Here is the list of summons for court this Saturday morning 10am – 1pm CST.
Be well and be kind. -Seto & Ynes
Perry Marius Regin Marius Asta Thorsdottier Locke Collingwood Úlfheiðr in rauða Þórsdóttir Hedvika Tanecnik Lady Merwyn of The Ruin Lady Lette de Cherselawe Lord Cynewulf de Divelin Lady Clara van den Broucke Lord Nim Kelevra Ben Nir Lady Margarette hartz Called Gretchen Lord Bran Chandler Lady Ates Ejderhasi Mistress Lucia Elena de Braganza Master Tonis Van Driele Sir Timothy The Just Master Terrance of Tynesdale Sir Logos Baroness Maire ign Daith Baroness Maria Theresa Lady Sparrow Hawksdottir Sir Sasha St. Martin Sir Ingolf the Fox Sgt. Kari Garanhirson Sir Ixtilixochitl Lord Kyoji Uesugi Master Gerard Montague Baroness Alessandra Brucioli Lady Nessa Von Metten Forester Reimar Erikson THL Brendan O’ Corraidhe Sgt. Haroun ibn-Ditir ibn-Ullr Mistress Isadora Von Drachenstein Master Geneviere Chastisse de Vaucresson Sybilla Vargas Sir Vargas Sir Sabah Al-Rashid Lady Johara Ha’niyah’yah al Halim THL Oda Umi Lady Emmiken die Waeyer Lady Astridr Zahra Ymirsdottir Lady Rhiannon Blaiddwen
There will be a brief outage of the services portal this coming Saturday, April 25, at 9pm EDT. We will be updating the URL of the services portal at that time from https://services.midrealm.org/ords to https://services.midrealm.org. Other than the URL change, there is no change in how the services portal works, just a different landing sport when you go to it.
I expect the outage to last about an hour or so and the main midrealm.org page will remain up during that time.
I will post an announcement here when everything is back in service again with a reminder to update any bookmarks you have for sites.
The last month has had many things happen- well, really one thing that has influenced many things. We have unfortunately had to cancel all of our A&S events for March and April, but the Arts and Sciences community has shown that they are basically unstoppable and through RUM have created many online learning opportunities for our community! I am so proud of the community for coming together and creating something positive out of what has been a very stressful time for everyone. We are all in this together and we will get through it more easily if we stick together (separately, in our own houses)!
Finally, the South Oaken Regional MOAS position will be coming available this summer. Please check out the job postings on the Kingdom Jobs page.
Greetings, I hope this letter finds everyone safe and healthy. These are trying times, for all of us, to be sure. I am sure many still find themselves at loose ends and are trying to find something new to do or want to know how else they can serve the Kingdom. One way is to learn book heraldry. We are always looking for book heralds to help us with consulting and registration of arms. If you are interested, please speak with me or your Regional Herald; they can help you to get started.
Submitters, if you have something in the works, please do not create an OSCAR account just to check on the submission. Please contact your consulting herald, or someone on the Submissions team to ask. There have been issues with too many accounts and we have been asked to cut down on the number of new accounts as we are working on a new build for OSCAR.
We have a couple of job openings right now in Submissions. Both the Escutcheon and Rouge Scarpe Herald slots are open. The Escutcheon is responsible for receiving submissions and inputting them into OSCAR. The Rouge Scarpe herald is responsible for watching the commentary and deciding if they follow the rules and there are no conflicts with registered armory or names and forwarding them to the Society level If you are interested in either of these positions, please send an email to me as well as one to whichever position interests you: submissions@midrealm. org for Escutcheon or firstname.lastname@example.org for Rouge Scarpe.
As always, our Submissions team is happy to help with whatever you need. Please remember we want to recreate the best of the Middle Ages, so please wash your hands; the Plague is so 1347.
In these strange times, please remember to keep yourself healthy. I know many of us are looking for ways to socialize; make use of the great technology available.
Along these lines, we have received a variance from Corporate to hold local meetings through video conferencing to help with socialization and to get any needed business accomplished. We will be able to continue with this method of communication until the current pandemic is over.
Likewise, as things are changing quickly, please look to the Kingdom Webpage for official announcements and virtual events as they become scheduled. Again, Corporate has granted a variance to make such publications official. Please be safe, stay home, and wash your hands!
We write to you with a message of hope, love and faith. We hope that, in the coming months, we all shall be reunited, and, in the presence of those we love, celebrate in the joy that events bring. This will surely change us all; have faith in each other. One day soon, we will move past these struggles. Continue to love, support, and be kind to one another. Work to hold each other up and not tear people down. You have inspired Us at every turn during these trying times with every cheerful picture or word, with virtual teaching and learning, with sharing your projects and even the real-life knowledge on helpful items to make life easier. Thank you for being that inspiration for all.
As the Kingdom must move forward, We must speak to Crown List. Currently, Crown List is on schedule; however, it may be delayed. If it is delayed, We shall have the Crown List at the earliest event that allows for a safe gathering. All combatants and consorts who wish to fight for the privilege to be Heirs to The Middle Kingdom must meet with us virtually. Even if you met with Us at a previous event, you must meet with us again to discuss current events. The needs of the Kingdom at this time are very different than when We published the original requirements and met with the individuals earlier. Our current date for application cutoff is May 9 That date will be extended as needed should Crown List be delayed.
Be well. We miss you and are excited to be in your company,
Recently, the Boke of Faces has been reminding me that about this time four years ago, I was at Gulf Wars. This was when Serena and I were on the Throne, Gulf Wars XXV. You may remember it as “Gulfnado.”
This was a tremendously fun event… until it wasn’t. It was the evening of Midrealm court when the weather turned bad and we all had to deal with the very real possibility that our fun week of medieval reenactment was about to turn into very real tragedy.
But, when I think back to that event, I don’t think of the wind or rain or tornados. Rather, I think back to how when things got bad the people of the SCA got to work.
Without anyone directly telling them to do so, people jumped into action. Moving chairs and setting up tables in the main hall. Bringing in hot food and dry towels. Helping people relocate after their tents had blown down. Aiding the injured and comforting the scared. This event reminded me of something that I think we all know.
The SCA is at its best when things are at their worst.
For all our petty in-fighting and name-calling, when it really matters—when people’s lives or well-being is on the line—the SCA takes care of its own.
As I write this, we’re about three weeks into the COVID-19 isolation. For most, this sequester and social distancing doesn’t have the immediate danger of a tornado, but people are worried and frightened nevertheless. And again, the SCA has jumped into action.
I’ve seen SO MANY people put in the time and effort to reach out to friends, just to make sure they’re all right, post funny pictures or memes to cheer people up, create videos to educate or entertain. I’ve watched demonstrations of throwing pottery and baking bread, live readings of period texts and modern-day picture books, rattan combat drills and even a tiara party!
The response has been fantastic! Countless people have taken this time in isolation to try out new activities and learn new skills. For myself, I tried my hand at baking bread (first attempt was an unmitigated disaster, the second one was decent bordering on good), and I made hippocras, a spiced wine drink I had never had before. It turned out great and packed quite a punch.
Individually, these seem like small things, especially compared to the enormity of the situation in the world. But when you put them all together, the people of the Midrealm have created hours of diversions and entertainment, without a central authority to organize and coordinate all of it.
Because when things get bad, the SCA gets to work.
This time of plague will pass. When it does, and when we again meet in the halls and fields and kitchens of events, I hope we remember this time. Not for the isolation or worry, but rather for how we came together and tried to make and reinforce the connections that are so critical to our Society. May we never again take for granted the feeling of embracing our friends or sharing a story around a campfire. May we forevermore focus on the simple joy of being able to travel to events, laugh with loved ones and take care of our own.
We write to you with a message hope, love and faith. We hope that, in the coming months, we all shall be reunited, and, in the presence of those we love, celebrate in the joy that events bring. This will surely change us all; have faith in each other. One day soon, we will move past these struggles. Continue to love, support, and be kind to one another. Work to hold each other up and not tear people down. You have inspired Us at every turn during these trying times with every cheerful picture or word, with virtual teaching and learning, with sharing your projects and even the real-life knowledge on helpful items to make life easier.
Thank you for being that inspiration for all.
As the Kingdom must move forward, We must speak to Crown List. Currently, Crown List is on schedule; however,, it may be delayed. If it is delayed, We shall have the Crown List at the earliest event that allows for a safe gathering. All combatants and consorts who wish to fight for the privilege to be Heirs to The Middle Kingdom must meet with us virtually. Even if you met with Us at a previous event, you must meet with us again to discuss current events. The needs of the Kingdom at this time are very different than when We published the original requirements and met with the individuals earlier. Our current date for application cutoff is May 9 That date will be extended as needed should Crown List be delayed.
Be well. We miss you and are excited to be in your company,
Greetings unto the Exchequers and populace of the most glorious Middle Kingdom,
I am pleased to announce that my successor to the office of Kingdom Exchequer has been chosen. Please help to welcome Baroness Eilis the Stone as the new Kingdom Exchequer. She will begin her tenure at Spring Coronation 2020. I have the utmost faith in her ability to see to the financial state of the kingdom.
Some reminders: Our monthly reports are due on the LAST day of the month following the reporting month (example: May Report – Due June 30). Any two months of late reports will result in your group being put on financial probation.
Your NMS reports are due within 10 business days from the event and can be mailed with the check to Rhiannon Jones, 2358 Westbrook Drive, Toledo, Ohio 43613. If your event is donation, free, or cancelled, please email me at email@example.com to let me know. Failure to report will result in financial probation for your group with removal of all events on the calendar, and the group being unable to use their funds. Waivers get emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org and are due within 30 days of your event.
Every exchequer should be part of the email list. The link is under “Useful Links” on the Exchequer page of midrealm.org.
Thank you, everyone, for all your continued hard work and dedication to the Dream. Should you have questions, concerns, or suggestions, I am always available to listen and provide any aid within my power to give.
In Service to Kingdom and Crown, Rhiannon Blaiddwen Kingdom Exchequer
Greetings, Midrealmers, both new and old! The SCA is, by and large, a welcoming, friendly and inclusive organization. However, there is one subset of the SCA that I have seen regularly shunned, ignored and denigrated. To help address this inequity, I invited a member of that subset to pen a letter outlining their experiences and beliefs. That letter follows.
“Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt.”
While this quote has been attributed to Abe Lincoln, Samuel Johnson, Mark Twain, Confucius, and countless others, my limited research indicates that we should credit “unknown.” While this statement is useful when applied to intellect, what if we paraphrase using emotional language: “Better to remain stoic and be though uncaring than to express and remove all doubt”? While imperfect, this phrase represents a reasonable starting point to discuss the challenges of being politically conservative in the SCA.
I should note that the greater challenge of being an open conservative is in regard to the eSCA, as opposed to active participation at events. Recently, the SCA published a “Statement of Core Values” for members and participants in all events and activities of the SCA. Ironically, the statement does not explicitly address the eSCA (unless one considers online discussions “events and activities”). At events, there is much to do that allows one to avoid spirited discussions of personal politics.
The SCA, in my opinion, is a structural meritocracy where the value is assigned to us as individuals who may eventually result in recognition by the Crown in the form of awards and the elevation to orders [of merit]. While baronial or AoA level awards and orders of merit emphasize what we do rather than how we do it, the Peerage Orders require intangible “peer-like qualities.” This adds a layer of the subjective to be considered alongside the objective measures of accomplishment. Meaning that at some point it is no longer enough to have “done the thing” well; rather, there is the need to impress the right people (i.e., those who have the ear of the Crown). However, those people certainly have personal opinions of the intangibles as various as their preference for scrambled eggs, ambient temperature or hue of lavender.
As a conservative thinker, the idea we can be objectively measured by what we do appeals to me. The challenge is applying one’s personal measurement of the intangibles to another individual without judgment of their personal politics. Even worse is to formulate opinion based on a caricature of said politics. Worst of all is to make assumptions without a discussion with the individual of how they came to their beliefs.
Overall, my experience is that liberal opinions are far more readily accepted than conservative opinions, especially in the eSCA. And since the eSCA is a reflection of social media in general, it contains the many of the same unsavory aspects, including (but not limited to) “cancel culture.” For those unfamiliar with the term, “cancel culture” is the radical idea that certain political opinions are not just wrong, but that individuals should not be allowed to express them and that those who do should be silenced, fired from their jobs and otherwise publicly shamed—effectively “cancelling” someone not because of what they have expressed, rather for what they think.
While we all hope that the SCA’s principles of chivalry, courtesy, and learning would preclude anyone from “cancelling” another because of their political views, there is a definite risk of expressing politics that clash with the majority, especially when you are walking upon the path to Peerage. For this reason, conservatives are more likely to keep their political opinions to themselves. Those few that are more expressive are often Peers already or are simply not interested in the active pursuit of Peerage.
In the end, every political persuasion wants what is best for society (not the SCA, in this case). Unfortunately, there is a perception by conservatives that having the “wrong” opinion (that is, counter to the majority liberal perspective) may be detrimental to their success in the SCA and would reduce their overall enjoyment in their chosen hobby. They are willing to risk silence, with all the accoutrements; and that is the greatest of their challenges.
I have no pithy epilogue for this topic, only to point out that it is perhaps telling that the author requested to remain anonymous.