The Barony of Stormhold is the regional branch of the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA), encompassing central and western suburbs of Melbourne and the western regional towns of Victoria, especially Ballarat. The information on this page has been taken from the Unchained Library: The History of the Kingdom of Lochac.
Stormhold was approved to be elevated to Baronial status in 1987, and the first Baron and Baroness were invested on 1 September, 1988. Sir Styvyn Longshanks and Mistress Rhyllian of Starfire Retreat are Baron and Baroness Stormhold – that is, the founding Baron and Baroness of Stormhold.
The full list and dates of all reigning Barons and Baronesses (also known as ‘Landed Gentry’ or ‘Landed Barons and Baronesses’) are listed on the Canon Lore website under Stormhold.
Baronial Name and Device
According to Domhnall na Moicheirghe, the name Stormhold refers to the extremely variable weather that Melbourne is renowned for.
The heraldry of the barony was similarly influenced by Melbourne’s fickle weather and location on a bay, and in turn is a source of inspiration for the award structure of the group. The ‘blazon’ of the device in herald-talk is: Azure goutty d’eau, a drakkar affronty Or, the sail charged with a laurel wreath gules. That is, in plain terms, a golden Viking longship sailing in the rain.