Happy News!

Apollonia de Savoia

Our proud Barony is one member larger as of this weekend. Master Kameshima Zentarou Umakai and Her Ladyship, Isabel Fleuritan welcomed a healthy baby girl in the wee hours of 30 April 2016. Everyone is home and doing fine.

Archers Wanted – Scarlet Guard Challenge at Hornwood


From Takamatsu Gentarou Yoshitaka —

Archers of the BMDL!

We need to select a representative from our fine Barony to compete in the Scarlet Guard challenge at Hornwood! While normally my competitive ego would demand of me that I do this , I’m ineligible this year! So string your mighty longbow, deadly recurve, speedy horsebow or pinpoint crossbow, I fully expect my comrades in arms to bring a second victory to our Debatable Lands , let’s start a dynasty, shall we?

Here is the original challenge from The Order of the Scarlet Guard:


Unto all the groups of AEthelmearc does The Order of the Scarlet Guard wish to issue a challenge. This year on Saturday June 11th in the Shire of Hornwood at the Scarlet Guard Inn IV we are inviting every Barony, Shire, Canton, and College to send an individual to compete in an archery competition.

To enter each group can pick one representative, that is a member of that group, and send along a signed letter from the seneschal of the group as proof of entry. Only persons with a signed letter from the group’s seneschal will be allowed to compete. We would also ask that each group send a small item or token from their group that would then be put in the prize basket for the winner. There is also a banner for the winner to keep during the year. It is our plan to have the name of the winner and group he/she is from added to this banner each year.

Members of the Scarlet Guard are not eligible to shoot in this competition. Also the archer who won the previous year is also not eligible, that group may send another archer instead.

The winner of last year was The Barony-Marche of the Debatable Lands who sent Takamatsu Gentarou Yoshitaka as their representative.

It is our hope to continue this challenge every year.

The Order of the Scarlet Guard

If you have any questions please contact us at scarletguard_clerk@aethelmearc.org

May Scriptorium

Gilded Note Cards
Wednesday, May 18th, 6:30-9:30pm
Pake Room, University Center, Carnegie Mellon University

Have you ever wanted to try your hand at gilding with real gold leaf but have been intimidated by the prospect?

Then come to this Gilding workshop, where you will learn to use a variety of binding mediums and how to apply gold leaf.

All participants will gild a notecard that they may keep for
themselves or donate to Their Majesties.. There is a $3.00 fee for materials.

Questions may be sent to mistressantoinettedelacroix at gmail dot com

Fencing is On 5/1

Fencing practice will continue this week

After conferring with the attendees last week we will be continuing with a 1:00 PM start time for this summer.

A further reminder that next weekend, in addition to regular fencing practice on Sunday, there will be a demo at Pitt in Oakland from 12-4 which will be a further chance to fence.


Youth and Heavy Practice Sunday

Knight Marshal Isenwulf writes:

There will be heavy fight practice on Sunday May 3, beginning at 2 PM at the Washington Boulevard sight, weather pending. Please check the baronial email list and the Facebook page for updates based on site conditions.

Mistress Arianna writes:

I will be running youth fighter practice this Sunday while Mistress Fredeburg is away at Blackstone Raid. Practice is planned for 2:00-5:00 at the Washington Blvd. site and I will have loaner gear. Map here: https://goo.gl/maps/CJ9ntBYHbyo

Two warnings:

1. This Sunday is the annual Pittsburgh Marathon. The fighter practice site is outside the course, but many routes to it from the east and south may be blocked by the Marathon, especially for those coming early for archery and thrown weapons. Your best route in is probably via Rt. 28 to the Highland Park bridge from the north. The race starts at 7am so most of the racers should be done well before fighter practice, but the course may still be open when archery and TW begin. There’s a race map here: http://www.thepittsburghmarathon.com/Files/Admin/2016%20Updated%20Maps/2016-Pittsburgh-Marathon-Course-Map.pdf

2. The forecast is for showers turning to thunderstorms by evening. While light rain won’t deter us (especially since with temps predicted to be in the 70s), the practice site has historically been prone to flooding so heavy rain may cause a cancellation. As Knight Marshal, Sir Isenwulf will make that call. Check this Facebook page and the barony email list for any updates.

Archery Practice on Sunday

Captain of Archers Katheryn Tantzel writes:

This upcoming Sunday, (weather permitting) we shall have archery practice, at Washington Blvd. 11am to 2pm. See you there.

Those planning to attend should be aware that this Sunday is also the Pittsburgh Marathon. The course does not include Washington Boulevard, but it does cross at Penn Avenue and at Frankstown Road. Those approaching from Oakland may have trouble reaching the site at certain times, but those approaching from Allegheny River Boulevard should have less trouble.

Brag Competition at Crown Tourney

Crown Tourney

The Barony of Delftwood is hosting a brag competition at Crown Tourney next week!

Are you swift of mind and of tongue?
Does the idea of shouting superlatives fill you with joy?
Do you have what it takes to be a Flavor Flav level hype-person?

Then there is a competition for you at Crown Tourney.

The prize for the best brag is a wax tablet that you can use to write down ideas for future brags.

Head on over to the Delftwood Website and find out more.

Scribal Guild Update

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 at a special time and place; for more details, please see the Baronial Scribal Guild page at http://debatablelands.org/activities/scribal.php. 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

Heavy and Rapier Fighting Champs May 15th

Hello Debatable Lands!

The time has come to name new Fighting Champions for our Most Excellent Barony. We invite all interested fighters to join the tournaments, at any level, and from any place. However, only Debatable Landers and gentles with Green/Friendship Comets are eligible to become Champion.

We will be having tournaments for both Heavy and Rapier fighting, after the Barony meeting. May 15th, at the Washington Blvd practice site.

Our outgoing Rapier Champion is Dona Fredeburg. The format of the tournament is To Be Determined. We hope fighters of all levels will compete, from new fighters to White Scarves and Masters of Defense.

Our outgoing Heavy Fighting Champion in THL Lothar Hugelmann. As the out going Champ, he’s announced that it’s a regular double elimination tourney with a “span your shield” rule. Barons, Viscounts, Counts, Dukes, Chivalry, Please feel free to enter if you wish to be Champion.

In Levitate et Caritate,
Baron Brandubh and Baroness Hilda