November 2015 Edition


From the Baron...


Unto the Populace of Selviergard,

Both the Fall Fling and Samhain events this past month were quite exciting and fun to attend. This past month we found our new Archery Champion, trick-or-treated with the youth, ate fine foods, played silly games, and got to enjoy each the others company. Thank you to the Autocrats for those two events; your skills in autocrating and ability to make fun things happen for the rest of us is greatly appreciated!

The month of November brings us the Arts and Sciences Extravaganza here in the Barony of Selviergard. This opportunity allows us to come together, learn new things, and work on projects together. This is not only a wonderful time to work on baronial projects, but some of your own personal projects as well. Consider this an chance to start or plan your entries into the Principality Arts and Sciences Competition, or work on that new clothing accessory you've been wanting to finish for years, or perhaps learn something new, or even be inspired by other peoples projects.

With Oertha's Winter Coronet fast approaching I am looking for award recommendations to give unto the Royalty. If you know of somebody in our group who is greatly deserving of recognition, please contact me and let me know. While I try to be everywhere at once it is quite a difficult task to observe everything and I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that Selviergard is home to many skilled and hard working individuals who should indeed be recognized.

In Service,


Barônos of Selviergard


From the Prince...


Greetings to the noble and honorable Fighters of Oertha!

You stand second to none in prowess on the field of combat and in Fealty to Our King and Queen, as well as Our beloved Kingdom of the West. This is a token we wear with pride for decades beyond our own years.

Oertha shall stand long after we have passed to the winds, and our children's generations have taken our torch in honor of these lands. Pride in our lands comes by rite of passage, and for us that passage is by Right of Arms!  The terms of combat have been declared for the Winter Coronet tournament.

The questions asked of the Coronet to date have been answered. I applaud you all for your respect of the terms of combat.

Now I call for your commitment. If you shall have a wish to represent our great lands as the 63rd Prince or Princess, committing yourself wholly to these lands and people. Make your declaration and be judged worthy. I ask that you declare in message(email, written notice, or private message) to the Coronet and pray blessing. Those (if any) deemed unacceptable shall be given reason why and counseled in conjunction with the Coronet and local Chivalry.

Gone are the days of passive rulers! We shall welcome the dawn of rebirth and strong beginnings! The Coronet will expect your Letters of Intent with your Consort no later than December 1st, 2015. You shall receive notice from the Coronet by December 7th of our answer to entrance in the lists.

The list of accepted Fighters and Consorts shall be declared on the day of the New Year!


Prinz of Oertha



Event: A&S Extravaganza

Come, join your fellow Selviergardians, as we build cool baronial gear and enhance our pageantry for 50th Year Celebration! Or work on your own projects and enjoy good company and snacks. We have the entire gym and a large kitchen; classes will be taught, information about upcoming A&S contests for Winter Coronet, and tasty nibbles to be shared.

Please bring sewing machines, extra tables, scissors, painting and calligraphy supplies, etc....You’ll need a mug, and bring a snack to share, if you like. We may also have dancing, bardicking, and other rowdy activities (cuz that NEVER happens in Selviergard! Nooooo!!).

Bring something to share for the potluck table, and let the creativity flow!!

Armor & weapons welcome for fighter practice, playground available for the kids.

NOTE: we will be holding the Baronial Business meeting at 4pm, officers please remember your reports!

Site Information:  Fronteras Spanish Immersion Charter School (on Bogard Rd., in Wasilla).  Site opens at 10AM and closes at ????.

Activity Fee:  Adults: $5, Children Under 12: Free.  $5 non-member surcharge applies. 

Autocrat:  Margarita di Calvi (Gretchen Thompson) and Delfina de Granada (Meghan Thompson)




Hunter's Moon

The pre-dawn chill was heavy in the air on this late fall day, the dew covered the grass and trees of the forest. The full moon was still above the horizon and cast a glowing light that reflected from the dew wet trees like small diamonds glittering in the sun. This is the time of silence in the forest, no birds were chirping or squirrels scurrying about, only the sound of a gentle breeze could be heard.

Slowly the sounds of a waking forest began to build, just as the sun began to cast the first light of the false dawn upon the land. The silence was broken by a small branch falling to the ground, loud only because of the enveloping quiet. Soon a small bird quietly fluttered by, the only sound made by the wind of it small wings. Below the rock, a slight movement as a rabbit hopped towards its den to sleep the day away and a fat mouse moved into a rotted tree trunk having avoided the owl’s claws and the fox’s teeth for another night.

The gray light of the dawn was fading as the sun moved up in the sky, the great full moon was still above the horizon and soon would compete with the sun as the last of the darkness faded away. On the rock overlooking the forest path below, the hunter waited, silent and unmoving like the rock he sat upon, eyes ever moving to see all that was about. The sound was soft, a slight noise most would miss and then the sound of grass crunching under foot.

The hunter moved his eyes toward the sound, there was a flicker of movement in the trees, an ear flashed in an open spot. Slowly the small noises came closer and small flashes of brown and white became more frequent. Soon the prey was in site, a large deer with a magnificent rack of deadly points. The deer came slowly stopping and looking around as it followed an ancient path so many of his kind had followed.

As the deer came closer to the rock the sun came up over the horizon and cast its golden light upon the path and over the top of the great rock. The hunter could feel the excitement building as the deer came into the sun lit patch below, muscles became taunt with anticipation. All the dreams of this moment became crystal clear with complete focus, then the deer was just below and In the light of the sun, muscles bunched and breath was drawn and held. The deer heard a slight noise and looked up into the sun, blinded for a moment, it sensed more than saw the movement.

Suddenly the sun was blotted out as the great cat leaped up his prey, sinking claws and teeth into the neck of the deer, the struggle was violent but brief as the great tawny cat held down its prey as its life spilled upon the ground.


Principality A&S Championship

Greetings Oertha! It is my honor and privilege to announce the beginning of the Principality-wide Arts and Sciences Championship. The championship will last over the course of a year, in the future from Summer Coronet to Summer Coronet and events will be spread across all three baronies. The first set of contests will be as follows:

12/5/2015 – Eskalyan Yule – ESK – Board Games (Domestic Arts and Sciences)
1/16/2016 – Winter Coronet – PRIN – Original Morality Story or Play (Performing Art)
2/13/2016 – Death by Chocolate – ESK – Needlebooks (Textile)
4/2/2016 – Bi-Baronial Collegium – ESK/SEL – Open Topic (Research Paper)
5/?/2016 – Spring Captaincy – WG – Chain or Chainmail (Technological)

The contests are being drawn from six categories (one contest representing each category): Textile - Clothing, weaving, needlework, etc. Domestic Arts and Sciences - Small items, cooking, herbcraft, brewing, etc. Technological - Armor, casting, metal working, skeletal materials, etc. Studio Arts - Bookbinding, glass work, calligraphy.

*  Contestants for the championship must enter at least four of the categories.
*  Contestants may enter only one item per event (no double dipping).
*  Incomplete projects may be entered, so long as the part of the project being judged is complete. For example, if you want to enter a scroll in the calligraphy contest but the illumination isn’t complete, you may enter it so long as the calligraphy is complete.
*  At least minimal documentation is required. Minimal documentation will be considered one 3x5 card and one primary source. More documentation is suggested.

Research papers should be between 1,500 and 2,500 words, or four to six pages, double spaced. Papers should be submitted by email one week before the event, to allow judges sufficient time to review the paper.

If there are three or more entrants in a competition, the winner is the entry with the highest score. If there are fewer than three entries, the winner is the entry with the highest score over 66% of the available points. If there is only one entry, the entry will be judged, but there will be no competition – however, the points will count towards the Championship. Whoever racks up the most total points wins.

Please send any questions or concerns to

I look forward to seeing the talent and skill of Oertha's Artisans and wish all the entrants the very best of luck!


Cynehild Cynesigesdohtor
Craeftwicnestre Oerthas




Archers Take Aim

"Selviergard archers with bow and arrow in hand,
the apples may survive but not the beasts of the land."

--From The Chronicles of Selviergard


While the Fall Fling was a small event it was quite enjoyable for all who were able to make it out to celebrate a day of archery.  While mostly attended by Selviergardians, there was at least one couple from Ravensfjord and one person from Eskalya who came out to witness who would become the Barony of Selviergard's Archery Champion.

Tiarna Brann mac Finnchad and Baron Stephen de la Bere inspect the target.  October 10, 2015.  Photograph by Halfdan Ozurrson.

Archers took to the field to participate in Royal Rounds and the Inter-Kingdom Archery Competition.  Points accrued towards the shoot were added to their scores; allowing many of the archers to move forward on the list.

From there, the archers took part in the Archery Championship shooting.  The first shoot was a charging knight on horseback in which the archers had a limited time to fire upon the poor fellow.  While the horse was hit a couple of times, the charging Norman was killed on several occasions with well-placed arrows from good distances by capable archers.

From there, various "animals" were brought forward for the archers to take aim at.  The boar was the first animal that the archers had opportunity to launch their arrows.  Vital spots were worth points while non-vital spots were worth negative points.  The rabbit was the next, with only a limited amount of arrows to fire at.  A bird in flight was the last animal shoot, again with limited arrows to fire at the target.

Themed shoots were also on the schedule; focusing on the story of Robin the Hood and William Tell from days of old.  The first trial was to fire upon a simulated rope in order to cut it, thus freeing a merry man from the clutches of the dread hangman.  The rope was tricky, according to some of the archers, but the rope was hit at least once; adding points for a very skillful archer.

Finally, the highly anticipated apple shoot started.  Archers had to fire at an apple that was balanced on the top of a head.  The trick was to hit the apple and not the head, a task more easily said than done.  In fact, the first round, Hraði of Ravensfjord managed to hit the head with a killing shot, thus earning him the title "Killer" for the day.  Additionally, Fergus mac Thomais managed to graze the side of the head effectively "giving her a haircut."

Hraði Kotter poses with his "victim" during a part of the archery competition.  October 10, 2015.  Photograph by Yamano Yuki.

The apple survived with minor grazing.

Towards the end of the day a feast was placed out in which the participants of the event enjoyed meats and vegetables of the season.  Instead of a High Table, Baron Halfdan decided to join the group at one long table instead and the feast commenced to the delight of all.

In the court of Baron Halfdan announcements and awards were given out.  The autocrats, Viscount Fergus mac Thomais and his daughter, Delfina de Granada, announced the various winners of the day's activities including the meat shoot and the Pie Contest.  Archers who competed for the title of Baronial Champion received meat accordingly to their best shoot on one of the animals.  The award for the Best Pies went to our very own Mistress Clare Elana of Stathclyde for her wonderful entry.  Delfina  de Granada was also acknowledged as the winner of the Youth Archery activity and awarded with a token of esteem from Baron Halfdan.

In addition, Tristan of Selviergard was recognized in Baron Halfdan's court as the winner of the Youth Archery competition in Eskalya and was presented with a token from Baroness Elspeth who was unable to attend the day's event.  After the presentation, Viscount Fergus mac Thomais asked for a moment in His Excellencies court in which Fergus took Tristan as a his Page.

From there, the winner of the day was announced. Baron Halfdan recognized Tiarna Brann mac Finnchad as the Archery Champion of Selviergard.  Brann mac Finnchad had accrued many points throughout the day, showing off his skill with bow and arrow especially against the animals of the forest.  He was awarded with a token of an arrowhead with a single pearl as symbol of his new office for the coming year.

The new Archery Champion token, presented to Tiarna Brann mac Finnchad.  October 10, 2015.  Photograph by Yamano Yuki.

Some may believe that with winter fast approaching Selviergardians are staying indoors next to their hearth with ales and good foods.  Let us say that is not so!  With the wonderful weather we had for the event many Selviergardians are enjoying the out of doors and we were thankful to enjoy a bit more of the Oerthan Fall as our archers showed off their prowess and skills on the field.

The Selviergard Associated Press



Super Heroes, Super Villains Clash

The Barony of Eskalya hosted a Samhain celebration in which participants were encouraged to come as their favorite super hero or super villain as they may have looked like in the time period of the Society for Creative Anachronism.  Many people attended, and the plethora of different themed clothing worn by the majority of the celebrants was quite fun to behold.

People dressed from many different aspects of a culture that is very well represented in the Society.  Marvel, of course, took the day, but DC, Star Wars, and even Nintendo was represented as well.  Seeing all the awesome representations of heroes and villains was amazing!" the Autocrat, Anna di Caterina Neri, declared after the event in her missive to the populace.

Super Heroes and Villains pose for the historians at Eskalya's Samhain.  October 17, 2015.  Photo by Halfdan Ozurrson.

Other activities included a rapier tournament, a heavy tournament, and even some dancing.  In the Rapier Tournament, while only Mistress Cynehild Cynesigesdohtor and Lady Angela of Eskalya took part, was a joy to watch as each combatant displayed skill and prowess on the field.  In the Heavy Tournament, after fighting Sir Incognito, Sir Viresse  de Lighthaven and Lord Sevastian Agafangelovich Golystin took to the field to show off their skills with multiple rounds.  Sir Viresse was overheard on numerous occasions speaking like Yoda during the tournament which brought smiles and laughter to those watching the fighting. 

Both of the fighting tournaments were to help raise money for the Providence Children's Hospital, and through the donations of the entrants and those who watched the tournaments, $240 was raised for this worthy cause.

Throughout the event many of the populace enjoyed the day talking with friends or working on a myriad of small projects.  Food was placed out on a table for people to partake in cakes, sweets, and other delights.  There was even an activity for the children in which Sir Yoda read a couple of scary stories to the youth much to the delight of children and even some adults.

Sir Viresse reads some scary stories at Eskalya's Samhain.  October 17, 2015.  Photo by Halfdan Ozurrson.

In the court of Elspeth, Baroness of Eskalya, Her Excellency thanked everybody for attending the event and celebrating the Samhain season.  The Autocrat was brought forward for her announcements and award presentations.  The Heavy Tournament saw Sir Viresse win the tournament as well as being named The Most Chivalrous Fighter by popular acclaim, in which she gifted her prize to the consort of her opponent.  For the winner in the Rapier Tournament Angela of Eskalya was named victor.  Lady Angela of Eskalya also won the Most Inspirational Consort contest for her caring of Lord Sevastian during the heavy tournament.  The Best Super Hero/Villian was awarded to Lady Úlfhildr Sverradóttir who came to the event dressed as Loki and for the Best Accessory Yamano Yuki-san was awarded for her Hobgoblin pumpkin bombs. Additionally, Lord Kolskeggr Ungi and Lady Ciara der Alcan were recognized for the highest donation of the day to the Providence Children's Hospital.

Our Society prides itself on being creative; that is part of the game we play.  It is safe to assume that events like these, where creativity is encouraged, are a great way to express our imagination and ingenuity.


Celebrating Samhain

" The hall is festooned with bears…excellent!"
--Halfdan, Baron of Selviergard

Samhain is a wonderful time of the year when the veil between this world and the next is at its thinnest; allowing the spirits to enter our world and enjoy time with friends and family who are still living. Children often take this time to rampage for candy while adults usually have parties where many dress in spooky costumes and eat finely wrought foods shaped as skulls or other morbid designs.

The Barony of Selviergard hosted an event to welcome the season and feast, fight, and have fun in true Selviergardian style.  Members from around the Principality of Oertha came together to enjoy a fantastic event in a warm hall.

Two Rapier Tournaments were held; a "First Blood" and a Grand Melee.  The Rapier fighters included Donna Etain O'Rowarke, Magistra Cynehild Cynesigesdohtor, and Tiarna Brann mac Finnchad.  It was Cynehild that won the First Blood Tournament while Tiarna Brann mac Finnchad that won the Grand Melee; effectively sending his opponents to the afterlife.

The Rapier fighters participate in a Grand Melee.  October 31, 2015.  Photograph by Halfdan Ozurrson.

The Heavy Tournament was well attended, garnering five fighters from around the Principality, including a wayward Selviergardian from the lands of Æthelmearc.  The tournament included a "First Blood" and a Grand Melee, much like their Rapier counterparts.  There were several winners of the First Blood, but the Grand Melee saw Gwydion ap Arden as the winner.


The Heavy fighters finish up the Grand Melee.  October 31, 2015.  Photograph by Halfdan Ozurrson.

Games of skill, chance, and other diversions were hosted and mostly attended by the children.  Additionally, the children and the youth at heart partook in a Trick or Treat walk around the hall; garnering many sweets from the assembled populace… and it is whispered that Baron Halfdan indeed got a fair portion of the treats without trick-or-treating, but then again rumors are just rumors.

Feast is a favorite part of events for many people; a chance to eat fine foods and tell stories around the table.  Feast in Selviergard could be considered a main staple of our events and it is well known that nobody that attends an event in the barony goes home hungry.  The tables were set up, and the food was brought out.  After a brief invocation by the Baron, the feast commenced with toasts and stories throughout the hall.

In the court of Halfdan, Baron of Selviergard, His Excellency welcomed the Prince and Princess of Oertha who were in attendance along with other travelers from near and far.  From there, the Autocrat was brought forward with her final announcements and prizes to the various contest and tournament winners.  Halfdan bestowed upon Viscountess Margarita di Calvi a bronze ring from his own hand in recognition of her services as Autocrat as is his tradition.

Additionally in court, Viscount Fergus mac Thomais and Delfina de Grenada, who were the Autocrats for the Fall Fling last month, were given bronze rings for their work at the last baronial event.  The Baron noted that they did not receive a bronze ring at that event but were richly deserving of the token for their hard work and dedication for such an amazing event.

Additionally, several newcomers were asked to come into court where Baron Halfdan thanked them for coming and gave them each a bear claw as a token of his favor.  Released with enticements to the next event, there were three cheers for the newcomers who attended.

Baron Halfdan welcomes newcomers to the Society in Court.  October 31, 2015.  Photograph by Brann mac Finnchad.

With the close of court the hall was quickly cleaned with many hands working together and amid simple snow flurries and a clear sky lit only by far away stars, the populace retired from the site to their own diversions.

Events, such as these, are a wonderful way to enjoy each the others company in a warm hall when it is cold outside.  So many people attended Selviergard's Samhain event with greetings and hugs to friends not seen in some time.  While the hall was warm, it was the friendship that truly warmed not only the hall, but the hearts of those in attendance.


Thanks from the Samhain Autocrat

From the Samhain (stand-in) autocrat...Thank you to everyone for joining us to celebrate the harvest and welcome the new season. Special appreciation to Their Highnesses and everyone who journeyed to join us - it was our great honor to host you!

A quick congratulations to our winners and their endeavors: Gwydeon (Aislynn's eldest son)-heavy tourney, Brann-rapier tourney, Cynehild-rapier melee, Kenrik/Fergus heavy melee (a tie...don't ask!), Trystan ap Mor-apple bobbing, Adell-candy counting, and Hrafthi-sweet potato pie.

A special thank you to Cyrus for marshalling for the sick autocrat, and a hearty "well done" to Clare Elena for creating salad dressing out of thin air! Last: my greatest appreciation for the populace who cleaned the site with me and greatlyimpressed the site manager - well done! Your efforts increased our renown and added another outstanding site to our growing list! Vivat Selviergard!! ~ Margarita


Saint Boniface Fall Collegium

Planning is under way for the annual Fall Collegium hosted by St. Boniface, to be held the weekend of Nov. 14-15. We are hoping to have a great variety of classes and many guests in attendance. If you have an idea for a class you'd like to teach, please let Ellisif A Reikiavik know. (among others, we will have sessions for illumination, Russian garb, sleeve pattern designing, tricks for fighters, and period-vs-nonperiod foods. If you find yourself inspired, let's talk.) A kids' class would be especially welcomed.



Baronial Business

Baronial Positions Available

TThe following officer positions and/or deputy positions are currently open or looking for a replacement within the Barony of Selviergard. Please take a moment to look over the current listings and see if you would like to help our group grow.

For most cases training is available. If you would like to determine what the job entails and how you can help the Barony then please feel free to contact the officer or the baronial Seneschal.

Deputy Exchequer
Web Minister

Applicants for these positions are asked to send a Letter of Intent / SCA Resume to the Baronial Seneschal for consideration at:


Selviergard Arts and Sciences Extravaganza

The Extravaganza will be held on November 7, 2015 at the Fronteras Spanish Immersion Charter School (on Bogard Rd., in Wasilla).  More information will be published as it becomes available.


The DragonTale Newsletter

Please send your artwork, articles, pictures, recipes, tales, and rhyme to feed the Dragon! Submissions for the newsletter are due by November 25th.  The next edition of the DragonTale, the newsletter for the Barony of Selviergard, will be published in December.