Registration Deadline Saturday, March 9: A&S Championship Competition

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Greetings all from the Kingdom A&S Minister, Master Philip White.

This is your final reminder about Crown’s A&S Championship Competition. Late registrations will not be accepted.

Registration Deadline – Saturday, March 9

(This excludes research paper entries. That deadline has passed.)

We are asking that entrants review all of the material on this website about the competition. Please take your time to review before entering.
https://moas.eastkingdom.org/cms/?page_id=607

If you have questions about the competition format, display, judging, or if you would like assistance preparing for the competition, please contact the Kingdom A&S Minister, Master Philip White (moas@eastkingdom.org).

Arts & Sciences Research Paper #25: The tools of Elizabethan clothing: Sheep to garment

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Our twenty-fifth Research Paper comes to us from Lady Astriðr Musa of the Barony of Concordia of the Snows. Her reconstruction of a late-period garment has led her into a deep look into the tools of Elizabethan clothing, which she is here to share with us! (Prospective future contributors, please check out our original Call for Papers.)

The tools of Elizabethan clothing: Sheep to garment

A riding cloak made in the Spanish style by the author. Photo courtesy of Stephanie Miklacic.

A riding cloak made in the Spanish style by the author. Photo courtesy of Stephanie Miklacic.

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Unofficial Court Report: Kings and Queens Bardic and Dragonship Haven Investiture

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In the Barony of Dragonship Haven, on the 23rd day of February, anno societatis LIII, known in the common era as 2019, Their Majesties Wilhelm and Vienna brought their people together under one roof to witness the competition to determine the new Bardic Champions and the investing of the new Baronesses of the local lands.  Though the day was chilled, the air among the people was warm and camaraderie was had by all.

In the morning, as the bards were warming their voices and citizens milled about, Their Majesties had Their herald call for all to gather and bear pay heed to Their words.  It was early, but They had business which was immediate and required the populace to witness.

Their herald welcomed the current Baron and Baroness of Dragonship Haven, Joseph of the Red Griffin and Bronwen Rose of Greyling, called B’Rose, to join them and permitted them to share words and recognition with their people.

When at last they were done, they were called before Their Majesties.  It was with tears in their eyes, Their Majesties spoke of Baron Joseph and Baroness B’Rose with love and having taken care of Dragonship Haven in a tumultuous time following the illness of the Baron before them.  They were relieved of their duties and gifted a basket of goods to take to Their Majesties’ “farm”.

Words were shared of Baron Joseph’s good works from two scrolls of thanks, one completed by Ellesbeth Donofrey and another by Charis Accipiter.

Similarly, words were read by Their herald of the delight of Bronwen Rose of Greyling, called B’Rose and a scroll presented to her made by Mari Clock van Hoorne with words by Rowen Cloteworthy.  It was then Their Majesties made her a Baroness of Their Court.

Before they were released from Their Majesties’ presence, both swore fealty, promising to continue the Dream.

The next to be called were Mistress Renye Wurm and Lady Rhode Kephalania, for they were to be installed as the new Baronesses of Dragonship Haven.  They were charged to lead with strength and fairness. And by placing the coronets upon their head, Their Majesties did invest them as the new caretakers of the lands.  Baroness Wurm and Baroness Rhode swore fealty, promising to fight in times of war, and build in times of peace. They were also gifted with a basket of goodies, including two bottles of mead, with promise of more where they came from in case things became too stressful.  As is Their Majesties’ custom, they also shared two sets of feast gear with the Barony.

It was then their Majesties suspended Their court to allow the Baronesses to complete necessary business.  Once done, they reopened Their court.

The next to hear their name called, was one Lupold Hass.  Lupold knew this was coming, and declared his travel at Their request to be pleasant and dry, and unlike that of the whispers heard from the Kingdom of Atenveldt and Estrella War.  There was laughter among the people at this comment. Their Majesties beckoned Their Order of Defense and bade them whisk him away to sit vigil, for today, he was to consider elevation.

Lada Monguligin was called before Their Majesties next, and though she looked concerned, she smiled.  Her Majesty shared with the people that Lada had won the Pennsic War Point for the East. It was then They had Their Order of the Laurel brought forth and her Majesty demanded Lada to “go sit and think about what she did”, for she was to consider joining the Order.

Before the Order was permitted to leave, another was called.  Ysabella du Draguinin was swept into court and placed before Their Majesties.  She also was to consider what she had done, for she was her own person, and contemplate her own elevation.  It was then the Laurels swept them both away to prepare them for the day.

Medhbh ignean ui Cheallaigh was called by Their Majesties’ herald, and she was presented before them.  Their Majesties spoke of her faithful service, selfless acts, and could think of no better way to thank her.  Their herald called for the Order of the Pelican to come forward. With delight, they came, and took her away to consider what was to come.

Their Majesties bade Their herald call forth their Minister of the Lists, Mistress Mylisant Grey.  They thanked her for her work over the past few years, and Her Majesty did gift her with Her Award of Esteem.  They relieved her of her duties and called forth her replacement, Olivia Baker. Mylisant did gift the new Minister of Lists with a banner of office, and wished her well.  Olivia swore her fealty as an officer, and Their Majesties then spoke Their promise to her, thanking her for taking on such a duty.

It was then Their Majesties suspended Their court, charging the attendees to enjoy the day and bear witness to great competition.

Shortly thereafter, Their Majesties tracked down one among their populace, and cornering him in a room, They did open their Court.

They called forth Eric von Boulder and His Majesty spoke of great stories told to Him by His Grace Duke Balfar regarding the young man.  It was then Eric turned and looked wide eyed at His Grace, who only chuckled in return. The herald called forth their Order of the Silver Tyger and he was placed among them.  Their Majesties thanked him for his dedication and charged him with seeking out the other martial orders and continue to learn. As They included him in Their Order, they shared the document declaring it so would be forthcoming.

They then suspended Their court again, and joined Their people to enjoy the day.

Later in the day, after competition ended, Their Majesties again bade Their herald to call Their people together.

His Majesty had His herald call forth His Bardic Champion, Juliana Byrd.  She flitted from behind the thrones, and knelt before Him, recorders in her lap.  He thanked her for making His time on the throne joyful. He asked her for her baldric back, and with resignation, she returned it.  He released her from His service, and as she skipped down the aisle it was heard from a member of the populace she was now “a free Byrd”.

It was then His Majesty had Margretha La Fauvelle called before him.  And as she landed on her knees before Him, he grinned and placed the baldric over her shoulder, declaring her His Champion, charging her to learn music of the mythical ABBA.  A scroll created by Juliana Byrd and Audrye Beneyt was read, documenting the day. She joined His Champions behind him.

Her Majesty had her Bardic Champion, Geoffrey of Exeter, called before her.  She spoke of how She had met him around a fireplace, and he had been “instrumental” in Her reign.  With sadness, she requested he relinquish his baldric and released him, though he did not go far, resuming a spot on the edge of the stage and continuing to play his harp throughout the evening.

It was then Her Majesty spoke of a bard who had the voice of an angel.  She had Her herald call one Laila al-Sanna’ al Andalusiyya to the dais. The Queen met her, adorned her with the baldric as a scroll was presented for the occasion, created by Geoffrey of Exeter and Audrye Beneyt.  It was then Laila joined Her Majesty’s Champions.

Her Majesty then spoke of two bards who had stunned her with their performances.  One who completed a flawless performance even when the lights went out, and another who brought Shakespeare to life.  Her herald called Solveig Bjarnardottir and Phillippe LeVigneron, and they were gifted the Golden Lyre for their magnificence.

It was then Their Majesties suspended Their Court so the Baronesses of Dragonship Haven could conduct additional business.  When it was complete, they reopened Their court.

Their Majesties spoke of Their home in Dragonship Haven.  They shared how much love They had for Their family there, and how its people always strive for the best.  The Barony served the Kingdom to the fullest, and as such, Their Majesties saw fit to present them with the Company of Fellowship, an award for a group presented only twice before.

Their Majesties had Baroness Bronwen Rose of Greyling, called B’Rose, called before them once again.  And lest she worry that the people loved her husband more than she, a second scroll was presented to her, crafted by Gundormr Dengir and AEsa Feilinn Jossurdottir.

The next to hear their name called was Katla of Viborg.  Their Majesties spoke of her work on Norse clothing and felt she belonged among the Order of the Silver Brooch.  They presented her with a scroll created by Matthias Gunwold and Marietta Charay to remember the day.

Before they were sent off, another was called to the dais.  Their Majesties’s herald called one Edmund Beneyt. Her Majesty said recognition of wordsmiths doesn’t happen as often as it should, and she was honored to do so, also including him in the Order of Silver Brooch.  He was gifted with a scroll by Aurelia Colleoni a’Buccafurno.

Just as they were about to leave, another herald stepped out and Their Majesties had Audrye Beneyt step from behind the thrones.  They shared that her work on scrolls were what made her belong in the Order of Silver Brooch, and a scroll to commemorate the moment crafted by Katherine Stanhope and Nicol MacDonnachaidh was shared with her.  Finally, the Order of the Silver Brooch was permitted to leave, taking with it their new siblings.

But Audrye Beneyt was made to stay.  Their Majesties spoke of her work on Their Crown Tournament.  The power had gone out and a great storm had rolled in, and yet she still pulled it off.  For this, they included her in the Order of the Burdened Tyger, gifting her a medallion crafted by Her Majesty.

Margretha La Fauvelle was called back before Their Majesties and they spoke of her being instrumental in Coronations, providing music to be enjoyed by all.  It was then a hat she had previously owned was returned to her, only six pearls had been added to it. Their Majesties made her a Baroness of Their court, gifting to her a scroll by Sabine de Kerbriant and Mairi Crawford.

The next to hear their name was one Bartholomew Sharp.  His Majesty spoke of how much effort and care he put in to his dream.  He felt it only just and right to provide him with the Award of Excellence, passing to him a scroll crafted by Eleanor Catlyng so he may remember the moment.

Next, the herald called Ysabella du Draguinin before Their Majesties, for They wished to know the answer to the question put before her.  On her knees before Them, she said she would accept Their offer. Jarl Thorvald Halvarsson and Duke Balfar von Grunwald came forward to speak on her behalf for the Chivalry.  They spoke of the smell of youthful joy and glee she shares and that she was brave to be good at what she wants. Efeilian Gathfach ferch Owain ap Bleddyn, called Parsley, stepped forward to speak for the Pelicans, stating she was filled with good service, including patience and generosity.  Thomas of Effingham rose as a Master of Defence to speak of her grit and perseverance, commending her as a Peer. Her Grace, Duchess Luna Athanwulf stepped down the aisle, stating Ysabella to be filled with undeniable courtesy, therefore recommended by the Roses. Last to speak was Mahin Banu Tabrizi of the Laurels, who spoke of the candidates utter joy in all things including those which pour, making special note of a fountain from which wine flowed.  She was especially interested in that. Hearing the words of the Peers, Their Majesties saw fit to adorn Ysabella in the regalia befitting her Order, including a medallion and hood. A scroll created just for her by Mahin Banu Tabrizi, Musa Thorsonsdottir, Tola Knityr and Leonete d’Angeley was presented to remember the day. Ysabella swore her fealty to Their Majesties, and They swore Their promise to her, and the Order took her away to welcome her.

It was then Their Majesties requested Joel Messerer brought forward.  Their Majesties said he had an answer for everything during the recent concerns about Kingdom finances, and was like a cowboy, shooting answers from the hip.  Her Majesty wanted so much to make him a Saint, but said it was not within her power to do so. Instead, his Cap of Maintenance was returned to him, though it now bore pearls and with a scroll created by Eleanore MacCarthaigh read, They made him a Baron of Their Court.

It was then a family was called before them–Bjorn Hrafnson, Katryne Morgant Telardottier, Brigid Bjornsdottir and Ahri Bjornsdottir.  Their Majesties spoke of the family’s work for the Crown, their dedication, and said that the parents would now be made a Lord and Lady of Their Court, promising them scrolls to come.  Not wanting to leave the young girls out, they called forth their Order of the Tyger’s Cub, including them in it and gifting them with scrolls created by Her Majesty which the girls could color in, much to their delight.

It was then all the children of the East were brought forward, for they had been waiting for this moment all day.  His Majesty hefted the much beloved toybox on His shoulder, stating only one man could run it this day. He called forth the Captain of Her Majesty’s Guard, Klaus Winterhalter and put the box in his arms.  He bade him run, and though he tried to keep the children at bay, they barely made it to a count of three before chasing after the Captain with much glee.

Douglas Doan, Chatelaine of the East Kingdom College of Performers invited in to court to share information and encourage the growth of the bards in the East.  He shared that a new tradition would be formed, and the Travelling Notebook was created, being put first in the hands of Solveig Bjarnardottir. It was then he spoke of two upcoming events for the College of Performers, and encouraged their attendance.

The next to hear their name was Aurora of Dragonship Haven.  Their Majesties had known her a long time, and her service to the Barony had been noticed and as such, she should be made a Lady of Their Court gifting her a scroll created by Jonathan Blaecstan.

It was then Hulda Ahonen was called before Their Majesties.  They spoke of her passion for learning new arts, and her increased involvement.  They could do no less than make her a Lady of Their Court also, and a scroll by Donnchadh mac Eoin was read by the herald to commemorate the moment.

Their Majesties then had Lupold Hass called before Them, for They required an answer to the question posed of him just that morning.  A booming voice brought him in, and Lupold knelt before Them, stating he would join Their Order of Defense. Antonio Patrasso, a member of the Order of Chivalry spoke to Lupold’s bravery, stating he entered every list knowing his life was on the line.  Camille des Jardins, of the Laurels, stepped forward speaking of his dedication to the “art of defense”, studying many forms deeply. Her Grace Avelina Keyes shared words sent from the wilds of Atenveldt where Marguerite Ingen Lachlainn, a member of the Pelicans, waged war at Estrella.  Marguerite shared that Lupold analyzes all things, and breaks actions down to their component parts and that is service. Her Grace Duchess Caoilfhionn inghean Fhaolain, of the Roses, stated she had opinions about courtesy, and about Lupold. She stated Lupold had confidence, courtesy, and heart, and those were important.  Thomas of Effingham rose once again, for he had the right to share words for the Order of Defense. He stated that dwarves were not meant to teach elves how to fence, and yet Lupold was not afraid to do things the hard way. Their Majesties, in agreement with the Peers of the realm, adorned him in a collar, cape and medallion.  Once done, Her Majesty threw a glove at Lupold’s feet, challenging him to accept. He did, and a rock to commemorate the moment was shared with him, crafted by Eva Woderose, Caoilfhionn inghean Fhaolain, Sorcha Dhocair, and Randall Vihari-Farkas. The Order of Defense escorted Lupold from the dais to welcome him.

It was then that all newcomers to their first, second or third event were called before Their Majesties and cups gifted to them as was the new tradition.  It was noted by the herald that most of the newcomers were youth, and that was exciting.

Patrick Michael was the next to hear his name called.  Their Majesties spoke of his dedication to the Dream, volunteering without praise and having joined at a young age.  They felt it only right to have Their Order of the Silver Wheel called forth and he placed among them. They promised a scroll would be coming to him.

It was then Elena Hylton was brought from behind the thrones to kneel before Their Majesties.  The spoke of her dedication to the Crown and acknowledged her work in crafting the clothing they wore that day.  A silver coronet adorned with six pearls was placed upon her brow, and They did make her a Baroness of Their Court.  A scroll crafted by Violet Hughes and Onora ingheann ui Ruairc was displayed and drew much awe from the crowd. His Majesty stated it was in the top five He’d ever seen.

Their Majesties had Medhbh inghean ui Cheallaigh called to the dais, for They sought the answer to The question They asked just that morning.  His Grace Duke Brennan mac Fearghus spoke as a Knight, stating Medbh had faith and her dedication to the people was astounding. Anne of Framingham, speaking words of the Laurels, said she was a noble lady and filled with good sense.  It was then Donovan Shinnock strode down the aisles to speak for the Order of Defence, stating Medhbh was “bonkers for always taking the big jobs” but that she never let the the little things slide. She always stopped to give kind words.  Her Grace, Duchess Caoilfhionn inghean Fhaolain stepped forward as a Rose, telling Their Majesties this woman had “bucketloads of courtesy” and declaring her a “protector of the Dream”. Her Grace Avelina Keyes rose as a Pelican, and said that Medhbh was one of those people who “helps us SCA” and when she needed something while organizing the East Kingdom 50 Year Celebration, Medhbh had it it done within hours.  Hearing the words of Their people, Their Majesties nodded agreement, and placed the regalia of her station upon her–a cloak, hood, and medallion. A scroll crafted by Saerlith ingen Chennetig and Aneleda Falconbridge was shared with her to remember the day. It was then the newest Pelican swore fealty to Their Majesties, and They, in turn, swore their promise. The Order swept her up and carried her away to celebrate.

Now before Their Majesties came Lada Monguligin, for she had been beckoned by the herald to answer the question put upon her in surprise that morning.  Before she knelt, words were spoken to her by her former Laurel Kayleigh McWhyte, declaring she would always be a part of their family. Then, As Lada knelt, the Peers of the Realm spoke words in support.  Edward Gendy, a Simple Country Knight, spoke of her dedication, stating he’d seen her travel through snow to ensure a scroll made it to an event. Ryan Mac Whyte came upon the people, standing as a Pelican, stating she and Kayleigh had been two peas in a pod and that she was a force to be reckoned with, being the Vicerine of Ostgardr.  Donovan Shinnock returned, to speak for the Defense, stating that Lada had persevered when she needed to learn how to learn again, because she was good right out of the gate. Her Grace Thyra Eiriksdottir rose, to share words of Brekke Franksdottir of the Roses, who stated Lada was courteous and a just law giver. It was then that Vettorio Antonello, a member of the Laurels, stood and spoke of Lada’s being a force of teaching and leadership and her passion for her art being one of a kind.  Having heard the words of so many, Their Majesties stood and brought forth the regalia of her station, a medallion, two cloaks (one of great lineage), a collar, hat and bracers. A scroll made with love by Kay Leigh Mac Whyte was gifted to her. She swore her fealty, and Their Majesties gave her Their own.

But before the Laurels were able to take her away, Lada’s beloved Viceroy Suuder Saran stepped up beside her.  He spoke to her of their first conversations in the Society, and how much it meant to them. And dropping to one knee, he asked her to build a family with him, presenting her with a ring.  Through tears of joy, she said yes, and then was taken away to be welcomed by the Laurels.

Their Majesties thanked the staff of the event, and with no further business, thus closed Their Court.

These are the moments throughout the day as remembered by me.

Always In Service,
Audrye Beneyt, Court Herald

Day of the Decameron: Immersion from Literature

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Day of the Decameron: Immersion from Literature

By Lilie Dubh inghean ui Mordha

When SCAdians talk about ‘time slips’ and ‘losing themselves in the medieval’ they are usually talking about small, short slips where everything comes together and they forget the 21st century exists.

This is getting harder and harder to do, as sites become harder to find that have even a smidgen of atmosphere, and people insist on having their phones with them, using them at will. Even seeing electric lights and hearing the modern world outside (car horns, airplanes) can break a good moment.

A literary immersion event can bring back those moments, and then some. While shutting out the 21st century all together might be impossible, Day of the Decameron is going to try and create as much of the 14th century Florentine atmosphere as it can.

The Event Steward, Mistress Sofya Gianetta di Trieste, is hard at work organizing and creating the site’s atmosphere. Utilizing the Mount Kisco, NY American Legion Hall that has been used in the past for an EK coronation and and EK A&S/Bardic Champions event, she is working on building a 14th century Florentine villa’s salon hall, where flowers, tables lain with white cloths, games such as backgammon and chess, wall hangings and light will bring the modern to bay.

Music features prominently in The Decameron, and newly made Royal Bard and Baroness, Margrethe la Fauvelle, has found several pieces that date from the time, and will be giving event-goers wafting, wonderful melodies. Ably aided by 6 or 7 musicians, Baroness Margrethe will indeed make people smile and sigh. Several stories also feature music, and performers will be incorporating this into their tales. Noble Juliana Bird, recently stepped down as Royal Bard, will be adding in a fun song to their tale, and Mistress Aife in Derthage will be adding music to her tale.

badge Ostgardr seahorseIn the kitchens, Lord Friderich Grimme is laboring to create a menu from a single manuscript that will enhance the feeling of the day. His ideas for recipes such as roast duck, and herbed salat, and roasted new greens, served by liveried staff in the colors of Ostgardr, will give people the flavors of a spring 14th century day. The meals are even being planned as they would have been then – the main meal will be at midday, while a later meal will be lighter, and a last course will be sweets to end the day.

And of course there are the stories themselves, which are the main feature of the day. Performers from the EK College of Performers and from farther afield are rehearsing tales to tell – 18 tales from The Decameron in all. Directing these tales is Lady Lilie Dubh inghean ui Mordha, whose vision for the event began to take shape over 3 years ago. “Wanting to bring something of the 14th Century to life, and the Decameron was right there,” she said.

The Decameron is filled with tales of love, lust, pranks, scares, games of wit between the sexes, and political and social commentary on the time. Written just after the swath of the Black Death swept through Europe, the author was well aware of how people felt and thought. He was also well aware of the social norms of the time – stories of church leaders seducing women abound, and stories of women cuckholding husbands as well. Remembering that these are not modern tales should be any event goers thought. “The Decameron is of its time and place, and event goers should remember that we are not going to be politically correct or socially correct. You will hear adult tales, adult themes. And you will hear how Giovanni Boccaccio saw his world, a world of pleasures, sex, violence, secrets. He knew death – had seen it firsthand. The idea that one could die tomorrow figures hard into his writings,” says the event’s Artistic Director, Lilie Dubh. “Don’t think like a 21st century person here, think like someone from the later 14th century. You’ve seen death, and you want to celebrate life and living.”

Day of the Decameron will be an event to do that. Celebrating life, living and the joy that immersion into a time and place can bring. Turn off the phones, close your eyes. Open them. A 14th century villa in Tuscany awaits!

Day of the Decameron will take place on April 27th. Reservations are going fast! The hall is limited to 125!

New Kingdom Minister of the Lists

Greetings Unto the Populace!

My name is Lady Olivia Baker. I am your new Kingdom Minister of the Lists as of yesterday morning!
Thank you!
First and foremost, thank you to Mylisant, and her entire team in the KMoL office for the past 2 years! Their time, work, and dedication have been an asset to the Kingdom. Thank you all! I wish them all a much deserved break!
Your Authorization Cards!
I’m going to address this one right out of the gate, because I know many of you are waiting anxiously for information. If you have paperwork to send, the new address to send them to is:
Kate Crandall
PO Box 5561
Colonie, NY 12205
If you have previously sent in or given me your paperwork and are waiting on cards, please be patient with me as I work to put together my team and work through the paperwork I currently have.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding your cards or the information on your cards, you can reach me at mol@eastkingdom.org. Though, again, I ask for your patience in responding.
Office Hours
I will hold office hours Monday from 4 PM – 7 PM.
Thank you all for your patience. I’m honored to have been chosen and am looking forward to my time serving this great Kingdom!
Yours in Service,
Lady Olivia Baker

Meet Their Royal Highnesses: Prince Ozurr and Princess Fortune

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Recently, the Gazette had the pleasure of chatting with Prince Ozurr and Princess Fortune about their SCA lives, their hopes for their reign, and the SCA in general. We are delighted to share their words with you, in order that Easterners who do not know them can get to know them better.

Gazette: How did you get involved in the SCA? How long have you been active, and in what group(s)? Is there an experience or story you can share about an event or SCA activity where you said to yourself “Yep, this is the place for me”?

Prince Ozurr and Princess Fortune at Market Day at Birka

Photo courtesy of Her Highness Princess Fortune

Fortune: I worked with Simona bat Leon at Jo-Ann Fabrics while in college, and she knew this girl (Mistress Iulia Agricola Litavicci filia, then Elinor Strangewayes) whose step-brother was the “Baron” of this “Stonemarche” place and convinced me we needed to go to Great Northeastern War. Now, I’d been a Renaissance Faire person and I had been told the SCA people were going to be super judgmental and mean but I was going to try.

We showed up at 7am Friday and set up our bright green nylon tent, nearly gave ourselves heatstroke from not drinking any water, got sunburned, drank kumis (I do not recommend this), sang, danced, and partied well into the night and I’ve been in love with the SCA ever since. For many years I played mostly in Stonemarche but I’ve always lived in the Shire of Quintavia.

Ozurr: I got involved in the SCA through my sister, Nadia Hart, she had returned home from college one break and emphatically told me I was going to Pennsic with her. She suggested I might enjoy the fighting and the next Monday we went to a local practice. 

That was a few months before Pennsic 40, so I’ve been in around 8 years, but I’d say I only became super active within the past 4 or 5 years. I am active in An Dubhaigeainn and Ostgardr mostly. My “yep” moment would probably be a few Pennsics after my first, I’m not even sure which one, I had been slightly ill-prepared for the first few days camping before the rest of my camp arrived. Some of the members of Ostgardr had invited me to join them in a wonderful dinner they had just cooked in camp.

It was such a wonderful time and a generous act from people I really didn’t know all that well at the time, that it just showed me the kindness possible in the Society, and why I knew it was the place for me

What are your personas? Have you decided yet if you’re going to theme your reign around a specific time or place?

Ozurr: My persona is early period Varangian mid 900s hailing from southern Sweden. I go with more of the Norse style, as I have just begun to venture south to being service in the guard.

Fortune: I am a cortigiana onesta, a courtesan from Venice in the mid-1500s, the daughter of a wealthy English fabric merchant and a Venetian noblewoman.

We are so far apart in time periods that we are not theming our reign. We have been wearing Norse for now, but I am going to get Ozurr out of his comfort zone “pajamas” and into some other periods. Coronation will be Venetian 1550-1560, and Pennsic will likely feature a lot of Roman clothing.

What is your passion in the SCA? 

Fortune: First, my love is clothing. I love figuring out how to make something with period methods and manipulating flat fabric into these amazing outfits that can transport you to a different time and place just by slipping into them.

Second, I love running events. Really. I love creating spaces where members can enjoy fellowship with others, eat, drink, dance, and be merry. My goal is to be the ultimate hostess and make everyone feel welcome and have a great time. 

Ozurr: My passion in the SCA would probably be fighting, not just the physical aspects of it but also the camaraderie it fosters.

What do you think the biggest challenges are for the East or for the SCA as a whole?

Ozurr: I would think the kingdom and the society share the same challenges, it is adapting to the newer generations and continuing to be a joy in the lives of its members.

Fortune: We’re in a time of change, we need to have the generations of leadership and experience work together to continue to grow and improve the Society. That means mentoring people into roles, embracing the enthusiasm of newcomers, and working to keep our traditions alive while recognizing our need to grow and embrace new things, like electronic payments for events and social media.

What are you goals and/or aspirations for your reign?

Both: Our goals center on Fun and Love.

We also want to be as inclusive as possible to the populace of the East. We want to ensure the East a place where everyone feels they have a home.

We also want you to rediscover what you love and what brings you joy in the Society, especially those who work hard both at events and between events to make the Dream real for everyone.  Spend some time, think about what brought you to the SCA and share that with others. Teach the newcomers our songs. Teach them our stories. Share your successes and share your failures.

While, yes, there are some jobs that just aren’t ever going to be “fun” they are also less of a burden if shared. We are very sure most of us have an hour or two at an event, or perhaps even more importantly, before or after, an event to help make the Kingdom run. Please look around and see where you can volunteer and who you can help mentor.

Last, we know we must look forward to the season of war. We want to maximize the fun for all at Pennsic. We are all part of the Eastern Army whether we take to the battlefield, the archery and thrown weapons ranges, or the Arts and Sciences tables, or work to support everyone having a great time at War. Our populace are all tygers, and a ferocious force that we could not be prouder to lead this summer.

Who has been most influential in your view of the SCA? Who do you personally hold up as role models? Since Crown, has there been any unexpected advice that you’re really taken to heart?

Fortune: Countess Marguerite Ingen Lachlainn has long been my hero. I knew about her before I started in the SCA and when she and Edward won Crown it was a chance to really see the East on a new level and to fully see this amazing kingdom we have. I’d never ventured outside of the Northern and Central regions but for her first event as Princess we drove down to 100 Minutes War to retain. She introduced herself and asked about my interests and was so gracious and charming that I couldn’t help but want to work on her reign.

At Crown Tourney when we were about to go into the final fights I found her and asked if she would be there for me.  I wasn’t really sure what I was asking her, I think I was really asking for approval, if she thought I was ready. She took my hands, looked into my eyes and said “Of course.”

After Ozurr won she came up and announced she was going to be my first retainer, much like I had been one of her first retainers and she stayed with me.

As for advice: Countess Matilde warned me about how you would not be able to even pee alone. And I laughed off this warning. But just after we won the power went out in the Royal Cabin and in fact, I very nearly had to pee with someone holding a flashlight just after we won.

Ozurr: I could probably answer all of these with one man, His grace Duke Brennan mac Fergus. From the first time I met him when he was an unbelt that took the time to travel all the way out to An Dub (eastern long island) and explain to me why polearm was “the hammer of the gods!” I knew I’d really like to be this guy’s friend.  I am glad to say that over the next few years I was lucky enough to get to know him and his family better. He was there for me leading up to crown, in my corner for every single pass, and has not let me feel alone or lost (try as hard as I might) for a single second since winning crown. I have the absolute privilege to call one of my role models my friend.

What advice would you give to folks who are new to the Society?

Ozurr: My advice would be not to be afraid of to try multiple things. It is hard going out and meeting new people but extending outside of just the fighting community has been wonderful for my SCA experience.

It took me years to venture into the Arts the society has to offer and doing so has given me a chance to meet new and brilliant people, has reinforced old new friendships with new vigor, and I’ve also had a lot of fun “arting”. There are wonderful people in every aspect in the Society, so get out there and try and make some new friends and get some awesome new skills

Fortune: You think this would be easier having been a Chatelaine up until Crown Tourney. My advice is if you are feeling shy to volunteer to do something like help run gate or wash dishes. There are no strangers in a feast kitchen and those friendships you make while doing a communal task are strong. 

Also it’s ok to ask questions. We speak our own dialect: Autocrat, Seneschal, Chatelaine, Oyey, etc.  We sometimes forget what it is like to be new and not know all the social norms of the SCA and the verbiage. Our job is to be a good host and make newcomers feel as comfortable and welcomed as possible. Ask why that crown has pearls, and what that means. Ask about what someone is wearing to learn more.

I also, while I’m on my Chatelaine soapbox, want us to reach out to those who have stopped playing because life happened. Reach out to those friends you still see on social media but haven’t seen at an event because maybe they didn’t have the disposable income, or they had a baby, or they burned out, or moved and haven’t been able to find their niche in their current area. Retention is just as important as recruitment. I’d like you to invite those folks back, maybe offer to carpool to a day event, or borrow garb, and remind them they were a valuable part of your SCA experience and are missed.

What SCA-related interests or hobbies do you have that people might find surprising?

Fortune: I really enjoy writing scroll texts and poetry when I’m able to. My free time suddenly got really short for some reason.

Ozurr: I enjoy making lampwork glass beads. I work with glass in my mundane life (construction) so it is nice to get to also explore the artistic possibilities is has in my spare time.

What are you looking forward to learning during your reign?

Fortune: To write my own name well! It’s super intimidating.

Ozurr: I would love to learn some more period dance. Thankfully, our chief of staff, Her Grace Duchess Thyra, I’m sure will be a great aide to me on that front.

Is there anything else you would like the Kingdom to know?

Ozurr: I would like the kingdom to know just how excited I am to get to meet so many new people, and make new friends throughout the course of our reign. Already I have been blown away with the kindness and hospitality shown by the East, I hope I can adequately show you all my appreciation.

Fortune: Our Kingdom is vast and full of amazing people, and I look forward to the opportunity to further travel and get to know you all. The love I’ve received from all of you has been overwhelming (in a good way). I am so excited for this opportunity to lead what I know is the greatest Kingdom in the Known World at Ozurr’s side, and we’re determined to have a lot of fun doing it!

More information about Prince Ozurr and Princess Fortune can be found at their reign website.

Bardic Finals

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The performers who have been asked to perform in the finals are as follows:

Solveig Bjarnadottir
Phelippe Le Vigneron
Laila al-Sanna’ al-Andalusiyya
Maestarinna Margretha La Fauvelle

The Challenges presented by her Majesty are as follows:

The first challenge is that each performance must compliment the person performing directly after them.

The second challenge is told best in Her Majesty’s own words.

“I would have kindness sung or told in tales today”

The performers have 15 minutes to prepare.

Bardic Champs: Second Round

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The following nine performers have advanced to the second round of the competition:

Agnes De Calais
Solveig Bjarnadottir
Phelippe Le Vigneron
Ysemay Sterlyng
Eithne Inghean Mael Duin
Laila al-Sanna’ al-Andalusiyya
Drake Oranwood
Sir Michael of York
Maestarinna Margretha La Fauvelle

Margretha performs

Drake prepares

Michael performs

King’s and Queen’s Bardic Competition Begins

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The bardic championship has begun. The rules are as follows:

On the day of the competition each performer shall submit a brief “resume” (such as would fit on an index card) listing the performance types and styles (e.g.  songs, stories, jests, musical instruments, poetry, improvisation of diverse kinds, etc.) that the performer is willing to offer upon request, should the performer reach the finals.  Competitors are encouraged to be specific (see below for examples).  This gives the performers a chance to display versatility as well as skill, and gives Their Majesties additional information as they “audition” their next bardic champions.  

Competition Format:  The competition will take place over three rounds.  All performance pieces should be period, period-style*, or otherwise SCA-appropriate**.  All performers must perform at least one period or “period style” piece with documentation in either the first or second round.  For this competition, the cutoff date will be considered 1651, so Playford (and everything earlier) counts.  
Excessively bawdy or overtly adult themed offerings are not welcome.  

Round 1:  Pieces may not exceed 4 minutes, and can be period, period-style, or SCA-appropriate.  

Round 2:  Pieces may not exceed 6 minutes.  Competitors in this round must perform a period piece if they chose to do a non-period piece in Round 1.

Round 3:  The assignment for the final round will be determined by Their Majesties, guided by the performer’s earlier works, as well as the information obtained from the performer via their resume.  Performers will have a few moments to prepare between the assignment from TRM and the start of performances.

A period performance is defined as a song, story, or other performance that can be plausibly documented prior to 1651.  Original compositions based on period rules of composition, original stories based on period styles, contrafacta to a period tune, and other such performances can be considered a period-style performance, with the required documentation**.  For example, a performer could sing a period song with lyrics that have been rewritten modernly, tell a story from the Decameron in English, play an original tune in a period style on recorder, or recite a modern English translation of an Old English poem.  Note that original works need not be written by the performer, so long as the style is documentable prior to 1651.  

**An SCA-appropriate performance is any non-period piece of an appropriate nature for an SCA Bardic event, which cannot be documented prior to 1651.  This would include things like SCA folk songs, or traditional pieces or stories that do not break the illusion of the medieval & Renaissance periods.

* Documentation is required for at least one of your performances in the first two rounds, and can be supplied on an index card.  For all questions concerning documentation, or assistance, please contact one of the current Champions.

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