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Virtual Lyondemere Investiture and Anniversary – June 20, 2020

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Come one, come all to the Barony of Lyondemere’s Virtual Anniversary & Investiture event to be held June 20, 2020! The time has come to bid farewell to Baron Conchbhar and Baroness Seraphina, and welcome in the Reeves, Arwen McBaird and Guillem Cosinier to the Baronial Thrones. Investiture will take place during the Kingdom’s Court on June 20. The remainder of the celebration that day will include the following events.

10 AM to 4 PM

Schedule Details Links will be posted on Friday, except for A&S

  • 10-10:30 AM – Setup for the Virtual Event – Come and hang out with us while we all watch Conchobhar put up the Baronial by himself 
    • EARLY MORNING HEAVIES at 10 AMEnjoy watching our heavy fighters attempt to master entirely new virtual weapons
    • (this zoom is now closed) 
  • 10:30-11 AM – Opening (Baronial hosting) – Sit down in your “more comfortable than usual” chair and hear a few words from your hosts
    • (this zoom is now closed)
  • 11 AM-12 PM – Lyon Bard (Baronial hosting) – Watch and listen to some of the best performers that Caid has to offer
    • (this zoom is now closed)
  • 11 AM-3:30 PM – A&S People’s Choice – After we have opened, the even links to the Arts & Sciences display will be provided for all to enjoy. The doors will be open until 3 PM for your viewing pleasure. Please remember to vote.
  • 12-1 PM – Fighters’ Events (private hosting TBA) – Enjoy watching our rapier fighters and archers attempt to master entirely new virtual weapons (Heavies are on at 10 AM)
  • 1-3 PM – Caid June Online Court – 1:00 PM PacificLet’s all grab our chairs and head from the Baronial Pavilion over to the Kingdom court, as we also anticipate our current Baron and Baroness complete their Service to Lyondemere and welcome our Reevess and Reeve as they take on the mantle!
    • Join us in the Kingdom Zoom Meeting: Meeting ID: 861 3151 0060, Password: Caidcourt
  • 3-4:30 PM – Scriptorium (Aliskye hosting) – Mistress Aliskye will be hosting Scriptorium
  • 3-3:30 PM – Fighters’ Finals (Baronial hosting) – Time to see who best mastered their new virtual weapons as they wield them for our enjoyment
    • Join us in the Afternoon Baronial Zoom Meeting, Meeting ID: 849 5003 3964, Password: 001029
  • 3:30-4 PM – Closing Virtual Event (Baronial hosting) – Back to the comfy chairs to hear more words and applaud our winners and all of the good sports of the day
    • Join us in the Afternoon Baronial Zoom Meeting, Meeting ID: 849 5003 3964, Password: 001029
  • 4-4:30 PM – Virtual Feast – Let us gather together and properly appreciate that feast and maybe learn even more than we thought
    • Join us in the Afternoon Baronial Zoom Meeting, Meeting ID: 849 5003 3964, Password: 001029
  • 4:30-6 PM – Virtual Revel – Everything you thought a revel could be, but with extreme social distancing
    • Join us in the Afternoon Baronial Zoom Meeting, Meeting ID: 849 5003 3964, Password: 001029

But wait, there’s more!

  • Lyondemere Anniversary 2020 Virtual Feast Comprehensive Links
    • Check out the Google Docs for your Shopping list, recipes, redactions, and how-to videos for these dishes
      • Appetizer: Cold Asparagus Salad
      • Chicken Stewed with Dried Fruit
      • Cabbage with Fennel
      • Gnocchi

Lyondemere Arts & Sciences People’s Choice

Scroll through the photos here, or view directly in Google Photos

BARDS! Thank you for all the Lyon Bard entries! Your new Lyon Bard: Silenus

Fighters! Archers! Are you ready to defend the Barony of Lyondemere?

  • Heavies: We will be hosting armored combat in the form of Rochambeau! We’ll gather everyone together at 10 AM for muster! Links to the rooms will be posted on here on the website.
  • Fencers: We will be hosting an historic rapier/SCA trivia contest! We’ll gather everyone together at 12 Noon for muster! Links to the rooms will be posted on here on the website.
  • Archers: Beware the sharks and the kraken! Defend our barony via dice (d6, six-sided dice, regular dice) against our mortal enemies the Sharks and the Kraken! We’ll gather everyone together at 12 Noon for muster! Links to the rooms will be posted on here on the website.

Come out and show your fighting spirit! There will be hand-drawn badges available for the Virtual Champions of the day! (They’re really pretty, so come on out so you can see them!)

Virtual Champion Tokens

Event Photos as the Event has been Progressing

Scroll through the photos here, or view directly in Google Photos


June and July In-Person Events in Caid

Message from the Kingdom
Posted by Alexander Caidus to the Kingdom of Caid, June 3, 2020

Hope for the best and prepare for the worst. A phrase in which these times demand we live by. In hoping for the best, as We have stated from the very beginning, HRM and I will make decisions for Caid after We have received as much information as possible. Last month We were forced to postpone all SCA events for the month of June and now in June We must postpone all the events for the month of July.

In continuing to hope for the best HRM and I will NOT cancel events in the long term. We will continue to evaluate where We are at the end of each month and determine at that point what course We must take. As everyone should, We keep hope that perhaps a vaccine/cure may be found and hopefully We will be able to reunite with Our chosen family very soon. Still, this does not mean We should be foolish and think that cure will arrive tomorrow. Most likely, it will not.

Thus, We must also prepare for the worst. In evaluating Our situation, and assuming the worst case scenario of a vaccine 18 months out We must prepare ourselves for that eventuality. It is important to Us that everyone understand Our mindset when it comes to Our decisions for the Kingdom. We took an oath to protect each and every member of Our populace and We are not willing to risk a single life. We are well aware that not everyone is as concerned with this pandemic as some. Still, if Our choice is inconveniencing people versus risking even one life, the choice is simple for us to make.

With this said, We have decided to maintain Our continued postponement process to whatever county in Caid has the highest restrictions. You will not be able to travel from Los Angeles to Bakersfield to have an event, if Los Angeles is still locked down. Even if Bakersfield is completely open. The state must be open for us all before We are willing to stop postponing events (assuming California has the highest restrictions as it currently does. We will of course take into consideration HI and NV should their restrictions increase above that of CA). With regard to Our Heirs and coronation, We have spoken with the BOD, other Royalty from other Kingdoms, Our officers and Our Heirs. Her Majesty and I have toiled over this issue for months now and it is time for a decision to be made. We and our Heirs are in full agreement that we do not want a virtual coronation. We shall ask the BOD for a variance to extend our reign (It should be noted that this is happening in several other Kingdoms as well). Each month we shall evaluate if We can safely have a coronation and when that time arrives is when We shall move forward with those plans.

Her Majesty and I fully understand that We cannot rule forever. This reign has already taken a large emotional toll on us both. Still, We are both steadfast and ready to continue to insure the safety of Our Kingdom and to make sure our Heirs are not given a Kingdom in chaos. In conjunction with the wishes of Our Heirs We are in complete agreement, that if we must continue to keep postponing events, at some point it will makes sense to simply continue our reign through one more cycle and allow our Heirs to step up in January.

In-Person Event Cancelled – Lyondemere Anniversary and Investiture – June 27, 2020

Watch this space for our Virtual Event… 

Once upon a time… In a land bordered by the Sea, a Baron and Baroness stood upon the hillside and looked out over the vastness of the Ocean. She laid her head upon his chest; he rested his cheek upon her head. And there the twain stood for several small moments. “It is time, my Lord,” the Baroness spoke softly, “to lay our heads down and rest. We have worked diligently these past years, and the Crown and populace are pleased.”

“I agree, my Lady,” the Baron stated. “To that end, we must find suitable replacements to fulfill our duties to the Crown and the people.”

And thus, word went throughout the land of Lyondemere that Baron Conchobhar mac Caionaoith and Baroness Seraphina Arlotto sought heirs to their thrones. Several answered the call; Lady Arwen McBaird and William of Lyondemere were chosen.

…and they lived happily ever after…

Please join us in celebration of the longevity of our barony and the investiture of Reeve William and Reevess Arwen as our new Baron and Baroness! We will be holding our combat championships in armored combat (standard double-elim) and rapier combat (modified Swiss 5 tournament) and our LyonBard competition. More details on the competitions will be coming soon. There will be archery, an arts and sciences demos, a revel, and a Feast! Celebrate this Enchanted moment in time at North High School, in Torrance, on Saturday, June 27, 2020. The site opens at 8 AM and is a dry site. Revel will begin immediately following closing court. The Feast, created and executed by Don Avenel Kellough, will be served around 6 PM. If you’re able, please stay to help clean up! The site closes at 10 PM, sharp!

Event Information

Event Site: North High School, 3620 W. 182nd St., Torrance, CA 90504

Site Fees: $15 per adult (with a $5 SCA Member discount). Youth 17 and under are guests of the Barony. Please make checks payable to “SCA, Inc. Barony of Lyondemere.” Feast will be $15 per person. Menu for Feast will be available closer to the event.

Event Stewards: Lady Batu Sechen Tsagaajin at To ask questions about Feast or to make Feast reservations, please contact Event Co-Steward, Lord Geiri Smiðsson, at Telephone: (424) 290-1283



  • 8:00 AM – Site opens for set up
  • 9:00 AM – Lists and Gate open
  • 10:00 AM – Opening Court
  • 15-30 minutes after Court – Lists Close
  • 1:00 PM – Populace Lunch
  • 6:00 PM – Tourney site closes and Feast Hall opens
  • 10:00 PM – Feast site closes

More details will be available in the coming weeks!

Heirs Selected

Greetings, Lyondemere

It is our honor to announce that WE HAVE HEIRS! Will and Arwen have been selected as our successors. Seraphina and I want to thank all of the people who sent in their letters of intent. The decision was tremendously difficult as we had four terrific sets of candidates to choose from. Thank you to those who participated in the polling. Your feedback was invaluable. It’s reassuring to know so may people want to both lead and support this barony. We look forward to working with Will and Arwen and are excited to see where they lead us. Mark your calendars and join us for Anniversary/Investiture on June 27, 2020.

Congratulations to Will and Arwen, the next Reeves of Lyondemere.

In Service,
Conchobhar and Seraphina