The Kingdom Exchequer Speaks!

Greetings unto the Exchequers and populace of the Middle Kingdom.

I am excited to say that our PayPal Deputy Exchequer, Alays Salle (), held the first Epay training class at Ceilidh in April. She will be visiting events in different regions of the Kingdom over the year to provide the training, but is also offering it as long distance training using an online system. Please contact her about taking the training course if you are interested in offering online advance registration for your event.

Due to the tremendous work of our local group exchequers, Regional Deputy Exchequers, and Domesday Deputy, we submitted our end-of-year reports to the Society within a timely manner. Please take a moment to say thank you to your local exchequers and join me in thanking the following deputies:

  • Constellation Regional – THL Elayne Gwenhlian De Belleme
  • Midlands Regional – Lady Bojei Temur (former) and Lady Gillian Eleanor of Roseholm (current) North/South Oaken Regional – THL Ooyama Tarou Hideyasu
  • Pentamere Regional Exchquer – Lord Tristan Bartolo de la Vega
and a special thanks to the Domesday deputy THL Ooyama Tarou Hideyasu who takes all the information given to him, checks it, and consolidates it to send to the Society.

Unfortunately, I do also need to take a moment to reiterate the necessity of reporting in a timely manner to your regional exchequers. It is a requirement to submit monthly financial reports to the regional exchequer by the end of the following month, i.e., January financial report is due by February 28. This has been in place since early in 2016 and will be enforced (especially now that Domesday season is over). Your regional exchequers will report to me by the 15th of each month with a list detailing which groups are complying with Kingdom policy. Groups not in compliance are subject to sanctions up to and including ineligibility to offer PayPal/Epay registration options, financial probation, and suspension.

I am always available to the exchequers and populace of the kingdom to answer any questions, follow up on any concerns, or offer training. Please feel free to contact me at exchequer@midrealm.org at any time.

Yours in service,
Kateline

Missive from the Kingdom Earl Marshall

Draco Invictus!

We have a few minor rule changes to the Combat Archery.

  1. Fiberglass-shafted ammo: The red electrical tape around the point of the APD is not required.
  2. Fiberglass-shafted ammo does not have to be red. The color must contrast with the head and cannot be more than 10% yellow. This applies to the wrap around the base and the crossover.
  3. Tubular ammo: The duct tape covering the head does not have to be red. The tape must contrast the head and may not be more than 10% yellow.

Archery marshals will wear eye protection!

Cessation of all fighting if the Heat Index reaches 108. (more…)

Words from the Kingdom Seneschal

Greetings unto the Populace of the Midrealm.

As the winds of change blow across the lands, do the clouds clear and we see a glimpse of the future on the horizon. I want to thank Dame Caitriona MacDhonnachaidh for her time as Kingdom Seneschal and all her good works there in, as well as her deputies, some of who are changing out also. I hope to continue on where she left off, and will do my best for our Kingdom and it’s people. (more…)

From Their Royal Highnesses

Greetings to the populace of the Middle Kingdom.

This is Our last Pale letter as Prince and Princess of the Middle Kingdom. On May 6th, We will ascend to the throne of the Middle Kingdom and continue on Our royal journey. We would like to thank everyone who has supported Us on the throne so far. Our royal household and many friends have made Our journeys easier and allowed Us the opportunity to range far and wide, in and out of kingdom. Our time on the throne as the summer King and Queen is short and We have much to do. (more…)

From Their Majesties: The Midrealm On The March

Greetings unto the noble people of the MidRealm from Edmund and Kateryn,

First, We travelled to the east on Crusade to rescue the stolen relics of the Midrealm. Those relics are now safely back in the care of Our Regalia Minister.

Then, We travelled south to Crusade for peace between Our Royal Cousins of Trimaris and Ansteorra and with the might of the Midrealm at Our side We were able to achieve an uneasy peace.

But these Crusades have dwindled the Kingdom’s resources, so We must now travel a short distance but with great purpose: to replenish Our supplies of the great Black Stone so needed in the making of good steel for armor and weapons.

So do We call upon all sturdy warriors of the Midrealm and those who support them to load the caravans, sharpen swords and arrows, and oil the machines of war and join Us in Our Crusade to Blackstone Mountain in Aethelmarc to obtain the needed stones.

Yours in service,
Edmund and Kateryn

January Heraldic Submissions

The January Letter of Acceptances and Returns has been published. Here are the decisions for the Middle Kingdom. The letter can be found online here: http://heraldry.sca.org/loar/
Official notification will be sent to the submitters from the Opinicus Pursuivant, Thora Grimudottir. 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. (more…)

Crown Tournament Requirements

From Their Royal Highnesses to the Populace of the Midrealm, Greetings!

We are accepting requests to fight in our Crown Tournament on May 27-28 in the Barony of Shadowed Stars (Fort Wayne, IN). We request that all warriors, sound of wind and limb, with armor and weapons in good repair submit their letters of intent to ourselves via our email with copy to . You must submit your letter of intent to fight, the person whose favor you will bear that day, proof of membership that extends until the second week of May 2018 and copies of both your modern identification with pictures (scanned image PDFs are acceptable). We will be accepting letters to fight up until the end of the day at our Coronation in the Barony of Flaming Gryphon May 6, 2017 (held in Lebanon, OH). These documents must also be sent to the Kingdom Seneschal at to be counted as well. (more…)

Exchequer News, April AS LI (includes PayPal info!)

Greetings unto the Exchequers and populace of the Middle Kingdom:

First of all, I want to take a moment to thank all of the exchequers that have passed the baton over the past several months. In particular, I wanted to thank a few of my deputies who have stepped down over the past few months.

  • Lady Bojei Temur who has served as the Midlands exchequer over the past few years. She is moving on to become our Deputy Exchequer for Training.
  • Signora Elisabetta Morosini di Mettenini is stepping down as the Deputy Exchequer for Training to retire to her estates.
  • Lord Domnaill O’Hodrain was our NMR Deputy Exchequer and is still the local exchequer in the Shire of Cuil Cholium.

Thank you so much to all of you for your dedication and hard work over the years. You have my deep and abiding gratitude. (more…)

Earl Marshal’s Letter, April AS LI

Greetings!

I would like to thank Sir Gebhard for all the hard work that continues to go into the database. We as Marshals, equestrians, rapier combatants, armored combatants and even hound handlers will now be able to make a color copy of our authorization paperwork. We will also implement being able to take a photo of the authorization paperwork and then sending it to Lady Bella the Clerk of the roster. She will accept this via email. The newly-authorized fighter will keep the original paperwork. This should allow for immediate updates to the database and streamline paperwork. (more…)

December Heraldic Decisions

The December Letter of Acceptances and Returns has been published. Here are the decisions for the Middle Kingdom. The letter can be found online here: http://heraldry.sca.org/loar/
Official notification will be sent to the submitters from the Opinicus Pursuivant, Thora Grimudottir. 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

Æiric ørvender. Augmentation of arms. Argent, a chevron between two pairs of stag’s attires sable and a heart gules and for augmentation on the chevron a crescent pendant argent.

Aelfric the Kestrell. Device change. Vert, a pheon and on a bordure argent an orle gules.
The submitter’s old device, Vert, a pheon within a bordure argent, is retained as a badge.
Please advise the submitter to draw the orle slightly narrower.

Alban Dameron Elexander. Device. Argent, a fleur-de-lys azure and in base two peacock feathers in pile vert, a bordure azure.

Alison le Picart. Name and device. Vert, three lotus flowers in profile one and two and a chief argent.
Originally submitted as lePicart, the name was changed at Kingdom to la Picart on the belief that the byname had to agree with the gender of the given name. However, there are multiple examples of women using le Picart as an inherited surname. We have changed the name to le_Picart, which is nearly identical to the submitted form, to match the documentation.

Andreas Renardi. Name and device. Lozengy Or and vert, a fox courant proper and on a chief vert three decrescents Or.
Nice Latinized French name for the mid-13th century!

Anna O’Doran. Name and device. Argent, a raven rising and a tierce sable.
See the Cover Letter for a discussion of Irish Clan Affiliation bynames for women.
Nice 16th century Anglicized Irish name!
There is a step from period practice for the use of a tierce with another charge.

Auðin Hrafnsson. Name change from Oweyn Hudson.
The submitter’s prior name, Oweyn Hudson, is retained as an alternate name.

Cáelfind an Bhoga. Name.
The submitter may be interested to know that the spelling Cáelfind in Boga is a fully Middle Irish form of the name. If she wishes to have the fully Middle Irish form, she may submit a request for reconsideration.

Claire of Cleftlands. Device. Azure, a badger’s head cabossed argent marked sable and two beehives one and two Or.

Clive Fletcher. Name.
Both elements are dated to 1590 in Lincoln, England, making this an excellent late 16th century English name!

Colin le Jandre. Name.
Excellent mid-15th century French name!

Einarr Ginnfastsson. Name.

Flann MacDonald. Name and device. Per pale Or and gules, a chevron between three maple leaves counterchanged, a bordure sable.
This name mixes a Gaelic given name and a Scots byname, an acceptable lingual mix under Appendix C.

Flóki rauðskeggr sipill. Name and device. Azure, on a sun between in chief an increscent and a decrescent Or a boar rampant gules.
Submitted as Flóki rauðskeggr sipill Gl{oe}ðisson, this form of the name used three bynames — two descriptive bynames (rauðskeggr and sipill) and a patronymic (Gl{oe}ðisson). However, we have no evidence of three bynames being used in this manner in Old Norse. The submitter permitted us to delete the patronymic if necessary for registration. We have done so to bring this name in line with documented patterns for Old Norse names.

Gwyon ap Bran. Name.

Hanß Leiland Adelbrecht. Name.

Hedvika Tane{cv}nice. Name and device. Per chevron vert and argent, two unicorn’s heads erased respectant argent and an orange tree fructed proper.

Hosokawa Gentarou Masahiro. Device. Vert, a roundel between eight roundels in annulo Or.
This design was documented as an Individually Attested Pattern in Japanese heraldry. The submitter provided sufficient evidence of the use of a larger roundel between smaller roundels in annulo and, during proofreading, Siren provided documentation for the use of the tinctures used here.

Isolde de la Ramée. Alternate name Merewynn Bocestre.
Given the attested Old English forms Meruyn, Mereuuin, Merefynn and Mærwynn, we find Merewynn to be a reasonable interpolated spelling.

Jack Campbell. Name and device. Per fess embattled sable and Or, in chief a boar’s head couped close Or and in base three lozenges one and two gules.
Nice 16th century English name!

Johanna Bakensdochter. Name change from Clara de Guevara.
Excellent early 16th century Flemish name!
The submitter’s prior name, Clara de Guevara, is released.

Kamil ibn Abd al-Malik al-Maghribi al-Sahih. Name and device. Per bend gules and Or, two crescents counterchanged.
Nice device!

Keely the Tinker. Household name House of the Golden Wheels and badge association. (Fieldless) Four wagon wheels conjoined two and two Or.

Konrad Mailander. Badge. (Fieldless) A streitgabelklinge Or.
This badge does not conflict with the device of Ukraine: Azure, a Ukrainian trident head Or. There is a DC for the difference between fielded and fieldless designs and another DC for the difference between a streitgabelklinge and a Ukrainian trident head.
It also does not conflict with the badge of the Shire of Amlesmore: Gules, a spearhead Or. There is again a DC for the difference between fielded and fieldless designs and another DC for the difference between a streitgabelklinge and a spearhead.

Konrad Mailander. Blanket permission to conflict with badge. (Fieldless) A streitgabelklinge Or.
The submitter grants permission to conflict for any armory that is not identical to his registered badge.

Lillie O’Pherran. Name and device. Per pale purpure and vert, a wolf sejant and in chief three lilies argent.
Submitted as Lillie O’Ferran, the submitter requested the spelling O’Pherran if it could be documented. Coblaith Muimnech was able to demonstrate instances of Ph- and F- being used interchangeably in Anglicized Irish. Therefore, we have changed the byname to the submitter’s requested spelling.
See the Cover Letter for a discussion of Irish Clan Affiliation bynames for women.

Lucius Archer. Name.
Nice 16th century English name!

Marcus Antonius Anicetus. Name and device. Azure, three towers Or, above each a mullet of six points argent.
The submitter requested authenticity for “Roman.” This request was not summarized on the Letter of Intent. Fortunately, the Letter of Intent contained enough information for commenters to determine whether the name meets this request. The cognomen Anicetus appears in the Annals of Tacitus as the name of a freedman and former tutor of Nero who later became commander of a fleet in 60 C.E. The praenomen Marcus and the nomen Antonius were also commonly found in Rome in the first century, making this an authentic Roman name for that era.

Meadhbh Ramsay. Device. Per fess embattled sable and gules, three mullets Or and a domestic cat sejant gardant argent marked sable.

Niccolo Bartolazzi. Name and badge. Quarterly purpure and vert, a thunderbolt between in bend two domestic cats statant Or.

Petrus the Bear. Name and device. Per pale gules and argent, a horse and a bear combattant counterchanged, a point pointed sable.
The byname is the lingua Anglica form of the Middle English byname le Bere, dated to 1166.

Petrus the Bear. Badge. (Fieldless) A bear statant gardant gules maintaining over its head a sword fesswise reversed proper.

Petrus the Bear. Augmentation of arms. Per pale gules and argent, a horse and a bear combattant counterchanged, a point pointed sable and for augmentation, on the point pointed a closed fetterlock Or.

Roas Edeline de Winter. Name and device. Argent, a chevron inverted azure between a rose and three hearts gules.
Originally submitted as Roas Edeline DeWinter, the name appeared on the Letter of Intent as Roas Edeline De Winter without any explanation of the change. Although it appears that this change was made to match the documentation, we again remind Kingdom Submissions Heralds that, “[i]f changes are made to the name on the form before it is received by kingdom, that should be noted either in the summary or in a note to the sovereigns.” [March 2012 Cover Letter]

The byname was documented from the FamilySearch Historical Records. This source routinely capitalizes prepositions, such as de, even if they were not capitalized in period. We therefore have changed the byname to the typical capitalization de Winter for registration.

This name combines two English given names with a Dutch surname, an acceptable lingual mix under Appendix C.

Rónán of Keyth. Name and device. Per bend sinister azure and vert, five scarpes dancetty argent.
This name combines a Gaelic saint’s name and a Scots surname, an acceptable lingual mix under Appendix C.

Sáerlaith ingen Máel Ciaráin. Name.
Submitted as Sáerlaith Phécach ingen Máel Ciaráin, the descriptive byname Phécach could not be documented within 500 years of the given name, as required by SENA. Therefore, that element has been dropped from the name for registration.

Scarlet Wolf. Name and device. Per pale wavy sable and argent, an Oriental dragon in annulo vorant of its tail, a bordure engrailed counterchanged.
Nice 16th century English name!
There is a step from period practice for the use of an Oriental dragon.

Sean Sharke. Name and device. Per pall inverted gules, sable and Or, a shark and a bordure indented argent.
Sean is either Gaelic or Anglicized Irish, either of which can be combined with an English surname under Appendix C.

Tarmach ben Yehuda al-Khazari. Device change. Azure, a lion passant gardant Or, on a chief argent a quill pen and an arrow in saltire vert.
The submitter’s old device, Azure, two lions combattant reguardant maintaining a star of David all between three roundels Or, is released.

Voron Aleksandrovich. Name.
The submitter requested authenticity for “Russian.” This name meets the submitter’s request because both elements are found in late 15th century Russian.

Walterus Bigod. Name and device. Or, a sea-lion maintaining a sword, on a chief gules three hearts argent.
Excellent English name for the 12th-14th centuries!

Zilia degli Giudici. Name and device. Vert, an open scroll and on a chief embattled Or four hearts vert.
The submitter requested authenticity for Sicilian language/culture. Unfortunately, this name does not meet this request because the elements are from different dialects of Italian (specifically Venetian and Tuscan). However, the name is registerable as submitted.

Zoe Doukaina. Device change. Argent, on a crequier purpure in base a Star of David argent.
The submitter’s old device, Argent, a Jew’s harp purpure, is retained as a badge.

MIDDLE returns

Aturdokht of Dark River. Badge. (Fieldless) A yale rampant vert, spotted and armed argent, breathing fire proper.
This badge is returned for conflict with the device of Styrkárr Bjarnarson: Or, a yale rampant guardant vert bezanty armed gules. There is one DC for the difference between fielded and fieldless design but no other DC. There is no DC for the orientation of the creature’s head, no DC for the addition of the flames and no DC for changing the tincture of the spots, which are not tertiary charges.

Saraswati-man.ikkam. Augmentation of arms. Azure, a lotus blossom in profile Or and a bordure quarterly Or and argent, and for augmentation, on the blossom a lozenge ployé azure charged with a quill pen argent enflamed proper.
This augmentation is returned for redraw, for violating SENA A2C2 which states “Elements must be drawn to be identifiable.” Commenters were unable to identify the charge on the lozenge, likely because of its very small size and complex outline.

Zophia Pyotrowska. Device. Gules, the letter W and a bordure argent.
This device is returned for conflict with the device of Curwinus Trevirensis: Azure, a Norse sun cross within a bordure argent. There is a DC for changing the field but letters and Norse sun crosses are both considered symbols so there is no DC between them.

MIDDLE pends

Katarzina Celjska. Name.
This name combines a Polish given name with a Slovenian byname. Polish is considered part of the “North Slavic” language group under SENA. Slovenian, however, is considered part of the “South Slavic” language group. Appendix C currently does not permit the combination of North Slavic and South Slavic.
This name is pended for discussion of whether combinations of North Slavic and South Slavic name elements should be permitted and, if so, under what circumstances.
This was item 16 on the Middle letter of September 30, 20