Unofficial Court Report for Dragonship Haven Investiture

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Photo by Baroness Cateline la Broderesse

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COURT OF THEIR MAJESTIES EDWARD III AND THYRA II
AT DRAGONSHIP HAVEN INVESTITURE

The Court of our most excellent prince and lord, Edward, by right of arms most illustrious King of the East, third of that name, and Thyra, his Queen by agency of that same right, second of that name, held upon 21 February in the forty-ninth year of the Society in the Barony of Dragonship Haven; on which day were called all and sundry the lords of the realm and the great persons of the kingdom to hear the following publicly proclaimed:

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Photo courtesy of Baroness Cateline la Broderesse

Item:  Their Majesties thanked Baron Adhemar de Villarquemada for his lengthy and honorable service to the Kingdom and the Barony of Dragonship Haven, in witness of which Their Majesties awarded him a good and proper pension, the which deed was memorialized in a document created by Eloise of Coulter.

Whereupon Their Majesties relieved the good Baron Adhemar of his duties and summoned before the Court Joseph of the Red Griffin and Bronwen Rose Greylyng

Item.  Their Majesties invested Joseph of the Red Griffin as Baron of Dragonship Haven, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Emma Makilmone and Henna Sinclair.

Item.  Their Majesties invested Bronwen Rose Greylyng as Baroness of Dragonship Haven, the which deed was memorialized in a document authored by Grim the Skald, calligraphed by Alexandre Saint Pierre and illuminated by Camille des Jardins.

Item.  Their Majesties accepted the fealty of the new Baron and Baroness of Dragonship Haven.

Photo courtesy of Countess Caoilfhionn.

Photo courtesy of Countess Caoilfhionn.

Item.  Their Majesties sent Aildreda de Tamworthe to sit vigil to decide whether she would accept the accolade of the Order of the Laurel.

Item.  Their Majesties sent Ysemay Sterling to sit vigil to decide whether she would accept the accolade of the Order of the Laurel.

Whereupon Their Majesties adjourned their Court until the afternoon, when the following was done and caused to be done:

Item.  Their Majesties made gifts of toys to the children of the East.

Item.  Their Majesties summoned Reinne Chevalet la Mareschale before the Court and thereupon awarded her Arms, the which deed was memorialized in a document created by Cezilia Raposa.

Item.  Their Majesties caused Amis Mwyn to be brought before the Tyger Thrones and, so doing, awarded the said Amis Arms, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Aesa feilinn Jossursdottir.

Item.  Their Majesties commanded Geoffrey Hart to appear before them, whereupon they awarded him Arms, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Onóra inghean Uí Ruairc.

Item.  Their Majesties commanded Leon the Navigator to attend upon them and, praising his labors and his skills in matters of thrown weapons, inducted him into the Order of the Golden Mantle, the which deed was memorialized in a document authored by Colin Mackenzie and calligraphed and illuminated by Sorcha Dhocair inghean Uí Ruairc.

Item.  Their Majesties summoned the noble and good Johanna de Glastingburi to appear before the Court, whereupon they inducted her into the Order of the Silver Crescent, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Aleksei Dmitriev.

Item.  Their Majesties gave tokens of welcome to newcomers to the Society.

Photo by Baroness Cateline la Broderesse

Photo courtesy of Baroness Cateline la Broderesse

Item.  Their Majesties made Awards of the Golden Lyre to the following musicians who had played for the dancing this day:  Deonna von Aachen, Rufina Cambrensis, John Elys, and Isabeau d’Orleans.

Item.  Their Majesties awarded Arms to Aleksei of Nordenhalle.

Item.  Their Majesties caused the good lady Isabeau du Valle to be brought before the Tyger Thrones and, praising her skills in beadwork and other noble arts, inducted the said Isabeau into the Order of the Maunche, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Katherine Stanhope.

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Photo courtesy of Baroness Cateline la Broderesse

Item.  Their Majesties summoned from among their musicians the good man Rufus Bowie and, praising his skills in music, endowed him with the Order of the Maunche, the which deed was confirmed by a gift of glass created by Solskinn of Smoking Rocks with words by Nest verch Tangwistel.

Item.  Their Majesties called Lavina Attewode before the Court and awarded her Arms, the which deed was memorialized in a document authored by Lucius Aurelius Varus and calligraphed and illuminated by Saerlaith ingen Chennetig.

Item.  Their Majesties awarded arms to Tegwen ferch Cydifor ap Bleddyd, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Eowyn Eilonwy of Alewife Brook.

Item.  Their Majesties called Hedinn inn Raudi before the assembled Court and, praising his valor and skills upon the list, endowed him with the Order of the Tygers Combatant, the which deed was memorialized in a document created by Lada Monguligin.

Item.  Their Majesties consulted their learned astrologer, Master Anton of Winteroak, to determine the just and proper course of their reign.

Photo courtesy of Countess Caoilfhionn.

Photo courtesy of Countess Caoilfhionn.

Item.  Their Majesties summoned the good and noble Aildreda de Tamworthe to hear her answer to the question before her; Their Majesties then took testimony from noteworthy Peers of the Realm concerning the said Aildreda; and finding it just, fitting and right that the said Aildreda be elevated to the Peerage, caused the said Aildreda to be inducted into the Order of the Laurel and awarded Arms by Letters Patent, the which deed was confirmed in a document authored by Lucien de Pontivi and Peregrine the Illuminator, and calligraphed and illuminated by Isabel Chamberlaine.

Photo by Raziya Bint Rusa.

Photo courtesy of Raziya Bint Rusa.

Item.  Their Majesties called before them the right and honorable Ysemay Sterling to hear her answer to the question before her; Their Majesties then took testimony from honored Peers of the Realm concerning the said Ysemay; and finding it just, fitting and right that the said Ysemay be elevated to the Peerage, caused the said Ysemay to be inducted into the Order of the Laurel and awarded Arms by Letters patent, the which deed was confirmed in a document authored by Toki Redbeard and calligraphed and illuminated by Fiona O Maille.

Item.  Their Majesties thanked the musicians who had played for both Courts and during the day’s festivities.

I, Alys Mackyntoich, Eastern Crown Herald, wrote this to memorialize and make certain all such things that were done and caused to be done as above stated.

Witnesseth:
Ryan Mac Whyte
Grim the Skald
Alesone Gray of Cranlegh
Donovan Shinnock
Matilda Wynter

 

Q&A: East Kingdom Marshal of Equestrian Activities

DoucetteThis is one of a series of Q&A articles with East Kingdom Officers.  The Gazette thanks Baroness Doucette de Verdun, the Kingdom Marshal of Equestrian Activities, for answering our questions.

What do you enjoy about this activity?
It’s the combination of two of my favorite things! For a long time, I didn’t combine my horse world with my SCA world – there were no equestrian events in my region and I didn’t think of it. But when my horse became injured and I started using some of the SCA Equestrian games for his rehabilitation, I started to get involved, and it is now my favorite type of riding competition to do. I still ride in some mundane competitions, but SCA Equestrian events are now my first priority.

Do you have a goal for your term?
This is my first round as a Kingdom officer, so my number one goal for my term is “mess nothing up”. I have some likes… I’d like to see equestrian activities in Tir Mara. I’d like to see more new equestrians. Most of all, I’d like to see our equestrians and participants and spectators have fun, leave smiling and want to do this more often. That would be success.

Are you currently looking for any deputies?
I actually recruited my regional deputies before stepping up, and I took the extra step of recruiting a new position, a Deputy in Charge of Minors. Horse activities carry a lot of liability concerns, and sometimes those concerns get in the way of us letting our most enthusiastic riders (the littlest ones) get up and ride. I want them to be able to ride, and I felt the issue was important enough.

What was your first event?  And what made you stay?
My first event was Pennsic 31. My friend was a garb merchant, and she said “Come along with me on this annual camping trip I always go on, you need a break. Just one thing, you have to wear what I tell you to.” That was a week of surprises, to say the least! I stayed, as I continue to stay, for the people. I love my SCA friends and the broad range of people I meet. And the East Kingdom Equestrians are some of my favorite people!

Which people made an impact on you in the SCA and why?
The East Kingdom Equestrian Marshals are terrific people and they’ve had such an amazing effect on my life. From the moment I walked into my first Equestrian Annual Meeting at Birka, I was hooked. Each and every one of them has taught me important things, and their influence has improved my life in every aspect from self-reliance to career development. I am still privately amazed that they are allowing me to be Kingdom Marshal of Horse – it’s a huge compliment coming from them.

Corporate Call for Comments on Chirurgeonate Closure Proposal

SCA shieldThe SCA released the following announcement this evening. Deadline for comments about this proposal is July 1, 2015.

Currently open for commentary is a proposal for the closure of the office of the chirurgeonate. The language for this proposal can be found below. The Board of Directors recognizes that this topic is controversial and would like to emphasize that commentary is being accepted until July 1, 2015, and would strongly recommend that all members forward their opinions for consideration. Continue reading

Calontir Instrument Maker To Visit Dragonship Haven’s Yale

Christopher Nogy, of Northwest Arkansas, known in the society as Master Kazimierz Samostrelov, OL, of the Shire March of Grimfells, Calontir, has been asked to speak at Yale this coming Tuesday 24 February, 2015 on his passion for making period musical instruments.

As Master Kaz explained recently: “In October of last year, a gentleman  contacted me regarding an interview about my instruments and my little cottage industry. Little did I know what it would become…This series, “The Amateur Hour”, focuses on folks without formal training who have a passion and understanding of unusual things and allow those things to take over their lives. SCA, anyone? ”

More information on the visit can be found on Amateur Hour’s website.

Missive from Their Highnesses on the Masters of Defense

Photo by Baroness Cateline de la Broderesse

Photo by Baroness Cateline la Broderesse

Greetings to the Esteemed Populace of the East from Prince Omega and Princess Etheldreda

Much conversation has occurred with the Order of the Golden Rapier and current Peers regarding the creation of the new Peerage, the Masters of Defense. We are excited to be part of this new chapter in our Society and Kingdom. We wish to share with the populace the current decisions.

Our current decisions are as follows:

  • We will issue writs at our Coronation for the first three Masters of Defense candidates.
  • There will be a ceremony at Crown to establish the new Peerage Order and then all three candidates will be elevated.

Please join us at this important celebration at our Crown Tournament!

Q&A: East Kingdom Earl Marshal

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Sir Jibril al-Dakhil by Baroness Cateline la Broderesse

Sir Jibril al-Dakhil by Baroness Cateline la Broderesse

This is one of a series of Q&A articles with East Kingdom Officers.  The Gazette thanks Sir Jibril al-Dakhil, the Kingdom Earl Marshal, for answering our questions.

Please describe your job responsibilities.
It is my job to ensure that rules of safety are learned and adhered to by all.  It is also my job to ensure that we have the best safety standards in each area of marshal exercise in the East Kingdom

What do you enjoy about this activity?
My favorite part of this job is making everyone happy.  It’s so rare that you can hold a position that your every decision pleases everyone. :-D

Do you have a goal for your term?
My goal is to continue to foster the integrity of the marshals throughout the Kingdom and to remind everyone that the marshal volunteers make up the foundation for all chivalric activity in the game.  Sometimes we forget to give the marshals their due respect because they are not the most glamorous ones on the field.  After all, when everything goes well and everyone understands the rules the marshals are almost invisible.

Are you currently looking for any deputies?
I am currently looking for a Southern Region Heavy Weapons – and among the existing deputies my “drop dead”.

What was your first event?  And what made you stay?
My first SCA event was Gulf Wars.  I drove down with Sir Stephen von Dresden and stayed because he kept the car keys.  It was also tons of fun, free outdoor showers and I got to sweat off those few extra pounds.

Which people made an impact on you in the SCA and why?
This is not a question that I can answer easily.  There are just too many people that have made a huge impact on me both on and off the field.   The one that shapes all of my experiences is Sir Balin’s statement, “you never regret going to an event but you regret missing one.”  The kindness and generosity of people in SCA is beyond comparison and a beacon of light in a sometimes dark world.

Could you share with us a moment – or several moments – that describe what makes the SCA special for you?
A smile from then Avelina Keyes on a very bad day, when she didn’t know me from a hole in the wall.  Encouraging words from Duke Vissevald that I hadn’t realized how much I needed.  Manfred Man-Butter.  ICOD squire walks.  Yes, cryptic.

Including Equestrian Activities at an Event: It’s Easier Than You Think!

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Mistress Eleanor Fitzpatrick riding Leaps and Bounds

Mistress Eleanor Fitzpatrick riding Leaps and Bounds Glenn Lynn 2005 – photo by Fergus MacRae

 The Gazette thanks Mistress Eleanor Fitzpatrick for writing this article at our request for our series of background articles on the East Kingdom and the SCA.

Few things evoke the feeling of living in the  past quite so easily as the sight of a caparisoned horse charging down a list, rider with lance at the ready.  While actually becoming a rider or owning a horse of your own involves a significant outlay of both time and money, having equestrian activities at your event is surprisingly easy.

Mostly what equestrians need is space, and the proper paperwork done.  We bring the rest.  We are very self-sufficient, sometimes so much so that you don’t even realize we’re there!

We bring:

  • Our own games equipment. 
    Mistress Sylvia du Vey at EK Equestrian champs, 2014 - photo by Mistress Brita

    Mistress Sylvia du Vey at EK Equestrian champs, 2014 – photo by Mistress Brita

    We use a lot of specialized targets, stands and lane markers.  We don’t expect a site to provide us with anything more than few hay bales to stab and we can even manage without those.

  • Our own horse-containment systems.  While we LOVE it when an event can provide us with a horse barn to use, not all barns are suitable for horses, particularly at fairgrounds.  More than one horse has demonstrated his ability to simply walk through the walls of a pen  designed to hold goats.  For this reason, most owners bring portable stalls for their horses unless we know for certain the site has horse stalls available for our use.
  • Our own marshals/scorekeepers/list ministers.  You do not need to have horse-knowledgeable people on your event staff, you just need someone to act as liaison between the autocrat staff and whichever equestrian marshal is assigned to your event.  There is always room for someone who wants to come help us keep score, or herald the competition but we do not require the hosting group to be able to provide those things for us.

We need:

Baroness Alanna of Skye at EK Equestrian Champs 2014, photo by Mistress Brita

Baroness Alanna of Skye at EK Equestrian Champs 2014, photo by Mistress Brita

A competition field  We don’t need a perfect, groomed riding arena. A mostly flat, mostly level field that isn’t muddy or rocky or full of holes will do.   If it has a fence, great!  If not we can set up boundary ropes to help define where spectators should be vs the active competition area.  75 feet by 150 feet is a good minimum size, though we’ve been able to work with slightly less if it has permanent barriers (fencing or trees) on at least two sides.  This does NOT have to be a separate field from the main area of the event as long as the field is large enough to share safely.  In fact, we prefer to be part of or adjacent to the main event area if at all possible.

  • Water.  We bring our own buckets and a small amount of water with us, but we cannot transport enough water to last an entire weekend.  A horse can drink as much as 20 gallons per day when it’s hot, and 10 gallons per day is the minimum amount of water that should be provided to each horse.  A hose near the horse area is fine.  Lakes or streams don’t count.
  • Somewhere to dispose of manure.  We bring our own tools, and we clean up after the horses ourselves, we just need somewhere to dump the output.  This can be a dumpster rented for the purpose or a dump pile on site.  Most garbage collection companies rent manure dumpsters to farms – just be sure to specify that you are looking for a quote on a manure dumpster, not a trash dumpster.  They’re often considerably cheaper than trash dumpsters because the company can sell the manure as compost.
  • Trailer parking.  Horse truck and trailer rigs are not as big as semi-trucks but they’re easily the largest vehicles on site at most any event and they need a good bit of room to turn and maneuver.  This does not need to be near the regular parking, but near the horse area is a bonus.
  • A clear emergency lane from the equestrian area to the road off-site.  If a person is injured, the paramedics can bring in a stretcher if they can’t get the ambulance right there.  If a  horse is seriously injured, we must be able to get a trailer right to where the horse is.  Luckily a horse injury that severe has only happened once in all the years we’ve had equestrian events in the East but it made a mighty big impression on those people who found their tents being torn down in a big hurry so the emergency trailer could get through.
  • Room to overnight horses.  This one applies primarily to camping events but you’ll get more horses attending a single-day event if there is somewhere for them to stay overnight nearby.  Unlike us, horses can’t ride in the trailer for 6 hours, compete all day and then trailer home another 6 hours.  If there is a suitable horse barn, we don’t have to camp right next to the horses, though we like to.  If we’re using portable pens we absolutely must camp with the horses so we can supervise them, both so that we can keep them contained and so we can keep them and you safe.  Plan on 20’x20’ per horse for portable pens, plus space for walking lanes between them.  For single day events it sometimes works to set up overnight pens on the same field as will be used for competition.
  • Proper paperwork.  Any SCA function that has horses at it as part of the event must activate the equestrian insurance rider whether the site requires proof of insurance or not.  The insurance rider is $50 and instructions for ordering it can be found at http://sca.org/docs/insurance.html.   Additionally, every single person that enters the event must sign an equestrian waiver at the gate.  Promising not to go near the horse area is not  sufficient.  In the case of an accidental escapee, the entire event may end up being “the horse area” for a short period of time.  We hope that doesn’t happen but the waiver covers the SCA in case it does.  There’s a very funny story about the time several of the horses escaped the pasture at Panteria and visited the royal feast.  That was probably the last time we ever trusted the permanent fencing at a site without inspecting every linear foot of it first!

    Baron Duncan Kerr, Panteria 2012 - photo by Mistress Brita

    Baron Duncan Kerr, Panteria 2012 – photo by Mistress Brita

 If you’ve read this far and are thinking “hey, my event can have all that!” then we’d love to hear from you!  The first step is to contact the Kingdom Equestrian Officer (KEO), Baroness Doucette de Verdun (equestrian@eastkingdom.org) as soon as possible to discuss the proposed event or site, to get on our calendar and request an Equestrian Marshal in Charge (EqMIC) for your event.– Mistress Eleanor Fitzpatrick

Photos kindly provided by Baron Fergus MacRae and Mistress Brita

SCA 50th Year Celebration Coordinator for the East

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c12a917df9f5765d388167e755c43b70Dueña Mercedes Vera de Calafia, Kingdom Seneschal, has announced that the SCA 50th Year Celebration Coordinator for the East Kingdom is Countess Marguerite ingen Lachlainn.

Countess Marguerite is already “on the job” and shares the following missive:

I am in the process of assembling a team of people who would like to help put the [East Kingdom] booth together. I am specifically looking for someone who has video-graphy skills to join us.

Once we have a design for the booth, we will be reaching out via G+ and Facebook to ask for loans of historical items and scanned photographs of events throughout East Kingdom History.

We know we will need:

  • A banner or sign displaying the name of the Kingdom
  • A large Kingdom device displaying the arms of the Kingdom
  • King and Queen Lineage on a large easily readable display
  • Pictures or items that are a part of the Kingdom’s history (example: coronets, gowns, casting molds from important items, mantles, old armor, new armor etc.)
  • A 10 minute video on the history and traditions of the Kingdom

But we are likely to also include a significant display of East Kingdom Calligraphy and Illumination and other things that make our Kingdom Unique.

Eventually we will also be looking for Easterners attending the event to come help staff the booth on site.

Here is the current Event notice for the SCA 50th event: http://eastkingdom.org/sca50.php

Here is the SCA50th Website (Not much there yet).  http://www.sca50year.org/

Please contact me with any questions or to get involved.

Marguerite inghean Lachlainn
marguerite.lachlainn@gmail.com

Champions Proposal for Mudthaw Curia

King Edward and Queen Thyra Photo courtesy of Cateline la Broderesse

Photo courtesy of Baroness Cateline la Broderesse

The following is a letter from Their Majesties which is posted by The Gazette at their request.

Greetings All,

For those of you who may not know, one of the proposals for our Birka Curia was to add the East Kingdom Thrown Weapons Championship and resulting Champions to our Royal court. As Her Majesty and I discussed this matter with our heirs and the assemblage at curia, it has become clear that the thrown weapons community has grown and now represents a significant portion of our populace.

We currently recognize: rattan, archery, fencing, equestrian, bardic and A&S champions and are now considering adding thrown weapons.

As We consider the implementation of another Champions event, We have significant concerns. Having yet another mandated royal progress event in an already crowded calendar may be the straw that breaks the proverbial camel’s back. However, this is not the fault of the thrown weapons community and should not be borne upon their shoulders alone. Fixing this may require selecting our champions by a different method than we currently use. We need to hear from the populace before our curia at Mudthaw.

The logistical challenge:

In any calendar year there are 52 weekends. The Crown must attend: 2 Coronations, 2 Crown Tournaments, 12th Night, 6 (potentially 7) Champion events and some number of Baronial Investitures (We are doing 6). This leaves ~ 32 weekends in a year. This does not include Pennsic (weekends before, during, and after), the ~5 war practices leading up to it or any of the foreign wars: most notably Estrella and Gulf Wars (We attended 2 others). And if the Crown takes 1 weekend a month off, we are now we are down to ~4 to 8 weekends per reign to attend OTHER Eastern events. Taking up the Crown is a major commitment of time, but the logistics can become insurmountable.

It has been our tradition that the champion tournaments are the focus of its event (generally running noon-5). And We feel that our mandate to hold a growing number of formulaic events is detracting from our ability to throw truly creative and engaging events. We feel it is important for the Crown to attend events like a masked ball, or an immersion event, or a Rose tournament or events in distant corners of the kingdom.

SO… WHAT TO DO? Here are some options, and We are looking for your feedback on them.

  1. Maintain the status quo by not acting on this proposal
  2. Ask the thrown weapons community “find a way to combine your tournament with something else”
  3. Ask all the champion communities “find a way to combine your tournament with something else”
  4. Hold champions tournaments on Sundays
  5. Consider alternative methods to select champions
    a. Run multiple champions tournaments on the same day – some kingdoms run all of their tournaments on Sunday after Crown
    b. Let the Crown select their champions without a tournament – also done in other kingdoms
    c. Something else

As we consider the contribution of all martial forms to our society, the questions are: do the throwers deserve a position alongside our other champions? If so, how do we chose to integrate so many champion tournaments into a very full event calendar?

If you have counsel for us on this matter, please contact us directly (trm@eastkingdom.org).

Thank you,
Edward & Thyra
Rex & Regina Orientalis

Crown Tournament Letters of Intent

From the Kingdom Seneschal:

Greetings unto all those intending to enter Spring Crown Tournament,
Please be aware that both the combatant and the consort must submit a letter of intent, either through the following link (preferred) or by email to TRH Prince Omega and Princess Etheldreda with a copy to the Kingdom Seneschal. If by email, a joint email is preferred.
 
The Letter of Intent must be received by Coronation, April 11, 2015
If using email, the letters of intent must include all of the following information for both combatant and consort: Society name, legal name, address, telephone number, years of residency and be accompanied by proof of membership with membership number & expiration date that is valid at least thirty days after Crown. If both entrants are combatants, then that should be clearly indicated.
Proof of valid membership consists of a copy of a valid membership card, a postcard (with a date-stamp) or letter from the Corporate office, or a confirmation form printed from the website after an online membership purchase.   – Confirmation of faxed membership applications with credit card receipts as well as membership applications CANNOT be accepted as proof of membership. -
TRHs also request that combatants bring heraldic shields for the list trees.  
In Service to the East, I remain
Dueña Mercedes Vera de Calafia
Seneschal, East Kingdom
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