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“After tragedy, SCA members pull together to help” (Update on the SCA’s Response to Sir Diablu)

Sun, 2014-10-05 15:11

By Master Liam Saint Liam

In the 10 days since a three-car crash in the Dominican Republic claimed the life of one of our long-time members and left one of the most respected knights in the kingdom in critical condition, the East Kingdom — in fact the whole SCA — has seen the wonder and beauty of this game we play.

On Sept. 25, taking advantage of the Jewish-holiday break from school, Ashley Fraser (Lady Lilith Le Blanc) and M. Dwayne Herron (Sir Sirhan AlCyani Akarel Diablu)  left John F. Kennedy Airport for a weekend away together.
Within hours, their taxi had been involved in a serious accident, Ashley was killed and Dwayne was hospitalized in critical condition with multiple injuries.

Then the miracle of the SCA kicked into high gear.
Sir Luis de Castilla, one of the newest knights of the East and a former squire of Diablu’s, is a police officer and speaks Spanish, so he made the connections for the family, then flew to the Dominican Republic to take point.
Dwayne’s brother Dexter (Master Frodo – Hiyama no Kufuka Oniko) flew down, as did his mother, and within a week, Dwayne was at Jackson Hospital in Miami, where he is right now.
He is aware of what happened to his lady. Her ashes will be returned to the family.
This was not simple, and involved many SCA members, some of whom had never met Ashley and Diablu, and one with a connection to a Congressman, who helped solve some issues.

Here are some notes of thanks from Sir Luis . . .
Dexter Herron my brother in this fight. His persistence paid off huge!
Corbie Mitleid a woman who I’ve never met and yet showed me a kindness and guidance I will never ever be able to repay.
Lori O’Rourke Copland we’ve passed each other by at events. Beautiful woman in awesome garb. Would have never spoken to a stick jock like me….Got this ball rolling! Another who I am forever in debt.
Margarita De’ Siena for keeping me sane. Loving me . . .
The Whole Von Halstern/Nutley/Grants/Hawthorne/404 Mooks I needed the support boys. The cheering up . . . . Thank you. I’ll be smacking you all with rattan soon...”

There are people in Trimaris who stand ready to help when they are needed and Scadians from all over have donated to help with travel and other expenses.
Both Ashley and Dwayne have been in the SCA for decades, and each previously lost a former partner who was also a long-time SCA member. Together, they were a powerful force for good in our society. They were among the mainstays of Security/The Watch at Pennsic, and while her work was often behind the scenes, Diablu is one of those folks who is bigger than life.

For those interested in sending cards, the address is Dwayne Herron, C/O Grace Herron, 5110 NW 75th Ave., Lauderhill FL, 33319.
Those who would like to donate to help the family with expenses, the information is here: http://www.rothauser.com/diablu/


Filed under: Tidings

Unofficial Court Report – Last Court of Brennan and Caoilfhionn

Sat, 2014-10-04 17:46

The time did come that the signs and portents all pointed to the end.  And so it was that Their Imperial Majesties, Emperor Brennan and Empress Caoilfhionn, did travel to the Barony of Bergental once again, and would hold the Last Court of the their Reign, at the Coronation of Edward and þóra on 27 September, AS XLIX.

Emma Lovell and Caleb Patrasso were called before Their Majesties.  They were thus inducted into the Order of the Tyger’s Cub.  Emma received a scroll with words and illumination by Agatha Wanderer, and calligraphy by Gwillim Kyneth; Caleb was presented a scroll by Edward MacGyver dos Scorpos.

Antonio Patrasso was called forth.  He was named a King’s Cypher and a Queen’s Cypher, receiving a scroll for the former featuring calligraphy by Leonete D’Angely, illumination by Nataliia Anastasia Evegenova and words by Alys Mackyntoich, and a scroll for the latter by Magdalena von Kirschberg.

Charitye Dale was called forth, and presented with a Burdened Tyger.  Her forthcoming scroll is by Charis Accipiter and Jon Dunbar.

Eliane Howys of Morningthorpe was inducted into the Order of the Maunche.  She received a scroll by Nest verch Tangwistel.

Turi MacKinnon was invited to present himself before Their Majesties.  He was named a Woodworker to the Crown, and also named a King’s Cypher.  He received a woodcarving by Kenimathor of Lochleven and a scroll by Heather Rose de Gordoun.

Marguerite De Sainte Nazaire was presented with a Queen’s Cypher.  She was given a scroll by Katrusha the Skomorokh with words by Alys Mackyntoich.

Bjorvig Huldarson was named a Brewer to the Crown, and would receive a scroll by Aesa Lokabrenna Sturladottir.

Aikaterine FitzWilliam, in absentia, was presented with a Queen’s Honor of Distinction, a King’s Esteem of Merit, AND named a Seamstress to the Crown.

Rainillt Leia de Bello Marisco was named a Seamstress to the Crown.

The Worshipful Company of Their Majesties’ Underwear, and members thereof were named as Seamstresses to the Crown.  A scroll featuring calligraphy by Eleanor Catlyng and words by Lillian atte Valeye was presented.

Martyn de Halliwell was named a Tailor to the Crown, and also presented with a King’s Esteem of Merit.

Anastasia da Monte and Yehuda ben Moshe were each presented with a King’s Estemm of Merit.

I, Malcolm Bowman, was called before His Majesty Brennan.  I was named a King’s Cypher, and received a scroll by Eleanore MacCarthaigh.

Fergus Redmede was called forth.  He was inducted into the Order of the Silver Crescent, and received a scroll by Fiona O’Maille ó Chaun Coille with words by Toki Redbeard.

Griffith Davion, though absent, was presented with a Queen’s Order of Courtesy.

Eva Woderose was called before Empress Caoilfhionn.  She was awarded a Queen’s Order of Courtesy.

Cormac MacEamon na Connemara, Duncan Kerr, Hugh Tauener and Ciaran McLeod were each presented with a King’s Esteem of Merit.

Mathias of Settmour Swamp was called forth.  He was awarded a King’s Esteem of Merit, then named a Baron of the Court, receiving a scroll featuring calligraphy by Saerlaith ingen Chennetig, illumination by Elizabeth of Arundel and words by Lucius Aurelius Varus.

Owynn Greenwood was called before Her Majesty, and received a Queen’s Honor of Distinction.

Avelina Keyes was invited before the court.  She was awarded a Queen’s Honor of Distinction, and also named a King’s Cypher.  She received a scroll by Cristiana Crane.

Culann MacKinnon was invited forth.  He was awarded a Queen’s Honor of Distinction, and also named a King’s Cypher.  He received a scroll by Palotzi Marti (with assistance by Kolosvari Arpadne Julia).

Though absent, Edana inghean Aluinn mac Kinnon was called before Her Majesty, and named a Queen’s Cypher.  She received a scroll by Bebhinn Inghean Ui Siodhachain.

Then did the Sybils appear.  They warned of dire consequences should Brennan and Caoilfhionn not relinquish their crowns.  It was decided they would conduct a few more orders of business, then call forth Their Heirs.

Godric of Hamtun and the East Kingdom Pennsic Archery Champions Team were asked to present themselves.  They were named the Blue Tyger Legion, and presented a scroll with illumination by Kay Leigh Mac Whyte, and calligraphy by Nest verch Tangwistel.

Eleanor Fitz Patrick was invited before His Majesty, and named a King’s Cypher.  She was presented a scroll by Sunniva Ormstung.

Kenric aet Essex was called before Emperor Brennan, and named a King’s Cypher.  He was presented a scroll by Wulfgar Silverbraid with words by Theodora Bryennissa, called Treannah.

Elizabeth Eleanore Lovell was commanded to presented herself before the Crown.  She was named a King’s Cypher and a Queen’s Cypher, and received scrolls by Constance de St. Denis and Lada Monguligin.

In addition to these pieces of business, members of Athena’s Thimble presented a gift to Their Majesties, and a representative from the Kingdom or Drachenwald presented a gift to Their Majesties as well.

Her Majesty called the Captain of her Guard, Einarr Njortharson, called Billy Fish, forward.  She named him a Queen’s Cypher, and he was presented a scroll by Eleanor Catlyng with words by Alys Mackyntoich.

Her Majesty’s guard were released from their service, and Their Imperial Majesties bade the Kingdom farewell.  Thus did they pass their crowns to their Heirs, Edward and þóra.  Long Live the King!  Long Live the Queen!  Long live the Kingdom of the East!

In service,

Malcolm Bowman

Eastern Crown Herald for Brennan and Caoilfhionn

PS – Thank you for Heraldic assistance to Ryan McWhyte, Elizabeth Elenore Lovell, Yehuda ben Moshe and Martyn de Halliwell.


Filed under: Court, Events Tagged: court report

Unofficial Court Report – Lady of the Rose Tourney

Sat, 2014-10-04 17:45

Their Majesties, Emperor Brennan and Empress Caoilfhionn, did travel to the Barony of Bergental and attended the Lady of the Rose Tournament on 20 September, AS XLIX.

Thus did these things happen:

Eamon the Red was inducted into the Order of Gawain, and presented a scroll featuring calligraphy by Henna Sinclair, illumination by Magnus Kowarsky of Ealdormere and words by Tommaltach MacFhiachach.

Connor Dragonsbane was inducted into the Order of Gawain, and presented a scroll featuring calligraphy by Henna Sinclair, illumination by Shadiyah al-Zahra and words by Tommaltach MacFhiachach.

Zadia of Bergental was inducted into the Order of Gawain, and presented a scroll by Aelfgifa of the Hazel Thicket.

Lupold Hass von Zurich was Awarded Arms, and received a scroll featuring illumination by Sarah Davies of Monmouth and calligraphy by Bronwyn of Wentworth.

Tryggve Stefnisson was awarded a Golden Kinder, and received a scroll by Robert of Stonemarche with words by Aneleda Falconbridge.

Jean Paul Ducasse was inducted into the Order of the Maunche. He was presented a scroll by Cezilia Raposa with words by Alexandre Lerot d’Avignon.

Edward Grey of Lochleven was named a King’s Cypher, and presented a scroll by Alexandre Saint Pierre.

Sigurthr Vigahamarr het Saurfotr was presented a Queen’s Honor of Distinction.

Alys Mackyntoich, Ryan McWhyte and Donovan Shinnock were each presented with a King’s Esteem of Merit.

I get to talk about myself in the third person!  Malcolm Bowman was named a Baron of the Court, and received a scroll by Kayleigh McWhyte.

Saerlaith ingen Chennetig was made a Queen’s Cypher, and was presented a scroll by Ekaterina Volkova.

Isabelle de Montreuil sur Mer and Jaquelinne Sauvageon were inducted into the Order of the Silver Crescent.  The former received a scroll featuring illumination by Agatha Wanderer, calligraphy by Gwillim Kynith and words by Aneleda Falconbridge; the latter was presented a scroll by Elisabeth Greenleaf.

Caoilfhionn inghean Lochlainn was Awarded Arms.  Her scroll is forthcoming.

Alesone Gray of Cranleigh was made a Queen’s Cypher, and received a scroll by Saerlaith ingen Chennetig.

Medhbh inghean Cheallaigh was made a Queen’s Cypher, and received a scroll featuring calligraphy by Bronwyn of Wentworth and illumination by Saorsa of Coldwood.

Arastorm the Golden was elevated to the Order of the Laurel.  She was presented a scroll by Jonathan Blaecstan with words by Martyn de Halliwell.

In service,

Malcolm Bowman

Eastern Crown Herald for Brennan and Caoilfhionn

PS – Thank you for Heraldic assistance to Ryan McWhyte, Elizabeth Elenor Lovell, Grim the Skald, Donovan Shinnock, Caoilfhionn inghean Lochlainn and Charitye Dale.


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Unofficial Court Report – River Wars

Sat, 2014-10-04 17:44

This happened just a short while ago, yet it already seems so distant…

Their Majesties, Emperor Brennan and Empress Caoilfhionn, did travel to the Barony of Iron Bog and attended River Wars on 13 September, AS XLIX.

These things did happen that day:

Karen Jacobsdottir and Amy Webb were each presented with a Queen’s Honor of Distinction.

Birla the Cheerful was made companion of the Order of Gawain, and received a scroll by Lada Monguligin.

Melchior Kriebel and Devilin MacPherson were both inducted into the Order of the Golden Rapier.  The former received a scroll by Isabel Chamberlaine, with words by Alys Mackyntoich; the latter received a scroll by Orlando Sforza.

Ryouko’jin Of-The Iron-Skies was presented with a Queen’s Honor of Distinction, and read a poem by Aife ingen Chonchobair in Derthaige.  Not finished with him, Their Majesties inducted him into the Order of the Tygers Combatant and received a scroll by Sakurai no Kesame.

Mongu Chinua was inducted into the Order of the Sagitarius, and received a carved stone by Alaric Jaeger von Bremen inscribed by Lada Monguligin with words by Gullujab Tangadai.

And then there was in court:

Bjorn inn Kvensami was presented with a King’s Esteem of Merit.

Margery Winthrop was Awarded Arms and presented a scroll by Kay Leigh Mac Whyte.

Suleene Skye the Forgotten was named a Jeweler to the Crown and presented a scroll by Nyfain merch Coel.

Amanda of Settmour Swamp and Serena of Settmour Swamp were inducted into the Order of the Tyger’s Cub.  Amanda receieved a scroll by Catriona inghean Sheamuis; Serena’s scroll featured illumination by Aziza al-Shirazi and calligraphy by Mariette de Bretagne.

Konner MacPherson was Granted Arms and would be receiving a scroll by Mariette de Bretagne.

Owynn Greenwood was made a Baron of the Court and received a scroll by Orlando Sforza.

Erin Holt was Awarded Arms and received a scroll featuring illumination by Ellesbeth Donofrey and calligraphy by Jon Blaecstan.

Aziza al-Shirazi was awarded arms and received a scroll by Mariette de Bretagne.

Aibhilin Fhionn (Trixie) was awarded a Grant of Arms and made a Queen’s Cypher, receiving a scroll for the former by Jan Janowicz Bogdanski and for the latter featuring illumination by Mergriet van Wijenhorst and calligraphy by Nest verch Tangwistel.

Alesone Gray of Cranleigh was named a Seamstress to the Crown, and additionally received a King’s Esteem of Merit.

Jehannine de Flandres, Tysha z kieva, Isgerthr Isungr and Engracia de Mardrigal were all named Seamstresses to the Crown.

Thorlaeifr Hvitskegg was named a Tailor to the Crown.  Further, he received a Grant of Arms with a scroll forthcoming.

Jibril ibn Ammar al-Fayyad was inducted into the Order of Artemis, and received a scroll featuring illumination by Kis Marika, called Mika and calligraphy by Jon Blaecstan.

Reijnier Verplanck was inducted into the Order of the Silver Rapier.  The scroll is forthcoming.

Genovefa De Magna Villa was presented with a Burdened Tyger, and received a scroll by Eleana O’ Sirideain.

Miles Boweman was Awarded Arms and received a scroll by Magdalena Lantfarerin.

Linette de Galardon was elevated to the Order of the Pelican, and received a scroll by Elsa de Lyon.

Gautselin Raedwulf was Granted Arms, and also made a Queen’s Cypher.  She received a scroll for her GOA featuring illumination by Svea the Short-Sighted and calligraphy by Alexandre St Pierre, and a scroll for the Queen’s Cypher by Despina de la Brasov.

Friar William Graham of Edinburgh, Lorenzo Gorla and Livia Petralia were all inducted into the Order of the Maunch.  Scroll for Friar William by with illumination by Isa of Ruantallan and an unknown calligrapher; scroll for Lorenzo by Sarra the Lymner; scroll for Livia by Reijnier Verplanck.

Though absent, Ruslan Novgorodcev was named a King’s Cypher.  A scroll is forthcoming.

Muiredach O’Dalaigh was Awarded Arms, and presented a scroll featuring illumination by Melina Al Andalusiyya, calligraphy by Robin dit Dessaint and words by Dankwert Bathory.

Ichabod the Tall was elevated to the Order of the Pelican, and received a scroll featuring illumination by Kay Leigh Mac Whyte, calligraphy by Vettori Antonello and words by Ryan McWhyte.

Philadelphia Brown was elevated to the Order of the Pelican, and presented a scroll by Chrestienne la Pecheresse with words by Alys Mackyntoich.

In service,

Malcolm Bowman

Eastern Crown Herald for Brennan and Caoilfhionn

PS – Thank you for Heraldic assistance to Alys Mackyntoich, Elizabeth Elenor Lovell, Alesone Gray of Cranleigh, Donovan Shinnock, Anastasia da Monte, Martyn de Halliwell, Alain Llewylyn ap Rhaglan and Yehuda ben Moshe.


Filed under: Court, Events Tagged: court report

Unofficial Court Report – Barleycorn

Sat, 2014-10-04 17:41

Their Majesties, Emperor Brennan and Empress Caoilfhionn, did travel to the Crown Province of Østgarðr and attended The Funeral Games of John Barleycorn on 6 September, AS XLIX.

The following events took place upon that day:

Eva Kringler was called before Their Majesties, and received an AoA with a scroll featuring calligraphy by Constance de St. Denis and illumination by Vettorio Antonello.

Cosimo di Firenze of Østgarðr was Awarded Arms and received a scroll by Wulfgar Silverbraid with words by Theodora Bryennissa called Treannah.

Alienor Salton was Awarded Arms and received a scroll by Onóra ingheann Uí Rauirc.

Jolie Delarue was named a Seamstress to the Crown.

Philip the first was Awarded Arms and received a scroll by Lassar ingen Aeda.

Dougmor of Lions End was Awarded Arms and received a scroll by Vettorio Antonello.

Thomas O’Connor was given an Award of Arms, and received a scroll featuring calligraphy by Aleksei Dmitriev and illumination by Marianna “Blackheart” DeLacey.

Caoilfhionn inghean Lochlainn and Anton le Flamme were presented with a Queen’s Honor of Distinction.

Richard the Poor of Ely was made a Baron of the Court and Granted Arms, receiving a scroll by Jonathan Blaecstan.

Additionally, this happened:

His Excellency Gui of Østgarðr presented a rattan greatsword to His Majesty.

Representatives of the Canton of Northpass presented a gift to Their Majesties.

Sir Horic swore fealty.

Their Majesties were presented with a ginormous fork, a match to the gargantuan Spoon of Æthelmearc.  Additionally, Her Majesty was presented a large but comparatively smaller spork.

Their Majesties signed the charter for creation of the Assassin’s Guild.

In service,

Malcolm Bowman

Eastern Crown Herald for Brennan and Caoilfhionn

PS – Thank you for Heraldic assistance to Aislinn Chiabach and Caoilfhionn inghean Lochlainn


Filed under: Court, Events Tagged: court report

Unofficial Court Report – King and Queen’s Equestrian Champions

Sat, 2014-10-04 17:39

photo by Lavina Attewode

Join me for a brief trip in the not-so-wayback machine.

Their Majesties, Emperor Brennan and Empress Caoilfhionn, did travel to the Shire of Quintavia and attended King’s and Queen’s Equestrian Championships at Quintavia Summer Celebration on 23 August, AS XLIX.

The following awards were presented:

Doucette de Verdun was named King’s Equestrian Champion, and received a promissory scroll by Kayleigh McWhyte.

Julian le Scot was named Queen’s Equestrian Champion, and received a promissory scroll by Eleanor Catlyng.

Rodulf d’ Saint Aubin was inducted into the Order of the Tyger’s Cub and received a scroll by Katherine Stanhope.

Leon d’ Saint Aubin was inducted into the Order of the Tyger’s Cub, and received a scroll featuring illumination by Adrienne d’Evreaux and calligraphy by Alexandre St. Pierre.

Catalina de Valencia was Awarded Arms.  Her scroll is forthcoming.

Llewellyn Walsh was made a companion of the Order of the Silver Rapier, and received a scroll by Eleanor Catlyng.

Arnulf d’ Saint Aubin was both inducted into the Order of the Tyger’s Cub, and received an Award of Arm.  He was presented a scroll for the Tyger’s Cub by Nest verch Tangwistel and a scroll of the Award of Arms by Brangwyne of Wentworth.

Eleanor Catlyn and Nataliia Anastasiia Evgenova Sviatoslavina vnuchka both were awarded a Queen’s Honor of Distinction.

Elena Hylton was Awarded Arms, and received a scroll featuring calligraphy by Constance de Saint Denis, illumination by Marieta Charay and words by Donovan Shinnock.

Solskinn of Smoking Rocks was inducted into the Order of the Maunche, and received a stained glass piece by Conor O Ceallaigh, with calligraphy and words by Kay Leigh Mac Whyte.

In addition:

Their Excellencies Carolingia swore fealty, and presented a gift of a rag rose to Their Majesties.

Their Excellencies Smoking Rocks swore fealty.

Her Highness þóra presented tokens to the hard-working Equestrian ground crew.

The Children of the East gave chase to the toybox.

Duke Gregor von Heisler was named Dean of the War College.

In service,

Malcolm Bowman

Eastern Crown Herald for Brennan and Caoilfhionn

PS – Thank you for Heraldic assistance to Elizabeth Elenor Lovell and Donovan Shinnock


Filed under: Court, Equestrian Tagged: court report, King and Queen's Champions

Artisans to Their Majesties

Fri, 2014-10-03 17:44

The website of Their Majesties Edward and Thyra now has a page displaying the work of artisans that has been donated to their reign.  Their Majesties are grateful for these items that are used as gifts for their hosts at foreign wars or for other occasions closer to home.  In the future the webpage will also include largesse for the toy chest enlivens court for all the youngest members of the East.  “Edward and I take great joy at being able to share the beautiful work done by the artisans of our kingdom,” wrote Princess Thyra.  “The skill and generosity of the people of the East is without compare.”

The webpage will be updated throughout the reign.  Anyone who would like to donate their work is asked to email the Gifts Coordinator, Sir Michael of York.  If you would like to know more about what might be useful, you can also contact him.

Photo by Baroness Cateline la Broderesse


Filed under: Arts and Sciences, Tidings

Event Announcement: Annual Brewing Festival of St. Ægir

Wed, 2014-10-01 12:02

From the incipient Shire of Archer’s Ford, an event announcement:

Event: The Annual Brewing Festival of St. Ægir

Where: The Shire of Archer’s Ford – Pennside Presbyterian Church – 253 N. 25th St., Reading, PA 19606

When: Saturday, February 28th, 2015

The Brotherhood of Brewers and the East Kingdom Brewer’s Guild present the third annual Brewing Festival of Saint Ægir. Join us this year at our new location. There will of course be various brews for tasting. Bring your best for the EKBG paneling.

We have broadened our event this year. If you find it at a tavern, we might have classes for it. Not only will there be classes on various types of brew, but there’s more. Classes are being added, so check back. Some of the classes we have already, involve cooking and merriment. We will have a dayboard prepared by everyone’s favorite Swedish chef, Lord Uncle Chuck (yes, that guy). BORK BORK BORK.

What would a tavern be without the camaraderie of friends, a good story, and music. Come tell old man winter he can’t keep you down, and join us!

Reservations: $10 pre-registered members; $12 members at-the-door; +$5 non-member surcharge.

Pre-registrations must be postmarked by 2/14/2015; Checks Payable to “SCA – PA, Inc. – Shire of Hartshorn-dale”

Send reservations to Lord Damiano Vitallie de Fonda, 1400 Hay Road, Temple, PA 19560

Autocrat: Lord Matheus Carnifex (mbowers75@ comcast .net)

Merchants contact: Lord Alexander Makcristyne (cmakcristyne@ gmail .com)


Filed under: Arts and Sciences, Events

Announcement From Queen’s A&S Champion

Tue, 2014-09-30 18:00

From the Queen’s Champion of Arts & Sciences:

Master Luke Knowlton, King’s Champion and myself, Mistress Rainillt de Bello Marisco, Queen’s Champion are, on behalf of the Kingdom of the East, Their Royal Majesties, and the office of the Minster of Arts and Science, are pleased to announce the King’s and Queen’s Arts and Science Championship.

The Championship will be held on Saturday March 7th in the Barony of L’lle du Dragon Dormant (Montreal). See the Event Announcement temporarily listed on http://pleatworkembroidery.com/KQASAnnoucement.pdf

There is also a Facebook page set up for the event by the hosts at :
https://www.facebook.com/events/897875590241909/permalink/906296032733198/

We will have registration information for the actual championship shortly. If
you plan on attending and will be staying for feast, the feast spots are limited.

-Mistress Rainillt de Bello Marisco, Queen’s Champion of Arts & Sciences


Filed under: Arts and Sciences, Events

The Flamingos and Hedgehogs Song

Tue, 2014-09-30 15:37

King Edward commissioned his bard, Lord Martyn de Halliwell to pen a song that spoke of the virtues of his Queen, Thyra, great patroness of the noble flamingo and mighty hedgehog. Thus did Martyn pen these words, and set them to the 14th Century tune known as “Douce Dame Jolie” by Guillaume de Machaut (1300-1377). He entitled them “In Forty Years & Nine,” however, the song is now lovingly known as the “Flamingos and Hedgehogs Song.”

The song was performed by Lord Martyn de Halliwell, Mistress Aife ingen Chonchobair, Maistre Lucien de Pontivy, Baroness Ysmay de Lynn, Lady Aildreda de Tamwörthe, Lady Isabeau d’Orleans, Lady Violet Coleson, and Lady Katrin Daans. Baronne Sabine de Kerbriant and Lady Margretha la Fauvelle accompanied the singers on recorder and citole, respectively.

There is a buzzing sound at about 0:18 in the video, the sound returns back to normal following. The lyrics are posted below.

In forty years and nine there was a virtuous Queen of Eastern lands                       and patroness of flamingos and mighty hedgehogs.

CHORUS:

Her Prowess is unmatched with a bow, her arrows fly through the sun-filled sky       she inspires all to fight for the East and noble creatures small and great.

Her Loyalty and Faith show that her will is strong as any Royal Peer’s                     She inspires us to day to sing and praise her forevermore.

CHORUS

Her Generosity and Mercy are well known throughout the Known World                 King Edward did repent and she forgave so we sing of her virtues for you today.

CHORUS

Thyra’s Courtesy abounds even now for all to see and hear                                  She’s not kicked me right out or banished me for these words that I have penned.

Final Refrain:

Queen Thyra couteous Queen of the East we sing to day so all might know              this Eastern Rose’s great display of noble virtues.

Photo by Lord Sergei Rozvad syn, video courtesy Lady Ella de Caley, sheet music and lyrics courtesy Lord Martyn de Halliwell.


Filed under: Court Tagged: Bardic, bards, coronation, Music, song

Unofficial Court Report for the First Court of Edward III and Thyra II

Tue, 2014-09-30 12:56

In 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 that same right, second of that name, held at the Barony of Bergental upon 27 September in the forty-ninth year of the Society, on the which day were called all and sundry the lords and ladies of the realm and the great persons of the kingdom to hear the following publicly proclaimed:

Item.  Having assumed the Tyger Throne in accordance with the signs and portents given and the most ancient traditions of the East Kingdom, Their Majesties summoned into their Court the good Caoilfhionn inghean Uí Fhaoláin, most recently Empress, and did take testimony as to her great nobility and manifold virtues; and hearing the said testimony, Their Majesties thereupon created the said Caoilfhionn as a Lady of a Rose with Arms by Letters Patent, the which deed was confirmed by a document created by Katherine Stanhope;

Item.  Their Majesties created Brennan MacFergus and Caoilfhionn inghean Uí Fhaoláin Count and Countess for their great and worthy service as Emperor and Empress of the Realm, the which elevation was memorialized in documents authored by Lucius Aurelius Varus and calligraphed and illuminated by Saerlaith ingen Chennetig;

Whereupon Their Majesties’ Court was suspended until the evening, when the following business was proclaimed publicly:

Item: Her Majesty summoned those members of the Queen’s Guard in attendance and invested them with her livery and the symbols of their responsibility;

Item: Their Majesties summoned the good lady Toi Poisson de Mortagne into the Court and, having heard testimony of her skills in matters of art, did invest her with the Order of the Maunche;

Item:  There Majesties commanded the presence of Genevieve Grant before the Tyger Thrones, and the good lady so appearing, did endow her with the Order of the Tyger’s Cub;

Item:  The Order of the Tyger’s Cub being not yet complete, Their Majesties thereupon summoned Francesca of the Barony Beyond the Mountain before them and inducted her into the Order aforesaid, the which deed was memorialized in a document created by Eloise of Coulter;

Item:  Their Majesties caused the good man Akamatsu Katsumoto to bring before the thrones his lady wife, Akamatsu Tora, and, praising their deeds for the Kingdom, did Award Arms to them both, the which awards were memorialized in documents in their native tongue created by Isabel Fleuretan and Kameshima Zentarou Umakai;

Item:  Their Majesties presented tokens of welcome to all those newcomers to the Society in attendance at the event.

Item:  Her Majesty caused a Writ of Exile and Attainder to be issued against the dread and horrible piñas de Indes, known vulgarly as “pineapples,” that have lately infested the Kingdom;

Item:  Their Majesties called before the Court the honorable Treya Min Teanga and presented her with a creation in leather by Camma an Daraich commemorating the said Treya’s induction into the Order of the Sagittarius, previously done;

Item:  As memorial for the noble Lillith LeBlanc lately cruelly taken from us, Their Majesties led the Court in a moment of silence;

Item:  Their Majesties brought the Lady Aine Neamheaglach before the Court to speak of efforts to raise funds for treatment of the injuries sustained by Sir Diablu;

Item:  Their Majesties caused Aildreda de Tamworthe, called Dreda, to be brought before the Court and, praising her labors for the good of the realm, did create her a member of the Order of the Silver Crescent, the which deed was memorialized in a document authored by Jehan du Lac and calligraphed and illuminated by Eowyn Eilonwy of Alewife Brook;

Item: Their Majesties summoned the Captain-General of Archers, Master Godric, to address the Court concerning great deeds upon the archery range; whereupon Otto Gottlieb was created a Master Bowman and Eleanora Stewart was created a Grand Master Bowman, the said Eleanora’s achievement being memorialized in an engraved arrow with a hand-forged head created by Kenric aet Essex;

Item: Their Majesties called into their presence the good lady Aryana van Wyck, called Arlyana, and, in recognition of her lengthy labors and good deeds, did create her a Baroness of the Court and Grant her Arms;

Item: Their Majesties summoned before the Tyger Throne the noble and right honored Ygraine of Kellswood, the which lady being renowned for her labors on behalf of the archers of the realm and many and diverse other good deeds, and acknowledging her great virtue and noblesse, did create her a Tyger of the East, the which deed was memorialized and confirmed in a document authored by Alys Mackyntoich and calligraphed and illuminated by Eva Woderose.

Item:  His Majesty made a gift to Her Majesty of a song composed by Martyn de Halliwell recognizing the nobility of flamingoes and hedgehogs and Her Majesty’s great favor for the same.

I, Alys Mackyntoich, Eastern Crown Herald, Their Majesties’ most obedient servant, wrote this to memorialize and make certain and perpetual all such things that were done and caused to be done upon 27 September in the First Court of Edward and Thyra.

Witnesseth:
Baron Malcolm Bowman
Mistress Elizabeth Elenore Lovell
Master Grim the Skald
Don Donovan Shinnock

(Photos by Baroness Cateline la Broderesse, Lord Sergei Rozvad syn, and Mistress Eva Woderose.)


Filed under: Court Tagged: baroness, coronation, Maunche, Silver Crescent, tyger of the east, tyger's cub

#MedievalMonday Campaign

Mon, 2014-09-29 12:17

Bardic appreciation tokens

Greetings all!

Last Monday was the first time I announced the hashtag campaign for #MedievalMonday, and a number of people from across the Known World rose to the occasion. The campaign even got noticed by the Society Minister of Arts & Sciences, Master Raven Mayne, who encourages everyone to get on board.

Wanna help create interest in new potential members? Congratulations, there’s an easy way to do it without even leaving your house! An informal campaign has been started, using a hashtag, ‪#‎MedievalMonday‬

How does one participate? It’s easy! Just take a photo of something Medieval (something you’ve made, of photo of yourself at an event, a super cool illumination, etc.), and post it publicly on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, or Instagram, and use the hashtag #MedievalMonday

The other, and very important key, is that this happen on Mondays. Why Mondays? Because alliteration makes things easier to remember, and because when multiple people post using the same hashtag, on the same day, it increases exposure.

14th-Century, pointed-toe, blue boots

You may also wish to use ‪#‎SCA‬ and ‪#‎MySCA‬ the latter being the Society FB Page’s on-going hashtag campaign.

What will this do?

Well, first and foremost, it’s a positive form of outreach to spread awareness about cool medieval stuff.

Second, as your images get posted, liked, commented on, re-posted, and re-shared, more and more people are exposed to them.

Through my minimal efforts on Instagram, I’ve already attracted in a few people into the SCA; albeit in other Kingdoms so far, but new members are a good thing no matter where they’re from.

The bonus? We all get to see cool pictures of medieval stuff our friends have posted on Mondays, an otherwise very mundane day of the week ;-)

If you’d like to find some of what’s already being posted, it’s easy to find. Just type #medievalmonday into the search bars at the top of your facebook page, Google+ page, twitter, or instagram feed and the posts will display.

Tart in Ymbre Day

Don’t forget to like and comment on your favorite posts. Even if you don’t have something to share this week, liking and commenting on other people’s posts increases its exposure to others, and supports the content creator/broadcaster.

Remember to have fun, and share something cool about this amazing time period!

-Lord Martyn de Halliwell

Photos by Martyn de Halliwell


Filed under: Arts and Sciences Tagged: campaign, medievalmonday, social media

Fundraising to Help Sir Diablu

Mon, 2014-09-29 09:45

In an accident in the Dominican Republic last week, Sir Diablu was badly injured, and his lady, Ashley, was killed.

Funds are being raised to help the families with the expenses of international travel, transport, and other necessities.

Please help if you are able.

For more information and several ways to contribute, please visit
the fundraising page.


Filed under: Tidings

From the Captain General of Archers

Mon, 2014-09-29 06:30

Master Godric will be stepping-down as Captain General of Archers at next Birka, and wishes to share the following missive with the populace.

A greeting to all of the East Kingdom does Master Godric of Hamtun send.

It has been some time since I have written as to the state of archery in the East Kingdom. As I look back on my last Pennsic War campaign as your Captain General, I would like to sit in remembrance of the last 4+ years.

It has been my privilege and my honor to serve as your Captain General. We have accomplished so much over the past 4 years, and I say we because I could not do this job alone. It is with the service and guidance of all of the dedicated archery marshals and their families that we have been so successful here in the east. I have so many people to thank, that if I listed them all it would take me many pages of this letter to include them all. Suffice to say there were a few the need to be recognized here.

First and foremost, I would like to thank the archers of the East. If it wasn’t for your enthusiasm, dedication, skill and willingness to shoot, there would be no reason for my position.

I would be remiss if I did not thank my lovely wife Baroness Margeret of Rochester. She has made many sacrifices so that I might perform the job of Captain General: she has been my sounding board, my editor, and my barometer over the past 4 years and without her I would not have been able to do this job.

I would greatly like to thank Mistress Ygraine of Kellswood. She has not only been the kingdom score keeper for many, many years but she has been a most trusted advisor, friend, and kept me informed when ranks were attained and handled the most arduous task of keeping the archery marshals list up to date.

I would like to thank Master Maxton Gunn, Lord Alexander St. Pierre, and the multitude of others who helped me revise and rewrite the Policies of the Captain General. I believe we have a document that is both thorough and understandable.

I also wish to thank all of my Advisory Council, Master Krakken Gnashbone, Master Mark Squirelsbane, and Mistress Tamar Walshman. Their many years of experience and their timely and helpful advice have made my job as Captain General much easier.

To all of my Regional Commanders and my Lieutenant Generals, thank you for your dedicated service. I know that I have not made things easy on you and that I required more of you than has been in the past, but your counsel and hard work is what makes East Kingdom archery what it is.

To all of my archery marshals and marshals in training, thank you for your service and please keep up the great work and dedicated service. Without such service archery could not happen.

To all of the Royalty that has reigned during my tenure as Captain General, thank you for your enthusiastic support of archery during your reigns. I am always excited to see royalty on the range and that you value the archery community’s contribution to the kingdom.

The final person I wish to thank is my Deputy Captain General, Mistress Jehannine de Flandres. Over the past 2+ years she has been at my side through thick and thin, learning the office and taking on many responsibilities and doing them well. Jehannine has been my confidant, my friend and partner in crime, and together we have added to the legacy that is East Kingdom Archery.

I have had a wonderful experience as Captain General and I have made many new friendships along the way, ones I hope to continue in the future. But alas all good things must come to an end. My tenure as Captain General will end at Market Day at Birka this coming January. I will be recommending to their majesties Mistress Jehannine de Flandres as my choice to succeed me as Captain General. Mistress Jehannine has work very hard for the past two year as my deputy to learn the job. If anyone wishes to be considered for the position of Captain General, please send a letter of intent to their majesties and the Kingdom Earl Marshal, with your desire and qualifications.

I know that I have missed many who have helped me along the way this past four years. Know that I thank you now and very much appreciate your service and hope that you will continue that service under your new Captain General.

I hope to see you on the range soon.

In Service

Master Godric of Hamtun
Captain General of Archers


Filed under: Archery, Official Notices

Coronation of Edward and Thyra

Sun, 2014-09-28 20:51

The sun shone brightly as the nobles and great officers of the Kingdom gathered yesterday for the Coronation of Their Majesties Edward and Thyra in the Barony of Bergental.  The ceremony took place in the sanctuary of the First Congregation church, which had a lovely medieval ambiance, with a vaulted ceiling and beautiful stained glass windows.

The Last Court of Their Majesties Brennan and Caoilfhionn opened with their Majesties recognizing those gentles who had staunchly supported them during their reign. A full court report will be published separately as soon as it becomes available.

The presentation of awards was interrupted by the approach of two Sibyls. They announced that the prophecy regarding their reign was incomplete, adding a touch of levity to the proceedings by explaining that “No, seriously, there was a piece of papyrus stuck to the back”.

Warned that dire things would befall the kingdom he loved, his Majesty agreed that they must heed the words of the Oracle and end their reign. Her Majesty dismissed her guard. Both shared moving words of their love for the people of the East, in response to which the assembled populace rose spontaneously to their feet in tribute.

Prince Edward and Princess Thyra were summoned, entering into Court in splendid gold and silver garments, escorted by their household. As they advanced down the mail aisle, twelve periaktoi (an ancient theatrical device by which a scene or change of scene was indicated)  bearers carrying the zodiacal signs made their way down the side aisles.

His Majesty removed her Majesty’s Crown, giving it into the keeping of Herald, then removed his own, and crowned Prince Edward.

King Edward then crowned Queen Thyra.  Brennan and Caoilfhionn exited.

Sumptuous blue robes were brought forward to clothe their Majesties, and the purple drapes behind the thrones were removed to reveal a huge zodiacal mural.

As the robing proceeded, the zodiacal prophecies were read, punctuated by the periaktoi bearers proceeding up the aisles in turn, and pausing at the front as the verse corresponding to their sign was read.

Upon conclusion of the readings, two astrologers entered, one bearing a large book. Again injecting a bit of levity, the two predicted that the reign of Their Majesties would endure for four thousand, and some … hours.

The astrologers having been dispatched, the bearers of the reliquary containing earth from the lists of the First Tournament and the ampulla containing water from the Bay of the Mistlands where the World was born, entered Court.

His Majesty swore upon the reliquary and Her Majesty swore upon the ampulla, to fulfill their duties as Monarchs of the East. The Kingdom Officers, royal champions, and landed barons and baronesses then offered fealty.

Their Majesties made the first award of their Reign, as they called Baroness Caoilfhionn and Sir Brennan into Court. Baroness Caoilfhinn was made a Lady of the Rose with full  ceremony, including speakers from all four Peerages. She and Sir Brennan were then made Count and Countess. Duke Lucan did them the honor of presenting them with the County coronets which he and Duchess Jana had worn after his first reign.

The ceremony was composed by Maistre Lucien de Pontivy and Lady Aildreda de Tamwurthe. Lovely period choral and organ music was integrated through the ceremony.

Photos are courtesy of Cateline la Broderesse, used by permission.


Filed under: Court Tagged: coronation, Edward and Thyra

East Kingdom Server Issues Continue

Sun, 2014-09-28 19:26

Lord Lorenz Greylever, the East Kingdom web minister, has posted another update on the status of the East Kingdom servers. You can read about the situation in more detail here.

Two issues noted in the report may be of particular impact to site visitors:

  • The event submission form is not currently accepting event postings.
  • Email to officers via the addresses at eastkingdom.org is failing intermittently.

Mistress A’isha bint Jamil, the East Kingdom Chronicler, has requested that we announce the following:

If you need to submit information for inclusion in the November Pikestaff, please feel free to email her directly at aisha.ekchron at gmail.com.

Updates to event announcements and completely new announcements for events with dates in November and the first half of December will be accepted via direct email. Submissions by this method will not update the web site – you will still need to do that when the web site resumes  normal operations.


Filed under: Tidings Tagged: Pikestaff, server

Brief Curia held at Coronation

Sun, 2014-09-28 18:55

The Coronation of Edward III and Thyra II was followed yesterday by a brief Curia. Their Majesties presented a single piece of business which they felt was too urgent to wait for their planned Curia at Market Day at Birka in January.

The full text of the law change will appear in the November issue of Pikestaff.

Their Majesties have become deeply concerned that because their Kingdom spans two countries in the mundane world, with different currencies, that their subjects are sometimes encountering unreasonable challenges when attending events across the border, which may prevent them from making reservations, or even from attending the event. Obtaining a check or money order in a foreign currency often involves significant fees for the sender, and sometimes also involves fees for the host group when they deposit it.

There Majesties have therefore crafted an addition to East Kingdom Law directing local groups to devise policies whereby they can accommodate the desire of foreign visitors to preregister, without suffering these financial burdens. The law is not specific in terms of the accommodations to be made. Local groups are expected to be free to devise their own policies, so long as they do not violate the Kingdom financial policies.

Representatives of several groups mentioned in the course of the discussion that they already have such policies in place.


Filed under: Law and Policy Tagged: curia, The Coronation

More on Heraldic Wills

Fri, 2014-09-26 19:52
Following up on Her Grace’s excellent public service announcement about heraldic wills and blanket letters of permission to conflict, Mistress Alys, Blue Tyger Herald, has prepared some easy, fill in the blank forms for people wishing to file either with the College of Heralds.  Sample heraldic wills can be found here.

Easy, fill in the blank letters of permission to conflict here.

Both letters need to be signed with one’s legal name and dated.   Mistress Alys will accept them at events, by e-mail (as long as they have been scanned with the legal signature), or by mailing to:

Blue Tyger Herald PO Box 229 Speedwell Avenue Morris Plains, NJ 07950

There is no fee for filing either of these letters.
Filed under: Heraldry Tagged: heraldry

Heraldic Wills

Fri, 2014-09-26 08:36

If you have any items registered with the College of Heralds, please please please, seriously consider submitting a heraldic will or a blanket letter of “Permission to Conflict”.

What is a heraldic will? Well, simply put, it’s directions on what to do with all your registered items in case you die. If you want your child/ren to inherit them, you can do that. You can also specify that all of your registered items be released. Having a heraldic will on record allows the College to go about its business of registration without having to bother your legal heirs who may

A) not be SCAdian at all and have no idea what we are talking about and just deletes the email
B) be a former SCAdian that has no interest
C) a SCAdian who is still grieving and not sure what to do with your stuff

If there is already a will on file, it saves months of time and energy to get new item registered.

A ” blanket letter of Permission to Conflict” is another great idea. There is a form letter on the internet, but it basically says, if someone wants to register something and it is close to mine, but not exactly like mine, they have permission to conflict with my registered item(s). Again, it makes the work that the College does on behalf of the membership easier.

Both of these items have zero registration fee, so it doesn’t even cost you anything but a little bit of time.

If anyone has any further questions, please do not hesitate to ask me, Blue Tyger Herald or Brigantia Herald.

In Service to Crown and College,
Avelina

Form letters and suggestions for wills can be found here:

http://heraldry.sca.org/admin.html#APPENDIXD


Filed under: Heraldry Tagged: heraldry

Kings and Queens Rapier Champions Event Announcement

Fri, 2014-09-26 07:20

Greetings all! – Upon this coming 18th of October, the people of the Canton of Black Icorndall in the Barony of Bhakail invite you to join Their Majesties Edward III and Thyra II at a grand tourney highlighting the skills of the East in the arts of defence. Their Champions, Don Donovan Shinnock and Don Thomas of Effingham, will oversee the tourney as Their Majesties attend to the selection of the next King’s and Queen’s Rapier Champions.
Children are welcome but we ask you to please supervise your children at all times. We are planning to have children’s activities. More details to follow.
There will be a dayboard provided. There will not be a feast, but there are a number of excellent restaurants located one mile away in nearby Media, PA. – http://visitmediapa.com/dining
We are working on coordinating crash space. In the meantime, we can recommend the Days Inn (http://www.daysinnspringfieldpa.com/) or the Courtyard Marriott (http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/phlgf-courtyard-philadelphia-springfield/), both located three miles away in Springfield, PA
No animals are allowed on site except Service Animals as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (guide dogs, signal dogs, or other animals individually trained to provide assistance to an individual with a disability).

Schedule: 8am – Site Set-Up
9am – Site Opens
10:30am – Tourney registration closes
11am – Tourney begins
Late afternoon – Tourney ends, Court begins
6pm – Site cleanup
7pm – Site closes

Site fees: $10 for adults ($12 at door). Dayboard included. Please add the $5 Non-Member Surcharge if you are not a member of the SCA.
$8 for children 6-17 ($10 at door). Free for children under 5.
Feast fees: Dayboard only. No feast. There are a number of excellent restaurants located in Media, PA. – http://visitmediapa.com/dining
Make checks payable to: SCA PA, Inc., Canton of Black Icorndall

Send reservations to: Please send the following information with your reservation: Modern and SCA names for all persons included in the reservation, proof of membership for all members included in the reservation (photocopy of membership card or copy of cover of recent Pikestaff cover with the members name is acceptable), contact information, and check or money order made out to “SCA PA, Inc., Canton of Black Icorndall”.
Reservations must be received by October 11, 2014.:
Honourable Lord Muin maqq Minain (Donald Downie) 404 Blakeley Rd.
Wallingford, PA 19086, 610-745-0519, OakAshThorn@gmail.com
Autocrat: Master Rowen Cloteworthy, (Rowen Stuffer), 113 E. Third St.
Media, PA 19063, 609-634-3230, HandyMonkey@gmail.com
King’s Rapier Champion (for tourney information): Don Donovan Shinnock (Timothy Walsh)617-512-4171, Timothy.Walsh@gmail.com

Site opens: 9am Site closes: 6pm
Site address: Stage One, 101 Plush Mill Rd., Wallingford, PA 19086

Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/84XMh
– From the North – Take I-276 (PA Turnpike) to I-476 South (Mid-County Expressway). Take I-476 South to Exit 3 (Baltimore Pike). Make a right at the bottom of the ramp towards Media. Take East Baltimore Pike 1.3 miles. ** At the traffic light at Beatty Road (Acme shopping center on far right corner, PNC Bank on near left corner) turn left onto Beatty Road. Go one block to a stop sign and make a left onto N. Providence Road / PA-252 South. Go 0.3 miles and turn left onto Plush Mill Road. Go 0.1 miles; Stage One will be on your left.
– From the South – Take I-95 to I-476 North. Take I-476 North to Exit 3 (Baltimore Pike). Make a left at the bottom of the ramp towards Media. Take East Baltimore Pike 1.4 miles. Follow from ** above.
The site is also located near public transportation from Philadelphia, within a mile of both the Wallingford Station of the SEPTA Media/Elwyn Regional Rail Line from 30th Street Station and the Media / Providence Road stop on the 101 Trolley from 69th Street Terminal. We are working to have a shuttle service available from those stops and will have more details as soon as we can.


Filed under: Events Tagged: events, fencing, Kings and Queens Champions