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Welcome to Altavia

A barony in the Kingdom of Caid, in the Society for Creative Anachronism.


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Caid Covid Policies


As of 4/15/22 the Kingdom of Caid removed the COVID Guidelines. Including the COVID verification for events, masks indoors, and contact tracing.
– Groups will be able to require masks be worn in their camp spaces if signs are properly posted.
– People are encouraged to do what they are comfortable with as well.
– If the time comes where the Kingdome needs to bring these guidelines back, they will be available.


Baron Nikolaos Phaistos
and Baroness Briana MacCabe

The Barony of Altavia is a local chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA), an international organization dedicated to researching and re-creating the arts, skills, and traditions of pre-17th-century Europe. The Barony of Altavia includes the San Fernando Valley, Santa Clarita Valley, and Malibu, and is part of the Kingdom of Caid which includes Southern California, Greater Las Vegas Area, and Hawaii.

Members of the SCA study and take part in a variety of activities, including combat, archery, equestrian activities, costuming, cooking, metalwork, woodworking, music, dance, calligraphy, fiber arts, and much more. If it was done in the Middle Ages or Renaissance, odds are you’ll find someone in the SCA interested in recreating it. What makes the SCA different from a Humanities 101 class is the active participation in the learning process. To learn about the clothing of the period, you research it, then sew and wear it yourself. To learn about combat, you put on armor (which you may have built yourself) and learn how to defeat your opponent. To learn brewing, you make (and sample!) your own wines, meads and beers. You will frequently hear SCA participants describe the SCA as recreating the Middle Ages “as they ought to have been.” In some ways this is true – we choose to use indoor plumbing, heated halls, and sewing machines. In the dead of winter we have more to eat than King’s venison, salt pork and dried tubers. However, a better description is that we selectively recreate the culture, choosing elements of the culture that interest and attract us.

Altavia News From Their Excellencies
April 2021

Spring has sprung. The COVID restrictions have been lightened. People are starting to gather together once again. The temperature has been optimal for outside activities. The birds are chirping and there is the songlike sound of swords bashing shields.

We started the month with Crown tourney. It was a spectacular spectacle of swordsmanship where His Highness, Prince Adam (not of Eternia) was victorious for his inspiration Her Highness, Princess Staena.

The West Coast Culinary Symposium happened online this year. It was well attended by individuals from around the Known World. We are sure some great food and recipes were had. Excitement and fun flowed through Zoom and anticipation grew for the next live symposium in the West.

A number of Altavians went to Gulf Wars. From all the stories and photos that were taken, it looked like a great time was had. Our contribution of largess to the Crown was happily received and appreciated. The Queen was well looked after. Thank you for representing the Kingdom and the barony so well. Your hard work makes this game happen.

We had a great Arts and Science class this month where we made largess. It was a very productive evening.

Altavia knocked them over at Gyldenholt/Calafia Friendship tourney! Our kubb game was a big hit. We received so many compliments about how fun it was. We even saw a few Altavians helping people learn how to hit a pel. You guys are AWESOME!!

Dun Or Anniversary was a blast. We had a great many Altavians there to fight and have fun. And much fighting was had. THL Griffith and Lady Amebele fought valiantly in the heavies bear pits. We had a handful of rapier fighters as well, and Don Nathaniel Longbow made it to the rapier finals. It was a spectacular day.

Last weekend a small but mighty crew of Altavians headed up to Wintermist for Caid’s premier Arts and Science event, Pentathlon and Arts and Sciences faire. The arts we saw and heard and tasted up there were simply amazing! There are not enough words to describe the talent and the bravery of Caid’s artisans who put themselves out there for all to see. Our very own seneschal, Lady Sibylla, entered her first Arts and Sciences faire in the Costume Review category with an amazing Burgundian gown. Congrats on a first place Journeyman placement on your very first entry, Sibylla!

We will be trying something new for our baronial council meeting this month. It will be both in person at a new venue, as well as on Zoom. It should be lots of fun, and we should be able to get through all the events on the agenda in a timely fashion. (Here’s hoping!)

Now we look to the future. Al Sahid and Starkhafn anniversaries are coming up as well as the Robin Hood Archery Tournament. There are quite a few investatures this season and we plan on attending as many as we can.

Remember, if you want to come to an event, but don’t have a ride, talk to us. We will try to get people together for carpools to save on gas. As always, Thank you all for all your hard work and service. You are the Barony and you make it shine!

Yours in service,

Baron Nikolaos Phaistos

Baroness Briana MacCabe

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