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Aarquelle Defender


Sunday, November 14th, 2021


Autocrat: Lord Seamus Ó Suileabhain (mka Sam Anderson),

                         (970) 237-2629,

Non Member Adult Site Fee (16+): $0 (Free)
SCA Member Adult Site Fee (16+): $0 (Free)
Children Site Fee: Free


Mineral Palace Park

1600 North Sante Fe Ave

Pueblo, CO 81003


10:00 Opening Court
10:30 Aarquelle Blade, Rapier Tournament Armor inspection and opening round
Noon-ish (Following the Blade Tournament) Aarquelle First Spear, Armored Combat Tournament armor inspection, and first round.
3:00-ish (Folowing all activities) Closing Court



Defenders of Aarquelle are those who compete against their fellow Aarquellans and our noble guests in Heavy Weapons, Light Weapons and Archery for the honor of holding the Defender titles. Further, Defenders are then responsible for running those competitions the next year, or finding a willing proxy to do so. Only members of Aarquelle may hold the title of Defender, however we also acknowledge and reward overall tourney winners.
Defender began in April 1985 not long after our birth as an Independent Shire, under the name Spring Thaw, created and run by three young college students – only two of which remain active in the SCA – THLady Lêofsige Õ Caoimh and Baroness Audrey la Solitaire.
Spring Thaw was held so that the young Shire of Aarquelle could have a Champion to wear our colors on the field at Grand Outlandish (then, only heavy weapons were available and fencing was added when it became viable). Because we were a small group and didn’t have fighters at that time, we invited other groups to send fighters to compete in our name. The first Defender of Aarquelle was Hagan Silverskull, who received a hand-made chainmail coif and belt as his prize. We have managed to hold the event in a variety of event formats ever since, continuing the tradition and adding on new types of Defenders as we went along. The Barony of Aarquelle welcomes you to join us as we celebrate our history and our Defenders each year.

For event updates and further information, look for our Facebook pages: Populace of Aarquelle and Barony of Aarquelle

Site Accessibility Considerations: This event is being held outdoors, in a public park.  We will set up shades, but please consider the day’s weather when you come.