Champions of al-Barran

Champions of al-Barran


September 16, 2023

Coronado Campground

A shadowed helmet on the right of the image. On the left, the words “The Mantle grows heavy, as the flames turn to ember, New Champions to be chosen, on the sixteenth of September” below the words, the barony heraldic device. At the bottom of the image, information about the event which has been outlined in this comment.

Event coordinators: Noble Brynjolf Bjarnison (, Lord Hardwin Godricson, Baroness Casiadora

Once again the mantle grows heavy and new Champions of al-Barran must assume the role of barional protector. The Baron and Baroness of al-Barran call for a day of tournaments, revelry, and faire to select their next Champions: The Baronial Champions, the Arts & Sciences Champion, the Archery Champions, the Black Sword of al-Barran, and the Bard of al- Barran. Join us for a day marked by revelry, a maker’s green, a consort tourney, feasting, dancing, fighting, and more!
Event is free, with a suggested $5-10 donation for the baronial travel fund
Site is Wet
Head north on I-25 towards Bernalillo. Take exit 242 from I-25 N. Follow US-550 N for 1.7 miles and turn into the Campground on the right of the road.

Site map: Coronado Campground Map

MAP to site

This Event is held and managed by the Barony of al-Barran, a branch of the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc. and is considered the official presence of this group here. Questions regarding its content should be directed to Brynjolf Bjarnison (Hero Morrison) (Event Steward(s)) or to Any discrepancies between this posting and the Outlandish Herald or the Kingdom website will be decided in favor of the information in the Outlandish Herald.
  • Coordinators:
    • Lead: Noble Brynjolf, Baroness Casiadora, Lord Hardwin
    • Gate: Mistress Akalina
    • A&S Championship: Lord Rafael Frogge
    • Bardic: Lord Jago
    • Archery: Lady Gerlin
    • Fencing: Dona Genoveva
    • Heavy fighting: THL Jose


You can find a full schedule here

    • Site OPENS at 8:00 AM
    • Archery Tournament opens at 8:30 AM
    • Maker’s Green opens at 9:00 AM
    • Heavy Tournament list opens at 9:30 AM
    • Rapier Tournament list opens at 11:00 AM
    • LUNCH at 1:00 PM
    • Black Sword of al-Barran and Pas d’Armes Consort Tourney open at 2:30 PM
    • CLOSING COURT at 5:00 PM
    • FEAST at 5:30 PM
    • Bard of al-Barran Bardic Circle at 6:00 PM
    • Hafla at 7:30 PM
    • SITE CLOSES at 9:30 PM



Champion of Arts and Sciences

A letter from the current Bard of al-Barran, THL Rafel Frogge Chavira:

This year’s competition for A&S Champion is as follows:
Participants will need to have two entries to qualify to win
baronial champion, one Artistic entry and one Scientific entry.
Minimal documentation on entries is required. Any questions
you may have please contact THL Rafael Frogge Chavira.
(FB – Paul Bullfrog Chavira)

The Artistic entry will be a thing of beauty. Some examples
are as follows:

  • A period style song or poem
  • A painting
  • A sculpture
  • An illumination
  • Calligraphy
  • A fine courtly garment

The Scientific entry with be a thing of utility. Some examples are as follows:

  • A simple tunic
  • A carpenter’s tool box
  • A fishing pole
  • A forged cold chisel
  • Turkish street kabobs
  • Leather belt pouch

Bard of al-Barran

Requirements for consideration for Bard of al-Barran:

  • Three performances given throughout the event:
    • One performance given in the Maker’s Green space at any time in the day
    • One performance given at any time and place during the event
    • One performance given during the bardic circle, after the feast
  • Please tell us about your performances; at least the titles and origins of the three pieces to be performed must be provided to the current Bard at or before the event.
  • One performance must be either a period piece or an original piece (filk songs count as original pieces!)

A letter from the current Bard of al-Barran, Lord Jago Redbeard:

Greetings, Bards! The time is fast approaching for us to honor our Coronet and vie for the title of Bard of al-Barran! The competition shall be held at al-Barran Champions, September 16th.
To compete for the title of Bard of al-Barran, three requirements must be met!
Each contestant must give three performances. The Event Stewards have invited us to create a bardic space at the event, and one of the three performances must be in that venue. One performance can be delivered at any time and place during the course of the event. The third, and final, performance will be held after the feast, and will be judged by a panel including Their Excellencies and the current Bard.
Pieces can be in any style; recitation of a poem, singing a song, delivering a section of a play, performance of an instrumental piece, telling a tale, or any other demonstration of the bardic arts. At least one performance must contain either original or period elements, or be a combination of both.
The third and final element is background information. Extensive documentation is not required. Please tell us about your performances; at least the titles and origins of the three pieces to be performed must be provided to the current Bard at or before the event. Any additional material is welcome and appreciated. Let us display not only our skill at performance, but also our talent in research!
–Lord Jago Redbeard