Tent Camping No Longer Permitted at Harvest Raid


Announcement from Duchess Dorinda Courtenay:

ATTENTION CAMPERS: Good evening. We have just received word that the Lake Chautauqua Lutheran Camp instituted a policy earlier this year forbidding tent camping on the premises.

If you have reserved while planning to tent, you should have a private message from me to change your accommodations. If you did not reserve, please do not attend planning to pitch a tent. They wish to see everyone in the available cabins.

We apologize for this last minute announcement and will do our best to accommodate anyone affected by this change. Thank you.



Crown Tournament Combatant List


From the Silver Buccle Herald:

I am pleased to announce the combatants for the Crown Tournament to determine the Heirs to Gareth and Juliana IV to be held October 14 in the Barony of Blackstone Mountain.

  • Magnifico Elena d’Artois for
  • Duke Malcolm MacEoghainn
  • Duke Thomas Byron of Haverford for Duchess Ariella of Thornbury
  • Duke Andreas Morgan for Duchess Kallista Morganova
  • Jarl Arnthor Inn Sterki for Jarlkona Ceirech Na Hinsi
  • Sir Maghnus de Cnoc an Iora for Brehyres Gwendolyn the Graceful
  • Sir Murdoch Bane for Mistress Rioghnach ni Rose
  • Sir Magariki Katsuichi no Koredono for Lady Katherine Sinclaire
  • Boyarin Zvonimir Zavodchikov for Boyarynya Zaritsa Zavodchikovna
  • Hersir Marek Viacheldrago for Baroness Sybilla Julianna Detwyller
  • Master Jussie Laplein for Baroness Vika Vyborgskaia
  • The Honorable Bjarki Rikarðarson for Mistress Gabrielle de Winter
  • Sir Thorsol Solinauga for Sir Beatrix Krieger
  • Sir Rhys of Myles Ende for Mistress Astridr Vigaskegg
  • Sir Gwydeon ap Arden for Lady Myskia natfarri
  • Sir Lothar Hügelman for THLady Sumayya al Ghaziyya
  • THLord Hrafn inn Traustii for THLady Rannveig Hrajshvelgsneys Alfvinsdottir
  • THLord Gareth Whytebull for Lady Dominique Von Weißenthurn
  • Baroness Kara Ivarsdottir for THLady Deirdre Scot of Clann Scot
  • THLord Tiberious Hostilous Mallous for Lady Ascilia Attebroke
  • THLord Halfdan Dansson for Lady Sefa Vefari
  • Lord Atrox of Hibernia for THLady Gwen Cooke
  • Lord Samuel of Great Oaks for Lady Fina the Huntress
In Service,
Silver Buccle Herald

Court Report: Pax Interruptus, AS 58


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Here begins the report of the Court of Andreas Morgan and Kallista Morgunova, Second of those names, 50th King and Queen of Æthelmearc at Pax Interruptus held within the Barony of Thescorre, July 8th AS 58. Po Silvertop, Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald reporting, with the assistance of Master Fridrikr and Baroness Amalie, and jorundr hinn rotinn as Silver Buccle and aetherial Herald.

In Morning court:

Their Majesties summoned before them Master Jon Blaecstan, Their Sylvan Signet. They thanked him for his long term of service and bid him relax as his task had reached completion. They then welcomed Mistress Roberta McMoreland and requested she take up the office of Sylvan Signet.

Their Majesties invited Master Caleb and THL Edith to ask if they were still prepared to undergo Elevation. Each affirmed their readiness, and after paying back taxes long in disarray, THL Edith was relieved of her protégé belt by Mistress Cori. Their Majesties then convened the Orders of the Laurel and Pelican and requested the vigilants be escorted to Vigil.

In Evening court:

Their Majesties welcomed all those who attended in the hopes that they had enjoyed the day.

Their Majesties invited the Autocrat, Lady Marguerite de Neufchasteau, to speak about the day and to thank the event staff.

Their Majesties permitted to Duke Ionnes to address the populace about the upcoming Known World Rattan Novice tourney at Pennsic.

Their Majesties invited Their Jewel Herald, Master Po, to thank the Barony of Thescorre for donations of scroll cases for future courts as well as speak to the populace about the need for prizes for the upcoming AE Rapier Novice Tourney at Pennsic.

Their Majesties invited all the newcomers present to come forward. They were given gifts of mugs made by the artisans of the Kingdom.

Their Majesties called forward the youth of the Kingdom present- and then chose Lady Elizabetta as the day’s sacrificial runner of the toychest.

Breneks Zemgale was called before the Crown and for his long service, his incredible knowledge of mushrooms and cooking and history, as well as his abilities on the rattan field, he was awarded an AOA/Golden Alce. Scroll by Cassia Carataca.

Their Majesties requested Lady Gwen Cooke attend them and for her Service as autocrat and as Marshal on multiple fields of combat was inducted into the Order of the Millrind. Scroll by Baron Bobby.

While the Order was convened Their Majesties requested Lord Angus the Bull, and for his skills at motivating and rallying the populace, autocratting, marshaling, retaining, guarding, and other service, was also created a Millrind as well. Scroll by Baroness Amalie Reinhardt.

Baron Andriu mac Domhnaill was then inducted into the Order of the Millrind for his work with the youth of the Kingdom, for his Service as Baron, and not least for his labors in the kitchen. Scroll by Lady Gwen Cooke, words and vocal performance by Baroness Nuzha.

Baron Boris Dragsonsbane was invited forward and for his Service to Barony and Kingdom, for his contributions to the history of Aethelmearc was inducted into the Order of the Millrind. Scroll by Mistress Jenna McPherson and runes by Baron Brother Bobby.

Their Majesties requested Lord Coinneach Mac an Leigh attend them. They spoke of his wondrous ability in crafting beautiful wood projects and inducted him into Their Order of the Fleur d’Aethelmearc. Scroll by Master Caleb Reynolds.

Master Eric Grenier de Labarre (called Grendel) was invited into court. Their Majesties had noted confusion in Baronial Court as Master Eric had been addressed as Don Eric, and thus to reaffirm his Mastery, they presented him with his long-awaited backlog Master of Defense scroll, a boxed MoDule by Lady Kolfinna Jodisardottir with words by Some Guy in a Hat…  Speaking further on his long history of Service to his Barony, the Rapier community, and the Kingdom in general, the Crown also issued to him a Writ to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Pelican. Writ by Master Jon Blaecstan.

Master Caleb Reynolds made a valiant attempt to Herald himself into court for his Elevation. While amusing, it failed and he was escorted back to the rear of the hall.

Their Majesties then welcomed THL Edith of Winterton into court and asked if she was prepared to answer the question posed by her writ. Upon her assent They heard testimony from the Peers of the Kingdom; Mistress Ekat brought words from Mistress Antoinette de la Croix as a Jewel of Aethelmearc, Mistress Lucia De Moranda spoke as Laurel, Sir Sextus Plinius Callidus testified as a member of the Chivalry, and Mistress Cori spoke on behalf of the Order of the Pelican. Pleased with these testimonies, Their Majesties invested Edith with the ancestral medallion, a personal medallion, a Pelican cloak and a cap of maintenance. Thus arrayed, she then made an oath of service and was declared a member of the Order of the Pelican. Scroll by Zosia Kowalewska.

With the generous tolerance of Their Majesties, Master Caleb Reynolds was permitted a second attempt to process into court for his elevation.  Upon his arrival, the Crown demanded to hear from those who might think to speak on his behalf. Mistress Beatrice deWinter spoke as Laurel, Master Po offered words as a Master of Defense, Baroness Katja spoke on behalf of the Order of the Pelican, Duchess Líadain sent words as a Royal Peer, Sir Richard Larmor spoke as a member of the Chivalry, and Mistress Ekat as a Jewel of Aethelmearc. Accepting this evidence, Their Majesties ordered brought forth a  hood and a personal medallion and requested Master Caleb’s Oath, proclaiming him a Laurel of Æthelmearc. Laurel scroll by Sthurrim Caithnes.

Their Majesties requested the presence of Lady Elisabetta de Venetia, and for her sterling service and boundless enthusiasm for both Æthelmearc and our great Dream, made her a Baroness of Their Court. Scroll forthcoming, words and coronet crafted by Mistress Ekaterina.

Their Majesties demanded Master Fridrikr bring his good lady, Mistress Orianna Fridriksona before them to discuss a number of historical questions dealing with the past of the Sylvan Kingdom, upon hearing her responses Their Majesties felt no other response adequate but to choose her as Their Reign’s Jewel of Æthelmearc, the Kingdom’s 53rd. Scroll by Sir Murdoch Bayne.

Her Majesty named Sir Lorimer as Her inspiration for the day, for his continuing encouragement and coordination of dance at events.

Their Majesties invited all Scribes to come forward and receive gifts of appreciation for their efforts.

Their Majesties permitted Their Court Heralds a final performance bow.

Their Majesties thanked all for attending and making the day wonderful, and reminded all that the great War loomed closer on the horizon and entreated all to make preparations.

There being no further business, Court was then closed.

In Memoriam: Lord Rónán Ó Conaill


Lord Rónán Ó Conaill of the Barony-Marche of the Debatable Lands passed away unexpectedly on August 19, 2023 at the age of 33. The cause of death has not been announced.

Lord Rónán was the recipient of multiple awards, including the Keystone, Golden Alce, and Cornelian as well as baronial Comets for service and martial skill.

Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope said, “Rónán enjoyed an enormous variety of activities including costuming, heraldry, brewing, and singing in the Debatable Choir when his work schedule allowed. He recently took up woodworking, and carved the sign shown above in honor of my late husband, Johan, for the “pub” (a small gaming cottage) in our Pennsic camp, Polyhymnia. He was also an equestrian and a heavy weapons fighter, but he truly excelled at thrown weapons, and most of all, archery, for which he served multiple times as both Baronial and Kingdom Champion and was on the Kingdom’s Pennsic Champions team. He was also the winner of this year’s Scarlet Guard Challenge, and proudly flew the commemorative banner by his tent at Pennsic.

All of that tells you what Rónán did, which was impressive, but more precious to his friends and family was who Rónán was. He was kind. He was warm and welcoming, especially with new people. He was helpful and supportive to people in need, whether they were friends or new acquaintances. He was funny. He was filled with joy in virtually everything he did, and that joy rubbed off on others. His infectious smile made everyone’s day better. He was truly loved, and I will be among the legions who will miss him.”

Rónán preparing for Baronial court with Baron Brandubh and Baroness Hilda. Photo by Mistress Ts’vee’a bas Tseepora Levi.

Brandubh and Hilderun, Baron and Baroness of the Debatable Lands, wrote this to their subjects: “We are heartbroken at his passing, as he leaves a giant Rónán-sized hole in our Barony and all our lives. Rónán was our Baronial Herald, previous Baronial Chatelain, a Kingdom Deputy Herald, student to Mistress Ts’vee’a, our Baronial Captain of Archers, archer, thrower, fighter, woodworker, tailor, brewer, camp fire master, and a very good friend.

Rónán had a voracious appetite to learn and create, matched only by his patience and kindness in teaching others, and with a loving heart as big as the sky. He was a shining star in our barony and now has been committed to the heavens. We are devastated and we miss him terribly.

Our hearts go out to his ladies, Allegra and Elinor, and his family and loved ones.”

Lady Elinor Walden spoke at Rónán’s funeral, which was mostly private to the family. She said, “If you asked [Rónán] about his hobbies in the last eight years, you likely heard about his adventures with the Society for Creative Anachronism, a medieval reenactment group where we imagine new identities for ourselves in the medieval and Renaissance eras.

Rónán with Lady Elinor at Pennsic 50. Photo by Mistress Ts’vee’a.

So I speak to you today not of Ben, but of Lord Rónán Ó Conaill, captain of the archers and loyal subject of the Kingdom of Æthelmearc. This is the man I knew and loved – someone who was fiercely passionate about everything he tried, devoted to our local barony, and determined to uplift and celebrate everyone around him. He found immediate success in the Society as an archer, winning tournaments left and right, and he could have left it at just that. But the Rónán I knew was a true jack of all trades. He was an archer, thrower, fighter, woodworker, tailor, brewer, camp fire master, and a very good friend. He and I couldn’t walk into a room together without someone pulling him aside to plan their next big project together or telling me how incredible of a person he was, something I already knew.”

Lady Elinor went on, “Ronan’s dedication to the Society, to the pursuit of knowledge of medieval Ireland, and to his martial practice was an inspiration to everyone he met. I truly believed there was nothing he couldn’t have done once he set his mind to it. And if what he set out to do was to leave a legacy of pursuing your goals with your whole heart, then he did just that. I know he would have won Crown in ten years, just as he planned. But it doesn’t take winning a sword fighting tournament to form a community around you who loves you as fiercely as we loved Ronan. He will forever be my inspiration, my love, and the reason that I never do anything half-hearted.”

Photo by Julie Alewife.

Lord Rónán was Mistress Ts’vee’a bas Tseepora Levi’s apprentice/protégé. She said, “It was September of 2016 when Rónán and I began to discuss his becoming my apprentice. In pure Rónán fashion, he first went and researched everything he could find on the relationship before we sat down to discuss what we wanted ours to look like.

Rónán was a true Renaissance man. He had so many interests, and did each of them with joy, energy, and attention to detail. The difficulty for him was what to pick to concentrate on next. He was into so many arts; costuming, brewing, leatherwork, woodwork, singing with the choir, fletching his own arrows, pewter casting, and more. Then on our first anniversary, he was going over all the things he was working on, becoming baronial Chatelain, deputy Archery Marshal, thinking about becoming a deputy to the brewing guildmaster, maybe autocratting an event, and he wanted to expand our relationship from apprentice to both that and protégé. He was just amazing.

I originally was teaching him sewing. He wanted to be able to do everything himself, and carefully researched Irish clothing to make period appropriate clothes for his persona. We eventually co-taught a tunic-making workshop at the Baronial A&S nights before the pandemic.

Rónán serving as Sycamore Herald.

I used to tease Rónán about adopting another Jewish mother. He was always appreciative of my cooking traditional Jewish foods. We enjoyed our annual meeting dinner and would have fun picking restaurants we hadn’t tried before, critiquing our meals as we discussed what our plans for our association should be in the next year.

Rónán was a favorite of my daughter, Rebecca. When he was singing with the Debatable Choir, she would get excited to see him and lovingly greet him. A few times I took her to archery practice to visit him and other SCA friends. I wish I had done it more. She was upset when I told her of his passing. This is a child who has been losing friends and family regularly since she was four, but losing Rónán was a big blow.

There is such a big hole where he should be. We had several plans and I was really looking forward to them. It is sad to turn to cherishing what was since what will be can no longer happen.”

Master Alaric MacConnal said, “I don’t remember when I first met Rónán. It may have been at an archery practice, or was it choir? It doesn’t really matter because he brought such joy to all he did, and shared that joy with all who knew him. We joked that we were related … Alaric MacConnal and Rónán Ó Conaill. We never did figure out which of us was the elder. I am so glad I got to spend time camping with him at Pennsic 50. He was a joy to be around. Such a bright light to have dimmed too soon. Rest well my friend.”

Rónán on the thrown weapons range at the Scarlet Guard Inn. Photo by Baroness Thalia Papillon.

On Facebook, Lord Cassiano da Castello recalls, “I’ve known Rónán since early on my SCA career in 2018, but not well. We had traded pleasantries and smiles around the archery range at Agincourt here and there, but it took until after the pandemic and with some nudging from mutual friends to connect. Just these past few months, trading stories about failed batches and watching him wrestle with a blueberry mead that just wouldn’t shape up, I felt us building something that I was sure would have legs. Those discussions about building space for our hobbies while managing our ADHD, his excitement about being able to make and tinker with short meads, that absolutely terrible blueberry mead…they told strongly that this was a guy worth knowing. He came into every conversation full of curiosity and respect, there was no ego when it came to him learning, even from someone like me who had far less experience at this than he did. He was a rare kind of person, the kind that makes an unknowing impact as they pass through the lives around them.

The Pennsic 48 Kingdom Party bar. Photo courtesy of THLady Alysoun of the Debatable Lands.

What I mean to say, at the end of it all, is this. When the rubrics and the rules fall away, what is left at the core of the brewing art are the connections you make across the table or at your tap. Whether from chance encounters with newcomers at the kingdom party, or from old acquaintances blossoming into something much greater, the opportunity for friendship is present in every cup I fill. My life is enriched, inspired, and magnified, knowing, and having the privilege to have known people like Rónán. While my eyes keep filling with tears as I type, I am just so sincerely glad that I had a chance to know someone of his caliber and quality. Thank you for being you, Rónán. You were the exact kind of person who helped me shake my self doubt and learn to love my art again. I would give so much to see your infectious smile over the bar one last time.

Rónán participating in mounted archery at the Iris Festival. Photo by Baron Friderich Swartzwalder.

One of my last memories of Rónán was across the Æthelbar at the kingdom party. He was back for a third time, asking for another glass of the “Cas Mead.” I teasingly told him that he needed to share with others, and he should try other things at the table or on draft. He briefly turned a grumpy mock-pout on me but then smiled and said, “I’ll just get more off your next batch.”

This one’s for you, Rónán. I really wish I could’ve poured it for you.”

Rónán’s other lady, Allegra (aka Eleonora), also posted on Facebook. “I’ve been trying to find words to express the tragedy that this is, but I don’t think they exist. Words can’t capture the light that poured out of [Rónán] everywhere he went, or the way his smile lit up a whole room. I have never known someone so full of life and with such a generous heart. Everything he did–from archery, to brewing, to loving the people in his life–he did with joyful abandon and boundless enthusiasm. It still lingers even now, when he’s no longer with us, in the memories of all those he touched, of which there are so many.

I have to believe that the grief we are feeling is the last gift he left us with. It hurts, but it shines a light on all the places he touched our lives, and reminds us of the depth of the love we felt for him.”

Finally, the following is from an essay that Rónán wrote but never got around to posting on Facebook about his experience at the Scarlet Guard Inn this year:

“To compete in the Scarlet Guard Challenge, the pièce de résistance tournament at the end of Scarlet Guard Inn, you have to be selected to be the representative of your Barony/Shire/Canton/etc., and there can only be one competitor from each group. Our Barony decided that the person we would send would be the next winner of our monthly Sky List Stellar Tournament. So in order to win the tournament, I first had to win another tournament.

With a little luck, my best timed round shooting in a while, and the results of my daily training starting to show, I was able to beat the defending champ to become Vindex Coelorum – Defender of the Sky! I get to be the bearer of our Stellar Tournament trophy and regalia for the next month. I get to defend my title in a challenge of my own design this month. And most importantly, I won the right to be our Barony’s representative in the Scarlet Guard Challenge!

Naturally what happened next is that I got sick. (Not covid, don’t worry Mom. ) I spent Monday through Friday this past week not really sleeping well, groggy, tired, sore throat. The works. I still went out and practiced in my yard every day as much as my tired bones could bear. Except for Friday, when I took the day off work and did absolutely nothing but recover and play the new Zelda game all day.

Finally the Saturday of Scarlet Guard Inn rolls around. I’m feeling a bit better, but I’m nervous, but I’m also way excited. The Scarlet Guard Inn is one of my favorite events in the whole of the SCA. A whole event devoted to the love of archery, where us archers get to be the stars of the show and celebrate our love of the sport. And it’s finally back after a long hiatus!

It was such a fun day, with some great ranges and great friends. I shot as many of the ranges as I could (and even got a tiny bit of thrown weapons in), but there were two things I wanted to avoid; tiring myself out too much before the challenge, and psyching myself out like I did in Kingdom Champs. I kept telling myself the end result didn’t matter. I was just happy I got to be one of the few chosen to compete. No pressure. Fooling no one, of course.

There were 14 competitors from across the Kingdom. It was a rather intimidating showing of talent and I was nervous as hell, so naturally I hammed it up and told a bunch of jokes to try and settle my nerves and keep my cool. I made it through round one easily enough with a solid strategy that worked out. In round two I had a couple of close calls, but they all turned out to be on target. I scored well enough to move on to the top 2, only beat by an up-and-coming young archer Kalen Kehoe who shot a perfect score that round! Serious shout-out to Kalen. He was on fire all day.

Then Juan Miguel announced the format for the final round – a friend/foe shoot that was a TIMED ROUND! I almost jumped out of my skin! I love timed rounds, and I had been practicing for this exact scenario non-stop for the last 2 weeks. But I remembered Kingdom Champs, I knew where my head was going, and I remembered to calm down and center myself. Pride comes before the fall and all that.

Rónán with the Scarlet Guard Challenge banner. Photo by Mistress Elska Á Fjárfelli.

I decided not to worry about speed, but rather to slow myself down and focus on quality over quantity. I knew I was fast, but if I pushed it too much I’d lose my accuracy, which could lead to inadvertantly scoring points for my opponent. And my strategy worked! You can watch the video, but I was on my rhythm, took an extra beat to aim, and even got in a buzzer-beating 2-point shot right at the end for the win!

Winning this competition means a lot to me. It means I get my name embroidered on that giant banner which I get to carry around for the next year. It means I’m now in a small group of only 5 other people to have won before me. And it means my hard work practicing over the last few weeks has paid off. I was able to achieve the goal I had set for myself way back in 2015 when I was only just starting my archery journey.

I also won a boat load of fabulous prizes! But I loved my tale of the last 3 weeks so much that I had to write all of this out before I could show them off. So my post with the thank yous and the display of prizes will have to be separate. I’m surprised anyone even read this whole thing, but I hope you enjoyed it! More to come!”

Mistress Elska took the video below at the Scarlet Guard Inn:

Benjamin Nemeth was an automation testing engineer for Hitachi Rail Corp. He is survived by his parents, Edward and Leslie Nemeth of Ligonier, PA, his sister, Kaitlin, his brother, Jacob, numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins, and his beloved dog, Raven, who has found a new home with his brother.

Lord Rónán’s obituary is available here.

An SCA memorial gathering in Rónán’s honor is in the planning stages.

Court Report: Spring Crown Tourney AS 58


Here begins the report of the Court of Andreas Morgan and Kallista Morgunova, Second of those names, 50th King and Queen of Æthelmearc at Crown Tourney held within the Shire of Sylvan Glen, May 6th AS 58. Po Silvertop, Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald reporting, with the assistance of  jorundr hinn rotinn, Silver Buccle Herald, Baron Salvadore De La Torres and Baron Arrias Beltran del Valle.

On the field, during the mid-round break.

Their Majesties sought out Effie Cruikshank and for her Service to her Kingdom and her Household, attending to fighters on the field as well as studying the scribal arts, awarded her Arms. scroll by Lady Lisabetta de Rossi.

Upon the conclusion of the Tournament, heralded by jorundr hinn rotinn, Silver Buccle Herald:

Their Majesties summoned Duke Gareth Kincaid and Duchess Juliana Delamere before Them. Duke Gareth had proved victorious this day, and after swearing his oath as Prince, King Andreas placed the Heir’s Coronet upon his head and declared him Prince of Æthelmearc. After hearing her oath, Prince Gareth placed the Heir’s Coronet on Juliana’s head and declared her Princess of Æthelmearc.

In afternoon Court:

The newly Crowned Heirs were invited to join Their Majesties in court.

Their Majesties welcomed all those who attended in the hopes that they had enjoyed the day.

Their Majesties invited all the newcomers present to come forward. They were given gifts of mugs made by the artisans of the Kingdom.

Their Majesties called forward the youth of the Kingdom present, and then chose Abby as the day’s sacrificial runner of the toychest.

Lord Daniel Rufus and Lady Eleanor of Pembroke came before the Crown to present a gift of pottery goblets from their daughter, Lady Maire of Sylvan Glen.

Their Majesties invited Hersirkona Othindisa Bykona of Delftwood before Them to swear fealty.

Their Majesties invited the Ladies of the Rose and Garnet present to join Them. They spoke of the deeds of honor done on the field this day, and so Lord Ulf, Sir Murdoch, and Magnifico Elena were given tokens to commemorate their actions. Baron Cunedda was summoned forth. His deeds of honor and chivalry surpassed all others this day, and thus the Ladies of the Rose and Garnet, along with Their Majesties bestowed on him the honor of holding the Shield of Chivalry.

Their Majesties requested the presence of Sir Bea and her canine wards Boudicca and Agnes, who were promptly inducted into the Hounds of Æthelmearc. Scroll by Eleanor of Grey, illumination by Lady Saphira Ben Ibrahim, calligraphy by Kieran Macrae, upon a text by some guy in a hat.

Their Majesties called for Baron Fergus of Hanna and for his exceptional, kindness, generosity and courtesy and his importance to the history of the Shire of Sylvan Glen created him a member of the Order of the Cornelian. Scroll by Baroness Katherine Kiersey.

Lord Alexandar of Ayr was invited before the Throne and for his artistry both in weapons of war and tools of peace, (including the mythical period illumination referred to as a “Penis-tree”) inducted him into the Order of the Sycamore. Scroll by Sir Ardan Scott.

Their Majesties requested Lord Christophe Barttelot to attend Them. They complimented him on his industrious productivity and inducted him into Order of the Keystone. Scroll by THL Eleanore Godwin.

Their Majesties demanded the presence of Lord Patrokles Athenaios and spoke at length of his Service, both visible and unseen. For his labors, he was inducted into the Order of the Keystone. Scroll by Posadnir Zvonimir Zavodchikov.

Their Majesties invited Eric and Cristen McPhail before them, and informing the Court that the two gentles had jumped into the kitchen staff with little to no advance notice before they had even learned what the Society is, gifted them with Royal tokens of gratitude for Service.

By the demand of the Crown, Lord Tufa Cogomento Gunthamunths was brought forward, and for his incredible dedication, his Service in kitchen and battlefield, as well as behind the scenes, he was created an Honorable member of the Order of the Millrind. Scroll by Lady Kolfinna Jodisdotter, upon text by Baroness Antionette DeLorraine.

While the Order was still convened, the Crown requested the presence of both Lady Ylaire Sainte Claire and THL Angelino the Bookmaker and speaking at length of the scribal artistry and teaching they had accomplished together, as well as their other Services to the Kingdom, inducted them both into the Order of the Millrind. Scrolls by Sadira and Christofano.

With the permission of Their Majesties, Her Highness Julianna requested words with THL Rhys of Myles End, who had (on multiple occasions) been Captain of the Royal Guard during Her Highness’ previous reigns. For his notable Service and outstanding Prowess, the Crown issued a Writ for his Elevation to the Order of the Chivalry. Writ by Master Kieran.

Their Majesties noted the presence of Karl Tiuvelîn, whom they had sought (unsuccessfully) to speak with at previous events. Now present, the Crown complimented him on his historical accuracy and his prowess and made him a member of the Order of the Golden Alce. Scroll by Sadira and Forveleth Dundee.

Their Majesties then begged the attendance of Posadnitsa Zaritsa Zavodchikovna (who was escorted by Posadnik Zvonimir Zavodchikov) and for her almost innumerable acts of Service in multiple offices for her Barony and Kingdom delivered unto her a Writ for Elevation to the Order of the Pelican. Scroll by Sadira and Christofano.

As Posadnik Zvonimir Zavodchikov was conveniently present, His Majesty took the opportunity to compliment him on his artistry and style, his Service and his knowledge, and yet it was his Prowess that demanded further recognition and so the Crown bestowed upon him a Writ for Elevation to the Order of the Chivalry. Writ by Master Kieran MacRae upon a text by Ekaterina Volkova.

Their Majesties invited all Scribes to come forward and receive gifts of appreciation for their efforts.

Their Majesties requested the presence of the Autocrat, Dame Hrefna Ulfvarinnsdottir, who thanked everyone for coming and thanked her staff for assisting in making the event happen.

Their Majesties invited Lady Arianna to speak on behalf of the feast staff.

Their Majesties thanked all for attending and making the day wonderful, and His Highness spoke of future Viking faerings.

Finally, Dame Hrefna returned briefly to present Their Majesties with Shire taxes.

Here closes the court report of Crown tourney…

In Memoriam: Master Gwilym o’r Afonydd Tair


Master Gwilym o’r Afonydd Tair of the Barony-Marche of the Debatable Lands died on August 12th at the age of 83.

Master Gwilym was best known as an archer of great skill and constant service. He held archery marshal offices from baronial to Kingdom to Society level. While his Royal Round average of 85 made him a Master Bowman, his most important contribution to the Society was as a teacher of archery.

One of his closest friends in the SCA, THL Laochlain Silverwolf, recounts, “Gwilym traveled to events throughout Æthelmearc, the East, and the Middle, where he was always on the range, teaching, coaching, and marshaling. He spent more time helping others than shooting, himself, and only really got to shoot at practices at his home.”

Master Juan Miguel Cezar remembers receiving a life lesson from Gwilym disguised as an archery lesson. “At one of my earlier Pennsics I was practicing at the clout with Gwilym. Out of each volley of 6 arrows he would hit the man-sized target in the clout one or two times. I was not at that skill level yet and was marveling at what he could do. He told me it was easy – just aim for the man if you want to hit it. I remarked that, at 100 yards, a man is a fairly small target to hit, and I was just happy to get [my arrows] in the clout. He corrected me, saying I was looking at it backwards. “Do not settle for the easier target, always aim for exactly what you want to achieve.” I have found that piece of advice to serve me well in a lot of aspects of life. I only hope I can have the same chance and insight to be able to do the same for others.”

Gwilym was in his mid-40s when he joined the SCA in the early 1980s, a time when most Scadians were in their 20s or 30s, but he participated with as much enthusiasm as younger people. Like many of us, he was a born Scadian without knowing it – witness the photo at right from his childhood. He had been involved in archery mundanely for over 25 years when he found the SCA.

Over the years, Gwilym was recognized with many awards, including the East’s Silver Crescent for service and Sagittarius for archery, as well as Æthelmearc’s Scarlet Guard and Sycamore. His Pelican in A.S. 36 was primarily for service to the archery community, as was his Court Barony in A.S. 41.

Gwilym with a household tabard.

He was a member of Duke Talymar gan y Llyn’s household, Holt Herotus, whose members are primarily from the Midrealm.

Gwilym’s interests encompassed more than just archery. “Gwilym was a fletcher, a calligrapher, and a brewer who also participated in thrown weapons, combat archery, and fencing,” said THL Laochlain. Gwilym was also one of the founding members of the Shire of Gryffyn’s Keep, which is sadly now defunct.

Lady Siobhan MacDermot recalls, “Master Baron (known to some affectionately as His Insufferable Smugness) Gwilym was one of our chosen family. He was truly one of the elder statesmen of Society, especially in this area, and it’s hard to comprehend the hole he leaves in his parting. The sheer amount of experience he had as a longtime member gave him astonishing depths of knowledge and wisdom to share. He gathered many of us into his fold and became our mentor and elder. But most of all, he was just a good friend.”

Gwilym set up an archery range in his yard and invited people to practice there, even adding lights so people could keep shooting after dark. But he also made his home a gathering place for people to hang out, holding movie nights for watching Robin Hood, Ivanhoe, and other medieval themed films, and offering up his extensive library of books on medieval topics for people to browse. People would come over to shoot in all weather, even snow. Lady Siobhan says, “His home for many of us became our home. It was at his place that we could gather not just to use the ranges and to practice, but many pots of chili were made there and many bigger meals too, many movies watched, many conversations had, many informal meetings held, many crafts learned and practiced, and many friends met and made.”

Master Gwilym at a demo in 2016.

Gwilym was also a great resource at SCA demos. Lady Siobhan continues, “Gwilym was one of those people who could turn on the charm and draw anyone into a conversation, sometimes before they knew it. He was especially good at chatting up people who were new or simply curious, giving people unfamiliar with Society a glimpse of the staggering variety of interesting things to see and do should they join in or just stick around a little while longer. He could explain things to people at just about any level of familiarity without dropping into jargon or concepts that might be unfamiliar. That’s why Gwilym was out in front more often than not at demos. He had a story or three for just about any situation or occasion and rolled seamlessly through them, keeping people engaged, sometimes despite themselves.”

Lady Catalina Iannarella di Colliano remembers:

“He was not a perfect man.

His intelligence and stubbornness carried him far and either attracted people to him or away from him. He was not a perfect man.

His kindness and generosity were heart touching, his hugs of comfort endearing. At times he gave more than he had to assist the beleaguered. He would try his best to right someone’s life but would become frustrated if they would not “see” the path that would redeem them. He was not a perfect man.

He would cry at something touching, he would cry at his own life’s sorrows. He would do things his way, not taking heed of others warning him of consequences. He was not a perfect man.

He would take time to tenderly teach young people the finer art of archery. He would smile and get down to their level, even if it meant sitting himself on the ground. He would encourage them, push them subtly to do more than they thought they could.

He was a bit of a prankster and instigator. You knew he was up to something when he would get that twinkle in his eye and that grin on his face, and no one ever knew exactly what devilment he was formulating.

He would make what seemed to be off the wall suggestions to shy souls to get them out of their shells. He would introduce different types of people to each other to expand their horizons and learn something new.

He would shout from the mountaintops what he believed to be true, and fight like a wolf to defend his lot. He could offend as quickly as he could uplift. He was not a perfect man.

But he was my friend. And I loved him all the same. He was a giant presence in my life and my childrens’. He literally saved my life in my darkest moments. He took me in when I was ill and helped us when we seemed helpless. He always worried about us and became a bit downhearted when we no longer relied on him as much as we had. He had taught us to grow and we became independent. And it hurt him to longer be needed. He was not a perfect man, but in his own way he tried. It’s going to be near impossible to fill the void he left.”

Master Denys the Decadent said, “His smile and good humor are my main memories of Gwilym. I had a nice visit with him in May at his home. He shared his interests ranging from archery to model railroading. I will miss him.”

Lady Siobhan recounted a story that was quintessential Gwilym:

One year at War Practice when I was a small archer, I’d left my equipment behind at his place and didn’t realize it till I was already on site. I was a little sad that I wouldn’t be able to participate, but I contented myself with watching.

Then in rolled Gwilym in his capped pickup truck. He parked to the side of the road, crawled out, and made a beeline for me. The scene went more or less thus:

“You’re doing the clout shoot coming up. Get your stuff and get in there.”

“But I’ve never done one before.”

“I know. Get in there when it comes up.”

“I didn’t bring my stuff.”

“I know. I did,” he said while thumbing behind him at his truck. “Go get it.”

Slightly befuddled but happy that he brought my equipment, I dug it out and ran the bow through a hasty inspection. When the time came to line up for the shoot, I still hesitated.

“There’s no way I’m going to be able to reach any of the targets,” I protested. I had a low pound draw for a bow. It wasn’t going to be able to shoot long distances and I knew it.

He herded me to the line and looked over the targets, and then put his head more or less over my shoulder. After scanning the sky, he pointed at a cloud in the distance. “Shoot that cloud.”

I just blinked. “It’s a clout shoot, not a cloud shoot.”

I just got a look. Those familiar with Gwilym all know what that look was. “Just shoot the [redacted] cloud,” he growled. Meep.

So I aimed at said cloud, which very nicely stayed in place for the duration of the round, and shot. Wouldn’t you know it, I actually won a prize! After collecting my plate of brownies, I came over and offered him one, which he readily took. After a minute of thoughtful munching, he patted me on the arm and said, “See kid, you can do it.”

As for me, I was still blinking and processing that. It never would have occurred to me to even try to compete in anything but the most basic of shoots by that point. When I said as much, he just smirked. “I know that too. But it helps if you at least try. We’ll work on the rest later.”

It wasn’t long after that, that I received a tassel from him, confirming me as one of his students.

Master Gwilym with THLord Laochlain

Mundanely, Bill Weichler worked at Westinghouse Research and Development Center in Technical Services and Scientific Glassblowing, where he received many patents over his 37 year career there. He had a model railroad in his basement, to which he was always adding features. He was also involved in French and Indian War re-enactment, with a keen interest in Native American culture. He is survived by his daughters, Barbara and Dawn, his son, Bill, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

A memorial gathering and pot luck will be held on Saturday, September 23rd at the Washington Township VFC in Apollo, PA starting at noon. Information is available at the Facebook event page. RSVPs are highly encouraged.

Master Gwilym’s obituary can be found here.

This article was written by Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope. All photos courtesy of Lady Catalina Iannarella di Colliano.

Removal of Crown Prince of Ansteorra



On September 4, 2023, at a Special Meeting of the SCA Inc. Board of Directors, the Board voted without opposition to remove Aaron MacGregor as the current Crown Prince of Ansteorra. The Board reached this serious decision after significant deliberation and with the advice of our officers.

At this time, Ansteorra remains under the stewardship of the Stellar Crown, King Gabriel and Queen Sonja. We would ask that people extend all courtesy to Her Royal Highness Nicollet as she contemplates what will be best for the Kingdom in the next reign. Any further announcements regarding the next reign will be made at a Kingdom level.

As this matter is ongoing, no further public comment will be made by SCA Inc.

Court Report: A&S Faire/Queen’s Prize Tourney, AS 57


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Here begins the report of the Court of Andreas Morgan and Kallista Morgunova, Second of those names, 50th King and Queen of Æthelmearc at A&S Faire and Queen’s Prize Tourney held within the Shire of Nithgaard, April 29th AS 57. Po Silvertop, Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald reporting, with the assistance of Baroness Miriel du Lac and Baron Salvadore De La Torres.

Their Majesties welcomed all those who attended and bade them enjoy the day.

Their Majesties invited all the newcomers present to come forward. They were given gifts of mugs made by the artisans of the Kingdom.

Their Majesties called forward the youth of the Kingdom present- and then chose Simon as the day’s sacrificial “runner of the toychest.”

Their Majesties requested the presence of the Autocrat, Baroness Elena de la Palma who thanked everyone for coming and thanked her staff for assisting in making the event happen.

Master Hrólfr Á Fjárfelli was invited before the Throne to conduct the Sponsors presentations to the competing Artisans.  Master Hrolf announced the populace choice/ballot winners: Baron Snorri and Baroness Oddkatla. Their Majesties revealed Their chosen Artisan was Lady Avatorria.

Their Majesties permitted the approach of Master Caleb Reynolds, who had requested the opportunity to renew his oath of fealty, upon doing so Their Majesties asked him about his “Mad Cheese Research” and suggested that for that research (amongst numerous other research) he might sit vigil and contemplate Elevation to the Order of the Laurel. Writ by Mistress Sophie Davenport upon a text by Master Caleb (unknowingly) himself, with revisions by Some Guy in a Hat.

Master Madoc Arundel was invited before the court to discuss the brewing competition. He spoke at length about the artistry and enjoyment of the competition and declared Master Robert of Ferness to have been the winner and thus the Kingdom’s first brewing champion.  Master Robert was invited to join Their Majesties’ court.  Their Majesties also complimented Master Madoc for his long years of service in multiple ways to the Kingdom, and invited him to chose a date to sit vigil and contemplate Elevation to the Order of the Pelican.  Writ by Master Kieran.

Their Majesties noted that Lady Aurelie of Nithgaard had recently celebrated a birthday and invited her into court to receive a cupcake and a rousing rendition of the birthday song, performed not only by the entire court, but specifically by the Order of the Fleur d’Æthelmearc to which Their Majesties then inducted her for her incredible skill with fabric, thread and needle. Scroll by Lady Murdia Drusilla Vettia Portia, upon a text by Baroness Nuzha bint Saleem.

Their Majesties invited Mistress Phiala O’Ceallaigh to appear before them to discuss a developing issue with her apprentice THL Oribe Tsukime; to whit, that the Honorable Lady had not only learned all that Mistress Phiala could teach her, but had gone on to continue beyond that point in the research of all things Japanese.  After hearing this, Their Majesties invited forward the Order of the Laurel and issued a writ for the Honorable Lady to choose a day to sit vigil and contemplate elevation. Writ by Dame Zosia.

THL Cassiano de Castello was invited into court to discuss additional aspects of the Kingdom’s brewing community and upcoming brewing competition opportunities.

Their Majesties invited all Scribes to come forward and receive gifts of appreciation for their efforts.

Their Majesties also invited all Heralds to come forward and be recognized for their service to the Kingdom.  After thanking those Heralds present, Their Majesties requested  one remain behind: THL Edith of Winterton. The Crown spoke at length of her Service to the heraldic community and to the Kingdom, as well as her labors as Tollner and Exchequer, requested that she meet with the Order of the Pelican and contemplate Elevation at a future date. First scroll by Christofano upon words by Mistress Sadira, second scroll by Baroness Amalie Reinhardt.

Her Majesty then spoke of the difficulties of parenting solo at events and named  Baroness Antoinette de Lorraine as Her inspiration for the day.

Their Majesties thanked all for attending and making the day wonderful.

Jewel Herald put forth a request for donations of scroll cases.

Here closes the court report…

Court Report: Final Court of Arnthor and Ceirech at Coronation of Andreas and Kallista April 1, 2023

Here begins the Report of the Court of Arnthor and Ceirecch at the Coronation of Andreas and Kallista in the College of Silva Vulcani, April 1 AS 57, jorundr hinn rotinn, Silver Buccle Herald, reporting, with the assistance of Magdelena Txoperena, and Gytha Oggdottir, Silver Sycamore Herald.

Their Majesties summoned Their Heir Prince Andreas Morgan. Andreas stated that as Prince, he felt it was his time to take the Throne and lead the Kingdom to War. His Majesty thought that sounded nice, but he was enjoying His time where He was sitting. His Highness replied that He was the victor in Crown Tournament, and thus it was his right to sit upon the Throne now. His Majesty replied that He could not remember this event, but maybe some others did. The Kingdom Seneschal Mistress Illadore de Bedagrayne spoke that the laws and policies of the Kingdom did state that Andreas was the rightful Heir and should be Crowned this day. Sir Arden Scot, as a representative of the Earl Marshal said that he witnessed Prince Andreas’ victory on the field of combat, Meestress Odriana vander Brugghe, the Kingdom Mistress of the Lists confirmed that she ran the brackets for that Crown and Prince Arnthor did win, and jorundr hinn rotinn, Silver Buccle Herald confirmed that on that day His Majesty placed the Crown of the Heir upon Prince Andreas’ brow. His Majesty confirmed that this did indeed sound familiar, and he would call back Prince Andreas once Their final business was completed.

Their Majesties called for Lord Benjamin Hackewode. His skill in the rattan lists is impressive, especially his mastery of great sword, for this Their Majesties were pleased to induct him into Their Order of the Golden Alce. Scroll by Juliana Delamere.

Their Majesties summoned forth Sable Maul. This household was a great supporter of many reigns, they have assisted in creating gift baskets, and largess, and award medallions all to better the Kingdom, for this Their Majesties were pleased to grant them the Award of Crown’s Treasure.

Their Majesties called for Baron Salvadore de la Torres. Salvadore has been a solid supporter of the Reign and wrangler of staff for Their Majesties as he served as Captain of the Queen’s Guard. For this They Awarded him an Æthelmearc Award of Excellence.

Their Majesties wished to be attended by Baroness Aine ny Allane. Her support of Their Reign and organization of retainers made everything go smoothly. For this Their Majesties awarded her an Æthelmearc Award of Excellence. Scroll unsigned.

Their Majesties called Lady Vika Vyborgskaia. Vika has done many acts of service, from serving as MOL to teaching classes at Pennsic, and now has served as Reign coordinator for Arnthor and Ceirech. For the Their Majesties named her a Baroness of Their Court. Scroll in progress.

Their Majesties asked to see Lady Magdelena Txoperena. They had been searching for her for much of Their Reign, her service at water point at Pennsic, retaining, and heralding has brought her much acclaim. Thus, Their Majesties were pleased to induct her into the Order of the Millrind. Scroll by Nichola Besse with words by Mahin Banu Tabrizi.

Their Majesties summoned Master Kieran MacRae who assisted Them in playing a prank on Their Herald jorundr hinn rotinn. They thanked jorundr for his assistance during Their Reign and awarded him an Æthelmearc Award of Excellence. Scroll by Kieran MacRae.

Their Majesties demanded the presence of Don Cyrus Augur. They asked if it was still his intent to sit vigil to contemplate entry into the Order of Defense, which it was, after Comtesse Elena Elena d’Artois le Tailleur and Master Diego Miguel Munoz de Castilla released him from his bonds as their students, Their Majesties called forth the Order of Defense and bade them to take Cyrus and counsel him.

Their Majesties thanked everyone who helped Them during Their Reign and awarded the following gentles a Sigil of Æthelmearc Baroness Aine ny Allane, Baron Salvadore de la Torres, Winnardis, Lord Patrokles Athenaios, Master Kieran MacRae, THLord Torvald Torgarson, drotinn jorundr hinn rotinn, Baroness Vika Vyborgskaia, Lady Stasha of Hunter’s Home, Baroness Leah of Newcastle,  Lord Raziel Do’ana, Lady Ascillia Attebroke, Mistress Mahin Banu Tabrizi, Baroness Elisabeth Johanna von Flossenburg, Mistress Elska a Fjarfelli, and Mistress Ts’vee’a bas Tseepora Levi.

Their Majesties called forth Baroness Elisabeth Johanna von Flossenburg and Mistress Elska a Fjarfelli, Their garb coordinators. They thanked everyone who worked on Their Majesties garb for this Reign.

Their Majesties called Their staff forward, They once again thanked them for everything they did to support Them during the Reign, but it was now reaching its end, so They released Them.

His Majesty spoke to Her Majesty and released her as Queen.

His Majesty summoned Prince Andreas Morgan to present Himself. Arnthor heard Andreas’ oath as King of Æthelmearc and placed the Crown upon His head.

Here closes the Final Court of Arnthor and Ceirech.

Court Report: Bog 3 Day AS 58



Here begins the report of the Court of Andreas Morgan and Kallista Morgunova, Second of those names, 50th King and Queen of Æthelmearc at Bog 3 Day held within the Barony of St Swithins Bog, July 15th AS 58. Po Silvertop, Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald reporting, with the assistance of Lady Siobhan Readnait and Lord Niall mac Raedwulf as Ætherial Herald.

In Morning Court:

Their Majesties were welcomed by the Their Excellencies of the Barony of St Swithins Bog.

Lord Arvik Hyttoinen was called before the Crown, who complimented him on his many years of service in numerous offices. Their Majesties then called for the Order of the Millrind and granted him inclusion into it.  Scroll by Dame Ursula of Rouen.

Their Majesties summoned Their Highnesses Gareth and Juliana to ask if they were still prepared to undergo Elevation. They then convened the Order of the Pelican and requested they be escorted to Vigil.

In Evening Court:

Their Majesties requested the presence of THL Abdul Ishkhan Al-Rashid and for his generosity and artistry declared him, via edict, the official Sylvan Barista of Æthelmearc.

Their Majesties then gave leave for Their Excellencies of St Swithins Bog to hold Baronial Court.

Upon the resumption of Kingdom Court, afterwards:

Their Majesties welcomed all those who attended in the hopes that they had enjoyed the day.

Their Majesties allowed time for Duke Timothy to speak to the populace about armor maintenance and inspections for the coming War.

Their Majesties invited all the newcomers present to come forward. They were given gifts of mugs made by the artisans of the Kingdom.

Their Majesties called forward the youth of the Kingdom present- and then chose Abby as the day’s sacrificial runner of the toychest.

Beatrice Thistilthwayt was called before the Crown and for her years of service as chronicler and for her classes, was awarded Arms. Scroll by Lady Marsaili Mac Lochlainn, words by Some Guy in a Hat.

Their Majesties requested conversation with Lord Eli Boddenham, discussing their prowess both on and off the field as well as their assistance to others. For such were they awarded a Golden Alce. Scroll by Lady Elizabeth Rosamond & Lady Rachelle l’ymagiere.

Their Majesties saw the need to recognize Lord Julius Gautieri for numerous acts of service, both to the Kingdom and to the College of Arx Collis, inducting him into the Order of the Keystone. Scroll by Lady Marsaili Mac Lochlainn, words by Master Cyrus Augur & Some Guy in a Hat.

Lady Cristina Aurelia Vitelli was invited to appear before the Crown, who remarked upon the many stories They had heard; banners created and shields painted, people assisted — and therefore inducted her into the Order of the Keystone. Scroll by Cassia Carataca.

For his continuing abilities brewing and making mead, THL Maddoc MacRoyri was called before the Crown and awarded a Sycamore. Scroll by THL Cassiano da Castello.

Lady Rachelle L’ymagiere was awarded a Sycamore by Their Majesties for her wonderful scribal accomplishments. Scroll by the Bog scribes.

Their Majesties invited Lord Battista di Lupo Speranza into court, and for his many years as exchequer and tollner was inducted into the Order of the Millrind. Scroll by THL Rachel Delacroix& Mistress Cynthia Love of Tower.

The presence of Baroness Antoinette DeLorraine was requested by the Crown. Her Majesty spoke at length of Her appreciation for those who selflessly sacrifice their own time and effort, even putting aside their own enjoyment and advancement so that others might participate in our Great Dream. For those generous individuals a new award is being created, the Award of Distinction for Caretakers — and Baroness Antionette was chosen to be the Principal of the award. Scroll by Lady Marsaili Mac Lochlainn, words by Lady Kolfina Jodisardottir & Some Guy in a Hat.

For both his ever-present jovial nature and his caring for those around him, making sure people not only are enjoying themselves, but are doing so carefully and responsibly, Master Jacob Martinson was awarded a Howling’s Wolf.  Scroll by Mistress Mairghread & Lady Rachelle l’ymagiere.

Their Majesties begged the company of HRH Juliana Delamere, in hopes she was ready to respond to her writ for elevation to the Order of the  Pelican.  Requesting the testimony of the Peers of the Kingdom, the Crown heard from Masters Jacob and Po as Masters of Defense, Baroness Elisabeth Johanna von Flossenburg spoke as a member of the Laurel, Duchess Anna Leigh spoke as a Rose, His Highness Gareth as a member of the Chivalry, Dame Ursula of Rouen as a Pelican, and Baron Christian Goldenlok as a member of the populace. Satisfied with these words, Their Majesties presented her with the regalia of her new station; a cloak and hood, the Kingdom’s ancestral Pelican medallion, the household ancestral medallion, and finally a personal medallion. Upon hearing her oath of Service, she was then declared a Pelican of Æthelmearc. Scroll by THL Sasson de Sancta Victoria & Lady Ylaire Sainte Claire.

Their Majesties then invited HRH Gareth Kincaid to similarly consult with him upon his own readiness to be elevated to the Order of the Pelican. Count Jehan spoke as Royal Peer,  Her Highness Juliana as a member of the Rose, Sir Oliver Sutton spoke as a member of the Chivalry, Mistress Shirin as a Laurel, Duke Timothy as a Pelican, and Baroness Elisabeth Johanna von Flossenburg as a Jewel of Æthelmearc. Following these testimonies, Their Majesties called for a cloak, and His Highness received (from Her Highness) the Kingdom ancestral Pelican medallion, the household ancestral medallion, and finally a personal medallion. His Highness then professed his oath of Service and was declared a Pelican of Æthelmearc.  Scroll by THL Angellino the Bookmaker.

Their Majesties demanded the attendance of THL Bera of Tavistland, and for her many years of service as shire seneschal and numerous other pivotal offices, created her a Baroness of Their Court. Scroll by Master Caoinleán Seanchaidh AKA Tower & Mistress Vivienne Marie de Beauvais. Coronet crafted by Baroness Glenis Gwynedd of Atlantia.

Their Majesties then invited Lord Mikael ibn Mehlem ibn Yusuf al-Uqlidsi before them. Speaking of his notable prowess upon the rattan field, as well as his reputation as a teacher, they inducted him into Their Order of the Gage. (Scroll forthcoming.)

Mistress Gabrielle Winter was invited into court, where Their Majesties spoke of her passion for Service, both locally as well as Kingdom-wide. They spoke of numerous projects she had accomplished, including Their own recent Coronation. In recognition of those labors, the Crown bestowed an Æthelmearc Award of Excellence upon her. Scroll by Lady Rachelle l’ymagiere.

Their Majesties invited all Scribes to come forward and receive gifts of appreciation for their efforts.

Their Majesties thanked all for attending and making the day wonderful, and reminded all that the great War loomed closer on the horizon and entreated all to make preparations.

There being no further business, Court was then closed.