Documented from the Scrolls of the Reign of Titus and Anna Leigh, King and Queen of Æthelmearc: the Business of Their Court at the Festival of the Passing of the Ice Dragon in the Barony of Rhydderich Hael 21 March AS 49, accompanied by Their Highnesses Timothy and Gabrielle, Prince and Princess of Æthelmearc, Their Excellencies Carolus and Isolda, Baron and Baroness of Rhydderich Hael, and His Highness Steinnar, Prince of Ealdormere. As recorded by Their Silver Buccle Herald, Kameshima-kyō Zentarō Umakai, with the assistance of Master Fridrikr Tomasson av Knusslig Hamn, Gullskel Herald, THL Sophie Davenport, Seedling Pursuivant, and Drotinn Jorundr hinn Rotinn, Golden Alce Herald.
In the morning:
Brehress Gwendolyn the Graceful was brought forward to explain the loss of the regalia of the Sylvan Bard that was entrusted to her care. Said regalia was in the possession of Their Excellencies Fergus and Helene of Delftwood, who offered to return it in exchange for a song in praise of their Barony. Brehress Gwendolyn then sang her new song, “Sails,” written for exactly such a purpose. Pleased with Her Excellency’s song, Their Excellencies returned the Sylvan Bard regalia to its rightful owner.
Lord Horatius Cincinnatus was inducted into the Order of the Keystone for his service to the Barony of the Rhydderich Hael, including serving as its Knight Marshal. Scroll illuminated by Baroness Juliana Rosalia Dolce di Siena and calligraphed by Tiarna Padraig Ó Branduibh.
Lady Katerin Starke was created a Companion of the Golden Alce for her skills on multiple fields of combat, including heavy rattan, fencing, and archery, as well as her service as marshal. Scroll illuminated by Lady Gillian MacGill of Verona and Lady Fenris McGill Feu Bleddyn and calligraphed by Lady Juliana Stafford.
Lord Bovi Davidsson was elevated to the Order of the Keystone for his toil in multiple kitchens, including creating the offerings for the day’s event. Scroll illuminated by Sir Sextus Plinius Callidus and calligraphed by Tiarna Padraig Ó Branduibh.
Mistress Ysabeau Tiercelin and Shishido-nagon Tora Gozen approached Their Majesties to complete a bit of overdue business: the presentation of Shishido’s completed hitatare from her elevation to the Order of the Pelican. However, when the hitatare was revealed to Their Majesties and the populace, it had also been embroidered with a wreath of laurel leaves. The Order of the Laurel was brought forth, and Shishido-nagon was ordered to accompany them to the vigil that had been prepared for (and, unknowingly, mostly by) her, that she might contemplate elevation to that Order and answer Their Majesties that evening.
In the evening:
His Highness Steinnar thanked Their Majesties, Their Highnesses, Their Excellencies and the populace for the hospitality He had received that day. He presented gifts to all assembled, and announced that, when summer had come to Æthelmearc and the East and Middle joined forces to invade the Sylvan Lands, He would lead Ealdormere’s forces in league with Æthelmearc.
Baroness Ekaterina Volkova announced that Baron Caleb Reynolds had won the day’s Scroll Blank competition, having contributed more than 40 scroll blanks to the Signet’s office. However, Ishiyama-roku-i Gentarō Yori’ie was still the overall winner of the competition for the reign.
Tribe Tuatha Firen came forth and announced that they would run the traditional War Practice Pick-a-Prize raffle this year and for two more years, but they seek another household, shire, Barony, or other group of people to take over at that time. Any who are interested, please seek out Baron Caleb to begin discussions of the procedures required.
Klaus von Dofster was Awarded Arms for rendering last-minute emergency assistance to the Crown. Scroll forthcoming.
Lady Alays de Gant was elevated to the Order of the Keystone for her service to the equestrian community of Æthelmearc. Scroll by THL Eleanore Godwin.
Master Emrys Eustace hygt Broom was inducted into the Order of the Keystone for his service as webminister and copy editor. Scroll in progress by THL Renata la Rouge.
Lord Robert MacEwin of Thornhill was created a Companion of the Sycamore for his love of the fiber arts, most particularly spinning. Scroll by Mistress Gillian Llewellyn of Ravenspur.
Minamoto-dono no Taikawa Saiaiko was Granted Arms, elevated to the senior sixth court rank and named to the Order of the Fleur d’Æthelmearc for her study and teaching of Japanese culture. Scroll illuminated by Lady Isabel Fleuretan and calligraphed by Kameshima-kyō Zentarō Umakai.
Lady Fiora d’Artusio was Granted Arms and elevated to the Order of the Fleur d’Æthelmearc for her teaching of period fencing techniques and her skill at scribal arts. Scroll by THL Alianora Bronhulle, medallion by Duchess Branwyn ferch Gwythyr.
Don William Parris was inducted into the Order of the Fleur d’Æthelmearc for his in-depth study and teaching of period fencing manuals and techniques. Scroll by Lady Maria Ariadne.
Mistress Mahin Banu Tabrizi was created a Companion of the Fleur d’Æthelmearc for her enthusiastic learning, teaching and creation of woven trim and tapestry arts. Scroll illuminated by Baroness Alex and calligraphed by Kameshima-kyō Zentarō Umakai.
Duke Marcus Eisenwald was inducted into the Order of the Fleur d’Æthelmearc in absentia for his great skill in costuming, especially in creating garb by hand. Scroll forthcoming.
THL Meadhbh inghean ui Bhaoghill was elevated to the Order of the Millrind for her years of service to the equestrian community and to the Pennsic tollner. Scroll by Countess Aidin ni Lier.
THL Hrefna Ulfvarrinsdottir was served a Writ of Summons, that she might appear before Their Majesties’ Heirs and sit vigil in contemplation of elevation to the Order of the Pelican in recognition of her service as historian and order clerk, as well as her support of her Shire. Scroll illuminated and calligraphed by THL Ismay Ponde upon wording by Count Sir Jehan de la Marche.
THL Zoe Akropolitina was served a Writ of Summons, that she might appear before Their Majesties’ Heirs and sit vigil in contemplation of elevation to the Order of the Pelican in recognition of her service to the Youth Combat community and to her Barony and Kingdom. Scroll illuminated by Meisterin Felicitas Flußmüllnerin and calligraphed by Fa Ren Zhang Ming Li.
Shishido-nagon Tora Gozen was called forth to answer Their Majesties’ question posed earlier that day. Before she could answer, though, she felt that she needed to be relieved of the obligation of Kingdom Equestrian Officer. THL Meadhbh inghean ui Bhaoghill was summoned forth and named as Shishido-nagon’s successor to that office. Now freed of that obligation, Shishido-nagon was free to accept elevation to the Order of the Laurel. Rhiannon Elandris spoke on behalf of the Order of the Golden Lance of Gozen’s inspiration, love and passion for all things equestrian, and that she makes others want to try new things and get better at the things they already do. His Highness, Duke Sir Timothy, explained that he did not fully understand what the word “peer” meant until he moved to Æthelmearc, and few exemplified Peerage better than Gozen. Viscount Syr Bear recounted how he and Viscountess Judith had elevated Gozen to the ranks of nobility, and was pleased to see her perseverance and skill had grown. Master Tigernach mac Cathail, OP, spoke to her service to the equestrian arts already evidenced by her status as a Companion of the Pelican, as well as her devotion to the animal arts A&S display at Pennsic. Mistress Ysabeau Tiercelin conveyed the words of Master Alexander Caithness, OL, who had, along with Mistress Rannveigr, been asked to start the equestrian program in Æthelmearc and had chosen Gozen as one of their first marshals. Her Majesty spoke of Gozen helping Their Majesties get authorized in equestrian arts in order to help Her fulfill Her dream of riding horseback in Gulf Wars Opening Ceremonies, including escorting Her when She was thrown from Her horse. Gozen was presented with a broach bearing the badge of the Order by the Æthelmearc Equestrians and – at long last – her hitatare by Mistress Ysabeau Tiercelin. A scroll illuminated by Mistress Una de Saint Luc and calligraphed by Mistress Daedez was read, and Kameshima Silver Buccle explained to Their Majesties and the populace that, while there were many honorifics that would be appropriate in our Society to refer to Peers, there was one that was used in period to refer to the head of a school of a particular art. In that vein, Shishido-iemoto Tora Gozen was then proclaimed a Companion of the Laurel to the acclaim of all present.
Baroness Ekaterina Volkova, the Jewel of Æthelmearc, was summoned forth to return the Jewel medallion so that it might be passed to the next recipient. Their Majesties then called forth Mistress Cori Ghora and, in thanks for everything that she does for the Kingdom and the populace, and for the example that she sets, named her the 38th Jewel of Æthelmearc. Scroll etched in copper by Baroness Ekaterina Volkova.
Her Majesty reminded the populace that Æthelmearc’s fencing and archery armies are not as numerous as will be needed to repel the combined Eastern and Midrealm forces that will bear down on Æthelmearc this coming summer, and encouraged all with an interest in those areas to attend their local practices and train for the upcoming War.
Dame Bronwyn MacFhionghuin announced that she was in possession of tutorial kits for Her Highness’s Pennsic favors, and invited one and all who were interested in helping to construct them to contact Her Excellency.
Their Majesties gave leave to Their Excellencies to hold their Baronial Court and announce the winners of the day’s Arts and Sciences Pentathlon.
There being no further business, Their Majesties’ Court was closed.