Welcome to our Kingdom!

A Missive from Her Royal Majesty of Æthelmearc:

Greetings Sylvan Æthelmearc,

In this, my final letter as your Queen, I wish to talk about legacy. It isn’t just for Kings and Queens, it’s something each one of us creates in our lives and this our shared dream. From the time you arrive at an event, or the practices, or the arts you share & teach you leave a legacy. Reflect on the message you create and the way you wish to be remembered, for none of us have forever and time is limited.

It is often said by Royalty that We reign because they believe. It is our duty to create & preserve the dream. This is very true, but as a consort, I have reigned because of the faith my Prince had in me first. In serving the kingdom, it is my hope that the love shared between my Duke, my King, our Prince, Titus Scipio Germanicus shall be remembered for the way in which we lived, with joy and fascination for the world around us. We were very happy and honored to be part of the Royal family once again.

It is also my hope that as the society ages, and loss is experienced, that you will turn towards your friends and not away from them, as there is no greater honor than the celebrated memory of those who lived the dream. It isn’t always easy, but it is worthwhile. May you always feel you have a home here.

There has been Augmentations of Arms granted this reign in the form of my badge, a black rose and white wolf head. Whenever you should see this displayed, know that the bearer was of exceptional grace and kindness to your Queen. Forever shall they bear my gratitude.

To my dedicated and loving staff: it was not the reign you expected, but you have served with joy and affection, and have my sincerest thanks for your support. I look forward to supporting you in your future endeavors. To my parents Sven & Siobhán, thank you for accepting us to your Crown list & giving me precious memories, and for the care and protectiveness to prepare for the reign.

To Gareth & Juliana, I could not ask for more gracious and considerate heirs. You have given me many times to celebrate, and much to look forward to this summer as you continue to serve the kingdom.

Most of all I hope this reign continues to inspire all of you to aspire to the throne. It is a hard job, but it is a noble one. As Titus always said, it may be a lot of work, but it’s the best job in the world. I hope you have seen the love and support in the most difficult of times, and that all those who follow me have the best of times.

In service,
Anna Leigh

And a Missive from Their Royal Highnesses:

Unto the Noble Populace of Sylvan AEthelmearc,
Greetings

The fires of war are blazing once more. Many brave deeds will been seen on the field, amazing artisans have shared their skills, secrets of old uncovered, service for each other done beyond anyone’s expectation. Arrows, bolts, axes, knives and javelins will rain on our enemies enough to nourish our crops and make the grass grow high. Oath’s will be fulfilled and new oaths sworn.

Coronation, Beer Bacon Bash, Ice Dragon, Blackstone Raids are on the way. War is brewing once again this summer and the mighty armies of Æthelmearc must answer the call. We ask all with the strength to fight to make ready. Go to musters, melee events, practice with bow, sword, rapier, build great engines of war, craft things of great cleverness learned of old and serve to make the dream real for everyone.

At our coronation on April 6th we will also have a tournament to choose our heavy weapons champion. We hope it to be a deep list. We want many members of the order of chivalry, the order and of the gage, and others who love armored combat showing their skill and honor. Following Coronation on April 7th will be an army muster, its a great opportunity to learn and get ready for melee season.

Of great importance our Kingdom will need heirs. Our crown tournament will take place on May 11.
All letters of intent must be received by 30 days prior to that as per kingdom law. These letters must include copies of: proof of membership good for the entire reign should you win, Photo ID, proof of authorization in heavy weapons. No one shall enter crown tournament that is not committed to serving the kingdom as it’s monarchs.

As you can see this spring is full of opportunity for valor, fun, learning, and living the dream!

Ad Glorium Æthelmearc
Gareth and Juliana

Crown Tournament Requirements

The webform for submitting electronic Letters of Intent is forthcoming.
Letters of Intent are due April 12, 2019, 30 days before the tournament.

In addition to the standard rules listed below, the three following rules will also apply:

  1. the first pairing of the finals: weapons form will be roundshield and hammer (provided by the crown)
  2. Long angel wing sleeves, cloaks, and protruding brims as per the rules must be considered as armor, If they impede a
    blow that would otherwise land they shall be taken as a killing blow. Sleeves should be bound so they don’t hang down
    for our tournament.
  3. entrants must have maintained an activity level acceptable to the crown for letters of intent to be accepted. 7 events attended since last spring crown would be the bare minimum.

Article III: CROWN TOURNAMENT REQUIREMENTS

III-100 Entrants in this section of Law are defined as the combatant and consort entering Crown Tournament.

III-200 All entrants in the Crown Tournament must be members of the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc.

III-300 All entrants in the Crown Tournament must be 18 years of age or older as of the date of Crown Tournament.

III-400 The withdrawal of either entrant from the Crown Lists shall automatically eliminate both from that Tournament, except as provided below in paragraph III-1100. Either may withdraw at any point in the Tournament by notifying the Minister of the Lists.

III-500 In order to be eligible to fight or be fought for in Crown Tournament, a person must be a subject (as defined in Corpora) of Æthelmearc for one year immediately prior to Crown Tournament and be able to demonstrate a reasonable level of participation in Æthelmearc during that period. The Crown may waive the above requirements if the entrants are subjects of the Kingdom and able
to demonstrate to the Crown’s satisfaction by their own words or by recommendation of peers of the Kingdom that they have
sufficient familiarity with Kingdom Law and customs and an acceptable level of participation.

III-600 Letters of intent must be sent to the Crown. They must include the following elements for both entrants:

  • SCA names
  • Legal names
  • Addresses
  • Telephone numbers
  • E-mail addresses
  • Proofs of membership
  • Age (proof to be supplied at Crown Tournament)
  • Proof of current authorization for Combatants

To facilitate complete letters of intent, a form is available on the Kingdom website as well as from the Crown and the Seneschal on
request. Prospective entrants are encouraged but not required to use this form to ensure a complete letter. Letters of intent must be
mailed, e-mailed, or hand-delivered to the Crown no later than 30 days prior to the Crown Tournament. The Kingdom Seneschal shall
verify eligibility as defined in the Bylaws and Corpora.

III-700 No person shall enter the Crown Tournament without intending an honorable attempt to compete for the Crown. At the
discretion of the Royalty whose Crown it is, the Kingdom Officers who administer Crown may step aside and have their emergency
deputy administer the Tourney, so they may enter. In the event a Kingdom Officer should win Crown, the Law regarding Emergency
Deputies and office succession will apply.

III-800 The entrants must be acceptable to the Crown or Their representatives.

III-900 No person fighting in or being fought for in Crown Tournament may administer the Crown Tournament.

III-1000 Any two people may champion each other in the Crown Lists (hereinafter referred to as a combatant couple so long as
neither is championed by any other person.

III-1100 If one member of a combatant couple is removed from the Crown Lists for marshallate infractions or any infractions of
the Rules of the Lists, both members are ineligible to continue in that Crown Tournament. If one member of a combatant couple
voluntarily withdraws as a combatant in the Lists, the MOL and Marshal will confer with the withdrawing member to determine if
they are also withdrawing as consort or if the other member may continue in the Lists. If the participant withdraws both as fighter
and consort, both shall be ineligible to continue in that Crown Tournament.

III-1200 The preferred method of Crown Tournament is a double-elimination format.

III-1300 The winner of the Crown Tournament and the winner’s consort become the new Heirs to the Throne of Æthelmearc. They are
each entitled to the Title of Crown Prince or Crown Princess, as appropriate to the individual’s persona.

III-1301 Upon ascending to the Throne, They may rightfully be acknowledged as Monarch and Consort with alternate Titles as
appropriate to the dignity of the Throne.

From the Kingdom Seneschal, Duke Christopher:

Great officers: 
I would ask that all Kingdom officers make sure that their listings in the Æstel are up to date, particularly with respect to your term of office and the listings for your deputies. If these need to be updated, please let me know and I will pass the information along to the Webminister. 

Seneschals– there have been revisions to the Society Seneschal policies. Please make sure that you have the most current version of the Seneschal Handbook from the Society for your reference. Also, long these same lines, please remember, that if you are having an event, that you MUST post the SCA bullying and harassment policy.

Local Seneschals: Please make sure that you have read the new directive from the Society Seneschal regarding sex offenders participating in SCA activities. This is very straightforward per the Society Seneschal:

“If someone discovers a person in the SCA is on a sex offender registry, they are to contact the Kingdom Seneschal. The Kingdom Seneschal will contact the Society Seneschal and forward all relevant information about the matter.”

Please do not investigate on your own. Just contact me and give me the name of the individual and any information that you have.

From Curia in Misty Highlands:
The following changes to Kingdom Law were made:

Section VIII-100 will now read as follows:
VIII-100 The PREFERRED dates for Kingdom events are:
• Twelfth Night: The 1st or 2nd weekend of January
• Spring Coronation: The 1st or 2nd weekend of April
• Spring Crown Tournament: The 1st or 2nd weekend of May
• Fall Coronation: The 3rd weekend of September
• Fall Crown Tournament: Columbus Day weekend in October

The SUGGESTED dates for Kingdom events are:
• Spring/Summer Æthelmearc Æcademy & War College: The 3rd weekend of June
• Fall Æthelmearc Æcademy & War College: The 2nd weekend of November

Bold type is my emphasis. The intent is to allow for somewhat more latitude in the scheduling of Æcademy without setting specific dates such as for Coronations and Crowns.

Law change number two involves section VIII-200: This will read the same as current law except that the $1200 limit has been changed to $1800. This limit has not been changed for years and is being adjust to account for inflation and changes in consumer pricing.

My term of office is up in September. I am pleased to announce the Mistress Illadore will be taking over as Seneschale in September. I have complete confidence in her ability to assume this role.

From the Kingdom Exchequer:

Greetings from your Kingdom Exchequer!

I hope everyone is recovering from their summer, and is in good health.  As the weather turns more favorable, the trees start to shed their foliage, and our attentions turn more toward indoor pursuits, I have some regular seasonal reminders.

3rd Quarter Reports are due on October 31st.  Now is the right time to make sure that all your records are in good order, all accounts balance, and all income and expenses are accounted for.  Most of the year is now behind us, and if everything is fine for the 3rd quarter, then adding the 4th quarter generally shouldn’t be too difficult.  And should everything not be in order, now is the right time to ask for help.

NMR payments are due 10 business days after the close of an event.  This deadline has not changed.  What has changed is that the Society people have been strongly encouraging me to suspend groups who are out-of-compliance, especially groups who are repeatedly out-of-compliance.  Suspension can have a lot of bad effects, including cancellation of future events, a prohibition from paying for anything (possibly including your regular meeting rental), and double-secret probation.

The ideal time to write the NMR payment check is at the event, just after having closed and counted out the cash box.  However, for events where the local exchequer is not present, during the following week is acceptable, but please make sure to get the NMR payment handled ASAP.  If an exchequer is going to be unavailable during all of that time, they should make arrangements in advance to leave the checkbook with one of the other account signers so that this other person can get the NMR dealt with.  Directions are in the Exchequer’s section of the AEthelmearc web site: http://aethelmearc.org/officers/exchequer/

Call for letters: My second term will be up at Pennsic next year.  While I could take a one year extension, I’d prefer to not do so, but will if doing so provides for a smoother transition.  I will be more than happy to act as a special deputy to my successor for several years to further ensure that everything continues to operate smoothly.

In Service,  –Tofi

Upcoming Royal Progress Events

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Announcements

* There is a new Society Harassment and Bullying Policy, which can be found at http://socsen.sca.org/the-sca-harrassment-and-bullying-policy/.

* The new Æthelmearc Fighter Data Roster is available at http://authclerk.aethelmearc.org. Any questions or comments can be sent to Mistress Maria Christina de Cordoba, Kingdom Authorization Clerk, at ae.authorization@aethelmearc.org.

There is an immediate need for a new Kingdom Historian and an opening for a Webminister for the Historian’s Office. There is also an opening for a Webminister for the Chronicler’s Office. If you are interested, please email our Kingdom Chronicler at ae.chronicler@aethelmearc.org.

* Letters of Intent are being accepted for Kingdom Exchequer. The 2-year term starts at Pennsic 2019. If you are interested, please email resume.exchequer@aethelmearc.org.

*The Silver Buccle Herald, THL Sophie Davenport, is seeking 12 local heralds, a Region 5 herald, and an Archivist. If you are interested in any of these positions, please let her know at ae.herald@aethelmearc.org.

The Kingdom Signets, Mistress Antoinette de la Croix and THL Shirin of Susa, are requesting scroll blanks for Kingdom Awards. If you are able to help out, kindly let them know at ae.signet@aethelmearc.org.

* There are new Authorization Forms found on the Authorizations Clerk page.

* There are new Event Submission and Update forms found on the Event Submission Form page.

* Information regarding the icons found in event announcements can be found in the Icon Guide.

* There is a Frequently Asked Questions page on this site. Please see if your question is listed here.

* The following Kingdom Policies have been updated. Please check the new policies on the corresponding officer’s page:
Exchequer (7/18)
Youth Combat (8/18)
Webminister (8/18)

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