Phaedra de Vere

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Opening ceremonies, Pennsic 2017
Resides: Barony of Carolingia
Status: Active
Awards: Order of Precedence
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Baroness Phaedra de Vere (she/her) started playing in the SCA in the Shire of Ravenslake in the Middle Kingdom in 2006, then moved to Atlantia in 2011, and to the East Kingdom in 2017.

She adores teaching historical fencing (specifically Fabris) and can often be found near the rapier list with the Carolingian Calivers. She also makes portrait-inspired jewelry for her commission-based shop, The Gilded Thistle, which occasionally makes appearances at events as a merchant. She has a difficult time sitting still without working on something, so she's often found with embroidery, sewing, or some other craft in her hands.

Also known as "The Sandwich Fairy", she provides delicious sandwich lunches to many hungry souls and warms hands and hearts with hot drinks on cold days.


Phaedra's persona varies, mostly depending on temperatures and whether she is fencing that day.

When not fighting, she is known for her elaborate portrayal of a Tang Dynasty (600-900 AD) Chinese courtesan.

If it's a fighting or working day, she's most likely to be either 16th Century English (fencing garb), 15th Century French (cotehardies or a fancy Burgundian gown known as "Big and Purple"), or ancient Greek (if it's especially hot).


Awards and Honors

  • Award of Arms, Middle Kingdom, Festival of Maidens, 2007
  • Companion of the Order of the Willow (embroidery), Middle Kingdom, 2008(?)
  • Holder of the Iron Ring of the Middle Kingdom (January 2010-April 2010)
  • Companion of the Order of the Silver Brooch, East Kingdom 50 Year Celebration, 2018
  • Companion of the Order of the Silver Wheel, East Kingdom Ethereal Court, July 2021
  • Companion of the Order of the Silver Rapier, 100 Minutes War, November 2022
  • Baroness of the Court of Brennan IV and Caoilfhionn IV, Pennsic War, August 2023

Baronial Awards

  • Companion of the Order of the Daystar (service), Barony of Carolingia, September? 2021
  • Champion of Arts and Sciences, Barony of Carolingia, September 2022
  • Companion of the Order of the Moon (A&S), Barony of Carolingia, May 2024

Offices & Positions

  • Chronicler, Shire of Ravenslake, MK, 2007-2008
  • Minister of Arts & Sciences, Shire of Ravenslake, MK, 2008-2010
  • Bocce Ball Champion, Shire of Ravenslake, MK, 2009
  • Retainer, Caoilfhionn III and Brennan III, 2017-2018
  • Queen's Guard, Caoilfhionn III, 2018
  • Retainer, Ozurr I and Fortune I, 2018-2019
  • Retainer, Ryoukujin I and Indrakshi I, 2021-2022
  • Retainer, Mohammed I and Corotica I, 2022-2023
  • Retainer, Caoilfhionn IV and Brennan IV, 2022-2023
  • Deputy Royal Wardrobe Coordinator, Caoilfhionn IV and Brennan IV

Event Staff

  • Co-Autocrat, Middle Kingdom Academy of Defense (MKAoD), 2010(?)
  • Class Coordinator, multiple events in the Middle Kingdom hosted by the Shire of Ravenslake
  • Shadow judge, East Kingdom A&S Championships, 2021
  • Fabris fencing and Chinese garb/hairpieces teacher at multiple events in the Middle Kingdom, Atlantia, Pennsic, and anywhere else she can get people to hold still and let her teach them stuff.

Major Projects

  • Midrealm Bronze Ring Badge with Midlands Dragon embroidery for a fighting tabard -- My very first embroidery, made with chain stitch and a bit of satin stitch for Master Alexander de Seton; completed 2008? It passed the armor punch test on its own even before I sewed it to the tabard.
  • Lion of Ansteorra Badge embroidery -- My second ever embroidery project
  • The Big Red Dress of Doom--Tang Dynasty Chinese garb with accompanying jewelry; red and black cotton with brocade; completed February 2010
  • Fencing Doublet--16th Century doublet, based on an extant doublet in Spain; grey cotton twill with black velvet stripes and linen mini-ruff; completed early 2010
  • Harry--Tang Dynasty style court wig with accompanying jewelry; completed April? 2011
  • Gertrude--Tang Dynasty style court wig with accompanying jewelry; completed February 2014
  • Big & Purple--Burgundian style gown c.1460s England; purple cotton velveteen, red silk dupioni, cream silk dupioni, cream fake fur; completed 2016-2017
  • Steve the Wig--Tang Dynasty style court wig with accompanying jewelry; completed for Pennsic 2017
  • The Spite Dress--Tang Dynasty style gown made for Birka 2018 Garb Challenge; called the Spite Dress because I was new to the kingdom and asked what the Birka challenge was and someone was snotty with me for not already knowing, so I made the dress in two weeks and entered to spite the jerk
  • The Phoenix gown--Tang Dynasty style gown with accompanying jewelry; blue and red cotton; completed for Pennsic 2019, won Best in Early Period at Birka 2020: Mythology Garb Challenge
  • Jiuweihu--A nine-tailed fox spirit in a Tang Dynasty style gown, won Best in Early Period at Birka 2023: Mythological Creatures Garb Challenge
  • The Camera Fan--Tang Dynasty style hand fan with a gold medallion appliqued on the front, a hole cut in the center, and elastic bands sewn onto the back to hold a smartphone camera exactly in place to get photos/video through the hole without the modern equipment showing
  • Big Red Boqta--Mongolian boqta (hat) made for Lada Monguligin for her stepping down as Viceregent of Ostgardr in September 2022. I've been vexing royals in court with complex headgear for years now; time to get other people in on the fun!
  • Shot Silk Tang Court Gown--My first silk Tang gown, with green/blue Vietnamese tissue taffeta silk, backed with cotton for structure; made for Court for Pennsic 2023

More Information

Phaedra teaches Italian rapier whenever possible and is always happy to drill with people. Classes include:

  • Fabris 101: Stick Your Butt Out and Kill Someone
  • Fabris 102: Sword and Dagger

She is also happy to teach Chinese garb and hairstyling or answer questions for the curious.

Her A&S (and general project) blog can be found at Sartorial Dominance Displays.

In Case of Court

Phaedra de Vere pronounced Fay-dra de Veer (rhymes with "peer/queer/deer/here")

Advance warning that being called into court might be a thing would be GREATLY appreciated due to mild social anxiety. I don't need to know what it's for, just a warning that it's likely to be a thing.

Please notify Brennan mac Fearghus and Caoilfhionn inghean Fhaoláin of House VDK, Thomas of Effingham, and Remy Delamontagne de Gascogne. They'll know who needs to be contacted.

I would absolutely love a scroll made by Camille des Jardins, Christiana Crane, Collette d’Avignon, or Audrye Beneyt, if they're able and willing. Please do not feel obligated to make any scrolls Chinese-themed! I adore European styles of calligraphy/illumination, too! (I have a ridiculous love of SHINY and EXTRA and would love to earn one of the gilded book of hours type or Audrye's pearl-happy scrolls someday.)