Monday, 20 February 2017

Hic incipit historia septima Urbis Eboracii

This history has been compiled from many Chronicles, including the Ursus, the Tidings, the chronicles known as the Eoforwic List and the Royal City of Eoforwic page in the Book of the Face, the reports of Maistres Medb ingen Dungaile and Lord Willmar Grimsdyke, and the memories and research of Magistra Nicolaa de Bracton.

AS 34 (1999-2000)

This was the first year of the Kingdom of Ealdormere. But tragedy descended early in the reign of Osis and Caitlin, when his Majesty (as well as Lady Bernadette) were struck down as they returned by wagon from Baron Wars in the Middle Kingdom. Queen Caitlin reigned alone for the remainder of the reign, before she was succeeded by King Killdare and Queen Josephine (who had recently given birth.

In June, Lady Gwendoline Rosamond was inducted into the Order of the Crucible for her beautiful 16th century clothing. She was apprenticed to Dame Madinia.

At Pennsic, Lord James Douglas, inventor of the famed “Water Cows of Pennsic”, was made a Companion of the Order of the Wain.  It is said that some of the herd he brought to Pennsic, including the one sponsored by the Royal City, are still in service there to this day.

In this year, a Viking ship was burned at Cooper’s Lake in honour of Osis and Bernadette. The boat was a wooden model, lovingly crafted by the hands of Garwig der Waffenschmidt, and as it sailed its last journey, the populace called the names of the kinsmen who had fallen from the shores. This would become a yearly event.

In this year, Lord Alistair Kirk of Inness, who had recently returned to the Society, was elected Lord Mayor of Eoforwic, with Lord Angus Albahni, who had been recognized earlier in the year as the Premier recipient of what would become known as the Award of the Scarlet banner, serving as Sheriff.

Eoforwic celebrated its twenty-fifth anniversary in November at the Japanese Cultural Centre. Though the city was not as strong as once it had been, it was still a beacon in the northern lands, attracting many whose skills at the arts and sciences were unsurpassed. Many Ealdormerean and Septentrian relics and artifacts were shown, including a Bayeaux Tapestry version of the founding of Ealdormere.  Lord Alistair was formally invested at this event as Lord Mayor, using the Silent Exchange ceremony as done by the Mayors of London. Lady Asa Gormsdottir, who was serving as seneschal of Eoforwic, was given the Award of the Maiden’s heart in February of that year.
Also in April, Edouard Beausoleil and Eanor of Amberhall, who had returned from Drachenwald’s shores, did claim the Lupine thrones.

AS 35 (2000-1)

At the Pennsic War, on August 16th, Ragni Dzintara of Amberhall was elevated to the Order of the Laurel for huswifery.  Although Mistress Ragni no longer dwelt within the City, her skills and knowledge had left a long legacy in Eoforwic.

In this year, Lady Roselyne de l’Estranger was elected as Lady Mayor of Eoforwic, and Lord Geoffrey Guiscard as Sheriff. Lady Roselyne had come to the City, as had others before her, to study the Trivium and Quadrivium amongst the scholars who met near the Guild Hall.
The Lady Mayor’s Market day was held at the Hall of French Scholars in the north of the city in March. The Lady Mayor hosted Italian games in her solar and a flirting contest.   By this time Lord Charles the Clerk had assumed the duties of seneschal.

On the 21st of April, Gwendoline Rosamond was elevated to the Order of the Laurel for costuming.

AS 36 (2001-2)

In this year, Lady Marian of Heatherdale was placed on vigil for the Order of the Laurel at Ealdormere War practice by King Roak and Queen Carlotta. Lady Marian had performed her very first concert in Eoforwic many years before and was well known as a bard, especially for her monumental composition of the History of Ealdormere performed at the first Coronation, but she was offered elevation for the field of Arthurian Research.  Magistra Nicolaa travelled to the event in order to beg the boon.   Marian was elevated to the Order at Pennsic, where Margaret de Morchard, a lady of great knowledge who worked in a library and dwelt with Lord Geoffrey Guiscard, received her Award of Arms.

In this year, Hans Thovaldson and Bridget of Eoforwic (who became Elanna of Marchmount) came to the canton of Eoforwic. They were neighbours in the west end of the City to Lord Geoffrey and Lady Margaret.  It was also around this time that Rosalia dei Querini came to the City and initiated discussions with the keepers of Graf Hugo’s castle, commonly known as Casa Loma.  Though discussions with said keepers, it was determined that arrangements might be made to use the castle for occasions of mirth and feasting, and eventually for martial training, in exchange with providing education to the young pages who flocked to the castle in the winter.   Also coming to the City around this time were Thorolfr inn Smithr, a fierce Norseman with a long beard in which he often braided tiny skulls, and his wife, Eithne Briansdottir, known for her laugh and her skills at bookkeeping (she would serve many years as Exchequer).  Also arriving in the City were Pelayo and Sara, and their young daughter Sage. Osa Bjarnsdottir also began to be seen in the City.

In this year, Jocelyne Roget de Cranewell was elected Lady Mayor of the Royal City, and Gareth Campbell as sheriff.  These two were students of that notable practitioner of the Art of Defense, Lord Albrecht Stampher, and although neither was armigerious, they were both skilled with the sword and kept the City well defended. Jocelyne became particularly known for bestowing “Eoforwic butt flaps” upon citizens who had served the city. At this time, Charles the Clerk was serving as Seneschal of Eoforwic.
The Royal City hosted Twelfth Night at the school of French Scholars that year, where Hans and Bridget reigned as King and Queen of Fools. The City presented the Septentrian taxes of a spear bearing a canton banner, and a container of soil from the City’s lands (to be used by HE Cynred and Gaerwen when holding court in the Debatable Lands. 

During feast the Baroness showed the City the reliquary that the Galbraiths had made to house her gallstone and a piece of Cynred’s beard. As the story goes, demons attacked Septentrian lands and Gaerwen passed a magic stone that Cynred, using a slingshot made from his facial hair, used to beat off the vile creatures.

During Court that evening, Unnr was given an Award of Arms. This gentle was well skilled in knowledge of the Norse culture, particularly in the field of clothing.  Lady Asa Gormsdottir, then known as Eve of Eoforwic, was given the Award of Orion for her skills in making clothing. Rosalia was also given the Bear’s Heart for the work she was doing to procure the use of Graf Hugo’s castle.
In February of this year, THL James Douglas was made a Baron of the Court, and presented with a cow-spotted coronet.  In March, Their Excellencies of Septentria bestowed Lady Ysabeau with a Bear’s Heart.

AS 37 (2002-3)

In this year, Gwerydd verch Llewellyn and Michael the Longsuffering came to Eoforwic, although Gwerydd had visited the city two years before. She became known for her work as a Chronicler, first for the Eoforing and later as editor of the Ursus; he gained some renown as a fencer and a scholar. It was also in this year that Medb ingen Dungaile came to the City. She had dwelt in the Shire of Trinovantia Nova to the west, where she had completed her studies, and came to the City to take up work to help raise funds for a guild of musicians.  Another new face was Catherine, to be surnamed Redewell, who was devoted to the art of dance and was often seen with her mother, a most gentle lady also devoted to dance.

It was also in this year that Baron James Douglas left the Royal City for far An Tir.
In this year did the first Peasant’s Picnic take place on the on the demesne of Lord Geoffrey Guiscard
and Hans. About twenty-five gentles gathered therein to enjoy the sun, the company of good
friends and watch the fencers display their skills. In a brief but sunfilled court Lord Charles the Clerk
was awarded a Bear's Heart for his service to the Canton of Eoforwic as Seneschal and to the Barony.
At Court at Pennsic, Duke Finnvarr de Taahe was elevated to the Order of the Laurel for his research into tournaments. The ceremony was conducted entirely in Latin.
At their Court at Pennsic Cynred Thegn and Gaerwen Baroness announced Their intention to step down as Baron and Baroness of Septentria that coming February. This announcement evoked much emotion from those present and many were moved to tears. They also presented a Bear’s Claw to Charles the Clerk.  During Kingdom Court, Gaerwen received the Award of the Scarlet Banner for her practice of archery.

The following month the folk of Greenhithe did host a Day in the country at which a fencing tourney was held. From the participants, Baroness Gaerwen selected Lord Gareth of Eoforwic to be Septentria’s fencing champion. This event will long be remembered as the sky danced, wreathed in green and red flame, during a bardic circle. It was remarked that only the northern lights could out-stage Master Hector.  Lady Unnr was presented with a Bear’s Claw during Septentrian court.
The Royal City recently held its infamous elections, to decide who would be the new Mayor and Sheriff of that esteemed city. After the exchange of many bribes, it was decided that Ysabeau Herbier de Vauvert would be Mayor, while the Sheriff shall be Margaret de Morchard.

In October, the baronial candidates were announced.  They were: The Patreka Aurelia Gabraina and Lord Graem de Liste de Cherbourg, Lady Domhnaill Galbraith and Lord Corwyn Galbraith, Lady Gabriel de Champagne and Drottin Gunnar de Blacwode, Lady Melusine de la Rose and Sir Evander MacLachlan, Lady Seonag nicThomais and Streonwold Wulfsbana, Hlaford, Lady Thorfinna gráfeldr and Laird Colyne Stewart and Lady Ysabeau Herbier de Vauvert and Lord Angus Albani
In November, the keepers of Graf Sir Hugo’s Castle, also known as Casa Loma, accepted a proposal made by Rosalia dei Querini to provide education for the children who would come to the castle during the winter, in exchange for use of the Castle for various Society activities.  This would lead to the first series of demos in February and eventually, to Feast of the Bear the following September.   Rosalia was a courtesan of Venice who had recently come to the City with great enthusiasm.  Her alter ego in the modern era, known as Bruce, had much experience with civic authorities, to the great benefit of the City and all of Ealdormere. 

Vest Yorvik hosted Twelfth Night on the eleventh day of January, and it was very plaid. Taxes of a war banner were paid at this time. The only canton to have a completed banner in attendance was the Royal City of Eoforwic. The populace of the City marched in behind their tall banner whilst musicians preceded it. It was a very inspiring sight.   At this event, it was announced that Lord Corwyn and Domhnaill would succeed TE Cynred and Gaerwen as Baron and Baroness.  In Court, Rosalia dei Querini was awarded a Bear’s Heart for her work with Graf Sir Hugo’s Castle
At this time, Magistra Nicolaa and Lord Gunther returned to dwell within the Royal City, although for three more years Nicolaa would still travel once per month across the border to spend a week’s time attending to her affairs in the Marche of Tirnewydd. She was at the time serving as the Editor of Tournaments Illuminated.

On the fifteenth day of February, at Snowed Inn, the populace gathered to celebrate the elevation of a new Baron and Baroness of Septentria. For the day appointed by Cynred and Gaerwen as the end of their reign had come. In their last Court, they recognized all who had assisted with the dissemination of knowledge at Graf Sir Hugo’s Castle. Corwyn and Domhnaill Galbraith were officially sworn as Their Excellencies of Septentria.. Many gifts were lavished upon Corwyn and Domhnaill, including a shield that had once graced the arm of Aedan na Kincora. Many Septentrian relics were placed on display, including the Cauldron of Ceridwyn.  It was at this event that Jocelyn Roget de Cranewell, then known as Yvonne of Eoforwic, received her Award of Arms, and Eve of Eoforwic – soon to be called Asa Gormsdottir – won the advanced level of the A&S competition with a Persian coat.  TE Corwyn and Domhnaill also announced that baronial taxes for the coming year would be a new war shield.

It was about this time that the resurgence of Eoforwic in the field of armoured combat began.  A warehouse had been procured for practices in colder months, and in warmer months the fighters would drill in a public park, and retire after the fighting to the home of Hans and Bridget in the far eastern reaches of the City, close to where Lord Geoffrey and his lady, Margaret, lived.  The City was not without prowess in archery, either, thanks to the same Lord Geoffrey, who was skill not only with shooting, but also in the making of crossbows.  He was taken as an apprentice to Magistra Nicolaa.
It was also in this time that Lord Rhodri, a fyrdman and poet from the land of Calontir, came to sojourn for awhile within the City, and did much to encourage armoured combat.

AS 38 (2003-4)

The resurgence of Eoforwic in all fields was now in full swing, and many of the newer arrivals to the City began to be recognized. In May of this year, Rosalia dei Querini received her Award of Arms. At Spring Tuneup later in the month, Hans Thorvaldsson received a Bear’s Claw. June of this year, Gwerydd verch Llewellyn received her award of Arms.  At Ealdormere War Practice, Hans Thorvaldsson was awarded Arms, as was Dafydd ap Piers, and Geoffrey Guiscard was inducted into the Order of Thorbjorn’s Hammer for his skill in archery.

Magistra Nicolaa took on the office of Pursuivant from Dafydd ap Piers in June, and began to encourage registration of armoury and names. Thorolfr inn Smithr became her deputy.  Thomas the Pardoner had also returned to the group after many years’ absence and was helping to coordinate regular cooks’ potlucks.

At Pikeman’s Pleasure, Pelayo authorized in armoured combat, and fought with great distinction in the battles there.

The Lord Mayor’s Market Day was held this year in June, and was a quiet event. In July, The populace once again travelled to the large island in Eoforwic’s harbour for the second Peasant’s Picnic, where all manner of combat and dance took place.

In this year, Eoforwic once again revived the tradition of camping as a group at Pennsic. Thirteen gentles camped together in W13, in the traditional area in the woods by the lake.  Those who camped were Bridget (Elanna), Hans, Pelayo, Petra (then called Sara), Osa, Charles the Clerk, Unnr, Thorolfr, Eithne, and Ysabeau, who acted as Land Agent. This camp would greatly expand in future years.
During Ealdormere court at Pennsic, TRM Edouard and Genevieve received their cousins of the Middle, TRM Pieter and Nan, who begged a boon that Nicolaa de Bracton be elevated to the Order of the Pelican. The story goes that the Order in the Middle Kingdom had recommended that she be elevated earlier in the year, only to find out she had returned to Ealdormere. Thus, at Pennsic they sent an emissary, Master Vorlin (who was a friend of Nicolaa’s) to the Crown and the Order of the Pelican in Ealdormere, where it was decided Ealdormere would offer elevation, but the Middle would receive the honour of begging the boon.

Also at Pennsic, Gareth, Thorolfr and Pelayo received Bear’s Claws from TE Corwyn and Domhnaill. At Coronation, Catherine Redewell, a lady known for her love of dance, received her Award of Arms.

It was in this year that Medb travelled to England to see a sock. She was most interested in the art of sprang, and a surviving example was to be found in the city of York. She became well-renowned in coming years for her sprang work.

In September Lord Hans would be elected as Lord Mayor and Lord Thorolfr as Sheriff.  It was soon after  that Eoforwic began to hold regular fight practices in the stables at Casa Loma. Because of the ample room available, A&S activities often took place as well, even when the temperature in the unheated rooms was decidedly authentic.

Soon after, Lord Hans released the following decree:

Forasmuch as it is proper for the Lord Mayor of Eoforwic to be addressed as "Your Worship" and there being no such proper address for the Lord Sheriff of Eoforwic, Be it therefore ordered and enacted by The Right Honourable The Lord Mayor Hans Thorvaldson of the Royal Citie of Eoforwic that heretoforward the Lord Sherriff of the Royal Citie of Eoforwic shall be addressed as "Your Dreadfulness" or "His Dreadfulness". Enacted the twenty-first day of September AS XXXVIII
In September, Eoforwic hosted Feast of the Bear at Casa Loma.  Lady Rosalia, who had done so much secure use of the castle, was the event steward.  The day activities took place in the stables, which had a suitably medieval flavour, with the feast taking place in a room up a set of stairs (which caused no end of trouble for Lord Gunnar, who was the feast cook). Magistra Nicolaa sat her vigil that day in one of the stalls in the stables, with firm instructions that no one was to let her out of her “cage” to attend to duties (as she had during her Laurel vigil). The Laurel Prize Tourney she had organized for the event was handed off to Medb as a result.  She was elevated to the Order of the Pelican in afternoon Court by TRM Cennedi and Susanna in a day that saw many, many residents of the city honoured. Medb ingen Dungaile, Brigid of Eoforwic, Gwerydd verch Llewellyn, Thorolfr inn Smithr, Sara of Eoforwic, Eithne Briansdottir, William the Younger and Pelayo all received Awards of Arms. THL Geoffrey Guiscard received the Award of Orion for his woodworking and bowmaking skills, and Lady Unnr received the same award for her Norse research.  Lord Albrecht Stampfer was made a Companion of the Order of Thorbjorn’s Hammer for his rapier prowess. And Rosalia, the event steward, had her Award of Arms reconfirmed and augmented with the Award of the Maiden’s Heart.

It was during this month that Lord Angus and Lady Ysabeau gave birth to their daughter, Aurora. .At this time, Lady Brigid was serving as the seneschal of Eoforwic. 

At Kingdom A&S in November, Lady Asa bested twelve other entrants to win the Pentathlon, with her entry composed of entries relating to the Venetian “Marriage to the Sea” ceremony, including a stunning silk gown, chopines of huge height, and a research paper that was eventually published as a Compleat Anachronist.

In November, the canton of Skeldergate hosted the Septentrian 30th anniversary event.  Many relics, both living and not, were on display at the event, and the feast was cooked by the hands of Baron Corwyn and Baroness Domhnaill. Both William the Younger and James Macdonald authorized for armoured combat at the event, as did Kiran and Artemis of Crete.  Young Sage of Eoforwic was presented with the Award of the Wolf’s Cub, and Lord Gunnar Halfdan of Lund, who had dwelt in Eoforwic longer than any present, received the Award of the Maiden’s Heart for his service over many years.

At Snowed Inn, baronial taxes were paid to TE Corwyn and Domhnaill in the form of two baronial war shields.  The shields were carried by Lord Pelayo and Lord Angus, along with Lady Sara, who had done most of the work in creating them.  TE then challenged all groups to complete a special project for the next year’s taxes, and planning began.  It was eventually decided, after a great deal of research by Lady Asa and Lady Jocelyne, to produce a processional sunshade.

At Berus’ Bar Room Brawl, Catharine of Eoforwic received an Award of the Golden Bear.
In this year was Ailis first seen in the City.  She was a scholar but also a warrior and a bard, inspired by the tales of the lady Eowyn.  Another new face was Helena, also referred to as Kat, who was the mother of Lady Sara and skilled in many arts, particularly of the textile variety.  Other newcomers included Alfrik and Alof, who would soon become a couple; he was known for armouring and metalwork (including engraving) and she for her research into Norse clothing and embroidery.  Another face who began to be seen more frequently was Bjarn, a Norseman of fierce fighting spirit.
In March, the City held a rummage sale and action to raise funds for the Lord Mayor’s Treasury. Lord Gunther undertook the collection of items for the sale and was able to raise a great deal of money through his enthusiastic auction efforts. Also in this month, Michael the Longsuffering was awarded Arms and Osa announced her engagement to Tom, a scholar of philosophy.

Also in this year, the first Golden Seamstress Competition (later to be renamed Cloth of Gold) was held in March.  The goal of this competition was to produce a complete set of clothing and accessories in less than 24 hours by sewing through the night A team mostly from Eoforwic won the advanced later period category for a set of clothing based on the Bocksten Man’s outfit.  The captain of the team was Lady Caitlin inghean Tomais ui Duibhir, who would eventually be taken as an apprentice by Magistra NIcolaa. Others were Baroness Alyce do Sheppy, Medb ingen Dungaile, Thorolfr inn smithr, and Eithne Briansdottir.

AS 39 (2004-5)

In May of this year, Asa Gormsdottir’s Compleat Anachronist, entitled Lo Spozalizo del Mare: The Wedding With the Sea, was published.

A great kerfuffle arose at this time when the spectre of PACE once again caused trouble within the city and kidnapped Hans, the Lord Mayor. This was the culmination of various disturbing events, riots, plagues, ale shortages, violent crimes at the docks at all times of day, a prison break, and the sheep herds gone missing.  The Lord Mayor’s Market Day was forced to be held outside the city walls within the Canton of Vest Yorvik, and Pelayo and Gwerydd acted as event stewards while Gunnar cooked the feast.  This had not been without some controversy early on, as some of the people of Vest Yorvik had not realized the event was to be held in their lands, but after some discussion the situation was settled.  Lord Gunthar hosted a raffle at this event to raise money for loaner armour.

It was also at this time that a certain Lord Rhodri from Calontir was once again sojourning in the City. He served as marshal for the activities at Market Day. It was later determined that Murphy the Sheep was behind the disappearance of the herd of sheep, which had been organized to defend the City.  In grateful thanks, Lord Hans appointed him as Deputy Mayor.

In response to the chaos rampant in the city, Lord Hans ordered that new coins be issued, and that the City Guard be revitalised, and the following charter was issued:

His Worship, Hans Thorvaldsson, Fourteenth Mayor of the Royal City of Eoforwic, does extend this Charter to the Militia of Eoforwic.

The Purpose of the City Militia shall be the Defense of the Royal City, its citizens and its officers, and other duties as assigned by the Sheriff.

The City Militia shall consist of the Sheriff, the Captain of the City Guard, and the Captain of the Night Watch.

The City guard is charged with the duty of protection and service of the city, its citizens and its officers between dawn and dusk. The Night Watch is charged with the duty of protection and service of the city, its citizens and its officers between dusk and dawn. Members of the guard are selected by the Mayor counseled by the Captains of the City Guard and the Night Watch.

City Guard members must be active in the City for the past six months or more, must be authorized in armoured combat, an authorized Scout, or an Archer commended by the group Archery Lieutenant, and be willing to commit one year in service to the City Guard.
Night Watch members must be active in the City for the past six months or more, must be authorized in the art of defense, an authorized Scout, or an Archer commended by the group Archery Lieutenant, and be willing to commit one year in service to the City Guard.
The City Militia pays one coin of the city (at the beginning of service) and will provide mead and or ale in times of war. Militia members may not swear military fealty to any other person or group without the permission of their immediate superior, or the Mayor of the city.
The Captain of the City Guard must be authorized in armoured combat and should also be an authorized Marshal or Marshal in Training. The Captain of the City Guard is appointed by the Sheriff at the beginning of his or her term. Should the Captain retire or resign the Sheriff will appoint a replacement at the earliest time possible.

The Captain of the Night Watch must be authorized in the art of defense and should also be an authorized Fencing Marshal or Fencing Marshal in Training. The Captain of the Night Watch is appointed by the Sheriff at the beginning of his or her term. Should the Captain retire or resign the Sheriff will appoint a replacement at the earliest time possible.

Captains shall work with the Sheriff or whomever the Sheriff designates to assist in carrying out the activities of the City Militia. They shall lead the Guard in times of war or appoint a unit commander if needed. They shall oversee the removal of Guard members when needed. They shall oversee the payment of the Guard. They shall assist the officers, Royalty and others so designated in activities of the City and perform other duties as assigned by the Sheriff.

Guardsmen shall wear red tabards blazoned with the white tower charged with a sword and rapier in saltire.

Upon induction into the Guard, the new member shall in the presence of the appropriate captain and the Mayor, pledge to honour the aforementioned duties, and receive the coin of the city.

The Mayor of the Royal City of Eoforwic reserves the right to personally command the Guard, request service of the Guard, require members of the Guard as escorts or make other reasonable requests of the Guard members. The Mayor also reserves the right to reverse decisions of the Captains regarding activities and actions of the Guard.
 Nota bene: The Ancient Charter of the City of Eoforwic states that “This militia shall be mustered once per year for the purposes of training and counting.” And also that “In times of war, the Prince of Ealdormere may subject this militia to the command of the Baron of Septentria.”

 Established this twelfth day of June, anno Societatis xxxix at Lord Mayors Market day, by the authority invested by the ancient charter of the Royal City of Eoforwic

Hans Thorvaldsson
Lord Mayor of Eoforwic 

It was during this year that Nicolaa began to expand her household. She took Medb ingen Dungaile and Michael the Longsuffering as apprentices, Gwerydd verch Llwellyn as an “apprentege” (or combined dependent, and Hans and Brigid as proteges. In July, she also took up the position of Society Chronicler.

For the first time, the members of Eoforwic camped together at Ealdormere War Practice this year. Helena of Eoforwic received her AoA at this time.

In July, the Peasant’s Picnic was once again held, this time in the valley of the Don River, where an archery range could be found, thus allowing practice at the butts as well as armoured and rapier combat. Also in that month, a number of citizens gathered together to paint and sew tabards for the Barony.  These would be used at Pennsic for Eoforwic’s fighting forces, and the remainder presented to Their Excellencies.

It was at Pennsic of this year that House Marchmount was founded. The initial members were Hans, Brigid, Sara, and Pelayo, along with the latter couple’s daughter Sage. They took their name from the street on which their house, which they were renovating, was located.  They became particularly known for hosting get-togethers after fight practices and for coordinating Eoforwic’s camp at Pennsic.

Eoforwic’s camp this year was located in the same place as the previous year, but had gown considerably.  It was a particularly damp Pennsic, with extensive flooding on the last few days that turned parts of the Serengeti into a lake.

 Several gentles, most notably Angus, found they had streams running through their tents.  This was also the year in which Lord Thorolfr had an unwelcome guest of the creepy crawly variety visit his ear canal.  Up until then, his Pennsic had been very successful, with the debut of a large ballista dubbed “Raven Feeder.”

Eoforwic’s baronial taxes were presented at Pennsic. This was a canopy of state, suitable for processions, sewn and embroidered by hand, with handmade wooden poles and handwoven ropes.   It was also displayed at the A&S display at Pennsic.

In early September Bjarn, then called Stymirson, was awarded Arms.  The next week, Gareth Cambell was given the Award of the Scarlet Banner for his rapier prowess.

In September, Nicolaa, Medb, and Asa, along with Caitlin O'Duibhir from West Bellingford travelled to the Marche of Alderford for the Known World Costume Symposium. Nicolaa presented a class in Presenting Costume Research, Medb presented a class in Beginner's Sprang, and Asa presented classes in 1495 Venetian Women's Dress and Venetian Chopines (based on her work that had gained her the Pentathlon championship).

At the yearly elections, Lord Gunnar Halfdan of Lund was elected as Mayor and Lady Ailis as Sheriff. The former created some controversy as Gunnar was the first former Mayor to be elected to a second term, and the bribery was particularly rampant that year.

At Crown Tourney, Eoforwic supported the Boke End Inn – an SCA library created only for the day. Nicolaa, Medb, Gwerydd and Asa provided books and staff for the library.
At this time, Lord James Macdonald took over the editorship of the Eoforing from Lady Gwerydd, who went on to become editor of the Ursus.

The second Feast of the Bear to be held at Casa Loma was held in early November. Lady Rosalia served as the event steward for a second year, with Lady Medb acting as the day steward for the events in the stables..  Lord Thomas the Pardoner, once again active within the City (but only for a short time) was the feast steward. THL Albrecht held his first Festschule at Feast of the Bear, and Lady Asa produced tokens and two cloaks for the victors.  At Court that evening, Ailis was awarded Arms by TRM Malik and Genevieve, Asa Gormsdottir was made a Companion of the Order of the Crucible.

At Kingdom A&S later that month., Lady Medb entered her first Pent and Lady Gwerydd entered a blackwork coif.

At Snowed Inn, the City presented TE Corwyn and Domnail with the remaining bear tabards from the preceding summer.  At that event, Baroness Gaerwen was inducted into the Order of the Crucible for her knowledge of spinning and dying.

After many years within the Royal City, Asa and Albrecht moved to der Welfengau in this year.
Eoforwic was becoming known as a place for knowledge and the arts. Once again, the people of the City gathered at Graf Hugo’s castle to present demonstrations, which were primarily A&S in theme, as they took place in the Conservatory in the main castle. Lord Hans acted as the coordinator.  A great number of Eoforwicians and friends participated for several or more days, demonstrating and talking about such things as armour making (Hans, along with others), tapestry embroidering (primarily by Helena), sprang (Medb), spinning (Gwerydd), heraldry, bone carving, accounting, games, etc.  Others who participated included Hector of the Black Height, Charles the Clerk, Ailis, and Michael the Long Suffering.   Regular dance practices were held on Fridays and at one weekly regular meeting per month.  Teachers from the City taught widely; seven at Forward into the Past.

In February of that year, Lord Hans was given the Award of the Scarlet Banner for his fighting prowess and his teaching of new fighters, and Lady Medb received the Award of the Maiden’s Heart for her work as Chatelaine, particularly in coordinating Gold Key.  The scroll contained examples of some of the items found in the collection. Lady Jocelyn was also given the Award of the Scarlet Banner for her knowledge of the art of defense, and Osa Bjarnsdottir was awarded Arms.

In March of that year, at the invitation of Lord Calvert of the Rhydderich Hael, who was the event steward, Nicolaa went down with THL Asa, Lady Caitilin, and Lady Medb to coordinate the Ice Dragon Pentathlon.  Lady Medb won the Literary Arts category with the paper she developed from her Roman desert research.

Around this time, Lord Michael the Longsuffering became Seneschal of Eoforwic.  At that time, Lady Eithne was the Exchequer, James Macdonald the Chronicler, Lady Medb the A&S Minister, Lord Thorolfr the Pursuivant, and Lord Hans the Marshal.

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The Lord Mayor’s Market Day was hosted in May in a winter chalet in a park within the City that was little used during the warm months. Magistra Nicolaa served as the autocrat, while Lord Ludwig and his Lady, Catherine, provided the lunch. Lord Hans managed to cook a tasty feast despite limited cooking facilities onsite. Lady Medb, who had become A&S minister, organized a number of classes, and Lady Gwerydd ran the first “It sounded like a good idea at the time” competition for A&S projects that didn’t go so well. It was won by Lady Medb (for a Roman pastry disaster) and Baroness Gaerwen (who leaned that red and blue do not always make purple.)   At Baronial Court, Gwerydd and Gaerwen received their Golden Bears (one for her garb work, and the other for her dyeing)Later that month, Lady Gwerydd received the Award of the Maiden’s Heart for her work as a Chronicler.

 It was around this same time that the first Corporal’s Course was organized by Master Hector, Lord Tormod, Lord Hans, Lord Angus, and others.  As Eoforwic’s fighting forces were now growing into a sizeable unit, this course was designed to teach fighters how to lead in unit combat.  It would be repeated two additional times and led to a Tournaments Illuminated article.

It was in this year that Grom of Eoforwic, eventually to be bynamed meinfretr, and Anneke the Furious began to be seen in the Royal City.

It was in this year that the Eoforwic camp at Pennsic outgrew its space by the lake and moved uphill to W08, just below the Runestone.  The fighting forces of Eoforwic were now becoming renowned, prompting Master Hector to write a song:

It's Good To Be Us By Master Hector of the Black Height
The King of the Midrealm our value declared,
The Northern King knows our worth too;
Our swords Tygers scorched while the Falcon's line watched
And what else could such swords as ours do?
We've written new legends on every campaign;
We take to the field without fuss:
The White Tower's Captain now marshals the line
And we all know it's good to be us!
It's good to be us, yes it's good to be us!
We are the Royal City, what's left to discuss?
The armies of Them may rise up once again
But they'll fall, for it's good to be us!
We once went to war as the City militia,
We came home the Royal City's Guard.
We leave the sweet breeze of the broad Inland Seas
And in Southron lands fight smart and hard.
Our Sherriff of course many laws must enforce,
We've Corporals at which all can cuss:
We're mad, it is true, but we love what we do
And we all know it's good to be us!
It's good to be us, yes it's good to be us!
We are the Royal City, what's left to discuss?
The armies of Them may rise up once again
But they'll fall, for it's good to be us!

We gave the bear brawn in the North's distant dawn
And the white wolf first called our streets home:
We are the Royal City by King's proud decree,
Far more splendid than Paris or Rome.
No Knights in their glory bring chargers to ride
But our castle can be reached by bus.
Of tin hats who cares? We ELECT our Lord Mayors
And we all know it's good to be us!

It's good to be us, yes it's good to be us!
We are the Royal City, what's left to discuss?
The armies of Them may rise up once again
But they'll fall, for it's good to be us!

At the annual Michaelmas elections, Lord Thorolfr inn smithr was elected as Mayor and Lord Bjarn Thorolfsson as Sheriff largely on the success of Lord Bjarn’s campaign posters.

In October, Duke Edouard Beausoleil was victorious in the Crown lists, fighting for Baroness Domhnaill.  As a result, Corwyn and Domhnaill announced that they would be stepping down as Baron and Baroness of Septentria.

Feast of the Bear was once again heard the first Saturday of November at Casa Loma. Magistra Nicolaa served as event steward, and Lord Bjarn, his mother and his sister provided the feast (and received a standing ovation for their efforts.  Lord Rhisart and Lady Lassarfhina coordinated the lunch counter.  James Macdonald was in charge of the bar, as he would be for many more times in the future.  Lady Asa coordinated a Laurel-Crucible Prize Tourney.  Rosalia and Hector arranged an amazing slate of entertainers for the feast.  TE Corwyn and Domhnaill had issued a challenge to collect the Baron’s weight in food bank donations as that year’s baronial taxes, and the over $400 donated bought 700lbs of food, well surpassing his Excellency’s heft.

At Court, Lord Gunther received the award of the Maiden’s Heart from TRM Edward and Rylyn for his work as quartermaster and auctioneer. His prowess at fundraising auctions for the Royal City had become legendary, once managing to sell a package of women’s pantyhose, among other accomplishments.  THL Albrecht was given the Award of Orion for research.  Jen of Eoforwic, who would soon be known as Alof, received her Award of Arms TE Septentria also bestowed the Golden Bear on Unnr.

Twelfth Night was held that year in Skeldergate. Lady Medb was awarded the "Bear's Bone" for being such a "manly man" as to make His Majesty of Misrule feel rather inadequate, in the Court of the Majesties of Mis-rule. Mistress Nicolaa was one of the 3 "ambassadors to France" that had to vie for the honour of wearing the "fromage de la tete" (head cheese anyone?). She got hers for racing towards the dais where Their Majesties of Misrule were and hollering: "I surrender!" William the Younger was made the General for His Majesty of Misrule's forces by virtue of his silly march.
Baronial Taxes were announced. The taxes were to be a "relic" from each group or household's past (newly "discovered”).  Nicolaa suddenly remembered that the original calligraphed copy of the Eoforwic Charter was sitting in her solar, written in invisible ink.

In this month,  Grom of Eoforwic received his basic authorization in Sword and Shield at Eoforwic Fight Practice. Lord Bjarn received the Award of the Scarlet Banner and Lady Medb received the Award of Orion.

In February, Lord Thorolfr and Lady Eithne held their first Pennsic Solstice party, to mark the point of the year most distantly separated from Pennsic and the beginning of the countdown to summer.  This party has been held every year since.

In March, Alfric received his AOA from their Royal Majesties at Winter War. Elanna (once known as Brigid of Eoforwic)  received her Maiden’s Heart.

Also in March, THL Asa served as event steward for the Cloth of Gold event, once known as Golden Seamstress. This year, Nicolaa captained a team mostly consisting of Eoforwic residents and friends, including Caitlin, Medb, and Gwerydd, to produce a set of Elizabethan clothes for Gwerydd.  At midnight, the entire team donned bunny ears.  They were named as victors in the Advanced category.
Market Day – April 29 – included auction (Gunther as auctioneer).  Thorolfr (Lord Mayor) was event steward. Feast by Hans.

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Word began to reach the ears of the Cityfolk regarding changes to the chatelaine who kept Graf Hugo’s Castle, but little was known at that point as to what these rumours would mean.

At Murder Melee, Eoforwic’s fighters teamed with Ramshaven at Murder Melee and were paid by Baron Konrad in books.  Eithne received the Award of the Maiden’s Heart for service as exchequer.
Around this time, Rhiannon ( eventually known as Etian) and her household begin to be active in Eoforwic.  Rhiannon was a midwife who had helped deliver the younger Marchmount children.  Her husband George, called Nuno, was a skilled and clever artisan who would eventually fashion the Ark of the Beer-vanent, allowing the City to use the power of the sun to keep drinks cool.

At Trillium War, Eoforwic received great praise for the periodness of its camp,  hospitality, and the amount of food cooked over campfires.   Caitilin inghean Tomais ui Dhuibihir, who was in many ways an honourary citizen of Eoforwic, had committed to run Artisan’s Row at Trillium War.  As it was just across the road from the camp, the City did much to help set up and keep the Row running, by providing her with food and drink and ensuring she did not overdo it, and providing a tent.
At Court, Marsali was given her Award of Arms, and Michael the Longsuffering the Award of the Maiden’s Heart. His wife Gwerydd was given the Award of the Orion, and Thorolf the Award of the Scarlet Banner.  Gaerwen was inducted into the Order of the Wain for her service at Pennsic with land staff. Their Excellencies Corwyn and Domnhaill were elevated to the Order of the Laurel, and the City presented them a credit voucher from the merchant Lee Valley, and Gunnar added to this with an additional bundle consisting of various pieces of amazing woods and their very own herd of cattle,
complete with bull.

Also at Trillium War, the graduates of the Corporal’s Course were presented with their badges. Nicolaa also formally took expatriate Eoforwician Albrecht Stampfer as her apprentice.
Later that month, the City had plans to gather in the Don Valley for the annual Peasant’s Picnic, but were deterred by inclement weather. 

At Pennsic, Ealdormere as a whole was commended by the Midrealm Command Staff, particularly Capt. William Campion, for performance beyond expectations, and the newly-minted Corporals played a significant part in this.  “You held the spruce line in the woods,  often alone, against Atlantia. Ealdormere soldier's fierce defense and constant, rapid return from rez point throughout both battles
led to you being dubbed the Phoenix Army during the Midrealm Command meeting since you always rose to fight again. In the second field  battle, facing the Eastern Army in the center, your support allowed  our left to over come their flank, victory slipped from us by the  narrowest of gaps despite being outnumbered by 100 troops. Finally, in the broken-field battle, your defeat of the enemy on our left, crossing the river and taking their main effort from the rear sealed their fate. I was proud to wear my corporal's badge in battle this year and humbled by my fellow companions’ efforts in the field. It was a  pleasure fighting beside you and we hope to do so again in the  future.”

Hector added to this:  “Indeed, in Eoforwic it was a joy to see Morten of Grimthorpe (a
shoulder-companion from my days in the shieldwall under Aeden o Kincora) back on the field smashin’ and bashin’ (yay Mort-Man!). Eoforwic’s 16 fighters (an AMAZING turnout) outnumbered the heavy combat strength of the entire Barony of Rising  Waters by over 500%. We need to encourage the development of more fighters across Ealdormere, not just around GTA. Pennsic XXXV was a hell of a ride. Eoforwic’s City Guard was at the top of an outstanding Ealdormere army. Eoforwic made its mark this summer, thanks in great part to the Corporals of the City Guard, whose tactical smarts made a huge difference when it counted.”

At Pennsic, Sara of Eoforwic, who would briefly be known as Arndis and then as Petra, received her AoA.  Also, Unnr took over the building of the Memorial Ship that Baron Garwig had been doing each year since the year of King Osis’ death.

In September, Gwerydd stepped down as Chronicler for the Barony of Septentria.  Later that month, Pelayo and Elanna (once called Brigid) were elected as Mayor and Sheriff on the “Short People” platform. They then proposed a competition for the year based on collecting tokens (which Nicolaa cast in pewter for the competition). For each time a citizen participated in service, A&S, or martial arts, they received a token (maximum one per day per category). The winner was to received a carved horn by the hands of Corwyn and Domhnaill at the end of the year.

In October, Duke Edouard Beausoliel was victorious in Crown Tourney, inspired by Baroness Domhnaill. As no one was permitted to sit the Thrones of both Kingdom and Barony at the same time, it was announced that Corwyn and Domhnaill would step down before Coronation in the Spring.

In November, Feast of the Bear was held at Graf Syr Hugo’s Castle for what would proved to be the last time. Medb served as the event steward and Nicolaa assisted as mentor. The lunch counter was run by Ludwig and Sofia, and Hans cooked the feast. Classes, organized by Unnr, were taught by Henry McQueen, Hawise de Makesaye, Lynette, Darius, Wilhelm von Potruff Rosina Del Bosco Chiarra and Crystabel. 

In December of that year, Count Sarnac, who was not of the City but beloved by the Kingdom, passed away suddenly.

On a happier note, also in December, Helena coordinated a sale of fabric yardage to benefit the Textile Museum within the city, and many cityfolk’s stashes were augmented.

Also in December, the baronial candidates were announced:  
  • Lord Berend and Lady Mahault Van Der Eych
  • THL Percival de la Rocque and THL Christiana MacNamara
  • Lord Gunnar Halfdan of Lund
  • Lord Streonwold Wulfesbana and THL Seonag Nic Thomais
  • Lord Gunther Wahlstadt of Bremen and Magistra Nicolaa de Bracton
  • THL Tiberius Justus Britannicus and THL Anne Tinker
  • Laird Colyne Stewart and Lady Thorfinna Gra'feldr

The candidates, three of whom were from Eoforwic, would spend the winter months visiting each Septentrian group to meet with the people and to discuss the future.

At Twelfth Night, the City presented its baronial taxes. Each group was challenged to present a new “relic” associated with their group. Eoforwic’s presentation had several parts. First, Nicolaa produced a copy of the City Charter, signed by Cariadoc with a Midrealm seal. She also painted a box in which a number of relics from around the City and from beyond were contained, including pieces of the True Stick of Eoforwic, soil from the first party, stones from the Guild Hall and Sir Hugo’s Castle. Helena produced a gilded box for some of these items. All were contained within bags embroidered by Marsali with scenes of the City, and accompanied by a poem of the Worthies by Master Hector, as follows:

Nine Worthy Lords and Nine Worthy Ladies of Eoforwic
by Master Hector 
If you would learn from worthy folk, draw near,
For in our City's past is much to cheer:
Begin with Finnvarr, first of all hied here. 
And time nor tide could any way erase
The legacy that Sylard left this place,
Who forged and fought and freedom sought apace. 
Now what of one whose mark remains most deep?
Our Baron, Aeden, found a bear asleep
And built the North for which wild wolves might leap. 
Swift years gone by cannot hope to displace
Glad memories of kind words and glad face
Of Master Robert, soul of wit and grace. 
And what of one who martial stones made soar,
Who crafted engines never seen before
Save in old tomes? Did Tarver these, and more. 
Or warrior whose bouts were like a dance,
Whose very step drew glad, admiring glance?
Wulf Borison ne'er placed a foot askance. 
No Civic scholar ever would deny
The first Lord Mayor, who charter old did spy:
'Twas Grimwulf's wit did present glories buy. 
And glory bought is joyously maintained
By generosity so unrestrained
That Gunnar Halfdann's boons shine unexplained. 
And last of these, a marvel of our age,
A singer, scholar, warrior and sage;
The name of Thorolfr Smith shines from this page. 
And like bright sword, the distaff too does shine
From early days, distilled like brandywine
That Gillian set down for thee and thine. 
And when that wine is broached first raise a toast
For one who taught that all here serve as host.
Praise Ragni, she whose grace deserves proud boast. 
And as the foe did Baron Aeden fear
They feared his consort of the thirsty spear:
Sweet Kaffa laughed and ravens did appear. 
And glad this City ever was to see
The woman wise who hailed from Romany:
Tamarra's service was no mystery. 
Nor was the welcome smile that e'er did beam
From Sigridr's visage. Ever did it seem
That welcome was her warm and constant theme. 
And Angharrad, most patient and most wise,
Whose manifold good works took every guise:
'Tis justice that her praises rend the skies. 
Yet let bright skies a moment's stillness know
As we recall tunes played before, as though
The harp might stir, Rhiannon's wit to show. 
For things unknown one cannot proffer blame
To Nicolaa, for she fans learning's flame
And all our City does her worth proclaim. 
And last of these, well worthy of respect
Through craft and research that her joys reflect:
For Unnr do the runes tell, we suspect.
Finnvarr de Taahe – founder of Eoforwic, along with his other merits which have won him inclusion in the list of Worthies of the Current Middle Ages. Duke, Knight, Pelican, Laurel.

Sylard of Eagleshaven – Laurel artisan, warband commander, leader in
the community in the early days of Eoforwic. Aeden o Kincora – long-time (ten years) Baron of Septentria, constantly active in Eoforwic throughout his tenure as Baron. Superb trainer of fighters and exceptional battlefield leader and commander. Laurel, Pelican.

Robert of Two Cliffs – Laurel, graphic artist, rightly famous for his grace, courtesy and kindness. A true stand-out.

Tarver the Pole – active for many years, famous for his experimental engineering and archeology. He always was passionate in his quest for excellence and tried large-scale projects no-one else had tried.

Wulf Borison von Hochfeld – armourer, fighter (especially with polearm), musician, dancer and a very popular fellow for good cause. Wulf was not a great Civic personage, nor was he an office-holder, but may be the single most graceful man (in terms of physical grace and beauty) who ever walked the streets of the Royal City.

Grimwulf the Hairy – after Aeden, the finest field commander Septentria ever produced. First Lord Mayor.

Gunnar Halfdan of Lund – three times Lord Mayor. His generosity and hospitality are archetypical.

Thorolfr inn Smithr – Strong leader, gentle example, willing to try anything. He carries on Tarver's traditions of experimental engineering.

Gillian Olafsdottir d'Uriel – founding Baroness of Septentria. One of the original leaders of Eoforwic. Laurel.

Ragni Dzintara of Amberhall – a diligent and dedicated Eoforing from the first days. Still active in the shires. Laurel, Pelican. She believes that the Society is a party and all its leaders, officers and
Peers are hosts dedicated to the enjoyment of their guests. A profound exemplar of hospitality and dedication. Duke Finnvarr's Lady.

Kaffa Muriath - long-time (ten years) Baroness of Septentria, constantly active in Eoforwic throughout her tenure as Baroness. Fierce on the battlefield, the first Queen's Champion appointed in the Midrealm. Laurel, Pelican.

Tamarra Amalthea of Romany – Laurel, Pelican, Baroness of Court, long-time Eoforing, leader and counselor.

Sigridr Rognvaldsdottir – Long-time seneschal, driving force behind the first Eoforwic theme event, a leader in the community.

Angharrad of Nankivel – constantly active, holder of many offices, dedicated to excellence in research. A moderating force in tumultuous times.

Rhiannon of Wye – Laurel, harper, active in Eoforwic for years.

Nicolaa de Bracton – Long-time chronicler at local, Baronial, Kingdom and Society/Corporate levels, fencer, herald, Pelican, Laurel researcher. A constant leader and dedicated teacher.

Unnr Hringsdottir – utterly enthusiastic, dedicated to excellence in all aspects of her dress and deportment, generous in her sharing of vast knowledge.

It should be noted that shortly after, at Snowed Inn, Unnr was made a Companion of the Order of the Crucible for research into Norse culture, particularly clothing. 

Also in this month, Gwerydd and Michael welcomed Liesbeth, their daughter, to their family.
It was also at this time that the rumoured changes at Graf Syr Hugo’s Castle were confirmed, and Eoforwic lost access to the Casa Loma fight site as there was no longer a desire by the new chatelaines to assist with the education of young students.  The City began the search for a new location.

In February, Nicolaa coordinated a Scribal Boot Camp at Hart House.  Teachers and students came from the City and beyond to learn from several talented teachers.

The pen of Master Hector was not quiet:

On Mounting the Night Watch

The time has come to don our martial guise;
To cloaks against the evening chill we turn
For sage Apollo's token flees the skies
And soon shall candles in our lanterns burn
As we, eponymous, our name shall earn.
Within the walls, upon each dusk-draped street
Our boots shall ring as lawlessness we spurn.
The night watch mounts that felons fear defeat:
Such are our task and name, and both are right and meet.

Cutpurse beware! Be gone, thou saucy knave
That dares tonight to trouble honest folk!
Your betters here will teach you to behave
Or you shall feel the sting of well-timed stroke,
The graceful thrust that, biting when awoke,
Rests elegant, enclosed, upon each hip,
For peace is precious, and it is no joke
To rouse in riot those who might let slip
Such civil bonds whose key turns with the sword's swift tip.

And yet our corps does never stand apart
From those whose goods and persons we defend.
We are as they; indeed as they we start
Each evening and as they the watch we end.
We are not servants, no paymaster's friend,
Nor hired bailiffs nor police in thrall
To Kings and potentates whom good laws bend.
We are as they, good folk of guild and hall,
Who serve for it is right to serve, and that is all.

"And that is all"; such simple words to say!
Of noble mien and learned wit are we,
Who walk dark streets while others dance away
The evening hours in joyous reverie;
Our burden and our hope nobility.
As sentinels we stand, such risk we take,
Our night watch stripped of gay frivolity.
The cut-throat would we make but one mistake,
That lust for blood and murder both at once might slake.

And thus the college of defence frequent
We noble few, who guard the streets at night:
Our noble blood should never be so spent,
In alley's fray, in sordid little fight,
That guilds may peaceful prosper in their right.
We keep the peace and safeguard chivalry
As is found in contemporary sight
For how else can our fathers' blood e'er see
The quest that long ago shone with such clarity?

King Arthur was no tyrant, its is true,
But his was truly an enlightened age
And Kings are men and some men all folk rue,
Awaiting time to turn such sordid page
And then to let new players take the stage.
To lead, to serve, to parry, hold and trust:
For good Kings strike, against the bad to rage.
In dark streets the round table is as dust
And here we stand, to watch the night, for someone must.

Tonight guild-masters sleep sound in their beds
As Arthur sleeps afar in blessed vale.
New times have come and many wiser heads
Have moved away from feudal lord's travail;
The ship of Parliament long has set sail
That men of property may make our laws,
That reason may win out as passions fail,
That logic may sift follies out and flaws:
And through the night we watch and crave a greater cause.

What now remains of Camelot's belief?
Some hollow pageantry our wits decry,
Quaint drawings on a dried and faded leaf,
Plate armour that in closets locked does lie?
For art and science both ahead swift fly;
The rapier leaves broadsword in its wake,
And cannon's roar bids nobler days goodbye.
We know we serve for right and honour's sake
Yet there is more; denial is a grave mistake.

Yes, there is more, to make the noble smile
For, as the knights of yore now gather dust,
We find in modern chivalry the style
That poet, swordsman, courtier can trust;
Indeed all three are served by but one thrust
Of one sublime and shining knightly blade.
Our Astrophil, Titania's scribe most just
Whose every deed recounted parts the shade
Nostalgia casts upon new deeds of grace displayed.

And yet this is no modern Lancelot
Recalled from legend and the limner's page:
No; our new Knight will never be forgot
As like a minstrel he does grace our stage
And fears and doubts of modern men assuage.
King Arthur's Knights a selfish urge display
When, striving for the Grail, they'd cast each gage.
No anger Sidney's, model for our day:
At thirst's worst cut he gave his simple Grail away.

Such then our goal: the graceful art we seek
Finds not its bounds in riotous affray.
Of humble chase for excellence we speak,
To teach and learn, to seize the well-honed day
With comrades in defence at vital play.
The parry and riposte, the scholar's dance,
That noble friends may ever truly say
Each one has stood the test, has braved the chance
And in the open challenge does his cause advance.

And yet one cause alone will not suffice:
There must be more for which each heart might strive.
No petty whim and no contrived device
Can let such noble hearts as ours yet thrive,
We seek a focus that we might derive
A lofty cause, robust, set high, alone,
That henceforth helps to keep our dream alive:
Not tokens of pale myth by legends known:
Like Sidney's draught, both gift and goal. A shining throne.

And so we serve our college and our kind,
The burghers of our City, and yet more.
The poniard and sharp rapier we find
As means, and as an end we shall restore
To streets and lives the peace that lets hopes soar.
'Tis with that hope we now survey the scene
While dandies frolic and the honest snore.
Our garb sublime, blades sharp and honour clean,
We guard our neighbours, seek the right and serve our Queen.

In March, it was decided to hold armoured combat practices in the hall of the scholars of the European martial arts, known as FACT.  

At this time, Alof had taken over the position of seneschal.

At Late Winter Shoot in that month, Percival and Christiana were announced as next Baron and Baroness of Septentria.  They were invested the next month, and Hans cooked the feast while Medb coordinated the arts and sciences activities, where Thorolf won the bean count for his iron pot and tripod.

Later that month, Gunther coordinated a Mayor’s Auction to raise funds for the City.  The second Corporal’s Course also began, and would run through the month of May.

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In May of this year, Lord Gareth Cambell received the Award of the Maiden’s Heart. Also in this month, Toki (Mattus) authorized to fight.

At Pikeman's Pleasure, Lord Thorolfr was appointed as Baronial Armoured Combat Champion He proved his worth on the list field making the finals in several weapon format mini tourneys, taking the championship in the mace and buckler tourney , and being a example for all during the bridge battles.

At the same event, Nicolaa was appointed the Baronial Archery Champion “after kicking some 
butt both with her marksmanship and her spirit upon the archery 

Around this time, a lady named Bridget began to be seen around Eoforwic more frequently. She was a scholar at the great university, and also a member of Vest Yorvik, so it became common to refer to her as Bridget of Eoforwic and Vest Yorvik. She had a great enthusiasm for the fibre arts and dyeing, and would eventually introduce the City to her indigo dyebath named Audrey.

Eoforwic continued to dedicate itself to more authentic camping gear. House Runestone, which included Thorolfr, Eithne, Bjarn, Grom, Anneke, Alfrikr and Alof, set up a very period encampment at Murder Melee. Shortly after, Thorolfr constructed a very attractive wooden cart for transport of armour. 

In this month, Lord Michael, Lady Gwerydd, and their daughter Liesbeth moved to An Tir, as Michael had been accepted as a teaching master at a university there.

It was around this time that Meryk and Brynne first came to the City. They were engaged to be married, and would eventually host a wedding of epic scope.  It was also about this time that Lucrece de Montsoreau arrived in Eoforwic.  She had been a member of the Society many years before, and brought enthusiasm and great skill for archery and the research of clothing.

Also, around this time it began to become periodically difficult to secure rooms in the Guild Hall, as the International Scholars had begun to overrun the place.

It was decided to make another run of bear tabards.  This time Lord Thorolfr and Lady Eithne hosted. A team of Eoforwicians (including Bjarn, Thorolfr, Grom, Anneke,  Eithne, Sage, Gunthar, and Hani, with our Lord Mayor acting as  supervisor and Zoe acting as official watermelon taster) managed to turn out a total of 55 bear tabards. This includes 10 tabards for Their Excellencies and several sized for our younger members.

Gunther and Nicolaa found an embroiderer willing to embroider many badges for Eoforwicians to sew upon tabards.  As the Eoforwic populace badge had finally passed, the badges could at last be official. These were distributed at Trillium War.

Also at Trillium War, Thorolfr brewed and shared a batch of mead.  The fame and hospitality of the city  encampment continued to grow.

Later in July, Lord Rhodri once again visited the City.  There was a notorious party afterwards in which many citizens succumbed to Rhodri's gin and tonics.

There was a brief moment of hope when it was announced that the management of Graf Hugo's Castle had been retained by the band of monks who had run it for many years, but unfortunately, the kitchens had been given over to a private tavern to run, and there was no longer the possibility of a deal. This marked the definitive end to the City's years in the castle.

At Pennsic, Eoforwic was once again able to use the sign carved for its 20th anniversary thanks to the restoration work of THL Geoffrey.   Eoforwic also hosted the Baronial BBQ for Their Excellencies.  In Their court, Grom received a Bear’s Claw.

At this time, Besa came to Eoforwic. She was a scholar of the mysterious land of Egypt, and hoped eventually to study with the scholars at the great university.

In September, Eoforwic began to host regular archery practices at the range in the Don Valley.  At the end of that month, Market Day once again took place at the chateau in the west end of the City, with Alof serving as steward, Ludwig and Sofia as lunch provisioners, and Hans providing the feast.  Once again, the It Seemed Like a Good Idea At the Time A&S display was held, and was won by Nicolaa’s proof that ironing pergamenata produces unexpected results.  Also, the draw for a crossbow Gunther had donated to raise funds for the fight sight was conducted, but the winner never came forth. 

Eventually after several weeks, a new ticket was drawn and the bow was won by Glorimere
Also at that time, Joscelyne was elected as Mayor and Ysabeau as Sheriff.  The prize for the contest run by the previous Lord Mayor, Pelayo, the  horn carved by Corwyn and Domnail, was won by Magistra Nicolaa in a close finish with Lady Unnr.

At Crown Tourney, which was held in Brennistein Vatn, NIcolaa was the herald in charge of the processional of combatants and consorts, and she had enlisted Besa, who had a strong voice and much enthusiasm, to assist.  In what became a legendary episode, she announced the first couple as Dork Aaron and Duchess Rustique.  As Duke Aaron went on to win the tourney, many of the other Royal Ladies were heard to exclaim regrets that they were not Dorkesses, as surely the slip of the tongue was a lucky charm.  Also in that tourney, Bjarn fought for Ailis.

At Twelfth Night, the first taxes levied by Percival and Christiana were presented.  As this was the thirtieth anniversary of the Barony, it was decided that the essential nature of Eoforwic that
the city wanted to represent through this tax was "Teamwork" and that they would express it by provisioning a unit of 6 with 5 items each This unit would represent the various different martial disciplines and was composed of:

1. a "heavy weapons" fighter (for this, a spear (or spear flag) and a "war door" shield were both mentioned as particularly suited to team fighting)
2. a fencer
3. an archer
4. a thrown weapons combatant
5. a youth combatant
6. a member of the commissariat

At Twelfth Night, TE Percival and Christiana gifted the Quaich of Artio to Lord Bjarn.  Taxes for the coming year were announced as a piece of embroidery of each group’s arms to be used for a new kneeling pillow.

In February, Magistra Nicolaa and Lord Gunther revived the Ursus after a year's hiatus.
At Snowed Inn,  Toki of Eoforwic and Sancho the Adequate received their Awards of Arms, and Lady Helena of Eoforwic received an Orion for her many artistic endeavours, including late period clothing, dollmaking, and knitting.

In March, Eoforwic hosted Cloth of Gold. The competition attracted six teams up to the challenge. Septentria fielded three teams. The team consisting of Lady Violetta and Lady Brigit from Vest Yorvik managed to complete their 13th century man’s outfit, including undertunic, braies, hosen, coif, and outer tunic, despite having only two active sewers. Another team, consisting of Lord Niall the Victualler and his family, recreated a tableau from the Manesse codex (bottom). The lady’s garment, consisting of undertunic, stockings, shoes, pouch, tunic, surcote, and fillet (the final four items in gleaming silk colours) was finished to completion. A team led by THLady Unnr Hringsdottir and consisting mainly of ladies from Eoforwic (top) completed an extensive, handsewn Norse women’s outfit, including undertunic, stockings, shoes, tunic, apron dress, mantle, cap, and accessories. Three teams, including two from Starleaf Gate in the Middle Kingdom, rounded out the competitors. Team Ramshaven completed a women’s Italian ensemble, including hairstyle (middle), despite having lost their Italian expert to illness. The Gluttons for Punishment completed an early Anglo-Saxon ensemble with multiple layers sewn by hand mostly with hand-spun thread, and Crystal Cat completed a women’s 16th century Spanish ensemble. Throughout the night, Lord Ludwig and Lady Sophia kept the contestants awake with ever-available coffee and well-fed with nutritious food. The event staff, including event steward Lady Jocelyn, also stayed on-site to work on projects.. After each team presented their outfit and received tokens from Baron Percival and Baroness Christiana, the judges announced the winners. First place in Novice went to Ramshaven; first place in Advanced to Unnr’s team. Special commendations went to Gluttons for Punishment for fibre nuttiness and Lord Niall’s team for teamwork and spirit.

At the Coronation of Aaron and Rustique, THL Gareth triumphed on the rapier lists.  On the archery field, Baron Percival and Magistra Nicolaa ended the tourney in a tie. It was determined that Magistra Nicolaa would become the champion, as HE Percival has other duties guarding the King’s lands already. However, a shootoff was held at a devilishly evil smiley face, which Baron Percival won after Magistra Nicolaa shot one arrow that was missing a tip . A subtlety competition also took place at the event, which attracted several enthusiastic entries. It was won by Lady Medb ingen Dungaile.

AS 43 (2008-9)

In this year Septentria celebrated its thirtieth birthday. Unusually cold weather (and rain on Sunday) could not dampen the enthusiasm at Spring Tune-up this year, with the commencement of celebrations of Septentria’s thirtieth year. Caer Draeth did a great deal of work to make the event special, including scheduling classes and erecting ―Hadrian’s wall‖ inside the hall, greatly enhancing the atmosphere. A relic table was made available in the upstairs hall and was filled with wonderful relics of Septentria’s history. The evening’s feast featured thirty dishes in honour of thirty years, as well as birthday hats for all in attendance.  It was announced that Bjarn would take on the duties of Septentrian Warlord for this coming Pennsic.

At this time, Viscountess Morgon was serving as Minister of Arts and Sciences in Eoforwic.

Crown Tournament was contested this year at the site usually used to host Ragnarok, thus gaining the moniker ―Ragnarcrown. The weather problems of the preceding weekend did not recur, and the tourney was held in gorgeous sunshine. Their Excellencies of Septentria were able to use the sunshade originally constructed by Eoforwic some years ago that had been languishing in the basement of the Eoforwic Quartermaster for some time.

 Nine combatants entered the list, and after a round robin tourney the semi-finalists were determined. Sir Evander Maclachlan was defeated by Sir Etain au Naval, and Sir Siegfried Brandbeorn was victorious over THL Wat of Sarum. Sir Etain prevailed in the finals, and thus he and his lady wife Valfreya Greenspeare were invested as Ealdormere's Crown Prince and Princess

Around this time, Aude first came to Eoforwic, a lady most interested in fibre arts. Eventually she would marry her wife, Inga, and be mother to incredibly cute children.

The City once again gathered at Thorolfr’s house to construct tabards—this time, bearing a trillium as it was TRM’s wish that all fighters wear trillium tabards at Pennsic that year.  These would be presented at War of the Trillium.

This year’s War of the Trillium had a timely theme: Ealdormere’s first-ever Olympic Games. A variety of competitions were held in all of the martial arts and in the arts and sciences, with incredibly spiffy gold, silver, and bronze medals going to the victors. Each Barony was asked to provide a “national anthem” that could be played while the baronial banner of the gold medal winners was raised. Septentria opted for her traditional battle song (written by Mistress Rhiannon). The anthem was heard many times, as Septentria triumphed in the overall competition. The complete list of scores and medal winners follows this report. A short Baronial Court was held before TRM Rustique and Aaron held their court. Baron Percival and Baroness Christiana first recognized the cooperation between the Baronies in the armoured combat melees that had taken place earlier in the day which had ensured that all the baronies could field teams. The next order of business was to formally invest Bjarn with his tabard as Baronial Warlord at Pennsic this year. Finally, Eoforwic presented 150 Septentrian bear badges to Their Excellencies in payment of the “extra” tax revolt taxes. In Kingdom Court, Eoforwic presented 50 Trillium tabards in response to Queen Rustique’s Ealdormere beautification challenge. Lady Marsali and Lady Tarian both received Maiden’s Hearts. Lady Anneke the Furious was given the Orion for her embroidery work while Lord Grom of Eoforwic was given the Scarlet Banner for his skill in thrown weapons. Finally, Lady Medb ingen Dungaile was made a Companion of the Order of the Crucible for her many skills, including research, cookery, sprang, needlework, and beadwork.

At Pennsic,  Thorolf and Bjarn were both members of the Unbelted Champions’ Team. Nicolaa was selected for the Archer Champions’ Team. THL Gareth represented Ealdormere in the Fencing Champions’ tourney and won his bout. As has become traditional, TE Percival and Christiana treated the Barony to a Barbeque, again hosted by Eoforwic just below the Runestone. They availed themselves of the opportunity to hold Court once everyone was well fed. Lady Eithne Briansdottir passed her hereditary Osis ring to Lady Anneke, while Lord Grom passed his on to Bleddyn, one of Eoforwic’s newest fighters. Lady Marsali was given the Golden Bear for her skill in needlework and costuming, while Lady Alof received a Golden Bear for her Norse clothing, especially its embroidery. Master Hector also took Lord Grom of Eoforwic as his protégé. Lord Grom was presented with a yellow baldric. Their Excellencies then called forward Lord Hans Thovaldsson and thanked him and House Marchmount (as well as all of Eoforwic) for their hospitality in once again hosting and cooking for the barbeque.

The Cantons of Monadh and Eoforwic were given the honour of carrying their banners in the procession for their generous donations to kingdom beautification.

This Pennsic also marked the first year of the infamous Roaming Roman party, largely instigated by Baron Foote, in which several members of the City enthusiastically took part.

In this month, Deirdre of Carlyle, also known both inside and outside the SCA as Dea, passed away.

In September, several City folk travelled to Vest Yorvik to take part in Volley of Arrows, where Gunther finished second in the IKAC competition.

This year also marked the wedding of Brynne and Meryk. Many of the cityfolk had taken part in preparations for their wedding, which had a medieval theme and took place at Brynne’s family’s cottage in the woods, where a stone chapel had been built for the occasion. Several of the ladies of Eoforwic had helped the bride’s family to construct medieval clothing for the wedding, and Nicolaa had calligraphed the invitations. Armoured combat, archery and thrown weapons took place before all gathered under an enormous tent to celebrate with a feast.

Later that month, Grom was elected Lord Mayor.

A new site had been located for Feast of the Bear now that Graf Syr Hugo’s castle was no longer available. This was a church in the centre of the city named for St. Simon. Helena, who had found the new site, served as the event steward along with Nicolaa.  While nothing could replace the ambience of Casa Loma, in many ways this site came close, while providing amenities (such as heat, a collocated kitchen, sufficient electricity, and indoor washrooms) that the old Stables site lacked. The main hall featured a soaring vaulted ceiling and a large, simple stained glass window, while the outdoor fighting area benefited from the church’s gothic-style architecture. There was also ample room for a variety of activities. After a short morning court, THLord Wat of Sarum sat his vigil for the Order of the Chivalry in the upstairs choir loft, beautifully decorated by his friends. An ample spread of food greeted his guests.

The large turnout of fighters (both armoured and rapier combatants) enjoyed several tourneys throughout the day. The armoured combatants took part in a plunder tourney, where bouts were decided over various items of plunder. A speed tourney also took place. Meanwhile rapier combatants amused themselves with a tourney in which they were both required to hang on to the ends of a rope while fighting. Inside, Gunnar treated attendees to a fabulous lunch table spread, with all proceeds benefiting the Eoforwic winter fight site. Also benefiting the payment of rent on the fight site was a raffle organized by Gunther featuring a number of desirable items, including a hand-made knife and an armour grab bag. A&S classes were organized by Viscountess Morgon. Helena taught knitting, THL Asa taught Lindesfarne-style illumination and Lady Lyda taught Runes. In the main hall, Lord Darius and Lady Lynette taught a large group a number of dances. The children were not forgotten, with activities organized by Lady Eithne.

Court was held before feast. TRM Etain and Valfreya gave leave to Baron Percival and Baroness Christiana to hold their court. They recognized Lady Sara of Swordcliffe, wife to Master Hector with a Bear’s Claw for her baking and cheesemaking at Pennsic, and then witnessed the transfer of the office of Mayor of the Royal City of Eoforwic from Lady Joscelyne to Lord Grom. Magistra Nicolaa and the citizens then completed payment of Eoforwic’s baronial taxes by presenting the completed embroidered arms of Eoforwic. After conducting some brief business that saw Bleddyn of Eoforwic receive his Award of Arms and Lady Alof of Eoforwic recognized with an Orion for her Norse clothing, Their Majesties then turned to the main business of the day, the elevation of THL Wat of Sarum to the Order of the Chivalry.

The evening’s activities were topped by the feast prepared by Lord Ludwig. The food was plentiful and tasty, inducing what one of the Royals termed a “food coma.” A particular highlight was the carving of the perfectly-done beef roasts by THL Naga, who first artfully tied back his sleeves before slicing two huge roasts into portions for every table, which were then served by Lord Mayor Grom. The lemon sorbet was another particular favourite. He and his staff were recognized with a standing ovation from the Royals and all present. Eoforwic received a great deal of praise on the beauty of this new site.

In this time was Orlaith inghen Cinada meic Briain) first seen within the City, along with her very quiet husband, Seosamh. At the time, she was known for her knowledge of the Islamic world, and the pair of them as cooks.

At Kingdom A&S, THLady Medb was one of three Pentathlon entrants. The competition was tight, but THLady Medb was declared the winner. Her five entries included cookery (for her dish of Snowe), a sugarpaste chess set, bookbinding, an embroidered sweet bag, and a carved leather book satchel.

In January, Master Hector and his lady wife, Sara of Swordcliffe, gave birth to their first son, Gareth.
At Twelfth Night, Their Excellencies also announced this year’s taxes: Each canton was to provide an armoured fighter for the Baron’s personal guard at Pennsic.

Planning had begun in earnest for Feast of the Bear, to be held again at St. Simon's on May 2. Lord Grom was to be event steward and Bjarn had committed to do the feast. Unfortunately, it had to be cancelled in late February due to an issue with the site, and insufficient time to find a new site.
At Winter War, The team commanded by Lord Bjarn was victorious in the round robin section. In Court, Tsivia was elevated to the Order of the Pelican.  Much plotting had taken place to procure a scroll for her by her old friend, Master Robert of Two Cliffs.  Nicolaa wrote the ceremony for the elevation. At this time, Nicolaa became Trillium Herald.

It was also a year of firstborn sons. Master Hector and Lady Sara’s son Gareth (Hector’s second son, but Sara’s first), THL Unnr and Lord Charles’s son, Morley, and Lord Tormod’s son Cian.

AS 44 (2009-10)

In this year, another fundraising auction was held in the month of May. Fight practices for the summer took place at Monarch Park.

Many years before, Eoforwic had hosted a famous event called the Icelandic Althing. As there were now many Norse amongst the people of the City, and indeed, in Ealdormere, Nicolaa and Gunther, who had been involved in the first Althing, put forward a proposal to revive the event, and it was scheduled for September upon the land owned by Graeme and Aurelia.

In July of this year, at the behest of Lady Catherine and the other dancers within the group, Eoforwic sponsored the Known World Dance Symposium.  Although this took place within the Barony of Ben Dunfirth, it was the City that provided the necessary funds. 

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. Bridget of Eoforwic and Vest Yorvik, Brynne, and Maeryk also received Awards of Arms, and Lady Ysabeau de Vauvert received a Maiden’s Heart for many years’ work in Eoforwic, particularly as a merchant liaison.

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 Baron Brand was then called forward to do a presentation, which consisted of him hijacking Court as herald to call forward Magistra Nicolaa (who had been heralding the court), 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 Laurel. 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. The evening’s festivities concluded with a triple CD release party, celebrating new works by Dame Tsivia, THL Emer, and Mistress Marian.

The story at Pennsic this year could have easily been the weather. The first week featured frequent cloudbursts that had rendered the parking areas and roads a muddy morass by the middle weekend. Opening Ceremonies was actually moved to the barn because the field was so slippery, and parking enforcement was even stopped temporarily. However, except for some overnight rain early in the week, the rest of the War featured ideal weather—sunny with moderate temperatures. Only on the final Saturday did rains finally make a return. Pennsic XXXVIII will be remembered as the year with two wars in one—and Ealdormere was on the winning side both times. The first conflict consisted of East and allies vs. Middle and allies, and with sides very closely matched, the East was victorious. The second War was East and Middle vs. the Known World. Again, in a close matchup, the Known World was the victor. The Roaming Roman party, now in its second year, was a rousing success, as the Romans managed to thwart a number of Celts intent on stealing Senex Crepitus‟ banners. Senex Crepitus also made an appearance at the camp of Caesar later in the week to answer charges of wearing confusing headgear, false advertising, and “TBD”. After a spirited defense by Viscountess Moria, intense consultations with Caesar, consumption of snack packs and Limoncello, confusing Latin phrases, and copious use of the words “Hail Caesar!” Baron Footus was acquitted of all charges.

Septentrian Court was held in Eoforwic’s camp, as has become traditional, and Lord Hans and House Marchmount once again provided the refreshments. Many stopped to marvel at the amazing solar powered two-tap drink cooler that was the focal point of the Eoforwic common tent, built by Nuno and referred to as the “Ark of the Beer-vanent”. Lord Hans was presented with the Baron and Baroness’ personal favour as well as an apron for his services. Lord Thorolf was presented with a Bear’s Claw. The court was interrupted by a certain “Olympic Committee”, which presented Lady Jocelyn with her “medal” (a crushed pop can) for “fastest 100 yard trash run.” Later in the same court, she was taken as apprentice/protégé by Baroness Nicolaa. Several hereditary arm rings were also passed on, before the traditional presentation of the Brass Balls of Septentria. Baron Percival presented them to Thorolfr for leading a can-can line on the last day of battle, but then he turned around, stated that “a great injustice had been done,” and called the armed might of Septentria forward. Lord Bjarn than spoke to the “brass balls” it had taken His Excellency to authorize and fight at Pennsic, and presented the Balls back to Baron Percival. His Excellency was then mobbed by a group hug. Also at that time, Countess Rylyn took Lady Anneke as her protégé. Also,  Lord Bjarn was serenaded with Pennsic Christmas carols. This was the final act of several deeds coordinated by Lady Jocelyn to give Bjarn Christmas at Pennsic. After he had departed for the Roman party on Monday, Lady Jocelyn and Magistra Nicolaa decorated his tent with a Christmas tree from Lady Catriona, ornaments from Countess Domhnaill, Thor’s Hammer gingerbread cookies by THL Asa, twinkling lights from Lady Jocelyn, and a stocking sewn by Asa and stocked with Viking toys (including beer, foam axes, duct tape, toy rhinos, and a complete set of “Viking” action figures) by Nicolaa. The carols were courtesy of THL Asa and Lord Gunther. At Kingdom Court, Lord Bjarn’s auspicious week continued as he was made a Companion of the Order of Thorbjorn’s hammer and presented with a scroll in the form of an axe. The culmination was the elevation of Baroness Gaerwen to the Order of the Laurel.

As had become traditional, many Ealdormerians gathered at the water’s edge on Thursday night for the boat burning. This year, the boat was named in memory of Mistress Etaoin, who passed away earlier this year.

September saw the return of the Icelandic Althing event.  The first Althing had been held back in 1992 and had through the years reached semi-legendary status. With the growth of Norse studies within Ealdormere, including two living history groups covering the period in question, Lord Gunther and Magistra Nicolaa decided that the timing was right to bring back the concept. Although the Althing was not blessed with the beautiful weather from the previous week, Thor managed to keep the thunder and rain away long enough for a very successful event. The highlight was the presence of in-depth living history displays by DARC and Regia Anglorum, taking the form of a street where craftsmen practiced their trades. Members of DARC demonstrated beadmaking, wood turning, pewter casting, blacksmithing, and cookery; Regia members were showing pottery, a warp weighted loom, and period poultry (among other activities). The two groups also collaborated on a pit firing of pottery coordinated by Mistress Keja. There was even a currency system allowing attendees to purchase items sold by the craftsmen. Two law cases were decided by the lawspeaker, Master Hector, and one of them led to a holmgang, fought on 3 metre by three metre cloak (as specified in the sagas). Several Boat Battles (a variant of a bridge battle) were fought, followed by a holmgang tournament. Archers enjoyed clout shoots and a duelling tree set up by Lord Michael of Brentwood, and a loot shoot provided by Magistra Nicolaa. Thrown weapons was also available most of the day. The day concluded with a hearty stew and bread provided by Orlaith and Ioseph from Eoforwic. Their Majesties, resplendent in Norse clothing sewn by a team from Eoforwic, had a brief court and honoured two gentles of Eoforwic: Lucrece de Montsoreau was given the Award of Orion for her clothing research and construction, and Lord Hans Thorvaldsson was awarded the Maiden‘s Heart for his work as baronial seneschal and “camp mom” for Eoforwic, including hosting Baronial Barbeques. Later, Their Excellencies of Septentria held a brief court while the rains attempted to dampen the camp. They awarded a Bear‘s Claw to Lady Alof for her spear work and a Bear‘s Heart to Lady Eithne Briansdottir for help with the kids around camp and her general support of the Barony.
At this time, Lord Angus was serving as seneschal.  In the Mayoral elections, Lady Alof was victorious as Mayor and her husband, Lord Alfrik, as sheriff. A number of city offices were claimed, including Lucrece as Bridgemaster, Nicolaa as Scribe, Gunther as Lord Admiral.

At Crown Tourney, where THL Quilliam (fighting for Baroness Dagmar) was victorious,  a short Court also took place in which Baroness Nicolaa was presented with the Award of the Scarlet Banner for archery.

In this month, Lord Grom and Lady Anneke were wed, close to the date of All Hallows’ Eve.
At the Kingdom Arts and Sciences Faire , Lady Catherine Redewell from Eoforwic was a Pentathlon entrant. Lady Lucrece de Montsoreau displayed a comprehensive project on horned headdresses, including two completed hats. The Ealdormere Academy of Defense also hosted the playing of four Provost prizes. New preceptor Lady Jocelyn organized the event and invited Don Giovanni from Trimaris to visit and help give those playing their prizes a little good competition (as this was the first group to attempt the Provost prize, and part of the rules involves fighting others who already hold the rank). Septentria’s THL Gareth Campbell was successful in playing his Provost prize and invested with a scarf making him one of Ealdormere’s first three Provosts in the Ealdormere Academy of Defense.

As FACT had proven to be too expensive and not well enough supported by attendees, Eoforwic commenced again the search for a new indoor fight practice site.

At Twelfth Night,  Their Excellencies Septentria did two pieces of business during their Court. The first was to announce the taxes for the upcoming year: Each canton was to produce at least one song or story in praise of a Septentrian who inspires them. The second piece of business was to announce who would bear the Quaich of Artio for the upcoming year. Their Excellences took back the Quaich from THL Dafydd ap Sion, who had held it for the past year, and then called forward Lady Jocelyne de Cranewall and turned it over into her safekeeping until Twelfth Night next.   

In this month, the Cityfolk visited a repository of shoes of great worth held within the city walls.
At Step Sprightly, Lady Catherine Redewell received the Award of Orion for dance.

Eoforwic once again sponsored Cloth of Gold, this year moved into larger quarters at the Blue Springs Scout Camp (home of several past Melees, FOOL, and Crown Tourneys. Six teams entered this year including a large Eoforwic team, consisting of Helena of Eoforwic, Brigid, Maya (a relatively new member), our model and participant Orlaith, THL Medb, Viscountess Morgon, Avelyn, and Lucrece. The organizers declared two first place winners: Eoforwic in the Advanced category for their Mary of Hapsburg gown, and Anneke’s team (Ramshaven #2) for their Finnish ensemble. Court was then held in which Orlaith and Iosef from Eoforwic both received AoAs and Anneke the Furious (one of the autocrats) her Maiden’s Heart.

AS 45 (2010-11)

In this year, after beginning the search for a suitable site for Feast of the Bear, the City decided instead to pursue a bid for Spring Coronation the next spring.

This year saw the forming of Famillia deRubberboot, which was headed by Jean Guy deRubberboot, Famous Trapper de Nord and Avelyn of the Hedge.  Avelyn had been a member of the Cloth of Gold team, but was also skilled in many arts, including painting and dyeing.

At Pikeman’s Pleasure, TRM asked Magistra Nicolaa to come forward. She then called Lord Thorolfr inn Smithr, who was heralding their court, forward to receive a Maiden’s Heart.

At this time, James Macdonald took over coordination of fight practices. Yamamoto Morikazu (who dwells west of the city) begins to assist with fight practices  and would eventually help outfit many Samurai.

Also at this time, Rohesia came to the City. She would first would try armoured combat before settling on rapier. She would eventually become known as Alessandro.

For the second time, War of the Trillium featured an Olympics competition, complete with gold, silver, and bronze medals for the winners. A wide variety of competitions took place in armoured and rapier combat, archery, thrown weapons, and the arts and sciences. This year the weather was outstanding for the entire event. Several pieces of business were transacted in Septentrian Court. First, Lord Thorolfr inn Smithr stepped down as Baronial A&S minister and his replacement, Lady Mahhild de Valognes, officially began her term.

The weekend concluded with a toga party, where Senex Crepitus set up the altar of Jupiter Optimus Maximus for various initiation rituals involving flaming Sambuco. For those not inclined towards burning alcohol, the podium from the Olympics was set alight in the field outside the pavilion and many gathered around it to hear stories and tales.

At Pennsic, Magistra Nicolaa braved the long walk out in the early morning and the oppressive heat to represent her kingdom as one of the Kingdom Archer Champions.

In September, Lady Joscelyn took over as Seneschal. Lord Gunnar was elected as Mayor.
At the Coronation of Etian and Valfreya, THL Bjarn was appointed as King’s Champion
In October, the canton permanently relocated its meetings to University College due to the changes at the ISC, now called the “Centre for International Experience”, meaning rooms were no longer available in the evenings for meetings.  This marked the end of thirty-six consecutive years of meeting at what had become known as the “Guild Hall” for the Royal City.

With the victory in Crown Tourney of Aaron and Rustique,  Gunther stepped up as Kingdom Chronicler, taking over from Her Highness.  He would shortly hand the editorship of the Ursus over to Baroness Seonag.

The Kingdom Arts and Sciences fair was hosted by the Barony of Rising Waters at the same site where Septentria had hosted the same event two years ago. Five entrants took up the challenge of the Pentathlon: Lady Eleanor of Huntingdon, His Excellency Sir Menken Brechen, Lady Lucrece de Montsoreau, Lady Jane Greenhill, and Lady Aurelia von Grein. The winner was Lady Lucrece, who entered a15th century transition gown, a 15th century hennin, hippocras (spiced wine), a Glastonbury chair, and a leather costrel (bottle). Her Majesty Valfreya recognized Lady Lucrece‘s accomplishment by investing her as this year‘s Arts and Sciences champion at Court that afternoon.

In November, Eoforwic’s bid to host Coronation the coming Spring was accepted, only to find that while waiting for the bid to be approved, the site in Pickering had been rented out to another group.  A scramble to find a new site ensued; eventually, a suitable location was found to the west of the City in land contested between Ben Dunfirth and Ramshaven (but with the blessing of both groups.
Hector and Sara’s second son, Lachlan, was born at this time.

In December, the City hosted a Christmas revel at Hart House.

At Twelfth Night, Nicolaa presented her story about the founding of Septentria in payment of Baronial Taxes.  Also, Several members of the city conspired to present an excerpt from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (The play of Pyramus and Thisbe, as presented by the rude theatricals). Medb, Katerina (Helena), Nicolaa and Jocelyn, along with Bethoc and her sister Orlaith’s went over quite well with the audience; parts had to be performed twice.  In Court, Lady Lucrece was made a companion of the Order of the Crucible and Lord Angus received the Maiden’s Heart.  In Baronial Court, the Quaich of Artio was passed to Lord Gunther.

Around this time, word came to the City that Lord Rhodri from Calontir would be elevated to the Order of the Laurel. Much plotting ensued.  Eoforwic sent a medallion wrought by Lady Joscelyn, a writ, and a carload of people including Jocelyn, Thorolfr, and Hector.  The plan was kept secret until they went in to see him as he sat vigil. The gifts were presented, and it was suddenly dusty in the room.

Rhodri was heard to say “I really cannot express how blown away I was. As I said, I wouldn't be here without Ealdormere and especially Eoforwic. Because of their willingness to drive half a day each way for a one-day event, these six people, more than almost anyone else made the day magical and incredible. They gave me many tangible gifts, including an incredible medallion that I will always treasure, but their greatest gift was simply their presence. I can barely type this right now from crying in happiness.”

The writ, calligraphed by Nicolaa, was as follows:

Unto all to whom these presents come know that We, the Corporation of the City of Eoforwic, having noted that Rhodri ap Hywll has passed the customary period of apprenticeship and has attained to the dignity of the title of Master, and the same Rhodri ap Hywll is also known to from time to time frequent the City and its environs, and hath done exemplary service there in standing with the City Guard as well as in practice of the gentler arts of the poet and scholar, are hereby minded to confer upon him the Freedom of the City of Eoforwic.   Henceforth he has the right to marry within the City in the church of his choosing and to be buried within the City walls.  He is exempt from all market tolls and may drive his sheep across any of the bridges of the rivers Don and Humber without toll or tax. He may exercise his franchise in the City elections and may stand for office.  He may travel the streets with sword drawn in times of trouble, be free from impressment into service in the Lord Admiral’s fleet, and if found to be drunk and disorderly is immune from arrest and seizure of his person.  Should he be convicted of a capital offence, he has the right to be hung with a silken cord.  All these rights and privileges do we convey without let or hindrance on this twenty-sixth day of February, anno Societatis XLV, whereof witness our hands and seal.

In February of this year, Baron Torbin of Amberhall, one of the earliest members of Eoforwic, and father to Duchess Eanor, passed from this earth.

In March, it was decided that too many City offices were illegitimately held, so the Lord Mayor called for the proper showing of credentials (which resulted in $308).  The officers were confirmed as:
  • Lucrece – Bridge Mistress and Manager of Solid Waste
  • Nicola – City Archivist and Discoverer of un-Lost Documents
  • Gunther- Lord High Admiral
  • Angus – Topless Tart Maker and Pole Dancer
  • Thorolfr – City Torturer, Barber and Surgeon
  • Bridget – Eoforwic SPecial envoY and Relocation Expert And Keeper of the urine vat named, "Audrey"
  • Kat – Town "Boner" and Rat Catcher
  • Jocelyn – Hole Inspector
  • Maria (Rohesia) – Gutter Snipp
  • Eithne – Wafer Catcher and Bear Keeper
  • Hector – Ditch Digger
  • Sara – City bread and cheese maker
  • Eleanor (the cat) – Comforter of Sheep
  • Grom – Emissions Commissioner
  • Anneke the Furious – Town Mad Woman and Complaints Department
  • Alfrikr – City "Pounder" and Alchemist
  • Elannna – City Worm Herder and Leech Farmer
  • Aurora- City Mud Lark
  • Ysabeau – Town Washer Woman 
  • Hans – City Apiarist and Mead Master
  • Medb – City Confectioner and Dragon Taster
  • Petra – Keeper of City Menagerie
  • Alyse – City Herbalist
  • Master Rhodri – City Foreign Correspondent to the Southern Lawless
  • Pelayo – "The Artist formally known as: Pelayo"

 Also at this time, a group was formed to work on Law Cases for the upcoming Althing in September.  Also, a group worked intensely on the creation of a subtlety for Coronation, under the direction of THL Medb. Many Rice Krispies were sacrificed.

In April, Eoforwic hosted the Coronation of Aaron and Rustique.  Nicolaa was the event steward; Lady Orlaith and Lord Josef cooked the feast; THL Lucrece  coordinated the A&S classes and  Avelyn coordinated the children’s activities.  Bjarn most memorably dressed as a cherub during the Coronation ceremony for his knight (Aaron) along with Sir Worgan, and many eyes were permanently scarred.

Lady Jocelyn Roget de Cranwell constructed two equisims (jousting horses) for the fencing tourney, and Thorolfr inn Smithr helped in the construction.

 At the feast, the large dragon created out of rice krispies and sugarpaste was brought in, with lit sparklers coming out of his mouth (he was nicknamed Sparky). The tableau featured was St. George's unfortunate brother Bob, who had had an unsuccessful meeting with Sparky.. Medb ingen Dungaile worked on the underlying structure, the rice krispie placement, fine detailing and all of the sugarpaste covering for Sparky. Katerina Montague designed the underlying wood/foam structure, worked on the rice krispie structure, and created all of Bob. Rohesia helped with some of the rice krispie application.
Lucrece de Montsoreau built the litter for Sparky. Several members of the populace, including members of Senex Crepitus (who carried a fire extinguisher, just in case), were recruited to carry in the litter.

At this event was Avelyn of the Hedge awarded Arms.

AS 46 (2011-12)

At the end of May, Baron Tancred, not from the city but a friend to many, passed away.
The city also began to work on tabards to be used in payment of the baronial taxes.

At Trillium War Their Excellencies, Percival and Christiana announced Their intent to retire from the High Seats of the Barony. At this event, Gunther Wahlstadt was made a Baron of the Court by TRM Aaron and Rustique, in token of his rapid and skilled takeover of the Chronicler’s position, as well as so he would match his wife’s headgear.

Medb and Nicolaa undertook a project to beautify the Pennsic camp with new silk banners.  This was the year in which Helena/Kat and Lucrece  taught “Hoods and Hosers” at Artisan’s Row at Pennsic.  As was traditional, Eoforwic also hosted Septentrian Court and the baronial barbeque.

At Pennsic, Grom was inducted into the Order of Thorbjorn’s Hammer for thrown weapons, and Pelayo was given the Orion for his bardic arts.  At Coronation, Nicolaa was also made a member of the Order of Thorbjorn’s Hammer for archery, and Helena received a Maiden’s Heart for work on events and as exchequer.

It was announced that the candidates to take up the High Seats of Septentria would be Anne and Tiberius, Anneke and Grom, Daniel and Catriona, and Streonwold and Seonag.

It was also announced that the Ursus had won the Blackfox Award for best newsletter. The award was shared between Gunther and Seonaig, who had succeeded him in the office of Baronial Chronicler.

At this time Willmar Grimsdyke came to the City. He quickly took on the office of Pursuivant.  He became well known for his willingness to try any martial or A&S skill.

In September, Eoforwic once again hosted the Icelandic Althing. DARC (Dark Ages Re-enactment Company) and Regia Anglorum once again put together the artisans’ row, including baking in an onsite bread oven they had constructed, bead making, using a pole lathe, and even period chickens.

The law case brought before Master Hector, acting as Lawspeaker, was as follows:  A whale had beached itself in land owned by Thorolfr where Alfrikr was the tenant.  The whale had been harpooned, but it was unclear as to who had struck the killing blow—Alof (who still was paying off the harpoon to Jocelyn) or Rohesia (whose harpoon was seen to strike the killing blow). People arrived to process the whale, and a debate began about who gets what share.  Alof, fearing she would get a reduced share due to the money owned for her harpoon, had hidden Rohesia’s harpoon so it would look as if the kill was all hers.   Luckily, there were witnesses to this behaviour.  As it turned out, the dastardly behaviour of Alof, in conjunction with Jocelyn, was made manifest when Jocelyn was found to be bribing others to act as witnesses on her behalf.

Later, the fighters gathered to fight over the carcass of the whale, and the archers attempted shoot their harpoons at a large whale sighted some distance away.  This whale had been constructed by Lucrece and was a very popular attraction. 

During Court, Gaerwen was elevated to the Order of the Laurel.  Dinner was stew from an enormous pot provided by Marchmount, followed by a bardic circle organized by Emer.

Later that month, Medb was elected as Mayor and Wilmar as Sheriff, with $186 raised for the Mayor’s Fund.  

Preparations were beginning for the Baronial Investiture to be held in April, which Eoforwic had been chosen to run at a site within Petrea Thule’s territories.  A gathering to meet the baronial candidates took place in October.

Also at this time, Unnr and Charles’ second son, Quinn, was born

At Kingdom A&S, Avelyn of the Hedge entered an Abbotsbury Abbey inlaid earthenware floor tile, a child’s 15th century v-necked gown, and an Anglo Saxon goldwork pelican embroidery. The embroidery received a special mention for its scores during court. Katerucia Mountague entered a half-scale Mary I funeral effigy, a mould for a leg of the effigy and a late 16th century lady's everyday outfit.  Medb entered some sugarpaste Tudor roses (created with wooden moulds and applied gold leaf), which also received mention at court, and a set of embroidered slips (some of the silks were hand-dyed) which won the textiles category, Rohesia, entered pentathlon, with some embroidery, a houpeland, a poem, some illumination and a fencing hood.

In November, Eithne and Thorolf were delivered of twin sons, Alexander and Neil. Unfortunately, Neil did not survive the day, and the lives of Eithne and Alex were very much in danger, but the doctors were able to save them both.

In January of this year, Orlaith took on the job of Seneschal.

At Twelfth Night, Jocelyn arranged a clever project to allow Her Excellency Christiana to ride into Court on a polar bear, long a dream of hers.   The bear was properly puzzled in blue.  The City also presented its taxes, champions’ baldrics and tabards, including new ones for Their Excellencies.

Nicolaa had recently moved to a large holding to the east of the City. It was discovered that within the cellars of this holding, one could shoot archery, and several gathered that spring to do so.

At Step Sprightly, Lady Bridget of Eoforwic and Vest Yorvik received the Award of Orion for her work with fibres and dyes.  Featured on the scroll was one Audrey the Indigo Dyebath.

During March, the Cityfolk worked together under the direction of Lucrece to create the site tokens for the baronial investiture. Stamps in for the runes for the initials of Grom and Anneke, that were on the small brass disks were made by Lord Alfrik.

In April, Eoforwic, with the help of other Septentrian cantons, hosted the investiture of Anneke and Grom, who had been chosen to succeed Percival and Christiana.  Nicolaa, Helena/Kat and Jocelyn served as the event stewards.  Gunther ran an auction to benefit the baronial travel fund.

The dinner was cooked by Lord Hans with the able assistance of House Marchmount and friends, featuring “melt in your mouth” chicken and addictive stuffed mushrooms. A sugarpaste Viking ship was created for the feast. Medb did the bulk of the work, but Roselyn helped paint shields, Nicolaa helped with shields and some of the Rice Krispies modeling, Kat and Rohesia also helped with the Rice Krispies stage, and Jocelyn created wonderful bears out of white chocolate and fondant to represent the incoming baronial couple.

The entertainment was coordinated by Lady Rosalyne and heralded by Willmar. Many gifted the feasters who gifted us with a song, a story, or  in the case of Rosalyne and her lord Daniel, a wonderful dance that told  a story. They also put together the ball after feast.

AS 47 (2012 - 13)

War of the Trillium, Gunther Wahlstadt of Bremen was elevated to the Order of the Pelican.  He had been placed on vigil the day before.  His vigil was a combination of serious advice and raucous gaming, more of the latter as the night wore on. Brisket cooked by Hans and Grom appeared and quickly disappeared, timed nicely when Lucrece's husband Todd went for smoke breaks, thus christening his nickname "Meatless Todd".  THL Medb also created a beautiful Pelican subtlety for the vigil. The next day, Nicolaa begged a boon (her second that weekend) and Medb was put on vigil for the Order of the Laurel.

At Pennsic Medb ingen Dungaile was made a Maistreas of the Order of the Laurel for her talents with sweetpaste, embroidery and research.   At the same Court Hans was inducted into the Order of the Wain for his support of the Eoforwic camp, feast cookery, and work with the Commisssariat.  His scroll was done on a frying pan and also included an apron.

In September, Avelyn of the Hedge was bestowed with the Award of Orion.

At this time, meeting attendance begins to decline.  The usual mayoral elections postponed in  favour of a planned mini-event. 

Fighter practices continued at a warehouse in the east end of the city, coordinated by James Macdonald.

At Huntsman’s Harvest, Jocelyn inducted into the Order of Thorbjorn’s Hammer.  At Crown Tourney, Willmar Grimsdyke received his Award of Arms.

In November, Nicolaa took up the office of Kingdom Chronicler, succeeding her husband.

West Yorvik organized a booth at the Cretivfestival and several members participated to help discuss the SCA for interested show goers. Lucrece, Kat, Avelyne of the Hedge, Orlaith, Nicolaa, Baroness Anneke, and Medb spent time in the booth and helped with cleanup. Nicolaa also taught calligraphy and Avelyne taught illumination.

At Kingdom A&S, Both Daniele and Roselyne entered pentathlon; Daniele’s math competition entry won the ‘Wow’ prize. Willmar entered a tunic, linoblock printing and illumination, and Avelyne entered trapunto.

In December, the Cityfolk once again visited the treasury of shoes held within the City walls.

At Twelfth Night, Their Excellences confirmed that the Baronial Taxes would be banners of the Canton & Baronial Arms.

In March,  Lucrece de Montsoreau was inducted into the Order of the Laurel for costuming.  Her elevation cloak was adorned by Laurel wreaths embroidered in many styles by her friends. Nicolaa was made a Herald Extraordinary (to be titled Rouge Estoile) on the same day.

Lord Angus and Lady Ysabeau, long-time citizens of the City, had fallen on hard times. In March and April, Gunther and Nicolaa coordinated a fundraising auction for them, and many were the donations shared by the Cityfolk.

Also at this time, the Cityfolk gathered at Nicolaa’s house to begin to construct the banners requested as baronial taxes.

In April, a travelling exhibition of the art of glorious Florence was held at a local museum, and the people of the City went together to view it, retiring afterwards to a nearby tavern where they enjoyed the delicacies of Japan.

At Coronation, Nicolaa took Lady Orlaith as an apprentice and Gunther took Lord Willmar as his first protégé

AS 48 (2013-14)

In June, several Cityfolk visited a school in the east end to educate them on the ways of the Middle Ages. Also in this month, at Pikeman’s Pleasure, Hans challenged into the White Bear Fian.  It should be noted at this point the members of House Marchmount, while still friends of the City, were increasingly not seen within its walls, as they were dwelling far to the east, not far from the manor held by Nicolaa and Gunther. Nicolaa, however, as she travelled during the week into the City attending to business affairs, retained her position within Eoforwic.

In this month, Willmar stepped down as seneschal as his health was of concern, and Medb took his place.

The project to complete baronial banners blossomed into a larger project to beautify the Eoforwic camp at Pennsic. Several of the Cityfolk were able to complete banners and banner poles for Pennsic .
Fight practices continued once again at Monarch Park.

This year tragedy struck the kingdom while many of its populace were away at the Pennsic War. Lady Aevianna of Nordengel was reported missing in the Barony of Skraeling Althing. Those within her barony gathered together to search for her, while those away at Pennsic prayed for her safety. 
Unfortunately, on July 28, it was discovered that she had been lost to violence. The kingdom was shaken. Never before had the people lost one of their own in such a way. In her memory, Lady Morag made a banner depicting Lady Aevianna’s arms, and this banner was carried into all remaining battles at Pennsic.

This was particularly hard on Master Hector, as his protégé was the lady’s husband and eventually confessed to her murder.  This was the same man who had once been known as Hydro of the North and a welcome presence within the City.

Eoforwic once again hosted an Icelandic Althing, the third since its revival.  Medb and Helena/Kat acted as the event stewards, and once again artisans came together to demonstrate many amazing things.  The law case centred on a ship that was commandeered for a raid without the permission of its owner, which then went on to experience nothing but bad luck, being forced to jettison its cargo.
In Court, Bjarn received the Award of the Maiden’s Heart, as did Baron Grom.

After taking part in the Noblesse Largesse artisan exchange, Nicolaa, along with Liadin and Aibhilin, founded the Trillium Exchange in November, with thirty artisans taking part for the first round.

In November, the first Queen’s Prize tourney was held, in which newer artisans were sponsored by those with Laurels and Crucibles, with each participant taking home a prize donated by the sponsors.
In Court Ailis de la Marche out of the kitchen where she had been working, to act as Royal Bard. When her song was done, TRM surprised her by giving her an Award of the Orion.  Rhiannon of Eoforwic, who would eventually be known as Etian and was renowned as the Mistress of the Cheese Grotto within the Pennsic camp, received her Maiden’s Heart.

THL Hans Thorvaldson then presented a feast of five removes, each one representing a barony, and each one accompanied by a poem read by Lord Pelayo. This was greeted with great enthusiasm by the one-hundred people who dined upon it.

Twelfth Night was held in Vest Yorvik.  Their Excellencies Grom and Anneke, in the tradition of their forbears, had commissioned a cup, called Bergiefu, to be awarded once per year to a Septentrian who exemplified a different virtue. The cup was awarded in this year to Nicolaa for the virtue of Knowledge.  Eoforwic had presented its taxes (the banners) earlier in the year.
At Step Sprightly, Roselyne was inducted into the Order of the Crucible especially for dance. In the many years she had dwelt within Ealdormere after moving from the East Kingdom, this was her first award.

Helena-Kat had kept ties with the monks of St. Simons, once used for Feast of the Bear, and it was found that they (in particular one monk named Frank) were eager to see the City visit once again.  Plans commenced for Feast of the Bear that coming September.

In April, Siegfried and Ragni ware crowned King and Queen of Ealdormere.  There were few dry eyes when the King called forth his Knight, Duke Finnvarr de Taahe, to crown his lady wife as Queen. 

Siegfried and Ragni held their Crown Tournament on May 24th in the Canton of der Welfengau. This Crown was the first to feature same-sex consorts in Ealdormere. THL Hans Thorvaldsson fought for Lord Pelayo of Marchmount, and Lady Ailis de la Marche fought for Lady Elanna of Marchmount. Their inclusion was greeted with great enthusiasm by those present.

AS 49 (2014-15)

The theme of Trillium War was "No One Expects the Spanish Armada".  The Mad Dyers of Eoforwic decided this would be a good chance to experiment in the period colour known as "Dead Spaniard" and held a dyebath competition to achieve the best example.  Nicolaa, who acted as Archery Marshal, constructed an entire armada upon the archery range.  In Court, Avelyn of the Hedge was inducted into the Order of the Crucible.

At Pennsic, House Marchmount celebrated its tenth year.  The Eoforwic camp that year was over sixty people.   It was decided to contest the long-delayed Mayoral Elections during the Baronial barbeque that year, after much banter between the City and a certain Viking Chick.  The elections featured a great deal of bribery and merriment (including the stuffing of credentials up a puffy-tailed cat’s butt) and resulted in electing the same Not So Innocent Viking Chick, THL Lyda, as Mayor.  Certain elements were able to install a puppet, Badrielle, as Sheriff.

At Septentrian Court,  Nuno of Eoforwic  earned the Brass Balls of Septentria for battling the elements and even thumbing his nose at Zeus. After being struck by lightning, Nuno continued to fearlessly drive metal spikes into the ground to keep tents from collapsing.

At this time, Daya Speyerin came to the City. She had attended Pennsic as her first SCA event, and had helped support Baron Kryss, who had charge of Herald’s Point that year.

In early September, the Cityfolk helped to present Eoforwic to the scholars of the university.

The Royal Citie of Eoforwic celebrated its 40th anniversary at the Feast of the Bear on the 6th day of September, with Helena-Kat serving as the event steward.  It was fitting that Queen Ragni was sitting the throne, as she had been for so many years a member of Eoforwic.  The was attended by former Ealdormereans Morrigan and Leif, the King and Queen of Drachenwald. Several figures of Eoforwic’s and Septentria’s past were in attendance that day, including THL Hereward the Far-dweller, Lord Nicolae Cioranu and Lord Lothar von Wulfing, the one and so far only Hero of Septentria. THL Jocelyn was made a companion of the Order of the Wain. At court, Baroness Xristina Viacheslavova was put on vigil for the Order of the Laurel for her knowledge of the Rus. As well, both Baroness Kersteken Janzdochtere and Duchess Jocea Valente were elevated to the Order of the Pelican.

THL Roselyne also had arranged for random music by many performers throughout the day and during the feast, as well as dancing, in which the Queen eagerly participated.

The feast, by THL Hans and House Marchmount, was based around games of battling monsters.  Each course was introduced by Lord Pelayo in verse, and Maistres Medb contributed a subtlety in the shape of a dragon’s head.  Much merriment was had during the feast in launching projectiles made of “marsh-mallows.

It was not long after that Grom and Anneke announced that they would step down early as Baron and Baroness of Septentria as they had decided to part ways. Shortly thereafter, the Candidates were announced:  Conall MacEarnain and Johanna Herst, Seonag Nic Thomais and Streonwold Wulfesbana, Dafydd ap Sion and Mahhild de Valognes

In October, the Cityfolk once again paid visit to the huge treasury of shoes held within the City walls, this time to seen an exhibit entitled “Fashion Victims.”   In November, the Cityfolk attended a presentation within a theatre presented by the British Museum regarding Vikings.

It was announced in November that Marchmount would no longer coordinate an Eoforwic camp at Pennsic, as the job had become too onerous and Marchmount was no longer resident within the City.

In January of this year, Nicolaa and Gunther moved from the east of the City to the far west, within territory disputed between Ben Dunfirth and Rising Waters.

AS 50 (2015-16)

In May of this year, the fiftieth year of the Society, Dafydd and Mahhild become Baron and Baroness of Septentria, as Anneke and Grom stepped down from the High Seats.

At this time, Daya Speyerin became Pursuivant, taking over the position from Willmar. Also, a newcomer was first seen in Eoforwic, a lady known as Alicia Marie de Flers (as well as her lovely dog, who accompanied her everywhere.) This lady had once encountered the Society in Calontir.
At the end of June, the City welcomed heralds and scribes from throughout the Known World to the Known World Heralds and Scribes Symposium, held at an inn to the northwest of the City walls.  Nicolaa served as co-steward and arranged all of the classes, which THL Jocelyn scheduled.  Medb served as the gate keeper, and Helena looked after the finances.  Willmar coordinated information about the City, including securing gold pins from the modern City administration.  The highlight of the symposium was a lecture by the Chief Herald of Canada, Mme. Claire Boudreau, which was eagerly received by attendees. She was presented with a special commemorative scroll by Nicolaa.
This was the first year in very many where Eoforwic did not have a camp at Pennsic.  The Cityfolk were widely dispersed. Some camped with Ealdormere by the shores of the lake.  A few stayed with House Marchmount, which had retained the old Eoforwic space. Others were in the far highlands on the north side of the campground. TE Dafydd and Mahhild hosted a pancake breakfast in the Petrea Thule camp instead of the barbeque that had been traditional.

At Lady Mary Tourney in September, Medb was made a Companion  of the Order of the Wain, and presented with a scroll dubbed “George” (due to its slightly fuzzy real vellum texture that made one want to pet it and squeeze it).  At the same event, former resident Albrecht Stampfer was elevated to the Order of the Laurel.

In September, the Barony of Septentria ran the Icelandic Althing.  Eoforwic had granted them permission as the City had been busy with the planning of the Heraldic Symposium.  Nicolaa again researched a law case involving a dispute over the estate of a man who had suffered lesser outlawry, and acted as lawspeaker. 

At that event, Helena was accepted into the White Wolf Fian, after successfully processing and weaving cloth made from the wisteria that always threatened to overrun her home.  In October, Nicolaa made her challenge into the Fian—a complete manuscript copy of the text she had edited for her doctorate.   

Also in this month, Daya Speyerin received her Award of Arms.

At Twelfth Night, there was a games theme, and Medb enthusiastically participated as a Clue board.
Throughout the winter and spring, Lucrece worked diligently on a bookbinding project, which involved binding a reproduction early printed text as authentically as possible. Nicolaa was also working on her Fian project, to copy the 13th century manuscript she edited for her doctorate. At one point Nicolaa was bemoaning the fact that she had miscopied one section resulting into an entire page that would need to be recopied. Lucrece then asked her whether she would be willing to donate the mistakes to her own project, to use as spine supports (as was done in period) and Nicolaa agreed. When the paper ended up being unsuitable for the project, Lucrece provided some real parchment that Nicolaa used to copy some of her text so it could be used (although it would be completely hidden).  Lucrece’s big red book went on to take the top prize in the A&S Faire in March, and in exchange Lucrece helped Nicolaa plane a bookboard for her own project.

It was discovered around March that the previous year's baronial taxes--which were nine  painted hinged jewel boxes and had been delivered to their outgoing Excellencies, had apparently disappeared.  They have still not yet been found.

AS 51 (2016-17)

In early May, at the Lady Mary Memorial Tourney, THL Jocelyne was placed on vigil for the Order of Defence.  She was sparring with His Majesty Nigel, when the King asked her to take a knee. The Peerages and people were summoned to bear witness.  

Later that month, at Fruits of Our Labours, Nicolaa taught a basic Latin class and spent the rest of the event learning stained glass with THL Sciath.  Helena also taught a class on smocking, as well as providing a demonstration of processing wisteria fibre.

In June, the Mad Dyers of Eoforwic gathered at Lucrece’s home to once again share dyepots and cheese, as there had not been a suitable day the previous autumn.

At the Trillium War this year, Willmar received the Bear’s Heart for his work in many capacities within the City.

At Pennsic, the artistic talents of the City were shown in many venues. For the A&S display, Lucrece brought some enormous leather vessels, Helena displayed her Eleanor of Toledo stockings, and Nicolaa displayed the now-completed Fian Challenge book.   Lucrece was one of those selected to take part in the A&S war point, where she displayed the late-period book she had printed and bound She also participated in Artisan's Row.   Medb taught embroidered slips and Nicolaa taught two classes, including taking over a names class for a teacher unable to attend and a scribal abbreviations class.   Nicolaa also worked once again for the Pennsic Independent, as did Helena and Medb.
At Court, Nicolaa presented the Fian project and was accepted as a member. Rather than the original, planned limp binding, she had bound the volume with a Romanesque binding using the book boards Lucrece had helped her plane earlier in the summer.

Also at that Court was Jocelyn elevated to the Order of Defence, becoming the second member of that Order in Ealdormere.

In September, the Cityfolk once again returned to the precincts of St. Simon’s to celebrate the Feast of the Bear. Helena and Daya served as the event stewards, Lord Gunnar cooked the feast, and Lucia and Penn de Moranza provided the lunch table. Lucia had earlier become Medb’s first apprentice and had been part of the Known World Heraldic Symposium staff, where she had received one of Nicolaa’s herissony cats, subsequently known as Herissony GK (grandkitty).  Herissony GK was frequently spotted around the Kingdom and particularly enjoyed sampling teas and meeting up with Herissony Cat, the matriarch of the clan of kitties.

As Nigel and Adrielle were reigning, they were unable to reprise the Emprise of the Ermine Star they had hosted the previous year, so the City hosted the Emprise of the Wolf and Bear in its stead.  Helena, Nicolaa, Daya, Medb, and Willmar had prepared for some weeks ahead of this by painting banners that would be given to participants who exhibited various virtues.  When AElfwyn had been put on vigil for the Order of Chivalry, she selected this day to hold her vigil and elevation, so the Emprise was done with the virtues that pertained most to her in mind. She stood vigil in the small chapel within the walls of the church.  

Torrential rain had been forecast for most of the day, but around the time the fighting was to start the skies cleared, and the rains held off long enough to complete the outdoor activities, although the heat was oppressive.

Also at this event did Gwendyon sit vigil for the Order of the Laurel, being sent to contemplate the burden that morning. She was best known for her work in kumihimo, and so the vigil and the ceremony (written by Nicolaa) reflected that culture.

At Court, Alicia received her Award of Arms; the scroll was in leather with Braille lettering and featured her dog. Willmar received the Award of the Maiden’s Heart, as did Lucrece (who was not present). Helena was inducted into the Order of the Crucible; Nicolaa’s scroll for her in an Italian style included many cats, including her own Ferocity and another one licking its nether regions.  Court concluded with the elevations of Gwendyon and AElfwyn.

The Coronation of Siegfried and Xristina took place later that month. Nicolaa had spent many hours researching an appropriate ceremony in the Rus’ style, which was completed to great success.
At Crown Tourney, Nicolaa stepped down after over three years’ service as Green Mantle Herald, turning the office over to Duchess Rylyn.

At Queen’s Prize Tourney in November, Medb, Nicolaa, and Helena served as judges.  Nicolaa sponsored Alicia, who was working on a Tudor gown and underdress, as well as Jocelyn, who presented a demonstration of swordplay.

At this time, the fighters of the city, led by James Macdonald and Hiro, found a new place for fight practice, at a location normally used to train archers.

In December, the Cityfolk once again gathered at a local tavern to enjoy latkes, blintzes, and matzo soup.

And thus does this seventh Chronicle of the deeds of Eoforwic come to a close, in the fifty-first year of the Society and the year 7525 since the creation of the world, to be presented at Twelfth Night to Their Excellencies Dafydd and Mahhild.

Appendix I:

The Tale of the Great Bear of the North
by Magistra Nicolaa de Bracton

Presented at Twelfth Night, AS 45

In the beginning of time, before civilization touched the lands of the North, the Great Bear roamed free, alone beneath the stars, ever wandering, ever searching. It is said that on the coldest of cold nights, his mate and his cub were taken from him, and the earth rang with his howls and roars of anguish.  Frigga, mate to the All-Father, heard these cries and came to him, and took pity on the white bear, bereft of mate and child, and offered this to him: “We cannot unwind the skein which the Norns have spun. But look to the sky, and know that in this Northern land, your kin will be with you always.”

And she pointed to the sky, where whirled the Great She-Bear and her cub, clad in stars, mother and child, always circling the Polestar.

“This is of great comfort to me,” said the Bear, “but what am I to do here, alone, below?”

“You must give your heart to the land, and your descendants will be multiplied upon this earth,” said Frigga.

The Bear wondered at this and how it might come to pass without his mate by his side, but kept silent.  For many years, the land was in his care, but he was alone. 

Far to the West, in the land of the setting sun, Apollo did look down from his chariot and espied a people thirsting for knowledge, searching in the darkness for truth.   One day he perchance came upon them, dressed in fine clothes, speaking the languages of civilized folk.  He heard the clash of sword upon sword, but found not warfare, but gentle courtesy and chivalry.  “I shall drive my sun-chariot close, and its light shall shine brightly upon these people, and they shall have my protection,” said he.  So bright was the sun that shone that it nourished a new Society.   And in those lands did King Richard and Queen Marynel rule, followed by King Henrik and Queen Wendryn, and King Richard the Second and his queens, Anne and Diana, and King Henrik the second and Queen Leanne; and King William and Queen Sheryl. 

And in the reign of King Siegfried and Queen Marynel, word reached Their Majesties that a fierce woman approached the Kingdom of the West, riding upon a tiger.  She demanded entry into their hall.  Apollo recognized Durga the Invincible from the Eastern lands, and knew she would not be denied her wish, for she is fearless and ever-patient, and so opened the minds of Their Majesties.
“My people are restless,” said she.  “They desire to know your ways, but not to be governed by you.  They wish to be self-sufficient.  They have read the sacred texts.  Will you grant them your blessing to rule their own Kingdom?  The lands of the East are far from you, and will not trouble you.”
Their Majesties nodded, and appointed Lady Elfrida and her husband Lord Walter to travel to the lands of the East.  And Durga was satisfied, and returned to her lands.  Lady Elfrida did appoint Maragorn and Adrienne to preside at the first tournament in Eastern lands as King and Queen, and in that grand tournament Bruce of Cloves won the Crown for his lady Florence, and reigned for a full year.  

The passing of Durga had roused a great dragon from his slumber, and the dragon saw from afar the people of the East and the birth of their Kingdom.  He looked beneath his wing and saw on the shores of the great lake others searching for the light of civilization.  Emissaries were sent, and Countess Adrienne did come to the city on the shore of the great lake, and a grand tournament was held, and the victor proclaimed Baron Under the Mountain.  This was Cariadoc of the Bow.   But the dragon was not satisfied, and he confronted the Lady of the Tiger.  “It is not right that I bow to you,” said the dragon. “You are not sacred to my people.”  He extended his right talon, so that it fell just west of the great city of steel. “All lands west of here I claim for my own.”   The Lady of the Tiger laughed.  “I have no desire to rule such uncivilized people.  Perhaps in the future these barbarians and my people might meet here to settle the matter.   The Dragon laughed and departed, and such did the Coronation of King Cariadoc and Queen Diana Alene transpire in the fourth year since the light came to the shores of the West.

But the Dragon did not inhabit these lands alone. The great wolf Fenrir was wont to prowl in the northern reaches, far from the dragon’s fiery breath.  In the great North Woods a band of people came together who venerated Fenrir and carried his image before them into battle. Three of their number had travelled to the Kingdom of the West in its third year and saw the wonders of civilization there. In the fourth year the people in the North Woods came together and began to form a barony, sending emissaries to the West Kingdom.  But messengers were slow and unreliable and were lost in the great distance, and so the people of Fenrir moved forward not knowing that around them, a new Kingdom was growing.  In the fall of the fifth year of the Society, King Franz of the Middle, hearing strange tales of this stronghold in the great woods, came in person to witness its wonders.  The victor of the tournament that day, Thorvald inn Grimmi, who had been one of the three to travel to the West, was invested as Baron and knighted on the field, and his lady Signy, who had also traveled to the West, became Baroness.  The Lost Barony had been found, and many of its line would sit the Dragon Thrones.

Amongst the people of the North Woods was one Finnvarr de Taahe, a knight whose wanderings took him through the lands to the East of the North Woods, and indeed, into the lands of the Tiger of the East.   It was there that he came to dwell in Mirkewode for a time and won for himself the Crown of the East.  In those days, there was no requirement that King and Queen dwell in their own Kingdom, and so his Queen was Caellyn, a lady of the North Woods.  Travelling between his home in the East and his keep in the North Woods, he travelled through lands yet unclaimed and unpopulated, though full of scholars and merchants, and he resolved to return.  His passing was not unnoticed.  The Great Bear of the North watched him from afar, and wondered what this might foretell.

Count Finnvarr built a hall within the city of scholars on the shore of the ancient lake, but yet he was still alone, and travelled often to the North Woods, where he told tales of the wondrous things in the city of scholars and the beauty of the wilds without.  One lady, Gillian d’Uriel, heard these stories and resolved to come to that land as well.  Others from the city of scholars soon joined them as well, and in the ninth year of the Society the outpost on the shore of the ancient lake known as Eoforwic arose. 
Soon other outposts arose as well, Noerlandia to the north, Ben Dunfirthshire to the west.   The Great Bear of the North discovered them in his wanderings.  He kept silent, but found that ever more he was drawn to these people, and the people began to catch glimpses of him during his wanderings, standing alone, his eyes sad yet hopeful.  The people of Noerlandia instituted a feast in his honour, but he did not yet come amongst them.   Yet he watched, and kept guard over them.

And so it came to pass in time that Count Finnvarr won the right to the throne of the Middle and he and Caellyn were crowned in Eoforwic in the twelfth year of the Society.   One day the King was out riding in the woods and found himself separate from his retinue. It was then that the Great Bear showed himself.  The King was not afraid.  “Great Bear, I have seen you from afar for many months, and so have all those who dwell in these lands.  Yet you do not fear us, nor hunt us for food.  What is the meaning of this?”

“Great King,” said the Bear, “I have felt the love of these people for this land.  I dwell alone in these lands, and have for many years done so.  The land has been my only companion, and it is my heart and soul.   Your people have honoured me, and yet I have kept apart, fearful of what might come to pass.”

“You are a mighty bear,” said the King.  “What have you to fear?

“I fear that I will love again, and lose my mate and child, as I did many years ago.  But yet Frigga foretold to me that my descendants would be multiplied were I to give the land my heart.  I did not know how this could be, and then your people came to dwell amongst trees, rivers, lakes and meadows alongside me, and I felt their love for what I love, and I knew that I must find my mate amongst them, for they are destined for greatness.  But I would not usurp your place, O King.”
The King inclined his head, and said, “Great Bear of the North, I and my line rule vast lands to the west and south.  It is in my power to raise these people to greater glory, and I had already resolved to do so.  But we have lacked a leader.   They shall be a barony called Septentria and you shall rule as Baron in my stead.”

“Alas, “said the Bear, “Great as the love I bear for this land, I cannot rule over humans.  But I have seen a lady amongst you, beloved by all her people, who came to these lands not long after you. Where I am rough and beastly, she is gentle and speaks with the voice of a poet, and is renowned far and wide.  She inspires all to create great beauty with their hands, voices, and hearts.  She is mother to these people, and thus my mate in deed if not in name.  If she were to accept the Coronet of a Baroness, I would ever be beside her to protect her, the land, and the people.”

“You speak of the Lady Gillian,” said the King.

“I do,” said the Great Bear of the North.

“Never before has a Baroness ruled alone,” said the King.

“She will not rule alone. She has the heart of a Bear,” said the Great Bear.

And so, in May of the thirteenth year of the Society, the Barony of Septentria was born, raised to high status by Queen Kirsten of the Middle, and the lady Gillian, to the joy of the people, took up the Coronet as its Baroness.   And the Great Bear of the North, Ursus Septentriae, alone no more, ever protects his people in peace and in war, and his descendants are multiplied upon the land.

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