Kingdom Heraldic, Scribal, and Dance Symposium 2022

November 12, 2022

Site Information

Oakwood Road Community Center
2400 Oakwood Road
Ames, IA 50014

Directions: From I-35 at Ames, IA, take IA-30 west to University Blvd., turn south to the Round-about and turn west onto Oakwood Road. The site will be on the left.
Google Map to Site

Site Opens: 8:30 AM
Site Closes: 8:00 PM

Event Registration

Adult Registration (18+): $15.00
Adult Member Discount Registration: $10.00
Child Registration (17 or under): Free
Make Checks payable to:
SCA, Inc. – Axed Root
Pre-Registration is available now through November 8th via SCArs:

Although the SCA complies with all applicable laws to try to ensure the health and safety of our event participants, we cannot eliminate the risk of exposure to infectious diseases during in-person events. By participating in the in-person events of the SCA, you acknowledge and accept the potential risks. You agree to take any additional steps to protect your own health and safety and those under your control as you believe to be necessary.

Classes and Activities

Class Schedule

Classroom/Space10:00 AM11:00 AM12:00 PM1:00 PM2:00 PM3:00 PM
A (Dance)Dancing for 3 – Wolfram JanssenBransles; One Step at a Time – Conrad Martin von KasselHeralds in Love – Wolfram JanssenSurvey of Renaissance Dances – Conrad Martin von KasselSymposium Ball in Commons AreaSymposium Ball in Commons Area
B (Misc 1)Beginner’s Scribalwork for the Modern Ancient Egyptian – Volusia ZoeBehind the Curtain: Court Heraldry – Mikhail Nikolaevich, Culuerene HeraldMedieval Russian Names and Heraldry – Sofya la RusMedieval Russian Calligraphy and Illumination – Sofya la RusThe Unofficial Calontiri Wiki for Scribes (and others) – Sofya la Rus
C (Heraldry 1)Introduction to Tournament Shouting – Dorcas Whitecap
Note: 10:30 AM Start Time
Alternate Titles: Expanding the SCA’s Reach – Giovanni LoredanAwards of Calontir – Alexandra (Shandra) Vazquez de GranadaSumptuary Laws of Calontir – Alexandra (Shandra) Vazquez de GranadaBook Heraldry Without Books – Alexandra (Shandra) Vazquez de GranadaDemystifying Family Search – Alexandra (Shandra) Vazquez de Granada
D (Heraldry 2)The SCA Heraldry Wiki – Sofya la RusEnglish Heraldic Law – Saito TakaujiGold Falcon Roundtable – Konstantia KaloethinaNo Sense Reinventing the Wheel: Name Documentation from OSCAR – Dorcas WhitecapCreating Culturally Appropriate Titles – Saito Takauji
E (Scribal)Detailing your Work – Sarra the Brave
Note: 2 Hour Class
Detailing your Work – Sarra the BraveHands on Flat Gilding – Mirabel WynneScroll Texts from Beginning to Advanced – Saito TakaujiPowerful Powders: Making Paint from Period Pigments – Konstantia Kaloethina
Note: 2 Hour Class
Powerful Powders: Making Paint from Period Pigments – Konstantia Kaloethina
Note: 2 Hour Class
F (Misc 2)How to Run a List Table – Esther bat Moshe
Note: 10:30 AM Start Time
Text writing – Hertogin Magdalena vander MeereHow to begin creating personal scrolls – Violet SinclairIlluminating a letter – Beatrix Bogenschutz
Note: 2 Hour Class
Illuminating a letter – Beatrix Bogenschutz
Note 2 Hour Class
Framing your Scrolls and Illuminations – Beatrix Bogenschutz
Foyer AreaMake and Take Relief Printing – Amon Attwood
Note: Drop In All Day
Commons AreaCommunal Social Space
Note: Space Available All Day
Symposium Ball – East EndSymposium Ball – East End
Schedule is Subject to Change

Class List

InstructorTopicClass TitleClass DescriptionNotes
Giovanni LoredanHeraldryAlternate Titles: Expanding the SCA’s ReachDiscussion of the process involved in researching and submitting a list of different language Alternate Titles, or corrections, to be recognized by the College of Arms in new languages. Will provide recent examples as a basis for inspiration and help to troubleshoot if someone brings some examples they might want to submit.1 hour, beginner class
Amon AttwoodScribal ArtsMake and Take Relief PrintingInterested in printing or carving? Drop by to try out carving, printing, or just talk about relief printing. Test out different carving material or just learn how to ink a finished block. This is informal, so please stop by and play.All-day, Drop in course, Age Restriction:  16+ if carving, with parent permission. Beginner class
Mikhail Nikolaevich, Culuerene HeraldHeraldryBehind the Curtain: Court HeraldryInterested in Court Heraldry? Whether new to the field or done it many times – this course session is aimed at helping improve the experience for everyone. Managing the display and business of event is one of the most rewarding and crucial public tasks for SCA heralds. Topics will include philosophy, protocols, preparation, delivery and follow up on many aspects of court heraldry. All levels of knowledge are welcome to contribute to the class.1 hour, Suitable for all levels of learner, from beginner to advanced.
Conrad Martin von KasselDancingBransles; One Step at a timeStarting with a dance that has just one type of step, each new dance will add a new step.1 hour, Beginner class
Conrad Martin von KasselDancingSurvey of Renaissance DancesA dance from each of the popular styles of the Renaissance, Bali, Alemandes, Bransle, Country Dance, possibly more.1 hour, Beginner class
Volusia ZoeScribal ArtsBeginner’s Scribalwork for the Modern Ancient EgyptianA crash course in Egyptian scribalwork! Writing a prepared hieroglyph scroll on papyrus. Papyrus, Reed pens, ink, and other tools will be provided. You will take home your papyrus, reed pen, and some period ink. If I am contacted in advance, I can provide a name translation in hieroglyphs for those who attend the class.1 hour, This class is youth friendly, but they must be accompanied by an adult taking the class, $10 class fee for supplies, Beginner class
Sofya la RusHeraldryMedieval Russian Names and HeraldryIntroduction to basic medieval Russian name construction and heraldry.1 hour, Beginner class
Sofya la RusScribal ArtsMedieval Russian Calligraphy and IlluminationA survey of medieval Russian calligraphy styles and illumination with a demonstration of a unique and challenging medieval Rus font adapted to the Latin alphabet.1 hour, Intermediate class
Sofya la RusHeraldryThe SCA Heraldry WikiWhat it is and what you can do with it.1 hour, Pre-requisite knowledge recommended: Basic computer skills, Materials Recommended:  laptop or tablet with internet access if students wish to try it themselves. Beginner class
Sofya la RusScribal ArtsThe Unofficial Calontiri Wiki for Scribes (and others)The Unofficial Calontiri Wiki is a “wikipedia” for Calontiri, by Calontiri. Brainstorm ideas to make it a better tool for scribes – collaborate on research, share sources, create an on-line portofolio, etc.1 hour, Pre-requisite knowledge recommended: Basic computer skills, Materials Recommended:  laptop or tablet with internet access if students wish to try it themselves. Beginner class
Dorcas WhitecapHeraldryNo Sense Reinventing the Wheel: Name Documentation from OSCARThere are many good resources for name documentation, but one source is often overlooked: OSCAR itself. There are advantages to stea- ah, cop- ah, adapting name documentation from existing OSCAR items. There are also pitfalls to this approach. This class is for beginning or intermediate book heralds. It will cover the basics of searching OSCAR and using what you find in your own submissions, and show how to tell the difference between “good” documentation and “bad”.

“Plagiarize! Let no one else’s work evade your eyes. Remember why the good Lord made your eyes, so don’t shade your eyes. But plagiarize, plagiarize, plagiarize! (Only be sure always to call it, please, ‘research’.)” – Tom Lehrer
1 hour, Beginner class
Konstantia KaloethinaScribal ArtsPowerful Powders: Making Paint from Period PigmentsThis class will go over the safety, materials, and process of making paint from period paints. Participants will also be able to make their own paint to take home with them.2 hours, Materials Required: Participants must bring N95 masks for safety reasons., $15 cost for class supplies, Beginner class
Konstantia KaloethinaHeraldryGold Falcon RoundtableThis is a roundtable on what to expect as a Principal Herald, with answers from previous Gold Falcons.1 hour, Intermediate class
Hertogin Magdalena vander MeereScribal ArtsText writingMy methods for writing award scroll texts.1 hour, Beginner class
Violet SinclairScribal ArtsHow to begin creating personal scrollsA class for those scribes that want to learn how to create blank borders and personal scrolls for the kingdom. Tips, tricks and hacks of the trade will be discussed!1+ hour, Age Restriction: 15+, Donations gratefully accepted for materials but not required, Students may bring drawing/painting materials or any thing they want to discuss. Beginner class
Dorcas Whitecap HeraldryIntroduction to Tournament ShoutingWhether your home group is having a tournament, or you want to help out at Toys for Tots, Chieftains, or Crown, here are the fundamentals you need. From vocal warm-ups to honors to successfully interacting with the marshals and list ministers, this class will help you become “all about the shouting”. After the instruction portion, we will have a chance to practice by working an actual tournament..5 hour class followed by tournament for practice, Beginner, Dress warmly, as the tournament may be outside
Alexandra (Shandra) Vazquez de Granada HeraldryAwards of CalontirWondering how the Calontir award system works? Don’t know your Swan from your Pelican? This class will teach you all the awards available in Calontir.1 hour, Beginner class
Alexandra (Shandra) Vazquez de Granada HeraldrySumptuary Laws of CalontirHow tall can a coronet be? Can I wear a circlet as a newcomer? This class will go over what a sumptuary law is, and how it affects your life in Calontir.1 hour, Beginner class
Alexandra (Shandra) Vazquez de GranadaHeraldryBook Heraldry Without BooksUsing online resources available to help folks develop their SCA names.1 hour, Beginner class
Alexandra (Shandra) Vazquez de Granada HeraldryDemystifying Family SearchA deeper dive into a commonly used online resource in Heraldry, has it’s own quirks in how best to use it as a source for SCA names. Come see how to best use this source and summarize it for your submission forms.1 hour, Beginner class
Sarra the Brave Scribal ArtsDetailing your WorkThis hands-on class will give you options to add whitework (simple to complex) and diapering to your work. We may also speak about shading. Bring your paint kit and be prepared to decorate!2 hours, Beginner class
Wolfram Janssen DancingHeralds in LoveIt would hardly be a Heraldic, Scribal, and Dancing Symposium without teaching a dance that has the word “Heralds” in it! Come learn this dance for 8 or more dancers!1 hour, Beginner class
Wolfram Janssen DancingDancing for 3Not all dances are for couples or pairs of couples, some are for 3 or 6 dancers. We’ll teach Italian dances like Petit Vriens, Gioioso en tre, and Gelosia. As well as English Country dances like Jenny Pluck Pears, Black Nag, and Picking of Sticks.1 hour, Beginner class
Saito Takauji HeraldryEnglish Heraldic LawA discussion of the law of heraldry as it existed in late period England.1 hour, Beginner class
Saito Takauji Scribal ArtsScroll Texts from Beginning to AdvancedThe requirements for and construction of scroll texts starting from the basic and going to more advanced.1 hour, Beginner class
Saito Takauji HeraldryCreating Culturally Appropriate TitlesSCA titles don’t always line up exactly with actual period practice. So what do we do? A discussion of how to make it work, using Japanese, English, and Roman as some jumping off points.1 hour, Beginner class
Beatrix Bogenschutz Scribal ArtsIlluminating a letterLearn to shape, paint, and gild an illuminated letter.
This class will go over the selection and coloring of a small illuminated letter, which can later be used in the follow up class, Framing your Scrolls and Illuminations.
If you have your own gouache and brushes, feel free to bring them.
2 hours, Supply Cost: $10, Class Maximum: 10 hands-on learners but auditing is acceptable, Intermediate
Beatrix Bogenschutz Scribal ArtsFraming your Scrolls and IlluminationsLearn how to treat your scrolls! This class will show how your pieces should be handled safely and made to last.
Supplies: Bring a small (no larger than 5″” x 7″” piece that will be matted and framed, with discussion on proper materials to protect your art.
1 hour, Class Size Maximum: 10, Preference given to those who attended the Illuminated Letters Course but auditing is acceptable, Beginner
Mirabel WynneScribal ArtsHands on Flat GildingWe will use different substrates and media to adhere gold and faux gold, with some discussion on raised gilding.1 hour, Class limit: 10 hands-on, possible more room for observers/auditors, Donations gratefully accepted but not required, Intermediate class
Esther bat MosheTournamentsHow to Run a List TableLearn how to run a list field during a tournament. Amaze your friends!.5 hour class followed by tournament for practice, Beginner, Dress warmly, as the tournament may be outside
(Classes received as of 11/7 at 5 pm CST)

A note on Class levels

We have asked instructors to rank their class for its best-suited audience by declaring them Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced. These levels are not meant to discourage, but to help all learners attend courses in which they can be successful.

The descriptions given for each of these levels is below HOWEVER it should be noted that they are not an absolute restriction, especially if taking a class which is more introductory than your own level.

  • For example: If you are beyond “beginner level” but want to polish or learn a skill in a class listed as “beginner” you may absolutely attend that class, simply be aware that the instructor may be teaching basics which you already know and have appropriate patience for class pacing.
  • We would caution you to have care selecting courses at a more advanced level than your own skill. Instructors will assume some level of knowledge (as indicated below) and will not plan to explain skill basics. These classes may be frustrating for you as a learner. These classes may be reasonable to attend and audit – non hands-on but intending to catch the overall gist of the skill for future learning. You may ask the instructor if you may audit, or if the class might be suitable for your skillset, simply arrive early so as not to disrupt the class start and gracefully accept a decline or a request to audit rather than actively participate. Auditing space may be limited by classroom occupancy limits.

Beginner: This class is suitable for someone who has no prior knowledge of the topic. Classes cover the basic tenants of a topic and teach an overview or the beginning skills needed
Intermediate: This class assumes the student already has basic knowledge of the topic. Instructors will assume the student has some experience and may not include definitions, or use abbreviations/short-hand which those with exposure to the topic would already know. Class topics will not cover basic knowledge and may delve into a specific niche
Advanced: The student has extensive experience with the topic and does not require basic terminology or skills explained. Student has practical knowledge of multiple techniques, styles, or aspects of the topic. Class may be a very niche topic and instructors will expect students to be well-versed in the subject.

Symposium Ball

The return of the Heraldic, Scribal, and Dancing Symposium means the return of the Symposium Ball! It will be a short ball, accompanied by prerecorded music. Set list to be posted shortly. Direct any questions to Wolfram Janssen (m.k.a. Shaun Dignan).

The Symposium Ball is currently planned for 2:00 pm-4:00 pm in the Commons Area.

Marshal Activities

Pickup fights and drilling with Vim will be available to all fighters who are in attendance, in addition, Vim has announced a challenge (listed below).

Greetings Calontir!

I issue all fighters a challenge!

It is both a joy and an honor for me to be hosting a tournament of skill at the Axed Root Heraldic and scribal symposium. Why a tournament of arms at a Heraldic event you ask? Even the wondrous populous of Calontir needs to practice and learn how to voice Herald our amazing deeds of arms. It is our duty to help them, so that they in turn will help us many times over. We owe a debt of gratitude for their hard work, and this is a small way to pay them back.

This is a two weapon tournament. Any and all variations of swords, madus, axes and spears will be accepted. The tournament format (double elim, round robin, bear pit, ect…) will be determined depending on the number of fighters. The winner of the tournament will win a hand crafted Madu, as seen below.

I won this madu before the plague years at his Grace Duke Xerxes speed madu tournament at Lilies. I promised to pass it on when the time came and now is that time.


Visvamitra Yavana

Ames Area Food Options

There will be no Inn provided, but there are a number of Axed Root approved local restaurants included below. In addition, Delivery services cover the site location fairly well (Doordash, Eatstreet, Uber Eats, etc). There will be a 1 fry or onion ring service charge for any delivery orders where we need to find you when the delivery drivers arrive!

Blaze Pizza
2320 Lincoln Way | 515-918-3473
Wood Fire Pizza, Salads

Dublin Bay Irish Pub and Grill
320 S 16th St | 515-956-3580
Irish, American, Beer, Whiskey

El Azteca
2727 Stange Rd | 515-292-9494

Hickory Park Restaurant Co
1404 S Duff Ave | 515-232-8940
Hickory Smoked BBQ, Ice Cream

Jethro’s BBQ Steak N’ Chop
1301 Buckeye Ave | 515-598-1200
BBQ, Burgers, Steak

Pizza Pit
207 Welch Ave | 515-292-6600
Pizza, Chicken, Hot Sandwiches

Provisions Lot F
2400 N Loop Dr | 515-598-1783
Sandwiches, Cocktails, Craft Beer

West Street Deli
2810 West St | 515-268-4605
Sandwiches, Soups, Chili, Salads

Chocolaterie Stam
230 Main St | 515-232-0656
European Chocolates, Coffee

Dutch Oven Bakery
219 Duff Ave | 515-232-9244
Pastries, Rolls, Soups, Sandwiches

Great Plains Sauce & Dough Co
129 Main St | 515-232-4263
Pizza, Sandwiches, Salads

Jeff’s Pizza Shop
2402 Lincoln Way | 515-292-2321
Pizza, Pasta, Sandwiches, Salads

Mucky Duck Pub
3100 S Duff Ave | 515-598-5127
British, Beer

Pizza Ranch
1404 Boston Ave | 515-232-1999
Pizza, Chicken, Salad

Szechuan House
3605 Lincoln Way | 515-292-7888

888 Chinese
809 Wheeler St #106 | 515-232-3366

Ames Area Lodging Options

There are a number of options available from most of the major hotel chains and rewards groups, the options listed below are just a selection of hotels closest to the site.

Radisson Hotel Ames Conference Center at ISU
2609 University Blvd, Ames, IA 50010
(515) 268-8808
0.5 Miles from Site | Choice Hotels International

Gateway Hotel and Conference Center at Iowa State University
2100 Green Hills Dr, Ames, IA 50014
(515) 292-8600
1.0 miles from Site | Local Independant Hotel

Courtyard by Marriott Ames
311 S 17th St, Ames, IA 50010
(515) 620-5910
2.9 miles from site | Marriott Bonvoy Hotels

Best Western Plus University Park Inn & Suites
2500 University Blvd, Ames, IA 50010
(515) 296-2500
0.7 miles from site | Best Western Hotels

Comfort Inn & Suites Ames near ISU Campus
603 S 16th St, Ames, IA 50010
(515) 663-9555
2.5 miles from site | Choice Hotels International

Hilton Garden Inn Ames
1325 Dickinson Ave, Ames, IA 50014
(515) 233-8000
3.0 miles from site | Hilton Hotels

Event Staff

Event Steward

Zaneta Baseggio

Class Coordinator

Kristine nic Tallieur


Visvamitra Yavana, called Vim