[Bards] in response to Esther

Alden Drake alden_drake at sbcglobal.net
Tue Oct 31 11:45:44 PST 2006

People have their own take on the issue of holding multiple championships at a given time, as do the landed nobility.  I have yet to see a conflict of interest arise between two branches within the same kingdom, though I suppose "friendly wagers" could come into being - how cool would that be!?[1]

Personally, the only limitation I put on myself is in regards to baronies, where if I am a baronial champion, I will consult that B&B(s) of the current branch(es) I represent, and the B&B of the championship I intend to compete in, and clear it with all parties that they would accept my representing those branches.  This approach allows me to be courteous and honor my patron(s), and I have yet had a B&B respond in the negative.  In fact, when I was Bard of Loch Soilleir, Baron William would have had me represent the barony by going out and winning as many bardic championships as I could enter! LOL  But each time I did, I consulted him and Baroness Katya.

[1] I mean really, when has a champion (especially bardic) been called upon by their patron to do something specific?  About the most common use of a champion is to "take the field at Gulf War", and to organize next year's championship.  I think more B&Bs should challenge their landed neighbors to contests of champions. :)


----- Original Message ----
From: Esther <reese_esther at yahoo.com>
To: Ansteorran Bardic list <bards at lists.ansteorra.org>
Sent: Tuesday, October 31, 2006 11:58:07 AM
Subject: Re: [Bards] in response to Esther

Or an incentive to enter. Of course, it would also change the current dynamic of how bardic champions are currently run -- no one sees a problem with one bard being champion of several groups, except perhaps me. One championship is hard enough to do well, if one intends to serve as a champion, rather than collect ching-chings to wear.
As we are discussing the Kingdom championship, let's discuss championships in general. Do we need to look at how we approach them as Bards? Is it really a responsible thing for someone in Houston to go to Oklahoma, compete, win, and then come back a year later to pass on regalia?
Do I think this should be legislated? No. I think it might be a good thing to look at personally -- if you are Bard of Elfsea and Steppes, to which voice do you answer, or answer first, if your Barons DO call on you at say, Coronation? What if, as part of our culture of friendly competition, two groups have a contest -- and you are a champion of both?
Waspishly yours,


local and Kingdom bardic championships. It's an interesting thought.

On the other hand, it would be another "barrier to entry" for Eisteddfod. Do we really need another one?

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