The Pelican Scroll of Gareth Ostwestly

(co-Written with Aneleda Falconbridge)

King William ruled the MidRealm with his Birch-Queen Isolde. After the great Pennsic Wars were fought, They called Gareth Ostwestly to see Them. He was a lendr maðr in Their lands, a sworn king’s man and he held lands for Them to the east of here, called Ayerton. He was a strong and just thane.

Gangly Gareth had found his fealty walking with his wedding-brother in Rokkhealdon, far from the whale-road. Though young, he threw himself into long labor. His skills at managing accounts was well known, as was his brewing. Many an ale-prow he filled and many a soup bowl as well.

Those who know him tell these tales: Once he carried calm Hillary’s ship-fence, Sif’s supporter, as a favor, finely strapped. Deep in the spear din shone that moon of battle, and rightly, he returned it later, to his grey-sky eye-love. He has spent long hours marking the mighty of men, and finding the battle-fire of noble wolf feeders. He was rightly a reeve of midlands region, before he was höfðingi, beside his valkyrie.

Once at battle-harbor, he left the fray, eyes caught by a child in deep distress. He sat silently with her, a disturbed brief-daughter, nameless. Was she a Norn, knowingly testing? Either way, he broke her smile-ban, and a verse was written about him:

Words downturned / Gareth dismissed
Truthful tears / swiftly taken
Banished harm / handed her hopes.
Meet this man / a mind-mirror
Gives council / gold ring givers
Bold beauty / beckons to him
Sweet sunlight / wrapped in great strength.

It has been five bears-nights since he was made a dragon’s heart. To that, William and Isolde add storm-pale feathers of the Pelican and set Their marks on this telling. This is done at the battles of the ágætr kona, in the Shire of Swordcliff, west of Gareth’s holdings. These marks made on the 26th day of the month, being the one hundred and twelfth day of the reign, AS LII.
William Isolde

 

(c) 2017 Drew Nicholson

The Pelican Scroll of Epona Brodin

On Saturday August 26, William and Isolde came to the shire of Swordcliff and presided over perhaps the largest event Midlands has ever had, with over 600 attendees, from seven different kingdoms.
 
In evening court, there were three elevations: Mistress Caroline was elevated to Laurel, and Baroness Epona and Baron Gareth were elevated to Pelican.
 
Below is the scroll text for Epona Brodin, Mistress of the Pelican. It was my honor and privilege to herald Her elevation, and it is my honor to post it now.

Now elevate / excitement’s bride
Glad to alms-gift / goodwill opened
Pleasing friends / Proud of peerage
Audaciously / accepts advancement

One Paw host / Provides pilgrims
plays the path / across the plains
Open gates / offers admittance
Fair friendship / gifted freely

in Known World / Nomad night place
Milled mead-bench / has she managed
give service / Singing seekers
Courtly games / cunning contests

Banners brought / teacher’s bounty
All gifting / easy effort
strong satrap / loyal servant
She the bond / Barony bound

Trusted True / hear the total
Burdens borne / for the bounty
Helping heart / for her homeland
Right ruler / of rugged land

Fierce in fief / She is favored
Gefion’s luck / She loves the land
Mid Monarchs / giving Mind’s worth
Her haven / this Midland hall.

Well William / Isolde willing
rulers Fine / feast on Fealty
great peerage / Good Epona
all now praise / Presented Pel

 

 

(c) 2017 Drew Nicholson

The Pelican Scroll of Duke Valharic

Pennsic always gives us many memories. Sometimes, however, moments are only seen by a few, and deserve being shared with more people.
 
Back in AS 36-37, the MidRealm was ruled by Valharic and Alys. It has been many years since those heady days, and while I remember that reign fondly, both rulers have gone on to do more great things. Earlier this year, Dame Alys was recognized by Their Majesties for her service. On Monday of War Week, Duke Valharic was elevated to the Order of the Pelican.
 
This is the scroll text that was read. This text accompanies the gorgeous stained glass window created by Q Phia Sherry, whose work far outshines mine.
 
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Come now, all good MidRealm subjects,
See your King and Queen give respect
He stands tall in accomplishment:
His service deeds acknowledgement.
 
Wisdom, a virtue required
For all in peerage attired
He knows what is appropriate
For those who hold matters of state.
 
Bravery is known true by all
Who stand in mail to heed the call
For he has led the Kingdom fair
For Dragon wheeling in the air
 
Justice sustains all that we try
Its service brings our hearts to fly
Incorruptable does he stand
With grace and honor at his hand
 
Self restraint carries him onward
Son of Dragons to us returned
Dignity ever expanding
Our love for him is longstanding
 
Fides exemplifies him now
As he kneels to take MidRealm vow
Duke and Laurel has he been
And now, Valharic, Pelican.
 
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(espousing the Roman “virtues”, written in the manner of “Yvain, the Knight of the Lion”, by Chrétien de Troyes, composed between 1175 and 1185.)
 
Text by Andreas Blacwode
Scribed by Gillian de Solis (Christine Wallrich, who will hopefully provide a picture)