Nezhka Orshinaia

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Lady Nezhka Orshinaia is a bard from the Kingdom of Atlantia in the Barony of Raven's Cove. She is apprenticed to Master Johann von Solothurn and loves singing, storytelling, and rapier fighting. Her persona is Kievan Rus, but she loves telling stories from all over the world - especially those about dragons!


Nezhka was fortunate to have been found by a nun on the streets of Kiev. She was taken into the school that was founded by Anna Vsevolodovna, a princess of Kiev and was one of the first students to attend the school Princess Anna created for girls in the 1090s. The curriculum consisted of reading, writing, sewing, rhetoric, and singing as well as teaching the girls Greek and Latin. Nezhka took to the rhetoric and singing in particular and when she finished her studies began to travel with diplomatic envoys sent from Kiev to the Byzantine empire in service to royal family using her new-found skills. During her travels, she was able to meet with many people from all over the world due to the centrality of Byzantium for trade. She began to learn more about other cultures and places and soon decided to offer her services as a literate to other delegations going to and from Kiev.

Eventually, as her success grew, her travels took her farther and farther north and west and she found herself in Denmark where she first met a group of visiting Skalds. Entranced by their abilities as singer and storytellers, she decided to learn more of the bardic arts and followed them back to their home in Iceland where she continues to practice and learn. She continues her travels as well, incorporating the songs and stories from other delegations into her repertoire and has begun to earn her living in this new profession.

Offices & Positions

No matter what, Nezhka enjoys serving individuals, her barony, and the kingdom. She is currently the deputy herald, deputy minister of arts and sciences and social media officer for the Barony of Raven's Cove. She has helped as a landocrat and nastycrat at events and enjoys jumping in where needed.

Original Bardic Pieces

Dread and Suspense (lyrics and tune), 2020

Guardians of Iceland (lyrics only, tune Maistjarnan), 2020

Dragon’s Lullaby (lyrics and tune), 2020

The Table of Brunanburh (lyrics and tune), 2020

Beware, Women Warriors (lyrics and tune), 2019

Baron Decaf (lyrics and tune), 2019

Legacy of Blue and Gold (lyrics and tune), 2019

Ferus Draco (lyrics and tune), 2018

The Captain of Her Excellency’s Guard (lyrics and tunes), 2018

Bardic Expos and Competitions

East Kingdom Bardic Madness Online – 2020

Atlantian Royal Bard Competition – 2020

War of the Wings Bardic Smackdown – 2019

Ruby Joust Bardic Expo – 2019

Sheep Raids Arts & Sciences Bardic Competition – 2018 (winner)

War of the Wings Bardic Expo – 2018

Classes Taught

Beginning Storytelling – Virtual Atlantia, July 21, 2020

Teaching Creatively Online with Zoom and Other Platforms – June 30, 2020

Bardic 101 – Virtual Atlantia, June 12, 2020

Storytelling for Children – Virtual Atlantia, May 21, 2020

Bardics Hosted / Co-Hosted / Offered

Coastal Bardic IV – August 21, 2020

Coastal Bardic III – July 24, 2020

Coastal Bardic II – July 11, 2020 (Offered)

Coastal Bardic I – June 26, 2020

Baronial Bardic Bonfire – June 19, 2020

Encampment Bardic Circle at Ruby Joust – May 25, 2020


Registration pending

Awards and Achievements

Baron’s Award of Excellence, for storytelling – 2020 (RCBB, Baron Lochlainn hua Rigbarddain)

Drakkar’s Prow, rapier prowess – 2019 (WotW, Barony of Raven’s Cove)

Award of Arms – 2019 (Journey Through the Nine Realms, Christoph & Adelhait,)

Black Compass Rose, for leatherwork – 2019 (RCBB, Lochlainn & Edan)

Winner, Arts and Sciences Competition (Bardic) – 2018 (Sheep Raids, Seareach)

Winner, Arts and Sciences Competition (Fiber Art) – 2018 (Sheep Raids, Seareach)