Stonemarche

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Barony of Stonemarche
Stonemarche arms.gif
Per chevron vert and argent three castles within a laurel wreath all with in a boudure invected counterchanged.
Information
Founded: October 4th AS 18 (1987)
Location: New Hampshire.

Overview

A Barony in the Northern Region of the East Kingdom, Stonemarche was formally established on October 4th AS 18 (1987). Morgan Arianblaidd and Megan Laine were invested as the founding Baron and Baroness by Randal and Marieke.

Meaning: Stonemarche's heraldry is full of allusions. The boudure invected represents the 'Granite State' (A marche is a border area like between England and Scotland. Therefore the device has a stone marche). New Hampshire's White Mountains and Northern Forests represented by the green and white field division. the three castles representing the Shire of Belle Rive, Shire of Vatnaskvadstadir and the Riding of Caer Penbledd uniting to form the Barony.

Established: October 4th AS 18 (1987)

Blazon: Per chevron vert and argent three castles within a laurel wreath all with in a boudure invected counterchanged.

Heraldic officer's title: Granite Pursuivant.

Awards: (See also The Awards section below)

  • The Order of the Millstone - granted for long service to the barony.
  • Golden Sword - Awarded to the "fighter (authorized less than a year and not yet fought at Pennsic) showing the most potential as chosen by the veteran fighters in attendance at the Golden Sword Tournament.
  • Golden Foil and Golden Arrow - As per Golden Sword, but in fencing and archery respectively.

Newsletter: Carved In Granite.

Fighting Unit(s): the Yeomen.

Barons and Baronesses of Stonemarche

Stonemarche Baronage


10/03/1987-02/01/1997 Morgan Arianblaidd & Megan ni Laine

02/01/1997-06/14/2003 Megan ni Laine & Harold von Auerbach

06/14/2003-01/26/2014 Juan Lazaro Ramirez Xavier & Maria Pagani

01/26/2014-01/26/2019 Dorio of the Oaks & Jocelyn del Espada

01/26/2019-Present Keziah Planchet & Deirdre Planchet

Territories of Stonemarche

The Barony of Stonemarche overlays the entire state of NH and claims stewardship of Giggleswick (those regions of Maine with zipcode 03***) For more details see below.

Former Territories of Stonemarche

Branswatch was replaced by four other groups:


History

In the Beginning

Map of Stonemarche

Originally the Southern part of the area known in the quotidian world as New Hampshire was settled as the Shire of Branswatch in AS 12 (1981). Eventually Branswatch was replaced by four other groups; the Canton of Anrhyfeddôd in AS 13 (1982); the Shire of Belle Rive, in AS 14 (1983); the Shire of Vatnaskvadstadir AS 14 (1983); and the Riding of Caer Penbledd AS 15 (1984).

When the Canton of Anrhyfeddôd was disolved in AS 17 the Kingdom Senechal ceded the lands to the Shire of Vatnaskvadstadir as he stepped down from office. At the time, Vatnaskvadstadir, and Bell Rive were negotiating between themselves to determine how to divide the lands of Anrhyfeddôd. After much negotiation, and conferences with the people of Caer Penbledd the three groups decided to join together and form a Barony.

Further meetings took place to decide the name of the new Barony, its arms and choose the founding Baron and Baroness. On October 4th AS 18 (1987 C.E.) the Barony of Stonemarche was officially created.

Giggleswick, Stonemarche Protectorate

Stonemarche Claim to Giggleswick, in English
Stonemarche Claim to Giggleswick, in the original Pig Latin

From times ancient beyond all memory or record, the people of Giggleswick have inhabited the southern region of Malagentia, mundanely corresponding to the southern half of York County, Maine.

For many years, the people of Giggleswick suffered under the yoke of Provincial Malagentia, whose officers would scold them for imaginary crimes and confiscate their mead.[1] But Giggleswickians are a proud race, and cannot by nature submit overlong to tyranny.

So it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from King Gregor II that the whole kingdom should be registered. During the "Great Zip Code Search" of A.S. 29, Seneschal Andre of Branswatch declared in bold fashion (some say accidental) that Stonemarche included all zip codes beginning with "03". Fatefully, the zip codes of Giggleswick also began with "03".

Unwilling to let legitimate pretext go to waste, their Excellencies Stonemarche declared war on Malagentia, effective April 1st. Unfortunately, the declaration of war was delivered in Pig Latin. Malagentia didn't realize they were under attack until the following Thursday, and Stonemarche was forced to declare victory by default.

Malagentia then reclaimed Giggleswick by force of arms at the Great Northeastern War, only to be confounded by Lady Elen Alswyth of Eriskay, a prominent Giggleswickian, who subsequently declared fealty to Stonemarche on behalf of her people.

Only His Majesty, Gregor II, King of the East could settle the dispute, and in his infinite wisdom gave a Royal Edict, that Malagentia shall own the land, and Stonemarche shall own its people.

To this day, the Baronage of Stonemarche claim the title, "Protectors of the People of Giggleswick", although successors to King Gregor II have yet to expressly renew the edict...

Occupants of Stonemarche

Citizens of Stonemarche refer to themselves as "Stonemarchians". The Major Households in Stonemarche are:

Other groups have presences within the Stonemarche Borders:

Guilds within Stonemarche Borders:

Awards

Emblazon Name Given for
SM Millstone.jpg Order of the Millstone Long service to Stonemarche in one of the fields: white cord for service, red cord for martial, green cord for arts.
SM WhiteGate.jpg Order of the White Gate Notable martial service
SM Lamp.jpg Order of the Lamp of Apollo Promoting an aspect of A&S
SM Furison.jpg Order of the Furison Service that Sparks and inspires others
SM Keystone.jpg Order of the Keystone Vert Outstanding service at Pennsic, either on the field or in camp.
TR.jpg Tabula Rasa Excellence among the youth of the Barony.

Other awards: The Baron’s Pearl and the Hammer of Stonemarche are more baronial whims.

More Information

References

  1. Disputed.


Eastern Territories
Crown Principalities/Regions: Tir Mara, Northern Region, Central Region, Southern Region
Baronies/Provinces: Østgarðr, An Dubhaigeainn, Bergental, Beyond the Mountain, Bhakail, Bridge, Buckland Cross, Carillion, Carolingia, Concordia of the Snows, Dragonship Haven, Endewearde, Havre des Glaces, Iron Bog, L'ile du Dragon Dormant, Malagentia, Ruantallan, Settmour Swamp, Smoking Rocks, Stonemarche
Shires: Anglespur, Ar n-Eilean-ne, Avonmore, Barren Sands, Blak Rose, Bois Ardent, Caer Adamant, Coill Tuar, Coldwood, Eisental, Frosted Hills, Glenn Linn, Hadchester, Hartshorn-dale, La Selve d'Aure, Lyndhaven, Midland Vale, Montevale, Mountain Freehold, Nordenhalle, Northern Outpost, Owlsherst, Panther Vale, Quintavia, Rusted Woodlands, Smithwick, Wyndhame
Cantons/Ridings: Aschehyrst, Black Icorndall, Bowman's Rest, Brokenbridge, Distant Shore, Dragon Forge, Dragon's Aerie, Fennbrycg, Forestgate, Gryphonwald, Hawkes Reache, Ivyeinrust, Keep by the Endless Sea, Lions End, Marwick, Northpass, Ravenhill, Sea Tyger's Rhyn, Seashire, Towers, Whyt Whey, Ynys Y Gwaun
Other Information: Former Territories, Kingdoms