Who are we?

Situated in the Blue Mountains region of New South Wales, Australia, just West of Sydney, the Shire of Dismal Fogs is a regional branch of the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA). The SCA is an international non-profit educational organisation that is dedicated to the research and recreation of pre-17th century European History. We focus on practical applications in medieval arts and sciences, including costuming, cooking, martial arts, dance, calligraphy and illumination, brewing, metalwork, archery and music (to name but a few!)

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From the Seneschal

Greetings my friends eald and newe………..I am Cat and the Seneschal (Group leader) for the wonderful Shire of Dismal Fogs. A well-established group with a long SCA history in the Blue Mountains of N.S.W. I would like to warmly welcome you to the New Middle Ages and extending backwards in time, over the broad region of Europe to Asia & beyond.

Our group encompasses people interested in Roman & Greek, Persian, Viking and Indian, Tudor and Celtic – as long as it is pre-1600, someone will be researching that period in clothing, food & pastimes and authenticity backed by research is encouraged. Learn & research how people lived in earlier times and enjoy friendly company within the setting of Courtesy, Chivalry & Service. We are an inclusive group with a wide age range and have several family groups so please I encourage you to come meet us, experience living history and recreating this fascinating world. Inclusion, accessibility, hospitality and diversity are all hallmarks of our events.

As a native of these foggy mountains, I am also a relative newcomer (5 years in the SCA but the time has flown by)! My own area of particular interest is in medieval archery and in particular refining my archery skills using my longbow & traditional arrows. I do also enjoy a good battle as a combat archer, defending the Mighty (but modestly sized) Dismal Fogs war-band and getting a sneaky archery shot in to take out an armoured knight that might be threatening our side during war games*. I do enjoy travelling and meeting other SCAdians from other groups when the current mundane regulations allow at this present time, but even within our foggy mountains we offer regular meetings for learning crafts and archery on weekends.

*We are extremely safety conscious, using non-metal weapons and are heavily armoured to protect ourselves during combat. We do also follow all current state govt. COVID-19 regulations at all times at all events.

Seneschal Dismal Fogs at Archery

If the above sounds like fun and you would like to know more, or if you have questions, please email me at: