May 2017 Edition


From the Baron...


Unto the Populace of Selviergard,

The next several months are to be quite busy for the Principality of Oertha—a calendar full of interesting and exciting events sure to please many if not all of us. On May 19 through the 21st the Barony of Selviergard celebrates the season of rebirth and growing things with Spring Offensive; a yearly event with plenty of fighting and a lot of fun as we prepare for the tournament season. A week afterwards is the much-anticipated Wolf Wars that is being hosted by the Barony of Winter’s Gate; and the schedule promises much to do over the long Memorial Day weekend.

The first two weekends in June brings us the annual demonstration and recruitment opportunity at the Three Baron’s Renaissance Fair within the lands of the Barony of Eskalya; an activity in which I encourage you to attend and help out with. After the Renaissance Fair; the Barony of Eskalya will hold an event in which to welcome those new friends that were found at the Renaissance Fair with a wonderful Newcomer’s Event.

A busy several months indeed!

The Barony of Selviergard, in an ongoing process to continue to grow, has recently published information on two new initiatives: new awards and a populace badge. You may have read about them in last month’s edition of The DragonTale. Both initiatives are posted and awaiting your commentary. New awards, in addition to those we already have, will help us celebrate and acknowledge those who are doing amazing things while a long-overdue official populace badge will let us show everybody that we are proud of our Barony and its many fine accomplishments.

As always, if you have award recommendations for anybody within Selviergard or Oertha please let me know. It is a privilege and duty of the baronage to acknowledge those who are doing great works so that all may know. Award recommendations may be made online (via the West Kingdom website), in person, or as a private message or e-mail electronically.

In Service,


Baronos of Selviergard, Tyrant of the Eagle River

From the Prince and Princess of Oertha...

Greetings Unto the Populace of Oertha,

As spring emerges and the flowers begin to bloom, We bid welcome to the new King and Queen of the West, Miles and Ariela, at Beltane.

May is a busy month and boasts the first camping events of the year for Oertha. We invite you to join us at Eskalya’s Cherry Blossom, followed by Selviergard’s Spring Offensive and the Tri-Baronial Wolf Wars to round out the month of May.

We can’t wait to see what Our populace has created for the Wolf Wars A&S display and how the Principalities’ fighters fair during war maneuvers.

Soren and Alienor

Prince and Princess of Oertha




Come one, come all! Join us in celebration of Beltane, as spring rears it's beautiful head! There will be a potluck feast, games, a tournament, Their Highnesses, the Prince and Princess of Oertha holding court, and even dancing! There may even be an appearance of the Maypole.

More definitive details will be forthcoming! If there are any questions or volunteers feel free to contact the Autocrat.

Site Information: Soldotna Creek Park (44149 Sterling Hwy, Soldotna, Alaska 99669).

Site opens at 1PM and closes at 8PM.

Event Steward: Merrick McAllister




Cherry Blossom

Spring is near, and the cherry blossoms are approaching full bloom. Join the Fair Sister Baronesses of Eskalya for a spring event sure to melt away the cold of winter. Fighters prepare your weapons for an hon-orable tournament of the warrior, both Heavy and Rapier styles. Artisans, look to the colors of the spring season and fashion an item that is inspired by the bright blossoms of the Cherry trees.

There will be a Miso soup bar and rice provided. Bring an appetizer item to share for the day.

Site Information: Alaska Pacific University—Carr Gottstein Seminar Room CG104 (Anchorage, AK).

Site opens at 11AM and closes at 8PM.

Member Adult Registration: $12.00. Non-Member Adult Registration $17.00, Children (Ages 5-12): $5.00.

Event Steward: Anna di Caterina Neri (Georgia Pfile).

Co-Steward: Caspian of Eskalya (Jordan Pfile).




Spring Offensive

Once again the Warlords Horn will sound to call the fighters of Oertha together for the annual Spring Offensive. Join the Barony of Selviergard on the field of battle and prepare your units for the upcoming Wolf Wars.

We will be running a number of scenarios to prepare all fighters for the war field. There will be open field battles, a woods battle and bridges to fight for control. Now is the time to breakout your camping equipment and repair your armor and weapons, test your skills on the battlefield and see how comfy your camp can be. There will be a potluck feast with the main meats sponsored by the barony. We will have archery and thrown weapons competitions, cooking contests and the offensive garb wars and children’s activities. All fighting will include heavy and rapier scenarios.

Mark your calendars for this annual event in Sunny Selviergard.

Site Information: Houston Campground (Houston, AK).

Site opens at 5PM on Friday and closes at 4PM on Sunday

Campsite Fees to be paid to the City of Houston seperately ($7 per night).

Site Fee: $15.00 non-members, $10.00 members, $7.00 children, $30 Family Cap

Autocrat: Viscount Fergus mac Thomais (George Thompson).




Wolf Wars

Heed the Call, as the Baronies of the Principality of Oertha come together for The First Wolf Wars!

Site Information: Chena Lakes Recreation Center (3780 Laurence Rd., North Pole, AK).

Site Opens at 3PM on Friday and Closes: 2PM on Monday.

Site is discreetly wet.

Directions: Make your best way to North Pole, AK. From the Parks Hwy (AK 3 north) and Fairbanks continue onto the Mitchell Hwy to the Richardson Hwy, AK 2 east towards North Pole/Eielson AFB. Take the Dawson Rd/Buzby Rd exit from AK-2 E. At the end of the exit, turn left and go under the overpass. Turn right at the first right onto Mistletoe Drive. Mistletoe Drive becomes Laurence. Follow Lau-rence around to Chena Lakes Recreation Area. Follow the SCA signs to the site at/near the Chena Lakes Green.

Please note that this is a camping event. Dogs are allowed as long as they are leashed and under the direct control of their owners and picked up after.

Please be Bear Aware of your food and your refuse!

Those with RV’s will have to pay additionally for a camp-site. Camp-sites are first come first serve at Chena Lakes and we cannot guarantee a location.

Registration: Adult Event Registration: $25, Adult Member Discount Event Registration: $20, Children (Ages 6-17): $10, Children under 6: Free. Family Cap (two adults and any minor children in your house-hold): $50.

Autocrat: Baroness Cemper of Winter’s Gate.




Creating a Running Wall

Here is something that can add to the pageantry and grandeur of our camps at events. One of the sim-plest items to dress up a camp are running walls. They can be used to define an area and cover mun-dane items like modern tents. One of the things you will see at large outside events are wall around en-campments, these serve to define their space and limit entry to a single gateway, most kingdom en-campments have a gate or wall to define their areas.

Building running wall panels is simple and inexpensive, some panels are painted to look like stone walls of wood walls, others are painted with the devices of the occupants, and anything you can think of can and probably has been done. I have seen the 10’x20’ carports painted to look like a stone cottage with windows added, from 20 feet away they look solid. The best materials to use for these walls are queen size bedsheets, you can buy used ones at thrift stores for just a couple of dollars, depending on what you are going to paint on them will determine the base color, or get plain white or off white sheets and dye them the color you want. Once you have your fabric roll two opposite edges and sew them full length to make a sleeve on each side that will fit up to a 2”x2” wood pole or a 1” pvc pipe. When that is done, make a cut every 6” along the sleeve, this will make tabs that can be interwoven to add multiple panels. (See Drawings) Next find a wall that you can hang up the fabric on tightly and draw your device or other decoration onto the fabric, once you have your drawing, use latex paint and paint your panel, be sure to put plastic sheeting behind your fabric as it will bleed through.

Frames and portable holes will give rigidity to your panels, most frame types are cheap to build, and each wall section will need 2 upright poles either 2x2s or 1” PVC pipe. Your choice of materials will dictate the size of portable hole you will need. By using portable hole the number of tie down ropes is reduced.





Baronial History on Display: Ten Year Celebration

A larger party has not been seen in the Barony of Selviergard since the Ten Year Celebration held in May of 2013. The event was a celebration of ten wondrous years as a barony and many people attended from around the Principality for the weekend. The event featured several tournaments, activities, and contests that included not only favored items from the past but new things as well.

Aine O Cearbhaill fills 'mugs' from a leaky pitcher in the Beermaids of Valhalla activity at Selviergard' s Ten Year Celebration. Photo by Sextus Valerius Crucillus. May 25, 2013.

It had snowed the weekend before the event, but then miraculously warmed up quite a bit—so much in fact that the Beermaids of Valhalla activity, played with ice cold water, was a welcomed addition to the day. Other activities included the Countess Konstantina Junk Garb Wars—with four teams competing nonetheless, the Torneo del Draco tournament for Rapier fighters, the White Stag Tour-nament for the heavy fighters, and a memorable bardic in the evening.

The Autocrat for the event, Halfdan “Two Bears” Ozurrson noted that “…those who attended seem to have fun celebrating ten years of the Barony of Selviergard; no matter what was planned or actually happened, which is an amazing thing to witness. To know that the same pride and enthusiasm that I have felt for over fifteen years with this group is alive in each of us makes me a very happy member of this Society.” (July 2013, The DragonTale).

More information on the Barony of Selviergard’ s Ten Year Celebration from 2013 can be found on the Selviergard History Project and includes event information, photographs, and other items of note about this event.

The Selviergard History Project



Proposed Awards for the Barony of Selviergard

Recently the topic of new awards was brought up at the last business meeting in which Baron Halfdan, working with the Baroni-al Herald, wanted to institute new awards in the Barony. These awards, along with their descriptions and proposed symbol are listed below. The next several business meetings will allow time to discuss them together as a group—to make changes, pro-vide commentary, or approve them as is.

It is important to note that these awards are not current awards at this time. These awards will be in addition to the award that we already have.

Company of the Swords Saltire (Crossed Claymores on appropriate colored Circle)
For members of the Order of the Claymore that have proven their expertise and excellence instructing and educating others in their craft.

Order of the Laughing Lyre (Argent Lyre on Baronial Cord)
For members of the populace who have distinguished themselves through the performing arts (song/dance/storytelling/etc.)

Company of the Cyfarwyddiaid (Musical note on Black/Red Circle on a Blue band)
For members of the Order of the Laughing Lyre that have proven their expertise and excellence instructing and educating oth-ers in their craft.

Order of the Bended Bow (Bow suspended on baronial cord)
For members of the populace who have distinguished themselves through their skill in archery.

Company of the Blazing Bodkin (Flaming Bodkin on Circle of Baronial Colors)
For members of the Order of the Bended Bow that have proven their expertise and excellence instructing and educating others in their craft.

Order of the Avgjørende Kryssild (Decisive Volley)
For members of the Populace who have distinguished themselves through their skill at thrown weapons and siege.

Companions of the Maoim-Sneachda (Avalanche)
For members of the Order of the Avgjørende Kryssild that have proven their expertise and excellence instructing and educating others in their craft.

As you can see, there are awards for new areas of expertise, such as archery and performing arts, that our Barony is beginning to take greater interest in. Additionally, there are several awards for those who have already received the first level of Baronial award, such as the Company of the Swords Saltire and the Companions of the Maoim-Snechda. Overall, this list covers the many aspects of the Society that the populace of the Barony of Selviergard work towards, and in many cases, excel at.

It is encouraged that people provide commentary on these awards, either for or against, or with alternate wording or descrip-tions. It is important that we all take the time to do this because the populace members need to be active in changes in the group in which they reside—your voices help make this Barony great. It doesn’t matter if you are a Peer or a new person; these additions and changes are affect to all of us.

If you are unable to attend a business meeting you can contact either the Baron of Selviergard or the Seneschal with your com-mentary which will be brought up in the Business Meeting.

The process may take some time as we progress from discussing new awards to the baronage actually being able to be-stow them to populace members. There are many steps to take and it will take some time—this includes checking for conflicts from other groups and submitting these awards to the appropriate people—this is just the first step. However, the populace will be kept appraised of the progress in future editions of this newsletter.




Searching for a Populace Badge

A populace badge is a way for people to show their membership or affiliation to the Barony of Selvier-gard. A badge can be displayed on banners, flags, clothing, dishes, furniture, and many other ways. A badge belongs to the people of the group of which it is registered under. Both the Kingdom of the West and the Principality of Oertha have populace badges, including many groups throughout the Known World.

At our last business meeting the topic of a populace badge was brought forward.

The Barony of Selviergard is looking for a populace badge and is need of your ideas. This is open to all Selviergardians and those who would like to contribute an idea for a badge; no matter which group they are affiliated with. This badge will be used for generations to come in this group to show not only our membership in this group but our pride in it as well.

The current populace badge for the Barony of Selviergard, as seen in the Oerthan Coloring Book, is the device from the Canton of Inbhir na Da Abhann. However, this badge was never officially sent in to be registered with the College of Heralds. While some may feel that the Canton device used as a badge is okay, the use of laurels on the badge could cause confusion and shouldn’t be used. In addi-tion, the Canton device looks similar to the token for the Order of the Claymore, one of our baronial awards.

First we must receive idea submissions; either in person or electronically. Design a badge that exem-plifies the Barony of Selviergard—something simple or elegant that can be used by the populace members to show their group pride. Here is something to get you started:

Yes, I know it is just a circle, so you need to do some artistic things to make it look better, make it look Selviergardian.

There are links below that may help you get an idea on what a badge looks like. All badge ideas will be brought to the next business meeting. From there, the populace badges will be posted on the Baronial e-group and the Facebook page for commentary from the populace and, with luck, the populace badges will be polled at the next business meeting afterwards.

From there the badge will be sent to the College of Heralds and finalized. When the paperwork is com-pleted and the badge is approved, the populace will be notified.


Links of Interest

Current Populace Badges of the Kingdom of the West

Badge vs Arms Common Questions

Assorted Lessons in SCA Heraldry: Devices vs. Badges




Baronial Business

Baronial Positions Available

The 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 Constable
Deputy Herald

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


Principality Law Change

Dated this 7th day of February, A.S. LI

A section shall be added: The Oerthan Order of Hospitality.

Section 2.22: The Oerthan Order of Hospitality
Offered to those gentles in other lands who provide care and comfort to the Roy-als and members of the populace during their travels beyond the borders of Oertha. The token for this award will be a roundel depicting a road through the mountains suspended on a cord in Principality colors.