Stormvale

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Stormvale is a Shire in the Pentamere Region of the Middle Kingdom. It consists of Genesee, Lapeer, Sanilac and Huron counties of Michigan. Most of Stormvale's activity is centered in and around Flint, in Genesee County.

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History

The Shire of Stormvale was founded in October 1982 by students at the University of Michigan-Flint. It was originally called the Canton of the Towers of the Morning, an ironic reference to the various colleges in the area. When this was discovered to be similar to a name in fantasy literature, the members quickly renamed it the Shire of the Soaring Phoenix in December 1982. Soaring Phoenix was a reference to the notion of a branch rising from the ashes of two previous groups in the area, the Canton of Withermoor in the mid-1970s and the Shire of Westvale, which had a brief and controversial life from 1981-82. The branch was renamed the Shire of Stormvale in the fall of 1983. This name was a commentary on what had been stormy weather in the area that had seemed to the members to last for an unusually long time, and perhaps a self-deprecatory reference to the interactions of boldly opinionated members. Mostly, however, it just seemed to sound good.

Stormvale was based around the University of Michigan-Flint in downtown Flint, Michigan in the early years. Other members attended high schools or Mott Community College. The original members were quite young, but by the mid 1990s, there were more college instructors in the branch than college students. While Flint and its suburbs were the center of activity for Stormvale, the branch claimed all of Genesee County from the beginning. Later, the branch claimed Lapeer County to the east. Later still, the Barony of Northwoods transferred the counties of Sanilac and Huron to Stormvale during a general clarification of borders in the area in the late 1990s.

Event Highlights

The Shire of Stormvale has been an energetic participant in event-staging. The first event was the Feast of Apples, held on December 10, 1982. The second event was the Feast of St. John the Baptist in 1986. The St. John event was held annually through 1990. In 1990, the shire added a second event in the fall. Over the years, this has been variously named and is currently Halloween-themed, the Harvest of Souls. In 1991, a spring event called Vikings Go Home! was added. This was continued through the mid-1990s. In October 1992, Stormvale hosted the Fall Crown Tournament. In 1999, five separate events were held by the branch, including two equestrian events and a Royal University session. From 1998-2001, local members humorously referred to Stormvale as the equestrian capitol of Pentamere, as over a half-dozen equestrian events were held, usually each spring and fall. The branch held a 20th Anniversary Celebration in October 2002.

In 2012 Stormvale started an event called Reign of Arrows, an archery only event. This event has hosted the Schützenfest several times.

Other Activities

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Stormvale members at Pennsic. L to R: Balian de Brionne, Skalla Geirmundr Ulfsson, Nagatatsu Satto, Tsunamei Kenjiro Torashi.

Stormvale has had a sizable camp at the Pennsic War in August of each year since 1989. Since 1991, it has been located at the base of Runestone Hill. The branch has produced a number of heralds, including one Dragon Herald, two Fenris Heralds, two Rouge Scarpe Heralds, an Escutcheon Herald, a Lakes Pursuivant and two Opinicus Pursuivants. Other members have served as Kingdom Minister of Arts and Sciences and Pentamere Regional Minister of Arts and Sciences. The branch fielded a good-sized Stormvale Militia armored combat group in the early 1990s. The Shire of Stormvale currently has a large archery group along with several Foresters.


The newsletter of the shire was called the "Storm Warning".

External Links

Their URL is http://www.stormvale.midrealm.org/

Here is an old blog which has discussed Stormvale activities: http://clarionhall.blogspot.com


Territories
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, White Waters

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

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

Other Territories: Riding: Hawkland Moor, College: Saint Brutus, Saint Carol on the Moor

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