Greetings unto the populace of our grand Sylvan Kingdom. It is with a heavy heart that I must announce the cancellation of
War Practice XXXI, May 14-17.Due to the ongoing and ever changing situation, we feel it is in everyone’s best interest to cancel the event. I know so many of us are used to going to Cooper’s Lake, not only for the event, but to work on camp sites. To that end, if anyone wishes to go to the site at that time, please contact Cooper’s Lake Campground to see if they are open for private camping. All arrangements for private camping must be made through Cooper’s.
On a brighter note, War Practice is scheduled for next year, May 20-23, 2021.
We are all looking forward to seeing you then.
THLord Aidan Gunn
Seneschal of Steltonwald
The next Æthelmearc Youth Combat Champions’ Tourney will be held on Saturday, May 18th, at Æthelmearc War Practice in the Shire of Steltonwald. Anywhere from one to three Champions will be chosen by King Gareth and Queen Juliana, based on the fighters’ prowess and chivalry. Those chosen will serve as Kingdom Champions for the duration of Their Majesties’ reign.
Schedule for youth fighting at War Practice on Saturday morning:
9:00 am – List opens for inspections
9:30 – Authorizations
10:00 – Youth Champion’s Tourney begins
11:00-12:00 – Melees
Limited loaner armor and weapons will be available. We advise that your youth fighter bring their own equipment if at all possible.
The Youth Combat list will be on the main battlefield, to the east of the thrown weapons range and alongside Currie Road.
THLord Methias Weasel, Æthelmearc Youth Combat Marshal, will be the Marshal-in-Charge. If you have any questions about youth combat at Æthelmearc War Practice, please contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
An account of the court of Sven and Siobhan, King and Queen of Æthelmearc with Their Royal Highnesses Titus and Anna Leigh, held at Æthelmearc War Practice on the 18th and 19th days of May in the 53rd year of the Society in the Shire of Steltonwald. Reported by Baroness Ekaterina Volkova, Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald, assisted by THL Sophie Davenport, Silver Buccle Herald, Drotin Jorundr hinn Rotinn, Golden Alce Herald and Mistress Graidhne ni Ruaidh, Holus Herald.
Friday May 18, AS 53 on the Field:
Their Majesties called before them the Order of the Pelican. They spoke of one who has long served the Kingdom and the Martial community. THL Ursula of Rouen was then called forth. It was confirmed that she was free of all obligations and sent to sit vigil and contemplate inclusion into the Order of the Pelican.
Court was then suspended.
Saturday, May 19, AS 53 in the Great Hall:
Their Majesties invited the assembled Landed Baronage to join them in court.
Their Majesties then invited Their Royal Cousins, Alric and Katherine of the Midrealm to join them in court.
Court was resumed and Their Majesties talked about the wonderful fighting, learning, and comradery that was seen throughout the day. They then commended the artisans who created the Slavic outfits They were wearing.
Their Majesties’ Slavic outfits. Photo by Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope.
Edelvrouw Lijsbet de Keukere was called forth to speak of the Scarlet Apron competition that was held with the theme of Food Preservation. Simon a Fjarfelli was announced as the Populace Choice winner and presented with a token. Kusunoki Fumio Bun’ami was announced as the overall winner and presented with the raiments of his new office for the next year.
Master Bun’ami is named the winner of the Scarlet Apron competition. Photo by Arianna.
Simon is named the Populace Choice of the Scarlet Apron competition. Photo by Arianna.
Those members of the Populace who wished to do so, but had not yet had an opportunity to swear fealty, were invited forth and their oaths accepted by Their Majesties.
Fealty oaths. Photo by Arianna.
Her Royal Highness Anna Leigh then spoke of the amazing number of classes that were offered and thanked all those who both attended classes as well as those that taught them. She then invited all those who had taken six hours worth of classes throughout the course of the event to find her after court to receive a token.
Her Highness then spoke of how the Royal Family has a fondness for brewed beverages and because of this, she sponsored a brewing and beverage competition that day. Master Madoc Arundel came forth and announced the winner of each category.
Non-Alcoholic Beverage – Artisan Level Simon a Fjarfelli
Brewing/Vintning – Artisan Level Marius Sittius
Herbal & Apothecary – Artisan Level Aodhan MacMichael (who also won “best novice”)
Brewing/Vintning – Master Level Cristina inghean Griogair (who also won “best in show”)
Any Category – Populace Choice Methius T. Weasel
Simon. Photo by Arianna.
Lord Aodhan. Photo by Arianna.
Lord Sittius. Photo by Arianna.
Lady Cristina. Photo by Arianna.
THLord Methius Weasel. Photo by Arianna.
Lords Robert Hawkesworth and Niccolo Salvietti came forth to speak of a fencing competition that was held this day. The competition involved those members of the fencing community who were not White Scarves or Masters of Defense seeking out and fighting those that were. The prizes was lots of candy. The unscarved fencers said that they could not partake in all the bounty they received so pooled their winnings and presented equal shares to Their Majesties Æthelmearc, Their Royal Highnesses Æthelmearc and Their Majesties Midrealm.
Lord Robert and Lord Niccolo present their bounty to the Crown. Photo by Arianna.
Their Majesties then called before then Patrokles Athenaios. His Majesty spoke of how they had heard of Patrokles’ years of participation on the fighting and fencing fields, as well as in the Arts and Sciences arena. For all this they were moved to Award him Arms. Scroll by Bronwyn Androus.
Lord Patrokles Athenaios receives his AoA. Photo by Arianna.
THL Methius Weasel, Marshal in Charge of the Youth Heavy Combat Champions Tournament, was called in to speak of the day. His Lordship thanked the previous Champions and all those who competed for the positions. Simon a Fjarfelli was announced as the Division 2/3 Champion. As there was only one Division 1 participant, Fritz was asked to continue in the position of Champion for his Division. It was also announced that Bri was selected the Most Chivalrous fighter and she was presented with a token.
Simon and Fritz are named youth combat champions. Photo by Arianna.
Bri is named Most Chivalrous youth fighter. Photo by Arianna.
Their Majesties then asked all Children present to please come forth. Her Majesty thanked them for coming and said that in the back of the hall was a box from which each could select a gift and then asked them to go calmly back to pick their prize.
The children are summoned into court. Photo by Arianna.
Next THL Astridr Vigaskegg was asked to announced the winners of the Largesse Competition that was held during the day. It was announced that Baroness Sybilla Detwyller took third place, THL Drogo Rabenwald was chosen as second and that Aurelia Argenta Prima was the overall winner.
Baroness Sybilla is third in the Largesse competition. Photo by THLady Aine ny Allane.
Lord Drogo is second in the Largesse competition. Photo by THLady Aine ny Allane.
Their Majesties requested Winardis of Borderwatch to come into Their court. His Majesty spoke of how this good lord has been seen fighting at all the major Kingdon events for many years and how his enthusiasm on the field makes him a valuable member of Borderwatch. For this he was inducted into the Order of the Golden Alce. Scroll illuminated by THL Philippe Ulfsdotter and calligraphed by Mistress Sthurrim Caithnes.
Sir Tarl accepts Lord Winardis’ Golden Alce. Photo by Arianna.
All members of the Order of the Golden Alce were asked to stand. Her Majesty asked that the populace look around and note that if there were any still seated that should be a member of this noble order, and if so, asked that letters of recommendation be sent in.
Their Majesties then invited into court all those for whom this was their first event. Those that approached were thanked for coming and given a token from Her Majesty’s private treasures.
Newcomers receive tokens from Their Majesties. Photo by Arianna.
Their Majesties presented Dumas of Waterford an Award of Arms in absentia for his many years of quiet service to his Shire. Scroll by Sevena and Hrefna fruþikona in heppna Þorgrímsdottir.
Grania filia Briani was then asked to present herself to Their Majesties. It was noted that her service at Pennsic and War Practice as water bearer was something that was crucial to the fighting community. For this she was inducted into the Order of the Keystone. Scroll by Crystal Bradley and Mistress Graidhne ni Ruaidh.
Lady Grania receives a Keystone. Photo by Arianna.
All members of the Order of the Keystone were asked to rise so that the populace could see who should be recommended to Their Majesties.
It was noted that there was one in attendance who should have stood but did not and that is was possible that he was not a member of the Order. Her Majesty asked that he be called in so that this could be remedied. Lord Abdullah al- Rashid was called into court and inducted into the Order of the Keystone for his work in kitchens, sweeping halls, and as Baronial Seneschal. The scroll’s illumination was done by Lady Rivka bat Daniyel and calligraphy by THL Anlaith ingen Trena.
Lord Abdullah receives a Keystone. Photo by Arianna.
Next, Their Majesties called Catalina into Their presence. It was remarked that this young woman has become known as being a fierce force on the field, not just with archery and siege weaponry, but now had been seen in armor and taking up the sword and shield. She is also known for her cheerful and welcoming demeanor. For this she was Awarded Arms. Scroll by THL Phelippe Ulfsdotter and Graidhne ni Ruaidh,
Catalina is award Arms. Photo by Arianna.
It was then announced that the Memorial for Baron Leonard the Younger would be taking place on June 3rd and that more details would be announced on official channels.
The Order of the Pelican was then called into court. Once the flock was assembled, Mistress Antoinette de la Croix was asked to present herself. After confirming that both the Order and the good Mistress wanted the inclusion to happen, it was asked if there were any who would speak on Mistress Antoinette’s behalf. Countess Juliana Delamere spoke on behalf of the Royal Peers of the Society. Mistress Alicia Langland, representing the Jewels of Æthelmearc, told of the worthiness of the candidate. Duke Malcolm Duncan Mac Eoghainn spoke as a representative of the Order of Chivalry. The Order of the Laurel was represented by Hrefna fruþikona in heppna Þorgrímsdottir, and Mistress Fredeburg von Katzenellenbogen spoke for the Order of Defense. Finally, Mistress Graidhne ni Ruaidh spoke on behalf of the Order of the Pelican. Upon hearing of the endorsements from the Peerages of the Society, Their Majesties agreed that it was a good and proper thing. A Gollar was called for to mark Mistress Antoinette’s new station. She was then presented with the Ancestral Medallion of the Order of the Pelican in Æthelmearc as well as a personal broach and medallion. Mistress Antoinette gave her oath to the Kingdom as a member of the Order of the Pelican. The scroll, illuminated by THL Vivienne of Yardley and calligraphed by Mistress Alicia Langland, was then read into record.
Mistress Antoinette is inducted into the Pelican. Photo by Arianna.
The Order was asked to remain and THL Ursula of Rouen was called in. The Order as assembled was asked if they still wished for Her Ladyship to be one of them. After receiving confirmation, Their Majesties asked Ursula if she had received counsel and if she desired to be counted among the ranks of the Pelican. She happily said yes. It was then asked if there was a Royal Peer who would attest to her worthiness. Duke Maynard von dem Steine claimed that honor. His Royal Majesty Alric of the Mists claimed the right to speak as a member of the Order of the Chivalry and said that she was his Peer. The Order of the Laurel was represented by Duchess Ilish O’Donnovan, who also agreed that Her Ladyship was worthy of inclusion into the Peerage. When asked if there was a member of the Order of Defense who could speak, Master Emily of Dunvegan spoke on behalf of Ursula. Dame Vivienne Marie de Beauvais then stepped forward and spoke for the Order of the Pelican. Their Majesties, upon hearing the witnesses, agreed that the ceremony should progress. She was given a Norse coat to mark her new station and keep her warm. A Cap of Maintenance was then presented to her. Mistress Antoinette de la Croix then passed the Kingdom Ancestral Medallion to her and a personal medallion was given as well. After receiving her oath, Their Majesties asked that the words marking the occasion be read. Words by Master Quinn Kerr were read and a glittery promissory scroll by Lady Ylaire St. Claire was presented.
THLady Ursula is inducted into the Pelican. Photo by THLady Aine.
Their Majesties then called before them the Order of the Laurel. Noting that the Order is smaller than They expected, THL Ishiyama Gen’tarou Yori’ie was summoned into court. He was then instructed to present himself at the Pennsic War, where he will sit vigil and contemplate inclusion into this august Order.
THLord Ishiyama receives a Writ for the Laurel, with elevation scheduled for Pennsic. Photo by Arianna.
Their Majesties then spoke of the amazing artisans who labor long hours over their art, only to give it away in court so that people may have a remembrance of the day. It was then asked that all scribes stand and be thanked for the continued hard work.
Her Majesty then told of how, after Her many years in the Society, it is rare for her to experience something new. But this day she was able to witness a Japanese Tea Ceremony and was moved by the beauty and artistry of it. For this she did name Lord Amano Zenjirou Nakatsune and Lady Oribe Tsukime as Her inspirations for the day.
Queen Siobhan’s inspiration, Lord Amano Zenjirou Nakatsune and Lady Oribe Tsukime. Photo by Arianna.
It was then announced that there would be a performance by I Genesii immediately after Court.
Their Majesties then thanked all those who came, took classes, fought, and ran the event. Their Highnesses also thanked the populace and said that They are looking forward to the fun to be had over the next year.
Their Majesties of the Midrealm offered their appreciation for the event and thanked Their Majesties for allowing Them to join Their Court. Her Majesty Katherine then presented gifts to the Royal Family in a token of friendship.
There being no further business, court was then closed.
Largesse generously donated by the people of our Kingdom at past events. Photo by Mistress Hilderun Hugelmann
I would like to take this opportunity to remind the populace of the combined largesse and award medallion competition to be held at Æthelmarc War Practice this weekend. All varieties of award medallions are encouraged, be they painted, metal, beaded, thread, or some other form. If your talents lend themselves more to largesse, whether scroll blank, trim, beads, or something completely different, as long as it is created by your hand, it is eligible for the competition. Following the competition all items will be donated to TRMs for dispersion as they see fit.
All entries should be brought to the A&S Pavilion between 9:00 and 11:00 AM on Saturday. The competition will be judged from 11:00 to 3:00 by populace vote with a token to go to the top three favorites. Looking forward to seeing what the artisans of our fine Kingdom bring forth!
From the Scrolls of the Reign of Timothy and Gabrielle, King and Queen of Æthelmearc, as recorded by Dame Kateryna ty Isaf, Jewel of AEthelmearc Herald with the assistance of Lord Arias Beltran del Valle, Misty Highlands Herald, Master Liam Mac An TSaoir, Sycamore Herald, Drotin Jǫrundr hinn Rotinn, Golden Alce Herald and Master Fridrikr Tomasson, Gullskel Herald at War Practice in the Canton of Steltonwald on May 20, Anno Societatis LII.
The Court of Their Majesties, Timothy and Gabrielle was opened upon the Fencing Field:
As Their Majesties, Timothy and Gabrielle, accompanied by Their Heirs, Gareth
and Julianna, observed the fencing melee They asked for the crowd to assemble. They discussed the pride They found in the tremendous forces assembled. They spoke of the joy They had in creating the first of the Masters of Defense and asked the members if they felt there was anyone missing from their rank. The Masters of Defense advised Their Majesties that there was such a lack. So counseled, Their Majesties called forth Emily of Dunvegan and asked she sit vigil and play her prize at a date of Their choosing so that she may be so elevated to this Order. Scroll calligraphed by Isabella Montoya upon wording by Mistress Gabrielle Winter.
At the Court in the Afternoon:
Their Majesties, Timothy and Gabrielle, accompanied by Their Heirs, Gareth
and Julianna, invited The Baron and Baroness of BMDL, Brandubh and Hilderun, to Their court.
Their Majesties invited Mistress Arianna Winthrope to speak regarding Their Youth Combat Championship. Mistress Arianna advised that there were two Youth who were victorious in their divisions, Fox and Katrina. Their Majesties being so advised did invest both Fox and Katrina as Their Youth Combat Champions. The outgoing Youth Combat Champions, Karl and Timothy of Arindale the Younger, were thanked for their service.
Fox and Katrina invested as Kingdom Champions. Photo by Lady Aine ny Allane.
Their Majesties called forth Evelyn of Stormsport. For her work in helping with pre-cook for feasts, serving feast and especially her assistance with the Queen’s Tea, Their Majesties inducted her into the Order of the Silver Buccle. The scroll by Lady Edena the Red.
Their Majesties also called forth Alva Halfdansdottir. For her work as a List Runner at Crown Tournaments, kitchen assistance and serving at the Queen’s Tea, Their Majesties inducted her into the Order of the Silver Buccle.
Alva receives a Silver Buccle. Photo by Lady Aine ny Allane.
Their Majesties called forth the rest of the children present. They asked the children to assist with singing Happy Birthday to someone before Lord Robert MacEwin took the toy chest and ran from the court. The children were instructed to take one toy each, beginning with the youngest child present.
Their Majesties called Meisteren Fredeburg von Katzenellenbogen forth to be serenaded with the appropriate aforementioned song. Upon completion They asked her to remain a moment while the children departed. Once the children had left They asked her take a knee while the Order of the Master of Defense were invited before Their Majesties. Their Majesties advised Meisteren Fredeburg that she should present herself at a future date of Their choosing to sit vigil and play her prize so that she may be inducted into this most noble Order. Scroll calligraphed by Isabella Montoya upon wording by Mistress Gabrielle Winter.
Mistress Fredeburg receives a Writ for the Order of Defense. Photo by Lady Aine ny Allane.
Their Majesties invited to Their court His Majesty, King William of the MidRealm. His Majesty William thanked Their Majesties for a rousing day of fighting and advised that although He will take the field at Pennsic to oppose the armies of Æthelmearc, He yet counts Their Majesties as friends. Their Majesties presented Him with a gift basket in appreciation of His visit.
King William of the Middle. Photo by Lady Aine ny Allane.
Their Majesties invited to Their court His Majesty, King Quilliam of Ealdormere. His Majesty Quilliam remarked on how enjoyed His day and looked forward to clashing with the might of Æthelmearc upon these very fields in the Pennsic War to come. Their Majesties presented Him with a gift basket to return home with and thanked Him for His visit.
Their Majesties gave leave to Their Excellencies of Barony-Marche of the Debatable Lands to hold Their court.
Upon the completion of the Baronial court, Their Majesties invited before them Edelvrouw Lisbet de Keukere to discuss the Scarlet Apron competition this day. Edelvrouw Lisbet advised that there was a strong showing of competitors and was pleased to announce the populace choice was La Connectsion Frances and the Winners of the Scarlet Apron were Team Pel/Laurel comprised of Mistress Myfanwy ferch Rhiannon and Master Alastar Scott MacCrummin.
The Scarlet Apron is awarded to Master Alastar and Maistres Myfanwy. Photo by Lady Aine ny Allane.
Their Majesties invited before Them Mistress Yvianne de Castel d’Avignon. Touched by her teaching of the tournament and hospitality in the galleries They rewarded her years of dedication her by adding her to Their Court as a Baroness. They asked Sir Aengus to attend Them so that he might present the Coronet to mark her station. The scroll was a work by Baroness Ekaterina Volkova.
Mistress Yvianne receives a Court Barony. Photo by Lady Aine ny Allane.
Their Majesties called forth Baron Friderich Swartzwalder, Kingdom Deputy Earl Marshall for Combat Archery. They asked if he felt it was time to step down from the post he had held with great diligence and he advised that he agreed and had found a suitable replacement in Mistress Zoe Akropolitina. Their Majesties asked Mistress Zoe if she was willing to take on this role and having assented They received her oath of service.
Mistress Zoe swears fealty as Kingdom Combat Archery Marshal. Photo by Lady Aine ny Allane.
Their Majesties next demanded the presence of the Wild Hunt. Countess Elena and Don Po came forward to announce the results of the Wild Hunt throughout the year and bestow gifts upon the winners. In third place was Lord Robert Hawkesworth, second place THLady Gytha Oggsdottir and first place went to Lord Ru Cavorst.
Lord Ru Cavorst collects his prizes as winner of the Wild Hunt. Photo by Lady Aine ny Allane.
Their Majesties called forth Duncan MacCoulagh and Isabella of Steltonwald. For Duncan’s work in the archery community and blacksmithing, Their Majesties Awarded him Arms and made him a Lord of the court. For Isabella’s interest in cooking, help in the kitchens and with whatever tasks need done, Their Majesties Awarded her Arms and made her a Lady of the court. Both scrolls were created by Countess Anna Leigh.
Lord Duncan and Lady Isabella receive their AoAs. Photo by Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope.
Their Majesties called before Them Jack Falleinwell. His Majesty commented on how He could not help but smile at this gentleman’s name, since as a small lad, the great and intelligent hound Lassie had often been known to call for Him to find a gentle with this very last name. Their Majesties advised that such a man must be mighty indeed and found that his extensive work at the Pennsic Wars did indeed make him a mighty helper for the Pennsic staff and especially mayor. Having been advised of such accomplishments They conferred upon him the title of Lord and Awarded him Arms.
Lord Jack receives his AoA. Photo by Mistress Arianna.
Their Majesties called forth Illyria of Delftwood and for her beautiful work on garb and accessories and her generously donated works for largess and fundraisers They Awarded her Arms making her a Lady of the court. Scroll by Lady Genevote Nau d’Anjou.
Lady Illyria receives her AoA. Photo by Mistress Arianna.
Their Majesties called Charlotte Starke to attend Them. For her work in crafting lovely garb and fencing bucklers and her participation in fencing They made her a Lady of the court by Awarding her Arms. Scroll by THLady Mary Elizabeth Clason with wording by Mistress Gabrielle Winter.
Lady Charlotte receives her AoA. Photo by Mistress Arianna.
Their Majesties called forth Mathias Al Tabai. Because of his helpfulness including willingness to become an exchequer and his fencing acumen, Their Majesties saw fit to make him a Lord of the court with an Award of Arms. Scroll was created by Elspeth of Wormwald with wording by Mistress Gabrielle Winter.
Lord Mathias receives his AoA. Photo by Mistress Arianna.
Their Majesties called Salvador Moro de Medici to come before Them. For his skill both on the Heavy and fencing fields and his willingness to teach others, They Awarded unto him Arms, thus making him a Lord of the court. Scroll by THLady Felice de Thornton.
Lord Salvador receives his AoA. Photo by Mistress Arianna.
Their Majesties requested Lady Rebekah Whytebull come before Them. Praising her work as tolner, kitchen staff, water bearer and watching the children of the Realm, They noted her gentle and quiet smile was always a staple of her work. Seeing fit to recognize such work for the betterment of the Kingdom, They inducted her into the Order of the Keystone. Scroll was created by Lady Elena Modarovavnuka.
Lady Rebekah receives a Keystone. Photo by Lady Aine.
Their Majesties called forth Lady Alysoun of the Debatable Lands. They remarked upon her beautiful work as a scribe, delicious brews, and lovely voice. Knowing her to be an anchor of the Debatable Choir, They found it right to induct her into the Order of the Sycamore. Scroll created by the hand of Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope.
Lady Alysoun receives a Sycamore. Photo by Mistress Arianna.
Their Majesties called before Them Lord Theowulf fitz Renault. Remarking upon his regular attendance at musters and notable prowess They adjudged him to be a dedicated fighter and saw fit to induct him into the Order of the Golden Alce. Their Majesties directed him to note that this scroll had been created by the hands of Countess Aidan in the 50th year of the society and while the date was incorrect, They could not in good conscience alter or amend what was likely the last scroll Her Excellency had produced for the court. They enjoined Lord Theowulf to treasure the great gift bestowed upon him.
Lord Theowulf receives his Golden Alce. Photo by Lady Aine.
Their Majesties called forth Lord Nicolo Loredan da Venesia. Noting that he had served for several years as the exchequer of Silva Vulcani and worked diligently as a fencing marshal, They inducted him into the Order of the Keystone. The scroll was by THLady Elyse la Bref.
Lord Nicolo receives a Keystone. Photo by Mistress Arianna.
Their Majesties called forth Lady Takasukasa Riku. They advised They had seen how she was a stalwart of the archery community and a heavy weapons fighter of skill. Such a Samurai, should be given recognition befitting her accomplishments and so They inducted her into the Order of the Golden Alce. The scroll was created by Lord Sasson della Sancta Victoria.
Lady Takasukasa Riku receives a Golden Alce. Photo by Lady Aine.
Their Majesties invited before them Sir Arnthor inn sterki. For his tireless promotion of heavy weapons fighting and siege weapons, for his work as Regional Army commander, his service as Deputy Warlord and Shire Knight Marshal, Their Majesties inducted him into Their Order of the Keystone. The scroll was limned by Baron Caleb Reynolds and calligraphed by Baroness Graidhne ni Ruaidh.
Sir Arnthor receives a Keystone. Photo by Mistress Arianna.
Their Majesties invited before Them Maestro Augusto Giuseppe da San Donato. They noted how he creates clever thrown weapons targets. They remarked upon his creations such as the Rhydderich Hael gate and the fire ring and box for the Kingdom. Having seen the beautification of Their Kingdom done by his hands, They inducted him into the Order of the Sycamore. Scroll was created by Baroness Rosamund von Glinde.
Maestro Giuseppe receiving a Sycamore. Photo by Lady Aine.
Their Majesties invited before them Lady Vivienne of Yardley. Their Majesties then called forth the Order of the Fleur d’Aethelmearc to attend Them. Speaking of how the works of art created with pen and brush grace many halls and homes in Their Kingdom and how her ability is recognized throughout the Kingdom, They were moved to induct her into the Order of the Fleur d’Aethelmearc upon this day. The scroll was limned by Master Caoinlean n Seachaidh, also known as Tower, and calligraphed by Mistress Antoinette de la Croix.
Lady Vivienne is inducted into the Fleur. Photo by Mistress Arianna.
Their Majesties called before them Baroness Anna Eisenkopf. Their Majesties advised They had been counseled that an order was missing a member. Their Majesties then called for the Most Noble Order of the Pelican to attend Them. They advised that her work as Mistress of the Lists, at crown tournaments and Pennsic, as well as at smaller events had been seen for many years. Her support for the Thrown Weapons community was known to all. She was never seen idling for an event when hands were needed. For all this, They would have her sit vigil upon a date of her choosing to contemplate induction into the Order of the Pelican. The scroll was by the hand of Baroness Graidhne ni Ruaidh.
Baroness Anna receives a Writ for a Laurel. Photo by Lady Aine.
Their Majesties were asked for a boon from Mistress Morgana bro Morganwg of Ealdomere. She asked that Their Majesties consider Brehyres Gwendolyn the Graceful as worthy of the Laurel Leaves and peerage for her gifts of song heard throughout the Known World. Assenting to her request, Their Majesties called Brehyres Gwendolyn forth. Accompanied by song as always, she presented herself unto Their Majesties. They asked her if having heard the counsel of her peers and bards, she agreed to proceed. Having her answer They called forth the Most Noble Order of the Laurel to attend Them.
Brehyres Gwendolyn is asked if she will accept elevation to the Laurel. Photo by Lady Aine.
From the Kingdom of the West, the words of Duke Frederick of Holland speaking as a Royal Peer were read by Countess Margerite Eisenwald. From the Kingdom of Ansterorra, Sir Kenneth MacQuarrie of Tombermory speaking for the Order of the Chivalry were read by Count Jehan de la Marche. From the Kingdom of Æthelmearc, speaking for the Order of the Master of Defense, the words of Maestro Orlando di Bene del Vinta were read by Mistress Illadore de Bedegrayne. From the Kingdom of Trimaris, the words of Master John Lyttleton speaking for the Order of the Pelican, were read by Countess Caryl Olesdattir. From the Kingdom of Ealdormere, Mistress Morgana bro Morganwg spoke finally for the Order of the Laurel. All these bards, accomplished in every aspect of the Society, spoke to the depth of impact that Gwendolyn has had upon the bardic arts throughout the Known World.
With joyful hearts, Their Majesties received this wise council and agreed that Gwendolyn should be recognized as a member of the Order of the Laurel and so elevated her to that noble station with the Laurel leaves to mark her forevermore a peer. A cloak to warm her during bardic circles deep into the night was laid upon her shoulders. The ancestral fruitcake of the Order of the Laurel was presented to her. She was further advised that her name and arms will be added to the book of the Order of the Laurel ennobled in Æthelmearc. There were two scrolls in process of creation, one with words by Master Fridikr being limned by Lady Raven Whiteheart and the other by Lady Emer nic Aidan of Ealdormere.
Their Majesties asked that all scribes who contributed to the scrolls given during the courts today stand and be recognized.
Her Majesty asked Lord Tassin to come before Her. She spoke of how there is a great deal of work that goes on behind the scenes and is rarely noticed unless it is not done. Her Majesty was moved to recognize Lord Tassin as Her inspiration of the day and bestowed upon him the Golden Escarbuncle because of all he had done to ensure the Kingdom encampment was built from the ground up, including the driving of well over a hundred stakes for the pavilions.
Lord Tassin receives a Golden Escarbuncle. Photo by Lady Aine.
There being no further business this day, Their Majesties’ court was thus concluded.
Youth Fighters, pay heed! The Æthelmearc Youth Combat Champions’ Tourney will be held on Saturday, May 21st at Æthelmearc War Practice in the Canton of Steltonwald. Anywhere from one to three Champions will be chosen by Their Majesties, King Byron and Queen Ariella, based on the fighters’ prowess and chivalry. Champions will receive the regalia from the current champions, Karl (Division 1) and Drake (Division 2), and serve as Kingdom Champions until the next tourney is held by Their Majesties’ successors.
Schedule for youth fighting at War Practice:
9:00 am – List opens for inspections
9:30 – Authorizations
10:00 – Youth Champion’s Tourney begins
11:00-12:00 – Melees
The Youth Combat list will be on the main battlefield, to the east of the thrown weapons range and alongside Currie Road. Look for a blue pop-up canopy.
If you are a baker, join us!
If you are a baker, a butcher, a saucier,
A fry-er, A boil-er, a sugar paste sculptor…
If you love to cook, come add fuel to our fire,
For your passion and skills we want you to show us.
Introducing The Scarlet Apron – a new cooking competition to be held at
Æthelmearc War Practice (May 19-22, 2016)!
This competition is open to any and all comers who have a penchant for the
medieval culinary arts. No matter if you are new to period cooking, or if
it is old hat to you, you are welcome at our table!
The theme for our inaugural year is sure to be a feast for the eyes as well
as the belly – Illusion Food! Anyone wishing to participate must create an
example of such a food from anywhere in SCA-period. This could be an
interpretation of a subtlety that has been described in a cooking text, or
an original creation that can be considered “period-plausible” based on its
design, construction and the materials used to create it.
All contestants should follow these guidelines:
1. The entry should be made and assembled prior to judging – this is not a
competition at which contestants must cook their final product on site.
2. The finished product should be constructed from at least 50% edible
3. The use of period construction techniques, including internal shaping
structures and edible ingredients is preferred and encouraged.
4. The final product should be registered, signed in, and ready for judging
by 11:00 AM on Saturday, May 21. The judging will take place in the Great
Hall alongside the A&S competition. Registration/sign-in will open Saturday
at 10:00 AM. The final judging will occur between 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM,
with the winner announced during court that evening.
5. Contestants should provide a brief written overview (one page, maximum)
of their entry, including their inspiration (if it was based on a specific
subtlety, the original text of its description; if it was based on
something else, then those details), a complete list of the materials used,
and a description of how they created the structure.
6. Contestants can choose to sit with their entry during the judging period
in order to answer questions from the judges and the populace, however it
is not required.
7. Plating and presentation are integral to this competition. Each
contestant will get no less than half of a six- or eight-foot table, which
should be adorned as befits the entry.
Entries have three potential categories to win: Youth (for contestants age
5-12), Populace Choice, and Overall Winner. Cooks of all skill levels are
encouraged to enter!
Any questions should be directed to the competition coordinator, Edelvrouw
Lijsbet de Keukere (email@example.com, Keirin Lazauskas-Ralff
on Facebook). We are so excited about this competition, and are looking
forward to seeing the beautiful and delicious pieces of art you create!
Documented from the Scrolls of the Reign of Timothy & Gabrielle II, King and Queen of Æthelmearc: the Business of Their Majesties’ Court at War Practice, 15-17 May Anno Societatis L, in the Canton of Steltonwald. As recorded by Their Silver Buccle Herald, Kameshima-kyō Zentarō Umakai, assisted by Mistress Kayleigh MacWhyte; Master Ryan MacWhyte, Brigantia Herald; Maistir Brandubh Ó Donnghaile, Tabor Herald; Brehress Gwendolyn the Graceful; Drotin Jǫrundr hinn Rotinn, Golden Alce Herald; THL Marcus Cincinnatus, Windmill Pursuivant; and Lord Arias Beltran del Valle.
Friday night, during the Gage Meet & Beat tournament:
Their Majesties convened the Order of Chivalry, then invited THL Arnthor inn sterki to join Them. Arnthor confirmed that it was still his wish to sit vigil in contemplation of elevation to the Order of Chivalry, and so moved, Their Majesties bade the Order to convey Arnthor to the place set for him in the Border Watch camp.
Their Majesties then convened the Order of the Laurel, and invited Baron Robert of Sugar Grove to join Them. Likewise, Baron Robert confirmed his desire to sit vigil in contemplation of elevation to the Order of the Laurel.
Saturday morning, at the Fencing tournament:
Their Royal Majesties called forward Baron Benedict Fergus atte Mede and presented him with a writ to determine when he would sit vigil to become the 4th Master of Defense of Æthelmearc.
Their Majesties called before Them Don Orlando di Bene del Vinta. After returning his yellow belt to his Pelican Mistress Irene von Schmetterling, Their Majesties sent him to vigil to contemplate his elevation as Æthelmearc’s second Master of Defense.
Later Saturday morning, on the Heavy Weapons field:
Sir Arnthor’s knighting. Photo by Lady Àine ny Allane.
Their Majesties summoned THL Arnthor inn sterki, who testified that he had sat vigil as instructed, and was now prepared to receive the acclaim of Knighthood, should Their Majesties still wish to bestow it upon them. Sir Stevan Ulfkellson spoke of Arnthor’s worthiness, and the Knight’s belt as the symbol of purity. Sir Tarl MacLave spoke of
Arnthor’s Peer-like qualities of teaching. Master Aengus MacBain spoke of Arnthor’s skill and research in the art of bone carving, and his teaching of that art to others. Mistress Constance Waite spoke of Arnthor’s many years of service. Viscount Bear the Wallsbane spoke of Arnthor’s upstanding courtesy and chivalry. Arnthor was invested with a set of ancestral spurs by Duke Titus, a belt of chivalry by his lady, and a Knight’s chain by Sir Tarl. His Majesty mused that, while it is the law of the Known World that only a King can make a Knight, He saw things differently, namely, that each person walks the path of Chivalry on their own, and as King, it is his privilege to recognize when one has made that journey as Arnthor had. His Majesty then dubbed Arnthor a Knight of the Society, Granted him Arms by Letters Patent, named him a Peer of the Realm and rendered unto him his last unanswered blow. A scroll by his lady was read, and finally Sir Arnthor was wrapped in a cloak from the Shire of Hunter’s Home.
Saturday evening, accompanied by His Highness Magnus Tindal, Prince of Æthelmearc; His Highness Brennan, Prince of the East Kingdom; Their Excellencies Liam and Constance, Baron and Baroness of the Debatable Lands; Athos and Bronwyn, Baron and Baroness of Thescorre; Carolus and Isolda, Baron and Baroness of Rhydderich Hael; Fergus and Helene, Baron and Baroness of Delftwood; Ichijo, Shugo-daimyo of Blackstone Mountain; and Iago and Emilia, Baron and Baroness of St. Swithin’s Bog:
Mistress Cunen Beornhelm. Photo by THLady Sophie Davenport.
His Majesty spoke of a piece of business that He had watched undone for the 25 years that He had stood as Knight of the Society, and that it was now his pleasure to see it finally brought to fruition. He then assembled the Order of Chivalry, and with their assent, invited Mistress Cunen Beornhelm to join Him in Court to accept a Writ of Summons for elevation to that Noble Order. Scroll forthcoming.
His Highness Brennan thanked Their Majesties and the people of Æthelmearc for the hospitality shown to Him at the event, and presented gifts to Their Majesties and His Highness.
Lady Cionaodh Gunn, the event steward for War Practice, gave thanks to her staff and all those who had made the event such a rousing success.
Ichijo Honen, Shugo-daimyo of the Barony of Blackstone Mountain, presented the Kingdom with a $500 donation to the Kingdom Trailer fund, and presented a challenge to the other Landed Nobility of Æthelmearc to do likewise.
Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope, who had overseen the Youth Champion tournaments of the day, was invited forth to inform Their Majesties and the populace of the results of those tournaments. While all who entered showed great chivalry and honor among the field, two demonstrated prowess above and beyond all others, and thus Henry was named the Division I Youth Combat Champion, and Ulf was named the Division II and III Youth Combat Champion. Scrolls illuminated by THL Ursula of Rouen and calligraphed by Lady Ylaire Sainte Claire upon words by THL Ursula.
Henry and Ulf are invested as Youth Champions. Photo by Master Alaxandair O’Conchobhair.
The children of the Kingdom were summoned forth, and invited to the back of Court where THL Hrefna Ulfvarinnsdottir had games and activities for their amusement.
Thora of Olach Lacha was Awarded Arms for her enthusiasm and assistance to all who need it, as well as her spirit and prowess as a heavy fighter. Scroll by Mistress Maria Christina de Cordoba.
Lady Thora of Olach Lacha. Photo by Master Alaxandair O’Conchobhair.
Arlian was Awarded Arms for his skill as a fighter, as well as his volunteering to transport others to events and practices. Scroll by Baron Caleb Reynolds.
Lord Arlian. Photo by Master Alaxandair.
Baron Robert of Sugargrove is made a Laurel. Photo by Lady Valentina de la Volpe.
Baron Robert of Sugar Grove was called forth and presented his block plane, the tool of his trade, to Their Majesties, that They might return it to him if They deem him worthy of being named a Master of his craft. Viscountess Judith of Kirtland recalled when she and Viscount Syr Bear sat on the thrones of the Principality of Æthelmearc, and how jealous she was of the luxurious thrones of the East, which had been crafted by Robert 14 years previous. Viceroy Sir Gui Avec Cheval of the Kingdom of the East proclaimed that Robert had the true heart of a tiger, for the two of them had fought side by side many times, and Robert’s courage never failed. Master Tigernach Mac Cathail spoke to the many hundreds of hours that Robert has labored in service to his Kingdom, creating thrones, boxes, and other wooden treasures. Master Gille MacDhonuill called Robert a master artisan and teacher, with vast knowledge of how period craftsmen knew and learned their craft. Viscountess Judith then conveyed the words of Master Ali Abbas al Gazzaz of the Kingdom of the East, who named Robert a kindred soul, for they both, as craftsmen, put their words into their actions. Their Majesties, being thus moved by these good words, adorned Robert with the regalia of the Order of the Laurel, being a medallion, a cloak, and a wooden wreath. Robert gave his homage to Their Majesties and exchanged Oaths of faith with Them. Their Majesties then named him a Peer of the Realm and a Companion of the Laurel, Awarded him Arms by Letters Patent, and returned to Master Robert the tool of his craft. Scroll by Master Jonathan Blaecstan of the Kingdom of the East.
Lord Enzo de Pazzi was granted admittance into the Order of the Golden Stirrup for his devotion to creating authentic armor. Scroll by Mistress Kay Leigh Mac Whyte of the Kingdom of the East.
Lord Enzo de Pazzi. Photo by Lady Àine.
Mistress Jenna MacPherson of Lion’s Tower was created a Companion of the Golden Alce for her study of heavy fighting and her tutelage of the youth of Æthelmearc in the combat arts. Promissory scroll by Maîtresse Yvianne de Castel d’Avignon.
Mistress Jenna MacPherson of Lion’s Tower. Photo by THLady Sophie Davenport.
Lord Thorstein Thorgrimsson was elevated to the Order of the Golden Alce for the enthusiasm with which he has transitioned from Youth Combat to Adult Combat, and for his especially strong showings in newcomers tournaments. Scroll by THL Tegrinus de Rhina.
Lord Thorstein Thorgrimsson. Photo by Master Alaxandair O’Conchobhair.
Lord Uaithne Mac Faelan was named to the Order of the Golden Alce for his diligent study and training of the combat arts, often staying on the field long after others have retired in order to analyze his own fighting, and for seeking out those who have achieved Knighthood in order that he might learn from them. Scroll illuminated by Lady Isabel Fleuretan and calligraphed by Kameshima-kyō Zentarō Umakai.
Lord Uithne Mac Faelan. Photo by Master Alaxandair.
Lord Nicholas Hossbalder was created a Companion of the Golden Alce for his study and skill in heavy combat, and for his teaching those same arts to others. Lord Nicholas was presented with two scrolls commemorating his admission into this order, one by Mistress Liadin ní Chléirigh na Coille and the second by Mistress Fredeburg von Katzenellenbogen.
Lord Nicholas Hossbalder. Photo by Master Alaxandair.
Lady Arianna dal Vallone was admitted to the Order of the Sycamore for her great skill in both cooking and jewelry making. Scroll by THL Sophie Davenport.
Lady Arianna dal Vallone. Photo by Master Alaxandair.
THL Morien MacBain was elevated to the Order of the Sycamore for his pursuit of the bardic arts, bringing music to the combat field, the fireside, and the Kingdom. Scroll illuminated by Frau Saskia Feldmeyrin and calligraphed by Baroness Alex upon wording by Jeanne de Penthièvre.
Lord Morien MacBain. Photo by Master Alaxandair.
Don Orlando di Bene del Vinta was brought into Court to answer the summons set before him. He surrendered his rapier to Their Majesties until such time as he might reclaim it as a Master of Defense and Peer of the Realm. Countess Kallista Morgunova declined to speak of either his prowess or his charm, though both are great, but rather of his honor and loyalty to Æthelmearc and her people, and of his personification of the Dream that we strive for. Mistress Euriol of Lothian recalled the 12th Night where she met Orlando, when his singing silenced the room, how he taught her the meaning of true courtly love, and how he exemplifies the art of the Dream. Mistress Irene von Schmetterling, to whom Don Orlando had been protegé, proclaimed the service he had rendered to Æthelmearc, both as fencer and as musician. Duke Sir Titus Scipio Germanicus spoke of the similarities between the Orders of Chivalry and Defense, and how Orlando served as an inspiration and example. Duchess Dorinda Courtenay, Æthelmearc’s first Mistress of Defense, reminded the Kingdom that the Order of Defense is not one of many years and great traditions, and so Orlando knows that this day is not just about him, but about creating something for those that will come after him. Their Majesties then named Orlando the 2nd Master of Defense in the Kingdom and a Peer of the Realm, Awarded him Arms by Letters Patent, and presented him with regalia appropriate to his new station: a pair of garters, a cape, the Ancestral livery collar of the Order of Defense, and a livery collar for Maestro Orlando’s personal use. Don Diego brought forth the Book of the Lineage of Æthelmearc’s Order of Defense, and that lineage was read. Maestro Orlando then gave his Oath of Fealty as a Master of Defense and received his sword from Their Majesties. Scroll by Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope.
Countess Kallista speaks for Don Orlando. Photo by Master Alaxandair.
All those who contributed time and effort to the scrolls presented during Court stood and were recognized by Their Majesties and the Kingdom.
Her Majesty spoke at length of the service and courtesy of THL Marcus Cincinnatus, Windmill Pursuivant, who volunteered when Their Majesties were in need of a herald and conducted Sir Arnthor’s elevation to Knighthood. She proclaimed that Marcus had received her token of inspiration before Court.
Dame Bronwyn reminded the populace that one week hence, a muster and Kingdom Work Session would be held to prepare Royal Regalia for the upcoming Pennsic War.
Sunday morning, before the Heavy Weapons Championship Tournament:
Lord Howard Bowman was invested into the Order of the Keystone for his service as event steward and his assistance wherever it is required. Scroll by Gillian Llewellyn of Ravenspur.
At the conclusion of the tournament:
Sir Thomas Byron of Haverford invested as Kingdom Champion. Photo by Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope.
Sir Thomas Byron of Haverford, having proven himself victorious in the morning’s tournament, presented himself before Their Majesties, who named him as the Heavy Weapons Champion of Æthelmearc. The scroll by Baroness Ekaterina Volkova was held by Their Majesties until another time when the weather would be more agreeable to present to Sir Byron.
There being no further business, Their Majesties’ Court was closed.
In Honor and Service,
Kameshima Zentarō Umakai
Silver Buccle Principal Herald, Kingdom of Æthelmearc