East Kingdom Gazette
Covering the Eastern Realm of the SCA
Updated: 23 min 13 sec ago
Unto the Kingdom of the East do I, Don Frasier MacLeod send greetings,
First and foremost, Happy New Year! Second, I have been asking for resumes to put together a committee to formulate a set of rules for 2 Handed Swords in Rapier, and I am pleased to announce that I have selected that committee. This group of individuals will, over the next few weeks, work out a set of rules for 2 Handers that will be usable and accommodating. The following gentles will form the 2 Hander committee:
Sir Antonio Patrasso
In addition to these gentles, the Regional Marshals will also have a say on this committee. If you have any comments or suggestions, please feel free to speak to any of the people listed, any of my Regional Marshals, or myself. We look forward to working out a set of rules that most everyone can be happy with and will keep 2 Handers safe and fun.
Filed under: Fencing
The time of first court at Twelfth Night has been moved back to 11:30 am.
Filed under: Events Tagged: Twelfth Ni
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 Kira:
I’ve been asked by a Gazette reader to talk about period names that sound like “Kira.” This set of sounds appears in several languages in period, although not necessarily in the ones that people expect.
The name Kira appears as a female name in Russian, dated to c. 1202. It also appears as a surname in 14th century Japan.
In very late period German, we find the female given name Kyrra, which *may* be pronounced like “Kira.”
In Gaelic, Cera was the name of at least three Irish saints who lived prior to c. 1200 CE. The post-1200 spelling of the same name is Ceara, which is also registerable as a saint’s name. Note that this name is probably pronounced more like “Kara” or “Kera” than “Kira.” However, there are also the period Gaelic women’s names Ciar and Ciarnat, which are pronounced with a long ‘i’ sound. The name Ciara appears to be a wholly modern form, based on current evidence.
For a person looking for an English name that sounds like “Kira,” we have to resort to the rule I’ve discussed before, where 16th century English surnames can be used as if they were English given names. Based on a quick bit of research, that gets us the spellings Kyrre and Keyre, which are close to but not exactly like “Kira.”
All in all, for someone who wants the sound of “Kira,” there are a couple of options for time, place and culture.
 Nostrand, Barbara. Name Construction in Mediaeval Japan (1999) lists Kira as a historical surname dated to 1332.
 Kyrra Sranis; Female; Marriage; 02 Jan 1629; Evangelisch, Schotten, Oberhessen, Hesse-Darmstadt; Batch: M92548-1
 O Corrain, Donnchadh and Fidelma Maguire, Irish Names (Dublin: The Lilliput Press, 1990), s.n. Cera
 Martyrology of Donegal (http://books.google.com/books?id=zn8NAAAAQAAJ), at p. 375.
 O Corrain & Maguire, s.n.n. Ciar, Ciarnat
 John Kyrre; Male; Burial; 24 Dec 1585; Cranbrook, Kent, England; Batch: B02880-3
 Mergery Keyre; Female; Marriage; 13 Aug 1576; Cranbrook, Kent, England; Batch: M01834-4
Filed under: Heraldry
(Submitted by Lissa Underhill)
Artisans Village will take place on June 5-7, 2015 in the Shire of Hartshorn-dale.
Instead of a traditional A&S competition, the event will feature an Artisans Challenge.
Members of the populace have until March 31st, 2015 to issue a challenge related to an SCA-period art or science. Anyone is welcome to submit a challenge, and all are encouraged to take up challenges. Please be aware that challenges take time to complete, so please try to issue your challenge as soon as possible
Challenges will be listed on the event website as they come in, and after the deadline a full list of challenges will be announced throughout the kingdom. Artisans will then have a couple of months to complete these challenges before the event.
Please submit challenges or questions about the challenge to Lady Elysabeth Underhill –
Ideas for Challenges:
Feedback and Assessment of Challenges:
A Few Thoughts on Offering a Challenge:
Filed under: Arts and Sciences, Events
The Gazette asked Duke Akbar ibn Murad al-ben ibn Hakim, third King of the East, for memories of the early days of the East Kingdom. The following are his words.
The Memorable Bits
There is a wonderful lampoon of British history called 1066 and All That which is dedicated to the proposition that history is what is memorable. These are (some of) my memorable bits:
If this were a traditional old East Kingdom war story it would begin thus: No shit, there we were… in a small conference room at the American Museum of Natural History at the monthly meeting of the New York chapter of the National Speleological Society, Count Murad, Sir Aeiolf, Sir Rakkurai, Sir Koppel and myself. Of course, we had not acquired those names and titles yet. (While I suppose it is generally known that the EK formed after Marion Zimmer Bradley (Lady Elfrida) moved from the west coast to Staten Island and recruited mainly from science fiction fandom, but it is probably less well known that five of the first six EK knights were spelunkers.) I think it was the summer of 1968 that my father and I learned from our friends Barry and Kenny (hereafter refered to as Rakkurai and Koppel) about this medieval group that was just starting up and after about six months spent making clothing, weapons, and rudimentary armor, we and my best friend (later known as Sir Ismael) showed up at the first EK Twelfth Night feast, at an apartment somewhere in the vicinity of Hacketstown, New Jersey, about a hundred mile drive from our hometown on Long Island. Bruce of Cloves was King, the first to be elected by combat. The three of us, having arrived in matching gear, were appointed the king’s own janissarys and my father Murad made captain of the guard. Ismael and myself were about sixteen then. Later that night Aeiolf and Rakkurai were knighted by King Bruce who had himself been knighted while visiting the West Kingdom. John of Brook Lynn was the Herald. Frederic Feolyldwyn (called the Silent) recited a poem the subject of which I cannot recall with certainty but probably described Bruce’s crown tourney with all his usual flourishes. I cannot recall whether Frederic was made baron at this event or later that year (the rules were somewhat different then).
I recall attending a meeting of the Aulic Council later that year. This was the precursor to the curia regis, or king’s council. I don’t know what the custom is now, but at that time anyone could attend and everyone had a vote, even the king. It took a very long time for most people to start thinking and acting in medieval terms. Even then, there were many different ideas as to what the SCA was and what it should become. I suspect the situation hasn’t changed much.
That summer, the second EK Crown Tourney was held in Rumsen, NJ. I recall besting Maragorn, who had been appointed the first King of the East without a crown tourney (yes, the rules were quite different then) but losing to Alpin MacGregor, who won the crown. Murad won the archery competition. Khadijah, whom I had not yet met, performed with a troupe of puppeteers. Vardak of Iloi and his troupe of actors performed the final scene from Hamlet without introduction, so it was rather startling until everyone recognized it. Vardak was later made a count (yes, yes i know). In those days, it was the custom to hold a grand procession where everyone would be presented to their Majesties, in order of precedence. This took a great deal of time and argument to establish and to run and within the next half dozen reigns became totally unwieldy, but was great fun while it lasted.
Alpin, I believe, was attending MIT in pre-Carolingia Boston and appeared at only one or two events after that. As a result of his absence it was a whole year before the next crown tourney was organized. It was at this time, I believe, that Sir Rakkurai became kingdom seneschal and Koppel became brigantia herald. There were a number of smaller tourneys as well as fighting practices and feasts at Green Walls, Lady Elfrida’s home on Staten Island, that year. It was at one of theses events that King Alpin decided to test his court by challenging each of his officers and the captain of his guard. Only Murad defeated his majesty.
In those days the only armor requirement for SCA combat was a helm. Most helm designs were pretty sketchy. Some looked like erector set projects gone awry. Then Rakkurai found out someone in the West was making helms from propane tanks, which were good but quite heavy. Murad got the idea of using freon tanks, which at 16 guage, were a bit lighter. These became very popular until actual period armoring techniques were worked out. It was a consequence of breaking my thumb at a training session that gauntlets became required, I learned not to drop my shield, Rakkurai stopped training with a hardwood boken, and rattan swords became the standard.
After one of these events at Green Walls, a group was traveling homeward via public transport while still dressed in SCA garb, when they were attacked by a local gang. They were trapped at the end of a fenced in train platform. While one gentleman hoisted the ladies over the fence, Koppel, armed only with courage and a very flimsy letter opener, held the platform against the gang. Although he sustained numerous injuries, the rest escaped safely. As a result, traveling in garb was made illegal and Koppel was knighted.
In the late summer or fall of that year the world science fiction convention was held in St. Louis, and it was determined that a number of people from both the East and West Kingdoms as well as the principality of the Middle would attend. King Alpen attended, as well as a dozen or so people from the East. Ismael and myself represented House Hakkim and served, as was becoming traditional, as the royal guards. I remenber seeing Sir Bela of Eastmarch, his wife Lady Karina (who was the senior herald present), Master Edwin Bersark (Lady Elfrida’s brother) among others from the West. Also present was Sir Caridoc of the Bow, who had recently won the tournament making him reigning prince of the Principality Under the Mountain, part of the EK. As the BoD had recently seen fit to elevate the principality to kingdom status, Sir Cariadoc was to be elevated to King without benefit of a further crown tourney, (thereby setting no precedent whatever). This was accomplished at the WorldCon when King Alpin (of the East) crowned Sir Cariadoc king of the Middle Kingdom.
The third crown tourney was held on Staten Island. I finaled against Sir Aeiolf, and quite surprisingly, won. I was seventeen then. The East Kingdom in theory spanned almost half the US, but in fact the membership really was mostly in the NY/NJ area. The next crown was won by my father Murad and I took over as captain of the guard and also began serving as the deputy earl marshall under Count Vardak. During Murad’s reign we began negotiations with the Middle to set up what would become the Pennsic war. At the Tolkien conference in Cleveland that year, we sat down with the Middle marshallate who I recall included Andrew of Seldom Rest (not yet knighted), Sir Franz von Blinkend-lichten, and Prince Cariadoc (now awaiting his second coronation). I think everyone knows how Duke Cariadoc moved to the east coast, carried the war arrow to the court of Rakkurai, won the next eastern crown tourney (the seventh) and was King of the East for what was later called Pennsic I.
Filed under: History Tagged: Crown Tourney, Duke Akbar, Pennsic
From Their Highnesses:
Greetings to the Populace of the East! We will be putting together our first set of pollings. The deadline for recommendations will be February 1, with the plan to have those sent out mid-February and therefore ending Mid-March. Our second polling deadline will be the week after Coronation. We only intend to send out two pollings for our reign so please plan accordingly. The award recommendation system has been inconsistent so please submit via the system but also email it to Princess@eastkingdom.org Remember award recommendations should include the full SCA name of the individual, why they are deserving of the award, any pertinent details necessary for a scroll should we decide to move forward with awarding the individual, at least two potential events for the award and the name and email address of a contact person. Please also remember that if the person is in fealty (squired, apprenticed or proteged to a Peer) to check with the Peer prior to writing them in for any award.
Non-polling award recommendations still go to Their Majesties at this time.
Feel free to share with other Orders/lists. Thank you!
In Service to the East,
Prince Omega and Princess Etheldreda
Filed under: Uncategorized
From the Kingdom Exchequer:
Financial Council of the Exchequer: There is a most immediate need is for a Tir Mara resident on the Council of the Exchequer. The main criteria for these positions is that you must live in the region you would be representing. The initial term on the council is two years. This position entails reviewing financial matters that come before the kingdom. The council approves the annual Kingdom and Officer budgets, changes to kingdom financial policy, and other kingdom expenditures that are not covered in the annual budgets.
Applicant letters and questions should be sent to email@example.com.
Maestra Ignacia la Ciega,
East Kingdom Chancellor of the Exchequer
Filed under: Law and Policy
Unto the Kingdom of the East do I, Don Frasier MacLeod send greetings, To start off the new year I am calling for resumes for my Experimental Deputy. This deputy would be responsible for coordinating all the wacky ideas people talk about and seeing if any of them can actually be put into use in a safe and fun manner. I will be leaning heavily on this Deputy for the Rapier Spear discussion and any experimentation that might take place with it, as well as a host of other ideas floating around. If you would like to be considered for this position, please send your SCA resume to me at the Kingdom Rapier Marshal e-mail on the EK Website. In Service, Don Frasier MacLeod, KRM, East
Filed under: Fencing
The Pennsic 44 pre-registration system opened for business January 1, 2015.
Mailed registration closes May 25, online paid registration closes June 17, and online UNpaid registration closes July 10.
Filed under: Events, Pennsic Tagged: pre-registration, registration
On December 21, Paul Coleman, a member of the Weekend Wanderers Detecting Club, discovered a hoard of 5,251 coins. They were buried in a lead bucket in a field near Aylesbury. The coins include specimens dating to the 11th century, and an observer reported that they are in very good “almost uncirculated” condition; many bear the likenesses of King Æthelred the Unready and King Canute.
Filed under: Tidings Tagged: coins, hoard
Details and Activities:
A fun filled day is being planned. There will be a gaming competition with prizes for young and old. A wonderful Arts & Sciences competition and display. Children’s activities are being planned. Plans are being made for a heraldic consulting table. There is space for merchants and entertainers are always welcome!
Baronial A&S Challenge:
Athena’s Thimble Activities:
Gaming for Gemstones:
A fundraiser will be held to benefit the Children’s Fete for Pennsic!
There will be a light dayboard prepared by Baroness Mary the Hun
The full official event announcement can be seen here: Twelfth Night
Filed under: Events Tagged: Carillion, Twelfth Night
This is a volunteer position which assists in coordination all financial matters, reports, and budgets for the Pennsic War, Inc. and involves a commitment of two plus weeks at Pennsic, travel to two meetings for Pennsic annually, and up to 10-20 hours of work during non-Pennsic hours. Ability to use complicated Excel spreadsheets and QuickBooks Pro V10 or later are a requirement. Previous Pennsic volunteer experience is a plus.
Download the pdf at the link below for more information on how to apply for this position. The application deadline is March 1, 2015.
Filed under: Corporate, Official Notices Tagged: applications, corporate, Inc., officers, Pennsic, pennsicwar, SCA, volunteers
The Barony of Settmour Swamp’s annual celebration of the Thawing of the Mud will be held on the last weekend of March at Waterloo Village, our new location in Stanhope, NJ. As usual, Mudthaw will include tournaments of armored combat, fencing, and youth fighting. The arts and sciences will also be celebrated through competitions and displays, as well as an artisans row.
Please note that our new location does not allow alcoholic beverages to be brought on site; however, a cash bar will be serving beer and wine for much of the day.
For more information, please see the event announcement at http://www.eastkingdom.org/EventDetails.html?eid=2790.
Filed under: Events, Fencing, Heavy List, Local Groups Tagged: mudthaw
If you intend to Stand With King Edward and Queen Thyra at Gulf Wars, please get your reservations in NOW!
The online ACCEPS registration system is available for this event. Mailed registrations must be postmarked by January 31, 2015. Links and forms are available at the Gulf Wars Registration page.
Filed under: Events Tagged: Gulf Wars
The Shire of Quintavia is pleased to once again host the Keepers of Athena’s Thimble at our second Embroiderers’ Schola! As the wind blows cold and the snow lies deep, come join us by the fire for a day of artistry and learning.
This event will be a day of classes and good conversation focused on the art of the needle. Classes will be held on all forms of embroidery and needlework. All embroiderers are encouraged to bring their work to add to the display of needlework, and to present at the guild panel at the end of the day.
There will be a potluck lunch held mid-day. The event is donation only, no set fee.
Anyone interested in teaching should contact the Guildmistress of Athena’s Thimble: Mistress Briony of Chatham. Classes can be 1, 1.5, or 2 hours long. One classroom can easily be made dark enough for slides.
For more information, please see the event announcement.
Filed under: Arts and Sciences, Events Tagged: Quintavia, thimble