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For Honor, Glory and Laughs

Tue, 2014-06-10 10:40

The Kountess of Kaos at the first LvP is now entered as the Duchess of Discord.

Seven Laurels, seven pelicans and many silly weapons are ready to take the field but they need your help.  The list of peers taking part in the annual Laurels vs. Pelicans boffer challenge is up on the website.  These peers face off with boffer weapons to raise money for the Pennsic war chest, which funds Pennsic costs such as the hospitality tent and royalty dinner.  The peers and their current totals are listed below.


Laurels Pelicans Mistress Elizabeth Eleanore Lovell
The Bee Keeper
Weapon: Catherine Wheel buckler with bloody tips and a flail of bumble bees
Music: Donor’s Choice! $0.00 Mistress Mercedes de Calafia
La Matadora (The Bull Fighter)
Weapon: Seneschal’s Key of Entirely Appropriate Conduct
Music: Bizet’s Toreador Song $25.00 Mesterno Tyzes “Zsof” Sofia
The Magyar Mangler of the Midrealm
Weapon: The Cameron
Music: TBD $35.00 Mistress Alys Mackyntoich
Her Infernal Splendor, Mistress Alys Mackyntoich, Ogress Herald,
Demonon Queen of Fence, Word-wielder, Destroyer of Knees, Crusher of the
Hopes and Dreams of the Weak, Hammer of the Insipid
Weapon: Two Sword
Music: Theme from Jaws $85.00 Mistress Aife ingen Chonchobair
The Battling Banfili
Weapon: Ogham covered Standing Stone
Music: O Fortuna $10.00 Sir Tanaka Raiko
Dieter Langenstaffen
Weapon: The Giant Staff of Floppiness
Music: We are the Champions $0.00 Master Alaric MacConnal
Master of Ominous Music
Weapon: B-flat
Music: TBD – PAID! $100.00 Baronne Maîtresse Jehannine de Flandres
Keg Killer
Weapon: Beer bottle with keg shield
Music: Donor’s Choice $25.00 Master Dietrich Schwelgengräber
Music: Donor’s choice $0.00 Kazumi no Tanaka aka Baroness Mistress Sofia Staritskiia Rhosia
Mrs. Tanaka
Weapon: Flying Octopus $0.00 Master Grim the Skald
Grim the Scalding
Weapon: Giant Ladle
Music: TBD $0.00 Duchess Kiena Stewart
Duchess of Discord
Weapon: Lance and Hobby Horse
Music: Imperial March from Star Wars $0.00 Mistress Eleanore MacCarthaigh
Weapon: Frying Pan and Spatula $0.00 Mistress Katherine Barr
Music: Donor’s Choice $0.00

Grim the Skalding with his giant ladle at the first LvP

What weapons the peers use depends on how much money they raise.  Raise $25?  They head out with just a dagger.  Raise $100?  They could head out with a flying octopus or a frying pan and spatula.  See www.laurelsvspelicans.com for information on how to donate and the weapons levels.

In addition to the weapons, the peers can have theme music played for their moment of glory.  Baroness Sabine de Kerbriant will play entrance music for a peer on her rauschpfeife for a $20 donation.  Some peers have listed musical choices.  Others are leaving it up to the donor who gives $20 to the Pennsic war chest to make their intro happen.

Filed under: Events Tagged: Laurels vs. Pelicans

King’s and Queen’s Archery Champions Unofficial Court Report

Sat, 2014-06-07 08:05

It was a mostly beautiful day upon which Their Imperial Majesties, Brennan Augustus and Caoilfhionn Augusta, visited their Barony of Bergental on 31 May 2014, AS XLIX for the competition to choose their Champions of Archery.

There was some fine shooting, nearly eighty archers took the field, including Their Majesties and Their Highnesses. In the end, sixteen stood to compete for the victory, and to be named Queen’s Champion.

The finals came down to Rupert the Unbalanced, and Urho of the Pines. Following a dramatic shoot-off, Rupert emerged the victor, and would be named Queen’s Archery Champion for the 5th time.

At the beginning of court Krakken Gnashbone relinquished his place to Rupert, who was presented the regalia of the Queen’s Archery Champion, and a scroll by Charis Accipiter.

Colin Ursell was thanked for his service, and relieved of his duties as King’s Archery Champion. His Majesty chose Peter the Red, who had displayed incredible prowess to reach the semi-finals, to serve as His champion. Peter received the regalia of the King’s Archery Champion, and a scroll by Charis Accipiter.

The skies began to open, and though a light rain started to come down, court continued onwards.

Godric of Hampton was called into court. There, he presented to Alexander von Heisler the medallion of a Master Bowman. Alexander has achieved a royal-round average greater than 80 points to earn that honor.

Jehannine de Flandres was called to attend the court. She had in her possession old IKAC (Inter-Kingdom Archery Competition) medallions from many years ago. Since all of the recipients were present, she passed them the earned awards for this.

Next was Duchess Avelina called before the court. There, she presented to a recipient of Her Queen’s honor of distinction, Alberic, a token for his work with the state dinner.

The rains abated, much to the delight of those in attendance.

Their Majesties invited before them Mirabet de Gumy. She was named a Lady of the Court, and presented an AoA scroll with calligraphy and illumination by Wulfgar Silverbraid, words by Theodora Bryennissa called Treannah.

Her Majesty addressed Her Highness, and invited her into court. She offered her a stuffed blue tyger, as congratulations on her becoming Princess of the East. However, this was a pretense to get Þóra Eiríksdóttir into court, so that the companions of Order of the Silver Crescent may be called forth. She was inducted into said order, presented a medallion as well as a scroll by Nest verch Tangwistel.

Her Majesty next invited the children who had participated in Her service initiative into court. They were presented with beads and cheered. Then were the rest of the children present called before the court, as was Her guard Llewellyn Walsh. Llewelyn took the toy box, and ran into the field, where he served as human piñata for the children to get toys from.

Duke Kenric æt Essex was called before the court. His Majesty did expound upon the many, many, many things Kenric does, and lamented that he leaves nothing for anyone else to do! However, such was his work that it did not go unrecognized, and this day was his rapier prowess in particular noted. The recipients of the Order of the Silver Rapier were called forth. Kenric was inducted to the order, and received a medallion and a scroll by Elisenda de Luna.

Their Majesties called before their court Elisabeth Playledere. She was named a Lady of the Court, and presented with an AoA scroll with calligraphy by þóra Eiríksdóttir, and illumination by Emma Makilmone.

His Majesty addressed Her Excellency Bergantal. He could not help by admire the fine illumination work on the scroll just presented. He invited Emma Makilmone before the court. Noting her contributions to the Arts and Sciences, the companions of the Order of the Maunche were called forth. Emma Makilmone was inducted into the order, and received a medallion, as well as a scroll by Eloise of Coulter.

It was the conclusion of a fine day, and thus closed the court of Their Imperial Majesties, Brennan Augustus and Caoilfhionn Augusta was closed. Long may they reign over the Empire of the East!

In service,
Malcolm Bowman
Eastern Crown Herald
PS – Thank you for Heraldic assistance to Ryan MacWhyte and Simona bat Leone. Additional thank you to Alys Mackyntoich and Eva Woderose.

Filed under: Court Tagged: archery, champions, court report

Event Announcement: A Day in the Solarium

Fri, 2014-06-06 12:22

Tomorrow, June 7th, a sewing Solarium will be held in the Barony of Settmour Swamp.

The great Pennsic War looms! Is there a seamstress or tailor among us who does not struggle with clothing self and household? Or wrestle with fitting problems, piles of mending, and banners with too darn many laurel leaves? Do you long to hear minstrels strumming and bards singing for your pleasure while you stitch and chat? Come join us in the solar for an afternoon of good company, good food, and good advice for your tailoring issues.

In addition to the solarium, or open area where all may work while being entertained by musicians, bards, and storytellers, there will be two smaller classrooms where we will offer more specific project assistance. We will have teachers on hand to help folks sort out problems with their sewing projects, as well as tables for seamsters to set up sewing machines and an iron, if needed. And, there will be an Athena’s Thimble panel for those working on embroidered pretties.

Do you have fabric, trim, or old clothes taking up space? Bring it to swap or sell! (No other merchanting permitted, sorry.)

Musicians and bards who are interested in performing, please contact the Autocrat, Baroness Elizabeth Talbot, at nedlnthred@gmail.com.

We ask all attendees to bring an item of any size or type for the potluck. Contact Lady Vika at lurking.girl@gmail.com to coordinate. Alas for our spirits (but good for our handwork) the site is Completely Dry.

We will not take pre-registration for the event, but we’d appreciate an RSVP (to nedlnthred@gmail.com or the “Day in the Solar” FB group) so we can plan resources accordingly. The fee is $12.00, and will include soup, bread & fruit, & a wonderful site token.

Schedule of the day:

11am: Site opens

11am-5pm: Main Hall, Solar — open sewing and entertainment

12pm-3pm: Main Hall, Potluck dayboard served

1pm: Classroom 1, “How to fit a bodice”, Mistress Caterina Gioacchini (volunteer from the audience needed: please email autocrat)

Classroom 2, “Simple embroidery stitches to embellish basic garb”, Lady Elizabet Marshall

2pm: Classroom 1, “Get help fitting problem pieces”, Mistress Elizabeth Talbot and Mistress Caterina Gioacchini

Classroom 2, Athena’s Thimble Panel

3pm: Cutting out period garment shapes: Main hall, T-tunic/early gown, Mistress Elizabeth Talbot

Classroom 1, Italian Gamurra, Mistress Kamilla van Anderlecht

Classroom 2, Gothic Fitted Dress, Mistress Caterina Gioacchini and Lady Vika Grigina zPrahy

5-6 pm: Site Cleanup, all are welcome!

Filed under: Events

Fundraiser for Master Feral

Fri, 2014-06-06 10:19

Northern Army Belt Placard

Combat Medallions will be producing Northern Army belt placards as a fundraiser to assist Master Feral with his medical expenses. Once costs to produce the placards have been recovered, 100% of the profits will be donated to Master Feral.

When asked how his business started, JP, the proprietor of Combat Medallions, said that people liked what he was making, so he just kept going, and now he is in 10 different kingdoms.

JP has advised that the placards will be ready in mid-July, and will be available either online at www.combatmedallions.com or at events he is attending.  For event availability, he may be contacted through https://www.facebook.com/combat.medallions.1?fref=ts&ref=br_tf.

Filed under: Tidings Tagged: Fundraising

Event Announcement: Ostgardr and An Dubhaigeainn Challenge II

Wed, 2014-06-04 20:02
On June 7th we will be holding the second annual test between the Crown Province of Ostgardr and the Barony of An Dubhaigeainn. The event will take place at Episcopal Church of St. Margaret located at 1000 Washington Ave Plainview, NY  11803 On this day the champions and the populace of each group will test their skills in all martial activities:  heavy weapons, fencing, archery and thrown weapons; as well as Arts and Sciences competition, Bardic and Brewing competitions. Not a resident of the Province or the Barony? Not a problem! You can come and align with either side with a heavy shove from us to make sure the sides are equitable :)

Schedule for the Day:
10 am site/troll opens
10 am A&S Display is open for Artisans to set up their works
10:30 am Archery field opens for the populace shoot
10:30 am Thrown weapons range opens for the populace throws
11 am Heavy Weapons Tournament (the field will remain open for pick-ups throughout the day provided there is a marshal present)
12 pm Fencing Tournament (the field will remain open for pick-ups throughout the day provided there is a marshal present)
12-4 pm Voting on the for the A&S competition (tokens will be given out at troll)
1 pm Brewing Competition to be judged
2 pm Bardic Competition in the nave of the Church
3 pm Thrown Weapons Champions Tournament
4 pm Archery Champions shoot
4:30 pm All Fields, Lists, Ranges and troll close.
5 pm Court
6 pm Site closes

Other Classes/Meetings:
12:30-2 pm Maunche Kaffeklatsch – hosted by Master Richard the Poor.  Not an official order meeting, but something much more informal where we can discuss assorted issues relevant to our order.

3-4 pm Pennsic 101 Class – hosted by Jenna Childslayer.
Going to your first Pennsic? Here you will learn everything you need to know to get yourself ready. We will also have a raffle for the benefit of the Province. The person holding the winning raffle ticket will receive a cream pie and the opportunity to throw this pie at His Excellency, the Viceroy of Ostgardr.  We are not responsible for the winners throwing ability and accuracy. There will be a delicious dyboard is being prepared by Lady Michelle the Ubiquitous.
The menu is as follows:
Aromatic meat buns (想肉包)
Soy sauce chicken & Eggs (卤鸡卤蛋)
There will also be some plain hard boiled eggs
Fresh fruit
Adzuki bean zongzi (Chinese tamales 粽子) – sweet and savory versions

Please check out the event announcement for more details:

We look forward to seeing you all at the event!

Filed under: Events Tagged: An Dubhaigeainn, Ostgardr

War of the Roses Unofficial Court Report

Mon, 2014-06-02 12:03

Their Imperial Majesties, Brennan Augustus and Caoilfhionn Augusta visited their Barony of Concordia of the Snows on 24 May 2014, AS XLIX for War of the Roses.

Upon the field of combat Their Majesties did open a court. They called forth William Deth, and noted his prowess on both the heavy and rapier fields. This day was his rapier prowess in particular noted, and the recipients of the Order of the Silver Rapier were called forth. He received a medallion, and a scroll by Nest verch Tangwistel.

In the early evening, Their Majesties held their formal court.

Eithne ingen Fháeláin was called before the court. Her Majesty questioned if this young lady might be a long lost cousin, as they have a similar surname. Though no certain answer was made, she was named a Lady of the Court, and presented with an AoA scroll by Heather Rose DeGourdoun.

Next was Branwen Stargazer called before Their Majesties. She was named a Lady of the Court, a scroll for her AoA would be forthcoming.

It was thus announced that the proposed Shire of Midland Vale in the southern part of New York on the New Jersey border, sponsored by the Shire of Coill Tuar, was granted Incipient status.

The autocrat for the event, Jaquelinne Sauvageon, was called forward and made several announcements.

His Excellency Concordia of the Snows Pierre de Tours and Mistress Brid each swore their fealty.

Next Their Majesties demanded the presence of Queen’s Guard Aesa Lokabrenna Sturladottir. Her time and service spoken of with affection, she was named a Lady of the Court, and received an AoA scroll by Harold von Auerbach.

Children participating in Her Majesty’s Service Challenge were called forward and presented beads. The rest of the children in attendance were called forth, and presented gifts from the Royal Toy Box.

A pair of young brothers, Koen Hedinnson and Garron Hedinnson were called before the Court. They were soon joined by the Companions of the Order of the Tyger’s Cub. They were inducted into the order, Koen receiving a scroll by Rhonwen glyn Conwy, Garron receiving a scroll with calligraphy by Colin MacLaren and illumination by Rennenwief van Grunewald.

The Brewer’s Guild were called forth, and presented a gift to Their Majesties in the memory of Sheldon the Just.

Irmel von Lubeck was called before the court. She was named a Lady of the Court, and received an AoA with scroll by Katrusha Skomorokh.

Having received a writ from Kenric II and Avelina II, at the start of the day Alberic von Rostock had been sent to sit on vigil and contemplate elevation to the Order of the Pelican. He answered in the affirmative, and was elevated to the Peerage. He received a scroll by Fiona O’Maille ó Chaun Coille with words by Toki Redbeard. His Majesty Aethelmearc, Magnus Tindal, addressed the populace, thanking them for their hospitality. Prince Edward also offered thanks, and thus closed the court of Their Imperial Majesties, Brennan Augustus and Caoilfhionn Augusta was closed. Long may they reign over the Empire of the East!

In service,

Malcolm Bowman
Eastern Crown Herald
PS – Thank you for Heraldic assistance to Grim the Skald.

 Photos by Baroness Cateline la Broderesse








Filed under: Court Tagged: War of the Roses

Crown Tourney Unofficial Court Report

Sun, 2014-06-01 23:17

Investing the Prince and Princess of Tir Mara

Their Imperial Majesties, Brennan Augustus and Caoilfhionn Augusta made the long journey to l’ile du Dragon Dormant on 17 May 2014, AS XLIX, where they witnessed the tournament to determine their heirs.

Numerous outstanding combatants presented themselves, but the day was won by His Grace Duke Edward Grey of Lochleven, fighting for the honor of Countess Þóra Eiríksdóttir.

At the start of court Edward and Þóra were invested as the Prince and Princess Tir Mara, to the delight of the populace assembled.

Next The Ladies of the Rose present awarded tokens to worthy fighters. Tokens were presented to Ávaldr Valbjarnarson, Wilhelm von Ostenbrücke, Thorvald Olafsson, and Culann mac Cianian.

Shield of Chivalry to Wilham

Wilham de Broc was called forward and presented with the Shield of Chivalry.

Thomas of Ravenhill was named the Admiral of the Armies.

Christobald Della Rocca was called forth before the court, and inducted into the Order of the Tyger’s Cub. He received a scroll by Bebhinn Inghean Ui Siodhachain with translation by Brunissende le dragonet.

Genofeva Clerica was called before the court, and named a Lady of the Court. She was presented with an AoA scroll by Robin dit Dessaint, with words by Tadea Isabetta di Bruno and Translation by Kirsa Oyutai.

East Kingdom Minister of the Lists Sabina Luttrell was presented a token by His Majesty Brennan for her outstanding job with organizing the day’s lists.

Their Excellencies l’ile du Dragon Dormant, Angus McHaley & Tadea Isabetta di Bruno, Her Excellency Stonemarch Jocelyn del Espada, Their Excellencies Havre des Glaces Godfroy de Falaise and Alisay de Falaise swore fealty to Their Majesties.

It was announced that the proposed Canton of Basingstoke in the area known as Down East Maine, sponsored by the Barony of Endewearde was granted Incipient status.

Áine an Neamheaglach was called into court. Their Majesties presented business passed on to them by Kenric II and Avelina II, and named her a Lady of the Court. She received an AoA scroll by Caterina Giaocchini with translation by Eginhard d’Aix la Chapelle.

Maunche for Anna Dokeianina Syrakousina

Ekaterina Solov’eva Pevstova was called before Their Majesties. She was made a Lady of the Court, and awarded an AoA with a scroll by Shadiyah al-Zahra’.

Yolente Van der Brugghe was called into court. She was made a Lady of the Court, and awarded an AoA with a scroll by Jonathan Blaecstan, with words by Jean Oste de Murat and translation from Arthur de Beaumont

Anna Dokeianina Syrakousina was called into the court. Citing her Roman research and creations, Their Majesties called forth the companions of the Order of the Maunche. She was inducted into said order, and received a scroll by Nataliia Anastasiia Evgenova.

Tailor to the Crown, Cristoforo

Now was called before the court Cristoforo Donatello dei Visconti. His incredible works as a tailor duly noted, he was named a Tailor to the Crown and received a scroll by Ursion de Gui.

Ehorik Ansgardson was called into court. He was named a Lord of the Court, and presented with an AoA scroll by Ignacia la Ciega, with words by Godfroy de Falaise and translation to English by Arthur de Beaumont.

Silver Crescent for Varju

Katarzyna Gwozdz, called Varju, was requested to present herself before the court. Her dedication and hard work cited, Their Majesties called for the companions of the Order of the Silver Crescent. She was thus inducted into the order, and presented a scroll with illumination by Ryan Mac Whyte, calligraphy by Kay Leigh Mac Whyte, words by Marguerite ingen Lachlainn and translation by Arthur de Beaumont.

Though not present during court, the following gentles were also awarded Arms, and presented with scrolls: Abygaelle du Havre des Glaces, AoA scroll by Harold von Auerbach, with words by Jean Oste de Murat and translation by Arthur de Beaumont; Matheo du Havre des Glaces, AoA scroll by Jonathan Blaecstan, with words by Jean Oste de Murat and translation by Arthur de Beaumont; Külicejin of Dragon Dormant, AoA scroll by Borujin Acilaldai translated by Eginhard d’Aix la Chapelle.

Thus concluded a day of great chivalry, honor and prowess. The court of Their Imperial Majesties, Brennan Augustus and Caoilfhionn Augusta was closed. Long may they reign over the Empire of the East!

In service,

Malcolm Bowman
Eastern Crown Herald

PS – Thank you to the Heraldic staff for the day! Master Ryan MacWhyte; Master Grim the Skald; Aotroù Conogan mab Rioc, the Breton; Lord Martyn de Halliwell; Dominus Eginhard d’Aix la Chapelle; and Behi Kirsa Oyutai

(Photos kindly provided by Lady Cat Lennox.)







Filed under: Court, Events Tagged: Crown Tournament, Crown Tourney, spring crown

New Archery Champions!

Sun, 2014-06-01 15:53

Tournement winner and Queen’s Champion: Master Rupert the Unbalanced
King’s Champion selected by His Majesty: Master Peter the Red

83 archers participated in this year’s tournement, which was held May 31, 2014, in the Barony of Bergental and autocratted by Mistress Tamsin Whitlocke. The competition was run by the retiring Champions, Baron Master Krakken Gnashbone and Baron Colin Ursell. Their August Majesties, Brennan and Caoilfhionn, addressed the participants, then shooting commenced. The theme of the day was “Viking”, with challenges including Thor’s Hammer, ships sailing away, helmets, shields, shooting from “horseback”, and a singing Brunhilde. All participants were able to shoot the full course of 11 targets, then scores were totaled and sorted.

As the top scorers were announced, each was asked if they wished to compete for the honor and responsibility of serving as a Champion. Three top scorers chose to step out of the competition: Master Phillip Reed the Facetious (100), Lord Kusunoki Yoshimoto (90) and Lord Nathaniel Wyatt (88). The resulting 16 finalists then commenced shoot-offs against their seeded competitors; in each pairing, the winner was the first to knock down 5 small “axe-head” targets.

Here are the results:

16 Finalists
#1 – Rupert the Unbalanced (119) vs. #16 – Treya min Teanga (69)
#2 – Godric of Hamtun (117) vs. #15 – Hawkmoon (72)
#3 – Peter the Red (109) vs. #14 – Alexander von Heisler (73)
#4 – Urho of the Pines (92) vs. #13 – Kieran Bren of Bannockburn (73)
#5 – Ryan McWhyte (88) vs. #12 – Conor O’Ceallaigh (75)
#6 – Li Kung Lo (86) vs. #11 – Alberic maqi Droata (76)
#7 – Radagast (84) vs. #10 – Mongo Chinua (81)
#8 – Jehannine de Flandres (85) vs. #9 – Mark Squirrelsbane (81)

Quarter Finals
Rupert vs. Hawkmoon
Peter vs. Jehannine
Urho vs. Radagast
Ryan vs. Li

Rupert vs. Li
Peter vs. Urho

Rupert vs. Urho

Filed under: Archery, Events Tagged: champions, Kings and Queens Champions

Pikestaff Cover Art Needed

Sun, 2014-06-01 11:45

Mistress A’isha bint Jamil, Chronicler of the East Kingdom, writes on behalf of our Kingdom newsletter:

Please consider submitting cover art for Pikestaff.
Questions and submissions can be sent via email to chronicler@eastkingdom.org

The issue format is 8.5 x 11”, with a 1” margin of white space. Art can be line drawings or grey scale. The key is that it must be printable on a black and white printer. Photos rendered in black and white are also an option, but if they contain any people we must have a release form from each and every one before we can use it. This generally prevents us using candid scenes shot at events.

Art can be submitted electronically as a high resolution scan. Graphical formats (gif, jpg, png, etc.) generally give much better results than pdf. If you wish to include the required cover information (month, issue number, date, etc.)  in your art, please contact the chronicler (chronicler@eastkingdom.org) to confirm that the month you are submitting for is available. Otherwise the text will be added by the chronicler during the layout process. You will also need to complete an SCA creative release form (http://www.sca.org/docs/pdf/ReleaseCreative.pdf) granting us permission to publish the artwork. Releases for photos and models can also be found here: http://www.sca.org/docs/library.html.

Filed under: Official Notices Tagged: Pikestaff

Peers Wanted

Fri, 2014-05-30 12:57

The first nine peers have already signed up for Laurels vs. Pelicans, and the group includes a Midrealm Champion!  Now the call is going out for more adventurous peers.  The event raises money for the Pennsic war chest, which funds events such as the royalty dinner.  The Laurels vs. Pelicans website opens fundraising on June 7 .  Peers can sign up after fundraising starts (and have in the past), but are encouraged to sign up before then if possible.

So far this year’s group includes Mesterna Tyzes “Zsof” Sofia, who is the King’s Bard of the Mid.  Sir Tanaka Reiko, well known for entertaining people in the heavy list arena, has signed up to wield a boffer and will be trying for a specialty weapon of the not serious type.  The current list of participants is below.

  • Mistress Aife ingen Chonchobair
  • Mistress Alys Mackyntoich
  • Mistress Amy Webbe
  • Mistress Elizabeth Eleanore Lovell
  • Mistress Katherine Barr of Cumberland
  • Duchess Kiena Stewart
  • Mistress Mercedes de Calafia
  • Sir Tanaka Reiko
  • Mesterno Tyzes “Zsof” Sofia

People who would like to participate should contact Lord Fergus Redmead or Mistress Catrin o’r Rhyd For.  The fundraiser will be at Southern Region War Camp on June 28.  More information can be found at the Laurels vs. Pelicans website

Filed under: Events Tagged: Laurels vs. Pelicans

Q&A – How Laurels vs. Pelicans Came To Be

Thu, 2014-05-22 10:42

Master Alexandre and Mistress Rhiannon at the first LvP

Laurels vs. Pelicans returns this year to Southern Region War on Saturday, June 28th. Wondering what this is and how it came to be? The Gazette asked the person who started it, Mistress Catrin o’r Rhyd For.  (Mistress Catrin is also a Gazette editor.)

Where did the idea for Laurels vs. Pelicans come from?
This is a little embarrassing, but I was talking to people at the EK Rapier Champions event in Quintavia two years ago. Surrounded by combat, we speculated that people would probably pay to see the Laurels and Pelicans hit each other. The more I thought about it, the more I realized it was probably true. So I asked the Laurels and Pelicans who were present if they would sign up to do this as a fundraiser, and they said yes. Then it was just a question of how to raise money doing it.

Master Leiftameon’s juggling clubs versus Master Ulric’s giant spoon

How is the money raised?
The participants get weapons based on how much money people donate in their name. A dagger is $25; sword is $50; two sword/sword & shield is $75; and specialty weapon is $100. The specialty weapons were Mistress Aife’s idea. She has a piece about brain balls, so she thought people might donate money to see her throw foam brains. The other peers liked it and invented their own specialty weapons.

Mistress Aife’s dramatic death

Some peers offer incentives to donate, like Mistress Aife gave away autographed brain balls.  This year Baroness Sabine is offering to play entrance music for a peer on her rauschpfeife in return for a donation. The pieces can be period or modern, so someone can enter to the Imperial Death March if a $20 donation is made to make it happen.  A Betting Man’s Guide has been sold both years also.

Master Ekkehardt’s oar versus Mistress Dziuginte’s shovel

So this isn’t a period activity?
Yes and no. There are parallels I can draw to civic and religious theatricals events in period – not plays but other theatrical activities. We are creating improvised entertainment that takes a lighthearted approach to one of our most formal and structured activities. There are lots of examples of this in period – the Feast of Fools and early mummings to name just two. In spirit I think this has a period feel uniquely adapted to the circumstances of the SCA. Literally is it period – no and the weapons certainly are not.

Master Edward MacGyver and Cuddles, the Giant Scorpion of Doom

What is your favorite part?
How willing the peers are to be outlandish to entertain the crowd. I’m not sure how the fighting nickname idea happened, but people have created names worthy of WWF wrestling like the Killigrapher, the Kountess of Kaos and Mistress of Mayhem. The same goes for the specialty weapons. We’ve had to create boffer weapons like a sheep, spoon, broom, quill pen and clipboard.

How much of the money goes to the Pennsic war chest?
All money raised goes to the Pennsic War chest, since Baron Fergus MacRae of Carolingia is again sponsoring the event and covers the costs.  In addition, we’re grateful to have him do it again because it means he’ll come announce the bouts, and he has a style that is also reminiscent of WWF wrestling.

Sir Geoffrey’s Flail faces off against the Delicate Flower of the Northern Army

Has it changed at all?
Absolutely. This is constantly evolving. The first year we had three melees, with best two out of three taking it. Last year the weather at Panteria meant we couldn’t do LvP – or almost any other activity – outdoors. People needed something to do and the peers didn’t want to cancel, so we turned it into one-on-one bouts that would fit in the dining hall. They turned out to be incredibly fun for the audience. This year we’re doing both melees and single combat. Peers can sign up to do only one or both – their choice.

Syr Cedric and Mistress Mira face Duchess Katherine

Also, we initially said no chivalry could take part, but Sir Geoffrey Fitz Galen offered to use the Perm of Death, which was a wig on a flail. We changed our minds, and what he did with that flail was memorable and almost scandalous. The next year Syr Cedric of Thanet fought using the Drop Spindle of Fate with his arm around his wife, who was wielding the Distaff of Doom. Now we ask that chivalry who enter try for a specialty weapon – and are delighted that they are willing to use their fighting skills in this unconventional way to help the kingdom!

Master Gloom is wielded as a weapon by Special K because she raised more money than he did. Master Dietrich qualified as a very special weapon.

How can a Pelican or Laurel sign up?
Peers who would like to participate should contact Lord Fergus Redmead or me (Mistress Catrin o’r Rhyd For). Peers can sign up for single combat and/or melee. Single combat entrants can sign up as Laurel/Pelican pairs or be matched with a peer.

How can other people help?
Some peers have had supporters offer incentives to donors who support them. Or you can support you’re your favorite peer – or one who hasn’t reached their specialty weapon yet.

Where can people find out more information or donate?
There is information on the website now, and we’ll start posting the names of the participating peers at the end of the month. Check back because participants can be added up until two weeks before the event.

Photos by Lord Hugh Tauerner, Mistress Brita Mairi Svensdottir and Baroness Cateline la Broderesse

Filed under: Interviews Tagged: Laurels vs. Pelicans

First Round Pools and Photos from Crown Tournament

Wed, 2014-05-21 13:19

Their Majesties meet the combatants

Last Saturday the Crown Tournament to determine the Heirs of our esteemed Brennan Augustus and Caoilfhionn Augusta was held in the Barony of L’Ile du Dragon Dormant in the Crown Principality of Tir Mara.

The first round of the Tournament was fought using a round robin format.  All combatants were divided into 4 different pools.  The combatants in each pool are listed below.  The Gazette’s thanks Lady Cat Lennox for the use of her photos from the event.

His Majesty addresses the combatants

  • Jarl Valgard Stonecleaver for Lady Gracia Vasquez de Trillo
  • Sir Gareth Grey de Wilton for Mistress Gwenhwyfar Dinas Emrys
  • Sir Antonio Patrasso for Mistress Elizabeth Eleanor Lovell
  • Sir Luis de Castilla for Lady Berenika
  • Baron Matthias Grunwald for Lady Æsa feilinn Jossursdottir
  • Lady Cornelia VandeBrugge for Lord Perceval Gower, Esq.
  • Lord Fearghus O Conchobhairof Buckland Cross for Lady Markesa De Carvalhal
  • Lord Eliahu Al-Talhi for Lady Sandrine de Berry


Competitors and consorts for the semi-finals gather

  • Duke Edward Grey of Lochleven for Countess Þóra Eiríksdóttir
  • Sir Thomas of Ravenhill for Áine an Neamheaglach
  • Syr Culann mac Cianain for Baroness Edana inghean Aluinn mac Kinnon
  • Lord William MacCrimmon for Lady Astrid Olfasdatter
  • Lord Aiden of Coldwood for Lady Elke Vuponne
  • Lord Robert Gower for Lady Rachel of Ironwolf
  • Dominus Spurius Genucius Ruilus for Lady Isolda Fairamay
  • Baron Matthew Moreaveous Avdenmork for Mistress Fia Kareman


His Majesty and the new prince embrace

  • Tribune Darius Aurelius Serpentius, called Omega the Impact for Duchess Roxane Farabi
  • Sir Rhys Ravenscroft for Viscondesa Jimena Montoya
  • Master Ávaldr Valbjarnarson for Mistress Eva Woderose
  • Master Angus Kerr for Baroness Katarzyna Gwozdz called Varju
  • Lord Kenimathor of Lochleven for Baroness Aneleda Falconbridge
  • Lord Richard Crowe for Gabriella Crowe
  • Lord Wilham de Broc for Lady Isabel Chamberlaine
  • Lord Ryouko’jin of Iron Skies for Lady Indrakshi Aravinda
  • Ivarr Rambison for Rose DuBois


Prince Edward places the coronet on Princess Thyra

  • Duke Konrad Der Lowe Von Ulm for Lady Aibhilin Fhionn
  • Sir Angus McHaley for Mistress Tadea Isabetta di Bruno
  • Sir Wilhelm von Ostenbrücke for Mistress Viennet de la Mer
  • Syr Marcus Blackaert for Baroness Astrid Sigrun Ulfkillsdottir
  • Baron Ivan Ivanov Syn Dimitriov vynuk Tzardikov for Baroness Matilde DeCadenet
  • Lord William Ravenhair for Lady Kris the spinner
  • Lord Ketilfastr Thorkilson for Lady Cezilia Raposa
  • Lord Eoghan Bastard mac Lachlainn of Lochleven for Lady Chiara di Marte de Venezia
  • Lord Phelippe du Peiregore for Maeve

Filed under: Events, Heavy List Tagged: Crown Tournament, Crown Tourney, spring crown

Unofficial Court Report from Whitsuntide Fest

Tue, 2014-05-20 14:38

Their Majesties Brennan Augustus and Caoilfhionn Augusta, Emperor and Empress of the Kingdom of the East, on 10 May 2014, AS XLIX traveled to their Shire of Blak Rose, and held court at Whitsuntide Fest.

After a brief address to the populace, they called forth Mori Katsu. His virtues expressed, they thus made him a Lord of the Court, presenting an AoA with a scroll by Sakurai no Kesame.

Next was called before them Sadira of Montevale. She was made a Lady of the Court, and presented an AoA with a scroll by Scroll by Elisenda de Luna.

Their Majesties called before them Cian ap Cadwallader. They named him a Lord of the Court, and he was thus awarded an AoA with a scroll by Elsa de Lyon.

Master Ruslan was called before the court. He presented words from Their Majesties Lohac, as well as a sealed scroll.

Maestra Sol was called before Their Majesties. She brought with her numerous residents of Blak Rose, and presented to Emperor Brennan and Empress Caoilfhionn a number of exquisite gifts.

Jessica of Blak Rose was called forward. Her many great works cited, she was made a Lady of the Court, and received an AoA scroll by Nest verch Tangwistel. His Majesty Brennan, however, issued her a quest to seek a more proper name befitting a Lady of the Court prior to his next visit to the Shire.

Then was Rodney Fythlyn Hundboldse called before the court. His talents in playing numerous musical instruments noted, he was presented with the cup symbolizing his inclusion in the Order of the Troubadour, and an additional cup for his inspiring Lady Wife. He further received a scroll by Mariette de Bretagne.

Their Majesties invited the children to come forward. They were given the chance to chase after the Royal Toybox, while avoiding the intermittent rain, and much laughter pealed across the court.

His Majesty invited forth all those who participated in any form of combat during the day. Thanking the Soldiers of the East, he presented each with coin to pay them for their continued service to Crown and Kingdom.

Next was called forward Khamsa bint Rasheed ibn Daoud al-Hourani. She was made a Lady of the Court, and received an AoA scroll by Nest verch Tangwistel.

Marcus of Owlsherst was requested before the court. His combat prowess spoken highly of, he was inducted to the Order of the Gawain. He received a garter from the arm of the Emperor, and a scroll by Katherine Stanhope.

Now came before the court Elspeth of Silverkeep. She was made a Lady of the Court, and presented with an AoA scroll by Ylaire St. Claire.

Odd Wulfgarrson was called before the court. He was made a Lord of the Court, and received an AoA scroll by Harold von Auerbach.

Their Majesties called forward Elsa de Lyon. Lucan and Jana, many years before, had inducted the Lady into their Order of the Maunche. Her scroll would be presented to her now…were it not still incomplete. The pretense ended, she was presented with a Writ, and the Order of the Laurel was called forth. She would answer the question set before her at the coming Southern Region War Camp, as to whether she would join the most austere order. The writ was on a scroll created by Kay Leigh Mac Whyte.

Concluding a day of much merriment and fun, thus closed the court of Their Imperial Majesties, Brennan Augustus and Caoilfhionn Augusta. Long may they reign over the Empire of the East!

In service,
Malcolm Bowman
Eastern Crown Herald
PS – Thank you to the Heraldic staff for the day! Sabine de Kerbriant, Martyn de Halliwell, and Charitye Dale

Filed under: Court

Period or Not…Names

Tue, 2014-05-20 14:16

This is a recurring series by Mistress Alys Mackyntoich on whether certain names currently can be documented to period based on existing evidence..  There are a lot of names that people think are medieval, but actually aren’t, and others which people think are modern, but in fact are found in the SCA’s period.  If you would like to suggest a name, send an email to the Gazette.

Today’s names are Shakespeare’s heroines.

The names of Shakespeare’s heroines are frequently requested as SCA names.  Many of these names are easily found in period Europe.

Beatrice is found in various spellings throughout Europe, including England, France and Italy, through the later parts of period. [1], [3]

Bianca is found as a female name in Italy.[2]

Celia likewise is a female Italian name.[3]

Cordelia is found in sixteenth and early seventeenth century England.[4]

Hero is found as a female given name in England, the Netherlands and Germany.[5]

Juliet is found in early seventeenth century England.[6]

Olivia is found in England and Italy.[2], [7]

Portia can be found as the name of real women in sixteenth century Italy.[2]

We very recently found evidence of Miranda as a female given name in Spain.[8]

We are still researching whether a number of other Shakespearean names are documentable.  As more and more period books and documents become generally available through digitization, we continue to uncover evidence for names we previously thought “undocumentable.”

[1] “English Names found in Brass Enscriptions” by Janell K. Lovelace (http://heraldry.sca.org/names/brasses/women.html)

[2]  “Names from Sixteenth Century Venice” by Julia Smith (http://www.s-gabriel.org/names/juliana/16thcvenice.html).

[3] “Feminine Given Names from the Online Catasto of Florence of 1427″ by Josh Mittleman (http://www.s-gabriel.org/names/arval/catasto/)

[4] “Something Rich and Strange: “Undocumentable” Names >From The IGI Parish Records” by Alys Mackyntoich (http://heraldry.sca.org/names/SomethingRichandStrange.html).

[5]  “England Marriages, 1538–1973 ,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/NJ9C-GYB), Hero Olde and Wilmott, 17 Jan 1603; citing Gwinear, Cornwall, England, Batch: M02571-3; “Netherlands, Marriages, 1565-1892,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FN7W-NTG : accessed 22 Apr 2014), Hero Cornelisz and Jannetje Alberts, 08 May 1611; citing Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands, Batch: M01224-8

[6]  “England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/V5LP-V4L), Juliet Mordent, 15 Jul 1621; citing SAINT BOTOLPH BISHOPSGATE, LONDON, LONDON, ENGLAND, Batch: P00161-1

[7] “England Marriages, 1538–1973 ,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/V52F-1F9), Ricardus Howarde and Olivia Hille, 11 Jun 1587; citing High Ham, Somerset, England; Batch: M01936-2

[8] “España, defunciones, 1600-1920,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FNMS-RL8), Miranda Miguel, 10 Feb 1642; citing Murcia, Murcia, Spain; Batch:  B86284-3


Filed under: Heraldry Tagged: heraldry, names

“Quivers and Quarrels” Looking for New Editor

Mon, 2014-05-19 17:35

Alec Craig, arrows and forks

TheGazette has received the following request for a volunteer:

 As you may or may not know the Archery Community has a quarterly newsletter called “Quivers and Quarrels.”  We have had a wonderful editor/Chronicler working on it but she  needs an immediate replacement.

Are there any Archery enthusiasts you know who would flourish in this kind of role? The Q&Q Chronicler serves as a deputy to me and has a host of people supplying material for their newsletter.

If you know anyone who might be interested, please have them contact me at pubmanager@sca.org.  I will gladly answer any questions they may have about the job.  This might also be a good training ground for future Kingdom Chroniclers.

Please spread the word.

KChron mailing list

Filed under: Archery, Uncategorized Tagged: archery, volunteers

Crown Tournament Results

Sat, 2014-05-17 16:22

Vivat Prince Edward !

Vivat Princess Þóra !

Vivant the Kingdom of the East!

The Gazette is especially grateful to Mistress Alys Mackyntoich for her diligent reporting from the fieid today.

Filed under: Events, Tidings Tagged: Crown Tournament, Crown Tourney

Crown Tournament Finals – Fifth Bout

Sat, 2014-05-17 16:22

The fifth and final bout of the Spring Crown Tournament was fought with sword & shield.

Victor: Duke Edward Grey of Lochleven

Filed under: Events, Heavy List, Tidings Tagged: Crown Tournament, Crown Tourney

Crown Tournament Finals – Fourth Bout

Sat, 2014-05-17 16:12

The fourth bout of the finals was fought with two swords.

Victor: Duke Edward Grey of Lochleven

Filed under: Events, Heavy List, Tidings Tagged: Crown Tournament, Crown Tourney

Crown Tournament Finals – Third Bout

Sat, 2014-05-17 16:09

The third bout of the finals was fought with axes.

Victor: Sir Thomas of Ravenhill

Filed under: Events, Heavy List, Tidings Tagged: Crown Tournament, Crown Tourney

Crown Tournament Finals – Second Bout

Sat, 2014-05-17 16:04

The second bout of the finals was fought with great sword.

Victor: Duke Edward Grey of Lochleven


Filed under: Events, Heavy List, Tidings Tagged: Crown Tournament, Crown Tourney