SCA Friends: We know that most of you make your storage payments during Pennsic. We wanted to make sure you were aware of our online payment system. Below you will find details on how to check your status and make a payment from the comfort of your home.
Every August, businesses in Butler County, Pennsylvania, where Pennsic is held, make much of their annual income from Scadians. With Pennsic canceled, that won’t happen this year. In addition, for many years the Portersville Food Pantry has been the beneficiary of literally tons of food collected by Paladin’s Pantry at the end of every Pennsic. That also won’t happen this year.
To assist Butler County in weathering this loss along with the hardships imposed by Covid-19, an inter-Kingdom group of SCA members, including our own Master Morien McBain, have come together to create the #100KfromtheSCA initiative. Check out the website to learn more.
COVID-19 is touching all of our lives and at this time our primary concern is the safety and well-being of our Pennsic Attendees, Cooper’s Lake Family and Staff:, the entire Community of people in and around Cooper’s Lake Campground we interact and depend upon, and our numerous vendors who supply our event. They are all part of the “Pennsic-War-Family”.
When I took on the office of Mayor of Pennsic 49, I promised to, and was entrusted with, the welfare and safety of the entire Pennsic Family. It is therefore with great sadness that I must inform you today that, we have decided to postpone Pennsic 49, scheduled for July 24, 2020 through August 9, 2020 to July 30, 2021 through August 15, 2021.
This postponement will come as heartbreaking news to many of you – and it has been an exceedingly difficult decision for us to make. Since the first Pennsic Wars at Cooper’s Lake we have been so proud to welcome people from all over the Knowne World to beautiful lands of Æthelmearc, but this year, sadly we cannot gather together as before.
As many of you have read in my previous COVID-19 updates, the impact of this terrible pandemic has effects that reach far past just those that attend Pennsic War. I will not go into all our considerations here again, you can all read my previous two posts that outline many of the factors we considered before making this decision. However, on this one occasion the emotion of Pennsic needed to be removed and the hard decision made.
It has been arranged with Cooper’s Lake Management, that those who have preregistered for Pennsic 49 may have their registrations rolled over to 2021.
If you desire a refund, please go to www.cooperslake.com and log into your pre-registration account.
Even if we cannot be together this July, we remain optimistic that the situation will soon improve. I know we are all very worried about the impact that COVID-19 is having on our loved ones and daily lives. My Pennsic team and I send you our very best wishes. We cannot wait to share time together at Cooper’s Lake again with you all.
Sir Gregory of Loch Swan
From Their Royal Majesties, Maynard & Liadain:
Noble populace, after much deliberation and consideration, Pennsic 49 will be postponed until 2021. We understand that this is disappointing and upsetting on many levels, for many reasons, however We fully support this decision.
The health and safety of our community, including the staff and hosts of this epic event, are of utmost importance. Please join us applauding the Pennsic Mayor, his staff and Kingdom Seneschals who were tasked to make this difficult call. Know that the horns of War will be heard again – this is but a delay. We will look to the future and will celebrate all that we continue to overcome.
The past month has seen significant change in the COVID-19 threat and risk overlay for Pennsic 49. The cancellation of major events throughout the modern world such as, The Olympic Games (July 2020) in Japan, The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo (July/Aug 2020) in Scotland and major events across the USA, plus the restriction of travel both nationally and internationally, have indicated to me that this world-wide pandemic is having an ongoing longer effect on the planning and running of Pennsic 49 in July/August 2020 than could have been foreseen.
In addition, last week has seen the cancellation of Æthelmearc War Practice and the closure of all schools in Pennsylvania for the rest of the school year.
Cognizant of these changes I have asked Viscount Edward to liaise with the Coopers Lake management and identify a final notification date for the continuance of Pennsic 49 in 2020.
This is not to be viewed as a cancellation of the event; it simply allows me to have a “timeline” for decision making and allows me to further consider the impact of events on my recommendations to the Pennsic Seneschals Group (PSG).
It is therefore incumbent upon me to plan for as many possible outcomes as I can foresee. To that end, I have requested that the PSG have a virtual meeting, on a mutually suitable date between 20 to 25 April 2020. At that meeting, discussions will be held regarding several impacting factors for Pennsic 49 in 2020.
My primary concern will be to ensure the safety of the Pennsic War attendees, the Coopers Lake community and staff, as well as the impact on businesses in and around Coopers Lake Campground area.
We need to also consider the recovery period for businesses in the local area that would normally supply Pennsic with part of our infrastructure for the event to run safely and effectively. This includes but is not limited to everything from the contracted EMS Service to tents and golf carts.
I have been in discussions with James Brezel from the Coopers Lake management group over the past weeks to ascertain their position as no matter which way we go, it will have a great financial impact on their business. I cannot comment on things that Coopers Lake Campground supplies from Porta-Johns to Coopers casual staff and the Pennsic Store, I will leave that to James and the Coopers Lake management to evaluate as they know that side well and what effects COVID-19 has had on the supply chain to them.
All the above needs to be considered and discussed before any final decision/s are made. That decision does not include the overarching authority by local, county, state or federal agencies that would override any decision made by either ourselves or Coopers Lake management and which is beyond our control.
I am looking at a lot and taking into account all options and considerations not only for the people who attend Pennsic every year, but also for the Coopers management and staff. In addition, we need to consider the impact and opinions of the local people and businesses, in and around Pennsic. I especially need to look at if the local businesses can still supply or are in a position to supply the attendees to Pennsic 49.
On top of this we need to consider the impact on the local community of 8,000 to 10,000 people turning up from all over the USA and internationally and what the health effect that may have both physically and reputation-wise to the SCA, Pennsic, and the Coopers Lake Campground.
Add to that the constant changing figures in the USA, shutdown of state borders, local, county, state, and federal changes in the movement of people, and last but not least the projected recovery time, even if this bottoms out by the end of June. This is a juggling game where we cannot afford to drop a ball. So, I am being measured, careful, factual, and logical in our approach.
Be assured, we are all working towards the best possible solution. It is my desire to have a final decision advertised no later than 15 May 2020. This will allow people to change plans if necessary and/or prepare for a Pennsic that might be very different to that we have attended before.
As you are all no doubt aware by now… I like to Plan for the Known and Prepare for the Unknown. I have a fantastic staff and great support from the PSG and Coopers Lake management.
I will keep you all advised on the outcome of our discussions and planning.
First of all, I want to reassure you all that the Pennsic 49 Senior Executive Group, the Pennsic Seneschal’s Group, Pennsic 49 Staff and the Management Group of Coopers Lake Camp Ground will continue to consider all precautions to protect Pennsic 49 attendees as much as possible from the current health Issue sweeping our countries, the COVID-19 Virus Pandemic outbreak.
We are still about 4.3 months away from Pennsic and therefore have plenty of time to access and re-assess the risk to attendees and organizers alike as we get closer to Pennsic 49 start date.
Pennsic War is a unique event for attendees who come face-to-face with one another every day. The Pennsic 49 executive is focused on delivering a safe, healthy event site by planning to adopt various precautions that are sustainable and safe for Pennsic 49 attendee’s long-term welfare in mind.
I have already been in discussions with the James Brezel of the Coopers Lake Management group and we are progressing plans should a worst case situation develop.
The Pennsic 49, Executive Management Group will remain alert to any increased risk and ensure that we take all precautions for the safety, health and well-being of all those who attend Pennsic. You will be advised of any future developments as they come to hand. However, it must be noted that at this stage there is no plan to cancel Pennsic 49.
That being said, some decisions maybe be out of our hands. We have no control over the SCA, State or Federal Government bodies that may enforce closure of these types of events in the interest of public safety. However, we will plan and act accordingly as per that direction or advice from these bodies.
At this time the SCA is approaching the issue of COVID-19 on a monthly basis and that is the plan for Pennsic 49. We are “NOT” pressing the panic button and Pennsic 49 is “NOT” being cancelled.
We are now at Stage 1 only.
Stage 1. Proceed with Planning for Pennsic 49 as per usual.
Stage 2. In the event that Æthelmearc War Practice is cancelled, Pennsic 49 Executive Staff still plan to meet and continue the planning for Pennsic 49, however this will be with reduced numbers with essential staff members only, attending the meeting or appearing by Vidcom link to the meeting.
I promise I will keep everyone advised with the facts as they come to hand. If you don’t hear it from me, it has not been said.
(Sir Gregory of Loch Swan)
Their Royal Highnesses are looking for entries for the Pennsic 49 Arts & Sciences War Point competition.
Lord Malys MacGregor, entered Pennsic War Point AS 48 with the category Objects with Bookbinding.
Their Royal Highnesses will be scouting out talent at Ice Dragon and at the A&S Faire. There will also be a dedicated A&S display to scout for talent at Æthelmearc War Practice and Æthelmearc Spring Academy (June 20th in the Shire of Coppertree). Entries are not required to be finished at that time, but should show what we can expect to see at Pennsic. Preliminary documentation will be highly appreciated.
Details of the competition may still change, but as this time the rules are very similar to those of last year:
The competition takes place on Thursday in war week, there will be 10 entrants from each side competing for a total of 4 war points.
Entrants may enter a single project or a body of closely connected work that was completed since Pennsic 48. Unfortunately, entries cannot consist of research papers, food, beverages, or performing arts.
Judging will be face to face. There will be 4 one-hour judging blocks, entrants will be required to be present for their judging slot. Judging is done by a panel, based solely on a rubric, which will be shared with the entrants ahead of time.
Documentation should be submitted by July 15th (it may still be modified after that, just bring a summary of changes if they are significant).
This is your chance to shine and to show what Æthelmearc’s Arts & Sciences community has to offer! Please consider entering, I can personally attest that it will be a wonderful and inspiring day of drooling over the best A&S entries that you may see all year. And keep in mind: the War Point Arts & Sciences Competition is open to the general populace throughout the day.
Mistress Leonete D’Angely entered Pennsic War Point AS 48 in the Scribal category.
Feel free to approach me or Elska with any questions you may have, here, by PM, by email or by finding us at your favorite event. We will be hosting A&S consultation tables at many future events throughout the Kingdom and look forward to see you there.
Yours in Service,
Hrólfr á Fjárfelli
Kingdom Minister of Arts & Sciences
This missive is a call to every loyal citizen of Æthelmearc from newcomers to veteran fighters and fencers, to artisans and those that choose to serve; nobles, lords and ladies alike! For every person to step forward with swords, bows, thrown weapons, armament, craft, research and service united as Æthelmearc.
Those heavy fighters with a rapier authorization, take the bladed field with your brother and sister fencers.
Thus, the same of our fellow fencers: grab hold of your rattan and fight on the heavy field.
If you have a bow worthy of a target, pull upon that string and let loose an arrow on the range.
Sharpen your knives and axes, so they may cleave the target in twain.
Hone your skills and minds to create and explain.
Place yourself in the way of those that need aid.
We should present an Æthelmearc united in every aspect of our society; gather around and support each other without hesitation, answering any question of who we are. We are all a part of the Æthelmearc Army in one way or another.
The fundamental change in the structure of Æthelmearc’s Army is thus; it will be split in two regions: Eastern Banner and Western Banner. A Banner is both a military unit and a geographical region of the Army. The Baronies, Shires, Households and Companies of a Banner will stand together on the field as one unit. The Banners will represent the mighty arms of Æthelmearc sweeping clear all those that stand before us like crumbs from a table.
All the Knowne World will hear the sounds and songs of Æthelmearc ringing throughout the battlefields, ranges and halls.
We are currently looking for an individual with command experience to assume the role of Lieutenant of the Eastern Banner. If you are interested, please email me here for more details.
In Gloriam Æthelmearc!
One Ærmy, One Æthelmearc.
Yours in service and arms,
Greetings from the Pennsic 49 Family Activities Coordinator!
Photo by Baroness Clarice Roan
I know that it feels like Pennsic just happened, but next years’ staff is already hard at work preparing for Pennsic 49. Family Activities cannot run without the help of many hands, and we are looking for volunteers for several of our coordinator positions, as well as folks who think they might like to shadow those jobs to possibly do it in a few years. We’d love to prevent burnout by having many folks trained on jobs. Please fill out the linked form or email me at email@example.com if you are interested in any or more than one of these jobs. For jobs requiring an SCA background check, there is plenty of time to get one, and I’ll be happy to walk you through the process.
Mistress Leonete D’Angely, Family Point Coordinator
Here continues the Record of the Second Reign of Gareth and Juliana, King and Queen of Sylvan Æthelmearc at The Great Pennsic War ; as recorded by THL Arias Beltran del Valle, Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald, with the assistance of Mistress Gytha Oggsdottir, Mistress Ekaterina Volkova, Mistress Gwendolyn the Graceful, Master Robert O’Connor, Master Fridrikr Tomasson, THL Zofia Kowalewska, Ice Dragon Pursuivant, Lord Snorri skyti Bjarnarson, Lord Pavel Dudoladov, Lord Robeke von Heidelberg, Lord Ronan O’Conall, Lady Nichola Beese, and Lord Tigernán MacFlainn UíFáeláin.
In the evening of August 2nd, at the Camp of House Three Swans:
The Court of Their Majesties opened at the Camp of House Three Swans. The household’s hospitality was known well by Their Majesties, as they had stepped up to assist at the Royalty Welcome Party this year at War. But further, for many years now, the House had served the populace in other fashions, from supporting events and fighters in Their Barony of Thescorre to lighting the torches illuminating the Causeway at Pennsic. For the long history of service provided did Their Majesties induct House Three Swans into Their Order of the Keystone. Scroll by Lady Sebastienne la Rousse.
On the morning of August 3rd, upon the fencing field:
Their Majesties called for the presence of Don Po Silvertop. Having been given a writ to consider elevation to Their Most Noble Order of Defense, Their Majesties asked Don Po if that were still his wish. Having confirmed such, Master Benedict Fergus atte Mede released Don Po from his oath to his Excellency. Then did Don Po offer his sword to Her Majesty, until such a time as She deemed him worthy to use it in Her defense. Don Po was then sent from Their presence to play the prize as he considered that honor.
Don Po is sent to vigil for the Order of Defense. Photo by Baron Steffan Wolfgang von Ravensburg.
Later that evening, upon the same field:
Their Majesties returned to the field once again where, having spent the day playing the prize and hearing counsel, Their Majesties then asked for counsel from the Peers of Their Kingdom as to his worthiness. His Excellency Stefan of the Endless Hills spoke as a member of the populace, Sir Murdoch Bayne spoke for himself and Count Andreas Morgan as knights, Mistress Illadore de Bedegrayne spoke as a Companion of the Laurel, and Mistress Gabrielle de Winter followed as a Pelican. Countess Caryll brought words from both herself and Countess Kalista Morgunova. Finally did Baron Fergus speak as a Master of Defense.
Having heard that testimony, Their Majesties deemed Don Po worthy indeed of inclusion into the Most Noble Order of Defense, and so was he invested with signs of his new station, including a sword hanger, a cloak, and three collars to represent his station, the ancestral collar of the kingdom, a lineage collar passed to him, and a personal collar for his use. Finally did Her Majesty return to Po the sword he had earlier surrendered to Her, and bid him use it in defense of the Sylvan lands. Then was he created Master Po, a companion of the Order of Defense. Scroll Calligraphy and Illumination by Alianora Bronhulle, words by Jehan le Blanc
Don Po is elevated to the Order of Defense. Photo courtesy of Master Po.
On August 4th, in the court of Their Excellencies of the Debatable Lands, Brandubh and Hilderun:
Lady Fede di Fiore was called to appear before Their Majesties. Her work with fabrics had been made known to Their Majesties, but for more than her skill. Lady Fede had been known for the largesse she provides, helping to clothe Their Majesties, and sharing her knowledge of needlework and the making or garb with those who are interested. For this valued work was she added to the Order of the Keystone. Scroll by Lady Eilionora inghean an Bhaird.
Their Majesties summoned before them Lord Cassiano d’Ovunque. As his lady before him had been known for her work with clothing, Lord Cass was known to many for his skilled creation of brews, especially krupniks, to be enjoyed while making merry. Their will, therefore, was to credit him for this work, and so did They add him to Their Order of the Sycamore. Scroll by Baroness Ismay Ponde.
Lady Fede and Lord Cassiano receive their Keystone and Sycamore. Photo by Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope.
Baroness Kelda Jurgenstochter was summoned next to appear before Their Majesties. She had been asked to pick a time to sit vigil to contemplate inclusion into Their Most Noble Order of the Pelican. Having confirmed it was her desire to do so this day, Their Majesties called for that Order to bear her away to the place prepared for her to do so.
Baroness Kelda is sent to vigil for the Pelican, Photo by Baron Steffan Wolfgang von Ravensburg.
His Lordship Hrolf a Fjarfelli was called to appear. Their Majesties had also bid him to sit vigil to contemplate elevation, but this time to Their Most Noble Order of the Laurel. He confirmed his desire to do so as well, and so was that order invited to Their presence to bear him away to the place where he would sit in contemplation.
THLord Hrolfr is sent to vigil for the Laurel. Photo by Arianna.
On August 5th, under the Battlefield Pavilion after the heavy field battles.
Their Majesties called for Lord Titus Marius Caninus to present himself before them. For eight years had Titus been a constant presence in the Sylvan Army, despite the great distances he crossed to do so. His service in the ranks had been both faithful and skilled, and so did They add him to Their Order of the Golden Alce. Scroll by Lady Simonetta d’Alfassi.
Lord Titus receives a Golden Alce. Photo by Mistress Mahin Banu Tabrizi.
Lord Radulfr Gylfir was similarly ordered to present himself. His skill as a shieldman in the Sylvan Army was well-known to Their Majesties, who had seen his prowess growing over time. They were glad to see his talents used in defense of Their lands, and so did They had him, too, to Their Order of the Golden Alce. Scroll by the Scribes of Æthelmearc.
Lord Radulfr receives a Golden Alce. Photo by Mistress Mahin Banu Tabrizi.
Their Majesties the summoned Lord Rauđbjorn Lodbrok to attend them. He too had served in the Sylvan Army for some time, and had become proficient with a range of weaponry to fit the situation demanded of him. Further, though, had he learned to fight with whichever arm was most needed at the time. His skill had grown so that Their Noble Order of the Gage deemed it worthy of recognition as well. So that Order was summoned to appear, and Their Majesties then added Raudbjorn to their number. Scroll by Baron Caleb Reynolds and Her Ladyship Shirin al-Sussiyya.
Their Majesties bid that Order stay in Their Presence for a moment longer, for they had recommended another to Their Majesties’ attention. Lord Vassilis Monevassios had grown in prowess quickly, and used that to faithfully defend Their Sylvan Lands. For that skill on the field, and devotion to the art of combat, did Their Majesties summon him forth and add him to Their Noble Order of the Gage as well. Scroll by Lady Gwen Cooke.
Later, under the Battlefield Pavilion after the fencing field battles:
Their Majesties called for Baron Robert Hawksworth to appear before Them. Baron Robert had long been known as a presence of light wherever he went, but his skill with the rapier had also grown significantly as well. Their Majesties found his work with that weapon to be of great skill and value, as did Their Noble Order of the White Scarf, who recommended to Them that Baron Robert be added to their number. So was that Order called to attend them, and bear his Excellency forth as a Companion of the White Scarf. Scroll was a white silk scarf with embroidery work by her Ladyship Phelippe Ulfsdotter, upon words provided by His Lordship Arias Beltran del Valle.
Baron Robert receives a White Scarf. Photo by THLady Phelippe Ulfsdotter.
That night, in Æthelmearc Royal at the reception for the Kingdom 10-man team:
Their Majesties expressed Their disappointment in not being able to attend the 10-man tournament held earlier that evening, but had heard stories of the great honor brought to the Kingdom by efforts of the team of the field that day.
However, They felt that some members of the team were worthy of greater recognition for their prowess than they currently bore.
They first summoned THL Cid Hiyo to appear before them. Well aware had they been of his growing skill in battle for many years now. So did they determine that his Lordship’s title did not adequately express Their faith in his abilities. They then invited the members of Their Most Noble Order of the Chivalry in to Their Court, and did bid that Order to bear his Lordship forth to prepare to consider elevation to be counted amongst them.
Before that Order could depart, Their Majesties bid them remain, for another had long pursued the art of combat for many years, and had only continued to impress Them by his prowess in combat. So was His Lordship Arden Scot of Clan Scot summoned to Their presence, and similarly did They bid him to go with the Chivalry to prepare for elevation himself.
On August 6th, in the Great Hall:
The assembled Royalty and Landed Barons of Æthelmearc at Great Court. Photo by Baron Steffan.
Their Majesties invited the landed Barons and Baronesses of the Sylvan Kingdom to attend Them in Their Court.
First, His Lordship Cid Hiyo was called to appear before Their Majesties. Though he had been sent to vigil by Their Majesties only the day before, They offered him another dangerous quest to complete. Having accepted this mission, his Lordship was given the children’s toy box in preparation for a hasty departure from the Great Hall. Then did Their Majesties invite the children of the kingdom forward to join them in Court, and after a reminder of the rules of the game, did send Cid away to be pursued thereafter by the eager children of the kingdom.
The children prepare to chase THLord Cid for the toy box. Photo by Arianna.
Their Majesties then called before them Baroness Kelda Jurgenstochter. Having sat vigil earlier in the week, they confirmed that it was her desire to join Their Most Noble Order of the Pelican. They then invited the members of that Order present to join Them in Their Court.
Baroness Kelda is made a Pelican. Photo by Arianna.
Their Majesties then asked for words to attest to Kelda’s worthiness to join that Order. Words from the Laurel came from Duchess Sedalia MacNare, borne by Duchess Elis O’Boirne. Duchess Rowan de la Garnison sent words as a member of the Order of the Chivalry, brone by Viscoutn Haakon Oaktail. Words from Duchess Meirwen Uerch Owein were borne by Her Majesty of Ansteorra Margaret Ny Connor as a Companion of the Rose. Viscount Edmund Dracatorr bore words from Duke Stefan Glaube and Duchess Branwen verch Lewis ap Thomas as a Royal Peer. Duchess Dorinda Courtenay spoke as a Master of Defense, and Viscount Edward Zifran of Gendy spoke from amongst the ranks of the Pelicans.
Having heard these testimonies, and finding them moving indeed, Their Majesties the invested Kelda with the trappings of her station, including a cloak, cap of maintenace, and medallion. That having been done, they created her as Mistress Kelda, companion of the Order of the Pelican. The scroll was a book created by a myriad of kingdom artisans as the Book of Kelda, with many pages blank to allow the story to continue.
Cyngetorix caer Ciosog was Awarded Arms for a history of service across a range of needs, from working to serve in the kingdom’s kitchens and serving feasts to participating in the archery and thrown weapons communities. Scroll by Lady Nichola Beese.
Cyngetorix receives his AoA. Photo by Baron Steffan.
Halfdan Danielson was also Awarded Arms by Their Majesties. His labors on the field of battle had drawn their Majesties attention, and they wished to bear witness to greater prowess from him in the future. Scroll by THL Shirin al-Sussiyya.
Halfdan receives his AoA. Photo by Arianna.
Lord Alfonso de Santo Domingo was then called to attend Their Majesties. His work promoting activities for the youth of the Debatable Lands had been seen by Their Majesties’ honored ancestor Duchess Anna Leigh, who had determined that work to be honorable indeed, and so did They induct him to Their Order of the Keystone. Scroll by Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope.
Lord Alfonso receives a Keystone. Photo by Baron Steffan.
Their Majesties then spoke of the efforts of Lady Gesa von Wellenstein. Gesa had been known as a fierce advocate and supporter of the equestrian community in the kingdom, wherein she ran games and practices for her local group, and created champions’ sashes each reign. For her service to that portion of the Kingdom did Their Majesties add her to Their Order of the Keystone. Scroll by Mistress Antoinette de la Croix.
Their Majesties then spoke of Mistress Constance Waite. As a member of the Order of the Pelican, her service had long been known to the kingdom, but Their Majesties felt her gifts in the arts had not received due recognition, whether in making garb or cooking or brewing. For her contributions did They create her a member of Their Order of the Sycamore. Scroll by THL Shirin al-Sussiyya.
Mistress Constance’s Sycamore scroll. Photo by Baron Steffan.
Lord Dyryke Hastings was next called before Their Majesties. Long has Dyryke labored to support the kingdom in many areas from retaining to assisting youth in their path in the martial arts. Their Majesties found this work to be worthy of recognition indeed, and so did They add her to Their Order of the Keystone. Scroll by Lady Elizabeth Rosamond.
Lord Dyryke receives a Keystone. Photo by Baron Steffan.
Lord Tassin Tressaul was summoned to Their presence next. He had been known to Them as a devoted servant to the Kingdom, but less known was his skill as a caster of pewter. That work had also risen in renown, and so did They name him to Their Order of the Sycamore. Scroll by THL Shirin al-Sussiyya.
Lord Tassin receives a Sycamore. Photo by Baron Steffan.
Their Majesties then called for Cerridwen de Skene, Baroness of Blackstone Mountain to appear. Long had her Excellency worked to promote a variety of activities in her Barony, from helping newcomers make garb, to supporting the arts and sciences, and serving as chronicler. For this work did Their Majesties award her with the Order of the Keystone. Scroll by Lady Murdia Drusilla Vettia Portia.
Baroness Cerridwen receives a Keyston. Photo by Baron Steffan.
Their Majesties then spoke of the value to the arts and sciences community in the Debatable Lands provided by Lady Zianna beguy Urdina de Zabaleta. Lady Zianna has been known for her service, but was also known to create Basque garb and hats, spending great time researching that field. For this work did They make her a member of Their Order of the Keystone. Scroll by Lord Owen Tegg.
Master Tofi Kerthjalfadsson was next invited into Their Majesties’ Court. Master Tofi had served the Kingdom as Exchequer faithfully and well, but his time in office was drawing to close, and he requested Their Majesties release him from that office and appoint a successor to the post. So did Their Majesties then call for the Noble Rhys Penbras ap Dafydd, and invest him as Exchequer of the Kingdom.
Noble Rhys is made Kingdom Exchequer. Photo by Baron Steffan.
Before Master Tofi could retire from Their presence, Their Majesties bid him wait a moment. They noted with gratitude his service as Exchequer in the kingdom over the past 5 years, a position that requires much from those who take on the responsibility. They decided that simply acknowledging that service was not enough, and that he should bear some sign of his value to these Sylvan lands. So did their Majesties issue unto him an Augmentation of Arms. Scroll by Mistress Graidhne ni Ruaidh.
Master Tofi seeks an honest person. Photo by Baron Steffan.
Master Tofi seeks an honest person, then receives an Augmentation of Arms. Photo by Baron Steffan.
Mistress Mahin banu Tabrizi was next invited to join Their Majesties in Their Court. Mahin was currently serving Their Majesties as coordinator of the Royal Encampment, but had long labored in so many pursuits supporting the Kingdom and its populace that They deemed further recognition of her work was due. So did They issue to her an Award of Excellence. Scroll by His Lordship Sasson della Sancta Victoria.
Mistress Mahin receives the Award of Excellence. Photo by Baron Steffan.
Their Majesties the summoned Baroness Anastasie de Lamoure to appear in Their presence. Her Excellency had grown involved with the thrown weapons community for many years in the Kingdom, during which time her skill on the range has grown to be great indeed. Others had noticed that skill as well, and so did Their Majesties call for Their Noble Order of the White Horn to attend them, and bid that Order bear her with them as one of their number. Scroll by Her Ladyship Zofia Kowalewska.
Baroness Anastasie is inducted into the White Horn. Photo by Baron Steffan.
Her Ladyship Shirin al-Sussiyya was next called to appear before Their Majesties. Her Ladyship has been serving the Kingdom in recent years as a co-Sylvan Signet, coordinating the work of organizing the scribes and illuminators of the Kingdom in creating the works of art issued as awards in each court. They had noticed her faithful work, and so did they call for Their Noble Order of the Millrind to attend them, and did add her to Their number. Scroll by Mistress Antoinette de la Croix.
Baroness Shirin is inducted into the Millrind. Photos by Baron Steffan.
Their Majesties bid that Order remain in Their presence a moment longer, for another’s service had also drawn Their attention. They called for Baron Friderich Swartzwalder to attend Them. His Excellency’s history of service is long and extensive, and his work with the combat archery community is one of many highlights for which they found him worthy of greater recognition. So did They create him a Companion of the Millrind as well, and bid the Order bear him with them as a member. Scroll by Her Excellency Amalie Reinhardt.
Baron Friderich is inducted into the Millrind. Photo by Baron Steffan.
Her Ladyship Phelippe Ulfsdotter was next called before Their Majesties. Her Ladyship’s work in the arts and sciences is varied across many different disciplines, from illumination to carving to natural dyeing and the creation of works like the embroidered scarf awarded as a scroll earlier that War. Their Majesties found her gifts to be of great value and worthy of great praise. So did They summon to Them Their Order of the Fleur d’Æthelmearc, and create her a Companion of that Noble Order. Scroll by her Ladyship Vivienne of Yardley.
THLady Phelippe is inducted into the Fleur. Photo by Baron Steffan.
Their Majesties then called for His Lordship Hrolfr a Fjarfelli. Having sat vigil in contemplation of elevation to the Order of the Laurel earlier that week, he confirmed his desire to proceed with that honor. So did Their Majesties invite that Most Noble Order to join Them in Court, wherein they asked for words from those present as to his worthiness to the Order. Her Highness Gabrielle van Nijenrode spoke as a Rose, Master Bedwyr spoke for Mistress Rhiannon as a Companion of the Pelican, Mistress Alfrun spoke from the Order of the Laurel, Master John the Pell spoke as a Knight, and Mistress Fredeberg spoke as a Companion of the Order of Defense.
THL Hrolfr is elevated to the Order of the Laurel. Photo by Arianna.
Having heard those testimonies, Their Majesties deemed Hrolfr worthy of elevation to that Laurel, and so called for regalia to mark his station. So was he presented with both an ancestral and personal cloak, a medallion, and a wreath, as well as the tradition fruitcake passed through the order. Then did They create him a Companion of Their Most Noble Order of the Laurel. Scroll by THL Abigail Kelhoge.
Their Majesties then invited Duchess Caitlin Stuart of the Midrealm into Their Court. Their Majesties spoke of the garb they were wearing at that Court, and how, through her own generosity she helped to create some of the outfits They had worn during Their reign, overcoming some of her own physical challenges in the process. In thanks for her efforts did They give to her an Award of Excellence. Scroll by the Scribes of Æthelmearc.
Duchess Caitlin receives an Award of Excellence. Photo by Baron Steffan.
His Lordship Michael Langley was next called to attend Their Majesties in Court. His Majesty spoke of the long and devoted service Michael had provided to his home Barony of Blackstone Mountain, serving as Baronial herald and completing many tasks that needed to be done to help the Barony succeed. His long service was deemed valuable indeed to the Kingdom, and so was Michael named a Baron of Their Majesties’ Court. Scroll calligraphy by Lady Ceindrech verch Elidir, illumination by Lord Owen Tegg.
THLord Michael Langley is made a Court Baron. Photo by Baron Steffan.
Duke Malcolm MacEoghainn was next invited to attend Their Majesties. Earlier in Their reign did Their Majesties command him to consider vigil to the Order of the Pelican, and now having done so, They asked him to confirm his desire to continue with that elevation. Upon his Grace’s confirmation, Their Majesties asked for words from Peers of the realm to confirm his worthiness. Mistress Phiala O’Kelly spoke for the Order of the Laurel, Master Wulfgar o’ the Wood spoke as a member of the Chivalry, Master Christian bore words by Dona Elena as a Master of Defense, and Duchess Linette Semere spoke as a Rose. Finally, Duke Ragnar Blackhammer then spoke as a Companion of the Pelican.
Their words were received by Their Majesties, and so did They deem him worthy of this honor, calling for a medallion and a coif of maintenance to mark his new station. That having been done, Their Majesties then created him a Companion of the Pelican. Scroll by Mistress Bubba Blackhammer.
Duke Malcolm swears fealty as a Companion of the Pelican. Photo by Baron Steffan.
Their Majesties then called for Baroness Angel Deth to attend them in Court. Her Excellency serves Their Majesties as reign coordinator, but unlike many who have taken on the role, she does so from afar, having joined the Kingdom by treaty and working from outside of the Sylvan lands to ensure that Their Majesties needs were met as They traveled across Their Kingdom. But her history of service extends far longer, including service as a retainer when need, and helping His Majesty’s household and the rest of the Sylvan Army bearing water and food to fighters each year at the Pennsic War. Such service is highly to be honored, and Their Majesties wished for all to know of her value to Æthelmearc. So did they issue to her an Augmentation of Arms. Scroll by Mistress Graidhne ni Ruaidh.
Baroness Angel receives an Augmentation of Arms. Photo by Baron Steffan.
Their Majesties then issued an invitation to the populace to join Them at a party at Æthelmearc Royal later that night to commemorate Count Jehan de la Marche’s 50 years in the society.
Later that night, at the party for Count Jehan:
Their Majesties invited Master Morien MacBain to present himself in Their Court. Master Morien had been of long and continued service to the equestrian community. This work had brought renown to that community and helped to strengthen its activities. So did they add him to Their Order of the Golden Lance. Scroll by Lade Sebastienne la Rousse.
On August 7th, after the Siege and Combat Archery battle:
Their Majesties called for Drotinn Skjoldr Bjorn to attend them on the field. Word of Skjoldr’s accomplishments on the archery range had been passed to Their Majesties, and so did they recognize his high scores and success therein with the title of Master Bowman, and presented him with a token to reflect that rank.
Their Majesties then called for Isteri, Boggvir Ulfuss, Edward the Black, and Aquila Blackmore. Their activities as longtime members of the Bog Siege Crew had reached the ears of Their Majesties, and so were they inspired to add each to the Order of the Scarlet Battery. Individual scrolls would be made available to each in consultation with the Signets.
Later in the evening, at the camp of House Sable Maul:
Their Majesties were joined in Their Court by Their Majesties of Northshield, Konrad and Aibhilin, who were invited with Them as They processed into Court.
Trampas of House Sable Maul was first summoned to appear before Their Majesties. In the year since first attending events with the Society, Trampas had been active both as a heavy fighter, active on the field in defense of the Sylvan Lands. In recognition of his efforts did Their Majesties Award him Arms. Scroll by Mistress Graidhne ni Ruaidh.
Lord Otto Boese was next called to appear in court. Lord Otto’s skill in the arts had been recognized in the past, but his efforts on the field in heavy combat as a shieldman and a combat archer were also found to be valuable indeed to the Kingdom. So did they recognize him as a Companion of the Golden Alce, as issued by Their Ancestor, Queen Anna Leigh in her previous reign. Scroll illumination by Her Excellency Ayesha de Warwick of Ansteorra, calligraphy by Zhirikh Zvezdodrag of Meridies.
Their Majesties then called for Lady Ysabel le Croix to attend them. A great distance lies between her estates and the Kingdom’s land, but that has not stopped her from becoming a citizen of the Kingdom, where she has traveled far to serve Their Majesties as retainer and assist on the field at Pennsic and other events bearing water and food for His Majesty’s House and the rest of the Sylvan Army. For this work did They add her to Their Order of the Keystone. Scroll by Lady Gesa von Wellenstein.
Lady Ysabel receives a Keystone. Photo by Lord Johannes von Paderborn.
Their Majesties then demanded that Lord Christian Goldenlok to attend them. Though he no longer calls Their Sylvan lands home, he has remained a part of the fabric of the Kingdom, and traveled long and far from the land of Northshield to support Their Majesties during this reign. For his constant service and friendship to Their Majesties did They create him a Baron of Their Court.
But Christian did not provide this service alone. Their Majesties then asked for his Lady, Adelyn Idesbourne to attend them as well. She too, had been devoted to Their Kingdom while a citizen, and been as active as possible after leaving to travel to Northshield. So did they also find her to be worthy of equal recognition to his Excellency Christian, and created her as a Baroness of Their Court. Scrolls for both were the work of Lady Ceindrech verch Elidir and Lord Owen Tegg.
Lord Christian and Lady Adelyn are made Court Baron and Baroness. Photos by Baroness Aine ny Allane.
August 8th, on the Battlefield Pavilion after the day’s rapier battles:
Their Majesties called for the presence of Lord Salvatore de la Torres. Lord Salvatore has been a presence on the rapier field not just in combat within the Sylvan Lands, but also travelling to distant lands to take the field at Gulf Wars, representing the Kingdom well wherever he went. In recognition of this work did They add him to Their Order of the Golden Alce. Scroll by Lady Sebastienne la Rousse.
Lord Matthias al-Tabai was next summoned to appear before Their Majesties in Court. He, too, had been earning great renown as a rapier fighter of some skill around the Kingdom. They had watched his prowess grow as well, and so did they deem him worthy of entrance to the Order of the Golden Alce also. Scroll by THL Eleanore of Godwin.
Lord Gunnar Ulfrbani was then called before Their Majesties. His Majesty then spoke of how he had seen great valor in defense of the crown from Gunnar earlier on the rapier field. So impressed was He by this, that He added Gunnar to the Order of the Golden Thorn.
Lady Alianora Bronhulle was next brought to Their Majesties’ presence. Few have seen an event where Alianora was not present where she was not serving in some capacity, whether with her bardic gifts, or just helping get things done. Their Majesties were so moved and grateful for this service to Their Kingdom that They added her to Their Order of the Keystone. Scroll is a work in progress.
Lord Tigernán MacFlainn UíFáeláin was next called before Their Majesties. Though a subject of the Kingdom of Calontir, Tigernán had faithfully served Their Majesties in Their travels around the more distant parts of the Known World, and had continued his service here at Pennsic. In gratitude for his assistance did they name him to Their Order of the Keystone. Scroll is a work in progress.
Later that day, at the Battlefield Pavilion after the heavy battles:
His Lordship Cid Hiyo was summoned to Their Majesties’ presence. Having sat vigil in response to Their Majesties’ command earlier in the week, he confirmed to Them his desire to join Their Most Noble Order of the Chivalry. Their Majesties then called for testimony to his worthiness from peers of the kingdom.
Master Robert O’Connor spoke as a Companion of the Pelican, the Order of the Laurel was represented by Master Kieran MacRae, and the Order of Defense by Don Jacob Martinson. Comtesse Elena d’Artois spoke as a Rose of Æthelmearc, and finally did Sir Beatrix Krieger speak for the Order of the Chivalry.
Their Majesties heard those words, and in faith of their truth, did proceed to call for regalia to mark His Lordship’s new station. First was he presented with a caftan, and then spurs were attached to his boots. Next was a white belt laid around his waist, representing his station among the Chivalry. Finally were two chains placed about his neck, first the ancestral chain of the Kingdom, and then one for him to wear for all to know of his new station. These things having been done, His Majesty struck the final unanswered blow, and then did He receive Cid’s oath, and finally did He take the sword of state and create Cid a Knight of the Kingdom of Æthelmearc. Scroll is a work in progress.
THLord Cid is Knighted. Photo by Baroness Aine ny Allane.
Next was His Lordship Arden Scot of Clan Scot summoned to appear in Their Majesties’ Court. As Sir Cid before him, he, too, had sat vigil at Their Majesties’ command, and did confirm upon Their Majesties’ request that he wished to proceed with his elevation. Their Majesties’ then asked for words of support from the Peers of the Realm for his elevation.
First, Lady Margareta le Sayre spoke as one of the Kingdom’s populace. Her Grace Dorinda Courtenay spoke as a Master of Defense, followed by His Excellency Eisenwulf Thorolfsonne as a Royal Peer, and then Countess Liadain ni Dheirdre Chaomanaigh as a Rose of the Kingdom. Viscountess Rosalind Ashworth represented the Order of the Laurel, Master Bataar Sogdo spoke from the ranks of the Pelican, and Duke Malcolm MacEoghainn spoke as a Knight. Finally did Mistress Giulietta da Venezia speak as a Jewel of Æthelmearc.
Hearing those words, and finding them telling indeed, Their Majesties were moved to proceed, and so did call for the trappings of his new rank. Spurs and a belt were first given to Arden to mark his new station as tradition would dictate. Then was he given a cloak and a hood, and finally were three chains presented, the ancestral kingdom chain, an ancestral chain for his house, and then a personal chain for him to wear. Then as Cid before him did he offer his oath, and then after being dubbed with the sword of state, was created a Knight of Æthelmearc.
THLord Arden is Knighted. Photo by Baroness Aine ny Allane.
Later that same day, at the camp of the Black Priory:
His Majesty called for the attendance of her (visibly surprised) Excellency Wilhelmina Boddenham. His Majesty spoke highly of her efforts of the fencing field, working to overcome all obstacles placed in her path to defend her Kingdom as bravely as possible. Citing the high honor brought to His Kingdom and to her Excellency herself by such courage, he created her a companion of the Order of the Golden Alce. Scroll by Mistress Roberta MacMoreland with words by her family of the Black Priory.
That night, at the Æthelmearc Kingdom Party in the Æthelmearc Royal Camp:
Lord Bjarki Rikardrson was first called to attend Their Majesties. Lord Bjarki had been known to Their Majesties for his skill as an archer of Æthelmearc. That skill had continued to grow to the point where he had score high enough to advance in rank. So was he granted the title of Master Bowman, and given a token to reflect his new standing.
Their Majesties took a moment then to speak of the brewing contest held at War, expressing Their gratitude for the number of entries provided, and Their happiness at the skill displayed in those brews. However, in the end, only one person could stand as the winner, and so did They name Lord Ulf Bareleg the winner of the populace brewing contest.
Their Majesties then called for the presence of Lord Sasson della Sancta Victoria. As a scribe of the Kingdom, Sasson had been well-known for his efforts to create beautiful pieces of art to be handed out as scrolls for members of the populace. But his passion for the arts had taken him to many different areas of research, finding information he would then try to share with those who expressed interest. Their Majesties believed his efforts in the arts were beyond that of his current station, and so did They summon to Them Their Most Noble Order of the Fleur d’Æthelmearc, and bid him go from the Court with that Order as one of their number. Scroll by THLady Vivienne of Yardley based on “The Playfair Hours.”
Lord Sasson receives a Fleur. Photo by Baroness Aine.
Next was Lady Aine ny Allane called into Their Majesties’ Court. For both Their current reign, and their first one, Aine had been a steady and willing hand, solving whatever problems needed to be solved, and presently serving as head retainer. But more than this, she was known to faithfully record scenes of joy around the kingdom for all to see, whether in her home shire or another kingdom entirely. In recognition of this work, and as a sign of her great value to both Their Majesties and the Sylvan Kingdom, They created her a Baroness of Their Court. Scroll by Lady Aurelia Argenta Prima with words by THL Arias Beltran del Valle.
Lady Aine is made a Court Baroness. Photo by Baroness Aine.
August 9th, in the Battlefield Pavilion before the day’s battles:
Their Majesties called for the Kingdom Seneschal, His Grace Christopher Rawlyns. Having served the Kingdom faithfully as seneschal, his term was shortly to expire, and so did he ask Their Majesties to release him from that service, and appoint Mistress Illadore de Bedegrayne to succeed him. Knowing of his work and service, and being glad for it, They did grant him such a release, and after receiving her oath, did invest Mistress Illadore with that office.
Later, in the Battlefield Pavilion after the battle:
After asking both the heavy and rapier warlords to address the Sylvan Army, His Majesty spoke and added his words of thanks to all who had fought or supported the army, or participated in the arts and sciences or any War Point for their commitment and work on behalf of the Kingdom.
But there remained one more piece of business to be done, and with that in mind did he summon to him Abby of Sable Maul. Since the first event she attended, Abby has been a faithful hand to assist at any task that needed done, and could always be found waterbearing for the Sylvan Army at Pennsic and other events. Glad were They to see her devotion and service, and so did They Award her Arms. Scroll is a work in progress.
Finally, having no further business among the populace, the Court of Their Majesties at the 48th Pennsic War was finally closed.