Saturday, September 14, 2013

September Scribes North Innilgard

We have two new scribes: Fionn and Faegan.
Fionn is currently illluminating her first Award of Arms scrolls for some Lochac recipients and Faegan is now waiting for AoA blanks to start his first scroll. In the meantime, he has illuminated and calligraphed an entry for today's A&S competition on the history of Innilgard. (He is also running the CHess tourney that is part of).

Saturday, May 11, 2013

May Scribes in Innilgard (Northish)

Today we had one of our new Scribes attending the Northern Scribes Practice. Faelan is working on his exemplar and is really keen on early scripts (especially Icelandic)!

Fionn also has had her exemplars accepted and is keen to start illuminating some blank scrolls!

I managed to get two scrolls pencilled and inked up today. Just a small bit here... so the recipient won't guess!

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Scribes: brought to by the north reaches of Innilgard

Today was the second time that I have hosted Scribes on the North side. Last month, we had a new scribe, Fionn, who has already sent in her exemplar. Today, Faelen joined us for the first time. He has been pottering with calligraphy for some time and is now working on an exemplar as well.  Clever boy, also helped me to try to nut out Latin wording for a peerage scroll I am working on. I have decided on a black background (which I have been dying to do for a while). I have help from two other Scribe friends who are both conversant in Latin. So have sent these off to see if they appropriate. 
Happy that we have two new potential Scribes keen to get going!

Saturday, June 16, 2012

I have finally finished up another original scroll for a GoA. will be handing it up soon.It was based on Songs of heart, Savoy c. 1470
 the original.

Monday, January 2, 2012


Newsletter of the Royal College & Confraternity of Scribes & Illuminators of the Kingdom of Lochac
Volume 11 Issue 4 December 2011
Greetings all and welcome to the December Ductus.

I would like to start this issue of Ductus by wishing everyone a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

This has been a big year for the College of Scribes yet again. We have not completed all of the Pelican Scrolls that were on the backlog but there are a lot that have been started, completed or are well under way. It has been amazing to watch the progress of many of the scribes this year. I have been particularly impressed by some of the newer scribes who have been so productive and who have really managed to branch out this year and produce totally wonderful scrolls.

The Pelican Scrolls competition end at Canterbury Faire at the end of January 2012. If you have scrolls for the Pelican Competition please let me know and make sure that they get to me either before Canterbury Faire or at Canterbury Faire at the latest. I hope to announce the winners at Festival in 2012.

If anyone would like to see the scrolls that have been done this year please check them out at our Flickr site

As a number of scrolls have come to me at events or have arrived directly before events and gone straight out there are a few that I am missing photographs of. If your scroll is not up on the site and should be could you please send me a photo so that I can put the scroll that you have done up on the site.

Next year our focus will move to Knight and Laurel scrolls. Can everyone please complete your Pelican scrolls ASAP so that I can start to assigning Knight and Laurel scrolls as soon as possible. We have lots of them to do this year and it would be wonderful to get through as many of them as we have managed to get through of the Pelican scrolls. We still have a fair way to go but the backlog is looking much better than it has for a very long time.

Scroll Timings
When scrolls are assigned they are not assigned indefinitely. AA and GA scrolls must be completed within six months. Original Scrolls for Peerages must be completed within 1 year. If a scroll goes over this time an extension must be negotiated with the Provost of Scribes. This extension is not automatic and if the Provost of Scribes does not feel that it is warranted it will not be given.

Currently there are a number of outstanding scrolls that have gone over this time. Those scrolls will be removed from the people who are doing them unless they have already contacted me to request an extension or unless they do contact me and ask for an extension.

The first Scribes seals have been used for the new Writs for Their Royal Highnesses. These have been sent out to Their Royal Highnesses so that they will be available for when they step up. It is very exciting that we have finally go to the point where these seals are available and able to be used. From now on all Writs will be done with the College of Scribes Seals.

I hope to have seals for all the Wardens by Festival 2012 and to be able to give out many of the seals to those Wardens who will be at Festival.

Copies of all Writs that have been done for each Reign will soon be available on the Scribes website. Keep an eye out so that you can see what they look like

Royal Peerage Scrolls
One of the many changes that has been made while I have been Provost is the completion of scrolls for the Kings and Queens of Lochac as they step down from their roll and receive the award of Duke/ Duchess or Count/ Countess. So far for each Reign the College of Scribes has had at least one if not two of these scrolls to complete. These have all been done and presented on time as the ex-Royalty have received their awards. This has been a tremendous success at these events with many people commenting on the quality of the scrolls that have been done and how wonderful it is to see these scrolls given out at these events.

I would like to congratulate all of those who have contributed to these scrolls to date. They have been very well received and have provided a much needed boost to the College of Scribes visibility.

AoA Scrolls
Even though Pelican Scrolls have been the focus of this years efforts this has not meant that the College of Scribes has lost its focus on continuing to complete AoA scrolls. A large number of AoA scrolls have been completed and handed out this year. In particular I would like to thank the scribes in Queensland for their amazing efforts to catch up and complete so many AoA scrolls this year. They have been an inspiration. To see their efforts please look at the Flickr site

Beginners Packs
Thanks to the generosity of the Barony of Rowany through the Rowany Fighter Auction, the College of Scribes has been given some money to make up beginners packs for new scribes. These packs will have enough brushes for five new scribes for each region plus a set of paints for each region. These paints will be made available so that the Wardens in each area can hand them out to new scribes who would like to start doing calligraphy and illumination but may not have enough money to be able to start work on projects.

To keep the equipment in each of these packs the idea is that the local Warden get a commitment from each scribe to complete at least one AoA. As usual any person who has a pack has six months to complete their AoA. If they do not feel up to doing both the calligraphy and illumination then they have that six months to complete either the calligraphy or illumination and to get the scroll to their local Warden who will either complete the remaining section or assign it to another scribe for completion.

This has been trialled in Rowany with success and I hope it will prove to be as useful for the Wardens in other area's. If you find that in your area a different system works better than please let me know.

Packs will be given out between now and Festival depending upon my availability at events and which Wardens will be at what events. At this stage I will be making it to Canterbury Faire and Rowany Festival. If there are going to be representatives from any of the scribal groups at either of those events can you please let me know so that I can take your pack with me. Otherwise packs will be sent out.

The College of Scribes website always needs the links updated, as things change links go out of date and sites disappear. New sites also appear and many of those are really useful for the College of Scribes site to link to. If you find any websites that you think it would be useful to have links to on the College of Scribes website please send those details through to the Upper Warden Kerdwen the Mouse at

2012 will be my last year as Provost of the College of Scribes. I plan to step down in August. I already have at least one person interested in the position of Provost, however if you think that Provost is a position that you would like to do please contact me so that I can send you a job description and talk to you about the roll.

The roll of Provost can be a very rewarding one but there is quite a lot of paperwork. The Provost is a Kingdom Officer and as such needs to complete a quarterly report amongst the other paperwork that comes with being the head of the College of Scribes. This is not the job for someone who just wants to do wonderful illumination but does not want to do the paperwork. You do not have to be a Laurel in calligraphy and illumination to be Provost, you do not even have to be a Laurel, you do need to be able to do paperwork. I hope to see a few people interested.

The position of Provost will be advertised in Pegasus as is required of any Kingdom Officer. All applications should go to the Crown and to the Kingdom Seneschal. It would also be beneficial if they came to me. As a requirement of the roll of a Kingdom Officer you must have a Drop Dead Deputy in place within six months of moving into the position of Provost of the College of Scribes. For other requirements of a Kingdom Officer please see the Lochac Procedures Manual and the Provost job description that I will send out upon request. I will also have the Provost job description place on the website.

Thank you all for your support this year. I look forward to seeing many more wonderful scrolls as we move into 2012.

Caristiona nic Beathain
Provost of Scribes

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Tuesday, September 6, 2011


Newsletter of the Royal College & Confraternity of Scribes & Illuminators of the Kingdom of Lochac
Volume 11 Issue 3 September 2011

Greetings all and welcome to the September Ductus.

I would like to congratulate everyone on how well scrolls are going this year. I know that doing original scrolls is making the task much longer but I have been impressed with the number of original scrolls that are being done. In addition many scribes seem to still be doing the GA and AoA scrolls that are coming up on the database. It is wonderful to see that these scrolls are continuing even while the focus is on original scrolls.

The people who contributed to the blanks competition last year were;
  • Caristiona nic Beathain
  • Branwen of Werchesvorde
  • Maeve ni Iasachta
  • Keridwen the Mouse
  • Katherine Alicia of Sarum
  • Muirghein ni Ghrainne
  • Brain dorcha ua Conaill
  • Constanzia Moralez y de Xamora
  • Liadan verch Lochac
  • Celestrai Ashwood
  • Svartr Ormsson
  • Tamsyn Northover
  • Leonie de Grey
  • Madoc ap Gryffith
  • Tailtiu of Gortruna
  • Tatiiana Kalinin
  • Arlette Mortimer
  • Riona of Caerleon
  • Catherin d'Arc
  • Katrijin van Delden
  • Madelaine de Bourgogne
  • Helen Hartshorne
  • Katerina de Brescia
  • Phedre de Caravalle
  • Kathern Richer
  • Alicia the Pastry Chef
  • Maragerete Engelhardts
  • Lyssa Trygvrrsdottir

Each of these scribes either has, or will receive one of the Scribes tokens for the work that they have done. Congratulations to all of you, your efforts made a huge difference in our backlog and considerably increased the visibility of the College of Scribes over the last year. It was an amazing effort.

Pelican Scrolls
Pelican scrolls are coming to me slowly but surely. There are many assigned that I hope to see by the end of this year. Remember for your scrolls to be considered part of the Pelican Scrolls competition they must be to me before Canterbury Faire in January. 

Change in Wardens
þorfinn is no longer the Warden for the College of Scribes down in Stormhold. He has been Warden for many years and it is now time for him to move on and for other scribes to take up this position. At the moment there is not a Warden for Stormhold. This position will remain vacant until a new Warden takes up the duties. So if anyone is interested in this position could they please contact me about details.

The new Warden for Politarchopolis is Quataryna de Montpelher. I would like to extend a warm welcome to Quataryna and a thank you to her for taking on the position of Warden in Politarchopolis.

Scroll Timings
When scrolls are assigned they are not assigned indefinitely. AA and GA scrolls must be completed within six months. Original Scrolls for Peerages must be completed within 1 year. If a scroll goes over this time an extension must be negotiated with the Provost of Scribes. This extension is not automatic and if the Provost of Scribes does not feel that it is warranted it will not be given.

Currently there are a number of outstanding scrolls that have gone over this time. Those scrolls will be removed from the people who are doing them unless they have already contacted me to request an extension or unless they do contact me and ask for an extension.

It does not matter how far through a scroll a scribe is, if an extension is not granted their scroll will not be accepted by the College of Scribes. All reasonable requests for an extension are granted but continual requests by the same scribe may result in all assignments being removed from that scribe.

Doing an original AA or GA does not automatically mean that the time you are allocated for doing that scroll is extended to 1 year as it would be for other original scrolls. It is expected that you will be able to complete an AA scroll in 6 months. If you decide to do an original AA scroll you will need to complete it within that 6 months.

The first of the Scribal Seals has been completed and was used for the first time at the recent Rowany Scribal meeting. It is very exciting that these seals have been completed. They are the last part of the new Writs that have been going out to many AA recipients over the last year. It is wonderful to see that they have almost been completed. Thanks go out to Mistress Tigriana for her work on these seals. The one I have currently looks wonderful.

A photo of the seal and of an example green seal will be posted on the blog shortly.

The College of Scribes officers that will be receiving seals as they are finished will include;
  • Caristiona nic Beathain- Provost
  • Keridwen the Mouse- Upper Warden
  • Aeron Lasair- Northern Regions Warden and Verger
  • Branwen of Werchesvorde – Western Regions Warden
  • Svartr Ormsson- Crescent Isles, Northern Island Warden
  • katherine kerr of the Hermitage- Crescent Isles, Southern Island Warden
  • Leofwynn Wulfinga- Innilgard Warden
  • Maeve ni Iasachta- Rowany Warden
  • Quataryna de Montpelher- Politarchopolis Warden
  • Madelane de Bourgogne Ynys Fawr Warden
Additional seals will be made for the positions that are currently vacant in this list and also for the positions of Northern Warden and Verger which would normally be separate rolls.

Newly Warranted Scribes
There have been a few new scribes who have joined our ranks over the last few months. These new scribes include;
  • Bernard
  • Corinna
  • Dragana Roza
  • Elinae of Whitby
  • Iarnulfr
  • Kazimera
  • Maddie
  • Pádraig Lowther 

Redoing Scrolls
Due to the natural disasters in some places in Lochac over the last year a call went out for people to redo scrolls for those recipients who have had their previous scrolls damaged. So far one of those scrolls has been completed. The scroll was for Catherine the Friendly, it was a GoA and it was completed by Elinae of Whitby. Thank you to Elinae for that work. I hope to see the others completed over the coming months.

Caristiona nic Beathain
Provost of Scribes