One week has passed since the Coronation of Ôzurr and Fortune as King and Queen of the East Kingdom, and I wanted to take some time to thank the huge team that made this event possible.
Dozens of people from Østgarðr and our neighboring barony of An Dubhaigeainn came together to assist me and my co-event-steward, Jean Xavier Boullier. Dozens of others came from further away, traveling from distant corners of the kingdom and giving up part of their day to ensure that the event was a success.
On the eighth day of September, in year fifty three of our society, their Excellencies Østgarðr, Suuder Il Kha’an and Lada Il-Khatun, returning home from their recent victories in the summer’s war, did progress to their canton of Northpass for the Feast of John Barleycorn, and therein did hold court.
Their Excellencies began by inviting all newcomers, who had attended no more than three events, to present themselves, and they expressed their pleasure to see the great number of gentles who stepped forward. Each of the newcomers was given a seahorse candle as a token of the province’s welcome and was invited to return again soon, and the populace cheered for their continuing participation.
Next their Excellencies requested to speak with a representative of the Barony of An Dubhaigeainn, and Lady Fiona the Volatile did make herself known, being Seneschal of that Barony’s Canton of Hawkes Reache. Their Excellencies described a request that had reached them from their noble neighbors to the east, who wished to hunt the wild rock doves which are found in the parklands of Østgarðr, in order that they might nurture their populace at the upcoming Feast of Saint Andrews. Being filled with love for their cousins, their Excellencies did grant this boon, delivering unto said Lady Fiona a decree allowing Prefect Titus and his representative Vetra trys Kaukoles to capture said poultry within their borders.
Their Excellencies next wished to hear the results of the day’s fencing tourney, and called for their champion Brendan Firebow, who had organized that trial. Lord Brendan spoke of the many fencers who had taken the field that day, recognizing Aesa Sturludottir as the winner of the day’s duels. There had also been a tournament to select Lord Brendan’s successor, and Alexander MacLachlan was named as the victor and new Provincial Fencing Champion. Their Excellencies bade Lord Alec join their entourage, and gave Brendan a necklace of green stones as thanks for his service over the previous year.
For a report on the archery contest, their Excellencies called for Conor Ó Ceallaigh, but that gentle demurred, stating that that the day’s challenge had been run by Arnbiorg Niálsdóttir, called Helga, and that lady did stand forth. She asked two archers to present themselves for acknowledgment, beginning with Lady Elizabeth Hawkwood, whose excellence had impressed all on the range that day, and their Excellencies presented her with a tassel to use in cleaning her arrows. Then Helga did announce Catelin Straquhin as the winner of the Provincial Archery Championship. Their Excellencies thanked Lord Conor for his service as their previous champion, and he delivered the regalia of that position to Lady Catelin, and their Excellencies invited her to join their company.
Next their Excellencies called for the results of the day’s youth armored combat, and heard from Eikaterine tin Elliniki, the East Kingdom’s Deputy Earl Marshal for Youth Combat. She told of the number of children who had fought that day, including several newcomers who donned armor for the first time. Following a closely-fought series of bouts, Alaxandair Morda, called the Mountain, had won the Province’s Championship for a second year, and her Excellency Lada asked him to hold her great hammer in court and stand ready should it be needed.
Then Sir Edward Zifran of Gendy was invited into court. He presented the Viceregals with a gift of sweets from the far-off lands of Ealdormere, which all assembled agreed would make a nice light snack. He did then call up two combatants who had braved the challenge he set before the fighters that day, Lord Robert and Lord Ronan FitzRobert. He praised the knowledge, chivalry, and fighting skills of both, presenting them with Ealdormerean treats, and naming Lord Ronan the day’s victor.
Richard the Poor of Ely then presented the results of the brewing challenge that had been held that day. He summoned two gentles before the court, naming as winners Fiona the Volatile for the quality of her historical documentation, and Oliver de Bainbrig for the variety and excellence of his brews.
Their Excellencies next recognized the event stewards who had labored diligently to make the day possible, being Wilhelm Larsson, as well as Archubeas Grimoire, speaking highly of their efforts. Their Excellencies proceeded to read a roll of many names, enumerating those gentles who had assisted with various facets of the weekend’s activities, and recognizing them each with the Award of the Sea Star, at which the populace did give cheer.
The Il-Khanate did then speak about of their desire to recognize the work of younger members of the province who had contributed much to the vibrancy of the Province, and did announce a new award, the Order of the Sea-Urchin of Østgarðr.
To initiate the ranks of the new order, their Excellencies did first call forth young Benjamin of Northpass, praising his tutelage of the populace in period gaming, as well as his participation in dance and many other aspects of local events. He was presented with an embroidered hood as the regalia of the order, and an illuminated manuscript to mark the occasion.
Next their Excellencies called for Lord Alaxandair Morda, and inducted him into the same order, acknowledging his prowess in battle, his labors lugging heavy burdens at events, and his service in their court, presenting him likewise with a hood and warrant.
Then the Viceregals asked Mongu Chinua to step forward, and spoke of his great skill with a bow, and his leadership and years of teaching within the Province’s archery community. They felt this excellence deserved to be recognized, and so they called forth their Order of the Silver Sea-Lion and made him a member, and he was greeted by his counterparts in the order, receiving a tippet from the last member so inducted, and cheered by the populace.
Lastly, their Excellencies recognized Lord Conor, who had begged their indulgence for a presentation to the province. Said gentle did proceed to unveil a stained glass panel decorated with the sea-horse insignia of the province, made by his hand and enclosed in a wood frame by Mongu Chinua. Lord Conor explained that he knew the province was moving towards commissioning viceregal coronets and offered the stained glass panel to be auctioned off at a future date with the proceeds being used to fund that commission. Their Excellencies thanked him for his gift, and all assembled did admire his handiwork.
Their being no other business before them, their Excellencies did thereupon close their court and retire in anticipation of the evening feast.
These were the events of the day as recorded by their Excellencies’ Herald, Mathghamhain Ua Ruadháin.
On the seventh day of July, Anno Societatis LIII, their Excellencies of Østgarðr did progress to the canton of Northpass to attend the martial exhibition called Blood and Axes, and at the conclusion of the day’s activities they held court in the the shade of the wooden pavilion to address the crowd therein assembled.
As their first order of business, their excellencies asked any newcomers, being those for whom this was their first, second, or third event, to step forward, and presented them each with a pair of seahorse candles in the colors of the province, and all assembled did cheer the newcomers and their future participation in the society.
Then their excellencies asked for everyone to stand who had helped with the running of the event, during site setup or any of the day’s activities, and his excellency Suuder did make the rounds of the hall, presenting them each with the award of the Sea Star.
Next they did call for the event steward, Lord Wilhelm, to come forward, and thanked him for organizing a successful event, and invited him to address the crowd, which he did most graciously, and the populace did cheer for his efforts.
Finally their excellencies requested that the gentles who had supervised each of the day’s martial activities stand forth and report on the days’ results.
Lord Ervald the Optimistic told of the rattan tourney, describing at length how the three fighters had been evenly matched, with the score tied after the initial round of fighting, and then tied again after a tie-breaker round, and then nearly tied again until at the end Lord Gawain won the day, and their excellencies presented said victor with a forged cloak pin.
Lord Alec MacLachlan then described the rapier tourney, which was well fought, and called forward the winner, who was Lord Buenaventura, and did present him with a fine short sword in recognition of his accomplishment.
Next Lord Ruan Shi Tian came forward to report on the archery tourney, featuring a variety of novelty targets, and congratulated Lord Omelan for having scored the highest of all of the competitors.
Lord Leon the Navigator spoke of the thrown weapons tourney, which was well attended with many throwers, and recognized as its winner the same Lord Omelan, who received a gift from their excellencies.
Boaire Mathghamhain Ua Ruadháin told of the youth armored combat, which had seen a handful of first-time fighters take the field. Given the many newcomers who were training for the first time, a tourney was not held, but Mathghamhain praised all of the new fighters and asked them to return to the field in future events, and did recognize one new fighter, Gabriel, as being particularly enthusiastic, and his excellency Suuder did present said Gabriel with an arm band and words of encouragement to mark the day.
There being no other business before their excellencies, court was therefore closed with good wishes to all assembled.
These are the events of the day as recalled by their herald, Mathghamhain Ua Ruadháin.
We’ll begin with a light lunch at noon and continue until around 5:00.
We’ll have talks on designing and checking arms and badges, researching names, working with consultation clients, and dealing with submissions paperwork.
Talks will alternate with Q&A periods and hands-on sessions in which you’ll have the opportunity to work on real or imaginary submissions, so please bring any incomplete registrations or other projects you’re currently working on.
If you have heraldry reference books or other materials you’d like to share with the group, we’d love to have a bit of show-and-tell time.
No fee; casual attire; feel free to bring a snack to share with the group.
Please repost this as appropriate; folks from neighboring groups would be welcome.
On the thirteenth day of January, Anno Societatis 52, their excellencies Suuder Saran and Lada Monguligin, Il-Kha’an and Il-Khatun of the Il-Khanate of Østgarđr, did progress to Deck The Halls of Valhalla, held in the Old Stone House in their canton of Brokenbridge, and therein did they hold court.
Firstly his excellency Suuder addressed the populace and thanked them for their attendance in that hall.
Then the newcomers were called into court, being those for whom this was their first, second, or third event, and their excellencies did gift them each with candles in the form of the province’s badge, and bid them return again soon.
Their excellencies next did hear from the stewards of the event, Brandr Aronsson and Arnora Ketilsdottir, who thanked those who had taught classes, granting them tokens of the canton’s leporine emblem, and did give two bottles of mead to Cedar the Barefoot in appreciation of their entertainment on that day.
Lady Arnora was then seated but their excellencies did demand Lord Brandr return to their presence, speaking highly of all he had done there in Brokenbridge, teaching at his forge, laboring in the kitchens, and assisting all those who needed aid. In recognition of this work, they did summon the members of their Order of the Sea-Dog and bid they welcome Brandr into their ranks. A scroll was read and presented which did attest to his skills and generosity, written and illuminated with signs of meat and metal by Lady Beatrice della Rocca, who served the court that day as her Excellency’s retainer.
Their excellencies opined that the order was not yet complete and did call before them Lady Godiva de la Mer, thanking her for her service as Minister of Arts and Sciences in their canton of Whyt Whey, and bid her also join the Order there assembled. The flowery scroll which documented her success in arranging monthly classes in the canton had been prepared by Hlæfdige Alienor Salton, lately the Seneschal of said canton and well acquainted with those efforts.
The populace did then give cheer for Lord Brandr and Lady Godiva as they were welcomed by the members of the order they had joined.
Mistress Sofya Gianetta di Trieste then addressed the populace, asking for their assistance with preparations for the kingdom’s upcoming bardic and arts championships, and for the kingdom’s fiftieth anniversary celebrations.
Next Cedar the bard approached, bare of foot and fleet of tongue, and did graciously swear fealty to their excellencies, remembering days past spent together in Østgarđr’s feast halls, and bravely binding themself to stand ready at all times to taste for poison in their mead-cups. Lada and Suuder accepted their oath, promising that in Østgarđr they would always find a roof over their head and plenty of drink in need of testing.
Finally, their excellencies invited Lady Arnora Ketilsdottir to return to their court, which she did though burdened by her cherubic offspring. Suuder spoke of her years of service to Østgarđr, including her recent service as webminister of the province, and her willingness to increment their populace by the most miraculous of means, and for all of these reasons did induct her into the Order of the Seahorse. The order was called forth and Lord Brandr did present Lady Arnora with a medalion of of storied lineage. A beautiful scroll was presented with illumination and words by Anneke Walmarsdottir featuring calligraphy by Brian Smiley, and the populace did cheer thrice for Lady Arnora.
As the hour grew late, their Excellencies did thereupon declare their court to be closed, and passed thence with the approbation of all.
These were the events of the day as recorded by their servant,
We are asking gentles of the Kingdom to donate items that can be auctioned by raffle at the Championships.
We envisage two kinds of donations:
Goods of interest to the populace: mundane books, pictures, or other media that speak to our Society and its Arts and Sciences
Works by the artisans, artists and artificers of the East
Handling of the prizes
We would ask that any donor who will also be present at the Championship kindly bring their donation to the auction on the day (or, if not attending, send it via someone who is attending). Please indicate:
What the item is, if otherwise unclear
The name of the donor / creator
Whether it should be classified as Goods or Works
Forms with the headings above and a space for personal words will be available
Event attendees may purchase tickets for the two kinds of prize, one eligible for Goods ($2 mundane) , the other, at a somewhat higher price, for Works. It shall be fruitless to use a Goods ticket for Works, and folly to do the reverse.
Some Goods and some Works will require a minimum of two, three, or even more tickets.
The tickets will be placed in cups before the items. Any gentle may place as many tickets as they desire in any cup (but heed the minimum where in force).
At the close of the day, just before Court, the draw will be cried. The draw will then be made by a gentle of good standing and impeccable renown and the winners announced.
The event attendees are invited to attend the drawing, and each winner to claim their prize.
Should the winner not attend the draw, their ticket will be affixed to the prize for the remainder of the event. Winners are cordially invited to repair to the auction house and claim their prize by forfeit of the matching ticket to the steward of the auction.
At the end of the event, unclaimed prizes will return to the keep of the Kingdom to increase the store of largesse and gifts Their Royal Majesties may at their pleasure bestow.
We are given outdoor area 50×150 do display including fighting and fencing. We want to showcase what the SCA is all about!
Please bring your craft your projects to display.
I am looking for marshals and a couple of heavy fighters, fencers.
Please let me know if you can make it and what you are bringing. I need to get a list of our participants to the organizers by Wednesday evening.