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Unto all who come by these letters, do I, Angus Reid MacFarlane, White Stag Principal Herald, send Greetings!

Let it be known far and wide that Their Royal Majesties conducted the following business at Grand Outlandish, on May 27th, in the year AS 52 (Being 2017 in the Common Reckoning of Years.

The Event Stewards shared words with Their Royal Majesties regarding the site and event.

Don Gaston de Sepulveda was summoned forth to return the Princess Protector Regalia to the Crown.

New Ladies, Queen’s Guard, King’s Guard, and the Largess Coordinator were invested as members of the Royal Retinue.

Tears of joy were shed by many as Their Royal Majesties bestowed a Court Barony upon Sir Dennis the Wright!

For his fantastic theatrics while falling in battle, Lord Jorgen Joregenson (known as Ja Jorgenson) was admitted into the Order of the Fallen Snow

Fedelm was given an Award of Arms (a second one...whoops!)

Lord Rafael Fernando Montes de Castillo gave an event announcement.

Their Excellencies of the Citadel of the Southern Pass bestowed a rattan banjo into the hands of a gentle as part of a bit of business from their predecessor.

Baron Aarquelle stood and made announcements about Battlemoor (while handing out some collectable cards!)

Lucrezia de Carducci and Gregor Malakov, wife and then husband received an Award of Arms!

Mistress Rose and Lady Aleathia presented a donation of largess to His Royal Majesty.

Lady Olivia Solís de Luján was commanded into His Majesties Presence, where she was admitted into the Order of the Stag’s Blood for her skill in battle.

A back scroll was read and given to Lord Torgoth of al-Barran for his Award of Arms.

Lord Alexander of Lancaster was summoned forth by His Royal Majesty...followed immediately by the Order of the Chivalry as he was offered admittance into the Order.

On Sunday, May 28th, Their Majesties conducted the following business.

Staros of Helicon was offered admittance into the Order of the Chivalry!!!

Thus concludes Their Royal Majesties’ business at Grand Outlandish.

As always, any mistakes found within this missive are solely the errors of this herald and in no way a reflection on Their Royal Majesties.

In Service to the Crown,

Angus Reid MacFarlane

White Stag Principal Herald
Herein please find the report of the Kingdom courts at the Condottieri event, hosted by the Barony of Caerthe May 26-29, 2017.

Saturday morning-

-Her Majesty exchanged fealty oaths with those peers and populace who wished to.
-THL Estefania de las Yegua and Lord Louchelan de Hay were inducted into the Queen’s Guard.
-His Excellency, Sir Alasdair MacDubhghaill the Scot was made a Venerable Guard.
-The Queen’s own daughter, Katherine le Fayre atte Watere was invested as Princess Royale.

Saturday evening –

-Various landed nobles were not present when Her Majesty’s court began. Please know that is not at all because they were negligent in their duties, but that there was a miscommunication about the processional. Once they arrived, they were welcomed by Her Majesty the Queen.
-Her Majesty noted that there were over 20 horses participating in the equestrian activities.
-Master Avram syn Osvetoslavl’ was released (with great thanks) as Kingdom Scribe, and THL Perryn Coelbrant was sworn in.
-Lady Illaria Joye was made a Companion of the Argent Hart.
-Sir Ronan Supelach was made a Defender of the White Scarf. (Trivia question – without looking it up, can you name the other knights that are also White Scarves?)
-I was about to close Her Majesty’s court, when she, struck with inspiration, demanded that her Champion, Lord Iohann der Fuchs, attend her. Queen Ansteys gave wordfame to Iohann’s actions at Her Favor tourney, where he asked that anyone entering the tourney should go through him first. She praised his character and virtue. While speaking, the Order of Chivalry quietly came forward to kneel behind Johann. Her Majesty the Queen then offered admittance to that august order to Lord Iohann. (Answer to be given at a later date.)

Sunday evening –

-Her Majesty the Queen deigned to give her poor herald a break and announced herself in the processional. She then received the Princess Royale and her Barons and Baronesses as they rode into court on horseback.
-The Barony of Caer Galen announced their new Equestrian Champion, a fellow named Malcolm who was attending his first event. I, myself, witnessed his fine horsemanship earlier in the event.
-The Baron and Baroness of Unser Hafen presented Her Majesty with beautifully illuminated scroll blanks.
-The Kingdom Chronicler, Lady Annika Hoglund, announced the winners of the Blackfox Awards. It is my hope she posts those names soon, as I did not transcribe them, although it seems that Dragonsspine is very lucky to have their award-winning Chronicler.
-An announcement was made about an upcoming Science Fair, organized by Mistress Arcadia and Don Robert. Further details are forthcoming.
-Lord Rino handed out medals to three Outlanders whose IKAC scores exceeded all others. THL Konrad, Lady Dairenn, and Lord Ubertino were those fine archers.
-Her Majesty, Queen Ansteys announced she had received word from Grand Outlandish Tournament that King Lief had offered admittance to the Order of Chivalry to Lord Alexander of Lancaster. The crowd cheered.

Respectfully submitted,
Matilda Seton
Blue Iris Herald

Herein lies the report of the Coronation Court of King Lief III and Queen Ansteys –

The Coronation ceremony proceeded with its usual pomp and circumstance!

-Duke Bela Kos was named as King’s Champion
-Lord Iohann der Fuchs was named as Queen’s Champion.
-Aidan Liefson was declared to be a Prince Royale and upon his brow was placed a circlet.
-Helena Liefson was declared to be a Princess Royale and upon her brow was placed a circlet.
-A change to Kingdom Law – moving the annual Warlord of the Outlands tournament to September or October.
-Their Majesties’ policy on photography of court was read (see separate post).
-Mistress Anne Bigod was made to be the Steward of the Royal Household.
-Mistress Melodia Shaw was invested as Head Lady-in-Waiting.
-Lord Alexander of Lancaster was made Captain of the Queen’s Guard.
-The Defenders of the White Scarf presented Her Majesty and Ladies of the Rose with a LOT of roses.
-His Majesty explained that although this is personally his first reign, there have been two other reigns in the Outlands with Kings named Leif. He sought counsel on the matter while he was Crown Prince, and received the blessing of House Ivarson to honor Duke Leif Ivarson (of blessed memory) by being the Third of that noble name.

Respectfully submitted,
Matilda Seton
Blue Iris Herald


Herein lies the report of the Saturday afternoon court of King Lief III and Queen Ansteys, at their Coronation event–

-Robert Magnus was recognized as a Count
-Magge Magnus was recognized as a Countess and inducted into the Order of the Rose
-The Stag Choir sang a lovely and lively song, to the great enjoyment of all
-Queen’s Guards were invested
-Ladies-in-Waiting were invested
-King’s Guards were invested. Please see the Outlands Website for the full lists.
-His Majesty increased the wordfame of Countess Gilliana, thanking her for the many items of clothing she had sent to him.
- White Stag Principal Herald came forward, Her Majesty formally retired as Gimlet Herald and Master Duncan Alastair MacRae was named as her replacement. Her Majesty gifted to Gimlet Herald a fine book about Crowns and Coronations.
-Mistress Sabiha al-Zarqa’ al-Karakiyya was made a Companion of the Golden Pheon for her skill at archery. The beautiful scroll was done by Leticia Attewode and was on papyrus.
-Master Mellitus Rouncivale and the rest of the Calontir Contingent made a presentation on behalf of the Crown of Calontir, and also extolled the generosity and hospitality of the people of the Outlands.
-Sir Bardolf Gunwaldtsson was named the Shield of Chivalry for his fine and honorable actions in Crown Tournament.
-The Order of Defense presented Her Majesty white roses and to each of the landed Baronesses some lovely flowers (I know not what kind they were).
-The autocrat, Mistress Kiara Loftus, made announcements and then was given a multitude of gifts to enjoy and to share with her staff.
-The members of the Order of the Laurel were called forward. Her Majesty declared that there was one that they wished to add to the Order, and then Her Majesty went into the crowd and brought forth The Honorable Lady Asenath de Winter. Her Ladyship was asked to choose a time to give her answer to the Crown. There was much rejoicing in the hall!

Dutifully proclaimed,
Matilda Seton
Blue Iris Herald

Herein lies a report of excitement at the Coronation Feast of King Lief III and Queen Ansteys –

During the first remove, Duke Bela, in his armor, entered the back of the hall. He said these words:

“I am Bela Kos of the Chippendales, knight of the society, Bone Duke of the Outlands and sworn Champion of King Lief the third.

If there be anyone, be they Jarl, Karl or Thrall,

who say that our Sovereign Lord, King Lief third by that name

is not the rightful King of the Outlands, I say that man lies like a false traitor

and I am ready to cross swords at any time to prove your treason.

Here is my gauntlet. Pick it up if you dare.”

Whereupon he threw down his gauntlet and gazed around the hall. Those feasting put down their knives. He nodded to his attendant, who picked up the gauntlet and gave it back to him. His Grace then moved to the middle of the hall and said this:

“If there be anyone, be they noble, freeman or slave,

Who denies that Lief Fairhair is not the undisputed King of the Outlands,

I call you villain and vermin, and I challenge you to a holmgang

Here is my gauntlet. Touch it and name your day of reckoning.”

Again the threw his gauntlet to the floor. Nobody moved. Again he nodded, again the attendant returned his gage. He moved to the front of the hall, standing before the head table, and said this:

“If there be any, of high degree or low,

Who rejects Lief Two-Swords as the True King of the Outlands,

I declare you to be a Nithing and challenge your existence in this hall.

Here is my gauntlet. Take it up, if you have any blood, and I will take it from you.”

His gauntlet was thrown a third time. No one dared breathe, for fear they might draw his gaze to themselves. After a pause, His Grace nodded, and was given his gauntlet. He then knelt before the King, pledging again his sword. His Majesty the King toasted Bela with a goblet shaped like a skull, and then gifted the goblet to His Grace. The hall resounded with cheers.

Also, as dessert was being served, Mistress Ursula Darcy and Earl Mika Longbow were called from the kitchen to the King’s table. The feast both pleased and thoroughly sated Their Majesties, and they proclaimed that Mistress Ursula will be their Royal Dapifer. There was much rejoicing.

Humbly reported,
Matilda Seton
Blue Iris Herald

 

Herein lies the report of Sunday’s court at the Coronation event of King Lief III and Queen Ansteys –

There were several small courts throughout the day, one before the tournaments began and one after each was done. Here is a list of the highlights of the business conducted.

-Lord Nazir was inducted into the King’s Guard.
-Don Aegeon the Actor won the right to be Protector of the Queen’s Heart.
-Jarl Freana Geardson was made the Rapier of Chivalry.
-Count Robert Magnus won the Queen’s Favor. He now bears one of Her Majesty’s sleeves, which were beautifully embroidered by Baroness Morgan Cheyney.
-Lord Gilbert le Verrat was made the Flower of Chivalry.
-Don Robert Hunteman won the honor to be the Queen’s Defender.
-Special notice was taken by Her Majesty that Lord Cormac O Duinn worked hard to be authorized to fight in all three tournaments. The Queen called him Iron Man.

The fighting throughout the day was honorable and chivalrous. There were pick-up fights and music and singing and joyful conversation. Many hands helped to take down and pack away things as the rain began in earnest.

Delightedly recalled,
Matilda Seton
Blue Iris Herald

Greetings Unto All-

Their Royal Majesties wish it to be known that they conducted the following business at Pennsic War:

THL Umamah Bint Zayd Al-Andalusiyyah was made, my Grant of Arms, a Flower of the Outlands. Huzzah!!!

Master Angus Reid MacFarlane was offered admittance into the Order of Defense and will give his answer at Warders of the Western Gate in the Barony of Fontaine dans Sable.

Thus concludes Their Royal Majesties' court business at Pennsic War.

As always, any mistakes found are solely the fault of this herald and in no way reflect upon Their Royal Majesties.

In Service to the Crown,

Angus

Blue Iris Herald