Welcome

 

Their Excellencies bid you Heil und Velkomin to the Barony of Starkhafn, the Southern Nevada area branch of the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA).

What’s the Society for Creative Anachronism? It is an international organization dedicated to researching and re-creating the arts and skills of pre-17th-century Europe. Our “Known World” consists of 20 kingdoms, with over 30,000 members residing in countries around the world. Members, dress in clothing of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, attend events that feature tournaments, royal courts, feasts, dancing, various classes and workshops, and more.

The Barony of the Starkhafn, includes Las Vegas and the surrounding areas. Please click here for details about the specific areas that lie within the Barony’s borders.

Have you ever wished you could travel backward in time to an age when Chivalry and Honor were commonplace? Ever wanted to feast by candlelight or fight with knights in armor? How about sing ballads, weave tapestries or illuminate manuscripts? Classes are offered on a wide range of topics, from medieval costuming, cooking or singing to fighting and armoring. Weekend events are held with tournaments, courts, feasts and revels. Please join us at one of our meetings! For more information, browse the site, learn more about us, check out our photos, or contact our local Castellan (newcomer liason).

In addition to the information on this site, you can learn more about the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) and the kingdom within which our Barony resides, the Kingdom of Caid.

We invite you to join us on Facebook* where you can meet and chat with the Baronial officers, local members and find out more about what we do.

Heirs for the Barony of Starkhafn

As the seasons are wont to change, so do all things in life. We are entering the Autumn season of our tenure as Baron and Baroness of Starkhafn. Soon a new season will arrive and a new Baron and Baroness will take up the mantle. We have made it known that it is our intention to retire our mantle at Starkhafn’s Anniversary in April 2021. As our care and concern for the well-being of the Barony now and into the future is at the forefront of our hearts and minds, we are taking on the search for suitable heirs.

We invite all couples interested in becoming the next Baron and Baroness of Starkhafn to submit a brief (no more than 2 pages) Letter of Intent (LOI) to ourselves (Baron and Baroness), the Crown & the Kingdom Seneschal between now and Monday, 24 February 2020. Your letter should include each individual’s history, experience, and accomplishments within the SCA as well as any modern activities you believe will support your qualifications for the position. Please include contact information so that we may discuss what to expect during the process and answer any questions.

Candidates, please plan to be present at the Baronial Curia before the populace on Thursday, 27 Feb 2020 at the Nevada State Museum to answer questions about your history in the SCA, your vision for the future of the Barony, as well as your knowledge of Society, Caid, and Starkhafn culture. We invite all members and friends of the Barony to attend.

We will consult with the populace of the Barony to hear your thoughts and insights concerning the couples who have decided to step forward and vie for this responsibility. During this period we will consult with each couple, to discuss the significant commitments of heart, time and resources this position involves. We will take such counsel until Friday, 6 March 2020.

We will confer with Their Royal Majesties about the candidates and which of those couples are best suited to be the new Baron and Baroness. The Crown will make the final decision. Once a choice has been made, we will contact all couples to inform them of the decision, and announce the result.

The newly selected heirs will be invested as Reeves at Starkhafn Anniversary, on April 18, 2020. They will then begin their official travel as heirs and to participate in the duties and responsibilities of the Baronage.

Early in 2021, or at TRMs convenience, a notice will be placed in the kingdom and baronial newsletters that a polling will be conducted to determine if the populace support the King and Queen’s choice of successors. This polling is conducted by the kingdom seneschal’s office, using the corporate database of addresses to send a mailing to every paid member of the SCA who resides within the Barony of Starkhafn.

The Crown will invest the new Baron and Baroness at Their convenience. We will entreat the Crown for this to occur at Starkhafn Anniversary in April, 2021.

It is our wish to keep this process as transparent as possible in an effort to create a smooth transition with which we can all look forward to a wonderful future for Starkhafn.

Robartach and Gyda 
Baron and Baroness of Starkhafn

For more details, timeline and more information, please see the Heirs page.

 

Medieval Demonstrations

The Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc. (SCA), is an international, non-profit, educational organization designed as a hands-on, learn-by-doing model to research and re-create European life prior to 1600.

As an educational organization, we do presentations for the general public, known as a “demos.” We do educational demos for schools and scouting groups; sometimes in shopping malls, movie openings or at community sponsored cultural events. The types of demonstrations may depend on the venue, but generally can include, but are not limited to, medieval martial arts (armoured combat, rapier combat & archery), calligraphy, fiber arts, music & dance, heraldry, clothing, everyday objects and more.

The local group’s officers that are in charge of demonstrations are the Seneschal (chapter president) and the Demo coordinator. For more information contact our Seneschal or Demo Coordinatior.

 

Helpful Navigations

If you’re a newcomer and need help getting started in the SCA, e-mail the Castellan (newcomer helper) [NOTE: The Castellan is also known as the Châtelaine or Hospitaller in some groups.] Visit the Getting Started page

If you’re a member of the media and are looking for more information about the Barony of Starkhafn or the Society for Creative Anachronism, e-mail Baroness Eibhlin inghean Laisre, the Seneschal (official representative)

Visit the History page.

If you’re a teacher or representative of a group that would like to schedule an educational class or demo on Medieval/Renaissance topics, e-mail the Demo Coordinator. If you have any suggestions, comments or queries, please contact the Webwright.