Baronial Court Reports


Palfreys and Polearms/Baronial Champs

Being the court record of Their Excellencies, Magnus and Miriel, Baron and Baroness of the Rhydderich Hael at Palfreys and Polearms, held on May 28, AS 51 (2016), as recorded by Baroness Ekaterina Volkova, Ice Dragon Pursuivant.

Their Excellencies thanked all who attended the event and invited those in attendance for whom the event was their first SCA experience.  Those gentles were thanked for coming and offered the hospitality of Their Excellencies should they ever have a need.  

His Excellencies then spoke of one Champion award that is a tradition in the Barony - t hat of recognizing a participant who has supported the Barony and entered the most in the day’s activities.  Fionnbharr the Mighty, steed of Mistress Ysabeau Tierclin was called into court and named this year’s Barony of the Rhydderich Hael Iron Man as he carried many of the entrants in the Equestrian Championship that day.  Scroll by Mistress Sthurrim Caithness. 

Lord Robaird Michael Patrick Timothy James O’Suilleabhainn was called forth to speak as autocrat of the day.  Brother Bobby, as he is commonly known thanked greatly his staff for all their hard work to make the day happen.  

v  He then told the populace that a thrown weapons tournament was held during that day and Master August Guiseppe de San Donato was the overall winner and was presented with a throwing knife case.  

v  Their Excellencies then asked to hear of the Rapier Tournament that was held and THL Minamoto Roku-Sakurako, marshal of the tournament, regaled the tales of the flashing blades upon the field and that Lord Wolfgang Starke emerged victorious.   Saku then spoke of one who inspired many of the fencers with her ferocity and determination upon the field, and despite being a youth fencer took on any adult who would cross blades with her.  Wentliana verch Meuric was called into court and presented with a Battle Buddy to help her remember the day.  

v  Lord Gawin Hawkseye then came into court to speak of the Archery tournament he held.  Despite a unique and interesting range, one proved more skilled than the rest and THL Cynwulf Rendell was named winner of the day.  

v  Master Augusto Guiseppe de San Donato asked for a moment of time in court so that he could welcome Eleanore Godwin as newest member of the Rhydderich Hael Thrown Weapons Team.  

Their Excellencies then made it known that there was an important piece of Baronial Officer Business that they would have witnessed my all present.  Baron Caleb Reynolds, Baronial Exchequer came forth and let it be known that he has served the in the office for many years and helped to ensure that the Barony has money.  But now it is time for him to retire and pass on the responsibilities to another.   Rhys Penbras ap Dafydd was called forth and presented with the trappings of the Office and appointed as the new Exchequer of the Rhydderich Hael.  

v  As the event was also the Baronial Champions event, Their Excellencies called forward all of Their current Champions who were present.  They thanked those individuals who had served and represented the Barony over the last year and released them from their duties and asked for all regalia back.   They then asked all those gentles who had declared for champion positions to please stand and be recognized. 

As the Barony could not remain without champions, their Excellencies called forward THL Minamoto Roku-Sakurako forward and spoke about her skill with a rapier and her determination on the field and asked that they please join Their court as Baronial Rapier Champion.    Scroll by THL Zofia Kowalewska 

v  Court was then momentarily paused, as Mother Nature was making her presence known, and proceedings were moved to a drier location. 

v  Court resumed and Their Excellencies then called THL Eleanore Godwin to come forth and asked that she take her place in Their court as their Thrown Weapons Champion for the next year.  Scroll by Baroness Katherine Kersey. 

v  Their Excellencies then spoke of the creation of a new Champion position, that of Equestrian Champion.  THL Rhiannon Elandris of Glydrydwy was asked to be the Premier Equestrian Champion of the Barony.  Scroll by Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope and Mistress Liadhainb in Chleirigh na Coille. 

The arts are dear to the hearts of Their Excellencies and They did need one to represent the Barony in this area.  THL Wolfgang Starke was called forth and asked if he would stand and Arts and Sciences Champion for the next year.  Scroll by THL Padraig O’Branduibh. 

v  Rhys Penbras ap Daffyd was then summoned before the court.  His Excellency then told of how many years ago, the Barony itself was recognized by the Kingdom with a Keystone.  Since then, it is the tradition of the Barony to have one member, who is not a member of the Order in their own right, to wear the medallion and represent the Barony when the Kingdom called upon the Order.  They could not think of a worthier individual to wear the Keystone then Rhys. 

However, Their Excellencies were not yet done with Rhys and bade him to stay.  Her Excellency then spoke of how he had come to the Barony and jumped in feet first, volunteering with site set up, tollner, and now Baronial Exchequer and they would recognize such spirit.  The member of the Order of the Dragons Concordium were asked to rise so that Rhys may see who was in the order of which he was now a member.  Scroll by THL Zofia Kowalewska. 

v  Tadhg Mag Uidhir was called forth into court.  His Excellency spoke of the enthusiasm that Tadhg has upon the fighting field and the joy he brings with him.  That even as Tadhg was arriving on site that morning people were calling out “We love you Troy!”.  Such things should not be left unrecognized and asked that he join the court as Baronial Chivalry Champion.  Scroll by Baron Caleb Reynolds. 

v  There being further business with Tadhg, he was asked to remain.  It was then told of how the fighters of the Barony were polled about their ranks and it was said by all that there was one who needed further recognition.  Tadhg Mag Uidhir was further named the Most Improved Fighter of the Year. 

There is one award in the Barony that recognizes a member who, despite facing great difficulties throughout the year, as persevered and remained an active and vital force in the group.  Their Excellencies, called forth Lady Thowyndwood, previous holder of the Queen Ann’s Trophy.  She thanked the Barony, on her and her grandmother’s behalf, for bestowing the honor upon her for the last year.  She then returned the trophy into the care of Their Excellencies.  As the newest recipient was not present, it was announced that the trophy would be presented at a later date. 

Their Excellencies then announced that, as there are many members of the Barony who could not be present today but had declared for Champion positions, that the Titles of Baronial Champions of Heavy Weapons, Bardic and Archery would be announced at a later date. 

Court of Their Excellencies, Magnus and Miriel was then closed.


Ice Dragon

The Court Report of Their Excellencies, Magnus and Miriel, Baron and Baroness of The Rhydderich Hael, held at The Festival of the Ice Dragon on April 2, AS. 50, as witnessed by Baroness Ekaterina Volkova, Ice Dragon Pursuivant , assisted by THL Zofia Kowalewska, Dragon’s Tongue Pursuivant.

During the day:

Their Excellencies wished to recognized the outstanding work of THL Minamoto Roku-I Sakurako for her making of beaded tokens to recognized the youth fencers participating in the day’s tournament and her help as baronial guard.  For this they did present her with a Hael Stone.

Rhys Penbras ap Dafydd was also recognized with a Hael Stone for his hard work as Merchant Liaison of the event as well as helping at events with set up and tear down and for recently stepping up as Baronial Deputy Exchequer.

Evening Court:

Their Excellencies welcomed all and thanked them for attending the event.

All members of the populace, for whom this was their first event, were called to come forward and receive a token of welcome from the hands of Their Excellencies.

The Autocrat, Lord Wolfgang Starke, spoke words of welcome to all that attended the event and then extended gratitude for all those who volunteered to help make the event happen.  Without all the volunteers, Ice Dragon never would have happened.

Their Excellencies then called for THL Pearce Redsmythe to come forward.   They spoke of his great skill in metalworking and the exquisite coronets he made for the Barony.  For all this he was inducted into the Order of the Golden Bee.  Scroll by Baroness Juliana Rosalia Dolce da Sienna and THL Padraig O’Branduibh

Sir Sextus Plinius Callidus came forth and spoke of the great heavy weapons bear pit that occurred during the day and announced that the overall winner of the tournament was Duke Maynard von dem Steine.  Scroll Illuminated by Baroness Rosamund von Glinde.

Their Excellencies then asked Don Behrend von Elmendorf to tell the populace of the fencing tournaments.  A pool round robin was first held and was one by Don Lodovick of Grays End.  Scroll by Baron Caleb Reynolds.  A second tournament of dagger and parry object was Master Will Parris, who received a token.  The last competition was “Prettiest Kill or Best Death”.  It was agreed by all that watched that Duchess Dorinda Courtenay had the Prettiest Kill.

Lady Bridgette de Sainte Mere-Eglise served as the Youth Fencing Marshal.  There were several authorizations held that morning, one of which won the tournament.  Simon á Fjárfelli was proclaimed winner.  Scroll by THL Zofia Kowalewska and THL Beatrice de Winter.

Mistress Ysabeau Tiercelin was then asked to come and speak about the large Arts and Sciences competition that was held throughout the day.  She thanked all the entrants and judges, as no competition can happen without either.

His Majesty called forth Lady Edena the Red and named her His choice for her fine cast livery collars.  Scroll by THL Eleanore Godwin

His Highness named THL Ruslan Ygorovich and the leather scabbards the lord made as His choice.  Scroll by Baron Caleb Reynolds.

Though Her Majesty was not able to attend the event, She asked that the Princess Royale Davia make a selection in Her place.  The Princess Royale selected Kalishka Peredslava as the Queen’s Choice/Princess Royale’s choice for her glass horn.  Scroll by THL Zofia Kowalewska.

Her Highness then spoke of all the things that She saw and how many entries caught Her attention, but in the end one kept bringing Her back and thus named the fine cake made by Lady Arianna dal Vallone as Her choice.  Scroll by Baron Caleb Reynolds.

Their Excellencies Magnus and Miriel then spoke of how delighted they were to see so many varied entries in the competition.  They then declared that their choice was the wicker basket that was woven by Simon á Fjárfelli.  Scroll by Mistress Gillian Llywellyn of Ravenspur.

The Kingdom A&S Ministers were call into court and announced that the metal foil beads by THL Rachel Daliceaux was their choice and presented a scroll by Mistress Sthurrim Caithness.

Mistress Tiercelin then spoke of the culmination of the Arts and Sciences Competition and that this year there were four categories for the Pentathlon.

The Laurel Category, for any entrants who hold the rank of Laurel, was won by Mistress Fredeburg Katzenellenbogen.  Scroll by THL Zofia Kowalewska and THL Beatrice de Winter.

The Artisan Category, for entrants who hold a grant level arts and science award, was won by Mistress Irene von Schmetterling.  Scroll by THL Mary Elizabeth Clayson and Mistress Gillian Llywellyn of Ravenspur.

The Novice Category, for all entrants with either an AoA level arts or no Arts and Sciences award, was won by Lady Elska á Fjárfelli.  Scroll by Mistress Sthurrim Caithness.

The Youth Category, for all entrants under the age of 14, regardless of any awards they hold, was won by Simon á Fjárfelli.  A token was presented in recognition of his achievement.

Lady Biotta of Otterskeep asked for time in Their Excellencies court.  She announced that a raffle was held during the day to help augment the Kingdom and Baronial Travel Funds.  A total of $574 was raised.  This was evenly divided and one half was presented to the Kingdom and the other to the Barony.

Their Excellencies again thanked all who atteneded.

The court was then closed.



Baronial Investiture

The Court Report of Their Excellencies, Carolus and Isolda, Baron and Baroness of The Rhydderich Hael, held at Baronial Investiture on December 12, AS. 50, as witnessed by Baroness Ekaterina Volkova, Ice Dragon Pursuivant. 

Their Excellencies welcomed all who came to witness the investiture of Their Heirs.  They then called forth those children present to receive gifts and asked that they adjourn to the back of the hall to enjoy them. 

Their Excellencies spoke of the courtesy of Master Otfried Ammerthaler and how it is known well beyond the borders of the Rhydderich Hael.  Her Excellency talked of how he is welcoming to newcomers and helps them find a place within the Society.  He was then made a member of the Noble Union of Lords and Ladies in absentia.  Scroll by Baron Caleb Reynolds and Mistress Gillian Llewelyn. 

Sibohan Readnait and Lady Simonetta D’Alfassi were invited into court.  Both ladies were presented with scrolls to commemorate that they were both selected to represent the Rhydderich Hael as Baronial Chivalry Champions.    Scrolls by illuminated by Baroness Rosamund von Glinde and calligraphed by Mistress Sthurrim Caithnes.

However, Their Excellencies were not finished with these two ladies.  Siobhan Readnait came back to the Barony a little over a year ago and jumped right in to help as an event lunch coordinator, create Baronial favors and support the Hael Hounds.  Because of all this, she was named a member of the Dragon’s Concordium.    Scroll Illuminated by Mistress Sthurrim Caithnes and calligraphed by Tiarna Padraig O’Branduibh. 

Lady Simonetta has been seen making favors, helping in kitchens, helping with event set up and tear down as well as assisting on the archery range.  For her enthusiasm and help she was named a member of the Dragon’s Concordium.  Scroll illuminated by Baroness Rosamund von Glinde and calligraphed by Mistress Sthurrim Caithness. 

Seeing that the Order of the Dragon’s Concordium was still missing someone, Their Excellencies called before them Freya.  They spoke of how she readily embraced the ideals of friendship and service that the Society holds and asked her to join the Order.  Scroll by THL Zofia Kowalewska, upon words by Baron Caleb Reynolds. 

But still the Order of the Dragon’s Concordium was lacking.  His Excellency spoke of one who crafts fine armor to help protect the warriors of the Barony and encourages others to try making armor as well.  For this was Lord Enzo de Pazzi invited into the order.  Metal scroll etched by Jace. 

Their Excellencies they asked Lord Wulfgang Starke to join them.  He has become known as a fine brewer as well as crafter of tasty feasts both for the Barony and abroad.  For this his was named to the Order of the Golden Bee.  Scroll by Baroness Juliana Rosalia Dolce da Siena and Tiarna Padraig O’Branduibh.  

Their Excellencies then presented Dragon Pins to the following people in recognition of their service as retainers and guards during Their Term as Baron and Baroness:  THL Zofia Kowalski, Lord Magnus De Lyons, Lord Meuric ap Gwillim, Mistress Sthurrim Caithnes,  Master Charles of Alden, Lady Katerin Starke, Curia, Lord  Ursus Epicureous, THL Eleanor Godwin, Lady Isabetta Orsini, Lord Bovi Daviddson, Lord Avelina filia Isolda, Seraphina, Honnoria, Bernadette, Lord Horatius Cincinnatus, Mistress Gillian Llwelyn of Ravenspur, THL Mary Elizabeth Clason, THL Rhiannon Elandris of Glyndyfrdwy, Joseph the Silent and Lady Miriel Du Lac and Baroness Katherine Kiersy. 

Their Excellencies spoke of the love they have for, and received from the Barony and the Kingdom.  They took great honor in serving and will retire with wonderful memories.

The final court of Baron Carolus and Baroness Isolda was then closed.

The Court Report of Their Excellencies, Magnus and Miriel, Baron and Baroness of The Rhydderich Hael, held at Baronial Investiture on December 12, AS. 50, as witnessed by Baroness Ekaterina Volkova, Ice Dragon Pursuivant.

Their Excellencies extended Their thanks to the Barony and the Kingdom for asking them to represent the Barony of the Rhydderich Hael.

As a token of gratitude and welcome, Their Excellencies presented Their Majesties, Magnus Tindal and Etain, with a gift basket of things that represent the Barony and the region.

Those children present, were called forward and gifted with coloring books.

Their Majesties then asked that all members of the populace, for whom this was their first event, to come forward and receive a token of welcome from the hands of Their Excellencies.

Her Excellency spoke of how it is impossible to do the job alone and that a support staff would be needed.  Mistress Geirny Thorgrimsdottir was called forward and appointed Head Retainer for Their Excellencies.

Lord Meuric ap Gwillim was then asked to come forth.  His Excellency spoke that he spends his life, mundanely and in the Society, guarding others and one who has stood by his side was Lord Meuric and there is no other that he could ask to serve as Captain of the Baronial Guard.  Lord Meuric accepted the position and took his place in court.

Mistress Ysabeau Tierclin was then called into court to speak as autocrat for the day’s event.  She thanked all those who assisted in some way, from set up, to troll, to cook, to marshal, to those that will stay and help tear down.  She could not do it without them.

She then asked THL Cynwulf Rendell to come forward.  He organized and ran an archery tournament, something unexpected for Northwest Æthelmearc in December.  Lord Gawin Hawkseye was proclaimed the overall winner of the tournament.

Baron Caleb Reynolds was asked then to join Mistress Tierclin and speak as Fencing Marshal.  Three tournaments were held.  Master Benedict Fergus atte Mede was named overall winner.  Don Behrand Elmendorf was named winner of the Funny Parry Object Competition and Rolff was chosen as Best Hand Puppet winner.

Mistress Tierclin then spoke of the day’s Arts and Sciences competition.  Baron Caleb Reynolds was declared the victor for his Venerable Order of the Ice Dragon scroll.   Prize scroll by the hand of THL Eleanor Godwin.  THL Eleanor Godwin was announced as a close runner up in the competition and was awarded a gift of amber.

The Tribe of Tuatha Fieren asked for time in court to present Their Excellencies with gifts of fabric and trim so that They may make clothing as befits their new station.  They also addressed the populace and said that they are still looking for volunteers to take over the War Practice Pick-a-Prize auction.

Their Excellencies asked that Baroness Rosamund von Glinde join them in court.   Her Excellency spoke of Rosamund’s unending courtesy and how she welcomes new people to the Barony with a warm and generous heart and smile on her face.  Because of this, they invited her to join the members of the Noble Union of Lords and Ladies.  Scroll illuminated by Lady Rozalia Krawczykowa and calligrahed by THL Mary Elizabeth Clason.

The first court of Their Excellencies, Magnus and Miriel was then closed.


Summer's End

The Court Report of Their Excellencies, Carolus and Isolda, Baron and Baroness of The Rhydderich Hael, held at Summer’s End in the Canton of Beau Fleuve on September 13, AS. 50, as witnessed by Baroness Ekaterina Volkova, Dragon’s Tongue Pursuivant.

Their Excellencies welcomed all who braved the wet weather to attend the festivities of the day.

Akayuma Yatoru Kage’o was called before Their Excellencies.  Her Excellency spoke of how this young man stepped onto the Thrown Weapons range and was immediately noted for his skill and went on to become Baronial Thrown Weapon’s Champion.  IF that were not enough, he has journeyed to learn the attire of his culture and household.  For all this he was named a member of the Dragon’s Condordium.  Scroll by THL Zofia Kowalewska. 

Their Excellencies asked that all children present to please come into court.  Her Excellency spoke of how the youth of the Society are the Future and wished to thank all that attended the event.  Their Excellencies then present each child with a handmade fortune teller as a thank you and remembrance of this day. 

Their Excellencies thanked the autocrat, Sir Ængus MacBain, for traveling far from his home to run the event.  They presented him with a gift of Dragon Wine.  Sir Ængus was then given leave to speak of the activities of the day. 

He thanked all who attended and spoke of how no event can happen without a good support staff.  Without those who served as cook, toll, marshal, mol, set-up and clean up, none of it would have been possible and he thanked those that gave of their time.

Sir Ængus then spoke of the special fund raiser that was held to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.  With the generous donations of cash and gift cards, over $600 was raised for the cause.  Drawings were then held for the special prizes. 

An Arts and Sciences competition was held with the theme of “What I Learned On My Summer Vacation”, where entrants were to bring the class handout of a class they attended at Pennsic, along with the item they learned to make.  Sir Ængus announced that Lady Alime bint Yorgi was the populace choice for her appliqued pillow.  Scroll calligraphed by Mistress Sthirrum Caithness upon illumination by Lady Rosalia Krowczykowa. 

Lord Alexander du Lac was then invited to speak of the day’s fencing tournament.  Six fencers braved the elements.  Don Behrand von Elmdorf was the overall winner of the tournament.  Scroll by Baron Caleb Reynolds. 

Baron Caleb Reynolds was then asked to tell of the thrown weapons competition.  Many stalwart throwers came to the range but Lady Amelia Soteria proved victorious.  Scroll by Lady Bridgette de Saint Mere-Eglise and Lady Rosalia Krowczykowa. 

Their Excellencies then demanded the presence of Lord Bovi Davidson.  Their Excellencies have seen the skill that he has shown upon the fighting field, and how well he did as their representative to the Known World Interbaronial Champions Tournament at Pennsic.  For his skill and encouragement of new fighters, he was named a member of the Order of the Dragon’s Combatant.  Scroll by Mistress Gillian Llewellyn of Ravenspur. 

Lord Gawin Hawkseye was then invited into court.  After a long hiatus, Lord Gawin returned to the Barony and has been a very avid supporter of the archery community in the Barony.  His skill and service brings honor to the Barony and for that he was made a member of the Dragon’s Condordium.  Scroll by THL Eleanore Godwin. 

Their Excellencies again thanked all who attended the event and asked that all those that received scrolls in their court to please show them off after court so all may see the hard work of the scribes of the Rhydderich Hael.

Court was then closed.