The Barony of Rhydderich Hael will be hosting a Celebration of Life Demo on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2022 at West Ave, Buffalo, NY 14201, near the corner of Porter Ave. (371 West is the nearest street address for maps searches.)
There is no cost to the event.
The event is to honor those that we have lost since the beginning of the epidemic, from COVID or otherwise, since many of us were unable to meet. This is a Celebration of Life, so no eulogies, just fun and merry making.
The event is a demo open to the public. Fencing and heavy fighting will occur, as well as A&S displays and possibly singing.
Autocrat: Abdul Al-Rashid, 2924 Stony Point Rd, Grand Island, NY 14072.
Children 17 and under are now FREE to go to the Festival of the Passing of the Ice Dragon as a part of new initiative within the Kingdom!
Celebrate the turning of the seasons and the return of warmer winds with the whole family at Ice Dragon, in the Barony of the Rhydderich Hael on Saturday, March 26th, 2022.
Ice Dragon is also still accepting merchant applications! Spots are filling up so please don’t delay.
Ice Dragon is a great opportunity to show your wares to a large crowd of shoppers. If you are interested in applying to merchant all the information you need can be found here. Please contact Merchant Liaison, Magnus de Lyons (Lance Kazmark) with questions or concerns via email or the Book of Faces.
The doors will open at 8:30 am to all attendees and will close at the conclusion of Evening court. All attendees must be off site by 8:00 pm. Activities for the day will include the traditional Arts & Sciences Pentathlon, a hall of Merchants with a wide selection of items. Martial tournaments and activities for adults and youths. There will be a Quiet Room available for any attendees that need a break from the activities of the day. A children’s activity area will be available for unstructured play time and crafts, and a host of Bardic and other performing arts performances.
THERE WILL BE NO SALONS OFFERED THIS YEAR AS EVENT IS AT A DIFFERENT LOCATION. THANK YOU FOR UNDERSTANDING!
There is also a Facebook event page found here where additional event details can be found.
On the day of the event, please be sure to bring your proof of vaccination, State ID card, proof of membership, payment, and exact change.
Directions: Genesee Community College in Batavia, NY (1 College Rd, Batavia, NY 14020). Event will be in multiple buildings on campus including the main building and the Tech building. Additional locations on campus will be added potentially. General directions are to take I-90 East to Exit 48 Batavia continue NY 98 South / Oak Street to College in Batavia.
**PLEASE Remember that Event will be following current SCA policies regarding COVID protocol. Further information will be provided as the event gets closer and will be updated with any SCA policies related to Covid protocol**
Questions? Contact the Autocrat, Lady Thalia Papillon (email; snail mail: Vanessa Hayes, 268 Adam Street, Tonawanda, NY. 14150, phone: 540-649-4337)
Report of the Court of Their Majesties, Maynard and Laidain, King and Queen of Æthelmearc, held at Summer’s End in the Canton of Beau Fleuve, with Their Highnesses Gareth and Juliana, Prince and Princess of Æthelmearc, and Their Excellencies Padraig and Juliana, Baron and Baroness of the Rhydderich Hae, in attendance on the eleventh day of September anno societatis LVI, Baron Brandubh O’Donnghaile, Jewel Herald, with the assistance of THLady Sophie Davenport.
Their Majesties granted leave to Their Excellencies, Padraig and Juliana, to hold a Baronial Court.
Their Majesties then summoned THLady Zosia Kowalewska to appear before Them. They noted that she still wore the belt of fealty to her Pelican, and Summoned Mistress Gillian Llwelyn of Ravenspur to come forward. Mistress Gillian took back her belt and released Zosia from her fealty. Zosia then confirmed that it was her desire to proceed. Their Majesties then called for the Members of the Order of the Pelican and asked that they take Zosia away to Vigil to offer their counsel.
His Majesty opened court by noting what a beautiful day it was and that Their Majesties had truly enjoyed Themselves this day. He further noted that this day was the twentieth anniversary of a National Tragedy and invited all present to raise a glass in honor of fallen friends that we will see again in another life. His Majesty further noted that today was also another anniversary and led the populace in singing Happy Birthday to Her Majesty Liadain.
Their Excellencies Padraig and Juliana were then given leave to hold their Baronial Court.
Their Majesties thanked Their Excellencies Padraig and Juliana for being such generous hosts and presented them with a gift basket as the greatest gift is being surrounded by friends and family as They had been at Summer’s End.
Their Majesties then summoned THLord Rouland of Willowbrooke to come forward. His Majesty noted that They had not had the chance to hold a tournament to determine the Heavy Weapons Champion of Æthelmearc during Their Reign. They noted that Rouland had stood by Their side, displaying his passion and drive for Æthelmearc holding the Sword of State and supporting Them throughout the Reign. For this service to Æthelmearc, Their Majesties then named THLord Rouland as Their Champion, to stand as the Heavy Weapons Champion of Æthelmearc until Their Heirs are able to hold a tournament to find Their Champion.
Baroness Anastasie Delamour, the Kingdom Thrower General, was invited into Court. Anastasie thanked Their Majesties for the opportunity to complete some business for her office. She had issued a challenge over the summer involving a reverse royal round, with the extra challenge to compete off-handed. She then presented Plumbata to Baron Caleb Reynolds who lead the points with 89, Lady THalia Papillon with 60, THLord Abdullah al Rashid with 54 points, Baron Magnus de Lyons with 52, Baron Caleb Reynolds Off-Hand with 50, Baron Edward Harbinger with 50 points, and Kalen Karuson with 43 points.
Her Grace Siobhain inghean uí Liatháin was then summoned forth to carry the toy basket and escort the youth of the kingdom to the rear of the hall to select items of amusement.
Valen of the Rhydderich Hael was Awarded Arms in absentia for his many accomplishments in the society sewing garb, creating fencing armor, archery, bringing in more new comers, and forging lasting friendships at practices. Scroll by Baron Pádraig Ó Branduibh and Baroness Juliana Rosalia Dolce da Siena.
Æthelred of Dalewude was Awarded Arms in absentia for his service to the Rhydderich Hael. He regularly demonstrates his skills with bow and arrow, and on the heavy combat lists for the glory of his Barony. Scroll in progress by Baroness Rosemund von Glinde.
Their Majesties invited all individuals attending their first royal court to come forward and presented each with a handmade cup to remember the day, and welcomed each to return and share a drink in future.
Rose D’Aubigny was called forth and Awarded Arms for her skill on the fencing list, sewing her own armor and being named most improved fencer in the Rhydderich Hael before the plague. Scroll by Lady Serena Milani and Mistress Liadain ní Chléirigh na Coille.
Lord Dark Oak was invited into Their Majesties court, and They presented him with a Gratia Coronae token for his carving skills. Lord Dark Oak had presented the kingdom with 400 hand carved wax seals for various officers, order clerks and marshals during the time of the great plague. Their Majesties had assisted Lord Dark Oak with distributing many of the stamps to those in attendance that day.
Their Majesties called forth Bernadette of the Rhydderich Hael and Awarded her Arms for her long service in the Barony helping wherever the need arises, cleaning, cooking, carrying, and moving any manner of thing. She began as a youth, but now continues to help as an adult. Scroll in progress by Baron Pádraig Ó Branduibh and Baroness Juliana Rosalia Dolce da Siena.
THLady Edith of Winterton was called forward and His Excellency Brandubh O’Donnghaile begged the boon to speak to this good Lady. His Excellency expressed his thanks to Edith for her service as College of Heralds webminister, and in fact the thanks for Silver Buccle Heralds Kameshima Zentaroua Umakai, Sophie Davenport, Brandubh O’Donnghaile, and Jorundr hinn rotinn, all of whom she served as webminister, and during the tenure of Master Brandubh she had moved the entire heralds site to a new server updating code, and carrying all links, emails, and files in a single week. Their Majesties were so pleased to hear this report that They presented her with the Æthelmearc Award of Excellence in appreciation for her herculean labors.
His Majesty then called for His Bard, Lord Gavin Kent. As promised His Majesty shared a drink with Lord Gavin, but He noted that there was another reason that he was in court. Gavin brings joy and light wherever he goes whether performing as a bard or providing background music for others, and for his generosity with his talents, Their Majesties inducted him into the Order of the Cornelian. Scroll limned by THLady Vivienne of Yardley, scrivened by Baroness Antoinette de la Croix upon a text by Master Po Silvertop.
Lord Tadeusz of the Rhydderich Hael was inducted into the Order of the Golden Alce in absentia for his skills in Archery. He stood as Archery Champion of the Rhydderich Hael, and took home the 7 Pearls archery championship for the Hael. Illuminated by Sir Arden Scot, calligraphy by Mistress Liadain ní Chléirigh na Coille.
Their Majesties inducted Lady Logan Lotta d’Kent into the Order of the Sycamore in absentia for her skills in the bardic arts. She takes joy in sharing the Japanese storytelling traditions, and served as the bardic champion for the Rhydderich Hael. Scroll by Mistress Máirghréad Stíobhard inghean uí Choinne.
Lady Sarafina de Lucca was called forward and Their Majesties presented her with a scroll commemorating her induction into the Order of the Keystone that had been previously given at an online court by Their Graces Timothy and Gabriel. Scroll by THLady Vivienne of Yardley.
Lady Katelyn Rose was inducted into the Order of the Keystone in absentia for her work in the background supporting others, cooking and washing dishes, eagerly assisting with sewing garb and other textiles. Scroll by THLord Owen Tegg.
Lord Chebe was then called into Their Majesties’ Court. Their Majesties thanked him for his donation of the new pole axes that he had created for Their Guards. Lord Chebe was also commonly found serving on the Royal Guard. For these contributions, Their Majesties inducted him into the Order of the Golden Thorn.
Their Majesties invited Mistress Liadain ní Chléirigh na Coille to come forward. They thanked her for her contributions to the Æthelmearc Scribal College, acting as Dean, scheduling classes and recruiting teachers, moving pavilions, and still creating scrolls. For this it pleased Their Majesties to induct her into the Order of the Millrind. Scroll limned by Mistress Fredeburg von Katzenellenbogen scrivened by Mistress Sthurrim Caithnes, and medallion presented by Mistress Jenna MacPherson of the Lion’s Tower.
THLady Zosia Kowaleska was summoned into Court, and after confirming that she wished to proceed, Their Majesties summoned forth the Order of the Pelican who confirmed that they had given their counsel and would see Zosia added to their number. Their Majesties then heard the words of Viscountess Susan of Foxmeadow as a Royal Peer, Lady Sarafina de Lucca from the populace, Baroness Ekaterina Volkova spoke as a Jewel of Æthelmearc, Sir Vlad Hideg of Caid spoke for the Chivalry, Master Benedict Fergus atte Mede spoke from the Order of Defence, Mistress Sthurrim Caithnes spoke for the Laurel and Mistress Gillian Llwelyn of Ravenspur spoke for the Pelican. Their Majesties were pleased by the words of praise for Their Subject Zosia, and so They called for regalia to mark her as a Pelican. Their Majesties presented the ancestral Medallion of the Pelicans of Æthelmearc, Mistress Gillian Llwelyn of Ravenspur presented a personal medallion, and Baroness Juliana Rosalia dolce de Siena presented a second personal medallion. Mistress Gillian Llwelyn presented a cloak, Their Majesties placed a cap of Maintenance upn her head, and called for a shield and a lariat of truth for this wonder woman. Their Majesties then received her oath of Fealty to the Crown and Kingdom of Æthelmearc, and presented Dame Zosia, Companion of the Order of the Pelican to the populace. Scroll by Maighster Kieran MacRae
Their Majesties summoned Baron Pádraig Ó Branduibh and Baroness Juliana Rosalia Dolce da Siena to attend Them. They presented each with a Gratia Coronae Token for their leadership of the Rhydderich Hae during these adverse times.
THLady Eleanore Godwin was called into court and presented with the Æthelmearc Award of Excellence for her generous donations to the Kingdom’s Largesse.
Lord Robaird Michael Patrick Timothy James O’Suilleabhainn was called before Their Majesties and praised for his long leadership and support of the Rhydderich Hael. For Brother Bobby’s numerous contributions Their Majesties created him a Baron of the Court of Æthelmearc and further Granted him Arms. Scroll by MIstress Mistress Liadain ní Chléirigh na Coille.
Here continues the Record of the Second Reign of King Gareth and Queen Juliana, Monarchs of Sylvan Æthelmearc, upon the Festival of the Passing of the Ice Dragon, April 13, AS 53, in Their Barony of the Rhydderich Hael; as reported by THL Arias Beltran del Valle, Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald, with the assistance of Countess Margerite Eisenwald, Baroness Ekaterina Volkova, and Lord Fiachna mac Cennetig.
In the morning:
Their Majesties invited Their cousins from Ealdormere, Evander and Marioun, to join them in their Court, then did they invite Their Excellencies of the Rhydderich Hael, Padraig and Juliana to join them as well.
Her Excellency Margerite Eisenwald asked for a moment of time to announce her intention to take Lord Sasson della Sancta Victoria as her protege, asking the populace to direct praise to him and concerns to her.
Their Majesties then gave leave to Their Cousins of Ealdormere to hold Their Court.
TRM of Ealdormere bestow gifts on Queen Juliana and King Gareth. Photo by Baron Steffan Wolfgang von Ravensburg.
Their business having been concluded, Their Majesties then gave leave to their Excellencies Padraig and Juliana to hold their Court.
Baroness Juliana and Baron Padraig. Photo by Baron Steffan.
Their Majesties’ Court was then suspended.
In the afternoon, on the heavy lists:
Their Majesties called for Lord Bovi Davisson to attend Them. Word of his combat prowess had reached Their Majesties, especially when armed with glaives or fighting with two weapons. They had received counsel from others who has witnessed his skill, and so did They call to Their presence the Noble Order of the Gage, and add Bovi to that Order.
Their Court was once again suspended.
In the evening:
Their Majesties invited Their cousins Ozurr and Fortune, King and Queen of the East to join them in their Court, as did they then invite Their Excellencies of the Hael a second time.
TRM Ozurr and Fortune of the East Kingdom. Photo by Baron Steffan.
Their Majesties first called for those gentles attending their first event to approach, and gifted each with a drinking vessel as a sign of welcome to the Society in hopes that they might return for many events to come.
Their Majesties then received the Oath of their Excellencies of the Endless Hills Verdi and Fiona, as they had been unable to greet Their Majesties on the occasion of Their Coronation the week prior.
The young lord Nicolas was then called to appear before Their Majesties. His hard work, willing spirit, and willingness to give of his time had reached Their ears, and so were They moved to add him to Their Order of the Silver Buccle. Scroll illumination is uncredited, calligraphy by Shirin al-Sussiyya.
Nicolas receives a Silver Buccle. Photo by Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope.
Their Majesties then invited all the children of the Kingdom present to come before Them. As is tradition, Their Majesties prepared them to go on a quest to find the carrier of the toy box. Needing a suitable bearer of the chest, They asked His Majesty Ozurr to take on that perilous duty. Upon accepting, His Majesty fled from the hall, with the children of the Kingdom close behind.
King Ozurr prepares to run with the toy box. Photo by Baron Steffan.
Their Excellencies Padraig and Juliana were once again granted leave by Their Majesties to hold their Court.
Their Majesties then invited Diane Brandrick Konoson to Their Court. She spoke of her spouse Master Brandrick who had recently passed, and returned some of his belongings, including his regalia of the Order of the Pelican, that they may find an appropriate home in the kingdom.
Diane donates the late Master Brandric’s SCA regalia to the Kingdom. Photo by Baron Steffan.
Asa Thorstæinsson was called to Their Majesties’ presence. For many decades had she labored to provide the kingdom and the Society as a whole with tasty feasts and sideboards, and then volunteering to help clean up after events are passed. For this noble and humble service was she Awarded Arms. Scroll illumination by Murdia Drusilla Vettia Portia, calligraphy by Shirin al-Sussiyya.
Dirar of House Gray Wolf was summoned to appear next in Their Majesties’ presence. Dirar’s service in defense of the kingdom as a heavy fighter had been noted by others, but so to had his service retaining for their Excellencies of the Hael. Their Majesties deemed this to be good work indeed, and were so moved to Award him Arms. Scroll illumination by THL Arden Scot of Clan Scot, calligraphy by THL Shirin al-Sussiyya.
Dirar receives an Award of Arms. Photo by Baron Steffan.
Fiske Caulderson was next called to the Court. His helpful spirit and strong arm in hauling loaner gear are appreciated by those who see it, and his help at events was equally well-received. For this did Their Majesties Award him Arms. Scroll illuminated by Murdia Drusilla Vettia Portia with wording by Nuzha bint Saleem.
Fiske receives an Award of Arms. Photo by Baron Steffan.
Their Majesties called Imanishi Genichi Ie’sida to appear before them. Genichi’s enthusiastic demeanor for the Society is such that those who see it are moved by the same spirit. Genichi is also willing to help with cleanup and setup for events and kitchens alike. For this work was Genichi Awarded Arms. Scroll by Ihtizaz al-Gani.
Genichi receives an Award of Arms. Photo by Baron Steffan.
Isabelle de Clare was next called to the presence of Their Majesties. Stories of the service of Isabelle had run the gamut from filling roles as an officer, to coordinating portions of events, to retaining and acting as tollner. Their Majesties found all of this work to be deserving of recognition, and so did They Award her Arms. Scroll illumination by Lady Elizabeth Rosamond, caligraphy by THL Shirin al-Sussiyya.
Isabelle receives an Award of Arms. Photo by Baron Steffan.
Mistress Roberta McMorland was next invited to attend Their Majesties. The Most Noble Order of the Laurel has claimed Mistress Roberta as a member of their order for some time, but the work she does to advance the Society and the activities of the Kingdom were equally important. Their Majesties deemed that work to worthy of the highest recognition of its own accord, and so did they invite Their Most Noble Order of the Pelican to Their Court, and bid them bear Mistress Roberta with them to consider elevation to their number. Scroll by Mistress Antoinette de la Croix.
Mistress Roberta receives a Writ for the Pelican. Photo by Baron Steffan.
Next was Josefina Michele da Canal summoned to Their Majesties’ presence. Josefina’s work as a deputy exchequer and retainer, as well as her efforts as event staff were well known, and for this were Their Majesties moved to Award her Arms. But further had she become known for spreading her work across the land to two of the Kingdom’s Baronies. This moved Their Majesties further, and so did They add her to Their Order of the Keystone. AoA scroll illuminated by Murdia Drusilla Vettia Portia with wording by Nuzha bint Saleem, Keystone scroll by Mistress Ursula of Rouen.
Lady Ania Mhoireach was next called by Their Majesties to appear in Their Court. Word of Lady Ania’s proficiency with the rapier and long sword had reached the ears of Their Majesties, and in thanks for her faithful defense of Their Kingdom and its lands, They made her a member of Their Order of the Golden Alce. Scroll by Gwen Cooke.
Their Majesties asked Companions of the Golden Alce to stand in their places, and suggested to the populace that they look at those not standing and recommend to them those who should join that Order.
Their Majesties next summoned Lord Abdullah al-Rashid to appear before them. They had seen Lord Abdullah fighting on the field, and shooting on the range, and in both cases did they note his commitment to producing Coptic and Persian kits with a level of authenticity not often seen. They found this worthy of recognition, and so did They add him to Their Order of the Golden Stirrup. Scroll by lady Sebastianne la Rousse.
Lord Abdullah receives a Golden Stirrup. Photo by Baron Steffan.
Lord Davin ap Einion was called to Their Majesties’ Court next, where They spoke of his efforts across the Hael to support the group in many ways, from setting up demos to coordinating the set up of Ice Dragon to retaining and more. His work was deemed valuable indeed, and so did They create him a member of Their Order of the Keystone. Scroll by Baron Caleb Reynolds.
Lord Davin receives a Keystone. Photo by Baron Steffan.
Lady Feya of the Rhydderich Hael was the next gentle summoned to appear. Their Majesties had noted her efforts in recent years working with the trollners of Ice Dragon in an effort to make the process simpler, and had heard of her enthusiastic spirit in the process, all of which did They believe to be worthy of further recognition. So was she added to Their Order of the Keystone. Scroll illumination by Lady Felice de Thornton, calligraphy by THL Shirin al-Sussiyya.
Lady Feya receives a Keystone. Photo by Baron Steffan.
Their Majesties then called for Lady Natsu to present herself to Them. As Feya and Davin before her, Lady Natsu’s work in ensuring success for Ice Dragon had not gone unnoticed by Their Majesties. Neither had her efforts as feast coordinator at other events, or as head retainer for the baronage. To ensure that this work would go unnoticed by no one, Lady Natsu was added to Their Order of the Keystone. Scroll by Ihtizaz al-Gani.
Lady Natsu receives a Keystone. Photo by Baron Steffan.
Their Majesties also bid Companions of the Keystone present to stand amongst the populace and be recognized, asking that the populace note who was not standing who should be added to that number.
Lady Nycalse d’Ozier la Tailleresse was next called to appear in Court. As her name would suggest, Their Majesties had heard of her efforts working with costuming and embroidery to create wearable works of art in the Society. They found this work to be good indeed, and so did They name her to Their Order of the Sycamore. Scroll by THL Mairghread Stiobhard inghean ui Choinne.
Lady Nycalse receives a Sycamore. Photo by Baron Steffan.
Their Majesties similarly asked those companions of the Sycamore to stand and be recognized amongst the populace.
Their Majesties then summoned her Excellency Cordelia Colton to appear in Their presence. For many years had her Excellency labored to support the Barony of the Rhydderich Hael, and serving the Kingdom in many roles as well. But perhaps most importantly, she had worked to serve the children of the Kingdom, ensuring that they have activities to enjoy, and helping to keep them engaged and interested as they grow to take their future places in the Society. Their Majesties witnessed that work, and deemed it worthy of the highest of recognition, as did Their Most Noble Order of the Pelican, who were once again invited to Court, and asked to bear her Excellency with them to prepare her to consider elevation to sit amongst that august Order. Scroll by THL Sophie of Davenport.
Baroness Cordelia receives a Writ for the Pelican. Photo by Baron Steffan.
Their Majesties then invited Maestro Filippo de Sancto Martino to join them in Their Court. Maestro Filippo had long been known for his service to the Kingdom, and known around the Sylvan lands for his joy at bringing joy to many others. Their Majesties and many others in the Kingdom know that where merriment and hospitality can be found, often so can Filippo be found as well. For this did They add him to Their Order of the Howling Wolf.
Master Fergus escorts Master Filippo into court to receive the Order of the Howling Wolf. Photo by Baron Steffan.
THL Hrolf a Fjarfelli was next summoned to appear before Them in Their Court. Her Majesty spoke of her joy at seeing his work in weaving around the Kingdom, and had followed his progress with great interest, as he made beautiful works to be seen by all. Amongst the populace who bore witness to his craft were companions of the Most Noble Order of the Laurel. They had found his work to be of the highest quality as well, and so did Their Majesties invite that Order to Their presence so that they may take him forth to consider elevation to their number. Before he could be borne away, Mistress Matilda Bosvyle begged a boon from Their Majesties, bringing words from his Lordship’s peer, Master Fridrikr, sent to the Court from distant corners of Drachenwald, congratulating him and bidding him to behave until he such time as he would take his place in that Order. Scroll by Mistress Graidhne ni Ruiadh.
THLord Hrolfr receives a Writ for the Laurel. Photo by Baron Steffan.
Her Majesty then summoned Lord Dirar to appear once again. Word had reached her ear not just of his time spent on the field fighting, but his efforts to help others as they arrived by carrying belongings or working to assist in other needs. She found that selfless work inspiring, and so did She name him Her Inspiration for the day, and awarded him a Golden Escarbuncle.
Lord Dirar receives a Golden Escarbuncle. Photo by Baron Steffan.
With no further business before Them, Their Majesties’ Court was then closed.
Editor Note: During morning court the Baron and Baroness of the Rhydderich Hael, the King and Queen, and other gentles gave many gifts to the Guest of Honor, Make-a-Wish child Sir Thomas the Mighty. Thomas was named a Champion of both Baroness Juliana of the Hael and of Queen Juliana, and later entered the list where he slew Duke Timothy of Arindale. All photos below by Baron Steffan.
Ensure that your little ones have as much fun as you do at Ice Dragon by visiting the Children’s area!
We have a wide selection of activities designed for children to do (with their parents in attendance) including:
Scavenger hunt with a prize!
Mini marshmallow catapult project!
Coloring/arts and crafts stations!
Crown/paper hat decorating station!
Toys available for play time!
These are all DIY/Project stations and no structured activities or classes will be offered in the children’s area. Parents are required to stay with their children and supervise all play and activities. Thank you!
Please send any questions, comments, or requests you have regarding Ice Dragon to the Autocrat Team, at IDinfo@wnysca.org
Their (previous) Majesties summon the children for goodies. Photo by Lord Mikus.
by Noble Rhys Penbras ap Dafydd, Ice Dragon Autocrat
Greetings Good Merchants!
This year’s Festival of the Passing of the Ice Dragon brings new changes to how merchants will be selected. To maximize the diversity of products offered within our Merchant Hall, we are implementing a Jury Selection Process for all merchants.
Potential merchants are required to provide information regarding their wares, including any websites, photo albums, etc., as well as identify a category that best fits the majority of their wares (typically 50+%). Based on this information, the Merchant Jury will select the merchants they feel will best provide a diversity of products to Ice Dragon attendees.
Merchant applications must be completed by January 25, 2019. The first wave of accepted merchants will be notified and sent the relevant payment requirements via email, by February 1, 2019. All remaining applicants will be placed on a waiting list, in juried order, and contacted as additional merchant spaces become available.
If you are interested in applying to be a merchant at Ice Dragon, please complete the merchant application form located on the Ice Dragon Website.
Merchant spaces are available in two (2) sizes/prices:
Small (10’ x 10’) for $20 USD and
Large (10’ x 15’) for $30 USD.
Each space includes:
Admission for one (1) merchant
Admission for one (1) assistant
One 8′ table
Two folding chairs
Additional tables can be rented for $10 USD each.
Please direct any questions to the Merchant Coordinator, Lady Natsu, who can be contacted through the Ice Dragon Website.
We invite everyone in the Known World to join us on December 1, 2018 as we celebrate 40 years of the illustrious Barony of the Rhydderich Hael! This will be a day of celebration, as we honor our founding Baroness Morgan Elandris, the line of Baronial leadership over these many years, bid a fond farewell to our Baron Magnus de Lyons and Baroness Miriel du Lac, and welcome our newest Baronial consorts, Mistress Juliana Rosalia Dolce di Siena and THL Padraig O’Branduibh.
The event Facebook page can be found here for the latest updates.
There will be much to do on this great day; and be sure to check out the Rhydderich Hael history display
For Rapier Fighters of Æthelmearc, Her Majesty Queen Anna Leigh seeks Her Rapier Champion and will hold a Rapier Championship immediately after first court. Don Berhend will hold other rapier activities during the day as well
The Household of Otterskeep is proud to sponsor a Silent Auction, the proceeds of which will benefit the Kingdom and Baronial travel funds. Bid high on the quality items that will be offered. Sorry, cash or check only.
Join the Dancers of the Rhydderich Hael and step spiritedly in celebration of our new Baron and Baroness! Dances will be taught, no experience necessary! Long skirts/robes conceal missteps – shh it’s our little secret! Look good, feel great, and have fun dancing!
Artisans of the Rhydderich Hael are invited to bring their works to Investiture. The A&S display has the theme of “Dragons and Pearls”. As we celebrate Our 40th year as a Barony, works of any year since the inception of the Barony will be welcome. Your item must have a dragon on it, or a pearl. A baronial award, or regalia, or Baronage scroll are examples. Please contact THL Eleanore Godwin to coordinate and confirm the item/s you would like to display no later than Monday, November 26th. She can be contacted by email at: email@example.com.
The site is Trinity United Methodist Church, 711 Niagara Falls Blvd, Amherst, NY 14226. Site opens at 9 am and closes at 9 pm. The site, including the parking lot, is bone dry with absolutely no alcohol allowed.
Reservations can be sent to:
Rhys Penbras ap Dafydd (Brandon Baranowski, 60 Rand Ave., #3 Buffalo, NY 14216) firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include SCA & modern names, and member id #s for all reservations listed, plus a contact email for confirmation of receipt or any questions. Make checks payable to SCA NY, Inc – Barony Rhydderich Hael.
Head chef is:
Lady Siobhan Readnait (Lorelei Abbey-Nelson, email@example.com). Please contact her with any questions.
Baron Rhiannon Elandris and Mistress Ysabeau Tiercelin (7132 Taylor Rd, Hamburg, NY 14075, 716-860-1550). Emails are (Rhiannon) artemisproduct6@verizon net and (Tiercelin) firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration is as follows:
Adult Non-Member Event Registration: $15
Adult Member Event Registration: $10
Youth ages 0-15 Registration: Free!
$12.00 for Adults (12 and up)
$6 for ages 6-12
Ages 0-5 free, but must reserve to have a chair.
From the North: Take your best route to I-290 east.
Take the NY-324/Sheridan Dr exit, EXIT 6, toward Harlem Rd/NY-240. Turn left onto Sheridan Dr/NY-324. Turn left onto Millersport Hwy/NY-263. Turn right onto Longmeadow Rd. Turn right onto Niagara Falls Blvd. 711 Niagara Falls Blvd, Buffalo, NY 14226-2039 is on the right.
From the South:
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Turn right onto Longmeadow Rd. Turn right onto Niagara Falls Blvd. 711 Niagara Falls Blvd, Buffalo, NY 14226-2039 is on the right.
Here continues the Record of the Reign of Gareth and Juliana, King and Queen of Sylvan Æthelmearc at the Festival of the Passing of the Ice Dragon, April 14, AS 52, in Their Barony of the Rhydderich Hael; as recorded by Lord Arias Beltran del Valle, Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald, with the support of THL Sophie Davenport, Silver Buccle Herald, Baroness Ekaterina Volkova, Ice Dragon Pursuivant, Baron Liam mac an Tsaoir, Sycamore Herald, and Lady Ragna Hakonardottir.
In the morning:
Their Majesties Gareth and Juliana in turn called before them Mistress Mahin Banu Tabrizi, THL Elska a Fjarfelli, and THL Gytha Oggsdottir, asking if each was prepared to sit vigil to contemplate elevation to become one of Their Peers. Each answering in the affirmative, they were then sent to the place that had been prepared for them.
Their Majesties then called for Their Most Noble Order of the Pelican to attend Them. Having confirmed their number was fewer than appropriate, They then invited Countess Margerite Eisenwald to appear before Them. Her Excellency confirmed her desire to be counted among the Order. Their Majesties then heard words from those who would support her elevation. They heard words from Count Robin Wallace as a Royal Peer, Comtesse Isabeau de l’Isle as a member of the Order of the Rose, Her Grace Sir Morgen of Rye as a member of the Chivalry, Mistress Dorinda Courtenay as a Laurel, Lady Elisabetta de Venetia as a Jewel of Æthelmearc, Mistress Illadore de Bedegrayne as a Master of Defense, and Mistress Mahin banu Tabrizi amongst the Order of the Pelican.
Having heard those words, Their Majesties then invested Her Excellency with symbols of her newfound station, and created her one of the Most Noble Order of the Pelican.
Countess Margerite swears fealty as a Pelican. Photo by THLady Aine ny Allane.
Before Their business with Their Most Noble Order of the Pelican was concluded, Their Majesties Gareth and Juliana summoned Her Ladyship Ursula of Rouen to appear before them. Ursula’s labors on behalf of the kingdom in many roles had reached Their ears, including time spent serving as Authorization Clerk, autocrat, and more. Indeed, word of her works had spread wide through the Kingdom, and had earned the attention of others, as well. Their Majesties then issued unto her a Writ to sit vigil and contemplate elevation to that august Order.
THLady Ursula receives a Writ for the Order of the Pelican. Photo by THLady Aine ny Allane.
There being no immediate business before Their Majesties, Their court was suspended until later in the day.
In the afternoon, amongst the heavy lists:
Their Majesties called to their presence Vassilis Monevassios. Word had reached Them of his prowess on the field, and his frequent presence at events in some of Their easternmost lands. In recognition of his efforts did they add him to Their Order of the Golden Alce.
Vassilis receives a Golden Alce.Photo by THLady Aine ny Allane.
Their Majesties then summoned THLord Guillaume le Noir to attend them. His Majesty bade His Lordship rise and asked the populace to note the craftsmanship and accuracy with which his armor was created in the style of heavy fighters from distant France. They deemed his work in portraying that image skilled indeed, and so did name him to Their Order of the Golden Stirrup.
THLord Guillaume is inducted into the Golden Stirrup. Photo by THLady Aine ny Allane.
Their Majesties thanked the fighters for their attention, and bid them continue to practice their skills. So was Their Court was once again suspended
During Their evening Court:
Their Majesties first bore to the populace sad news of the passing of His Excellency Master Leonard the Younger, the second Baron of the Debatable Lands. This news had reached Their ears that day, and so did they ask for a moment of silence in his memory.
Their Majesties then awarded Simon a Fjarfelli a Silver Buccle for his service to Their Kingdom, his skill in the arts, and for displaying a maturity beyond one of his few years.
Simon Fjarfelli receives a Silver Buccle. Photo by Lord Mikus Magellus.
His Excellency Baron Grimbald Deth was then called before Their Majesties. While Grimbald had provided many services for Their Majesties, They asked him to provide yet another. He was passed the toy chest for the children present amongst the populace, who were invited before Their Majesties as well. His Excellency was then sent, with an appropriate head start, to hide the chest from the children, who were then sent on their customary quest to find those riches.
Their Majesties then called for those amongst the populace attending their first event in the Society to attend Them. Throughout Their reign, Their Majesties’ custom had been to offer a drinking vessel to those new members, but so many had attended they had run out of cups to pass along. So did They share a token with those new to the Society with the hope that they would return to other events in the future.
Casey Redmane was next called to Their Majesties’ presence. She had become known to Them through her tireless service and her study of the arts and sciences. For these reasons among others did They see fit to elevate her to the nobility, and Award her Arms.
Casey Redmane receives an AoA. Photo by Lord Mikus Magellus.
Their Majesties then called Natsu before them. They had been told of her helping hand, and especially her skill in the kitchens of Their Kingdom. So were they moved to Award her Arms as well.
Natsu receives her AoA. Photo by Lord Mikus Magellus.
Their Majesties summoned Otilia von Passad of Blackwater before Them. Otilia’s history of assisting and autocrating events had become known to them, as had her service as her Shire’s A&S officer. So did they Award her Arms for that devoted work.
Lady Lasairfhiona ingen Aindrias was called before Their Majesties from her work calculating scores for the A&S competitions held that day. When not assisting in efforts like these, her work in kitchens around the kingdom, and entries into other A&S competitions were known far and wide. So were Their Majesties moved to add her to Their Order of the Sycamore.
Lady Lasairfhiona receives a Sycamore. Photo by Lord Mikus Magellus.
Rhys Penbras ap Dafydd was then called to Their Majesties. Rhys’s work spans many areas, from making and embroidering clothes by hand to helping in kitchens with period recipes, and making lovely scroll blanks. For this was Rhys added to the Order of the Sycamore in absentia.
Next did Their Majesties ask for the presence of Malleen Fenella Menzies, called Rivin. They had heard tales of her talent in the arts, and specifically had been able to see them thanks to her efforts in her Baronial newsletter. For her commitment in the practice of her art was she also named to join the Order of the Sycamore.
Their Majesties next summoned before them Her Excellency Baroness Aemilia Soteria. Her skill in thrown weapons had long been evident to Their Majesties, but as her talent and grown, so too has her renown. Therefore did they see fit to elevate her to Their Noble Order of the White Horn.
Baroness Soteria is inducted into the White Horn. Photo by Lord Mikus Magellus.
Her Excellency Mistress Orianna Fridrikskona was then invited before Their Majesties. Long has Mistress Orianna labored to support Their Majesties’ Kingdom, including service to the Kingdom as its Minister of Arts and Sciences, service to her Barony, and with time spent as a mentor and teacher. Their Majesties found her body of work to be excellent indeed, and so was she given an Æthelmearc Award of Excellence.
Mistress Orianna receives an Award of Excellence. Photo by Lord Mikus Magellus.
Mistress Mahin banu Tabrizi was then invited again to appear before Their Majesties, where she confirmed her desire to be added to Their Most Noble Order of the Laurel after sitting vigil. Their Majesties then asked for words from those Peers who would support her. Sir Thorgrim Skullsplitter and Mistress Katla Ulfheldinn spoke as heads of her household, Duchess Luna Æthelwulf of the East spoke as a member of the Order of the Rose, Sir Thorgrim brought words from Count Andreas Morgan of the Chivalry, Mistress Fredeburg von Katzenellenbogen spoke as a Master of Defense, Baroness Tabitha Dearval spoke as a Pelican, and Master Angus Pembridge’s words as a Laurel were conveyed by Her Majesty Caoilfhionn of the East.
Having heard those words, Mahin was the invested with the regalia of her new station, and then did Their Majesties accept her oath and add her to Their Noble Order of the Laurel.
Mistress Mahin swears fealty as a Laurel. Photo by Lord Mikus Magellus.
THL Elska a Fjarfelli was then summoned before Their Majesties after her vigil, and confirmed her desire to join Their Most Noble Order of the Laurel. Their Majesties then asked for words of those who would support her, as well. Mistress Rhiannon spoke as one of the Laurel, His Excellency Sir Byron of Haverford spoke as a Royal Peer, Duke Timothy as a member of the Chivalry.
Having heard these good words, and in like fashion to Mistress Mahin, the signs and symbols of the Order were bestowed upon Elska, after which she did swear her oath. So was she created Mistress Elska a Fjarfelli of the Order of the Laurel.
Mistress Elska is inducted into the Laurel. Photo by Lord Mikus Magellus.
Their Majesties then summoned His Excellency Baron Magnus de Lyons of the Rhydderich Hael. Her Majesty told him that They were well aware of the effort His Excellency had put into making the day a smooth one, and the adverse circumstances under which he had done so. From this did she draw great inspiration, and so awarded him a Golden Escarbuncle.
Baron Magnus receives a Golden Escarbuncle. Photo by Baron Steffan Wolfgang von Ravensburg.
Their Majesties then rose to thank those responsible for the creation of Their wardrobe for the day: Her Royal Highness Siobhan, Meisterin Felicitas, Master Anias, Master Fergus, Freiherin Helena, Master John Michael Thorpe, and Lady Aesa. They also wished to recognize those scribes and artisans whose work was handed out in Their Courts this day.
Next did they call forth Lady Elisabetta de Venetia. As Their time on the thrones grew short, They had decided to add a name to the rolls of the Jewels of Æthelmearc. They thanked for serving Their ancestors and the kingdom well, and then invited Mistress Elisabeth Johanna von Flossenburg before them. They thanked her for her untiring efforts during Their reign, and in recognition, did name her the 44th Jewel of Æthelmearc.
Mistress Elisabeth is made Jewel of AEthelmearc. Photo by Lord Mikus Magellus.
Their Majesties then summoned before Them Their Silver Buccle Herald, Her Ladyship Sophie Davenport. Her Ladyship had been informed than Their Jewel Herald would be unable to attend the coronation of Their Heirs, and so begged Their leave to complete some business with him. Lord Arias Beltran del Valle was then called to Court, where he was released from his oaths to serve as Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald, returning his tabard to be held in safe-keeping until his successor was invested before taking his leave and joining the populace in Their Court. However, Their Majesties bid him return to Their Presence. They noted his service as Jewel Herald and his efforts around Their home Shire of Misty Highlands. They also mentioned others had seen and heard of his service, and so called forth Their Noble Order of the Millrind, and did add him to Their number.
Lord Arias receives a Millrind. Photo by Lord Mikus Magellus.
Their Majesties then rose to thank the populace who joined them at Gulf Wars for their efforts, and bid them support Their Heirs as they prepare for the great Pennsic War in only a few months time.
Finally, there being no further business before Them, the Court of Their Majesties was then closed.
The account of the Court of Sven and Siobhan, King and Queen of Æthelmearc at the Kingdom Arts and Sciences Faire and Queen’s Prize Tournament held on June 23, AS 53 (2018), hosted by the Barony of the Rhydderich Hael, as reported by Baroness Ekaterina Volkova, Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald, assisted by THL Zofia Kowalewska, Ice Dragon Pursuivant.
Their Majesties gave leave to Their Excellencies of the Rhydderich Hael to hold their court.
His Majesty then spoke of the wonderful day and how excited He was to see so many participants in the Faire showing off their skills.
THL Sophie Davenport, Silver Buccle Herald was invited into court. She informed Their Majesties that she had been lacking a deputy to cover Region 4 of the Kingdom but had found a suitable applicant. THL Zofia Kowalewska was then invested as White Horn Herald. THL Sophie then announced that the regions 3 and 5 are also in need of a deputy and to please contact her if you are interested in the positions.
THL Padraig o’Branduibh was the called into court. His Majesty spoke of skill and dedication on the archery and thrown weapon ranges as well as acts of skill with rapier that has all been attributed to Padraig. For this he was inducted into the Order of the Golden Alce. Scroll by THL Eleanore Godwin.
THLord Padraig receives a Golden Alce. Photo by THLady Sophie Davenport.
Their Majesties then invited Lady Thalia Papillon before them. Her Majesty spoke of reports of a quiet and unassuming lady who is fierce with bow and arrow, is deadly upon the rapier field and has taken to learning the duties of a Mistress of the Lists. All that could not go unrewarded and she was added to the ranks of the Order of the Golden Alce.
Lady Thalia receives a Golden Alce. Photo by THLady Sophie Davenport.
Those members of the Order of the Golden Alce were asked to stand so that the populace could see if there were any who were not standing but should be included into the order. Her Majesty then asked that if an oversight was seen, to please write in letters of recommendation.
The members of the Silver Sycamore present were asked to come forth. Her Majesty spoke of the arts and the youth of the Kingdom and how the two go well together. She then noticed that there was one who had not come forward with the order. Wentliana Verch Meuric was called forth. Her Majesty said she had seen this young woman helping in the kitchen throughout the day, has researched and taught classes on period “fizzy” drinks. For this she was inducted to the order. Scroll by Isabella Montoya.
Wentliana receives a Silver Sycamore. Photo by Lord Meuric ap Gwillim.
All children present were then called forth. Their Majesties understood that sometimes court can be hard to pay attention to, so they provided a box in the back of the hall from which each child could pick out one toy to play with. They were then asked to calmly walk back and make their selections.
Their Majesties inducted Eadaoin Gaelach Rua into the Order of the Sycamore in absentia for her skill in the bardic arts. Scroll by Lady Felice de Thornton.
Baroness Theresa du Domremy was then invited into court. Her Majesty spoke of this lady’s sill in documenting, creating and wearing of hat. For all this and more she was added to the Order of the Sycamore.
The Order of the Sycamore was then asked to stand so all may see who present should be recommended to the Royalty for recognition.
For her dedicated service to the Barony of the Rhydderich Hael as webminister and dance mistress, Lady Manarola was inducted into the Order of the Keystone in absentia. Scroll by THL Aibell Shuluaine.
The presence of THL Hrolfr a Fjarfelli was demanded. When he presented himself, Her Majesty spoke of all the work he is doing in the Dominion of Myrkfaellin as exchequer, archery marshal, your combat marshal in training, autocrat and anywhere else help is needed. For all this he was inducted into the Order of the Keystone. Scroll by THL Mairghread Stiobhard inghean ui Choinne.
THLord Hrolfr receives a Keystone. Photo by THLady Sophie Davenport.
Members of the Order of the Keystone were then asked to stand for the populace.
His Majesty then spoke of all the beautiful works of art that Their Majesties are privileged to give out at every court and it is the dedication and generosity of the scribes of the Kingdom that enables that to happen. He then asked that all scribes who had produced a scroll since the beginning of the year to stand and be thanked.
Baroness Ekaterina Volkova, event autocrat, was then called into court. She thanked all those who attended as well as those who volunteered their time to help make the event happen.
THL Renata Rouge, Kingdom A&S Minister, was called forth to speak of the activities of the Faire. She thanked all for coming and especially those that volunteered to act as assessors throughout the day. There were even some from another Kingdom who came just to assist with the assessing. She then spoke of those who put their work out for others to see and comment on. 16 individuals entered the Faire, 6 of whom had never done so before. These individuals were then called so that they could receive a gift from their sponsors.
It was then announced that THL Astridr vigaskegg had been selected as Populace Choice for her display that included period jello shots, candied egg yolks and cheesecake.
THLady Astridr’s cooking entries. Photo by THLord Hrolf a Fjarfelli.
Her Majesty then spoke of how one of the duties of Queen is to be Patroness of the Arts and she had great fun visiting with all the entrants and learning about their arts. But there was one that moved her and she announced that THL Abigail Kelhoge was selected for the Queen’s Prize for her display and research into the making of parchment from animal hides. Scroll by Lord Rhys Penbras ap Dafydd.
THLady Abigail’s parchment entry. Photo by THLord Hrolf a Fjarfelli.
Lady Fionnghuala Leasa na Linne then asked for time and presented Their Majesties with a herd of camels that she hoped would help to entertain the children of the Sylvan Lands.
Their Majesties are pleased to receive several stuffed camels from Lady Fionnghuala. Photo by THLady Sophie Davenport.
Her Majesty then said that another great joy she has is finding those who throughout the day inspire her to new heights. On this day she chose Nycaise D’ozier la Tailleresse, called Tailor, as her inspiration for her dedication to authenticity in clothing.
Nycaise’s costuming entry. Photo by THLord Hrolf a Fjarfelli.
There being no further business, court was closed.