Welcome to our Kingdom!
A Missive from Their Royal Majesties of Æthelmearc:
Cheerful greetings and fond regards unto all within Our Sylvan Realm and beyond,
from Maynard and Liadain, King and Queen of Glorious Æthelmearc.
Once again, we say thank you. Thank you for your strength and inspiration. Together, we continue to achieve tangible victories and are beyond thrilled that we have reached a true turning point in this hard fought, grueling war against Covid-19.
The month of June hails the summer season and all its joys, including the reopening of the SCA. We are excited for all this offers, but continue to encourage a slow, gradual reopening along with continued situational awareness, respect for one another and adherence to all safety guidelines.
As announced during May’s ÆLive, We are working alongside Our Kingdom Seneschal, Our Special Deputy for Pandemics and Kingdom Leadership on Our Crown Tournament. Although delayed, the Sylvan Line will continue! Once details are finalized, We will formally share and publicize that information.
While we slowly begin to have in person gatherings, we will continue to gather virtually as well. We are delighted to announce that the now second annual Virtual Queen’s Prize Tournament will occur in June. This is a fantastic event that truly encourages and enlivens the arts through supportive, interactive dialogue. We are excited to participate and be patrons of this wonderful experience. We would like to extend Our sincere gratitude to our Ministers of Arts and Sciences, Master Hrólfr and Mistress Elska á Fjárfelli for driving this event, our A&S Webminister, Master Robert of Ferness for publication and promotion, and of course, all of the talented participants/artisans and panelists/advisors that make this such a memorable and magical affair. More information regarding VQPT II may be found here: http://aeans.aethelmearc.org/vqpt2/
Our next Æthereal Court will be held on Saturday, June 26th at 7:00 pm to recognize those involved in the Virtual Queen’s Prize Tournament as well as other court business. We look forward to seeing many of you there! ÆLive continues to be successful, and we are planning another episode for mid to late summer to celebrate the shenanigans and achievements through this creative platform. Stay tuned for more details!
Our journey is ever changing, and we applaud all you continue to achieve. As always, We remain available to you as a resource and as your greatest admirers. Please do not hesitate to reach out to Us at any time to share your thoughts, questions, or concerns. We look forward to seeing many of you online and potentially some ofyou even in person soon!
For Æthelmearc, We Remain,
Maynard and Liadain
Rex et Regina Æthelmearc
From the Kingdom Seneschal, Mistress Illadore:
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Posted May 9th, 2021
Greetings from Illadore, Your Kingdom Seneschal!
We have a number of things. First and foremost, Their Majesties, the Deputy Kingdom Seneschal for Pandemics (Duke Christopher), the Earl Marshal (Master Morien) and I have determined that Æthelmearc can start fighting and fencing again, starting May 10, 2021. This change is due to the Board of Director’s and Society Seneschal’s clarifications on what is allowed at SCA events and gatherings.
To clarify – fencing and fighting can start May 10, 2021; however, all participants must follow SCA guidelines:
1) Everyone must wear a mask. (This means over the mouth and nose, not over the helm.)
2) You can only take your mask off to eat or drink – and you must be stationary AND follow social distancing guidelines.
3) You must bring your own food and water.
4) All fencing and fighting must be outside.
(This is a change from other small gatherings, like sewing circles and scribal nights.)
These rules apply for small practices. If you would like to hold a large or Regional practice you must also follow the event guidelines.
The SCA also will not require vaccinations to participate; however, if a site owner (including homeowners) is requiring people to be vaccinated to come to their home, they have the right to do that. Enforcement, however, is on them, not the SCA. It is the homeowner who is responsible for deciding what proof they will accept, for any checking of that proof, and for any enforcement. It needs to be made clear that this is a rule of the homeowner, not the branch of the SCA.
We can also start having events – as long as they follow the BOD’s guidelines: they must be under 150 people, masks must be worn at all times, no food provided, and everyone must pre-register. (For the full guidelines please see pages 6 & 7 of the Aestel).
At the moment, we only have a few in-person events currently planned for later in summer. That may change. If you or your autocrats have any questions or concerns regarding re-opening, please let me know and I will do my best to answer your questions.
Also, we are not going to have a Kingdom 12th Night this year, as we would have to have bids in by June 1st. I just do not feel comfortable doing that at this time. It is my hope that we can have a number of small 12th Nights. This may require variances of the 75 mile rule. Please contact your Regional Seneschal if you have any issues or conflicts with events.
We also will be keeping the Kingdom Event Rotation as is – starting back up in January 2022. You can find that rotation on the Kingdom webpage.
I miss you all and I hope to see you soon. Please contact me if you have any questions.
Resolution to Suspend In-Person SCA Activity (Updated – December 4, 2020):
The Resolution to Suspend In-Person SCA Activity until January 31, 2021, has been updated to May 31, 2021.
December 4, 2020
At the end of July, the Board of Directors issued a proclamation suspending most inperson SCA activities in North America until January 31, 2021, due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. In November, we asked the Kingdom Seneschals and Crowns of the known world to give us their counsel on how to proceed in the first part of 2021. We received very thoughtful responses from nearly all Crowns and Kingdom Seneschals as well as many other concerned people. We wish to thank everyone who responded for taking the time to do so, and for putting such effort into your responses.
After reading and discussing the feedback received, the Board decided at their conference call meeting on 12/01/2020 to continue the suspension of in-person activities in North America through May 31, 2021.
The entire press release is located at https://www.sca.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/2020-12-04-Resolution-Continuation-Letter.pdf.
During the July 28, 2020, Ad Hoc meeting of the Board of Directors for the Society for Creative Anachronism, the following Resolution was passed by a unanimous vote and made effective immediately:
I. Whereas, the COVID-19 Global Pandemic has created an unparalleled challenge for the administration of the Society for Creative Anachronism. The Board of Directors acknowledges the health and well-being of the membership and participants of the SCA are of utmost importance;
II. Whereas, the Crowns of the vast majority of North American Kingdoms have petitioned the board to suspend in-person SCA events in North America until January 31st, 2021;
III. Whereas, following consultation with the Kingdom Seneschals of the North American Kingdoms, it appears that this petition is generally supported;
IV. Therefore Now Be It Resolved, The SCA Board of Directors suspends all SCA in-person events in North America until January 31st, 2021;
V. Resolved, Small local gatherings including, but not limited to, archery practice, guild meetings, officer meetings, and local martial activities shall remain at the discretion of the Crown and Kingdom Seneschal, in accordance with CDC, State, Provincial, and local health guidelines and
recommendations. Virtual events as alternatives continue to be a viable option;
VI. Resolved, The SCA Board of Directors directs the Society Seneschal to grant a blanket variance to Corpora waiving any required events such as Crown List and Coronation until January 31st, 2021, as well as extending all current reigns until a royal list can be held to determine suitable Heirs;
VII. Resolved, If a Crown or Coronet steps down without Heirs for a Kingdom or Principality, a Regent shall be installed until such time as a royal list may be held to find suitable Heirs and a Coronation or Investiture held. This regent should be installed according to the Kingdom or Principality laws that govern the appointment of Regents, after consultation with the Society Seneschal. If the Kingdom or Principality has no such law, the Kingdom Seneschal (and Principality Seneschal when appropriate) must consult with the Society Seneschal and Society President to determine an appropriate selection method for a Regent;
VIII. Resolved, the SCA Board of Directors invites Kingdoms who have determined that it is safe to host in-person events before January 31st, 2021, to request a variance from the Society Seneschal to be able to do so. The Society Seneschal shall have the authority to grant or deny these requests. These requests will be reviewed by the Board using the same review method used for variances to Corpora;
IX. Resolved, the SCA Board of Directors commends the officers, royalty, hard-working membership, and participants who have made it possible for the SCA to continue activities during these trying times.
Resolution to Lift Suspension of In-Person Activity in the SCA as of June 1st, 2021
On March 23, 2021, the Board of Directors passed the Resolution to Lift Suspension of In-Person Activity in the SCA as of June 1st, 2021 (North America).
Details of the Resolution and its conditions are located here: https://www.sca.org/news/resolutiontoliftsuspensionapril2021/
On March 23, 2021, the Board of Directors passed the following:
Resolution to Lift Suspension of In-Person Activity in the SCA as of June 1st, 2021
I. Whereas the challenge created by the COVID-19 Global Pandemic demanded heightened safety standards which led to a suspension of in-person activity in North America by the SCA Board of Directors;
II. Whereas the crisis of the Pandemic is being addressed through a combination of social policy, as well as scientific and medical advancements;
III. Whereas the SCA Board of Directors continues to prioritize the health and well-being of the membership and participants of the SCA; and
IV. Whereas the directed suspension of in-person events in North America expires after May 31st, 2021; now, therefore, be it
V. Resolved, that the SCA Board of Directors lifts the suspension of in-person activity in North America, effective June 1, 2021, provided adherence to the items in this resolution;
VI. Resolved, that all attendees in North America must follow all province, territory, state, and local health guidelines at SCA events. In addition, at all North American SCA events:
A. Masks that fully cover the mouth and nose must be worn by all attendees over the age of 4 at all times and during all activities except for eating and drinking;
B. Court, bardic circles, or any activity that involves voice projection shall also require that masks be worn at all times. Sound amplification devices are highly recommended;
C. No day board, water-bearing, or food of any kind shall be provided by event staff or attendees to other attendees. All attendees must provide their own food and beverages;
D. While consuming food or beverages, attendees are required to remain stationary and follow social distancing rules;
E. No overnight camping shall be allowed;
F. All events shall be held outdoors;
G. There shall be a maximum of 150 people at any event; and
H. All events shall require preregistration.
VII. Resolved, that the SCA Board of Directors mandates applicable Kingdoms who have determined that it is safe to host in-person events before June 1st, 2021 or who propose any deviation from the above restrictions to request a variance from the Society Seneschal in order to hold the proposed event. The Society Seneschal shall have the authority to grant or deny these requests. These requests will be reviewed by the Board using the same review method used for variances to Corpora;
VIII. Resolved, that small local gatherings including, but not limited to: guild meetings, officer meetings, and local martial activities including archery and thrown weapons shall remain at the discretion of the Crown and Kingdom Seneschal, in accordance with province, territory, state, and local health guidelines. Virtual events as alternatives continue to be a viable option;
IX. Resolved, that enforcement of this resolution will be handled by the Society Seneschal and President of SCA Inc.; and,
X. Resolved, that the SCA Board of Directors commends the hard-working officers, royalty, membership, and participants who have allowed the SCA to continue to flourish virtually as we lift this suspension and transition forward in a manner consistent with recommended health and safety standards.
The President and the Society Seneschal have been given the responsibility of implementing the resumption of events within the rules above and adjusting the strictures as needed with Board approval.
As per item (H) in the Resolution, SCA, Inc. has available the Event Module for the mandatory pre-registration process. All kingdoms are encouraged to utilize this tool. More information will be forthcoming from the SCA Accounting Specialist, Mazelle Attiya. If you would like to contact her about this available option, she can be reached at email@example.com.
This is our first step toward the resumption of SCA events. Working with the corporate officers and with input from the various kingdoms, we will continue to assess the pandemic environment and make changes going forward as needed, either to add further restrictions or relax existing ones as the situation allows.
No matter what safety precautions we put in place, there is no substitute for each individual being educated about the risk to themselves and their loved ones, and making responsible choices to protect themselves and others from this virus.
We look forward to seeing many of you, in person and in garb, as we prepare to begin in-person events again.
Greetings unto the populace of Æthelmearc,
Although unable to physically gather within Our Sylvan Lands at this time, We still wish to make an appearance wherever you may be. So please take this opportunity to decorate your own set of Royalty and take Us with you on your various undertakings. Snap a picture of Us joining you on a quest, whether it be a simple undertaking, or more involved.
Tag your images or videos via social media on the SCA Æthelmearc Facebook Page or your own personal page using #AERoamingRoyals so that We may enjoy the many ventures of Our friends far and wide.
If you are interested in being included in a possible future ÆLive segment, then please also send pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org
Most of all, have fun with this! We wish wholeheartedly that We could be with you in person. Until then, show Us what We could be up to out there.
Find Us here: http://trm.aethelmearc.org/roamingroyals.html
Kingdom E-Newsletters Available to All – December 1, 2020
During the October 2020 meeting, the Board of Directors voted unanimously in favor of the removal of the “paid members only” barrier from the sca.org e-newsletter online portal.
As of December 1, 2020, the paywall will be removed from newsletters, inter-kingdom directory and Board Minutes. This will give all participants and groups the opportunity to explore the rich and abundant history of the SCA. We are hoping these documents can be used as historical references and tools to help us grow the SCA community.
Subscribers to the paper copies of Kingdom newsletters will not be affected by this change. Your paper subscriptions will continue to be mailed to you in a timely manner.
Newsletters can be found by clicking on this link: https://members.sca.org/apps/#Newsletters
Information on Paid Membership, from SCA.org:
Update on SCA Membership Status Effective July 1, 2020:
We are sorry to have to report that as of July 1, 2020, we will no longer be able to leave expired memberships open as if they were current memberships. The corporation has reached a point where it needs to resume normal financial processes. Read the full notice here.
Gifting a Membership:
There has been an extremely generous response from our members, wanting to gift memberships to people in need.
If you would like to gift a membership for a specific individual, please download and follow these instructions.
News From SCA.org and Around the Kingdom:
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