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Things to Know about Yule in the Barony Beyond the Mountain

Sun, 2017-11-26 13:57

For many years now, the Barony Beyond the Mountain has celebrated
certain traditions as part of our Yule feast. In more recent times we
have been pleased and honored to bring them to a joint Yule with our
cousins of Bergental. If you are planning to attend Yule feast this year on December 2 or in the future, a quick read will help you to enjoy your time with us.

The first thing is that we ask everyone to please refrain from lighting their own candles. The provision of light for the tables is part of the

At the beginning of the feast before the food is served, First Foot, a
child embodying the spirit of the season enters the hall and leaps over
the yule log which will be set before High Table. After taking a flame
from the yule log, First Foot asks the populace “Would you have the
spirit of the season enter this hall?” The proper response is “Aye.”
First Foot lights the candles at High Table, and then proceeds
throughout the hall, lighting a candle for each table. It is traditional
to offer First Foot a coin for luck, which are provided on each table.

A pitcher of scented water is presented to High Table, that Their
Majesties, Their Highnesses, and Their Exellencies may refresh their
hands prior to presentation of the feast.

Salt is formally presented to the High Table. If Their Excellencies in
consultation with Their exchequers have determined that Their lands have
prospered in the prior year, salt is also provided to the populace to
season their meals.

The pantler presents a specially baked loaf of bread to High Table, and
slices and serves it to Their Majesties, Their Highnesses and Their

The butler presents drink to the High Table. To ensure the quality of
the bottle, s/he will open it and sample the contents to confirm its worth.

The toasts are offered during the meal as is traditional in the Kingdom.
However, in honor of the holiday season, the customary response of
“vivant” is replaced by “wassail!”

During the feast, the boar’s head is processed through the hall while
the “Boar’s Head Carol” is sung.

Should the nobles and populace of the hall be deemed to be generous,
hospitable, and welcoming, there is a gift, in the form of twelve
sterling silver rings. Should you find one, it represents luck for the
coming year.

A Little History or Where on Earth Did They GET This Stuff?

The Barony Beyond the Mountain has celebrated our Yule feast with some
variation of these traditions and ceremonies for over thirty years. But
what do they mean? Where do they come from? All of them are grounded (if
loosely) in some part of history, although over the years things have
changed and shifted to suit the people and the event, and while the
history is still visible through the cracks, it is now a tradition of
our own.

First Foot: First Foot is a tradition of Scotland/Northern England,
which says that the first person to set foot over the threshold of a
home on New Year’s Day will bring good fortune for the coming year. In
the original tradition, First Foot brings gifts.

Yule Log: Current tradition holds that the Yule log has its origins in
the fire ceremonies of pre-Christian paganism that celebrate the return
of the sun at the turn of the year. As most sites do not have a hearth
suitable for the day-long burning of a log, the barony utilizes a
symbolic representation.

Hand-washing: Medieval books of manners describe ritual hand-washing
both before and after the meal. The water and towels were presented in
order of the social standing of the guest, and it was an honor to thus
serve a king or great noble.

Salt: Salt has been a valuable commodity throughout history. Universally
valuable for both seasoning and food preservation, salt was mined,
produced, transported, taxed, sold, and sometimes used as currency.
Hence it was a demonstration of wealth on the medieval table, and in the
great houses would be served in ornate salt cellars and nefs that were
placed in front of the host or most honored guest.

Pantler: The pantler (from the Middle English pantelere) was the servant
of a great house who was in charge of the bread and the pantry. When
bread is baked in a wood fired oven, the upper portion is more
desirable, as it will not be ashy or over-baked. Interestingly, the
phrase “upper crust” does not appear to have been applied to *people*
until the nineteenth century.

Butler: the butler (from the Anglo-Norman buteler, a variant of the Old
Norman butelier and Old French botellier – all variants on
boteille/bottle) was the servant of a great house who was in charge of
the service and care of the household’s beverages, whether in barrels or

Wassail: from the Old English wæs hæl – “be you healthy,” and associated
with the drinking tradition of wassailing in Southern England which is
done to ensure a good cider apple harvest for the following year.

Boar’s Head: the hunting and serving of boar is ancient. The procession
of the boar’s head to the singing of the “Boar’s Head Carol” originated
at Queen’s College in Oxford England. It has continued to this day.

Rings: In England the Christmas cake/pudding sometimes had coins added
as good luck touch pieces at least as far back as the 19th century. Even
if no older than that, it is a charming tradition.

– Article submitted by Baroness Eloise of Coulter

Filed under: Events Tagged: Barony Beyond the Mountain, Yule

Polling Deadline is Tonight at Midnight

Sun, 2017-11-26 09:00

Responses to the second poll of Their Majesties Ivan and Matilde need to be sent before midnight TONIGHT – Sunday, November 26. The polls close at 11:59 pm, and the polling link will be inactive after that time.

Polls are sent to the members of the Orders of High Merit and the Peerages so that they may provide input to the Crown on future members.  Orders which conduct polls include the Chivalry, Laurel, Pelican, Defense, Silver Crescent, Tygers Combatant, Sagittarius, Maunche, Golden Rapier, and Golden Lance.

If you are a member of one of the Orders of High Merit or the Peerage and are not currently receiving polling emails, please sign up via the instructions on the East Kingdom Polling Lists page. Please note that the discussion lists and the polling lists must be subscribed separately.

Filed under: Announcements Tagged: polling deadlines, polling orders, pollings, polls

Service Shines at Crown Tournament

Sat, 2017-11-25 21:53

At the Crown Tournament to determine the heirs of Tsar Ivan and Tsaritsa Matilde, fighters of the East Kingdom vied for the right to be heir to the Tyger throne. Meanwhile, behind the scenes, many hands were hard at work to make a the day a success for all.

Mistress Suba heralding to the crowd assembled

Crown Tournament is fairly unique in its great need for heralds and list runners in order for the Mistress of the Lists to do her job and run the tournament. Mistress Suba al Hadid is the Troubador Herald, in charge of vocal heraldry for tournaments such as Crown Tournament. She and her deputies are the reason that those on the sidelines know who is fighting who, and those who are fighting know which list they should report to. They are assisted by list runners who are responsible for getting cards with fighters’ names on them from the Mistress of the List and her staff, and bringing them to the heralds to announce.

Throughout the chilly day, the lists were heralded by Mistress Suba, Deputy Troubadour Herald Don Lucien de Wyntere, Lord Agapios Cargos, Lady Jehannette Bouchart, Baroness Tasha Medvedeva, Allie Drovich, Lord Drake Oranwood, Lady Sisuile Butler, Bronwyn of Wentworth, Master Ryan McWhyte, Robert Tytes, Baron Yehuda ben Moshe, Baroness Maria Von Osseheim, Edmund Beneyt, Master Ernst Nuss von Kitzingen, Lady Oriana Volpe della Octavia de Venizia, Audrye Beneyt, Lord Justinius Alexander Eternus, Mistress Sabine de Kerbriant, Lord Declan Gobha, Master Rowen Cloteworthy and Behi Kirsa Oyutai.

Charlotte takes a quick pause from her list running duties for a photograph.

The list runners who assisted included Baroness Alanna of Skye, Baroness Jocelyn del Espada, Wentlyanna Bengrek, Simona bat Leone, Roseeia Posaeia, Master Colin Monro, Elian of the Fellsword, Charlotte Coulter, Bartholomew of Northampton, Lady, Siobhan ni Dhonnabhain, Evan, Caleb Patrassio, Emma Lovell, Mistress Eowyn Eilonhwy of Alewife Brook, Rodrigo Medina De La Mar, Eryn FitzPatrick, and Zachary Kerr.

Mistress Suba pointed out that at least eight of her staff were under the age of eighteen, and worked hard to make sure that cards were delivered, fighters heralded, and they day treated with the pomp and circumstance it deserved.

On the other side of the event, Boyar Aleksei Dmitriev and  Lord Fergus Redmead worked tirelessly to cook a delicious dayboard, and chose to tackle a huge challenge to better support the focus of the day. “We said at the same time, we wanted to something special for the fighters and consorts to make it easier for them and bring lunch to them,” Aleksei explained, having cooked dayboard for two Crown Tournaments prior to this one. “I always wanted to do this, but I needed a co-cook just as excited as me about it.”

A “boxed lunch” provided for fighters and consorts

Aleksei, Fergus, and their team prepared approximately 100 boxed lunches for fighters and their consorts, so that those who were focused on the tournament would not need to leave the field in order to eat lunch.

Fergus’s idea was to label each box with the heraldry and name of the combatant or consort. This added the ability to deal with with special dietary needs. Aleksei put out the call to those competing that they could send in their needs, and the dayboard team would do their best to accommodate. Aleksei explained that approximately 20 people took advantage of this to let him know about gluten-free, vegetarian, and other needs in advance.

When Lady Aikaterine reached out with the offer for youth fighters who were attending to help out by delivering the boxes, the final piece of the puzzle fell into place. Several youth delivered dozens of boxes, and also helped put together the lunches, assembly line style.

Photo provided by Sir Alexander de Hautville

The teens ran joyfully through the crowd, matching the shields on the boxes to the shield trees in an attempt to find the gentles whose lunches they held. Discussions about matching heraldry to clothing and banners were held, and the youth seemed to benefit as much from the heraldic education as the combatants and consorts did from the food. “No, that’s a griffin, we’re looking for a tyger!,” was overheard as the youth worked to deliver dozens of meals.

“The kids were a crucial element,” said Aleksei, “We couldn’t have done this without them.” Fergus echoed the sentiment, complimenting four youths in particular who toiled throughout the day

Ulf and Ragnard hard at work at the smokers. -Photo by Fiona

Ulf and Ragnar ran the smokers, and helped to smoke 120 lbs of chicken and 20 lbs of trout, while Emma Lovell and Caleb Patrasso worked inside to prepare the meal. The kitchen was filled with youth and newcomers to the society, joyfully preparing food for the attendees of the event.

All photos by Brendan Crane, unless otherwise indicated

Filed under: Events Tagged: Crown

Another posting from the Webministry

Tue, 2017-11-21 07:48

Greetings again unto the Populace of the East from the Office of the Webministry!

As His Highness and Her Majesty said earlier today on Facebook, the project of moving our email system to Google for Non-Profits is proceeding. Since my last posting several things have clearly changed, and we have gotten some very good questions that we feel answers to must be spread widely.

First off, in one of my previous posts I said that the @eastkingdom.org accounts would have to go last for lots of reasons. Well, we solved the _technical_ reasons, obviously, and can now move those accounts. HOWEVER, the process takes more effort, leaves more of a mess to clean up afterwards, and will be a bookkeeping nightmare (which of these 700 accounts have we moved?) so we’re only moving those accounts who can demonstrate a significant need to get on the new system early. “I wanna” only counts if you’re Royalty, and they’re all already moved.

Next, an explanation of the timeline by which we move a branch:

1) We receive back the spreadsheet of account information
2) Fairly promptly we will create the new accounts
3) We send a welcome letter email to both your current officer account AND your provided “recovery email” account, that is, your personal email. We want to make sure that everyone sees at least one of these.
3A) The welcome letter includes instructions for setting your initial password, how to log in to check you email, and a note that your migration HAS NOT YET been scheduled.
4) When we schedule your migration, it will be at least a week after your accounts have been created and we will then send another email including the time and date. We are leaving a week in between so you can get your password set, make sure you can get in to your email, etc. BEFORE you are relying on this to get your job done.
5) When your migration happens:
5A) We start by switching over the flow of new mail to Google. Nothing more in the old account after this point
5B) We start the copy process to move all your old email over to the new Google account. This takes about 1 second/message, so if you’ve got the time to do a cleanup of old junk, please do.
5C) When it’s done, we send out YET ANOTHER email, this one telling you the migration is complete.

One big takeaway from this is that if your account was just created and you follow the instructions to set your password and log in, there won’t be anything in there to see. But you are ready for when there is.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email gfnp@eastkingdom.org. We are working on a Frequently Asked Questions document, but at the moment really polishing up the migration to be as easy and smooth as possible has taken priority. Soon.

In Service,
Joel Messerer
East Kingdom Deputy Webminister for Services

Filed under: Announcements Tagged: server migration, webminister

Bids Sought For Spring Coronation

Mon, 2017-11-20 19:56
Unto the people of the East, do Caoilfhionn and Brennan send greetings. Her Highness and I are in search of a venue to celebrate Their Majesties and the service They do the Kingdom. To that end, We are seeking bids for April 7th. We are open to any region, require no feast, and seek only a picturesque location to lunch while we celebrate Their Majesties and, oh yeah, hold a Coronation. If you and your local group are interested in hosting the occasion, We would welcome your bids and are happy to discuss any questions or concerns you may have. Thank you for your time and consideration. In Service to the East, Caoilfhionn and Brennan, Heirs to the Tyger Throne
Filed under: Announcements, Events Tagged: announcement

Pennsic Rapier Command: A Call for Volunteers

Mon, 2017-11-20 15:23

Their Highnesses Brennan & Caoilfhionn, and Maistre Remy Delamontagne de Gascogne, General of the East Kingdom Rapier Army, have put out a call for volunteers for the EK Rapier Command Staff for Pennsic 47.

They’re encouraging any fencer interested in being part the command staff to fill out the below Google form by December 1, 2017.


In addition to the form, they have provided an overview description of the different command roles in the rapier army.

KINGDOM XO – The General’s tactical assistants on the field. Help carry out General’s orders, moves troops around, help create battle plans. The General’s right hand people during combat.

KINGDOM XO – The General’s tactical assistants on the field. Help carry out General’s orders, moves troops around, help create battle plans. The General’s right hand people during combat.

NORTHERN REGION COMMANDER – Leads the Northern Army units into battle. Makes local alterations to battle strategy based on flow of battle.

NORTHERN REGION XO – Northern Region Commander’s lieutenant on the field. Similar to Kingdom XO but on a smaller, regional scale.

SOUTHERN REGION COMMANDER – Leads the Southern Army units into battle. Makes local alterations to battle strategy based on flow of battle.

SOUTHERN REGION XO – Southern Region Commander’s lieutenant on the field. Similar to Kingdom XO but on a smaller, regional scale.

SINGLES CHAMP COORDINATOR – In charge of our Pennsic Champs teams. Selects the Single’s Champs team and works with Melee Champ Coordinator to choose the melee team. Works with Allies in filling ally spots for Single & Melee. Leads the discussion in choosing the fight pairings for Pennsic Champs.

SINGLES CHAMP DEPUTY COORDINATOR – Assistant to the Single’s Champ Coordinator. A second pair of eyes during any tryouts. Helps selects the single & melee teams.

MELEE CHAMPS COORDINATOR – Captain of the Melee Champs team. Works with the Singles Champ Coordinator to choose fencers for the unit. Works with the Allies in filling the ally melee slots. Creates fight plan for our melee champs team.

CHAMPS TEAM ADVISORY COUNCIL – Helps the Singles Champ Coordinator choose the fight pairings for Pennsic Champs. Extra set of eyes during any tryouts.

AIDE DE CAMP – The General’s go-to for “This Needs to Get Done.” Includes getting people moving hay bales, working with battle field on field layout, taking head count before battle for accurate troop numbers, anything else the General needs that’s not combat-specific.

Additional questions should be directed to General Remy & Princess Caoilfhionn.

Filed under: Pennsic, Rapier

Unofficial Court Report: Harvest Festival/Rapport de la Cour Non Officielle: Festival des Récoltes

Thu, 2017-11-16 22:16

Scrolls on display after court, an idea developed by Dominus Spirius Genucius Rutilus.
Photo by Godfroy de Falaise‎.

En français

Indeed, there was a festival, held in the Barony of Ruantallan, whereas the Baron and Baroness, Guthfrith and Isobel, did welcome Their Royal Majesties, Tsar Ivan and Tsaritsa Matilde, to Their shores.
And a great day was celebrated by the peoples of Ruantallan, since it had been so long since a Royal visit had happened in their lands. And as it was, many peoples from Tir Mara did come to witness the event.
Lo, on that said day, a court was held by the Tsar and Tsaritsa, to recognize the people of Tir Mara.

And into Their court they did invite The Baron and Baroness of Ruantallan, to sit and bear witness with them. And then they did invite Their Excellencies, Baron and Baroness Godfroy and Alisay, from the shores of Havres des Glace, to also sit with them and bear witness.
They did call before them Ulric von Spandau, of whom they knew him to be a good man, who had helped found a shire in the Barony of Ruantallan, and they did make him a Lord of their court and award him the right to bear arms.
Then, they called for Lord Thorrin, who had “encouraged” the visit through ways and means. This gentle was given a task. A task to run with a toybox. Followed by many children! And so he ran until he was brought down by the children with much mirth!
Sir Gareth Grey de Wilton did then approach the throne. He knelt before them, and took the sword of office in his hand, and the chain from his neck and did swear fealty unto the King and Queen.
And then the Tsar and Tsaritsa did have the herald call into court Verdiana di Camerino. She who has done so much in such a short time in the Barony was made a Lady of the court with the right to bear arms. But that was not all, for the Royal couple had also noted the work done on the fencing list fields and did award Verdiana a Silver Rapier as well. And there was much rejoicing!
M’lady Freydis Egilsdottir then did approach with her young daughter and they did kneel in front of the Tsar and Tsaritsa and did swear fealty to the Eastern crown. And after hearing her words, and knowing them to be true, the Tsar and Tsaritsa did see fit to make Freydis a Lady of their court, with the right to bear arms.
Sir Yesungge Altan did then approach the crown. He presented his sword to the Tsar and Tsaritsa, knelt down on his knees, brought his chain to his hand and did swear fealty unto the crown of the East. And the Tsar and Tsaritsa thanked him and knew his words to be true.
And then the Eastern crown did call forth Hillavie of Ynys Y Gwaun, for they had heard that she did provide land for the populace of Ruantallan to gather and celebrate the end of summer. They also heard of her work within her shire, as exchequer and other things. And so they made her a Lady of their court, with the right to bear arms.
And then there was sadness, for a gentle to whom they called out was not in the hall. The Tsar and Tsaritsa did then consult with the Baron and Baroness Ruantallan, and did convey their wishes that this gentle be recognized at a later date, in a Baronial court. And the populace in attendance was sworn to secrecy, that the gentle would not be told until the Baron and Baroness deemed fit.
The Tsar and Tsaritsa did call for Lady Maired Drake, who was carried into court by Lord Garth, with much fare! And when he dropped her gently to the floor, and she did regain composure, the Tsar and Tsaritsa did ask if the clothing she wore was by her own hand. And she agreed that it was and They did
say They had heard she sewed for many in the Barony. And that she wrote Comedia de L’art as well! And this pleased them so that They awarded Maired Drake a Silver Brooch.
Once again, the Tsar and Tsaritsa called forth a gentle who had long been overlooked for an award, but alas he was not in attendance. Once again, They turned to the Baron and Baroness who did say they would tell the Lord of Their words at a future date.
With the Baron and Baroness of Havres des Glace also in attendance, was Lord Rowan Fergus called into court. He had won the Prince’s Rapier Championship at an event in Their Barony, and the Tsar and Tsaritsa wished to recognize that will a long overdue scroll.
The herald then called forward Rosaline Vella, who is a promising young soul in the Barony. They had heard of her skills with fencing, and her ability to cook for the masses, and to sew and do whatever required of her for the populace. And so they awarded her a Silver Wheel. But the order was not complete. So they then called upon Lloyd the Forester, who kept the woods free of villainous folk who might terrorize the unknowing people of Tir Mara. His work and skill with people was noted and he was given a Silver Wheel. And yet the order was still not complete. And so the Tsar and Tsaritsa called one last person, Juliote de Castlenou D’Arry (called Lilou) who was known to work with children, be in charge of knowledge given to the populace, and who happened to autocrat the event, and did induct her into the Silver Wheel as well.
The foresters then begged a boon to acknowledge one of their own in front of the King and Queen and did recognize Yogi Fell as a member of their order.
His Honorable Lordship Angus MacIntosh was then called forward and the Tsar and Tsaritsa did recognize his work with the archery community. As a driving force in the Barony he was recognized with being awarded an Apollo’s Arrow. But the order was not complete, and they did call his wife, Dame Sarra of Birnham to the dais, whereas they also included her in the Apollo’s Arrow for her work as well. And all in Ruantallan knew it to be true, for they benefitted from the hard work of these two individuals.
And as Dame Sarra and THL Angus walked away, they did tell Sarra to return, for they were not finished with her yet. For it had come to their attention that this Mistress, Order of the Pelican, founding member of the Barony of Ruantallan, had never been recognized as a Silver Crescent. And they did rectify that oversight, and call the order of the Silver Crescent forward. And many people did stand and join the King at Queen at the front of the stage and did witness Dame Sarra entering the order of the Silver Crescent.
And when all that rejoicing and welcoming was done, The Tsar and Tsaritsa did call all people who had never attended a Royal Progress to the stage. And lo, nearly half of the people in the room did come forward (including Syr Yesungge, who was corrected of his mischievous ways) and the Tsar and Tsaritsa did acknowledge all these new people and give them a token from the East Kingdom.
And when all was said and done, The Tsar and Tsaritsa did call for court to close, and so it was.

Reporting herald,
Mistress Gwenhwyfar Dinas Emrys



En français


Il y eut un festival, tenu en la Baronnie de Ruantallan, où le Baron et la Baronne, Guthfrith et Isobel, ont reçu Leurs Majestés Royales, le Tsar Ivan et la Tsarine Matilde, en Leurs rivages.
Et un grand jour fût célébré par la population de Ruantallan, puisque cela faisait bien des lunes depuis la dernière visite Royale en leurs terres. Et comme il se faut, plusieurs personnes de Tir Mara furent témoins de cet événement.
En ce jour, une cour fût tenue par le Tsar et la Tsarine, afin de reconnaître les gens de Tir Mara.
Et à Leur cour furent invités le Baron et la Baronne de Ruantallan, afin de siéger et observer avec eux la cour. Puis, ils convièrent Leurs Excellences, Baron Godfroy et Baronne Alisay, des rivages du Havre des Glaces, à aussi siéger avec eux pour être témoins de cette cour.
Ils appelèrent ensuite devant eux Ulric von Spandau, le connaissant comme un homme noble, ayant aidé à fonder un fief en la Baronnie de Ruantallan, et firent de lui un Seigneur de leur cour et lui décernèrent ses armes.
Puis, ils appelèrent le Seigneur Thorrin, qui avait “encouragé” la visite par divers moyens. Ce gentilhomme s’est vu assigner une tâche. La tâche de courir avec un coffre à jouets. Suivi par bien, bien des enfants ! Et donc il courût jusqu’à temps qu’il soit cerné par les enfants, avec beaucoup d’allégresse!
Sire Gareth Grey de Wilton approcha ensuite le trône. Il s’agenouilla devant, prit
l’épée d’office dans sa main, ainsi que la chaine à son cou, et jura suite fidélité au Roi et à la Reine.
Ensuite, le Tsar et la Tsarine firent appeler par leur héraut Verdiana di Camerino. Ayant fait autant, en si peu de temps pour la Baronnie, on lui décerna ses armes, ainsi que le titre de Dame. Mais ce n’était pas tout, car le couple Royal avait aussi remarqué le travail effectué sur le terrain d’escrime et récompensèrent Verdiana avec une Rapière d’Argent aussi. Et la population était en liesse!
Se sont approchées par la suite dame Freydis Egilsdottir, accompagnée de sa jeune fille, et toutes deux se sont agenouillées devant le Tsar et la Tsarine, pour jurer fidélité à la couronne de l’Est. Après avoir entendu ses mots, les sachant véritables, le Tsar et la Tsarine jugèrent bon de faire de Freydis une Dame de leur cour, avec le droit de porter ses armes.
Sire Yessunge Altan s’approcha ensuite de la couronne. Il présenta son épée au Tsar et à la Tsarine, s’agenouilla, amena sa chaîne à sa main et jura ensuite fidélité à la couronne de l’Est. Le Tsar et la Tsarine le remercièrent, sachant ses mots véritables.
Puis la couronne de l’Est appelèrent Hillavie d’Ynys Y Gwaun, car ils avaient entendu qu’elle avait fourni terres pour la population de Ruantallan afin de se rassembler et de célébrer la fin de l’été. Ils avaient aussi entendu parler de son travail en son fief, comme échiquière, entre autre choses. Ils la firent donc une Dame de leur cour, avec le droit de porter ses armes.
Il y eut ensuite de la tristesse, car un gentilhomme appelé n’était pas présent dans le hall. Le Tsar et la Tsarine consultèrent donc le Baron et la Baronne de Ruantallan, et ils transmirent leur désir de voir ce gentilhomme reconnu à une date ultérieure, lors d’une cour Baronniale. La population présente fût tenue au secret, tant que le Baron et la Baronne ne jugent opportun de lui dévoiler ce fait.
Le Tsar et la Tsarine appelèrent Dame Maired Drake, qui fût accompagnée à la cour par Seigneur Garth, en grande pompe ! Quand elle chût doucement à leurs pieds, et qu’elle regagnât sa composition, le Tsar et la Tsarine lui demandèrent si les vêtements qu’elle portait était de sa main. Elle leur dit que oui, et ils lui rétorquèrent qu’ils avaient également entendu qu’elle effectuait de la couture pour beaucoup de gens de la Baronnie. Même, qu’elle écrivait de la Comedia de l’art ! Et ceci leur plût tellement qu’ils donnèrent à Maired Drake une Broche d’Argent.
Encore une fois, le Tsar et la Tsarine appelèrent un gentilhomme qui avait été longuement négligé pour une reconnaissance, mais qui n’était malheureusement pas présent. Encore, Ils se tournèrent vers le Baron et la Baronne, qui assurèrent qu’ils relateraient Leurs mots au dit Seigneur, à une date future.
Puisque le Baron et la Baronne du Havre des Glaces étaient présents, Seigneur Rowan Fergus fût appelé à la cour. Étant devenu le Champion d’Escrime du Prince à un événement de Leur Baronnie, le Tsar et la Tsarine souhaitaient reconnaître cet exploit avec un parchemin amplement mérité.
Le héraut appela ensuite Rosaline Vella, étant une jeune âme prometteuse dans la Baronnie. Ils avaient entendu parler de ses talents en escrime, ainsi que de son habileté à cuisiner pour les foules, ainsi que de coudre tout objet nécessaire à la population. Pour ceci, elle reçut une Roue d’Argent. Mais l’ordre n’était pas complet.
Ils ont donc appelé Lloyd the Forester, qui garda les bois exempts d’infâmes rodeurs, pouvant potentiellement terroriser les gens de Tir Mara. Son travail et son talent avec les gens fût noté, et on lui décerna une Roue d’Argent. Et malgré cela, l’ordre n’était toujours pas complet. Donc le Tsar et la Tsarine appelèrent une dernière personne, Juliote de Castlenou d’Arry (appelée Lilou), qui était connue pour œuvrer avec les enfants, à être en charge de la connaissance donnée à la population, et qui justement était l’intendante de cet événement, et l’introduisirent dans l’ordre de la Roue d’Argent aussi.
Les forestiers ont ensuite demandé à faire reconnaître un des leurs devant le Roi et la Reine; et donc Yogi Fell fût reconnu comme un membre de leur ordre.
L’Honorable Seigneur Angus MacIntosh fût ensuite appelé et le Tsar et la Tsarine reconnurent son travail avec la communauté des archers. En tant que force motrice dans la Baronnie, il fût reconnu en lui donnant une Flèche d’Apollo. Mais l’ordre n’étant toujours pas complet, ils appelèrent sa femme, Dame Sarra of Birnham à s’avancer au dais, où elle fût elle aussi inclue dans l’ordre de la Flèche d’Apollo pour son travail. Tous au Ruantallan savaient que ces faits étaient véritables, ayant bénéficié du dur labeur de ces deux individus.
Alors que Dame Sarra et l’Honorable Seigneur Angus quittaient, ils demandèrent à Sarra de revenir, comme ils n’avaient pas encore terminé avec elle. Il fût porté à leur attention que cette Maîtresse, de l’Ordre du Pélican, membre fondatrice de la Baronnie de Ruantallan, n’avait jamais été reconnue comme un Croissant d’Argent. Et ils rectifièrent cet oubli, et appelèrent l’ordre du Croissant d’Argent à s’avancer. Et bien des gens se joignirent au Roi et à la Reine devant le dais afin de constater l’introduction de Dame Sarra dans l’ordre du Croissant d’Argent.
Lorsque toutes ces célébrations et bienvenues furent terminés, le Tsar et la Tsarine appelèrent toutes les personnes n’ayant jamais assisté à un progrès Royal au dais.
Presque la moitié des gens présents dans la salle marchèrent devant (incluant Syr Yessunge, qui fût corrigé de ses façons espiègles) et le Tsar et la Tsarine prirent note de tous ces gens, et leur donnèrent un gage du Royaume de l’Est.
Et quand tout fût dit et fait, le Tsar et la Tsarine ordonnèrent la fermeture de leur cour.

Héraut chroniqueur,

Maîtresse Gwenhwyfar Dinas Emrys

Filed under: Court, En français

The Saga of the Burning of Njal

Thu, 2017-11-16 15:51

The cast of performers for Njal’s Saga. Photo courtesy of Myra Hope Eskridge.

…and Bergþora will make you a promise, which she will keep, that you will be paid for in blood…

On October 14 of this year (AS LII), over fifty performers gathered to tell a story. Not just any story; either. It the biggest, bloodiest saga in all of Icelandic literature: The Saga of the Burning of Njal. A huge, sprawling epic tale of feuds and betrayals, unbreakable friendships and shattered families, the saga stretches over decades, includes hundreds of names and characters, and is tied so tightly to the complex Icelandic legal system that it is even used as a text in law school. The telling would take an entire day.

How to bring such a story to life? Master Toki Skáldagörvir, formerly of the East Kingdom and now of Aethelmearc, had already produced a full and immersive telling of the entirety of the Anglo-Saxon poem Beowulf, first in full and then broken into two performance, enacted by dozens of individual performers. He turned to Njal’s Saga as a next and deeply ambitious step. A translation was chosen and broken into appropriately-sized sections, and then he went about recruiting performers from seven different kingdoms.

Rehearsals of various sections were held over the course of almost two years, both in person and via the Internet, and there was much discussion of background reading, pronunciation of Icelandic names, and research, even to the circulation of photos of each of the very real places mentioned in the text. But the very first time that every performer was in the same place was the final day of the telling.

Inside a camp lodge in the Barony of Thescorre, event staff created an immersive eleventh-century hall space, right down to the crackling of logs on the fire. And at ten in the morning, the first speaker began, speaking the Icelandic words of the original. For hour upon absorbing hour, storytellers of every kind handed the tale back and forth, from outright laughter to near weeping, roaring to whispering.

And for an entire day, pausing only for excellent food, Njal and all his story came vivdly to life once more.

To see all the performers for the event, please check out the Performer Bios!

Filed under: Arts and Sciences, Bardic Tagged: Arts and Sciences, Bardic

Greetings unto the Populace of the East from the Office of the Webministry!

Tue, 2017-11-14 11:54

En français

It has been posted here previously that we are embarking on a quest to migrate the email services of the East Kingdom from our existing system to Google for Non-Profits. We felt it would be appropriate to give a public update to the status of that quest.

As of yesterday evening, we have fully migrated our first branch, Nordenfjord, off of the old server.

Last Friday Master Mael Eoin sent out requests for information to all of the branch Senechals in the Kingdom. When we receive those back we will then be able to start creating accounts in preparation for migrating. This will give our Officers the opportunity to get set up reading their new email account prior to the actual cutover of their branch. Holders of multiple offices will only receive one account, with multiple office email addresses all delivering to it.

There are three emails that will get sent to our users at both their current officer addresses and their personal addresses. The first welcome letter has instructions for setting your password and checking your email. The second will inform you as to the scheduling of your branch’s migration. The third is to let you know that your migration is completed.

If you have any questions about the project or the process, please feel free to ask here, or to send email to gfnp@eastkingdom.org.

In service,
Joel Messerer
East Kingdom Deputy Webminister for Services

En français

Salutations à la population du Royaume de l’Est de la part de l’Office des Webmestres !

Il y a eu, au cours des 9 derniers mois, plusieurs références faites à “Google for non-profits” (Google pour les organismes a but non-lucratif) dans une variété d’endroits. Si vous ne les avez pas vues, ce n’est pas grave, mais si vous en avez aperçu, elles étaient très vagues. Il est temps d’être clairs.

En mars dernier, nous avons commencé une relation d’affaires avec Google for Non-profits (ci-après mentionné comme GfNP), le service gratuit que Google fourni aux organisations classées 501(c)(3). Les services de GfNP incluent presque tous les services que Google fourni, comme Gmail, Calendrier Google, Formulaires Google, etc. Depuis ce temps, nous avons lentement et méticuleusement planifié comment nous pourrions gérer le déménagement de plus de 700 comptes courriel, répartis sur environ 70 chapitres locaux, en plus du Royaume lui-même, afin de minimiser les désagréments. Nous avons tous passé au travers de la dernière migration des serveurs du Royaume de l’Est, et nous ne souhaitons pas répéter cette expérience.

À ce jour, il n’existe pas de plans pour remplacer le calendrier des événements du Royaume de l’Est avec le calendrier Google, ou de bouger les sites web sur la gestion des sites web Google.
Le calendrier Google peut certainement être exploité par les Officiers ou les chapitres locaux afin d’offrir des services de calendrier eux-mêmes. Utiliser les sites Google serait beaucoup plus difficile et à ce moment-ci n’est pas une option.

Il y a, cependant, des plans afin d’utiliser Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Forms, Google Sheets, etc. Mais ceci concerne une phase 2. La phase 1 concerne seulement les courriels.

Nous avons travaillé fort à planifier et à faire tout en notre possible afin de rendre le système sur lequel nous déménageons aussi facile a utiliser que possible. Nous commençons seulement à tester la procédure avec des comptes utilisateurs réels au sein des Webmestres, et bientôt nous enverrons des requêtes à tous les chapitres locaux et les offices du Royaume afin de fournir les informations des personnes nécessitant un compte.

Ceci est où le premier gros changement entre en jeu: nous allons créer des comptes pour des individus, et non pour des offices. Donc, une personne  ayant 4 offices différents aura seulement un compte courriel à vérifier. Lorsque cette personne voudra envoyer un courriel, elle devra choisir de quel office elle enverra sa correspondance, mais répondre à un courriel choisira automatiquement une adresse pour eux. Donc, nous avons besoin de savoir qui vous êtes, alors que dans le passé nous avions besoin de savoir quel office vous teniez.

L’autre gros changement est que Google a les ressources afin d’efficacement filtrer les pourriels, alors que nous ne pouvons tout simplement pas.

Donc, dans un avenir rapproché, tous les sénéchaux de chapitres locaux devraient recevoir une requête pour de l’information sur vos officiers, comme tous les officiers du royaume. En novembre, nous planifions migrer les premiers chapitres, en commençant avec de petits groupes avec des Webmestres très techniques, pour que nous soyons en mesure d’éliminer les problèmes techniques du processus de migration avant que nous passions au reste du Royaume. Avec un peu de chance, nous n’aurons pas besoin de plus de deux groupes test pour paufiner le processus. C’est aussi l’étape où nous rédigerons les instructions pour tout le monde. Ne vous inquiétez pas, nous avons un expert technique sur notre équipe qui s’assurera que nous écrivions de l’anglais au lieu d’un charabia technique, comme nous comprenons que la majorité du Royaume ne sont pas familiers avec notre jargon.

Une fois que nous saurons que les choses fonctionneront rondement, nous commencerons à augmenter la cadence à chaque semaine. Le Royaume lui-même, pour de multiples raisons, devra être traité en dernier. Nous sommes prêts à nous engager à finir cette migration pendant le règne de Leurs Majestés Ivan et Matilde, mais nous allons procéder aussi vite que nous pouvons raisonnablement le faire une fois que nous aurons commencé. Bien que nous soyons anxieux de terminer cette tâche, nous souhaitons encore plus l’accomplir *correctement* avant tout.

En Service,
Joel Messerer (connu précédemment comme “of Vestfell”)
Député Webmestre des Services du Royaume de l’Est

Traduction par Behi Kirsa Oyutai

Filed under: Announcements Tagged: webminister

Unofficial Court Report: St. Eligius Arts & Sciences Competition

Tue, 2017-11-14 10:07

On November 11, AS 52, Tsar Ivan and Tsartisa Matilde ventured to their Barony of Dragonship Haven, to witness the Saint Eligius Arts and Sciences Competition.

After an excellent day observing the works of many of the East Kingdom’s finest artisans, Their Majesties convened court.

Their Excellencies Dragonship Haven, Baron Joseph of the Red Griffin and Baroness Bronwen Rose of Greyling, named the winners of the competition.  They also presented awards to numerous gentles of the Barony.

Tsar Ivan and Tsaritsa Matilde resumed their court, and invited Dionisia of Haus Ragnarsson to attend.  Having previously received her Award of Arms, they presented her a scroll with calligraphy and words by Kay Leigh Mac Whyte, illuminated by Mairi Crawford.

Their Majesties invited the Children attending the event into their court.  They called forth Angus Pembridge to take the basket of toys and lead the children on a merry chase.

Next did the Tsar and Tsaritsa invite into court Mikkel Bildr.  Having previously received a Silver Rapier, they presented him with a scroll by Eva Woderose with words by Alys Mackyntoich.

Their Majesties next called before them those in attendance of their first, second or third event to receive tokens.

Tsar Ivan and Tsaritsa Matilde invited into their court Mýrún Leifsdóttir, Olaf Shieldbreaker, Finnguala ingen Neill meic Chuicc and Bartholomew of Northampton.  Speaking of their excellent artistry, Their Majesties did present to each an Award of the Golden Lyre.

Their business complete, Their Majesties closed court.  Long Live the King and Queen!  Long Live the Prince and Princess!  Long Live the Kingdom of the East!


Malcolm Bowman, Brigantia Principal Herald

Filed under: Court

Competition rules announced for King’s & Queen’s Arts & Sciences Championships

Tue, 2017-11-14 07:55

Greeting from Master Philip White, Kingdom minister of Arts and Sciences,

We’re excited to have completed the materials for King’s and Queen’s Arts & Sciences Champions that will be held on February 10, 2018 in the Crown Province of Ostgardr.

This includes:

* Competition entry rules
* Competitor expectations
* Competitor entry form
* Judges rules
* Judges expectations
* Judges volunteer form
* Rubric – General Score Sheet
* Rubric – Research Score Sheet
* Rubric – Performing Arts Score Sheet

All of this information can be accessed through the East Kingdom A&S Officer website.


Thanks and appreciation to:

  • The Kingdom A&S Special Deputies who led (and continue to lead) this effort, Mistress Elysabeth and Master Magnus along with their team who helped with feedback and editing.
  • Support and feedback from Mistress Sofya Gianetta di Trieste , Queen’s Champion of Arts and Sciences, and Lady Raziya bint Rusa ), King’s Champion of Arts and Sciences.
  • Support and feedback from Their Majesties, Tsar Ivan Ivanov Syn Dimitriov Vynuk Tzardikov and Tsaritsa Matilde de Cadenet.

Remember… Have fun! Learn! Teach!



Filed under: Events, Official Notices Tagged: Arts and Sciences, competition, kings and queens, Kings and Queens Champions, rules

Unofficial Court Report: Fall Crown Tournament 2017

Sat, 2017-11-11 18:09

Their Majesties, Tsar Ivan and Tsaritsa Matilde, rulers of the East, did determine they needed heirs.  Thus it was on the 4th day of November, AS LII, they ventured to their Barony of Bergental, and held their Crown Tournament.

The entrants presented themselves to their Tsar and Tsaritsa.  Then, they received words from the Kingdom Marshal of Armored Combat, and the rules of the list from the Troubadour Herald.  Their Majesties did say some words, and opened a court.

Ivan and Matilde called before them Alton Hewes.  They spoke of his prowess in combat, and called forth the Order of the Silver Tyger.  He received a medallion, and a scroll by Palotzi Marti.

The Tsar and Tsaritsa next invited before them Dmitri Stephanovich.  They spoke of his artistic skills, and called for the Order of the Silver Brooch.  He received a medallion.

Next, their Majesties called before them Thomas of Effingham.  Having previously received a writ, they placed him on vigil for the Order of Defense.

Ivan and Matilde called before them Viktor Dominik.  Having previously received a writ, they placed him on vigil for the Order of Chivalry.

Their Majesties invited Briony of Chatham into their court.  She reported that her term as Mistress of the Guild of Athena’s Thimble was over, and named Vienna de la Mer as her successor.


Their Majesties suspended their court, and the Crown Tournament began.


Photo by Leonete D’Angely

It was a day of impressive, honorable and chivalrous combat, and at the end Brennan mac Fergus faced Matthew d’Arden.  Both fought well, but Brennan emerged victorious.


Their Majesties crowned Caoilfhionn inghean Fhaolain Princess of Tir Mara, and Brennan mac Fearghus Prince of Tir Mara, and the heirs to the Crown of the East. 



Not long after the end of the tournament, Their Majesties held court.


The Tsar and Tsaritsa invited the Ladies of the Rose to join them.  The nine Roses did select and award tokens to gentles who had impressed them.  Further, they presented the Shield of Chivalry to Euric Germanicus.

Next was Matthew d’Arden called into Court.  For placing second in their Crown Tournament, they named him Admiral of the Armies, and he received the traditional hat.

The Admiral of the Armies with his very fine hat -photo by Brendan

Their Majesties next invited Damian Isolfsson into court.  The named him a Lord of the Court, presenting him with an Award of Arms, and a scroll by Aradyn Ghyoot.

Ivan and Matilde next welcomed before them Duncan Kerr.  They spoke of his prowess as an equestrian, and called for their Order of the Golden Lance.  They inducted him into the order, presenting him with a medallion and a scroll featuring illumination by Carmelina da Vicari and calligraphy by Harold von Auerbach.

The Tsar and Tsaritsa called forward the children.  As always, they entertained the populace in attendance as they chased the toybox. 

Matthew d’Arden is tasked with running the toy box

Their Majesties welcomed into their court Kellenin de Lanwinnauch.  She was made a Lady of the Court, receiving an Award of Arms, and a scroll by Wulfgar Silverbraid with words by Theodora Bryennissa, called Treannah.

Ivan and Matilde invited Kai of Mountain Freehold to attend their court.  He was made a Lord of the Court, receiving an Award of Arms with a scroll by Aelisif Hoarr Kona.

The Tsar and Tsaritsa did welcome into their court all those attending their first, second or third event.  The newcomers received tokens, and were welcomed into the SCA.

Next was Þórý Veðardóttir invited into court.  Their Majesties invited the Order of the Silver Wheel to attend.  Þórý was presented with a medallion, and a wood scroll by Elen Alswyth of Eriskay.

Ivan and Matilde next invited Eloise of Coulter to attend then.  She was accompanied by several members of the Order of the Laurel who were present, and read a petition signed by numerous members of the Order of the Laurel of the East, denouncing the actions of Mord Hrutsson.

That unfortunate business complete, Their Majesties invited the Kingdom Exchequer, Ignatia la Ciega, to attend them.  Her term of office was up, and they presented her with a sock, the symbol of her freedom.  They called for Hugh Tauerner, who spoke his fealty, and became Kingdom Exchequer.

The Tsar and Tsaritsa invited before them Bryon De Burgh.  They spoke of his prowess with Thrown Weapons, and presented him with a medallion for being the 2nd in the kingdom to achieve the rank of Master Thrower.  Not finished yet, they inducted him into the Order of the Silver Mantle.  His induction into said order made him a Lord of the Court, and Awarded him Arms.

Their Majesties called before them Thomas of Effingham, to answer the question for which he’d sat vigil.  Thomas was inducted into the Order of Defense, receiving a Patent of Arms, a coat, three separate collars and a pair of gloves, as well as a scroll illuminated by Camille des Jardins, with calligraphy by Eva Woderose and words by Alys Mackyntoich.

Next was Marieta Charay invited before the Court.  Her scribal works noted, their Majesties called for their Order of the Silver Brooch.  Marieta received a medallion, and a scroll by Eva Woderose with words by Alys Mackyntoich. 

The order not yet complete, the Tsar and Tsaritsa invited before them Antonii Machinevik.  They inducted him into the order, presenting him with a medallion made by his own hand, and a scroll with illumination by Nataliia Anastasiia Evgenova,

photo provided by Antonii

calligraphy by Þóra Eiríksdóttir, and words by Merrill Wyntere.

Though the order departed from the presence, their Majesties had further business with Antonii Machinevik.  

photo by Leonete

Speaking of his prowess in armored combat, they called for their Order of the Chivalry.  Antonii was presented a writ to sit vigil at A Market Day at Birka, and received a scroll by Tola knitýr. 

photo provided by Antonii




Ivan and Matilde called for Viktor Dominik to answer the question for which he’d sat vigil.  Viktor was knighted, receiving a Patent of Arms as he was inducted into the Order of Chivalry with belt, spurs and chain.  He received a scroll by Aleksei Dmitriev.

Court complete, Their Majesties and their newly crowned heirs departed.  Long live the Tsar and Tsaritsa!  Long life the Prince and Princess!  Long live the Kingdom of the East!

In Service,

Malcolm Bowman, Brigantia Principal Herald

PS – Thank you to the heraldic staff for the day.  Kirsa Oyutai, Maria von Ossenheim, Lucien de Wyntere,
Lorenzo Gorla, Audrye Beneyt, and Lorita da Siena for working as the sign herald.

Photos taken by Brendan Crane, except where marked otherwise. 

Filed under: Uncategorized

BBM Bergental Yule Feast Announcement

Fri, 2017-11-10 10:20
The days grow shorter, the leaves fall, and the mornings bring frost on the ground.  Our thoughts turn to… mustard soup?
Remember the Feast of Simple Fare?  The smells, the tastes, the sensation that you won’t need to eat for about a week?  Mustard soup… roedd grodd mit floedd (cold berries and cream)… spinacci… bockwurst… mustard soup…  For many of us, Simple Fare was a tradition – cherished for decades, and remembered fondly afterwards.   Good lords and ladies, we are offered an opportunity to revisit happy memories – and tastes – that few people are afforded.  As a special favor to Eloise, Baroness Beyond the Mountain, Mistress Elizabeth Vynehorn has agreed to bring us the highlights of the Simple Fare feast for BBM/Bergental Yule.  All the best dishes will be there: will you?   Feast spots are still available, but going quickly.  Send in your reservation today – you can even do it via PayPal.   It has been five years since the last Feast of Simple Fare was held.  Who knows how long it will be before we do it again?  If you remember it fondly, come revisit old times.  If you never had the opportunity to attend, come see what we’re talking about.   We look forward to welcoming you to our Barony.  Come hungry. Event details can be found at: Yule 2017
Filed under: Events, Uncategorized

Call for Applicants – Society Webminister

Thu, 2017-11-09 15:30

The Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) is seeking candidates for the position of Society Webminister.

This position reports to the SCA Board of Directors through the Office of the President. The Society Webminister is a supervisory position of Kingdom Webministers, and is not involved in maintenance of the Corporate website (www.sca.org).

The Society Webminister is responsible for the following duties:

1. Ongoing development and revision of the Society Webminister’s policies and procedures, as detailed in the Society Webminister Handbook. This work will include solutions for website issues as they develop; observing trends; awareness of potential issues and streamlining webministry policies to provide better service to the SCA.

2. Develop and enforce clear guidelines for local SCA group websites based on the standards found in the Society Webminister’s Handbook.

3. Warranting of kingdom-level Webministers.

4. Supervision of all kingdom-level websites, including proper use of domain names, monitoring content, regular reporting from Kingdom Webministers, and enforcement of the Society Webministry policies and procedures.

5. Acting as a subject matter expert and resource regarding issues related to websites at the kingdom and local levels.

6. Quarterly reporting to the Board of Directors for the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc.

Required Qualifications:

* Moderate to expert proficiency in web-related technologies (e.g. HTML, Java, PHP, ASP, web hosting issues, etc.);
* Microsoft Word proficiency;
* The ability to clearly communicate via email, phone, and in written reports; and
* Dependable email access, internet, and phone access.

Desired Qualifications:

* Prior experience as a Webminister in the SCA; and
* Prior experience as an officer at the Kingdom or Baronial level.

Those interested in the position of Society Webminister should submit hard copies of résumés (both professional and SCA related, including offices held and honors) to the attention of ‘The Board of Directors’, SCA, Inc., P.O. Box 360789, Milpitas, CA 95036-0789. Electronic courtesy copies should also be sent to resumes at sca.org and it at sca.org. The deadline for applications is extended until December 31, 2017.

Filed under: Corporate, Official Notices

Unofficial Court Report Arrows Axes and Ales; Barony of An Dubhaigeainn

Thu, 2017-11-09 14:30

After a beautiful day full of activities and relaxation the court of
Their Excellencies Prefect Titus Aurelius Magnus and Baroness Sorcha of
Stonegrave began.

Their excellencies called before them Lord Peter of Hawkwood, who
thanked everybody for their participation in his archery tournament. He
was given a small duck token as thanks for his past year of being
champion, and he called Angel of An Dubhaigeainn in as the new champion.
At 14 years old he is the barony’s youngest champion! Angel received the
regalia and a scroll done by Mistress Suzanne Neuber de Londres.

Michael Leg Bain was then called upon by Their Excellencies to enter
court. He also received a Duck Token of thanks and he named Lord Magnus
de Londres as the new Thrown Weapons champion. Magnus however had to
leave the site early and thus was unable to take his place with the
other champions. So Tommaso the fencing champion was kind enough to hold
the spear regalia for the duration of court.

Their Excellencies invited Padraig into court, and two Padraigs stood.
One was beckoned up as the brewer of delicious beer, the other was
welcomed to relax as the drinker of the delicious beer. Padraig Legionis
was declared champion of brewers and received a scroll by Lady Onora
Inghean Ui’Rauirc.

Tommaso Parlapiano was invited before Their Excellencies. He was
presented with a scroll that was due from a prior and extremely wet
Potted Arms event, and confirmed as Fencing Champion.

Their Excellencies demanded the presence of Laird Eanraig the
Bonesetter. He also was due a scroll from Potted Arms, acknowledging his
long time continual and overlapping positions of champion of various
arts that awarded him a pension.

His Excellency David Vasquez de Valencia was invited before Their
Excellencies. They explained that in the rush and excitement of
everything happening at St. Andrews, they missed giving him a gift. A
small basket was handed over and with a look of surprise, then joy, then
cunning, he thanked Their Excellencies then ran away with his dark
chocolate espresso beans, avoiding the grabbing hands of his friends.

Mistress Suzanne begged a boon of Their Excellencies and asked Lady
Monkey Makgee to come into court. Suzanne announced she would take
Monkey as a protege and an apprentice and had a contract read out,
scroll done by Master Vettorio Antonello.

After they both, Their Excellencies, and all Peers present signed the
contract, Mistress Suzanne was asked to talk about the East Kingdom 50
year project she was leading for our Barony.

Since there was nobody attending an event for the first time, Their
Excellencies moved on to the last order of business, each gathered up
some Bronze Duck tokens and proceeded to hand them out. Including
chasing down Henrik of Surtur’s Brood to force him to accept the token
of appreciation. Others who willingly accepted the tokens were Aislinn
of Surtur’s Brood (2), David Fishman, Eanraig the Bonesetter, Fiona the
Volatile (2), Fredis or Theolmork, Jean Xavier Boullier (2), Jenna
Chldslayer, Medb of O’Donnchada, Monkey Makgee (2), Peter of Hawkwood
(2), Ronan Fitzrobert, Saravit of House Three Skulls, Stefan Kurth,
Slaine Baen Ronain, and Suzanne Neuber de Londres.

Lady Sláine báen Ronán, OSW
Deputy Herald
An Dubhaigeainn

Filed under: Court Tagged: An Dubhaigeainn, baronial court, court report

Bhakail Yule Feast Sold Out

Thu, 2017-11-09 13:00

From Dame Brunissende Dragonette, the Bhakail Yule Feast Steward:

Bhakail Yule feast is now sold out.

However, you can still register for offboard attendance by using this link: http://surveys.eastkingdom.org/index.php/254742

We look forward to seeing you there


Filed under: Uncategorized

East Kingdom Curia at Bhakail Yule, December 9th.

Thu, 2017-11-09 11:05

Greetings to all who see these words,

Ivan and Matilde, Tsar and Tsaritsa of the East Kingdom, will hold a Curia at the Yule Revel in Renaissance Germany, in the Barony of Bhakail (Philadelphia PA), 9 December 2017, starting at 10:00 am.

As required by East Kingdom Law III.H.3., notice has been sent via email to all those who have seats on the Curia Regis. If you are a Kingdom Officer as listed in EKLaw IV.A., or a local branch seneschal, and you haven’t received the email notice, please
1. check and verify your official email address as listed in the November issue of Pikestaff;
2. use a working email address to send me a note (lawclerk@eastkingdom.org) so I can get the notice to you and we can figure out why the original email didn’t.

Details of the agenda will be posted on the Seneschal’s web page as soon as they are available.

in service,
Eadgyth aet Staeningum
Clerk of Laws

Filed under: Announcements, Law and Policy Tagged: curia

Vivat to the New Prince and Princess of the East!

Sat, 2017-11-04 21:25

The heirs to the Eastern thrones,  Duke Brennan mac Fearghus and Duchess Caoilfhionn inghean Fhaolain, are crowned by Tsar Ivan and Tsaritsa Matilde.

Filed under: Events, Heavy List Tagged: Crown Tourney

CORRECTION: Crown Tourney Semi-Finals list

Sat, 2017-11-04 21:14

The Gazette apologizes for initially incorrectly listing the semi-finalists earlier today. Also, the name of Sir Matthew D’Arden may be unfamiliar to some. He has been known until recently as Sir Matthew Moreaveous Avenmork. The correct list should have been as follows.

Thus far undefeated:

  • Duke Brennan mac Fearghus fighting for Duchess Caoilfhionn inghean
  • Sir Matthew D’Arden fighting for Mistress Fia Karmen

Carrying one defeat:

  • Duke Randal of the Dark fighting for Duchess Katherine Stanhope
  • Jarl Valgard Stonecleaver fighting for Lady Gracia Vasquez de Trillo

Filed under: Events, Heavy List Tagged: Crown Tourney

Crown Tourney: The Finals

Sat, 2017-11-04 15:47

The finalists for Crown are Duke Brennan mac Fearghus,  fighting for Duchess Caoilfhionn inghean Fhaolain, and Sir Matthew D’Arden fighting for Mistress Fia Karmen.

The finals format will be “Best of 5.”

The weapons form for the first bout was chosen by Duke Brennan and will be Broadsword.   Duke Brennan takes Sir Matthew’s arms and the good knight yields.

The second bout will be Greatsword, chosen by Sir Matthew.    Duke Brennan takes the second bout as well.

The third bout will be Daneaxe, which Duke Brennan won with a shot to the head of Sir Matthew.

Duke Brennan and Duchess Caoilfhionn are once again Prince and Princess of the East.

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