22 Apr
2014

Hope: The Principal Instrument

1800014_10100899102688184_1650966878_oIn the course of my studies, I frequently review and think about chivalric virtues. Which virtue is the greatest? That must always be Prowess;  it’s the ability to get the job done. Without it, you can’t be a Knight. However, Prowess is given opportunity by a combination of many things.  That leads my to second favorite virtue, Hope. Read More »

15 Apr
2014

To lighten a heavy load

Ifencing authorized rapier this year, in part because, as a member of the Queen’s guard, I felt it was my job to follow her on every list she enters.

I had heard a lot of horror stories about rapier people like: if you jump at them, they will crumple up into the fetal position. I was also told that I needed to be so very careful about how much I move or how wide I throw my shots.  Even if I only connect at touch calibration for a draw cut, if it looks like I could have smashed them, I’ll get my card pulled.
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8 Apr
2014

Making Change

Roman-coin-hoard-found-at-007My first North Oaken War Maneuvers (a major melee event in my Kingdom) many years ago, was a place where I learned many things core to life in the SCA. Things like: Bourbon is not a substitute for water after a long day of fighting, Viking games are hysterical, especially if you’re not the one doing them, and always remember which tent is yours.

As I wrapped my sausages in pancakes at breakfast and gnawed on them, a bard sat near me and shared a few stories.  One was the funniest story I have ever heard, and I would share it with you now, if I could remember it. Instead I’ll tale his other story. Read More »

3 Apr
2014

Passing of the Couter

CouterofChivalry-leftI, squire to the King Cellach of the Mighty Dragon Kingdom, had the honor to bear witness to the Passing of the Couter of Chivalry, for a second time. I was present when Prince Cellach was found worthy during a previous War at Pennsic.

Before I can give my account of this historic event, I must also give an account of the Couter of Chivalry so all will understand the value of being worthy to hold such an honorable relic. My account will be brief, and I would ask that you seek those worthy few mentioned herein to get a first hand account of the history of value of such a noble prize.

I was not present, and I have studied much to bring these early accounts.

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1 Apr
2014

April Fools

1458681_720704347950205_729660442_nToday, April 1st, is Baroness Katayoun and my anniversary. I met her at my 2nd event, the one at which I authorized. My Barony of Middle Marches, led by then Baron Ragnar, faced off against the now vigilant Baron Nico and Flaming Gryphon.

If you would, let me start at the beginning.  It will be a good story.

Baron Wars was my first camping event. I read a lot of websites about what I would need. Things like a tent, cot, sleeping bag and garb. None of which I owned.

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27 Mar
2014

Across the Line

northshieldIn years past, the Armored Ravine battle at Gulf Wars has been my least favorite melee.  Last year, it may have been the worst time I’ve ever had in armor. However, this year the Ravine was probably the most fun I’ve had in armored (and rapier) melees.

While I recount last year’s Armored Ravine battle, keep in mind I get hit in the head a lot, so my memory may not be completely accurate. Before the war began, I went in knowing that our Unbelts team needed more polearm fighters for the year, so I decided I would take a polearm into all melees to get as good as I could with the weapon, in hopes of making the team.

So I took out my polearm and, within seconds of the start, learned I was a crossbow bolt magnet. There were about 80 shieldmen on each side. And, about 250 combat archers on each side.

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25 Mar
2014

How We Win

master-GG365I’ve been an IT contractor for much of my mundane career. I’ve found myself at many large corporations that had, among many things, cube farms, more meetings than is rational and large break rooms. In said break rooms often would be a ping-pong table.

I’ve never been very coordinated.  Any “sport” that you play on a table inside, I promise will end with my breaking something glass, expensive, or both.

During lunch, a lot of the guys would play Ping-Pong (or table tennis, as they referred to it) and would even have small tournaments.

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20 Mar
2014

The Heart of the Dragon

 

Jung-mie1I recently authorized rapier. As part of the Queen’s guard, I felt it was my part to protect the Queen on every list she enters. In this process, I learned rapier fighters have their own culture, legends and stories. I also learned that fencers hold the Queen very dearly and was told the story as to why. (Please note that I get hit in the head repeatedly two or more times a week, so I may have a few/a lot of details wrong.) Read More »

18 Mar
2014

Vigilance

dubbingWhen someone is going to be elevated to become a peer, he or she is placed on vigil. I suspect a vigil is meant to be a time of introspection. Vigilants will often isolate themselves, with some exquisite snacks, and will welcome friends and peers alike to give them sage advice on their new path.

I must admit, I have stood in line for many vigils, but I infrequently go in. This is because my only claims to fame are carrying really heavy things and perfecting the art of blocking with my face.
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11 Mar
2014

The Mighty Magrat

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This week, I’ll be away at Gulf Wars.  One of the best parts of going to war, is after a long day to stand in line to take a freezing cold shower, then to sit with your feet up, and enjoy an adult beverage of choice with a stick of meat… because meat is always best served the way nature intended, on a stick.

Then with one hand on a cold mug and one on a warm stick o’meat, sitting by the glow and warmth of the nearby fire, warriors big and small will trade tales of the glory of battle. It’s this comradery that binds the fighting community together.  No matter where you were, you’ll be able to join the ranks with a tale that begins, “No s&^%, there we were…”.

While I’m away building a new saga of such tales, I would like to share a random tale from a different war, some years ago.

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