Court Report: Whispering of Wildwood

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The Report of the Court of Their Sylvan Majesties Maynard and Liadain, King and Queen of Æthelmearc, held at Whispering of Wildwood on the fourth day of September Anno Societatis fifty-six, with Their Excellencies Ixac amd Amalie, Baron and Baroness of Delftwood, in attendance, Baron Brandubh O’Donnghaile, Jewel Herald, with the assistance of Lady Gulsah al Zakiyya.

Morning Court

Their Majesties found a private moment to speak with Lord Claude du Vivier and inducted them into the Order of the Cornelian for their generous support of the peoples of Delftwood, delivering items between members during the pandemic and their encouragement of the bardic arts encouraging everyone to enjoy themselves. Scroll scrivened by Lady Murdia Drusilla Vettia Portia, and limned by Lady Aine ingen ui Briain.

Lady Mair the Pavilion Rider was inducted into the Order of the Keystone in absentia for her decades of service to Æthelmearc as retainer, guard, cook, Pennsic services, and at local demos. Scroll Limned by Lady Serena Milani, scrivened by Master Jon Blaecstan, words by Her Majesty Liadain.

Evening Court

Their Majesties welcomed all to Their Court, and His Majesty proclaimed even though he didn’t get to put on armor, he had a wonderful time on Archery Ranges and Thrown Weapons ranges.

On 27 August 2021, Their Royal Majesties, Maynard von dem Steine and Líadain ní Dheirdre Chaomhánaigh, the Crown of Æthelmearc, have issued a Temporary Removal from Participation from the SCA against Amy Simeister, known in the Society as Constantina Warbler.

Their Excellencies Ixac and Amalie, Baron and Baroness of Delftwood, were granted leave to conduct their Baronial Court.

Master Jonathan Blaecstan was called forward and invested as the Sylvan Sygnet upon receipt of his oath of Fealty to Æthelmearc and presented with the kingdom scroll case.

Conchobar na Faesoige was called forth and Awarded Arms for his service at events, rattan weapons skills and repairing the baronial loaner armor. Scroll by Alessandra Serena Renda of Gibellina.

Their Majesties called forth Gemma of Delftwood and Awarded her Arms for her service at events, creating largess, and cheering others on in their projects. Scroll by Baron Caleb Reynolds.

Their Majesties invited all in attendance who were attending their first Royal Court in Æthelmearc to come forward and presented each with a cup in order to remember the day.

Lauren of Delftwood was Awarded Arms for her long support of helping those around her to shine, entering Arts and Sciences Competitions, and being very generous with time in support of those around her. Limned by Lady Triona MacCaskey, scrivened by Lady Gwen Cook upon a text by Baroness Nuzha bint Saleem.

Lady Ewa of Coppertree was inducted into the Order of the Sycamore in absentia for her theatrical and bardic skills especially in bringing troupes together at the most recent Bardic War. Scroll by Mistress Máirghréad Stíobhard inghean uí Choinne.

Their Majesties Awarded Arms to Muirgen of Delftwood in absentia for her donations to the largess items of the Barony and Kingdom from her weaving and sewing. Scroll by Lady Murdia Drusilla Vettia Portia.

Lord Stephen of Delftwood was inducted into the Order of the Keystone in absentia for his support coordinating set up and clean up crews at events, always looking for what needs to be done next. Scroll by Lady Gwen Cook.

Their Majesties then received Lord Dalibor Vilcekovsyn and praised his skills in Thrown Weapons, having just stepped down as Baronial Champion, and achieving the rank of Caster. For this They inducted him into the Order of the Golden Alce. Scroll by Baroness Amalie Reinhart.

Their Majesties announced that earlier in the day that They had inducted Lord Claude du Vivier into the Order of the Cornelian for his generosity and courtesy throughout the time of the Plague.

THLord Justin Lymner was called before Their Majesties and They thanked him for his continuing service to the Barony of Delftwood, serving in various offices, guiding newcomers, and running event activities. For these things Their Majesties presented him with the Æthelmearc Award of Excellence.

Their Majesties called forth Lady Ilaria of Delftwood and inducted her into the Order of the Fleur d’Æthelmearc for her excellent research and production of period head coverings from hats to hoods, veils, wraps, and more she has researched and recreated it. Scroll limned by THLady Vivienne of Yardley and scrivened by Lady Murdia Drusilla Vettia Portia.

The site owners Wolfgang von Wilderwood and Lady Ana Sirena de Valbuena were invited into Their Majesties’ Court. Their Majesties thanked them for inviting the Barony to come and spend the day on their property, and so They presented them with Gratia Coronae tokens.

Their Majesties thanked Baron Ixac and Baroness Amalie for their leadership and guidance in these dark times.

The Scribes who contributed to the Royal Court Dockets were invited forward and presented with tokens of appreciation for their generosity with their skills.

Lord Corwin Alexander Templeton was called forth and named Queen’s inspiration, and Her Majesty presented him a pin from her sleeve for his efforts as archery marshal in charge of the event, designing fun and challenging ranges, encouraging all to shoot and his kindness and words of encouragement on the range.

Their Majesties noted that though the event was small They had seen so many smiles all through the day which cheered Their Hearts. They thanked Their Excellencies Ixac and Amalie and the peoples of Delftwood for their continuing support through the plague to make this day . They wished all present safe travels on their way back home.

Court Closed.

Clarifications on Feasts and Eating Inside in Æthelmearc

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This message is from Master Illadore de Bedegrayne, Kingdom Seneschal.

Greetings Æthelmearc,

I have had several questions about feasts in the past few weeks.

Bottomline – masks are required inside, at all times, by all participants (regardless of vaccination status) at events/practices/gatherings – if you
are in an area of high or substantial transmission. As of today, that is all of Æthelmearc. Not a single county in Æ is moderate or low in Covid transmission.

This means people cannot eat inside, and we cannot have feasts inside. If you are having feast outside (under the stars, in an open tent, under an open shelter), that’s fine – but – be mindful as that means that unvaccinated folks (including all kids under 12) have to eat away from others (or away with their families.)

My discussions with Duke Christopher in the past included how Covid-19 transmission has happened while people were eating – and that was pre-Delta, which is even more contagious than the previous strains. I have deep concerns about unvaccinated folks inside, unmasked, with other unvaccinated folks, for extended periods of time. Being together and eating for extended periods of time is pretty much the definition of a normal SCA feast.

I know, I don’t like it either. I deeply want to eat with my friends. This pandemic is terrible – but would be even worse than not having feast is my beloved Æ folks catching COVID and getting sick, passing it on to others, going to the hospital, or dying.

Please contact me or the Deputy Kingdom Seneschal for Pandemics (pandemic@aethelmearc.org) if you have any questions.

Illadore
Kingdom Seneschal
Æthelmearc

Pronouns: She/Her

Mistress Gytha Starts New Sign-a-Day Lessons

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Please join me for year 5 of the Æthelmearc Sign a Day!! Monday – Friday I post one SCA specific Sign a day. On Sunday I post the review from the week before. I start buy posting Society wide signs, then move on to Æthelmearc specific signs, then finish up with ASL signs for common words said in Court. Come learn to understand what I am signing in Court or start your journey to become a Silent Herald!
https://www.facebook.com/groups/342387622769921

If you are not on Facebook most of the videos of the signs can be accessed on the Æthlemearc Youtube page here:

Mistress Gytha Oggsdottir
Kingdom Silent Herald

Whisperings of Wyldwood This Weekend

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From the northern reaches of Delftwood comes Whisperings of Wyldwood. Strange on-goings has caused a stirring among archers to take up the bow and throwers to take up the ax within the newly discovered Wyldwood. Nestled among a wooded glade and around a creekside path does the Barony invite our populace and friends to engage in sport, as well as witness the chosen who will become the new Baronial Archery and Thrown Weapons Champions.

This year, to honor the memory of Orm of Loch Mor and the origin of the first Wyldwood, we are going back to the basics for this event. There will be many types of shooting and throwing fun offered including a novelty shoots/throws and other diabolical tests of prowess from the outgoing Champions.

Merchants will be on-hand selling their wares as well as an area set aside for those who just want a fun day out in the sun.

Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond our control, Pies the Limit had to cancel out. At this point, I am not sure if there is time enough to find another food vendor. IF I come up with something I will post immediately. For the time being, the only food for the event will be what you bring in with you.

There will be a court held during the day and afterwards if weather permits, we will invite bards of all skills to entertain with stories, song or music fitting the locale. There will be a dirty half dozen largesse tournament for the artisans among you (rules will be posted on event page).

If space permits and if marshals are present, there may be fencing and heavy pick up practices. More information will be found at our Facebook event page https://www.facebook.com/events/386675732788255.

Site Information
Site opens at 10 am Saturday, September 4. It is located at 393 Fort Leazier Road, Mexico, NY 13114. The site is discreetly damp, please imbibe responsibly. Due to this being a private residence, everything is carry-in and carry-out, plus there are no changing rooms on site. Two (2) Portable toilets will be on site with sinks in them, but we still recommend you bring hand sanitizer if you wish.

The site will be following all SCA COVID rules appropriate to the time of the event so please be prepared to check the announcements frequently. Non-vaccinated people, including children, must wear masks at all times, except when eating/drinking. Social distancing will be observed.

There will be no feast on site so be prepared to bring your own WE WILL HAVE WATER/LEMONADE IN COOLERS ON PREMISE BUT ENCOURAGE PARTICIPANTS TO BRING OVER BEVERAGES OF THEIR CHOICE.

The site is not handicap accessible and the only animals allowed onsite are service ones and THE LANDLORDS TWO DOGS AND THEIR OTHER PETS. There is a site limit of 100 people (EXCLUDING ROYALTY AND THEIR STAFF AS THEIR ATTENDANCE WON’T BE COUNTED AGAINST THE CAP). The site closes promptly at 9 pm.

Contact Information
The Event Steward is Claude DuVivier.

Merchants
Merchants are welcomed at no additional fee! Contact Master Artemius Andreas Magnus. There is a limit of 10 merchants. No pop-ups/pavilions bigger than 10×10. THERE ARE A FEW SPACES LEFT SO PLEASE RESERVE MERCHANT SPACES AS SOON AS POSSIBLE

Marshal and Range Requests
Due to the loss of our previous site, WE ARE IN NEED OF BOTH PORTABLE ARCHERY TARGETS AND THROWN WEAPONS TARGETS. Please contact me if you wish to volunteer your equipment or your time and I will connect you with our marshals. Thank you for your consideration.

Reservations
All registrations are to be pre-registration only – WE WILL NOT BE ACCEPTING PAYMENT AT THE EVENT AND SPACE IS LIMITED. Pre-regsitration by mail ended last week. We are able to take online reservations at https://members.sca.org/apps/#MtgDetail/00001065. DUE TO LIMITED SPACE, PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR PAYMENT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AS WE WOULD LIKE TO HAVE A HEAD COUNT ON 8/26.

Site Fees
Adult Registration (age 15+): $15
Adult Registration with member discount: $10
Youth (6-14): $5 – All youths must be accompanied by an adult guardian
Youth (5 and under): Free

Any questions, comments, suggestions, etc. feel free to contact me via Facebook messenger, email or phone.

In service to the Barony of Delftwood, The Sylvan Kingdom of Æthelmearc and the Society I remain,
Claude DuVivier
(Timothy Marsch/Cainnech Obrion)

NOTED CHANGES:
YOUTH COMBAT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. WE ARE SORRY WE HAVEN’T BEEN ABLE TO KEEP THIS ON OUR SCHEDULE AND THE BARONY HOPES TO MAYBE DO THIS AT A LATER EVENT!

WATER AND LEMONADE WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE ON SITE AS ALLOWED BY MOST-CURRENT BOD REVISION OF COVID POLICY.

WE STILL NEED PORTABLE TARGETS FOR BOTH DISCIPLINES, PLEASE CONTACT AUTOCRAT FOR DETAILS. WE ALSO WOULDN’T MIND IF ANY MARSHAL WISHES TO CHECK WITH OURS IF THEY NEED ANY ADDITIONAL HELP.

AS PER LANDLORD, IF THERE ARE MARSHALS PRESENT, THE ATTENDEES MAY PRACTICE FENCING AND HEAVY WEAPONS AS SPACE PROVIDES. THERE WILL BE NO ORGANIZATION OF THESE MARTIAL ARTS, IT IS BEING OFFERED IF AVAILABLE.
DUE TO LIMITATIONS OF ATTENDEES AS WELL AS APPROACHING DEADLINES, PLEASE SUBMIT PAYMENT SOON IF YOU WILL BE ATTENDING, THERE WILL BE NO ON SITE PAYMENTS TAKEN AT TROLL! UNFORTUNATELY WE WILL BE NEEDING AN ACCURATE LIST SOON SO WE RECOMMEND IF YOU HAVEN’T SENT YOUR CHECK IN YET THAT YOU USE THE ONLINE REGISTRATION AT https://members.sca.org/apps/#MtgDetail/00001065.

Crown Tournament Entrant Requirements

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Their Royal Highnesses Gareth & Juliana are calling for those gentles who wish to succeed them in the Sylvan Line to vie for that honor in Their Crown Tournament on October 9th.

As is tradition, all who wish to compete in the tournament must satisfy all requirements in  Æthelmearc Kingdom law. In addition, we wish the following from potential heirs:

First, all fighters and their consorts must be present for the entirety of the tournament.

Second, the use and presence of banners displaying both fighters and consorts devices for the procession is highly encouraged.

Third, all fighters should make a thorough effort to hide modern armor and attire. Non-intrusive modern footwear is acceptable.

Finally, those vying to succeed Their Highnesses should have been active in this Kingdom, especially in the time preceding the pandemic.

Letters of intent should be received no later than September 16.

We look forward to a tournament full of honorable combat to determine Our Heirs!

Gareth & Juliana

Crown Prince & Princess of Æthelmearc

New Heirs: TRH Gareth & Juliana

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The first Crown Tournament in Æthelmearc in more than a year took place on Saturday, August 21 at the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum in the Shire of Misty Highlands.

Out of a field of 16 entrants, Duke Sir Gareth Kincaid was victorious over Sir Arnþorr inn sterki.

Their Majesties Maynard and Liadain crown His Highness Gareth while Her Highness Juliana watches. Photo courtesy of Master Alaxandair.

The event was the first usage in kingdom of the SCARS (SCA Online Reservation System) to  preregister and pay for events rather than mail checks.

The event also included an Æthelmearc children’s garb exchange, which was quite successful. The exchange will also be available at Summer’s End, Coronation, and Fall Crown.

Fall Crown Tourney will be Saturday, October 9 at the St. Paul Lutheran School in the Barony of Thescorre.

Reporting by the Gazette staff

Help out the Portersville Food pantry

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Announcing opportunity to help out Portersville Food pantry until September 30, 2021.

Their Royal Majesties, Maynard and Liadain, have offered to match the first $2000 dollars of donations by Aethelmearc subjects to the Portersville Food Pantry dollar for dollar! Aethelmearc–we put the LARGE in Largesse! Donate now, if you can. Donations can be sent via paypal or Venmo to the Portersville Food Pantry.

After making a donation, please fill out the following form below so that Their majesties may match any donations made. The form to fill out to match donations can be found here.

Live donation links may be found near the bottom of the 100k From the SCA webpage here.

The Portersville Food Pantry serves 75-100 families in the Pennsic War area, providing wholesome food, clean water, toiletries, and child care supplies to individuals and families in need.  They focus on doing business with local farmers and vendors so that the effect of each dollar is magnified in the community that has made us so welcome over the years!

For questions or more information, contact:

Morien MacBain
Paladin’s Pantry Food Drive Program

 

Step right up, folks! Place your bets!

Pay heed to this missive from the Moneyer’s Guild:
Greetings Noble populace!

Photo Credit: Violeta de Valencia

With Æthelmearc Crown Tournament approaching this weekend, We of the Moneyer’s Guild are happy to announce a brand new feature of our Kingdom’s Crown Tourneys…
The Æthelmearc Bookmaker!!!
That’s right! Bring any struck coins that you have, and place a bet on your favorite to win! Step inside and try your hand at one of our wagering games, such as Glückshaus, or others! Bring any coins that you have and join us at the swapping table to trade!
Don’t have any struck coins currently in your possession? No worries, we’ve got you covered. Everyone attending the event will be given three coins, specially struck for the day, as they check in!
We will have odds set for every fighter competing that day, so choose your favorite, place a bet, and potentially walk away with your purse significantly heavier!
::Important Note:: No *actual* money will be changing hands for these wagers, only struck or cast replica coins. This is merely for entertainment, amusement, and to get all of these coins that we have been making circulating and to give people something to use them for beyond collecting.

Proposed New Thrown Weapons Royal Round Rules

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Greetings Æthelmearc,

As some of you have probably heard there has been a lot of talk about possible changes to the Royal Round. Before I get into any details please remember 2 things:

  1. These talks have been talks going on for a couple of years between the Kingdoms – though Æthelmearc’s throwers and marshals are just finding out about them.
  2. NOTHING is set in stone. We are just talking about this and your opinion matters.

There are many throwers out there that travel to different Kingdoms and this would allow that thrower to throw the same Royal Round no matter where they are at. Also you would not have to search out an Æthelmearc marshal to run the Royal Round for you in such places like Pennsic and Gulf Wars as the rules are the same.

There was a meeting several weeks ago and we had approximately 11 of the 20 Kingdoms represented. Of those Kingdoms there is what some of their current Royal Rounds are:

Comparison of Thrown Weapons rules by Kingdom

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From the information above, for the most part, things are about the same and some are more of an endurance undertaking.

***This is what is being proposed.

There will be a separate Royal Round average for axe, knife, and spear for those who wish to do it.

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A Royal Round for axe would consist of 5 throws from the 10’ line and 5 throws from the 20’ line. A Royal Round for knife would also consist of 5 throws from the 10’ line and 5 throws from the 20’ line. I do know that at this point some of you have noticed that if you wish to do a Royal Round for both axe and knife it would be a total of 20 throws, and 30 if you wish to add spear in, hence why each form would be its own rank. As in another marshal discipline, you would be able to submit a Royal Round for each weapon form once per day/practice… Again if you choose.

There has been talk of adding calibration throws into the royal rounds. For those of you who don’t know what that is, it is when you move from the 10’ to the 20’ line you would get a couple of throws to make sure you can hit the target before you continue with your royal round.

Weapon requirements/regulations:

Axe: Any blade edge over 5″ must be clearly marked with a 5″ defined scoring edge.

Knife: The tip of the blade must touch in order to score.

Spear: Length needs to be between 3’-8’ with a blade width no larger than 3” wide, and will score if the blade is in the target, even if the handle is on the ground.

Target height should be between 40-60” for axe and knife and the height for spear is still being talked about. Our current target height is 40-50”, so we would in fact, gain 10”.

There would be no changes to the target size and no change to the ring sizes.

With talk of changing the scoring and the number of throws here is a comparison of ranks.

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The rank values are quite different but all the ranks are there, and are comparable to the present ranks. I have no issue with possibly creating some kind of recognition for those who wish to do all the weapons forms if they so wish.

Please let me know your questions or concerns by emailing me at: thrownweapons@aethelmearc.org

In Service,

Baroness Anastasie deLamoure
Æthelmearc Thrown Weapons Marshal

Æthelmearc Returns to Indoor Masking

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Greetings from your Kingdom Seneschal –

Due to the upswing in COVID-19 transmission, and in consultation with our Deputy Kingdom Seneschal for Pandemics, and Their Royal Majesties, we are now requiring all participants at SCA Æthelmearc events, practices, and gatherings, in counties with High and Substantial levels of transmission of COVID-19, to wear CDC recommended masks indoors regardless of vaccination status.

This follows CDC guidelines. You can find the CDC’s county-level transmission map here: https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#county-view

As you can see, unfortunately, much of AEthelmearc falls in this category as of Sunday, August 8th.

As a reminder – if someone is not fully vaccinated or is unvaccinated, they must wear a CDC recommended mask over their mouth and nose at all times at SCA events, practices, and gatherings (save when one is eating and drinking off by themselves.) This guidance also covers children above the age of 2 and who are not vaccinated.

To be clear, at this time, vaccinated folks do not have to be masked outdoors.

I know this is not what we wanted – I like many were hoping we’d have this pandemic behind us soon. Until that time, please take care and be safe and please get vaccinated if you can.

Thank you so much,
Always,
Illadore de Bedegrayne
Kingdom Seneschal
AEthelmearc