Sunday, 27 October 2013

The First Book of the Chronicles of Eoforwic

By Etienne de l'Isle

The Chronicle of Eoforwic of Etienne de l'Isle Including a short account of the history of Septentria

The Chronicle of Eoforwic of Etienne de l'Isle Copyright 1982 Steve Muhlberger. First edition June, 1982. Reprint November, 1992.


To Her Excellency, Lady Kaffa Muiraith, Baroness Septentria, Companion of the Purple Fret, Bearer of the Bear's Claw, this humble work is dedicated.

It is now more than two years, my lady, since Duke Finnvarr de Taahe promised you that he would write a history of Eoforwic. Ever since that time he has been much oppressed by the duties of his high estate. Being a man of his word, and seeing it so long unfulfilled, he has passed the obligation over to me, commanding me to compose a chronicle of Eoforwic as quickly as possible. I, conscious of my many debts to him, have done my best to comply.

I fear, my lady, that His Grace has given little thought to the difficulty of this task. A chronicler's duty is to reduce the history of his country and his time into a manageable compass. He must describe great deeds, noble men and women, and the various triumphs of vice and virtue, all in a little space. He has no leisure to indulge his own tastes and prejudices, and must eschew literary artifice, lest his work burst its proper bounds.

The chronicler receives little thanks for this labor. His judgement is questioned at every turn. He has left out everything of importance, men cry, and filled his book with trivialities: Where is the tale of this noble lord, and why is there so much about that absurd incident? They likewise sneer at his style: His work is a dry compendium, they say, with none of the charm of history, and it is entirely too long.

Nevertheless, my lady, I have attempted to do His Grace's will and provide you with a worthy and useful chronicle. For this account I have drawn upon several sources. The first of these is the Great Book of the Seneschals of Eoforwic, which has been kept so well over the years; second is a brief account of the history of Skraeling Althing, sent to me by the gracious Lady Aelflaeda FitzAlain and other gentles of that barony, which so recently was part of your own realm. Third are recollections of several kind people of this barony, especially those of Illtyd, who put some of (t)his in writing. Finally there are the extensive archives of my noble patron, Duke Finnvarr, which contain materials sufficient for many more histories. If, my lady, you find some error or omission, let it be excused, for I had not the time to do better. In particular, His Grace's steward would permit me to work in the archives only three days, and so I have had to rely in many instances on my fallible memory.

August A.S. VIII (C.E. 1973)

ntil the eighth year of our era, only barbarians dwelt in Septentria; yet the first of our Society to come to this land was a King. In those days, Sir Finnvarr de Taahe was King in the East, and was preparing a great war expedition against the Midrealm. Now Finnvarr had been a native of the North Woods and a knight of the Middle Kingdom before he won his throne, and the prospect of this war -- which was not of his making -- saddened his heart. And so, late in August, he set forth alone to seek the land of his birth, so that he might look upon it before blood stained its soil.

He left the land of Mirkewode and his eastern realm, and rode for North Woods. But he chanced to lose his way, and found himself in a land of sparsely-inhabited meadows, lakes and forests. The people were ignorant of Society ways; nor did they know that they rightfully owed allegiance to the Middle Kingdom. Nevertheless they were courteous to Finnvarr, and he was impressed by the wealth of their land. He came at last to the pleasant town of York, known to some as Toronto, on the lake of Ontario. Now York sat upon a good harbor beneath a hill, and it possessed prosperous merchants and strong walls. It even had a community of scholars and a great library. Finnvarr, who was a lover of learning, was much taken with the town, and decided that here he would settle. He found himself a hold and swore that he would return. And so it came to pass that after fighting Andrew, the Midrealm king, to a bloody stalemate -- this was the second Pennsic War -- King Finnvarr surrendered his throne to his rightful successor, Aonghais, and returned to live in this remote and still-unnamed corner of the Middle Kingdom.

There might be little further to tell, however, if Finnvarr only had come to York. Although this new-made Count swore fealty to King Merowald, and fought in the Midrealm Crown Tourney, he otherwise spent his time in the study of grammar, rhetoric, and history. He did occasionally toy with the thought of founding a barony in this new land. Once he even found a cohort, one Giovanni of Castracerno, another former inhabitant of the East. But Giovanni soon returned to Carolingia, and so naught came of their association.

September A.S. IX (C.E. 1974)

n the fall of year nine, however, a second subject of the Middle Kingdom came to these lands. This was Gillian Olafsdottir of Karrisvik, more commonly known from her Irish family as Gillian d'Uriel. She was already a lady of considerable accomplishment: She had been seneschal of the North
Woods, and, as host of the Kingdom Twelfth Night Feast, had been highly honored by King Merowald and Queen Gwendolyn. Yet she loved learning more than anything, and when she heard of the scholars who frequented Toronto, she felt compelled to seek them out. She sailed east until she came to York harbour, and finding the university, was content to stay, even though she was now far from the civilized part of the Middle Kingdom.

Lady Gillian had not been in the town long before she met Finnvarr. Although both were natives of North Woods, and each had seen the other, they had never spoken; for Gillian had joined the Society after Finnvarr had departed for the East. Yet they knew many folk in common, and had much to say to each other on their first meeting. Soon, indeed, they were discussing whether the Society could be brought to the town; soon after that, they resolved to found a shire.

Among the friends that Finnvarr had made in his first year in York were various devotees of ancient legend and prophetic visions. Several of these folk were interested when they heard of Gillian's and Finnvarr's plans. These folk included Elizaveta, an early inhabitant of North Woods recently come to York, James Allen, a student of legendary, Rafe l'Estrange, a traveller and philosopher, Robert Wilson, a storyteller, and Small Janet, a lady of many talents. There was also Jehanne l'Enragee, of whom more later. These were the very earliest members of the shire. They first met at Elizaveta's home. The new members wished to learn more about the new Age of Chivalry, and encouraged Finnvarr to teach the rudiments of fighting and Gillian, the gentler art of dance. At the suggestion of James Allen the group quickly chose the name of Eoforwic, which means both Boar-town and York, for the shire.

The folk of Eoforwic realized from the start that their small shire needed to grow. To this end they planned a public meeting for late November. The members diligently put up wall posters and spread the news by word of mouth, and were rewarded by a large turnout of interested people. As is usual, many did not return. Enough stayed, however, to make Eoforwic a reality.

Of the folk who came to the shire through the meeting, the most important were Miriam of the Trillium Fields and Hugo von Feuerklippe. Miriam was a wise, courteous, and beautiful lady from the South. She was enthusiastic and knowledgeable, particularly in needlework and the dance. She early on took the responsibility for acting as Mistress of Sciences. It was she who embroidered the shire banner.

Hugo, like Miriam a student at the university, joined because he had always been interested in military matters, in chivalry, and in heraldry. More will be said of him later.

Two other folk of consequence were Jehanne l'Engagee and Jowell Toledero de Sampitiqua. Each came to the shire through their acquaintance with other early members of the shire. Jehanne, a student of the law, was interested in chivalric combat from the very first. Fighting for her was a double challenge. Not only did she have to learn the use of sword and shield, but she had to do battle with the Society convention as well; for at that time women were not permitted to fight in the lists. In the course of time, Jehanne's interests widened. She was always a most loyal supporter of Eoforwic.

Jowell Toledero and his brother Lorenzo had met Finnvarr the previous year and had been fascinated by his tales of the Society. Now Lorenzo was oversea, but Jowell appeared, brimming with enthusiasm. He was a many-talented man: He cooked and brewed, made musical instruments and played them, knew something of dance, and soon became a competent fighter and armorer. He was an essential part of the early shire and soon became its first herald.

In these early days, however, the organization of the shire was quite rudimentary. Gillian and Finnvarr, as seneschal and marshal, were Eoforwic's only officers, and for the moment the only tutors in Society customs. The center of their little community was even then the hall of the foreign students in the university quarter. The second public meeting of the shire was held there, and there soon grew up a great friendship between the hall wardens and Eoforwic, which has lasted to this day. The shire folk had much to do. Most had no suitable clothing for court wear, and so set about making appropriate costume. Lady Gillian taught dancing, including several dances then unknown in the Middle Kingdom. Some gentles, James Allen, Rafe, Hugo, Jehanne and Jowell, began to construct armor under Count Finnvarr's direction. There was no shop in Eoforwic at that time, and so only shields and simple armor could be made. This severely hampered Finnvarr's efforts to teach fighting. Indeed, there were only two helms at first. Fortunately, Countess Caellyn and several others from North Woods visited Finnvarr in November, and they brought with them some old helmets no longer needed in that barony.

January A.S. IX (C.E. 1975)

fter Twelfth Night, Eoforwic made plans to host a tournament and feast in the early spring. Finnvarr took the chief responsibility for this first event, and wrote letters announcing it to Midrealm seneschals, and to Thescorre, then the closest shire in the East. Gillian began feast preparations, and secured the co-operation of Jowell in that effort.

February A.S. IX (C.E. 1975)

n this month Elizaveta, Gillian, and Finnvarr convinced Rafe, Jowell and Jehanne to journey with them to their native barony of North Woods to participate in a tourney and feast in the style of the XIIIth century. The Eoforings planned to use the occasion to demonstrate their shire's existence to the rest of the Kingdom. Jowell brought a great iron mace to present to King Dagan on behalf of the shire. Gillian and Finnvarr were ready to perform a long-forgotten dance, the example gai, which the lady had discovered in an old manuscript, and Jowell had practiced the accompaniment. Thus the shire would have the honor of introducing a new dance into the most civilized barony in the realm.

These things actually came to pass. Unfortunately, the most remarkable occurrence of the day was neither of these, but rather Finnvarr's trial for treason. This was a plot of Brusten de Bearsul, who wished to enliven the afternoon with a trial by combat; he perhaps picked Finnvarr as the victim because the Count refused to acknowledge him as his bastard son. Finnvarr was accused of lese majeste. Specifically of ridiculing the King's girth, and was obliged to do battle, while encumbered with many disabilities, against Earl Merowald de Sylveaston. After Finnvarr was defeated, and while he still lay on the field, Earl Aonghais Dubh, his successor as King of the East, sallied out to defend Finnvarr's honor. Aonghais fought many challengers and did such deeds that Finnvarr was pardoned.

That same day Aonghais fought Rafe l'Estrange and Jowell Toledero, who sought to gain admittance to the lists. The earl so overpowered them that they failed in their endeavor. Nevertheless, all the Eoforings thoroughly enjoyed tourney, feast, and revels -- which were exceptional, even for North Woods -- and they returned determined to make their own tourney a fine one in all respects.

To this time fighting practices had been erratic, and taken place in the foreign students' hall, and unsuitable location. Now the fighters began to train weekly in another university hall, one attached to the nameless tavern of the magistri artium.

March A.S. IX (C.E. 1975)

oforwic's first tourney and feast were held on the XVth of March, A.S. IX. Folk from near and far gathered at Emmanuel College to take part. A great company came from North Woods: Sir Thorvald inn Grimmi, Baron of the North Woods and Steward of the Society, Jarl Bearengaer hinn Raudi, the Countesses Caellyn FitzHugh and Gwendolyn Ro Kearsey, as well as such folk as Aldric of Northmark and Elienor of the Nameless Beast. No one from Thescorre appeared, but, surprisingly, people came from two newer Eastern shires. Owain of the Muddled Woad, an imposing warrior and a man talented in many peaceful arts, brought several folk from Eastmere, which stood on the site of Beau Fleuve. Also present were Naverlont Danser and his lady Anika, formerly of Caid, but now the leaders of the shire of Aschental.

Both the martial and the peaceful arts were represented. Two tourneys were fought. The first, a round-robin list of chivalry judged by a panel of ladies, was won by Naverlont, who fought in an odd but effective style. The second tournament was fought in the manner of the Atenveldt Crown Tourneys, and was won by Sir Thorvald. Of the new Eoforwic fighters, only Rafe l'Estrange fought, although Jehanne trained with Jarl Bearengaer. Throughout the day the populace was entertained by troubadours, who competed for a prize. Jowell and Elestron of Tower West from North Woods did so well that they were awarded equal honor.

The tourney was followed by a feast, which met with general approval. Lady Gillian, not content to merely offer food, had each course introduced by a verse. The result was a poem which described Count Finnvarr's migration to the northland and honored him for his role in the founding of Eoforwic. Finnvarr was highly pleased by the compliment from one who had worked equally hard toward the same goal. This evening ended with revelry and dancing enough to satisfy the most ardent.

April A.S. IX (C.E. 1975)

oon after, the shire was fortunate to be visited by the Crown Prince and Princess of the realm, Rolac the Wise and Lindanlorein Droxeen. This unofficial visit was very good for the shirefolk, for they gained an opportunity to meet and converse with royalty. New friendships grew up as a result, and eight folk of Eoforwic braved storm and flood to attend the Coronation of Rolac and Lindanlorein in North Woods. The arms of Eoforwic were displayed for the first time there.

May A.S. X (C.E. 1975)

ith the end of the Society year, both Gillian and Finnvarr left the shire temporarily, Gillian to spend the entire summer in North Woods, Finnvarr for a briefer journey to Atenveldt and the West Kingdom. They were presented with ceremonial urns commemorating their roles in the shire's foundation. Elizaveta, Jehanne, and Jowell became very active members, travelling much in both the East and Middle Kingdoms. At the end of May, Jehanne and Finnvarr travelled to Myrkfaelin and witnessed Earl Aonghais win the Eastern Crown a second time. In July, five members of the shire attended King Rolac's war manoeuvres at Withermoor. In early August Jehanne, Jowell, and Finnvarr made a trip to Eastmere, where all three fought the local warriors. The long-time Society custom had been changed that year, and now it was thought improper to exclude women from the lists. Jehanne had already tried to enter the Midrealm lists at Withermoor and failed. In Eastmere, however, the knight marshal judged both Jehanne and Jowell worthy, and they competed in their first tourney. Also, Jehanne was now an archery marshal, and encouraged the folk of Eoforwic to practice the saggitary art for the upcoming war.

That same summer a few other Northland folk joined the Society. Donalbain MacTague wrote to Eoforwic from Windsor expressing his interest in the revival of chivalry. This was the first tentative beginning of Starleaf Gate. In early August, two people from Bytown, Maureen and Keith Wilson, attended a meeting of Eoforwic. This did not result in the founding of a new shire, however, for Maureen soon moved to Eoforwic.

At this time Rafe brought Penberthy, a former subject of Atenveldt, into the shire. He was a prolific writer, and offered to publish a monthly broadsheet for the people of Eoforwic. This was the beginning of the newsletter Eoforing, which has since grown into the baronial missive, Ursus.

August A.S. X (C.E. 1975)

n this month Eoforwic sallied forth to fight the fourth Pennsic War. The rains and flooding which accompanied this battle are legendary, and were indeed bad enough to chase Jehanne and her companions Elizaveta and Dierdre away from the army's encampment. Jehanne, however, returned the next day to serve as a scout in the main battle.

The small company led by Count Finnvarr, still Eoforwic's only full-fledged warrior, was wiped out by a much larger force of Easterners and their Western mercenaries. Nevertheless, the Midrealm won the war. Also present from Eoforwic were Jowell and Hugo von Feuerklippe. Jowell made manifest his skill in the arts: There was a grand display of and competition in the arts and sciences, called a pentathlon, and Jowell excelled in wood- and metal-working, cooking, singing and instrumental music. The war was Hugo's first Society event. Only recently returned from a long trip oversea, he came ill-prepared for the campaign. Yet he was fascinated by what he saw of chivalric combat and warfare, and from that time he was a Society stalwart.

At the end of Eoforwic's first year the shire was still very small. Yet its people were already recognized for their talents and virtues. King Rolac and Queen Lindanlorein had in fact awarded arms to Jowell Toledero and, at the end of their reign, granted the same honor to Jehanne l'Enragee.

September A.S. X (C.E. 1975)

ady Gillian returned to Eoforwic early this month, to find the shire already planning a second tournament for the XXth day of the month. Finnvarr, the host, had named it the Post-War Reconciliation Tournament, in hopes that warriors of both East and Middle would come to compete and become better acquainted. In the event, no Easterners appeared. There were, however, numerous folk of North Woods there, including Her majesty Lindanlorein, and a few from Cleftlands as well. The tournament, the first to be held in the quadrangle at University College, was most was a variety of combats. including melees and some very dramatic spear-fighting in the galleries. In he latter, Cirion of the Dark Horde was undefeated.

Others amused themselves with hoodman blind and great-sleeve fighting., I which Annora de Sylveaston excelled. The high point of the day was none of these, but rather the feast. It was a Spanish-Jewish-Moorish banquet cooked by Jowell Toledero. The feasters, including many with long experience in the Society, applauded it as a delicious and worthy meal.

This tournament saw the appearance of Sylard of Eagleshaven. Sylard, a wandering warrior, but also an artist and artificer, rode up to the tourney field just as the fighting had ended for the day. One look was enough to convince him that the Society was one of the things for which he had beensearching, and he joined the shire. He became Eoforwic's first Master of Arts, and was always practicing one of them himself, whether calligraphy, painting, costumery, or metalwork. He was an unashamed mercenary, always more interested in profitable warfare than in glory in the lists.

Not long after the tourney a great misfortune overtook the shire. The Sword of Eoforwic, which was in the keeping of Count Finnvarr, was deceitfully stolen by the evil Wizard of the Tower and secreted on the Islands across the harbor from the town. The loss looked to be permanent until Lady Gillian, by Secret means, compelled the Wizard to return the sword if certain conditions were met. The wizards conditions were hard ones. He told the shire it must send forth questors to seek his wizard's lair. If any of the questors survived this search he would relinquish the sword to the most worthy. He also forbade the chief members of the shire from taking part in the quest. Lady Gillian, Count Finnvarr, Lord Jowell, Jehanne, Elizaveta, Miriam, and even Rafe were not to go. The could only find the questors and prepare then for their journey. The recovery of the sword must be accomplished by the shire's least experienced members.

Nothing daunted, Eoforwic rose to the challenge. Eleven hardy questors were found, some of them brand-new to the Society, and on the IVth of October they crossed to the Island in search of the Sword. It was a difficult journey. The questors had to placate the magic birds who guarded the islands by answering riddles, battle with an enchanted knight, subdue an angry boar with song, and wrestle a mer-man. A most dangerous trap was baited with pity. A fair-seeming damsel who begged for a kiss to end her enchantment imprisoned those who granted her that kiss. Those questors could only be freed if others in their party braved a labyrinth and coaxed a talisman from the dwarf therein.

Despite these hazards, all the questors found their way to the wizard's abode. After some time the wizard appeared, incensed at their success. He deceitfully claimed that since all were equally worthy, no one need be given the sword. One of the questors, however, refuted this argument. Igor, Jowell's fosterling, had passed the time gambling with the wizard's apprentice and won a considerable amount of the wizard's money. Thus Igor asserted that he surpassed the others in cunning. The wizard yielded, though without grace, and thus it was nine-year-old Igor who returned the Sword of Eoforwic to Finnvarr. The Count was pleased and bountifully rewarded both his benefactor and his companion Dierdre. The return of the Sword was then celebrated with a most enjoyable feast.

It is noteworthy that among the questors were Tierr and Lilladrel of Walstead, two ladies who lived north of the town of York and were students of a school of the same name. Both were inspired by their experience and returned home full of tales of the Society.

Despite their best efforts the people of Eoforwic added only a few members to their ranks. These included Konrad von Drachenruhe, a serious and systematic man who decided that the best (way) to learn about the Society was to write a guide for other novices; Prisilika the Sensible, later of Caer Anterth Mawr; and Leslie the Fair, a woman whose only interest in the Society was combat -- for which she showed considerable talent. Yet these gains were offset by loses. Several of the original members had already left the shire, soon to be followed by Rafe, Miriam, and James Allen. Even Penberthy, who faithfully continued to publish the Eoforing, was seldom seen.

November A.S. X (C.E. 1975)

evertheless, the shire remained active, and some of its folk travelled to Rivenstar for Crown Tournament, and, in November, to North Woods for the Turkey Tourney. Yet this seemed little enough to Gillian. She saw that most Eoforings were seldom able to travel, and thus had little chance to wear their best clothes and practice their courtly manners. Gillian therefore announced her intention to hold a monthly seneschal's court, not for passing judgement or presenting awards, but to provide a courtly setting for the cultural life of Eoforwic. Her first court was held in this month, and was convened to discuss Castiglione's famous question, what makes the perfect courtier? Another court honored St. Agnes and her Maidens with poetry, and a third was a court of Love. These gatherings soon showed their worth. It was here that Hugo first showed a talent for courtesy, and Lady Jehanne one for French poetry. Such courts became a permanent custom of the shire.

December A.S. X (C.E. 1975)

t Yule, Miriam of the Trillium Fields hosted a revel in her home, which was remarkable for good food, good feeling, and new dance music which Jowell had recently discovered. The revel was Miriam's last contribution to the shire.

In this period Sylard was encouraging his friends in Peterborough to form a shire. But although Sylard brought some of them to Eoforwic to be trained with sword and shield, the shire never came to be.

January A.S. X (C.E. 1976)

arly in this month news came to Eoforwic that a group of Society folk dwelt very near by. Tierr and Lilladrel had taken the first steps toward founding the shire of Noerlanda. Eoforwic had to be content with this bare news for some weeks, for a face-to-face meeting proved hard to arrange. Late in the month some Noerlanda folk found their way to Eoforwic and participated in dancing practice. Eoforwic returned the visit soon after. Finnvarr, Gillian, Jehanne, Hugo, and Lorenzo Toledero attended a shire meeting in Noerlanda, taught dancing, and demonstrated the rudiments of fighting.

February A.S. X (C.E. 1976)

Eoforwic hosted a feast for the foreign students. The meal was cooked excellently by Catherine Brooks, a new member, but unfortunately the shire made neither money nor converts.

In the same month, the folk of Eoforwic once again travelled to the shire of Eastmere. Jehanne, Jowell, and Hugo fought in the same lists there, although none had yet authorized in the Midrealm. Hugo and Jowell distinguished themselves by winning their initial contests; Hugo, in fact, was awarded a cloven helmet for the most dramatic death. Eoforwic's fighters, though bested in individual combat, beat Eastmere twice in melee. At the revels Jowell sang and he, Gillian and Finnvarr taught dance, an art yet unknown there. Eastmere had now grown far larger than Eoforwic, and its people were confident that they would soon become a barony. By a strange turn of fortune, this was not to be: Within half a year Eastmere was dispersed to the four winds.

Also, Eoforwic first heard from Caelwulf Longstrider. An inhabitant of Windsor, he had been introduced to the Society by Theoderic the Skeptical and Donalbain MacTague. Shortly afterwards Caelwulf, together with his lady Morgan of Lindisfarne, Donalbain, and his own cousin Wulfram Wulfscilding, who lived in Hamilton, formed House Fyve'O. Wulfram began to frequent Eoforwic and particularly Noerlanda.

March A.S. X (C.E. 1976)

arlier in the year the western part of North Woods had separated to become the barony of Andelcrag. Now the two baronies were planning to form a principality. The people of Eoforwic were concerned at this, for such a principality would lie between them and the rest of the Middle Kingdom. Therefore Finnvarr, Gillian and Jehanne went to Three Hills to take part in a great folk-moot which had been called to discuss the issue, and to see if it would be in Eoforwic's interest to join such a principality. The question never arose, for the people of Andelcrag and North Woods distrusted each other to the point that the moot quickly degenerated into fruitless argument. Its sole result was the name Pentamer, which some used later to refer to the land including Andelcrag, North Woods and Septentria.

On the XXVIIth of the same month, Noerlanda hosted the first Feast of the Bear. It was originally planned as a local event, but it attracted a number of travellers, including a coven of pagans from Hamilton and nine folk from North Woods who, by coincidence, had been visiting friends in Eoforwic. The food was good, and the feasters were entertained by a dancing bear (who, after the fact, provided a name for the event) and by the impromptu efforts of the North Woods Mummers.

It was in this period that Tsivia bas Tamara joined the shire of Noerlanda. This lady had some years earlier been a subject of the realm of Atenveldt, and thus was not unacquainted with the Society. Her enthusiasm was great, and it was not long before she was seneschal of Noerlanda.

Also, it was about this time that Jowell was affianced to a lady named Miriam. They were married in the summer. Jowell was seen less frequently thereafter, and eventually passed the herald's office to Hugo.

April A.S. X (C.E. 1976)

ith the return of spring weather the people of Eoforwic again began to travel. Jowell his lady, Jehanne, and Sylard attended a tourney in North Woods where for the first time skilled Eoforwic fighters found enough knights marshal present to authorize them for the lists. Both Jowell and Sylard were permitted to compete; Jehanne was not, but was commended on her improved skill.

May A.S. XI (C.E. 1976)

n May first the Decennial of our Society was commemorated at a tournament in the Three Hills. Hugo, Jowell, Jehanne, Gillian, and Finnvarr attended this occasion, and Finnvarr took part in the Championship Tourney and in the many fine bridge battles that occurred there. Although only a few folk from other kingdoms came, those who did were well worth meeting, and the Eoforings returned home with many books and pamphlets from foreign parts.

Jehanne was informed that due to her mastery of traditional forms of verse she had placed highly in the Midrealm Poetry Contest.

Following the Decennial, Finnvarr went to North Woods to visit Caellyn and his other friends in the barony. He took this opportunity to match his fighting skills against the local warriors, who were then the best in the realm. This was excellent preparation for the Crown Lists, which were held there on the XXIXth of that month: Finnvarr was runner-up in the tourney, being defeated only by the victor, Earl Dagan du Darregonne. Tierr and Tsivia attended the event, and Tsivia became immediately notorious for her lengthy rendition of the Camel Story during the feast. Tsivia was often asked to repeat it by those who had missed previous tellings.

Hugo von Feuerklippe authorized for the Midrealm lists. It was noted at the time that he was as good a fighter as his experienced opponent.

June A.S. XI (C.E. 1976)

t this time Eoforwic and Noerlanda entered into several co-operative ventures. The shires decided to hold summer meetings in common. Noerlanda wished to hold a tournament in August and asked the more experienced members of Eoforwic for some aid in the matter. In return Count Finnvarr asked Noerlanda for help in obtaining fields and halls for an Arthurian tourney in the autumn. Ironically, at the same time a certain distrust began to grow up between the two shires. Partly the distrust resulted from purely personal conflicts. There was also a rivalry of the kind which always occurs between new groups and their more-established neighbors. But finally there was a conflict of ideals which became more evident with the passage of time. Tsivia, unlike those raised in the Midrealm, believed that the Society should take its inspiration not just from the past ages of chivalry, but also from various books of prophecy then popular. Under her leadership most of the people of Noerlanda adopted this faith. Her ideas found no sympathy in Eoforwic, and so the two groups began to pull farther apart.

July A.S. XI (C.E. 1976)

Sylard of Eagleshaven attached himself to Count Finnvarr's household as a mercenary warrior. Before this time there had been no households in Eoforwic.

At the end of the month, several folk of Eoforwic went to North Woods to help Baron Thorvald suppress the annual Scots revolt. Although Thorvald's loyalists were defeated, the Eoforings long remembered this as a glorious day. Jehanne fought in this battle, for she had now authorized for the Midrealm lists, the first of many women of Eoforwic to do so.

August A.S. XI (C.E. 1976)

n the VIIth Tsivia and Lilladrel hosted the first tourney to be held in Noerlanda. Folk from Eoforwic, Withermoor, North Woods, and House Fyve'Ottended. Hugo won the round-robin list, and a novice of house Fyve'O, Redbeard Lonewolf, distinguished himself. There was also a small war practice. In the late afternoon. Lady Gillian provided an entertainment, a Quest for Belphoebe's apple, in which the gentle questors had to overcome Anger and Lechery and exercise Justice and Charity. The efforts of Tsivia, Mord the Obscure, Countess Caellyn and others contributed greatly to its success. In the evening Tsivia and Jehanne ran a small claims court, trying various people for humorous and imaginary faults. On that occasion Gillian, Hugo and Jehanne were formally admitted to House de Taahe. The latter two became Finnvarr's squires.

By chance news of this tourney came to Torbin and Ragni of Amberhall and their daughter Eanor. Torbin and Ragni had discovered the Society in the West and loved it so much that they had recreated it, giving feasts and revels for their friends in York. On discovering Eoforwic they and Eanor became enthusiastic members. All three were known for wit, creativity, and generosity. Through their influence life in the shire gained a new gentility.

This month the Midrealm decisively defeated the East and its Meridian allies at the fifth Pennsic War. Finnvarr, Hugo, and Jehanne formed the first war-company to come from Eoforwic.

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t this time Wolfram Wolfscilding began the shire of Ben Dunfirth. This month and the next also saw a great growth in Eoforwic. Among those who joined were Dubadaessa of Kilkerry, a lady from the Atlantic coast who possessed many practical talents; Liliane d'Alezane, a musician who had been seen briefly in the spring, and who now returned from a summer in Thescorre; the infamous Nicholas Tiercel, also a musician; Conrad von Wollenrodt, a southerner who came to York to study the sciences; Maelstrom, also a southerner, a scribe, indeed a man of many talents; and finally Strygor von Tolmetz, a most interesting man who had made his living both as a warrior and as a travelling player. He struck up a close friendship with Sylard and eventually joined his household. All these folk, save one, were worthy additions to the shire, which was never so small again.

On the VIIIth Count Finnvarr, with the assistance of both Eoforwic and Noerlanda, hosted a Round Table. This was a tourney in the style of Arthur's day, in which Finnvarr invited the chivalry and men-at-arms of the Known World to participate. He himself, as host, took the part of Arthur, and challenged all others to match the deeds of the Round Table. The challenge was provocative, and many took it up. From the Midrealm, a great company came from North Woods, including Their Highnesses Dagan and Catherine, and folk from the Cleftlands were there as well; from the East came Duke Asbjorn of Roed, twice war-leader of his people; from the West appeared Bolverk of Momchilavitch, a diminutive woman warrior from Lion's Gate I Far Columbia. Still unknown in the Middle Kingdom, she would soon be famous throughout the Known World as a traveller, newsbearer, and campaigner.

Finnvarr, in his role as Arthur, greeted the warriors and gave each the name of a knight of British legend. They then competed in wrestling, rock-throwing, chess, and all the attested recreations of Arthur's knights. The warriors played one game where a single knight armed with a sword and chessboard and his lady using the chessmen as missiles held off six attackers at a castle gate; thus re-enacting the great feat which Wolfram von Eschenbach attributed to Gawain. In everything, virtue and prowess were amply displayed.

At one point, however, this new Camelot was troubled by rebellion. The King of a Hundred Knights, who looked much like Hugo, kidnapped the Lady of the Lake -- Gillian -- and several damsels, and defied Arthur to take them back. Arthur quickly assembled a company of valiant knights who overcame the rebels with ease. Unfortunately the victory went to their heads and Arthur's knights began boasting and quarrelling. Challenges were issued, and swaggering rogues attempted to wrest possession of the tourney field, or parts of it, from its rightful owner, whoever that may have been at the moment. It was a grievous and bloody display of might making right -- sic transit gloria Camelotis. Fortunately peace and friendship was restored among the knights, and the entire company retired to dinner.

In the evening Arthur ended his brief return by convoking the Round Table. The worthy warriors of the day were called forth and seated in the circle, and each was given a medallion, designed by Sylard and Jowell, that commemorated the day. the last called forward was Sir Tristan -- Squire Elestron of Tower West -- who was proclaimed best knight of the day. Then the circle was dissolved, each took again his proper name, and the revels began.

Some say that Saint Fionnbarr, bishop of Ireland, appeared that evening and, as a token of his presence, turned the hair of several ladies the color of gold. Others claim that it was all a jest devised by Fern de la Foret, who with several other ladies donned false hair and claimed that the blessing of the good Count had changed their color. The truth of this matter is known only to Sylard.

The Round Table was a great success, and both shires were pleased by their part in it; Count Finnvarr was later admitted to the Order of the Purple Fret on this account, among others. Another result was that Noerlanda began planning the Book of Pages for January and a Grand Crusading Tourney for May.

A little before this time Finnvarr and Jehanne took over responsibility for Eoforing. They sent it to all Society folk in the Northland, and obtained the support of both Eoforwic and Noerlanda, and later Ben Dunfirthshire, for this venture.

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n this month a momentous event took place. Count Finnvarr, fighting for his lady Caellyn, won the Crown of the Middle Kingdom at Withermoor, in North Woods. It happened in this manner: A company of musicians from oversea called Steeleye Span were to be in York the evening of the XXIInd, and Finnvarr was determined to hear them play. Then news came that the Crown Lists would be fought on the following day. His household was distraught, particularly his squires. They were certain that Finnvarr could win the Crown, but they knew that he would not forgo his other plans. So they arranged to have a fast coach waiting after the performance, and starting at midnight they drove their lord to Withermoor. Despite their best efforts they arrived at the tourney field only slightly before dawn, and none of them slept long. Yet the next morning Finnvarr fought better than ever, claiming he was too tired to fight badly. Thus it was that Finnvarr returned to Eoforwic as royalty once more.

It was at that Crown Tournament that King Dagan and Queen Catherine awarded arms to Hugo von Feuerklippe.

November A.S. XI (C.E. 1976)

aitlin Stuart joined the shire of Eoforwic at this time. She was introduced to the Society by Lord Hugo, who met her at a celebration of All Hallows' Eve. Legend has it that their friendship began when Caitlin fainted into Hugo's arms. Throughout the fall Hugo bore Caitlin's favor, but in the winter they parted.

In the same month the shire honored the birthdays of Hugo and Sylard with a post-meeting celebration. From this point, gathering after the shire meetings became a custom in Eoforwic. At first the shire folk went to various taverns around the town, but they soon settled in the nameless tavern of the magistri artium in the university quarter, where such gatherings have been held ever since.

Finnvarr's principate was cause for rejoicing in Eoforwic, but elsewhere in the Northland feelings were mixed. The people of Noerlanda, Ben Dunfirth and House Fyve'O were glad to have a monarch who knew them well, but they also thought that his reign would make Eoforwic forever dominant in the country. Indeed Noerlanda suffered in one respect. Finnvarr wished his May coronation to be near his home. Mindful of Noerlanda's plans for a May tourney, he offered the coronation to them first. Noerlanda, doubting its ability to provide a large feast, had to decline. Then Eoforwic began making Coronation plans, and Noerlanda cancelled its Crusade tournament.

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his year the Yule celebration was held at the home of Jowell and his lady wife Miriam. Aedan na Kincora, Kaffa Muiriath, and Finn mac Aedan made a brief appearance. About this time Jowell agreed to cook the Coronation feast. Nicholas Tiercel was to arrange a tourney field and hall, and Lord Hugo was to take overall responsibility.

January A.S. XI (C.E. 1977)

arly in this month Prince Finnvarr, considering that the shires of the Northland were scattered and isolated, first proposed that they might unite as cantons of a single barony. The idea gained immediate support in Eoforwic, but was viewed with some suspicion elsewhere, especially as the most likely candidates for the leadership of the barony were Prince Finnvarr and Lady Gillian.

On the XVth, the Book of Pages Tourney and Revel was held in Noerlanda. In attendance was Master-at-Arms Frederick of Holland, a founder of our Society who now lived in the near-deserted shire of Eastmere; likewise present was Laurelen Darksbane, who was not yet well-known. There was a quest, and a second small claims court. This time, however, the populace was made restive by the prosecutions. When the prince was summoned before the court this ferment broke forth, and Finnvarr's household and several others, including Master Frederick and the Cleftlanders, leapt forward to defend him. The prosecution was immediately dismissed.

This event marked the appearance in Noerlanda of Illtyd the Apostate, scholar and gentleman extraordinaire.

Also, Strygor von Tolmetz departed Eoforwic for Stratford, and for some time the Eoforings saw him infrequently. Dubadaessa, who had for some time been a member of House de Taahe, now became Gillian's deputy seneschal.

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hile Prince Finnvarr journeyed to Carolingia to negotiate with the Prince of the East, the rest of his household went to North Woods for a tourney and grand exhibit of practical arts. Lord Hugo won the tourney. that was accounted a considerable achievement, for North Woods fighters were among the best in the Known World. He showed a similar skill and courage on the journey home: The weather was very bad, and it was his leadership that got the party and its steeds through.

The same month Hugo, Sylard, Nicholas Tiercel, and Liliane went to Thescorre. Here Hugo placed third in the lists, and here he and Sylard first met Morgan Elandris, who had recently founded the shire of Rhydderich Hael in Fredonia. An immediate liking sprang up between the three.

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ugo hosted this month an informal gathering for all the Society folk in and near York, in the hopes that a festive occasion would dispel suspicion and blunt factionalism. Unfortunately many of the most suspicious did not show up, and those who came were not much pleased with each other. At this time there was much dissension within Noerlanda. Also, Nicholas' arrangements for Coronation sites came undone, and it was left to Hugo, as host, to find new ones at the last moment.

On the XXVIth the second Feast of the Bear took place. It was noted for a great surplus of cloved lemons, four of them for forty revellers.

The Windsor members of House Fyve'O formed the Shire of Starleaf Gate around this time.

April A.S. XI (C.E. 1977)

n April, North Woods hosted a Fools' Tournament and a great Above and Below the Salt Feast. on that occasion Earl Merowald de Sylveaston was accused of treason, and Prince Finnvarr was permitted to fight him in a trial by combat. House Sylveaston stole Finnvarr's armor in an attempt to prevent the trial, but Finnvarr's squires recovered his gear and the prince, in a just reversal of their former roles, proved the trespass on Earl Merowald's body. Nevertheless, the Earl was later pardoned an readmitted to the chivalry. In the evening there was a great feast cooked by the Princess; in keeping with the occasion, King Dagan was pelted with marshmallows and presented with a live-frog pie. Lady Gillian won a competition for the best mimed ballad, and later was admitted to the Order of the Willow for her knowledge and teaching of dance.

Late in the month there was a small revel in Noerlanda where folk of the northland shires discussed baronial status. Everyone was more favorably inclined than they had been earlier in the year, and so they discussed the arms and name of the future barony.

May A.S. XII (C.E. 1977)

On May Day Hugo, Torbin, Ragni, and Eanor attended the first tourney in Rhydderich Hael, and Hugo won two out of the three offered fighting prizes.

On the XIVth of May, A.S. XII, Finnvarr de Taahe and Caellyn FitzHugh were crowned in Eoforwic. the events of that day would make a small book if they were all recorded. There was a melee lists, won by Sir Aldric, Emeric Wendel, and Elestron. Emeric Wendel was chosen champion of the day, even though he had wounded the Prince, who had to be sent to hospital. Elestron was named best troubadour of the day.

When Finnvarr returned from the chirurgeons, and the coronation procession was assembled, another misfortune occurred. The princely party was twice halted, while first an importunant lady and then a drunken, rebellious serf pushed their way into the court of Dagan and Catherine.

When Finnvarr and Caellyn were safely crowned, however, this was all forgotten.

It was the privilege of the new monarchs to give many awards to deserving folk. Finnvarr's predecessor, Dagan, was inaugurated as Duke, and Catherine was admitted to the Order of the Rose. Elestron was knighted for his manifest virtues, and Earl Merowald was made a Companion of the Laurel for his mastery of brush and pen.

But more important for Eoforwic folk were other awards: Elizaveta, Sylard, and Dubadaessa were awarded arms, and Lady Gillian d'Uriel, as winner of the Midreal(m) Poetry Competition, was recognized as Poet Laureate for the year XII.

Finnvarr and Caellyn in their turn received many fine gifts. The most notable were a suite of dances written by Gillian and a collection of poetry published by Jehanne for the Kingdom Bardic Guild and dedicated to Queen Caellyn, a past Guildmistress. Best of all, however, was a the Masque of Oberon, a dramatic confection of past days revived by North Woods in honor of the new King.

Two of Finnvarr's self-named bastard children, Brusten de Bearsul and Fern de la Foret, were present in court, and the King made an attempt to dispose of them. He ordered his squires to lock Brusten in an iron mask and offered Fern to Prince Frederick of the East as a wife for his successor. Both Brusten and Fern escaped their intended fates, Fern most dramatically: as she stood weeping among her guards, Count Thaid lowered a ladder from a balcony, which the lady deftly climbed to escape the clutches of the enraged King.

Bolverk of Momchilivitch was in attendance that day. She remained in Eoforwic for a week and accompanied Finnvarr, Gillian, Tsivia, and Lilladrel to Bytown-on-the-Ottawa, where at the invitation of one Starwolf, they went to speak to the local inhabitants about the Society. This expedition only bore fruit later.

At this time Elizaveta and Jowell Toledero, who had both done much for Eoforwic in its early days, left the shire.

During the summer of A.S. XII the members of House de Taahe and others of Eoforwic accompanied King Finnvarr to many baronies and shires of his realm. Most noteworthy was the long trip to Nordskogen in this same month of May for the Crown Tournament. earl Merowald was the victor, and Hugo competed for the first time, fighting creditably.

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t was not long after this that Hugo conceived a desire to see far lands and to test his prowess against stranger-knights. His subsequent wanderings took him to Castel Rouge and the barony of Lion's Gate in An Tir, where he fought in a grand tourney and met many nobles of the West Kingdom.

On the XXIInd representatives of the norrthland shires met to revel at Rusthenge in Noerlanda. Here they formally decided to unite their shires in a barony and to petition for recognition as such. The barony was named Septentria, and these leaders were chosen: Lady Gillian d'Uriel was to be baroness, Wulfram Wulfscilding her seneschal, Finnvarr marshal. Eoforing, which had long been sent throughout the Northland, was renamed Ursus.

July A.S. XII (C.E. 1977)

n the XVIIIth of this month Ben Dunfirth held a tourney at Noerlanda. the day was so hot, however, that little fighting took place, and the emphasis was necessarily on peaceful arts. On this occasion there was a folk-moot in which the populace of Septentria ratified the decision to petition for barony status.

About this time Tsivia left Noerlanda for Bytown, and Lilladrel succeeded her as seneschal.

In July also King Finnvarr's army defeated the Principality of Meridies in the Barony of the Flame, despite the defection of North Woods. the Mid-realm, having no other banner, fought under a union jack which Bolverk, recently returned from Terre-Neuve, had stolen from the parliament buildings in St. John's.

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n this month King Finnvarr led his armies to the Debatable Lands to do battle with King Fernando of the East. And the Midrealm narrowly escaped defeat, for the East had many allies and mercenaries, including several dukes out of the West and the savage Tuchuks. King Finnvarr defeated the Eastern monarch in single combat, after which both armies withdrew. Sylard later drew the story of these battles, and copies were sent throughout the realm. In the peaceful competitions Liliane d"Alezane excelled, winning the second place among the artisans. And Lady Gillian proved her skill in songwriting, poetry, and dancing.

September A.S. XII (C.E. 1977)

orth Woods celebrated Their Majesties' mutual birthday with a tourney. King Finnvarr fought twenty-seven challenges and was kissed by twenty-sevenadies, in honor of his age. Hugo von Feuerklippe was again champion of the day.

On the XVIIth Torbin and Ragni of Amberhall led a quest in Eoforwic. The questors were challenged by drunken knights, enchanted damsels, and a basilisk on their way to win a scroll from the Wizard of the Tower, who again was troubling the shire. The goal was finally accomplished by Lilladrel and her company. Among those who made the quest possible were Conrad von Wollenrodt, Konrad von Drachenruhe, Aedan, Kaffa, and their son Finn, as well as Batwarda, a friend of Dubadaessa newly arrived in Eoforwic. The King awarded arms to Torbin, Ragni, and Liliane d'Alezane. Also, Lady Gillian, after three years of service, resigned the seneschalate in favor of Dubadaessa of Kilkerry, long her deputy.

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n the Ist and IInd Eoforwic participated along with many other guilds of the town in a performance of the York cycle of Mystery plays. Maelstrom, Gwendolyn Smardon, and Finnvarr, under the able direction of Dubadaessa, presented the story of the Expulsion from Eden. Many outland folk came toee the pageant, despite torrents of rain, and various members of Eoforwic sold goods and food to them.

On the XVth Finnvarr and Caellyn surrendered their thrones to Merowald and Kirsten in the march of the Cleftlands. the retiring monarchs threw gold to the populace and awarded arms to Maelstrom. the accession of Merowald was celebrated by a grand masque of the Norman Conquest written by Lady Gillian and performed by the folk of Eoforwic and North Woods. Many fierce battles were re-enacted and the chief parts were taken by the Saxon Earl Merowald and the Norman Duke Dagan du Darregonne. In the evening court Finnvarr de Taahe and Caellyn FitzHugh were made Duke and Duchess.

November A.S. XII (C.E. 1977)

ugo von Feuerklippe journeyed alone to Carraig Ban to fight in the Midrealm Crown Tourney. And he took third place in that contest. Later in the same month he was champion a third time in North Woos, whence he returned to Eoforwic to teach the bransle officiel, a new dance he had learned there.

About the same time news came to Eoforwic that Tsivia bas Tamara had founded a new shire named Skraeling Althing at Bytown-on-the-Ottawa. Also, word came of the shire of Kalenda Formas in Ayton, which included Nicholas Tiercel and Reinald, the brother of Konrad von Drachenruhe; this shire was, however, short-lived.

December A.S. XII (C.E. 1977)

This month Eoforwic went wassailing for the first time.

January A.S. XII (C.E. 1978)

t Twelth Night Torbin and Ragni of Amberhall hosted a most delicious twelve-course feast at Amberhall. On this occasion Konrad von Drachenruhe was honored with a mimed ballad written by Gillian, played by Caitlin, and performed by the shire folk.

A week later both Konrad von Drachenruhe and Caitlin Stuart were honored in North Woods by King Merowald and Queen Kirsten with awards of arms, Konrad for his long service to the shire, Caitlin for her talents as an embroiderer, musician, and illuminator. For she had begun to practice these arts with great skill, and was then producing many scrolls for the Crown. It was here that Sylard heard that there were Society folk in Amherstburg near Starleaf Gate. For a short while Eoforwic believed, falsely, that there was a shire in Amherstburg.

At the end of this month, Sylard showed the shire folk the blades, armor, and tools that he had created at his forge. Soon after this, Aedan began to work metal as well; for the new fighters of the shire, who included Aedan and Kaffa, needed armor, and there was none to be bought in nearby baronies. Over the next two ears Eoforwic would become a center of armoring.

February A.S. XII (C.E. 1978)

oforwic celebrated the beginning of Lent with a feast of pancakes. At Three Hills' Valentine's Day Massacre, Duke Finnvarr distinguished himself as a commander of melee teams. At Thescorre, Hugo won a tourney and Aedan and Kaffa fought for the first time. Following this, Finnvarr departed for oversea and visited the Barony of the Far Isles, and many foreign cities and libraries.

March A.S. XII (C.E. 1978)

n this month the Shire of Rhydderich Hael held the tourney of the Passing of the Ice Dragon. the people of Eoforwic were much in evidence. There was a great arts competition, which Lady Caitlin Stuart won, followed closely by Sylard. And Hugo was runner-up in the lists to Master Frederick. The shire-folk, on request, performed various mimed ballads. In this period a great friendship grew up between Hugo and Morgan Elandris, the seneschal of Rhydderich Hael, and for a while Hugo bore Morgan's favor.

Noerlanda hosted the third Feast of the Bear. There was good food, song, and storytelling; the occasion was remarkable for a live chess game, which was most confused.

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oforwic joined with the townsfolk in support of the Royal Museum. Numerous members of the shire fought and danced or the amusement of the barbarians, who in return gave them rich gifts including, strangely, a meal of insects.

May A.S. XIII (C.E. 1978)

n the XIIIth of May, a great company from Eoforwic went to North Woods to attend a tourney at which, it was rumored, the King would recognize Septentria as a barony. When the Eoforings arrived, however, they found King Merowald absent and his household leading a squires' revolt. Now the knights of the realm rallied to Queen Kirsten's side, and Duke Finnvarr and Lady Gillian joined them, but others of Eoforwic, including Lord Hugo, went over to the rebels. The chivalry, who were only seven, were greatly outnumbered but they prevailed anyway, cutting down all the rebels except Hugo, who escaped their vengeance. The celebration of this victory made the evening revels especially joyous; only the apparent loss of Sir Elestron saddened the populace. Queen Kirsten, after graciously awarding her supporters, recalled the Royal Promises in regard to Septentria. Lady Gillian d'Uriel was summoned before the Throne, and invested as baroness of the Northland. Scarcely had Gillian received proper congratulations forhis when she was summoned by the Crown once more, and admitted to the Noble Order of the Laurel in recognition of her contributions to dance, poetry, and drama in the Society. Thus the thirteenth year of the Society proved a lucky one for Septentria and Gillian, who returned to Eoforwic both a baroness and a Peer of the Realm.

In the same month Moonwulf and Zarina were crowned in the barony of Rivenstar. The new Queen sponsored a tournament for women, which Kaffa Muiriath won. Kaffa, however, was dissatisfied with the conditions under which the lists were held, and ever afterwards refused to consider this a true victory.

A week later the Crown Lists were held in three Rivers. despite the terrible heat, which felled several combatants, Hugo again distinguished himself, beating three opponents with one blow each and placing third in the lists. Here Duke Finnvarr agreed to take Morgan Elandris of Rhydderich Hael as his squire. House de Taahe thus allied itself with House Elandris which, though yet small, was already gaining a reputation as a band of skilled warriors.

June A.S. XIII (C.E. 1978)

obert of Two Cliffs, formerly pursuivant for Noerlanda, became baronial pursuivant for Septentria. At this time he lived in Oakville, where he gathered a small number of Society folk. Illtyd, who had served as listmaster for both Noerlanda and Eoforwic, was appointed listmaster for the barony, an office he exercised with great skill.

July A.S. XIII (C.E. 1978)

n the VIIIth of this month a tournament celebrating the foundation of Septentria was held in Eoforwic. As in the past, the weather was very fine. Folk from North Woods, Cleftlands, and Rhydderich Hael were present, inddition to many Septentrians. There was much fighting. Sylard of Eagleshaven won the novice tourney, and Hugo a no-shield lists. Everyone played at blind samaurai, a game where hooded warriors tried to find and strike each other with two-handed swords.

There was also much melee fighting in anticipation of the Pennsic War, for the shire and House de Taahe (including House Elandris) had formed a wartime alliance. This event was notable for the presence of sixteen folk from Skraeling Althing. That canton had recently lost its founder, Tsivia bas Tamara, who had returned to Noerlanda; fortunately Thomas of Linlithgow and Enid Aurelia of the Tin Isles had taken up the leadership of the group. Thomas, a fighter himself, had succeeded in recruiting several aspiring warriors. Some of these attended the tournament, eagerly learning all they could.

The baronial celebration ended with a remarkable revel. It took place in the beautiful West Hall where, between ancient carved walls, the people danced, enjoyed mimed ballads, and ate and drank. Here also the baroness held her first court, at which the folk of the Skraeling were officially presented to her by their seneschal Thomas. Baroness Gillian also attempted to legislate by banning the troika from the barony, as a dance too rowdy for gentlefolk. But the people of Septentria, ever scofflaws, immediately took to the dance floor and performed the troika before her very eyes.

August A.S. XIII (C.E. 1978)

arriors from all over the Known World marched to the Debatable Lands to fight in the seventh Pennsic War. Rory O'Tomrair, the Midrealm Seneschal and the other folk of Carraig Ban, s well as Bolverk of Momchilavitch, passed through Eoforwic at this time. Septentria mustered for war in greater numbers than ever before. In contrast to the previous year, the Midrealm army found that it greatly outnumbered the Eastern forces. The Midrealmers did not become overconfident, but spent much of the first day practicing manoeuvres in friendly melees. Thus prepared the Midrealm crushingly defeated the outnumbered East both in the battle of the twenty champions -- in which both Finnvarr and Hugo fought -- and in the grand field battle. In this latter Duke Finnvarr led a large contingent, which fought in the front lines. This company included Eoforwic, House de Taahe, House Elandris, Castel Rouge, and Thomas of Linlithgow from the Skraeling.

The field battle was the first for Aedan and Kaffa. In it they learned the virtue of teamwork in battle, a discovery which would serve them well in the future.

September A.S. XIII (C.E. 1978)

n this month there were tournaments both in Eoforwic and in Skraeling Althing. The first was a small but enjoyable affair which attracted several new members and many curious scribes. One of the latter encouraged Sylard to do some rash deed worth recording, and he responded by throwing Caitlin Stuart over his shoulder and carrying her off. the next day a picture of this vile act was distributed throughout the town. The tourney was won by Hugo, who had sworn to fight all day without a shield.

At this event Finnvarr surrendered Ursus to the care of Wulfram Wulfscilding. Megan of Silverthorne and Alistair Kirk of Inness joined the canton around this time. And Torbin took up the herald's office and Ragni became exchequer for Eoforwic, duties which Hugo had been responsible for previously.

A fortnight later a number of Eoforings went to the Skraeling to attend the first tourney there. A small tourney took place, won by Finnvarr, in which Sylard, Aedan, and the fighters of the host canton all distinguished themselves. Torbin amazed the company with his skill at blind samaurai. Soon after this Torbin, heretofore a peaceable man, took up the use of the sword, as Ragni had some time before.

The Skraeling presented a marvellous feast, cooked and planned by Enid Aurelia. It included a champion's portion of turnips presented to Finnvarr -- who gave it to his mercenary Sylard -- and a wondrous gift for the Baroness, a salad dressed à la Cleopatra, i.e. in wine vinegar in which a pearl had been dissolved. At evening's end all agreed that Skraeling Althing had proved itself a most civilized outpost of the Midrealm and the barony.

On this occasion Eanor of Amberhall was given by her parents to Baroness Gillian as a fosterling to be trained by her in courtesy and to serve her as lady in waiting. And soon after David aus Fresa left the Skraeling for Kingston and founded the ill-fated canton of Fortress Royal.

October A.S. XIII (C.E. 1978)

King Moonwulf stepped down from the throne and was succeeded by Nathan von Daritz, who was yet a squire. King Nathan decreed that the Crown Tournament should be held in North Woods, the home of Queen Kirsten.

It was a most eventful day. Duke Finnvarr de Taahe was invested as Earl Marshal, an office he exercised for a year. There was also a meeting of the Kingdom's chivalry midway through the tournament, where they discussed what new knights should be created. One of the leading candidates was Hugo von Feuerklippe, whose prowess and chivalry had been proved on many fields. King Nathan was favorable to his elevation, but several of the knights were not, and there occurred an acrimonious argument, which greatly upset Hugo when he heard of it. Nevertheless King Nathan, after consultation, decided that he would knight both Hugo and Corin du Soleil that evening.

As it happened, two more men were knighted first: for Alen and Laurelen, who were both of Cleftlands and bosom friends, showed great skill and courtesy in the lists, and reached the finals. At this point the King ad his knights resolved that both should be knighted on the field before their contest was decided. And this was done, with Duke Andrew and Duke Dagan holding the dubbing swords with the king. Laurelen went on to victory.

There were so many folk in attendance at that event that four hundred sat for dinner, yet such was the skill of the cook, Duchess Caellyn, that all were well fed. The feast was long, however, and the court began near the time that most revels end. Thus it was very late when Aedan and Kaffa were awarded arms and later still when Hugo von Feuerklippe was made knight. Duke Finnvarr released his squire from service in the German fashion, by striking him with a mailed gauntlet, and was privileged to hold the sword when the king dubbed the new knight. Thus was the bittersweet creation of Eoforwic's first native knight.

November A.S. XIII (C.E. 1978)

oerlanda held a tournament to honor the memory of Henry of England and hisueen, Eleanor of Aquitaine. It was attended by folk from North Woods, Rhydderich Hael, and Cleftlands, including Prince Laurelen and Sir Alen Elegil. These latter particularly showed their prowess in the lists, with Alen the final victor. At the end of the day there was a grand melee in the early tournament style, where each defeated warrior had to pay a ransom to his vanquisher, either his armor or another forfeit. And the fighting was particularly dirty, as the field was wet, muddy, and slippery. That evening Sir Hugo took his first squire, Finn mac Aedan. There also took place a famous Court of Love, where Baroness Gillian, ably assisted by the host, Lady Tsivia, passed wise judgment in a number of dauntingly complex cases. Otherwise the gentlemen shoed themselves more learned in the laws of love than the ladies. Tsivia told the camel story for what she professed was the last time, and was given a stuffed camel by her friends.

That evening, the idea of the Great Quest first came to Prince Laurelen. He was later advised on this matter by Torbin.

Caitlin Stuart, who had been deputy seneschal to Dubadaessa for some time, now took over the leadership of Eoforwic. Dubadaessa married her lord Maelstrom and was seldom seen thereafter. Caitlin, who was energetic in the exercise of her duties, soon found herself in some distress. She had suggested to Morgan of Lindisfarne and others that Wulfram might be more effective if he were either baronial seneschal or chronicler rather than both. Morgan and Wulfram took great exception to her remarks, and Caitlin was surprised by accusations that Eoforwic was trying to dominate the barony. This controversy lasted for some weeks, and nearly caused Caitlin to resign her own office.

December A.S. XIII (C.E. 1978)

Skraeling Althing held a small event in memory of the Field of the Cloth of Gold. Soon after this Thomas of Linlithgow returned to the Principality of Atlantia whence he had come, (m)uch to the distress of his canton.

At about the same time the Eastern Crown, heretofore oblivious, finally recognized that Morgan Elandris had gathered many folk to the Society in Rhydderich Hael and Beau Fleuve, and recognized her as baroness of those lands. This necessarily entailed her to affirm loyalty to the East, and therefore she resigned her position as a squire in House de Taahe. The parting was an amicable one, but it held the seeds of a future rivalry between Eoforwic and Rhydderich Hael.

January A.S. XIII (C.E. 1979)

his month Lady Ragni Dzintara hosted a second Eoforwic Twelfth Night. The feast reflected the great growth of the Society in Septentria in the previous year: Where the last Twelfth Night had fit in front of theireplace at Amberhall, this one filled the Enoch Turner School.

A king and queen of fools were chosen, and the lots fell to Duke Finnvarr, ironically the highest ranking person present, and to Tsivia bas Tamara. This unlikely pair amused the populace by issuing bizarre and fanciful commands until they overreached themselves and were deposed in favor of Donovan, the son of Teneen and Ariella of Ben Dunfirth. The best of a number of excellent subtleties was created by Kaffa Muiriath: It was a stag with an arrow I its heart. When the arrow was withdrawn by Sir Hugo, blood -- that is, wine -- poured forth from the wound. It was a marvellous evening, and celebrations continued at Amberhall until dawn.

Later this month, at North Woods, Illtyd the Apostate was awarded arms. Also, Caitlin Stuart was made a Companion of the Willow for her many arts.

February A.S. XIII (C.E. 1979)

n this month Illtyd, who was a scholar of note, delivered a lecture to Eoforwic on common superstitions and fallacies. The lecture contained both learning and wit, and was warmly received. As a result, Illtyd was asked to deliver several more thereafter.

There was also a tournament in Rhydderich Hael in which Torbin and Ragni authorized for the lists, and Torbin was named the most chivalrous fighter of the day. And there was a tourney in Skraeling Althing won by Aedan.

March A.S. XIII (C.E. 1979)

everal folk from Eoforwic went to Rhydderich Hael to the Ice Dragon Tournament. Sir Hugo won the tourney, beating his old rival, Countrederick. The travellers feasted on Lady Ragni's excellent food, then returned home, where she and Torbin hosted a day of games at Amberhall and once more fed their guests.

The next week Noerlanda, following the suggestion of Duke Finnvarr, hosted a baronial fighting practice in conjunction with the Feast of the Bear. The fighters were delighted to discover that the tourney hall held a pool and sauna, and they were able to relax after their battles in luxurious surroundings. They were thus uncommonly refreshed for the evening revels. That day Alistair Kirk introduced his betrothed lady, Bronwyn Meredith, and announced the formation of House Inness. Bronwyn and Alistair were married in the summer.

April A.S. XIII (C.E. 1979)

he squires of North Woods invited the Midrealm's chivalry to a day of peaceful arts, and a large number of Eoforings went to take part. When they arrived they found that the squires were actually planning revolt. When the knights once again quashed the rebellion, the defeated squires were permitted to discharge their debt of honor by fighting each other in a grand melee, which Caelwulf Longstrider won. As a reward, he was given a silent squire, that is, a small cart for hauling Sir Rolac's armor. Torbin and Ragni both distinguished themselves in the tourney lists, and Sir Hugo was the ultimate victor. At the evening court, Finn mac Aedan and Batwarda both received arms. Later, in the midst of the dancing, Sir Hugo proposed to Lady Caitlin Stuart.

That same month Morgan of Lindisfarne became the first to hold the title of baronial mistress of arts.

And there was a Spring Tourney in Beau Fleuve, which Duke Finnvarr won, his first victory since he began to fight left-handed. He crowned Lady Ragni Dzintara as his Queen of Love and Beauty, which was accounted a scandal by some.

May A.S. XIV (C.E. 1979)

n the Ist Eoforwic celebrated the beginning of the Society year with a revel at Amberhall. It was the first appearance of Dea Carlyle, who attended as a potential employer of fighters and dancers. She remained after her business was completed and soon was a member of the canton.

Crown Tournament was held this spring in the March of the Unicorn, in the Barony of the Flaming Gryphon. Sir Hugo was defeated only by the two finalists, the victorious Sir Alen and Duke Merowald. He was disappointed at this result, for he knew that Merowald had only been convinced to enter the tourney at the last minute to fill an uneven list. King Laurelen challenged the knights of the Midrealm to take up the Great Quest for knowledge; and several knights did so. And Laurelen summoned Torbin of Amberhall, and for his contribution to this Quest, made Torbin baron. Ragni Dzintara was highly honored as well -- for her hospitality and her cooking she was made a Companion of the Purple Fret. Lady Jehanne l'Enragee was named Poet Laureate of the Middle Kingdom for her great skill in that art.

June A.S. XIV (C.E. 1979)

n this month Eoforwic held its usual summer tourney. his time it was called the Round Tourney, and was hosted by Lady Caitlin Stuart. The tourney was graced by many noble guests, especially King Laurelen, Prince Alen and Princess Emellin. Duke Cariadoc of the Bow, that noble Moor who first sat on the Midrealm Throne accompanied these latter and amazed the po(p)ulace with his prowess. There was a Round Robin melee tourney which was won by Sir Hugo's company, and much other fighting, including a battle where the King, Prince, and Princess took on many times their number and won.

The feast was another of Ragni's triumphs. It featured a series of round subtleties, ending with a cubical representation of the Known World, filled with nuts. The King elevated Jehanne l'Enragee, Illtyd, and Enid Aurelia to the Order of the Purple Fret for their outstanding service to their cantons. Also, at this time Kaffa Muiriath became Knight Marshal of Eoforwic.

Thereafter Jehanne l'Enragee, long a loyal supporter of Eoforwic, moved to the Roaring Wastes. She helped revive that canton of North Woods from its long dormancy and has served to this day as its seneschal.

Lady Morgan of Lindisfarne was elevated to the Order of the Willow. She was honored for her accomplishments in costumery and embroidery.

July A.S. XIV (C.E. 1979)

he people of the town performed the play of the Castle of Perseverance. The merchants of Eoforwic and some of Skraeling Althing sold food and other goods, and Eoforwic performed a play of a wicked abbess and a valiant yeoman who escaped her oppression.

Later, the Middle Kingdom fought the East in the Debatable Lands, and was fought to a standstill. Yet the fighters of Septentria did well. In the great woods battle, where most of the Midrealm army was cut down, Sir Hugo and Aedan na Kincora fought to the end around the Midrealm standard. Stepann Ruthenko, then a very new fighter, showed praiseworthy prowess in battle. Duke Paul of Bellatrix was present at this war, training fighters old and new. The folk of Eoforwic were very impressed by his teaching, and decided to bring him to Septentria later in the year. Lady Caitlin undertook to make the necessary arrangements.

August A.S. XIV (C.E. 1979)

hortly after the Pennsic War, two notable outlanders settled in Eoforwic. The first was Bolverk of Momchilavitch, no stranger to the older members, and her lord, Sir Seamus Peacemaker. Seamus had been a founder of Drachenwald (then Thairis) in oversea and was now one of the foremost fighters of the Principality of An Tir. Eoforwic greatly benefited from their wide experience of the Society and from Bolverk's unflagging enthusiasm. They taught the canton's fighters new techniques, and founded the Eoforwic Culinary Guild in imitation of the one existing in the Barony of Madrone.

In the middle of this month Eoforwic held its customary fall tourney at Philosopher's Walk. There was an open lists won by Sir Hugo and a novice lists won by Barak Elandris Mago. There were also numerous melees, in which Caelwulf Longstrider showed particular skill as a commander. But the day was most memorable for the number of new members who appeared. Three came to Eoforwic from Castel Rouge: Vladimir Bohdan Blahuciak, an experienced fighter, Mordreth Llanelli Colwyn, and Breanaidh ni Naoimin. Others, no less remarkable, were completely new to the Society: the wandering scholar Huisdean nan Eilan and the merchant Helmut of Greenland. And Alistair Kirk returned to Eoforwic after a summer absence with his new wife Bronwyn. These folk made a great contribution to the canton, which now became a sizeable community. Most notably the number of fighters doubled, as all the foregoing save Mordreth and Bronwyn, but including Megan, Illtyd, and Llyra, the new seneschal of Noerlanda, trained and authorized for the lists. Vladimir soon became Sir Hugo's squire.

A week after the Eoforwic tourney, several Eoforings travelled to North Woods, where Sir Seamus and Bolverk made their marks, each in a characteristic way: Seamus won the tourney, and Bolverk, challenged by Princess Emellin, convinced her that they should decide the contest by placing two crickets in a circle and seeing whose jumped out first. Bolverk won this duel.

The next week, at Beau Fleuve's Summer's End Tourney, Seamus was once again victorious in the lists.

Also this month Caitlin Stuart resigned as seneschal in favor of Ragni, and Sylard lay down the arts office. Megan succeeded Ragni in the exchequer, and Caitlin was briefly Mistress of Arts. Mordreth then took up the latter office.

October A.S. XIV (C.E. 1979)

hroughout this year Aedan had become increasingly more skilled as a designer and builder of armor. At their last court King Laurelen and Queen Ithriliel chose to recognize his contribution to knowledge by making him one of the first members of the Order of the Silver Oak. Both Aedan and the rest of Eoforwic heard of this later, since none had attended that event.

There followed the Crown Tournament in Illiton, where Finnvarr surrendered the Earl Marshalship to Earl Laurelen, and Bolverk defeated three knights in challenges.

November A.S. XIV (C.E. 1979)

n the IIIrd Afon Araf held its first tourney. This new canton had been founded in Stratford by Strygor von Tolmetz, once of Eoforwic, and Artair mac Artair of Orkney, assisted by Gottfried von Beringen and Christian von Rosenberg. It was an event remarkable for fighting and dancing. The tournament was won by Sir Seamus; Hugo later held the field for five fights with dagger and buckler, until Sylard finally defeated him with dagger and shirt.

The next week the Feast of the Hare was celebrated in Skraeling Althing. The hosts were Spurius Furius Eruditus and Aelflaeda FitzAlain. Those attending were challenged to bring a dragon, or a representation, and Ragni's was judged the best -- it was Eanor, marvellously attired. Several dances choreographed by Baroness Gillian were performed, and Sir Hugo was victorious in the lists.

December A.S. XIV (C.E. 1979)

n this month Duke Paul of Bellatrix visited from the West Kingdom. With the assistance of Sir Seamus, he taught twenty fighters from Septentria and North Woods both the rudiments and the subtleties of sword and shield combat. His strenuous training sessions were followed by equally strenuous revels, which became notorious in their own right. This was a most memorable occasion.

The month ended with wassailing and a local tournament sponsored by Bolverk and Seamus. It was won by Skylock, a protege of Sylard's, a yet unauthorized novice who beat all comers. Skylock left with his prize, a keg of beer, and was never seen again.

January A.S. XIV (C.E. 1980)

nce more Eoforwic celebrated Twelfth Night with a feast. Megan of Silverthorne was the host, and with the help of the Culinary Guild she provided well for the canton. Baroness Gillian forbade the feast to be served forth until a prodigy took place. As if by command, one did. The Lady Kaffa Muiriath appeared at the door, carrying a great treasure to present to the Baroness and her court. But as she entered the hall, a ragged knave ran out fro(m) the crowd of bystanders, seized the treasure, and escaped into the night. Kaffa was bereft. She explained that a holy hermit had entrusted her with the True Belt of Peace, and that she had brought it tonight that the barony might enjoy its blessing. Gillian then commanded a Quest for the Belt of Peace, so that it might be recovered by Midsummer. Many undertook the quest.

After this prodigy Hugo and Caitlin were installed as King and Queen of Fools. And they ruled well until Alistair and Bronwyn surpassed them in foolery and took their thrones. This was the first time that Frederick l'Avarre and Tamara Amalthea of Romany appeared in the canton. They were adherents of the Old Religion; because they themselves were such charming folk, their beliefs slowly gained followers.

Also, news came to Eoforwic that Caelwulf Longstrider had been honored by the Crown for his poetry, and elevated to the Order of the Willow.

February A.S. XIV (C.E. 1980)

ver since Duke Paul's visit, the fighters of Eoforwic had been waiting for an opportunity to practice their new skills on outsiders. In this month Rhydderich Hael gave them that chance. Helmut of Greenland, in his first tournament, fought very well. Mordain Blackcloak, who had traveled all the way from Skraeling, did great deeds. Sir Hugo, however, fought best of all, winning two lists in one day.

Later, Skraeling Althing hosted a tourney which was won by Aedan na Kincora. Mordain Blackcloak showed himself a worthy adversary. (The Skraelings properly date this to Feb XIII.)

Sylard of Eagleshaven, who had long been unpaid by his master, Duke Finnvarr, closed his forge suddenly and left Eoforwic for the far North. He was not to return until the fall.

On St. Valentine's Day Baroness Gillian held her court in Eoforwic and judged cases of Love with the help of Lady Caitlin and Sir Seamus. She was shocked at how low virtue had fallen in the last year, and handed out strict forfeits to all offenders. many, indeed, were sent on quest to give them an opportunity to reflect on their sins. Duke Finnvarr was not present, but sent word that he was held captive by Saracens.

March A.S. XIV (C.E. 1980)

month later Baroness Gillian held court again and received forfeits; she was not, however, satisfied yet, and some members of the canton were sent off on other tasks. Illtyd and Alist(ai)r accused Duke Finnvarr, noweturned, of deceit. He had been the guest, not the captive, of the Saracens, they claimed, and had disported himself in their company in a most lascivious and unchristian manner. Finnvarr hotly denied this, and challenges were issued.

On this occasion an unknown peasant stumbled into the court. Upon questioning he identified himself as John the Churl. he was both service and impudent, claiming to know nothing of the Kingdom or Barony, but to be a member of the People's Autonomous Collective of Eoforwic. Baroness Gillian in her mercy sent John home; but ever after there were rumours that this obscure band of rebels were planing or had executed various seditious acts.

That same month Starleaf Gate hosted its first tournament, which honored Clancy, a dog. It was a large event: Eleven knights and all the royalty attended. Prince Talymar won a hard-fought lists. King Alen awarded arms to Megan of Silverthorne, Llyra d'Arbre Mer, and numerous others of the barony. The Skraeling Wait graced the revels with song and morris dancing. Mordain Blackcloak was made squire in House de Taahe, which saddened Duke Dagan, who had hoped to have Mordain as his own squire.

The next week there was another great tourney of the Ice Dragon in Rhydderich Hael. Many nobles from both the East and Midrealm were present, and the fighters of Eoforwic acquitted themselves well. Alistair Kirk was squired to Sir Hugo and Torbin became Sir Seamus' squire. Also, King Vissevald of the East knighted Barak Elandris Hasdrubal, the first knight of Rhydderich Hael. For a second time Caitlin Stuart won the arts pentathlon, which was better attended than ever before.

April A.S. XIV (C.E. 1980)

Even these tourneys were not enough to slake the battle-lust of Eoforwic. As soon as the first good weather came to York, a local tournament was arranged, and the good fighters bashed each other with great abandon.

Once more this month Baroness Gillian held court in Eoforwic, and once more she judged her subjects lacking in virtue. When she assigned new forfeits and quests the canton came near to revolt. Some even said openly that joining the peasant rebels -- if they could be found -- would be preferable to the present oppression.

May A.S. XV (C.E. 1980)

n this month North Woods celebrated its tenth year of existence. Duke Finnvarr, who had helped found that barony, wrote a history of North Woods for the occasion. It was copied by Torbin, illuminated by Caitlin, bound by Kaffa, Aedan, and Ragni, and then presented to Baron Thorvald.

Morgan of Lindisfarne placed second in the Midrealm pentathlon of the arts. She began planning a baronial pentathlon for novice artisans.

At this time, too, Bolverk and Seamus left Eoforwic for their native An Tir, much to the distress of the canton. They had plans to return in the fall, but these came to naught.

June A.S. XV (C.E. 1980)

oforwic held a midsummer tourney, which was hosted by Baron Torbin of Amberhall. Many folk from Greek and Slavonic lands and the Orient attended, so that it became known as the Meeting of East and West. Obedient to the Baroness' Twelfth Night command, the nobles and gentry of the barony brought the Belt of Peace; or rather each of them wore some sash, rope, or girdle and claimed it as the only true peacemaker. The Baroness wiselyecided that the belts could only be tested in battle, and set the claimants on each other. Finally Alistair Kirk, with the help of his liege lord, prevailed, and was suitably rewarded.

On this occasion the noble Afghan game of bouzkashi was introduced to Eoforwic and the Middle Kingdom through the efforts of Baron Torbin. Also, the Baronial Novice Pentathlon of the Arts took place, and was won by Lady Enid Aurelia, followed closely by Lady Ragni and Lady Tsivia. It was fitting, then, that Enid should succeed Morgan in the baronial arts office when the latter was appointed deputy to the Kingdom Mistress of Arts. In the evening of the tourney, everyone feasted well on both Saracen and Christian food, most excellently prepared by Ragni and the Culinary Guild.

July A.S. XV (C.E. 1980)

t the founding of the barony, Gillian had made a special favor to be worn by the baronial champion. the favor had not one guardian but was granted anew at each tourney. In this manner many worthy fighters had worn it. Now Gillian broke her custom, and announced a tournament to chose a baronial champion for the whole of the next year. This contest took place at Afon Araf. The day began badly, with a great storm that chased the fighters into a warehouse, but despite this the tournament went well. Many noble deeds were performed by the knights, by Caelwulf and Durnhardt of Altenau, but particularly by Mordain Blackcloak, whom Gillian chose as her champion. Ironically, he spent much of the next year in An Tir.

About this time Wulfram Wulfscilding resigned the office of Baronial Seneschal, and Ciaran O'Donnell succeeded him. Jorunn Sophia was pursuivant for the barony. Robert of Two Cliffs, who had formerly held the office, came to dwell I Eoforwic.

The XXVIth of this month saw the long-awaited wedding of Sir Hugo von Feuerklippe and Lady Caitlin Stuart. It was celebrated with a tourney and a revel, the former being won by Duke Finnvarr. Many folk from Septentria, North Woods, and Cleftlands attended to wish the happy couple well, to eat the food prepared by Lady Ragni, and to dance. Afterwards Hugo and Caitlin dwelt in Albany House, formerly occupied by Aedan, Kaffa, and Fin, who had removed to the House of the Great Forge. The later was named for the armory located there. Aedan took Helmut, Robert, and Sylard as partners, and both together and separately they accomplished great things.

August A.S. XV (C.E. 1980)

n this month Tamarra first taught herblore to the people of Eoforwic. The Midrealm narrowly escaped defeat at the hands of the East; yet the warriors of Septentria did great deeds, particularly in the field battle. Andamarra gave practical proof of her healing talents. Sir Seamus and Bolverk were present, having arrived on the very eve of battle. After the war they returned briefly to Eoforwic, where they were entertained royally by their friends before they departed once more.

September A.S. XV (C.E. 1980)

any from Eoforwic attended an excellent tournament in North Woods. Among them was Baroness Gillian, who briefly stayed behind. Her own fortunes had been greatly diminished of late, and rather than be a burden to her people, she sought now to recoup them in the South. Although Gillian soon returned, all Septentria began to discuss what might happen if she decided to leave permanently.

That same month Eoforwic held a tourney at Philosopher's Walk, hosted by Alistair and Bronwyn. The old custom of the challenge tree was revived here: All the fighters hung emblazoned shields from a tree and challenged each other by rapping the appropriate shield with a weapon. The challenges and melees that resulted were greatly enjoyed by all. Baroness Gillian honored Tamarra as Baronial Healer. At this time Illtyd, long listmaster for Eoforwic, Noerlanda, and Septentria, passed his office to the worthy Henry of Linlithgow. For Illtyd was now a warrior himself.

This fall saw the appearance of several new Eoforings: Aislinne, Kaellyn, Imrahael of Arkengarth, and Edmund FitzTonge. Others followed them, and Eoforwic became a large community.

In this month Breanaidh suddenly disappeared. The peasant rebels claimed responsibility.

October A.S. XV (C.E. 1980)

t the Coronation of Laurelen and Ithriliel Aedan, Kaffa, and Caitlin were made Companions of the Purple Fret, and Alistair, Bronwyn, and Helmut were awarded arms. Unfortunately none of them were present to receive these honors.

Later, Sir Hugo, in company with Torbin and Ragni, went to Würmwald where he won the Crown of the Middle Kingdom in honorable combat. Since Caitlin had not been present at her champion's victory, a court was hastily organized in Eoforwic so that Hugo might honor his lady and crown her royally. And this was done, and done well.

At this time Gillian d'Uriel left Eoforwic and Septentria; and she feared that she would not return. Therefore she asked her people of the barony to think upon her successor. In Eoforwic, the people supported Aedan na Kincora and Kaffa Muiriath, although some contrary souls spoke for Finn as Doge.

Artair mac Artair became baronial chronicler and Wulfram left the Society soon after.

November A.S. XV (C.E. 1980)

kraeling Althing again celebrated the Feast of the Hare. Their Highnesses and others of Eoforwic attended and took part. On this day Durnhardt of Altenau won both the novice and the open lists. there was great feasting. Their Highnesses held court, and the host canton gave them many witty and appropriate gifts. Robert of Two Cliffs petitioned for permission to leave the realm for the Principality of the Mists, where he planned to aid the wizard Lucas in his art. Hugo was loath to lose such a valuable man, andorbade Robert to leave his presence. But members of House Eagleshaven broke into his court and spirited Robert away. Later there was great revelry, which continued far into the night.

The next day Sylard, who had not been present, was amazed to find that his people had fallen under royal displeasure.

Before this time households had been inconspicuous in Eoforwic. Now this changed. Sylard, long unpaid, broke off his contract with Duke Finnvarr, and to the old stalwarts of his household, Wulfgar and Strygor, added Aislinne and some others. Aedan and Kaffa admitted Helmut, Mordreth, Frederick and Tamarra to Teacht Caerta Mor. Some time later Dea and her lord Geoffrey de Bellac joined House Inness. Also Imrahael of Arkengarth, Edmund FitzTonge and his brother Guilliame formed House Arkengarth.

December A.S. XV (C.E. 1980)

This month Afon Araf celebrated St. Nicholas' Day with a feast and revels, and a quest for the saint's mitre. At this event the wedding of Jorunn Sophia and Thomas of Nil was announced.

That day the Baroness, counselled by her seneschals, decided that Aedan na Kincora and Kaffa Muiriath should act as her vicars in her absence, and that these gentles would succeed her is she (did) not return.

Here also Egil of Afon Araf, a veritable giant of a man, returned the long-missing Breanaidh ni Naoimin to the people of Eoforwic. This was wonder enough or Baroness Gillian to allow the feast to begin without delay. Afterwards, Princess Caitlin, who presided that day, received many gifts from the populace.

January A.S. XV (C.E. 1981)

ighteen people from Eoforwic travelled to North Woods for the Kingdom's Twelfth Night. They witnessed the knighting of Emeric Wendel the Diversified. Later, Baroness Gillian made a surprising declaration: ratherhan abandon her title as baroness of Septentria, she announced her intention to annex North Woods, her new home, as a canton of Septentria. She declared Baron Thorvald an outlaw, and urged the nobility of Canton North Woods to submit to her right. Sir Thorvald, always a proud man, scorned to answer, but the warriors of North Woods defied Gillian, and threatened to bring war into the Northland unless she abandoned her claim. But many of Gillian's people rallied to her, and she stood firm; it was decided to determine the right through war.

The warriors of Septentria were pleased to have a friendly and honorable war, in the tradition of North Woods' own Scots Revolts, to test their valor against the men of the South. Some few Septentrians, however, were offended that the Baroness had called for war against Septentria's closest friends, and grumbled that the conflict was ill-advised. Thus began an absurd controversy that troubled the barony for months. But the warriors happily prepared for battle; and in East Septentria, as the old barony was now called, the preparations were entrusted to Artair mac Artair and the people of Afon Araf.

The next week Eoforwic celebrated the Holy Season with a great feast of fools. This year Mordreth was the host, and she fed the canton well. Lady Enid was chosen Queen of Fools, and she chose Nain of Islandia, as yet little known, for her King. Enid's first command was that each course should be sung in, an ordinance that Lady Bronwyn fulfilled most beautifully. There was a very solemn moment when Gillian appointed Aedan na Kincora and Kaffa Muiriath as her vicars for old Septentria. All knew that it was probable that Aedan and Kaffa would soon succeed to the barony.

This same month Sylard and his household invited the folk of Eoforwic to their Up-He-Aligh, a Norse celebration of the solstice. it took place on a beach near Sylard's hold after sunset. The celebrants invoked the gods of the Norse, asking them for a favorable ear and a good harvest. Then sacrifices were laid in a small boat, which was set alight and burned. All then returned to Sylard's stead for an informal revel.

February A.S. XV (C.E. 1981)

Again at Valentine's Day a court of love was held in Eoforwic, presided over by Princess Caitlin and the Ladies Kaffa, Ragni and Tamarra. It was noted that in the absence of the Baroness the sentences were light.

March A.S. XV (C.E. 1981)

t the beginning of this month Noerlanda held in conjunction with the Feast of the Bear a Feast of Knowledge, that is, a university. Charles d'Arnaud appeared. He would become very active in both Noerlanda and Eoforwic hereafter.

A week after this, Starleaf Gate hosted a second Clancy Day celebration. Here the canton of Dubhras was first presented to the barony. Theuderic of Amberview, a founding member of Skraeling Althing, had settled in Waterloo the previous fall. Since then he had raised up this new shire and taught its young men the use of weapons. Several of them authorized for and fought in the lists, and the onlookers were well pleased.

Here some folk of Eoforwic were honored for their artistry. Ragni's green costumes, in honor of St. Patrick's Day, surpassed all the others, and Breanaidh's embroidery was chosen the best. Their Majesties chose that occasion to award arms to numerous gentles from Septentria. From Eoforwic, Mordreth, Henry of Linlithgow and Vladinir Bohdan were honored thus.

The Clancy Day tourney well prepared the people of Eoforwic for the grand Ice Dragon tourney in Rhydderich Hael the next week. There were melees aplenty, and Prince Hugo acquitted himself nobly against the King of the East. Princess Caitlin won the arts pentathlon a third time. The following day the Vicars of Septentria, and Baron Torbin and Duke Finnvarr travelled to Dubhras and shared their knowledge of fighting with its folk.

April A.S. XV (C.E. 1981)

fter the contests and battles of March, the people of Eoforwic returned to their homes to care for pressing business: the coming Coronation of Hugo and Caitlin. In charge of the preparations was the canton's most skilled host, Lady Ragni Dzintara, who wisely assigned various responsibilities to such folk as Dea, Kaffa, Megan, Torbin, and Sylard, and directed their efforts to the common end. His Highness had expressed the desire to be crowned in the most beautiful and ancient Great Hall of Hart House. The greater part of Ragni's efforts were devoted to securing that hall and making it suitable for a feast in the accustomed style of the Middle Kingdom.

May A.S. XVI (C.E. 1981)

n the IInd of May, in the XVIth year of the Society, King Hugo and Queen Caitlin began their rule. The elements were kind to the celebrants, as so often before. The event was multifarious. The warriors of two realms competed in chivalrous strife; the artisans of the Midrealm took up a milder contest. Artisans gathered in a market. Everyone who attended was fed a midday meal on the largess(e) of the canton.

All this activity came to a halt, however, at the ninth hour, and the people of the Middle Kingdom gathered in the Great Hall to participate in the ritual of succession. Prince Hugo, as was his right, challenged King Laurelen for his throne. he was first instructed in royal duty by his predecessor, swore the ancient oaths of office, and was regally crowned. King Hugo then received the consort's crown from Queen Ithriliel and Princess Caitlin came forward to receive it; she was the first of the Midrealm Queens to swear a coronation oath. She was crowned by her knight, and they took their rightful place on the Midrealm Thrones.

After receiving the oaths of office from their Great Lords and Ladies and the fealty of the knights, the new monarchs appointed personal officers: Baron Torbin was named Royal Chamberlain, and Lady Kaffa was invested as King's Champion. And then Morgan Elandris, War General for the East Kingdom, entered the court and presented Hugo with tokens of defiance, which were courteously received.

After the coronation ceremony there was much celebrating. The Players and Comedians of Eoforwic performed farces, and there was dancing in the courtyard under the spring sun. The feast was magnificent.

Finally came the granting of honors to the worthy and deserving. Arms were awarded to Eanor of Amberhall, Breanaidh ni Naoimin, Frederick l'Avarre, and Tamarra Amalthea of Romany; as well as many other gentles of Septentria. Tsivia bas Tamara was elevated to the Order of the Willow for her many artistic accomplishments. Also Christiana della Semptentriona Silvia, a worthy lady of North Woods, was made Baroness of the Court. Also, Ithriliel of Silver Lake took up her rank as Duchess.

On this occasion, the people of Rising Waters first made an appearance.

The first of Their Majesties' duties was to provide for their succession, which they did at the end of the month in Starleaf Gate. Here fully fifty-four gentle men and women competed for the Crown. The size of the lists and the smooth running of the tournament were made possible by the efforts and ingenuity of Lord Illtyd, who was later honored with a place at the head table. And the victor was Jarl Moonwulf Starkaaderson. That evening, after a pleasing feast and entertainment, Hugo and Caitlin recognized Laurelen Darksbane as Duke, and elevated Ealasaid nic Phearsoinn, Midrealm Chronicler, to the Order of the Pelican. And Orson die Grosse Mauer was appointed Queen's Champion.

The reign of Hugo and Caitlin was a glorious one, and many worthy deeds were done. The monarchs travelled extensively in this, the largest of the world's kingdoms. King Hugo gloriously led his vassals and other warriors against the Kingdoms of the East, West and Ansteorra; Queen Caitlin graced the Eastern Coronation with her presence. Together they presided over the first Coronet Tourney in Calontir, and crowned that region's first Prince and Princess, Ternon and Ghleanna. they made many Knights and Laurels and gave awards to many deserving subjects. In Eoforwic the recognized the merits of Helmut of Greenland and Tamarra Amalthea with the Order of the (Silver) Oak; Ragni Dzintara of Amberhall and Mordreth Llanelli Colwyn with the Order of the Willow, and Dea Carlyle, Dramore von Dreikof, and Charles d'Arnaud with awards of arms. Baron Torbin and Lord Illtyd were given the right to augment their arms with the Midrealm badge.

June A.S. XVI (C.E. 1981)

his months of love began with a Fast of Love in Skraeling Althing, where Jorunn Sophia and Thomas of Nil were wed; and later, in Eoforwic, Ragni Dzintara and Finnvarr de Taahe were married. The rest of the month, however, was dedicated to preparations for war. For the time was approaching when the issue between North Woods and Septentria would be decided.

On the XXVIIth, the warriors of the two baronies met near Afon Araf on a tract of land suitably prepared by the members of that canton. But when the warbands arrived, they found themselves threatened by a mercenary force consisting of Stepann Ruthenko, Searu Dracwyn, House Eagleshaven, members of House Elandris, and a number of other scoundrels. North Woods and the Septentrian loyalists were obliged to band together to put the mercenaries down. They barely succeeded, and in the aftermath of battle, the folk of the two baronies decided that unity was safer than division, and peace was declared.

The remainder of this so-called pacification campaign was devoted to friendly melee and less strenuous activity; many gentles took the opportunity to enjoy the summer sun.

When the sun went down, a royal court was convened in a great natural amp(h)itheater. here, under flickering torchlight, Baroness Gillian d'Uriel solemnly surrendered Septentria to the Crown. She received in return a new coronet, denoting her rank as Baroness of the Court, from the hand of QueenCaitlin, who had made it herself. Gillian's successors were then called forth, and invested as befit their rank. Aedan na Kincora and Kaffa Muiriath, now Baron and Baroness of Septentria, took their place in the royal court.

And when their own court was convened, among their first acts was to appoint Nain of Islandia as baronial harper, and to receive the submission of the notorious rebel, Johanna von Carlsberg, who among other would-be usurpers had disputed their right. More importantly, however, they established their stewardship with a symbolic act of great beauty; For they took the wealth of the barony, and distributed it to the cantons, entrusting them with the responsibility to make it grow. So the new guardians of the land took up their office.


Thus far has the history of Eoforwic been written by Etienne de l'Isle. And this is the tally of the years:

  • From the founding of Eoforwic to the installation of Aedan and Kaffa of Septentria, VII years
  • From the founding of the Midrealm, XII years
  • From the founding of the Society, XVI years
  • From the birth of Jesus Christ, MCMLXXXI years
  • From the birth of Abraham, IVDCCCCXCVI years
  • From the creation of the world, VIICLXXX years

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