ANST - Coronation
Timothy A. McDaniel
tmcd at crl.com
Mon Jul 28 15:51:10 PDT 1997
Sorry if I'm digressing off into topics not of interest to most on the
Kein Rex wrote:
> A warning to all heralds.
> We may open a court and give an award at any time, so stay on your toes.
Three ideas for all crowns ... though I may be teaching ovasuction to
superannuated female ancestors (which is to say, trying to teach
Granny how to suck eggs):
1) keep a stock of blank award report forms on hand to hand to the
herald. (Get 'em from Star, I presume.)
2) for the Lord's sake, give your court herald warning and wait until
he's ready! The only time I've ever been tempted to regicide was
where I was the baronial backup herald at Steppes Warlord's big court,
and for some unknown reason that particular Crown decided to start
without their herald and their award scrolls. We were 7 minutes from
the end of baronial court before the herald (a quite competant fellow,
I should note) was located -- he and a scribe were off finishing the
scrolls. 7 minutes from telling two people "sorry, we're not
elevating you to peerages tonight like we said". 7 minutes from
telling everyone "we'll have to have a big court on Sunday instead".
7 mintues from making everyone at that end of the court look foolish.
3) agree with your herald that you back each other up. The two
classiest stories I've hear of are:
- a herald misspoke and the king apologized for misspeaking. "The
herald is the voice of the Crown", so it was the king's mistake.
- the royalty had forgotten to sign the scrolls beforehand, and the
Queen noticed on the third award. The herald took the blame loudly
("there will be a royal autograph party after court to sign these
scrolls ... using herald's blood"), covering the royal error.
But I digress.
Daniel de Lincoln
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