aodhfionn@unforgettable.com aodhfionn at unforgettable.com
Sat Apr 24 00:20:26 PDT 1999

Bravo, your excellency.  *IF* you do not exemplify these ideals you have listed, I for one say you are well along the way.


 ---- DSD wrote: 
> 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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