The rules for the Aquaterra Bardic Championship have been posted to the Boar’s Hunt/All Champions website. Rules for other championships will continue to be posted as they become available.
Don’t forget, our April Business Meeting is tomorrow at 7pm at the Denny’s on 128th. Hope to see you all there!
Lady Sabina di Zorzi
Barony of Aquaterra
Friends, as announced at the last Business Meeting, a new championship has been proposed for consideration by the populace!
Monsignore Michele Aquilani da Napoli, (aka Don Eagle), our Aquaterra Deputy Rapier Marshal and Kingdom Cut & Thrust Officer,asked that a new Aquaterra Cut & Thrust Championship be presented for review and comment by the People His Excellency Steinolf and I are very pleased to do so.
The first contest for this new Championship would occur at this year’s Boars Hunt/ All Champions event in June. Don Eagle suggested a double elimination and best 2 of 3 format. We have already consulted with the Baronial Jeweler Sir Wilhelm der Kreiger for medallion design ideas in hopes of the People’s approval of this new Championship.
Please respond to us by the next Business Meeting, Tuesday April 28th. If this proposal is accepted, we want to give the organizers as much time as possible to promote and prepare.
For more information about the art of Cut & Thrust, please see the synopsis kindly provided by Don Eagle below:
In 2002 SCA started an experimental program called “sideword” that focused on allowing a more period percussive cutting technique that is normally disallowed within the SCA-Rapier form. The idea was to focus more on period training, fighting form and weapon styles from 14th century and later period fencing Masters. Often in period the swords were refered to as spada da lato (sidesword) hence the initial title of sidesword. The proposal was to develop the armoring and weapon standards to be used, as well as test the feasibility of an advanced level authorization and style of swordplay within the SCA. The Kingdom of An Tir officially started participating in the program in 2004. Shortly after that it becomes known society wide as “Cut and Thrust” when it was official adapted by the SCA. The armor standards are meant to protect vital areas; ridge elbows, knees, hands, back of the head but not meant to give excuse to hit harder so to speak. Everything else is at standard SCA-Rapier norms. It is often looked at now as a bridge between SCA-Heavy and SCA-Rapier combat within the SCA these days, drawing interest from both sides of the fields. There are currently 86 Authorized fighter in the Kingdom of An Tir and 4 within the Barony of Aquaterra. The two largest pockets we have are Principality of Tir Righ and Summits. Only the Summits has a Champion listed and it reflects in the OP. It does appear other Baronies are holding Cut and Thrust tournaments and Championships but tracking them is difficult especially when not listed in the OP.
Link to our current approved ABC… http://antir.sca.org/Pubs/Rapier/AnTir_Cut_Thrust_ABCs_July2011.pdf
Baroness Sineidin inghean an Bhiadtaigh
Per pale vert and sable, a natural tiger rampant argent marked sable winged argent and in chief a county coronet Or.
Unto the People of Aquaterra do we, Elewys and Aenor, send most humble greetings!
We were informed recently of the acceptance of our application as finalists to become Sister Baronesses of Aquaterra. We have a great vision for the future of the Barony and hope that we may be a part of shaping that future and making Aquaterra a fun and rewarding place to work and play. Whether we are chosen or Duchess Angharad and HL Bryson, we are confident that Aquaterra will be in sound hands.
We look forward to answering your questions at the Meet and Greets on May 5th (at the Social meeting) and Saturday, May 9th at the Mariner Fire Hall. We really appreciate all those who have put time and efforts into organizing the polling and a special thanks to Master Arontius for agreeing to be the moderator for the Q&A sessions. Questions from the populace may be submitted between April 20-27, which should be sent directly to Master Arontius (arontius at Comcast dot net). If you have comments of support or concern, please take a moment to write to the Crown with your thoughts and recommendations for either set of candidates.
Our very best regards and thanks,
HL Elewys of Finchingefeld & HL Aenor de Pessac
Per bend sinister vert and lozengy vert and argent, in chief a pair of shears fesswise reversed argent.
Greetings Unto The Populace of Aquaterra,
We are honored to be under consideration for the opportunity to lead Aquaterra as the next Baron & Baroness. We are humbled by the number of people who asked us if we would consider letting them nominate us or offered words of support after we agreed to do so. The other candidates HL Elewys and HL Aenor are good gentlewomen and we are well pleased to be in their fine company. We look forward to the upcoming Meet and Greets where we can answer your questions and share our vision for Aquaterra.
We would also like to extend a thank you to those who are handling the nomination and polling process.
We would also like to correct a minor note in the nomination posting by Dame Rosamund. Duchess Angharad was not the first warranted An Tir Equestrian Marshal. She is, however, the first Equestrian Driving Marshal in An Tir.
In Service & With Good Cheer,
HL Bryson MacLachlan & Duchess Angharad Banadaspus Drakenhefd, OP
Per bend azure and sable all estencely, a tyger rampant argent.
Argent, a horse courant sable between two bars purpure between three roses sable and for augmentation, in chief an ancient crown sable.
The AQ Culinary Guild meeting will be held Tuesday April 21 from 6-9 PM, at my house in Lake Stevens (directions below).
Everyone is welcome, the Culinary Guild meetings are open to all, cooks or not. Even if you have no interest in cooking, we still need people to eat what we make! If you are under 18 you need to bring a parent.
I suggest you have a light supper before, but save room to taste what we make. If you have a favorite period dish you wish to bring to share, or a recipe you want to learn how to cook here, please do! Please bring your own favorite beverage.
An RSVP would be handy, so I know how much stuff to get for foodie projects. If you have any questions please contact me! Look forward to seeing you all Tuesday.
AQ Culinary Guild
Directions to my house:
>From I-5 north or south take Hwy. 2 east (Snohomish); take the Lake Stevens exit, Hwy. 204;
at the third light turn left onto Hwy. 9 (north); at the next light turn right (east) onto Lundeen parkway;
there are now 2 roundabouts, yield to traffic in the circle, go around the second one until you are going north onto Callow Road.
My house # is 2425, about 7 houses up on the right, lots of trees in the yard. The driveway is just beyond the power pole. Look for the SCA sign and the house number (2425) painted on the driveway. Please use caution coming up the driveway, or the sidewalk. The drive goes up the hill to a large garage, (old travel trailer, my little blue car) There are stairs back down to the back door. Come on in!
There is also some parking directly across the street. Please do not park in front of the neighbors mailboxes!
Remember: “Period Food is Yummy!”
Howdy folks —
I’m still alive! Probably caught a few of you by surprise
I’m dropping a note to let you know that I’ve acquired a personal copy of a new translation/annotation of O-umajirushi, which is a late-/grey-period Japanese manuscript serving much the same purpose as Western European armorials. In other words: they show us Japan-specific patterns for armory.
If you’re interested in developing a very Japanese persona, and registering very Japanese armory for it, this is the sort of resource that can be used to justify patterns that fall outside the Core Style you tend to hear about. It is also a good resource for seeing depictions of banners and banner poles, how they were constructed and decorated, inasmuch as how a late-period Japanese scribe depicted them.
I’ve also made arrangements for a copy to be donated to the Barony itself. At some point. When the author is presumably done shipping off all the initial sales.
In other news: For those interested in learning book heraldry by way of participating in commentary on submissions across the Kingdom, I’ve been holding monthly commentary group meetings. The next is actually Lions Blood’s decision meeting, to be held about noon on Sunday, at my house in Issaquah. Contact me if you’d like to attend, and we can arrange for it. I suggest bringing a laptop with WiFi if possible.
Oddr Þiálfason (JdL, WOAW, Golden Estoile)
Protégé to Maistreas Anderwyn na Sionain, OP
Apprentice to Countess Elisabeth de Rossignol, OL OP
Per saltire arrondi vert and Or.
The next scheduled Aquaterra Costumer’s Guild gatherings are Saturday May 30 1-4:45pm and Saturday June 20 1-4:45pm. These are both in the Activity room of the main branch of the Everett Library. Bring whatever sewing project you are working on, any questions you may have, and any research you need help with.
Tables and chairs are provided, so all you need to bring is your project and sewing machine (and extension cord) if you need it.
See you next month.
Yvette du Coeur
Head of Costumer’s Guild, Barony of Aquaterra
Chamberlain, Barony of Aquaterra
Per fess purpure and vert, on a heart argent in pale a triquetra vert and a triquetra inverted purpure conjoined.
Their Majesties have informed us that Aquaterra has two sets of candidates who will stand for the office of Coronets of the Barony of Aquaterra. They are:
1. His Lordship Bryson MacLachlan and his wife Duchess Angharad Banadaspus Drakenhefd
Bryson joined the SCA in 2006 and is Cadet to Don Richard Thomas, Protégé to Dame Rosamund of the Misty Meadows, and Student to Viscountess Safiye. He holds an Award of Arms, a Goutte de Sang, and a Jambe de Lion from An Tir, a Forget-me-not from Queen Taisiia and a Throne Favor from King Skeggi and Queen Taisiia, a Silver Dolphin and a Golden Estoile from Aquaterra, and a Tulip from Midhaven. He has served as Seneschal of Midhaven and as Event Steward or Demo Coordinator for many Midhaven events as well as three Kingdom Crown events. He is a Senior Thrown Weapons Marshall, Senior Archery Marshall and a Junior Rapier Marshall. In his modern life he is General Manager/Owner of B&C Properties, Anacortes, WA.
Angharad joined the SCA in 1981 and has lived in the Kingdoms of An Tir, the West, Caid and Calontir. She is a Royal Peer having occupied the Throne of An Tir six times. She is also a Lion of An Tir, holds an Augmentation of Arms and is a Companion of the Order of the Pelican. Her many awards have come from five Kingdoms and/or Principalities (including An Tir) and three Baronies (including a Silver Dolphin and a Golden Estoile from Aquaterra). Throughout her career in the SCA Angharad was a founder of Glymm Mere and its founding Seneschal, created the Office of An Tir Kingdom Calendar and was the first person to hold that office, created the position of the Disaster Relief Coordinator for the Kingdom of An Tir, was one of the early developers of the Riderless Horse Ceremony of An Tir, and is currently, the founding member and Premiere Patroness of the Royal Company of the Sable Rose, Argent. She served Aquaterra in the past as Seneschal and as Contingency Deputy Seneschal and has served Midhaven as Chatelaine. She was the first warranted Equestrian Driving Marshal in An Tir and is the Deputy Kingdom Equestrian Marshal for Driving. In her modern life she is a Business Operations Specialist in support of Airplane Programs at the Boeing Company, Everett WA
2. Her Ladyship Elewys Cuylter of Finchingfield and Her Ladyship Aenor de Pessac
Elewys joined the SCA in 1989. She holds an Award of Arms, a Goutte de Sang and a Jambe de Lion from An Tir, and is a Lector Ithra. She also holds a Red Flame from Tir Righ and from Shittemwoode Elewys has received an Acacia, a Bunny’s Crook, and a Golden Acacia, and from Aquaterra she has also received a Silver Dolphin, a Plate, and a Golden Estoile. Offices held include Tir Righ/Northern Principality sub-committee; calendar committee, Tir Righ Census Administrator, Shire of Shittimwoode. She has also been Seneschal for College of Wisdom’s Keep, Chatelaine, Gold Key, Chronicler, Registrar for Ithras, Stock Clerk, and Exchequer of Shittimwoode, Chancellor of Ithra for the Borderlands campus, and Arts & Science Minister for the Barony of Aquaterra. With strong skills in the arts and sciences, Elewys has taught many classes to various levels of students, participated on numerous event teams, and coordinated or entered contests at several events. In her modern life she has worked as an Office Assistant, in bookkeeping doing petty cash, order entry, spreadsheets, proofreading, customer service, and trade show booth coordination
Aenor joined the SCA in 2003. She holds two Awards of Arms, a Jambe de Lion and a Goutte de Sang from An Tir as well as an Acacia and a Bunny’s Crook from Shittemwoode and a Silver Dolphin from Aquaterra. Aenor served on the Royal Retinue for King Savaric de Porte des Lions and Queen Dalla Hjalbaadsdottir and was part of their scroll painting team. Offices held include Arts & Science Minister for Shittemwoode and Chatelaine and Deputy Seneschal for Aquaterra. She served as Lists Mistress at two An Tir Crown events and one Principality Crown event for Tir Righ. Aenor has been Event Steward or co-Event Steward for both Shittemwoode and Aquaterra events and has also served as Merchant Coordinator for Banner War and Boars Hunt in 2014. With her equally strong background in Arts & Science, Aenor has taught several classes and coordinated or participated in several contests, including Aquaterra’s A&S Championship. In her modern life she is a Notary Public for the State of Washington and is currently an Executive Assistant for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Meet & Greet Format
For the upcoming Meet & Greet sessions (see place and time below) Master Arontius, Companion of the Pelican from Dragons Laire, will be our moderator. Our first session will be a moderated session with questions from the populace submitted between April 20 and April 27 directly to Master Arontius (email firstname.lastname@example.org). He will compile the questions and forward them to all the candidates on April 28 so that they have time to prepare their answers. At the Meet & Greet session Master Arontius will act as master of ceremonies by making introductions, reading the questions, and indicating which candidate will give the answer.
Meet & Greet sessions are scheduled as follows:
7 PM Tuesday, May 5, 2015 (the usual Aquaterra Social meeting) – moderated pre-submitted questions – no questions taken from the audience
Boys and Girls Club
402 2nd St, Snohomish, WA 98290
3-6 PM Saturday, May 9, 2015 – moderator taking questions from the audience
Mariner Fire Station
12425 Meridian Ave S
Everett, WA 98208
Polling Deputy and Contingency Seneschal
Barony of Aquaterra
Purpure, a heron close maintaining in its dexter talon a rose argent barbed and seeded gules.
Boar’s Hunt is near!
I am pleased to announce the rules and guidelines for this year’s Aquaterra A&S Championship which will be held on Saturday, June 27th. If interested in becoming the next baronial A&S Champion, please submit your letter of intent to compete as Champion to:
- Baron Steinolf (email@example.com)
- Baroness Sineidin (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- A&S Minister, HL Samira (email@example.com)
- Current A&S Champion (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Your letter should include the following:
- Your SCA and Modern name
- A description of what your entries are. (This should include the time and place the entries are based on).
- Contact information, email and phone number is required.
- Proof of current SCA membership must be provided at or before the competition
- All competitors must be present in Court the day of their competition to declare their intention to compete for the Championship.
Kingdom judging forms will be used:
A&S Championship requires 2 entries.
An item that demonstrates or a research paper that describes a science from your persona. (For example, Norse persona might do a research paper on how longboats are made. The English persona might do a paper on how long bows are made. Metals – how are they melted and cast. How are candles made?)
Any item or research paper of your interest.
Full documentation per item is required. Four (4) printed copies are required for judging. Here are a few links to assist you:
Full documentation due date: June 1st. All entrants must email their full documentation to the current A&S Champion (me) by the deadline – June 1st, so we can gather judges for the appropriate candidates.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me off-list.
Aquaterra A&S Champion, JdL
Per fess azure and Or, two domestic cats passant addorsed with tails entwined Or and a rose azure barbed and seeded proper.