Gyldenholt 2021 Unbelted Armor Tournament

Gyldenholt 2021 Unbelted Armor Tournament

Date: February 20th, 2021

Location: Virtual (Zoom information to follow)

Zoom opens: 9:30am PDT

Zoom closes: 5:00pm PDT


Please make sure you have the latest Zoom version


Unto the Kingdom of CAID do Their Excellencies Ida and Jens send the warmest of greetings in this new year.  We are proud to announce it is time once again for the Unbelted Armored Fighters of CAID to come together and participate in this honored traditional tournament.  As like everything from 2020, we will not be able to gather in person for this year’s event, so we will be gathering virtually.  


One of the attributes of being a Knight is the ability to teach.  So this year Gyldenholt will be offering a platform to have the Unbelted Armored Fighters teach an online class.  We will also be hosting a People’s Choice Art and Science competition.


Their Excellencies Gyldenholt have also decided to name a victor of the day and name them the Unbelted Champion.  They will be selecting the champion from fighters who enter an item into the People’s Choice Art and Science competition AND teach at this virtual event.


Class Information:

Each class will be 1 hour in length (actually 55 minutes) and there will be 5 time slots for the day.  The subject of the class is up to the instructor.  All class proposals will be reviewed prior to the class being added to the schedule for the day.  The following are some examples from the event crew’s initial brainstorming exercise on potential themes (not exhaustive):

  • Health and Fitness for Fighters (focus on armored, but likely suitable for all)

  • Art and Sciences for Fighters

  • Telling a great story around the fire

  • Fighter poetry

  • Heraldry and fighting, how to do both

  • Getting started

  • Weapons

  • Period Games

And many, many more. Take one of these or come up with something entirely different. Most importantly, challenge yourself and have fun! 



To enter a class proposal, please follow this link:


DEADLINE: Entry must be submitted 1 week ahead of the event (February 13)


Arts and Science Competition:

As tradition dictates, the entry must have been completed within the past year and should have documentation of some sort to accompany the entry.


DEADLINE: Entry must be submitted 1 week ahead of the event (February 13)


For bardic entries, please record your entry.  There will not be a live session for these types of entry.


To enter into the Arts & Science competition, please follow this link:


Schedule for the day

9:30 am Zoom session opens for general hangout

10:00 Baronial Court

11:00 Session 1

12:00 Session 2

 1:00 Session 3

 1:30 People’s Choice Art and Science Competition voting closed 

 2:00 Session 4

 3:00 Session 5

 4:15 Closing Court and victors announced (Starts about 15min after last class)


Event Staff:

Rowen Killian

Ceridwen Killian

Bridget Lucia MacKenzie

Dafydd ap Tomas


Contact info for the event:

Gyldenholt-Lyondemere Yule Celebration

The Barony of Gyldenholt is pleased to host the annual Gyldenholt-Lyondemere Yule 2020. Although our baronies may not meet in the flesh, we have engaged a capable mage who will use their magical Zoom device to allow us to partake in revelry while also attending to the health and safety of all.

Theme: History!
Date: December 5th, 2020
Time: 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Event fee: $0

*** UPDATE ***
Zoom login information

Meeting ID: 814 8017 1960
Passcode: Yule2020#

Find your local number:

Schedule of Events:

  • 5:00 PM – Arrive at the Main Zoom-Room. From there you will meet up with friends in a Table Zoom-Room.
  • 5:20 PM – Everyone at the Main Zoom-Room for Opening Court
  • 5:50 PM – Wassail song (see below for particulars)
  • 6:00 PM – Go back to your Table Zoom-Room to eat and socialize with your group.
  • 7:00 PM – Activity Zoom-Rooms open. People can either go directly to one of the activity Zoom-Rooms, or can come back to the Main Zoom-Room to get directions to an activity Zoom-Room they would like to attend.

Besides the delight of each other’s company, we will have:

  • Main Zoom-Room. Arrival, court, wassail song, directions.
  • Table Zoom-Rooms. These rooms are primarily for socializing during the dinner hour. Since Zoom allows the room attendees to move at will, these room can be used for small group chats anytime. Switching between tables is not only possible, but encouraged!

Activity Rooms:

  • Castle Tour Zoom-Room. If you have something you’d like to share, this room will be used to provide others a tour of your castle.
  • Scribal Zoom-Room. THL Valeria Cabrielli will be teaching a scribal class.
  • Medieval Trivia Zoom-Room will be hosted byDuke John Ap Gwydhaff of Holdingford. And Lady Dyrfinna Valsdottir. Get your game face on!
  • Code Names Zoom-Room. Still in Beta, but a fun game for two teams.
  • Jackbox Party Zoom-Room. Lord Thomas Graunt will host. Participants only need a phone or tablet to participate.
  • Pictionary Zoom-Room. This room will have a host to provide the words. Expect a few medieval words sprinkled into the mix.
  • Kitchen Zoom-Room. This room is for things pertaining to cooking and recipes.  Also, Dame Ariana and Sir Mons will be demonstrating some period drinks here.
  • Bardic Circle Zoom-Room. Lord Silenous from Lyondemere will be hosting. For the Bardic Circle, the theme will be Ghosts of Winter Solstices’ Past. Bring stories, songs, and poetry about ghosts, goblins, and wintertime festivities. But nothing too scary, we must mind the little ones
  • Because the Table Zoom-Rooms will remain open for the entire evening, please feel free to use them for such things as: children’s meet-up rooms, general chat rooms, etc.

Some particulars:

  • If you would like to add a bit of Historical Holiday Cheer, some of our members have graciously submitted such for your gastronomical enjoyment. You might want to take photos to share during the event.
  • We will be singing along to the Wassail song. Master Beorn of the Northern Seas has graciously accepted Their Excellences’ invitation to lead the song. Sing along with Master Beorn (on mute to avoid the atrocities of Internet-lag!)
  • Baroness Asakura Machime has found some wonderful coloring pages about the Middle Ages that children (or adults) will enjoy.

  • For those looking for a bit more of a challenge, Baroness Arwen Baird of Lyondemere has found some holiday patterns

Yule Feast Recipes –

Ginger Bread Recipe –

Space is limited to 100 Zoom participants (with each device/computer, not person, being one participant).

*** You must be on the latest version of Zoom to take advantage of our rooms ***

Please RSVP by email to: Let us know how many Zoom participant slots you require.

The Zoom link will be provided in this Facebook event on the day of the event.

Your event stewards are: Lady Dyrfinna Valsdottir and Lady Muriel O’Dooley.

For questions or comments, email to the above address.

Gyldenholt Baronial Revel


We cordially invite one and all to a virtual revel this coming Sunday, July 26th from 2:00 – 4:00 pm, to celebrate the investiture of Jens and Ida, our new Baron and Baroness of Gyldenholt!
We miss seeing all of you in person and look forward to visiting with everyone! In celebration of the day, we welcome you to pour your favorite drink, pull up a chair and join in to share your favorite story, poem, and/or song about the fair lands of Gyldenholt and the glorious Kingdom of Caid! All Bards are welcome, please contact a host when you join the event to be placed on the performance list.  
The meeting will be hosted by THL Madelena Leonor Hidalgo, Their Excellencies Chief Lady in Waiting. Please contact her (Mayra M Dallape) or her co-host, Ceridwen Killian (Deborah Nelson-Shribman) if you have questions or need help with anything regarding the revel on Sunday. 
Topic: Gyldenholt Baronial Revel
Time: Jul 26, 2020 02:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 679 325 6748
Passcode: GylGather!

Gyldenholt Gathering! 1st & 3rd Thursdays

This Gathering is for us Gyldenholters to get together and discuss what we are doing to be medieval during this Time of Plague!

Let us welcome and orient the new folks to our Barony! Ask questions!
Baronial Officers or other Gyldenholters are encouraged to share what they are doing during quarantine! What projects are you working on?

Folks who do not play in our fair Barony are of course welcome to attend, but know we will want the focus of discussion to be about GYLDENHOLT! Hizzah!

These Gyldenholt Gatherings will be a 40 min Zoom on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month. This does not conflict with the Royal Thursday and Gyldenholt Council on 2nd Thursday of the month.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 679 325 6748
Password: GylGather!


The Inaugural Meeting of Bards

The Barony of Gyldenholt is pleased to announce the inaugural meeting of
bards, both established and aspiring. And to kick it off, the Barony of
Dreiburgen has been good enough to invite us to share in their regular
monthly bardic circle on Zoom. This get-together will be held the 4th
Thursday of the month, July 23, 2020 starting at 6:30pm.  Come to sing, come to listen, come to inspire!

Event Zoom Info:

Unbelted Tournament – January 25, 2020

The time has come once again for the unbelted fighters of Caid to display their valor and artistic ability as they battle for the title of Unbelted Champion!

Site: Cedar Grove Park, 11385 Pioneer Rd, Tustin, CA 92782
Our annual Gyldenholt Unbelted Tournament will be held at Cedar Grove Park on Saturday, January 25th, 2019. The combat shall be single elimination, except that a second life may be gained by demonstration of a recent art or science project. Entries will be on display throughout the day. If you plan to take your entry into combat, please provide a photo and brief description of the piece for the display. Fighters with an arts entry will be given a token to be redeemed at the list table for a second life. There will also be a people’s choice arts and science competition, which will be open to all. A prize will be awarded to the Most Well-Rounded Fighter of the day. Entrants are encouraged to sign up at gate and enter all the contests throughout the day which are designed to not interfere with the fighting.

Donation Breakfast: There will be coffee and pastries available for all with a suggested donation of $3-4.

Donation Lunch: Upper Crust will once again host a donation lunch. This year your donation will go to support the West Coast Culinary Guild. Suggested Donation: $5

Registration information:  Adult Members: $10.00; Adult Nonmembers: $15.00. Students (16-22): $5.00. Children under 16 are guests of The Barony, but parents must still sign the minor waiver form or present a valid membership card. Please make checks payable to: SCA, Inc. Barony of Gyldenholt. 

Items of Importance: Cedar Grove is a dry site. Please plan to take your trash/recycling with you as this is required in our site contract.

Parking: Parking is extremely limited. We ask that the parking lot only be used for immediate loading and unloading and then for those with limited mobility. Day parking will be at Pioneer Middle School just around the Corner. Carpooling is highly recommended for this event.

Schedule of the Day:
7:00 am – Site opens.
8:00 am – General set-up.
9:00 am – Lists open.
10:00 am – Opening Court (at Their Majesty’s pleasure) followed by the Tournament.
4:00 pm – Closing Court.
6:00 pm – Site closes.

Event stewards: Lord Cellach mac Suibne (Tyler Simmons), Baron Rowen Killian, and Baroness Ceridwen Killian

Email: unbelted@sca-gy​

Directions: Take your preferred route to the I-5 freeway in Irvine and exit Tustin Ranch Rd. Make a left and travel 2.9 miles to Pioneer Way and make a left followed by an immediate right onto Pioneer Rd. Cedar Grove Park will be on your left.