[Loch-Ruadh] Fw: [Elfsea] Questions that need to be asked...

Steve Rourke steverourke at charter.net
Tue Jul 8 19:42:00 PDT 2003

To keep everyone informed.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "willow Taylor" <willowjonbardc at juno.com>
To: <timothy at elfsea.net>; <elfsea at ansteorra.org>
Sent: Tuesday, July 08, 2003 9:28 PM
Subject: Re: [Elfsea] Questions that need to be asked...

> Dear Potential Barone/ess
> How would deal with these problems? I think these are more serious than
> the Cantons. Most of the people I talked to were from Steppes and Elfsea
> area.
> In the last year I have been approached by many members of the
> population. As nobles we are a valid pathway for complaints. It started
> with artisans . Not your top 10%, going to be a Laurel someday, but your
> everyday artisan. They were complaining that nobody was doing anything
> for them any more. They said that in the past the kingdom helped everyone
> learn and get better and people were given reinforcement for their
> accomplishments. In the past years this had changed and now only the best
> artisan were given any attention. They complained that all the artistic
> attention was being given to high power competitions. 
> I then started giving reports that the autocrats in my local area were
> have problems getting workers. I went to the people I knew used to be
> worker and traditionally recruited workers. They told me that they were
> not getting recognized, there were not many fun activity for them and
> there were a lot of stand offish people in the SCA who thought they were
> too good for these individuals. They said that a lot of the things they
> enjoyed were not fun any more. When they went to Art activities the
> really good artisans made them feel like second class citizen. There were
> no performers coming around performing for them. They also stated that
> the nobles and peers were no  longer walking around giving encouragement.
> They said that they had lost their sense of community. In a nut shell
> they were not happy and they were not going to work and they were going
> to advise people not to work. 
> I also got a lot of reports that the values of courtesy and graciousness
> were dying out. The people said that people were being rude and snide.
> They claimed that people were walking around with their noses in the air.
> They flat out told me that I (as a noble) was not working hard enough to
> fix the problem. They blamed the knights and Laurels for not teaching
> their squires and apprentices. They blamed not having a mentor system.
> They stated that the older people were not being leaders.
> As leaders of a Barony how would you address these problems?
> Duchess Willow de Wisp
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