Forgotten Sea History
[1976 - 1979]
At the World Science Fiction Convention in Kansas City, Bill Fesselmeyer asks Robert Bailey (Robin Wayne Bailey) if he'd ever heard about the SCA. Robert replies that he has. One of his friends, David Killian, is a herald for the Kingdom of Atenveldt where he is known as Dafydd Dragonstar. Bill then asks Robert and his wife Diana if they'd like to start a local chapter. They agree it would be fun to do so.
Bill then introduces Robert and Diana to a wargaming friend of his, Jeff Key and his wife Mary Ann Key. Plans for the new group begin to take form.
A few weeks after the convention, several people got together at a formal costumed meeting at Jeff Key's home to see about getting the fledgling SCA chapter going. Officers are voted on (via secret ballot), mainly because three different people wanted to be herald, including Jeff Key and Bill Fesselmeyer.
They also discussed a name for the group. Originally the group had wanted to align themselves with the Kingdom of Atenveldt and call themselves the Shire of Atenmark. The reason for this is due to the assistance provided the group in getting formed by Robert's friend from Atenveldt, Dafydd Dragonstar. They wanted to thank Dafydd and support his Kingdom's efforts since they had supported them in getting started.
However, they were informed that they had to be part of the Middle Kingdom. They decided to go with a different name then. The three names were considered:
|Calontir||-||suggested by Geoffri of Wareine|
|Forgotten Sea||-||suggested by Diane Moonraven (seconded by Gwydion Cinhil Kirontin)|
|Coeur de la Terre||-||suggested by ??|
The Shire of Forgotten Sea was selected. The origin behind the name was that Diana (who was a geologist) knew that the area was in the middle of what used to be the Kansas Sea. Since few people even knew such had existed, the name of the Forgotten Sea seemed very appropriate.
The founding members are considered to be Dorian Moonraven (Robert Bailey), Diana Moonraven (Diana Bailey), William Coeur du Boeuf (Bill Fesselmeyer), Rosamund Coeur de Boeuf (Sherry Fesselmeyer), Geoffri of Wareine (Jeff Key) and Endora of Wareine (Mary Ann Key).
Simultaneous to the time of this meeting (and unknown to them), another SCA group had already formed in the Kansas City area by the name of the Shire of the Fountains. This group had filed for official recognition and had been granted such by the MidRealm. The original members of the first SCA group in Kansas City were Ternon Twyrf-Liant [later Ternon de Caerleon] (Randy Niere), Ghleanna Meghan of Kircaldi (Marilyn Niere), Elwyn Fireil Galaberath [later Elwyn of Fountaingrove] (Jan Rogness), Arixa of the Fountains (Alison Tomkins), Andrea of Owl's Roost (Martha DeFries), Kasmar of Eagle's Rest (Jim DeFries), Ansar of Dragoncrest (Joe Cerniglia), Branwen of Ravensgaarde (Sue Cerniglia), Kelson [later Gwydion Cinhil Kirontin] (Mike Nichols), Eilenwy (Gail Nichols), Marcus Antonius (Gary Herndon), Terran of Bladesguard (John Herndon), Byron le Bassen (Mark Wactor) and later included William Coeur du Boeuf (Bill Fesselmeyer) and Rosamund Coeur de Boeuf (Sherry Fesselmeyer).
The Shire of the Fountains had a schism amongst its members. Several people "broke off" from the Fountains group and formed the Shire of the Golden Phoenix. Others having discovered the Shire of Forgotten Sea group, started attending their meetings.
During this time, the Shire of Forgotten Sea had sent in a petition to form a group in Kansas City.
Because of the schism in the Shire of the Fountains, and the fact that the Shire of the Golden Phoenix had not filed paperwork to become an official group (and perhaps did not know they needed to), the MidRealm Kingdom Seneschal decided to "fold" the Shire of the Fountains and to recognized Forgotten Sea as the official chapter, requiring the members of all the groups to join together to form one large group. Doing this, the final "conglomeration" of members would hold the first official SCA activity in Kansas City.
November 23, 1976 is considered the birthdate of Forgotten Sea, as they held their first full-scale feast on this date. Amongst the members listed in group records were these individuals (given by their final SCA names):
Geoffri of Wareine, Marianne of Wareine, William Coeur du Boeuf, Rosamund Coeur de Boeuf, Exter of Ville de Park, Elwyn of Fountaingrove, Kyr Moonraven, Diana Rhiannon Moonraven, Gwydion Cinhil Kirontin, Arixa of the Fountains, Richard of Baton, Morgan Griffith of York, Ternon de Caerleon, Kasmar of Eagle's Rest, Ansar of Dragoncrest and Andrea of Owl's Roost.
From early meetings came the Trident Tree device for the group (designed by Geoffri of Wareine). Soon came the time to select a totem beast for the group. It was reasoned that from the sea came the land, from the Trident came the Sea, and from the water to the land comes...the frog. Hence, the frog became the totem beast of Forgotten Sea.
At the second Changelings event in Three Rivers, Stephen Ironhand reads the proclamation that the group's application has been completely processed and that Forgotten Sea is legally a branch of the SCA.
Sea holds it's first Communiversity class and recruits one
The first household formed in the Shire of Forgotten Sea was House Dragonstar (sometimes mistakenly called House Hawkmoon or House Moonraven), named in honor of Dafydd Dragonstar. It's membership included gentles not only from the KC area but also from Florida, Minnesota and Oklahoma. Other households that formed were House Golden Phoenix, House Wareine, Riders of Westbrooke and Ville de Park.
The first issue of Forgotten Sea's newsletter, The Courier's Clarion, is produced.
It carried a message from the herald, a calendar of activities, requirements for
elevation to the level of Laurel and a list of 17 guilds with their guildmasters.
Forgotten Sea Members (from group records and Shire Mailing List in the Courier's Clarion):
|Modern Name||SCA Name(s)|
Geoffri of Wareine (final name)
|Mary Ann Key||-||Endora
Marianne of Wareine (final name)
|Patric Key||Padric of Wareine|
|Bill Fesselmeyer||-||William Coeur du Boeuf|
|Sherry Fesselmeyer||-||Rosamund Coeur de Boeuf|
|Steve Burton||-||Exter of Ville de Park|
|Linda Burton||-||Madeline of Ville de Park|
|Kitty Burton||-||Isabell of Ville de Park|
|??||-||Martha of Ville de Park|
(later Jan Wilner)
Galabereth of Caer Enfys
Elwyn Fireil Galaberath
Elwyn of Fountaingrove (final name)
Kyr Moonraven (final name)
Diana Rhiannon Moonraven (final name)
|Michael Fogal||-||Anwyn Hawkmoon|
|Mary FitsGibbon||-||Alcaid Hawkmoon|
|Kate Graf||-||In'serrinna Hawkmoon|
|Carol Zunker||-||Eowyn Aelred Hawkmoon|
|Jeff Campbell||-||Turlough Ap
Turlough mac Collin Mor (final name)
Gwyddion Cenil Kerontin
Gwydion Cinhil Kirontin (final name)
|Gail Nichols||-||Eilonwy Andereth|
|Alison Tomkins||-||Arixa of the Fountains|
Morgan Griffith of York (final name)
Ternon de Caer Liant,
Ternon de Caerleon (final name)
|Marilyn Niere||-||Ghleanna Meghan of Kirkcaldy|
|Jim DeFries||-||Kasmar of Eagle's Rest|
|Martha DeFries||-||Andrea of Owl's Roost|
|Dianna DeFries||-||Dia of the Forest Primeval|
|Joe Cerniglia||-||Ansar of Dragoncrest|
|Sue Cerniglia||-||Branwyn of Ravensgaarde|
|Gary Herndon||-||Marcus Antonius|
|John Herndon||-||Terran of Bladesguard|
|Mark Wactor||-||Byron le Basse|
|Jason Brown||-||Dogon Burdrak|
|Jonna Jeffries||-||Sybil Zavascha|
|Scot Newberry||-||Ragnar Odesson|
|Mark Newbold||-||Aethelred of Morrowbrook|
|David Rhaesa||-||Gotz der Soldner|
|Jerry Swett||-||Asa Tai San|
|Sharon Toms||-||Anh of Long Marston|
|Steven Utsey||-||Stephan of Kor|
|Carl Wilson||-||Nigel Campbell|
|Chris Wolf||-||James von Wolf|
|Chris Comminellis||-||Bertoile le Fort|
|Mary Ann Baltuska||-||??|
Jerome Wilner (Davro son of Davril) joins the Kansas City SCA group.
The Courier's Clarion lists these gentles as officers:
|Seneschal:||Geoffri of Wareine|
|Knight Marshal:||Marcus Antonius|
|Chronicler:||Arixa of the Fountains|
Andrea of Owl's Roost
Arixa of the Fountains
Forgotten Sea gets its first three authorized fighters: Ansar of Dragoncrest, Exter of Ville de Park and Ternon Twyrf-Liant (later Ternon de Caerleon). They were authorized on July 9 at the event held in Three Rivers.
On August 13, Forgotten Sea hosts it's first Kingdom-level event: The Feast of Siblings.
The first Eisteddfodd (A&S competition) is held.
Champion of Calontir
tournament is held.
The winner is: Brummbär von Schwarzberg
Forgotten Sea gets it's fourth authorized fighter: Dorian Moonraven.
An archery competition is held. Amongst the entrants are the nine archers making up the Forgotten Sea Archery Corps. The winner is: Dorian Moonraven. Second place goes to Arixa of the Fountains.
At the event Stephen Ironhand presents Forgotten Sea with a mascot, named Knee-Deep, (a stuffed toy frog).
Reports for August state:
The exchequery has $76.94
The populace numbers 41.
The Courier's Clarion newsletter mentions:
|1. The herald's office has a Shire
Book of Arms. It lists the device of members plus has songs
and poetry written about the shire and its members.
|2. Exter of Ville de Park takes over as Knight Marshal from Marcus Antonius.|
|3. Imrael Goldenleaf takes over as Shire Historian from Ansar of Dragoncrest.|
|4. Reports from these guilds:|
|Armorer's||- Ternon is Guildmaster|
|Puppetry||- Kasmar is Guildmaster|
|Candlemaking||- Andrea is Guildmistress|
|Diviners (palmistry, tarot, etc)||- Gwydion is Guildmaster|
|Vintners||- Gwydion is Guildmaster|
|Distaff (fiber arts)||- Arixa is Guildmistress|
|M.A.D. (Music and Dance)||- Elwyn is Guildmistress|
|5. Notes from the August 6 Shiremoot, states that the Seneschal announces that
has been invited to participate in the Renaissance Faire at Bonner Springs. He is noted as
saying, "Before you vote, I just wanted to let you know that I've already committed us."
Additional members not listed before include:
|Modern Name||SCA Name(s)|
|Jerry Wilner||-||Davro son of Davril son of Davin|
|Truman Barnes||-||Chirhart the Black Star|
|Don Buck||-||Incanus Olorin|
|Pamela Nolan||-||Siobhan Gleanna in aice Killaore|
|Pat Taylor||-||Gillian of Andeleys|
|Alaric Terrason||-||Alaric Elwin Acwulf of Wolverhampton|
|John Cleeton||-||John the Elder|
Forgotten Sea gets it's fifth authorized fighter, Davro son of Davril.
Guild deputies are appointed for the first time because of so much growth.
The Guild of
Assassins makes it's first appearance, listed in The Courier's Clarion.
Shakari is listed as Guildmaster.
There is a RenFest commercial made with Dorian Moonraven and Arixa. It is shown most often on Channel 9 KMBC.
Rains cause great
flooding in the Plaza area, and Kasmar & Andrea are washed
Knee-Deep "dies" in the flood. Baron Stephen Ironhand graciously replaces her with
Knee-Deep II, but she is a female mouse (who will reside at Warreineheim). Forgotten Sea has it's first "plague rat", a symbol that Baron Stephen would become known for.
The archers of Forgotten Sea prove it is skill not equipment that makes an archer. In a challenge from the Bonner Springs Gun and Rod Club, whose members used compound bows and aluminum shafts against Forgotten Sea's traditional bows, Dorian Moonraven is part of a three-way tie for first.
Bards guild (Imrael is Guildmaster), Cooks guild and Woodworking guild noted as active.
November 19, 1977
Forgotten Sea holds the first anniversary feast.
It is held at the clubhouse of El Dorado Royale Apts.
|Seneschal||-||Geoffri of Wareine|
|Deputy Seneschal||-||Arixa of the Fountains|
|Deputy Seneschal||-||Endora of Wareine|
|Knight Marshal||-||Ternon Caer-Liant|
|Constable||-||Exter of Ville de Park|
|Listmaker||-||Davro son of Davril|
|Deputy Pursuivant||-||Chirhart the Black Star|
|Deputy Pursuivant||-||Imrael Goldenleaf|
|Master of Arts||-||Kasmar of Eagle's Rest|
|Master of Sciences||-||Davro son of Davril|
|Chronicler||-||Arixa of the Fountains|
|Exchequer||-||Endora of Wareine|
|Chatelaine||-||Andrea of Owl's Roost|
|Historian||-||Madeline of Ville de Park|
Additional members not listed before include:
|Modern Name||SCA Name(s)|
|Susan Sybert||-||Arrianna Alessandra of Dovehaven|
?? in 1977
Dorian Moonraven wins the Middle Kingdom's Poet Laureate competition.
At the Changelings event (in Three Rivers) King Merowald and Queen Kirsten present
Award of Arms to Geoffri, Endora, Kasmar, Andrea, Madeline and Ternon.
Reported in The Courier's Clarion:
A note on a call in to KNCW on Feb 11 (John Jessup radio talk show). A caller asked if King Henry's Feast had anything to do with the SCA. The representative replied ,"No, but several of their members have come to King Henry's in costume, and I am embarrassed to say that their costumes are better than ours."
Forgotten Sea holds its second major Kingdom event, the Feast of Sprites.
It was the largest event held in Calontir up to that time with 134 people attending,
including King Merowald.
Forgotten Sea gains
three new fighters: Anwyn Greywulf of Dragonstar,
Chirhart Blackstar and Terran of Bladesgarde.
Dorian Moonraven receives his Award of Arms.
Ternon swears oath and becomes the King's squire.
Award of Arms are given to Elwyn Fireil Galaberath (later Elwyn of Fountaingrove)
and Diana Rhianon Moonraven.
On the 29th of the month, Forgotten Sea hosts their first Interkingdom Tourney. Called the Tourney at the Center of the Known World and held in Park Villa, MO.
At this event the first ever Calontir awards were given. They were presented by the new officers of The Region of Calontir. These awards were:
|Calon Lily||-||Robert Sartor von Pays-bas|
|Silver Hammer||-||William of Bellwood|
|Huscarl||-||Brummbar von Schwarzberg|
|Fyrdmen||-||Humpk d'Bohun (William Vatavia)|
|William of Bellwood|
|Guillaume le Chein Blanc|
|Ternon de Caer Liant (Ternon de Caerleon)|
Forgotten Sea takes part in a special episode of a local television program about Kansas City, called "Bodine's Beat". Members participate in a parade for ABC's Silver Anniversary.
Forgotten Sea has it's first medieval wedding. Chirhart Blackstar married Aloysia of Ironweede Marshe.
Royalty from both the MidRealm and Atenveldt attended. Aloysia received her Award of Arms and
Chirhart a grant of land.
On Nov 26, at the event in Yestred
Stradele (Lawrence, KS) an official ceremony is done in court,
re-stating that Ternon is squire to Merowald .
previous baronial histories say:
"Danelok forms. (This is the dark side of the history. Politics, squabbling, all that intrigue.)"
No details are given.
Feb 10, 1979
Forgotten Sea made a Barony.
Geoffri of Wareine & Marianne of Wareine are made Baron & Baroness of Forgotten Sea.
March - May 1979
A newsletter entitled "DaneLogs" Vol. 1, No. 1 dated May 11, 1979 (A.S. XIV) shows to be the newsletter for the newly forming Shire of Danelok [located in the Kansas City metro area]. Notes from the newsletter include the information:
ACTING OFFICERS CHOSEN
The acting officers for the Shire of Danelok are as follows:
SENESCHAL - Stephan (the Gypsy) of
HERALD - Lord Chirhart Blackstar
MISTRESS OF ARTS - Lady Diana Rhíańon MoonRaven
MISTRESS OF SCIENCES - Lady Aloysia of Ironweed Marshe
KNIGHT MARSHALL - Rupert von Reichesdorf
STEWARD - Chatherine of Fairshaven
EXCHEQUER - Maryvona Burneli
BOWMASTER - Lord Dorian MoonRaven
Elections for all permanent officers will be held the evening of May 18 at the monthly shiremoot hosted at Dragonstar at 8:00p.m.
EDITOR - Lord Chirhart Blackstar
ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE - Bridget Goldenhair
REPORTER - Lord Dorian MoonRaven
FIRST SHIRE DEMO
May 16, 1979 at Johnson Elementary Schools; Lochiel of Hearthton-Under-the-Hill is autocrat of event.
SHIRE CHARTER COMPLETED
After only three work sessions, Danelok's charter is complete. Presented at the first shire revel held at Dragonstar on Saturday April 8th, the ten-page document was read aloud and unanimously accepted/cheered by the membership. The charter outlines all procedures for shire government, providing for the election of officers, establishing a shire council and a guild council.
PACKET TO KINGDOM SENESCHAL
Upon learning that our first application for shire status was lost in the mail, a second packet has been mailed to Rory O'Temrair. The packet contains a copy of the Application for Permission to Form a Branch of the SCA, a copy of Danelok's charter, a complete list of the original eightenn charter members, an emblazon of the Danelok device and copies of the guild charters of the Horsemasters, Musicians and Needleworkers. we are now waiting for a response.
DANELOK BANNER (Device)
Azure, a black poplar branch palewise proper between two dolphins embowed haurient respectant and on a chief argent, a chain of three links fesswise, the center link broken, sable between two Laurel wreaths vert.
A banner of the design, sewn by Aieshaya the Turk, first flew on April 10, 1979 at the Calon Tourney event in Ystred Straddele.
Spring - Summer 1979
Shire of Danelok re-forms with Barony of Forgotten Sea.
Shire of Forgotten Sea Line of Heralds
|William Coeur du Boeuf||(Bill Fesselmeyer)||[For about a month, then steps aside]|
|Gwydion Cinhil Kirontin||(Mike Nichols)||[Herald of former Shire of the Golden Phoenix]|
|Rhodri Hawkmoon||(Robert Bailey)|
|Imrael Goldenleaf||(Kenneth Sibley)|
|Chirhart Blackstar||(Truman Barnes)|
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