[Ansteorra] help

magicniki69 at aol.com magicniki69 at aol.com
Sun Nov 11 11:12:45 PST 2007

I just realized I may have been missing something in
the "garden weeding" idea.  

I have been looking at it solely from the idea of
"Well I/we don't think that so-and-so should be king
so I/we are going to knock this guy out of the
competition" direction.  A "better me than him"
perspective. I have a bad tendency to think of
fighters as being all about the more brutal and
ambitious aspects of our society and that poor
thinking is definitely reflected in the direction I
was looking from. I apologize for that. I guess maybe
I need to take more time to actually talk to some of
those fighters and get to know them rather than going
on impressions.

It just occurred to me that "garden weeding" could in
fact also be a way of paving the way for someone who
is an awesome administrator and of extraordinary
service to the Kingdom and of great talent but has
less than extraordinary martial prowess. 

I am not sure if that is any better or worse than the
idea I had before that I found to be a bitter pill but
it does kind of apply a salve for it to me.

--- Kristi Johnson <kristi_johnson1972 at yahoo.com>

> What requirements are there for Crown eligibility? 
> Are there any codified in Kingdom Law or is it an
> "unwritten code" and "we just know it a unqualified
> entrant when we see one" kind of thing.
> I only got in on the tail end of the 'stupid
> question'
> thread so I do not know the whole story of what
> happened to require a second Crown Tourney.  The
> gist
> of what I have gotten to read is that someone has
> won
> the tournament but can't take on the responsibility
> of
> the crown at this time and that perhaps they
> competed
> to "weed the garden".  
> As one who understands the desire for our Kingdom to
> only have the best, most qualified persons holding
> this and other posts, I can certainly understand why
> one would compete thusly.  Also I can understand
> just
> from watching these fighters how the thrill of
> combat
> and all that adrenaline could cloud one's thinking
> on
> when to bow out if simply weeding the garden was
> ones
> intention when starting. The rush out there must be
> incredible.  
> I'm not even a fighter and I get a little excited at
> the thought of kicking butt left and right and going
> all the way to the top.  I can understand the
> wanting
> to get to go up against the "big boys" even if I am
> going to get used as list mop.  I can understand
> learning opportunity that such an experience can
> provide.
> That would be fine for any great tourney.  But this
> isn't just any great tourney.  It is Crown Tourney. 
> It is serious business for a JOB.  Not just a title.
> Not just experience. A job.  A very demanding job.  
> My thought is that if currently there are no other 
> previous service requirements in Kindgom Law for the
> position of Crown then perhaps it is time for the
> Kingdom to consider some.  Requiring Crown entrants
> by
> Law to have performed service as Senechals, or
> Barons,or Dukes, or multiple time Kingdom Level
> Autocrats or some other such high responsibility
> posts
> would lessen the need for garden weeding.  It
> wouldn't
> lessen our Sovereigns position as a worthy Chivalric
> champion of our Kingdom just ensure that Chivalric
> champion (and consort) is suited to the the very
> real
> JOB of being the Sovereign before the list ever
> opens.
> Our previous Sovereigns shouldn't have to worry
> about
> entrants not being qualified but able to kick butt
> into the throne.
> One does not become a CEO without experience,
> references, and a resume.
> Then again I may be mad as a hatter.  :)
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