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King’s Rapier Champion Results

37 min 37 sec ago

From a field of 62 combatants, Master Donovan Shinnock emerged victorious and was named King’s Champion of Rapier. He faced Don Thomas of Effingham in the finals, with Don Nathaniel Wyatt and Allerick van den Broeke rounding out the final four.

Master Donovan faces Don Thomas in the finals. 

Their Majesties address the final four combatants.

Photos and results provided by Simona bat Leone.

Filed under: Uncategorized

King & Queen’s Rapier Championship Court to Be Held

Thu, 2015-10-08 23:25

A morning Court will be held this Saturday, October 17, at King and Queen’s Rapier Championship, in New Bedford, the Barony of Smoking Rocks.

The Eastern Crown Herald has reported that the plan is to hold the court as close to 10:30 am as possible.

Filed under: Announcements, Rapier Tagged: court

Unofficial Court Report of the Last Court of Their Royal Majesties King Omega V & Queen Etheldreda IV

Tue, 2015-10-06 17:58

Being the Court of Their Royal Majesties King Omega V & Queen Etheldreda IV, held on October 3rd, 2015 at the Coronation of Brennan II and Caoilfhionn II.
Court Heralds:    Baron Ernst Nuss von Kitzingen, Baronin  Maria Erika von Ossenheim.

SCA Name


Calligraphy and Illumination

Alke von Ossenheim

Tyger’s Cub

Fiona O’Maille ó Chaun Coille Faolán an Sccreccain

Award of Arms

Fiona O’Maille ó Chaun Coille Baron Uther Shieldbreaker

Queen’s Award of Esteem

No Scroll Nadezhda Voronova

Augmentation of Arms

Nest verch Tangwistel Gabriella bas Sera

Queen’s Award of Esteem

No Scroll Maria Erika von Ossenheim

Queen’s Award of Esteem

No Scroll Cateline La Broderesse

Queen’s Award of Esteem

No Scroll Angelina Capasso

Queen’s Award of Esteem

No Scroll Julianna le Chaluner

Queen’s Award of Esteem

No Scroll Hayash Tsakime

Queen’s Award of Esteem

No Scroll Rainillit Leia de Bello Marisco

Queen’s Award of Esteem

No Scroll Victoria la Picade

Queen’s Award of Esteem

No Scroll Amarie de Saint Denis

Queen’s Award of Esteem

No Scroll Azure Brennan

Queen’s Award of Esteem

No Scroll Etain of the Crown Barony of the Bridge

Queen’s Award of Esteem

No Scroll Ernst Nuss von Kitzingen


Cloak Maria Erika von Ossenheim

Court Barony w/ Grant of Arms

Svea the Short Sighted
Filed under: Court Tagged: court

Unofficial Court Report of the Crown Regent of the East

Mon, 2015-10-05 12:22

The short but glorious reign of Mercedes, Crown Regent of the Kingdom of the East

As their majesties Omega and Etheldreda drew close to the end of their reign they were suddenly called home to their Duchy to maintain their lands. As the heirs could not be summoned on such short notice, their Graces Darius and Etheldreda were left with no recourse but to leave the crown in the hands of the kingdom Seneschal, Mistress Mercedes.

The Dread Crown Regent then closed the final court of the reign. She then opened the first court of her Regency. Crown Regent Mercedes then proceeded to lead the populace in a traditional Ostgardian sing along. At the conclusion thereof she did summon forth and Coronate their Highnesses Brennan and Caoilfhionn as Brennan Rhi, and Caoilfhionn Banri, 96th King and Queen of the East, thus ending her Regency.

So recorded and attested this day, the third of October, Anno Socitatus L.
– Master Ryan Man Whyte, Brigantia Herald of the Kingdom of the East.

(Photo by Baroness Cateline la Broderesse)

Filed under: Court Tagged: Concordia of the Snows, coronation, King, Queen

Unofficial Court Report of Brennan and Caoilfhionn’s Coronation

Sun, 2015-10-04 14:49

The Kingdom of the East, on 3 October 2015, AS L, celebrated the Coronation of Brennan Ri and Caoilfhionn Banri!

The newly crowned King and Queen heard the fealty of those greater officers of state, landed Barons and Baronesses, and champions before suspending court and sitting in state.

At the first court of Brennan and Caoilfhionn, His Majesty Tindal of Aethelmearc was welcomed, and gifts were exchanged.  Their Highnesses Acre made a presentation of a gift to their newly crowned Majesties as well.

Her Majesty Caoilfhionn then called forth Einarr Njortharson, called Billy Fish, and named him the Captain of her Queen’s Guard.  Einarr then proceeded to name the rest of her Majesty’s guard force, who were presented with scarves to represent their station.

Before court was continued, the populace bore witness to an eerie sight – the ghostly spirit of Kenric of blessed memory appeared to race across the dais, vanishing as swiftly as he appeared.

Their Majesties called forth Elewys of Anglespur.  They awarded her arms, making her a lady of their court.  She was presented with a scroll by Sorcha Dhocair inghean Ui Ruairc.

Her Majesty then proceeded to call forth the children who had participated in her Children’s Service Initiative.  Caleb Patrasso, Emma Lovell, Caitilin ingean Donndubain and Rowyn received tokens for their participation.

The children in attendance were called before the court.  Duncan MacKinnon was called forward to run with the toybox, to the delight of all in attendance.

Next Sir Jeffrey was called forward, and despite his unshod appearance, welcomed all to participate in a demo happening the next day.

Jean Paul Ducasse, Baron of Concordia, was called forward.  He told the populace about the success of the Populace Badge fundraiser, and was presented a gift for the generosity of Concordia for hosting Their Majesties’ coronation.

Brennan and Caoilfhionn asked for a moment of silence, in memory of the recent passing of Aiden ni Leir.

Drake Oranwood was called before the court.  His talent in bardic performance was rewarded with his induction into the Order of the Troubadour.  He was presented with a scroll by Katrusha Skomorokh with words by Olivia Baker.

Their Majesties called before them Anne de Basillion.  They made her a lady of their court, awarding her arms.  She was presented with a circlet, and a scroll by Mari Clock van Hoorne.

Next Brennan and Caoilfhionn called forth Isabel de Bayonne.  Her talent spoken of, they requested the presence of their Order of the Maunche.  Isabel was elevated to the order of high merit for the arts and sciences, and presented a medallion and a scroll by Elsa de Lyon.

Their Majesties called before them Doroga Veronin.  During their coronation ceremony Doroga had spoken for the populace as one without grant nor patent, but they felt the need to correct that he had neither been previously awarded arms.  Thus Doroga was made a Lord of their court, and presented with a scroll featuring illumination by Lillian ate Valeye and calligraphy by Nest verch Tangwistel.

Her Majesty called before her Duncan MacKinnon.  Speaking of his frequent chivalrous actions, she awarded him with the Queen’s Order of Courtesy, presenting the traditional glove and a scroll by Saerlaith ingen Chennetig featuring words by Lucius Aurelius Varus.

Their Majesties next called forth Rhys Ravenscroft.  They spoke of his prowess since moving to the East Kingdom, and called forth their Order of the Tyger’s Combatant.  He was presented with a medallion, and a scroll by Jan Janowicz Bogdanski.

Their Majesties Brennan and Caoilfhionn expressed concern with Their Excellencies of Concordia of the Snows.  They brought forth a need to sue Jean Paul and Lily for holding too tightly to Magnus Hvalmagi, not allowing him the proper freedom to be recognized outside of the Barony.  Thus it was they called Magnus forth, and also witnesses to the crimes – the companions of the Order of the Laurel.  Magnus received a writ to contemplate elevation to the order at a date to be named, and received a scroll by Isabel Chamberlaine with words by Toki Redbeard.

Their Majesties concluded and closed their first court.  Long Live the King!  Long Live the Queen!  Long live the People of the Kingdom of the East!

Thank you to the heraldic staff – Master Donovan Shinnock, Master Ryan McWhyte, Mistress Kay Leigh

McWhyte, and Lord Yehuda ben Moshe.

In service,

Master Malcolm Bowman
Eastern Crown Herald for Brennan and Caoilfhionn

Filed under: Court Tagged: awards, coronation, court report, royal court

Long live Emperor Brennan and Empress Caoilfhionn!

Sat, 2015-10-03 12:50

Today in the Barony of Concordia of the Snows, Emperor Brennan and Empress Caoilfhionn ascended to the thrones of the East.

Photo by Mistress Tyzes Sofia

Photo by Lady Fortune Sancte Keyne

Filed under: Court Tagged: coronation

Tyger Clerk of the Signet Holds Scroll Blank Contest

Fri, 2015-10-02 16:20

“Greetings Scribes,

As you assuredly all know we were very hard on the supply of blank scrolls we had on hand over the last reign. We are getting quite low on blanks suitable for AoAs, and completely out of blanks for higher level awards. it would be especially great to have some blanks that are appropriate for Orders of High Merit such as the Maunche or Silver Crescent.

Therefore I am proposing a contest. I am going to put up a set of prizes including: a book of gold leaf (25 sheets), 10 (or 12) leaves of pergmegnata, a pad of Bristol smooth paper, and an assortment of tubes of gaouche. I am also willing to accept prizes if anyone has something they want to donate. The more the prizes the more the fun.

To win a prize all you have to do is get a blank to me by Birka. For every blank I will enter your name into a random drawing for the prizes. If you get me 4 blanks, you will get entered 4 times. After all the names are in the hat, I will get a random passerby to draw a name for each prize.

I will draw the winners at Birka. I haven’t totally decided when yet, but it will probably be at the end of the scroll display, before court. You do not have to be there to win. I will get the prize to you.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you (to) all (of the scribes) for the long hours you put in and great artwork you put out.

Mistress Nest verch Tangwistel
Tyger Clerk of the Signet”

Filed under: Announcements, Arts and Sciences, Tidings

Winter Night’s In New Location

Wed, 2015-09-30 11:30

Winter Nights is an event where bards, storytellers, singers, and musicians compete in a friendly supportive environment. It has been held in the Barony of Concordia of the Snows for several years, but this year, the Canton of Aschehyrst is delighted to host the Winter Nights event with the permission and support of the Barony of Concordia. The event, with the support of the Barony of Carolingia, will be held on the 24th of October. (For more information, see the event announcement.

“Winter Nights is a unique venue” says Mistress Anne of Framlingham. “It brings together storytellers, singers, and other practitioners of the bardic arts at all levels from beginner to expert, to test their competitive mettle and venture beyond their usual repertoire in a safe, supportive environment. The performance quality and companionship is of the very best.”

Winter Nights is about more than just performing. It is a tourney style competition for performers. The day will start with short pre-prepared presentations by each competitor. This is followed by pairs of opponents facing off across a proverbial ox-hide, giving and receiving performance challenges. Performers are graded on their performance. Each performer can earn extra points for issuing a supportive and positive challenge or for meeting the challenge that they received. Performers are free to ignore the challenge they have been given – they just won’t get the additional points. The judging will be by other competitors with the winner being decided by total points earned. One winner will be selected to carry the Winter Nights arm-band and return next year to defend it.

Mistress Aife believes that the competition and supportive atmosphere is key to the success of the event. “One of the things we tried to balance over the years was healthy competition and fun. Competition can be a great tool to help people strive.”

The event is open to performers and audience members alike. As many rounds as possible will be run until the evening when there will be an open bardic circle. Over the years there have been wonderful performances. As Master Peregrine the Illuminator observed: “Sometimes the prepared pieces knocked my socks off, and sometimes the pieces made-up-on-the-fly (to answer a specific challenge) made my jaw ache with laughter. … the true winner was always the audience.”

“Winter Nights isn’t simply a performance event; it is its own performance community,” wrote Master Toki Redbeard. “From its inception, the performers and the audience have made it their own. The unique personality of Winter Nights is the outgrowth of all of that passion for performance.”

The event is free, there will be an all-day-board (with a wide variety of offerings). Donations are requested to cover the costs of food. The site is damp.

The Gazette thanks Sir Michael of York for this article.

Filed under: Arts and Sciences, Events Tagged: Aschehyrst, Bardic, Carolingia, Concordia of the Snows

An Account of Artifacts of a Life II

Mon, 2015-09-28 20:56

The second Artifacts of a Life event was held this past Saturday in the Barony of Carolingia. The first such event was held two years ago in the Barony Beyond the Mountain. Both have been joint events sponsored by the two Baronies, and they are the inspiration of the co-Stewards, Baron Jehan du Lac and Mistress Elizabeth Vynehorn.

Entries in this Arts and Sciences competition represent the “artifacts of a life” of a person from our period of study. Part of the fun of experiencing the entries was learning how the artisan tells the story of what the items represent. There were three categories — Typical for entries with 3 to 5 items, Elite for entries with 6 to 9 items, and Village for entries of 6 to 9 items by a team of 2 to 4 people. There were no Village entries, but 11 entrants participated in the other 2 categories, as follows:

Alesone Grey of Cranleigh — presented a “book of secrets” and various products from it, as used by a grocer’s apprentice (specializing in confections) of late 16th century England.

(Left photo by Tristan; right photo by Ygraine.)

Alys Attewater — showed examples of spot removal techniques and their effectiveness, a cooked item (raviolis), and a child’s apron, representing the housewifely arts of 15th century Germany.

(Left photo by Ygraine; right photo by Tristan.)

Barbeta Kyrkeland — demonstrated lacemaking and presented the work and tools of a professional lacemaker. Two shapes of pillows and several forms of bobbins were shown, along with pattern strips and a lace samples book.

(Left 3 photos by Tristan; right photo by Ygraine.)

Elena Hylton — displayed a gown and shoes.

(Photo by Tristan.)

Elysabeth “Lissa” Underhill — created an informative display of beads and the methods of glass bead production.

(Left photo by Ygraine; right photo by Tristan.)

Lorenzo Gorla — displayed drawings and text for a fencing manual, and a letter of introduction to the resulting book.
(Photos by Tristan.)

Nataliia Anastasiia Evgenova Sviatoslavina vnuchka — presented an assortment of 16th century paint brushes and writing implements, period pigments, and an apprentice contract.
(Left photo by Tristan; right photo by Ygraine.)

Pakshalika Kananbala — created a lovely setting in which to display a noble Indian woman’s furnishings and accessories.
(Left photo by Ygraine; right 2 photos by Tristan.)

Sorcha Dhochair inghean ui Ruairc — items all related to the life of a monk in 8th Ireland. One quoire from a hand-copied psalter, a wine sieve, a leather cover for the eventually finished psalter, and a knotted prayer cord.
(Left photo by Ygraine; right photo by Tristan.)

Sunnifa Heinreksdottir — displayed a collection of everyday items which a 6th century Anglian woman on her deathbed is leaving to her daughter, including an unfinished basket (of plaited and coiled day-lily fibers) which she admonishes the daughter to finish and deliver to fulfill her promise. Included were mats and baskets, a sprang loom bearing a linen work-in-process (from flax grown, processed and spun by Sunnifa), spindles with clay whorls (which she fired at Pennsic), a hawthorne needle, handspun wool yarn, and various other items.
(Left photo by Tristan; right 3 photos by Ygraine.)

Wilhelm zu Eltz-Kempenich — recently moved to the East from the Midrealm, shared pieces of 14th century armor from an armory collection. Breastplate, gauntlets, arm harness and sabatons.
(Left photo by Ygraine; right 2 photos by Tristan.)

Ysabelle du Draguignan — presented items preserved by her family or found during the excavation of her ancestors’ Castle Draguignan in France. These consisted of two pieces of lustreware pottery, a painted glass, a number of clay toy figurines and a rattle, and fragments of stained glass and pottery.
(Left 2 photos by Ygraine; right photo by Tristan.)

At the end of the day, a brief Court was held by Baroness Nicolette of Carolingia, who welcomed to the dais her noble cousins, Baron Dorigen and Baroness Eloise of the Barony Beyond the Mountain. Each of Their Excellencies called forth artisans they wished to personally recognize. For Baroness Nicolette, this was Lady Sorcha, whose display moved her with its elements of a spiritual life. Baron Dorigen and Baroness Eloise praised Lady Elena, especially noting that she made shoes to go with her gown, and Lady Lissa, whose work had inspired Her Excellency to try beadmaking herself.

Then were called into Court Baron Jehan and Mistress Elizabeth, to announce the winners. For the Typical category, Lady Lissa received the top honors, and Lord Wilhelm came in at second place by mere fractions of points. In the Elite category, Lady Sunnifa was declared the winner, and Baroness Alesone received second place honors, also by a very narrow margin. The winners received prizes of beautiful wooden chests, and the runners-up received baskets of assorted goodies and useful items.

Baron Jehan and Mistress Elizabeth then called forward Master Peregrine and thanked him for serving as tabulator of the scores throughout the day. Baroness Nicolette then expressed her appreciation to Baron Jehan and Mistress Elizabeth for creating such a unique way for artisans to show their work and such a comfortable competition format, and she presented them with personal gifts.

Reported by Baroness Ygraine of Kellswood.
Photos by Master Tristan de Warrell and Baroness Ygraine of Kellswood, as noted.

Filed under: Arts and Sciences, Events Tagged: Barony Beyond the Mountain, Carolingia

Recommendations Requested for 2nd Polling of Brennan & Caoilfhionn

Mon, 2015-09-28 13:01

A message from Their Highnesses:

Greetings all,

Recommendations to be considered for the 2nd polling of Brennan & Caoilfhionn will be accepted through the end of Friday 10/9. Recommendations for polling awards received after that time will be passed to our heirs.

Please remember that you need not be a member of an order to recommend someone you consider deserving. If you know someone you feel strongly about, please recommend them via the online recommendations system.

Thank you, and we look forward to hearing …
Brennan & Caoilfhionn

Filed under: Announcements Tagged: award recommendations, awards, pollings

Greetings from the Royal Gift Coordinator

Sun, 2015-09-27 17:09

On behalf of Brennan Augustus and Caoilfhionn Augusta, soon to be royal sovereigns of the East Kingdom, I, Mistress Fiona O’Maille, Royal Gift Coordinator, am writing to you, to ask for your assistance in filling the Royal gift chest with Largesse as they begin their reign.
Items may be delivered at any Royal Progress to myself, Barnoness Damiana d’Avignon -called Demi) or any member of Their Majesty’s staff.

We ask that you share this announcement and encourage the members of your group to make, create, and donate!

Some suggestions if needed
Largesse Ideas

– Scroll blanks
– Note cards (to be used for Royal notes and thank you cards)
– Small handmade books
– Journals

– Boxes of assorted sizes to put gifts into
– Wax tablets
– Hand-carved items
– Medallions/tokens
– Small footstools
– Drop spindles
– Lucets

– Jewelry – rings, bracelets, arm rings, necklaces
– Medallions
– Goblets/tankards
– Bottle openers
– Fibula brooches
– Penannular brooches

– Naalbinding socks/mittens
– Knit period hats
– Handspun skeins of wool
– Lucet cords in Kingdom colors
– Lucet cords in Middle Kingdom colors (red, white & green)
– Felt bags
– Trim

– Coifs
– Hoods
– Veils
– Hankerchiefs
– Silk banners
– Banners
– Drawstring bags – small, medium and large – for gifts
– Messenger/shoulder bags
– Pouches

– Award medallions and tokens
– Pouches
– Travel sewing kit/wallet

– Lampwork beads
– Viking necklaces
– Brooches
– Earrings
– Pendants
– Bracelets
– Necklaces
– Rings

– Wine
– Mead
– Ale

– Mug straps

Fighter’s Repair Kit
– Duct tape
– Strapping tape
– Lacing
– Two-piece Rivets (Quick rivets)
– Leather punch
– Electrical tape

Filed under: Court Tagged: royal gifts

Unofficial Court Report: Siege of Castle Theo d’Ore III

Fri, 2015-09-25 17:59

This Unofficial Report was narrated by Mistress Gwenhywfar dinas Emrys who was assisted in court by Tir Mara’s Badger, Tíarna Díarmait Ó Bríain,  and Lord Snarfi Snorrisson.

Archers line up to shoot “at” the rattan fighters at Siege of Castle Theo d’Ore III, Canton of Distant Shore – Photo Courtesy of Lady Cat Lennox

On Friday evening, we gathered at a place called LORDA, where a great siege was to take place the next day. Lo and behold, even the King and Queen of the East were there to see the battle! As the people came together that evening the King and Queen called all those around to hear Their words. They requested the presence of the Baron of these lands, His Excellency Guthfrith Yrlingson, for it seems the King was concerned with the taxes that he received from our Barony, thinking them a little light. And as the Baron looked for assistance from his Baroness, the King grinned and said he was joking! for this was a ruse to have His Excellency before him. And so, the King and Queen called for their Order of the Laurel to join them and asked Guthfrith Yrlingson to contemplate joining the order.

And as he bowed his head in shock, Mistress Bess begged the boon that another be added to the order, her apprentice, Mergriet Van Wijenhorst. And so Mergriet Van Wijenhorst joined the other laurels in front of the Rulers of the East and she was also asked to contemplate joining the Order of the Laurel.

And then the Laurels led both candidates to their respective vigils, and the King and Queen thanked the populace gathered and closed the Friday court.

Saturday saw many fighting scenarios – Photo Courtesy of Lady Cat Lennox

On Saturday morning, before the armies gathered to battle at the Siege of Castle Theo d’Ore, the King and queen did gather their populace together for an announcement. In their midst was one Gnaues Aurelius Andronicus, newly arrived from the shores of Ar n-Eilean-ne, who happened to be traveling through to his homelands. And the called Gnaeus in front of them and told him his peer had told them of his deeds in the far lands of the Barony of L’ile Dragon Dormant. And then they did call forth the Order of the Pelican, and asked Gnaeus if he would sit vigil and contemplate joining the order of the Pelican during the evening court. The pelicans gathered led him away and the King and Queen thanked those gathered, and closed the morning court.

After the battles had been fought and the Arts and Sciences had been seen and the arrows had been shot, the populace gathered for one last time to hear the words of the King and Queen of the East. Their Royal Majesties did process into court, and called in to join them the Baron and Baroness of Ruantallan, Baron and Baroness of Havres des Glaces and the Baroness of L’ile Dragon Dormant. The Baron and Baroness of Ruantallan did open a Baronial Court and handed out newcomer tokens to all those for whom the event was their first event or first court. They then closed the Baronial court.

The King and Queen of the East then opened their court. The first order of business was to award all the various winners who competed in the ten Arts and Sciences Challenges with their prizes, and to award the Silver Arrow for the Archery Tournament to Lord Otto Gottlieb.

Introducing Lady Catherine – Photo Courtesy of Lady Cat Lennox

King Darius called Omega and Queen Etheldreda called before them Wolfgang Hummel, and told him They had seen him working very hard in the shop with his wife, and that They had heard of his good deeds and works and would make him a Lord of Their Court. They then called for Catherine Annot de Bruges, for whom They had heard about her brewing and work within her Shire. They made her a lady of Their court as well. They then called the wide eyed Anna of the Island to come before them, for they had heard that she was a member of the commodores privateers but also a member of the foresters, and that she counted the coin for Ynys Y Gwaed and for all those acts they did make her a Lady of the Court. They also called upon Gaston le Cordier, for whom They had seen him on the field at the Great Pennsic War and at the Siege of Castle Theo D’Ore, and heard of his other works of chivalry, honor and service and did make him a Lord of the Court.

The Serpent King and Queen Orientalis then called forth The Foresters, who protected the green spaces between the shores of Ruantallan to the far west reaches of L’ile Dragon Dormant from Brigands, Mercenaries and Cutthroats! After learning of their great deeds They did bestow upon them a Royal Charter.

The three newest Tyger’s Cubs are joined by those members of the Order there assembled – Photo courtesy of Lady Cat Lennox

Turning to the younger generation, Their Majesties called before them Matthew nic Angus. They told him they had heard of his prowess in the youth rapier list and the King asked Matthew if he remembered the conversation they had on the field. Matthew said yes, but the Queen suspected the conversation meant more to the King than young Matthew! They then called forth the Order of the Tygers Cub, and added Matthew to their ranks. They then called for Seamus of Ruantallan to present himself before the court and asked Seumas if he enjoyed shooting archery, as They had heard he enjoyed that past-time. He did enjoy archery, and the Royals added Seumas to the Order of the Tygers cub. Yet the order was still not complete. They requested the presence of Decimus Tromentina Serverus to come before Them where They remarked They had seen him working in his parents shop. They asked him if he enjoyed it and he said yes. They then asked what his pay was, and he remarked he worked for free! They then asked him if he would follow in his parents steps running the shop and he said… No. Then inducted him into the order of the Tygers cub as well.

And while the children stood their greeting their order, The Queen called for all the children of the East to join Them in court. She told them, of the Royal Toy Sack, but that she ALSO knew that it was Rue of Red Bears birthday and had all the children sing happy birthday to her. Then The King called forth for the Royal Toy sack, and for Sir Angus McHaley to make himself available for the King. They handed the bag of toys to Sir Angus and told him to “run”. And he did so, with the children of the East trailing behind, where it was reminiscent of the Pied Piper. And then the scene turned dark, and Sir Angus McHaley fell at the hands of the children like a scene from Faust!

But court must carry on, and so the Queen called forth Mistress Gwenhwyfar Dinas Emrys, their herald, to receive an award of Seamstress to the Crown. And when the Queen was finished with her, she was called on by the King, who told her how she had helped Them throughout the reign and for that, he honored her with a King’s Cypher.

Master Guthfrith Yrlingson, OL – photo courtesy of Lady Cat Lennox

And so it came towards the end of the court, when Their Majesties called before Them Guthfrith Yirlingson, whom They had sent on vigil the night before to contemplate joining the order of the Laurel. They asked him if he had enough time to make a decision on joining the order and he had, and he did wish it. So They heard the words of Duchess Thyra Eiriksdottir for the Rose, Master Kenric for the Chivalry (read by Sir Gareth Grey de Wilton), Mistress Elizabeth Darnley for the Laurels, Mistress Ygraine for the Pelicans, and Master Frasier for the Masters of Defense. A medallion was presented, made by the children of Ruantallan, and a cloak was presented worked on by many people, and a wreath made by Lord Hugh. And Guthfrith was made a companion to the Order of the Laurel.

Mistress Acilaldai speaks on behalf of the Masters of Defense for Mergriet – Photo courtesy of Lady Cat Lennox

Mergriet van Wijenhorst was then called into court and asked if she had also had enough time to contemplate joining the order to wish she said she had and she wished to join them. She was then released from her apprenticeship to Mistress Elizabeth Darnley, with tears of joy. Their Majesties then heard the words of Countess Gwen a Brooke for the Rose (read by Mistress Bridget Greywolf), Syr Yesungge Altan for the Chivalry, Mistress Anetje Van Woerden for the Laurel (read by Magister D’Unstable), Mistress Elizabeth Darnley for the Pelican, and Mistress Acilaldai for the Masters of Defense. A medallion was presented from Syr Yesungge, The cloak was presented from Mistress Bess and a wreath made by Master D’unstable. Mergriet van Wijenhorst was then inducted into the Order of the Laurel. Before she left court, she did swear fealty to the King and Queen. As the order greeted the newest members of the order, the Ruantallan choir sang a song for Master Guthfrith.

Lady Mergriet van Wijenhorst joins the Order of the Laurel – photo courtesy of Lady Cat Lennox

Before the next order of business had chance to happen, Sir Angus McHaley, disheveled and limping, stumbled back into court, his jacket torn from his immense shoulders, and returned the toy sack to the King. The King did note that Sir Angus had braved the mighty forces of the children, and commended him for living to serve another day.

Their Majesties once again turned back to the business at hand and called in Syr Yesungge Altan to come before them. As he knelt there, wondering what he was doing in court, the Queen turned to the heralds and asked for the coronet. Syr Yesungge was then presented with a mongol coronet and made a Baron of the Court.

Last, but not least, Dominus Gnaeus Aurelius Andronicus was called into court. They asked him if he had time to think about his answer to Their question of whether to join the order of the Pelican at which he said Yes. The King asked for that answer and Gnaeus replies yes as well. The King then asked his peer, Mistress Gwenhwyfar if she had released him from service to which she looked at her Protégé and replied “You are released” and gave him a thumbs up.

Dominus Gnaeus Aurelius Andronicus joins the Order the Pelican – Pictures courtesy of Lady Cat Lennox

King Darius and Queen Etheldreda then heard from Duchess Avelina (read by her protégé Baroness Allessandra) for the Rose, newly recovered Sir Angus McHaley for the order of the Chivalry, Mistress Alisay for the order of the Laurel, Mistress Tadea for the order of the Pelican, and Master Jean Paul Ducasse for the Masters of Defense (read by Mistress Acilaldai). A medallion was presented to him made by Lady Camilla di Bruno, a cloak was presented, made by Mistress Gwenhwyfar and a hat of maintenance was mentioned to be forthcoming, as it was left behind at the Crimson Hall.

Gnaeus was then inducted into the order of the Pelican.

The East Kingdom Seneschal made an announcement wishing to speak to members of various groups in the Crown Principality of Tir Mara, and the King and Queen thanked the scribes of the East for their outstanding service, noting that The Kingdom of the East was one of the few Kingdoms who gave out original artwork scrolls for almost all awards. They then asked the Siege of Castle Theo d’Ore III event staff to rise and be acknowledged, and lastly thanked all those for coming to court, and the Barons and Baronesses for hosting. The Court was then closed.

Filed under: Court Tagged: Distant Shore, Ruantallan

How Changes to EK Event Calendar Policies May Affect You

Wed, 2015-09-23 09:38

Greetings to the Populace of the East Kingdom from the Webminister,

A few reminders about changes that have affected the East Kingdom Event Calendar, and what it means to you; Especially for Seneschals and Event Stewards (Autocrats).

As of January 1st, 2014 all East Kingdom Seneschals must have an official email address of seneschal@localbranch.eastkingdom.org hosted on the East Kingdom server. If you do not currently have one, you are not in compliance with this Office of the Seneschal policy. Please contact your Local branch Webminister for the email box creation immediately.

This is even more important now with the East Kingdom Email Box Transition Project well underway.

As of February 1st, 2015 the East Kingdom Event Calendar process has been updated to follow East Kingdom policies regarding approval of the submission. Please see below for what the current process is:

When an Event Steward submits an Event to the East Kingdom Event Calendar using the website http://www.eastkingdom.org/NewEvent.php and hits “Next ->”, reviews the entry and then hits “Send”, two things now automatically happen.

1) An email is sent to the submitting Event Steward for any future updates, and the link provided will be used to perform that function. As stated on the submission form “Be sure to enter your real email address, as without a valid email address the update and password reset systems will not work.”

Please make certain that you are choosing the correct Hosting Local branch as well as that tells the submission where to place the location.

Additionally, if you do not receive an e-mail with instructions on how to edit your announcement within 24 hours, please e-mail “eventform-help@eastkingdom.org” instead of the Webminister email address directly. This will ensure proper handling of your issue.

2) An email is sent to the Local branch Seneschal for approval of the submission. The Seneschal is the Officer required to review the entry and verify that it meets with the criteria of a Kingdom Event submission as found in the policies of the Office of the Chronicler regarding such an entry. If it does meet these requirements, when the Seneschal clicks on the “Approved” button, the entry will show on the Calendar immediately.

This change announcement was initially sent out on January 27th, 2015 to all Webministers through the Mailing List and to all Seneschals that had valid email addresses, as “East Kingdom Event Calendar Approval Process Change”.

I continue to receive emails about pending Events that are not displaying on the Calendar, and for 99% of them it is the Local branches that need to update to be in compliance that are the cause of these inquiries.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this reminder, please open a Help Desk ticket on the website http://helpdesk.eastkingdom.org and we will get to it as quickly as possible.

In Service to the Kingdom,
Lord Lorenz Greylever

Filed under: Announcements

Announcement Regarding Two Handed Swords in Rapier

Tue, 2015-09-22 22:29

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

For the past 10 months we have been working on developing a rule set for 2 handed swords in rapier. I am pleased to announce that a rule set has been adopted at the Society level so we have the official go ahead to roll out our rules, along with a list of initial 2 hander authorized fencers/marshals who will be fully empowered to perform authorizations going forward. The rule set and marshal’s list will be included below. Thank you all who contributed to this endeavor, and to all of you for your patience with us while we hammered these rules out.

In Service,
Master Frasier MacLeod, KRM, East

Rule Changes:

Add new Sec. III.C.1.a: Weapon types are defined by the following length criteria. Blades are measured from the tip to the top of the tang. Grip length is measured from the top of the tang to the end of the pommel. Weapons that fall outside of these dimensions may be allowed at the discretion of the Kingdom Rapier Marshal. In no case may the overall length of a weapon exceed 60″.
(i). A dagger shall have a blade of 18″ or less and a grip length of 10″ or less.
(ii). A rapier shall have a blade of 18″ to 48″ and a grip length of 10″ or less.
(iii). A two-handed sword shall have a blade of 30″ to 48″ and a grip length of at least 10″ but no greater than 1/3 the length of the blade.

Add new Sec. IV.A.1.g.: “Two Handed Sword — The form covers the use of a two handed sword with or without secondaries. A fencer who is so authorized may use a two handed sword with any secondary for which he or she has obtained a prior authorization described above.

Add new Sec. IV.C.6: Two handed sword- the candidate must be able to demonstrate safely and competently all elements listed under Single Rapier, above, as well as the following:

• ability to switch from two-handed to one handed grip when guarding and attacking, while maintaining appropriate calibration and control
• use of any form of secondary which the candidate reasonably expects to use in conjunction with two-handed sword
• ability to use the weapon against a two handed sword or single rapier, with or without secondaries
• a refined sense of calibration and control of the weapon at all times

2 Hander Authorized Marshals List:
Master Frasier MacLeod
Master Donovan Shinnock
Sir Antonio Patrasso
Master Matthäus Plattnersohn
Master Malcolm Bowman
Baroness Alesone Grey
Don Thomas of Effingham
Don Orlando Sforza
Don Griffith Davion
Lord William Deth
Lord Yehuda ben Moshe

In addition to these gentles I have added a supplementary list as well:
Master Boroujin Acilaldai
Master Caine Ramsey
Don Alfonso Pontelli
Don Owynn Greenwood
Mistress Xandra Rozina Xiberras Galea

If your name does NOT appear on this list,and you use a 2 hander, you will need to authorize with two of these marshals at your earliest convenience in order to use the form in tournament or melee combat.

There are also new, updated authorization forms available with a line for 2 handers on both the new and additional forms. Marshals, please feel free to download those for use immediately.

In Service,
Master Frasier MacLeod, KRM, East

Filed under: Rapier Tagged: fencing

In Memoriam: Dave Cooper

Tue, 2015-09-22 15:43

Dave Cooper passed away last Friday after an extended illness.  Many members of the East Kingdom worked with him at Pennsic, which has been held for years at his family’s campground, Cooper’s Lake.  He was a presence with a lasting impact on those who knew him.

Baroness Katherine Barr, former East Kingdom Seneschale, said this about working with Dave.  “To me, Dave Cooper was a large reason of what has made Pennsic more than just another event.  Although extremely quiet, he was always there, working endlessly, to make our pilgrimage that much better. Some of my favorite memories of Dave would be the way he would acknowledge you by the twinkling in his eyes and the slow smile, or how he could end an entire debate by looking up, uttering one word, ‘no’, and it was over.  Dave Cooper truly made our Society better, and I will miss him.”

Funeral services will be held tomorrow in Slippery Rock, PA.  His obituary can be found at the New Castle News Online.

Filed under: Tidings

Event Map Added to EK Website

Tue, 2015-09-22 15:25

Greetings to all from the keeper of the Kingdom Event Calendar!

I am proud to announce that we have added a new and useful feature to the Calendar: a Map of all the Events, generated directly from the Calendar. The new Map indicates all upcoming Events in the next 60 days, color coded by which month they are in.  http://www.eastkingdom.org/EventMap.php (It is also linked from the Events dropdown in the banner across the top of all eastkingdom.org pages.)

I wish to thank Mistress Catrin and the rest of her team at the EK Gazette for initiating this concept, manually digging through the Event listings to create the maps they have been posting for the past many months, working out the design bugs, and providing extremely useful feedback to me as I was developing this new Map tool.

Any feedback on the Map or issues with it, please send to me at calendar (at) eastkingdom.org

Yours in Service,
Joel of Vestfell
East Kingdom Calendar Deputy Webminister

Filed under: Announcements

Dayboard Reminder for Artifacts of a Life II

Tue, 2015-09-22 10:05

Artifacts of a Life II will be held on September 26 in the Barony of Carolingia. The event stewards would like to remind attendees that there will NOT be a dayboard at the event. Water and light snacks (pretzels and fruit) will be available, but attendees should plan to bring lunch or go out to a local establishment during the lunch break.

Information on local eateries will be available at the gate. Additional information about the event is available at http://www.eastkingdom.org and http://sca-artifactschallenge.blogspot.com/.

Elizabeth Vynehorn
Co-steward, Artifacts of a Life II

Filed under: Events

Saint Andrew Visits the Patron Saint of Estonia

Tue, 2015-09-22 02:08

Saint Andrew Visits the Patron Saint of Estonia is an event that will be held on November 14, 2015, Barony of (Middle Island, NY)

After celebrating Wallachian Heroes in Transylvania, and Visiting his Old Emerald Isle for a Caber Toss, our own Saint Andrew travels by sea to help Estonian Patron Saint George prepare for his Festival days in the spring. Join us at the Estonia House in Middle Island as St Andrew Visits St George. We will have our annual Heavy Championship, and activities in the gentler Arts & Sciences as they do in the far off reaches of Estonia. After the Fall Court of Their Excellencies, baroness Suzanne Nueber de Londres and Baron David Vazquez de Valencia, there will be a marvelous feast Featuring the Flavors of Estonia.

The HEAVY LIST CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNEY at this year’s St. Andrew event is sure to please fighters and spectators alike! Their Excellencies have charged their Heavy List Champion, Tycho Mikkelsen, with providing martial entertainment for the populace. To that end, there shall be a brisk day of tournaments where the combatants shall be tested in four different weapon forms – mace and shield, two-handed sword, maul, and “sword and other list-legal one-handed implement”. The structure of the day’s events shall be formed so as to best accommodate the number of fighters who come to demonstrate their prowess and courtesy. Maces, polearms, great weapons, and gauntlets shall be available on loan for all authorized fighters who wish to participate. Regardless of the event’s format, there shall be prizes! Prizes shall be won by the fighters who demonstrate the greatest prowess in each of the four weapon forms. In addition, there shall be four other prizes for winning the following titles of the day– “Gallery’s Darling”, “The Sojourner”, “Exemplar of Franchise”, and “Prince of Possums”. Finally, the native of An Dubhaigeainn who best distinguishes themselves by their prowess and comportment during the day’s fighting shall be honored as the new Heavy List Champion of the Barony of An Dubhaigeainn.

There will be a Thrown Weapons Tourney run by our own Magnus De Londres & a Fencing Tourney run by Master Jean Xavier

Please see the East Kingdom Event Calendar for more details
Saint Andrew Visits the Patron Saint of Estonia

Filed under: Events Tagged: An Dubhaigeainn

Their Excellencies’ Account of Court in Carolingia

Mon, 2015-09-21 08:46

The following account was written by Baroness Nicolette and Baron Colin of Carolingia of the court they held in Carolingia last month and is reprinted with their permission.  The Gazette invites the heralds or territorial heads of groups to submit their own court report and thanks Their Excellencies Carolingia for allowing up to print theirs.

As our Court Herald was unable to attend the event, Sir Michael of York graciously took on the role for the afternoon court. Per our request, we were preceded into court by all the attending warranted marshals, as we wished to introduce the populace to the folks who give up the thing they most enjoy doing so that others may participate.

The former Thrown Weapons Champion retires

Lady Sorcha Dhocair inghean ui Ruairc awarded prizes to several children who participated in the many children’s activities organized by Lady Abigail the Younger and herself.

Lady Creiddylad, who organized an inspiring Arts and Sciences Display and People’s Choice Award, announced the winners, Laurie and Richard, for their beautiful hand-carved wooden spoons, including reproductions of those from the Mary Rose, and also read off the names of all the participants and their entries.

Master Peter the Red presented a gift, which he had received anonymously, to the most improved archer over the course of the day.

New Carolingian Archery Champion

Baron Christoff Gockerhan von Loch was thanked for his long service as Carolingian Baronial Thrown Weapons Champion, and turned his regalia over to the new champion, Lord Pandulf.

Master Kobayashi was also thanked for being willing to step into the role of Baronial Archery Champion on short notice (as the Baronial Archery Champion became Baron), and turned his regalia over to the new Archery Champion, Cathain. The Archery regalia included the quiver of Marion of Edwinstowe, founder of the Carolingian Company of Bowmen – while we are sure she would be amused to know that her quiver is still given to each champion, her loss is still felt keenly and we miss her terribly.

Induction into the Order of the Perseus of Lady Deirdre and Lord Simon with child accompanying them

Then Lord Ulrich Reinhart read the Award of Arms scroll for Lady Gudrun, for which we received Their Majesties’ permission, as Lady Gudrun had been unable to attend Investiture when the scroll was originally presented by Their Graces Edward and Thyra.

Lastly, we were delighted to induct the following new members into the Order of the Perseus, Carolingia’s martial prowess and service award, at the recommendation of the Order: Eric Michaelson, Asher of Lincolia, Christopher Michaelson, Simon of Barnsdale, and Dierdre of Mitgaard.

Photographs courtesy of Mistress Ygraine of Kellswood

Filed under: Court Tagged: Carolingia

East Kingdom King and Queen’s Fencing Champions in Smoking Rocks

Sat, 2015-09-19 11:27

The Barony of Smoking Rocks is honoured to be hosting the next East Kingdom Rapier Championship Tournament this coming 10th of October. Please join their soon-to-be Majesties Brennan and Caoilfhionn as they attend to the selection of the next King’s and Queen’s Rapier Champions.

Following are the conventions for the Champions Tournament.  Please note that any authorized rapier fighter may participate in this tournament, but only those who are willing and able to perform the duties of a Champion of the East Kingdom and affirm as such when signing in with the MoL will be able to advance from their round robin pool into the sweet sixteen.

The tournament will consist of three parts – the round robin, the sweet sixteen, and the finals.

Part One – Round Robin: The top fighters in each pool (number dependent on how many pools we have) will be selected to advance to the sweet sixteen.  Matches will consist of a single bout, with weapon forms of the combatants’ choosing.

Part Two – Sweet Sixteen: This will be a double elimination tree.  Matches will consist of a single bout, with weapon forms of the combatants’ choosing.

Part Three – Semi-Finals and Finals: At the semi-finals, all previous losses will be forgiven — a combatant need win only once to advance to the finals.  The finals will be decided as a best of five bouts, with matched weapon forms. Weapons forms will be alternating choice, with 1st choice decided by coin flip. Weapons forms may not repeat until the 5th fight (if necessary).

Other tournament-wide conventions: Double kills will be refought until a victor has been determined. Fencers approaching or crossing a list boundary during a bout will not be re-centered.  If a hold is called because a fencer has reached or crossed a boundary, the match will resume with the fencer on the boundary.  Finally, the marshals note that Two Handed Sword is now a separate authorization form.  Every effort will be made to have authorizing marshals available prior to the tournament.  There are no additional restrictions on the use of two-handed swords.

The tournament will be held in the port city of New Bedford, Massachusetts, at the Ft. Taber/Ft. Rodman Historical Park overlooking Buzzards Bay.  The park incorporates historical landmarks and offers many amenities. The centerpiece of the park is the historic Fort Rodman, built between 1857 and 1871 as part of the nation’s sea coast defense system. The park features a military museum, beach walking trails, and picnic areas offering panoramic views. If weather is amenable, we intend to hold the fencing tournament outdoors in front of the fort.

More information can be found at the event announcement on the East Kingdom Website.

Filed under: Events, Rapier