Members of the Scarlet Guard showing off the newly signed Accord with Their then-Majesties Byron and Ariella.
by Master Juan Miguel Cezar
I am happy to announce that their Majesties Æthelmearc have signed the Scarlet Guard accord and it is now part of the policy of the Order of The Scarlet Guard.
The accord is as follows:
HRH Byron watches as HRH Ariella signs the Accord Master Urho holds.
Scarlet Guard Accord
It is the desire of the Scarlet Guard to join some of the orders of other kingdoms in establishing a precedent for the recognition of their members as equals within our ranks. Whereas we perceive the Equivalent Orders from other Kingdoms to be equal in standing to the Scarlet Guard in the recognition of the areas of skill, service, noble bearing, and expertise relating to target archery. And seeing that these orders’ members are likewise conferred a Grant of Arms, or an Award of Arms and treated as a polling order, for such qualities by their Kingdom’s royalty, we wish to establish an acknowledgment of goodwill towards our fellow orders with this accord.
To that end we extend to any visiting member of an Equivalent Order consideration of being equal in honor and rank to members of our Order of the Scarlet Guard. While visiting our lands they are welcome to our meetings and discussions of business of the Order, but shall not be added to message lists or groups, nor shall they be included as a voting member in any pollings. A member of an Equivalent Order that moves to Æthelmearc and becomes a permanent subject of the Kingdom, will be conferred all rights and privileges of being a full member of the Order of the Scarlet Guard.
Master Juan was one of many Guards to sign the Accord.
Society Orders currently recognized as Equivalent Orders by the Scarlet Guard are:
i. Royal Missile Company in West Kingdom (GoA)
ii. Order of Sagittarius in East Kingdom (GoA)
iii. Greenwood Company in Middle Kingdom (GoA)
iv. Commanders of the Azure Archers in Atenveldt (GoA)
v. Order of the Split Arrow in Meridies (AoA, polling)
vi. Order of Chiron of Caid (GoA)
vii. Order of the Arc d’Or in Ansteorra (GoA)
viii. Order of the Yew Bow in Atlantia (GoA)
ix. Order of the Grey Goose Shaft in An Tir (GoA)
x. Boga-Hirth in Calontir (GoA)
xi. Order of the Arc d’Or in Trimaris (GoA)
xii. Order of the Sharparrow in Outlands (GoA)
xiii. Order of Strongbow’s Yeoman in Artemisia (GoA)
xiv. Lochac Company of Archers in Lochac (GoA)
xv. Order of Aquila et Fulmen in Northshield (GoA)
xvi. Order of the Grey Goose Shaft in Avacal (GoA)
Unto all the groups of Æthelmearc does the Order of the Scarlet Guard wish to issue a challenge.
This year on Saturday, June 11, in the Shire of Hornwood at the Scarlet Guard Inn IV, we are inviting every Barony, Shire, Canton, and College to send an individual to compete in an archery competition.
To enter, each group can pick one representative who is a member of that group, and send along a signed letter from the seneschal of the group as proof of entry. Only persons with a signed letter from the group’s seneschal will be allowed to compete. We would also ask that each group send a small item or token from their group that would then be put in the prize basket for the winner. There is also a banner for the winner to keep during the year. It is our plan to have the name of the winner and group he/she is from added to this banner each year.
Members of the Scarlet Guard are not eligible to shoot in this competition. Also, the archer who won the previous year is not eligible, but that group may send another archer instead.
The winner of last year’s challenge was the Barony-Marche of the Debatable Lands, which sent Takamatsu Gentarou Yoshitaka as its representative.
It is our hope to continue this challenge every year.
Documented from the Scrolls of the Reign of Timothy & Gabrielle II, King and Queen of Æthelmearc: the Business of Their Majesties’ Court at Hornwood Guard Inn, 13 June Anno Societatis L, in the Shire of Hornwood. As recorded by Their Silver Buccle Herald, Kameshima-kyō Zentarō Umakai, with the assistance of Drotin Jorundr hinn Rotinn, Golden Alce Herald, and Takamatsu-san Gentarō Yoshitaka.
Their Majesties called forth the children in attendance, and bade them follow their daughter, Linette of Arindale, to the back of the hall, where treat bags had been prepared for them.
THLord Peregrine Falconer of the now-Kingdom of Avacal
THL Peregrine Falconer, ambassador from Albrecht and Nasheeta, Crown Prince and Princess of Avacal, came forth to offer warm greetings from Their Highnesses and invite one and all to Their Coronation as First King and Queen of Avacal two weeks hence. Their Majesties bade THL Peregrine return Their greetings and congratulations on Their
Highnesses’ impending Coronation and Avacal’s elevation to the station of 20th Kingdom of the Society.
THL Gunther Grunbaum, the Kingdom Thrown Weapons Champion, was summoned forth and created a Companion of the Keystone for his service not only to the Thrown Weapons and Siege communities, but also as cook, armorer and Chatelain. Words by Baron Daniel del Cavallo to be illuminated and calligraphed by THL Sophie Davenport were read.
THL Gunther Grunbaum receives his Keystone.
THL Gunther then reported to Their Majesties that a tournament was held to determine his successor as Kingdom Champion. Of the many competitors, Baron Master Tigernach mac Cathal proved the most worthy, and was invited forth to receive the station and regalia of Kingdom Thrown Weapons Champion. Scroll illuminated by THL Aibell Suil-Uaine and calligraphed by Kameshima-kyō Zentarō Umakai.
Master Tigernach is invested as Thrown Weapons Champion.
Ichikiero-san Osorochi, the Kingdom Archery Champion, was recognized as a Ludicrous Archer of Æthelmearc, and inducted into the Order of the Golden Alce for his skill as an archer. Scroll illuminated by Ishiyama-roku-i Gentarō Yori’ie and calligraphed by Lady Isabel Fleuretan.
Lord Ichikiero Osoroshi steps down as Champion and is recognized as a Ludicrous Bowman and a Companion of the Golden Alce.
Ichikiero-san then similarly reported to Their Majesties that a grand tournament had been held that day to determine Their Majesties’ next Archery Champion, and that Lord Ru Cavorst had shot more true than any other. Lord Ru was then invited forth, named the Kingdom Archery Champion, and received the regalia of his new station. Scroll illuminated by THL Aibell Suil-Uaine and calligraphed by Kameshima-kyō Zentarō Umakai.
Lady Katheryn Täntzel was brought forth to announce the results of the Dante’s Inferno archery shoot held that day. Lord Martin Lewis scored in 3rd place, Takamatsu-san Gentarō Yoshitaka placed 2nd, and John of Maplewood had bested all others.
THL Juan Miguel Cezar came forth and spoke of the Scarlet Guard Challenge held that day, and that Takamatsu-san Gentarō Yoshitaka had proven victorious. He also brought forth and congratulated the many gentles who managed to complete the day’s Iron Tassel Shoot.
Alrekr Bergsson came forward to announce that Brendan of Ealdormere had been the victor in the day’s Mythic Heroes shoot.
While Alrekr Bergsson was in Their Majesties’ presence, They Awarded him Arms for his skill as an archer, his service as an archery marshal and assisting in event setup and teardown. Scroll illuminated by Lady Alana MacLeland and calligraphed by THL Juan Miguel Cezar.
Alrekr Bergsson receiving his Award of Arms.
Goffrain Cleireach was Awarded Arms for his 22 years of service in the SCA as an archer at the Pennsic Wars, construction of archery targets, and assisting in the teardown of the Æthelmearc encampment at Pennsic. Scroll by Lady Vivienne of Yardley.
Goffrain Cleireach is awarded Arms.
Lady Aemilia Soteria was inducted into the Order of the Golden Alce for her great skill in thrown weapons and her service as a thrown weapons marshal. Scroll illuminated by Lady Isabel Fleuretan and calligraphed by Kameshima-kyō Zentarō Umakai.
Lady Aemilia Soteria is inducted into the Golden Alce.
Lady Caolfhionn of the Woods was elevated to the Order of the Sycamore for her generous and quiet skill in the art of brewing, which has earned her multiple awards in A&S competitions. A scroll by Countess Aidin ni Leir was not present.
Lord Hanse Drachensohn was presented with his scroll commemorating his induction into the Order of the Sycamore by the hands of Titus and Anna Leigh. Scroll illuminated by Lady Edana the Red and calligraphed by THL Fiora d’Artusio upon words by Don William Parris.
Her Majesty then spoke of the ingenuity of Master Robert the Gray in designing and constructing the archery target launcher that had been used on the day’s ranges. She presented Master Robert with her token of inspiration.
Those who had donated time and effort towards the scrolls given out that day were invited to stand forth and be recognized.
Master Jacopo di Niccolo informed the populace that some archery equipment had been left behind at the last year’s Archers to the Wald event, and that it had still not been claimed. He invited anyone who could correctly identify the lost equipment to speak with him and claim it.
Baron Edward Harbinger, the Kingdom Archer General, announced that once again, House Wolf and Thistle had organized a Peerage shoot for the day as a fundraiser for the Kingdom Trailer Fund. He then reported that the shoot had raised $393 for the fund.
The peerage charity shoot run by Baron Edward Harbinger.
His Majesty reiterated his belief that this year’s Pennsic War may well be decided by the Mass Populace Archery Shoots, and implored everyone who could shoot a bow or crossbow to take their weapons and ammunition to the Archery Range at War and shoot for Æthelmearc. The Populace Shoots are not limited; each person can shoot as many times as they would like, and every point is counted towards the Kingdom’s total.
There being no further business, Their Majesties’ Court was closed.
In Honor and Service,
Kameshima Zentarō Umakai
Silver Buccle Principal Herald, Kingdom of Æthelmearc
Members of the Order of the Scarlet Guard at the Scarlet Guard Inn II in June of A.S. XLIX. Photo by THLord Juan Miguel Cezar.
Greetings unto all the groups of Æthelmearc from the Order of the Scarlet Guard!
We wish to issue a challenge! On Saturday, June 13th, A.S. 50, in the Shire of Hornwood at the Scarlet Guard Inn III, we are inviting every Barony, Shire, Dominion, Canton, and College to send an individual to shoot in an archery competition. The nature of the competition is not yet determined, but since the Scarlet Guard Inn is already jam-packed full of fun and interesting archery ranges, we expect it will be a single round, highest-score-wins shoot.
Photo by THL Juan Miguel Cezar.
Each group can pick one representative, who must be a member of that group, to compete in the challenge. The competitor must bring a signed letter from the seneschal of their group as proof that they are the group’s chosen representative. Only persons with a signed letter from the group’s seneschal will be allowed to compete. Archers from groups outside of Æthelmearc may compete as long as they have a letter signed by their local seneschal. Members of the Scarlet Guard are not eligible to shoot in this competition.
Each group should send a small item or token that will be put in the prize basket for the winner. There will also be a banner for the winner to keep during the year, and then pass on to the next winner at the following year’s competition. The name of the winner and the group he/she is from will be added to this banner each year, as we plan to make this an ongoing competition.