Baronial Champions & Thanks

Congratulations to out newest Baronial A&S Champion, Alric Smith, who won with his humble, yet beautifully-made knife, and our second, Lady Lisabetta de Rossi, with her impressive Florentine Lady’s Outfit.

The theme our Lady Elinor chose for the competition was “Pastoral”, which she chose in the hopes that it would attract more entrants with articles from everyday life. She succeeded in her goal, and we were overjoyed to see so many first-time entrants not only in the display, but in the Baronial competition, as well. You didn’t make it easy for us, and we argued back and forth for a good while before deciding on our Champion!

Alric Smith’s knife, while at first glance a simple thing, truly demonstrated the amount of time and effort that goes into the creation of such a mundane item. He smelted the iron, forged the blade and crafted the scales before assembling the final product. Lady Lisabetta’s outfit was almost entirely handsewn, and not only featured fine stitching, but clever assembly, with hidden structure in the shoulders and excellent fit. She has graciously posted the documentation for her project here.

We also had a selection of knitted mittens from Ceindrech verch Elidir, wax tablets from Oyama Michiharu, clothes and accessories from Turlough Feolain and tallow candles rendered from deer by Finé Faílaín. Vivat to all of our skilled entrants, and we look forward to having Alric Smith represent us at Seven Pearls in September.

Shortly after 12th Night, the Stellar Tournaments resumed at our winter practice. February’s tournaments were fantastic to behold, with the winner of the Sun List being Lord Dagon the Ordained and the winner of the Moon List being Don Robert MacEwin of Thornhill. We’re excited to see who the March winners of the tournament are!

We also want to take this moment to thank Brehyres Muirgheal Inghean Dubhghaill for all her service these past many years as our Baronial Seneschal. We feel extremely lucky to have began our tenure with her wisdom and guidance. Our Barony is a better place because of her hard work.

In Service,
Baronessa Violeta de Valencia & Praetoria Aurelia Argentia Prima

The Stellar Tournament series returns with the Sky List this Sunday!

This Sunday, April 23rd from 11am to 2pm, we will once again be holding archery practice at the Highland Park practice site. During this week’s practice we will also see the return of the Stellar Tournament series with the first Sky List of the season!

There will be a qualifier shoot happening from 11am until around 12:30pm and then the tournament will begin shortly after. Join us for a fun day of archery and competition as we determine who will be named the next Vindex Coelorum, the Defender of the Sky!

If you’d like to borrow our loaner gear please reach out to me via email at archerymarshal (at), or send me a message on Facebook or Discord, and I’ll make sure to bring a set for you.

Good luck to all competitors!

November Stellar Tourneys!

Hello Debatable Lands!

The next Stellar Tournaments will be:

Sky List – Archery – Sunday, November 14th at practice
Sun List – Heavy Fighting – Sunday, November 21st, at practice
Moon List – Rapier Fighting – Sunday, November 21st, at practice

(Weather, permitting of course. If our marshals cancel practice, the tourneys will be likewise canceled.)

Read more about this month’s Sky List (Archery) here.

We have a special treat for November’s Sun and Moon List, in that both the heavy and rapier fighters will be competing in side-by-side lists!

This special cross-over is a great opportunity for fighters to observe similarities and differences in fighting styles, and enjoy each others’ camaraderie. This is likewise an opportunity for MoLs, Heralds, and Listrunners to gain experience in running multiple lists at once.

We will be breaking from Stellar Tournaments in December, but will resume (if safe) in the new year!

Heavy Fighters! Heralds! Show Your Mettle This Sunday in the Sun at the Stellar Tourney! Oct 17th

This month’s Sun List (Heavy Fighting) Stellar Tournament is THIS SUNDAY, October 17th at Fighting practice in the Washington Blvd parklet near the zoo.

Heralds! We need you, too! The Stellar Tournaments are a convenient and low-stakes way to practice your voice-craft. Come out and play!

Please note there are some Covid restrictions for all practices, gatherings, and events in our Kingdom. See the regular practice announcement for details.

See you there!

Stellar Tournament Sky List (Archery) Alert! It’s This Sunday!

Hello Debatable Lands! Salve Accolens!

On September 19th, a beautiful day, the current Vindex Coelorum (Defender of the Sky) was names! Lord Godfrey de Bayeux! Vivat!! It was a pirate-y good shoot!!

Lord Godfrey

What’s that? YOU would like to try to challenge Lord Godfrey for the coveted title of Defender of the Sky? You can! The next Stellar Tourney, Sky List, is THIS SUNDAY, October 10th, at our regular archery practice at the Washington Blvd Parklet near the Zoo. All archers of all levels and home groups, and spectators, welcome!

Master Alaric has volunteered to run the shoot. It’s sure to be fun… and he’s provided a clue about the theme…

Comets, Cheese, Jewels, and Beverages!  What do these have in common? Come to archery practice and find out if you have what it takes to be the next Defender of the Sky!

The Sun List (Heavy Fighting) will occur on October 17th. November Tourneys TBD.

Note: All SCA practices, events, meetings, etc. in our Kingdom currently have very specific rules with regards to Covid restrictions. Please be extra sure and extra careful to read the actual practice announcement carefully to ensure you have all the materials you need to attend and comply.

Stellar Tourney, Sky List (Archery) THIS Sunday!

Hello Debatable Lands! Salve Accolens!

Calling all archers and spectators! This month’s Sky List in our Stellar Tournaments will happen THIS Sunday, Sept 19th, during archery practice.

As usual, the shoot itself is a surprise, but the theme – is PIRATES! (since Sept 19th is Talk Like A Pirate Day) 🙂

Practice at at the Washington Blvd Parklet near the Zoo and runs from 11am to 2pm.

Announcing the New Defender of the Sun!

Hello Debatable Lands! Salve Accolens!

What a lovely day for a Stellar Tournament! Today saw on the field of Honor, seven of our most dedicated heavy fighters, with our outgoing Defender, THL Boden fighting the byes in the List. And in the finals, winning against Master Kieran MacRae…

Master Jussi Laplein!!! Your new Vindex Solis, Defender of the Sun!

The next Sun List (Heavy) will be on October 17th during practice.

Thank you to our Fighters, MoLs (Lady Vika and Jessica), Marshal (Sir Koredono), and Herald (Baron Brandubh), and Master Kieran for the lists.

The next Stellar Tourneys will be Sky List (Archery) on Sept 19th, and Moon List (Rapier) on Oct 3rd. Watch this space for further announcements. See you there!

In Levitate et Caritate,

Baroness Hilda

Archery joins the Stellar Tourney this Sunday!

Archers of the Debatable Lands,

As you’ve no doubt already heard, this Sunday a new list will be added to the Stellar Tourney! We have a Defender of the Sun and a Defender of the Moon. Now we seek to name a Defender of the Sky! And who better to defend the sky than the archers?

Join us at the Washington Boulevard site on Sunday August 15th at 11:00am as we hold our usual practice. Then around 12:45 we will shut down the range and begin the tournament at 1:00pm. All are welcome to compete!

The format of the Sky List tournament (like the format for all of our archery championships) is a surprise and the targets and rules will be different every month, so be ready for anything. See if you have what it takes to become the Debatable Lands Defender of the Sky!

If you have any questions or if you would like to request loaner gear please email me at archerymarshal (at) debatablelands (dot) org.

Yours in service,
Rónán Ó Conaill
Captain of Archers

***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.***

Don’t Forget – Stellar Tourney THIS Sunday, 8/15!

Reminder that we will have both the Sky List (Archery) and Sun List (Heavy Fighting) THIS Sunday, August 15th!

The Inaugural Sky List will happen during archer practice between 11am and 1:30ish. More details are coming in a separate post. (So exciting!)

The Sun List will be set up at 3pm and begin around 3:30pm at our Washington Blvd practice site near the Pittsburgh Zoo.

ALL Debatable Landers AND our neighbors are welcome! It’s for everyone to practice tourneys! We welcome and ask for participation from fighters/archers, MOLs, martials, heralds, consorts, and spectators.

See you there!

Stellar Tourney This Sunday, 8/8 – Moon List (Rapier)

Hello Debatable Lands, and Salve Accolens!

Calling all Rapier Fighters! Our monthly at-practice Tournaments continue at Rapier Practice this Sunday, August 8th! Tourney will be later in the afternoon.

Join us for the Moon List (Rapier) as we name the next Vindex Lunae – Defender of the Moon!

All are invited to participate, including our neighbors! We also invite any heralds and marshals to come practice your skills, and any MoL’s to join Lady Vika to get some tourney practice under your belts, too!

Format will be like QRC: Round robin into single elimination. Format and timing subject to change depending on participant level or weather.

Looking for another type of Stellar Tourney? Never fear! Here are the next ones (more details to follow):
Sun List (Rattan) – August 15th – afternoon
Sky List (Archery) – August 15th – midday – Inaugural shoot!

In Levitate et Caritate,
Baroness Hilda,

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.