Monthly Archive: March 2015

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)


Free Art Books From The Metropolitan Museum of Art

You could pay $118 on Amazon for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s catalog The Art of Illumination: The Limbourg Brothers and the Belles Heures of Jean de France, Duc de Berry. Or you could pay $0 to download it at MetPublications, the site offering “five decades of Met Museum publications on art history available to read, download, and/or search for free.” If that strikes you as an obvious choice, prepare to spend some serious time browsing MetPublications’ collection of free art books and catalogs.


Pennsic Queens’ Favor Step-by-Step Photo Tutorial

favorPay heed, good gentles of the Middle Kingdom, for we have been charged with a task from on high. Princess Arabella and her counterpart in the East, Princess Etheldreda, wish to mark the solidarity of Their two kingdoms as we approach war with AEthelmearc this summer. To that end, They are asking the populace of both Kingdoms to create favors and They have chosen a design that features the mighty dragon of the Middle Kingdom and the fierce tyger of the East, as was reported in February by our friends at the

To further this mission and encourage anyone who is willing to contribute, I created a step-by-step photo tutorial showing how to make the Queens’ Favor from start to finish for members of my barony. Those outside my barony have inquired about it, and so, with Her Highness’s approval, I include it here on the new Midrealm Gazette so that any group or individual wishing to contribute may do so. If you create a favor on your own, you may mail it to Baroness Una (with enough time to arrive well before Pennsic 44) to the address listed here:

Grand Tournament of the Unicorn updates

Good evening, all! Ameline Rossi, Event Steward, come bearing numerous items of interest concerning Grand Tourney of the Unicorn, including PRE-REGISTRATION, PARKING, and HOTELS!

  1. Pre-registration is open at ACCEPS now! Pre-registration will be open until April 11, 2015–by pre-registering you’ll not only speed up the troll-in process, but also receive $2 off entry.
  2. Miami University requires you to have a permit at all times while parking on campus. This year, rather than picking them up at troll, you can download the permit from the GTU website and print it out prior to leaving home! We will still have permits available at troll as well, but you are welcome to print them out prior to save time and hassle.
  3. We have a block of rooms reserved at the Springhill Suites just off of I-275. It’s about 30 minutes away from Oxford, but with everything going on around the area that weekend, it’s the closest we could get. Here’s the hotel’s website; its address is 12001 Chase Plaza Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45240. Mention “SCA,” “GTU,” or “Unicorn” to get our room block, which is $92/night (including complimentary breakfast!). The hotel’s phone number to reserve is (513) 825-9035. You must call to get into the Unicorn room block.As always, we are still looking for both CLASSES and MERCHANTS! Contact Cayla Brakers for classes and Louis Krieger for merchanting.

In Service, Ameline Rossi

New forms for Heraldic submissions

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

The Middle Kingdom has just issued new forms for heraldic submissions. Starting on April 1st any submissions received must use the new forms or they will be returned and new forms requested. These new forms are now the ones available on the Midrealm Herald Website:

Please discontinue the use of all old forms. The new forms should have Laurel v. 3.0; Middle v1.0 (Laurel Approved 10 Dec 2014) at the bottom of the form and “v3_rev1” as part of the file name. 

The previous forms will be accepted until the end of March so if you have a submission worked up that you have not yet sent in you want to send them off to the Escutcheon Herald immediately to avoid having to redo them on the new forms.

Please pass this missive on to your groups.

In Service I Remain,

Konrad Rouge Scarpe

Heraldic Notifications Backlog

Greetings Lords and Ladies of the Midrealm.
I hope this missive finds you well, as many are returning from the War in the Southern Lands. I am the Heraldic Submissions Deputy for the Middle Kingdom. As I finished notifications this morning, I noticed quite a large number of notifications that have not yet been retrieved. If you have made a heraldic submission in the last year or so and your email username is in the list below, you have an unretrieved notification. Many of these have ended up in Gentle’s Spam Folders due to the sender name being “Apache” if you could please check your notifications, or get back to me offline to let me know I can delete the unretrieved notification, I would be greatly appreciative. 

Below is a list of email usernames (its how the College sorts them on the notifications pages) of notifications not yet retrieved.

  • barringer.11
  • caitlyn.smallwood (2 notifications)
  • Cellach
  • chrsitian.dexavier
  • clevelandgamer
  • derbert24 (2 notifications)
  • DHaynes11
  • Dixie.Needle
  • duchessaislinn
  • dwood2love (2 notifications)
  • eacopen (2 notifications)
  • erikson.lena (4 notifications)
  • fadrogil
  • firedragin
  • gesshuko.seto (2 notifications)
  • hopehoover
  • hpatton (2 notifications)
  • hughes4855 (2 notifications)
  • IantheGreen01
  • kapethna
  • kate.reis.7
  • katerinfg
  • katrinfg (2 notifications, is this the same person as above?)
  • kitonlove (2 notifications)
  • lady.elizabethe
  • lordeamon (2 notifications)
  • lordlildud (4 notifications)
  • mbnash13 (2 notifications)
  • mkozicki (2 notifications)
  • MnM8myname (2 notifications)
  • mtoje
  • nispunks (2 notifications)
  • oswyn969
  • pearly_unicorn
  • pigeon
  • roninwolf (4 notifications)
  • scott.c.cuva (3 notifications)
  • scottishwarrioraiden (2 notifications)
  • shadow_matrix0101 (2 notifications)
  • smiles4100 (2 notifications)
  • smoidel (2 notifications)
  • starwolf7070 (2 notifications)
  • sylvanoak
  • Taslen2000 (2 notifications)
  • tegangdh
  • uberpessimist

Thank you.

In Service to the Dragon Thrones and the College of Arms

Jean Yves Opinicus
jean.yves.dechierebourg AT gmail DOT com

Omnibus Peerage Proposal Submitted to SCA Board of Directors

Duchess Tessa the Huntress of the Kingdom of Aethelmearc announced that the final proposal for the creation of an omnibus peerage for all martial arts under the purview of the Earl Marshal, with the exception of rattan and rapier, was submitted to the Board of Directors of the SCA today. An earlier request had been made for space on the agenda for the April board meeting, pending submittal of the proposal. The meeting will be held on April 18 in Covington, KY in the Kingdom of the Middle. More information on attending the meeting can be found here.Badge

The proposal for the new peerage was created by a multi-Kingdom steering committee, with input from the 850+ member Martial Peerage Facebook group. The proposed name for the peerage is the Order of Valiance, with a proposed badge as seen here.

The full text of the proposal can be found here.

Anyone interested in writing in support of this proposal can contact the Board at .

[This article originally appeared in The Aethelmearc Gazette.]


April Electronic Edition of The Pale Available to Subscribers

ThePale-04-2015-CoverLet the word go forth that the electronic edition of the April issue of The Pale, the official newsletter of the Middle Kingdom, is available to download by those readers who have purchased a sustaining or international membership in the SCA.

The April issue features a wonderfully epic cover provided by THL Gunnar Sigurdsson, the recently retired editor of The Pale.

Included in the April Issue are:

  • Official missives From Their Majesties and our Kingdom Exchequer
  • A photo gallery from the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre in February
  • Court reports from Festival of Maidens, Better War Through Archery, and St. Valentine’s Day Massacre
  • A job listing for the Primary Deputy to the Middle Kingdom Minister of Arts and Sciences
  • The first two parts of an article on Making Loaner Clothing for All Sizes: Introducing and Designing the “Gold Key Line”
  • A list of the SCA Inc. Board of Directors Nominees
  • Middle Kingdom Event Ads and Previews, including Coronation and Crown Tournament
  • A listing of the events being held in the Middle Kingdom in April, May, June, and July 2015
  • The directory of seneschals in the Middle Kingdom

E-newsletters are available only to those who have purchased a sustaining  membership or an international membership.

Here’s a quick reminder about how to access the newsletters, if you have the appropriate membership. You’ll start by visiting the newsletter web site:

There you’ll be greeted with a login screen. You’ll need your membership number and password. (The initial password is the word “start”, all lowercase. It is recommended that you change the password to something more secure the first time you use the site.)

Once you’ve provided that you’ll see a window with a list of all the publications available. You can access not only The Pale, but the newsletters of all the Kingdoms, and the Board of Directors meeting minutes. Click on the name of the Kingdom or other publication you want, and on the next screen you’ll see all the newsletters for that Kingdom, all the way back to the first electronic issues.

If you have trouble accessing the site, your next step should be to contact Membership Services to check the status of your membership. You can find all the contact information on the SCA web site:

Submissions for the May issue are due March 25. Please visit for submissions guidelines for The Pale. We are always seeking photographs and articles!

January Laurel Herald’s Letter

Master Konrad Milander, Rouge Scarp Herald writes:

Greetings, The January Laurel Letter of Acceptances and returns was just published. This includes the second half of the Pennsic submissions. If you submitted at Pennsic and your item is not here check the December LoAR. If it is not on either, feel free to contact me.

Official notifications will be emailed. The emails come from which sometimes gets caught in SPAM filters. If you are waiting on notification it is a good idea to add that address to your address book.

The LoAR’s can be found here: and January should be up soon.

Middle Acceptances

Aiden MacManus. Name and device. Per chevron argent and vert, two axes addorsed sable and a deer’s head erased affronty argent. Submitted as Aiden McManus, the spelling of the given name was changed in kingdom to Aidan MacManus to match the documentation that could be found. In addition, the scribal abbreviation Mc- was expanded to Mac-. The submitted spelling Aiden is found as a surname in late period northern England in the FamilySearch Historical Records, so can be registered as a given name. Therefore, we have restored the given name to the submitted form. As we do not register scribal abbreviations, we are unable to restore the byname. This name combines an English given name and Anglicized Irish byname. This is an acceptable lingual mix under Appendix C of SENA.

Aislinn Celine de Richemont. Device. Argent, a domestic cat sejant sable gorged of a ducal coronet Or within a wreath of roses proper. The submitter is Companion of the Order of the Rose and a duchess and thus allowed to the use of the wreath of roses and ducal coronet in her arms. Alianor bat Asriel. Device. Purpure, in pale two camels couchant Or, a bordure Or semy of roses purpure.

Ameline Rossi. Name and device. Azure, a compass rose Or and a tierce argent ermined azure. This name combines a French given name and Italian byname. This is an acceptable lingual mix under Appendix C of SENA. There is a step from period practice for the use of a tierce with any other charges.

Anna Katharina Spenglerin. Name and device. Purpure, a chevron ployé vert interlaced with a chevron inverted ployé azure all fimbriated argent. The submitter requested authenticity for a German name. Ælfwynn Leoflæde dohtor documented both given names, the byname, and the pattern of double given names to the 1580s in the FamilySearch Historical Records. Therefore, this is authentic for 16th century Germany, meeting the submitter’s request. Precedent tells that there is a step from period practice for having an overall charge surmount a fimbriated ordinary. The same applies here as each fimbriated ordinary is partially overlying the other one.

Ása knýtir. Name. This name does not conflict with the registration Disa Knýtir. One syllable in the given name has been substantially changed under PN3C2 of SENA.

Bartholomaeus Sapiens. Name.

Benedicta of Cynnabar. Name and device. Azure, three lace bobbins argent. Cynnabar is the registered name of an SCA branch. This device does not conflict with the device of Vincenzo di Bartolomeo da Brescia: Azure, three quavers argent. Although lace bobbins are not found in period heraldry, there is a SC between quavers and properly depicted lace bobbins.

Caitrina Rowan. Name and device. Quarterly azure and vert, in bend two horses courant Or. This name is clear of the registered Kaithren Rowand. A syllable has been added to the given name under PN3C2 of SENA. It is also clear of the registered Katryna Robyn, as both syllables of the byname have been changed under PN3C1 of SENA.

Cellach macCormaic. Device change. Per pale argent and lozengy argent and azure, a stag rampant azure gorged of a coronet Or, and on a chief azure three Maltese crosses argent. The submitter is a count and thus entitled to the use of a coronet. The submitter’s old device, Quarterly per fess indented argent and azure, two stags springing azure, is released.

Charles Gotz Furboter. Name and device. Argent crusilly latin, a labyrinth sable. Submitted as Charles Gotz Fürböter, the attested form of the byname is Furboter, without the umlauts. We have changed the byname to this form match the documentation.

Flame, Barony of the. Order name Award of Embers of the Flame. The phrase the Flame is the registered name of an SCA branch. Flame, Barony of the. Order name Award of the Gold Flame. This does not conflict with the registered Order of the Golden Flame. One syllable has been removed, under PN3C2 of SENA.

Flame, Barony of the. Badge for Award of the Flambeau d’Or. Sable, an arm fesswise issuant from sinister proper sustaining a torch Or enflamed proper.

Folkráðr Freyríksson. Name and device. Argent, a wolf’s head couped contourny and a bordure engrailed sable. Submitted as Folkraðr Freyríksson, the name appeared in the Letter of Intent as Folkraðr Freyriksson (without the accent in the byname). The submitter requested the form Folkráðr Freyríksson. As the preferred form uses accents consistently throughout the name, as required, we have made this change in order to register this name.

Genevieve de Mirabel. Name and device. Per pall Or, gules and azure, three ermine spots sable, argent and argent. The submitter requested authenticity for a French name. Genevieve was dated in the Letter of Intent to France in 1292. It is also dated between 1477 and 1619 in Aryanhwy merch Catmael’s article, “Late Period French Feminine Names” ( The byname de Mirabel was documented in the Letter of Intent as an English name. In commentary, Orle found this byname in Jean de Serres, Mémoires de la troisième guerre civile, et des derniers troubles de France, dated to 1571 (p. 328; This name is authentic to 16th century France, so meets the submitter’s request.

Gwenllian verch Rhydderch Annwyl. Badge. (Fieldless) Two carrots in saltire Or leaved vert.

Heather Grey. Name and device. Quarterly vert and sable, a thistle head and in chief three butterflies Or. The use of just the head of a thistle is a step from period practice.

Hroþgar þe Smið. Reblazon of device. Argent, a triskelion of spirals gules between three mullets sable. Registered in October 1997 as Argent, a triskelion gules between three mullets sable, the central charge is actually a triskelion of spirals.

Isaac Fynn. Name and device. Vert, a sun in his splendor Or eclipsed gules. Nice late period English name! Nice device!

Lars Vilhjalmsson. Reblazon of device. Per pale sable and vert, an owl affronty argent sustaining in its talons a sword fesswise reversed proper. Reblazoned on May 2006 as Per pale sable and vert, a snowy owl affronty perched on and sustaining a sword fesswise reversed, all proper, we are clarifying the tincture of the owl.

Lasairfhíona Macalpin. Name. This name combines an Irish Gaelic given name and Scots byname. This is an acceptable lingual mix under Appendix C of SENA.

Lucius Isenwolf Kress. Name and device. Quarterly gules and sable, a wolf rampant contourny argent charged on the shoulder with a butterfly vert. Submitted as Lucius Eisen Wulf Kress, the submitter requested the name Lucius Eisenwulf Kress if it could be justified, and allowed a change to Lucius Isinwulf Kress if necessary for registration. Ælfwynn Leoflæde dohtor documented Lucius in 10th century Germany in Seibicke and in the late 12th century in Socin, with Kresse found in 1290 in Bahlow. However, the prototheme Eisen- is a modern form of the period Isen-, with examples found in Socin. Socin also includes period examples of -wolf as a deuterotheme. We have changed the name to Lucius Isenwolf Kresse to register this name.

Megen Archerswyf. Device. Azure, a unicorn’s head couped argent and on a chief wavy argent three fleurs-de-lys purpure. Please advise the submitter to draw the waves of the chief with more amplitude.

Michael Rhys Armitage. Alternate name Michael Eremita da Corilione.

Michael Rhys Armitage. Badge change (see RETURNS for other badge). Vert, a swan rousant wings displayed argent collared and chained Or, a bordure compony gules and argent. The submitter’s old badge, Vert semy-de-lys Or, a swan rousant argent collared and chained Or, a bordure compony gules and argent, is released.

Muriel Macsonn. Name and device. Barry wavy argent and azure, on a chief wavy azure a dove volant argent maintaining an olive branch vert.

Mychell Urquhart. Device (see RETURNS for badge). Vert, a mermaid sustaining in her dexter hand a sword and maintaining in her sinister hand a palm frond Or.

Norman Fraunceys. Name and device. Sable, a bend gules fimbriated between four broad-arrows inverted argent. The submitter requested authenticity for “1350 England Man at Arms”. This request was not summarized in the Letter of Intent. Luckily for the submitter, we had enough information to consider this request instead of pending the name for further discussion. The given name Norman is the expected vernacular form of the Latinized Normannus, found in ‘Close Rolls, October 1254’, Calendar of Close Rolls, Henry III (Vol. 8, 1253-1254, ed. A E Stamp, pp. 278-283;…/…/pp278-283). Therefore, it is likely that this is the case for the 1332 instance cited in the Letter of Intent as well. As both elements are documented to England in 1332, this name is authentic for the 14th century, just earlier than the submitter’s desired 1350 date. As men-at-arms are named just like everyone else, it’s plausible for that request as well.

Órlaith inghean Íomhair. Name (see RETURNS for device). Submitted as Órlaith inghean Íomhar, the name was changed in kingdom to Órlaith inghean Íomhair in order to use the genitive (possessive) form of the father’s name. Nice 13th century Irish Gaelic name!

{O,}rn Áskelsson. Badge. (Fieldless) On a mountain of three peaks couped gules a wolf’s head erased argent.

{O,}rn Áskelsson. Badge. (Fieldless) On a mountain of three peaks couped azure a wolf’s head erased argent.

Porcia Vera. Name.

Porcia Vera. Alternate name

Æthelflæd Ricbert. Ricbert is used as an unmarked patronym in this name. Previous precedent states: This name uses an unmarked patronymic in Old English. In October of 2008, Laurel ruled: On the basis of these examples, we can conclude that unmarked patronyms based on Old English names were rare but not non-existent in the middle of the 11th century. We rule that an Old English masculine name can be used as an unmarked patronymic byname when there is evidence that the name was in use when this pattern is found, i.e., we allow it for names which were in use in the middle of the 11th century or later.

[Brada Æthelward, July 2010, A-Æthelmearc] Ricbert is dated to the 8th century (in the form Ricberht), before the time when this pattern was found. However, the pattern of unmarked patronyms in Old English is found in Appendix A of SENA. We will not penalize a submitter for using the new standards, and can register this name as submitted. The submitter may wish to know that the more likely form of the patronym would be Ricbertsdohtor or Ricberhtsdohtor. We note that Æthelflæd is a standardized Old English form of this name. Attested spellings include Æþelflæd or Æðelflæd. However, the submitted spelling is also registerable.

Rocco Barbarossa. Name and device. Per fess sable and gules, a chess rook argent. The Letter of Intent stated that Rocco is the submitter’s legal given name. However, neither a copy of the submitter’s driver’s license nor an attestation by two witnesses was provided, as required per the July 2012 Cover Letter. (Only the submissions herald witnessed the document.) Luckily for the submitter, Rocco is also a mid- to late-15th century Italian given name. Therefore, it can be combined with the 17th century German Barbarossa (itself of Italian origin) under Appendix C of SENA. The byname is also found in Germany in the late 12th century. The submitter has permission to conflict with the badge of William FitzBubba, Sable, a chess rook argent and the badge of Salaamallah the Corpulent Tierced in pall sable, gules and vert, a chess rook argent. Nice device!

Rocco Barbarossa. Augmentation of arms. Per fess sable and gules, a chess rook argent and for augmentation in dexter chief an estoile pierced Or.

Rose de la Cumbe. Name. Nice 13th century English name!

Setoi Gentarou Masamune. Name and device. Vert, three triangles conjoined one and two within and conjoined to an annulet argent.

Sigrún Ormsdóttir. Name and device. Per bend sinister purpure and sable, an eagle rising and a dragon segreant, a bordure Or.

Sile inghean ui Raghallaigh. Name and device. Vert, a bagpipe Or between three quatrefoil knots argent. The submitter requested authenticity for a Gaelic name. This name is authentic to Ireland in the 16th century, and meets the submitter’s request. Please advise the submitter to draw the quatrefoil knots thicker so they are more visible.

Spurius Furius Germanus. Name and device. Sable, a fess gules fimbriated between a feather fesswise and a gladius fesswise argent.

Toth Bálint. Name and device. Per chevron gules and vert, a clenched gauntlet sustaining a crescent Or.

Tuathlaith ingen uí Lochlainn. Device change. Vert, a coney courant bendwise to sinister base Or and a chief checky azure and argent. Please instruct the submitter that the head and ears should be entirely in profile and should not overlap the body of the rabbit, so that it does not appear to be in trian aspect. The submitter’s old device, Vert semy of acorns argent, a coney courant contourny Or, is released.

Victorius Suspectus. Device change. Gules, on a cushion argent a horse’s head erased sable. The submitter’s old device, Sable, a bend nebuly argent, is released.

William Alexander Larchier. Name and device. Per fess Or and sable, a fess embattled counterembattled between three fleurs-de-lys counterchanged.

Middle Returns

Michael Rhys Armitage. Badge. Argent, a winged demi-lion rampant gules maintaining an open book argent bound sable issuant from a ford proper. This device is returned for redraw. Maintained charges are required to have “some” contrast and the book is argent on argent. On redesign, please advise the submitter to adjust the size of the elements to make it more clear whether the blue and white is a ford or the bottom of a per fess wavy field and whether the book is a maintained (small) charge or a sustained (large) charge.

Mychell Urquhart. Badge. (Fieldless) A gillyflower Or seeded gules slipped and leaved vert conjoined in base to two palm fronds in chevron inverted Or. This badge is returned for redraw, for violating SENA A2C2 which states “Elements must be drawn to be identifiable.” Commenters could not identify the palm fronds in this submission.

Órlaith inghean Íomhair. Device. Argent, a squirrel rampant sable sustaining a roundel Or. This device must be returned for a contrast issue. As a sustained charge, the roundel must have good contrast with the field.