Barony of Northkeep
Its device is:
- Gules, on a saltire between four mullets of five greater and five lesser points argent, a tower sable within overall a laurel wreath Or.
Northkeep (originally Nord-aus-das-Strom, or the Nord, and later Nordlische Sturm) established May 1st, A.S. XI. The name Northkeep and device passed: A.S. XIX. Elevated to Barony, November A.S. XXXI. For many years Northkeep was the most northern Ansteorran shire, and remains the most northern Barony. It currently has one canton, Chemin Noir, and several former ones. It is nearest in geography to the Barony of Wiesenfeuer and the Shire of Mooneschadowe in the Kingdom of Ansteorra, the Shire-March of Grimfells in the Kingdom of Calontir, the Shire of Smythkepe in the Kingdom of Meridies.
Many current and former members of Northkeep have been heavily involved and known for community service from the local mundane to the Regional and Kingdom levels, heraldry and onomastics, and recreating historical martial arts.
Over the years, some notable members of the populace have included:
- William Blackfox, creator of Warthaven
- Patricia Fiona MacFarland (MKA Mercedes Lackey)
- Diarmaid O'Duinn (MKA Marc Carlson)
The Shire of Mooneschadowe has been elevated to Province status in January of 2006.