Here continues the Record of the Second Reign of Gareth and Juliana, King and Queen of Sylvan Æthelmearc on the Occasion of War Practice, May 18, AS 54, in Their Shire of Steltonwald; as recorded by THL Arias Beltran del Valle,  with the assistance of Lady Nichola Beese, and the support of Lord Fiachna MacCennetig.

In the morning:

Their Majesties gathered the kingdom on the field of battle and summoned before them Burgos the Tiny.  His renown on the field had only grown of late, with tales of his skill with sword and shield especially making their way to Them.  So pleased were they with his talents, that They summoned to Them Their Noble Order of the Gage, and bid them bear him forth to join their number.

Burgo Gage

Lord Burgos receives a Gage. Photo by Baroness Aine ny Allane.

They then called before Them His Lordship Ian Campbell.  Having been previously given the task of setting a date to sit vigil to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Laurel, They asked if he was prepared to complete that duty.  Having answered in the affirmative, Their Majesties summoned to them Their Most Noble Order of the Laurel, and with his other oaths then lifted, bid that Order to bear him away to the place prepared for his vigil.

Ian sent to vigil

THLord Ian is sent to vigil for the Laurel. Photo by Baroness Aine.

Next did They call to Their presence Mistress Roberta McMorland.  Appearing as commanded, she confirmed to Their Majesties that she was prepared to consider her elevation to The Most Noble Order of the Pelican.  Then did They call for that Order to bear her forth to the place prepared for her to receive counsel on her pending elevation.

Roberta sent to vigil

Mistress Roberta is sent to vigil for the Pelican. Photo by Baroness Aine.

Court was then suspended.

In the afternoon:

Their Majesties invited Her Highness of the East Margarita to join Them in Their Court, and shared gifts of largesse from Their Sylvan Kingdom with Her.

Fritz Kupferhelbelinc was called to appear in Their Court. Many times had he entered the lists to compete in the Kingdom Youth Championship, and often did he win those tournaments to claim the title.  For his continued display of talent on the list field was he awarded a Silver Alce. Scroll by her Excellency Shirin al-Sussiyya.


Fritz receives a Silver Alce. Photo by Baron Steffan Wolfgang von Ravensburg.

Their Majesties then called for DylanFox, and Beren to attend them.  They had a chance to witness their prowess in arms during the tournament to decide Their Youth Champions on that day.  Both had distinguished themselves on the field and emerged victorious.  So did They name them Youth Champions of their respective divisions.

Their Majesties then invited those newcomers attending their first event to come forward and be recognized, and each were granted a token to welcome them as they began their journey in the Society.

Meesteres Odrianna vander Brugghe was next invited to Court to speak.  She spoke to Their Majesties and the populace about the Scarlet Apron competition held that weekend, and did thank the many entries for their tasty and creative offerings.  But only one could be named victor, and so did Meesteres Odrianna name that gentle to be Master Dagonell, who was called forth and recognized for his contribution.

Dagonell Scarlet Apron

Master Dagonell receives the Scarlet Apron. Photo by Baron Steffan.

Lord Ronan O’Conall then was called before Their Majesties to speak about the Archery Championship shoot that was held that day.  Many lords and ladies came to vie for the honor of being known as Champion, but in the end, he reported that Lord Snorri skyti Bjarnarson emerged victorious.  So did Their Majesties name him Their Archery Champion.

Snorri Archery Champ

Lord Snorri is named Archery Champion. Photo by Baron Steffan.

His Lordship Aodhan MacMichael was then summoned to appear before Their Majesties.  He was known to Them as a fierce combat archer on the heavy field, but also made known to Them was his service to support that community.  So were They minded to add him to Their Order of the Keystone. Scroll by her Excellency Helena Mutzhasen.

Their Majesties next called before them Lady Keara Caitlin McLeod. Long had she helped in event kitchens, hosting meetings at her home, and driving dart carts at Pennsic.  They found her work to be worthy indeed, and so did They add her to Their Order of the Keystone for that work.  Scroll by her Excellency Ekaterina Volkova.

Lord Dubhgall Domnall McNayre was similarly summoned to appear in Their Court.  His work, too, had been made known to them for his assistance at events, whether setting up or tearing down, or helping wherever is needed.  For this did They induct him, too, into Their Order of the Keystone. Scroll by her Excellency Ismay Ponde.

Her Ladyship Muirgheal inghen Dubhghaill, was then called before their Majesties. Her work in brewing, research into cooking, and singing with the Debatable Choir as well as assisting the i Genisii Commedia troupe with makeup and hair is well known, and so they did admit her to Their Order of the Sycamore. Scroll by Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope.

Muirgheal Sycamore

THLady Muirgheal receives a Sycamore. Photo by Baron Steffan.

Drotinn Jorundr hinn Rotinn was next called before Them.  His work in many areas of the kingdom had been well known to many, but his expertise in period cooking had been earning greater renown.  For this work were Their Majesties of a mind to add him to Their Order of the Sycamore.  Scroll by their Excellencies Brandubh and Hilderun.

Jorundr Sycamore

Drotinn Jorundr receives a Sycamore. Photo by Baron Steffan.

Lady Elizabeth Jacobsdottir was next called to appear before Them.  While she takes the field to defend her kingdom, one specific occasion had earned her greater renown, as she was responsible for stopping an attack on the flank of the kingdom’s army at Pennsic last year.  In gratitude of her strong defense did They name her to Their Order of the Golden Thorn.

Elizabeth Golden Thorn

Lady Elizabeth receives a Golden Thorn. Photo by Baron Steffan.

Lord Robert pour Maintenant was next called before Their Majesties.  Long had he labored on behalf of his kingdom and his barony in many different capacities, from marshal to retainer to simply assisting as tasks come up.  Their Majesties had been made aware of this work, as had Their Noble Order of the Millrind, who was also summoned to them to add Lord Robert to their number. Scroll by her Excellency Shirin al-Sussiyya.

Robert Millrind

Lord Robert is inducted into the Millrind. Photo by Baron Steffan.

Their Majesties then bade the Order remain, for upon its advice, they felt it to still be incomplete.  So did they also call for the presence of Edward of Freeholt.  His consistent and valuable work behind the scenes at events and on behalf of his local group had earned him the moniker of “the Fixer” as his work was deemed by many to be indispensable when needed.  So too did Their Majesties bid him join the same Order (Millrind).  Scroll by Lord Owen Tegg.

Ed Freeholt Millrind

Lord Edward is inducted into the Millrind. Photo by Baron Steffan.

Next was his Excellency Edward Harbinger called to appear in Court. While many who participate in martial activities do so on the list field, his Excellency’s skill on the thrown weapons range had also grown to be great.  This had not escaped their attention, and so were they minded to create him a member of Their Order of the White Horn.  Scroll by Vivienne of Yardley and her Excellency Shirin al-Sussiyya.

Edward White Horn

Baron Edward is inducted into the White Horn. Photo by Baron Steffan.

Their Majesties next called for the presence of His Lordship Lotharius Qui et Segimundus.  As they had seen the growth of His Lordship Burgos, so too had Lotharius’ skill fighting with two weapons been noticed by both Themselves and their Noble Order of the Gage.  That Order was then summoned to appear again, and were bidden to take His Lordship forth to greet him as one of their own.  Scroll by Mistress Luceta di Cosimo.

Lotharius Gage

THLord Lotharius is inducted into the Gage. Photo by Baron Steffan.

Their Majesties then invited to Their Court Their honored Ancestor, Her Grace Anna Leigh. Her Grace has organized the teaching of classes for the day, and had encouraged those present at the event to avail themselves of the wide variety of topics available.  She then offered a special token to those who taught or had spent six hours or more in the classes offered throughout the event.


Duchess Anna Leigh is inducted into the Fleur. Photo by Baron Steffan.

Before she could leave, Their Majesties bade her hold a moment.  Her Majesty had become much closer to Her Grace during the preceding reign and had come to know of her great skill in many areas, such as the creation of jewelry, especially in Roman style, and the making clothing and accessories, as well.  But others had spoken highly of her work to Their Majesties, and so did They summon to Them Their Order of the Fleur d’Æthelmearc, admitting her to their number.  Scroll by her Excellency Shirin al-Sussiyya.

Before continuing with Their Court, Their Majesties also bid this Order to stay before them, for the Order had also advised them of the work of Lady Aranwen ferch Rhys ap Gwalter, whose work in making glass beads and earned her renown in the artistic community of the kingdom.  Further did she share that work with others desiring to learn it.  So did Their Majesties name her, too, to join the Noble Order of the Fleur d’Æthelmearc.  Scroll by their Excellencies Graidhne ni Ruaidh and Shirin al-Sussiyya.

Aranwen Fleur

Lady Aranwen is inducted into the Fleur. Photo by Baron Steffan.

Their Majesties then called for his Lordship Ian Campbell to attend them once again.  Having contemplated his impending elevation to the Order of the Laurel, They asked if it was still his wish to join that august Order.  He affirmed that desire and so did Their Majesties call for testimony as to his worthiness to join that Order.


Lord Ian becomes a Laurel. Photo by Baron Steffan.

Such testimony was provided by Her Grace Anna Leigh as a member of the Order of the Rose, Duke Rurik as a royal peer, Mistress Ælfra and Master Tower as companions of the Pelican, Mistress Philippia of the Order of the Laurel, Sir Hrothgar as a member of the Chivalry, and Master Iago as a Master of Defense.  Their Majesties heard their words and deemed Ian worthy of recognition as a peer of the kingdom.  He was then invested with the trappings of his station and presented as a member of the Order of the Laurel. Scroll was a work in progress.

Don Po Silvertop was next called to appear in Court before Their Majesties. His prowess as a fencer had been known to many, and had earned him respect and admiration from many around the kingdom.  Greatly please were Their Majesties with his skill on the rapier field, and so had others spoken to Them of his progress.  With that in mind did They call before Them the members present of the Most Noble Order of Defense, and did send Don Po with them to find a time where he might consider elevation to that Order.


Don Po receives a Writ for the Order of Defense. Photo by Baron Steffan.

Their Majesties then called for his Excellency Padraig Brandubh to attend them.  He sits as Baron of the Rhydderich Hael, helping to defend those lands from invasion and support its populace.  But this is just the latest in a litany of work that Padraig has performed to build the populace and the kingdom.  Their Majesties found his work to be worthy of great recognition, as did the members of the Most Noble Order of the Pelican.  So did they summon that great order and ask his Excellency to consider elevation to sit with them at a future date.  Scroll by her Excellency Shirin al-Sussiyya.


Baron Padraig receives a Writ for the Pelican. Photo by Baron Steffan.

With the Order in attendance, Mistress Roberta McMorland was once again invited to Their Majesties’ presence.  She, too, had heard advice on her elevation during the day, and confirmed to Their Majesties her desire to join that Order (Pelican).  Their Majesties then asked for words from those present on her worthiness.

Testimony to that effect was provided by Countess Elena as a royal peer, Master Grendel as a Master of Defense, Mistress Mahin as a member of the Laurel, Sir Dominic from the Order of Chivalry, and Countess Margerite as a Pelican.  Their Majesties deemed those words to be most valuable, and believed her prepared for inclusion amongst the Companions of the Pelican.  So did they invest her with the trappings of that Order and present her to the kingdom as a Mistress of the Pelican.  Scroll was a work in progress.

Her Ladyship Maggie Rue was then called before their Majesties and awarded the Golden Escarbuncle by Her Majesty for her inspirational work for the kingdom.


THLady Maggie Rue receives a Golden Escarbuncle. Photo by Baron Steffan.

Her Majesty then asked the young Beren to return to Court.  His victory in the youth lists had already been recognized in Court, but of greater note was his conduct during the fighting, encouraging his opponent to greater deeds despite opposing them at the exact moment.  So moved was she by his courtesy on the field that she named him Her Inspiration for the day and awarded him a Golden Escarbuncle.


Beren receives a Golden Escarbuncle. Photo by Baron Steffan.

Their Majesties then asked that the scribes and artisans who contributed to awards handed out that day to stand and be recognized.

There being no further business before Them, Their Court was then closed.