Aarquelle Defender

Aarquelle Defender XXXIV
happy 2nd baronial birthday
 When: Saturday, April 27, 2019

Autocrat:  Florie Brae Mharr

2019 details to be announced

2018 info
Site opens at 9:00 am and Closes at 7:00pm
Mountain Park Environmental Center (MPEC), 9112 Mountain Park Road,  Beulah CO,  81023,  719-485-4444

Non Member Adult Site Fee: $20

SCA Member Adult Site Fee: $15

Youth Site Fee (8-16): $5

Children 7 & under: Free

Adult Feast Fee: $5 (Pre-registration only please)

--Send Pre-registration to the following: 
Barony of Aarquelle c/o 4004 Ridge Drive
Pueblo CO, 81008-1720

Pre-registration: Check or money order payable to SCA Inc, Barony of Aarquelle
1. Modern names for each person being pre-registered
2. SCA names for each if possible
3. Membership numbers if any
4. Type of fee 

If you wish confirmation of receipt, add a viable email address to your registration.


9:30 am                           Gate Opens

10:00 am                         Opening Court

10:30 am - 12:00pm        Rapier Tourney

11:00 am - 1:00 pm         Heavy Tourney

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm           Luncheon Feast

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm           Archery Tournament

4:00 pm - 5-ish                Closing Court and Tourney results 

Please come join us as we celebrate our First Baronial Birthday with DEFENDER! Yes, a lively day of martial competitions and good food in a lovely setting. (Since it is springtime in the mountains, keep an eye on weather-based changes/site restrictions.)

The competitions are open to everyone, and anyone can win. The new Baronial Defenders will be the highest placing residents of Aarquelle. (This year will mark a change in competitions, in that the Arts & Sciences will be run in the Fall. Please join again at that time for Harvest Fest.)

Heavy Weapons: the Tourney is from 11am- 1pm and run by our Defender, Lord Godrike Friis.  Combatants will fight and die at the Tree of Valor. Come and test your skills against the fabled Tree. There will be armor inspection before the tourney, so please arrive before the start time.

Light Weapons: the Rapier Tourney is from 10:30 am- 12pm and run by our Defender, Lord Bora Vachir (Borvanshi). The format for the tourney is a progressive, triple elimination tourney. Again, armor inspection will occur before the tourney, so please plan your arrival time accordingly.

Archery: The tourney will be after lunch from 2pm - 4pm, and is run by our Defender, Lord Ragnvaldr of Rendlesham. There is a marvelous walking archery course at the Park, which will provide format for the competition.

Although only those who reside in Aarquelle may become our Defenders, there will also be prizes for those who are the overall Tourney winners whether they are Aarquellan or not.


  • Stewed Chicken Breasts
  • Stewed Beef Roast
  • Vegetable stew with potatoes, cabbage, parsnips, and onion
  • Savory Apples - cooked as companion to the main dishes
  • Bread
  • Cheeses
  • Fresh vegetables (crudité) with dip

Site Restrictions and Amenities: * This site is a city park and is discreetly wet, but there are smoking restrictions. Please remember that this site was recently endangered by forest fires.

Directions (maps at the bottom of the page):
  • From the North: Take exit 101 off I-25 onto Highway 50 and head west for about 3 miles.  Turn south(left) on Pueblo Blvd.  Go about 5 miles to Northern Ave/CO 78 and turn west(right) onto Highway 78.
  • From the South: Take exit 94 off I-25 onto Pueblo Blvd./CO 45  Head west for about 3 miles to Northern Ave/CO 78,  and turn west(left) onto Highway 78.
  • Then go about 23 miles west on CO 78.  In Beulah, turn left at the fork in the road toward Pueblo Mountain Park.  Go 2.6 miles to the Pueblo Mountain Park entrance.
   Be aware that the actual turn into the site is directly after a strong curve and somewhat hidden. If you pass the main sign for it on the right, you'll have missed the entry. Wildlife, even after this year's fires, are a driving hazard. Bears and mountain lions do live in the area, but tend to avoid us.

Note: Beulah is a small town with one small, busy restaurant, and no real store.  Your food choices are: risk the restaurant crowd, travel 20+ miles to Pueblo, bring food, or eat with us.  We are doing a luncheon feast during the day, but not an evening feast. Sadly, there's no onsite kitchen available, but off-board is still more than welcome.


    Defenders of Aarquelle are those who compete against their fellow Aarquellans and our noble guests in Heavy Weapons, Light Weapons, Archery, the Arts and the Sciences for the honor of holding the Defender titles . Further, Defenders are then responsible for running  those competitions the next year, or finding a willing proxy to do so. Only members of Aarquelle may hold the title of Defender, however we also acknowledge and reward overall tourney winners. 

    Defender began in April 1985 not long after our birth as an Independent Shire, under the name Spring Thaw, created and run by three young college students - only two of which remain active in the SCA - THLady Lêofsige Õ Caoimh and Baroness Audrey la Solitaire. 

    Spring Thaw was held so that the young Shire of Aarquelle could have a Champion to wear our colors on the field at Grand Outlandish (then, only heavy weapons were available and fencing was added when it became viable). Because we were a small group and didn't have fighters at that time, we invited other groups to send fighters to compete in our name. The first Defender of Aarquelle was Hagan Silverskull, who received a hand-made chainmail coif and belt as his prize. We have managed to hold the event in a variety of event formats ever since, continuing the tradition and adding on new types of Defenders as we went along. The Barony of Aarquelle welcomes you to join us as we celebrate our history and our Defenders each year. 

For event updates and further information, look for our Facebook pages: Populace of Aarquelle and Barony of Aarquelle

Maps & Directions


Or follow their directions page below: 

Map to the Park

Photos from previous events: