Monthly Archive: December 2015

Ladies of the Midrealm Calendar

7784_50Why yes! We have been working on a secret persona project… An entire Midrealm Calendar Filled with Women of the Midrealm who are known for their amazing Persona work.

You can stare at an entire year’s worth of amazing garb, cool persona facts, and women who are more beautiful inside then they are out.

That’s right twelve whole months of living the dream!

These caring calendar girls have donned their finest to support RUM and a scholarship program for 50th year.

If you are interested in pre-order please PM either Warder Adam or the RUM Chancellor. These calendars will be available at The Festival of Maidens for pickup!

$20.00 each, and every dollar goes towards making the Middle Kingdom stronger!

Electronic Newsletter Access Now Available for Family Membership Holders

The Board of Directors is pleased to invite all current Family members to access the SCA electronic newsletter site. To log in, please go to:

website – enewsletter.sca.org
User Name – membership number
Password – start

If you experience any difficulties, please contact , and include your legal name & membership number in the message.

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

You may also email .

Christmas Greetings from Their Majesties

Greetings unto the people of the Middle Kingdom from your King and Queen.

On this Christmas Eve, We find ourselves thankful for many things, among them this opportunity to serve the Kingdom and Society as monarchs. This can be an arduous job, but the people of the MidRealm have made it a constant joy through your willingness to retain, stand guard, volunteer and otherwise help “turn the crank” of the SCA machine. We are inspired by your efforts every day. Thank you.

Whatever you celebrate this month, or if you celebrate nothing at all, We hope that you are surrounded by friends, family, laughter and love.

Nikolai, Tsar & Serena, Tsarina

October Heraldic Decisions for the Middle Kingdom

The October Letter of Acceptances and Returns has just been published. Here are the decisions for the Middle Kingdom. It can be found online here: http://heraldry.sca.org/loar/2015/10/
Official notification will come out shortly to the submitters from the Opinicus Pursuivant, Jean Yves de Chierebourg. Look for an email form apache@sca.org; if you have items in submission you may want to add it to your address book as we have occasionally had issues with spam filters grabbing them. Please make sure to follow the link in the email as that lets us know that you have received the notification.

MIDDLE ACCEPTANCES

Aleksei Vasilev. Name.
Submitted as Alexsei Vasilev, the submitter requested authenticity for a Russian/Slavic name. The name was changed in kingdom to Aleksei Vasilev to match the documentation that could be found. Alexsei is a modern Anglicized form of the name, so we cannot restore the given name to the submitted form.
The modified name is a Russian name, but the source cited (Wickenden), does not include all instances of a name. Therefore, we do not know if the given name and byname were used at the same time.

Brendoken, Barony of. Badge. (Fieldless) On a compass star per pale vert and sable a heart Or.
There is a step from period practice for the use of a compass star.
Brendoken, Barony of. Badge. (Fieldless) On a compass star per pale vert and sable a thistle Or.
There is a step from period practice for the use of a compass star.
Brendoken, Barony of. Badge. (Fieldless) On a compass star per pale vert and sable a tower Or.
There is a step from period practice for the use of a compass star.
Brendoken, Barony of. Badge. (Fieldless) On a compass star per pale vert and sable an acorn Or.
There is a step from period practice for the use of a compass star.
Brendoken, Barony of. Badge. (Fieldless) On a compass star per pale vert and sable an alder leaf Or.
There is a step from period practice for the use of a compass star.
Brendoken, Barony of. Badge. (Fieldless) On a compass star per pale vert and sable an escutcheon Or.
There is a step from period practice for the use of a compass star.
Brendoken, Barony of. Badge for populace. Per pale vert and sable, a compass star and a chief embattled Or.
There is a step from period practice for the use of a compass star.
Brendoken, Barony of. Badge for populace. Per pale vert and sable, a compass star and in canton an oak leaf Or.
There is a step from period practice for the use of a compass star.

Emeloth MacEwen. Device. Azure, a compass star argent, in chief five daisies in chevron inverted proper, a bordure argent.
There is a step from period practice for the use of a compass star.

Eustace Kilpin. Name.
Both the given name and byname can be dated to England in 1596 (in the FamilySearch Historical Records), making this an excellent 16th century English name!

Gianna Vettori. Badge. (Fieldless) A flamingo contourny sable.

Grimwulf the Hairy. Reblazon of device. Vert semy of fers-à-loup argent, a panther incensed erminois.
Registered in July 1987 as Vert, seme of fers-a-loup inverted argent, a panther incensed erminois, the fers-à-loup are actually in the medieval default orientation. We have also regularized the spelling of the blazon.

Grimwulf the Hairy. Reblazon of badge. Vert, a fer-à-loup inverted argent enflamed on the upper edge proper.
Registered in November 1992 as Vert, a fer-a-loup argent enflamed on the upper edge proper, the fer-à-loup is inverted from the medieval default orientation.

Ian Gartloch. Device. Argent, a compass star vert and a bordure sable semy of holly leaves argent.
There is a step from period practice for the use of a compass star.

Lynne Fairchild. Name change from Elisabeth Fairchild.
The Letter of Intent stated that Lynne is the submitter’s legal middle name. Proof of the legal name was not provided in the submission packet. Luckily for the submitter, the Letter of Intent also documented Lynne as a late period English masculine given name. Therefore, the submitter need not rely on the legal name allowance.
The byname Fairchild is grandfathered to the submitter. It is also found as an attested English byname in the FamilySearch Historical Records in the late 16th and early 17th centuries. Therefore, the submitter need not rely on the grandfather clause either.
The submitter’s previous name, Elisabeth Fairchild, is retained as an alternate name.

Morgan Ryan MacAnthony. Reblazon of device. Azure, a chevron and in base a lymphad Or, a bordure argent semy of garbs azure.
Blazoned when registered in February 1997 as Azure, a chevron and in base a lymphad and a bordure argent semy of garbs azure, the tincture of the chevron and ship was omitted.

Myfanwy Ddirwestol ferch Gruffudd. Reblazon of device. Argent, a dragon passant contourny sable within a bordure sable semy of maple leaves argent.
Blazoned when registered in October 1994 as Or, a dragon passant contourny sable within a bordure sable semy of maple leaves argent, the submission had been pended because the leaves were blazoned on both the form and the LoI as Or. The field tincture is also argent, it was also blazoned incorrectly on the form.

Neptunalis Frederich Wilhelm von Metten. Reblazon of device. Argent billety sable, a chevron wavy gules semy of escallops inverted argent between three lobsters gules.
Blazoned when registered in November 1991 as Argent billety sable, a chevron wavy gules, semy of escallops argent, between three lobsters gules, the escallops are inverted.

North Woods, Barony of the. Badge. Azure, a sun Or within three wolves courant in annulo legs outward argent, a bordure Or.
There is a step from period practice for the use of charges in annulo not in their default palewise orientation.

Roana Aldinoch. Badge. Checky Or and vert, on a lozenge sable a paw print Or.
There is a step from period practice for the use of a paw print.

Rycheza Tkaczycha. Name.

Viðarr sælingr Ketilsson. Name.

MIDDLE RETURNS

Brendoken, Barony of. Badge. (Fieldless) A compass star Or fimbriated per pale vert and sable.
This badge is returned for multiple conflicts. It conflicts with the device of Paul of Sunriver: Azure, a compass star Or. There is one DC for fielded vs fieldless. Fimbriation, even multi-color fimbriation, counts for no difference. It also conflicts with the badge of Eleanor Leonard: (Tinctureless) A mullet of four points distilling a goutte. There is only one DC for tinctureless vs fieldless. There is no DC for the distilled goutte, nor for the number of points. Her blanket letter of permission to conflict does not apply as the mullet is a solid tincture. Similarly, with only a DC for fieldlessness, this badge conflicts with Vietnam: Gules, a mullet Or, Burkina Faso: Per fess gules and vert, a mullet Or, Ansteorra: (Fieldless) A mullet of five greater and five lesser points distilling gouttes Or, the device of Rolf the Relentless: Pean, a mullet of eight points elongated to base Or, the device of Maxim Davidovich Krasny (January 1992, Middle): Per bend vert and bendy Or and gules, in sinister chief a mullet Or, the device of Niall Mór mac Cernaich: Per bend sinister azure and lozengy vert and argent, in dexter chief a mullet of four points Or. (There is no DC for an unforced move when comparing to a fieldless badge) and likewise the device of Martin of the Fallen Star (November 1973): Purpure, in base a mullet of twelve points Or.
There is a step from period practice for the use of a compass star.

Þórfinnr Þengilsson. Device. Argent, a chevron between three hands gules.
This device is returned for a redraw, for violating the guidelines set forth on the May 2011 Cover Letter for a properly drawn chevron; the chevron here is too low. Please see that Cover Letter for further discussion and details of how to properly draw per chevron lines of division.
Additionally, this device conflicts with the device of Basileios Philanthropenos Philomathes, Argent, a chevron between three crosses of Jerusalem gules and the device of Richard of Stokesley, Argent, a chevron between three boars passant gules. In both cases, there is only one DC for changing the type of secondary charges. The submitter provided emailed permissions to conflict however these did not contain all the required information. For standard wording, please see Appendix D of the Administrative Handbook at http://heraldry.sca.org/admin.html#APPENDIXD .

Wulfwen atte Belle. Badge. (Fieldless) Issuant from a boot sable a tentacle vert maintaining a spoon fesswise Or.
This device is returned for redraw, for violating SENA A2C2 which states “Elements must be drawn to be identifiable.” Commenters could not identify the spoon as such.
Commenters questioned the registerability of the tentacle. Although no evidence was presented of tentacles used as a charge in medieval heraldry, there is a pattern of animal limbs, such as jambes, wings or arms, used in medieval heraldry. Additionally, the tentacle here remains perfectly identifiable as such.

Last Call for Merchants at SCA 50 Year

Time’s running out if you want to be a merchant at the SCA’s 50 Anniversary Celebration.

Applications must be mailed, and must be POSTMARKED no later than December 15, 2015.

Please follow the directions included in the application packet. The Merchant Coordinator’s address is included on the last page of the application.

This link will take you directly to the Merchant information page: http://www.sca50year.org/merchant.html

The first link on the page is a downloadable PDF that contains all the specifics for interested merchants, PLUS the merchant application.

Questions? Email the Merchant Coordinator: Merchants@sca50year.org

Teachers requested for Persona RUM

We still have openings to teach at our our Persona RUM happening at the Festival of Maidens.

However there are some specific classes people have requested. If you could teach any of these subjects or know someone who could, please consider teacher at our Persona RUM or contact me at

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