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.
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.
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 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).
After the pas was completed, many relaxed in the park, sung choral pieces, sewed or joined in the dancing inside the hall.
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).
- 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.
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.
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.
During the final court of the night, Their Majesties elevated Lady Clara van de Maes to the Order of the Laurel.