Azure, a wolf sejant, head erect,
between in chief two compass stars
and on a base argent, a laurel wreath
Arms by Khevron Oktavii Tikhikovich Vorotnikov
History: The Principality of Oertha has a stormy past, but to sum up: It started as the Shire of Eskalya (which is now the Barony of Eskalya). The Shire of Winter's Gate came later (now a Barony), as did the Freehold of Selivergard (which later became the Shire of Selveirgard, now also a Barony). Some time after that, the Shire of the Thousand Isles (eventually Barony of Earngyld, for awhile a March -- i.e., not a part of the Principality, now a Shire that is part of the Principality again), and new branches have started to emerge.
Oertha began to coalesce into a principality with the unofficial formation of the Council of the North, with representation from each active branch, which led to a name (chosen by polling the populace) and a newsletter. A couple years later, it became an unofficial "Region" of the West with regional officers as deputies to the kingdom officers, rather than remaining a part of the newly-forming Kingdom of An Tir.
Oertha became a Crown Principality of the West at Twelfth Night, January 8, AS XVII (1983) by Paul and Rowena, and was made a full Principality at the hands of Radnor and Grün, at the first Principality Coronet Tournament and Investiture, January 20, AS XIX (1985).
Special thanks to Morgana yr Oerfa for helping keep this straight ... many of these things were not written down until now.
Location: The State of Alaska.
The Original Oerthan Charter
For completeness' sake, the following is a listing of the Crown Princes and Crown Princesses of Oertha, who were also the King and Queen of the West:
|Reign Started||King / Crown Prince||Queen / Crown Princess|
|January 8, XVII (1983)||Paul of Bellatrix||Rowena d'Anjou|
|January 8, XVII (1983)||Thomas the Incomplete||Trista de Cordoba|
|April 30, AS XVII (1983)||Radnor of Guildemar||Esmirelda Dancingstar|
|August 20, AS XVIII (1983)||Rolf the Relentless||Lachlin ni Colin|
|January 7, AS XVIII (1984)||William the Lucky||Joanne of Puffin Cliff|
|May 5, AS XIX (1984)||Ronald Wilmot||Dierdrianna of the Misty Isles|
|August 25, AS XIX (1984)||James Greyhelm||Verena of Laurelin|
|January 5, AS XIX (1985)||Radnor of Guildemar||Grün der Spitzenklöppler|
See the Roll of Arms for the Princes and Princesses of Oertha.
An Arts and Sciences issue of The Guardian, The Principality newsletter, which was published in January of AS XIX (1985) has a list of "firsts" in an article. These are all Oerthan "Firsts", not SCA or Kingdom of the West "Firsts":
From The Page (January, 1984):
ANNALS OF OERTHA
The Year in Oertha -- 1983
January Lord Defender's Tournament, Eskalya
Outgoing Lord Defender - Sir Kylson Skyfire
Outgoing Lady of the Snows - Decembre Eitel
New Lord Defender - Eric Bearsbane
New Lady of the Snows - Marthe Aardvarkkeeper
February - Winter's Gate Captaincy Tournament
New Captain - Shapur Abdul Abalhassan Hussain
New Heart of Winter's Gate - Mistress Morgana n'ha Keridwen
May - Winter's Gate Captaincy Tournament
New Captain - Lady Alician de MOntfort of Sprucewood (first lady in Oertha to win a title by right of arms)
New Heart of Winter's Gate - Ivan Nikolai Voryag
June - Earngyld Pilot's Tourney
New Pilot - Bjorn Emerfing
New Seamaden - Natalie Twiname [later Aelfwynn de Montfort of Tweoname as noted by Morgana yr Oerfa]
July 4th Weekend - Duke Paul Fighting Workshop and Warlord Tournament - Beast Valley
Lord Donnan of Shimmeringstar -- Warlord
Tara de Franbois - Shieldmaiden
War was declared on Beast Valley by the College of St. Boniface for serving sheep that looked suspiciously related to sheep owned by the College.
July - Lord Defender's Tournament, Earngyld
New Lord Defender - Lord Sean of Eaglerest
New Lady of the Snows - Lady Raonaild Ruard
Guests: Duke Paul of Bellatrix, Countess Rowena d'Anjou, Lady Kat von Falkensfen, Lady Christia Barrett (Lochac Minister of Sciences), and His Royal Majesty, Radnor
Oerthan offices that changed hands at this event:
Seneschal - (acting position given to Adam Elfchaser). Exchequer, to Wolf Federweiss. Chronicler to Rhea Louveciennes.
August - Warlord Tournament in Selveirgard
Prize Tournament, with a handcrafted axe, won by Lord Avaloc the Young.
September - Baroness' Champion Tourney, Earngyld
First Baroness' Champion - Bjorn Emerfing
September - Baron's Tourney, Eskalya
Baron's Champion - Avaloc the Young
October - Winter's Gate Captaincy Tournament
New Captain - Lord Irone of the Blue Star
New Heart of Winter's Gate - Mistress Danpira Snowsong of Skyhaven
Visitors - Lady Antadina Exeter du Nordlac and Lord Edmund de Montfort
November - Beast Valley Warlord Tournament and Sheep War between the College of St. Boniface and Beast Valley
New Warlord - Todd the Foxx
New Shieldmaiden - Branwen Ravenwing
The war was won by several HUNGRY college students, led by Sir Kylson Skyfire. There are rumors of Beast Valley declaring war on the College in order to reattain the new grazing lands of the sheep, Lyubov Tower (the residence of the Seneschale and family of Beast Valley).
December - College of St. Boniface Heraldry Workshop
[I am indebted to Rhea Louvciennes, the Chronicler of Oertha, for collecting the above information for me.]
The Guardian Online:
Master Khevron is scanning old issues of The Guardian, the Oerthan newsletter, going back to the first issue ...:
Some of these make fascinating reading, especialliy if you were there ... HvH
The Oerthan Heraldic Coloring Book:
Master Khevron also scanned the original, and is planning on scanning the most recent of these:
The (Original) Oerthan Heraldic Coloring Book (1985)
Description of the history of this branch is a summary from the small amount of information available, by Hirsch von Henford. Location information is from the back of The Page.
The West Kingdom History Website was created by and is maintained by Hirsch von Henford (mka Ken Mayer).