[Ansteorra] High Personna

mikea mikea at mikea.ath.cx
Tue Jan 22 11:34:21 PST 2008

On Tue, Jan 22, 2008 at 01:02:28PM -0600, Jay Rudin wrote:
> Troy Bertram wrote:
> >I agree with you 100%.  I try to act in a way that my 12th century persona
> > would.  My problem is that I am too much of a mushmouth to articulate the
> > way a 12th century persona would.  Something I need to work on... :)
> Then be a 12th century mushmouth.  You can't have a persona who is more 
> articulate than you are, any more than you can have a persona of a person 
> who fights better than you or be a shoemaker if you don't make shoes.  It 
> is *not true* that all of our forebears were fancy talkers.

Robin's right: there were all types among our ancestors, just as there
are now among us. My ancestors appear all to have been small, fine-
boned, wiry, dark-headed, and brown-eyed. I'd be out of place as a big
blond Teutonic bruiser heavy fighter, but I fit right in as a musician
at the court of Mary Queen of Scots. Good thing I _like_ (well, that's
a very pale description of my feelings) music and can do it passably.
Each of us has to choose within the limitations imposed by life and

You could be a 12th century mushmouth who's working on the impediment
according to a plan set out by your teachers' after they studied the
classics. To do this, walk around with some (small, clean) pebbles
in your mouth, working on speaking clearly despite them -- like
Demosthenes, who became a most famous orator and statesman despite his
early speech impediment.

You don't _have_ to be (only) the above person, or have that as any 
part of your persona, but it's one possibility. It's up to you to look
for others. Good hunting!

Mike Andrews        /   Michael Fenwick    Barony of Namron, Ansteorra
mikea at mikea.ath.cx  /   Amateur Extra radio operator W5EGO
Tired old music Laurel; Chirurgeon; SCAdian since AS XI

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