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So I've decided that I want to get involved with the SCA.

I've looked into it a bit before, but it was some wonderful discussion (and pictures!) during my week with ladysmith that really piqued my interest. I've just spent way too many hours pouring over their website, and I discussed it with Josh - who's actually interested in checking it out with me!

I am, sadly, extremely ignorant in...well, in probably every subject explored in the SCA. LOL I've always wanted to learn, though, and (at least for me) there's no better way to learn than by doing! So I've borrowed more of my mom's Universal History of the World books and am trying to learn more about history & medieval cultures. My web-surfing shows that I live in the Kingdom of Atlantia, specifically the Barony of Hawkwood. There are meetings every Sunday at the park near my mom's house & our church, where we spend just about every Sunday anyway, so we're going to see about dropping by soon and checking things out.

I have no clue where to go from there. I do know that I would LOVE to learn how to sword fight. I've always wanted to learn. Josh wants to, too. I'm particularly interested in (ideas snagged from this interest list): archery, bardic arts, brewing & vintning, book binding, candlemaking, combat, cooking, herbalism, jewelry work, needlework (I've always wanted to learn, but it's nowhere near a passion), performance arts, persona development (I'm a major character-driven RPGer, so I can see this becoming a bit of an obsessive passion), and pottery. I see a whole bunch of stuff Josh has wanted to learn about, too.

I'm really hoping that this is something I'll be able to pursue. It looks like it would be tons of fun, and would give us an opportunity to explore a LOT of things that have interested me for a good long time. I may even be able to make some new friends (I hope). We'll see how it goes.

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iynx
Aug. 21st, 2006 04:50 am (UTC)
That sounds fun. I'm a major character driven rpg-er too we just don't do it live action- mostly table top and live and online character conversations.

You'll have alot of fun in SCA. I had next door neighbors that used to practice their fighting skills and make their chain armor in our front yard. They were very earthy people, a little on the ragged side with the law but I mostly think that was because they were careless with their drugs :)

If you can handle the inevitable wackos and politics (likie any creative group has) you'll be fine.

One of my online and RL friends mcdchick923 is in SCA here in CA and I think she's a pirate. I'll be happy to refer you if you're interested in meeting. She's sweet, smart and high energy and around your age too.
ahavah
Aug. 21st, 2006 12:28 pm (UTC)
I'm a major character driven rpg-er too we just don't do it live action- mostly table top and live and online character conversations.

I've only done LARPs a couple times, but I've been trying to teach Josh how to do AD&D. I've also done a lot of online RPGs, mainly based on my favorite books. I'll get so caught up creating characters...I've had whole families and clans before. lol I think that's part of my passion with writing - I just love creating interesting characters! (That's also one of my major downfalls...I'll have a universe full of awesomely cool characters, but plot? What plot? hahaha)

If you can handle the inevitable wackos and politics (likie any creative group has) you'll be fine.

Oh yeah, I've had my fair share of those. I'll admit, politics tend to scare me off. But I mean, hell, part of the appeal is that I've always wanted to be a princess... ;)

I'd love to meet your friend! Being a pirate sounds like a lot of fun. I have no clue what sort of persona I'd want yet. I'm studying cultures to see what appeals to me. I'll probably end up with more than one if I get into it regularly.

tana_seonaid
Aug. 21st, 2006 12:57 pm (UTC)
I spent several enjoyable years in the SCA. The beauty of it is that there's a wide range to the degree you can be involved (you don't have to get involved in the politics if you don't want to -- and I always avoided it), and most of the people are more than happy to teach others what they know.

Local groups usually have a welcoming guild, and a group called Gold Key which can provide you with garb to borrow or rent while you figure out who/what you want to be. Those who really get into the SCA create very specific personnas from specific places and times in history. Others of us go for a general sense of culture and time. And of course you can always change your mind.

You will meet some people who are always 'in personna' and others whose personna is a very casual thing, mostly a name and a backstory that has little impact on their actual interactions with others. You'll find the place which is most fun and comfortable for you, but don't be surprised, as you get started, if you find inconsistencies in those you meet.

If you want to learn to sword fight you have two primary options: the heavy fighting, most frequently done by large people wearing heavy armor, or fencing.

One thing you should be aware of is that all serious SCA'ers are very particular about titles: and this is where the politics come in.

You can name yourself a lord, duke, princess, or whatever -- but it's likely result in serious social censure, since in the SCA all titles come from the Crown. For example, actually being entitled to call yourself "Princess" will require that you either become a heavy fighter and win a Crown Tournament (held every six months), or that you become involved with a heavy fighter who wins a Crown Tournament and names you his consort. At the Coronation event, you will become Queen, and after your six month reign is over, you will become a Countess. Become Queen again, and you retire as a Duchess. There are also peerages that result from service (Pelicans), the arts (Laurels), and fighting & chivalry (Knights & Dames). To become a Lord or Lady, you must have demonstrated dedication and service to the realm, and be given an Award of Arms (AoA) from the Crown, which then entitles you to have a coat of arms -- which, to be official, must be approved by the College of Heralds as being both authentic and not conflicting with existing arms.

On the other hand, there's nothing to prevent you from dressing up like a princess, and it's possible to enjoy Society without ever getting into titles.

Have fun!
ahavah
Aug. 21st, 2006 02:05 pm (UTC)
I think I would probably have a more specific persona, only *after* I actually educate myself.

I did do quite a bit of reading on it. I don't want to jump right in and make a fool of myself. I think I would dig having a 'title', but I would want to earn it properly. And if I were to actually become a princess (which was really only tongue-in-cheek, but now that I think about it, I wouldn't mind...lol), I'd do it by might-of-arms and just being totally kick ass. :-D

But I have a feeling that that's a LONG way down the road. I'll look into the welcoming guild you mentioned, though. I'm sure I'd have to borrow garb & stuff until I have a persona. But I'm actually quite lucky - Josh is a bit of a hobbyist tailor. He doesn't have any formal training, but he's been teaching himself how to make costumes & outfits. I've already told him he'll have to whip me up something spectacular once I narrow down a culture I'm drawn to.
lanternlady
Aug. 21st, 2006 01:28 pm (UTC)
sounds like you've found something new to be passionate about! :o)... I've always wanted to attend an SCA event... perhaps some time in the future :o)
I'll add it to my "must do" list... LOL
ahavah
Aug. 21st, 2006 02:07 pm (UTC)
Yes, my 'must do' list is getting awfully long. HAHAHA

Not sure how passionate I am about it yet. It's very intriguing, but I still have a lot to learn about it. I'm just hoping that I'll be able to get involved. Part of the appeal, I think, is that this is something fun we'll be able to do *with the kids*. We'll see how the local scene is, and how willing people are to help out a newbie. ;) That's kind of what it depends on at this point.
mrdixon
Aug. 21st, 2006 03:25 pm (UTC)
Some of my favorite times have been with a bow and arrow and funny looking clothes. Try to avoid the political bull, that's what tends to ruin everthing. don't squire to anyone...EVER!


Peace,

dix
ahavah
Aug. 21st, 2006 04:21 pm (UTC)
Oh no! Why do you say that? I was thinking that it would be so cool to be a squire.
mrdixon
Aug. 21st, 2006 10:52 pm (UTC)
we had some people who "squire monger" getting as many squires to themselves so they feel powerful, but then teaching them NOTHING about the arts or combat.

I just get frustrated at the idea of of squiring being more about the knight than the squire. It should be a teaching situation, not a power situation...


done ranting...sorry
ahavah
Aug. 22nd, 2006 01:41 am (UTC)
No problem! Thanks for explaining. I agree with you - I thought it was more like a mentorship type thing. I know that I'm really drawn to the idea of knighthood and chivalry. (Women can be knights if they wanted, right?) I guess I would just be very sure I got along with and trusted someone before I tied myself to them that way.

I still like the idea of getting out there and fighting, winning tournaments with a favor Josh embroidered me stuck to my belt. ;)
mrdixon
Aug. 22nd, 2006 11:33 am (UTC)
Yeah...it's fun, there is no doubt about that. I've just run into to many people who don't know when to stop the ancient and move to the modern. Reality sucks sometimes, and they don't know when to come back to it. Scary!
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