[Northkeep] Crown Tourney- A Walk In The Cloulds

Dennis England sirbalvin at cox.net
Sun May 4 18:34:05 PDT 2003

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Subject: [Northkeep] Crown Tourney- A Walk In The Cloulds

> 416 was it? I still can't get over an event so well attended, that we
> have run out of site flyers for it, let alone site tokens! But we sure
> run out of food, did we? In the North we know where our priorities lie!
> So many people asked me if I was relieved or disappointed by the results
> the day.  For any others who might also have wondered how I felt, I will
> share the same thing I said, which is that, in truth, I was so very proud
> Sir Balvin, there simply was no room for any other emotion.
> His courage, grace, and chivalry on the list field were an inspiration. I
> the hope on the faces of the people in the North, who had not seen one of
> their own come so close to taking the Crown in a while, and it was enough
> know what confidence so many placed in this man.
> Balvin and I had discussed at some length, along with our spouses, what we
> would be facing, if he were to win. I was prepared to take on the duties
> come with the Crown, and I greatly desired to see him on the throne. I am
> alone in believing that he would be an honorable and sensible leader.
> However, I have always been content to be just Anawyn, and so I am
> still.
> We are fortunate this day to have a capable and lovely new Prince and
> Princess, whom I admire, and a currently stable Kingdom. We have a
> of stalwart and brave fighters who thrilled us on the field all the day
> with no injuries. Can we ask for more?
> I have thought about it, and I just cannot imagine an award now or ever,
> that could give me greater satisfaction, or honor than having been Sir
> Balvin's consort. I cannot prove it, but I feel certain that at least a
> couple of times that day my feet left the earth in sheer joy from the
> splendor of all the wonderful things that happened to me that day.
> Greatest thanks to his wife, sweet Francesca, who "loaned" him for the
> and who was my "hand holder," and the best of company. And God, can that
> woman cook! You could tell she is from Northkeep from the wonderful and
> generous table she put out for everyone to enjoy (yeah, Northkeep's just
> that)!
> Although, (now, the intervening years may have caused me to forget), I
> confess, it seems to me that it was easier to give birth to a child, that
> watch that man fight at times! And, as if to enhance the whole
> aspect of the thing, there were all these people walking by now and then,
> would squint at me, and go, "Anawyn...you need to breath Hon, come on, you
> need to breath..." and I tell you my lungs were hurting by the end of the
> afternoon!
> So many of you simply broke my heart with the lovely and kind things you
> to me, and I really feel that they were not deserved, but I very much
> appreciated it, and I got to be in a fairy tale, (or maybe it was just a
> really good French film or something) with all of you for a day.
> We will never tire of heroes in the SCA, and certainly, we in the North
> plenty to spare. Castallan is coming up. After such a golden day full
deeds a
> plenty, we bards and skalds would be a poor lot if we cannot come up with
> piece to offer then, from this day alone, what say you?
> Let the mead halls ring full of songs and tales, of our tall sons and
> daughters, for we are rich without measure!
> Vivat Northkeep and Ansteorra!
> Anawyn
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