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Aarquelle Defender


Queen’s Prize Tournament

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Autocrat: Florie Edde of Braemar

Non Member Adult Site Fee (16+): $15
SCA Member Adult Site Fee (16+): $10
Children Site Fee: Free


Good Pasture Barn

7970 CO-78

Beulah, CO 81023

     9:00 am Gate Opens
     10:00 am Opening Court
     10:30 am – 12:00pm Archery Tournament
     12:30 pm – 2:00 pm Rapier Tourney Heavy Tourney
     1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Luncheon Feast
     2:30 pm – 4:00 pm Heavy Tourney
     4-ish to 5-ish Closing Court,  Tourney results


A light donation lunch will be served BUT, We strongly encourage that participants bring a picnic lunch. The site is between Pueblo and Beulah with no stores, restaurants, or other facilities.


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