Saint Geronimus

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Saint Geronimus
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"There once was a saint named Geronimus
Whose name has become quite synonymous
with fevers unjust
and nasal disgust
His saint-day will soon be upon us!"

Saint Geronimus is the patron Saint of the Barony of Dreiburgen. He is also Dreiburgen's patron saint of colds and allergies, first celebrated at Dreiburgen Summer Event 1979. The Saint Geronimus Tournament is remembered especially for its traditional "nose melee." The nose melee used a carrot mounted on the face of helms in the heavy melee; and tissues taped by their corners to masks in the rapier melee.

The Story of Saint Geronimus

By Baroness Rowena de Segovia

Many years ago, at the foot of the dusty La Loma hills in Dreiburgen, there lived a delicate little boy. This poor child was beset by so many allergies that he could never go out to play. Such was his fate that one day, in a fit of frustration and disobedience, he went out—in spite of numerous parental warnings—into the hot, dry brush. He was free—released from his domestic prison! Instantly, he was burnt to a crisp and his nose promptly fell off. Now, nose-less, the child fled into the hills, repentant of his misdeed, but too late! Altered, he was left to wander until he came upon a cave. It was there, among the rattle snakes and tarantulas, that he found himself at peace. Here he could ponder his sufferings and nose-less fate.

Over time, word spread about a strange man living among the hills. It was said that the man lacked a nose but possessed numerous powers in its stead. Therefore, many came to seek the strange man’s counsel. Would he bless them with hope? Could he remove their problems? And what of their many dusty, nasal impasses? Only this saintly man could answer their afflictions. It was Saint Geronimus that they sought! He would answer their requests!

But the saint was prone to interpret freely with his wisdom. One had to word the supplication cautiously; after all, he was a man of little formal knowledge and experience. If the distraught pilgrim spoke too rashly, St. Geronimus was known to answer the supplicant literally. As a result, one lady seeking peace from nasal itches, left the itches in the hermit’s cave but gained influenza instead. Meanwhile, one gentleman who sought power and glory found himself overseeing a land of unruly citizens. Finally, there was the lord who desired youth, and for his wish was given a child- bride.

After these results, there were those who feared the holy man’s powers and so tried to appease him. They brought him sprays and cloths (in case he came across his errant nose). Others brought him love in the form of letters and posies. These, most tragically, have been lost to time. It is only St. Geronimus who knows of their location and appearance. Still, the truly devout have not lost faith. Each year they seek out the holy man and search for his relics. It is through his relics that they hope that Saint Geronimus will answer their needs with correct interpretations…hopefully.

Ballad of St. Geronimus


And he became a saint in his time
And that is why we celebrate his name
His nose became a rally cry
To fighters of great fame

Geronimus was his name
"If thine eye offends thee then pluck it from thy face,

and if thine hand offends thee then remove it from its place
with sharpened steel held in his hand he sought to end his woes
he brought down the bitter blade and dispatched with his nose"

"Into the land of swollen glands and red inflamed adenoids..."

--Another reader says: "These are the lines I recall beyond what the Compendium Caidis has listed."

He was just a tender lad

Struggling through life
Doing all that he could do
To set the world right
No sunlight ever touched his face
That was his sorry plight
To hide behind the darkened walls
To live eternal night
--random line
If he breathed a mote of dust his head would stop up fast
He turned to prayer for help

Between the sneezes and the wheezes and the fires of hell


Saint Geronimus is best known for answering all prayers made in his name. His miracles are vast and undeniable. Which is why we recommend that you never pray to him, for everyone that does gets exactly what they ask for.

Examples of St G. Miracles

Baron Malcolm Alberic once prayed to Saint Geronimus for help. He was concerned that he might have transportation problems and find him stranded in the desert halfway to Estrella War. He asked Saint Geronimus to protect him from this possibility. Saint Geronimus answered Malcolm’s prayer, His troubles happened close to home so he could not go to Estrella at all. The expenses the troubles cost Malcolm kept him from going to a number of other events as well, thus he wasn’t stranded in the desert.

THL Drusilla of Montrose was concerned about weather predictions for an up coming war. She prayed to Saint Geronimus asking him to let her sleep warm and dry at the war. Her prayer was granted, the storm was diverted and the war was warm and dry. When she got home she discovered that the storm had been diverted to Dreiburgen and her house was ankle deep in water and mud.

Lord Aladric of Litchfield could not find the time to draft up the new patterns for the Baronial Pavilion. He prayed to Saint Geronimus to help him find the time he needed. Almost immediately Aladric had an accident that resulted in a broken toe. He had to spend time at home convalescing and used the time with his foot up to finish the pavilion patterns.

Saint Geronimus Tournament

The Barony of Dreiburgen holds an annual tournament in his honor.

  • Known dates of St. Geronimus Tournaments
08/19-20/1978 08/18-19/1979 11/08/1980 08/06/1983 02/25/1984 02/23/1985 03/22/1986
02/21/1987 02/20/1988 02/11/1989 03/03/1990 02/09/1991 03/20/1993 02/26/1994 02/25/1995

In 1997 Collegium Sancti GeronimiRRE was granted the right run the tournament as their Anniversary.

02/23/1997 03/01/1998 03/14/1999 03/12/2000 03/11/2001 03/17/2002
03/16/2003 03/14/2004 03/06/2005 03/05/2006 03/04/2007 03/02/2008

In 2008 Pagus Sancti GeronimiRRE dissbanded returning the tournament to the barony

4/11/2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014


Traditional Contests

  • Nose Melee (last Fighter to still have his nose wins)
  • Best Relic
  • Best Miracle
  • Best Addition to the saga
  • Heraldry Contest with some obscure theme


No one is quite sure, but the person most often credited with the promulgation of the Cult of St. Geronimus is Baroness Rowena de Segovia who was quite susceptible to colds, allergies and respiratory ailments herself. At one of the early St. Geronimus tournaments, Adrian Buchanon and a number of others from Redlands showed up as devotees in all white. Quite by coincidence, I also arrived in a white hastily crafted monk's robe and joined them. Adrian took this one step further, however. Since he had a rather flat nose, he bandaged it up and applied fake blood to make it appear that he had sacrificed his nose in dedication to the saint. There was some question of how respectable we were being to religious tradition, but we had fun with it. It's probably not something we could get away with these days. Traditionally, the Saint Geronimus Tournament had a "nose melee," where there were carrots duct taped to the face of individual fighters' helms. The idea was to remove everyone else's "nose." The last person with (at least most of) a nose was the winner. I was champion of the tourney once, and my last opponent was Finn Mathie who was huge and powerful and I was glad he was aiming at my nose rather than my head. ~ Eadwynne


Events of Caid
Events: 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, 2010s, 2020s

Event Types: Tournament, War, Collegium, Revel, Court, Arts & Sciences Competition

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