Stormvale

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Founded:October 1982

Registered December 1988

Modern Location:Genesee, Lapeer, Sanilac and Huron counties of Michigan

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.

Due to falling membership and participation, the Shire made the decision to dissolve in January 2020,

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.


Here is a list of all events held by the Shire of Stormvale as compiled by Gerard von Lowenstein:

Event Name Date Autocrat Notes
Feast of the Apples December 10, 1982 Garth of Boggs
Feast of St. John the Baptist June 26, 1986 Anthea of Blue Lake
Feast of St. John II July 4, 1987 Morgaine MacLeod
Feast of St. John III June 25, 1988 Dougal MacLean
Feast of St. John IV June 24, 1989 Rhiannon y Glas
Feast of St. John V June 2, 1990 Wilhelm von Buch
All Saints Day November 10, 1990 Balian de Brionne / Ariel the Fairhair
Feast of St. John VI June 8, 1991 Skalla-Geirmundr Ulfsson
Festival of Samhain November 9, 1991 Ian MacThomaidh
Vikings Go Home! & Regional A&S March 7, 1992 Ananda the Fiery / Breac / Balian de Brionne
Crown Tourney October 17, 1992 Anastasia Donskoi
Vikings Go Home! II & Regional A&S March 6, 1993 Ananda the Fiery
All Hallows Feast October 30, 1993 Melisande of Woodcrest
Vikings Go Home! III February 26, 1994 Giovanni Fontananera / Gerard von Lowenstein
Feast of St. Elizabeth of Hungary November 19, 1994 Genevieve Okeburne de la Mere (aka Aesa)
Kings Tax Day March 18, 1995 Ananda the Fiery
Feast of St. Elizabeth of Hungary November 23, 1996 Bronwynn Brightoaks
Pentamere War Maneuvers June 29, 1996 Clarissa Wykeham
Vikings Go Home! IV & Regional A&S May 3, 1997 Clarissa Wykeham
Yuletide Celebration December 6, 1997 Clarissa Wykeham / Balian de Brionne
Lillies Pity Party June 13, 1998 Balian de Brionne
Harvest of Souls October 31, 1998 Gerard von Lowenstein
Yuletide Celebration & Toys 4 Tots December 12, 1998 Clarissa Wykeham
Vikings Go Home! V May 7-9, 1999 Rosettus Glendrake
Black Dragon Rising II - Crusader's Quest October 9, 1999 Melisande of Woodcrest
Harvest of Souls II November 6, 1999 Gerard von Lowenstein / Breac macFinnean
Yuletide Celebration & Toys 4 Tots December 11, 1999 Melisande of Woodcrest
Royal University of the Midrealm (RUM) October 2, 1999 N/A
Vikings Go Home! VI - Equestrian Emprise 1 June 16-18, 2000 Rosettus Glendrake
Black Dragon Rising III Sept 29-Oct 1, 2000 Rosettus Glendrake / Lucia Amberle
Vikings Go Home! VIII - Equestrian Emprise 2 June 8-10, 2001 Lucia Amberle
Black Dragon Rising IV - Dragon's Gauntlet Oct 5-7, 2001 Lucia Amberle
Stormvale 20th Anniversary Celebration October 26, 2002  ?
Feast of St. Joan of Arc May 30-June 1, 2003 Aileran o'Faelain / Tighearnan McVeigh
Harvest of Souls III November 1, 2003 Gerard von Lowenstein
Harvest of Souls IV November 13, 2004 Gerard von Lowenstein
Harvest of Souls V 2005 Bronwynn Brightoaks
Black Dragon Rising - Pentamere Equestrian Championship  ? Rosettus Glendrake
Harvest of Souls VI 2006 Desiderada del Rio
Reign of Arrows October 6, 2012 Brianne MacAuley
Reign of Arrows II September 7,2013 Brianne MacAuley / Ligessac d'Isigny
Reign of Arrows III September 6, 2014 Brianne MacAuley
Reign of Arrows IV September 5, 2015 Gerard von Lowenstein
Reign of Arrows V September 10, 2016 Gerard von Lowenstein
Reign of Arrows VI September 30, 2017
Reign of Arrows VII September 15, 2018
Reign of Arrows VIII September 14, 2019 Brianne MacAuley


Reign of Arrows, an all archery event, was the host to the Middle Kingdom Summer Schutzenfest from 2014-2019

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, Pentamere Regional Minister of Arts and Sciences, and Pentamere Regional Archery Marshal. 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

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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