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Holiday Faire

This weekend was the awesome.

I have been walking on Cloud Nine for the past two days, but I think I have finally settled down enough that I can sit down and post about it.

We arrived at Holiday Faire at about mid-morning. As ballistabob and geoffreyapclwyd set up the dayshade on the rapier field, I went inside to troll us both in. Of course, the hall was full of merchants, many of whom are dear friends, and I spent a good chunk of time visiting all of them, and picking up some nifty wool that duchesssimone had brought for me.

That's when TRM called in the Order of the Laurel in order to conduct a drive-by Court and put flonzy on vigil for his induction at the end of the day. Very cool.

After that, I went to the list field and signed up for both the "Unbleached," and the "Hunt a White Scarf" Tournaments, and got some good fighting in the process.

I also got a kick out of the fact that a number of fighters came looking for me and asking me "Are you a Provost? Can I hunt you for a fight?" And my reply was of course, "No, sorry. I don't have a White Scarf. You will have to hunt someone else."

Silly me. That was about to change.

So no sh*t,there I was, under our dayshade, drinking water and minding my own business, when troyfish comes down and tells me "I am picking fighters to face his His Majesty. He wants to fight today. He's got rapier and dagger, so pick up your weapons and follow me." And I, never to say no to a fight, particularly with HRM, picked up my weapons and followed him like a good little fighter.

Good gravy. This one has to be one of the most fun bouts of my life. HRM Vlad is a tall guy, a kickass fighter (that's why he's the King, duh), and a leftie to boot. Somehow, I did manage to take his left arm. (For those non-SCA types who read this, if someone pegs you in the arm, you lose the use of it.)

Now, your usual fighter drops the dagger and transfers the long blade to his right hand. But Vlad is not your usual fighter. He let go of the long blade, and proceeded to face me with a single dagger. At that point, I looked at my two weapons and said to myself "What the hell," so I dropped the long blade and went at it with single dagger too. So much more fun! Thank you Giacomo for all those knife fighting lessons that you taught us long ago!

To make a long story short, I ended up winning that bout.

I had also noticed that a small crowd had begun to form around us around the time I had dropped the rapier. At the time, a thought crossed my mind that maybe, just maybe, something was up.

I dismissed the thought immediately. After all, there was a good chance that people were there just getting a kick out of the entire bout, and if nothing was up I would be dissapointed. I didn't want to be dissapointed.

Besides, I had a King to fight.

At any rate, by the time the bout was over, the small crowd had grown three sizes too big -- like the Grinch's heart -- and was filling most of the surrounding field. Still, it wasn't until I was actually tackled and pinned to the round by Troyfish and Aedan that I allowed myself the luxury of entertaining the thought that maybe, just maybe something was indeed going on, and that the going on included me and a certain Order.

This was when HRM Vlad started going off about me commiting "regicide" and how I needed to be made an example of. And this is when his herald opened Court and called the Order of the White Scarf.

I nearly died.

It was a lovely ceremony. Geoffrey gave Ballistabob the legacy White Scarf (one of the first ones in Atlantia), who handed it to Her Majesty Kalissa to tie around my arm. She had also flowers for me, which was awesome. After that, it was a maëlstrom of hugs and contratulations, beginning with TRM, and followed by The Order, and everyone else in the field. I have seldom felt so loved and so welcome as I did at that moment.

I played my prize that same afternoon. For those not familiar with this, when one is admitted into the Order and awarded the White Scarf, you must play your prize. This is in accordance with period practices. Rapier fighters used to fight for a prize bag. This is where the term "prize fighter" comes from. In this case, the prize is comprised by tokens of affection that your friends put together and, of course, the biggest prize of all: The White Scarf.

This has been an incredibly long entry. I will summarize the hightlights as follows:

  • Getting inducted by Vlad and Kalissa = This made my day even extra-special. I have known HRM Vlad for many years, and I think the world of him. I haven't known HRM Kalissa for nearly that long, but I love her warm and welcoming personality and her sense of humor, and when she smiles, the world becomes a brighter place, which is a rare quality.

  • The Legacy Scarf = Which is one of the originals in Atlantia, and which has been worn before by the love of my life and by my trusty apprentice before me. It makes it very special.

  • My new and spiffy Battle Scarf = Made especially for me by Cassie, and the one that I will wear on the list field from now on (the Legacy scarf is very fragile now). This one is near and dear to my heart because it was made for me by a very beloved friend. It has already been laundered and Oxy-Cleaned as it ended up incredibly dirty and smelly after all that prize playing -- which is what a battle scarf is designed for. Yay!

  • My scroll = Made for me by the awesome wyvern_or. I will be paying a visit to my favorite frame store sometime this weekend. It is a thing of beauty, and it was made with much love. It makes my heart sing.

  • Seeing so many of my friends, fighters and non-fighers, cheering for me at my induction. I love you all.

  • The love and acceptance from the Order. You guys nearly made me cry. I will make you proud.
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    belfebe
    Nov. 24th, 2009 04:23 pm (UTC)
    Thank you! It was loads of fun!
    orlacarey
    Nov. 23rd, 2009 06:36 pm (UTC)
    Congrats!
    belfebe
    Nov. 24th, 2009 04:23 pm (UTC)
    Thanks!
    salviati
    Nov. 23rd, 2009 06:36 pm (UTC)
    Congrats!
    belfebe
    Nov. 24th, 2009 04:24 pm (UTC)
    Thank you!
    marionred
    Nov. 23rd, 2009 06:40 pm (UTC)
    Congrads!!!!
    belfebe
    Nov. 24th, 2009 04:24 pm (UTC)
    Thanks!
    alricthemad
    Nov. 23rd, 2009 06:44 pm (UTC)
    SO well deserved
    belfebe
    Nov. 24th, 2009 04:25 pm (UTC)
    Thanks! Now we need to reorganize or 5 Man team. I have some ideas. Bwahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    melaniesuzanne
    Nov. 23rd, 2009 07:01 pm (UTC)
    YAAAAAAAY!!!!
    belfebe
    Nov. 24th, 2009 04:25 pm (UTC)
    Squeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    greta_k
    Nov. 23rd, 2009 07:33 pm (UTC)
    *Hugs*

    Small Person sends her hugs, too . . . . even if she thinks a White Scarf is something to chew on and that she should be able to tuck her toys into bed with it ;-)
    belfebe
    Nov. 24th, 2009 04:26 pm (UTC)
    Hey, that can be part of my Atlantia University class "101 Things you can do with a White Scarf"
    lorebubeck
    Nov. 23rd, 2009 07:41 pm (UTC)
    The most telling statement all day repeated by everyone I told:

    "You mean she wasn't a White Scarf already?"

    Well deserved and we are so happy for you!
    belfebe
    Nov. 24th, 2009 04:27 pm (UTC)
    Thank you so much. I still have a silly smile plastered on my face. :-D
    tylluan_wen
    Nov. 23rd, 2009 08:01 pm (UTC)
    Congratulations! Always good to see when hard work and talent are duly recognized.
    belfebe
    Nov. 24th, 2009 04:27 pm (UTC)
    Thank you!
    gianetta
    Nov. 23rd, 2009 08:24 pm (UTC)
    Adam was most amused by the fact that he was one of the people who had asked you earlier that day if you were a Provost. heh.
    belfebe
    Nov. 24th, 2009 04:28 pm (UTC)
    Indeed, he was. LOL. He was in tune with the spirit of the day!
    lisettelaroux
    Nov. 23rd, 2009 08:27 pm (UTC)
    Well deserved
    Congrats!
    belfebe
    Nov. 24th, 2009 04:28 pm (UTC)
    Re: Well deserved
    Thank you!
    cathalmaclean
    Nov. 23rd, 2009 08:28 pm (UTC)
    Vivat and SO well deserved!!!. Congratulations! *hugs*
    belfebe
    Nov. 24th, 2009 04:29 pm (UTC)
    Thank you and *hugs* back!
    deboraaurifex
    Nov. 23rd, 2009 08:33 pm (UTC)
    Indeed -- congratulations! Wish I had been there to see it!
    belfebe
    Nov. 24th, 2009 04:30 pm (UTC)
    Thanks! :-D
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    belfebe
    Nov. 24th, 2009 04:30 pm (UTC)
    Thank you!
    cfram
    Nov. 23rd, 2009 11:38 pm (UTC)
    Congratulations!
    belfebe
    Nov. 24th, 2009 04:31 pm (UTC)
    Thank you!
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