Vindiorix Ordovix

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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 Maunche Companion of the Order of the Silver Tyger Award of the Golden Lyre Journeyman Brewer


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 Cohors III Legio Polaris (3rd Cohort of the Northern Legion of the East Kingdom's Army) and is perpetually stuck in the year 85 CE.

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


I enjoy fighting, learning and teaching. I strive to be a better singles and melee fighter, and particularly enjoy planning and leading battles. I currently serve as a sergeant in the 3rd Cohort of the Northern Legion, and am active in both the Royal Forester's Guild and the Brewer's Guild. In addition to improving my own skills I am passionate about teaching others. Much of my teaching focuses on basics for new fighters, forester skills (both wilderness living skills and actual medieval forester topics), and historical brewing. I also particularly enjoy studying historical military tactics and strategy, comparing them to modern US military doctrine, and applying them to SCA battles.

Group Memberships and Affiliations

  • Shire of Mountain Freehold
  • Clan Preachain (Household)
  • Fir naLeon (Household)
  • East Kingdom Army's Northern Legion, Third Cohort
  • East Kingdom Royal Forester's Guild
  • East Kingdom Brewer's Guild
  • Stonemarche Apothecary Guild
  • Vindiorix is squired to Master Tiernan Mac Alpin

Awards and Recognition


  • Award of Arms - Panteria 2018
  • Sliver Brooch - Mudthaw 2019
  • Silver Tyger - Mimir's Well 2020
  • Golden Lyre - Ethereal Court February 2021
  • Order of the Maunche - Ethereal Court June 2021

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
  • Journeyman - Ethereal 2021

Offices and Positions

  • Former Keeper of the Royal Forest of Mountain Freehold in the Shire of Mountain Freehold (2016 - 2019)
  • Sergeant in 3rd Cohort, Northern Legion, Eastern Army (2019 - present)

SCA Battle Tactics

  • SCA Battle Planning: A primer on how to plan large-scale SCA battles using appropriate tactical fundamentals (Updated May 2021) Paper
  • Game of Thrones Winterfell Defense Critique and Tactical Decision Game (not period, but fun) Critique Tactical Decision Game
  • Tactical Decision Game - Scenarios 1 and 2 (attrition, overmatch, and flanking) (2021): Scenario Solution
  • Tactical Decision Game - Scenario 3 (analyzing the adversary) (2021): Scenario Solution
  • Tactical Decision Game - Scenario 4 (reserves and feints) (2021): Scenario Solution

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, Documentation

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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), see class on Meadowsweet Mead above for more details, Documentation
  • Fifth entry: Brakkot (ca 14th Century CE), panel score 93 of 100 points, Documentation

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

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  • Armor I made for myself.

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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.



  • How to Make an SCA Rattan Sword (2021): Paper
  • How to Make an SCA Unpadded Pole Arm (2021): Paper
  • How to Make an SCA Center-Grip Shield (2021): Paper
  • Armor Tips for New Fighters (2020): Paper
  • 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 Forester's Guild masterwork submission in December 2019, Paper
  • Ninkasi Ale: recreation of an ale recipe based on the "Hymn to Ninkasi," scored 38 2/3 of 48 points at EK K&Q A&S Competition in 2021 placing as a finalist,Paper Score Sheet

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.