Below are the customs of the Barony of Castel Rouge, as approved by Folkmoot on August 26th, 2001, and read into Baronial Court on September 3rd, 2001. Note that
this is merely a written record of the things we do as a matter of
tradition, often just for ceremonial purposes, and are not the same
as laws to be obeyed. As such, there is no formal procedure for
- Honourary membership in the Barony of Castel Rouge may be
granted to individuals whose worth and quality merits it.
- Honourary Members are created by a vote of the Folkmoot.
- The names of Honourary Members are entered upon the membership
rolls and will remain there in perpetuity.
- The Baronial Foresters are individuals whose worth and
qualities are such that we wish to bind them closer to us.
- Baronial Foresters may be created by the Baron and Baroness at
any Baronial Court, acting on nominations from the populace.
- The Baronial Pursuivant or a designated deputy will maintain a
list of all Baronial Foresters.
- Baronial Members, Honourary Members, and and Baronial
Foresters are entitled to camp with the Barony at outside events,
subject to the rules set forth by the person in charge of the
- Members, Honourary Members, and and Baronial Foresters are
entitled to serve with the Baronial Muster.
Barony of Carraig Ban
- The members and populace of the Barony of Carraig Ban are
granted all the rights and privileges of Baronial members, except
for the right to vote, and their Baron and Baroness are to be
treated with the same love, respect and affection with which we
treat our own Baron and Baroness.
- Weapons are not allowed in the Baronial Presence during
Baronial Court, except for those weapons which may be carried by
the Baronial Champion and former Champions.
- Missiles and throwing weapons are not permitted in the room or
vicinity during Baronial Court, except for those weapons carried
by the Archer Captain and the Warlord.
- New members of the Barony are called up to be formally
recognized at the next Baronial Court which they attend.
- The Baronial Champion is a fighter who has demonstrated
chivalry and courtesy on and off the field, and exemplifies the
ideals to which all fighters should aspire.
- The Baronial Champion will be chosen from amongst the
authorized fighters by the Baroness, in consultation with the
Baron and guided by recommendations from the populace.
- The Baronial Champion is appointed at the Twelfth Night event,
and serves in that position for one year.
- The Baronial Champion guards and attends the Baron and
Baroness in Court, wearing the Champion's Tabard and bearing the
- The Baronial Champion is expected to dedicate their first bout
of each tournament to the Baroness.
- Former Baronial Champions may bear weapons in the Baronial
presence during Court if they so wish.
- An honor roll of all those who have served as Baronial
Champion will be maintained by the Baronial Pursuivant or an
- The Baronial Cupbearer is a person who has demonstrated grace
and courtesy, and exemplifies the ideals to which all should
- The Baronial Cupbearer will be chosen from amongst the
populace by the Baron, in consultation with the Baroness and
guided by recommendations from the populace.
- The Baronial Cupbearer is appointed at the Twelfth Night
event, and serves in that position for one year.
- The Baronial Cupbearer attends the Baron and Baroness during
Court, wearing the Cupbearer's Tabard and bearing the Baronial
- The Baronial Cupbearer is expected to provide the Baron and
Baroness with beverages during Baronial Court.
- An honor roll of all those who have served as Baronial
Cupbearer will be maintained by the Baronial Pursuivant or an
- The Baronial Muster consists of all those authorized fighters
and archers who possess all the necessary equipment for
participation in combat or archery related activities.
- Once each spring, at the pleasure of the Baron and Baroness,
the members of the Baronial Muster will gather for a Marchfield to
show their readiness for that year's campaign season.
- All authorized fighters and all archers will attend the
Marchfield, each bearing the equipment required for participation
in Society combat or archery activities.
- Members of the Baronial War Units will also bring to the
Marchfield any specific equipment required for participation in
that War Units to which they belong.
- All equipment must be in good repair and functional, capable
of passing a Marshal's inspection. Equipment should not be held
together or held on with duct tape. Unauthentic or ugly armour
should be covered by surcoats.
- At the Marchfield, the Baroness will present the leaders of
the War Units with Favours for the members of the Units. The
Favours will be distributed to and carried by the members of those
Units during that year's campaign season, and will be returned to
the Baroness at the end of the campaign season.
- The Baronial Units were formed to organize and encourage
participation in group activities in war and melee
- The Baronial Units are:
- The War Unit, for heavy armoured fighting. The War
Unit is led by the Warlord, chosen by the Baroness in
consultation with the Baron and the members of the Unit.
- The Archery Unit, for target archery and combat archery.
The Archery Unit is led by the Archery Captain, chosen by the
Baron in consultation with the Baroness and the members of the
- The Rapier Unit, led by the Rapier Captain, for rapier
fighting. The Rapier Captain is chosen by the Baron and
Baroness, in consultation with the members of the Unit.
- Persons who participate in activities with a Baronial Unit,
either as a member of the unit or as someone permitted to
participate alongside them, may bear the insignia for that unit:
- Persons participating with the War Unit may wear a
white surcoat emblazoned with a red tower, and carry a shield
emblazoned: "Gules, a tower, on a chief argent three maple
- Persons participating with the Archery Unit may wear a
white tabard emblazoned with a red tower, and with a pair of
crossed arrows over the right breast.
- Persons participating with the Rapier Unit may wear a white
tabard trimmed in red and emblazoned with a red tower.
- The members of each Baronial Unit must meet the appropriate
SCA requirements for participation in that unit's activities.
- The leader of each Baronial Unit must be a member of the unit
who exhibits such qualities of courtesy, chivalry, skill and
leadership that the members of the Unit will willingly follow
- At the Fall event, the person who has been chosen to lead each
Baronial Unit during the following year's campaign season will be
announced. If that person is not already the Unit's leader, he/she
will serve as the Unit leader's deputy for the remainder of the
current campaign season, and will be formally installed as unit
leader at the following Spring event. The deputy will assist the
unit leader, and the unit leader will help the deputy to plan for
the following year's campaign season.
- The unit leaders report to the Baron and Baroness as
requested, and represent their units during Baronial Court,
standing guard while bearing the regalia associated with their
- The leader of each unit will appoint deputies, organize their
unit, and set requirements for membership in the unit as he/she
- The leader of each unit will lead the unit into battle under
the direction of the Baron and/or Baroness, assigning tasks and
positions to all unit members regardless of rank, title or
- All entertainment at Baronial functions is subject to the
approval of the Baron and Baroness or of any Royalty attending the
- The Royal Toast at Baronial feasts is given by the newest
Barony member present.
- The Barony customarily holds events in January, Spring, and
Fall. Other events are sometimes held at other times during the
- Anyone who borrows garb from the Chatelaine must return it
before leaving the event. The Chatelaine may require a $10 deposit
for any garb lent out; the deposit will be refunded if the garb is
returned by the end of the event.
- The Chatelaine and Gold Key may submit bills to the autocrat
for the costs of cleaning the loaner garb, tablecloths, tabards,
etc. following the event.
- The traditional monetary unit of Castel Rouge is the 'nrn',
which is roughly equal to one chocolate chip cookie.
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