Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Stepping up!

Well, its been a while, and for that I apologize. Life has been hectic, and more than a little punishing for me of late. Sadly, but appropriately, I decided to put the SCA on the back burner until I got my life put in some semblance of order.

Now, with all that being said, my life is now taking shape again. I have a conditional job offer, with respectable, if not stellar pay, and good opportunity for overtime.Which means that I will be able to start dedicating some energy back into the SCA, even if it is a limited venue.

However, this is NOT why I am posting today!

At tonight's populace, our senechal was chomping at the bit to herald her own meeting. Technically, this is not prohibited, as we are not a barony, and there are no royally appointed figures holding court of business during the meeting. However, it does go strongly against tradition for the meeting to not be called by the herald. The herald's of Mooneschadowe have a strong tradition of holding their own when it comes to local responsibility, especially when maintaining the dignity of the group's meetings and other formal activities.

So, tonight, when our dear senechal started heralding the meeting on her own, the local herald, who had just finished saying that he wasn't in any shape to herald a meeting, stomped up to the front, stationed himself firmly at our senechal's right side, and politely, but directly said "sit down, I've got it."

Now, to be clear, everyone laughed along good naturedly, and I don't think there were any hurt feelings. But I think that it is important for all of us to note that heralds are an often under-appreciated, and poorly understood asset within the SCA. So it was honestly pleasant to see one of our own stand up for tradition and assert himself in that way.

Lord Ivo Blackhawk
Protege to Master Robert Fitzmorgan
Nordsteorra Herald
Kingdom of Ansteorra
"God save the King!"

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