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This is THL Jerusha a'laon, your Virtual Herald.

This is my own space and the opinions on this blog are my own and are not in any way, shape or form those of the officers, Crowns and Coronets of Atenveldt. This is a free and open space for anyone who is interested in additional content from the Virtual Herald.

I'm not interested in having this blog become a political battleground. I just want to be able to serve my kingdom as well as have an outlet for the journalism and photography degree I got from Northern Arizona University. Please respect that.

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The Virtual Herald Blogging, that is.

It's been almost two years since I've made a blog post.

After much thought, I realized that it's because I have figured out that the Face Book page format is the one that works best with the type of reporting I do.  Plus, if I need to do a post event court report (due to no internet reception or other considerations), I can simply type it out as a post.

Last month marked my fifth anniversary as The Virtual Herald and I'm just so tickled that something I started on a whim (and because I wanted to use my smartphone in court... thanks, Master Godfrey!) has blown up and become such an integral part of the Kingdom as well as the inspiration for other folks in other kingdoms as well.

Truly, it feels awesome to be The First (as far as I can tell).

So, with that, I figured I'd go back to blogging again.  I'd like to share my experiences with the SCA and my Kingdom that don't necessarily fit the format of the page.

Outside of the Virtual Herald, I'm quite the nerd/geek and also do a lot of service for both Atenveldt and Society.

So, feel free to read what I have to say and interact with me here.  I look forward to sharing #MySCA with all of you.

Jerusha VH


Mace and Greatsword 2013 Court Report

It was a crisp, cool day in the Barony March of Mons Tonitrus.  The night before had brought rain, but the day was looking to be clear and pleasant.  After getting up the various pavilions needed to house the populace, the various Coronets and the Crown, court was called to order.

The Barons and Baronesses processed in, Their heralds extolling their great qualities, followed by Their Majesties processional.

After some introductory announcements, the first ordTonitruser of business was the elevation of Lady Caoilfhionn to the venerable order of the Laurel.  This humble herald was able to secure footage of the ceremony and shares it with all.  Please forgive any errors in it's creation, for they are my own.  You can see the footage here.

Following this, Their Majesties chose to recognize Lady Francesca d'Aymonet for her tireless work in the background by making her a companion of the Light of Atenveldt.

Celestria inghean Rhodan was then called forth and recognized for her diligent efforts in photography and capturing the history of this kingdom (something I am all for!) and made her a Lady of Atenveldt.

Their Royal Majesties then recessed their court and Heinrich and Juliana opened their final court as Baron and Baroness of Mons Tonitrus.  After words of welcome, Their Excellencies got down to the task of recognizing and thanking all of the people who helped them during their reign.  Her Excellency gave personal items to exchanged for a more formal gift later to various members that were of invaluable service to her, including Bannthegn Christine and THL Wolfgang.

Then it was His Excellency's turn.  He gave out copper etched coins to various people whom he thanked, including Master Thomas de Lacy and Lord Takago.

Another member of the populace, Lady Miako, was made to stay so that she could be inducted into the Order of the Silver Morion for her efforts and skill in the art of rapier.

Following this, the Ladies in Waiting were called forward and thanked for their service.  Each was given a copper etched coin and released from service.  Lady Isabelle inghean Alastair was made to stay and inducted into the Order of the Sable Arrows for her efforts in target archery.

After the Baronial Guard was called forth and released with a gift of a copper etched coin, the various Barons and Baronesses in attendance came forth to present Heinrich and Juliana with parting gifts.  Highlights included a woven basket in the shape of a ship by Their Excellenies Zhigmund and Aleyd from Tir Ysgthir as well as lots and LOTS of booze.

In between presentations, the Baronial Officer Corps and Baronial Champions were called forth and released, each receiving a copper etched coin as a token of thanks.

Finally, when all was said and done, Heinrich and Julianna stood alone at their thrones.  They began to take off their coronets, when they were stopped by Their Majesties.  The Royal Court reopened and They bade their subjects to kneel before them.  A heartfelt moment was shared as Their Majesties, who have once held baronial thrones themselves, gave their most sincere thanks to Heinrich and Juliana for their service to the Kingdom and Barony.  They then removed the coronets from their brow and they process out to the acclaim of the audience.

After the audience calmed down, the Herald called forth the heirs.  A processional began as the Herald read out the names of all of the previous Barons and Baroness of Mons Tonitrus:

Heinrich and Juliana
Egan and Meadhbh
Charles and Christine
Seamus and Gwenlillian
Odinel and Judith
Philip and Selina
Duncan and Moire
Morgan and Angelica
Alwyn and Constance
Uchdred and Constance

As the names were called, either the former nobility walked past or a member of the populace holding the shield of one of the above named.  When they all entered the Royal Presence, those Thegns and Bannthegns present gathered around in a circle as Finn and Briged were called forth to take their place among them.  Finn and Briged were invested as the newest Baron and Baroness, but not before relinquishing their household and student obligations, which were done with tears of joy and promises to return.  The Baronial Mace was passed around to all the former nobility and then handed to His Excellency as a symbol of authority.  They took their oaths and swore fealty to the Barony and Kingdom.  Then, they stood and were introduced to the crowd with raucous applause.  Once they took their places on the Baronial thrones, The Royal Herald called for a ten minute recess before continuing on.

During this time, a group photograph was taken of the Barony's Lineage:

When Royal Court reopened, Their Majesties recalled Heinrich and Juliana and recognized them as Thegn and Bannthegn to the approval of the populace.

Then, Finn and Briged opened their first court.

It was a standard opening court, with words of welcome,the installation of the Court and Champions and the swearing in of the Baronial Officer Corps. Their Excellencies also received presentations from several of the attendant Barons and Baronesses as well. Highlights included Glow in the Dark Duct Tape, Baronial feast gear, and a cachet of scrolls for them to use for their awards.  They also installed Heinrich and Juliana to the Order of the Defenders of Mons Tonitrus.  They kept it short and sweet, stating that the would be going around throughout the day and thanking people in person for the assistance received for their investiture.

Once again, Royal Court opened and Their Majesties announced they had a couple of pieces of business that they wished to complete before beginning the day's tournaments.  They thanked the members of the military that were present as visitors to the Current Middle Ages and a round of applause was given for their service.

Duchess Larissa, an emissary from the Kingdom of Trimaris, came forth and provided a small token to Their Majesties from Their cousins in Trimaris.  She then spoke to the populace and gave an open invitation to all to attend Gulf Wars as guests of Trimaris.  She was then lauded by Master Sim the Herald, who kneeled down and advsised her that she was no foriegner, but at true woman of Atenveldt.  This was met with Fierce applause.

THL Johan Wolfgang von Hess was recognized for his dedication to the Arts and Sciences and was given a Fleur de Soleil.

Morrigan o' Menith was called forth and recognized for her 37 years in the Society with a LONG OVERDUE Award of Arms.

Finally, Lady Catherine Schlagel, Matriach of House DeLacy and one of the noblest, kindest women you could ever meet, was made a Commander of the Queen's Grace.

Court was closed and the tournaments began.  Congratulations to all those so honored.



Call for Panelists at Phoenix Comicon 2013!

I'm sending this out to all who might be interested in presenting at this year's Phoenix Comiccon! The Costuming Department is *very* interested in having panels in their schedule about SCA and Historical Costuming in general. They have asked me to put the word out to the Kingdom and Knowne Worlde! 

If you would like to present, please click on the link below and submit your proposal. Be Sure you put a note in the Scheduling section that Jo Stomel sent you. That way, it can get forwarded much faster. If you have any questions, please contact me via FB or email. I can't wait to see what the SCA can offer Phoenix Comicon!


Jo Stomel/Jerusha a'Laon


Congratulations to Crown Prince Ivan and Crown Princess Ian'ka of Atenveldt!


Atenveldt Crown Tourney Round 1: Call to Glory

The Chivalry lined up in OP order on one side, the non belts on the other.  His Majesty invited the following non belted fighters to move to the Chivalry side of the Roster:

Lord Marek the Jew
Master Thomas Godefroy
Lord Einar (aka Bamm Bamm)

Once the Chivalry side intoduced themselves and their consorts, the non betlts came forth, introduced their consorts, and chose their first fight.  All of the consorts recieved a rose from Her Majesty to commemorate their participation in the Tournament.

The list of bouts are as follows:

THL Franbald vs. Sir Casca
Lord Stefan vs. Duke Arthur
Lord Nikita vs. Sir Donnegal
Lord Alister vs. Sir Ivan
Lord Maghus vs. Count Thomas
Lord Jakob vs. Thegn Morgan
Lord Osric vs. Sir Oslaf
Lord Michael vs. Duke Eduard
Lord Ingvarr vs. Viscount Sterling
Sayidda Mariyah vs. Sir Silvestro
Lord Seved vs. Sir Valora
Lord Ruadhan vs. Lord Einar (Bamm Bamm)
Lord Tiberius vs. Lord Marek
M'lord Alaric vs. Master Thomas

M'lord Marcus, who is the last fighter on the list, introduced his consort.  With the Crown's permission, Sir Brian the Pious, Baron Granite Mountain, came forth and honored him with a red belt, making him his squire, much to his suprise.

His Majesty then called forth Duke Phelan, who will serve as the *destructive* by-fighter for the first round.  Since Phelan was the one who Knighted Sir Brian, this was looked upon by the populace with approval.


Fall Coronation Report - the Ascension of Tristan II and Damiana II


Right after Her Majesty Damiana was crowned and proclaimed, I realized I wouldn't have enough power in my device to report on their opening court.

As is tradition in this kingdom, once the Queen is proclaimed, the various oaths of service and fealty were administered.  Their Majesties began with the Landed Barons and Baronesses, explaining that they felt it was important to acknowledge their role as stewards of the Crown's lands.

Following this, the Peerage made their oaths, starting with the Chivalry.  Those peers who do not swear fealty but wish to acknowledge and wish the Crown well came forth and shared drink, with Master Balldrich, the sole Master of Arms in attendance, making a short speech.

The populace came forth to swear their oaths, followed by the officers of the kingdom.

Once the Coronation court was closed, the official court was opened and Their Majesties were proclaimed by the crowd.  His Majesty Tristan came forth and spoke of the themes he wished to express during his reign.

He began by acknowledging that the King of the East was the true Storm King, due to a little girl named Sandy that packed a nice punch (and delayed the delivery of Countess Ilora's scroll, made in its entirety by Maestra Alex the Scribe, Signet Emeritus of Atenveldt).  Being the good sport that He is, he decided to name his reign the "Revenge of the Weather King" instead, the acclaim of the populace.  To start out his reign, He and Her Majesty gave out little packages containing ponchos to the Barons and Baronesses as well as the crowd.

After the laughs died down, talk became more serious.  He spoke of how the Society is a huge family and the difference between Blood and Chosen Family.  He reminded the people that we as a Kingdom are a large chosen family and to enjoy each other and never forget to acknowledge and thank them for being part of your life.  He spoke in sadness of those who could not join us and asked us to keep them in our hearts.

Following this, the Senior Members of the court were introduced and the Guards and Ladies asked to come forward to receive their favors, which were blue satchels with the Aten Sun painted on the cover.

Her Majesty Damiana came forward and spoke.  She stated that They would make a concerted effort to ensure that as many people as possible were thanked for their work in the Kingdom, whether at court or in private.  She then called forward the gentles that worked on the garb that Their Majesties were wearing today.  Mistress Francesca, who was the lead for the project, was given a book of patterns for her service.  Lady Rosamand and Lady Margaret who worked on the embroidery, were given jewelery.  Also thanked and given largesse were Baroness Eahba for her work in making the guard and lady favors for the court  as well and Lady Norah for her services as Site Steward and Baroness Saba for organizing the Soup Kitchen lunch for the day.

Thegn Morgan and Bannthegn Elizabeth came forth with a small presentation of a little snowglobe with a monkey in it.  His Majesty made a great show of playing with it.

Thomas and Illora came forth to collect their due for having served the kingdom with their first reign.  Count Thomas' scroll was made in its entirety by Mistress Dairine and Countess Ilora was inducted into the Ladies of the Rose by the assembled Royal Peeresses, being given several rose pendants to begin her collection.

Finally, Their Majesties spoke of Estrella War and their wish for all of the troops to be a sea of blue and yellow.  As an incentive, they stated that they would be looking to give out the Esprit de Corps award to the best dressed fighting unit at this year's war.  They rolled out the fabulous banner made by Sir Valora that would be given to the winning unit.  They also stressed that this award was NOT limited to units from Atenveldt and that ANY UNIT from ANY KINGDOM was eligible to win the prize.  This made Princess Mari of Cynagua smile.

Court was then recessed.  Before doing so, Their Majesties stressed that court would not close until the end of their reign.  Court could happen at Any Time during a Kingdom Event.


Kingdom Arts and Sciences Competition 2012 - Final Court wrap up and List of Winners


After a long day of judging, tournaments, socializing, meetings and fun, final court began.  Her Majesty Illora was running the show as His Majesty had to leave for a family commitment.

Court began with announcing the winners of the various tournaments held during the day.  THL Malise came forward and announced Lord Takago, who had earlier been awarded with the Luxbruder of Atenveldt, as the overall winner of the day.  He received a book about armor and weaponry.

HE Heinrich of Mons Tonitrus was named as the fighter with the most period look on the field.  He was given a rapier blade.

Lord Duncan then came up and introduced the three youth fighters that participated in their tournament.  These future Kings and Queens were M'lord Jacob Fisher, M'lady Alexis, and M'lord Christopher ap Odde.  They were all declared winners and given a boffer great sword for their participation.  M'lord Christopher got a second sword for showing the most fearlessness in the field.

Baroness Elena and Sir Nudd then came forward to recognize the winners of the first annual Duke Deaton Greatsword Tournament.  Lord Ciaran Gallowglass was recognized as the most chivalrous fighter.  He was presented a set of stainless steel gauntlets.  His Highness Tristan gave them to him and publically recognized him for his conduct on the tournament field.  Sir Jakob, his knight, was also recognized for having such a gallant squire.

The overall winner of the Tournament, however, was the Honorable Giles Richardson.  He fought for the honor of Her Excellency Julianna of Mons Tonitrus.  He recieved a set of greaves made by the hands of Sir Casca and Sir Nudd.  Her Excellency was allowed first pick of the Ladies Prize table.

Baroness Elena then spoke of the consort lamentation contest.  It truly added an element of fun and gaiety to the tournament, watching the ladies react to their fighters on the field.   Her Excellency, along with several other ladies, just couldn't pick a decisive winner and instead chose a top three and an honorable Mention.

In first place, we had Lady Allasan Tamelyn, whose hysterics and lamenations on the field on behalf of her lord husband Odde were a tribute to her love for him.  She was invited to the Ladies Table to pick out a prize.

Second, M'lord Jacob Fisher was recognized for his reaction to Lord Henrich's death on the field: "Are you my new daddy?"

In Third, Lady Anna Sophia was recognized for her efforts at clearing the field of her fighter after he lost.

A special Honorable mention was given to Baron Brian of Granite Mountain, who properly mourned the loss of his squire in true falsetto fashion.  He was also invited to take a prize from the Ladies table, much to the amusement of Baron Zhigmund of Tir Ysgthir.

Following Lady Lia's announcement of the Pas de Arms taking place in Tir Ysgthir on December 16th, Lady Elinore L'Adorable came forth to thank all of the judges who participated in the competition, followed by Master Simon thanking the cooking staff for an excellent luncheon that kept the judges from eating each other and the entries.

After that, the Youth entrants were called forward.  The following future Laurels submitted entries and were allowed to pick prizes from the Children's Table:

M'lord Christopher ap Odde with two entries
M'lord Tristan ap Odde with two entries
M'lady Arwen MacArthur
M'lady Annalise
M'lord Jacob Fisher

Congratuations to M'lord Jacob, who was the overall winner as is the first Arts and Sciences Youth Champion that the kingdom has had in many years!

The winners of the Novice and the Open Categories were announced.  Each winner received a wonderful, unique scroll made by the West of Windale Scriptorium and other Scribes of the kingdom under the direction of Mistress Eden Blacksmith.  Congratulations to all the winners:


Bannthegn Lisabetta Bartholomeo Zanca - Clothing, Needlework, Heraldic Display
Louis Lefevre - Arms and Armor
Lord Thomas Mac Aedan - Spirits & Brewing

Lady Anya Seergeva - Clothing, Heraldic Display, Leatherwork
Lady Clarice Alienor Neep - Needlework, Textiles, Writing
Lady Tiphina of Ledbury - Performing Arts
Posadnik Ivan Petrovich - Woodworking
Lady Nefertari Ani Eponis - Spirits & Brewing
Lady Allasan Tamlyn - Homesteading
Lord Odde ap Tam - Lace
Lord Arminius von Bitsenberg - Instruments

Populace Choice, Novice:  Bannthegn Lisabetta Bartolomeo Zanca

Populace Choice, Open: Sir Mathias Alexandrose Casca

Populace Choice, Performing Arts:  Lady Lia le Citolur

After all of the prize giving, Master Raven and Mistress Elsa, the outgoing Champion, came forward and thanked all of the participants, judges, and staff that worked to make the event a success.  Her Majesty then came forward and thanked the two ladies who put themselves forward for champion and expressed the difficulty of the decision.  She then announced that Lady Kristen Maria Matz had won the day and was proclaimed the next Kingdom Arts and Sciences Champion!  There was tremendous applause as she came forward to recieve her medallion and recognition.  I might also add that she was also one of the site stewards for the event, so this is definitely a well earned accolade.  Congratulations!

Finally, Her Majesty called forward Lord Martin de Gras, who ran and leaped his way into her presence.  He was commended for his excellent job as Steward and recognized for his grace, courtesy and good bearing.  Her Majesty stated that she looked to him as an example of proper behavior and because of this, awarded him with her Grace to the thunderous approval of the crowd.

Court ended right after that and everyone scrambled to get out of the site, since it was well past dark by then.  I myself headed out to dinner and went to bed not soon after.

Overall, a very successful day.  Congratulations to all so honored, and I encourage you to check out the various pictures of the artifacts entered and of the days events.  Always, a fun day in Atenveldt.