So you want to lead the Barony of Western Seas? Thank you! We love to have new leaders and this page is here to help you learn more about what is required to do so.
What is a Baron or Baroness?
According to the SCA rules, the Baron and Baroness are the ceremonial representatives of the Crown of the Kingdom of Caid for a territory identified as a Barony. As such, they are invested with the leadership authority passed to them by the Caidan Crown for the local management and operation of the Barony of Western Seas.
Becoming Baron or Baroness
The Crown of the Kingdom of Caid, as in all SCA Kingdoms, is responsible for selecting a Baron and Baroness for each of its baronial territories including the Barony of Western Seas. At its establishment as a Barony, the Barony of Western Seas asked that the Barony be able to select its Baron and Baroness through a competitive process. That request was approved in Kingdom Law and because the barony was unique in the process by which the Baron and Baroness would be selected, the barony was referenced as a palatine barony in Kingdom Law. Note that this does not remove the responsibility the Crown has for finding a suitable Baron and Baroness for the Barony and hence the need for contestants to submit Letters of Intent to satisfy the resume requirement in kingdom law. Further, all Barons/Baronesses must abide by the Barony of Western Seas Traditions. Please read over the Baronial Coronet Tournament section to ensure your ability.
The Barony of Western Seas will have a competition in one of the two areas that most mean something to the Barony and each will be held on alternative years.
This is where the Competitor will be matched with others in the field of combat. Valor, chivalry, prowess, and honor are all on display during the Combat Baronial. It is one of the most highly attended events of Western Seas.
Arts & Sciences Baronial
This is where the Competitor will submit various projects to be judged by Laurels and Peers. Skill in craft, thoroughness of research, and historical accuracy are crucial in this competition.
- 2017 A&S: Announcement
Competitors must have a Consort. The Consort is not only there for support, but will be the Competitor’s partner in most Baronial dealings during their term. Both the Competitor of the Baronial and the Consort must abide by certain obligations and requirements to be Baron/Baroness.
Each of these steps must be followed prior to the Baronial.
- Competitor and Consort must be members in good standing of the Society (paid memberships) and keep such during their reign should they be awarded the Baronial Coronets.
- A Letter of Intent is to be submitted (see form below) which will express your desire to be Baron/Baroness.
- All information in this Letter of Intent needs to be provided at one time. Competitor and Consort information must be together to be a complete Letter of Intent.
- Both the competitor and his/her consort must contribute to this submission.
- An email or letter can be submitted if preferred. Contact the Baronial Seneschal for information.
- Prepare for the competition! If it is a Combat Baronial, make sure your gear is up to par. If it is an Arts & Sciences Baronial, make sure you follow the guidelines.
- Have fun!