Arturus of Aranmore
Sir Arturus of Aranmore
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Sir Arturus, Count of Aranmore,(known in past times as Syr Arlof O'Donovae of Aranmor), began his SCA adventures in Malagentia (whence he was https://aranmore.wordpress.com/2015/04/07/the-great-northern-war/ one of the founding members of this group), and fought alongside his Northern Army comrades for many years. It was Lord Arlof, as he was then known, who, with friend Malachi Veasslurd, initiated the first Great Northeastern War (GNEW) by declaring war upon the shire of Seashire, for a trifling slight to his lady of ancient legend, the great and glorious Queen Kunnegunda. For this challenge, half in jest, a decades-long tradition of merry warfare has ensued.
Sir Arturus, Count of Aranmore, later earned much renown in the far off Kingdom of Trimaris, but on or about 20 years ago, he returned to the East, to his home province of Malagentia. Known for his exploits, martial and theatrical,especially with his good and loyal friend Duke Sir Merowald, he continues to explore new adventures in many kingdoms with his fair and talented lady, Baroness Ellice de Valles, in this, our current middle ages. He and his household are allied with several other noble households through House Serpentius, and Count Arlof also holds a place in his heart for his long lost brothers of House Blacksword, and their dauntless leader, Earl Sir Seosaidgh.
Sir Arturus resides in the Loire Valley region of France. Born in England in about 1305, he remains loyal to King Edward III, and has served in many campaigns, since about 1350, but is currently "between wars" and enjoying a pastoral life with his lady, Mistress Baroness Ellice de Valles. He has undertaken, in his leisure, better mastery of the French language, wood carving, and the creation of architectural wonders. He has also, upon occasion, taken quill to paper to write songs for public performance, most of them in the mood lifting vein. For example, he and his friend Goerij performed for the Queen of the East at the recent Crown Tournament of the East - to, errr, inspire the fighters. https://www.facebook.com/100008398907984/videos/2014187345537876/
Projects & Publications
- Founder of the Known World Architectural Guild, you may recognize the stamp of Sir Arturus on many of the architectural wonders of past years seen at Pennsic, including the Nave of Chartres Cathedral (in the barn, for a performance of the Known World Choir: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ajcLIngcPFU), the Cadbury Camp Gate reconstruction, the White Horse of Uffington placed on the hillside above the Serengeti, and the Welsh Stone Cottage.
- Sir Arturus published "Sacred Spaces" newsletter for a few years, detailing medieval reconstruction projects. You can download all 12 issues, plus many issues from a related publication "Early Period" on his House Aranmore Website.
- 13 July 2019 - Order of the Tyger's Combatant (East)
- 14 March 2018 - Companion of the Order of the Maunche (East)
- 10 July 2015 – King’s Order of Excellence (East)
- 20 July 1996 – Companion of the Troubadour (East)
- 18 January 1992 – Order of the Bards Laureate (Masque) (Trimaris)
- 01 September 1990 – Count (Trimaris)
- 11 November 1989 – Order of Chivalry
- 13 May 1989 – Argent Morningstar (Trimaris OTC Equivalent)
- 20 June 1987 – Award of Arms
The reign of Sir Arturus (then Syr Arlof) is remembered in the annals of Trimaris History as follows for the eventful reign of he and his then lady Hilary.
Crown 10: The Tale of King Arlof and Queen Hilary
Following the reign of Llewellyn and Elena, an omen appeared in the sky, in the form of a triskele shaped cloud. It was then that Prince Arlof (later known as Sir Arturus, Count of Aranmore) and Princess Hilary appeared, mounted on a horse clad in knotwork barding. The figure of death appeared, and Arlof rode to do battle with him. Only later that day did he return, to claim the throne for he and his lady.
In this ancient reign, set in the year 500, the presence of druids, romans and bards was ever present. Early on, their majesties were threatened with a druidic prophecy. But first came many great deeds, including the building of the Cadbury Camp Fort Reconstruction at Pennsic, the launch of the Royal Trimarian Navy, The Founding of the Fools Parade at Pennsic, and not least, a stunning victory over the combined might of Atlantia and Meridies at Fools War III. At Pennsic, the King sided with the outnumbered Midrealm, and he and his knights delivered a victory in the woods battle over the Eastern kingdom.
Arlof and Hilary are perhaps best remembered for the method of their passing. To protect them, their noble fool, Harry Pudding, drank poison intended for King Arlof. As he died, Arlof followed the druid into the otherworld, then stopped to sing of love to his lady, who joined him. Many tears were shed.
Softly to the sound of the harp and the lyre
came the warrior-bard King Arlof
and much joy brought he in song and merriment.
Loved was he, uncommon for kings
but not for bards.
Yet he was a dread lord of war when stirred to wrath.
He humbled the kings of Meridies and Atlantia when outnumbered,
and even stole victory from sure defeat
by bearding the Eastern King in northern lands.
He gave his life for the land and it bears his mark.
And Hilary was his queen.
And Arlof sleeps in Avalon’s mists.