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Households are groups within the SCA, usually based around an interest in certain areas of SCA endeavour, or friendship groups (or both!). Sometimes a peer will form a household that includes his/her apprentices/proteges/squires. Unlike other groups, such as a barony, Households aren't based on geography (although members of a household may be from a particular geographical area), they are not official groups of the Society, and any "membership requirements" of a household are at the discretion of the household. Being "unofficial", a household cannot hold official meetings or events, but they are more than welcome to run events on behalf of the official group. They may include or exclude anybody they like, whereas an official group cannot do this.

They can be a great support network, and often the activities of the household will extend beyond SCA. Another way to look at it is that a household is your "family" and the group the village/hamlet that you live in.

You do not have to be a part of any household, and just because someone is a part of a particular household does not mean that you can't hang out with them. You can even start your own household if you want to!

Master Iustinos Tekton, called Justin, has recently posted an educational article on SCA households. The article can be found here.

Households of the Known World

Households in and around Stormhold include House Reverie (based around Sir Antoine le Reveur and his squires), House Woodrose (mainly an Arts and Sciences household of old broken down hacks encumbered by offspring with a few who pretend to fight once in a while when the injuries and venerability allow), Unnamed (another mostly A and S household) and the Axemen (a fighting household that is mostly demographically based around younger members with a few old, wise heads attempting to control the chaos).
  • Households in Ansteorra include: House Arkham is a democratic group loosely based on medieval merchant Guilds/Households. Their interests are Archery (target and combat), Service, A and S, Merchanting, Siege and whatever else strikes their interests; House Lightning Mist is based in the Northern Region of the Kingdom of Ansteorra, with septs in the Kingdoms of Gleann Abhean and Artemesia; and a number of other households, such as Wolfstar and Inn of the Weeping Unicorn.
  • Over in Drachenwald, the Brighthelm household claim to be a 'hive of scum and villainy' who are always found as far from high table as possible in spite of having as members a number of local, regional and kingdom officers, and the Household of Csikós Ló sponsors various heraldic-based membership scholarships.
  • In Calontir as in most kingdoms, there are many households. Some members have registered names and/or badges for their households...but such is not required. Amongst the households that have been created by Calontiri are: House Tÿ Wareine, Sisters of the Silver Thistle, Haus Calainar des Pennswalds, House Winter Wolf, House Farshore, House de Vernun, House Whiteraven, House Grimfalcon, House Greymoor, House Miskbridge, House Leatherwolf, House Hynnddyll, Maison de Verdegris, House Keystone, House of Hallowell, Maison de la Belle Rivière, House of the Pheasant Slayer, Maison du Chat Combattant, House Fierce, Household of the Dizzy Key, Castle of the Lost, House of the Lost Fen, House Woodshaven, House Rivencrag, House of the Rosed Arrow, House Barley Marsh, Kramolnikova, DomHafen Arianniwlog, Hrafnsheim, Household of Starrose, House of Serpent's Keep, House Silverbrand, Clann O Torr, Chateau du Lion Marin, Clan Genji and Hotel Forgotten Sea.

There are also a number of inter-kingdom households with members who live and participate in more than one kingdom, such as: