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At Festivalo de Caderas in Gotvik on October 22, an contract between me as Laurel and Lady Tece de Kaxtone as apprentice was signed and witnessed and indented with much ceremony. We did this right after Mistress Helwig Ulfsdotter took Baroness Aleydis van Wilvoorden as her newest apprentice.

Household - de Thornegge

Silwa, Lia and Tece at Festivalo de Caderas, 2016
Household de Thornegge

The contract between me and Tece was Tece’s first task as she started her trial year in 2015 at Festivalo. She did the research and decided if she wanted a contract or not, and what it should contain. She to make payments to me yearly in “a bottell of good odiferous lively wine” and me to teach her and provide her with materials to practice her art, and upon completion present her with a reciprocal bottle of bubbly and a pair of shears.

At the signing I gave Tece cabbage from my vigil gown project, being white wool and green velvet, and a tailor’s clapper for pressing fabric. I was supposed to take back my old green belt, which by now is tradition for my apprentices to wear for one year to start with before they get their own belt to keep, but since there were plans afoot the belt “got lost in the mail” and was not at Festivalo to be given.

At Kingdom University in West Dragoningshire, at Ufton Court on November 11, a whole bunch of us arrived on site in a minivan and there was a great rushing to set up a vigil space, conspire with their majesties, scarf down a paltry dinner before an “impromptu” Friday night court where I told Tece she would be getting her belt. She did get her belt, and I took back my old one, and after putting the belt on her I immediately addressed her concerning aspects of peerage, their Majesties called up the rest of the Order of the Laurel and we led my apprentice off to vigil.

I’m still a little amazed I managed to put in contacts, put up my hair, eat something, set up the vigil space and conspire with their majesties and various others before the court on Friday. I had excellent help of course, and could not have been able to do it without Silwa and Genevieve.

Mistress Lia and Mistress Tece

Mistress Lia and Mistress Tece de Kaxtone, baby Laurel of Drachenwald, at Kingdom University, 2016

Anyway, the vigil went well, and the rest of the event went well, and I managed to deliver my speech well enough that it was heard, and that it was meaningful to more people than just Tece and myself. The other worthies’ words were well-delivered, and Their Majesties Agnes and Morales were excellent as always. The scroll, my gods, the scroll by Mistress Melisende was gorgeous and fantastic.

So, in short. I had two apprentices that were no longer on a trial basis for three weeks, now I have one apprentice and a former apprentice who is now a Laurel in her own right, but the household and family we created is not going to go away anytime soon.

I made a bunch of stuff for the event, as gifts and such, but that will be another post I think.

A household forms

I mentioned, briefly, that I had more news after Cudgel, and I can finally share them, as the plans have been enacted.

This weekend myself and Edricus travelled along¬†with Lady Tece de Kaxtone and Lord Erik Dalecarlius to Festivalo de Caderas, put on by the Barony of Gotvik, for a mostly relaxed and low-key event. It was just that, but it also was the one year anniversary of me¬†taking Lady Silwa af Swaneholm as my apprentice. I gave her my own old green belt, which I wore as Helwig’s apprentice, at October Crown Tourney last year and she has worn it for the last year. We have throughout the year talked about the Laurel/Apprentice thing, and agreed that after a year’s trial we both wanted to continue the relationship, and formalise it with a proper indenture.

Silwa's Indenture

Silwa’s Indenture

Since Silwa finally decided on viewing C&I as her primary art form I left it up to her to do the wording of the indenture and write it out, and she did it admirably, writing out the text twice on the same piece of paper, with our devices drawn in ink between the two texts, so that the separation could be done through them and mark each half as belonging to the other. To make it proper and official we also wanted some highly placed witnesses, and Her Highness of Nordmark, Princess Isabetta and His Excellency of Gotvik, Baron Einar, agreed to witness the contract and our exchange of gifts.

I promise, in the indenture, to provide Silwa with materials for her to practice with, so had arranged for five sheets of pergamenata, gold size and the left-over gold flakes which I have been collecting for a few years. They can be used to make shell gold for example. Silwa, for her part, presented me with two cakes of wax. Over a pound (half a kilo) of wax. She had also arranged to have a seal ring made for me, but lacked my ring-size so the project can only be finished once I provide that. She had tried to ask Edricus, very sneakily, but he did not know, as even I don’t know that!

I demanded my old belt back, and had a new one for her, provided by Lionheart Replicas, with belt studs that she picked out. We both signed the contract, and then Her Highness and His Excellency signed them and I cut them apart with a beautiful pair of scissors provided by Lady Tece.

With that done, I picked up my old green belt and turned to the next order of business, asking Tece de Kaxtone if she wanted to be my apprentice, for a period of one year as a trial. At Cudgel War I had asked her, and she then indicated she would like that, but I wanted us to wait until my old belt was freed up, so we could talk a little about what sort of relationship we wanted. Tece had not changed her mind, and so I put the belt around her waist, which she will wear for one year. After that, if we still want to continue as Laurel and Apprentice, she will also get a belt of her own and an indenture.