We welcome all to attend and observe the Crown Tournament of King Maynard and Queen Liadain to be held on August 21 in the Shire of Misty Highlands.Thank you to all the combatants who are fighting for the honor of the Kingdom as we look to safely resume more normal activities.
Here is the list of combatants:
Duke Timothy of Arindale for Duchess Gabrielle van Nijenrode
Duke Gareth Kincaid for Duchess Juliana Delamere
Earl Yngvar the Dismal for Countess Caryl Olesdattir
Comtesse Elena d’Artois for Don Cyrus Augur
Earl Thomas Byron of Haverford and Countess Ariella of Thornbury for each other
Landgraf Drusilus von Oberbessenbach for Dame Caroline of Burgundy
Sir Maghnus de Cnoc an Iora for Brehyres Gwendolyn the Graceful
Lord Gregory Hillson for Dame Kateryna Ty Isaf
Sir Arnthor inn Sterki for Lady Ceirech Na Hinsi
Hersir Marek Viacheldrago for Baroness Sybilla Julianna Detwyller
Maighster Kieran MacRae for Mistress Constance Glyn Dwr
Sir Beatrix Krieger and Sir Thorsol Solinauga for each other
Syr Hagar the Blushing for Baroness Anna Eisenkopf
Sir Finn O’Shannon for THLady Shirin al-Sussiyya
THLord Lothar Hugelmann for THLady Sumayya al Ghaziyya
THLord Garreth Whytebull for Baroness Aine ny Allane
Baron Jakob Krahe for Baroness Jân al – Tha’lab
Lord Siegfrid Corloys for Edyth Ferriess
Lord Davin ap Einion for Lady Nycaise D’Ozier la taileresse
The deadline for sending in a letter of intent to fight in our crown tournament is tomorrow, Wednesday July 21st. Please be sure to get your letters in or fill out the online form before the end of the day tomorrow.
With great joy, the Shire of Misty Highlands bids the populace of Æthelmearc welcome to the Crown Tournament of Maynard and Liadain as we begin to put the time of the plague behind us and slowly reunite with those friends who have been dearly missed for so long.
The Crown tournament will be held on Saturday, August 21 on the grounds of the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, 71 Asylum Drive, Weston, WV. The site will open at 9 in the morning and close at 6 in the evening.
A detailed schedule of the day will be determined by Their Royal Majesties closer to the tournament.
Troll fees will be $5 for members and $10 for non-members, with gentles under the age of 18 attending freely with the welcome of the Shire.
Pre-registration is VERY MUCH PREFERRED via SCARS (link to be posted shortly) but may also be sent to the Reservations clerk,Master Otto Boese (Harry Marinakis) at 329 Sycamore Fork Road, Wallace, WV 26448 and received by August 14th. (Make checks payable to SCA WV Inc. – Shire of Misty Highlands.)
First, Crown will of course follow all coronavirus restrictions as laid out by the SCA, and that means that pre-registration will be required for all who wish to attend, although that number is no longer limited. NO ONE without a pre-registration will be allowed to attend the event. Please follow announcements from the Society Board of Directors as to the latest rules.
Second, the current restrictions on food means there will not be any prepared feast or sideboard offered at the event. The shire will plan to have bottled water available on site for the populace as long as restrictions allow.
Any questions on the event can be directed to the Autocrat, Baron Arias Beltrandel Valle (Alex Hines), 301 Arthur Ave. #1, Clarksburg, WV 26301, or at email or by phone at (724) 944-6547 (ABSOLUTELY no calls between 4:45 and 6:15 p.m. weekdays or from 5:45 to 6:45 Fri.-Sun.)
We look forward to welcoming the kingdom to the Shire of Misty Highlands as we once again greet each other in person for a grand tournament and in the fellowship we have long missed!
Maynard and Liadain. Photo by Duchess Anna Blackleaf.
Greetings unto Æthelmearc from Maynard and Liadain, King and Queen of these Sylvan Lands.
We are thrilled that the date for Our Crown Tournament has been announced for August 21, 2021 in Our Shire of Misty Highlands. Our Seneschal, Master Illadore, has provided an excellent video announcement with details here.
Our greatest wish is to host a grand tournament, boasting a large number of combatants and spectators showcasing and witnessing the prowess and chivalry of Æthelmearc.
However, as you may be aware, we are currently limited to 150 attendees. We therefore strongly request that combatants and consorts only submit a letter of intent for entry if they are confident of being present and participating in the tournament in Misty Highlands on August 21, 2021. Should the current attendance restriction by the BoD not be increased or lifted, this may result in those not running the event or participating in the tournament being unable to attend.
Furthermore, we ask that entrants into the tournament seriously consider what victory and being royalty during a pandemic entails. We encourage you to reach out to us with questions.
In order to get back on track as a Kingdom, the preferred date for Coronation is September 25, 2021. Alternate dates may include September 18 or October 1.
This is a very quick turnaround time, and entrants should consider the following prior to Crown Tournament as Our Heirs will be required to advise Us of their preferred option on the day of their victory; given that events and attendance are limited, Our Heirs may choose to have a virtual Coronation, at an event hosted locally or at another event scheduled on the dates above. Should none of these options be viable, Coronation will occur on the morning of October Crown Tournament.
Letters of intent are due to Us by July 21, 2021. 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.
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 (i.e., 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 (July 21, 2021). Confirmation of receipt will be provided as received. Please contact us via email if you have any concerns.
(Postal address included in email missive and available upon request.)
Letters of intent must include the following elements for both entrants:
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. Noble, Lord, THLady, Baroness, Sir, Mistress, etc.) There is also an online Letter of Intent Form available on the Kingdom Website here.
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 • Addresses • 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.
I bring news from the Kingdom Financial Committee, which includes myself and Their Majesties, as well as the Deputy Kingdom Seneschal of Pandemics, Duke Christopher; and Master Morien, Kingdom Earl Marshal.
As you have seen, the Board of Directors has passed a resolution for Resolution to Lift Suspension of In-Person Activity in the SCA as of June 1st, 2021.
Collectively, we have decided that A) AEthelmearc will allow events starting June 1st that follow the Board of Director’s resolutions and B) Fighting and Fencing are still on hold at least until June 1st.
With the spike of infections happening in all three States that make up AEthelmearc, we need some more time to see if we can overcome the virus and see how big the spike is going to be.
We are, however, allowing small gatherings now. (Such as sewing circles, and guild meetings.) They should also fit within the BOD’s guidelines. We recommend small, local gatherings first. Long distance travel is not recommended by the CDC at this time and we suggest folks be mindful of that. If you need a variance for any of the BOD’s resolutions, please contact me and we will work on that together.
Regarding events – AEthelmearc is indeed going to allow events starting June 1st that follow the BOD’s guidelines. We recommend small events at first and pre-registration will be required. We are also going to try to get our pre-pay systems up and running, in an effort to limit contact where possible.
Of note, we do not know if we will be allowing fighting and fencing at that time, so please be mindful of that when planning events for June.
I also know you have many questions, such as what about Pennsic, and when is Crown Tourney. We are still working on that now. The answers are to be determined. We’re working on it and as soon as I know, I will let you all know as well.
Duke Christopher and I will also be holding a Zoom meeting for local seneschals in the near future. More on that soon.
Much love. Stay safe.
**The announcement from the SCA Board of Directors can be found at the following link here **
**There is a reopening video from Kingdom Seneschal, Illadore, available for viewing on You tube at the following link here**
This is just a quick update to keep you informed of our progress tp Pennsic 49.
Over the last month the Pennsic 49 senior executive has met with the Crowns and Seneschals of the East, Midrealm, and Æthelmearc. We have discussed specific issue regarding the planning and running of Pennsic 49 and are discussing options and figuring out ways to run it safely, albeit maybe a little differently. Those plans are still under consideration, discussion, and planning, but we are still moving forward to our well-published final decision date of May 30.
I am aware that the Known World Seneschals have met with the SCA Inc. Executive Board over a range of issues prior to the full SCA Inc. Board meeting, I think some time in April. I am not aware, nor do I need to know the specifics of that meeting, however we were asked and did supply representation at the meeting to field any Pennsic War-specific questions.
We are continuing to plan for Pennsic 49 in 2021 until either 30 May 2021 or our hand is forced to make a decision sooner.
The good news is the the COVID-19 overlay is getting better in the USA, UK, and parts of Europe week by week. I pray it keeps going that way with the vaccines roll out.
I know this is not the news many need right now, but I’m letting you all know so that you can plan accordingly and be as aware as we are. Sorry I can’t say more.
It is time to call for Letters of Intent from the Sylvan Signet’s office. This position requires a highly organized individual with excellent communication skills both in writing and in person, interpersonal skills, and flexibility. It also requires familiarity with platforms such as Google Docs, both in Google Sheets and Excel spreadsheets, as well as being available via email and other preferred platforms on a regular basis. This position needs an average of 10 to 20 hours a week depending on the reign (summer vs. winter).
To this end, we wish to offer an outline of some of the work that is done by the Signet’s office:
Coordinate the assigning of scrolls: including, but not limited to coordinating illuminators, wordsmiths, and calligraphers, and the transition of the scroll to its final destination.
Keep detailed records of assignments, both current and backlogs.
Providing physical and digital copies of the docket to Their Majesties, their Jewel Herald, substitute Heralds, and the Silver Buccle Herald.
Assign, coordinate, and monitor assignments provided to deputies. Deputy roles can include: drop-dead, education, backlogs, regional, website, special projects, the scribal retreat, and fundraising.
Promote and foster the scribal community
Ordering vellum for each reign and assigning the County and Ducal scrolls
The specific policies of the Signet’s Office can be found here, which includes many of the above mentioned items, as well as a few other guidelines for those that are interested.
If you have any questions about the position, please don’t hesitate to contact us at Signet _at_aethelmearc.org or through IM. If you would like to be considered for the position, please submit your resume and a letter of interest to king_at_aethelmearc.org, queen_at_aethelmearc.org and seneschal_at_aethelmearc.org.
As revealed by our Kingdom Social Media Officer, THL Sumayya al Ghaziyya, on the latest episode of AE Live, the Kingdom of Æthelmearc now has two new communication outlets: Instagram and Discord!
Our Instagram Social Media Deputy, THL Astridr Vigaskegg, writes:
Follow us on Instagram @scaaethelmearc!
Joining Instagram is easy! You can download the app on your phone or tablet through the App Store for iPhone or iPad and the Play Store for Android. If you don’t have a mobile device, you can simply visit instagram.com. Since Instagram is now owned by Facebook, if you already have a Facebook account, you can simply click “Login with Facebook.” Otherwise you can sign up with an email address.
Follow us @scaaethelmearc and tag us in your SCA-related posts with any of these hashtags: #aethelmearc #æthelmearc #kingdomofaethelmearc #kingdomofæthelmearc #mySCA
Our Discord Social Media Deputy is THL Owen Tegg, and he writes:
For questions, contact THL Owen at email@example.com or on Discord at owen#3698.
Wait… what exactly is Discord?
*It’s part communications app, part social media portal. It’s similar to Skype or Slack, but much more versatile, with an easy-to-use interface. With 250 million users, it’s widely used by the gaming community, growing quickly into a way to coordinate all kinds of hobbyist communities. Discord supports video calls, voice chats, and texts, and each interest server (like our Kingdom server) can have many sub channels. Try it out today! (And look for other SCA communities on Discord, – there are lots – like the “The Known World”, “SCA Bardic Social”, and even one for our own Barony-Marche of the Debatable Lands)
The Report of the Ӕtherial Court of Their Sylvan Majesties, Maynard and Liadain, King and Queen of Ӕthelmearc held on the thirtieth Day of January anno Societatis 55, Baron Brandubh O’Donnghaile, Jewel Herald.
Baron Brandubh O’Donnghaile begged a boon of Their Majesties, that he might be allowed to pass the Office of Silver Buccle Principal Herald of Ӕthelmearc to his successor Jorundr hinn rotinn. Their Majesties Maynard and Liadain gave their assent and invite Drotinn Jorundr hinn rotinn into Their Court.
Drotinn Jorundr did confirm that is was his wish to take up the mantle of Silver Buccle Herald of Ӕthelmearc, and Their Majesties received his oath of Service as King of Arms for the Kingdom of Ӕthelmearc.
Baron Bramdubh then stepped back to join the Brotherhood Of Old Buccles, Silver as a past Silver Buccle Herald, and he invited THLady Sophie Davenport to join him with the order of the B.O.O.B.S. in thanks for her service to the Kingdom of Ӕthelmearc as Silver Buccle Principal Herald.
Their Majesties thanked both Baron Brandubh and THLady Sophie for their support of the kingdom.