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Heirs of L’Ile du Dragon Dormant Announced

Fri, 2015-02-13 13:00

Lady Jeanne de Robin and Lady Genovefa Clerica

Baron Angus and Baroness Tadea of L’Ile du Dragon Dormant have announced that their successors will be the sisters Lady Jeanne de Robin and Lady Genovefa Clerica, as decided by Their Majesties Edward and Thyra.  The Investiture will be held in conjunction with the East Kingdom Arts and Sciences Championship on March 7, 2015.  More information about the event is available on the East Kingdom Event Calendar.

Filed under: Local Groups Tagged: L'ile du Dragon Dormant

Announcement from the East KRM

Wed, 2015-02-11 23:59
Unto the Kingdom of the East do I, Don Frasier MacLeod send greetings, I am writing today to announce the filling of my Experimental Deputy position.  I received several outstanding resumes from many highly qualified candidates, and I am pleased to announce that Baroness Alesone Gray of Cranleigh will be taking over the duties of the Experimental Deputy position, effective immediately.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank the outgoing Experimental Deputy, Don Pascual Del Mar.  I ask you all to welcome Baroness Alesone and give her all the support you can muster.  Welcome Baroness Alesone!! In Service, Don Frasier MacLeod, KRM, East
Filed under: Fencing

Applications for East Kingdom Chatelaine

Mon, 2015-02-09 21:56

The following announcement has been received from Mistress Vienna de la Mer.

Good Gentles of the East, pay heed –

My term as East Kingdom Chatelaine will expire on April 1, 2015.  Applications of those interested in the office will be considered at this time. Please submit a letter of intent, along with copies of your SCA and mundane resumes to King Edward, Queen Thyra, Mistress Mercedes (the East Kingdom Seneschal), and myself.

If you are interested in applying for this position and are not familiar with the duties of the Kingdom Chatelaine, I encourage you to contact me.

It has been a pleasure and an honor to work with the local Chatelaines and my staff to welcome newcomers to our great hobby.

In love and service,
Mistress Vienna de la Mer
East Kingdom Chatelaine.

Filed under: Official Notices Tagged: officers

Exchequer Reports Due

Mon, 2015-02-09 19:45
The following message is from Maestra Ignacia la Ciega, East Kingdom Chancellor of the Exchequer. Greeting unto all the exchequers of the East Kingdom. Many groups have not sent in completed the End of Year reports. By my estimate less than half of the groups have sent in the the fourth quarter 2014 report. If you have not sent in a completed Q4 report, you need to do that now. Groups that do not have a bank account need to file the negative report each quarter; that form is on the exchequer website. While some groups have contacted the regional deputies for additional time, that is not the case for most groups. All exchequer warrants are renewed on Feb 15, based on a timely and complete Q4 report being submitted. The reporting requirements from the exchequer webpage are below. Q1=Jan, Feb, March: due April 30; Q2=April, May, June: due July 31; Q3=July, Aug, Sept: due October 31; Q4/EOY=Oct, Nov, Dec: due January 31. The reports should be sent to your local Seneschal, Regional Deputy Exchequer and Kingdom Exchequer and include:
  • All event reports not previously sent
  • All bank statements for the quarter
  • All cancelled checks (front only) for the quarter
  • A ledger, cumulative to the quarter being reported
  • A complete and balanced SCA Financial report, cumulative to the quarter being reported

Event reports are due 30 days after the event, to the Regional Deputy and the Kingdom Exchequer. This should include the check for the Kingdom’s portion of the profits for Kingdom level events.

Non Member Surcharge reports are due to the NMS Deputy within 14 days after the event. The NMS check is due to the NMS Deputy within 30 days after the event.

In Service,

Maestra Ignacia la Ciega,

Penny Supina

East Kingdom Chancellor of the Exchequer

Filed under: Uncategorized Tagged: Exchequer

Incipient Heirs For Carolingia

Sun, 2015-02-08 19:03

Their Majesties have announced the successors to Fergus MacRae and Imiglia Venture as Baron and Baroness of Carolingia.  Maitresse Nicolette Bonhomme and Baron Colin Ursell will be invested on Saturday, April 4 at the German Club in Walpole, MA.  More information is available in the event announcement.

Baron Colin Ursell

Maitresse Nicolette Bonhomme


Filed under: Tidings Tagged: Carolingia

Get Your Fight On – Getting Started in Rattan Combat

Sun, 2015-02-08 13:24

This was written by Sir Tanaka Reiko in response to requests the Gazette has received for an article on how to start in rattan fighting. The Gazette thanks him for writing the article.

You watched fighting for some time now, and you’ve been amazed at the feats of arms and honor. So much so that there’s a little voice inside you saying, “do it….just do it.” Well, you should just do it. Immerse yourself in the game; try something to give you a better perspective on another aspect of this thing of ours. Pick up the gauntlet and accept your challenge.

First and foremost this activity is FUN! From the physical elation to the psychological uplift to the adrenalized kick in the pants, fighting will be exciting and enjoyable to the individual who can overcome themselves. We’re all different, how we react to the elicitation of our “fight or flight” instinct will determine how much fun this game is for you. Some love the competition, or the camaraderie. The shared challenge will bring you closer to others and yourself.

The way to start in Heavy Combat is find a practice that is relatively close to you. I say relatively because not all local groups have heavy weapon practices. Take a look at your Kingdom’s website and locate where your home group is. Contact the group’s seneschal and ask if they have a local practice when and where it may be.

The local seneschal may or may not put you in contact with their Knight Marshal. He’s the officer in charge of running practice and teaching new fighters. He will advise you to the particulars of practice–the where, when, how of it–and will be in charge of showing you the basics and the ropes of what you’re doing.

About starting the first time in Heavy Combat, you should be aware that it is physically strenuous. This should not be taken lightly. If you do nothing else but wear armor, it will send your blood pressure soaring. The typical suit of SCA armor is 30-60 lbs. Just standing in it will elevate your heart rate. So as a popular series of commercials say, check with your doctor and make sure your heart is ready for…

SCA combat is real conflict. Nothing is choreographed. The blows are meant with murderous intent. There are no weight classes or gender classes. You’re a fighter. This is daunting to some and liberating to others. If you expect to have the game dumbed down for you, please find something else to do. New fighters have to learn not only how to move in armor, but move in ways that their bodies aren’t accustomed to. The loading on your limbs is significant and constant. You need to be aware of this going in.

You will be struck. You will be hit. The blows will be hard. That is part of the game. We teach you how to calibrate the blows you are receiving. By the rules a “telling blow” is one that would have defeated the armor standard. The armor standard is a chain mail hauberk over a padded gambeson, with an open faced helm. A safety assumption in our game is impervious hand and knee armor. This all translates to being struck with force. The majority of armor will protect you from injury, but you may likely be bruised. It happens. “Rough game Quidditch”.

As you may or may not know there are two forms of Heavy Weapons List combat; The Tourney (one on one) and Melee (team on team). As a new fighter you’ll typically train in one-on-one combat to start with learning and drilling the basics. There are also multiple weapon forms that you can train in. Weapon and shield can be single handed weapon in concert with a shield, usually sword and shield but often mace or ax and shield. Two weapon which can be two swords, two maces, or two axes or any combination of them. Polearm or halberd is a bladed weapon on a pole between 4 feet and 7.5 feet in length. Two handed sword or greatsword is any sword that is wielded with two hands. Spear, which is a “thrust-only” weapon, is usually only a melee weapon. Last but not least is combat archery, which can be either a hand bow (that is a longbow or recurve bow) or a cross bow. Combat archery is a melee only weapon form.

The majority of weapons are made of rattan, which looks like bamboo but is actually a member of the Palm family. It’s lightweight, strong, and flexes under stress. As it wears the fibers come apart and rarely fails catastrophically. If it does break, it does so without jagged or pointed edges unlike hardwoods. Spears most often are made of a protruded fiberglass haft with a padded tip. Sometimes they’re made of rattan, but those spears flex a great deal.

So you show up at a practice and a knight marshal or his/her designate takes you and shows you how to do footwork, shield work, and how to throw shots with a broadsword. You don’t HAVE to start with sword and shield, but it is the best combination of offense and defense in our game. They may or may not put you in armor right away. It’s a judgment call base on how you’re doing.

As mentioned you will get hit. I suggest you get it over with early so you’re not wasting your time or money. In our game only “telling blows” count. There will be times when you’re struck or throw a blow that just isn’t good. It’s the nature of the game. Armor does defend you. So you have to hit people with significant force. You will train up to it. We do not fight with “light sabers”. You have to hit people with force. There are times you will be hit and you will be bruised. Yes, you will be hit that hard. If you don’t want to bruise, don’t play this game. Even the best get hit with murderous intent; in the beginning everybody gets hit. If you go in with excitement and a sense of adventure, it will mitigate the fear of being struck. You’ll have fun.

In the beginning you’re going to be loaned armor. Sometimes a local group has loaner armor, many times it will be off the body of another fighter. This is a rite of passage in the SCA. Expect that you’ll be hot swapping armor. Fighting is a hot sweaty affair; you’ll sweat just standing in the armor. Once you start fighting you’ll be sweating like digging ditches in Georgia in the summer; expect it and plan accordingly. Helms are the most important part of your kit. They are heavy, but intentionally so, for a heavy helmet protects your brain. The mass of the helm will protect your brain; the heavier your helmet, the more protective to your brain. If you’re thinking you want a light weight helm, go play another game for your sake and ours.

There are few activities that will sort out the practitioners from the posers faster than heavy weapons combat. Check your ego at the door, practice and learn, it’s a worthy endeavor and you will find it enlightening.

This IS a martial art. It is strenuous. It is a lot of fun.

Filed under: Heavy List


Fri, 2015-02-06 10:42

The date of Crown Tourney should have been listed as May 2nd, not May 3rd, in the previous post.

Filed under: Events Tagged: Crown Tournament

Dates for Crown Tourney and Coronation

Fri, 2015-02-06 10:28

The dates and locations for the upcoming Coronation and Crown Tourney have been announced.  Coronation will be held on April 11 in the Canton of Black Icorndall (event site – Wallingford, PA).  Crown Tournament will be May 2 in the Barony of An Dubhaigeainn (event site – Middle Island, NY).  For more information, click on the links to go to the event announcements.

Filed under: Events Tagged: coronation, Crown Tournament

Their Majesties Urge All to Contact the BoD

Wed, 2015-02-04 23:25

A missive from Their Majesties:

Greetings unto the people of the East,

Over the last couple of weeks there has been a great deal of discussion about peerages in the Society. A large proportion of the population believes that there should be a path to the peerage for all martial endeavors (archery, equestrian, thrown weapons, and others). If you believe that this is the case, you need to let the Board of Directors hear that now. We have seen how important the response of the populace has been in the case of the Master of Defense proposal.

We want to thank you all for the courtesy that we have witnessed in the discussions leading up to this momentous point, and we would remind you all that courtesy is at the heart of this Society. We also are keeping in mind that the BoD has process that they must follow. So, we reiterate our request to be patient and courteous in your communications, with them and with your community.

Yours in Service to the Dream,
Edward and Thyra

Filed under: Law and Policy, Tidings Tagged: peerages

Discussion Group for Additional Peerage

Wed, 2015-02-04 18:45

Are you interested in discussing a route to Peerage for all practitioners of martial arts in the SCA?  A Society-wide  Facebook group has been created to gather support and work towards a peerage that would be inclusive of all martial activities.  The Facebook group was started a day ago and already has over 330 members.  It can be found here.

Filed under: Archery, Equestrian, Fencing, Heavy List, Thrown Weapons Tagged: peerages

NBC News Account of Pennsic 43

Wed, 2015-02-04 17:19

NBC News filmed a report from last Pennsic War, which was posted to their website on January 14, 2015.  The video begins with the East’s King Brennan rallying the troops and many other Easterners can be spotted in the footage.

NBC News – coverage of Pennsic 43


Filed under: Pennsic

Unofficial Court Report, King’s and Queen’s Bardic Champions

Wed, 2015-02-04 14:25

January 31, 2015, Incipient Shire of Nordenfjord

The Court of our most excellent prince and lord, Edward, by right of arms most illustrious King of the East, third of that name, and Thyra, his Queen by agency of that same right, second of that name, held upon 31 January in the forty-ninth year of the Society in the Shire of Nordenfjord; on which day was held a contest to determine who might be chosen as the next Bardic Champions of the East Kingdom. Upon the conclusion of the aforementioned contest, were called all and sundry the lords of the realm and the great persons of the kingdom to hear the following publicly proclaimed:

Item. Their Majesties did call for Sofya of Ostgardr, Arabella d’Mer, Katrusha Skomorokha Negodiaeva doch’, and Ailionora inghean Ronain and presented them each with the Award of the Golden Lyre for their works done in that day’s display of Arts and Sciences.

Item. Their Majesties called for Margretha la Fauvelle so as to induct her into the Order of the Troubadour, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Arden of Icomb.

Troubadour: Marguerite

Item. Determining that the aforementioned Order of the Troubadour remained incomplete, Their Majesties sent for Marguerite inghean Lochlainn to induct her into the same Order, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Marietta Charay and Constance de Saint Denis.

OGR: Anastasia

Item. Their Majesties called Anastasia da Monte to stand before the assembled Court, and praising her skill with a rapier inducted her into the Order of the Golden Rapier, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Svea the Short-sighted.

Maunche: Donovan

Item. Their Majesties did cause to step forth Donovan Shinnock, and inducted him into the Order of the Maunche, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Alys Mackyntoich and Kayleigh Mac Whyte.

Item. His Majesty called forth his Bardic Champion, Martyn de Haliwell, to release him from service. Their Majesties went on to praise the skill and scholarship of Martyn, and did cause him to be inducted into the Order of the Maunche, the which deed was confirmed in a document by Reijnier Verplank.

King’s Bard: Ysemay

Item. His Majesty called Ysemay Sterling before the assembled Court, and did name her as his new King’s Bardic Champion, the which deed was confirmed in a document by Martyn de Haliwell and Astrid Feilan.

Queen’s Bard: William

Item. Upon releasing Aife ingen Chonchobair in Derthaige from her position as Bardic Champion, Her Majesty called forth William the Alchemist to stand before the Court and be named as her Queen’s Bardic Champion, the which deed was confirmed in a document by the aforementioned Aife ingen Chonchobair in Derthaige and Lada Monguligan.

Item. Their Majesties did call forth the Children of the East, and after a great run did make gifts of toys to them.

Item. Their Majesties caused to come forth those Newcomers to the Society, and gave tokens of welcome to them.

Item. Their Majesties called Amelia Joan, known as Molly, to step before them. In thanks for her efforts at feeding the populace and other good works, Their Majesties did award unto her arms and presented her with a document by Nest verch Tangwistel confirming the deed.

Laurel: Alys

Item. With the day’s Court nearing its end, Their Majesties called for Alys Mackyntoich to come before them and answer the question which had been earlier put to her, that being whether she would accept the mantle of the Order of the Laurel. Mistress Alys then processed into the Court, accompanied by a great display of heraldic beasts, and did give consent to be inducted into the Order of the Laurel. Many worthies then did speak praises of Mistress Alys, and declaim her virtues and worthiness of this Order unto the Court, and Their Majesties did invest Mistress Alys with the regalia of her station and confirm the said station with a document created by Eva Woderose and Alexandre Lerot d’Avigne.

Item. Their Majesties did call Master Galefridus Peregrinus into Their Court to renew him in the office of Kingdom Chirurgeon.

I, Donovan Shinnock, Golden Rapier Herald, wrote this to memorialize and make certain all such things that were done and caused to be done as above stated.

Malcolm Bowman
Ryan Mac Whyte
Alesone Grey of Cranlegh

Photos by Baroness Cateline la Broderesse.

Filed under: Court

SCA Board of Directors Announces the Creation of the Order of Defense

Tue, 2015-02-03 00:46

On Monday, February 2nd, at 11:20 pm Eastern Time, the Board of Directors of the SCA, Inc. published the following announcement via the Announcements mailing list:

Due to the large amount of information surrounding the additional peerage for rapier and cut and thrust, the Board of Directors decided to participate in a conference call on February 2, 2015. The Board received a large amount of additional comments and suggestions in the two weeks following the January 17 quarterly meeting. This was considered in addition to the first Board call for commentary on this issue.
At the February 2, 2015 special conference call meeting of the Board of Directors, the Board discussed the history of the APEC proposal process, the commentary received from the membership, and the various options available to the Board. The Order of Defense proposal was the result of many years of effort, and while the commentary from the membership opened the Board’s eyes to other options and possibilities, the Board decided at this time to reconsider the proposal to change Corpora to create the Order of Defense. During the call a motion was made and seconded to approve the changes to Corpora, and such motion passed 6 votes for and 1 against.

Motion to approve the proposed changes to Corpora that will create the new peerage, Order of Defense, and direct Laurel Sovereign of Arms to submit such name and heraldry to the heraldic comment process, with the intention of opening the Order on May 1, 2015. Voted in favor of the motion: Arthur Donadio, Andrew Coleman, John Fulton, David Keen and Lisa May. Voted against the motion: Lisa Czudnochowsky. Chairman Scott Berk exercised his option to vote and did so in favor of the motion. Motion passed.

Motion in the matter of the Order of Defense to waive the requirements of Corpora Section IV.G that the Crown consult the members of a peerage order prior to inducting new members of that order, but only in the case of the first three (3) members of the Order of Defense. Once there are three members of the Order of Defense in a kingdom, the Crown must consult the Order per Corpora prior to adding members. Voted in favor of the motion: Arthur Donadio, Andrew Coleman, Lisa Czudnochowsky John Fulton, David Keen and Lisa May. Opposed: none. Chairman Scott Berk exercised his option to vote and did so in favor of the motion. Motion passed.

No candidate may be inducted into the Order of Defense before May 1, 2015. All candidates inducted into the Order of Defense on May 1, 2015, will carry equal precedence, regardless of the time of day each such candidate was inducted.

Five years ago, the enormous response in favor of a path to peerage was specifically focused on rapier and cut and thrust combat. When and if another martial activity engenders the response from the membership at large that rapier and cut and thrust did, when another martial activity has the depth, breadth and community as exists for rapier and cut and thrust, then the Board of Directors may investigate the possibility of facilitating a path to peerage for such martial activity.

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

You may also email comments@lists.sca.org.

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

Filed under: Corporate, Fencing, Official Notices Tagged: 4th peerage, BoD, corporate, fencing, fourth peerage, order of defense, rapier

Tir Mara Deputy Exchequer Sought

Mon, 2015-02-02 22:00

The following message is posted at the request of Maestra Ignacia la Ciega, East Kingdom Chancellor of the Exchequer

From the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

I’m very sorry to announce that Lady Sophie-Catherine de Montnoir has had to resign from the position of Regional Deputy Exchequer of Tir Mara. This position takes more time that she can give to it with her mundane commitments. I commend her for trying to fill this position and for knowing that she does not have the time it requires to do it well. As a result I am now taking applications for a replacement for that position. I estimate that the position would take 4-8 hours per month with the end of each quarter being on the higher end of the estimate.

The ideal candidate will speak both French and English and have previously been an exchequer or have a reasonable grasp of accounting concepts. Candidates without these skills will also be seriously considered. Any candidate must have reliable and regular access to email. Send applications and questions to Ignacia at exchequer@eastkingdom.org. Having a deputy to support the exchequers in Tir Mara is a very important part of having a connected and unified Kingdom.


Filed under: Official Notices

New SCA Board Nominees

Mon, 2015-02-02 20:58

Additions have been made to the list of nominees to the SCA’s Board of Directors.  The Board requests input on the existing nominees and also new nominations.  The list of nominees and information on how to submit commentary is available at this webpage.  Current nominees from the East are Baroness Alesone Gray of Cranlegh, Duchess Sabine de Rouen and Viscount Edward Zifran of Gendy.


Filed under: Corporate

Polling Recommendation Deadline Extended

Sun, 2015-02-01 18:19

Prince Omega and Princess Etheldreda have extended the deadline for recommendations for their first round of polling to Friday, February 6. Award recommendations can be submitted through the online form.

Filed under: Tidings Tagged: award recommendations

Candidates Sought for Society Marshall

Sat, 2015-01-31 20:48

The position of Society Marshal will soon be open. Candidates must apply in writing to the Board of Directors. This is an unpaid position.

The position entails administrating the marshallate activities of the Society and coordinating the activities of the kingdom Earl Marshals. Reports are required to be filed quarterly to the Board summarizing the martial activities of the Society and of each kingdom. The Society Marshal is also responsible for holding meetings to communicate with the kingdom Earl Marshals.

The successful candidate must be well versed in administrative techniques, problem solving, and interpersonal communications. Knowledge of marshallate policy, rules, and procedures is essential. The ability to travel is necessary, as well as having a telephone and e-mail. Knowledge of the traditions and history of the Society is required.

Resumes (both professional and medieval, including offices held and awards received) must be sent to the attention of the Board at the SCA Corporate Office, P.O. Box 360789, Milpitas, CA 95036-0789. Resumes must also be emailed to resumes@sca.org, with a copy to marshal@sca.org.  Resumes must be received by April 1, 2015.

Questions regarding this position may be directed to Shawn Lindsey (Ritter Asoph Hearts) Society Marshal. He may be reached by phone at 817-822-4303 (please no calls after 9 PM CST), or via email at marshal@sca.org.

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

You may also email comments@lists.sca.org.

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

Filed under: Heavy List, Official Notices Tagged: corporate, heavy list

King and Queen’s Bardic Championship Results

Sat, 2015-01-31 20:36

At today’s King and Queen’s Bardic Championships, hosted by the Shire of Nordenfjord, the results were as follows:

Final Four:
William the Alchymist
Katrusha Skomorokha Negodieva Doch’
Judith Fitzhenry
Ysemay Sterlyng

The King’s Bard is Ysemay Sterlyng, and the Queen’s Bard is William the Alchymist.

Thank you to Sir Michael of York for this report.

Filed under: Arts and Sciences Tagged: Bardic, champions

Inter-Kingdom Archery Standings for 2014

Fri, 2015-01-30 13:45

The Inter-Kingdom Archery Competition (IKAC) and Inter-Kingdom Combat Archery Competition (IKCAC) are privately sponsored, year-long, standardized tournements open to all archers of the Known World. The Keeper of the IKAC and IKCAC, Lord Lorenzo il Confuso, has just officially announced the results of the 2014 season, which ended December 1, 2014.

The kingdoms are ranked based on the average of the top three archers’ scores, and medallions are awarded for each division. (Members of the winning kingdom’s “team” always receive first-place medals; second-place awards or more may be given if enough archers submitted scores.) East Kingdom archers submitted scores in all but the Combat division, and placed as follows:

  • Open Handbow: East #2
    There was an unprecedented tie for first place between An Tir and Lochac, and the East was only one-third of a point behind their team average!
  • Open Crossbow: East #2
  • Period Handbow: East had no average; only one submission.
  • Period Crossbow: East #2
  • Child (age 9 and under): East #3
  • Youth (age 12 and under): East #2
  • Yeoman (age 15 and under): East #2, but very close to first!

Complete results for 2014 and past years can be viewed at the IKAC Results website.

Filed under: Archery

Advisory Opinion from the Society Seneschal

Thu, 2015-01-29 19:41

Subject: Advisory Opinion Regarding the possible inclusion of non-rattan righters into the Order of the Chivalry


I felt that the following Advisory Opinion was required in view of the potential for confusion brought to my attention by one or more Kingdom Seneschals; however, in view of continued questions, I would like to amplify the bandwidth as I want everyone to have access to this Advisory Opinion of the rules of the SCA; this advisory opinion is based upon my independent reading of Corpora as presently constituted, a 1999 policy interpretation (by a prior Society Seneschal) and the affirmance of that position by the Board of Directors in 1999. As such, I am presenting the following Advisory Opinion for maximum distribution in view of continued questions. Please be advised that this is not an invitation to further debate; rather, it is a rather simple statement of the state of the Governing Documents of the SCA, i.e. Corpora. While the final authority regarding Corpora rests with the Board of Directors, the Board is devoted to transparency, and in all cases any change in Corpora must first be put out for comment to the membership prior to any Board action.

Best regards,
A.J. Pongratz
Vice President of Operations, SCA, Inc.
(Society Seneschal)


Advisory Opinion Regarding the possible inclusion of non-rattan righters into the Order of the Chivalry

Greetings unto Kingdom Seneschals,

After January 17, 2015, I have received inquiries regarding whether a Crown may grant admission to the Order of Chivalry to a rapier or cut-and-thrust fighter. The following opinion is being disseminated to all Kingdom Seneschals to assist Their Crowns in view of the recent amendment of Corpora by the Board of Directors.

Despite the recent change in the language of the governing documents of the SCA, Inc. thereby removing the “ancillary activity” language from Corpora by the Board of Directors on January 17, 2015, an individual combatant should not be admitted to the Order of Chivalry based upon the combatant’s prowess in the areas of rapier or cut-and-thrust combat; my position is in conformity with the previous policy interpretation of the 1999 policy interpretation by the then Society Seneschal, affirmed by the Board of Directors in 1999, which clearly indicates that only rattan combatants (heavy or armored combatants) are eligible for recognition in the Order of Chivalry. I have determined that the key controlling factor in answering this question rests in the language of corpora dealing with “tournament combat”, namely:

A. Selection
1. Royal Lists must be conducted at a tournament announced in the kingdom newsletter as being for that purpose. Crowns or Coronets who wish to conduct a royal list in a manner other than individual combat must obtain the prior approval of the Board of Directors.
—as well as–
A. Patents of Arms
4. Patent Orders
The following institutions are established for all kingdoms in the Society. A Patent of Arms may be conferred only upon a person being admitted into one of these orders. Each candidate for a patent order must satisfy the general requirements listed above in A.1., as well as the specific requirements listed here.
a. The Chivalry: (i) The Chivalry consist of two equal parts: Knighthood and Mastery of Arms. No one may belong to both parts of the order at one time. When a member is admitted to the Chivalry by the Sovereign, the choice of which part of the order to join is made by the new member. The candidate must be considered the equal of his or her prospective peers with the basic weapons of tournament combat. To become a Knight, the candidate must swear fealty to the Crown of his or her kingdom during the knighting ceremony. Masters of Arms may choose to swear fealty, but are not required to do so.

It is clear that “tournament” combat in the SCA pertains exclusively to Crown Tournaments and Coronet Tournaments prior to January 15, 2015 and tournament combat is exclusively rattan, heavy, armored combat. The January 17, 2015 amendment to the governing documents, made by the Board of Directors, is in conformity with this position, namely, the only martial combat that may decide Crown and Coronet Tournaments is rattan combat and this amendment to Corpora is consistent with all of the governing documents of the SCA.

When the Order of Chivalry was created, it was conceived as the peerage whereby the best tournament fighters (both Crown and Coronet Tournaments), i.e. rattan, heavy, armored combat, would be honored with the title of Knight or Master at Arms. Such has been the case for almost fifty years. I must conclude that removing the “rapier as an ancillary activity” language or any other additions made by the Board of Directors has no definitive impact on the clear intent of the governing documents.

In 1999 the Society Seneschal (Lee Forgue), was asked by the Crown of the Midrealm for a Corpora interpretation as to whether or not a Crown could Knight a rapier fighter; Lee Forgue as Society Seneschal (circa 1999) responded with an official policy interpretation that was affirmed by the Board of Directors in 1999. Ms. Forgue’s affirmed interpretation of what was previously Article VII (which is now Article VIII) is noted below in pertinent part.

“My interpretation is that, when Corpora VII.A.4.a.(1).(a) speaks of tournament combat as the prerequisite for admission to the Order of Chivalry, the form of fighting referred to is that variously referred to as armored, heavy, chivalric, or rattan combat or, in the Rules of the Lists (Corpora Appendix B), traditional Society combat, i.e., the form of fighting done wearing substantial armor and using rattan weapons that was totally developed in and for the SCA.”

In view of my own research as well as the prior policy interpretation made by Lee Forgue in 1999 (which was affirmed by the Board of Directors in 1999), I cannot hold otherwise in this opinion even in view of the removal of the “rapier as an ancillary activity” language as there is no evidence that this “ancillary activity” impacts either the 1999 holdings of the Society Seneschal and the Board of Directors, the traditions of the SCA or the other pertinent portions of Corpora including but not limited to Articles IV and VIII.

In the face of nearly 50 years of tradition, the totality of Corpora (i.e. the governing documents of the SCA), the 1999 policy ruling of the Society Seneschal which was affirmed by the Board of Directors in 1999 and my own independent interpretation of Corpora, there is no question that, absent a change in Corpora, a Crown may not grant a rapier fighter into the Order of Chivalry as a Knight or Master at Arms.

Please pass this official advisory opinion on to your respective Crowns. I know that there has been a lot of confusion recently and I also know that there has been a lot of angry and frustrated feelings in terms of the possibility of an additional peerage; however, nothing truly precious or dear is ever achieved easily. I have complete confidence in the men and women of the Board who are trying to best serve the individual members of the SCA as well as the future of the SCA. They are individuals like you and me, who volunteer their time and try to be good stewards of this game that has become such an important aspect of our lives.

When I think about the SCA and how it has affected my life, I know full well that I am a better man because of it and I also know that each of us serves this dream with our hearts, minds and bodies… and the members who volunteer and serve as Board Members are no different than any of us… they want to do what is best for the women and men of the SCA… and they want to give us their very best… and at times, as you know, it is a thankless job.

If either you or Your Crown have any questions, please feel free to contact me by telephone after 5:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time at (916) 600-2716.

Very truly yours,
A.J. Pongratz, Esq.
Society Seneschal/V.P. of Operations, SCA, Inc.
(Barone Antonio Giordano da Sicilia, O.P.)

Cc: The Board of Directors

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