteem for their good works in aid of the Crown and Kingdom.

Item.  Their Majesties made gifts to the following good ladies in recognition of their labors as Seamstresses to the Crown:

Cassandra Grey of Lochleven

Alesone Gray of Cranlegh

Gwenlliana Vachan

Marieta Charay

Item.  The Worshipful Company of Their Majesty’s Underwear made gifts to Their Majesties.

Item.  His Majesty endowed his good and noble lady wife, Cassandra Grey of Lochleven, with his King’s Cypher.

Item.  Her Majesty invested Marietta Charay with her Queen’s Cypher.

Item.  Their Majesties bade Mercedes Vera de Califia to attend upon them and, the said Mercedes so appearing, and their Majesties praising her long and dedicated service to the Realm, they endowed the said Mercedes with an Augmentation of Arms in recognition thereof, the which deed was confirmed in document authored by Alys Mackyntoich, calligraphed by Alexandre St. Pierre, and illuminated by Camille des Jardins.

Item.  Her Majesty invested Peter the Red with her Queen’s Cypher.

Item.  His Majesty invested Aryana van Wyck, called Arlyana, with his King’s Cypher.

Item.  Their Majesties gifted Katherine Stanhope with a token of their thanks for her goodly aid during their reign.

Item.  Their Majesties gifted Cezilia Raposa with a token of their thanks for her support during the reign.

Item.  Her Majesty gifted Nataliia Anastasiia Evgenova Sviatoslavina vnuchka with a token of her thanks for the said Nataliia’s aid in helping Her Majesty take the rapier field.

Item.  Her Majesty endowed Eleanor Catlyng with her Queen’s Award of Esteem for her scribal work during the reign.

Item.  Her Majesty invested Philip White with her Queen’s Order of Courtesy, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Æsa feilinn Jóssursdóttir.

Item.  Her Majesty gifted Adam Trent with a token of her thanks for his aid and support during the reign.

Item.  Her Majesty summoned before the Court the good and gentle Aífe ingen Chonchobair in Derthaige, whereupon her Majesty invested the said Aífe with her Queen’s Order of Courtesy, the which deed was confirmed through a document created by Astrid Feilan.

Item.  Her Majesty summoned her noble guard Llewellyn Walsh before the Court , whereupon Her Majesty inducted the said Llewellyn into the Queen’s Order of Courtesy, the which deed was memorialized in a document created by Shadiyah al-Zahra and Arthur de Beaumont.

Item.  Her Majesty invested and endowed Marguerite inghean Lochlainn with her Queen’s Award of Esteem.

Item.  Their Majesties appointed Antonio Patrasso an Artisan to the Crown for his creation of silk banners and pennons for their use.

Item.  Her Majesty invested Caitriona of Greenwood Isle with her Queen’s Cypher.

Item.  Her Majesty endowed Harvey Wynegode with her Queen’s Cypher.


Item.  Their Majesties summoned Cristoff Gockerhan von Loch to attend upon them, whereupon they created the said Cristoff a Baron of their Court, the which deed was confirmed in a document illuminated by Robert of Stonemarche and calligraphed by Nest verch Tangwistel.

Item.  Her Majesty invested Chiara di Marte da Venezia with her Queen’s Cypher.

Item.  Her Majesty endowed Eva Woderose with her Queen’s Cypher.

Item.  Their Majesty summoned before the Tyger Thrones Simon Gwyn, captain of the Queen’s Guard, and created him a Baron of the Court for his good work, the which deed was memorialized in a document authored by Alys Mackyntoich and calligraphed and illuminated by Jonathan Blaecstan.

Item.  Their Majesties summoned Martyn de Haliwell to attend upon them and appointed him a Tailor to the Crown.

Item.  His Majesty invested Martyn de Haliwell with his King’s Cypher.

Item.  His Majesty invested Donovan Shinnock with his King’s Cypher.

Item.  His Majesty invested Alesone Grey of Cranlegh with his King’s Cypher.

Item.  His Majesty invested Alys Mackyntoich with his King’s Cypher.

Item.  Her Majesty invested her good and honored lord, Matthias Grünewald, with her Queen’s Cypher            .

Item.  Their Majesties thanked the musicians playing for the Court and the day’s festivities.


Duena Mercedes, the Seneschale, Sir Jibril, the Earl Marshal, and Master Ryan, Brigantia Herald, reported to their Majesties that, in accordance with prophecy, their time upon the Throne had come to an end; whereupon her Majesty dismissed her Guard; and whereupon their Majesties caused themselves to be divested of their robes of estate.

The Crown Prince and Crown Princess, acknowledged heirs to the Tyger Throne, entered the Court and were invested with the Crowns of the East in accordance with ancient law and tradition; whereupon Edward and Thyra, illustrious and noble, departed for their personal estates.

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.


Master Ryan Mac Whyte

Master Rowen Cloteworthy

Master Malcolm Bowman

Don Donovan Shinnock

The Gazette thanks Baroness Cateline la Broderesse for the photos used in this article.

Filed under: Court Tagged: awards, coronation, court, court report, Edward and Thyra, royal court, royal progress, royals, royalty

Bows for Calontir Falcons Fundraiser

East Kingdom Gazette - Thu, 2015-04-16 12:52

Reprinted with the permission of The Midrealm Gazette.

How the “Bows for Calontir Falcon Fund” came about.

In March while returning from Gulf Wars, the Brook’s family trailer transporting their precious Calontir birds was lost in a vehicle fire. I saw that Calontir was doing a “Silent Auction” at an event for them, but felt something more needed to be done.

I am from Gleann Abhann. We are celebrating this year our 10th year as a kingdom. In 2005 Hurricane Katrina struck, and basically all our regalia and scrolls were lost. The Knowne World came to our aid with replacements for everything to get us back on our feet. We as a kingdom proclaimed we would not forget the good that was done to us and when others were in need we would return their good in kind. Like many of my fellow scadians, a promise was given.

There is a Baronial War at Samhain in October coming up between the Baronies of Grey Niche and Three Rivers at the Castrum/Roman Reenacting site in Lafe, AR. I am the owner’s SCA liaison/site manager for handling business with the SCA. The site has a period tavern that was not going to be used. I contacted William Hopper the autocrat and Jim Hannold the Grey Niche Seneschal for permission to run a fundraiser which the barony endorsed.

My son wanted to use a period cart and sell lemonade at the war for tips to help and get other kids to help. Then everything changed.

Jim Bryant, a truck driver who is also a master bowmaker and will be teaching classes at another event “Athenaeum” at the Castrum on the weekend of May 8th contacted me. We had met at Gulf Wars and talked a little, but we have not known each other long. Jim wanted to help. He wanted to do a raffle/fundraiser for one of his beautiful bows. Then the next day he said, “I want to do two”. He called me up that evening and said, “Let’s do five and the top prize will be a English Longbow of Yew with horn tips”. He asked me to run it for him.

So, in a month we went from a bar/lemonade wagon at a war to a huge raffle. Five bows will be given out. We will be selling twenty five hundred tickets at $1 each. We have found out that many states that you sell something then you are automatically entered into the raffle, so then it is not considered gambling. So, I am selling “Limited Edition Stickman” drawings that will be sent to you via email, and then you will be entered into the drawing. The drawing to be done at court during the Baronial War.

Jim saw a kingdom and a family in need and had the means to make a difference. His mailing address is in the Midrealm but mainly he plays in Meridies. For myself, my part is to honor a pledge given a decade ago. For Jim, it is purely out of love.

For more details on how to help and get involved please contact me directly at We have setup an account with Google Wallet. Once the $2500 goal is reached that money will be sent to the Brooks.

Thank you for helping.

THL Ranulf di Aversia
Lord Sigvat Odvarsson

Filed under: Announcements

Agenda Available for Board Meeting/ Agenda disponible pour la réunion du Conseil d’administration

East Kingdom Gazette - Wed, 2015-04-15 19:10

En français

A draft agenda for this weekend’s Board of Director’s meeting has been posted on the SCA’s website.  The meeting will be held in Covington, Kentucky. The agenda can be found here.

En français

Une ébauche de l’agenda pour la réunion du Conseil d’administration de cette fin de semaine à été publié sur le site web de la SCA. La réunion se tiendra à Covington, Kentucky. L’agenda se trouve ici.

Traduction: Mórag filia Scayth

Filed under: Corporate

Resend Comments to BoD Sent On April 14

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2015-04-14 17:03

 A message from the Society’s Office of Information Management and Technology –

Due to unidentified difficulties, some e-mail messages submitted to ‘’ after 6:00am EST and before 3:00pm EST on Tuesday, April 14th, 2015 were approved for release to the list, but did not make it into the list’s archive.

In order to insure that -all- missives and comments are received by the Board of Directors for due consideration in advance of this weekend’s meeting in Cincinnati, OH, we would earnestly request that all commenters who sent messages during the window of time identified above to please resubmit their communications to the list. We apologize for any inconvenience this request may present.

Filed under: Announcements, Corporate

Points De Guerre Pour Pennsic

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2015-04-14 16:56

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

Pennsic War Points List Released/Points De Guerre Pour Pennsic

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

Filed under: En français, Pennsic

From the Minister of Lists

East Kingdom Gazette - Mon, 2015-04-13 18:45

At this time, I would like to hear from all those that might have interest in being the Central Region Deputy MOL for the kingdom.

This job is a pretty easy one.
The deputy is in charge of keeping an eye on the region. If an event is in need of an MOL, the deputy helps to find someone suitable.
I will often ask my deputies to follow up on reports from Baronies in their region.
Regional deputies are expected to help MOL Crown tournament and K&Q champions tournaments when they fall in their own areas.

I am looking for someone that loves to MOL. Joy in what we do translates over to the list field and allows everyone to have a great time.
You do not have to be a long time MOL to hold this position. All experience levels are welcome to contact me.

On another note to other regions:
If you desire to someday rise in the MOL office, please talk to me. I am always looking to connect with MOLs who want to get more involved.
Do you want to come and spend a day with me at the MOL table? I would love it!!
My job is super fun and I would love for others to experience that. Send me an email and let’s chat.

Sabina Luttrell
East Kingdom Minister of Lists

Filed under: Announcements, Law and Policy Tagged: central region, job opening, minister of lists