Court Reports of the Kingdom of Æthelmearc
Sven and Siobhan
July 27-August 12, AS 53 (2018)
47th Annual Pennsic War
Barony-Marche of the Debatable Lands

Being the report of the Court of Sven and Siobhan of Æthelmearc, held at the 47th Great Pennsic War, August, AS 53 (2018) as reported by Baroness Ekaterina Volkova, Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald.

Saturday, August 4, on the battlefield during Ædult Swim

Assistant Herald: Mistress Gytha Oggsdottir, Silent Herald

Their Majesties welcomed all to the gathering and hoped everyone would find fun and learning this day.

The Order of the Millrind was called into court. It was noted that while it is unusual to call for a service order at a gathering of the martial arts, there was one in attendance, who spends all his time at Pennsic serving that Their Majesties feared there would be no other time to reward him for all the work he does to make the War happen. THL Rouland of Willowbrooke was then called forth and inducted into the order for his long time service to the Technical Services Department of the Pennsic War. Scroll by Baroness Ekaterina Volkova.

Don Jacob of Dunmore was called before Their Majesties. It was told that his dedication to the Fencing community, the study of the ancient ways and the teaching of those who wish to learn had become legendary. The Order of Defense was then called forth and asked that they escort Don Jacob to vigil so that he may contemplate elevation into the Order at a later point in the war. Writ scroll by Isabella Montoya upon words by Mistress Gabrielle de Winter.

Their Majesties then called for THL Madison Morai to attend them. His Majesty spoke of the ferocity on the field for which he is known and that there is a group who wished to make him accountable for his actions. The Order of the Chivalry was called and asked that they provide him good counsel so that he may answer the call after the Field Battle.

Court was then suspended.

Sunday, August 5, on the battlefield after the Allied Champions Battle

Assistant Herald: Mistress Gytha Oggsdottir, Silent Herald.

Their Majesties were joined by His Majesty Dawid of Caid.

Court was resumed.

Lord Tadhg Sotal O’Neill spoke of how great the heart and power of the Æthelmearc fighters is and that they brought pride to their Kingdom, their Allies and their supporters.

Lord Horatius Cincinnatus was then called before the court. His Majesty spoke of the long dedication to the heavy weapons community that Lord Horatius has shown, serving as Baronial Knight Marshal, unit commander and inspiration on the field. He was then inducted into the Order of the Gage. Scroll was unsigned.

Her Majesty then asked for the presence of THL Hagar the Blushing. When he came forth, Her Majesty spoke of how every time she turns around he is there protecting her, ensuring she is well and no one messes with her. She spoke of how he is known in many Kingdoms for his behavior on the field and then asked that he please go with the Order of the Chivalry to sit vigil and return the next day after the Field Battle with the answer of if he would join that good order or not.

Court was then suspended.

Sunday August 5, at the Baronial Marche of the Debatable Lands’ Party

Assistant Heralds: Mistress Gytha Oggsdottir, Silent Herald, Maighstir Liam Mac an tSaoir, Sycamore Herald.

Their Majesties gave leave to Their Excellencies to hold their court.

Upon resumption of Their Majesties Court, Master Ælric Ravenshaw and THL Jǫrundr hinn Rotinn were called before the court. It was told that these two gentlemen are known for their unending service to the fencing community. The Order of the White Scarf was then called forth and asked to welcome them both into the Order. Master Ælric’s scroll illuminated by Lady Elizabeth Rosamund and calligraphed by THL Shirin of Susa. THL Jǫrundr’s scroll illuminated by THL Phelippe Ulfdottir, words by Don Po Silvertop.

Lady Katheryn the Huntress was then called for. His Majesty spoke of how her work enabled the Marshal’s office to keep up the electronic communications needed for the office to run smoothly. How, as a teen she served long hours as the web-minister and database expert for the Office. For all this she was inducted into the Order of the Keystone. Scroll by Lord Sasson della Sancta Victoria, word by Baroness Rosheen.

Their Majesties then called for Lady Arthis MacLeod. It was observed that this lady is seen helping wherever she can and currently holds the office of Exchequer for the Barony Marche of the Debatable Lands. For her tireless service she was then inducted into the Order of the Keystone. Scroll by Lord Sasson della Sancta Victoria upon words by Baron Brandubh o’Donnghaile.

Lady Rowena McCara was then summoned forth. Her unending service to the equestrian community had not gone unnoticed. Without her long hours working as grounds crew, many events could not happen. For all this she was made a member of the Order of the Keystone. Scroll by Lady Alysoun of the Debatable lands, upon words by Master Morian MacBain.

Those members of the Keystone were then asked to rise. Her Majesty asked all present to look around and note if any of those not standing should be a member of the order and if so, to please write them in.

Their Majesties then called for their Council of the Order of the Laurel. When all assembled, they asked if the order was ready to take one to vigil so that he might sit in contemplation about joining their ranks. After receiving an affirmative from the order Ishiyama-roku-i Gentarou Yori’ie was called before the court. It was asked of him if he was prepared to sit vigil that night and contemplate his options. He said he was and the Order lead him out of court for his contemplation.

Earl Thomas Byron of Haverford spoke then to the assembled populace and said that the Æthelmearc Monier’s Guild had prepared a place and any who wished to strike a coin in memory of Prince Titus was welcome to come after court and do so.

Court was then suspended.

Monday, August 6, on the battlefield after the Field Battle

Assistant Herald: Mistress Gytha Oggsdottir, Silent Herald.

Their Majesties were joined by Their Majesties Alric and Katherine of the Midrealm, Their Majesties Agrippa and Dawid of Caid and Their Majesties Bela and Ana of the Outlands.

His Majesty thanked all who came and hoped that all had an enjoyable time partaking in the Field Battle.

Their Majesties called forth THL Madison Morai. He was asked if he had a chance to sit vigil and contemplate if he would join the the Order of the Chivalry. He said he did. The Order of the Chivalry was then called forth.

Before he could give his answer freely, Count Ruslan Novgorodcev asked that his squire’s baldric be returned. But before Their Majesties could proceed, they asked for witnesses who would vouch for His Lordship. Mistress Mahin Banu Tabrizi, on behalf of the Order of the Laurel, spoke of his leather work, cordial making and the art he shows in the study of strategy and how he teaches that to any who would listen. The Order of the Pelican was represented by Master Robert O’Connor, who spoke of Madison’s character and deep dedication to service. Count Gareth Kincaid spoke for the Royal Peers about how His Lordship leads and shapes people, both on and off the field and through that earns their respect and loyalty. Master Jussi Laplein, representing the Order of Chivalry, spoke of Madison’s unwavering loyalty to house, Lady, Army and Kingdom.

Having heard the praises from the Peerages, His Majesty asked for Madison’s decision. Madison agreed to join the Order and take the regalia of Knight of the Society. A belt of white was placed around his waist by Lady Stasha Sebastian. He then knelt before Their Majesties and gave his oath of fealty. His Majesty then called for the Æthelmearc ancestral chain. Sir Dominic Morland brought forth the chain and read the lineage of the Knights of the Kingdom. His Majesty then presented the chain he was wearing, saying that soon the ancestral chain would need to be passed on and no knight should be without a chain. A personal chain was also presented. His Majesty then said that the Order of the Chivalry is represented by spurs, as a knight was a horseman as well as a soldier. Count Ruslan then spoke that there was a set of spurs that had been worn by one that was taken before he could fully become a Knight. Mistress Rynea von Ingen came forth and present Madison with the spurs that had belonged to her late husband Baron Rodrigo de la Vega. These spurs were then placed on Madison’s feet. A caftan was then presented so that he could display his rank. His Majesty then dubbed him thrice times a Knight and delivered the last blow that would be received unanswered. The court was then presented Sir Madison Morai. Promissory scroll by Mistress Antoinette de la Croix.

Noting that there was still business with the Order of the Chivalry, Their Majesties then called for THL Hagar the Blushing to present himself. It was noted that His Lordship had also been sent on vigil to contemplate joining the Order. However, before he could give his answer, Duke Edward the Sinister requested the Squire’s belt that Hagar wore to be returned to him.

Their Majesties then asked for testimony on his worthiness to be made a member of the Peerage. Countess Juliana Delamare, on behalf of the Laurels, spoke of his skill in Viking wire weaving and horn carving. The Order of the Pelicans was represented by Duke Rurik Longsword, who said that when not on the field, Hagar can always be found lifting heavy things, carrying totes, and is just one who never stops working. Duchess Mora de Buchanan, on behalf of the Ladies of the Rose, testified to the dedication to serving many reigns both in Caid and in Æthelmearc. Master Quinn Kerr, representing the Order of Defense, talked of how Hagar helped guide a group of young SCAdians to be the best they could be. THL Astridr vigaskegg spoke on behalf of the Populace and how the subjects of Æthelmearc in the far reaches of Region One would not be where they were today if it were not for Hagar’s guidance, leadership and mentoring. Sir Hrothgeirr Ivarsson, HRM Alric of the Mists and Duke Edward the Sinister all spoke as members of the Order of Chivalry and attested to his prowess and calm temperament on the field of battle.

Satisfied with what they heard, Their Majesties asked Hagar what his decision was. Hagar answered that he would join the order and become a Knight of the Society. When asked if there was a belt for him, Duke Edward the Sinister presented the belt he wore to his former Squire. A belt made by his squire brother was also placed about his waist. His Majesty Alric also presented a belt made by his hand to Hagar to wear. Then, kneeling before Their Majesties, Hagar swore his oath of fealty.

His Majesty spoke of the symbol of a Knight’s oath is the chain he wears, so that he is always aware of the weight of his words and promises. Sir Madison Morai brought forth the ancestral chain of Æthelmearc and read its lineage. Duke Edward also presented the household lineage chain. A personal chain was also given to him.

So that he would not suffer from the cold days of Pennsic, a coat marking his station was placed about his shoulders. His Majesty then dubbed him thrice, naming him a Knight and delivered his last unanswered blow. Sir Hagar the Blushing was then presented to the court. Scroll by Flavia Beatrice Carmigniani.

Sir Arnthorr inn sterki then addressed the army, thanking them all for their hard work on the field and to rest and prepare themselves for the next big battle.

It was then announced that any who wished to carry the Queen’s favor should please seek her out after court.

Court was then suspended.

Tuesday, August 7, at Kingdom Grand Court

Assistant Herald: Mistress Gytha Oggsdottir, Silent Herald, Don Jǫrundr hinn Rotinn, Golden Alce Herald and Kameshima-kyō Zentarō Umakai, Shark Herald

Their Majesties were joined by Her Royal Highness Anna Leigh and the assembled Landed Baronage of the Kingdom.

Their Majesties welcomed all to their court and bade them to seek their comfort.

His Majesty spoke of how well Æthelmearc was doing representing the Midrealm in the various Champions tournaments. Out of the 10 slots available for the MidRealm Archery Champions team, 7 were filled by subjects of Æthelmearc with 2 slots also being filled by our Kingdom.

Their Majesties then called for Frytz Flußmüllner. It was announced that young Frytz won the Division 1 Baronial Youth Combat Tournament. As he had to leave the field early, his prizes were then awarded to him. It was then announced that in that same tournament, for Division 2, Fox of Æthelmearc took the title and in Division 3, Evan Moraine, also of Æthelmearc won.

It was then announced that Æthelmearc subjects also won the following tournaments:

Overall Thrown Weapons - Lord Godfrey de Bayeux
Knife Throw - Lady Dorothea Starke Schultz
Spear Throw - Lord Thomas of the Debatable Lands
Early period Cut and Thrust - Master Clewin Kupferhelbelinc

Baron Edward Harbinger then came into court. He explained that he has been called for another duty and must step down as Kingdom Archery Marshal. Their Majesties expressed their sadness that he must leave the office but understand as he was to assume the position of Society Archery and Thrown Weapons Marshal. Master Juan Miguel Caesar was then called forth and invested into the position of Kingdom Archery Marshal.

However Their Majesties said they were not done with His Excellency. They spoke of his years of dedicated service to the Archery and youth combat communities, his work as Herald and autocrat and now Society Marshal. For all this he was inducted into the Order of the Millrind. Scroll by THL Eleanore Godwin.

The children of the realm were then called forth. Her Majesty thanked them for coming and said she understood that sometimes court can be a bit hard to sit through. She then invited them to seek out Sir Hagar at the back of court and to select a toy from the toybox.

William MacNess was then invited before Their Majesties. They told of how this good man helps to set-up the Royal encampment every year and is a source of reliable service. For this they did Award him Arms. Scroll by Sibyl of Nithgaard.

Draven Hastings was then called for. His works as retainer for multiple reigns, Pennsic War staff, helping with Royal set up and tear down and assistant with the Kids party at Pennsic last year has all been noted. For all this and more Their Majesties did Award him Arms. Scroll by THL Elyse le Bref.

Hallbjorn Eyvindursen was Awarded Arms in absentia for his dedication as a shield man of the Borderwatch and continued pursuit of study in the heavy weapons community. Scroll by Mistress Gillian Llywelyn of Ravenspur.

Sigrid Hakonsdotter was Awarded Arms in absentia for her ever present joy and helpfulness that she brings to every event she attends. Scroll by Lord Takeda Giro Masashige

Their Majesties then sought the presence of Lord Robert Hawksworth. Her Majesty spoke of the boundless energy and willingness to take on any task that he is presented with. This could not go unrecognized and he was thus made a member of the Order of the Keystone. Scroll by THL Edena the Red.

For her beautiful tablet weaving and other fiber arts works, Beatrix of Anglesey was made a member of the Order of the Sycamore in absentia. Scroll by THL Zofia Kowalewska.

Lady Mollie O’Donnel was made a member of the Order of the Sycamore in absentia for all her work in making sure that the people of the Society do not go unclothed. Scroll by Baroness Ekaterina Volkova.

Their Majesties then asked for the presence of Lord Jakob Krahe. His command of the Arindale ten man team in various Melee events has become legendary. For this and more he was invited into the Order of the Golden Alce. Scroll by Edelvrous Lijsbet de Kuekere.

The court then called for Don Jacob of Dunmore. His Majesty asked if he had had the opportunity to sit vigil as has been requested of him earlier in the war. Upon receiving the affirmative, the Order of Defense was requested to present themselves. Before being able to make their final decision, Their Majesties asked for witnesses to the worthiness of His Lordship. Duchess Dorinda Courtenay spoke on behalf of the Order of the Laurel, attesting to his gratitude and support of the arts and artisans of the realm and how he has made an art out of serving when needed. Sir Ian Kennoven, representing the Order of Chivalry, spoke of how he has trained in the art of fencing to the point where the entire Known World knows his name. The Order of the Pelican was represented by Duchess Liadain ni Dheirdre Caomhanaigh who spoke of his unending service, even to the giving of the shirt off his own back. Countess Margerite Eisenwald spoke for His Lordship as a Lady of the Rose and said that the only word to describe him is “love”. Love of Kingdom, love of service, love of fencing. Master Lodovick of Grays Inn then spoke on behalf of the Order of Defense. He commented that he knew that His Lordship would never stop defending the kingdom and it is right and proper that he join the order.

Their Majesties, well pleased with words spoken, asked His Lordship if it was his wish to continue. Upon receiving an affirmative answer, there was a call for a collar to mark his station. He was presented a personal collar as well as the ancestral collar of Æthelmearc. A cloak was then placed about his shoulders. Their Majesties then received his oath and then presented Master Jacob of Dunmore to the Known World. Promissory scroll was unsigned

A brief intermission was called and court was suspended.

After the break, THL Rosalia Iuliana Andere, Kingdom Siege Marshal asked for time in court. She said that her time in the office had come to an end and that her successor had been chosen. Lord Chebe came forth and was made the new Siege Marshal for the Kingdom of Æthelmearc.

Lady Ingunn Halldorsdottir was called into court. His Majesty spoke of the long years she has served Steltonwald as officer, autocrat and welcoming face to new members. For this she was given an Award of Excellence and received a token of a bracelet made by His Majesty.

Master Morien MacBain was then summoned. Their Majesties spoke of his dedicated research into and the teaching of historical pilgrimages as well as military history. The Order of the Fleur d’Æthelmearc was then called for so that they could welcome him into the order. Scroll by Lord Rhys Penbras ap Dafydd.

Lord Thorstein Thorgrimson was inducted in absentia into the Order of the Gage. Scroll by THL Phelippe Ulfdottir.

Their Majesties then demanded the presence of Ishiyama-roku-i Gentarou Yori’ie. His Majesty announced that the defendant has been accused of sharing knowledge of foreign lands to the subjects of Æthelmearc. As this is a strong charge the Council of the Laurel was summoned so that Their Majesties could hear testimony as to whether or not the charge was true. Kusunoki Fumio Bun'ami, called Master Morien ap Rhys of Cardiff in the Western Lands, spoke as a representative of the defendant’s Peer, Mistress Roxanne de St. Luc. Sir Maghnus an Chnoic na n'Iora, the Ujino-osa of the defendant’s household spoke on behalf of the Order of Chivalry. Sir Morgen of Rye, Tonno of Clan Yama Kaminari, and Royal Peer then gave testimony. Mistress Hilderun Hugelmann, Baroness of the defendant’s prefecture and member of the Order of the Pelican. Sir Christopher Rawlyns, Jewel of Æthelmearc, also gave testimony. And lastly, Master Illadore de Bedagrayne, representing the Order of the Laurel testified to the actions of the defendant.

Their Majesties, having heard the testimony could only agree that indeed Ishiyama-roku-i has deliberately spread the knowledge of foreign ways in the Kingdom. And as such they charge that he must continue to do so but with the rights and responsibilities of a member of the Order of the Laurel. To prepare him for his journey a dobuku was placed about his shoulders, an eboshi was laid upon his head, a sum of gold in the form of a medallion was given to him and rations for his journey, in the form of a fruitcake, was placed in his charge. He then swore his oath to the crown and was then presented as Ishiyama-shonagon Gentarou Yori’ie. Promissory scroll by Mistress Kris Gilibari

As the Order greeted their new member, Her Majesty remarked that there appears to be all kinds of ways to become a member of the order and pondered as to what made a Laurel. After several members of the order answered her, she then asked if they could find a person who represented all that they had described. THL Lucetta di Cosimo was then brought before Their Majesties. As the Order of the Laurel had just described her, They felt is was only right and proper that she should sit vigil at another time and place and contemplate joining the order. Pysanky egg made by Lady Nicola Beese.

Their Majesties then thanked the Brewers of Æthelmearc for providing refreshments, not just during court but for also manning the bar in the Royal Encampment all war. They also thanked the Debatable Choir for the entertainment during the intermission. It was also announced that there was a slight change regarding Closing ceremonies.

There being no further business at that time, court was suspended.

Tuesday, August 7, at the Blue Feather Ball

Assistant Herald: Mistress Gytha Oggsdottir, Silent Herald

Their Majesties were joined by Their Majesties Agrippa and Dawid of Caid

Their Majesties thanked all who put such effort into the event and said they have always felt welcomed and embraced at the Ball. But they did have business with two who, year after year, put in great effort to make a safe place for any who need.

Lord Angelo di Calabria and Lord Joshua MacDonald were called forth. Lord Angelino has been known for his organization of both the Blue Feather Ball and the Blue Feather Camp was then made a Baron of the Court and Granted Arms. Scroll by Silwa af Swaneholm. Lord Joshua was also noted for all his work to make the Ball and Camp a safe place for others and open to all who would have fun. For this, with the blessing of Their Majesties of Atlantia, he was made a Baron of the Court and Granted Arms. Scroll by Isabella Montoya.

Court was then suspended.

Thursday, August 9, at the Æthelmearc Kingdom Party

Assistant Herald: Mistress Gytha Oggsdottir, Silent Herald

Their Majesties were joined by Her Royal Highness Anna Leigh and Her Majesty Altani Khaligu Yeke Khatun of Lochac.

Their Majesties thanked all who had come to celebrate the Kingdom and the great gathering that is Pennsic and said they had a few pieces of business to conduct.

James Brezel, Johnny Uber and Josh McCracken were asked to join Their Majesties in Court. These three men represent the next generation of the Coopers Lake Staff and who have worked tirelessly over the years to help make Pennsic work. Their efforts in improving the land, assisting with the infrastructure and hosting the Known World allows us to do what we do. James was then named a Baron of the Courts of Æthelmearc and Lochac with Grant of Arms. A coronet was then presented on behalf of the Pennsic War Staff. Johnny was then named a Baron of the Courts of Æthelmearc and Lochac with a Grant of Arms. He was also presented a coronet on behalf of the Pennsic War Staff. Josh was then made a Baron of the Courts of Æthelmearc and Lochac with Grant of Arms. When a call for a coronet was made, Sir Edward Zifram of Gendy and Baron Ronan o'Gobhann came forth. Sir Edward said that there was only one coronet fitting for the youngest grandson of Baron “The Dave” Cooper. Baron Ronan then took the coronet that he received the previous year and returned Dave Cooper’s Coronet to the Cooper Family by presenting it for Josh to wear. All three scrolls were unsigned.

Their Majesties then asked for the presence of Lady Celestia Vianello. Her Majesty said that the entire Pennsic War Staff came to them begging a boon regarding this good woman. Her long dedicated service to Pennsic, as Lost and Found Coordinator, Administration and anything that needed to be done has been documented for more years than could be counted. So, after consulting with Their Majesties of Caid, as she resides part time in that fair Kingdom, they were moved to create her a Baroness of the Court with a Grant of Arms. A coronet, made by the Pennsic War Staff, was then presented. Promissory scroll by Fearghus mac Eoin and Catherine Wolfe.

Their Majesties then called for Master Benedict Fergus atte Mede to present himself. It was noted that he is always working in some capacity and that there was a group of people who would have words with him. The Order of the Pelican was then called forth and instructed to take him to sit vigil at the Shoote in the Wildwood where he would that night answer if he would join the order.

Their Majesties then asked that everyone please enjoy the party, partake of the refreshments offered by the Brewers of the Kingdom and to stay and enjoy the music of Wolgemut.

There being no further business the Court of Sven and Siobhan was closed.