So, I’m a member of the SCA. I’m sure I’ll go on and on about it at length another time, but for now, suffice it to say that the Society for Creative Anachronism is a group of people devoted to studying and reenacting life from 600-1600 AD, with a focus on Medieval/Renaissance Europe. It’s kind of like ren-faire meets civil war reenactment meets living history, with a dose of HUGE and a good healthy sprinkle of neat people.
So I’ve been ‘playing the game’ in the Kingdom of Ansteorra for 5 years this October – but I spent most of the first three being a better college student than SCA member. I kept up a local webpage, went to a few events, things like that. But since I graduated and got married and no longer had all this research and studying to do, I’ve had more time to devote to this particular hobby.
I participate in three major ways – as a local officer in my Barony, as a member of my local scribe’s guild, and showing up at events. Today I got to do a bit of all three – as a “reporter” collecting stuff for the baronial newsletter, as a scribe watching my first piece of original work get given out as a prize, and, well, I showed up!
And I got an award! The first award given to most people (usually) – an award of Arms, granting that I’ve been around long enough and proved not to be a total schmuck, so I can create a device/set of arms that identify me, and use the title ‘Lady’.
Not so sure I’ll be using the whole ‘Lady’ bit – I like being just Anne.
But I got a scroll!!! And my scribal teacher painted it herself – it’s *gorgeous* and even has sheep on it!
Sheep = The Loch Flock (I’m in the Barony of Loch Soilleir)
Sheep = all my knitting/spinning/fiber loving hobbies
Sheep = funny (and kind of dumb, like me)
As soon as I can find a suitable frame, it’s going up on my wall.