The following archers have advanced to the finals of the King’s and Queen’s Archery Champions. As a reminder, of the theme, Queen’s champion Lord Kusunoki Yoshimoto and King’s champion Lady Siobahn Chorimaic have designed for you a contest based on Russian fairy tales and history with a few modern twists! Ward off Charging Mongolians and the evil witch Baba Yaga! Save the snow maiden, Snigorochka! And who could have a Russian shoot without Rocky, Bullwinkle, Boris, and Natasha?
This is a friendly reminder from the office of the Captain General of Archers that all Archery Marshals need to submit their Spring reports by April 1.
After the last reporting cycle, there were several requests to provide confirmation of submitted reports. We are grateful to Duchess Avelina for enabling this feature. When you click on the link, enter your name and e-mail address, and a message containing your unique reporting link will be sent to you. After you use it to complete your report, you should receive a confirmation message that your report has been stored in the system.
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At Panteria this past weekend in the Shire of Pantervale, Emperor Ionnes and Empress Honig presided over the competitions to select Their Archery and Equestrian Champions.
On Saturday, Baroness Alanna of Skye, riding Brandy, won the equestrian competition and was named King’s Champion of Horse. Empress Honig selected Mistress Eleanor Fitzpatrick as her Champion of Horse.
During the Archery Championship Shoot on Sunday, the Winner & Queen’s Champion was Kusunoki Yoshimoto, and the King selected Siobhan inghean Cormaic as His Champion.
An account by Baroness Arlyana van Wyck and Mistress Ygraine
On May 20, 2017, the Barony of Carolingia hosted an event
featuring a venerable test of archery skill. This test was
devised by the founders of the Carolingian Company of
Bowmen, believed to be the oldest archery guild in the SCA.
Because it takes most of a day to complete, and involves
shooting at various distances out to 100 yards, this shoot
is not held often. Indeed, it had been about 10 years since
it was last attempted, so Lady Erica of Carolingia and Lady
Eleanora Stewart resolved to serve as co-autocrats and
provide the opportunity.
The Carolingian Company of Bowmen was chartered in November
1976. (The charter text can be read here:
http://www.kellswood.com/ccb/charter.php ) Its founders
created a ranking shoot which they believed was difficult
enough that advancement would merit the respect of any
archers, whether in the SCA or the modern world. It involves
accuracy shooting at distances from 15 to 100 yards, a brief
combat shooting scenario, and an endurance requirement of a
set number of total shots during one day. (The details of
the shoot can be read here:
http://www.kellswood.com/ccb/rankshoot.php ) It is a test of
consistency and concentration. Many of those who have
attempted this shoot have missed advancing in rank because
of just one poorly-placed shot.
The first level ranking, that of Bowman, has been achieved
by no more than 30 archers over the years; 10 more joined
that number at the event. Fewer than 10 archers belonged to
the rank of Companion Bowman; now there are 2 more –
Master Kobayashi Yutaka and Lord Mikjall Bogmadr. No one had
achieved the top-level ranking of Master Bowman in the over
40 year history of the Company, but that honor has now been
claimed by Master Li Kung Lo.
At the end of the long day of shooting, Baron Colin held
Court at which he thanked the event staff, the marshals of
archery and thrown weapons, and Lord Orlando, provider of
the ample dayboard. His Excellency was then among the 15 new
members of the Company who pledged to uphold its standards
of honor and safety, and paid the entrance fee to the
Captain of the Company, Master Peter the Red. All those who
advanced in rank were recognized in Court, and Master Li led
a cheer in memory of Marian of Edwinstowe, one of the
Company founders. Many of those present were heard to say
they hoped it would not be another 10 years before this fun
and challenging shoot was held again.
Kings and Queens Archery Champions
Panteria (Shire of Panther Vale)
5/26 through 5/29
Peter the Red, Queen’s Champion, and I, Godric of Hamtun, King’s Champion, would like to invite you all to the 2017 edition of the East Kingdom K&Q Archery Championship, which will be held in the Shire of Panther Vale at their Panteria event. The archery competition will be held on Sunday May 28th and the following schedule has been tentatively approved. The ranges will be set up on Saturday evening May 27th. Peter the Red and I will need marshals to help us run the event. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are a marshal and can give of your time.
- 9:30-10:30am: Open warm ups, bow inspections and competitors sign in.
- 10:45am: A word from their Royal Majesties.
- 11:00am: Competition starts with 3 mass shoots of varying distances and times.
- Noon-12:30: Lunch
- 12:30-2:30pm: Competition restarts with 10 station roving range.
- 2:30-2:45pm: Top 16 archers are selected.
- 2:45-4:00pm: Finals to determine Queen’s Champion of Archery; King’s Champion of Archery is chosen by the King. First shoot will take the field from 16 to 8 competitors, the second shoot will take the field from 8 to 4 competitors, the third shoot will take field 4 to 2 competitors and the final shoot will determine the Queen’s Champion of Archery.
This is a very ambitious schedule and I would very much like to stay as close to it as possible. Please, if you are competing, try and be at the range before 10:30am on Sunday to be inspected and to sign in for the tournament. This should be a very exciting tournament. Our theme for this year is The Princess Bride.
We look forward to seeing many on you at this event it should be a very fun and challenging shoot to determine our next champions. Thank you all!
Master Godric of Hamtun
King’s Champion of Archery
The Order of the Scarlet Guard is the Kingdom of Aethelmearc’s Order of High Merit for archery. Recently they requested of Their Majesties of Aethelmearc that they sign a Royal Accord, know as the Scarlet Guard Accord, granting to other members of equivalent orders who may visit the Kingdom of Aethelmearc, recognition and privileges equal to their own, including attendance at face to face order meetings.
The Order of the Sagittarius was established January 2 A.S 18 (1984) by Viktor and Sedalia. It is a polling order, meaning that prospective members are proposed to the existing membership, who advise Their Majesties regarding the suitability of those persons to join the order. The final decision rests with Their Majesties. The criteria for becoming a member of the Order of Sagittarius include showing superior prowess at the target archery range and having distinguished themselves in archery in one of the following areas; teaching and demonstrating the art of archery, making archery equipment or by helping to arrange archery at events and/or sites and thus demonstrating an overall impact to archery in the Kingdom.
The full details regarding the accord are discussed at length in this article appearing in the Aethelmearc Gazette: https://aethelmearcgazette.com/2016/09/30/scarlet-guard-accord-signed/
The archery champions of the East defeated the Mid today, taking 2 of the 3 shoots. Complete results are below.
10 station roving range
Long Distance Walk Up
Results provided by Mistress Ygraine of Kellswood.
Edited Aug. 12, 2016 to clarify the outcome.
The King’s and Queen’s Archery Champions have been announced at Southern Region War Camp.
The winner of the championship, and Queen’s Champion, is Master Li Kung Lo.
The second place finisher of the championship, and King’s Champion, is Baroness Jehannine de Flandres.
Results provided by Mistress Ygraine of Kellswood.
Although the Crown, perhaps remembering the fate of Kenric I, did not attend, over 200 people enjoyed Endewearde’s weekend camping event on October 10, 11 and 12. People who arrived on Friday night could purchase sausage bombs from Smokehaus, a fundraiser for the archery company that raised over $200. Saturday there were several archery shoots such as a demon cow and “shoot the cattle raiders” related to the story of the Cattle Raid of Cooley, a famous Irish saga. In the afternoon there was a woods walk with 3D targets, challenging enough for experienced archers, but easy enough that even the youngest and least experienced archers could score points. For the baronial champions shoot on Sunday, the top sixteen Endeweardian archers faced off in a head to head competition involving ground targets, pool noodles, balloons and a moving bull. It was a very close competition, with Lord Otto Gottlieb beating Master Godric of Hamtun by only a few seconds.
But there was plenty to do even for non-archers. There was an atl-atl and thrown weapons range with a moving bull target. Saturday everyone enjoyed an oatmeal breakfast bar, a hearty dayboard and a pot luck feast, and Sunday morning a bacon tasting. There were classes on such topics as blacksmithing, bow bending, enameling, runes, and cheese making. There was a brewing competition and a pickle competition. There was pick-up fencing. There was hurley (think of a combination of lacrosse, field hockey and rugby). There were bardic circles every night around the communal campfire, and Papa’s Bar at the End of the World was open.
Court saw several worthy Endeweardians getting awards, and the recognition of those who had participated in martial activities at Great Northeastern War and Pennsic. Baron Ane du Vey also spoke about the dispute with Lyndhaven over an island between our two groups which Lyndhaven claims is theirs but Baroness Sylvia insists is “her” rock. There will have to be a confrontation in May to settle this.
All in all, it was a great way to spend a fall weekend!
Report and photo courtesy of Mistress Brita Mairi Svensdottir