Black Finn of Preachain

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Vindiorix "Black Finn" Ordovix
Resides: Shire of Mountain Freehold
Status: Active Member
Awards: Order of Precedence

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Vindiorix Ordovix's Device

Award & Office Badges
Award of Arms Companion of the Order of the Silver Brooch Companion of the Order of the Silver Tyger


Vindiorix "Black Finn" Ordovix of Clan Preachain, Fir naLeon, the Shire of Mountain Freehold, and the Northern Army.

A 1st Century CE Briton of the Ordovices tribe.

Forester, fighter, brewer, and half-ass maker of various things.


Vindiorix Ordovix is a late 1st Century CE Briton of the Ordovices Tribe from what is now western Wales. He served for a time as a legionary with Legio V Alaudae along the Rhine frontier and during the Batavian Rebellion of 70 CE. When he learned Rome was campaigning against the tribes of western Britain in 74 CE, he deserted from the Legion and made his way back to defend his homeland. Four years later, in 78 CE, Rome successfully defeated the Ordovices and conquered Mona. Vindiorix fled Britannia and served as an auxiliary cavalryman with Ala Gallorum et Thracum Constantium in Syria. He now serves with Legio III Polaris (3rd Division of the East Kingdom's Northern Army).

See "Masterwork Submission: Persona" for additional information: Paper

Group and Guild Memberships

  • Shire of Mountain Freehold
  • Clan Preachain (Household)
  • Fir na Leon (Household)
  • East Kingdom's Northern Army, Third Division
  • East Kingdom Royal Forester's Guild
  • East Kingdom Brewer's Guild
  • Stonemarche Apothecary Guild

Awards and Recognition


  • Award of Arms - Panteria 2018
  • Sliver Brooch - Mudthaw 2019
  • Silver Tyger - Mimir's Well 2020

East Kingdom Forester's Guild:

  • Forester - Panteria 2018
  • Ranger (Order of Saint Hubert) - Endewearde Hunt 2018
  • Master Forester - Mimir's Well 2020

East Kingdom Brewer's Guild:

  • Brewer - Birka 2019

Offices and Positions

  • Former Keeper of the Royal Forest of Mountain Freehold in the Shire of Mountain Freehold (2016 - 2019)
  • Sergeant in 3rd Division, Northern Army, East Kingdom

SCA Tactics

  • SCA Battle Planning: A primer on how to plan large-scale SCA battles using appropriate tactical fundamentals (December 2019) Paper
  • Armor Tips for New Fighters (2020): Paper
  • Tactical Decision Game - Scenarios 1 and 2 (attrition, overmatch, and flanking) (2021): PaperSolution Paper
  • Tactical Decision Game - Scenario 3 (analyzing the adversary) (2021): [

Classes Taught

East Kingdom Brewer's Guild Entries

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  • Third entry: Ninkasi - Sumerian Ale (ca 1800 BCE), Panel Score 96 of 100 points, Recipe Link

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  • Fourth entry: Meadowsweet Mead (Bronze Age Scotland), Panel Score 63 of 70 points (0-30 for Workmanship not scored because it was an online paneling at BrewU due to COVID-19) Panel Link


  • Leather work (pouches, sheaths, and bog shoes) for Corotica and my persona.

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  • Otzi-style pack frames based on artifacts and documentation from the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology. Link

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  • Roy Croft pack frame, based on Mors Kochanski's book Northern Bushcraft. Anachronistic, but a reasonable and technologically legitimate approximation of period packs.

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  • Stick (award winning entry at the 2018 Shire of Mountain Freehold Feast of Fools Silly A&S competition).

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  • Teaching burning in a bowl and spoon with coals, Early Period A&S, Pennsic 48.

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  • Celtic Shields, based on period examples but modified for SCA heavy combat.



  • Reconnaissance and Security: European Medieval Military Doctrine, scored 32.5 of 48 points at EK K&Q A&S Competition at Mudthaw 2019, Paper Annotated Bibliography
  • Masterwork Submission: Persona, accepted as my East Kingdom Royal Foresters Guild masterwork submission in December 2019, Paper]
  • Ninkasi Ale: recreation of an ale recipe based on the "Hymn to Ninkasi," scored 38 2/3 points at EK K&Q A&S Competition in 2021,Paper

In Case of Court

Please inform my wife, Corotica "Clovis" Senebelenae (Jennifer Davis) if I need to attend court.

More Information

In mundane life I am Justin Davis, a career military officer and outdoors enthusiast. I dabbled in the SCA in college but only really became active starting in 2016 with the Shire of Mountain Freehold.

Vindiorix "Black Finn" Ordovix is in NO WAY related to Jack Flynn the infamous poacher known to frequent the forests of Mountain Freehold.