The Passing of Viscount Sir Gaius Marcellus Librus Auklandus

Viscount Sir Gaius Marcellus Librus Auklandus, OL, OP, passed away from an apparent heart attack last week. He was living in the Kingdom of the West at the time, but had lived in many kingdoms over the course of his SCA life, including Atlantia, Meridies, Ansteorra, the East and Caid.

He will be cremated in the Kingdom of the West, and part of his ashes will be sent to the East Kingdom for a memorial to take place in early March. Another memorial is being planned for next Pennsic.

He became Prince of the Mists as a squire, and was knighted soon after he stepped down. He was also a knowledgeable herald and a dance master, and could be counted on to teach as well as help out anytime he was needed.

I met Viscount Sir Gaius 11 years ago when he lived in the Crown Province of Ostgardr in the East Kingdom. I was still mostly a newcomer at the time, and his guidance helped me to get comfortable with "all the pointy hats". He taught me my first bits of heraldry, and my first medieval dance steps. He tried to teach me heavy list fighting, but I was not very good at it, though I began to learn the nuances and could eventually watch a tournament bout and see the blows coming. He also had a wicked sense of humor, and could be counted on to pun at the drop of a hat, though he often claimed heraldic immunity from reprisals. He always encouraged me to "follow the Dream" and keep learning. He told me lots of stories about gentles who to me were legends - Duke Paul of Bellatrix, Sir Hilary of Serendip, Mistress Diana Listmaker, to name a few - and those stories helped me to see that the SCA has a history of its own, and that the Dream that grew out of a backyard party will live on.

We who knew him will miss him.

Submitted by Lady Lilie Dubh inghean ui Mordha

Crown Province of Ostgardr, East Kingdom