Years in the SCA: 12 active but my first SCA even was in 1997 with a huge gap to 2010 because of life.
How did you find out about the SCA? A local Newspaper, then I was brought to my first SCA activities by my friend Cyndi who I occasionally run into at Pennsic
Where did you start, what was your first event? My first Event was an Endless Hills 12th night.
What is your persona? Early 11th century Irishman who fought at the Battle of Clontarf in 1014 in the Munster army of High King Brian Boru.
Why did you pick this persona? I wanted to do Irish, and it seems like the most interesting time for me.
Do you have any group or household affiliations? Duchy of Arindale as Squire to Duke Timothy
Tell us a little bit about your life outside the SCA – I have two amazing sons and I have worked for Amazon since 2012.
What SCA activities do you or have you participated in? Shenanigans and heavy fighting mostly, but I occasionally fence (mostly at war,) I throw, and shoot archery when there is time. I love work in feast kitchens and do over fire cooking, and I have been known to so some woodworking.
Tell us a little bit about your SCA experience (jobs, offices, duties, etc.) I am currently the Region 3 Heavy Marshal and have been for a while, I am also a Combat Archer and a Fencing Marshal. I have been a knight marshal of Endless Hills, and Zule Herald of Endless Hills. I have been event steward for about a dozen events, and head cook for 4 events. I was also Captain of the Queen’s Guard for Duchess Gabrielle.
When you started in the SCA what goals did you have? To become a knight.
What are your goals now? To be the best fighter I can be, I understand now I can’t control what happens with polling orders, but I can control how I act, and how hard I work. I also want to bring more cooking with period technology to events.
What was the most intimidating thing you encountered in the SCA? Duke Dietrich’s footwork…seriously though I have been lucky in being part of such a great household I learned early not to be intimidated.
After the unexpected shutdown ends, what is one thing you would like to accomplish in the SCA? To help the society build back better. We lost a lot of good people the pandemic, but more importantly we lost a lot of problematic people. I would really like to help replace those people with new people who feel more welcome than they were before. Particularly, I would love to see more younger heavy fighters, more cis female, female presenting and gender fluid heavy fighters as well as more siege engineers and combat archers.
What advice would you give to a new person in the SCA, or if new yourself what question would you ask and who would you ask it of? The SCA is a long show path, a have fun, meet all the people, try all the things, and take time to decide before you join a household or enter a Student/Teacher relationship.
If you magically woke up with an SCA talent you do not already have, what would it be? Tablet Weaving: I really want more tablet women trim, but I can’t afford to pay fair Price and also don’t want to rip off my friends.
If you had to join the SCA in another “era” (1970, 1980, etc.), what “era” would you pick and why? I would have loved to have been able to afford to stick with it when I joined in 1997, I would be 25 years in the SCA right now.
Don’t be modest, what award or honor would you like to receive above all else and why? Order of the Cornelian. I have 2 grant level awards a Gage and a Millrind. Both of them say I worked hard, and people noticed. The cornelian says people believe I am a good, kind, and courteous person. To me that matter more than being a good fighter or good at service.
If you could pick one thing you would like to see more of in the SCA, what would it be? More events with settings away from cars and modern things. It drives me nuts when you see a great picture of someone that is ruined because there is a car in the background. I would love it if people dropped their stuff and moved there car away. I know this is difficult for some people, and I accept that, but some able-bodied people are just don’t care enough to move their car.
I would also love to see more people get into their persona beyond some clothes and a fighting kit.
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Greetings! Let it be known throughout our Sylvan Kingdom and beyond that the Barony of St. Swithin’s Bog 3-Day event is again on the horizon!
The Barony of St. Swithin’s Bog would like to invite the Known World to join them for 3 days of martial activities, arts, friendship, and celebration as the Great Pennsic War looms ever closer. Not only will there be an abundance of activities to inspire and excite but it will also be the Investiture of our new Baron and Baroness! A weekend of true festivity and revelry!
This year, all are welcome to a weekend at the Viking Townhall! There will be a full day of Viking themed martial activities including Heavy Weapons, Youth fighting, Rapier, Thrown Weapons, and Archery! There will be an A&S display and Competition for both finished and in-progress work. And Yes! We will once again be hosting the 13th Annual Iron Scribe Competition! And this year I am excited to announce there will also be a Brewing Competition! There are also children’s activities planned for a day of merriment for all!
Our Head Cook is preparing a fine hearty feast and after an exciting day of activities invites all to don your finest Viking garb and join us in the longhouse for an illuminating and enchanting evening of feasting and friendship. We encourage all to bring their banners to hang, and candles and lanterns, to add to the aesthetic of the evening.
Depending on COVID Protocol at the time of the event, the feast and all activities may take place outside. The event will follow all SCA Covid protocols. Please check the event Facebook Page for updates and announcements as the event draws closer.
Our site is the New Germany Grove Hall 1635 New Germany Road, Summerhill, PA15958. Site will open on Friday, July 15th at 5 pm and close on Sunday, July 17th, at 12 noon. There is plenty of space for camping. No shower facilities are available but place feel free to being our own amenities. There will be sanitizing stations throughout the event. The site is discreetly wet and above ground fires are permitted. Adult Event Registration is $25 per adult. Adult Member Discount Event Registration is $20 per adult member. Children ages 17 and under are free. Breakfast and lunch sideboard are included with your event registration.
Our Head Cook is her Excellency Rosheen O Fayh (Tracey Zimmerman) email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Dietary/allergy concerns may be sent to her email. Co-Feastocrat is Lord Biorn inn Digri (Chris Fedelia). Feast is $10 per person. Children ages 5 and under are free for feast. The feast is limited to 64, so reservations are highly encouraged.
Our Reservation Clerk will be Lord Battista (Paul Tedeski) email email@example.com. This year Pre-registration will be available online through SCARS and all those who preregister online will receive a $5 discounted registration fee. Please check the event page for information on when pre-registration will open and close. Cash and checks will still be accepted at the gate. Make checks payable to SCA-PA, Inc. Barony of St. Swithin’s Bog. Our Royalty Liaison is Dame Ursula of Rouen (Danielle Duvall, PO Box 661, Shepherdstown, WV. 25443), 540-287-1748 or Ursula.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Questions regarding the event may be directed to the Autocrat, Lady Niamh bean Bran O’Labhradha (Diana Lowry, 3735 Baytree Street. Pittsburgh, PA 15214), 724-550-5352 or email@example.com.
Although the SCA complies with all applicable laws to try and ensure the health and safety of our event participants, we cannot eliminate the risk of exposure to infectious diseases during in person events. By participating in the in-person events of the SCA, you acknowledge and accept the potential risks. You agree to take any additional steps to protect your own health and safety and those under your control as you believe necessary.
Directions available at the event announcement here.
This coming weekend, the Spring Æthelmearc Æcademy and War College will host many classes on diverse topics. But be prepared, as well as a Silent Auction to benefit SASS! Shaykha Jân al-Tha’lab from the Shire of Abhainn Ciach Ghlais, better known as Fox, is working hard to raise enough funds to be able to supply provisions for our Pennsic fighters. For now, she’s mostly made use of donations jars but to reach her end goal she plans a one-time silent auction at the Æcademy and War College. Traditionally, SASS is funded through a donation jar at the well-attended Adult Swim, but with event disruptions due to the Plague, this option was not available for our fighters this year.What is SASS? The Sylvan Army Support Staff provides food, water, basic first aid and armor/weapon repair stuffs to support and aid our Kingdom’s fighters and fencers while they’re on the field at Pennsic, WP, and several other events. We are a group of volunteers funded primarily through monetary donations from our populace, which is used to procure the Gatorade, pickles, olives, watermelons, oranges, pretzels, etc to literally feed an army, and a terrifying amount of duct tape.
Please check out the SASS Silent Auction and bid generously! Or, if your house is as full as mine, you are also more than welcome to add directly to the donation jar, of course.
The Spring Æcademy and War College will be held in the Shire of Coppertree at Camp Kingsley, 5330 Tuffy Road, Ava, New York on June 18, 2022 and is a Royal Event. Please contact Master Fridrikr & Mistress Orianna, Chancellors of the Æcademy and Sir Beatrix Krieger, Dean of the War College, for more information on Æcademy.
Have books (sca tops), fighter gear or A&S specific goods spare to benefit Sass and our Pennsic fighters? I will be happy to take your donation (preferably before lunch) and add it to the silent auction menu. Baron Snorri skyti Bjarnarson is the event autocrat and can help track me down, or leave your donation at Troll when entering or at/under the Donations table.
We are very excited by the first in-person Æthelmearc Æcademy since 2019! The Shire of Coppertree is graciously hosting us at Camp Kingsley in Ava, NY on June 18th 2022. We have a wide array of classes ready for you, so come out and learn new things!
The site is a boy scout camp so the classes are spread out through various buildings and grounds. If you need assistance finding your classroom let us know! All of the classroom buildings have electricity, and all of the classrooms will have bottled water for general use. The tap water in the camp is from a well-regulated spring-fed lake so it is also quite potable.
Current COVID policy for the Kingdom of Æthelmearc (and we do not expect this to change anytime soon) is that everyone over the age of 2, regardless of vaccination status, must wear a mask indoors.
All of the classrooms with the exception of the War College are indoors and, therefore, EVERYONE over the age of 2 INCLUDING TEACHERS MUST BE MASKED FOR THE DURATION OF EACH CLASS. The classrooms will have signs reminding attendees of this fact.
We know this might be difficult to manage but we are the SCA and courtesy dictates that we follow policy, and that we are patient with the difficulties this may present. We would recommend that you each bring one or more masks, and a straw to allow you to drink out of a bottle or mug without needing to remove your mask.
You must also eat out of doors, but the autocrat has assured us that there are plenty of tables in the various open structures and porches to allow for this.
Teachers are allowed to move classes outside if permitted by the weather and class structure.
For the first time in many years, Ӕthelmearc has a Crown Prince and Princess who have never sat the thrones before.
Prince Arnthor inn Sterki and Princess Ceirech na Hinnsi live in the Shire of Hunter’s Home, in Lawrence County, PA, not far from Coopers’ Lake where the Pennsic War is held.
His Highness is a Knight and a member of the Orders of the Gage and Golden Alce, as well as a Companion of the Scarlet Battery for his work with siege weapons. He also has a Keystone and a Sycamore.
Her Highness received her AoA for tablet weaving and service in archery, and a Golden Alce for her work with siege weapons.
Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope interviewed our new Crown Prince and Princess to learn more about them.
When and how did you find the SCA? What most attracted you to the Society?
Arnthor: I found it on the internet and knew it was for me. I was hooked on fighting heavy from our first event, Sunderoak’s summer picnic in 2003.
Ceirech: When I first began my Scadian adventure in 2003, it was for my husband, but after meeting people and discovering some of the opportunities that it offered, I grew an appreciation for it. I remember an early Pennsic experience of waking up to bagpipes in the distance and going to sleep that night to rhythmic drum beats. It was beautiful and it was those kinds of experiences, the ones that make you feel like you’ve traveled back in time, that got me really excited about the SCA.
Please tell me a little about your personas and how you chose them.
Arnthor: I am a Danish warrior who ended up in Rus. My (real-life) grandmother, who passed before I was born, was full-blooded Danish. I always thought that was interesting. I wanted to know as much about her home country as I could.
Ceirech: I chose a 5th century Irish name, but I had no specific persona when I chose it. I tend to decide what clothing style I will wear based on the season. I prefer layered Viking garb during the winter months and cooler Roman garb during the summer, but I’ve also worn Italian Ren and I’m currently looking at Rus. When it comes to garb, there are just too many beautiful and interesting things to wear for me not to learn about and indulge in as many styles as possible.
Photo by Baroness Ailianora Brunhulle
I hear that you are both members of a new fighting group. How did that get started?
Ceirech: Yes, we are very excited! Four of us friends formed our fighting group Bogatyr with a lot of thought and care. Arnthor has always dreamed of a fighting group where everyone is treated as an equal and accomplished fighters can invest in lifting up others who share the same or similar goals as him. I like that we are all individuals that can wear our own colors, but come together under a shared banner on the field as people who fight together and help each other realize our potential. I also like that people take turns being in leadership roles on the field, so if someone wants to try leading they will get that opportunity. We think this will help fighters who otherwise wouldn’t get the experience and they can receive feedback from the group that will help them grow.
Arnthor: We are not a household, we are the wandering chivalry of Ӕthelmearc. My squires (Winnardus, Patrokles, Raziel, and Brillo) are free to join or stay in any household they wish; they just need to fight with me. Other members can come from any household or no household at all to fight with us.
In addition, to stay active over the last year, I started holding fighter practices at my house with a group my wife called the “Vacc Pack” because everyone had to be vaccinated against Covid to participate. This became successful enough that others from the Vacc Pack group began hosting their own fight practices, and one of them even had twenty people.
Has either of you been an associate (squire, apprentice, protégé, etc.) to another peer?
Arnthor: Yes, I was squired to Sir Tarl MacLave. He was a friend and had been knighted in the fall of 2014. We already had a mentor type of relationship so I asked him to take me as his squire the following spring, because I wanted to be part of that lineage Tarl’s knight was Sir Reinhardt von Berchtesgaden, whose had been squired to Master Wulfgar of the Wood. Two weeks later I was knighted, at War Practice in 2015.
Ceirech: I’ve only begun my personal journey in the SCA in recent years, and there are so many things I enjoy, from operating a ballista to inkle weaving, that I have not focused on anything in particular yet. It has been my goal to experience as many things as I can for right now.
Arnthor or Arnþorr? Do you have a preferred spelling? And for Her Highness, can you explain how your name should be pronounced?
Arnthor: It’s Arnthor.
Ceirech: “Ceir” rhymes with “here” and “ech” rhymes with “deck.”
Photo by Baroness Miriel du Lac
You’ve both been involved in siege weapons. Can you discuss how that came about and what your part in it has been?
Arnthor: I was the spearhead and main builder of five ballistae. We gave one to the Kingdom and one was broken, but the other three were still in service at Pennsic 48. Her Highness and I are responsible for many of the Kingdom siege engineers becoming authorized.
Ceirech: For years I wanted to fight heavy, but I knew it wasn’t realistic for me due to my heart problems. My husband wanted to build a ballista, so it seemed the perfect fit to get me out there on the field. He built his first ballista for me, and then he built a few more with some assistance. I wasn’t able to work the ballista every Pennsic due to my health, so to stay involved, I became the Siege Commander for a couple of years, worked as a Siege Marshal, and helped with weapons inspections as well. I also enjoyed authorizing people, because seeing their faces when they got to shoot for the first time was very exciting for me.
I’ve read that Arnthor has done bone carving and Ceirech has done tablet weaving. Can you discuss some of the items you’ve made? What other arts are you both interested in?
Arnthor: I do enjoy antler carving (bone stinks too much for me). I have made many things, such as Thor’s hammers, combs, needle holders, and jewelry with amber stones mounted on them.
Ceirech: I love the arts. I’ve spent many hours over the years at tablet, stick, and inkle weaving. I’ve also made scrolls, done embroidery, learned sprang, and played around with repoussé and chasing.
I believe you have an adult daughter and son. Are they still involved in the SCA?
Ceirech: Our son and daughter started in the SCA about 19 years ago. I believe they were 8 and 6 years old. Our daughter, Freya, has always enjoyed the SCA and is becoming more active again as an adult. She has made lifelong friends in the Society, so we know the SCA has a permanent place in her life. Our son, Magnus, enjoyed some things about the SCA, but has other interests that take priority, so he has not been active for many years. He told me recently, though, that he may come back for a visit.
What goals do you have for your reign? What do you think is the most important aspect of sitting the thrones?
Arnthor: We want to see people get rewarded for their hard work and effort.
Ceirech: When my husband and I sat in court with the King and Queen for the first time at Crown Tourney, that new perspective allowed us to see the faces of the people receiving their awards and their happiness was very moving. I love that part of it and we are looking forward to seeing the happy smiles and happy tears throughout our reign.
I also think it’s my duty to help be a voice for those with disabilities. My reign may end up looking different than those before me, and I think that should be OK. I may not be able to do everything expected of me in the way people are used to seeing it done. I think it’s important for people to see those differences and to understand that someone’s health can change from day to day, even moment to moment, depending on the person’s specific issue or issues. I would like to see a society that is more knowledgeable about and mindful of people with disabilities. I believe awareness, especially concerning invisible illnesses, can and will improve the experience for everyone.
Have you had a chance to assemble a staff yet?
Ceirech and Arnthor: Yes, we knew from the start who we wanted to run our reign (Lady Vika Vyborgskaia) and be our Head Retainer (Baroness Aine ny Allane). The rest have been falling into place.
Given that Covid-19 doesn’t seem likely to go away any time soon, a winter reign is likely to be challenging. King Gareth and Queen Juliana had to deal with many canceled and rescheduled events because of Omicron, and of course almost all of King Maynard and Queen Liadain’s very long reign was virtual. Have you thought about ways to handle those issues during your time on the thrones if Covid does remain an issue?
Arnthor: Both couples you mentioned provided an excellent road map on how to navigate the pandemic. Her Highness’s health makes her very vulnerable to the worst effects of Covid. So it is of the utmost importance to us that we do the best we can to ensure everyone is safe.
Photo by THLady Silence de Cherbourg
Princess Ceirech, you have mentioned your health issues and the need to use a walker or wheelchair sometimes. Can you tell us more about this?
Ceirech: I have a progressive, incurable, genetic heart disease that wasn’t diagnosed until I was 46 years old. The main heart problem I have is Apical Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy. It’s usually pretty benign, but in my case, it is the very opposite, and I have a lot of severe symptoms like congestive heart failure and life-threatening arrhythmias. Due to scar tissue building up inside my heart, the signal to tell my heart to beat can no longer travel throughout my heart, so I have a pacemaker to make the bottom chambers of my heart beat and a defibrillator to help protect me from going into cardiac arrest from the arrhythmias I experience.
My heart is actually strong with a good solid beat, but due to my type of heart disease, the wall around my left ventricle is severely thickened and does not like to relax to allow blood to fill that chamber before it’s constricting again. I take medication to slow my heart rate down and give that chamber more time to fill, to get more oxygen into my body. With a heart that stays at a slower beat no matter what I’m trying to do, I run out of physical and mental energy quickly, get dizzy a lot, and struggle to catch my breath. Breathing is also complicated by the fluid I retain from my congestive heart failure.
When I’m feeling my best, I can walk with no assistance in short bouts fairly well, but most often I use a walker to allow myself to sit down if I become breathless. The walker also gives me some help with balance. On my worst days, or when I know I will be traveling around a lot, I use a wheelchair. Pennsic, and any medium to large event sites are where a wheelchair is most needed, so I have freedom to get around. That gives me some semblance of normalcy.
I think it’s imperative that the populace know that, when I’m experiencing a heart arrhythmia, I get dizzy and breathless very quickly. I will drop to my knees immediately. Getting close to the ground is for safety, not necessarily because I’m passing out, although it does feel like that to me. The majority of the time, after giving myself a minute or two, my heart will return to its normal rhythm and I’m able to get back to whatever I was doing, though with a little less spunk.
I also have 2 rods and 6 screws in my lower back, and my back gets stiff and tired. Having the walker keeps that from happening as quickly.
What do you do mundanely?
Arnthor: I do background checks for the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA).
Ceirech: My education is to be a Secondary History teacher, and when pursuing my Masters I acquired my certification in Special Education. However, due to my health, my dream of being a teacher in the classroom never came to fruition, so drawing upon my creative side, I turned to arts and crafts. The pandemic halted plans I had with a friend to do some vending at craft shows, so with my love of home decorating and photography, I’ve laid the foundation to do ads for home-goods companies. Last year I was approached to start selling my art as prints, even my simple watercolor art I did for Christmas cards and tags, so that is another venue I’ve been pursuing.
Finally, what are you most looking forward to about your time as Heirs and eventually Sovereigns of Ӕthelmearc?
Arnthor and Ceirech: Seeing areas of the SCA that we never would have seen and experienced otherwise, and meeting the people who make them up. We also look forward to recognizing people’s efforts and making any improvements we can, no matter how small, because the most important thing is that Æthelmearc is running smoothly and the populace is content and happy.
Greetings, For those of you who don’t know me, I am Illadore de Bedegrayne and I am the Kingdom Seneschal for Æthelmearc, which is the kingdom where Pennsic occurs.
Because of that, Pennsic falls under Æthelmearc’s COVID policies, so let’s get into them.
We’re going to discuss COVIDSafe, masking, and what to do if you get sick at Pennsic.
First and foremost, we are following the SCA’s COVIDSafe policy.
You can read it in full in the (links above), but the short summary is that everyone five years old and up must either show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or proof of a negative COVID test taken within 72 hours of check-in, that has been issued by a medical facility. (It cannot be a regular home test.)
Some important points:
This is required.
If you do not have either a negative test or proof of vaccination, you will be turned away, regardless of how far you have traveled, or your status in the SCA.
The local testing centers may be full. Your entry to Pennsic will likely be delayed hours, if not days.
Please come prepared and please let others who do not do social media know as well. Electronic versions of proof of vaccination or a negative test are OK.
Two other quick points:
There will be no menacing the COVIDSafe checkers at Troll. Please be kind to these staff members. They are trying to help you get through the line as quickly as possible. Anyone that starts yelling at them, bullying, acting disrespectfully, or being abusive to them will be told to remove themself from the property immediately for the duration of Pennsic War.
Please be advised that the SCA COVIDSafe policies are for attendees. The landowners, their staff, and some of the food vendors (who don’t participate in the event) are not covered under this policy or the mask policy. There will be no menacing, yelling, or bullying of them either.
Æthelmearc has a two part masking policy:
Part 1: If you are unvaccinated, you must wear a mask at all times in public areas.This does not include when you are in your private camp – anywhere out in public, you must wear a mask over your mouth and nose. Kids: yes, this includes kids age 2 and above. Again, this is for outside your private camp, and in public areas.
Part 2: Any place that is inside, when COVID transmission is high or substantial on the CDC transmission map (not the community level), everyone must wear a mask.
What is inside?
Troll, due to its high density and volume is considered inside and masks are required at Troll.
The Great Hall/Big Giant Barn is considered inside if the doors are down, the laundry area, bathhouses, and trailers used by the SCA. Of note, the upper level of the Cooper showerhouse next to the Cooper Store will be closed and locked for Pennsic 49. The upper bathrooms will still be accessible from the deck. Please let families with older children and teenagers know that they will not be able to hangout and play games inside the shower house like they have in previous years.
What is outside?
All Pennsic tents – save Troll.
The Great Hall if all of the doors are open.
And of course, outside.
(The Cooper Store and Internet Cafe is not part of the event and does not fall under this policy.)
Side note: Private camps can set their own rules for masks in their own camps / tent areas.
What to do if you become sick at Pennsic.
If you get COVID or test positive for COVID while at Pennsic, you should immediately put on a mask, and return home.
If that is not possible (say due to plane tickets), you should isolate in your tent/camp; notify your campmates for their own health and safety, do not participate in any activities such as martial, classes, A&S, court, and the like, and you can return to activities after 5 days of no symptoms and a negative COVID test issued from a licensed medical provider; or 10 days and a negative COVID test issued from a licensed medical provider if you have symptoms. Again, this is ONLY if you cannot return home due to extenuating circumstances.
We know that some of you do not agree with these policies and there is an added burden. We just want you to understand that our main goal here is to keep the greatest number of people at the lowest risk.
To summarize: COVIDSafe policy is in effect at Pennsic, you must show proof of vaccination or proof of a negative COVID test from a medical facility, taken within 72 hours of arrival, unvaccinated individuals, 2 and up, need to wear a mask in public spaces, masks are required by *all* inside, and if you get sick or test positive at Pennsic, mask up and return home.
Thank you so much and I hope you have a wonderful War.
Greetings!! THL Thalia Papillon here, Gazette editor and proud inhabitant of the Kingdom of Æthelmearc, continuing with the tradition of populace in focus. Our Kingdom is a vast and wonderful place filled with many great people, but how many of these people do you see event after event and have never met, or maybe wondered more about?
This is open to the entire Kingdom and is not limited by rank, position, or time in the SCA. There is no deadline, when I have articles, I will post articles. I am also interested in interviewing couples, households, fighting units, or any other element that makes up the Kingdom. Even if you don’t live in the Kingdom anymore, but still call Æthelmearc home in your heart? We would love to hear from you too.
If you are interested in being interviewed, please contact me (information below) and I will send you a series of questions to answer. When completed return the answers to me. Please include at least three to four photos to use in the article. One should be a good profile picture. Answers with no photos will not be published.
I hope to hear from as many of you as possible and look forward to learning more about everyone
Lord Eoghan MacDuibhshithe died unexpectedly on May 12, 2022. He is survived by his wife, Dame Margaret Makafee (Gretchen Beck).
Though a long-time subject of the Debatable Lands, Lord Eoghan started his SCA career in the 1980s in the Shire of Dachkehle (one of many early incarnations of what is now known as the Shire of Ballachlagan). At various points he served as Shire Seneschal, Herald, and Marshal. He had a particular interest in fencing, and traveled throughout West Virginia and Western PA to teach fencing back when it was new to the area. Along the way, he served on the Queen’s Guard for King Rurik and Queen Elspeth. His wife recalls “Folks thought, because he was big and heavy, he would be slow. They thought that for about half a second after they heard “lay on” and realized that someone that big, moving that fast, was truly scary.”
Lord Eoghan could also occasionally be convinced by his lady to participate in theatricals. She said, “I especially loved him and Connor M’Eleam [interacting] – they were in a Masque at Pennsic, a dispute of which is the greatest, Tragedy or Comedy — the two of them were supposed to play High Comedy and Low Comedy, but it turned out more Low Comedy and Lower Comedy — but a great good time was had by all (and I don’t think I’ve ever tried so hard not to break character by laughing).”
Eoghan’s choice of SCA name often gave heralds pause. Master Donnan the Solitary recalls an event when Eoghan was called into court. “The herald called for someone named “E-han Fe-own Mac Dub shide” or something like that. Of course no one responded. I looked around and [realized] Eoghan had chosen not to attend court, but… the poor herald was struggling with Gaelic attempts at transcribing the language into English. So [in] a probably not-as-respectful-as-I-should-have-been voice from the back of the hall, [I called] “um… could you spell that?”” The herald, looking rather put off, dutifully spell out Eoghan Fionn MacDuibhshithe (Owen Finn MacPhee is the way it is normally pronounced), and I went up and collected his AoA for him. The king at the time seemed rather amused, and informed me that my friend needed to get an easier-to-spell name. Eoghan never did; indeed, he often came up with interesting, yet period, ways to spell the clan name.”
Dame Margaret recalls “He used to be asked occasionally about the household banner, which showed a sword piercing a book, and would say that was our motto, “Strength through Knowledge.”
Lady Dearbhforgaill an Chomhaidh recalls, “[Eoghan] could tell a story that would leave you in stitches and make you wonder if a tenth of it was true (it was) and wonder how he was still standing. He was infuriating in a debate and irreverent but he loved deeply and was a loyal and true friend. I will miss him.”
Maistir Brandubh o Donghaile and Mistress Hilderun Hugelmann, Baron and Baroness of the Debatable Lands, posted this to the baronial blog: “Though Lord Eoghan had not been active these past years, he was a staple in our Barony in years past, excelling particularly in merry-making, and instrumental in bringing rapier fighting to the southern reaches of the Principality of Æthelmearc, along with his friends and household. As Dame Margaret said about him, “[Eoghan] is now one with the universe and no more in these earthly dwellings. Pray raise a glass and a fond memory for his time with you.””
Master Donnan recounts, “Eoghan was one of the first and oldest friends I made in the SCA, always quick to share a drink or a fight. He was there when I began fencing myself, and was there when I fought heavy. He was one of the people responsible for the revival of fencing in the local area that continues to this day, and most, if not all of the older local fencers will have their own Eoghan stories, on and especially off the field. He has indeed been described as larger than life, and the legend will continue to grow. I like to think that somewhere, he waits by a fire with a beer, a sword, and so many stories to tell, for all of us.”
Lord Eoghan was recognized with the Debatable Lands’ Baronial Order of the Comet for service as well as martial skill (twice). He received his Award of Arms from the East Kingdom in A.S. XXI. In A.S XXXIII, he was inducted into Ӕthelmearc’s Order of the Golden Alce by King Cygnus and Queen Dorinda, and in A.S. XXXVII, and he received a Keystone for his service as an archery marshal from King Rurik and Queen Elspeth.
Final arrangements are private to family, but there may be a memorial service later this summer.
Documented from the Rolls and Files of the Coram Regibus of Thomas Byron II Rex and Ariella II Regina, King and Queen of Æthelmearc: Being a True Record of the Business of Their Royal Court at Melee Madness, 28 May, Anno Societatis LVII, in the Barony of Endless Hills. As recorded by Gwendolyn the Graceful, Brehyres, Meistr-y-gân, Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald, assisted by Drotinn jǫrundr hinn rotinn, Silver Buccle Herald, and with the assistance of Lady Magdalena Txoperena, as well as Mistress Gytha Oggsdottir, Silent Herald.
In the morning, Their Majesties gave leave to Baron Stefano and Baroness Fiona to hold their final Baronial Court.
At the conclusion of the final court of Stefano and Fiona, Their Majesties allowed Sir Murdoch Bayne to speak to his associate, The Honorable Lord Lotharius qui et Segimundus, in order to release His Lordship from his responsibilities as squire. Their Majesties then inquired of His Lordship whether he still wished to contemplate elevation into the Order of the Chivalry. Upon his affirmation, Their Majesties gave him to the custody of that Most Noble Order for the purpose of preparing him for his vigil.
Their Majesties then sought The Honorable Lady Juliana Woolworth, seneschal of the Barony of Endless Hills, to confirm that the Barony had held an election, according to its policies, and that the results of that election had been properly certified, and that the winners of that election were present and prepared. Their Majesties then released Stefano and Fiona from their station as Baron and Baroness of Endless Hills, and entrusted the baronial coronets into the hands of Baron Ulrich Drachendonner. They then called for the successors, Lord Nicolo dei Gaetani and The Honorable Lady Magge Illfoster, and invested them as Baron and Baroness, and received Their Excellencies’ oath of Fealty.
Their Majesties then gave leave to Their Excellencies to open a brief Baronial Court for the purpose of installing their Herald in accordance with their policy and custom.
Their Majesties then recalled Stefano and Fiona to Grant them again that rank they had held and name them a Baron and Baroness of Their Court. Calligraphy and illumination for Baron Stefano’s scroll by Lady Christina Mary Lowe (known as Jinx) and for Baroness Fiona’s by Lady Kolfinna Jodisardottir, with wording for both by Master Po Silvertop and Baron Nicolo dei Gaetani. There being no further business at that time, Court was suspended.
In the afternoon, Their Majesties asked Sir Thorsol Solinagua to bear the toybox to the rear of Court and supervise the distribution of toys to the youth in attendance..
Their Majesties were well pleased to see a large number of newcomers attending their first Royal Court, and gifted them all with drinking vessels to welcome them.
Next, Their Majesties noted Abigail Greywolf within the Baronial Court personnel and entreated her to present herself. Faced with frank evidence of her service, They were moved to Award her Arms. Scroll by Master Jon Blaecstan with wording by Master Po Silvertop.
Their Majesties desired that Logan of Endless Hills come forward. Noting his varied service and his initial efforts in the arts of rapier combat, They saw fit to Award him Arms. Scroll by Sir Arden Scot.
Their Majesties next required the attendance of Lady Abby Rose. By virtue of the fact that Lady Abby had also been recognized by both Baron Stefano and Baroness Fiona’s court and by Baron Nicolo and Baroness Magge’s court, They were reassured in Their decision to bestow upon her further accolades. Thus they named her a Companion of the Order of the Keystone, in testament whereof, Mistress Ríoghnach ní Rose (aka Mom) provided her own medallion. Scroll by Lady Magdalena Txoperena.
At this time, Their Majesties called forward Revna Lunaris, who had been fetched from the kitchens. Citing that this was not an uncommon place to find her, as well as in other places of service to her Barony, Their Majesties thought it mete to raise her to the nobility and Award her Arms. Scroll by Baroness Magge Illfoster upon wording by Baron Nicolo dei Gaetani.
Next, Their Majesties wished to be attended by The Honorable Lady Antoinette de Lorraine to speak with her about her research and her sundry arts, including embroidery, lucet, painting, and more. For these pursuits, They were moved to name her a Companion of the Order of the Sycamore. Scroll by Masteritsa Zaritsa Zavodchikovna.
Their Majesties also sought Lady Birna Hakadottir in order to praise her embroidery, which was abundantly evident upon her clothing and that of her family. Given her exemplary skill and her efforts to adorn others within the kingdom, They were well pleased to name her a Companion of the Order of the Sycamore. Scroll by Sir Murdoch Bayne.
Their Majesties next summoned Lord Daubh O’Doolin into the Royal Presence. With praise for the joy, chivalry, and attention to technique with which he approaches rapier combat, They were pleased to induct him into the Order of the Golden Alce. Scroll by Mistress Gytha Oggsdottir upon wording by Baron Nicolo dei Gaetani, forthcoming.
Their Majesties at this time requested the attendance of Lady Æsa Helgulfsdottir. They reminded her of the phrase “from sheep to shawl” and took good note of how accurate it was when applied to her research and pursuits within fiber arts and related research. Their Majesties further explained that her work had impressed not only Them, but others, and thus, called for Their Noble Order of the Fleur D’Æthelmearc to attend and witness as They Granted her Arms and named her among the Order’s Companions. Scroll by Sir Murdoch Bayne.
Before releasing the Order of the Fleur D’Æthelmearc, Their Majesties requested that Lady Margareta le Sayre also come forward to be recognized for her needlework, including embroidery and other fiber arts. Their Majesties Granted her Arms as well, and inducted her also into this Noble Order. Scroll illuminated by Eleanor the Grey, Thea de Nas, and Sir Murdoch Bayne, with words and calligraphy by Sir Murdoch Bayne.
Her Majesty then requested that Baron Tassin Tresseaul receive from Her Majesty’s hands some fabric for the purpose of making favors, a task for which he had volunteered previously. However, in noting that he had undertaken this mission, Her Majesty also observed that His Excellency was in fact always volunteering and always serving. Knowing that there were others who had made this same observation, Their Majesties invited forth Their Noble Order of the Millrind and were pleased to induct His Excellency among their number. Scroll by Posadnik Zvonimir Zavodchikov.
Following this, Their Majesties demanded that The Honorable Lord Lotharius qui et Segimundus reenter the Court to give his answer whether he would accept elevation into the Most Noble Order of the Chivalry. His Lordship desiring to undertake this responsibility, Their Majesties called upon Their Knights and Masters there assembled to step forward and bear witness. Their Majesties received the endorsements of worthy Peers to attest to His Lordship’s merits:
From Duke Magnus Tindal of the East, who carried the words of Count Eckehard Thurn of Atlantia, They heard of franchise, a quality hard to define, but easily recognized in its bearers. From Countess Caryl Olesdottir, representing the Ladies of the Rose, They heard the familiar phrase, “For honor and glory.” Her Excellency noted that while many have differing definitions of honor, glory can only be experienced in small doses, and that one cannot chase honor, but instead must chase excellence. From Baron Cormacc mac Gilla Brigde, delivering the words of His Grace, Duke Timothy of Arindale, They heard of His Lordship’s service as a teacher of other fighters, of his way of instructing so that his students can understand and apply his instruction. From Master Po Silvertop, carrying the words of Master Benedict Fergus Atte Mede, Masters of Defense, They heard of valor, strength of skill, but particularly of courage, and that His Lordship exhibits these along with love for his family and duty to his Kingdom. To this, Master Po added that he has observed His Lordship at many a practice, and noted his dedication to creating venue for fighters, even when there was no assurance that anyone would come. From Master Silvester Burchardt, Laurel, They learned of the craftsmanship necessary for the accolade of Mastery, and that His Lordship’s craft was the wielding of two swords.From Mistress Ríoghnach ní Rose, Pelican, They heard of the weight of Peerage, and the expectations upon a Peer to be thoughtful, kind, encouraging, and courteous. In His Lordship, she attested to his desire to create a welcoming, thriving environment, enhancing our activities and fostering new members. And from Sir Murdoch Bayne, Knight, They heard that the Chivalric virtues, whether they number seven, nine, or twenty-one, rarely speak of ability upon the field. Generosity, courage, faith, hope, and the like speak not to a Knight’s prowess, but to their character. Loyalty, dedication, and these qualities are what separate a knight from a common thug, and that in His Lordship, his character is that of a knight, regardless of the color of belt that he wears.
Hearing these testaments, the Crown was pleased to continue, and called for the trappings of station to be conferred upon His Lordship: a belt presented by Earl Yngvar the Dismal and placed upon His Lordship by Lady Birna Hakadottir and their children; spurs, buckled on his heels by Sir Beatrix Krieger and Sir Thorsol Solinagua; the ancestral chain of the Knights of Æthelmearc, with lineage read by Sir Tigernach mac Cathail; and a cloak presented by Lord Ulfkell Dungelsson and The Honorable Lady Æsa Helgulfsdottir. Their Majesties received Lotharius’ oath of fealty, found it acceptable, and then dubbed him Knight. Then did His Majesty bid him rise and accept one final unanswered blow, and welcomed him as a Companion of the Most Noble Order of Chivalry. Scroll by Sir Murdoch Bayne.
Her Majesty desired to speak with Lord Chaghagen Duras to thank him for assuming the duties of guard for the day, and named him her inspiration as a result.
Their Majesties invited the scribes and wordsmiths who had contributed to the Court to come forward and claim an item to replenish their supplies, if they so desired.
There being no further business, Court was closed.
Documented from the Rolls and Files of the Coram Regibus of Thomas Byron II Rex and Ariella II Regina, King and Queen of Æthelmearc: Being a True Record of the Business of Their Royal Court at Æthelmearc War Practice XXXI, 21 May, Anno Societatis LVII, in the Shire of Steltonwald. As recorded by Gwendolyn the Graceful, Brehyres, Meistr-y-gân, Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald, assisted by Master Kieran MacRae and Lady Forveleth Dunde.
In the morning, Their Majesties inquired of The Honorable Lady Shirin al-Sussiyya if it was still her wish to sit vigil and contemplate elevation into the Most Noble Order of the Laurel. Upon her affirmation, Her Ladyship was conveyed into the care of the Order for their Counsel. Court was then suspended.
Upon the field, Their Majesties recognized all of the Youth Combatants who entered the lists for the Royal Championship with tokens of appreciation. Unto the victor, Hjotr Sigvaldison, they bestowed a prize and named him Their Champion for Youth Combat and requested that he present himself later to collect additional regalia of his station.
Court was suspended.
In the afternoon, Their Majesties issued a Temporary Removal from Participation in the Society against James McCain, known in the Society as Raven.
Court was suspended.
In the evening, Their Majesties and Their Highnesses, accompanied by Mohammad, Crown Prince of the East, welcomed The Landed Barons and Baronesses of Æthelmearc to join Them in Court.
Their Majesties enlisted Simon à Fjarfelli to conduct the Running of the Toybox for the youth there assembled.
Next, Their Majesties entreated all those attending their first Royal Court to approach and collect drinking vessels as a gesture of welcome to the Society.
Their Majesties received Mistress Alessandra D’Avignon and the company of Steltonwald to present the Banners of Friends Departed. This was followed by a moment of silent remembrance.
Their Majesties asked The Honorable Lord Alrekr Bergsson to share the results of the archery shoot to determine Their Champion. Baron Snorri skyti Bjarnarson was called forward, invested with the regalia of office, and invited to join the Court as Archery Champion. Scroll by Sir Ardan Scott.
Their Majesties also invited Baroness Anastasie de Lamoure to speak regarding the Thrown Weapons Champions’ tournament. The Honorable Lord Kumagaya Kentarou Masamoto, being victorious, was summoned forth and bestowed with the regalia of office and commanded to join the Court as Thrown Weapons Champion.
Hjotr Sigvardison was also called forward and publicly named Youth Champion before the Court and invested with regalia of his office. Scroll by Sir Ardan Scott; calligraphy by The Honorable Lady Nichola Beese.
Next, Their Majesties gave leave to The Honorable Lady Vika Viborgskaya to recognize those who taught classes during the event. However, it was noted that one who taught many of the classes had not come forward to collect a token.
Thus, Their Majesties compelled Baroness Elena de la Palma to present herself before Them. Remarking on the number of lessons Her Excellency had taught at War Practice and many other events, Their Majesties sought the input of others who had a similarly high opinion of her: The Order of the Fleur D’Æthelmearc. Upon their confirmed acclaim, they inducted her into their company. Promissory scroll #1 by The Honorable Lady Rachel Daliceaux; Promissory scroll #2 by Lady Magdalena Txoperena de Guerra upon research by The Honorable Lord Cassiano da Castello.
Their Majesties next desired Solvej of House Helios Furion to approach the throne. By virtue of her years of quiet and tireless service, Their Majesties declared it meet and proper that she join the nobility and thus Awarded her Arms. Scroll by Baron Caleb Reynolds.
Tara of Hornwood to come before the Royal Presence. Citing diligent service to her shire and to the Scarlet Guard Inn and archery community, they were pleased to Award her Arms. Scrolls by The Honorable Lady Gesa von Wellenstein with wording by Gwendolyn the Graceful Brehyres.
Next, Their Majesties requested of Baron Cunedda Kell and Baroness Alana of the Horseclans, Baron and Baroness of Blackstone Mountain, that they convey unto Natalia Nighteskias, on Their Majesties’ behalf, their desire to Award her Arms and count her among the nobility of the kingdom. Scroll illumination by Katrina Beese with calligraphy by Mistress Graidhne ni Ruaidh.
Their Majesties sought The Honorable Lady Erzebet Fauconneau and desired words with her. Taking good note of her unfailing courtesy, They were moved to name her a Companion of the Order of the Cornelian. Scroll illumination by Lady Birna en Kirri with calligraphy by Mistress Maria Christina de Cordoba.
At this time, Their Majesties observed The Honorable Lord Cassiano da Castello serving bar at the rear of Court and summoned him to join Them. They spoke with him of his many talents, but chiefly that he was before them this day for his efforts in the fencing list, and finding it worthy of recognition, they named him a Companion of the Order of the Golden Alce. Scroll by Lady Sorcha McKenzie.
Following this, Their Majesties also called Lady Simonetta D’Alfassi before Their presence. Seeing Lady Simonetta’s skill for its superiority and scintillating service to the scribal arts, the Sovereigns signed and sealed a scroll to substantiate that she might style herself an associate of the Order of the Sycamore. Sibilant scroll by Mistress Ekaterina Volkova.
Next, Their Majesties required the presence of Lady Aurelia Argentia Prima, whereon They spoke with her about her unparalleled contributions to the Moneyer’s Guild, as well as her jewelry, scribal arts, and other creative prowess. They once again called for the attendance of the Noble Order of the Fleur D’Æthelmearc, that with their acclaim, they might confer upon her the badge of that order and Grant her Arms. Scroll by Baroness Alianora Bronhulle upon wording by Baron Perote Gormal Campbell.
Their Majesties then welcomed The Honorable Lady Aaliz de Gant. They noted her service to the Equestrian community, as well as her many efforts on behalf of the Shire of Steltonwald, including her service as event steward for War Practice. They also remarked upon the corroboration of others who had found her service to be worthy of recognition and thus commanded that Their Noble Order of the Millrind join Them and greet her as their newest Companion Scroll by The Honorable Lady Gesa von Wellenstein upon wording by Baron Caleb Reynolds.
Their Majesties next entreated Lady Dominique von Weißenthurn to approach. They spoke with this good lady of her flawless attention to her presentation from head to toe, appearing in all ways as a perfect example of an historical lady. In recognition of her commendable and praiseworthy display of living history, They were minded to induct her into the Order of the Golden Mirror. Promissory scroll by Burgo the Bad Kitty.
Next, Their Majesties invited Mistress Ysabel Graver to present herself before the throne. With words of esteem and accolade for her continued service to the archery community and the regard in which they hold her, Their Majesties were moved to induct her as a Companion of the Order of the Scarlet Guard. Scroll by The Honorable Lady Anlaith ingen Trena.
At this time, Their Majesties received The Honorable Lady Shirin al-Sussiyya for the purpose of hearing her answer whether she would join the Most Noble Order of the Laurel. Upon hearing her desire to proceed, They did consult other notable Peers for their testimony. Duchess Juliana Delamare, Royal Peer and Rose, spoke of the ways in which Shirin inspired others. Duke Gareth Kincaid noted her quality, displayed in her conduct as Signet, addressing both peer and populace with courtesy and kindness. Duke Malcolm MacEoghainn, Knight, attested to her leadership, courage, and willingness to serve where there was need; Master Fredeburg von Katzenellenbogen, in representing the Order of Defense, cited her fearlessness in stepping in immediately upon becoming a subject of the kingdom, and the immediate impact that she had upon her office and the scribes of the realm. Mistress Antoinette de la Croix, Pelican, also spoke of the impact and the influence she had, demonstrating how many among the populace she had touched or worked with. Mistress Alicia Langland, representing the Jewels of Æthelmearc, testified to the love for the Society that runs through her heart; and Mistress Graidhne ni Ruaidh, on behalf of the Laurels, asserted her dedication to teaching and sharing her skills and instilling those skills in others. Hearing these words of support, Their Majesties were well minded to impart unto her the symbols of her Peerage, and to receive her oath of service, and to direct the Order of the Laurel to greet her as a Mistress of the same. Scroll by Lady Rose O’Tierrany upon words by Baron Arias Beltran del Valle.
Following this, Their Majesties required that Sir Michael of Northwood attend Them. For his long service to the Watch at Pennsic, as well as years of contribution to the marshalate, They saw fit to issue him with a Writ of Summons to contemplate induction into the Most Noble Order of the Pelican, at a time to be mutually agreed. Scroll by Master Kieran MacRae.
Their Majesties also called upon The Honorable Lady Ottilige Rappoltsweiler to present herself. Speaking of her considerable skill and artistry in the field of cookery, including the menus she devised and executed for the Æthelmearc Queen’s Tea among many other occasions, Their Majesties recalled the Most Noble Order of the Laurel, and instructed Her Ladyship by Writ of Summons to name a date on which she might sit vigil to contemplate elevation into that company. Colander writ a work in progress by The Honorable Lady Aurelia Argentia Prima.
Her Majesty beseeched Karsten the Black to step forward and accept Her token as Her inspiration of the event, for his service and assistance in setting up the Royal encampment.
Their Majesties recognized all scribes who contributed to the Court that day and invited them to partake of supplies to replenish their inventories.
There being no further business, Court was closed.