[Ansteorra] War and Goliards
an angel in black ink
angelinblackink at yahoo.com
Sun Jun 8 02:07:23 PDT 2008
Dear Lady Eleanor Cleavely,
I offer my humblest apologies to you for it seems that I have beet unclear. Im terribly
afraid that I have misrepresented both myself and the Goliards to you. I have no idea
why else you would have drawn these erroneous assumptions. I offer to you an
explanation of sorts, if you will. First I must say that your opinion is as appreciated as
the next, even if I do not agree with them. You see, I have said before that everyones
game, Dream, Kingdom, and even opinions are something that should be considered in
all things. However, I am somewhat deeply hurt that you do feel that these things are
It is very late at night but I feel that I must see this done or else dwell upon it all night. I
will go in order via quote:
-Funny, that's not what you said at the Warlord Bardic when you
performed a piece that essentially stated that we who play the game
today are causing the downfall of the SCA "as it used to be". In fact,
you talked about backstabbing, politics and exhorted those in the
audience to "rise up" and "change the game". I don't know about you,
but I like the game just fine the way it is.
...I was told that many people could not hear me at Warlords bardic
and so you may have misheard me. I said even then that I wished not to
harm but to help. Yes, my piece did speak of some of my perceived
problems. I mentioned backstabbing and politics as well as
indifference and inactivity. What I did not say was anything about the
way people play their game. Anyone is free to play their game as they
wish to play it. I have a problem with knights who take advantage of
new fighters and let as women cart their things and set camp alone as
they watch. I have a problem with artisans being told that they might
as well quit A&S if they wouldnt play politics. Im also tired of
people telling me that they cant say what they think for fear of being
politically and socially snuffed out of their beloved game. If it is
wrong to speak against these things then I am greatly confused. As for
urging people to take up the flame and lead us from this night, dont
forget that I also said that through love, and trust, and unity, a
kingdom we could be. I didnt ask anyone to rebel against anything
but the idea, nothing more. Is it wrong to ask people to look to
themselves and make sure they are being who they want to be?
-...As for the statement on the Goliard group, I believe Lord Nobunaga
has explained that. I forwarded the message by his request.
-Really? Many people? How many people from other kingdoms have you
spoken to about their obvious dissatisfaction with the game? Or is this
a mere projection of others' opinions?
...I do not presume to speak for everyone but I do speak for some. How
many do you speak for? As for your question, I have spent a great deal
of time observing and gathering the opinions of quite a few people in
our kingdom and even some without. What would be the point if I was
the only one?
-No. That is NOT your intention, as has been stated previously. Your
intention is to cause division in a group that you and your friends,
for whatever reason, are unhappy about. You are speaking out of both
sides of your mouth, my lady, and you cannot have it both ways. In my
personal experience, if you want to change something, you don't shout
from the rooftops that people are beneath you and are cruel, mean, or
unworthy. You seek ways to change it from within by being an example
for all. You don't go around preaching rebellion. And as for the period
aspect of this little game, let me say that if you were in my Kingdom
(and yes, even in Japan), your actions would be viewed as treason. Let
me speak plainly: You and your group are committing treason. Sure, talk
with those in power about things that YOU (and not others, for you have
no power to speak for others) feel should be changed. Volunteer to help
change those aspects of the game. But the way you and your group is
going about this would be counted as treason. It is a dangerous road
you tread, my lady, whether this is a game or not.
...I must now ask you where you get your information, especially on my
own opinions, wants, and inner motives. What little you seem to know
about the Goliard and myself seems to be misinformed and unfounded,
based on half-truths and miscommunication. I would ask that you speak
with me and/or the other Goliard so that you could really understand.
I have ALWAYS said that I loved Ansteorra and I have ALWAYS done my
best to see it prosper. I have never called anyone in the SCA cruel or
mean, though I have thought and called a few unfair. I have never said
that we should rebel against any one group or person, only unfairness.
The Goliard have been fully supporting the idea of leading by example
and fully urge everyone to do the same.
...I am afraid that I must ask you to define our acts of treason
because I have no idea what youre talking about. You see, in China
(not Japan), the Yu was allowed special judgment on a case to case
basis and relied heavily on both how entertaining and wise one was, but
the mood of the judging lord. If you truly think Ive been treasonous
then, by all means, speak with my Baron and even King if you wish but I
see no harm in what I am doing in encouraging my fellows to do what
they believe in. If I so disliked this game as you say I do then why
would I waste so much money and time on it? No one could afford that,
-I beg to differ. The whole purpose of your group is division and
destruction. I see no constructive ideas on how to change, only that
you are unhappy and seek to change the game to the way YOU want to play
it. Last I checked, this was not YOUR game. This is OUR game.
...I must beg to differ, dear Lady. You are simply wrong. You have
been away for a while and must not be rightly informed. I never told
people to change the way they play, only to find their Dream and help
others find theirs and to speak their ideas without fear of any sort.
If EVERYONE played my way, nothing would get done let alone enjoyed.
-I suggest you think long and hard about the whys and manner of how
you all are going about this. I can guarantee that if you and your
group continue with this idea of division and rebellion, it will only
serve to cause more heartache and will not achieve your goal of
...Im terribly sorry you feel this way, as I have said before. You
are entitled to feel that way but I am entitled to feel the way I do.
Now with that all said, I am puzzled that you couldnt share these
feelings with me when you were so kind to me the other night. I had no
idea you felt this way. Perhaps this whole mess could have been
avoided with a simple explanation but I think that this is, in the end,
a good thing really. I urge everyone to be as passionate as Lady
Eleanor and speak their minds when they perceive an unjust act has been
committed as well. I applaud you for your deep honesty and concern. I
also thank you for pointing out how confusing the word war is. We
feel that it is misleading to many and that we should have chosen more
wisely when using a word so harsh. To clarify, there is no war on any
single person or group, it is a war to be fought by example, word,
In service to everyones Dream,
Yu Xue XianXian
Gypsy Queen of the Miscreants,
Queen of Misrule of the Court of Miracles,
Never judge a man by the gifts he bears.
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