The Empire of Chivalry and Steel, Inc. currently has chapters in several locations across the country. If you live in one of the areas that has a chapter, you can join the group with the three month prospective membership to see if we're a good fit for you. If you live somewhere else, the best solution is to start your own chapter of the ECS. It's generally a good idea to have a core group of 3-5 people in your area before trying to start a new group.

The first step to starting your own ECS chapter is to find out if we're registered in your state.
As of 10/4/09 we are registered in:
Arizona (Galandor)
Nevada (Vega)
Illinois (Galandor)
Texas
Oregon (Vega)
Utah (Vega)

If your state is not listed here, you will need to contact the Secretary of State or Corporations Division of your state government to get the necessary paperwork for filing as a Foreign Corporation. You will also need to contact the Board Secretary to coordinate the filing with us. Once you have the necessary paperwork, you need to fill it out listing yourself as the resident agent. Once you are registered, contact the Board Secretary and send them a copy of the filing paperwork. If you are not located within the United States, please contact the Board Secretary so we can review the applicable issues.

If your state is listed here, and you are not within an existing territory, contact the Sovereign of the applicable Kingdom and they will work with you to start your territory.

The next step to starting your own chapter is to select a name. Once you have a name, you need to inform the Sovereign and they will distribute that information to the necessary individuals. You will also need to compile a list of all members in your territory and send this list to the Kingdom Rolls and Lists Officer(s).

If you need any help along the way, please feel free to contact any of the individuals listed on the contact page.

Once your territory is established, you are encouraged to hold practices, events, recruiting, and demos. Keep in mind that, depending on your area, you may need a contract with the relevant Parks and Rec. department to hold a practice or event in a public park.

The following document packets will help you with these efforts.
Promotional Material - insert local information where prompted
Event Autocrat Packet - contains all necessary paperwork for running your own event

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Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries had its humble beginnings as an idea of a few artisans and craftsmen who enjoy performing with live steel fighting. As well as a patchwork quilt tent canvas. Most had prior military experience hence the name.

 

Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries.

 

Vendertainers that brought many things to a show and are know for helping out where ever they can.

As well as being a place where the older hand made items could be found made by them and enjoyed by all.

We expanded over the years to become well known at what we do. Now we represent over 100 artisans and craftsman that are well known in their venues and some just starting out. Some of their works have been premiered in TV, stage and movies on a regular basis.

Specializing in Medieval, Goth , Stage Film, BDFSM and Practitioner.

Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries a Dept of, Ask For IT was started by artists and former military veterans, and sword fighters, representing over 100 artisans, one who made his living traveling from fair to festival vending medieval wares. The majority of his customers are re-enactors, SCAdians and the like, looking to build their kit with period clothing, feast gear, adornments, etc.

Likewise, it is typical for these history-lovers to peruse the tent (aka mobile store front) and, upon finding something that pleases the eye, ask "Is this period?"

A deceitful query!! This is not a yes or no question. One must have a damn good understanding of European history (at least) from the fall of Rome to the mid-1600's to properly answer. Taking into account, also, the culture in which the querent is dressed is vitally important. You see, though it may be well within medieval period, it would be strange to see a Viking wearing a Caftan...or is it?

After a festival's time of answering weighty questions such as these, I'd sleep like a log! Only a mad man could possibly remember the place and time for each piece of kitchen ware, weaponry, cloth, and chain within a span of 1,000 years!! Surely there must be an easier way, a place where he could post all this knowledge...

Traveling Within The World is meant to be such a place. A place for all of these artists to keep in touch and directly interact with their fellow geeks and re-enactment hobbyists, their clientele.

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