Department of Admission Adds “Special Talent” Portion to Application



The Fourth Crown

SAINT PETER, MN—Looking to avoid admitting subpar students due to their bland and nondescript applications, the Gustavus Department of Admission has added a “special talents” portion to the application process. The Admission Department has received attention in the past for their ‘no score’ policy which gives students the option to forsake reporting their ACT/SAT scores without penalty. Jen Grover, Admission Counselor, explained the change by sharing the no score policy has made “every app just about the damn same.” Grover shared “we understand that you think that your high school was harder because you’re from Edina, and that your life was ‘changed’ when you served food at the homeless shelter that one time. The problem is that nobody cares.”

The new category for admission has truly set people apart in their applications. Potential students are asked to send in a video or material evidence of their special talents. Students have…

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Period or Not… Names


Oh it’s a Brave new world in onomastics!!!

East Kingdom Gazette

quill pen, scroll, candleThis is a recurring series by Mistress Alys Mackyntoich on whether certain names currently can be documented to period based on existing evidence..  There are a lot of names that people think are medieval, but actually aren’t, and others which people think are modern, but in fact are found in the SCA’s period.  If you would like to suggest a name, send an email to the Gazette.

Today’s name is Merida.

With the popularity of the movie Brave, the heralds have received a couple of requests for the given name “Merida.” Regardless of how the movie uses it, it is not a Scottish name. However, it can be documented to period other ways.

Merida appears as an English given name dated to 1628, which is within our “gray period” and acceptable as documentation. It is not clear whether this name was male or female.[1]

It can also be documented…

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Highlights from Kingdom A&S


I love the work of my fellow SCA artisans! I miss going to Kingdom A&S in Calontir!


Mistress Rhianydd Arbeth, Calontir’s Visual Historian


She is a wonderful lady…and the historical photos linked to in this article bring back any memories.


Saving my old soul



So…the Barony of Caer Galen elects a new Pope at their Midwinter event. Their current Pope is Mistress Anne Bigod. (A very fitting name for a Pope, no?)

Well, this past weekend, she was selling indulgences…to cleanse our souls of all of our sins. (And what a wonderful example of scribal artistry!)

My Persian persona is a heathen in the eyes of the medieval Catholic church…so his soul was beyond redemption. However, about 6-7 years ago…I had an Italian persona. Since that persona is now in my past, it only seemed fitting to cleanse his soul….


The results of Caerthe’s Jewelers’ Guild



Last month, the Jewelers’ Guild of Caerthe learned how to do copper enameling. We each made a piece for ourselves, and then several of us in turn made a Keystone medallion for our Barony.

It was then my task to make the cords and chains for the finished medallions.


Here is a close-up of the resulting lucet cords…


And here is a close-up of the double-woven trichinopoly (aka: Vikjng wire weaving)…


Next up is the close-up of the 2-3-2 jewelers’ chain (which if you turned this into a flat-weave would be a modified Japanese 12-2 pattern, using a square weave, rather than a traditional Japanese hexagon weave).

And lastly…below is the close-up of the Byzantine chain.