Elen Alswyth of Eriskay

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Alswyth at Birka
Information
Resides: Riding of Giggleswick, Province of Malagentia
Status:
Awards: Order of Precedence
Heraldry
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Argent, three passion nails and on a chief indented gules an estoile of seven rays argent
Award & Office Badges
Award of Arms Mid willow.gif Companion of the Order of the Maunche

Introduction

I, as Alsvi∂ - my original name - lived in Iceland in the early 12th century CE. Being literate, studious, and desirous of adventure, I was recruited by Ari the Wise to collect information for his writings. This gave me the opportunity to travel. At times I served as an envoy, and at other times earned my keep as a traveling musician and scribe. When in Scotland - my mother's homeland - I learned bad habits such as playing the bagpipes.

I organized the group known as Myrkfaelinn. Being ignorant of political structures, I made several mistakes, which resulted in the group becoming a Dominion rather than a Barony, but it all worked out in the end. I acknowledged that the King of the East was a good guy, and in the name of the Dominion of Myrkfaelinn, swore eternal friendship to him.

One day a group of us set off to go to the Pennsic War, and because we were in a very small vehicle, we stopped to change position every couple of hours. At each stop, we laid claim to the surrounding area, creating a corridor all the way from Myrkfaelinn to the Pennsic war site. Apparently it worked; I see that to this day that corridor is part of a new Kingdom.

Anyway. A few years later, I went to the Middle Kingdom to study, in the Barony of Three Rivers. There I fell in with a Welsh household, Caer Digon Rhaff. The household encouraged me in both metalwork and music, which led to some minor accomplishments - I made a coronet for the Prince, and won a bardic competition. This led to me being recognized by that Kingdom, and it became necessary to add a sobriquet to my name. Apparently, single names, however unique, were not longer acceptable. And so, I became known as Alsvid (or Alsvith) Annarin. This simply meant "the other one", I adopted it because people kept mishearing "Alsvi∂" as "Elspeth".

After completing my studies in the Midrealm, I moved to the Barony of Carolingia and worked there awhile. Then I moved to the Shire of Vatnaskva∂sta∂ir, which soon joined with two other Shires to form the Barony of Stonemarche. I joined Haus Eberhorn, and was urged to adopt a more conventional name and register arms.

It is now the second half of the 13th century, and I am supporting myself as a lay scribe in Northumbria, not far from York. I had apparently retreated for a century or so to the isle of Eriskay, in the Outer Hebrides, where my mother was from. Anyway, I took the name Elen Alswyth (or Alswith) of Eriskay.

I still, however, prefer to be called Alswyth (pronounced ALL-svith. For the sv- sound, just think of the name Sven. Same sound.)

Note for the future - I have been dreaming of another reality, one which seems increasingly real. In it, I have taken up sword fighting, but with a light blade called a rapier. It must be, when? Another century or two hence? Although I have often, for convenience, worn male garb, in this new century, it seems the clothing is tailored very much according to gender, and in it I am male. In this alternate reality, I'm also thinking I may be Welsh. I don't yet know my name. Stay tuned.

Persona

oops - see above. I've mingled the two sections, and it will take time to disentangle.

Offices & Positions

Currently Herald of the Riding of Giggleswick, in the Province of Malagentia.

I am apprenticed to Mistress Sunniva Ormstung. (Is that a position? Does that go here?)

Founding Seneschal of the Dominion of Myrkfaelinn. Our first event occurred when Asbjorn was King of the East. (At the time, Myrkfaelinn was part of the East Kingdom. Now, the group is in the Kingdom of Aethelmearc.)

Event Staff

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Projects & Publications

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In Case of Court

In case of court - Uh,I guess notify Baroness Aine Callaghan. She'll make sure I'm there, at least.

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