[Ansteorra] pirates v vikings
snorri.hallsson at gmail.com
Fri Sep 9 13:31:35 PDT 2005
Assuming that all Norsepeople are Vikings is like assuming that all sailors
are pirates. My persona is Icelandic. My grandfather settled in Iceland, my
father lived his entire life here and I have never left save for three trips
to Norway to entertain the jarls' courts there as a skald. I have never been
a-viking nor will I, with a prosperous farm to tend and a beautiful wife at
home, ever go.
My point of view is one that's done the research to know what to say just
now. Now, will I ever give a persona short shift for being <insert label
here>? No. Everyone has the right to portray whatever persona they wish to
in the SCA. If their persona is "Hi, I'm so-and-so, I'm medieval, where's
the beer and loose women," then that's their right to do the minimum persona
play to participate in the SCA. That person will likely get the least out of
the SCA because they're putting the least into it.
However, if the *person* - note the difference - is being a drunken idiot
that's decided my wife's posterior and his hand should meet and get to know
one another very well, then there's an issue. The issue is that the person
has acted wrongly, not the persona, and it needs to be addressed post-haste.
Apparently it was addressed after the fact with this individual and he has
apologized for his actions. Whether it is now a closed issue is between the
lady in question and him, not the remainder of Ansteorra to hash out
While I have no problem with this thread of the appropriateness of pirate
personas in the SCA, I think it's time we distanced the thread from this
incident in Bjornsborg, please.
My two coins,
HL Snorri Hallsson, CSM
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