At the end of the road, after an incredible journey, what is left to say? This Barony and its people have been constantly on our minds, in our hearts, and in the work of our hands for the last five years. All day, every day; while at events, at work, on vacation. How do you let go of something that has been so intrinsic in every piece of you for so long? The short answer is: not easily.
Being your Baron and Baroness has been one of the greatest honors we have ever borne. It has been a challenging journey at times, alternating between moments of soaring joy and frustrating struggle. But even on those tough days, we wouldn’t have traded it for the world.
Calafia, you are an inspiration. This amazing Barony is made up of the kindest, hardest working, and most dedicated group of people we have ever known. The amount of time and energy that all of you dedicate to this Barony is humbling. The community that you have built out of these labors of love is a place unlike any other in the world, and there is something here that makes Calafia truly special. You get out of the SCA only as much as you’re willing to put into it, and the richness of the experience here clearly illustrates how very much everyone is willing to put in.
We are beyond honored that you allowed us to serve as your leaders, and that you entrusted us with something that holds so very much significance to each of you. We have striven to be worthy stewards of the trust you placed in us, and to administer the affairs of this Barony to the best of our abilities. We may not have always succeeded, but it is our strident hope that we are leaving Calafia stronger and healthier on the day we depart the thrones than it was on the day we stepped up.
We often use the word “play” to describe our participation in the SCA, but we think that word does an injustice to the complex meaning that this organization holds for so many of us. This is not a game, but a community. The people in it are not players, but family. We’re not bound by a static set of rules, but a society with living customs and traditions. This community, this family, is imbued with an incredible amount of emotion, of compelling social significance, and of love. We may not all get along - or even necessarily like each other - but we would walk to the ends of the earth for one another, and that is simply not something you find everyday.
Over the last five years, we have discovered a depth of love for this Barony that we did not even know was possible. So thank you, Calafia. Thank you for being you - the wonderful, quirky, weird, crazy, beautiful, loving family that you are. Thank you for welcoming us in, for following along with us as we took you down a few off-kilter and untrodden paths, and for helping support us in good times and bad. Thank you for being so kind, generous, and caring to one another. Thank you for making Calafia a place where we can all come together and share this beautiful Dream.
You are ever in our hearts.
Baron Guy Rand and Baroness Muirrenn
Greetings from the Lord and Lady Calafia,
I would like to commend Lady Thora Jonsdottir and Lord Mikhail Liutognev for organizing a wonderfully entertaining Leif Erickson Tournament. Everyone had a fun time playing on the ice flows, boasting, and decorating their beards.
Thank you to the Iron Brigade for their presentation of a most magnificent ceremonial trident for the Barony of Calafia.
Sir Gamyl and I want to express our gratitude to Baron Guy Rand and Baroness Muirrenn for their guidance and sharing their wealth of knowledge with us. We hope to make them proud and serve the Barony of Calafia with the highest of standards that we have learned from them.
Thank you to the populace for giving us this opportunity to serve our barony. We look forward to the years ahead.
Yours in humble service,
Lady Danyel and Sir Gamyl