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May Missive from their Excellencies

Missive from the Baron and Baroness
May 8, 2018

It is May and we send out warm Spring wishes to the wonderful populace of Andelcrag! The weather is finally cooperating and events and activities in the Barony are beginning to emerge like flowers in the sun.
All hail our new Sovereigns Their Royal Majesties Alric and Katherine! Long live the King and Queen! Our deepest heartfelt thanks to the Kingdom’s newest Duke and Duchess — Cellach and Vukasin — for their wonderful reign and all they have done for the Middle Kingdom.
We hope to see all of you at the various fight practices, archery practices, music performances, A & S nights and events being held within our lands. Come and talk with us! The heart and soul of our Kingdom takes place at these local activities where we spend time together doing all the things we so enjoy doing. So get up and come on out!

Please join us at “It’s Only a Fletch Wound” Baronial Althing on May 12, 2018 at Muskegon Bowmen Archery Club. We are excited to determine our Champions for the coming year in the areas of Archery, Thrown Weapons, Fencing, Arts and Sciences, and Armored Combat. Once again we request that those gentles interested in serving as one of our Champions:
1. Bring with you an arts or sciences project to demonstrate your involvement in that aspect of the Society. Your project does not have to be new and will not have an impact on the Champion competition EXCEPT in the case of the A&S Champion (in which case it WILL) IF you are seeking to become A&S Champion we expect you to take part in a martial activity in some fashion. That participation could be marshalling, bearing water, shooting target archery, throwing weapons, competing in armored or rapier combat or some other idea.

2. Submit to us in advance OR bring with you on the day of the event a letter of recommendation from a member of the Baronial Populace describing your worthiness to be considered as a Champion.

We hope to have a lot of fun with our Champions and we want to thank all participants in advance.

Let all armored combatants, rapier combatants, thrown weaponists and archers prepare yourselves! There are rumors of trouble on the eastern borders of the glorious Barony of Andelcrag. Though we love our cousins of Northwoods dearly, there sometimes comes a time for strenuous discussion over matters of import. We feel that such a time is coming soon and call on all of you to help us make our arguments at Baronial Border War in June.

The smell of war on the wind also reminds us that Pennsic is coming quickly. Please be sure to register with The Barony of Andelcrag (you must pre- register to allocate your space to our camp ) so you can join us for all the fun that is Andlecamp. We have a very accommodating and fun camp with full amenities. Come and join us for Pennsic and help our new Majesties to make THEIR arguments as needed.

We continue to encourage everyone to be thinking about those members of the populace that you feel deserve recognition for their contributions to our Barony and Kingdom. Please bring those people to our attention and/or recommend them for awards.

A Gentle Reminder;
We are still seeking someone to fill the position of Baronial Historian a much needed roll that will help our illustrious barony live on forever- please see us soon if you are at all interested or curious of what it would mean.

Yours in Service

Sieur Raymond and Zubaida Hanimevali
Baron and Baroness Andelcrag

April Missive from their Excellencies

As the weather begins to break and we prepare for the upcoming Pentamere A&S Faire this weekend hosted by our Canton of Nordheim (in Wyoming MI), we would like to share some of our thoughts with you.
We have begun to visit our Canton meetings and are excited to learn more about our populace, what will help you grow and prosper, and how we can assist toward that end. It is our intention to continue this process of attending Canton meetings on a rotating basis to spend time with each group and ensure that you all have access to us regularly.

Baronial Endeavors;
This month we would like to share with you two significant endeavors we wish to pursue.
The Baronial Historian
For any people to grow and prosper, they need to understand who they are, where they came from and what they are made of before deciding which direction to go. As part of our mission to increase the greatness and unity of our Barony, we are creating a position of “Baronial Historian”. This person will be asked to collect, preserve, promote and disseminate the history of our illustrious Barony. The people, events and stories of how we came to be. To preserve this information in text, song, and image in both the virtual and physical worlds.
If there is a group amongst you, we are happy to consider a league of historians who will work together to encourage the people of our Barony to share their memories, record them, a thereby enrich us all.
We invite the members of our barony to approach us or write to us at baronyofandelcrag@gmail.com with their desire to fulfill this role.

The Tur Kadir Oglu
As many of you know, Her Excellency Zubaida Qilichlu Qari bint Abed al Kadir (aka Hauviette) has pursued the study of the art of archery, combat and all things Turkish. In her studies, she came upon knowledge of a mighty egalitarian fighting force of the Caucasus mountains of Armenia and Turkey known in period as the Tur Kadir Oglu or “Sons of the Circle of Power”. This group is purported to survive to this day ,was witnessed by Pierre Bertrandon in the 15th Century

(The travels of Bertrandon de La Brocq́uière … to Palestine, and his return from Jerusalem overland to France, during the years 1432 & 1433). Bertrandon speaks of how women and men fought alongside each other, women wearing the “tarquais” or warriors belt and quiver. It is her desire to create a Baronial unit that will encompass traditional target archery, combat archery, rapier and thrown weapons that will collectively be known as the Tur Kadir Oglu.

Let it be known that all who wish to join us on the field, whether it be archery, combat archery, rapier, thrown weapons, siege weapons or support of troupes have a place in this unit. Our unofficial heraldry will be Sable, on a pile inverted throughout argent between two lightning bolts in chevron inverted Or, a Golden Hamsa (hand)
This unit (led by Her Excellency) will be the combat archery arm of the heavy weapons unit lead by His Excellency. It will be its own unit for rapier/cut and thrust activities as well as traditional archery. This means that they can function independently or together. It should also be known there is NO requirement to participate in this unit. Although we would love to have all of our people fight at least one battle together as a group at Pennsic, we understand that many of us have other loyalties we must fulfill.
We wish to welcome all of those who cannot or do not wish to engage in heavy weapons to consider how they can support the glorious Army of the Dragon by joining us for a battle or two at Pennsic or throughout the year at events, battles or practice for comradery.

The Illustrious Order of Baklava
As Her Excellency recognizes that her name and title can be foreign to the tongue of many, she wishes to extend this offer;
If a subject of the Barony of Andelcrag addresses Her Excellency completely without hesitation or falter, in full they will be included in the Illustrious Order of Baklava, to be inducted at the Baronial Border War or the Baronial Allthing as she sees fit. This induction will entail being offered a piece of Her Excellencies home-made baklava of varying flavors and styles to be shared amongst all of the other members of the order. There may be Turkish coffee or sharbat served as well (TBD).
Title; Zubaida Hanimevali = Baroness Zubaida
Name to be addressed- Zubaida Qilichlu Qari bint Abed al Kadir = Zubaida Woman with a Sword daughter of Abed of the Region of Kadir

Pronunciation;
Zoo- bay- duh Hah-nim-meh-wall-ee
Zoo- bay- duh Kee-leech-loo Kar-ee bint Ah-bed al Kah-deer

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you this weekend;

Baron Raymond d’Anjou and Zubaida Hanimevali

March Missive from their Excellencies

Missive from the Baron and Baroness
March 2, 2018
Greetings to the wonderful populace of Andelcrag!  As the weather begins to improve we are looking forward to upcoming events taking place in our Barony.
We are eagerly awaiting the Pentamere Regional Arts and Sciences Faire hosted by our great Canton of Nordheim on April 14 and hope to see you all there.
We would also like to encourage everyone to join us at It’s Only a Fletch Wound / Baronial Althing on May 12, 2018 at Muskegon Bowmen Archery Club.  At the Althing, we will be selecting our Champions for the coming year in the areas of Archery, Fencing, Arts and Sciences, and Armored Combat.  We request that those gentles interested in serving as one of our Champions:
1.      Bring with you an arts or sciences project to demonstrate your involvement in that aspect of the Society.  Your project does not have to be new and will not have an impact on the Champion competition EXCEPT in the case of the A&S Champion (in which case it WILL) IF you are seeking to become A&S Champion we expect you to take part in a martial activity in some fashion.   That participation could be marshalling, bearing water, shooting target archery, throwing weapons, competing in armored or rapier combat or some other idea.

2.      Submit to us in advance OR bring with you on the day of the event a letter of recommendation from a member of the Baronial Populace describing your worthiness to be considered as a Champion.

We want to thank everyone in advance for your participation and we look forward to a fun year with our Champions.

IMPORTANT:   Their Royal Highnesses have requested assistance from the Baronies of the Middle Kingdom to help the Pennsic effort in the form of taxes.
The following is from Their Royal Highnesses:
Greetings to your Exellencies of the Midrealm.
At Kingdom 12th night we spoke with the landed barons in attendance regarding a few of the expectations we have for this coming Pennsic.
It is our intention to…Tax the baronies, and as His Excellency Ermenrich so aptly put it We will be taxing the baronies for:
Booze
Benches
Bodies
Banners
1: Benches. We would ask that each Barony provide to Pennsic Royal two benches for sitting. The benches should be able to hold 4-6 people and will be brought to Royal by opening ceremonies, and removed from Royal by closing ceremonies. It is our hope that there will be no need for the shabby plastic folding chairs in Royal, and by providing this tax there will be no need. We encourage the baronies to decorate these benches to show the glory of Our great Dragon’s baronies. Perhaps the finest benches will be positioned closer to the thrones in royal.
2: Booze. In celebration of the fast and deep commitment of our Allies Aethelmearc. They declared for us very early, and we would celebrate and support such commitment. It is our intention to ask our baronies to bring a bit of Booze as a donation to Aetehlmearc for use in the party they have planned for Pennsic. The type of Alchohol is completely up to you and your populace.
3: Bodies. We are starting a new division for the Midrealm Army.
The Engineering core. The engineering core will be comprised of individuals who desire to serve the Midrealm army. We are hoping for a minimum of 20 people, their main function will be to move Hay Bales and help set up the field for each armored and fencing battle. It is our intent to present this designated group of individuals to the Pennsic battlefield staff with the understanding that their main focus is to aid the Pennsic staff with any and all battlefield support. We seek to tax you for volunteers to fill these positions. Some baronies do not have large battlefield levies, this allows for each barony to directly have a hand in support of the Pennsic war effort.
4: Banners. Our commanders have a hard time seeing your glorious armies on the field. With this in mind it is Our intent that each barony provide two banners One battlefield and one display, and one designated banner carrier. The banner carrier will be responsible for carrying the banner in the battles. Our generals will be using your banners as identifiers and rally points for troops, so make them appropriate battle banners. The display banners will be hung in Midrealm Royal. A dimensional requirement will be presented to each of you, based on how our Camp Coordinator suggests.
We would like to take this time to thank each of you ahead of time. Our goal is to celebrate the greatness and camaraderie of the Midrealm. Your taxes are hopefully not too egregious, and will easily meet our expectations.
Alric and Katherine, Prince and Princess of the Midrealm.
DRACO INVICTUS!

Pennsic will be coming before we know it, so we wish to begin on these projects as soon as possible. Toward that end, we ask those gentles willing to assist in these efforts to contact us so that we can begin to coordinate.  Thank you in advance! Duke Gavin has already graciously offered to construct the two Andelcrag benches for us.  Thank you so much, Your Grace.
We also want to encourage everyone to be thinking about those members of the populace that you feel deserve recognition for their exemplary contributions to our Barony and Kingdom.  Please bring those people to our attention and/or recommend them for awards.
Yours in Service
Sieur Raymond and Zubaida Hanimevali
Baron and Baroness Andelcrag

Welcome!

Welcome to the new web site for the Barony of Andelcrag.  Once things get rolling, the Baronial officers will be able to post comments pertaining to Baronial business.