Seven Deadly Sins – 2019

I really do enjoy this event.  It has a bit of everything that makes a great event – especially in the winter months.  There was fencing – which I always find enjoyable to watch.  So many folks taking up the blade to go out and have fun stabbing each other.

There was a vigil for a new member for the Order of the Pelican – so of course I had to be there!  Elyse is so well deserving of being made a member that it makes my heart glad. She is a fellow Chatelaine, and has done a great deal for the kingdom – and chatelaines – with her work and handouts, website, etc.  Getting to talk to her was wonderful, and I hope that my ‘advice’ (such as it was), helped her be more comfortable.  Her ceremony was lovely, and I teared up at some of the words said.  I don’t often get emotional, but wow – it was marvelous.

There was, of course, the Sin Den — cause really – what would an event called Feast of the Seven Deadly Sins be without one!? It was lovely and decadent (chocolate fountain for the win!) with just the right level of ‘naughty’ and irreverent.

I got to talk to a number of people who I get to speak to very seldom as we are usually running in different directions.  One of those involved a great discussion with a Knight – who had most excellent libations (Bea, I really need to get that info on the Scotch from you.)

I met more people who I knew of – but had not actually met.  Huzzah for enlarging my circle of people to include more good folks!

The only downside to the event — that I left with the plague.  I’ve been fighting the ickies since the event.   Must remember to do more to boost my immune system before winter events.

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Shoot in the Wildwood

I recently attended Shoot in the Wildwood up in Delftwood.  This is a yearly event for me, and I try never to miss it.  One of the things I really like about this event is that I am often able to bring new people to it as their first event, and this year was no different.

My friends arrived just in time for morning court where Master Fergus was being sent off to vigil to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Pelican. I must say, it never gets old standing up with the rest of the Order to welcome someone new to the order. I still have moments of looking around and wondering what on earth I am doing here with all these Important People.

They were shortly introduced to a friend of mine, Baron Cormacc who took them around to play with a siege weapon and then up to the Throwing range. We met up for a bit and had some food, and then they had to take off to go home.

I stayed and spoke to a lot of people that I do not get to see nearly often enough, and spoke to one young lady about the possibility of becoming my Page at a later date — after much contemplation on her part, and approval of her parents.

I got to see many awards given to well deserving people, and of course, the elevation of my friend to the Order of the Pelican.  It was utterly Epic.

There was hilarity everywhere – from a retaliatory Rick Roll, to a large number of song lyrics being quoted. Bon Jovi, Journey… Her Majesty and the Jewel Herald got involved as well. It was funny and emotional – and suited the inductee well.

It was a long drive home, and I was admittedly tired about halfway back, but powered through.

 

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Things got a bit busy, or Nest was given the bird….

I was holding pretty steady with things and had planned to update last year. Then I went to the AEthelmearc and East Kingdom War – aka The Corn Maze on November 11th. I spent the day more than a bit chilly – cause well – it was outdoors, with little shelter and it was COLD. I actually wore several layers of clothing, including mundanes and my wool cloak. I was asked to help at court by handing out scroll cases to those who were honored by Their Majesties. Traditionally, this person is right up front to catch the persons before they run away with their award and the delicate artwork. So, there I was, right up front. All the scrolls were given out, and I had the great joy of seeing several friends get well deserved awards.

Then the herald, Arias, called me before Their Majesties Gareth and Juliana.
Umm… okay. So, up I go. They spoke about how they have heard of things I have been doing.

Then Arias called in the Order of the Pelican.

As Arias tells it, he was waiting for a reaction from me. According to him, it was a good 10 seconds or more before what was happening actually perked through my brain and I understood that I was being given a Writ to join the Order.

My thoughts, “OH MY… oh… don’t collapse, you’ll knock yourself out on the edge of the stage, and it’s muddy, and you won’t be able to get up, and it will be embarrassing…. and getting that much mud out of the wool will be a pain…”

So, yes. That happened.

My elevation was at College of Three Ravens on February 24th.

The day was a bit of a whirlwind to be honest. There were so many people there to help make things happen. I had new garb, a banner, my household kept me grounded and fed. My boyfriend kept me sane – and made sure I showed up – cause dang did I have proverbial cold feet. I had a very difficult time accepting that I was worthy of such an accolade. I still have trouble accepting it.

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In looking back, it seems that a vigil is very much a validation for the prospective Peer just for that very reason.  I have to admit it was an amazing experience. I got to talk to so many people that I have admired for years – a bit of a who’s who if you will – and they were telling me (!) how much I deserved this, how inspiring I was, etc.  I went in to it very much wondering “oh my goodness, why me. I’m not ready for this. I haven’t done enough.”  It was exceptionally validating in that regard, and I left feeling as though this was a good thing.

 

28576685_10155223440111714_3856045548431736832_oI had exceptional speakers and even now – months later — words still fail me to adequately describe how I feel about it.  I wish I could remember what every one said.  Baroness Ekat was kind enough to send me a copy of the brag –

“Your Majesties, Your Excellency, My lords and ladies all, The good and noble Nest verch Rys, keeper of the reliquary thighbone of St Ignatius, the puppy wrangler, and all around awesome lady comes forth.

She who has autocrated events beyond counting – INCLUDING HER OWN FUNERAL, she who has organized the great court bingo debacle, she who does not share her Outlandish adventures with just anyone now comes before you to answer the call of the royalty. For she knows that service is love made visible and service to crown and kingdom is the ultimate expression of the love she holds.”

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Duke Tindal, spoke as my Royal Peer.

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Mistress Cori, speaking as a member of the Pelican.

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Baron Fergus the stunt MOD for Duchess Dorinda

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Sir Bea – speaking words sent by THLord Gwydeon as a populace member.

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Baroness Ekat – speaking as a Jewel of AEthelmearc

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Duchess Rowan, speaking as a Laurel.

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Sir Murdoch, speaking as a member of the Chivalry

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Duchess Rowan presenting me with her Pelican cape.

It was an utterly amazing day, and one that I will treasure as the love was something that you could almost touch.

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Apologies

I’ve been having a bit of an attack of real life lately. With any luck things will settle down a bit soon and I can get back to doing fun things in my ‘spare’ time.

I completely missed the mark on the 100 days of A&S. I’ll be restarting that.  I hit my goal of 10 volunteer hours. That seems to be really easy to do.

I am unlikely to complete the Guard Quest – since this coming weekend Queen Gabrielle steps down – and I’ve not managed to throw a single Royal Round for score yet this year.  I refuse to score myself and submit it.

I have a lot more that I would like to say, but I think those will end up being their own posts over the next few weeks.

That said – I should be posting more after this weekend. At least – that is the plan.

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General SCA Update

There are a lot of things going on SCA wise for me right now, so much so that I haven’t been posting about them.

Local Group – The shire is still around, but it is currently only barely functional.  It seems that a good portion of our populace is taking a bit of a break from things.  It is both understandable and frustrating. I understand wanting and needing to take a break.  It is frustrating as I would love to have more new people coming out to see what we do, but having so few people there makes it hard as it presents a terrible image. I’m not entirely sure how to excite people to come out either.  That makes me so frustrated.

Queen’s Guard – I am a member of the Queen’s Guard for Her Majesty Gabrielle.  This is a position that I have not held before, and so far, it has been interesting. I am not in the best of shape, and this is definitely pushing my abilities.  It is also pushing me to do better with my own health so I can better able to act as a guard. That is a plus.

Queen’s Guard Quest – As part of the Guard, our Chivalry Advisor issued a Quest to all of us.  I am not sure if I will be able to complete it, but I will be trying to for sure.  I think my sticking point is going to be finding members of the White Horn that I can challenge.  While there are many, being in the same place as they are may be a bit of a problem.  If I had been able to make it to War Practice, or if I were likely to make Pennsic I don’t think I would have much of a concern with it.  I have a plan, I just have to hope the people are available to make it work.

100 Days of A&S – A challenge was issued to undertake 100 days of A&S. I am in the middle of it.  I am working with Duolingo to learn Welsh, and working on a couple of string projects that I have. I also have a couple of books that I am working through.

The Spark Challenge – This was issued at Coronation by Their Majesties. Information on it can be found here:  Spark Challenge .  I need to get some pearls to pass out for this.  I would like to earn some as well, but I don’t know that I need to have the physical representation of having done something ‘new’.

10 hours of Service in 100 Days – This is another challenge that I have undertaken, which with what I am already scheduled for – should be pretty easy to do – I tend to have a bit of a ‘helium hand’.  As of this writing, I estimate I have around 3 hours in already.

 

So, there it is. Some of the stuff going on for me in the SCA right now. Too bad work interferes with my fun.

 

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Still here

I know that I’ve been absent lately. Things here in Sterlynge Vayle got rather – interesting – for a bit.  Sunday, May 22, 2016 our Seneschal, Baron Malcolm fitz William passed away unexpectedly from complications of pneumonia.  Since then I had been acting as the seneschal until an election could be held.  At the election in July, I was confirmed as the Seneschal to complete Baron Malcolm’s term of office until the regular meeting scheduled in March 2017.

I feel like I have been playing catch up on a number of levels.  Figuring out what Malcolm had done or started and continuing forward with those – or not – as the shire decides. It is now after Pennsic, and I think I have a much better handle on things.  I really could not have done it without the support of the other officers and shire members.  We really came together after this tragedy to not just support each other, but to work as a group to push the shire forward – to make it better – in honor of Malcolm.

This is not to say that at least once a meeting one of us doesn’t look up at the sky and speak to Malcolm and tell him to stop laughing, or some iteration thereof. He had a wicked sense of humor and I’m sure is looking at us and giggling as he watches our antics.

One of the things that I have requested everyone do is to find deputies and cross train as many people for as many positions as we can. We need to have a larger number of members, and the more people who are able to do different jobs, the more people we will have to act as teachers for those job — to help foster that sense of service in new members. This is going to be critical.  Several people have two positions within the shire – currently I hold three. I really want to get to a point where everyone has one position and a different person is a deputy – without the overlap we have right now.  I could try to draw a diagram of it – but it would be absurd with lines running all over the place. I’m sure it would look much like the Borgia’s relationship map.

I have goals for the shire with regards to number of members and numbers of active members.  I would love to be able to have a polling in two years – or at least the possibility of having a polling in two years.  It is definitely ambitious considering where we are right now, but we have a great group of people and I believe that if we all work together we can do amazing things.  I fully believe that this is an attainable goal for us.

We have a lot going on right now, but we can do it.  Malcolm said on an Officer’s report that “We’re survivors” now is when we prove him correct.  Now is when we show that we do not just survive – we thrive.

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Crown Tourney

I’ve been going back and forth for days now about how to describe this event.  There is so very much to say, but words are not nearly enough, really, to tell about it. Pictures say a great deal, but I took very few, and it isn’t right for me to share the images of others by cherry picking them to post here.

I will say that Spring Crown was amazing. There was amazing pageantry. While I missed the bragging competition due to other obligations, I heard it was awesome. I did get to watch a good bit of the fighting. All I can say is “Wow”.  Some of the best of the best took the field to challenge each other for the right to wear the crowns.  In the end it came down to two combatants.  Duke Timothy and Duke Marcus.  The level of joy these two men had facing each other was darned near infectious. They chatted and joked.  Thru their helms we could see the smiles they wore.  They were there fighting for the crown – and having fun. They both showed such grace and honor, such courtesy and humility.  This was not a fight about one person ‘winning’ and one ‘losing’.  This was about both of them embodying the ideals of chivalry – those knightly virtues we often speak about.  This was about joy and companionship.  There really was no loser in that regard. This post from the Gazette put it all so very much better than I ever possibly could hope to do. AEthelmearc Gazette – Crown Tournament

The day was wonderful.  The kitchen crew was hard at work to keep everyone fed – and having people coming around with food throughout the day was a lot of fun. It certainly added to the festiveness of the day.  There is nothing quite so fun as people coming around with pretzels, and stuffed breads, and many other delights.  I had a couple of friends with me who were attending their first crown tournament. They enjoyed themselves (even if where our pop up was located was a bit on the muddy side).

Court was delightful.  I word-smithed my first scroll – and it was given at Court to someone I love dearly who was being honored with the Fleur d’Æthelmearc.  Shortly afterwards another person I greatly admire was given a writ to join the Order of the Pelican. So many other wonderful awards were given out – I can’t possibly name them all – but there were well deserved Keystones, Millrinds, Fleurs…  just – wonderful all around. I love seeing my friends honored for doing good things and being the talented and wonderful people that they are.

Shortly after court my friends and I headed home due to family obligations. We had wonderful discussion on the way home, and I got to answer any questions on things they did not understand.  They both said they wanted to go to another event as this was so much fun.

I do love sharing this hobby with others. It really has something for just about everyone.

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