Showcase: The Red Company/Gold Mace of Dirk Edward of Frisia

The second of the three scroll texts I wrote for NOWM was one that was near and dear to William and Isolde’s heart.  Dirk has been a force on the field in Combat Archery for many years, and they wanted to recognize his great leadership in a big way.
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Star Wars Day 2018

Originally published May 25, 2018.

I’ve told this story before, I’m sure. I was seven years old when I saw Star Wars ANH, a few months after it was released, in my friend Billy Castle’s private movie theater. I was about six feet from the screen, and the sight of the Star Destroyer endlessly passing into the scene had an enormous impact on my seven year old mind.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve watched this movie, but it has to be in the hundreds if not the thousands. And the basic concepts of Star Wars, of the Republic and the Rebellion, that fascism must be defeated, that people must be free, that the fight to keep that freedom is ongoing – I may not have realized it at seven years of age, but that’s when I learned them. Because, after all, Star Wars has – always – been political, and has always been about the downtrodden rising up against their oppressors.

No one should be surprised that I love the new Star Wars movies too. And I am happy to report that Charlie and Ben do as well. Because the fight will go on after those of us who were born with Star Wars are gone.

Happy Star Wars Day, and may the Force be with you.

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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