Oyez! Oyez! Please let it be known to all Nobles and Gentles across the vast and sylvan lands of Æthelmearc that Their Royal Majesties, Maynard & Liadain will hold a short court after Æthelmearc Æcademy. Please plan to join them this Saturday, July 11th at 7pm on Zoom and heed Their words. For those not on Zoom, Court will also be streamed to Facebook via the Kingdom of Æthelmearc page. For those who cannot join in live, a recording will be available on Ætube shortly afterwards.
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Topic: Æthelmearc Æcademy Court
Time: Jul 11, 2020 06:55 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Greetings unto the most talented and erudite Kingdom of Æthelmearc, from Mistress Alicia Langland!
It has been my honor and my great pleasure to serve as Chancellor of Æthelmearc Æcademy for these past four years.
I would like to take a few moments to thank the many people who made this position not a job, but a joy.
I would first like to thank Meesteres Odriana vander Brugghe, my predecessor, and those who came before her for their wise stewardship of this institution, as well as my successor, Baroness Elena de la Palma, who is already planning great things for this office.
I would also like to thank the autocrats, head cooks, class coordinators, tollners, and worker-bees from the shires of Stormsport, Riversedge, Ballachlagan, Nithgaard, Angels Keep, Blackwater, and Abhainn Ciach Ghlais, as well as the Dominion of Myrkfaelinn. With your enthusiasm and hospitality, you welcomed scholars from across the Kingdom and made it possible for them to spend time learning and sharing. Many of you had never hosted a Royal Progress event before. I hope this will be the first of many!
To those would-be autocrats whose bids were not chosen, please know that your time and effort were greatly appreciated. More than one set of Royalty had a difficult time choosing from among the bids submitted. You proved how highly this Kingdom values opportunities to teach and learn.
I would be remiss if I did not thank my hard-working staff:
The Honorable Lady Máirghréad Stíobhard inghean uí Choinne, my Provost, who accomplished the Herculean task of tracking every class taught in Æthelmearc for two years and made it look easy. In addition, she enabled me to communicate with more people, by posting messages for me on the Æcademy facebook page, a skill which I lack.
His Grace Duke Timothy of Arindale, Dean of the War College, who beat the bushes to line up teachers so the martially-inclined could beat each other
Her Grace Duchess Ilish O’Donovan, the Youth Track Coordinator, who encouraged our younger learners to not only take classes but teach them as well
and Master Gille MacDhnouill, who, as Webminister and general IT-guy, managed the AEcademy website and answered hundreds of my questions. As my husband, he provided me with the time I needed to devote myself to this position.
Moreover, I would like to thank for their generosity Mistress Orianna and Master Fridrikr, who offered a travel stipend to a new Æcademy teacher, and the anonymous donor who provided stipends to four grateful Æcademy teachers in honor of Countess Aidan ni Leir. You are an inspiration!
Most especially, I would like to thank all those gentles who gave of their time to share their passions with others. A good teacher is like a candle: it consumes itself to light the way for others. Every one of you who took the time to research your topic, prepare your materials, and travel hours from your home, just to share what gives you joy … you are all candles. Because of you, Æthelmearc shines more brightly. Thank you for being the spark that lights others on their way.
And finally, to everyone who traveled to an Æcademy session, I hope you found classes that challenged, inspired, and enriched you. May you find even more to inspire you in the years to come!
Greetings unto the most talented and erudite Kingdom of Æthelmearc from Mistress Alicia Langland, Chancellor of AEthelmearc Æcademy!
It has been my great pleasure to serve the Kingdom as Chancellor of Æthelmearc Æcademy for the past 3 years. My term of office ends at Kingdom Twelfth Night 2019.
While that seems a long way off, much needs to be done in the interim.
To allow sufficient time to train my successor, letters of interest are due May 1, 2018.
If you are interested in applying for this position, please send your resume to email@example.com (This will ensure that it is seen by the Royalty, the Kingdom Seneschal, and the Kingdom Minister of Arts and Sciences as well as myself.)
The position is for a two-year term, starting at Kingdom Twelfth Night 2019.
However, it is my intention to begin training my successor as soon as he or she is selected by the Royalty.
As an institution, the Æthelmearc Æcademy provides a structure to promote the exchange of ideas and information in a wide variety of interests to enable the populace to grow and develop as artisans and warriors. The Æcademy supports local groups’ interests in the gentle and martial arts by striving to bring to them the best teachers possible and by serving as a resource for groups wishing to host local schola-type events. The Æcademy also seeks to foster effective teaching by providing guidance in best teaching practices, through classes in teaching as well as resources posted on the Æcademy website. Finally, the Æcademy staff maintains a database of classes offered at Æcademy sessions and their teachers.
The average time spent working on Æcademy duties is – for the most part – one to two hours per week. However, in the six weeks prior to an Æcademy session, this can increase to 10 to 15 hours per week. The Chancellor is also expected to attend Æcademy sessions, which are held in June and November.
This position requires email and a working knowledge of spreadsheets and file-sharing avenues (for example, Google Docs and Google Sheets). Excellent communication skills, the ability to manage concurrently multiple projects at various stages of development, and attention to detail are a must for this position. So, too, is the ability to assemble and work with a team. Ideal candidates will have experience scheduling classes at schola-type events as well as autocratting experience. Since Æcademy sessions rotate from region to region in the Kingdom, it is essential that the Chancellor be able to travel to the far corners of the Kingdom.
I would be delighted to answer questions about the position and its obligations. Please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Greetings unto the erudite Kingdom of Æthelmearc from Mistress Alicia Langland, Chancellor of Æthelmearc Æcademy!
Count Andrew and Sir Finn demonstrating some fighting techniques
Having received no bids for Fall Æthelmearc AEcademy and War College from groups in the preferred host region, I am now accepting bids from any group in the Kingdom.
The preferred date for Fall 2017 Æthelmearc Æcademy and War College is November 11, 2017.
Æthelmearc Æcademy and War College is an easy event to host. It draws a sizable number of attendees, which typically includes royalty. The host group is responsible for providing the site and lunch for attendees as well as staff to run Troll. The Æcademy staff will assist with the rest!
Silk banner-making class taught by Baron Friderich Schwartzwalder. Photo by Mistress Alicia Langland.
If you’ve been wanting Royalty to visit your area, this is a great opportunity to bring them to you. If you have a lot of newcomers, this is a fabulous event to introduce them to the many facets of the SCA.
Resources for would-be autocrats — including FAQs — can be found here: http://www.aecademy.net/downloads.shtml. If you have questions or need help with putting together a bid, please let me know; I will be delighted to assist!
At the Æthelmearc Fall Æcademy, the Brewer’s Guild was invited to host a Brewer’s Round Table as it was blessed with a wet site. Initially scheduled in the main class room, we quickly packed up and invaded the quiet, out-of-the-way Troll table as it was a wee bit noisy (had nothing to do with us…).
With about a dozen brewers ranging from novice to Laurel and from all parts of our kingdom, we proceeded to have an informative and tasty round table on the topic of Fall fruit, in any shape or form.
Many had brought tasty samples of fruit-flavored beverages. Madoc Arundel graced us with a Belgian Tripel, and he later confessed he thoroughly enjoyed the citrus melomel brought by novice brewer Cristina Inghean Ghriogair, who supplied us with several choices, ranging from blackberry wine made with baking yeast (from a traditional family heirloom recipe) and dandelion wine to plum wine, apple citrus, and a raspberry cordial sampled together with dark chocolate. Her favorite was the mixed fruit rum someone had contributed. Leioolfr Grimr shared a blueberry cordial sweetened with beet sugar, or cherry, he did not quite remember…
My contribution was an example of how using fruit can throw a learning curve. I brought two bottles of red currant mead, based on a red raspberry mead recipe. Substituting one-to-one currants for raspberries made for a rather tart mead, which I personally did not quite like. Back sweetening with a little honey made all the difference, I thought. It was interesting to find that some people liked the tart original, some preferred the sweetened, and most wondered if downscaling the currants to lower the tartness might also lessen the currant flavor, which nobody wanted to mess with… so, surprising to me, the consensus was to not mess with the recipe , and make those dry wine lovers happy!
We traded some secrets, such as where to get grape juice in bulk (many local vineyards growing their own grapes sell plain grape juice, ready to ferment), shared some tips (freezing whole fruit helps free up the fruity goodness, and using a masticating juicer is not ideal as it is difficult to ferment apple sauce), and, as always, we had a great time.
Thank you Æthelmearc Æcademy for inviting us, and thank you all for coming!
Want to learn (more) about medieval brewing, Viking clothing, fiber arts, heraldry, literary arts, printmaking, SCA life, the scribal arts, and more?
If so, plan to attend Æthelmearc AEcademy and War College, hosted by the gracious Shire of Nithgaard on Saturday, November 12.
Check out the Tentative Class List: descriptions and details here. Additional information about the event can be found on the Kingdom website as well as on the AEcademy website.
Don’t see your favorite topic listed? Sign up to teach!
Class slots are filling up quickly! Only 12 time slots remain, so please register ASAP and avoid disappointment. (NOTE: If you do not receive amessage thanking you for registering your class, please contact me; thatmeans your registration did not go through.)
If you’ve never taught at Æcademy (or if it’s been a while), no problem! It’s easy to register — Just go to the Æcademy registration website and supply the requested information about yourselfand your class.
If you are considering teaching a class but are hesitant because it isfinancially prohibitive, please consider applying for the Countess Aidan ni Leir Stipend:
In memory of Countess Aidan ni Leir, a stipend of $100 will be awarded to one Fall Æcademy teacher who best meets the criteria described below. The stipend is to be used to defray the cost of non-consumable teaching materials for a hands-on class for a minimum of 6 people.
(“Non-consumable teaching materials” are tools and supplies that would be used multiple times and would remain with the teacher after the class has ended. It does *not* include supplies for which students would pay a fee for or which they would take with them.)
YES: Purchase 10 sets of calligraphy nibs with holders and a toolbox to keep them in
NO: Purchase watercolor paper and a bottle of ink
YES: Purchase 6 chip carving knives
NO: Purchase wood for students to carve
YES: Pay for laminating color copies of visual aids for class
NO: Pay for copying of class handouts
Items purchased with the money would be the property of the teacher who is awarded the stipend.
In addition to teaching at Fall Æcademy, the teacher who receives the stipend must also teach the class at least once more, in a different region in the Kingdom.
Those wishing to submit a proposal should include the following:
your name (SCA and modern)
title and description of the hands-on class you are teaching at Æcademy
a list of non-consumable supplies needed for the class, including what each is used for, current price, and where you intend to purchase the items
when and where you will teach the class again
This offer is open to anyone teaching at Fall Æcademy, no matter whether this is your first time teaching the class … or your fourteenth. You do not have to have an arts award to submit a proposal.
The deadline for submitting proposals is 11:59 p.m., Thursday, October 20th. The more persuasive your proposal, the better your chance of being selected.
By Sunday, October 30, I will contact everyone who has submitted a proposal.
If your proposal is selected, at Æcademy you will hand me a receipt for the supplies you purchased for the class, and I will hand you a check for $100.
Questions? Please do not hesitate to contact me at ae DOT aecademy AT aethelmearc DOT org
Feel free to forward this message to anyone who might be interested in submitting a proposal.
Greetings unto the most talented and erudite Kingdom of Æthelmearc from
Mistress Alicia Langland, Chancellor of Æthelmearc Æcademy!
My current term of office as Chancellor of Æthelmearc Æcademy ends at Twelfth Night 2017.
I intend to apply for a second two-year term.
That being said, anyone interested in applying for the position of Chancellor of Æthelmearc Æcademy is welcome to submit a resume to the Crown and the Kingdom Seneschal by October 1. If you are interested in applying for this position, please send your resume to this address.
Their Majesties in Japanese outfits made by Her Ladyship Hara Kikumatsu, and His Lordship Ishiyama Gen’tarou Yori’ie. Photo by THL Ishiyama.
Unto the artisans and scientists of Æthelmearc do Byron and Ariella, King and Queen, send Greetings.
We have returned from Our travels to Our beloved Shire of Ballachlagan (beloved particularly by the cicadas this year). We saw so many good artistic acts and thoughtful, insightful classes at the Æthelmearc. We extend Our thanks to all of the artisans and teachers who made the day so special, and to Mistress Alicia for organizing the Æcademy classes. We were pleased to witness the largest Cut and Thrust tournament ever sponsored in this Kingdom, and Our thanks go to Master Will Parris for organizing the tournament. Vivant to Don Clewin, who will soon become a Master of Defense, for winning the tournament.
THL Aelric and all the members of Ballachlagan should be very proud of the event; it went off beautifully and was an excellent showcase for martial and artistic pursuits. We attended many of the classes (at least in part) and were impressed with the quality and depth of the teaching. We also spent time in the Arts and Sciences display, where all of the entries were exceptional, and it was difficult to choose favorites. Furthermore, We thank everyone who made Ian Aetheling and Princess Leah welcome in their classes.
It is indeed a blessing to have Heirs who work so well with Us, and Our thanks go to Prince Marcus and Princess Margerite for their support in numerous ways.
Documented from the Rolls and Files of the Coram Regibus of Thomas Byron and Ariella, Rex et Regina Æthelmearc: Being a True Record of the Business of Their Majesties’ Royal Court at the Æthelmearc Æcademy and War College, 28 May, Anno Societatis LI, in the Shire of Abhainn Ciach Ghlais, accompanied by Their Heirs, Prince Marcus and Princess Margerite. As recorded by Gwendolyn the Graceful, Brehyres, Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald, with the assistance of Lord Pavel Dudoladov.
In the morning. Their Majesties invited Mistress Alicia Langland to address the populace. She welcomed all to the event, especially those who gave of their time to teach throughout the day, and made a few announcements of changes to the classes. She also announced the inauguration of a new stipend in the memory and honor of the late Countess Aidan ni Lir, and named its first honoree: Lady Edana the Red.
THL Sion’s Fleur. Photo by Brehyres Gwendolyn.
Their Majesties next called before Them His LordshipSionn the Lost, and Lady Lelija Barnasiewicz-Tancerka. His Majesty spoke of the singular joy that is dance, particularly when one’s partner is also one’s love. A couple so dedicated and so infectious in their love of their art does not escape the notice of others.
Thus, Their Majesties invited before Them Their Order of the Fleur d’Æthelmearc, who acclaimed Their Majesties’ will to induct The Honorable Lord Sionn and Lady Lelija into that company, and to Grant Lelija Arms. His Lordship’s scroll by Baroness Ekaterina Volkova; Her Ladyship’s scroll is a work in progress.
Viscountess Rosalind sent on vigil.
Next did Their Majesties desire words with Mistress Phiala O’Ceallaigh. She brought unto Their Majesties works of exquisite skill and artistry, woven not by her own hand, but that of her apprentice, Viscountess Rosalind Ashworthe. So greatly impressed were Their Majesties that Her Majesty was tempted to keep a sample for Herself, but instead chose to have Her Excellency brought before the Throne. Thereupon did Their Majesties seek the counsel of the Most Noble Order of the Laurel, and instructed Her Excellency to go forward with that Order and sit the remainder of the day in vigil to contemplate elevation into their company. Mistress Phiala asked Viscountess Rosalind to return her apprentice belt, that she might make her decision independently. Her Excellency was escorted to her Vigil, and Court was suspended.
Court resumed in the evening. Their Majesties asked the children forward and invited them to amuse themselves with activities provided by Princess Leia at the rear of the hall.
Then Their Majesties gave leave to The Honorable Lady Clarissa da Svizzera to address the populace. Her Ladyship invited all to Pax Interruptus in the Barony of Thescorre, and announced a scribal fundraiser to be held at the event. She encouraged all to help support the scribes by bringing “SCA Yard Sale” items to donate, and to shop the yard sale during the day.
Their Majesties next received Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope to install her as the Kingdom Youth Fighting Marshal. Although Sir Thorgrim Skullsplitter, outgoing Marshal, was not able to attend, Their Majesties thanked him in absentia for his service, and entrusted Mistress Arianna with the charge to continue training Their Kingdom’s youth.
Mistress Arianna takes the oath of office.
Their Majesties invited the Silver Buccle, Kameshima Zentarou Umakai, forward. With Their Majesties’ permission, he inducted Maighstir Liam MacantSaoir as the new Sycamore Herald. He also sought applications for the position of Keystone Herald, in charge of education, to replace the late Baron Malcolm FitzWilliam.
Maighstir Liam becomes Sycamore Herald
Their Majesties gave leave to The Honorable Lord Aelric Ravenshaw, autocrat for the day’s event, to address the populace. His Lordship thanked his staff, the staff of the Æcademy, the teachers, the cooks, and all those who helped bring the event to success.
Mistress Alicia Langland was once again invited to offer her own thanks for the teachers and students. She particularly acknowledged those who taught at Æcademy for the first time, and those who had had their first-ever teaching experience. She further explained that in the teachers’ gift bags were Medieval-style candle-lighting tools, known in period as a “clue,” and that additional “clues” will go to teachers at future events. Thus, if one teaches sufficient classes at upcoming Æcademy sessions, one might be so lucky as to earn a “clue-by-four.” The next opportunity to amass more “clues” will be Æcademy in the fall, currently proposed for November 12.
Master Will Parris announces the results of the Cut and Thrust Tourney.
Then Their Majesties called Master William Parris forward to name the winner of the cut-and-thrust tournament held that day. Master William explained that cut-and-thrust has long been a growing interest within the rapier community, and that the Masters of Defence have made it their particular brief to encourage and foster it. He announced the final placements: in third place, Master Annanias Fenne; in second, Countess Elena D’Artois; and the winner, Don Clewin Kupferhelbelinc. Don Clewin was called forward to receive his prize: a Royal favor to wear and pass on as additional sponsored cut-and-thrust tournaments are held in the Kingdom.
Their Majesties called before Them Fenna Rioux. They noted her willingness to retain, and spoke of the glowing reports They had received of her other efforts in her Shire and for her Household. This, along with Their first-hand knowledge of her courtesy and nobility, moved Them to Award her Arms. Scroll was a work in progress by Baroness Mahin Banu Tabrizi and Lady Raven Whitehart.
Lady Fenna Rioux received an Award of Arms
Their Majesties also summoned Jarngerd of Stormhaven to attend Them. Her Majesty said that She first took notice of Jarngerd in Her home, where she was hard at work in the kitchens, and later learned of this lady’s practices in her own home, including raising rabbits for food and fur, as well as her efforts retaining and serving her household. In recognition of these things and more, Their Majesties named her a Companion of the Order of the Keystone and further Awarded her Arms. Scroll by Lady Raven Whitehart with wording by Baroness Mahin Bany Tabrizi.
Lady Jarngerd receives a Keystone
Lady Jarngerd’s AOA. Photo by Brehyres Gwendolyn.
Their Majesties next sought Lady Elena de la Palma and complimented her on her splendid attire. Her Majesty noted that all who see this lady can be in no doubt of her skills as a clothier, but also her attention to the details of her presentation, as well as her other creative ability. Thus did Their Majesties proclaim Their mind to name her a Companion of the Order of the Sycamore. Scroll by Lord Oliver Sutton.
Lady Elena receives a Sycamore.
Lady Elena’s Sycamore. Photo by Brehyres Gwendolyn.
Baron Silvester Burchardt was brought before the Sylvan Throne, where Their Majesties assured him of Their admiration for his weaving. Their Majesties also assured him that the Order of the Fleur d’Æthelmearc enthusiastically agreed and encouraged Them in Their present course, which was to once again convene the Order, and name him one of their Companions. Scroll by THL Máirghréad Stíobhard inghean uí Choinne.
Baron Silvester is inducted into the Fleur
Baron Silvester’s Fleur. Photo by Brehyres Gwendolyn.
Next did Their Majesties desire to address Baroness Amelia Soteria. Although she came before the Thrones from her position behind them as Their Thrown Weapons Champion, Her Majesty pointed out that she might as easily have been standing behind Them as Their retainer. Rarely is this lady found not working, as Mistress of the Lists, or in fighter support, or in any number of ways great and small where she tirelessly serves. Her prodigious efforts commanded the notice not only of Their Majesties, but of the Order of the Millrind. Thus with that Order’s acclaim, Their Majesties did name her a Companion of the Millrind, and gave unto her two medallions that had been provided by members eager to welcome her among them. Scroll by Baroness Ekaterina Volkova.
Baroness Soteria receives a Millrind.
Baroness Soteria’s Millrind. Photo by Brehyres Gwendolyn.
Viscountess Rosalind is asked if she will accept elevation to the Laurel.
Their Majesties called for Viscountess Rosalind Ashworthe to come before Them and give answer whether she had chosen to undertake elevation. Upon her assent, the Most Noble Order of the Laurel was invited forward. Words from Duchess Rowan de la Garnison were conveyed by Countess Alexandra of Clan Donald. Her Grace cited the way Her Excellency wove her own patterns on her travels and left her mark upon the Kingdom. Master Wulfgar of the Wood spoke on behalf of the Order of Chivalry, saying that he has known Her Excellency almost all her life and never seen a better example of chivalry or courtesy. Her Highness Margerite read the words of Duchess Dorinda Courtenay, as a representative of the Order of Defense. Her Grace wrote of the work Her Excellency has done for the arts community, not loudly, but quietly, with little fanfare, but with great patience, and proclaimed that now is the time for the kingdom to speak loudly to proclaim her a Peer. Mistress Mahin Banu Tabrizi, also, attested to the service inherent in every instance that Her Excellency offered to teach, or to help, or guide another artisan on their path. Master Victor of Shrewsbury reflected on the way the threads of one’s life intertwine and twist, for Her Excellency introduced him and his late lady to the Society, ultimately setting them on the path that led to their own inductions into the Order of the Laurel. With the testimony of these Noble Worthies to confirm Their Majesties’ wish, Her Excellency was then bedecked with the medallion given to Mistress Phiala by her own Laurel, Master Ruadhan O’Ceallaigh, and with a hood adorned by a laurel wreath, wrought for her by Lady Beautrice Hammeltoune. Then did Mistress Laurencia bestow into her keeping the reliquary fruitcake of the Order of the Laurels of Æthelmearc. Mistress Rosalind swore her oath of service to the Crown and was proclaimed by Letters Patent to be a Peer of the Realm and a Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Laurel. Scroll by Duke Malcolm MacEoghainn.
Mistress Rosalinde is made a Laurel
Mistress Rosalind’s Laurel. Photo by Brehyres Gwendolyn.
Their Majesties called for the attendance of His Lordship Jussie Laplein. His Majesty declared that He knows this man well, for he comes to practice at Their Majesties’ home most weeks, and thus They have both crossed swords with him many, many times. With great pleasure, Their Majesties requested the presence of Their Most Noble Order of Chivalry to attend Them. They then commanded His Lordship to sit vigil at a mutually agreed date and contemplate elevation into the Chivalry. Scroll by Hrefna Fruþikona Þorgrimsdottir.
THLord Jussie receives a Writ for the Chivalry
THL Jussi’s writ for the Chivalry. Photo by Brehyres Gwendolyn.
Prince Marcus announces his fundraiser to benefit the scribes. Photo by Master Tigernach.
His Highness, Prince Marcus, addressed the populace. Moved by the ongoing efforts to support and bolster the scribes of Æthelmearc, His Highness announced his intention to sponsor a silent auction at the Kingdom Party at Pennsic. His Highness will create a full Landsknecht ensemble for the winner (who must also provide His Highness with the materials); the proceeds will benefit the scribes.
Her Majesty then named Her inspiration for the day: Lord Sasson della Sancta Victoria. Her Majesty spoke of his impressive efforts as a new Thrown Weapons marshal and a craftsman, but what captured Her attention on this day was that, while he normally attires himself in Japanese clothing, on this very hot day, he was in full Elizabethan garb. He chose to make himself this outfit on the occasion of becoming an apprentice, in honor of his Laurel, Mistress Anne Greye, whose persona is of that period. As he had already departed, Mistress Anne accepted Her Majesty’s token on his behalf and pledged to convey Her words to him.
Their Majesties recognized all those scribes who contributed scrolls, and announced that today and going forward, They have thank-you gifts in the form of scribal supplies. For the duration of the reign, scribes turning in scrolls may select an item from the scribal goodie stash, to help resupply them and provide them with materials they need to produce additional work.
There being no further business, the Coram Regibus was closed.
Gwendolyn the Graceful, Brehyres
Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald
All photos of people by Master Tigernach mac Cathail. All photos of scrolls by Breyhyres Gwendolyn.
THL Duncan faces tourney winner Don Clewin, while second-place tourney entrant Comtesse Elena walks by on the left. Photo by Princess Leah.
History was made on June 11 at the Æthelmearc Æcademy & War College in Ballachlagan: the first-ever Order of Defense-sponsored Cut-and-Thrust Tournament in the Kingdom occurred.
Nine combatants entered in the tourney, arrayed themselves in a semi-circle around the inside of the list field. The format for the tournament was round-robin style. Each pair of combatants met in the center of the circle, exchanged introductions, and proceeded to take their guard. The combat ensued under the watchful eyes of our Sylvan Majesties, Thomas and Ariella, and the marshal-in-charge, Master William Parris.
Many feats of valor and acts of chivalry were exchanged in the crossing of swords. In the end, Don Clewin Kupferhelbelinc bested all comers and was victorious. Second place was Comtesse Elena d’Artois le Tailleur and third place Master Anias Fenne.
As one of the combatants, it is my wish that these Tournaments continue, and my hope that they draw more worthy fighters into the fray.