Greetings! Let it be known throughout our Sylvan Kingdom and beyond that the Barony of St. Swithin’s Bog 3-Day event is again on the horizon!
The Barony of St. Swithin’s Bog would like to invite the Known World to join them for 3 days of martial activities, arts, friendship, and celebration as the Great Pennsic War looms ever closer. Not only will there be an abundance of activities to inspire and excite but it will also be the Investiture of our new Baron and Baroness! A weekend of true festivity and revelry!
This year, all are welcome to a weekend at the Viking Townhall! There will be a full day of Viking themed martial activities including Heavy Weapons, Youth fighting, Rapier, Thrown Weapons, and Archery! There will be an A&S display and Competition for both finished and in-progress work. And Yes! We will once again be hosting the 13th Annual Iron Scribe Competition! And this year I am excited to announce there will also be a Brewing Competition! There are also children’s activities planned for a day of merriment for all!
Our Head Cook is preparing a fine hearty feast and after an exciting day of activities invites all to don your finest Viking garb and join us in the longhouse for an illuminating and enchanting evening of feasting and friendship. We encourage all to bring their banners to hang, and candles and lanterns, to add to the aesthetic of the evening.
Depending on COVID Protocol at the time of the event, the feast and all activities may take place outside. The event will follow all SCA Covid protocols. Please check the event Facebook Page for updates and announcements as the event draws closer.
Our site is the New Germany Grove Hall 1635 New Germany Road, Summerhill, PA15958. Site will open on Friday, July 15th at 5 pm and close on Sunday, July 17th, at 12 noon. There is plenty of space for camping. No shower facilities are available but place feel free to being our own amenities. There will be sanitizing stations throughout the event. The site is discreetly wet and above ground fires are permitted. Adult Event Registration is $25 per adult. Adult Member Discount Event Registration is $20 per adult member. Children ages 17 and under are free. Breakfast and lunch sideboard are included with your event registration.
Our Head Cook is her Excellency Rosheen O Fayh (Tracey Zimmerman) email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Dietary/allergy concerns may be sent to her email. Co-Feastocrat is Lord Biorn inn Digri (Chris Fedelia). Feast is $10 per person. Children ages 5 and under are free for feast. The feast is limited to 64, so reservations are highly encouraged.
Our Reservation Clerk will be Lord Battista (Paul Tedeski) email email@example.com. This year Pre-registration will be available online through SCARS and all those who preregister online will receive a $5 discounted registration fee. Please check the event page for information on when pre-registration will open and close. Cash and checks will still be accepted at the gate. Make checks payable to SCA-PA, Inc. Barony of St. Swithin’s Bog. Our Royalty Liaison is Dame Ursula of Rouen (Danielle Duvall, PO Box 661, Shepherdstown, WV. 25443), 540-287-1748 or Ursula.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Questions regarding the event may be directed to the Autocrat, Lady Niamh bean Bran O’Labhradha (Diana Lowry, 3735 Baytree Street. Pittsburgh, PA 15214), 724-550-5352 or email@example.com.
Although the SCA complies with all applicable laws to try and ensure the health and safety of our event participants, we cannot eliminate the risk of exposure to infectious diseases during in person events. By participating in the in-person events of the SCA, you acknowledge and accept the potential risks. You agree to take any additional steps to protect your own health and safety and those under your control as you believe necessary.
Directions available at the event announcement here.
The Report of the Court of Their Majesties Maynard and Liadain, King and Queen of Æthelmearc held at Saint Swithin’s Day on the 10th day of July anno societatis 56 in the Baronial of Saint Swithin’s Bog, Brandubh O’Donnghaile, Jewel Herald.
Their Majesties called for the attendance of THLord Guilaume le Noir and presented him with the Jewel of Æthelmearc as he had been named the 48th Jewel of Æthelmearc by Their Graces Timothy and Gabriel.
Master Tigernach mac Cathail was called into Court and asked if he was prepared to sit Vigil to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Chivalry. Upon his consent Their Majesties summoned all companions of the Order of Chivalry present to take him to his vigil.
Their Majesties opened Their Court and welcomed all who had traveled to attend. They were thrilled to see so many in attendance at this magnificent day, and conveyed Their thanks to the peoples of the Barony of Saint Swithin’s Bog for hosting the first event post pandemic.
Their Excellencies Gunther and Rosheen were granted leave to hold their Baronial Court.
Their Majesties announced that letters of intent for Crown Tournament are due by July 21. They looked forward to the grand festival of Crown Tournament to be held in the Shire of Misty Highlands in August which is open to all with no attendance limit, and reminded all that the final episode of ÆLive will air on Friday July 16. [That episode may be viewed here.]
The day had featured the Queen’s Rapier Championship, and so Their Majesties called forth the Queen’s Rapier Champion Master Po Silvertop, and asked that he pass the regalia to Master Lodovick of Grays Inn to stand as Her new Champion. Scroll by Mistress Cynthia Love of the Tower upon a text by Master Po Silvertop.
Tessa Lou Ellen Stumps was called into court and added to the Sylvan Pack, much to the delight of her owners Baron Gunther Grunbaum and Baroness Rosheen O’Faye.
Master Ian Campbell of Glen Mor begged for a moment of time in Their Majesties’ Court in order to conduct some personal business. Master Ian then summoned Jason Teague and offered him an apprentice belt and Jason agreed to become Master Ian’s apprentice in front of all witnesses.
Their Majesties invited Christofle Dumont to enter Their Court and inducted him into the Order of the Silver Sycamore for his joy of music recording and sharing his performances, and winning the youth category at the recent Bardic War. Scroll limned by Lord Alene Naughty and THLord Sasson della Sancta Vittoria, with calligraphy by THLady Shirin of Susa.
The Children of Æthelmearc were called into Court, and Duchess Siobhain inghean uí Liatháin led them away with a basket full of toys for their amusement during court.
Lord Maddoc MacRoyri was inducted into the Order of the Keystone in absentia for his service as Baronial Webminister and Herald in Saint Swithins Bog. Scroll Illuminated by Mistress Cynthia Love of the Tower and Master Caoinleán Seanchaidh, scrivened by THLady Shirin of Susa.
Their Majesties invited all newcomers to Their Court to come forth and presented each with a handmade drinking vessel to remember the day.
Lady Ragnhilda Manadottir was called into Court and inducted into the Order of the Keystone. Ragnhilda worked as Media Officer, Chronicler, Cook and CoAutocrat in Saint Swithins Bog. Scroll scrivened by Mistress Antoinette de la Croix upon illumination by Hatun Gulsah al Zakkiya.
Their Majesties summoned THLord Rouland of Willowbrooke into Their Court. They thanked him for his service during the pandemic as he had come to Their home and installed lighting for Their online appearances, and presented him with a Gratia Coronae. The Gratia Coronae is a token inspired by Their Majesties of Trimaris to thank those making extra efforts to keep Our Society together during the pandemic.
Further THLord Rouland of Willowbrooke was inducted into the Order of the Carnelian as he brings a smile wherever he goes, is always courteous, kind and a positive influence. Scroll by Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope.
Their Majesties summoned Her Majesty’s Bard THLord Bran Ó Labhradha, and presented him with his scroll for winning as Sylvan Bard and a belt favor as the Champion. Scroll by Baron Caleb Reynolds.
THLord Bran Ó Labhradha was asked to stay a moment longer in Their Majesties’ Court and further Inducted into the Order of the Sycamore for his contributions of art to Our Kingdom, his music inspires and entertains as well as reflecting his devotion to the Dream. Scroll by Baron Caleb Reynolds and THLady Shirin of Susa.
Baroness Emilia O’Madigan was invited to attend Their Majesties and inducted into the Order of the Sycamore for her skills as a Seamstress, hand-sewing garb, mixing Gobi for the delight of the populace, cooking, and calligraphy. Scroll scrivened by Mistress Antoinette de la Croix and limned by THLady Vivienne of Yardley.
Their Majesties summoned Lord Meinolf Grimsson into Court and praised his skill and service to Thrown Weapons, winning Baronial, 7 Pearls, and Kingdom Championships, and serving as Marshal. And so Their Majesties invited the Order of the White Horn to come forth and bear witness to the induction of Meinolf into their Order. Scroll by Baroness Rosheen O’Faye And Baron Bunther Grunbaum upon text by THLord Kumagaya Kentarou Masamoto, and Medallion by THLord Kumagaya Kentarou Masamoto.
Master Tigernach mac Cathail was invited to attend Their Majesties, as he had sat in Vigil that day, and Their Majesties asked if he was prepared and was it his wish to proceed to induction into the Order of the Chivalry. Master Tigernach replied that it was his wish to do so, and the Order of Chivalry was invited forward to witness the induction of their newest brother. Their Majesties then heard testimony upon the qualities and virtues of the candidate. Mistress Euriol of Lothian spoke for the Order of the Laurel, Dame Katerina ty Isaf for the Pelican, Duchess Lynette Semere of Atlantia spoke for the Ladies of the Rose, Duke Malcolm MacEoghainn spoke for the Chivalry, and Duke TImothy of Arindale and Duchess Gabrielle van Nijenrode spoke as Royal Peers. Their Majesties then invited Duke TImothy and Duchess Gabriel to join Them in Court and act as the hands of the Crown to see the fruition of the Writ that they had issued to Master Tigernach. With the assistance of Their Graces TImothy and Gabrielle, Their Majesties called for Regalia to invest Tigernach as a Knight, first the Ancestral Chain of the Knights of Aethelmearc presented by Sir Bors of Rouen. Sir Arden Scott presented the Ancestral Chain of the Knights of Old Castle, and Sir Arden also presented Tigernach with a personal chain. Duke Malcolm MacEoghainn presented Spurs and a White belt and strapped the spurs to Tigernach’s Boots, and invited Lady Margareta le Sayre to come forth and tie the belt around Tigernach’s waist. Master TIgernach’s Cloak, now embellished with chains of knighthood by Dame Kateryna ty Isaf was wrapped about his shoulders. Duke Timothy then dubbed Taginernach a Knight, and Tigernach swore his oath of fealty to the Crown and Kingdom of Aethelmearc, and Duke TImothy delivered the last unanswered blow to Sir TIgernach. Scroll by Sir Murdoch Bayne.
Their Majesties then called for Master William de Montgilt to enter Their Court. Their Majesties proclaimed that it is always such a joy to see Master William upon the fighting field. His spirit and enthusiasm on the field, holding the field far longer than those 1/3 his age is an inspiration to all, and so Their Majesties awarded him an Award of Excellence.
Their Majesties then asked Master William to perform one more service to the Crown and retrieve his lady wife Mistress Irene von Schmetterling. Their Majesties thanked Mistress Irene for her decades of service to the society across multiple kingdoms in numerous leadership roles from holding offices to being a pioneer of fencing. Her comportment as a leader and being a go to person inspired Their Majesties to Create her a Baroness of the Court of Æthelmearc. Scroll by Lady Tierrany Rose Orre and Coronet by THLady Sumayya al Ghaziyah.
Their Excellencies, Gunther and Rosheen of Saint Swithin’s Bog were invited to enter the Court and Their Majesties presented them each with Gratia Coronae Tokens for their inspirational leadership during the pandemic shut down.
Their Majesties invited Duchess Anna Leigh to enter Their Court and presented her with a Gratia Coronae Token for her large donation of largess and coordination of many artisans.
Master Illadore de Bedegrayne was summoned into Court, and Their Majesties delivered unto her a writ of summons to appear before Them at a future date to contemplate induction into the Order of the Pelican for her service the Kingdom as Seneschal and cook. Scroll in progress words by Baron Brandubh O’Donnghaile and Baroness Hilderun Hugelmann.
Their Majesties spied Lady Avitoria Vidua amongst the crowd and brought her forward. THeir Majesties showcased the new cushions for the thrones that she had made and presented her with the Golden Escarbuncle which They had awarded her in Their Aethereal Court. Further They presented her with a Gratia Coronae Token for her work seeing to the glory of the Kingdom.
Their Majesties thanked Scribes and Regalia Makers for contributing to the glory of Aethelmearc. Her Majesty then called forward Duke Malcolm MacEoghainn and named him Queen’s inspiration and presented him with a pin from her sleeve for his inspiring leadership. Their Majesties thanked all for attending and the Peoples of Saint Swithins Bog for hosting the first event post pandemic, it was Their joy to see and share so many smiles and laughs as Aethelmearc begins to return to normal.
Being the Chronicle of the Courts of Timothy and Gabrielle, King and Queen of Sylvan Æthelmearc, held on the eleventh day of January, AS 54 (2020), at Kingdom Twelfth Night in the Barony of Saint Swithins Bog. Submitted by Lord Snorri skyti Bjarnarson, Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald.
Morning Court was opened with fanfare and ceremony, and Their Majesties, having been seated upon Their thrones, bade the assembled populace to seek their comfort, then had summoned to the Their Excellencies Saint Swithin’s Bog to swear fealty.
After that, Their Majesties had called before them Master Ian Campbell of Glen Mor, who desired to take Master Caoinlean Seanchaidh, called Tower, as apprentice.
Master Ian takes Master Caoinlean as his apprentice. Photo by Master Jonathan Bleacstan.
Next, Their Majesties sought the presence of Baron Edward Harbinger, and Baroness Anastasie de Lamoure, and both were confirmed as Subjects of the Crown of Æthelmearc, with writs duly signed by the crowns of Æthelmearc and the Midrealm, and acknowledged by the Kingdom Seneschale.
Proceeding onward, Baroness Aine O’Muirghesan was called for, and she begged a moment of the court’s time to present to Baron Magnus de Lyon the Master William Blackfox Award from the Society Chronicler’s office, to recognize excellence in the work of Chroniclers and newsletter contributors.
As Baroness Aine was already present, Their Majesties next called for their Most Noble Order of the Pelican. Asked if they still wished to accept this lady into their order, they replied aye, and so, after being relieved of her yellow belt and chain by Count Haakon Oaktall, Baroness Aine was sent on vigil.
Viscount Haakon releases Baroness Aine from fealty. Photo by Master Jonathan Bleacstan.
After that, Their Majesties called for Their Most Noble Order of the Laurel, followed by His Lordship Otto Boese. Asked if they still wished to accept this lord into their order, they replied aye, and so, after being relieved of his oaths to Duke Gareth Kincaid, His Lordship Otto was sent on vigil.
THLord Otto is sent to vigil for a Laurel. Photo by Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope.
Finally, Their Majesties called for Their Most Noble Order of Chivalry, and then for His Lordship Bors of Rouen. After affirming that order still wished him to join them, His Lordship Bors was sent on vigil.
THL Bors and his wife, Lady Amelia, enter morning court. Photo by Arianna.
There being no further business, court was suspended.
After a day of fighting, learning, and merriment, Their Majesties processed back into court, accompanied by Their Highnesses Maynard and Liadain, and all manner of attendants, guards, and courtiers, and court was re-opened.
Their Majesties first called forward all children present, and set them on merry chase after the kingdom toybox.
Then Their Majesties invited Lady Annika Iosafova, Their Bagatelle, to come forward and speak to the populace about the day’s largesse derby. Many talented artisans donated gifts, but Their Majesties’ choice, in the end, was a set of a dozen hand-illuminated thank you cards from Lady Vedis Aradottir, entertainingly painted as exact copies of a printed thank you card she had received from the Crown for previous donations.
Lady Annika talks about the Largess competition. Photo by Master Jonathan Bleacstan.
Next, the throne was approached by the Dread Countess Katherine and Count Alric of The Mists, who begged Their Majesties’ indulgence to have brief words with Their Heirs. Their Excellencies then turned to Their Highnesses, and offered gracious words and gifts in a transparent attempt to sway Æthelmearc to the side of the Midrealm for this summer’s incipient hostilities. Their Highnesses were politely noncommittal.
At the conclusion of that business, Their Majesties called for THL Guillame and Master Emily, to speak of the day’s fighting tournaments, Lord Mathias being announced as victor of fence, and Duke Dietrich, Their Majesties’ Heavy Fighting Champion, the victor in the heavy lists.
After that, Their Majesties desired the presence of Their Minister of Arts and Sciences, and so Her Ladyship Renata Rouge approached the throne. THL Renata said to Them that her tenure as Kingdom Minister was over, and that she had found willing and capable replacements, and Mistress Elska á Fjarfelli and Master Hrolfr á Fjarfelli came forward, and gave their oaths to serve the crown and kingdom well and faithfully.
Mistress Elska and Master Hrolfr swear fealty as Kingdom A&S Officers. Photo by Master Jonathan Bleacstan.
Next, Their Majesties asked for the winner of the day’s bardic contest be presented to them, and so Lady Eadaoin Ruadh was brought forth. Their Majesties remarked upon the emotion in her singing, and so named her Kingdom Bardic Champion, with a scroll by Mistress Cynthia.
Lady Eadaoin is named Kingdom Bard. Photo by Master Jonathan Bleacstan.
Then Their Majesties called for Katheryn of Saint Swithins Bog, and spoke of her helpfulness and good cheer, and so added her to the rolls of the Order of the Silver Buccle, with a scroll by Gwen Cooke.
Katheryn is inducted into the Silver Buccle. Photo by Master Jonathan Bleacstan.
Proceeding on, Their Majesties required the presence of Ragnhilda Manadottir, and, speaking of her help running events and demos, Awarded her Arms, with a scroll by Mistress Cynthia.
Ragnhilda receives an Award of Arms. Photo by Master Jonathan Bleacstan.
After that, Their Majesties asked for Daniel of Nithgaard. They spoke of his commitment to the running of his shire, regularly attending meetings and practices, and gave unto him an Award of Arms, with a scroll by Lady Murdia Drusilla Vettia Portia.
Next, Kara Ivarsdottir was summoned. Their Majesties spoke with sadness that this award was over a decade late, but were joyful that they could have it come from Their hands, and so Awarded her Arms, with a scroll by Mistress Ursula of Rouen.
Kara receives an Award of Arms. Photo by Master Jonathan Bleacstan.
Their Majesties then called for Lord Richard of Foxmor, and called the attention of the populace to his fine works of art, and entered his name into the rolls of the Order of the Sycamore, with a scroll by Lady Aurelie of Nithgaard.
Lord Richard receives a Sycamore. Photo by Master Jonathan Bleacstan.
When that was complete, Lady Svava of St. Swithin’s Bog was fetched before Their Majesties. They spoke of her work as a Royal Guard, a retainer, a Marshal, and as a commander of Æthelmearc’s field army, and so made her a Companion of the Keystone, with a scroll by Baroness Shirin of Susa.
Lady Svava receives a Keystone. Photo by Arianna.
After that, Their majesties requested the attendance of Lady Serena Milani. They spoke of her work donating scrolls and helping with the running of her Shire, and so made her a member of the Order of the Keystone, with a scroll by THL Vivienne of Yardley.
Lady Serena receives a Keystone. Photo by Arianna.
Next, Lord Ulf Bareleg was finally found and brought before Their Majesties. They spoke warmly of his efforts to inebriate the entire population of Æthelmearc with his fine libations, and so inducted him into the Order of the Howling Wolf. Furthermore, His Majesty Timothy stated that, by Royal Decree, that award should be known as the Howling Ulf for the remainder of Their reign. Naturally, the members of that Order also appeared, uncalled-for, as is their wont, and led away Lord Ulf for further celebrations, as is their custom.
Lord Ulf is made a member of the Howling Wolf. Photo by Arianna.
That business complete, Their Majesties called for Her Excellency Delftwood, Baroness Amalie Reinhart, and spoke of her contributions to the kingdom’s prowess in the martial activity of thrown weapons. They then had summoned Their Noble Order of the White Horn, and added Baroness Amalie to their number, with a scroll illustrated by Sir Arden Scot, and calligraphed by THL Ceindrech verch Elidir.
Baroness Amalie receives a White Horn. Photo by Arianna.
That done, Their Majesties next had brought forward Her Ladyship Astridr vigaskegg, and spoke of her fine works and contributions to Their kingdom’s arts and sciences community. They then had summoned Their Noble Order of the Fleur d’Æthelmearc, and had Her Ladyship Astridr added to their rolls, with a scroll by Mistress Abigail.
THL Lady Astridr receives a Fleur. Photo by Arianna.
While Their Fleurs were yet present, Their Majesties demanded the presence of Lord Angellino the Bookmaker, spoke highly of his illuminations, and also added him to their ranks of the Fleur d’Æthelmearc, with a scroll by THL Vivienne of Yardley.
Lord Angellino receives a Fleur. Photo by Arianna.
In the interests of economy, the Fleurs were bade abide yet longer, and His Excellency Rhyddrych Hael, Baron Padraig O’Brandubh, was called forward. Their Majesties spoke of his skill with woodworking, and had him made a Companion of the Fleur d’Æthelmearc, with a scroll by THL Sophie Davenport.
Keeping to the court’s current theme of awards for Landed Baronages, Their Majesties next called for His Excellency St. Swithins Bog, Baron Gunther Grunbaum, and spoke at length of his fine service and works in the Barony, as an Order clerk for the White Horns, and as a Marshal, and then called for Their Noble Order of the Millrind, and had Baron Gunther added to their membership, with a scroll by Master Jonathan Blaecstan.
Baron Gunther is inducted into the Millrind. Photo by Arianna.
After that, Their Majesties spoke of one who has offered service to their reign above and beyond, in constant attendance, quietly dealing with issues, giving help unsolicited, often the first to arrive for setup and the last to leave when the day is done, and acting cheerfully and extraordinarily as Their Chamberlain. For these services, and many others, they had called forth Lord Tassin Tresseaul, and made him a Baron of Their Court, with a scroll by THL Edana the Red.
Lord Tassin is made a Court Baron. Photo by Arianna.
Then, Their Majesties called for Baroness Aine O’Muirghesan, and a grand procession entered with Her Excellency, being House Highrafters and Yama Kaminari and many other and sundry nobles of station. Their Majesties then called forward Their Most Noble Order of the Pelican, and asked them if it was still their wish to have this Lady added to their number. They responded aye, and then many worthies spoke of Her Excellency’s peer-like qualities, and many items of regalia were brought forth and draped upon this woman to mark her new station, and her name was added to the Order, with a scroll by Master Jonathan Blaecstan, and she swore an oath, and Mistress Aine then proceeded forth with her new Order giving congratulations and approbation, to the sound of many cheers.
Baroness Aine becomes a Pelican. Photo by Arianna.
Next, Their Majesties asked for His Lordship Otto Boese, who entered the court with another majestic train of nobility, being the vast glorious multitudes of House Sable Maul. Their Majesties had summoned forth Their Most Noble Order of the Laurel, and gave query as to the Order’s intentions. The Order replied aye, that they wished this Lord to join them, and then a great number of Peers of the Realm spoke in his favor, of his fine qualities and great works. Lordly gifts were brought forth, and His Lordship was adorned as befits a peer, and his name was added to the rolls of the Order, with a scroll carved in wood by THL Phelippe Ulfsdotter, and he swore mighty oaths, and all present before the thrones then proceed forth from the hall in merriment.
THLord Otto is made a Laurel. Photo by Arianna.
When the hall had again quieted, Their Majesties called for His Lordship Bors of Rouen, who came forth humbly with his Lady wife and various friends and retainers of rank. The Most Noble Order of the Chivalry was called forward, and Their Majesties asked if they still wished to have this man amongst them. They responded aye, and then many worthies spoke of His Lordship’s qualities befitting a peer. Then many fine items were given to him to mark his station, and then a white belt was put about his waist, and then a chain of links about his neck, and with ritual blow he was proclaimed a Knight, and Sir Bors gave his oath upon the Sword of State, and proceeded forth from the hall with his retinue.
THL Bors is made a Knight. Photo by Arianna.
Their Majesties then called forward all newcomers there present, and gave to each of them a cup from Their hands, so that they might return and share a drink with us again.
Newcomers are welcomed with drinking vessels. Photo by Arianna.
Sir Vladimir Mechnik then approached the throne, and Begged a Boon of Their Majesties. Sir Vlad owned that he was soon departing our fair kingdom, and wished to be released from his oaths of service to the Crown, so that he might more fully serve in his new homeland, and was thus duly and graciously released by Their Majesties, with great regret.
Sir Vlad is released from fealty. Photo by Arianna.
After that, Their Majesties called for all scribes there present who had contributed to the day’s court, and gave unto each of them a token from their own hands.
Finally, Her Majesty called forward Master Iago Benitez, and spoke admiringly about the wonderful smells of his cooking, and the joy His Majesty felt upon smelling the glorious aromas of Master Iago’s smoked meats upon first arriving at the revel, and named him Her Inspiration that day, and awarded unto him a Golden Escarbuncle, tinted red for service, in absentia.
There being no further business, the Sylvan Court of Æthelmearc was closed.
Lord Snorri skyti Bjarnarson
Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald
Being the Roving court report for Their Excellences Gunther and Rosheen at Kingdom 12 Night held in the Barony of St. Swithin’s Bog on January 11, 2020. Masonic Temple 130 Valley Pike, Johnstown PA 15905.Mistress AElfra Long chief Herald with Dame Vivienne Marie de Beauvais assisting.
So opens the court of Their Excellences Gunther and Rosheen.
Their Excellences found Master Quinn Kerr just where you would expect him to be and calling him forth. His Excellency Gunther having found there to be an egregious omission in the rolls of his order did induct him into the Order of St. Swithin’s for Service. Illumination by Sasson de Santca Victoria, words and calligraphy by Dame Vivienne Marie de Beauvais.
Next They did search out Lord Batista di Lupo Speranza who was taking a much needed break from troll. Having seen his work with the youth of Our Barony and his exceptional skill with the blade They were moved to induct him into Their Order of St. Swithin’s for Marshal Activities. Scroll (pyro scribing) by Lord Arvic Hyttoinen, words by Lady Elizabeth Rosamond, font creation for wood burning by Lady Ragnhilda Manadottir.
Finally tracking down THL Sasson de Santca Victoria They did deem him most worthy to be inducted into Their Order of St. Swithin’s for Arts and Sciences for his scribal works. Illumination by Lady Donatella de Fano, words by Mistress AElfra Long, calligraphy by Mistress Cynthia Loved of Tower.
With not further business, the Court of Their Excellencies Gunther and Rosheen was closed.
Court Reports of the Kingdom of Æthelmearc Gareth II et Juliana II July 13, AS 54 (2019) Bog Three-Day Event Barony of St. Swithin’s Bog. Here continues the Record of the Second Reign of Gareth and Juliana, King and Queen of Sylvan Æthelmearc at the annual St. Swithin’s Bog Three-Day Event, AS 54, in Their Barony of St. Swithin’s Bog, accompanied by Their Heirs, Prince Timothy and Princess Gabrielle, and Their Excellencies Gunther and Rosheen of St. Swithin’s Bog. As reported by Gwendolyn the Graceful, Brehyres, OL.
In the morning, the Crown received The Honorable Lord Silvester Burchardt and asked whether it was still his intention to sit vigil that day. At his reply, They then brought forward Their Most Noble Order of the Laurel. His Highness Prince Timothy asked His Lordship to return the belt marking him as His Highness’ squire. Their Majesties then directed the Order to conduct His Lordship to the place of his vigil. Court was suspended.
Baron Silvester returns his squire’s belt to Prince Timothy before going on vigil for the Laurel
In the evening, Their Majesties gave leave to Their Excellencies Gunther and
Rosheen to conduct the business of their Court.
Their Majesties made Sylvia von Fredeburg a companion of the Order of the Silver Sycamore for her artistic endeavors and for teaching others. Following this, the children
were invited forward for the traditional “running of the toy box.” His Highness suggested that His Grace, Duke Gabriel of Maccuswell, might enjoy learning how it works first-hand. His Grace sportingly agreed.
Sylvia receives a Silver Sycamore
Their Majesties permitted Lord Cheng Tai Ren to present His Highness Prince Timothy with an item commemorating Their Highnesses’ eventful trip to crown: A “reign” deer made by the hands of Lady Gui Dai Li.
Lord Cheng presents TRH with a “reign” deer
Next, Their Majesties asked to be joined by those attending their very first Royal Court, and presented these gentles with drinking vessels to welcome them into the Society.
Newcomers are welcomed to the SCA with mugs
Thereafter, Mistress Gabrielle de Winter came forth with Lord Alfonso de Santo Domingo, that all might witness as he took up her offer to become her protègé.
Mistress Gabrielle takes Lord Alfonso as her protègé.
Their Majesties next summoned His Lordship, Guillaume le Noir. His Majesty had learned of Guillaume’s efforts on behalf of the moneyers’ guild and found them laudable. Their Majesties therefore were moved to name him a Companion of the Sycamore.
THLord Guillaume receives a Sycamore
Catherine de Troyes was called forward. The Crown remarked on her accomplishments in cooking feasts, as well as her efforts to teach the art of spinning, and her general helpfulness as crew on many events. For this, They created her a companion of Their Order of the Keystone and Awarded her Arms.
Catherine receives a Keystone with an AoA
Their Majesties brought forth Richard of Foxmore. In recognition of his long, quiet dedication as knight marshal, as well as working on the kitchen crew, and making board games, They did name him a companion of Their Order of the Keystone.
Lord Richard receives a Keystone
Their Majesties also asked to be joined by Lady Gemina of Krull. Taking note of her scribal contributions, and particularly of her labors to provide children’s activities, They named her a companion of Their Order of the Keystone.
Lady Gemina receives a Keystone
Next did Their Majesties request the presence of Mikael ibn Mehlen ibn Yosaf al-Uqlidsi. Their Majesties declared Themselves impressed by his all-around skills in heavy combat, rapier combat, archery, and thrown weapons. Thus he was made a companion of the Order of the Golden Alce, and Awarded Arms.
Mikael receives a Golden Alce with AoA
Their Majesties next desired to speak with Mistress Cynthia Love of the Tower. For her continued service in teaching and encouraging scribes, and for her many contributions as a scribal ninja, They presented her with an Æthelmearc Award of Excellence.
Mistress Cynthia receives an Award of Excellence
The Crown had need to be attended by Baroness Osa of Greenland. Citing her constant, long-standing, and widespread support of many reigns, many regions, and many events, Their Majesties called forth Their Noble Order of the Millrind. With the Order’s acclamation, Her Excellency was created one of their Companions.
Baroness Osa receives a Millrind
Baron Cormacc mac Gilla Brigde was summoned to attend Their Majesties. His Majesty spoke of the joy His Excellency exhibits in his fighting, and of the dedication he has shown, and of his prowess. His Majesty called for the Noble Order of the Gage to join Him. With their affirmation, His Excellency was added to their number.
Baron Cormacc receives a Gage
Their Majesties wished next to be more closely attended by Their Silent Herald, Mistress Gytha Oggsdottir. However, it was not for her signing that They wished to see her, but for her prowess with the blade. After summoning forward Their
Order of the White Scarf, Don Simon Caminante removed the blue scarf from her arm, and offered a white one in its place, which Her Majesty bestowed to add Dona Gytha to the Order.
Mistress Gytha receives a White Scarf
Then Their Majesties invited The Honorable Lord Silvester Burchardt to provide his answer whether he would be elevated into the Most Noble Order of the Laurel. Receiving his reply, They called for that Order to join them and heard words of testimony. Duchess Sonja Ryzaja, distinguished guest from Ansteorra, spoke as a Lady of the Rose and Royal Peer. Sir Beatrix Krieger conveyed the words of Baron Murdoch Bayne, OP, KSCA, on behalf of the Order of Chivalry. Dame Branwyn MacFhionguin represented the Order of the Pelican. Finally Mistress Phiala O’Ceallaigh, as Companion of the Order of the Laurel, attested to Silvester’s worth. Moved by these words, Their Majesties presented him with the outward symbols of his rank and received his oath.
Baron Silvester is made a Laurel
Her Majesty then announced her Inspirations for the day: Lady Gemina of Krull, and Lady Melissa Anne, who had run the children’s activities for the day, and awarded both a Golden Escarbuncle in token of Her appreciation for their efforts.
Lady Gemina is named Queen’s Inspiration
Their Majesties recognized all those who contributed scrolls, medallions, and regalia for
those recognized in Court that day.
His Highness begged leave to address the populace. His Highness remarked upon the proliferation of activities and pursuits that enrich our Kingdom and Society, but that sometimes lead to fragmentation as we are forced to choose between one activity or another at events. Their Highnesses wish to dedicate Their upcoming reign to finding ways to bridge the gaps between participation, upon the historically-inspired theme, “A Day at the Tournament.” They invite any who have suggestions or ideas about how to enable our subjects to enjoy more varied activities during the course of events, to contact Them in the coming weeks.
His Highness addresses the populace
His Majesty reminded all that we have but two weeks until the Pennsic War is upon us. His Majesty expressed the hope that all present had taken up a new area of interest this year. His Majesty further declared His aspiration that as the Known World travels to our lands, that all within the Kingdom of Æthelmearc should outfight, outfence, outshoot,
out-volunteer, and outshine all other realms, so that all who visit us can see and recognize the grandeur of Æthelmearc.
Finally, His Majesty thanked all the staff who had worked to make the event enjoyable and successful, and the Barony of St. Swithin’s Bog for their generosity and hospitality.
There being no further business, the Court was closed.
Gwendolyn the Graceful, Brehyres, OL
All photos by Arianna of Wynthrope, who apologizes for the poor quality
Here continues the Record of the Second Reign of Gareth and Juliana, King and Queen of Sylvan Æthelmearc at Queen’s Rapier Championship, May 4, AS 54, in Their Barony St. Swithin’s Bog; as recorded by Lady Nichola Beese, with the support of Lord Fiachna MacCennetig.
Her Majesty called the children there present before her. Master Jacob Martinson was likewise invited before Her Majesty and sent off with the toy chest, while Her Majesty asked the children about their favorite part of the day. Once Master Jacob had a lead sufficient to hopefully ensure his safety, the children were sent after him and their treasure.
Her Majesty then called for those amongst the populace attending their first event in the Society to attend Her. These newcomers were given a drinking vessel, as is their Majesties’ custom, to welcome them to the Society with the wish that their cup never run dry.
Her Majesty then granted their Excellencies of St. Swithin’s Bog leave to conduct their court.
Upon resuming Her court, Her Majesty invited the outgoing Rapier Champion, Countess Elena d’Artois, to recount the tournament. After hearing Her Excellency’s telling of the day’s deeds, Her Majesty named Master Jacob of Dunmore to duly succeeded her as Queen’s Rapier Champion. Scroll by THL Felice de Thornton. Her Majesty called before Her those who participated in their first Queen’s Rapier Championship that day and bestowed a gift upon each.
Bjorn Inn Digri was next called before Her Majesty. For his services in the kitchen, on the thrown weapons range, and others, he was Awarded Arms. Illumination by Mistress Ælfra Long, Words by Mistress Mahin Banu Tabrizi, and Calligraphy by THL Gemima of Krull.
Her Majesty then called Lady Rosenese, called Roxanne of the Foxtail, before Her. For her continued and cheerful service to her barony and her fellows, Lady Rosenese was inducted to the Order of the Keystone. Calligraphy by Gemima of Krull.
Her Majesty summoned Lord Mathias al-Tabai before her. She had been made aware of his service both on and off the lists, and his dedication to assisting the members of his local community, the rapier community, and the Sylvan Kingdom as a whole. For these acts, She was moved to award him the Order of the Keystone. Illumination by Lady Melissa, Words by Don Cygnus Augur, Calligraphy by Lady Magdalena Txoperena de Guerra.
Having safely returned from his duty with the toy chest, Master Jacob Martinson was called before her Majesty. Having noted his varied acts of service, from assisting in set up and tear down, to acting as rapier marshal, to serving as chamberlain, Her Majesty saw fit to induct him to the Order of the Keystone. Scroll by Lady Nichola Beese.
Lord Richard of Heronter was then called to Her Majesty. For showing martial prowess both dexter and sinister, Lord Richard was added to the Order of the Golden Alce in absentia. Illumination by Allan Naughty, words by Countess Elena d’Artois.
Next did Their Majesties asked for the presence of Lady Charlotte Stark. Having noticed her skill and joy on the field, Their Majesties were moved to induct Lady Charlotte to the Order of the Golden Alce. Words by Mistress Mahin Banu Tabrizi, Calligraphy by Gemima of Krull.
Her Majesty again summoned Lord Mathias al-Tabai before Her. She recounted several instances of his prowess and spirit in the lists that day, and therefore named him Her Inspiration and awarded him a Golden Escarbuncle.
Her Majesty then rose to thank all those who had contributed to the scrolls awarded that day, and gave each a reign coin as thanks for their service and artistry.
Finally, there being no further business before Her, the Court of Her Majesty was then closed.
This being the Court Report for Their Majesties, Timothy and Gabrielle, held at the Baronial Investiture in the Barony of St. Swithin’s Bog on July 15, 2017 (A.S. 52), as reported by Sophie Davenport, Silver Buccle Herald, with the assistance of Her Grace, Siobhán inghean uí Liatháin.
Their Majesties note that the time draws near for Their Excellencies, Iago and Emilia, to retire to their country estates, and give them leave to conduct their final court.
Upon completion of their court, Their Majesties call forth Iago and Emilia to attend. After praising them on their time and service to St. Swithin’s Bog, Their Majesties asked for the Baronial Coronets, and after expressing Their thanks, allowed them to retire.
Their Majesties then call for the Seneschal of the Barony, and after confirming that the proper procedures were followed for a successful election, They called forth the elected Baron and Baroness, Gunther and Rosheen. After confirming their desire to fulfill their station and serve the Barony, They asked for Iago and Emilia to place the Baronial coronets upon Gunther and Rosheen’s heads. Their Excellencies gave their oath of fealty, were invited to take their place, and given leave to name the Captain of the Guard and the Lead Retainer.
Their Majesties continued by having business with Emily of Dunvegan, who was asked if she still wished to be inducted into the Order of Defense. With her affirmative answer, They sent her forth to her vigil.
They then called forth Fredeburg von Katzenellenbogen and asked her if she had a continued wish to join the Order of Defense. With her affirmative answer, They sent her forth to her vigil.
They then called for Ælric Ravenshaw, and asked him about his intention to be inducted into the Order of the Pelican. With his affirmative answer, he was sent forth to his vigil.
Their Majesties announced that Their Excellencies would be Sitting in State for a time in the afternoon, and court was then suspended.
On the field in the afternoon, it was noted by His Majesty that a certain fighter has caught His attention. This fighter has been steadily improving himself both on and off the field and with the consent of the Order of the Chivalry, asked Thorsol Solinauga if he would consider joining this order at a time to be determined.
THL Thorsol receives a Writ for the Chivalry
In the evening, with the populace seated and comfortable, Their Majesties gave commentary on how the children are the future of the Society, but how they also need to be entertained for the duration of court business, and sent them off in search of the Royal Toy Box to collect a toy to keep them occupied. They then gave leave for Their Excellencies, Gunther and Rosheen, to conduct their court.
Baron Gunther and Baroness Rosheen hold their first Baronial Court
At the conclusion of the Baronial business, the court of Timothy and Gabrielle did continue with the Thrown Weapons Champion reporting that a competition was held, with the winner being Kenn the Just, who was invested with the trappings of his station. Master Tigernach presented tokens for thrown weapons ranking achievements, made by Master Antonio de Luna.
Lord Kenn the Just is named Thrown Weapons Champion
The Heavy Weapons Champion Tournament was held on the field, where Thorsol Solinauga was pronounced the winner. He was called forth and entrusted with keeping the Sword of State safe for Their Majesties.
THL Thorsol is named Heavy Weapons Champion
Their Majesties then called for Dorothea Stark Shütze to attend them. They expressed Their pleasure with Dorothea’s artwork and service as a retainer, and created her a Lady of the Court, bestowing an Award of Arms upon her. Scrolls are by Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope and Lady Alysoun.
Lady Dorothea receives an Award of Arms
Their Majesties next called for Svava of St. Swithin’s Bog. They spoke to her about pursuit of the fiber arts, her sewing abilities and her dancing ability, and thus inducted her into the Order of the Sycamore. The Viking stone was made by Mistress Cynthia, with wording by THL Ursula.
Lady Svava receives a Sycamore
Elizabeth Rosamond was then called forth. Their Majesties spoke of her service on the Queen’s guard, and her various rolls within the Barony for many years and inducted her into the Order of the Keystone. Scroll is by Melissa Anne, with words by THL Rosheen.
Lady Elizabeth receives a Keystone
Their Majesties next called for Guillaume le Noir. They spoke to his constant service as a marshal, as a guard, and how often he is found to be lifting, carrying, and his general helpfulness. For this They inducted him into the Order of the Keystone, with a scroll by Melissa Anne with wording by Dona Caroline of Burgundy.
THL Guillaume receives a Keystone
Their Graces Sven and Siobhan had recently traveled to Calontir and returned with the well wishes of Their Majesties of Calontir and a gift for Their Majesties Timothy and Gabrielle.
Duke Sven and Duchess Siobhan bring greetings from Calontir
Ashling Na Ngleanntan was found and brought before Their Majesties. They have been made aware of her service in the kitchens, and her contributions of largesse in the form of leather items and jewelry. For these services did Their Majesties induct her into the Order of the Keystone. Scroll by Lady Eleanor of Gray.
Lady Ashling receives a Keystone
Their Majesties then called forth Don Iago and THL Emilia and thanked them profusely for their service to the Barony in the past, presently, and in the future. With this did Their Majesties name Iago and Emilia a Baron and Baroness of the Court and placed coronets befitting their stations upon their heads. The coronets by Baron Rummy John are in progress, scrolls by Melissa the Artisan.
Baron Iago and Baroness Emilia receive Court Baronies
Roxanne of the Foxtail was summoned forth and questioned her about her throwing skills. As she is skilled at thrown weapons, and is now also a target archer and a combat archer, Their Majesties find her to be worthy of recognition and induct her as a member of the Order of the Golden Alce. Scroll by THL Mary Elizabeth Clausen.
Lady Roxane receives a Golden Alce
Their Majesties then wished to be attended by Magnus Bastiano de Vigo. They noted his beautifully crafted authentic dress and equipment that enhances the beauty of the fencing list, and his study of the Destreza techniques. For this They inducted him into the Order of the Golden Stirrup. The scroll is by Countess Anna Leigh.
Lord Magnus receives a Golden Stirrup
Their Majesties then called for Emily of Dunvegan. They inquired about her intent to be inducted into the Order of Defense, and called for the the Order to inquire on their acceptance of Emily. With everyone in agreement, They called for a Royal Peer to speak. Her Grace Dorinda Courtenay spoke about Emily learning to fence, learning to teach fencing, and overall learning grace. Next They called for a member of the Order of the Chivalry, and Alric of the Mists answered. He spoke of Emily being known as a “killer”, a weapon of the Rapier Army, and a ‘just’ warrior. Illadore de Bedegrayne spoke on behalf of the Order of the Laurel. She spoke about Emily’s obsessive learning of the art of the rapier. Master Lodovic of Grey’s Inn spoke about the “rain being the lifeblood of the Kingdom” pertaining to her service to many communities, large and small, on behalf of the Order of the Pelican. Finally, Master Quinn Kerr spoke of Emily’s teaching of tenacity, her understanding of honor in battle, and of having courage in the face of a determined opponent. Having been pleased with the words of very noble peers, Their Majesties found Emily of Dunvegan worthy of elevation into the Order of Defense and called for the ancestral collar, the lineage book, and a personal belt befitting her new station. They then heard her oath, the scroll was calligraphed and read by Dame Vivienne, illuminated by Master Tower and Melissa Anne, wording by Master Quinn Kerr, and proclaimed her to be a Master of Defense.
Dona Emily becomes a Mistress of Defense
With the Order of Defense still in attendance, Their Majesties called for Fredeburg von Katzenellenbogen and asked her if she still wished to become a member of this august order. With her answer, They called for a Royal Peer to speak on her behalf with Countess Ariella of Thornbury answering the call. She spoke of how well Fredeburg represents our kingdom with her service and teaching. A member of the Order of Chivalry was asked for. Sir Alonzio of the Peacemakers stood and spoke of his household member and how she excels at many things, namely rapier combat and combat archery. He spoke of her leadership as the captain of the Arts and Sciences team representing Æthelmearc. Finally he spoke of her faith in the kingdom, in the citizens, and in herself. Next, a call was made to the Order of the Laurel and Master Quinn Kerr did answer. He asked “What is Fredeburg’s art?” His answer- she has perfected the art of failing, and thusly has excelled at the pursuit of perfection. Master Bastiano then spoke on behalf of the Order of the Pelican, and spoke of her many aspects and time of service to all stations, large and small. Finally, a Master of Defense was called for with Master Illadore de Bedagrayne stepping forward to speak of Fredeburg’s study of tactics, and her mighty prowess in combat and as a tactician. Being satisfied with these many words, Their Majesties called for the articles representing the status of a Master of Defense, with the ancestral collar, a personal collar, a sword, and cloak being brought forth to adorn her person. Fredeburg then gave her oath, the buckler prepared as the scroll made by THL Anais Fenn was read, and was proclaimed to be a Master of Defense.
Mistress Fredeburg becomes a Mistress of Defense
Next, Their Majesties called for Ælric Ravenshaw and asked him if it was still his wish to join the Order of the Pelican, and called for the Order to attend. A Royal Peer was requested and Countess Elena d’Artois le Tailleur came forward and spoke of Ælric’s many roles played, always as part of the staging crew, and finally being promoted to being the “stage manager.” A member of the Order of Chivalry was called for and Sir Alonzio of the Peacemakers stood to speak of Ælric’s abilities to lead and follow, to teach the gentler arts, and to promote others, all while having fun. Next, a Master of Defense was called for. Master Bastiano di Iacopo stepped forward to speak with emotion of Ælric’s quality of work above self. Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope spoke on behalf of the Order of the Laurel and addressed Ælric’s teaching the fine art of scroll making, addressing both the quality and quantity of the arts in his teachings. The Order of the Pelican was spoken for by Master Creador Twinedragon, where he told a tale of service after service after service after service, and how Ælric was instrumental in the formation of a new group. Having been moved by these words of praise, Their Majesties called for the symbols of status as a Peer. Ancestral and personal pendants, and a hood were presented. Ælric then gave his oath, the scroll by Master Creador was read, and Their Majesties proclaimed him to be a Master of the Order of the Pelican.
THL Aelric becomes a Master of the Pelican
Their Majesties thanked the artisans who made tokens and articles for presentation, thanked the scribes for the scrolls created and given, and thanked the populace for a marvelous day.
Her Majesty Gabrielle then stood and proclaimed Melissa Anne to be her inspiration for the day and presented the Golden Escarbuncle to Melissa Anne with high praise.
Melissa Anne is named Queen’s Inspiration and receives a Golden Escarbuncle
The announcement was made that Their Majesties Curia was to be held the following morning in the main hall. Court was then closed.
During dinner, Their Majesties court was opened to expel Justus Clay Pease from participation in any Society for Creative Anachronism activity, and closed without fanfare.
The Barony of St. Swithin’s Bog created a truly marvelous event last Saturday, set off by sublime weather and attendance over expectations. Thank you to those who set up a tent for Ourselves and one for Their Royal Highnesses, filled with an initial spread that would make any caterer proud, ready for use by 9am.
Thanks to Master Don Lodovic, set upon Vigil for Master of Defense, who then continued heading the kitchen that produced such a delicious lunch and feast! Thank you to THL Ursula of Rouen and her staff for running the event with courtesy and efficiency, allowing Us to fit three courts and many other activities into the day.
We saw gentles enjoying the Iron Scribe competition, large fencing tourneys and pick ups, thrown Weapons, and three vigils. Thanks to Duke Duncan Von Halstern for running Our Heavy Weapons Championship where the chivalry of Æthelmearc fighters brought pride and satisfaction to Our hearts. Thanks to the MOLs, Baroness Soteria and others, for completing the tournament in just an hour and a half, despite having at least 25 entrants, and continuing on to Æthelmearc 500 the rest of the day.
It was a pleasure to have the support of Their Excellencies, Iago and Emilia, and Their Highnesses, Marcus and Margerite. Thanks to the many gentles who came and delighted in the Dream together! We look forward to seeing many more great deeds and the warm hospitality of this awesome Kingdom at Pennsic War.
Documented from the Scrolls of the Reign of Magnus Tindal and Etain II, basileos kai basilissa Æthelmearc: the Business of The Imperator’s Court at St. Swithin’s Bog 12th Night, 16 January Anno Societatis L, in the Barony of St. Swithin’s Bog, accompanied by Their Excellencies Iago and Emilia, Baron of Baroness of St. Swithin’s Bog, and Their Highnesses Dietrich and Thora, Prince and Princess of Atlantia. As recorded by Their Silver Buccle Herald, Kameshima-kyō Zentarō Umakai.
In the morning:
The Imperator called His Excellency Iago Benitez before Him and asked if it was still his desire to play the prize in contemplation of elevation to the Order of Defense. His Excellency agreed, and the Council of Defense was convened and instructed to escort His Excellency to the field that had been prepared for him. Before he left Court, Iago removed his White Scarf and entrusted the Baronial Coronet into the care of his lady wife, Baroness Emilia.
Baron Iago being sent to Vigil
In the evening:
The children of the Kingdom were invited to entertain themselves with toys and activities under the care of Maestro Orlando di Bene del Vinta while the adults conducted the business of Court.
Her Excellency Emilia, the Imperator, and Their Highnesses of Atlantia exchanged gift baskets in thanks and friendship.
Lord Ian Campbell of Glen Mor presented the Imperator with handmade coins to use as largesse, for he had not been able to attend the Saturnalia celebration the previous weekend.
Duchess Dorinda Courtenay presented tokens to all those fencers who were participating in the Dragon Rose Challenge, which the Emperor had recently expanded so that the fencers of Æthelmearc would no longer be challenging one Midrealm region at a time, but would now be challenging the entire Kingdom.
Lord Guillaume le Noir and Dona Emily of Denvegan announced the victors of the day’s tournaments. Prince Dietrich, who was victorious in the day’s heavy weapons tournament, presented his prize to THL Beatrix Krieger, for she had impressed him greatly.
Prince Dietrich presenting his prize winnings to THL Beatrix
John Augustine Stag was Awarded Arms for his service to the Kingdom as Privateer. Scroll by Meisterin Felicitas Flußmüllnerin.
John Augustine Stag receiving his AoA
Duke Timothy of Arindale reminded the populace of the upcoming Regional Muster and Practice scheduled for February 20-21 in the Shire of Abhain Ciach Ghlais.
Dona Katherine Vivans was inducted into the Order of the Fleur d’Æthelmearc for her skill in turning liquids into solids, such as milk into cheese or glass into beads. Scroll illuminated by THL Elyse la Bref and calligraphed by Lady Vivienne of Yardley upon wording by Baroness Clarice Roan.
Dona Katherine being greeted by Mistress Illadore and the rest of the Order of the Fleur
Master Iago Benitez was recalled before the Emperor having successfully held the field and played the prize.
Master Iago being led into court by his son, Greyson
Confirming that he was now ready to take his seat in the Council of Defense, the said Council was convened and affirmed that they wished Iago to take the seat that was reserved for him. Sir Kadan Chakhilghan Ger on Echen praised his prowess, stating that he knew Iago to be “the man to beat” in Æthelmearc before he ever knew Iago’s name, and now that he and Iago had come to be friends, that initial assessment had not changed. Mistress Illadore de Bedegrayne of the Order of the Laurel spoke of the inspiration she drew from Iago, specifically, the inspiration to parry and dodge his deadly strikes, and remembered when both she and Iago were to represent their respective Baronies in the 7 Pearls championship and she spent a year studying and preparing to face him. Mistress Caroline of Burgundy of the Order of the Pelican, who once held Iago as her cadet, testified that he had passed her in many ways including that of service. Duchess Dorinda Courtenay of the Order of Defense, who Iago had once held as his cadet, had sought him out because she wanted to learn from the best, and stated that the Order of Defense was created for people like Iago. The Emperor, moved by this testimony, created Iago a Companion of the Order of Defense and presented him with regalia of his new station: the Ancestral Livery Collar of the Order of Defense of Æthelmearc, a personal collar and a cloak bearing the badge of the order.
Master Iago, now Master of the Pelican and of Defense
Master Iago swore his Oath upon the Sword of State, and a scroll illuminated by Master Caoinleán Seanchaidh and calligraphed by THL Rachel Delicieux upon wording by Duchess Dorinda Courtenay was read. Finally, Baroness Emilia, with the assent of the Emperor, replaced the Baronial Coronet upon His Excellency’s brow and he retook his place upon the Baronial throne.
Master of Defense scroll by Master Caoinleán Seanchaidh and THL Rachel Delicieux
Maestro Bastiano de Iacopo was summoned before the Emperor and served with an Imperial Writ of Summons to return to the Imperatori at an event before the Coronation of Their Heirs and play the prize in contemplation of elevation to the Order of Defense.
Master Bastiano receives his writ
There being no further business, this Imperial Court was closed.
All photos courtesy of THL Caitilin ni Mhaolchonaire of the Barony of St. Swithin’s Bog.