Per the Æstel, just in case you were unsure – May Crown tourney has been officially postponed/cancelled.
Their Majesties announced this via their Court at Coronation. They also will let everyone know as soon as we can when it will be held. They indicated that they would give as much notice as possible, so that combatants could get in their letters.
As Kingdom Seneschal, I have gotten a variance from the Society Seneschal for this postponement/cancellation.
More information TBD. As soon as I know, I will let you all know. Girl Scout’s Honor.
As you all know, the novel Coronavirus that has swept through the lands like a plague has curtailed all of our activities, including SCA events. Their Majesties, Timothy and Gabrielle, held a very successful “Æthereal Court” this past weekend, and a similar technique will be used to stream the Coronation of Maynard and Liadain, but such measures will not work for Crown Tournaments.
How then are the Society’s Kingdoms going to choose their next Princes and Princesses?
The BoD has been mulling over some ideas, and narrowed it down to the following:
Appropriate social distancing
Crown Tourney to be fought in each local group as a “spears-only” tournament so the fighters can maintain the required 6 feet of distance from their opponents at all times. The winner in each group will travel to a regional spear tourney, the winners of which will then participate in the Kingdom-level finals, all while maintaining appropriate social distancing.
Not appropriate social distancing
If spear-lengths are not deemed safe enough, then the next royalty will be chosen using the peerage criteria in Corpora, which include the ability to dance, play chess, identify heraldic devices, sing or play a musical instrument, and demonstrate familiarity with literature and combat. To that end, the BoD will approve all such use of section IV.A.1 of Corpora to permit the Kingdoms to hold online competitions in each of these disciplines. Individual Kingdoms may choose to weight some categories more heavily than others, so we expect Calontir’s next royalty will be bards while the East is more likely to have dancers. In Æthelmearc, of course, our next sovereign would no doubt be a scribe.
Kingdoms to hold an on-line competition where people can gain points for displaying an A&S project, teaching a class, boosting Kingdom morale, performing in a Kingdom bardic meetup, or serving as the all-important tech support for these endeavors. A defined start and end date for the competition will be declared, with points to be awards based on judges’ determination of the quality of each activity. Each entrant must designate a consort before the start of the competition. The judges shall consist of the sitting Royalty, the Kingdom Seneschale, the Kingdom A&S Officers, and the Silver Buccle Herald. The gentle who amasses the greatest number of points during the designated period becomes Sovereign, with their partner as Consort.
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Greetings unto Æthlemearc from Maynard and Liadain, Heirs to the Sylvan Thrones.
While the rule of King Timothy and Queen Gabrielle is undoubtedly strong and prosperous, the Sylvan Line must be ensured. As is our duty and honor, we would encourage all to attend our upcoming Crown Tournament to be held on May 2, 2020 in the Barony of Thescorre.
It is our greatest wish that all who are willing and able endeavor to participate, witness and be present for this most auspicious day in the history of Æthelmearc. The continuation of the Kingdom and succession of the Crown lay in your hands. The victor should be tested on the tournament field by every valiant and honorable combatant that Our skilled Kingdom has to offer. All combatants from novice to Knight are urged to take up arms.
It would please us greatly to host a grand tournament with a large number of combatants to truly showcase the prowess and chivalry of Æthelmearc. We will limit those requirements outside of Kingdom Law to the following:
Prospective consorts must be present at the tournament.
Each combatant and consort must display a banner during the grand procession.
Combatant couples are to be announced by a herald for the grand procession.
All modern armor and equipment must be covered. This includes modern sports equipment, company logos, bright colored or blatantly plastic armor, etc. These may be worn but concealed with a heraldic tabard, surcoat or similar covering. Modern footwear is acceptable if disguised or understated (ie. black or brown).
Please also review the section of Kingdom law listing requirements included below. Contact us if you have any questions regarding any of these requirements. Be mindful that letters of intent must be postmarked or received by the Crown no later than 30 days prior to Crown Tournament. Confirmation of receipt will be provided as received. Please contact us via email if you have any concerns.
Letters of intent must include the following elements for both entrants: SCA names, Legal names, Postal Addresses, Telephone numbers, E-mail addresses, Proofs of membership, Age (proof to be supplied at Crown Tournament) and Proof of current authorization for Combatants. We would also request that the preferred titles of both fighter and consort are included in letters of intent to ensure accuracy and promote pageantry (ex. Lord, THLady, Baroness, Sir, Mistress, etc.) There is also an online Letter of Intent Form available here.
Our mailing information:
TRH Maynard and Liadain
c/o Michael and Deidre Biondo
3208 Rachelle Dr.
North Tonawanda, NY 14120
We would also like to announce that Our first Curia will take place the Sunday morning of War Practice at 10:00 am. We will publish an agenda online prior to the event. We are very much looking forward to the upcoming months and hope to see many of you in Our travels.
Maynard and Liadain
Prince and Princess
III-100 Entrants in this section of Law are defined as the combatant and consort entering Crown Tournament.
III-200 All entrants in the Crown Tournament must be members of the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc.
III-300 All entrants in the Crown Tournament must be 18 years of age or older as of the date of Crown Tournament.
III-400 The withdrawal of either entrant from the Crown Lists shall automatically eliminate both from that Tournament, except as provided below in paragraph III-1100. Either may withdraw at any point in the Tournament by notifying the Minister of the Lists.
III-500 In order to be eligible to fight or be fought for in Crown Tournament, a person must be a subject (as defined in Corpora) of Æthelmearc for one year immediately prior to Crown Tournament and be able to demonstrate a reasonable level of participation in Æthelmearc during that period.
The Crown may waive the above requirements if the entrants are subjects of the Kingdom and able to demonstrate to the Crown’s satisfaction by their own words or by recommendation of peers of the Kingdom that they have sufficient familiarity with Kingdom Law and customs and an acceptable level of participation.
III-600 Letters of intent must be sent to the Crown. They must include the following elements for both entrants:
• SCA names
• Legal names
• Telephone numbers
• E-mail addresses
• Proofs of membership
• Age (proof to be supplied at Crown Tournament)
• Proof of current authorization for Combatants
To facilitate complete letters of intent, a form is available on the Kingdom website as well as from the Crown and the Seneschal on request. Prospective entrants are encouraged but not required to use this form to ensure a complete letter. Letters of intent must be mailed, e-mailed, or hand-delivered to the Crown no later than 30 days prior to the Crown Tournament. The Kingdom Seneschal shall verify eligibility as defined in the Bylaws and Corpora.
III-700 No person shall enter the Crown Tournament without intending an honorable attempt to compete for the Crown. At the discretion of the Royalty whose Crown it is, the Kingdom Officers who administer Crown may step aside and have their emergency deputy administer the Tourney, so they may enter. In the event a Kingdom Officer should win Crown, the Law regarding Emergency Deputies and office succession will apply.
III-800 The entrants must be acceptable to the Crown or Their representatives.
III-900 No person fighting in or being fought for in Crown Tournament may administer the Crown Tournament.
III-1000 Any two people may champion each other in the Crown Lists (hereinafter referred to as a combatant couple so long as neither is championed by any other person.
III-1100 If one member of a combatant couple is removed from the Crown Lists for marshallate infractions or any infractions of the Rules of the Lists, both members are ineligible to continue in that Crown Tournament. If one member of a combatant couple voluntarily withdraws as a combatant in the Lists, the MOL and Marshal will confer with the withdrawing member to determine if they are also withdrawing as consort or if the other member may continue in the Lists. If the participant withdraws both as fighter and consort, both shall be ineligible to continue in that Crown Tournament.
III-1200 The preferred method of Crown Tournament is a double-elimination format.
III-1300 The winner of the Crown Tournament and the winner’s consort become the new Heirs to the Throne of Æthelmearc. They are each entitled to the Title of Crown Prince or Crown Princess, as appropriate to the individual’s persona.
III-1301 Upon ascending to the Throne, They may rightfully be acknowledged as Monarch and Consort with alternate Titles as appropriate to the dignity of the Throne.
Background: The Corpora section referenced in the statement below had previously stated: “Each competitor in a Royal List must be fighting for a prospective consort of the opposite sex unless the Crown has elected to permit a competitor to fight for a prospective consort of the same sex.”
On October 20th, the SCA’s Board of Directors made the following announcement:
On June 4, 2019, the Board of Directors requested commentary regarding a change to Corpora IV.B.1. – Royalty Qualifications. On October 19, 2019, the following change to Corpora was approved:
Corpora IV.B.1. – Royalty Qualifications
Each competitor in a Royal List must be fighting for a prospective consort.
Anyone having any questions regarding this Corpora change should contact the Society Seneschal for more information.
Comments are strongly encouraged and can be sent to:
Milpitas, CA 95036
You may also email email@example.com.
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