New to the SCA and Aquaterra

New to the SCA? Or to Aquaterra?


The easiest way to jump into life in Aquaterra is to come to the Newcomer’s / Social night. 
It’s the third Wednesday of every month; you can check the next date on the calendar.
We usually have several people with a huge range of interests, all enthusiastic and ready to welcome you aboard and get you settled in.

Social night is for you if:

  • You’ve never played before, but you think you might want to start
  • You want to hang out with new people and talk about Aquaterra
  • You’ve played before, but just moved into our area
  • You had to take a break, but now you’re back

Where is Aquaterra? Do I live there?

The Barony of Aquaterra encompasses the following ZIP codes in Snohomish County.

  • If you live in a listed ZIP code, but in King County, you are in the Barony of Madrone.
  • If you live in southeast Snohomish county, and your ZIP code does not appear in this list, you are in the Canton of Bearwood.

Note that you do not have to live in the Barony to participate in activities here. Most SCAdians participate in activities hosted in many various locations; travelling the Known World with like-minded folks is part of the fun!

Bothell98012, 98021, 98082
98011, 98028, 98041
that lie within Snohomish County
Camano Island98282
Edmonds98020, 98026
Everett98201, 98203, 98204, 98205,
98206, 98207, 98208, 98213
Granite Falls98252
Lake Stevens98258
Lynnwood98036, 98037, 98046, 98087
Marysville98270, 98271
Mt Lk Terrace 98043
North Lakewood98259

Our Neighbors

The Kingdom of An Tir

We are located within the mightiest kingdom in the Known World – An Tir – which, along with its principalities, encompasses all of Washington state and parts of British Columbia, Oregon, and Idaho.

Baronies, Shires, Cantons, and Colleges within An Tir

These are the locations closest to the Barony of Aquaterra; basically western Washington. To see other locations in the USA, use the locator lookup tool.

Barony of Madrone
(King County)
Shire of Midhaven
(Skagit, San Juan & N Island Counties)
Barony of Blatha An Oir
(Tacoma-Pierce County)
Barony of Dragon’s Laire
(Kitsap & N Mason Counties, WA)
Canton of Porte de l’Eau
(East King County)
Shire of Earnrokke
(Whidbey Island)
Barony of Glymm Mere
(Olympia, Tumwater & Lacey )
Shire of Druim Doineann
(Port Angeles – Clallum & Jefferson Counties)
College of St. Bunstable
(University of Washington )
Barony of Wyewood
(South King County)

Resources for Playing the Game

If you’ve just joined the SCA, you may find conversations and event announcements hard to follow at first.
SCA participants, chapters and offices all assume names with a historical flavor, and there’s a whole vocabulary for everyday things as well.
We’ve provided a brief list of handbooks, online references, and other handy tips below.

If you can’t find something here on the Baronial site, try the Kingdom site.
The SCA is a huge, complex society and you just can’t grasp it all in one go. So don’t expect to, and don’t worry – you’ll get the hang of it all soon enough!
And when in doubt, don’t hesitate to ask. We were all new once.

The An Tir Handbook

The An Tir Handbook is a guide to the SCA in An Tir that explains administration, volunteering, history, awards, customs, and etiquette.

For newcomers to the SCA, it should be used in conjunction with the Known World Handbook (see below).

For immigrants to An Tir from other kingdoms, it provides a guide to how procedures and customs may differ between their old home and their new one.

For the populace at large, it is a guide for where to find more information, a reference, and a source of blank forms. Use it in good health and enthusiasm.

The Known World Handbook

If you’re looking for a book to help you learn more about the SCA, you won’t go wrong starting with the Known World Handbook.

This 220 page soft-cover book has over 80 articles covering everything a participant needs to get started, whether you’re going it alone or with the family in tow.
It’s helped a lot of us begin our enjoyment of the current Middle Ages.

You may purchase it from the SCA Marketplace and Stock Clerk or contact our Chatelaine.

SCA Jargon

 You’ll get used to it quickly, but here are some of the most commonly used words to start with.

The An Tir Handbook also includes a glossary of An Tirian terms.

What does Anno Societatis (AS) mean?

Anno Societatis means “In the year of the Society.” The SCA counts its years from the date of the First Event, which occurred on May 1st, 1966.
Note that this means that the SCAdian year rolls over between April and May, not December/January.

Society years are usually written in Roman numerals. I = one, V = five, X = ten, and L = fifty. So July 1, 2016, would be “This first day of July, AS LI.”

The An Tir Handbook includes a table for translating AS to CE and back again.