House Von Draken is a local chapter of Markland LTD. We are a bonafide non profit educational organization. We travel to schools, Scouts, Parks & other events doing demonstrations for host event. We have an interest in the post medieval eras through to the renaissance. We are a group of people that share a common interest in the arts, sciences legend & lore of these timeframes. We were chartered in 1996, and at the time was the most western group in Markland, there are now several groups in the North East corner of
What We Do
One of Markland's most popular and visible activities is fighting, which takes one of two forms: Re-creation or "rec" ("Fake fighting with real weapons"), and Fratricidal or "frat" ("Real fighting with fake weapons").
Rec Fighting is staged or choreographed, with realistic weapons (blunt), in which the combatants are working together to put on a display, not competing or trying to hit each other.
Frat Fighting is a competetive sport in which the participants try to eliminate their opponents using weapons that are specially constructed for safety. A certain amount of functional armor must be worn, though like the weapons it is not necessarily historically accurate in appearance. Frat fights can be one-on-one or involve dozens of fighters per side. Frat wars last a weekend and have several different battle scenarios each day.
Markland's living history displays are an important part of our educational status, as well as being fun. We have a number of different historical groups or camps, some of which are official Markland groups, while others are simply common interest activity groups. At most of Markland's own events you don't have to part of a group to participate. Some people have their own activity to display and share, such as spinning wool into thread hang out. At events where Markland is just one of several organizations involved, you might need to be a member of a participating group in order to take part. There may also be garb requirements for an event.
FEASTS are non-public events, meaning that there is no audience. They are for food and fun, and you need a ticket to get in. Sometimes there will be a theme which attendees are encouraged to follow. Feasts may be fully provided, meaning your ticket gets you a complete meal; or partly provided, meaning only certain items are provided and you must bring anything else that you want. In any case, you'll need your own dishes and utensils, and most people also bring candles, tableclothes, etc. There may be live music, dancing, and more.
(By: Bruce Blackistone, Atli, as posted in the Winter '99 Plague)
It was A.D.1969, or 903 years after
For reasons that still elude me we all thought that this would be a really cool idea.
Now we needed a name. At Northwood High School Earl and some of our other friends, among them Archery Club hangers-on had proposed the Northwood Mercenary Army. MMA wasn't either symmetrical or alliterative enough for the present crew, so we became the Maryland Mercenary Militia. "Medieval" was proposed as an addition, but was dropped as too long, later to be reinstated at the advice of our campus advisor, when we decided to become an official group. (This was a great period for riots, so it was, as much as anything, to provide some historical legitimacy for an otherwise suspicious crew.) Now we needed names. I was Attila, First Warlord, Greg became Barchan the Kipchak, Vice Warlord, Ceecy became Rhiannon of Laurasia, Chief Wench (Cup Bearer to the Champion, Fire in the Hearts of All True Thanes, etc.), and Earl was promoted to the Earl of Stromberg (of course), Keeper of the Spoils. So, there was a start. What to do next? Another party was held in the woods near the Northwest Branch of the
The big day came, Friday, October 14, 1969. I was sick in bed with a 104-degree fever. Earl wore my leather armor (the raw material of which was cadged late one night from the dump behind a hippie sandal shop that had gone out of business). We had about seven
So, big deal! The first three years were chaotic and exciting. Now as we approach 10 times that number, the excitement and chaos hardly diminishes. Over the years we've gained many friends, and lost a few. Some have found other interests, some have found Markland too small for their talent and ambition, and some have moved along as the civilian world has imposed its own constraints. A few, God bless them, have set sail for a further shore, where we'll join them, by and by. But, like the feudal societies we study, we are bound together by personal loyalties. We study, create, improve, love each other, sometimes marry each other, breed new members, recruit other folks, fall out, reconcile, and never stop learning. Try a web search for "Markland Medieval" and see all the odd places we show up. Look at all the odd people we have touched over the years.
Please think about where we should go from here. It's your decision. It's your duty.Be safe, have fun, learn something, teach something, create something that will bring the worlds of the past, present and future together. As for me, I am in constant wonder a
the many people I never would have known had we few not met one soft summer night almost thirty years ago.
NESTLED IN THE ROLLING HILLSIDES OF SOUTH EASTERN PENNSYLVANIA THERE IS A SMALL DUCHY CALLED HOUSE VON DRAKEN
Founded over 16 years ago, House Von Draken is one of The North Penn Chapters of Markland Medeival Mercenary Militia/ Markland LTD. a non-profit educational organization centered from Maryland,
Markland was founded at the Unniversity of Maryland over 40 years ago and is recognized as a non-profit organization.
Marklands membership stretches the North-East coast and down into the Carolinas.
House Von Draken was the first Group form in this area in 1994, and we have had several splinter groups set out with ongoing sucess in the area.
Markland started as Vikings, centred around the Battle of Hastings, 1066, and Marklands' "Flagship event" was and still is "The Battle of Hastings" generally held in Maryland.
House Von Draken has had several events in this area & we travel north, south, east & west to participate in events, both public & private, with other Markland groups, as well as the SCA: another much larger re-enactment group, in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, Maryland & Delaware.
We centre ourselves in the general area doing demonstrations for local organizations & schools