Things have been rather quiet for a while and I apologize for that, I was gone during the Sêogangan (Literally Sea-Going) for my work and was unable to work on anything. I’ve returned so hopefully I’ll be able to put out more on here. In the meantime here is the Yârbuok for my Civitas from the time of my being made Gravio of it. I’ll try to provide a wordbook at the end for any terminology that I use that make be confusing to someone outside the tradition. Essentially, each Gravio in Thia Frankisk Aldsido is expected to provide a written report of the happenings and news from their Civitas as a means to chronicle the tradition and what we, as the Franks, are doing to uphold our responsibilities to it, and the Goda and Wihta. Without further ado, here is the year 1567 (Reckoned from the battle of Catalaunian Fields as a concrete establishment of a Frankish civil polity and representative of the passing of the torch from Rome to the Merovingians) as has occurred in Rîthburgeorum.
1567 Yârbuok af Rîthburgeorum
Regnum Francorum Novum
So begins the Yârbuok of the most high, heilig and erlîk civitas Rîthburgeorum. In this year, that which is the foundation of our civitas, many happenings have taken place which stand testament to our worth.
During Houwimânôth , Litus Aaron received his kwik and was made Gravio, named Sigismar and having entered into Frankdom began a process of introduction and initiation of relationship with the wihta and goda of this land. Offerings where made unto these gestos and wihta in the spirit of respect and worship.
Shortly after the creation of the Graviodom, in the month of Aranmânôth, the ancestors smiled upon the Civitas and honored the Gravio’s works and felt he was worthy of increasing his Wald with a promotion of both martial rank and responsibility. The Forthiro’s honor was celebrated and a feast was held in their name to their heiligness.
The Sêogangan season began and the Gravio departed the Civitas, going forth to ensure the safety of the Rîki and demonstrating its Wald to the people of the east. During the Sêogangen, many events transpired for the glory of the Farbond and the Kuning in which Sigismar distinguished himself for his worthy and heroic actions and ensured the Soêgangen could continue and the Gravio’s band’s survival. The Gestos of the Asko of the Gravio were offered gifts of food in thanks for the luck bestowed as well as the furtherment of the Graviodom’s worth.
At seasons end, the Gravio returned to the seat of the Civitas and spent the Windarmânôth enduring the chilly weather, assisting the Sêoheri preparing for their Sêogangan and offering unto the ancestors for their continued guidance. Jôltid was spent in travel and with family and many merry tales and much feasting occurred.
Thus happened this first year of the mighty Civitas Rîthburgeorum.
For Thia Kuning, Thia Forthiro, Thia Goda
Gravio : Thia : Frankisk : Aldsido :
Yârbuok: Year-book, Chronicle.
Erlîk: Honourable, but literally Gold-like
Litus: Half-Free, Learner
Gestos: Geist or Ghost
Sêogangan: Sea-Going, Underway, Deployment
Wald: Wielded Power
Farbond: Web of oaths, Bond to the Kuning and TFA
Sêoheri: Sea-army, Navy
Mânôth: Month (Note: The system of months used here is nebulous and in the early stages and don’t wish to go into much detail here. More information will be forthcoming here and on TFA’s website)