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The Right Noble Circle of Bards is a loose affliation of all the Bards in Caid. There are various local bardic workshops, guild meetings, and occasional Kingdom-wide activies. In addition, some of the bards within Caid are also involved with the Crown Poems projects. For each Crown Tourney, a collection of poems are written and published at Coronation, in tribute to each fighter in the Crown Lists.

The Kingdom conducts a yearly competition to determine the Bard of Caid. In addition, some geographic branches have formed their own territorial champion bards.

Right Noble Circle of Bards

The Guild was awarded Right Noble status on 08/26/2006 by Sven and Kolfinna, at Kolfinna's Festival of the Rose.
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TRM Sven and Kolfinna presenting the scroll The Bards of Caid gathered around TRM Sven and Kolfinna

Bard of Caid

The ten competitors from the first Bard of Caid competition. Back left to right: Finella (winner), Thomas, Beorn, Mary, Beathog, Domhnall; and front left to right: Eilidh, Isaac, Lilya, Caitlin


Date Event Crown Bard
09/03/2005 Highland War 2005 Dietrich III and Adriana II 1st Bard of Caid: Finella Harper was named the Premier Bard of Caid, and incidentally served the longest term as Bard since the 2nd competition was postponed several times.
01/06/2007 Caid 12th Night Edric IV and Faizeh 2nd Bard of Caid: Elizaveta Arievna Lebedeva (also known as Lilya)
01/05/2008 12th Night 2008 Edric V and Faizeh II 3rd Bard of Caid: Eilidh Swann Stralachlan
01/10/2009 12th Night 2009 Sven II and Kolfinna II 4th Bard of Caid: Lot Ramirez
01/09/2010 12th Night 2010 Patrick and Kara 5th Bard of Caid: Eadaoin inghen Muircheartaigh
01/08/2011 Twelfth Night 2011 Wilhelm and Thaleia 6th Bard of Caid: Thomas Whitehart
01/07/2012 Twelfth Night 2012 Sven III and Cassandra 7th Bard of Caid: Maluchka Korotkova
01/05/2013 Twelfth Night 2013 Mansur and Eilidh 8th Bard of Caid: Meala Caimbuel
01/04/2014 Twelfth Night 2014 Conrad II and A'isha 9th Bard of Caid: William Walworth de Durham
01/03/2015 Caid Twelfth Night 2015 Mansur II and Eilidh II 10th Bard of Caid: Paul fitz Denis
01/09/2016 Kingdom 12th Night-Winter Coronation 2016 Conrad III and A'isha II 11th Bard of Caid: Colette la trouvere
02/04/2017 Festival of the Rose Agrippa and Bridget 12th Bard of Caid: Margaret ingen Domnaill
01/06/2018 Coronation Athanaric II and Sigriðr II 13th Bard of Caid: Angharat Goch verch Gwenhover
01/05/2019 (announced 01/26/2019) Coronation Adam and Stæina 14th Bard of Caid: Mary Dedwydd verch Gwallter
01/04/2020 Coronation Alexander II and Tahira II 15th Bard of Caid: Finella Harper
01/04/2020 Festival of the Rose Tryggr and Mercedes 16th Bard of Caid: Fino Di Giove


To choose an exemplar of The Muse who will strive to ennoble The Realm in verse and song and bring glory to The Kingdom.

Defining the Bard of Caid Position

  • Skill is required in both composition and performance.
  • The holder of the title of Bard of Caid shall be one person, not a group consortium: However, the competing bard may use backup musicians or singers.
  • The holder of the title shall be determined by competition, judged in a similar manner to Pentathlon.
  • The Bard of Caid shall owe his/her Primary Fealty to the Kingdom of Caid.
  • The Bard of Caid may not succeed himself/herself.
  • This competition is open to singers, poets, storytellers, actor-playwrights, and musicians.

Responsibilities of the Bard of Caid

  • The position of Bard of Caid shall carry a 1-year commitment that includes three required Kingdom Events (Twelfth Night, Great Western War, and the competition for his/her successor). Additional events will be determined by the King & Queen, based on the Bard of Caid’s available schedule.
  • The Bard of Caid shall perform pieces, either original or historical, at the aforementioned events. The pieces composed do not have to be composed specifically for that event.
  • The Bard of Caid shall compose an original piece for Twelfth Night, Great Western War, and on or about May 1st of each year. The compositions should be composed with the specific intent to bring glory to The Kingdom of Caid or The Crown. The composition could be a battle song, a love song, a praise poem, a satire, or whatever the Bard of Caid feels inspired to compose.
  • The Bard of Caid is strongly encouraged to publish a piece in The Crown Prints or The Ars Caidis, The Kingdom Arts & Sciences publication.
  • The Bard of Caid will run the competition that determines his/or her successor.
  • If for some reason, the Bard of Caid is unable to fulfill the responsibilities of his office, then the position shall go to a person appointed by the Crown.

Rights and Regalia

  • The Bard is entitled to a front row seat at major event courts.
  • The Bard of Caid shall have a baldric or cloak that will identify him/her as the Kingdom Bard. This garment IS kingdom regalia: it will be returned at the end of the Bard of Caid’s year tenure.

Rules for Determining the Bard of Caid

See Bard of Caid Competition Rules for details on the competition over the years.

Territorial Bards

Seraph Bard (Barony of Angels)

Bard of Altavia

Bard of Calafia

Bard of Darachshire

Bard of Dreiburgen

Bard of Dun Or

Bard of Gyldenholt

Bard of Isles

Lyon Bard (Barony of Lyondemere)

List of Lyon Bards

Bard of Starkhafn

Regional Bardic Champion Challenges

Great Western War XX (2017)

Margaret Inghean Domnaill, as Bard of Caid, issued a challenge to all regional bards to show their skill and ability to draw an audience. In the contest of skill, Mathias Hakonan was judged the winner. In the contest of audience support, Hannah Story-Teller for the Barony of Carraig Ban (Kingdom of the Middle) received the most tokens from the audience.

"ATTENTION REGIONAL BARDIC CHAMPIONS! I, Margaret, the 12th Bard of Caid, hereby issue a challenge to all baronial and territorial bardic champions to meet at Great Western War for the Great Territorial Bardic Showdown! Come meet other Bardic Champions, enjoy great music and storytelling, but best of all, come show us what is best about your Barony/Shire/Pirate Encampment/Whatever!

There will be two main contests: first, a test of skill, awarded to the story, dance, song, instrument, etc. that is most skillful about sharing the culture of your home. I entreat you to bring to use a song you have written about your people and their victories, bring an ensemble of musicians that only your Barony possesses, or a troupe of dancers with grace and skill the likes of which we have never seen. But Margaret, you might be saying, what if my Shire/Gypsy Caravan/Barony doesn’t have a Bardic Champion? The second contest is for the region that brings out the most supporters to the Open Arms Bardic Hall as judged by the Ladies of the Rose. If your barony doesn’t have a bardic champion, you can still come support your favorite bard to help them win!"

Great Western War XXI (2018)

Finella Harper, premiere Bard of Caid, issued a challenge to all regional bards to show their skill and ability to draw an audience. In the contest of skill, the Calafia Replacements (Countess Iðuna breiðrazi, THL Maluchka Korotkova, THL Disa blatonn, and THL Éadaoin Chruitire) was judged the winner. In the contest of audience support, Sir Colin MacLear, Bard of the West was the victor.

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