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Documented from the Scrolls of the Reign of Magnus Tindal and Etain II, basileos kai basilissa Æthelmearc: the Business of Their Court at Kingdom 12th Night and Saturnalia, 9 January Anno Societatis L, in the Shire of Abhain Ciach Ghlais, accompanied by Their Highnesses Thomas Byron and Ariella, Caesar and Caesaris Æthelmearciae; Their Oriental Majesties Brennan and Caoilfhionn, King and Queen of the East Kingdom; and Their Lupine Highnesses Nigel and Adrielle, Prince and Princess of Ealdormere. As recorded by Their Silver Buccle Herald, Kameshima-kyō entarō Umakai, with the assistance of Brehyres Gwendolyn the Grceful, THL Gytha Oggsdottir, and Marcellus Titus Cincinnatus.

In the morning:

Baroness Oddkatla Jonsdottir announced to the populace that the Æthelmearc Artisan’s Exchange would be occurring later that day, and that anyone who was interested in participating in future such exchanges should contact her, either at the event or via email afterwards.

secondThe Imperatori convened Their Imperial Council of the Pelican and commanded the presence of THL Desiderata Drake. Confirming that it was
still her wish to sit vigil as They had commanded her, They remanded her into the custody of the Order and charged them to escort her to the space that had been prepared for her.

Etain Augusta announced that She had Royal favors available for all who wished to wear them.

In the evening:

thirdThe Imperatori, Their Oriental Majesties and Their Lupine Highnesses exchanged gifts of friendship and hospitality.

His Grace, Timothy of Arindale, announced a regional combat practice scheduled for February 20-21 in the Shire of Abhain Ciach Ghlais, including Chivalry from over 10 Kingdoms, Royal Peers from 9 Kingdoms, and current Monarchs or Heirs from 5.

fourthChristopher Bronhulle, Elizabeth Bronhulle and Gilchrist Bronhulle were named to the Order of the Silver Buccle for their tireless service retaining for the Baron and Baroness of Blackstone Mountain, assisting in the setup and teardown of events and in the kitchens. Scrolls illuminated by THL Fiora d’Artusio and Lady Edana the Red and calligraphed by THL Alianora “Mom” Bronhulle upon wording by Don Po Silvertop the Rogue.

The children of the Kingdom were invited to retire from the hall and entertain themselves with toys and activities while the adults conducted the business of Court.

Baron Perote Gormal Campbell was formally recognized as a subject of the Sylvan Kingdom of Æthelmearc.

fifthTHL Kai Saer Pren was awarded the Queen’s Award of Excellence for his support of the Imperial reign, including carving the bannerpoles that are a ubiquitous part of the Royal display.

The Shire of Abhain Ciach Ghlais presented gift baskets to all present in thanks for attending their event.

The results of the day’s A&S competitions were announced.

THL Ursula of Rouen, the Kingdom’s Authorizations Clerk, expressed her desire to extend her term in the office, which was granted by the Imperatori.

sixthWith the approval of the Imperatori, Kameshima-kyō Silver Buccle announced that Master Egill the Dane had requested to be relieved of his position as Scarlet Guard Herald, the Regional Herald for Region 3. Silver Buccle then requested the presence of Don Po Silvertop the
Rogue, named him the new Scarlet Guard Herald, and encouraged all who had interest in pursuing the heraldic arts to contact him for information and direction. Silver Buccle also announced that Count Sir Jehan de la Marche had similarly requested leave from his position of Millrind Herald, the Regional Herald for Region 1, and that Lady Kathryn MacLuing had been named to that position.

seventhBrehyres Gwendolyn the Graceful, Sylvan Bard, was called forth, for her term in that position was also at an end, and a Bardic competition had been held that day to determine her successor. While all the performances were notable, Master William de Montegilt had been judged the victor and named the new Sylvan Bard.

Shugo-daimyo Ichijo Honen was created a Companion of the Order of the Golden Alce for his prowess with katana upon the fencing field. Scroll forthcoming.

Elska Fjarfell was Awarded Arms for her enthusiasm for the arts and sciences, which has led her to the position of Kingdom A&S Champion, and her service in kitchens. Scroll by Baron Caleb Reynolds.

eighthHrolfr Fjarfell was Awarded Arms for his skills on both the archery field and the fencing field, and for his assistance at events. Scroll by Baron Caleb Reynolds.

Lord Chahagan Duras was elevated to the Order of the Keystone for providing continuous service to his Kingdom and Barony, including the position of Deputy Chatelaine and pursuing the path of a Marshal in Training. Scroll by Meisterin Felicitas Flußmüllnerin.

Lady Greer Wallace was inducted into the Order of the Keystone for her service at demos and at the tollner’s gate at multiple events. Scroll by Baroness Helene al-Zar’qa.

Viscountess Lucilla Theresa de Courtenay was named to the Order of the Sycamore for her skill in creating garb, including for newcomers, and her pursuit of the study of the creation of footwear. Scroll illuminated by Meestress Odriana vander Brugghe and calligraphed by THL Kieran MacRae.

ninthAbby Rose was Awarded Arms, for the Imperatori have watched her grow into a noble subject of Æthelmearc, taking leadership roles far beyond her years, and leading children and adults alike. Scroll by Magnus Tindal Augustus.

Abby’s father, Sir Murdoch Bayne, was asked to join his daughter before the Imperatori, who also called for the presence of the Order of the Millrind and then inducted Sir Murdoch into their ranks due to his service to Abhain Ciach Ghlais, Endless Hills and Æthelmearc. Scroll by Baroness Ingegard Yarnhander.

Lady Elyse la Bref was Granted Arms and elevated to the Order of the Millrind for her service as Chatelaine and her continuing dedication to bringing newcomers into our Society. Scroll forthcoming by THL Kieran MacRae.

tenthLady Muirenn ingen ui Muirchertaig was Granted Arms and named to the Order of the Fleur d’Æthelmearc for her skills in fiber arts and spinning. Scroll by Lady Abigail Kelhoge.

THL Nest verch Rhys was created a Baroness of the Court for her service to newcomers, both in their recruitment and their education, and for services rendered to the Imperial reign. Scroll forthcoming by Baroness Juliana Rosalia Dolce di Siena and Tiarna Ard Padraig Ó Branduibh.

Sir Murdoch Bayne and THL Rioghnach ni Rose were created Baron and Baroness of the Court for their mastery of service, arts and combat, the three pillars of the Society. Scrolls by Master Jonathan Blaecstan.


twelfthThe Imperatori recalled THL Desiderata Drake and confirmed that she had sat vigil and received counsel as They had instructed, and was now ready to be named to the Council of the Pelican. The Council was convened and agreed that it was also their wish that Desiderata be counted among their number. Countess Caryl Olesdatter praised Desiderata’s joy and enthusiasm, and thanked her for reminding Caryl why she loved being part of the Society at a point where her own joy was failing. Earl Syr Yngvar the Dysmal simply called Desiderata’s elevation the greatest thing that the Imperatori could do for the Kingdom. Master Benedict Fergus atte Mede of the Order of Defense took responsibility for any sins that Desiderata may have committed, for he had been responsible for bringing her into the Society, but she had grown far beyond that since then. Duchess Sir Rowan de la Garnison of the Order of the Laurel praised Desiderata’s love of arts, and the joy with which she shares them with others as she guides them on their own journeys of discovery. Mistress Cori Ghora of the Order of the Pelican pointed out that the Society is not doing as well as it used to, and in times of dwindling membership, Desiderata performs the most important job we have: that of Chatelaine. So moved by this testimony, the Imperatori awarded Desiderata Arms by Letters Patent, named her to the Imperial Council of the Pelican, and presented her with regalia of her new station: the Ancestral Pelican Medallion of Æthelmearc, a personal medallion, and a palla bearing the badge of the Order. Dame Desiderata then gave her Oath of Fealty, and words by THL Isabel Fleuretan as promissory of a scroll in progress by the Angel’s Keep Scriptorium were read.

carylBaron Ulrich Drachendonner and Lord Hrolfr Fjarfell were awarded the Sigil of Æthelmearc for their service to the reign.

Countess Caryl Olesdatter was created the 40th Jewel of Æthelmearc for her continuing service and inspiration since Æthelmearc’s inception as a Kingdom. Scroll by Magnus Tindal Augustus.


lastHer Highness Ariella announced that she would be holding a Royal favor competition at the upcoming Festival of the Passing of the Ice Dragon to choose her royal favors once Their Highnesses had ascended the Sylvan Thrones. All those who are interested in participating are encouraged to bring their entries to the aforementioned Festival, scheduled for April 2 in the Barony of Rhydderich Hael.

There being no further business, this Imperial Court was closed.

In Honor and Service,
Kameshima Zentarō Umakai
Silver Buccle Principal Herald, Kingdom of Æthelmearc