This missive is a call to every loyal citizen of Æthelmearc from newcomers to veteran fighters and fencers, to artisans and those that choose to serve; nobles, lords and ladies alike! For every person to step forward with swords, bows, thrown weapons, armament, craft, research and service united as Æthelmearc.
Those heavy fighters with a rapier authorization, take the bladed field with your brother and sister fencers.
Thus, the same of our fellow fencers: grab hold of your rattan and fight on the heavy field.
If you have a bow worthy of a target, pull upon that string and let loose an arrow on the range.
Sharpen your knives and axes, so they may cleave the target in twain.
Hone your skills and minds to create and explain.
Place yourself in the way of those that need aid.
We should present an Æthelmearc united in every aspect of our society; gather around and support each other without hesitation, answering any question of who we are. We are all a part of the Æthelmearc Army in one way or another.
The fundamental change in the structure of Æthelmearc’s Army is thus; it will be split in two regions: Eastern Banner and Western Banner. A Banner is both a military unit and a geographical region of the Army. The Baronies, Shires, Households and Companies of a Banner will stand together on the field as one unit. The Banners will represent the mighty arms of Æthelmearc sweeping clear all those that stand before us like crumbs from a table.
All the Knowne World will hear the sounds and songs of Æthelmearc ringing throughout the battlefields, ranges and halls.
We are currently looking for an individual with command experience to assume the role of Lieutenant of the Eastern Banner. If you are interested, please email me here for more details.
In Gloriam Æthelmearc!
One Ærmy, One Æthelmearc.
Yours in service and arms,
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.
As many of you know, it has been a very rainy summer in western PA. Wet conditions at Coopers’ Lake are proving more challenging than usual for the Land Staff. As a result, the Deputy Mayor in charge of Land for Pennsic 48, Duchess Elizabeth von Kulmbach, sent the following request to all Land Agents today:
Due to the ongoing challenging conditions with weather and wet ground, Pennsic Staff would like to strongly encourage all campers to hang back and leave FRIDAY, JULY 26th admission to LAND AGENTS ONLY for Pennsic War 48.
We may need extra time to work through unexpected map difficulties with as few distractions and displaced people as possible so that we may remain calm and courteous to one another. NON LAND AGENTS should please delay arrival to PENNSIC WAR 48 until SATURDAY, JULY 27TH. (Exceptions being those ride sharing with a Land Agent, or the minor children of Land Agents. The goal is to reduce the number of CARS and CONFUSTION on site as some groups may need to move blocks due to uncampable conditions.)
This is not a rule, but a very strong suggestion that all Land Agents are being asked to pass on at this time.
Previous suggestions to non-Land Agents that “delayed arrival would be helpful” applied mainly to Troll processing capacity. THIS NOTICE applies more to the number of vehicles on site before each group has a confirmed place to set up and we are able to open site to all cars.
The battle field will be soft and easily rutted, and the more cars that stack up before we can open, the worse condition it will be in for fighting later. Land Grab is expected to take longer than usual. Land Agents should REALLY go look at their blocks IN PERSON before approving their maps.
MERCHANTS should continue to defer to the Coopers for set up and arrival instructions, per usual.
Thank you for your understanding and aid in communicating this to attendees.
Lady Scholastica Joycors, the Dean of the College of Performing Arts for Pennsic 47-50, bring us the schedule for the performing arts pavilion! Enjoy this inside sneak peek at all the great performances to be seen!
Their Majesties welcomed all to the gathering and hoped everyone would find fun and learning this day.
The Order of the Millrind was called into court. It was noted that while it is unusual to call for a service order at a gathering of the martial arts, there was one in attendance, who spends all his time at Pennsic serving that Their Majesties feared there would be no other time to reward him for all the work he does to make the War happen. THL Rouland of Willowbrooke was then called forth and inducted into the order for his long time service to the Technical Services Department of the Pennsic War. Scroll by Baroness Ekaterina Volkova.
THLord Rouland’s Millrind scroll by Mistress Ekaterina Volkova.
Don Jacob of Dunmore was called before Their Majesties. It was told that his dedication to the Fencing community, the study of the ancient ways and the teaching of those who wish to learn had become legendary. The Order of Defense was then called forth and asked that they escort Don Jacob to vigil so that he may contemplate elevation into the Order at a later point in the war. Writ scroll by Isabella Montoya upon words by Mistress Gabrielle de Winter.
Their Majesties then called for THL Madison Morai to attend them. His Majesty spoke of the ferocity on the field for which he is known and that there is a group who wished to make him accountable for his actions. The Order of the Chivalry was called and asked that they provide him good counsel so that he may answer the call after the Field Battle.
Court was then suspended. Sunday, August 5, on the battlefield after the Allied Champions Battle
Their Majesties were joined by His Majesty Dawid of Caid.
Court was resumed.
Lord Tadhg Sotal O’Neill spoke of how great the heart and power of the Æthelmearc fighters is and that they brought pride to their Kingdom, their Allies and their supporters.
Lord Horatius Cincinnatus was then called before the court. His Majesty spoke of the long dedication to the heavy weapons community that Lord Horatius has shown, serving as Baronial Knight Marshal, unit commander and inspiration on the field. He was then inducted into the Order of the Gage. Scroll was unsigned.
Her Majesty then asked for the presence of THL Hagar the Blushing. When he came forth, Her Majesty spoke of how every time she turns around he is there protecting her, ensuring she is well and no one messes with her. She spoke of how he is known in many Kingdoms for his behavior on the field and then asked that he please go with the Order of the Chivalry to sit vigil and return the next day after the Field Battle with the answer of if he would join that good order or not.
Court was then suspended.
Sunday August 5, at the Barony-Marche of the Debatable Lands’ Party
Assistant Heralds: Mistress Gytha Oggsdottir, Silent Herald, Maighstir Liam Mac an tSaoir, Sycamore Herald.
Their Majesties gave leave to Their Excellencies to hold their court.
Upon resumption of Their Majesties Court, Master Ælric Ravenshaw and THL Jǫrundr hinn Rotinn were called before the court. It was told that these two gentlemen are known for their unending service to the fencing community. The Order of the White Scarf was then called forth and asked to welcome them both into the Order. Master Ælric’s scroll illuminated by Lady Elizabeth Rosamund and calligraphed by THL Shirin of Susa. THL Jǫrundr’s scroll illuminated by THL Phelippe Ulfdottir, words by Don Po Silvertop.
THLord Jorundr and Master AElric receive White Scarves. Photo by Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope.
Lady Katheryn the Huntress was then called for. His Majesty spoke of how her work enabled the Marshal’s office to keep up the electronic communications needed for the office to run smoothly. How, as a teen she served long hours as the web-minister and database expert for the Office. For all this she was inducted into the Order of the Keystone. Scroll by Lord Sasson della Sancta Victoria, word by Baroness Rosheen.
Lady Katheryn receives a Keystone. Photo by Arianna.
Their Majesties then called for Lady Arthes MacLeod. It was observed that this lady is seen helping wherever she can and currently holds the office of Exchequer for the Barony-Marche of the Debatable Lands. For her tireless service she was then inducted into the Order of the Keystone. Scroll by Lord Sasson della Sancta Victoria upon words by Baron Brandubh o’Donnghaile.
Lady Arthes receives a Keystone. Photo by Arianna.
Lady Rowena McCara was then summoned forth. Her unending service to the equestrian community had not gone unnoticed. Without her long hours working as grounds crew, many events could not happen. For all this she was made a member of the Order of the Keystone. Scroll by Lady Alysoun of the Debatable Lands, upon words by Master Morien MacBain.
Lady Rowena receives a Keystone. Photo by Arianna.
Those members of the Keystone were then asked to rise. Her Majesty asked all present to look around and note if any of those not standing should be a member of the order and if so, to please write them in.
Their Majesties then called for their Council of the Order of the Laurel. When all assembled, they asked if the order was ready to take one to vigil so that he might sit in contemplation about joining their ranks. After receiving an affirmative from the order Ishiyama-roku-i Gentarou Yori’ie was called before the court. It was asked of him if he was prepared to sit vigil that night and contemplate his options. He said he was and the Order lead him out of court for his contemplation.
THLord Ishiyama is sent to vigil for the Order of the Laurel. Photo by Arianna.
Earl Thomas Byron of Haverford spoke then to the assembled populace and said that the Æthelmearc Moneyer’s Guild had prepared a place and any who wished to strike a coin in memory of Prince Titus was welcome to come after court and do so.
Court was then suspended. Monday, August 6, on the battlefield after the Field Battle
Their Majesties were joined by Their Majesties Alric and Katherine of the Midrealm, Their Majesties Agrippa and Dawid of Caid, and Their Majesties Bela and Ana of the Outlands.
His Majesty thanked all who came and hoped that all had an enjoyable time partaking in the Field Battle.
Their Majesties called forth THL Madison Morai. He was asked if he had a chance to sit vigil and contemplate if he would join the the Order of the Chivalry. He said he did. The Order of the Chivalry was then called forth.
Before he could give his answer freely, Count Ruslan Novgorodcev asked that his squire’s baldric be returned. But before Their Majesties could proceed, they asked for witnesses who would vouch for His Lordship. Mistress Mahin Banu Tabrizi, on behalf of the Order of the Laurel, spoke of his leather work, cordial making and the art he shows in the study of strategy and how he teaches that to any who would listen. The Order of the Pelican was represented by Master Robert O’Connor, who spoke of Madison’s character and deep dedication to service. Count Gareth Kincaid spoke for the Royal Peers about how His Lordship leads and shapes people, both on and off the field and through that earns their respect and loyalty. Master Jussi Laplein, representing the Order of Chivalry, spoke of Madison’s unwavering loyalty to house, Lady, Army and Kingdom.
Having heard the praises from the Peerages, His Majesty asked for Madison’s decision. Madison agreed to join the Order and take the regalia of Knight of the Society. A belt of white was placed around his waist by Lady Stasha Sebastian. He then knelt before Their Majesties and gave his oath of fealty. His Majesty then called for the Æthelmearc ancestral chain. Sir Dominic Morland brought forth the chain and read the lineage of the Knights of the Kingdom. His Majesty then presented the chain he was wearing, saying that soon the ancestral chain would need to be passed on and no knight should be without a chain. A personal chain was also presented. His Majesty then said that the Order of the Chivalry is represented by spurs, as a knight was a horseman as well as a soldier. Count Ruslan then spoke that there was a set of spurs that had been worn by one that was taken before he could fully become a Knight. Mistress Rynea von Ingen came forth and present Madison with the spurs that had belonged to her late husband Baron Rodrigo de la Vega. These spurs were then placed on Madison’s feet. A caftan was then presented so that he could display his rank. His Majesty then dubbed him thrice times a Knight and delivered the last blow that would be received unanswered. The court was then presented Sir Madison Morai. Promissory scroll by Mistress Antoinette de la Croix.
Sir Madison’s knighting. Photo by Lady Aine ny Allane.
Noting that there was still business with the Order of the Chivalry, Their Majesties then called for THL Hagar the Blushing to present himself. It was noted that His Lordship had also been sent on vigil to contemplate joining the Order. However, before he could give his answer, Duke Edward the Sinister requested the Squire’s belt that Hagar wore to be returned to him.
Their Majesties then asked for testimony on his worthiness to be made a member of the Peerage. Countess Juliana Delamare, on behalf of the Laurels, spoke of his skill in Viking wire weaving and horn carving. The Order of the Pelicans was represented by Duke Rurik Longsword, who said that when not on the field, Hagar can always be found lifting heavy things, carrying totes, and is just one who never stops working. Duchess Mora de Buchanan, on behalf of the Ladies of the Rose, testified to the dedication to serving many reigns both in Caid and in Æthelmearc. Master Quinn Kerr, representing the Order of Defense, talked of how Hagar helped guide a group of young SCAdians to be the best they could be. THL Astridr vigaskegg spoke on behalf of the Populace and how the subjects of Æthelmearc in the far reaches of Region One would not be where they were today if it were not for Hagar’s guidance, leadership and mentoring. Sir Hrothgeirr Ivarsson, HRM Alric of the Mists and Duke Edward the Sinister all spoke as members of the Order of Chivalry and attested to his prowess and calm temperament on the field of battle.
Satisfied with what they heard, Their Majesties asked Hagar what his decision was. Hagar answered that he would join the order and become a Knight of the Society. When asked if there was a belt for him, Duke Edward the Sinister presented the belt he wore to his former Squire. A belt made by his squire brother was also placed about his waist. His Majesty Alric also presented a belt made by his hand to Hagar to wear. Then, kneeling before Their Majesties, Hagar swore his oath of fealty.
His Majesty spoke of the symbol of a Knight’s oath is the chain he wears, so that he is always aware of the weight of his words and promises. Sir Madison Morai brought forth the ancestral chain of Æthelmearc and read its lineage. Duke Edward also presented the household lineage chain. A personal chain was also given to him.
So that he would not suffer from the cold days of Pennsic, a coat marking his station was placed about his shoulders. His Majesty then dubbed him thrice, naming him a Knight and delivered his last unanswered blow. Sir Hagar the Blushing was then presented to the court. Scroll by Flavia Beatrice Carmigniani.
Sir Hagar is knighted. Photo by Lady Aine ny Allane.
Sir Arnthorr inn sterki then addressed the army, thanking them all for their hard work on the field and to rest and prepare themselves for the next big battle.
It was then announced that any who wished to carry the Queen’s favor should please seek her out after court.
Court was then suspended.
Tuesday, August 7, at Kingdom Grand Court
Assistant Herald: Mistress Gytha Oggsdottir, Silent Herald, Don Jǫrundr hinn Rotinn, Golden Alce Herald and Kameshima-kyō Zentarō Umakai, Shark Herald
Their Majesties were joined by Her Royal Highness Anna Leigh and the assembled Landed Baronage of the Kingdom.
Their Majesties welcomed all to their court and bade them to seek their comfort.
His Majesty spoke of how well Æthelmearc was doing representing the Midrealm in the various Champions tournaments. Out of the 10 slots available for the Midrealm Archery Champions team, 7 were filled by subjects of Æthelmearc with 2 slots also being filled by our Kingdom.
Their Majesties then called for Frytz Flußmüllner. It was announced that young Frytz won the Division 1 Baronial Youth Combat Tournament. As he had to leave the field early, his prizes were then awarded to him. It was then announced that in that same tournament, for Division 2, Fox of Æthelmearc took the title and in Division 3, Evan Moraine, also of Æthelmearc won.
Fox receives a favor from the Baroness of the Rhydderich Hael at the KW Baronial Youth Champions’ Tourney. Photo by Arianna.
Frytz processes into the KW Baronial Youth Champions’ Tourney. Photo by Arianna.
It was then announced that Æthelmearc subjects also won the following tournaments:
Overall Thrown Weapons – Lord Godfrey de Bayeux
Knife Throw – Lady Dorothea Starke Schütz
Spear Throw – Lord Meinulfr Grimsson
Early period Cut and Thrust – Master Clewin Kupferhelbelinc
Baron Edward Harbinger then came into court. He explained that he has been called for another duty and must step down as Kingdom Archery Marshal. Their Majesties expressed their sadness that he must leave the office but understand as he was to assume the position of Society Archery and Thrown Weapons Marshal. Master Juan Miguel Caesar was then called forth and invested into the position of Kingdom Archery Marshal.
However Their Majesties said they were not done with His Excellency. They spoke of his years of dedicated service to the Archery and youth combat communities, his work as Herald and autocrat and now Society Marshal. For all this he was inducted into the Order of the Millrind. Scroll by THL Eleanore Godwin.
The children of the realm were then called forth. Her Majesty thanked them for coming and said she understood that sometimes court can be a bit hard to sit through. She then invited them to seek out Sir Hagar at the back of court and to select a toy from the toybox.
The children are sent to seek toys from the toy box. Photo by Arianna.
William MacNess was then invited before Their Majesties. They told of how this good man helps to set-up the Royal encampment every year and is a source of reliable service. For this they did Award him Arms. Scroll by Sibyl of Nithgaard.
Draven Hastings was then called for. His works as retainer for multiple reigns, Pennsic War staff, helping with Royal set up and tear down and assistant with the Kids party at Pennsic last year has all been noted. For all this and more Their Majesties did Award him Arms. Scroll by THL Elyse le Bref.
Draven receives an AoA. Photo by Arianna.
Hallbjorn Eyvindursen was Awarded Arms in absentia for his dedication as a shield man of the Borderwatch and continued pursuit of study in the heavy weapons community. Scroll by Mistress Gillian Llywelyn of Ravenspur.
Sigrid Hakonsdotter was Awarded Arms in absentia for her ever present joy and helpfulness that she brings to every event she attends. Scroll by Lord Takeda Giro Masashige
Their Majesties then sought the presence of Lord Robert Hawksworth. Her Majesty spoke of the boundless energy and willingness to take on any task that he is presented with. This could not go unrecognized and he was thus made a member of the Order of the Keystone. Scroll by THL Edena the Red.
For her beautiful tablet weaving and other fiber arts works, Beatrix of Anglesey was made a member of the Order of the Sycamore in absentia. Scroll by THL Zofia Kowalewska.
Lady Mollie O’Donnel was made a member of the Order of the Sycamore in absentia for all her work in making sure that the people of the Society do not go unclothed. Scroll by Baroness Ekaterina Volkova.
Their Majesties then asked for the presence of Lord Jakob Krahe. His command of the Arindale ten man team in various Melee events has become legendary. For this and more he was invited into the Order of the Golden Alce. Scroll by Edelvrous Lijsbet de Kuekere.
Lord Jacob receives a Golden Alce. Photo by Arianna.
The court then called for Don Jacob of Dunmore. His Majesty asked if he had had the opportunity to sit vigil as has been requested of him earlier in the war. Upon receiving the affirmative, the Order of Defense was requested to present themselves. Before being able to make their final decision, Their Majesties asked for witnesses to the worthiness of His Lordship. Duchess Dorinda Courtenay spoke on behalf of the Order of the Laurel, attesting to his gratitude and support of the arts and artisans of the realm and how he has made an art out of serving when needed. Sir Ian Kennoven, representing the Order of Chivalry, spoke of how he has trained in the art of fencing to the point where the entire Known World knows his name. The Order of the Pelican was represented by Duchess Liadain ni Dheirdre Caomhanaigh who spoke of his unending service, even to the giving of the shirt off his own back. Countess Margerite Eisenwald spoke for His Lordship as a Lady of the Rose and said that the only word to describe him is “love”. Love of Kingdom, love of service, love of fencing. Master Lodovick of Grays Inn then spoke on behalf of the Order of Defense. He commented that he knew that His Lordship would never stop defending the kingdom and it is right and proper that he join the order.
Their Majesties, well pleased with words spoken, asked His Lordship if it was his wish to continue. Upon receiving an affirmative answer, there was a call for a collar to mark his station. He was presented a personal collar as well as the ancestral collar of Æthelmearc. A cloak was then placed about his shoulders. Their Majesties then received his oath and then presented Master Jacob of Dunmore to the Known World. Promissory scroll was unsigned.
Master Jacob is elevated to the Order of Defense. Photo by Mistress Illadore de Bedegrayne.
A brief intermission was called and court was suspended.
After the break, THL Rosalia Iuliana Andere,Kingdom Siege Marshal asked for time in court. She said that her time in the office had come to an end and that her successor had been chosen. Lord Chebe came forth and was made the new Siege Marshal for the Kingdom of Æthelmearc.
THLady Rosalia passes the Kingdom Siege Marshal position to Lord Chebe. Photo by Arianna.
Lady Ingunn Halldorsdottir was called into court. His Majesty spoke of the long years she has served Steltonwald as officer, autocrat and welcoming face to new members. For this she was given an Award of Excellence and received a token of a bracelet made by His Majesty.
Lady Ingunn receives an Award of Excellence. Photo by Arianna.
Master Morien MacBain was the summoned. Their Majesties spoke of his dedicated research into and the teaching of historical pilgrimages as well as military history. The Order of the Fleur d’Æthelmearc was then called for so that they could welcome him into the order. Scroll by Lord Rhys Penbras ap Dafydd.
Lord Thorstein Thorgrimson was inducted in absentia into the Order of the Gage. Scroll by THL Phelippe Ulfdottir.
Their Majesties then demanded the presence of Ishiyama-roku-i Gentarou Yori’ie. His Majesty announced that the defendant has been accused of sharing knowledge of foreign lands to the subjects of Æthelmearc. As this is a strong charge the Council of the Laurel was summoned so that Their Majesties could hear testimony as to whether or not the charge was true. Kusunoki Fumio Bun’ami, called Master Morien ap Rhys of Cardiff in the Western Lands, spoke as a representative of the defendant’s Peer, Mistress Roxanne de St. Luc. Sir Maghnus an Chnoic na n’Iora, the Ujino-osa of the defendant’s household spoke on behalf of the Order of Chivalry. Sir Morgen of Rye, Tonno of Clan Yama Kaminari, and Royal Peer then gave testimony. Mistress Hilderun Hugelmann, Baroness of the defendant’s prefecture and member of the Order of the Pelican. Sir Christopher Rawlyns, Jewel of Æthelmearc, also gave testimony. And lastly, Master Illadore de Bedagrayne, representing the Order of the Laurel testified to the actions of the defendant.
Their Majesties, having heard the testimony could only agree that indeed Ishiyama-roku-i has deliberately spread the knowledge of foreign ways in the Kingdom. And as such they charge that he must continue to do so but with the rights and responsibilities of a member of the Order of the Laurel. To prepare him for his journey a dobuku was placed about his shoulders, an eboshi was laid upon his head, a sum of gold in the form of a medallion was given to him and rations for his journey, in the form of a fruitcake, was placed in his charge. He then swore his oath to the crown and was then presented as Ishiyama-shonagon Gentarou Yori’ie. Promissory scroll by Mistress Kris Gilibari.
Master Ishiyama is inducted into the Order of the Laurel. Photo by Arianna.
As the Order greeted their new member, Her Majesty remarked that there appears to be all kinds of ways to become a member of the order and pondered as to what made a Laurel. After several members of the order answered her, she then asked if they could find a person who represented all that they had described. THL Luceta di Cosimo was then brought before Their Majesties. As the Order of the Laurel had just described her, They felt is was only right and proper that she should sit vigil at another time and place and contemplate joining the order. Pysanky egg made by Lady Nicola Beese.
Lady Luceta receives a Writ for the Laurel. Photo by Mistress Ts’vee’a bas Tseepora Levi.
Their Majesties then thanked the Brewers of Æthelmearc for providing refreshments, not just during court but for also manning the bar in the Royal Encampment all war. They also thanked the Debatable Choir for the entertainment during the intermission. It was also announced that there was a slight change regarding Closing ceremonies.
There being no further business at that time, court was suspended.
Their Majesties were joined by Their Majesties Agrippa and Dawid of Caid
Their Majesties thanked all who put such effort into the event and said they have always felt welcomed and embraced at the Ball. But they did have business with two who, year after year, put in great effort to make a safe place for any who need.
Lord Angelo di Calabria and Lord Joshua MacDonald were called forth. Lord Angelino has been known for his organization of both the Blue Feather Ball and the Blue Feather Camp was then made a Baron of the Court and Granted Arms. Scroll by Silwa af Swaneholm. Lord Joshua was also noted for all his work to make the Ball and Camp a safe place for others and open to all who would have fun. For this, with the blessing of Their Majesties of Atlantia, he was made a Baron of the Court and Granted Arms. Scroll by Isabella Montoya.
Court was then suspended.
Thursday, August 9, at the Æthelmearc Kingdom Party
Their Majesties were joined by Her Royal Highness Anna Leigh and Her Majesty Altani Khaligu Yeke Khatun of Lochac.
Their Majesties thanked all who had come to celebrate the Kingdom and the great gathering that is Pennsic and said they had a few pieces of business to conduct.
James Brezel, Johnny Uber and Josh McCracken were asked to join Their Majesties in Court. These three men represent the next generation of the Coopers Lake Staff and who have worked tirelessly over the years to help make Pennsic work. Their efforts in improving the land, assisting with the infrastructure and hosting the Known World allows us to do what we do. James was then named a Baron of the Courts of Æthelmearc and Lochac with Grant of Arms. A coronet was then presented on behalf of the Pennsic War Staff. Johnny was then named a Baron of the Courts of Æthelmearc and Lochac with a Grant of Arms. He was also presented a coronet on behalf of the Pennsic War Staff. Josh was then made a Baron of the Courts of Æthelmearc and Lochac with Grant of Arms. When a call for a coronet was made, Sir Edward Zifram of Gendy and Baron Ronan o’Gobhann came forth. Sir Edward said that there was only one coronet fitting for the youngest grandson of Baron “The Dave” Cooper. Baron Ronan then took the coronet that he received the previous year and returned Dave Cooper’s Coronet to the Cooper Family by presenting it for Josh to wear. All three scrolls were unsigned.
Their Majesties then asked for the presence of Lady Celestia Vianello. Her Majesty said that the entire Pennsic War Staff came to them begging a boon regarding this good woman. Her long dedicated service to Pennsic, as Lost and Found Coordinator, Administration and anything that needed to be done has been documented for more years than could be counted. So, after consulting with Their Majesties of Caid, as she resides part time in that fair Kingdom, they were moved to create her a Baroness of the Court with a Grant of Arms. A coronet made by the Pennsic War Staff was the presented. Promissory scroll by Fearghus mac Eoin and Catherine Wolfe.
Their Majesties then called for Master Benedict Fergus atte Mede to present himself. It was noted that he is always working in some capacity and that there was a group of people who would have words with him. The Order of the Pelican was then called forth and instructed to take him to sit vigil at the Shoote in the Wildwood where he would that night answer if he would join the order.
Their Majesties then asked that everyone please enjoy the party, partake of the refreshments offered by the Brewers of the Kingdom and to stay and enjoy the music of Wolgemut.
There being no further business the Court of Sven and Siobhan was closed.
Gentles who spent time at the Pennsic AE Royal encampment had the opportunity to take a swing at striking medieval coins. A temporary mint was set up at the side of the Royal Presence tent, where two different coins were struck. One coin was the Royal coin for the treasury of King Sven and Queen Siobhan. It was carved in the manner of a 10th-century Anglo-Norse coin. One face was designed and crafted by Master Anias Fenne and the other by Lord Guillaume le Noir.
The memorial coin for Prince Titus
The other coin was a memorial coin in remembrance of Prince Titus, carved in the manner of the memorial coin of Constantine the Great (4th century) by Prima Argentia. Gentles who struck Titus’s coin took their handiwork with them so that they could be reminded of our friend in times to come. The carved dies were then sent to Prince Titus’s home kingdom of the West, where similar mints will be set up at coming events.
The line to strike coins stretches out into the Kingdom party
Earl Byron guides visitors as they strike coins
The Pennsic mint was set up during the Debatable Lands’ Baronial reception, during Prince Titus’s memorial reception, and during the Kingdom Party. Hundreds of children and adults lined up to see how hard they needed to swing a hammer to get a complete imprint onto a coin, and also to learn about the artwork and inscriptions on Roman and Viking coins.
Pictures of the struck coins (along with their historical documentation) can be found at the Moneyers Guild website.
Or, if the Royalty are particularly impressed with your service, They may reward you with one of these coins from Their own hand.
Thanks to the strong arms of the populace of AEthelmearc, the kingdom treasury is again filled with coin.
Some of the Royal coins laid out upon the escarbuncle
Photographs courtesy of Prima Argentia and Earl Byron.
Aethelmearc Royal encampment, a few years past. Photo credit, Aoife
From the Kingdom Pennsic Chamberlain, Baron Janos:
A friendly reminder for people to plan to help set up and break down Æthelmearc Royal this Pennsic. Set up will be on the First Sunday and tear-down the final Friday.
Like past years, we are looking for crews to handle the loading of the transfer truck at the AE Trailer and a ground crew to set up at N04.
We are also looking for folks willing to/interested in splitting the cost of a box truck for the first Sunday and the final Friday of Pennsic. The Kingdom will split the cost of the rental of the truck on those days. Doing so means we will not have to wait for the Coopers to transport, and will speed up the process considerably. If you are interested or can otherwise help out with transport, please contact the Pennsic Chamberlain at firstname.lastname@example.org or 267-679-1171.
Thank you all in advance for your help in setting up and breaking down Æ Royal this year. We hope to make it a quick and easy process like in the past.
Greetings from Æthelmearc’s Hospitality Coordinators, Lady Lasairfhiona inghean Aindrias and Lady Dubheasa inghen Dubgaill:
Do you enjoy the magic of Pennsic?
Would you like to be a part of that magic?
Pennsic runs on the strength and dedication of volunteers. We would love for you to experience the joy and wonder of volunteering. Æthelmearc Hospitality at the Kingdom Royal Encampment is looking for people to relax in the shade and greet people. While doing so, you can charge your electronic and have something cold to drink.
Each shift is two hours.
Hospitality is open Monday of Peace Week through Thursday of War Week.
Largesse generously donated by the people of our Kingdom, given to Atendveldt at Estrella War. Photo by Mistress Hilderun Hugelmann
This year the gift exchange has departed from tradition; We do not have a Kingdom assigned to us. This gives some unexpected flexibility and opportunity for our artists. In that spirit Our Gracious Monarchs Timothy & Gabrielle will be gifting all of our Royal cousins with tokens of friendship!
There are two ways for you to be involved in this endeavor. The first is the gift exchange basket. Since there’s no Kingdom & we have already received some beautiful items to build around, the theme of the basket is Norse (Viking). Cohesive items to this theme are greatly appreciated, but all generosity is welcomed.
The second way to be involved is making items for all the Royal Cousins. To keep this manageable I’m splitting the Crown and the Consort. Ideally 15-20 like items would keep this equal & easy to distribute (for all bags we would need 30-40). This is a big task! If you can only make 6 of something, please still do! There’s no need to worry about colors, make best use of resources available. The gift bags are approximately 12”x14”.
We have some amazing gifts for this purpose already, but value all contributions. If you have any questions or need to brainstorm, please reach out to me (phone & Facebook preferred over email). If you have the will & ability, but not the resources, please contact me. Material assistance may be possible. Items can be delivered at events to TRM or I, mailed, or delivered at Pennsic to the Kingdom encampment. Please do so by Saturday morning, August 5th, 2017.
Please include your name, Facebook name (if applicable), home group & contact information. You can do this either once, or even better, attached to each item. You’d be surprised where your gifts end up and who might want to thank you! If liquid or consumable, please make sure items are sealed and include ingredients on each item. If you have documentation include it (but don’t fret if you don’t)! With TRM’s permission, I’m looking forward to photographing many, if not all, of the donations to share on Facebook. If for any reason you do not want your work shared, please note that as well. We want to show all the amazing deeds of our kingdom and help inspire future participation!
Great ideas can be found on the Largesse Makers Facebook group, found here.
In Service by the Grace of Timothy & Gabrielle,
Countess Anna Leigh
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412-901-3581 Cell phone (between 9am-10pm)