What we do in the Society for Creative Anachronism

What is the Society for Creative Anachronism (the SCA)?

The Society for Creative Anachronism inc. is a non-profit educational group that is interested in the Middle Ages Renaissance Europe and neighboring countries from 500-1600 AD. We learn and experience this historic period by recreating it at candlelight feasts, colorful tournaments, and through crafts, costumes, mock combat and studies of period culture. In the Texas area, the regional group is the Kingdom of Ansteorra, and the local Austin area group is the Barony of Bryn Gwlad.

How are we known in the SCA?

His Lordship
Jason of Rosaria

In the SCA, Jay Brandt is "His Lordship Jason of Rosaria, AoA, GdS, JdL". He is a minor noble in the court of Queen Elizabeth I, circa 1575. Jason sailed on one of Sir Francis Drake's ships as a ship's carpenter and doubled as needed as a gunner and crossbowman. He was one of the lucky few to survive Drake's circumnavigation of the globe. Jason used the wealth he gained from his service with Captain Drake to set himself up as a merchant Captain with several ships and a small shipyard. He later sailed in defense of England against the Spanish Armada, and received his noble titles for his service. Jason's father was a German bell-maker, brought to England to use his skills in foundry work to make cannons for the fleet. Jason's mother was an English heiress from a minor noble house.

Some Spaniards say Jason (like his former Captain, Sir Francis Drake) is no better than a privateer, but even his naysayers admit he has never harmed an English ship, nor has he treated poorly those souls "rescued from ships that happened to start sinking in the vicinity of one of his own vessels". Jason is also well known for his skill as a woodworker and maker of furniture, and he owns "Bear Paw Woodworks" in London. His Home is Rose Manor, on the Rosaria estates (inherited from his mother). He is married to Her Ladyship Pegasus Devona.

Jason has a bastard half-brother (a lower-class alternate persona for Jay), "Bruce The Barkeeper", sired by Jason's father and born to a local tavern wench. Bruce now runs the "Bear and Tankard Tavern" in Dartford upon Darent, outside of London. He is best known for his juggling and sleight-of-hand tricks, and for a most potent beverage known as "Dragon's Breath". He sometimes works for Jason at Bear Paw Woodworks.

Awards and titles: Award of Arms (SCA, An Tir), Goutte de Sang (Grant level service award, An Tir), Jambe de Lyon (Grant level Arts and Sciences award, An Tir ), Thane of Nether Edge (Service award, Shire of Nether Edge, An Tir), Pursuivant (College of Heralds, SCA)

Her Ladyship
Pegasus Devona

Laurie Brandt is "Her Ladyship Pegasus Devona GM, AoA, GdS, Sargent-at-Arms Emeriti of the Barony of Adiantum, Pursuivant". She is a minor lady of the court of Phillipa of Hainault wife of Edward the III of England, ca 1300. She lives in the Northern part of the country known as Cumbria, just south of the Scots border. Pegasus is a fighter, she has to be to live in that wild country. She is also a scholar and a book herald.

To learn more about me, read my SCA Resume.

Awards and titles: Award of Arms (SCA, An Tir), Goutte de Sang (Grant level service award, An Tir), Golden Martlet (Service award, Barony of Bryn Gwlad, Ansteorra), Thane of Nether Edge (Service award, Shire of Nether Edge, An Tir), Amicus Musarium (Arts and Sciences award, Shire of Stromgard, An Tir), Bell and Chain (Service award, Shire of Stromgard, An Tir), Sargent-at-Arms (Chivalric title, Barony of Adiantum, An Tir), Pursuivant (College of Heralds, SCA)

Victoria of
Rose Manor

Victoria Brandt is "Victoria of Rose Manor". She is the daughter of Jason and Pegasus, and being rather young (5 years old as of December 2000), doesn't do much else other than enjoying the love of her family and her big dog, Crusader.


Crusader was one of a very few "four-legged water bearers" in the SCA. He often worked as a draft dog at events, hauling water and supplies in his cart or wagon for the water bearers, hauling or delivering ice and merchandise for the merchants, or even helping to clear fields of hay and other debris.

At The SCA's Thirty-Year Celebration in An Tir, Crusader worked as a water bearer for all eight days that Water Bearers did service. The Chief water bearer, Mistress Mercia of Stonegate, was referring to him as "Crusader the Wonder Dog", and she gave him the same recognition and service tokens as any of the human water bearers.

Crusader is now "retired", and works only as our elegant "Courtyard Dog" and as a full-time attention sponge and kid magnet.

For photos of us in SCA GArb, visit our Photo Index.

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Revised 12/10/2000