Showcase: The Court Barony of Sophie the Orange

Sophie the Orange.  I mean, what can I say about Sophie the Orange?   She’s a force of nature.  She’s stands up for justice.  She’s mindful and introspective.  She’s funny.  She’s awesome.  And it was a loss for the MidRealm when she left to live in Atlantia.

So I was overjoyed to discover that William and Isolde wanted to give her something for that awesomeness, both at the SCA 50 Year Event, where she took a really difficult job and made it look easy, and in her tireless support of Commedia across the Known World.

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Showcase: The Evergreen of Brenden o Corraidha

Now that there were heirs, things really began kicking into high gear.  And nowhere was that more apparent than at Northern Oaken War Maneuvers, or as we liked to call it, “Court: The Event!”  SEVENTY AWARDS were given at NOWM, in one of FOUR COURTS held during the day:

Morning, Field, Evening, and Silent.

That’s over 17 awards per court.  There are whole events that don’t have that many awards!  In fact, NOWM was the event with the most awards.  Pennsic had between 45-55, and Baroness Wars had around 60 total.
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Showcase: Writing Scroll Texts and Other Things – The Scroll Text for Ulrich

Earlier this week, I reviewed the boast for Ulrich’s elevation to Chivalry.  Today, we’ll talk about his scroll text.

I structured it to parallel the Oath of Knighthood, which calls upon Knights to be Prow, to be Reverent and Generous, Shield of the Weak, Obedient to his Liege Lord, Foremost in battle, Courteous at all times, and Champion of the Right and the good.  These are fundamental concepts of Knighthood all across the SCA — but since Ulrich is a Viking half-dane, it needed to fit within a viking epic style.   Because Ulrich was one of Ragvnaldr’s King’s Champion during the last reign, I also worked to tie some of the imagery in with the Lineage of Ragnvaldr I wrote several years ago.

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Showcase: Writing Scroll Texts and Other Things – The Boast for Ulrich

I first met Ulrich the Half-dane when he was on Ragnvaldr’s King’s Champion’s team, during Ragnvaldr & Arabella’s third reign.  Ragnvaldr called him his Space Marine.  He has since become a good friend, and I have written other scrolls and ceremonies for him, including when he recently became the second Baron of Shadowed Stars.

Ulrich was the fourth person put on vigil for William and Isolde’s reign, and the first to be put on vigil for Chivalry.  We had almost a month to prepare, and Ulrich had some very specific desires in his ceremony.  The first was a Viking-style boast, based off his persona story.

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Showcase: Writing Scroll Texts and Other Things – Kingdom A&S and Crown Tournament Boasts

Crown Tournament is always a special time in a reign.  Between Coronation and Crown, the only royalty in the Kingdom are the King and Queen.  The kingdom belongs to Them and Them alone.

The Kingdom A&S Competition and Crown Tournament of William and Isolde was a fun one, with many standout moments for me both personally, and from the perspective of being on Staff.   I really slipped into a role of Court Management at this event, in addition to having active roles in both the running of the A&S Competition and being the co-Autocrat of the event, specifically for the Sunday Crown Tournament.

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All my dreams.

Silverwing’s Law 101: “You’re an oldtimer when the things you used to strive for are taken for granted.”

(http://www.schuldy.org/laws.html)

In 1990, John and Maire (Meg Frazier) moved to the MidRealm from Ansteorra and Maire decided she wanted to be able to fence. They join forces with Baron AElfred (Allen Reed) and the MidRealm Rapier Legion was born. In 1991, Queen Tangwystl is the first of three queens who wore a White Scarf in support of the goal: Rapier Combat in the Middle Kingdom.

In May of 1993, the first MidRealm fencers were inducted into the Order of the Cavendish Knot.

In 1994, the first MidRealm Rapier rules are signed into Kingdom law, and later that year, at Pennsic 23, we had the first MidRealm Rapier Champions Team (pictured below).

In April of 1999, the Company of the Bronze Ring was created. It was “promoted” from AoA level to Grant of Arms level about a year later.

In May of 2015, the Rapier Peerage was created.

This past weekend, 28 years after the Rapier Rats answered the Call of Maire, I went to the Tournament of Defence, at the Three Saints event in Rivenstar. There were 89 fencers on the field, and that night, two good gentles were recognized as peers of the realm, surrounded by well over a dozen of their compatriots.

All of my dreams have come true.

Showcase: Writing Scroll Texts and Other Things – Saraswati mân Ikkam’s Evergreen

THL Saraswati is a wonderful scribe doing absolutely amazing work.  When I found out that she was going to be inducted into the Order of the Evergreen, first I said “Wait, she doesn’t have an Evergreen?”, and then I said “oooh, I’ma write this for her!”

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Showcase: Writing Scroll Texts and Other Things – Siobhan an Einigh’s Purple Fret

Siobhan an Einigh moved to the MidRealm from Calontir a few years ago, and in Ayreton, she fits right in.  She does ALL THE THINGS — just ask her how many offices she’s currently holding, AND she’s the about-to-step-down Regional A&S Champion.  She basically got her Purple Fret for “all the service”.

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