13 Jan
2014

Six pearls

At the last event, Their Majesties saw it fit to make my lovely wife and myself Court Barons.

I never saw this coming.  Not only did I not see this coming, it was something I never thought about happening. When Their Majesties called Katayoun and myself forward, I was actually expecting them to give Katayoun some sort of an award.

We have received many heart touching comments (and later messages) about our dedication and hard work. We are very humbled by the what everyone has had to say. Thank you seems inadequate, I’m not sure what else to say. Part of why the SCA is such a great place is all the amazing people like you.

After the music stopped, we helped clean up site, and joined our friends for a small afterparty. We talked long.  With hugs and goodbyes, we went home. I was sitting on the end of my bed, warm cup of coffee in my hands, barely able to keep my eyes open. 1:30 says the clock. Katayoun sitting in her comfy chair, looks over to me  and says the question that has been rattling around in my head since the moment after court.

“Do you think we really deserve this?”
Read More »

7 Jan
2014

2013 Reviewed Graphically Part 4

This edition takes place the week after Pennsic until the week before Coronation.

I’ve become really self conscious, that I post about myself far more than any man should. I feel like I started this thing, and I should finish it.

Next edition will be coronation.
Read More »

6 Jan
2014

2013 Reviewed Graphically Part 3

Pennsic time has come! Oddly most pics seem to stop when the sun goes down. This looks like all we did is fight, a lot of the real magic wasn’t documented. We would generally be on the list all day, and off to Royal Encampments, parties, dinners, balls, etc… at night. We ran hard and slept little. It was a great time.

I can’t thank the all the wonderful people that helped us out in untold ways. This kingdom is comprised of some truly amazing people.

Read More »

2 Jan
2014

2013 Reviewed Graphically Part 2

May until the start of Pennsic!

Pennsic will likely be it’s own image just due to the fact that Pennsic is the most of the SCA.

Full sized image at this link: http://www.lozengia.com/dcrackel/2013-2.jpg

Read More »

1 Jan
2014

2013 Reviewed Graphically Part 1

Due to the amount of time, this took I’m breaking it up into parts. Please enjoy.  (To much content for a preview, you’ll have to click the link)

Full sized image at this link: http://www.lozengia.com/dcrackel/2013-1.jpg

Read More »

4 Dec
2013

One jump, One whistle, And one….

gebhardbassWhat is the hardest activity you’ve ever tried to do in the SCA?

I’ve eaten things I’m pretty sure were made out of eyes. I’ve burned myself metalworking. I once (accidently) cup shotted a Duke, who shortly after was kind enough to give me a personal lesson on defense. I’ve made and failed many times on complicated garb. I’ve nearly lost fingers making crossbows. I could go on for sometime listing things I’ve done I considered to be hard.
However, the hardest thing I’ve done to date is try to play music in the SCA. Read More »

25 Nov
2013

Of Beavers, Garb Police and Giving Thanks

downloadIs Thanksgiving a period holiday?  I know at a glance you’d balk and think “How can anything celebrated in the modern United States be period?”.  With a minor amount of research, done between the loading gaps of my steaming shows, I can tell you concretely, 100% that Thanks Giving is… sorta period…. ish… but not really.

However, I have also concluded that Thanksgiving as we know it is only Mostly not Period. That’s different than Completely not Period. When it’s completely non-period, there is only one thing you can do: give it to Gold Key. Read More »

18 Nov
2013

…with Vengeance (or Justice)

Oathbinder

The week after Coronation, I pulled up to Their Majesties home with the Fun Bus to pick up everyone and everything needed for the event. Let’s see: large wood chests, benches, thrones, banners, Bass, over sized music stand, lute, three large bags of armor, water cooler, helms bags…. But what’s this? Among the regalia is long wooden box, beautifully made. I immediately recognize what would be in such a box. It is Oathbinder, our most cherished symbol. The Midrealm’s sword of state. Read More »

14 Nov
2013

Royal Carrier of Heavy Things

royal1It has been a great honor to assist with a Royal reign.

It takes many people to make a reign run smoothly. For example someone with amazing talent will be needed to sew, paint, applique and embroider garments to make them worthy of a King or Queen and someone with excellent communication skills to organize staff and make needed arrangements.  I, too, have my part.  It’s mostly to carry the really heavy things from the back of the oversize van to someone off in the distance. Up hill. Both ways.

Read More »

11 Nov
2013

Connecting to things once broken

ballroomTheir Majesties of the Middle Kingdom, my beloved Katayoun, myself and many others loaded up into my van of unreasonable size headed out to Crystal Ball. Our local Crystal Ball expert and dance laurel Mistress Felice wished for us to stop at City Museum in St. Louis, near the event location. 

 

Read More »


Popular Articles Listed Randomly
One of the most important virtues is often forgotten or overlooked, yet is critical to being a Knight.
What happens after we get home from an event? Does the person we are over the weekend get packed like our armor and garb?
I joined the SCA later than most. I ache, and I’m sore a lot. Maybe I’m just too old to amount to anything? Or maybe I just need be wiser going about it?
The biggest Tournament in our Kingdom has come, and I have found the greatest fighter that walks among us. Who is it? The answer may surprise you.
Being a fighter isn't a easy path, when I started I sucked worse than you can image....
What we like to happen and what did happen often blurs together in memory to making something better. The tale of Magrat's valiant last stand.
Court is my favorite part of an event, but it wasn't always that way. I used to rarely attend. What changed? I'll explain....
What kind of knight do you wish to be? It's not as easy of a question to answer and it might seem. Answering honestly will reveal much.
How do you get ready for a big tournament? What does it take to lose the internal butterflies and get on the field? 
If showing respect is vital, why is it so hard to find in the game we play?

Gebhard’s RSS feed

RSS Feed RSS - Posts

Subscribe to Gebhard's Blog