December 2018 Edition

 

From the Baron...

 

Unto the Populace of Selviergard,

The cold winds howl and a mantle of snow covers our land. The sun does not shine as much as it did many months ago, but we do not let these things sadden us for our halls are warm and we have many events to help drive the cold winter away from both our minds and our hearts.

Thank you to everybody who attended Selviergard’s Haunted Harvest Samhain. It was a lot of fun to witness so many people enjoy themselves. Thank you not only to our Prince and Princess of Oertha who attended but also thank you to the Autocrats of the event; Magistra Nemonna Vicana and Lady Alana Patryson who put on a grand event that will be remembered fondly for many years to come.

This month, in December, we are ready to celebrate our Yule. This is a special time of year where we gather together to revel in the season as Selviergard knows how; with feasting and laughter. I look forward to seeing you all there. A week after our Yule the Barony of Eskalya will hold their own Yule. This is a special event as we celebrate the reign of Clare Elena and Cynehild as the Sister Baronesses of Eskalya and welcome in their heirs; Gavin and Celestria. Please join me as together we celebrate this special occasion with our Southern Cousins.

Please keep those award recommendations coming in. The Barony of Selviergard is diverse and there are many good people deserving recognition. Award recommendations are best done via online but can be given to me in person at events that I am attending. Together we can help elevate amazing and dedicated people and give them the recognition that they so rightly deserve.

Happy Yule and Merry Christmas to one and all!

In Service,

In Service,

Halfdan

Tyrant of the Eagle River, Servant of the Crown, Baronos of Selviergard


 

From the Prince and Princess of Oertha...

Standing tall amongst the white capped mountains holding back the chilled winds of frost, stand Oerthan Warriors ready for combat!

Battle worn and ready for rest, Culann, Prince of these northern lands, has voiced His longing for the warmth and comfort of His hearth. Short before the day, He asks those who deem themselves worthy to wear the Coronet of Oer-tha declare themselves to Him, so that He may venture to witness them in combat. Only with the minimum number of declared fighters will He leave the warmth of His lodge and venture into the winter cold to see strong warriors fight for their consorts in hopes of taking the Coronets of Oertha on grand adventures.
The terms of combat have been declared for the Winter Coronet tournament.

Now His Highness calls for your commitment. If you have a wish to represent Our great lands as the next Prince or Princess of Oertha, committing yourself wholly to these lands and people, it is asked that you declare in message (email, written notice, or private message) to Prince Culann. Those (if any) deemed unacceptable shall be given clear reason why and counseled in conjunction with the Coronet and local Chivalry.

The Coronet will expect your Letters of Intent with your Consort no later than the last minute of December 15th, 2018. The winter Coronet list shall be made known on the 31st day of December.

We stand ready to witness the Oerthan wolves howl, thereby heralding in Our heirs.

In Service to the Coronet and Crown of the West,

Culann and Sefa
Prince and Princess of Oertha

 

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Selviergard Yule

As the holiday season approaches, thoughts turn to family and friends. Please join the Barony of Selviergard as we celebrate Yule tide traditions with tournaments, games and feasting. We will have a cookie exchange, orna-ment making and bardic caroling. There will be heavy and rapier tournaments and the famous “Rock, Paper, Scissors” open to all.

After the activities of the day we will feast on traditional yule time foods as the carolers entertain the populace.

Feast Details
Roast Turkey
Roast Pork in fruit and ale.
Bread Stuffing
Roast Squash
Selviergard Carrots
Mulled Cider

Deserts will be pot luck, please bring a yule tide desert to share, this will also serve as your entry into the desert contest.

Site Information: Lavern Griffin Camp, Wasilla Alaska / 4495 W. Little Cloud Drive, Wasilla AK 99623

Site opens at 10AM and closes at 8PM.

Event Registration: (Adults Non-Members) $15.00, Adult Members $8.00, Non-member Children 5-12 $10, Members $5.00, Under 5 free. Family Cap (NM) $35.00, Family Cap Members $25.00

Autocrat: Viscount Master Fergus MacThomais (George Thompson)

 

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Eskalya Yule

Come brave the snow and witness a grand day of joy, laughter, and happiness. The Sister Baronesses have found Their time to be coming to a close and they look to Their Heirs, Gavin and Celestria, to lead the Barony into a new season of prosperity.

Dinner will be a potluck style; the Barony will supply two types of meat and side dishes will be as mundane last names:

A-I Starches
J-R – Salads
S-Z – Deserts

Site Information: Anchor Lutheran School (8100 Arctic Blvd, Anchorage, AK)

Site opens at 11AM and closes at 8PM.

Directions:  Take best way to Dimond Blvd. Go north on Arctic Blvd, turn left onto W 81st Ave. School is first left before stop sign.

Event Registration: (Adults Non-Members) $20.00, Adult Members $15.00, Children 6-17 $5.00 Under 5 FREE. Family Cap $60.00

Event Steward: Soren j Alborg (Leon Ayers II)

 

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Jól

Happy Jól (Yule)!

Winter Solstice – the time of year when the days get longer and the sun begins to return. This is truly a cause for celebration in Winter’s Gate! Join us as we gather together and celebrate the Norse traditions of feasting, celebrating, and reveling in each other’s company during this yule season. While we may not be burning a sun-wheel to entice the sun to return or sacrificing a wild boar to appease Frey in hopes of fertile farmland, we will be enjoying some other ancient traditions while we eat and drink our fill. Updates on this wonderful, fun-filled event will be posted on the Yahoo Group email as well as on the Book of Face.

Baron’s Whim: Things that keep your head warm! Show off your hats, hoods, and other head coverings!

Baroness’ Whim: TBA

Autocrat’s Whim: Homebrewed mead and/or wine. The autocrat loves a good homebrewed mead. She also loves a good homebrewed wine. Documentation is not required but strongly encouraged!

A&S Whim: All Things Bright: Metalwork and Sparkly Things. Documentation is not required but strongly encouraged! All ages are invited to participate!

Site Information: Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Fairbanks, 4448 Pike’s Landing Road in Fairbanks, AK 99709

Site opens at 10AM and closes at 10PM

Directions: Take your best way Airport Way towards the Fairbanks International Airport. Turn right onto Hoselton Road (the frontage road leading to and in front of Pike’s Waterfront Lodge). Go past Pike’s Waterfront Lodge and the Princess Hotels. Turn left onto Pike’s Landing Road. There is a wooden sign marking the driveway entrance to the site on the right hand side after about 100 feet. There will also be SCA signs indicating your path.

Food: The Barony will provide a meat dish (most likely a form of wild boar, but more modern). Each adult attending should please bring one potluck contribution to feed 6-8 people in order to supplement the feast table. (Don’t forget desserts count too!!)

Event Registration: $15, Adult Member Discount Event Registration: $10, Children (6-17): $5, Family Cap: $30

Autocrat: Sefa Hrafnsdóttir (mka Sheva Corning)

 

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Oerthan Winter Coronet and Investiture

The Winter winds howl in anticipation of the Oertha Coronet Touney. Who will be inspired to greatness? Who will be the one to seize the Lupine Throne? Join Their Highnesses Culann and Sefa in (The) North Pole to discover who the Oerthan heirs will be!

The event will take place at Hotel North Pole, located about 20 minutes outside Fairbanks, Alaska. Rooms at the hotel are available at a reduced rate once we reach 25 room reservations. When booking or checking in please let the hotel staff know your with the SCA group. The hotel website is http://www.hotelnorthpole.com. Please include in section for comments on their website reservations. Restaurants and a grocery store are within walking distance of the hotel.

There is an opportunity for a fundraiser lunch on Saturday. Interested groups should contact the autocrat. Please be advised that table space in the conference room is limited, but there is ample socializing space in the lobby. Remember to dress for Oerthan winter weather. Weather permitting, fighting will be outdoors so that the fighters are prepared and remember to pack cold weather wear for their kits. Fighters and consorts should be prepared for outdoor fighting as long as weather allows. Out of Oertha visitors who need extra warm garb or have weather related questions please contact the Event Steward.

Sapphira is working on indoor fighting space for contingency at the “mall” next door (same parking lot, short walking distance). They have big huge hallways and very little traffic so she posed it to them as a possible demo, we are waiting on a final go ahead from the mall manager. Still no group code with the hotel, the manager said just to tell them you’re part of the medieval group when booking or checking in.

Site Information: Hotel North Pole (449 N. Santa Claus Ln., North Pole Alaska 99705)

Site opens 7pm Friday and closes 4pm Sunday

Directions: Take the best route to Richardson Hwy (AK-2) and North Pole AK. Exit @ Santa Claus Lane, and turn into the roundabout. Take the 1st exit out of the roundabout. Turn right to enter the shopping center parking lot. Hotel North Pole is beyond Pagoda Restaurant and Safeway.

Site Fee: Adult Non-Member $25; Adult Member $20; Children (5-17) $10.

Event Steward: Baroness Elena verch Rhys (Jessica Grahn)

Event tickets can be purchased through the West Kingdom PayPal Deputy

 

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St. John's Dance Witnessed in Eskalya?

 

St. John's Dance, also known as the Dancing Mania, was a strange social phenomenon or real illness that occurred mostly in mainland Europe between the 14th and 17th centuries—with the earliest known occurrence happening in the 11th century in Bemburg. The mania affected men, women, and children who danced until utter exhaustion, in some cases death, with no known reason as to why they started dancing.

The Barony of Eskalya featured something very similar in the middle of October during their Samhain event though there were no fatalities reported from this case.
With opening court, the Baronesses of Eskalya welcomed everybody to the Samhain Masked Ball. After their opening statements the Baronesses of Eskalya recognized several individuals for their continued good works within the Barony of Eskalya. Mistress Alienor FitzHenry was named a Courtier in the court of the Sister Baronesses and she was presented with a tippet for her position. Additionally, the Order of the Caltrop, a baronial award given to those who have rendered exemplary personal service to the Baroness of Eskalya, was presented to Mistress Caitríona inghean ui Chionaodha and Mistress Alienor FitzHenry.

Additional awards and recognitions followed. Hawise de Pevensey was recognized with the Silver Bough for her artistic ability within the Barony of Eskalya and Adelayde en Fiodoir was recognized with the Order of the Caltrop for her continued service to the Baronesses.

From there, the Autocrats of the event, Mistress Elspeth Buchannane of Loch Lomond and Viscountess Isabella Hawke gave brief announcements on what to expect for the day which included dancing, fighting, and feasting.

After court the day started with dancing.

Strange dances, such as Karabushka and Pavans, were performed with the knowledgeable Mistress Anna di Caterina Neri teaching and leading these popular dances to the populace. While the dances did not last months, weeks, or even days as other outbreaks of the dreaded St. John’s Dance; the populace was well exhausted from hours of coordinated writhing and fancy footwork as prescribed my Mistress Anna di Caterina Neri.

In all, the epidemic was fun to witness.

Fun…or mania? Dancers take part in favorite dances at the Barony of Eskalya’s Masked Ball Samhain. October 20, 2018. Photograph by Halfdan Ozurrson.

Afterwards it was time to suit up and take part in the tournaments. Not to be outdone by those in the hall; the fighters who took part in the tournaments also had dance moves of their own to showcase—many, if not all, were modern in comparison to those practiced and performed in the Great Hall. Fighters were judged by the populace for their dance moves and scored extra points in the tournament. The Rapier fighters, who were first to fight, included Sir Sevastian Agafangilovich Golytsin, Donna Étaín O’Rowarke, and Burnadett of Eskalya.

Donna Étaín O’Rowarke moves in against Burnadett of Eskalya during the Rapier Tournament held at the Barony of Eskalya’s Masked Ball Samhein. October 20, 2018. Photograph by Halfdan Ozurrson.

The Rapier Tournament was, as always, fun to watch with quick moves, daring attacks, and quick defense. There was plenty of cheers and exclamations of surprise from the witnessing Gallery. In the end, there would be one person who would win the tournament; and that would be announced in the final court of the day.

Heavy fighters included Sir Cyrus, Sir Bartrum, Sir Sevastian, and Lord Johannes von Roth. Again, the fighters showed off their various dance moves to the assembled populace before exchanging blows. All of the fighters fought well and with skill; the sound of clashing swords and shields rang loudly over the field and cheers from the Gallery accented the tournament.

Lord Johannes von Roth attempts to slay Sir Sevastian Agafangilovich Golytsin in the Heavy Tournament at the Barony of Eskalya’s Masked Ball Samhein. October 20, 2018. Photograph by Halfdan Ozurrson.

While the weather was a bit chilly, the Gallery watching the tournaments were greatly entertained. Before each match, for both heavy and rapier fighters, dance moves were presented. Extra points were awarded to the fighter who garnered the populace choice before clashing in battle on the field.

The tournament eventually concluded with a clear winner who would be announced later in court. Before everybody left the field to head inside, the populace performed a group dance move with Princess Sefa of Oertha witnessed by at least one historian. With the populace members heading inside to warm up; some of the fighters continued to have fun on the tournament field.

A Feast was held afterwards in which foods of the harvest were laid out and people dined together with laughter and cheer. Tables were filled with joyful celebrants who enjoyed a variety of foods from the harvest.

 In the final court of the day for Baroness Clare Elena and Baroness Cynehild of Eskalya there were several more people recognized for their works in the Barony of Eskalya. Master Gavin Woodward was called forward and presented with membership into the Order of the Caltrop for his service to the Sister Baronesses. Additionally, Lord Arnthorr Hesthofdi was bestowed with the Order of the Silver Bough for his ability in the Arts and Sciences.

The winners of the tournaments were announced by the Autocrats of the day. Mistress Étaín O’Rowarke was named as the winner of the Rapier Tournament while Lord Johannes von Roth was named as the winner of the Heavy Tournament. These two were presented with prizes for their skill and astounding dance routines. Before leaving court, the Autocrats were presented with haversacks by the Sister Baronesses as is part of their tradition and thanked for their service.

With final words from the Baronesses, the baronial court concluded.

The Prince and Princess of Oertha also held a court in which Prince Culann and Princess Sefa accepted Fealty and Homage from those that wished to do so. Additionally, Alric Skegglauss and Hawise de Pevensey were honored with Awards of Arms. It was here too that Viscountess Kharakhan Saran was inducted into the Order of the Wandering Wolves; an award given to those who are departing or, in some cases, have departed the Principality but who have considerably enriched the Principality. Last, but not least, Master Fergus mac Thomais was acknowledged with the Wreath of Athena, an award for which he was recognized by the King and Queen of the West from October Crown for his Oerthan Horn submitted to the West Kingdom Arts and Sciences competition. Final words of thanks were given by the Prince and Princess who stated that they had a lot of fun at the event.

With three cheers, the court and event concluded.

The start of a new season in these lands was welcomed gladly in the Barony of Eskalya with dancing, feasting, and revelry. It was a wonderful event and quite memorable; an event held in a beautiful hall with people from all over the Principality of Oertha enjoying the Samhain season together.

The Selviergard Associated Press

 

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Selviergard Celebrates Samhain

 

“Oooh…spooky.”—Baron Halfdan of Selviergard

The time had come for the celebration of the harvest as well as that special part of year when the veil between this world and the next is thinnest. Festivities were planned and the populace was invited to a full day event with feasting, a tournament for both heavy and rapier fighters, and plenty of friendship and laughter throughout the day at the Barony of Selviergard’s Haunted Harvest Samhain held towards the end of October.

Members of the populace gather together at the start of the Barony of Selviergard’s Haunted Harvest Samhain. October 27, 2018. Photograph by Halfdan Ozurrson.

The Autocrats of the event, Mistress Nemonna Vicana and Lady Alana Patryson, had a warm hall with plenty of food and refreshments for those who travelled from near and far to Halfdan’s Crossing in Central Selviergard to celebrate. Participants to the event also brought items to share; from tasty foods to refreshing drinks to a wide selection of sweets for both the young and the young at heart.

There was an opening court of the day in which Baron Halfdan of Selviergard welcomed everybody to the event. His Excellency then called the Autocrats forward for announcements and basic information about what was to take place during the day. After His Excellency’s court, Prince Culann and Princess Sefa had business as well. It was here that they bestowed Drake Donaldsmith and Gypsi Klara with Awards of Arms; noting that these two individuals were worthy of great honor and deserving of such recognition for their continued participation in The Society. Additionally, two beautifully illuminated and scribed scrolls were presented to them proclaiming their achievement. With three cheers from the populace the opening court concluded and it was time for the rest of the event.

The populace continued to visit after court; laughter rang throughout the hall and conversations were lighthearted and exuberant as people reforged bonds of friendship with each the other. After a time, the call was made that the tournaments would be held soon and that the fighters should prepare themselves.

The tournaments, for both heavy and rapier, was a joy to witness and elicited many cheers and plenty of laughter from the assembled onlookers. The rules of the tournament were simple. All wounds were kept throughout the tournament; so if you lost an arm in the first battle then you would not have use of that arm in the next round and so on. If you were killed you became a zombie and then could only be killed by a head shot. If you managed to be killed again then you were out of the tournament as ghosts couldn’t continue fighting.

All wounds suffered by the fighters in the tournament would be held for the rest of the event.

The heavy tournament consisted of Sir Bartram Sinclair, Lord Hraði Kottr, and Lord Johannes von Roth who all fought well and with courage. With both Lord Hraði and Lord Johannes becoming zombies and, eventually ghosts, it was Sir Bartram Sinclair who won the tournament that day.

Lord Hraði Kottr and Lord Johannes von Roth face off against each other in the tournament at the Barony of Selviergard’s Haunted Harvest Samhain. October 27, 2018. Photograph by Halfdan Ozurrson.

The Rapier community also took part in the tournament. The same conventions of combat were used—wounds lasted throughout the tournament, a death meant that the fighter was a zombie, and the second death kicked you out of the tournament.

Donna Étaín O’Rowarke, Lord Colum Mac Eoghain Uí Niall, and Lord Johannes von Roth took part in the tournament. With skill and finesse…and some zombie slaying too, the winner of the tournament was Lord Colum Mac Eoghain Uí Niall who escaped the tournament field as a zombie while his opponents left the field as ghosts.

Lord Colum Mac Eoghain Uí Niall and Lord Johannes von Roth take part in the Rapier Tournament at the Haunted Harvest Samhain in the Barony of Selviergard. October 27, 2018. Photograph by Halfdan Ozurrson.

After the tournament there was plenty of time to visit and share snacks and candies. Towards the end of the event there was a court held by Baron Halfdan of Selviergard and Their Highnesses, the Prince and Princess of Oertha.

This final court of the day featured something unique to the event; a Zombie Court. As the herald was technically a zombie from the tournament he participated in; Lord Colum Mac Eoghain Uí Niall could only communicate with grunts and zombie-like babble—all of which was unintelligible to the populace. It was Lord Hraði Kottr, a ghost, who could translate the communication. But alas, ghosts could not communicate directly to the populace and therefore he needed the help of a Spiritual Medium, Lady Sylvia of Thrace, who translated for the populace. This unique “three-person” herald work was a lot of fun to witness especially since the Medium could only get vague impressions of what the ghost was trying to say causing much laughter and helped make closing court that much more interesting.

Baron Halfdan once again thanked all for attending the festivities. He then called forward the Autocrats of the event and thanked them with not only bronze rings from his own hand, as is his tradition, but also gifts of amber for their hard works. Prince Culann and Princess Sefa opened their court and called forward Fergus mac Thomais and awarded him with the Order of the Snowy Owl, an award for the Arts and Sciences, noting once again his capture of the Wreath of Athena at October Crown in the Kingdom of the West’s Arts and Sciences competition. Additionally, Lady Delphine de Grenada was bestowed with the Order of the Diamond Willow for her continued services to the Principality of Oertha.

The populace prepares for feast at the Barony of Selviergard’s Haunted Harvest Samhain. October 27, 2018. Photograph by Halfdan Ozurrson.

Feast was held after court and featured many different delicacies and hearty foods in which the populace enjoyed together. There were roasted meats, plenty of soup, and a delicious dish of Colcannon Potatoes among many, many things. Toasts were given and even a tale of Roland, presented by Lord Colum (miraculously un-zombified), was enjoyed by everyone in the hall. As with every feast in the Barony of Selviergard: there was plenty of food for everybody.

Thus, with the end of feast, it was time to close the event. As the dark of the winter months moved in quickly people started to pack items into their waiting cars to make their way to their own warm halls as memories of the day made them smile.

The cooler weather events; those that we hold during the fall and winter months in the Principality of Oertha, are always fun. They are a chance to spend time with our family and friends as together we laugh, we share stories, and we eat together as one group. The Haunted Harvest Samhain was a perfect start to the indoor events here in the Barony of Selviergard.

The Selviergard Associated Press

 

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Baronial Business

Upcoming Events for 2018

The following is a list of upcoming events.  List is subject to change.

December 2018
Selviergard Yule Dec. 1
Winter's Gate Yule Dec. 29

Special Note:  June Crown 2019 will be held at the Palmer Fairgrounds in Oertha!

 

From the Chronicler...

If you are interested in submitting photos to the DragonTale please email your submissions to the Chronicler no later than the 15th of every month.

 

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