Table of Contents
Words from Her Excellency
Roll Call of The Serjeantry of Blatha An Oir
- A Sponsor
- The Manual,
- The Letter of if Intent,
- The Heraldic Submission,
- Good Advice from Those Who Have Gone Before
- Before The Trials,
- A Support Group,
- During The Trial
Heraldry (next page)
Chivalric Behavior & SCA Etiquette
- The Candidate's Device,
- Specific Knowledge
- Nobility & Forms of Address,
- Court of Love
Practical & Domestic Sciences
Arts & Sciences Submission
The Baroness' Question
To The Candidate
The Rights & Obligations of The Order of Serjeantry
Duties and Obligations of The Serjeantry
Rights & Privileges of The Serjeantry
Retirement and Removal from the Order
Administration of The Order of Serjeantry
Office of Serjeant Major
Greetings from the and of Her Excellency Isabeau de Blatha An Oir.
Greetings Good Gentle,
Your interest in The Serjeantry of Blatha An Oir does me great
honor. In response, I submit the following pages. You will find they
contain challenge and opportunity. Examine them carefully, for they are a
culmination of tradition and experience that spans more than a decade.
They outline expectations already met by those who comprise The Order. As
you read, consider not just The Trials, but the duties that success will
entail. Passing The Trials is but a beginning. Should you, after reading
all of the following, decide that becoming a member of The Serjeantry of
Blatha An Oir is a thing you would strive for, then it is my pleasure to
invite you to stand The Trials.
History of The Order
Lest we forget our heritage, I must at least outline the origin of
The Order of Serjeantry for you.
Many years ago, when The Principality of An Tir was still part of
The West, the heart of the Kingdom lay in The Principality of the Mists --
known modernly as the San Francisco Bay area. Because most of the Western
peerage lived fifteen to twenty hours away from the An Tiran heart-land,
they had little opportunity to consider those of us who had attained a
peerage level in our endeavors as artist, administrator and/or combatant.
Often our skills and abilities were readily apparent, but ascertaining our
peer-like qualities was not so easy. Was a particular An Tiran fit
company for a civilized court? Did they dance or scribe? Did they
possess knowledge of period entertainments and have a basic understanding
of heraldry, etc.? Did they willingly share their accomplishments with
In order to facilitate the advancement of An Tirans, our fighters
in particular, the landed Baronesses developed a series of Trials that
focused on peer-like qualities as well as things martial. Those who
passed The Trials became part of an elite Baron esses' Guard. The theory
being: When an An Tiran Serjeant came up in Knights Council, or any
Peerage council for that matter, it would be obvious that many a pertinent
question had already been answered. The Guard became a Kingdom Order that
bore the t itle Serjeant, a designation borrowed from the Crusader Kingdom
of Jerusalem where, in period, a mounted fighter, often of some means but
without title or fief, swearing to the service of a noble for a specific
term of service, was called a Serjeant. Thu s was born the uniquely An
Tiran tradition of Serjeantry. Today a member of The Serjeantry is an
accomplished fighter whos peer-like qualities make him or her welcome at
any court. With the advent of missile combat and, later, of rapier
combat, The Serj eantry was opened to Yeomen and Gallants, respectively.
Serjeantry in Blatha An Oir
In An Tir, The Serjeantry of each Barony expresses a unique
character that is a reflection of the current Baroness, the founding
Baroness and of The People who comprise The Barony at large. In Blatha An
Oir, The Order is not just responsible for the se curity and safety of the
person of The Baroness. Many ceremonial and service obligations are the
sole domains of The Order. Members of The Order act as role models,
mentors, ambassadors, administrators and more. They are among The
Barony's most frequen t and vital contributors to projects, guilds, and
social activities. Further, while it has never been demanded of them,
most of The Serjeantry have held, or hold, office at Baronial and/or
Kingdom level. They also act as autocrats for many major Baro nial
events. They do all this while maintaining their combat currency and
Now that you have a general overview of The Order, read on. What
follows are the requirements that must be met in order to be considered
for membership in The Serjeantry of Blatha an Oir.
Again, let me say that the interest you express in standing one of
the most definitive Trials this Kingdom has to offer does me great honor.
You have both my invitation and my best wishes for your success.
Yours in Service, Isabeau du Lis Noire, OL By The Grace of The Sable Lion
Baroness of Blatha An Oir A Baronial Decree
The Trials for The Order of Sergeantry of Blatha An Oir
The principal judges of success in these tests shall be Her Excellency,
active members of The Order present, The Officers of The Barony, and such
others as Her Excellency shall designate. Members of The Populace shall
also be invited to express themselves regarding admission. Her Excellency
shall seek the counsel of Her Sergeantry and invited judges, but the
ultimate decision regarding admission to The Order rests with Her alone.
Candidates will be required to test in all areas listed below. They shall
receive a "yea," "nay," or "maybe" from each judge in each general area.
Applicants must receive a "yea" in all areas with one single "maybe" being
permitted. A "nay" in any area re sults in disqualification, as will a
"maybe" in any two areas. Any area, save that of Specialty Skills may
receive a "maybe." Specialty skills must receive a "yea."
Components of The Trial
The Petition (calligraphic skills)
Heraldry (Field &;Book)
Chivalric Behavior and Etiquette
SCA Operation, Administration and Policies
Geography (Period &;Societal)
Court of Love
Practical &;Domestic Sciences
The Baroness' Question
Roll Call of The Serjeantry of Blatha An Oir
HL 1st Sjt. Harold Thorgoodson von Reinhold
Master Sjt. Hroulag (Ralg) Nielsen, OP
Master Sjt. Walram von Laufenberg, OP
HL Sjt. Ulftonn Bjornsson Haakonsteddir
HL Sjt. Cairbre MacEochaid poc Airgead, Baron An Tir
HL Sjt. Edmund Graham
HL Yeo. Knut Skytja Thorgundabold
Master Yeo/ Sjt. Julian Edward Farnsworth
First Glnt. Alon de' Leon
HL Sjt. Lieth an Avranai dal 'Cais
HL Sjt. Edwin de Gris
HL Sjt. Iain Mac Dhugal Cameron of Beinn Liath
Lord Yeo.Gwalchgwin ap Gryffon
Lady Glnt. Katerina Razin
Lord Glnt. Sebastian de' Caen
HL Yeo. William MacIntoiche
Lord Glnt. Robert Grylion
Sjt. Karl von der Ostwache
Lord Sjt. Dennis MacLaren
Lady Glnt. Diana McLaughlin
HL Sjt. Leif Moonshadow Ironbarer, Baron Draknvald
Lord Glnt. Ewan MacLaren
Glnt. Anya de Chaalis
HL Josef de Gonneville -- Serjeant, Retired
David De Bargeneaux -- Serjeant, Retired
HL Haakon Haukarsaon, Baron AnTir -- Serjeant, Retired
HL Tichona di Caldera -- 1st Yeoman, Resigned
Lord Chikara Mochi -- Serjeant, Retired
Douglass of Kingston -- Serjeant, Resigned
HL Aliena of Ierne -- Serjeant, Retired
Master Artemis de Montessori, OP, Baron An Tir-- Gallant, Alumnus
Sir Hathawulf the Spearbreaker, KSCA -- Serjeant, Emeritus
HL Leif Moonshadow Ironbarer, Baron Draknvald -- Serjeant, Resigned
Iain Mac Dhugal Cameron of Beinn Liath -- Serjeatn, Resigned
Sir Valtorr of Oslo, KSCA-- Active Honorary Member of the Order Dame Rowan
O'Callighan, OL -- Active Patron of The Order, Founding Baroness of BAO
Gallant Friedreich Wilhelm von Falkenburg -- Deceased
1992 Master Sjt. Walram von Laufenberg, OP
1993 Sir Hathawulf the Spearbreaker, KSCA -- Serjeant, Emeritus
1994 HL Sjt. Iain Mac Dhugal Cameron of Beinn Liath
1995 Lord Glnt. Sebastian de' Caen
1996 Srj Ralg Nilsen
1997 HL Yeo. William MacIntoiche
1998 Master Sjt Walram von Laufenberg
1999 HL Courtier Millicent DeArgent
2000 HL Glnt. Diana McLaughlin
- -- A Sponsor
It is custom that Candidates, who wish to, may have a member of
The Serjeantry as a principal helper and advisor. This person, or
sponsor, is to be a member of the speciality The Candidate wants to join,
i.e., Yeomen sponsor Yeomen Candidates and so on.
This sponsor will guide The Candidate through any questions or worries
that arise. If a Candidate wants a sponsor, and none has volunteered,
they are to request one from Her Excellency or The Sergeant Major as soon
- -- The Manual
A compilation of useful information is also available. Candidates
wanting to use a manual must contact Her Excellency or The Sergeant Major.
If one is issued, it must be returned at Invocation Court before actual
- -- The Letter of Intent
A minimum of two months prior to the Trials, each Candidate is to
submit to The Baroness a modern letter announcing their intentions to
attempt The Trials. This letter includes any concerns or impediments The
Candidate may have, such as dyslexia, a difficulty in taking written or
oral tests, any physical issues that may be evident, etc.
The Letter should also include:
-- Any arts and sciences extra credit that might be submitted.
-- A synopsis, consisting of four or less sentences, outlining The
Candidate's persona. (As a guide, look to the author credits in
- -- Heraldic Submission
Heraldic devices, if not already passed, must be in submission to
The Kingdom Principal Herald before the day of Trials. Time your
During The Trials
- Just before The Trials
On the weekend of The Trials, arrive Friday night if possible.
Set up camp, get a good meal and get some sleep. Do not worry about
pulling gate duty, helping the Autocrats, or setting up tents for others.
Your sole responsibility is to take care of yourself. The next day will
be long and demanding. Further more, don't stay up late studying.
Cramming at this point doesn't help and often only serves to confuse.
- Your Support Group
You need a group of concerned friends. You will be incredibly
busy during the next 48 hours. Someone else needs to watch the kids, the
camp and the dog and see to it that you are fed and watered and rested at
appropriate intervals. You will have little time for anything but The
Trials. Companions should be willing and able to look after and amuse
themselves. This is not a good event for you to introduce a newcomer. If
you find that you have few folk available to assist you, let your sponsor,
The Serjeant Major and/or The Baroness know. It may sound silly, but you
will need looking after.
The day of The Trials dawns early. It is customary to attend the
invocation court in armor. There, you will present your calligraphed
petition to Her Excellency and receive Her favor and best wishes. Others
in the Populace may give favors at this time
- Specialty & Marshalling
Next comes the specialty and marshalling portions of The Trials.
Fighting candidates inspect the armor and weapons of their specialty. They
also inspect gear outside their specialty to determine how well rounded a
Marshall they are. Courtier candidates inspect armor and weapons of all
the fighting specialties. Yeoman Candidates shoot their various tests,
Sergeantry, Gallant, and Courtier Candidates are put through their paces.
All Candidates get a work out. Remember, for fighting candidates we are
test ing how well you fight, how long you can continuously fight, and if
you fight smart, which, by the way, includes taking care of yourself.
- The Rest of The Testing
The other aspects of The Trials come in no particular order.
Remember, "I don't know" is always a better answer than a bluff. Trying
to pull the wool over a tester's eyes is the fastest way to fail a test.
If, at any time, you feel you are being pushed to your limits, you
probably are. It's part of the process.
- The Petition
The petition tests your calligraphic skills. The script (or
"hand") and language used should be appropriate to your persona. You need
not be a Kingdom level scribe, but a little research and honest effort is
expected. Petitions are often read aloud at Court, so readability and an
English translation is requested if necessary.
- Specialty Skills
- General Requirements For fighting candidates, regardless of martial
specialty, you must be authorized to fight with all weapons or forms you
intend to use. Your armor and weapons must pass an armor inspection, and
you must own the armor and weapon s you intend to take trials with. You
are required to have constructed a minimum of one item of armor and one of
the weapons you intend to use. Items of armor constructed by you and made
from period materials are given extra merit. Plastic torso protectio n
will be covered with leather, a surcoat, etc. You will fight the combats
deemed necessary to gauge your skills with three weapon forms. The
standard is general proficiency with two forms and a genuine challenge to
fight with one. You may choose to fight with two weapons from one
specialty and one from another (for example, a Gallant Candidate fighting
with single blade, single blade and main gauche, and target archery). If
you choose the target archery option, you will be required to shoot a
Royal Round score of 40 or more.For Courtier candidates you must
demonstrate skills in three areas. These areas can be of the following
combinations: 2 Art/Sciences and 1 Service, or 1 Art/Science and 2
Service, or 1 Art/Science and 1 Service and 1 Combat.
Judging of the
Specialty Skills portion is done by Her Excellency, the Sergeantry
present, the Baronial Marshall and any others Her Excellency deems
necessary. Additionally, Candidates may be asked to critique each other's
- Requirements by Specialty
Using all of your weapon forms, you must completely attack and
defend against: sword and shield, mass weapon (axe/mace) and shield,
double weapon, great sword, and pole arms. You must prove ability to lead
groups of fighters of varying composition (possibly including missile
troops) in assaulting or defending various positions.
Using all of your forms (save target archery), you must
demonstrate your skills against stationary and moving targets in open and
in obscured conditions. If you choose target archery as one of your
forms, Royal Round of 40 or more will be required. You will demonstrate
your ability to lead groups of combatants of various composition in both
assaulting and defending various positions.
Using all of your weapon forms, you will competently attack and
defend against single blade, double blade, blade and parrying device, as
well as single and multiple opponents. You will prove proficiency in
leading a combat group of various composition (possibly including missile
troops) in assault and defense.
Your Arts/Science testing will include previously completed work with
documentation, work done on site, and the ability to teach the basics of
your Art/Science to a novice. Your Service testing will consist of testing
over the area you have designated as your specialty. This testing can be
oral, written or a combination of both. Service areas can include the
following: Event Administration, Feast Administration, Greater Office
Administration (specify office, lesser offices will be tested as a part of
the greater office to which they report).
If you choose Combat, the
testing will be as for the fighting class but you will be required to
demonstrate only one weapon form.
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- Marshallte Ability
Marshallate Ability is judged by the Baronial Marshall or a
You are required to own a copy of the An Tir Book of Combat. You
will be tested on the rules of the lists and the customs of combat for An
Tir. You will also be asked to marshall combats and to inspect armor and
weapons to demonstrate your ability.
- Persona Development
Persona Development is judged by the member of Serjeantry most
able to determine the extent of your knowledge.
Your examiners are to question you at length regarding your
persona. Most areas of knowledge are fair game for the questioner, and
you are expected to answer to the best of your ability. Your combat style
and equipment may also be examined as part of this test. This aspect of
the testing is designed to examine your historical knowledge as it applies
to your self-identity.