[Ansteorra] Re: Letters of Marque - was pirates v vikings

L T ldeerslayer at yahoo.com
Mon Sep 12 22:19:21 PDT 2005


I think you mistook my post...

I was not asking a question...I was answering yours.

I was exploring my observations that there are lots of scales in the SCA and
perhaps you have found our kingdom is less tolerant of "pirate" personas because
the people you have encountered here are more toward the more authentic
side of that scale. This is not to say that we don't have our share of
those toward the other end of the scale too...just that you haven't
encountered as many...

I don't understand what you mean about heckling...all I've seen on this
list is discussion...sometimes rather blunt discussion...but discussion
all the same...

Lorraine DeerSlayer

--- Duncan MacNamara <duncan_macnamara at hotmail.com> wrote:

> Well, to answer your question... *I* fall somewhere midway between "just 
> fun" and "historical". There are several reasons for this... one is that if 
> you're not having fun, then it's time to pack up and go home. I have the 
> drive and the desire to be more accurate, but I will never be 100%. Nor will 
> 90% of the people in the SCA. However... as I said, I have the desire to 
> grow and become more accurate. Hence the reason for a Letter of Marque, and 
> one that I will not have to drive all over the Gods' green earth to get 
> renewed every 6 months. I want to portray our crew as privateers, not just 
> to "shut up" the naysayers, but because I *do* love my kingdom, and would be 
> proud to call ourselves Privateers of Ansteorra. But on the other hand, I 
> don't want to mis-represent myself either. I will not lie and claim to be a 
> privateer when I have not recieved a LEtter of Marque. My personal code of 
> honor won't allow it. I could always go the route of "I don't care what 
> anyone thinks, I will portray what I dang well please unless TRM themselves 
> tell me otherwise", but I do genuinely wish to play from a more... how do 
> you say... "proper" standpoint. Most of my crew, however, is in this just 
> for fun. And in the end, no matter how much you involve the SCA into your 
> life, it IS still "just a game".
> And I *do* research about 80-90%. Yes, I imitate some things from hollywood, 
> but so do alot of people in the SCA... and not just the pirate/privateer 
> personas. My point is there is a middle ground that can be met. It shouldn't 
> have to be "all or nothing". If we required 100% accuracy to play, we'd have 
> about 100 members worldwide. But my method of operation is thus: I 
> do/carry/portray as accurately as possibly within my budget while still 
> being able to lighten the mood and have fun. That's 90% of it. The other 10% 
> of it is there because it either just looks neat, or for comedy. Like using 
> movie quotes in situations where it lightens the mood and creates a moment 
> of comedy.
> Another thing is that I am a bard. We tend to be a bit more creative when it 
> comes to the "Creative" part of the SCA. Otherwise, there would be no 
> filks... ;)
> And as I've said before... it's not like I'm a freeloader, or just show up 
> to events for the party. I pay my membership dues, I contribute with 
> volunteer efforts (I have 3 awards for service), usually doing things that 
> I'd rather chew on nails than do. As a Bard, I'm out there doing my part, as 
> a fighter I fought at 18 tourneys and 4 Wars before I realized that it was 
> not in my best interest(health) to continue, and in my field (period 
> nautical-related activities/research) I spend countless hours pouring over 
> research material. I work on Arts and Sciences projects. I've also served in 
> 2 offices and have been the Chivalric Champion of one Household. And before 
> any of you reading this gets upset and mis-interprets what I'm trying to 
> say, no I am not patting myself on the back. My point is that I make a 
> contribution to the SCA. And that I could understand the "heckeling" of my 
> persona if I were just a stereotypical hollywood wannabe, who did nothing 
> but sit on his aft and drink at events, and if I didn't make an attempt at 
> period garb.
> So think on my words a while... I know I tend to ramble.
> Lord Duncan MacNamara
> Captain of the Iron Lotus
> Commodore of the Allied Outlanders Fleet
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