Their Majesties Brennan Ri and Caoilfhionn Banri, as well as Her Highness Avelina, did visit the Shire of Owlsherst on 5 March AS L, to attend the occasion of the King’s and Queen’s Bardic Championship.
The day began with a short court to send Jamilia al-Suba al-Hadid min Bhakail al-Sheikha and Magnus Hvalmagi to sit vigil to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Pelican and Order of the Laurel respectively.
There were many fine bardic performances for two rounds, when the third round was reached with four finalists. Drake Oranwood, Sol la Cantor, Alys Mackyntoich and Æthelflied Brewbane.
Not long after these final four performances, on the topic of Valor in a manner chosen by His Majesty Brennan, were complete, Their Majesties did open their court.
The Queen’s Bardic Champion, William the Alchemist, was called forward. He was thanked for his service. Her Majesty invited her new champion, Alys Mackyntoich. Alys was presented with the regalia of her championship, a scroll by Ysemay Sterling, and attended Her Majesty in court.
The King’s Bardic Champion, Ysemay Sterling, was called forward. She was thanked for her service. His Majesty invited his new champion, Æthelflied Brewbane. Æthelflied was presented with the regalia of her championship, a scroll by Ysemay Sterling, and attended His Majesty in court.
All four finalists received tokens from Their Majesties for their entertaining performances.
The Princess Royal, Courtney Rose, did wish to present a scroll of her making to a bard she chose as her champion. Thus it was that Lianor de Matos was invited into court to receive her accolade.
King Brennan and Queen Caoilfhionn invited representatives of the Shire of Owlsherst to attend court. They were thus presented with fine gifts, and Their Majesties thanks their hosts for their hospitality.
Next did Their Majesties invite into their court Ben the Rat Catcher. Though a youth of the Kingdom, they spoke well of his service, and named him a Page to their Court. The Order of the Tygers’ Cub were called forth. Ben received a medallion, and a scroll by Harold von Auerbach.
The order was not complete, however. Brennan Ri and Caoilfhionn Banri called into their court Spencer Oranwood. He was made a Page to their Court and inducted into the Order. Spencer received a medallion and a scroll featuring calligraphy by Leonete d’Angely, illumination by Tola Knyttir and words by Alys Mackyntoich.
Next did Their Majesties call into their court Sarah-Grace Blakeslee. Though she was not herself present, they presented for her the garter of the Order of Gawain, and a scroll with calligraphy by Aleksei Dmitriev and illumination by Isa of Ruantallan.
Her Majesty called forward all those children who had participated in Her Service Initiative. They received tokens for their service.
All of the children present were invited before the court. The toybox was run, and as per usual there was much laughter at the joy of the children.
Their Majesties next called into their court Emerald Unudottir. They made her a Lady of the Court. She was Awarded Arms, and received a scroll by Elsa de Lyon.
Their Majesties invited into court all those attending their first, second or third event. They were thanked for attending, and presented tokens to remember the day by.
Brennan Ri and Caoilfhionn Banri next called into their court Jamilia al-Suba al-Hadid min Bhakail al-Sheikha. She answered in the affirmative that she would join the Order, and so the Order of the Pelican was called forth. Suba was elevated to the order, receiving a medallion, robe and hat and a scroll by Saerlaith ingen Chennetig with words by Sabine de Kaerbriant.
Their Majesties next called into their court Siobhan Nic Ghadhra. They made her a Lady of the Court. She was Awarded Arms, and received a scroll by Marietta Charay.
Their Majesties invited Hashiji Morikatsu into their court. They spoke of his combat prowess, presenting him with a medallion and thus inducted him into the Order of the Silver Tyger.
The Order not yet complete, Their Majesties called into court Seamus Mac Neachtain. His prowess well regarded, he was presented with a medallion and inducted into the Order of the Silver Tyger.
Their Majesties called into court the companions of the Order of the Silver Wheel. Next was Josceline le esqurel called before Brennan Ri and Caoilfhionn Banri. For his service he was inducted into the Order of the Silver Wheel, receiving a medallion and a scroll by þóra Eiríksdóttir with words in French by Brunissende Dragonette de Brocéliande.
The Order still incomplete, Their Majesties invited before them Robert the Tall. For his service he was made a member of the Order of the Silver Wheel, presented with a medallion and a scroll by Onóra ingheann Uí Rauirc.
Next did Their Majesties invite into their court Donnchadh Lochlain. He was Awarded Arms and made a Lord of the Court, and further presented with a scroll by Sorcha Dhocair inghean Uí Ruairc with words by Ulrich Reinhart.
Their Majesties invited into court Drake Oranwood. Impressed with his performance overall, they named him a companion of the Order of the Silver Brooch. He would be presented with a medallion of the order after court.
Brennan Ri and Caoilfhionn Banri next called into their court Magnus Hvalmagi. He answered in the affirmative that he would join the Order, and so the Order of the Laurel was called forth. Magnus was elevated to the order, receiving a medallion, coat and hat and a scroll by Vettorio Antonello, as well as a drinking horn by Frigga with words by Toki Redbeard and Norse poem by Fridrikr Tomasson av Knusslig Hamn.
As Their Majesties went to close their Court, Ruslan Novgorodcev demanded a boon. So it was he offered to Brennan Ri and Caoilfhionn Banri his fealty.
There being no further business, the court of Their Majesties was closed. Long live the King and Queen! Long live the Prince and Princess! Long live the Kingdom of the East!
Malcolm Bowman, Eastern Crown Herald.
A thank you to the Heralds for the court. Ysemay Sterling, William the Alchemist, Sabine de Kerbriant, Alys Mackyntoich, and Colin Ursell.