Baronial Background

Here follows an accounting of the persona history, skills, offices, and awards of the Honorable Lord and Lady, Nikolaos Phaistos and Briana MacCabe


The Honorable Lord Nikolaos Phaistos

Persona History
Niko is a 15th Century Greek Archer from the island of Crete. He could not find work on the island, so he took a merchant ship to Venice. There he began to learn the art of the rapier. After winning some notoriety as an archer, he was hired by the Medici family. His last job was to hunt down their wayward daughter, Cecilia Medici, and bring her back. He caught up with her in Persia, but she captured him. Even though she was a skilled assassin, she spared his life.

Non-SCA Skills
Leadership/Organization– From the age of eleven until twenty-five I worked at a summer day camp. I started as Jr. Counselor and worked my way up to camp director. As a director, I supervised 16-18 teen counselors each summer as well as organized ten weeks of camp activities for up to 150 campers. During that time, I learned to work with a diverse group of people and delegate many tasks and responsibilities.

Public Speaking- I have been a Sign Language Interpreter for twenty years. Most of my assignments were interpreting in front of 30 to 200 people. I am comfortable and highly experienced addressing crowds of people.

Improvisation/Initiative– With both my careers, improvising and taking the initiative are key to success. Things go wrong all the time when working with so many kids or deaf clients in so many situations. When problems arise, I can make quick decisions. I am comfortable acting when something needs to be done, even when no one else acts.

Kingdom/Baronial Offices and Positions Held

Deputy to the Kingdom Minister of Archers 2012-2013
Kingdom Earl Marshal of Archery 2013-2016
Kingdom Earl Marshal of Thrown Weapons 6/2016-Present

Archery Range Marshal, 12/10/10-Present
Thrown Weapons Range Marshal, 09/19/11-Present
Heavy Rapier Marshal, 07/17/2012-Present
Senior Archery Range Marshal-10/15/2013-Present

Member of the Queen’s Guard (Eleanor) 2010
Member of the Queen’s Guard (Cassandra) 2011
Member of the Queen’s Guard (Kara II) 2012
Member of the Queen’s Guard (Eilidh) 2012-13
Member of the Queen’s Guard (Cassandra II) 2013
Member of the Queen’s Guard (Aisha) 2013-2014
Member of the Queen’s Guard (Bridget) 2014
Member of the Queen’s Guard (Eilidh) 2014-15
Member of the Queen’s Guard (Sigrid) 2015
Lt. of the Queen’s Guard (Aisha) 2016
Lt. of the Queen’s Guard (Bridget II) 2017


Captain of the Altavian Guard, 05/12/2013 – 05/09/2015
Lt. of the Altavian Guard, 05/10/11- 2013
Lt. of the Altavian Archers, 05/10/11-05/12/12
Captain of Altavian Archers, 05/12/12- 06/02/2013
Altavia Thrown Weapons Captain 2013-6/2016
Altavia Deputy Rapier Marshal, 05/12/12-Present
Altavia Unarmored Marshal 2014-Present

Awards and Heraldry

Arms: Sable, on a demi-sun issuant from base Or a Russian Orthodox cross sable, in sinister chief on a bezant two arrows inverted in saltire sable.


Order of the Chiron – 2012-06-23
Crescent – 2014-05-10
Argent Blade – 2016-09-17

AoA – 2011-05-07
Dolphin – 2013-05-11
Duelist – 2014-10-26

Non-Armigerous Kingdom Level
Signum Regni – Caid (Sven III and Cassandra) – (AM) 2012-06-02
Signum Regni – Caid (Mansur and Eididh) – (AM) 2013-06-01
Signum Regni – Caid (Sven IV and Cassandra II) – (AM) 2013-11-02
Signum Regni – Caid (Mansur II and Eilidh II) – (AM) 2015-06-06
Signum Regni – Caid (Conrad III and A’isha II) – (AM) 2016-07-16
Sigillum Regis – Caid (Oz) – (AM) 2017-01-07

Non-Armigerous Baronial Level
Sable Fret – 2012-05-12
Sable Fret (Augmentations) – 
2015-05-09; 2016-05-14
Vert Fret (Rapier) – 2012-05-12
Vert Fret (Archery) – 2014-10-26
Vert Fret (Thrown Weapons) – 2015-05-09
Vert Fret (Unarmored) – 2016-05-14


The Honorable Lady Briana MacCabe

Persona History
The Honorable Lady Briana MacCabe was born in West Breifne, Ireland, in 1564. Her father, Michael, was bard and poet to Brian O’Rourke, the chieftain of West Breifne, and Briana followed in her father’s footsteps. After the recent troubles the O’Rourkes ran into with the English, Briana wisely removed herself to her adopted homeland of Caid and is working on making a name as a bard in the Crescent kingdom.
Her motto is “Seirbhís. Ceol. Croí.” This is Irish Gaelic for “Service. Music. Heart.”

Non-SCA Skills
Leadership/Organization: In addition to the several officer positions I have held in the SCA, I helped form and lead a student performers’ guild for the annual ren faire held at the Ohio State University. Through this position, I helped ensure that the then-20-year-old faire continued and created a new wintertime Madrigal feast. Being involved in this organization not only strengthened my leadership skills but also my diplomacy when dealing with opposing creative forces.

Communication: I am a senior editor for the IT department at USC where I write public communications for a wide variety of audiences. Because of the skills I have learned on this job, I am very comfortable with communicating complex and sometimes uncomfortable information, both in the written word and in person.

Improv/Theatre: Having spent several years on cast at a variety of renaissance faires, I am both comfortable with speaking in front of a large crowd and making what I say entertaining. As a bardic type, I have a flair for the dramatic that can help make our courts fun (as appropriate), especially in combination with my potential Baron’s sense of humor. Theatrum non dramatis!

Kingdom/Baronial Offices and Positions Held

Deputy Publicity Steward for Great Western War 2016–Present
Lady-in-Waiting (1 of 4 rotating Chief Ladies) (Bridget II) 2017
Lady-in-Waiting (Sigridr) 2015

Lady-in-Waiting for Meliora Deverel, 10/2011 – 05/2014
Deputy Webwright, 12/2013 – 02/2015
Chief Lady-in-Waiting for Cecilia Medici, 05/2014 – 02/2015
Deputy Seneschal for Social Media, 01/2014 – 02/2015
Bardic Champion, 12/2014–12/2015
Seneschal, 02/2015 – 05/2017
Lady-in-Waiting for Cecilia Medici, 02/2015 – Present
Deputy Seneschal for Social Media, 05/2017 – Present

Awards and Heraldry
Or, a lion rampant guardant and in chief two candles purpure lit gules.

Order of the Crescent – 2016-05-14

AoA – 2011-12-10
Order of the Dolphin – 2015-05-09

Non-Armigerous Baronial Level
Sable Fret – 2013-12-07
Augmentation – 2014-10-26
Augmentation – 2016-05-14
Augmentation – 2017-05-13