Unofficial Court Report: Harvest Festival/Rapport de la Cour Non Officielle: Festival des Récoltes

Scrolls on display after court, an idea developed by Dominus Spirius Genucius Rutilus.
Photo by Godfroy de Falaise‎.

En français

Indeed, there was a festival, held in the Barony of Ruantallan, whereas the Baron and Baroness, Guthfrith and Isobel, did welcome Their Royal Majesties, Tsar Ivan and Tsaritsa Matilde, to Their shores.
And a great day was celebrated by the peoples of Ruantallan, since it had been so long since a Royal visit had happened in their lands. And as it was, many peoples from Tir Mara did come to witness the event.
Lo, on that said day, a court was held by the Tsar and Tsaritsa, to recognize the people of Tir Mara. Continue reading

The Saga of the Burning of Njal

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The cast of performers for Njal's Saga. Photo courtesy of Myra Hope Eskridge.

The cast of performers for Njal’s Saga. Photo courtesy of Myra Hope Eskridge.

…and Bergþora will make you a promise, which she will keep, that you will be paid for in blood…

On October 14 of this year (AS LII), over fifty performers gathered to tell a story. Not just any story; either. It the biggest, bloodiest saga in all of Icelandic literature: The Saga of the Burning of Njal. A huge, sprawling epic tale of feuds and betrayals, unbreakable friendships and shattered families, the saga stretches over decades, includes hundreds of names and characters, and is tied so tightly to the complex Icelandic legal system that it is even used as a text in law school. The telling would take an entire day.

How to bring such a story to life? Master Toki Skáldagörvir, formerly of the East Kingdom and now of Aethelmearc, had already produced a full and immersive telling of the entirety of the Anglo-Saxon poem Beowulf, first in full and then broken into two performance, enacted by dozens of individual performers. He turned to Njal’s Saga as a next and deeply ambitious step. A translation was chosen and broken into appropriately-sized sections, and then he went about recruiting performers from seven different kingdoms.

Rehearsals of various sections were held over the course of almost two years, both in person and via the Internet, and there was much discussion of background reading, pronunciation of Icelandic names, and research, even to the circulation of photos of each of the very real places mentioned in the text. But the very first time that every performer was in the same place was the final day of the telling.

Inside a camp lodge in the Barony of Thescorre, event staff created an immersive eleventh-century hall space, right down to the crackling of logs on the fire. And at ten in the morning, the first speaker began, speaking the Icelandic words of the original. For hour upon absorbing hour, storytellers of every kind handed the tale back and forth, from outright laughter to near weeping, roaring to whispering.

And for an entire day, pausing only for excellent food, Njal and all his story came vivdly to life once more.

To see all the performers for the event, please check out the Performer Bios!

Greetings unto the Populace of the East from the Office of the Webministry!

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It has been posted here previously that we are embarking on a quest to migrate the email services of the East Kingdom from our existing system to Google for Non-Profits. We felt it would be appropriate to give a public update to the status of that quest.

As of yesterday evening, we have fully migrated our first branch, Nordenfjord, off of the old server.

Last Friday Master Mael Eoin sent out requests for information to all of the branch Senechals in the Kingdom. When we receive those back we will then be able to start creating accounts in preparation for migrating. This will give our Officers the opportunity to get set up reading their new email account prior to the actual cutover of their branch. Holders of multiple offices will only receive one account, with multiple office email addresses all delivering to it.

There are three emails that will get sent to our users at both their current officer addresses and their personal addresses. The first welcome letter has instructions for setting your password and checking your email. The second will inform you as to the scheduling of your branch’s migration. The third is to let you know that your migration is completed.

If you have any questions about the project or the process, please feel free to ask here, or to send email to gfnp@eastkingdom.org.

In service,
Joel Messerer
East Kingdom Deputy Webminister for Services

Unofficial Court Report: St. Eligius Arts & Sciences Competition

On November 11, AS 52, Tsar Ivan and Tsartisa Matilde ventured to their Barony of Dragonship Haven, to witness the Saint Eligius Arts and Sciences Competition.

After an excellent day observing the works of many of the East Kingdom’s finest artisans, Their Majesties convened court.

Their Excellencies Dragonship Haven, Baron Joseph of the Red Griffin and Baroness Bronwen Rose of Greyling, named the winners of the competition.  They also presented awards to numerous gentles of the Barony.

Tsar Ivan and Tsaritsa Matilde resumed their court, and invited Dionisia of Haus Ragnarsson to attend.  Having previously received her Award of Arms, they presented her a scroll with calligraphy and words by Kay Leigh Mac Whyte, illuminated by Mairi Crawford.

Their Majesties invited the Children attending the event into their court.  They called forth Angus Pembridge to take the basket of toys and lead the children on a merry chase.

Next did the Tsar and Tsaritsa invite into court Mikkel Bildr.  Having previously received a Silver Rapier, they presented him with a scroll by Eva Woderose with words by Alys Mackyntoich.

Their Majesties next called before them those in attendance of their first, second or third event to receive tokens.

Tsar Ivan and Tsaritsa Matilde invited into their court Mýrún Leifsdóttir, Olaf Shieldbreaker, Finnguala ingen Neill meic Chuicc and Bartholomew of Northampton.  Speaking of their excellent artistry, Their Majesties did present to each an Award of the Golden Lyre.

Their business complete, Their Majesties closed court.  Long Live the King and Queen!  Long Live the Prince and Princess!  Long Live the Kingdom of the East!

YIS,

Malcolm Bowman, Brigantia Principal Herald

Competition rules announced for King’s & Queen’s Arts & Sciences Championships

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Greeting from Master Philip White, Kingdom minister of Arts and Sciences,

We’re excited to have completed the materials for King’s and Queen’s Arts & Sciences Champions that will be held on February 10, 2018 in the Crown Province of Ostgardr.

This includes:

* Competition entry rules
* Competitor expectations
* Competitor entry form
* Judges rules
* Judges expectations
* Judges volunteer form
* Rubric – General Score Sheet
* Rubric – Research Score Sheet
* Rubric – Performing Arts Score Sheet

All of this information can be accessed through the East Kingdom A&S Officer website.

http://moas.eastkingdom.org/cms/?page_id=304

Thanks and appreciation to:

  • The Kingdom A&S Special Deputies who led (and continue to lead) this effort, Mistress Elysabeth and Master Magnus along with their team who helped with feedback and editing.
  • Support and feedback from Mistress Sofya Gianetta di Trieste , Queen’s Champion of Arts and Sciences, and Lady Raziya bint Rusa ), King’s Champion of Arts and Sciences.
  • Support and feedback from Their Majesties, Tsar Ivan Ivanov Syn Dimitriov Vynuk Tzardikov and Tsaritsa Matilde de Cadenet.

Remember… Have fun! Learn! Teach!

~p.w.

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Unofficial Court Report: Fall Crown Tournament 2017

image2 (1)Their Majesties, Tsar Ivan and Tsaritsa Matilde, rulers of the East, did determine they needed heirs.  Thus it was on the 4th day of November, AS LII, they ventured to their Barony of Bergental, and held their Crown Tournament.

The entrants presented themselves to their Tsar and Tsaritsa.  Then, they received words from the Kingdom Marshal of Armored Combat, and the rules of the list from the Troubadour Herald.  Their Majesties did say some words, and opened a court.

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BBM Bergental Yule Feast Announcement

The days grow shorter, the leaves fall, and the mornings bring frost on the ground.  Our thoughts turn to… mustard soup?

Remember the Feast of Simple Fare?  The smells, the tastes, the sensation that you won’t need to eat for about a week?  Mustard soup… roedd grodd mit floedd (cold berries and cream)… spinacci… bockwurst… mustard soup…  For many of us, Simple Fare was a tradition – cherished for decades, and remembered fondly afterwards.
 
Good lords and ladies, we are offered an opportunity to revisit happy memories – and tastes – that few people are afforded.  As a special favor to Eloise, Baroness Beyond the Mountain, Mistress Elizabeth Vynehorn has agreed to bring us the highlights of the Simple Fare feast for BBM/Bergental Yule.  All the best dishes will be there: will you?
 
Feast spots are still available, but going quickly.  Send in your reservation today – you can even do it via PayPal.
 
It has been five years since the last Feast of Simple Fare was held.  Who knows how long it will be before we do it again?  If you remember it fondly, come revisit old times.  If you never had the opportunity to attend, come see what we’re talking about.
 
We look forward to welcoming you to our Barony.  Come hungry.
Event details can be found at: Yule 2017

Call for Applicants – Society Webminister

The Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) is seeking candidates for the position of Society Webminister.

This position reports to the SCA Board of Directors through the Office of the President. The Society Webminister is a supervisory position of Kingdom Webministers, and is not involved in maintenance of the Corporate website (www.sca.org).

The Society Webminister is responsible for the following duties:

1. Ongoing development and revision of the Society Webminister’s policies and procedures, as detailed in the Society Webminister Handbook. This work will include solutions for website issues as they develop; observing trends; awareness of potential issues and streamlining webministry policies to provide better service to the SCA.

2. Develop and enforce clear guidelines for local SCA group websites based on the standards found in the Society Webminister’s Handbook.

3. Warranting of kingdom-level Webministers.

4. Supervision of all kingdom-level websites, including proper use of domain names, monitoring content, regular reporting from Kingdom Webministers, and enforcement of the Society Webministry policies and procedures.

5. Acting as a subject matter expert and resource regarding issues related to websites at the kingdom and local levels.

6. Quarterly reporting to the Board of Directors for the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc.

Required Qualifications:

* Moderate to expert proficiency in web-related technologies (e.g. HTML, Java, PHP, ASP, web hosting issues, etc.);
* Microsoft Word proficiency;
* The ability to clearly communicate via email, phone, and in written reports; and
* Dependable email access, internet, and phone access.

Desired Qualifications:

* Prior experience as a Webminister in the SCA; and
* Prior experience as an officer at the Kingdom or Baronial level.

Those interested in the position of Society Webminister should submit hard copies of résumés (both professional and SCA related, including offices held and honors) to the attention of ‘The Board of Directors’, SCA, Inc., P.O. Box 360789, Milpitas, CA 95036-0789. Electronic courtesy copies should also be sent to resumes at sca.org and it at sca.org. The deadline for applications is extended until December 31, 2017.

Unofficial Court Report Arrows Axes and Ales; Barony of An Dubhaigeainn

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After a beautiful day full of activities and relaxation the court of
Their Excellencies Prefect Titus Aurelius Magnus and Baroness Sorcha of
Stonegrave began.
arms An Dubhaigeainn

Their excellencies called before them Lord Peter of Hawkwood, who
thanked everybody for their participation in his archery tournament. He
was given a small duck token as thanks for his past year of being
champion, and he called Angel of An Dubhaigeainn in as the new champion.
At 14 years old he is the barony’s youngest champion! Angel received the
regalia and a scroll done by Mistress Suzanne Neuber de Londres.

Michael Leg Bain was then called upon by Their Excellencies to enter
court. He also received a Duck Token of thanks and he named Lord Magnus
de Londres as the new Thrown Weapons champion. Magnus however had to
leave the site early and thus was unable to take his place with the
other champions. So Tommaso the fencing champion was kind enough to hold
the spear regalia for the duration of court.

Their Excellencies invited Padraig into court, and two Padraigs stood.
One was beckoned up as the brewer of delicious beer, the other was
welcomed to relax as the drinker of the delicious beer. Padraig Legionis
was declared champion of brewers and received a scroll by Lady Onora
Inghean Ui’Rauirc.

Tommaso Parlapiano was invited before Their Excellencies. He was
presented with a scroll that was due from a prior and extremely wet
Potted Arms event, and confirmed as Fencing Champion.

Their Excellencies demanded the presence of Laird Eanraig the
Bonesetter. He also was due a scroll from Potted Arms, acknowledging his
long time continual and overlapping positions of champion of various
arts that awarded him a pension.

His Excellency David Vasquez de Valencia was invited before Their
Excellencies. They explained that in the rush and excitement of
everything happening at St. Andrews, they missed giving him a gift. A
small basket was handed over and with a look of surprise, then joy, then
cunning, he thanked Their Excellencies then ran away with his dark
chocolate espresso beans, avoiding the grabbing hands of his friends.

Mistress Suzanne begged a boon of Their Excellencies and asked Lady
Monkey Makgee to come into court. Suzanne announced she would take
Monkey as a protege and an apprentice and had a contract read out,
scroll done by Master Vettorio Antonello.

After they both, Their Excellencies, and all Peers present signed the
contract, Mistress Suzanne was asked to talk about the East Kingdom 50
year project she was leading for our Barony.

Since there was nobody attending an event for the first time, Their
Excellencies moved on to the last order of business, each gathered up
some Bronze Duck tokens and proceeded to hand them out. Including
chasing down Henrik of Surtur’s Brood to force him to accept the token
of appreciation. Others who willingly accepted the tokens were Aislinn
of Surtur’s Brood (2), David Fishman, Eanraig the Bonesetter, Fiona the
Volatile (2), Fredis or Theolmork, Jean Xavier Boullier (2), Jenna
Chldslayer, Medb of O’Donnchada, Monkey Makgee (2), Peter of Hawkwood
(2), Ronan Fitzrobert, Saravit of House Three Skulls, Stefan Kurth,
Slaine Baen Ronain, and Suzanne Neuber de Londres.

YIS
Lady Sláine báen Ronán, OSW
Deputy Herald
An Dubhaigeainn