Janis the Scarred

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Lord Janis the Scarred
Resides: Nordwache
Status: Active
Awards: Visit the Caid Order of Precedence
Or, a brown bear rampant proper between three cinquefoils gules, a bordure azure

Persona & Awards

  • Janis the Scarred - Pronounced YAWN-iss the Scarred
  • Mundane Name: Stephen Griswold - Joined the SCA in November 2015 - Barony of Nordwache

13th Century Baltic from the Vidzeme region of Latvia: Born March 1215 in Riga. Lord Janis is married to Lady Avina Ramsey Named Janis after is Paternal Great Grandfather who was known as a great warrior throughout the Baltics for battles against the Kievan Rus. He became known as "The Scarred" at 14 after a head wound that left him with a 11" scar that runs from ear to ear. Janis always wears two rings, his gold wedding band on the left, and his silver Namejs Ring. Awards

  • Kingdom:
    • Award of Arms - 18 June 2016
    • Order of the Dolphin 27 April 2019
  • Barony of Nordwache:
    • The Order of Le Coeur Noble (Noble Heart) - 28 June 2018

Offices & Positions

Event Staff

  • Deputy Steward- Nordwache Pirate Tournament: October 2016
  • Staff (Prep, set up, kitchen)- Caid Coronation January 2017
  • Deputy Steward- Nordwache Anniversary: April 27-29 2018
  • Barony of Nordwache Display Coordinator: Caid 40 Year Anniversary 21-24 June 2018
  • Steward- Nordwache Pirate Tournament October 2018
  • Steward- Nordwache All Things 01 June 2019
  • Co-Steward- Nordwache Chivalry Tournament 29 February 2020
  • Co-Steward- Nordwache Virtual All Things April 2020
  • Co-Steward- Nordwache Virtual Academia August 2020
  • Steward- Nordwache Virtual Yule December 2020
  • Steward- Nordwache Virtual Chivalry 27 February 2021

Classes Taught

  • Beginner Leather Tooling with Antler - Nordwache Academia 8/26/2017
  • Leather Tooling with Antler; creating a finished product- Nordwache Academia 8/25/2018
  • Personal First Aid Preparedness; for camping and day events - Nordwache Academia 8/25/2018
  • Leather Working; prepping a large project- Nordwache Academia 08/2019
  • CPR/AED First Aid Certification Course Medic First Aid- Nordwache Academia 08/2019
  • Leather working 10th century scabbard - Nordwache virtual Academia 08/2020

Projects & Publications


  • Hand Tooled using elk antler, 10th century custom leather scabbard for the sword awarded to the Protectorate of Nordwache - April 2018 Nordwache Anniversary
  • Hand Tooled using elk antler, 10th century custom leather scabbard for the sword awarded to the Rapier Champion of Nordwache - April 2018 Nordwache Anniversary


  • Beginner Leather Tooling with Antler - Aug 2017
  • Leather Tooling with Antler; Creating a Finished Project - Aug 2018
  • Leather Working: Prepping and Tools - August 2019
  • Publications of "The Phoenix" Nordwache Newsletter Fall 2019 to present



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