On a lovely October day did the Crown of the East visit the shire of Endewearde for the purpose of a Royal Hunt. In the evening. They held court to reward certain of Their subjects who deserved recognition. The King was momentarily disconcerted by the presence of a broken black arrow on his throne, and asked Master Godric the meaning of this. Master Godric denied all knowledge of the arrow, stating that his arrows had different flights. Then did the King call for Lord Ane du Vey to bring him mead so that he would be prepared to drink whenever the word “hunt” was mentioned, and at last court was opened.
Firstly, the King spoke, thanking the shire of Endewearde for their hospitality and saying that They appreciated all the support given throughout the reign, from providing garb, to fundraising, to roasting a pig for the Pennsic state dinner.
Their Majesties then called forth Nero Calamus from behind the thrones where he was assisting with court in order to award him arms, for, among other things, working on the pig roast.Then did their Majesties invite into Their court Aliyah of Endewearde and call forth the Order of the Tyger’s Cub in order to induct her as a companion. Several children and two adults came forward, one of the adults having received his Tyger’s Cub twenty years ago. Further, Their Majesties called forth Nick of Endewearde and Leo Finnason to also be inducted.
Then did the Crown call for Hew of Albion to receive his award of arms, but, since he was not present, THL Frasier MacLeod came forward to receive the award on Hew’s behalf and deliver it to him. But the King had yet further business with Frasier, and spoke of Frasier’s service at the Pennsic War setting up for rapier combat in the absence of the Kingdom Rapier Marshal. Many people had told King Kenric of this service and he had himself observed it, so he wished to honor Frasier with the King’s Esteem of Merit, giving Frasier an armband fashioned by himself.
Next, their Majesties invited into Their court Anya Krasnoperkin in order to award her arms. The Queen spoke of her fascination with Anya’s ability as a soothsayer in addition to her skills at cheese making and soap making.
Then did Her Majesty call in Gwillim Kynith and speak of the State Dinner at Pennsic and the difficult task of soliciting and tasting all the brews given to the Crown before they were served to the attendant Royalty. She thanked Gwillim for taking on this arduous task, and awarded him the Queen’s Honor of Distinction with the token of a bracelet from her own hand. Also did she so honor Aneleda Falconbridge and Fergus Redmead, who were not present. The King and Queen thanked all those who had a part in making the State Dinner a success, from the fundraising to the mead tasting, to the pig roast. They said that the East had proved to the other kingdoms that the State Dinner did not need to be boring and stuffy – Her Majesty thanked the shire for their part in making her dream of a Sussex pig roast a reality.
Finally, the Crown was pleased to call into Their court Margaret of Rochester in order to make her a baroness of their court, placing on her head a lovely coronet which her husband Master Godric had hidden from her by claiming that it was archery equipment. Loud were the vivats for her.
In closing, the King once again thanked the people of Endewearde for their hospitality and support and invited them to the celebration of his six months on the throne, to be held the next weekend.
Such is my recollection of the day.
Brita Mairi Svensdottir, Heppin’ Pursuivant
(Many more photos from the event can be found on the web here. Thanks to Mistress Brita for both this report and the photographs.)