23 Mar

The Country Knight and the City Master of Defense

What happens when a recently made Knight and Master Of Defense load up and drive for 17 hours to an event? You would think not a lot. We couldn’t have much in common or we wouldn’t be in completely different orders?

Our weapons aren’t the same. The armor is completely different. The sides are different culturally. Worse, there is often a negative viewpoint each side views the other through “How good can they be they don’t: “fight with real swords” / “take a real hit”.” Read More »

22 Jan

The Gates of Hell

One of the things I’ve always enjoyed about the SCA is all the little adventures you can find for yourself. Life is chain of moments. It’s up to each of us to seek out them out and hopefully make a chain of them worth remembering.

Due to a series of unfortunate events, I was unable to attend Maidens this year, but that is no reason to sit around. I got up Sunday and did my traditional non-event Sunday morning hike, about 12 miles.  Today I found myself thinking that maybe I’ve visited this park too many times or maybe all the parks kinda look the same in January, all scrawny trees and mud. I looked for somewhere new to visit.  

Every town has something amazing hidden in it, often a large number of somethings, if you’re willing to look for them. Read More »

27 Dec

Our inner Fight: Mind Divided

Duke Guillaume (SirGuillaume.com) authored a book “Here Comes the Reign” that serves a light hearted tale of his adventures as the King of Caid. In his book, he makes a joke that he was never any good at adapting to his opponent, so he needed to travel the kingdom to fight everyone in order to learn what everyone does, so he could beat them.

I actually like this explanation. It touches on the core principle of how we learn as humans (as well as the need to get out of your local area and fight everyone throughout the kingdom). The human mind is an amazing thing. It comes with an innate desire to learn and adapt, and it’s exceptional at it. Read More »

24 Dec

Getting Back on the Horse

I haven’t published anything in awhile, and recently, a number of people have approached me about the blog. When will I write something again?  Why aren’t I keeping up on it? That sort of thing.

Everything I’ve written since Pennsic, I think could be countered with one of these two statements, “Well, that’s easy for you to say Gebhard, you’re already knighted” or “Please, newest Knight in the kingdom, tell us how it really is.” No likes the a new kid on the block sweeping in to tell you everything you’re doing is wrong.

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1 Sep

The Biggest Mistake a Knight Can Make

14102543_1759294851019536_2682045929074021704_nDuring my vigil, I asked all my visitors this question, “What do you think is the worst mistake a Knight can make?”

The answers were always interesting. When I asked Duke Cariadoc, the first King of the Midrealm, he said, the greatest mistake a Laurel can make is not to say “I don’t know”, a Knight to not accept a blow, and a Pelican to not say “I can’t do that”, as all come from pride. Read More »

14 Aug

The Morning After

13996303_10210279765460518_2558861393141660816_oThe sky was still dark when I awoke, to many thoughts stirring around in my sleep. Getting out of bed and I walked in the courtyard of our camp. Pennsic is quite, the white pavilions peaks against a dark blue sky only the brightest of stars left visible.

I take a few steps through the wet grass and sit on a wooden bench, and to watch something in years of Pennsic I’ve never seen, a sunrise.

The weight of the gold chain placed on me just a hours before, is already is coming to bare. Read More »

16 Jun

The Path I Chose

 path1So why Longsword?

I get asked this every so often, often when I meet someone new. The answer isn’t an easy one. When I joined the SCA, Sword and Board represented 99% of the fights in tournament. There certainly weren’t any mainly longsword fighters to watch or to learn from.

Why pursue the unknown path? There were times when even I questioned it.

Before I get I too far, let’s start at the beginning.

I, like most children of the 80’s, I grew up watching films where it seemed two handed weapons were common. Read More »

2 Jun

Always Vigilant

13310499_10101967302102994_810049399558106600_nI would like to start by thanking everyone. I’m very humbled by the all the expressions of joy and celebration I’ve received.  The SCA is filled with the most amazing group of people I’ve ever had the privilege to be a part of, and at every event, I’m reminded of it again, in infinitely different ways.

Sheer panic! Read More »

6 Apr

The Royal Ensemble

   1506088_10100864243391494_1895789034_oBeing part of a Reign is a unique opportunity to be a positive influence, and it is a rare honor. I didn’t truly realize how profound an honor it was until after the Reign was complete.

The year I spent as the “Royal Carrier of Heavy Things” was of the best years I’ve had in the SCA, and I wasn’t even the one who won Crown.  Their Majesties Cellach and Vukasin achieved many great deeds, and some of those remain with us to this day. 

One of the ideas that has remained popular came up in a conversation with Sophia The Orange when she recently asked how The Royal Ensemble got started. The short answer is “because Their Majesties wished to have dancing before court”.  What started out as a simple idea grew into something much more and took on a life of it’s own.

So, How did it get started?
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30 Mar

Always On

spotlight-300x300 (1)I think something that I often forget is that as a member of the SCA, we are also ambassadors and representatives of the SCA to the mundane world. Sometimes we are reminded in the most unexpected of ways.

During the day, while at work, Katayoun’s phone rang.  It was an unknown number, but we were expecting a number of farm business calls, so instead of letting it roll over to voicemail, she decided to answer it.


“Is this the Mid………………….realm?” asks a small uncertain voice.
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