Here begins the Record of the Second Reign of King Gareth and Queen Juliana, Monarchs of Sylvan Æthelmearc, upon the day of Their Coronation, April 6, AS 53, in Their Shire of Sunderoak; as reported by THL Arias Beltran del Valle, Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald, with the assistance of Maestro Orlando del Bene di Vinta, Baron Robert O’Connor, Lord Fiachna mac Cennetig, and Lady Nichola Beese.
In Their Majesties’ First Court in the morning:
Having invited the populace to take their comfort, Their Majesties summoned to Them Baroness Angel Deth, who was then invested as Their Reign Coordinator. Having sworn her oath, her Excellency then bore words from her lord, Baron Grimbald Deth, long a trusted companion of the Royal House, who , though distant on the day, repledged his support to Their Majesties.
Lady Aine ny Allane was next called to Their Majesties presence. Having seen her faithful work in Their Royal retinue in the past, They received her oath before investing her as Their Head Retainer.
Next was Lord Rhys of Miles End summoned to appear. Lord Rhys approached the throne with those gentles who wished to serve on Her Majesty’s Guard. Her Majesty asked him to serve as Captain. Lord Rhys then swore his oath to serve on behalf of all those he would lead in defense of Her Majesty.
The Great Officers of the Sylvan Kingdom then attended Their Majesties where they swore their oaths to serve the Kingdom, followed by the gathered Baronages, each in turn, and the Most Noble Orders of the Chivalry, Laurel, Pelican and Defense.
Great Officers and Peers swear fealty
The Territorial Barons swear fealty
The Order of the White Scarf then appeared before Their Majesties, and asked Her Majesty to bear their token, and swore to defend her at all costs.
Countess Anna Leigh was then asked to return before Their Majesties. They spoke of Her Excellency’s long conversations and devoted work in leading the Kingdom through her reign, and declared that her title be no longer sufficient to recognize her properly. So did they name her to be a Duchess of the Kingdom of Æthelmearc. The scroll was a triptych created by the work of Lord Sasson della Sancta Victoria, Baron Jasper Longshanks, and Mistress Ælfra Long. Also presented was a portrait of her Grace lovingly created by Baroness Sigrid Schreiber.
With no immediate business at hand, Their Majesties’ Court was then suspended.
At Court in the Afternoon:
Having reopened Their Court, Their Majesties greeted Their Cousins from the Midrealm, Their Highnesses Edmund and Kateryn, and invited Them to join Their Majesties in Their Court.
Their Majesties then heard from those gentles responsible for leading the various competitions of the day, who recognized those who had emerged victorious in events for the arts and sciences, thrown weapons, archery, and fencing, as well as youth combat.
Their Majesties then summoned to them His Lordship Darri inn Valski. As heavy combat champion, Darri had held a tournament on the day to determine his successor as Champion. Despite his victory in the list, Duke Dietrich spoke of one who had comported himself in the manner of a champion, and demonstrated the skill of one as well, and suggested that THL Cid Hiyo was deserving of the title. Their Majesties agreed, and declared His Lordship Their Heavy Weapons Champion, and bade him take the place reserved for him in Their Court.
Astrid of Helios Furion was then called to attend Their Majesties. For a decade has she labored to keep the fighters of the Kingdom well-hydrated on the field of battle, and can also be found retaining and supporting the Sylvan Army. So were Their Majesties moved to recognize her service by Awarding her Arms. Scroll illumination was the work of THL Phelippe Ulfsdottir, with calligraphy by THL Shirin al-Susiyya.
Lord Otto Boese was summoned to Their Majesties’ presence. Their Majesties spoke on the intricate and detailed work Lord Otto produces to recreate his arms and armor in period style, while making it striking visually and effective. For his artistic work and research was he named to Their Order of the Golden Stirrup.
Next was Lady Casey Redmane called to appear in Court. He research and interest in Russian garb has been noted for its depth, and her production of said garb noted for its quality. So was she named to the Order of the Sycamore. Scroll illumination by Thea de Nes, with calligraphy by Her Ladyship Shirin al-Susiyya.
Their Majesties bade Lady Casey remain for a moment, and asked who it was who supported her in her work that it bears such recognition. She spoke highly of her Lord, Rhys of Miles End, who was then bidden to appear before Their Majesties. His Majesty spoke of his improved prowess on the field of combat. He was greatly impressed by his growth, and was moved to recognize that accomplishment by summoning to Them Their Noble Order of the Gage, and adding Rhys to their number. Scroll by Mistress Gillian Llewellyn.
Their Majesties then called for the presence of His Lordship Oliver Sutton. Like His Lordship Rhys, they had continued to see his improvement on the list field, and his leadership in helping to train fighters around the kingdom. But Their Majesties were not the only ones who had been impressed by his skill. So did They invite before Them Their Most Noble Order of the Chivalry, and sent His Lordship with that Order to consider a time where he would sit vigil to join that august Order. Scroll by Lady Gemina of Krull.
Next was Mistress Chrestienne de Waterdenne invited before Their Majesties. They had borne witness to her work as co-autocrat of Their Coronation that day, and noted that while her organizational work was exceptional, her civility, kindness, and welcoming attitude were equally valued, and deserved further recognition. So did They name her to Their Order of the Cornelian. Scroll by Her Ladyship Elyse le Bref.
Their Majesties summoned into Court his Lordship Silvester Burchardt. Her Majesty spoke with Silvester, describing her joy as a practitioner of the fiber arts at seeing his Lordship’s work in tablet weaving and the like, and was greatly moved also by the quality of craftsmanship She recognized in that work. Despite his protestations to the contrary, Their Majesties deemed his work to be of highest skill. They then invited to Their Court Their Most Noble Order of the Laurel and bid him leave with them to consider elevation to be among their number. Scroll by Mistress Antoinette de la Croix.
Having already completed Their business with one of the day’s co-autocrats, Their Majesties wished to have words with the other, and did summon Lord Jodocus van Cleef to Them. They spoke of his tireless work both on behalf of the event and of his home Shire of Kings Crossing. They declared it to be worthy of greater recognition, and so did add him to Their Order of the Keystone. Scroll by Her Ladyship Eleanor of Godwin.
The Interkingdom Scribal Guild, known to the populace as the INKS Guild, was then called into Court. Their members described the work they do, creating scroll blanks to be sent across the known world to different kingdoms for their use. For this grand expression of service to the society did Their Majesties award the guild membership in Their Order of the Keystone. Scroll illumination by Sean O’Connor, calligraphy by THL Shirin al-Susiyya.
Master Kieran MacRae was next invited to attend Their Majesties’ Court. Master Kieran could frequently be seen in many roles around the Barony-Marche of the Debatable Lands or in the farther reaches of the kingdom as herald, performer, or otherwise devoted servant to tasks needing accomplished. They concurred with the assessment of Their Noble Order of the Millrind, and summoned that Order to Them, and added Master Kieran to their number. Scroll by Lady Eilionora inghean an Bhaird.
Next did Their Majesties call for Baroness Kilde Jurgenstochter, and then did Kilde happen to appear before Them. Her Ladyship’s long service and varied contributions had been of great help to many, from supporting Their Majesties’ first reign to supporting local groups, and travelling afar to provide for the Kingdom. They announced that They were of a mind to recognize her work. So, too, was Their Most Noble Order of the Pelican, who were then invited into Their Court. They were bidden to take Her Excellency with them to consider a time where she may sit vigil to join that Order. Scroll by Her Excellency Ekaterina Volkova.
Their being no business before Their Majesties at that moment, Their Court was then suspended.
In the evening, at feast:
Their Majesties called before them Baron Robert Hawksworth. Her Majesty spoke of the energy with which he approaches all his work in the Society, and the work he did to create an entertaining event for fencers on Their Coronation day. So did She name him Her Inspiration for the day, and awarded him a Golden Escarbuncle.
Their being no further business before Their Majesties, Their Court was then closed.