Documented from the Scrolls of the Reign of Anna Leigh, Queen of Æthelmearc: The Business of Rhydderich Hael 40th Anniversary and Baronial Investiture, December 1, Anno Societatis LIII, in the Barony of the Rhydderich Hael, accompanied this day by Her Heirs, Gareth and Juliana. As recorded by Maestro Orlando di Bene del Vinta, Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald, with assistance from Lord Salvadore de la Torres.
Baron Magnus. All photos by Michael Matlock except as otherwise noted.
In the morning, Her Majesty gave leave to Their Excellencies to conduct their last baronial court.
At the conclusion of their baronial court, Her Majesty then called Baron Magnus de Lyons and Baroness Miriel du Lac into Her court. She thanked them for their service and duty to their barony, and did divest them of their baronial coronets and release them from their duties as the 11th baron and baroness of the Rhydderich Hael.
Juliana and Padraig
Next, Her Majesty summoned Padraig O’Branduibh and Juliana Rosalia Dolce di Siena to hear their claim to the baronial thrones of the Rhydderich Hael. Her Majesty then heard words from the baronial officers confirming that an election was held in accordance with established laws and policies and that it was the will of the populace that Padraig and Juliana serve as the next baronage. Having heard testimony, Her Majesty did then invest Padraig and Juliana as the 12th Baron and Baroness of the Rhydderich Hael and did receive their oath of fealty.
Her Majesty then gave leave to Their Excellencies to hold their first baronial court.
Magnus and Miriel are made Court Baron and Baroness. Photo by Baron Steffan Wolfgang von Ravensburg.
Magnus de Lyons and Miriel du Lac were then summoned before the Sylvan Throne, where Her Majesty spoke of Her gratitude for their fine service as landed baron and baroness of the Rhydderich Hael and did create them a Baron and Baroness of the Court. Scroll for Baron Magnus by Sthurrim Caithnes. Scroll for Baroness Miriel by Rosemund von Glinde.
Reign Artisan Jasper Longshanks then approached Her Majesty and presented Her with scribal desks and 10th century pan pipes to be given as gifts as Her Majesty sees fit.
Lord Jasper. Photo by Baron Steffan.
The royal emissary, Countess Gwen A’Brooke from the Kingdom of Calontir, next presented Her Majesty with kind words and a basket of gifts from Their Majesties Calontir.
Her Majesty then heard words from Ambrosius MacDaibhidh, who spoke of how his attention to fun sometimes overshadows his attention to accuracy and did acknowledge an error in scoring at the Kingdom Archery Championship, in which THL Cynwulf Rendell was declared the winner when, in fact, Lord Ronan O’Conall had carried the day. Her Majesty then called for Her archery champion, Cynwulf Rendell, thanked him for the time he did serve as archery champion, and did divest him of his regalia and relieve him of his station. She next called for Lord Ronan O’Conall and did invest him as the Æthelmearc Archery Champion and bid him take his place in Her court. Scroll by THL Eleanore Godwin.
Lord Ronan is named archery champion. Photo by Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope.
Her Majesty then had words for THL Cynwulf Rendell and thanked him for his service as Her champion and for his graciousness, and so did present him with a Cornelian. Scroll by THL Eleanore Godwin.
THL Lodthinn Vikarsson and Lady Isabella were next presented each with a Golden Escarbuncle for their work as autocrats for Coronation.
Lord Lodthinn. Photo by Baron Steffan.
Duke Sigenoth the Blissful was next received by Her Majesty and acknowledged that it was his intention to answer Her writ of summons later this day as to whether or not he would join the Order of the Pelican.
Duke Sigenoth (Cygnus) is sent to vigil. Photo by Baron Steffan.
Court was then suspended.
Upon the rapier field in the afternoon Her Majesty called for Lord Cyrus Augur. Acknowledging his prowess, teaching, and service to the art of rapier, she did induct him into the Order of the White Scarf. Scroll by Ekaterina Volkova.
Don Cyrus. Photo by Baron Steffan.
Court was suspended.
Comtesse Elena. Photo by Arianna
At the conclusion of the Queen’s Rapier Tournament Her Majesty called for Her rapier champion, Master Illadore de Bedagrayne, and released her from her service. Her majesty called for Countess Elena d’Artois, the victor of the tournament, and named her as Her Majesty’s Rapier Champion.
Her Majesty then presented Master Donnan MacDubhsidhe with a pin recognizing his service as a former rapier champion to Queen Elena.
Court was suspended.
In the evening, Her Majesty called forward the children and allowed them to select a toy from the kingdom toy chest.
Next, Her Majesty gave leave to hold baronial court.
Lady Thalia. Photo by Baron Steffan.
Her Majesty then received Lady Thalia Papillon, who presented Her Majesty with toys to be included in the kingdom toy box for the children. The Queen then bid Lady Thalia to tarry a bit longer and spoke not only of this act of service, but of the many other acts of service she does for her barony, and so did induct her in the Order of the Keystone. Scroll by Mistress Gillian Llywelyn.
Annika Iosefova was then called to attend Her Majesty, who spoke of her contributions to her shire and so did Award Arms to Annika. Scroll by Alita of Hartstone.
Lady Annika. Photo by Baron Steffan.
Lord Abdul Ishkhan Al-Rashid next appeared, and Her Majesty spoke highly of his skill in the martial arts as a fencer, fighter, and archer, and so did induct him into the Order of the Golden Alce. Illumination by Anlaith Ingen Trena, calligraphy by Graidhne ni Ruadh.
Her Majesty then sought the attendance of Lord Chebe of the Rhydderich Hael, where she recounted his service to the martial community in the Hael, particularly his contributions to siege weaponry, and so did create him a companion of the Order of the Keystone. Scroll by Lady Eilionora inghean an Bhaird.
Next, Syele Pfeifferin was addressed by Her Majesty, who spoke of the many deeds of service given to the Crown, particularly in her acts in creating garb; and for this service did Her Majesty create Syele a Baroness of the Court. Scroll forthcoming.
Baroness Syele. Photo by Baron Steffan.
Her Majesty sought audience with Her Order of the Millrind and, stating that she has heard their words, did call forward Duke Maynard von dem Steine and induct him into the Order for his years of service to the kingdom and the martial community. Scroll by Phelippe Pippi Ulfsdotter.
Duke Sigenoth the Blissful next appeared before Her Majesty, whereupon he stated he was willing to receive the accolade, and so Her Majesty called for the Order of the Pelican. In testimony, Duke Maynard von dem Steine rose for the Order of Chivalry and spoke of how Sigenoth is someone who is looked up to, who inspires others to grow, and is a standard of excellence. For the Order of the Laurel, Sir Ian Kennoven spoke of Sigenoth’s dedication to the arts. For the Order of Defense, Master Jacob of Dunmore spoke of the ways in which Sigenoth had a personal influence on his own growth in the Society. As a royal peer, Duchess Dorinda Courtenay told of how Sigenoth is an inspiration to all of us, noting that he is the voice that says, “it can be done.” And for the Order of the Pelican, Duke Matthew Blackleaf spoke of the decades of Sigenoth’s amazing breadth of service. Having been satisfied by these words of the peers of the realm, Her Majesty then called for Sigenoth to be arrayed in the regalia of the Order of the Pelican and did receive his oath, and did induct him into the Order of the Pelican. Scroll forthcoming.
Why yes, we were fencing, heavy fighting, and shooting archery outside, in December, in the Rhydderich Hael! A more amazing day could not possibly have been ordered (although rumor has it that the autocrat put in a special request for her soon-to-be invested protégé and apprentice). It was a day filled with pageantry, many of the activities we all enjoy, and fabulous feasting.
A most excellent vigil spread.
Highlights of the day included Their Excellencies Carolus and Isolda holding their final court and bidding farewell to the populace as they went into well-deserved retirement, the actual Investiture of Magnus de Lyons and Miriel du Lac, the vigil and elevation of Baron Meszaros Janos to the Order of the Laurel, and simply enjoying time with all of our friends.
On the martial front the Heavy fighters enjoyed a Roman Melee put together by Sir Callidus and Lord Horatius. The Rapier Fighters had a two- hour bear pit run by Baron Caleb. Overall winner was Master Fergus atte Meade with 150 points, plus he marshaled. For archery, THL Rendell and his son Gawin Hawkseye put together a last minute range, since the weather was so nice. Theme was “Revenge of the Ranges”, using 6 of the most recent challenge ranges in the Hael. Gawin won. (See more information in the court reports below.)
In the words of our new Baron, Magnus de Lyons:
“For me Investiture was exactly the sort of event I wanted to mark the start of our reign with and something we can take very little credit for. Her Excellency Miriel and I share the belief that at any event fun should come first and Investiture was a wonderful example of this. During the day people enjoyed heavy combat, fencing, and even (I still can’t believe it given the time of year) an archery tournament! Inside we had a modest Art and Science contest, scrumptious side board, and a visually stunning vigil set up. All this was drawn to a conclusion with a stomach busting feast! I think the only complaint I had is not having the time to jump in and personally enjoy all the activities myself! Granted a lot of this was at the whim of Mother Nature and the fortuitous luck we had with the weather but the efforts of the event staff played an equal if not larger part.
Intrepid tollners Rhys Penbras ap Dafydd and Mistress Sthurrim
Having said that, I think enough other people will talk about the activities. Instead I wanted to speak to the hard work and dedication of the people behind the scenes. It always amazes me when I see the effort people put forward to make an event like this happen. When done properly (as it was at Investiture) the result is virtually seamless and often as a result this effort remains largely unseen (but certainly not unacknowledged). Countless hours are clocked preparing garb, promoting the event, preparing the food, coordinating the equipment
Master Filippo and son Phillip guarding the vigil.
required to run the event, volunteers manning posts such as Troll, scribes preparingscrolls, preparing the royalty room, setting up the site, and even when the energy is almost drained staying to clean up. This effort even extends beyond the confines of the event site as numerous people (including our autocrat) open their homes to out of town guests. Providing a complete list of names that deserve thanks would looks like the rolling end credits of a Martin Scorsese film.
As this is an event report I feel I should pick and speak about a highlight from the day. For me it has to be the wonderful feast crafted and presented by Lord Bóvi Davíðsson and his team. Lord Bóvi is such a talented cook and I was excited when he instantly volunteered to do the feast for Investiture. The food was exceptional as always but it was really the fine details that set this apart for me. Months before hand we had talked about wanting to try a meat pie made with eel and Lord Bóvi not only remembered this but made a special eel meat pie for high table. My one request for feast was that the glasses at high table remain constantly full and as a result there was steady flow of helpers running drinks back and forth. All of this was delivered with a humorous wit and energy that kept the crowd laughing in between bites. So hats off to Lord Bóvi and his team. They made an already wonderful day a memory I won’t soon forget. Vivant!”
Kingdom Court Report:
Documented from the Scrolls of the Reign of Magnus Tindal and Etain II, basileos kai basilissa Æthelmearc: the Business of Their Court at Baronial Investiture, 12 December Anno Societatis L, in the Barony of Rhydderich Hael. As recorded by Their Silver Buccle Herald, Kameshima-kyō Zentarō Umakai, with the assistance of THL Sophie Davenport, Seedling Herald.
In the morning, accompanied by Their Excellencies Carolus and Isolda, Baron and Baroness of Rhydderich Hael:
The Imperatori granted leave to Their Excellencies to perform their final business.
Carolus and Isolda enter retirement.
The Imperatori then called Their Excellencies before Them and confirmed that it was their wish to retire to their estates, for while their time serving the Barony was something they would always treasure, the Coronets had come to weigh heavy upon their heads. The Emperor and Empress then removed the Coronets from their heads and bid them retire.
The Ice Dragon thrones sitting empty, and with the Ice Dragon approaching (though, it was noted, far more mildly than normal), The Imperatori then called upon the Baronial Seneschal’s office, and Tiarna Padraig Ó Branduibh produced a petition from the populace requesting that They invest Lord Magnus de Lyons and Lady Miriel du Lac as Baron and Baroness of Rhydderich Hael.
Mistress Ysabeau Tiercelin came forth and proclaimed that, as she does not demand fealty from her dependents, she would not be releasing Magnus as her protégé and
Magnus and Miriel give their oath as new Baron and Baroness.
apprentice. The so named Lord Magnus and Lady Miriel were then summoned before the Imperial presence, invested as Baron and Baroness of the Rhydderich Hael, and swore their fealty to the Crown and Kingdom before taking their place upon the Ice Dragon thrones.
Lord Carolus Loke and THL Isolda filia Georgii were recalled to the Royal Court and in recognition of the service they had rendered unto the Sylvan Thrones as Baron and Baroness of Rhydderich Hael, were elevated to the station of Baron and Baroness of the Court, and Lord Carolus was also Granted Arms. Scrolls by Mistress Sthurrim Caithness.
Baron Meszaros Janos was called before Their Majesties, for he had received a Writ of Summons to sit vigil in contemplation of ascension to the Imperial Council of the Laurel. Mistress Cori Ghora, to whom Janos had been protegé and apprentice, came forward, released him from his service to her, and reclaimed the belt that marked him as her dependent. Thus released, he was free to contemplate the offer before him as a free man, and was remanded into the custody of the Council of the Laurel to escort him to the place that had been set for him.
In the evening, accompanied by Their Excellencies Magnus and Miriel, Baron and Baroness of Rhydderich Hael:
The Imperatori gave leave to Their Excellencies to conduct the business of their opening Court.
Mistress Cori Ghora was invited to announce that she has issued a challenge to the Landed Barons and Baronesses of Æthelmearc to provide 3 person-hours of service towards site cleanup for the upcoming Kingdom 12th Night celebration on January 9th in Abhain Ciach Ghlais.
Master Filippo and Mistress Tiercelin are happy to receive their backlog scrolls.
Mistress Ysabeau Tiercelin and Maestro Filippo de Sancto Martino were invited forth and presented with the scrolls commemorating their elevation to the Peerage: Ysabeau to the Council of the Laurel, Filippo to that of the Pelican. Ysabeau’s scroll by Mistress Sthurrim Caithness upon words by Master Caleb Reynolds; Filippo’s scroll by Mistress Ysabeau Tiercelin.
Lady Astrid vigaskegg was given long-overdue recognition for her research and skill at multiple artistic endeavors, including cooking, sewing, embroidery and Viking culture, with induction into the Order of the Sycamore. Scroll by Meisterin Felicitas Flußmüllnerin.
Lady Astrid vigaskegg
Lady Maeve receives her Millrind.
Lady Maeve ni Siurtain was Granted Arms and elevated to the Order of the Millrind for her service to the Kingdom equestrian community, as well as serving as Baronial Chatelaine. Scroll illuminated by Lord Jacques of Sylvan Glen and calligraphed by Kameshima-kyō Zentarō Umakai.
Tiarna Padraig Ó Branduibh was Granted Arms and admitted into the Order of the Millrind for his service as Baronial Seneschal as well as his service to the Kingdom running the Hospitality Tent at multiple Pennsic Wars. Scroll by Baroness Ekaterina Volkova.
Tiarna Padraig receiving his Millrind.
Mistress Sthurrim Caithness was welcomed to the Order of the Millrind for her multiple areas of service to Barony and Kingdom, most notably as one of the most reliable scribes. Scroll a work in progress by THL Renata Rouge.
Mistress Sthurrim receiving her Millrind.
Baron Janos gives his oath as newest Companion of the Laurel.
The Imperatori recalled Baron Mezsaros Janos and confirmed that he had received good words from the Council of the Laurel and others of their Empire, and that armed with this knowledge, he was now ready to be named to that Council. The Emperor and Empress called for testimony from Peers of the Realm as to his good qualities. Duchess Thyra of the East Kingdom spoke of his hospitality, generosity and graciousness, and recalled an incident where he taught her something about what it means to be Royalty. Dame Bronwyn MacFhionghuinn carried the words of Duke Timothy, who spoke of the inspiration Janos provides to Pennsic through the Food Lab. Mistress Cori Ghora carried the words of Countess Beatrice of Lochac, who talked of the courage of his heart, unyielding in the face of adversity. Sir Vladisla Nikulich remembered the joy that Janos brought to the service of Queen’s Guard. Dame Bronwyn MacFhionghuinn of the Council of the Pelican recalled several of his good qualities while testifying to his abundant and obvious service. Mistress Margaret Fitzwilliam of Kent of the Council of the Laurel of Northshield spotlighted his endless enthusiasm, for when he learns of something new, he must learn everything about it, and then he must teach everything about it. Duchess Rowan de la Garnisson, 2nd Jewel of Æthelmearc, compared a Jewel, which draws the eye and shows others the joy of the SCA, to Janos, who takes frightening things and makes them accessible to all. Moved by these testimonies, the Imperatori presented Janos with regalia befitting a Councillor of the Laurel: two medallions, a cloak, a wreath, and the traditional Laurel fruitcake. They then elevated Mezaros Janos to the Peerage of the Society and named him to Their Council of the Laurel, and received Mester Janos’s oath of fealty. Scroll a work in progress by Mistress Gillian Llewellyn of Ravenspur upon wording by Mistress Cori Ghora.
Baroness Laurencia of Carlisle, who has mastered the art of the creation of garb, was served with a Writ of Summons to contemplate elevation to the Council of the Laurel, and commanded to answer this writ at the Festival of the Passing of the Ice Dragon.
Her Majesty awarded her Token of Inspiration to THL Cynwulf Rendell for his creative and enjoyable archery ranges that he had designed and executed, and all celebrated the lovely weather that had graced Their Excellencies’ Investiture that the Kingdom’s archers might take advantage of the opportunity.
All those who contributed to the day’s scrolls and medallions were asked to stand and be recognized.
There being no further business, this Imperial Court was closed.
Baronial Court Report of Carolus and Isolda:
The Court Report of Their Excellencies, Carolus and Isolda, Baron and Baroness of The Rhydderich Hael, held at Baronial Investiture on December 12, AS. 50, as witnessed by Baroness Ekaterina Volkova, Ice Dragon Pursuivant.
Their Excellencies welcomed all who came to witness the investiture of Their Heirs. They then called forth those children present to receive gifts and asked that they adjourn to the back of the hall to enjoy them.
Their Excellencies spoke of the courtesy of Master Otfried Ammerthaler and how it is known well beyond the borders of the Rhydderich Hael. Her Excellency talked of how he is welcoming to newcomers and helps them find a place within the Society. He was then made a member of the Noble Union of Lords and Ladies in absentia.Scroll by Baron Caleb Reynolds and Mistress Gillian Llewelyn.
Sibohan Readnait and Lady Simonetta D’Alfassi were invited into court. Both ladies were presented with scrolls to commemorate that they were both selected to represent the Rhydderich Hael as Baronial Chivalry Champions. Scrolls by illuminated by Baroness Rosamund von Glinde and calligraphed by Mistress Sthurrim Caithnes.
However, Their Excellencies were not finished with these two ladies.Siobhan Readnait came back to the Barony a little over a year ago and jumped right in to help as an event lunch coordinator, create Baronial favors and support the Hael Hounds. Because of all this, she was named a member of the Dragon’s Concordium. Scroll Illuminated by Mistress Sthurrim Caithnes and calligraphed by Tiarna Padraig O’Branduibh.
Lady Simonetta has been seen making favors, helping in kitchens, helping with event set up and tear down as well as assisting on the archery range. For her enthusiasm and help she was named a member of the Dragon’s Concordium.Scroll illuminated by Baroness Rosamund von Glinde and calligraphed by Mistress Sthurrim Caithness.
Seeing that the Order of the Dragon’s Concordium was still missing someone, Their Excellencies called before them Freya. They spoke of how she readily embraced the ideals of friendship and service that the Society holds and asked her to join the Order. Scroll by THL Zofia Kowalewska, upon words by Baron Caleb Reynolds.
But still the Order of the Dragon’s Concordium was lacking. His Excellency spoke of one who crafts fine armor to help protect the warriors of the Barony and encourages others to try making armor as well. For this was Lord Enzo de Pazzi invited into the order. Metal scroll etched by Jace.
Lord Wolfgang receives the Golden Bee.
Their Excellencies they asked Lord Wulfgang Starke to join them. He has become known as a fine brewer as well as crafter of tasty feasts both for the Barony and abroad. For this his was named to the Order of the Golden Bee. Scroll by Baroness Juliana Rosalia Dolce da Siena and Tiarna Padraig O’Branduibh.
Their Excellencies then presented Dragon Pins to the following people in recognition of their service as retainers and guards during Their Term as Baron and Baroness: THL Zofia Kowalski, Lord Magnus De Lyons, Lord Meuric ap Gwillim, Mistress Sthurrim Caithnes, Master Charles of Alden, Lady Katerin Starke, Curia, Lord Ursus Epicureous, THL Eleanor Godwin, Lady Isabetta Orsini, Lord Bovi Daviddson, Lord Avelina filia Isolda, Seraphina, Honnoria, Bernadette, Lord Horatius Cincinnatus, Mistress Gillian Llwelyn of Ravenspur, THL Mary Elizabeth Clason, THL Rhiannon Elandris of Glyndyfrdwy, Joseph the Silent, and Lady Miriel Du Lac and Baroness Katherine Kiersey.
Their Excellencies spoke of the love they have for, and received from the Barony and the Kingdom. They took great honor in serving and will retire with wonderful memories.
The final court of Baron Carolus and Baroness Isolda was then closed.
Court Report of Magnus and Miriel:
The Court Report of Their Excellencies, Magnus and Miriel, Baron and Baroness of The Rhydderich Hael, held at Baronial Investiture on December 12, AS. 50, as witnessed by Baroness Ekaterina Volkova, Ice Dragon Pursuivant.
Their Excellencies extended Their thanks to the Barony and the Kingdom for asking them to represent the Barony of the Rhydderich Hael.
As a token of gratitude and welcome, Their Excellencies presented Their Majesties, Magnus Tindal and Etain, with a gift basket of things that represent the Barony and the region.
Those children present, were called forward and gifted with coloring books.
Their Majesties then asked that all members of the populace, for whom this was their first event, to come forward and receive a token of welcome from the hands of Their Excellencies.
Her Excellency spoke of how it is impossible to do the job alone and that a support staff would be needed. Mistress Geirny Thorgrimsdottir was called forward and appointed Head Retainer for Their Excellencies.
Lord Meuric accepts the position of Captain of the Baronial Guard.
Lord Meuric ap Gwillim was then asked to come forth. His Excellency spoke that he spends his life, mundanely and in the Society, guarding others and one who has stood by his side was Lord Meuric and there is no other that he could ask to serve as Captain of the Baronial Guard.Lord Meuric accepted the position and took his place in court.
Mistress Ysabeau Tiercelin was then called into court to speak as autocrat for the day’s event. She thanked all those who assisted in some way, from set up, to troll, to cook, to marshal, to those that will stay and help tear down. She could not do it without them.
She then asked THL Cynwulf Rendell to come forward. He organized and ran an archery tournament, something unexpected for Northwest Æthelmearc in December. Lord Gawin Hawkseye was proclaimed the overall winner of the tournament.
Baron Caleb holds aloft the fencing prize.
Baron Caleb Reynolds was asked then to join Mistress Tiercelin and speak as Fencing Marshal. Three tournaments were held Master Benedict Fergus atte Mede was named overall winner. Don Behrand Elmendorf was named winner of the Funny Parry Object Competition and Rolff was chosen as Best Hand Puppet winner.
Mistress Tiercelin then spoke of the day’s Arts and Sciences competitions. Baron Caleb Reynolds was declared the victor of the Baronial theme competition for his Venerable Order of the Ice Dragon scroll. Prize scroll by the hand of THL Eleanor Godwin. THL Eleanor Godwin was announced as a winner of the non-Baronial themed competition and was awarded a gift of amber.
The Tribe of Tuatha Fieren asked for time in court to present Their Excellencies with gifts of fabric and trim so that They may make clothing as befits their new station. They also addressed the populace and said that they are still looking for volunteers to take over the War Practice Pick-a-Prize auction.
Baroness Rosamund, newest recipient of the N.U.L.L.
Their Excellencies asked that Baroness Rosamund von Glinde join them in court. Her Excellency spoke of Rosamund’s unending courtesy and how she welcomes new people to the Barony with a warm and generous heart and smile on her face. Because of this, they invited her to join the members of the Noble Union of Lords and Ladies. Scroll illuminated by Lady Rozalia Krawczykowa and calligrahed by THL Mary Elizabeth Clason.
The first court of Their Excellencies, Magnus and Miriel was then closed.
Join us in the Illustrious Barony of the Rhydderich Hael for the Investiture of Magnus de Lyons and Miriel du Lac on December 12, 2015 from 10 – 9 pm. The event will be held at Wrights Corners Fire Company, 4043 Lake Avenue, Lockport NY 14094.
We bid a fond goodbye to Baroness Isolda filia Georgii and Baron Carolus Loke as they retire to their country land holdings and pass the coronets on to their successors.
Here are some of the highlights planned for the day (aside, of course, from the Investiture itself):
FENCING There will be a rapier tourney run by Baron Caleb, either a round robin or a bear pit depending on the number of fencers. The requirement for the tourney will be parry object and sword. In addition to the overall winner (for which the prize is a length of velvet suitable for a cape), there will be a prize for the best parry object representing the Barony of the Rhydderich Hael. Make a parry item that will show off the Barony (like a dragon), Beau Fleuve (like a griffin), or the Hael’s past Cantons (such as a Chevy Blazer for Winter’s Edge or a Question Mark for Duncarrigh). Or make something in honor of a past Baron or Baroness of the Hael (like a horse for our founding Baroness, Morgan Elandris; a peacock for our current Baroness, Isolda; or a large ham for Caleb). All parry items must meet the current Kingdom and Society rules for rapier parry objects. Other than that, let your imagination go wild.
For those fencers who do not have their parry auths, or who do not wish to fence with a parry object in the tourney, you can make a sock puppet. The sock puppet must not be so thick that the fencer cannot feel an incoming shot and the fencer must be able to wield their sword in their off-hand, if they lose their primary hand. Sock puppets will be judged by the same Hael-like criteria as the parry objects by our soon to be invested Magnus and Miriel.
HEAVY FIGHTING: Be it known to all heavy fighters of the Kingdom of Æthelmearc and those far beyond her borders that the Barony of the Rhydderich Hael will be holding a day of tournaments for the Investiture of Magnus and Miriel and the well-deserved retirement of Carolus and Isolda. Please join us for this joyous occasion and prove your might on the list field. If the weather holds we have the opportunity to hold field battles outside (including combat archery and melees). If the dread Ice Dragon should visit we will have plenty of indoor fighting space. More fighting information will be posted as the date approaches. Stay tuned for all the best heavy combat an Investiture can have.
Make sure to polish your armour and bring your banners to display your heraldry. Be prepared to prove your prowess and enjoy the other festivities. We will also as always in Hael spirit provide the opportunity for all new authorizations and secondary authorizations during the day. Our Barony would love to not only greet their new Baron and Baroness but also the Kingdom’s newest fighters. ~ Horatius
A&S: There will be an A&S competition with the theme of Rhydderich Hael Baronial Heraldry. Entries that could be given as largess afterward would be appreciated. This competition is wide open; EZ-DOC is acceptable for documentation. (http://larsdatter.com/ezdoc/). The competition will be judged by our new Baron and Baroness. Nothing with a Baronial theme? Bring your best work, as there will be a separate prize, given by Mistress Ysabeau Tiercelin, for a non-Baronial themed entry.
DANCE: This is our traditional Masked Ball event so there will be dancing between removes of the feast, and afterward as well. Masks encouraged and a prize will be given for the Best Mask.
CHILDRENS ACTIVITIES: There will be scheduled activity for our younger members. Please remember that parents must be present or within eyesight of their minor child for these.
The site is wet (period containers please) and we encourage candles for dinner; please help us bring back the magic of feasting by candlelight.
The Head Chef is Lord Bovi Davidson. The repast will include the following:
Olives and assorted cheezes
Eyroun in Lentyn (Fake Egg)
Chykonys in Bruette (Chicken cooked in a spiced beer sauce)
Baked Stuffed Mushrooms
Trayne Roast of Skirwittes & Apples (Parsnips and Apples roasted and glazed with honey)
Payne Foundow (A version of Bread Pudding)
Send reservations to: Melissa Hannon (THL Zofia Kowalewska), 53 Koester St, Buffalo, NY 14220, email@example.com, 716-867-5550. Early reservations are encouraged as the feast is capped at 100 gentles. The only good reservation is a paid reservation.
Costs are as follows: Site Fee
Free 6 and under
20.00 Family Cap
Free 4 and under, but must register if chair needed
$5 NMS fee will be charged to non-members. Make checks payable to SCA, NY Inc. Barony of Rhydderich Hael.