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Known World Wordsmiths join WGA strike

KNOWNE WORLD – Across all of the kingdoms of the Knowne World, wordsmiths of the Society for Creative Anachronism are launching a sympathy strike with the Writers Guild of America (WGA). These “wordsmiths” of the Knowne World are those who provide texts for award scrolls and related documents, as well as ceremony heralds and royal schtick writers. Renowned wordsmith and poet, Magistra Virginia Lupa released a statement.

“So much of what we do in the Knowne World has been influenced by members of the WGA, whose work has informed and, if you will pardon a little scribal joke, illuminated our own work. While members of the WGA are striking over issues which affect their very livelihood, SCA wordsmiths and scribes can also suffer from difficult working conditions, and although our “pay” comes in social capital and wordfame, sometimes we don’t even get that.  Supporting our sibling writers in the WGA seems only fair, after all they’ve given us.”

The strike has affected all the kingdoms, though some have been harder hit than others.  Kingdoms which have standard texts for some awards have suffered less than those where all scrolls are unique. Some of those kingdoms have begun to look through older scroll texts to find those which can be depersonalised and recycled. Peerage scrolls are universally unique, causing some kingdoms to delay elevations while the strike is ongoing.

Some kingdoms have even resorted to scabs, with predictably poor results. Maestra Monica do Cabo Verde, elevated shortly after the strike began, was a victim. “The illumination is gorgeous, the calligraphy is fantastic, but the text.”  Maestra Monica burst into tears before giving The SCAllion a transcription of the text, which is reproduced below in its entirety.

A woman stood out from the rest
Her service was truly the best
A Pelican she
Really ought to be
Signed , the King and the Queen of the West

The SCAllion supports the WGA and the Knowne World wordsmiths in their fight for fair treatment.

Avacal · Drachenwald · East · Insulae Draconis · King · Knowne World · Lochac · Queen · Real Life · Royal Peer

Coronation fealty snafu in UK and Lochac

BARONY OF POLITARCHOPOLIS, LOCHAC – The Crown Prince and Princess of Lochac, Ruodeger Angist and Kiterna de Kaxtone, have stated that they were inspired by the example of King Charles III of England to call for all members of the Kingdom to swear an oath of allegiance at their upcoming coronation.  “We thought it would be fun,” said Prince Ruodeger, “and since Charles had already scheduled his Coronation on top of ours, we felt fine about nicking his idea.”

The idea has not been well received, either in the UK or in Lochac. However, it seems likely that more people would be willing to swear such an oath in Lochac than in the UK, since a SCAllion poll suggests that as many as 15 Lochacians said they might consider it, which is a significantly higher number than in  the United Kingdom. 

The most common response on the poll in both Lochac and the UK was “I’m on smoko, leave me alone.”

The Kingdom of Avacal also has a coronation in May, and The SCAllion asked them to comment.  Oddly enough, they didn’t seem to care.  The East does not have a coronation in May. The SCAllion did not ask them to comment, but they keep calling and leaving messages on our voicemail saying that the East, too, is on smoko.

Arts and Sciences · Avacal

Local brewer confused why his double clove imperial IPA tested poorly at round table

SHIRE OF HARROWS CROSS, AVACAL – At a recent Baronial Arts and Sciences event, a local brewer was shocked and confused when his double clove Imperial IPA tested poorly at the brewer’s round table held that afternoon.

Baron Etienne Laurent seemed baffled when his beer was judged poorly. He was quoted as saying: “I have no idea what they could find wrong with it! There was a half cup of clove in that. It says ‘double clove’ right in the name, after all. Was it the thyme sprigs? Could it have been the sriracha? I don’t know what’s wrong with these people, they have no palate!”

During and immediately after the tasting, judges were heard describing Baron Etienne’s beverage as “disgusting,” “unpalatable,” “what the hell was that,” “insanity,” along with a number of gagging and vomiting noises. Thankfully, the event was held three doors down from the local ambulance depot, so the four reported cases of suspected poisoning were administered to almost immediately.

The SCAllion declined Baron Etienne’s offer of a case of his IPA to take back to the editorial offices, citing “Dry Forever” month.

Avacal · Service

Local Shire Elects Golden Retriever as New Chatelaine

SHIRE OF SIGELHUNDAS – KINGDOM OF AVACAL  In a bold move to advance recruitment, the Shire of Sigelhundas has voted to elect one of the Shire’s dogs,  a 90-lb golden retriever named Rex, as its new Chatelaine. Rex, outfitted with a collar that reads “Bark if you like history!” wagged happily when The SCAllion interviewed his owner, Lady Edith Milner, who is also the Shire’s Chronicler. “Everybody loves Rex,” she explained. “When Rex comes with me to rapier practice in the park, people stop, pet him, and then start asking questions. He is enthusiastic to meet everyone, including children holding ice cream.”  Rex’s interview with The SCAllion was cut short as the golden retriever abruptly left to attempt to recruit two squirrels, a disinterested cat, and a raccoon who expressed interest in helping with the feast.

Lord Benedict de Castellione, the Shire’s Seneschal, denied that the election of the shire’s goodest boi was an attempt to fill a required position in order to keep their standing as a shire. “What? Oh no! We have plenty of volunteers here. This is a serious attempt to make newcomers feel welcome.”

Rex’s recruitment efforts, leaving pee mail on the rhododendrons and the jack pines, appears to be working. Two chihuahuas and a husky have barked that they intend to come to next week’s practice.

Although The SCAllion is not the serious journalism site We Rate Dogs, we would give Rex 14/10, a perfect score.


SCA to offer land with each purchased AoA; become a laird or lady!

SHIRE OF VINJAR, AVACAL – The SCAllion has learned that the Kingdom of Avacal is selling Awards of Arms as a kingdom fundraiser, accompanied by a plot of land in the Shire of Vinjar.

“Become your own Lord, Lady, or equivalent title in the breathtaking Kingdom of Avacal,” reads the Facebook advertisement. “Your land ownership entitles you to an Award of Arms, to be bestowed at Royal Court. You can live your aristocratic fantasy and be respected throughout the SCA.”

Purchase includes an SCA Award of Arms which entitles the recipient to use the title of Lord, Lady, or equivalent as found in the approved alternate title index found at, a square-foot plot of land in the Shire of Vinjar, and an Award of Arms scroll with the recipients’ name on it for $50 CAN.

At $50 CAN per square foot plot, Avacal is currently offering by far the most affordable entry to the armorial in the Known World, especially with current exchange rates. Property values in other Kingdoms are generally above $75 USD per square foot, with the most expensive being at $150 USD per square foot in Caid.

Avacal · King · Outlands · Queen

Outlands Crown stopped at US border crossing from Canada

William and Fionnuala, King and Queen of the Outlands, were stopped at the US border crossing yesterday, attempting to return home from Avacal Twelfth Night. 

They were detained for four hours as their car was searched, and then they were released to go home. United States Border Patrol would not comment on the case, but Baroness Beatrice d’Avignon, their chief of staff, says that Their Majesties were stopped for attempting to bring back $5000 USD worth of Smarties and Timbits. After United States Border Patrol confiscated their candy, Their Majesties were free to go and arrived home earlier this morning.

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