[Bards] Bardic regalia
alden_drake at sbcglobal.net
Wed Nov 8 18:18:58 PST 2006
Definitely talk to the group. Some groups have a similar item for each of their champions with a minor variation (usually an emblem). Other groups' passdown items vary widely. I would also mention that cloaks, while nice and able to be well presented, aren't particularly practical in Ansteorra due to the heat. I know a couple groups that pass along cloaks, and even the Premier Bard gets a pass down cloak, which hardly ever gets worn. A mantle, sash/baldric, necklace, collar, pin, staff, songbook, lantern, banner...just some ideas. Something that each title winner can add their arms (device) to would be nice too, and a good way to record the history of the winners.
----- Original Message ----
From: Katherine of Scarborough <katofscarborough at yahoo.com>
To: bards at lists.ansteorra.org
Sent: Wednesday, November 8, 2006 7:01:57 PM
Subject: [Bards] Bardic regalia
Diverging completely from the current firestorm of
discussion, I thought I'd pose a question while folks
are paying attention to this list. :)
I currently hold the honor of serving as titled bard
to Skorragardr, which is a relatively young canton. I
think I'm their third bard, and, as such, there isn't
yet any "pass down" regalia to speak of. I would
really like to be able to give my successor an
albatross or two (grin) in the form of a cloak, or a
mantle, or a staff, or something to otherwise denote
Having never been a regional bard before, my question
is: am I within my rights to start that tradition
myself? If so, what would be some appropriate,
permissible things to include? For example, if I
wanted to create a bardic cloak, I am assuming I
should NOT display the canton's arms on it in their
entirety. Would it be best to have a cloak in the
canton's colors, with some sort of bardic-looking
insignia on it, perhaps with an element from the
canton's heraldry included?
I apologize if these are silly questions, but any
advice or suggestions would be most appreciated.
-Catrin ferch Maelgwn
Bard of Skorragardr
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