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A Message from the Prince

Tue, 2014-11-25 15:48

His Highness, Crown Prince Darius, called Omega has asked the Gazette to share the following with the populace.

For my failings in Crown I apologize to my wife, the King and Queen, to Duchess Avelina, to Duke Kenric, to the Order of The Chivalry and to the Kingdom.

I am now Prince. I will use my time as Prince and later as King to serve this Kingdom and show each of you that the tournament is only a small part of this reign. I will respect the guidance of the Peers. I will treat each person with the honor and dignity that everyone in this Kingdom is entitled.

I ask now that we move forward as a Kingdom and work toward making our hobby fun, exciting and honorable for everyone. For my part, I again apologize and pledge to serve this Kingdom to the best of my ability. I would also like to add that this is the last Crown tourney I will fight in.

Do you have information to share or a question about a post? Contact the Gazette staff at eastkingdomgazette@gmail.com

Filed under: Tidings

Job Opening: Northern Region Rapier Marshal

Mon, 2014-11-24 16:45

The East Kingdom’s Marshal of Fence wishes to share the following:

Unto the Kingdom of the East do I, Don Frasier MacLeod send greetings -

I am officially calling for resumes to fill the Northern Regional Rapier Marshal position.  If there is anyone interested in taking on this challenge, please forward your SCA resume to me via the Kingdom Rapier Marshal’s e-mail.  I will be accepting resumes for this position through December 15th, at which time I will close the window and review the resumes I have received.  Also, if you are interested and have questions, please feel free to contact me at the same e-mail and I will be happy to answer whatever questions you may have.

In Service,
Don Frasier MacLeod, KRM, East

Do you have information to share or a question about a post? Contact the Gazette staff at eastkingdomgazette@gmail.com

Filed under: Fencing Tagged: rapier

St. Eligius A&S Competiton and Faire 2014

Sat, 2014-11-22 16:46

Winning entry in Master Alexander’s Challenge


The Barony of Dragonship Haven celebrated St. Eligius Arts and Sciences competition Saturday

November 15th, as well as tourneys for rattan and rapier to select Baronial Champions. The main A&S competition was an unusual design and involved entrants judging other entrants of similar experience level. Advisers discussed considerations for judging with each group and were available for consultation throughout the contest. Many thanks to Mistress Anarra Karlsdottir and Mistress Michel Almond de Champagne who guided our novices, Mistress Briony of Chatham who helped the Artisans, Master Jehan du Lac who assisted the Experienced Competitors and Mistress Nest ferch Tangwystl who worked with the entrants in the Laurels and Masters group.

Twenty six entries were in this competition each consisting of several parts and examples. Many fine and beautiful items competed for prize scrolls created by Baron Adhemar, Duchess Elisende of Merides, Baronness Efa Gath fach (Parsley) and Baroness Ysabella de Draguignan.  

Winners of this competition were:

Novice A (in SCA under 3 yrs) – Chelsea of Gloucester – Spinning – Display of different weights

Novice B (in SCA over 3 yrs) – Ulfgeirr Ragnarsson– Viking Arm band

Artisan – Gideon ha-Khazar) – Research – “Why is this knight different than all other knights?”

Experienced competitor – Lissa Underhill – Anglo Saxon Glass Beads

Laurels and masters – Mistress Eleanor LeBrun — Evolution of Hoods through the SCA period.

Several focused competitions were also held this day. Winners included

Artisan’s Progress: Lissa Underhill: Anglo Saxon Glass Beads

Medieval Moment: Dziuginte Litovka: Armor for a Lithuanian Farmer

SCA Kluge:Anna Illevna – Heraldic Viking Apron

Master Alexander Challenge: Ysemay Sterling–Weaving silk fringe, woodcut print, glass beads.

Baron Adhemar’s Choice: Eleanor le Brun- Hoods through the Sca Time Period

Populace Choice: Lissa Underhill: Anglo Saxon Glass Beads

The organizers are very grateful to the good gentles who thoughtfully examined and judged entries into these contests: Master Luke Knowlton judged entries in Medieval Moment. Mistress Pagan Graeme picked the winner of Artisan’s Progress. Master Morgan Rhys ap Bran chose best SCA Kluge. At Lady Cassandra de Matisse’s request, the Master Alexander’s Challenge winner was selected by His Excellency Adhemar de Villarquemada.

A varied and delicious homemade dayboard was prepared by Master Tristan de Worrell and Mistress Renye Wurm able supported by Master Jaji and Lady Yasmine bint Rasheed.

In other contests of the day, Ulfgeirr Ragnarsson won the Baronial Heavy list tourney as well as the Novice B division of the A&S competition. Thus was Lord Ulfgeirr Ragnarsson appointed both Dragonship Haven Baronial Rattan Champion and Baronial Arts and Sciences Champion.

Having won the Rapier Tourney, Lord Jean Michelle LeVode was appointed Dragonship Haven Baronial Rapier Champion.

The Barony’s Worshipful Company of Artificers (A&S) was augmented by the induction of Lady Bronwen Rose of Greyling called Brose and Lady Kathryn Ramsey. The Barony’s Order of the Yale (service) was likewise strengthened by the additions of Lady Kathryn Ramsey and Lord Jean Michel LeVode.

A marvelous dessert revel after court was organized and largely prepared by Lady Isabella d’Allaines le Comte.

Our thanks to Lady Bronwen Rose of Greyling called Brose for submitting this report, and for the use of her photos.

Filed under: Arts and Sciences Tagged: a&s, Dragonship Haven, St. Eligius

Two-Part Schola Coming Up in February and March

Sat, 2014-11-22 16:21

Lady Lilie Dubh recently shared with us that two NY groups will be trying a new event concept early next year: a two-part Schola.

The Canton of Lions End and the Barony of An Dubhaigheann were both contemplating having scholas over this coming winter. As the groups are neighbors, representatives consulted with each other and decided to collaborate.

The Lions End event, Lions in Winter, is scheduled for February 21, 2015, will be part one. Part two will be the Spring Schola in An Dubhaigheann on March 21, 2015. Some classes will start in Lions End and finish in An Dubhaigheann, and projects needing help or completion can be worked on at both events and in between.

However if you can’t attend both events, don’t be deterred from attending whichever you can. There will be single session classes which begin at the An Dubhaigheann event as well as continuations of those started at Lions End.

The autocrats of both events are eager to hear from anyone who would like to teach classes which take advantage of this longer format; their contact information can be found in the event announcements:

In addition to classes, Lions End will be holding an Arts and Sciences Competition, and An Dubhaigheann will be selecting Bardic and A&S Champions, and offering a garb sale.

Filed under: Arts and Sciences, Events Tagged: An Dubhaigeainn, classes, Lions End, schola, university

In Memoriam: Lord Breuse de Taraunt

Fri, 2014-11-21 18:05

It is with great sadness that the Gazette reports on the passing of Lord Breuse de Taraunt. Lord Breuse passed away on the evening of November 16th, 2014, following a collision with another vehicle. He is survived by his wife, his son, Lord Jence Brunerson, and his two daughters.

Lord Breuse first found the SCA in A.S. XV when he attended Pennsic IX while living in the Midrealm. Shortly after, he joined the U.S. Navy and later returned to the SCA, most recently in the East Kingdom, residing in the Canton of Black Icorndall in the Barony of Bhakail. Lord Breuse also went by: Stone Pate, Male Bruce, and Wing Bruce, the story behind which is detailed by the Baron of Bhakail, Mael Eoin mac Echuid:


He earned his Tyger of Foreign Legions for transporting Royal gear to Estrella and Gulf Wars in a single trip, for helping clean, set up and tear down as needed and for retaining at those Wars.  That trip kicked off numerous friendships, an intended annual tradition of making it out to Estrella and was where the legend of Wing Bruce was born.

It was through his travels to the Midrealm, Atenveldt, Ansteorra, the West, An Tir, Trimaris and more, that Lord Breuse became known to many, including those in the East whom he served. These are the words of our King, Edward III:

I have been blessed to have known many within the society: heroes and legends going as far back as AS 3;  queens whom I would follow to the ends of the earth; sword companions; and nobles from across the Known World.  In this talk of heroes… “You’ve left out one of the chief characters – Samwise the Brave. I want to hear more about Sam.”  

I want to hear more about Breuse, as he was all that I have ever hoped to be.

He had a quiet grace, strength and courtesy that never failed.  He delighted in the goodness of others and affirmed as much by his stalwart and true service.  His humble actions spoke volumes more than these feeble words can hope to.  This world was made bright for his part in it. 

Lord Breuse was known to be a helpful and giving individual, whether it was through his brewing, his cooking, or his service cleaning the hall, hauling gear, or retaining for both his local Baronage or Their Majesties.  Recently, Lord Breuse served as a member of the Queen’s Guard for Queen Thyra, and Her Majesty sent us words:

“I will miss his steadiness, and his quiet constant support of everyone around him. He was a member of my guard, because no one could be more trustworthy in the defense of others. He was always surprised when anyone noticed him, but it wasn’t hard to see the quality of this man. I was lucky to have known him.”

Lord Breuse will be missed by many throughout the Known World, and his liegelord and friend, Mael Eoin mac Echuid, Baron of Bhakail:

We are diminished, today, for in losing Bruce, we have not lost a shining champion from the field, but a man who did much to get others to the field.  Nor did we lose a cook renowned for his courses, but a kitchener who would chop and clean all that needed to be chopped and cleaned.  What we did lose is a mensch, a model of service, a father, a friend.  Bruce was all of these, to many, and many will remember.

Details for a memorial service, to be held on Friday, December 5th, 2014 will be forthcoming.

Filed under: Tidings Tagged: in memoriam, obituary, remembrance

Alys’ Simple Guide to Naming Awards and Orders

Fri, 2014-11-21 08:12

With the proposed changes to Corpora clearly requiring that all awards given by SCA groups be registered by the College of Heralds, some groups may find themselves having to change their existing award names in order to meet the current heraldic standards and comply with the mandate of Corpora. Special Heraldic Contributor to the Gazette, Mistress Alys Mackyntoich has put together this helpful guide to understanding the basics of how Award and Order names are constructed as a primer to help understand period and SCA practices. Individuals are encouraged to consult a herald who specializes in names with any detailed questions.

What’s The Difference Between An Award And An Order?

Administratively, there isn’t one. Heralds call them Order Names for our administrative purposes and I will do the same in this Guide because typing “award or order” gets annoying. There may be a difference in a particular Kingdom’s culture, but that is not official. For example, some people think that an award can be given multiple times, but an order only once, but that is neither period practice nor written anywhere in law.

How To Build An Order Name

Each order name must have two things:

  1. A designator from the list of designators approved by the College of Arms
  2. A substantive element that matches the way orders were named in period.

[SENA NPN.1] A designator is necessary so that we can identify the item as an order name rather than as some other kind of name.

In the name “Order of the Silver Crescent,” Order is the designator and Silver Crescent is the substantive element.

What Designators Can We Use?

The current (November 2014) list of approved designators is found in Appendix E of SENA and in the May 2013 Cover Letter. The approved designators are:

Whether “Fellowship” is another registerable designator is currently under review.

But What About Legion?

Legion is usable as a designator for household names. Unfortunately, it is no longer available for award/order names. [March 2010 Cover Letter]

Picking A Substantive Element

The substantive element of an order name has to follow period naming practices. Currently (November 2014), we can document the following patterns for naming orders:

Order of Heraldic Charge — for example, Order of the Maunche

Order of Heraldic Color + Heraldic Charge — for example, Order of the Silver CrescentOnly heraldic tinctures and the ordinary names for the heraldic tinctures can be used. So “Order of the Blue Tyger” or “Order of the Tyger Azure” is fine. “Order of the Teal Tyger” or “Order of the Sapphire Tyger” is not.

Order of Physical Descriptive + Heraldic Charge — for example, Order of the Crowned IbexThis category is very limited. It has been allowed only for adjectives describing clear visual modifications to the heraldic charge — thus, Crowned Ibex (period example) and Winged [charge] (SCA example).

Order of Two Heraldic Charges — for example, Order of the Unicorn and Maiden

Order of Abstract Quality or Virtue — for example, Order of Chivalry

Order of Saint’s Name — for example, Order of Saint Michael
For this pattern, one can also use pagan deities in place of saints. So, for example, Order of Artemis.

Order of Saint + Place name — for example, Order of Saint George of Rougemont

Order of Saint’s Object — for example, Order of Saint Georges Shield

Order of Person’s Name — for example, Order of Bellina
This pattern allows orders to be named after the given name of the founder or inspiration. We have yet to document order names based on the surnames of people.

Order of the Piece of Armor/Clothing — for example, Order of the Belt

Order of Place Name — for example, Order of Loreto

Order of Duke/King of Place Name – for example, l’ordre du Duc de Bourgongne

But . . . This Name Doesn’t Fit Your Patterns And It Is Registered!

There are a couple of reasons why a past registration is no guarantee that a similar name can be registered now. First, our body of research and heraldic knowledge changes over time. We find that things we thought were good period practice actually weren’t. We also sometimes find that things we thought were not period can be documented after all. Second, the applicable heraldic rules change over time. Sometimes those rules changes make it easier to register certain things, sometimes they have the opposite effect. Third, a particular group may be able to take advantage of a rule that your group cannot for various reasons.

Do We Have To Use Real Saints?

The current (November 2014) SCA heraldry rules allow you to make up saints as long as the root name of the person is real.

For example, “the Company of Saint Kenrics Beard” is a registerable order name, even though there was not a real Saint Kenric because: (1) Kenric is a documentable period name; and (2) a beard is a documentable period heraldic charge.

You’ll notice that there’s no apostrophe in “Kenrics Beard.” Whether or not an apostrophe + s is required to make something possessive depends on whether you are using the period form or relying on one of the rules that allows for use of modern English. Since this is intended as a “Simple Guide,” this is one of the issues on which you should consult a names herald.

How To Figure Out Whether Something Is A Period Heraldic Charge

There is an SCA resource called the Pictorial Dictionary of Heraldry that can be very helpful. It includes citations and pictures of period forms of heraldic charges. Experienced heralds will also have access to period rolls of arms and armorials (collections of blazons or images).

Clearing Conflicts The Easy Way

Some order names are quite popular and have already been registered by other groups. However, the current (November 2014) heraldic rules allow a very simple way of clearing the conflict: adding the group name that is giving out the award. The Order of the Beacon of Carillion (registered 11/2012 LoAR) does not conflict with the Order of the Beacon of Endeweard (registered 9/2013 LoAR). [SENA NPN.3.C]

Filed under: Heraldry

Polling Responses due November 26

Wed, 2014-11-19 19:37

Their Majesties, Edward and Thyra, issued Their second round of Award Order Pollings on November 5, and responses are due back to Them by November 26. They rely on the advice of the Companions in making Their award decisions, and appreciate timely replies.

If you are a member of a polled Order and are not subscribed to the polling distribution or the discussion list, you may sign up here: Polling Lists  Please remember that each Order has two separate e-mail lists — one list is solely for sending out messages containing the links to the polls, the other list is for two-way discussion among the Companions of an order.

If you are subscribed to a polling list but did not receive the most recent message containing the link to the poll, please contact the Clerk of the Polling Lists, (currently Duchess Katherine Stanhope). She usually sends a message even if there are NO candidates, so Companions know they have not missed a poll.

Filed under: Official Notices Tagged: awards, pollings

Period or Not…Names

Tue, 2014-11-18 16:34

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

Today’s name is Cleopatra.

In the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, a fashion developed (particularly in England and the German-speaking principalities) for naming children after figures from classical history and mythology.  As a result, we have evidence of women named Cleopatra in England[1] and in Switzerland[2].

If you are interested in other names from classical history and mythology for which we have evidence of use by real people in the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, I have a published article on these names.

[1]  Cleopatra Ashton; Female; Marriage; 10 Feb 1647; Saint Andrew By The Wardrobe, London, London, England; Batch: M02232-1 (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NVJH-8P8) [2] Cleopatra Ruch; Female; Christening; 06 Feb 1530; Basel, Basel, Switzerland; Batch: C73987-0 (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FV8V-GMP)
Filed under: Heraldry Tagged: heraldry, names

Two Positions Available

Mon, 2014-11-17 16:19

The East Kingdom Seneschal is looking for people to fill the following open positions:
Regional Seneschal for Tir Mara
Media Officer
If you are interested in either job, please send me a letter of interest and your resume or talk to me at an event.
Dueña Mercedes Vera de Calafia
Seneschal, East Kingdom

Filed under: Official Notices, Tidings

Summary of October BoD Meeting

Sat, 2014-11-15 11:46

The Board of Directors quarterly meeting was held in St. Louis, MO on October 25, 2014. The following are summaries of discussions that happened at the meeting. It is not a comprehensive account and does not cover all agenda items discussed.  The Gazette would like to thank Mistress Katrei Grunenberg and Baroness Slaine ni Chiarain for taking notes for the Gazette.

All board of director meetings will be held in Milpitas in 2016 as a cost cutting measure. The costs saved will be used to fund a special project.

Standard language has been created for all affiliate agreements.

The Board will try to get draft agendas up at SCA.org in advance of board meetings as a result of a request from the East Kingdom Gazette.

A variance was granted for the unexpected delay of a coronation in Trimaris when the crown princess had to miss the original date due to a hospitalization.

A suggestion was made that those who have received background checks to work with youth have a card from the corporate office stating this. The idea will be investigated.

Tournaments Illumination will be doing special issues for the 50th anniversary that will cover the history of the SCA as well as service, chivalry, and A&S.  They will be looking for articles.

Trimaris will be conducting an experiment in using PayPal at events.

Online auctions are not allowed for official SCA fundraisers. They may be used for private fundraisers.

Official SCA funds or fundraiser proceeds cannot be directly distributed to retainers or household members of the Crown. Private fundraisers are not included in this restriction.

The possibility of dissolving the Chirugeonate has been discussed as result of comments made by lawyers and insurance agents who advise the SCA. The feedback from members is supportive of keeping the Chirurgeonate. A committee will be formed to work on how to keep the Chirurgeonate and also address the concerns. The Board is looking for people to serve on the committee who have experience as a medical professional or as a chirurgeon. Interested parties should contact Chairman Berk.

Feedback will be requested for the suggestions made by the Peerage Exploratory Committee.

Chairman Simon retired from the Board. The new Chairman is Scott Berk.

Filed under: Corporate Tagged: board of directors

New SCA Membership Website Now Live

Fri, 2014-11-14 16:30

The new SCA membership page is now available.

To access your information initially, you will log in with your member number and default password (first initial and last name, for example Jennifer O’Hara would use johara as a default password). You will immediately be prompted to create your own login credentials, both user name and password.

On the membership page, all of a member’s information is available, including type of membership; membership expiration date; and address, e-mail address, and telephone number on file. You can also renew or upgrade your membership, request a new membership card, and reprint proof of membership.

Additionally, there is a marketplace page where various publications are available for purchase. These include issues of Compleat Anachronist and Tournaments Illuminated as well as various society handbooks.

Filed under: Corporate

Call for Applicants – Southern Region Deputy Rapier Marshal

Thu, 2014-11-13 19:04

Don Frasier MacLeod has requested we share the following announcement with our readers.

As I have mentioned, I am in the process of replacing several of my Regional Rapier Deputies, and to that end I am officially requesting resumes for anyone interested in the Southern Regional Rapier Deputy position.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank Don Griffith Davion for his outstanding service to the Southern Region and the East Kingdom as Southern Regional Rapier Deputy.  I will be accepting resumes until December 1st, after which time I will review those resumes I have received and make a decision as to Don Griffith’s successor.

In Service,
Don Frasier MacLeod, KRM, East

Filed under: Fencing

Unofficial Court report for Bjorn’s Ceildh and Concordia Investiture

Thu, 2014-11-13 16:57

Photo by Baroness Cateline la Broderesse

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, held in the Barony of Concordia of the snows upon 8 November in the forty-ninth year of the Society; on which day were called all and sundry the lords of the realm and the great persons of the kingdom to hear the following publicly proclaimed:

Item.  Their Majesties summoned before the Tyger Throne Baron Pierre de Tours, and extended their thanks to the said Baron Pierre for his care of their lands of Concordia of the Snows during his tenue as Baron thereof; and as confirmation of their favor, they invested and endowed him with a Court Barony with a Grant of Arms, the which deed was confirmed by a document authored by Jean Paul Ducasse and calligraphed by Isabel Chamberlaine.

Whereupon, the said Pierre surrendered his authority and tenancy of the said Concordia of the Snows and departed the Court;

Item.  Their Majesties called into the Court Jean Paul Ducasse and Lylie of Penhyll and invested and extolled the same as Baron and Baroness of Concordia of the Snows, the which deed was memorialized in a document authored by Alys Mackyntoich, calligraphed by Carolyne de Lapointe and illuminated by Ro Honig von Somerfeldt;

Whereupon, the said Baron Jean Paul and Baroness Lylie swore fealty to Their Majesties for the lands they hold of them;

Item.  Their Majesties summoned into their presence Master Angus Pembridge and, in praise of his storytelling ability, conferred unto the said Angus the Order of the Troubadour, the which deed was memorialized in a document created by Wulfgar Silverhair and Theodora Bryennissa.

Item.  Their Majesties called Constantine of Aethelred before the Court and caused him to be inducted into the Order of the Tyger’s Cub, the which deed was confirmed in a document authored by Lucius Aurelius Varus, calligraphed by Saerlaith ingen Chennetig and illuminated by Caleb Reynolds.

Item.  Their Majesties caused gifts of toys to be distributed to the children of the East.

Item.  Their Majesties summoned Aífe ingen Chonchobair in Derthaige before the Court and thanked the said Aífe for organizing the gifts of poetry made to the Consorts at Crown Tourney.

Item.  Their Majesties called into their presence Ceara of Anglespur and awarded her Arms, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Jonathan Blaecstan.

Item.  Their Majesties invited into their presence newcomers to the Society and gave them tokens of welcome in memory of the day.

Item.  Their Majesties called before the Court Bianca of Ulster, whereupon they awarded Arms unto the said Bianca, the while deed was memorialized in a document authored by Bebhinn inghean Ui Siodhachain, calligraphed by Kayleigh Mac Whyte and illuminated by Margaret Twygge.

Item.  Their Majesties summoned into their presence Pakshalika Kananbala, and, praising her many labors for the good weal of the Barony, inducted her into the Order of the Silver Crescent, the which deed was confirmed in a document, written in the language of Hindi, calligraphed by Ignacia la Ciega and illuminated by Dierdre O’Rourke,

Item.  Their Majesties gave public thanks to the musicians who had performed for the Court and for the dancing.

I, Alys Mackyntoich, Eastern Crown Herald, wrote this to memorialize and make certain all such things that were done and caused to be done as above stated.

Master Grim the Skald
Don Donovan Shinnock

Filed under: Court

Corporate Call for Comments on Proposed New Peerage

Wed, 2014-11-12 21:44

The SCA released the following announcement this evening. Deadline for comments about this proposal is January 15, 2015.

At the July 2013 Board Meeting, the Additional Peerage Exploratory Committee (“APEC”) proposed that the Board of Directors create a new Patent-bearing Peerage Order parallel to the Orders of the Chivalry, the Laurel and the Pelican. This Rapier Peerage would be for the related martial arts of rapier and all forms of cut & thrust in the SCA. In August of 2013, the APEC’s proposal for name, heraldry and badge was sent out to the membership for commentary, and a second committee was formed of representatives appointed by the Kingdoms of the Known World to review the proposal and represent their interests. After reviewing all commentary received from the membership and the committees, the Board believes there is enough interest to request further commentary on the changes that would be required to Corpora if the Board decides to create such an Order. This will be the final opportunity for the membership to make its opinions and wishes known on this subject as the Board will vote at the January 2015 Board meeting on whether or not to create this Order.

In the event a rapier/cut & thrust peerage is created, the following would be the proposed changes to Corpora (additions in red; deletions in blue and struck out.)

Glossary, page 9.


[• Peerage: Collectively, the members of the Order of Chivalry, the Order of the Laurel, and the Order of the Pelican, are referred to as the Peerage. A member of any of these Orders is a Peer.]


• Peerage: Collectively, the members of the Order of Chivalry, the Order of the Laurel, and the Order of the Pelican, and the Order of Defense are referred to as the Peerage. A member of any of these Orders is a Peer.


A. Patents of Arms

2. Order of Precedence Within the Peerage
[The Crown may establish the order of precedence within the peerage according to the laws and customs of the kingdom. However, the Chivalry, the Laurel, and the Pelican, and Defense are of equal precedence and must be considered as one group.]

The Crown may establish the order of precedence within the peerage according to the laws and customs of the kingdom. However, the orders of the Chivalry, the Laurel, and the Pelican, and Defense are of equal precedence and must be considered as one group.

4. Patent Orders:


d. The Order of Defense:
(i) Members of the Order of Defense may choose to swear fealty, but are not required to do so. The candidate must be considered the equal of his or her prospective peers with the basic weapons of rapier and/or cut-and-thrust combat. The candidate must have applied this skill and/or knowledge for the instruction of members and service to the kingdom to an extent above and beyond that normally expected of members of the Society.

(2) The duties of the members of the order are as follows:

(a) To set an example of courtesy and chivalrous conduct on and off the field of honor.
(b) To respect the Crown of the kingdom; to support and uphold the laws of the kingdom and Corpora.
(c) If in fealty, to support and uphold the Crown of his or her kingdom.
(d) To enrich the kingdom by sharing his or her knowledge and skills.
(e) To enhance the renown and defend the honor of the peer’s Lady or Lord.
(f) To advise the Crown on the advancement of candidates for the Order of Defense

(The section on royal peerage becomes section e, etc.)

D. Titles
4. The titles listed here are considered standard, and may be used by those who have earned or been granted the appropriate rank or award within the Society. The College of Arms publishes a more extensive list of titles and alternative forms, which may also be used freely by qualified persons. In addition, the College of Arms has full approval authority over new alternative titles, which must be added to their list before being released for use in the Society.



Members of the Orders of the Laurel, the Pelican, and Mastery of Arms.]



Members of the Orders of the Laurel, the Pelican, Mastery of Arms, and Defense.

IX. Society Combat


[C. Rapier Fighting in the Society
The Board acknowledges rapier combat as an ancillary activity of the Society when properly supervised by the Marshals and when approved by individual kingdoms. Rapier combat may take place within a kingdom only by rules established by the Marshallate of that kingdom and after the approval of those rules by the Marshal of the Society. The Marshal of the Society will maintain guidelines for rapier combat within the Society. Rapier combat, not having been part of formal tournament combat in the Middle Ages, shall not be a part of formal tournament lists for royal ranks and armigerous titles. ]


C. Royal Lists
Only Chivalric (rattan) combat shall be used for formal tournament lists for royal ranks.

[This last might need some explanation. The current Section IX.C is a holdover from a Governing and Policy decision from October 1979, when the Board decided that rapier combat would be allowed in the SCA as an ancillary activity. Rapier combat is no longer considered an ancillary activity and has not been for many years. Also, the duties of the Society Earl Marshal are properly defined in section VI.D. So this section is reduced to a single clear, unambiguous rule.]

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

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

Filed under: Corporate Tagged: peerages, rapier

Message from the EK Polling Clerk

Wed, 2014-11-12 07:33

“I’ve had a lot of people contacting me to say they received some of their polls, but not all of them. I have no idea why that is, but if people haven’t received them they should contact me and I will send them the link. All polls have gone out. The only order not to be polled this round is the Sagittarius, and the members of that order should have received a note to that effect.

If someone isn’t sure they’re signed up for a poll, they should subscribe. The link is below:


It can also be found on the East Kingdom website – under “Getting Involved – Order Polling Lists”. You can subscribe to both polling and discussion lists here.

**NOTE** The polling lists and the discussion lists are separate and do not cross over. If you wish to receive both lists you must sign up for both lists. The difference between the two: You receive the poll from the polling list. You can discuss candidates on the discussion list.

However, BEFORE resubscribing, check your spam filter, just in case.

Katherine Stanhope
Polling Clerk”

Filed under: Official Notices, Tidings

Bjorn’s Ceilidh – Concordia of the Snows Investiture

Mon, 2014-11-10 16:24

Baron Pierre de Tours steps down

Mistress Lylie of Penhille and Lord Jean Paul du Casse

Investiture of the new Baron and Baroness of Concordia, Jean Paul and Lylie, took place on Saturday among the festivities of Bjorn’s Ceilidh, our celebration of the Celtic New Year. Previous Barons Pierre, Angus, Balthazar and Emerson passed down the coronets to Their Majesties, while reciting the lineage of our Barony, so all would know our history.

After First Court everyone joined in the festivities. The King and Queen could not pass up a chance to dance with their subjects, and the Baron and Baroness showed off their newly learned skills.

Edward and Thyra lead the dancing at Bjorn’s Ceilidh

Many newcomers took part in our traditional games of sheep toss, haggis hurl and arm wrestling, and were skilled enough to take home prizes.

Among the pleasures of the second Court, Constantine became a member of the Order of the Tiger’s Cub, and Lady Pakshalika Kananbala was welcomed into the Order of the Silver Crescent.

The afternoon ended with a game of live chess. There was much worry when Queen Thyra was taken out of the game early, but her side played skillfully, and she was brought back in when a pawn reached the end of the board. The game was brought to a successful conclusion in time for everyone to enjoy a sumptuous feast. The evening ended with the traditional remembrances of those who have passed before us, and the lighting of the new flame for the new year.

Pakshalika Kananbala receives the Silver Crescent

The Order of the Tiger’s Cub

Filed under: Court, Events, Local Groups Tagged: Concordia of the Snows, events, Investiture

2015 and 2016 SCA Board of Directors Meeting Schedule Confirmed

Sun, 2014-11-09 19:15

The following was published on Thursday, November 6th to the SCA Announcements email List (announcements@lists.sca.org).

By consensus at the Fourth Quarter 2014 Board of Directors Meeting, the following meeting schedule was confirmed for 2015 and 2016:

January 17, 2015
Kingdom of the West
Mt. Olive Lutheran Church
1989 East Calaveras Blvd.
Milpitas, CA

April 18, 2015
Kingdom of the Middle
Embassy Suites Cincinnati – River Center
10 East Rivercenter Blvd
Covington, KY 41011

July 11, 2015
Kingdom of the West
Mt. Olive Lutheran Church
1989 East Calaveras Blvd.
Milpitas, CA 95035

October 24, 2015
Kingdom of Æthelmearc
Embassy Suites – Pittsburgh – International Airport
550 Cherrington Parkway
Coraopolis PA 15108

2016 – Due to special projects, all 2016 meetings will be held in Milpitas, Ca.
Exact Dates and Locations to follow

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

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

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

Filed under: Corporate, Official Notices Tagged: board of directors, BoD, bod meetings, corporate, sca announcements

Call for Applicants – Central Region Deputy Rapier Marshal

Sun, 2014-11-09 14:29

Don Frasier MacLeod has requested we share the following announcement with our readers:


Unto the populace of the Kingdom of the East do I, Don Frasier MacLeod send greetings,

As many of you know, I stepped up into the Kingdom Rapier Marshal position at Crown Tournament. One of the priorities of my early tenure in this position is to find replacements for some of my Regional Marshals. To that end I would like to officially put out the call for resumes from anyone interested in taking on the position of Central Regional Deputy Rapier Marshal. As the previous Deputy, Don Donovan, is now my Kingdom Deputy, I need to fill the void left by his departure for this new position. Anyone interested in taking on this position please send me your SCA resume to the Kingdom Rapier Marshal e-mail listed in Pikestaff. I will be accepting resumes until Thursday, November 27th, at which time I will close the window and review the resumes I have received up to that point. I look forward to hearing from any of you who wish to take this position on.

In Service,

Don Frasier MacLeod, KRM, East

Filed under: Fencing, Official Notices Tagged: fencing, officers, rapier, volunteers

The Poetry Project for Crown Tourney

Fri, 2014-11-07 18:09

Long before the day of Crown Tournament dawned dark, rainy and muddy, the poets of the East Kingdom had already been working to shine light upon the tourney field.  As a way of honoring the consorts role in the pageantry of the day Her Majesty Thyra asked her Queen’s Bard Mistress Aife ingen Chonchobair to have praise poems written for each one of the 49 registered consorts.

Mistress Aife said, “While we say that Crown Tournament is supposed to be about fighting for the inspiration of your consort, the consorts can get lost in the day as everyone focuses on the fighters.  Writing about the consorts seemed like a natural way to reflect the spirit of Crown Tournament.  The mechanism to make all of that work was the letters of intent.  If Their Majesties were willing to require that the combatants write a few lines about how their consort inspired them, I could then give those letters to poets who could make their words into poetry for their consorts.”   Their Majesties were willing. The letter of intent was modified to require the combatant to tell the Crown how their consort inspired them.

In the meantime, Mistress Aife started posting on social media asking for poets who were interested in a secret project. She received responses from poets not just from the East Kingdom, but also our artistic brethren from the Middle,  Aethermearc, Ealdomere, and Ansteorra .

In-process picture of the poems provided by Mistress Aife.

As the letters of intent were received and passed on to Mistress Aife, she assigned a poet to each fighter/consort and shared privately what each fighter had written.  She asked her volunteers to write a short poem, somewhere between 4 to 14 lines and to use the words of the fighter as inspiration as they wrote.  Many of the poets selected the style of their poem based on the persona of the recipient, which often encouraged the poet to learn a new verse form.

An email list was created and then the poets got to work.  Writers who did not personally know either fighter or consort could ask the others on the list for ideas or direction.  Some of the most enjoyable aspects of the process was the banter on the list, as the poets asked each other for advice, offered examples of period verse forms or spontaneously broke into limericks.   At the same time the poets maintained a deep respect for of the sometimes very private words a fighter offered their Crown about their consort.  As a result most of the poetry has still not been read by the other poets who participated in the project.

Mistress Aife, Queen’s Bard, at the coronation of Brennan Augustus and Caoilfhionn Augusta.

Mistress Aife reported back to the poet-volunteers that the poems were well received and that new participants to crown tournament in particular were very touched to receive such a gift from Queen Thyra and the poets of the known world.  “I thought the poem was very sweet,” Lady Aesa feilinn Jossursdottir said, “One of the best parts was seeing that someone I know and like wrote the poem which in itself is special to me.  When I do any sort of artwork or project, I get very emotionally attached to the piece and invest a lot into it.  To get a work of art, in this case poetry, from a friend was means a lot to me.”

The list of poets , the combatants and the consorts who inspired this art can be found on the East Kingdom Wiki.

Some of the poems produces are also on the Wiki, where permission has already been granted by the consort, combatant and poet to publish the poem.

Mistress Aife can put consorts in touch with their poet if they would like, and she can send along poems to the consorts who could not be there on the day of Crown Tournament.  Additionally, consorts and fighters can let her know if they are willing to have their poetry publically posted or performed.  Mistress Aife can be reached at:  alord@ilk.org

Article by Countess Marguerite.

Filed under: Arts and Sciences