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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Showcase: Writing Scroll Texts and Other Things – Dragon’s Heart for Beline Nervenartz

By the time the reign got to Battle of the Inland Seas, on May 20th 2017, the word was out.  William and Isolde had already had five other courts in the two weeks since Coronation (not including Coronation itself) and people knew that this was going to be a different kind of reign.

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Showcase: Writing Scroll Texts and Other Things – The Pelican Scroll for Roana Aldinoch

What do I say about my good friend Roana?   What can I say that has not been said?

I can say this: she has consistently overcome adversity and heartbreak to succeed.   She has consistently been positive and optimistic and evenhanded and fair.  She is, to coin a phrase, a flower of MidRealm peerage.  When I think about the words that I’m saying, or the things that I am doing, I ask myself what Roana would think.  And I hope that she would think that I was worthy.  I am lucky to call her mentor and friend.

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Showcase: Writing Scroll Texts and Other Things – Silver Oak and Moneyer Declaration for Rüdiger of Unicorn

Um, yeah.  Two months since my last posting.  Forgive me, Dragon, for I have sinned…

Moving on.

I don’t actually know Rüdiger of Unicorn.  I believe I’ve met him once or twice, but I didn’t know him at William and Isolde’s coronation, certainly.  I was asked by them ahead of time to write him two things: A Silver Oak text, and a declaration that he was Their official Moneyer.

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Showcase: Writing Scroll Texts and Other Things – Royal Augmentation for Sorcha inghean ui Dhonnchaidh

It’s been two weeks since I last posted, and I had no idea!  If only I could find a way to write poetry and work for royalty for a living!

We were properly into court now, and after a while, we came to a Royal Augmentation for my friend Sorcha.  Funny thing about Sorcha is that even though she’s got a very irish name, she’s got a very muslim arabic persona!  Sorcha’s well known for her support of dancing and haflas, and I remember spending a very pleasant few hours in the Hafla tent at 50 Year.    Continue reading “Showcase: Writing Scroll Texts and Other Things – Royal Augmentation for Sorcha inghean ui Dhonnchaidh”

Showcase: Writing Scroll Texts and Other Things – the First Boast of King William and Queen Isolde

Colin O’Flannery’s Court Baroncy was the last piece of business in the morning court.  We all had a few hours to catch our breath, and then it was time to jump into the deep end.

William and Isolde had already picked soon-to-become Mistress Lucia to be their Kingdom Bard, but she wasn’t going to take the position till crown, so I offered to write a boast.

A processional boast is a peculiar thing.  It needs to be long enough that it doesn’t leave the assorted champions and attendants, but short enough that it doesn’t leave the King and Queen standing while you finish.  This site also had a fairly long space to process in (although not as long as for Crown three weeks hence).  I think it ended up being timed ok.

Those who know William know that he’s a traditionalist, so it was very important to him that we use some of the older references that have, in recent years, fallen out of favor.  The two that have stand out the most are Baron Under the Mountain and Protector of the Inland Seas.

There were two problems:

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Showcase: Writing Scroll Texts and Other Things – Colin O’Flannery Court Barony

In the last post, I talked about creating a new poetry form for Edmund and Kateryn’s Kingdom Augmentation.  But that was not actually the first text that William and Isolde had asked me to create.  Instead, way back in February and March, when we started discussing awards and coronation scripts, the first thing they asked me to do was to write a scroll text for Colin O’Flannery, who we all called Flan.

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Showcase: Writing Scroll Texts and Other Things – Edmund and Kateryn Kingdom Augmentation

As I said a few months ago, I wrote nearly 60 scroll texts for awards given during the reign of William and Isolde.  The thing about awards, tho, is that while everyone knows you got them, if they weren’t there to SEE you get them, they don’t necessarily know what it was for, what was talked about, etc.

So I’ve decided that a good use for this blog that mostly sits around doing nothing would be for me to go through the scroll texts I wrote (and any others I might come up with along the way) along with some other things, like boasts, etc, that I wrote for the reign, my process, etc.  In chronological order.

So let’s get started with the first scroll text I wrote for them: the Joint Kingdom Augmentation of Arms for Edmund and Kateryn. Continue reading “Showcase: Writing Scroll Texts and Other Things – Edmund and Kateryn Kingdom Augmentation”

The Ceremony for Sir Ulrich

In addition to writing the Boast and Scroll for Sir Ulrich’s, he also asked me to organize and script out his ceremony.  In the MidRealm, the standard Peerage ceremony has someone of the peerage to be awarded to beg the boon, and then speakers, one from each of the other peerages, and sometimes a speaker from the populace.

So a standard knighting would go thusly:

  • A knight begs the boon, usually for their squire.
  • The Order of Chivalry is called up and affirms the decision to elevate the candidate.
  • A Laurel speaks for the candidate’s art or science, a Pelican speaks for the candidate’s service, a Master of Defence speaks for the candidate’s courage, a Royal Peer speaks for the candidate’s nobility, and sometimes a member of the populace speaks for the candidate as well.
  • The knight is presented with a belt, chain, spurs and sword
  • The knight swears their oath of fealty
  • The knight is dubbed and buffeted.

In this case, however, Ulrich wanted something a little bit different.  Instead of having five speakers, he had seven — one for each of the Knightly Virtues.  This spoke more to the feelings he wanted to evoke.    Instead of having the Order affirm his elevation and then have the speakers, he wanted the speakers to present first, and the Order to affirm afterwards.  This had two beneficial effects: first, it makes the speakers’ job more important — for perhaps if the Chivalry doesn’t like what they hear, they will change their mind!  (They don’t.)  But also, it cuts at least in half the amount of time the Order has to kneel.  Another change made was that Ulrich was permitted to turn around and face away from Their Majesties, so that he could see the speakers as they said their words for him.  And lastly, instead of being presented with spurs, Ulrich was given Arm Rings of Gold as a token of his new station, for as a good Danish lord, Arm Rings were a far greater indicator of high estate and nobility.

Most people in the SCA never achieve peerage, and most of those who do never achieve more than one peerage.  I think it’s important to encourage vigilants to seek out and pursue the elevation ceremony they want, even if it means that it runs longer than the standard ceremony.  It’s their special time.  The audience will understand.

Here is the full text of the Ceremony for Sir Ulrich.