Abhann Crown List
Autumn Crown List AS XLII
Gleann Abhann Crown List VI (11/17/07) in the Shire of Ardanroe was greatly anticipated. With Jerusalem once again our backdrop, many wonderful silk banners encircled the list field as TRM Uther and Kenna arrived in fine Middle Eastern attire of cream, navy and peacock. Beyond, the vigil tent of Sa’ad ibn Yusef al Hilal was guarded by armor stands of his house. Prior to the list procession, court was opened and Masheed as Herald called for Enfendi Sa’ad. As was typical for that time, when the King summoned someone, the reason for being called was uncertain. It could mean great joy or beheading. Restrained by Motan and Dagan of House Hilal, Sa’ad was brought before Their Majesties, thrown to his knees, forehead to the ground. With each question Their Majesties asked that Sa’ad look into their eyes so they could see the truth. “It is better to sow wheat than to sow thorns” was the motto embroidered in Arabic script on the tail of Sa’ad’s green turban. The tiraz bands of the sleeves of his abba read, “Honor above all“ and “Courtesy to all.” Hand-sewn brown Mongolian boots covered his feet and a braided red belt was tied at the waist of this squire of Amir Rashid.
Begging that Sa’ad be spared from harm, Mistress Eilidh as a Pelican of the Society spoke on his behalf. Mistress Brigit as Laurel told of his appearance and manner. Both agreed he was their Peer. As Knight, Sir Elesar spoke words of approval for this gentle. The Order of the Chivalry knelt close and presented the trappings of Knighthood. A woven white belt with a gold band was placed ‘round his waist by Stephen and spurs attached to his boots by Rashid and Wenherus. From the hands of Caillin came the gold chain -- with some maneuvering required to clear the turban. With the call “Is there a sword?” young Da’ud ibn Sa’ad came forth. Kneeling beside his father he raised a leather-sheathed scimitar above his head to the hands of the King. Oaths were spoken. His Majesty used a shamsher belonging to the Amir for the dubbing. First kissing the sword, Uther touched it to both the candidate’s shoulders and head, then came a strong buffet, being the last blow he would receive unanswered. The new Knight did not buckle but was sent him back some distance. A warm embrace of congratulations from the King came swiftly, then similar words from each Knight present. So, Uther, as fifth King of Gleann Abhann had knighted Sa'ad as the fifth knight made in Gleann Abhann. The impressive scroll of Arabic text and jewel-hued design by Masheed, with hammered metal frame by Dagan, was held high for all to see. With a kiss for his lady Anna, she and the young ibns accompanied Sir Sa’ad to his new green/black Bedouin tent, a gift of John of Whitcombe.
From a list of 19, these vied to become heir to the great Ram throne. William fighting for Onora. Elesar for Marion, Loric for Diana, Rashid for Genevote, Robert for Magdalena, John for Ancyra, Andrew (Lannon) for Katerina, Ali for Naqidah, James for Joan, William for Marisa, Ashikaga for Kimiko, Gilbert for Marcilla, Quintus for Meadhbh, Khalil for Ygraine, Ricarde for Aurelia and Paul for Christiana. (Complete names/titles on file) The double-elimination tournament began with the first round seeded by challenges made from one Combatant to another based on Order of Precedence.
When the last blow of the tourney was thrown, Sir Camric Greenshield who ruled twice in the Principality as William Fitzhugh de Cambria and his lovely Lady wife Onora were called forth to receive the trappings as the Kingdom’s new Prince & Princess. Amid embraces and cheers the lineage of our Kingdom continued. Viscount Elesar of Northumbria, Amir Rashid ibn Hilal and Lord Ashikaga Hiromoto were the final fighters to be cleared before victory.
The day continued with meetings, games and talk of Survivor Valhalla until court began. HRM Uther spoke proudly of the great tourney and of his “son” who we know has mighty shoes to fill. Mistress Sarah and Lord James were acknowledged and applauded for the field setup and marvelous banners. James also cast the pewter crown tokens. Thanks went to Duchess Mary-Grace and THL Charles for the great food and beverages offered within the hospitality tent and to Lord Serafino and Mary-Grace for a special consort’s breakfast. There was a Mimosa comment but it had nothing to do with flowers. Thanks were given to combatants and consorts as their inspiration. Children and newcomers were acknowledged and fealty sworn. HRM Kenna spoke of the skillful blade, grace and courtesy displayed by the recipient of the Wreath of Chivalry, as Queen’s Champion, Rashid ibn al Hilal, KSCA. His Majesty noted one of the chivalric aspects of Crown List came in the form of the Banner of Valor. That Banner bears the arms of previous holders and was awarded to Lord Ashikaga Hiromoto. Kingdom Bard Juan Carlos Santiago and Poet Laureate Finian O’Niall were acknowledged.
Christiana Breaksphere, Neil Grey and Thomas Wilkinson received AOA’s. Jam Recarediz won chocolates, guessing the correct number of Turkish coffee beans. Alicia Wallace accepted a green belt from Mistress Brigit Olesdottir., then to mark the occasion, she presented her new Laurel two fine hand-sewn veils. Master Rory took Ceara O'Bardain as Protégé with a belt woven by yellow-belt sister Nonie Wlfraven. He named Blackmoor Keep’s Nigel de Rothewelle' as number one reporting Reeve, Smythkepe second, Troll Fen third and gifts for each. Rory also crafted leather boxes for all his Reeves and introduced Caitriona Campbell of Loch Ness as new Exchequer. Many thanks Rory. The order of the Combatant Ram was called to congratulate Father Gilbert as newest member. Two young daughters of Neil Gray & Gentile de Orleans presented gifts of fresh bread to the Royals. Autocrat Baroness Medb brought us up to speed on feast, Gulf War registration and our Sunday exit. THL Ambrielle Llewellyn who is seeking a replacement as Emerald (List) Herald was honored with the Diamond Chalice for Service. Companions of the Silver Lamp, for Arts & Sciences, congratulated their newest member, who this day became Prince. Indeed, it was HRH Camric who was so honored. Turning from Arts to War, Uther noted Gleann Abhann was not “coming into their own”, but instead had stomped the enemy at Gulf War past. Upcoming war practice should be attended. Others will come to our land in March, land we will hold and protect. Be at Fighter’s Collegium.
As the last piece of court business, Nigel de Rothewelle’ was called. As he knelt before the thrones, Uther did walk into the assembled populace and speak of the good qualities of this man. As the crowd cheered loudly in agreement, Nigel was made a Baron of the Court of Gleann Abhann. THL John of Widcombe crafted Nigel’s leather coronet. Yes, purple and black with a diamond silhouette. It is my understanding that the Chirurgeon was notified to be on alert. No, the members of Blackmoor Keep did not question Nigel's good health; others just thought such a nice surprise might render one unconscious. Yes Nigel, this time I knew in advance. Big John of course knew but he needed an accomplice to learn the size of Nigel's head and thus was born Sa’ad’s helm to head ratio chart. He measured helms and fighter’s heads and talked a believable story. I asked pertinent questions and in addition to Sa'ad, took notes. What turned out was A Perfect Surprise and a perfect fit. Congratulations Your Excellency.
A fine feast followed with entertainment between each remove. To honor Sir Michael of the Mace on his birthday, House Sable Serpent acted as hall steward and servers. Worthy praise was given to THL Dana the Quarrier and her kitchen crew who fed us well and also to Ardanroe for a wonderful event.
Sunday morning, before the sun, I arose to travel to Barony Bordermarch – Ansteorra for their Crown List, but that’s another story.
Baroness Barbara Sterling
Gleann Abhann Historian
January 2008 Ambassador
Greetings Gleann Abhann!
We are pleased to announce the names of those who have successfully petitioned to fight in Gleann Abhann's 6th Crown List. It is a good, strong group of Fighters and Consorts, and We will be proud to call any of these gentles Our Heirs:
Viscount William fitzHugh de Cambria for Viscountess Onora Inghean mhic Chathain
**Viscount Caillin Macleod for Viscountess Danielle de la Roche
Viscount Elesar of Northumbria for Her Excellency, Mistress Marion Leoncina da Susa
Syr Loric Silvestris for Her Excellency, Mistress Diana of the Isles
Amir Rashid ibn Hilal for Her Ladyship, Baroness Genevote Villenueve de la Fleche
***Sir Robert Gethin Albrit for Her Ladyship Celestine Albrit
Master Robert von Flußwasser for Her Ladyship Magdalena de Segovia
****THL Caedmon of Jorvic for Lady Lasairfhiona inghean ui Sheanachnasaigh
THL John of Widcombe for Her Ladyship, Baroness Anna Genevive of Ancyra
THL Andrew of Lochmaben for Her Ladyship, Katerina Dmitrieva
THL Ali al-Badawi al-Maghribi for Lady Fatima al-Naqidah
Lord James the Holy for Lady Joan of OOC
Lord William of Glen Lyon for Lady Marisa Symmes of Berewik
Lord Ashikaga Hiromoto for Lady Ashikaga Kimiko
Fr. Gilbert des Moulins for Lady Marcilla le Despenseur
Lord Quintus Lucius Bellator for Lady Meadhbh of the Galloglach
Lord Khalil ibn Abd al-Rahman for Lady Ygraine ux Draco
Lord Ricarde Lemarignier for Lady Aurelia de Medici
Lord Paul the Small for m'lady Christiana Breakspear
** withdrew due to a broken finger
*** withdrew due to coaching of a school team that made it to the finals
**** did not compete
The List will be a traditional double-elimination tournament. The first round will be seeded by challenges made from one Combatnant to another based on Order of Precedence.
We would remind the Participants that We would like to see the Consorts' arms on the List Tree as well as the Fighters'. Also, please contact Mistress Sarah MacGregor as soon as possible with your pavilion measurements.
Thank you all! We are looking forward to a fantastic Tournament!
TRM Uther and Kenna, King and Queen of Gleann Abhann
Per the TV news this morning, the natural gas fire may not
be contained until some time on Sunday. The fire is quite impressive on the news
footage. LA State Police have shut down the I-10 from La 415 (basically Port
Allen) to Lafayette.
If you are traveling to Crown List from east of Lafayette, La and you will be traveling on I-10 to get to I-49 you need to check the status of I-10 between Baton Rouge and Lafayette. It is currently closed due to a natural gas leak and they are routing traffic from Baton Rouge to Opelousas. Erik
(Interstate reopened after dark Sunday, 11/25/2007 )
One small clarification... the fundraiser
lunch will be venison & vegetable soup (for those of us who don't mind eating
bambi), vegetarian potato soup (for those of us who don't eat any meat), or
jambayla (and for those of us who eat meat, just not bambi).
Here are some of the shots we took this weekend. We were sorry we didn't get to participate in the list, but really glad we were there for the pageantry and festivities. --Danielle & Caillin
What in the world can you say about the Kitchen Crew at Crown List? From Friday
night when Lord Michael of the Harp, Lord Erde and the youngest pizza guy ever,
Ian, started making pizza for Travelers Fare it just was a lot of people doing a
bunch of cooking.
Congratulations to TRH Camric and Onora. Should anything unforeseen happen to
TRM, our beloved kingdom is in capable hands.
To "Sir Sa'ad" - Our reigning Knight... with Honor, and Grace and Heart he does fight-and to- Baron Nigel... a constant friend, gentle warrior, jovial and faithful to the very end I could not leave my life-mundane, but my spirit soars with you both, just the same. You both "exemplify" the spirit of our land and, if I may say, are looked up to, by each and every man. I could not be happier, no not an ounce more prouder, than to sing your praises and to shout out even louder
- ALL HAIL A SHIRE'S BEST FRIENDS - HUZZAH... HUZZAH, I say, all we Denizens!!!
Wake up every man, woman and child in Blackmoor Keep and
we have never been greater, through their efforts, let the word be known - this
is not a time to ' sleep, for the heaven's elevated TWO shining stars - and we
are not lessened, but heightened by both deities and Czars! Ring, Ring out the
bells and long may our Historians tell of the tales!
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