Known World Academy of the Rapier and Costuming Symposium

The Known World Costuming Symposium and the Known World Academy of the Rapier are returning to the Midlands!

Join us at the DoubleTree by Hilton Libertyville from November 13-15! There will be classes, tourneys, court, merchants, and a lot of fun!

You can reserve a room two ways – go to and register using GROUP code KWA, or call 847-949-5100 or 800-222-TREE and use GROUP code KWA.

Kai Tseng will be Dean of the Rapier Academy, and Acelina of Dorelai will be Dean of the Costuming Academy. Please contact them with any questions or comments about classes, or to volunteer to teach. Contact Baroness Nadezda (Merril Miller) for Royalty questions.

The Facebook page for the event may be found at

Her Majesty calls Her People to Gulf Wars

Good people,

Today I saw the sun. Oh how I have missed her warmth & light! I implored His Majesty to not let the Sun escape Our Kingdom again. To that end he is taking me on campaign southward to conquer winter & bring back spring. All those that would assist in this cause don your finest Pale livery and join Us as We venture to Gleann Ahbann for Gulf Wars.

Her Royal Majesty AnnMarie

Tournament of Defense to be held at Grand Tourney of the Unicorn

Their Royal Majesties, Cadogan and AnnMarie, would like to invite the populous of the Middle Kingdom to the first ever Tournament of Defense, a tournament of prowess and honor as has not been seen on the Rapier lists before. We ask the Warders of the kingdom to come, fight, and teach so that the Known World may know the skill of our rapier fighters.

For more information and the day’s rapier schedule, please refer to the event website:

Update to Equestrians membership requirement

Effective immediately – You are no longer required to have an SCA membership to ride at Official practices (unless you are authorizing at a practice). You also no longer need to have a membership to ground crew. You will still be required to have a valid SCA membership to authorize and ride at events. We are keeping more in line with heavy fighting/rapier. All participants must still sign the equestrian waiver if they wish to participate in equestrian activities, including ground crewing.

If you have printed off the 2015 handbook, just get a marker and cross out the requirement for ground crew/practices. I will be updating the handbook and re-releasing it in the next few days.

Baroness Zuriel Aurelius Nightshade, Middle Kingdom Equestrian Officer

Official Missive – Their Royal Highnesses – March


Unto the beloved populace of the Middle Kingdom come greetings from your Prince and Princess.

Sitting the Dragon Thrones is a lofty goal. It is also a position requiring great effort, as the Royalty are the highest servants of the People. If this is a position you would seek to gain for yourself and your consort, present yourselves before Us as participants in Our Crown Tournament on May 24, 2015. The following are Our requirements for Our Crown Tournament.

For both combatant and consort:

  • You must possess a minimum of an Award of Arms, or equivalent.
  • Provide to Us a recommendation from a Peer of Our Realm, unless the combatant or consort is already a Peer.
  • A boast, to be presented by your herald, as you are called before Us. It is to be no longer than 20 seconds.

For combatants:

  • No obvious modern equipment or clothing exposed.
  • No weapons over six feet in length.
  • No war shields. We expect you to take the field using the shield with which you would normally fight in tournaments.

The tournament will begin after a pool tournament to narrow the number of combatants down to 16, or down to 32, if more than 32 are present. After this, it will be a standard double elimination tournament. Upon narrowing the field to two combatants, the finals will be the best of three passes. The first two passes will be matched weapon styles. The style of the first pass will be chosen by the lower-ranking combatant; the second by the higher-ranking combatant. The final pass, should it be needed, will have each combatant choosing their own weapon style. Our kingdom has had many honorable Crown Tournaments due to the comportment of the individual combatants and consorts, both on and off the field. We are looking forward with anticipation to once again witnessing this worthy display.

There is another display that will be happening at Our Crown Tournament event for which We are equally excited to see. Kingdom Arts and Sciences will be taking place on the May 23, 2015, the day before the tournament. Join Us in marveling at the remarkable creations of our wonderful artists.

Your servants,

Ragnvaldr III



Arabella III


Official Missive – Their Royal Majesties – March

Greetings and salutations to the people of the mighty Middle Kingdom from Their Majesties, Cadogan and AnnMarie.

As the icy grip of winter begins to lighten, We welcome home all of those who made the journey to Gulf Wars with Us. We hope that your time there was enjoyable and safe. We look forward to hearing the stories of war and merriment.

Next, as most of you have heard, the Board of Directors has gathered in an emergency meeting and voted to include a new peerage to the SCA. This new peerage is for rapier and cut and thrust activities, and those elevated will be known as Masters of Defense.

This is truly an exciting time to be in the SCA, and We know that there will be many watching and waiting to see how this new peerage is unveiled and develops to further serve the dream within the Kingdom and the Society.

We realize that things are changing, but we believe that change can sometimes be for the good. As always, we appreciate the faith that Our populace puts in us to care for your hopes and dreams. All we do, We do to serve the greater glory of the Society and Dragon realm.

Draco Invictus.



What Are We Looking For?

So, now that we’ve got the Midrealm Gazette, what do we do with it?

Simple. We will publish things you send us: Examples:

  • Event Announcements
  • Event Reports
  • Court Reports
  • Officer’s Missives
  • Articles on medieval topics
  • Articles on Midrealm topics
  • Photos, including photos illustrating articles
  • et cetera…

While we can’t guarantee we can use everything, we can use a lot. If you have something you think might be of interest to a wider community in the Kingdom, feel free to send it. We’ll work with you to get it in shape and publish it.

If you have something you’d like to see published, send it to us at .

Announcing The Midrealm Gazette! Call for volunteers!

Following the model of the very successful East Kingdom Gazette and Aethelmearc Gazette, I have launched the Midrealm Gazette at . This is intended to be a central source of timely information for the Kingdom. While it is not an official publication of the Society, my intent is to make it as authoritative and as reliable as possible. All members of the Midrealm and the Society will be invited to submit items of interest for publication.

To do this successfully, I will need help. I’m looking to build a team of volunteer editors. Ideally, we should have one from each of the kingdom’s regions, as well as one from each of the major interest areas. You can see a list at . Editors would not be limited to their particular area. Our plan is that editors will be able to answer questions, reach out to their specific community for more information when needed and be aware of events we should cover. And, given that the Midrealm is so interconnected, sometimes it will be likely that another editor is the one with the information. It’s good to have editors in a variety of locations and with many interests, but we will be flexible about who covers what.

The qualities we are looking for in editors are:

  • Comfort with computers and the internet
  • Common sense
  • Knowledge of current events in the kingdom and their implications
  • Ability to recognize if a submission needs rewriting and turn a submission into an article

If this sounds like something you might be interested in working on, contact me directly (via private message on Facebook, or via email to phil [at] for more details.

Communication channels have become scattered and uncertain for Kingdom members. There are many social media options available, which means that no one option is primary. Given the way Facebook decides to show (or not show) posts to any one person, we cannot rely on it as a guaranteed way to send information out to the Kingdom at large. Plus, viewing Facebook posts requires people be members of Facebook, for good or ill. The Middlebridge email list is defunct, while fewer and fewer people look to email as their principal communications platform. The Pale, while still the official communications vehicle for the Kingdom, is not well-suited for current events. Meanwhile, the Gazette online news blog model has been running in the East Kingdom for a couple of years now and seems to be turning into a success story. It’s a good time to bring this concept to the Middle Kingdom.

Send your submissions to

Yours in service to the Midrealm and the Society,

Master Philip the Pilgrim, OP

(please distribute widely)