Lady Bryn Millar of the Barony of Endewearde passed away on December 24th, 2017 following a short illness.
The Gazette thanks Mistress Brita Mairi Svensdottir for sending the following report.
On a lovely fall day, the archers of Endewearde gathered to try their skill at a challenging woods walk with 10 stations, and a novelty shoot of targets representing stories from the Wild Hunt. There were ground targets, hanging targets, a window shoot, a friend and foe and a mini-clout (80 yards) with a boar in the middle.
Not to be outdone, the throwers also took aim with various thrown weapons.
There were also several classes on topics as various as Japanese leaf viewing and enameling, and a cut and thrust tournament, as well as a potables competition and a bacon judging.
The next day, in spite of the rain, Endewearde archers and throwers gathered to compete for the baronial championships. Thrown Weapons came down to a father/son battle between William of Wyndhaven and his son Seth, but William finally prevailed in the speed round. The archery tournament featured head to head competitions on such targets as ground targets, moving targets that had to be shot in order, and a swinging target tree where the object was to get all the targets to swing to your side. The finals were between Godric of Hamtun and his daughter Isabella Altoviti, and she gave him a run for his money, but Godric and his crossbow won the day.
Court saw many worthy gentles recognized, both for winning various competitions and for their contributions over time. Some highlights: Ludwig von Eisenberg won three categories in the potables, the Baron of Ruantallen offered to pay for his defeat at Great Northeastern War by giving any Malagentians who came to Ruantallen a bottle of beer, Isabella Altoviti was given a token by Baroness Sylvia for being an inspiration on the archery range, Brita took Conall an Doire as a protégé, and Alan of Wittlesie turned the captaincy of the North Tower Archery Company over to Admiranda Howard, giving her a box of archery marshal necessities, including duck tape, a stop watch, ibuprofen, and Southern Comfort.
In her closing remarks, Baroness Sylvia thanked Albrecht and Nuttus for setting up the White Shield encampment where new people could be welcomed and find their SCA niche, and spoke of the joy of seeing the two championships come down to father/child contests. Both of these things made her happy that the future of the SCA was in good hands. Thus ended what has become a traditional end of season archery/thrown weapons event in the Barony of Endewearde.
Photos courtesy of Mistress Brita Mairi Svensdottir
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
Great Northeastern War (okay, Great Northeastern Judicial Dispute) this year was fought between the Barony of Endewearde and the Province of Malagentia over the tolls charged in Malagentia. Opening ceremonies began with a grand procession of the Barony of Endewearde, many in black and gold garb, to the fighting field, where the forces of Malagentia and its allies were arrayed. Baron Ane du Vey pointed out to His Imperial Majesty, that not only are Endeweardians being taxed for going through Malagentian territory, their own people are likewise taxed, and none of these taxes have reached the kingdom coffers. Colonel Christian Woolfe, seneschal of Malagentia, presented Malagentia’s case, and the Emperor decided that this could only be resolved by fighting. And anyway, as he said in court several times, he loves fighting. There were many war (judicial conflict) points. The judicial conflict ended with Endewearde
being vindicated and winning the war. Here are the results:
Heavy: Endewearde 2, Malagentia 1
Fencing: Endewearde 3, Malagentia 2 (Endewearde won the Youth Fencing, as all the entrants were Endeweardians, Malagentia won the five person melee and the castle battle, Endewearde won the field battle, and Thomas of Effingham was undefeated in the Cut and Thrust tourney and had declared for Endewearde).
Archery: Endewearde 3, Malagentia 0 (Krakken probably singlehandedly won the clout shoot with a near perfect score of 23)
Thrown Weapons: Endewearde 3, Malagentia 0
Arts and Sciences: Endewearde 1, Malagentia 3 (Malagentia has scholars and artisans, but Endewearde has brewers). Malagentia also took the shopping point
There were many allies helping Endewearde prove that the taxation of the roads in Malagentia were unjust. Here is a partial listing: Barony of Havre des Glace, Barony of L’ile Dragon Dormant, Barony of Stonemarche, and the Barony of Bergental. The three Thunder clans also joined Endewearde on the fields of battle. The Emperor of the East, Brennan, declared for Endewearde and brought his people with him. He sided with Endewearde to make the sides as even as possible (and probably because he hadn’t yet gotten his cut of the road taxes…). 😉 The Empress joined Endewearde’s forces on the fencing field. Standing with Malagentia were Serpentius and the Barony of Carolingia (and possibly others I have missed).
Several fundraisers were held over the weekend, and over $1500 was raised for the Pennsic State Dinner fund. There were donation jars at Baconpalooza and Papa’s Bar at the End of the World, and Smokehaus and the Second Wurst Fundraiser sold sausages, and hot dogs with all the fixings.
Court was so long that there had to be an intermission in the middle, but many worthy people were recognized. Duke Kenric read an AoA scroll in Anglo-Saxon which had been written by Aneleda Falconbridge. There were several emotional moments, including when Camille des Jardins, newest OGR, was presented with a pin made by Master Gregory Finche for Don Jehan Fitzalan. The capstone was the induction of Maxton Gunn and Anna Mickel von Salm into the Order of the Laurel, with the presentation of handmade medallions and books.
At closing ceremonies a treaty was signed and gifts of good will were
given. Malagentia gifted Endewearde with a hand made wooden candle lantern with one side bearing the moon of Malagentia and the other the tower of Endewearde; Master Christian Woolfe made this lovely gift! Endewearde’s gift to Malagentia included the following items: 2 rattan swords made by Lord William, a throwing javelin made by Lord Seamus, a pile of vambraces (arm guards) for archery made by Godric and other archers who shared the work, and a silk heraldic banner made by Lady Yzabel.
(Thanks to Baroness Sylvia du Vey for this article, which I have edited and added to)
Brita Mairi Svensdottir
Unofficial Court Report – Endewearde Investiture, provided by Baron Rowen Cloteworthy.
The 28th of September, forty-eight years since the founding of the Society, the 2013th year of the Common Era, dawned warm and bright in the Shire of Endewearde. Their Royal Majesties, Gregor IV and Kiena II, left Their royal estates in the southern part of the kingdom and, it may be said, fairly flew in Their coach to that northern Shire to hold Court among Their people.
Their Majesties opened Their Court in the early part of the afternoon. Continue reading
The incipient Canton of Wyndriche was recently announced at the Royal Court at Great Northeastern War in Malagentia. Its location is the southern end of the Barony of Endewearde on the border of the Province of Malagentia and the Incipient Shire of Hadchester, and is centered on the border of the modern towns of Albion and Unity, east of Waterville, Maine.
Though the first organizational meeting was only held in early May of this year, the group has quickly grown to a paying membership of over 30 people. As with any new group, it is finding its way through the heraldic process and defining itself as to its members areas of interest, which are diverse. The Seneschal is Syr Cedric of Thanet. The Deputy Seneschal is Lord Kellemetlen Arpad. Group members are sharing news on their FaceBook page.
Blowing snow and the threat of a blizzard could not keep the ardorous inhabitants of the Barony of Endewearde from their annual winter gathering to celebrate love in all its many expressions.
The Tourney of Love was held this past Saturday February 16th in the Barony of Endewearde. It is a day filled with fighting, fencing, arts, music, food and fun. At stake is the coveted pink baldric of the “Champeen o’ Love”. Only the most ardent and versatile gentle earns the baldric since the right to wear the baldric comes from the entrant’s combined scores in all three of the day’s competitions: Fencing, Arts & Sciences, and Heavy List combat. Lord Ané du Vey has held the esteemed title of Champeen o’ Love for three years running and this year only one contender had the fortitude and versatility to enter all three categories and thus challenge him for the right to wear the pink and lace confection that signifies his status. Read on to find out if Lord Ané kept the coveted baldric or was forced (?) to surrender the magnificent regalia. Continue reading
As much as the Gazette would have loved to send its intrepid reporter across the kingdoms to fair Atenveldt, Baroness Leonete spent Saturday in the frigid north, waiting for news from the BoD meeting to inform you, our dear readership as to the goings-on of our great and noble society.
As was already reported in the Gazette, The Shire of Endewearde was approved to become a Barony. The news filtered from the Gazette to the populace at Birka, creating much celebration among the members of the newly created Barony.
The Social Media Policy was approved, on its fourth draft. Stay tuned for another feature with Tobias Morgan, Deputy Society Seneschal for Social Media. A new Kingdom Seneschal’s Handbook was also approved, pending changes suggested by the BoD.
The BoD discussed the creation of a Society-wide Lifetime Achievement Award, which was also referenced as a “Hero of the SCA” award. BoD member Marc Faulcon discussed the idea to create a structure of recognition that cuts across kingdom, state, and international boundaries to create a kind of hall of fame of those members of the society who truly make a difference. The BoD plans to use social media to gauge the interest of the populace on this idea, and then form a committee to look into it.
Another new project of the BoD is a youth and family badge system to encourage participation from younger SCAdians. This system will have activities to keep children engaged and be broken into three age groups. The material for the activities will be similar across all kingdoms and be managed at the corporate level. The current plan has 7 topic areas across 3 age groups for a total of 21 badges. More information about this initiative will be forthcoming.
The BoD is looking at creating more oversight for the largest wars. This will affect events of over 2,000 people and needs to include evacuation procedures, water sanitation procedures, and other considerations. There is also a need for financial oversight when events are handling monetary amounts over $75,000. The need to look into these items is coming from both insurance and legal counsel, as well as the BoD itself.
In another reminder of how real life politics affect the SCA, the BoD created a new policy prohibiting marijuana at all events, even in states where it is legal. Because federal law prohibits it, the SCA will do so as well.
Many thanks to Lady Astrina de la Meuse for providing notes, and to Don Wyllym for canvassing Atenveldt to find us a note-taker.
At the Board of Directors meeting today, the petition by the Shire of Endewearde to become a barony was approved. The motion was made by Duke Martin Lochner. It was seconded by Duke John the Bearkiller. The vote was unanimous with the observation that this is a thriving group with all their documents in order.
The Shire of Endewearde in northern Maine held a demo at their local Children’s Museum Saturday, and was featured in a short article and video on the WABI TV website.
Be advised that you must watch a comercial to see the video, and the volume is very low.