Trimaris History – 1979


Tourney of the Chalice
The Barony of Wyvernwood
reported by Morric Haast, MoS Wyvernwood in his report to Nicolai Staritsvaya, Dep. MoS Meridies for Trimaris.
The group’s main thrust for early January was aimed towards our Tourney of the Chalice, our first major weekend event since Baronial Bash in AS XIII. As those who attended can testify, it was a complete success. Of scientific interest, the Tourney’s feast was an excellent example of cooking in the society, particularly when dealing with such numbers to be served. Also, our refurbished trebuchet made further evidence of our group’s activities. Individual work was also much in sight, the first fruits of our renaissance visible to the rest of the populace – most prominent of these projects were those of Ld. Ragnar Hadrada (his crossbow, live weapons, ca 1200 folding chair, and awning) Sir Bruno von der Eiche, and his wife Lady Katea von Linse (their tent, personal accessories, and sundry products of 10 years expertise in the SCA) Lastly, and through publicity is rarely of a scientific nature (alas), it serves to note that P.M. Magazine’s video documentary put a great deal of emphasis upon both the arts & sciences in the society, pointing out the trebuchet and Ld. Ragnar’s chain mail as examples. A subsequent newspaper article on Ld. Ragnar focusing almost entirely upon his handcrafting and philosophy of “scrounging” materials whenever possible.

Shire of West Isles (Clearwater/Largo) founded
1-6-79 Shire of West Isles (Clearwater/Largo) founded The members of Narval Dorado in the Clearwater and Dunidin area broke away and formed their own shire.

An Crosaire’s Twelfth Night Revel
On 1-6-79 the Twelfth Night Revel was sponsored by the members of Tigh na Baothaire and held at their abode. The shire attended enforce with Sir Bronislous Lord Vilnius, Augustine and Augustine’s lady from Wyvernwoode attending. The feast was duc de pot luck with all contributing and entertainment was provided by two unlikely belly dancers (Kriemhilde von Habichtslager and Cedrin Etainnighean) and a rather sodden Bardic Circle. Gifts were exchanged. The whole group then departed to the hospital in full garb to entertain a shire member who was there for a bone graft operation. The shire unanimously voted to petition for baronial status and unanimously chose to nominate Sir Tetsuo and mistress Kimineko as Baron and Baroness.

Southkeep’s Twelfth Night Revel
In January, 1979 Southkeep held a 12th Night Revel

Twelfth Nigh Revel
1-6-79 the Twelfth Night Revel was autocrated by Hunter’s Glade and featured guests were the Adventurers Club. The Historian of Narval Dorado wrote “Although there was quite a bit of mundanity, it was a success, the Adventurers Club enjoyed themselves.” Lady Warji na was awarded her Laurel at this event.

Starhaven Anniversary Revel
1-10-79 The gentlefolke of Trimaris are invited to join in the celebration of the rekindling fire of Starhaven’s comet. A pot-luck feast will be held at the Melbourne Recreation Department’s Adult Building. We hope to have a roast goose, but other meats as well as side dishes and desserts are welcome. Kitchen facilities are available. Spiced cider will be available in quantity, along with such other mild beverages as ye may contrive. There will be a Bardic Circle. Autocrats Elizabeth andAlan DuGoff
The Canton of Mathom Trove (Palatka) was founded

In February, 1979, the Canton Of Mathom Trove (Palatka) was founded
Talewinds vol.2, no.6, June AS XVIII The history of Mathom Trove actually goes back many years, even before the Current Middle Ages. The lands known to us today as Vynicorn’s Keype and Hospyce were settled and established by Taliesynne Nycheymwrh more than twenty years ago. For a long time the lands lay uninhabited while Taliesynne traveled the Knowne World finding notoriety and acclaim.
Meanwhile, Knikolos Major, a native of the St. Johns River Valley, was studying Heraldry with Lord Dafydd Seren yr Draig in An Crosaire. Knikolos introduced his friends Elom Eikinskjalde and Ara Arisdottir to the good folke of An Crosaire and the ways of the C.M.A. In August of AS XIII, Knikolos returned from his travels to Major Manor. Along with Elom and Ara the incipient canton was founded with Knikolos as the first Seneschal. The canton consisted of all the lands of the St. John’s River Basin – north to Blackthorne, south to Sirrush Mir, west to An Crosaire, and east to the sea.
At Yuletide of the same year, Taliesynne, now a Master of the Pelican and Founding Baron Wyvernwood, returned to the Keype to re-establish his holdings and informed the novice canton that they were living nearly on the very lands of Vynicorne’s Keype. He then guided the canton in its formation in the role of its first Herald. The name Mathom Trove was chosen, meaning “Place of Earthly Treasures.” The Arms, Badge and Flag were submitted and passed.
By this time An Crosaire had become large and a Barony was to be formed. Sir Tetsuo and Mistress Kimineko were crowned Baron and Baroness An Crosaire at Mathom Trove’s first event in April AS XIII, held at the Keype. Also at that event, Knikolos received an Award of Arms and became Protégée to Master Tally. After a time Tonialydd joined Mathom Trove and became its second Seneschal. Knikolos left to travel the Known World. Mathom Trove had attained some reputation as a place of learning and good revelry. In the years XV and XVI this reputation was bolstered greatly by Master Tally’s founding of the Norrey Academie of Armorie for the study of Heraldry and by many events and revels. During this time the population was increased by Diego Francisco Alvarez and Robin Foxxe of Cantshire, both students of Theatrical Arts, and Moira Branwyn, an Irish lass adept in the study of metaphysics phenomena.
At Yuletide of XVI, the Seneschalit had passed to Diego, Lord Knikolos had returned and a revel was planned to celebrate the prosperity of the canton. The feast was autocrated by Moira and decorations of the season were provided by Gafyn Meridudd, a gentle well learned in flora and horticulture. Original plans called for 25-30 guests. In fact, 87 good gentles were welcomed that night.
Spring of XVI brought with it an Award of Arms for Diego, the Seneschalit to Moira, and Dorcas Leslie, the Widow, from the West back to her native home. The Anniversary of Mathom Trove was transformed into the St. George Faire. This event is meant as a re-creation of earlier times. We find it fun to dress in the garb of the 1350’s and live as those of Ancient Days. Perhaps someday there will be interest among the people to re-create many earlier times. Maybe there will be a Society to Create these Anachronisms!

Feast of the Imbolic
On 2-3-79 the Household of Isle Moonborn presented the Feast of the Imbolic at the Sanford Chamber of Commerce in Sanford, FL. This was the first event given by the Household and was in celebration of the Celtic Goddess Brigit. “If fair weather prevails, folke will gather Saturday Feb. 3, commencing at noon in the park near the feast hall. Feast is indoors and begins at 7 pm. Competitions held for Most Tasty Dessert, Lord or Lady of Misrule (before the feast) and an entertainment contest for tale telling and reciting and musical talents. Elvish music discs of appropriate music welcomed, as are candles and banners. Autocrat Lady Amarath Jean.
(Historian’s report, by Michael Kennethson) There were 21 people at the event, 14 guests, 7 autocrats. There was varied entertainments. There was a lord of misrule contest, won by one from Darkwater. There were two games of Plaque and two cloven apples. The entertainment and Most Tasty Dessert contests were not known to have been held. It shall be noted that the Plastic Turkey and Bucolic Buzzard were not in evidence.

2-4-79 the St. Petersburg Times featured An Crosaire in an article entitled “They create New Versions of an Old World” and interviewed Lord Seamus McCryu McHoo (Elmar Schmeisser).

Gasparilla Festival
2-9/10-79 Wyvernwood participated in the Gasparilla Festival sponsored by the Tampa Downtown Development Authority. On 2-9-79 Franklin Street Mall sponsored the first Gasparilla Street festival and Masquerade Ball. The ball featured a live dance band, a costume competition and the coronation of a Street King and Queen. On Saturday, the Gasparilla parade was held ending that evening in a street dance.

St. Valentines Massacre
On 2-9/11-79 the massacre once again took place. Listed in attendance were Yushio, Frafnir, Najib, Keana, Janna, Lady Caroline, Corineous, Dlot, Agustine, Katherine, and Sir Bronislaus from Wyvernwood; Master Taliesynne, Steven, Elam and Ara and Knikolos from Mathom Trove; John of Lithia from Hunter’s Glade; Bisselieaus, Jarl and Boadicae from Castlemere; Aelfryth from West Isles; Dhimetria, Dolanar and Strider from Starhaven; Mistress Varina, Jannara and Bamchut from Narval Dorado; Iaroslav from White Buck Forest; Duncan, Sir Francios and Elham from Draconia; Mirokyu and Glynnys from Darkwater; Lady Armide and Brent of House Chimera; Holtmar, Catherine, Sir Tetsuo, Lady Kimineko, Lord Seamus, Kriemhilde, Cedrin, Siobhan and Cher from An Crosaire.
Caroline was presented with an Award of Arms, Lady Kimi was presented with the Order of the Laurel; Jed was presented with an Award of Arms; and Seamus was invited to join Mistress Varina’s household. Sir Francois won the list and Lady Caroline was crowned the new Baroness of Wyvernwood.

West Isle Anniversary Revel
2-16-79 West Isles held their First Anniversary Revel

2-17-79 Castlemere held a demo at GenCon South Wargamers Convention, they put on a fighting and costuming exhibit.

Ring Tourney
2-24-79 The Shire of Oldenfeld’s flyer for the Ring Tourney states “From 1823, and for well over sixty years (interrupted only by the War Between the States) the Ring Tourney was an annual event in Tallahassee, held on George Washington’s Birthday. In honor of our spiritual forebears, the Shire of Oldenfeld is now renewing the tradition of the tourney.”
listed autocrats were Lord Hrafen Haruthi and Aethelthryth of Acleah and took place on the Florida State University campus, the list on Landis Green and the revel at Ruge Hall Episcopal Student Canter. The Collegium listed classes in Musical composition, medieval military history, and SCA Latin.

Ringling Medieval Faire
3-3/4-79. Narval Dorado participated in the Ringling Museum Medieval Faire. The fair has been a yearly event put on by New College campus of the University of South Florida and the Ringling Fair. This year there has been major cooperation between the Fair and the SCA. Lady Enriqueta Isabel de Reyes y Mora was the person in charge of the SCA involvement. This year the SCA was listed as performers on the program. The SCA did perform and demonstrate. Wyvernwood brought their trebuchet, Southkeype presented a play, Narval Dorado brought a display. SCA fighters put on a fighting demonstration and provided color for a fight scene from Shakespear. Everyone took part in the processions. Lord Artorius provided two new pavilions which he built which proved most useful during the rains. According to Lady Enriqueta Ringling sent a check for $100 which was divided between Trimaris, Wyvernwood, Southkeype and Narval Dorado.

Oldenfeld Anniversary Revel
3-17-79, The Shire of Oldenfeld held their Anniversary Revel

In April. 1979 The Shire of Castlemere held a demo at the Gun and Arm Show

Egg Hunt
On 4-15-79, An Crosaire held an egg hunt at Tigh-na-Baothaire. Cedrin stated that it is hard hiding eggs in tress if you are only 5’2 and they are 6’2, but we managed and we hunted and ate, drake and talked. Then it was decided that we need to learn how to dance. An impromptu dance class was held in the driveway to which we formed a tentative idea of teaching dancing at events.

Mead Rally and Revel
The First Annual Sangre del Sol Mead Rally and Revel was held at Talisman’s house in Boca Raton on 4-19-79.

Ren Fair Demo
In April, 1979 The Shire of Southkeep performed a medieval play “Adam and Eve” at the Sarasota Renaissance Faire

4-19-79, West Isles/Wyvernwood/Narval Dorado held a demo at SPJC, Clearwater Campus

Sleep Wars
4-21/22-79 Sleep Wars were held in Hot Springs GA with South Downs & Iron Mountains – (An Crosaire’s Historian, Cedrin, writes) “the spectators and most of the fighters fell asleep before anything happened. However, there was fighting and a mundane television crew which took video tapes of the event. Seamus fought King John in challenge matches and beat him twice – he had to be tied down to keep from floating away with elation.

An Crosaire became a Barony

An Crosaire’s Baronial Investiture
On 4-28/29 The Barony of An Crosaire and its canton Mathom Trove invite one and all to the elevation of Sir Tetsuo, Lord Sakura and Mistress Kimineko, Lady Sakura as Baron and Baroness. This event is to be held in Mathom Trove at the Fen of Unicorn’s Keype. The site is primitive so some prepared. There will be many enjoyments other than the elevation and court of the Baron and Baroness, including games, dancing and, of course, Bardic Circle. A Merchant’s Alley will be set up for any trades folke that wish. There will be no organized list, but for any who wish to exercise their prowess, a melee field is close at hand. Autocrat was Knikolos Major. The court was Japanese.
The first awarding of the Order of the Cross and Serpent. – Lord Seamus McCryu McCo
Lord Dafydd Dragonstar
Award of Arms – Knikolos Major of Salem
Cher de Bellevue became Regional Herald for Trimaris

AS XIV (1979-1980)

Sangre del Sol Revel
5-5-79 the Shire of Sangre del Sol held a revel

West Isle Revel
5-12-79 West Isles held a Celebration Revel. The food featured at the feast was baked chicken and strawberries in pudding. The event was attended by many of Narval Dorado and Wyvernwood.

Trimaris Memorial Tourney IV
On 5-26/28-79 The Trimaris Consillium sponsored the Trimaris Memorial Tourney IV at the Forest of Marianna. Activities listed were on Saturday a fighters clinic, then a memorial lyst, on Sunday open melees and games. Both Saturday and Sunday listed classes were: Embroidery, SCA fencing, Arabic Etiquette, Pen Cutting and Calligraphy, Precedence and Protocol, costuming, fingerweaving, Japanese Etiquette, copper etching and dancing. All during the weekend non- competitive displays were encouraged. Autocrat Sir Tetsuo Lord Sakura; Feastcrat Cher de Belvue; Collegium Autocrat, Lord Jed Silverstar. This event was attended by over 100 people. A significant occurrence at this event was the Town Meeting on Sunday was to discuss the plans to petition for Principality. The event was attended by Crown Princess Alix and several other people from South Downs. Lord Seamus McCryu McHoo, Mistress Kimineiko, Lady Sakura dn Sir Tetsuo, Lord Sakura, Baron and Baroness An Crosaire all received the Order of the Ordered Order.
Award of Arms – Canel Regenweald, called Mentor
Edward of Effingham
James the Mad Beggar
Elspeth MacNaughton
Joanna de Bocage
Elizabeth FitzRandolph
Boyd O’Flame
Nicholai Staritsyn
(An Crosaire’s Historian Report by Cedrin) General Mayhem mainly. The Crown Princes Alix graced us with her presence, as did various important folk from South Downs. Besides classes, a fighters clinic and list were held. The feast was autocrated by Cher and went over well (we still have pickled eggs left though). The Scum Guild absconded the Mystery Burgundian and unfortunately gave him back.

Narval Dorado Town Meeting
6-10-79 a Town Meeting for the Shire of Narval Dorado was held at the residence of Lady Enriqueta. These town meetings were a regularly scheduled events, however, in this one it was decided that a new office was needed, that of Hospitaller, for the express purpose to help newcomers to the SCA integrate into the society. The meeting started with a short jewelry sale by Lady Enriqueta to bring in money for the Narval Dorado Exchequer. The jewelry was donated by Sin and Jadwiga.
The first topic of discussion was upcoming events. At Midsummer’s Eve Revel, Narval Dorado will host the elevation of the new Baron Wyvernwood, Yashio Kamashita. It was decided that Narval Dorado will give his excellency a wall hanging bearing a wyvern. Also at Midsummer’s Eve Revel there is to be a wishing well to be build by Saelida Ericsdohtor.
A new officer for Narval was discussed, the Hospitaller but after much discussion the matter was tabled for later. Anne of Liesse was appointed Exchequer. Lord Timur van Schlockmeyer stepped down as Master of Arts and the new MoA is Laure Rocheriel. Michael Kennethson remained as Historian.
A short class and discussion was held on various awards and the criteria for such awards to help people with recommendations for awards .

Fantasy Feast
On 6-16/17-79 Castlemere held a “Fantasy Feast” at Goldenhead State Park with Alexander Shadowstalker, the Bard listed as autocrat. Listed events were a William Tell competition, Bardic and Arts contest with a fantasy theme, a riddle contest, a ladies joust, and bells and pillows competition. There was a Baron Munchausen contest, a kite contest, and an Orcish bludgeon duel. Tushiro, Boadiccea and Alexander were awarded their AOA’s.
(An Crosaire’s Historian Report by Cedrin) First the site was moved and then it was hot. There was an archery contest which Cher won and various and assorted Fantasy games which were too hot to do. The feast went over well and I’m sure if they had pickled eggs at their feast, they’s still have some left over.

Second Anniversary and Midsummer’s Eve Revel
On 6-23-79. Narval Dorado held “Midsummer’s Eve Revel” to celebrate Narval Dorado’s 2nd anniversary, at the home of Anne of Liesse who was also autocrat of this event. This event saw three courts.
The first court was held by the Seneschal of Narval Dorado, Lady Enriqueta. During the court pewter bracelets were awarded to Anne of Liesse, Jirel ni Cahil, Bamchut Mitsuhashi and Christiant Penesdracus Aurdona. A new badge was given out, an embroidered band bearing the livery colors of Narval Dorado with a thin gold border and the letters “N” & “D” at each end of the band also in gold. The first of the bands, which ultimately are to be given to each citizen of Narval Dorado, was given to Laure Richeriel, as she was the youngest one there.
The next court was that of the Baron and Baroness An Crosaire. Gifts and awards were given. Then came the court of Lady Caroline Sylvan, Baroness Wyvernwood and Master Taliesynne, Founding Baron Wyvernwood. During their court Yushio Kamashita was elevated to Baron Wyvernwood. There were approximately 80 people attending this event.
Award of Arms – Siobhan ni Filidheacht and Cher de Bellevue
Order of the Velvet Owl – Lord Jed Silverstar

First Annual Sargassum Defense
In June, 1979 The Shire of Southkeep held the “First Annual Sargassum Defense”

Herald’s Picnic
on 7-21-79. Mathom Trove held a “Herald’s Picnic” There were several heraldic classes and then a Mathom hunt in the ravines. Unfortunately, many of the clues to the hunt were absconded by mundanes, so there was much frustration – all turned out well eventually. A bibliographic lecture on heraldic references, with the actual references to hand, was presented. Much interest was generated with the device conundrums, with prizes for correct blazons going to Lady Cher, Lord Jed and Holdmar.
Talewinds, vol.2, no.6, June AS XVIII The Norrey Academie of Armorie was founded at the Herald’s Picnic on St. Swithinmas. AS XIV (July 1979) to serve the needs of Heralds in Trimaris and provide consistent education in the science of Armorie. Sittings in the Academie are held four times a year, usually the first Saturdays in February (Joricmas), May (Roodmas), and October (Ethelburgmas), and the Saturday nearest July 15 (Swithimas), the Herald’s Picnic. Examination sittings are held annually at the Herald’s Picnic for those who wish to test their knowledge and progress, and proficiency certificates are issued for levels of successful performance.

Summer Stars
7-28-79 Starhaven held “Summer Stars”

From June 29th Seneschal’s letter from Lady Enriqueta Isabel de Reyes y Mora, Regional Seneschal for Trimaris to all Seneschals of Trimaris.
“Please welcome the new Shire of Arenal, in the Pensacola area. Arenal is Spanish, meaning “sandpit or quicksand” and is pronounced Ah ray nal (accent on the last syllable). No, this is not Sirenia reborn, though I think a few of the Sirenians are still in the area and will be joining Arenal actively. The new Seneschal is Vyord Troshaven (John Webster) and I am told that Ld Volsung Redbeard will be Arenal’s Herald.

Peasant’s Revel
8-11-79 The Peasant’s Revel was held on 8-11-79 with participants from An Crosaire, Oldenfeld, Narval Dorado, Hunter’s Glade and Castlemere. Most of the activity consisted of eating, drinking and talking – a proverb war was waged as the first round of the Bardic Circle.
Award of Arms – Suzanne Renee Barineau

Sand Castle Revel
8-12-79 Narval Dorado proclaims for Arts & Sciences. Be ye on Notyce: All ye builders, masons, carpenters, hod carriers 7 apprentyces. Know that ye all are bidden to come to the Island of Calades, whereon will be a great contest in the building of castles, (Sand, that is). On Sunday, August 12, Caravelle leaves the Dunedin City Marina. Bring meat and drink, bathing suit, towel, hat. No long kirtles, trailing foppery, or heavy velvets. A 1st & 2nd award of value and a “messy Mason’s Award” for him who finishes last.
Special note: Perseid meteor shower on the 11th & 12th.

Wyvernwood Hell Tourney and Harvest Festival
8-17/19-78 held at Withlacoochee State Forest. This will be a Medieval Fantasy Weekend. There is arts competition and a treasure expedition. The Arts competition is draw your own fantasy creature (elves, faries, goblins, trolls, centaurs, etc.) Can be rendered in color, ink, sketch, or sculpture. There will be first, second and third place winners.
The treasure expedition is based on a Dungeon & Dragon Wilderness Expedition, with one exception, no magic users. The fighting is for Ladies and Lords. The weapons are bonker tubes. The fighting is covered under SCA rules for heavy bonker tube combat. Construction helms, leather ear flaps and goggles are used. Camping is in tents. Autocrats Lord Yushio Kamashita

Shire of Sea March (Palm Beach/Martin County) founded
On 9-1-79 Shire of Sea March (Palm Beach/Martin County) was founded
Founding members of Sea March:
Lord Reikin ap Wald
Lady Damara Narrissa
Lord Edward Worthington-Smyth (Hyphen)
Caroline merch Elwyn of the Far Hills
Meredith of Nidum (Reikin & Damara’s daughter)
Weldon Reikinson (Reikin & Damara’s son)
During the spring and summer of XIV (1979) Lord Reikin ap Wald, his lady Damara Narrissa and Caroline merch Elwyn of the Far Hills discussed forming a shire in West Palm Beach. Lord Reikin and Damara had tried affiliating with the Shire of Sangre del Sol, but most of the active members of that shire were in Ft. Lauderdale and adding their meetings did not prove practical. Later in the summer they had contact with Edward Worthington-Smyth (Hyphen), who had been in the SCA in the Mid-Kingdom and had moved to West Palm Beach to work for Pratt & Whitney. In August these members made the decision to try to form a new shire and methods of recruitment were discussed between Lord Reikin, Damara and Edward Worthington-Smyth. On Labor Day weekend, Lord Reikin, Damara and Edward Worthington-Smyth traveled to Narval Dorado for Ludi Romani. At this event the new shire was officially recognized on September 1st.

Ludi Romani
This event was held on 9-1/3-79, and named after the public games of the city of Rome and was structured to give the effect of a pre-600 era and was autocrated by Artorius Raed-wulf Julianus Penedracus, of Narval Dorado. The event flyer stated “Salve: Hail!!, when in Rome: do as the Romans” and was held at the Holiday Campgrounds in Seminole Fl. Featured was a Gladiatorial list on Sunday and Olympic Pentathlon (5 events) on Saturday. They also had live weapons (Javelin, Axe & Bow) competitions. The feast was named the “Grand Bacchanal”, and was planned to be similar to the Late Imperial Roman Legion feast. The Narval Dorado historian stated the only problem with the event was rain, which was present due to a pair of hurricanes. There were between 60-70 people in attendance.
Award of Arms were given to: Christiant Penesdracus Audorna and Bamchut Mitsuhashi

The new shire of Sea March made a good showing at this event since Damara won the costume contest and the entertainment competition, and Lord Reikin won the herald’s competition thus becoming the herald for the event.

Mathom Trove Anniversary Revel
On 9-8-79, Light the Candles! Mathom Trove is a year old! Come one and all to the Trove and take away a treasure (treasure of knowledge that is). Short show and tell demonstration classes will be taught by members of the Canton on such subjects as: Jewelry of your period, Local herbs and antidotes; Illumination and miniature. If you have a talent or information to share, bring it along. Reveling and bardic to follow. Feast courtesies of Duc de Potluck. Autocrat Lord Knikolos Major.

Sea March Historian’s Report
The first official meeting of Sea March was held on 9-12-79, at the home of Lord Reikin and Damara. Present were Lord Reikin, Damara, “Hyphen”, and Alistair the Wanderer. Caroline merch Elwyn of the Far Hills was unable to attend because of a broken ankle.
The original slate of officers were:
Seneschal – Lord Reikin ap Wald
Knights Marshal – Lord Edward Worthington-Smyth
Arts Officer – Lady Damara Narrissa
Science Officer – Sir Bronislaus Lord Vilnius
Herald – Alistair the Wanderer
Historian – Caroline merch Elwyn of the Far Hills
Exchequer – Lady Damara Narrissa & Caroline merch Elwyn
Meetings were held weekly and new members were added almost weekly. Fighter practice was initiated on Sundays and soon grew to include costuming, dancing and arts and crafts. These Sunday meetings became the shire’s primary method of introducing and training new members to the SCA. “Social Sundays” became a custom which still holds today.

Renaissance Fair Demo
In October, 1979 the Shire of Oldenfeld held a demo “Renaissance Faire” at Governor’s Square Mall

Greek Party
In October, 1979 the Shire of Castlemere held a “Greek Party”

In October ’79, The Shire of Darkwater held a demo at Lake Howell Humanities class and assisted them with their “Medieval Pilgrimage”

Sea March Revel
On 10-27-79, Sea March held their first official revel at the home of Caroline merch Elwyn. Since most of the members were new to the SCA and had not attended an SCA event this was to familiarize them with SCA customs and prepare them for Martinmas Moot. The food was cooked by the women of the shire which consisted of roast beef, lentil soup, homemade bread, salad, cheeses and fresh fruit. Afterward a bardic circle was held with most members participating.

Baronial Bash
10-27/28-79 The Barony of Wyvernwood held “Baronial Bash”

All Hallows Eve Revel
On 10-31-79 The Canton of Mathom Trove held “All Hallows Eve Revel”

Martinmas Moot/First Warlord Tourney
On 11-10/12-79 Narval Dorado sponsored Martinmas Moot/First Warlord Tourney. There were 120 attendees at this event. The War Lord list was double elimination with 14 fighters entered. Sir Tetsuo became War Lord of Trimaris. Lord Jed was given the Order of the Triskel Trimaris and Mistress Kimi took Elom as her apprentice. Damara Narrissa, Joda of Maynard, Saelidia Ericsdohtor and Michael Kennethson received Award of Arms; Lord Reikin was made Sir Bronislaus’s squire. During this event Lord Seamus asked Kriemhilde (Elspeth-Jane) to be his lady wife and she said yes. The wedding tentatively set for TMT V. Attendance was estimated at 120 people.
Sea March reported they won the best medieval campsite award. Hyphen taught medieval dancing. Lady Damara and Iona entertained at feast with a candle dance. Brice and Walter made second class axe throwing. Sunday’s Town meeting was chaired by Cole of Cornwall and the majority of discussion was the arts/science competition which was not held at this event due to lack of entries. It was decided to try again at TMT V.
Historian report for Narval Dorado, Lord Michael Kennethson
The focal point of the event was the Warlord Tourney. Her the cream of the Trimarian Warriors endured trial by combat to decide whom would be the First Warlord of Trimaris. The list used double elimination with 14 entrants ultimately narrowed down to one – Sir Tetsuo Lord Sakura KSCA Baron An Crosaire. The evening was held Court and feast. The court was a simple but dignified affair, with awards being given during it. After court was held the feast. The feast was first presented to the Warlord. First to be presented was a sample of the artwork of Narval Dorado, a Wyvern centerpiece scalped by Mistress Warji Walesa Costumer Zea Lyscil, OL from wire and paper mache. Then was presented the flesh, fish and the fowl of the feast represented by sculpture. First came the big boar’s head made by Mandrigal out of wire and paper mache, then came the fish and fowl which was a peacock and a fish made of wire and paper mache decorated with trim and jewels done by Lady Saelinda Ericsdohtor. After the presentation, the food was served. For the desert, a cake cunningly made in the form of a castle.
The Trimaris Town Meeting was held Sunday afternoon, and was chaired by Cole of Cornwall. The prime topic of discussion being the Arts and Sciences competition that had been scheduled for the Martinmas Moot. The competition that had been planned was canceled due to the lack of entrants for the various contests. It was decided to have the contest at the Trimaris Memorial Tourney V. It was also decided to send special thanks to the new member that had done the award scrolls. Another topic for discussion was the concept of group entrants for Poet Laureate contests. It was decided that entrants should be single people not groups.
The only case that came before the bench during court involved a young man who tried to enter a tent during the night. The accusers were the startled two young ladies and Lord John Shark. The final disposition of the court is not recorded.
That Sunday afternoon and evening the rains came. An ever common sight at an event, the rain and storm brought a most chilling end to the day. By Monday morning the rains had stopped and everyone packed to go home.

Japanese Feast
In November, 1979 The Shire of Southkeep held a Japanese Feast

Sangre del Sol Picnic
On 11-19-79, the Shire of Sangre del Sol held a picnic at John Easterlin Park in Ft. Lauderdale. The Shire of South Keep was invited. Planned is SCA fighting and fencing. Sangre’s newsletter said that the picnic was a great success. There was much food, games and merriment. We smashed (bad pun) Southkeep in the raw egg toss. We were also victorious in the tug-of-war. In a decided upset, the ladies won a tug-of-war contest over the lords.

The Shires of South Keep and Sangre del Sol were featured in an article in the Miami Herald’s “Flair” section entitled “Forsooth! ’tis a Gathering Merry Men Would’st Deign to Attend – and Verily”

Christmas List and Art/Sci Fest
On 12-8/10-79 a regional Christmas List and Art/Sci fest was held at O’Leno State Park. There was an open competition which included calligraphy, illumination, drawing, needlework, costuming, entertainment, armoring, brewing & vinting, casting & metalwork, carving & woodwork and domestic science.

Girl Scout Demo
Sea March put on a demo for the cub scouts on 12-19-79. The scout master had requested that Sea March do something on courtly behavior so they did a skit illustrating courtly behavior between lord and lady, and chivalry on the field of battle (fight over a lady). Ld Reikin, Alistair the Wanderer and Iona did the skit. Hyphen did a talk on courtly manners. Lord Reikin ap Wald did a talk on Pages. Hyphen, Lady Damara, Iona, Alistair & Ld. Reikin and the scouts also participated in dancing. Afterward ate cake and drank spiced cider.

Yule Revel
On 12-22-79, the Canton of Mathom Trove held a Yule Revel

Yule Revel
In December 1979 The Shire of Narval Dorado held a Yule Revel

Sangre del Sol’s Yule Feast
Talisman autocrated the Yule Feast, which was held 12-29-79 in Ft. Lauderdale. Guests were from Sea March, South Keype, Starhaven and the Miami Renaissance Guild. Seating was by Shires and there was no head table. Sea March reported that – a good delegation from the Shire of Sea March attended the Yule Feast. It was reported that “Hyphen” established the practice of traveling to other shires to help with dancing, armoring and fighting. This has inspired the other members of the group to come with him. Several trips were made to South Keype, one to Starhaven and one to Darkwater at this time.

Trimaris Officers:
Seneschal – Lady Siobhan ni Filidheach
Herald – Lady Cher de Bellevue
Marshal – Lord Artorius Julianus Fenesdracus
Minister of Arts – Lady Damara Narissa
Minister of Sciences – Lord Nicholai Staritsyn
Chirurgeon Lord Al-Malik Al-Adin
Chronicler – Baron Master Taliesynne Nychymwyrh
Exchequer – Lady Jirel ni Cahil
Historian – Lord Michael Kennethson

Trimaris Seneschals
Barony of An Crosaire – Hollin of Kestrelmere
Shire of Blackthorne – Ravenna McNamara
Shire of Castlemere – James Hawkwood
Shire of Darkwater – Eleana Ruelladar
Canton of Mathom Trove – Tonialydd
Shire of Narval Dorado – Jirel ni Cahil
Shire of Oldenfeld – Suzanne Renee Barineau
Shire of Sange del Sol – Margid Llywlyn
Shire of Sea March – Reikin ap Gruagach
Incipient Shire of Sirrush Mir – Moonsinger
Shire of South Keype – Alexander Mareschal
Shire of Starhaven – Methylred
Shire of West Isle – Andreana de Montfort
Incipient Shire of World’s End – Madrigal of Mu
Barony of Wyvernwood – Oriana Golden Hair

Trimaris History – 1978


Shire of Starhaven founded
In January, 1978 the Shire of Starhaven (Brevard County) was founded

Twelfth Night Revel
(From Oldenfeld’s newsletter The Lion’s Tale, January 1978, AS XII) Oldenfeld’s Twelfth Night Revel was held January 7 at the Chateau De Ville apartments. The feast was pot-luck with a Twelfth Night cake provided by the Cook’s Guild. Tamsin got the first bean and reigned with Robert the Ruthless as Lady and Lord of Misrule. Scott the Younger got the second bean and was the official fool for the evening. All revelers enjoyed participating in several games, including a game of Plague with Aethelthryth as Death. Festivities ended with a bardic circle and good wishes for the mundane New Year.

Coronation, Kingdom of Meridies
(From Oldenfeld’s newsletter The Lion’s Tale, January 1978, AS XII) January 13-15. Well, we are a Kingdom (Meridies, that is) and we have a King and Queen. For those who could not make it, Coronation of HRM Viscount Sir John Lord Bearkiller and his lovely Queen HRM Viscountess Kassandra nik Kraken, was splendidiferous, if a wee bit on the nippy side, event. In addition to the other activities several of the folk of Trimaris were recognized for their accomplishment. Among them – Lady Enriqueta and Lord Timor of the Canton of Narval Dorado, along with our Lion’s Tale editor Lady Selena were given Award of Arms. Seamus McCryu McHoo was selected by TRM as Poet Laureate of the Kingdom of Meridies for his epic poem. Isabeau the Fool was appointed as the Royal Jester for Meridies for doing what she does best. Finally, in addition to winning the metalwork competition for his lost wax casting, Lord Tetsuo Sakura was inducted into the Chivalry. So, Trimaris has its first new Knight in many moons. And Finally, Warjna zem Lyscil was called before TRM (after she had performed several of her compositions) and was presented with an Award of Arms.

An Crosaire’s Historian’s report
An Crosaire’s historian, Knikolos Major, reported in his historian’s report for January and February 1978 that activities have been numerous and well carried off. We greet an average of three new people at each shire meeting,(which seems to be twice a month). The shire meetings are normally held at the J.W. Rietz Union of the University of Florida and workshops at Riku-no-Ha (home of Lord Tetsuo and Lady Kimineko).

St. Valentine’s Massacre
On 2-10/12-78, An Crosaire held “St. Valentine’s Massacre” at Otter Springs, Wilcox Fl. The populace of An Crosaire decided that this was to be an annual event.

Birthday Tourney
2/78, Castlemere held a Birthday Tourney – no information was available concerning this event.

USF Demo
On 2-17-78, the Canton of Narval Dorado participated in a medieval dance symposium in which the Canton Seneschal, Enriqueta and other canton members participated in dance, classes and practice presented by Sarasota, New Collegium of the University of South Flowers (USF)

Science Report by Morric Haast
Another Wyvernwood group project was done in February and will be seen at the Arts &Sciences Triad. Based on a similar project done in Sir Bruno & Lady Kata’s former principality of Drakenwald (Germany), it is a wall diaper made from a sheet of cotton fabric with a repeating design done with linoleum blocks. The overall design consists of square lozenges set within a lattice framework, the four lozenge designs being the baronial wyvern, the triskele of Trimaris, the tri-corporate lion of the fighting force of Wyvernwood, Narval Dorado & West Isles, and the laurel wreath of the SCA. Its construction took place at two work parties which also included fighter practices, cook-outs, a contract meeting (for the up-coming Largo Renaissance Festival) and classes in protocol and construction of period folding chairs (a la Ld. Ragnar)

Wyvernwood Revel
3-4-78 The Barony of Wyvernwood held medieval dance classes and a Revel at the University Chapel Fellowship, at the University of South Florida. Dinner was Duc de Pot Luc. The notice was signed by Lord Bronislous of Vilnius, Seneschal of Wyvernwood. Sir Tetsuo Sakura, Lady Kimineko Sakura and Siobhan ni Filieacht attended from An Crosaire.

Folk Fair
On 3-17/18-78 the Canton of Narval Dorado presented medieval English costume and manners for the patrons of the Folk Fair at the request of the English Society.

Shire of Darkwater founded
On 3-24-78 The Shire of Darkwater (Orlando) was founded by Lord Ecmude Kandulam the Pole and his lady. The shire was officially recognized at Wyvernwood’s Baronial Bash, 8-8-78

Starhaven Event
In 3/78 Starhaven held their first official event/revel at Lady Strider’s home

Feast of Fools
(From Oldenfeld’s newsletter The Lion’s Tale, January 1978, AS XII) On 3-31/4-2-78 Oldenfeld held a “Feast of Fools” at St. Andrew’s State Park in Panama City. This is a primitive site, facilities are available as well as running water. (Cost is $.52 per person, per night). Saturday will be filled with real melee and Baffle melee. Saturday night is a Feast of Fools with many succulent goodies planned to eat. For a menial sum, a mere pittance of $4.00 you will be served delicacies of Old and New World. A contest for a Fools Punch is on. The winning recipe will be made up and served at feast and the winner will receive a prize. Also, there will be a contest for the Lord of Misrule. Autocrat Isabeau the Fool.

Largo Renaissance Festival
per Morric Haast in his science report.
“Despite the dearth of large events now, productive spirits have been sustained by the Renaissance Festival opening in late March. The bay area, under the supervision of Lady Orianna Goldenhair (Wyvernwood’s seneschal) has contracted to perform six times a day for the six weekends of the festival; the performances will range from armoring demonstrations to singing to list combat. This commitment, plus the festival’s insistence upon 1450-1600 costumes and armor, have kept our hands well occupied. Vikings and samurai are grudgingly acquiring doublets and late-period accessories, and armor is being built and/or altered to make the fighting as authentic as is possible. Last years festival was the most beneficial activity to the Barony. In addition to the festival’s impetus to finish and perfect projects on weekly deadlines, some of our most promising members came from last year’s fair, and this is our greatest return.

Medieval Fair
On 4-9-78, the Barony of Wyvernwood and the Canton of Narval Dorado added heightened presence to the Sarasota Medieval Fair and presented medieval combat upon the field of honor, both set matches and melee. Also, allowing spectators to obtain the feeling of medieval social interaction and society combat.

Meridies Crown List
4-22/23-78 Many people from Trimaris attended Meridies Crown List which was held in Lafayette LA. At that event Lady Kimineko was awarded the Order of the Velvet Owl and Sir Tetsuo became Queen’s Champion by being in 3rd place. (per An Crosaire’s Historian, Knikolos Major)

AS XIII (1978-1979)

May Day Celebration and New Years Revel
4-28/5-2-78 An Crosaire held a “Celebration of May Day and the Greeting of the New Year” event combined with a mini-renaissance faire held on the campus of the University of Florida. On Friday, there was an exhibition list, displays of medieval arts and crafts, and singing by the Renaissance Ensemble. Then the event was moved to Otter Springs for two days and nights of fun and reveling. The event was autocrated by Seamus McCryu McHoo and Knikolos Major. Trimarians from Wyvernwoode, Narval Dorado, Starhaven, Hunter’s Glade, An Crosaire and Castlemere attended.

Starhaven’s Mini-Revel
On 5-6/7-78 Starhaven held their first Mini-Revel. Seamus presented Strider a gift of “cow poetry” written by the shire and an “other udder”. He was presented with the plastic buzzard for being caught as mundane.

Trimaris Memorial Tourney III
On 5-27/29-78 the Shire of An Crosaire hosts the Trimarian Memorial Tourney III, at O’Leno State Park. Games and contests – the usual – plus kite flying and kite fights. The Wyvern’s Roost, bring your flea market trinkets and treasures to sell. Contests will be handled the “immemorial” way, that is Trimaris groups are asked to send the autocrat their 3 choices of contests/games. Sponsor will need to furnish judge(s), prizes and rules/instructions and will conduct the game/contest. Cedrin and Lady Kimi sponsored embroidery. Seamus sponsored Sumo Wrestling and the Poet Laureate of Trimaris, and Knikolos sponsored open sewing. Knikolas gave a class on costuming and Siobhan gave a tatting class & Cher gave an embroidery class.
The Trimaris Council will meet, andy questions and/or agenda input should be addressed to Lord Eric of Skaan. The Guilded Ladle will be awarded for the best course at the feast. The Plastic Turkey will be flapping about – so leave your mundanities at home. The Baron’s Award for most medieval presence will be awarded by Master Taly and the Trimaris Seneschals.
(Arts report) In the competitions, Sir Tetsuo won Vinting and Seamus won the Most Medieval Presence. Saelind Ericdohtor won the fine arts contest with her triptich showing 3 medieval persons, done in oil painted gesso applied to rustic wood panels in sculpted relief. ‘Queta won the Costume Contest with her completely hand stitched velvet and hand beaded brocade Tudor styled gown. A note in the Arts Report stated that Seamus made a Hobbye Cockroach for the Dame’s Joust; Siobhan made a brown Arabian Hobbye horse; and Knikolus made a Hobbye Griffin. The creator of the Hobbye Horse pattern was Lady “Queta who also made 4 horses, a Hobbye Llama (which won the Best Beastie contest) pattern, and a Hobbye Skunk pattern. Feastcrat was Sir Tetsuo
Seamus won Troubadour of Trimaris with his “The Daemon Blade”
Jannara of Ariea won Poet Laureate

Midsummer Revel
6-17-78 in celebration of the First Anniversary of the Canton of Narval Dorado a Midsummer’s Eve Revel and birthday celebration for Aerinder (mascot). The event flyer stated “Aerinder, beloved mascot and symbol of Narval Dorado doth beg your attendance at a revel to be held at House Dudley, June 17, XXII, A.S., to celebrate Aerinder’s Birthday, Midsummer’s Eve and the First S.C.A. anniversary of House Dudley. Pray you attend us at this gala affair, Gentles. There will be a bardic circle and feast and other manner of fun and games. This event was autocrated by Kat Dudley.

Listed officers for Narval Dorado were:
Lady Enriqueta Isabel de Reyes y Mora (Harriet Stetser) – Seneschal
Lord Timur von Schlockmeyer (Garry Stetser) – Minister of the Arts
Lord Artorius Raed-wulf (Art Jungwirth) – Herald
Jullianus – Marshal
Lady Catherine “Kat” Dudley (Dian Dudley) – Exchequer & Historian
Fergus MacKincora (Mike Essser) – Minister of Science
Muhammed Ibn Abu Bekr (George Ellis) – Chirurgeon

Other listed members of Narval Dorado were Owen Dudley; Jadwiga, Sin, Bamchut, Jirel ni Cahil, Jannara of Ariea, Christiant Aurdona, Michael Kennethson, Saelinda Ericsdottor, Adloph, Anne of Liesse, Dunchadh of Icomkill, Meagan Colleen Desmond, Urien MacTalan, Cooimhin MacRiagan and Ceann MacRiagan.
In the arts report for July, Ld Timur von Schlockmeyer stated that Lady Enrequeta designed the Wyvern’s Claw pendant for Master Taliesynne, Baron Wyvernwood for the baronial award. She made the sculpted wax original to be used to make the mold from which Sir Tetsuo will cast the metal pendant.

Sir Orlando’s Coronation
7-15/15-78 Trimarians traveled to Meridies for the Coronation of Sir Orlando. An Crosarians, Seamus McCryu McHoo and Dafydd Dragonstar received their Award of Arms and Lady Kimi was made a member of the Queen’s Ladies-in-waiting. Seamus’ Companiate of Bards was discussed and he surrendered the Poet Laureatship to Shoshanna.

Court of Love Revel
7-22-78 the Shire of Oldenfeld held a revel at Ruge Hall. Feast was a covered dish and each dish was to contain at least one aphrodisiac ingredient.

Castlemere’s First Event
7-28/30-78 The Shire of Castlemere held it’s first event over the weekend at Ft. Clinch State Park at Fernindina Beach. This was a camping event with feast on Saturday night. Schedule of events are 9 am weapon event, 10 am weapon display, 1 pm baffle melee and bonkers, 4 pm tourney, 8 pm feast. A later science report indicated that approximately 50 persons attended.

Master’s Feast
On 8-12-78 the Shire of Oldenfeld held a feast at Lady Asdis Shadowdottir’s home. The feast was Middle Eastern dishes.

Feast of the Harvest Moon
8-19-78 The “Feast of the Harvest Moon” was held by the Barony of Wyvernwoode. Promised was good company, scholarly pursuits and mad revelry. The autocrats for this event were Corineous Kilwitch and Keana of the Star Eyes and was held at the Holiday Trailer Park in Tampa, just past the “Land of the People of the False Teeth”. At this event Dafydd Dragonstar officially resigned the office of Regional Herald and Cher de Bellevue was installed in his stead.

Peasant’s Revel and Tourney
(From Oldenfeld’s newsletter The Lion’s Tale, July 1978, AS XII) On 9-2-78 the Shire of Oldenfeld’s Peasant Revel has become a tourney. However, all must remember that the emphasis is on peasant, not tourney. Hence, armor will consist mainly of ample padding with perhaps a plain cloth over tunic, although no tunic would probably be better. No plate armor, surcoats, brigandines, etc. will be allowed. Weapons include cudgels, axes, short swords and well padded quarter-staffs. There will also be melees in which all can participate, especially a “stone” throwing free-for-all (the stones will consist of wads of duct tape). There will be competitions for the most original peasant weapon and the best looking peasant rock. Everyone is requested to bring a dish for feast. There will be another groveling contest this year – so come prepared.

In September, 1978 the Canton of
Narval Dorado was elevated to Shire status

Revel and Mini-Tourney
Wyvernwood held a mini-tourney and revel on Saturday, 9-30-78 for the express purpose of recruitment purposes in our area and an opportunity for the fighters in other groups to get some bashing in with people they are unfamiliar with. The tourney was at SUF near the chapel Fellowship Hall. A revel was held later with Wyvernwood supplying the main dishes and guests bringing fruits and side dishes. The announcement was signed by Ushio Kamashita, Seneschal

A mention in the “Friends & Neighbors” section of the Miami Herald on 10-1-78 reads “WARNING- If you see a bunch of lords and fair ladies engaged in dubious battle with the Greynolds Park Mound today there is no cause for alarms. It might just be the Society for Creative Anachronisms, Inc. pursuing their favorite pastime – stirring up the mists of yore. Seneschal Bruce Cole, of the Shire of South Keep (Miami) of the Kingdom of Meridies (Florida to Tennessee) said the club members would show up in full medieval garb, have a procession, dance a medieval dance and perform their version of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.”

UF Demo
On 10-6-78, An Crosaire held a demo at the University of Florida. A table was set with examples of SCA type arts and crafts. A scenario between Lord Seamus and Sir Tetsuo was acted out with one insulting the other, a challenge made, a fight ensued (complete with a chivalrous act), the offender defeated, a formal apology made, and the two men made fast friends over the cups. Seamus played his pipes and several ladies danced. Siobhan and Cedrin gave a recorder demonstration, and twilzie whopping ended the day.

The Poobah Event
The flyer for the 10-6/8-78 event put on by An Crosaire started out with “Ever wanted to know what a Poobah did on his day off? They went on to say “the Great Poobah is a fine, upstanding person of spotless moral character, he does have one flaw when it comes to being silly; he is obsessed with all that is tacky.” The event, held at Otter Springs Campground, contained such happenings as:
Weird Weapons Tourney- since there will be fighting, bring out all those broken, old, and weird weapons, however, they must be able to damage the user more than the opponent.
Challenge fighting – the ever popular three peasants against a noble as a highlight, however challenges are encouraged to all who would like to see a grudge carried out. The winner of the most ingenious challenge to be accepted will be given a favor by the Poobah.
Tacky jewelry contest – This is the time to unbury all those ugly relics you thought, if you ignored them they’d go away. You are only allowed to enter one tacky item per category: rings/bracelets, pins, earrings – and the winner will receive the plaudits of the Poobah and a prize.
Collsium Cerebrium with classes offered – Simple games for the simple minded, teeth picking, music theory of mud and shovels, middle Mongolian belching, how to find thy mouth, silly dances, basket unweaving, identification of the nobles, ant skinning, and how to recognize trees from a long way off, Insult and flattery contest – You think the wench next door is pretty but her husband is a bum – what would you say? This is the opportunity to tell people what you really think of them.
Aquatic mayhem – for those of you who cant swim, basic survival is being taught so that you may at least be able to recognize the difference between breathing air and breathing water (hint: water is wet)
Groveling and hem-kissing contest – (It is rumored that the King is very good at this). The best groverlier and hem kisser gets a special prize from the Poobah
Face stuffing (or better known as feast) – Strictly bring you own swill. And Clean up after you’re finished – the Poobah may be tacky, but he does like to see a clean camp.
Grand Procession of the Poobah and court where awards were given to the winners of the contests, with the evening to end in Bardic.
This event was autocrated by Cedrin Etainnighean and Seamus McCryu McHoo.
The event report stated that the day begun with bonker shinny and rock throwing (nerf). Later classes were given – Seamus taught mouthfinding, Cedrin and Kriemhilde taught twit games, Yari taught Fractured Heraldry, Siobhan taught Stupid Peasant Dances and Jed taught foot reading. In the evening the court of the Great Poobah was begun with the assasination of the First Poobah by a Ninja and Snerd the Wise was installed. The Haboops were announced, the Ninja was “knighted”, the Haboops danced and grapes were thrown. Prizes were given.

6th Annual Baronial Bash
Wyvernwood held “The 6th Annual Baronial Bash” on 10-27/29-78 at Withlacoochee State Forest. Scheduled were Collegium classes, fighter clinics and melees, a calligraphy contest and the wedding of Michael Dolinar and Muireann Deora-De (called Strider). This event was autocrated by Yushio Kamashita (and all for the sum of $3.50 per person including feast)
(per An Crosaires Domesday report) Yari received the Order of the Wyvern’s Claw. Cedrin, jed, and Knikolos presented scrolls to Dolinar and Strider. Cher presented a cookbook, and Sir Tetsuo and Lady Kimi presented home cast brass menuki. All shire members in attendance went to the marriage of Dolinar and Strider. Seamus aided in the emergency of a burn victim and Cedrin’s Harpers Guild was discussed.

Martinmas Moot II
11-10/12-78 An Crosaire sponsored Martinmas Moot held at Torreya State Park. A fighter clinic sponsored by Sir Tetsuo and Lord Seamus was held with 20 people participating. Classes in basic combat skills, advanced techniques, training in various weapon styles, discussion of SCA combat. Emphasis will be on improvement, communication and cooperation. Instruction in the gentler arts such as court dancing are planned. Listed guests included people from Wyvernwood, Hunter’s Glade, Starhaven, Oldenfeld, Castlemere plus Loraybech from the incipient shire at Macon, Tailefer from Grey Niche, and three person from the Shire of the Osprey.

Sangre del Sol & Southkeep Picnic
11-19-78 Sangre del Sol and Southkeep hosted a picnic held at John Easterlin Park for the southern shires. Fighting and fencing was planned along with other games.

11/78, Castlemere held “Saturnalia” with gladiatorial games, Olympic style events, which was attended by several other groups.

12-6-78 South Keype and Sangre del Sol were featured in an article in the Miami Herald as the members were planning a Yule Feast honoring the 13th year of the Society.

Madrigal Dinners
12-1-78, Members of An Crosaire attended a madrigal dinner, which included Sir Tetsuo, Lady Kimi, Jed, Kriemhilde, Lord Seamus, Lord Yari, Knikolos, Robin, June, Siobhan, Barbara, Cedrin , Dolinar and Strider from Star Haven and His Royal Majesty Sir Orlando from South Downs attending. The King was recognized by the Lord of Misrule and the performers. He also danced with the performers. Various members sang along with the singers during the evening.

Christmas List and Art/Science Faire
On 12-8/10-78, Starhaven/Hunters Glade/An Crosaire sponsored a Christmas List and an Arts & Science Faire at O’Leno State Park. An open competition will include calligraphy, illumination, drawing, needlework, costuming, entertainment, armoring, brewing and vinting, casting and metalwork, carving and woodwork, and domestic sciences. Cher and Kimi judged all the Arts contests and Jed judged all the sciences but calligraphy and drawing. The awards were hand calligraphed and Sir Tetsuo constructed medallions.
From Domesday report from Jed Silverstar, MoS, Trimaris Over 80 gentles were in attendance from every corner of Trimaris and the Kingdom at large. The four autocrats were Lady Gwynnedd ap Gwynnedd for Arts; Jed Silverstar for Science; Lady Siglinde von Truso for Feast; and Lord Ewold Hvelarsom for the Lyst. Sciences were well represented with 4 entries in armoring; 3 entries in carving and woodwork; 3 entries in casting and metalwork, 3 entries in brewing and vinting; 4 entries in domestic science and 6 entries in scientific discourse (articles).

Christmas Revel
On 12-23-78 Narval Dorado had a Christmas Revel “Come one, come all to celebrate the Yuletide season and enjoy the cheer of good company and fine spirits. The fun begins at 8:00 pm. Bring all your best songs and poems for we’ll gather round the fireplace and recite them all in proper Bardic Circle style. Some wassail will be provided, but bring your own mix too, we’re always ready to try something new.” Autocrat Jirel ni Cahil.

Yule Feast
On 12-29-78 Sangre del Sol held a Yule Feast which was autocrated by Talisman. Guests were from Sea March, South Keype, Starhaven and the Miami Renaissance Guild. Seating was by shire and there was no head table.

Trimaris Council of Nobles as of December 1978 AS XIII
Seneschal Lady Enriqueta Isabel de Reyes y Mora
Marshal Cole of Cornwall, Southkeype
Sciences Jed Silverstar, An Crosaire
Arts Lady Gwynneth ap Gwynneth
Herald Lord Yari Sakura
An Crosaire Siobhan ni Filidheacht
Castlemere Toshiro Musashi
Darkwater Kundulum the Pole
Hunter’s Glade Lady Sieglinde von Truso
Mathom Trove Knicolos Major
Narval Dorado Lady Enriqueta Isabel de Reyes y Mora
Oldenfeld Aethelthryth of Acleah
Sangre del Sol Loadomia Diaz de Valencia
Sirenia Xigunder
Southkeype Cole of Cornwall
Starhaven Lady Muireann deora-de
Wyvernwoode Yushio Kamashita

Sir Tetsuo Lord Sakura
Sir Bronislaus Lord Vilinius
Sir Koppel
Master Taliesynne Lord Nycheymwrh

Trimaris History – 1977


Coronation of Bearkiller
Notus Dec. ‘76 1-15-77 The Barony of Wyvernwoode is please to announce it will host the Coronation of the Prince and Princess Apparent of Meridies, Lord John the Bearkiller, called the Bastard and Kassandra the Kraken. It will be held at O’Leno State Park. There is not need to bring tents as there will be cabins. During the day, there will be games and melees as well as classes from the Provisional University of Meridies. The coronation ceremony will begin at 6 pm. Afterward a feast of celebration will be held. A variety of meats, breads, vegetables and desserts will be served. Reservations to be sent to Alix d’Audincourt.

The First Annual Seneschals; Drinking Contest – Additional Coronation Information
The first annual Principality Meridies Seneschals Drinking Contest was inadvertently left off hte Coronation information. The drinking contest is definitely still going to happen, and will be held with the attendance of out newest honorary seneschal, His Excellency, Lord John Bearkiller. The Seneschals have challenged the heralds to a drinking melee after the main contest has finished, but so far no acceptance has been received. We have noticed, however, that the heralds have begun to drink a lot more lately. All those wishing to issue challenge to the seneschals, we hereby accept.

The Shire of Castlemere founded
In February 1977, The Shire of Castlemere (Jacksonville) was founded with Tushiro Musashi as seneschal. (According to their historian Lord Alexander Shadowstalker, the Bard in his report 7-9-80) “no old SCA’ers founded the shire, all was done from scratch, which meant that we had to re-invent the wheel. During that year members from Castlemere attended TMT, Crown Tourney, several shire or Baronial events at Wyvernwood, Oldenfeld, and An Crosaire.

Sangre del Sol’s Arts Report
From Kristen Ericsdatter to Elysonne of Arrowood, Kingdom of Meridies. We begin with our honor – perhaps – of receiving an award at Coronation. Jolie, our jongleur, entered the poetry contest with a song and was beheaded for offending the newly crowned prince. He was awarded plaudite for the best death throes. We held two cooking classes, dinners at which the entire shire cooked and ate. Attending the first class, held Jan 25th were Melodia, Ladomia, Sir Koppel, Marguerithe, Cadwallen, Melodia’s mother, Gerri (member sans persona), and son Joshua, age 2 and known as the Babe, myself and Piper. Particularly delicious was the Blanc-mang, which we all devoured. Of course, much wine was consumed by the cooks, and a good time was had by all. The second class was held Feb 26th, which was not as successful as attendance was poor. Attending were Ladomia, Cadwallen, Sir Koppel, Piper, and myself. The dishes were good, but the overall was too sweet. Still, we had a good time and ended up playing Kingmaker.

On 2-6-77 Sangre del Sol was featured in an article in the Ft. Lauderdale News Lifestyle Today section entitled “Chivalry Isn’t Dead … It’s Alive and well in a Boca Raton Shire”

Raa Middle School Demo
On 2-22-77 The Shire of Oldenfeld held a demo on Medieval History at Raa Middle School

Sangre del Sol’s Arts Report
On March 13th, a small band (Sir Koppel, Marguerithe, Melodia and Kirsten) attended a local performance of Laurence Oliver’s “Henry V” which was magnificent. This was a follow up to our attendance last November at a showing of the magnificent “Romeo & Juliet.” Here in the sunny southlands, such showings are few and far between and we jump at each opportunity. One of our members, Melodia, was singled out for an interview by the campus paper of the local community college in which she spoke of the SCA.

Oldenfeld Anniversary Revel
On 3-19-77 the Shire of Oldenfeld held their First Anniversary Revel

Sangre del Sol’s Arts Report
This Saturday, April 23rd, we will have an all day do at the Seneschal’s house. Our shire dance master Mithriel, who lives a considerable distance and whom we hardly see, is coming to prepare us in some steps for our Maypole. We will attempt to move forward with the principality banner at this meeting, and have decided to do a shire banner in felt, until our shire device is fully approved.

AS XII (May, 1977 – April, 1978)
Florida Memorial Tourney
On 5-27/30-77, The Shire of Oldenfeld sponsored the Florida Memorial Tourney at Florida Caverns State Park in Marianna. The Autocrat listed was Asdis Shadowdaughter (Kay Fausel). The event promised lists, weapons competitions, games, chess competitions, melees, arts competitions, revels, a box lunch auction (for the benefit of the Cerugin’s (sic) Guild and the perpetuation of the Memorial Tourney, and much more. The winners of the three list competitions were to fight then for the Champion of the Land of Flowers.
(From Triton’s Trumpet, Vol. II, # 1&2 ,Jun & August 1977 published by Taliesynne Lord Nycheymwrh)
Chronicle of the Second Annual All Florida Memorial
May 27-30 AS XII, Florida Caverns State Park. Joyous tidings for all the Land of Flowers, Meridies and Atenveldt! Many brave warriors heeded Celebrant’s call, journeyed to the Caverns, and fought for the honor of defending our realme against the creatures’ of darke. The lists continued for two days until Viscount Sir Francois was victorious! Placement in the three categories: Mixed Weapons: 1. Agustin D’Agnon 2. Ld. Taly 3. Sir Jack Lord Nimble. Great Weapons: 1. Colin Saracen 2. Agustin. Sword and Shield: 1. Sir Francois 2. Xigunder 3. Ld Taly.
Our Virtuous Viscount Sir Francois was charged with renewing the enchantment against the forces of evil – and not a moment too soon! A magical cloud of smoke suddenly burst upon the field and a swarm of scum, riff-raff, trolls, and dwarves emerged from the surrounding forests. Valiantly, Viscount Sir Francois battled the scurvy horde until, victorious, he was awarded the champions baldric by Princess Kassandra nik Kraken. As our brave champion confidently escorted our beauteous Princess across the battlefield littered with scum, a not-quite-dead Troll crept along and in truly scummy fashion, struck the noble Viscount from behind with the evil Wocka War Hammer. Fear not, dear gentles, virtue is always victorious! Our noble champion, though wounded, killed all remaining undesirables and, thus renewed our enchantment.
While our brave fighters were vying for the honor of champion, the populace was engaged in a variety of activities. Not least among these was a battle of fools which was won by Isabeu La Folle, after a heated thrashing on Hobby Horse. All the competitions were indeed lively. All the entries exhibited a great deal of research, talent, creativity and technique and all the winners are to be congratulated. Non-needle textiles – Lady Mureann deora-de; Vinting – Lord Kelvin MacGowan; Calligraphy & Illumination and Bear Hug – Lady Amarath-Jean; Baking – Simon of Lincoln’ Embroidery – Gwenned ap Gwynnedd yr Arvon; General Crafts -Saavaag Haraldstadter; Costuming – Enriqueta del Reyes y Mora; Chess – Tanner of Sirenia.
Baronial Court was held Saturday night where, by grace of Their Royal Aten Majesties, King Deaton and Queen Care Cheri, Award of Arms were announced to Elysonne of Arrowood (OF), Amarath-Jean of the Carpathian Raven (WV), and Muireann deora-de, Baroness Wyvernwood. Ld Taly was named Principal of the Order of the Wyvern’s Claw (WV) and Primates of the Order were Lord Tetsuo Sakura OLA; Lady Kimineko Sakura, OBM; Lady Sieglinde von Truso; and Bronislous of Vilnius with an Award of Arms.
Her Royal Highness, Princess Kassandra, held Court Sunday night. An Award of Arms was conferred upon Elfrieda Aelfwin (GN); Mistress Cynthia Lady Fitz Colline (now resident in the West Kingdom) swore an Oath of Fealty to the Crown of Meridies. The Shire Oldenfeld presented a lovely gift to their Seneschal, Asdis Shawodaughter, on her first SCA anniversary. Oldenfeld deserves lauds and ovations for the fine job they did in autocrating the FMT II. We salute you, every one! Many thanks also to the goode folke from Grey Niche, Draconia, and Thor’s Mountain who braved such an arduous journey to list and revel with us. Especial thanks to Sir Jack Lord Nimble for braving the journey alone from Draconia to bring our number of visiting Knights to two.

(From Triton’s Trumpet, Vol. II, # 1&2, Jun & August 1977 published by Taliesynne Lord Nycheymwrh)
Due to the events occurring at the Florida Memorial Day Tourney we announce the formation of a new guild and household. As we all know a champion was found at the Tourney to renew the enchantment over the Land of Flowers. He fought against the scum and riff-raff that had resurfaced, ravaging the land and otherwise causing a general nuisance of themselves. While Sir Francois DuVont was preparing to do battle, the Undesirables were taunting the spectators with various curses and ascensions to their ancestries. When the great fighter circled the field the scum, trolls, and riff-raff increased their gurglings and verbal attacks on him and all good people of our principality.
Then in a cloud of smoke and fire the rabble and scurvy mob attacked the champion. But, before they could get within sword distance he executed a very SCUMMY deed…. he pulled an SCA SWAT pistol and killed many of the attacking Undesirables. The rest pushed on almost overwhelming our hero. He thrust and parried, charged and retreated to four attacks of the scummies, finally defeating the putrescent perpetrators of the lower world. As a result of these events, the denizens of the lower world have vowed to return. The leaders of the attack have banded together to form the Scum Guild. Dedicated to cause havoc and give entertainment to spectators of future tourneys and events. The requirements to be an honorary member of the Scum Guild or a regular member are:
A liking to the bagpipes
An inclination to giving bad puns
No scruples about doing strange antics in public
And a love of Krupnik, (Varina’s Polish Firewater)
The first two honorary members of the Scum Guild were Sir Francois for the SCUMMY trick of pulling a SWAT pistol and Jute-san for his excellent pipe playing and entertainment he provided during the Revel and Feast. His official Guild title is Lord of the Scumbag of the Odorous Effluent.
During the Feast Sunday night a delegation of scummies asked Princess Kassandra to be an honorary member of the Scum Guild. After she stopped laughing she accepted, but her membership was to be effective after her reign is completed. We are honored by her acceptance.
The Household of Midgewater was formed from the original 13 members of the attacking scum gang, the are dedicated to having fun, and allowing themselves the right to do any outrageous, funny, strange, or demented acts of scummy deeds for the entertainment of the members and/or participants of any events where Scum Guilders are in attendance. For general information, the first four officers are: Head Scum – Attila the Scum aka Frafner Hrimnrinson; Asst Head Scum – Janara; Aide-de-Scum – Scummy-san aka Yushio Kamashita; Scummunications – Ian of the Golden Fen

Principality Meridies Seneschals (Notus, June 1977, AS XII)
Shire of An Crosaire (FL) – Aerdynne Wyonne
Shire of the Black Hole (MS) – Foscadh
Barony of Draconia (LA) – Lady Elaine Darkenlight
Incipient Canton of Narval Dorado (FL) – Enriqueta Isabel de Reyes y Mora
Shire of Oktibbeha (MS) – Bradamante la Morgaine
Shire of Axemore (LA) – Lady Constance Vascillation
Shire of Bryn Madoc (GA) – Aedward of Glastonbury
Barony of Grey Niche (TN) – Andras Salamandra
Incipient Shire of Midgewater Marshes (LA) – Iaroslav of the Pripiet Marsh
Shire of Nytha D’Hui (TN) – Gwendolyn of Ashwood
Shire of Oldenfeld (FL) – Aedis Shadowdottir
Shire of Sangre del Sol (FL) – Ladomia Diaz de Valencia
Shire of Sirenia (FL) – Kema
Barony of Thor’s Mountain (TN) – Lord Kelvin MacGowan
Incipient Shire of Serpent’s Crook (TN) – Richard Fenwick
Barony of South Downs (GA) – Lord Thomas Wordsmith
Barony of Wyvernwood (FL) – Lord Bronislous of Uilnius
(historian’s note) Out of 17 groups listed for the Principality of Meridies, 6 were in Florida.

An Crosaire’s Arts Report for June
From Sakura Kimineko-sama, to Lady Elysonne of Arrowood. The shire will be working on a Society banner for the shire, yellow cotton with a laurel wreath appliqued on in green. Gwenydd ap Gwenydd yr Arvon hath instituted a program wherein persons so desirous may impart the sound of their voices onto a sorcerous ribbon, and other persons desiring to learn may unroll this ribbon and hear, as it were, the very sound of the person singing. Daffyd Dragonstar composed a most lovely epic poem, which he hath sung at FMT II. Taka-no-Fuji Jutte-san, (Shamus McRyu McHoo) hath also an epic “The Daemon Sword” which he also performed at FMT II. Sakura Tetsuo-sama, hath constructed a 16th century Japanese matchlock pistol, very effectively shooting “firecrackers”. He entered this in the FMT II crafts contest, although it did not win.

Canton of Narval Dorado founded
In June, 1977 The Canton of Narval Dorado (St. Petersburg) was founded

Midsummer’s Eve Revel
In June, 1977 The Canton of Narval Dorado held their first Midsummers Eve Revel

Shire of Southkeep founded
In June, 1977 The Shire of Southkeep (Dade County) was founded
Seneschal listed – Arianovich Mikhail Dragonomirov

(From Triton’s Trumpet, June 1997) In preparation for kingdom status, Meridies has formed three regions: I – Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas. II – Georgia, Tennessee, and Alabama. III – Florida. Region II is calling themselves “The Lair of the Phoenix.” The suggestions for Florida I have heard are Jacynth (French for Hyacinth) Tritonia, Terra Trilittora (Latin for land of three shores), Southmoor, Merimar, Suus Marus, Austramus, Tamassee (Indian for sundown of the Gods i.e. Valhalla), Wacunda (Indian for fire), Trimaris (Latin for three seas). Suggested symbols: Water Hyacinth, Trumpet Shell, Whelk shell, Proteus (a merman carrying a shepherds crook), the heraldic fountain (a rondle, barry wavy argent and azure), rayonne or. Regional officers are Seneschal – Eric of Skaan; Herald – Yari the Seeker; Sciences – Lord Bronislous of Vilnius; Arts – Lady Elysoone of Arrowood. No regional Marshal as yet.

The Ghost of Sirenia Tourney
(From Oldenfeld’s newsletter The Lion’s Tale, July 1977, AS XII) June 24/26 at Pensacola Beach. Lady Ellysonne of Arrowwood and Eric of Skaan traveled to the shores of Sirenia for a truly enjoyable event. The festivities commenced with a production of the raising of the Ghost of Sirenia. The one-time seneschal’s body was borne to a table alongside a huge bonfire. Various measures were attempted in order to raise his spirit: a friar intoned Latin over him, Xigunder “Baptist preacher-ed” over him and then the ladies of Sirenia kissed him, finally bringing him to life. Each Sirenian then struck a dummy with an antique sword loaned by Viscount Sir Francois, the dummy was thrown into the fire, and a bottle of wine was passed around ceremoniously. All present then danced in a circle. A good thick meat stew was served for dinner Friday night followed by breakfast the next morning of bread, cheese and fruit in yogurt. The feast Saturday consisted of a very tasty fare: Shis-ka- bob, grilled chicken in soy sauce, Chinese vegetables, fresh mushroom soup, curried rice and home brewed mead. No court or lists were held at this event. However, several games were played, most notably SCA SWAT. This consisted of a foray through the WWII bunkers the morning of the 25th with machine guns and hand-held cap pistols (all the necessary weapons were designed from a vision related by Viscount Sir Francois).

Picnic Revel
(From Oldenfeld’s newsletter The Lion’s Tale, July, 1977, AS XII) The picnic revel at the Seminole Reservation July 3rd was indeed memorable. After a sumptuous feast most of the populace heeded the lure of the water sprites and took to the long boats. Even this was not sufficient for one noble crew, however. M’lord Aias mentioned something about sacrificing a virgin to appease the water gods and suddenly the canoe was overturned dumping Lady Ellysonne into the lake, along with her lord husband Eric of Skaan. Even so, all enjoyed themselves thoroughly.

Meridies Princess Tourney and Coronation III
(From Oldenfeld’s newsletter The Lion’s Tale, July 1977, AS XII) On July 9/10 in South Downs, many firesteads journeyed north for the Princesses Tourney and Coronation III. Although the list fighting was very impressive, despite the heat, no one was too amazed when Sir John the Bearkiller won the title of Princess’s Champion. Oldenfeld’s coronation gifts consisted of a set of pewter salt cellars for the Princess and a set of juggling balls for the Prince (what every good prince needs, an extra set of balls). At Royal Court Lord Taliesynne Baron of Wyvernwood and Lady Rebecca of Twywn received the Order of the Pelican. Award of Arms went to Richard Palodine of Dragonswood of the Black Castle (our new principality Master of Science), to Heather of Tyson, and to Landrew the Unfinished. Knighthood was bestowed on Lord Orlando Calvacanti the Mad. The sumptuous feast was served by entertaining tavern wenches with much ribaldry and verbal exchange. Entertainment followed the coronation and feasting, and it was quite late when everyone finally managed to rest for the night.

Science Report for July
From Lord Squire Bronislous of Vilnius, Regional MOS for the Land of Flowers, to Domini Farnese, Principality MOS, Meridies.
From the Barony of Wyvernwoode, Lord John Shark has been experimenting with some helm designs of various kinds. Oldenfeld has been working on pottery made from clay they dug up themselves. They are making their own candles and are working on a hand made loom. In An Crosaire, Lord Tetsuo Sakura has set up his brewery and is making up his first batch of beer. Sangre del Sol reports they have been in touch with a bunch of people in Miami who are interested in joining the SCA.

Arts Report from Narval Dorado
From Timur von Schlockmayer to Lady Yarnddin ep Cana (?) (print is very poor)
By way of introduction to our first Arts report, it should be known that our Canton was founded with its prime purpose being its dedication to the Arts in as many forms as we can accomplish. Each of our few citizens has a unique amount of varied talents and a surplus of desire to learn and produce. Projects include a leaded and stained glass panel approximately 12″ x 16″ depicting our Canton arms. A framed panel is attached to the front of a mirrored box in which a kerosene lamp lights the panel from behind; the design and assembly of our heralds tabard by ‘Queta, in which the arms are displayed in high trapunio relief (our sea unicorn) on the front and crossed trumpets in trapunio relief on the back; a pen and ink drawing by ‘Queta (“They don’t slay dragons..”) to be used for advertisement. Other activities include Timur von Schlockmayer & Artorius Raed- wulf refinished the Baronial throne; Timur designed and did all the metalwork for the 2 Baronial coronets, designed and made the Baronial Scepter – the unicorn horn embellishment with bronze and jewels, designed and made a bronze circlet for Lord John Shark as a gift from Narval Dorado at Baronial Bash. Future projects for Narval Dorado will be a concentration of making canton banners, pennants and a banner displaying the personal badges of its members. A 3′ x 5′ rug for Royal use for the Kingdom of Meridies to be presented at the coronation of King John I in January. The rug will display the royal arms of the kingdom and will be made by Enriqueta and Master Taliesynne.

Peasant’s Revel
On 8-13-77 An Crosaire & Oldenfeld held a Peasant Revel held at the co-cathedral of St. Thomas More in Tallahassee. All will be required to appear at the revel in their Peasant (or lower) personas. (From Oldenfeld’s newsletter The Lion’s Tale, August 1977, AS XII) The gentles from Sneads came as gypsies with a large quantity of stolen silver. The rest of the populace came as various and assorted peasants and scum. The feast consisted of home baked peasant’s bread and a thick porridge/stew which was provided by the Oldenfeld Cooking Guild. Everyone provided their own beverages and accouterments, such as fruit and cheese. The meal was downed in good form complete with fisticuffs and food fights. When event he most voracious appetites had been temporarily sated, Lady Stupid Peasant (Sieglinde von Truso) was allowed to sit in a chair for the groveling contest. There was a team as well as individual groveling – all of which Lady Stupid Peasant, the recipient of the groveling, found most remarkable. Aias undoubtedly stole the show, as well as “lady”, when he stalked across all the feasting tables with a bonny wench slung over his shoulder. Jute provided much entertainment playing his pipes as many joined in for the dancing.

A Town meeting was called by the regional Seneschal, Eric of Skaan. The major reason for the Town Meeting is to discuss the incipient Principality of Florida: Regional Name and arms to go with it. A Method of selection of the regional ruler. A discussion of the rules and laws of the SCA Kingdom and Principality of Meridies as they will apply to the region. Open discussion of any topic which is relevant to the establishment of the Region and Principality. Bring your suggestions, drawings of proposed arms, comments and any other input relevant to the Town Meeting. The Corporate wheels must begin to move now if we are to get our corporate status through the BoD. (From Oldenfeld’s newsletter The Lion’s Tale, August 1977, AS XII) The following is the report by our regional seneschal of the Florida Town Meeting held on the 13th day of August AS XII. Due to the significance of the matters discussed, I am printing this report in its entirety – ed.
All groups within the region were represented either in person or by letter. This gathering was to discuss the organization of Florida as a separate Region of the Principality of Meridies, and to begin planning toward the eventuality of principality status. Selection of a name, a device, and the means to choose a ruler were the main topics of discussion. Ideas were fully solicited and many were freely given.
Beginning discourse on a name for our region covered the pros and cons of ten suggested names, with attention being given to how well the name would represent our southernly seaboard, semi-tropical land. Names to close in sound to existing SCA or mundane names, and some with inaccurate or unpleasant (to some) connotations were disregarded, leaving three: Trimaris (Latin for three seas), Choranthis (Latin for flowering), and Tritonia (indicating Triton, the fish-tailed man who is King of the Sea). Tritonia is also Latin for a species of sea-slug, but that is an unfortunate coincidence. Of these three, Trimaris won greatest support, with Choranthia and Tritonia being second and third, respectively.
Following the discussion of name, various devices were proposed with some fine pictorial representations brought or sent by region members. Again, imagery depicting Florida was favored. Elements chosen for consideration in the device included: a conch shell, the figure of Triton, the heraldic symbol for a fountain, and waves in the form of a triscaleon. All of which would be accompanied by the laurel wreath which symbolizes a place name. The colors blue, gold and silver are being considered. Our Mistress of the College of Scribes and Illluminators, Lady Amarath Jean, has kindly agreed to render several versions of a device combining these elements for the consideration of the populace.
Finally, suggestions on our regions’ government and form of choosing a sovereign were aired. This last matter brought much spirited discussion, and two letters from leaders who could not attend the meeting: Enriqueta of Narval Dorado and Xigunder of Sirenia. In addition to the usual single, individual combat list as a means of selection, two alternative methods for selecting a leader were brought up. The first was a melee type combat in which contenders would attempt to form armies which would then oppose one another in a single melee or series of melees. There were two major objections in reference to this method. First, one contender might be able to secure a small number of superior fighters (including even some from outside the region) who could dominate the competition even though he did not have the popular support of the other fighters or the populace. The second objection raised by Tetsuo was the problem in marshaling such a contest. First, who would marshal? Most qualified marshals would want to be engaged in combat, and for those not engaged, how many would want the responsibility? Thirdly, it would require a very large number of highly qualified marshals to adequately supervise such a competition. A second alternative was the idea of a multiple competition selection. In this method there would be a series of competitions in different areas of SCA endeavor, such as arts, sciences, strategy and individual combat. Under such a system, each contestant would be required to participate in all contests, and points would be awarded for winners in each area. The contestant compiling the largest amount of overall points would be declared the winner. Some suggest weighting the fighting portion more (say 60%). Still, this method would get around the idea that the only requirement of the ruler would be large biceps. The problems in this method seem to center around the methods of selecting contests and designing an equitable point structure.
In consideration of the length of term for the ruler was also raised. It seemed that most favored a term of one year, rather than six months or two years. Reasons cited for this length included more stability of the office, less expense to the populace (through ruler changes), and more time to carry through on longer range plans.
In conjunction with the structure of government for the region (principality), Lord Tetsuo Sakura brought up the idea of a Council of Nobles. Due to time limitations, there was only a brief discussion of this idea, but the initial indication was that most seemed to favor the idea.
The Barony of Wyvernwood has agreed to host a Town Meeting at its Baronial Bash on Halloween weekend. So between now and then all groups should discuss and reach a group consensus on these ideas. Also, between now and then all groups should sit down and draw up a set of proposals for laws under which our principality will operate. This should include sections on rights, duties and privileges of the Prince and Princess; awards and titles; officers and offices; couts and curias; crimes; rights and duties of the populace; events; selection of a ruler; etc.

From Talewinds, Vol.4, no 5.May ASXX “How Trimaris Got Its Name” by the Hon. Lady Sieglinde von Truso. Regional feelings can be dated from the first town meeting held at the Wyvernwood Memorial Tourney in 1977. Sometime that summer it was decided to give our region a name. The next event after Border Raids I, was the first Oldenfeld meets An Crosaire Peasant’s Revel on August 13 (this by the way was the first peasant event held in the Knowne World). A town meeting was held to come up with a name and a device for the new region. Many names were bandied about including Choranthia, meaning flowering, by Lady Muireann Deora-de, called Strider. One of the discussed was Tritonia, because Master Taliesynne Nycheymwrh has always liked the symbol of the old man of the sea, but Sir Tetsuo Sakura hated it because tritonia is the name of a disgusting looking California sea slug. A linguist named Aias called the Whore’s son, came up with a list containing many names to choose from. His list included the name Trimaris. In as much as Trimaris meant three seas and Florida is surrounded on three sides by water, Trimaris finally won out. For the device, my sister, Lady Gwynneth ap Gwynneth Eyravon saw a charge in one of the books which hadn’t been used very much and she made a lot of tentative drawings in the colors of blue and yellow. This was later changed to blue and silver, which made all the difference. That is how Trimaris and Triskeles were born.

(From Oldenfeld’s newsletter The Lion’s Tale, September 1977, AS XII) As you must all be aware by now, Meridies is now a Kingdom, and the Coronet lists to be held on October 8-9 will be the Crown List to determine our first king and queen.
(From Oldenfeld’s newsletter The Lion’s Tale, October 1977, AS XII) The entire shire of Oldenfeld offers joyous praise and support to His Royal Highness Viscount Sir John Lord Bearkiller, winner of the first Crown List for Meridies.
A New canton is forming in Plant City and has taken the name Hunter’s Glenn. Its noble population includes Gwyndd ap Gwyndd, Lady Sieglinde von Truso, John of Lithia and Ali al Kazaar al Kazeem.

Southkeep’s First Revel
In October, 1977 the Shire of Southkeep held their first event

Florida State University Demo
(From Oldenfeld’s newsletter The Lion’s Tale, October 1977, AS XII) 10-2-77 Oldenfeld held a demo at Florida State Activities Day. A lovely display including armor, literature, musical instruments, food, hand crafts, and pictures was arranged. Several gentles engaged passers-by in conversation replying to a barrage of questions while other members of the populace gave dancing, gaming and fighting demonstrations. Roy MacRonald MacKnute’s “sole” armor received its first tests under fighting conditions during the demonstration. It withstood blows so well that Lord Eric of Skaan took it to the Meridies Crown List the following week and tried it under true combat conditions. Simon of Lincoln and Fuiltighterne provided some delectable confections for our refreshment. Several new members were attracted by our presentations and contributed much to our next revel.

On 10-8-77, Sangre del Sol was featured in an article in the Hollywood Sun-Tattler, “They Don’t Slay Dragons”

Exotic Revel
(From Oldenfeld’s newsletter The Lion’s Tale, October 1977, AS XII) On October 15, 1977 The Shire of Oldenfeld held an “Exotic Revel” at Ruge Hall in order to introduce new members to SCA revelry. Fuiltigherne captured everyone’s attention with her belly dancing. Robert the Ruthless entertained the populace with a song of his own writing concerning Lady Ellysonne; and Robert and Roy engaged in a battle of (drunken) wits over the relative merits of Hospitallers vs. Templars. To everyone’s relief Aethelthryth the Obscene chose to live up to (?) Epithet one more time and entertained us with a ribald song or two. The feast consisted of exotic dishes from all over the medieval world – including some “Golden Apples” baked by Simon of Lincoln, and a rather unusual cake provided by Fuiltigherne. As usual the revelry continued far into the night and was thoroughly enjoyed by all.

University of Florida Demo
On 10-19-77 An Crosaire held a demo at the University of Florida Student Organization Night

Wyvernwood Anniversary
On 10- 29/30-77 Wyvernwood held their Anniversary celebration at the Holiday Campground on Lake Seminole to celebrate the Founding of the Barony, the creation of the Baron, the Formation of the Royal University of Meridies and the Collegium Celebrin (and the Baronial Bash) and the First Region Trimaris Official Event and Town Meeting.. The flyer indicated the following activities: hours of classes at the Collegium Celebrant which include Protocol & Precedence and Court Demeanor by Master Taly; Costuming – proper fabric selection by Enriqueta; Sundials, History, Theory & Typology by Master Taly; Introduction to SCA Heraldry by Yari; Appreciation of the Japanese Tea Ceremony by Jutte; Introduction to Costuming by Arianovich; Construction of SCA Fighting Armor by Lord John Shark. On Saturday there will be a Raffle with the proceeds to be divided between Trimaris, Wyvernwood & Narval Dorado. Prizes offered are a Broadsword, Malayan Kris, Homemade Wine, your portrait by Enriqueta, pewter goblets, an oil painting by Lady Amarath, a piece of custom armor, a necklace from Triton, a torque, macrame necklaces, personal armorial scroll by Master Taly, German poignard and sheath, miniature hand painted wyvern figurine, your soul stolen and enlarged, plus other goodies. On Sunday there will be a Wyvern’s Roost (Flea Market) everyone bring items to swap or sell. Narval Dorado presented the Baronial Crown and Unicorn Scepter along with the illuminated scrolls to Master Taliesynne Lord Nychymorh as well as the pearl crown and scroll to Lady Mariann Deora-de of Rivenscroft.

11-4-77 the Canton of Narval Dorado held a demo at St. Petersburg Junior College for the Department of Humanities. Demonstrated simple medieval combat, costuming, music and song.

Tallahassee Renaissance Faire Demo
11-5/6-77 Oldenfeld participated in Tallahassee’s Renaissance Faire held at Meyers Park. The flyer stated All gentles invited to attend. Craftsmen bring your crafts, sell the, display them, demonstrate your skill. There will be strolling Renaissance players from Florida State University, sales by local craftsmen and merchants, demonstrations of lost arts and sciences, music, food and entertainment.

Trimaris’ Fighter’s Forum
11-12/13-77, For the edification of the populace and the improvement of the knightly arts and the armorer’s trade throughout Meridies and the Collegium Celebrin for the dispersal of knowledge throughout the realm, we are hereby convened in the Forest of Torreya.
Programme de la Moote: Melees and challenge combat; Instruction in the wielding of societal weaponry and in societal armoring; Discourses upon Knighthood and Chivalry; the nature of societal combat in Meridies and the Knowne World; The legal responsibilities and liabilities of the societal Marshallate and conduct upon the Field of Honor.
Autocrats: Lord Tetsuo Sakura & Lord Bronislaus of Vilnius
(Trimaris’ Fighter Forum which will become Martinmass Moot- became an annual event for the training and edification of the fighters of Trimaris. Sir Jack, Lord Nimble from Meridies was the only knight to attend and greatly assisted in making the event successful).
(From Oldenfeld’s newsletter The Lion’s Tale, December 1977, AS XII) An enthusiastic group of fighters participated in the Fighter’s Forum. Classes were taught by Lord Tetsuo Sakura, Lord Bronislous of Vilna, Seamus McCryu McHoo, and the always chivalrous Sir Jack Lord Nimble. All aspects of fighting were taught and practiced: shield techniques, foot work, weapon handling, body movement, weapon and armor construction. Although the interests of the participants were specialized, the conversing of the populace were not. For example, Sirenia seems to be considering a new mascot: la cucaracha rampant. (Do you know anything harder to kill). John of Lithia also discovered that whenever this whirr of a moving soul-stealer began, all fighters immediately quit moving. The long-standing challenge between Roy MacRonald MacKnute and Lord Bronislous finally took place under the expert marshaling of Lord Igor, er, Lord Eric of Skaan. Roy the one-legged was victorious. Lady Kimineko Sakura finally found the time to produce a tape on Celtic pronunciations at the request of the ladies of Oldenfeld. In all, this event was a tremendous information exchange, despite the nippy weather.

New Years Revel
On December 30, 1977 Narval Dorado held a New Years Revel at Castle Dudley

From the Seneschal
Well, it has been a busy and eventful year in this land. When we started in AS XII, we didn’t have a Trimaris, a Kingdom called Meridies, and many other changes we now take for granted. For those of us who have been around this year, these changes have occurred more rapidly than most of us have been able to absorb. When I accepted the Seneschalate of the Region in May, it was with some trepidation. I knew there were others better qualified than myself for the post, and I knew we were in for a long hard struggle in organizing Florida into a Region unto itself. About my first worry, I do not know; however, as to the second, the development of Trimaris into a Region has occurred much more easily than I had envisioned. This I attribute to the hard work and effort put forth by each member of Trimaris. And above this, it is the ability to work together which has allowed Trimaris to move ahead so rapidly.
Currently, there are approximately 75 SCA members in Trimaris (by members I am not necessarily referring to those who have paid their dues, although I wish I could), with six active groups: An Crosaire, Oldenfeld, Sangre del Sol, Southkeep (previously known as Tanma Suma), Wyvernwood and its Canton Narval Dorado. We also have new Shires forming in Plant City – Hunter’s Glade, and in Melbourne – Starhaven. Contact has also been made with interested persons in Jacksonville, with the possibility of a new Shire forming there. We now have two peers within our ranks, and ten who have been given Awards of Arms. Additionally our Region has produced several artisans who have been recognized throughout Meridies and beyond, along with a widely acclaimed fighting force. In terms of overall participation I believe we are first among all the Regions of Meridies.
I think we can be justly proud of these accomplishments of our Region. It is going to be difficult to match this same pace in the coming months. There is going to be a tendency to slack off and look back to our accomplishments, rather than think ahead to the future. There are some things I would like to see occur in Trimaris in the coming year. First, I would like to see Trimaris achieve Principality status in the new Kingdom of Meridies. There are many voices cautioning against too rapid a movement in this direction. Although I agree with caution, I believe that within the year Trimaris should stand as a Principality. I would also like to see a real development in the arts and sciences. As I mentioned before, we have the fortune to have some very talented people within our boundaries, let us not let their talent go unused. I would like to see each Shire develop Guilds, and these form into Guilds at Regional as well as Kingdom level. In this same vein, I would like to see a Regional arts and science fair this coming year.
In another area, I would like to see more armatures. We have many who put forth a great deal of effort and receive little more than a quick pat on the back. These people need to be recognized through awards. These awards do not come unless you bring these to the attention of those in power to make the awards. A simple letter of recommendation to see 5 to 7 by the end of this year. Remember this is one of the areas which will be examined when we go for Principality status. I would also like to see a development of our fighting cadre, and standards for combat. We got off to a good start with Lord Tetsuo’s fighter’s clinic. I would like to see these continue on a regular basis.
Finally, we come to the area of recruitment of new members and forming new groups. This is always one of the most frustrating and nerve-wracking problems we face. In response to this problem, I am going to attempt to assemble a “kit” which will include forms, introductory material, brochures, etc. Additionally, I have talked with some of the older members about putting together recruiting “teams” to help small Shires and forming groups with demonstrations, displays, etc. Any materials such as slides, copies of newsprint, etc. along with suggestions would be more than welcome.
I would like to thank each person in Trimaris for the help and cooperation they have given this year. My special thanks to each of the Seneschal’s who have to put up with my harping, and seem to keep their groups moving despite the obstacles. Above all, I know I had some really good times this year with the SCA and I hope everyone else did too.
Lord Eric of Skaan, Esq. December 27th, AS XII