Understanding SCA Jargon

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King CanuteThe following article is graciously provided by Countess Marguerite inghean Lachlainn.

26+ SCA Phrases you may need to explain to Newcomers.

Autocrat
Person who is responsible for running an event. Although the dictionary definition of autocrat means an absolute ruler or dictator, in reality an autocrat for an event has the ultimate responsibility but sometimes limited control over all aspects of the day, especially if the event is a Royal Progress. In conversation the term is slowly being replaced by the more accurate “event steward”, but official SCA and East Kingdom documents still use the word autocrat.
Awards or “Award System”
Awards are given by the King and Queen or by landed Barons and Baronesses to acknowledge the excellence of one of their subjects. The Award System is used to describe the entire process that culminates in giving an award.  Everything from writing someone in for the award, to the additional advising of the Crown for a polled order, to the decision by the Royalty or Landed Baronials to bestow one.
Bling
A casual word used to describe the insignia of the awards which a person has received in the SCA.  Commonly anyone who has received an award will wear the medallion or token or symbolism of that award on their person, especially when attending court. The chest that the King and Queen store award medallions and other insignia is sometimes called the ‘bling box’
CA
Combat Archery
Chiv or The Chiv
The Order of the Chivalry.
Cookie or “a cookie” or “the cookie”
A slang noun used to describe an award that someone is actively and obviously working toward.  It is almost exclusively used in a derogatory manner, as in “He is only taking on that work “for the cookie”.
The Dark Side
  The sport of crossbow shooting.
DFB
An abbreviation of the rapier phrase “Death from behind.” Death From Behind is an alteration of the rules of engagement that allows the the combatants to remove opponent from a melee combat by (safely) sneaking up behind them in a melee and delivering a killing blow.  It is a phrase often used to confirm understanding of the rules of the engagement (“Are we doing DFB in this battle?”).  It can also be used as slang verb to describe clever and sneaky action.  (“I flanked the line and DFBed 2 or 3 guys before they took me out.  It was epic!”)
The Dream
This ancient and loaded phrase has been used to describe the SCA itself, and also the activity of providing a medieval experience to others.  This, of course, means that “The Dream” has very personal definitions for anyone who holds it. Because debate on the definition of the term has lasted so long and has varied so widely, it is often said that the problem with using “The Dream” is the inclusion of the word “The”. 
4th Peerage
A catch all noun used to describe a potential new peerage created by the SCA Board of Directors. In some kingdoms there is already a 4th peerage, the Rose, and some kingdoms assert the Royal Peers are the 4th peerage, so this term is sometimes factually inaccurate. The discussion about the creation of a new Rapier peerage is occasionally referred to as the debate about the 4th Peerage.  The other 3 Peerages are the Chivalry, the Laurel and the Pelican.
Favor
A token or a small gift understood to be a mark of the bestower’s high esteem of the person receiving the token.  In the romantic tradition of the SCA it is often assumed to be a gift of a lady to her lord, or a fighter to their consort, although that that is by no means a hard and fast rule.  Additionally, the Queen is expected to bestow her favor (generally a piece of cloth embroidered with her symbol) to members of the populace who impress her or whom she wishes to inspire.
Feastocrat
The person who is responsible for producing the feast and/or day-board at an event.  This word is derived from the term “autocrat”.
Heavy or Heavy List
The Showcase sport of the SCA. Often described as “hitting your friends with sticks”. Other kingdoms refer to this same type of sport as “Chivalric Combat”. Sometimes the term “Heavies” is used to describe the people who participate in that sport. In order to become the ruling monarch, you must be able to win the twice annual Crown Tournament which is a Heavy List tournament.
K&Q
An abbreviation of the phrase “King’s and Queen’s”. There are several events a year that start with the phrase Kings and Queens, Championship events where the two winners are named as the Champions of the King and Queen for the following year.  Example: Kings and Queens Bardic Champions, Kings and Queens Equestrian Champs, etc.
Lists or “The Lists”
This noun has two different meanings  Depending on context it can either refer to email lists (The lists were particularly active today) or the tournament field. (‘I will meet you on the lists and we will go a round or two.”)
Mundane
Derived from the use of the word “Mundania” in Piers Anthony’s Xanth series to describe a non magical world, “mundane” is used to describe anything that is not part of the SCA.  It can be used as an adjective (“In my mundane job I am an IT consultant”) or as a noun, (“My parents are mundanes.”)
Newbie
Newcomer.  Someone who has been participating in the SCA for 6 months or less.
OP
Order of Precedence. The master list of who got what award and in what order they got them, and therefore who out-ranks who. This list matters in The East most when lining up combatants for Crown Tournament, otherwise the impact of the OP on day to day interaction is limited to individual reactions to perceived rank. A duke outranks a count, but in practice most people treat them both as royal peers if you met them talking together in a hallway. The East Kingdom Order of Precedence is maintained by the Shepard’s Crook Herald.
Peer Fear
The sometimes irrational fear that Peers of the Realm are more intimidating, and harder to talk to or interact with than non peers. This is a condition that particularly afflicts newcomers, apprentices and protegees, but it is not limited to them.
Service
The work that is done behind the scenes to make the other aspects of the society function. In order for there to be combat, marshals must provide their service marshaling. In order for us to have an event, someone must provide the service of checking people in at the gate, running the event, or keeping the books. People whose enjoyment of the Society is in performing that type of service are sometimes said to be “on the service track” or described as “service junkies” if they are particularly fervent.  Ant. Toxic Service is service that leaves the society in a worse state than if it had not been done, either because the service is bad/unneeded or because it is done in such a way that it drives others away, and prevents others from providing service. – Hat tip to David Lockhart for that definition.
Thug
A Heavy List fighter. This term is often used to describe a member of the Northern Army of the East Kingdom, (“I am a Northern Army Thug”) but it can be used to describe a soldier of the East Kingdom.
Thunk
The sport of thrown weapons.  Named because of the sound of a successful stick into the target.
Tin Hat
A semi-derogatory term used to describe a group of people who wear coronets. (“I don’t want to go to that party, all the Tin Hats will be there.”)  It can also be used as a self mocking term by the Dukes, Countesses and Barons/esses who wear the coronets to remind themselves not to take themselves too seriously. (“I’m just a pipe-fitter from Jersey in a Tin Hat” -Attributed to Prince Omega)
Token
A small bauble given as a gift to a performer or artisan in thanks for excellence in sharing their art.  These tokens are often hand made, and may represent some aspect of the heraldry of the person gifting the token. These small gifts are greatly valued and are more important to the people who receive them than the value of the actual gift.  They are often saved and put into one place, so that when the artist is having a crisis of faith in their own work they can be pulled out to remind the artist that they have accomplished good work in the past and will do so again.
Troll
The table at the front of events that takes your money, makes sure you have a signed waiver and gives you a site token.  Related: To “Troll in” means to go through the process of checking in at the front desk of the event.  Use of this phrase is slowing falling out of favor (as it implies that the people working the desk are “troll like”) and many autocrats now refer to this as “Gate.”
Unbelt
A heavy List fighter who is not yet a member of the Chivalry.  Curiously, this term is not usually used to mean a generic fighter who presumably does not wear a colored belt, but more specifically someone who is squired to a member of the Chivalry and who has received a red belt from their Knight/Master but who has not yet been elevated to a white belt/baldric.  It can also refer to the team of people who will be fighting in the “Unbelted Champions Battle” at the Pennsic War,   Related: “Belts” or “Belted” means a member of the Order of the Chivalry.
War
Pennsic War.  Although the East Kingdom hosts many events that have a subtitle that contains the word “war” (Great North Eastern War, Southern Region War Camp) In the East Kingdom use of the phrase “Are you going to War?” always refers to Pennsic.  It is a mark of how important that event is in the minds of the Eastern populace.

NB: Some elements of this article were crowd sourced from a post from Facebook. The author is grateful for the assistance of her friends in the SCA.

Birka Youth and Family Schedule

Baroness Leonette D’Angely wishes to share the youth and family activities schedule for Birka:

*Youth Service Initiative Forms will be available in the family lounge*
9:30-5:00: Family Lounge open on the mezzanine.
10:00-4:30: Medieval Games open in the lounge area.
1:30-2:00: Children of the East will be guarding the Royal Room
——————- Hawthorne——————
10:00-11:00: Make Your Own Medieval Toys (Ages 4 and up)
11:00-12:00: Intro to Juggling (Ages 8 through adult)
12:00-1:00: Family Meet and Greet and Garb Swap
1:00-1:30: Vikings! (Ages 4-10)
1:30-2:30: All Ages Intro to Embroidery (Any age, must be able to handle yarn needles and scissors)
2:30-3:00: Horses in Medieval Times (Any age)
3:00-4:00: Yarn Dolls (Ages 5 and up)
4:00-5:00: How to design an Equestrian Challenge Course (Any age)

Unofficial Court Report: 12th Night and Carillion Investiture

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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 17 January in the forty-ninth year of the Society in the Barony of Carillion; 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:

Item. In the first sitting of Their Majesties’ Court, Their Majesties gave thanks to Kis Mária (called Mika) for her good, faithful and notable service holding the lands as Baroness of Carillion and, as token of her merit and great nobility, created the said Mária a Baroness of their Court, the which deed was confirmed in a document illuminated by Lillian atte Valeye and calligraphed by Jonathan Blaecstan.

Item.  Their Majesties invested Corcrán mac Diarmata as Baron of Carillion, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Vettorio Antonello.

Item.  Their Majesties invested Luned Gwyn as Baroness of Carillion, the which deed was confirmed in a document calligraphed by Kateryne of Bakestondone and illuminated by Boudicea Ravenhair.

Item.  Their Majesties gave thanks to Mistress Kayleigh Mac Whyte for her service as Tyger Clerk of the Signet and bid her take her rest; whereupon they accepted the oath of Mistress Nest verch Tangwistel as the new Tyger Clerk.

Item. Their Majesties thanked Lady Gabriella de Bas Serra for her service as Kingdom Minister of Arts and Sciences and bid her take her rest; whereupon they and accepted the oath of Mistress Rainillt Leia de Bello Marisco as the new Minister of Arts and Sciences.

Item.  Their Majesties accepted the oath of Lord Cristoff Gockerhan von Loch as the new Kingdom Chamberlain.

Item. Their Majesties called before them Sabine de Kerbriant and instructed her to go forth to the place prepared for her to sit vigil and prepare to answer the question whether she would join the Order of the Laurel.

Item. Their Majesties called before them Karl Meerstappa and instructed him to go forth to the place prepared for him to sit vigil and prepare to answer the question whether he would join the Order of the Chivalry.

Whereupon, Their Majesties adjourned their Court until the hour of tierce, at which time such further business was done and caused to be done:

Item.  Their Majesties accepted the fealty of Baron Corcrán and Baroness Luned for the lands and privileges of Carillion.

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

Item.  Their Majesties summoned before the Court Laurencia von Heisler, whereupon they inducted the good lass into the Order of the Tyger’s Cub, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Shoshana Gryffyth.

Item.  Their Majesties called into their presence Caitilín ingen Donndubáin, whereupon they welcomed the said Caitilín into the Order of the Tyger’s Cub, the which deed was confirmed written in English by Theodora Bryennissa and in Gaelic by Medhbh inghean ui Cheallaigh, and calligraphed and illuminated by Wulfgar Silverbraid.

Their Majesties congratulate newly inducred Pelican, Sir Antonio Patrasso.  Photo by Cateline la Broderesse

Their Majesties congratulate newly inducted Pelican, Sir Antonio Patrasso. Photo by Cateline la Broderesse

Item.  Their Majesties demanded the attendance of Antonio Patrasso and took testimony as to the merits of the said Antonio from Peers of the Realm and a good man of the common people; whereupon they elevated the said Antonio to the Order of the Pelican, the which deed was memorialized in a document authored in English by Alys Mackyntoich, translated into Italian by Martyn de Haliwell, and calligraphed and illuminated by Eva Woderose.

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

Item.  With leave of their Majesties, Countess Caoilfhionn gave tokens to children who had participated in the Children’s Service Initiative.

Item.  Their Majesties issued a proclamation in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the guild of Athena’s Thimble.

Item.  Their Majesties accepted words and gifts from the Crown of the Middle Kingdom, conveyed by their ambassadress, Mistress Zsof.

Item.  Their Majesties announced the creation of the Kingdom of Avacal from the northern reaches of An Tir.

Item.  His Highness announced the appointment of Master Padraig Dubh MacEanruig as the Warlord for the upcoming Pennsic War.

Item.  His Highness announced the appointment of Don Lottieri Malocchio as the Rapier General for the upcoming Pennsic War.

Item.  Their Majesties summoned Theodora Bryennissa, called Treannah, before the Tyger Thrones and, praising her many good works, inducted her into the Order of the Silver Crescent, the which deed was memorialized in a document authored by Rowen Cloteworthy and calligraphed and illuminated by Wulfgar Silverbraid.

Item.  Their Majesties awarded Arms to Vachir Arslajin, the which deed was memorialized in a document created by Astrid Feilan.

Item.  Their Majesties awarded Arms to Tumen Qorchi, the which deed was memorialized in a document created by Shoshana Gryffyth.

Item.  Their Majesties summoned before the Tyger Thrones the good lady Dosalena Sofia della Mirandola and, praising her skills with pen and brush, inducted her into the Order of the Maunche, the which deed was confirmed by a document created by Nataliia Anastasiia Evgenova.

Item.  Their Majesties further inducted Celebriande of Owlsherst into the Order of the Maunche, the which deed was memorialized in a document illuminated by Dosalena Sofia della Mirandola and calligraphed by Lada Monguligin.

Master Karl Meerstappa is presented with his hand- carved chivalry "scroll" Photo by Cateline la Broderesse

Master Karl Meerstappa is presented with his hand- carved chivalry “scroll” Photo by Cateline la Broderesse

Item.  Their Majesties demanded the presence of Karl Meerstappa to answer the question put before him in the morning, to wit: whether he would join the Order of the Chivalry; whereupon their Majesties heard testimony from worthy Peers of the Realm and did create the said Karl a Master of Arms; and the said deed was memorialized in a runestone carved by Kenric aet Essex, inscribed with the words of Toki Redbeard that had been translated into Old Norse by Fridrikr Tomasson.

Item.  Their Majesties called before the Court their servant Ari of Hartshorndale and awarded him Arms, the which deed was memorialized in document created by Eowyn Eilonwy of Alewife Brook.

Item.  Their Majesties summoned Gwendolyn verch Gwilliam ap Gwilliam into their presence and awarded her Arms, the which deed was confirmed in a woodblock print created by Naomi bat Avraham with words by Andrew Schickard.

Item.  Their Majesties called David of Hartshorndale before the Tyger Thrones and thereupon awarded Arms unto the said David.

Item.  Their Majesties then summoned Kathryn Perry into their presence and, wishing to honor her talents in dress-making, cooking and dancing, elevated her to the Order of the Maunche, the which deed was memorialized in a document authored by Kolozsvári Árpád and calligraphed and illuminated by Palotzi Marti.

Item.  Their Majesties requested their presence of Samuel di Bianco, whereupon they gave good report of the skills at cookery of the said Samuel, and, do doing, caused him to be added to the Order of the Maunche, the which deed was memorialized in a brass plaque created by Cormac Mór and bearing the words of Martyn de Haliwell.

Item.  Whereupon the good Maitre Lucien de Pontivi begged leave of Their Majesties to honor his lady Aildreda de Tamworthe in song, and led the assembled Court in harmonious praise of the said Dreda, at the conclusion of which, their Majesties summoned the Order of the Laurel and commanded the said Dreda to give answer whether she would join that august company upon the 21st day of February in Dragonship Haven; a Writ thereupon was issued bearing the calligraphy and illumination of Alexandre St. Pierre and the words of Maitre Lucien, translated into Latin by Master Steffan ap Kennydd.

Item.  Their Majesties commanded the presence of Sabine de Kerbriant to answer the question previously put before her; and the said Sabine stating that she would accept the accolade of the Order of the Laurel, their Majesties then took testimony from noble Peers and a good lady of the common people; whereupon they caused the said Sabine to be inducted into the Order aforesaid; in memory whereof the said Sabine was gifted with a portrait created by Reiner Verplanck, a poem by Ysmay de Lynn, and a triptych created by Arden of Icombe.

Item.  Their Majesties thanked the musicians who had played for the courts.

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
Lucien de Pontivi
Mylisant Grey
Catrin o’r Rhyd For
Judith fitzHenry
Sabine de Kerbriant
Theodora Bryenissa
Martyn de Haliwell
Anastasia da Monte

Equestrian Meeting Change

From Baroness Doucette du Verdun:

The Equestrian Meeting, held every year at Birka, experienced a schedule
change after the site book went to the printers.

The previous time/location was noon in the Penthouse Room.

Instead, the Equestrians will be holding two meetings at Birka; everyone is
welcome to both.

9 AM: Business Meeting (event planning and scheduling, what we’re doing
this year, how to become a marshal or officiant or crew, etc.)

3 PM: Social (meet and greet, talk about the upcoming year and plans for
events, get to know people and get involved with us, come talk)

The 9 AM and 3 PM meetings will be held in one of the conference rooms near
the fighting – we will be informed by the site that day which room we have,
and we’ll put up signs. Please, come find us. We welcome participation in
whatever capacity you feel capable of.

Please forward to anyone you know who has interest in SCA Equestrian
Activities. Thank you!

Statement from the East Kingdom’s Ombudsman to the Board of Directors

SCA shieldThe Gazette asked the Ombudsman for the East to provide a statement as to what the Board is considering it will do moving forward with regards to the Rapier peerage.  David Keen kindly and promptly sent us the following reply.

The BoD has been at work towards a solution to the current crisis, including wording some proposed Corpora changes. We are constrained as to how we must operate to release these for commentary. We must open an executive session of the BoD, entertain a motion, second the motion, discuss the motion and finally vote on the motion to release it for commentary. Setting a time and date for an executive session via conference call can be challenging given modern work schedules.

The tone and timbre of the commentary to the BoD has been changing these past 24 hours. Keep your thoughts and comments coming. The input from the membership is vital if the BoD  is to come to the most appropriate solution.

w/r,
David W. Keen
Director, SCA Inc.
Ombudsman for: Æthelmearc, Atlantia, East, Middle, YAFA Committee
~David of Caithness, OP

A Missive From Their Royal Majesties

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Photo courtesy of Cateline la Broderesse

Photo courtesy of Cateline la Broderesse

Greetings unto the people of the East,

We have 5 requests of you in the days ahead during the martial peerage discussions, in the wake of Saturday’s BoD meeting.

  1. Please be respectful. Courtesy is the social fabric that makes us the community that we are.
  2. Please assume misunderstanding over malice. We are a very diverse group of people, and we are also people with jobs and families and worries and opinions and stress. None of us is blessed with perfect foresight. All of us are making the best decisions we can as we go along.
  3. Please have a modicum of patience. There are many moving parts to this, and we have watched the dialogue evolve by the hour.  We are doing all that we can to hear the varied parties, understand the facts and develop a plan in conjunction with our Cousins so that we and the BoD can work in concert to quickly resolve this issue.
  4. Please remember courtesy, courtesy, courtesy.
  5. Please share your council with us: via email, phone or in person.  We have announced the following Order Meetings at Birka:
    Sagittarius 12:30-1:00
    OGR 2:30-3:15
    Chivalry 3:20-4:05
    Chivalry + OGR 4:10-4:40

    We will also be available Friday and Saturday evening at Birka.

We anticipate being able to share a draft plan sometime next week.

Thank you for caring enough to be a part of this discussion. It will help to shape the future of our society.
In Service to the Dream,
Edward & Thyra

Announcements From the BoD

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SCA shieldThe Board of Directors of the SCA made the following two announcements today:

Board of Directors – Meeting Schedule

The Board of Directors would like to thank all those who took the time to attend the First Quarter 2015 meeting in Milpitas, California.

They would like to remind the membership that the Second Quarter 2015 will be taking place in the Middle Kingdom on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at the Embassy Suites Cincinnati – River Center
10 East Rivercenter Boulevard, Covington Kentucky, 41011.

Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend.

Resignation of the Society Chirurgeon

At the Jan 2015 quarterly board meeting, the board accepted the resignation of the Society Chirurgeon, and directed the President to handle the responsibilities of that office until further notice. The chirurgeon@sca.org email address is now forwarded to the President, and the president@sca.org email address has been added to the KC email list.

As of now, the Chirurgeonate structure still exists as it had before the January BoD meeting. The only change effective as of the Jan board meeting is the resignation of the Society Chirurgeon and transfer of responsibilities to the President. The Chirurgeon Committee’s recommendations would require Corpora changes, which have not yet been sent out for commentary by the membership.

Comments are strongly encouraged and can be sent to:
SCA Inc.
Box 360789
Milpitas, CA 95036

You may also email comments@lists.sca.org.

 

Correction of Information Reported from BOD Meeting

It appears the East Kingdom Gazette’s report on the BoD meeting was incorrect when it reported that the “Chirurgeon will be removed as a warranted office”. This in fact is NOT the case.  As Dr. Scott Berk, Chair – Board of Directors, SCA, Inc,  informed the Gazette today:

“The Chirurgeonate was NOT removed as a warranted office.

No action was taken to end the corporate office of Society Chirurgeon.

The Board does intend to examine the recent recommendations of the Chirurgeon committee and will announce its own changes if need be in the near future.”

The Gazette apologies for any misunderstanding it caused by the original post, which has now been updated to reflect the correction.

Announcement from the SCA, Inc. Board of Directors – Proposed Corpora Change Results – 4th Peerage

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The following message was sent out Monday evening to the SCA, Inc. Announcements mailing list.


At the January 17, 2015 Board of Directors meeting in Milpitas, CA, the Board voted against revising Corpora to establish a rapier peerage. The Board also voted to delete wording that labeled rapier as an ancillary activity of the SCA and replace it with wording that unambiguously established rattan as the only permitted weapons in a Royal List. The ramifications of the two votes has generated quite a bit of discussion on social media about a number of things, but the Board did not make any decisions concerning anything at all except turning down the rapier peerage proposal and adding a statement that Royal Lists may only be fought with rattan weapons. This letter is intended by the Board to respond to the most prevalent rumors circulating in response to the Board actions of Saturday. Continue reading

Report on SCA Board Meeting – January 17, 2015

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** This Post was updated by information from Dr. Scott Berk.  Chair – Board of Directors, SCA, Inc**

The Gazette thanks Viscountess Krysta of Starfall for taking the notes used to create this article.

The Board of Directors held their quarterly meeting on January 17, 2015 in Milpitas, CA. The following is a summary of the meeting.

The meeting began with introductions and an ice breaker question. The agenda was moved, seconded and approved. Minutes were approved for meetings held on October 25, 2014, December 2, 2014 and January 6, 2015.

Recurring Business
The Board changed the status of several branches. The following Cantons in the East were put into abeyance: Sea Tyger’s Rhyn, Dragon Forge, Fennbrycg, Dragon’s Aerie and Bowman’s Rest. Also of interest to the East were new branches in Drachenwald that were approved in the countries of Russia and the United Arab Emirates. New branches were also approved in Ansteorra and An Tir, the Shire of Cold Keep moved to Tir Righ from Avacal, Theobald College in Carontir was changed to an Incipient Shire, and the Canton of Westland Mor in Aethelmearc and Shire of Dun Ard in Calontir were dissolved.

The follow meetings were confirmed for the Board: April 18, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio; July 11, 2015 in Milpitas, CA; and October 24, 2015 in Pittsburgh, PA. A conference call was tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, February 24, 2015. Renee Signorotti reported that hundreds of bank accounts had been authorized this quarter. Warrants were given for the Exchequer of the College of Arms and the Society Seneschal’s Emergency Deputy, Kelly Magill.

The Board is always looking for nominees to the Board. There are several people on the West Coast currently on the list. Comments on nominees should be sent to recruiting@sca.org

Proposed Peerage Order – Order of Defense
Two committees have worked on a proposed peerage order, the Order of Defense. One researched whether there should be a Rapier peerage and reported yes. The second proposed Order names, heraldry, and regalia.

The comments that the Board received leaned towards not supporting a separate peerage for Rapier. Many of the comments agreed that the Rapier combatants should be able to be recognized as peers, but not in a separate peerage.

A wide-ranging discussion with input from Directors and the audience covered many different sides of this proposal. The specific wording they were considering created a separate peerage for Rapier combatants only. There were three clear thoughts being expressed:
• fold a rapier peerage into the Order of Chivalry
• create a “fourth” polling Omnibus peerage to include rapier and all non-rattan combat/martial prowess
• make the fourth polling peerage Rapier only.

The discussion turned to definitions in Corpora for membership in the Order of Chivalry. As written, persons who exhibit prowess in tournament combat and meet the other qualities of a peer of the realm may be offered membership, and may choose between Knighthood and Mastery of Arms. This could be interpreted to mean that there is no impediment to the Crowns and Kingdoms to offering persons of prowess with rapier combat membership in the Order of Chivalry.

Director Fulton called the question and made the motion to approve the changes to corpora which would create a separate peerage for Rapier combat. A second was offered by Director Czudnochowsky. Lisa May (Countess Margaret ni Conner), Arthur Donadio (Duke Cuan McDaige) and John Fulton (Duke John the Bearkiller) voted Aye. Lisa Czudnochowsky (Duchess Marion FitzWilliam), Andrew Coleman (Jarl Ailghenan mac Sithigh), David Keen (Baron David of Caithness), and Chair Scott Berk (Baron Phillip Reed the Facetious) voted Nay. The language creating the separate peerage for Rapier failed.

The Board did make a set of changes to Corpora. They were part of the Additional Peerage Proposal that was sent out to the SCA for comment. The Board deleted the following from Section IX. of Corpora, which dated back to when Rapier was a new activity in the SCA.
C. Rapier Fighting in the Society
The Board acknowledges rapier combat as an ancillary activity of the Society when properly supervised by the Marshals and when approved by individual kingdoms. Rapier combat may take place within a kingdom only by rules established by the Marshallate of that kingdom and after the approval of those rules by the Marshal of the Society. The Marshal of the Society will maintain guidelines for rapier combat within the Society. Rapier combat, not having been part of formal tournament combat in the Middle Ages, shall not be a part of formal tournament lists for royal ranks and armigerous titles.

The Board added the following wording to the same section.
Royal Lists
Only Chivalric (rattan) combat shall be used for formal tournament lists for royal ranks.

Kingdom of Avacal
Strong support was expressed by the people of Avacal, from An Tir and from the Society Seneschal regarding The Crown of AnTir sent a letter in support of advancement citing geographic isolation and the great expense incurred when AnTir kingdom level events were held in Avacal. The Coronet scheduled for the first of May would be the first Crown Tournament, supported by AnTir, and the first Coronation would be at the end of June. The reign cycle would remain as the Coronet cycle is now. Director Czudnochowsky moved and Director May seconded that Avacal be advanced to Kingdom at their (Investiture) Coronation in June. Approval was unanimous.

YAFA Marketing Plan
More information will be offered at the April meeting on how to market the Youth and Family Achievement program by Director Keen.

Sign Herald’s Handbook
Laurel Sovereign of Arms has requested approval of a handbook for Silent Heralds (sign language interpreters for courts and other official SCA business). The motion carried.

Reassigned Shires
Two shires in Eastern Colorado are being moved from Artemesia to The Outlands for geographical reasons. Motion carried. Change was effective immediately.

Highlights of Officer Reports

President – Chirurgeon activities have been evaluated by a committee, and there was good participation from chirurgeons from across the Known World. The Board does intend to examine the recent recommendations of the Chirurgeon committee and will announce its own changes if need be in the near future. The insurance will not cover Chirurgeonate activities.  First aid activities are still encouraged.  The badge and regalia will continue to serve as it has.  **

Vice President Information Mgmt. & Technology – The Legacy Known World mail server is being decommissioned.

Society Webminister Report – William Blackfox award recommendations will be accepted in the 1st Q. The audit of Kingdom websites is happening.

Vice President of Operations (Society Seneschal) – The NMS is set by the Board and may not be raised by local groups. A kingdom may not require its branches to add an event charge to fund kingdom projects. Site preparation and planning is moving forward for the 50th year event. The Known World map project is running into issues because of problems with zip code reporting. A chatelaine education and information project in being planned.

Vice President of Corporate Operations – The 2012-2013 audit had been approved and will be published.

Society Treasurer – The recommended salary and stipend changes for the 2015 budget were approved in executive session.

Laurel Sovereign of Arms – There were ~400 more submissions through the Laurel office in 2014 (from 2013)

Marshal – PVC bows are showing up and causing some concern.

Minister of Arts & Sciences – Working on retention of information about classes, content, and instructors offered throughout the Known World. MoAS is traveling.

Society Chirurgeon – Resigned as of the end of this meeting. **

Standing Committees – The Grand Council was directed by the Board to discuss approaches to training officers, which offices would benefit from training and which methods would be best. There were no reports from the Legal committee. The Peerage Exploratory Committee was discussed above.

Limited Executive Session
This included acceptance of the Chirurgeon resignation, budget adjustments, votes regarding sanctions or expulsions of specific individuals, Board ombudsmen assignments, and acceptance of all actions of subsidiary Boards.

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