Willow de Wisp

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Registered Name: Willow de Wisp
Resides: Northkeep
Status: Active
Joined SCA:
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Willow de Wisp
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Per pale vert and Or, a weeping willow tree eradicated sable fimbriated Or, leaved counterchanged.

Her Grace, Duchess Willow de Wisp, OL, OP, Defender of the Dream

Alternate Persona: The Grand Duchess Zafera of the Maresh Egyptians.

Other Registered Heraldry

  • The following badge associated with this name was registered in August of 1979 (via Ansteorra) and reblazoned in December of 2016 (via Ansteorra): Vert, a bull passant argent, pied gules, armed and unguled sable, horns tipped argent.
  • for Clan Cadal: The following badge associated with this name was registered in December of 2016 (via Ansteorra): Vert, a bull passant gules pied argent.


Persona History:


Bardcraft, Middle Eastern Dance, Painting

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Angelina Francesca de Nardi

Her Grace Willow the Wisp was sitting at Ansteorra 40th year awaiting court. I've seen her around from time to time but don't know her well. She beckoned me to come talk with her. Her Grace noted my Thistle and we began discussing courtly dance. She thanked me for visiting with her and gave me one of the bracelets she made with a thistle in the center. It matched my outfit perfectly.

Jan w Orzeldom

A court was held in Bjornsborg in the “period” structure of the granary of the San Jose Mission. This was before the national park service took possession of the property, and with a lot of diplomacy, use was granted. The Duchess Natasha affair and the Courts of “Grayraven” were in the past and Gweneth Sanquebar was baroness. She ruled with no baron. However, a stranger to these lands had her close confidence. Some say that he, Torgetai Blackwolf MSCA, had won her affections with the gentle and courtly practices of the Mongols.

This may be so, for this gathering was billed as a Mongolian Court. Fire was not permitted in the fireplace, but the flame of candles was not banned. Elaborate cushions were deployed, but no chairs were used in the hall. Corwin Distarte translated what people said into a gibberish that was claimed to be “Court Mongolian.” Later Vargskol Halfblood and Dragomir the Cossack continued the dreaded “Punnic Wars.” I fled to the courtyard.

Here I spoke with Mistress Willow de Wisp. I must make an aside here. Anybody I’m likely to mention probably went on to considerably grander titles, but peers were a scarce commodity at that time. Willow was very much a standout person. We talked about the war between the Ardh Duin and the Clan Cadal, she being the chieftain of the latter group.

I inquired if it was safe for her to be this far south unaccompanied by her sturdy clansmen. There was no danger at all, she declared, and introduced me to her invisible escort. I do not recall the name, I probably couldn’t spell it anyway, not being of the Celtic persuasion. Her guardian was more than eight feet tall, with a tendency to pout. We continued the conversation, with Mistress Willow grandly playing the role of a fierce war leader.

At this point up trotted Ilyana, a newcomer to the society. She offered me a share of her drink, and I introduced her to a “Peer of the Realm.” After a very brief “wow moment” Ilyana’s big smile returned and she reached up and gave a gentle tug on one the Chieftain’s braid cases. Sweetly saying, “Ding! Ding!” she vanished into the clusters of people. The persona bubble having burst, Willow paused and said “Well, so much for feared war leader right now.” Then she gave a very genuine and friendly laugh and the evening continued.

Mistress Willow had and still has great command of almost any social setting. She can go from glorious bombast to genuine concern in an instant.

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