Immediately upon being Crowned, Their Majesties, Andreas and Kallista, announced that They are creating a new award for the worst garb or armor. It is to be given to subjects who have been in the SCA more than 2 years and are still wearing ratty T-tunics, their High School prom dresses, or carpet armor. They said it is Their hope that this award will inspire these subjects to “up their game” in an effort to beautify the Kingdom, especially for the upcoming Pennsic War. The award would be analogous to the Golden Stirrup or the Golden Mirror, but for the opposite reason.
They welcome your recommendations for possible recipients of this non-armigerous award, to be called the “Order of the Sad Accoutrements” pending approval from the College of Heralds. The proposed badge is “On a demi-woman proper in a prairie dress azure and argent, a bend and a roundel voided conjoined gules.”
The Chroniclers of the Known World are producing wonderful publications that add so much to each canton, barony, and Kingdom, as well as our Society as a whole. Every group from the smallest shire to the biggest Kingdom brought forth so much information, entertainment, knowledge, and light in a rather dark world, writers, artists, photographers, cartoonists, and others all working together to brighten our lives and increase our knowledge and awareness. There were so many wonderful articles, poems, short stories, and more. The list goes on and on.
The William Blackfox Awards nominees were such a joy for me to go through. If you have not been reading your group newsletters, now is a good time to start! Also, please make your own contributions to your newsletters and you may someday see your name and work in this list. Recipients of this prestigious award will receive a Master William Blackfox token (newly designed for this year), a certificate, and the right to use “Master William Blackfox Award Winner (or also, Commendation or nominee), [category], AS LV (56)” in their newsletters with the Blackfox logo.
Special thanks to my judges, Asta and Riordan, who assisted me in the choosing of the A.S. 56 William Blackfox Awards winners. Also, big shout-out to Patrice for designing and producing the new Blackfox award medallions. I am indebted to you all. And now, with no further ado, I present the Master William Blackfox Awards for A.S. 56! Well done, everyone!
Cecilia Blythe, OP
Best Overall Newsletter: This does not necessarily mean the best-looking newsletter, but rather the newsletter which best meets the needs of the local group or guild for which it is published. It should accurately reflect the status of the group and be a valuable tool for growth and promotion of SCA goals and ideals. This title is awarded to the newsletter and the Chronicler.
Winner: Artemesia: The Moose Call, Barony of Arn Hold; Chronicler: Ambrose Norwich
Commendation: East: The Østgarðr E-Horse, Crown Province of Østgarðr; Chronicler: Zahra al-Andaluzia
Also Nominated: Ansteorra: The Plume, Barony of Namron; Chronicler: Frú Sigriðr in kyrra
An Tir: Wealdsmere Watch, Barony of Wealdsmere; Chronicler: Arnora Grimsdottir
Atlantia: The Mountain Mayhem, Barony of Hidden Mountain; Chronicler: Bran Mydwynter
Caid: The Serpent’s Tongue, Barony of Calafia; Chronicler: Kyra Audax
Drachenwald: Baelfyr, Principality of Insulae Draconis; Chronicler: Lucrezia-Isabella di Freccia
Ealdormere: The Clarion, Barony of Ben Dunfirth; Chronicler: Meredyth Llwellyn
Gleann Abhann: A Sealion’s Tale, Barony of Seleone; Chronicler: Ellyn Heath of Hemingford Grey
Lochac: From the Tower, Barony of Southron Gaard; Chronicler: Joana de Bairros
Meridies: Seasons Spring, Kingdom of Meridies Supplemental; Chronicler: Bronwen O Gydweli
Northshield: Song of the Tower, Barony of Caer Anterth Mawr; Chronicler: Arnbjørn Karlsson
West: Tempus Nebularum, Principality of the Mists; Chronicler: Moira of Kent and Urtatim al Qurtubiyya bint ‘abd al-Karim al-hakam al-Fassi
Best Layout and Design: For the best-looking newsletter in balance and style. Awarded to the newsletter and the Chronicler.
Winner: Gleann Abhann: A Sealion’s Tale, Barony of Seleone; Chronicler: Ellyn Heath of Hemingford Grey
Commendation: Ansteorra: The Thorny Truth, Shire of Rosenfeld; Chronicler: Jessimond of Emerickeskepe
Also Nominated: Artemesia: The Moose Call, Barony of Arn Hold; Chronicler: Ambrose Norwich
Caid: The Dreiburgen News, Barony of Dreiburgen; Chronicler: Tracy the Gray
Drachenwald: Aarniwalcea, Barony of Aarnimetsa; Chronicler: Johanna aff Hucka
Ealdormere: The Clarion, Barony of Ben Dunfirth; Chronicler: Meredyth Llwellyn
East: Wyrm Words, Barony of L’Ile du Dragon Dormand; Chronicler: Nathalie Bisaillon
Meridies: The Equinox, Barony of Sol Haven; Chronicler: Bronwen O Gydweli
Middle: Thunderbolt, Barony of Andlecrag; Chronicler: Vinca Tavia
Northshield: The Crystal Quill, Barony of Nordskogen; Chronicler: Rosanore of Redthorn
Best Artwork: For artwork on cover or interior of the newsletter. Awarded to the newsletter and the artist.
Winner: Drachenwald: Artist: Richard of Salesberie; Cover art “Dragon Recovery”; Baelfyr, Principality of Insulae Draconis; Chronicler: Lucrezia-Isabella di Freccia
Commendation: Lochac: Artist: Isabel Maria de Aguila and Scott Astill; Cover – The Baronial Arms Soteltie at Baronial Anniversary; From the Tower, Barony of Southron Gaard; Chronicler: Joana de Bairros
Also Nominated: Ansteorra: Artist: Emma Farewyll; Cover Header Artwork, April 2022; The Thorny Truth, Shire of Rosenfeld; Chronicler: Jessimond of Emerickeskepe
Artemesia: Artist: Bianca da Ravenna; Original Artwork, “March 1999 after visiting Pine View Reservoir”; The Gryphon’s Roar; Barony of Gryphon’s Lair; Chronicler: Bianca da Ravenna
Atenveldt: Artist: Kolgrima Asgeirsdóttir; Cover “Lady Lagertha Arnfridardottir valiantly defended the Barony and Kingdom at Great Western War”, November 2021; Tusker Times, Barony of Tir Ysgithr; Chronicler: Kolgrima Asgeirsdóttir
Atlantia: Artist: Scholastica Joycors; artwork throughout The Yeoman; Barony of Bright Hills; Chronicler: Scholastica Joycors
Caid: Artist: Niksha Zerkal’nikov; Cover Illustration; Angels – Fall 2021 Seraph “To War”; Barony of the Angels; Chronicler: Catherine Hawkwood da Barbiano
Middle: Artist: Armand de Charterus; Drawn & Quartered – July 2021; Thunderbolt, Barony of Andlecrag; Chronicler: Vinca Tavia
Best Special Issue: For Arts & Sciences issues or other limited-focus issues of a geographic group (canton, shire, barony, etc.). Awarded to the newsletter and the Chronicler.
Winner: Ansteorra: The Nordic Saga, Barony of Northkeep; Special Issue dedicated to the celebration of the annual Northkeep Castellan event; Chronicler: Hanim Zubeydah al-Badawiyyah
Also Nominated: Artemesia: The Gryphon’s Roar, Barony of Gryphon’s Lair; Special Issue celebrating 15th Anniversary of the Barony; Chronicler: Bianca da Ravenna (outside of A.S. 56)
Best Special Interest Newsletter: This category recognizes guild newsletters, research newsletters, and Arts & Science focus newsletters (such as lacemaking). Awarded to the newsletter and the Chronicler.
Winner: Meridies: Penfeathers, Courage and Justice, Kingdom Children’s Newsletter; Chronicler: Jane Wolfden
Commendation: Æthelmearc: Apothecary and Herbal Newsletter, December 2021, Guild; Chronicler: Rue
Also Nominated: Ansteorra: Graywinds, April 2022, Shire of Graywood; Chronicler: Aine ingen Oitir
Artemesia: The Gryphon’s Roar, Special Edition Supplement 1: Baronial Photo Album; Chronicler: Zalkuubar
Best Regular Feature: For cartoons, articles, columns, etc. which appear regularly in the particular newsletter. Awarded to the creator or feature writer and the newsletter.
Winner: Atlantia: “The Bards Corner”, Author: Scholastica Joycors; The Yeoman, Barony of Bright Hills; Chronicler: Scholastica Joycors
Commendation: AnTir: “Gaming Corner”, Author: Isabella de Walingforde; The Looking Glass, Barony of Glymm Mere; Chronicler: Seumas mac Brehon
Middle: “SCA 101”, Author: Dorothea de Beckham; Spearpoint, Barony of Red Spears. Chronicler: Dorothea de Beckham
Also Nominated: Ansteorra: “The Adventures of Lenny the Liondragon”, Author: Sharon Wells; Liondragon Tales, Province of Moonshadowe; Chronicler: Elsa von Snackenburg
Artemesia: “Army the Moose”, Author: Ambrose Norwich; The Moose Call, Barony of Arn Hold; Chronicler: Ambrose Norwich
Drachenwald: “The Writ and Record”, Author: Nicolas de Estleche; Baelfyr, Principality of Insulae Draconis; Chronicler: Lucrezie-Isabella di Freccia
Ealdormere: “Bear-based Puzzle Games”, Author: Various; The Ursus, Barony of Septentria; Chronicler: Rubeus le Blont
East: “Sudoku”, Author: Unknown; The Iron Monger, Barony of Iron Bog; Chronicler: Pixie of Iron Bog
Lochac: “From the Baron and Baroness”, Author: Margie of Glen More; The Blue Strand, Barony of Kraé Glas; Chronicler: Margie of Glen More
West: “Heraldrydiculous:, Author: Khevron Oktavii Tikhikovich Vorotnikov; The Gatekeeper, Barony of Wintersgate; Chronicler: Merewyn of Ynys Taltraeth
Best Article: Recognizes excellence in articles appearing in a local newsletter. Awarded to the writer and the newsletter.
Winner: Drachenwald: “Sir Gawain’s Green Belt”, Author: Rebecca of Flintheath; Baelfyr, Principality of Insulae Draconis; Chronicler: Lucrezia-Isabella di Freccia
Commendation: Ansteorra: “Luffa Gourd Grown for Sponge”, Author: Tessa of the Gardens; The Trumpeter, Barony of Bordermarch; Chronicler: Nikolai Vladislav
Atenveldt: “Cooking with the Baroness: Soft Cheese”, Author: Valdis Skarpa; Palm Prints, Barony of Atenveldt; Chronicler: Susanna Broughton
West: “A Tablet Weaving Loom on a Budget”, Author: Gisla Œðikollr; The Gatekeeper, Barony of Wintersgate; Chronicler: Merewyn of Ynys Taltraeth
Also Nominated: Artemesia: “A Short History of Braanshem (Hell, I was There)”, Author: Angrim the Unreasonable; The Bronzehelm Watch, Barony of Bronzehelm; Chronicler: Colgrym of Avebury
Caid: “Did You Know….The SCA’s First Twelfth Night”, Author: Ragnailt Inghean Mhaoil Sheachlainn; The Fret Knot, Barony of Altavia; Chronicler: Lynnette de Sandoval del Valle de los Unicornios
Ealdormere: “Supportive Under-Gowns for 16th C. German Women’s Clothing”, Author: Maegwyn Skautibrok; The Clarion, Barony of Ben Dunfirth; Chronicler: Meredyth Llwellyn
Lochac: “Meet Your Officers: Interview with a Seneschal”, Author: Lowry ferch Gwynwynwyn ap Llewelyn and Sorle Maknicoll; Grapevine, Shire of Bordescros; Chronicler: Lowry ferch Gwynwynwyn ap Llewelyn
Middle: “New Year’s Celebrations in Period and Around the World”, Author: Claricia de la Mere; Internebbles, Barony of the Cleftlands; Chronicler: Jolicia atte Northclyfe
Northshield: “History of the Baronial Website”, Author: Arnbjørn Karlsson; Song of the Tower, Barony of Caer Anterth Mawr; Chronicler: Arnbjørn Karlsson
Best Poetry or Short Fiction: Recognizes the author of an outstanding poem or piece of short fiction. Awarded to the writer and the newsletter.
Winner: Caid: “365 Days of Sonnets”, Author: Lucia Traveler; The Baronial Banner Spring 2022, Barony of Starkhafn; Chronicler: Team Chronicler/Alexandra Sinclair
Commendation: Meridies: “True Friendship”, Author: Bronwen O Gydweli; The Equinox, Barony of Sol Haven; Chronicler: Bronwen O Gydweli
Middle: “The Hollowed Ship”, Author: Raedesmann Andreas Blacwode; The Zephyr, Barony of Aerton; Chronicler: Philippa of Otterbourne
West: “An SCA Acrostic”, Author: Bersi Eðvarðarson; Tempus Nebularum, Principality of the Mists; Chronicler: Moira of Kent
Also Nominated: Ansteorra: “Deep in Ansteorra”, Author: Aki Seulf and Agnes Pickel; The Trumpeter, Barony of Bordermarch; Chronicler: Nikolai Vladislav
Artemesia: “Ankharet’s Journal: The Spring Equinox”, Author: Ankharet Verch Meredudd; Silver Keep Citadel, Shire of Silver Keep; Chronicler: Tamsyn Sutherland
Drachenwald: “Boast for Maredudd ap Gwilym arglwyd and Lady Eleanore of Alvechurch”, Author: Ari Mala; The Baelfyr, Principality of Insualae Draconis
Lochac: “Katherine Kerr’s Heartfelt Plea”, Author: Katherine Kerr of the Hermitage; From the Tower, Barony of Southron Gaard; Chronicler: Joana de Bairros
Kingdom Chronicler’s Honorable Mentions: Nominations which didn’t fit into the above categories yet are still deserving of recognition for their exceptional work and/ or dedication to producing the best possible newsletter for the local group served. Recognition of merit given to all of the individual nominees.
Nominated: Artemesia: “William’s Journey”, Author: William Thorsson; Silver Keep Citadel, Shire of Silver Keep; Chronicler: Tamsyn Sutherland
Atlantia: “Today in History”, Author: not provided; The Dredgings, Barony of Lochmere; Chronicler: Katla Flokadottir
Drachenwald: Knightingale, Barony of Knight’s Crossing; Chronicler: Ellisif Gydasdottir
Middle: Andlecrag Newsflash, Barony of Andlecrag; Chronicler: Jessie of Lake Storsjön
KINGDOM NEWSLETTER CATEGORIES
Best Cover for a Kingdom Newsletter: Recognizes the creator of a piece provided for use as the cover of a kingdom newsletter awarded to the artist(s).
Winner: Ansteorra: Eleanor Bonwicke, Illustration: “Black Hours Scroll”; The Black Star, January 2022
Commendation: Atenveldt: Lion Ari Usni, Illustration: “Sigurd and the Wyrm”, Southwind, January 2022
Also Nominated: An Tir: Jacomina van Vossenbrouck, Photograph: Cover Photo; The Crier, January 2022 Artemesia: Domingo ibn maik al-hajari, Photograph: Cover Photo; The Sage Advice, May 2020 (outside of A.S. 56)
Atlantia: Elizabeth de Spaldying and Simon de Spaldying and Ian of Clan Mac Colin and Ulfr Gnagler, Photograph with Artwork: Cover; The Acorn, January 2022
Drachenwald: Jacqueyna & Ærikr, Photograph: “The End is Nigh!”; Dragon’s Tale, December 2021
Ealdormere: Anna Yanka, Illustration: Cover; The Tidings, January 2021 (out of date for A.S. 56)
Gleann Abhann: Danielle de la Roche, Photograph: “Holding Hands at Crown”; The Ambassador, October 2021
Lochac: Kyros Vitalis/Shannon Kaiser, Photograph with Illustration: “Fighting was sorely missed: post-lockdown fun!”; Pegasus, January 2022
Meridies: Alisandre de la Chapelle, Photograph: Cover; Popular Chivalry, February 2022
Best Written Contribution to a Kingdom Newsletter: Recognizes the author of an article, regular or special feature, poem, etc. provided for use by a kingdom newsletter. Awarded to the author.
Winner: An Tir: Eduardo Francesco Maria Lucrezia, “Eat This Book”; The Crier, December 2021
Commendation: Ansteorra: Andrixos Seljukroctonis, “The Birth of Vindheim”; The Black Star, February 2022
Also Nominated: Artemesia: Scholastica, “Sister Scholastica Goes to Canterbury”; The Sage Advice, April 2021 (outside of A.S. 56)
Caid: Beorn of the Northern Sea, “What a Difference a Year Makes”; The Crown Prints, recurring Drachenwald: Aleydis van Vilvoorde, “Knitting a 14th Century Acorn Cap”; Dragon’s Tale, February 2022
Gleann Abhann: Robert the Just, “The Forgotten Master”; The Ambassador, May 2021
Lochac: Karl Faustus von Aachen, “The Story of the Prince and the Badge”; Pegasus, May 2021
Middle: Albreda Ismeria, “Trochaic Rondel for Annelyse van Gavere”; The Pale, September 2021
Northshield: Farolfus filius Richardi, “Less-Common Early Period Persona Roundtable”; The Northwatch, July 2021
Best Artistic Contribution to a Kingdom Newsletter: Recognizes the artist of artwork or photography used in the interior of a kingdom newsletter awarded to the artist(s).
Does everyone know that we have a group for JUST pictures of scrolls? No scribal announcements or cool art tips – there are other groups for those important things.
The Æthelmearc Scroll and Scribal Gallery is just for pictures of scrolls. The initial premise was that it was for the recipient to do the posting, but it is okay if the artist does so instead. However, let’s look at the benefits of having the recipient do it.
First, the scribe knows you got it and love it! Second, the artist may not have gotten a picture and if they did, their picture may not have royal signatures or even calligraphy on it. Third, you get to brag on their work for them.
Oh shoot, you might be thinking, I didn’t know about this back when I got my award last year. Or 5 years ago. Or 20 years ago. It doesn’t matter! Put a picture here! I was thrilled to once see a scroll pop up that I had never photographed. If you put each scroll in its own post, then when people go to the photo gallery it is just example after example of what we do.
· Reach out to someone in your Shire, Canton, or Barony
· Cook a medieval recipe SCA Cooks on the Book of Faces
· Find your favorite SCA youtubers! Kingdom of Æthelmearc Virtual Resources, including populace YouTube channels
· Shop or leave a review for an SCA merchant that you like SCA Merchant Relief on the Book of Faces as well as the Æthelmearc Gazette archives for recently published articles on populace merchants
· Write an award recommendation for someone either in at local or Kingdom level Sylvan Kingdom of Æthelmearc Award Recommendation Form
· Reach out to that mundane friend that keeps posting “Cool!” on your SCA pictures and see if they are interested in learning more SCA Newcomer’s Portal
· Participate in one of the local, Kingdom or Society challenges (two birds with one stone on this option) Pandemic Portraits, an SCA photography challenge; also on the Book of Faces (and when you happen to come across one, please share with the Æthelmearc Arts & Sciences Book of Faces page!)
the possibilities are endless…
This 15 minutes is whatever you have the energy for – the only requirement is that you do something, anything! Complete 30 days (does not have to be consecutive) and you will earn a ‘war pay’ against the Plague.
Hashtag #15forSCA to show what you are doing today! (Set your social media settings to global so that your hashtag can be shared.)
Being the Roving court report for Their Excellences Gunther and Rosheen at Kingdom 12 Night held in the Barony of St. Swithin’s Bog on January 11, 2020. Masonic Temple 130 Valley Pike, Johnstown PA 15905.Mistress AElfra Long chief Herald with Dame Vivienne Marie de Beauvais assisting.
So opens the court of Their Excellences Gunther and Rosheen.
Their Excellences found Master Quinn Kerr just where you would expect him to be and calling him forth. His Excellency Gunther having found there to be an egregious omission in the rolls of his order did induct him into the Order of St. Swithin’s for Service. Illumination by Sasson de Santca Victoria, words and calligraphy by Dame Vivienne Marie de Beauvais.
Next They did search out Lord Batista di Lupo Speranza who was taking a much needed break from troll. Having seen his work with the youth of Our Barony and his exceptional skill with the blade They were moved to induct him into Their Order of St. Swithin’s for Marshal Activities. Scroll (pyro scribing) by Lord Arvic Hyttoinen, words by Lady Elizabeth Rosamond, font creation for wood burning by Lady Ragnhilda Manadottir.
Finally tracking down THL Sasson de Santca Victoria They did deem him most worthy to be inducted into Their Order of St. Swithin’s for Arts and Sciences for his scribal works. Illumination by Lady Donatella de Fano, words by Mistress AElfra Long, calligraphy by Mistress Cynthia Loved of Tower.
With not further business, the Court of Their Excellencies Gunther and Rosheen was closed.
We, Padraig and Juliana, Baron and Baroness of the Rhydderich Hael, had the honor and privilege of holding a Regency Court in Their Majesties and Their Highnesses names. They charged us with delivering a Writ to contemplate Elevation to the Order of the Pelican to His Lordship Cynwulf Rendell at His Home Estate. Rendell has served the archery and thrown weapons communities specifically but also the whole of Æthelmearc. His work, mentoring and love for the Society is to be commended and celebrated. His Elevation is planned for Harvest Raid.
Their Royal Highnesses, Timothy and Gabrielle, Prince and Princess of Sylvan AEthelmearc under agreement with Their Royal Majesties, Gareth and Juliana, King and Queen, to His Lordship Cynwulf Rendell, our most noble subject from the Barony of the Rhydderich Hael: We have been brought to dwell upon the quality of your service and the nature of your character. Acting always with honor, courtesy, and loyalty toward us and our populace, you are to our minds beyond reproach. Your service to the archery and thrown weapons communities has transcended borders and strengthened the entire realm. Many a shire and barony within our kingdom has experienced your handiwork, and the handiwork of your students. Targets across the kingdom are full of arrows, bolts, axes, and knives because of you. For this we command you, strictly enjoining you in the love and fidelity which binds you to the crown, to consult with trusted members of our populace, and contemplate elevation into the Order of the Pelican. Furthermore, we demand that you meet us in our court to inform us of your decision. So decreed by Prince Timothy and Princess Gabrielle, King Gareth and Queen Juliana. Witnessed and delivered by Baron Padraig and Baroness Juliana at regency court held in the estate of Cynwulf Rendell and Eleanore Godwyn on September 10th, A.S. 54.
Regency Court Report, held in the Rhydderich Hael, September 10, AS 54
Being the report of the Regency Court of Their Majesties, Gareth and Juliana, and Their Royal Highnesses, Timothy and Gabrielle, held by Their Excellencies, Padraig and Juliana of the Rhydderich Hael, at the home of THL Cynwulf Rendell and THL Eleanore Godwyn on September 10th, A.S. 54, reported by Baroness Ekaterina Volkova.
Before those assembled, His Excellency Padraig spoke of how Their Majesties and Highnesses have heard and seen the good work His Lordship Cynwulf Rendell has done to promote the Archery and Thrown Weapons arts throughout the Kingdom of Æthelmearc and her neighbors. That because of his work, ranges have happened, inspections occurred, new marshals trained.
The Order of the Pelican made themselves known and it as announced that Their Highnesses wish for His Lordship to present himself to Their Court at a future date to answer if he will join the Order of the Pelican.
There being no further business, The Regency Court of Their Majesties and Highesses, held by Their Excellencies of the Rhydderich Hael was thereby closed.
Fiona of Hartstone and Superman, photograph by Sidney Green
On Saturday, June 29, the event “A Kingdom for my Horse” was hosted by the Barony-Marche of the Debatable Lands. This event included various activities, including equestrian. The event hosted the Æthelmearc Kingdom Equestrian Championship as well as a challenge/obstacle course and jousting. The Equestrian Marshal in Charge was THL Gesa von Wellenstein and the Championship portion was conducted by Baron Tigernach mac Cathail. Several riders and horses from the Kingdom competed for the Championship and were joined by several out-of Kingdom riders who participated in the day’s various activities. The following report was submitted by the Equestrian Marshal in charge of the event (with some editing).
Thundering hooves under the burning sun, in a land were dragons fly, riders of Æthelmearc showed off their skills of arms throughout the day. The day’s first activity was a challenge/obstacle course. Lord Nohaaj was victorious in his quest to slay the dragons and rescue our dearest Baroness Hilderun. Second place was Victoria, followed by John, Fiona, Katja and Katrina.
Lord Nohaaj receives his lance during the Jousting. Photograph by Eilonora inghean an Bhaird
Their Majesties and Royal Highnesses were impressed with the riding performances in front of the court. This was the start of the Kingdom Championship and consisted of the competition known as “Riding Before the Prince.” Recreating an activity from period, this competition challenges the riders to display their skills and that of their horses to their best abilities in order to impress the court. Mistress Gozen was able to impress everyone the most and received the highest scores. She was followed closely in scores by Lady Gesa, Fiona and Catrina. Next in line were THL Aaliz and Victoria.
Mistress Gozen on Rex, Photograph by Lady Pertolongan Kucingyn
The second phase of the championship was a challenge course called Chivalry in Training. In this phase, riders completed a timed course which involved a variety of obstacles and martial targets. THL Aaliz was the master of all skills at arms. Lady Gesa was second, with Mistress Gozen third followed by Fiona and Lord Nohaaj, on his brave war horse Maple.
Lady Aaliz wowed the crowd, holding the unicorn in her teeth, aboard Thelma. Photograph by Lady Sile inghean chein
Following the Championship competition, the court and populace of Æthelmearc and friends gathered to watch the joust. Trampling horses and shattering lances of 6 competitors kept the crowed well entertained. John, Catrina and Victoria were eliminated during the first round. Lord Nohaaj, Katja and Fiona advanced to the second round of the joust. Horses charged, lances shattered, and the crowd cheered. Lord Nohaaj emerged victorious in the joust.
Katja Borsukska and the young jousting mule Frida the Fearsome. Photograph by Eilonora inghean an Bhaird
Scores were tabulated for the riders who completed all portions of the day’s activities, and the winner of the day, with the highest total score was Fiona.
Fiona on Superman. Photograph by Lady Sile inghean chein.
Our Kingdom was enriched this day by the comradery, chivalry and mounted skills demonstrated by the riders. As the Lady of the Lyst, I would like to thank everyone who traveled to this event and rode with us. I wanted to create a fun equestrian day that provided our populace a small view inside of what we do with our four legged partners. I could not have done it without all of you who participated and helped out on the ground, assisting the riders and marshals.
Until next time, Lady of the Lyst, THL Gesa van Wellenstein
THL Gesa on Daisy. Photograph by Lady Sile inghean chein.
Court was held following a procession of Royalty on horseback which has become customary whenever horses are present. At court several equestrians were called to appear before Their Majesties, Royal Highnesses and the Baron and Baroness. Mistress Gozen was called forward and named the King’s Equestrian Champion. As the regalia was not present at the time, it will be delivered and presented at a later time. Lady Gesa was called forth and named the Queen’s Equestrian Champion and vested with the regalia by Baron Tigernach. Both received scrolls to commemorate the occasion. THL Aaliz was called forward and declared the winner of the Chivalry in Training portion and was presented with a scroll and belt favor. Mistress Gozen was named the winner of the “Ride Before the Prince” portion and also presented with a scroll and belt favor. Lord Nohaaj received recognition for his wins in the Dragon contest and the Joust, receiving scrolls and favors for his accomplishment. Lady Gesa was called back into court and inducted into the Order of the Golden Lance of Æthelmearc. (And hence in the above account, her name was corrected to reflect this new title.) The Barony recognized both THL Gesa and Nohaaj for their skills and inducted them into the Order of the Iron Comet as well.
The equestrians of Æthelmearc invite you to join them at the next event which hosts horses and join us in the pageantry and excitement of these activities.
Greetings unto the Sylvan Kingdom of Æthelmearc from Illadore de Bedegrayne and Amalie Reinhardt!
Margerite Eisenwald, Hilda Hugelmann, Odriana vander Brugghe, Rhys Penbras ap Dafydd, Owen Tegg, and the two us us came together for a discussion in response to a conversation being held by many of our friends in Æthelmearc.
A few gender neutral titles were approved by our Society earlier this calendar year. To follow suit, and to help with inclusion in our Kingdom, we have updated the Gender field on the Award Nomination Form to Gender/Pronouns. This field has always been an optional, free-fill text box.
If you know that a gentle you recommend is desiring of specific pronouns on their scroll, please enter the appropriate pronouns in this field. I don’t know is always an acceptable answer.
Here are a few FAQs to assist you, should they be needed:
Q: Do I need to fill out this field on the form?
A: No, entering information into the Gender/Pronouns field is 100% optional.
Q: Do pronouns entered into the Gender/Pronouns field need to be gender neutral?
A: No, pronouns entered into the form need not be gender neutral.
Q: Why is it necessary to have Pronouns added to the Gender field on the Award Nomination Form?
A: There are 2 reasons for the addition of Pronouns on our Award Nomination Form. The first is to be respectful of people with the pronouns they use. The second is to help our Royalty and scribes be aware as well, for Court and scroll creation.
An account of the court of Sven and Siobhan, King and Queen of Æthelmearc, held at Shoot in the Wildwood on the 1st of September in the 53rd year of the Society in the Barony of Delftwood. Reported by Baroness Ekaterina Volkova, Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald, assisted by Mistress Gytha Oggsdottir, Silent Herald.
Their Majesties called for the Order of the Pelican. It was said that at Pennsic, a writ was issued for one to sit vigil this day. Baron Benedict Fergus atte Mede was then called into court. He agreed that he would sit and hear words. The Order then escorted him to the place set aside for him to contemplate the offer.
Court was then suspended.
The Court of Their Majesties was resumed.
The Children of Æthelmearc present were invited to partake of the gifts available in the toybox located in the back of court.
Their Majesties gave leave to Their Excellencies, Delftwood, to hold their court.
Upon completion of Baronial Court, Their Majesties spoke of the fun they had in Travels to the North and how Her Majesty renewed her joy of archery and thanked the Barony for giving her the opportunity.
Their Majesties then called for Ania Mhoireach. Her enthusiasm on the rapier field and her ever present question of “how can I help?” had not gone unnoticed. For all this and more she was Awarded Arms. Scroll by THL Mairghread ui Stibhard uu Coinn.
Ania Mhoireach receives her Award of Arms. Photo Credit: JJ Art and Photography
All those for whom this was their first Royal Court were asked to come forth. Their Majesties welcomed those that approached and gifted them with a cup so that they may never know thirst and always be able to enjoy the hospitality of Æthelmearc.
His Majesty then spoke of two members of the Barony who have jumped in head first and become active in the Youth Combat activities, both achieving the position of Marshal of Youth Combat. And while they had to leave early, he wanted the populace to know that Archias Smikriades and Harpalea Archiao were Awared Arms in absentia. Scrolls forthcoming.
Their Majesties then called for Lord Bjarki Rickardsson. His skill as an archer and in thrown weapons had reached Their ears. It was also said that he has become known as a force to be reckoned with upon the heavy field as well. For this he was inducted into the Order of the Golden Alce. Scroll by Lady Rivka bat Daniyel.
Lord Bjarki Rickardsson receives his Golden Alce. Photo Credit: JJ Art and Photography
The Order of the Golden Alce was then asked to stand so that the populace might see who was not a member and for whom a letter of recommendation should be sent in.
Lady Glenna Cholmondeley of Delftwood was then invited into court. Her service as Baronial Arts and Sciences Minister, her help in kitchens and at events has been praised highly. For this she was named a member of the Order of the Keystone. Scroll by Lady Eilionora Inghean an Bhaird.
Lady Glenna Cholmondeley of Delftwood receives her Keystone. Photo Credit: JJ Art and Photography
The Order of the Keystone was then asked to stand.
Her Majesty then asked for the presence of Mary of Harford. This young woman had just turned 13 and thus was shooting the ranges as an adult but had placed highly enough to beat out many adults. Her skill on the range moved Her Majesty and named her Queen’s Inspiration for the day.
Mary of Harford named Queen’s Inspiration for the day. Photo Credit: JJ Art and Photography
Baron Benedict Fergus atte Mede was then summoned into Court. His Majesty, speaking in his native language, spoke. Her Majesty translated and asked if he had sat vigil and heard words of advice. After saying yes, the Order of the Pelican was asked to join the Court. Members of the Order confirmed that he had sat vigil and they welcomed him to join them. Their Majesties then asked for witnesses to his worth to join the Pelicanate.
Duke Magnus Tindal, whose words were read by Sir Murdoch Bayne, represented the Royal Peers. His words told of a man who would never give up, never let down, never run around and desert the Kingdom and Royalty. Sir Thorsol Solinauga, on behalf of the Order of Chivalry, spoke of his dedication of the field. That he held on to what he’s got, it didn’t matter if he made it or not, he would defend the Realm and its people. Mistress Felicitas Flußmüllnerin, as a member of the Order of the Laurel, said she would not speak of his art of shoemaking or of any of his other arts, but instead said that his art of service was one that he would say he is not worthy of and told him that he should accept that the rest of the Kingdom thinks he is worthy. Maestro Orlando di Bene del Vinta spoke on behalf of the Order of Defense. He too spoke of the dedication and service of Baron Fergus to the people, the lands and to the Society through his work as Baron, rapier marshal and many other things. Minamoto-riku-i Kumamoto Sakurako, read the words of Don Corwin Montgomery, whose words were those of a member of the populace. His words told of a man dedicated to encouraging others to achieve excellence. The Order of the Pelican was represented by Mistress Juliana Rosalia Dolce da Siena. Her words told of someone who spends his time quietly serving others, be it as baronial officer, setting up and cleaning up event sites and all those little things that slip through the cracks but get done because of him.
Master Fergus swears fealty. Photo Credit: JJ Art and Photography
After hearing the words of the Orders, Their Majesties agreed that the elevation was a good and right thing. A cloak to mark his station was then presented. He was then given the Ancestral Pelican medallion, followed by a household legacy medallion and a personal one. A cap of maintenance was then given to him. Their Majesties then accepted his oath and presented Master Benedict Fergus atte Mede, newest member of the Order of the Pelican, to the Kingdom. Scroll forthcoming.
Their Majesties again thanked the Barony of Delftwood for their hospitality and hoped that everyone had as much fun as they did.
There being no further business, court was closed.