On the 25th of March, Their Majesties Brion III and Anna III rode to Their Barony of Settmour Swamp, there to enjoy the annual Mudthaw celebration, and additionally to invest a new Baron and Baroness.
Court opened in the morning with a gift from the Keepers of Athena’s Thimble for Her Majesty. The needleworkers presented Queen Anna a lovely Viking coat and hood, which She immediately put on.
Their Majesties then called for Lady Kathryn Elizabeth Lyons Ramsey. They spoke of her excellent portrayal of an Elizabethan lady and her achievement as the first woman Master Gunner in the Guild of St. Barbara. In recognition of these things, Kathryn was made a Baroness of the Court and given a scroll to commemorate this crafted by Heather Rose de Gordoun.
Their Majesties then made Their way to the Youth Combat field and called for Lord Hroudland Who Wanders. They spoke of his work as Kingdom Youth Marshal and his many years of service to the youth combat community both within the Kingdom and assisting other Kingdoms at Pennsic. Wanting such notable contributions to be recognised, Their Majesties called for Their Order of the Pelican and set Hroudland to vigil to contemplate whether he would accept a place in that Order that evening.
After a short break, the King and Queen made their way to the armoured combat field and there called for Lord Ozurr the Bootgiver. They spoke of his prowess in the lists and how Their Predecessors, King Kenric III and Avelina III, wished him rewarded for that. They called forth the Order of the Tygers Combatant and named him to that Order as of Barleycorn, held on the 10th of September, A.S. LI. He was given a scroll to remember the day, created by Elen Alswyth of Eriskay.
They then requested the attendance of Baron Joachim Liechtenauwer. Their Majesties spoke of his achievements on the Unbelted Combatants team at Pennsic and named him to the Order of the Tygers Combatant and gave him a scroll calligraphed and illuminated by Lady Magdalena Lantfarerin, with words by Baroness Aislinn Chiabach.
Their Majesties the took Themselves to the rapier lists and summoned Lord Ciarán Ua Meic Thíre. They spoke of his skill in the lists and his work creating a Known World map of rapier practices and felt these things worthy. They called for the Order of the Silver Rapier and named him a Companion, presenting him a scroll by Master Nataliia Anastasiia Evgenova, with words by Baron Yehuda ben Moshe.
Next They called for Master Lawrence Thornguard called Baron Larry. They spoke of his time in the lists and as rapier general of the Southern Army and his skill at melee fighting and named him to the Order of the Silver Rapier. He was given a scroll created by Master Nataliia Anastasiia Evgenova.
The Crown the adjourned Their Court. Later in the day, while in the Royal room, Her Majesty presented the token of the Queen’s Cypher to Lord Rheinhart Basorad Draculesti in recognition of his service.
His Majesty then had word sent to Lady Leana Doucet that she had received the token of the King’s Cypher for her service to the Crown.
Their Majesties processed to the great hall and therein opened Their evening Court. They first spoke of the long and friendly ties with the Kingdom of Acre and renewed the treaty the East holds with that Kingdom.
Next They summoned Baron Erec le Clair, it being time for him to step down as Baron of Settmour Swamp. Their Majesties did not wish him to lose his title, though, and made him a Baron of the Court. He was presented with a stained glass panel commemorating this, crafted by Lord Conor O Ceallaigh.
King Brion and Queen Anna then called for the Baroness of Settmour Swamp, Mistress Jehannine de Flandres. As her time had also come to step down, she was given a scroll thanking her for her service, penned by Mistress Katherine Stanhope.
Their Majesties felt that a simple thank you was not enough to recognise Mistress Jehannine’s time as Baroness, Kingdom Archivist, and Captain General of Archers for the Kingdom and so they also gave her an Augmentation of Arms. This was commemorated in a scroll calligraphed and illuminated by Mistress Catarina Giaocchini, words by Baroness Theodora Bryennissa called Treannah.
Lord Jonathan Miles was summoned and named the newest Baron of Settmour Swamp. His Excellency was given a scroll to remember the moment by, crafted by Lady Altani Khatagi.
The Crown then called for Lady Teresa Ana Perez and invested her as the newest Baroness of Settmour Swamp. A scroll, calligraphed and illuminated by Lady Ding Li Ying, with words by Mistress Alayne Nyvern Nightwatcher, was given to Her Excellency.
Baron Jonathan and Barones Teresa were then draped with the regalia of their position by the officers of Settmour Swamp, took their places on their thrones, and opened their first court.
Baronial Court then concluded and Royal Court reconvened. Their Majesties called for the children of the East. King Brion and Queen Anna wished the children to learn more about the ways of the Kingdom and asked that they sit as witnesses to the next item of business.
The Crown then called for the answer set before Lord Hroudland Who Wanders. Lord Hroudland approched the thrones in a procession led by many of the youth combatants in attendance that day. The Court then heard words in support of Hroudland’s elevation. Master Ivan Valfrekr spoke for the Order of Chivalry. Mistress Linette de Gallardon spoke for the Order of the Laurel. Master Thomas de Castellan spoke on behalf of the Order of Defense. Duchess Caoilfhionn inghean Fhaolain represented the Order of the Rose. And Mistress Judith the Confused spoke for the Order of the Pelican. Those worthies having confirmed his acceptability, Lord Hroudland agreed that he would take his place in the Order. He was invested with a medallion, a cloak, and a marshal’s staff. Master Hroudland Who Wanders then offered his fealty to the Crown. A scroll naming him to the Order of the Pelican, created by Pan Jan Janowicz Bogdanski, was read to the Court.
The children of the East, having witnessed the elevation ceremony, were then given gifts from Their Majesties toy chest.
Their Majesties then called for Emma Lovell and Caleb Patrasso. King Brion and Queen Anna praised their work in the arts and sciences at such a young age and gave them each the Award of Gilder and tokens to represent this.
Queen Anna summoned Duchess Caoilfhionn inghean Fhaolain, Mistress Elizabeth Elenore Lovell, and Master Antonio Patrasso and, in recognition of their service to the Crown, presented them each with the Queen’s Award of Esteem.
Those newcomers attending their first Royal event were then asked to present themselves to the throne, and they were given tokens of welcome by Their Majesties.
Alienor Salton was summoned to the Court. Their Majesties spoke of her time serving as Seneschal of the Canton of Whyt Whey and her welcoming nature and, believing these things worthy, made her a Companion of the Order of the Silver Wheel. A scroll will be forthcoming.
Lady Svea the Short-Sighted was then called to attend Their Majesties, though she was absent that day. She was named a Seamstress to the Crown for the many hats she produced for Queen Anna. A scroll by the hand of Baroness Aesa Feilinn Jossursdottir was given to a representative of the Shire of Barren Sands to be delivered to Lady Svea.
Their Majesties called for Sir Jibril al-Dakhil. They praised his time in the office of Earl Marshal and his comportment and called for the Order of the Silver Crescent to rise. Sir Jibril was given a scroll calligraphed by Master Jonathan Blaecstan and illuminated by Baroness Ellesbeth Donofrey.
The Order of the Silver Crescent not complete, the Crown called for Lady Lydia FitzWaulter and named her a Companion for her many years of service preparing feasts and dayboards and clothing others. A scroll recognising this was illuminated by Lady Onora inghean Ui Ruairc, with calligraphy and words by Duchess Thyra Eiriksdottir.
Don Griffith Davion was called forward and he, too, was recognised with the Silver Crescent for his service as Baronial Seneschal, rapier marshal, and event steward. He was given a scroll penned by Dame Chrestienne la perscheress with words by Master Lawrence Thornguard.
Still wishing to recognise service, Their Majesties called for Lord Vettorio Antonello. They spoke of his works as a scribe, as the Signet’s New Scribes Deputy, and as a marshal and named him to the Order of the Silver Crescent as well. He was given a scroll created by Lady Christiana Crane with words by Mistress Kayleigh MacWhyte.
While recently attending Gulf Wars, Their Majesties inducted several gentles into the Company of the Pennon of the East for service to the Crown at a foreign war. Due to absence at the time of recognition, Their Majesties now recognised Prince Ioannes and Princess Honig as members of that Company.
Their Majesties then called for Feargus of O’Choda and praised his skill. They spoke of his placing second in the Novice Tourney at Pennsic and named him to the Order of the Silver Tyger. A scroll to commemorate the moment will be forthcoming.
The Crown called for another of Their subjects, but the gentle was absent. The scroll, recognising an Award of Arms, illuminated by Lady Rennenwief van Grunewald and calligraphed by Lord Colin Maclaren, was read into the record and accepted by Their Excellencies Ostgardr.
Galwyn Lockhard was called forward. King Brion and Queen Anna spoke of his prowess in the lists and chose to recognise this with the Order of the Tygers Combatant. A scroll was presented, created by Lady Magdalena Lantfarerin with words by Baroness Aislinn Chiabach.
Her Majesty then summoned Baroness Tysha z Kieva and, for her service to the Crown, gave her the token of the Queen’s Award of Esteem.
Budang Altajin was called forth. Their Majesties spoke of his service to his Shire, his studies in Mongolian history, and his skill as a fighter and archer and Awarded him Arms. A scroll that he might remember the moment is forthcoming.
Their Majesties called for Elena Silvermane. They spoke of her skill making garb and her industrious works and named her a Lady of the Court, Awarding her Arms. A scroll, illuminated by Lady Triona MacCasky, calligraphed by Master Jonathan Blaecstan, with words by Lord Martyn de Halliwell, was given to Lady Elena.
The event stewards, Baroness Theodora Bryennissa called Treannah and Baron Wulfgar Silfraharr, were called forward. They were thanked by the Crown for putting on the event and Their Excellencies thanked their staff in turn.
The Crown called for Lord Rademes of Surtr’s Brood. Lord Rademes had received his Award of Arms at Hundred Minutes War in A.S. 50, and his Silver Tyger at 100 Minutes War in A.S. 51, but had not received scrolls for either award at the time. Their Majesties wished this corrected and presented him with and Award of Arms scroll with words and illumination by Lady Triona MacCasky, calligraphed by Master Jonathan Blaecsten and a Silver Tyger scroll illuminated by Lady Triona MacCasky, calligraphed by Lord Vettorio Antonello, with translation by Iosobail mhic Leoid.
Queen Anna then requested Lady Allura Rayne McKeoch approach. In recognition of her service to the Crown, she was presented a token and the Queen’s Award of Esteem.
Next, Queen Anna called for Duke Gregor von Heisler. She praised his years of friendship and advice, and called him her brother, and presented him the Queen’s Cypher. Most especially, She gifted him with the last remaining Cypher from Her first reign as Queen.
The Crown called for another of Their subjects, but the gentle summoned was absent. The scroll, recognising an Apollo’s Arrow, illuminated by Mistress Constance St. Denis, was read into the record and accepted by Their Excellencies Ostgardr.
King Brion and Queen Anna called for Aurelia Alfaiata d’Alcacova. They spoke of her work making clothing based on Portuguese translations and asked the Order of the Silver Brooch to stand. She was given a scroll to remember the moment, created by Lady Mariette de Bretagne.
Their Majesties called for another subject, but that gentle was absent. The text of the scroll, recognising the recipient as a member of the Order of the Silver Brooch, written by Baroness Mari Clock von Horne, was read into the record. Their Excellencies Ostgardr will present this at a later time.
Lady Mariette de Bretagne was summoned. She had received the Order of the Silver Brooch on April 2, A.S. 50, but had not received the scroll at that time. One was presented, illuminated by Lady Adrienne d’Evreaux, calligraphed by Lord Alexandre St. Pierre with words by Mistress Alys Mackyntoich.
Baroness Tysha z Kieva was also called forth to stand with the Silver Brooch for her works of cooking and needlework. She was given a scroll to remember the day, illuminated by Lady Magdalena the Migrant, calligraphed by Mistress Kayleigh MacWhyte.
Baron Alexander Makcristyne was asked to attend the Crown. Their Majesties spoke of his skill at thrown weapons and how he had developed thrown weapons guidelines to provide more accessibility for people with disabilities. In recognition of this, he was awarded the Order of the Golden Mantle and given a scroll created by Master Jonathan Blaecstan.
Lastly, His Majesty called for Lord Gaston le Goth. King Brion spoke of Gaston’s many years of friendship and service and named him a Baron of the Court with a Grant of Arms. A document to commemorate this was created by Mistress Eleanor MacCarthaigh, with words by Queen Anna.
There being no further business, Their Majesties thanked Their subjects for the day and bade them join the Crown for feasting. These are the events of Court as I recall them. Thank you to all the scribes, heralds, retainers, guards, and all those others attending who participated in the day.
Pray know I remain,
In service to Crown and College,
Master Rowen Cloteworthy