Their Excellencies enjoying
effigies of themselves
The Septentrian Baronial Investiture event was held in Lindsay, ON on April 21. The focus of the morning court was the retirement of Their Excellencies Percival and Christiana, and the investiture of their successors, Their Excellencies Grom and Anneke. In a simple yet moving ceremony, Percival and Christiana released their retainers and champions, and then to a haunting song sung by THL Asa Gormsdottir, Their Majesties Quilliam and Dagmar took back the baronial coronets. Percival and Christiana than swore fealty as members of the populace and commended to Their Majesties THL Grom and Lady Anneke before retiring from the hall.
The investiture itself began with words from Master Hector, Pelican to THL Grom, and Her Highness Rylyn, Pelican to Lady Anneke, commending their qualities to Their Majesties. They then promised to take up the burden of the Coronets in exchange for fealty as well as certain privileges such as taxation. Our new Baron and Baroness were invested with the ancestral coronets once worn by Aedan and Kaffa and the much newer baronial cloaks, before swearing fealty to Their Majesties and making covenant with the people of Septentria to rule with honesty and integrity. With the new Baron and Baroness safely sitting the High Seats, court was suspended for the day's activities.
Multiple tournaments were conducted for armoured combat, rapier, and youth combat, with one of the list fields being taken over by dancers later in the afternoon. A tasty lunch was provided by Baroness Anne. A number of artisans displayed bear-themed works on the A&S display table, and the afternoon was capped by the auction, conducted by Baron Gunther, which raised $501 for the Septentrian travel fun. THL Percival and THL Christiana (who were not yet again Excellencies) received guests during the afternoon. Many gifts were given, including the memory book assembled by THL Asa.
Evening court saw Their Excellencies' first awards–Golden Bears to THL Lucrece and Lady Kat, who had made their investiture clothing. Their Majesties also bestowed Court Baronies on Percival and Christiana, who then swore an oath of fealty as Barons of Court. Lady Lyda was also presented with a 250 lb scroll in recognition of being added to the Order of the Wain, and THL Augustyn was made a member of the Order of the Crucible.
Dinner ensued quickly thereafter, starting with delicacies of the Middle East followed by more Norse fare. Lord Hans kept the menu simple but filling. While every dish was a delight, nothing produced such sounds of pleasure as the smoked chickens. The evening was crowned by the sailing of the Great Bear of the North, a sugarpaste longship (where everything but the masts and string was edible). The sugarpaste was the work of THL Medb, with shields with the devices of all the Barons and Baronesses of Septentria being painted by various members of Eoforwic. Solid chocolate bears dressed as our new Baron and Baroness and crafted by Lady Jocelyn rode in the ship. The evening concluded with dancing coordinated by Lady Rosalyne.
While the hosting group was Eoforwic, members of every Septentrian canton were involved in some way in running the event. Special thanks go to Petrea Thule and Countess Adrielle in particular for booking the hall, helping with setup, and loaning of tablecloths, pitchers, and candle lanterns.
Magistra Nicolaa de Brachton of Leicester