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  {===========}         #75 September, AS XXXVII (2002, C.E.)

This is The eSentinel, a publication of the Crown Principality of The North, Kingdom of An Tir, of the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc. It is not a corporate publication of the SCA, nor does it delineate SCA Policies. The eSentinel is available by subscription through the Chronicler. Subscriptions are $1/yr. More information is available on the Northern Sentinel Website: http://www.finearts.uvic.ca/~medieval/esentinel
Permission is granted to forward a single copy to any given individual once only as a sample. Any other distribution is theft and harms the Principality.
- Event Calendar
- By The Light of A Northern Star....
- From the Crown Principality Rapier Marshal
- How to Write Letters of Recommendation
- Writing an Award Recommendation
- Brave Northern Land
- Upcoming Events in the North
- Because I Can....
...You KNOW You are in the SCA WHEN
- Law changes announced at War College
- Compendium of Resources

Event Calendar

6-8 Baronial Stepdown - Lions Gate - Vancouver, BC
13-15 September Revel - Dregate - Omak, WA
13-15 CP Champions' Tournies - Danscombe - Kelowna, BC
13-15 Birthday Tourney - Craigmere - Courtney, BC
14-15 Days of Archery - Lions Gate - Vancouver, BC
20-22 Wardog Tourney - Eisenmarche - Mission, BC
21-22 Workshop Ithra - Seagirt - Victoria, BC
27-29 Holmgang Tourney & Feast - Krakafjord - Vernon, BC
27-29 Minter Gardens Demo - Lionsdale - Chilliwack, BC

12-14 Golden Swan - Appledore - Oliver, BC
19 Freeze-Off - Ramsgaard - Kamlloops, BC

2 Baronial Banquet - Lions Gate - Vancouver, BC
9 Machiavelli - Danscombe - Kelowna, BC
16 Bard & A Banquet - Lionsdale - Chilliwack, BC
16-17 Grand Ithra - S. Giles - Victoria, BC
23 Feast of St. Catherine - Eisnemarche - Coquitlam, BC
23-24 Proposed Principality Event - The North

7 Baroness' Birthday Tourney - Lions Gate - Vancouver, BC
14 Yule Revel - Seagirt - Victoria, BC

JANUARY (2003)
10-12 Kingdom 12th Night

15 Lover's Revel - Eisenmarche - Coquitlam, BC

APRIL (2003)
5 Shire Banquet - Eisnemarche - Coquitlam, BC
26-27 Proposed Principality Event - The North

MAY (2003)
2-4 Fur and Feather Tavern - Dregate - Omak, WA

JUNE (2003)
4-6 Mermaid's Tourney - False Isle - Campbell River, BC
14-15 Proposed Principality Event - The North

By The Light of
A Northern Star....

And so, a new Royal Heir has been chosen.
And so, now, it comes once again time to do that most joyful of duties write Letters of Recommendation!!
This issue has two articles about writing LoRs, one from HL Eric de Dragon's Laire, and the other from Duchess Lao Khatun (that last taken straight from The An Tir Handbook). Each is a wonderful example of how one should put together a letter that will enable The Crown to recognize your friends, neighbours and co-workers for the accolades that they so richly deserve.
But there is another way you can write your LoRs and save yourself the price of a stamp: The An Tir Web- Site! Go to the site, http://www.antir.sca.org/Pubs/index.html#reference.shelf and click on the topic "Recommend someone for an award". This will take you to another page where you can fill out a simple form and then automatically send it to Their Majesties (and the various Peerage Orders where applicable) .
It just doesn't get much easier than that!
The other thing about this time of year, especially now that the Principality Event Schedule has been set up, we will be deciding the new Scourge of The North, as well as our Skald and Scorer. The Scourge will be more than just our heavy champion, for they will assume the duties of The Guardian of The Waiting Thrones, and be answerable to Their Majesties as Their Representatives here until the day comes where Our Prince and Princess are found.
This is especially poignant this year, since it is almost assured that whosoever becomes The Guardian will be he who helps to find our Prince and Princess, as The Guardian and his Inspiration will be instrumental in setting up our inaugural Coronet Tourney. They who enter the field in a
few short weeks will know a heavy responsibility, and shall be remembered by us for this.
The days grow short, the nights grow long, and the war season is about over. Even the tourneys seem to dwindle in number as we view the change in the seasons. Our quiet times are nearly upon us, and there is much work to do.
Talk to your A&S Ministers, your Seneschals; there is still much to do with the Northern Regalia and willing hands to help out are always needed. Ask around and you will find jobs that will keep you occupied over this cold winter.
And even if you can't find anything to do specifically for The Principality efforts, there are still lots to do for yourself this time of year: Plan that new court gown, pick up some new rattan and make a couple of new weapons, write that new bardic presentation, etc. We will really want to show ourselves off this spring, look and act in our best manners and make the rest of An Tir look like they are just going through the motions.
WE know how good we are and how good we look when we're doing it. Let's prove it to the rest of the Kingdom.

Lord Erasmus The Traveller, GdS

From the Crown Principality Rapier Marshal

My tenure as CP Rapier Marshal is almost up so its time to find a successor. I am planning on stepping down after the next quarter. If you would like the job, please send a written application
along with a copy of your membership to me; my address is in the Sentinel and the Crier. As a reminder, all applicants must be senior rapier marshals. I have a current list from Lists if you're not sure you're registered. Thank you.

Lord Enoch MacIain Sutherland
#201-2121 Ethel St.,
Kelowna, BC, V1Y 2Z6
(250) 979-2786

How to Write Letters of Recommendation to Their Majesties
by HL Eric de Dragonslaire

Is there some person whom you know that merits recognition for services to Crown and Kingdom or for outstanding performance in the arts? You can do your part to see that they receive recognition and reward by writing a letter of recommendation to their Majesties.
Anyone can write a letter of recommendation. It will be judged on what the subject has done, not on who you are.
The standards that their Majesties use for determining who will receive awards are their subjective standards. They compare what has been done in the past with what they know about the subject. You can help the process by providing them with a letter filled with information. The more detailed the letter is about specific accomplishments and contributions, the more persuasive it will be. Petitions are generally unsuccessful and are disfavored. It is felt that if someone merits recognition the person sharing the sentiment should take the time to write a letter. Beware of exaggerating what someone has done. Your credibility is on the line whenever you write a letter of

The letter should begin with a salutation. I use:

To Their Majesties, Nicholaus and Alyssia,
King and Queen of An Tir

Then State the purpose of the letter. You should always state the subject's name, branch affiliation, titles (if any), modern name, and the award you wish their Majesties to make; e.g.,

I wish to recommend _________ of the Shire of
________, mka ________, for an Award of Arms;
I wish to recommend that Lady ________ of the
Barony of _________, mka ____________, be admitted
to the Right Noble Order of the Goutte de Sang.

You should indicate how long they have been in the SCA.
You can write a letter of recommendation for your lord or lady if you feel they deserve it. If you do, it is considered proper etiquette to indicate the relationship in the letter.
You should then detail the accomplishments, offices, local awards and other factors which cause you to believe that this person should be given the award. If you have dates, you should use them.
Realize that people are often given awards simply because they have contributed to the dream in many small ways over time. Don't overlook ways in which they have been helpful. Also people may have come in from outside branches or kingdoms. Research what they have done prior to your meeting them and include that in your letter. Ascribe your sources when you are relating something that you
personally have not observed.
Summarize the letter. Date the letter. Give your society name, modern name, address, telephone number and e-mail address. Make sure you use any titles that you have when you send anything to their Majesties (a former Queen chastised me for not using my title when corresponding with their Royal Majesties). Copies should be sent to the Prince and Princess if we have one. Sometimes in the past the King and Queen have designated a Vizier to whom the letters should be
sent. Former Queen Octavia requested that you enclose a photograph of the subject for all major awards.
Send the letter. Your letter may be the factor which helps their Majesties to decide that that subject deserves an award.

Yours, in Service,
HLS Eric de Dragonslaire

Writing an Award Recommendation
By Lao Khatun, Duchess of An Tir

When I was queen my greatest pleasure came from giving public recognition to the endeavours of my people in the arts, sciences and in service. Having the rare opportunity to serve this realm twice from the Lion's Throne, I have witnessed several people evolve from newcomer to titled noble, and in some instances, to be admitted to the Peerage Orders. Any queen will tell you that the decisions that are made regarding these forms of recognition are not made lightly. Nor are they made independently. Although it is the prerogative of the Crown to bestow awards, They depend upon the advice of Their people, whom They often charge to bring to Their attention those who are deserving of royal favour.
When you write a letter of recommendation, you should include the candidate's name, persona, the branch they are from, and what they have done to be worthy of elevation. List what awards and
titles they currently hold, and state which award you feel the candidate should be considered for. If they hold an office, include how long they have held the office, and what improvements they have made to it. State how long the person has been in the Society in addition to their contributions. Typically the Crown will consider giving an Award of Arms to someone who has been a contributing member the Society for at least 1´ - 2 years. For Grants of Arms (Jambe de Lion, Goutte de Sang, etc.) 3 - 5 years is considered a reasonable length of time. It can take several years for a candidate to be admitted to one of the peerage orders.
The Crown looks specifically for ways in which the candidate has been of service to the Kingdom as a whole. If the candidate has made clothes for everyone in your household, perhaps a thank-you is in order rather than a letter of recommendation to the Crown. If the candidate has made fighting tabards for the sergeants of your Barony, recommend them to your Baroness for a Baronial service award. If they have made cloaks for the Kingdom Water Bearers and have offered to
keep them cleaned and repaired, a letter of recommendation to Their Majesties for a kingdom level award is appropriate.
Anyone can recommend anyone else for any type of award. The Crown is just as pleased to receive recommendations for the Peerage Orders as they are for AA's, Jambes and Gouttes. They also
appreciate receiving recommendations for those awards which are given out less frequently, such as the Lion's Cub, Mano d'Oro, Carp, Lion of An Tir and Court Baron. You do not need to be a member of
an order to recommend someone for that order. It is ill-advised however to recommend yourself, and it is usually considered bad form for a husband to recommend a wife, or a girlfriend to recommend her boyfriend and vice versa. Remember to sign your recommendation, as the Crown does not accept anonymous recommendations. Include your titles and offices as well. If there are others whom the Crown could contact as additional references, include their names and titles also (be sure to ask them first!). The Crown will usually contact Their peers and officers in the branch to solicit additional comment on your recommendation. Send AA recommendations to the King and Queen as well as the Prince and Princess of the Principality.
The Crown keeps a recommendations book which is passed from one reign to the next. The contents of the book is sorted by branches, and multiple letters recommending a particular person are kept together. Although some Royal Couples will accept petitions, most make Their decision on the number of letters that They receive for a particular candidate. It is helpful to write a separate letter for each person that you are recommending. It is helpful to have the date, candidate's name and award that you are recommending them for at the top of the page, or highlighted somewhere in the text. Some Crowns will ask for calligraphed letters, others prefer typewritten. Regardless of which style you choose, your letter should be clear and easy to read. It should also be on paper that is 8´ x 11" so that it fits into a standard 3-ring binder.
Most of all, be patient. Do not expect the Crown to reply to your letter, even if it is sent via e-mail. Do not expect the award to be given at the very next event that the person is at, or even during the current reign. Bear always in mind that the granting of awards is entirely the prerogative of The Crown. By making the recommendation, you've done your duty. A letter of recommendation is simply that---a recommendation. If the person you are recommending is truly worthy, their labours will be recognized sooner or later. As will your own some day.

Brave Northern Land
by Duncan Macquarrie (Ted Godwin)
[Tune: Black Velvet Band, Traditional]

The Star it shines like a diamond,
In front of our warrior band.
So lift up your cups in her honour,
And drink to our brave Northern land!

In country that once was West Kingdom,
In fealty to strangers were bound,
The bold and the brave of a northern enclave,
Who swore to support a new crown.
When rebellion did stir up the country,
This bold group of nobles did stand,
To raise up a cheer for the King of An Tir,
And drink to our brave Northern Land.


Well one day a Baron named Kendal,
A master and knight and much more,
Said "I think we'll go far if we follow a star,
And begin once again as before.
We'll talk about regions and princes.
We'll sign letters with a proud hand.
If ever you cherished your freedom,
Come drink to our brave Northern Land."


So come all you jolly young fellows,
All you maids and you matrons today,
Rejoice in the pride of our Kingdom,
And of the Princedom we've made.
None will be more happy tomorrow,
Than those who are here in this band,
As we raise up a cheer and a cup full of beer,
And drink to our brave Northern Land.

[Note: this song bears only some resemblance to actual history but sounds good.]

Upcoming Events in the North

Baronial Stepdown, 6-8 Sept, 2002
Lions Gate (Vancouver, BC)

SITE: Warner Loat Park, 4182 Piper Street, Burnaby, BC. Site opens 6:00 pm Friday, September 6, and closes 6:00 pm Sunday.
SITE FEE: adult's $5.00 Canadian, children 5-12 years $2.00 Canadian, under 5 free. Family Cap: $14.00. Make cheques payable to "Barony of Lions Gate".
Opening Court - Saturday - 10:00 am.
Heavy tournament, a rapier tournament and an archery contest on Saturday. Arts Contest - Construct, Compose, Create or Build the thing that you most want at an event. Sciences Contest - Construct, Compose, Create or Build the thing that you most want at an event.
Activities for Sunday will be announced when the new Baron and Baroness are chosen.
Marshals, waterbearers, constables, heralds -please sign up when you come in the gate.
Local/An Tir drinking laws are in effect (period containers). This is a public park. No underage (under 19 years of age) drinking. Smoking is restricted to a specific designated area. There is plenty of flat space to pitch tents.
Merchants are welcome, no extra merchant fee.
Children are very welcome. Leashed pets are welcome.
Autocrat - Baroness Padraigin; (mka Patricia O'Donnell), (604) 861-0899; email <seneschale@shaw.ca>
From Canada - get onto Hwy 1. Go to Caribou exit. Take exit North to Lougheed Hwy. (second light from exit), turn left on Lougheed. Go to next light (Brighton), turn left. Go down hill to Winston / Government - T intersection, turn right onto Winston. Keep watch for SCA signs on the left. Left on Piper, site is on the left.
From US: take the truck exit, this puts you on Hwy. 15 or 176th St. Go North on 176th St. to Hwy. 1, get onto Hwy 1 westbound. Follow the above directions.

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North Fall Champions Tourney, 13-15 Sept, 2002
Danescombe (Kelowna, BC)

You are all invited to Danescombe to witness the choosing of three of our Principality Champions this fall. The Champions Tournaments will include Heavy Combat, Bardic and Archer. There will also be prize tournaments for Rapier and A&S. Heavy combat Championship will be fought with the following criteria: Sword and Shield, maximum sword length is 36", no thrusting tips. Bardic and Archery Championship details are not available yet but sign up will be on site. For the information on the A&S prize tourney, please contact HL Thorin at olafsson@shaw.ca . If you are bringing weather sensitive items please let the autocrat know and on site indoor storage can be
arranged for them. There will be space for merchanting and pavilions around the list-field. Please contact the autocrat with dimensions needed for reservations.
Site Info : Camp Boyle a large wooded Scout Camp in Summerland, BC. No street address but there will be lots of signs. There is a creek running through the site so please watch children.
There are no pets allowed on site. Smoking will be at designated smoking areas and in your encampment. This will be a very discreetly damp site - period containers at all times please. Fire restriction dependant on the mundane requirements. There are, outhouses, bathrooms (with showers), and plenty of running water on site.
Site fee - $12 for adults, $6 for 6 -12, 5 and under are free. Maximum family cap of $30. Make checks payable to SCA Inc, Shire of Danescombe.
Directions: Follow Highway 97 to Summerland. Turn onto Rosedale Avenue at the Macs & 7-11. Follow Rosedale south through town - Rosedale will curve to the west and become Prairie Valley Road
after the second 4-way stop. Follow Prairie Valley Road all the way ... it curves, branches, twists and turns, through orchards, farms, and ranches, but it is paved almost all the way to the Camp gates. The road will turn into Darke Lake Road ... keep going. Camp Boyle will appear on your left with a large field for parking on your right soon after the road turns to gravel. Watch for SCA signs along the way! A Map and event info can also be found on the Danescombe website (above) after June 9, 2002.
Autocrat: Yrsa Kettilsdottir (Cristin Olafsson) 608 Braid St., Penticton, BC V2A 4Y5 (250) 490-4771 cristin@shaw.ca

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Birthday Tourney, 13-15 Sept, 2002
Cragmere (Courtney, BC)

We invite you to a weekend of delight in the woods by the river. For the delectation of our warriors, the tourney will have wondrous prizes! The Armoured Combat prize is a hand-made dagger
created by Asa Martel. Rapier fighters will fight for a hand-sewn cloak made by HL Marina la Pica. Archers will be pleased to earn the long-bow donated by William the Archer. In addition, the hammer toss target will be set up for all to have a go. Contests include "A Tribute to Craig", the Swan Mascot of Cragmere, in any medium.
For the less-martially inclined, there will be a swap'n'shop to help clear out that extra fabric, feast gear, and finery that you no longer have use for, or to add to it! Merchants are welcome! Dry weather will allow some dancing.
The Saturday evening bardic fire welcomes tales of victory and woe; can you tell your story under five minutes? Songs are also welcome! Reann will be the arbiter of the fire circle, as well as the Children's Bardic Contest.
Those who attend for the weekend will be treated to a Sunday morning pancake breakfast stirred up by Lady Rachanda.
Gate opens Friday at 3 pm. Site closes Sunday at 3 pm.
Cost: under 14 years old, $5/night; 14 years and over, $8/night; cabin space, $10/bunk/night (16 bunks per cabin; bring your bedding and mattress; specify smoking or non); cheques to be payable to: "Shire of Cragmere".
Camp Gilwell is a Scouts Canada site, and all usual rules apply: no pets; no alcohol; fires in pits only. Other notes: gravel beach on river; UV-treated well-water on-site.
>From North or South, use the new Inland Highway, turning right at Exit 127, the Piercy Road turn-off. Travel about 1.4 km to Forbidden Plateau Road, and turn right. After 1 km, turn right onto the Duncan Bay Main, and turn right down the driveway.
>From town, you could take the scenic route; email doerksen@island.net for details.
Autocrat: HL Halima al-Rakkasa, (250)703-0494, doerksen@island.net (Linda J. Doerksen, 1080 16th St., Courtenay, BC, V9N 1X9)

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September Revel, 13-15 Sept, 2002
Dregate (Omak, WA)

Come one, come all to the annual September Revel hosted by the Shire of Dregate. Join us as we draw to a close the War & Tourney season with a relaxing weekend in the Highlands. There will be
archery, a heavy bones tourney, fencing, and let's not forget the feast.
Site: Kiwanis' Camp Tokiwanee at Lost Lake in Tonasket WA. Site opens noon Friday, September 13th and closes 3pm Sunday September 15th. This is a mountain setting at a high elevation, pleasant
days and cool nights. The nearest towns are 40 miles away so come prepared for the weekend. The site features lake swimming nearby, hot showers, flush toilets, potable water, and wheelchair access. Above ground fires if allowed by Forest Service in the dry season. Pets must be on a leash at all times. Camping on-site or bunk style cabins are available (and included in site fee). Pre-registration is requested. Bunk style cabins on a first call first serve basis so if you would like to make a reservation please contact Cerdic Stuart (Philip Bedard), Ph: (509) 826-3910 until 10pm or email: phil_shannon@cuonlinenow.com. This site is discreet.
Site fee: $10 US . Children 6-12 $5 US. Children 5 and under are free.
Feast tickets: will be pre-sold and there are a limited number. $7 US for adults. $3 for children 6-12. 5 and under are free. Please contact the autocrat for tickets.
Take your best route to North Central Washington. Tonasket is on Hwy 97 and Republic is on Hwy 20. On Hwy 20, twenty miles in between these two towns is a turnoff for Bonaparte Lake. Follow blacktop to lake and resort, keep driving, signage will be good. Follow our signs to Lost Lake. Do not turn off pavement.
Autocrat: Rowan MacLean (Shannon Bedard) 732 S. Jackson, Omak, WA 98841; Ph: (509) 826-3910 until 10pm or email: phil_shannon@cuonlinenow.com

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War Dog Tourney, 20-22 Sept, 2002
Eisenmarche (Coquitlam, BC)

Come one and all to compete for the title of WARDOG of Eisenmarche. See the two- headed troll! Watch the mystical beast hunt. Obtain the honour of leading the shire in WAR. Competitions
include: Pell Pole and Round Robin Tourneys for the Heavies, Ring Lunges and a Round Robin for the fencers. Archers can sharpen their skills with Special target shooting. Common Events: Obstacle course, Potluck Popularity contest, War Alarm, Best Inspiration, Some surprise contests!!! Ladies, enjoy the Ladies Tea. And for the children, a Boffer/whalebone tournament, Magic show, a Mythical Beast hunt, and a Scavenger hunt.
Site fees : Weekend Adult $10, $5 for the day; Children 6-12, $3 weekend or day; Family Weeeknd $20, or $12 for the day. Children under 6 free.
Directions to Maeotsa:
Take Lougheed highway. From Vancouver going east or Mission going west. Site is between Mission and Ruskin. Turn north on Nelson and follow the road up past the golf course and sports center.
Keep going up the hill around a bunch of turns, do not turn off just keep going up the road until you reach Olsen Avenue.........go through the gate at 32113 Olsen Ave.
Lord Sergeant Cyneric Bearson of the Clan McBean Wardog of Eisenmarche; Ph: (604) 574-0566; <dcocking@telus.net>, and; Yeorick the Simple; Ph: (604) 523-1626 <yeorick@telus.net>.

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Minter Gardens Demonstration, 27-29 Sept, 2002
Lionsdale (Chilliwack, BC)

Lionsdale Invites All who wish to share the knowledge and enjoyment they have gained as part of our Society to join us at the First Annual Minter Gardens Demo Event In the Beautiful Fraser Valley.
Heavy Fighters - haven't you been looking for a reason to get your armor prettied up? (Pas de Arms & a Tourney)
Rapier Fighters - don't you want to show off that incredible garb? (the gardens are huge - think of the roaming battles you could have)
Target Archers - think of all the oohs and ahs over those spiffy bows! (and a chance to teach someone new about your passion)
Thrown Weapons - knives, axes and spears - they'll let us throw them all!
Dancers - wouldn't it be fun to watch all those people trying to dance the dances you look so incredibly graceful doing?
Artisans - what a fabulous opportunity to show off your work to a wider audience - and maybe even teach someone something new!
Merchants - Sell your 'period' wares to all and sundry! (juried)
Everyone - mingle, laugh, have fun, educate, ENJOY. (what a great chance to practice being in persona)
The Gardens are open to the public from 9am 'til 5pm - the evenings are ours and they are providing 5 acres of camping space for those who have 20th century encampments. We request that you all bring your most period garb and behaviour.
Site Fee - $ 0.00 - That's right - its FREE!
Information will be posted to the Northern Road - anyone wishing to merchant, assist, teach, demonstrate, or organize a mini workshop or class please contact Lady Johanna Katarina Morgenstochter @ 604-795-9611(10 am - 2pm) or e-mail katarina@antir.com anytime - I will return calls if you leave a message and e-mail is checked every second day.
Anyone with ideas for mini classes, workshops or event demonstrations PLEASE contact me and I will find a way to add it in if possible - the more the merrier, as they say (must be appropriate)

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Tournament of the Golden Swan, 11-14 Oct., 2002
Appledore (Oliver, BC)

Golden Swan is a persona development challenge for female personas. There are 14 categories, and all are open to anyone wishing to compete as contests, not just for Swan candidates. There will be many other activities throughout the weekend.
Saturday will feature a Pas d'Armes hosted by the Company of Santiago. Sunday will see the Appledore Fall Harvest Tourney for heavy fighters. There will also be our traditional William Tell shoot and Royal Rounds for Archers, as well as a rapier tourney. A number of children's activities are planned.
There will be a served feast on Saturday, $5 a head. Tickets go on sale Saturday at noon. Sunday will feature a potluck. Breakfasts will be on-sale, and merchant food will be sold on-site.
Merchants are welcome, please call Olwen (below) to reserve space.
This event is mainly outdoors. Come prepared for winter camping.
Judging of the contests will be arranged by HL Olwen Pen Aur. Call her for more information at (250) 498-3084 <jturner@img.net>. Please see the Golden Swan website (above) for details about
the Golden Swan challenge.
The site opens at 3 pm on Friday and closes at 3 pm on Monday. Site fee is $10 Canadian, $5 for 5 to 14, under 5 free. Day fee $5. Make cheques payable to "Shire of Appledore."
Autocrat: Lord David the Bruce of Lamont (David Turner) P.O. Box 1053, Oliver, B.C., V0H 1T0, telephone (250) 498-3636.
Directions: make your way to Oliver on Highway 97. From either direction, go through the first set of lights. At the next corner where the Chevron Station is located (348th Ave.), turn east (left from the north, right from the south). Go all the way to the bottom of the hill. The road turns right and becomes 91st. Stay on 91st for 2 blocks to the carwash on your left. Turn right opposite the carwash onto a gravel road. The site is the first house on the left at the bottom of the hill. There will be signs.

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Freeze Off, 19 Oct., 2002
Ramsgaard (Kamloops, BC)

The Shire of Ramsgaard is pleased to invite one and all to our 15th annual Freeze Off tourney and feast. Along with our traditional silly weapons tourneys for heavy and rapier, we will also be offering A&S classes during the day, as well as Pied Piper activities and Bardic competition. This event offers feasting at it's best, with a truly enchanted hall and plenty of great food. How better to spend a chilly October evening?
Site Info: Pavilion Theatre, 1025 Lorne St., Kamloops,BC. (250)372-3216) Site opens at 9:30am and closes at 2am
Site Fee: $6 Adults, $3 Children 15 & under; $15 modern family cap (max. 2 Adults) (Children 3 & under free)
Feast: $12 Adults ($10 SCA members), $6 Children 12 & under (3 & under free)
Make cheques payable to SCA Inc-Shire of Ramsgaard. *Feast Reservations Are Strongly Recommended* -Any food allergy concerns, please contact the Autocrat before hand.
Wet Site- All alcohol must be purchased on-site- All B.C. liquor laws enforced.
Autocrat: Wren (Jenna Dittrich 32B W. Battle St. Kamloops, B.C. V2C 1G6 (250) 319-9867) <wrenshenna@hotmail.com>
From Yellowhead Hwy #5 turn at Mount Paul Industrial Park (Mt. Paul Way) cross the bridge, turn left on Lorne St. drive straight, the theatre is at the end of the road. From Coquihalla & Hwy
97 south Take exit 369, follow Columbia St. turn left on 10th Ave the Theatre will be on your right. From East Trans Canada Hwy #1 take exit to City Center, keep right, follow Victoria St. turn right on 10th Ave, the Theatre will be on your right.

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12th Night Coronation, 10-12 Jan., 2003
Adiantum (Eugene, OR)

The 12th Night Hotel is filling up fast! If you want a room in the hotel please reserve your room now!
Site fees: Member Adult $12, Non-Member Adult $15 (age 16 and up), Member Child $6,Non-Member Child $9 (age 6-15), Member Family $38, Non-Member Family $48 (per legally related immediate family only, see family pre-reg. form for eligibility), All Children under 6 are free.
Room reservations must be done separately from Preregistration; It is recommended you do this when sending in your site pre-registration by using the information below. Preregistration is
recommended, but not necessary unless merchanting. Preregistration for individuals ends on November 30th, and for merchants ends on September 3rd. Preregistration forms are available on-line at our web- site or you can request preregistration form be sent to you by sending a self addressed stamped envelope to: Attn: Pre-registration forms needed, C/O 12th Night 2003, P.O. Box 25007, Eugene, OR 97402
Rooms reservations can be made either by phone or on-line thru the 12th night web page. The phone number for reservations: (541) 726-8181. Please let the reservations person know you are with the "SCA" or wish to reserve a room for "12th Night". When the 12th Night hotel is full information for room reservations at neighbouring hotel will be available at the web site. Cost for each room will be $79 a night plus tax. There are NO open Suites left! Check with hotel for limit on number of people allowed in a room please. Reserving a room at the hotel does not include preregistration
for the event or site fees. There are NO pets allowed in any of the indoor meeting rooms, ballroom, merchant room, etc. The hotel can not schedule meetings, please send requests to the autocrats for review.
Site info: Double Tree Hotel, 3280 Gateway Springfield, OR 97477 Phone: 541-726-8181 Site opens 3 PM Friday Jan. 10 and closes at 5 PM on Sunday Jan. 12th 2003.
Autocrats: Meisterin Trudchen von Bayern (Trudi Stuber) & HL Karis Jessica Pursey (Jamie Parker); P.O. Box 25007 Eugene, OR 97402 E-mail: 12thNight@trudis.net (e-mail correspondence is
preferred). Phone: (541) 343-8793 or (541) 606-3313 (leave permission to call back collect please).

Because I Can....
... You KNOW You are in the SCA WHEN....

...the question, "What century are you living in?" isn't an insult.

...people don't assume you're in need of psychiatrist when you say, "This weekend, I fell in love with a Pelican."

...you show up for work on Monday with the most INTERESTING bruises. (Or possibly a chain mail weave sunburn).

.....and you're a woman.

...you can avail yourself of the Craftsman lifetime guarantee, because your wire cutters are worn out from clipping chainmail links.

...you look at a fur coat and think "Trim..."

...you're male and your girlfriend, not you, is the bored one being dragged from fabric/clothing store to fabric/clothing store. Or, when the lady at the fabric store asks your girlfriend if she needs help and she points at you saying, "He's the one looking for material."

...half of your family is still waiting for you to grow out of it.

.....the other half give you goblets for Christmas, and exclaim on how easy it is to shop for you.

...after a spat with your Significant Other, you vow "My NEXT girlfriend/boyfriend will be a Celt/Viking/Fop/(fill in the blank).

...during the feast you over-hear the 10 year olds at the next table quoting Macbeth. Accurately.

...you reach in your pocket for change and find a Barak Buck.

...your reference section on your field of interest is better than the equivalent section in the local library.

.....and they call you when they need an answer. (Seriously, we've had it

...you haven't been bored in so long, you can't remember what it feels like.

Law changes announced at War College, June 15, 2002
in reign of King Wilam and Queen Siobhan


A.1. The Great Officers of State in the Kingdom of An Tir shall be:
the Kingdom Seneschal, the Black Lion Principal Herald, the Earl Marshal, the Minister of Arts and Sciences, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Kingdom Constable, the Kingdom Chronicler, the Kingdom Chirurgeon , the Chatelaine, and the Minister of Children.

B.3 e. The An Tir Constable's Handbook, covering all policies encompassing safety and
security issues for the Kingdom.

C1. The Kingdom Seneschal:

.Waiver Secretary:
The position of Waiver Secretary is required by Corpora as a deputy to the Kingdom Seneschal .The Waiver Secretary will ensure that all required waivers, rosters, and sign-in sheets for events are collected and safely stored in such a way as to be easily located as required. Adult waivers are to be kept on file for 7 years, minor waivers for 20 years.

C.7. The Kingdom Constable:
The Kingdom Constable is the chief safety officer of the Crown. The Kingdom Constable works in partnership with the Kingdom Seneschal to ensure the safety and security of the Kingdom. The responsibilities of the Kingdom Constable shall include: administer the constabulary; promote general safety and security at events; and work with modern legal authorities as needed.

C.9.The Kingdom Chatelaine
Delete a and b (Preceptor of Pages and Pied Piper)

C.10. The Kingdom Minister of Children
The Kingdom Minister of Children is the primary officer in charge of encouraging opportunities for entertainment and education of SCA participants under the age of 18. Duties include: assisting branches in developing activities specifically for children and teens, serving as an information officer for safety issues effecting children and teens at events, promoting the ideals of service and chivalry among the youth of An Tir. Kingdom Ministry of Youth is up and running! At long last, we have begun to increase the attention and i

a. The Preceptor of the College of Pages:
The responsibilities of the Preceptor of the College of Pages shall include: educate children twelve to seventeen on age related aspects of both our historical period of study and of the Society; and establish guidelines and coordinate the activities for these children at Kingdom

b. The Kingdom Pied Piper:
The responsibilities of the Kingdom Pied Piper shall include: organize activities for children under twelve at Society events; promote the welfare of children at Society events; educate children on age related topics on aspects of the Society and our historical period of study; and share knowledge with interested persons on children's activities.

(11)Delete Royal Consul

E. Reporting:

1. Unless specifically directed otherwise by a Kingdom Officer, the reporting quarters will be
defined as follows: First quarter (January, February, March), Second Quarter (April, May, June), Third Quarter (July, August, September), Fourth Quarter (October, November, December)

2. All branch officers are to report to their principality superior or designated reporting deputy by the fifteenth of the following months: January, April, July, and October. If there is no principality or designated reporting officer to report to, then they must report directly to their kingdom superior. A copy of each report shall be provided to the branch seneschal, and the Baron and Baroness, or the Royal Patron. A Kingdom Officer can require greater reporting frequency if the needs of the office dictate it.

3. Principality Officers and Reporting deputies are to report to their kingdom superiors by the first of the following months: February, May, August, and November. In the case of Principality officers, copies must be sent to the Coronet and Principality Seneschal.


A. 7. Due to obligations set forth in these laws, Royalty, the Champions of An Tir, and the Greater Kingdom Officers are exempt from paying site fees at all Crown and Kingdom Events. Site fees will also be waived if, by circumstances, they are REQUIRED to attend any event within the Kingdom.


B. 5. An opinion poll shall be performed at least every three years to evaluate the relationship between the Baronial Coronets and their populace. This poll shall be similar to the selection polling but without the addition of candidates.

By our hand this 15th day in June, AS XXXVII, being 2002 in the Common Era:

Wilam, King An Tir Siobhan, Queen An Tir

Reviewed by Callista Balgaire, Kingdom Seneschal

Compendium of Resources

Their Majesties of An Tir, Prince and Princess Of The North: Sir Nicholaus Barchatov & Mistress Alyssia of Cameo Keepe (Jerry and Alisa Fries) 420 224th Street SW Apt 101, Bothell, WA 98021, (425) 806- 2792

Their Royal Highnesses, The Crown Prince and Princess: Sir Davin Steingrimsson & Groa (Damon Hill & Gretchen Hubbert) 1520 NE 102nd, Seattle, WA, USA, 98125

Scourge Of The North, Guardians of The Waiting Thrones: (Heavy Champion) Jarl Sir Hwolf Einarsson and Zelda of Yorvik, #34 17706 60th Ave, Surrey, BC, V3S 1V2, <the_rogue@imag.net>

Crown Principality Officers

Seneschal: HL Ljotr Einarson (Mitch Steck) (250)542-6988
Chronicler: HL Erasmus the Traveller (250) 380-9947
Arts & Sciences: HL Aelana Cordovera (604) 876-9105
Chatelaine: Signora Angela Fracassa (604) 777-1749
Chirurgeon: HL Aaron of the Black Mountains (604) 524-2824
Constable: Duncan Darroch (250)554-3986
Herald: HL Li Ban ingen Eachthiarna (250) 639-9301
Marshal: Sir Throvald Hwolfson
Rapier Marshal: Lord Enoch MacIain Sutherland (250) 979-2786
Archery Marshal: IN TRANSITION
Dean of Pages: HL Malcolm of Lamont (250) 498-3084
Minister of Lists: Lady Dominiqua Perreira (604) 556-0887

Waterbearer: Vacant; Applications being accepted.
Contact Kingdom Waterbearer.

Staff Credits: Chronicler and Northern Sentinel Editor: Lord Erasmus the Traveller (mka Warren Edge). eSentinel Deputy: Duncan, Lord Macquarrie (mka Ted Godwin) <duncanmacquarrie@shaw.ca>. All queries regarding subscriptions and copy should be sent to the Chronicler. Any technical concerns regarding the eSentinel should be sent to the eSentinel Deputy. All articles are copyright their respective authours.