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"The Lochac Chronicles" by Baron Hrölf Herjölfssen, OP. A series of articles about the history of the SCA Kingdom of Lochac. (Australia and New Zealand)

 

NOTE: See also the files: Lochac-hist-msg, SCA-hist1-msg, Two-Score-art, West-hist-msg, Caid-hist-msg, Branch-Names-art, Rowany-Festvl-msg.

 

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The Lochac Chronicles

by Baron Hrölf Herjölfssen, OP

 

How and when did the SCA start in Australia?  This is a very interesting question and is also very hard to answer.  What do you mean by start?

 

- Is it when Robyn Breheny came to war games in the Blue Room at the University of NSW in late 1980.  She had just returned from a holiday in the USA and had heard of this thing that sounded a bit like live Dungeons and Dragons and all of us gamers thought that this sounded great.  This, of course prompted fighter practice, with broomsticks and fencing masks to start with.

 

- Is it at the first "tourney" between "Sir Brian" and "Sir John" in the back yard of Robyn's parents place to decide who would be the first "King" of Cumberland.  The other attendees were Robyn and her brother.

 

- Was it still later when the Society for the Current Middle Ages was actually formed, based around our Handbook of the Current Middle Ages, put out by the Baycon Science Fiction Convention in AS III and donated by Shane McCormack.  We started having real tourneys such as that most memorable demonstration/ tourney held at North Sydney Fair.  Our second "King", James the Sinister was crowned by the Mayor of North Sydney (Ted Mack) who was resplendent in his full regalia ("This is the only time I haven't felt out of place in this lot.")

 

This tourney marked the first appearance of Raymond of Annan (he was born in Annandale) as a very heavy infantryman.  Ray's mail, which had been made for years, and successfully featured in several Tolkein Society productions, was heavy.  Even heavier than his current stuff.  Ray was not used to wearing it for long periods.  Ray was killed.  Ray fell over.  Ray could not get up. Ray was dragged off the field by his feet to the sound of cheers from the peaceful onlookers and crowd.  It all went down very well and at this point we all (except for Rowan, she'd thought it from day one) started to realize that we were on to something.  That what we were doing had potential.  Maybe one day, in the far future, we would have ten fighters in a tourney.

 

Let me point out our level of sophistication to those who do not know (and remind those who have tried to forget).  We had Sydney du Matin, Herald (Jack Herman), the marshall (myself) was on field armed only with his kukhri (nepalese knife), because my sabre got in the way.  All of the fighters had moved up the latest thing in head protection, motorbike helmets (thinly disguised).  Our two other sets of armour (except for Ray's mail) were 2 - 3 mm leather with a little padding and some soft iron strips rivetted on to the limbs (no spine or kidney armour).  We had to change armour onto the next pair of fighters to continue with the next bout.  Sometimes we wore skateboard pads on the knees and elbows.  On our feet we wore sand-shoes, ugh boots or (for those in the Army Reserve) GP's.  Remember that this was the best that we knew of and the safest that we could build.  The costuming generally consisted of tabards, dyed Army greens, at least one ballgown and ... but you get the drift.

 

- Is our start to be dated from August 1981, at Tolkon, when we decided to join the SCA in America rather than remain isolated (and that is a whole story on its own).  Or when we first started corresponding with Caid (not the West) and started to take out foreign memberships.  At this stage we realized the gaucherie of calling ourselves a "Kingdom" and handing out "Knighthoods" etc.  You see at last we had a copy of the Known World Handbook and armour patterns and all these gosh wow marvelous new ideas.  We could even write our own songs (A Grazing Mace - our first filk). We were now calling ourselves the Barony of Outremer (the presumption of this had escaped us all).  The first acknowledgement of us having a King and Queen (a proper set, not one of our own) is of Gregory of York and Ariayn du Penryn, King and Queen of Caid.

 

At the same time we were considering becoming a Region, I was writing, as Chancellor, to Caid about incorporation and the local problems with waivers and Aneala was forming itself.  This meant that new and legal names and devices were needed for Australia, Perth and Sydney.  All of these details would be worked out at a full meeting of the whole Australian membership to be held over the June long-weekend at Fairholme Park.  The name "Lochac" was discovered by Alexandro d'Argenteria in a book of Marco Polo's travels. Apparently it is based on one of the names that the Chinese used to call this region.  The name "Rowany", for the Sydney area, was carried unanimously, without the usual dissenters.

 

After this event, the first event at the site to be later used for Rowany Festivals, (although it was not called that) we were definitely SCA.  The Regnum of Runes (Vol2, no3 for June 82) said "Region of Lochac - Seneschal and Herald to be decided upon." with details listed for the Barony of Rowany and Aneala Scir.  Rowan, Christia and Artos were going overseas in August and it was decided that, seeing we were getting more help from the West than Caid, these Ambassadors would look around and Kingdom shop. This expedition leads to another story (The Conspiracy to Commit Peerage) but that may come out later.

 

The first Rowany festival was Autocrated by Artos Barefoot and was held in the current car park.  It was noted for the unveiling of our first (two) metal helms and the first Little Rock War.  The report on this event (by Sylivia de l'Estoile) makes it quite clear that a major tradition was first established at this event.  It rained.  Heavily.

 

By the way, as trivia, who had the first name and device passed in Lochac?

 

 

The Little Rock War

 

At the first event at the site of what would later be the Rowany Festival, in June 1982, we all decided that we wanted to have a war. We knew that we wouldn't be able to have a real war for years as a war requires two sides and enough fighters.  We only had the group that we had just decided to call Rowany and a small starting group in Aneala.  The distance between seemed a little daunting to the concept of an intergroup war and anyway we only had two metal and four motorbike helms for about ten fighters.  If we waited to have enough equipment and people for a proper war, we felt that we would be waiting for ten years at least.

 

If we could not have a real war then we decided to have a practice one, a little war.  The next problem was, what would we fight over?  We threw aside the obvious choices of grounds for combat such as coffee, because the sky was blue et al as being too silly.  It turned out that Rowan had with her a large wooden box that she was using to hold her feasting gear and clothes.  She volunteered this as an item to be fought over.  It was to be filled with valuable and precious rocks, a plentiful local commodity, and fought over.  Who would fight?  Well, we only had six helms so this gave us an upper limit even though we had more than six who wanted to take part. Obviously the captains wore the two metal helms that belonged to Torg and myself.  If they selected their teams in the time honoured practice of I choose one, you choose one, this would still leave people who wanted to do something and whom we could not armour.

 

We went on to think that perhaps some of the people could carry the box.  Become box-bearers!  Not to be hit, but only be slain by the words "Bearer you are slain" whenever they were in weapons range of the opposition.  What a good idea, everyone who wanted to take part could. Volunteer bearers were obtained, teams were selected and the colours chosen by the simple fact that we had enough red and green things lying around to tie onto people to identify them.  The combats took place and the green team won 2:1.

 

A trophy (two miniature figures painted as the captains and a rock from the site) was also made and later presented.

 

For the record, the first sides in this War were;

               Green; Torg of Hawkhurst(captain), Reynardine of Tara (as he then was), Lleu ap Macsen. bearers; William de la Montaigne-Coupe and another (unrecorded)

               Red; Raymond(captain), Reinhardt Fenring, Mareddud Goch. Bearers; Hrölf Herjölfssen, Lindorie of Byrnmyrthyn

 

 

The Conspiracy to Commit Peerage.

 

Many years ago, when Lochac was still not sure whether it was going to be part of the West or of Caid, Cordwainer Christia Barret went to America.  With her went her (then ) husband Artos Barefoot and the young Baroness-elect Rowan Peregrine.  Several people in the mainland SCA were much impressed by the work that Rowan had done in starting the SCA in what is now Lochac and suggested that Christia should recommend Rowan for an award. Christia came back and we decided that a Pelican was about right.  She then went around the membership in Rowany (not that there were all that many of us), and rang a good few of the Anealans, and obtained our written impressions of the part Rowan had played in the founding of the SCA in Lochac.  The Crown had about 20 of these things lob in.  This represented about a quarter of the people then playing the game in Lochac.  It must surely be the one time when the populace knew more about a new Peerage than the prospective Peer.

 

Rowan was made an member of the Order of the Pelican in ASXVI.  This is still the best way to get a local Peer created, but now you should send the letters to the Prince and Princess, copies to some of the more active Peers (of the same type) are also useful.

This is a story that was often told in the early years of the Society in Lochac.  At that time it seemed very important to us all and is still relevant today.  It was first told to me by Duke Sir William the Lucky and I have since passed it on in front of him.  I may have some of the fine details wrong, but that is inherent in the oral transmission of history and part of the reason to start writing it down.  I hope that all take this tale, as it has been told many times at feasts, as instruction in our history and customs.

 

Unlike some other Kingdoms, it is well established in the West that the word of the Crown is Law. (at least during Their reign).  The subject who disagrees with a Royal Pronouncement must either live with it or else withdraw from the Society for a period of time.  This principle was difficult for us, brought up in a democratic tradition, to initially grasp until William told us this tale.

 

 

How Duke Paul was Knighted.

 

In the central part of the West Kingdom it is the custom to have a Seneshal in constant attendance on the Crown as an aide.  This gives the Crown an administrative assistant and gives experience to new seneschals.  This duty is rostered among all seneschals present at an event from the highest to the lowest.  It so came to pass that at one Crown tourney there was in attendance upon the Crown a young and inexperienced officer.  He had only been to one other Crown tourney.  At that tourney, one of the finalists at the tourney, who had fought unbelted, was Knighted before the final.  This had been previously agreed by the Monarch and the Knights.

 

At this particular tourney, Paul of Bellatrix was contending for the Crown.  Our inexperienced seneschal (lets call him Bill) casually asked the King (who was also fairly new in the Society) if He would knight Paul if he made it to the final.  "Is this usual?" asks the King of his advisor, "Why, yes!" replies his advisor, certain in his knowledge.  In 100% of the occasions of his experience (in other words once) it had happened this way.

 

It came to pass that the finalists on that day were to be Sir James Greyhelm and Paul of Bellatrix.  Accordingly the King, holding the Great Sword of State, called forward all the Chivalry and called forward Paul.  "By the power vested in me as King of the West and with the advice of your Peers...." he began.  "No!!!!!" came a voice from the front rank.  It so happened that the Knights had been discussing Paul, without mentioning it to the King, and had decided that he needed a bit more time on the "watch list".  Accordingly several Knights objected that they were not consulted.  The King handed the Great Sword of State to the Marshall and went to converse with His Knights.  The Marshall handed the sword back "You may need it more than me Sire".

 

The King and His Knights talked long and talked hard. In his tent, Sir James was resting.  At Court, in the sun and on his knees, Paul was waiting.  A half-hour passed.  Finally, having not reached agreement with the Knights, the King went back to His place.  "By the power vested in me as King of the West and despite the advice of your Peers....".

 

Thus was Paul knighted.  Sir James went on to win that tourney, but Paul won the next (and many since).  What is more important, is that on that day was established that, despite all else, in the West the Word of the Crown is Law.

 

"O Kate, nice customs curtsy to great kings. Dear Kate, you and I cannot be confined within the weak list of a country's fashion.  We are the makers of manners, Kate, and the liberty that follows our places stops the mouth of find-faults ...."

 

               Henry V, Act V Scene 2.

 

The events in this song are (almost) all true, I was there, at Rowany '89, conversing with the King about the oral history of the society when they happened.  Quoth I, "There must be a song in that". quoth he "don't you dare".  I did.  The tune is the totally period one to which is sung "Good King Wenceslaus".

 

An Easter Carol

 

Good King Joffrey look-ed out,

On the feast of Easter.

All the lords sat round about,

Drinking like the heathen.

Brightly shone the fire that night,

'twas the tent of Maelgwyn;

For the poor man had a fright

And the fate was cruel

 

Hither William, stand by me,

If thou know it telling,

Yonder bard now who is he?

What hap to his dwelling?

Sire he lives in Rowany,

Makes he beauteous costume,

And his tent is burn-ed up

Shame it is, and loss to.

 

Bring me cloak and bring me wine

Bring me shelter hither.

We shall see him warm tonight

Safe all from the weather.

So the king gave o'er his cloak,

That he might be sheltered;

So should all kings always be,

And all knights true belted.

 

 

"A TIMELINE FOR LOCHAC"

 

Seeing that this is really the only thing that I have received requests about, this article from the Historian gives a timescale of the activities of the Society in Lochac.  Due to gaps (read "huge holes") in my records this is not a complete story but it is as accurate as I can make it.  If I am wrong please let me know ASAP.  I make no apology if the same names keep occurring in these Histories as, particularly in the beginning, there were very few of us.  This forms the basis for more detailed coverage, of our past, when I get the time to write of these events and will enable my rantings to be placed in a time context.

 

XV                 November; The first event of the SCMA (Society of the Current Middle Ages) in their Kingdom of Cumberland.

 

XVI                August; SCMA members attending Australia's first fantasy convention, Tolkon, decide to join the wide world of the SCA.  We decide (in a streak of romanticism and lack of knowledge of our second naming solepsism) that Australia is to be called the Barony of Outremer.

 

                       January: On the Australia Day weekend the SCMA holds a multi-day event at Fairholme Park near Wilton.  Between us we have a couple of motor-bike helms and five sets of armour (Torg, James, Hrolf and two general sets).

 

XVII               June; A long event is held at Fairholme Park.  "Lochac" is adopted as the name for Australia-as-a-whole and the name of "Rowany" is given to the Sydney portion of Lochac after beating "Mont d'Azure", "Perigrynne", "Rowanfeld", and "Maletur".  This was the first event that we had fighters who were using steel helms.  The first "Little Rock War" was held.

 

                       Baldurs Eve (mid-winter);  Rowany instituted the first Baronial Awards in Lochac. These were the first awards, of any sort, that had been handed out in Lochac and, at the time meant as much to us as Leaves would have.  The recipients for the Order of the Golden Staple (a service award) were Cordwainer Christia Barrett, Hrölf Herjölfssen and Selivia de L'Estoile.  For the Frantic Falcon (for autocrating too much) the recipients were Oriole of the Heights and Alexious Thrakeses.

 

                       The first Order of the Leaf Of Merit was awarded to Steveg Stevegson.  Note that Lochac must be unique in first having a Leaf, then a Peerage and only then having Awards of Arms.

 

                       August; Rowan Perigrynne, Artos Barefoot and Cordwainer Christia Barrett go to the Greater Known World on the Kingdom Shopping Expedition and to petition for us to become a Region (probably of Caid).  Australia gains its first Peerage.  Rowan Perigrynne is made a Companion of the Order of the Pelican whilst she is in America (see the Conspiracy to Commit Peerage that was written about earlier).

 

                       Twelfth Night;  Lochac was proclaimed a Crown Principality of the West by King Thomas and Queen Trista.  The seneschal is Rowan Perigrynne and Herald is Hrölf Herjölfssen. No other officers are rostered at that stage.  As part of the same proclamation, Rowany was made a Barony and Aneala a Shire.  This was also the time for the first three Awards of Arms in Lochac.  These went to Hrölf Herjölfssen, Hugh Louis de Lautrin (now Sir Hugh Louis) and Blair du Bois.  It also saw the first Members of the Order of the Rose Leaf; Selivia de L'Estoile and Cordwainer Christia Barrett.  The Seneschal of Aneala was one Reynardine of Tara, in the East of Lochac we did not know much about the other officers or even what went on in the Far and Distant West - see, some things never change. Of the Rowany officers, of the time, there has been much change as time has taken toll.  Some have out-migrated (Madelaine and Hrölf) and new groups have captured others (Torg, Raymond and Marit).  Of the rostered officers of that time, only Rowan remains.

 

                       January; Runes No 9 (Vol. 2, no. 5) contained the announcement of banns for the first Society wedding.  Andfryd of Trondelag announced the bethrothal of her daughter Marit the Wanderer to Raymond of Annan.  The same issue had the first sketched feast scene on the cover.  There are 8 persons illustrated, of these 6 are now Peers.  They hold 8 peerages between them (4 Pelicans, 2 Laurels and 2 Knights).

                       February; Rumours of a group forming in Adelaide.

 

                       April; The formation of the Incipient Shire of Igglenard (hic) Innilgard is announced.  Seneschal is Bryony of the Bees, the Herald is Danny Bartel (no name chosen yet) and lists goes to a young lad called Toby Slythe (now known as Tovye Woolemongere).  Awards of Arms were given to Thomas du Chat, Brusi of Orkney, Marit the Wanderer and Madelaine de Bourgogne.  The first Rowany festival, to be called by that name, was held.  It was attended by the West Seneschal, Mistress Hilary of Serendip, Sciences Minister, Käthe Willig von Mainz, Sir William the Lucky and Lord Eric Edmondsen.  The at-gate charge was $30 for 4 days.

 

XVIII              May; Awards of Arms to Artos Barefoot and Raymond of Annan.

 

                       July; The formation of the Incipient Shire of Stormhold is announced.  The first Seneschal is Sean the Wayfarer and herald is Steve Roy Lance (sic).  The first indiginous Arts and Sciences award in Lochac is created as the Order of the Berries in Rowany.  The first recipients were Brusi of Orkney, Madelaine de Bourgogne and Hrölf Herjölfssen,

 

                       August; The registration of the first name and device and badge in Lochac to be passed by the College of Heralds, that of Beatrice Delfini.  Her device is; Per chevron argent, ermined gules and azure, a dolphin haurient embowed Or.  Her badge is; Per chevron gules and azure, an increscent Or within a bordure argent.

 

                       3 September;  The formation of an Incipient Shire in Brisbane is announced.  No name has yet been selected.  The first Seneschal is Johanna Wendover.

 

                       November; Australian membership of the Society becomes available.

 

                       December; Cyradd Uchel is formed, the first group outside a metropolitan area. Seneschal is Madelaine de Bourgogne.  Runes ceases to be the official Society newsletter for Lochac with the start of Pegasus.  The editor of this new journal is  one Robert Gordon of Ravensbrook.  Lochac now has 12 individual names, 10 devices and 4 badges registered.

 

                       January; Politikopolis (sic) is formed with Alan Brain (no SCA name) as first Seneschal.

 

                       April; On the way to the Rowany Festival, King William and Queen Joanne make Madelaine de Bourgogne Lochac's first Laurel.  Rowan receives the same award at the Festival under slightly more formal circumstances and becomes Lochac's first double Peer.

 

XIX                May; Mordenvale is formed with Wulfwine Grimwald as first Seneschal.

                       October; Dismal Fogs forms with Leontine de L'Abre as first Seneschal and Alveric as Marshall.

 

                       November; The first Viceregal Tourney is held at Politikopolis with the first real Principality feast being autocratted by Kyrii de la Pleutine.

 

                       January; Lochac moves a step towards Principality when James the Sinister and Olwyn Yrgoch are installed as the first Viceroy and Vicereine of Lochac in Stormhold.

 

                       April; Formation of Dark Skies with Martin Reiger (no SCA name) as Seneschal and (amongst others) Gerald Topps (again no other name) as Chronicler.

 

XX                 May; Formation of the Canton of Agaricus as a family affair with Marit the Wanderer as Seneschal, Raymond of Annan as Marshall and Anfryd of Trondelag as Arts & Sciences.  Herald is Guillame Arnaut.

 

                       September; Lochac (excluding Aneala) has a membership of 95 of sustaining or better.

 

                       January; The first Principality awards were handed out.  Receiving the Order of the Roman Lily for Arts and Sciences were Jean de Mountebank, Edward of the Apple Tree, Reynardine of Tara, Lillian Guy of Swason and Richard de la Croix.  In an unusual move the three Orders of the Silver Tear that were handed out for service all went to households rather than individuals; Hawkhurst, Windemere and Mc Carrum.

 

                       February; Quimera de Oro started.  The Seneschal is Rhyllian of Starfire Retreat.

 

                       April; The first College in Lochac, that of Blessed Herman the Cripple, is established.  The first Seneschal is Tako Ich'Yama.  The Wulfsige Clovenhaft Memorial Trophy is initiated by (the not quite dead) Wulfsige as a trophy for the winner of the Rowany Festival Fighter Auction.  The first winner is Brusi Anderson of the Shetlands.

 

XXI                May; The College of St Bartholomews begins with Kattrin die Wiessbegierige Reisender von Tuebingen as Seneschal.  Innilgard and Riverhaven become Baronies.  Baron and baroness Innilgard are Tovye Woolemongere and Aislinn de Valence.  Baron and Baroness Riverhaven are Everard de Brieuse and Johanna Wendover.  The first peers since April XVIII are created, they are also the first Knights; Haos Windchaser, Brusi Anderson of the Shetlands and James the Sinister are the first to receive the accolade.  The Grant of Arms in Lochac goes to Bryony of the Bees.

 

                       June; After several recent peerages etc, Lochac now has 8 Peers and 121 GoA's, Leaves and AoA's.

 

                       August; The College of St Ursula starts with Istvan Pannnonius as the first Seneschal. The Canton of East Ridge is formed with Gwynfor Lwyd  as Seneschal.

 

                       December; The Canton of Nan Soar Spioraid starts with Pippin of Loch Indaal as Seneeschal.  Windhelm (soon to become Ventbarre) starts with Gayle-Anne du Charteris as Seneschal.

 

                       April; The first Coronet Tourney is held.  The Order of the Ginger-nut Cookie is inaugurated with the founding members being Gereint the Scholar, Robert Gordon of Ravensbrook and Reynardine de Clifford.  Blood-sports for heralds, otherwise known as commenting meetings, commence in Stormhold.

 

XXII               May; Lochac's first member of the Royal Company of Archers is proclaimed, Lord Edward of the Apple Tree of Cyradd Uchel.  Innilgard holds its first Green Event.  The autocrat is Lyra Dana of Alexandria.

 

                       July; Lochac becomes a Principality.  Reynardine de Clifford and Eleanor Littlehales are invested at Politikopolis.  Australia has 19 branches with 15 Peers and 175 GoA's, Leaves and AoA's.  Aneala becomes a Barony with the first Baron and Baroness being Steveg Stevegsson and Rhiannon ny Diarmud.  The Canton of Abertridwr immediately forms with Harek Ulfhednar as Seneschal.  The College of St Swithins also forms with Liao Fu Chuan Grant as Seneschal.  The College of Entertainers starts existence, the first Master Entertainer of Lochac is Hrölf Herjölfssen.

 

                       September; The Canton of Mac Tire Lochan forms.  Seneschal is Myrrhine ni Ceridwen.  The College of St Cassian (later to become St Alhelm) is formed with Michele Dunn (no SCA name) as Seneschal.

 

                       October; Lochac (this time including Aneala) numbers 238 members at sustaining or above.  However, the largest single group is Innilgard with only 27 members.

 

                       January; The Canton of Parvus Portus and the Shire of Llyn Orla (later to become Llyn Arien) strart with the respective Seneschals being Jacques du Bar sur Loupe and Valleryan Zaharavich Druzhinyin.

 

                       February; The Northern Southern Lands briefly struggle into existence with E'oin O'Halloran as Seneschal.

 

                       March; The Canton of Odin's Wood starts with Beornth of Filey as Seneschal.

 

XXIII              May; The first appearances of the Colleges of Sts Celia (or Cecilia), Julian and Monica and the Shire of Rathmorrigan.  Their respective Seneschals were Arveld von Hagenberg, Ragnor Jotunson, Chirs die Katze and Randall ap Owen.

 

                       June; The College of St Augustine appeared with Rohanna Nachteule as Seneschal.

 

                       August; Stormhold becomes a Barony.  The first Baron and Baroness are Styvren Longshanks and Rhyllian of Starfire Retreat.  The last State capital gains its first group with the start of Ultima Australis (eventually to become) Ynys Fawr.  The Seneschal is Hrölf Herjölfssen.  The founding of this group enables the Kingdom of the West to lay claim to both poles of the earth.  Oertha administers interests at one end and Ynys Fawr at the other.

 

XXIV             May; The College of St Christina the Astonishing forms with Rene du Bon Bois as Seneschal.

 

                       August; The Canton of Hawkes Reach (later Hawkesreach) appears with Lindoret of Bryn Myrddyn as Seneschal.

 

                       December; The Canton of Dubh-Thrain starts with Cynon Yscolan ap Myrddin as Seneschal.

                       March; The College of St Gildas the Wise is founded with Leif Gregson as first Seneschal.

                       April; The first Autumn Coronet not to be held at a Rowany Festival occurs at Llyn Arien.  The Canton of Draconis Fortae (later Arx Draconis) starts with Slaine Mac Keelta as Seneschal.  The Principality has 26 extant groups, 45 Peers and 325 other awards recipients.  The Canton of Agaricus becomes a full shire in its own right.  The Seneschal of the new shire is Raymond of Annan.

 

XXV              June; The first fully catered and residential Principality event is held in Ynys Fawr.  This was a small event which was noteworthy from the point of view of attendance.  3 Knights, 3 Laurels and 18 Pelicans.  By the end of the event, the Pelicans outnumbered those without an award.  The Order of the Shining Helm was instituted with Alveric Eupathezdeton, Gareth of Greymarch, Alfar of Attica, Sebastiaan of Vente Barre, Daemon Deorc and John of Skye as inaugral members.

 

                       December; Australia is incorporated and has its own Ozibod.  The first members of this Australian committee are Carole Digby, Steve Gunnell, Steve O'Sullivan, Cary Lenehan and Denis Voight.  All of Lochac can now regard themselves as "Children of a Lesser BOD".

 

                       January; Lochac moves to a three Reign year, with the installation of Elffin of Mona and Keridwen the Mouse and the immediate selection, on the next day, of their successors."

 

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Copyright 2011 by Cary J Lenehan, 16 Maweena Pl, Kingston, Tasmania, 7050, Australia. <lenehan at our.net.au>. Permission is granted for republication in SCA-related publications, provided the author is credited and receives a copy.

 

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