East Kingdom Gazette
Covering the Eastern Realm of the SCA
Updated: 1 min 35 sec ago
Today in the Barony of Concordia of the Snows, Emperor Brennan and Empress Caoilfhionn ascended to the thrones of the East.
Filed under: Court Tagged: coronation
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
Filed under: Announcements, Arts and Sciences, Tidings
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
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.
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.
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.
Nataliia Anastasiia Evgenova Sviatoslavina vnuchka — presented an assortment of 16th century paint brushes and writing implements, period pigments, and an apprentice contract.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Filed under: Arts and Sciences, Events Tagged: Barony Beyond the Mountain, Carolingia
A message from Their Highnesses:
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 …
Filed under: Announcements Tagged: award recommendations, awards, pollings
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.
We ask that you share this announcement and encourage the members of your group to make, create, and donate!
Some suggestions if needed
Fighter’s Repair Kit
Filed under: Court Tagged: royal gifts
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 email@example.com 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 “firstname.lastname@example.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,
Filed under: Announcements
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.
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″.
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
2 Hander Authorized Marshals List:
In addition to these gentles I have added a supplementary list as well:
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.
Filed under: Rapier Tagged: fencing
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
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,
Filed under: Announcements
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.
Filed under: Events
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
Filed under: Events Tagged: An Dubhaigeainn
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.
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.
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.
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
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
HRH Caoilfhionn’s newest favor was designed by Lady Violet Gray. It is a mermaid modified from a pictish carving. A two tailed mermaid for a second glorious reign! It can be created with embroidery, paint, silkscreen or other techniques. It can be embellished with beads or other materials, done as a simple outline or filled in, and given features and details as the maker desires.
Completed favors can be given to the Favor Coordinators, Lady Violet Gray and Lady Tola knitýr or to any member of the Royal Staff, or they can be mailed to Violet or Tola. Address information is included at the link below.
Her Majesty greatly appreciates your help in creating Her favors – Thank You!
Le design, par Dame Violet Gray, est une sirène inspirée d’une gravure picte. Une sirène à deux queues pour un second glorieux règne. Les faveurs peuvent être créées en broderie, peinture, sérigraphie, ou autres techniques. Vous pouvez les embellir de perles ou d’autres matériaux, en faire seulement les contours ou les remplir, et ajouter des détails comme vous le souhaitez.
Les faveurs complétées peuvent être données aux Coordonateurs des Faveurs, Dame Violet Gray et Dame Tole knitýr ou à un membre du Personnel Royal, ou elles peuvent être envoyées par la poste à Violet ou Tola:
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The following article was originally published by the Aethelmearc Gazette. Our thanks to them for sharing it.
At the beginning of September, Æthelmearc and the Society lost one of its legends. Countess Aidan ni Leir, Mistress of the Laurel, Mistress of the Pelican, Lady of the Rose, passed away suddenly in her home in the Canton of Steltonwald.
Countess Aidan had been active in the SCA since the mid-1970s, originally in the Crown Province of Østgardr (NYC). The Order of Precedence records her earliest award as a Silver Crescent (the East Kingdom’s AoA-level service order) in 1976 (A.S. XI). She served as Queen of the East through the summer of A.S. XIV, reigning with King Setanta (later Shannon) an Chasur at Pennsic 8. During her reign, she created many of the award scrolls that she and Setanta bestowed on worthy gentles, including the one shown below.
After stepping down as Queen, she went on to serve the East as Tyger Clerk of the Signet, helping to build the scribes of the East into a mighty army of artists.
Aidan also served as Seneschale of the East Kingdom in the late 1980s, during the period when the Western Region of the East was working on becoming the Principality of Æthelmearc. Her assistance was vital to the success of the Principality effort. She once claimed that she could have bought a house for the money she spent being Kingdom Seneschale, much of it used to pay for telephone bills and travel. In gratitude, after Æthelmearc was established as a Principality, Prince Haakon Oaktall and Princess Eleanor of Waldren bestowed on Countess Aidan the Principality service award, the Keystone. So many people asked her when she was moving to Æthelmearc that the question was depicted on her Keystone scroll across a small banner, in Latin, because of course Aidan knew Latin.
Sir Andreas Hak, who was seneschal of the Western Region and led the effort to create the Principality, recalls her attitude this way: “Aidan told me she had no particular feelings about whether such a principality was a good thing or not; but as seneschale, she was determined to make sure that the process was well executed. Aidan gave me a roadmap, and also offered up a lot of her time and resources in the principality movement. When I was traveling to events almost every weekend to hold listening sessions, Aidan managed to travel to a good minority of those events so she could hear the voices of the populace first hand.” Sir Hak notes that the job of Kingdom Seneschal was one he thought daunting. “Aidan took a job I was unwilling to consider. She did a great job, and she was very helpful in the principality movement when she could have simply stayed out of the way. She was a pleasure to work with, and I think fondly on our relationship for those years, and afterward.”
Aidan was well-known for her love of the arts, and for teaching all she knew with both creativity and humor. Mistress Briony of Chatham, who started her SCA career in the Debatable Lands but now lives in the East, says “She was an excellent artisan, with skills in many crafts. Her sense of humor encompassed the absurd, cynical, and snarky, but she was also a compassionate and good person.”
Aidan was plain-spoken and honest, some might say to a fault, but her influence on the Society is undeniable. Master Geoffrey d’Ayr of Montalban, originally of the Barony of Bhakail (Philadelphia), now living in Atlantia, says “Countess Aidan ni Leir was in many ways my SCA sister; supportive when necessary, corrective frequently (read: giving a kick in pants) when enthusiasm overtook sense. She is one of the many people to whom I owe a great debt for mentoring and molding and making me into something remotely peer-like.”
Mistress Elizabeth nic Ian, formerly of Østgardr, now also in Atlantia, grew up with Countess Aidan as a family friend. She recalls that Aidan’s breadth and depth of knowledge on a wide array of topics was intimidating when she was a child, but also spurred her to learn more. “We didn’t always get along, especially when I was a kid. She even admitted she wasn’t much of a kid person. It was the very rare child that she admitted to liking all the time, and I was not that child. It wasn’t until later that I learned to appreciate the prickly-but-warm brilliance that was Aidan. I wish I’d had easier recording technology to record some of the amazing tangents she’d fly off on during our too-infrequent conversations. They were all learning experiences, and made me want to know more about this crazy world. In fact, the desire to not look stupid to Aidan spurred many a research binge, so I could speak with more than the seat of my pants with her.”
In the early 2000s, Aidan gave in to the lure of friends and our low cost of living, and moved to the Canton of Steltonwald in Æthelmearc, where she lived until her passing. During her time here, she taught classes on topics ranging from scribal arts to sewing, knitting, needlework, and beadwork. She cooked many a fine feast, created leather-bound books, crafted beautiful award scrolls too numerous to count, checked gentles in at Æthelmearc War Practices, and always dispensed her unique blend of wisdom and sass that endeared her to many.
THLady Muirgheal Inghean Dubhghaill notes that Countess Aidan was “a woman unafraid to speak her mind or to be a voice against many; the true craftsman with fine calligraphy or the teacher of those that could hardly hold the pen; a Peer that valued honesty over popularity but with enough sense to never take herself too seriously; the crafter of as many tales as bead necklaces; someone ahead of her time and willing to break with the norm but who also respected traditions.”
THLady Teresa Luis Alvarez first met Aidan when Teresa was a teenager. For a decade, they shared a camp at Pennsic, and Teresa felt that Aidan never quite got past thinking of her as a teenager. When Aidan moved to Steltonwald, Teresa interacted with her more on a mundane basis than through the SCA. She says, “Aidan knew everything about everything. She read everything, followed the news and loved discussing things. She would come over for dinner and get into far-ranging discussions with my husband about theology, politics, and world events. He’ll miss that.” Aidan also loved big dogs, having grown up with a doberman and later a “wretched” standard schnauzer. “Her dog stories were hilarious, and would make you laugh until you couldn’t breathe and tears were running down your cheeks,” Teresa remembered. Aidan would come to Teresa’s for dinner so she could get a “dog fix” with Teresa’s English Setter, Nigel. She was always there for Teresa, and served as a surrogate mother after Teresa’s mom passed away 8 years ago. “My boys called her Aunt Helen. She was an actual part of our family. She had pride of place at our wedding, she went to both of my sons’ high school graduations. It was expected that she’d be included and there for all my little family’s major events. She was special, and very much loved by my family, even though most of them aren’t active in the SCA.”
Mistress Gianna di Aurelio, who was Countess Aidan’s apprentice until her own elevation to the Laurel six year ago, said “I loved Aidan very much. She was strong and wonderful mentor whose sage advice helped me along my path in the SCA. When she asked me to be her apprentice, Aidan told me that she never really wanted an apprentice because she felt that she was not a good enough artist. I think that anyone who was ever received any of her art would disagree. I learned many skills from her and I will miss our long talks about obscure little details of our shared enthusiasm for art. She was one of the most knowledgeable people that I have ever known. She was willful, stubborn, and honest and I will miss her.” Gianna also notes that Aidan would drive hours to teach at a schola or Æcademy. “She was prolific. I would challenge people to either paint a scroll or teach a class in Aidan’s honor.”
Lady Marian of Blackwood, one of Countess Aidan’s closest friends in Steltonwald along with Mistress Cassadoria Finialla, said “She was many things to many people. Countess, teacher, Laurel, Pelican. All of those things are wonderful, but to me – she was most of all – my friend. That is who I grieve the most.”
Her Excellency, Constance Glyn Dŵr, Baroness of the Debatable Lands, wishes all to know that “At Agincourt we will be having a small memorial table for Helen Pinto (Countess, Comrade Saint Aidan ni Leir). We encourage one and all to bring and display their favorite scroll done by her hand, pictures, mementos or anything that pleases you for her memory. We will have candles, and pen and paper for good gentles to pen their favorite memories of the Countess.”
At Summer’s End in the Barony of the Rhydderich Hael on September 12, King Timothy and Queen Gabrielle held a moment of silence during court to honor Countess Aidan, and His Majesty further enjoined everyone to seek out their friends and spend time with those they care about, for one never knows when they will be gone from our lives.
THL Teresa Luisa Alvarez reports that a funeral Mass will be held for Helen Pinto (Countess Aidan ni Leir) on Saturday, September 26, 2015 at 12:00 PM, St James Church , 200 Walnut Street, Sewickley, PA 15143.
All friends, allies, and associates of the late Helen Pinto, aka the Good Countess, Comrade Saint Aidan ni Leir, Patron Saint of Unpopular Causes and Answer Countess, are encouraged to hold such celebrations of her life as they deem appropriate.
Helen was born in October, 1951 to Leonard and Irene Pinto. A mild mannered computer programmer by day, in the evenings and on weekends she was transformed into Aidan ~ musician, maker, teacher of all things, and mentor. She was a raconteur of the highest order. She shared, gave, noodged, prodded, encouraged, and sometimes shouted in an attempt to bring people to their better selves.
According to her wishes, her ashes will soon reside as part of a reef ball. These are designed artificial reefs that are used to restore coral reefs around the world. She is survived by her cousins: Renee Pinto, Mickey Pinto, Gerrit Murphy, and Elizabeth Murphy.
So, get together, tell stories, and enjoy each other’s company. And, if you think to raise a glass, she was partial to Bailey’s Irish Crème or Jameson’s – good “daughter of the old sod” that she was.
– Mistress Cassadoria Finialla
Filed under: Tidings
SCA Inc seeking candidates for Tournaments Illuminated Art Director / SCA Inc est présentement à la recherche de candidat pour combler la position de Tournements Illuminated Art Director
En français In case of disparity between the French or English text, English text have precedence.
The Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) is seeking candidates for the position of Tournaments Illuminated Art Director. The current officer steps down in July, 2016, and in order to ensure a smooth transition, applications for the positions are now being accepted.
Tournaments Illuminated (TI) is the Society’s quarterly magazine that furthers research, education and ‘living history’ recreation in the field of pre-seventeenth century Western culture, with additional features unique to the SCA: humor, kingdom news, medieval travel destinations, museums of interest, and more.
Duties and responsibilities of the art director include:
layout of the magazine while adhering to our graphic standards on schedule;
The position requires a modest weekly time commitment, except prior to publication deadline when 30+ hours per week may be required. Qualifications for the Art Director position include expertise with magazine production, the ability to meet deadlines, and experience working with printers. Applicants need to have access to and experience with a computer running InDesign and the ability to export files to press-quality pdf format (if working on a PC – our printing vendor uses Macintosh, and our existing files are all Macintosh InDesign). Professional experience in a graphics environment and prior experience in an SCA chronicler position are desirable, but not required. E-mail access is absolutely vital to the position, and while high-speed internet access is not required, it has proven to be very useful. Reasonable expenses are covered by the Corporation and may include: paper, printer cartridges, stamps, mailing expenses, and a post office box. You will be asked to submit an expense report, with receipts attached to receive reimbursement. The Art Director receives a small stipend from the SCA once an issue is complete.
Hard copies of résumés (both professional and SCA related, including offices held and honors) must be sent to the attention of ‘The Board of Directors’,SCA, Inc.,P.O. Box 360789, Milpitas, CA 95036-0789.
Comments are strongly encouraged and can be sent to:
You may also email email@example.com.
La “Society for Creative Anachronism” (SCA) est présentement à la recherche de candidat pour combler la position de Tournements Illuminated Art Director. Le tenant de l’office actuel quittera ses fonctions en juillet 2016. Dans le but d’assurer une transition en douceur les personnes désirants appliquer pour la position peuvent le faire à présent.
“Tournements Illuminated” est le magasine trimestriel de la SCA sur les recherches, l’éducation et la vie pré 17ieme siècle de l’ouest. Incluant aussi des éléments relatif à la SCA tel que: Humour, nouvelles des Royaumes, destination médiéval pour les voyages, musée d’intérêt et autre.
Devoirs et responsabilités de l’office
Mise en page du magasine en accord avec nos standards graphiques et respect des échéanciers. Maintient de contact avec les illustrateurs et photographes fournissant TI pour le matériel supplémentaires pour le site web SCA.
Une copie papier de votre CV professionnel et SCA incluants les offices et honneurs reçu doit être envoyer a:
The Board of Directors, SCA Inc
Le tout doit être à destination pour le premier avril 2016. Tout commentaire est bienvenue et peut être acheminer à:
Commentaire par email à: firstname.lastname@example.org
Filed under: En français, Official Notices Tagged: art director, corporate announcements, sca inc, society officers, TI, tournaments Illuminated
The following was submitted for publication by the East Kingdom Seneschal, Dueña Mercedes Vera de Calafia.
Over the last year I have spoken to many people about the fact that the Kingdom they live in does not match the Kingdom they play in, or where their heart is. The SCA recognizes this situation is common enough to address it in the glossary of Corpora defining a Subject as:
Any person who physically resides within the borders of a realm for more than half the year. Those who do not maintain a residence meeting this definition may be considered subjects of the realm where they participate most frequently if they obtain written acknowledgment from the royalty of that realm. Those who participate in Society activities primarily in a realm other than the one where they reside may be considered subjects of that realm if they obtain written permission and acknowledgment from the royalty of both realms. Decisions of the Coronet in such matters depend upon the approval of the Crown.To that end, Seneschals of Kingdoms who allow this have a simple form that is customized for request. Once it is signed by the Sovereigns of each Kingdom, this form is kept on file by the Kingdom Seneschals of both Kingdoms. So, why go through this? One reason is just to be a true subject of the Kingdom of your choice. Another reason is that for a Crown to reward someone who does not physically live in their Kingdom, they must get written permission from the Crown of the Kingdom of residence.
From Corpora IV.E.4:4. Royalty may grant armigerous awards to subjects of other realms only if all the following conditions apply: a. the service or achievements being recognized must have taken place in the realm of the conferring royalty, b. the conferring royalty must comply with all consultation provisions and other restrictions in the law of its realm, c. the conferring royalty must obtain prior written consent from the Crown of the realm of the recipient. d. For patent orders, the Crown of the realm of the recipient must likewise comply with any consultation provisions and other restrictions in its own law. It is much easier for a busy and distracted Crown to sign one piece of paper than to go through this for each armigerious award they wish to give a someone. If you are reading this and you are in or know someone in this position, and they wish to become a subject of the East, please have them contact the Kingdom Seneschal at email@example.com for the form. En français Traduction par Baroness Genovefa Clerica.La présente a été soumise pour publication par le Sénéchal du Royaume de l’Est, Dueña Mercedes Vera de Calafia.
Au cours des ans, j’ai souvent parlé à beaucoup de gens qui, malgré le fait qu’ils vivent dans un royaume, ont leur cœur et jouent dans un autre. La SCA reconnaît que cette situation est assez fréquente pour prendre la peine de l’adresser dans le Glossaire de Corpora dans lequel le sujet d’un royaume est défini tel que suit :
Toute personne qui réside physiquement à l’intérieur des frontières d’un royaume pour plus de la moitié d’une année. Ceux qui ne maintiennent pas une résidence selon cette définition peuvent être considérés sujets d’un royaume dans lequel ils participent fréquemment à condition qu’ils obtiennent l’approbation écrite des Souverains de ce royaume. Ceux qui participent aux activités de la Société principalement dans un royaume autre que celui dans lequel ils ont établis résidence peuvent être considérés sujets de ce royaume s’ils obtiennent la permission écrite des Souverains des deux royaumes impliqués. Toutes décisions des dirigeants territoriaux locaux à ce sujet dépendent de l’approbation de la Couronne.
À cette fin, les Sénéchaux des royaumes qui le permettent ont un formulaire qui est adapté pour faire la demande. Une fois signé par les Souverains, les Sénéchaux des deux royaumes en conservent une copie pour leurs dossiers.
Pourquoi se donner la peine d’entreprendre ce processus? Une des raisons est simplement pour vous permettre d’être le sujet du royaume de votre choix. Une autre vient du fait que les dirigeants d’un royaume, qui désire reconnaître un individu qui ne réside pas en ses terres, doivent obtenir la permission écrite des dirigeants du royaume de résidence de celui-ci.De l’article IV.E.4 : 4. de la Corpora « Les Souverains peuvent remettre des reconnaissances de porter ces armes (AoA) à un sujet d’un autre royaume seulement si les conditions suivantes s’appliquent : a. le service ou la réalisation doit avoir été accompli dans le royaume qui veut reconnaître l’individu, b. les Souverains doivent suivre toutes les consultations, provisions et restrictions de leurs royaumes, c. les Souverains doivent préalablement avoir obtenu le consentement écrit des Souverains du royaume de résidence du candidat. d. Pour l’Ordre des Pair, les Souverains du royaume de résidence du candidat doivent également suivre toutes les consultations, provisions et restrictions de leur propre royaume.
Il est beaucoup plus facile, pour des Souverains occupés et parfois distraits, de signer un bout de papier que de passer au travers de ce long processus pour chacune des récompenses qu’ils souhaitent remettre à un individu.
Si à la suite à la lecture de ce texte vous vous reconnaissez dans cette situation ou que vous connaissez quelqu’un dans cette situation et que cette personne souhaitait devenir sujet du Royaume de l’Est, vous pouvez communiquer avec le Sénéchal du Royaume de l’Est au : « firstname.lastname@example.org pour obtenir le formulaire.
Filed under: En français, Law and Policy, Tidings
Scroll Delivery Instructions for the Reign of Brennan II and Caoilfhionn II / Des Instructions de Livraison pour des Parchemins pour le règne de Brennan II et Caoilfhionn II
Please note that any scrolls needing to be shipped for awards during
Please send an email note to Them, as well as to Their Eastern Crown
They have requested that their titles be thematically appropriate to
1) Augustus & Augusta
If you have already received an assignment from the Tyger Clerk of the
Salutation à tous.
Veuillez noter que tous les parchements envoyés pour des récompenses pendant le règne de Brennan II et de Caoilfhionn II doivent être envoyés à plat dans une enveloppe rigide à l’adresse suivante :
Lorsque le parchemin sera prêt, veuillez envoyer Leur envoyer un courriel et copier Leur Maître Héraut de la Couronne de l’Est (Eastern Crown
Ils demandent que Leur titre soit adapté selon la thématique du parchemin. Dans le cas ou le scribe a le choix, voici l’ordre de préférence de Leurs Excellences :
1) Augustus & Augusta
Si vous avez déjà reçu une demande du Clerc Tygre du Signet (Tyger Clerk of the Signet) qui n’inclut pas ces demandes et que vous avez déjà calligraphié le texte, veuillez ne pas changer les titres.
Filed under: Announcements, Court, En français