Valeria Marcella De’Martinez

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Registered Name: Valeria Marcella De’Martinez
Resides: Stargate
Status: Active
Joined SCA: 1987
Order of Precedence
Valeria Marcella De’Martinez
Heraldry
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Purpure, a squirrel argent grasping a nut Or, a bordure argent.

Honorable Lady Valeria Marcella De’Martinez

Previously Known As: Ceara Riona Murphy
Nickname(s): Val
Pronouns:

Additional Registered Heraldry:

Ceara Ríona Murphy: This name, registered in September of 1992 (via Ansteorra), was changed to Valeria Marcella Martínez in November of 1999 (via Ansteorra).

Offices:

  • Local Offices Held
    • Herald of the Canton of Westgate, 2001 - 2003
  • Regional Offices Held
    • Solstice Herald, Coastal Region: 2006 - 2008, and 2014 - 2016
    • Deputy Herald, Coastal Region: 2013 - 2014
  • Kingdom Offices Held
    • Arbalest Herald, twice (2008 - 2010, and September 2015 - March 2018)
    • Actuarius Herald: May 2019 - Present


Persona History:

I portray a Jewish woman living in 15th Century Spain.

Interests:

  • All aspects of Heraldry
  • Period Cooking
  • Dance: European dance and English Country dance
  • Working gate at events
  • Listening to bardic performance


Timeline of Activity:

1987: Began participating at a local level 1989: First major event - Mists/Cynagua War. Got involved with waterbearing and dance.
1990: Moved to Ansteorra
1991: I met the man who was to become my husband at a dance practice. There was a fighter practice going on as well. I had finished dancing and was heading towards my car. He wanted to catch my attention to ask for my phone number, so he poked me in the derriere with his rapier!
1996: Married my husband, William Silke. That weekend, there was a Kingdom Dance Symposium, and many of the attendees of the Symposium came to the wedding.

Prior Groups:

  • Castillo de los Lobos, Kingdom of the West
  • Providence of Golden Rivers, Kingdom of the West
  • Principality of Cynagua, Kingdom of the West
  • Shadowlands, Ansteorra
  • Westgate, Ansteorra


Populace Provided Information:


Notable Contributions or Accomplishments:

  • Head Lady in Waiting to Her Excellency Nessa the Obstreperous, Baroness of Stargate, for the entirety of her Baronetcy (1995 - 2000)
  • Stargate Toys for Tots Liaison, 2007 - 2018
  • SCA at the Texas Renaissance Festival volunteer: Event Steward
  • Joint Class Coordinator, King's College, 2014
  • Work with the College of Heralds: Education, communication, holding office for around 10 years. Education efforts include Basic Heraldry classes at various collegium events. In 2019, worked with a group of Heralds to update and revise the Warranting Exam, and then administered the Exam at the Ansteorran Scribal Symposium.
  • Work with Ivo Blackhawk to write a piece for the unofficial Heralds handbook on how to fill out the heraldic submission forms.
  • Taught a virtual class in May of 2020 on how to navigate and understand the Kingdom Order of Precedence
  • Is regularly a team member for Feast Stewards, and also serves feast.


Non-Armigerous Awards and Recognitions:


Affiliations:

  • Married to William Silke
  • Protege to Alden Drake
  • Member of House Graethorne (Kingdom of the West)
  • Patchholder for House Rolling Thunder
  • Prior member of House Dragon Shadow


Mundane Information:

I am a mother of two special needs children. My oldest is on the autism spectrum. Both of them grew up in the SCA, learning those values that I hold dear.
I work for Weight Watchers and a Sunday School teacher for about as long as I've been in the SCA.
Facebook: Valarie Wisenbaker Brown

Special Needs:

Valeria has two autoimmune disorders that cause her to become heavily dehydrated. Any help to keep hydrated is helpful! (But she does have rosacea, so that is often times why her face is flushed, rather than being overheated.) She also has ADHD and dyslexia. Being able to see the face of those who are speaking to her is very helpful for comprehension.

In Case of Court: