While in the Society it remains the 52 nd year, in the Mundane World a New Year has begun. Thus it was that Their Majesties, Tsar Ivan and Tsaritsa Matilde, on the 6 th day of January, ventured to the Northern Region. There, they would partake of the Kingdom Twelfth Night Celebration in their Barony of Endewearde.
At the start of the day, Their Majesties did hold a brief court. They called forth their Deputy Seneschal for the Northern Region, Molly Schofield. They spoke of her service, and then, to her utter surprise, called in the companions of the Order of the Pelican. Molly would sit vigil, and contemplate elevation to the order.
It was a good day of much revelry, and in the afternoon Tsar Ivan and Tsaritsa Matilde held court.
Their Excellencies Endewearde, Baroness Sylvia du Vey and Baron Ané du Vey, exchanged gifts with Their Majesties, and swore fealty.
Their Majesties proceeded to present the following awards to the following gentles:
Catarina Dughall, Award of Arms (Scroll by: Christiana Crane with words: Nataliia Anastasiia Evgenova)
Fenrir Øxnhálsson, Tyger’s Cub (Scroll by: Aelisif Hoarr Kona)
Anne Forneau, Award of Arms (Scroll illumination: Ciaran Ua Meic Thire, Caligraphy & Words: Nataliia Anastasiia Evgenova)
Slàine An Doire, Award of Arms
Oguri Tatsuko, Award of Arms (Scroll by: Audrye Beneyt and Christiana Crane with Japanese text by Ambrose the Gutless of Atenveldt)
Techán Mac Gothraidh, Award of Arms (Scroll by: Audrye Beneyt and Christiana Crane)
Saruca bint Lazari, Silver Crescent (Scroll by: Shoshana Gryffyth)
Maxton Gunn, Silver Crescent (Scroll by: Camille des Jardins with words by Nichol mac Donnachaidh)
Anders Carlson, Award of Arms (Scroll by: Techan MacGothraidh)
Beatrice de Warynton, Seamstress to the Crown (Scroll by: Morwenna O Hurlihie)
Audrye Beneyt, Silver Wheel (Scroll by: Mari Clock van Horne)
Lillian Stanhope, Silver Mantle (Scroll by: Christiana Crane with words by Nichol mac Donnachaidh)
Bia di Firenze, Silver Mantle (Scroll by: Aesa feilinn Jossursdottir called Feilinn)
Vopiscus Rufius Donatus, Silver Mantle
Lorencio Matteo Despinoza, Silver Mantle (Scroll by: Audrye Beneyt)
Anna Mickel von Salm, Sagitarius (Scroll by: Thyra (Þóra) Eiríksdóttir with words by Nichol mac Donnachaidh)
Syr Cedric of Thanet was recognized as a Master Thrower
Nicol mac Donnachaidh, Silver Brooch (Scroll by: Embla Knútrdottir with words by Matthew MacGyver)
Hrefna Hrodbjortsdottir, Silver Brooch (Scroll by: Agatha Wanderer)
Solveig Bjarnardottir, Silver Brooch (Scroll by: Anna Mickel von Salm)
Keziah Planchet, Silver Brooch (Scroll illumination: Harold von Auerbach Calligraphy: Carmelina da Vicari)
Molly Schofield, Order of the Pelican (Scroll credits: Illumination: Ro Honig Von Sommerfeldt Calligraphy: Christian Crane Words: Angus Pembridge)
Additionally, during the court, the children got run by Ketilfastr Thorkilson.
Newcomers received tokens from Tsar Ivan and Tsaritsa Matilde.
Godric of Hamtun and his household presented a crossbow and bolts to Tsar Ivan, and a longbow and arrows to Tsaritsa Matilde.
Agatha the Wanderer thanked the participants and announced the winner of the Gift Chest Challenge.
Their Majesties thus closed their court.
During the feast that evening, Tsar Ivan and Tsaritsa Matilde reopened their court.
Audrye Beneyt reports the following:
Between the 1st and 2nd course, Their Majesties held a brief court.
Lord Seamus na Coille Aosda, as Warden of the East Kingdom Royal Foresters Guild was called forth to give gifts to Their Majesties. Her Majesty Matilde was gifted with ermine pelts from her forests. His Majesty Ivan was gifted with a hand crafted hunting horn and baldric. They were also gifted with a take down frame saw for their encampment crafted by Lord Poplyr Childs. In addition, they were gifted 5 fire
starter kits to be given as largesse.
Their Majesties having further business with Seamus, kept him in place to receive the rank of Expert Thrower in the East Kingdom, presenting him a medallion which was previously given to them by Syr Cedric of Thanet, newest Master Thrower.
There being no further business, their court was closed.
Thus concluded an excellent Twelfth Night. Long Live the Kingdom of the East!
Malcolm Bowman, Brigantia Principal Herald
PS – Thank you to the court heralds for the day: Mylisant Grey, Maria von Ossenheim, Audrye Beneyt, Marian Kirkpatrick, Conall An Doire, Þórý Veðardóttir, Simona bat Leon, Techan Mac Gothraidh, and Aloysius of Ravensbridge.