Ajir Tsagaan

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Ajir Tsagaan Self Portrait 2018
Resides: Østgardr, Broken Bridge
Status: Active
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The Honorable Lady Ajir Tsagaan (The White Heron)

Best known for writing & performing Music of the Modern Middle Ages, as well as Pyrography and other Visual Arts.

Ajir has been in the Society since 1990. Active mainly in Caid until 2014, Ajir was known there as Red Lórien of Oak River (Caidan OP #723). She has been active in the East Kingdom since 2018.


The White Heron is a Sixteenth Century Mongol woman, living in Isfahan, Persia. She is a Noble Landowner, a Horse Lord, and Patron of the House of the Lotus. She maintains a small force of soldiers in the city to guard her Estates and the House of the Lotus.

When not at her Isfahan Estates, Ajir resides in her fortress in the Caspian Hyrcanian Forest Region. She has a large library with works collected from around the world, and is a scholar of great enthusiasm. She composes and performs works of music and poetry, and fanciful stories of legendary places and heroes.


  • QUEST by Lórien, 1998
  • Track 1: Lady of the Ocean
  • Track 2: Bio of a Conqueror‡
  • Track 3: Desert Wind†
  • Track 4: Rørik & the Edge of the World†
  • Track 5: Confessions‡ (filk'd to: 'Culloden's Harvest' by Alastair McDonald)
  • Track 6: Storm Dreams
  • Track 7: The Hunt
  • Track 8: All Through the Night
  • Track 9: Family Song (with Landonna King)
  • Track 10: The Farmer's Son‡ (filk'd to: 'Blackbird', by Andy Stewart)
  • Track 11: Pray for Rain
  • Track 12: Bio of a Conqueror (Remix)

  • WATERLINE by Lórien, 2000
  • Track 1: Wind's Four Quarters† (no relation to the M. Lackey song of same title)
  • Track 2: Well of Swords
  • Track 3: Fields of Lyonesse
  • Track 4: For Love & Beauty† (the Queen's Guard Marching Song)
  • Track 5: Ladies of the Rose†
  • Track 6: Waterline
  • Track 7: Winter's Cold
  • Track 8: Bearer of the Crown† (Ivan's Song)
  • Track 9: Grounded
  • Track 10: Gypsy Princess† (🙄 just stupidly long, sorry. 🤫😎)

† Part of the Serpent Star Saga, a Fame-song Cycle for Rorik Swerðmaðr & Karina de Elephatide

‡ Part of the Farmer's Son Cycle


  • Musical Composition (Music of the Modern Middle Ages)
  • Vocal Performance
  • Writing: Poetry
  • Writing: Fiction
  • Pyrography (wood-burning)
  • Drawing (abstract, pattern design, mandalas, illumination)
  • Painting (acrylic, gouache, tempera, watercolor, inks, wood stains, finishing)
  • Calligraphy & manuscript page layout
  • Sculpture (clay, wood, stone, mixed media)
  • Surface Decoration
  • Furniture Design
  • Digital Illustration & Graphic Design (creating digital versions of heraldry, web images, etc.)
  • Archaeology

Classes Available to Teach

  • The Art of Critique (lecture w/ examples, discussion, and practice: technique, tips & tricks, and do's & don'ts for Critiquing the arts, how to receive critique constructively & without getting your feelings hurt, integrating feedback into your work going forward, and when to ignore everyone) (class benefits from a blackboard/whiteboard and/or someplace to hang example work; can be delivered extemporaneously without preparation or handouts if necessary)
  • Songwriting 101: Introduction to the Music of the Modern Middle Ages (hands-on workshop/discussion: subject, lyrics, melody; class will collectively write a short song or song-section to put in their Bard Books, bring pen/paper) (can be delivered extemporaneously without preparation or handouts if necessary)
  • How to Break Through Creative Block (MindMapping, Idea Organization, Creative Practices, and how to break through writer's block) (hands-on, class needs blackboard/whiteboard or large paper (18"x24" or >; requires prep time and handouts)
  • Digitizing the Modern Middle Ages or "Why are my photos so blurry?!" (To Scan, Photograph, or Re-Draw; basic file formats, software/app suggestions, online resources, when to call a professional) (requires prep time, handouts, and electricity on-site; wi-if is not required but would make it easier)
  • Basic Pyrography (Wood Burning) (selecting or creating patterns/artwork, image transfer, modern burning techniques, discussion of period techniques, safety) (requires prep time, electricity for each student to power wood burner and table space, and handouts)
  • Wood Finishing for Artists (choosing the right finish - natural/oiled/polyurethane/lacquer, how not to ruin your decorative work, ink/pigment/stain/paint choice, allergies/food-use/safety, storage, color-fastness, when to wing it and when to do more research, selected resources) (lecture/discussion; requires prep time & handouts)

The Renaissance Art Foundations Workshops

w/ Sayyida Laila al-Sanna' al-Andalusiyya & Sayyid Jibril al-Ghazal

  • Color Theory & Gouache Technique for Scribes
  • Drawing and Composition
  • Still Life Drawing
  • Nude Figure Drawing
  • Clothes Figure Drawing
  • 1-Point Perspective
  • 2-Point Perspective
  • 3-Point Perspective

Recent Competitions

  • 2nd Place, Poetry, Ffesty Pen Eisteddfod, Barony of Settmour Swamp, 11/3/18

New Interests

After an eon or three as Red Lórien, Ajir is changing personas in 2018. Moving from Generic Early Irish/Viking to quite specific Early Sixteenth Century Mongol living in Safavid Persia is quite a jump, so any Mongol or Persian resources would be greatly appreciated. Specific interests include, but are certainly not limited to:

  • Mongol history circa 1500
  • Mongolian art and craft
  • Mongolian clothing
  • Mongolian dwellings and caravans
  • The status of Mongolian women
  • The Silk Road
  • The Caspian Sea
  • The Daughters of Ghengis Khan, and their kingdoms
  • Persia
  • Persian architecture in the 1400's / 1500's
  • Persian Fortifications/Fortresses and Military Strategy/Tactics around 1500
  • Persian clothing
  • The city of Isfahan
  • The Caspian Hyrcanian Forest Region
  • Mongolian and Persian horses and tack
  • Arms and armor of the region
  • Tengrism Religious images, writing/runes, practices, and trappings
  • Northern Indigenous traditions, history, and craft
  • African musical traditions

Ongoing Interests:

  • Ancient/Classical Greece
  • The Hellenistic Period
  • Anything to do with Amazons, legendary or historical, modern or ancient
  • Women Warriors throughout history
  • Scythians, Sarmatians & Saromations
  • Music: Folk & Filk, Celtic, Indian Bajans/Kirtan
  • Art: drawing, painting, calligraphy, illumination, sculpture, decorative





a compass star gyrony Or and gules, within and conjoined to an annulet quarterly Or and gules (A fanciful rendering)

Other Heraldry

Full Achievement of Arms for Red Lórien of Oak River



Personal Blog

Lórien's personal WordPress Blog (Not exclusively SCA content)

In Case of Court

While Ajir has no particular objection to surprises, she walks with a cane and can be slow to get around. If she is not already at Court it may be wise to summon her in advance to avoid awkwardly long waits.


  • Pronouns: She/Her
  • Age: Stone Age 😉
  • MKA: Lórien Patton

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