Queen’s Prize Tournament Court Summary, September 15, A.S. 53

In evening court:
Rowan of Golden Sea – Queen’s Chalice
Piers Fauconer – Torse
Skinna-Hrefna – AoA
Tessie of Cúm an Iolair – Leather Mallet
Knorr bestingr – AoA
Ki no Kotori – Calon Lily
Ashland de Mumford – Calon Lily

Other court tidings:
1 newcomer received a mug.
Lord Finán mac Crimthainn and Lady Gianna Viviani shared the Judges’ Choice award.
Emma Under Foot received the Youth Queen’s Prize.
Lord Hugo van Harlo received the Queen’s Prize.
A boon was begged for Marie le Faivre to join the Order of the Laurel.

Unknown Artist. Minstrels with a Rebec & a Lute.
13th c. Manasseh Codex. El Escorial, Madrid. Public domain in the US

King’s Companie of Archers Court Summaries, September 8, A.S. 53

On the range:
Ashland de Mumford – Boga Fyrd

In evening court:
Elaisse de Garrigues – Boga Fyrd
Eynon Llangenydd – Boga Hirth

Other court tidings:
Konstantia Kaloethina is the new Lanner Herald, to help with ceremonies.
A boon was begged for Alessandra de Piro to join the Order of the Pelican.

Archery practice at earthen butts, c1325. The center markers are small wreaths. Detail from the Geoffrey Luttrell psalter. Public Domain in the United States

A Brief History of the Duncan Tournament

Illustration of the Battle of Barnet (14 April 1471) on the Ghent manuscript. Public domain in the US

Ed. Note:  HE Duncan Bruce of Logan has provided a couple of short historical articles. The following is an introduction to the Duncan Tournament, and the resulting Duncans, for those who may be unfamiliar with this part of Calontir’s history.

 


 

Many years ago, there were several young gentlemen starting in the SCA, and they were discussing names with the heralds. These men were all in different parts of Calontir, and this was before the current days of easy communication between groups. As many people do, they all started at the beginning of the alphabet looking for a good Celtic name. One by one they all came upon the name Duncan. They asked the heralds they were working with if there were any other Duncans of note in Calontir. The answer was invariably “No. There’s Duncan Bruce of Logan, but he goes by Logan, so you should be good.”
Each of those men ended up registering Duncan as part of their SCA name.
Several years later, as all of them became more active at a kingdom level, they came to realize they had inadvertently created a sort of brotherhood. The Duncan Collective was born, and you WOULD be assimilated.
One year, Duncan Fearmac MacLeod decided there were enough Duncans that there should be a Duncan Tournament at Lilies War. The prize was possession of the Duncan Brain (a brain shaped nerf football). To particpate you had to take a Duncan name for the duration. Some of the memorable ones I remember were Duncan Godjira, Isadora’s Duncan, Slam Duncan Sven, and The Old Duncan (Caught Fire). There were many others. The tournament was always fun, and usually quite silly. In fact, when it became a mark of prestige to win, the Duncans decided to end it, giving the brain to Alvira, wife of Duncan 11 of 9.
If you look in the OP you will find 16 gentles with the name Duncan, proving that it is still a popular name, despite our best efforts.
— Duncan Prime —
Sir Duncan Bruce of Logan

Prepare for the Crucible!

Illustration of the Battle of Barnet (14 April 1471) on the Ghent manuscript. Public domain in the US

Denizens of Triatia, hearken unto me!

I, Baron Logan, Triatian Overlord by rightful conquest, and confirmed in that station by Their Royal Majesties Anton and Isabeau, do invite all of you to join me at the Crucible at the Crossroads.
Their Excellencies Forgotten Sea and Their Excellencies Vatavia have jointly declared me Their Magnate,to lead Their forces both on and off the field to claim the crossroads of Calontir as our own.
In the days of our great-great-grand-sires did the forces of Triatia, formed of Forgotten Sea, Carlsby, and Crescent Moon, join with those of Vatavia to claim our rightful ownership of all things Three. (Let’s not argue about who killed who to form that alliance. That’s all in the past.) Now, once again has Three Rivers challenged the forces of Triatia to come and claim that which is ours by right. For after all, what is a crossroads but the place where Three roads (plus another one.) come together? And do we not adore and defend (and covet) all things Three? Are they not ours to claim?
I call on the archers, the artisans, the banner makers, the cooks, the equestrians, the fighters, the nobles, the peasants, the servers, and the youth to come and compete. There will be activities for everyone, and all are welcome!
So come to the Crucible at the Crossroads in Puddleford and help Triatia defend that which we hold dear!
In Service to Three, and the greater glory of Calontir, I remain
— Logan —
Overlord of Triatia

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A Brief History of Triatia

Illustration of the Battle of Barnet (14 April 1471) on the Ghent manuscript. Public domain in the US

Ed. Note:  HE Duncan Bruce of Logan has provided a couple of short historical articles. The following is an introduction to Triatia for those who may be unfamiliar with it.


For those of you too young to have been there, or too old to remember, here is a brief (and biased) history of Triatia.
Triatia consisted of the Barony of Forgotten Sea and the Shires of Carlsby and Crescent Moon. It was ruled over by the Lizard King Sir Otto. Since there weren’t enough fighting events to suit His Imperial Majesty, he declared war on Vatavia.
It was a wonderful event that included a Base Brawl game, where the batter had to hit a softball with a single sword, and then run the bases, killing the person guarding each base. Since the rules didn’t state that the person guarding abase had to stay there, His Lordship Tomeki (this shows you how long ago it was) ran from third base to help defend first. The umpire (Her Ladyship Eleanor Isabeau D’Autun ) said he couldn’t do that. An argument ensued, he kicked dirt on her boots, she ejected him from the game, and it ended with a bench clearing brawl. What a great time.
There was a second Triatian War, about which the details are much fuzzier in this reporter’s memory, except for the rock bowling, in which Sir Eringlen bowled a rock through the walls of someone’s modern nylon tent.
The third and final Triatian War was with Three Rivers, to claim the rights to all things Three. It was a cold and rainy day, that culminated with His Grace Shadan in a prom dress in a dunk tank. Oh, and His Majesty Rorik declared the war a tie and everyone should go home friends. The only other comment of note was Sir Lars wanting to take home the clay that was made by churning the straw in the battlefield into the mud created by the bridge battle to make pots.
I said it was brief, didn’t I?
— Logan —

Duncans of the Kingdom Unite!

Illustration of the Battle of Barnet (14 April 1471) on the Ghent manuscript. Public domain in the US

Unto all Duncans, current and former, real and imaginary, does Duncan Prime issue this summons.

Good Duncans, Their Excellencies of Forgotten Sea and Vatavia have asked me, Duncan Prime to act as Their Magnate at the upcoming Crucible at the Crossroads. I am calling all other Duncans to join me in this great endeavor.
Did you ever fight in the Duncan Tournament at Lilies? Then come fight as a Duncan again!
Do you wish you COULD have fought as a Duncan? Now is your chance!
Did you ever watch the Duncan Tournament and cheer on the combatants? Then come and lend your efforts again, to the true side, the Duncan side.
Did you ever cook for the Duncans (I’m looking at YOU Gabbie)? Then come and cook for them again in the cooking competition!
Are you too young to remember the Duncan Tournament? Then come and participate in the youth activities as a Duncan and see how wonderful it feels to be a Duncan!
The number of Duncans has dwindled over the years. Now is the time to step forward, proclaim your Duncan-hood, and join me in claiming the crossroads so all Duncans may travel freely throughout Calontir.
In service to Calontir and Duncans everywhere,
— Duncan Prime —
Sir Duncan Bruce of Logan

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Tournament of Horse and Falcon / Playing with Fire Court Summaries, September 2, A.S. 53

On the Equestrian field:
Chrystopher Wotjowicz – Eo Hirth

In evening court:
Scarlet Rose of Oakheart – Purple Jess
Oren Tokesson – Iren Fyrd
Æthelred the Well Read – Iren Hirth
Zofia Zygmuntówna – Queen’s Chalice
Dirik von Rosswald – Chivalry

Other Court tidings:
2 newcomers received mugs.

Küche mit Kachelofen, aus: Kuchenmaistrey, erstmals erschienen 1485 bei Peter Wagner. V

Cattle Raids Court Summary, August 25, A.S. 53

In evening court:
Markos of Macedon – AoA
Batilda Rabbitt – Golden Calon Swan
Kainen Brynjólfsson – Purple Feather
Matilda of Grimfells – AoA
Brady of Oakheart – Falcon’s Claw

During feast:
Caterine le jeune – Golden Calon Swan

Other court tidings:
The Barony of Mag Mor presented largess and a tithe to Their Majesties.
10 newcomers received mugs.
The Kingdom Social Media Deputy seeks a successor.
Letters of intent to be the Kingdom Webminister are due September 30, 2018.
Sir Xandre reported on the insurrection that was put down in Forgotten Sea.
The heads of the Soup Kitchen seek a successor.
The Kingdom Equestrian Officer seeks a successor.

Codex Manesse, UB Heidelberg, Cod. Pal. germ. 848, fol. 17r, “Herzog von Anhalt”, 1305-1315. Public Domain in the United States

In Memoriam: the Passing of Baroness Elwyn of Fountaingrove

Ed. Note:   Baroness Elwyn of Fountaingrove was the second Baroness of Forgotten Sea; from 1979 to 1983 with HE Morgan Griffith of York, and from 1983 to 1988 with HE Davro son of Davril son of Davin

The photos have been corrected from an earlier version of this post.

 

Unto the Their Royal Majesties Xersis and BelAnna, Imperator and Imperatrix of Noble Calontir, and to all Peers and Populace of this Land comes these words of remembrance from the pen of Master Mellitus of Rouncivale.

Let candles be lit and let Glimgloria sing “Non Nobis”. Let the bards and historians speak on the deeds of Baroness Elwyn of Fountaingrove.

Baroness Elwyn served Calontir from the earliest days when we were a region of the Middle Kingdom. It is said that she was instrumental in the early growth of Calontir.

Elwyn began her journey in the SCA in the Shire of the Fountains, which would be absorbed into the Shire of Forgotten Sea. Elwyn was awarded arms by King Moonwulf and Queen Zarina of the Middle Kingdom in May of AS XIII.

Elwyn served as Baroness of Forgotten Sea from April of AS XIV to May XXIII. She served with Baron Morgan of York and Baron Davro son of Davril, and under their leadership, Forgotten Sea grew and prospered. Elwyn was the third person invited into the Order of the Cross of Calontir by Warlord Humpk d’Bohunk (HG William Vatavia) in his last court at Calontir’s first Coronet Tourney. King HE Thorvald Anlafsson the Golden and HE Queen Branwyn Whiteraven honored her as a baroness of Their Court when her tenure was done. As Regional and then Principality Seneschal of Calontir, it was her efforts that coordinated our transition from Region to Principality.

Though she has rarely been seen at events in recent years, the work she did so long ago lives on in our Kingdom. Elwyn was known for her singing voice and her love of dance as well as the kindness and generosity she showed to all whom she came across. Many of those who joined the SCA in those early days benefited from her guidance and are now counted as Peers of the Realm. Calontir, honor well the memory of Baroness Elwyn of Fountaingrove for her legacy lives on in you.