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arms EastA great gathering of rapier combatants did assemble, attending the Rapier Championship Tournament of Tsar Ivan and Tsaritsa Matilde.  It was 16 December, AS 52, in the Shire of Buckland Cross.

Their Majesties did hold a brief court in the morning.  They made a couple announcements, then called forth Tola knitýr.  They spoke of her many accomplishments in the arts, then called for the Order of the Laurel.  Tola was sent on vigil to contemplate joining the Order.

The tournament featured 8 pools of 11 rapier combatants.  The round robin of 88 fencers gave way to a sweet sixteen.  The finals came down to Donovan Shinnock and Devillin MacPherson.  Donovan emerged the victor.

Soon after, Their Majesties reopened their court.  Tsar Ivan called forth his Rapier Champion, Lupold Haas.  Lupold was thanked for his service.  Donovan Shinnock was called forth, received the regalia of the King’s Rapier Champion, and a scroll by Robin dit Dessaint.

Her Majesty Tsaritsa Matilde called forth her Rapier Champion, Lottieri Melocchio.  Melocchio was thanked for his service.  Devillin MacPherson was called forth, and received the regalia of the Queen’s Rapier Champion, and a scroll by Robin dit Dessaint.

The Ladies of the Rose in attendance were called forth to present tokens to people who had impressed them during the day.  

Countess Honig presented a token to Mei and Leena.

Countess Marguerite presented a token to Sorcha Dhocair.

Countess Alethea presented a token to Matthias Grunwold.

Duchess Avelina presented a token to Collin Monroe of Tadcaster.

Duchess Katherine presented tokens to Antonio Patrasso and Melchior Kriebel.

Princess Caoilfhionn presented a token to Tsar Ivan and Prince Brennan.

Tsaritsa Matilde presented a token to Akamatsu Katsumoto.  Further, Katsu was presented with the Cloak of Perseverance.

Their Majesties next invited the children present to attend them.  Rather than the usual running of the toybox, His Majesty, with a sack of toys in the guise of the East Kingdom’s beloved Murder Santa, did pass toys to the children.

Sigridh Bengtsdotter was called before the Tsar and Tsaritsa.  They spoke of her art, and called forth the Order of the Silver Brooch.  Sigridh received a medallion, and a scroll by Triona MacCasky with words by Toki Skaldagörvir.

Next, Their Majesties called for any attending their first, second or third event.  One gentle came forward, and received a token for her attendance.

Tsar Ivan and Tsaritsa Matilde called forward Tola knitýr to answer the question for which she sat vigil that day.  After hearing from speakers for the various Peerages, they called for the companions of the Order of the Laurel.  Tola received an armband, medallion and coat, as well as a scroll by Eva Woderose with words by Alys Mackyntoich.

Their Majesties next called for Finn mac Láebáin.  They spoke of his service, and Awarded him Arms, presenting him with a scroll by Shoshana Gryffyth with words by Donovan Shinnock.

Tsar Ivan and Tsaritsa Matilde invited Anastasia de Monte into their court.  They spoke of her embroidery, and called for the companions of the Order of the Maunche.  Anastasia was inducted into the order, receiving a medallion and a scroll by Thyra (Þóra) Eiríksdóttir.

Etaine Clagh was called into court.  Their Majesties spoke of her service, and Awarded her Arms, presenting her with a scroll by Mairi Crawford with words by Sean O’Morian.

Their Majesties called for the companions of the Order of the Silver Crescent to attend them.  His Majesty Ivan went to join the order, and Prince Brennan noted how awkward that was.  His Majesty Ivan agreed, and said that Brennan would now have the same problem.  Prince Brennan mac Fearghus was invited into court, was inducted into the order, and received medallions and a scroll with calligraphy by Tola knitýr, illumination by Elizabeth Elenore Lovell, and words by Alys Mackyntoich.

Ivan and Matilde invited into their court their Chancellor of Minors, Leonete D’Angely.  They thanked her for her service, and presented her with a sock, freeing her.  They called forth Hugoline the Delicate, who swore fealty as the new Chancellor of Minors.

Next was Isabel del Okes invited into court.  Their Majesties spoke of her service, and Awarded her Arms, presenting Isabel with a scroll by Morwenna O Hurlihie.

Tsar Ivan and Tsaritsa Matilde called into their court Rodrigo Medina de la Mar.  Her Majesty thanked him for fighting on her Rose Tournament team, and they spoke of his skill.  They called for the companions of the Order of the Silver Rapier.  Rodrigo received a medallion, and a scroll by Nataliia Anastasiia Evgenova.

But the Order of the Silver Rapier remained incomplete.  Their Majesties invited Akamatsu Katsumoto to join.  He received a medallion.  

Still incomplete, Tsar Ivan and Tsaritsa Matilde invited Douglas Doan (of Anglespur) to attend their court.  He was also made a companion of the Order of the Silver Rapier, and received a medallion, and was further Awarded Arms.

Their Majesties invited Alys Mackyntoich into their court.  She begged a boon of them, to do something about her Apprentice.  Ivan and Matilde agreed to this, and called Raziya bint Rusa into their court.  They invited the companions of the Order of the Laurel to attend, and presented Raziya with a writ to sit vigil at their A&S and Bardic Champions event.  Raziya received scroll by Nataliia Anastasiia Evgenova with words by Alys Mackyntoich.

Tsar Ivan and Tsaritsa Matilde invited Rhiannon the Curious into their court.  They began by wishing her a Happy Birthday, then offered an impressive gift.  They called for the companions of the Order of Defense.  Rhiannon was presented with a writ to attend their A&S and Bardic Champions event.  She further received a scroll by Eleanor Catlyng with words by Alys Mackyntoich.

Business concluded, and an amazing day of honorable combat complete, thus closed the court of Tsar Ivan and Tsaritsa Matilde.  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

PS – Thank you to day’s court heralds, Liadan ingen Chineada and Marian Kirkpatrick (and his Majesty Ivan).