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  {===========}         #79 January, AS XXXVII (2003, 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://north.antir.sca.org/sentinel/
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- Event Calendar
- By The Light of A Northern Star
- From the ...
... CP Web Minister
... Kingdom Scribe
... Kingdom Calnedar Deputy
... CP Chronicler
- On Courting Favorably
- Upcoming Events in the NortH
- Compendium of Resources


4 12th Night - Appledore - Oliver, BC
10-12 Kingdom 12th Night - Adiantum - Eugene, OR
18 Midwinter Masked Ball - Dregate - Omak, WA

8 Feast of Candles - Frozen Mountain - Nelson, BC
15 Lover's Revel - Eisenmarche - Coquitlam, BC
15 Tourney of Roses - Danscombe - Kelowna, BC
22 Festival of The Red Lantern - Dregate - Omak, WA
28-1 Kingdom A&S Championship - Montengarde - Calgary, AB

1-2 Spring Ithra - False Isle - Powell River, BC
8-9 Scribal Ithra - Lions Gate - Vancouver, BC
22 Daffodil Tourney - Seagirt - Victoria, BC
29-30 Spring Ithra - Shittemwoode - Bellingham, WA

5 Shire Banquet - Eisnemarche - Coquitlam, BC
11-13 Sir Edward's Tourney - Shittemwoode - Bellingham, WA
26-27 CP Guardian & A&S Champ - Lionsdale - Abbotsford, BC

1-4 Early Briton Ithra - Appledore - Oliver, BC
16-18 May Crown - TBA
30-1 Dregate Horse Fair - Dregate - Omak, WA
30-1 Fur&Feather Tavern - Dregate - Omak, WA
30-1 Workshop Weekend II - Krakafjord - Vernon, BC

14-15 Principality Event - TBA
20-22 PJ Party Meets The Mummy - Appledore - Oliver, BC
27-29 Highland/Fjord War - Dregate - Omak, WA

4-6 Mermaid's Tourney - False Isle - Powell River, BC
18-20 July Coronation - TBA

15-17 Homecoming - Danscombe - Kelowna, BC
15-17 SST - Seagirt - Victoria, BC
22-24 Warren War - Shittemwoode - Bellingham, WA
22-24 Holmgang VIII - Krakafjord - Vernon, BC

By The Light of A Northern Star....

So you've got this great idea for an event, and your branch wants to do it. But you got one ittsy-bitsy problem to overcome first:
Finding a site.
It should come as no surprise to anyone that event sites are becoming harder and harder to say nothing of more expensive! to find. And it is worse for camping sites. Most of the sites we have used in the last ten or more years are no longer feasible, either.
Which means that we have to start using our noggin.
One of the biggest stumbling blocks is recognizing that your branch probably takes up a lot more geographic area than you might think. True, Lions Gate and Eisnemarche are pretty much tied to Vancouver and environs. But Shittimwoode is the entirety of Whatcom County, which is a fair-sized piece of land! Seagirt is everything south of the 49th parallel on Vancouver Island! Ramsgaard is listed as being "Kamloops, BC", but actually they and Coill Mhor's north-south boundries as about Clinton. And Ravenswier actually covers most of central BC!
By my (very rough) calculations, Coill Mhor, Ravensweir, Ramsgaard and Tir Bannog are the largest geographical branches of The North!
So you have to think outside your usual "territorial box". Because there are undoubtedly sites that are absolutely perfect for one event or another if you go looking. Remember that Danscombe (Kelowna) trucked down to Summerland for September's Crown Principality Event, And a very fine site it is, too!
And here's a neat part to that: Summerland is, like, right on the border between Danscombe and Appledore. Now, I'd have to check the Postal Codes to know really who "owns" it, but the site would be a great site for either branch. And both branches can use it, regardless of who "owns" it. All one branch has to do is get written permission of another branch to hold an event in their territory. Seagirt did this with Hartwood years back for a SeaLion War which was held near Port Alberni (nice site, too we should use it again. Maybe for a CP Event? Hint hint...). And Clinton is technically in Coill Mhor's territory. Lions Gate technically needs their okay to hold Clinton War, which really shouldn't be a problem (like they'll say "No", right?)
An interesting exercise is to take a map of BC and Northern Washington and with a compass, start drawing circles around the major branch sites and seeing where they all intersect. This will give you some idea of the geographic size of some of these branches. And if you get really interested, see if you can overlay a Postal Code Map on top of that and figure out the real branch boundaries. And see what communities actually are a part of Krakfjord or False Isle.
There are sites out there for the smallest tourney camping right up to Kingdom-sized events.
But we'll never find them unless we go looking.

Lord Erasmus The Traveller, GdS

From the Crown Principality Web Minister

For those of you who were not at the Northern Rapier Championship I would like to announce that the new northern web pages are now online.

Please visit: http://north.antir.sca.org

In particular I am inviting people with personal and/or unofficial group pages (ie: households) to send me the URL to be added to the Codex Boreum (Northern Book) which is at:

Duncan, Lord Macquarrie

From The Kingdom Scribe

Bids are being sought for 3 additional Kingdom seal matrixes.
Two reproductions of the larger 2.40" seal are being sought (please send me e-mail if you want to see a scan of the design - the scan is too big for the lists) - one "practical" to be used for making additional seals for the
scribes' office, one "Ceremonial" for use at Coronation and other Occasions of State (decorative, but still useable).
The third seal matrix is based on the signet's ring though the reproduction could be just a simple cylinder matrix - whatever is practical. The current seal is in the shape of a shield measuring .80" across the chief and .90" lengthwise.
Bids should be sent to Tamlyn Sable Sable at <scribe@antir.sca.org>. Bids will be presented to the Kingdom Financial Committee at 12th Night and awarded there.

In Service,
Tamlyn Sable Sable

From The Kingdom Calendar Deputy


There are four basic classes of events in AnTir, Crown, Kingdom, Kingdom sanctioned, and Local. They differ in sometimes subtle ways. In this article I shall endeavor to explain the differences, how they relate to Crier and Calendar and tie them into the new dreaded Non Member Surcharge.
Crown events are named in AnTir law and are the two Crown Tournaments, May and September and the two Coronations, 12th Night and July. An Event Information Form (EIF) must be on file, event copy must be published in the Crier along with a calendar listing, and the Non Member Surcharge (NMS) must be levied on all full price non- member attendees. No event anywhere within AnTir may conflict without specific permission from the Crown.
Kingdom events also appear in AnTir law and are Inter- Kingdom Wars, Kingdom Arts & Sciences Championship, and Crown Councils. An Event Information Form must be on file, event copy must be published in the Crier along with a calendar listing, and the Non Member Surcharge must be levied on all full price non-member attendees. No other event may conflict with a Kingdom Event within the region or Principality where the Kingdom Event is being held.
Kingdom Sanctioned Events are those where formal actions and announcements with long-term impact on the Kingdom may occur. This includes: Coronet lists; Investitures; appointment of Officers at the Principality level and up; the presentation of kingdom awards and titles; proclamation of Law; and the establishment or advancement of branches. An Event Information Form must be on file, event copy must be published in the Crier along with a calendar listing, and the Non Member Surcharge must be levied on all full price non-member attendees. Conflict policies as defined are in effect.
Local events include all other "official" SCA events, per Corpora, "All Society events must be sponsored by branches of the Society, registered with the Seneschal of the sponsoring branch, publicized at least to the members of that branch, and conducted according to Society rules." This includes everything from formal events with entrance fees to fight practice, business councils, stitch & bitch... as long as it meets the definition. If the group desires a calendar listing, an EIF must be submitted, otherwise not. Event copy is not published in the Crier but may be included in the web site calendar. Non member Surcharge does NOT apply to these events. Conflict policies as defined are in effect.
You'll notice most events fall under the criteria for the last two classes nd the significant difference is whether or not event copy is published in the Crier. The difference impacts two important factors, kingdom level business and Non Member Surcharge. When you decide what kind of event you want to hold, it would be wise to consider these criteria.

Thanks for your kind attention,
Pyotr Constantinovich
Kingdom Calendar Deputy

The link to the SCA BOD announcement concerning Non Member Surcharge is:

The link to corpora and related docs is:

The link to AnTir Kingdom Law (unofficial) is:

From the Crown Principality Chronicler

Due to (partially) rising costs and (mostly) required complementary copies, EFFECTIVE 1 FEBRUARY, 2003, Subscription rates to The Northern Sentinel will be raised to $22 CDN, $16 US for the printed verison. The eMail subscription price will also be raised to $2 (CDN or US). This is the first subscription price increase since 1998; nearly five years. Interested parties who would like to know more about the whys and wherefores of this decision are invited to contact me; I'd be more than happy to explain. Contact information is on the inside front cover.

On Courting Favorably or How to Make a Good Impression in the Aisle:
A Compendium of Courtly Etiquette
by Mistress Ariel de Courtenay
[Reprinted from The Bunny Tales, Vol VII, Issue V; May, 1996]

Last night I was looking at Mercia's pictures of Sir Eddie's. There were about four or five of Baron Kendal's court, mostly taken from down the aisle facing towards the action. In not one of them was Gerhard visible.
These pictures make a very clear case for a concern I voiced at the autocrat's team wind-down meeting after Eddie's. The others present suggested I write an article for the Wilde Hare about it, so here goes.
To me, one of the most important aspects of the SCA is respect for ceremony and rank. These are practices virtually lacking from modern life and such formality and solemn ritual fill true needs in my life; they remain some of the key aspects of the SCA which I find most compelling.
Because we create this Society ourselves, those of rank can never demand respect and obeisance from the rest of us, however much many of them do to earn our respect. No, indeed my respect is a gift I freely give , even to those few of rank who have not earned it, because by giving it, I enter a new world. I experience more fully the essence of Medieval life where rank and status were possibly the most formative factors in life. This is not something I do for Them, it is something I do for me. Also, by showing my utmost respect for Peers, I remind myself to shoe similar respect for peers. As the maxim goes: Treat your inferiors as your equals, treat your equals as your betters, and treat representatives (officers and Peers) of the King and Queen with the reverence due your Sovereigns.
I bring all this up, not because I have seen blatant acts of disrespect in the populace, or even because anyone was seriously offended. I only want to alert the shire to the fact that while playfulness and spontaneity are wonderful, I think we are losing track of a solemnity which can enrich the experience of court for us all. I also feel that when we specifically invite a Peer of the stature of Baron Gerhard Kendal, and when he consents to sit through a long court of which only one piece of business is his own, we owe him at lest some basic courtesy.
Many people involved in this last court were as yet very new to the SCA, and the autocrat's team suggested I might review some of the rules of basic court etiquette, as any breeches were probably purely unintentional. From here on out, I will refer to those holding court as "The Representatives(s)" to make the point that though all these rules definitely apply to Their Majesties, they are just as applicable to representatives of Their Majesties.

Ten Basic Guidelines:

1. Prepare court business before court.
Be aware that if you have nay business to take care of in court, it is your responsibility to go to the court herald ahead of time with a succinct description including a) who the herald should call up to conduct the business; b) what the business is; and, c) if the business involves calling up others for recognition, etc. As autocrat at Eddie's, I found myself trying to remember every bit of business I though I remembered people mentioning, and trying to reconstruct it with Gleowine juts before court. If you have court business, it is very important to be present and ready when you are called.

2. Populace, remember to stand when The Representative(s) enter until you are invited to sit.
If The Representative is already sitting, you may sit Please leave a wide aisle! If The Representative should ever stand up, everyone must immediately stand, unless told not to. This is especially hard to remember when Representative(s) are sitting at the head table of a feast. This pomp can sometimes get tiresome, which is why people like Gerhard may try to avoid the head table (which, as you'll have noticed, he did as Sir Eddie's)

3. When called into court, never, never, never stand in front of a Representative of Their Majesties.
Bow when you enter court, approach The Presence, bow again a few steps away and kneel (on the pillow if there is one). If your only business is to make an announcement, ask, "May I address the Populace?" Only when permission is granted, do you stand and back well away to one side or the other. Make sure you are not blocking The Representative(s). (This would have been easier at Eddie's if the populace had left a wider aisle.) For a more dramatic announcement, you may walk up and down the middle of the aisle. Remember that no matter where you are, when your business is done, bow before taking your leave and walk the first few steps away backwards.

4. If you are in court to call others into court, remember this is not your court.
Either ask if the Herald in charge can call the others up, or ask permission to do it yourself. Thank The Representative(s) for Their indulgence when you are through.

5. Make a great effort never to interrupt or second guess The Representative(s).
This goes double for the Herald. The Voice of The Representative(s) becomes just that for the duration of court, not a separate entity.

6. When called to court, please don't say, "I didn't do it."
Not only has that joke been tremendously over used, it is a device to call attention to yourself in the court of another. You may not realize what you sound like, but when you know you are probably being called up for an award or token, it seems like an arrogant remark to make light of the fact that you know how much you really deserve it. Perhaps some people say it to cover the embarrassment of being called to court. Remember, Their Majesties, Their Excellencies, or the officers know what they are doing, and we're all rooting for you. Don't spoil it by begging the question.

7. Levity is fine in moderation.
I'm all for shouting out a good pun now and then, but try not to ruin a special moment for someone else, and be sure not to interrupt the flow of court business. Court is long enough already.

8. Performances are for The Representatives first and the populace second.
(This is a general issue and not one that came up at Eddie's) Whether you are in formal court or a darkened feast hall, perform to the head table, or at the very least, perform in the round. If you have a presentation fo The Representative(s) show it to them first, and to the populace if you are asked. I had to laugh at Kingdom Arts & Sciences competition this year when two members of the populace proudly held up the new Kingdom cloaks they had made, with their backs to Their Majesties completely obscuring Their Majesties from view, and making it impossible for Them to see the cloaks at all. Remember, being granted an audience means with The Representative(s), not with the populace. A special case: when the performance is the focus of an event (like a Bardic competition), The Representative(s) should probably be invited to sit facing the same direction as everyone else.

9. Their Majesties word is Law!
If Their Majesties, or a Representative
should do anything out of the ordinary, (like say "no" when you ask
permission to speak to the populace) quietly bow and leave court. They
might be joking, but Their word is law none the less, it is not up to us to
interpret. And if you do that, They probably won';t ever say no to you
again (unless They really mean it.).

10. This is a Game.
Remember, we're doing this for ourselves. All respect you show to a Representative is respect you show the group, and a richer experience for you. It is not because They have earned it, it is because, as a Society, we have decided that They deserve it, whether or not they do. This may not be your favorite part of the game, but let it be as well done as possible for those of us who love it.
I want to thank all shire members who added to the court with business and presentations. Much well deserved recognition was given, and I hope that those members of the public who witnessed our court felt they had seen something grand. Congratulations to the winners of the tourneys and to all token recipients; thank you to all the officers and shire members who worked hard to make the new shire tokens for fighting (The Bunny's Fang) and for arts and sciences (The Bunny's Crook) come to be. Finally, thank you most of all to Baron Sir Gerhard Kendal, who granted us His presence and indulgence that our business might be conducted in His court.

Upcoming Events in the North

12th Night Coronation, 10-12 January, 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).

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Day of Dance, 1 Feb, 2003
Lions Gate (New Westminster, BC)

There will be dance classes held throughout the day from 10am - noon, 12:30 til 5ish.
And there will be a large social hall. BC Liquor laws in effect from 6pm on (no outside alcohol allowed).
Our baronial bard will be running a "duelling bards" competition and Master Baron Steffano will of course be hosting a Tablero tournament in the evening, both have some spectacular prizes so come on out and Party!

SITE INFO: New Westminster Masonic Hall, contact the autocrat for directions and further info.

AUTOCRAT: Lady Antonella (604) 841-3169, <Lady_Antonella@shaw.ca>

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Feast of Candles, 8 Feb, 2003
Frozen Mountain (W Kootenays, BC)

Light up the dark winter night with the light of a thousand candles, February 8, 2003. Please join us in a long night of feasting and revelry. Our own Siobhan and Marie will create dishes to lighten your spirit. Food questions may be directed to <siobhan1066@hotmail.com>. Please inform her of your special food needs ahead of time.
The site is discretely, yet distinctively wet.
Doors open at 5:00, though eating will be a little later. Bring your dancing shoes.

FEAST FEE: $12 for adults, $6 for 7-15 years, 6 and under are free. $35 family rate. Please make cheques payable to "Shire of Frozen Mountain".
For further information, or to pre-arrange limited crash space, contact the autocrat, Magdalen of Haphazard Manor, at <mdefeo@netidea.com>, or write her at Mary Defeo, 904 Kokanee Ave., Nelson, BC, V1L 3P8.

SITE INFO: Chamber of Commerce building (upstairs) 225 Hall St., Nelson.

DIRECTIONS: The site is right downtown - follow the main highway through town, and turn right on Hall St., which is the second traffic light. The Chamber of Commerce is a large pseudo-Tudor building one block away.

AUTOCRAT: Magdalen of Haphazard Manor (contact info above)

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A Lovers Masquerade, 15 Feb, 2003
Eisenmarche (New Westminster, BC)

Between 1420 and 1620, European's learned that all seas are one; that seamen, given adequate ships and stores, skills and courage, could in time reach any country in the world which held an ocean coast, and - what was more important -return home.
It is now 1521, Carnival season is fast approaching Venice, but in the aftermath of last years masquerade, the REAL DOGE has outlawed the event. Anyone caught wearing a mask will be forced to walk the bridge of sighs, never to see the light of day again.
One addle minded adventurer, following Magellan's route, has ventured far, to seek a new home for the Masquerade. We now have word that a paradise untouched by Western influence has been found. An Island nation, far to the East, divided by countless rulers vying for control of all............The Japans.
So come one, come all, lovers and revellers alike to magnificent Kyoto, where our host the noble Kuge Hideyoshi awaits you in his palace. Don your mask and shed your inhibitions while indulging in the pleasures that the East has to offer.
Do you have what it takes to become our Diamyo! Does Geisha wrestling intrigue you? Become our Tablero de Saki Champion! Determine your destiny at the lovers wheel of Zen.
Prizes await for the Best Male and Female mask & Best couple. Also for the most mysterious, the one that no one can guess. Taste the delights of the East and savour Western morsels. Dance to the music of AD Nauseum.
The Cock and Bull Tavern will be pleased to serve you....but only if you are of legal drinking age for this Province and that you purchase it on site.....Soft drinks will also be for sale for those that do not imbibe.
To keep everyone's anonymity, all tickets must be purchased prior to the event......only 120 tickets available....so please do not arrive with out your ticket or confirmation.

WHEN : February 15th, 2003
WHERE : Orangemans Hall, 333 6th St., New Westminister, BC
TIME: 5pm till 11:59pm
COST : $10.00 can.

AUTOCRATS : HL Corinne Hennenberg (Colleen Vince), (604) 942-6171 <lithium@direct.ca>; HLS Rhiannon Ap Gwynned (Sue Davis), (604) 594-0547 <rhiannon9@dccnet.com>

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Crown Principality A&S Champions Tourney, April, 2003
Lionsdale (Abbotsford & Chilliwack, BC)

For those wishing to prepare for the Crown Principality Arts & Sciences Champions Tourney all the information you should need will posted to the web at the URL given above. For more information contact Aelana Cordovera by March 1, 2003 at 2621 St George St, Vancouver BC V5T 3R5, phone (604) 876-9105, or email sburrows@istar.ca.

Compendium of Resources

Directory of 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

Exchequer: HL Eriu of Tlachtga (604) 524-2824

Herald: HL Li Ban ingen Eachthiarna (250) 639-9301

Marshal: Sir Throvald Hwolfson (604) 607-0080

Rapier Marshal: Don Diarmuid de Rosas (604) 591-1818

Archery Marshal: HL John McAndrew

Minister of Lists: Lady Dominiqua Perreira (604) 556-0887

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

Branches of The Crown Principality of The North

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.