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

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 —

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.

 

Playing with Fire at Horse and Falcons — Moved to Laurel Holler! (AKA The Bull Woods)

 

Due to changes after the flyer went to the Mews, the location for Playing with Fire at Horse and Falcons is not correct in the flyer:

Playing with Fire will be in Laurel Holler (AKA The Bull Woods), across from showers. See the map below.

The donation in, on both Saturday and Sunday, will be located just outside the Holler, and will run from Noon until the food runs out.

Mathurin Kerbusso, Pyrosteward

 

 

Court Report for Feast of Eagles, July 28, 2018

Alfonso X “El Sabio” and his Court, 13th Century. Public domain in the US.

Ms. Dorcas is on assignment to the Debatable Lands, so we are re-printing, in part, Lord Hugo van Harlo‘s report as posted on the Calonlist:


Lord Leon Oliver, an Award of Arms

Lady Astryd Gleðill, an Award of Arms

Lady Thorlein Knockenhauer, a Torse

Lord Bauduin de Wolf, an Award of Arms

The boon begged for His Lordship Dirik Von Rosswald to be invited to
the Order of Chivalry

Let it also been known that applications for the Kingdom
Webminister, a Great Officer of State, shall be accepted until
September 30th. Candidate interviews to be held at Crown Tournament,
and the new webminister announced at Vertigo.

From Their Majesties and Their Highnesses – The Passing of Titus Scipio Germanicus, HRH Aethelmearc

Our Dearest Kingdom,

We come to you today with heavy hearts. We are sad to announce that His Highness Titus of Aethelmearc, passed away last night after doing what he loved.

We want to clear up any rumors that might be going around. Their Highnesses were attending Battlemoor when he became short of breathe after fighting. He was taken to the hospital where he was found to have a blood clot, and he did pass.

We are so happy for the time we got to spend with them both at Lilies and here at Battlemoor. We please ask that you respect Her Highness’ privacy at this very difficult time. We grieve with Our Royal Cousins and Our Kingdom and thank you all for your understanding of privacy.

-TRM Ashir & Ashland
-TRH Xerxis & BelAnna

The Anglo-Saxon Migration to Britain: an Archaeological Perspective

A paper titled “The Anglo-Saxon Migration to Britain:  an Archaeological Perspective” by Catherine Hills has been posted at Academia.edu

This paper was presented at the 9th Archaeological Conference of Central GermanyOctober 20–22, 2016 in Halle (Saale), “Migration and Integrationfrom Prehistory to the Middle Ages”

An account is required to view and download articles at Academia.edu. If you haven’t already set up an account, they are free and very worthwhile.

Download (PDF, 1.43MB)

 

 

In Memoriam: The Passing of Viscount Brummbar von Schwarzberg

Viscount Brummbar von Schwarzberg passed from this world May 31st, 2018

Brummbar was the first Champion of Calontir, its first Warlord, and its third Prince. Some of his squires include Sir Lars Vilhjalmsson, Duke Thoman Shadan Secarius, Sir Mihangel ap Gruffydd, and Mistress Olga Belobashnina Cherepanova

But those accolades, though well earned, are not nearly the measure of the man. Those who remember him have stories to tell, but his shadow is long and even those who did not know him have been influenced by him all these years later.

From Syr Andrew Lyon of Wolvenwood:

As a member of Three Rivers in Calontir’s pre-Principality days, I have fond memories of Brumbar. His freon-can helm, his black round-shield with rope edging, and his skill at arms which seemed heroic to us kids. In court or at feast, he was stern yet kind, never haughty, and his love for the Society was crystal clear. Believe me when I say that the spirit of Calontir is to a large part due to the quiet solidity and sense of Master Brumbar.

My most cherished memory of Brumbar is not of tourney or court or feast, however. It is of the great privilege I had of being invited to play wargames at his home. I will never forget evenings spent with Brom Blackhand, Senor Juan (Dev), and Stephen Ironhand, rolling dice while Bear refereed a game. He had hundreds of painted miniatures and medieval terrain. He loved pulling out that hidden unit of undead or orcs and seeing how we’d deal with them, or not. The glint in his eye as the lead carnage unfolded on the table was just pure joy.

Bear was a wise, humble, brilliant man with a wry wit and a sharp eye for bull. You knew that he knew what was right and what was wrong. Bear pointed the way to adulthood for me and many others. Please, Calontir, for so long as the Falcon flies, forever remember the debt owed by the Kingdom to this fine man.

From Master Andrixos Seljukroctonis:

This is the way of our lifestyle: We see our friends on weekends, and for a week or so three times a year. Unless we are in the same town, or perhaps at weddings, we rarely meet our friends’ parents. And now some of us have reached the age when our parents, and our friends’ parents, start to pass away.

It is difficult to offer words of comfort to such good friends, about the loss of their first, and most influential mentor. I often fall back on the formulaic, yet deeply felt: I knew not the father, but based on the son, I am certain he was a good, good man.

Many of the newer Sons and Daughters of the Falcon never had a chance to meet Brumbarr. Many of those from foreign Realms never had a chance to meet him. To all of those, I can only say:

This man you may judge based on the Kingdom you know.

[Announcements] Mission/Core – Board Request for Commentary – Revised Mission Statement and Core Values

Detail from the Hunterian Psalter, Glasgow University Library MS Hunter 229 (U.3.2) circa 1170. Public domain in the US

The Board of Directors has requested commentary on revised wording for a new Mission Statement and Core Values Statement. The proposed wording is as follows:

Mission Statement

The Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) is an international non-profit volunteer educational organization.

SCA is devoted to the research and re-creation of pre-seventeenth century skills, arts, combat, and culture, employing knowledge of history to enrich the lives of participants through events, demonstrations, and other educational presentations and activities.

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SCA Statement of Core Values

In pursuing its mission, the SCA is committed to excellence in its programs and activities and to

∙ act in accordance with the chivalric virtues of honor and service;

∙ value and respect the worth and dignity of all individuals;

∙ practice inclusiveness and respect pluralism and diversity;

∙ promote a safe and respectful environment for all SCA events;

∙ act with transparency, fairness, integrity and honesty;

∙ be a responsible steward of SCA resources; and, be committed to maintaining the trust of its members and participants.

It is the expectation of the SCA that its members and participants, in all events and activities of the SCA, will conduct themselves in accordance with these tenets.

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Comments may also be emailed to comments at lists.sca.org. Please use “Mission/Core” in the subject line. Comments may also be mailed to the attention of ‘Attn: Mission/Core’, SCA, Inc., P.O. Box 360789, Milpitas, CA 95036-0789.

Commentary will be accepted until June 1, 2018.

Comments are strongly encouraged and can be sent to:
SCA Inc.
Box 360789
Milpitas,  CA 95036

You may also email comments@lists.sca.org.

[Announcements] Request for Comments – Hate Ban Language

The Board of Directors is seeking commentary on the following policy proposal regarding hate speech and hate symbols.

Advice is additionally being sought on whether to place this proposed amendment in (1) Corpora, which governs the SCA as a whole, including all kingdoms and Affiliates, or (2) the Corporate Policies, which govern only the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc., not the Affiliates.

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The SCA bars the use of hate speech and hate symbols.  The use of such will be sanctioned. The SCA notes that not all offensive speech is hate speech and recommends that the dispute resolution process be applied in matters of suspected hate speech.

Hate speech is not tolerated in the Society.  Please report any instances of hate speech to your Kingdom Seneschal, the Society Seneschal or the President immediately.  For more information about hate speech and the reporting of same, please refer to the Bullying and Harassment Policy, which can be found in the Seneschal’s Handbook.

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Comments may also be emailed to comments at lists.sca.org. Please use “Hate Ban” in the subject line. Comments may also be mailed to the attention of ‘Attn: Mission/Core’, SCA, Inc., P.O. Box 360789, Milpitas, CA 95036-0789.

Commentary will be accepted until June 1, 2018.

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Statement from the Board regarding Hate Speech and Hate Symbols:

The Board recommends that the Kingdoms implementing a ban on individual symbols, such as the swastika, discuss this with the Kingdom populace to ensure such action best serves everyone.

Comments are strongly encouraged and can be sent to:
SCA Inc.
Box 360789
Milpitas,  CA 95036

You may also email comments@lists.sca.org.