Friday, October 5, 2018

Presenting the new Champions and Baronial award holders!

As Her Excellency and I enter our last few months and Baron and Baroness of the Rhydderich Hael it was our pleasure to name a new set of Champions and Baronial award holders one last time. This task is one of the highlights of the Baronial reign and we consider it an honor. The Champions represent the Barony as a whole and we ask that you join in congratulating and thanking our new Champions. Please note that Her Excellency and I have decided to leave the choice of the next Equestrian champ to our Heirs.

Lord Theowyndwood Keyote- Heavy Champion

Fuego - New Baronial Fencing Champion & Most Improved Fencer

Lady Thalia Papillon - Thrown weapons champion & Baronial Keystone holder & Iron man

Lady Logan Lotta de Kent - Bardic Champion

Lord Abdullah al-Rashid- Archery Champion

Lord Fearghus mac Eoin - Chivalry Champion

Grimnir the Handsome - Most Improved Fighter

THL Maeve Ni Siurtain - Equestrian (current)
Queen Ann - awarded to the populace of
 The Barony of the Rhydderich Hael and the Canton of Beau Fleuve

In Memory of Those Who Have Gone Before Us

Each year one of the honors handed out during champs is the Queen Ann Trophy. The award was created in Honor of Kent Weed and was originally bestowed to a person in recognition of their  excellence upon the field in both conduct and martial skill. Over the years the nature of the award has changed. Now the award is bestowed to people who have suffered hardship or loss, but despite that, remain strong and continue on both with life and in support of the SCA. Some may feel the award no longer represents its original intention, but I must disagree. Not all challenges are met at the end of a sword and conduct and courtesy are not limited to a list field. Recently the Barony and Canton has suffered great loss, and while it was hard for many, it did not break our resolve. During this time Her Excellency and I watched as people stepped forward, picked up the pieces, and continued to work to make the Barony and Canton strong. This was not restricted to Peers, veterans, or officers. Help came from the newest of members,veterans, and from young and old alike. This year instead of awarding the Queen Ann to a single person Her Excellency and I have decided to recognize The Barony of the Rhydderich Hael and the Canton of Beau Fleuve as a whole. We are so proud of each and everyone of you. Thank you. You share this honor with each other.

The Names as displayed on the award*: 

  • Lord Sylvanus Huntsman
  • James Ahern 
  • Benedict Feargus McMead
  • THL Don Behrend von Elmendorf
  • Lord Robert I Etourdi
  • Lord Daidalos Pagkration
  • Lord Henri DuPont
  • Lord Aquila d' Athos
  • Lady Logan Latta D'Kent
  • Sir Sextus Plinius Callidus
  • THL Augusto Giuseppie de San Donato
  • Alyce B Green
  • Lord William Freskyn Murray
  • Lord Dominic D'Artus
  • Lord Belgraunde
  • Lady Biotta
  • Lady Lilionde Lyondemere
  • Lord Dedrick Schweickhradt Von Schwartzwald
  • Miriel du Lac
  • Lord Rendell
  • Lady Eleanore
  • Lady Theowynwood Keyote 
  • Linda the Stong of Will

*apologies and respect to changes of rank or name that do not appear on the award. 

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Most improved fighter awarded

Each year Her Excellency and I poll a selection of heavy fighters to determine the recipient of the "Most Improved Fighter" award. This award is given to the the heavy fighter deemed to show the most improvement for the year. It is not limited to new fighters and can also be awarded to experienced fighters who have shown great prowess, or otherwise made contributions to the Heavy Community. The award is special because the recipient is determined by the opinion of their peers and not just the choice of the Baron and Baroness. This year the heavy community has spoken and determined Grimnir the Handsome the new "Most Improved Fighter". Normally this is announced in court, but Grim has recently accepted a job that has him away from home. Her Excellency and I did not want to wait to honor him so this blog post must suffice until we meet up with him again. Please take a moment to congratulate him when you see him next.

Her Excellency and I would also like to thank our out going "Most Improved Fighter" THL Jairus of the Darklands for his service.
Most Improved Fighter  - regalia

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

New Chivalry Champion announced

Lord Fearghus mac Eoin
Last weekend at Summers End Her Excellency and I continued selecting our 2018 Baronial Champions by naming Lord Fearghus mac Eoin as the Baronial Chivalry Champion. He graciously accepted. Lord Fearghus is a regular presence on the battlefield and at practice, fighting in both tourney and melee, teaching new fighters, and is an example of honor and chivalry. On the same day he was recognized by the King and Queen with induction into the Order of the Golden Alce for his prowress in battle. We thank him for his service to the Barony and Kingdom. Please congratulate him when you see him. We would also like to thank our outgoing Chivalry Champion Lord Chebe for his service.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Populace projects! - New Baronial Keystone regalia bag and cord

In 1999 The Barony was awarded a  Keystone for service to the Kingdom. Each year the Baron and Baroness are tasked to pick a new member of the populace to carry the Baronial Keystone. Traditionally the person does not have a Keystone of their own, but exemplifies the qualities of a member of the order. The medallion was once contained in small wooden box and hung on a simple black cord. Our outgoing Baronial Keystone holder Lady Artemisia da Manarola graced us with a new bag to carry they Keystone as well as a upgrade to the medallion cord. She also made a nice video documenting the process. Thank you for this wonderful addition to the Baronial Regalia!

Video - the making of the bag and cord

Lady Artemisia da Manarola

Monday, August 27, 2018

2018 Seven Pearls - Memories and Thanks!

Each year the Baronies of Æthelmearc gather with their Baronial Champions to compete in a day of multi-Barony tournaments known as “The Seven Pearls”. The winner of each of the Seven Pearls tournaments (heavy, fencing, arts & science, bardic, archery, and thrown weapons) earns the title of “Seven Pearls champion”. This year the event was hosted by the Barony of Blackstone Mountain and was held in West Virginia. During our reign Her Excellency and I have enjoyed not only a high level of participation in our Baronial champion events, but have had exceptional champions as well, and this year was no different. We hope these simple words will adequately express our thanks for your participation and dedication.

First off to the entire group: Yes each of you competed in the tournaments, but above and beyond that thank you for your service to the Barony. Each and every person helped in some capacity during the event, either with seeing to Her Excellency’s needs, moving our gear from place to place, unpacking and packing cars, setting up feast gear, and so on. In addition to that many of you helped during the event setting up, tearing down, cleaning, etc. Adding to that the fact that you each made the long trek to West Virginia to do so, and stayed the entire day so you could process with us into court as our outstanding champions. This is true testament to the Barony and we thank you for this.

Lord Theowyndwood Keyote (Heavy): Wyn, It was such a pleasure watching you fight. You demonstrated spirit, energy, and honor on the field. Notably you stayed in armor and continued to fight long after the tournament ended showing it was the love of the game, and not just the tournament, that motivated you that day.

Lord Abdullah al-Rashid (Archery): Abdul, thank you for representing the Barony on the archery range.You shot straight, did well, and well lived up to the title of Champion and Hael Hound.Your help and kind presence for the rest of the day was very much appreciated.

Lady Thalia Papillon (Thrown champion, and representing Bardic and A&S): Thalia, what a weekend you had! Not only did you represent us as the Baronial thrown weapons champion, but also stood in and represented the Barony in Bardic and Arts & Science at the same time. As if that was not enough you took on the role of our herald, bragging us into court and acting as our court herald (all for the first time). Thank you!

Éadaoin Gaelach Rua (outgoing Baronial Bardic champ & outgoing Seven Pearls bardic Champion): Éadaoin thank you again for everything. Thank you for making the trip down to run the Seven Pearls bardic tournament, as well supporting the champions and us during the day. Thank you for your song “The Dragon’s Hoard” and for singing it on request so many times. It was wonderful to hear you sing it in the hall that night in front of Their majesties and assembled Baronage.

Fuego (Fencing): Fuego, your performance in the fencing list was beyond amazing. You fought with skill and honor, but also with a smile. It was heartwarming to see you laughing with your opponents after each fight, not only at the start but throughout what was a very long and hard tournament. You lived up to the title of fencing champion and certainly proved you earned the title of “most improved fencer”. Your enthusiasm on and off the field that day was a credit not only to you but the Barony. More than one person commented on how impressed they had been with your skill with the blade.

In addition to the folks who made the trip to Seven Pearls we would also like to thank THL Minamoto Roku-i Sakurako  and Mistress Liadhain ni Chleirigh na Coille for their hard (and last minute) work to make sure we had the scrolls we needed for the weekend, including one backlog from last year.

This is our last year at Seven Pearls the Baron and Baroness of the Hael. Thank you to all for making it a memorable event…and of course Hael Yeah!

Magnus and Miriel

Thursday, August 23, 2018

With Story and Pen...The Champions for A&S and Bardic announced

THL Minamoto Roku-i Sakurako - A&S Champion
On August 22nd the Barony celebrated the annual "Post Pennsic Potluck" dinner. Her Excellency and I took this opportunity to hold our Baronial Arts & Science and Bardic champion tournaments. The  A&S was decided by Her Excellency, myself, and our Baronial Heirs. After a long discussion it was decided that THL Minamoto Roku-i Sakurako was the winner and accepted the position of our new Arts & Science champion. The Bardic competition was decided by populace vote, and after several moving performances the people declared Lady Logan Lotta de Kent the winner. Her Excellency and I offered her position of Baronial Bardic Champion and she graciously accepted. We would like to thank our outgoing A&S Champion THL Eleanore Godwin and outgoing Bardic Champion (and 2017 Seven Pearls Bardic Champion)  Lady Éadaoin Gaelach Rua for their service to the Barony. 

Lady Logan Lotta de Kent - Bardic Champion
With the final competing Champions determined our next stop is Seven Pearls (August 25th). We wish all our champions good fortune in their quests! Have a good time and enjoy the day. You are already winners in our hearts. The final 2018 Baronial award holders and Champions Iron Man, Queen Ann, and Chivalry will be announced at Summers End on September 22nd. The choice of new Equestrian Champion will be determined by our heirs at a later date.