SR - answer--SR Warlord

Jan Van Zandt mysticmarks at
Wed Mar 17 17:14:43 PST 1999

Vivat for For DSD, Southern Regional Warlord.

Thank you David for clarifying several issues in one fell swoop. 

Please know that you have continued support of the warriors of Ffynnon 

HLady Jan

DSD stated:

>For Ld Tomonaga and anyone else out there who is confused about SR 
Warlord, here
>is your answer.....
>Back when this thread was mulling in its 'regional champions' vein I 
had no
>problem with it (emphasis on 's') nor had I any reason to respond.  
It's a great
>idea.  One big event sponsored by the region to select worthy champions 
>promote a united front.  It's about time.  The Northern Region been 
doing so for
>years.  They are exemplar in unity and actually have an event which 
>just that, i.e. 'The Northern Regional Tribute'.  They are miles ahead 
of us,
>but, in defense, we've only been a 'region' for few years.
>The thread has, however, begun to evolve into a area that will end in
>embarrassment for some fine folks and the Region if it continues 
without some
>guidance. Such is my place to do so.  The other SR championships are 
not my
>concern here.  This is about Southern Regional Warlord.  My response 
touches on
>numerous postings to the SR list.  It's important that the region and 
the people
>of this list hear it from me.
>First, I am Southern Regional Warlord.  Nothing gets planned without 
me.  Sorry
>to be so blunt and haughty but at my back stands the Crown.  I've had 
>appointment for a month.  Any plans made without my involvement 
diminishes my
>ability to organize and make something useful of the position and also
>diminishes the authority of a decision made by the standing Crown. That 
>one makes me angry.  I was appointed the task by HRM Sir Gunthar and I 
made a
>solemn promise to him to lead and to organize to the best of my 
ability.  In my
>eyes, I'm not the best person for such an honor, but a wise servant 
>questions a King.
>Second, this year's 'SR Warlord' competition, selection, whatever you'd 
like to
>call it was held one month ago at Kingdom War Practice.  The 
competition was
>announced in the Black Star and was open to any from the region who 
wished to be
>involved.  It was promoted and organized by the standing SR Warlord, 
>Timo.  Turn out for the event was dismal.  Candidates who wished to be
>considered for Warlord amounted to about 1/2 of a line-ruled notebook 
sheet.  I,
>for one, saw the position far above my ability, but, thanks to Timo 
sticking the
>page in my face and saying, 'Here, sign this,' ....well, you get the 
>My point is, by default, the standing Warlord is responsible for the 
process of
>selecting a new Warlord.
>Third, for as long as I hold the position it will be called 'Warlord.'  
>Because it serves an organizational purpose within the fighting 
structure of
>this Kingdom.  Every other region refers to their battle leader as 
>Our Kingdom battle leader is called 'Warlord' and it is the title to 
which I was
>appointed.   Any change or deviation will promote unneeded confusion 
both on and
>off the battlefield.  Confusion loses wars.  That's why we address all 
>as 'Captain' and all Seamen as 'Seaman.'  Same goes for 'Your Majesty', 
>Grace' or 'M'lord.'   You don't believe me?  Just imagine you speak an 
>dialect of Lowlands French.  Your side outnumbers the other 4-1.  Your
>confidence in victory is assured.  Their side is commanded by youthful 
pup, a
>mere Prince, yours by a battle wise King.  You are on a hill near 
>Fourth,  there is a fundamental problem with the timing for selection 
of the
>Regional Warlord.  I can't speak for anyone previous to Ld. Timo, but 
for both
>of us we've been handed the task almost immediately prior to Gulf War.  
You may
>as well elect a dead horse.  One change I hope to ensure is for the 
selection to
>be made within 3 months AFTER Gulf War.  Should there be the need, this 
>some organization time prior to Pennsic but more importantly it allows 
at least
>nine months of planning and organizing FOR Gulf War.  I'm lucky, my 
planning for
>Gulf War this year had been in the works for a year.  As a result 
Raven's Fort
>(with much thanks to Kief's squires, Duke Padruig, Confed, and Ffynnon 
Gath) had
>35 fighters fighting under our banner and ready for the field.  During 
>meeting last Wednesday night the estimated total strength for region 
was 60.
>Southern Region was a formidable left flank, but our 35 fighters didn't 
>appear out of loyalty in the three weeks I had as SR Warlord to prepare 
for Gulf
>War.  Leaders need time to plan, organize, and prepare (and negotiate 
>mercenaries).  With your support, a blessing from the Crown, and 
>planning on our part, we can incorporate a change that will put some 
time in the
>hands of the Warlord.
>Lastly, I don't object to an 'official' event to select a regional 
>In fact, I welcome all the help and suggestions out there and welcome 
you to
>Raven's Fort (should that be the decided meeting place) to discuss the 
plan. My
>intent is to promote the region's intent and the will of it's people, 
not quell
>it.  I also intend to solidify what 'Warlord' is about and I can't do 
that on my
>Post, lastly.  I got cheated out of War and I'm pissed.  Giving my 
successor a
>unified region that is ready to fight, and prepared to do so, is now my 
goal.  I
>will sway this Region with word, with deed, or action.  Don't believe 
me?  I
>plan on doubling Raven's Fort's numbers for next year.  What's you're 
>gonna do about it?  Get on board or get out of my way.  I'm ready to 
>David St. David, Baron Raven's Fort
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