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== Introduction ==
 
== Introduction ==
  
Nobilis Berakha bat Mira v'Shlomo plays a Roman Jewish woman living sometime between the years 0 and 300 CE. She is primarily interested in music, fiber arts, and the history of the Jewish people from Antiquity through the early-Modern period (~1650). She is from the Canton of Whyt Whey, Crown Province of Østgarđr, in the East Kingdom. She has recently relocated to the Barony of Bhakail.
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Nobilis Berakha bat Mira v'Shlomo plays a Roman Jewish woman living sometime between the years 0 and 300 CE. She is primarily interested in music, fiber arts, and the history of the Jewish people from Antiquity through the early-Modern period (~1650). She is from the Canton of Whyt Whey, Crown Province of Østgarđr, in the East Kingdom. She has relocated to the Barony of Bhakail.
  
 
She is the [https://whytwhey.eastkingdom.org/canton-officers/ Minister of Arts and Sciences] for the Canton of Whyt Whey, and in this capacity organizes the twice-monthly Saturday Night Solar, which is ongoing since its launch in December 2020.
 
She is the [https://whytwhey.eastkingdom.org/canton-officers/ Minister of Arts and Sciences] for the Canton of Whyt Whey, and in this capacity organizes the twice-monthly Saturday Night Solar, which is ongoing since its launch in December 2020.
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* Retained for her Highness Ro Honig von Sommerfeldt at Bjorn's Retreat, August 14, 2021
 
* Retained for her Highness Ro Honig von Sommerfeldt at Bjorn's Retreat, August 14, 2021
 
* Social Media and PR coordinator at the [http://tilted-windmill.com/kwcb2021/staff.html Virtual Known World Cooks and Bards], Sept. 10-12 2021
 
* Social Media and PR coordinator at the [http://tilted-windmill.com/kwcb2021/staff.html Virtual Known World Cooks and Bards], Sept. 10-12 2021
* Gate volunteer and Class instructor at [https://b3r.org/site/gryphons2021/index.html Gryphon's Fest], Barony of Three Rivers, Oct. 22-24 2021
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* Gate volunteer and Class instructor (Hebrew Calendar) at [https://b3r.org/site/gryphons2021/index.html Gryphon's Fest], Barony of Three Rivers, Oct. 22-24 2021  
* Gate volunteer and Cardmissar (vaccine/PCR test check) and occasional kitchen hand at [https://www.eastkingdom.org/event-details/?eid=3759 100 Minutes War and East Kingdom Novice Day], Nov. 20 2021
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* Gate volunteer, Covid vaccine/negative PCR test check and occasional kitchen hand at [https://www.eastkingdom.org/event-details/?eid=3759 100 Minutes War and East Kingdom Novice Day], Nov. 20 2021
* Vaccine/Negative Covid-check, retainer for HRH Ryouko'jin, and post-event cleanup at Bhakail Yule, Dec. 11, 2021
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* Vaccine card/negative Covid test check, retainer for HRH Ryouko'jin, and post-event cleanup at Bhakail Yule, Dec. 11, 2021
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* Class Instructor and Bardic circle wrangler, [https://www.eastkingdom.org/event-details/?eid=3774 Deck the Halls of Valhalla], Jan. 29, 2022
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* Website and Social Media staff, [https://carolingia.eastkingdom.org/tege/ The East Goes East], Feb. 19, 2022
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* Gate volunteer and vaccine card check at [https://www.eastkingdom.org/event-details/?eid=3791 Mudthaw], March 26, 2022
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* Arts & Sciences Coordinator at the [https://www.eastkingdom.org/event-details/?eid=3997 Coronation of Ryouko'jin Of-The Iron-Skies and Indrakshi Aani Aravinda], April 9, 2022
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* Retained for her Highness Ylva Jönsdottir of Calontir at [http://astontor.calontir.org/unslung/ Unslung Heroes], April 29, 2022
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* Class teacher at the [https://knownworlditalians.org/2022/04/23/nobilis-berakha-bat-mira-vshlomo/ Known World Italian Symposium], May 7, 2022 (The Basics of Roman Garb in the 1st C)
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* Retained for their Majesties Ryouko'jin Of-The Iron-Skies and Indrakshi Aani Aravinda during morning court on the field at [https://www.eastkingdom.org/event-details/?eid=4005 War of the Roses], May 28, 2022
  
 
== Projects & Publications ==
 
== Projects & Publications ==
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===== Classes Offered =====
 
===== Classes Offered =====
 
*Introduction to Hebrew Grammar (taught at Pennsic 2015 and 2016; updated and revised 2020) ([https://youtu.be/diYxFPlyKsk Video from Virtual Pennsic 2020])
 
*Introduction to Hebrew Grammar (taught at Pennsic 2015 and 2016; updated and revised 2020) ([https://youtu.be/diYxFPlyKsk Video from Virtual Pennsic 2020])
*The Evolution of the Hebrew Language ([https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTi4_P-wOAI&t=26s Video from Virtual Pennsic 2020])
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*The Evolution of the Hebrew Language ([https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTi4_P-wOAI&t=26s Video from Virtual Pennsic 2020], RUM 2021)
 
*Ottoman Dress in the 16th C, or How to Dress Like a Turkish Noble! (taught in SCA Powerpoint Parties in March 2020)
 
*Ottoman Dress in the 16th C, or How to Dress Like a Turkish Noble! (taught in SCA Powerpoint Parties in March 2020)
*Introduction to the Hebrew Calendar (taught at [https://b3r.org/site/gryphons2021/classes.html Gryphon's Fest], Oct. 22-24, 2021)
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*Introduction to the Hebrew Calendar (taught at [https://b3r.org/site/gryphons2021/classes.html Gryphon's Fest], Oct. 22-24, 2021, RUM 2021)
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*[https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1R206UdJHkSqqqlzSyKIVGDNgGl0PujOcRG5VLp-IXU8/edit?usp=sharing The Basics of Roman Garb in the 1st C] (taught at the Known World Italian Symposium, May 7, 2022)
  
 
===== Arts & Sciences =====
 
===== Arts & Sciences =====
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[https://docs.google.com/document/d/13iRJFOy9GKtQ5u-LboKUayljd3-S_rBgUvgY2fL3pbY/edit?usp=sharing An Overview of My A&S projects - A Guide To What I Am Doing, And Why]
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* [https://www.facebook.com/groups/831638260714935/permalink/839182006627227/ Dance submission] for Queen of Doom's A&S Entries (Feb. 7, 2021)
 
* [https://www.facebook.com/groups/831638260714935/permalink/839182006627227/ Dance submission] for Queen of Doom's A&S Entries (Feb. 7, 2021)
 
* [https://drive.google.com/file/d/1jc8uJdazUwc7xxF9YVEy3cd2fmSnF0VB/view?usp=sharing What Can Persian Miniatures Teach Us About Qaba Construction?] A&S Entry for the Barony of Settmour Swamp Arts & Sciences Champions' Competition (Sept. 4, 2021)
 
* [https://drive.google.com/file/d/1jc8uJdazUwc7xxF9YVEy3cd2fmSnF0VB/view?usp=sharing What Can Persian Miniatures Teach Us About Qaba Construction?] A&S Entry for the Barony of Settmour Swamp Arts & Sciences Champions' Competition (Sept. 4, 2021)
 
* [https://drive.google.com/file/d/105sVgQnVp-akAJm5nOYjHuxXOyfQngoa/view?usp=sharing What Can Persian Miniatures Teach Us About Qaba Construction?] A&S Entry for the Barony of Bhakail at Bhakail Yule (Dec. 11, 2021)
 
* [https://drive.google.com/file/d/105sVgQnVp-akAJm5nOYjHuxXOyfQngoa/view?usp=sharing What Can Persian Miniatures Teach Us About Qaba Construction?] A&S Entry for the Barony of Bhakail at Bhakail Yule (Dec. 11, 2021)
 
* [https://drive.google.com/file/d/1qrX8p2fcSYqzdgjmpVrkkFlUDJEbS445/view?usp=sharing How Period Are These Cup-Covers, Anyway?] A&S Entry for the Barony of Bhakail at Bhakail Yule (Dec. 11, 2021)
 
* [https://drive.google.com/file/d/1qrX8p2fcSYqzdgjmpVrkkFlUDJEbS445/view?usp=sharing How Period Are These Cup-Covers, Anyway?] A&S Entry for the Barony of Bhakail at Bhakail Yule (Dec. 11, 2021)
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* What Can Persian Miniatures Teach Us About Qaba Construction? A&S Display at the Coronation of Ryouko'jin Of-The Iron-Skies and Indrakshi Aani Aravinda (April 9, 2022)
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* [https://drive.google.com/file/d/1B_tgM3y4PoGhsSoQ_Du7BW-FTRidj5h1/view?usp=sharing Beaded Hems in Period and the Modern Middle Ages] A&S Entry for Queen's Prize in Calontir (May 21, 2022)
  
 
===== Published Works =====
 
===== Published Works =====
* Lead author for an [https://b3r.org/diversity.html essay on diversity in history], for the Barony of Three Rivers (went live Weds., 8 Sept., 2021)
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* Lead author for an [https://b3r.org/diversity.html essay on diversity in history], for the Barony of Three Rivers (went live Sept. 8, 2021)
  
 
===== Bardic and Performances =====
 
===== Bardic and Performances =====
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Berakha is the vocalist with Ishtar, a band that focuses on Balkan, Arab, Turkish, and near-Eastern music that often performs at SCA events. With Ishtar, Berakha has performed at numerous Pennsic Wars, camp parties, and bardic circles. She has also performed at events and bardic circles both solo and with friends, including with the Foxy Bard and Drunk and Disorderly.
 
Berakha is the vocalist with Ishtar, a band that focuses on Balkan, Arab, Turkish, and near-Eastern music that often performs at SCA events. With Ishtar, Berakha has performed at numerous Pennsic Wars, camp parties, and bardic circles. She has also performed at events and bardic circles both solo and with friends, including with the Foxy Bard and Drunk and Disorderly.
  
Berakha has performed and/or hosted for the following events and projects:
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Berakha has performed at and/or hosted for the following events and projects:
 
* Pennsic Wars 45, 47, and 48
 
* Pennsic Wars 45, 47, and 48
 
* Barleycorn (September 2019)
 
* Barleycorn (September 2019)
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* Bear's Tavern (March 2020)
 
* Bear's Tavern (March 2020)
 
* "Sing We and Chant It" Ostgardr Crown Province music video, organized by Bardic Champion and Project Coordinator, Armiger Catelin Straquhin (Summer 2020)
 
* "Sing We and Chant It" Ostgardr Crown Province music video, organized by Bardic Champion and Project Coordinator, Armiger Catelin Straquhin (Summer 2020)
* [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8ZmkrJEse0 The Chalk Man Music Competition] – In The Key of AEther (Fri., 31 July 2020)
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* [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8ZmkrJEse0 The Chalk Man Music Competition] – In The Key of AEther (July 31, 2020)
* [https://www.facebook.com/groups/pennsicpirates/permalink/4219202614787531/ Virtual Pirate Bardic] (Mon., 3 August 2020)
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* [https://www.facebook.com/groups/pennsicpirates/permalink/4219202614787531/ Virtual Pirate Bardic] (Aug. 3, 2020)
* [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9H73BmwzlDE First Virtual Courtesan College] Performance (Thurs., 7 August 2020)
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* [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9H73BmwzlDE First Virtual Courtesan College] Performance (Aug. 7, 2020)
* [https://www.facebook.com/groups/831638260714935/permalink/839182006627227/ Dance submission] for Queen of Doom's A&S Entries (Sun., 7 Feb. 2021)
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* [https://www.facebook.com/groups/831638260714935/permalink/839182006627227/ Dance submission] for Queen of Doom's A&S Entries (Feb 7,. 2021)
* Contestant at [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddAJTHXGmKk&ab_channel=SCAEastKingdom East Kingdom Bardic Championship] (Sat., 24 April, 2021)
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* Contestant at [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddAJTHXGmKk&ab_channel=SCAEastKingdom East Kingdom Bardic Championship] (April 24, 2021)
* Activity host for the Pirate Bardic Circle at the First Bardic War (Sat., 15 May, 2021)
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* Activity host for the Pirate Bardic Circle at the First Bardic War (May 15, 2021)
* Live War Point entrant for Non-European Performance at the First Bardic War (Sun., 16 May, 2021)
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* Live War Point entrant for Non-European Performance at the First Bardic War (May 16, 2021)
* Live War Point host for Battle Speech or Story at the First Bardic War (Sun., 23 May, 2021)
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* Live War Point host for Battle Speech or Story at the First Bardic War (May 23, 2021)
* Bardic circle at Bjorn's Retreat with the Foxy Bard and Twig (Sat., 14 August, 2021)
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* Bardic circle at Bjorn's Retreat with the Foxy Bard and Twig (August 14, 2021)
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* Live performances Bhakail Yule, with Clan Straquhin and the Foxy Bard and Twig (Dec. 11, 2021)
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* Bardic circle at Deck the Halls of Valhalla (Jan. 29, 2022)
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* Playing music with the Foxy Bard and friends, at the Coronation of Ryouko'jin Of-The Iron-Skies and Indrakshi Aani Aravinda (April 9, 2022)
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* Performed the [https://youtu.be/lvuHK7D005c Boast], as written by [[Agnes_Marie_de_Calais|Agnes Marie de Calais]], for the elevation of [[Roibeard_mac_Neill_mhic_Ghille_Eoin|Roibeard mac Neill mhic Ghille Eoin]] to the Order of the Laurel
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* Performed [https://www.dropbox.com/s/4hdahlpyedew8lo/Tammy.mp4 percussion] and [https://www.dropbox.com/s/52m3obeibzhzjau/Scheiny.mp4 sang] at the Pennsic Middle Eastern Dance Expo, No. 24 (August 9, 2022)
  
 
===== Projects Planned and in Progress =====
 
===== Projects Planned and in Progress =====
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Granted a Silver Brooch and Award of Arms by the Royal Consuls, Magnus Tindal and Alberic von Rostock, at [https://www.eastkingdom.org/event-details/?eid=3746 Bjorn's Retreat], August 14, 2021
 
Granted a Silver Brooch and Award of Arms by the Royal Consuls, Magnus Tindal and Alberic von Rostock, at [https://www.eastkingdom.org/event-details/?eid=3746 Bjorn's Retreat], August 14, 2021
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Inducted to the Order of the Sea Dog by Their Excellencies Suuder Il-Khan and Lada Il-Khatun of Østgarðr, August, 11, 2022, at [https://www.facebook.com/groups/SCA.NYC/posts/10159389408943172/ Pennsic 49].
  
 
== In Case of Court ==
 
== In Case of Court ==
In case of court, please notify Berakha via email at 214469@members.eastkingdom.org, or message their personal Facebook. Advanced notice is strongly preferred over surprise, and she is only available at weekend-long/multi-day events. Her persona is female, but gender-neutral language is also welcome. If relevant for any awards or scrolls, she would greatly enjoy Hebrew or Aramaic as the language of choice, but otherwise English is also well and excellent. If possible, she would prefer for any awards or scrolls to be held until in-person court can safely resume.
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In case of court, please notify Berakha via email at 214469@members.eastkingdom.org, or message their personal Facebook. Advanced notice is strongly preferred over surprise, and she is usually available at weekend-long/multi-day events. Her persona is female, but gender-neutral language is also welcome. If relevant for any awards or scrolls, she would greatly enjoy Hebrew or Aramaic as the language of choice, but otherwise English (or any other language) is also well and excellent. '''Please note, that while languages and runes and alphabets of all sorts are well and excellent, hack-hands are to be wholly avoided.''' If possible, she would prefer for any awards or scrolls to be awarded in-person.
  
 
[[Category:Roman Personas]]
 
[[Category:Roman Personas]]

Revision as of 13:06, 26 August 2022


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Berakha bat Mira v'Shlomo
Information
Resides: Canton of Whyt Whey
Status: Active
Awards: Order of Precedence
Heraldry
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Heraldry Needed
Award & Office Badges
Companion of the Order of the Silver BroochAward of the Golden Lyre

Introduction

Nobilis Berakha bat Mira v'Shlomo plays a Roman Jewish woman living sometime between the years 0 and 300 CE. She is primarily interested in music, fiber arts, and the history of the Jewish people from Antiquity through the early-Modern period (~1650). She is from the Canton of Whyt Whey, Crown Province of Østgarđr, in the East Kingdom. She has relocated to the Barony of Bhakail.

She is the Minister of Arts and Sciences for the Canton of Whyt Whey, and in this capacity organizes the twice-monthly Saturday Night Solar, which is ongoing since its launch in December 2020.

She is the student of Laila al-Sanna' al-Andalusiyya, who is her vocal instructor.

Persona

The primary persona of Berakha bat Mira v'Shlomo is that a Jewish person living in the Roman empire, sometime between the year 0 and 300 CE. Her family has roots in the Roman-occupied land of Israel, and like many Jews in that time and place, are multi-lingual, speaking Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek, and Latin. Her family are successful merchants, and some are scholars.

The secondary persona of Berakha bat Mira v'Shlomo is an Ottoman Jewish person in the mid to late 16th C, who has recently relocated to Persia to dwell with her cousins. The family has roots in the Iberian peninsula (and other parts of Europe), but like many other Jews, they moved east after the Expulsion of 1492. The family is now widespread across Europe and the eastern Mediterranean. Many are merchants and artisans. With this persona, Berakha is a member of the House of the Lotus, and pursues the history and evolution of Jewish music as a member.

Preferred Pronouns

She/Her/Hers or They/Them/Theirs

Staff Positions

Officerships
  • Minister of Arts and Sciences for the Canton of Whyt Whey (November 2020 - Present)
Event Staff and Volunteering

Projects & Publications

Classes Offered
Arts & Sciences

An Overview of My A&S projects - A Guide To What I Am Doing, And Why

Published Works
Bardic and Performances

Berakha is the vocalist with Ishtar, a band that focuses on Balkan, Arab, Turkish, and near-Eastern music that often performs at SCA events. With Ishtar, Berakha has performed at numerous Pennsic Wars, camp parties, and bardic circles. She has also performed at events and bardic circles both solo and with friends, including with the Foxy Bard and Drunk and Disorderly.

Berakha has performed at and/or hosted for the following events and projects:

  • Pennsic Wars 45, 47, and 48
  • Barleycorn (September 2019)
  • Twelfth Night (Jan. 2020)
  • Bear's Tavern (March 2020)
  • "Sing We and Chant It" Ostgardr Crown Province music video, organized by Bardic Champion and Project Coordinator, Armiger Catelin Straquhin (Summer 2020)
  • The Chalk Man Music Competition – In The Key of AEther (July 31, 2020)
  • Virtual Pirate Bardic (Aug. 3, 2020)
  • First Virtual Courtesan College Performance (Aug. 7, 2020)
  • Dance submission for Queen of Doom's A&S Entries (Feb 7,. 2021)
  • Contestant at East Kingdom Bardic Championship (April 24, 2021)
  • Activity host for the Pirate Bardic Circle at the First Bardic War (May 15, 2021)
  • Live War Point entrant for Non-European Performance at the First Bardic War (May 16, 2021)
  • Live War Point host for Battle Speech or Story at the First Bardic War (May 23, 2021)
  • Bardic circle at Bjorn's Retreat with the Foxy Bard and Twig (August 14, 2021)
  • Live performances Bhakail Yule, with Clan Straquhin and the Foxy Bard and Twig (Dec. 11, 2021)
  • Bardic circle at Deck the Halls of Valhalla (Jan. 29, 2022)
  • Playing music with the Foxy Bard and friends, at the Coronation of Ryouko'jin Of-The Iron-Skies and Indrakshi Aani Aravinda (April 9, 2022)
  • Performed the Boast, as written by Agnes Marie de Calais, for the elevation of Roibeard mac Neill mhic Ghille Eoin to the Order of the Laurel
  • Performed percussion and sang at the Pennsic Middle Eastern Dance Expo, No. 24 (August 9, 2022)
Projects Planned and in Progress
  • Database of Roman Jewish naming conventions from the year 0 to 600
  • Expanded Class List (currently in progress):

Anti-Jewish bigotry in Medieval Europe; The Jews of Ashkenaz; A Look At Haggadot; A Look at Kashrut and Its Evolution in Period

  • Music:

Expanded Hebrew Songbook for Teaching and Performance

Introducing "SCA Appropriate" Hebrew, Aramaic, and Yiddish language songs to the SCA that are either period, or reference documented period poetry and themes

Households and Affiliated Groups

House of the Lotus

Opera dell'Est

Clan Straquhin

Guild of the Outstretched Hand

Osmanlı Mehter Takımı (Janissary Band)

Awards and Recognition

Recognized with a Token of Inspiration during Ethereal Court by Queen Margarita, June 13, 2020

Awarded a Golden Lyre at the East Kingdom Bardic Championships by the Royal Consuls, Magnus Tindal and Alberic von Rostock, April 24, 2021

Granted a Silver Brooch and Award of Arms by the Royal Consuls, Magnus Tindal and Alberic von Rostock, at Bjorn's Retreat, August 14, 2021

Inducted to the Order of the Sea Dog by Their Excellencies Suuder Il-Khan and Lada Il-Khatun of Østgarðr, August, 11, 2022, at Pennsic 49.

In Case of Court

In case of court, please notify Berakha via email at 214469@members.eastkingdom.org, or message their personal Facebook. Advanced notice is strongly preferred over surprise, and she is usually available at weekend-long/multi-day events. Her persona is female, but gender-neutral language is also welcome. If relevant for any awards or scrolls, she would greatly enjoy Hebrew or Aramaic as the language of choice, but otherwise English (or any other language) is also well and excellent. Please note, that while languages and runes and alphabets of all sorts are well and excellent, hack-hands are to be wholly avoided. If possible, she would prefer for any awards or scrolls to be awarded in-person.