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Barony of Nordwache
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Azure, a phoenix rising from a base of flames, on a chief Or two laurel wreaths proper
Founded: January 1982
Modern Location: Fresno area of the San Joaquin Valley of Central California, including Kings County, Tulare County, Fresno County, and Madera County.

Nordwache is ruled by Their Excellencies Ragenald and Clota.


Nordwache means "North Guard" in German, and was chosen because it is Caid's northernmost area. It includes the San Joaquin Valley in Central California, and encompasses Fresno, Kings, Madera, and Tulare Counties.

  • Newsletter: The Phoenix


In January 1972, the Province of the Setting Sun (Fresno, CA) was formed within the Kingdom of the West, and 18 months later, on July 10, 1973, it became Rieslingshire, the SCA's first official Shire. The name and device were registered in 02/1975. Centered in Fresno, CA, it was host to several popular annual wars (including the Caid Rebellion) and a "13th Night" celebration.

Riesling was a gateway between the West and Caid, and hosted events (including wars) that many people from both Kingdoms, as well as the Kingdom of Atenveldt attended. When Caid became a Kingdom in 1978, Riesling opted to join its ranks. When Caid became a Kingdom in 1978, Rieslingshire joined its ranks, and eventually was folded into the Barony of Nordwache.

Nordwache was founded in early 1983 as a Province, and became a Barony in early 1984.


  • Heraldic Officer: Beau Coeur Pursuivant (established 09/2014)
  • Device:
    • (Registered 04/1984) Azure, a phoenix rising from a base of flames, on a chief Or two laurel wreaths proper.
    • (Registered 02/1997) (Fieldless) In pale a phoenix Or conjoined to a heart gules.
  • Badges:
    • (Registered 02/1997) (Fieldless) In pale a phoenix Or conjoined to a heart gules.
    • (Registered 02/2008, for Nordwache's former barons and baronesses) (Fieldless) On a roundel azure between and conjoined to eight crescents in annulo horns outward argent a phoenix Or.
    • (Registered 06/2013, for members of Nordwache's populace) (Fieldless) In pale a phoenix Or rising from a tower azure.


  • Order of the Phoenix
    • Replaced by the Order of the Fenix d'Or
  • Order of the Fenix d'Or: (Registered 10/2014)
    • Given for recognition of service to the Barony
    • Badge (registered 10/2014): Azure, a phoenix Or between five bezants in annulo
  • Order of le Coeur Noble: (Registered 08/1984)
    • Given for Courtesy and Noble demeanor
    • Badge (registered 10/2014): (Fieldless) In pale a phoenix Or conjoined to a heart gules
  • Order of le Beau Coeur: (Registered 08/1984)
    • Given for recognition in one of the forms of Arts & Sciences
    • Badge (registered 10/2014): (Fieldless) A wreath of grape leaves argent surmounted by four hearts in cross points to center gules.
  • Order of the Talon and Flame: (Registered 12/2014)
    • Given for recognition in one of the combat forms
    • Badge (registered 11/2014): Azure, in pale an eagle's foot couped bendwise inverted clutching a flame Or.
  • Order of the Flamme et Soleil: (Registered 12/2014)
    • Given to retired Protectors of Nordwache
    • Badge (registered 12/2014): (Fieldless) A flame Or.
  • Order of the Imber: (Registered 12/2014)
    • Given to children as a service award
    • Badge (registered 12/2014): (Fieldless) A brown bird's nest proper issuant therefrom a flame Or.
  • Company of the Heart of Nordwache: (Registered 12/2014)
    • Given for special support of the Baron and Baroness of Nordwache
    • Badge (registered 12/2014): Argent, on a heart gules a phoenix issuant from base Or.

Fighting Units

Former Territories of Nordwache

  • Canton of Riesling Established 07/10/1973, the Shire of Riesling was the territory that left the Kingdom of the West and joined Caid. Nordwache became a Barony in 1984. The Canton of Riesling existed for a while, and then was dissolved.
  • Canton of Eichenwald, established Fall 1981. The name and device was registered in June 1992.
  • Canton of Mylrune, established Fall 1981. The name and device was registered in April 1984.
  • Canton of Silver Oak, established 09/14/1987.

Annual Baronial Events

  • Chivalry Tournament
  • Treasure Chest (held in April)
  • Anniversary (held in June)
  • Academia (held in August)
  • Pirate Tournament (held in October)
  • Yule (held in December)

For upcoming events, see the Kingdom Calendar and Events 2015.


More Information

Caidan Baronies: Altavia, Angels, Calafia, Dreiburgen, Dun Or, Gyldenholt, Lyondemere, Naevehjem, Nordwache, Starkhafn, Western Seas, Wintermist
Caidan Shires: Al-Sahid, Carreg Wen, Darach, Isles
Caidan Cantons: Bard's Keep, Canyons, Castle North, Cragdon, Gallavally, Mons Draconis, Peridot Isle, Poll na Gainmhe, Steinsee, Summergate, Tanwayour, Torvald, Valley Azure
Caidan Colleges: Boethius, Fenwood Knoll, Noe, Saint Artemas, Saint Firmin, San Ambrogio, San Isidore, Tour d'Yvoire, Voyagers
Other Information: Former Territories, Kingdoms, Known World