Sir Mar in the Hospital

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Good afternoon, everyone,
For those of you who already know, I would like to thank each and every one of you for the love and support you have sent me, the shire, and above all, Mar’s lady, Amethyst.

For those of you who don’t yet know: On Monday, 1/1/18 around 9:30 pm, my knight, Sir Mar, had an aneurysm in the left side of his brain. This caused the right side of his body to lose all function and feeling.

Amethyst flew down on Wednesday afternoon. She, and Mar’s mom, have been with him around the clock, sometimes in shifts.

On Thursday, 1/5/18, Mar went into surgery to relieve the pressure caused by the clot re-absorbing into the brain. It’s an extremely routine procedure that the surgeon has done many many times and has a 100% survival rating. They went in to remove the clot and cauterize any potential bleeds, helping release the pressure. He went in at 7 AM, and got out around 10 AM. The surgery went textbook, much to the relief of everyone.

After the surgery, we have seen good improvement. He has very minor control over motor function in the right side. He is able to open his eyes and look at people for a short period of time, the first of which was with Amethyst. He will potentially have the breathing tube removed either today or tomorrow.

At the moment, he is still in the ICU. Because he is still under close observation, we have to keep visitation to a minimum. We need to keep blood pressure down, and the flu is going around, so we have to keep visitation to a minimum.
We do have several Grimfelons that are basically living in the waiting room, making food runs, ensuring the family is sleeping, and generally taking care of family and visiting folk. For those who wish to join us, We are currently at Washington Regional in Fayetteville. I cannot garantee any visitation, due to the already stated reasons. However, I will post another update, once visitation can take place. I will also have a book avaliable for signing and/or writing get well messages.

Washington regional also has a send-a-patient-an-email website, for those who are unable to make it. I have linked it here:

We ask that you not come if you have the plague, as it is one of the worst things that can happen at this time.

We also ask that you not message Amethyst about this. – She has her plate full. Feel free to message myself if you have something you need said to her, or something you do not want to leave in the comment section below, I will do my best to respond when I am able.

For those who wish to do more during this time, Countess Belanna is organizing a Norse-themed quilt to be made and given to Mar. It will consist of patches made by those who wish to do participate. This may change, but I believe the general idea is to send you a square of cloth, and you embroider/applicate/magic said cloth, then send it back. Please message her for more information.

In service,

Duke Conn MacNeill’s Albums Available on Google Play

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

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

For those Calontiri who remember His Grace Duke Conn MacNeill, the bard king of Calontir, two albums of his songs are now available on Google Play.  The albums, Visitacions de la Muse Polyhymnia and Valor d’Amorrecently became available for purchase and download.

Visitacions contains many songs older Calontiri will recall fondly, and several that remain classics and are sung around the fire to this day. The album was originally a cassette tape, and the recording quality shows it. But for those who want to hear “Rite of Passage” or “Crown and Kingdom” sung by the laurel bard who wrote them, it won’t matter in the least.

Valor is much better technically, and continues to demonstrate His Grace’s talents as a songwriter and singer. “Captive Heart” is an especially pleasant surprise for those who did not follow Conn’s work after his departure.


Conn MacNeill (Bob Charron) – Music on Google Play

Bob Charron, working under his Medieval Reenactment alias of Conn MacNiell, wrote original lyrics and melodies intended to act as a bridge between the modern and Medieval worlds. These were performed with solo voice accompanied by the bodhran (Irish drum).

Unto the grieving populace of Calontir do Their Royal Highnesses Logan & Ylva bid solace

In this time of Our collective grief, We want everyone to know that We appreciate that many of you may feel conflicted about attending both Our Coronation and the services for His Grace Ostwald, and that We understand if anyone feels they cannot attend Us. Please do that which will give you the fewest regrets.

We have spoken with the event steward for Our Coronation, Her Excellency Nicolete de St Denis, and there will be a time and place for all of Us to remember and appreciate His Grace. Any thoughts you may care to record, or tokens you wish to give will be transported to Her Grace Kay of Gordon to honor her husband.

If We have spoken to you about participating in Coronation, and you now feel that you cannot attend, please let Us know at your earliest convenience.

We want everyone to celebrate His Grace in the manner they feel is most fitting. This is Calontir, and family comes first.

— TRH Logan & Ylva —

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The Passing of His Grace Duke Ostwald Konrad von Riesetoten

Duke Ostwald Konrad von Riesetoten

Duke Ostwald Konrad von Riesetoten


His Grace Duke Ostwald Konrad von Riesetoten passed away on the evening of June 24th, 2016 after suffering a massive heart attack two days previously.  He was 48 years old.

Duke Ostwald is survived by his lady wife Duchess Kaye of Gordon, daughter Dani of Oakheart and son Keldon of Oakheart.

Twice King of Calontir, Thegn and current seneschal of the Shire of Oakheart , Ostwald touched many lives. A respected and valiant knight, he also was instrumental in the growth of both Youth Combat and Calontir Steel. There has been an outpouring on the Kingdom Facebook page of stories and remembrance of his kindness, his teaching, his honor and his chivalry. But most especially, his love for his wife and children, and for this community we all share. For those not on Facebook, Mistress Sofya la Rus has collected many of these remembrances on Ostwald’s Calontir Wikispace page:

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On a personal note, Ostwald was my brother in service, having received our Cross of Calontir on the same day, and brother in arms on the stile field. I will miss his presence.

A celebration of life will be held Sunday, July 10th at 2:00 pm at Forsyth United Methodist Church, 14399 US-160, Forsyth, MO 65653.

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Duke Ostwald Konrad von Riesetoten in the Hospital

From Ostwald’s sister:

“Yesterday was my brother’s 48th birthday. While weed waiting at work around lunchtime he had a massive heart attack. After roughly 40 minutes of CPR & such he arrived at Cox South Trauma unit. His body temp was extremely elevated & there was swelling and damage to the brain. They spent hours cooling him to reduce the swelling & getting him stable. They will keep him cool until this evening, then slowly warm for 8-12 hrs.
Tomorrow morning they will be able to do more scans & give us some solid answers.
We just hate the waiting …”

The Passing of Lora Ann Ros of Dragon Rose

Lady Lora Ann Ros of Dragon Rose passed beyond the veil the evening of April 21st.  She is survived by her husband Friedrich von Blumenkamp and son Liam Drake.

The SCA found Lora Ann and Friedrich while they were vending at a Ren Faire. She was an honored member of the Barony of Lonely Tower until the family moved to Barony of Forgotten Sea a few years ago.

She enjoyed archery and bardic immensely, receiving a Golden Calon Swan for bardic and a Boga Fyrd in archery. She also enjoyed cooking and costuming, and was fiercely loyal to those she loved (and vocal!).

What she is probably most widely known for was her work with falcons. She once told the story that Friedrich woke her up one night and asked her if she realized that falconry was legal. She went back to sleep, knowing that there were birds in her future. She also worked with raptor recovery and nursed several birds back to health.

A memorial service is being planned by Lady Glenna Geis Garten, in Council Bluffs, IA, but date and other details are not available at this time. Lora Ann is being cremated in garb since she felt most of her happiest times were in the SCA.

UPDATE: The memorial for Donna Brooks (Lora Ann Ros) will be on May 6, 2016 at 3:00 pm at Cutler-Oneill Funeral Home located at 545 Willow Ave, Council Bluffs, IA 51503. The family has requested in lieu of flowers that you can make a donation to any cancer research fund or to Raptor Recovery Nebraska (

Editors note:  Thanks to Lady Glenna Geis Garten

Lady Lora Ann Ros of Dragon Rose