War is once again behind us, and though the fertile mantle of the East Kingdom will soon be covered in snow, it’s the perfect time for its fencers, soldiers, and duelists to bare polished steel and mind their deadly art. Another war is always around the bend, and preparation is paramount to victory!
To keep the East Kingdom rapier army’s skills sharp and improve unit cohesion, the Barony of Carolingia will be hosting an EK Regional Fencing Practice on Sunday, January 4th. At the practice, fencers will get a chance to work on their melee skills both with their household/local fencing unit, and with the kingdom army at large. There’ll also be time for single bouting, and a tournament taking place is also a strong possibility.
There will also be a class or two for fencers to learn from. Parties interested in teaching a fencing class (be it for single or melee), should contact Lord Remy Delemontagne de Gascogne, Captain of the Carolingian Caliver Company with their class title and agenda.
When: Sunday, January 4th from 12-5pm
Where: Cambridge War Memorial (1640 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02138), Barony of Carolingia
Cost: $5 entrance fee that goes to the school for maintenance
Other notes: Street parking is free on Sundays and folks can park in the Harvard Vanguard parking lot across the street. Please wear non-marking footwear. Because this is a practice, non-authorized fencers are allowed to participate.
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Can’t make it to the EK Regional Rapier Practice? Have no fear! Carolingia hosts a monthly melee practice at the War Memorial, open to all who want to work on their melee techniques. Here are the upcoming melee practice dates (more dates added monthly).
December: Sunday the 14th from 2pm-5pm
January: (REGIONAL PRACTICE): Sunday the 4th from 12pm-5pm
February: Sunday the 15th from 2-5pm
(Dates subject to change, but hopefully not)
Any questions, thoughts, or concerns should be directed to Lord Remy.
Don Frasier MacLeod, East Kingdom’s Rapier Marshal, has announced the new Central Region Deputy Rapier Marshal.
“After much consideration I have decided to install Don Lotieri Malocchio as my new Deputy. I would ask you all to welcome him and give him whatever help he may need settling into his new position.”
The East Kingdom’s Marshal of Fence wishes to share the following:
Unto the Kingdom of the East do I, Don Frasier MacLeod send greetings -
I am officially calling for resumes to fill the Northern Regional Rapier Marshal position. If there is anyone interested in taking on this challenge, please forward your SCA resume to me via the Kingdom Rapier Marshal’s e-mail. I will be accepting resumes for this position through December 15th, at which time I will close the window and review the resumes I have received. Also, if you are interested and have questions, please feel free to contact me at the same e-mail and I will be happy to answer whatever questions you may have.
Don Frasier MacLeod, KRM, East
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As I have mentioned, I am in the process of replacing several of my Regional Rapier Deputies, and to that end I am officially requesting resumes for anyone interested in the Southern Regional Rapier Deputy position. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Don Griffith Davion for his outstanding service to the Southern Region and the East Kingdom as Southern Regional Rapier Deputy. I will be accepting resumes until December 1st, after which time I will review those resumes I have received and make a decision as to Don Griffith’s successor.
Don Frasier MacLeod, KRM, East
Unto the populace of the Kingdom of the East do I, Don Frasier MacLeod send greetings,
As many of you know, I stepped up into the Kingdom Rapier Marshal position at Crown Tournament. One of the priorities of my early tenure in this position is to find replacements for some of my Regional Marshals. To that end I would like to officially put out the call for resumes from anyone interested in taking on the position of Central Regional Deputy Rapier Marshal. As the previous Deputy, Don Donovan, is now my Kingdom Deputy, I need to fill the void left by his departure for this new position. Anyone interested in taking on this position please send me your SCA resume to the Kingdom Rapier Marshal e-mail listed in Pikestaff. I will be accepting resumes until Thursday, November 27th, at which time I will close the window and review the resumes I have received up to that point. I look forward to hearing from any of you who wish to take this position on.
Don Frasier MacLeod, KRM, East
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, held in the Barony of Stonemarche upon 1 November in the forty-ninth year of the Society; 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. Their Majesties proclaimed Darius Aurelius Serpentius, called Omega, as Crown Prince of the East and his consort, Etheldreda Ivelchyld, formerly called Roxane Farabi, as Crown Princess. Their Majesties did further cause the said Darius and the said Etheldreda to be invested as Prince and Princess of Tir Mara according to custom.
Item. Having received notice from the Board of Directors that William Kyle, known in the Society as Cahan Kyle, has been degraded from the Peerage and stripped of his Grant and Award of Arms, Their Majesties revoked all East Kingdom awards previously given to Cahan Kyle and ordered that his name be stricken from the Order of Precedence.
Item. Their Majesties welcomed the Ladies of the Rose into their Court, whereupon those gentle and august Ladies gave tokens to certain gentles who had demonstrated the virtues of courtesy, honor and generosity, to wit: Ulfgar the Nice, Konrad der Lowe von Ulm, Ane du Vey, Hrafn the Bonesetter, Wilham de Broc and Aífe ingen Chonchobair in Derthaige.
Item. Her Majesty awarded the Shield of Chivalry to Duncan Kerr.
Item. Their Majesties summoned Caine Ramsey before the Court and bade him thanks and good will for his long service as East Kingdom Marshal of Fence, whereupon they bade him name his successor; the said Caine then called Frasier MacLeod before the Tyger Thrones to give oath as the new Marshal of Fence, the which oath was accepted by Their Majesties.
Item. Their Majesties caused gifts of toys to be distributed to the children of the East.
Item. Duena Mercedes Vera de Califia, East Kingdom Seneschal, announced that the Shire of Hadchester had fulfilled the requirements for becoming a full Shire and had been so approved by the Board of Directors.
Item. The Riding of Giggleswick presented gifts to Their Majesties.
Item. Their Majesties summoned Zappa Venture before the Tyger Thrones, whereupon they discharged the business of their ancestors Kenric and Avelina of blessed memory and did Award the said Zappa Arms, the which deed was memorialized in a document created by Magdalena von Kirschberg.
Item. Their Majesties called before them Richard le Hauke, whereupon, praising his labors with siege engines, they inducted the said Richard into the Order of the Golden Mantle, the which deed was memorialized in a document calligraphed by Harold von Auerbach and illuminated by Carmelina da Vicarri.
Item. The good gentleman Johannes von Huegel was summoned before the Tyger Thrones, whereupon Their Majesties caused him to be awarded Arms, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Raistlin the Quiet.
Item. Their Majesties summoned into their presence Estefania del Bosque, whereupon they did award Arms unto the said Estefania, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Jan Janowicz Bogdanski.
Item. Their Majesties demanded the presence of Frostulf the Swordsman before the Court, the which gentleman they did then award Arms, as confirmed by a document created by Katrusha Skomorokh.
Item. Their Majesties called before the Court Corwin Blackthorn, whereupon they awarded Arms unto the said Corwin, the which deed was memorialized in a document created by Heather Rose de Gordoun.
Item. Their Majesties invited into their presence newcomers to the Society and gave them tokens of welcome in memory of the day.
Item. The good lady Shyvan Floyd was summoned before their Majesties, who awarded Arms unto the said Shyvan, the which deed was confirmed by a document calligraphed by Harold von Auerbach and illuminated by Juan Lazaro Ramirez Xavier.
Item. Their Majesties summoned Matilda Wynter before the Court, whereupon they awarded Arms unto that virtuous lady, the which deed was confirmed in a document authored by Alys Mackyntoich and calligraphed and illuminated by Ryan Mac Whyte.
Item. Their Majesties summoned into their presence Padraig Dubh MacEanruig and, praising his many and diverse labors on behalf of the Kingdom and its warriors, did invest and endow the said Padraig with an Augmentation of Arms.
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.
Master Ryan Mac Whyte
Mistress Mylisant Grey
Don Donovan Shinnock
Lady Anastasia da Monte
“Unto the mighty East Kingdom do I, Don Frasier MacLeod send greetings,
As many of you know by now I have been selected to take the reins of the Kingdom Rapier Marshal’s position. I would like to start by thanking Don Caine Ramsey for his years of service and guidance, you have earned a well deserved rest my friend.
Quite a few questions have been floating around, so I’ll try to answer a few of them. As a brief introduction, I have been in the Society for 25 years, with Rapier my primary focus in those years. I have held Rapier-related offices in two separate Kingdoms, both here in the East (my home Kingdom) and in AEthelmearc, where I served briefly as KRM before moving home to the East.
Second, the question of Rapier Spears. Rapier Spears will remain as they are now in this Kingdom. I have no plans to legalize them for any sort of use in the near future. I have a Rapier Spear Committee with which I will be working closely to examine these new weapons to determine their viability to our game. Beyond that, as I have stated, they will remain as they are.
Third, I have been asked about my Deputy position. I have chosen my Deputy Kingdom Rapier Marshal, and that is Don Donovan Shinnock. I have discussed this position with Donovan and he has expressed a willingness to step into the role and I am happy to have him.
Lastly, my contact information should be updated as of the December issue of Pikestaff. Please feel free to contact me via e-mail or the phone number provided if you have any questions or concerns. I look forward to the next several years with great anticipation.
Don Frasier MacLeod, Kingdom Rapier Marshal”
Sir Osgkar of the Wood, Earl Marshal of the East has announced that Don Fraiser MacLeod has been chosen to succeed Don Caine Ramsey as East Kingdom Marshal of Fence. Sir Oskar described the choice as difficult, but expressed his confidence that Don Frasier was the correct choice to continue to guide the rapier community in the East and help keep it dynamic and growing.
The transition in the office will occur at Crown Tourney in Stonemarche on November 1st.
Don Caine has expressed his gratitude to the rapier community at large for their support over the past three years. “It has been my sincerest joy and pleasure to serve you all” he said in an email.