|Barony of Stonemarche|
Per chevron vert and argent three castles within a laurel wreath all with in a boudure invected counterchanged.
|Founded: October 4th AS 18 (1987)|
|Location: New Hampshire.|
A Barony in the Northern Region of the East Kingdom, Stonemarche was formally established on October 4th AS 18 (1987). Morgan Arianblaidd and Megan ni 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
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
- Shire of Branswatch, formed AS 12 (1981)
Branswatch was replaced by four other groups:
- Canton of Anrhyfeddôd, formed AS 13 (1982)
- Shire of Belle Rive, formed AS 14 (1983)
- Shire of Vatnaskvadstadir, formed AS 14 (1983)
- Riding of Caer Penbledd, formed AS 15 (1984)
In the Beginning
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
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. 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. However, as most of the inhabitants of Giggleswick at the time were members of Stonemarche households, Lady Elen Alswyth of Eriskay, a prominent Giggleswickian, pleaded that the people of Giggleswick be allowed to retain their Stonemarche alliances.
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...
Giggleswick has grown, and is today an official Riding of Malagentia. Its inhabitants freely cross the river that divides Stonemarche from Malagentia, and have deep ties on both sides.
Occupants of Stonemarche
Citizens of Stonemarche refer to themselves as "Stonemarchians". The Major Households in Stonemarche are:
- House White Elephant
- House Dos Offenentorus (House Feh)
- Clan MacWard
- House Eberhorn
- House Longstride
- Inn of Bards Rest
- House Maplecrest
- House Polaris
- House Serenity
- The Priory of St. Colin the Dude
Other groups have presences within the Stonemarche Borders:
- Duchy Von Drachenklaue
- Duchy Tarragon
- House Stormgard
- Iron Lance
- The Mongol Horde
- Vin Cog
- Freehold of the Riverkeep
Guilds within Stonemarche Borders:
- The Limner's Guild
- The Jeweler's Guild
- The Cooke's Guild
- The Dabbler's Guild
- The Foole's Guild
- The East Kingdom Soothsayers' Guild
Denizens and champions, past and present, geographic and otherwise.
- Newsletter Carved_in_Granite