The Trials

All candidates must have equipment applicable to their testing for their exclusive use during the trials.

There are a 3 sets of trials.
1. The general trials are applicable to all candidates regardless of area of expertise.
2. Each of the three ranks has it's own specific trials.
3. A set of OPTIONAL trials are available for those who wish to attempt them. While not required, these optional trials serve to show the well-roundedness of the candidates and can be used to bolster results received in the General trials..

1.0 General Trials (applicable to all applicants)

1.1 Period test
Each applicant will choose and request, for approval, one or more of the trials to be conducted in period style and related to their persona.

1.2 Calligraphed Scroll
While great scribal skill is not required, a reasonable attempt is expected. Candidates may want to do some research into appropriate period styles for their persona.
- Calligraphy hand
- Wording
- execution

1.3 Persona - All candidates are expected to have developed a persona. To this end, all candidates will submit a 200-word write-up to the Baroness one month before the trials. This can be, but does not have to be, written in a medieval style.

1.4 Opening Court - all candidates will present themselves to the baroness giving a brief introduction in persona.

1. What year is it? (how old are you?) look for period style reckoning
2. What is your job?
3. What do you eat? (When do you eat?) daily eating schedule/composition
4. What country/region/town do you live in?
5. Who is your ruler?
6. What is your faith?
7. How does your normal day progress?
8. What are your hopes and plans for the future?

To display the candidate's knowledge of heraldry, when they present themselves at opening court, they shall wear or carry (any or all) a surcoat, banner, shield or buckler bearing their device which they have submitted to the heralds for registration. These items should be large enough to be clearly viewed at 20 feet distance. If a candidate has been unable to register their device due to difficulties at the College of Heralds, they shall not be penalized; however, their name and device must be in submission prior to the commencement of the trials.

1.5 Heraldry
1.5.1 Each candidate shall be able to blazon his or her own device, the Barony's, the Baroness's the Principality's, the Kingdom's and one other selected by the judge.

1.5.2 From a selection of arms, the candidate must identify 70% of the arms presented.

These will include:
King(dom) of An Tir, Queen of An Tir, Crown Prince, Crown Princess, Summits, Tir Righ, Baroness Letitia Talbot, Baron Connal Maclouman, The principle Officers of the Barony. (office badges and personal heraldry of person holding the office)
Seneschal, Chancellor of the Exchequer, Coquille Pursuivant, Master of Stables, Chatelaine, Minister of Arts & Science, Chronicler

The arms of the local regional groups.
The Barony of Seagirt, The Shire of Hartwood, The Shire of False Isle, The Shire of Fjordland, The Barony of Lions Gate, The Shire of Lionsdale, The Shire of Thornwoode

The arms of some of the prominent local citizenry

The arms of the current Serjeantry of the Barony.

The arms of the current Defender of Seagirt.

The arms of the current Marksman of Seagirt.

The arms of the current Captain of the Seagirt Grenadiers.

1.5.3 Candidate's will be tested in basic heraldic terminology such as field divisions, charges, and tinctures.

1.6 Games
To demonstrate the candidate's ability with games, they shall set up a chess board, name the pieces, describe their moves and be able to play at least 10 moves against the Games Tester.

The applicant shall play a game of Nine Mens' Morris so that tactical ability may be tested.

They shall also name four additional medieval games and be familiar with the rules for playing them. These may be active, board, dice or card games and the candidate should be able to verbally describe them and rules of play. The candidate shall teach and participate in playing a medieval game of their choice.

1.7 Dance
Candidates will be expected to dance a minimum of two dances, preferably one Court dance such as a Pavanne or Gailliard and one country dance such as a Bransle or a Montarde.

The candidates will be expected to teach a dance of their choosing to a selection of novice dancers.

In addition, candidates will be expected to perform the Saracen's Bransle in armour.

The candidates are responsible for ensuring that the music is available for their dances. They may choose to use a modern music player or may employ live musicians.

1.8 Bardic
As was expected of a gentle of the Middle Ages, a member of the Serjeantry should be able to offer a song or story or in some wise entertain. These performances must be period or in period style; no modern music. They may be about any person, event, place or thing from either the Middle Ages or the Current Middle Ages with no mundane references or terminology. Any music performed should be on a period instrument. A candidate may have accompaniment with his performance. Group entries are also permissible but must be cleared with the Baroness ahead of time.
a period song, story or poem
an instrumental performance
an instrumental performance of an original piece of music
an original poem in period style
an original story written in traditional form
a song fitted to a period piece of music
a dramatic performance

Any original piece must have been written or composed by the candidate. This is a test of ability to perform a piece in public, a test of confidence; the judges aren't looking for professional-quality performances or writing.

1.9 Deportment
Members of the Serjeantry are expected to be honourable, courteous gentles that embody the SCA ideals of chivalric behaviour. To examine candidates' conduct in these areas, they will be presented at Baronial Court at Daffodil and the populace charged with the observation of the candidates until SST. Her Excellency will meet privately with members of the populace regarding the candidates in this matter.

Those with items of interest should approach Her Excellency before this gathering to ensure their concerns, good or bad, are heard.

1.10 Question Period
All of the candidates will be asked to present themselves individually to a "Question Period" and to answer 1-2 questions from the populace. Questions might be things like "Why do you want to become a Serjeant?" or "What do you expect to change in your SCA life after earning your Serjeantry?"

1.11 Military Expertise
The military sciences offer the key to victory on the battlefield. As the primary training force in the SCA, the members of the Serjeantry must have a level of expertise that will allow them to train others adequately. As they may be called upon to offer training in many periods and types of terrain, they must have a knowledge that spans centuries and continents. To be successful the candidate must show a good comprehension of military sciences. These include:

- Castles and fortifications
Candidates must be able to explain the history of a castle; i.e., motte ==> motte and bailey ==> curtain wall ==> curtain walls and donjon with projecting towers, etc. Candidates must also show a working knowledge of the terminology associated with castles and fortification design, and be able to identify castle components. They must also be able to discuss how to attack and defend various types of castles, and give examples from history of sieges and castle defenses

- Siege weapons
The candidate must have a firm understanding of siege weapons and the laying of sieges in a historical context. This will include identifying basic siege mechanisms such as tension, torsion and traction machines, and basic weapon types and how they were used in battle.

- Arms and Armour
Candidates must demonstrate an understanding of armour designs from before the 12th century through the Middle Ages. Candidates should be able to identify different types of armour (construction and styles) of the most commonly worn suits throughout the above periods.

Candidates must also be able to name the various parts of a suit of armour with both modern and period names; i.e., arm piece = vambrace, breastplate = plastron, etc.

The candidates must display familiarity with the anatomy of a sword, demonstrating knowledge of the evolution of swords through rapiers. They should also be knowledgeable of the various types of weapons used in the period, and be able to identify them and their parts.

The candidates should be able to name and discuss the use of a variety of period missile weapons. They should demonstrate knowledge of the evolution of missile weapons and their significance (i.e. bow - longbow – crossbow).

1.12 Knowledge of historical battles
Historical Battles The candidates must display knowledge of historical battles or wars by presenting a verbal presentation on a chosen historical battle. This should include composition of the opposing forces, terrain, reason for the battle, the leaders of the opposing forces, the outcome of the battle and its effects. Some examples:
- Tours 732
- Stamford Bridge 1066
- Hastings 1066
- Horns of Hattin 1187
- Siege of Jerusalem 1187
- Fall of Acre 1291
- Stirling Bridge 1297
- Bannockburn 1314
- Crecy 1346
- Agincourt 1415
- Poitiers 1356
- Siege of Harfleur 1415
- Bosworth Field 1485

1.13 Combat Leadership
All Serjeant, and Yeomen candidates must have SCA legal armour and weapons appropriate to their discipline. Gallant candidates must have armour for Rapier combat. All combat candidates must be able to lead an SCA force in a battle scenario in their chosen venue, and show their knowledge of tactics. Leadership will include proper usage of troops, movement of them and various styles of field leadership. Candidates must be able to actively lead their troops and utilize them in battle. Candidates will be expected to be able to take over groups of fighters on short notice and attempt to use tactics and leadership in battle.

1.14 Geography
Candidates must be able to identify, on map, specific areas of the Knowne World including: All of the Kingdoms, all of the Principalities within An Tir, the Regions within An Tir, most Baronies of An Tir and the majority of the branches within the local area.