[Elfsea] first SCA exposure
wilim.penbras at pandora.org
Thu Oct 31 21:31:16 PST 2002
Let's see... First Exposure to the SCA. That'd be back in '94. I first found the SCA at a Sci-Fi convention in Nova Scotia. Through a convoluted series of relationships I got introduced to a Daffydd Rhys ap Llyewlyn, Squire to some Knight he only saw once a year at Pennsic. I ignored it for a year or so then the next year I went to a meeting or two made some garb. Actually a nice blue t-tunic trimmed in red. Learned that braiding the excess red fabric into a belt wouldn't go over well. I included some scrab blue fabric and had a lovely blue and red braided belt to go with the tunic.
That year at the con I helped at the demo. I still had never fought but I helped with discussions of the foods they had there and the principals of chivarly and honour. Then the fighting demo started and they called for volunteers. I went out. Threw a 5 shot combo, stepped back and watched the OTC fall to the ground. I was hooked. I commissioned a custom helm for Truehearth Armories. I like armorer that measure your head and get you a GOOD helm. It was blackend mild steel but it fit beautifully. I found my kydex barrels and began making my armor. Went to training (weeks of throwing the same shot before I even had an opponent). Then my particpation kinda wained as it does for all of us at sometime. That was oh... the Winter of 96.
Then I met a lady online and came to Texas to meet her. That was May of '97. We married 2 months later. Then in the Spring of '00 she asked me about the SCA. I had talked of it a bit. We went to a fighter practice at Randall Mill. We wandered around for a bit and I explained a thing or two. Was thouroughly confused by the Ansteorran High Guard Style. Still, it was Sean of Argyle making Combat arrows that got my attention and We talked for a bit and then we were just part of the crowd.
I came back for the Wednesday night Practice. Met Tim and Anezka, got invited to Tim's housewarming and there met A whole bunch more people. Found Springfaire was a week or so away. Went to Springfaire, it had rained the night before and the List was in tatters. I started helping put the tents back up (Stella and Bert's first) while Rebekah signed in to Troll. Went, signed a waiver. Went back to putting up Tents. Sometime around 11:30, when court got out and Galen and Allessandre where our new B&B I got around to putting up our tent. Ya know... I think I've been putting up tents almost continuosly since then. Well, that's broken by the occasional taking one down. <G>
Anyway, that was my first exposure to the SCA and my first exposure to Elfsea. The Rest as they say is Living History.
Wilim Penbras, Who is know allowed to where a Red Belt
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