[Ansteorra] Missive HE Chiang, Baron of Bonwicke and HE Gavin...
Kahn at West-Point.org
Fri Jun 13 08:20:34 PDT 2008
An excellent suggestion, your Excellency. Very wise of you, and most
noble of you to offer your services so selflessly. I am moved by your
example, and shall open my cellar to offer up some stocks of my
libations in this cause. If they may be used to help settle matters
peacefully, I would be honored to have played some small part in
Of course, it would seem such a waste to transport these wares so far to
the West if it turns out violence is unavoidable. If that is to be,
then I would be equally honored to offer them as refreshment to the
courageous warriors upon whom will fall the burden of the sad failure of
diplomacy. And to the diplomats, to help ease their sorrow over their
inability to prevent warfare. And to all who accompany both the
warriors and the diplomats, for their work is so often hot, tiring, and
thankless. And, naturally, to those who just traveled out there to see
For those diplomats who must surely be negotiating even now in an effort
to deny the cruel Spectre of War his grisly measure, I offer one bit of
solace in the event an agreement cannot be reached. Nearly three
decades ago, I was taught that blood makes the grass grow. So if
bloodshed there must be, at least the victor's livestock shall not fall
upon sparse grazing and lean times. (It being the natural course of
such things that the livestock of the vanquished shall fall upon the
spit, to be roasted in celebration of the victory.)
Let us drink to peace. Let us drink to war. Let us drink to our
comrades. Let us drink to our foes. Let us drink to our joys. Let us
drink away our sorrows.
Does there seem to be rather heavy emphasis on drinking in this
message? How typical for a brewer. :-)
Baron Niklas Vasilevich wrote:
> Greetings from a Noble cousin who has held lands for the Crown of
> Ansetorra and today honors the Crown and service as a member of the
> Barony of Bryn Gwlad...
> I send my counsel to all on this matter of wayward servants who, while
> trying to please their Master have taken liberties in their actions.
> Perhaps some kind of material compensation by both sides in the name
> of Pax may be in order at a parlay of the effected parties.
> May I suggest an exchange for a settled amount of mead, beers, wines,
> items of value such as weapons, armour, steads and stock or such for
> the incresse on the lands of Bonwicke and damages done.
> I would offer my services as a mediator (for a small fee of course :) to
> facilitate these peace negations between the Grand Barony or Bonwicke
> and the fine folks of Baron Gavins Shire of Trelec that may have made
> transgressions on the lands of Bonwicke.
> I would be honored to help my cousins of the West as well as my Lady
> as We hail from the lands of Western Ansteorra and We began our
> journies in the SCA many years ago in the lands of Bonwicke, Trelec
> and Mendersham.
> It also gives us a really good reason to travel out there and see you
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