President Hakan Shattered-spear, The Leviathan
Mundane Name: Z Snow
Persona Name & Title: Hakan Shattered-spear, The Leviathan
Started Fighting: 2005
Unit: Brotherhood of the Falcon
Why You Wanted To Become An Officer: To help give back and facilitate the growth of the community that has contributed so fully to my life
What You Do As An Officer: I’m the acting President (2nd Term). I keep an eye on the tasks of the other BoD members while setting a general tone and pace for the sport; I act as an intermediary in disputes and issues of a sensitive nature most often alongside our VP and Secretary.
What You Do In Real Life: I work for a medical technology company in Boise, Idaho, USA
Interesting Belegarth Facts about Hakan
- I earned my surname by breaking 4 spears in one event
- I have lived and fought in: Illinois, Missouri, Arizona, Montana, and Idaho
- Weapons check is a not-so-small passion of mine, which I have a lot of opinions on how to run well that I’m happy to share with anyone who can probably hear me
- Similarly, I’m a passionate foam-smith and am constantly working on perfecting my craft
- I love to teach at events and practices, but I have a particularly pensive face that can sometimes be off-putting; Add to that that, I can’t see very well, so I’m constantly squinting and I can seem mildly unapproachable — If you have questions, please ask. It’s why I’m here.
Vice President Squire Demox
Real Name: Keaton Michael Schoenecker
Started Fighting: 2008
Current Realm: The Slums of Shaolin
Unit: Brotherhood of the Falcon
Squired To: Sir Guts the Killa Bee
Started Squiring: 2017
Why Did You want to become an officer? I wanted to become an officer because I wanted a way to help this sport grow during the times we are in. I have work experience that can benefit the BoD, and ignoring that would be doing a disservice to this organization that I basically grew up in
What do you do as an officer?: Vice Presidential Things!
What do you do in real life?: Operations Management
Interesting Belegarth Facts about Squire Demox
- I started fighting in Loderia in 2008
- For almost the entirety of 2010, members of my realm referred to me only as “Donkey Kong.”
- Hater of all fine art.
- I was a member of Uruk Hai and eventually served in the Black Company before finding my home with the Falcons.
- I have attended national events on both coasts and DJed at 3 western events.
Secretary Squire Sarca
Real Name: Lillian Jolly
Started Fighting: 2010
Current Realm: Babylon
Unit: Sarca’s Kitchen
Squired to: Dragoon Itan
Why did you want to become an officer?: To grow the Belegarth organization and to reinforce safety and inclusivity within the community.
What do you do as an officer?: Handle all of the paperwork that keeps us incorporated in the State of Idaho, handle all of the voting for the War Council, answer emails, and keep track of all the War Council contact information.
What do you do in real life?: I am a job coach and educational assistant for adults and adolescents living with disabilities.
Interesting Belegarth Facts about Squire Sarca
- I’ve run an extensive meal plan for about 5 years. I am really interested in food safety and nutrition at events.
- I have been part of the Security team at Battle for the ring since 2019. I’m passionate about event safety and volunteering.
- I’ve used my Belegarth experiences to write a number of sociology papers. It got me labelled as that weird LARP person in my classes, but it also got me a lot of good grades!
- I had a wild impulse one night and created the Cats of Belegarth Facebook group so Belegrim would have an opportunity to appreciate one another’s cute pets.
Real Name: David Andersen
Started Fighting: Most recently? October 2017. I had been part of Numenor in college from August 1999 through around 2003 but lost track of the group for a number of years.
Current Realm: Numenor
Why did you want to become an officer?: I love participating in Belegarth, and given my background, the treasurer position is where I feel I can do the most good. I feel strongly that a healthy organization requires up to date financial information and strong financial controls.
What do you do as an officer?: Handle the finances.
What you do in real life?: I work for the University of Illinois in payroll accounting and make sure the accounting portion of the process is reconciled and accurate for the three campuses.
Interesting Belegarth Facts about Stormcrow
- My original fighting name was Falstaff, but I changed it when I came back in 2017 because it no longer fit me.
- My unit leader is Feral. I noticed his Uruk patch at a drop-in Starfinder game when the system was just released and asked about it. I probably wouldn’t have found the local group again otherwise.
- I enjoy making chain maille armour
- I have only attended events in the Midwest so far but would love to range further afield given the opportunity.
Webmaster Squire Hobbit
Real Name: Jean LaBranche
Started “Fighting”: 2002
Current Realm: Ered Duath
Unit: Elite Bloodfalcons
Squired to: Sir Peter the Quick
Why did you want to become an officer?: I’ve been playing the game so long that it’s really a part of me. It’s a part of my identity. I’d like to continue making the sport a better place for everyone.
What do you do as an officer?: As a member of the BoD I will carry the title of webmaster. I will help run/control the web presence, and web properties going forward.
What do you do in real life?: Lead Senior Software Engineer. I run a team of engineers helping provide technical directions for the company and running classes to help shape the vision.
Interesting Belegarth Facts about Squire Hobbit
- I started fighting when I was 9
- I hit 36 events in a single calendar year (many of these included day events 3 states away)
- Found my fiancé in belegarth
- My twin and I were both hobbit when we started but our paths helped define who we were
- I have 2 pets and a small collection of plants. One lovely cat named Story and one 150 lb Great Dane who looks like a cow that we named Moo.
Public Relations Coordinator Squire Antoinette Finnrsdottir, Master Senechal
Real Name: Kayla Harris
Started “Fighting”: 2007
Current Realm: Canada, Beyond the Wall
Unit: Elite Bloodfalcons
Squired to: Dragoon Dopp, 9th Knight of the Highlands of Chaos
Why did you want to become an officer?: I love our community, and I want to make sure that we are still here when all this pandemic is over.
What do you do as an officer?: I handle the public relations for Belegarth. I am usually the person posting on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and answering your Belegarth Facebook messages.
What do you do in real life?: I am a Special Education Resource Teacher for Grades K-10. I love my job, and the kids I work with amaze me every day.
Interesting Belegarth Facts about Squire Antoinette
- I am among the northernmost members of Belegarth. Me and the realm in Alaska. I am currently living in a location called Wunnumin Lake, Ontario.
- I enjoy working troll shifts. So much so that Squire Dane and Squire Moxk once tried to kick me out of troll for working too much troll. They did not succeed.
- I am a member of the Presidential Order of the Raised Goblet and the Presidential Order of the Open Tome.
- I am a Senchales Guild Master and a Squire.
- I have 2 cats. One chonky, floofy ginger boi named Jack and one smol calico girl named River.
Photo Credit: Julieanna Davis Donley
Assistant Secretary Apprentice Nakis Armen
Mundane Name: Richard Sroka
Persona Name & Title: Nakis Armen, Apprentice Chronicler
Apprenticed to: Squire Antoinette Finnrsdottie, Master Seneschal
Started Fighting: 2005 [with a few naturally occurring gaps depending on where I lived]
Realm: Pyke the Ironport
Unit: No Unit,
Why You Wanted To Become An Officer: As much as I enjoy fighting, I also recognize that there’s a lot that has to happen behind the scenes to make it possible for people to fight safely and there are often not enough hands to do that work. I want to help lift that burden and work with other skilled and passionate people to help enable our community to become better and brighter.
What You Do As An Officer: I work with the Secretary! Ranging from communications between War Council and the BoD, taking notes at BoD meetings, and handling paperwork/messages/emails, my job is to help facilitate some of the administrative functions of the BoD.
What You Do In Real Life: I work as a fiscal program analyst for a non-profit. I blend accounting and finance and communicate to our non-financial teams how they’re doing.
Interesting Belegarth Facts about Apprentice Nakis
- If given a choice, I prefer a wood-backed shield.
- My first and only broken bone came from foam fighting. My pinky is still crooked.
- My favourite time of day at events is just before dawn because it’s so peaceful most of the time.
- The first weapon that clicked for me was a top-heavy cleaver.
- I personally think we need more javelins on the field.
Assistant Webmaster Big Badger
Mundane Name: Shawn Brown
Persona Name & Title: Big Badger
Started Fighting: 1989
Realm: Dur Demarion
Unit: Elite Bloodfalcons
Why You Wanted To Become An Officer: I want to help our sport come back strong after covid and I like fooling around with software.
What You Do As An Officer: I help manage the website and social media pages
What You Do In Real Life: I’m a development team manager, software developer and solution architect.
Interesting Belegarth Facts about Big Badger:
- I playtested “red rocks”, and they became part of Dur Demarion’s “in house” rules
- I also manage my realm’s website and social media
- I trained my dog to retrieve javelins during field battles
- I like to run around and melee
- I sometimes wear a furry hat and paint my face blue
Special Projects Manager Squire Áine SilverSun
Mundane Name: Brianna Kienitz
Persona Name & Title: Squire Áine SilverSun
Squired to: Sir Thiadric Thumbs
Started Fighting: 2012
Unit: Seraphim of the Stars
Why You Wanted To Become An Officer: To help build the new staff positions and experience another facet of our community.
What You Do As An Officer: Special Projects Manager, aka “other duties as assigned.”
What You Do In Real Life: School bus driver/writer
Interesting Belegarth Facts about Squire Áine:
- Lore is my favorite part of Bel.
- Species is rainbow raven shifter.
- My name is pronounced “On-yuh.”
- SilverSun, as in the way the sun shines through the clouds on an overcast day, and the entertainment sector on the Citadel in Mass Effect.
- Birds aren’t real.
Photo Credit: Kurt S Jagielow
Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator Sir Hubris
Mundane Name: Brooks Travis
Persona Name & Title: Sir Hubris
Started Fighting: 2013
Realm: Numenor, Abroad
Why You Wanted To Become An Officer: Compared to other sports, Belegarth is uniquely positioned to provide a fun and fulfilling experience for anyone who is interested in becoming a part of our community. On or off the field, there is something for everyone to enjoy, and I believe I can help Belegarth fully harness that potential.
What You Do As An Officer: My role is to work with the BoD and the War Council on activities and initiatives to make the Belegarth community more equitable, diverse, and inclusive for all people.
What You Do In Real Life: I am currently doing a post-grad fellowship at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Emergency Operations.
Interesting Belegarth Facts about Sir Hubris:
- I have used 3 different fighting names since I started, so you may remember me as Böhne or Tar-Míriel.
- I am the first openly transgender person to serve on the Belegarth Board of Directors.
- I am a member of the Presidential Order of the Shining Tower.
- Like a true Numenorian, I hate rocks. Simply not a fan of their function in the game