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May Pale Letter:
Greetings to the Populace of the Great Middle Kingdom!

It is now time for Us to say Our farewells as Your Monarchs. We have had an absolutely amazing time. The Midrealm is truly the greatest Kingdom in the Known World. Thank you all very much for the care and attention you have shown to Us.

We want to especially thank the Kingdom Officers and Landed Barons and Baronesses. These gentles work without cease to build and support the Kingdom. We have constantly been impressed by their insight and by their love of the Kingdom and Society.

We also thank Our staff, road crew, and champions. You all performed wonderfully. Your help with the Reign was truly invaluable. We are very proud of all of you.

We retire from the Throne safe in the knowledge that the Kingdom is in good hands. Their Highnesses, Cameron and Amalie, care deeply for the Kingdom and We are sure that they will have a wondrous and successful Reign.

Sincerely,

Cellach and Vukasin

April Pale Letter:
Greetings to the Populace of the Great Middle Kingdom!

We hope that you enjoyed Gulf Wars as much as We did. Hopefully you made it home safely with wonderful memories and new friends. One of the things We love the most about Gulf Wars is that the Midrealm camps together, Our next favorite thing is seeing Our friends from throughout the Known World.

It is Our deeply held belief that the Middle Kingdom is the best Kingdom in the Known World, but there are many good and worthy gentles and traditions in other Kingdoms. Gulf Wars has a tavern, Ealdormere sings at the end of each Court (We borrowed the idea from them), and there is a castle in AEthelmearc. Each of these things are run and organized by amazing people. The Known World if full of amazing things. It has been a true pleasure to see these things and more. We would encourage you to travel and make new friends, learn new skills, and try new activities.

If traveling outside the Kingdom is too hard, perhaps try to journey outside of your region. We have had the pleasure of attending some truly wonderful events. Here is just a small sample - Crystal Ball was an incredibly fun day of pageantry and dancing, Cynnabar hosts an amazing Day of Tournaments full of excellent fighting and wondrous generosity, Swine and Roses had a wonderful archery shoot and an even more amazing pig roast, Candlemas is always the best tournament of the year, and We have always enjoyed Red Dragon.

Sincerely,

Cellach and Vukasin

March Pale Letter:
Greetings to the Populace of the Great Middle Kingdom!

After the long winter Our waiting is over, this month is Gulf Wars! We have long enjoyed the annual trek south to one of Our favorite events. We could not be any more excited about this year’s Gulf Wars.

During the opening processional We invite you to march with Us. Our bards will be leading the Kingdom in song (they assure Us that lyric sheets will be available, the lyrics are also available on Our webpage). If you would prefer to just march, We would still have you join Us.

Our moneyer is hard at work striking coins for Us to pay Our kingdom at Gulf Wars. It is Our intention to pay all who join Us at the War in coin. These coins can be gambled or traded. After Our Court, whoever has the most coins will get first pick from a collection of prizes We have been collecting. After that, We will open it to the person with the next most coins, and so on until We run out of prizes. Please feel free to contribute a prize, the more prizes the better.

We will be holding Our Gulf Wars Court in the Middle Kingdom Encampment Thursday evening. It is Our intention to have some opportunities for gambling before court begins.

We would ask those fighting under the Dragon Banner to wear the Pale. Nothing fills Our hearts with more pride that to see Our warriors wearing the Kingdom colors.

Draco Invictus!

Cellach and Vukasin

February Pale Letter:
Greetings to the Populace of the Great Middle Kingdom!

We had a wonderful time at the Twelfth Nights last month, visiting with old friends and making new ones. We hope that you enjoyed them as well.

In February the Kingdom enters a time of transition with many change overs happening in Our Baronies. We are deeply appreciative of all of Our territorial Barons and Baronesses. We know well the hard work and dedication they have to Their Baronies. We would like to especially thank Baron Erick and Baroness Camilla of Flame, Baron Logan and Baroness Zaynab of Andelcrag, Baron Aengus and Baroness Hypathia of Fenix, and Baron Einar and Baroness Maerwynn of Brendoken for all of Their service to Our Kingdom and to Their Baronies. They will all be stepping down shortly and will be missed. We have full faith in Their successors – Jamie Von Atzinger and Eleanor Von Atzinger for Flame, Antonia Lavinia Maria Toscano and and Collette de Valois for Andelcrag, Ulf von Greiffenburg and Sarnat ingen Chormeicc for Fenix, and John Roslyn Ox and Cerridwen verch Ioreword for Brendoken.

Shortly the Arts and Science Fairs will begin. We love seeing the amazing work of Our populace. Your talent and skills are outstanding. If you have never entered the Fair please consider giving it a try. The fair staff work very hard to make the experience a positive one. If you have entered before We hope to see your new work.

Preparations for Gulf Wars are going well. At Gulf Wars, We will be giving everyone who attends a bag of coins to be used or gambled as they see fit. Additional coins can be earned by participating in the many activities that Gulf Wars has to offer. Towards the end of the War those who have collected the most coins will be rewarded prizes in Court. We are incredibly excited to be going on campaign to Gulf Wars, We encourage you to join Us and the greatest army in the Known World as We journey south.

Draco Invictus!

Cellach and Vukasin

January Pale Letter:
Greetings to the Populace of the Great Middle Kingdom!

We hope that your holidays were truly wonderful and safe. We look forward to seeing you at one of this month's Twelfth Nights. They are a wonderful opportunity to relax and visit with old friends, or to make some new ones.

While Our lands know a season of peace, We have heard the war drums beating far to the south. Our cousins in the lands of Trimaris and Ansteorra will soon be joining in battle on the fields at Gulf Wars.

As the most knowledgeable and chivalrous knight Geoffroi de Charny tells us those who do more are of greater worth, and deeds of arms done in foreign wars are the most worthy.

With these words in mind We hope to raise a mighty host and make the journey south. Both sides in the conflict are filled with honorable combatants, but sides must be chosen. At this year's Gulf Wars the Midrealm will fight alongside the kingdom of Trimaris.

Gulf Wars is much more than a War. It is one of the jewels of the Society. There is truly something for everyone.

Sincerely

Cellach and Vukasin

December Pale Letter:
Greetings to the Populace of the Great Middle Kingdom!

At last month’s Royal University of the Midrealm/AEthelmearc Academy Count Alaric stepped down as Earl Marshal. He has long served this kingdom well and We deeply appreciate his counsel. His successor, Sir Gregoire has Our full confidence. We expect great things will come from his time in office.

Speaking of RUM/AA, it was a great event! Having a joint event between the two kingdoms was a wonderful idea. We love seeing Our friends in other kingdoms and really enjoyed the opportunity to build ties between the Midrealm and AEthelmearc. Master Llewellyn and Meesteres Odriana worked very hard to pull this event off and have Our deepest thanks.

December is a time to celebrate the holidays with family. Time and again We have been reminded how true it is that the SCA is one big extended family. We hope that all of you, Our extended family, have a wonderful time this holiday season.

It’s not too early to start thinking about Gulf Wars. We have already begun Our preparations to take Our mighty host south on campaign. Gulf Wars has long been one of Our favorite events, it is truly one of the most fun events in the Society. We hope you can make it down.

Sincerely

Cellach and Vukasin
November Pale Letter:
Greetings to the Populace of the Great Middle Kingdom!

First We would like to thank The Honorable Lord Gunnar Sigurdsson, Baroness Aine ingen Neill mec Lugdech, and their staff for all of their hard work on Our Coronation. We would also like to thank Mistress Wulfwen atte Belle, Lady Rois alann inghean Ui Fhlaithbheartaigh and their crew for all of their hard work on Our Crown Tournament. Both events were fantastic, filled with pageantry and all that is best about the Society.
We welcome Our Heirs and wish Them a glorious Reign.

For Us the Autumn has always been a time to enjoy the outdoors, drink some cider, fight in some tournaments, and try to improve Our personas. It is a time to practice archery, sing songs, and share good friends’ company.

We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming event. If you are at an event with someone who is new to the Society and We are there, please introduce them to Us. We love the enthusiasm and freshness that they bring to events.
Sincerely
Cellach and Vukasin

October Pale Letter:
Greetings to the Populace of the Great Middle Kingdom!

October is a big month for Our Kingdom. With Our Coronation We will be saying farewell to the Reign of Lucien and Catarina, two more gracious and good rulers We cannot recall. We would like to publicly thank Them for Their service and dedication to Our kingdom. It has been wonderful studying under Their guidance and We hope that We can serve the kingdom as well as They served. Quickly following Coronation We will welcome Our Heirs to the Dragon Throne. May Our Heirs Reign be glorious.

There are many things that We love about the SCA, We hope to foster a few of those things during Our Reign. We love music and dance, and so before Our Courts We arranging for live musicians to play for dancers. If you are interested in playing please contact Our musician coordinator, Gebhard von Lozengia (gebhardvonlozengia@gmail.com). During Our Courts We will also call any children in attendance up to front to talk about their day, afterwards they will be invited to participate in an organized activity at the side of Court. It is Our hope that this makes Court more enjoyable for the youth of Our Kingdom as well as for their parents.

We have heard rumor of a great conflict that is brewing in the far south. We have started working out the details of raising Our Mighty Army and going on campaign next spring at Gulf Wars.

Lastly We hope that you will attend the upcoming joint session of the AEthelmearc AEcademy and Midrealm RUM that will be held on November 2 in the Barony of the Cleftlands. This will be a great opportunity to share your knowledge or to gain new skills and insight.

Sincerely

Cellach and Vukasin

September Pale Letter:
Warmest greetings and salutations to the populace of the Midrealm. As the Autumn approaches We would like to extend an invitation for you to attend Our Coronation at Red Dragon in the Barony of Middle Marches in the shire of Tirnewydd (Columbus, Ohio).

Red Dragon has long been one of Our favorite events, and this year promises to be even better than prior years. The day will be filled with many activities, including a wide variety of tournaments (for Our armored, rapier, and youth combatants), archery shoots, classes, and dancing. The feast promises to be one that will be talked about for years to come. After the feast there will be dancing featuring live musicians. We hope everyone will come and participate.

At Red Dragon, We will be sponsoring an invite tournament on both the armored and rapier lists. A list of those invited to compete will be published on Our webpage and on social media. We will also sponsor an archery shoot open to all, please come test your skills. In addition to Our tournaments there will be many other tournaments the day.

To highlight the gentler arts We will be hosting a dance competition. The dance for the competition will be listed on Our webpage and will also be taught at Coronation.

We look forward to seeing all of Our old friends and making many new ones.

Cellach and Vukasin

August Pale Letter:
Greetings unto the populace of the Midrealm! We had a great time at Pennsic. Thank you for being part of it. We hope you had as wonderful a time the War as We did. Hopefully your trip home was smooth and uneventful.

With Our return Our minds turn to finding Our successors. On Saturday October 19th of this year We will host Our Crown Tournament in the Barony of Sternfeld.

On the morning of Our tournament We will form all of the combatants into pools. From these pools sixteen combatants will advance to the Crown List. The pairings for the Crown List will be randomly chosen. As per Kingdom Law the Crown List will be run as a double elimination tree. Each bout in the Crown List will be a single bout, and need not be of matched weapons. The finals shall be best two out of three bouts, matching weapon style for the first two bouts. For the first pass the combatant with higher precedence will choose the style. In the second pass the other combatant will have the choice. If a third pass is required then combatants may choose whatever style they prefer.

No weapon may exceed six feet, with single-handed weapons being limited to 42 inches from pommel to tip. Center grip shields may be no larger than 28 inches across and strapped shields may be no wider than 24 inches and no longer than 30 inches. All combatants are reminded that Crown Tournament should be treated as a precious thing and so should dress and comport themselves appropriately. We require that armor be in good repair with no obvious modern or plastic equipment.

As a monarch rules over all of Their subjects, They should have an appreciation for multiple aspects of our Society. As such, We require each couple who would enter Our Tournament bring one A&S project completed within the last two years to display for the populace.

Letters of Intent must be received by Our Coronation on October 5. For any non-Peer combatant we also require a Letter of Recommendation from a Peer of Our Realm. In addition, both combatant and consort must provide proof of membership and modern identification to our Kingdom Seneschal, Master Midair. Master Midair prefers email – please send documents to charlesmidair@gmail.com.

We look forward to a wonderful Tournament full of deeds that will be praised long after the tournament is over.

Cellach and Vukasin

July Pale Letter:
Warmest greetings and salutations to the populace of the Midrealm. We hope you are well and enjoying this summer season. We are honored to be part of this wonderful kingdom and are excited to be the Heirs to the Dragon Throne.

Thank you to everyone for the congratulations and support. We will endeavor to stand up to your highest expectations.

Our deepest thanks to Their Majesties for allowing us to participate in Their Crown Tournament. And another thank you to the combatants and their consorts in that tournament.

Thank you to the Shire of Greyhope for hosting the tournament. Extra thanks to Lord Justice McArtain for serving as event steward and to Mistress Elena de Vexin and Lady Quenild of Merica for preparing a wonderful feast.

Finally, thank you to the Canton of Rimsholt for hosting the investiture of the Princess.

We are looking forward to meeting and making new friends in the upcoming months as well as seeking council on how We may best serve you, the best populace in the Known World.

Draco Invictus!

Cellach and Vukasin