Award Recommendations Requested!

Salve Accolens! Hello Debatable Lands and neighbors!

The Debatable Lands event, Agincourt, on October 23rd, has been named a Royal Progress! And Their Highnesses (Who will be King and Queen then) are asking for award recommendations!

This means that the King and Queen are coming to our event and will be holding a Royal Court, during which they will be recognizing people (from anywhere, not just here!) for their contributions to the SCA, including the Kingdom and local groups.

But how do They know who to recognize with these awards? YOU recommend people! That’s right, our Royalty can’t see everyone and everything with their own eyes, so they rely on yours. You can write an Award Recommendation for deserving people you see, by going to the form and filling it out: https://aethelmearc.org/award-recommendation-form/

It’s OK to leave some stuff blank, but try to fill in as much as you can.

How to know what to recommend these folks for? First check to see what award might be appropriate for their activities and activity level. Check “Awards and Orders” HERE, or HERE, or see the links below.

Then you may want to check to see if they have the award already in the Order of Precedence, the list of awards people have (this part isn’t totally necessary, but it does help out the Royalty, and you can always ask a herald to help, too).

When should you do this? Right now! Or, as soon as possible! One of the beautiful things about our Kingdom is the personal scrolls given for nearly every award. Our talented and generous scribes need time to create these, and Agincourt is just around the corner!

Still confused and not sure what Award might be appropriate for the person you have in mind? Contact us at baron@debatablelands.org, or via our social media messages, and we’ll help you out, or just ask a trusted friend who might know.

Be sure to think of our neighbors across the Kingdom as well as Debatable Landers! If the person you’re writing in isn’t going to Agincourt, write them in anyway! There are other events coming up.

And if you’d like, drop us a line to let us know who you’ve recommended to Their Highnesses – it may help us, too!

Happy writing!

In Levitate et Caritate, and Cheers,
Baron Brandubh and Baroness Hilda



Some helpful links:

Kingdom Award Recommendation Link:
https://aethelmearc.org/award-recommendation-form/


Order of Precedence (list of people’s awards) Link: http://heraldry.aethelmearc.org/precedence/

List of Kingdom Awards and What They’re For: http://heraldry.aethelmearc.org/resources/armory.html, or
https://sca.org/awards/aethelmearc.html

There’s also some more detail about what awards are appropriate in the series of articles in the Althing from a few years ago. Here’s a quick link to the articles directly: http://bit.ly/AE-Awards. The articles are outdated by a few years (missing some awards, like the Peerage for Rapier!), but the general information is still handy.

If you need If you need some inspiration for Debatable Landers, scroll through the Dark Pages here: http://debatablelands.org/resources/darkpages.php

Would you like to recommend someone for a Baronial Award, too? Check out our blog post here for how-to: http://debatablelands.org/blog/?p=347

Crown: A Banner Day for the Debatable Lands!

Salve Accolens! Hello Debatable Lands!

I bring you news of Crown Tournament, held in the Shire of Misty Highlands on August 21st. VIVANT to the Kingdom’s new Heirs, Prince Gareth and Princess Juliana!!! So many wonderful things happened for and by our Barony members and former members. Time to share!

In Royal Court, Their Majesties in Their wisdom:

-Awarded Mistress Antoinette a Golden Escarbuncle and Baroness Shirin an Award of Excellence and wished them well as they transferred the office of Slyvan Signet to Master Jonathan

-Awarded now-Lady Forveleth Arms

– Awarded 3 other AoAs to Debatable Landers not present and bade Baroness Hilda to convey them. We will do so at our Baronial Court on Sept 11.

-Named the Moneyers’ Guild the Principal of a new order – the Order of Crowns Treasure, which is for those that go above and beyond in contributing largesse. The Guild is a Kingdom Guild, but many are Debatable Landers! The new Bookmaker activity at Crown Tourney, for example, was run and coins made by Earl Byron, THL Guillaume, Lady Violetta, Lady Argentia, THL Nicola (ooh, spoiler!) and our neighbors Master Ian and Master Annais.

-Awarded Lady Dorothea a Keystone for service

-Gave Lord Ronan a Cornelian, the Kingdom’s award for Courtesy

-Surprised His Excellency Baron Brandubh with an Augmentation of Arms, which allows the recipient to use elements of the Kingdom Arms in their own personal heraldry.

-Inducted THL Nicola Beese into the Order of the Fleur d’Aethelmearc, the Grant Order for Arts and Sciences

-Inducted our neighbor THL Sumayya al Ghaziyah into the Order of the Millrind, the Grant Order for Service.

-Inducted our former Baronial Seneschal (now Kingdom Seneschal) Mistress Illadore into the Order of the Pelican

-(and other wonderful things for our neighbors around the Kingdom!)

The Baron and I would like to thank the folks that contributed to the gift basket for the new Baron and Baroness of Blackstone Mountain: The Debatable Lands Brewers’ Guild, Lady Tristan for her beautiful embroidered napkins, and Mistress Arianna for her lovely handwoven trim! And to THL Hara and Lord Owen for retaining for us. Vivant!

A VERY special thank you to Master Ishiyama for handing me a HUGE stack of new Baronial stickers!! one with the black comet badge and one with our motto, Salve Accolens (which means “Hello Neighbors!”) on a yellow background. Ask me (or him) for them!

A BIG WELCOME to the folks for whom it was their first in-person SCA event: Rei, Eleanor, Austin, and Lady Forveleth (our Exchequer), and anyone I missed!

Also, to the Debatable Landers serving at the event, you rock! I’m sure I didn’t see everyone, so forgive me if I miss you: Meesteres Odriana and Baroness Soteria for MOLing; Lord Ronan, Baron Edward, THL Kuma, and Forveleth as Heralds for the tourney and procession; THL Boden, Master Ishiyama, THL Hara, and Otto as banner-bearers (Boden resplendent in his Defender of the Sun baldric!) Don Jorundr, Baron Brandubh, Lord Owen and Master Kieran for heralding for the Kingdom; the Moneyers Guild folks (above) for the new Bookmaker activity and the site tokens; the MANY folks who ran Mistress Illadore’s reception and provided reception food; Countess Ali, who provided social media updates; Duke Sven and Duchess Siobhan for serving as Their Majesties Chamberlains; many folks that helped set-up and tear-down (so many I didn’t write them down!) A special thank you to Otto, Makilah, Don Marcus, and THL Sumayya for helping with our personal pack-in and pack-out, too!

And of course, to the combatants and their inspirations who fought and inspired honorably: Count Byron and Countess Ariella for each other, Sir Maghnus for Brehyres Gwendolyn, our neighbor Syr Hagar for Baroness Anna Eisenkopf, our former members THL Lothar for THL Sumayya, and Lord Patrokles for Fox.

A Banner Day for the Barony! Celebrate!

In Levitate et Caritate,
Baroness Hilda

Stellar Tournament Sunday! (Sun List – Heavy)

Hello Debatable Lands! Salve Accolens!

We are pleased to announce that the second Stellar Tournament, Sun List (Heavy) will occur at the Heavy Fighting Practice on Washington Blvd this Sunday, July 18th!

Sir Bors, Vindex Solis

The current Defender of the Sun, Sir Bors of Rouen, will be defending against all comers! We’ll begin at about 3:30pm. The format is a grand tournament in double elimination. Get that practice in!

We would love to have any and all heralds wishing to practice their field heraldry craft to join us!

So, too, do we ask if any marshals are available, we would love to have you volunteer so those that have already marshaled have a chance to fight for glory!

MoLs, here is a wonderful chance to train on double elim tourneys!

Fighters can sign up with our MoL, Lady Vika, the day of. This tourney is open to folks from any group (welcome neighbors!), fighting at any level.

(Note: this activity is in addition to regular practice, not in place of – fighters not wishing to participate will still have plenty of space for regular practice activities.)

See you Sunday!

In Levitate et Caritate,
Baroness Hilda
and the Sun List advisors, Master Kieran and THL Guillaume

P.S.: Watch this space for some exciting Archery News in the next couple of weeks!

July Missive from the Baron & Baroness

Hello Debatable Lands! Salve Accolens!

Here we are, at the threshold of a new day! The SCA is peeping its head out of our pandemic-hidey-holes. Events and activities are scheduled and happening. Many (vaccinated) folks are released from our masking obligations. How glorious! 

And yet… we find ourselves yet tentative, like many of you. Things don’t actually seem very normal yet. We haven’t found our pace. And we are just coming to terms that it will be, even if familiar, a brand new world. Things are the same, yet different. Comfort levels of individuals vary across many, many areas, like masking, socializing, leading and participating in activities, and many more. How can we find our new shared joy? The answer is: together

Debatable Lands, reach out to your neighbors in our hobby. Reach out to your friends, acquaintances and communities. And especially across communities. Have patience with each other, and compassion, especially for families with smaller children, and the officers navigating these waters. We’ll find our comfort and joy and affection again together. We promise! 🙂

And our first steps to some Baronial martial fun? The Stellar Tournaments! Our heavy fighting and rapier fighting communities are holding these monthly tournaments at our Baronial practices, and the first ones in June proved amazing! Not only is it a chance for fighters to get tourney practice, but also heralds, MOLs, marshals, and us, too! We want to thank all the people that put forth their time, energies, and enthusiasm thus far, and those to come, especially the folks whose concept it was: Master Kieran and THL Guillaume.

More to follow, but we are exceptionally pleased to announce the first two winners!!

The Defender of Sun (Heavy List) is Sir Bors of Rouen!
The Defender of the Moon (Rapier List) is Don Jorundr hinn Rotinn!

Vivant to them both! They will be able to defend their status twice more. The next Stellar Tournaments will be held in July. Stay tuned to the e-channels for details. 

Our next Court will be *in person* at the September Barony Meeting, scheduled for September 11th. If you are interested in receiving a scroll assignment for that or our Court at Agincourt in October, please let our Baronial Signet, THL Rachel, know. If you interested in helping set up, tear down or retain at our Baronial Courts, please let us know. We very much look forward to working with you all again!

And please PLEASE if you know of a gentle that should receive a Baronial award, send us a letter of recommendation! Email baron@debatablelands.org, or use the online form at http://debatablelands.org/award-recommendation.php . 

If you have any suggestions, questions, or concerns about anything in our Barony, our door is always open. Please reach out to us (or other appropriate officer), or use the anonymous form (http://debatablelands.org/resources/feedback-form.php), and help will come. We look forward to seeing you all!

In Levitate et Caritate, and Cheers,
Baron Brandubh and Baroness Hilda

Stellar Tournament Today, 6/13 – Rapier!

Hello Debatable Lands and Neighbors! Salve Accolens!

The Moon List (Rapier list) of  The Stellar Tournament is happening today, June 13th, at around 4pm at practice at the Washington Blvd practice site!

ALL are welcome to enter – from any lands, and any skill level.

This monthly Tournament will be held once a month at the Baronial practice, and the winner in the rapier list shall be named Defender of the Moon. The rapier format will be round robin into single elimination (subject to variations).

Please note that, while we are humbled and excited to be participating today, we’d like to emphasize the practice aspect for the month of June. The Moon is finally breaking through the clouds of plague! But it has been a long period of inactivity in our lands. Please remember to take it slow, knock the rust off thoughtfully, and listen to your bodies!

(Also note that the weather forecast is uncertain today. Should there be thunderstorms and practice cancelled, the Inaugural Moon List of the Stellar Tournament will be postponed until July.)

Can’t wait to see you there!

In Levitate et Caritate,
Baroness Hilda

P.S.: With many thanks to Master Kieran and THL Guillaume, whose brainchild this is and who are steering its path; Don Jorundr, our Rapier Marshal; Lady Vika, our MOL; Mistress Irene for her thoughtful contributions; and to THL Gesa and Master Annais for creating the beautiful regalia.

Also:
Although the SCA complies with all applicable laws to try to ensure
the health and safety of our event participants, we cannot eliminate
the risk of exposure to infectious diseases during in-person events.
By participating in the in-person events of the SCA, you acknowledge
and accept the potential risks. You agree to take any additional steps
to protect your own health and safety and those under your control as
you believe to be necessary.

Announcing the Inaugural Stellar Tourney THIS Sunday, 6/6!

Hello Debatable Lands and Neighbors! Salve Accolens!

A new day is dawning! I am so pleased and humbled to be sponsoring our new premier local fighting tournament – The Stellar Tournament!

ALL are welcome to enter – from any lands, and any skill level.

This monthly Tournament will be held once a month at the Baronial practice, and the winner in the heavy list shall be named Defender of the Sun. The winner in the rapier list shall be named Defender of the Moon.

The first heavy list in the Stellar Tournaments will be THIS Sunday, June 6th, at practice at the Washington Blvd parklet, at 3pm. All Sun (heavy) list formats will be traditional double elimination, in the style of Crown Tourneys and Kingdom Champs. Click HERE for more details.

Heralds & Marshals, here is also your time to shine! Should you have a mind to, please come and practice your arts, as well! MOLs, here’s your chance to practice double elim at a local level! (See our Baronial MOL, Lady Vika, to volunteer.)

The first rapier list (Moon list) and format will be announced at a later date. Rapier fighters and others interested in the monthly Stellar Tournaments should reach out to Baroness Hilda with ideas and suggestions.

Can’t wait to see you there!

In Levitate et Caritate,
Baroness Hilda

P.S.: With many thanks to Master Kieran and THL Guillaume, whose brainchild this is and who are steering its path; THL Robert, our Knight Marshal; Lady Vika, our MOL; to THL Gesa and Master Annais for creating absolutely beautiful regalia; and to Forveleth for volunteering to create scrolls for the inaugural Defenders of the Sun and Moon.

Also:
Although the SCA complies with all applicable laws to try to ensure
the health and safety of our event participants, we cannot eliminate
the risk of exposure to infectious diseases during in-person events.
By participating in the in-person events of the SCA, you acknowledge
and accept the potential risks. You agree to take any additional steps
to protect your own health and safety and those under your control as
you believe to be necessary.

Missive from the Baron and Baroness

By now, as many of you know, Pennsic has been postponed again until 2022, due to the ongoing pandemic. For many of us, this news is disheartening, as Pennsic plays such a large role in how we play in the SCA here locally. We miss our friends, we miss the camaraderie of the fields of honor, we miss hugs and campfires, and being surrounded by 10,000 of our closest friends. It seems at times, our souls are frayed with the longing of it.

Take heart, Debatable Lands…. We are still here. We are still a community.

We know that this past year, and even before that, has been full of challenges – and the pandemic has just been one. Our personal lives have changed dramatically, in ways that only you personally can know and understand. Our hobby, like most of the world, has endured the rough edges of social awakening, in all its forms. We’ve seen each other’s words, and have spoken words, online and in social media, that stem from pain, and cause pain. Our humanity has been on display, in every facet. It’s difficult. So difficult. And we’ve felt it, too.

But, Debatable Lands… We are still here. We are still neighbors.

The edges may feel bruised right now, but the core – the very core – of what makes our hobby so amazing endures. Courtesy. Honor. Shared Passions. Camaraderie. Joy. Our challenges cannot shake them. They cannot be erased. We are still here.


We remember Baroness Hilda’s first event. A small 30-ish person schola in Highland Park. She took a class by Master Dani on medieval counting, learned what Troll was, and pasties. She was offered a seat on a cloak at a bardic circle and made dear friends. We can still have these events.

We remember the day Baron Brandubh chose his SCA name. It means “black raven” in Gaelic. And he wanted a wolf on his heraldry until we joined Mistress Elsbeth’s Laurel staff, and spent hours and hours in her basement, absorbing all things heraldry and making lifelong friends, and discovering jicama. We remember, too, the day he attained Grand Master Bowman, the swelling of pride and accomplishment. Our interest groups can still meet.

We remember the day the Brewer’s Guild opened that oak cask of aged, redacted 14th century mead to bottle, from under Master Tofi’s stairs – the smooth, perfect taste of it, the feeling of shared appreciation, the laughter of friends brought together. We can still research our passions and share in the joy of it.

We remember the day we saw our first tourney – the raw feeling of it just below the surface of the type of chivalry we thought only existed in storybooks. The violence and speed and beauty of our athletes giving primal life to our ideals of honor. Those ideals and feelings of chivalry are alive and well and are still burning bright in our hearts. And very soon, we will be able to bring that to external realization again. Soon.

We remember our first SCA campfire, the cold, still air meeting the warm light of the fire, songs and conversation and laughter ringing into the night, our bellies warm with drink and friendship. We can still meet with our friends over a campfire.

We know you have had experiences just like these, and countless others. Remember them. Recreate them in all the old and new forms that are available to us today.


They Joys and Passions of the SCA do not live on the fields and in the camps of Pennsic. They live in US. No one place is the SCA. WE are the SCA.

We Are Still Here.

In Levitate et Caritate, and Cheers,
Baron Brandubh and Baroness Hilda

And Ad Gloriam Aethelmearc, and SALVE ACCOLENS!

Happy 47th Birthday, Debatable Lands!

Hello Debatable Lands! Salve Accolens!

Today marks our 47th birthday of being a Barony! Enjoy this apocryphal tale of our founding: http://debatablelands.org/history/short-cultural-history.php

And a few songs of our Barony! http://debatablelands.org/songs/

And a wonderful display of the Barony’s history set up by our Historian, Mistress Ts’vee’a: http://debatablelands.org/history/display.php

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Remembering John the Artificer (Stories and Pics Requested)

As reported by the Aethelmearc Gazette, Master John the Artificer (mka John Robert Rose), an important member of the the SCA and long-time contributor here in the Debatable Lands, passed away in November.

His family has requested that we share stories and pictures for a virtual memorial. The website to do so is here: https://memories.lifeweb360.com/john-robert-rose

Additionally, for those with Facebook accounts, you can join his memorial Facebook page to share memories and get updates on a planned virtual memorial: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1040029753186736/

There will be a small funeral mass this Friday in New York. As he niece writes:

A small funeral mass will be said on Friday, February 26th*, at 11am at Sacred Heart Church, in Highland Falls, NY. It will run live feed from [the Facebook page noted above], any who wish to attend virtually can sign on … at 11 am to catch the live service.

*If you would like to send Flowers for his Mass on Friday, you can contact Lilies of the Valley, in Highland Falls, NY. Their phone number is: 845-446-4446.*

We are currently planning a larger, virtual memorial to honor my uncle’s memory more in detail, and to invite friends and family to share together. The date of this is to be announced, anyone who wishes to be a speaker, or share pictures please let us know and we will gladly add you to the program. Thank you!!

Baron Brandubh and Baroness Hilda will be sending flowers to the funeral on behalf of the people of the Debatable Lands (no official SCA funds) in remembrance of the incredible impact he had on our Barony, the Kingdom, Pennsic, and the entire SCA. Feel free to contact Hilda to contribute to this unofficial gesture, if you wish.

*Note: The original version of this post had the date of the funeral mass on the 19th, but since it was delayed until the 26th due to inclement weather, the date was updated to the 26th.

SNOWBALL FIGHT! (A Non-Zoom Activity)

Salve Accolens! Hello Debatable Lands and Neighbors!

Let’s have a snowball fight! I have in my hand a “snowball” – an envelope containing a bunch of stamps and a few sheets of blank stationary – that is just asking to be filled with your notes, doodles, and well-wishes to each other!

A little confused? We’re basically gathering and sending each other goodwill notes through the mail, cumulatively, so it grows like a snowball. Would you like to play? Here’s how:

  1. Fill out this form with your name and address: https://forms.gle/cPG29SvgMjSNhch96
    Everyone who signs up will be put on the list of players. (You can just send to the Baroness directly, too, if you prefer.)
  2. When your turn comes, you’ll receive the “snowball”. Open the envelope, read and enjoy. And then add a note, doodle, poem, just a signature – whatever your heart desires – of your own to the stationary. Don’t be afraid to take up space – we can always add more paper! Or add your own paper, if you like. Multiple people in the same household can add at the same time.
  3. Take a stamp, then put the papers and the unused stamps into a new envelope. Address the new envelope with the next player’s address. Addresses will be online at a link to be provided to players only. Or just contact the Baroness for the next address, if that’s easier.
  4. Mail the snowball to the next person the SAME DAY (putting out for your mail carrier for next day pick-up counts).

That’s it! You’ve lobbed your snowball of community goodwill! And feel free to take a picture of the snowball’s contents and share on social media before you send, if you like. The point is to connect with each other in a new and fun way.

The only requirements:
+You have to use your own envelope to lob your snowball
+You’ll be sharing your address with other players (not public)
+You have to lob your snowball the SAME DAY
+You should live in the Debatable Lands or one of our neighbor Shires.

Again, here’s the form to sign up – sign up anytime: https://forms.gle/cPG29SvgMjSNhch96

Please be safe! Wash your hands and wear a mask to add your note. If you get sick, send an email or message to Hilda to be moved down the list or removed. Other questions can also be sent to Baroness Hilda at baroness@debatablelands.org.

Many thanks to Master Ishiyama for coming up with how to do this new pandemic Baronial activity that doesn’t involve a screen. 🙂

Looking forward to the first volley of our SNOWBALL FIGHT!