Konstantia Kaloethina

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Baroness (Nobilissima) Konstantia Kaloethina[edit | edit source]

Call me Konstantia. (pronounced Kon-stan-tee-ah) formerly known as Constantia Kaloethes

Persona:[edit | edit source]

  • 6th century Byzantine minor noblewoman
  • Born in 526, Daughter of ennobled silk merchants who died in the plague of Justinian (c. 541-542), Konstantia serves as a lady-in-waiting to Aelia Sophia, the wife of Justin, the nephew to the Emperor Justinian. Educated under the reforms of Empress Theodora, Konstantia speaks Greek and Latin. She is a patroness of the arts and a patroness of a small home for orphans and widows. Konstantia was 6 for the Nika Riots (and that's why she's still a Blue to this day), 16 during Justinian's Plague (where she lost both parents to bubonic plague), 25 when the Beirut Earthquake caused a tsunami for the Mediterranean.  Theodora died when Konstantia was 22. Of course, when Justinian keels over in five years, she'll be inconsolable.
  • Interests lie in Byzantine life, jewellery, and culture; glass and metalwork; illumination; music; heraldry (vocal and devices, in addition to administrative), paternosters; religious life; iconography.
  • [Armorial]

History in the SCA:[edit | edit source]


  • Started in the SCA in 2007-2008
  • AoA from Martino III and Ariel III (William the Marshal)
  • Torse from Ostwald I and Kaye I (Valor)
  • Swan from Ashir and Maerwynn II (Queen's Prize)
  • Cross from Donngal III and Catalina (Crown Tournament)
  • Herald Extraordinary given under the auspices of Takauji Gold Falcon in the court of Matsu and Elena (Crown Tournament) (Title registered as Greek Fire Herald Extraordinary)
  • Order of the Pilgrim's Badge from Baron Soren Atte Raven and Baroness Ruadhan de Wich (Unslung Heroes)
  • Mark of Merit from Baron Soren Atte Raven and Baroness Ruadhan de Wich (Tournament of Horse & Falcons)
  • Court Barony from Damien II and Issabell II (Crown Tournament)

[Order of Precedence Link]

Groups and Affiliations:[edit | edit source]

Current Group: Barony of Forgotten Sea, green cord from Vatavia (2011)

Past Groups: Crown Lands (modernly Maryville, MO)

Other Affiliations: Proteged to [Master Gabriel Kjotvason, OP].

Offices[edit | edit source]

Regional Offices:

  • Harrier Herald (Central Reporting Deputy for the kingdom of Calontir) - 2008 - 2010

Kingdom Offices:

  • Kestrel Herald (Publications) - 2010 - 2011
  • Purple Falcon/Purple Quill Herald (Emergency Deputy to Gold Falcon/Assistant to Gold Falcon) - March 2012 - March 2014
  • Gold Falcon Principal Herald - March 2014 - March 2016
  • Lanner Herald - September 2018 - current

Items completed under Principal Herald tenure:

  • Online reporting form, along with the Lord Giovanni Loredan, and the Calontir Webministry Team
  • Revised Heralds' Handbook, along with Mistress Sofya la Rus
  • Heraldic Retreat, along with Mistress Dorcas Whitecap
  • Submissions Tracking Software, along with Lady Alexandra Vasquez de Granada and The Honourable Lady Brigida von München

Other service: Administrator for the unofficial Calontir Facebook group (since 2007), Nobelese Largesse (founder, organizer, facilitator from 2010 to 2014); facebook group [[1]], 2016 Calontir Heralds' Retreat Organizer, A&S Champion for Barony of Forgotten Sea (2017 - 2018), Barony of Forgotten Sea Roll of Arms Project (2015 - 2019)

Classes Taught[edit | edit source]

  • Easy-Peasy English Country Dance
  • Making Byzantine Wire-work Jewellery (blog entries for supplies here and instructions here)
  • Prayer beads, paternosters, and Islamic prayer beads
  • Budgeting Time and Avoiding Burnout, taught with Mistress Kayleigh Mac Whyte at KWHSS 2013
  • Client Care at the Consult Table, KWHSS 2014
  • Volunteer Management in the SCA, KWHSS 2014
  • Making Weather-Resistant Heraldic Banners, Calontir Heralds' Retreat 2015
  • Court Heraldry Masterclass, Calontir Heralds' Retreat 2015
  • Dressing the Vestal Virgin, Clothier's Seminar 2016, Calontir
  • Teaching Classes in the SCA, taught with The Honourable Lord Cathus the Curious, Bellewode Symposium 2016
  • I've Submitted, Now What?: SCA Heraldic Submissions 101, Calontir Heralds' Retreat 2016
  • Court Heraldry Roundtable, taught with Mistress Dorcas Whitecap, Lord Saito Takauji, and Tiarna Diarmaid O Briain, Calontir Heralds' Retreat 2016
  • Behind the Curtain: What Does Gold Falcon Actually Do?, taught with Mistress Dorcas Whitecap and Lord Saito Takauji, Calontir Heralds' Retreat 2016
  • What the Bling?: an overview of awards and regalia, Chieftains 2017, Calontir
  • Juzu, or Japanese Prayer Beads, Clothier’s Seminar 2017, Calontir
  • So You Want to Be a Principal Herald, taught with Master Ryan Mac Whyte, Master Cormac Mor, and Master Kameshima Zentarou Umakai, KWHSS 2017, Meridies
  • What The Bling?!: regalia, court comportment, and award recommendations, Valor 2018
  • A Quick Trip Through Byzantium: a survey of Byzantine Clothing, Clothier's Seminar 2019, Calontir
  • Scribbles and Scrawls: Getting Started with Painting Preprints, virtual class during the COVID-19 outbreak, Calontir (class video is here)

Other Information[edit | edit source]

Rat out a Friend[edit | edit source]

12 July 2014 - "TRM Ariel and Martino called me into court. And then proceeded to talk about Nobelese Largesse and the impact it made on the Society. And in thanks, I received largesse of new garb. And it's so very, very, very spiff." https://www.facebook.com/constantiak/posts/10152274209067569