Sunday, October 23, 2011

The official board announcement


I have just returned home from both Great Western War and the October Board of Directors meeting. We did not hold a Meet ‘n Greet at GWW. I myself was not able to confirm my ability to drive out until the Tuesday before – modern world work obligations can affect volunteers at all levels in our organization. I was able to speak with the Society Officers that were there, as well as several people who have applied for Society Offices or who may be on the nominee list for the Board. Commentary on Board nominees from any and all who know the nominees is essential to the Board and the health of the orginization. There are so many excellent people in our organization that could be nominated that the seven current Directors cannot know all of them personally!

The Census Committee has extracted and validated more data for review and release at the Oct. BoD meeting. The two sets of data to be released are the results of questions related to an additional peerage or peeragesand same-sex consorts for Crown/Coronet Lists. This data will be placed on the Census Committee website within the next two weeks. The Board recognizes the possible need for change in both of these areas expressed by participants in the SCA. Such potentially significant change to the structure of our organization would require changes to Corpora. The process for any changes to Corpora requires that the wording changes be sent out for commentary to the SCA as a whole for a minimum of 60 days. Given the interest in these two topics already observed by the Board, I am certain once any proposed changes are sent out for commentary that we will hear from all of you! We want to ensure that we have heard from as many participants as possible before any changes this significant to how our game is played are implemented.

I want to thank everyone who has communicated with the Board in one fashion or another in the last quarter. We all want to hear your opinions, in person or through; or through email or letters to Officers and/or Ombudsmen. We are participants in the SCA as well as volunteers for the administration and stewardship of our organization, and we look forward to hearing from everyone.

Leslie Vaughn, Chairman
aka Baronessa Isabeau della Farfalla
Mark Faulcon, Vice-Chairman
aka Duke Martin Lochner
John Fulton, Director
aka Duke John the Bearkiller
Denise Hundley, Director
aka Countess Denise Duvalier
Tim Jennings, Director
aka Master Garraed Galbraith
Lisa A. May, Director
aka CountessMargaret ni Conner
Kim McAuley, Director
aka Viscountess Kaellyn mac Dermott

Comments are strongly encouraged and can be sent to:
SCA Inc.
Box 360789
Milpitas,  CA 95036

You may also email

This announcement is an official informational release by the Society for Creative Anachronism , Inc.  Permission is granted to reproduce this announcement in its entirety in newsletters, websites and electronic mailing lists.

Board discusses same-sex consorts

The SCA Board of Directors, at its quarterly meeting Oct. 15 in Seattle, discussed the issue of same-gender consorts in the SCA, and according to several people who attended, the Board seems to want to address the issue, but has some concerns about it.

According to SCA by-laws, when a person fights for a kingdom crown, he or she must fight for "a person of the opposite gender." The Inspirational Equality movement in the society, which first began on a serious basis in An Tir (which includes Seattle) has been pushing for a change in that law.

At the most recent An Tir crown tournament, three peers asked to fight for consorts of the same gender. The king and queen, who strongly support the movement, said they wished they could allow it, but said it was against SCA law.

The board also approved a ruling by the Society Seneschal, confirming that there are no restrictions on same-gender baronages. The specific case involved two of the other leaders of the same-gender consort movement, Baron Giles Hill and  Messire Giuseppe Francesco da Borgia of the Barony of Gyldenholt, in the Kingdom of Caid, mundanely Orange County, Calif. The future barons are married to each other. They are currently the reeves of the barony and will step up in June.

There is a very thorough post by Ariel de Courtenay, who was at the meeting up at

More Crown Tournament results . . .

Eight of the 19 monarchs who will reign at Pennsic 41 have been determined, and many of the rest will be decided in the next several weeks.

Just yesterday,  in Ealdormere,  Count Sir Edward the Red won for Countess  Rylyn Buchanan.

Sir Wulfgar Von Ostrand, won in Northshield,  inspired by the Honorable Lady Devon French. Sir Wulfgar defeated Sir Yngvar inn Heppni, fighting for the honor of Lady Luce Tolle, in the final bout.

Jarl Syr Ailgheanan mac Sithigh was the victor of the Meridies Crown Tournament. His Grace was inspired by Amber. Jarl Ailgheanan was victorious over THLord Ragnarr in the final bouts.  

Sean Kirkpatrick Tarragon was the victor of the Crown Tourney in the Kingdom of Artemisia. Prince Sean was inspired by Qamar un 'Nisa al Anatolia.

Duke Uther Sciemann der Hunt was the vicitor of the Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of the West. His Highness was inspired by Duchess Kara Báreksdóttir. Duke Uther defeated Conor, fighting for Isa, in two out of three bouts to win the Crown. The field consisted of 62 combatants.

In other crown tournaments, already reported here, Captain Savaric de Pardieu became prince of the Middle Kingdom, inspired by Baroness Julianna de Pardieu, defeated Sir Ixtilixochitl Cacique, fighting for Maestra Margherita Alessia, in the final round; Duke Sven Gunnarsson will reign with Lady Siobhan Inghean Ui Liathain in Drachenwald; and Andreas Martin and  Kallista Morganova will be on the thrones of Aethelmearc.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Fascinated by crown and coronet results

As some of you may know, the start of the crown tournament season -- which leads to being king at Pennsic -- got off to an interesting start with an unbelted fighter, Lord Andreas, defeating Duke Timothy of Arindale, formerly of the East in the finals of Aethelmearc crown. The prince had also previously lived in the East. He was recently squired to Duke Henri. Lord Andreas fought for the honor of Lady Kallista Morgunova.
They are from Sylvan Glen in West Virginia.

The same day Duke Sven Gunnarson, who recently stepped down as kingdom seneschal won crown in Drachenwald. He won for his lady, Lady Siobhan, formerly of Aethelmearc. The prince is from Sweden.

This past weekend, the crown of the Midrealm went to Sergeant Savaric de Pardieu, who defeated Sir Ixtilixochitl de Los Indios , the only Aztec knight in the society.

The final was noteworthy, because Sir Ix threw a blow that Savaric declared as good, but Sir Ix felt it might not have been hard enough, offered Savaric a chance to decline, and the fight went on, ending on the next pass when Savaric killed Sir Ix. The prince was fighting for his lady, lady Juliana de Pardieu.

Now, Sir Ix is a dear friend, even though he lives halfway across the country. He is a long-time youth fighting trainer at Pennsic and at home, and I have known him for the better part of a decade, because he helped teach my daughter, Baroness Leonete D'Angely, to fight. He is a classy guy, and honestly, this is exactly the sort of thing I would expect from him.

It's this kind of chivalry that we need to remind ourselves about what the society really means.

Personally, I was ecstatic to hear the results of the coronet tournament in the Principality of the Mists, the area of the West Kingdom around San Francisco.

Lord Ajax Thermopylokles , who has been a friend since I first joined the SCA back in the early 1990s, won the tournament for his consort, Uta. Ajax is one of the good guys, and I cannot wait to see him and congratulate him. He is missed by many of us in the East.