"When I was growing up, my dad wasn't around at all," one fighter tells me. "It wasn't until I came to the SCA that I met father figures. They really taught me how to be a man."

"I think it's about the camaraderie, the brotherhood," another said. "It's not just a bunch of people running around in the woods; it's about honor."

"When you come here, there's honor and courtesy," another told me. "You don't get that kind of respect in the real world. If someone insults a woman in the real world, what's her recourse? What's she going to do? Out here, we play by the rule of chivalry. If a lady is insulted, she'll go find a champion, and he'll throw down the gauntlet."

The author: Medieval badass extraordinaire.
Kyle Swenson
The author: Medieval badass extraordinaire.
Kurn and Eridani, the king and queen of Trimaris.
Kyle Swenson
Kurn and Eridani, the king and queen of Trimaris.

Basically, if you want to fight, if you're going to play the game, you've got to stick to the honor system.

"You might be a frustrated teacher and you want to bash Johnny in the head, but you can't because you need a job to pay for your home and your wife and your kids, so you go out and hit your friends. There's no better relief," Kurn tells me. "But I think it does more than just a sport. It teaches you about what to consider virtuous and moral. In life, we don't get a lot of opportunities to be chivalrous and make the right decisions."

Or, as Gavin put it: "Basically, the first rule of SCA is: Don't be a dick."

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EdenFullerOfRedenhal
EdenFullerOfRedenhal

Greetings of warm thanks from The Honorable Lady Eden Fuller of Redenhall hailing from the fair kingdom of Meridies do come unto m'lord Kyle-

I send with this missive my most heartfelt thanks to you for penning an article heralding our beloved SCA in the most excellent of lights.  Your remarks were presented with much humor and I found that quite refreshing and pleasing.  I sincerely hope you had as much as fun as your words convey and will find yourself back in the company of the fine folks of Trimaris.
 

Thank you for writing a fabulous article that doesn't make us sound like a bunch of nuts ;-) 

aesop_2000
aesop_2000

Considering that the article was written by a newcomer with no prior experience to our hobby, I think the author did a fairly decent job. Yes, there were some minor inaccuracies, some omissions and a few misspellings, but all things considered, not too shabby. 

We have our own slang and use words not common in modern vernacular, so he can’t really be faulted.

It was actually somewhat refreshing to read the impression of a first-timer. Of course some things are going to make more of an impression than others, but I think the author picked up on the basic concept of what we do. And he did touch on the fact that we hold true to ideals not commonplace in society today, such as honor, chivalry and courtesy.

Could he have done better? Of course. Who doesn’t improve after initial contact?

I hope Kyle enjoyed his visit, and comes back to join us. 

abelin83
abelin83

Really cool article. I hope you get the chance to come out more and experience more of the SCA. 

lythandrel
lythandrel

While it's nice to see an article about the SCA, there are some innacuracies in here that could have been avoided.  Viva is actually Vivat (and the t is pronounceable), sekanjabin also has vinegar in it, swords are made from rattan, not rutan, and those errors were in the first 1/3 of the article.  You couldn't have picked better people to track, as Takamatsu and Mittion are some amazing guys, but you missed out on those of us who are more geared to services, performing arts, practical arts and sciences and you really did make us sound like freaks before getting into the good stuff.   You also seemed to miss out on the fact that there are a lot of women involved, even on the lyst field!

drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter

Well, let's get those nerds!

slaine
slaine

@aesop_2000 It -was- refreshing, and those corrections should have been made in an email (which is why I've deleted them.) It was a fun article, and nitpicking over slang and terminology was better left in a more private fashion. And I certainly do hope that he comes back. There are many facets of the SCA, and I hope he gets a chance to explore whatever may catch his interest.

 
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