Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Fighting for the Crown

Wow! What a whirlwind couple of weeks!
As some of you know, I am a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism. I have been for 24+ years now, and first picked up a "sword" about 2 years after I discovered the SCA. I fought off and on for about 6 years (whenever I could scrounge enough loaner armor to pull it off). After my wife and got together, I finally completed my own kit, and was able to fight more consistantly. I entered the Baroness' trials to become her Sergeant, and successfully completed her trials. I served as Sergeant to two Baronesses of Terra Pomaria over the course of the next 10 years; turning my belt in at the request of the exiting Baroness, she recalled ALL of the belts at that time. I chose not to re-test, due to having moved in the interim, and not knowing the incoming Baroness. Since then, I have been less than active in the fighting community, only having "suited up" about 6-7 times in the last 10 years. That being said.....
Finding out that September Crown was going to be held in Salem (or Terra Pomaria), was just too tempting for me. I decided to participate in Crown, for the very first time ever.
So, life immediately runs away with all of my free time. Work goes haywire, requiring overtime and server upgrades, boss requiring me to take classes through the community college to increase my knowledge level, local canton needing paperwork filed and reports taken care of, so on and so forth....no time to practice. But, everyone in the Canton, and in my family were really excited about me doing it. Then the other shoe dropped. Normally, the first round of an An Tirian Crown is done by challenges. The field is split into two lines, and the less experienced fighters challenge the Knight of their choice for the first round. They changed the format.... Eight erics, all entrants divided equally amongst them, round robin tournament. The top two fighters from each eric move on to "The Sweet Sixteen". Which is a double elimination tournament. Until eliminated to the final two, who fight the best two out of three. Well, add to the change in process, they cancelled the processional because of the rain (justifiably so), it certainly wasn't the Crown I "grew up with", LOL!

I did it anyway! I suited up, I crowded into the Kingdom Pavilion with the other 67 entrants, and their ladies, and the Heralds, and the list people, and Their Majesties, and their retinue, and the photographers, and anyone and everyone else who happened to be walking by when the downpour started! By the end of the invocation, both my legs were asleep and cramping (I felt like such a wuss!) ROFL! Needless to say, after planning for months to fight, not getting to go to any practices, and looking fondly at my armor from across the room, I fought about as well as I deserved! Meaning I had a blast, but lost all of my fights! hehehe
But, the good thing about it all is...... I enjoyed it so much, I'm thinking of doing it again at May Crown in Wastekeep! How could I not, when my Lady is the motivating and inspirational force in my life, and I strive to bring all the honor my meager efforts can bring to her; and my daughter gave me a wonderful favor in a ceremony the night before that brought the entire encampment to tears!! With these two ladies as my inspiration, I'll be king in no time!

Bye for now!!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

A long time ago....

Haha, no Star Wars post here! It's been quite awhile since I posted. Just have been so busy with work, creating a new SCA group, getting the kids ready for changing schools (since their current high school is closing in June)and all the niggling things keeping an normal adult busy. I've been so busy, I still have a Christmas tree sitting in in my living room! Still fully decorated! I know, I know, pretty pathetic! second week of March and still Christmas at my house.....

So, the lack of a local SCA group has been a difficult thing to mentally overcome for me. This is a hobby I have been doing for almost 24 years now. I found that to be a completely unacceptable thing, so I did what any insane person would do....I started one! We have been at it now for about 2 years, have a pretty good core membership of about 12-15 people, with another 10-12 infrequent participants. Last month (about 3 weeks ago actually) the closest group to us, The Barony of Three Mountains, gave us their official sponsorship and the go-ahead to proceed with our application for status. Those of you not familiar with the process, because part of the territory we wished to claim was actually part of the Barony, we had to have their agreement to concede the land to us for this purpose. With the concession, we now have the ability to file our paperwork asking for recognition by the Kingdom of An Tir, and the SCA, Inc. Board of Directors. Our biggest hurdle should now be getting our name and coat of arms through the registration process. I am optimistically hoping for recognition of Incipient status at July Coronation in Three Mountains (Portland, OR for the SCA challenged). We'll see how it goes!

Whehw! I wrote that in March, and never got it to a point I felt it was ready to post. A lot of changes since then, (the Christmas tree has migrated to the end of the driveway!) but the big one is the group came together! We pushed all of our paperwork, submitted our name and device, and we were officially recognized at July Coronation as the Incipient Canton of HauksgarĂ°r, in the Barony of Three Mountains! The group is amazing! They have such enthusiasm for our Canton, and take such joy in playing, that it is a pleasure to lead. I wish I had 10 more of them!! LOL
We have had such good support from the other groups in the area, and now we are a real SCA group! Hopefully we can start to do some advertising now, and get some word of mouth out that we are here! Then our membership base can grow, and we can have some larger events. In the meantime, we will continue to camp a a group at other events, have our quarterly potluck type events, and grow.
Now, the Heralds have decided that they like our name, but not our device. Or at least the proportions and the blazon for the device. We've had an old college friend take a look at it, because he has some talent for heraldry. The revised device looks even cooler than the original (which I didn't pick, btw; I voted for a different one! LOL) This is what the revision looks like....Much better I think!
Well, I gotta save something for the next post! See all of you again, much sooner!

til next time!