[NR] [Northkeep] attributes

Marc Carlson marccarlson20 at hotmail.com
Wed Mar 30 11:21:24 PDT 2011


I really can't speak for anyone else, and that's really why I didn't respond to your question.  In my case, what makes  "Da North" different is very subjective, and could easily turn into a case of "star bellied Sneetches".  So really, what makes it different for me it that it's where I'm from.  South and Central Ansteorra, Calontir, Outlands*, Glenn Abhenn, etc -as nice as they are- aren't where i'm from.  They do things differently, eat strange foods, worship strange gods, have different priorities, a different cultural identity, and so on.

*ok, technically, I was born in what the SCA considers the Outlands, but that was before the SCA even existed, so I don't think it counts.


> From: ld.blackmoon at cox.net
> To: northern at lists.ansteorra.org; northkeep at lists.ansteorra.org
> Date: Wed, 30 Mar 2011 12:50:30 -0500
> Subject: [Northkeep] attributes
> greetings 
> i was ask off list what my thoughts were on this subject,and since only 2 people have responded, i figured wha ta hey.
> so below , only slightly edited is my reply : )
>  actually I expected a much bigger response from people as much traffic as the " mordor " suggestion created.
> I'm at least trying to get people to " think " about the region, and its people, not the geography, or weather, or stellar points of interest.
> to be honest I hadn't included the people ( which I should have I guess) because I know and have known some wonderful people in many places.
> to me it is many small things , that add up to the larger things. I don't say that the below never happens anywhere else, I just hear the like more often in the north.
> you are more likely to hear " I can't do that it's dishonorable "
> we make a big deal out of newcomers , and though there are still people that fall through the cracks, we try to make everyone feel welcome.
> we maintain a sense of " mine " while doing anything ( a&s , events, service, etc ) , as in , everyone claiming castellan , if something goes wrong,everyone takes it personally , they don't blame it on the region, or the kingdom, and everyone works to make sure its a success .
> people are more open and personable in the region, you go south, people shake hands, up here events are often hug fests, with people hugging someone , or patting backs , from the time they hit gate till they leave.
> if your not recognized  at feast people will almost always offer you table space , so that they get to know you, and you feel welcome.
> if your not recognized at the event , people will normally stop and chat with you , to see if you need anything , 
> ( directions to activities,feast,camp help , privies, etc. )
> we actually do " family " type things , grub and garb / revels , ( ok , no successful revels lately ) archery and fighter practices are more like social gatherings than martial practices.
> and friends always take a few min. out of their busy schedules to stop and chat with the people they haven't gotten to see in a while.
> so I guess in closing , we are actually like one large extended family, we don't always get along with every family member, we don't always approve of what some relative is doing / has done, and were always finding and losing distant cousins.
> but were not about to let the neighbors see our dirty laundry ; )
> which would boil down to the northern region acts and feels more like an extended family than a corporation.
> given time I could probably think of more, but those were topmost in my head today ; )
> gotta go to work 
> Be Safe , Be Happy, Have Fun .
> Arthur
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