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Branch Histories

Barony of Winter's Gate


Per fess indented sable,
estoily argent, and argent,
in base a laurel wreath sable.

Arms by Khevron Oktavii Tikhikovich Vorotnikov

History: The Barony started out as a Shire, then a Province, founded by a few College Students and Science-Fiction fans in Fairbanks, Alaska. These included Morgana n'ha Keridwen (aka Baroness Morgana yr Oerfa), Micheil the Younger of An Alltan, Phillippe du Moorgth, Miles de Brooks, and eventually (a month or two after the first meetings) Hirsch von Henford and his (now) ex-wife Diotima Aristar.

The core of Winter's Gate for several years included the above, and later Antadina du Nordlac (aka Berengeria de Montfort of Carcassone), Falchion Mountaintamer (aka Fanchion Mountaintamer), Danpira Snowsong, Altano of Annum Ridge and John St. Andrew.

The following are excerpts from an article on "Oerthan Firsts", see History of Oertha page for the whole article.

Barons and Baronesses of Winter's Gate:

Reign BeganBaron/ess and Consort (Baroness/Baron)
January, 1984Morgana yr Oerfa (Founding Baroness)
April, 1999Morgana yr Oerfa and Taran de Montfort
July, 2002Khevron Oktavii Tikhikovich Vorotnikov and Morgana yr Oerfa
April, 2005Griffin Garret and Margery Garret
April, 2011Gwyneth Rhiannon of the Sea
July, 2013Bran Sparrowhawk and Cempestra Sidda O'Breoniann
July, 2017Hans Shaffer and Elena verch Rhys

Location: Fairbanks, Alaska

Heralds' Title: The Estoille Pursuivant

See photos from early in Winter's Gate's History


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.


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