I love this song. I don’t understand a word of it, but it completely speaks to me. A big part of why I don’t record is that I’m a big believer in the whole “wall of sound” concept, and well, when I’m on my own, my wall of sound is more like a chain-link fence.
This is what it means to be a bard. Giving people the feelings that I get listening to this, that’s what I want to do. I’ve been told I’ve achieved it a few times, but it is the goal, every performance.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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!”
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”.
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.