Glossary

Aethelmearc

A Kingdom in the SCA. Normally spelled Æthelmearc . This Kingdom covers these regions (in the US): West Virginia, western Pennsylvania, and western New York.

An Tir

A Kingdom in the SCA. This Kingdom covers these regions of the US: Oregon, Washington, the northern tip of Idaho, Canada: British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, the Yukon, and the Northwest Territories.

Anachronism

Anything out of its proper place in time

Anno Societatis

The dating system used in the S.C.A. All dates are counted from May 1st, 1966, and the year is shown in Roman Numerals. ("Anno Societatis" is basically "In the Year of the Society".) May 1, 1966 was May 1, A.S. I, and dates move forward from there.

Ansteorra

A Kingdom in the SCA. This Kingdom covers these regions (of the US): Oklahoma and Texas, except for a part of Texas in the Mountain time zone.

Apprentice

A student who has been accepted by a Master or Mistress of the Laurel or of the Pelican for training (see also Protegé).

Armor

Armor is worn to protect the body of a fighter. The restrictions on what is required to be worn is defined by a combination of tradition, and trial and error (someone getting hurt) over many years. There is a minimum set of requirements for armor that must be met for a fighter to be approved to fight in a tournament or war; and it varies depending on whether the fighter is a "heavy" fighter, "rapier" fighter, or a "light" fighter.

Arms

The heraldic emblem that identifies a person or entity. Displaying arms is a right granted by the King and Queen and (see Award of Arms) subject to approval by the Kingdom college of Heralds and the SCA College of Arms.

Artemisia

A Kingdom in the SCA. This Kingdom covers these regions (of the US): Utah, Southern Idaho, Montana, and west of the continental divide of Colorado and Wyoming.

Atenveldt

A Kingdom in the SCA. This Kingdom covers these regions (of the US): Arizona, Utah, and a small bit of California.

Atlantia

A Kingdom in the SCA. This Kingdom covers these regions (of the US): Maryland, Virginia, North and South Carolina, plus a piece of Georgia, minus a piece of Virginia.

Authorized

An individual who has been formally recognized as trained to an adequate level of safety in a combat or combat-related activity.

Autocrat

The individual in charge of a specific event. This person is often an unsung hero, who works hard to obtain a site, work out all of the details necessary to use the site.

Avacal

A Kingdom that was formerly a Principality of the Kingdom of An Tir. The region covered by this Kingdom is the Canadian provinces of Saskatchewan, Alberta, and the eastern portion of British Columbia, plus the Yukon and Northwest Territories.

Award

The Royalty of the SCA may grant a variety of awards to those that they find worthy. This award structure ranges from awards that grant arms (armigerous awards) to those that do not (non-armigerous awards). Most awards are granted at the whim of the Royalty, although many are designed to reward specific skills, behavior, etc. However, the Royalty are busy people, and cannot possibly know everyone in their Principality or Kingdom. It is helpful if you feel someone is deserving of reward that you write a letter of recommendation. Anyone can do it, for any award, you don't have to have the award yourself to recommend someone for that award.

Award of Arms

This award grants the right to 'bear arms' in the SCA. Don't let the terminology fool you, anyone may register a 'device' with the SCA's College of Arms, but until an Award of Arms (or award that grants such with it) is granted to an individual, what you display is a 'device', not a Coat of Arms. It is a minor technical difference. The award also grants the title of Lord or Lady, and there are a variety of Title Language Equivalents that can be used for those who wish to use a specific language for their persona. 

Historical Note: The first Awards of Arms in the SCA were granted at Twelfth Night, AS III (1969), by King Caradoc ap Cador (West Kingdom).

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