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The Twelfth Year

Fall Investiture Tourney -- Principality of Caid
November 19, 1977

Held at Revelle College, UCSD, San Diego, CA. The event was hosted by The Abbey. Prince Balin and Princess Lorissa held court. Baron Talanque held an “Imitate Balin” contest. The winner was Lady Fiona Gregorovna (Natalya de Foix) of Shadowhyrst, who received an 8 x 10 color glossy photo of Balin in his “Captain Caid” tunic with flowing red cape and Superman belt buckle. Lord Jeosigh MacCrumein inducted Duke Anghois dubh MacTarbh and Lady Mary Taran of Glastonbury, Duchess MacTarbh, into Clan MacPiobmahr. Master John ap Griffin and Mistress Bjo of Griffin (Flavia Beatrice Carmigniani) presented their Highnesses with their personal banners which had been appliqued and machine embroidered by Alewälfe the Red. Lists were held for Princess’ Champion. Viscount Gregory of York defeated Prince Balin of Tor to claim the title. Prince Balin and Princess Lorissa held their final court. Prince Balin gave Awards of Arms to Hagar the Bear, Jason Griffiths of Shadowhyrst, and Luxandra of Altumbra. Baron John ap Griffin was admitted to the Order of the Dolphin. Duke Anghais dubh MacTarbh, Lady Lyndia of Woodlyn, and Viscount Gregory of York received the Legion of Courtesy. All of Princess Lorissa’s Ladies-in-Waiting, as well as Baron John ap Griffin, Baroness Bjo of Griffin (Flavia Beatrice Carmigniani), Lord Alewäulfe the Red, Viscount Gregory of York, Duke Aonghais dubh MacTarbh, and Viscountess Bevin Fraser of Sterling were called forward and thanked by their Highnesses. Prince Balin promised them all a T-shirt with a photo of himself and a slogan stamped on them, the choice of slogan and photo being up to the recipients. Duke William of Hoghton, Earl Marshall, presented warrants to Sir Charles of Dublin, the new Principality Knight Marshall, and to Viscount Gregory of York and Lord Jason Griffiths. There followed a great number of presentations to their Highnesses. Konrad von Biltauer presented the Principality of Caid with a full sized shield on a wooden stand with the arms of Caid painted on it. Princess Lorissa called up the members of the Princess’ Guard and thanked them for their service, asking Duke Aonghais dubh MacTarbh to keep his baton of office as a memento of her reign and his service. She also thanked Viscount Gregory of York for his service as her Champion and asked that he keep her favor as a remembrance.

The Investiture of Martin the Temperate and Neptha of Thebes followed. The Princess Neptha’s Ladies-in-Waiting were Lady Frances Stardragon, Anne of Villanova, Lady Guinevere Elspeth Malyn, Leonora Dragonsrun, and Lady Lyndia of Woodlyn. Prince Martin gave Awards of Arms to Alana Balisette of Arakeen, Augustus Johannes der Dichter, Miranda Douglas of Scheehalian, and Trygvvi Halftrollson. Prince Martin announced that King Paul had delegated to the Prince of Caid the right to sign warrants in the Principality. Presentations to Their Majesties followed. The final event of court was the presentation of the petition by Lady Anna McAyre of Gorabh on behalf of the Canton of Lyonesse, requesting baronial status. Then the revelry commenced. Refreshments produced by lady Giesele Hildegaard of the Mystic Dragon and Lady Cristóbal degli Gilicine che Mangia Uome were happily consumed, and revelry filled the evening.

Martin the Temperate
Argent, a bend sinister nebuly,
in dexter chief a bull's head
cabossed gules.
Neptha of Thebes
Or, a falcon silhouette displayed
sable, grasping in sinister talon
three carnations gules, stemmed
sable, a chief urdy gules.
Arms drawn by Nicholas Bawcock of Petersfield, used with permission,
Arms Colored by Evaine MacGreger.

Description of this event, © Copyright 1980 by William R. Keyes (Wilhelm von Schlüssel)
This is from The History of the West Kingdom, Volume 1 (the only volume produced). When reading this text, please keep in mind the following disclaimer:

Disclaimer: This history may have errors in it, as much of the detail is “remembered” history, or as one of the cover pages of the original type-written manuscript states “The material within is derived from the information printed in The Crown Prints and in The Page, and from the memories of the participants.” The original document was typed on onion-skin paper, with hand-written notes (often in the margins). All attempts have been made to reconcile the notes with the original document.

Annotations, when they are added, are from The Annotated History of the West, Volume 1, which is the same text as Master Wilhelm's mentioned above, with commentary from members of the SCA who were active at the time of the event, and are added to help clarify questions and expand on what happened and why. This volume is copyright © Ken Mayer (Hirsch von Henford).

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