Still Time to Pre-Reg for Iris Festival & Kingdom Equestrian Champs!


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This Saturday, June 4th, The Debatable Lands welcomes Their Majesties and Highnesses to our Japanese Iris Festival as Their Majesties hold The Kingdom Equestrian Championship! This event has something for everyone – martial activities of all types, and A&S. And yes, even jousting! Check out the event announcement.

The site is in Southwestern PA (courtesy of the Shire of Steltonwald) at Brady’s Run Park in Beaver Falls. You can pre-register online until TOMORROW, MAY 30th through SCARS: .

Cost for the event is super affordable and family-friendly: Adult registration (non-member) is $12. Adult member registration is $7. People age 17 and under are FREE.

This event also features the IRON COMET CHALLEGE (see below) and of course, Royal and Baronial Courts. Here’s the schedule for the day (tentative):

Site opens – 9 am
Part 1 Equestrian Champs – 10:30 am
Fencing tournament – 11 am
Thrown Weapons tournament – 12 noon
Arts and Sciences Competition – 1 pm
Part 2 Equestrian Champs – 1:30 pm
Heavy tournament – 2 pm
Archery tournament – 3 pm
Jousting (weather permitting) – 4 pm
Court – 5:30 pm
Tear-down after court

Have questions? Check out these FAQs:

Q. What’s the Iron Comet Challenge?

All are welcome to participate in the separate fighting, fencing, archery, and thrown weapons tournaments, as well as an A&S competition (no theme).

But for those elite few who want to test their skills as well-rounded medievalists, you can enter the Iron Comet Challenge – enter at least 3 out of the 4 martial competitions, and the A&S competition (required, all levels welcome), and be an Iron Comet Challenger competing for the highest composite score. Who will prove to be the best of the best?

You welcome to come and enjoy the competitions separately without competing in the Iron Comet Challenge, of course.

Q. Tell me more about the Arts and Sciences activities.

The competition has no theme, and all are welcome to enter it.

We are lucky enough to also have an A&S display – if you choose, there is a theme of Asian Arts and Sciences to celebrate the Japanese Iris Festival! Displays not adhering to the theme are also welcome.

There will also be a poetry competition for Japanese forms of poetry, including haiku, tanka, and if we feel brave, collaborative forms such as renga and renku.

Q. Will there be event-provided food?

Not this time, no, due to the pandemic. The event will not provide food. But please do bring your own and enjoy a picnic! (No glass bottles)

Q. What else should I know to prepare for the day?

The event is outside, but the weather forecast looks beautiful! There are a couple of shelters but you may want to bring chairs and maybe a pop-up for a place to relax.

There are three public changing tents – lords, ladies, and all gender. The all gender changing tent is next to accessible parking and accessible restrooms.

All COVID protocols will be enforced, so please remember your vaccination card (or picture of it) and ID (membership card is fine) or else your proof of negative COVID test.

Other than horses, only service animals allowed.

Q. Tell me a little about the Equestrian stuff.

The event is only open on Saturday, but those with horses are welcome to arrive Friday night. Contact THL Gesa for details.

For the Equestrian Champs, there are games and riding before prince activities hosted by Aethelmearc current Kingdom Equestrian Champion Gozen. There is also an A&S element. Contact Mistress Gozen for details, or check out the Aethelmearc Equestrian Facebook page. Activities are part of the kingdom equestrian championship, but it is open to all riders. There is also a jousting tournament!!
See you there!

Court Report: War Practice XXXI, May 21, 2022

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.

Faithfully Submitted,

Gwendolyn the Graceful, Brehyres (OL)

Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald

Court Report: Special Practice, Debatable Lands


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.

Court Suspended.

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.

Court closed.

In Memoriam: THLord Aidan Gunn


THLord Aidan Gunn passed away on Sunday, April 24, 2022, at his home in the Shire of Steltonwald. He was 53.

His Lordship had served for six years as Seneschal of Steltonwald. In years past, he was involved in Thrown Weapons as a local and regional marshal, and served as Kingdom Thrown Weapons Champion for King Christopher and Queen Maurya.

After hearing about the SCA from his sister, his first event was Pennsic when he was only 14. He didn’t formally join the SCA until A.S.34, along with his wife, THLady Cionaodh Gunn. They both quickly became very active in assisting with events and activities in Steltonwald.

He received his Award of Arms from King Christopher and Queen Maurya at War Practice in A.S. 38 for his skill at thrown weapons, and more awards followed including a Keystone, a Golden Alce (also for thrown weapons), and a Millrind from Kin Byron and Queen Ariella in A.S. 51.

Master Creador Twinedragon recalls, “I am very sad with the loss of one of the bravest friends I have had. Why was Aidan one of the bravest people I know? Because he loved earnestly and openly, he showed kindness and caring without reservations. He was funny and calming and just a good person.”

Sir Oliver Sutton says “There are men that I grew up watching that taught me the type of man that I wanted to be. Fred Rogers, Bob Ross, Steve Irwin. They displayed a generosity of spirit, love of life, and kindness that I aspire to uphold. I fail more often than I succeed, but I strive. THL Aidan was on par with those men. His kindness and gentleness helped inspire me to be a better man. The world is dimmer without him in it, but our lives are all brighter for having known him.”

Baron Christian Goldenlok also remarked on Aidan’s kindness. “When we first moved to Pittsburgh, Aidan was one of the first people to invite my wife and I to go to the Canton meetings in an attempt to expand our friends network. I’ll never forget him because he was the first SCA “acquaintance” to make me feel loved and supported outside of my initial friend bubble. I was never made to feel anything more than royal around him. As I think of him fondly, I’ll try to remember how he treated me in an attempt to pay that forward to others.”

Mistress Alessandra d’Avignon notes, “Blood does not make family. A brother, a friend, an incredible uncle to my kids. A person that could make me whole again with just a hug and you always knew when I needed a hug and wouldn’t let go until I was better. Your kindness and outlook on the world helped us find the good that still exists.”

His modern obituary can be found here.

The family has asked that monetary donations be given to the American Heart Association or Angels for Animals.



Curia – May 22nd, 10 am Sunday Great Hall at War Practice



From the Kingdom Seneschal:

Good afternoon!

We are going to have Curia at May 22nd Sunday at 10 am at War Practice in the Great Hall (aka the big barn/garage where we have court).  We will do our utmost best to have this in Zoom, as well.

Monica Gaudio
Kingdom Seneschal

Illadore de Bedegrayne
Pronouns: She/Her
[Editor’s note: Curious About Curia? Read more about what it is HERE]

Signets Need Your Scroll Cases!


Hello folks. I’m wearing both my Baronial Signet and my Regional Signet hat today.

Now that we’ve seen a return to in-person events, we have been blessed with a great many wonderful awards. Our scribes are awesome and talented and have risen to the challenge.

With each scroll, we try to include a scroll case so that the beautiful piece of art can be transported home safely without damage.

However, as a result, we are now running low on scroll cases!

This is a good problem to have! But now I’m asking folks to take a look around and see if they have any scroll cases at home that could be returned for Baronial and/or Kingdom use (you should get that scroll framed and put on display anyway).

Also, if folks have the time and inclination to make scroll cases, they are just two pieces of cardboard covered in fabric…a great way to use up scraps! Most scrolls fall between 9×12 and 12×20, so those sizes of scroll cases are the most useful.

I will be at War Practice. (I’m also Signet Of The Day) Scribal Playtime will be on Saturday from 1-5 in the Great Hall and I’ll be there. This would be the perfect time and place to drop off scroll cases.

I will also be at BMDL’s Japanese Iris Festival on June 4. And, of course, Pennsic.

Thank you in advance!!!

In service,

THL Rachel Dalicieux

Myrkfaelinn Summer War Practice June 3-5

Feast is FULL!! Please contact me if you want to be put on the waitlist!

There will be a fire both Friday and Sat night that everyone is welcome to join.

The camp installed new soffits in the bathhouse so no more birds nest in the bathrooms and they installed on-demand hot water!! Hot showers for everyone!!

We are following Æthelmearc’s current COVID policy – found here. You must stop at COVID check in FIRST!!! you can not unload first. If you are coming on Friday evening after 10 pm you MUST notify us beforehand!

It’s time to prepare for War – plus have a handfasting! Please join the Dominion of Myrkfaelinn for our annual War practice June 3rd-5th and help celebrate Gytha Oggsdottir and Sanada Nobukatsu’s handfasting. There will be heavy fighting, fencing, thrown weapons, children’s activities and a Feast!

The site is the beautiful Camp Barton Boy Scout Camp right on the shore of Cayuga Lake 9640 S Frontenac Rd., Trumansburg NY 14886. Site opens at Friday at 5pm and closes Sunday morning at 11am. Sideboard will be prepared by THL Cristina inghean Ghriogair. Please contact her at, 607 591-0999 with any questions or dietary restrictions.

There will be an amazing feast prepared by THL Lasairfhiona inghean Aindriasa. Please contact her via Facebook Messenger (Vicki Presler) or email at with any question or dietary restrictions. Not only will it be tasty but is free – donations are accepted. Feast is capped at 48.

Lady Meadbh ni Clerigh is preparing a whole range of children’s activities for our youth, so please bring them with you and keep her busy!

The Co -Autocrats are Gytha Oggsdottir (Lori Drake 101 Uptown Rd. #33, Ithaca NY 14850 607-351-8433 and Cristina inghean Ghriogair, (Donna Ankrum 607 591-0999, 107 Oak Hill Rd., Ithaca NY 14850)

  • Adult Event Registration is $20
  • Adult Member Discount Event Registration is $15
  • Child age 0-17 are free!!!
  • Feast FREE – donations are accepted. Feast is capped at 48.

Event registration includes Saturday sideboard lunch and Saturday night camping. Camping Friday night is an additional $4 per adult.

Pre-registration is always appreciated, please send reservations to Master Hrólfr á Fjárfelli (Rolf Verberg), (607) 272-2996, at 680 Sheffield Road, Ithaca NY 14850. Make checks payable to SCA NY, Inc. – Dominion of Myrkfaelinn. Please include modern name, SCAdian name and membership number for each person covered by your payment. Also, indicate if any are minors. Include contact info for confirmation of receipt and to receive last minute notifications..

Merchants are welcome, no merchant fees.

Court Report: Crown Tourney, Blackstone Mountain, May 9 A.S. 57


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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.

Faithfully Submitted,

Gwendolyn the Graceful, Brehyres (OL)
Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald

A&S Competitions at the Iris Festival in the Debatable Lands


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From Master Ishiyama Gen’tarou Yori’ie

There are two Arts and Sciences activities being run at next month’s Japanese Iris Festival event (June 4, 2022 – 121 Brady’s Run Rd, Beaver Falls, PA 15010).

The first is the Iron Comet A&S Competition. The competition has no theme, and accepts all types of projects. The competition is mandatory for anyone in the Iron Comet Challenge, but it is open to everyone. Anyone can win, but only those participating in the martial competitions
will receive tournament points.

The second is the Festival A&S Display. The display is also open to any type of project, but projects displaying arts of Eastern Asia are encouraged. There are no points awarded, no judging, and no winner. Please bring all your most interesting, most useful, most attractive, and most intense projects to show. Research and instruction are not required, but we would love to see any supporting documentation if you have it, and enjoy having you answer questions about your work if you’re not busy elsewhere. You can display as many items as you wish, but if you need a lot of room please consider bringing your own tables and possibly your own shelter.

Both activities will be under shelter, but this event is primarily outdoors so please be prepared to protect your entries from stray raindrops and errant breezes. By site policy, no glass bottles are allowed.

You do not need to register your entries or display items ahead of time,
but if you want to send email to let event staff know what you are
bringing or if you have any questions, please contact “ansminister (at)”.

Classes at Æthelmearc War Practice



Who is ready for some learning? Many amazing teachers have heeded my call for classes at this years War Practice! We have decided to go paperless so no class handouts will be available. However, if you need a printed copy, please email me to request one. Did you know that there is an App for War Practice this year? Here is the link: The event schedule is listed there as well.

Yours in service,
Lady Vika Vyborskaia


Friday Classes

9:00 AM

Tent 1 – How to Write Poetry Like a Well-Mannered Brute – A poetry workshop for the aspiring heart! An introduction to various period-specific forms, devices, figurative language, the mysteries of enjambment, and the acrostic! Come with longing, leave with poems of your own devising! (2 Hours) – Morien MacBain – (Any, Youth with Adult Supervision)

Tent 3 – How to Open Up a Can of Worms Without Making Too Much of a Mess: Starting an SCA Research Project – Does research and documentation seem overwhelming? Are you interested in doing an A&S project but don’t know where to start? This class will teach you how to find, evaluate, and document the sources you need to research and complete an A&S project in any category. (1 Hour) – Rosie Dubroc – (Any, Youth with Adult Supervision)

10:00 AM

Tent 2 – Introduction to Fingerloop Braiding – Learn some basic fingerloop braiding patterns you can use to create necklaces, bracelets, lacing, medallion cords, etc. (1 Hour) – Forveleth Dunde – (Any, Youth with Adult Supervision)

Tent 3 – Cofia y Tranzado: The Omnipresent Spanish Headwear – In 1500s Spain, the cofia y tranzado (cap and braid case) was all the rage. Worn by women of virtually every rank, it could dress up, dress down, and be styled in a wide variety of ways. This class will survey the many different examples we have of the garment in use, and will include a pattern and all details needed to make and wear your own (it’s easy!) (1 Hour) – Baroness Elena de la Palma – (Adults)

11:00 AM

Tent 2 – Castle Knitting for Children – Children will use a very basic knitting-style skill to create a rope/snake/cord to be used as imagination dictates! Best for ages 7 and up, though many 6-year-olds can manage fine with parental assistance. – Limit 10 kids per class. No materials fee. (1 Hour) – Elsa Taliard – (Kids 6 and up with Adult)

Tent 3 – Voice Heralding 101 – From “Voice heralds” are used for “crying out announcements, announcing the fighters entering the list field, as well as acting as the voice of the nobility in court, reading the scrolls that accompany the awards being given out.” “Book heralds”: helping members of the SCA to research period names and design devices (armory), as well as registering them with the SCA College of Heralds. “Protocol heralds”: recording the awards and honors that are given in court, drafting period-style ceremonies for use in court, determining the precedence of award holders, as well as other legal niceties in all sorts of situations. This class deals with Voice Heralds. Learn how to project your voice, how to present yourself, what to say, and how to say it! (1 Hour) – Baron Snorri skyti Bjarnarsson – (Any, Youth with Adult Supervision)

12:00 PM

Tent 1 – The Song of Breath: Troubadour Poetry and Lore – A survey of the history and stories of the troubadour poets, rich in anecdote, and with reference to particular motifs and forms of their art. Special attention will be paid to the sestina form! (2 Hours) – Morien MacBain – (Any, Youth with Adult Supervision)

Tent 2 – MOL What’s that? – Learning how to run all types of tournaments. (1 Hour) – Lady Vika Vyborskaia – (Any, Youth with Adult Supervision)

Tent 3 – How to be an SCA Assassin – An Introduction to having a persona that is nefarious and not getting into trouble; includes accoutrements, A&S ideas, and other suggestions. (1 Hour) – THL Maggie Rue – (Any, Youth with Adult Supervision)

1:00 PM

Tent 2 – En Espanol: Defining Characteristics of Women’s Fashion in Spain from 1500 – 1600 – What makes Spanish fashion distinct from, well, anywhere else? That’s a big question, but we’ll try to answer it for one particular segment: women’s fashion from 1500-1600. We’ll look at everything from materials, cut, and construction to embellishments, undergarments, and accessories, reviewing commonalities from image and inventory sources of the time. – Baroness Elena de la Palma – (Adult)

Tent 3 – Mushroom Foraging Safety 101 – Wild Mushrooms are sexy. Gastrointestinal distress is not. Let’s get you out there foraging safely! Wild mushroom petting zoo last 1/2 hour of class, appx. Class Limit 15  (2 Hours) – Elsa Taliard – (Adults Only, NO ONE UNDER 18)

2:00 PM

Tent 1 – Night’s Black Agents: Elizabethan Espionage – A survey of Elizabeth’s intelligence service, spymasters, codes, and night’s black agents, as well as the litany of conspiracies and plots they faced! (1.5 Hours) – Morien MacBain – (Any, Youth with Adult Supervision)

3:00 PM

Tent 2 – Risqué Pompeii: Art Under the Volcano – Upon the discovery of Pompeii, and its neighbor Herculaneum, Victorian explorers were both surprised and horrified by what they found. The sexually explicit artwork they uncovered would forever change their view of Ancient Rome and eventually lead to our modern concept of pornography. Come have a look at the artwork that caused such an uproar that it was hidden away for nearly two centuries. Ages 18+ (1 Hour) – Rosie Dubroc – (Adults)

Tent 3 – The Guzheng, The Chinese Zither – This is a basic informational class on the guzheng, a Chinese stringed instrument. I will give an overview of the history and evolution of the instrument in the relevant time frame of the SCA and weather permitting, will bring the instrument out to demonstrate basic techniques of how it was played. (1 Hour) – Brigette de Sainte Mere-Eglise – (Adults)

4:00 PM

Tent 2 – Introduction to Combat Archery – Have you ever wanted to be a part of the action on the battlefield, but didn’t want to swing a sword? Have you ever wanted to shoot back at that pesky archer who keeps killing you? Give combat archery a try. The class will cover the basics of combat archery: what equipment you need, the rules, and basic tactics. (1 Hour) – Freiherr Friderich Swartzwalder – (Any, Youth with Adult Supervision)

Tent 3 – Cooking the Books – a Review of Period Cookbooks – The class will look at almost 60 period cookbooks. The teacher will give her opinion on the usability of each book. A handout will be provided listing all the books and a table will be included listing the features of each book.  (2 Hours) – Baroness Oddkatla Jonsdottir – (Any, Youth with Adult Supervision)

5:00 PM

Tent 2 – Jakob Fugger, The Richest Person Who Ever Lived – A look at the life of Augsburg banker Jakob Fugger. He financed Popes, Kings, and Emperors. Learn about the person who redefined banking and established modern capitalism. A person who was despised by many, including those who needed his services. (1 Hour) – Freiherr Friderich Swartzwalder – (Any, Youth with Adult Supervision)


Saturday Classes

9:00 AM

Tent 1 – Roman Wire and Bead Jewelry – Examine Roman jewelry artifacts that can be recreated using simple materials and tools. Kits and handouts available. Students encouraged to bring round needle nose pliers, wire cutters, and bead mats. Students must be able to safely use wire cutters. Limit 15 Cost $10 for supplies for a full necklace and earrings (2 Hours) – Dame Elizabethe Alles – (Any, Youth with Adult Supervision)

Tent 2 – Medallion making – This make and take class will teach you how to make a painted medallion with a glass cabochon. These are ideal for largesse, heraldic display, or award medallions. All supplies provided, including real lambskin vellum. Limit 12   Cost $5    (1.5 Hour) – Nichola Beese – (Any, Youth with Adult Supervision)

Tent 3 – Pasamanos: A Survey of Spanish Needlework – Spain has a rich tradition of needlework dating back hundreds of years into period. This class will trace the development of this tradition, starting with some of the earliest examples and extending to lacemaking, drawnwork, and the other highly complex styles found decorating ruffs, camisas, and more during the Spanish Golden Age. Focus is on exposure to styles, not on learning the techniques involved. (1 Hour) – Baroness Elena de la Palma – (Adult)

10:00 AM

Tent 2 – Bayeux Stitch Embroidery – Cone learn Bayeux stitch! This historically accurate technique combines outline or stem stitch and couching and laid work techniques, allowing you to cover large areas with ease and stitch non-geometric and pectoral designs. Limit 12   Cost $5    (1.5 Hours) – Renata Rouge & Nichola Beese – (Any, Youth with Adult Supervision)

Tent 3 – Fabric and Embellishment in Late Period Spanish Clothing: Evidence from the Inventories – What fabrics would a Spanish queen wear? How would her garments be decorated? This class explores some answers to these questions by surveying recorded inventories of Isabel of Portugal, Juana of Castile, and other contemporary Spanish royal women from 1530 – 1600. (1 Hour) – Baroness Elena de la Palma – (Adult)

A&S Pavilion – Tent 1 – Weedwalk – Walk through the campground to appreciate and identify wild plants and learn some of their uses and dangers. Please wear sturdy shoes. Rain or shine. Limit 20 – Baroness Sadira bint Wassouf – (Any, Youth with Adult Supervision)

11:00 AM

Tent 1 – So, you want to be an Apothecary in the SCA – This class is an introduction to Apothecaries throughout different eras and cultures and how best to portray one in reenactment, LARP-ing, or any fictional setting. In addition, discussion will be provided on how to create research papers and projects, as well as gifts and largesse that are persona oriented. (1 Hour) – THL Maggie Rue – (Any, Youth with Adult Supervision)

Tent 3 – Mushroom Foraging Safety 101 – Wild Mushrooms are sexy. Gastrointestinal distress is not. Let’s get you out there foraging safely! Wild mushroom petting zoo last 1/2 hour of class, appx. Class Limit 15  (2 Hours) – Elsa Taliard –  (Adults Only, NO ONE UNDER 18)

12:00 PM

Tent 2 – Tips for Teaching a Better A&S Class – Whether you are planning your first class or have been teaching for a while, A&S classes can be a lot of work to develop and present. This class aims to provide some helpful tips to make it simpler and more efficient to turn your ideas into classes that are both easy for you to teach and easy for your students to understand. (1 Hour) – Rosie Dubroc – (Any, Youth with Adult Supervision)

Campsite – Forester Flint and Steel FiremakingThe House Sable Maul Camp – This class will involve a variety of skills involved in creating a fire quickly and reliably with flint and steel. A variety of char materials, tinder, and kindling will be considered, as well as the ability to locate ort make such materials in the wilderness. All class materials will be provided, enough for ten students will be on hand. (2 Hours) – Rikardr Vid-Bjorn – Limit 10 – (Any, Youth with Adult supervision)

1:00 PM

Tent 1 – Art Analysis For Living History – As more and more Medieval and Renaissance art becomes accessible, there are more and more exciting opportunities to create and appreciate art across cultures and time periods. Join us for a fun, interactive workshop to explore a way to analyze extant scroll illumination or paintings to identify specific details for creating realistically period art, to assess your own illuminations, or just for an additional level of enjoyment.  This class is appropriate for any age or level of ability and interest, especially beginners in illumination. (1 Hour) – Baroness Sadira bint Wassouf – (Any, Youth with Adult Supervision)

Tent 3 – Newcomers Meet & Greet – (1 hour)

2:00 PM

Tent 2 – Castle Knitting for Children – Children will use a very basic knitting-style skill to create a rope/snake/cord to be used as imagination dictates! Best for ages 7 and up, though many 6-year-olds can manage fine with parental assistance. – Limit 10 kids per class. No materials fee. (1 Hour) – Elsa Taliard – (Kids 6 and up with Adult)

Tent 3 – Turkish Hat Making – Make and take class where you get to make an Ottoman Tarpus hat. Some knowledge of hand sewing required, materials provided – though if you have a specific fabric you’d like to use, please bring it. – Limit 10 hat makers (2 Hours) – THL Sumayya Ghaziyya – (Adult)

3:00 PM

Tent 1 – The Way of Saint James: Pilgrims to Santiago – We will examine the legends, history, and lore of the *Camino de Santiago*, with special emphasis on the nature of medieval pilgrimage, sites of special historic, religious, and cultural importance along the route, plus advice for planning and completing the pilgrimage today. Taught by former pilgrims. *¡Buen camino!* (2 Hours) – Morien MacBain – (Any, Youth with Adult Supervision)

Tent 2 – “Kingdom MOL Meet & Greet” – As I’ve recently taken office, I would like to be able to meet personally with as many MOLs from around the kingdom as possible. If you are an MOL, interested in becoming an MOL, or just are curious about what it is that a Minster of the List does, please come and visit. (2 Hours) – Odriana – (Adult)

4:00 PM

Tent 2 – “Authorization Clerk Demo and Q&A” – Join Odriana, Deputy Authorization Clerk for the Kingdom, for a demonstration of the new online authorization form. This is also an opportunity for any Marshals that have not had the opportunity to give permission to be included on the online form so that your local fighters can use the form. There will also be time for Q&A in case you have any questions about the authorization process. (2 Hours) – Odriana – (Adult)