Being the Chronicle of the Courts of Timothy and Gabrielle, King and Queen of Sylvan Æthelmearc, held on the ninth day of November, AS 54 (2019), at Corn Maze, in Their small but mighty Shire of Abhainn Ciach Ghlais. Submitted by Lord Snorri skyti Bjarnarson, Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald.
The day was cold but clear, and the breeze blew brisk, and so it was Their Majesties’ pleasure to have their court called into session inside the manor adjacent to the barbecue pit, near to the goat pens and hard against the fields of corn where the day’s slaughters had taken place.
Photo by Erin Whitcomb & Sara Joy Herringshaw, 2019.
As the assembled populace sat to enjoy a hot and hearty meal of whole roast pig (and some other unimportant foods), the first unfortunate order of business was to pronounce a sanction: On November ninth, two thousand and nineteen, the Crown of Æthelmearc, Their Royal Majesties Timothy of Arindale and Gabrielle de Nijenrode and the Kingdom Seneschal has issued the Sanction of Temporary Removal of Participation in the SCA to John Proctor, known in the Society as (No Known Society Name).
That necessary business being attended to, Their Majesties called for all persons there present who were at their first event, or attending their first Royal court, to attend them. However, no such persons appeared, and so the court moved forward with other business.
It was then Her Majesty’s pleasure to call upon Baroness Elena de la Palma, who reminded all assembled about Mistress Jenna’s tokens, to be given by anyone for acts of kindness and service they witnessed.
That business completed, Their Majesties had summoned before them Vihjalmr Jorgennson. They spoke to him of his fine work as a fighter and thrower of weapons, and therefore saw fit to name him a member of the Noble Order of the Golden Alce, and to Award him Arms, with a scroll by Sir Murdoch Bayne.
His Lordship Aiden MacMichael was then called forth, and it was noted by Their Majesties that an award had been read into court for him by their predecessors, but that they felt it right and proper to also recognize him in court, and so presented him with a medallion to mark him as a member of the Noble Order of the Keystone.
Their Majesties then sought the presence of Lady Isolda De Leycestre, who was conveniently found directly behind the throne, wearing the livery of a royal retainer. The Queen spoke at length of this fine lady’s accomplishments in fiber arts, specifically the making of complex late-period garb for others, and saw fit to induct her into the Noble Order of the Sycamore, with a scroll by Mistress Elyse le Bref.
At the completion of that business, after a brief consultation with Their Jewel Herald, Their Majesties demanded the attendance of Don Jehan le Blanc. He attended Them, appearing moderately confused, and so King Timothy bade His herald summon Master Po Silvertop. A lively discussion between the King, Don Po, and the Jewel Herald then commenced, concerning the apportioning of blame for what was about to happen. Finally, a group to be culpable was settled upon, and the Most Noble Order of the Millrind was called forward, then… singing happened, to the tune of “The Muppet
Show”, and the words shall be recorded here for posterity, to wit:
It’s time to join the Millrinds,
All this time you’ve served the Throne,
You’ve roved across the Kingdom,
All to help our Sylvan Home!
Chatelained throughout our borders,
Autocrat and marshalled too,
Kitchen staff and scribal wordsmith,
Are just some of what you do!
We’re glad to have you come here,
Before the Crown you kneel,
The Order’s now behind you,
To celebrate your zeal!
Queen Gabrielle is smiling,
King Timothy laughs aloud,
The Herald’s getting started,
(I think we’re long past started)
On the most sensational, inspirational,
Don Jehan LeBlanc’s a Millrind now!
After completion of the singing, Don Jehan was made the newest member of the Most Noble Order of the Millrind, with a scroll by Lady Ania Mhoireach.
While Their Majesties had Their Most Noble Order of the Millrind before them, another worthy was called forward: Lady Dierdre Kildare. Their Majesties spoke glowingly of her many years of service to her shire, and commanded her name be added to the rolls of the Millrinds as well, with a scroll from Master Jonathan Blakstyne.
Queen Gabrielle then rose, and spoke with great admiration of the helpfulness of Lord Andrew of Thescorre, and called him Her Inspiration that day, and awarded unto him a Golden Escarbuncle, tinted red for service.
Finally, Their Majesties called up all scribes there present who had contributed a scroll to the day’s courts, and each was given a token of appreciation from Their hands.
There being no further business, court was closed.
Lord Snorri skyti Bjarnarson
Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald