Held in the First Unitarian Church, Berkeley, CA. The day began with a Coronation Mass in honor of Crown Prince William of Hoghton and Crown Princess Donna of Rollingwood (Donna of Willowwood). Then King Douglas and Queen Lorna held court. In an impressive ceremony they welcomed first Denis of the Titans and Samantha of the Shire, King and Queen of Atenveldt and their Royal Consorts Megan St. George and Sir William of the Shire, followed by a delegation of Atenveldt armigers. Then they welcomed Michael of Boarshaven and Zarina Daeth, King and Queen of the Middle and their subjects. Then came Aonghais Dubh Mac Tarbh, King of the East. Finally King Douglas and Queen Lorna welcomed Gregory of York and Vivian Aurora de la Mer, Prince and Princess of Caid. This was the first time in the history of the West that such a gathering of royalty had assembled in one place, including all of the reigning Kings of the Society. The stage just barely fit the necessary nine thrones. Next came numerous presentations from the populace to their various Majesties. Duke Paul and Duchess Carol of Bellatrix presented King Douglas with a bowl of magic tablets from the mighty wizard Al Kaseltzer to ease the aches and pains of the crown. King Douglas then handed out a number of scrolls from past reigns. He gave Awards of Arms to Fionna MacGregor, Guinever Elspeth Malyn, Lodbrog of Houndstooth, Luise Chaille, Mary Colleen of Eglemont, and Nathan de Sänger. He admitted Avram of Mercia and Donn an Branach to the Order of the Leaf of Merit, giving Avram also an Award of Arms, as he was previously non-armigerous. King Douglas then admitted Carol of Bellatrix, Robin Devilmark, Sumer Redmaene, and Sumingo of Amaranth to the Order of the Pelican and Anne of Caerdydd, Aurelia de la Licorne, Michaëla de Neuville, Krystoff z Lublina, and Theodulf of Borogrove to the Order of the Laurel. Douglas Brownbeard then came forward and announced that Robin Devilmark and Linda-Muireall von Katzenbrasse had been admitted to the Society Order of the Pelican by the Board of Directors. Queen Lorna bestowed her Cypher on Matriona du Cameliard, Rand of Dunbar, and Baroness Jessica Lyrindi of Northmarch. She admitted Christopher of Hoghton to the Queen’s Order of Grace. King Douglas gave a Grant of Arms to Conrad von Regensburg. Conrad was not there and the announcement was saved for Southern Twelfth Night. The Grand March culminated in the coronation of William of Hoghton and Donna of Rollingwood (Donna of Willowwood) as King and Queen of the West by King Douglas and Queen Lorna. The assembled royalty then greeted their new Majesties. The Queen’s Guard was reinstated with Benjamin von Armentrodt, Bergen von Rauch, Brian Dritar an Con, Christopher of Hoghton, Craig of the Chambers, Jeffrey Brokenblade, Loren Sur la Roche, Lodbrog Houndstooth, Olaf the Maedi-Ogre, Richard of Havn, Cadwalladyr Stone of Stonecroft, Theodulf of Borogrove, and Trude Lacklandia being admitted. Queen Donna named Lorin Sur la Roche Captain of the Queen’s Guard. Numerous presentations to their various Majesties followed, led off by the Province of St. Andrew, which presented their Majesties with beautiful six-foot long Royal banners on twelve foot banner poles, and a marvelous soltetay: a cake with a sugar castle surrounded by knights with the arms of the kings and notable knights hand painted on their shields. Hans von Bremen and Kathea of the Citadel, from Atenveldt, presented their Majesties with a three story revolving carousel with hand painted miniatures of several knights and ladies of the West. Duke Paul and Duchess Carol of Bellatrix presented a bowl of aspirin to King William, who remarked that he did not get headaches, he only gave them to others. King William gave an Award of Arms to Jennet of Two Minds and admitted Geofffrey Pendragon to the Order of the Leaf of Merit. King William established the University of Ithra, based in Madrone. Several changes were made in the Kingdom Laws. The Order of the Royal Shaft, created by King Denis of Atenveldt, was recognized in the West and Dorcas Dorcadas, Linda-Muireall von Katzenbrasse, Raymond the Mild, and Father Ruthven of Rockridge were admitted. Baroness Trude Lacklandia had been admitted by King Denis previously. Several scrolls from their previous reign were given out. Agincourt played and sang anthems for King William and Queen Donna. Court was finally ended, to everyone’s relief, and the populace proceeded to the potluck feast and then to the revel, which was highlighted by a masque, which ended with Their Majesties leading the Great Lords in a pavanne.
William of Hoghton
Per bend sinister sable and
Or, in bend two towers
Donna of Willowwood
Or, a bend sinister wavy vert,
between two weeping willows
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“I seem to recall that either I or William the Lucky or perhaps both of us autocrated this one. We suggested, with a certain amount of amusement, that Michael from the middle and Aonghais from the east be seated side by side, since they were what might be called not exactly best friends. William of Hoghton vetoed the idea quite firmly. It was a pretty good crowd, though.” – Steven MacEanruig
“Trude Lacklandia was autocrat of this event .... She became ill during the 5+ hour court. I took over with a lot of help from friends, Steve and Wm., and had a great time as autocrat/visiting king. This was the second time I had done this ... The first, Western 12th Night in 72, was occasioned by the autocrats (Steve and Luise Perrin) suffering whiplash following a rather severe auto accident. I still remember being last out of the hall with Jon the Lean(now FitzRolf) as we hauled the trash to the dump.” – Denis of the Titans[Court was finally ended ...] “It wasn't that courts were longer, but rather that the Unitarian Church was one great big hall with a few side rooms. There weren't a lot of places to go if you wanted to get away from court. Nice view out back though with the whole bay area spread out before you.” – Steven MacEanruig
“The Jan. 76 court was the longest in my experience, at that time. And. ... since Trude had been feeding us beer all the way through ... it got a little sleepy after 5+ hours ... but a lot of fun.” – Denis of the Titans
“This was the famous Court of Four Kings. As Vesper Principal Herald,
I was the Court herald. I was aware of the hatred between Michael and
Aonghais and I worked with William and Douglas to keep them apart.
Denis was sent to pick up Aonghais at the airport and to stay with
him until it was time to come in to the stage, while William had
Michael under his wing. We seated Aonghais at extreme stage right and
Michael at extreme stage left, with Atenveldt and Caid seated next
to Douglas and Lorna. It was done smoothly enough that it wasn’t until
the end of court that Aonghais turned to me with a surprised look and
said to me, "You're keeping me and Michael apart, aren't you?" To
which I replied, with a smile, "Yes, Your Majesty." "Good"", he
replied. (It was one of my prouder moments.)
“The stage really just barely fit the nine "thrones". We were hard pressed to find seven throne-like chairs at the church to go with the Western thrones, and Aonghais started off with the Church Secretary's chair covered with a cloak. Unfortunately, it was a true secretary chair with wheels, and Aonghais almost rolled right off the stage when he first sat down! (I had to send back for another chair and then quietly substitute it during a break between presentations.)” – Wilhelm von Schlüssel
“Unless I have another Twelfth Night at the Unitarian Church mixed up
with this one (a decided possibility) there were also numerous contests -
I forget what all of them were, but one was a 'Design a Castle' contest
which my plans for a castle atop Albany Hill (as it was prior to
Interstate 80) emerged as the judges' choice.
“I recall that the costume contest was Tudor Court costume, both the men's and women's divisions were won by Clarissa of Red Crab Manor on the James for Patrice' and my costumes - hers was copied from the statue of Queen Isabella of Spain in the state capitol building's rotunda, mine from portraits of Henry VIII at the Field of the Cloth of Gold.
“I also recall a subtlety contest, which I believe Verena won (but that happened fairly often so I could be off about this particular event).” – Kevin Peregrynne
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