desforgesShire Des Forges is a local branch of The Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA), a non-profit educational organization devoted to learning and teaching the medieval ways of life, and having fun at the same time! We are the kids who used to daydream about the Times of Yore, the Knights In Shining Armor. Now that we have grown up, we have found way to live those dreams! (on weekends, anyway…)
We reenact armored fighting, medieval dancing, feasting, and medieval arts & sciences. We dress in medieval clothes and subscribe to a code of chivalry and courtesy. We have kings and queens, scribes, musicians, artisans, knights in more-or-less shining armor, and a bunch of fun. Come join us!

Many of our members research and practice medieval skills. Our reenactments are called “events”, where we dress in medieval garb, and just be medieval for a day, or a weekend. This gives some members a chance to share their skills in their fields, and others to just wander around and enjoy it all! At a typical event, there will be fighters in armor having tournaments, a royal court where soveriegns make awards to people for different things, a sumptuous candlelight feast, music making (bardic circle, a kind of medieval jam session), and a grand revel (a ball with dancing and merry-making). In between all this, there are often gaming, merchanting, and classes on different things. It’s a blast…

On this page, you will see some weird names, which are part of the fun. Members adopt a “persona”, a name and personality of a person who may have existed in the time and place of their interest, and they are known in the SCA by that persona. They will also have a chance to design a “device”, a kind of coat-of-arms for themselves, which becomes their trademark in the SCA. The device in the upper left hand of this page is the device for our group, and is like no other in the SCA, thus anyone seeing this device at an event knows that our group is there.

This whole thing began as a theme birthday party in 1966, and developed into what it is today. The “Known Worlde” is divided into nineteen kingdoms, in North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan. In the U.S., there are about 20,000 paid members, and probably many times that number of people who participate (you don’t have to be an SCA member to play with us!). In Alabama, we are located in the Kingdom of Meridies (pronounced Muh-rid-ee-ays), ruled by a king and queen, who change every six months. Within the kingdoms are Baronies, Shires, Cantons, and Colleges… Here in Trussville, Alabama, we are a sub-group (shire) of the Kingdom of Meridies.