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East Kingdom Rapier Champs: Sweet 16

East Kingdom Gazette - Sat, 2017-12-16 16:27

The following rapier combatants have advanced out of their pools and into the double elimination tourney. They are listed in no particular order.

Thomas of Effingham
Garrick mapmaker
Collin Monroe
Douglas Doan
Llewelyn Walsh
Orlando sforza


Filed under: Rapier Tagged: champions, fencing, Rapier, tournaments

East Kingdom Rapier Champs: Rules and Pools

East Kingdom Gazette - Sat, 2017-12-16 13:53

Rapier Champions 2017 begins

This morning, the fencers of the kingdom are vying for the honor of serving as the King’s Rapier Champion and the Queen’s Rapier Champion. The King’s Champion will be the winner of the tournament, and the Queen’s Champion will be the Queen’s choice based on skill, comportment, and honor throughout the tournament. Below are the groupings for the round robin portion of the tourney, as well as a reminder of the rules and format:

List 1:

  • Maistre Pascual del Mar
  • Don Collin Monroe of Tadcaster
  • Master Malcolm Bowman
  • Countess Marguerite inghean Lachlainn
  • Lord Alistair Tucker
  • Baron Jonathan Miles
  • Lord Scrooby Doo
  • Eric Guntermut
  • Douglas Doan
  • Katya
  • Isabel del Okes

List 2:

  • Master Jin
  • Orlando Sforza
  • Don Ronan
  • Xavier the Sinister
  • Declan
  • Lady Marguerite
  • Yehuda
  • Omega
  • Prefect Ioannes
  • Harley
  • Eva Von Koln

List 3:

  • Master Thomas del Broc
  • Remy Delamontagne de Gascogne
  • Don Eldrich Gaiman
  • Don Llewelyn Walsh
  • Lady Magdalena
  • Robert Tytes
  • Lady Millicent Rowan
  • Lady Mýrún Leifsdóttir
  • Jan
  • Sterling de la Rosa
  • Murien

List 4:

  • Master Thomas de Castellan
  • Don Melchior Kriebel
  • Dona Sorcha Dhocair
  • Takauji-Don
  • Wentlyanna Bengrek
  • Doroga
  • Lord Olan
  • Piero Quagliati
  • Christoph
  • Wulfgar Silfraharr

List 5:

  • Thomas of Effingham
  • Master Antonio
  • Don Owynn Greenwood
  • Don Brendan Firebow
  • Two
  • Lady Genevieve
  • Montana
  • Matthew Miller
  • Finn
  • Noah
  • Eva Woderose

List 6:

  • Master Nataliia Anastasiia Evgenova
  • Engracia de Madrigal
  • Don Devillin McPherson
  • Matthias Grunwald
  • Yin Feng-yu Gongzhu
  • Master Grim the Skald
  • Mairi Crawford
  • Matija Potonik
  • Lord Brian
  • Richild

List 7:

  • Master Donovan Shinnock
  • Don Berrick
  • Gerrick Mapmaker
  • Morwill
  • Baron Larry
  • Ciaran ua Meic Thire
  • Lady Liadan ingen Chineada
  • Lord Rodrigo
  • Lady Martin de Delyon
  • Mercedes
  • Katerina Falconer

List 8:

  • Ogedai
  • Robert Earlsson
  • Don Aiden McShane
  • Don Griffith Davion
  • Jane Milford
  • James
  • Ian
  • Master Hroud Land
  • Katsu-dono
  • Ellynor Redpath
  • Hlafdiga Avelina Keyes

All spelling and title mistakes are the fault of Mistress Leonete D’Angely.

TOURNAMENT RULES from Don Lupold Hass, the current King’s Champion of Rapier
The Overall structure of the day will consist of the perennial favorite of round robin pools followed by a 16 person double elimination tournament, followed by a set of finals with rotating, non-repeating call and response weapons forms.

This tournament is heavy rapier default.  Light rapier may not be used.  C&T is a special consideration, noted below.
Two handed swords may not be used in conjunction with secondary items.
With the active agreement of both combatants, any bout may be fought as Cut and Thrust.  However:
Both combatants must proactively inform the marshal that it is a C&T bout.
I don’t want to hear about anyone trying to badger folks into fighting C&T if they really don’t want to.  I will take a very dim view of this.
Combatants are expected to be mindful of the rest of the tournament when armoring for C&T.  Excessive time spent armoring up that causes a delay may result in forfeiture of the bout.
There will be no recentering.  If you are on the ropes or in a corner, we expect that you wanted to be there or have been placed there by your opponent and you will need to deal with that.

Ideally (space permitting) we’ll have 8 pools, so the top two fighters from each pool can advance.  In this portion of the tournament:
Dead Is Dead.  Double kills are counted as a loss for both combatants.
Bring your best form.
Fights are one and done.
If there are ties to determine who advances, we’ll initially resolve them by who beat who.  In other words, if two fencers are tied for second but one beat the other in the pool, that fencer will advance.  If that doesn’t work due to double kills, we’ll have fightoffs to advance.

The sweet 16 will be a standard double elimination tournament.  In this portion of the tournament:
Those fighters who remain undefeated should display their prowess with single rapier.  Should you take a loss, you may fight with whatever you see fit.
Each pairing will be determined by the best of three passes.
Double kills at this point will be refought for a clean result, so we can keep the tourney tree from becoming a non-Euclidean mess.

In the finals, losses are forgiven, and both final combatants start off on even footing.  It will be the best three of five bouts, with rotating non-repeating call and response weapons forms:
A coin toss will determine which fencer calls their form for the initial bout first.
Forms that can be chosen by combatants consist of Single Rapier, Rapier and Dagger, Case of Rapier, Rapier and Rigid Parry, Rapier and Non-Rigid Parry, and Two-handed Sword.  Single rapier must be used at least once – so if a combatant has not used single rapier by the fifth pass, they are required to use it then.
Forms need not match.
Double kills are refought for a clean result.  Please parry.

Filed under: Rapier Tagged: champions, fencing, Rapier, tournaments

Unofficial Court Report: Bhakail Yule

East Kingdom Gazette - Fri, 2017-12-15 16:23

On Saturday, 9 December, AS 52, Their Majesties Ivan and Matilde, Tsar and Tsaritsa of the East, along with their Highnesses Brennan and Caoilfhionn, Prince and Princess of Tir Mara, did attend the Yule Revel in Renaissance Germany event, in their Barony of Bhakail.

Following Their Majesties’ Curia, a quick court was opened.  Tsar Ivan and Tsaritsa Matilde requested the presence of Margretha La Fauvelle.  Having previously received a writ to sit vigil, she was sent off to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Laurel.

Court was suspended, and there was much merriment during the event.

In the afternoon, court was reopened.  Their Excellencies Rowen and Suba of Bhakail held court.  Once that was complete, Their Majesties Ivan and Matilde continued with their court.

The following gentles were recognized during Tsar Ivan and Tsaritsa Matilde’s court:

Award Recipient Award Scribe(s) Isbel de Kerbriant Tygers Cub  Onora ingheann Ui Rauirc Nishi’o Kageme Award of Arms  Ian Douglas
W: Anna de Guzman Lillia de Vaux Silver Rapier  Fiona O’Maille ó Chuan Coille Beatrice de Warynton Silver Brooch Mýrún Leifsdóttir
W: Charitye Dale Chana Freidl the Maker Silver Brooch  Brangwyne of Wentworth Girsell MacLeoid Silver Brooch Magdalena Lantfarerin
W: Kay Leigh Mac Whyte Arsinoe Dragonette Silver Brooch w/Award of Arms Onora ingheann Ui Rauirc Gnaea Celera Silver Brooch w/Award of
  Mari Clock van Hoorne
W: Analeda Declan Gobha  Silver Crescent w/Grant of Arms   No Scroll Bird the Bard Troubadour   No Scroll Lu An Hua Silver Crescent w/Grant of Arms   Kis Marika Esmerelda Bytheway Silver Wheel w/Award of Arms     Mýrún Leifsdóttir Eleanora the Tilemaker Silver Wheel   I: Unknown
C: Nataliia Anastasiia Evgenova Margretha La Fauvelle Laurel     Arianna of Wynthrope, from Aethelmearc
W: Alys Mackintoisch Muin Maqq Minain Writ for Laurel   Elen Alswyth of Eriskay

Additionally, Duke Roger of the West was summoned to run with the Children’s Toybox.  When he could not be found, however, Their Majesties requested the presence of Morwill.  But, Duke Roger appeared, and though possibly confused by a unique Eastern Tradition, he did take the toybox to exercise the children.

Sir Harald Hawkinson swore his fealty to the crown.

Angus Pembridge presented a tithe of honey to Their Majesties, Their Highnesses and Their Excellencies.

Business concluded, Their Excellencies Rowen and Suba thanked the musicians for performing throughout the day.  Their Majesties and Their Highnesses added their thanks as well.

Thus was the court of Ivan and Matilde, Tsar and Tsaritsa of the East, closed.

Malcolm Bowman, Brigantia Principal Herald

PS – Thank you to the Heraldic staff for the day: Theodora Bryennissa, called Treannah, and Philippe de Vigneron.

Filed under: Court Tagged: court report, royal court, Yule

Rules for K&Q’s Bardic Champions Available

East Kingdom Gazette - Wed, 2017-12-13 15:07

East Kingdom Badge – may be used by any citizen of the East Kingdom

Rules and guidelines for the King’s and Queen’s Bardic Champions Competition are now available. They are printed below and can also be found at this webpage.

In an effort to encourage the bardic arts, we suggest that attendees bring small tokens to be given to any performer you find particularly pleasing.

Requirements for competition entry:
You must pre register for the Competition. All entrants must submit an email to the King’s Bard no later than 1 week before the competition indicating their willingness to compete. Out of courtesy to the autocrat & event staff please ALSO pre register for the event.

On the day of the competition each performer shall submit a brief “resume” (such as would fit on an index card) listing the performance types and styles (e.g. songs, stories, jests, musical instruments, poetry, improvisation of diverse kinds, etc.) that the performer is willing to offer upon request, should the performer reach the finals. Competitors are encouraged to be specific (see below for examples). Their Majesties will pick for each finalist one of the performance types listed on that performer’s resume for the final round. This gives the performers a chance to display versatility as well as skill, and gives Their Majesties additional information as they “audition” their next bardic champions.

Competition Format: The competition will take place over three rounds. All performance pieces should be period, period-style*, or otherwise SCA-appropriate**. All performers must perform at least one period or “period style” piece with documentation in either the first or second round.
Excessively bawdy or overtly adult themed offerings are not welcome.

Round 1: Pieces may not exceed 4 minutes, and can be period, period-style, or SCA-appropriate.

Round 2: Pieces may not exceed 6 minutes. Competitors in this round must perform a period piece if they chose to do a non-period piece in Round 1.

Round 3: The assignment for the final round will be determined by Their Majesties, guided by the performer’s earlier works, as well as the information obtained from the performer via their resume. Performers will have a few moments to prepare between the assignment from TRM and the start of performances.

*A period performance is defined as a song, story, or other performance that can be plausibly documented prior to 1601. Original compositions based on period rules of composition, original stories based on period styles, contrafacta to a period tune, and other such performances can be considered a period-style performance, with the required documentation***. For example, a performer could sing a period song with lyrics that have been rewritten modernly, tell a story from the Decameron in English, play an original tune in a period style on recorder, or recite a modern English translation of an Old English poem. Note that original works need not be written by the performer, so long as the style is documentable prior to 1601.

**An SCA-appropriate performance is any non-period piece of an appropriate nature for an SCA Bardic event, which cannot be documented prior to 1601. This would include things like SCA folk songs, or traditional pieces or stories that do not break the illusion of the medieval & Renaissance periods.

*** Documentation is required for at least one of your performances in the first two rounds, and can be supplied on an index card. For all questions concerning documentation, or assistance, please contact one of the current Champions.

Sample resumes:
Romanus Gaius Cantus (SC, OTC, Troubadour) – Roman-style boasts, filk on any topic to the tune of the Maltese Bransle or Greensleeves, good at extemporaneous speaking, can chant war-style marching songs in Latin. Excellent at theatre-style reading text I have not seen before.

Skihald the Viking (King’s Bard to John VIII, Troubadour, Order of the Maunche, Order of the Laurel) – Perform and write Norse-styled poetry in English, tell skaldic tales from 4 to 10 minutes in length from hilarious to morose, excellent teller of jokes, intermediate juggler, have several magic tricks I have worked into period settings.

Ysibeau du Provance – Period pieces in French for solo voice or recorder, Latin sacred music of the 12th century, improvisational harp. Can write small praise poems in French and English with some notice. Familiar with some music from most SCA periods, and SCA-appropriate songs. I am good at selecting music for different occasions.

Haven Fortnight (Bard to Baron of the Place) – I know a handful of period pieces, but my strengths are really SCA-appropriate non-period songs composed by others (traditional, folk tradition, SCA-composers) or by myself. I also play guitar. I can write pieces on commission with some notice. I can play and stroll at the same time. I can write in rhyming verse on short notice on nearly any topic and present it.

Filed under: Bardic Tagged: bardic champions

BBM/Bergental Yule Unofficial Court Report

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2017-12-12 20:47

On Saturday, December 2nd, AS LII, Their Majesties Tsar Ivan and Tsaritsa Matilde, did visit their Barony Beyond the Mountain, and attended the joint Yule between BBM and Bergental.

In the afternoon, Tsar Ivan and Tsaritsa Matilde began their court.

Baron Dorian of Lewes, Baroness Eloise of Coulter, and Charlotte swearing fealty to TRM. Photo by Baroness Aryana van Wyck.

Their Excellencies, Baron Dorian and Baroness Eloise of Beyond the Mountain, did pledge their fealty to the crown.

Their Majesties did announce the heirs to the Barony Beyond the Mountain, Lord Mark of the Red Hand and Lady Gwenllian ferch Llewellyn ap Henry, and did invite them into court. A formal agreement between Their Excellencies and their heirs was read.

The Children’s toybox was run, and the many newcomers attending their first, second or third event received tokens.  Additionally, these gentles were awarded as follows:


       Name                               Award                                Scribe(s)

Charlotte Tyger’s Cub Aelfgifa of the Hazel Thicket Adelia of Bergental Order of Gawain Beatrix Marxin AoA I: Mairi Crawford

C and W: Nataliia Anastasiia Evgenova Adisa Grimolfsdottir AoA Agatha Wanderer Ikeda Yasu AoA I and C: Robert dwe Makminne

W: Ryouko’jin of the Iron Skies Bartholomew of Northampton Apollo’s Arrow I and W: Emma Makilmone

C: Alexsei Dmitriev John Buchanan Apollo’s Arrow + AoA Johannes filius Nicholai Order of the Silver Tyger Morwenna O Hurlihie Silver Brooch Heather Rose de Gordoun Doroga Voronin Silver Brooch Aleksei Dmitriev Donato Favro AoA Amalie Reinhardt Naia AoA Diego Porcelos AoA C and I: Embla Knútrdottir

W: Nicol mac Donnachaid Akamatsu Tora Silver Wheel Akamatsu Katsumoto Silver Wheel Marion Kirkpatrick Silver Wheel Elena Hylton Silver Wheel C: Harold von Auerbach

I: Carmelina da Vicari Elena Hylton Writ for Laurel


Thus concluded Barony Beyond the Mountain/Bergental Yule


Lady Liadan ingen Chineada

PS – Thank you to Yehuda ben Moshe, Pagan Graeme, Anastasia du Monte, and Marian Kirkpatrick for helping to herald court.

Filed under: Court Tagged: court report, royal court, Yule

Webminister Report Form

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2017-12-12 16:53

Good morning and greetings to the Webministers of the East Kingdom!

It’s reporting season – and linked, please find the 2017 Reporting Form. Please fill out the form for either the year or just for the 4th quarter if you’ve already provided quarterly reports for the year.

The warrant renewal form will be released soon as well, but we didn’t want to bury everyone under these admittedly awesome new Google Forms.

2017 Webminister Report

If you have any questions, please just let us know and we’ll be happy to assist in any way we can.

Matthias von Würzburg, Deputy Kingdom Webminister

Filed under: Announcements Tagged: officers, webminister

Report from East Kingdom Curia: December 9, 2015

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2017-12-12 16:53

The final version of the changes to East Kingdom Law resulting from the Curia held on December 9, 2017 at Yule Revel in Renaissance Germany, in the Barony of Bhakail, can be found on the Seneschal’s website under the Curia tab. The final version can be found by clicking on the Changes made to Law at December 2017 Curia, or here:


The original version is still located by clicking the Agenda link, or here:

The agenda for the Birka curia will be posted in the next few weeks.

I encourage everyone to check the website and read what is proposed for any curia.

Katherine Barr, East Kingdom Seneschal

Filed under: Law and Policy Tagged: curia

EK Pennsic Court Survey

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2017-12-12 16:53


Greetings, East Kingdom!

Brennan and I really like going to Midnight Madness. Unfortunately, EK Pennsic court is traditionally on Wednesday night of War Week, and thus we, as Royals or Populace members, are often tired and the hour is late by the time we are able to get to the merchant area. I am certain we are not alone in this.

Thus, we are contemplating changing the night of EK court at Pennsic this year and we are interested in your opinion on the matter. Please fill out the EK Pennsic Court Survey and let us know your thoughts.

Thank you very much in advance.

In Service to the East,
Caoilfhionn Principissa & Brennan Princeps

Filed under: Announcements Tagged: announcement, midnight madness, Pennsic, pennsic war, royal court, Survey

A Request for Fencers Entering Rapier Champs

East Kingdom Gazette - Sun, 2017-12-10 18:15

Greetings to the Fencers of the Kingdom from the Editors of the East Kingdom Gazette,

We at the Gazette would like to report on the King’s and Queen’s Rapier Champion tourney much the same way we do Crown Tourney, as we continue to expand our coverage of important kingdom events and tourneys.

One of the things that makes it easier to cover tourneys like this is having the list of combatants in advance, to make it easier for our on site reporters to get posts up. Unlike Crown Tourney, Rapier Champs has no requirement for a letter of intent or pre-event sign up.

We have created an online poll with the intent of getting as many names as possible pre-typed and spelled correctly. We have the permission of Don Lupold to do so, however this is in no way official or binding. You will still need to sign up for the tourney when you arrive on site. We fully understand that we will not reach every fencer who may be competing, but each fencer we do reach is one more name spelled correctly we won’t have to type in the moment.

The form can be found here.

Thank you for helping us share the day with those who are unable to be there.  If you have any questions, please email us at Please share this widely so that we can reach as many combatants as possible.

Filed under: Uncategorized

Update on the Kingdom Email Migration

East Kingdom Gazette - Sun, 2017-12-10 14:21

Greetings once again from the Webministry of the East Kingdom!

The migration of our Kingdom’s email services to Google for Nonprofits proceeds apace. We have now moved 11 branches and the Kingdom Exchequer and his team, and have 7 more branches scheduled for next week. These are out of totals of 67 branches, 11 Kingdom Offices, 3 event sites, and 9 guilds.

Now we have a problem. We’re trying to schedule such that after we receive a branch’s list of officers and create their new accounts, they have a week to get their password set and get accustomed to the new environment before they have to rely on that environment to get their jobs done. However, we don’t have anything to schedule, and this is starting to open up days off on our calendar. We have 4 people doing these migrations, don’t worry about setting us up for days off, we’re covering that just fine internally.

Please, we need the user information spreadsheets returned from every branch or we can’t proceed. (If you’re about to hold elections for all of your Officers, please feel free to hold off until after that. Migrating everything once is enough, we don’t need to do it twice.) Our goal is to complete this migration before the end of the reign of Their Majesties Ivan and Mathilde, which means we have to be migrating something at least every other day in order to succeed. That includes weekends, and holidays. But we can’t migrate without users to migrate.

As a reminder, our calendar can be viewed at:

Also, our Frequently Asked Questions List is accessible at:

Progress is definitely being made on the mechanism that will be used to manage officer transitions in the future (we’re starting to test), and that has lead to some advances in working with mailing lists. I expect these will be ironed out in the next week or so and ready for public consumption.

As always, please direct any questions or concerns to

In Service,
Joel Messerer
East Kingdom Deputy Webminister for Services

Filed under: Announcements Tagged: webministry

Kingdom Website Redesign Planned

East Kingdom Gazette - Sun, 2017-12-10 12:38

Greetings Unto the Good People of the East!

I write to you today as the new Deputy Kingdom Webminister for Design. As you know the webministry is in the process of significant upgrades to our systems. This will include our site. I’d like to talk to you about plans and opportunities for participation. 

Technology evolves rapidly. One goal will be to migrate the site onto a new platform which is in line with current best practices and usability. That will be managed by the Webministry. Where we would like to invite members of the populace to contribute is the “look and feel” of the new site. Come the New Year I will be seeking submissions for a new visual design for I tell you now NOT to overburden anyone at this busy time of year, but to plant a seed that may germinate in your minds.

Further details for those who may be interested in participating:

  • I will draft the guidelines and finalize requirements with the Webministry staff during December/early January.
  • By mid-January provide the requirements and scope of the project/ high-level information architecture along with any rules. Take public questions from then until submissions open.
  • By Birka, begin accepting design submissions and accept them through the end of February.
    • During the visual design submission timeframe I will be working with select webministers and content owners on (NOT yet all of the sub-sites) to plan the content organization and text. Surveys will be shared to gather populace needs and opinions as well as looking at metrics in the various logs our servers keep.
  • During March, we will pare down the designs to those that best meet the requirements and then gather our panel of judges to discuss their feedback and make a selection. The panel will be comprised of Their Majesties, Their Highnesses, our Kingdom MoAS, and myself. We will notify all parties of the selection.
  • In April, begin working with the winning team on implementing the design on a development site.
  • Debut the new site at the 50th Celebrations in June.

If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to write to me at I will do my best to answer questions – or develop answers – as we move this process along.

Yours in service to Kingdom and Crown,

Baroness Christina Jenevra de Carvalhal

Deputy Webminister, Design East Kingdom
Filed under: Announcements Tagged: webministry, websites

From the Board of Directors – New Director-Elect

East Kingdom Gazette - Sat, 2017-12-09 20:48

The Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Craig Carter (Quintus Aurelius Dracontius) as Director-Elect for Seat E for the Board of Directors of the Society for Creative Anachronism. Craig Carter is the Chief Operating Officer for Radiology Associates of North Texas. Quintus Aurelius Dracontius is a Duke and a Knight from the Kingdom of Ansteorra.


Mr. Carter will take his seat at the conclusion of the April 2018 quarterly meeting.


The Board of Directors of the SCA Inc. establishes the rules of the Society’s historical recreation activities and minimum administrative requirements for officers and branches. It is the final arbiter of the interpretations of these rules as made by the officers of the Society. Members of the SCA Board of Directors serve three-and-a-half year terms. Candidates for the Board are nominated by SCA members and participants. For more information on this process please contact Director Chele Martines at

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

You may also email

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 Tagged: board of directors

From the Board of Directors – New Society Seneschal – Elect

East Kingdom Gazette - Sat, 2017-12-09 20:41

The Board of Directors is pleased to announce the selection of Mike Watkins (Alywin Watkyn) as Society Seneschal-Elect for the Society for Creative Anachronism. Mike Watkins is the a Tech Projects Manager for Auburn University. Alywin Watkyn is a Pelican and former Kingdom Seneschal for Meridies. Mr. Watkins will undergo an intense training period, before succeeding current Society Seneschal, Anthony Pongratz (Antonio Giordano da Sicilia).


The Society Seneschal is responsible for coordinating the administration of the Society’s historical re-creation. This involves directing the activities of the Kingdom Seneschals and of Society-level deputies. Where questions arise concerning the intent of Corpora, the Board specifically authorizes the Society Seneschal to make interpretations and clarifications. The Society Seneschal is also responsible for reviewing all sanction related activities.

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

You may also email

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

Filed under: Announcements, Corporate Tagged: corporate announcements, society seneschal

Eastern Results from the September 2017 LoAR

East Kingdom Gazette - Sat, 2017-12-02 13:53

The Society College of Arms runs on monthly cycles and letters. Each month, the College processes name and armory submissions from all of the Kingdoms. Final decisions on submissions are made at the monthly meetings of the Pelican Queen of Arms (names) and the Wreath Queen of Arms (armory). Pelican and Wreath then write up their decisions in a Letter of Acceptances and Return (LoAR). After review and proofreading, LoARs generally are released two months after the meeting where the decisions are made.

An “acceptance” indicates that the item(s) listed are now registered with the Society. A “return” indicates that the item is returned to the submitter for additional work. Most items are registered without comments. Sometimes, the LoAR will address specific issues about the name or armory or will praise the submitter/herald on putting together a very nice historically accurate item.

The following results are from the September 2017 Wreath and Pelican meetings.

EAST acceptances

Chiara Foscari. Name.

The submitter requested authenticity for 15th Century Venice. This name appears to meet that request.

Cristina Volpina. Household name House of the Golden Schelle and badge. (Fieldless) An escallop bendwise Or.

Nice late 14th century inn-sign household name!

Damian Ísólfsson. Name and device. Vert, a wolf rampant and in chief two crosses of Saint Brigid argent.

This name combines a Russian given name from 1148 with a Scandinavian byname from 1254, an acceptable lingual mix under Appendix C.

There is a step from period practice for the use of crosses of Saint Brigid.

Artist’s note: Please draw the crosses larger to fill the available space.

Damian Ísólfsson. Badge. (Fieldless) On a wolf’s paw print vert the rune Dagaz argent.

Commenters questioned whether a tertiary charge on a disjointed primary or secondary charge would need to overlie all parts of the charge. This is not the case. Unless specifically blazoned, such a tertiary charge would appear on the largest part of the charge (in this case, the central pad).

There is a step from period practice for use of a paw print.

Artist’s note: Please draw the rune larger, to fill the available space.

Dash Altan. Name.

This name was pended on the April 2017 Letter of Acceptances and Returns to allow commentary on the submitter’s request for authenticity for mid-13th century Mongol, which had not been summarized on the Letter of Intent. After the name was pended, the submitter dropped the authenticity request.

The submitter may be interested to know that this name is probably authentic for mid-13th century Mongol, although it would be more usually transliterated as Ta{sv} Altan. The {sv} code represents an s marked with a small v at the top, a character not found in English.

Dionise O Towie. Device. Azure, on a pale purpure fimbriated argent a domestic cat sejant guardant Or.

Eudes de Creully. Blazon correction (see RETURNS for other blazon correction). Purpure, a bend sinister ermine, overall a falcon Or.

Originally registered in December 2016 as Purpure, a bend sinister ermine, overall a falcon hooded Or, an artist’s note read: “Please let the submitter know that if a falcon is hooded, you cannot see its eyes, but without the hood there would be no tuft on the top of its head.” This note is appropriate for either blazon.

Guillermo Solario. Name and device. Per saltire sable and gules, a sun in his splendour argent.

This name combines a Spanish or Catalan given name with an Italian byname, an acceptable lingual mix under Appendix C.

The submitter has permission to conflict with Cosmo Solario, Per saltire sable and azure, a sun in his splendor argent, and with Giuseppe Ferraro, Per saltire sable and gules, on a mullet of eight points argent a rose gules.

Marcus Marius Felix. Name and device. Vert, two lynxes sejant addorsed argent.

Nice classical Roman name!

Mari Clock van Hoorne. Badge. (Fieldless) A domestic cat rampant contourny sable.

Nice badge!

Ravensdale, Stronghold of. Device. Per chevron inverted embattled argent and vert, in pale a raven displayed sable maintaining an apple branch fesswise vert fructed gules and a laurel wreath argent.

There is a step from period practice for the use of a bird displayed other than an eagle.

Roland le Taillefer. Name and device. Argent, an axe-head azure.

Nice device!

Síle Dhubh inghean Mhic an Mhadaidh. Device. Sable, an eagle rising wings displayed maintaining three annulets interlaced one and two argent.

Artist’s note: Please draw all charges larger, to fill the available space.

Sofya Gianetta di Trieste. Device. Or, a fleur-de-lys and on a chief gules two mullets of eight points Or.

Sofya Gianetta di Trieste. Badge. Or, a fleur-de-lys within an orle gules.

Nice badge!


EAST returns

Eudes de Creully and Eyda von Rothenburg. Blazon correction. (Fieldless) On a cup Or a falcon’s head erased gules.

Originally registered in December 2016 as On a cup Or a hooded falcon’s head erased gules, an artist’s note read: “Please let the submitter know that if a falcon is hooded, you cannot see its eyes, but without the hood there would be no tuft on the top of its head.” While we have reblazoned the full falcon in the device on this same letter, we are less inclined to change the blazon when it’s just the head. The tufts at the top of the head make up a good 15-20% of the height of the charge, and the hood (or lack thereof) is almost the entirety of the charge. Therefore, the tuft cannot be dismissed with an artist’s note as easily on this badge as it could on the device. Because the tuft affects the silhouette of the charge, it gives the unmistakable appearance of being part of a hawk’s hood.

If the submitters wish to have a hood-less falcon, they are encouraged to submit a badge change with a smooth-headed falcon


Filed under: Heraldry Tagged: LoAR

100 Minutes War Unofficial Court Report

East Kingdom Gazette - Sat, 2017-12-02 13:47

On Saturday, November 18 th , AS LII, Their Majesties Tsar Ivan and Tsaritsa Matilde, did visit their Shire of Rusted Woodlands, and attended the 100 Minutes War.
In the morning, they went out to the Rapier field, and held a brief court. The following gentles were awarded thusly:

Name Award Scribe(s)
Ciaran Ua Meic Thire Silver Wheel Magdalena Lantfarerin

Alastor Tucker Silver Rapier Shoshana Gryffyth


From there, Their Majesties went to the Heavy list field. The following gentle was awarded thus:

Name Award Scribe(s)
Seamus Mac Neachtain Order of the Tygers Combatant Saerlaith ingen Chennetig


The Hundred Minutes War did take place, as well as rapier, thrown weapons, and archery tournaments.
In the afternoon, Tsar Ivan and Tsaritsa Matilde resumed court.
Ivan Shishov, leading the Rainbow Warriors, received a scroll by Nyfain merch Coel for captaining the winning team.
Hashiji Morikatsu, leading the Murder Ponies, received a scroll by Nyfain merch Coel for captaining the
second team.
The Children’s toybox was run, and the many newcomers attending their first, second or third event received tokens.

Additionally, these gentles were awarded as follows:
Name Award Scribe(s)

Fahad Rouf Award of Arms I:Marieta Charay C: Æsa feilinn Jossursdottir

Aislin of Surtr’s Brood Award of Arms I: Melina Al-Andalusiyya W: Dankwert Bathory C: Robin dit Dessaint

Jadidja the Jewess, called Jade Award of Arms I: Triona MacCasky C: Jonathan Blaecstan W: Galefridus Peregrinus

Arne Ulrichsson Silver Brooch Thyra (Þóra) Eiríksdóttir

Muirenn ingen Ciric Award of Arms Mýrún Leifsdóttir and
Ciaran Ua Meic Thire

Whistler o’ the Pit Artemis Eadaoin Chruitire
(The Artemis is a closed order. As
such, Whistler would be included
in the Order of the Golden Mantle,
and further receive a Grant of Arms)

Pádraig Ó Brádaig Award of Arms Mari Clock van Hoorne

Bjorvig Huldarson Silver Wheel I: Ellesbeth Donofrey
C: Jonathan Blaecstan

Yasemin bint al-hajjar Silver Wheel C&I: Brangwyne of Wentworth W: Alys Mackytoich

Hassan Ibn Abd Al-Malik Silver Wheel Aaradyn Ghyoot

Ulricch van Kathen’ Award of Arms Aelisif Hoarr Kona

Eyvindr Bjarnylr Award of Arms Perronnelle de Croy

Kári Gáranhirsson Golden Lyre

Kári Gáranhirsson performed for the assembled populace. His Majesty of the Mid also addressed the crowd, thanking everyone for an excellent event.
Thus concluded this year’s Hundred Minutes War.

Malcolm Bowman, Brigantia Principal Herald
PS – Thank you to Marian Kirkpatrick and Mabel Fortune for helping to herald court.

Filed under: Court Tagged: 100 Minutes War, court report

Wed, 1969-12-31 20:00