Jargon Busters!

Starting with the SCA can be like learning a new language

Glossary of some SCA terms

A&S Day/Weekend A non-event gathering with the intent of working on Arts and Sciences (crafts, garb making, research, etc) usually in preparation for a large event.
Academy of Defense The Drachenwald guild for the teaching and promotion of the noble art of fencing.
Apprentice A person training under a member of the Order of the Laurel in a particular Art or Science.
Archery Shooting at targets with bows and arrows.
Armour room A room for storing equipment for fencing, heavy armoured combat, and archery.
Arms A shield/flag design for a person, SCA group, or order. Also called "heraldry" sometimes.
Arts and Sciences (A&S) Crafts. Things that people have made or researched. Non-violent activities such as sewing, brewing, woodwork, etc.
Authorisation Any fighter or marshal must pass an authorisation test to legally enter tournaments. A verbal and practical test on rules and combat to determine knowledge and safety.
Autocrat The person in charge of running an event. Also called an Event Steward.
Award A scroll given by Royalty that grants a person a title or admits them to an Order.
Award of Arms Usually the first Award given to a person. They can officially carry Arms and are now officially addressed as a Lord or Lady.
Banishment The act of banning a person from SCA activity for gross misconduct.
Banners Large flags and drapes, either used to decorate a hall or carried into battle or Court to show where a person is located.
Bardic Arts Activities such as singing, poetry, and performance in a period style.
Bardic Circle A set time or area for performing bardic arts.
Bard-in-a-Box Nickname for a stereo/boombox/music player used for dancing or background music.
Baron/Baroness 1 The ruler(s) of a Barony. Address as "His/Her/Your Excellency"
Baron/Baroness 2 A person who was a viceroy/vicereine of a Crown Principality, awarded upon stepping down. A Royal Peerage. Address as "His/Her/Your Excellency"
Baron/Baroness 3 A person who has been granted a Court Barony. Address as "His/Her/Your Excellency"
Barony A group within the SCA that is ruled by a Baron and/or Baroness.
Blazon A formal verbal description of a device/arms/heraldry.
Book of Slander A record, particularly among the Irish groups, of quotes that were meant in innocence but are interpreted as double entendres, along with their original meaning and speaker.
Bransle ("Brawl"), A period dance.
Bunk A bed at an event. Usually a bunk bed or similar.
Butt The straw or other sturdy material item that holds a target for archers to shoot at.
Butt Rap A blow in Heavy Armoured Combat that is aimed at the area around the opponent's buttocks.
C&I Calligraphy and Illumination.
C.o.L.  [Champions of the] Court of Love. An event held every February by the Shire of Eplaheimr to celebrate Courtly and Romantic love.
C.o.L.D. Champions of Lough Devnaree. An event with competitions to decide the most skilled person on the island in Heavy, Fencing, Archery, and A&S.
Calligraphy The art of writing. The writing on scrolls.
Canton A local SCA group within a Barony.
Captain of Archers An officer responsible for promoting and reporting on archery activity within a group of the SCA. Can be a marshal-in-training or marshal.
Carrier Pigeon Nickname for a phone, esp. for Text messages. Also known as Parrot-in-a-Box.
Celestial Highness The Prince/Princess of a Principality, esp. Insulae Draconis.
Champion A person who has won a specific tournament or competition, either for an event such as Champions of Lough Devnaree or as Champion of a Queen or Princess.
Chatelaine An officer of a group who is responsible for welcoming and assisting new people and reporting on membership numbers, events, etc.
Chirurgeon An officer or volunteer who is qualified in and responsible for first aid/medical attention at events.
Chivalry 1 A code of behaviour adhered to by knights. Also polite and appropriate behaviour at events.
Chivalry 2 Abbr. The Order of the Chivalry. AKA Knights.
Clear Down Range Called by the marshal prior to beginning an archery shoot to ensure that there is nobody in an unsafe location down the range.
College An SCA group within a college, university, or other Third Level institution. The College of Kings Lake is one such group.
College of Kings Lake A College group of the SCA which is based in Athlone Institute of Technology and is part of the Shire of Eplaheimr. Five years old :D
Collegium An event dedicated to teaching a specific Art or Science, or combat activity. E.g. The Collegium of Defense focusses on fencing.
Combat Archery Shooting large, blunt arrows with a low-poundage bow in Heavy Armoured Combat battles.
Consort The non-fighting member of a couple entering a Crown or Coronet Tourney. Can be male or female. Sometimes both members of a couple will enter.
Coronet 1 Crown-like item worn by Prince and Princess, a Baron/Baroness, or a Royal Peer such as a Count/Countess/Viscount/Viscountess, or Duke/Duchess.
Coronet 2 The ruling royal couple of a Principality.
Coronet 3 Informal name given to the event where the tourney to decide the new Royals of a Principality is held.
Corpora The official rules and laws of the SCA.
Count/Countess A person who was a King/Queen of a Kingdom, awarded upon stepping down. A Royal Peerage. Address as "His/Her/Your Excellency"
Court A formal gathering where the attending Royalty (if any) make announcements, present awards and scrolls, crown new royalty, and thank the event staff.
Court Baron/Baroness A person who has been granted the title of Baron/Baroness for great service to the SCA. A Royal peerage. Address as "His/Her/Your Excellency"
Crackling The layer of skin and fat left on joints of meat that turns crispy during roasting. Very popular among feast attendees.
Crash space A communal sleeping area where people provide their own bedding - air matresses, camp beds, sleeping bags, etc.
Crown 1 Crown worn by the King and Queen of a Kingdom
Crown 2 The ruling royal couple of a Kingdom
Crown 3 Informal name given to the event where the tourney to decide the new Royals of a Kingdom is held.
Crown Prince and Princess The next King and Queen of a Kingdom of the SCA. Referred to as His/Her/Your Highness/Highnesses. Or, Royal Highness/Highnesses.
Cut-and-Thrust Fencing Sword fighting with longswords, similar to Heavy Armoured combat but with steel swords.
Dancing Period styles of formal dancing, performed in groups. Think Romeo and Juliet, or A Knight's Tale.
Day trip (DT) Attending an event in the daytime only, usually on Saturday of a weekend event. Can include Feast in the evening, but this is specified.
Demo  (Demonstration), A non-event gathering at a convention or festival to show off our activities and attract new members.
Device Also known as Heraldry or Arms. 
Discreetly Wet If an event is listed as "Discreetly Wet", Alcohol is permitted but must be relatively concealed and containers disposed of responsibly.
Double Wars A large war/combat event held in Sweden every year. Fought over which side is best to butter Knackerbrot (a cracker bread) on - flat side or holey side.
Drachenwald, Kingdom of A Kingdom of the SCA which covers Europe, South Africa, and parts of the Middle East. Has been a Kingdom for over 20 years.
Dry If an event is listed as "Dry", no alcohol is permitted on-site at all.
Duke/Duchess A person who was a King/Queen of a Kingdom more than once, awarded upon stepping down. A Royal peerage. Address as "His/Her/Your Grace".
Dun in Mara, Shire of A Shire of the SCA which covers the counties of Dublin, Wicklow, Kildare, and is open to the wider Pale area. BOO!!!
Eplaheimr, Shire of A Shire of the SCA which covers the counties of Offaly, North Tipperary, and Laois, and is open to the wider midlands area. BEST SHIRE EVAR!
Equestrian Activities Combat activities on horseback, such as jousting.
Event Steward The person in charge of running an event. Also called an Autocrat.
Event Token An item given to attendees of an event, as a comemmorative item or souvenir.
Exchequer Inf. Treasurer of a group of the SCA
Favour An item given to one's consort, lover, or other person, as a symbol of regard or luck.
Feast The large meal (usually) held in the evening. Includes entertainment, announcements, and other fun stuff as well as fantastic food.
Feast Gear Crockery and cutlery in a period style for eating from.
Feast Token An item given to attendees of a feast, if it is separate from the rest of the event. 
Feastocrat Person in charge of the kitchen and/or cooking feast at an event.
Festival of Fools An event held by the shire of Dun in Mara. Not to be confused with the similar Feast of Fools held in Germany.
Field Archery Shooting at targets in specific places, usually in woods or similar locations.
Flaming Arrow An event held by the shire of Glen Rathlin, completely dedicated to archery.
Fletch(es) The feathers or flights on an arrow.
Free Scholar The lowest braid-carrying rank of the Drachenwald Academy of Defense. A black braid is worn upon the left arm.
Games of Chance and Skill Card and board games from period times, such as chess or Maw. (TL;DR: Medieval Gambling!)
Garb Period outfits that we wear at events.
Glen Rathlin, Shire of A Shire of the SCA which covers the six couties of Northern Ireland, and is open to the Border Counties. Meh, they're alright...
Good A term in both Heavy and Fencing to indicate that a blow had sufficient force behind it. Generally taken to mean that the recipient has lost the fight.
Good Arm A term in both Heavy and Fencing to indicate that a blow had sufficient force behind it. The fighter loses the ability to use said limb.
Good Hand A term in both Heavy and Fencing to indicate that a blow had sufficient force behind it. The fighter loses the ability to use said limb.
Good Kill A term in both Heavy and Fencing to indicate that a blow had sufficient force behind it. The fighter has lost the bout.
Good Leg A term in both Heavy and Fencing to indicate that a blow had sufficient force behind it. The fighter loses the ability to use said limb.
Green Belt A belt given to an apprentice upon their acceptance by a Laurel to show their status. 
Guild An official group dedicated to a particular activity.
Heavy Armoured Combat Sword fighting in full body armour and using rattan weapons - rattan is similar to bamboo, but solid. Crown and Coronet tourneys are in Heavy Armoured Combat.
Heavy Rapier Fencing Sword fighting with rapiers, similar to the style of the Three Musketeers or The Princess Bride.
Herald A person who makes announcements, speaks on behalf of royalty in a Court, and announces the Royals entering a Court. Can also refer to someone registered as a "book herald", who helps design and register Arms.
Hold Means "Stop everything, something dangerous is going on". Called in combat, archery, and on occasion at other non-marshal times to call attention.
Household A group of people with shared interests, personas, or a group of friends and/or family. Usually formed by one individual who invites others to join their house.
Hrafnsbourg, Incipient Shire of A now-defunct Incipient Shire of the SCA which covered several postcodes in the Belfast area.
Illumination The art of decorating scrolls.
Insulae Draconis, Principality of A Principality of the SCA within the Kingdom of Drachenwald which covers Ireland, the U.K., and Iceland. Has been a Principality for 4  years.
Kill A term in both Heavy and Fencing to indicate that a blow had sufficient force behind it. The fighter has lost the bout.
King and Queen Ruling royalty of a Kingdom of the SCA. Referred to as His/Her/Your Majesty/Majesties
Kingdom A large area within the SCA that covers several Principalities, Baronies, Crown Principalities, and shires and is ruled by a King and Queen. Ours is the Kingdom of Drachenwald.
Kingdom Law The specific laws and rules of a Kingdom, in addition to Corpora.
Knight A member of the Order of Chivalry. Someone who has excelled at heavy armoured combat. Wears white belt and spurs.
Lay On Called by the marshal at the beginning of a Heavy or Fencing bout to indicate that the bout has begun.
Legal name A person's real name, what they are called when not at events or practices.
Light A call for a blow in Heavy.. That struck but did not have sufficient force behind it.
List Field The area for fighting a tournament. Usually fenced or roped off. 
Loaner Garb An outfit that can be borrowed for an event.
Lough Devnaree Former name of the shire that covered all of Ireland, but is still used as a collective name for the Irish SCA and Champions of Lough Devnaree.
Lough Devnaree, Shire of A now-defunct shire of the SCA which covered the entire island of Ireland. The name is still used for the Irish shires and College collectively.
Main Hall The large room where most of the indoor event activity takes place. Often referred to as the Feast hall.
Marshal A person who is authorised to run, referee and act as a safety officer for tourneys, hold practices, and authorise new fighters/marshals. 
Marshal-in-Charge The person in charge of ensuring marshal activity runs on schedule at an event, and submitting a report on it once the event is over.
Martial Activities Combat activites such as archery, heavy armoured combat, rapier fencing, cut-and-thrust fencing, thrown weapons, etc.
Medieval Dead An event held in October/November by the Shire of Eplaheimr. Basically a feast of the undead.
Membership Paid membership of the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc. Which entitles the bearer to specific priveleges and newsletters.
Minister of Arts and Sciences An officer responsible for promoting and reporting on A&S activity within a group of the SCA.
Minstrel A person who performs period music.
M'lord/M'lady The term of address for a person who has not yet been granted an Award of Arms.
Mundane  Real-life. Not the SCA. Boring people :p
Mundania Nickname for the non-SCA world, real life, and time outside of events.
My Lord/Lady The term of address for a person who has been granted an Award of Arms.
Newbie Nickname used for newcomers to events and/or practices. Meant affectionately.
Nock The part of an arrow that grips the bowstring.
Nordmark, Principality of A Principality of the SCA within the Kingdom of Drachenwald which covers Sweden and Norway. Insulae Draconis' rivals.
Off-hand Using one's non-dominant hand to hold a weapon in marshal activities.
Orden des Lindquistringes A Crown-level Order, rewarding people for service within the SCA.
Order A group of people who have received the same Royal Award for a specific activity.
Order of Chivalry High Crown-level Order for Heavy Armoured Combat. Commonly known as a Knighthood, the recipient is adressed as Sir or Dame.
Order of Ffraid Insulae Draconis level Award for service.
Order of Robin Insulae Draconis level Award for Courtesy. Named after Lord Robin Bowman of Dal Riada from the shire of Glen Rathlin.
Order of the Dragon's Steel Crown level Order for Fencing.
Order of the Fox Insulae Draconis level Award for Marshal activities.
Order of the Laurel High Crown-Level Order for Arts and Sciences. Members are commonly referred to as Laurels, the recipient is addressed as Master or Mistress.
Order of the Panache Crown-level award for Arts and Sciences
Order of the Pelican High Crown-level Order for Service. Members are commonly referred to as Pelicans, the recipient is addressed as Master or Mistress.
Order of the Silver Guard Crown -Level Award for Heavy Armoured Combat.
Order of the Silver Martlet Insulae Draconis level Award for Arts and Sciences.
Order of the Sun and Chalice Insulae Draconis level Award for Excellence and Example, given out once per reign to a person who has shown great example of our beliefs and values.
Oyez "Oh-yay", a voice heraldic term used to call attention.
Painter-in-a-Box Nickname for a camera.
Parrot-in-a-Box Nickname for a phone, esp. For phonecalls. Also known as Carrier Pigeon.
Peerage A title granted by the Crown. Laurels, Pelicans, Knights, etc.
Pennsic Abbr. Pennsic War. The largest SCA war/battle/event in the world, takes place in Pennsylvania, USA, every July.
Persona  A character of sorts that a person creates within the SCA. From a specific country and time, as well as social class and profession. 
Personal Token An item given to someone out of thanks, regard, or reward. E.g. To someone who did not win a competition but did very well in the giver's opinion.
Pile The pointed end of an arrow. Also called point or tip.
Point The pointed end of an arrow. Also called pile or tip.
Practices Official non-event gatherings to work on marshal activities or A&S. For marshal activities, a fully-authorised marshal must be present.
Preceptor The person in charge of the Academy of Defense.
Prefect The third braid-carrying rank of the Drachenwald Academy of Defense. A black and yellow braid is worn upon the left arm.
Prince A male ruling royal of a Principality of the SCA. Referred to as His/Your Highness. Or, Celestial Highness.
Princess A female ruling royal of a Principality of the SCA. Referred to as Her/Your Highness. Or, Celestial Highness.
Principality An arew within the SCA that covers several local groups and is ruled by a Prince and Princess. Ours is the Principality of Insulae Draconis.
Prize Play A tournament for Fencers to gain a rank in the Drachenwald Academy of Defense.
Protegée A person training under a member of the Order of the Pelican in service and courtesy.
Provost The second braid-carrying rank of the Drachenwald Academy of Defense. A red and black braid is worn upon the left arm.
Raglan A ruined castle in Wales. Also informal name for Ffair Rhaglen, an all-camping SCA event held at Raglan Castle every August. One of the best events in the Kingdom.
Range The area in which an archery target is located and archers are standing as they shoot.
Red Belt A belt given to a squire upon their acceptance by a knight to show their status.
Remove A course at a feast. If there are multiple removes, don't pig out at the first or there won't be room for dessert!
Reservations Steward The person in charge of taking bookings for events, and to whom any questions should be sent.
Reserved Charge A symbol in heraldry that implies that a person has a certain title or rank. It can only be used by a person of that rank or Order.
Royal Highness The heirs to the Kingdom thrones.
Royal Peerage A title granted by the Crown, for those who have served as Royalty.
SCA Name The period/persona name you choose. What you will be addressed by at events and practices.
SCAdia "Skay-dee-ah", nickname for the SCA world and events.
SCAdian "Skay-dee-an", nickname for a member of the SCA.
Scribe A person who does calligraphy and/or illumination for Award scrolls.
Scriptorium An event dedicated to the arts of Calligraphy and Illumination.
Seneschal The administrative chairperson/president of a group of the SCA.
Shaft The wooden stick part of an arrow.
Shire A local branch of the SCA. The Irish shires are Eplaheimr (midlands), Glen Rathlin (Northern Ireland), and Dun in Mara (Dublin and surrounding counties).
Siege Engines Making and researching military machines like catapults or trebuchets.
Site fee The money you pay for an event. This usually covers all food and accommodation costs.
Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc. (SCA) An American-founded organisation for re-creating the Middle Ages in Europe and places known to Europe between 600 and 1600 CE.
Sottelty An elaborate dessert item that resembles a non-food or non-dessert item, usually made from marzipan, sugar, cake, biscuit, etc. . Medieval Cake Boss...
Sponsor A member of the Drachenwald Academy of Defense who has invited a fencer to Play for the Prize.
Squire A person training under a member of the Order of the Chivalry. 
Steward of the Hall A person in charge of decorating and setting up the feast hall. Often responsible for arranging serving staff for feast as well.
Stronghold An SCA group within a military base or compound.
Superduke Nickname for a Duke who has been King multiple times. E.g. Duke Sven Gunnarson
Take-down Cleaning up and packing away when an event is finishing. Usually happens from 11am onwards.
Target Archery Shooting at targets in a fixed location in a large open area.
Thrown Weapons Throwing axes and/or knives at targets. 
Tip The pointed end of an arrow. Also called pile or point.
Title A name given to someone of a specific rank or order, such as Your Majesty (King/Queen).
Toasts At feast, we toast our Royals and Lands (King and Queen, Prince and Princess [if any], Kingdom, Prince and Princess of ID, Principality). Sometimes there are additional toasts made if the event or occasion calls for it.
Tournament A competition in a marshal activity. The biggest are Crown and Coronet Tourneys, where the winners become the new royals.
Troll The "reception" of an event, where one pays and signs into an event. Also, the person or people operating the Troll desk.
Unbelted fighter Someone who engages in Heavy Armoured Combat, but is not a knight or squire.
University An event dedicated to Arts and Science classes. There is an annual Kingdom University in Drachenwald, and Glen Rathlin host Yuletide University in November.
University Chancellor The person in charge of arranging Kingdom University events and scheduling classes.
Venison Deer meat. Very popular among feast attendees
Viceroy/Vicereine A person who is the current royalty of a Crown Principality. Address as "His/Her/Your Excellency"
Viscount/Viscountess A person who was a Prince/Princess of a Principality, awarded upon stepping down. A Royal Peerage. Address as "His/Her/Your Excellency"
Waiver A legal document that acknowledges that the signee understands the risks involved in SCA activities and waives the right to take legal action if they get injured while operating within SCA rules.
Warrant Officers must be warranted by a Kingdom-level officer for legal reasons.
Wet If an event is listed as "Wet", alcohol is permitted on-site, and containers must be disposed of responsibly.
White Belt A belt given to a knight upon his/her elevation to show their status. Also, nickname given to knights.
Yellow Belt A belt given to a protegée upon their acceptance by a Pelican to show their status.
Your Excellency The term of address for a Baron/Baroness, Viscount/Viscountess, Master/Mistress, Viceroy/Vicereine, or Count/Countess.
Your Grace The term of address for a Duke/Duchess.
Your Highness The term of address for a Prince/Princess.
Your Majesty The term of address for a King/Queen.