Join the Æthelmearc Foresters’ Guild!

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Master Morien McBain, hopes to foster a Forestry Guild here in our Kingdom, and is off to a great start, with online classes and lively discussions, plus and outdoor activities already in planning and even scheduled! He sat down with Gazette to answer our inquiries. 

Tell us about yourself (name, title, etc.)

Hello! I’m Morien MacBain, and I really like to lurk about in the shrubbery, tie knots, and set things on fire.  In addition, I’m a big fan of chopping things with axes, rowing about in boats, backpacking about,  and eating plants and animals.  I also ride – but do not eat – horses.

Tell us about the new group (name, goals, etc.)

At the moment, our group is called the Æthelmearc Wilderness Skills Study Group (find us on Facebook!), but we hope to soon be the Æthelmearc Royal Foresters when we become a chartered branch of the Known World Forester’s Guild!

How does one get involved?

Ideally, I’d say join our FB group, as well as the Known World Forester’s Guild and East Kingdom Royal Foresters groups.  Then  check out any and all documents in the “Files” sections that strike your fancy, but especially the New Member’s Guide . As well as Foresters 101.

Then, once all that woodsy goodness has blown your hair back,  fill out the Forester’s Guild Application: https://ekfg.eastkingdom.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Foresters-Guild-Application.pdf. And shoot it off to Gwillim Kynith at: warden@ekfg.eastkingdom.org

He’s a lovely fellow, and the Warden of the Guild of Foresters for the East Kingdom.  You will be applying for an “affiliate” (out-of-kingdom) membership.  Æthelmearc’s program is just getting started, so we’re operating under the aegis of the East’s program until we have our own set up, and getting as many affiliate members as possible operating in Aethelmearc is an important early step.

What are your hopes for how the Forestry community grows and functions here in our Kingdom?

Our application to the Guild for a “Letter Temporary” is in draft, and is making the rounds collecting signatures. We’ll have several members advancing to the rank of Forester by the end of the summer, I’d say.  I anticipate we’ll be in a position to apply for Æthelmearc’s own Regional Charter by this time next year. Hopefully whoever is on the thrones at that point will sign our Charter!  We will be patrolling and protecting all their Sylvan wilds, after all!

How does the East come into play? 

We turned to the East Kingdom Royal Foresters since they have the best-established and most accomplished body of people doing this in the SCA.  They’ve been instrumental in helping Atlantia, Meridies, and An Tir get their kingdom programs running, so working with them while we get our ducks in a row was the obvious choice.  They have been incredibly supportive, and we look forward to working with them going forward, although of course I hope our progression to a full-fledged chartered kingdom program of our own will come quickly!

What specific kinds of things can people learn about, research, and do?

Good night, it’s astonishing the wealth of skills we can get up to!
-Period fire making
-Travel by boat, horse, and on foot
-Shelter making
-Hiking
-Backpacking
-Stealth and leave-no-trace camping
-Orienteering and celestial navigation
-Wilderness survival (including cold and wet environments)
-Foraging wild edibles
-Hunting, fishing, and trapping
-Flint knapping
-Making salt
-Tanning leather
-Crafting tools
-Skills challenge courses
-Weapons and gear of outdoor life
Tracking
-Sign cutting and evasion
-Recreation of pilgrimages
-Campfire cooking
-Preparation of period trail rations
-Identification of trees and herbs, and their many uses.

The list goes on, and people can go insanely hardcore, or just try a few things that interest them.  Glorious stuff!

What got you interested in this? 

I’ve been running around in the woods since I was six.  I was in Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, The Order of the Arrow (the Scouting national honor society), and I was in the Army, where I got to mess around in the woods in various places, so I’m a big fan!  I’m also into the modern bushcraft movement, which involves watching lots of old-time wilderness skills being brought to modern people to keep them alive (both the skills and the people, I suppose).

What are your favorite pieces of forestry/wilderness advice for the re-enactor? 

“Two is one; one is none,” meaning you should always have a backup for each crucial piece of gear you need in the woods (multiple blades, ways of starting a fire, methods to purify water, ways to signal for help, etc.).   Also, hydrate like a crazy person when you’re thirsty, hungry, hot, cold, tired, irritable, being chased by wolves, whatever!  DRINK WATER!  Also, purify your water, even if the stream looks fresh.  Waterborne illnesses like giardia are no joke!  Essentially, read everything you kind find by Dave Canterbury and especially Mors Kochanski, that guy was a beast!

What’s the essential gear? Or how can I get started? 

Essentially, you need some green garb, good boots, and a decent knife (preferably single-edged), and a desire to learn about the natural world and all the adventures, lessons, treasures, and mysteries it has for us!

Get online and find other Foresters near you, and start getting out in the woods and waters together (I love getting out there solo, but even I admit that a partner makes stuff safer and usually more fun.)

Here’s a clip on the topic by Llywd Forester, the founder of the Guild on the topic of gear and getting started.  Good stuff!

Any parting thoughts?

I’d like to add that forestry has opened up a sweet new dimension in my Scadian life, and that wealth of skills that one can study and practice can be a real ornament to a life and balm and oil to a weary heart! There’s been a rich air of mystery and romance around people with the skills to live and thrive in the wilderness for centuries, and recapturing, practicing, and transmitting those skills to new generations connects us with a profoundly human part of ourselves which many of us have almost forgotten was there!

We’re not the Sylvan Kingdom for nothing.  Æthelmearc is covered by woods, and we have deep wells of wilderness skills in our area.  We have some amazing people coming together to train and share skills.  Come and join us!

 

Changes to Thrown Weapons Rules

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Greetings Everyone!!

Over the last several months I have been working on updates to the Thrown Weapons Rules, and they have now been completed. Here are some of the major changes, but a good read through is highly suggested.

  1. Closed toed shoes are no longer required.
  2. Spears have only been added to the Royal Round part of the rules and are only for those who wish to do it…. So, NOT a requirement.
  3. Sling ammunition/targets has been further defined.
  4. Plumbata has been added to the rules.
  5. ATL ATL has been removed from the thrown weapons rules, as it has been moved to archery at the Society level.
  6. A Thrower’s highest rank achieved will be permanent regardless of the age of the thrower or current average.

If you have any questions please direct them to me at thrownweapons@aethelmearc.org.

In Service,

Baroness Anastasie deLamoure
Æthelmearc Thrown Weapons Marshal

August Crown Tournament Event Announcement

With great joy, the Shire of Misty Highlands bids the populace of Æthelmearc welcome to the Crown Tournament of Maynard and Liadain as we begin to put the time of the plague behind us and slowly reunite with those friends who have been dearly missed for so long.

The Crown tournament will be held on Saturday, August 21 on the grounds of the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, 71 Asylum Drive, Weston, WV. The site will open at 9 in the morning and close at 6 in the evening.

A detailed schedule of the day will be determined by Their Royal Majesties closer to the tournament.

Troll fees will be $5 for members and $10 for non-members, with gentles under the age of 18 attending freely with the welcome of the Shire.

Pre-registration is VERY MUCH PREFERRED via SCARS (link to be posted shortly) but may also be sent to the Reservations clerk, Master Otto Boese (Harry Marinakis) at 329 Sycamore Fork Road, Wallace, WV 26448 and received by August 14th. (Make checks payable to SCA WV Inc. – Shire of Misty Highlands.)

First, Crown will of course follow all coronavirus restrictions as laid out by the SCA, and that means that pre-registration will be required for all who wish to attend, although that number is no longer limited.  NO ONE without a pre-registration will be allowed to attend the event. Please follow announcements from the Society Board of Directors as to the latest rules.

Second, the current restrictions on food means there will not be any prepared feast or sideboard offered at the event. The shire will plan to have bottled water available on site for the populace as long as restrictions allow.

Any questions on the event can be directed to the Autocrat, Baron Arias Beltran del Valle (Alex Hines), 301 Arthur Ave. #1, Clarksburg, WV 26301, or at email or by phone at (724) 944-6547 (ABSOLUTELY no calls between 4:45 and 6:15 p.m. weekdays or from 5:45 to 6:45 Fri.-Sun.)

We look forward to welcoming the kingdom to the Shire of Misty Highlands as we once again greet each other in person for a grand tournament and in the fellowship we have long missed!

New Signage Required at all SCA Events, Practices

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Folks, here’s the new signage that needs to be at all event notices, flyers, online announcements, and advertisements, as well as being posted in multiple locations at any and all SCA-sponsored functions going forward.

That means practices and gatherings, in event announcements, etc.
Basically, at any SCA function this notice MUST be posted going forward:
“Although the SCA complies with all applicable laws to try to ensure the health and safety of our event participants, we cannot eliminate the risk of exposure to infectious diseases during in-person events. By participating in the in-person events of the SCA, you acknowledge and accept the potential risks. You agree to take any additional steps to protect your own health and safety and those under your control as you believe to be necessary.”

Illadore de Bedegrayne

Kingdom Seneschal, Æthelmearc

A copy of the signage is available here.

Populace in Focus – Master Morien MacBain

Real Name: Stephen Vandevander

SCA Name & title: Master Morien MacBain

Years in the SCA: 36

How did you find out about the SCA?

I first read about the Society in Dragon magazine, back when it was THE Dragon. That was pretty sweet.  Mid 1980’s.  Then I read about the Estrella war in a multi-age spread in Smithsonian, and I was really hooked.  I was only thirty miles west of Pittsburgh, but without wheels of my own, I figured I was stuck.  Then a guy invited me to a demo in the park at Bethany, WV.  They put me in armor and smacked me around, and the rest is a beautiful love story!

Where did you start, what was your first event?

I was in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia, and my first real event was a Shire halloween party in October, 1986 in Wheeling.

What is your persona? I’m a 15th-Century Scottish squire with a minor gift for poetry fighting in the Hundred Years War, except when I’m a 14th-Century forester chasing poachers on the Welsh border!

Why did you pick this persona? I saw Highlander in 1987.  That was that!  I wore a kilt for the next two years.  I didn’t have garb that involved pants until maybe 1990.

Do you have any group or household affiliations? I fight with the White Company, and I camp at the Lusty Wench Tavern at Pennsic. I’m also a regular at the Chalk Man Pub, and I’m  a member of the Forester Guild.

Tell us a little bit about your life outside the SCA. I am a high school English teacher who loves to ride his horse, run tabletop roleplaying games, learn new skills, and get to Europe as often as I can (when there isn’t a plague on).

What SCA activities do you or have you participated in?

Armored combat, rapier, cut and thrust, combat archery, equestrian, teaching, poetry, a bit of brewing, period wilderness skills, and stuff like that.  I also started the Paladin’s pantry program, which I’m pretty proud of. I also teach a lot of classes, write poetry, and do research on a ton of different topics.

Tell us a little bit about your SCA experience (jobs, offices, duties, etc.)

Over the decades, I’ve done lots of different jobs at the shire and kingdom level.  I was regional warlord one year and deputy for a couple more, which was pretty cool!  I do work with the Watch at Pennsic up through point commander and deputy on duty.  I’ve done most of my service in the marshallate, however, that’s what I got my Pelican for, I guess, along with the pantry stuff.  I’m kingdom Earl marshal right now (which is cool, because William Marshal, the most famous Earl Marshal in history, is a distant ancestor.)  I’m also working hard to get Aethelmearc its own branch of the Forester’s Guild (if you haven’t looked them up online yet, I really suggest it.  It’s awesome stuff!).  I’m a deeply lazy person, actually, but the SCA has so much good stuff to do I keep pretty busy!

When you started in the SCA what goals did you have? I wanted to be a knight, to have a totally insane suit of Gothic plate armor, and to own a percheron.  My horse’s lineage is debatable, but I count her as a win. I got the armor!

What are your goals now?

Now I’d like to be a Laurel, a Master Forester, a Ranger (a specialized type of Forester focused on period wilderness survival and navigation skills, and making journeys over land and water), to keep Paladin’s pantry rolling, and to grow the Aethelmearc Forester’s Program into the best one in the Known World!  I’d also like to get an experiment rolling for quarterstaff combat.  It’s really kinda nuts that we don’t do that, I think.

What was the most intimidating thing you encountered in the SCA? Talking to women?  I was a pretty sheltered Ohio Valley nerd… Honestly, I didn’t find the SCA intimidating.  It was finding my tribe and the place where I fit, and it was wonderful. It still is.

If you could accomplish only one thing in the SCA in the next year, what would it be? Get to Pennsic! Good Lord, I miss that.

What advice would you give to a new person in the SCA, or if new yourself what question would you ask and who would you ask it of?

My advice would be to do everything.  Do absolutely everything you want to do that looks cool.  This is a perfect fit for a jack-of-all-trades person.  Specialize later if you want, but first try all 39 flavors! (In the SCA there’s WAY more than 39, so this may take a while…)

If you magically woke up with an SCA talent you do not already have, what would it be? Leatherworking, maybe?  Ooooo….making fire with flint and steel.   I suck at that.  Target archery?  Dang, I still have a lot to learn!

Don’t be modest, what award or honor would you like to receive above all else and why?

I’d like another peerage.  Laurel (for poetry, teaching, and wilderness skills) maybe,  or the Omnibus Martial Peerage, if we ever get one!  (I think we should call it The Chimera or The Manticore, because it’s an amalgam of dangerous stuff, and because the badge would look amazingly cool!

Please add additional comments as you see fit.

I have to say that the people in the SCA are a blessing.  Overall, I’ve been dazzled by the rich variety, immense generosity of spirit, and essential decency of people in our game.  VIVAT!

 

 

 

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SCA Board of Directors Loosens Event Restrictions Effective July 1

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The SCA Board of Directors has made the following announcement regarding changes to Covid-19-related SCA activity restrictions:

Resolution to Further Lift Suspension of In-Person Activity in the SCA as of July 1st, 2021

The Board has further announced that the language in the following resolution must appear on all event notices, flyers, online announcements, and advertisements, as well as being posted in multiple locations at any and all SCA-sponsored functions going forward.

From The Society Seneschal – re Resolution to Further Lift Suspension of In-Person Activity in the SCA as of July 1st, 2021

 

Transforming the Living & the Dead: An Interview with THL Beatrice de Winter, CA Author

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Photo by Master Cerian Cantwr

Author Honorable Lady Beatrice de Winter talks to the Gazette about her Compleat Anachronist #191: Transforming the Living and the Dead: Evolving Thoughts of the Afterlife:

Tell us about you. Name, title, persona, etc.

THL Beatrice de Winter – my persona is a medieval coroner (which, as well as determining cause of death, was a tax collector). I have a passion for educating the populace about death and the dead to provide context for many of the artifacts of the period being recreated by artisans of the Known World.

Death is such a unique subject to study, especially in the SCA. What got you interested?

I have been interested in the topics of death and death culture since childhood. My bus stop was next to a cemetery, which I think may have kickstarted my thoughts about it. I’ve always thought it was odd that people didn’t think of death as a part of life. Looking back, there have been a number of death-related topics I’ve gravitated towards: the Titanic, the Civil War, Harry Houdini and his fight against spiritualism, just to name a few. My first masters thesis is on fatal fire investigation. It’s not too surprising, then, that I’d gravitate towards the topic in the SCA as well.

At my first Pennsic (2005), I took a class on death practices that I just loved and never forgot. That was “Death Becomes Us,” taught by Elianora Mathewes.  Another early influence was Baron Hamish MacLeod, who shared my love for the unusual. He was well known for his classes on hangmen and headsmen, which naturally also lead to my first class on capital punishment: “Hangmen, Headsmen, and Other Fun Ways to Die”. I’ll add that my Laurel, Master Cerian Cantwr of the Mid, was extremely supportive of my change in focus from bardic to death. 🙂

What’s your favorite tidbit that you learned in your research?

That’s hard! I think my favorite tidbit has to do with the idea that during the Middle Ages, bodily resurrection was reassured even if one’s body was eaten by a fish or cannibals, because apparently human beings are “non-natural” food. Thus, they cannot be absorbed by another human being.

It’s complicated, but essentially for resurrection, both the body and the soul had to be available. The guy who wrote the initial work on bodily resurrection was very concerned with making sure there were no inconsistencies in his theory. So, that’s how he explains it.

It makes me chuckle.

What’s the most surprising thing you learned?

I think the most surprising thing I learned is that while indulgences really are all about the money in some ways, it wasn’t the church who typically reaped the core of those benefits, but a third party such as a hospital or other charity.

Is there anything in your research that we can apply in the SCA (persona, rituals, etc.?)

I think basically most things we do in the SCA can benefit from the context in which it would have happened and there’s no exception here. So, if you’re a scribe, you should know what something like a Book of Hours was actually used for and why it was so important – beyond the (often) stunning visuals. It wasn’t just used for prayers like how we’d think of in a contemporary Church. It was used specifically to mimic the monastic lifestyle at home, to a certain degree, in an attempt to limit the soul’s time in Purgatory. It was a BIG deal.

No matter what your persona is, prior to the reformation, what I discuss would have impacted both how they lived and how they died. (Caveat: assuming your persona is during the typical SCA time period in Western Europe. There are some exceptions, but generally speaking it’s pretty far reaching.)

Death is one of the esoteric areas of research, which can be hard to display/talk about in traditional SCA A&S formats. Do you have any advice for those interested in researching esoterica?

I would encourage people to research esoterica, frankly. We need more of it out there to help provide additional context and details about what it was like to live during that time. We know a ton about clothing, armor, and art works, which is fantastic! But what about, you know, everything else?

I think the key is just to find something that intrigues you, regardless of what that might be, and start digging. Let other folks know what you’re researching so that if they come across something related, they can pass it along.

You have to think outside the box in terms of displays or other presentations of materials. I created science fair type boards to show off how death culture was connected to many things in the SCA. Mistress Luceta created these amazing little models out of skeletons and clay representing apotropaic (deviant) burials.

It seems like the way we do A&S competitions in the SCA doesn’t lend itself well to the type of research/art you and others do. Any thoughts or suggestions on that front?

There’s no way to easily “compete” with non-traditional ideas. Research papers are of course a possibility, given the right circumstances, although often they’re not a good option. However, I encourage displays! That’s what I did several times: non-competitive opportunities to display my stuff.

I think it would be wonderful if we could find a way to focus on the context for “things” rather than just on the “things” themselves. One suggestion for more of a context competition (that I haven’t seen in practice) would be perhaps giving a presentation on an esoteric non/physical object topic as a way to “compete” rather than offering up a “thing” and it could be judged on how well you impart your knowledge to the audience, how deeply you understand the material, handle questions, etc. We always say that a huge part of A&S is teaching and giving back, so it seems like that might be a more fair way to judge that kind of thing.

I’m actually taking this idea to this summer’s Queen Prize Tourney, one of our Kingdom’s premiere A&S showcases. I’ll be entering by presenting a topic essentially as a proposal for how we might be able to incorporate this sort of thing into our competitive structures.

The Compleat Anachronist is such a fantastic resource for people across the known world. How did you become interested in writing one?

I became interested in writing a CA when I wrote an article about Richard III and his two interments for Tournaments Illuminated, though I’d had several people suggest it to me over time. The TI editor encouraged me to take my ideas further.

What would someone have to do to submit to the Compleat Anachronist? 

Really it’s just a matter of reaching out to the Editor and telling her that you have an idea for a CA. All of that info can be found here: https://www.sca.org/publications-officer/ca/

Thank you so much!

You’re welcome! Delighted to be involved!


If you don’t have a subscription to the Compleat Anachronist, you can buy THL Beatrice’s issue, “Transforming the Living and the Dead: Evolving Thoughts of the Afterlife,” from the SCA Marketplace for $7.50 here (search the title or 191).

New Kingdom Thrown Weapons Competition

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Greetings onto the Throwers of Æthelmearc do I, Baroness Anastasie, send greetings and put forth this competition.

This isn’t a big competition but one to help challenge you and to help get you back in the swing of everything. I know we have trained ourselves to aim for the center of the target, this however will be a little more of accuracy than aiming for what we have trained ourselves to do.

This is to be done on a normal Royal Round target, scoring is as follows:

  • 3-inch circle equal to 4 points.
  • 8-inch circle equal to 7 points.
  • 14-inch circle equal to 10 points.
  • Outside of the 14-inch circle equal to 1 point.

So as you can tell, you want to aim for the 14” ring. The number of weapons will be the same, 4 axes and 4 knives from the 10’ line and 2 each from the 20’ line. This can be done at any thrown weapons practice, a normal Royal Round score sheet can be used and you can email me the scores. Please only score per practice, only exceptions would be if you wanted to do something like trying it off hand (mark with OF) or a separate spear Royal Round (mark with SP, special categories).

This will start June 1st and will continue June 30th. I know it’s not a whole lot of time but there will be more to come after that.

There will be prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and first for offhand and spear if anyone does them.

Please remember to maintain social distancing, wear your masks, do your best and I look forward to seeing the scores.

In Service,

Baroness Anastasie deLamoure
Æthelmearc Thrown Weapons Marshal
thrownweapons@aethelmearc.org

Crown Tournament Scheduled for August 21 in Misty Highlands

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Maynard and Liadain. Photo by Duchess Anna Blackleaf.

Greetings unto Æthelmearc from Maynard and Liadain, King and Queen of these Sylvan Lands.

We are thrilled that the date for Our Crown Tournament has been announced for August 21, 2021 in Our Shire of Misty Highlands. Our Seneschal, Master Illadore, has provided an excellent video announcement with details here.

Our greatest wish is to host a grand tournament, boasting a large number of combatants and spectators showcasing and witnessing the prowess and chivalry of Æthelmearc.

However, as you may be aware, we are currently limited to 150 attendees. We therefore strongly request that combatants and consorts only submit a letter of intent for entry if they are confident of being present and participating in the tournament in Misty Highlands on August 21, 2021. Should the current attendance restriction by the BoD not be increased or lifted, this may result in those not running the event or participating in the tournament being unable to attend.

Furthermore, we ask that entrants into the tournament seriously consider what victory and being royalty during a pandemic entails. We encourage you to reach out to us with questions.

In order to get back on track as a Kingdom, the preferred date for Coronation is September 25, 2021. Alternate dates may include September 18 or October 1.

This is a very quick turnaround time, and entrants should consider the following prior to Crown Tournament as Our Heirs will be required to advise Us of their preferred option on the day of their victory; given that events and attendance are limited, Our Heirs may choose to have a virtual Coronation, at an event hosted locally or at another event scheduled on the dates above. Should none of these options be viable, Coronation will occur on the morning of October Crown Tournament.

Letters of intent are due to Us by July 21, 2021. We will limit those requirements outside of Kingdom Law to the following:

  • Prospective consorts must be present at the tournament.
  • Each combatant and consort must display a banner during the grand procession.
  • All modern armor and equipment must be covered. This includes modern sports equipment, company logos, bright-colored or blatantly plastic armor, etc. These may be worn but concealed with a heraldic tabard, surcoat, or similar covering. Modern footwear is acceptable if disguised or understated (i.e., black or brown).

Please also review the section of Kingdom law listing requirements included below. Contact us if you have any questions regarding any of these requirements. Be mindful that letters of intent must be postmarked or received by the Crown no later than 30 days prior to Crown Tournament (July 21, 2021). Confirmation of receipt will be provided as received. Please contact us via email if you have any concerns.

Our contact information: TRM Maynard and TRM Liadain

(Postal address included in email missive and available upon request.)

Letters of intent must include the following elements for both entrants:

  • SCA names
  • Legal names
  • Postal Addresses
  • Telephone numbers
  • E-mail addresses
  • Proofs of membership
  • Age (proof to be supplied at Crown Tournament) and
  • Proof of current authorization for Combatants.

We would also request that the preferred titles of both fighter and consort are included in letters of intent to ensure accuracy and promote pageantry (ex. Noble, Lord, THLady, Baroness, Sir, Mistress, etc.) There is also an online Letter of Intent Form available on the Kingdom Website here.

For Honor, Glory and Æthelmearc,

Maynard and Liadain

Rex et Regina Æthelmearc

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Æthelmearc Kingdom Law: Article III: CROWN TOURNAMENT REQUIREMENTS

III-100 Entrants in this section of Law are defined as the combatant and consort entering Crown Tournament.

III-200 All entrants in the Crown Tournament must be members of the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc.

III-300 All entrants in the Crown Tournament must be 18 years of age or older as of the date of Crown Tournament.

III-400 The withdrawal of either entrant from the Crown Lists shall automatically eliminate both from that Tournament, except as provided below in paragraph III-1100. Either may withdraw at any point in the Tournament by notifying the Minister of the Lists.

III-500 In order to be eligible to fight or be fought for in Crown Tournament, a person must be a subject (as defined in Corpora) of Æthelmearc for one year immediately prior to Crown Tournament and be able to demonstrate a reasonable level of participation in Æthelmearc during that period.

The Crown may waive the above requirements if the entrants are subjects of the Kingdom and able to demonstrate to the Crown’s satisfaction by their own words or by recommendation of peers of the Kingdom that they have sufficient familiarity with Kingdom Law and customs and an acceptable level of participation.

III-600 Letters of intent must be sent to the Crown. They must include the following elements for both entrants: • SCA names • Legal names • Addresses • Telephone numbers • E-mail addresses • Proofs of membership • Age (proof to be supplied at Crown Tournament) • Proof of current authorization for Combatants

To facilitate complete letters of intent, a form is available on the Kingdom website as well as from the Crown and the Seneschal on request. Prospective entrants are encouraged but not required to use this form to ensure a complete letter. Letters of intent must be mailed, e-mailed, or hand-delivered to the Crown no later than 30 days prior to the Crown Tournament. The Kingdom Seneschal shall verify eligibility as defined in the Bylaws and Corpora.

III-700 No person shall enter the Crown Tournament without intending an honorable attempt to compete for the Crown. At the discretion of the Royalty whose Crown it is, the Kingdom Officers who administer Crown may step aside and have their emergency deputy administer the Tourney, so they may enter. In the event a Kingdom Officer should win Crown, the Law regarding Emergency Deputies and office succession will apply.

III-800 The entrants must be acceptable to the Crown or Their representatives.

III-900 No person fighting in or being fought for in Crown Tournament may administer the Crown Tournament.

III-1000 Any two people may champion each other in the Crown Lists (hereinafter referred to as a combatant couple so long as neither is championed by any other person.

III-1100 If one member of a combatant couple is removed from the Crown Lists for marshallate infractions or any infractions of the Rules of the Lists, both members are ineligible to continue in that Crown Tournament. If one member of a combatant couple voluntarily withdraws as a combatant in the Lists, the MOL and Marshal will confer with the withdrawing member to determine if they are also withdrawing as consort or if the other member may continue in the Lists. If the participant withdraws both as fighter and consort, both shall be ineligible to continue in that Crown Tournament.

III-1200 The preferred method of Crown Tournament is a double-elimination format.

III-1300 The winner of the Crown Tournament and the winner’s consort become the new Heirs to the Throne of Æthelmearc. They are each entitled to the Title of Crown Prince or Crown Princess, as appropriate to the individual’s persona.

III-1301 Upon ascending to the Throne, They may rightfully be acknowledged as Monarch and Consort with alternate Titles as appropriate to the dignity of the Throne.

Message from Earl Marshal of Æthelmearc

My term of office as Earl Marshal will expire in January of 2022.  Although these years have not been easy ones, it has been a pleasure and privilege to serve in this capacity alongside so many worthy and estimable people.  As my time in this position comes to a close, I would like to put out a call for resumes from interested parties to take on this office after me.

Please make sure your resume highlights your experience in SCA and mundane service (especially in the marshallate), and any administrative or leadership experience you may have, offices  held including dates, awards earned, and so on.  The deadline for resumes will be September 1st.

Please send your resumes electronically to His and Her Majesty, as well as courtesy copies to Mistress Illadore (Kingdom Seneschal) and myself.

Yours in Service,

Morien MacBain

Earl Marshal, Sylvan Aethelmearc