Here begins the Report of the Court of Arnthor and Ceirech, King and Queen of Æthelmearc, at Archers to the Wald in the Shire of Steltonwald October 1 AS 57, jorundr hinn rotinn, Silver Buccle Herald reporting.
Their Majesties summoned the Kingdom toy chest and invited the youth of the Kingdom to pick a toy from it.
Their Majesties invited all those for whom this was their first event to present themselves. They gifted them all with mugs from the artisans of the Kingdom.
Their Majesties invited Lord Günnar, the autocrat to speak, He wished to thank everyone for attending, and all his staff for making the event run smoothly.
Their Majesties summoned Lord Robert MacEwin to attend Them as Queen’s Rapier Champion. Lord Robert had hosted a tournament to determine his successor this day. One combatant proved victorious. Their Majesties summoned Lord Nicolo Loredan da Venesia before Them. After confirming it was his wish to serve as Queen’s Rapier Champion, Their Majesties had him invested with the regalia of the office and invited him to join Their Court.
Their Majesties summoned THLord Kumagaya Kintarou Masamoto, The King’s Thrown Weapons Champion. He also ran a tournament to determine his successor this day. THLord Meinolf Grimsson proved victorious this day. Their Majesties invested him with the regalia of the office and invited him to join Their Court.
Their Majesties summoned Brick Wyndow to present himself before Them. They have heard much of Brick’s participation in fencing and archery and the efforts he had made to garb himself appropriately as a Noble of the Realm. They thus felt it right to Award him Arms and declare him a Lord of Their Court. Scroll by Ceindrech verch Elidir.
Their Majesties next called for Julius Galdhiere to present himself before Them. Julius has been instrumental in recruiting students to the SCA at his local college in Ballachlagan, he has also proved to have much prowess in fencing. For this Their Majesties declared him a Lord and Awarded him Arms. Scroll with words and calligraphy by Katherine Kiersey with Illumination by Caleb Reynolds.Their Majesties next bade Isabetta di Aurelio to come before Them. Isabetta has been an active member of the Society for as long as Their Majesties have been involved, as she is Their daughter. She works at events, she shoots archery, she throws weapons, and as a youth she fought. For this Their Majesties determined that she should be a member of the Nobility and Awarded her Arms. Scroll by Scribal West.Their Majesties once again called for THLord Kumagaya Kintarou Masamototo present himself before Them. It has been noted by many that Kuma has worked very hard to always portray very accurate dress in his chosen Japanese culture. This pleases Their Majesties, so They inducted him into the Order of the Golden Mirror. The scroll is a work in progress by Gwen Cooke.
Their Majesties called for Itome Osafune to present herself before Them. Itome has been learning how to become a mistress of the lists and has often been seen assisting with running lists in the kingdom. For this Their Majesties felt it just to Award her Arms. Scroll by Vika Vyborgskaia.
Their Majesties called Lord Maddoc MacRoyri before Them. Maddoc is very skilled in the art of thrown weapons, and a certain group had advised Their Majesties as such. Thus, they inducted Maddoc into the Order of the White Horn. Scroll by Scribal West.Her Majesty called for Don Matthias Al Tabai and Lady Sile inchean Chien to present themselves before Her. She declared that these two, the second-place finishers in today’s tournaments, both showed a level of grace and honor today that inspired Her. Thus, she jointly named them Queen’s Inspiration.
Their Majesties called for the scribes, wordsmiths, and regalia wrights that contributed to Their Court to present themselves that they might take a gift from the scribal goodie box.
Their Majesties expressed that the day was very fun. They enjoyed getting to see the fencing and thrown weapons today and were glad to see everyone who came to the event today. They asked for people to remember to write letters of recognition if they see anyone that is doing good work in the Kingdom.
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 Final Royal Court at Harvest Raid and Coronation, 25 September, Anno Societatis LVII, in the Shire of Heronter. As recorded by Gwendolyn the Graceful, Brehyres, Meistr-y-gân, Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald, with the assistance of Mistress Gytha Oggsdottir, Silent Herald, and Drotinn jǫrundr hinn rotinn, Silver Buccle Herald.
In the morning, Their Majesties brought Baroness Rois o’Faye before them and asked whether she was prepared to sit vigil in contemplation of elevation into the Most Noble Order of the Pelican. At her affirmation, they invited that Order to take her into their care and instructed Her Excellency to present herself to Their Heirs by day’s end to give her answer.
Their Majesties requested the presence of His Grace, Duke Gareth Kincaid and Her Grace, Juliana Delamere, to express gratitude for the new walls that encircled the Kingdom encampment at Pennsic. Their Majesties also invited Their Graces to bring up the others who labored on this project: Lord Rikardr inn Blakki Bjarn, and Lady Birna Rikardskona inn Blakki Bjarn. Their Majesties then presented all four with Golden Escarbuncles (Rouge) as a token of thanks for helping to create this outward symbol of Æthelmearc’s hospitality.
Their Majesties then sought Lord Finnigan mac Cormacc. Finding him not within the Court, they inducted him into the Order of the Golden Alce, in absentia. Scroll by Sir Murdoch Bayne.
Likewise, Their Majesties called for Lord Frey Gore. Despite regret not to see him in person, they inducted him into the Order of the Golden Alce, in absentia. Scroll by Lady Abby Rose.
Their Majesties sought Lady Eithne an Locha, who was sadly not present. Dismayed but undeterred, Their Majesties saw fit to recognize her skills at weaving and sewing and created her a Companion of the Order of the Sycamore. Scroll a work in progress by Sir Arden Scot.
At this time, Their Majesties received His Royal Highness, Prince Arnthor inn Sterki. His Highness praised Their Majesties’ leadership, particularly into and through War, and spoke of the honor it was to fight by Their Majesties’ side. But, His Highness continued, with the change of season, so too, now the Kingdom once again entered a time of peace, and this shift in focus also called for new heads of state.
His Highness then reminded the Crown that at Their grand tournament some months previously, he had proved victorious, and Their Majesties had then promised that he would ascend the throne at the appointed time. Their Majesties acknowledged this, but desired further confirmation from those who would remain to safeguard the kingdom and to support His Highness once the crown passed to him.
Mistress Illadore de Bedegrayne, Kingdom Seneschal, vouchsafed that the tourney to determine Their Majesties’ Heirs was indeed held lawfully, in accordance with the policies and traditions of the realm.
Viscount Sir Bear the Wallsbane, representing the Earl Marshal, affirmed that he witnessed with his own eyes as Prince Arnthor bested all others. Meestress Odriana vander Brugghe, Kingdom Mistress of the lists, also attested truthfully that His Highness was the rightful victor. Finally, Drotinn jǫrundr hinn rotinn, Silver Buccle Herald, averred that there was a Court held following the final bout of that tournament, and that King Byron did at that time place the Heir’s crown upon Arnthor’s head, named him Prince, and declared that the line of succession was secured. Finding, therefore, that Prince Arnthor’s claim was credible and proper, Their Majesties agreed that it was time to cede the thrones. They begged His Highness’ leave to conclude a few final items of business, and They promised to call His Highness forth shortly. To this wish, the prince consented, and went to prepare for succession.
Their Majesties next summoned The Honorable Lady Eleanore Godwin. Recounting the sheer volume of scrolls, largesse, and scrolls, and the many acts of service Her Ladyship has performed over the years, as well as the many scrolls inscribed, Their Majesties felt it fitting that as Their final act as monarchs, they might convey Her Ladyship to the keeping of the Most Noble Order of the Pelican, and instructed her to consult with Their Majesties-to-be to find an appropriate time and place for her to sit vigil in contemplation and give answer whether it be her wish or no to join that Noble Order. Scroll by Baroness Ekaterina Volkova.
Their Majesties then wished to thank all those who served the reign and crowned heads with distinction. In keeping with Her Majesty’s love of dessert, instead of a Sigil token, they provided presents of sweets and potables, for the following gentles: Hon. Lord Abdullah al-Rashid; Master Alaric MacConnal; Baroness Alianora Bronhulle; Baroness Amalie Reinhardt; Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope; Hon. Lady Aurelia Argentia Prima; Hon. Lord Bjarki Rikarðarson; Hon. Lord Cassiano da Castello; Master Clewin Kupferhelbelinc; Contess Elena D’Artois le Tailleur; Hon. Lady Elsa Talliard; Hon. Lady Elss of Augsburg; Hon. Lady Fede de Fiore; Lady Forveleth Dunde; Mistress Fredeburg von Katzenellenbogen; Lady Genevieve O’Connor; Hon. Lady Gesa von Wellenstein; Mistress Graidhne ni Ruaidh; Gwendolyn the Graceful, Brehyres; Drotinn jǫrundr hinn rotinn; Lady Kara Ivarsdottir; Karl Fritz Kupferhelbelinc; Dame Katja Davidova Orlova Khazarina; Master Kieran MacRae; Sir Magariki Katsuichi no Koredono; Baron Magnus de Lyons; Mistress Mahin Banu Tabrizi; Sir Marek Viacheldrago; Baroness Muirgheal inghean Dubhghaill; Hon. Lady Nichola Beese; Mistress Ottilige Rappoltsweiler; Mistress Renata Rouge; Sigrid von Fredeburg; Hon. Lady Silence de Cherbourg; Baron Snorri skyti Bjarnarson; Hon. Lady Sumayya al Ghaziyah; Baron Tassin Trasseaul; Hon. Lady Thalia Papillon; Mistrees Ts’vee’a bas Tseepora Levi; and Hon. Lady Violetta da Valencia.
Next, Their Majesties received the Captains of Her Majesty’s Guard: Master Clewin Kupferheleblinc and Lady Kara Ivarsdottir. His Majesty remarked that frequently, a king might thank the Guard for keeping the queen safe and protecting her person throughout the reign, but in Her Majesty’s case, the thanks owed were more for keeping up with the Queen on the field and off. Her Majesty also expressed appreciation for all the guards, most of whom had already been relieved. Master Clewin added an additional note of thanks to Lady Kara for all her assistance. Her Majesty then released them both from their service.
Following this, Their Majesties called forth Master Alaric MacConnal, Mistress Graidhne ni Ruaidh, and The Honorable Lady Nichola Beese, Head Retainers, and granted Mistress Graidhne a moment to present to Them, on behalf of Master Christofano Vecchione, a sampler he had illuminated for them, consisting of piscatorial marginalia, inscribed with immortal words about fish and farewells. Their Majesties expressed delight at this present and thanked all their retainers for the countless hours and miles logged in service to the Crown. The Head Retainers asked all those still on duty to turn in their baldrics, whereupon they also removed their own, and Their Majesties released all from service.
Their Majesties requested that Baroness Muirgheal inghean Dubhghaill step forward to thank her personally, for all her labor as reign coordinator, and to release her from her oath of service.
Currently, Gwendolyn the Graceful, Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald, begged leave to conduct heraldic business, as the time had come for the office to revert to the Silver Buccle Herald. Their Majesties granted this boon, and Drotinn jǫrundr hinn rotinn entered the Court to relieve her from her duties and release her from her oath of office. Their Majesties thanked her for providing the voice of the Crown to Their satisfaction, and They released her. The Silver Buccle Herald then took up his place to preside over the succession.
Their Majesties then recalled His Royal Highness, Prince Arnthor inn Sterki, to come forward. His Majesty spoke to Queen Ariella, promising that although the burden of the crown might now leave her, she would remain forever his queen; she replied that he too, is forever her king. King Byron then took Her Majesty’s crown and placed it upon the Queen’s throne, and released Her Excellency, Countess Ariella, back to the populace.
His Majesty drew the Sword of State and upon it Prince Arnthor swore an oath of fealty and service to the Kingdom and its people. In response, Byron affirmed that he knew Their Highnesses would be good and true stewards of the realm. Whereupon His Majesty removed the prince’s coronet from His Highness’ brow. Earl Byron then relinquished the crown and placed it upon Arnthor’s head, anointing him, and kneeling before him, right him King.
Thus ended the reign of Thomas Byron II Rex and Ariella II Regina, forty-eighth King and Queen of Æthelmearc.
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 A Shoote in the Wylderwood, 3 September, Anno Societatis LVII, in the Barony of Delftwood. As recorded by Gwendolyn the Graceful, Brehyres, Meistr-y-gân, Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald, with the assistance of Mistress Gytha Oggsdottir, Silent Herald, Drotinn jǫrundr hinn rotinn, Silver Buccle Herald, and Lady Kaðlin Sigvaldakona.
In the morning, Their Majesties summoned The Honorable Lady Cristina inghean Ghriogair and asked whether she was still inclined to sit vigil in contemplation of elevation into the Most Noble Order of the Laurel. Upon receiving her assent, they did entrust her to the care of that Order and instructed her to return at day’s end with her decision.
Their Majesties next brought Baroness Nuzhah bint Saleem before Them to confirm her desire to hold vigil that others might advise her on induction to the Most Noble Order of the Pelican. It being her wish to do so, Their Majesties instructed that Order to take Her Excellency into their keeping and asked that Her Excellency give answer later this same day.
Their Majesties then invited forward representatives of the Incipient Canton of Dunloch. Their Majesties confirmed that all the requisite steps had been taken to designate the Canton as official. Lord William Fitzwilliam so attested, and Their Majesties allowed him to thank and acknowledge those who assisted in the process. Their Majesties echoed these thanks and congratulated the Seneschal, Lady Ana Sirena del ValBuena, on the Canton’s establishment.
There being no further business at that time, Court was suspended.
In the evening, Their Majesties invited forward the youth in attendance, and entreated Sylvia to let the other children collect toys from her. Their Majesties then called for newcomers and presented a drinking vessel to the one newcomer who came forth.
At this time, Their Majesties gave Their Excellencies Delftwood, Baron Ixac and Baroness Amalie, leave to hold their Baronial Court.
Upon the conclusion of Baronial Court, Their Majesties called for Thorir to present himself. In recognition of his service to the fighting community, his helpfulness, and his sartorial presentation, They Awarded him Arms. Scroll by Mistress Isolda Filia Georgii.
Their Majesties then summoned Hrolf Heggeson. Having heard good reports of his service to the Canton of Dunloch, including the procuring of sites and other acts, they were moved to Award him Arms. Scroll by Lady Magdalena Txoperena.
Their Majesties next sought Geoffrey Argyll, who was not in attendance. Therefore, Their Majesties welcome Lord William Fitzwilliam of the Canton of Dunloch to accept upon his behalf, and Awarded Arms to Geoffrey in absentia, for his accomplishments within the fencing community. Scroll by “The Honorable Fool” Dagonell the Juggler.
Their Majesties wished to be attended by Jennie of Delftwood, who was also unable to be present. Their Excellencies Delftwood gratefully accepted upon her behalf, an Award of Arms, in recognition of her contributions to the archives by means of her photography. Scroll by Freiherrin Helena Mützhazenin.
Their Majesties were also disappointed that Laria Tofana was not present to attend Them currently. They therefore welcomed Baron Andriú mac Domhnaill of Thescorre to accept for her and carry to her at a future time Their words and an Award of Arms, in recognition of her skills as a musician and bardic champion. Scroll by Lady Vedis Aradottir.
Next, Their Majesties were well pleased that Wolfgang von Wylderwood was present to answer when They desired his attendance. For his proficiency in the fields of archery and thrown weapons, including service as champion, and for his labors to prepare sites for the Wylderwood event as well as in years past, they were minded to award him Arms. Scroll by “The Honorable Fool” Dagonell the Juggler.
Following this, Their Majesties requested the presence of Don Michael Gladwyne. Seeing that he was somewhat perplexed as to the nature of Their business with him, Her Majesty explained that it was for his contributions to the arts that he was called forward this day. Mindful of his skills in stone carving, leatherwork, clothing, and other arts, they were pleased to induct him as a Companion of the Order of the Sycamore. Scroll by Lady Ania Mhóireach.
Their Majesties next sought Lord Conchobar na Feasoige, but finding that he was not in attendance, they were pleased to entrust Their Excellencies Delftwood with Their words, as well as the medallion of a Companion of the Order of the Golden Alce, as it was Their wish to induct him for his skills as a fighter and contributions to the marshallate. Scroll by Baron Caleb Reynolds.
Their Majesties then desired to speak with Noble Tiarna Cainnech obrion na nÉireannach. Making good note of their service in ethereal spaces, as well as their contributions to the fencing community and service as champion, Their Majesties saw fit to name them a Companion of the Order of the Keystone. Scroll by Posadnitsa Zaritsa Zavodchikovna and Posadnik Zvonimir Zavodchikov.
Their Majesties next required the presence of Lady Megge Gormshuileach, to speak with her about the variety of offices, duties, responsibilities, and acts of service she has performed over many years. In recognition of her service as Baronial Herald, “stunt” signet, newsletter contributor, and efforts to organize and contribute largesse, they were pleased to induct her into the Order of the Keystone. Scroll by Baron Brother Bobby.
After this, Their Majesties once again welcomed Their Excellencies Delftwood to accept on behalf of Lady Ilaria Rosati, their words welcoming her into the Order of the Keystone, in recognition of her service as Arts and Sciences minister, as well as her work administering the online Feast of the Seven Deadly Sins, and her contributions to largesse. Scroll forthcoming.
At this time, Their Majesties called for Lady Ania Mhóireach to attend Them. Finding her service and skills to be varied and worthy of praise, including teaching, chronicling, music, largesse, leatherworking, and fencing, they were pleased to add her to the Order of the Keystone. Scroll by Lady Gwen Cooke.
Next, Their Majesties sought Master Benedict Fergus Atte Meade among the populace. They noted that there were many also present who had delivered numerous reports of His Excellency’s considerable skill in leathercraft, including work in multiple materials and creating varied projects from coronets to footwear. As an outward sign of His Excellency’s impressive talents, Their Majesties invited Their Noble Order of the Fleur D’Æthelmearc to join Them, and named him a Companion of the same, and bestow upon him a medallion from Freiherrin Helena Mützhazenin. Scroll by Baroness Amalie Reinhardt.
Not coincidentally, Their Majesties desired also to be attended by Her Excellency, Baroness Amalie Reinhardt. Expressing admiration for the skill evident in her many micrographic scrolls, and (slightly more grudging?) amusement at the clever wordplay they frequently contain, Their Majesties were pleased to welcome her into the Noble Order of the Fleur D’Æthelmearc, and to place upon her a medallion made by her own hand. Scroll by Mistress Abigail Kelhoge.
At this time, Their Majesties were pleased to note that Morgan O’Brien had arrived and called her before the throne. Long had this lady engaged in the art of dancing as well as sewing and costuming, and lest her contributions go another day without recognition, Their Majesties were minded making her at last a member of the nobility, Awarding her Arms. Scroll by Posadnitsa Zaritsa Zavodchikovna and Posadnik Zvonimir Zavodchikov.
Following this, Her Excellency, Baroness Amalie Reinhardt, was able to procure the image of Lady Catalina Carpintero via ethereal connection and inform her that she had been summoned by Their Majesties. Understanding that she has been unable to attend events in person, Their Majesties nevertheless, wished to recognize her buoyant presence and the energy, enthusiasm, and good humor she brings to the Barony of Delftwood. Thus, Their Majesties were pleased to induct her into the Order of the Howling Wolf. (Predictably clever and pun-riddled!) Scroll by Baroness Amalie Reinhardt.
Their Majesties next requested the attendance of Mistress Elska á Fjarfelli. They made note of her extensive service to the Kingdom, including contributing to the Brewers’ Guild, service to the Arts and Sciences community as a kingdom minister, and service to the Dominion of Myrkfaelinn. To mark the value of this continued service, Their Majesties called for Their Noble Order of the Millrind and added her to their number as one of their Companions. Scroll by The Honorable Lady Gesa von Wellenstein.
Their Majesties wished that the accomplishments of Lady Máirin Ó Nialláin in the field of archery might be appreciated by all, and thus, understanding that she was not present, they decreed it proper to Grant her Arms and name her a Companion of the Scarlet Guard in absentia. Scroll by Sir Arden Scot.
Following this, Their Majesties desired that The Honorable Lady Cristina inghean Ghriogair should return to the Royal Presence and give answer whether she would accept elevation into the Most Noble Order of the Laurel. It being Her Ladyship’s wish to continue, they called the members of that Order present to join Them and heard words of testimony from assembled Peers. Countess Caryl Olesdottir, speaking as a Royal Peer, declared that the first word that came to mind when considering Her Ladyship was kindness. However, Her Excellency cautioned against mistaking that kindness for weakness, for it requires a strong person to balance a partner with a strong personality, and Her Ladyship possesses just this sort of quiet strength, as well as hospitality of spirit that is just as equal in strength as her artistic talent. Master Po Silvertop, representing the Defenders of Æthelmearc, expressed his initial confusion that Her Ladyship would honor him with this task, but that she assured him that her request was motivated by the joy with which he conducts himself. He said that he found similar joy in her approach to her activities in the Society. He also considered that like the Masters of Defense, she spends a great deal of time stabbing, working on point control, and reading manuals (often in foreign languages) about stabbing, yet the results of her stabbing look far better than the results of his. On behalf of the Order of the Pelican, Mistress Sadira bint Wassouf imparted that all art is, at its basic level, also service. Whether it is in the beautification of items to feed our eyes, or in the creation of delicious food and drink to feed our stomachs, Her Ladyship’s labors are also service, and since the wise man said, “Look for the helpers,” one need not look far to find Her Ladyship Cristina: in the teaching of classes; in assistance as minister of lists; in working on events and list fields; in encouraging others. As a member of the Chivalry,
Master John the Pell also spoke of Cristina’s service. He recalled how their travels usually result in Cristina replenishing her stores of classroom supplies so that, when she teaches classes, she can provide complete kits for the projects her students will work on. Mistress Rhiannon y Bwa read words from Mistress Luceta di Cosimo of the Noble Order of the Laurel, who discussed how exhaustive Cristina’s research is, in that it requires her to investigate cultures that have been intentionally erased, and have been reinvented, for centuries. She is not intimidated by language barriers, or lack of easy access to information, but has made an art of digging for details, and has brought the beauty and magic of Rus culture to life, through determination, fearlessness, and being unafraid to “waste time,” using her tenacity to make art. Finding Themselves satisfied with these endorsements, they invested Her Ladyship with the regalia of Peerage, including the medallion of the Order and a beaded headdress, and bestowed upon her Arms by Letters Patent, naming her a Mistress of the Most Noble Order of the Laurel, whereupon they received her oath of service. Scroll by Master Jon Blaecstan with wording by Mistress Luceta di Cosimo.
Their Majesties then welcomed Her Excellency, Baroness Nuzhah bint Saleem, before the Court, and inquired whether she had reached a decision to continue with induction into the Most Noble Order of the Pelican. Hearing her affirmation, they did call that Order forward and gave leave to the assembled Peers to attest to Her Excellency’s worthiness for this accolade. Again, Countess Caryl Olesdottir spoke, representing the Ladies of the Rose. Her Excellency recounted an anecdote from years ago, when still at an early age, Her Excellency was able to disarm Earl Yngvar with “sweetness, kindness, and a little sass,” and that throughout her life and career in the Society, Her Excellency has displayed similar levels of wit, tact, and self-assurance, always encouraging others to be included, respected, and elevated.
On behalf of the Chivalry, Sir Tigernach mac Cathall examined the Knightly virtues of Courtesy, Prowess, Courage, and Generosity of spirit, finding Her Excellency to uphold all of these in her grace, poise, and kindness, even in the face of dismissive or discourteous behavior; in her skills in the kitchen; in the ways she has faced and overcome adversity; and in the way her spirit embodies the principles instilled in her by her parents, particularly Baron Saleem, from whom she inherited an attitude that assures, “I can fix that.”
Master Artemis Andreas Magnus, as a representative of the Laurel, also invoked Her Excellency’s parents’ legacy, noting that her entire life has been spent teaching, organizing events, running feasts, and displaying the values of love and service that her family shares, and that she is one of the most consciously inclusive and welcoming faces of our Kingdom.
Baroness Ekaterina Volkova, speaking as a Jewel of Æthelmearc, spoke of the values demonstrated by Jewels, including courtesy, service, skill, and chivalry. Her Excellency then shared a tale of entrusting Her Excellency, then still a teenager, with running a kitchen for the last University of the Western East Kingdom at Thescorre (UWEKAT) and recalling that Her Excellency responded with a feast fit for the Principality. In an act of “turnabout,” Her Excellency Ekaterina also asked all who have been affected in positive ways by Her Excellency Nuzhah to indicate their benefaction and begged Her Excellency to witness “what she has done.” Finally, the words of Master Devin Adair Bartholomy, Master of the Pelican and third Baron of Thescorre, were brought before the Court by Lady Elzbieta Traidenyte, saying that Her Excellency had been active in the Society longer than Baron Devin himself, in so many different rôles that it would take too long to list. Her heart, he wrote, beats with the spirit of service, and she weaves an ethereal magic that unites us members even when plague keeps us physically apart. His Excellency declared that hers was a lifetime of love being made visible through service. Being more than satisfied with these words of approbation,
Their Majesties were pleased to place upon her the medallion of the Order of the Pelican. Then Mistress Sadira bint Wassouf placed upon her daughter’s shoulders the Pelican cloak that had been Baron Saleem’s, with additional embellishment, and Their Majesties gratefully received Her Excellency’s renewed oath of service, whereupon They were pleased to convey Her Excellency into the embrace of the Most Noble Order of the Pelican. Scroll by Master Christofano Vecchione upon text by Mistress Sadira bint Wassouf.
Her Majesty wished to be attended by Lord Dalibor Vilcekovsyn, to thank him for his execution of the “BOAR” thrown weapons tournament. To express Her esteem, and in the hope that it might help him to remember Her Majesty’s name, Queen Ariella further gifted him with Her token and named him Her inspiration for the day.
Their Majesties invited forward all scribes who had contributed to the Court (or their representatives), and allowed them to select additional supplies, in thanks for their generous artwork.
There being no further business, Their Majesties’ 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 the Bog Three-Day Event, 16 July, Anno Societatis LVII, in the Barony of St. Swithin’s Bog. As recorded by Gwendolyn the Graceful, Brehyres, Meistr-y-gân, Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald, assisted by Drotinn jǫrundr hinn rotinn, Silver Buccle Herald, with the assistance of Mistress Gytha Oggsdottir, Silent Herald, and Lady Magdalena Txoperena.
In the morning, Their Majesties summoned Lord Arvik Hyttoinen, seneschal of the Barony of St. Swithin’s Bog. Their Majesties confirmed that a duly conducted election had yielded a result, and heirs had been selected, and Lord Arvik affirmed this to be the case. Their Majesties then called for Baron Gunther Grunbaum and Baroness Rois o Fayh to inquire of Their Excellencies whether they were prepared to pass the baronial thrones to another worthy couple. Their Excellencies begged leave to conduct one final court before giving up their coronets, and finding this boon to be in order, Their Majesties allowed it.
Following their final court, of Baron Gunther and Baroness Rois presented themselves before the Crown, who thanked them for their faithful stewardship, received back the Baronial coronets, and released them into their well-deserved retirement. Lest the Bog thrones sit empty any longer than necessary, Their Majesties welcomed Lord Jean Pierre dit la Barbe Rousseand Lady Caterine de Troyes into Their Court. Upon receiving their oaths of fealty, Their Majesties placed the cattail coronets upon their brows, granting each of them Arms as the seventh Baron and Baroness of St. Swithin’s Bog, and further gave them leave to open a brief court.
During this Baronial Court, Their Majesties discovered that Baron Gunther and Baroness Rois had left something important behind. Their Majesties therefore recalled Their Excellencies to return their celebratory cocktails…and to invest each with the coronet of Court Barony. Scrolls by The Honorable Lord Sasson de Sancta Victoria.
There being no further business at that time, Court was suspended.
In the evening, Their Majesties invited Logan to lead the other youth of the kingdom in pursuit of toys to amuse them during Court.
Their Majesties then welcomed all the newcomers with cups. Thereafter, Their Majesties gave leave to
Their Excellencies of St. Swithin’s Bog to continue their Baronial court.
At the conclusion of Baronial Court, Their Majesties allowed Baron Snorri skyti Bjarnarsson to recognize Mary of Hartford’s shooting that day and invite her to hold the Bow of State.
Next, Their Majesties entreated the outgoing Queen’s Rapier Champion, Don Markus skalpr Grimsson, to recount the events of the tournament that day. One stood victorious over all others, and thus, Her Majesty invited Lord Robert MacEwin of Thornhill, to take up the regalia of the Champion, and to occupy his place at Her side–starting with the Pennsic half-marathon. Scroll illuminated by Lady Donatella da Fano with calligraphy by Mistress Cynthia Love of the Tower upon wording by The Honorable Lord Kenn the Just and Lady Katerina de la Marne.
Their Majesties also wished to recognize the efforts of one fencer who distinguished himself upon the field. So impressed was Her Majesty that She decreed it unjust were Ferruccio Camino to go another day without being raised to the nobility. With admiration for his skill and appreciation for the enthusiasm with which he has thrown himself into the Society, They Awarded him Arms. Scroll forthcoming.
Their Majesties next sought Katrina Beese. Recognizing her helpfulness and service to others, and most especially to the Crown, they saw fit to name her a Companion of the Silver Buccle. Scroll by Master Christofano Vecchione.
Their Majesties then summoned Lord Jacen Teague. Noting his skill and artistry in leatherwork, both practical and decorative, clothes, accessories, and beyond, they were pleased to induct him into Their Order of the Sycamore. Scroll illuminated by Baron Gunther Grunbaum with calligraphy and wording by Baroness Rois o fayh.
Next, Their Majesties desired to see Lord Ulf of the Wee Horn. Where many saw the suspension of in-person activities as an impediment, Their Majesties noted that Lord Ulf had seen it as an opportunity to practice. For this and his dedication to building his skills, they were minded making him a Companion of the Golden Alce. Scroll by The Honorable Lady Rachel Daliceaux.
Their Majesties also sought Lord Madoc MacRoyri. Once again, Their Majesties noted Lord Madoc’s service to the arena of thrown weapons, including setting up and marshalling ranges, and his skill and accuracy. For these reasons, they were pleased to name him a Companion of the Golden Alce. Scroll: illumination by Baron Caleb Reynolds, calligraphy by Master Iago Benitez, and words by Lady Elizabeth Rosamond.
Their Majesties then invited Master Robert O’Connor to join Them, to remind him of his many years of hospitality and service as a host and master of ceremonies for the 100 Beers War among many other receptions both official and unofficial. For his gift at making others welcomed and attended, and for spreading joy and making the parties of Æthelmearc renowned through the Known World, Their Majesties were pleased to induct him into the Order of the Howling Wolf. Scroll by The Honorable Lady Racel Daliceaux upon wording by Master Alaric MacConnal.
Their Majesties received Lord Bjorn inn digri, who had been called from the kitchen. They remarked that this seemed appropriate, since he is almost always to be found cooking for others, when he is not photographing courts. For this joy in service, Their Majesties felt it mete and proper to name him a Companion of the Order of the Keystone. Scroll in wood pyrography by Lord Arvik Hyttoinen upon calligraphy and wording by Lady Ragnhilda Manadottir.
Next, Their Majesties had need to bring Master Kieran MacRae before them. His Majesty spoke of the compact He and Master Kieran had entered recently, and of how Their Majesties were pleased to be the ones to summon Their Noble Order of the Gage to acclaim and induct him among their number. Scroll (With glow-in-the-dark details!) by Baroness Ekaterina Volkova.
Their Majesties also desired to be attended by Don Simon Caminante. Their Majesties noted His Lordship’s dedication to the rapier community, including cut-and-thrust, marshaling, and serving the marshallate and maintaining websites for rapier combat. For this long service, they agreed with the Noble Order of the Millrind to make him their newest Companion. Scroll by The Honorable Lady Gesa von Wellenstein upon words by Baron Caleb Reynolds.
At this time, Their Majesties required that Lord Ulf Bareleg relieve them of a quantity of bottles, which They thought he might be able to use. On the chance that he might need additional incentive to fill them, Their Majesties entreated Their Noble Order of the Fleur D’Æthelmearc forward, so that they might add their own endorsement to his efforts. Their Majesties thus Granted Arms to His Lordship Ulf and named him a Companion of the Order. Scroll by illuminated by Posadnitsa Zaritsa Zavodchikovna and calligraphed by Sir Murdoch Bayne.
Following this, Their Majesties called Baron Salvadore de la Torres before the throne. Declaring that His Excellency’s prowess, eagerness, service, and courtesy speak for themselves, Their Majesties nevertheless, informed His Excellency that others had also spoken, and that Their Majesties found those words worth heeding. Thus, they summoned Their Noble Order of the White Scarf to join Them, and Her Majesty tied upon His Excellency’s arm the emblem of a Companion of that Order. Thereafter, Their Majesties also received His Excellency’s oath of fealty. Scroll wording by His Majesty Byron, translation and illumination by Princess Leah.
Their Majesties then brought Master Donnan MacDubhsidhe into the Presence. Noting his longevity of service, his steadfast dedication to his group and to the rapier community, his service as the first rapier warlord, and his labor over years and years to form and grow the Æthelmearc rapier army. In recognition of this singular accomplishment to the benefit of the kingdom, Their Majesties were pleased to make him a Baron of the Court. Scroll by The Honorable Lady Gesa von Wellenstein upon words by Duchess Dorinda Courtenay.
Next, Their Majesties had words for The Honorable Lord Guillaume le Noir. These words concerned not only his prowess but his honor, his presence on the field, his exemplary conduct, and his embodiment of all that should be present in the pinnacle of Society. They then invited the Most Noble Order of the Chivalry to join Them, whereupon Count Alric of the Mists took back His Lordship’s squire’s belt, that he might go forth free from bonds of fealty to His Excellency. Their Majesties then decreed that His Lordship should answer Their Majesties’ Writ, to appoint a time and place to sit in contemplation and hold vigil whether he should accept the accolade of peerage. Scroll by Master Kieran MacRae.
Their Majesties invited Dame Caroline of Burgundy before the throne and shared with her Their knowledge of her value to the rapier community, the countless students she has trained, her selfless dedication to furthering the art of the sword, her service as a marshal, and her prowess, which demand that further honors be afforded. Thus, Their Majesties called for the members of the Most Noble Order of Defense to take Dame Caroline into their care, that they might counsel her and that she might choose a day to return with her answer regarding induction as a Master of Defense. Scroll by Amalie Reinhardt with words by Master Po “Some Guy in a Hat” Silvertop.
Their Majesties then found they had need again of Baroness Rois o fayh. Her Excellency, despite overseeing the kitchen, answered the Crown’s summons with joy, prepared to serve. Their Majesties were hardly surprised by this, for in fact, Her Excellency’s service and love of service and willingness to serve had been noted by many, over many years. Upon declaring these observations to be truthful and accurate, and finding Her Excellency’s actions altogether worthy of praise, Their Majesties requested to be joined by the Most Noble Order of the Pelican to continue to bear witness, to offer their counsel, and to conduct Her Excellency upon a date of her choosing to her vigil, so that she might contemplate elevation into their circle of Peerage. Scroll illumination by Mistress Cynthia Love of the Tower, calligraphy by Dame Vivienne Marie de Beauvais, and words by Mistress Aelfra Long.
Her Majesty recognized Baron Leo Dietrich, for His Excellency’s performance in the fencing list and his honor and courtesy on and off the field. Her Majesty praised His Excellency’s efforts to transfer his heavy weapons skills to those of the rapier and presented him with Her token.
Their Majesties then entreated the scribes to come forward for recognition and thanks in the form of additional supplies to continue their art.
His Majesty reminded all that this will be the last gathering as a Kingdom before the advent of War. He expressed His wish that all assemble upon those fields, not only to demonstrate the dominance of the forces of Æthelmearc in defense of our fields, but the legendary hospitality and kindness of the Sylvan
Lands, as they become the hosts of the Known World.
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 the Spring Æthelmearc Æcademy, 18 June, Anno Societatis LVII, in the Shire of Coppertree. As recorded by Gwendolyn the Graceful, Brehyres, Meistr-y-gân, Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald, assisted by The Honorable Lady Nichola Beese.
In the morning, Their Majesties inquired of The Honorable Lady Beatrice de Winter whether she felt hale enough to sit in contemplation whether she might accept elevation to the Most Noble Order of the Laurel. Her Ladyship replied that she did feel a touch light-headed but that it was indeed her intention to comply. Upon this answer, Their Majesties invited Master Cerian Cantwr of the Midrealm to come forward and receive back Her Ladyship’s belt of apprenticeship. Court was suspended.
In the evening, Their Majesties sent the youth of the kingdom in pursuit of Simon á Fjarfelli and the Toybox.
Their Majesties presented drinking vessels to the newcomers at the event.
***THIS COURT REPORT IS BEING INTERRUPTED BY A SPECIAL BULLETIN OF THE ROYAL RETINUE NEWS NETWORK (RRNN): BREAKING NEWS: THE RETAINERS WISH THE POPULACE TO KNOW THAT THIS DAY WAS ALSO THE ANNIVERSARY OF THEIR MAJESTIES’ NUPTIALS. THIS HAS BEEN AN ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE RRNN. WE NOW RETURN YOU TO YOUR REGULARLY SCHEDULED COURT REPORT.***
Their Majesties received gifts and a message of friendship from representatives from the Barony of Bergental in the East.
Their Majesties gave leave to the Event Steward, Baron Snorri skyti Bjarnarson, to speak to the populace on behalf of the event staff. Their Majesties also invited the Chancellors of the Æcademy, Goði Fridrikr Tomasson and Mistress Orianna Fridrikskona, to thank the teachers who made the event such a success.
Their Majesties then sought Lord Gunnlaud Leifson. Praising his dedication to martial practice and his impressive skills in the art of war, They were moved to name him a Companion of the Order of the Golden Alce. Scroll by MeiLon upon wording by Master Po Silvertop.
Their Majesties next requested Mistress Elska á Fjarfelli. Lest this good lady find herself in confusion as to the reason for her summons, Their Majesties spoke of her skill in archery, which made Them well pleased to name her a Companion of the Order of the Golden Alce. Scroll illuminated by Maîtresse Melisande of the Gryphon Wood, calligraphy by Master Jonathan Blaecstan.
Their Majesties also sought the presence of Baroness Clarice Roan. Noting that Her Excellency has also achieved consistent skill with thrown weapons, and that she enthusiastically assists others in their pursuit of thrown weapons prowess, They were moved to add Her Excellency as well to the Order of the Golden Alce. Scroll by Baroness Amalie Reinhardt.
Their Majesties then desired that Baroness Annika Iosafova present herself before the throne. Their Majesties spoke of Her Excellency’s generosity and kind spirit, always making others feel welcomed and at ease. As outward proof of Her Excellency’s unfailing courtesy, They were moved to name her a Companion of the Cornelian. Scroll by Baron Caleb Reynolds.
Their Majesties wished next to be attended by Lady Vedis Aradottir. Noting this lady’s diligent service as exchequer, and particularly her work to rehabilitate the shire’s books, They were well-pleased to name her a Companion of the Order of the Keystone. Scroll by Baroness Antoinette de Lorraine.
Their Majesties desired that Master Robert of Ferness come forward. They imparted to Master Robert that word had reached Them of his efforts to maintain the arts community in the ethereal realms, They were moved to name him also a Companion of the Order of the Keystone. Scroll by Lady Murdia Drusilla Vettia Portia.
Their Majesties extended to Master Hrolf á Fjarfelli time in Court to address the populace regarding the upcoming Arts and Sciences War Point at Pennsic. Master Hrolf announced that Master Morien MacBain had been added as an additional representative of the Kingdom, and added that he also needs additional judges for the War Point.
Before he was released, however, Their Majesties commented that he never seemed to come to them to inform them of problems or opportunities, without first having done the work of devising solutions or ways to take advantage. It was noted that others also had observed this trend, and desired that Their Majesties take action to recognize this quality. Thus, Their Majesties summoned Their Noble Order of the Millrind, and named Master Hrolf one of its Companions. Scroll by The Honorable Lady Gesa von Wellenstein.
Their Majesties then required attendance by Lord Bjarki Rikardson. Noting that this gentle’s skill and prowess were incontrovertible, They spoke of how They have come to rely on his sword and look forward to his bouts. Since there were others who had a similar assessment, They called for the members of the Noble Order of the Gage to come forward and witness as They Granted Bjarki Arms and named him a Companion of their number. Scroll forthcoming.
Next, Their Majesties had further business with Baron Snorri skyti Bjarnarson. They remarked on His Excellency’s relentless pursuit of the art of the bow, and his efforts to excel within the community of archers as well as his work to assist others on their path. They then invited Their Noble Order of the Scarlet Guard and the visiting member of the Greenwood Company forward to welcome His Excellency into that Order. Scroll calligraphy by Master Jonathan Blaecstan, illumination unsigned.
Their Majesties then invited Her Grace, Duchess Gabrielle von Nijinrode, to present herself. Her Majesty spoke of Her Grace’s unfailing courtesy, charity, kindness, and benevolence, as well as the thoroughness with which Her Grace and His Grace Timothy embraced the Kingdom of Æthelmearc and have come to embody the spirit of the realm. In recognition of this singular dedication and incomparable quality possessed by Her Grace, They named her Their Jewel of Æthelmearc. Scroll by Master Christofano Vecchione.
At this time, news reached the Court that The Honorable Lady Beatrice, while sitting her vigil earlier that day, had succumbed to the faintness that was overtaking her and she had mysteriously and suddenly expired. Though saddened, Their Majesties agreed that funerary rites must be observed, and called for her cortege to approach, along with the Companions of the Most Noble Order of the Laurel. Master Cerian Cantwr begged Their Majesties to raise Her Ladyship to the rank of the Laurel, that her soul might be sent to rest with the fullest honors. Their Majesties heard words of support from Her Grace, Duchess Gabrielle von Nijinrode, Royal Peer; from Master Dorinda Courtenay, Order of Defense, delivered by Master Diego Miguez Munoz de Castilla; from Duke Christopher Rawlins, Knight, delivered by Sir Otto of Westphalia; from Baron Caleb Reynolds; Master of the Pelican; and from Master Cerian Cantwr, her erstwhile Laurel. While Their Majesties were well satisfied with these endorsements, Mistress Luceta di Cosimo entreated Them to pause for a brief moment to ensure that all things had been done correctly and that Her Ladyship’s spirit would be free to leave its mortal remains and go to its place of rest in
peace. Unfortunately (or fortunately?), items from Mistress Luceta’s list appeared to have been wisely chosen, for in the middle of her inventory, Her Ladyship was revived, whereupon she was able to accept the accolade which the Crown had offered. After receiving her oath of service, They bestowed upon her the regalia of her new station: medallion, wreath, and cape, and conferred upon her by letters Patent the title of Mistress of the Most Noble Order of the Laurel. Scroll illuminated by Mistress Luceta di Cosimo, upon parchment made and calligraphed by The Honorable Lady Nichola Beese, with wording by
Gwendolyn the Graceful, Brehyres (OL).
Before releasing the Order, Their Majesties required The Honorable Lady Renata Rouge to present herself,. They spoke of her skill with the needle, as well as her exemplary, peerlike quality. Finding Her Ladyship in all ways to be a master of her art, They directed her to choose a future date wherein she might also sit vigil to contemplate elevation as a Laurel. Scroll by Baron Padraig O’Branduibh.
Having added Her Ladyship Renata to the ranks of the vigilant, Their Majesties also summoned Master Morien MacBain. With praise for his skill in poetry and the way that he has pushed his art to new heights, They issued him also with a Writ of Summons to choose a mutually agreeable time and place for induction into the Order of the Laurel. Scroll by Master Kieran MacRae.
Her Majesty asked The Honorable Lord Ælfric the Kestrell, of the Order of the Greenwood Company, to come forward. Her Majesty explained that His Lordship had had come from great distance for the sole purpose of greeting Baron Snorri into the Order of the Scarlet Guard. For this act of friendship and generosity, Her Majesty was moved to name him her Inspiration of the Day.
Their Majesties then offered scribal supplies to all those scribes who contributed to the day’s scrolls, in thanks and recompense, and encouraged others to take up the brush and pen to help adorn the Courts of Æthelmearc.
There being no further business, Court was closed.
Gwendolyn the Graceful, Brehyres (OL)
Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald
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 the Iris Festival, Kingdom Equestrian Champs, and Iron Comet, 4 June, Anno Societatis LVII, in the Barony-Marche of the Debatable Lands. As recorded by Gwendolyn the Graceful, Brehyres, Meistr-y-gân, Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald, assisted by The Honorable Lady Nichola Beese.
Their Majesties asked for a moment of silence in remembrance of friends who have left us since our last meeting.
Their Majesties then called Princess Leia to take up the toybox and sent the many, many youth in attendance in pursuit of her.
Their Majesties welcomed the newcomers at the event with drinking vessels.
Following this, Their Majesties gave leave to Their Excellencies Debatable Lands to conduct business of their court.
Upon the conclusion of Baronial Court, Their Majesties summoned Master Morien McBain to entertain the populace with one of the pieces he had composed for the Iris Festival.
Next, Their Majesties welcomed The Honorable Lady Gesa von Wellenstein and Tora-kyo no Shia no Gozen, their outgoing Equestrian Champions, to pass on their regalia to the incoming champions. Master Rhion Elandris of Glyndyfrdwy and Mistress Ysabeau Tiercelin, driving Romeo and Mercutio, were named King’s Equestrian Champions – the first driving team in the Known World ever to enter a kingdom equestrian championship; and Yarden of the Debatable Lands, riding Diamond, took up the mantle of Queen’s Equestrian Champion. Scrolls for both were illuminated by Katrina Beese and calligraphed by The Honorable Lady Nichola Beese.
Their Excellencies, Brandubh et Hilderun, came forward to accept on behalf of Dagon Wrathmonger, whose martial dedication had moved Their Majesties to Award him Arms. Scroll by The Honorable Lady Gesa von Wellenstein upon wording by Master Alaric MacConnal.
Their Majesties next invited The Honorable Lady Hara Kikumatsu and Ishiyama Shonagon Gen’tarou no Yori’ie forward. Speaking with gratitude for the many yards of kumihimo cords, as well as other gifts of time and materials they have donated in favors, garb, and other service to the Crown, Their Majesties provided them each with tokens in testament to naming them recipient’s of the Crown’s Treasure.
Their Majesties then sought The Honorable Lady Violetta da Valencia to speak with her of her brewing and her service to that guild, as well as to the moneyer’s guild. In recognition of this, They declared it proper to name her a Companion of the Order of the Keystone. Scroll by The Honorable Lady Eleanore Godwin.
Their Majesties next requested to be attended by Lord Turlough Feolain and Lady Finé Faolain. His Majesty spoke of Turlough’s magic toolbox, his seeming ability to meet any need when something is broken and in need of fixing. In addition to this and his service to his Barony as a retainer, as well as in the Choir and the Archery Guild, They were moved to make him a Companion of the Order of the Keystone. Scroll by Master Christofano Vecchione.
To Finé, Their Majesties spoke of her constant service–retaining, singing in the choir, setup, cleanup, seeming to be everywhere throughout the day cheerfully and untiringly. For these numerous acts of service, They were well minded to induct her as well to the Order of the Keystone. Scroll illumination by Mistress Graidhne ni Ruaidh, calligraphy by The Honorable Lady Nichola Beese.
Their Majesties, with the assistance of Their Excellencies Debatable Lands, then reached through the aether to demand that The Honorable Lord Owen Tegg attend Their words. Her Majesty reminded His Lordship of the ways in which he has continued to serve Æthelmearc despite being unable to attend events in person due to the continuing plague. Their Majesties then called forward Their Noble Order of the Millrind as witnesses that They saw fit to induct His Lordship among their number at that time. Scroll by The Honorable Lady Gesa von Wellenstein.
Her Majesty then spoke of her inspiration for the day, saying that there could only be one choice–or this day, two, as the reason the event had occurred at all lay in the vision, dedication, and determination of The Honorable Lady Hara Kikumatsu and Ishiyama Shonagon Gen’tarou no Yori’ie. She bestowed upon them Her token in thanks for bringing their vision to reality. In gratitude for their contributions to the day’s Court, Their Majesties invited forward the scribes to select
items to resupply their stock.
There being no further business, Court was closed.
Gwendolyn the Graceful, Brehyres (OL)
Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald
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.
Here begins the Report of the Court of Gareth and Juliana, King and Queen of Æthelmearc at the Special Practice in the Debatable Lands 2 April AS 56, joined by Their Heirs Byron and Ariella, jorundr hinn rotinn, Silver Buccle Herald, reporting.
In the morning:
Soon-to-be Sir Boden the Lost returns his squire’s belt to Sir Graedwynn Mab Teyrnon.
Their Majesties summoned Their Archery Champion Yakub al-Musafir. Yakub is a skilled archer who has been increasing his skill with the bow greatly, for this Their Majesties Awarded him Arms. Scroll by Nichola Beese and Scribal West.
Their Majesties called for Sir Graedwynn Mab Teyrnon, who had a squire, whose oath had come to an end. THLord Boden the Lost was summoned, and after confirming that it was still his wish to continue THLord Boden returned his squire’s belt to Sir Graedwynn and was commended to the Order of the Chivalry to sit Vigil and contemplate his entry into that order.
Comtesse Elena d’Artois le Tailleur was next called. Comtesse Elena expressed that she had an outstanding commitment that she needed to conclude before she could sit vigil. Their Majesties invited Master Christian Amaury de Launey to release Comtesse Elena from their student teacher relationship, once concluded The Order of Defense was summoned to take Comtesse Elena and give her their council.
In the evening, joined by Their Excellencies Brandubh and Hilderun, Baron and Baroness of the Debatable Lands.
Their Majesties invited His Majesty Ioannes of the East to join Them.
Their Majesties called for Master Alaric MacConnal to attend Them, They asked that he might lead the youth of the Kingdom with the toybox and assist them with choosing gifts.
Their Majesties called for all the newcomers to the Society to join Them, and gifted them mugs made by the hands of artisans from throughout the Kingdom.
Their Majesties gave leave to Their Excellencies to hold Their Baronial Court.
Diana Clare Chandler was Awarded Arms in abstentia for her skill in making garb for herself and others and for her service as a retainer. Scroll by Gesa von Wellenstein.
Lady Lartia Cerva was called into Court that Their Majesties could deliver her Scroll and circlet from when she was Awarded Arms at Agincourt in October.
Lady Tristyn of Gryffyn’s Keep was called before Their Majesties. Her skill with thrown weapons has grown, which pleased Their Majesties so They inducted her into the Order of the Golden Alce. Scroll by Gesa von Wellenstein.
Their Majesties summoned Armiger Sebastian. Their skill in scribal arts and assistance with many scrolls created by Debatable Lands Scribal West caused Their Majesties to name Them a member of the Order of the Sycamore. Scroll by Nichola Beese and Scribal West.
Aranwen verch Rhys ap Gwalter was awarded a Crown’s Treasure in abstentia for her many donations of historically correct glass beads, fibula, and jewelry. Scroll illuminated by Viviene of Yardley, calligraphed by Jonathan Blaecstan, with words by King Gareth.
THLord Boden the Lost was summoned to present himself before Their Majesties. After confirming that it was still his wish to continue, Their Majesties summoned Their Order of the Chivalry. They heard words in support of Boden from a Royal Peer, Countess Ariella of Thornbury, a Laurel, Master Duncan Blackwater, a patent-pending member of the Order of Defense, Comtesse Elena d’Artois, a Pelican, Baron Brandubh O Donnaighlie, a member of the Order of Chivalry, Sir Bors of Rouen, and words from Sir Graedwynn Mab Teyrnon. After hearing THLord Boden’s oath of Fealty They invested him with the regalia of a Knight, the Ancestral Chivalry Chain of Æthelmearc, a personal chain, a white belt, spurs, and a cloak. His Majesty then dubbed Sir Boden a Knight and delivered his last unanswered blow. Scroll by Jonathan Blaecstan with words by Graedwynn Mab Teyrnon.
Soon-to-be Maître Elena d’Artois le Tailleur walks into Court, accompanied by members of the Order of Defense.
Their Majesties invited Comtesse Elena d’Artois le Tailleur was invited. The Order of Defense, and the Ladies of the Rose and Garnet were called. Their Majesties confirmed that it was still Elena’s wish to proceed, and heard the words of her supporters, Countess Kallista Morgunova as a Lady of the Rose, Sir Marek Viacheldrago as a member of the Order of the Chivalry, Mistress Gabrielle de Winter and Master Robert O’Connor as members of the Order of the Pelican, Duke Malcolm Duncan MacEoghainn as a Royal Peer, Duchess Morgen of Rye as a Royal Peer, Mistress Chrestienne of Waterdene as a member of the Order of the Laurel, Duchess Dorinda Courtenay as herself, and Master Christian Amaury de Launey as a member of the Order of Defense. Comtesse Elena gave her Oath, and was presented in the regalia of a cape, garters, the book and box of the Æthelmearc Order of Defense, a lineage collar, a personal collar and the ancestral collar of Æhelmearc. After receiving a final unanswered buffet from Her Majesty Elena was named a the newest Maître of Defense. Scroll by Roberta McMorland with words by Cyrus Augur and Po Silvertop the Rogue.
Their Majesties summoned “Some Guy in a Hat” with much trepidation. Master Po Silvertop the Rogue presented himself.
Here begins the Report of the Court of His Majesty Ioannes of the East, jointly with Their Majesties of Æthelmearc, Gareth and Juiana, at the Special Practice in the Debatable Lands, April 2 AS 56, jorundr hinn rotinn, Silver Buccle Herald, reporting.
His Majesty Ioannes had a query for Po. “Would you like a second chance?” Po confirmed that he would in fact like a second chance. It was then confirmed that upon his elevation to the Order of Defense, the very set of Royalty that Po was currently before had not given Po a final buffet. Master Po presented the six-fingered glove to Her Majesty Juliana, who delivered that buffet, 32 months after Master Po was elevated to the Order of Defense.
That business being done, Their Majesties, Gareth, Juliana, and Ioannes remarked on how Po spreads levity and the joy of fencing wherever he goes. He does not just do this in Æthelmearc, Master Po is also a prolific teacher and supporter of fencing in The East. For this, Their Majesties of Æthelmearc and The East named Po a Baron of the Courts of the East and Æthelmearc. The scroll is unsigned with words by Cyrus Augur.
Here Closes the Court of His Majesty Ioannes.
Their Majesties summoned THLard Shirin of Susa. THLady Shirin served as Co-Signet of Æthelmearc, and has also created many personal works of scribal art of a very high caliber. Her skill in this area has been noted by the Order of the Laurel, and thus she was issued a Writ to contemplate entry into that order. Scroll by Antoinette de la Croix with words by Arias Beltran del Valle.
Her Majesty greatly enjoyed her day, and wished to especially recognize Baroness Hilderun Hügelmann as her inspiration for the day and awarded her a Golden Escarbuncle for all that she did to make this day happen.
His Majesty addressed King Ioannes. It is not right that Royalty from another Kingdom visit Æthelmearc without receiving a gift, so His Majesty delivered Ducal coronets to Ioannes for himself and his lady Honig for When They step down next week.
Their Majesties presented tokens to the scribes and wordsmiths that worked on scrolls for this day’s court.
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 Their Crown Tournament, 7 May, Anno Societatis LVII, in the Barony of Blackstone Mountain. As recorded by Gwendolyn the Graceful, Brehyres, Meistr-y-gân, Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald, assisted by Drotinn jǫrundr hinn rotinn, Silver Buccle Herald.
Prior to opening the Procession, King Byron and Queen Ariella requested the presence of all combatants and consorts. Their Majesties expressed Their joy that all had been able to attend, despite the hazards of weather, and that Their own trek had deepened Their appreciation for the commitment already demonstrated by all who had persevered to be present.
Their Majesties also desired more personal words with The Honorable Lord Angus the Bull and his consort, Agnes Zwei Brücken. Finding it improper that a gentle of such grace as she should enter the tournament without title, Their Majesties were pleased to Award her Arms, so that she could further inspire as a member of the nobility. Scroll forthcoming. Court was then suspended.
At the conclusion of the Tournament, one stood victorious: Arnᚦorr inn Sterki. His Majesty placed the Heir’s crown upon Arnᚦorr’s brow, investing him with the office of Prince. Their Majesties passed unto Prince Arnᚦorr the crown of the consort, with which His Highness crowned his lady Ceinrech na Hinnsi, that she be known henceforth as Princess. The Heirs made oath of fealty to the Crown, and Court was once again suspended.
Photo by Baroness Aine ny Allane
In the evening, Their Majesties and Their Highnesses, accompanied by Cunedda Kell and Alana of the Horseclans, Baron and Baroness of Blackstone Mountain, entreated Lorelei of Blackstone to allow the youth of the kingdom to pursue her for toys to pass the time in Court.
Their Majesties then extended leave to Baroness Alana, as Event Steward, to address the populace and offer thanks to all who worked, many at very short notice, to make the event a success. She shared the good news that Rose, who had been waylaid on her journey the night before, was home and safe once more. Their Majesties asked Her Excellency to pass on the well wishes of the Kingdom and the gratitude of the populace that she suffered no lasting harm.
Their Majesties invited Countess Margerite to speak on behalf of the Ladies of the Rose and Garnet. Her Excellency observed that the tournament had been a day full of many acts of chivalry, including The Honorable Lord Willem MacLear, who received a token from her hand. Her Highness also called forward Lord Bjarki Rikardson, to present him with Her token in recognition of his displays of honor upon the field. Her Excellency Margerite went on to say that there was one whose conduct was so surpassing exemplary that he was the clear choice to bear the Shield of Chivalry: The Honorable Lord Angus the Bull. Thus, with the Crown’s thanks, Posadik Zvonimir Zavodchikov was able to pass the Shield unto His Lordship Angus, and was relieved of his dutiful service as its former bearer.
Next, Their Majesties bade Thorin Marekson to present himself before Them. Citing his courteous demeanor and constantly helpful manner, They were moved to Award him Arms. Scroll illumination by The Honorable Lady Sumayya al-Ghaziyya, with wording and calligraphy by Mistress Illadore de Bedegrayne.
Their Majesties also sought Islief Marekson to speak with him of his equally unfailing service and courtly consideration. Judging his conduct in all ways to be that of a noble, They declared it right and proper that he, too, be Awarded Arms. Scroll by Nikolai Vasiliev Malkovich.
Following this, Their Majesties requested the presence of Viscount Sir Bear the Wallsbane, representing himself, Duke Malcolm MacEoghan, and Duchess Ilish O’Donovan. His Majesty remarked upon the perennial and indispensable nature of their bi-annual publication, “Bear’s Betting Man’s Guide to Crown Tourney.” Knowing that Their Majesties were not alone in thinking these pamphlets a great boon to the Kingdom, They bestowed upon His Excellency and Their Graces the Award of Excellence, in token of which, His Majesty presented them each with a deck of tarot to aid in their divinations, and pouches containing the collected coins struck for all the Crown Tournaments to date, to assist in the application of their speculative pursuits.
Their Majesties then desired that Lady Rannveigr Hrajshvelgsneys Alfvinsdottir make herself present to Them. Praising her many, years of service, not only in Æthelmearc but in the Midrealm, not only in Blackstone Mountain but in Port Oasis, not only as server, tollner, or steward, but in kitchens, classrooms, and everywhere between, and mindful of her service from an early age, They named her a Companion of the Order of the Keystone. Scroll forthcoming.
Their Majesties next wished to be attended by Lady Brienne Lachlan the Scorned, to speak to her also of the service she gives freely and joyfully to all. Her work capturing images from court, field, and hall, as well as the many hours she has spent assisting her Barony as its chatelaine, recommended her to Their Majesties and moved Them to create her a Companion of the Order of the Keystone. Scroll by The Honorable Lady Eleanore Godwin.
Lord Nicolo Loredan da Venesia was next called before the Royal Presence. To Nicolo, Their Majesties spoke of his dedication to the art of defense, both as practical skill and in its careful study and historical provenance. In recognition of his research and artistry in historical rapier study, They named him a Companion of the Order of the Sycamore. Scroll by The Honorable Lady Gesa von Wellenstein on wording by Baron Caleb Reynolds.
Their Majesties then welcomed Baroness Sigrid Schreiber into Their Presence. They noted her propitious skill in the art of portraiture, and her long dedication to her skills’ perfection. Understanding that there were others who had taken similar note of Her Excellency’s talent, They called for Their Noble Order of the Fleur D’Æthelmearc to witness the induction of their newest Companion. Scroll by The Honorable Lady Nichola Beese.
At this time, Their Majesties required the attendance of Their Noble Order of the Millrind. Noting with pleasure that many, many members of the populace were among this number, They nevertheless desired to bring additional Companions forward to join this august body:
First, They called upon Sir Beatrix Krieger, for her unfailing willingness to leap in and help wherever needed. Scroll wording by Master Po Silvertop, calligraphy by Master Jon Blaecstan, and illumination by Maîtresse Melisandre of the Gryphon Wood.
Next, They desired Lady Thalia Papillon to step forward, and Granted her Arms as a Companion of the Millrind for her varied forms of service, including archery marshal, mistress of lists, event steward, and both guard and retainer to the Courts of Æthelmearc. Scroll by The Honorable Lady Gesa von Wellenstein on wording by Baron Caleb Reynolds.
Finally, but not least, They entreated Baron Cunedda and Baroness Alana to join the Order as its Companions for their unflagging service to the Barony of Blackstone Mountain, as custodians of the Barony and as its leaders – twice. Promissory scrolls a work in progress by Baroness Ekaterina Volkova.
Her Majesty spoke of the many gentles who gave up their time in order to assure that the day could progress, but chiefest among these, Her Majesty wished to recognize The Honorable Lady Odette D’Arques as Her inspiration of the day.
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.
Gwendolyn the Graceful, Brehyres (OL)
Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald