Today in the Barony of Concordia of the Snows, Emperor Brennan and Empress Caoilfhionn ascended to the thrones of the East.
Today in the Barony of Concordia of the Snows, Emperor Brennan and Empress Caoilfhionn ascended to the thrones of the East.
As you assuredly all know we were very hard on the supply of blank scrolls we had on hand over the last reign. We are getting quite low on blanks suitable for AoAs, and completely out of blanks for higher level awards. it would be especially great to have some blanks that are appropriate for Orders of High Merit such as the Maunche or Silver Crescent.
Therefore I am proposing a contest. I am going to put up a set of prizes including: a book of gold leaf (25 sheets), 10 (or 12) leaves of pergmegnata, a pad of Bristol smooth paper, and an assortment of tubes of gaouche. I am also willing to accept prizes if anyone has something they want to donate. The more the prizes the more the fun.
To win a prize all you have to do is get a blank to me by Birka. For every blank I will enter your name into a random drawing for the prizes. If you get me 4 blanks, you will get entered 4 times. After all the names are in the hat, I will get a random passerby to draw a name for each prize.
I will draw the winners at Birka. I haven’t totally decided when yet, but it will probably be at the end of the scroll display, before court. You do not have to be there to win. I will get the prize to you.
Let me know if you have any questions.
Thank you (to) all (of the scribes) for the long hours you put in and great artwork you put out.
Mistress Nest verch Tangwistel
Tyger Clerk of the Signet”
Winter Nights is an event where bards, storytellers, singers, and musicians compete in a friendly supportive environment. It has been held in the Barony of Concordia of the Snows for several years, but this year, the Canton of Aschehyrst is delighted to host the Winter Nights event with the permission and support of the Barony of Concordia. The event, with the support of the Barony of Carolingia, will be held on the 24th of October. (For more information, see the event announcement.
“Winter Nights is a unique venue” says Mistress Anne of Framlingham. “It brings together storytellers, singers, and other practitioners of the bardic arts at all levels from beginner to expert, to test their competitive mettle and venture beyond their usual repertoire in a safe, supportive environment. The performance quality and companionship is of the very best.”
Winter Nights is about more than just performing. It is a tourney style competition for performers. The day will start with short pre-prepared presentations by each competitor. This is followed by pairs of opponents facing off across a proverbial ox-hide, giving and receiving performance challenges. Performers are graded on their performance. Each performer can earn extra points for issuing a supportive and positive challenge or for meeting the challenge that they received. Performers are free to ignore the challenge they have been given – they just won’t get the additional points. The judging will be by other competitors with the winner being decided by total points earned. One winner will be selected to carry the Winter Nights arm-band and return next year to defend it.
Mistress Aife believes that the competition and supportive atmosphere is key to the success of the event. “One of the things we tried to balance over the years was healthy competition and fun. Competition can be a great tool to help people strive.”
The event is open to performers and audience members alike. As many rounds as possible will be run until the evening when there will be an open bardic circle. Over the years there have been wonderful performances. As Master Peregrine the Illuminator observed: “Sometimes the prepared pieces knocked my socks off, and sometimes the pieces made-up-on-the-fly (to answer a specific challenge) made my jaw ache with laughter. … the true winner was always the audience.”
“Winter Nights isn’t simply a performance event; it is its own performance community,” wrote Master Toki Redbeard. “From its inception, the performers and the audience have made it their own. The unique personality of Winter Nights is the outgrowth of all of that passion for performance.”
The event is free, there will be an all-day-board (with a wide variety of offerings). Donations are requested to cover the costs of food. The site is damp.
The Gazette thanks Sir Michael of York for this article.
The second Artifacts of a Life event was held this past Saturday in the Barony of Carolingia. The first such event was held two years ago in the Barony Beyond the Mountain. Both have been joint events sponsored by the two Baronies, and they are the inspiration of the co-Stewards, Baron Jehan du Lac and Mistress Elizabeth Vynehorn.
Entries in this Arts and Sciences competition represent the “artifacts of a life” of a person from our period of study. Part of the fun of experiencing the entries was learning how the artisan tells the story of what the items represent. There were three categories — Typical for entries with 3 to 5 items, Elite for entries with 6 to 9 items, and Village for entries of 6 to 9 items by a team of 2 to 4 people. There were no Village entries, but 11 entrants participated in the other 2 categories, as follows:
Alesone Grey of Cranleigh — presented a “book of secrets” and various products from it, as used by a grocer’s apprentice (specializing in confections) of late 16th century England.
(Left photo by Tristan; right photo by Ygraine.)
Alys Attewater — showed examples of spot removal techniques and their effectiveness, a cooked item (raviolis), and a child’s apron, representing the housewifely arts of 15th century Germany.
(Left photo by Ygraine; right photo by Tristan.)
Barbeta Kyrkeland — demonstrated lacemaking and presented the work and tools of a professional lacemaker. Two shapes of pillows and several forms of bobbins were shown, along with pattern strips and a lace samples book.
(Left 3 photos by Tristan; right photo by Ygraine.)
Nataliia Anastasiia Evgenova Sviatoslavina vnuchka — presented an assortment of 16th century paint brushes and writing implements, period pigments, and an apprentice contract.
(Left photo by Tristan; right photo by Ygraine.)
Sorcha Dhochair inghean ui Ruairc — items all related to the life of a monk in 8th Ireland. One quoire from a hand-copied psalter, a wine sieve, a leather cover for the eventually finished psalter, and a knotted prayer cord.
(Left photo by Ygraine; right photo by Tristan.)
Sunnifa Heinreksdottir — displayed a collection of everyday items which a 6th century Anglian woman on her deathbed is leaving to her daughter, including an unfinished basket (of plaited and coiled day-lily fibers) which she admonishes the daughter to finish and deliver to fulfill her promise. Included were mats and baskets, a sprang loom bearing a linen work-in-process (from flax grown, processed and spun by Sunnifa), spindles with clay whorls (which she fired at Pennsic), a hawthorne needle, handspun wool yarn, and various other items.
(Left photo by Tristan; right 3 photos by Ygraine.)
Wilhelm zu Eltz-Kempenich — recently moved to the East from the Midrealm, shared pieces of 14th century armor from an armory collection. Breastplate, gauntlets, arm harness and sabatons.
(Left photo by Ygraine; right 2 photos by Tristan.)
Ysabelle du Draguignan — presented items preserved by her family or found during the excavation of her ancestors’ Castle Draguignan in France. These consisted of two pieces of lustreware pottery, a painted glass, a number of clay toy figurines and a rattle, and fragments of stained glass and pottery.
(Left 2 photos by Ygraine; right photo by Tristan.)
At the end of the day, a brief Court was held by Baroness Nicolette of Carolingia, who welcomed to the dais her noble cousins, Baron Dorigen and Baroness Eloise of the Barony Beyond the Mountain. Each of Their Excellencies called forth artisans they wished to personally recognize. For Baroness Nicolette, this was Lady Sorcha, whose display moved her with its elements of a spiritual life. Baron Dorigen and Baroness Eloise praised Lady Elena, especially noting that she made shoes to go with her gown, and Lady Lissa, whose work had inspired Her Excellency to try beadmaking herself.
Then were called into Court Baron Jehan and Mistress Elizabeth, to announce the winners. For the Typical category, Lady Lissa received the top honors, and Lord Wilhelm came in at second place by mere fractions of points. In the Elite category, Lady Sunnifa was declared the winner, and Baroness Alesone received second place honors, also by a very narrow margin. The winners received prizes of beautiful wooden chests, and the runners-up received baskets of assorted goodies and useful items.
Baron Jehan and Mistress Elizabeth then called forward Master Peregrine and thanked him for serving as tabulator of the scores throughout the day. Baroness Nicolette then expressed her appreciation to Baron Jehan and Mistress Elizabeth for creating such a unique way for artisans to show their work and such a comfortable competition format, and she presented them with personal gifts.
Reported by Baroness Ygraine of Kellswood.
Photos by Master Tristan de Warrell and Baroness Ygraine of Kellswood, as noted.
A message from Their Highnesses:
Recommendations to be considered for the 2nd polling of Brennan & Caoilfhionn will be accepted through the end of Friday 10/9. Recommendations for polling awards received after that time will be passed to our heirs.
Please remember that you need not be a member of an order to recommend someone you consider deserving. If you know someone you feel strongly about, please recommend them via the online recommendations system.
Thank you, and we look forward to hearing …
Brennan & Caoilfhionn
On behalf of Brennan Augustus and Caoilfhionn Augusta, soon to be royal sovereigns of the East Kingdom, I, Mistress Fiona O’Maille, Royal Gift Coordinator, am writing to you, to ask for your assistance in filling the Royal gift chest with Largesse as they begin their reign.
Items may be delivered at any Royal Progress to myself, Barnoness Damiana d’Avignon -called Demi) or any member of Their Majesty’s staff.
We ask that you share this announcement and encourage the members of your group to make, create, and donate!
Some suggestions if needed
– Scroll blanks
– Note cards (to be used for Royal notes and thank you cards)
– Small handmade books
– Boxes of assorted sizes to put gifts into
– Wax tablets
– Hand-carved items
– Small footstools
– Drop spindles
– Jewelry – rings, bracelets, arm rings, necklaces
– Bottle openers
– Fibula brooches
– Penannular brooches
– Naalbinding socks/mittens
– Knit period hats
– Handspun skeins of wool
– Lucet cords in Kingdom colors
– Lucet cords in Middle Kingdom colors (red, white & green)
– Felt bags
– Silk banners
– Drawstring bags – small, medium and large – for gifts
– Messenger/shoulder bags
– Award medallions and tokens
– Travel sewing kit/wallet
– Lampwork beads
– Viking necklaces
– Mug straps
Fighter’s Repair Kit
– Duct tape
– Strapping tape
– Two-piece Rivets (Quick rivets)
– Leather punch
– Electrical tape
This Unofficial Report was narrated by Mistress Gwenhywfar dinas Emrys who was assisted in court by Tir Mara’s Badger, Tíarna Díarmait Ó Bríain, and Lord Snarfi Snorrisson.
On Friday evening, we gathered at a place called LORDA, where a great siege was to take place the next day. Lo and behold, even the King and Queen of the East were there to see the battle! As the people came together that evening the King and Queen called all those around to hear Their words. They requested the presence of the Baron of these lands, His Excellency Guthfrith Yrlingson, for it seems the King was concerned with the taxes that he received from our Barony, thinking them a little light. And as the Baron looked for assistance from his Baroness, the King grinned and said he was joking! for this was a ruse to have His Excellency before him. And so, the King and Queen called for their Order of the Laurel to join them and asked Guthfrith Yrlingson to contemplate joining the order.
And as he bowed his head in shock, Mistress Bess begged the boon that another be added to the order, her apprentice, Mergriet Van Wijenhorst. And so Mergriet Van Wijenhorst joined the other laurels in front of the Rulers of the East and she was also asked to contemplate joining the Order of the Laurel.
And then the Laurels led both candidates to their respective vigils, and the King and Queen thanked the populace gathered and closed the Friday court.
On Saturday morning, before the armies gathered to battle at the Siege of Castle Theo d’Ore, the King and queen did gather their populace together for an announcement. In their midst was one Gnaues Aurelius Andronicus, newly arrived from the shores of Ar n-Eilean-ne, who happened to be traveling through to his homelands. And the called Gnaeus in front of them and told him his peer had told them of his deeds in the far lands of the Barony of L’ile Dragon Dormant. And then they did call forth the Order of the Pelican, and asked Gnaeus if he would sit vigil and contemplate joining the order of the Pelican during the evening court. The pelicans gathered led him away and the King and Queen thanked those gathered, and closed the morning court.
After the battles had been fought and the Arts and Sciences had been seen and the arrows had been shot, the populace gathered for one last time to hear the words of the King and Queen of the East. Their Royal Majesties did process into court, and called in to join them the Baron and Baroness of Ruantallan, Baron and Baroness of Havres des Glaces and the Baroness of L’ile Dragon Dormant. The Baron and Baroness of Ruantallan did open a Baronial Court and handed out newcomer tokens to all those for whom the event was their first event or first court. They then closed the Baronial court.
The King and Queen of the East then opened their court. The first order of business was to award all the various winners who competed in the ten Arts and Sciences Challenges with their prizes, and to award the Silver Arrow for the Archery Tournament to Lord Otto Gottlieb.
King Darius called Omega and Queen Etheldreda called before them Wolfgang Hummel, and told him They had seen him working very hard in the shop with his wife, and that They had heard of his good deeds and works and would make him a Lord of Their Court. They then called for Catherine Annot de Bruges, for whom They had heard about her brewing and work within her Shire. They made her a lady of Their court as well. They then called the wide eyed Anna of the Island to come before them, for they had heard that she was a member of the commodores privateers but also a member of the foresters, and that she counted the coin for Ynys Y Gwaed and for all those acts they did make her a Lady of the Court. They also called upon Gaston le Cordier, for whom They had seen him on the field at the Great Pennsic War and at the Siege of Castle Theo D’Ore, and heard of his other works of chivalry, honor and service and did make him a Lord of the Court.
The Serpent King and Queen Orientalis then called forth The Foresters, who protected the green spaces between the shores of Ruantallan to the far west reaches of L’ile Dragon Dormant from Brigands, Mercenaries and Cutthroats! After learning of their great deeds They did bestow upon them a Royal Charter.
Turning to the younger generation, Their Majesties called before them Matthew nic Angus. They told him they had heard of his prowess in the youth rapier list and the King asked Matthew if he remembered the conversation they had on the field. Matthew said yes, but the Queen suspected the conversation meant more to the King than young Matthew! They then called forth the Order of the Tygers Cub, and added Matthew to their ranks. They then called for Seamus of Ruantallan to present himself before the court and asked Seumas if he enjoyed shooting archery, as They had heard he enjoyed that past-time. He did enjoy archery, and the Royals added Seumas to the Order of the Tygers cub. Yet the order was still not complete. They requested the presence of Decimus Tromentina Serverus to come before Them where They remarked They had seen him working in his parents shop. They asked him if he enjoyed it and he said yes. They then asked what his pay was, and he remarked he worked for free! They then asked him if he would follow in his parents steps running the shop and he said… No. Then inducted him into the order of the Tygers cub as well.
And while the children stood their greeting their order, The Queen called for all the children of the East to join Them in court. She told them, of the Royal Toy Sack, but that she ALSO knew that it was Rue of Red Bears birthday and had all the children sing happy birthday to her. Then The King called forth for the Royal Toy sack, and for Sir Angus McHaley to make himself available for the King. They handed the bag of toys to Sir Angus and told him to “run”. And he did so, with the children of the East trailing behind, where it was reminiscent of the Pied Piper. And then the scene turned dark, and Sir Angus McHaley fell at the hands of the children like a scene from Faust!
But court must carry on, and so the Queen called forth Mistress Gwenhwyfar Dinas Emrys, their herald, to receive an award of Seamstress to the Crown. And when the Queen was finished with her, she was called on by the King, who told her how she had helped Them throughout the reign and for that, he honored her with a King’s Cypher.
And so it came towards the end of the court, when Their Majesties called before Them Guthfrith Yirlingson, whom They had sent on vigil the night before to contemplate joining the order of the Laurel. They asked him if he had enough time to make a decision on joining the order and he had, and he did wish it. So They heard the words of Duchess Thyra Eiriksdottir for the Rose, Master Kenric for the Chivalry (read by Sir Gareth Grey de Wilton), Mistress Elizabeth Darnley for the Laurels, Mistress Ygraine for the Pelicans, and Master Frasier for the Masters of Defense. A medallion was presented, made by the children of Ruantallan, and a cloak was presented worked on by many people, and a wreath made by Lord Hugh. And Guthfrith was made a companion to the Order of the Laurel.
Mergriet van Wijenhorst was then called into court and asked if she had also had enough time to contemplate joining the order to wish she said she had and she wished to join them. She was then released from her apprenticeship to Mistress Elizabeth Darnley, with tears of joy. Their Majesties then heard the words of Countess Gwen a Brooke for the Rose (read by Mistress Bridget Greywolf), Syr Yesungge Altan for the Chivalry, Mistress Anetje Van Woerden for the Laurel (read by Magister D’Unstable), Mistress Elizabeth Darnley for the Pelican, and Mistress Acilaldai for the Masters of Defense. A medallion was presented from Syr Yesungge, The cloak was presented from Mistress Bess and a wreath made by Master D’unstable. Mergriet van Wijenhorst was then inducted into the Order of the Laurel. Before she left court, she did swear fealty to the King and Queen. As the order greeted the newest members of the order, the Ruantallan choir sang a song for Master Guthfrith.
Before the next order of business had chance to happen, Sir Angus McHaley, disheveled and limping, stumbled back into court, his jacket torn from his immense shoulders, and returned the toy sack to the King. The King did note that Sir Angus had braved the mighty forces of the children, and commended him for living to serve another day.
Their Majesties once again turned back to the business at hand and called in Syr Yesungge Altan to come before them. As he knelt there, wondering what he was doing in court, the Queen turned to the heralds and asked for the coronet. Syr Yesungge was then presented with a mongol coronet and made a Baron of the Court.
Last, but not least, Dominus Gnaeus Aurelius Andronicus was called into court. They asked him if he had time to think about his answer to Their question of whether to join the order of the Pelican at which he said Yes. The King asked for that answer and Gnaeus replies yes as well. The King then asked his peer, Mistress Gwenhwyfar if she had released him from service to which she looked at her Protégé and replied “You are released” and gave him a thumbs up.
King Darius and Queen Etheldreda then heard from Duchess Avelina (read by her protégé Baroness Allessandra) for the Rose, newly recovered Sir Angus McHaley for the order of the Chivalry, Mistress Alisay for the order of the Laurel, Mistress Tadea for the order of the Pelican, and Master Jean Paul Ducasse for the Masters of Defense (read by Mistress Acilaldai). A medallion was presented to him made by Lady Camilla di Bruno, a cloak was presented, made by Mistress Gwenhwyfar and a hat of maintenance was mentioned to be forthcoming, as it was left behind at the Crimson Hall.
Gnaeus was then inducted into the order of the Pelican.
The East Kingdom Seneschal made an announcement wishing to speak to members of various groups in the Crown Principality of Tir Mara, and the King and Queen thanked the scribes of the East for their outstanding service, noting that The Kingdom of the East was one of the few Kingdoms who gave out original artwork scrolls for almost all awards. They then asked the Siege of Castle Theo d’Ore III event staff to rise and be acknowledged, and lastly thanked all those for coming to court, and the Barons and Baronesses for hosting. The Court was then closed.
A few reminders about changes that have affected the East Kingdom Event Calendar, and what it means to you; Especially for Seneschals and Event Stewards (Autocrats).
As of January 1st, 2014 all East Kingdom Seneschals must have an official email address of firstname.lastname@example.org hosted on the East Kingdom server. If you do not currently have one, you are not in compliance with this Office of the Seneschal policy. Please contact your Local branch Webminister for the email box creation immediately.
This is even more important now with the East Kingdom Email Box Transition Project well underway.
As of February 1st, 2015 the East Kingdom Event Calendar process has been updated to follow East Kingdom policies regarding approval of the submission. Please see below for what the current process is:
When an Event Steward submits an Event to the East Kingdom Event Calendar using the website http://www.eastkingdom.org/NewEvent.php and hits “Next ->”, reviews the entry and then hits “Send”, two things now automatically happen.
1) An email is sent to the submitting Event Steward for any future updates, and the link provided will be used to perform that function. As stated on the submission form “Be sure to enter your real email address, as without a valid email address the update and password reset systems will not work.”
Please make certain that you are choosing the correct Hosting Local branch as well as that tells the submission where to place the location.
Additionally, if you do not receive an e-mail with instructions on how to edit your announcement within 24 hours, please e-mail “email@example.com” instead of the Webminister email address directly. This will ensure proper handling of your issue.
2) An email is sent to the Local branch Seneschal for approval of the submission. The Seneschal is the Officer required to review the entry and verify that it meets with the criteria of a Kingdom Event submission as found in the policies of the Office of the Chronicler regarding such an entry. If it does meet these requirements, when the Seneschal clicks on the “Approved” button, the entry will show on the Calendar immediately.
This change announcement was initially sent out on January 27th, 2015 to all Webministers through the Mailing List and to all Seneschals that had valid email addresses, as “East Kingdom Event Calendar Approval Process Change”.
I continue to receive emails about pending Events that are not displaying on the Calendar, and for 99% of them it is the Local branches that need to update to be in compliance that are the cause of these inquiries.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding this reminder, please open a Help Desk ticket on the website http://helpdesk.eastkingdom.org and we will get to it as quickly as possible.
In Service to the Kingdom,
Lord Lorenz Greylever
For the past 10 months we have been working on developing a rule set for 2 handed swords in rapier. I am pleased to announce that a rule set has been adopted at the Society level so we have the official go ahead to roll out our rules, along with a list of initial 2 hander authorized fencers/marshals who will be fully empowered to perform authorizations going forward. The rule set and marshal’s list will be included below. Thank you all who contributed to this endeavor, and to all of you for your patience with us while we hammered these rules out.
Master Frasier MacLeod, KRM, East
Add new Sec. III.C.1.a: Weapon types are defined by the following length criteria. Blades are measured from the tip to the top of the tang. Grip length is measured from the top of the tang to the end of the pommel. Weapons that fall outside of these dimensions may be allowed at the discretion of the Kingdom Rapier Marshal. In no case may the overall length of a weapon exceed 60″.
(i). A dagger shall have a blade of 18″ or less and a grip length of 10″ or less.
(ii). A rapier shall have a blade of 18″ to 48″ and a grip length of 10″ or less.
(iii). A two-handed sword shall have a blade of 30″ to 48″ and a grip length of at least 10″ but no greater than 1/3 the length of the blade.
Add new Sec. IV.A.1.g.: “Two Handed Sword — The form covers the use of a two handed sword with or without secondaries. A fencer who is so authorized may use a two handed sword with any secondary for which he or she has obtained a prior authorization described above.
Add new Sec. IV.C.6: Two handed sword- the candidate must be able to demonstrate safely and competently all elements listed under Single Rapier, above, as well as the following:
• ability to switch from two-handed to one handed grip when guarding and attacking, while maintaining appropriate calibration and control
• use of any form of secondary which the candidate reasonably expects to use in conjunction with two-handed sword
• ability to use the weapon against a two handed sword or single rapier, with or without secondaries
• a refined sense of calibration and control of the weapon at all times
2 Hander Authorized Marshals List:
Master Frasier MacLeod
Master Donovan Shinnock
Sir Antonio Patrasso
Master Matthäus Plattnersohn
Master Malcolm Bowman
Baroness Alesone Grey
Don Thomas of Effingham
Don Orlando Sforza
Don Griffith Davion
Lord William Deth
Lord Yehuda ben Moshe
In addition to these gentles I have added a supplementary list as well:
Master Boroujin Acilaldai
Master Caine Ramsey
Don Alfonso Pontelli
Don Owynn Greenwood
Mistress Xandra Rozina Xiberras Galea
If your name does NOT appear on this list,and you use a 2 hander, you will need to authorize with two of these marshals at your earliest convenience in order to use the form in tournament or melee combat.
There are also new, updated authorization forms available with a line for 2 handers on both the new and additional forms. Marshals, please feel free to download those for use immediately.
Master Frasier MacLeod, KRM, East
Dave Cooper passed away last Friday after an extended illness. Many members of the East Kingdom worked with him at Pennsic, which has been held for years at his family’s campground, Cooper’s Lake. He was a presence with a lasting impact on those who knew him.
Baroness Katherine Barr, former East Kingdom Seneschale, said this about working with Dave. “To me, Dave Cooper was a large reason of what has made Pennsic more than just another event. Although extremely quiet, he was always there, working endlessly, to make our pilgrimage that much better. Some of my favorite memories of Dave would be the way he would acknowledge you by the twinkling in his eyes and the slow smile, or how he could end an entire debate by looking up, uttering one word, ‘no’, and it was over. Dave Cooper truly made our Society better, and I will miss him.”
Funeral services will be held tomorrow in Slippery Rock, PA. His obituary can be found at the New Castle News Online.