Monday, 4 May 2015

Septentriskrönikan (Septentria’s Chronicle)

The History of the Term of Grom thegn and Anneke bannthegn of Septentria.

By THLaird Colyne Stewart, AS 49-AS 50 (2014-2015)

Septentria, proud land and wood
Within which dwells the just and good
A special kind of soul is in need
When it comes the time to lead
And special souls have led the way
Since Finnvarr landed in the bay
And founded fabled Eoforwic
Around which grew a city quick
And from that town a barony
 Of wolf and wild and rock and tree
A line of legends sat their seat
While worthies knelt down at their feet
First Gillian of spear and wit
The first of ursine’s might to sit
Then Aedan and proud Caffa came
For a decade long they reigned
Then Cordigan and Diane d’Arnot
Shortly sat but had to go[1]
Fierce Ieuan and Adrielle impelled
For the north the heartlands held
‘Til Iuean away on crusade went
And Adrielle her heart-blood spent[2]
Until the Broc[3] and Gaerwen bright
Gave the poets deeds to write
Then Corwyn tall and Domhnail
Sat with axe and spear and mail
Then Percival and Christiana
Fed the people gifts of manna
Until their duty full they’d done
And birthed a daughter and a son
A thegn called Grom from Denmark-land
Softly spoken, swift of hand
And Anneke the banthegn bright
Who was the northlands brightest light[4]
With words of bard and Pelican[5]
They stood before the Queen and King
Young Qullium and the Raven-born[6]
Listened to their oaths right sworn
And on their brows the ancients placed[7]
While new cloaks their shoulders braced
Now the keepers of the bear
The thegn and banthegn riches shared
To Lucrece and Lady Kat
A bear of gold on their necks sat[8]
While at the feast a ship set forth
Known as the Great Bear of the North[9]
Which was eagerly devoured
By the people so empowered
Septentria was fully blessed
At Grom and Anneke’s first fest

To Ben Dunfirth traveled they
To witness what the elders say
As new rulers took the throne[10]
And with time their family grown
When kingdom heirs were proclaimed
In Caer Draeth, rightly famed[11]
Then they to martial duties turned
Under suns that slowly burned
And turned the people scarlet red
As for the northland bold they bled
At the Pleasure of the Pikeman[12]
Grom led to fight the ursine clan
Then to the Meadow took a team[13]
That made the banthegn brightly beam
Then Trillium War called to their band[14]
And from their right and noble hand
They named their righteous heimþegar[15]
Who for the bear would fight and spar
Aurelia who would bend the bow[16]
While Brendan’s steel the field would sow[17]
Young Jasmine would the youth defend[18]
Christiana to the axe would tend[19]
And Geoffrey went to rapier field[20]
To the north, these all, a shield
Which shortly tested hard they were
As heroes put on mail and spur
And marched ‘til feet were raw and sore
To stand and fight at Pennsic War
And though the rain fell on the hill
No tears from northern eyelids filled
Songs of home and hearth and kin
Raised above the battle’s din
And gods above looked down in awe
At the fierceness that they saw

With battles done and swords resheathed
Heroes homeward turned their steeds
And northern line again grew long
New royals crowned in deed and song[21]
And when heirs again were claimed[22]
Among them many bear-born named
Tiberius[23] and Streonwald[24], thegns
Sir Nigel[25] with his knightly chain
And Tannon[26], wild man from the wood
All fought well and just and good
And in this hall of shield and flag
Adrielle, with hooded dag
And Nigel, with their House in tow
Won renown with their processional[27]
And then the king and noble queen
With a gentle noble mein
Called before them Baron Berend
And to the Laurels said to send[28]
This man of skill with pen and ink
All toasted this with word and drink
A month went by, much too soon
And A&S began to loom[29]
Another Laurel there was named
Lucrece, whose name is rightly famed[30]
While others Pent they strived to win
Which Bethoc won with demure grin[31]

White winter blew down from the north
Septentrians and Skraels set forth
For Greyfells held a joint event[32]
Where hours merriment were spent
With fools and food and taxes new
Of banners for the Pennsic crew[33]
And gifting of the special cup[34]
To Conall who would pick it up[35]
For virtue of his mighty heart
And always doing of his part
Tradition then took them east
To Bastille to fight and feast[36]
Tourneys of both sword and foil
To win both would require toil
Yet Princess entered both the lists
And took the prizes in her fists[37]
Then the bear went dancing sweet[38]
Upon its great and hairy feet
Until the Massacre came round again[39]
And the Laurelate made gain
As Master Berend took his cloak[40]
While many people for him spoke
And Percival, our baron past
Showed his dedication lasts
As on the field he won his fight
Proving once again his might
Now fianna proudly stood[41]
With his fellows as he should
In Thule then arrows took to sky
As archers nocked and let them fly[42]
Then again the Crown changed hands
In the western Ram-held lands[43]
Which meant new heirs must be found
Which was done on boar’s home ground[44]
The bear-born once again took part
With love of consort in their heart
Barons many and Scottish earl[45]
Caused their banner to unfurl
Proud Nigel won for Adrielle[46]
On his knee before her fell
Once more the Crown would be secure
Held by those whose souls are pure

Summer came with heat and sun
Campaigning prep was thus begun
With barked command and steady hand
The halberds raised at Grom’s demand[47]
And marched to turtled bog and fen[48]
Where long they fought and bled and then
At court the arts of peace held sway
As Italian lord went vigil’s way[49]
A vigil sat in AEthelmearc
Piero stayed up in the dark
To hear what words were given him
Until the sun rose on the rim
And before queen and stalwart king
He took the cloak and disc and ring[50]
But among joy sadness too
For back at home the ravens flew
To mark too soon the passing of
One who held the kingdom’s love[51]

With war time done, and fall come in
The Althing called where War had been[52]
Supported people each their side
From the speaker none could hide[53]
Then Nigel took the northern crown[54]
And to his queen in stately gown
He gave it her to wear and rule
His lady stately Jewel of Thule
Then in October tourney held[55]
And the royal family swelled
As Siegfried, De Taahe favoured son
For love of Ragni tourney won

Winter blew in cold and white
Yet could not stop Eleventh Night[56]
To Magistra was passed the Cup[57]
Who kindly held the vessel up
Taxes then were read out loud
To the eager bear-born crowd
Largesse they asked from all at hand
To give to those throughout the land[58]
Then to Monadh away they went
To dance and leap until t’were spent[59]
A Game of Queen’s then turned their heads[60]
Until they fell spent in their beds
But they awoke to bend the bow
And stand with archers in a row[61]
To send the shafts to rapid flight
And shoot from morn until the night
Then to the land of waters rising
For a treat of bold devising[62]
As Siegfried took the lupine throne
And set his foot upon the stone
While Ragni, regal, scepter held
Pride in hearts immensely swelled
For heirs the Royals headed west
Where the rams know what is best[63]
And with their line once more secured
They the kingdom gladly toured

In May the thegn a letter wrote
To recommend a man of cote
Bold Hans as Huscarl was to be
The fyrd to lead on land and sea[64]
Huscarl fame went on to win
As White Bear Fian he fought in[65]
Strong winds then blew across the land[66]
But Þunraz[67] kindly stayed his hand
Though home and hearth may have broke
No lives were lost, no need black cloak
Trillium War again broke out[68]
And Fianna faced a fighter stout
Brave Rorik, former champion
Won the day and challenged in[69]
And with the army traveled south
To take the tiger by the mouth[70]
At a war of mud and rain
Þunraz his wrath he sent again
And sent a bolt from out the sky
In attempt to make men fry
But Nuno thumbed his nose at fate
And smoking still he pulled his weight[71]

Once back home again at ease
Among the wolves and wild trees
Proud Eoforwic its feast day held[72]
In halls where many legends dwelled[73]
A mayor took office with her chain
While puppet law began its reign[74]
And thegn and bannthegn tearful spoke
With a voice that oft times broke
And told their plans to leave their seats
And with their people walk their streets[75]

Then king and queen again came ‘round
Were Crowned upon Septentrian ground[76]
And heirs they sought, from far and near
And found a lion from An Tir
Who fought for Liðr in the fray
And for her glory won the day[77]

The arts of war gave way to peace
For hands of skilled folk never cease
In Thule they gathered, new and old
And of their treasures proudly told
And Ailis of the Marche won praise
For work that took a year of days[78]

And merriment once more held sway
While gnome and princess led the way
For costumed lords and ladies fair
To gambol for the Great White Bear
‘Til herald called for fun to hold
And court was held within the fold
Sweet Baroness, who’d led the way
A Pelican was made that day[79]

Our prince then sought out many folk
Who’d face him on a spread out cloak
Crossed swords with thirty worthy foes
For in his heart a true wolf grows
He faced a legend without fear
And earned our love in rousing cheer[80]

More Peers were made in days to come
The first in Trinovantium,
The Hospitaller, black and white,
Took up the name of worthy knight[81];
The next in rams lands was upraised,
At fair where crafters all amazed,
The phoenix rose up bright anew,
On wings of Pelican he flew.
While phoenix flew bright overhead,
The lupine heirs met those they led,
To hear their words of counsel true,
And in our hearts more love grew.[82]

Until the day came by the lake
Where Oracle the bones did shake,
And lion-wolf and Urðr’s skein
Became our newest king and queen.[83]

And finally the skalds all met
To pay the owing glory debt,
As Anneke and Hersir Grom
Gave sharp axes from their palm,
And cup of fame they then bestowed,
Before departing on their road,
Among the cheers and roars of kin,
The people raised a riotous din,
Great love was held within their heart,
And though saddened that they had to part,
The lands they leave in able hands,
As Dafydd and Mahhild claim bands,
And are enriched by Royal word
To lead the ursine folk and fyrd.[84]
So now with future looking bright,
This skald falls silent in the night,
Awaiting further glorious deeds
To immortalize in song and redes.



APPENDIX A: Notes on the Composition

Written in the style of Erikskrönikan, which is a 14th century Swedish chronicle that used a knittelvers rhyming scheme (rhyming couplets). Like my source, I have written in the so-called “free knittelvers”, which means each line does not have a set number of syllables. If it was done in “strict knittelvers”, each line would have eight or nine syllables. Knittelvers can, or cannot be, split into stanzas. The Swedish knittvelers do not seem to utilize any set meter (such as iambic pentameter), or, at least, Erikskrönikan did not seem to, and so I didn’t either.

APPENDIX B: The term of Grom and Anneke

Baron: Grom meinfretr

Baroness: Anneke the Furious

Warlord: Hans Thorvaldsson (2014-2015)

Armoured Combat Champion: Brendan Hunterson (2012-2013), Rorik of Septentria (2014-2015)

Rapier Champion: Geoffrey Richardson (2012-2015)

Archery Champion: Aurelia Gabriana (2012-2013), Einar Inn Austrifara Josepson (2014-2015)

Thrown Weapons Champion: Christiana MacNamara (2012), Keatelfastr Morgansson (2013), Gerart vander Borch (2014-2015)

Youth Champion: Jasmine of House Galbraith (2012-2015)

Bard: Ailis de Marche (2012-2015)

Armed Forces: The Septentrian Army, the White Bear Fian

Special Award: Bergiefu Cup (pronounced bear-yi-voo): Conall MacEarnain (2013), Nicolaa de Bracton (2014), Normand Hauberkker (2015)

APPENDIX C: Report from the Ursus

April 21 2012 – Investiture of Grom and Anneke Eoforwci

The Septentrian Baronial Investiture event was held in Lindsay, ON on April 21. The focus of the morning court was the retirement of Their Excellencies Percival and Christiana, and the investiture of their successors, Their Excellencies Grom and Anneke. In a simple yet moving ceremony, Percival and Christiana released their retainers and champions, and then to a haunting song sung by THL Asa Gormsdottir, Their Majesties Quilliam and Dagmar took back the baronial coronets. Percival and Christiana than swore fealty as members of the populace and commended to Their Majesties THL Grom and Lady Anneke before retiring from the hall.

The investiture itself began with words from Master Hector, Pelican to THL Grom, and Her Highness Rylyn, Pelican to Lady Anneke, commending their qualities to Their Majesties. They then promised to take up the burden of the Coronets in exchange for fealty as well as certain privileges such as taxation. Our new Baron and Baroness were invested with the ancestral coronets once worn by Aedan and Kaffa and the much newer baronial cloaks, before swearing fealty to Their Majesties and making covenant with the people of Septentria to rule with honesty and integrity. With the new Baron and Baroness safely sitting the High Seats, court was suspended for the day's activities.

Multiple tournaments were conducted for armoured combat, rapier, and youth combat, with one of the list fields being taken over by dancers later in the afternoon. A tasty lunch was provided by Baroness Anne. A number of artisans displayed bear-themed works on the A&S display table, and the afternoon was capped by the auction, conducted by Baron Gunther, which raised $501 for the Septentrian travel fun. THL Percival and THL Christiana (who were not yet again Excellencies) received guests during the afternoon. Many gifts were given, including the memory book assembled by THL Asa.

Evening court saw Their Excellencies' first awards--Golden Bears to THL Lucrece and Lady Kat, who had made their investiture clothing. Their Majesties also bestowed Court Baronies on Percival and Christiana, who then swore an oath of fealty as Barons of Court. Lady Lyda was also presented with a 250 lb scroll in recognition of being added to the Order of the Wain, and THL Augustyn was made a member of the Order of the Crucible.

Dinner ensued quickly thereafter, starting with delicacies of the Middle East followed by more Norse fare. Lord Hans kept the menu simple but filling. While every dish was a delight, nothing produced such sounds of pleasure as the smoked chickens. The evening was crowned by the sailing of the Great Bear of the North, a sugarpaste longship (where everything but the masts and string was edible). The sugarpaste was the work of THL Medb, with shields with the devices of all the Barons and Baronesses of Septentria being painted by various members of Eoforwic. Solid chocolate bears dressed as our new Baron and Baroness and crafted by Lady Jocelyn rode in the ship. The evening concluded with dancing coordinated by Lady Rosalyne.

While the hosting group was Eoforwic, members of every Septentrian canton were involved in some way in running the event. Special thanks go to Petrea Thule and Countess Adrielle in particular for booking the hall, helping with setup, and loaning of tablecloths, pitchers, and candle lanterns.

Reporting by:
Magistra Nicolaa de Brachton of Leicester

APPENDIX D: Sources

Erikskrönikan, http://runeberg.org/erikkron/

Knittelvers, Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knittelvers

Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms, http://www.oxfordreference.com/view/10.1093/acref/9780199208272.001.0001/acref-9780199208272-e-631

Poetry Magnum Opus, http://www.poetrymagnumopus.com/index.php?/topic/1076-knittelvers/

Pulsiano, Philip, ed., Medieval Scandinavia: An Encyclopedia, USA, 1993, p. 83-84, 145; http://books.google.ca/books?id=d-XiZO8V4qUC&pg=PA83&lpg=PA83&dq=knittelvers&source=bl&ots=bvK6sj4YLz&sig=wAriJMqZoeKlyfHmixBj0XtyAlU&hl=en&sa=X&ei=2wwNVITDHsncoATtjIK4Bg&ved=0CD8Q6AEwBTge#v=onepage&q=knittelvers&f=false



[1] Cordigan and Diane were Baron and Baroness of Septentria when the eastern part of the barony split off to form Ramshaven. They became the first Baron and Baroness of this new barony.
[2] Adrielle completed her term as Baroness alone after Ieuan stepped down during their term.
[3] Cynred Broccan, known as the Broc (badger).
[4] The Investiture of Gtom and Anneke was held on April 21, 2012 in Lindsay.
[5] Master Hector of the Black Height and Princess Rylyn Buchanan spoke on Grom and Anneke’s virtues. From was one of Hector’s protégés while Anneke was a protégé of Rylyn.
[6] Dagmar Halvdan.
[7] Grom and Anneke were invested with the coronets once worn by Aedan and Caffa.
[8] THL (now Mistress) Lucrece and Lady Kat were given the Award of the Golden Bear for making the clothing that Grom and Anneke wore for their Investiture. The Golden Bear is Septentria’s Arts and Sciences award.
[9] THL (now Mistress) Medb created a sugar-paste longship (called the Great Bear of the North) where everything except the mast and rigging was edible. The ship was decorated with the devices of Septentria’s past Barons and Baronesses, and had been painted by the people of Eoforwic.
[10] Coronation took place in the Barony of Ben Dunfirth on April 28, 2012.
[11] Crown Tournament was held in the Canton of Caer Draeth, in the Barony of Septentria, on May 26, 2012.
[12] Pikeman’s Pleasure was held in the Canton of Petrea Thule, Barony of Septentria, on June 2, 2012.
[13] Murder Melee in the Meadow was held in the Barony of Ben Dunfirth from June 7 to June 10, 2012. As usual, Septentria fielded a team.
[14] War of the Trillium was held by the Canton of Ardchreag in the Barony of Septentria between June 30 and July 2, 2012.
[15]  Heimþegar (singular heimþegi) is a collection of royal retainers in Denmark, roughly equivalent to the huscarls of Norway. At War of the Trillium, Grom and Anneke named their champions (their heimþegar). I have used this Danish term as Grom is from Denmark.
[16] THL (now Mistress) Aurelia Gabriana was their Archery Champion.
[17] Lord (now THL) Brendan Hunterson was their Armoured Champion.
[18] Jasmine of House Galbraith was their Youth Champion.
[19] HE Christiana MacNamara was their Thrown Weapons Champion.
[20] Lord Geoffrey Richardson was their Rapier Champion.
[21] Fall Coronation was held in the Shire of Brennestein Vatn on September 22, 2012.
[22] Fall Crown Tourney was held in the Barony of Rising Waters on October 27, 2012.
[23] HE Tiberius of Warwickshire.
[24] HE Streonwald Wulfesbana.
[25] Earl Nigel MacFarlane, KSCA.
[26] THL Tannon the Barbarian.
[27] At Crown a contest was held for the combatants, where each was challenged to bring as much pomp and ceremony to the procession as possible. Nigel and Adrielle won this contest as they processed followed by their retainers, garbed in household colours, and carrying Nigel’s shield, helmet and 16-foot banner.
[28] HE Berend van der Eych was placed on vigil for the Order of the Laurel for his skill at illumination and calligraphy.
[29] Kingdom A&S was held in the Canton of Vest Yorvik in the Barony of Septentria on November 24, 2012.
[30] THL Lucrece de Montsoreau.
[31] The A&S Pentathlon (which requires each entrant to enter five different items from at least three different pre-set categories) was won by Lady Bethoc ingen MaelFechin Fynletyr.
[32] A joint Septentrian-Skraeling Althing Twelfth Night was held in the Canton of Greyfells, in the Barony of Skraeling Althing, onJanuary 12, 2013.
[33] The taxes levied at Twelfth Night were for each canton to make a new banner for a new fighter, fencer, archer or canton member to carry into opening ceremonies.
[34] Most barons and baronesses of Septentria have had a special award of recognition, which to date has always been in the form of a vessel. The people of the barony are charged to keep this vessel full. Grom and Anneke introduced their special award: the Bergiefu Cup (pronouncd bear-yi-voo).
[35] The first recipient of the Bergiefu Cup was Lord Conall MacEarnain.
[36] The yearly Tournoi de Coeur de Clac was held in the Shire of Bastille du Lac on February 2, 2013.
[37] Princess Kaylah won both the armoured and rapier tourneys.
[38] Step Spritely (a dance event) was held by the Canton of Vest Yorvik in the Barony of Septentria on February 9, 2013.
[39] St. Valentine’s Day Massacre was held by the Canton of Caer Draeth in the Barony of Septentria between February 15 and 17, 2013.
[40] HE Berend van der Eych was elevated to the Order of the Laurel for calligraphy and illumination.
[41] HE Percival de Laroque, former Baron of Septentria, successfully entered the White Bear Fian. The Fian is Septentria’s fighting order and challengers must meet certain criteria, and then defeat a current member of the Fian to gain entry.
[42] Late Winter Shoot was held by the Canton of Petrea Thule in the Barony of Septentria on March 23, 2013.
[43] Spring Coronation was held in the Canton of Bryniau Tywynnog in the Barony of Ramshaven on April 27, 2013.
[44] Spring Crown Tourney was held by the Barony of Ben Dunfirth on May 18, 2013.
[45] Earl Nigel MacFarlane fought for Countess Adrielle Kerrec, Baron Streonwald Wulfesbana fought fot Baroness Seonig nic Thomais, and Baron Percival de Laroque fought for Baroness Christiana MacNamara.
[46] Spring Crown was won by Earl Nigel MacFarlane.
[47] Pikeman’s Pleasure was held by the Canton of Petrea Thule in the Barony of Septentria on June 1, 2013.
[48] War of the Trillium was held by the Canton of Ardchreag in the Barony of Septentria from June 27 to July 1, 2013. It was a very wet year, and most of the site was deep in mud.
[49] THL Piero di Paxiti da Vincenza was placed on vigil for the Order of the Laurel.
[50] At Pennsic War, THL Piero di Paxiti da Vincenza was elevated to the Ordr of the Laurel for calligraphy and illumination.
[51] This year tragedy struck the kingdom while many of its populace were away at the Pennsic War. Lady Aevianna of Nordengel was reported missing in the Barony of Skraeling Althing. Those within her barony gathered together to search for her, while those away at Pennsic prayed for her safety. Unfortunately, on July 28, it was discovered that she had been lost to violence. The kingdom was shaken. Never before had the people lost one of their own in such a way. In her memory, Lady Morag made a banner depicting Lady Aevianna’s arms, and this banner was carried into all remaining battles at Pennsic.
[52] The Icelandic Althing was held by the Royal Citie of Eoforwic from September 6 to 8, 2013. It was held on the farm of Mistress Aurelia Gabriana and Lord Graeme de Liste de Cherbourg. War of the Trillium had also previously been held on this site.
[53] At the Althing a court case is heard, overseen by a Lawspeaker (played by Master Hector of the Black Height).
[54] Fall Coronation was held by the Canton of Harrowgate Heath in the Barony of Skraeling Althing on September 28, 2013. It was a very emotional event, as the Heath was Lady Aevianna’s home group.
[55] Fall Crown Tourney was held by the Shire of the March of St. Martin’s on October 26, 2013. It was won by Baron Siegfried Brandbeorn, knight, fighting for Mistress Ragni Dzintara of Amberhall (who was the lady of Siegfried’s former knight, Duke Finnvarr De Taahe). Other Septentrian’s in the tourney were Master Berend van der Eych (fighting for Baroness Mahault of Swynford), Baron Tiberus of Warwickshire (fighting for Baroness Anne Tinker), THL Bjarn Aaronson (fighting for Lady Orlaith inghen Cinada meic Brianin) and Lord Fulk Beauxarmes (fighting for THL Urraca de la Mar).
[56] Septentrian Eleventh Night (Twelfth Night) was held by the Canton of Vest Yorvik in the Barony of Septentria on January 4, 2014.
[57] The Bergifu Cup was given to Magistra Nicolaa de Bracton for the virtue of knowledge.
[58] Taxes for the year were gifts of largesse that the Baron and Baron could hand out.
[59] Step Spritely was held by the Canton of Monadh in the Barony of Septentria on February 1, 2014.
[60] 1587 A Game of Queen’s was held by the Canton of Caer Draeth in the Barony of Septentria on February 8, 2014.
[61] Late Winter Shoot was held by the Canton of Petrea Thule in the Barony of Septentria on March 22, 2014.
[62] Spring Coronation was held by the Barony of Rising Waters on April 26, 2014.
[63] Spring Crown Tourney was held in the Canton of Der Welfengau in the Barony of Ramshaven on May 24, 2014. It was won by Duke Trumbrand fighting for Duchess Kaylah.
[64] As Grom was splitting his time between the armoured and rapier lists, he appointed THL Hans Thorvaldsson as his huscarl (warlord) to lead baronial troops in armoured combat.
[65] Pikeman’s Pleasure was held by the Canton of Petrea thule in the Barony of Septentria on June 7, 2014. At this event, THL Hans Thorvaldsson successfully entered the White Bear Fian.
[66] On June 17, 2014 a tornado touched down in the Canton of Caer Draeth. Though some residents of the canton suffered property damage, no one was seriously harmed.
[67] Þunraz is a Germanic god of thunder.
[68] War of the Trillium was held in the Canton of Ardchreag in the Barony of Septentria from June 26 to July 1, 2014.
[69] On June 29, Lord Rorik of Septentria successfully entered the White Bear Fian.
[70] Pennsic War was held from July 25 to August 10, 2014.
[71] On the 26th a terrible storm blew through Pennsic and Nuno of Eforwic was struck by lightening. Luckily, this good gentle survived unscathed, and was even awarded the Brass Balls of Septentria for continuing to set up tents in the storm.
[72] The Royal Citie of Eoforwic celebrated its 40th anniversary at the Feast of the Bear on the 6th day of September.
[73] The event was held in a church, complete with a beautiful courtyard, and was attended by former Ealdormereans Leif and Morrigan, who were currently the King and Queen of Drachenwald. Several figures of Eoforwic’s and Septentria’s past were in attendance that day, including THL Hereward the Far-dweller, Lord Nicolae Cioranu and Lord Lothar von Wulfing, the one and so far only Hero of Septentria.
[74] At baronial court THL Lyda Langrackrsdottir was invested as mayor of the city, while Badrielle was named sheriff. (Badrielle is a puppet version of Duchess Adrielle Kerrec.)
[75] Baron and Baroness, Grom and Anneke, announced that they would soon be retiring from the High Seats of Septentria. This was met with shouts of denial and surprise. As Their Excellencies expressed their pride and joy in the time they had served their people, the crowd gave voice to cries of Wassail and thunderous applause. As tears ran down Her Excellencies face, the young daughter of Lady Ellaire de Troyes, flew across the room, throwing herself into Anneke's arms, giving her a huge hug.
[76] The Coronation of Trumbrand III and Kaylah III, was held on September 27, 2014, in the Canton of Vest Yorvik.
[77] Fall Crown Tourney was held on October 25, 2014, in the Canton of Caldrithig. Sir Steinnar Aggarson won, fighting for THL Liðr Lang-Akason. Steinnar originally hailed from the kingdom of An Tir though he now lived in Septentria. Other Septentrians taking part in Crown were: Duke Nigel MacFarlane fighting for Duchess Adrielle Kerrec, THL Graem de Cherbourg fighting for Mistress Aurelia Gabriana, Baron Tiberius of Warwickshire fighting for Baroness Anne Tinker, THL Brendan Hunterston fighting for Lady Kaisa Haapalainen, and Lord Jack Mungo fighting for Lady Eeva the Restless.
[78] Queen’s Prize Tourney was held on November 22, 2014, in the Canton of Petra Thule. Lady Ailis de le Marche won the Judges’ Prize for her display on herbs. Baroness Christiana MacNamara was put on vigil for the Order of the Pelican.
[79] Septentrian 12th Night was held on January 17, 2015, in the Canton of Ardchreag. The Lord and Lady of Misrule—Bjarn Aaronsson and Orlaith—were dressed in period garb based on the Travelocity gnome and Princess Leia. The cantons paid their taxes of largesse items. They are asked to do the same for the new baron and baroness to come, and to make them a welcome basket. The Bergiefu Cup was not awarded as the recipient was not in attendance. Baroness Christiana MacNamara was elevated to the Order of the Pelican.
[80] Tournoi de Coeur des Glace was held on January 31, 2015, in the Shire of Bastille du Lac. HRH Steinnar came in first in the fighting tourney, defeating Earl Syr David Martin Failsworth (First Prince of the Principality of Ealdormere, and First King of the Kingdom of Ealdormere). Eirik Andersen was elevated to the Order of the Pelican. Graf Siegfried Brandbeorn was put on vigil for the Order of the Pelican.
[81] On March 7 at Winter War in the Shire of Trinovantia Nova, Baron Tiberius of Warwickshire was elevated to the Order of Chivalry.
[82] On April 11, in the Barony of Ramshaven, at Kingdom A&S, Sir Siegfried Brandbeorn was elevated to the Order of the Pelican. TRHs also held a vigil that day to converse with the populace.
[83] On April 25th, the Coronation of Steinarr and Lyðr was hosted by the Shire of Bastille du Lac.
[84] On March 11 it was announced that Dafydd and Mahhild would be the next Baron and Baroness of Septentria. On May 2, in the lands of Septentria, Skeldergate hosted Septentrian Investiture. Before stepping down, Grom and Anneke awarded the Cup of Bergifu to Lord Normand Hauberkker for exemplifying the virtue of generosity. Dafydd and Mahhild were then invested as the new Baron and Baroness of Septentria.

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

The Wolf, the Wilds, and the Will: The History of Ealdormere from AS 1 to the dawning of AS 50

The Wolf, the Wilds, and the Will


Being a History of the Kingdom of Ealdormere, beginning with the first appearance of settlers in the northlands, and culminating with the present time.


This history spans the time between AS 1 and AS 50, and was written for the SCA’s 50th Anniversary. It will be the duty of future historians to chronicle all that comes after.

Penned by THLaird Colyne Stewart (Todd H. C. Fischer).

Edited by Duke Finnvarr de Taahe (Steve Muhlberger), Mistress Moria the Black (Michelle Moll) and Magistra Nicolaa de Bracton (Susan Carroll-Clark).

Reigns of the Princes and Princesses of Ealdormere compiled by Magistra Nicolaa de Bracton (Susan Carroll-Clark).

The title of this history is taken from ‘The Line of the North’ by Master Hector of the Black Height (Arthur McLean).

Begun Spring, AS 48, while King Nigel II and Queen Adrielle II sit the Lupine thrones of Ealdormere, at Her Majesty’s request.

Copyright © Todd H. C. Fischer, 2014-2015.




Preface


Greetings from Colyne Stewart, lowly scribe and historian, and loyal subject of Their Lupine Majesties Steinarr and Lyðr.

For much of my life now I have lived within the Duchy of Arrochar. There I spend my days working in the scriptoriums, studying scripture and the chronicles of the past. The precentor, who knew my love of history, one day brought me word from my benefactor Duchess Adrielle Kerrec, who was at that time Queen of Ealdormere, that she and her worthy husband wished a history of our lands written. My queen laid this noble task at my feet. I was, I admit, flustered. To even contemplate writing a history of this fair land was a daunting thought, especially when such notable chroniclers as Brother Thomas of the Order of St. Crispinus, St. Brand and Brother Magnus of Iona have in the past bent their quills to this task. However, as is always the case, when duty calls, I answer. Please find within these pages my attempt to piece together our long and rich history from the various and sundry sources I could unearth. I have tried, with all diligence, to use the correct dates and names, but errors may still occur, especially as some sources contradict one another. I am indebted to all the chroniclers and historians of the past, and to several folk of our kingdom who regaled me with tales of Ealdormere.

I hope the work I have produced meets with the approval of Their Majesties and my patron Her Grace, as I hope it finds approval with all who read it.

For my King and Queen,

In the North All Things,

Colyne


The Time of the Wolf and the Wilds

AS 1 through AS 7

Before there was Ealdormere, there was the wide expanse of wild, untamed land. It was a realm rich with flora; bears and wolves and other creatures freely roamed the woods and vales. It was a time of myth and legend when the Great Wolves held parliament as lords of the north and beasts and monsters no longer seen were common sights.

The Age of Settlement and Growth

AS 8, in which HRM Finnvarr of the East arrives in what will one day be Ealdormere.

In September of the eighth year of the Society a longship came to this place. This vessel traveled across the cold Inland Seas and came to shore in land unclaimed by any King or Queen. Upon that boat was His Majesty of the East, (now Duke) Finnvarr de Taahe, a tall Irishman well renowned for his martial skill and his historian’s intellect. Finnvarr was a knight of the Middle Kingdom, having been elevated in October of AS 5. Quickly he set to work and began to build a hall. Before long he was joined by Lady (later Mistress) Gillian Olafsdottir d’Uriel, an old acquaintance from his homeland.

Though he was currently King of the East, Finnvarr felt that these new lands should be part of his original homeland, the Middle Kingdom. In fact, there was a Middle Kingdom barony across the Detroit River.

Finnvarr was a member of House de Taahe, which had originally been formed by himself and Barinn de Taahe as a melee team to take part in the Middle Kingdom’s first melee tournament in AS 5. Over the years House de Taahe would evolve into first a fighting household (in AS 9), and later into the personal household of Finnvarr and his future wife, Ragni Dzintara (around AS 28).



 AS 9, in which the Royal Citie of Eoforwic is founded, Hugo von Feuerklippe is first seen and the first event in the northlands is held.

Together Finnvarr and Gillian cleared land, sowed fields and built halls. Others came to reside in the land, and soon they had formed the first northern shire. One of those to first join the new shire was Hugo von Feuerklippe, of whom more will be said later. Thus was Eoforwic born in November of the ninth year of the Society. (Though in documents later procured by certain burghers of Eoforwic, it was discovered that Cariadoc, first King of the Middle, had granted the group city status a full two years before Finnvarr had founded it. This may have had to do with a certain ring they ‘returned’ to him that had been found rolled in the document.)

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Eoforwic’s first event was held on the fifteenth of March and was a day of tournies and feasting. It drew many visitors from the southron lands, and this was to continue whenever Eoforwic held an event.



AS 10, in which the northlands produces its first female fighter, a newsletter is founded, Eoforwic travels to its first Pennsic War, Sylard of Eagleshaven is first seen, the canton of Petrea Thule is a glimmer in Sylard’s eye, the shire of Noerlanda is founded, House Fyve’O is founded and the first Feast of the Bear is held.

Jehanne l’Enragee was another early Eoforing, a lady who took to the chivalric arts and would distinguish herself on the field in years to come. During the summer of the tenth year of the Society, Jehanne traveled to Eastmere in the East Kingdom where she was admitted to the Lists and became the first female fighter to come from the north. She would later become a squire to Finnvarr de Taahe.

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During this same summer a good gentle called Penberthy first began to chronicle the events of the shire in a broadsheet called the Eoforing. The Eoforing would go on to greater things, and more will be written of it later in this history.

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In August the shire sent a contingent to War, though Count Sir Finnvarr was the only fighter present who had authorization to take the field.

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September saw the shire hosting a post-war reconciliation tournament. It was at this tournament that Sylard of Eagleshaven, that notorious mercenary and later a member of the Order of the Laurel, was first seen.

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In December Sylard first set his eyes to the lands to the north-east of Eoforwic, looking for unused tracts of land suitable for founding a penal colony. Over time Sylard’s collection of outlaws and brigands would grow into a true canton, known as Petrea Thule. (Sylard has since moved on again, and taken up residence in the thistly land of Monadh.) Petrea Thule would gain renown as the birthplace of royalty and nobility. The canton would produce not one, but two, sets of Septentrian nobility. For Petrea Thule was home at various times to Cordigan d’Arnot and Diane d’Arnot (the second Baron and third Baroness of Septentria), and Ieuan McKellmore and Adrielle Kerrec (the third Baron and the fourth Baroness of Septentria). This is the same Cordigan and Diane that would one day be Prince and Princess of Ealdormere, and Baron and Baroness of Ramshaven. Of them more will be told elsewhere in this chronicle. The Norseman, Thorbjorn Osis Brandson, was first seen dwelling in the Thule. Indeed, he and Ragnheithr Thorbjarnarsdottir lived in Petrea Thule during their own reign as Prince and Princess of Ealdormere. Of them, more will be said later.

For a time Petrea Thule would also be known for its shieldwall. The wall, which included Ieuan, Cordigan and Osis, seemed invincible and often took no casualties. One popular legend tells of future Septentrian Baron Aedan na Kincora leaving the field at Pennsic and watching the wall with the yellow scutums destroy their enemies. When he asked what kingdom was so privileged to have such soldiers on the field he was told that the wall came from his newest canton. “Well,” he said, “I am certainly glad they are on our side.”

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Many more men and women began to brave the northern weather in this year and they settled to the north and east of Eoforwic. Tierr and Lilladrel founded the doomed Shire of Noerlanda, which would eventually fall into ruin. Lady TSivia ben Tamara of Amberview (now Dame TSivia bas Tamara v’Amberview) was Noerlanda’s first seneschal. A ‘Household shire’, called House Fyve’O was formed in the Windsor area by Lord Wulfram Wulfscilding and Lord Caelwulf Longstrider (each a cousin to the other).

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On the twenty-seventh day of March, Noerlanda hosted the first Feast of the Bear. This event would become an annual tradition for many years in the lands that would one day become Septentria. Though the Feast would die out for a time, it would later be revived by Eoforwic while Corwyn and Domhnail were Baron and Baroness of Septentria.



AS 11, in which House de Taahe makes itself known, House Amberhall is first seen, Eoforwic produces a war company, Ben Dunfirthshire appears, Finnvarr de Taahe wins the Crown Tournament of the Kingdom of the Middle, Caitlin Stuart is first seen, Aedan na Kincora and Caffa Muirath are first seen, the idea of a barony of the north is first proposed and the Shire of Starleaf Gate is founded.

In July, that mercenary, Sylard of Eagleshaven, attached himself to Finnvarr’s household, making House de Taahe the first household of Eoforwic. This House would go on to produce members who were knights, duchesses and barons.

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That very next month Noerlanda held a tourney that attracted Torbin of Amberhall (of beloved memory), Ragni Dzintari and Eanor of Amberhall. They were known as House Amberhall. This is the same Torbin that went on to be a baron of the court, the same Ragni that went on to be a companion of the Orders of the Pelican and the Laurel and Queen of Ealdormere, and the same Eanor who would one day be a duchess. Of all three more is written of elsewhere in this chronicle.

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When the call came to rally for the Pennsic War, Eoforwic sent a small war company to aid the Middle. It consisted of Finnvarr, Hugo and Jehanne.

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By September a shire calling itself Ben Dunfirthshire had formed to the west of Eoforwic. It would later take the name Ben Dunfirth, and for a time New Farthing, and eventually become a Barony in its own right. It was founded by Ceowulf Longstrider, Redbeard Lonewulf, Sulamith Ariela Emmure, Teneen Wahid el Karin, and Wulfram von Wulfschilding. Wulfram was the group’s first seneschal, while Redbeard served as the group’s first marshal. The shire’s name is a rough Gaelic translation of Castle on the Murky Bay. The people of Ben Dunfirth held strong ties to the Barony of North Woods in the Middle Kingdom. Indeed, Redbeard and Ceowulf learned of the Society while visiting North Woods, and it was this introduction that led to the founding of Ben Dunfirth. Unlike most groups in Ealdormere that can trace their lineage back to Septentria, and before that to Eoforwic, Ben Dunfirth grew on its own rather than through the influence of the Iron Duke and the Royal Citie. Indeed, some people in Ben Dunfirth assert that this difference in origin is reflected in the fact that theirs is the only baronial arms in Ealdormere that are not red and white in colour.

Two households quickly emerged in Ben Dunfirth, the first being House Rhys Mordwyn, while the other was House Three Coins. These two houses held many opposing views on many subjects and clashed often.

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In October, Finnvarr, fighting for Caellyn FitzHugh, won the title of Prince of the Middle Kingdom. Though not born in the Northlands he was the first of those who dwelled in those lands to claim a crown.

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The following month Caitlin Stuart was first sighted in Eoforwic. Aedan na Kincora and Caffa Muirath were seen in December. Much more is written of these three good gentles elsewhere in this chronicle.

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In January the people of the Northlands did begin to consider uniting together as a barony of the Middle Kingdom. Many supported the idea, though many were against it as well. It would take two years for this idea to bear fruit.

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That March, House Fyve’O formed a shire known as Starleaf Gate.



AS 12, in which Finnvarr de Taahe and Caellyn FitzHugh reign as King and Queen of the Middle, Gillian Olafsdottir d’Uriel is made a Laurel, the northern shires agree to unite as a barony, the shires of Skraeling Althing and Kalenda Formas are founded and House Amberview is founded.

Upon the turning of the Society year, Finnvarr and Caellyn were crowned as the King and Queen of the Middle Kingdom. Finnvarr and Caellyn named Gillian as Their Poet Laureate. Indeed, she was also that day elevated to the Order of the Laurel for her contributions to dance, poetry and drama within the Society.

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Also in May, Finnvarr traveled to the reaches north beyond Septentria where dwelled barbarians known as skraelings. With him went Lady Gilliam d’Uriel, Lady TSivia bas Tamara v’Amberview, Liladrel of Walstead and Bolverik of Momchilavich of the West Kingdom. This meeting would soon lead to the forming of Skraeling Althing.

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On the twenty-second day of June in the twelfth year of the Society, representatives of the northland shires met and agreed to unite and petition for recognition as a true barony. Ben Dunfirth found itself conflicted on this issue at first, as some of them felt a closer connection to the shire of Starleaf Gate (which was not to join this new barony) than with the other northern groups. Eventually their new seneschal, Milady Sulamith Ariela Emmure, through hard work and example, convinced her people that the barony was a good and just idea.

Lady Gillian d’Uriel was selected to become Baroness, Wulfram Wulfscilding was to be her seneschal and Prince Finnvarr was to be the marshal. The Eoforing, which had long been read by all those in the northlands, became the baronial newsletter called the Ursus. (Though in later years Eoforwic would once again produce its own broadsheet, for a time under variations of The No Name Newsletter, and again under the name Eoforing.)

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Before the season of the holly news came of the birth of two new groups in the northlands. The first was the canton of Skraeling Althing, a canton that would go on to greater and grander things. The aforementioned Lady Tsivia, first seneschal of Noerlanda, was Skraeling Althing’s founder. The other new group was a shire called Kalenda Formas, which later fell into ruin.


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Also during this year, a number of friends within the shire of Noerlandia founded House Amberview. The head of the house was TSivia bas Tamara v’Amberview.


 AS 13, in which the barony of Septentria is founded, Gillian d’Uriel is invested as Septentria’s first Baroness, Caffa Muirath wins in the Lists, Mordain Blackcloak is first seen, Aelflaeda FitzAlain is first seen, the Skraeling Althing Chronicle is first published, Septentria hosts its first event, Septentria attends its first Pennsic War, Finnvarr de Taahe is made a Pelican, Eanor of Amberhall becomes a ward of Gillian d’Uriel, the canton of Fortress Royal is founded, Hugo von Feuerklippe is raised to the Order of Chivalry, the first Septentrian fight practice is held, and the first Septentrian arts and sciences minister is appointed.
On the thirteenth day of May, in the thirteenth year of the Society, the northern shires were recognized as a true barony of the Middle Kingdom by King Merowald II and Queen Kirsten II. So thus in our northern lands the number of thirteen is no ill omen but a sign of good fortune.

The name of this new barony was Septentria, which, as Duke Sir Finnvarr later explained, was derived from the Latin septentriones, meaning north, northern region, or north winds. The Barony’s arms featured a bear, representing the northern lands, and three interlaced chevronels in honour of the three founding shires—Eoforwic, Ben Dunfirth and Noerlanda. Gillian d’Uriel—who designed the barony’s arms—then became the first Baroness of Septentria. As is sometimes done, she was known as Her Excellency Septentria. Her successors would be more often called the Barons and Baronesses of Septentria.

At this time the cantons of the barony were: Eforwic, Ben Dunfirth, Noerlandia, and Skraeling Althing.

Also at this event, Ceowulf Longstrider received his Award of Arms, marking the first award given to a resident of the (then) Canton of Ben Dunfirth.

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Dame TSivia bas Tamara v’Amberview would later write of the Healing Crown of Septentria, which was given by Afon Araf (a former Canton of Septentria) to Gillian during her reign. Gillian would pass it to Aedan na Kincora and Caffa Muirath (who were Gillian’s successors to the Ursine thrones), who then gave it to the first Baroness of Skraeling Althing. This glorious crown was unfortunately too small to fit any of these good gentles’ heads. Eventually it came to reside with Master Naon na Cruitre, whose head it reputedly did fit. Over time, it was recognized that this Crown had healing powers, and cured those whom it touched. Unfortunately, this relic has not now been seen for many years.

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Later that same month the Queen of the Middle held a tournament for female fighters, which Caffa Muirath won. However, Caffa never considered her victory a true one, as she felt the lists had not been run well.

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Around this same time, Skraeling Althing’s first fighters were seen. Among them was a young man named Mordain Blackcloak, who was rumoured to have the blood of the fey. This Mordain would go on to great things.

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In June Aelflaeda FitzAlain, future Viscountess of Ealdormere, appeared in Skraeling Althing. Enid Aurelia of the Tin Isles began publishing the Skraeling Althing Chronicle.

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A month later the new barony of Septentria hosted its first event, in honour of its new status. As in past events held in the Northlands, many members of the populace of far off lands came to participate. There was much fighting and feasting and the game of blind samurai was much enjoyed. This game consisted of fighters wearing blindfolds and attempting to strike their opponents with great swords.

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At the Pennsic War, Septentria marshaled a large force that also featured conscripts from the foreign but allied House Elandris and Castel Rouge. It was at this war that Aedan na Kincora and Caffa Muirath first learned the arts of war that would serve them well in the future.

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On August 12th, Finnvarr de Taahe was elevated to the Order of the Pelican.

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In September Torbin and Ragni entrusted Eanor of Amberhall to the Baroness of Septentria as a fosterling, to be taught the ways of the court and to serve as a lady-in-waiting. This was done at the Canton of Skraeling Althing’s first event.

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Also at this time the doomed canton of Fortress Royal was founded by David aus Fress of Skraeling Althing.

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That October saw Hugo von Feuerklippe made a knight of the Society in the canton of North Woods at the Middle Kingdom Crown Tourney. Still greater things yet awaited Hugo. Also at this event, Aedan o Kincora and Kaffa Muiraith received their Awards of Arms. Both of these gentles would also go on to greater things.

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It was around this time that Skraeling Althing adopted the hare as their symbol. In December, two members who were leaving the canton gave the other members rabbit tails. This became a tradition, and eventually turned into a baronial award.

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In February, House Aurelia was formed by Enid Aurelia of the Tin Isles in Skraeling Althing.

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March saw the first baronial fight practice, hosted by Noerlanda and held in conjunction with the Feast of the Bear. That same day Alistair Kirk announced the formation of House Inness.

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Also that month Septentria appointed its first arts and sciences minister, then called the mistress of arts. Morgan of Lindisfarne, of blessed memory, was asked to fulfill this role.



AS 14, in which Torbin of Amberhall is made a Baron of the Court, Jehanne l’Enragee is named poet laureate of the Middle Kingdom, Hugo von Feuerklippe and Aedan na Kincora distinguish themselves at the Pennsic War, Aedan is made a member of the Order of the Silver Oak, the canton of Aron Araf holds its first event, Feast of the Hare is first held, and the first Clancy Day is held.

The Middle Kingdom held a Crown Tournament in the new year at which Torbin of Amberhall was recognized by Queen Ithriliel I for his contributions to a great quest she had planned for her knights, making him a Baron of her court. That same day Jehanne l’Enragee was made the poet laureate for a year. The very next month Jehanne moved to the canton of Roaring Wastes, which lay south of Septentria, a land in danger of falling to the wild. With her aid the canton became stronger than ever.

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At the Pennsic War a feat of courage and skill at the sword was enacted in the woods battle. The fighting was fierce and the Middle Kingdom found itself sorely pressed. Standing atop a growing pile of bodies, Hugo von Feuerklippe and Aedan na Kincora protected the Midrealm banner until the bitter end.

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For a very long time had Aedan na Kincora laboured over the forge creating articles for the armoury. In October, King Laurelin and Queen Ithriliel recognized his science by inducting him into their Order of the Silver Oak. Aedan only learned of this long after, as he did not attend the event at which he was so honoured.

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For a short time the canton of Aron Araf had then existed and in November they held their first event. Sir Hugo held the field for five battles with naught but a dagger and buckler until the mercenary Sylard bested him. Unfortunately, the canton of Aron Araf was cursed, and after many years fell into ruin.

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Also in November, Skraeling Althing held the first Feast of the Hare. This event is still held to this day.

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During this winter, some in Skraeling Althing began to feel isolated from the rest of the Barony of Septentria. Members of the canton went to meet with Baroness Gillian about this issue, and she reassured them that Skraeling Althing was not forgotten, and pledged to make them feel more included in baronial affairs.

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In the Kingdom of the East, on January 5th, Barak Hasdrubal was elevated to the Order of Chivalry. This same Barak would one day move to the Kingdom of Ealdormere and settle in the lands of Ben Dunfirth.

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In March, Starleaf Gate hosted the first Clancy Day, a celebration in honour of a canine. It was attended by eleven knights and all the royalty of the Middle Kingdom. This event became popular and is still held to this day. At this time the Shire was a part of Septentria but in much later years it would leave those lands.

At this event Aelflaeda FitzAlain received her Award of Arms, and Mordain Blackcloack became one of Sir Finnvarr’s squires.


AS 15, in which discord erupts in Ben Dunfirth, the first game of bouzkashi is played in Septentria, Mordain Blackcloak is chosen to be Septentrian champion, Gillian d’Uriel begins to look for successors, Aedan na Kincora and Caffa Muirath are listed as Vicars of East Septentria, Gillian declares war on North Woods, Sylard of Eagleshaven hosts a solstice celebration, and the canton of Dubhras appears.

In May, at the Coronation of Talymar and Valmai, Mordain Blackcloak received his Award of Arms.

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Sometime during the fifteenth year of the Society, Fridja of Jutland became seneschal of the Canton of Ben Dunfirth. It was she who changed the name of the canton to New Farthing, without polling the will of the people. Indeed, it is recorded that she often made decisions without consultation, and though doing so did not break any rules, the people of Ben Dunfirth felt that they should at least be consulted about important decisions, if not a hand in making the decisions themselves. This conflict would continue for some time.

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June saw Baron Torbin of Amberhall introduce an Afghan game called bouzkashi to the populace of Septentria. It involved the throwing of sheep, and for a time fell into obscurity as some deemed its practice distasteful.

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That next month Baroness Gillian selected a baronial champion. Until that point in time her champion had been chosen at each successive tourney, so many had held the title and worn the favour. Now she broke with her own tradition and selected Mordain Blackcloak, squire to Sir Finnvarr, to be her permanent champion.

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Around this same time Gillian began to look for successors as she feared she might have to move to North Woods. In December she named Aedan na Kincora and Caffa Muirath as her vicars of East Septentria. In January, at the Middle Kingdom’s Twelfth Night, Gillian announced that rather than set aside her title as Baroness of Septentria she would simply annex North Woods and make it a part of the barony. The warriors of Septentria and of the North Woods began to ready for war which would be met that summer.

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At this same time Sylard and House Eagleshaven invited the folk of Eoforwic to an Up-helly-a, which is a Norse solstice celebration. A boat was laden with sacrifices, and after prayers for a fruitful year were said, the boat was set ablaze on the water. This is a tradition that Sylard continues to this day. This should not be confused with the boat burning that occurs at Pennsic Lake, which is done to honour those who have left this life.

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In March the canton of Dubhras was first seen by the gentles of the barony. Septentria can be a land of turmoil, and sadly this canton, like so many others, fell into ruin. The land would eventually be claimed by another settlement, called Bryniau Twynnog.



AS 16, in which Anne le gris is named Septentria’s poet laureate, Caitlin Stuart is made a Laurel, Hugo von Feuerklippe and Caitlin Stuart I reigned as King and Queen in the Middle Kingdom, Aaron of the Black Mountain is first seen, Torbin of Amberhall and Caffa Muirath are honoured by the King and Queen, Rising Waters is seen for the first time, the battle for North Woods is fought, Aedan and Caffa are invested as Baron and Baroness of Septentria, the Septentrian Guard and Septentrian Archery Corps are founded, and Skraeling Althing splits from Septentria

Around this time, Lady (now Mistress) Anne le gris won a bardic competition and was named Septentria’s poet laureate. No one else was ever given this position again.

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On the 30th day of May, Caitlin Stuart was elevated to the Order of the Laurel for embroidery.

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The first king of the Middle Kingdom to hail from the lands of Septentria was Sir Hugo von Feuerklippe, who reigned with Caitlin Stuart I from May until October. (Though Sir Finnvarr also held that same Crown, he had not been born in the Northlands). Caitlin Stuart then made history as she became the first Queen of the Middle to swear an oath upon accepting her crown. No other Queen of the Middle had done this before. Baron Torbin was named as the Royal Chamberlain and Caffa Muirath was made the King’s Champion.

At the coronation the people of Rising Waters made themselves first known. They were led by Aaron of the Black Mountain, who in later years would become a Master of the Laurel. Aaron had heard of the Society via a copy of the Pale which had been sent to him along with a number of volumes having to do with dungeons and monstrous serpents. Rising Waters would soon after be founded as a canton with Aaron as its first seneschal.

Hugo and Caitlin would later have the honour of crowning the first Prince and Princess of Calontir.

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At this time Her Excellency Gillian d’Uriel relinquished the Ursine Thrones in favour of Aedan na Kincora and Caffa Muirath. This occurred in Afon Araf, in June at the Pacification of the North Woods. Earlier that day the armies of Septentria and North Woods had met to do battle but found a band of mercenaries in wait that threatened them both. Only together did the two armies defeat the mercenaries, and then only barely. When the battle was over peace was declared, and at court that night Gillian surrendered Septentria to the Crown. King Hugo and Queen Caitlin then invested Aedan and Caffa as Baron and Baroness.

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Also in June, the seneschal of Ben Dunfirth, Fridja of Jutland, received her Award of Arms. This angered the contingent of Ben Dunfirth residents who felt she was too autocratic (and indeed despotic) and that her work should not have been rewarded. As Septentria supported Fridja (who, as has been mentioned, was not actually breaking any rules) the hearts of the people of Ben Dunfirth hardened towards their cousins.

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During Their term in Septentria, Aedan and Caffa appointed a baronial harpist, a position that still exists to this day. For Their harpist they chose first Nain of Islandia, known to us now as Nain na Cruitre, and later Mistress Rhiannon of Wye, both of blessed memory.

They also instituted the giving of rings, especially arm rings, to acknowledge good and just deeds by the populace of the barony.

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To protect Septentria in times of war, Aedan and Caffa formed the Septentrian Archery Corps and the Septentrian Guard. The Guard counted the Eoforwic City Militia amongst its numbers, for at that time Eoforwic was the home of Aedan and Caffa. Eoforwic was therefore seen by many as the capital of Septentria.

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That fall, after the destruction of records by an irate citizenry, Lady Fridja’s ‘reign’ in Ben Dunfirth was ended in a military coup. She was interrupted while trying to pass many ‘decrees’ and was escorted from the premises by Lord Glandydd of House Rhys Mordwyn and likely either Alfred of Warwick, or Duncan DuMorvill. (Some accounts say all three were present.) Alfred of Mercia was then named as the canton’s new seneschal.

As a result of this coup, the Canton of New Farthing (as Ben Dunfirth was still known at the time) was disbanded by orders from the Southron overlords. As well, these overlords then wrote a law no longer allowing a removal of office except through the intervention of a superior officer. Thus did the people of Ben Dunfirth make a lasting imprint on the way the Society was run.

Following the coup, House Three Coins fell into ruin, while Alfred of Mercia began the task of rebuilding the group, changing its name back to Ben Dunfirth.

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During the past few years, Skraeling Althing had grown substantially, and it soon claimed the right to be a barony in its own right. The Skrael gained independence in March of the sixteenth year of the Society, while the home canton of the same name eventually became known as Caldrithig.



AS 17, in which Sir Barak Hasdrubal moves to Ben Dunfirth, House Conchullain is formed, the gold and red torses are worn, Mordain Blackcloak is knighted, Septentrians are captured by the Great Dark Horde, the canton of Der Welfengau is founded, the Baronies of Septentria and Skraeling Althing almost war on one another, the canton of Vest Yorvik is founded , Gaerwen of Trafford is first seen and TSivia bas Tamara V’Amberview is made a Laurel.

During this year, Count Sir Hasdrubal moved from the East Kingdom and came to dwell in the Canton of Ben Dunfirth.
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House Conchullain was founded this year, also in the Canton of Ben Dunfirth.

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In July, Baron Aedan led a troop of soldiers to North Woods for a battle. They all wore torses of twined red and gold, topped with golden bears on their helms. At this time, the colours of Septentria were gules and or, (that is to say, red and gold/yellow), rather than the gules and argent (or red and silver/white) we see today. At the Pennsic War many of the fighters of Septentria went thus attired to the field.

That war Septentria acquitted itself well. During the bridge battle they gave no ground and held their bridge until the end.

Two other events at this eleventh Pennsic War must be recorded. The first being that Sir Mordain, former Champion of Septentria, and now a member of the barony of Skraeling Althing, was knighted. The second is the capture of Septentrians by the Great Dark Horde. When a group of Septentrians were visiting the camp of the Great Dark Horde the gates were ordered locked so that no member of the Order of the Chivalry, who had met there to moot, could leave early. The Septentrians were wary at first, but the free flowing ale the nomads provided eased their moods.

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December saw the formation of a new canton called Der Welfengau. Der Welfengau would go on to be known as a land of learning for they held many collegiae. As they were mighty in knowledge they could also be mighty of arm and Der Welfengau would be home for a time to David Martin Failsworth, of whom more will be said later.

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Lord Alasdair of Raasay then came close to starting a war between Septentria and Skraeling Althing. For he had seen land nearby to the Skrael that he wished Septentrians to settle. Baroness Enid Aurelia of the Tin Isles, first Baroness of Skraeling Althing, did mightily protest. Though the word ‘war’ was spoken, the conflict never became that heated and eventually the matter was settled peaceably.

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During this year, Gaerwen of Trafford, then known as Llyn, was first seen. She would go on to great things, and much more of her is written of elsewhere in this chronicle.

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During this year the canton of Vest Yorvik was founded in Septentria. The canton has been ever vibrant and is a place of artisans and warriors and has produced many fighters for the Septentrian baronial army.

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On the 26th of March, TSivia bas Tamara V’Amberview was made a Dame of the Order of the Laurel.



AS 18, in which Prisilka od Cervery Kamen the Sensible is made a Laurel, Hugo von Feuerklippe leaves Septentria, Ben Dunfirth and der Welfengau grow close, Ben Dunfirth hosts its first major event, Sylard of Eagleshaven is made a companion of the Order of the Laurel and the Shire of Noergate is founded.

On August 1st, Prisilka od Cervery Kamen the Sensible was elevated to the Order of the Laurel. She had lived in Ealdormere for a time, but moved to the Middle Kingdom.

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February of the eighteenth year of the Society saw Sir Hugo, the first native King of northland blood, depart with his lady Rowena for the Kingdom of An Tir.

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Also in February, the Canton of Ben Dunfirth and Canton of der Welfengau began to hold joint archery practices.

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On March 3rd, Ben Dunfirth held its first major event, being the Feast of St. David. Over one hundred people attended and took great delight in consuming a gingerbread fortress.

Also at this time, the plans for the first Murder Melee in the Meadow were formed, with Hannorah O’Neil and Lord Redbeard named as event stewards.

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On April 28th, the people of the north held an arts and sciences competition at which many wonderful works were shown. Many awards were granted to recognize the skills of their crafters. Most notable of all was Sylard of Eagleshaven’s induction into the Order of the Laurel for his metalwork.

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Somewhere around this time the Shire of Noergate was first founded. Though the shire’s lands for a time went untilled, people returned to Noergate around AS 30.



AS 19, in which Mortrath Colwyn is made a Laurel, the Magna Carta is delivered, Ben Dunfirth held the first Murder Melee In The Meadow, Sylard of Eagleshaven is sainted, Trinovantius is born, the Clarion begins publication, Tarver the Pole and Caffa Muirath craft a shield for the Princess of the Middle Kingdom, talk of a Region of the northlands begins, Septentria again distinguishes itself at the Pennsic War, Enid Aurelia of the Tin Isles and Robert of Two Cliffs are made Laurels, Ben Dunfirth once again becomes a full canton, those intent on fighting in the Regional Championship Tourney declare themselves, and collars of state are chosen.

May 4th saw Mortrath Colwyn (also known as Mordreth Llanelli Colwyn) elevated to the Order of the Laurel for her culinary skills. Thus she became the first Master of this art within the Kingdom.

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On May 27th the Magna Cara was delivered in Ben Dunfirth, with representatives from the Rising Waters, der Welfengau, Rhydderich Hael, Eoforwic, West Yorvik and Skraeling Althing in attendance.

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On the sixteenth day of June, the canton of Ben Dunfirth held a two-day tournament for the practice of martial skills in anticipation of war once again in the Debatable Lands. A series of team melees and bridge battles were fought with Barak Sir Hasdrubal’s fighters taking the day. The Murder Melee in the Meadow is still held to this day.

At this same event the three miracles of St. Sylard were performed. What these miracles may have been are unknown to this scribe. This same St. Sylard would one day have a convent dedicated to him, known as the Daughters of St. Sylard.

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Also in June, Ben Dunfirth fathered a new group calling itself Trinovantius. This group would go on to become the Shire of Trinovantia Nova. Furthermore, the canton began to publish its first newsletter, known as the Clarion.

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Lord Tarver the Pole, known long for his great height, strength and skill at the arts of peace and war, did craft a mighty shield. This shield was given unto the Baroness of Septentria, and Caffa painted it with the arms of the Princess of the Middle Kingdom. This shield was then given to Princess Fern de la Foret, and she bore it into battle. She was the first Princess of the Middle to bear her station’s arms on the field.

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Septentria and Skraeling Althing, though both separate and individual entities, had both been born from the same soul and the same heart. Lady Tsivia bas Tamara v’Amberivew, who was the Deputy Midrealm Seneschal in charge of groups modernly lying with the borders of Canada, pled with the Midrealm seneschal, Ithriliel, to let the lands modernly known as Ontario be its own region. At this point in time, these lands had been lumped into a land mass known as Pentamer by the Midrealm Curia Regis. Ithiriel agreed, making Tsivia Regional Seneschal for Ontario, which Tsivia thereafter referred to as Argenterre (roughly ‘Silver Lands’ in French). Sir Finnvarr de Taahe then wrote an impassioned letter to the people regarding choosing a new name and designing arms for their region. And so, in the nineteenth year of the Society, a ‘grand council’ was hosted by Lady Ragni Dzintara, TSivia’s successor, where the north folk met. The proposed region would not be an official geographic area recognized by the Society, but the people felt a sense of unity and wanted to express it. An honorable committee was founded to organize a tournament to select a champion and consort to represent the region.

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In an act of solidarity, Sir Mordain Blackcloak commanded the combined forces of the baronies of Septentria and Skraeling Althing at that year’s Pennsic War. Under his captaincy, the northland forces took the north bridge as the Middle Kingdom won the battle.

In the woods battle the Septentrian and Skraeling forces were set to guard a back road with only a small force. To their surprise the entire Eastern army marched along that same road and they fought a pitched and hopeless battle. Though the northland force was decimated, they fought gloriously and to the end.

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On August 17th both Enid Aurelia of the Tin Isles and Robert of Two Cliffs were elevated to the Order of the Laurel. Robert was recognized for his skill at calligraphy and illumination, while Enid was being honoured for her cooking.

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In September, news was received that Ben Dunfirth would once again be a full fledged and recognized canton. In October they held a harvest festival to celebrate this news.

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At the Septentrian baronial Twelfth Night a number of warriors declared their intent to take part in the tourney for the regional champion, and announced their consort’s name.

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On the tenth day of March a second moot was called for further discussion of the proposed region. The name proposed for the region was Ealdormere, and Septentria was strong in its support of the endeavour. It was also decided that the Ursus would become the region’s chronicle as it was then widely read.

Also in March, the Crown officially recognized Ben Dunfirth’s status as a full canton.

The next month the region held an Arts and Sciences Decathlon on the thirteenth day. The event was hosted by the canton of Vest Yorvik and is most memorable for it was on this day that the wolf was selected as the animal to represent the Region of Ealdormere.

The event also saw Lady Mordreth Llanelli Colwyn’s designs for the Collars of State chosen for the forthcoming champion and consort to wear. At this time all others who wished to grace the lists of the Regional Championship Tourney declared themselves and their consorts. In all, eighteen good gentles declared themselves. One of these, Iago, also called Yog the Undesirable or Yog Rhys Mordwyn, was admitted though he was not armigerous, and this was a requirement. Twelve other members of the populace stood and attested to his virtue and with this done, he could partake in the tourney. So did Yog’s strange journey begin, and more of it shall be written of later.

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At this time Rising Waters was growing at a large rate. They were meeting in Fiona Averylle’s basement, known affectionately as the ‘Elecave’. (It is a well known fact that Fiona held a special place in her heart for elephants.) This April, Fiona became the Trillium Herald for Ealdormere.

This year also saw the founding of the Chalice Calligraphers Guild in the canton.



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AS 20, in which Eoforwic celebrates its 10th anniversary, the Regional Championship Tournament is held, conflict arises concerning Murder Melee, Yog the Undesirable makes a heroic stand, Septentria begins its war traditions, Enid Aurelia of the Tin Isles is made a Pelican, the ‘Rights and Duties of the Champion and Consort of Ealdormere’ is published and the Proscription begins.

On the twentieth day of July in the twentieth year of the Society, Eoforwic celebrated its tenth anniversary. To mark this occasion the Royal Citie hosted the Regional Championship Tournament. Yog, he who has been mentioned before, was late to arrive and almost missed the tournament completely. The rules of the lists were scrupulously held to and many fighters had to cut their shields down to the required size. The fighting was honourable but fierce, and truly one good gentle received such a resounding blow to his most important piece of armour that it was split in twain.

Well and true the combatants fought and in the Lists Yog went undefeated, besting both Lord Tarver the Pole and Lord Belgar Thorbjorn in the finals. At court Yog and his consort, the Lady Hannorah O’Neil, were invested as the regional Champion and Consort. The collars of state were brought forth and the populace marveled. Mordreth, with the assistance of Sylard, had upon the collars depicted such things as the four elements, the Tree of Life, the Bear of Septentria, the Hare of Skraeling Althing, the Wolf of Ealdormere and many more symbols besides.

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In May, Murder Melee was again held, and at this event a new household was born, known as the Greater Freehold of the Fighters of Rozak, better known as the Rozakii. The founding members were Blaquestone, Roak, Tarl and Otaka (now known as Sir Tarkatai, Master of the Laurel). This inter-kingdom household would go on to produce many Kings and Queens of Ealdormere, as well as members of the Order of Chivalry, the Laurel and the Pelican.

Murder Melee this year became a battlefield in a literal sense as the event steward and Lord Yog, who both resided in Ben Dunfirth, disagreed over the scope of the event. Moria the Black (she who would later spearhead the Kingdom bid as Principality Seneschal) had chosen a theme for the event as a Septentrian Baronial War Practice with the permission of the Baron and Baroness of Septentria. Advertisements and invitations for the event had already been issued, as well as scheduling arranged. Yog, the Regional Champion felt it should be a Regional War Practice and informed Ben Dunfirth that he would be making this change. Discord erupted with the group about whether or not the Regional Champions had the right to make such a decision, to change an event theme without the permission of the host group or event steward. Though Ben Dunfirth did not want to re-do all of the work that had already been done, they were not against the idea of making Murder Melee a Regional War Practice in the future, and offered to incorporate that theme the next year. However, they were against the idea that the Regional Champion had the right to demand an event be changed and take to it over. This conflict ended up causing division and strife in the canton, as the Regional Champion and Consort both resided in Ben Dunfirth. The Baron and Baroness of Septentria were asked to resolve the conflict, and gathered Ben Dunfirth together at an event in Vest Yorvik in February to discuss the matter. Their Excellencies stated that the event should be as its autocrat wished, but asked the people of Ben Dunfirth to try and support the region. The people agreed, but asked what rights and duties the champion and consort had and what obligations in the performing of these duties were to be conveyed? Did the Regional Champion and Consort have the right to demand a group do something, or just to request it? Could they choose to take over an event if they chose without the group’s permission? It was resolved that the Baron and Baroness of Septentria and the Baroness of Skraeling Althing would write the ‘Rights and Duties of the Champion and Consort of Ealdormere’.

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Once again hostilities had broken out between the Middle and East Kingdoms and the people of the region of Ealdormere marched to war. In the field battle, Yog, the new champion of the Region, made a glorious final stand. For there was much bloodshed upon the field as bodies fell to lie on the earth. When the combatants paused Yog found that only he and James mac Art of Tree-Girt-Sea remained of the mighty Midlands army. The East, not wishing to be unchivalrous, agreed to battle the remaining two soldiers in single combat. James fought first and was killed. Yog then battled long and hard and defeated many men until at long last he fell. To commemorate this, Corin the Sun-King, monarch of the Middle, awarded Yog the Dragon’s Tooth.

This war saw the first appearance of the scarlet tabards of Septentria. They had been made by Domenica of Welfengau and featured the golden bear. The fighters also bore scarlet cords, plaited by Hannorah and her ladies as tokens. Also at this war Septentria began its long tradition of bearing much guard duty of the Midrealm royal encampment. Septentria continues this tradition to this day, though now they help guard the Ealdormere Royal encampment.

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On August 17th, Enid Aurelia of the Tin Isles became the second member of the Order of the Pelican in Ealdormere, seven years after Finnvarr had been elevated.

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In September Yog began his tradition of giving the most promising fighter in a tourney a sword and gauntlet. The swords were red-hilted, and the gauntlets decorated in brass. This began at a Tournament of Romance in Der Welfengau.

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At this time, James MacAndrews became the Septentrian baronial champion, though this was never an official title. He first wore the Baroness’s favour at the Festival of Maidens in Würm Wald.

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At a tournament held by Vest Yorvik in February, the Trillium Herald, Fiona Avril of Maidenhead, decided that the reproductive organ of the golden Septentrian bear should be blue thenceforth. This gilding would fall in and out of practice over the years.

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Also in February, the ‘Rights and Duties of the Champion and Consort of Ealdormere’ was published in Ben Dunfith’s newsletter, the Clarion.

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In this same month two letters from Ealdormere came by messenger to the king of the Middle Kingdom, who was at this time Alan Elegil. The first was from Lady Hannorah, champion’s consort of Ealdormere, who wrote of Ealdormereans she felt should be recognized for rewards. Normally, such a letter would be welcome news, but rather than suggest these individuals be recognized, the regional consort demanded they be recognized. She also advised the king about individuals she felt should not receive awards. The second was from Lord James MacAndrews, containing a proposition of Ealdormere becoming a full principality of the Middle Kingdom.

In addidition to these missives, the king received word from other regions within his kingdom that were demanding special rights for their regional representatives.

When the King of the Dragon Thrones read these letters he felt his kingdom was becoming unstable and crumbling around him and that regionalism was proving detrimental to the kingdom as a whole. Elegil then struck down the idea of regions, by calling his officers (some claim the minimum number of officers necessary) to enact a law, a law which prohibited any geographic area within the kingdom from calling itself a region, or by a regional name, or to chose for itself a champion. This was called the ‘Washroom Curia’ for, as the story goes, the king held the meeting in a privy. (This is disputed by others who say the meeting was held in the king’s kitchens the night before the Passing of the Ice Dragon.) As the king was a;ready planning to attend a different event, the duty to announce this edict to the people of Ealdormere fell to his Prince, Palymar of the Two Baronies, and his Pale Herald, Mistress Graidhne. They brought the northfolk the dire news at Ice Dragon in Rhydderich Hael, in the Kingdom of Æthelmearc, where many Ealdormereans were always in attendance. Though the Middle Kingdom Seneschal, the Countess Genevieve, was also present at the event, she was unable to attend this announcement.

When told they could no longer be a region, the folk of Ealdormere were confused, angry and distraught. They knew not why they were being so punished. If they had erred against the king, should they have not had a chance to atone before being so punished? Those present returned to Septentria and Skraeling Althing and word spread throughout the land. There was much wailing and gnashing of teeth. To this day there are Ealdormereans who refuse to speak the name of this king. Stories such as the Washroom Curia began to spread as the anger of the Northfolk burned hotly in their bellies. For many, many years, Ealdormereans felt they had been singled out by the Proscription, but other regions within the Middle Kingdom also felt the sting (and some say were more responsible for the Proscription’s enactment that the Northlands were). The members of the Curia have therefore oft been demonized in the lupine lands, though this is not necessarily warranted.

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That same month James MacAndrews, who served as Eoforwic’s pursuivant, was stripped of his office by the Dragon Herald, Baron Charles O’Connor. The Dragon Herald said that James was unable to hold the office as he was an Eastern herald, though all knew this was no longer so. Many grumbled that James was being punished for proposing the formation of the Principality of Ealdormere.

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Though the idea of Ealdormere was now an outlawed thing, still it lived on in the hearts of all the north folk, especially in those who lived in Septentria. Both Aedan and Caffa helped keep the people’s hearts and hopes alive, in the belief that eventually, Ealdormere would be free and recognized. Indeed, Lord Alistair Kirk of Inness points out that this proscription helped formalize the animal totem of Ealdormere. For the term “wolf’s head” means outlaw, and many in the north were proud to be wolf’s heads. These dark days were known as the Proscription, and were written of by Baron Aedan in his story “The Doom of Ealdormere.”



AS 21, in which a champion of Septentria-Skraeling Althing-Noergate is chosen, Murder Melee is again held, Septentria is sought at Pennsic, Caffa Muirath is elevated to the Order of the Laurel, Septentria almost single handedly guards the Midlands Royalty, John of Slaughterfield is made Queen’s Champion, Morgana bro Morganwyg is made a Laurel, and Ben Dunfirth again experiences internal strife.

In June a tournament was held in the Barony of Skraeling Althing. The winner of this tournament was to be the champion of Septentria, Skraeling Althing and Noergate. So did John of Slaughterfield become Ealdormere’s champion in all but name. His consort was Lady Deirdre of Carlysle.

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Also in June the third Murder Melee was held, and though its planning had been tumultuous, the event was very successful.

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At the Pennsic War, as the generals met to plan strategy, Duke Laurelin Darksbane, Baron of the Cleftlands, was asked what troops he would have under his command. “Septentria,” he replied. Though the forces of Septentria would be lost in the coming battles due honour was paid the barony as their warriors were amongst those most sought after during that war.

At this same war, Baroness Caffa was made a companion of the Order of the Laurel for her carving and she was showered with laurel leaves. Also, Septentrians continued their traditions as guards, and verily when someone passed by the Middle Kingdom encampment it was invariably Septentrians guarding the gate.

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By November King Alen was long gone. His son Palymar had ruled justly and well, and now Palymar’s own son Emrys sat the throne with his Queen Emmelynne. In this month Emrys and Emmelynne traveled to the Feast of Bacchus in Rising Waters and there they recognized the people and lands that had been so maligned under their grandparents’ rule. For James MacAndrews, who had been stripped of his pursuivant’s office, was made a companion of the Order of the Willow. Also, John of Slaughterfield, champion of Septentria, Skraeling Althing and Noergate was made the Queen’s Champion. Indeed, their Majesties gave the Spear of the Middle Kingdom into the keeping of the Barony of Septentria at this time.

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On April 29th, Morgana bro Morganwyg was elevated to the Order of the Laurel for her skill in the bardic arts. Though she dwelled in many kingdoms, she always considered Ealdormere to be her home.

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Also during this year, some residents of Ben Dunfirth, who did not feel comfortable among the other residents of their canton, began to gather in the village of Stoney Creek. This included Lord Yog, Hannorah, and members of their household.



AS 22, in which the canton of Steinbach is founded, a Septentria – Trimaris rivalry begins over land at Pennsic War, the squires of Septentria help guard the Queen of the Middle, Aedan na Kincora is made a companion of the Order of the Laurel, talk of a Barony of Rising Water begins but is stopped, Eislinn the Patient  passes away, the residents of Ben Dunfirth begin to grow closer, Tamara Amalthea de Romany is made a Laurel, the Middle Kingdom Seneschal steps down, Bealdgar Thorbeornsson is knighted, and Septentrians prove their generosity to the East Kingdom

A new canton, called Steinbach, was founded in May. It was near the Stoney Creek, by Ben Dunfirth. Like many others this canton enjoyed brief prosperity then faded from our histories.

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The Queen of the East Kingdom, Sedalia I, celebrated her birthday in July and many Eoforings traveled to the Debatable Lands to celebrate with her. Only two people in attendance that day gave gifts unto the Queen. The first was Mistress Graidhne, and the second was James MacAndrews, and neither hailed from the East.

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There was a rivalry that year between Septentria and Trimaris at the Pennsic War, for the East Kingdom had given camping land to Trimaris that Septentria claimed as its own.

Here too did a call go out for all the squires of the Middle Kingdom to form an honour guard for Eislinn (who was mortally ill), daughter of Emrys and Emmelynne, and Queen to Talymar III. So great was their love of the Queen that even Septentrians who were not squires rallied to her banner. In this way many of the Citie of Eoforwic and many from the canton of Petrea Thule served the Queen. Each person who fought for the Queen was presented with a token. Thorbjorn Osis Brandson, of beloved memory, fought in that august company and counted it as one of his proudest moments. The Guard fought well and bravely under the leadership of Sir Fernanda de la Foret, an old friend of Ealdormere. When the war was over, Eislinn made them all companions of the Order of the Queen’s Favour. This Order was closed upon the end of her reign.

For long had Baron Aedan na Kincora toasted hall and field with brew of his own distilling. His skill was here recognized by the Crown, and Aedan was elevated to the Order of the Laurel.

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In the fall, the Canton of Rising Waters mourned the loss of one of their most loved members, Lady Mary Campbell of Inverary, who passed away after a brief illness.

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In the cold winds of December the cantons of Rising Waters, Ben Dunfirth and Steinbach talked of joining together to form a new barony.  Before this could happen, Moria the Black had to assure the Society Steward, Hilary of Serendip, that Steinbach was a separate canton from Ben Dunfirth, and not simply a political sub-set within Ben Dunfirth. This she was able to do. The groups also had the blessings of the Baron and Baroness of Septentria, but the king’s seneschal, Baron Thyrm Odomsson, called Cein, said that for a canton to become a barony it must first become a shire. No one had heard of this custom before, and word was brought to King Eliahu, who was Talymar III’s successor. The King, and his queen, Elen, did put Thyrm on probation, and made matters clear that if he displeased them again during that time he would be stripped of his office.

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At the yearly Twelfth Night, a moot was held at which the people of the northlands, which called their land Ealdormere, found themselves resolved to place a Prince from amongst their number to rule over them.

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That very next month word came that Duchess Eislinn, who had been in ill health, had passed away. Eislinn, of blessed memory, was a true friend of all the people of Ealdormere.

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March saw Ben Dunfirh’s new seneschal, Moria the Black, holding a gathering at her home where the dissident factions of the canton were invited to socialize, get to know one another, and see how each of their actions were hurting the group. New friendships were formed, and the canton was strengthened.

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Also in March, on the 21st, Tamara Amalthea de Romany was elevated to the Order of the Laurel.

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On April 16th, Bealdgar Thorbeornsson was elevated to the Order of Chivalry.

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In April Thyrm Odomsson was encouraged by the King to release his office as the Middle Kingdom’s seneschal. Many folk of the northlands were glad, as they saw in Thyrm the last in a line of seneschals that stretched back to the ‘Washroom Curia’. A new seneschal, Myrra, was made, and she was a friend to the north.



AS 23, in which the first Lady Mary Tourney is held, Ealdormere is granted Principality status, Rising Waters splits off from Septentria, Aedan na Kincora and Caffa Muirath are inducted into the Order of the Pelican, Naon na Chruitire and Stephin Armstrang are made Laurels, and Belgar Thorbjornsson is elevated to knighthood.

In June, Rising Waters holds the first Lady Mary Memorial Tournament, to honour Lady Mary Campbell of Inverary who had passed away the previous year. This tournament is still held to this day.

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Though in Aedan’s tale Ealdormere was indeed doomed and slain, in truth she prevailed and in August Anno Societatis XXIII she overcame all obstacles and became a fully recognized Principality of the Middle Kingdom.

In fact, Aedan left an indelible mark upon the new Principality, a mark that is still with us to this day. For the proclamation of Ealdormere’s new status was made at Pennsic War, and Prince Reynard, heir to the throne of the Middle Kingdom, came to Aedan’s camp to celebrate. Aedan, who had been named Lord Lieutenant of Ealdormere, toasted the new Principality with a great “Waeshael!” and this was to become the cheer of the northlands for ever after. Around that same fire another Ealdormerean tradition was begot by Septentrians (or so the story goes). Two Eoforings, being John of Slaughterfield and Alistair Kirk of Inness, toasted Prince Reynard as His Lupine Highness. Forever after, this would be how Ealdormereans referred to their Majesties and Highnesses, as that of Lupine.

Ealdormere’s final rise to Principality status came about thusly:  first Graidhne did speak with the Dragon Herald, who was at that time Fiona Avril of Maidenhead and who said that the king and seneschal might agree to create such a principality. Fiona asked Graidhne to procure a charter, and she went to James MacAndrews, who had first made the proposition in print, and he drafted a charter. The charter was given from James to Graidhne to Fiona to Myrra of Blackwood who was seneschal. And Myrra did go unto the king and begged for a charter for the Principality of Ealdormere to be drafted. To this the king agreed and the charter was produced. The charter was discussed by the King’s Council and was found to be good and they discussed said charter with Baron Aedan and Baroness Caffa of Septentria, and Baroness Enid of Skraeling Althing. The Society Steward was the final person to be consulted, and this steward was Sir Hilary of Serendip, who had proposed years ago to James that Ealdormere should become a Principality.

So it can be seen that the stars were right, and the will of the land was with Ealdormere, for in every office Ealdormere did find a friend. At Great Court that Pennsic War, King Corwin and Queen Shanna made themselves Prince and Princess of Ealdormere, and Aedan and Enid were named Lord and Lady Lieutenant of Ealdormere until such time as the Principality should produce its own Prince and Princess. Aedan and Enid were granted seats on the King’s Council and there was much rejoicing amongst the populace of the new principality, and amongst those who were its friends.

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On November 12th, Naon na Chruitire and Stephin Armstrang were elevated to the Order of the Laurel. Naon was elevated for his skill at the harp; Stephen for carving.

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The same year that Ealdormere was recognized as a Principality, the Barony of Septentria once again gave birth to a child. On November 26th, the Barony of Rising Waters was formed from the vine-rich lands to the southeast. Rising Waters took with it the canton of Ben Dunfirth which would become a barony in its own right in Anno Societatis XXIX. Overseeing Rising Waters was Baron Byron Mikhail Woodroffe and Baroness Fiona Averylle O'Connor of Maidenhead.

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Around this same time, the Ursus, which had been used as a newsletter for the region, once again became Septentria’s newsletter. A new unnamed newsletter (later known as the Tidings) began to be published for the principality.

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Also that year, at the Coronation of Palymar II and Katherine II, King and Queen of the Middle Kingdom, both Baron Aedan and Baroness Caffa were inducted into the grand Order of the Pelican in recognition of their service to the barony and the region. For both served not only as Baron and Baroness, but also as officers.

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At Clancy Day, on April 16, Bealdgar Thorbjornsson was elevated to the Order of Chivalry.



The Time of the Oath-bound Princes

AS 24, in which Eoforwic hosts a Royal Coronation, Ricard of Sable Tree is made a Laurel, Rising Waters fights its first Baronial Border War with the Rhydderich Hael, Caffa Muiriath and Aedan o Kincora are made Pelicans, Aedan na Kincora is given command of Ealdormere at War, Kyrille Andreskevich  is made a Laurel, Fiona Averylle O’Connor of Maidenhead is made a Pelican, Tsvetan Arinsson is made a Laurel, David Martin Failsworth is made a knight of the Society, the foundations of the March of St. Martin are built, and David Martin Failsworth and Tangwystl Siwan Failsworth are named Ealdormere’s first Prince and Princess

In May, the Royal Citie of Eoforwic hosted the coronation of King Palymar II and Queen Katharine II.

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On the 13th of May, Ricard of Sable Tree was elevated to the Order of the Laurel for woodworking and Caffa Muiriath and Aedan o Kincora were elevated to the Order of the Pelican.

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The first Baronial Border War, fought between the Barony of Rising Waters and the Rhydderich Hael, occured between July 14th and 16th. At dispute was Navy Island and the fishing rights in the Niagara River. Rising Waters carried the day, forcing the Hael to take the fishing rights, as no one wanted to eat fish out of the Niagara River.

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At Pennsic XVIII, one year after the raising of Ealdormere to Principality status, Baron Aedan, Lord Lieutenant of Ealdormere, was given command of the entire Principality force to lead on the field. It is said that Aedan led Ealdormere to glorious victory, though the War itself was lost.

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On August 19th, Kyrille Andreskevich was elevated to the Order of the Laurel.

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Fiona Averylle O’Connor of Maidenhead was elevated to the Order of the Pelican on October 13th.

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Jan 2nd saw Tsvetan Arinsson elevated to the Order of the Laurel for his skill at dance. As he was too ill to attend an event, the King and Queen came to his deathbed to recognize him before he succumbed to his illness.

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At the Barony of Rising Waters’ Twelfth Night, baronial taxes are first levied. These inaugrial taxes were for each person in the barony to write up a history for their persona.

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At Clancy Day, on March tenth, David Martin Failsworth was raised to the Order of Chivalry.

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During this year, people began to build in the lands known as Sarnia. This settlement would eventually grow into the Shire of the March of St. Martin.

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On the seventh day of April in the twenty-fourth year of the Society, Ealdormere held its very first Coronet Tournament in the Canton of Ben Dunfirth. The winner of this tournament was Syr David Martin Failsworth who that day took the field for his inspiration, Lady Tangwystl Siwan Failsworth, making them Ealdormere’s first Prince and Princess. This same Syr David would later go on to even greater things, and more of him is written elsewhere in this chronicle.

After his victory in the list, having faced Yog Rhys Mordwyn, David and his consort, Tangwystl, were invested as the Prince and Princess of Ealdormere. The Principality Laws were read into court, and they were lavished with gifts. Foremost among them were a banner and coronets from Calontir, and Ealdormere’s first sword of state, from Clan MacGregor.

The first Great Officers of Ealdormere were: Katerina de Turenne, seneschal;  Ceallach cu Meallin,  marshal;  Gwylim ap Alun, exchequer;  Anne Grey, Minister of Arts;  Ricard of Sabletree, Minister of Science;  Tsivia bas Tamara, Chirurgeon, Brenainn O'Muchadha, Herald;  and Amyfelise de Mintestede, Chronicler.

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Also in April, Lady Sarra Graeham won the Middle Kingdom A&S Pentathalon.



AS 25, in which the first Principality awards are given, first Michel d’Arques and Kaellyn MacDermot and then Thorbjorn Osis Brandson and Ragnheithr Thorbjarnarsdottir reign as Prince and Princess, Barony Nordskogen returns Septentrian relics, Adrielle Kerrec is worshipped by Trimarian squires, Rhiannon of Wye is raised to the Order of the Laurel, Tangwystl d’Courci is made a Laurel, the College of Skeldergate is founded, Vest Yorvik thinks of becoming a barony, the first moot is held, the Order of the Bee is founded, and the canton of Ardchreag is founded

During this year the people in the mundane locality of St. Catherines, within the Barony of Rising Waters, ruminated on founding a new canton. Possible names included Hunter’s Moon and Hedgehog Hollow.

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At Murder Melee the first official Principality Awards were given. These were Tangwystl’s Favours, and they were given to Baroness Fiona, Lady Madinia and Lady Katerina de Turenne.

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At the Pennsic War, Barony Nordskogen learned that they were camping on ancestral Septentrian ground. Finding some relics of a dead giant (which looked remarkably like chicken bones), they returned them to Septentria with much pomp and ceremony. It was also reported that several Trimarian squires revered Lady Adrielle Kerrec (later Baroness of Septentria and Queen of Ealdormere) for her ability to gargle with a drink called ‘Southern Comfort’. That she could breath fire after doing so is considered to be apocryphal. Lady Rhiannon of Wye was raised to the Order of the Laurel for her skill at the harp.

At this war, David and Tangwystl led Ealdormere at its first Pennsic as a Principality. Calontir officially aligned itself with Ealdormere, and they marched onto the battlefield together.

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On September, Michel d’Arques and Kaellyn MacDermot became the second Prince and Princess of Ealdormere. David and Tangwystl retired from the thrones and became the first Viscount and Viscountess of Ealdormere. Also at this court, Tangwystl d’Courci and Helmut of Greenland were elevated to the Order of the Laurel (for costume research and armouring, respectively).

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During the winter of Anno Societatis XXV two good gentles traveled from Ben Dunfirth to attend a university within the borders of Septentria. This was Osric Caertinn na Conchullain and his lady, Cualgne, and they rediscovered the ruins of Noerlanda. Perhaps not knowing that winter is not the best time of year for construction they nevertheless began to rebuild this long-dead canton. To aid them they found Ursula na Clan na Rath, now a Baroness of the Court, and a surviving member of doomed Noerlanda. When the construction was complete around November, they stood back and looked at their work and they knew it to be good. Rather than again calling the canton Noerlanda, the populace called it the College of Skeldergate (though now it is a canton). Since they could find no documentation to prove they did not fall within the Citie of Eoforwic’s domains, by calling themselves a college, they avoided any geographical disputes with their neighbours. This land of owls would become known for the strength of its fighters, and would give birth to the Hrogn fra Osis, the personal household of Duke Sir Thorbjorn Osis Brandson and Duchess Mistress Caitlin Stuart. At the time I scribe these words, one Midrealm, one Drachenwald and four Ealdormerean kings have come from the canton of Skeldergate. The first (of the Middle) was Osis, who ruled too briefly, and whose Queen, Caitlin Stuart reigned on alone; the second was Berus Wolfsson Jarl who ruled twice with Countess Marion FitzWilliam; the third was Duke Aaron Preslee (now Worgonsson) and Rustique du Sorde (who reigned four times). The fourth was Duke Etain au Naval and Duchess Valfreya Greenspeare (who reigned twice). The fifth was Duke Quilliam and Duchess Dagmar Halvdan (who reigned twice). In far off Drachenwald, Duke Leif reigned twice with Duchess Morrigan.

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Also that winter the canton of Vest Yorvik thought upon trying to achieve baronial status in its own right. However, the proper procedures were not followed, the idea was struck down, and the people of Vest Yorvik did not pursue the matter.

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Also during this winter, the Principality held its first moot, at Wassail.

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In April of the twenty-fifth year of the Society, a group of archers set forth from Eoforwic and founded a settlement to the east upon cliffs overlooking the Inland Seas. These hearty and hale folk soon established a land renowned for skill at the bow, and the folk who lived in that canton called it Ardchreag (or Ard Chreag). Ardchreag would go on to host Septentrian War Practice, one of the area’s largest events. Over time this event would change it’s name to Ealdormere War Practice, and later to the War of the Trillium.

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Also in April, the Order of the Bee was founded. This order was to recognize service to the Principality. The first members were Anne Grey and Ceallach cu Meallain.

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On April 23rd, Osis and Ragnheithr Thorbjarnardottir, known as Heitha, became Prince and Princess.


AS 26, in which David Martin Failsworth and Tangwystl Siwan Failsworth reign as King and Queen of the Middle, Flaming Sky leaves Septentria, Forward into the Past is first held, Septentria is awarded the Purple Fretty, Cordigan d’Arnot and Diane d’Arnot are invested as Baron and Baroness of Septentria, the Ramshaven talks begin,  House Galbraith appears, Sarra Elisabeth Graeham of Birnham is made a Laurel, the Friendship of the Trillium and the Award of the Wolf’s Tooth are created, ‘Songs We Sing in Ealdormere’ is published, Roak and Tarkwyn become Prince and Princess, Henry of Linlithgow and Ricard of Sable Tree are made Pelicans, Killdare Silverwolf Thorkillsen of Ben Dunfirth and Catherine Dupres become Prince and Princess, Caitlin Stuart is made a Lady of the Rose,  and the Order of the Peregrine is founded.


In May the same Syr David Martin Failsworth who won the first Coronet of Ealdormere gave another crown to his lady Tangwystl, being that of the Kingdom of the Middle. And so David became the second King of the Middle Kingdom to hail from Ealdormere; and yet still greater things awaited David in the future.

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Also in May, the canton of Flaming Sky seceded from Septentria and become a shire, citing geographical distance from the other cantons as cause.

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In June, the first Forward into the Past collegium was held in the Canton of Brynaiu Tywynogg.

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Also in June, Baron Aedan and Baroness Caffa withdrew from the Ursine thrones after ruling the Barony of Septentria for ten years. In this time they had both been raised to the Order of the Laurel, the Order of the Pelican, and had brought Septentria much success on the field and in the hall.

Cordigan and Diane d’Arnot were then invested as Baron and Baroness of Septentria. Cordigan was a respected fighter who would one day be Prince of Ealdormere, as well as being an accomplished bard. As his lady Diane inspired him, so did he inspire his people through song and deed. Many thought the new Baron and Baroness distant, but some say they kept themselves apart as they knew upon their investiture that Septentria would soon be split, and did not want to get too close to the populace in fear of causing emotional harm when the day came.

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The very next month talks were reported in Septentria’s chronicle, the Ursus, of Septentria’s western lands who, by Royal decree, had to secede and form a new barony. Cordigan and Diane supported this endeavour, and declared their intention to run for the thrones of this new barony (eventually called Ramshaven). And so the eastern Septentrian lands once again looked for successors to the Ursine thrones.

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Around this time House Galbraith made its arrival in Septentria (first making Eoforwic its home, though many members later moved to Skeldergate and Ramshaven). This House would have a long and lasting effect upon not just the barony, but the entire kingdom as it was a House of most gifted artisans that would go on to produce several members of the Order of the Laurel, a future Baron and Baroness of Septentria, and several Queens of Ealdormere.

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On August 17th, Sarra Elisabeth Graeham of Birnham became a Dame of the Order of the Laurel for calligraphy.

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At Pennsic War XX, the Friendship of the Trillium was constituted with Aedan o Kincora, Caffa Muiriath and Elaine Walais as its principal members. Also, the Award of the Wolf’s Tooth was first handed out with Aine McKellmore (for fighting), Odd Grimsson (for archery) and Onami (for scouting) being the first recipients.

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Also in August, ‘Songs We Sing in Ealdormere’ was published, being a compilation of the many songs popular in the Principality. Ealdormere’s love of song was a well known fact, and this publication reinforced it.

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In September, Septentria was given a grand honour by the Crown of the Middle. For the Midlands bestowed upon the jewel of its northern lands a Purple Fretty, in recognition of the service the Barony had provided to the kingdom over the years.
 
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On September 21st the Fourth Ealdormere Coronet Tourney was held, with Roak winning the tourney for his inspiration Tarkwyn. Roak’s participation in the tourney was not without controversy, as his household, the Rozakii, was an interkingdom household and had fought for the East Kingdom at the previous year’s Pennsic War.

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At Baronial Birthday Bash on November 23rd, Frederic L’Avare, Henry of Linlithgow and Ricard of Sable Tree were elevated to the Order of the Pelican.

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In February, a decision was made regarding the size of the Barony of Septentria. It was resolved to split the barony in half. Eventually, this would lead to the western half of the barony becoming the Barony of Ramshaven.

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On April 4th the Coronet Tourney was again held, this time in Greyfells. On this day Killdare Silverwolf Thorkillsen of Ben Dunfirth and his consort Catherine Dupres became the new Prince and Princess of Ealdormere. Also at this event, Duke Finnvarr begged a boon from King Comar and Queen Lisa of the Middle Kingdom, namely, to induct Countess Caitlin Stuart into the Order of the Rose, an honour that had been denied her in the past. Comar and Lisa agreed to this, and Caitlin was finally a Lady of the Rose.

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Also in April, the Order of the Peregrine, to recognize martial pursuits, was founded with Gunther von Wieselberg (for fighting) and Ricard of Sabletree (for archery) becoming its principals.



AS 27, in which Principality A&S is held, Septentria searches for heirs and attends the first Orangeville Medieval Fair, Elwynor ferch Alwyn, Aelwyth the Grey, and, Hector of the Black Height are made Laurels, Belgar and Andrea became Prince and Princess, the Royal University of the Midrealm is held in Ealdormere, the Order of the Keeper of the Wolf’s Heart is founded, Coronet Tourney becomes an invitational, the Town Council is held, Catherine de Guise wins A&S, Killdare II and Lella Seracini become Prince and Princess, Baldric of the Pathless Wastes is made a Laurel, and Ieuan McKellmore and Adrielle Kerrec are invested as Baron and Baroness of Septentria.

In this year the people of Septentria searched for candidates to be the Heirs of the Ursine thrones. There was concern that Septentria would loose up to two thirds of their fighters in the proposed baronial division.

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In May, the Principality Arts and Sciences Faire was held in Skeldergate. The competition was won by Rigunth of Bern (later known as Nicolaa de Bracton). Kildare I and Catherine made Rigunth their Cupbearer.

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On July eighteenth to nineteenth Ealdormere attended the first Orangeville Medieval Festival, which was Septentria’s largest demo ever. Amongst other deeds, Lady (now Duchess) Eanor of Amberhall and Lord Berus Wolfsson (now Sir Berus Jarl) authorized in armoured combat.

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On the 25th of July, Elwynor ferch Alwyn and Aelwyth the Grey were elevated to the Order of the Laurel for leatherwork.

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August 15th saw Hector of the Black Height, who is one of Ealdormere’s best known bards, and one of the reasons our kingdom is known as the land that sings, elevated to the Order of the Laurel for his bardic pursuits.

Also at this Pennsic War, the people of the Barony of Rising Waters presented new royal cloaks to the King and Queen of the Middle Kingdom, which were accepted with tears of joy.

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On September 19th Ben Dunfirth hosted Coronet Tourney, with Belgar and Andrea becoming the new Prince and Princess of Ealdormere.

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The Order of the Keeper of the Wolf’s Heart was founded in September to honour those who performed and supported the bardic arts in a manner that best regaled the spirit of Ealdormere. Moria the Black was its founding principal.

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In November, the Royal University of the Midrealm convened in Skeldergate.

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In An Tir, on January 30th, Aelfwyn Hatheort, also known as Aelfwyn the Irresonsible, was elevated to the Order of the Laurel for calligraphy and illumination. Aelfwyn would later immigrate to Ealdormere.

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Also in January, with the assent of the Midrealm Curia, Prince Belgar and Princess Andrea changed Coronet Tourney from an open list to an invitational list, with an invitation to all members of the populace to nominate prospective combatants. This proved a controversial choice, as some felt it could pave the way for the Princes and Princesses of Ealdormere to deny entry to the Lists to those they did not like. The invitational list, however, would be retained, and would evolve over time.

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In March, a Town Council was held to discuss a number of issues, including the changes to the coronet format, fencing, newsletters and other concerns.

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In April, Afon Araf hosted a very successful Arts and Sciences competition. Catherine de Guise won the Pentathaln and became the A&S Champion for the year.

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April 24th saw Viscount Killdare victorious at the Coronet Tourney, making his consort, the Lady Lella Seracini the Princess. That day also saw Baldric of the Pathless Wastes elevated to the Order of the Laurel for parchment making. The list of combatants who were invited to compete included:

            Lord Konrad Matthias Jaeger                                     Lord Tarkatai Bahadur
Mistress Sarra Graeham of Birnham                     Lord Grimwulf the Hairy
Sir Mordain Blackcloak                                                    Viscount Roak Conchullain
Lord Aine MacDrake                                                                    Master James Blanchart
Lord Tarl of Greyhaven                                                    Lord Tarver the Pole
Earl Syr David Martin Failsworth                                    Lord Hogarth Tyrson
Lord Padraic au Citoque                                                   Lord Gwylim ap Alun
Lord Rorry Cenndi the Kid                                              Lord Emrys Vatnsgeymir Bannveinn
Baron Cordigan d'Arnot                                                   Lord Cynric Locris
Lord Edward of Eoforwic                                                            Lord Raydic
Lord Jaques de Sorde                                                                   Lady Sindan Kara Khitai
Lord Yusef of South Tower                                             Lord Johannes der Herold
Lord Dafydd of Chalcewell                                             Lord Wolfgang Heinrich
Lord Baldric of the Pathless Wastes                    Lady Elise Morgan ferch Owen
Lord James of Bristol                                                                   Baroness Elizabeth Mortimer
Viscount Osis of the Livery                                              Lord Kashida Onami noh Kuma
Master Hector of the Black Height                      Lord Trumbrand the Wanderer
Lord Justinian Clarus                                                                    Lord Yog Rhys Mordwyn
Lord Llweyllyn o'r Glynn                                                 Lord Hoskuld Thorleiksson
Lord Phadraig MacNeil                                                    Duke Sir Finnvarr de Taahe
Lord Oikawa Katsu                                                                      Lord Raedmund of Ard Chreag
Lord Duncan bek Angus MacDrake                     Lord Richard La Mer
Lord Gunter von Wiesselberg                                           Lord Taymar of Bockskotf
Lord Glandydd Rhys Mordwyn                          Lord Face of Septentria
Viscount Kildare Silverwolf                                             Lord Aonghas Macleod o hAnghusa
Lady Genevieve Chastellain d'Anjou                   Lord Aelfwine the Wanderer
Lord Tai Chin Wu                                                                         Lord Dougall MacGillonie
Lord Daniel of Winchelsea                                               Lady Kaylah the Cheerful
Baron Tristaam of Galador                                               Lord Robert le Sawyer
Lord Lucius Aurelius Varus                                             Lord Karl Tollemache of Cuxhaven
Lord Eanbrand                                                                              Lord Kagi Ichikawa

Also at this event, former baronial Seneschal Adrielle Kerrec and Ieuan McKellmore were invested as the Baron and Baroness of Septentria. Ieuan and Adrielle did not appoint baronial champions as they both fought and took great honour in being the barony’s champions in all things. However, each year they did recognize two individuals by making them scutifers. These shield-bearers accompanied the Baron and Baroness upon the field of battle. Both Aedan na Kincora and Caffa Muirath, who had since retired, returned to witness the investiture and bestowed upon the new Baron and Baroness many ancient Septentrian artifacts long thought lost.



AS 28, in which the canton of Monadh is founded, the canton of Bryn Rekhart (Caer Draeth) is founded, Cordigan d’Arnot and Diane d’Arnot reign as Prince and Princess, Heldora Thorkillsdattir passes away, Thorbjorn Osis Brandsson and Cordigan d’Arnot are knighted, Etaoin O’Fearghai is made a Laurel, Tamarra Amalthea de Romany is made a Pelican, Ben Dunfirth discusses becoming a barony, Gunther I and Joleicia reign as Prince and Princess, and the Ealdormere Cook’s Collegium is held.

At this year’s Pennsic War the first arm ring passed from one member of the populace to another. Master Hector of the Black Height did so honour Ulvar van der Nederlanden, known as the Officer, and asked him to pass that ring, or another, on to someone else in a year and a day. Thus was a Septentrian tradition born that continues to this day.

Also at this War, the friendship between Calontir and Ealdormere was further solidified. Their Majesties Calontir requested the presence of Kildare and Lella, and had Their bard sing a song of praise in Ealdormere’s honour in three verses. Ealdormere was then asked to add three verses of their own…which Hector of the Black Height and Justinian Clarus did on the spot. Calontir then gifted Ealdormere with a scepter adorned with brass wolves’ heads, with the hope that one day it would become the first piece of regalia for the Kingdom of Ealdormere. Indeed, this scepter would go on to become the Sceptre of the Queens of Ealdormere.

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August of this same year saw the first meeting of those who would eventually found the Canton of Monadh, the land of thistles and sheep and bearded men. Monadh was home to the young Saxon Lord Cynred who, along with Lady Gaerwen of Trafford, who dwelled in Eoforwic, would become Ursine Excellencies in years to come. Monadh was also home to many famed artisans who traveled to its borders from all over Septentria. Over the years many would call the thistly hills home including Master Sylard of Eagleshaven, Mistress Mordreth Llanelli Colwyn, His Lordship Robert le Sawyer and Mistress Breanaidh ni Naoimin. Breanaidh it was who crafted the Principality Coronets and the Kingdom Crowns of Ealdormere. The famed Cloak of Septentria was fashioned in Monadh, by the skilled hands of Signora Leonora daLiliaceae.

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The first Bonfield Battle at Baron’s Howe was held in the ducal lands of Ravenhill in Flaming Sky. Duke Finnvarr and Mistress Ragni held this event in honour of their horse Baron, whose burial mound was on-site. This became a popular camping event in Ealdormere, with fighting, fencing, archery, thrown weapons and equestrian components. Bonfield Battle ran for twenty years, until Finnvarr and Ragni had to move away from Ravenshill.

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On September 25th, Cordigan and Diane were invested as the Prince and Princess of Ealdormere. During this reign, Their Majesties of the Middle gave Their Serene Highnesses of Ealdormere the right to give out Kingdom Awards in the name of the Crown. The right to give out Awards of Arms in their own names would be attained during the reign of Roak II and Tarkwyn II.

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In October the Canton of Bryn Rekhart (now known as Caer Draeth) was formed.
Caer Draeth was home to many skilled artisans and fighters and would in later years earn renown for the skills of its chefs and cooks.

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On October the 29th, Tamarra Amalthea de Romany was elevated to the Order of the Pelican.

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Also in October, Baroness Fiona of Rising Waters was given an augmentation of arms, creating the first quartered device in the Society.

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In November, the Canton of Pont Y Saeth in Rising Waters attained full status, though unfortunately it would eventually fall into ruin. It was also announced this month that beginning with the next Coronet Tourney, the winners would not be immediately invested, but would serve as heirs for a two or three month period first. Also, The Friendship of the Trillium was no longer an automatic honour given to consorts when stepping down from the throne, but instead became the Principality’s highest honour and was open to all, for long service to the Principality.

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In December, the Canton of Ben Dunfirth was rocked by the sudden loss of their much loved Chatelaine, Lady Heldora Thorkillsdattir.

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Also in December, Monika z Gneizno, who had once lived in Eoforwic but now resided in the Barony of Castel Rouge, was put on vigil for the Order of the Laurel for her knowledge of music. This was done by Cordigan and Diane, with permission of TRM Middle, in a special ceremony while Monika was visiting her old canton of Eoforwic. She was later elevated by Their Majesties Finn and Garlanda in Castel Rouge.

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The Order of the Keeper of the Wolf’s Heart was closed this year by Their Highnesses. Also, from this time on, the published Coronet list only contained the names of those who had been invited and had also accepted that invitation.

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Thorbjorn Osis Brandsson, future King of Ealdormere, was knighted on Jan 29th.

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On Feb 4th, Etaoin O’Fearghai (of beloved memory) was elevated to the Order of the Laurel for the fibre arts.

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Also in February, at the Ealdormerean Parliament, the major subject of discussion was whether everyone involved in the SCA should have to be a paid member (known as the “pay to play” controversy).

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March 26th saw Cordigan d’Arnot knighted (though some accounts say it was on April 26th). This marked the first time one of Ealdormere’s Princes was knighted while on the throne.

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Around this time, Ben Dunfirth entered into talks with Rising Waters about becoming a barony in its own right.

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In April, Gunther I and Joleicia were invested as Prince and Princess of Ealdormere. This is the same Joleicia who would one day become a Queen of Ealdormere. They were the first Prince and Princess to have served a period as heirs before being invested.

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On April 9th, Ben Dunfirth hosted the Ealdormere Cook’s Collegium.



AS 29, in which Thorbjorn Osis Brandson I and Valthiona Cuthbert reign as King and Queen of the Middle Kingdom, Hector of the Black Height is made a Pelican, Aibhilin fra Skye, Lilibeta Rudenko, Alasdair of Raasay, and Thaninieyaieres O Ynys yf Draig Gwyrdd are made Laurels, Rising Waters and Rhydderich Hael storm Fort Erie, Menken Brechen and Ziegfried Gunter von Weaselberg are knighted, Ragni Dzintara of Amberhall is made a Pelican, David Martin Failsworth II and Elina de Braose reign as Prince and Princess, there is an Ealdormerean Civil War, the Metalworkers’ Guild is founded, Ramshaven splits off from Septentria, Roak II and Tarkwyn II reign as Prince and Princess, Tarkatai and Thyra become the first baron and baroness of the new Barony of Ben Dunfirth, and the Principality celebrates its 5th anniversary.

Sir Thorbjorn Osis Brandson won the Crown of the Middle Kingdom for his Queen Valthiona, in May of the twenty-ninth year of the Society. In this same year Earl Syr David Martin Failsworth and Lady Elina de Braose held the coronets of Ealdormere.

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Hector of the Black Height was elevated to the Order of the Pelican on July 1st.

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On July 17th, Aibhilin fra Skye was elevated to the Order of the Laurel for cooking.

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July 29th saw Lilibeta Rudenko elevated to the Order of the Laurel for her Ukranian research.

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Also in July, at the Friendship Festival, the people of the Baronies of Rising Waters and Rhydderich Hael laid siege to Fort Erie. Led by Baroness Fiona, and accompanied by drummers and pipers, a large contingent of scadians approached the fort’s walls. They were watched by a crowd of local sight seers and mundane constabulary. When their cries to open the gates were not answered, two kilted men climbed the walls and waved the two baronies’ flags from the ramparts. When the soldiers within the fort finally opened the gates to see what the noise was about, they found themselves pelted with grapes. They were not amused. To this day, both baronies have a treaty stating joint ownership of the fort. The fort, of course, sees things differently.

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At the Pennsic War, on August 16th, both Alasdair of Raasay and Thaninieyaieres O Ynys yf Draig Gwyrdd were elevated to the Order of the Laurel (for silverwork and herbology, respectively), and Ragni Dzintara of Amberhall was elevated to the Order of the Pelican. On the 18th, Menken Brechen and Ziegfried Gunter von Weaselberg were knighted on the field by King Finn and Queen Garlanda before the great battle.

Also at this war, Madinia Deveraux O’Tuatail was caught unawares by a group of Laurels who invaded a class she was teaching. She was then put on vigil for the Order of the Laurel for costuming. Among those who spoke for her was Dagan du Darregonne, knight and duke of the Middle Kingdom.

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On October 1st, David II and Elina became the Prince and Princess. They issued several challenges to the populace of Ealdormere. One was to produce items for a War Chest in exchange for specially minted coins. They also challenged the groups of Ealdormere to engage in a friendly Civil War, and took several hostages to ensure good conduct during the conflict.

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In November, the Metalworkers’ Guild was founded.

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On Feb 4th Ramshaven split from Septentria, with Cordigan d’Arnot and Diane d’Arnot invested as its first Baron and Baroness.

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On April 19th, Roak II and Tarkwyn II became the new Prince and Princess of Ealdormere at Lady Mary Tourney, hosted by Ben Dunfirth. Also this day, after having reassured Their Excellencies of Rising Waters that their desire to leave the barony and form their own was no reflection on them, Ben Dunfirth became a barony. Ben Dunfith’s first baron and baroness were Tarkatai Bahadur and Thyra Thorkillsdottir. Also on this day, Genevieve and Malik became the second Baron and Baroness of Rising Waters, making this event the Investiture, Investiture, Investiture event.

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Also in April, Vest Yorvik hosted a celebration of the Principality’s fifth anniversary.

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Also during this year, Ieuan and Adrielle addressed the people and stressed that they were loyal to the Middle Kingdom, as indeed Their station and honour demanded, but strongly hinted that They were more loyal to Septentria and its people. They said, “Over the summer months many serious allegations have been bantered around the Barony, and indeed the Kingdom; the Crown has exercised Its right to Banish several members of the populace. We would like to take this opportunity to express Our personal opinions on this matter: We have sworn an oath to uphold the Laws and Customs of the Middle Kingdom, and We will keep our Oath sworn word. However, We would like to publicly acknowledge that all the people of Septentria are always welcome in Our hearts and Our home. The oath We have sworn to Ourselves and to you, the people, shall always be foremost in Our hearts.” These words were slightly seditious, and it was perhaps only luck that kept the wrath of the banishers from the Baron and Baroness’ heads.



 AS 30, the canton of Eoforwic celebrates its 20th anniversary,  talk of Ealdormere’s seceding from the Middle Kingdom begins, the Shire of the March of St. Martin becomes full status, Mordain and Ælflæda reign as Prince and Princess, followed by Roak III and Moria, Elizabeth Mortimer is knighted, Nicolaa de Braction and Rosina del Bosco Chiaro are made  Laurels, and Menken Brechen is made a Pelican.

The thirtieth year of the Society saw some small turmoil as Septentrians dealt with all the changes to their barony following the split with Ramshaven. Baron Ieuan and Baroness Adrielle urged Septentrians to wear the White Bear proudly and say, “Within my breast beats the heart of the Bear.” Ieuan and Adrielle truly believed that Septentria was the heart and soul of Ealdormere and encouraged the populace to wear the bear in many ways. They would often make bear tabards which they awarded to newly authorized fighters and archers.

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In August Eoforwic celebrated its twentieth anniversary. The Principality’s newest shire, Breinniestein Vatn, held its first event that same day.

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At this same time, Ealdormere’s thoughts had turned to becoming a Kingdom in its own right. It had gone through the small steps of the child-nation and was now ready to emerge as an adult Kingdom.
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During this year, the Shire of the March of St. Martin received its official recognition as full-status.

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On September 30th, Mordain and Ælflæda were invested as the Prince and Princess of Ealdormere. At this event, Eleanor Cadfan was elevated to the Order of the Laurel for her skill at pewter casting.

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Jan 27th saw Ealdormere’s first female member of the Order of Chivalry, in the person of future Princess, Elizabeth Mortimer, also known as Bess.

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The first Guild day was held in March. The Argent Wolf Fian (now known as the White Wolf Fian) was founded by Princess AElflaeda. This group was conceived by Dame Elizabeth Cadfan, and then realized by Dame Elizabeth with the input and assistance of Moria the Black, Caitlin Stuart and other Laurels whom Dame Elizabeth had recruited. It was for artisans of Ealdormere, and could only be entered through an A&S challenge.

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At the Investiture of Prince Roak and Princess Moria on April 20th in Vest Yorvik, Nicolaa de Braction was elevated to the Order of the Laurel for research. Also at this event, Rosina del Bosco Chiaro was made a Laurel for dance, and Menken Brechen was made a Pelican. King Chrystofer of Calontir was in attendance that day. Of note, this was the first investiture in Ealdormere where the Crown did not invest the Prince and Princess. Though the Crown of the Middle was present at the event, Roak and Moria had received permission to have the investiture occur out of the Crown's presence. Prince Mordain and Princess AElflaeda invested Roak and Moria, and then the Crown of the Middle came in demanding to know what had just occurred, and then received the Fealty Oath of the new Prince and Princess. From this day forward, the Coronet of Ealdormere would pass from Ealdormerean to Ealdormerean, without being touched by the Crown of the Middle.


 AS 31, in which Edouard Beausoleil and Eanor of Amberhall reign as King and Queen of Drachenwald, Edouard is knighted, Vali and Ragnheithr became Baron and Baroness of Ramshaven, the first Lawspeaker is appointed, Thorbjorn Osis Brandson II and Caitlin Stuart II reign as King and Queen of the Middle Kingdom, Etaoin O’Fearghai is made a Pelican, the Ealdormere Commissariat is formed, and Elizabeth and Menken reign as Prince and Princess of Ealdormere, followed by Edward and Rylyn.
  In May, Flaming Sky hosted the first event in Ealdormere devoted entirely to the equestrian arts.

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Sir (now Duke) Edouard Beausoleil and Lady (now Duchess) Eanor of Amberhall had traveled from their home, the Royal Citie of Eoforwic, to the Kingdom of Drachenwald. Eanor had gone to that far-off land to pursue her studies, and in their time there Edouard won a Crown tournament to make himself King and Eanor Queen. They ruled from June until January. On May 18th, while Prince of Drachenwald, Edouard was elevated to the Order of Chivalry.

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The first A&S issue of Tidings was published in June.

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In July, Elizabeth Mortimer and Menken Brechen became the Heirs of Ealdormere. As such, Menken stepped down as Principality Seneschal, appointing Adrielle Kerrec as his emergency deputy. It was Menken who had overseen the creation of a Laws Committee to begin the Kingdom Bid process and explore the possibility of Ealdormere becoming a kingdom.

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On August 10th, Vali inn svartr fleikingr and Ragnheithr Thorbjarnardottir became Baron and Baroness of Ramshaven.

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At the Pennsic War in August, Etaoin o Fearghail was appointed as the first Lawspeaker of Ealdormere by Roak and Moria. This position entailed presiding over moots and acting as an impartial moderator in disputes among the populace. This office was unique to Ealdormere and still exists today.

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On September 21st, Princess Elizabeth, who had won the preceding Coronet Tourney, and her consort Menken Brechen, were crowned as Prince and Princess.

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From October until March another kingdom found itself under the rule of Ealdormereans for Sir Thorbjorn Osis Brandson won the Crown of the Middle Kingdom for himself and his lady Caitlin Stuart.

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Also in October, Moria the Black became the Principality Seneschal and announced the creation of various committees, including the already formed Laws Committee, and a Steering Committee, to finalize the push for Kingdom status. She also appointed deputies to begin the process of the Kingdom bid.

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In November, the Ealdormere webpage was created.

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In December, Elizabeth and Menken asked the Principality Seneschal to poll the people as part of the Kingdom bid, to determine if Rapier would be included in the proposed Kingdom of Ealdormere. At that time, Society guidelines required such a distinction be made when applying for kingdom status.

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Also in December, comments made by Prince Menken to the Principality Seneschal of Northshield are misinterpreted by the Crown as being seditious and encouraging treasonous acts. After much discussion between the Crown and the Principality of Ealdormere the matter is put down as a jest between friends and the Coronet of Ealdormere is again secure.

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In January in Skeldergate, Their Highnesses called a referendum on the future of fencing in Ealdormere. Also, a straw poll was taken to gauge the people’s interest in becoming a full kingdom.

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In February, Elizabeth and Menken announce the results of the polls. The push to become a kingdom was given overwhelming support, as was the inclusion of Rapier.

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On March 1st, Etaoin O’Fearghai (of beloved memory) was elevated to the Order of the Pelican.

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Also in March, at the second War College, the Ealdormere Commissariat was formed. It would first see action the following year at the Pennsic War.

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Edward and Rylyn were recognized as the new Prince and Princess of Ealdormere on April 12th.



AS 32, in which Casa D'Courci is founded, the canton of Whit’s End (Greenhithe) is founded, House Fettered Fleur is founded, Ieuan McKellmore leaves for the Crusades leaving Adrielle Kerrec to rule Septentria alone, Cynred Broccan is the first Commissar of the Ealdormere Commissariat, Glandydd Rys Mordwyn is made a Laurel, Kaellyn mac Dermott of Leinster is made a Pelican, Roak is knighted, Prince Jafar passes away, Gunther II and Morgon are Prince and Princess, Moria the Black is made a Pelican,  and Berus Wolfsson and Marion FitzWilliam reign as the last Territorial Prince and Princess of the Principality of Ealdormere.

This year saw the founding of Casa D'Courci, the personal household of Countess Tangwystl D'Courci, Viscountess Ealdormere, O.L. Casa D’Courci placed an emphasis on the arts and sciences and has produced several Laurels, including Mistresses Jolecia, Joanna, Odette and Lucrece. Around AS 42, Casa D’Courci would merge with Mistress Rachael's atelier.

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In An Tir, on May 17th, Aelfwyn Hatheort, also known as Aelfwyn the Irresponsible, was elevated to the Order of the Pelican. This same Aelfwyn would later immigrate to Ealdormere.

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Also in May, the polling committee and the Principality Seneschal agreed on the final wording of the official poll for the push for kingdom status, and the polling of the people of Ealdormere began.

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Around this time a small collective began to grow in lands claimed by both Ardchreag and Petrea Thule. This band eventually formed a proto-incipient canton called Whit’s End. This keep was built on rocky shoals, and it eventually tumbled into the Inland Sea. However, the people there were hearty folk and they rebuilt, calling the new keep Greenhithe. Not long after, Lord Ulrich von der See, of beloved memory, would bring a petition to the town leaders of Ardchreag and Petrea Thule and with his skills of diplomacy (and the giving of many gifts) he convinced them to allow Greenhithe to extend its borders to the area of Heber Downs. Greenhithe would eventually change its name to Greenhithe be the Waeter, but would unfortunately fall into ruin.

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On Friday, June 13, House Fettered Fleur was founded. It was joint household of Viscount Menken Brechen and Dame Eleanor Cadfan and was dedicated to the chivalric ideals of hospitality, courtesy and service, as well as the pursuit of excellence in both the martial and peaceful arts.

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Also in June, the polling deputy resigned, and the Princiaplity Seneschal appointed Tabitha Dearval to take over the position. The Seneschal also announced that the polling process must begin again due to discrepancies in the process of the first poll.

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In July, at Market Day, Baron Ieuan surprised the populace by announcing that he had to leave for the Crusades to purge his sins. With the blessing of the Crown, Baroness Adrielle’s term continued. At this time Adrielle thought it proper to appoint a baronial champion to help her defend the barony. For this role she appointed Lord Rhys ap Bledri, squire to Syr Mordain Blackcloak, who was himself a former Septentrian champion. As was traditional in the northlands, a collar was crafted bearing the arms of the barony and of the various champions.

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Also in July, the results of the poll were announced, and they were again overwhelmingly in favour. The Principality Seneschal then requested all Principality Officers to begin writing potential Kingdom Office handbooks, to be submitted for final editing and cross referencing with the Laws Committee’s proposals to ensure consistency.

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At War, Adrielle led Septentria into battle as Caffa did of old, with spear in hand. She commanded the Woods Battle and for her skills was awarded the Peregrine.

This war also saw the first efforts of the Ealdormere Commissariat. This support unit fed the warriors of Ealdormere on the field, providing them nourishment and strength to carry on the fight. Members of the commissariat came from across the land, and the first Commissar was Hlaford Cynred Broccan.

At Great Court, Moria the Black was put on vigil for the Order of the Pelican in recognition of her hard work with the Kingdom Bid and as Principality Seneschal.

Also at this War, the Ealdormerean encampment was opened to the general public for the first time and Lady (now Duchess) Marion FitzWilliam served as editor of the Pennsic Chronicle, with the assistance of several other Ealdormereans.

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On September 13th  Prince Gunther II and Morgon became the Prince and Princess of Ealdormere. During this reign final preperations were made for the push to kingdom status. These included writing a history of Ealdormere, drawing a map of the Principality, writing ceremonies (overseen by Nicolaa d Bracton), a Peerage retreat organized by Rylyn Buchanan, and other such things. Their Serene Highnesses also re-opened the Order of the Keeper of the Wolf’s Heart.

Also at this event, Roak was elevated to the Order of Chivalry, and Moria the Black was elevated to the Order of the Pelican.

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In October, Berus and Marion become the Heirs of Ealdormere. With Palymar, King of the Middle, in attendance, the Principality Seneschal announced that the Middle Kingdom had approved a timeline for the submission of the Kingdom Bid, and that if all went well, Berus and Marion would be the last Territorial Prince and Princess of Ealdormere.
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In November, the Kingdom Committees finalized their drafts for the Kingdom Bid, and submitted them to the Principality Seneschal for reviewing and editing.

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In December, the Principality Seneschal announced that the Bid had been finalized and submitted to the Board of Directors for consideration at their meeting in January. The final Bid was over 400 pages, including propsed handbooks, laws, history, statistical data, and the actual request for elevation and letters of support.

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Early that month, Prince Jafar of the Middle took ill and passed away on December 27th. Princess Kenna elected to continue on as Princess, and later lead the mourning Middle Kingdom alone. Several fundraising projects were orchestrated in Ealdormere to assist her with this task.

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In January, Moria the Black traveled to California to attend the Board of Directors meeting. After much controversy and debate between the Deputy Society Seneschal and the Principality Seneschal, with missives sent back home to get agreement on certain issues from the Royalty of Ealdormere and the Middle Kingdom, the Kingdom Bid finally passed the Board as one of the last votes of the day.

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At Septentrian Twelfth Night, on January 17th, word reached Their Highnesses during feast that the kingdom bid had been unanimously accepted by the Board.

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On January 25th, Glandydd Rys Mordwyn was elevated to the Order of the Laurel and Kaellyn mac Dermott of Leinster was elevated to the Order of the Pelican.

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Also in January, the Principality Seneschal called for bids for the first Coronet Tourney, announcing it would be held in AS 32, with permission of the Crown of Ealdormere and the agreement of the current Prince and Princess (Gunther and Morgan, who agreed to step down early) and their Heirs (Berus and Marion, who agreed to step up early and extend their reign until October AS 33). October AS 33 was the earliest date allowed for by the Board of Directors when approving the Kingdom Bid.

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In February, the Privy Council announced that the first Crown Tournament would be held in Bryniau Tywynogg on April 14th. The King of the Middle decreed that the invitational list for the Crown Tournament would be decided by the Principality Seneschal, who announced that the list would be open to all challenegers.

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The last territorial Prince and Princess of the Principality of Ealdormere was (now Jarl) Berus Wolfsson and (now Duchess) Marion FitzWilliam who were invested on March 28th. This was done in Vest Yorvik, with King Palymar and Queen Aislinn of the Middle Kingdom in attendance. Berus and Marion would be the last of the oath-bound Princes and Princesses. Their descendents would reign as true and noble Kings and Queens of a free kingdom.

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A week later, on April 14th, King Palymar and Queen Aislinn returned to Ealdormere, this time travelling to the Canton of Bryniau Tywynogg to preside over Ealdormere’s first Crown Tourney. The list of combatants and consorts read thusly:

            Sergent Konrad Mattias Jaegar, for Lady Alyce de Cheppey
            Lady Alyce de Cheppey, for Sergent Konrad Mattias Jaegar
            Baron Malik ‘abd al-Ramman, for Baroness Genevieve Chastellaine d’Anjou
            Lord Cynred Broccan, for Lady Gaerwen of Trafford
            Viscount Sir Roak, for Lady Sanchia of Ealdormere
            Lady AElfwyn of Longwood, for Lord James the Mercer
            Lord Liam de Paor, for Lady Genevieve of Ross
            Lady Kaylah the Cheerful, for Lord Trumbrand the Wanderer
            Lord Trumbrand the Wanderer, for Lady Kaylah the Cheerful
            Yvon Dubois, for Robin O’Connor
            Earl Edouard Beausoliel, for Countess Eanor of Amberhall
            Lord Evander MacLachlan, for Lady Melusine de la Rose
            Syr Menken Brechen, for Mistress Elizabeth Cadfan
            Lord Kasimir of Stargard, for Lady Triphena of Stargard
            Lord Katsu Oikawa Nokimmi, for Lady Carlotta de Mendicci
            Lord Onami Yoshirio Kageyoshi, for Lady Eleanor ferch Griggith
            Lord William Stalker, for Lady Terra Jade Wallace
            Arglwydd Rhys ap Bledri, for Lady Marian of Heatherdale
            Earl Syr David Martin Failsworth, for Viscountess Elina de Broase
            Viscount Edward the Red, for Viscountess Rykyn Buchanan
            Lord Gunther von Wahlstadt, for Mistress Nicolaa de Bracton
            Baron Vali inn svartr fleikingr, for Baroness Ragnheithr visakona thorbjarnardottir
            Lord Richard Larmer, for Lady Tsharyl Larmer
            Lord Angus Albani, for Lady Ysabeau Herbier de Vauvert
            Baron Tarkatai Bahadur, for Baroness Tyrra thorkillsdottir
            Duke Finnvarr de Taahe, for Mistress Ragni Dzintara of Amberhall
            Lord Eoine O Beirne, for Mistress Aibhilin fra Skye
            Lord Worgan MacGregor, for Zahra al-Ishbilliyah
            Lord Zadok ben Solomon ibn Alfskhar, for Lady Gwendoline Rosamund
            Baron Tristaam of Galador, for Baroness Livia Lancelotti
            Lord Padraic au Citoque, for Lady Ercadh bean ui Padraic
            Seargant Lucius Aurelius Varus, for Lady Tzitzakion of Itil
            Lord Phaidrig McNeil, for Mistress Etaoin O’Fearghail
            Lord Angus Kirkwood, for Lady Morna Montgomery
            Lord Siegfried Brandbeorn, for Lady Keja Tselebnika
            Seigneur Rolf de Chablis, for Lady Ursula Tu d’Or
            Lord Hereward the Far-dweller, for Baroness Adrielle Kerrec
            Lord Nicolae Cioran, for Lady Sybil of Amberhall
            Master Glandydd Rhys Mordwyn, for Lady Tabitha Darval
            Lord Yog Rhys Mordwyn, for Baroness Ursula na clan Na Rath
            Tiarna Andree MacByrne, for Sabrina de la Rose
            Lord Baldric Leeman of NewCastle Emlyn, for Lady Brayla la Viennette
            Lord Brand Thorvaldson, for Lady Brianna Maginnis

From this list, which contains many future Kings and Queens of Ealdormere, as well as Territorial Barons and Baronesses, Laurels, Pelicans and Knights, Earl Syr Martin Failsworth defeated Baron Malik ‘abd al-Rahman in the finals.



The First Age of the Kingdom of Ealdormere

AS 33, in which the College of St. Antonius is founded,  Brand Thorwaldsen is made a Pelican, Ealdormere achieves its independence, David Martin Failsworth and Elina da Braose reign as the first King and Queen of Ealdormere, Sylard of Eagleshaven and Mordreth Llanelli Colwyn are made a Baron and Baroness of the Court, David and Elina’s  children Thorbjorn Osis Brandson and Caitlin Stuart reign after them, Siglinde Harfnerstocher is made a Laurel, Rory Cennedi is knighted, AElflaeda FitzAlain is made a Pelican, and Cynred and Gaerwen of Trafford are invested as Baron and Baroness.

During this year, Lady Celeste D’Arles and THL Sciath ingen Chaennaig founded the College of St. Antonius within the Barony of Rising Waters. This College originally operated out of a modern institute of learning, where it was known as the Brock Middle Ages and Renaissance Club (BMARC). Its name and device were accepted by the College of Heralds at Pennsic the following year.

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On August 13th, Brand Thorwaldsen, known as the Black, was elevated to the Order of the Pelican.

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At long last, Ealdormere achieved its independence, and on the twenty-forth day of October, Anno Societatis XXXIII Ealdormere crowned her first Lupine Majesties. The king was Syr David Martin Failsworth, who shared the same name as Ealdormere’s first Prince. His queen was Her Majesty Elina de Braose. The ceremony took place in the land of the boars, known as Ben Dunfirth.

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On December 12th, Ragnheithr Thorbjarnardottir was elevated to the Order of the Laurel, making her the first Ealdormerean Laurel to be elevated by Ealdormerean monarchs. Previously to this, all Ealdormerean Laurels had been elevated by the Kings and Queens of the Middle Kingdom.

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On January the second, King David and Queen Elina bestowed upon Master Sylard of Eagleshaven and Mistress Mordreth Llanelli Colwyn the title of Baron and Baroness of the Court.

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Also in January, the canton of Greenhithe hosted an emotional Septentrian Twelfth Night at which Adrielle Kerrec, who had announced her intention to abdicate the Ursine Thrones, named Hlaford Cynred Broccan and Lady Gaerwen of Trafford as her successors.

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February 27th saw AElflaeda FitzAlain elevated to the Order of the Pelican. AElflaeda was the first Ealdormerean member of the Order of the Pelican to be elevated by an Ealdormerean King and Queen. Prior to this, all Ealdormerean Pelicans had been elevated to their station by Kings and Queens of the Middle Kingdom.

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The investiture of Cynred and Gaerwen took place on February 20th. During their term Cynred and Gaerwen continued to sponsor a baronial harpist, and asked Master Rufus of Stamford to fulfill the role. In that time Cynred and Gaerwen left their mark upon the very land. For the tributary that runs through the original Pikeman’s Pleasure site is known as Cynred’s Bath, due to his habit of ‘falling’ into it every year.

They continued the truly noble art of patronage, and many good gentles would serve them in various capacities over the years. For they carried on traditions well established by Their predecessors and appointed baronial harpists, bards and champions, many of whom would go on to do great things. Some, like their first bard, Master Hector of the Black Height, were already renowned individuals.

Also at this event, the first Ealdormerean knight to be elevated by an Ealdormerean King or Queen was created. This honour fell to Edward the Red, who himself would be a future King of Ealdormere. Before this time, all Ealdormerean knights had been elevated by Kings and Queens of the Middle Kingdom.

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On the 27th of February, Siglinde Harfnerstocher was elevated to the Order of the Laurel for domestic arts.

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March 20th saw Rory Cennedi the Kid elevated to the Order of Chivalry. This same Cennedi would one day be King of Ealdormere.

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Also in March, Viscountess Moria steps down as Seneschal, and Baroness Adrielle becomes the first person to serve a full term as Kingdom Seneschal. (As most of Moria’s term was as Princiaplity Seneschal.)

As well, the first election for the position of Lawspeaker, currently held by Mistress Etaoin, is begun.
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Near the end of this year, in April, Thorbjorn Osis Brandson and Caitlin Stuart succeeded their parents David and Elina to the Lupine thrones.




AS 34, in which Thorbjorn Osis Brandson and Bernadette of Lauren pass away, the people of Bastille du Lac begin construction of their fort, Vali inn svartr fleikingr and Berus Wolfsson are knighted, Genevieve Chastellain d'Anjou is made a Laurel, Kildare and Josephine become King and Queen, Tancred and Rosalinda became Baron and Baroness of Rising Waters, Fiona Averylle O’Conor of Maidenhead passes away, Eoforwic celebrates its 25th anniversary, the Crowns are stolen, Ragnar Thorbergsson is made a Laurel, Cerdic O’Cuilleamhain is made a Pelican, and  Edouard Beausoleil, Eanor of Amberhall reign as King and Queen, Katsu Oikawa is knighted and Tarkatai Bahadur is made a Laurel.

Tragedy then struck the Kingdom, as word came that two Ealdormereans had died in a terrible accident. Lady Bernadette of Lauren (also called Laureen of Der Welfengeu) and His Majesty Sir Thorbjorn Osis Brandson of Skeldergate, had died, leaving our lands bereft of two truly noble gentles. Luckily, the third individual involved in the accident, Worgan McGregor, now a Master-of-Arms, and also of Skeldergate, survived. The three had been returning from Baron Wars in the Middle Kingdom when their vehicle rolled over on the highway.

This left our lands without a King, but his Queen, the indomitable Caitlin Stuart, continued the reign in his memory. Osis had been king for but a month.

To commemorate these two gentles, an award was instituted in each of their memories. The Award of the Maiden’s Heart, an award for service, was dedicated to Bernadette while Osis was named patron of the martial Order of Thornbjorn’s Hammer. Osis was buried with, amongst other things, the token Queen Eislinn of the Middle had given him twelve years before.

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This year saw the emergence of a new settlement along Lacus Ealdormearc. Bastille du Lac built a fortress on a spur of land that lay between the baronies of Septentria and Skraeling Althing. Feeling strong ties to the people of both baronies, Bastille elected to join neither, and instead became a shire and a meeting place between the two baronies. Indeed, the fledling shire would over the years hold several joint Septentrian-Skraeling events within their borders.

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June 18th saw Vali inn svartr fleikingr elevated to the Order of Chivalry.

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Also in June, Sylard succeeds Etaoin as Lawspeaker.

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Berus Wolfsson, squire to the departed Sir Osis, was himself knighted on August 19th.

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On August 21st, Genevieve Chastellain d'Anjou was elevated to the Order of the Laurel for calligraphy and illumination.

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In September, Kildare and Josephine became King and Queen of Ealdormere.

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Eoforwic, that most Royal City, celebrated its twenty-fifth anniversary in November. Though the city was not as strong as once it had been, it was still a beacon in the northern lands, attracting many whose skills at the arts and sciences were unsurpassed. Many Ealdormerean relics and artifacts were shown, including a Bayeaux Tapestry version of the founding of Ealdormere.

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On November 11th, Tancred of Tanglewood and Rosalinda Margareta de la Fuentes became Baron and Baroness of Rising Waters.

A week later, Rising Waters was shocked by the sudden loss of Baroness Fiona Averylle O’Conor of Maidenhead. Fiona had been with the barony almost from the beginning, and many could not picture the group without her. In her memory, the people of Rising Waters turned her collection of books into the Fiona Archives. People were free to borrow any book from the collection, though a curse was said to befall anyone who did not return that volume when promised. Also in her memory, the finial on the staff of the Trillium Herald was replaced with an elephant (an animal close to Fiona’s heart).

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During the winter, the crowns of Ealdormere were stolen from Their Majesties Killdare and Josephine but were luckily recovered a week later.

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Feb 26th saw Ragnar Thorbergsson become a kennari of the Order of the Laurel for Norse studies.

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On March 25, Cerdic O’Cuilleamhain was elevated to the Order of the Pelican at Ice Dragon in Rhydderich Hael, in the Kingdom of Aethelmearc.

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In April, Edouard Beausoleil and Eanor of Amberhall, who had returned from Drachenwald’s shores, claimed the Lupine thrones. At this same event, Katsu Oikawa was knighted and Tarkatai Bahadur was elevated to the Order of the Laurel for leatherwork.


 AS 35, in which Trinovantia Nova becomes a shire, Rufus of Stamfard is made a Laurel, Brand and Brianna become Baron and Baroness of Ben Dunfirth, Ragni Dzintara of Amberhall is made a Laurel, Evander MacLachlan is knighted, Westbelleford is founded, Ben Dunfirth and Ramshaven have a border dispute,  Konrad Mattias Jaeger, Aaron of the Black Mountains and Susanna the Unyielding are made Pelicans, Worgan MacGregor is made a Master-of-Arms, Berus Wolfsson and Marion FitzWilliam reign as King and Queen, followed by Roak I and Carlotta, and Gwendoline Rosamond is made a Laurel.

On May 6th, Trinovantia Nova achieved its independence from the Barony of Ramshaven, becoming a shire.

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At Murder Melee, on June 17th, Rufus of Stamford was elevated to the Order of the Laurel for tablet weaving. He was placed on vigil by Queen Eanor that morning, and elevated that afternoon. (His Majesty was not in attendance that day.)

At this same event Brand Thorwaldson and Brianna Maginnis became the new Baron and Baroness of Ben Dunfirth. One of Brand’s first acts as Baron was to lay claim to some of the Thousand Islands, which actually fell within Skraeling Althing.

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Konrad Mattias Jaeger was elevated to the Order of the Pelican on July 20th.

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At the Pennsic War, on August 16th, Ragni Dzintara of Amberhall was elevated to the Order of the Laurel for huswifery. This is the same Ragni who would one day become Queen of Ealdormere. On this same day, Evander MacLachlan was elevated to the Order of Chivalry.

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In September the Canton of Westbelleford was founded in Ben Dunfirth (though this canton would later fall into ruin). Also at this time Ben Dunfirth and Ramshaven had a small spat concerning their borders. Ben Dunfirth claimed to hold deeds to Ramshaven lands, while Ramshaven reivers were sighted in Ben Dunfirth.

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Edouard and Eanor ruled justly and well until September, at which time their children, Berus I and Marion I were acknowledged as King and Queen of Ealdormere.

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Worgan MacGregor became the first Ealdormerean Master of the Order of Chivalry on the 3rd day of February.

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On Feb 24th, Susanna the Unyielding was elevated to the Order of the Pelican. This is the same Susanna who would one day become Queen of Ealdormere.

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Aaron of the Black Mountains was elevated to the Order of the Pelican on the 2nd day of March.

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In April, Roak I and Carlotta were invested as King and Queen.

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On the 21st of April, Gwendoline Rosamond was elevated to the Order of the Laurel for costuming.



The Second Age of the Kingdom of Ealdormere

AS 36, in which Ulrich von der See passes away, Genevieve Chastellain d'Anjou and Rylyn Buchanan are made Pelicans, Thevenin de la Cote d’Azur was made a Laurel, first Aaron I and Rustique I and then Sarnac and Joleicia rule as King and Queen of Ealdormere, Alyce de Sheppy is made a Pelican, Marian of Heatherdale, Marian of Greyfells, Joleicia of Litchfield and AElfwyn et Langanwude are made Laurels, and Sarnac Kir is knighted.


On June 4th both the Canton of Ardchreag and the Canton of Greenhithe lost Lord Ulrich von der See, one of their most active and energetic members. In his memory, at Ealdormerean War Practice, there was held a mead brewing competition. The Lord Ulrich von der See Memorial Brewing Competition is still held to this day at War of the Trillium.

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June 15th saw Genevieve Chastellain d'Anjou elevated to the Order of the Pelican.

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On June 28th, Rylyn Buchanan was elevated to the Order of the Pelican.

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On July 6th, Thevenin de la Cote d’Azur was elevated to the Order of the Laurel for metalwork.

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That august at Pennsic, Marian of Heatherdale, one of Ealdormere’s brightest bards, was elevated to the Order of the Laurel.

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In September, Aaron I and Rustique I became King and Queen of the Northlands.

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On September 15th, Helen of Greyfells was elevated to the Order of the Laurel for costuming.

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September 28th saw Alyce de Sheppy elevated to the Order of the Pelican.

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Feb 9th saw the princess, Joleicia of Litchfield, elevated to the Order of the Laurel for Mongolian research.

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On Feb 23rd, AElfwyn et Langanwude was elevated to the Order of the Laurel for woodworking.

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March 3rd saw the Prince, Sarnac Kir (of beloved memory), made a Bahadur of the Order of Chivalry.

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Aaron I and Rustique I’s reign ended with Sarnac and Joleicia ascending the thrones of Ealdormere.


 AS 37, in which Davin became Baron of Ramshaven, Finnvarr de Taahe is made a Laurel, Alistair and Anne become Baron and Baroness of Ben Dunfirth, Roak II and Arlette are made King and Queen, Trumbrand the Wanderer is made a Master-of-Arms, Anne le Gris is made a Laurel, the Games Guild of Ealdormere is founded, Aaron Preslee Worganson is elevated to the Order of the Chivalry, Corwyn Galbraith and Domhnail Galbraith are invested as Baron and Baroness of Septentria, and Edouard II and Genevieve I reign as King and Queen.

May 17th saw Davin de la Baliene become Baron of Ramshaven.

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June 14th saw Alistair Kirk and Anne von Talstadt become Baron and Baroness of Ben Dunfirth.

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On August 14th, at Pennsic Great Court, Finnvarr was elevated to the Order of the Laurel for research, making him a quadruple peer (Chivalry, Pelican, Laurel and Royal).

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In September, Roak II and Arlette were crowned as King and Queen of Ealdormere.

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On the 28th of September, Trumbrand the Wanderer was made a Master of the Order of Chivalry.

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On October 26th, Anne le Gris was elevated to the Order of the Laurel for poetry.

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In der Welfengau, on the 3rd day of November, Queen Rustique signed the charter of the Games Guild of Ealdormere and became its patroness. The Head, and founder, of the Guild was Laird Colyne Stewart.

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On the twenty-fifth day of January at the inn of Sir Berus Jarl and Countess Marion FitzWilliam, Count Aaron Preslee Worganson was made a knight and many gifts were lavished upon him. These included a woven white belt that had once graced the waist of Duke Sir Thorbjorn Osis Brandson, a helm that had been originally started for Osis and the chain from about the neck of Prince Darius of the East, who was in attendance.

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On the fifteenth day of February, after the Feast of St. Valentine, the populace gathered to celebrate the elevation of a new Baron and Baroness of Septentria. For the day appointed by Cynred and Gaerwen as the end of their reign had come. At the Snowed Inn, in the canton of Ardchreag, Corwyn and Domhnail Galbraith were officially sworn as Their Excellencies of Septentria. There was much celebrating throughout the day as Their Excellencies past and present were honoured in song, word and dance. House Hrogn fra Osis and House Fenrir both publicly stated their support of Septentria’s new excellencies and may members of the Hrogn and of House Galbraith were seen wearing Septentrian tabards. Many gifts were lavished upon Corwyn and Domhnail, including a shield that had once graced the arm of Aedan na Kincora. Many Septentrian relics were placed on display, including the Cauldron of Ceridwyn.

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April saw Edouard II and Genevieve I crowned as King and Queen.




 AS 38, in which Baron Siegfried Brandbeorn is knighted, the Canton of Ardchreag is put on the Scroll of Honour, Konrad and Alyce became Baron and Baroness of Ramshaven, Cennedi and Susanna reign as King and Queen, Nicolaa de Bracton and Adrielle Kerrec are made Pelicans, Skeldergate hosts Septentria’s 25th anniversary event, Ardchreag donates scrolls to Skraeling Althing, Sir Nigel MacFarlane moves to Ealdormere, Tabitha Dearval, Valizan Rakka al-Bassim Ra’ee al-Saleh, and Eleanor Cadfan are made Pelicans, the kingdom’s first Golden Seamstress Competition is held, Berus II wins Crown Tourney for Marion II and House Marchmount appears.

In the Middle Kingdom, On July 26th, Nigel MacFarlane, who would later immigrate to Ealdormere and reign as its King, was elevated to the Order of Chivalry.

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At Pennsic War on Aug 13, Baron Siegfried Brandbeorn was put on vigil for the Order of the Chivalry. He was elevated the next day at kingdom court. At the same court Baroness Adrielle Kerrec was elevated to the Order of the Pelican, and the Canton of Ardchreag was put on the scroll of honour for its assistance in the creation of the Rede of Gersholm (being a poetic book by Master Hector of the Black Height).

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In September, Cennedi and Susanna became King and Queen.

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On September 13th, Konrad Mattias Jaeger and Alyce de Sheppy became Baron and Baroness of Ramshaven.

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On September 27, Eoforwic hosted Feast of the Bear. Magistraa Nicolaa de Bracton was elevated to the Order of the Pelican.

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In November, the Canton of Skeldergate hosted an event honouring the Barony of Septentria’s 25th anniversary.

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On January 3, the Shire of Bastille du Lac held a joint Septentrian-Skraeling Althing 12th Night event called Border Yule. At the event, gentles from both baronies brought games that were played throughout the day for points. At the end of the day the barony with the most points would receive the services of the shire for the next year. With more Septentrians in attendance due to bad weather in the Skrael it was not surprising when Septentria emerged victorious. At court the Canton of Ardchreag presented a gift of 72 scroll blanks to the Barony of Skraeling Althing as a sign of friendship between the two baronies.

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On January 17th, Ardchreag hosted Snowed Inn. The main focus for the day was a tournament, a pas d'armes. The Company of the White Hart had issued a challenge to meet all comers upon the field of honour at the inn. When the Company was introduced to Their Majesties, one of them raised quite a stir. His name was Sir Nigel MacFarlane, and he was a knight of the Dragon, of the great Middle Kingdom. Ealdormere’s king, Sir Rory Cennedi, asked him if, as a foreign knight, those present had any need to fear him. The good Sir Nigel replied coolly that no Ealdormerean had need to fear him, as he was now living within our lands. And so our king and queen granted this knight citizenship, and the kingdom was richer for it.

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On Feb 7th, Tabitha Dearval was elevated to the Order of the Pelican.

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March 6th saw Valizan Rakka al-Bassim Ra’ee al-Saleh elevated to the Order of the Pelican.

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On March 19-20, Ben Dunfirth hosted the first Ealdormerean Golden Seamstress Competition.

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Eleanor Cadfan was elevated to the Order of the Pelican on March 24th.

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In April, Berus II became King, and crowned Marion II as his Queen.

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Near the end of this year, House Marchmount is founded in Eoforwic. Marchmount was a family-based household, and the founding members were Elanna, Pelayo, Arndis, Hans and Eydis. They were soon joined by Ailis, Liam and Zoe. Ten years later, Neala would also join Marchmount.


 AS 39, in which Keja Tselebnika becomes Lawspeaker, Naon na Chutrie passes away, Adrielle Kerrec is made a Laurel, Calontir gifts Ealdormere a sword, Eoforwic celebrates its 30th anniversary, Aeneas and Aibhilin become Baron and Baroness of Rising Waters, Sarra Elisabeth Graeham of Birnham is made a Pelican, Malik ‘abd al-Rahman and Kasimir of Stargard are knighted, and first Malik and Genevieve d’Anjou and then Edouard and Genevieve become king and queen.

In June, at Murder Melee, THL Keja Tselebnika was named the new Lawspeaker of Ealdormere.

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On July 20, Master Naon na Chutrie passed away.

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In August at the Pennsic War, Baroness Adrielle Kerrec was elevated to the Order of the Laurel for costuming. Their Majesties Berus and Marion were gifted a new sword of state by Calontir. There was a field presentation by Calontir who had three swords crafted: One for them, one for Ealdormere and one for Northshield (the three sons of the Dragon). The Prince, Malik ‘abd al-Rahman, was also knighted at this War.

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September saw Malik and Genevieve became King and Queen of the north.

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On November 6, the Royal Citie of Eoforwic celebrated its 30th anniversary at Feast of the Bear in Hugo Graf’s Keep.

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On the 26th of November, Aeneas Oakhammer and Aibhilin fra Skye became Baron and Baroness of Rising Waters.

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Feb 12th saw Sarra Elisabeth Graeham of Birnham elevated to the Order of the Pelican.

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Kasimir of Stargard was elevated to the Order of the Chivalry on the 5th day or March.

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On April 23rd, Edouard and Genevieve were invested as King and Queen of Ealdormere.



 AS 40, in which Konrad Mattias Jaeger is knighted, Marion FitzWilliam is made a Pelican, Edward I and Rylyn I are King and Queen, Derfel Mallory and Melisande du Rocher become Baron and Baroness of Skraeling Althing, and Aaron II and Rustique II reign as King and Queen.

At the Ealdormere War Practice, on the 2nd of July, Konrad Mattias Jaeger was elevated to the Order of the Chivalry.

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On August 15th, Marion FitzWilliam was elevated to the Order of the Pelican.

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November 18th saw Derfel Mallory and Melisande du Rocher, originally of the East Kingdom and wards of Sir Evander MacLachlan, become the Baron and Baroness of Skraeling Althing.

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In September, Edward I crowned Rylyn I as Queen of Ealdormere.

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Aaron II and Rustique II succeeded Edward and Rylyn in April.



AS 41, in which Corwyn and Domhnail are made Laurels, Nikolai and Marioun became the Baron and Baroness of Den Dunfirth, Eleanor Fairchild is made a Laurel, Kolbjorn and Wencenedl became Baron and Baroness of Ramshaven,  Sarnac Bahadur passes away, Erick of Longacres and Edward the Red are made Pelicans, Roak III and Jocea I are King and Queen, Percival de Laroque and Christiana MacNamara are made Baron and Baroness of Septentria. Etain au Naval is knighted, Edouard wins Crown for Domhnail, and Martin Bildner is made a Laurel.

War of the Trillium II was held from June 28 through July 2. The Friday saw Corwyn and Domhnail Galbraith sit vigil for the Order of the Laurel for diverse arts. Their fellow Galbraiths strung up Septentrian and Ealdormerean walls about the vigil area in their camp, and set out two tables groaning with food. A craft table was set up where people waiting to go in and speak to Corwyn and Domhnail could draw, paint or carve soap. A roaring fire was lit, and people sat around it singing songs. Corwyn and Domhnail waited in the baronial pavilion for each visitor, with one wall lowered so they could look out over moonlit grass and watch the dancing fireflies. They were a bit surprised by the parade of semi-drunken men with glowing nipples who buzzed by the opening at one point, but took it all in stride.

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On July 15, Nikolai Domingo de Vallejo and Marioun Golightly became the Baron and Baroness of Ben Dunfirth. They were champions of the archery, fencing and scribal arts and the Barony grew under their tenure. Unfortunately, their term as Baron and Baroness was cut short due to a conflict with the Crown and they were removed after four years of their term. Ben Dunfirth was temporarily governed by a Vicar and Vicaress, Tarkatai and Thyra, the founding Baron and Baroness of Ben Dunfirth.

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August 17th saw Eleanor Fairchild elevated to the Order of the Laurel for costuming.

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In September, Roak III and Jocea I took the thrones of Ealdormere.

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On September 1st, Kolbjorn Skatkaupandi and Wencenedl of Rokesburg became Baron and Baroness of Ramshaven. On the 2nd, Erick of Longacres was inducted into the Order of the Pelican.

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Count Sarnac Bahadur passed away suddenly on the fourth of December.

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Dec 16th saw Edward the Red elevated to the Order of the Pelican for his dedicated service to the fighting community.

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Etain au Naval, future King of Ealdormere, was knighted on the 3rd day of March.

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On April 14th, Corwyn and Domhnaill willingly gave up the Ursine Thrones of the Barony of Septentria, and gave them over to Their successors, Baron Percival de Laroque and Baroness Christiana MacNamara.

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Also in April, Sir Edouard Beausoleil won Crown tournament, naming Baroness Domhnail Galbraith as his queen.

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On the 28th of April, Martin Bildner was elevated to the Order of the Laurel for pewter casting and music.



AS 42, in which Keja Tselebnik is made a Pelican, Trumbrand I and Kaylah I reign as King and Queen, Enid Aurelia of the Tin Isles  becomes Vicar of Skraeling Althing, Rachael Catherine McLellan is made a Laurel, Nadrah bint Valizan al-Garnitiyya is made a Pelican, and Aaron III and Rustique III become King and Queen.

On July 1st, Keja Tselebnik was elevated to the Order of the Pelican.

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In September, Trumbrand the Wanderer and Kaylah the Cheerful became the sovereigns of the northlands.

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Around November, Skraeling Althing was given into the vicarship of Enid Aurelia of the Tin Isles, the founding Baroness of the barony.

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On the 1st day of March, Rachael Catherine McLellan was elevated to the Order of the Laurel for illumination and Nadrah bint Valizan al-Garnitiyya was elevated to the Order of the Pelican.

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Trumbrand and Kaylah’s heirs, Aaron III and Rustique III, succeeded them in April.


  The Third Age of the Kingdom of Ealdormere

AS 43, in which Joanna of Northumberland is made a Laurel, James the Mercer is made a Pelican, Etain I and Valfreya I reign as King and Queen, Wat of Sarum is knighted, Richard and Annabelle become Baron and Baroness of Rising Waters, TSivia bas Tamara V’Amberview is made a Pelican, House Arrochar is founded, Etaoin o Fearghail passes away, and Roak IV and Jocea II become King and Queen of Ealdormere.

On August 7th, Joanna of Northumberland was elevated to the Order of the Laurel for goldwork embroidery and James the Mercer was elevated to the Order of the Pelican.

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In September, Etain au Naval and Valfreya Greenspeare became King and Queen of Ealdormere.

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At Feast of the Bear in the Royal Citie of Eoforwic, Wat of Sarum was elevated to the Order of Chivalry on the 18th day of October.

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November 28th saw Richard Larmer and Annabelle Makmyllane become Baron and Baroness of Rising Waters.

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On March 1st, the shires of Flaming Sky, Brennisteinn Vatn and Noergate unified into one large shire. This new shire shared the name of one of its founding groups and was known as Brennisteinn Vatn. This was a result of strong bonds of friendship between the members of the shires, who often felt far removed from the rest of the kingdom. They held many gathering they called ‘taverns’ which were essentially small events.

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March 7th saw TSivia bas Tamara V’Amberview made a member of the Order of the Pelican at Winter War in the Shire of Trinovantia Nova. At this same event, Sir Nigel MacFarlane and Baroness (now Duchess) Adrielle Kerrec formed their household, called Arrochar. This house would go on to produce a King and Queen of Ealdormere, barons and baronesses of the court and a member of the Order of the Laurel.

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After a fierce battle with a terminal illness, Mistress Etaoin o Fearghail       passed away on March 25th.

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Etain I and Valfreya I were succeeded by their heirs, Roak IV and Jocea II, in April.



 AS 44, in which Hexenhaus is founded, Gaerwen of Trafford, Odette of Ramshaven and Keja Tselebnik are made Laurels, Kaylah the Cheerful is made a Lady Master-of-Arms, and Nigel I and Adrielle I reign as King and Queen, followed by Quilliam I and Dagmar I.

Around this time, Hexenhaus was formed in the Shire of Trinovantia Nova. This small household was headed by Lady Orla and Lady Marrin.

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On August 6th, Gaerwen of Trafford was elevated to the Order of the Laurel for fibre arts and Kaylah the Cheerful was made a Lady Master of the Order of Chivalry.

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In September, Nigel MacFarlane and Adrielle Kerrec became King and Queen of Ealdormere.

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On September 19th, Odette of Ramshaven was elevated to the Order of the Laurel for fibre arts.

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April saw Nigel I and Adrielle I followed by Quilliam I and Dagmar I.

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On April 17th, Keja Tselebnik was elevated to the Order of the Laurel for her Romany research.



AS 45, in which Famillia deRubberboot is formed, Rozalynd of Thornabee on Tees was made a Laurel, Etain II and Valfreya II reign as King and Queen, Baldric Leeman of Newcastle Emlyn and Tarkatai Bahadur are knighted, the Royal Guild of Ealdormere Feast Cooks was founded, and Aaron IV and Rustique IV reign as King and Queen.

This year saw the forming of Famillia deRubberboot, which was headed by Jean Guy deRubberboot, Famous Trapper de Nord and Avelyn of the Hedge.

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August 12th saw Rozalynd of Thornabee on Tees elevated to the Order of the Laurel for her knowledge of Middle Eastern clothing.

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September saw Etain II and Valfreya II arise to the northern thrones.

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On the 25th of September, Etain and Valfreya elevated Baldric Leeman of Newcastle Emlyn to the Order of Chivalry.

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Tarkatai Bahadur was knighted on October 23rd.

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On March 19th, the Royal Guild of Ealdormere Feast Cooks was founded.

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In April, Aaron IV and Rustique IV succeeded Etain II and Valfreya II.



AS 46, in which House Addis is formed, Tormot Quilliam is knighted, Quilliam II and Dagmar II are King and Queen, Dafydd ap Sion is made a Laurel, Gaerwen of Trafford and Eyrny Ormarsdottir are made Pelicans, the Excellent Guild of Ealdormerian Equestrian Enthusiasts was founded, Emma Dansmeyla is made a Laurel, Grom and Anneke become Baron and Baroness of Septentria, and Edward II and Rylyn II become King and Queen.

Around this time, Morag Taylor formed House Addis, an extension of her first household in Atlantia. House Addis was located in the Canton of Harrowgate Heath.

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Quilliam II and Dagmar II became King and Queen of Ealdormere in September.

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On September 17th, Dafydd ap Sion was elevated to the Order of the Laurel for his archery research and Gaerwen of Trafford was elevated to the Order of the Pelican.

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Baron Tynne Duair ap Beul passed away suddenly on the 19th of September.

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September 24th saw Tormot Quilliam elevated to the Order of Chivalry.

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On December 10th, Eyrny Ormarsdottir was elevated to the Order of the Pelican.

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January 22nd saw the founding of the Excellent Guild of Ealdormerian Equestrian Enthusiasts.

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On February 18th, Emma Dansmeyla was elevated to the Order of the Laurel for dance.

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April 21st marked the end of the term of Percival and Christiana as Baron and Baroness of Septentria. Their successors were Grom Meinfretr and Anneke the Furious.

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April saw Edward II and Rylyn II become King and Quen.



AS 47, in which Taern becomes Baron of Ben Dunfirth, Aibhilin fra Skye is made a Pelican, Gunther Wahlstadt of Bremen is made a Pelican, Penda and Sibylla become Baron and Baroness of Ramshaven, Medb ingen Dungale is made a Laurel, the Royal Horticulture and Herbalism Guild of Ealdormere was founded, Roak V and Elizabeth are King and Queen, Berend van der Eych, Lucrece de Montsoreau and Aurelia Gabriana are made Laurels, Skallagrim the Frenzied and Xristina Viacheslavova are made Pelicans, Bastille du Lac is granted full status, and Trumbrand II and Kaylah II become King and Queen.

Taern MacGregor became Baron of Ben Dunfirth on June 9th.

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On the 23rd of June, Aibhilin fra Skye was elevated to the Order of the Pelican.

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On July 1st, at War of the Trillium, Gunther Wahlstadt of Bremen was elevated to the Order of the Pelican.

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July 6th saw Penda of Glynmere and Sibylla of Glynmere become Baron and Baroness of Ramshaven.

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On August 9th, Medb ingen Dungale was made a Maistreas of the Order of the Laurel for her talents with sweetpaste, embroidery and research.

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On August 30th, the Royal Horticulture and Herbalism Guild of Ealdormere was founded. This guild made a regular practice of paying taxes to the Crown.

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In September, Roak V and Elizabeth became King and Queen of Ealdormere.

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September 22nd, saw Skallagrim the Frenzied elevated to the Order of the Pelican.

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On November 3rd, Xristina Viacheslavova was elevated to the Order of the Pelican.

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One winter’s day, King Roak journeyed to the Shire of Bastille du Lac with joyous news. For the past fourteen years, the people of the shire had been in conflict with the College of Arms in regards to their name. Finally, Roak announced, the College had accepted Bastille du Lac’s name, and the shire was to be granted full status. Over the years since its founding, the shire had held many joint Septentrian-Skraeling events, hosted even more of their own, and protected the waters of the Inland Seas from nefarious pirates such as Cap’n Bloodfox and Cap’n Widow. It was just, good and proper for them to finally achieve full status after all their work and sacrifice.

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On February 16th, at the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre in Caer Draeth, Berend van der Eych was elevated to the Order of the Laurel for calligraphy and illumination.

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At Winter War on March 2nd, Aurelia Gabriana and Lucrece de Montsoreau were inducted into the Order of the Laurel for embroidery and costuming, respectively.

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Trumbrand II and Kaylah II arose to the Lupine thrones in April.



 AS 48, in which Piero di Paxiti da Vincenza is made a Laurel, Aevianna of Nordengel passes away, Nigel II and Adrielle II take the thrones, Shahid and Catherine became Baron and Baroness of Skraeling Althing, Dafydd ap Sion and Cainder ingen Hui Chatharnaig are made Pelicans, Northgaedham is founded, the Ealdormerean stampede occurs, Wilfrid of Sweflingham and Jhone of Woodcote are made Laurels, the Ealdormerean Cartographers Guild is founded, and Siegfried and Ragni become king and queen.

On August 1st, at the War of the Trillium, Piero di Paxiti da Vincenza was elevated to the Order of the Laurel for his skills as a scribe.

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This year tragedy struck the kingdom while many of its populace were away at the Pennsic War. Lady Aevianna of Nordengel was reported missing in the Barony of Skraeling Althing. Those within her barony gathered together to search for her, while those away at Pennsic prayed for her safety. Unfortunately, on July 28, it was discovered that she had been lost to violence. The kingdom was shaken. Never before had the people lost one of their own in such a way. In her memory, Lady Morag made a banner depicting Lady Aevianna’s arms, and this banner was carried into all remaining battles at Pennsic.

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At the end of September, King Nigel II and Adrielle II took possession of the northern thrones in the Canton of Harrowgate Heath in the Barony of Skraeling Althing. Both Nigel and Adrielle were anointed with the waters of Lake Ontario by Their Lawspeaker, Baroness Xristina Viacheslavova.

A memorial to Lady Aevianna stood in the main hall, complete with various items displaying her arms (including a banner, a shield and a stuffed bear). Nigel and Adrielle commended the people of Harrowgate Heath and the barony for pulling together following the tragedy of Aevianna’s passing, and still managing to host the event.

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On November the 2nd, Shahid al-Hasan and Catherine Townson became Baron and Baroness of Skraeling Althing.

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January 18th saw Dafydd ap Sion made a member of the Order of the Pelican.

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Cainder ingen Hui Chatharnaig, who was at this time the Trillium Herald, was elevated to the Order of the Pelican on March 2nd.

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On March the 4th it was announced that the Canton of Northgaedham had been founded within the Barony of Ramshaven.

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Nigel II and Adrielle II travelled far while they sat the northern thrones. These travels took them to Gulf Wars in the Kingdom of Gleann Abhann. As is tradition, during the opening ceremonies, those Royals present were to process upon horseback. Not wanting her subjects to feel left out, Queen Adrielle and a cabal of sewers crafted several hobby horses, which were carried during the procession by each Ealdormerean present. Reportedly, these horses were high spirited and there was an infamous stampede.

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On March 29th, both Wilfrid of Sweflingham and Jhone of Woodcote were elevated to the Order of the Laurel, both for diverse arts. This occurred at the Spring Arts and Sciences Faire.

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To mark the occasion of his 40th birthday, on April 14th, in the Canton of Ardchreag, THL Colyne Stewart held a deed of arms. This deed drew a crowd of 58 people, with 24 of them participating directly in the deed. The king-of-arms was HRM Nigel II, knight of the Society; the herald was Magistra Nicolaa de Braction, member of the Orders of the Laurel and the Pelican; the scribe who recorded the names of those crossing blades in the book of the deed was THL Jocelyn Cranewell, White Scarf; and Lord Anton Rongefer acted as Colyne’s man-at-arms. Colyne’s heraldry was on display in cloth, drape and flag, and the finial on top of his banner pole was in the shape of a fox (the charge from his Arms). The venerable Couter of Chivalry was also present, on display by His Majesty’s seat. Though upon a time holding a tournament to mark a significant birthday had once been somewhat common in Ealdormere, the practice had not been conducted for quite some time, and many remarked how glad they were to see a deed of arms held in the north. Just, stout blows were given and received, as were tokens. Indeed, Colyne had cast pewter coins based on a mold made by his lady, THL Þorfinna gráfeldr, for all in attendance. Likewise, Their Majesties Ealdormere gave each combatant a royal coin. Colyne was surprised by gifts including a dice cup, a set of goblets, and a full set of clothes. Honour flowed like water. Though all who took part fought well and good, only one could be awarded the prize--a greave made by Colyne’s own hand. The judges (Their Majesties Ealdormere and Nicolaa) declared that the one fighter who had shone brightest with chivalry, courtesy and prowess had been THL Hans Thorvaldsson.

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April 22nd saw the founding of the Ealdormerean Cartographers Guild.

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On the 26th day of April, Baron Siegfried Brandbeorn, knight of the Society, and squire to Duke Sir Finnvarr deTaahe, and Ragni Dzintari, wife of the same Finnvarr, were crowned as King and Queen of Ealdormere. Though it was his right to Crown Ragni as the Queen of the north, King Siegfried, on behalf of true love, gave that right to Finnvarr. Before an emotional crowd, Duke Finnvarr placed the Crown of the Queen of Ealdormere upon the brow of his lady wife.

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Master Martin Bildner founded the Ealdormere Waits on April 27th. The Waits were a group of wandering minstrels whose duties included welcoming Royal visitors at the gates of cities, leading civic processions, waking townspeople on dark winter mornings and other similar acts. This guild’s aim was to increase the amount of live period music performed at events.



AS 49, in which Fruits of our Labours is held, Trumbrand wins Crown Tourney, the Athenaeum Hectoris is founded, a tornado lands in Caer Draeth, Lady Bridgit of Cornwall passes away, Tarian verch Gadarn is elevated to the Order of the Laurel, Nuno of Eoforwic is struck by lightning, Varenko is elevated to the Order of Chivalry, Baroness Kaiza of Skraeling Althing passes away, the Royal Citie of Eoforwic celebrates it’s 40th anniversary, Kersteken Janzdochtere and Jocea Valente are elevated to the Order of the Pelican, Raithe of Ealdormere wins the title of Schutenkonig, Countess Elizabeth Bailey’s team wins at the Midrealm Rose Tourney, Trumbrand and Kaylah are crowned king and queen of Ealdormere, Yusef of South Tower passes away, Sir Steinnar wins Fall Crown Tourney, Dimitri Kievskoi and Gemma Krasil’niKova are invested as the Baron and Baroness of Rising Waters, Xristina Viacheslavova and Asa Gormsdottir are inducted into the Order of the Laurel…

The Canton of Brynaiu Tywynogg once again hosted Fruits of our Labours, from May 16 through the 19th. Teachers and students from across the kingdom descended upon the large site to partake in classes on many and diverse subjects. In fact, it was reported that this incarnation of FOOL had more teachers and classes than any of its predecessors.

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Siegfried and Ragni held their Crown Tournament on May 24th in the Canton of der Welfengau. This Crown was the first to feature same-sex consorts in Ealdormere. THL Hans Thorvaldsson fought for Lord Pelayo of Marchmount, and Lady Ailis de Marchet fought for Lady Elanna of Marchmount. Their inclusion was greeted with great enthusiasm by those present. Many fine speeches were delivered by the combatants, some making the crowd laugh, some making them weep, some making them swell with pride. The fighting was held under a warm Spring sun, and though all the fighters were determined, only one could prevail. This gentle was Duke Trumbrand the Wanderer, who made Duchess Kaylah the Cheerful his princess for a third time.

The complete list of combatants read thusly:

Duke Trumbrand the Wanderer for Duchess Kaylah the Cheerful
Duchess Kaylah the Cheerful for Duke Trumbrand the Wanderer
The Honourable Lord Guillaume le Breton for Countess Joleicia of Litchfield
Mistress Aelfwyn aet Langanwuda for Lord Evan Quicktongue
Baron Richard Larmer for Baroness Annabelle Makmyllane
Baron Tiberius of Warwickshire for Baroness Anne Tinker
Baron Kolbjorn Skatkaupandi for Baroness Wencenedl of Rokesburg
Baron Giovanni d’Enzinas for Baroness Lucia d’Enzinas
The Honourable Lord Gann for The Honourable Lady Maiwen
The Honourable Lord Bjarn Aaronson for Lady Orlaith inghen Cinada meic Briain
Lord Rorik for The Honourable Lady Jocelyn Roget de Cranewell
The Honourable Lord Hans Thorvaldson for Lord Pelayo of Marchmount
Lord Pelayo of Marchmount for The Honourable Lord Hans Thorvaldsson
The Honourable Lord Amelius Claudius Rattanicus for The Honourable Lady Isabel Atwyll
Lord Edward of Flaming Sky for The Honourable Lady Constance Payne of Caldrithig
Lady Ailis de la Marche of Eoforwic for Lady Elanna of House Marchmount of Eorforwic
Jack Mongo the Pirate for Lady Eeva the Restless

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On Mat 31st, the Barony of Skraeling Althing held Trebuchet Day and All Things Marshalled Regional Practice. Attendees were given the opportunity to learn about, and use, medieval siege weapons.

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The Athenaeum Hectoris (named after Master Hector of the Black Height) was founded on the second day of June. This school was created by THLaird Colyne Stewart to teach the art and craft of writing, both in general and within the SCA itself.

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On June 7th, Petrea Thule hosted Pikeman’s Pleasure once again. At this event, THL Hans Thorvaldsson successfully fought for entry into the White Bear Fian (Septentria’s fighting order).

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The Barony of Ben Dunfirth held the thirty-first Murder Melee in the Meadow between June 12th and June 15th. At this event, in the ten-man tourney, the Barbarian team came in first place for the third straight year. At court, THL Tarian verch Gadarn was put on vigil for the Order of the Laurel for her work with stained glass and bookbinding. Duchess Jocea and Baroness Kersteken Janzdochtere were both made vigilants for the Order of the Pelican.

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On the 17th of June a tornado touched down in the Canton of Caer Draeth. Though some residents of the canton suffered property damage, luckily no one was seriously harmed.

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The Canton of Harrowgate Heath held Summer Siege on the 21st and 22nd of June.

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Two short days later, Harrowgate Heath was shocked by the sudden passing of Lady Bridgit of Cornwall.

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The tenth War of the Trillium was held by the Canton of Ardchreag between June 27th and July 1st. Attendees included visitors from AEthelmearc and the Middle Kingdom. The theme for this War was ‘No One Expects the Spanish Armada’, with attendees either pledging themselves to the Spanish or the English. Victory points were awarded to each side for every activity (including spending time volunteering), with the English eventually emerging triumphant.

This year was extremely hot and humid, with many people comparing it to Pennsic and Lillies weather.

Highlights of a long kingdom court included THL Eirik Andersen being placed on vigil for the Order of the Pelican, THL Asa Gormsdottir being placed on vigil for the Order of the Laurel, and THL Varenko being placed on vigil for the Order of the Chivalry. Court was concluded with the elevation of Athrawes Tarian verch Gadarn to the Laurelate.

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The Barony of Ramshaven hosted the Baronial Brouhaha from July 11th through the 13th. On the Saturday of the event, high winds blew through the site, damaging several pavilions.

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Between July 25th and August 10th the Pennsic War was again held in the Kingdom of AEthelmearc. On the 26th a terrible storm blew through Pennsic and Nuno of Eforwic was struck by lightening. Luckily, this good gentle survived unscathed, and was even awarded the Brass Balls of Septentria for continuing to set up tents in the storm. This war saw the elevation of Varenko to the Order of Chivalry.

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During the war, back at home, Baroness Kaiza of Skraeling Althing sadly passed away.

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The Royal Citie of Eoforwic celebrated its 40th anniversary at the Feast of the Bear on the 6th day of September. The event was held in a church, complete with a beautiful courtyard, and was attended by former Ealdormereans Morrigan and Leif, the King and Queen of Drachenwald. Several figures of Eoforwic’s and Septentria’s past were in attendance that day, including THL Hereward the Far-dweller, Lord Nicolae Cioranu and Lord Lothar von Wulfing, the one and so far only Hero of Septentria. At court, Baroness Xristina Viacheslavova was put on vigil for the Order of the Laurel for her knowledge of the Rus. As well, both Baroness Kersteken Janzdochtere and Duchess Jocea Valente were elevated to the Order of the Pelican.

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Also on the 6th of September, in the Middle Kingdom, Raithe of Ealdormere took part in the Summer Schutenfest. The Schutenfest is held twice a year, with archers competing to be named the Schutenkonig of the Handbow and Schutenkonig of the Crossbow. Raithe, after taking on a large field of competitors, won the title of Schutenkonig with the handbow, being the first person hailing from outside the Middle Kingdom to claim this honour.

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On September 20, at the Midrealm Rose Tourney, Countess Elizabeth Bailey was represented on the lists and ranges by a team of men of good cote who would go on to carry the day. Her team was headed by a member of the Order of Chivalry in the form of her husband, Sir Tormot Quilliam.As esquires she was represented by Lord Tristham Ovrina I Groffa, Jack the Pirate Lord and Lord Jayson of Darkyard. On the rapier list she was championed by Lord Magnus, while her archer was Lord Tormach.

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Fall Coronation was held in the Canton of Vest Yorvik on September 27. Knowing King Siegfried’s love of gaming, Their Highnesses Trumbrand and Kaylah challenged Their Majesties to a game of chance to see if TRMs’ reign would end that day or continue until the Yuletide season. All four Royals took turns throwing the dice, with the two scoring highest continuing to the second round. Prince Trumbrand thus faced Queen Ragni, rolling the higher score, and thus securing the Crown. However, before the reign of the kingdom was handed over, Princess Kaylah further challenged King Siegfried to a second wager, with each of them putting up one of their squires as their ante. In this game, Kaylah was triumphant, and won the services of Amelius Claudius Rattanicus (who, along with Isabel Attwyll, had been given a court barony by Siegfried and Ragni). Thus Rattanicus took his place behind the thrones, and after Trumbrand and Kaylah had ben acclaimed and recognized as Ealdormere’s new sovereigns, Kaylah decided to put her new acquisition to use by making him the Queen’s Champion. For his champion, King Trumbrand chose THL Sven Gunnolfr Ragnaldson. As their bard, they chose THL Justinian Clarus.

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On October 4, Baron Taern MacGregor opened the doors of his baronial hunting lodge, inviting one and all to partake in many harvest themed events at the Huntman’s Harvest.

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That same day, the Stronghold of Tor Brant hosted the Feast of Beasts, being an event dedicated to the arts of the bow.

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On October 8, Yusef of South Tower, known for his love and expertise of armour and weapons, passed away after a long battle with a wasting disease. His loss was felt by many.

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The Canton of Caldrithig hosted the Fall Crown Tournament on October 25, with Sir Steinnar Aggarson defeating Sir Baldric in the finals, making himself and THL Liðr Lang-Akason the heirs of the kingdom.

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On the first day of November, the Barony of Rising Waters once again hosted the Lady Mary Memorial Tournament. This event also featured the investiture of Dmitri Kievskoi and Gemma Krasil’niKova as the new local Baron and Baroness. The fighting that day featured the forces of Ealdormere facing their noble cousins from the Kingdom of Æthelmearc.
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The Canton of Caldrithig held Feast of the Hare on November 8. At this event, Baroness Xristina Viacheslavova was inducted into the Order of the Laurel for her knowledge of the Rus people.

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The second Ealdormere Queen’s Prize Tourney was held on November 22 and hosted by the Canton of Petrea Thule. The event had eighty-one entries (including thirteen youths). There were thirty-seven sponsors and sixty-eight judges. Her Majesty Kaylah chose Baroness Isabel Atwyll as winner of the Queen’s Prize for her embroidery. As a runner-up, Her Majesty chose Rohaise de Guildford for her Temari ball. She also recognized Baron Kolbjorn for his embroidery, Baron Percival for his paper on heraldic banners, and Lady Ailis de la Marche for her herbs. Lady Ailis was also the recipient of the Judges’ Choic Prize.

This event also featured the vigil and elevation of Asa Gormsdottir to the Order of the Laurel for her skill at calligraphy and illumination.

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On November 29, the Canton of Bryniau Tywynnog held a Christkindl Market at their Wassail event. At court Baron Tiberius of Warwickshire was put on vigil for the Order of the Chivalry.
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The Canton of Ardchreag hosted Septentrian 12th Night on January 17th. At this event, HE Christiana MacNamara was elevated to the Order of the Pelican.

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Tournoi de Coeur des Glace was once again held in the Shire of Bastille du Lac. On the last day of January fighters and fencers met on the fields of honour and fought with great skill and dignity. HRM Kaylah the Cheerful was victorious in the fencing list, while HRH Steinnar carried the day on the fighting list. At court, Eirk Andersen was elevated to the Order of the Pelican, upon which he—along with his squire-brother Master Daffyd—begged a boon for their knight, Graf Siegfried Brandbeorn, who was thus placed on vigil for the Order.

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On the second day of February, missives were sent around the knowne world from the southern overlords announcing that a new Peerage was being established. The Order of Defense, for praticioners for rapier and cut and thrust, was to become the fourth peerage order within the society, and would be open for induction of members at the turning of the year.

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The Canton of Monadh held Step Spritely at the Carnival of Venice on February 7th.

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Practicum was held in the Canton of Caldrithig on the 28th day of February.

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In the Shire of Trinovantia Nova, at the Winter War on the 7th day of March, Baron Tiberius of Warwickshire was elevated to the Order of the Chivalry.

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On the 28th of March, two events where held in the kingdom. The Canton of Petrea Thule played host to many archers at their Late Winter Shoot, while scholars from the Society and other living history groups gathered at Forward into the Past in the Canton of Bryniau Tywynogg.

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The Barony of Ramshaven held the Spring Kingdom Arts and Sciences Faire on April 11th. The winner of the Pentathlon and holder of the kingdom's A&S cup was Lady Merewen de Sweynesheie. During the day, Their Highnesses Ealdormere, Steinnar and Lyðr, held a vigil where they met with many members of the populace to hear their words of wisdom in regards to becoming the next king and queen of the northlands. Also at this event, Sir Siegfried Brandbeorn was elevated to the Ordr of the Pelican.

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On the 18th of April, the Canton of Greyfells held Break the Back of Winter.

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The coronation of Konungr Steinarr and Dróttning Liðr took place on the 25th day of April in the Shire of Bastille du Lac. In a dim hall lit by a blazing fire, Trumbrand and Kaylah consulted with the Oracle, a one-eyed Norseman, to see if it would be a fruitious time to hand the kingdom over to their heirs. The Oracle, having consulted the bones, told them that if a coronation was held that day, the weather would turn fair, the kingdom would prosper, but that there would be war in the south. Having decided they could live with that, Trumbrand and Kaylah pass the Crowns of the Northlands to Steinnar and Liðr.

Representatives from the kingdoms of the East, Calontir and An Tir were on hand to witness this event.

A number of tournaments were held during the day, to determine who would represent Their Majesties as Their champions. At evening court, it was announced that the champions were as follows: Tormot Quilliam, King’s Champio; Tristham Ovinra I Groffa, Queen’s Champion; Graem de Liste, Archery Champion; Jobjorn, Rapier Champion; and Daniel of Whitby, Thrown Weapons Champion.

As well, His Majesty called to him several proud northern warriors to stand as the forefront of his Vanguard. These were Sir Ed the Red, Sir Quilliam, Sir Gann, THL Bjarn, Lord Tristham, HE Grom, and Lord Wiley. His Majesty hoped that in time this Vanguard would swell with more warriors in full Norse kits.

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This then concludes the history of the first fifty years of the kingdom of Ealdormere, as recorded by THLaird Colyne Stewart, historian of the northlands and loyal subject of the Crown.






Appendix A: Sources


About Us: Our History (Caer Draeth), sca.uwaterloo.ca/Caer_Draeth/about/history.html

The Chronicle of Eoforwic of Etienne de l’ Isle including a short Account of the History of Septentria, Etienne de l’ Isle, 1982.

Codex Eboracensis II: Being the Continued Chronicles of Eoforwic in Two Gatherings, Magnus of Iona and Gusanna of Leycester, 1995.

The Galbrao-Septentrian Chronicle, THLaird Colyne Stewart, 2007.

Historie of Ardchreag, THL Raffe Scholemaystre and THLaird Colyne Stewart, 1998, 2002, www.lozengy.net/ardchrea/documents/History.htm

Historie of Septentria, THLaird Colyne Stewart, 2003.

History of Bastille du Lac, Lady Jehanne de Bretagne, 2014.

The History of Ben Dunfirth, Vol. 1, 2nd ed., Cathlyn and Skyelyn of Craemor, et al., AS 37.

A History of the Crowns of the East, http://www.eastkingdom.org/EKRoyalHistory.html

The History of Ealdormere, Mistress Marian of Heatherdale, The Pale, September 1998, pp. 14-26.

The History of [the Principality of] Ealdormere, Magistraa Nicolaa de Bracton, 1997 or 1998. http://www.ealdormere.sca.org/principality.shtml

The History of Eoforwic: the Second Part, Lord William of Roncesvalle, 1989.

The History of Petrea Thule, Mistress Keja Tselebnika, OP, OL. www.pipcom.com/~thule/history

The History of Rising Waters (the abbreviated version), Maitresse Baronne Genevieve Chastellain d’Anjou, March 2003.


A History of Skraeling Althing, Part 1: Canton of Septentria or When We Were Young, Viscountess Aelflaeda FitzAlain

Monadh Foundation (An Excerpt from The Chronicle of Monadh I), Signora Leonora daLiliaceae www.ealdormere.sca.org/monadh/founding.html

Order of Precedence for the Kingdom of Ealdormere, http://wolfium.com/search.php

Our Homeland, Beloved Ealdormere: A History of the Early Years, Dame Tsivia v’Amberview, OL, 1998.

Reigns of the Princes of Ealdormere, Magistra Nicolaa de Braction, circa 1998.

Royal Genealogy of the Known World, THL Zahra bint al-Nahr al-Ishbiiliya al-Naariya, ealdormere.sca.org/scaroyalty/

A Short History of Ealdormere, Magistra Nicolaa de Bracton, circa 1998.

The Third Book of the Chronicle of Eoforwic, Hyrcanos ben Jacob Porto of Oporto, 1989.

The Ursus, #52, June XXVI, #108, #122, #128, #131, #133, #134, #136, #146, #147, #153, #155, #160, #164, Jan XXIX, #182, #186, #187, #189, #191, #195, #202, volume 2 issue 2, volume 2 issue 7-9, volume 3 issue 8, volume 3 issue 10-11, volume 4 number 2, volume 4 number 5, volume 4 number 7, volume 13 issue 4. (A note on the numbering. Occasional issues of the Ursus were unnumbered. As such, I have given their date instead.)

Appendix B: The Reigns

Principality reigns compiled by Magistra Nicolaa de Bracton; Kingdom reigns compiled by THLaird Colyne Stewart.

The Princes and Princess of Ealdormere

I
Prince:  David Martin Failsworth      
Princess: Tangwystl Siwan Failsworth          
Term: April 7, 1990 to Sep 22, 1990
Seneschal:  Katerina de Turenne        
Marshal: Ceallac cuMellain    
Trillium Herald:  Brennain OÕMuchadha de Ros Comain/Artair MacArtair of Orkney
Exchequer:  Gwylim ap Alun
MoA: Anne Grey       
MoS: Ricard of Sabletree      
Chronicler: Amyfelise/Etaoin o Fearghail      
Chirurgeon: Aislinne of Alainmor     
Prince's Champion: Cordigan d'Arnot
Princess' Champion:  Elizabeth Mortimer
Archer Champion:  Catherine of Haley Green          
A&S Champion/Cupbearer: Sarra Graeham  
Bard:  Hector of the Black Height

II
Prince:  Michel d'Arques        
Princess: Kaellyn MacDermott          
Term: Sep 22, 1990 to April 23, 1991
Seneschal:  Ricard of Sabletree         
Marshal:  Ceallac cuMellain
Trillium Herald:  Artair MacArtair of Orkney           
Exchequer:  Gwylim ap Alun
MoA:  Anne Grey      
MoS: Gwynfyr an Sheoladair
Chronicler:  Etaoin o Fearghail          
Chrirurgeon:  Aislinne of Alainmor   
Prince's Champion:  Roak of the Rozakii      
Princess' Champion: Edgar de Cockayne
Archer Champion:
A&S Champion/Cupbearer:  Siglinde Harfnerstochter         
Bard:  Cordigan dÕArnot

III
Prince:  Osis of the Livery o'Faeringold        
Princess:  Ragnheithr Thorbjarnardottir         
Term: April 23, 1991 to Sep 21, 1991
Seneschal:  Ricard of Sabletree         
Marshal:  Ceallach cuMeallain           
Trillium Herald:  Artair MacArtair of Orkney
Exchequer:  Gwylim ap Alun
MoA:  Katheryn Radford of York    
MoS:  Gwynfyr an Sheoladair
Chronicler:  Etaoin o Fearghail          
Chrirugeon:  Olwen de Montgomery 
Prince's Champion:  Oikawa Katsu   
Princess' Champion:  Gunter von Wieselberg
Archer Champion:  Odd Grimsson    
Cupbearer:  Catriona Gower of York
Bard:  Timothy the Fop

IV
Prince:  Roak of the Rozakii   (I)
Princess: Tarkwyn of Balanjar (I)
Term: Sep 21, 1994 to April 4, 1992 
Seneschal:  Ricard of Sabletree         
Marshal:   Belgar Thorbjornsson        
Trillium Herald:  Artair MacArtair of Orkney
Exchequer:  Gwylim ap Alun
MoA:  Katheryn Radford of York    
MoS:  Gwynfyr an Sheoladair
Chronicler:  Etaoin o Fearghail          
Chrurgeon: Olwen de Montgomery
Prince's Champion:  Gunter von Wiesselberg
Princess' Champion:
Archer Champion:
Bard: Sigurd Leofsanga

V
Prince:  Killdare Silverwolf Thorkillson        
Princess:  Catherine Dupres   
Term: April 4, 1992 to Sep 19, 1992
Seneschal:  Ricard of Sabletree         
Marshal:  Belgar Thorbjornsson         
Trillium Herald:  Artair MacArtair of Orkney
Exchequer:  Gwylim ap Alun/Aelfgar the Irrepressible         
MoA:  Katheryn Radford of York    
MoS:  Gwynfyr an Sheoladair           
Chronicler:  Etaoin o Fearghail          
Chirurgeon:  Olwen de Montgomery 
Prince's Champion:  Cordigan d'Arnot          
Princess' Champion:  Tai Chin Wu    
Archer Champion:  Odd Grimsson    
A&S Champion/Cupbearer:  Rigunth af Bern (later Nicolaa de Bracton)*  
Bard: Justinian Clarus

VI
Prince:  Belgar Thorbjornsson
Princess:  Andrea Eulenberg von Kufstein    
Term: Sep 19, 1992 to April 24, 1993
Seneschal:  Ricard of Sabletree/Etaoin o Fearghail   
Marshal:  Cordigan d'Arnot   
Trillium Herald:  Gwylim ap Alun
Exchequer:  Aelfgar the Irrepressible
MoA:  Katheryn Radford of York    
MoS:  Thevenin de la Cote dÕAzure
Chronicler:  Tarkwyn of Balanjar      
Chrirugeon:  Olwen de Montgomery
Prince's Champion:  Menken Brechen
Princess' Champion:  Thevenin de la Cote d'Azure
Archer Champion:      

VII
Prince:  Killdare Silverwolf Thorkillsen         
Princess:  Lella Sericini          
Term: April 24, 1993 to Sep 25, 1993
Seneschal:  Etaoin o Fearghail           
Marshal:  Cordigan d'Arnot   
Trillium Herald:  Gwylim ap Alun
Exchequer:  Aelfgar the Irrepressible
MoA:  Ragnheithr Thorbjarnardottir 
MoS:  Thevenin de la Cote d'Azure  
Chronicler:  Tarkwyn of Balanjar      
Chrirugeon:  Olwen de Montgomery 
Prince's Champion: Eduoard Beausoliel
Princess' Champion:  Genevieve Chastellain d'Anjou                       
Archer Champion:  Sarra Graeham    
A&S Champion/Cupbearer:  Catherine de Guise*

VIII
Prince: Cordigan d'Arnot       
Princess:  Diane d'Arnot        
Term: Sep 25, 1993 to April 16, 1994
Seneschal:  Etaoin o Fearghail           
Marshal:  Belgar Thorbjornsson/Menken Brechen     
Trillium Herald:  Gwylim ap Alun
Exchequer:  Aelfgar the Irrepressible
MoA:  Ragnheithr Thorbjarnardottir 
MoS:  Thevenin de la Cote d'Azure  
Chronicler:  Tarkwyn of Balanjar      
Chrirugeon:  Olwen de Montgomery 
Prince's Champion:  David Martin Failsworth
Princess' Champion:
Archer Champion:
Rapier Champion:  Randall

IX
Prince:  Ziegfried Gunter von Wieselberg     
Princess:  Joleicia of Litchfield          
Term: April 16, 1994 to Oct 1, 1994
Seneschal:  Etaoin o Fearghail           
Marshal:  Menken Brechen
Trillium Herald:  Brand Thorwaldsson
Exchequer:  Aelfgar the Irrepressible/Cordigan d'Arnot       
MoA&S:  Thevenin de la Cote d'Azure/Caitlin Stuart          
Chronicler:  Briend Molyneaux de Shanacashel        
Chrirugeon:  Kaellyn MacDermott
Prince's Champion:  Dafydd of Chalcewell
Princess' Champion:  Tarkatai Bahadur
Archer Champion:  Bernard Sebastian Wolfe
Rapier Champion:  Randall
A&S Champion/Cupbearer:  Aibhilin of Skye*

X
Prince:  David Martin Failsworth      
Princess:  Elina de Braose      
Term: Oct 1, 1994 to April 19, 1995
Seneschal: Etaoin o Fearghail
Marshal:  Menken Brechen    
Trillium Herald:  Brand Thorwaldsson
Exchequer:  Cordigan d'Arnot           
MoA&S:  Caitlin Stuart                     
Chronicler:  Briend Molyneaux de Shanacashel        
Chrirugeon:  Kaellyn MacDermott    
Prince's Champion:  Ieuan McKellmore                    
Princess' Champion:
Archer Champion:  Gerraint fitzStephen
Rapier Champion:  Fionn MacRory
A&S Champion/Cupbearer:  Thaninieyaires              

XI
Prince:  Roak of the Rozakii   (II)
Princess:  Tarkwyn of Balanjar           (II)
Term: April 19, 1995 – Sep 30, 1995)
Seneschal:  Etaoin o Fearghail           
Marshal:  Menken Brechen    
Trillium Herald:  Brand Thorwaldsson
Exchequer: Cordigan d'Arnot
MoA&S:  Caitlin Stuart
Chronicler:  Briend Molyneaux de Shanacashel
Chrirugeon:  Kaellyn MacDermott    
Prince's Champion:  Elizabeth Mortimer       
Princess' Champion:  Vali the Black Wanderer         
Archer Champion:  Marcan ui Brien
Rapier Champion:  Albrecht Stampher
Bard:  Hector of the Black Height

XII
Prince:  Mordain Blackcloak  
Princess:  AElflaeda FitzAlain           
Term: Sep 30, 1995 to April 20, 1996
Seneschal:  Menken Brechen 
Marshal:  Ieuan McKellmore 
Trillium Herald:  Brand Thorwaldsson
Exchequer:  Cordigan d'Arnot           
MoA&S:  Caitlin Stuart                     
Chronicler:  Nicolaa de Bracton        
Chrirurgeon:  Kaellyn MacDermott   
Prince's Champion:  Lucius Aurelius Varus   
Princess' Champion;  Rhys ap Bledri 
Archer Champion: Rufus of Stamford
A&S Champion/Cupbearer:  Caitrin of Chalcewell* 

XII
Prince:  Roak of Ealdormere  
Princess:  Moria the Black     
Term: April 20, 1996 to Sep 21, 1996
Seneschal:  Menken Brechen 
Marshal:  Ieuan McKellmore 
Trillium Herald:  Brand Thorwaldsson/Marian of Heatherdale
Exchequer:  Cordigan d'Arnot           
MoA&S:  Caitlin Stuart/Mauverneen MacKellar                  
Chronicler:  Nicolaa de Bracton        
Chirurgeon:  Kaellyn MacDermott    
Prince's Champion:  Edward the Red
Princess' Champion:  Angus Kirkwood         
Archer Champion:  Elswith Longbow           
Rapier Champion:  Aidan Lann         
Bard:  All Bards of Ealdormere

XIV
Princess:  Elizabeth Mortimer (by right of arms)       
Prince:  Menken Brechen       
Term: Sep 21, 1996 to April 12, 1997
Seneschal:  Moria the Black   
Marshal:  Ieuan McKellmore 
Trillium Herald:  Marian of Heatherdale
Exchequer:  Perceval Gower  
MoA&S:  Mauverneen MacKellar                 
Chronicler:  Nicolaa de Bracton        
Chirurgeon:  Kaellyn MacDermott    
Prince's Champion:  Hereward the Far-Dweller        
Princess' Champion:  Katsu Oikawa  
Archer Champion:  Liesl Wilhelmstochter
Equestrian Champion:  Ragni Dzintara
Bard:  Onami

XV
Prince:  Edward the Red       
Princess:  Rylyn Buchannan  
Term: April 12, 1997 to Sep 13, 1997
Seneschal:  Moria the Black   
Marshal:  Konrad Matthias Jaeger     
Trillium Herald:  Marian of Heatherdale/Cerdic o Cuillemhain        
Exchequer:  William Cameron von Holstein (interim)           
MoA&S:  Mauvrneen MacKellar                   
Chronicler:  Nicolaa de Bracton        
Chirurgeon:  Marien-Aurelius de Belvoir      
Prince's Champion:  Konrad Matthias Jaeger
Princess' Champion:  Aelfwyn of Longwood           
Archer Champions:  William Stalker of Monadh and Druss of Dunangus
Rapier Champion:  Lars of Caldrithig
A&S Champion/Cupbearer:  Martin of Wismar*                  

XVI
Prince:  Ziegfried Gunter von Wiesselberg    
Princess:  Morgon the Fey Wanderer 
Term: Sep 13, 1997 to March 28, 1998
Seneschal:  Moria the Black   
Marshal:  Konrad Matthais Jaeger
Trillium Herald:  Cerdic o Cuillemhain          
Exchequer:  Storm     
MoA&S:  Mauvrneen MacKellar                   
Chronicler:  Nicolaa de Bracton/Aidan Sceotend     
Chirurgeon:  Marien-Aurelius de Belvoir      
Prince's Champion:  Tarkatai Bahadur           
Princess' Champion:  Zadok ibn Alfakhar
Archer Champion: 
Rapier Champion:  Cerdic Wayfare
Bard:  

XVII
Althegn:  Berus Wolfsson
Althegna:  Marion fitz William
Term: March 28, 1998 to October 24, 1998
Seneschal:  Moria the Black   
Marshal:  Konrad Matthais Jaeger
Trillium Herald:  Cerdic o Cuillemhain          
Exchequer:  Storm     
MoA&S:  Mauvrneen MacKellar                   
Chronicler:  Aidan Sceotend 
Chirurgeon:  Marien-Aurelius de Belvoir
Prince's Champion:  Angus Kirkwood          
Princess' Champion:  Worgen MacGregor
Princess'Archer Champion:  Gaerwen of Trafford
Rapier Champion: 
Princess' Bard:  Etian au Navalle       

*Note:  Since the reign of Killdare and Catherine, the title of Cupbearer has been conferred upon the winner of the A&S Fair exclusively.  It is conferred once per year, in whatever reign the Fair happens to fall.

The Kings and Queens of Ealdormere

I
King: David
Queen: Elinna
Term:
Seneschal: Aibhilin kennari fra skye
Marshal:
Trillium Herald:
Exchequer:
MoA&S:
Chronicler:
Chirurgeon:
King’s Champion:
Queen’s Champion:
Archery Champion:
Rapier Champion:
Bard:

II
King: Osis
Queen: Caitlin
Term:
Seneschal: Aibhilin kennari fra skye
Marshal:
Trillium Herald:
Exchequer:
MoA&S:
Chronicler:
Chirurgeon:
King’s Champion:
Queen’s Champion:
Archery Champion:
Rapier Champion:
Bard:

III
King: Kildaire
Queen: Josephine
Term:
Seneschal: Aibhilin kennari fra skye
Marshal:
Trillium Herald:
Exchequer:
MoA&S:
Chronicler:
Chirurgeon:
King’s Champion:
Queen’s Champion:
Archery Champion:
Rapier Champion:
Bard:

IV
King: Edouard I
Queen: Eanor
Term:
Seneschal: Aibhilin kennari fra skye
Marshal:
Trillium Herald:
Exchequer:
MoA&S:
Chronicler:
Chirurgeon:
King’s Champion:
Queen’s Champion:
Archery Champion:
Rapier Champion:
Bard:

V
King: Berus I
Queen: Marion I
Term:
Seneschal:
Marshal:
Trillium Herald:
Exchequer:
MoA&S:
Chronicler:
Chirurgeon:
King’s Champion:
Queen’s Champion:
Archery Champion:
Rapier Champion:
Bard:

VI
King: Roak I
Queen: Carltta
Term:
Seneschal:
Marshal:
Trillium Herald:
Exchequer:
MoA&S:
Chronicler:
Chirurgeon:
King’s Champion:
Queen’s Champion:
Archery Champion:
Rapier Champion:
Bard:

VII
King: Aaron I
Queen: Rustique I
Term:
Seneschal:
Marshal:
Trillium Herald:
Exchequer:
MoA&S:
Chronicler:
Chirurgeon:
King’s Champion:
Queen’s Champion:
Archery Champion:
Rapier Champion:
Bard:

VIII
Khan: Sarnac
Khahatun: Joleicia
Term: April 2002 to Sep 2002
Seneschal:
Marshal:
Trillium Herald:
Exchequer:
MoA&S:
Chronicler:
Chirurgeon:
King’s Champion: Eanor of Amberhall
Queen’s Champion: Kaylah the Cheerful
King’s Archery Champion: Fred the Illigetimite
Queen’s Archery Champion: Cynred the Broccan
Rapier Champion:
Bard:

IX
King: Roak II
Queen: Arlette
Term:
Seneschal:
Marshal:
Trillium Herald:
Exchequer:
MoA&S:
Chronicler:
Chirurgeon:
King’s Champion:
Queen’s Champion:
Archery Champion:
Rapier Champion:
Bard:

X
King: Edouard II
Queen: Genevieve I
Term:
Seneschal:
Marshal:
Trillium Herald:
Exchequer:
MoA&S:
Chronicler:
Chirurgeon:
King’s Champion:
Queen’s Champion:
Archery Champion:
Rapier Champion:
Bard:

XI
King: Cennedi
Queen: Susanna
Term:
Seneschal:
Marshal:
Trillium Herald:
Exchequer:
MoA&S:
Chronicler:
Chirurgeon:
King’s Champion:
Queen’s Champion:
Archery Champion:
Rapier Champion:
Bard:

XII
King: Berus II
Queen: Marion II
Term:
Seneschal:
Marshal:
Trillium Herald:
Exchequer:
MoA&S:
Chronicler:
Chirurgeon:
King’s Champion:
Queen’s Champion:
Archery Champion:
Rapier Champion:
Bard:

XIII
King: Malik
Queen: Genevieve d’Anjou
Term:
Seneschal:
Marshal:
Trillium Herald:
Exchequer:
MoA&S:
Chronicler:
Chirurgeon:
King’s Champion:
Queen’s Champion:
Archery Champion:
Rapier Champion:
Bard:

XIV
King: Edouard III
Queen: Genevieve II
Term:
Seneschal:
Marshal:
Trillium Herald:
Exchequer:
MoA&S:
Chronicler:
Chirurgeon:
King’s Champion:
Queen’s Champion:
Archery Champion:
Rapier Champion:
Bard:

XV
King: Edward I
Queen: Rylyn I
Term:
Seneschal:
Marshal:
Trillium Herald:
Exchequer:
MoA&S:
Chronicler:
Chirurgeon:
King’s Champion:
Queen’s Champion:
Archery Champion:
Rapier Champion:
Bard:

XVI
King: Aaron II
Queen: Rustique II
Term:
Seneschal:
Marshal:
Trillium Herald:
Exchequer:
MoA&S:
Chronicler:
Chirurgeon:
King’s Champion:
Queen’s Champion:
Archery Champion:
Rapier Champion:
Bard:

XVII
King: Roak III
Queen: Jocea I
Term:
Seneschal:
Marshal:
Trillium Herald:
Exchequer:
MoA&S:
Chronicler:
Chirurgeon:
King’s Champion:
Queen’s Champion:
Archery Champion:
Rapier Champion:
Bard:

XVIII
King: Edouard IV
Queen: Domhnail
Term: April 2007 to October 2007
Seneschal:
Marshal:
Trillium Herald:
Exchequer:
MoA&S:
Chronicler:
Chirurgeon:
King’s Champion:
Queen’s Champion:
Archery Champion:
Rapier Champion:
Bard:

XIX
King: Trumbrand I
Queen: Kaylah I
Term: Oct 2007 to April 26, 2008
Seneschal:
Marshal:
Trillium Herald:
Exchequer:
MoA&S:
Chronicler:
Chirurgeon:
King’s Champion:
Queen’s Champion:
Archery Champion:
Rapier Champion:
Bard:

XX
King: Aaron III
Queen: Rustique III
Term: April 26, 2008 to Sep 20, 2008
Seneschal:
Marshal:
Trillium Herald:
Exchequer:
MoA&S:
Chronicler:
Chirurgeon:
King’s Champion: Kellen
Queen’s Champion: Cynred Broccan
King’s Archery Champion: Nicolaa de Bracton
Queen’s Archery Champion: Dafydd ap Sion
King’s Rapier Champion: Gareth Campbell
Queen’s Rapier: Rusalka Galbraith
King’s Thrown Weapons Champion: Daniel of Whitby
Queen’s Thrown Weapons Champion: Catriona
Bard:

XXI
King: Etain I
Queen: Valfreya I
Term: Sep 20, 2008 to April 25, 2009
Seneschal:
Marshal:
Trillium Herald: Brand Thorvaldsson
Exchequer:
MoA&S:
Chronicler:
Chirurgeon:
King’s Champion:
Queen’s Champion:
Archery Champion:
Rapier Champion:
Bard:

XXII
King: Roak IV
Queen: Jocea II
Term: April 25, 2009 to September 19, 2009
Seneschal: Genevieve
Marshal: AElfwyn
Trillium Herald: Brand Thorvaldsson / Nicolaa de Bracton
Exchequer:
MoA&S:
Chronicler:
Chirurgeon:
King’s Champion:
Queen’s Champion: Brand Thorvaldsson
Archery Champion:
Rapier Champion:
Bard:

XXIII
King: Nigel I
Queen: Adrielle I
Term: September 19, 2009 to April 24, 2010
Seneschal: Corwyn Galbraith
Marshal: Edward the Red
Trillium Herald:
Exchequer:
MoA&S:
Chronicler:
Chirurgeon:
King’s Champion: Tiberius of Warwickshire
Queen’s Champion: Etain au Naval
Archery Champion: n/a
Rapier Champion: n/a
Bard: Alyce de Sheppey

XXIV
King: Quilliam I
Queen: Dagmar I
Term: April 24, 2010 to Sep 25, 2010
Seneschal: Corwyn Galbraith
Marshal: Edward the Red
Trillium Herald:
Exchequer:
MoA&S:
Chronicler:
Chirurgeon:
King’s Champion: Varenko
Queen’s Champion: Berus
Archery Champion:
Rapier Champion:
Bard:

XXV
King: Etain II
Queen: Valfreya II
Term: Sep 25, 2010 to April 2011
Seneschal:
Marshal:
Trillium Herald:
Exchequer:
MoA&S:
Chronicler:
Chirurgeon:
King’s Champion: Bjarn
Queen’s Champion: Aaron / Tarkatai
Archery Champion:
Rapier Champion:
Bard:

XXVI
King: Aaron IV
Queen: Rustique IV
Term: April 2011 to Sep 24, 2011
Seneschal:
Marshal:
Trillium Herald:
Exchequer:
MoA&S:
Chronicler:
Chirurgeon:
King’s Champion:
Queen’s Champion:
Archery Champion:
Rapier Champion:
Bard:

XXVII
King: Quilliam II
Queen: Dagmar II
Term: Sep 24, 2011 to
Seneschal:
Marshal:
Trillium Herald:
Exchequer:
MoA&S:
Chronicler:
Chirurgeon:
King’s Champion:
Queen’s Champion:
Archery Champion:
Rapier Champion:
Bard:

XXVIII
King: Edward II
Queen: Rylyn II
Term: Sep 25, 2010 to
Seneschal:
Marshal:
Trillium Herald:
Exchequer:
MoA&S:
Chronicler:
Chirurgeon:
King’s Champion:
Queen’s Champion:
Archery Champion:
Rapier Champion:
Bard:

XXIX
King: Roak V
Queen: Elizabeth
Term:
Seneschal:
Marshal:
Trillium Herald:
Exchequer:
MoA&S:
Chronicler:
Chirurgeon:
King’s Champion:
Queen’s Champion:
Archery Champion:
Rapier Champion:
Bard:

XXX
King: Trumbrand II
Queen: Kaylah II
Term:
Seneschal:
Marshal:
Trillium Herald:
Exchequer:
MoA&S:
Chronicler:
Chirurgeon:
King’s Champion:
Queen’s Champion:
Archery Champion:
Rapier Champion:
Bard:

XXXI
King: Nigel II
Queen: Adrielle II
Term: Sep 29, 2013 (AS 48) to April 26, 2014 (AS 48)
Seneschal:  Keresteken Janzdochtere 
Marshal: Evander Mclachlan
Trillium Herald: Cainder ingen hui Chatharnaig
Exchequer: Dafydd ap Sion 
MoA&S: Wencenedl of Rokesburg
Chronicler: Nicolaa de Bracton
Chirurgeon: Medb ingen Dungaile 
Webminister*: Eirik Anderson
King’s Champion: AElfwyn et Langanwuda
Queen’s Champion: Rorik of Septentria
Archery Champion:
Rapier Champion: Jocelyn Cranewell
Bard: Ailis de la Marche

* During the reign of Nigel II and Adrielle II, the Kingdom Webminister became a Greater Office of the Kingdom.

XXXII
King: Siegfried
Queen: Ragni
Term: April 26, 2014 (AS 48) – September 27, 2014 (AS 49)
Seneschal:  Keresteken Janzdochtere 
Marshal: Evander Mclachlan
Trillium Herald: Cainder ingen hui Chatharnaig
Exchequer: Dafydd ap Sion 
MoA&S: Wencenedl of Rokesburg
Chronicler: Nicolaa de Bracton
Chirurgeon: Medb ingen Dungaile 
Webminister: Eirik Anderson
King’s Champion: Varenko
Queen’s Champion: Menken Brechen
Archery Champion: Brendan Hunterson
Rapier Champion: Giovanni de Enzinas
Thrown Weapons Champion: Christiana Macnamara
Games Champion: Eirik Andersen
Minister of Candy: Yvaine du Roquefort
Master of Dance: Jamie Blackcloak
Bard: Dietrich Sachsen

XXXIII
King: Trumbrand
Queen: Kaylah
Term: September 27, 2014 (AS 49) to April 25, 2015 (AS 49)
Seneschal:  Keresteken Janzdochtere 
Marshal: Evander Mclachlan
Trillium Herald: Cainder ingen hui Chatharnaig
Exchequer: Dafydd ap Sion 
MoA&S: Wencenedl of Rokesburg / Lucia de Enzinas
Chronicler: Colyne Stewart
Chirurgeon: Medb ingen Dungaile 
Webminister: Eirik Anderson
King’s Champion: Sven
Queen’s Champion: Claudius Amelius Rattanicus
Archery Champion:
Rapier Champion:
Thrown Weapons Champion:
Bard: Justinian Clarus

XXXIV
Konungr: Steinarr
Dróttning: Liðr
Term: April 25, 2015 (AS 49)
Seneschal:  Jocea Valente 
Marshal: Evander Mclachlan
Trillium Herald: Cainder ingen hui Chatharnaig
Exchequer: Dafydd ap Sion 
MoA&S: Lucia de Enzinas
Chronicler: Colyne Stewart
Chirurgeon: Medb ingen Dungaile 
Webminister: Eirik Anderson
King’s Champion: Tormot Quilliam
Queen’s Champion: Tristham Ovinra I Groffa
Archery Champion: Graem de Liste
Rapier Champion: Jobjorn
Thrown Weapons Champion: Daniel of Whitby
Bard:
Vanguard: Ed the Red, Quilliam, Gann, Bjarn, Tristham, Grom,