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.
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.
I 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.”
Duke Tindal, spoke as my Royal Peer.
Mistress Cori, speaking as a member of the Pelican.
Baron Fergus the stunt MOD for Duchess Dorinda
Sir Bea – speaking words sent by THLord Gwydeon as a populace member.
Baroness Ekat – speaking as a Jewel of AEthelmearc
Duchess Rowan, speaking as a Laurel.
Sir Murdoch, speaking as a member of the Chivalry
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.