4 Mar
2014

All Day All Knight

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I always love the post event revels. I enjoy getting to talk to all my favorite people that I seldom have time talk to during the event.  Plus, I get to take nature’s cure for aching muscles and bruises after a day of getting struck in the head, BOOZE!!

At one particular revel, I was talking happily with my guest and over the noise in the room I heard this punchline “If it’s Monday and you still have your coronet on, you’re just a kid at McDonald’s wearing a Burger King crown!”

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25 Feb
2014

The greatest fighter among us

candlemas3I recently returned home from one of the largest tournament events in my Kingdom. The fighting was more intense than a crown tournament, to the winner glory! And no extra commitments.

About one hundred thirty fighters from six kingdoms came to test their mettle against Kings, Dukes, Counts and all manner of living legends of the list. So in participating, I saw the greatest fighters among us.

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18 Feb
2014

The game we play

Image4A short number of events after His Majesty won Crown, I was at an event where I bumped into a old friend. As we chatted, the Prince walked by.  I bowed, and I gave a look to my friend to do the same.

After the Prince had passed, my friend said to me “I don’t bow. It’s not the game I play”.

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11 Feb
2014

For one magic moment

Court is my favorite part of an event, but it wasn’t always that way. I used to rarely attend.

I think many us of start out in a setting like I did some years ago.  After a long day of fighting, I was standing in a large pavilion with cold rain pouring down from a dark sky. It was Court and Baron Wars.

 

As I stood in my fleur-de-lis viking tunic, sweat pants and tennis shoes, similar to all newcomers,  I was wondering about a number of topics like: What are all these awards being given out? Who are these people? Why is it so damn cold?

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10 Feb
2014

Simple Award Overview (Short-Short Version)

The Short-Short version, this should easily print on a single page so that it can be kept as a reference during court.

Detailed version found here: http://lozengia.com/gebhard/?p=197

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3 Feb
2014

In Pursuit of a Worthy Goal

483203_160381264121531_1018564351_nI remember when I started, Sir Diglach was working me through how to throw a shot. “Have you played any sports?” he asked. “I did track for a year” “Humm….Throw a shot like a punch” he said, and I tried. He laughed and said “You really never have done anything like this!”

I had no natural ability what-so-ever. I sucked.

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30 Jan
2014

Of advice and Worthy Blows

Many moons ago, a knight moved to my Marche from AEthelmearc. He has a very direct way of stating his ideas. I respect directness. Over time, he gave me allot advice that I have held onto to this day. I will share a small part of this advice.

( As a note: I can’t say that this advice originates with Sir Alric.  I’m sure many knights say something similar.  He was the first I heard it from, and so I credit him. )

Once at practice we were sparring, and he hit me in the head. 

He asked “How did I hit you” “and I said, well, I dropped my shield a bit and gave you an opening.”

“When you get hit, it isn’t always because you did something wrong, sometimes it’s because your opponent did something right.” He said. Read More »

22 Jan
2014

Simple Award Overview

I’ve gotten a few questions from newer members lately about how the awards work. To help with the “What does that mean” I’ve made this chart. Read More »

20 Jan
2014

Being a King (part 2)

I write this in hope that one day, should you find yourself on the Dragon Throne, maybe these words will come to mind.

The giving of awards is one way the King and Queen may give recognition and encouragement to the body of the Kingdom, but there are many others.

I have watched Their Majesties and have taken note of a few ideas I wish to share:

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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?”
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