“Keeper of the Central Flame” Chosen



On April 14 artisans from around the East Kingdom and as far away as Aethelmarc came together to compete for the honor of being chosen Keeper of the Central Flame.

Twenty-seven artists competed in nine tracks, both as experts and novices. To be chosen as the Keeper, artisans entered three items in at least two different tracks. Judging was done using the East Kingdom rubric. The variety of projects and the high quality of the work were truly inspiring, and made the judges jobs very difficult.

The winners of the tracks were:

Track 1: Embroidery and Cordmaking – Eikaterine ton Elliniki (N), Astridr Musa (EX)
Track 2: Textiles – Janna von Guggisberg (N), Ibrahim al-Rashid (EX)

Reproduction of felt masks from Hedeby, by Lady Cellach Dhonn ingean Mhican an Mhadaidh

Track 3: Culinary –  Eithne (N), Alys Attewater (EX)
Track 4: Costuming – Margarita Carpintero (N), Astridr Musa (EX)
Track 5: Research & Writing – Kellenin de Lanwinnauch (N), Rosina von Schaffhausen (EX)
Track 6: Scribal Arts – Aurelia Colleoni a Bucca Fjorno (N)
Track 7: Smithing and Woodworking – Margarita Carpintero (N)

Stained glass, by Lady Solskinn

Track 8: Fine Arts – Gnaea Celera (EX)
Track 9: Period Science and Miscellany – Rosina von Schaffhausen (EX)
The winner of the Triathelon, and first Keeper of the Central Flame, was Lady Astridr Musa. For her project she created a 16th century “Spanish style” German traveling cloak. She began by spinning the thread and weaving the fabric, then recreated the cutting pattern of the original cloak, and spun and dyed her own embroidery floss. She is a highly skilled weaver and embroiderer, and was excited to learn how the embroidery was an integral part of determining the structure and drape of the finished cloak. Astridr hopes to complete the embroidery in time to display the project at Pennsic.

16th century cloak, by Lady Astridr Musa

By the end of the day it was clear that everyone had enjoyed the competition. The positive feedback left artists encouraged to return home to bring their projects to the next level. The competition organizers are already beginning to plan for next year’s event.

The Arts at War: Artisans Sought for A&S Pennsic War Points



Hello to the Artisans of the East!

Greetings from the A&S warpoint team.

Queen Avelina, accompanied by Mistress Amy Webbe (East Kingdom Minster of Arts & Sciences), examines entries at the A&S War Point

We are looking for people who have the time and inclination to participate in the War Point at Pennsic this year.  Any artisan may apply to be considered, and we encourage people from all manner of disciplines. You are also free to apply regardless of what awards you have.  Our limitations for the contest are no research papers, performance arts, or cooking/brewing. If you are interested send a letter of intent to Raziya (details at end of this message).

After artisans apply, we will consider the applicants and put together a team that will give us the best chance of doing well.  We will need artisans in each of three categories, which are listed below.

1. Arts & Studio Crafts 3D

Armor, Beadwork, Ceramics, Glasswork, Lapidary, Metalworking, Musical Instruments, Scientific Devices, Siege Weapons, Weapon & Tool Making, Woodworking

2. Fiber & Clothing

Applied Beadwork, Costuming, Dying, Embroidery, Fiber Prep, Knitting, Knotwork, Lacework, Naalbinding, Needlework, Weaving, Spinning

3. Domestic, archaeology, lived objects

Animal Husbandry, Basket weaving, Bookbinding, Calligraphy, Drawing, Herbcraft & Apothecary,  Illumination, Leather working, Paper making, Perfuming, Soap Making, Toy making

It would help out the war effort a lot to have as many good applicants as possible.  We only have 10 positions available on the team and that number includes our allies, so although we would love to include everyone, we will be constructing a team that can put forth a competitive showing.  We need diversity within the team, so we are looking for at least a couple in each category.

If you would like to be considered, we are asking that you submit a letter of intent to Raziya (lizbird@gmail.com).  Please include the following information.  Please do not include photos, but link to them on a separate site.  Sample documentation is fine, but please embed it in the body of text, do not attach a document.

  • SCA Name, Mundane Name, Phone Number

  • A description of the work you would be doing for the competition.

  • Links to online examples of your work: blog, photo gallery, store, instagram…

  • List of places/dates you have displayed or competed with your work.

Other information you may want to have before you decide if you want to be considered.  
This Year’s Rules:

  • Entries will be MANNED, not anonymous.  This will great fun for getting to talk about cool A&S, HOWEVER it also means you must be able to attend second Thursday of Pennsic.

  • Entries will be a single substantial item pre 17th C, or a body of work consisting of related items that are connected to each other in a significant and meaningful way.  The body of work will be judged as a single item. If a body of work is from multiple disciplines, it should be of a consistent theme.

  • Judging will be done by a panel of judges and will be based on a rubric.

  • Entries must have been completed since Pennsic 46.

  • Entries must be actual objects, not a research paper, although entries will still need supporting research.  We will also not be able to have performance entries or food/brewing.

  • The display will be open to the populace.

  • Documentation, description, and category must be submitted by July 15.  Documentation may take any form so long as it contains information regarding the entry’s historical authenticity, context, creation & methods.  It may be written, graphic, pictorial or another format.

  • Non-English language documentation is allowed, but must be submitted by July 1st to allow for translation.

A final thought.  
I know a lot of you are probably hesitant to put yourselves forward.  The kingdom could really use your service, and it can be a really exciting thing.  There will be great opportunities to talk about the art that you love to an audience who is really interested.  The judging will be done in scheduled one hour blocks, and the rest of the time artisans will be free to talk to each other, talk to onlookers, and make new friends!  

We want to be able to present the best the East has to offer!

Hope to hear from you soon,

A&S Warpoint Team:

Mistress Raziya (General)
Mistress Agatha Wanderer (Lieutenant)
Master Philip (Kingdom Minister of Arts & Sciences)


Unofficial Court Report – Coronation, First Court of Baselius Brennan and Basilissa Caoilfhionn



Be it known that on Saturday, April 7th, AS LII, in the Shire of Quintavia, did Their Majesties Baselius Brennan and Basilissa Caoilfhionn hold their Coronation.

The newly crowned King and Queen heard the fealty of those greater officers of state and landed Barons and Baronesses before suspending court and sitting in state.

After court was reopened, Their Majesties summoned Einar Njarthurson, known as Billy Fish, and asked him to Captain the guard of our new Empress. He did accept the Captain’s sash, and called forth the fierce warriors of the populace who pledged to serve alongside him.

The Children’s toybox was run by the newly awarded Count Ivan, and many newcomers received tokens from Their Majesties. Additionally, these gentles were awarded as follows:

Matilde DeCadenet elevated to the Order of the Rose.
C&I: Eloise of Coulter
W: Nicol mac Donnchaid

Ivan Ivanov Syn Dimitriov Vynuk Tzardikov elevated to the Rank of Count
W: Marguerite ingen Lachlainn
S: Eva Woderose & Thyra Eiriksdottir

Matilde DeCadenet elevated to the Rank of Countess
W: Alys Mackyntoich
C: Vettorio Antonello
I: Ro Honig Von Sommerfeldt

Sven Ivanson Awarded Arms
I: Ellesbeth Donofrey
C: Jonathan Blaeston
W: Mariette de Bretagne

Ragnarr Ivanson Awarded Arms
I: Ellesbeth Donofrey
C: Jonathan Blaeston
W: Mariette de Bretagne
Music: Mastarinna Margreba la Fauvelle

Finnguala ingen Néill meic Chuircc made a Companion of the Order of the Silver Brooch
C&I: Tola Knityr
W: Estgar aet Hrofeceastre

Jean-Paul Ducasse given a Writ to join the Order of the Laurel
W: Alys Mackyntoich
C: Caoilfhionn & Brennan

Marguerite inghin Lachlain made a Companion of the Order of the Maunche
C&I: Christiana Crane
W: Alys Mackyntoich

Matthias Grunewald made a Companion of the Order of the Silver Crescent
S: Vettorio Antonello

Philip White made a Companion of the Order of the Silver Crescent
C: Eloise of Coulter
W: Serena Lascelles of Ansteorra

Charis Accipiter given a Writ to join the Order of the Pelican
W: Alys Mackyntoich
C: Caoilfhionn & Brennan

Aleksei Dimitriev given a Writ to join the Order of the Pelican
W: Yehuda ben Moshe
C: Basilissa Caoilfhionn

Thus concluded the Coronation of Baselius Brennan and Basilissa Caoilfhionn


Lady Liadan ingen Chineada

PS – Thank you to Malcolm Bowman, Yehuda ben Moshe, Marian Kirkpatrick, and Lorita deSiena for helping to herald court.

Call for Heralds and List Runners!



Greetings to the tourney heralds and list runners of the East and Tir Mara from Don Lucien de Wyntere, Troubadour Herald!

We have several events coming up in the next few months.

On Saturday, May 5th, there will be Crown Tourney in the Barony of Ruantallan in the Crown Principality of Tir Mara. We’ll need voice heralds for the lists plus list-runners and support for shield trees. If you think you’d like to help in either capacity, please reach out to me at Troubadour@EastKingdom.org. If you haven’t heralded or run lists before but would like to try, we will be happy to provide on-the-job training and support. We work with kids ages 8 and up for list running.

If you are a Crown Combatant or the artist for one, here is the link for how to make a device for the shield tree (Instructions Here)

Shortly after that, at Sommer Draw, June 1-3rd , will be the King’s and Queen’s Armored Champions Tourney in the Barony of Bergental. Again, we’re looking for both experienced heralds and list-runners and those who want to learn.

Please reach out to me at Troubadour@EastKingdom.org if you would like to help or want to learn. Thank you and we look forward to seeing you on the field!

Crown Tournament Details



Unto all who would contest for the Tyger Throne do Basilissa Caoilfhionn and Basileus Brennan, Autokratera kai Autokrator Tis Anatolis send greetings,

We are eagerly anticipating the day when the East will find its new Heirs and Tir Mara their new Prince and Princess. We expect a day of prowess and pageantry, testing the mettle of those who would bear the weight of the Crown. To that end, we believe we have a fitting crucible.

The tournament will be fought in a double elimination format. Each round will be fought best 2 of 3 passes. The first round will feature a challenge-in where combatants from the bottom half of the day’s list, as sorted by precedence, will have the opportunity to challenge a combatant from the top half. From the 2nd round on, a traditional tree structure will be used to choose pairings. All double kills will be refought.

All combatants will be invited to use their preferred weapons form until the semi-finals. Those preferred forms need not match. Combatants should be prepared with gauntlets should they reach the semi-finals.

Semi-final pairings will feature one combatant from the winner’s list against one from the loser’s list, and each round shall continue to be the best 2 of 3 passes. The combatant from the winner’s list will need to win 1 round to advance. The combatant from the loser’s list will need to win 2 rounds to advance. The semi-finals will be fought with matched weapons forms. The combatant from the winner’s list will select the form for the first round. Should a second round be necessary, the weapons form for those 3 passes will be selected by the combatant from the loser’s list.

For the finals, all prior losses will be forgiven. The finals will be a best of 5 passes with rotating weapons forms of alternating choice. Matched sets of glaives and longswords will be provided should those forms be selected.

We have accepted letters of intent from the following couples:

Duke Randal of the Dark for the honor of Duchess Katherine Stanhope
Jarl Valgard Stonecleaver for the honor of Lady Gracia Vasquez de Trillo
Sir Jibril al-Dakhil for the honor of Master Philip White
Sir Wilhelm von Ostenbrücke for the honor of Mistress Vienna de la Mer
Sir Zhigmun’ Czypsser for the honor of Banthegn Leda Zipyos
Master Ávaldr Valbjarnarson for the honor of Mistress Eva Woderose
Syr Marcus Blackaert for the honor of Lady Solveig Bjarnardottir
Sir Luis de Castilla for the honor of Lady Margarita de Siena
Master Aethelhafoc Caegfindan for the honor of Mistress Siubhan Wallace
Master Perceval Gower for the honor of Lady Miranda of Ruantallan
Master Sigurthr VigurHafn for the honor of Baroness Medhbh inghean Ui Cheallaigh
Sir Ryouko’jin of Iron-skies for the honor of Lady Indrakshi Aravinda
Lord Spurius Genucius Rutilus for the honor of Lady Isolda Fairamay
Baron Fearghus O’Conchobhair for the honor of Baroness Christina Jenevra de Carvalhal
Lord Gawyn O’Clery for the honor of Maeve O’Clery
Lord Rheinhart Basorael Draculesti for the honor of Lady Leana Doucet
Lord Matthew MacGyver for the honor of Baroness Lillian Stanhope
Lord Hugh of Ruantallan for the honor of Lady Aveline d’Amiens
Lord Nicholas of Losthaven for the honor of Lady Mawdlyn Atwater
Lord Gaston Le’Cordier for the honor of Lady Mairead Drake
Lady Embla Knutrdottir for the honor of Lady Elena Rosa da Venezia
Lord Damian Ísólfsson for the honor of Nobilis Þórý Veðardóttir
Lord Albrecht Østergaard for the honor of Lady Anne Forneau

Good luck. Fight well and with great honor. The Kingdom looks forward to greeting its new Heirs.

To Vasilion Simeron- A Kontakion fit for a SCA coronation




By Mästarinna Margreþa la Fauvelle


When Their Majesties Brennan and Caoilfhionn announced that their Coronation was to be in a Byzantine theme, the Greek in (mundane) me knew two things right away: one being that I would make certain that all Greek terms would be written, transliterated and pronounced right, and two being that there had to be some flavor of chant or other as part of the ceremony.

I also knew right away that I wouldn’t have to write original chant music. There is just so much to choose from, such as “Ti Ipermacho Stratigo” (To the Defender General) sung in praise of the Virgin in her role as defender of the Empire, sung on the last Salutations Mass that happens on the Friday before Easter week, The Troparion of Cassia (with the added bonus of featuring a female composer!) sung on Holy Tuesday, the three different Epitaph Praises (Egomia) sung on Good Friday.

But almost all of those, beautiful compositions as they are, have a degree of mourning and sadness in them, since they are gearing towards the Crucifixion, and as such I decided to pass on all of them, as I wanted to tailor the contrafacta text in a way that evoked the original while keeping it 100% secular. I started to think about hymns sung for a joyous occasion, and naturally the first thing that came to mind was Christmas and the Kontakion “I Parthenos Simeron” (The Virgin Today).

The melody is striking, yet simple, could be repeated several times if needed, and the lyrics are a narration of the Nativity. And the composer was Romanos the Melodian, who was contemporary with the time frame of the Coronation itself. My search was over.

Once I refreshed my memory of the complete lyric, the contrafacta in Koine Greek started creating itself. Here is how:

“The Virgin today bears him who transcends matter” became “The Kingdom today receives new heirs”

“And the Earth offers the cavern to him who is beyond reach” became “Invincible King, Fair Queen”

“Angels with shepherds rejoice” became “Lords with Masters sing praise unto them”

“Wise men journey with the Star” became “Roses with Knights rejoice”

“For he was born for us” became “For they will be crowned for us”

“New child, the God from centuries ago” became “Caoilfhionn and Brennan of the East”

(The last two lines were only sung when TRMs were on the dais)

Once the lyric was in place, I had to consider how to best present the music in its correct form: Main melody with drone polyphony. I thought I’d have to write drones from scratch, but I was lucky to find an online article about Konstantinos Psachos, a 19th century scholar whose work codified the rules of droning chant. This discovery led to an online file of the Christmas Kontakion sheet music written with full drones. All I had to do was enter the melody in my notation program and fit it with the contrafacta lyrics, and then just assign parts for the 3 part choir that resulted.

link to file here, I have been unable to embed it to this document: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1GL-NnuFO6PDPu95e_Fy26DkSo3dWkTl5

I put a call out for low range voices, a few brave souls answered the call, and with the help of the wonderful acoustics of the Coronation site we were proud to deliver a performance fit for a Coronation.

I am beyond happy that I could offer this, and that it went so well that I felt obligated to write an article about it. The following are to be mentioned and thanked for the success of this endeavor.

TRMs Brennan III and Caoilfhionn III who saw it right that we do this unto Their special day

Master Steffan ap Kennydd and Hypatissa Anna Dokeianina Syrakousina who put the Coronation ceremony together and clearly needed someone to throw music at them

And the intrepid choristers who learned the Kontakion in two weeks and nailed it:

Viscount Edward Zifran of Gendy

Master Peter the Red

THL Martyn de Halliwell

THL Ekaterina of Anglespur