Barony of Sun Dragon History
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The Barony of Sun Dragon started in 1983. Sun Dragon encompasses West Phoenix Metropolitan Area – Ahwatukee, Avondale, Buckeye, Glendale, Goodyear, Litchfield Park, Peoria, Surprise, Sun City.
The Barony of Sun Dragon started as "canton" that became a Barony due to the large size of the metropolitan Phoenix area. The name Sun Dragon originated from a Mixed Weapons War event that was near Luke Air Force Base. A Goodyear blimp was seen in the air and someone shouted out, "Look there is a dragon in the sky!" Since we are from the land of the sun, the name Sun Dragon was born.
Sun Dragon's rainbow was designed by Ioseph of Locksley who loved rainbows and was the leading herald at the time. He was challenged to design a rainbow that would be heraldically correct. When Sun Dragon became it's own Barony, he was able to incorporate rainbow into the device.
The War Dragon badge was added during the time of Arthur and Timira as an alternate to the rainbow populace badge. Originally, it was just used for the purposes of fighting at war, but has become more popular as use of identifying as a Sun Dragon member.
Sun Dragon has traditionally been a matriarchal barony due to our first baroness at the time, was not allowed to reign with her significant other and therefore reigned alone. Since then, most baronesses have sat in the right-side throne, in the position of power, and have been heralded into court first. In addition, many of the Baronesses and populace members have been heavily involved in the "Lost Tribes" which clans are also typically matriarchal.
*Thank you to Banntheng and Thengn Viola and Wilhelus for history information.
List of Baronesses and Barons
Landed Baronesses and Barons are considered peers for the duration of their term. "Landed" means they have "lands" associated with their titles, meaning they have territories based on zip codes. There are barons and baronesses who have been given granted this title from the King and Queen for acts of great service to the Kingdom. Landed Baronesses and Barons are selected by the King and Queen to act as leaders for that Barony, however the populace is polled and populace opinion is taken into account for the selection. Baronesses and Barons reign for typically a 3 year period although that time has changed over time and some have extended their reign beyond 3 years. Once a Baroness and Baron step-down they are then usually awarded the title of Bannthegn and Thegn. When addressing a Baroness or Baron, they are addressed as Your Excellency.
List of Prior Overall Champions
The barony of Sun Dragon has an annual competition at the Champions Event typically held the last weekend in October for a highly esteemed position within the barony with a year long commitment. This position is to act as Guard to our Baroness, ensure there are guards assigned to her during events and courts, and to recruit help for set up and take down of Baronial equipment (pavilion, thrones, etc.) as needed at events. Individuals in this competition are expected to compete in all the other champion competitions, however, a person may have another populace member stand in on their behalf for one of the competitions. While anyone can guard the Baroness, only Overall Champions (current and previous) may handle baronial sword, named "Flame." The Overall Champion works closely with the Chatelaine (see below) on coordinating coverage for the Baroness on events and for running the next Champions Event. The Overall Champion is not necessarily selected based on how he or she scores in each competition, but on their effort and chivalry and is ultimately chosen by the Baroness and Baron.
List of Prior Overall Champions:
List of Prior Chatelaines/Stewards (Head Lady/Lord-In-Waiting)
In addition to the Overall Champion, the Chatelaine/Steward is another competition that is done at the Champion Event and is another admired and sought after year-long position. This position not only acts as Lady-In-Waiting to the Baroness, but helps to ensure all Baronial awards are prepped and ready to go out at Court. The Chatelaine is also responsible for scheduling other ladies-in-waiting for events or at times she cannot be there. It is seen as bad form for the current Baroness to be seen without a lady-in-waiting. Sun Dragon Barony was using the term Chatelaine well before other parts of the SCA started using the term Chatelaine to mean a different position (usually the Newcomer Welcome Officer) and has stuck with continuing the tradition. There is also a competition for the Chatelaine that has varied over the years including knowledge on how to make the awards or who they can get to help assist them with making the awards. Similar to the Overall Champion, the Chatelaine is also chosen by the Baroness and Baron.
List of Prior Chatelaines:
Other Baronial Champions
In addition to the main 2 positions that are awarded at the Baronial Champions events, there are "style" champions that are also awarded at this event that are held for one-year's time. Style champions are in charge of promoting their area throughout the upcoming year with various tournaments or displays, usually held once a month. Champions are selected by their prowess and ability in the competitions. All Champions are typically required to take the "dreaded written test" which captures the Barony's history and awards. Below are the various styles for the competitions:
- Hardsuit Champion
- Rapier Champion
- Archery Champion
- Arts and Science Champion
- Bardic Champion
- Thrown Weapons Champion
- Arts and Science Defender
- Youth (in all above categories if we have any youth declare)
Typically, sister baronies are centers of hospitality. So if the populace of that barony goes to an event at that location they will ensure those people are welcomed, have camping space, etc. In addition, the baronies would be considered to be allies with one another. The sister baronies are determined by the Baroness and Baron. Ambassadors may even be sent to each other’s barony.
- Barony Loch Sal Ann, Kingdom of Aretmesia (SLC) – 1997 – the 2 baronies exchanged flags Barony Eskalya, Principality of Oertha,
- In the Kingdom of the West (Anchorage, AK) in 2012 - exchanged scrolls and flags
- Shire of Windale (Kingman) in about 1993 Sun Dragon sponsored them, to be able to go from an incipient shire to an actual Shire. This was started with Arthur and Timira. Their zip codes belonged to Sun Dragon, but have since been turned over to the Kingdom as they are now their own Shire.
All award information and charters here.
Sun Dragon considers themselves the birthplace of Estrella War, because Estrella Mountain Park was in their zip codes. However, the Kingdom claimed they were kingdom lands. Baron’s War used to be held in Tucson and would have over 1000 participants. Each year, a different Barony was in charge of intrakingdom and each barony would fight against each other. This event stopped happening in order to facilitate opening up the schedule for people to go to Caid for Great Western War.
Flag in Space - During the reign of Teresa and Robert, one of the war banners were taken aboard the space shuttle. Deb and Diego donated the flag. The barony got an official print out from NASA that our flag was flow in zero gravity in space. Presented in court in Estrella War 2013.
Caveman Tournament History is located here.