Documented from the Scrolls of the Reign of Marcus & Margerite, King and Queen of Æthelmearc: the Business of The Donnan Party, March 25, Anno Societatis LI, in the Shire of Ballachlagan. As recorded by Maestro Orlando di Bene del Vinta, Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald.

In the morning Their Majesties called for a moment of silence to honor the life of Baron Rodrigo de la Vega.  

Next, Gavin Harris was called before the throne, where Their Majesties spoke of his ferocity and prowess as a youth fencer and bestowed upon him a Silver Alce. Scroll by Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope.

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Gavin Harris receives his Golden Alce. Photo by Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope.

Doña Gabrielle was summoned forward to ask if it was still her desire to sit in vigil this day to contemplate elevation to the Order of The Pelican, to which she answered in the affirmative. The Order of the Pelican was then called forward. Mistress Fredeburg von Katzenellenbogen then approached and took back her belt so that Doña Gabrielle could sit in contemplation unencumbered, after which the Order of the Pelican escorted Doña Gabrielle to vigil.

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Doña Gabrielle is sent to vigil. Photo by Mistress Arianna.

Court suspended. 

In the afternoon upon the rattan field, Lord Oliver Sutton was called before Their Majesties who spoke of his prowess upon the field. They then called to be attended by the Order of Gage and did induct Lord Oliver into that esteemed order. Scroll by Lady Raven Whitehart and Mistress Mahin Banu Tabrizi.

Next, Their Majesties required that Duchess Morgan of Rye, also a member of the Gage, tarry a bit longer. His Majesty stated He felt it necessary to revisit a slightly erroneous statement He had made earlier that day in which He stated that all knights wore chain mail. To demonstrate His point further, called forth the Order of the Chivalry and presented her with a writ of summons to contemplate elevation to the Order of Chivalry. Scroll by Mistress Sthurrim Caithnes.


Duchess Morgen receives a Writ for the Chivalry. Photo by Maighstir Liam mac an Tsaoire.

Court suspended. 

In the evening, Their Majesties gave leave to the children of Æthelmearc to chase after the toy chest and claim a prize. 

Countess Elena d’Artois, Master Diego Miguel Munoz de Castilla, and Don Po Silvertop then came forward showed unto the populace a sword and dagger set which are to be part of the prize for the winner of The Wild Hunt.

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Master Diego displaying the prizes for the Wild Hunt. Photo by Mistress Arianna.

Master Clewin Kupferhelbelinc then addressed the populace and announced that Lord Jacob Martinson was the winner of the day’s cut & thrust tourney and presented him with the victor’s token and charged him to return next year to run the tourney and pass the token to the next winner.

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Master Clewin names Lord Jacob Martinson the winner of the Cut & Thrust tourney. Photo by Mistress Arianna.

Their Majesties then bade Master Clewin stay, and spoke of his passion for the steel art of cut & thrust and of how he has studied and shared his love of historical fencing, and in particular, the MS I33. Their Majesties then called for Their Order of the Fleur d’ Æthelmearc and inducted Master Clewin into that order. Scroll by Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope.

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Master Clewin receives a Fleur. Photo by Mistress Arianna.

Ronan O’Connell was next called before the Throne and was awarded arms for service and helpfulness. Scroll by Baron Brandubh O’Donnghaile and Lady Alysoun of the Debatable Lands.

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Lord Ronan receives his AoA. Photo by Mistress Arianna.

Next, Robert of Hawksworth appeared before Their Majesties and was awarded arms for his skill with rapier. Scroll by THL Tegrinus de Rhina.

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Lord Robert receives his AoA. Photo by Mistress Arianna.

Their Majesties then call for Master Urho Waltterinen in order to present to him a token of garnet in commemoration of his being the 41st Jewel of Æthelmearc. Being not present, the token was received on his behalf by Baron Brandubh O’Donnghaile and Baroness Hilderun Hügelmann.

Doña Gabrielle de Winter then presented herself before Their Sylvan Majesties. When asked if she had been given good counsel this day with regard to the question as to whether to join the Order of the Pelican, Doña Gabrielle affirmed that she had, and that it was her wish to join. Their Majesties then required words from the peers of Their realm. Duke Malcolm MacEoghainn spoke of the courage expected of a knight, and how Gabrielle exemplifies this attribute. He spoke of how she leads others, inspires, lends aid and comfort, and does the things that need to be done. Maestro Bastiano di Iacopo shared a story illustrating the honesty and self-reflection of Gabrielle, and how these needed qualities serve to inspire us all. Mistress Fredeburg von Katzenellenbogen told of how an artist must have vision to be able to see possibilities, and how they must be detail-oriented. An artist must be able to see flaws in their own work, and that Gabrielle does all of this, and she stated how this quality enriches our society. Countess Elena d’Artois and Countess Anna Leigh spoke of the feelings of love and admiration Gabrielle creates in people, and of how this love and admiration lifts others up. Lord Nicolo Loredan da Venesia spoke on behalf of the populace and told of the impact Gabrielle has had on the populace, of her constant support of others, of her efforts to add others to The Society, and of how it was by her direct and continued efforts that he is here today. Having heard these words of Their peers and populace, Their Majesties were well-pleased, and called for a medallion and a cloak bearing this symbol of the Pelican, and placed these items upon Gabrielle. They then received her oath of fealty, and named her a mistress of the Order of the Pelican. Scroll forthcoming.

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Mistress Gabrielle is made a Pelican. Photo by Mistress Arianna.

Her Majesty then sought to be attended by THL Ælric Ravenshaw, and name him as Her inspiration for the day for his efforts as the autocrat, and bestowed upon him a Golden Escarbuncle. Ælric then took a moment to announce that the winner of the day’s rapier scholar tourney was THL Ru Cavorst.

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Lord AElric receives a Golden Escarbuncle. Photo by Mistress Arianna.

Lastly, Their Majesties thanked all of the artisans who contributed works of art this day to recognize others, and Her Majesty offered tokens of appreciation from Her hand.

There being no further business, this court of Their Majesties was closed.

Faithfully submitted,

Maestro Orlando di Bene del Vinta,
Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald