[Ansteorra] A&S issues
sharon at polkawitch.com
Fri Aug 30 06:47:37 PDT 2002
I totally agree and did not understand that until i attended this Pas. At
first I thought it wasnt such a great idea, but to have all the A&S
surrounding it, put a Pas in a proper environment. Very cool. Also, it
encouraged me to write documentation ;) I am hoping they can do this again
at Steppes Artisan next year, but I would probably have to start planning
now or my friends will kill me! And teh funny thing is, I would have never
understood as much about my armor without it. Sometimes, as a fighter, I
tend to have the knuckle-draggin mentality and this brought a beauty to it I
never really embraced before.
> I understand the Pas was very fun and interesting. I believe some of the
> original reasons, in addition to those below, included space.
> The event was held in Canton at the Civic Center, a very large building.
> And It's in August. Hot Hot Hot..... Can we say fighting in
> Air-conditioning!!!! What a concept. I hope they do it again next year.
> What a way to show our fighting abilities as an Art Form.
> Behalf Of Patrick Cuccurello
> Subject: RE: [Ansteorra] A&S issues
> I was privy to a couple of the committee meetings and I can give you my
> impression on the reasons.
> 1. There is a 1-2 hour gap in the morning that people are setting up and
> really not doing too much. This gives people who are non-artisans
> to watch while the artisans are setting up. It also gives those fighters
> wishing to demonstrate their Art--as oppose to clubbing baby harp seals--a
> venue to do so.
> 2. We are seeing more and more events where it is just an "Arts Event" or
> just a "Fighting Event". Where that is lovely to focus on a particular
> area, you are creating walls between disciplines within the Society. Those
> walls and gaps are starting to become the status quo as opposed to an
> anomaly. As Duchess Willow expressed eloquently in a previous post, at
> time we did *everything* at an event and it created a wonderful
> We have lost that magic in some instances. This was an experiment to try
> recapture some of that.
> 3. A Pas de Armes is a High Persona list that exemplifies not the winning
> of the list but the "Art of Fighting". Including the display of Armor,
> Heraldry, Pageantry, Courtly Graces. All things that are not strictly the
> purview of just a "Fighting Event". It celebrates the Art of the list and
> the fighter. It demands the involvement of those watching. What better
> for it than an Arts and Sciences event?
> >From everything I saw, it was a rousing success. As a Laurel, I was
> that our fighters demonstrated not only their martial skill, but the "Art
> Fighting the Lists" which is something I think we all tend to lose track
> in the 60 person, 4 separate list fields, kill-em quick get out of armor
> cool off, out in the weather-de-jour, kind of event.
> It is my hope that it becomes a regular part of the event.
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