Alanna of Skye
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Alanna of Skye
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Quarterly purpure and argent, a mullet of four points and a bordure embattled counterchanged.
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Preferred title: None, but Dame if you really want to use one. Definitely not Mistress.
Alanna got started in the SCA in the Shire of Hartshorn-dale, creating an unofficial college branch called College of the Sleeping Bear that she was Seneschal of for the 4 years of being there. She recruited others for the group who are consistently participating to this day, including Mistress Elysabeth Underhill, THL Jacqueline Cross, Lady Adriana Michaels (Atlantia), and Lord Matthew of Dun Carraig (Atlantia).
After Hartshorn-dale she has lived in Caer Adamant, Quintavia, Carolingia, and now is back in Quintavia. She has no specific time period or persona, and much like her location in the current middle ages, bounces around between cultures, time periods, and genders for garb. She is happy to use female titles regardless of the gender of garb being worn.
Alanna's interests include equestrian, making garb, embroidery, thrown weapons, archery, helping where needed and learning new things. She is a completionist so has a competency ranking for all categories of the Athena's thimble embroidery guild. She is current Deputy Kingdom Exchequer - Warrants and Signatories. She lives in Quintavia, but also claims allegiance to Carolingia and Barony Beyond the Mountain, regularly attending practices with both groups.
Alanna lives in stealth mode. She keeps finding people who had no idea what she did at Pennsic, so besides archery and thrown weapons champs teams, a list: set up the archery range, helped at family point, ran a thrown weapons tournament, learned a new weaving technique, marshaled, helped baronial break down, did about 1000 fetch quests for people, fenced (first time at war!), took care of exchequer business... so basically a pretty quiet war actually!
Other random things Alanna is super proud of:
- Currently ranked 5th on the East Kingdom thrown weapons royal round scores (combined total of axe, knife, spear)
- Ran the equestrian course at EK 50 year event, including engineering the swinging lollipop targets of doom
- Brought TWIC, the Thrown Weapons Interkingdom Challenge, to the East in 2019. Like the Interkingdom Archery Challenge (IKAC), it is a way for every kingdom to compare scores in a set format determined by the challenge designer. It's a bit different than our Royal Rounds, with an additional middle distance for each weapon type, and resets every calendar year. While the new Standard Royal Round started in 2022, spearheaded by Matteo Genovese, allows comparison between kingdoms if you go look at their scores, TWIC automatically sorts scores from all participating kingdoms, making a nice table of bragging rights!
- Known associate of a known associate (Bastien) of the Handsome Boys
Awards with Warhorses
- King's Champion of Horse (Griffyth) riding Leaps and Bounds (2007)
- Queen’s Champion of Horse (Avelina) riding Ginny (2012)
- King’s Champion of Horse (Ioannes) riding Brandy (2017)
Offices & Positions
- Seneschal of unofficial College of the Sleeping Bear (Ursinus College, Hartshorn-dale) 2000-2004
- Autocrat of Spring Revel and Fall Revel, College of the Sleeping Bear, 2003-2004
- Retainer for Anna II (2006)
- Retainer for Aikaterine (2007)
- Retainer for Aikaterine II (2010)
- Kingdom Chamberlain (2011-2014)
- Retainer for Kiena (2011)
- Retainer for Thyra (2012)
- Spymaster (No One, This Never Happened - 2012)
- Deputy Chief of Staff (Kiena II & Gregor IV - 2013)
- Royal Event Coordinator (Brion III & Anna III - 2016)
- Equestrian Marshal (2017-current)
- Thrown Weapons Marshal (2017-current)
- Carolingian Gold Key (2017-2021)
- Deputy Kingdom Equestrian Officer (2018-2021)
- Consort's Guard (Alberic - 2020)
- Central Region Deputy Exchequer (2020-2023)
- Queen's Guard (Honig II - 2021)
- Royal Guard (Indrakshi - 2022)
- Archery Marshal (2022-current)
- Warrants & Signatories Deputy Exchequer (2023-current)
- Pennsic Champions teams - Archery: Pennsic 48, 49, 50; Thrown Weapons: Pennsic 49, 50
- Member of the Keepers of Athena's Thimble - competency ranking in all 12 categories
Things I've been Marshal in Charge for:
- Palio di Stonemarche 2017 (Equestrian)
- Falling Leaves 2018 (Equestrian)
- Panteria XXV 2022 (Equestrian)
- Falling Leaves 2022 (Thrown Weapons)
- Hastilude of the Autumnal Equinox (Thrown Weapons)
Classes I Teach
Feel free to recruit me to teach any of the following, which are generally ready to go with short notice, as I have taught them before!
- Kid's Equestrian Games (with stick horses)
- Viking Wire Weaving for teens and/or adults
- Intro to Equestrian Games (no horses needed)
- Horse Grooming (horse needed)
- Beginner Thrown Weapons
Things I'm happy to teach one on one:
- Fingerloop braiding
- Tablet weaving
- Basic hand sewing
Alanna of Skye also has an often neglected blog! Check out crafts and other fun things she's done, worked on and is working on now here: Alanna's Blog (If it's current that's a minor miracle) All 12 competency projects for the 12 categories of Athena's Thimble are included there. as well as a ton of other stuff.
She also has other work featured in the wiki, including the Manesse Codex Tapestries for EK Royal (Horse Panel)
In Case of Court
Alanna prefers not to be surprised but won't be mad if you can't warn her before. Contact Karrah the Mischievous (Karrah Mis on fb) if needed.