Rowany Baronial Changeover AS49

On Saturday the 17th of May 2014, Their Majesties Alfar of Attica and Angahrat Benbras attended the Baronial changeover of the landed gentry of the Barony of Rowany. The event was held at Addison Road Community Centre, 142 Addison Road, Marrickville, Sydney. The feast steward was Lord Sigvald inn Ursulan and the steward of the pas d’armes was Lord Anton de Stoc.

The event began with the Crown bestowing the coronet to Crown Prince Cornelius von Becke to place upon the head of Crown Princess Elizabeth de Foxle.

Their Royal Highnesses Cornelius von Becke and Elizabeth de Foxle at the Rowany Baronial Changeover event in AS49. Photo by THL Ceara Shionnach May 2014

Their Royal Highnesses Cornelius von Becke and Elizabeth de Foxle at the Rowany Baronial Changeover event in AS49.
Photo by THL Ceara Shionnach May 2014

Following this, the heavy fighters and fencers were split into two teams for a pas d’armes. The tennons for the home team of Rowany were lead by Lord Miles de Colwell. The vennons consisted of the visitors to Rowany, and were lead by His Royal Highness Cornelius von Becke. The style of combat was challenge based where combatants would challenge someone from the opposing team in any style/format. The victor from each completed challenge received a sprig of rosemary and a point towards their team.

The Vennons challenging the Tennons. Photo by THL Ceara Shionnach May 2014

The Vennons challenging the Tennons.
Photo by THL Ceara Shionnach May 2014

Lists and the rosemary for the victors of each challenge. Photo by THL Ceara Shionnach May 2014

Lists and the rosemary for the victors of each challenge.
Photo by THL Ceara Shionnach May 2014

Three stations were set up: a barrier, a bridge and an open field. The heavy fighters and rapier combatants were competing at the same time throughout the pas d’armes, with each station being used by whichever pair was next in line (regardless of the type of combat).

The first station was a barrier where combatants would fight over said barrier. Leg shots did not count and were not taken during this form. Photo by THL Ceara Shionnach May 2014

The first station was a barrier where combatants would fight over said barrier. Leg shots did not count and were not taken during this form.
Photo by THL Ceara Shionnach May 2014

 

Fencing over the barrier. Photo by Bastian, May 2014

Fencing over the barrier.
Photo by Bastian, May 2014

The second station was a bridge over a ford where combatants forfeited the bout if they stepped into the ford. Photo by THL Ceara Shionnach May 2014

The second station was a bridge over a ford where combatants forfeited the bout if they stepped into the ford.
Photo by THL Ceara Shionnach May 2014

The third station was an open field. Photo by THL Ceara Shionnach May 2014

The third station was an open field.
Photo by THL Ceara Shionnach May 2014

The individual victor of the pas d’armes was His Royal Highness Cornelius von Becke, with 18 victory points to his name.

All of the Vennons who had travelled to participate were given a personalised “passport” for safe travel in to, and out of, the lands of Rowany (despite current war scenarios).

One of the passports given to travelling combatants visiting Rowany. Photo by Lord Jean-Christophe le Saussier May 2014

One of the passports given to travelling combatants visiting Rowany.
Photo by Lord Jean-Christophre le Sauccier May 2014

After the pas was completed, many relaxed in the park, sung choral pieces, sewed or joined in the dancing inside the hall.

The enthusiastic dancing inside the hall. Photo by THL Ceara Shionnach May 2014

The enthusiastic dancing inside the hall.
Photo by THL Ceara Shionnach May 2014

A two-part Arts and Sciences display was set up along the wall throughout the feast. The first part included sotelties from Rowany and her sub-groups to be served to the High Table. The second part was to have any members of the Barony (or Kingdom) display their work (rather than run a specific competition).

A soteltie for the College of St Ursula. Photo by Bastian, May 2014

A soteltie for the College of St Ursula.
Photo by Bastian, May 2014

A soteltie for the Canton of Stowe on the Wowld. Photo by Bastian, May 2014

A soteltie for the Canton of Stowe on the Wowld.
Photo by Bastian, May 2014

A soteltie for the Canton of Okewaite. Photo by Bastian, May 2014

A soteltie for the Canton of Okewaite.
Photo by Bastian, May 2014

A soteltie for the Barony of Rowany. Photo by Bastian, May 2014

A soteltie for the Barony of Rowany.
Photo by Bastian, May 2014

In the evening, the outgoing Baron Loyola Juan Sanchez Mendoza and Baroness Annora Martin stepped down after three years of service. Before their step down, they presented several awards, including:

  • Order of the Berries to Science Lazer
  • Order of the Golden Staple to Lady Ilona

Upon stepping down, Their Majesties not only bestowed Loyola and Annora with court baronies for their service, but also rewarded them with grants of arms.

Baron Loyola and Baroness Annora in their step down outfits before divestiture court. Photo by THL Ceara Shionnach May 2014

Baron Loyola and Baroness Annora in their step down outfits before divestiture court.
Photo by THL Ceara Shionnach May 2014

The Royal Guard were sent to fetch the Baronial candidates, during which time the populace were regaled with a song performed jointly by musicians and singers.

A chorus performs Agincourt Carol for the entrance of the candidates for the next Baron and Baroness of Rowany. Photo by Bastian, May 2014

A chorus performs Agincourt Carol for the entrance of the candidates for the next Baron and Baroness of Rowany.
Photo by Bastian, May 2014

Their Majesties then appointed Miles de Colwell and Ameline de Colwell as the 7th Baron and 8th Baroness of Rowany (corresponding to the 8th tenure in the Barony).

Baron Miles and Baroness Ameline in their investiture outfits. Photo by THL Ceara Shionnach May 2014

Baron Miles and Baroness Ameline in their investiture outfits.
Photo by THL Ceara Shionnach May 2014

Their Excellencies of Rowany re-instated the Rowany Militia and, as part of this, appointed Duke Ædward Stadefæste as the captain of the heavy fighters, Sir Torold of Hawkhurst as the captain of the combat archers and Don Gomez De Crecy as the head of city defence. As well as changing two members of the armed Guard and appointing new Companions to their baronial household, Miles and Ameline also added two Artisans (newly created positions) in their household that were tasked with researching/completing a project over the next twelve months to result in a class to be taught at Rowany Festival next year.

The innaugral Baronial Artisans were Lady Annabel de Swineburne and Lady Tatiana Yaraslavna. The two Companions appointed were Lord Al’Attar and Gwen.

During the final court of the night, Their Majesties elevated Lady Clara van de Maes to the Order of the Laurel.

Mistress Clara van de Maes, newest Laurel of Lochac. Photo by THL Ceara Shionnach May 2014

Mistress Clara van de Maes, newest Laurel of Lochac.
Photo by THL Ceara Shionnach May 2014