Last night at Æthelmearc Kingdom court, Their Majesties Timothy and Gabrielle bestowed 30 scrolls upon worthy gentles. Among them, Mistress Cunen Beornhelm became Sir Cunen and THLady Hrefna Ulfarinnsdottir, became Mistress Hrefna.
Æthelmearc’s newest Knight, Sir Cunen Beornhelm. Photo by Mistress Arianna
Æthelmearc’s newest Pelican, Mistress Hrefna just after court. Photo by Mistress Arianna.
Today, Don William Parris was made a Master of Defense. On the field, THLord Morien McBain was served a writ to contemplate his elevation to the Order of the Pelican for his work with Paladin’s Pantry. Baron Vladisla Nikulich was sent to vigil to contemplate his elevation to the Most Noble Order of the Chivalry.
Don William Parris is called into court to receive his MOD. Photo by Lady Arianna dal Vallone.
Tonight, at the Yama Kaminari Clan dinner Their Royal majesties issued a Writ of Summons for Duke Christopher Rawlins to contemplate his elevation to the Order of the Laurel for his extensive research on 14th century arming jackets. His Grace’s Elevation to occur at the Æthelmearc Kingdom party on Thursday night.
Duke Christopher Rawlins called into court to receive his Writ for Laurel. Photo by Mistress Arianna.
Documented from the Scrolls of the Reign of Timothy & Gabrielle II, King and Queen of Æthelmearc: the Business of Their Majesties’ Court at Pax Interruptus, 27 June Anno Societatis L, in the Barony of Thescorre, accompanied by His Highness, Magnus Tindal, Prince of Æthelmearc, and Their Excellencies, Aquila and Bronwyn, Baron and Baroness of Thescorre. As recorded by Master Dagonell Collingwood, White Horn Herald.
In the morning:
Their Majesties gave leave to Their Excellencies to hold their final baronial court.
Lady Elen Woderose was inducted into the order of the Keystone in recognition of her service to the Barony of Thescorre as event steward and pursuivant, and her service to the Kingdom in all matters heraldic. Her scroll was crafted by Master Caleb Reynolds.
Baron Aquila d’Athos was made a companion of the order of the Sycamore for his work in wood, leather, embroidery and forging. His leather pouches and belts, his forged nails and his feast gear boxes were recognized as works of art. His scroll was crafted by Lady Vivienne.
Lord Marius Sittius was called forward to join the order of the Keystone for his work in support of fencing in the Shire of Hartstone, including organizing practice, recruiting fencers, and helping them obtain gear. The Lady Arsalan Egiseg, who crafted the scroll for Marius, acted as herald, reading forth the words of his recognition first in Latin and then in the common tongue.
Abigail Kelhoge was raised to membership in the order of the Sycamore, and thereby awarded arms, for her lovely calligraphy and illumination as well as her costuming skills. Lady Abigail’s scroll was the work of Mistress Ekaterina Volkova.
Lady Genevote Nau d’Anjou was inducted into the order of the Sycamore for her knowledge and skills in the fibre arts and for her enthusiasm in sharing her knowledge across the Kingdom. HRM Gabrielle has personally expressed appreciation for Lady Genevote’s instruction on the creation of a two coloured lucet cord. The scroll was crafted by Baroness Anastasie.
Lord Andrew of Thescorre was made a member of the order of the Golden Alce (on the fourth of June, A. S. 50) for his martial skills. It was noted that he has recently served his Barony first as heavy weapons champion and then as thrown weapons champion. He was presented a scroll by the hand of Master Caleb Reynolds.
Randal of Berwik was called forward to receive a scroll for his induction into the Order of the Golden Alce dating from December 14, AS XLVIII.
Their Majesties then asked their Excellencies, Aquila d’Athos and Bronwyn nic Gregor, to stand before them and thanked them for their long service and care for the Barony of Thescorre. Athos and Bronwyn were divested of their coronets and given leave to depart. Then did the populace of Thescorre petition their Majesties for Her Excellency Sadira bint Wassouf to be appointed Baroness of Thescorre, and so did their Majesties welcome Sadira with her son, Wassouf, her daughter Nuzhah, and her son-by-marriage, Kevin, together with her retainers. Lady Nuzhah did sing before the King and Queen of her mother Sadira and of Thescorre. Then did Gabrielle and Timothy of Æthelmearc speak and create Sadira once more Baroness of Thescorre, and place upon her head the coronet. And into her hands did they place the coronet of the Baron of Thescorre, to be held in trust for the Barony whilst she is Baroness. Then Baroness Sadira did swear her fealty to their Majesties and take her place on the baronial throne.
Their Majesties then recalled Aquila d’Athos and Bronwyn nic Gregor to appear before them and created them Baron and Baroness of the Court, and did confirm their Arms by Grant.
In the evening:
Their Majesties gave leave to Her Excellency to hold court to transact baronial business.
Then did their Majesties give Sir Byron and Sir Ariella leave to speak of the Golden Chain tourney held that day. And by their witness it was known that two fighters stood above the rest in that tourney and contested long and hard, with many bouts ending in “double kills” until at last THL Bluestar Child emerged the victor over THL Thorsol Solinauga.
Their Majesties summoned Jari Antenson before them and spoke of his service, and that he has always a pair of willing hands to set up pavilions and tents, dig sump holes, and in general provide aid and support in the physical set-up and take-down of events. For this work, and the pleasant mien in which he performs it, was he awarded arms. Lord Jari’s scroll was crafted by Baroness Anastasie de l’Amoure.
Baroness Laurencia of Carlisle was invited into court, as she had business before their Majesties. She did bring them a gift, but before she could present it, the Order of the Fleur was called forth, and Laurencia was, for her great skill in the Fibre Arts, created one of their number. Her scroll was crafted by Meisterin Felicitas Flußmüllnerin.
Baroness Sadira requested leave to reopen her court to award the victors of the tournaments sponsored by her barony that day. This was done, and also was THL Andrew of Thescorre proclaimed victor in the Seven Pearls Thrown Weapons competition.
Their Majesties summoned their Order of the Millrind to appear before them, and pronounced it lacking one. Baroness Helena al Zarqa called forth and—for her long service in many fields of endeavour, including organizing events, acting as chronicler, marshall of fence, minister of arts and sciences, and garbing the populace—made the newest member of the order of the Millrind.
Her Majesty requested that Sir Wulfstan of Hartstone come before her to receive from her hand tokens to convey to all those gentles of the Shire of Hartstone who made the new list ropes that were used at the recent Crown Tourney. She then called forward Lady Venetia Elisabetta to receive a token for being her Majesty’s inspiration at Pax Interruptus that day.
There being no further business, Their Majesties’ Court was closed.
All photos by Baron Steffan Wolfgang von Ravensburg.
Master Daniel del Cavallo posted this essay on his Facebook page, and graciously agreed to share it with the Gazette.
What is a peerage in the SCA?
Master Daniel del Cavallo with Duchess Meirwen uerch Owein. Photo by THLady Sophie Davenport.
I’ve been asked this question quite a few times over the years. Recent occurrences have motivated me to put my thoughts in writing and in public for all to see. It’s a topic that is far more subtle than it might appear. Let’s begin with semantics.
(Please pardon my apparent overuse of masculine pronouns. It is not intended as a slight. It’s merely for brevity.)
What does the word mean?
The word “peer” is defined as: “one who is of equal standing with another.” On the face of it, this seems counterintuitive. If a peerage is considered one of the highest honors that can be attained, and candidates are “elevated” to this rank, then how does that equate to equality?
The secret lies in the entire phrase: “Peer of the Realm.”
In the context under consideration, this phrase literally indicates social standing relative to the King and Queen. A Peer is considered Their social equal. Or was. It seems this was only the case in earlier periods, relating to landed nobility acting as regional administrative proxies for the Monarch.
Clearly, however, a peer did not wield the same power as the Monarch. Much of the authority to actually get things done was still reserved for the Crown. A monarchy wouldn’t be very effective otherwise.
To make things extra confusing, the Monarch was seen as the source from which all dignity was derived. As such, he could not hold peerage titles since he, by definition, held them all. If a peer should ascend the Throne, any peerage titles he held would simply dissolve into the Crown. As time went on, an ever more complex hierarchy evolved within the ranks of the Peerage.
In the SCA today, in practical terms, our system seems to derive from the later period Norman model. The Monarch retains all real power, and “Patents of Arms” are bestowed by the Crown by sheer acclaim and merit (this holds true for Patents awarded to Royal Peers upon succession; the “big three” traditional orders: Knight, Laurel, and Pelican; and will with the new Order of Defense)
The interplay between the seemingly discordant ideas of equal social standing with the Monarch, and reservation of sovereign power to the Crown is still expressed in the relevance of majority polling amongst the orders of highest merit.
What is the point of all this?
The SCA is a game. It has rules. The game and the rules are based on unrepentantly romanticized notions of chivalry and honor in the late medieval period. However, there are only so many things that can be romanticized away; some of the remainder may seem like negatives when viewed through the lens of our modern sensibilities.
For example, a hierarchy exists. It exists for a purpose. That purpose is not, as some suppose, to form cliques. It is not to play keep-away. It is not to denigrate others, and make them feel unworthy for some nefarious, egocentric reason.
Its purpose is to inspire. It exists to cause people to strive for excellence. Its goal is not to encourage people to exceed others, but to exceed themselves. It’s the brass ring that makes people want to ride the carousel.
By definition, not everyone will win this prize, although anyone can. It is an unfortunate fact that at any given moment in life, some people actually are smarter, stronger, more talented, or more skilled than others.
Did you inwardly wince when you read this statement? I did when I wrote it. This reaction is born of a thoroughly modern conceit. We seem to be in the midst of a trend toward mediocracy which, in its rush for warm, fuzzy nurturance has actively shunned any reason to strive for self betterment. Not every person automatically gets the gold star just for showing up. If you don’t understand this, the cold hand of reality will eventually spank you.
That is not to say that every person who ever has or ever will be elevated is automatically deserving. All human institutions are fallible. However, in this case, two important things must be kept in mind. One — the system is very much self-policing. Two — at the end of the day, the SCA is a voluntary monarchy, and we all bow to the whim of the Crown.
The goal of the Peerage in the SCA, then, is just that — to provide a goal. Whether that goal is achieved is a matter for debate, but the goal of the goal is the goal. Is that clear? Good.
So then, how does one achieve this goal?
All peerages that become vested in the individual are bestowed by seated royalty.
In the case of those referred to as ‘royal’ peers, when one Monarch steps down, their ascending heirs bestow rank and title upon them pursuant to their previous service as monarchs, including fulfillment of specific requirements when they served. This rank is not universally guaranteed, and hence is not merely earned by right of arms.
If a seated Monarch has displayed particularly poor judgement or bad behavior, it is within the rights of the heirs to deny them the Patent of Arms that normally accompanies their new rank. This is unusual, and can work a little differently from Kingdom to Kingdom, but it has happened.
In the case of those peerages commonly described as ‘bestowed,’ elevation is achieved through dedication, hard work, and courtly grace. A Pelican is distinguished through service. A Laurel is distinguished through excellence in the arts. The martial peers have distinguished themselves through skill at armed combat. However, these are merely the core competencies. They are not the sole criteria.
All of the peerages hinge on something more. It is a somewhat ineffable (and perhaps a bit recursive) notion referred to as “Peer-Like Quality” or PLQ. Here is where the unrepentant romanticism comes rushing back into the equation, and necessarily so.
It is intimately bound up with the notion that a candidate for elevation is free to refuse the accolade. The candidate is delivered a writ which must be answered yea or nay. The candidate is expected to solemnly contemplate the gravity of the prospective elevation by sitting a vigil, and hearing the counsel of the peers in whose company he might soon stand. Again, it is uncommon, but candidates can refuse, and have done so.
This element of choice is critically important. A peer is expected to express — and even amplify — the dignity of the Crown that elevated him. If the elevation was thrust upon him, it would be a heavy yoke indeed.
The choice makes it a contract. A peer must set an example. A peer must polish the Crown, not tarnish it. A peer must act in all ways in such a manner as to make everyone believe that the goal of Peerage is worthwhile, if for no other reason than because he has agreed to do so. PLQ means more than just ‘don’t be a dick.’ It means, ‘be somebody’s hero.’
OK, let’s say I’ve been named a peer. What’s next?
It’s tempting to think that ascending to the ranks of the Peerage represents an endpoint. In many ways, it is only a beginning.
For every candidate, the road to the Peerage is a long and winding pilgrimage. Being different people, we all have different aspects of ourselves we must hone and improve. Those efforts do not cease by royal fiat. Our flaws do not vanish by virtue of the fact that we have a new medallion. If anything, ascending to the Peerage means you have to work that much harder to insure your continued worthiness of the station you have attained.
One thing that all peers must keep in mind is that we have been recruited into something much bigger than ourselves. Therefore, we must strive to think and act beyond ourselves. If you only see your elevation as a personal achievement, you’re deluding yourself. It takes a Kingdom to make a peer. Each of the peerages has an unspoken expectation for continuing dedication to others. Part of the responsibility we have accepted as role models is often to put the needs of others before our own. We lose sight of this not at our own peril, but at the peril of those who have suspended their disbelief long enough to look up to us.
But what happens when these ideals you describe break down?
The vagaries I’ve been discussing are not even codifiable. All of this hinges on the honor system, much as a Crown Tournament does. There is a presupposition that people will behave with honor befitting the station to which they aspire. Human nature being what it is, however, some do not always.
My personal journey into the ranks of the Peerage has informed me that most often, when this happens, it is because someone somewhere has lost sight of the fact that there are times when others must come first. Or, perhaps, that notion is still present, but has become diluted or twisted, and the individual believes that his notion of the greater good is infallible, leading to a willful blindness to the harm that is caused.
Less often, there can be a blithe ignorance of downstream consequences, leading to a Godzilla-esque rampage, the monster completely unaware of the train commuters he has crushed. I’ve seen it. I’ve done it. Sometimes it just happens.
In these instances, it’s very tempting to just chuck the whole thing. Sometimes we look at peers behaving badly, and we stop wanting to try. Sometimes, we look in the mirror, realize our own mistakes are sizable, and think maybe slithering away is the best course. Neither of these things is appropriate. We only truly learn through failure. Everyone needs permission to fail, sometimes.
If, however, you honestly believe that there can be no resolution, and that the entire system is so messed up that there is no saving it, then everything that countless good and noble people have worked so hard to accomplish for nearly half a century is for nothing. By all means — throw up your hands and walk away. You’re participating in the problem.
But if some part of you can still see worth in this flawed gem of ours, then it’s still worth fighting for, flaws and all. If those who once inspired you have let you down, consider this. You were not idolizing that person. You were idolizing some ideal form of that person that you made up in your head. And guess what? That person could just as easily be you. You can fill that role. When your heroes stumble, don’t decry them and turn away in disgust. Become them. Take up the mantle, fix that ideal in your mind, and play the game better so that the next guy doesn’t lose hope.
Can I ever really hope to become a peer?
I don’t know. There are many paths. Some are easier for some people, and some are easier for others. There is no formula. However, there are some things that I believe will help, and these are true in the broader world as well.
First — you must consider others. Help them to achieve the same goals you strive toward. Sometimes, along the road, there will be competitions, but overall, that’s not what this is. People do not need to climb over one another to reach this goal. If someone is working toward the same goal you are, work with them, not against them. By doing so, you show your true worth both to them and to everyone.
Second — you must be passionate about what you do. Do it because you love it. Do not do it because you strive for reward. When you do that, you are making it about you, and it’s not. See rule #1.
Third — you must participate. Don’t hang back in the shadows and then wonder why nobody sees you. If you are not innately outgoing, then this is something you need to work on. Do not be afraid to dive in. The rewards are always, ultimately, greater than the risks. People may not always respond positively to this. Tough. In every instance, when you are faced with negativity, respond with grace. Be the example.
One day, without even realizing how you got there, you will find yourself surrounded by those you esteem, and it will seem as if the very earth itself has taken up the call as their proud acclaim rings back from the hilltops; “You are my peer.”
This article was submitted by Kameshima-kyō Zentarō Umakai, Silver Buccle Principal Herald.
Unto the Kingdom, greetings from Kameshima Silver Buccle!
This past weekend, shortly before departing the thrones, Their Majesties presented an unprecedented 98 Sigils of Æthelmearc to Their subjects, as well as several subjects of foreign lands whose aid was invaluable during Their reign.
So, Kameshima, what is a Sigil of Æthelmearc?
A Sigil of Æthelmearc (or “Sigil” for short) is a non-precedence-bearing award that is given by the Crown, usually at the end of Their reign, as a “thank you” to all those who gave above and beyond to assist Them while They sat the thrones. A “non-precedence-bearing” award means that recipients don’t get any special title (like “Lord/Lady” or “Master/Mistress”) from getting the award, and having it doesn’t move you any higher in the Order of Precedence. It’s just a nice “thank you” present from the Royalty.
And 98 is a lot?
Yes, and it’s a wonderful demonstration of the industriousness of this Kingdom that Their Majesties thought that so many people deserved this recognition. A Royal Reign is a lot of work, not only for the Crown, but for Their staff, retainers, guards, and chamberlains, as well as the Kingdom Officers. “Many hands make light work” is an old adage that is proven every day here in Æthelmearc, but never more so than helping our Royalty help our Kingdom to look its best.
Is there a nifty scroll or medallion or something that goes along with it?
Whether or not to give scrolls or tokens is a personal choice of the Royalty. Their Majesties Titus and Anna Leigh chose to give block-printed scrolls made by the hand of Mistress Fredeburg von Katzenellenbogen.
Sigil scrolls woodblock-printed by Mistress Fredeburg von Katzenellenbogen. Photo by Arianna of Wynthrope.
What if I’m on the list, but wasn’t at Court? Did I miss the chance to get my scroll?
Not at all! Maistir Brandubh Ó Donnghaile, who served as one of Their Majesties’ Reign Coordinators and also stands the post of Sigil Herald (appropriately enough!), has volunteered to organize the distribution of Sigil scrolls for anyone who was given the Sigil but was not at Court. You can reach him via email at email@example.com.
Enough chatter, get to the list!
As you wish. ^_^
Lady Abbatissa Dreye de Banneberi
Lady Aíbinn Mhór inghean Rioghbhárdáin
Lady Ailis inghean Mhaolain
Master Alaric MacConnal
THL Alianora Bronhulle
Lady Alime bint Yorgi
Mistress Allesandra d’Avignon
Lord Andros Duran
Mistress Antoinette de la Croix
Lady Aranwen verch Rhys ap Gwalter
Lady Arianna dal Vallone
Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope
Sir Ariella of Thornbury
Baroness Betha Symonds
Master Bovi farmaðr
Maistir Brandubh Ó Donnghaile
THL Caellin Athlone
Lady Cairdha Eilis O’Coileain
Mistress Cassadoria Finialla
Lord Christian Magnus
Duke Sir Christopher Rawlyns
Lord Ciaran MacAlasdair
Baron Connor Levingstoune of the Kingdom of Atlantia
Mistress Cori Ghora
THL Cristina inghean Ghriogair
THL Desiderata Drake
Lord Drusis of Silva Vulcani
Lord Durante de Caravaggio
Lady Edana the Red
Lady Edekyne O Fierhie
Duke Edward Grey of Lochleven of the Kingdom of the East
Countess Elena d’Artois le Tailleur
Baroness Elisabeth Johanna von der Flossenberg
Baroness Elizabeth Arrowsmyth
Lady Elsa Taliard
THL Elss of Augsberg
THL Fiora d’Artusio
Fuji’na-dono no Takako
Dona Gabrielle Winter
Lady Ghalyla bint Joseph
Lady Helen of Avalon
Mistress Hilderun Hügelmann
Lady Hilaria Vistalia
Lady Ingunn Halldorsdottir
Lady Isabel Fleuretan
Ishiyama-roku-i Gen’tarou Yori’ie
Master John the Pell
Drotin Jǫrundr hinn Rotinn
Countess Kallista Morgunova
Lady Katerin Starke
Baroness Katerina McGilledoroughe of the Kingdom of the Middle
Koga-san Rentarou Hiroshi
Lady Lantani de Forez of the Kingdom of Ansteorra
Lady Lasairfhiona inghean Faolan
Viscountess Lucilla Theresa de Courtenay
Lord Lucius Avitus Gregorius
THL Madeleine de l’Este
THL Madoc Arundel
Lady Mairin O’Cadlah
THL Marcus Claudius Cincinnatus
THL Marek Viacheldrago
THL Margery Kent of York
Minamoto-roku-i Kumamoto Sakurako
Duchess Morgen of Rye
THL Morien MacBain
THL Muirgheal inghen Dubhghaill
Meistress Myfanwy ferch Rhiannon
Don Orlando di Bene del Vinta
THL Phelippe Ulfsdotter
Don Po Silvertop
Lady Racheldis of Swansmere
Lady Ragna Haakonardottir of Skara
Lady Raven Whitehart
Lady Rhiannon of Ravenglass
Lord Richard von Tanner
Lady Rivka bat Daniyel
Lord Robert MacEwin of Thornhill
Master Robert Marston
Baron Robert O’Connor
Shishido-iemoto Tora Gozen
THL Sophie Davenport
THL Teresa Luisa Alvarez
Lord Theowulf fitz Renault
Sir Thomas Byron of Haverford
Duchess Thyra Eiriksdottir of the Kingdom of the East
Lord Uaithne mac Faelin
Lady Verena Witkopf
THL Vistillia Messaline Pulcheria of the Kingdom of Trimaris
Don William Paris
Lord Wolfgang Starke
In Honor and Service,
Kameshima Zentarō Umakai
Silver Buccle Principal Herald, Kingdom of Æthelmearc
On the 27th day of July Anno Societatis XLVIII, Æthelmearc joined with the Kingdoms of Ansteorra, Caid, Trimaris and Atlantia in recognizing equestrians within their kingdoms with a Grant level award by signing the Treaty of the Golden Lance.
During the reign of Count Isenwulf Thorolfssone and Countess Rosalinda of Castile, it was decided that The Order of the White Horn would no longer be used to recognize all those martial disciplines other than Heavy fighting (Rattan). This Order would be designated for those skilled in Thrown Weapons alone and that other Orders would be designated for Combat Archery, Siege, and Equestrian. At that time, it was decided that Æthelmearc would join other Kingdoms in the use of the Order of the Golden Lance in order to recognize its equestrians. After determining the procedures necessary, this original plan came to fruition during the reign of Duke Maynard von dem Steine and Duchess Liadain ni Dheirdre Chaomhanaigh. Through their efforts, the Treaty was signed at Pennsic in 2013.
Shishido Tora (Gozen), the current Kingdom Equestrian Officer, contacted the appropriate people to determine the process which needed to be fulfilled in order that Æthelmearc could enter into the Treaty with the other Kingdoms. This involved creating a document which would be signed, coordinating with the other Royalty members to ensure their attendance at Pennsic along with their Principal Heralds, and setting a date and place for the Treaty to be signed. Under the direction of the Crown, these details were “ironed out” and it was determined that the Treaty would be signed immediately after Opening Ceremony during the Known World Party.
After the Opening Ceremonies were completed, the members of the Royalty retired to the East Kingdom’s pavilion on the field, where the Known World Party was set to begin. Initially the Treaty was laid upon the tables designated for the use of Æthelmearc so that they could share their food and wine with the attendees. Due to the congestion in this area, the Treaty was later moved to a central area away from any liquids which could endanger the paper upon which the Treaty was drawn. After a short time, all the parties had signed the Treaty.
With the signing of the Treaty and inclusion of the Order in Kingdom Law, equestrians of the Kingdom can now be recognized by this Order for their skills in the equestrian arts as well as service to the equestrian community. Companions of the Order are entitled to wear a badge of the Order and/or a ribbon “Sable edged Or charged with a lance Or” worn on either the calf or above the elbow, or as a pennon bearing the badge of the Order on their Tournament lance. Additionally, when traveling throughout the Known World, they are recognized by these other Kingdoms for their rank which is retained if they relocate.
The pictures below show the Royalty and Principal Heralds of the Kingdoms of Ansteorra, Caid, Trimaris, Atlantia and Æthelmearc signing the Treaty. (Note that titles are not included, as the persons are identified by their offices at the time of signing. ) The Treaty, which was created by Shishido Tora, is also shown below after signing. Note that the descriptions appear above the relative photograph.
The first to sign the Treaty was the King of Trimaris, Kurn O’Farrell of Ulster. The second picture shows the Triskele Herald, Posadnik Sasha Gregor’evich Vilanov, signing the Treaty. (My apologies as I was unable to capture the image of Queen Eridani Aureus signing the Treaty.)
The Queen of Ansteorra, Gwen verch Cynwrig de Ynys Mon signed for both herself and her King (Lochlan Dunn). Avery Shaw, Proxy to the Star Principal Herald, Andrewe Baldwyn, signing the Treaty.
The King and Queen of Atlantia, Amos and Ysabella. (My apologies as I was unable to capture the image of the Queen actually signing the Treaty.)
The Triton Herald, Gisela vom Kreuzbach, signing the Treaty.
The King of Caid, Sven Örfhendur and Quuen Cassandra Zoë Paganel, sign the Treaty.
The Crescent Principal Herald, Cormac Mor signs as the King of Æthelmearc looks on.
The Queens of Æthelmearc and Caid confer at the Treaty signing prior to Æthelmearc signing. The King of Æthelmearc, Maynard von dem Steine signs the Treaty for Æthelmearc.
The Queen of Æthelmearc, Liadain ni Dheirdre Chaomhanaigh, signing the Treaty.
Silver Buccle Herald, Kameshima Zentarou Umakai, signing the Treaty.
Signed Treaty of the Golden Lance and the artist and author of this article, Mistress Shishido Tora (Gozen). The original is maintained by Æthelmearc and the four signing Kingdoms each received a copy of the Treaty.
This article was originally published in the newsletter for the Kingdom of Æthelmearc, the Æstel.