Court Report for Deck the Halls of Valhalla

From the Seahorse Pursuivant,

In their ever-present court held at Deck the Halls of Valhalla, Their Excellencies first thanked and requested words from the autocrat Eadwin the Younger, who spoke greatly of thanks and then announced who had impressed him within a certain realm of effort during the event. Evelyn de Trees was deemed to have the best background setting, Aurelia di Giovanni Bedici wore the best garb, Perez ben Meir Gershorn laid out the best feast table, and while all those with pets were honored, Catelin Straquhin eeked out on top with a surprise polydactyl lap cat.

Then Catelin was called into court to present the winners of the day’s bardic championship results, where Evelyn de Trees was named the new bardic champion of Østgarðr. It was also announced that the populace voted Cedar the Barefoot as their favorite bardic performance, and Arnora Ketilsdottir provided the most eye-catching performance.

Thereby concludes another court, held the 29th of January, AS 56, within the Ethereal realm of Brokenbridge.

Østgarðr: The First 50 Years

Back in 2018, the Crown Province assembled a bunch of materials documenting its fifty years of history as part of the East Kingdom’s anniversary event.

These items were displayed at the event, and have been brought out a couple of times since then, but we neglected to make them available more widely, and are now attempting to correct that oversight.

The most comprehensive document of the Province’s history is “The Annals of  The Crown Province of Østgarðr,” a document originally prepared by Richard the Poor of Ely, who for many years was Østgarðr’s official Historian.

As part of the preparations for the East Kingdom Fifty Year event, I revised and extended that document, adding bits of history found in the public record or contributed by the populace.

The results were printed up as a hardback book, the contents of which you can view below.

If you have interesting stories from Østgarðr’s past to share with us, please let us know!

Annal for A.S. LI (5/16 – 4/17)

Demos were held at the Viking Day festival in Broken Bridge on May 14, at the EternalCon sci-fi con in Garden City on June 11 and 12, at the Riverdale RiverFest on June 12, the Cloisters Medieval Faire on September 18, and the Queens County Fair on September 24 and 25.

Lord Mongo Chinua became the Herald in May.

As of September 1, the Officer Corps was as follows:

Seneschal: Baron Francesco Gaetano Greco d’Edessa
Exchequer: Lady Angelica di Nova Lipa
Herald: Lord Mongo Chinua
Knight Marshal: Jarl Valgard Stonecleaver
Captain of Archers: Lord Suuder Saran
Captain of Fence: Lady Marion of York
Minister of Lists: Baron Jan ap Visby
Minister of Arts & Sciences: Lady Lada Monguligin
Chatelaine: Lady Sofiya Gianetta di Trieste
Chamberlain: Mistress Katherine Gillesfleur
Chronicler: Magistra Rufina Cambrensis
Webminister: Lady Arnora Ketilsdottir
Historian: Master Richard the Poor of Ely
Seneschal – Brokenbridge: Lord Suuder Saran
Seneschal – Lions End: Countess Brekke Franksdottir
Seneschal – Northpass: Lord Thomas of Northpass
Seneschal – Whyt Whey: Lady Alienor Salton

At the Feast of John Barleycorn in Northpass on September 10, Suuder Saaran and Lada Monguligin were invested as the Viceroy and Vicereine of Ostgardr. Seadogs were bestowed upon Lille of the Red Towers and Barbara “the Nearly Naked Frisian” de Vries for their contributions to the Canton of Broken Bridge. A Sea Lantern was given to Ervald la Coudre the Optimistic. Seahorses were given to Guy avec Cheval and Johanna ap Visby after they stepped down as Viceroy and Vicereine in recognition of their years of service. Jenna Childslayer was inducted into the Order of the Silver Crescent.

Also at that event, Ervald la Coudre the Optimistic became the Province’s Heavy Weapons Champion, Mongo Chinua became the Archery Champion, and Yehuda ben Moishe became the Fencing Champion.

Musician’s Day was held on November 12.

Several new officers took over in January: Lady Beatrice della Rocca (Chatelaine), Lady Sofya Gianetta di Trieste (Minister of Arts and Sciences), Lord Ervald la Coudre the Optimistic (Knight Marshal), Lady Arnbjorg Helga Nilsdottir (Captain of Archers), and Erich Gutermuth (Minister of Lists).

Lord Alexander MacLaughlin was given the Order of the Seal Lion at Brokenbridge’s Twelfth Night in Valhalla event on January 7.

Lady Sofya Gianetta di Trieste was named the Queen’s Arts and Sciences Champion on February 11. Silver Crescents were given to Sir Jabril at Mudthaw on March 25, and Lady Angelica di Nova Lipa at Balfar’s Challenge on April 22.

At Lions in the Spring on April 22, Lady Beatrice della Rocca was named the Provincial Arts and Sciences Champion, and Lady Jenna Childslayer was named the Provincial Bardic Champion. Lady Marion of York had her Seahorse augmented with a clump of seaweed.

Annal for A.S. L (5/15 – 4/16)

In June, Guy and Johanna announced their intentions to step down as Viceroy and Vicereine. By September, only Lord Suuder and Lady Lada made known their desire to replace them. The polling was conducted in February. In early April, the polling was approved and Suuder and Lada were confirmed as the next Viceroy and Vicereine. The date for the Investiture was not yet set.

At Pennsic, Sofya of Østgarðr was given a Silver Crescent on August 5.

At John Barleycorn Goes to War in Northpass on September 12, Silver Lanterns were given to Aqualina of the Sea Cliffs, Oliver de Bainbridge, Angelica di Nova Lipa, and Friderich Grimm. Seadogs were given to Conandil ingen Donngaile and Wilhelm of Northpass. The Queens County Fair was held on September 19, and the Cloisters Renaissance Fair on October 4.

Thomas of Northpass took over as Seneschal for that canton in September. In November, Lady Eilionora inghen ui Ruairc announced that she would be stepping down as Seneschal. Baron Francesco Gaetano Greco d’Edessa would serve as Acting Seneschal until a replacement could be formally chosen. Baron Francesco was chosen for that office in March; Countess Brekke Franksdottir was confirmed as his replacement as Seneschal of Lions End. Lady Angelica di Nova Lipa took over as Exchequer in February, Lady Alienor Salton replaced her as Seneschal of Whyt Whey. Baron Francesco Gaetano Greco d’Edessa was made a Companion of the Seahorse at Broken Bridge’s Bacon Bridge event on February 6.

Annal for A.S. XLIX (5/14 – 4/15)

The Province hosted the Second Annual Østgarðr – An Dubhaigeainn Challenge on June 7, at which Lady Maeve of Abbeydorney was given the Order of the Seahorse. In July, Suuder took over as Seneschal for Brokenbridge.

Judith fitzHenry the Uncertain was inducted as a Companion of the Laurel during East Kingdom Royal Court at Pennsic.

At the Funeral Games for John Barleycorn on September 6, Seadogs were given to Alienor Salton and Magdalena Carminante; Seahorses were given to Aethelsan of St. Maur, Ibrahim al-Rashid, and Sofya of Østgarðr. Richard the Poor of Ely was made a Court Baron. Mongo Chinua was given a Sagittarius at River Wars on September 13.

The Province participated in the Queens’ County Fair on September 20 and 21, and did a modest demo at the Berkeley-Carroll School on October 25. Musician’s Day was held on November 22.

Lady Sofya of Østgarðr became the Chatelaine in November.

At Lions in Winter on February 21, Vicereine Johanna ap Visby introduced the Silver Lantern award. This is to honor those in the arts who have not only excelled, but who have been seen to grow and develop in their chosen field. The first two honorees were Alienor Salton and Godiva eclippa Blackheart di Mer. Also at Lions in Winter, Douglas Dugmore was made a Companion of the Seadog.

A Champions Event was held in Lions End on April 18.

Annal for A.S. XLVIII (5/13 – 4/14)

The Viking Day Demo was held on May 18. At the Feast of John Barleycorn in Northpass on September 7, Ibrahim al-Rashid became the Fencing Champion; Helga Nielsdottir became the Archery Champion; and Wolfgang der Sucher became the Thrown Weapons Champion. Also at that event, John the Bear was named a Silver Sea Lion for his contributions and skill in thrown weapons.

On June 1, Subotai Cinoa became the seneschal of Whyt Whey, and on September 1, Richard the Poor of Ely took over as exchequer.

A demo was held at the Queens County Fair on September 21 and 22. Season’s Beatings was held on February 1.

At Mudthaw on March 22, Lada Mongguligan was honored with a Silver Crescent and Luis de Castilla was honored with a Knighthood.

At some point during this year, Eilionora inghen ui Ruairc took over as Seneschal.

Annal for A.S. XLVII (5/12 – 4/13)

It was another busy summer for demos: Viking Day on May 12, Riverdale Riverfest on June 24, Queens County Fair on September 22 and 23, and the Cloisters on September 30. At the Cloisters, M. Antonius Scaevola became the Champion of Armored Combat.

In the autumn, a new procedure for officer terms and elections was put in place. All offices would be on two-year terms, with a limit of two consecutive terms. The major Provincial offices were put on a schedule to change over at the beginning of the calendar year, with the offices divided on alternate years so that there would never be a huge changeover of key offices in any one year. At the start of 2013, several offices changed hands. The new officers were:

Seneschal: Friderich Grimme
Minister of A&S: Lada Mongguligan
Chatelaine: Sirhan al-Cyani ibn Atai akarel Diablu
Knight Marshal: Valgard Stonecleaver
Seneschal – Lions End: Francesco Greco de Edessa
Seneschal – Whyt Whey: Eularia Trewe

A “Musician’s Day” event was held on January 23, after having been postponed from the previous November.

The Province hosted Crown Tournament on April 27. During Viceregal court, Lord Suuder was made a Sea Lion, Melanie de la Tour and Ysenda MacBeth were inducted into the Order of the Seahorse, and Þòrmundr inn Iandverski was made a Sea Dog.

Annal for A.S. XLVI (5/11 – 4/12)

Demos were held at the Viking Day Festival on May 14, the Riverdale Riverfest on June 12, Queens County Fair on September 24 and 25, and the Cloisters on October 2.

At Pennsic, Wilhelm of Northpass received a Maunche. Both Oscad de Segovia and Guy avec Chevaux received the accolade of Knighthood; the former at East Kingdom court and the latter on the Field.

At the Barleycorn event on September 10, the Viceregency was passed to Sir Gui avec Cheveaux and Johanna ap Visby. Mistress Eularia Trewe was inducted into the Order of the Seahorse. Championship tourneys were held; the winners were John the Bear (Thrown Weapons), Edwin Fletcher (Archery), and Brendan Firebow (Fencing). Þòrmundr inn Iandverski became the Seneschal of Brokenbridge in November.

A Schola was held on November 5. At Season’s Beatings in Brokenbridge on December 3, Devra the Baker was made a Companion of the Sea Dog. Also at that event, Lord Llewellyn ap Rhys was the first inductee into the Order of the Sea Lion, an order for both prowess in the martial arts, and leadership and training in those arts. The motto for the order is “I Go Forth, so that Others Might Follow”.

On February 18 at the Lions End event, “Lions on the Silk Road”, Lile Dubh inghean ui Mordh became the Province’s Bardic Champion.