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Garb Challenge at River War

Sun, 2014-08-31 10:44

Baronessa Maria Pagani and Baron Juan Xavier’s winning entry from Her Grace Avelina’s sports garb challenge at Birka.

River War takes place in the Barony of Iron Bog on the weekend of September 12-14, and in addition to Equestrian, Heavy List, Fencing, Archery, and A&S activities, a Garb Challenge has been issued by Her Imperial Majesty!

Come dressed as a period interpretation of your favorite Disney Villain, designed however you see fit within the confines of usual SCAdian dress. Her Majesty and a handful of secret judges will be walking around and making a list of their favorites. The creator or wearer of best villain garb will be called into court to receive a special token from Her Majesty. Have fun!

Filed under: Events Tagged: garb challenge, River War

Artifacts of a Life II

Sat, 2014-08-30 10:15

The Stewards of Artifacts of a Life II, Baron Jehan du Lac and Mistress Elizabeth Vynehorn, requested that we spread the word. Start working on your entries now, so we can all be amazed by what you accomplish in a year!

The Barony Beyond the Mountain and the Barony of Carolingia invite the populace of the East to join us on September 26, 2015 for Artifacts of a Life II — an arts and sciences competition with a focus on persona development.

Have you ever looked at your modern family heirlooms and wondered what your SCA persona would leave in your will, or the objects you would have valued during your life? Have you ever wanted to create your own set of grave goods? Of course you have!

Artifacts I, held in 2013, was an inspiring display of work from the populace of the East Kingdom. Entries included a fishing net, starched and dyed Elizabethan ruffs, clothing from various time periods and cultures, furniture, religious items, combs, sewing implements, lace, jewelry, game boards, arrows, mosaics, weapon sheath, eating utensils, and much, much more.

How It Works
Like last time, entrants may choose to enter either the Typical or Elite categories. In the Typical category, entries must consist of 3-5 items from a single culture and time. The Elite category requires entries consisting of 6-9 entries from a single time and place.

New for Artifacts II
If you’d like to participate as part of a team, our new Village category allows you to work with a group of folks to create 6-9 items. Again, they must all be from a single time and place. More details on the Village category will be forthcoming.

Entrant and Judge Feedback Requested
If you participated in Artifacts I as an entrant or judge and have any thoughts on how we can improve the event, or if you have any questions, please contact the event stewards: Baron Jehan du Lac or Mistress Elizabeth Vynehorn.

Information about the competition rules, judging criteria, and entry registration may be found at the event website. For more information about the site, please see the EK event announcement.

We hope to see you in Carolingia!

Filed under: Arts and Sciences, Events Tagged: Barony Beyond the Mountain, BBM, Carolingia

Fall Crown Tournament: A Letter From the Seneschal

Mon, 2014-08-25 18:48

The following is a letter from the East Kingdom Seneschal regarding letters of intent for the upcoming Fall Crown Tournament. Please direct any questions regarding its content to the Seneschal.

Greetings unto all those intending to enter Fall Crown Tournament,

Please be aware that both the combatant and the consort must submit a letter of intent, either through the following link (preferred) or by email to TRH Prince Edward and Princess Thyra with a copy to the Kingdom Seneschal. If by email, a joint email is preferred.


The Letter of Intent must be received by Coronation, September 28, 2014.

If using email, the letters of intent must include all of the following information for both combatant and consort: Society name, legal name, address, telephone number, years of residency and be accompanied by proof of membership with membership number & expiration date that is valid at least thirty days after Crown. If both entrants are combatants, then that should be clearly indicated.

Proof of valid membership consists of a copy of a valid membership card, a postcard (with a date-stamp) or letter from the Corporate office, or a confirmation form printed from the website after an online membership purchase. Confirmation of faxed membership applications with credit card receipts as well as membership applications CANNOT be accepted as proof of membership.

Additionally, as a matter of courtesy, Their Royal Highnesses have asked that your letter of intent make it clear how and why you fight for your consort. TRHs also request that combatants bring heraldic shields for the list trees.

In Service to the East, I remain
Dueña Mercedes Vera de Calafia
Seneschal, East Kingdom


Filed under: Official Notices Tagged: Crown Tournament

King’s And Queen’s Equestrian Champions

Sun, 2014-08-24 21:26

photo by Lavina Attewode

Saturday held beautiful weather for the King’s and Queen’s Champion of Horse Competition in Quintavia. 8 competitors rode 5 horses in a competition composed of 2 parts, as well as a semi-final round.

Riders prepare for the competition – Photo by Lavinia Attewode

In the first round, designed by Queen’s Champion Baroness Lillian Stanhope, riders were tested on their judgement, strategy, and skill on their mount in a “Gambler’s Choice” style course. This was the first time in the East Kingdom that such a course has been run. The course was set up with a number of familiar challenges to the competitors, including a quintain, javelin throwing, a bridge, and other obstacles, ten in total. .


Mistress Eleanor Fitzpatrick competes at the quintain on Medallion. Photo by Lavina Attewode

Each obstacle was worth a certain number of points, and the rider had a limited number of time in which to rack up as many points as possible. Some riders chose to focus on fewer high point obstacles, while others went for as many different obstacles as possible. Riders were not permitted to run the same obstacle twice in a row, but could run an obstacle more than once provided another obstacle was attempted in between.

In the second round, held after a lunch and rest break for both horses and riders, competitors ran a course designed by King’s Champion Baron Duncan Kerr, consisting of a more formal period skill competition that directly tested rider’s prowess at the targets of quintain, rings, and javelin throwing. This course was run two at a time, with each rider on one side of the barrier riding towards the other competitor.

After the second round, points were added up and the four riders with the highest scores competed directly against one another in the semifinals.

Baronesses Doucette and Alanna compete in the finals. Photo by Lavina Attewode

Master Julian le Scot, riding Gaelen competed against Baroness Doucette de Verdun riding Wilhelm, and Baroness Alanna of Skye riding Tesoro competed against Baroness Sylvia du Vey riding Ginny. Baroness Doucette and Baroness Alanna advanced to the finals, where Baroness Doucette won the honor of King’s Champion of Horse.



Baroness Doucette de Verdun rides Squire Wilhelm photo by Lavina Attewode

During court, Her Majesty Caoilfhionn spoke of one of the riders who rode with style and made sure that the audience was enjoying the competition as much as he was, and named Master Julian le Scot as her Queen’s Champion.

Master Julian le Scott does the Rings. Photo provided by Master Julian

A great day was had by all.

Filed under: Equestrian Tagged: equestrian, King and Queen's Champions

Event Announcement: Carolingia Baronial Champions

Sun, 2014-08-24 18:53

On September 13, come to Carolingia to fence, to fight, enjoy the arts, and visit with friends over the Boston Area German Club’s renowned selection of beers.  The Baronial champions for Fencing, A&S and Performing Arts will be decided through competitions that day.  In addition to the champion events, there will be heavy list fighting (not for Baronial Champion), an A&S exhibit, and space for performers to entertain.  Youth fencing and youth combat may be available if there is sufficient interest.

The German Club site was the location of last fall’s crown tournament.


There is ample outdoor space for families.  The family cap is $25.  Adults are $10; children 5-18 are $5; children under 5 are free.  Dayboard is included in the site fee.  Site opens at 10 am and closes at 6 pm.


Further information for the event can be found on the EK events webpage

Filed under: Events

All Things Scribal- A Call for Teachers!

Wed, 2014-08-20 16:18

Welcome back from Pennsic!!! Did ya learn something new and exciting in the scribal arts? Would you like to share it with others? Please consider teaching at the All Things Scribal event in the Barony of Concordia of the Snows located in the Central New York/Albany area.

Interested in teaching at All Things Scribal on September 20, 2014. Get your time slot and course in early at this link below. Remember the event is TOTALLY FREE!!! So sign-up to teach today.


Lady Heather Rose de Gordoun

Filed under: Arts and Sciences

BOD Seeking Commentary on Corpora Language Change Regarding Heraldry

Mon, 2014-08-18 15:41

The SCA Board of Directors seeks commentary on a proposed Corpora language change recommended by the Laurel Sovereign at Arms.

Current language for Corpora VIII.B.2

2. Kingdoms may establish awards and orders conferring Awards or Grants of Arms, and the Crown may award membership in such orders according to the laws and customs of the kingdom. The names and insignia of these awards and orders must be ratified by the Laurel Sovereign of Arms. The order of precedence among orders conferring Awards or Grants of Arms shall be established according to the laws and customs of the kingdoms. Principalities may establish their own awards and orders, but the approval of the Crown is required before these awards and orders may convey Arms.

Proposed language for Corpora VIII.B.2

2. Kingdoms may establish awards and orders conferring Awards or Grants of Arms, and the Crown may award membership in such orders according to the laws and customs of the kingdom. The names and armory of these awards and orders must be registered by the Laurel Sovereign of Arms. The order of precedence among orders conferring Awards or Grants of Arms shall be established according to the laws and customs of the kingdoms. Principalities may establish their own awards and orders, but the approval of the Crown is required before these awards and orders may convey Arms.


The Board of Directors seeks comments on the proposed language  through 10/18/2014, which can be directed to comments@sca.org.
Comments are strongly encouraged and can be sent to:
SCA Inc.
Box 360789
Milpitas,  CA 95036

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

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

Filed under: Corporate, Heraldry

Pennsic 43: Populace Archery Results

Sun, 2014-08-17 21:10

The East took two of the three populace shoots, for 6 war points!

Castle Window shoot

The three traditional populace archery war point shoots were adapted to this year’s safari theme. Each shoot was worth three war points. Archers could shoot each of the three shoots up to five times on their own schedules, spreading them out over the five days the range was open for war point shooting, or doing them all at once if they wished.

On the Castle Window range, archers had 30 seconds to shoot as many arrows or bolts as possible into the window about 30 yards away, for one point each, or into the monkey hanging in the window, for two points per hit.

Rhinos and Elephants

This year’s “Soldiers” were elephants and rhinoceroses. Archers could shoot six shots at their choice of target. Hits on the closest (about 15 yards) scored one point; two points for hits on the second rank of targets (about 35 yards); three points for hits on the third distance (about 45 yards); and four points for hits on the farthest distance (about 55 yards).

Alligator in moat, Giraffe in castle

The center of the Clout was at the usual 100 yards, but the perimeter of the castle was square this year. Archers had six shots to send at their choice of the moat (about 50 yards away) or the castle turret. Shots landing in the moat scored one point; hits on the alligator in the moat earned two points; shots landing inside the castle were worth three points; and hits on the giraffe earned four points. The giraffe was about twelve feet tall, and proved to be a durable and well-designed  — and challenging! — target; shots high on the neck or head could be retrieved by lowering the hinged upper portion. If tales told are correct, the giraffe was herded to Pennsic fully upright, and wore its own EZ-Pass transponder!

Dead monkey!

No accurate counts exist for the numbers of archers who shot in each of the war point shoots, but over 2200 inspection stickers were issued, giving a rough estimate of the overall participation.

At the end of war point shooting on Friday, final tallies were done and the East won 6 of the 9 available war points, as follows:

Castle Window: East = 2119, Midrealm = 1670

Soldiers: East = 7062, Midrealm = 5775

Clout: East = 4806, Midrealm = 4880

(Photos and report by Ygraine of Kellswood.)

Filed under: Archery, Pennsic Tagged: War Points

Position Open: Pennsic Steward

Sun, 2014-08-17 12:05

From Dueña Mercedes Vera de Calafia, Seneschal of the East Kingdom:

Applications for the office of Pennsic Steward are now being accepted. Please send an email with your SCA and Modern name, a brief SCA resume and a statement of interest to TRH@eastkingdom.org exchequer@eastkingdom.org and seneschal@eastkingdom.org. Please include contact information.

This office is defined in East Kingdom Law & Policy section IV.F.23.a-g 23.

The East Kingdom Pennsic Steward:

a. Performs an inventory of all East Kingdom Regalia and equipment used specifically for Pennsicand stored at Pennsic War. Ensures that this inventory is supplied to the East Kingdom Exchequer at the end of each Pennsic War.
b. Is responsible for arranging the setup and breakdown of the East Royal encampment at Pennsic War, including but not limited to the water, electrical and rental equipment.
c. Supervises the creation, purchasing, maintenance and repair of all Regalia and equipment stored at Pennsic War.
d. Is responsible for arranging for maintenance, repair and/or replacement as needed of the East Kingdom trailer stored at Pennsic War with approval of the East Kingdom Exchequer and Finance Committee.
e. Is responsible for coordinating with the East Kingdom Exchequer to ensure that all storage fees for the East Kingdom trailer are paid to the storage facility annually.
f. Promotes and encourages improvements for future Royal Encampments.
g. Is responsible to the Kingdom Exchequer.

Filed under: Official Notices, Pennsic Tagged: job opening

Pennsic 43: East Won Thrown Weapons Champs

Sun, 2014-08-17 10:39

On Thursday (Aug.7), two teams of twelve assembled on the range to settle the Thrown Weapons Champions Team war point. The East prevailed with 119 points over the Midrealm’s 85 points.

Robert and Paganus, valued allies!

The top individual scorer of the contest was Master Robert of Wilford with 16 points; he was an Eastern ally from An Tir. Another ally, Baron Paganus Grimlove from Caid, tied for second-highest score with 15 points. Both champs said it was a challenging competition, and they are shown with one of the toughest targets.

Filed under: Pennsic, Thrown Weapons Tagged: War Points

Philly Paper Posts Pennsic Piece

Fri, 2014-08-15 11:13

Photo courtesy of Mistress Catrin o’r Rhyd For

The Philadelphia Citypaper sent a reporter to Pennsic 43.  She camped with the Barony of Bhakail, and spent the whole of war week learning and listening.  The result of her efforts is the cover story of the Citypaper this week. The article features many Easterners and is an epic portrayal of what Pennsic and the Society are all about. You can read the full article on their website.


Filed under: Pennsic Tagged: Pennsic

Pennsic 43: Details from Archery Champions

Tue, 2014-08-12 16:41

The East and allied Archery Champions Team was victorious in the archery competition on Wednesday.

Their Majesties and Their Highnesses of the East were on-hand to support Their Champions. Before the start of the long day of shooting, a short Royal Court was held, during whichHope of Quintavia and Duke Gregor von Heisler received Master Bowman badges, and Alexander von Heisler was presented with his Grand Master Bowman badge.

Alexander receives his GMB badge.

In the 10 station Roving Range, the East scored 2358 points to the Midrealm’s 2288. In the Friend/Foe shoot, the East prevailed with 70 points over 60 for the Midrealm. Both teams tied on the Long-range Walk-up shoot, with 169 points.

Archery champions of the East

The team members and alternates for the East were:
Alberic maqi Droata
Alexander von Heisler
Alexandra Krakkensdottir
Colin Ursell
Daryl of Avalon
Denys the Decadent (AEthelmearc)
Godric of Hamtun
Gregor von Heisler
Hope of Quintavia
Isidora de la Tor
Jehannine de Flandres
Katelin of Carolingia
Katsutoshi Yoshimoto
Kieran Bren of Bannockburn
Kobayashi Yutaka
Krakken Gnashbone
Li Kung Lo
Lu Tao-Ying (Caid)
Mark Squirrelsbane
Mikjall Bogmader
Miles Boweman
Nest verch Tangwistel
Otto Gottlieb
Padraig O’Gealagain
Paganus Grimlove (Caid)
Peter the Red
Phillip Reed the Facetious
Poplyr Childs
Robert of Wolford (An Tir)
Robert the Doubtful
Ru (AEthelmearc)
Rupert the Unbalanced
Siobhan Inghean Cormaic
Tamsin Whitlocke
Thorlaeifr Hvitskegg
Thyra Eiriksdottir
Tysha z Kieva
Treya min Teanga
Ygraine of Kellswood

(Team photo by Lady Tysha z Kieva; Court photo by Baroness Ygraine of Kellswood, who also provided this report.)

Filed under: Archery, Pennsic Tagged: War Points

Pennsic War Comes to a Close

Fri, 2014-08-08 20:39

Children guard the East Kingdom Royal encampment at Pennsic 43. Photo courtesy of Mistress Elisabeth Lovell

The last of the Pennsic war points were decided today with the armored castle battles, siege weapons competition, and the end of the populace archery war points. The East won the majority of the six points for the castle battles as well as six of the nine points of the populace archery war point. The Middle won the siege weapons war point.

Unofficial reports indicate that the East Kingdom won the war by 3 points.


EDITED TO ADD: The full points spread is now available at the Pennsicwar website. The East won with 25 points to the Midrealm’s 20.

Filed under: Pennsic Tagged: archery, heavy list, Pennsic, pennsic war points, siege weapons

Despite Rain, Pennsic War Points Continue

Fri, 2014-08-08 07:33

Division 3 youth armored Combat at the doors of the fort at Pennsic 43

Despite the continuing intermittent rain and resulting scheduling changes, Pennsic continued in full swing on Thursday, with the East continuing to fight valiantly and victoriously.

The Thrown Weapons war point took place in the morning, and won by the East.

Thursday’s scheduled Bridge Battles were replaced by a broken field battle worth 5 points, all of which were won by the East.

The Ruins battle for Rapier fighters was held as scheduled Thursday afternoon. All three points for this battle went to the Midrealm.

A siege weapons war point was also held on Thursday, which was taken by the Midrealm.

Eastern children and adults participate in Thrown Weapons

The East was also awarded two points toward the overall Service war point.

Friday’s scheduled events at Pennsic include the Castle Battle for armored combat, and the last day of the Populace War Point Archery.  Closing ceremonies are scheduled for today at 2 pm.

Filed under: Pennsic Tagged: Pennsic, pennsic 42, thrown weapons, War Points

Weather Impacts Pennsic

Wed, 2014-08-06 22:21

Children guarding the gates of the East Kingdom encampment give chase to a suspicious intruder. Photo courtesy of Mistress Elizabeth Lovell

The frequent rain and thunderstorms moving through Pennsic resulted in the cancelation of the armored and rapier woods battles scheduled for yesterday due to safety concerns.  Armored bridge battles were fought in the morning instead with three points going to the East and two to the Middle.  The rapier ruins battle was scheduled to take place in the afternoon but it and the siege weapon war point were canceled due to lightning.  The rapier ruins battle will be fought at its originally scheduled time tomorrow.  The siege war point may be rescheduled to occur at the same time as the rapier ruins battle.

The Archery Champions shoot occurred today with the point going to the East.  East Kingdom court was held this evening.  Among many other items of business, Their Majesties awarded the Tyger of the East to Duke Gregor von Heisler.

Filed under: Archery, Fencing, Heavy List, Pennsic Tagged: Pennsic 43, pennsic war points