Welcome to Altavia

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

Caid Covid Policies

Pre-registration is required for event attendance, including Fighter Practices.

List the Event Name as: Altavia followed by event name (Practice, A&S, etc.) followed by the date as: MMDDYY … Example: “AltaviaPractice060721”

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
September 2021

Happy Fall Y’all!

August was still a relatively quiet month with only three events: Calafia’s Greatest Warrior (which His Excellency attended), HRM Katherine’s Festival of the Rose in Naevehjem which saw a small but mighty Altavian contingent and some hi-jinks involving His Excellency, and finally Nordwache Pirate Tourney which His Excellency also attended. Closer to home we also had many wonderful fighter practices and an excellent class on leather mask making taught by Amabel.

September started of with Highland “Not a War” and while neither His Excellency or I were able to attend, I believe we were well-represented by Griffith and Amabel. Last weekend was Caid Rapier Open up in Darach and it was a lovely day! Thank you to everyone that came out to fight, to serve, or just to hang out with us in the lovely Camarillo weather!

Coming up this weekend is Angels Virtual Anniversary. I haven’t seen an event posting yet but we’ll make sure to repost it in the baronial group as soon as it’s up.

After that it’s “all war prep, all the time!” as Great Western War is quickly approaching! If you’ve been waiting until the last minute to pre-reg, that last minute is now! Pre-reg closes at the end of the day tomorrow and you MUST be pre-regged to attend war, even as a day tripper. Please contact me if you run into any issues with the registration system. We’ll talk about some of the war prep opportunities coming up during officer reports and we hope to see all of you there. His Excellency’s vigil and Pelican ceremony will be at this war and I know it would mean so much to him to see you there!

We’ll discuss what’s going on for Agincourt, still tentatively scheduled for the end of October, a bit later in the meeting.

I know we’re beginning to sound like a broken record here but His Excellency and I really want to thank the entire populace and especially our officers and court and guard for your endless patience and resiliency during these crazy times that have gone on for far longer than anyone predicted or hoped. We know how frustrating and, frankly, scary it can be to not know if you get to do what you love or if you feel safe doing it. We realize that people’s comfort level with attending events has and will continue to evolve. Please know that there is absolutely no shaming in doing what is right for you and we will love you no matter when we get to see you in person again, be that next week or next year.

Be safe, be happy, be loved.


Baron Nikolaos Phaistos

Baroness Briana MacCabe

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