Crown Tournament of Wilhelm and Vienna Begins

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The tournament to choose the heirs of König Wilhelm and Königin Vienna is beginning in the Barony of Endewearde.

The format will be standard double elimination up to the final 8. From there it will be best of 3 each round until the final 4, then best of 5 with the finals being best of 5 as well. The finals and the final 4 will be matched forms. The following is the list of the 41 combatants entering the lists:

Duke Randal of the Dark fighting for Duchess Katherine Stanhope
Jarl Valgard Stonecleaver fighting for Lady Gracia Vasquez de Trillo
Syr Cedric of Thanet (Combatant Couple) fighting for Mistress Mira Fionnbhar of Argyll
Sir Zhigmun’ Czypsser fighting for Baroness Leda Zipyos
Mistress Mira Fionnbhar of Argyll (Combatant Couple) fighting for Syr Cedric of Thanet
Master Estgar aet Hrofeceastre fighting for Baroness Katarzyna Gwozdz called Varju
Mistress Sylvia du Vey (Combatant Couple) fighting for Sir Ané du Vey
Master Ávaldr Valbjarnarson fighting for Mistress Eva Woderose
Sir Matthew D’Arden fighting for Mistress Fia Karmen
Master Tiberius Iulius Rufus Primus fighting for Lord Vopiscus Rufius Donatus
Sir Ané du Vey (Combatant Couple) fighting for Mistress Sylvia du Vey
Sir Harold Hawkinson fighting for Lady Oriana Volpe Della Octavia De Venezia
Sir William MacCrimmon fighting for Lady Susanna of Dragonship Haven
Master Richard Crowe fighting for Lady Ameria Browne
Sir Rory MacLellan fighting for Baroness Astridr Sigrun Ulfkelsdottir
THLord Sterling de la Rosa fighting for THLady Caitrina Gordon called Katya
Baron Wulfhere of Stonemarche fighting for Baroness Isabeau Du Valle
Baron Jozef Ludwiczak fighting for Lady Gwenlliana Vachan
THLord Thomas De Winterwade fighting for Lady Sara of Stonley
THLord Duarcaín MacWard fighting for Lady Catháin of Carolingia
THLord Gruffydd Abernathy fighting for Lady Admiranda Howard
THLord Spurius Genecuius Rutilus (Combatant Couple) fighting for Mistress Gwenhwyfar Dinas Emrys
THLord Vlad Iliescu fighting for Mistress Molly Schofield
THLord Ôzurr the Boot-Giver fighting for Baroness Fortune St Keyne
Baron Joachim Liechtenauwer fighting for THLady Ástríðr Musi
Lord Matthew MacGyver fighting for Baroness Lillian Stanhope
Lord Greadden Olthursun Veassellurd fighting for Lady Aesa Ormstunga called Jotunsbane
Lord Titus Claudius Silvanus fighting for Lady Anna Serena
Lady Embla Knutrdottir fighting for Lady Daniela Rosa da Venezia
Lord Bison of Thunder fighting for Lady Kate the Wicked
Nobilis Þórý Veðardóttir (Combatant Couple) fighting for Lord Damian Isolfsson
Lord Joshua Mustard fighting for Sarah Degroot
Lord Volmar Sollons fighting for Baroness Ilulia Baebiana
Lord Corwin Blackthorn fighting for Lady Ada Wright
Lord Nuttus Assingdone fighting for Eydís Óskadóttir
Lord Perley of Malagentia fighting for Lady Mary of the High Hills
Lord Thomas de Marr fighting for Lady Lijsbet van Catwiic
Madame Vivien de Valois fighting for Lady Catarina Dughall
Lord Damian Isolfsson (Combatant Couple) fighting for Nobilis Þórý Veðardóttir
Lord Conri Mac feargusa fighting for Muirgeal bera
Svafnir fighting for Lady Millicent Rowan

 

The Gazette thanks the MoLs running todays tournament.  Any mistakes belong to the Gazette staff.

Q & A with the New East Kingdom Marshal of Fence

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Photo by Brenden Crane

Doña Lilias de Cheryngton, the incoming Kingdom Marshal of Fence, talked to the Gazette about her new position, diversity in fencing, and the Order of Defense.

Please describe your job responsibilities.

The Kingdom Marshal of Fence sets and enforces weapon and armor standards for fencing, supervises the authorization of rapier combatants, and deals with disciplinary and administrative actions that cannot be handled at the local or regional levels. I am responsible to both the East Kingdom Earl Marshal and the Society Rapier Marshal.

 

What do you enjoy about this activity?

Fencing has always been a source of joy and pride for me. The narrow focus and reflexive reactions of combat have a wonderful way of clearing the head and making one focus on the immediate here and now. I love that it is a skill I can work on independently by drilling footwork and point control, but also collaborate with others to test ourselves and teach each other. My favorite thing to do is pickups (a series of one-on-one passes where the combatants are trying out their skills on each other and the outcome doesn’t matter). I love when my opponent surprises me with a move I wasn’t expecting or when a fight doesn’t go the way I think it’s going to. I love seeing the gears working in a new fencer’s brain and the triumph in their face when they perfectly execute a maneuver they’ve been working on. My favorite thing in the world is when my opponent and I both walk away from a fight laughing about how much fun it was.

 

 Do you have a goal for your term?

In general, my goal is to promote fencing within the kingdom and the society and help our vibrant community continue to flourish. Here are some of my specific priorities:

— Promote diversity in our community by ensuring our rules are inclusive, and by encouraging tournament and melee formats that allow people of different skill levels, body types, and physical limitations to have a fun and satisfying experience.

— Encourage more discussions/salons at events on various fencing-related topics.

— Foster innovation, historical study, and experimental efforts.

 

Are you currently looking for any deputies?

Yes! I am looking for a deputy Kingdom Marshal of Fence. This person is responsible for acting in my capacity when I am not available. Anyone interested in the position should contact me at kmof@eastkingdom.org.

 

What was your first event?  And what made you stay?

My first event was the Coronation of Brion and Anna in AS 33. It was intimidating for a new person who was still learning how things worked in the Society, but I remember Their Majesties being extremely kind and welcoming when I spoke to them as they were sitting in state. I think I had a huge advantage as a new person in the SCA because I was in an active college group inside of the Barony of Carolingia. There was something to do — dance practice, cooking, brewing, period games, A&S classes, what have you — every day of the week! It was easy for me to get to activities on public transit and try anything I was interested in. The thing that really grabbed me and cemented my place in the SCA was a series of introductory classes given by the Carolingian fencers. It was a structured curriculum designed to take someone from zero to authorized, and by the time I got to the end, I was hooked.

 

Which people made an impact on you in the SCA and why?

To this day, the person who made the biggest impact in my SCA life is my Don and mentor, Martin Quicksilver. He somehow saw potential in my rudimentary fencing skills and took me as his cadet, which made all the difference in my fencing career. He taught me the discipline of daily drilling, the rigor required to internalize complex techniques, and the mental game of the tournament. Most importantly, he was a friend and staunch ally during a challenging time in my life.

The person who is essential to my current SCA life is my husband, Master Donovan Shinnock. Not only has he encouraged and enabled my fencing despite the real-life constraints of raising a child, he also pushes me to pursue other interests within the Society that make the whole experience richer. His study of period masters’ fencing manuals and his success with those techniques in the list is inspirational.

 

Could you share with us a moment – or several moments – that describe what makes the SCA special for you?

Every time one of my friends receives an award is special, but the moment I feel most honored to have witnessed is the creation of the Order of Defense and the elevation of the three premiers. I can still call to mind the words of endorsement from other Peers and the emotional reactions of the candidates. It was a truly historic moment for the Society and one that showed me our organization is able to grow and change if enough people put in the hard work and believe it is possible.

 

Important Update about the Crown Tournament Venue

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arms East PrinceThe following announcement is from Lady Audrye Beneyt, Event Steward for Saturday’s Crown Tournament in Endewearde: 

We will be moving the lists under the cover of Bennett Hall for Saturday’s Tournament.

What does this mean for combatants?

1. You will be dry. No wet fighters. No wet grass.
2. You will be fighting in concrete. I can’t do anything about that, unfortunately.

What does that mean for spectators?

1. You will be dry while watching the bouts.
2. You will be standing on concrete. Footwear is a thing.

What does this mean for everyone?

1. It will be loud. The barn is made of corrugated tin.
2. It will be cozy. You will be in tight quarters around the list fields. Please consider personal space when interacting with others.
3. Pavilions can still be set up outside of the barn on the field to use as a base of operations should you wish it.
4. We are going to have soooo much fun!!!

I love you all and and I can’t wait to see you!

Audrye
Event Steward

Editor’s Note: Bennett Hall is a building at the event site, Camp Jordan. The address for the event remains the same: Camp Jordan 101 Camp Jordan Way Ellsworth, ME  04605 

Court report: Bjorn’s Ceilidh/Baronial Investiture

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Preparations where all in place, the barony was ready and then on the morning of October 27th, A.S. LIII, known in the common era as 2018, Their Majesties, Wilhelm and Vienna arrived to join in the traditional celebrations of Concordia of the Snows, Bjorn’s Ceilidh event.

In morning court the current Baron Jean-Paul Ducass and current Baroness Lylie of Penhyll received gifts from the Honorable Company of Fermenters of the Barony of Concordia who then also gifted Their Majesties with a bottle of Buckwheat mead.  Then Jean-Paul Ducass and Lylie of Penhyll gave a gift to Their Majesties.  A large box, that certainly appeared heavy as Jean-Paul handed it to His Majesty Wilhelm.  As all assembled looked on, and wondered what could be within this plain box, Jean-Paul announced what was contained within – 100 medallions for each of the Silver level awards, made by Combat Medallions.  One Hundred Silver Brooch medallions, one hundred Silver Wheel medallions, one hundred Silver Tyger medallions and one hundred Silver Rapier medallions – quite a spectacular gift indeed!

As Their Majesties sought the right words to thank them for such a gift, the time to call both Jean-Paul Ducass and Lylie of Penhyll before Them arrived.  The Royal words of thanks for this gift, rolled into words of thanks for all these two gentles had done for the Barony of Concordia, and indeed, for the Kingdom.  Two beautiful scrolls by Onora ingheann Ui Rauire were read, further extolling the worth of these two extraordinary individuals.  Jean-Paul expressed a fear that there was perhaps someone assassinating Barons and Baronesses, and that they could not possibly continue on with that hanging over their heads.  And so it was decided, that Jean-Paul and Lylie would find peaceful relaxation at Their Majesties “farm” for retired Barons and Baronesses, in Their “Retired Baronage Program”, and off they went.  Thus it was necessary that the coronets of Concordia pass to new hands.  All the former Barons and Baronesses of Concordia where called forward – and the coronets were passed from hand to hand, until they returned to the King and Queen – and once the Herald had called forward Faolan an Sccreccain and Maria Erika von Ossenheim, the coronets were placed upon their heads, Investing them with the burdens and joys of seeing to the people and lands of Concordia of the Snows.

Though there was one last piece of business for attending to this morning.  Their Majesties called for Caine Ramsey to kneel before them.  There was to be a Quest for this man. The Queen seemed quite certain he had earned one, though truth be told, I don’t recall his offenses being enumerated (perhaps they are too heinous to share in gentle company?).  No, not one Quest – but 14 Quests for this man, The Queen declared.  Caine may have blanched a bit at this news, though it was clear he intended to remain steady.  Her Majesty did then soften a bit, and noted that through proper behavior and excellent execution of the earlier Quests, he might be able to reduce the number a bit.  Today She would assign the first of his many Quests.  He was to manage and oversee Her own Queen’s Guard this day.

With that it was time to suspend Their Majesties court so that the days’ festivities in honor of the new Baron and Baroness could commence.

Later in the afternoon,  as Their Majesties entered the hall for Their afternoon court, one of the East Kingdom’s most treasured bards, Drak Oranwood, performed music  he had prepared for Queen Vienna.  He had heard that The King greatly treasured the works of the bard called ABBA, and he had arranged some traditional music by this bard, with words he had written specifically for our most noble Eastern Queen.  As the chorus of “Vivat The Eastern Queen” (see ABBA’s original work called “Dancing Queen” for the proper melody) rang through the hall, and The Queen’s own guard danced behind her – Their Majesties entered the hall once again.

Faolan an Sccreccain and Maria Erika von Ossenheim first gifted Their Majesties with a basket of delicacies including coffee and lemon cello, and Their Majesties gifted the new Baron and Baroness with a spa basket and 2 new feast sets to give to newcomers, as was the tradition They had begun.  Their Majesties then suspended Their court so that Faolan and Maria might hold their first court.  As they proceeded through the business they had planned, they eventually called the former Baron and Baroness to stand with them at the dais, and together called Rhys Aiden Bifjord into their court to honor him.  As they finished, The King leapt to His feet, He had heard the words about this gentle, about decades of service, and was insistent that there must be further honors.  His Majesty’s herald reopened His court – and with His Queen at His side, they made Rhys Aiden Bifjord a Baron of Their Court, and placed a coronet upon his head, and promised him a glorious scroll to commemorate the day.

The Herald then suspended Their Majesties court once again, so that Baronial court of Concordia might continue.

Once all the Baronial business was concluded, the court of Their Majesties East was opened once again.  First called before them, former Baron of Concordia, Master George Emerson True, for he wished to swear his fealty to Them.  His fealty was followed by the fealty of Christoffel d’Allaines-sur-Comte, Seneschal of Dragonship Haven.  Once concluded, Their Majesties took this moment to announce that Dragonship Haven would next have a pair of Baronesses to lead them – as Mistress Renne Wyrm and Lady Rhode Kephalania were to soon hold this Barony for Their Majesties.

Their Majesties next invited all the newcomers among those assembled to come forward and accept a token, along with Their hopes that they would attend another event soon.

The herald then called for Matija Potocnik.  They spoke words about Matija’s skill with the rapier, and then had Their herald call forward the order of the Silver Rapier, for it was most definitely time to add Matija to their numbers.  With a medallion and a scroll by Faolan an Sccreccain  and Grimm the Skald, it was done.

His Majesty next spoke of the kingdom’s need for individuals who were fleet of foot, and before all the members of the order of the Silver Rapier could leave the hall, He called forward one known as Bobby Tights, though his right and proper name is Robert Tytes.  As Bobby came before the King, a great chest of toys was brought forth, and then Their Majesty’s herald did call for all the children present – there was a great amount of joy and laughter as all realized that Bobby’s fleet feet would quite soon be tested!  And run he did – out of the room and down the hall – with children of all sizes following quickly on his heels.

Next to be called before Their Majesties was  Amia Turner and the order of the Silver Brooch as well, because of her research into historic cooking, the scrolls she makes for her barony, as well as her involvement in Athena’s thimble, The Queen was adamant Amia be added to this order.  With a medallion passed on to her and a scroll by Marieta Charay, she was welcomed among their numbers.  But there was another who must be added.  The name of Concordia’s new Baroness was cried next, and as Maria Erika von Ossenheim came forward, there was a look of disbelief upon her face.  The Queen was quick to point out the beautiful garb Maria so often makes, including that which she was wearing this very day,  and how well deserving she was of being  made part of the order of the  Silver Brooch.  With a medallion and a scroll made for her by Malys MacGregor and Derek Fairhair, it was so.

Now the King called out for Anne de Basillon himself, not leaving this task to His herald.  She came forward, I think perhaps fearful that she was to face the same fate as her beloved Caine had in morning court.  The King however, began by listing all the many things she was doing – Chief of Staff for Concordia’s new Baron and Baroness, Event staff many times over, fencing marshal, Royal staff, Baronial officer, and now most recently a voice herald as well.  His Majesty acknowledged that it was not likely He could make her stop doing things (something about her resisting), and so instead He would reward her, by adding her to the ranks of His order of the Silver Crescent.  She was given the Blood Guard lineage medallion, and a lovely scroll made for her by Svea the Shortsighted, and thus it was done.

But before this order could retire to the back of the hall to welcome her, there was another name that greatly needed to be added to their roll.  Muirenn ingen Dunadaig heard her name cried out, and as she came forward there was great praise for all the many things that she has done as a herald for the people, the barony and indeed the Kingdom of the East, for she is the Blue Tyger Herald, the herald in charge of submissions for all of the East Kingdom.   The very herald reading her scroll, one Yehuda ben Moshe, took his own medallion off from around his neck, and passed it to Their Majesties to place around hers.   And then he read the words written for her by  Alys Mackyntoich from the scroll created for her by Chrestienne la pescheresse (called Bruni).

But one final piece of business to attend to before all assembled could go enjoy a great feast.  Concordia’s newly minted Baron now heard his name, Faolan an Sccreccain, cried out by Their Majesties herald.  The Queen spoke of the beautiful and plentiful scrolls that came from this man.  Then the King stepped forward, and told of a realization He had recently had while viewing some example of beautiful scrolls in the company of Royals from other lands.   Those other places are not as blessed as we are in the East, with scribes of such stunning skills. The art that Faolan and others produce sets the Eastern Kingdom apart from other places, and that is something we should be aware of, and which should be rewarded.  And so, Their Majesties order of the Maunche was called forward, and Faolan an Sccreccian was added to their numbers, with a medallion from Fiona O’Maille ó Chuan Coille, and a scroll written by Aislinn Chiabach, and created by  AEsa Sturladottir.

Their Majesties offered heartfelt thanks to all who had worked so very hard to make this beautiful day possible, and with that, closed Their court.

Court Heralds were Theodora Bryennissa, called Treannah,  Anne de Basillon, Ernst Nuss von Kitzingen, Yehuda ben Moshe, Agapios Cargos and Silent Herald: Lorita de Siena

These are the events as I recall them unfolding before me.
Yours In Service,
Theodora Bryennissa, called Treannah

 

Arts & Sciences Research Paper #24: The Gresley Dance Collection

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Our twenty-fourth Research Paper comes to us from the members of the Accademia della Danza, chiefly of the Barony of Carolingia and the Shire of Quintavia. It has been their mission these past two years to transcribe and decode an original fifteenth-century manuscript that may be a reference book? an archive? a mystery and a riddle of the terpsichorean arts? Look within and learn what they have discovered! (Prospective future contributors, please check out our original Call for Papers.)

The Gresley Dance Collection

Two pages of the Gresley dance manuscript. Image courtesy the Derbyshire County Council.

Two pages of the Gresley dance manuscript. Image courtesy the Derbyshire County Council.

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Shire Wars Court Report

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On the 20th of October A.S. LIII, known in the common era as 2018, the radiant Queen of the East, Vienna de la Mer, travelled to the Shire of Owlsherst in order to attend Shire Wars VIII, the battle of Hastings.  As Her King had great trials that required His attention, it would fall to Her alone this day to see to Their people.

Early in the morning the Queen had Her herald call for all present to gather ‘round- for there was one thing that She simply could not wait to do.  At Her nod, the herald called one Kathryn Perry forward, and the Queen spoke of this woman’s phenomenal skill in making clothing and accessories of an Elizabethan type.  Then She bade Her herald to call for Her Order of the Laurel and once they drew near, the Queen playfully admonished Kathryn and instructed her to think about what she’d done while she sat in vigil this day.

Once this most urgent business was completed, and the Order had whisked Kathryn away to her vigil, The Queen was free for a while to enjoy the activities the people of Her Shire had arranged for the day.  There were Boat Battles on the Heavy Weapon field, list combat by dashing Rapier fighters, an Arts and Science Competition, children’s activities, a tasty day board to sample, something called Helga ball to play and one thing quite near and dear to Her Majesty’s heart – weapons to throw! Continue reading

First Set of Gender-Neutral Titles Approved for SCA Usage

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In response to many requests for gender-neutral period titles, the SCA College of Arms has been conducting research and taking commentary on several proposed titles.  The research project is being supervised by Mistress Ursula Georges of the Middle Kingdom, the Palimpsest Herald.

The College of Arms recently approved the first three gender-neutral titles – two titles in English and one in Latin.  Titles in other languages are being researched and will be considered on a case by case basis after commentary. Offers of research assistance or proposals for directions for research should be directed to Mistress Ursula at rules@heraldry.sca.org.

The two English titles are Noble and Armiger.  They can be used by any person who has an Award of Arms or higher.  Noble is used before the name, as in “Noble John Smith” or “Noble Jane Doe.”  Armiger is used after the person’s name, as in “John Smith, Armiger” or “Jane Doe, Armiger.”

Nobilis is an approved gender-neutral title in medieval Latin for use by those who hold an Award or Grant of Arms. In period documents, this title was typically used after a given name, as in “Haroldus nobilis.”

Eastern Results From The August 2018 LoAR 2018

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badge HeraldThe Society College of Arms runs on monthly cycles and letters. Each month, the College processes name and armory submissions from all of the Kingdoms. Final decisions on submissions are made at the monthly meetings of the Pelican Queen of Arms (names) and the Wreath King of Arms (armory). Pelican and Wreath then write up their decisions in a Letter of Acceptances and Return (LoAR). After review and proofreading, LoARs generally are released two months after the meeting where the decisions are made.

An “acceptance” indicates that the item(s) listed are now registered with the Society. A “return” indicates that the item is returned to the submitter for additional work. Most items are registered without comments. Sometimes, the LoAR will address specific issues about the name or armory or will praise the submitter/herald on putting together a very nice historically accurate item. The following results are from the August 2018 Wreath and Pelican meetings.

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Online K&Q A&S Rubric Workshop – 7:30 this Thursday 10/25 (and a few other reminders)

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1) There will be an online A&S rubric workshop THIS THURSDAY at 7:30.
Learn about the rubric that will be used at K&Q A&S. This workshop is useful for judges and artisans alike. More information can be found here: https://moas.eastkingdom.org/cms/?page_id=684
 
2) There will also be two additional rubric workshop sessions over the next few weeks
—Bjorn’s Ceilidh/Baronial Investiture (Concordia)  1:30-3:00, downstairs in the dayboard hall.
—St. Eligius (Dragonship Haven) 11:00-1:00
 
3) Finally, as a reminder: There will also be an online East Kingdom A&S Office Town Hall on Thursday Nov. 1, from 7-8. The web link will be announced the week of the meeting.
 
Thank you and please share where appropriate.
Lissa (deputy moas)
 
—–Thanks to Master Magnus and Mistress Elena for helping to run the rubric workshops and to Master Mael Eoin for technical assistance setting up online workshop.

Online Bardic & Performing Arts Spooktacular

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Online Bardic & Performing Arts Spooktacular, October 23rd 7pm, hosted by East Kingdom College of Performers (EKCoP)
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Through the magic of the internet and telephone lines EKCoP invites you to join us and share your spooky performances! All skill levels welcome! All performances welcome! Stories! Songs! Poems! Instruments! And more! All Kingdoms welcome! All Audience welcome! Family friendly please! Hope to see you there!
Date: October 23rd
Start Time: 7pm
End Time: When we run out of spooky!

Join Hangout Link:
https://meet.google.com/ytv-rpro-wiz
Join by Phone:
+1 252-787-0100‬ PIN: ‪978 234 767‬#

Fill out this form to join EKCoP’s mailing list!
https://goo.gl/forms/HKb0lMDsyGzjj0CF2
Join us on Facebook! A great way to find performing and bardic opportunities and meet other performers!
https://www.facebook.com/groups/EKCoP/For more information please contact:
EKCoP’s acting Chatelaine Douglas Doan
chatelaine@ekcp.eastkingdom.org