Who's who in the SCA?
|King and Queen||
The King and Queen of the Lochac are chosen by combat at the Crown Tourney, this is done every 6 months. Their job is to be the ceremonial heads of the Kingdom, but they also have a great influence on the group "In Lochac the Kings's Word is Law."
|Baron and Baroness||
The Baron and Baroness of River Haven are appointed by the Crown of Lochac after a poll of the Populace is taken to get the popular choice. They serve a similar role to the King and Queen but they are local people who are here most of the time. The Baron and Baroness are the representatives that reflect the royal presence in the barony.
|Previous Barons and Baronesses||
August 1986 – April 1995:
Nov 2008 – March 2013:
Wolfgang Adolphus Jager (Dominic Hunter) & Contarina la Biancia (Nina Casagrande)
|Seneschal||The Seneschal is the administrative head of the group. Every group from Kingdom to College has a Seneschal. They handle the legal paperwork and the day to day running of the group.|
Previous RH Seneschals
Sept. 2012 -
current. Madilayn le Mercer.
Sept. 2012 - Sept., 2011. Marcus de Valencia.
Jan., 2010 - Sept., 2011. Dimitrii Borodinski.
2007 - Jan., 2010. Hrodny Arasdottir.
Sept., 2005 - Sept., 2007. Dimitrii Borodinski.
2002 - Sept., 2005. Baron Master Hrothgar Breaksword.
1998 - 2002. William de Tosny.
Master Jacques du Bar sur Le Loup
Morna of River Haven
|Reeve||The Reeve is the Treasurer of the group. Every group which has its own bank account has a Reeve to keep track of the cash.|
Marion de Paxford
2004 - 2005. Genevieve the Wanderer
2000 - 2004. Johanna of Yorkshire
Sibella da Montefeltro
Genevieve the Wanderer
|Herald||A Herald makes announcements, runs courts and is consulted on matters of heraldry. The Herald (the officer whose area of responsibility is heraldry) processes the paperwork but if you are interested you can become a herald (not the officer) who does these things at events.|
|Hospitaller||A Hospitalleris responsible for the loaner gear that is loaned out to newcomers whenthey are getting started. They also usually have handouts for newcomers.|
| Josseline de la Cour
Katherine Alica of Sarum
James the Silent
Jessica of Fearn Abbey
|Arts and Sciences Officer||The Arts and Sciences Master / Mistress is responsible for keeping track of the crafts and artistic efforts of the group. They don't regulate anything or run all the workshops, but they do run competition and they usually know who to contact is when a particular expertise is required.|
Previous A & S Officers
, 2010 -
March, 2012. Lady Brighid (Tess Elliott)
|Marshall||The Marshall is responsible for the arts of combat in the group. They can authorise and inspect fighters. Marshals (not the officer) are always needed and if you wish to be involved in fighting without actually getting hit then this is the way to go. The Marshals are not referees (although they are sometimes consulted as such) they are more there to see that the rules are observed and that everything is safe. There is a Marshall of Fencing, heavy fighting and Archery|
|Previous Marshalls||Wendell von Bayern
Wolfgang Adolphus Jager (Dominic Hunter )
Sir Draco of Jorvik (Richard Hall)
2002- 2004 Konrad von Strasburg (Craig Apelt)
- 2002. Rory of the Black Thistle.
|Previous Captain of the Archers||- March, 2012. Longshanks
the Grey (Trevor Wheate).
Catalin de Dalmatin
|Previous Rapier Marshalls||Marcos de Valencia
Wolfgang Adolphus Jager
Blaidd MacFaolen Tuatha Faol
|Chronicler||The Chronicler is the person who puts out the newsletter. They are often looking for articles and original artwork.|
|, 2010 - March, 2012.
Lady Leonor de Alcocer (Vilma
|Constable||The Constable is the person responsible for seeing that sites are safe and waivers are signed at fighting events. They also collect and try to return any lost property that is left behind. Constables (like Marshals and heralds) are always needed.|
|Josseline de la Cour
Sorya of Eagles Nest
|Web Minister||The Web Minister or Web Wright looks after the online presence of a group. They maintain the group's website.|
Previous Web Wrights
2012 - 2014 Dimitrii Borodinskii
|Autocrat/ Feastocrat||The Autocrat is a special officer that is in charge of running a specific event. Every event has an Autocrat. They plan, organise and run the event. They often need help in all sorts of areas. They often need kitchen helpers, set up crews, clean up crews, servers and willing hands to make everyone's load lighter. The Feastocrat looks after the meals at an event.|
Officers are the glue which binds the SCA together and the oil that keeps it running. They are not paid to do their jobs and they are rarely professionals in their fields. They give freely of their time and efforts in order to make the SCA an enjoyable experience for all.
You may not wish to ever be an officer yourself but there are many ways to help. Often there are many jobs to do. Ask the Officer responsible for the area you are interested in. You mayfind that the more you put into the SCA the more you get out of it!
To be an officer you must first be a paid member getting the Lochac newsletter, "Pegasus". You can then apply for the office. Officers are usually advertised in the local newsletter. An officer is usually warranted for a two year term of office. They are recommended by the previous officer (usually in consultation with other group officers) and are appointed by the Lochac officer.
The SCA hierarchy and how to address them
During your first events, you'll be sure to notice people wearing various accessories, but the one which really stands out are the crowns or coronets. People who wear these are "Someone Important", as they are or may have been Royalty. If in doubt of their rank, address them as "Your Excellency". The Nobility entitled to wear crowns or coronets include Kings, Queens, Princes, Princesses, Dukes, Duchesses, Counts, Countesses, Viscounts, Viscountesses, Barons, Baronesses, Court Barons and Court Baronesses.
- King and Queen: They are the monarchs and rulers of our Kingdom, and are chosen by combat; they change every six months as a result of the biannual Crown Tourneys. They have the ability to change laws and to dispense awards. They can be addressed as "Sire", "Your Majesty", "My Lord King/My Lady Queen", "Your Grace" and "My Liege." It is courteous to bow when speaking to them, passing by them, or passing their thrones, whether occupied or empty.
- Prince and Princess: There are two types of Princes and Princesses, Crown and Territorial. The Crown Prince and Princess are heirs to the Kingdom (i.e. will shortly be the reigning King and Queen), chosen by combat in the Crown Tourney. They are addressed as "Your Royal Highness". A territorial Prince and Princess rule over a Principality, a territory which is a subdivision of a kingdom. They are also chosen by combat. Their form of address varies from kingdom to kingdom.
- Duke and Duchess: These are individuals who have served as King/Queen at least twice. They are addressed as "Your Grace".
- Count and Countess: These are individuals who have served as King/Queen once. They are addressed as "Your Excellency". Some alternate titles are Earl (Jarl, Iarll) and Graf.
- Viscount and Vicountess: These individuals have served at least once as Territorial Prince/Princess. They are addressed as "Your Excellency".
- Baron and Baroness: There are two types of these individuals, those that are in fief, and court Barons/Baronesses. Those that are in fief are the ones that oversee a large local group (such as the Barony of Southron Gaard); they are the local representatives of the King and Queen and serve in that capacity for a period. Court Barons/Baronesses have been awarded this title by the Crown, often for exceptional service. Both types are addressed as "Your Excellency".
- The Chivalry (Knights): This
consists of the Order of Knighthood and the Order of Mastery of Arms.
The members of these orders are chosen by the Crown for their grace,
courtesy and skill of arms. As a member of The Order of the Knighthood,
the individual has chosen to swear fealty to the Crown, and is given
the privilege of wearing a white belt, spurs and a chain as symbols of
their fealty. These individuals are addressed as "Sir [name]".
Members of the Order of Mastery of Arms exhibit the same qualities as those members of the Order of Knighthood, but have chosen not to swear fealty. They are entitled to wear a white baldric, and are addressed as "Master" or "Mistress".
- The Laurels: The members of this Order are selected for their great skill in the Arts and Sciences, and for their willingness to teach others. They are called the "Laurels" as their symbol is a green laurel wreath on a gold background. These individuals are addressed as "Master [name]" or "Mistress [name]" or "Dame [name]; "Your Excellency" is a way of addressing them without using a personal name.
- The Pelicans: The members of this Order are selected because they have given of themselves in service. They are called the "Pelicans" as their symbol is the pelican in her piety, spilling her blood to feed her young. These individuals are addressed as "Master [name]" or "Mistress [name]" or "Dame [name]; "Your Excellency" is a way of addressing them without using a personal name.
Don't worry too much about all these titles - if you address people politely as "m'lord" or "m'lady", no-one can fault you.