Baudoyn de Lafayette

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August 2021: Elevated to the Masters of Defense.
Photo by Marjorie Heron
Registered Name: Baudoyn de Lafayette
Resides: Steppes
Status: Active
Joined SCA: 2007
Order of Precedence
Alain de la Rue

Vairy gules and Or, a fox couchant and a chief sable.

His Excellency, Don Baudoyn, Baron of the Steppes, Master of Defense

Previously Known As: Alain de La Reue
Nickname(s): Friend Bao
Pronouns: He/Him

Encouraged to join the Society by his wife, the beautiful and magnanimous Katerine la Roux d'Anjou, a young Alain dismissed entertaining such notions of fancy. Time passed in the Shire of Emerald Keep, as his diligent wife took on more and more responsibilities. Alain had attended practices and local events here and there, but eventually, he was enlisted to help his friend, Prudence the Curious, at an event called Coronation. Around this time, he participated in a local rapier tournament with 3 entrants. After besting Cadet Ceallach he won his first tournament. He headed to his first Warlord tournament, undefeated. Master Robin of Gilwell heralded him into court, and then in the first round, dispatched Alain with a single blow. A young Alain, said never again, thus truly beginning his journey down the path of rapier combat. Now, a Baron of the Steppes, a White Scarf, and a Master of Defense, Baudoyn de Lafayette seeks to be an inspiration to all, as he was inspired by the legends that walked before him.

Additional Registered Heraldry:

The following badge associated with this name was registered in March of 2021 (via Ansteorra): (Fieldless) A potato plant eradicated vert flowered azure the tubers Or.


Mantling: Gules and Or
Crest: A pair of eagle's wings elevated and displayed argent
Motto: Dying is easy, living is harder


  • Local Offices Held
    • Prior Webminister, Barony of the Steppes
    • Baron of the Steppes, January 2020 to Present
  • Regional Offices Held
  • Kingdom Offices Held
    • Prior Kingdom Youth Rapier Marshal
  • Society Offices Held
  • President, SCA Board of Directors, April 2024

Persona History:

As a young lord, Baudoyn de Lafayette was very dismissive of responsibility. Careless. Reckless. He lived with his Aunt and Uncle, and even under their wise guidance, the perils of youth always found its mark in young Baudoyn.

Baudoyn made his way around the dueling circuit, until one day, the financier decided not to give Baudoyn an appropriate portion of the winnings. Enraged, Baudoyn stormed off. Lost in his rage on his way out, his anger was disturbed by the slamming of the door. As a man was hurrying by, the financier yelled, calling for anyone to stop the thief that had stolen from him. Baudoyn looked, and continued looking as the rogue sped past. Looking at the financier, Baudoyn stated that the robbery was not his problem.

While walking home, he noticed the local guard, crowded around an older man. Baudoyn caught a glimpse of the prone figure, multiple wounds open to the air, and recognized his Uncle Benjamin. After speaking to the soldiers, he ascertained the location of the ruffian that would dare slay his beloved uncle. Baudoyn tracked down the criminal, only to discover that it was the rogue that he had let pass by earlier that evening. A distraught Baudoyn disposed of the criminal, but the damage was done. From then on, Baudoyn realized that with great power, comes great responsibility.


  • Rapier combat
  • Chivalry
  • Chivalric combat
  • Archery
  • Illumination
  • Silk banner painting
  • Embroidery
  • Chess
  • Thrown weapons
  • The Steppes

Timeline of Activity:

2007 - Started in the SCA in the Shire of Emerald Keep
2010 - Became cadet to Duncan Hepburn. Made it to the Quarterfinal of Queens Champion, and while fighting Don Robert, did a back flip over a large block. Resumed fighting and promptly lost.
2013 - Moved to the Steppes.
2016 - Went to first Gulf Wars ever. Won Champion's Battle. As the rain strengthened, a french drain was built to divert water away from the tents. When the Gulfnado arrived, the camp held on to the main tent, preventing it from being tossed away by the storm. The water flooded the drain, and the inside of the tent became a lake. A wandering bard came by to help hold down the tent, singing a valiant song as a wall of wind and water surged forward, trying to take all with it. Alain promptly left site afterwards with the help of his friends.
2016 - Companion to the Order of the White Scarf by Margherita
2016 - Competed in Tournament of Champions
2018 - Queen's Champion to Margherita II
2018 - Attended Pennsic. Learned about the Bog. Slayed many at the side of Her Majesty.
2018 - Kingdom Youth Rapier Marshal
2020 - Became the unopposed Baron of the Steppes
2020 - With stalwart officers and dedicated volunteers, navigated through the dark waters of 2020 plague, hosting 3 virtual events.
2021 - In extreme dedication to the Steppes, created two newcomers to add to the barony during Wool-Lord.
2021 - Added to the Order of Defense by Margherita III and Jason III (See Below)

My Second Tournament

I was brand new when I won my first tournament in the shire of Emerald Keep. I headed to my first Steppes Warlord a short time later. I knew nothing and no one as I was told that the rapier fighters would be processing in. I was directed towards Master Robin who agreed to be my herald. He asked me some questions about my experience, and then proceeded to herald me in the grandest of fashions, for I was undefeated and had never lost a tournament.

Serendipitously, Master Robin, who I had just met and who had just graciously heralded for me, was my first match. I took the field against a White Scarf who had just moments before spoke so eloquently about my skills with the blade. The fight started and before I could blink, I was stabbed right in the face, felled with one shot.

Though I never wanted to be one-shotted again, it was a defining moment in my rapier path. I endeavored never to be such an easy victory again, and this began my never ending journey to be the best swordsman I could be.

Master Robin of Gilwell notes: "I *had* to kill him quickly.  His herald had just warned me about his prowess."

Elevation to the Order of Defense:

It was a tumultuous time in the Knowne World, with a mysterious illness passing through the land. Because of the uncertainty Baron Alain and Baroness Katerine had yet to sit the Oaken Thrones at an event after a year and a half as stewards of the lands. There was little to do except peruse the Tome of Visage; that was until Glaslyn Artisan in the year 2021.

Excited, Their Excellencies of the Steppes went to the event and held baronial court for the first time . Alain was particularly excited, but suddenly, He was called into court by 83rd Crown Their Majesties Jason and Margherita. Her Majesty called forth the Order of Defense and set Alain on vigil. Handing him a set of pure white linens, he was escorted out of court by the Masters of Defense. One and a half years, and His Excellency still could not finish a court.

The Baroness and Modius had conspired with their Majesties to secretly put together a vigil for Alain. As he sat in vigil, listening to the sage advice of peers and other estimable people the event went on, a display and celebration of the arts, with joyous socials for Their Highnesses Floki and Elizabeth.

The time came when it was time for evening court to close the day. Alain finally managed to finish a baronial court, and then went to make preparations for the elevation.

He returned in fine white silks. The procession was one of friendship, and members of the Barony if the Steppes joined in. He was heralded in by Master Brian O'hUilliam who proclaimed Alain to be Ansteorra’s favorite fighting Frenchman. Many spoke for Alain during the elevation. When it was Master Robin’s turn, he delivered great words. There was a commotion, as one of the ladies swooned on the left of Alain. As the elevation continued, yet another lady swooned to the right of Alain. The collar that was given was one of legacy, originating with a premier of the order. Master Caelan MacRob wore it first. Then Master Modius von Mergentheim. Then Master Stephen Crowley. There were two cloaks that were provided. One was a cloak of previous Queen’s Champions, a premier cloak that started with Master Miguel Vaello de Villa Joiosa. Another cloak was presented, arranged by Baroness Katerine, made by Mistress Osanna van der Linden. Master Alain received a buffet from Her Majesty. He was then presented with a banner by Their Highnesses. He then left court, as a peer.

Prior Groups:

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Notable Contributions or Accomplishments:

  • Commander and Champion of the Stronghold of Hellsgate - 2013
  • King's College Class Coordinator - 2015
  • Steppes Warlord Autocrat - 2016
  • Steppes Champion - 2019
  • 3rd place in BlackBlade season - 2019

Non-Armigerous Awards and Recognitions:

  • Acorn of the Steppes - 2016
  • Boar's Tusk of the Steppes - 2019


  • Barony of the Steppes
  • Potatoes

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