|Barony of Bergental|
Sable, a mullet of six points within a laurel wreath, all within a bordure Or
|Founded: July 1981|
|Location: Western Massachusetts|
Meaning: "Mountain Valley", rendered in German.
Established: July 1981. Elevated to barony status on February 23, 1991.
Blazon: Sable, a mullet of six points within a laurel wreath, all within a bordure Or.
Heraldic officer's title: Valley Pursuivant (registered as "Vally Pursuivant").
Awards: Order of the Cup of Saint Brigid (service), Order of the Hourglass (arts & sciences), Order of the Sable Bear (martial activities)
Newsletter: Bergental Berserker, published quarterly
Fighting Units: The Snowberg Army (in an alliance with the Barony of Concordia)
Barons and Baronesses of Bergental
In December of 2016, the Barony of Bergental was the second recipient of the Company of Fellowship, given by the hand of Brion III and Anna III. The Company of Fellowship is awarded once per reign to a local group who displays exceptional hospitality, service to the kingdom, and cooperation with other groups.
The group receives a banner to display alongside their heraldry: Azure, a saltcellar shedding salt within an orle argent. The initials of the bestowing King and Queen are added to the banner.
Baronial Awards and Orders
Order of the Cup of Saint Brigid (Formerly the Order of the Fountain)
This award is given for outstanding service within the Barony. This can include being an officer, running events, teaching classes, marshaling or ministering the lists, water-bearing for the fighters of our Barony, picking things up and putting them down as needed, and many other ways spent assisting the Barony and its people in some way.
Order of the Hourglass
This award is given for excellence in the arts and sciences, either for competence in one specific area or in several. This can include, but is not limited to, weaving, illumination, calligraphy, period garb creation, or any other of the many crafts and skills practiced in the Society.
Order of the Sable Bear
This award is given for prowess in any martial activity, either for competence in one weapons form or in several. This includes all forms of fighting available in the Society, including, but not limited to, heavy combat, fencing, archery, thrown weapons, and equestrian activities.
The Stella Nova
This award is given to recognize youths (up to and including the age of 17) who have distinguished themselves while starting their own journey in service, arts and sciences, and/or the martial activities.
The Stella Maris
This distinguished award is given to those select members of Bergental who have served, and are still serving, the Barony after at least 10 years. These accomplished individuals must already have at least two of the first three Baronial awards listed to qualify, and are chosen from those who are considered leaders in their fields, and a guiding star to others.
Arts and Sciences:
Territories of Bergental
Western Massachusetts, comprising the four counties of Franklin, Hampshire, Hampden, and Berkshire.