New to The SCA?

Welcome to the Barony of Darkwater!
We are a group within the Society for Creative Anachronism Inc, or the SCA. The SCA divides the Known World into kingdoms based upon geographic location. Kingdoms are further broken down into Principalities, Baronies, Shires and Cantons.

What is the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA)?
The SCA is an international organization dedicated to researching and re-creating the arts and skills of pre-17th-century Europe. Our "Known World" consists of 19 kingdoms, with over 30,000 members residing in countries around the world. Members, dressed in clothing of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, attend events which feature tournaments, archery, royal courts, feasts, dancing, classes & workshops, and more.

The Barony of Darkwater is located in Central Florida, encompassing the Greater Orlando area and all of Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Lake Counties. We are one of five active Baronies in the Kingdom of Trimaris. The Kingdom of Trimaris is composed of the State of Florida, from approximately Tallahassee eastward to the Atlantic Ocean and all of the peninsula, Antarctica, and the Panama Canal Zone.

Our Barony is divided into 3 areas currently:

  • The Barony of Darkwater - Orange County, FL
  • Canton of Swamp Keype - Osceola County, FL
  • Canton of Loch Gryffyn - Lake County, FL LochGryffyn.org

You do not have to live in Darkwater to attend meetings and events in Darkwater or in any other area.

How To Get Started and Meetings

You can contact our Hospitaller, Lady Thyri Bersi (in modern life, Melissa Karels) lokissa@gmail.com.
The Hospitaller is the person who welcomes new participants into the SCA, by not only introducing them to experienced members, but also by teaching them about SCA and Kingdom traditions, customs and rules and helping new participants fit in.

You can (and should) attend a meeting or fighter practice. In the Barony of Darkwater, these meetings are casual and we don't usually dress in garb (medieval clothing) unless it is the fifth (5th) Thursday of a month, when we hold a small court / social and wear our garb.

Most weekly meetings have a planned class or activity. See our Art-Sci page for a list of classes. Some people bring projects they are working on, while others just like to hang out and talk with friends. This is a good place to meet the people of the Barony in a casual setting.

Our Hospitaller, or their Gold Key deputy, has a limited amount of garb and equipment available to be borrowed for events. Please contact them in advance, to ensure they have a size that would fit you or the equipment that you need.

Darkwater Meetings
Every Thursday, 7:00 - 8:30 PM, at the Community Room in the Fashion Square Mall

  • Business Meeting - First (1st) Thursday of each month
  • Curia - Fifth (5th) Thursday of each month

Fashion Square Mall is located at 3201 E Colonial Dr, Orlando, FL 32803. (map)
*The Community Room can be found near Sears and the parking garage. To reach it, park in the parking garage on the back side of the mall, then enter via the mall entrance to the left of Sears. The community room is directly on your left, down the hallway by the restrooms.

Darkwater Officers' Meetings
Third (3rd) Tuesday of each month, 7:00 - 9:00 PM, at O'Stromboli's restaurant at the corner of Corrine Drive and Winter Park Road.
Please see the Calendar page for more details.

Fighter Practices

  • Red Bug Lake Fighter Practices - Wednesdays, 7 PM, at Red Bug Park

See our Marshal page for more information on fighter practices and archery practices.

Discussion Group
The Barony of Darkwater has a discussion group for easy communication between all of its members. It is a Yahoo! group, and does require a Yahoo! email account in order to join. The group can be found at: groups.yahoo.com/group/Darkwater/.



Terms You Should Know

Garb
Medieval / Renaissance Clothing worn at events.
Period
Any point in time between the year 600 CE to 1600 CE, the time frame that the SCA operates within.
Persona
A character that might have lived in the SCA period that a member pretends to be at events; personas can be very simple or quite complex, it's up to the person.
Troll or Gate
The place when you check in at an event and fill out your NCR forms.
Reservations
The place at events where you pay any monies due and receive your site token. (It is required that everyone check in at ALL events)
Day Tripping
Not camping overnight, may or may not be eating feast.
HOLD!
Call of the Marshalls for everyone to stop. Failure to do so may result in someone being injured.
Feast
Dinner, usually served in the feast hall at events. There is a separate fee and space is limited. Dishes and utensils are not provided.



Courtesy in the Current Middle Ages

The SCA strives to reproduce and recreate the best aspects of the middle ages and renaissance, especially the ideals of courtesy, chivalry and personal honor. We address one another as "My Lord" or "My Lady." If someone holds a higher title they may gently correct you and tell you their title. When someone wearing a crown walks past, it's polite to bow your head or give a small curtsy. The King and Queen are addressed as "Your Majesty", the Prince and Princess as "Your Highness", and The Baron and Baroness as "Your Excellency,". If you are unsure how to address someone, just ask.

Choosing a Persona

You do not have to choose a persona right away. Attend a few events first, try out different garb and talk to all kinds of people. You may find something more interesting than you originally planned. Once you pick a name and people start calling you by it, it is challenging to change it as that is who we all met you ! One way to avoid this is to pick a first name that was common to several areas you are interested in, and decide on a last name at a later date. You cannot use the name of a real historical person or a fictional character, or a name that implies a relationship to either. You cannot use a title which has not been awarded to you within the SCA. A good web site to check out for ideas for and the rules of SCA name construction is the Medieval Names Archive.

Events

When many people think of the SCA, they think of people in medieval clothing, fighters battling, feasts and dancing. This is actually a pretty good description of an SCA event.
It is always a good idea to pre-register for an event, especially if you wish to have feast. For a list of up-coming events, check our Upcoming Events page.

What to bring with you to an event

If you have not pre-registered, you should bring enough money to cover the cost of the event. You might also want to bring extra money as there are often many merchants with various SCA items for sale.
Some feast prices include lunch and breakfast, others do not, check the event announcement/flyer/website to see if you need to bring lunch.
If you are planning to eat feast, you should bring feast gear consisting of a plate, a bowl, a cup, a fork (if you prefer), a spoon, and a knife. Many people bring candles, candle holders and tablecloths.
You should also bring your own drinks and snacks. Please check the site restrictions on alcohol. Drinks should be drunk from your cup, not original containers (no one likes to see a soda or beer can at an event).
A hat, sunscreen, and insect repellant are all good to bring with you. During the spring and fall, it is a good idea to dress in layers or bring a cloak for morning and evening wear when it gets cooler. During the hottest months, you might want to dress lightly during the day and bring a change of garb for the evening.

Garb

This is the most visible of all our activities and is the only requirement in the SCA. Everyone is asked to make an attempt at pre-1600 clothing. Your garb can be as simple as a "T" tunic or as elaborate as Elizabethan court garb. Please don't feel as though you have to be dressed perfectly. We understand that you may not have the knowledge or means to do a complete outfit. If you're not sure what to wear, ask someone. They will be more than willing to help.
Another misconception is that if you wear one style of clothing, you always have to dress that way. After attending several events, you will see that this is not true. Many people see a costume and think they might like it, but after wearing it to their first event they find that the clothes are too uncomfortable, too wieldy, or not flattering to your figure. You can also use commercial patterns or purchase your garb. PLEASE ask someone if you need help.
For ideas please see CostumePage.org/tcpmake2.html

Children

Children are very welcome at events. There are often children's activities available throughout the day, BUT they are not a baby-sitting service and will not watch your child all day. Please keep an eye on your child and be aware of their location at all times (for safety reasons). Young children are often fascinated by the fighting and should be instructed to stay away from the lyst fields without your accompaniment. You should also teach them what "HOLD" means.
Children should be dressed in layers of clothing, using sturdy, washable fabrics. Simple "T" Tunics work well and can be worn over sweat pants or jeans in cooler weather and with or without shorts in warmer weather. You can check with the Hospitaller for loaner garb. Please take into account your child's eating habits and ability to sit through long meals at table when planning on eating feast.
Remember, children should follow the same rules of courtesy as adults.
Visit our Minister of Youth page for more details.