The Report of the Ætherial Court of Their Sylvan Majesties, Maynard and Liadain, King and Queen of Æthelmearc, held on the occasion of Their Arts and Sciences Championship on the fifth day of December Anno Societatis LV, Baron Brandubh O’Donnghaile, Jewel Herald.

Their Majesties opened court and welcomed all who had joined Their Court.

The Kingdom Seneschal Master Illadore de Bedegrayne was called into court, and she relayed the news of the most recent meeting of the Board of Directors of the Society for Creative Anachronism, that they have extended the moratorium on activities until May 31st. She continued to clarify that small limited attendance gatherings and socially distanced activities such as Archery or Thrown Weapons practices may still take place, and that permission for such activities would still need to be gathered from her office in consultation with His Grace Christopher Rawlins, the Pandemics deputy.

Their Majesties then invited the Kingdom Ministers of Arts and Sciences to join the court, Masters Hrolfr and Elska Fjarfelli. They spoke of their gratitude to Their Majesties, all the artisans of the kingdom who entered the Kingdom Arts and Sciences Championship and the more than 30 judges who had worked to evaluate all the entries, the Arts and Sciences Webminister Master Robert of Ferness, and Lady Magdalena Txoperena and Baroness Amalie Reinhardt for their assistance with the Zoom Rooms, and technical backup.

Their Majesties then bestowed an Award of Excellence to Master Hrolfr a Fjarfelli for his dedicated service to the Arts and Sciences Community during this pandemic time. He had worked to ensure that Virtual Queen’s Prize Tournament and Virtual Arts and Sciences Championship were both successful despite the distances involved. Master Hrolfr had been a bright light, cheerful, enthusiastic and patient with all of the artisans who participated in these challenges.

Mistress Elska a Fjarfelli was then presented with the Award of Excellence for her service to the Arts and Sciences Community. She had developed new rubrics to be used by judges for evaluating projects online, reaching across kingdoms to make the best set of standards to be used for Aethelmearc’s Virtual Tournaments.

Their Majesties then called upon Laird Coinneach Mac an Leigh and named him The King’s Arts and Sciences Champion for his entry of a 16th Century Purser’s Chest from the wreck of the Mary Rose. Scroll by Baroness Shirin al Sussiyya.

Laird Coinneach’s entry: A full-scale replica of the Purser’s Chest as found aboard the Mary Rose, an English warship sunk in battle in 1545 and rediscovered in the late 1960’s.

Lady Ilaria of Delftwood was then called forth and named Queen’s Arts and Sciences Champion for her entry of a 16th Century French Hood with extensive documentation. Scroll by Baroness Shirin al Sussiyya.

Lady Ilaria’s entry: a French hood, circa 1525

Their Majesties wished to also give honorable mentions to Dominicus Varangolpolous for his entry of Newbies First Candles for the enthusiasm shown by this new artisan. They also gave an honorable mention to THLady Renata Rouge for her entry of 11th Century Naalbind accessories, which was a very close third place of all entries.

While Their Majesties had THLady Renata Rouge in Their Court, they bid the Order of the Millrind to witness her induction into that Order. Renata had served as a combat scribe, autocrat, Thrown Weapons Marshal, and previous service as Kingdom Minister of Arts and Sciences. Medallion from Master Antonio de Luna, scroll illumination by THLady Vivienne of Yardley, Calligraphy by THLady Ceindrech verch Elidir upon wording by ‘some guy in a hat’ based on a text by Lords Benny Anderson and Bjorn Ulvaeus”

Their Majesties then invited Baron Brandubh O’Donnghaile and Baroness Hilderun Huegelmann of the Barony-Marche of the Debatable Lands to announce the winners of the Equestrian Challenge to Defeat the Unseen Enemy. Their Excellencies explained that Their Baronial Captain of Horse, THLady Gesa von Wellenstein, had issued a challenge to all riders to film themselves and submit those videos of them competing in various equestrian games. They had received submissions from 5 riders, adn each was awarded a Prize scroll by the hand of THLady Gesa von Wellenstein. Simon a Fjarfelli rider Audrey was named youth champion, Mistress Elska a Fjarfelli riding Greni Fra Blasted Rock was named Most Creative Contestant, Eschina MacDonyll riding Moose was named Master of Tricks, Captain CuMhara O’Holyhead of the Middle Kingdom riding Lord Magic was named Master of Laughs, and Yarden riding Moose was named the overall winner and victorious over the unseen enemy.

Thomas de Haukesle was named a Companion of the Order of the Golden Alce for his skills in heavy weapons melee. Scroll limned by Baron Caleb Reynolds and scrivened by Baroness Shirin al Sussiyya.

THLord Horatius Cincinnatus was named to the Rolls of the Order of the Cornelian for his courtesy, kindness and great heart towards all be they friend or foe, king or pauper alike. Scroll in progress upon a text by Her Majesty Queen Liadain ni Dheirdre Chaomhanaigh, limned by Baron Caleb Reynolds.

Their Majesties then called for the attendance of Baroness Amalie Reinhardt to attend Them. They spoke words of thanks to her for her outstanding service as Æthelmearc Webminister, bringing new technologies to Æthelmearc, helping to change the face of Æthelmearc, and always assisting with the new technologies. For this They presented her with an Award of Excellence.

Their Majesties then thanked all of the scribes, wordsmiths and medallion makers who had contributed to Their Court.

Her Majesty presented Master Illadore de Bedegrayne, Kingdom Seneschal, with a personal token and named her the Queen’s Inspiration for her continuing dedication to serve Æthelmearc and Society in efforts to keep us all safe.

Their Majesties then announced that the Royalty of the Known World were banding together to present tokens to individuals who continue to make a difference and keep the dream alive in these times of plague. They had already begun to send tokens to individuals who were making a difference for Æthelmearc based upon artwork by Her Majesty Maise of Dunbarton, Queen of Trimaris. They looked forward to seeing more efforts from Æthelmearc to keep the dream alive.

Court Closed.