Monthly Archive: June 2016

SCA 50 Year Storycorp Update

Here’s a quick update on the Story Corps projects from 50 Year, since several people have asked, “what’s next?”.

We collected about 21 hours of interviews over the 5 days. Some of these are long, as with the founders, some celebrities and a bardic recitation, while others are shorter NSTIW stories or brief vignettes of SCA life.

First, all of the footage needs to be logged, and out of that process we’ll know what to transcribe word-for-word. The logging and transcription gives us an inventory of what we have, so we can start putting the parts together. (more…)

New Rouge Scarpe Herald (External Submissions)

herald_75x75It is my pleasure to announce that Baroness Sybella of Dragon’s Mark will be taking over immediately as external submissions herald and thus succeeding me as Rouge Scarpe Herald. We will be working together on this months Internal Letter of Acceptance and Returns and External Letter of Intent as we transition.

The external submissions herald takes the internal commentary and makes the decisions at the Kingdom level as to what has to be returned at Kingdom level and what can go on the the Society level. They then create the Letter of Intent and process those submissions that move on to the Society level. This office comes with the heraldic title of Rouge Scarpe Herald.

I have greatly enjoyed serving as Rouge Scarpe Herald and I am sure Sybella Rouge Scarpe will as well. I look forward to working with her.

In Service the Crown and College,

Konrad Dragon

Court Reports for May, AS LI

Final Court of Their Majesties Nikolai and Serena, 7 May AS 51 (CE 2016)
held at Coronation in Their Barony of Shadowed Stars.
Heralded by Vorlin o’r Gwig, Spurius Furius Germanus, Estelle de la Mer, and Edward Aelredson. Seneschal was Caitriona Mac Dhonnachaidh.

  • Royal Vanguard: Honor von Atzinger, Azriel Le Fey, Tariq al Sanna Af Fjall, Magnus Refsson
  • Royal Augmentation: Lily Carver (a goutte de sang), Lynette la Rousse (a goutte de sang), Milesent Vibert (a dragonfly Or)
  • Crown: Cameron of Beckenham
  • Crown: Amalie of Beckenham


From Their Royal Highnesses

Greetings to the Midrealm from Edmund and Kateryn

It is Our great honor and pleasure to have the opportunity to serve this great kingdom. We look forward to traveling during the next year, making new friends, and renewing old friendships.

We would like to thank Their Royal Majesties, Cameron and Amalie, for this opportunity and for allowing Us to compete in such a fun Crown Tournament. Thanks also go to the Shire of Myndd
Seren for hosting such a wonderful A&S Faire and Crown Tournament. And finally, thank you to everyone who has offered congratulations, support, and assistance for the coming year.

Our first opportunity in this role was over 20 years ago, and a lot has changed in the world and the kingdom. When We logged in on our dial-up account and experienced Midlaurel for the first time it was a neat new experience. Polls were on paper, groups printed and mailed us newsletters, and award recommendations came through the mail. Now we have social media and instant access to everything, a thriving Middle Kingdom webpage and web presence, and everyone has a phone/camera/interweb device in their pouch. We hope to be able to use these wisely to share Our experiences throughout the realm and to show everyone how wonderful this Kingdom is.

In Service,
Edmund and Kateryn

Midrealm Calf-to-Codex Project Pages

In honor of the Society for Creative Anachronism’s 50 Year anniversary and celebration, many artisans and craftspeople of the Middle Kingdom, led by Master Johannes von Narrenstein, set out to create a book from scratch. They used as many medieval techniques as they could, crafting everything from raw materials inasmuch as was within their abilities.

These photos are the individual pages from the book, received from the calligraphers and illuminators, before the bookbinders began their tasks. I recorded these so the work can be closely examined, which might not be possible once the pages have been bound into the final volume. Intermixed with the full pages are occasional close-up images of some of the detailed illuminations.

The complete album can be viewed here: Calf to Codex Album on Flickr


New Boke of Ceremonies

Greetings unto the heralds, pursuivants, and populace of the Middle Kingdom from Meister Konrad Mailander, Dragon Herald,

I am happy to announce that there is a new revision of the Middle Kingdom Boke of Ceremonies available on the Middle Kingdom website.

My thanks to Thegn Edward Aelredson, my predecessor as Dragon, who oversaw most of the work and published a revision just before stepping down last month. Unfortunately once a number of needed updates were noticed. These and a few others discovered as we worked on it again have now been made.

Konrad Dragon

Here are the introductions from Edward from the May 2016 and myself from the June 2016 revision which cover most of the acknowledgements:

Most of what can be said here has been said by many of my predecessors. 

“The Boke is a compilation of the more common ceremonies currently in use within the Middle Kingdom. This edition is really a revision of the previous version and we have corrected some errors, removed old ceremonies and added some new. It is not an all-inclusive collection of every possible ceremony, but rather a foundation from which to spring. While we have pulled out the alternative ceremonies that were found in the previous edition, we do strongly encourage writing of alternative ceremonies to fit the persona and/or taste of the recipient.”

The revision of this book was definitely not a solo project. I would like to thank Mistress Elena de Vexin for her contributions, review and commentary in the preliminary stages of revision. I would also like to thank Mistress Tyzes Sofia called Zsof, Master Dafydd Blaidd, Master Konrad Mailander, Baroness Maggie McKeith and THL Brynn Herleifsson for their contributions and assistance in applying the finishing touches to this manual. And lastly, HE Countess Alys Katharine for her superb proofreading skills. Any errors that remain are from after her proof-reading and are mine and mine alone.

Thegn Edward Aelredson

Because a few more eyes saw the May 2016 revision after it got published, there were a few things that were noticed that had not been updated. This update, which follows quickly on the heels of the previous version, fixes those areas. Primarily, a speaker from the Order of Defence was added into the other Peerage ceremonies. Also, the
suggested qualities that the Peerages attest to were standardized between the different Peerage ceremonies. And, because no herald can leave well enough alone, I made a few other edits. The ceremony for the creation of a Master of Arms has been changed so rather than refusing knighthood they are choosing to take the baldric of a Master of
Arms and the option for them to swear fealty has been added. My thanks go to, Chen-Shifu, Master Eirik Dweorgaxe, Duke Laurelen Darksbane, The Honourable Lady Petrona da Manciano, Master Rory mac Feidhlimidh and several Royal Peers for their input. And thanks again to Countess Alys Katharine for her proof-reading. Any errors that remain now fall on my shoulders.

Meister Konrad Mailander