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 Tygers Combattant Companion of the Order of the Maunche Companion of the Order of the Silver Tyger Award of the Golden Lyre Companion of the Order of the Silver Wheel Craftsman Brewer Queen's Order of Courtesy Forester Badge.jpg


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 = Vin-DEE-Or-Ix) (Ordovix = Or-DOE-Vix)


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, teaching and crafting. 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 Third Division
  • East Kingdom Royal Foresters Guild
  • East Kingdom Brewers Guild
  • Vindiorix is squired to Master Tiernan Mac Alpin, Master of Arms
  • Vindiorix is apprenticed to Mistress Sunnifa Heinreksdottir, Laurel
  • Member of the Unbelted Champions team, 2022
  • Deputy of the Unbelted Champions team, 2023

Awards and Recognition


  • Award of Arms - Panteria, May 2018
  • Sliver Brooch - Mudthaw, March 2019
  • Silver Tyger - Mimir's Well, March 2020
  • Golden Lyre - Sixth Ethereal Court, February 2021
  • Order of the Maunche - Ethereal Court, July 2021
  • Order of the Tygers Combatant - Ethereal Court, February 2022
  • Silver Wheel - Les Beltaines, June 2022
  • Sovereign’s Order of Esteem - Sultan (King) Mohammad, 2023
  • Consort’s Cipher - Brenhines (Queen) Corotica, 2023
  • Consort’s Order of Courtesy - Queen Caoilfhionn, 2023
  • Sovereign’s Order of Excellence, 2024

East Kingdom Forester's Guild:

  • Forester - Panteria, May 2018
  • Ranger (Order of Saint Hubert) - Endewearde Hunt, October 2018
  • Master Forester - Mimir's Well, March 2020

East Kingdom Brewer's Guild:

  • Brewer - Birka, February 2019
  • Journeyman - Online Paneling, January 2021
  • Craftsman - Online Paneling, July 2021
  • Master - Panteria, May 2024


  • 100 Day Pell Challenge (Reaper) - Completed on June 18, 2018
  • East Kingdom A&S Championships finalist - 2021
  • Artifacts of Life Baronial Choice Award - 2023
  • Rose Token - Brenhines (Queen) Corotica - 2023

Offices and Positions

  • Former Keeper of the Royal Forest of Mountain Freehold in the Shire of Mountain Freehold (2016 - 2019)
  • Sergeant in 3rd Division, Northern Army (2019 - 2022)
  • Commander, 3rd Division, Northern Army (2023 - 2024)
  • Armored Combat Marshal (July 2022 - present)
  • East Kingdom Royal Foresters Guild Warden of the Lakes (regional deputy warden) (2022)
  • East Kingdom Royal Foresters Guild High Warden (guild master) (2022 - present)

SCA Battle Tactics

  • EK Small Unit Melee Leadership and Planning Paper
  • 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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  • Eighth entry: Aqua Vitae (ca 14th Century CE), panel score 97 of 100 points.


  • 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.


  • Eala (Anglo-Saxon Beer) entry for the Bloodfeud in The Danelaw immersive event's A&S Challenge (September 2023)


  • 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
  • The Historical Ninja: Casting Light on the Shadows, EK Gazette Research Paper #32

In Case of Court or Scroll

Please inform my wife, Corotica "Clovis" Senebelenae (Jennifer Davis), Master Tiernan Mac Alpin and Mistress Sunnifa Heinreksdottir if I need to attend court. My persona is a 1st century CE Briton, so I prefer Iron Age British art and Romano-Celtic art from that time period when possible. If I were ever considered for a peerage I would like to receive a writ.

More Information

In mundane life I am Justin Davis. 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 various forests of the East Kingdom.