I forget exactly when and under what the context of the conversation was, but Countess Meggie suggested that I write some words for scrolls. So last summer I wrote two for people I knew.
I posted the OSR scroll I wrote for Zohane, but this Award of Arms scroll for my wife was truly the first scroll that I ever wrote. I did a bunch of research into period documents, looking for inspiration but came up empty. So, like with Zohane’s scroll, I used Mistress Alys’ Scroll Madlibs as some inspiration and then added in some of my own poetic flair that “sounded period” to my ears.
I did put in a little Easter Egg for her in the text — Captain Marvel — one of her favorite superheroes. I also wanted to call out all the work she did for the Calivers even before she joined the SCA and started fencing with us.
The scroll reads:
Lords and ladies of our dear East Kingdom, greetings. It has come to our attention that there is a fierce but just Gentlewoman in the Barony of Carolingia, a gentlewoman who has a Captain’s command of the needle and is a Marvel to behold on our Rapier Lists.
This Gentle is known to us by the name of Katerina Falconer de Lanark. A dutiful and loyal soldier of the Carolingian Caliver Company, she has been Indispensable in the construction of the aforementioned Company’s uniforms, and in Victory on the battlefield at Pennsic, bringing both Glory to the Company and to our fair and just Kingdom.
That these good works be not forgotten, we do now declare her a Lady of our court and Award unto the said Katerina such Arms as are just fitting and proper:
Signed by our hand, Ioannes Serpentius, Emperor of the East, and Honig, Empress, on this day, August 9th, in the fifty-second year, at Pennsic XLVI.
Myrun Leifsdottir did the artwork for the scroll. She did my MoD scroll as well, and when she was showing me some of her test artwork, there was an image that caught my eye based off artwork by Abraham Bosse that I knew would be perfect for a scroll for Kate.
Myrun goes over her process in this blog post (give it a read) and added some perfect personal elements to the scroll.
I’m not sure if scroll writing is my thing, per say, but it was cool to work on a couple of scrolls for friends and loved ones.