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 Blackstone Raid XXIX, 23 April, Anno Societatis LVI, in the Barony of Blackstone Mountain. As recorded by Gwendolyn the Graceful, Brehyres, Meistr-y-gân, Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald, assisted by The Honorable Lady Kathryn MacLuing, Millrind Herald.
King Byron and Queen Ariella, accompanied by Cunedda Kell and Alanna of the Horseclans, Baron and Baroness of Blackstone Mountain, invited Their Cousins, Pietro Nicolo da San Tebaldo and Aurelia Rosetti, Barone and Baronessa of the Cleftlands, to join Them in Court.
Their Majesties then sent the kingdom’s youth in pursuit of toys from Lady Forevelth Dunde.
The Crowns welcomed those gentles attending their first Royal Court, whereupon Her Majesty presented them each with a coin of the reign.
Their Majesties gladly received words of friendship from Their Royal Cousins Midrealm, King Ullr and Queen Annalise, brought to Them by the Barone and Baronessa Cleftlands.
Understanding that Baron Ichijo Honen and Baroness Cerridwen de Skeine, having entered retirement, still had business to attend, Their Majesties invited Their Excellencies to join Their Court. Their Majesties then empowered Baron Ichijo and Baroness Cerridwen temporarily with the authority of Blackstone Mountain, and gave unto them and their successors, Baron Cunedda and Baroness Alanna, leave to perform the business of both of their courts.
At the conclusion of the Court(s) Baronial, Their Majesties received Master Hrolfr a Fjarfelli to announce the results of the Kingdom Arts and Sciences Faire. Master Hrolfr shared that the populace had voted for Baron Snorri skyti Bjarnarson and The Honorable Lady Astriðr Vigaskegg in equal measures. Their Majesties also announced that Lady Avitoria Vidua had earned the Queen’s Prize, and Lady Aurelie de la Rose had won the King’s Prize.
Their Majesties summoned Caulder Rustningsmannen before them. Praising his skills, especially in the fields of leatherwork, armoring, and fighting, They were moved to Award him Arms. Scroll by Lady Forveleth Dunde.
Their Majesties next requested that Master Morien MacBain present himself to the Court in his capacity as half of the Sylvan Bard dynamic duo. Master Morien entertained the populace with his pair of poems dedicated to His Majesty and Her Majesty, to great acclaim.
Next did the Crowns desire to speak with Biarna of Blackstone. Speaking with admiration for her scribal arts, They saw fit to name her to the nobility, and Award her Arms. Scroll by The Honorable Lady Eleanore Godwin.
Their Majesties brought Lugaid Ó Cellaigh before them to speak with him of his service. Noting that his quiet and constant effort was worthy of recognition, They were moved to Award him Arms. Scroll by Master Dagonell of Collingwood, the Juggler.
Following this, Their Majesties sought Lord Samuel of Great Oaks and Alexander O’Faolain. Their Majesties recounted again how the quick action, selflessness, and bravery of these two gentles, at the Tournament of the White Hart, saved the life of a child. For this singular act of courage and chivalry, Their Majesties bestowed upon each of them the Golden Escarbuncle.
Their Majesties next called forward Gnæus Iulius Celsus. Praising Celsus’ skills with thrown weapons, and the bow, They were well pleased to Award him Arms. Scroll by Baron Robaird O’Suillheabhain, known as Brother Bobby.
Hobbit of Blackstone was next brought into the Royal Presence.Their Majesties took note of his willingness to help at events, including setup and teardown. In recognition of these noble acts, They saw fit to Award him Arms. Promissory Scroll by Lady Murdia Drusilla Vellia Portia.
Their Majesties desired that Lorelei of Blackstone attend Them. In recognition of her remarkable artistic skills in one so young, They named her a Companion of the Order of the Silver Sycamore. Scroll forthcoming.
Her Majesty sought Richard the Black to recognize his dedication to fighting, in spite of the day’s heat, and name him her inspiration of the day.
Their Majesties invited all scribes who contributed to the Court that day to take a selection from the scribal “goodie basket” in gratitude for their skills and in hope that it will assist them in future creations. Their Majesties further thanked all who attended and made the day memorable.
There being no further business, Court was closed.
Gwendolyn the Graceful, Brehyres (OL)
Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald
Here begins the report of the Court of Gareth and Julianna, King and Queen of Æthelmearc, at Their Queen’s Rapier Championship in the Shire of Misty Highlands, 5 March AS 56, jorundr hinn rotinn, Silver Buccle Herald, reporting, with the assistance of Arias Beltran del Valle, Sigil Herald, and Alianora Bronhulle, Garnet Herald.
In the morning.
Their Majesties summoned THLady Adeliz Argenti to present herself before Them. They granted Master Sogtungui Bataar time in Their court to release Adeliz as his Protege. Their Majesties then summoned the Order of the Pelican to take Adeliz to Vigil so that she might contemplate her entry to that order.
In the afternoon.
Their Majesties called the youth of the Kingdom before Them, and bade them follow Baroness McKenna Henderson with the toy box that they might be entertained during court.
Their Majesties invited the newcomers to attend Them. They gifted the newcomers mugs made by the artisans of the Kingdom and welcomed them to the society.
Their Majesties summoned before Them the kingdom Mistress of the ListsBaroness Amelia Soteria, and Meestress Odriana vander Brugghe. They confirmed that it was still Baroness Soteria’s intention to step down after 5 years of service, and Meestress Odriana’s intent to take on that role. Their Majesties released Baroness Soteria and after hearing Meestress Odriana’s Oath of Service named her Æthelmearc’s Mistress of the Lists.
Baron Arias Beltran del Valle, the autocrat was allowed a moment in Their Majesties Court to thank his staff and the Shire of Misty Highlands for their assistance in making the event happen and being flexible through several changes of plan and dates. He wanted to especially thank Lady Birna the tollner for her help. He also wanted to make a special thank you to the site liaison, the high school custodian who was on site since 11 PM the night previous getting the site ready.
Their Majesties called before Them Her Majesty’s Queen’s Rapier Champion Master Lodovick of Grays Inn. They thanked him for his service, and presented him with a token to commemorate his time as Queen’s Rapier Champion. Her Majesty next called Don Markus Skalpr Grimsson to present himself. Don Markus had won the tournament this day, and his chivalry and courtesy greatly impressed Her Majesty, thus She named him Her Queen’s Rapier Champion. Scroll by Master Kieran MacRae. Her Majesty next called for Lord Matthais al-Thabbai, she presented Lord Matthais with a token as the runner up in Her tournament and for displaying great honor and grace on the field.
Their Majesties summoned Ian of Sharrow to present himself before Them. Ian has been improving his skills on both the fencing field and the heavy combat field, which impressed Their Majesties greatly, thus They Awarded him Arms. Scroll by Gesa von Wellenstein.
Their Majesties next inducted Lord Orn Thorinson into the Order of the Golden Alce in absentia for his skills in fencing and his work in spreading fencing in the Shire of Ballachlagan through Stab a Professor. Scroll by Gesa von Wellenstein.
Their Majesties next summoned the parents of Betty. Otherwise known as Baroness Adelyn Idesborn and Baron Christian Goldenlok. Baroness Adelyn is known for many things, among those are her service as event staff, feeding people, and creating largesse. For these and more they made her a Companion of the Keystone. scroll by Katherine Kiersey. Baron Christian is also known for doing service. He assists with set up and tear down of events, and he is consistently helping with retaining and guarding, including when he lived outside of Æthelmearc. For this he was also inducted into the Order of the Keystone. Owl scroll by Biarna of Blackstone Mountainm, words by Mistress Grainhe.
Their Majesties once again summoned Lord Matthais al-Thabbai. His skill with a rapier has grown much, and his service to the fencing community has made some large impacts. For this Their Majesties inducted him into the Order of the White Scarf. Scroll by Alianora Bronhulle with words by Cyrus Augur and Po Silvertop the Rogue.
Their Majesties called for Comtesse Elena d’Artois le Tailleur to present herself before Them. Her Majesty thanked Elena for volunteering to coordinate the marshals for the tournament, and named Comtesse Elena her inspiration for the day and awarded her a Golden Escarbuncle.
Their Majesties had further words for Comtesse Elena, and called before Them the Order of Defense to discuss Comtesse Elena’s skill in fencing and her service to the community. They presented Elena a writ of summons to contemplate entry into the Order of Defense to be answered at the Special Practice in the Debatable Lands on April 2. Scroll by Alianora Bronhulle with words by Po Silvertop the Rogue.
Their Majesties invited Baroness Aine and Baron Arias to air a grienvance that the two of them had. They had formerly served as the arms of Their Majesties when they last sat upon the Sylvan thrones, but it had been noted that Their Majesties had a new left arm. Their Majesties agreed that this situation had occurred and that all Their arms should be on equal footing. They thus demanded that Baroness Aine and Baron Arias bring before Them THLord Rhys of Miles End. Their Majesties noted how They were pleased by the work Rhys has done for Them, thus they named him a Baron of Their Court. Scroll by Nichola Beese.
THLady Adeliz Argenti was called into court that she might answer the question from her writ to the Order of the Pelican. Their Majesties confirmed that it was Adeliz’s intend to proceed, and heard words from Countess Alys Katharine, a Pelican from the Midrealm, Sir Arden Scott of Clan Scott, a member of the Order of the Chivalry, Viscountess Rosalinde Ashworth, a member of the Order of the Laurel, Duchess Dagmar Halvdan, a Royal Peer, Viscountess Judith of Kirtland, a Lady of the Garnet, and Viscount Bear the Wallsbane, a Jewel of Æthelmearc in support of Adeliz’s induction into the Order of the Pelican. Their Majesties heard these words and found it right to continue so They invested Adeliz with a hood, by the hand of Anastasie de Lamoure, the Ancestral Pelican Medallion of Æthelmearc, a personal medallion that she might keep, and Baroness Anna Eisenkopf presented a medallion that was passed through 3 other female Pelicans that lived and did service in the Midrealm. After hearing Adeliz’ oath of service they declared her a member of the Order of the Pelican and granted her the title Dame. Scroll by Nikolai Malkovitch.
Their Majesties invited all the scribes and wordsmiths who worked on the scrolls for this court to attend Them so that They could present tokens of appreciation in the form of Their Majesties’ reign coins.
Their Majesties thanked everyone for attending and thanked the staff for hosting the event and invited all to attend the events coming up leading to the Coronation of Their Heirs, as we all continue looking forward to a more normal summer.
The Report of the Ætherial Court of Their Sylvan Majesties Maynard and Liadain, King and Queen of Æthelmearc, Held for the Second Virtual Queen’s Prize Tourney on June 26 anno societatis 56, Brandubh O’Donnghaile, Jewel Herald.
Their Majesties opened the court and welcomed and thanked all for joining the court. They spoke of how much they were looking forward to the return of in person events, and reminded all present that the Final Edition of ÆLive would air on July 16th, and that the first live event would be the Saint Swithin’s Day event on July 10, followed by Crown Tournament in Misty Highlands on August 21.
The Kingdom Ministers of Arts and Sciences, Master Hrolfr and Mistress Elska A Fjarfelli were invited into Their Majesties’ Court to speak about the Virtual Queen’s Prize Tournament. They spoke that it had been such a joy to coordinate this online Arts and Sciences Faire to allow the artisans of Æthelmearc a venue to share their works and works in progress. They thanked Master Robert Ferness, the Arts and Sciences webminister, and Lady Magdalena Txoperena, Zoom Coordinator, for all of their support in making the tournament happen
They Encouraged everyone to visit the Æthelmearc Arts and Sciences website where all of the entries and documents are hosted. They thanked the entrants: Baron Caleb Reynolds, THLady Renata Rouge, THLady Cristina inghean Griogair, THLord Sasson de Sancta Victoria, THLady Beatrice de Winter, THLady Sophie Davenport, Forveleth Dunde, Lord Cassiano da Castello, Lord Claude Duvivier, and Lady Iladria Rosati for their hard work in preparing the projects. Masters Hrolfr and Elska then thanked all of the panelist judges for taking to to review all the entries and provide live feedback to all the entrants: Mistress Abigail Kelhoge, Mistress Alicia Langland, Mistress Chrestienne de Waterdene, Baron Edward Harbinger, THLady Eleanore Godwin, Mistress Elisabeth Johanna von Flossenburg, Mistress Elska a Fjarfelli, THLady Fede di Fiore, Master FRidirkr Tomasson, THLady Glenna Cholmondeley, Master Hrolfr a Fjarfelli, Baroness Juliana Rosalia Dolce Di SIena, Mistress Katja Davidova Orlova Khazarina, Master Madoc Arundel, Lady Meadbh ni Clerigh, Lady Magdalena Txoperena, THLady Maggie Rue, Baron Padraig O’Branduibh, Mistress Phiala O’Caellaigh, Master Robert of Ferness, Mistress Rowena ni Dhonnchaidh, Master Silvester Buchardt, Mistress Sthurrim Caithnes.
Their Majesties then summoned Baron Caleb Reynolds to Their Court and along with Ministers of Arts and Sciences, presented him with the prize for best documentation for his entry of Aqua Alexiteria: A Cure for the Plague. Scroll in progress based upon a text by her Majesty Liadain.
Her Majesty called forth THLady Sophie Davenport and presented her as the Queen’s Choice for her project of a Byzantine Binding Model Book. Scroll in progress based upon a text by her Majesty Liadain.
His Majesty called upon THLady Cristina inghean Ghriogair, and presented her with the King’s Token for her entry of an Embroidered Book Covers.
Their Majesties took a moment to mention the work of Forveleth Dunde who is a newcomer to the society and whose entry of a tablet woven bag strap was her first project ever to be submitted to a competition.
Kalen Karuson, known as Cricket, was called into Their Majesties’ court. Their Majesties expounded upon his skill in archery and thrown weapons and how upon both ranges he was always likely to be helping others improve their form. For this Their Majesties inducted him into the order of the Silver Alce. Scroll by the hands of Baroness Anastasie deLamoure.
Their Majesties summoned Roisin Duncan to join Their Court, and spoke of her fiber works with Kumihimo, which she describes herself as a cat playing with string. She has improved in her craft, seeking more complicated patterns, even creating new patterns of her own, and yet she is generous with her art and seeds the kingdom and baronial largess with her weavings, and so Their Majesties were pleased to Award her Arms. Scroll by Maitresse Elyse la Beef and Hatun Gulsah al-zakiyya, Text by Lord Lundardo Capriolo.
The Armiger Fuego of the Hael was inducted into the Order of the Golden Alce in absentia for their blossoming skill with rapier. They were Impressed with their dedication to continually improving their skill as they served as the Rhydderich Hael’s Rapier Champion. Words and image from the The Flower of Battle of Master Fiore Friulano de’i Liberi 1409 with some additions by Zofia Kowalewska
Their Majesties then took a moment to showcase the gorgeous new cushions that had been crafted for the Sylvan thrones by Lady Avitoria Vidua. In appreciation for her fine craftsmanship to secure the comfort of Their Majesties, They presented her with a Golden Escarbuncle in absentia.
Baron Friderich Swartzwalder was invited into the court and inducted into the Order of the Fleur d’Æthelmearc for his skills as an excellent and patient teacher of history and military history of Germany, and his skills at crafting silk banners. Their Majesties invited all companions of the Fleur to take a moment to find and greet Friderich to welcome him to the order. Scroll by Fredeburg von Katzenellenbogen based on Biblia pauperum, a block book c. 1470-80.
Her Majesty spoke of her deep appreciation for all of the artisans who entered the competition and called forth THLord Sasson de Sancta Vittoria and named him Her inspiration for the day and gave him a personal token for his efforts in researching and bringing together all of the various Viking motifs in order to create the Chivalry scroll for Sir Marek Viacheldrago.
Their Majesties thanked all of the scribes and medallion makers who contributed to Their court. They further thanked their staff of Their herald, Baron Brandubh O’Donnghaile, Baroness Amalie Reinhardt for running the technologies of the court, THLord Rouland of Willowbrooke for providing lighting for Their Majesties thrones, and all of Æthelmearc for signing on and joining the court. They then invited all present to stay and enjoy Æthel Chat after court.
The Report of the Æthereal Court of Their Sylvan Majesties Maynard and Liadain, King and Queen of Æthelmearc, held on the 1st day of May Anno Societatis 56, Baron Brandubh O’Donnghaile, Jewel Herald.
Their Majesties called for the Kingdom Webminister Baroness Amalie Reinhardt to attend them and also summoned Lord Dyryke Hastings. Their Majesties thanked Baroness Amalie for serving the past 5 years as Kingdom Webminister performing that role in an exemplary fashion. They then released Baroness Amalie and accepted Lord Dyryke Hastings’ Oath of Service as the new Kingdom Webminister of Æthelmearc.
Baroness Amalie Reinhardt was then invited back into court and she confirmed that she was willing to take the Office of Kingdom Historian. Their Majesties received her Oath of Service in this new role, and thanked Dame Hrefna Ulfvarinnsdottir for her service as previous Kingdom Historian.
Their Majesties invited Baron Tassin Tresseaul to enter Their Court and further invited Lord Ulf Bareleg to join him. Baron Tassin then presented a new chain of office for the brewing champion of Æthelmearc to Their Majesties that he had cast. Their Majesties greatly appreciated Baron Tassin’s artistry of having created this new regalia for the kingdom, and presented the chain of office to Lord Ulf as Kingdom Brewing Champion.
Their Majesties further thanked Baron Tassin Tresseaul for his service recognizing him as the new Kingdom Chamberlain as and thanking Duchess Siobhán inghean uí Liatháin for her service in this office.
Baron Jasper Longshanks was recognized with a Golden Escarbuncle for his continuing support of the scribes of Æthelmearc. Most recently Baron Jasper had created tokens for Their Majesties to recognize and thank the scribes for their contributions to Their Royal Courts.
Her Majesty then invited Duke Sven Gunnarson to join the Court. Her Majesty presented Duke Sven as Her Inspiration for his work in support of ÆLive gathering photographs from the kingdom and creating wonderful slideshows for each and every episode.
His Majesty then raised a glass in appreciation of the staff of ÆLive and their hard work entertaining and gathering the kingdom throughout the pandemic.
The Report of the Aethereal Coronation Court of Timothy and Gabrielle, King and Queen of Æthelmearc, and Their Heirs, Maynard and Liadian, held April 4th anno societatis 54, court conducted by THLady Sophie Davenport Silver Buccle, Baron Snorri skyti Bjarnarson Jewel, and Baron Brandubh O’Donghaile, Jewel.
Their Majesties Timothy and Gabriel welcomed all to their court.
The Heirs to the Sylvan Throne, Prince Maynard von dem Steine and Princess Liadain ni Dheirdre Chaomhanaigh, presented Their claim to the throne of Æthelmearc and thanked Timothy and Gabrielle for their stewardship of the Kingdom.
Master Illadore de Bedegrayne, Kingdom Seneschal, on behalf of her office and the Earl Marshal and the Ministress of the Lists, verified that law was followed, the tourney was legal, and that Maynard did win that tournament.
THLady Sophie Davenport, Silver Buccle Herald, verified that upon the
conclusion of that tournament, Their Majesties Timothy and Gabrielle did
open Their Court and promise the throne to Their Heirs Maynard and Liadain.
Their Majesties Timothy and Gabrielle satisfied by this testimony then set
to settling Their affairs. They released their Jewel Herald Baron Snorii skyti Bjarnarson. They released Their Retainers and Guards, thanking all
for service throughout the reign.
THLady Sophie Davenport, Silver Buccle, then released Baron Snorri Skyti
Bjarnarson from his oath of service as her Kingdom Deputy Jewel Herald.
His Majesty Timothy released Her Majesty Gabrielle and removed the crown from Her head, thanking Her for being His Queen. King Timothy then removed His crown and thanked Æthelmearc for its service and support.
Prince Maynard thanked Timothy and Gabrielle for Their service and swore to honor His predecessors and protect Æthelmearc and placed the crown upon His head. Princess Liadain spoke of looking forward to this reign, and
swore to stand with strength to uphold Æthelmearc and its people and was
crowned Queen. Together Their Majesties swore Their oath to Æthelmearc to uphold law, lead through this time of plague, provide positive leadership,
and look forward to the time we can gather again.
THLady Sophie Davenport, Silver Buccle Herald then read the lineage of the
Kings and Queens of Æthelmearc, and presented Maynard and Laidain — the 46th in the line of succession to the Throne of the Kingdom of Æthelmearc.
Their Majesties called for the Officers of the Kingdom of Æthelmearc and Master Illadore de Bedegrayne swore an oath of service in representation of the Great Officers of the Kingdom of Æthlemearc.
The Landed Nobility of Æthelmearc was called forth and Baron Brandubh
O’Donnghaile and Baroness Hilderun Hugelmann swore fealty for the
Baron-Marche of the Debatable Lands. Baron Eldjarn the Thoughtful and
Baroness Dugheasa inghen Dubgaill swore fealty for the Barony of
Thescorre. Baron Pagraig O’Branduibh and Baroness Juliana Rosalia Dolce di Sienna swore fealty for the Barony of Rhydderich Hael. Baron Ixak ben
Simone and Baroness Amalie Reinhardt swore fealty for the Barony of
Delftwood. Baron Ichijo Honen and Baroness Cerridwen de Skene swore fealty for the Barony of Blackstone Mountain. Baron Stefano de Verde and Baroness Fiona ingen ui Fhaolain swore fealty for the Barony of the Endless Hills. Baron Gunther Grunbaum and Baroness Rosheen O’Faye swore fealty for the Barony of Saint Swithins Bog.
Their Majesties called for the Peerage Orders of Æthelmearc and Sir Aengus MacBain swore the Fealty on behalf of the Order of the Chivalry. Duchess Dorinda Courtenay swore fealty on behalf of the order of the Pelican. Sir Ian Kennoven swore fealty on behalf of the order of the Laurel. Master Jacob of Dunmore swore fealty on behalf of the Order of Defense. Duke Sven Gunnarsson and Duchess Siobhan inghean ui Laithain swore fealty on behalf of the Royal Peers.
Their Majesties received all these oaths and promised to protect, support,
and defend Their officers, baronies, and peerage orders.
Maynard and Liadian announced that They will defer investing Their Royal
Household until such time as events can be held and the Kingdom can gather again.
Duke Timothy of Arindale and Duchess Gabrielle van Nijenrode were called into Their Majesties’ Court and thanked them for their service as King and Queen. Maynard and Liadain took this time to reconfirm their status as Duke and Duchess.
THLady Sophie Davenport, Silver Buccle, then called for Baron Brandubh O’Donnghaile. THLady Sophie Davenport then invested Baron Brandubh as her Deputy, Jewel Herald.
Baron Brandubh then swore an oath of fealty to the Kingdom of Æthelmearc, Their Majesties Maynard and Laidain, and Silver Buccle to serve as Jewel Herald.
Their Majesties Maynard and Liadain then thanked all who had attended their court, especially those from far away lands who would not have been able to physically attend Their Coronation. They thanked Baroness Amalie Reinhardt and THLady Sumayya al Gaziyah for their Æethereal Assistance, Master Illadore de Bedegrayne for her guidance as Kingdom Seneschale, Their parents Timothy and Gabrielle, Duchess Adrielle Kerrec of Ealdomere who fashioned Their Majesties clothing for Their Coronation, and the Kingdom Chamberlains Duke Sven Gunarsson and Siobhan inghean ui Laithain for arranging safe transport of the regalia to Their Majesties.
Their Majesties further wished to thank the hard working members of The Shire of Heronter and The Barony of Rhydderich Hael who had worked to put together the coronation event that was unfortunately cancelled, especially the stewards Duchess Dorinda Courtenay and Lord Chebe.
Special thanks to Baron Steffan ap Kennydd of the East for writing the
King Maynard and Queen Liadain then asked that Æthelmearc join them in
charging Their Glasses and salute the first responders, doctors, nurses,
medics firefighters, service providers, and essential personnel that allow
us to continue our lives.
Æthelmearc needs heirs, but Crown Tournament is postponed. Their Majesties promise to secure heirs as soon as their is a date that Æthelmearc can safely hold the tournament. As soon a date is determined, Their Majesties will announce revised deadlines for letters of intent to enter Crown.
Their Majesties were excited to announce that They will start an online
program to keep Æthelmearc’s presence alive, as the Kingdom has a Zoom
account. They invited the Kingdom Social Media Officer, THLady Sumayya al Gaziyah, to speak about the Zoom account, which is available to be used for all manner of activities. Individuals or groups may sign up for online
rooms for meetings, classes, and more.
Queen Liadain gave her token of Inspiration to all of the Kingdom of
Æthelmearc, as its people have inspired her through these changing times.
Their Majesties invited all to join Them as They Sit in State.
Being the Roving court report for Their Excellences Gunther and Rosheen at Kingdom 12 Night held in the Barony of St. Swithin’s Bog on January 11, 2020. Masonic Temple 130 Valley Pike, Johnstown PA 15905.Mistress AElfra Long chief Herald with Dame Vivienne Marie de Beauvais assisting.
So opens the court of Their Excellences Gunther and Rosheen.
Their Excellences found Master Quinn Kerr just where you would expect him to be and calling him forth. His Excellency Gunther having found there to be an egregious omission in the rolls of his order did induct him into the Order of St. Swithin’s for Service. Illumination by Sasson de Santca Victoria, words and calligraphy by Dame Vivienne Marie de Beauvais.
Next They did search out Lord Batista di Lupo Speranza who was taking a much needed break from troll. Having seen his work with the youth of Our Barony and his exceptional skill with the blade They were moved to induct him into Their Order of St. Swithin’s for Marshal Activities. Scroll (pyro scribing) by Lord Arvic Hyttoinen, words by Lady Elizabeth Rosamond, font creation for wood burning by Lady Ragnhilda Manadottir.
Finally tracking down THL Sasson de Santca Victoria They did deem him most worthy to be inducted into Their Order of St. Swithin’s for Arts and Sciences for his scribal works. Illumination by Lady Donatella de Fano, words by Mistress AElfra Long, calligraphy by Mistress Cynthia Loved of Tower.
With not further business, the Court of Their Excellencies Gunther and Rosheen was closed.
Being the Chronicle of the Courts of Timothy and Gabrielle, King and Queen of Sylvan Æthelmearc, held on the twenty-seventh and twenty-eighth days of September, AS 54 (2019), at Harvest Raid in the Shire of Heronter. Submitted by Lord Snorri skyti Bjarnarson, Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald, assisted by Baroness Ekaterina Volkova, and Mistress Gytha Oggsdottir, Silver Sycamore Herald.
During evening court [on Friday]:
Their Majesties, having been seated upon Their seats, bade the assembled populace to seek their comfort, then summoned to them Her Grace, Duchess Siobhán inghean uí Liatháin. They asked her if she had considered their invitation to join the Order of the Laurel, and Her Grace replied that she had indeed well-considered it, and wished wholeheartedly to proceed. Their Majesties then sent her off with the members of the Laurel there present to sit vigil.
Duchess Siobhan prepares to go on Vigil for the Laurel. Photo by Lady Isabetta Orsini.
There being no further business, court was suspended until such time as Their Majesties desired.
The next morning, His Majesty and many other gentles did assemble at the Estates of THL Cynwulf Rendell and THL Eleanore Godwin, and court was called to order by Baroness Ekaterina.
Upon resuming His Court, His Majesty Timothy thanked all those that were able make the journey so that the court and proceedings could happen.
His Majesty then called for THL Eleanore Godwin. His Majesty spoke of the dedicated work she has done for Barony and Kingdom in promoting the arts, producing scrolls and encouraging and making Archery and Thrown Weapons happen. For all this she was inducted into the Order of the Millrind. Scroll forthcoming.
His Majesty then addressed THL Cynwulf Rendell and thanked him for allowing the Court of Æthelmearc to come into his home. The Order of the Pelican was then called and asked if they agreed that this good man should join their ranks. The walls reverberated with affirmation and the King called for testimony of witnesses. Viscountess Susan of Foxmeadow, spoke for the Royal Peers and praised Rendell’s generosity, charity and open and welcoming nature. Ladies Simonetta d’Alfassi and Siobhan Readnait read the words of Belgraunde the Bladegatherer on behalf of the Populace. Mistress Cori Ghora spoke as Jewel of Æthelmearc and said how Rendell was a treasure to the entire Society. Baron Carolus Loke of Bae Blaidd Gwael read the words of Earl Yngvar the Dismal, Knight of the Society. Baroness Isolda filia Georgii read the words of Master Dorinda Courtenay, Master of Defense. Master Charles of Alden’s words on behalf of the Order of the Pelican were then shared to all.
Master Rendell and THLady Eleonore. Photo by Lord Mikus Magellus.
His Majesty, finding the actions right and proper then called for a medallion to be placed around Rendell’s neck. A cloak was then brought forth and the lineage of the cloak from Mistress Cori Ghora to Mistress Jenna MacPherson of the Lion’s Tower and to him. Next a Cap of Maintenance was presented. His Majesty then accepted Cynwulf Rendell’s oath and the scroll by THL Zofia Kowalewska was read proclaiming him to be the newest member of the Order of the Pelican.
There being no further business, the court of His Majesty was suspended.
That evening, after a day of passable weather, fine fellowship, fierce martial pursuits, sumptuous foods, and noble arts, Their Majesties did again call all gentles there present to attend Their court.
Their Majesties, having been seated upon their most noble throne Armando, and bidding the populace to seek their comfort, spoke to the populace about the excellence of the event, and the fineness of the Shire of Heronter. Having addressed the populace, They called for Fela Flußmüllnerin. They spoke warmly of her contributions to the Arts and Sciences of our Kingdom, notable in one so young of age, and awarded unto her a Silver Sycamore. Scroll by Lady Katharina of the Twin Moons, with text by Baroness Amalie Reinhardt.
Fela receives a Silver Sycamore. Photo by Lord Mikus magellus.
Next, they had summoned to Them Kai O Kennavain. Speaking admiringly of this young man’s impressive service at his young age to the Society, they awarded to him a Silver Buccle. Scroll by THL Sasson della Sancta Victoria with text by Lady Meg.
Kai receives a Silver Buccle. Photo by Lord Mikus.
The youth awards then being accomplished, Their Majesties called for all children present to approach the throne, and entrusted the care and distribution of the Kingdom toychest to their fifth and sixth heirs, Douglas of Arindale and Timothy the Younger. These fine boys, being old hands at this adventure, quickly decamped for the surrounding fields, followed shortly thereafter in mad chase by the assembled youths of the kingdom.
The children prepare to chase the toy box. Photo by Lord Mikus.
It was then Their Majesties’ pleasure to indulge in a bit of informal business.
Their Majesties first requested the presence of all in attendance who were at their first event. They bid them welcome, and gave them drinking vessels, so that they might find refreshment and fellowship that night.
The Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald, Lord Snorri skyti Bjarnarson, then summoned forth the Marshal in Charge of the previous evenings’ night shoot, Master Bowman Snorri skyti Bjarnarson, who was conveniently the same person. Master Bowman Snorri then spoke of the difficulty of the night shoot, and called forth Lord Bjarki Rikarðarson, the winner, and presented him with his personal token, cast by Lord Tassin Tresseul, on a silver chain to wear about his neck, that all might recognize his dubious prowess at nocturnal remote stabbing.
Lord Bjarki is recognized as winner of the night shoot. Photo by Lord Mikus.
As archery was the topic of interest at the moment, Their Majesties also had the Marshal in Charge of the day’s archery activities summoned, and Master Hrólfr á Fjárfelli came forward. He named Lord Robert of Haseltine the best crossbowman that day, and likewise gave the name of Lord Godfrey de Bayeux as the best handbowman.
Lord Robert and Lord Godfrey are recognized for their archery skills. Photos by Lord Mikus.
Lady Jane announces the A&S winners. Photo by Lord Mikus.
Their Majesties did then inquire about the Arts and Sciences display that was prominently placed in the upper hall, and Lady Jane Arden was summoned to explain the day’s happenings. Lady Jane explained that many and sundry items had been displayed for the inspection and enjoyment of both the populace and the Royalty, and that the populace had chosen two favorites: THL Robert of Furness’ tawed hat and shoes, and the Lady Nycaise D’Ozier la Tailleresse’ embroidered wool tunic. Their Majesties had also chosen a favorite, and that honor went to Viscountesss Eira av Attemark’s landschnekt inspired coif.
His Excellency Baron Caleb Reynolds did then beg a boon of Their Majesties for a moment of their time. He called up Lady Thalia Papillon, and took her in front of all assembled as his Protégé, admonishing all that her successes were her own, but that he would hear of her failures.
Master Caleb takes Lady Thalia as his protege.Photo by Lord Mikus.
Next Their Majesties called forth their Champion of Thrown Weapons, Lord Rikardr in blakki Bjarn, called Bear of House Sable Maul, and inquired if he had indeed run a tournament to determine his successor for Their reign. Lord Bear replied that, with the assistance of Master Antonio de Luna, he had run such a contest, and that a winner had emerged. The Honorable Lord Kumagaya Kentarou Masamoto of the Barony-Marche of Debatable Lands then was called forward. Lord Bear divested himself of the accoutrements of the Kingdom Thrown Weapons Champion, presented them to His Lordship Kuma, and attempted to retire to take his rest. Her Majesty Gabrielle, having been impressed with the difficulty and imagination of Lord Bear’s targets, bade him stay a moment longer. Her Royal Majesty, being moved to name him Her Inspiration that day, then awarded him a Golden Escarbuncle.
THLord Kuma is named Thrown Weapons Champion, while Lord Bear receives a Golden Escarbuncle. Photo by Lord Mikus.
The informal business of the court thus dispensed with, Their Majesties had summoned to them Broddr Refsson. Having heard of his knifemaking skill and recruitment efforts, they were moved to Award him Arms, accompanied by a lovely scroll from Lady Aurelia Argenta Prima.
Broddr receives an AoA. Photo by Lord Mikus.
After that, Their Majesties called for Guy of Heronter, words having reached their ears of his prowess at both fencing and service, he was Awarded Arms from their hands, with a gorgeous scroll from Lady Magdelena Txoperena.
Guy receives an AoA. Photo by Lord Mikus.
Next Wentliana verch Meuric was bade approach the throne, which she did, quite fittingly, from behind it, where she was acting as retainer to Her Majesty. Having long been impressed by her steadfast service from a very young age, and as she was now approaching her majority, Their Majesties were wont to Award her Arms. Beautiful scroll by THL Zofia Kowalewska.
Wentliana receives an AoA. Photo by Lord Mikus.
Their Majesties then called forth Lady Jane Arden. They spoke of how it was fitting that They had already seen her once that evening regarding Arts and Sciences activities, because word had come to Them of her accomplishments in that area, and they had now seen proof. Therefore, They wished to enter this lady’s name into the rolls of the Order of the Sycamore, with a fabulous scroll by Duke Marcus Eisenwald.
Lady Jane receives a Sycamore. Photo by Lord Mikus.
The next order of business Their Majesties’ had was with Lady Sarah Ballangee, who was called to Them. Words were spoken of her steadfast helpfulness for over a decade, and so Their Majesties were moved to award her the honors and accolades of the Order of the Keystone. The particularly fine scroll was by THL Vivienne of Yardley.
Lady Sarah receives a Keystone. Photo by Lord Mikus.
The Viscountess Eira av Attemark was then asked to approach, and Their Majesties spoke of her constant service in the Shire of Heronter, at demos, sewing for others, hosting arts and sciences days, and cleaning up after events. For all this service They were compelled to add her to the Order of the Keystone, and a striking scroll by THL Gesa von Wellensten was given in token.
Viscountess Eira receives a Keystone. Photo by Lord Mikus.
After the cheers had died down, Lady Meg MacNeil was called. Their Majesties spoke of her prowess in tournaments and melees, and of her willingness to travel to fight. For all of this, she was inducted in to the Order of the Golden Alce, with a beautiful scroll by the hand of Lady Murdia Drusilla Vettia Portia.
Lady Meg receives a Golden Alce. Photo by Lord Mikus.
With smiles, Their Majesties then bade their Herald summon to them Duke Maynard von dem Steine. While His Grace is well-known far and wide for his puissance as a jockey of lengthy rattan, his many forays into the world of the arts were less well known – a deficiency now hopefully rectified. An exquisite scroll by Duke Marcus Eisenwald spoke of His Grace Maynard’s efforts at the minting of coins, the learning of 14th century deeds of arms, brewing, and many other aspects of craft. For these things, and many more, Their Majesties saw fit to induct him into the Order of the Sycamore.
Duke Maynard receives a Sycamore. Photo by Lord Mikus.
Following after, Their Majesties had summoned Lady Siobhan Readnait, the red of her face nearly matching that of her hair. They noted her service as an Archery Marshal, retainer, guard, in kitchens, and in the Sisterhood of Bellona. For all this, and more, they inducted her into the Order of the Keystone with a scroll bearing words from Baroness Mistress Juliana Ortolono.
Lady Siobhan receives a Keystone. Photo by Lord Mikus.
Next, Mistress Elska á Fjárfelli was called forward. Having already achieved a peerage in her discipline, the Arts and Sciences, Mistress Elska appeared quite confused as to why she had been summoned – and told Their Majesties so. They kindly enlightened her: she had been called to be added to the Order of the Keystone, for her many years of work on Royal Garb projects and service teaching at events made her eminently worthy of that honor. In token of this she was given a scroll made by the hand of Baroness Ekaterina Volkova.
Mistress Elska receives a Keystone. Photo by Lord Mikus.
Their Majesties, now wishing to indulge in a bit of theatrics, had summoned before them Their Most Noble Order of the Millrind. Once assembled, Their Majesties had Sir Ian Kennoven called into court, to much applause. They spoke of his longstanding service in the kingdom’s kitchens, and placed him firmly amongst the rest of his new Order with a scroll from Baroness Amalie Reinhardt. They then called for Baroness Slaine an Einigh, to even more applause, spoke of her long-term service as a water bearer – and many other acts of service – and added her to the assembled Order with a scroll from Vonda of Finnland. Finally, they called for Noble Rhys Penbras ap Daffyd – to thunderous applause – and spoke of his work as Kingdom Exchequer, as well as many other things, and duly added them as well to the Order with a scroll from the prolific Baroness Ekaterina Volkova. Their Majesties then sent the Millrinds to the back of the hall, there to render hearty congratulations to their new brothers and sisters.
Master Ian, Baroness Slaine, and Noble Rhys are inducted into the Millrind. Photo by Lord Mikus.
After the front of the dais had been cleared of celebratory Millrinds, Their Majesties called to them Baron Rhiannon Elandris. They spoke glowingly of his work in the arts and sciences over the years, saying that His Excellency’s work was so striking that it was instantly recognizable as his own. For this, they were moved to add his name to the Order of the Fleur d’Æthelmearc, with a handsome scroll from THL Gesa von Wellenstein. This having been done, and vivats rendered with enthusiasm by all assembled, His Excellency turned to leave – only to be further detained by King Timothy. His Majesty then nodded to His Herald, who called for the assemblage of the Most Noble Order of the Pelican. He asked them if it was still their will to add this noble to their Order, and they replied in the affirmative, and so a Writ to contemplate elevation was read for Baron Rhiannon, speaking of his decades of service to the Rhydderich Hael, and the Kingdom’s equestrian community, and there was much rejoicing.
Baron Rhiannon receives a Fleur and a Writ for the Pelican. Photo by Lord Mikus.
In due time, there was again an empty space in front of Their most noble throne, Armando, which begged to be filled. Their Majesties again called for Her Grace, DuchessSiobhán inghean uí Liatháin. Her Grace entered the court with much pomp and circumstance, preceded by drum and horn, and many worthy nobles, and beautiful ladies wearing clothing of Her Grace’s own make, and followed by guards from Ætt Skyti, well-armed and red-shielded, and other nobles with banners aflutter. His Majesty Timothy asked Her Grace if she had completed her vigil, and wished to proceed. The answer being yes, the Most Noble Order of the Laurel was then called for. Asking them if they still wished this lady to join their ranks, He was met with a resounding yes, and so then called for testimony from the Peers of the Realm as to her worthiness.
Duke Matthew Blackleaf spoke of her fine service and arts for the Order of the Pelican, then Duchess Dorinda Courtenay spoke of Duchess Siobhan’s fine qualities in the eyes of the Order of Defense. Duke Sven Gunnarson spoke glowing words from the Chivalry, then Duchess Cassandra Zoe Paganel’s words were heard speaking as a Royal Peer. Duchess Líadain ní Dheirdre Chaomhánaigh spoke as Jewel of Æthelmearc of the excellence of the lady, and then the words of three Masters of the Laurel were heard, each attesting to the scholarship, skill, and joy of the lady: Meisterin Felicitas Flußmüllnerin, Mistress Katheryn Hebenstreitz, and Mistress Joutsenjärven Sahra.
Once all these words had been heard, a medallion was called for, to mark her station. One made by his own hand was presented by Duke EikBrandr Solgyafi, OL, and placed around Her Grace’s neck by him at King Timothy’s invitation. A Norse covering was called for, to warm her shoulders, and was placed upon her by Meisterin Felicitas and Lady Katelyn of Nordmark. A golden wreath was placed upon her brow to proclaim her triumph, along with a kiss, by His Grace Sven. Finally, the Ancestral Pastry was presented, in its Ark, by Mistress Gail, to be kept and held by her in safety and reverence until it is called for again.
At that time, King Timothy drew forth the Sword of State, and along with Queen Gabrielle, laid hands upon its hilts, as did Her Grace Siobhan, and she spake this oath:
“I will, to my utmost power, stand against all wrongdoing, and uphold peace and justice. I will clothe fatherless and motherless children, virgins, widows, and poor people alike, and make them Finnish fabulous to the best of my ability; and likewise will I be a staunch and loyal supporter of my Crown and Kingdom, and rightly and honorably hold and exercise my mastership, for the honour to the Realm, this I swear, so say I, Siobhán inghean uí Liatháin.”
The Crown accepted her oath, and gave her one in return of support and friendship, and helped her to her feet. A scroll from the Scribes of Drachenwald was read, in the form of a carven wooden tablet, one side adorned with Finnish runes, read by His Grace Sven, the other side a translation of the first adorned with rune-shaped English letters, and devilishly hard to decipher, read with reasonable success by the Jewel Herald, without advantage of a typed crib sheet.
The assembled populace then gave three hearty vivats for Her Grace, Mistress Shanaynay, and the Laurels there led their new member to the back of the hall, there to give congratulations.
Duchess Siobhan is inducted into the Order of the Laurel. Photo by Lord Mikus.
Finally, Their Majesties called up all scribes there present who had contributed a scroll to the day’s courts, and each was given a token of appreciation from Their hands. Engaging in a bit of Royal subterfuge, they caught hold of The Honorable Lady Zosia Kowalewska as she made to depart, and bade her bide a moment more. They then called for Their Most Noble Order of the Pelican. After verifying that it was still the will of this Order to take her ladyship into their ranks, Their Majesties presented her with a Writ to Contemplate Elevation to this order.
THLady Zosia receives a Writ for the Order of the Pelican. Photo by Lord Mikus.
There being no further business, court was closed.
Lord Snorri skyti Bjarnarson
Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald
Here begins the Chronicles of the Courts of the Fourth Reign of Timothy and Gabrielle, King and Queen of Sylvan Æthelmearc, held on the twenty-first day of September, AS 54 (2019), at Their Coronation in the Shire of Angel’s Keep. Submitted by Lord Snorri skyti Bjarnarson, Jewel Herald of Æthelmearc.
During morning court:
Their Majesties first invited the assembled populace to seek their comfort, then summoned to them Lord Snorri skyti Bjarnarson, desiring him to become their Voice [Jewel Herald]. After Lord Snorri’s acceptance, oaths of fealty and duty were duly sworn.
Lord Snorri swears fealty as Jewel Herald. Photo by Baron Steffan Wolfgang von Ravensburg.
Their Majesties then summoned Their Reign Coordinator, Baroness Elena de la Palma, followed by their Captain of the Queen’s Guard, Lord Jakob Krahe, their Head Retainer, THL Antoinette de Lorraine, and their Chamberlain, Lord Tassin Tresseul. Each of these dutifully swore good and proper oaths of service and discretion, as did their assembled staffs, and took their positions about the hall.
Baroness Elena is named Reign Coordinator. Photo by Baron Steffan.
The Great Officers of the Sylvan Kingdom there present then attended Their Majesties where they swore their oaths to serve the Kingdom….
The Great Officers swear fealty. Photo by Baron Steffan.
…followed by the gathered Landed Barons in attendance, each in turn according to precedence: Baron Brandubh Ó Donnghaile and Baroness Hilderun Hügelmann of the Barony-Marche of Debatable Lands, Baron Eldjarn the Thoughtful and Baroness Dubheasa inghen Dubgaill of the Barony of Thescorre, Baron Padraig O’Branduibh and Baroness Juliana Rosalia Dolce da Siena of the Barony of Rhydderich Hael, Baron Ixac ben Simone and Baroness Amalie Reinhardt of the Barony of Delftwood, Baron Ichijo Honen and Baroness Cerridwen de Skene of the Barony of Blackstone Mountain, and Baron Stefan Luftskyn and Baroness Fiona the Prepared of the Barony of Endless Hills.
The landed Barons swear fealty. Photo by Baron Steffan.
The Royal Peers then present were summoned forward, led by their ranking member, Duke Marcus Eisenwald, who promised to forego any armed rebellion for the duration of Their Majesties’ reign. His Majesty Timothy, wishing to speed them along their way to their long travels ahead, then requested that Their Excellencies, Count Gareth Kincade and Countess Juliana Delamere, remain a moment more. He spoke admiringly of the great service these two gentles had just done the kingdom and confirmed their new stations as a Duke and Duchess of Æthelmearc. Shining ducal coronets made by Duke Gareth’s hand were then placed upon their heads, Duke Gareth’s by King Timothy, and Duchess Juliana’s by Duke Gareth. Scrolls by THL Shirin of Susa and THL Phelippe Ulfsdotter.
The Royal Peers swear fealty, and Gareth and Juliana are invested as Duke and Duchess. Photo by Baron Steffan.
Mention of an Augmentation of Arms was also made by His Majesty, but in His haste to speed Their Graces along their path, His Majesty rolled right past actually having that honor read into the record. Fear not, gentle readers – fortunately, His trusty Jewel Herald made note of the omission, and it was rectified some minutes later.
The Royal Peers were followed by the Most Noble Orders of the Chivalry, Laurel, Pelican and Defense, each order duly swearing suitable oaths.
The peerage orders swear fealty. Photo by Baron Steffan.
The Order of the White Scarf then appeared before Their Majesties, and asked Her Majesty to bear their token, and swore to defend her at all costs. Her Majesty, having had this Noble Order’s service several times before, had with her a favorite white scarf token, which was ceremonially tied upon the left arm of Her person.
At this point, the Jewel Herald gently reminded Their Majesties that to actually award the Augmentation of Arms to Their Graces Gareth and Juliana, the scroll would need to be read in court. Fortunately, such is the courtesy of Their Graces that they had not yet departed to take their rest in their lands in the far southern reaches, and they were able to be called back into court again, where their arms were duly Augmented with the addition of a demi-escarbuncle. The double scroll for this is a work in progress by Baroness Mistress Graidhne ni Ruaidh.
Duke Gareth and Duchess Juliana receive Augmentations of Arms. Photo by Baron Steffan.
Finally, the kingdom’s Moneyers’ Guild begged a moment of their Majesties’ time in court, and Earl Thomas Byron of Haverford approached the throne and showed Their Majesties a sample of the coins the guild would be minting for Their reign.
Earl Byron explains the Moneyers’ Guild coins for the reign of Timothy and Gabrielle. Photo by Baron Steffan.
There being no further business, court was suspended until such time as Their Majesties desired.
That evening, after a day of fine tournaments, excellent food, good company, and lovely arts, Their Majesties did again call all gentles there present to attend Their court. Their Majesties first called for Lord Dyryke Hastings, to tell Them of the Youth Tournaments held that day. Lord Dyryke confirmed that, indeed, the youth heavy fighters of the kingdom had vied honorably in tournaments, each according to their Division, and that three winners had emerged: Armbjorn Lodenhodi in Division One, Simon a Fjarfelli in Division Two, and Cormac mac Conchobar in Division Three. Each of these was made Their Majesties’ Youth Champion for their respective divisions and given identical scrolls to appoint them as such, by Vonda of Finndale.
Their Majesties recognize Their Youth Champions. Photo by Baron Steffan.
Next, Their Majesties bade all children present to approach the throne and called for Douglas of Arindale to be the ceremonial sacrifice. After young Douglas was given an adequate head start with the kingdom’s toybox, the hounds were loosed, and the children of the kingdom did give merry chase.
Douglas prepares to run with the toy chest. Photo by Baron Steffan.
It was then Their Majesties’ pleasure to indulge in a bit of informal business. Lady Meggie Gormley and Bruce MacNayre were summoned, and given good wishes for their birthdays, and roundly cheered by all present.
Their Majesties then bade Lady Annika Iosafova come forward to speak of the day’s Largesse Derby. The Lady spoke glowingly of all the gifts received that day, but indicated that a winner had been chosen, and so Baroness Edana the Red was summoned. Her Majesty Queen Gabrielle did then name Her Inspiration, and award unto her a Golden Escarbuncle in token of her fine work on that day.
Baroness Edana receives a Golden Escarbuncle as winner of the Largess Derby. Photo by Baron Steffan.
Next, King Timothy did express an interest in hearing about the Heavy Weapons tournament held earlier. Said tournament was won by one Duke Dietrich von Stroeheim, who was regrettably unable to remain at the event, and the King did make him Their Majesties’ Heavy Weapons Champion for their reign with a scroll by
the Scribes of Æthelmearc.
Duke Dietrich’s scroll as Kingdom Heavy Weapons Champion. Photo by Baron Steffan.
At that time did Their Majesties summon to them Lady Magdelena Txoperena. His Majesty spoke of how this Lady had previously been inducted into the Order of the Keystone in absentia, but that the scroll and medallion had been lost to hazard or misfortune before reaching her hands. Their Majesties wished to now rectify what part of that they could, and so affirmed Lady Magdelena’s place in the Order with a new
Lady Magdelena receives her Keystone scroll and medallion. Photo by Baron Steffan.
Maximus of Nithgaard was then summoned into court, and Their Majesties spoke of the fine start he had made in the Society, and so did Award him Arms, with a scroll by Duke Marcus Eisenwald, former Signet Herald of the Kingdom of Drachenwald.
Maximus receives an AoA. Photo by Baron Steffan.
Next, Hannah of Hunter’s Home was called before the throne. Their Majesties spoke of her many fine qualities, particularly her remarkable art for one so young in age, and deemed it appropriate, as she is approaching her age of majority, to then Award her Arms, with a scroll by THL Vivienne of Yardley.
Hannah receives an AoA. Photo by Baron Steffan.
Lord Donnchadh Ruadh mac Griogair was bade approach the throne. His Majesty spoke admiringly of his drive and perseverance in the fencing lists. Master Raev Halle was then summoned into court to speak words of admiration for his cadet, and provide a medallion, as Their Majesties inducted Lord Donnchadh into the Order of the Golden Alce. Scroll by Lady Eilionora inghean an Bhair.
Lord Donnchadh receives a Golden Alce. Photo by Baron Steffan.
Spying her across the field, Their Majesties then bade their Herald loudly summon Lady Tangwystyl verch Gwyn from her merchant’s tent. The Lady, clad in her undergarments, quickly donned a shift and scampered into court. Their Majesties then spoke of her skill at research and construction of period undergarments and saw fit to enter her name into the rolls of the Order of the Sycamore. Scroll by THL Máirghréad Stíobhard inghean uí Choinne.
Lady Tangwystyl receives a Sycamore. Photo by Baron Steffan.
At that time did Their Majesties demand that Lord Bjarki Rikarðarson present himself to their court. His Majesty lauded him for his efforts to present a period appearance while engaging in martial activities, and stated that he has great respect for anyone who deliberately chooses equipment that imparts a disadvantage in performance to advance the dream. Lord Bjarki’s martial accomplishments have made Their Majesties deem him worthy of induction in to the Order of the Golden Stirrup. Scroll by Lady Gemina of Krull, with words by Mistress Gwendolyn the Graceful.
Lord Bjarki receives a Golden Stirrup. Photo by Baron Steffan.
Her Majesty Queen Gabrielle then desired words with a Lady she admitted to being most admiring of, THL Svana in Kyrra, and so The Honorable Lady was requested to attend Her Majesty. The Queen spoke of THL Svana’s continued commitment to our dream, whether it be cooking another dayboard, or creating a lovely knit, or other fiber arts item, and particularly admired her commitment to perfect garb while doing so, and was so moved as to award her the Æthelmearc Award of Excellence, and gave to THL Svana a token from her own hand, and there was much cheering.
THLady Svana receives an Award of Excellence. Photo by Baron Steffan.
In due time Lady Therasa du Domremy was summoned before the Sylvan throne. His Majesty noted her skill in millinery, pointing to the Cap of Maintenance resting atop His Royal head at that very moment. Deeming her work and efforts remarkable, Their Majesties summoned to the throne their Noble Order of the Fleur d’Æthelmearc, and so Lady Therasa is now styled The Honorable Lady Therasa du Domremy after being written in their rolls. The scroll is a work in progress by Baroness Mistress Graidhne ni Ruaidh.
Lady Therasa receives a Fleur. Photo by Baron Steffan.
Finally, Their Majesties called up all scribes there present who had contributed a scroll to the day’s courts, and each was given a token of appreciation from Their hands.
Engaging in a bit of Royal subterfuge, they caught hold of The Honorable Lady Máirghréad Stíobhard inghean uí Choinne as she made to depart, and bade her bide a moment more. They then called for Their Most Noble Order of the Pelican. After verifying that it was still the will of this Order to take her ladyship into their ranks, Their Majesties presented her with a Writ to Contemplate Elevation to this order.
THLady Máirghréad receives a Writ for the Pelican. Photo by Baron Steffan.
There being no further business, court was closed.
Lord Snorri skyti Bjarnarson
Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald
Report of the Court of Their Majesties, Gareth and Juliana, Sylvan King and Queen of AEthelmearc, at A Kingdom for A Horse, on June 29, AS 54.
Their Majesties opened Court an hour earlier than scheduled, to the delight of many.
The children present were invited before Their Majesties, as was Lord Olaf with the ever-popular toychest. The children waited (im)patiently for Olaf to get a head start with the toychest before their quest for the goodies within began.
Those gentles for whom either this event, or the previous royal progress event, was the first royal court they’d attended were invited forward by Their Majesties to be recognized, thanked, and given a hand made ceramic mug in appreciation for their attendance.
Newcomers to the SCA receive mugs from Their Majesties.
Their Majesties called the day’s autocrat, Lady Gesa von Wellenstein, to recall the days challenges and victors. Their Majesties next called in their previous equestrian champion, Mistress Gozen, to announce the winner of the Kingdom Equestrian tournament. Fiona Cormack was invited forward and announced the victor in the day’s challenges.
Riders are called before Their Majesties, and Fiona is named the winner of the games.
Because of weather concerns and responsibilities with the horses, Their Majesties called back Lady Gesa to praise her for today’s efforts and her continued service and leadership in the equestrian community. Their Majesties then called the Order of the Golden Lance to come forward, and inducted Gesa into the order.
Lady Gesa is inducted into the Golden Lance.
Next, Their Majesties called Lord Meinulfr Grimmson before them. They have noticed his skill on the thrown weapons range and his work in the thrown weapons community. His tenures as BMDL and Kingdom thrown weapons champion moved them to award him a Golden Alce. Scroll by Isabella Montoya.
Lord Meinulfr receives a Golden Alce.
Their Majesties then called Lord Alistair MacLeod to come before them, who is now going by the name Skjoldr Bjorn. His service to the kingdom has been duly noted and appreciated, as a voice herald, marshal for heavy weapons and archery, and he assists at the gate at many events, so Their Majesties awarded him a Keystone. Scroll by Isabella Montoya.
Lord Skjoldr receives a Keystone.
Tierrany Rose Orre was next called into court and Their Majesties spoke of her service as largess coordinator for the BMDL, and serving the BMDL populace camp at Pennsic. They were so moved to award her Arms. Scroll by Mistress Luceta and Nickolai Voronovich.
Tierrany Rose receives an AoA.
Their Majesties requested the presence of Lady Aurelia Argentia Prima. They noted her work with the Moneyers Guild- she researches, designs, and carves dies for making period coins that have been becoming more common all across the kingdom. She also takes time to teach others in the making of silver chains. In recognition of her skills she was awarded a Sycamore. Scroll, by Mistress Graidhne ni Ruaidh, is a work in progress.
Lady Aurelia receives a Sycamore.
Next Their Majesties called Lord Brahen Lapidario before them, and also lauded his efforts with the Moneyers Guild, seeing how he and his wife Aurelia have been working together. Brahen was also awarded a Sycamore, which is also a work in progress by Mistress Graidhne.
Lord Brahen receives a Sycamore.
Lord Ronan O’Connal was called from behind the dais of Their Excellencies of the Debatable Lands to come before Their Majesties. He serves in heralding court for both the BMDL and the kingdom, and recently has taken the position of sycamore herald. He is also an archery marshal. Thus Their Majesties awarded him a Keystone. Scroll by Baroness Shirin al-Sussiyya.
Lord Ronan receives a Keystone.
Their Majesties called Lord Duncan MacCoulagh to come before them. His prowess in thrown weapons was noted, having been BMDL thrown weapons champion and on the Pennsic 47 Thrown Weapons team, and was awarded a Golden Alce. Scroll by Baroness Shirin.
Next, Their Majesties invited Sile inghean Chein before them. She has been noticed on the archery and thrown weapons ranges, involved with equestrian activities, seen retaining, and on the field as water bearer. This pleases Their Majesties greatly and so she was awarded Arms. Scroll by Aurelia Argentia Prima.
Sile receives an AoA.
Their Majesties brought before them THL Margery Kent of York. Her longtime service to her kingdom was lauded, as was her welcoming attitude to all around her, especially with newcomers to our society, and especially while working at troll. For these acts, Margaret was presented an Award of Excellence.
THLady Margery receives the Order of Excellence.
Their Majesties then asked Gesa von Wellenstein to come forward once more so as to be recognized as Queen’s Equestrian Champion. Mistress Gozen was also called forward to be named as King’s Champion.
THLady Gesa is named Queen’s Equestrian Champion.
THLady Gesa is named Queen’s Champion, Mistress Gozen is named King’s Equestrian Champion.
Their Majesties next asked all those who served as grounds crew and riders to stand and be recognized for their participation and help in making the day a glorious one.
Their Majesties wished all scribes and wordsmiths to stand and be recognized for contributing to the beautiful scrolls that were awarded that day.
Her Majesty wished to recognize Her Ladyship Gesa and Lord Nohaaj as Queen’s inspirations for the day.
There being no further business, the Court of Their Majesties was closed.
Here continues the Record of the Second Reign of Gareth and Juliana, King and Queen of Sylvan Æthelmearc at The Great Pennsic War ; as recorded by THL Arias Beltran del Valle, Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald, with the assistance of Mistress Gytha Oggsdottir, Mistress Ekaterina Volkova, Mistress Gwendolyn the Graceful, Master Robert O’Connor, Master Fridrikr Tomasson, THL Zofia Kowalewska, Ice Dragon Pursuivant, Lord Snorri skyti Bjarnarson, Lord Pavel Dudoladov, Lord Robeke von Heidelberg, Lord Ronan O’Conall, Lady Nichola Beese, and Lord Tigernán MacFlainn UíFáeláin.
In the evening of August 2nd, at the Camp of House Three Swans:
The Court of Their Majesties opened at the Camp of House Three Swans. The household’s hospitality was known well by Their Majesties, as they had stepped up to assist at the Royalty Welcome Party this year at War. But further, for many years now, the House had served the populace in other fashions, from supporting events and fighters in Their Barony of Thescorre to lighting the torches illuminating the Causeway at Pennsic. For the long history of service provided did Their Majesties induct House Three Swans into Their Order of the Keystone. Scroll by Lady Sebastienne la Rousse.
On the morning of August 3rd, upon the fencing field:
Their Majesties called for the presence of Don Po Silvertop. Having been given a writ to consider elevation to Their Most Noble Order of Defense, Their Majesties asked Don Po if that were still his wish. Having confirmed such, Master Benedict Fergus atte Mede released Don Po from his oath to his Excellency. Then did Don Po offer his sword to Her Majesty, until such a time as She deemed him worthy to use it in Her defense. Don Po was then sent from Their presence to play the prize as he considered that honor.
Don Po is sent to vigil for the Order of Defense. Photo by Baron Steffan Wolfgang von Ravensburg.
Later that evening, upon the same field:
Their Majesties returned to the field once again where, having spent the day playing the prize and hearing counsel, Their Majesties then asked for counsel from the Peers of Their Kingdom as to his worthiness. His Excellency Stefan of the Endless Hills spoke as a member of the populace, Sir Murdoch Bayne spoke for himself and Count Andreas Morgan as knights, Mistress Illadore de Bedegrayne spoke as a Companion of the Laurel, and Mistress Gabrielle de Winter followed as a Pelican. Countess Caryll brought words from both herself and Countess Kalista Morgunova. Finally did Baron Fergus speak as a Master of Defense.
Having heard that testimony, Their Majesties deemed Don Po worthy indeed of inclusion into the Most Noble Order of Defense, and so was he invested with signs of his new station, including a sword hanger, a cloak, and three collars to represent his station, the ancestral collar of the kingdom, a lineage collar passed to him, and a personal collar for his use. Finally did Her Majesty return to Po the sword he had earlier surrendered to Her, and bid him use it in defense of the Sylvan lands. Then was he created Master Po, a companion of the Order of Defense. Scroll Calligraphy and Illumination by Alianora Bronhulle, words by Jehan le Blanc
Don Po is elevated to the Order of Defense. Photo courtesy of Master Po.
On August 4th, in the court of Their Excellencies of the Debatable Lands, Brandubh and Hilderun:
Lady Fede di Fiore was called to appear before Their Majesties. Her work with fabrics had been made known to Their Majesties, but for more than her skill. Lady Fede had been known for the largesse she provides, helping to clothe Their Majesties, and sharing her knowledge of needlework and the making or garb with those who are interested. For this valued work was she added to the Order of the Keystone. Scroll by Lady Eilionora inghean an Bhaird.
Their Majesties summoned before them Lord Cassiano d’Ovunque. As his lady before him had been known for her work with clothing, Lord Cass was known to many for his skilled creation of brews, especially krupniks, to be enjoyed while making merry. Their will, therefore, was to credit him for this work, and so did They add him to Their Order of the Sycamore. Scroll by Baroness Ismay Ponde.
Lady Fede and Lord Cassiano receive their Keystone and Sycamore. Photo by Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope.
Baroness Kelda Jurgenstochter was summoned next to appear before Their Majesties. She had been asked to pick a time to sit vigil to contemplate inclusion into Their Most Noble Order of the Pelican. Having confirmed it was her desire to do so this day, Their Majesties called for that Order to bear her away to the place prepared for her to do so.
Baroness Kelda is sent to vigil for the Pelican, Photo by Baron Steffan Wolfgang von Ravensburg.
His Lordship Hrolf a Fjarfelli was called to appear. Their Majesties had also bid him to sit vigil to contemplate elevation, but this time to Their Most Noble Order of the Laurel. He confirmed his desire to do so as well, and so was that order invited to Their presence to bear him away to the place where he would sit in contemplation.
THLord Hrolfr is sent to vigil for the Laurel. Photo by Arianna.
On August 5th, under the Battlefield Pavilion after the heavy field battles.
Their Majesties called for Lord Titus Marius Caninus to present himself before them. For eight years had Titus been a constant presence in the Sylvan Army, despite the great distances he crossed to do so. His service in the ranks had been both faithful and skilled, and so did They add him to Their Order of the Golden Alce. Scroll by Lady Simonetta d’Alfassi.
Lord Titus receives a Golden Alce. Photo by Mistress Mahin Banu Tabrizi.
Lord Radulfr Gylfir was similarly ordered to present himself. His skill as a shieldman in the Sylvan Army was well-known to Their Majesties, who had seen his prowess growing over time. They were glad to see his talents used in defense of Their lands, and so did They had him, too, to Their Order of the Golden Alce. Scroll by the Scribes of Æthelmearc.
Lord Radulfr receives a Golden Alce. Photo by Mistress Mahin Banu Tabrizi.
Their Majesties the summoned Lord Rauđbjorn Lodbrok to attend them. He too had served in the Sylvan Army for some time, and had become proficient with a range of weaponry to fit the situation demanded of him. Further, though, had he learned to fight with whichever arm was most needed at the time. His skill had grown so that Their Noble Order of the Gage deemed it worthy of recognition as well. So that Order was summoned to appear, and Their Majesties then added Raudbjorn to their number. Scroll by Baron Caleb Reynolds and Her Ladyship Shirin al-Sussiyya.
Their Majesties bid that Order stay in Their Presence for a moment longer, for they had recommended another to Their Majesties’ attention. Lord Vassilis Monevassios had grown in prowess quickly, and used that to faithfully defend Their Sylvan Lands. For that skill on the field, and devotion to the art of combat, did Their Majesties summon him forth and add him to Their Noble Order of the Gage as well. Scroll by Lady Gwen Cooke.
Later, under the Battlefield Pavilion after the fencing field battles:
Their Majesties called for Baron Robert Hawksworth to appear before Them. Baron Robert had long been known as a presence of light wherever he went, but his skill with the rapier had also grown significantly as well. Their Majesties found his work with that weapon to be of great skill and value, as did Their Noble Order of the White Scarf, who recommended to Them that Baron Robert be added to their number. So was that Order called to attend them, and bear his Excellency forth as a Companion of the White Scarf. Scroll was a white silk scarf with embroidery work by her Ladyship Phelippe Ulfsdotter, upon words provided by His Lordship Arias Beltran del Valle.
Baron Robert receives a White Scarf. Photo by THLady Phelippe Ulfsdotter.
That night, in Æthelmearc Royal at the reception for the Kingdom 10-man team:
Their Majesties expressed Their disappointment in not being able to attend the 10-man tournament held earlier that evening, but had heard stories of the great honor brought to the Kingdom by efforts of the team of the field that day.
However, They felt that some members of the team were worthy of greater recognition for their prowess than they currently bore.
They first summoned THL Cid Hiyo to appear before them. Well aware had they been of his growing skill in battle for many years now. So did they determine that his Lordship’s title did not adequately express Their faith in his abilities. They then invited the members of Their Most Noble Order of the Chivalry in to Their Court, and did bid that Order to bear his Lordship forth to prepare to consider elevation to be counted amongst them.
Before that Order could depart, Their Majesties bid them remain, for another had long pursued the art of combat for many years, and had only continued to impress Them by his prowess in combat. So was His Lordship Arden Scot of Clan Scot summoned to Their presence, and similarly did They bid him to go with the Chivalry to prepare for elevation himself.
On August 6th, in the Great Hall:
The assembled Royalty and Landed Barons of Æthelmearc at Great Court. Photo by Baron Steffan.
Their Majesties invited the landed Barons and Baronesses of the Sylvan Kingdom to attend Them in Their Court.
First, His Lordship Cid Hiyo was called to appear before Their Majesties. Though he had been sent to vigil by Their Majesties only the day before, They offered him another dangerous quest to complete. Having accepted this mission, his Lordship was given the children’s toy box in preparation for a hasty departure from the Great Hall. Then did Their Majesties invite the children of the kingdom forward to join them in Court, and after a reminder of the rules of the game, did send Cid away to be pursued thereafter by the eager children of the kingdom.
The children prepare to chase THLord Cid for the toy box. Photo by Arianna.
Their Majesties then called before them Baroness Kelda Jurgenstochter. Having sat vigil earlier in the week, they confirmed that it was her desire to join Their Most Noble Order of the Pelican. They then invited the members of that Order present to join Them in Their Court.
Baroness Kelda is made a Pelican. Photo by Arianna.
Their Majesties then asked for words to attest to Kelda’s worthiness to join that Order. Words from the Laurel came from Duchess Sedalia MacNare, borne by Duchess Elis O’Boirne. Duchess Rowan de la Garnison sent words as a member of the Order of the Chivalry, brone by Viscoutn Haakon Oaktail. Words from Duchess Meirwen Uerch Owein were borne by Her Majesty of Ansteorra Margaret Ny Connor as a Companion of the Rose. Viscount Edmund Dracatorr bore words from Duke Stefan Glaube and Duchess Branwen verch Lewis ap Thomas as a Royal Peer. Duchess Dorinda Courtenay spoke as a Master of Defense, and Viscount Edward Zifran of Gendy spoke from amongst the ranks of the Pelicans.
Having heard these testimonies, and finding them moving indeed, Their Majesties the invested Kelda with the trappings of her station, including a cloak, cap of maintenace, and medallion. That having been done, they created her as Mistress Kelda, companion of the Order of the Pelican. The scroll was a book created by a myriad of kingdom artisans as the Book of Kelda, with many pages blank to allow the story to continue.
Cyngetorix caer Ciosog was Awarded Arms for a history of service across a range of needs, from working to serve in the kingdom’s kitchens and serving feasts to participating in the archery and thrown weapons communities. Scroll by Lady Nichola Beese.
Cyngetorix receives his AoA. Photo by Baron Steffan.
Halfdan Danielson was also Awarded Arms by Their Majesties. His labors on the field of battle had drawn their Majesties attention, and they wished to bear witness to greater prowess from him in the future. Scroll by THL Shirin al-Sussiyya.
Halfdan receives his AoA. Photo by Arianna.
Lord Alfonso de Santo Domingo was then called to attend Their Majesties. His work promoting activities for the youth of the Debatable Lands had been seen by Their Majesties’ honored ancestor Duchess Anna Leigh, who had determined that work to be honorable indeed, and so did They induct him to Their Order of the Keystone. Scroll by Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope.
Lord Alfonso receives a Keystone. Photo by Baron Steffan.
Their Majesties then spoke of the efforts of Lady Gesa von Wellenstein. Gesa had been known as a fierce advocate and supporter of the equestrian community in the kingdom, wherein she ran games and practices for her local group, and created champions’ sashes each reign. For her service to that portion of the Kingdom did Their Majesties add her to Their Order of the Keystone. Scroll by Mistress Antoinette de la Croix.
Their Majesties then spoke of Mistress Constance Waite. As a member of the Order of the Pelican, her service had long been known to the kingdom, but Their Majesties felt her gifts in the arts had not received due recognition, whether in making garb or cooking or brewing. For her contributions did They create her a member of Their Order of the Sycamore. Scroll by THL Shirin al-Sussiyya.
Mistress Constance’s Sycamore scroll. Photo by Baron Steffan.
Lord Dyryke Hastings was next called before Their Majesties. Long has Dyryke labored to support the kingdom in many areas from retaining to assisting youth in their path in the martial arts. Their Majesties found this work to be worthy of recognition indeed, and so did They add her to Their Order of the Keystone. Scroll by Lady Elizabeth Rosamond.
Lord Dyryke receives a Keystone. Photo by Baron Steffan.
Lord Tassin Tressaul was summoned to Their presence next. He had been known to Them as a devoted servant to the Kingdom, but less known was his skill as a caster of pewter. That work had also risen in renown, and so did They name him to Their Order of the Sycamore. Scroll by THL Shirin al-Sussiyya.
Lord Tassin receives a Sycamore. Photo by Baron Steffan.
Their Majesties then called for Cerridwen de Skene, Baroness of Blackstone Mountain to appear. Long had her Excellency worked to promote a variety of activities in her Barony, from helping newcomers make garb, to supporting the arts and sciences, and serving as chronicler. For this work did Their Majesties award her with the Order of the Keystone. Scroll by Lady Murdia Drusilla Vettia Portia.
Baroness Cerridwen receives a Keyston. Photo by Baron Steffan.
Their Majesties then spoke of the value to the arts and sciences community in the Debatable Lands provided by Lady Zianna beguy Urdina de Zabaleta. Lady Zianna has been known for her service, but was also known to create Basque garb and hats, spending great time researching that field. For this work did They make her a member of Their Order of the Keystone. Scroll by Lord Owen Tegg.
Master Tofi Kerthjalfadsson was next invited into Their Majesties’ Court. Master Tofi had served the Kingdom as Exchequer faithfully and well, but his time in office was drawing to close, and he requested Their Majesties release him from that office and appoint a successor to the post. So did Their Majesties then call for the Noble Rhys Penbras ap Dafydd, and invest him as Exchequer of the Kingdom.
Noble Rhys is made Kingdom Exchequer. Photo by Baron Steffan.
Before Master Tofi could retire from Their presence, Their Majesties bid him wait a moment. They noted with gratitude his service as Exchequer in the kingdom over the past 5 years, a position that requires much from those who take on the responsibility. They decided that simply acknowledging that service was not enough, and that he should bear some sign of his value to these Sylvan lands. So did their Majesties issue unto him an Augmentation of Arms. Scroll by Mistress Graidhne ni Ruaidh.
Master Tofi seeks an honest person. Photo by Baron Steffan.
Master Tofi seeks an honest person, then receives an Augmentation of Arms. Photo by Baron Steffan.
Mistress Mahin banu Tabrizi was next invited to join Their Majesties in Their Court. Mahin was currently serving Their Majesties as coordinator of the Royal Encampment, but had long labored in so many pursuits supporting the Kingdom and its populace that They deemed further recognition of her work was due. So did They issue to her an Award of Excellence. Scroll by His Lordship Sasson della Sancta Victoria.
Mistress Mahin receives the Award of Excellence. Photo by Baron Steffan.
Their Majesties the summoned Baroness Anastasie de Lamoure to appear in Their presence. Her Excellency had grown involved with the thrown weapons community for many years in the Kingdom, during which time her skill on the range has grown to be great indeed. Others had noticed that skill as well, and so did Their Majesties call for Their Noble Order of the White Horn to attend them, and bid that Order bear her with them as one of their number. Scroll by Her Ladyship Zofia Kowalewska.
Baroness Anastasie is inducted into the White Horn. Photo by Baron Steffan.
Her Ladyship Shirin al-Sussiyya was next called to appear before Their Majesties. Her Ladyship has been serving the Kingdom in recent years as a co-Sylvan Signet, coordinating the work of organizing the scribes and illuminators of the Kingdom in creating the works of art issued as awards in each court. They had noticed her faithful work, and so did they call for Their Noble Order of the Millrind to attend them, and did add her to Their number. Scroll by Mistress Antoinette de la Croix.
Baroness Shirin is inducted into the Millrind. Photos by Baron Steffan.
Their Majesties bid that Order remain in Their presence a moment longer, for another’s service had also drawn Their attention. They called for Baron Friderich Swartzwalder to attend Them. His Excellency’s history of service is long and extensive, and his work with the combat archery community is one of many highlights for which they found him worthy of greater recognition. So did They create him a Companion of the Millrind as well, and bid the Order bear him with them as a member. Scroll by Her Excellency Amalie Reinhardt.
Baron Friderich is inducted into the Millrind. Photo by Baron Steffan.
Her Ladyship Phelippe Ulfsdotter was next called before Their Majesties. Her Ladyship’s work in the arts and sciences is varied across many different disciplines, from illumination to carving to natural dyeing and the creation of works like the embroidered scarf awarded as a scroll earlier that War. Their Majesties found her gifts to be of great value and worthy of great praise. So did They summon to Them Their Order of the Fleur d’Æthelmearc, and create her a Companion of that Noble Order. Scroll by her Ladyship Vivienne of Yardley.
THLady Phelippe is inducted into the Fleur. Photo by Baron Steffan.
Their Majesties then called for His Lordship Hrolfr a Fjarfelli. Having sat vigil in contemplation of elevation to the Order of the Laurel earlier that week, he confirmed his desire to proceed with that honor. So did Their Majesties invite that Most Noble Order to join Them in Court, wherein they asked for words from those present as to his worthiness to the Order. Her Highness Gabrielle van Nijenrode spoke as a Rose, Master Bedwyr spoke for Mistress Rhiannon as a Companion of the Pelican, Mistress Alfrun spoke from the Order of the Laurel, Master John the Pell spoke as a Knight, and Mistress Fredeberg spoke as a Companion of the Order of Defense.
THL Hrolfr is elevated to the Order of the Laurel. Photo by Arianna.
Having heard those testimonies, Their Majesties deemed Hrolfr worthy of elevation to that Laurel, and so called for regalia to mark his station. So was he presented with both an ancestral and personal cloak, a medallion, and a wreath, as well as the tradition fruitcake passed through the order. Then did They create him a Companion of Their Most Noble Order of the Laurel. Scroll by THL Abigail Kelhoge.
Their Majesties then invited Duchess Caitlin Stuart of the Midrealm into Their Court. Their Majesties spoke of the garb they were wearing at that Court, and how, through her own generosity she helped to create some of the outfits They had worn during Their reign, overcoming some of her own physical challenges in the process. In thanks for her efforts did They give to her an Award of Excellence. Scroll by the Scribes of Æthelmearc.
Duchess Caitlin receives an Award of Excellence. Photo by Baron Steffan.
His Lordship Michael Langley was next called to attend Their Majesties in Court. His Majesty spoke of the long and devoted service Michael had provided to his home Barony of Blackstone Mountain, serving as Baronial herald and completing many tasks that needed to be done to help the Barony succeed. His long service was deemed valuable indeed to the Kingdom, and so was Michael named a Baron of Their Majesties’ Court. Scroll calligraphy by Lady Ceindrech verch Elidir, illumination by Lord Owen Tegg.
THLord Michael Langley is made a Court Baron. Photo by Baron Steffan.
Duke Malcolm MacEoghainn was next invited to attend Their Majesties. Earlier in Their reign did Their Majesties command him to consider vigil to the Order of the Pelican, and now having done so, They asked him to confirm his desire to continue with that elevation. Upon his Grace’s confirmation, Their Majesties asked for words from Peers of the realm to confirm his worthiness. Mistress Phiala O’Kelly spoke for the Order of the Laurel, Master Wulfgar o’ the Wood spoke as a member of the Chivalry, Master Christian bore words by Dona Elena as a Master of Defense, and Duchess Linette Semere spoke as a Rose. Finally, Duke Ragnar Blackhammer then spoke as a Companion of the Pelican.
Their words were received by Their Majesties, and so did They deem him worthy of this honor, calling for a medallion and a coif of maintenance to mark his new station. That having been done, Their Majesties then created him a Companion of the Pelican. Scroll by Mistress Bubba Blackhammer.
Duke Malcolm swears fealty as a Companion of the Pelican. Photo by Baron Steffan.
Their Majesties then called for Baroness Angel Deth to attend them in Court. Her Excellency serves Their Majesties as reign coordinator, but unlike many who have taken on the role, she does so from afar, having joined the Kingdom by treaty and working from outside of the Sylvan lands to ensure that Their Majesties needs were met as They traveled across Their Kingdom. But her history of service extends far longer, including service as a retainer when need, and helping His Majesty’s household and the rest of the Sylvan Army bearing water and food to fighters each year at the Pennsic War. Such service is highly to be honored, and Their Majesties wished for all to know of her value to Æthelmearc. So did they issue to her an Augmentation of Arms. Scroll by Mistress Graidhne ni Ruaidh.
Baroness Angel receives an Augmentation of Arms. Photo by Baron Steffan.
Their Majesties then issued an invitation to the populace to join Them at a party at Æthelmearc Royal later that night to commemorate Count Jehan de la Marche’s 50 years in the society.
Later that night, at the party for Count Jehan:
Their Majesties invited Master Morien MacBain to present himself in Their Court. Master Morien had been of long and continued service to the equestrian community. This work had brought renown to that community and helped to strengthen its activities. So did they add him to Their Order of the Golden Lance. Scroll by Lade Sebastienne la Rousse.
On August 7th, after the Siege and Combat Archery battle:
Their Majesties called for Drotinn Skjoldr Bjorn to attend them on the field. Word of Skjoldr’s accomplishments on the archery range had been passed to Their Majesties, and so did they recognize his high scores and success therein with the title of Master Bowman, and presented him with a token to reflect that rank.
Their Majesties then called for Isteri, Boggvir Ulfuss, Edward the Black, and Aquila Blackmore. Their activities as longtime members of the Bog Siege Crew had reached the ears of Their Majesties, and so were they inspired to add each to the Order of the Scarlet Battery. Individual scrolls would be made available to each in consultation with the Signets.
Later in the evening, at the camp of House Sable Maul:
Their Majesties were joined in Their Court by Their Majesties of Northshield, Konrad and Aibhilin, who were invited with Them as They processed into Court.
Trampas of House Sable Maul was first summoned to appear before Their Majesties. In the year since first attending events with the Society, Trampas had been active both as a heavy fighter, active on the field in defense of the Sylvan Lands. In recognition of his efforts did Their Majesties Award him Arms. Scroll by Mistress Graidhne ni Ruaidh.
Lord Otto Boese was next called to appear in court. Lord Otto’s skill in the arts had been recognized in the past, but his efforts on the field in heavy combat as a shieldman and a combat archer were also found to be valuable indeed to the Kingdom. So did they recognize him as a Companion of the Golden Alce, as issued by Their Ancestor, Queen Anna Leigh in her previous reign. Scroll illumination by Her Excellency Ayesha de Warwick of Ansteorra, calligraphy by Zhirikh Zvezdodrag of Meridies.
Their Majesties then called for Lady Ysabel le Croix to attend them. A great distance lies between her estates and the Kingdom’s land, but that has not stopped her from becoming a citizen of the Kingdom, where she has traveled far to serve Their Majesties as retainer and assist on the field at Pennsic and other events bearing water and food for His Majesty’s House and the rest of the Sylvan Army. For this work did They add her to Their Order of the Keystone. Scroll by Lady Gesa von Wellenstein.
Lady Ysabel receives a Keystone. Photo by Lord Johannes von Paderborn.
Their Majesties then demanded that Lord Christian Goldenlok to attend them. Though he no longer calls Their Sylvan lands home, he has remained a part of the fabric of the Kingdom, and traveled long and far from the land of Northshield to support Their Majesties during this reign. For his constant service and friendship to Their Majesties did They create him a Baron of Their Court.
But Christian did not provide this service alone. Their Majesties then asked for his Lady, Adelyn Idesbourne to attend them as well. She too, had been devoted to Their Kingdom while a citizen, and been as active as possible after leaving to travel to Northshield. So did they also find her to be worthy of equal recognition to his Excellency Christian, and created her as a Baroness of Their Court. Scrolls for both were the work of Lady Ceindrech verch Elidir and Lord Owen Tegg.
Lord Christian and Lady Adelyn are made Court Baron and Baroness. Photos by Baroness Aine ny Allane.
August 8th, on the Battlefield Pavilion after the day’s rapier battles:
Their Majesties called for the presence of Lord Salvatore de la Torres. Lord Salvatore has been a presence on the rapier field not just in combat within the Sylvan Lands, but also travelling to distant lands to take the field at Gulf Wars, representing the Kingdom well wherever he went. In recognition of this work did They add him to Their Order of the Golden Alce. Scroll by Lady Sebastienne la Rousse.
Lord Matthias al-Tabai was next summoned to appear before Their Majesties in Court. He, too, had been earning great renown as a rapier fighter of some skill around the Kingdom. They had watched his prowess grow as well, and so did they deem him worthy of entrance to the Order of the Golden Alce also. Scroll by THL Eleanore of Godwin.
Lord Gunnar Ulfrbani was then called before Their Majesties. His Majesty then spoke of how he had seen great valor in defense of the crown from Gunnar earlier on the rapier field. So impressed was He by this, that He added Gunnar to the Order of the Golden Thorn.
Lady Alianora Bronhulle was next brought to Their Majesties’ presence. Few have seen an event where Alianora was not present where she was not serving in some capacity, whether with her bardic gifts, or just helping get things done. Their Majesties were so moved and grateful for this service to Their Kingdom that They added her to Their Order of the Keystone. Scroll is a work in progress.
Lord Tigernán MacFlainn UíFáeláin was next called before Their Majesties. Though a subject of the Kingdom of Calontir, Tigernán had faithfully served Their Majesties in Their travels around the more distant parts of the Known World, and had continued his service here at Pennsic. In gratitude for his assistance did they name him to Their Order of the Keystone. Scroll is a work in progress.
Later that day, at the Battlefield Pavilion after the heavy battles:
His Lordship Cid Hiyo was summoned to Their Majesties’ presence. Having sat vigil in response to Their Majesties’ command earlier in the week, he confirmed to Them his desire to join Their Most Noble Order of the Chivalry. Their Majesties then called for testimony to his worthiness from peers of the kingdom.
Master Robert O’Connor spoke as a Companion of the Pelican, the Order of the Laurel was represented by Master Kieran MacRae, and the Order of Defense by Don Jacob Martinson. Comtesse Elena d’Artois spoke as a Rose of Æthelmearc, and finally did Sir Beatrix Krieger speak for the Order of the Chivalry.
Their Majesties heard those words, and in faith of their truth, did proceed to call for regalia to mark His Lordship’s new station. First was he presented with a caftan, and then spurs were attached to his boots. Next was a white belt laid around his waist, representing his station among the Chivalry. Finally were two chains placed about his neck, first the ancestral chain of the Kingdom, and then one for him to wear for all to know of his new station. These things having been done, His Majesty struck the final unanswered blow, and then did He receive Cid’s oath, and finally did He take the sword of state and create Cid a Knight of the Kingdom of Æthelmearc. Scroll is a work in progress.
THLord Cid is Knighted. Photo by Baroness Aine ny Allane.
Next was His Lordship Arden Scot of Clan Scot summoned to appear in Their Majesties’ Court. As Sir Cid before him, he, too, had sat vigil at Their Majesties’ command, and did confirm upon Their Majesties’ request that he wished to proceed with his elevation. Their Majesties’ then asked for words of support from the Peers of the Realm for his elevation.
First, Lady Margareta le Sayre spoke as one of the Kingdom’s populace. Her Grace Dorinda Courtenay spoke as a Master of Defense, followed by His Excellency Eisenwulf Thorolfsonne as a Royal Peer, and then Countess Liadain ni Dheirdre Chaomanaigh as a Rose of the Kingdom. Viscountess Rosalind Ashworth represented the Order of the Laurel, Master Bataar Sogdo spoke from the ranks of the Pelican, and Duke Malcolm MacEoghainn spoke as a Knight. Finally did Mistress Giulietta da Venezia speak as a Jewel of Æthelmearc.
Hearing those words, and finding them telling indeed, Their Majesties were moved to proceed, and so did call for the trappings of his new rank. Spurs and a belt were first given to Arden to mark his new station as tradition would dictate. Then was he given a cloak and a hood, and finally were three chains presented, the ancestral kingdom chain, an ancestral chain for his house, and then a personal chain for him to wear. Then as Cid before him did he offer his oath, and then after being dubbed with the sword of state, was created a Knight of Æthelmearc.
THLord Arden is Knighted. Photo by Baroness Aine ny Allane.
Later that same day, at the camp of the Black Priory:
His Majesty called for the attendance of her (visibly surprised) Excellency Wilhelmina Boddenham. His Majesty spoke highly of her efforts of the fencing field, working to overcome all obstacles placed in her path to defend her Kingdom as bravely as possible. Citing the high honor brought to His Kingdom and to her Excellency herself by such courage, he created her a companion of the Order of the Golden Alce. Scroll by Mistress Roberta MacMoreland with words by her family of the Black Priory.
That night, at the Æthelmearc Kingdom Party in the Æthelmearc Royal Camp:
Lord Bjarki Rikardrson was first called to attend Their Majesties. Lord Bjarki had been known to Their Majesties for his skill as an archer of Æthelmearc. That skill had continued to grow to the point where he had score high enough to advance in rank. So was he granted the title of Master Bowman, and given a token to reflect his new standing.
Their Majesties took a moment then to speak of the brewing contest held at War, expressing Their gratitude for the number of entries provided, and Their happiness at the skill displayed in those brews. However, in the end, only one person could stand as the winner, and so did They name Lord Ulf Bareleg the winner of the populace brewing contest.
Their Majesties then called for the presence of Lord Sasson della Sancta Victoria. As a scribe of the Kingdom, Sasson had been well-known for his efforts to create beautiful pieces of art to be handed out as scrolls for members of the populace. But his passion for the arts had taken him to many different areas of research, finding information he would then try to share with those who expressed interest. Their Majesties believed his efforts in the arts were beyond that of his current station, and so did They summon to Them Their Most Noble Order of the Fleur d’Æthelmearc, and bid him go from the Court with that Order as one of their number. Scroll by THLady Vivienne of Yardley based on “The Playfair Hours.”
Lord Sasson receives a Fleur. Photo by Baroness Aine.
Next was Lady Aine ny Allane called into Their Majesties’ Court. For both Their current reign, and their first one, Aine had been a steady and willing hand, solving whatever problems needed to be solved, and presently serving as head retainer. But more than this, she was known to faithfully record scenes of joy around the kingdom for all to see, whether in her home shire or another kingdom entirely. In recognition of this work, and as a sign of her great value to both Their Majesties and the Sylvan Kingdom, They created her a Baroness of Their Court. Scroll by Lady Aurelia Argenta Prima with words by THL Arias Beltran del Valle.
Lady Aine is made a Court Baroness. Photo by Baroness Aine.
August 9th, in the Battlefield Pavilion before the day’s battles:
Their Majesties called for the Kingdom Seneschal, His Grace Christopher Rawlyns. Having served the Kingdom faithfully as seneschal, his term was shortly to expire, and so did he ask Their Majesties to release him from that service, and appoint Mistress Illadore de Bedegrayne to succeed him. Knowing of his work and service, and being glad for it, They did grant him such a release, and after receiving her oath, did invest Mistress Illadore with that office.
Later, in the Battlefield Pavilion after the battle:
After asking both the heavy and rapier warlords to address the Sylvan Army, His Majesty spoke and added his words of thanks to all who had fought or supported the army, or participated in the arts and sciences or any War Point for their commitment and work on behalf of the Kingdom.
But there remained one more piece of business to be done, and with that in mind did he summon to him Abby of Sable Maul. Since the first event she attended, Abby has been a faithful hand to assist at any task that needed done, and could always be found waterbearing for the Sylvan Army at Pennsic and other events. Glad were They to see her devotion and service, and so did They Award her Arms. Scroll is a work in progress.
Finally, having no further business among the populace, the Court of Their Majesties at the 48th Pennsic War was finally closed.