North Woods

A Barony of the Middle Kingdom
AKA The "Lost Barony"
motto: "Beware the Wolf"

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What is the SCA?

"The Society for Creative Anachronism, or SCA, is an international organization dedicated to researching and re-creating the arts, skills, and traditions of pre-17th-century Europe." This is the first line of the newcomers page on the SCA website Here they give you more complete information than I can provide, including links to the 19 kingdoms  and resources for the newcomer. There also is a pdf file with terms commonly used at events - These are great resources, however, here is my short list of terms to get you through that first event:

  • SCAdian (SKAY-dee-an)

    •  as a noun: a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism.
    • Also: SCAer. Used as an adjective to mean “of the SCA.”

  • Gentle 

    • any person, not gender-specific.

  • Populace

    •  the inhabitants of a kingdom or local group; the people present at an event.

  • King/Queen

    • Rulers of a Kingdom.
    • also called the Crown.

  • Crown Prince/Princess

    • Heirs to the throne.

  • Baron/Baroness

    • landed representatives of the Crown who are ceremonial heads of a barony.

  • Chivalry 

    • Knights who swear fealty to the Crown and Masters-of-Arms who do not.

  • Knights/Masters-of-Arms

    • someone recognized by the Crown for mastery of armored combat/heavy fighting.

  • Laurel

    •  someone recognized by the Crown for mastery of an art or science.

  • Pelican

    • someone recognized by the Crown for great service to their Kingdom and the SCA.

  • Warder

    • someone recognized by the King and Queen for mastery of rapier combat/light fighting.

  • Squire

    •  a student in a formal relationship with a Knight or Master of Arms for training in armored combat.

  • Barony/Shire

    •  types of SCA local chapters. Baronies are generally larger in size, and have a Baron and/or Baroness as their ceremonial heads. Sub-groups within a Barony’s territory are known as Cantons, or in some areas, Ridings or Strongholds. 

  • Period

    • used to mean something that is authentic or could fit in the timeframe of the SCA ( approx 600 - 1600 AD).

  • Persona

    • your SCA person you are representing as opposed to your mundane or real identity.

  • Waiver

    •  a release of liability form.  Non-members must sign waivers at events and martial practices.

  • Person with a crown on their head

    • someone who may be a King/Queen, Prince/Princess, Baron/Baroness or have been one in the past. They are to be treated as royalty - just in case. 
This page was last updated on 30-Jun-2012 09:33 PM .
Side Trips to our Cantons:

Ealdnordwuda     Riding of Hawkland Moor     Wealdlake     Iron Oak 

Side trips to the Knowne World: Pentamere a region of The Kingdom of the Middle (Midrealm) a part of The SCA (Society of Creative Anachronism)
Or visit with Lady Seadhli at the Pentamere and Canton of Wealdlake Minister of Youth Website Check out a medieval wedding at Aliyah's Wedding Day Come see what we are about on the online SCA demo And after your visit, come back - we missed you! 
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