STDLRB13 STDLRB13 at shsu.edu
Wed Apr 21 10:31:11 PDT 1999

yes yes yes                       SEE THAT'S WHAT I MEANT TO SAY
heh heh kinda

Bob Dewart wrote:

> Greetings,
> A Knight once told me that a Christmas tree is still a Christmas tree, with
> or without the orniments.
> Gilli  (But you're still my Mighty Warlord)
> -----Original Message-----
> From: D. R. Hoffpauir <env_drh at shsu.edu>
> To: ravensfort at Ansteorra.ORG <ravensfort at Ansteorra.ORG>
> Date: Tuesday, April 20, 1999 4:11 PM
> >STDLRB13 wrote:
> >
> >> I STILL SAY DSD should be a KNIGHT !
> >> grumble grumble from the darkness
> >> Ragan
> >>
> >
> >    Thanks for the vote.  There may be others that feel the same way.  I
> >
> >know my short comings and the reasons 'why not' probably better than
> >anyone
> >because elusive things provoke such thought.
> >
> >    Secretly, I am squire to every Knight.  I've studied Knights and
> >Knighthood since the beginning.  I even put my heart into it for a few
> >years, then circumstances changed.  I became Baron.  Some would say that
> >
> >doesn't matter, but I do.  Still at every chance, every event, I will
> >pick
> >out some unwary Knight to watch, learn from, and evaluate.  Sometime I
> >learn
> >grace and manners, other times it's prowess and skill.  There is no one
> >thing that makes a Knight, save possibly commitment to one's oaths till
> >death.  Currently my oaths are to the crown.  Not as a Knight, but as a
> >Baron.  I serve you and this Barony first and will not be distracted
> >from
> >it.  If being Baron blows my chance, then so be it.
> >
> >    I am not a Knight, nor even close, and I've thought on this a lot.
> >In
> >my definition of Knighthood, it takes more than I could ever give.  To
> >me,
> >it takes being a squire.  It also takes commitment to learning skills
> >such
> >as bardic, song, and dance.  It takes a serious study of history.  It
> >takes
> >moral excellence, goodness, and righteousness.  It takes conformity in
> >life
> >and conduct which exemplifies moral and ethical principles.  It takes
> >daily
> >practice and an unwavering devotion to profound ideals for living.  It
> >takes
> >study and meditation upon the virtues and the sins.  It takes Prowess,
> >and
> >Courage, and Honesty, and Loyalty, and Generosity, and Faith, and
> >Courtesy,
> >and Franchise.  All of which can be elusive.  It takes service and
> >travel.
> >Above all it takes A LOT of fighting.  And still, for all this, one may
> >not
> >become a Knight, but if one should, then their work has only just begun.
> >
> >    Sure it would be an honor to stand within that brotherhood.  I've
> >got
> >many friends there and each of them exemplify what I've said above.  I
> >was
> >told something early on by Sir William of Weir and have seen its proof
> >in
> >presence of every Knight since; Knighthood is just an accolade for that
> >which you already are.  Thanks for seeing that in me, though I see it
> >not
> >myself.  You give me cause to work on a few things.
> >
> >cheers,
> >David St David, Raven's Fort
> >
> >

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