May Scribal Meeting – Gilding with Mistress Antoinette


Unto the Barony, greetings from Kameshima, head of the Baronial Scribes’ Guild!

First, I would like to thank everyone who attended last Wednesday’s Scriptorium Roundtable. We had several gentles from the Debatable Lands, Sunderoak and Gryffyn’s Keep, and held an excellent discussion of the kinds of things, including specific classes that people would like to see as well as evening organizational formats. We are looking forward to a productive and educational Scriptorium open to one and all.

Second, speaking of Scriptorium: next month’s Scriptorium will be a class on gilding note cards taught by Mistress Antoinette de la Croix. This class will be held at Carnegie Mellon University in the Pake Room in the University Center. The class will begin at 6:30pm and end at 9:30pm If you would like additional information, or have any questions, please contact Mistress Antoinette directly at

Starting in June, we expect to return to our regularly scheduled time and place, 7pm at our house in the North Hills.

Finally, thank you to everyone in the Barony and surrounding areas who attended yesterday’s Macclesfield Psalter workshop, to Mistress Antoinette for teaching, and of course to Their Majesties for opening up Their lovely home so that students from across the Kingdom could gather to learn calligraphy, illumination and gilding techniques taken from this beautiful 14th c. manuscript.

Scribal activities are alive and well in the Barony, and I look forward to working with everyone who is interested in learning these rich and rewarding arts to help continue making the Æthelmearc College of Scribes the envy of the Known World.

In Honor and Service,

Kameshima Zentarō Umakai

From the Seneschal


Greetings to the Debatable Lands from Odriana vander Brugghe!

Recently I was confirmed as the new Seneschal of our amazing Barony. Thank you to our hard-working outgoing Seneschal, Master Alaric MacConnal for his years of service. I would also like to thank my incoming Deputy Seneschals, THL Isabel Fleuritan and Lord Pavel Dudoladev, for stepping up to take on that role.

As the new Seneschal, I want to say hello and invite each of you to seek me out either virtually (email is typically the best way to find me,, by voice (my number is 412.213.8116), or in person and tell me your ideas and thoughts about our Barony. What would you like to see? How are we doing as a Barony? What could we be doing better? I promise that I will listen to you and do what I can to make your ideas happen and address your concerns to the best of my ability. I look forward to hearing from you.

The job of Seneschal is to make sure that the corporate end of the SCA runs efficiently. But, my personal goal is to make sure that everyone has what they need to make their hobby fun. This shared hobby that we have is, at its core, about having fun together and sharing our unique talents with each other. I love the Debatable Lands and want us to continue to be as amazing and enthusiastic as I know we are and to continue be such a vibrant part of our Kingdom.

To introduce myself to those who have not yet gotten to know me: Currently, I am the Clerk of the Fleur d’Æthelmearc. Previously I have served the Barony as its Signet, the Kingdom as Chancellor of the Æcademy, and have had the pleasure of serving the Barony in several other offices and positions over the years. I’m also an active scribe and cook and am presently an MOL in training. I’ve been active (at various levels) in the Barony since 1988.

I love this Barony deeply and am honored to serve each and every one of you.

Odriana, Seneschal

Outdoor practices today

Yought Combat Marshal Fredeburg writes:

Youth combat practice returns to our outdoor site on Washington Blvd April 24th starting at 1 pm. Loaner gear will be available.

Next Saturday there is youth combat at Blackstone Raids. There will be no practice next Sunday due to Blackstone Raids, unless another marshal is available. Practice will resume the following week.

Heavy Combat Marshal Isenwulf writes:

BMDL heavy fight practice will be held Sunday, April 24, at the Washington Boulevard Site beginning at 2 PM. Come on out and prepare for the melee season!

Reminder: Scriptorium tonight

From the event listing:

Scriptorium will be held at the home of Kameshima Zentaro Umakai and Isabel Fleuretan Wednesday, 20 April 2016 at 7:30PM.

An open roundtable on all things scribal, including what YOU would like to see in a Scriptorium! Do you want open project nights? Classes? Small-group workshops? We can make all these things happen, but we would like your input! It doesn’t matter if you’ve never picked up a brush or pen, or if you’ve been creating scrolls for 30 years, all are welcome. This is your Scriptorium.

Debatable Lands Unit Commanders Named!

Hello Debatable Lands!

It’s with great excitement that we announce Count Isenwulf as our Heavy Fighting Unit Commander. Count Isenwulf brings a lot of experience with him and we know he will represent us on the field most admirably. He can be contacted at

We’re also excited to announce that our Rapier Fighting Unit Commander is the Honorable Lord Jorundr. Our Baronial Squadron, Ragnarok, is in his very capable hands. He can be contacted at

We invite all heavy and rapier fighters to fight with the Baronial Units. We are looking forward witnessing and supporting your Most Excellent deeds on the fields of glory!

In Levitate et Caritate
~Baron Brandubh and Baroness Hilda

Heavy Fight Practice Outdoors

Knight Marshal Isenwulf writes:

BMDL heavy fight practice moves outdoors this week. We’ll start off at 2:00, at the corner of Washington Boulevard and Butler Street in Highland park. Come out and prepare for the melee season!

Archery Practice resumes this Weekend!

Former Captain of Archers Brandubh writes:

Greetings All,

There will be outdoor archery at the Washington Blvd site this Sunday April 17 starting at 11:00 and running till 2.

Also – please join me in welcoming our new Baronial Captain of Archers, Lady Katheryn Tantzel. Lady Katheryn took over this position from me just this past week, and will now be the main point of contact for Archery News.

Their Majesties Want Award Recommendations!

Hello Debatable Lands!

Their Majesties’ missive in the May Kingdom newsletter mentions that They wish to continue to receive recommendation letters! We hope everyone will continue to write in worthy gentles. To make it a little easier for you:


Anyone, from newcomers to Royal Peers! Anyone can be recognized for their good works. If you’re not sure if the person has the award you are thinking of recommending, check the Order of Precedence.

If you need some inspiration for Debatable Landers, Steltonwalders, and Cour d’Or folks, scroll through the Dark Pages (under Off-site resources)!


There’s a nice list of Kingdom awards here:

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. The articles are outdated by a few years (missing some awards, like the new Peerage!). We’ll work on an update soon, but the information is still handy in the meantime.


For Kingdom awards, either use the form here, or email and (make sure your subject line is clear).


We also love Baronial award recommendations for Comets and the Order of Copernicus! We’re working on writing a more detailed description of those (watch this space), but no need to wait! You can email those to us directly at, and

~In Levitate et Caritate
Baron Brandubh and Baroness Hilda

Sunday Practices, April 10th

Some are at the ECS, and some at the Catle, so please read carefully!

First off, don’t forget about the Region 2 Archery Muster at the Castle!

Youth Marshal Fredeburg wrote:

Youth Combat will be held at its usual time (2-4 or as demands requires), but for this week we are moving tot he castle in conjunction with the archery muster.

Come shoot and throw in the morning (the muster starts at 10) and fight after lunch.

Knight Marshal Isenwulf wrote:

Greetings heavy fighters,

Baronial heavy weapons practice will be held this Sunday, beginning at 2 PM, at the Environmental Charter School, 829 Milton Street in Regent Square. See you all there!

Marshal of Fence Jorundr wrote:

Debatable Lands fencing practice will continue this week at the Environmental Charter School starting at 2 PM.

Remember that this is our last scheduled indoor practice of the year and next week we will be at the Washington Blvd. site. Unless the weather doesn’t cooperate, in which case we will be using the ECS as backup, and will announce the change on this list.