Their Highnesses, Timothy and Gabrielle, of Æthelmearc have sent a message to their kingdom about the challenge that Æthelmearc faces from the East Kingdom and the Midrealm. Their words can be found here at the Æthelmearc Gazette.
As some of you may know, Her Highness and I are very good friends with Their Highnesses Ragnvaldr and Arabella of the Midrealm. We have been getting along so famously that we have decided it is about time we were actually neighbors. To this end, we will be taking over Aethelmearc. The lands gained will of course be divided equally between the parties involved.
The Gazette asked Count Jehan de la Marche, eighth King of the East, for memories of some of his early SCA experiences. He sent us this first installment with the note that it is written from memory and others may well remember events differently.
I joined the SCA on October 31, 1969 at the Second Tolkien Convention in Green Bay, Wisconsin. I was living in Bowling Green, Ohio, at the time, and what I joined was the Middle Kingdom, at that time a small group in Chicago led by King (and later Duke) Cariadoc of the Bow. I went home and started the first SCA group in Ohio in 1970, the March of the Marshes, which later joined with a group in Cleveland to form the Barony of the Middle Marches, which has now devolved into several baronies.
My first contact with the East Kingdom involved an event in Cleveland, Ohio in early May 1971. We had been negotiating by telephone for some time for a joint event, and a carload of Easterners came out for this one. They were delayed, so we fought the first part of the tourney outside — it was very cold for May, and there were even a few flakes of snow in the air. The winner of the Middle Kingdom portion of the tourney was Andrew of Seldom Rest (later Duke, now, alas, dead). When the Easterners did get there we moved inside; they fought a separate tourney among themselves, which was won by Rakkurai of Kamakura, and then he and Andrew met for the championship of the day, won by Andrew.
I witnessed the beginning of the Pennsic Wars (which has often been retold wrongly). Continue reading
Tuesday evening of war week at Pennsic, the Knowne World royals gathered at the East Kingdom camp for the state dinner. It took an army of volunteers to create that magical night. Master Dietrich Schwelgengraber oversaw a staff that made sure all the details were perfect.
East Kingdom Royal was transformed into a Roman villa where Their Majesties welcomed the royalty of the Knowne World to a traditional Roman feast. The guests were received in the courtyard by children strewing rose petals and enjoyed beverages (many donated by the East Kingdom Brewers Guild), tastings and pleasant conversation. Volunteers played the part of servants to serve the guests.
As dinner began, Their Majesties stretched out on Roman couches, surrounded by the kings and queens of fourteen kingdoms. As a gift from the East Kingdom, each royal received a personalized retainer bag.
Between the courses of dinner, gifts were exchanged between all the kingdoms. The largesse provided by the artisans of the Knowne World was superb.
Dinner began with the presentation of the first course to the Emperor and Empress in a giant silver turtle with a cry of “Testudine!” (In ancient roman warfare, testudine was a call for tortoise formation) which was greatly admired by all. Among the dishes served was duck and foie gras, quail eggs, scallops(an illusion food made from ground chicken served on scallop shells), roasted meats with custards and berries for dessert, all redacted from Apicius.
Master Dietrich Schwelgengräber was asked by their Majesties to put together the night of festivities and had this to add:
“Being asked to put together the East Kingdom’s State Dinner is a very large honor. So many people donate their time, knowledge, and heart into creating and supporting a vision. Their Majesties reign has been enchanting and thus will long be remembered. We simply wanted to give TRM something worthy of their fairytale-like reign, and give them something magical to look back upon. We hope those who did attend truly enjoyed the evening. We all had a lot of fun putting vitality into this most noble evening.”
After an evening spent cementing friendships and alliances, everyone was sorry to leave the glittering tent to return to their own encampments, even as busy crews of fresh volunteers arrived to help whisk it all away.
Article by Mistress Ose Silverhair and Mistress Katherine Barr. Photographs by Raziya Bint Rusa.
A flock of pink flamingos was spotted at Pennsic, particularly an unusually small variety. The flamingos seemed to have a specific affinity for Prince Edward and many bystanders were treated to the sight of the flamingos being bestowed on His Highness. The meaning of this visitation was considered by learned folks of the kingdom, and they have not been able to reach a conclusion about what the appearance of such exotic birds may or may not portend for the Kingdom. They were able to conclude that no harm is threatened by the colorful birds. If Easterners note the appearance of any flamingos at future events, they are advised that there is nothing to fear from their appearance.
War came upon us all! So it was that Their Imperial Majesties, Emperor Brennan Augustus and Empress Caoilfhionn Augusta, did travel to the Barony-Marche of the Debatable Lands in the Kingdom of Æthelmearc, and attended Pennsic War XLIII, August 2 – August 9, 2014 (AS XLIX).
On Sunday, August 3:
Gavin MacKinnon was called before Their Majesties upon the field of battle. He was inducted into the Order of the Tygers Combatant, and received a scroll by Culann mac Cianain.
Thomas of Effingham was called before Their Majesties upon the field of battle. He was inducted into the Order of the Golden Rapier (he was the 100th), and received a scroll with calligraphy and words by Eleanor Catlyng, illumination by Nataliia Anastasiia Evgenova
On Monday, August 4:
On the field of battle, after been sent to sit vigil the day before, Ivan Valfrekr Hroereksson was elevated to the Order of Chivalry. He received a scroll by Elsa de Lyon.
On the field of battle, after being sent to sit vigil the day before, Wilham de Broc was elevated to the Order of Chivalry. He received a scroll with illumination by Ro Honig von Somerfeldt, c alligraphy by Eva Woderose, words by Angus Pembridge
On the rapier field, after the battle, Robert Earlson was called before the Crown. He was made a companion of the Order of the Silver Rapier. He received a scroll with calligraphy by Cezilia Raposa, illumination by Nataliia Anastasiia Evgenova, words by Marguerite ingen Lachlainn
On the rapier field, after the battle, Sorcha Dhocair was called before the Crown. She was made a companion of the Order of the Silver Rapier, and received a scroll by Sorcha Dhocair inghean Uí Ruairc, words by Ulrich Reinhart
In the evening Their Majesties travelled into The Bog. There they found the encampment of Surtr’s Brood, and opened Court. They called before them Gevulfr of Surtr’s Brood, and Awarded Arms to him. Scroll with illumination by Melina al Andalusiyya, calligraphy by Robin dit Dessaint, words by Dankwert Bathory
On Tuesday, August 5:
On the field of battle, after been sent to sit vigil on Sunday, Matthew Moraveous Avdenmork was elevated to the Order of Chivalry. He received a scroll by Edward MacGyver dos Scorpos
On Wednesday, August 6:
At Archery Champions, Their Majesties called before them Godric of Hampton. He in turn presented to Emperor Brennan and Empress Caoilfhionn newly ranked Master Bowmen: Hope of Quintavia and Gregor von Heisler.
Godric them presented the newest Grand Master Bowman: Alexander von Heisler
In the evening Their Majesties opened up their formal Pennsic Court.
The following gentles received an Award of Arms:
Violante of Settmour Swamp, receiving a metallic scroll by Cormac Mor
Wynflaed of Bergental, receiving a scroll by Eleanore MacCarthaigh
Luther of Clan O’Niall, receiving a scroll by Katherine Barr
Madelaine de Mortaigne, receiving a scroll by þóra Eiríksdóttir
Alexandra Jacobsdochter, receiving a scroll with illumination by Lorita de Siena, calligraphy by Nest Verch Tangwistel
Tina of Lorraine, scroll forthcoming.
Gwenlianna Vachan, scroll by Constance de St. Denis, Eva, etc. (Constance was lead scribe, there were several others involved.)
Karrah the Mischievous was called into court. She was inducted into the Order of the Silver Crescent, and presented a scroll by Saerlaith ingen Chennetig, words by Lucius Aurelius Varus
Otto Gottlieb was called into court. He was inducted into the Order of the Silver Crescent, and presented a scroll with illumination by Camille des Jardins, calligraphy by Christiana Crane, word by Cedric of Thanet
Their Majesties called before them Judith the Uncertain. After having been previously sent out on vigil, she was inducted into the Order of the Laurel, and received a cittern by Arden of Icombe, words by Ana de Guzman
Lillia de Vaux was invited before the Court. Having been previously sent out on vigil, she was inducted into the Order of the Pelican, and received a scroll by Isabel Chamberlaine, words by Alys Mackyntoich
The following children were inducted into the Order of the Tyger’s Cub:
Kyle Williams, receiving a scroll with illumination by Robert of Stonemarche, calligraphy by Harold von Auerbach
Aiden von Sommerfeldt, receiving a scroll by Eva Woderose, words by Michael Acrensus
Rose Erembourc, scroll forthcoming.
Following his writ at Northern Region War Camp, and his previous vigil, Aethelhafoc Cadgfindan (called Aethelhawk Keyfinder) was called before the court. He was inducted into the Order of the Pelican, and received a scroll with illumination by Eleanore MacCarthaigh, calligraphy by Aleksei Dmitriev, words by Tiberius Iulius Primus
Fergus Redmead was called into court. He was named a Baron of the Court, and presented a scroll by Lada Monguligin, words by Ryan McWhyte
Their Majesties called into their court Lottieri Malocchio. They inducted him into the Order of the Golden Rapier, and he received a scroll by Palotzi Marti
Jeanne de Robin was called before the court. In absentia, she was presented with a Queen’s Order of Courtesy. Scroll by Vettorio Antonello. She was also awarded a King’s Esteem of Merit.
Their Majesties welcomed into their court Rainillt Leia de Bello Marisco. After having sat vigil in contemplation, she was elevated into the Order of the Laurel, and received a scroll by Carolyne de la Pointe, words by Jovonne d’Esprit
His Majesty called into the court Dziuginte Litovka. He presented her with the King’s order of Excellence, and she received a scroll by Shadiyah Al-Zhara, words by Yehuda ben Moshe
Their Majesties called before them Johann Lederer. He was awarded a Burdened Tyger, and received a scroll by Sarra Graeham of Birnham
Lucie Lovegood of Ramisgate was called into the court. She was awarded a Burdened Tyger, and received a scroll by Aetheric Lindberende.
Her Majesty called before her the Captain of her guard, Einar Njorthurson (called Billy Fish). She awarded him a Queen’s order of Courtesy, and he received a scroll by Mergriet van Wijenhorst, words by HRM Caoilfhionn Augusta
Their Majesties called before them Kenric æt Essex. He was inducted into the Order of the Laurel, and received a scroll by Fiona O’Maille ó Chaun Coille, words by Toki Redbeard, Latin by Steffan ap Kennydd Gregor von Heisler was called before the court. He was named a Tyger of the East, and received a scroll by Katherine Stanhope, words by Aneleda ofFalconbridge
After court Their Majesties went shopping at Midnight Madness. Their they stopped at the booth of Arastorm the Golden, and presented her with a Writ for a Laurel, with a scroll by Harold von Auerbach
On Thursday, August 7:
Their Majesties did pay a visit to the “War Room”. There, they called forth Tree of the Forest, and made him a Baron of the Court.
Next they called Aiban Carr, and made him a Baron of the Court.
Then they called Manuel de Mierkolas de la Rosa Botella de Mierkoles, and made him a Baron of the Court.
Their Majesties called forth Tomasso Valeriano and Creatura Christi of Oakes. They were each presented with a Grant of Arms.
Before the conclusion of the Pennsic War, the following awards were presented:
Tyzes Sofia (Zsof) was inducted into the Order of the Troubadour
The following gentles were named a Tyger of Valor:
HRH Michael of the West
Jibril al Dakhil
Cedric of Armorica
Antonio Giancarlo Nicastri
Eastern Crown Herald
PS – Thank you for Heraldic assistance to Avelina Keyes, Ryan McWhyte, Alys Mackyntoich, Mylisant Grey, Alesone Gray of Cranleigh, Sabine de Kerbriant, Donovan Shinnock, Brighid MacCumhal, Yehuda ben Moshe, Martyn de Halliwell, Anastasia da Monte, Cezilia Reposa
The East took two of the three populace shoots, for 6 war points!
The three traditional populace archery war point shoots were adapted to this year’s safari theme. Each shoot was worth three war points. Archers could shoot each of the three shoots up to five times on their own schedules, spreading them out over the five days the range was open for war point shooting, or doing them all at once if they wished.
On the Castle Window range, archers had 30 seconds to shoot as many arrows or bolts as possible into the window about 30 yards away, for one point each, or into the monkey hanging in the window, for two points per hit.
This year’s “Soldiers” were elephants and rhinoceroses. Archers could shoot six shots at their choice of target. Hits on the closest (about 15 yards) scored one point; two points for hits on the second rank of targets (about 35 yards); three points for hits on the third distance (about 45 yards); and four points for hits on the farthest distance (about 55 yards).
The center of the Clout was at the usual 100 yards, but the perimeter of the castle was square this year. Archers had six shots to send at their choice of the moat (about 50 yards away) or the castle turret. Shots landing in the moat scored one point; hits on the alligator in the moat earned two points; shots landing inside the castle were worth three points; and hits on the giraffe earned four points. The giraffe was about twelve feet tall, and proved to be a durable and well-designed — and challenging! — target; shots high on the neck or head could be retrieved by lowering the hinged upper portion. If tales told are correct, the giraffe was herded to Pennsic fully upright, and wore its own EZ-Pass transponder!
No accurate counts exist for the numbers of archers who shot in each of the war point shoots, but over 2200 inspection stickers were issued, giving a rough estimate of the overall participation.
At the end of war point shooting on Friday, final tallies were done and the East won 6 of the 9 available war points, as follows:
Castle Window: East = 2119, Midrealm = 1670
Soldiers: East = 7062, Midrealm = 5775
Clout: East = 4806, Midrealm = 4880
(Photos and report by Ygraine of Kellswood.)
From Dueña Mercedes Vera de Calafia, Seneschal of the East Kingdom:
Applications for the office of Pennsic Steward are now being accepted. Please send an email with your SCA and Modern name, a brief SCA resume and a statement of interest to TRH@eastkingdom.org firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. Please include contact information.
This office is defined in East Kingdom Law & Policy section IV.F.23.a-g 23.
The East Kingdom Pennsic Steward:
a. Performs an inventory of all East Kingdom Regalia and equipment used specifically for Pennsicand stored at Pennsic War. Ensures that this inventory is supplied to the East Kingdom Exchequer at the end of each Pennsic War.
b. Is responsible for arranging the setup and breakdown of the East Royal encampment at Pennsic War, including but not limited to the water, electrical and rental equipment.
c. Supervises the creation, purchasing, maintenance and repair of all Regalia and equipment stored at Pennsic War.
d. Is responsible for arranging for maintenance, repair and/or replacement as needed of the East Kingdom trailer stored at Pennsic War with approval of the East Kingdom Exchequer and Finance Committee.
e. Is responsible for coordinating with the East Kingdom Exchequer to ensure that all storage fees for the East Kingdom trailer are paid to the storage facility annually.
f. Promotes and encourages improvements for future Royal Encampments.
g. Is responsible to the Kingdom Exchequer.
On Thursday (Aug.7), two teams of twelve assembled on the range to settle the Thrown Weapons Champions Team war point. The East prevailed with 119 points over the Midrealm’s 85 points.
The top individual scorer of the contest was Master Robert of Wilford with 16 points; he was an Eastern ally from An Tir. Another ally, Baron Paganus Grimlove from Caid, tied for second-highest score with 15 points. Both champs said it was a challenging competition, and they are shown with one of the toughest targets.
The Philadelphia Citypaper sent a reporter to Pennsic 43. She camped with the Barony of Bhakail, and spent the whole of war week learning and listening. The result of her efforts is the cover story of the Citypaper this week. The article features many Easterners and is an epic portrayal of what Pennsic and the Society are all about. You can read the full article on their website.