3rd Annual Dragon Chef Competition

Calling all Cooks!

Are your cooking skills up to the Challenge? Do you have what it takes to be the Dragon Chef?

Announcing the 3rd Annual Dragon Chef Competition at May Day, in the Barony of Fenix.

Each team of cooks will be given a cooler of food to prepare and serve in the evening for feast.

Each team will have limited access to grills and electricity.

All cooking implements and utensils are supplied by each team.

Food staples such as flour, sugar, and spices can be brought to the competition by each team.

All recipes need to be from period sources.

Judges will be randomly selected to score the teams on not only their individual dishes but on how well the dishes go together and how well the dishes are displayed.

Please contact Baroness Artemisia () to register your team. Depending on interest, the number of team could be limited.

The Event is May 9th in the Barony of Fenix, at Big Bone State Park, Union KY, near Cincinnati, OH. Click here for the event web page.

February Heraldic Decisions Letter Published

Greetings unto the populace of the Middle Kingdom from Meister Konrad Mailander, Rouge Scarpe Herald,

The February Laurel King of Arms’ Letter of Acceptances and Returns (LoAR)  has been published. (The LoAR are dated by the month the decision meeting was held in. It takes around six weeks for the letters to get written, proofread, and published in the various formats.)

The letter can be found here:  http://heraldry.sca.org/loar/2015/02/

Below are the decisions for items submitted in the Middle Kingdom. There are also several items from the Errata page of the letter. These are items from previous letters that had errors that needed correcting.



Cynwrig ap Lewelyn. Device. Azure, three serpents fretted heads and tails outwards Or.

Damiana Evstokhivna Sodnitsina. Name change from holding name Damiana of Cleftlands.

Eginolf von Basel. Device change. Per fess gules and bendy gules and azure, in chief an egg argent.

This design was well documented as an Individually Attested Pattern in late period German armory. The submitter provided sufficient evidence of divided fields of more than four parts in combinations of gules and azure, both uncharged or charged with argent charges.

The submitter’s old device, Bendy Or and azure, a wolf’s head erased ululant contourny gules maintaining in its mouth an egg argent, on a chief Or three eagles gules, is retained as a badge.

Evan Aethalwald. Reblazon of device. Azure, three swords in pile inverted tips conjoined each pommeled of a comet and in chief an estoile of eight points argent.

Blazoned when registered in July 1980 as Azure, a sword inverted between two others in chevron, all conjoined at the tips, each pommeled of an estoille of eight points elongated to chief, and in chief an estoille of eight points argent, we are making the position of the swords more clear.

Faraldr Sørkvir. Name.

Iofurr Ormarsson. Name.

Submitted as Iöfurr Ormarsson, the given name was changed by kingdom to I{o,}furr in order to use the o-ogonek ({o,}) instead of the modern ö. During commentary, the submitter expressed a preference for the form Iofurr instead. We have made this change.

Jean Yves de Chierebourg. Badge. Argent, a ewer vert and a bordure vert platy.

Katherine Fixis. Name and device. Argent, a compass star gules, on a base azure a wolf courant contourny argent.

Nice 16th century English name!

There is a step from period practice for the use of a compass star.

Maaicke van Zanten. Device. Argent, the kanji for “bright” and a base wavy azure.

The submitter has permission to conflict with the device of Cadell ap Hubert, Argent, the astronomical sign of Sagittarius and a gore sinister azure.

There is a step from period practice for the use of kanji.

Rivenstar, Barony of. Badge. (Fieldless) On a tower azure, a riven star argent.

The use of a riven star as a charge is grandfathered to the group.

Takeda Fuyuuji. Name and device. Vert, four rustres in cross within an annulet argent.

The submitter requested authenticity for 16th century Japan. This request was not summarized in the Letter of Intent. Luckily for the submitter, enough information was provided in commentary to allow us to consider this request instead of pending the name.

The nanori Fuyu’uji is dated to 1332 as is Takeda. The latter is also the surname of at least three historical figures from 16th century Japan. Because Fuyu’uji was not found in the 16th century, this name does not meet the submitter’s request for an authentic 16th century name, but it is an excellent Kamakura period name.

Please advise the submitter to draw the piercing on the rustres bigger.

Yngerame Erskyn. Name and device. Ermine, on a chevron gules three calamaries argent.

Nice late 14th century Scottish name!

Aurora Lucia Marinella. Badge. (Fieldless) Issuant from the line of division of a fesswise cushion per fess azure and gule, a demi-sun Or.

This device is returned for violating our restriction on “barely overall”, as a previous precedent regarding a charge that was half-on and only top-half-off of the underlying charge states:

[…in chief a dragon passant sable surmounted by a crescent gules] This device is returned for violating our restriction on “barely overall” charges. By precedent:

We will no longer return items for being barely overall if the area of overlap is small, the area of the overlap which projects beyond the edge of the underlying charge is also small, when the overall charge does not obscure significant portions of the outline of the underlying charge, and when identifiability is preserved. [Brunissende Dragonette de Broceliande, December 2008, A-East]

In this submission, the area of overlap is large and the area of overlap which projects beyond the edge of the underlying dragon is small. A properly drawn overall charge will lie upon the field on both sides of the underlying charge; the crescent here has only its horns on the field. If the crescent were a touch smaller, it could be considered a tertiary charge, but would then violate the rule of contrast. [Nikolaus Grünenwaldt, R-Caid, Feb 2012 LoAR]

This is a similar case and therefore this badge must be returned.

Brynniulfr Herleifsson. Augmentation of arms. Quarterly sable and vert a bear’s head erased and a bordure argent and for augmentation in base a quill pen fesswise argent enflamed proper.

This submission is returned for redraw. The augmentation was blazoned as “a quill pen fesswise argent enflamed proper” but the flames are not distinguishable.

Elianora Saunfayle. Augmentation of arms. Quarterly sable and vert, an annulet Or within a bordure argent, and as augmentation in dexter chief a quill pen bendwise argent enflamed proper.

This submission is returned for redraw. The augmentation was blazoned as “a quill pen fesswise argent enflamed proper” but the flames are not distinguishable.

Frøkn mac Cainnaig. Device. Per saltire purpure and vert, a saltire erminois, between in cross a Celtic cross and three griffins passant argent.

This device is returned for redraw, for violating SENA A2C2 which states “Elements must be drawn to be identifiable.” The ermine spots on the saltire are too small and have the appearance of diapering rather than strewn charges.

Tamura of the Saii. Name.

No documentation was provided to support the tribal byname of the Saii. The Academy of Saint Gabriel report cited in the Letter of Intent states, “In classical Greek sources, people are usually identified using their father’s name or an ethnic adjective that describes where they are from.” In the submitted name, the byname is constructed using the pattern of the [tribe]. Without additional documentation to show that this is a plausible byname, this name cannot be registered.

The tribe name Saii is found in classical Greek inscriptions around the Black Sea, so we are willing to give the submitter the benefit of the doubt that this tribe is a compatible culture under SENA. The given name Tamura is also found in inscriptions from the same area.

Wilhelm Michalik. Augmentation of arms. Sable, in fess a tree eradicated argent and another Or and for augmentation in base a quill pen argent enflamed proper.

This submission is returned for redraw. The augmentation was blazoned as “a quill pen fesswise argent enflamed proper” but the flames are not distinguishable.



August 1989

Snurri Pleieson. Alternate name Gabriel Sweettooth and badge. Sable, three mullets in fess argent.

Only the badge acceptance associated for this alternate name was listed in the Letter of Acceptances and Returns. While not stated explicitly, the alternate name was accepted at that time.

April 1999

Hróðgeirsfjörðr, Canton of. Branch name correction from Hróðgeirsfjöðrr, Canton of.

Submitted as Hróðgeirsfjörðr, Canton of, the substantive element was inadvertently registered as HróðgeirsfjörÐr in June 1998. In registering its device in November 1998, it was listed as Hróðgerisfjöðrr. A subsequent correction changed the name to Hróðgeirsfjöðrr in April 1999. It should have been registered as submitted.

April 2006

Mei Li. Name change from holding name Emily of Swordcliff.

Listed on the Letter of Acceptances and Returns as a new name, this was actually a change of holding name.



Silent Auction Fundraiser at Coronation

A Silent Auction will be held the day of Coronation. This is to be a fundraiser for the State Dinner at Pennsic which will be hosted this year by the Middle Kingdom.

We are trying to gather both unique and utilitarian items to put up for bid for this event. A sampling of those items so far includes:

  • A 6 foot silk banner, customized to your specifications
  • Clothing fitting by a Laurel/Professional Costume Designer
  • Handmade Pottery
  • Card Woven Trim
  • Handmade Needles and a Needle Binding Lesson

We have received promised donations of other goods or services but are still looking for more to help fill the coffers. If you are willing and able to participate in this worthy event, please contact Baroness Antonia at

Otherwise, check out the auction table at Coronation – bid often and bid high!

Children’s Activities at Martial RUM

CALLING FOR VOLUNTEERS! Mistress Cerridwen is looking for volunteers to help with the Pied Piping of children during the evening court at Marital RUM/Southern Oaken A&S this weekend in the Barony of Flame. Parents, youths, and the rest of the populace enjoy and appreciate the efforts and service to Their Majesties. If you are willing and able to help, please let her know! It is painless and fun!

At the designated time as indicated by Their Majesties, at least two adults (one must be SCA background checked) will take the Youth and the treasure chest out of Court. The Youths can play games, do crafts, whatever and then get a prize from the chest (good incentive to do last). Mistress Cerridwen will gladly help with ideas for crafts and games.

Interested parties may contact Mistress Cerridwen at the event.

Order of Defense Name, Badge, and Regalia Registered

Greetings unto all who read these words,

The Laurel King of Arms has just published a special Letter of Acceptances and Returns (LoAR) for the items related to the Order of Defense. I have clipped out a lot of the discussion of procedural stuff. Because the last peerage was created in 1972 and the first set of written rules for the College of Arms came out in 1982 there was not a lot of precedents or procedures relating to the registration of items for peerages and significant discussion revolved around that.

The information below is taken from both the cover letter and the acceptance letter. I recommend reading the entire LoAR.  If you would like to read the letter in its entirety it can be found here http://heraldry.sca.org/loar/2015/04s/

Society for Creative Anachronism. Order name Order of Defense and badge. (Tinctureless) Three rapiers in pall inverted tips crossed.

Appearing in the Letter of Intent as Order of Defence, the preferred spelling is Order of Defense. The spellings defence and defense are used interchangeably in our period [see the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), s.v. defence]. We have changed the name to the desired spelling, with the caveat that both spellings are acceptable and can be used according to the desires of the kingdom and the individual companions of the order.

The badge of the Order is registered as tinctureless. We recognize that it has been long-standing policy to not register tinctureless armory outside of Herald’s Seals. However, given that the majority of the armory and regalia for the Peerage orders are tinctureless, we have afforded the same standing to the badge registered herein.


Society for Creative Anachronism. Regalia for Order of Defense. (Fieldless) A white livery collar.

Submitted as (Fieldless) A white livery collar, bearing the badge of the Order of Defence, commentary indicated that requiring to recognize a specific badge hanging from the collar would decrease identifiability of the members of the order.

The white livery collar is registered and protected as regalia only. Similarly to the laurel wreath of the Order of the Laurel, it is not registered as a badge and cannot be registered on armory for the members of the Order of Defense.

In acknowledgement of the diverse forms and ornamentation that livery collars may possess, we decline to specify a type for the Order, just as we do not specify anything beyond a white belt for the Order of the Chivalry. In order to be considered regalia, the collar itself must be white.

Much like the superprotection of the white belt as regalia for the Order of Chivalry does not prevent the populace from wearing belts of other colors or metal, the superprotection of a white livery collar for the Order of Defense does not mean that members of the populace cannot wear livery collars of another color or metal livery collars, including those made of silver.


The phrase Academy of Defense is a historical term used by fencing schools, and is used by multiple SCA branches to refer to both educational events and fencing practices. A registration of Order of Defense would “superprotect” the term Defense under NPN4B2 of SENA, preventing further uses of X of Defense and limiting the use of Defense in both non-personal and personal names in future registrations:

Order and award names may not include the names of the peerage orders or overt references to famous knightly orders such as the Garter. Other types of non-personal names may only use such elements in contexts where no reference to the order is likely to be perceived by members of the order and the general populace.

However, in acknowledgement of the traditions of excellence that many branches have displayed in educating their populace on period rapier combat, the SCA Board of Directors has granted permission for the use of Academy of Defense or Academy of Defence by any branch, and only branches, in the future.


We note the following acceptable styles for members of the Order: X, Master of the Order of Defense, and X, Master of Defense. On the question of post-nomial abbreviations (the practice of putting initials for awards behind one’s name), we decline to specify an abbreviation as this practice is post-period.


Border Skirmish A&S

Border Skirmish is looking for class instructors for the event, held in Elkhorn, WI (about 1/2 hour from the IL border) on Saturday, June 13th. The classes can be on any SCA subject and will be held in the building where the tavern is (same place as last year) about 5 min walk from the fighting.

Classes can be as long as you wish as long as they are held between 10AM and 4PM. There can be up to 3 classes in the building at the same time. The building has tables, chairs, electricity and water. If you would like to teach, please email  with a brief description of the class, preferred time, class length, fee and any limitations on the # of students, so it can be put on the event website.

There will also be two A&S competitions: one for laurels and one for non-laurels. The laurel competition will be a standard bean count where everybody can have the chance to choose the work they like best. The non-laurel competition will be judged by any laurels who choose to judge. Each laurel will get one vote for the work they like best. They will also get a sheet of paper for each item entered. On that sheet they can write what they liked about the entry and suggestions for improvement for the entry. Those sheets go back to the entrant.

The competitions will open at 10AM and close at 4PM. They will be in the same building as the classes. The prize for each will be an embroidered scroll. The plan is to award the scrolls at court.

There are no restrictions on what can be entered, laurel or non-laurel. Documentation is optional although it might be nice to get your documentation looked at by laurels. If you entered the A&S Faire, feel free to reenter the entry you liked best into this competition.

There will also be an area for A&S near the merchants where one can set up an area to work on their A&S or have a period day camp. If you would like to teach a class there, you can. However whatever you want to have their, you have to bring with you. That includes tent, tables, chairs, etc. It’s basically just going to be a stretch of grass – which is pretty period.

Help a university student with a poll

Unto the Good Gentles reading this missive, come hearty greetings and wishes of good health, a full larder, and much prosperity!

My name is Jeff Diaz, known within the Society as Herr Gotfrid von Schwaben, and I am a graduate student at Central Michigan University. As my final project, I am conducting a feasibility study examining the opening of a pottery merchant company within the SCA.

Because you are Gentles contributing within the Society, I invite you to participate in this research study and ask you to complete the attached survey. Please click the following link http://goo.gl/forms/8i4nHM6cPS to access the web-based survey.

The following questionnaire will require approximately five to ten minutes to complete. There is no compensation for responding nor is there any known risk. In order to ensure that all information will remain confidential, please do not include your name. Copies of the project will be provided to my Central Michigan University instructor. If you choose to participate in this project, please answer all questions as honestly as possible. Participation is strictly voluntary and you may discontinue participation at any time.

Thank you for taking the time to assist me in my educational endeavors. The data collected will provide useful information regarding marketing opportunities within various major events hosted by several SCA Kingdoms. Completion of the questionnaire will indicate your willingness to participate in this study. If would like a summary copy of this study, if you require additional information, or if you have questions, please contact me at the number listed below. Please allow for time zone differences, as I currently reside in Hawaii.

If you are not satisfied with the manner in which this study is being conducted, you may report (anonymously if you so choose) any complaints to the MSA Program, 989-774-6525 or 1-800-950-1144, ext. *6525

Ich dien,
Jeffrey M. Diaz
Phone: 808-772-4592

Silve Ceilidh Court Report

From the hands of Tsar Cadogan & Tsaritsa AnnMarie, the following awards were given to these worthy individuals:

  • Orn Askelsson – Purple Fret
  • Gwennan Myngrudd – Sapphire
  • Master Dafydd Blaidd – Royal Augment (Lunula)
  • Acelin of the Wild – Royal Augment (Perun)
  • Rosie (dog) – Award of Paws
  • Meriel Fitzwilliam – Dragon’s Heart
  • Mistress Mary of Garrett of Seasalter – Dragon’s Heart
  • Antony Wolverton – AOA
  • Evja Haerulfskona – Willow
  • Helena Svendottir – Baton
  • Lucy Svendottir – Dragon’s Treasure
  • Uthan Loach – Dragons Barb
  • Muira Makoto – Dragon’s Barb (reread into Court from Better War)