Egil’s is finally over!!!
Thursday, June 1, 2006 4:08:57 AM
Lady Katherine and I both received a huge surprise but I’ll get to that later. Also we did not get the chance to take any pictures as we were tending to our offices. I will add pictures when someone from the event posts them.
My duties as Chirurgeon (First Aid) and the Chirurgeons who helped out were not needed all too often which is a huge plus. As we say: “A bored Chirurgeon is a happy Chirurgeon.” There was however one young lad who was trying his skills at one of the forges. Working away on a piece the metal lost its dangerous red glow, before he could be stopped he picked up the piece he was working on and received a nasty burn. As I was tending to him he was a real trooper, I told his guardian that he would have to go to the hospital for further treatment and he was upset that he might miss some of the events. We assured him that we would be here when he returned and return he did! He made sure the doctors bandaged his hand in such a position so he could hold his bow and compete in the archery competition. Not only did he compete he won in his division! HUZZAH!!!
There were some beautiful encampments; especially camp Eisen that was so “period” there was not one mundane item in view, if they had any at all. There were even Laurels (Individuals skilled in the Arts and Sciences) who were blown away. I do hope some pictures get posted soon so I can put them up here… it really was something to see.
The evenings are my favorite times, there is just something about the fires in camps, drums, and general reveling that make the evenings magical. Lady Katherine and I had a great time walking about and talking to folks. Oh and the fire breathing / spinning talents of House Black Arrow were amazing!
Sadly I missed most of the fighting on Saturday as I was up all day Friday doing Chirurgeon duties then up all night as Constable. Even though I was a bit crispy, and missed some fun stuff I just love working at events. The SCA gives me so much I love being able to give something back, even if it does not feel like I’ve done enough.
During final Court on Sunday awards and gifts are given out. Lady Katherine was brought up and was inducted into the Order of the Vigilant Bear! This award is given for exceptional martial prowess in service to the Barony of Adiantum. She is an awesome archer and very deserving of this award. I am to say the least very proud of her. HUZZAH!!!
I had to take my Chirurgeon oath during Court. At one point of the oath it states: "and will abstain from every voluntary act of mischief and corruption" the snickering of the Court stopped the reading of oath for the moment, they know me all too well.
Being as busy as we are one night we went to bed rather early. Around 2230 we hear one of our Heralds (Skarl) hailing our camp. I scramble to wake up thinking someone was hurt and needed medical attention. Skarl announced that Her Excellency requested my presence. Ok not a medical call, but I’m thinking WTF? I gather myself and exit my tent to see Their Excellencies, Sir Durin, Skarl, Francis, and a Lady I couldn’t see clearly in the dark holding torches. I bow and stood before them but nothing was being said; now I’m getting nervous. Her Excellency called for Katherine to come out as well. So we’re all waiting…and waiting, and finally Her Excellency said: “A blanket will be fine.” And Katherine had to explain that it’s not that she was indecent, she struggling with her shoes. I think she did that on purpose to make my torture last longer.
Katherine finally outside and by my side, Her Excellency began to speak. In all honesty due to being tired and nervous I don’t remember all that She said. I only know I got choked up. My Baroness then asked me if I would be Her Man-At-Arms. I was so stunned and honored that all I could do was fall to my knees. I accepted this great honor and took my oath. I only hope I can serve Her Excellency above and beyond the level she expects.
In my time in the SCA I have never had such respect or love for anyone I served under as I do for Baron Brutus and Baroness Katerine. They embody the very essence of what the SCA is about and I will be beyond grief when Their reign is completed.