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Barony of Northwoods

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North Woods (aka Northwoods) is a Barony in the Pentamere Region of the Middle Kingdom. In precedence it is the first Barony of the Kingdom.

North Woods encompasses Gratiot, Clinton, Shiawassee, Eaton, Ingham, and Livingston counties, and Macomb and Oakland counties north of Highway M-59, less that part of Macomb county claimed by the Shire of Altenberg, Michigan.



The Cantons belonging to this grand old Barony are: Riding of Hawkland Moor, Ealdnordwuda, WealdLake, Fearann na Criche, and Altenberg


The barony of the North Woods is one of the oldest and most important branches in the Middle Kingdom. Founded in 1970 during the 2nd Reign of the Middle Kingdom, the early members were at first unaware of the simultaneous creation of the Province of Tree-Girt-Sea. Many of the early knights, laurels, pelicans, kings and queens came from the North Woods. Baron Sir Thorvald inn Grimmi was the first baron of the branch and of the kingdom, and the only man to win his coronet in a unique tournament. He was the Baron North Woods for over 20 years. Much of the Middle Kingdom's customs of armored combat, dance, cookery and dress were shaped in Northwoods.

The state of Michigan was presumptively the territory of North Woods from its formation. When the Barony of Andelcrag was formed in the middle 1970s, the state was divided down the middle. Most subsequent branches in the state became cantons of one or the other, with the exception of the Shire and later Barony of Cynnabar and the Shire of Stormvale during the 1980s.

The group has a bit of a mania about Coca-Cola, which is referred to as North Woods Brown Ale. A red banner with a wavy white stripe was once given to the North Woods knights by King Dag. Pepsi is consumed at one's peril at a North Woods event!

The branch has several alternate names. The registered name is actually North Woods. North Woods is also known as the Lost Barony, because the original paperwork to form the branch was lost. It was also known as Northwoods, the City of the Singing Lance (a pun on Lansing, the mundane home of the branch) and the City of the Gods, a reference to the early dominance of the barony in the Middle Kingdom.

Baronial Council

Between 1995 and 1996(?), in response to Thorvald being inactive as Baron, the groups of Northwoods convened a Baronial Council to discuss possible options. The results of these meetings lead to a request to the Crown to appoint a Baroness. A charter for the Barony was also drafted. The terms of the charter with respect to the selection of the Baron and Baroness likely had impact on how the Kingdom eventually came to regularly poll for the selection of their Barons and Baronesses, and also the terms they served.

Former Barons and Baronesses

Northwoods Baronage


North Woods hosted one of the two Twelfth Night events in the kingdom until the 1990s and the addition of the baronies of Roaring Wastes and Cynnabar. This Pentamere event is now rotated between the three baronies. Andelcrag is not on this rotation as they typically host ValDay event.

Ealdnordwuda is the host for the Barony's seminal events - Twelfth Night and Squire's Revolt. They also host the Pentamere Academy of Defense and the Saltatoris Swingin' Soiree. They are the home canton for the Saltatoris Dance Guild.

The Riding of Hawkland Moor sponsors an annual Wassail [2], the Smurf Shoot and host for the barony the Tyger Hunt [3].

WealdLake is the hosting group of the Midrealm's premier adult/child cooperative event - It Takes My Child to Raze a Village. This event is now replicated annually at Pennsic War and is being recreated in other kingdoms. Wealdlake created the event Herald's Pointe and Scribal Collegium which has been turned over to the Buckler Herald to become a Pentamere Traveling Event. Wealdlake was also the host for the SCA demo visited by ~140,000 people each June - the Medieval Village[4] at the Michigan Challenge Balloonfest and the event Ale to the Victors. Their newest vent is The Grand Tour - a culinary journey highlighting the food from a specific region and timeframe.

Fearann na Criche hosts the quiet and lovely end of summer event The Call of the Waterhorse. With the feel of "old school" SCA events and the beautiful Au Sable River in the background the event features a special story time before feast with an ending that will amaze your eyes and ears.

Altenberg is the newest Canton of Northwoods and hosts the nautical themed Battle of the Inland Seas.

Current Officers

Baron and Baroness: Baron Aindle O Dairmada and Baroness Alianor bat Asriel

Seneschal: Master Maximilian der Zauberer

Exchequer: The Honorable Lady Morgaine NicFhrannsaidh

Herald: Master Lucien Featherstone

Chatelaine: Baroness Gwenllyen the Minstrel

Knight's Marshal: Lord Vigfuss mjoksiglandi

Rapier Marshal: Sugawara no Tokihira

Chronicler: The Honorable Lady SaehildR barngothR

Minister of Arts & Sciences:

  • open

Minster of the Web: The Honorable Lady Brigida Alderotti

Minister of Youth:

  • open

Current Baronial Champions

Serving as 50th Anniversary Champions. They are serving until after Pennsic War is held again.

Champions: Sir Einarr Dunwulf Björnsson and Captain Bjarg Kormaksson

Champions: Lord Ívarr of Altenberg and Lady Bryn Archer

Champions: Master Nigellus le Haie and Brutus of Altenberg

Champions: Master Maximilian der Zauberer and Lord Horatio Archer

Champions: Mistress Baroness Dulcinea Maria Magdalena von Muhlberg y Aguilar and The Honorable Lady Siri Toivosdotter

  • Service

Champions: Mistress Anthoinette de Martel and The Honorable Lady Damiana Isabel Cardona

Baronial Champions Schedule Thrown Weapons Champions - Battle of the Inland Seas

Armored Champion - Tyger Hunt/Ale to the Victors

Archery Champion - Call of the Waterhorse

Arts & Sciences Champion - Grand Tour

Service Champion - Wassail

Rapier Champion - Pentamere Academy of Defense

What is expected from our Adult Champions

  • You Represent North Woods: In prowess, in presence, in presentation, in character, in honor, in leadership, and in learning.
  • Report to Your Superior and Us: Though not an SCA requirement, a brief quarterly summary of activity, teaching, learning, and observations up the chain of command and cc’d to us will help showcase the awesome service, participation, and performance of the Barony.
  • Take Two/Teach Two: Take a minimum of two classes in your Championship area and teach at least two classes in your area of Championship over course of your year of service. (If you are not the class teaching type you can fulfill this by taking on two individuals whom you train one-on-one in a skill set, but this needs to be confirmed by one of us first).

What is expected from our Youth Champions

  • You Represent North Woods: In prowess, in presence, in presentation, in character, in honor, in leadership, and in learning.
  • Report to Us: When you see someone that impresses or inspires you (Adult or Youth) in prowess, in presence, in chivalry, or in honor. Just come and tell us. Be prepared to name names!
  • Take/Teach: Take a class at an event in any subject. Teach a class if you're comfortable doing so. Teach another Youth something you’re good at or teach one of us something you learned or something you think is Awesome.

Baronial Brigade Instituted by Baron Aindle and Baroness Aliyah featuring folks who are asked to fill in when Champions are not available. They will add members to the Brigade as they pick new Champions. Baronial Brigade Members: Orn of Altenberg, Renee of Starleaf Gate, Lucien Featherstone of Ealdnorwuda, Owen MacDonald, Kata Aragunnrsdottir, Sugawara no Tokihira, Ruric Brathlidski, Morwenna Lynn Llydaw, Lambert de Perreth, Helena Falkenstein, Roderick McKraken, Keaghan the Swift, Octavio Gonzales de Castile, Brutus of Altenberg, SaehildR barngothR, Vigfuss mjoksiglandi

Baronial Awards

External Links

Midrealm Baronies: Andelcrag, Ayreton, Brendoken, Carraig Ban, Cleftlands, Cynnabar, Donnershafen, Fenix, Flame, Flaming Gryphon, Illiton, Middle Marches, Northwoods, Red Spears, Rivenstar, Roaring Wastes, Shadowed Stars, Shattered Crystal, Sternfeld

Midrealm Shires: Afonlyn, Altenberg, Aurea Ripae, Baile na Scolairi, Blackhawk, Caer Gwyn, Cuil Choluim, Dark River, Dragon's Vale, Dragonsmark, Eastwatch, Falcon's Quarry, Grenemere, Greyhope, Mynydd Seren, Narrental, Okenshield, Qal`at Ja`far, Ravenslake, Rivenvale, Riviere Constelle, Starleaf Gate, Steren Codha, Stormvale, Swordcliff, Talonval, White Waters

Midrealm Cantons: Alderford, Border Keep, Brackendelve, Castell Gwent, Catteden, Dernehealde, Dun Traigh, Ealdnordwuda, Fearann na Criche, Foxvale, Gleann Iaruinn, Grey Gargoyles, Gwyntarian, Havenholde, Hawkes Keye, Hrothgeirsfjorthr, Lochmorrow, Marshes, Mugmort, Norborough, Nordheim, Oakford, Pferdestadt, Rimsholt, Rokkehealden, Thistle, Three Hills, Three Towers, Three Walls, Tirnewydd, Tree-Girt-Sea, Unicorn, Vanished Wood, WealdLake, Westmere, Winged Hills

Other Territories: Riding: Hawkland Moor, College: Saint Brutus

Incipient and Proto-Incipient: Auenwald, Austrigatt, Cetus, Grenemere, Woods End

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