Last year at Falling Leaves, I took Mistress Eva Woderose as my provost. We had been working on her fencing over the summer and decided to make the training a bit more official in the fall.Continue reading Text for Mistress Eva Woderose’s Provost Contract
This is my second year as General of the East Kingdom Rapier Army and I wanted to do something special for my immediate staff who put in a lot of hard work and effort over the year as well as during Pennsic. They take time out of their vacation to deal with me, do bunch of Woods Walks, come to a ton of meetings, etc. Being on Command Staff is fun but it’s also work that takes one away from other Pennsic fun.
Last year I “paid” my staff with replica French coins that I bought at a vendor at Pennsic. This year I decided to write officer commissions to official recognize their role on my command staff and as leaders in the East Kingdom Rapier Army.
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.
Last summer I delved into writing words for scrolls. One of them being for one of my Calivers & friends — Zohane Faber. He was to be inducted into the Order of the Silver Rapier at Pennsic.
Zohane has a a late 16th Century Milan persona. Along with being a fencer, he’s a talented and dutiful period chef and head of the Carolingian Cooks Guild, so I wanted to give his OSR a chef’s flair.
To do this, I dug into one of Maestro Martino of Como’s cook books. Maestro Martino of Como has been called the first celebrity chef, and his extraordinary treatise on Renaissance cookery, The Art of Cooking, is the first known culinary guide to specify ingredients, cooking times and techniques, utensils, and amounts. Continue reading Text for Zohane Faber’s OSR Scroll