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Their Majesties in Japanese outfits made by Her Ladyship Hara Kikumatsu, and His Lordship Ishiyama Gen’tarou Yori’ie. Photo by THL Ishiyama.

Unto the artisans and scientists of Æthelmearc do Byron and Ariella, King and Queen, send Greetings.

We have returned from Our travels to Our beloved Shire of Ballachlagan (beloved particularly by the cicadas this year).  We saw so many good artistic acts and thoughtful, insightful classes at the Æthelmearc.  We extend Our thanks to all of the artisans and teachers who made the day so special, and to Mistress Alicia for organizing the Æcademy classes.  We were pleased to witness the largest Cut and Thrust tournament ever sponsored in this Kingdom, and Our thanks go to Master Will Parris for organizing the tournament.  Vivant to Don Clewin, who will soon become a Master of Defense, for winning the tournament.

THL Aelric and all the members of Ballachlagan should be very proud of the event; it went off beautifully and was an excellent showcase for martial and artistic pursuits.  We attended many of the classes (at least in part) and were impressed with the quality and depth of the teaching.  We also spent time in the Arts and Sciences display, where all of the entries were exceptional, and it was difficult to choose favorites.  Furthermore, We thank everyone who made Ian Aetheling and Princess Leah welcome in their classes.

It is indeed a blessing to have Heirs who work so well with Us, and Our thanks go to Prince Marcus and Princess Margerite for their support in numerous ways.

In Service to the Dream,

Byron and Ariella, Rex et Regina Æthelmearc