By Magistra Nicolaa de Bracton
Trillium War, as usual, featured plenty of archery, thrown weapons, rapier, and armoured combat as Ealdormere’s martial forces prepared for the upcoming Pennsic campaigns. Baron Percival was an enthusiastic participant as a fighter this year.
Another highlight was beadmaking, hosted by members of DARC, featuring an oven built onsite.
Court at War of the Trillium was particularly eventful this year (and not just because the King kept making ladies cry.)
Septentrian court featured the awarding of a Bear’s Heart to Lord Gunther for his work on the Ursus, as an archery supporter, and for Eoforwic. He was later presented with his Scarlet Banner in
Kingdom Court, which consisted of a large
runestone rock that Nicolaa had completed almost under his nose, but since the
inscription was in runic he had had no idea it was for him. Before that several other Septentrians
received AoAs—Lady Bridget (who plays in both Eoforwic and Vest Yorvik), and
Lord Maeryk and Lady Brynne. Lady
Ysabeau Herbier de Vauvert received a Maiden’s Heart for many years’ work in
Eoforwic, particularly as a merchant liaison.
Baroness Dagmar Halvdan was called forward for recognition on the Scroll
of Honour for her fundraising work against cancer.
The Order of the Crucible was then called forward and THL Dafydd ap Sion was inducted for his extensive research into historical archery (particularly the Mary Rose finds). The Order of Thorbjorn’s Hammer was then called forward to add its newest (and youngest) member, Lord Quilliam. Another new Honourable Lord was also made that day: Streonwold Wulfesbana was honoured with a Grant of Arms. He and his lady are the only Ealdormerians to be given bare Grants of Arms since we became a kingdom.
Lord Rhodri from Calontir was also added to the Scroll of Honour for his enthusiastic participation in the short time he was visiting Ealdormere.
The “gotcha” awards continued as Baroness Xristinia was given an Augmentation of Arms. Baron Brand was then called forward to do a presentation, which consisted of him hijacking Court as herald to call forward Magistra Nicolaa, who was then made a Baroness of the Court.
Princess Adrielle then called forward two of her apprentices, Mahault and Mahhild, and chastised them for “going feral.” She then asked AElfwyn to come forward and to bring up her apprentice Gaerwen, who was also implicated in the misbehaviour. After Her Highness reprimanded Mahault and Mahhild by taking away their spoons, AElfwyn was left to deal with Gaerwen, who was now grovelling before Her Highness. She explained there was only one way she knew to do so—and begged a boon to elevate Baroness Gaerwen to the Order of the
. The Order was called forward and the
obviously stunned Gaerwen was brought before Their Majesties and charged to
stand her vigil, for elevation at Pennsic. Laurel
The evening’s festivities concluded with a triple CD release party, celebrating new works by Dame Tsivia, THL Emer, and Mistress Marian. Attendees enjoyed refreshments, several live performances, and Ealdormerian trivia quizzes with bags of loot as prizes.