Welcome to our Kingdom!
A Missive from Their Royal Majesties of Æthelmearc:
Unto all those who read these words, do We, Maynard and Liadain, King and Queen of Sylvan Æthelmearc, send fond greetings and well wishes this day.
Please accept our sincere gratitude for all We have achieved together over this past year. It has been a year filled with tremendous challenges and each one of you has been a shining light in the dark. We applaud you Æthelmearc for your fortitude, joy and adaptability. While this fight is not yet over, each day draws us closer to victory against this plague and your willingness to do what is right provides daily gains.
As we move forward, we continue to celebrate the magic of the SCA as best we can. We have become increasingly adept at utilizing technology in the magic of the modern Middle Ages. There are daily online offerings of classes, gatherings, and events. We encourage you to remain connected while practicing self-care.
Thank you to everyone who joined us for Our TENTH episode of ÆLive. We will continue to host these fun shows and welcome all to join in the fun. Don’t forget – past episodes and key segments are available for viewing anytime online on Æthelmearc’s YouTube channel, ÆTube! We are also planning an Æthereal Court for Saturday, March 20th at 7:00 pm. We
hope many of you will attend Court and participate in Æthelchat following.
Speaking of Court – we can’t have Court without Heralds! To that end, We would like to once again express Our extreme gratitude to Baron Brandubh Ó Donnghaile, for not only service as Our Jewel Herald and Host of ÆLive, but also donning the mantle of Interim Silver Buccle these last several months. Please join Us in welcoming the incoming Silver Buccle Principal Herald, Drotinn Jorundr hinn rotinn.
We were very impressed by the number of letters received for this office from incredibly qualified individuals. Thank you to everyone who submitted a letter, as well as gratitude to THLady Sofie Davenport for her term as Silver Buccle these many years and to Drotinn Jorundr for his service to come. Additional congratulations and welcome on the heraldic office front to: THLady Elenore Godwin, Garnet Herald (Submissions); THLady Alianora Bronhulle, Cornelian Herald (Submissions Deputy) and Lady Dorothea Stark Schutz, Golden Alce Herald (Precedence). Please also extend a warm welcome to our new Thrown Weapons Marshal, Baroness Anastastie DeLamoure and gratitude to the outgoing Thrown Weapons Marshal Master Antonio de Luna. We look forward to officially recognizing
this transition in Our upcoming Æthereal Court on March 20th.
Thank you also to Dame Hrefna Ulfvarinnsdottir and THL Grimolfr Ormalfrson for their recent service as Kingdom Historian and Historian Web Minister. These positions are currently available as are several others nearing the end of their term. We would encourage those interested in serving at a Kingdom level to review the “Help Wanted” section of
the Kingdom Website: http://aethelmearc.org/information/help-wanted/ We deeply appreciate the incredible skill, leadership and selflessness of Our officers and the many volunteers that enable Our Kingdom and Society to thrive. We are inspired daily by the good works and kindness of the people of Æthelmearc and the SCA. Thank you all.
So, until next time, keep focusing on the positive, wear your mask, wash your hands, be kind to yourself and one another. We miss and love you all more than you could know.
For Honor, Glory and Æthelmearc,
Maynard and Liadain
Rex et Regina
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.
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
From the Kingdom Seneschal, Mistress Illadore:
Greetings from Illadore!
First and foremost, it is approximately six months before the end of my term and it is
time for a call for letters. While it is my intention to “re-up” for another two years with
Their Majesties permission, I highly encourage everyone who is interested in applying
for the position to please do so. While my tenure has not been the normal experience
for this office, it has been one of the best things I have done in my life and it is incredibly
fulfilling to be able to help out our Kingdom. If you are interested in putting in a letter,
you have until May 1st to put in a letter to myself and Their Majesties.
If you are interested in being Kingdom Seneschal but are not quite ready (or do
not think you are ready), please consider contacting me about a Deputy position.
Æthelmearc can always use more.
As I mentioned on Ælive, via email, and on social media, we have extended the fencing
and fighting ban until at least April 1st. Hopefully, our numbers will be much better
by then, as with the new vaccines, things are starting to look better and there may
be a light at the end of the tunnel. I also asked, and continue to ask, that we begin
discussing just what does “re-opening Æthelmearc” look like for you. Please send
me your thoughts on what does “re-opening” look like. This is the beginning of a
conversation I would like for us to start, as a Kingdom, to have together.
With love and I hope to see you all soon,
Illadore de Bedegrayne
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.
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- May 1
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- May 21 - May 23
* Vivant to the following people being named to Kingdom Positions:
Don Jorundr hinn Rotinn, Incipient Silver Buccle Herald
THL Eleanore Godwin, Garnet Herald (Submissions)
THL Alianora Bronhulle, Cornelian Herald (Submissions Deputy)
Lady Dorothea Stark Schutz, Golden Alce Herald (Precedence)
Baroness Anastastie DeLamoure, Incipient Thrown Weapons Marshal
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* The following Kingdom Policies have been updated. Please check the new policies on the corresponding officer’s page:
– Armoured Combat (7/19) Effective 8/11/19
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