Greetings from Tariq and Elieth, Baron and Baroness of the Citadel of the Southern Pass!

Greetings to the Mighty Populace of the Citadel of the Southern Pass!  We, Tariq and Elieth, Baron and Baroness do send you joyous greetings!

The time of War is once again upon us!  We must rally behind our Noble King and Queen beneath the banners of our great Barony!  The time has come once again to march to the west and smite the foes of our Mighty Kingdom.  Citadel once more shall stand stalwartly in the defense of our King and Country as we teach our enemies to once again fear the warriors of the Southern Pass!  For those of you attending, please let His Excellency know what size of tent you will be taking if you have not already done so.  He is in the process of preparing the Citadel encampment map.  The sooner that you get this information to him, the better.  We are looking forward to a great event with all of you.

We would also at this time like to fill you in on some of the other happenings going on in the Barony.  Firstly, we would like to announce that Lady Zana Wind Dancer has stepped into the position of Baronial Minister of Youth.  Congratulations Lady Zana and thank you for your willingness to serve the future of the Citadel!  We would also like to congratulate m’lord Santiago Covarrubias for winning the Constable Tournament this past weekend and thus taking his place on the Baronial Retinue as Constable.  We are confident that criminals in the Barony are quaking in fear of his flashing blade!

Furthermore, we invite you all in support of our archery community to attend A Hunt for Mythical Beasts!  Join Lord James Erskine, the Baron’s Hunter, and the many archers of the Citadel as they embark on an adventure to make safe the woodlands around the Barony.  This event will include roving rounds and target archery as well as a night shoot.  Please consult the Baronial webpage or contact the autocrats, Domina Julia Alexandra and Lord Rauol de la Noue, for more information about this great event.

We are also happy to announce that the Citadel was chosen to host the Kingdom Arts and Sciences Competition as well as Queen’s Prize.  We look forward to hosting artisans from all over the Kingdom on April 13th.  There will be many amazing displays to be seen as the best of the Outlands artisans come together to compete for the honor of being the Kingdom Arts and Sciences Champion.  Events such as this are very important for the continued advancement of the arts and sciences within the Kingdom, which in turn also helps the SCA to keep with its Mission as a non-profit organization.  To this end, we encourage all of you artisans to participate with us and enter your fine artistic creations.  Please consult the Baronial webpage or contact the autocrats, Mistress Constance Warwick and Mistress Joella of Blue Lions Keep, for more information about this event.

As many of you know, we have begun the solemn task of seeking out heirs to the Baronage of the Citadel.  After 4 years of serving our beloved Barony as Baron and Baroness, we have decided to continue serving the Dream in other ways, so that others may have the opportunity to lead the Barony.  We are grateful for all the love and support we have received these 4 years from our Barony, our Kingdom and other groups in the Society.  Each of you, in your own way, have made Citadel a better place for us and have showed us what the Dream is really about.  We are sure that the successors that our mighty King and Queen choose to select will receive the same help and support to continue making Citadel great.  Thank you for allowing us the honor to represent Their Majesties and to serve you.  We will always cherish these 4 years.  If any of the members of the populace of Citadel should be interested in being considered as successors to the Baronial seat please send your letters of intent no later than February 28th to Crown (crown@outlands.org), Kingdom Seneschal (seneschal@outlands.org), and Citadel Baron and Baroness (coronet@southernpass.org).  Their Majesties Hrorek and Slaine will hold a polling of the populace at a date and place to be announced.  All approved applicants must be present for the Polling.  The Investiture of our successors will be held during Kingdom Arts & Sciences Competition on April 13th, 2019.

The coming of Their Royal Majesties to the Citadel for Baronial Investiture is yet another opportunity for members of our populace to be recognized for their diverse, good works for the Barony and the Kingdom.  If you feel that you know someone who has contributed to the betterment of the Barony and the Kingdom, please recommend them for an appropriate award.  Awards are given at both the Kingdom and Baronial level for merits in the areas of combat, arts and sciences and service.  There is a large range of awards to be considered and descriptions can be found at http://wimble.outlandsheralds.org/awards_group.php?GroupID=96 for Kingdom level and http://www.southernpass.org/history/our-awards/ for Baronial level.  Please don’t hesitate to ask if you would like help or clarification on any of these awards.  Recommendations can be made for Kingdom level at http://www.online.outlands.org/.  For Baronial level please send recommendations via email to coronet@southernpass.org.  Finally, please send your recommendations with at least a month of anticipation from in order to give appropriate time for recommendations to be evaluated and scrolls to be solicited and created.

Finally, we would like to welcome all of the newcomers to the Barony!  You are most welcome to the family!  We look forward to spending time and getting to know you all over the next few months.  Please do not hesitate to reach out to us if you have questions or need help with anything.  We are here for you!