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 In ancient days there once lived a man, a knight of of Scots-norman descent who served the king himself as a scribe due to his talent with the pen. His name was Marcus MacDougall, and being cooped up in England while most of the other nobles of England and beyond fought for the holy land infuriated him. He longed to draw steel beside his sire Richard I and put the Saracens to flight. Duty bound him to his post however, and so he sat.

 

One day a messenger wearing the royal blazon approached him with a letter. Marcus took this, and read his king’s last order. Marcus was absolved of all vassal-hood and ordered to take ship and head for the fair lands of Trimaris across the ocean’s mighty waves. This he did, packing all his worldly possessions on a cog. The ship put sail within a day.

 

Ill fortune was to befall Marcus and his men, although they would have no knowledge of it. At first sight of land a terrible storm overcame the ship, and within such a fury no ship could ever stand. The keel split in two at the crack of thunder and the ship sank beneath the waves, taking all of Marcus’ possessions with it.

 

Yet, the nobleman survived and although unconscious after the thunderclap was washed ashore a day later. Thus was Marcus to find his way to the Shire of Starhaven on the eastern marches of Trimaris.

 

A local Baron of the name Maredudd was later to find him on the beach, his clothes waterlogged and ragged. Hearing Marcus recount the tale of his ghastly journey Maredudd offered to help the soaked noble find his way.

 

Thus one road ended, and another began.

….ok maybe not that severe, but hey, one has to try to rhyme, doesn’t he?

 

Welcome once again m’lords and ladies,

As the title suggests I have been researching and pricing armor in an attempt to make an informed decision on what to do in regards to a starting set of armor for heavy combat. This is a work in progress because the next time I’m going to see my local fellows (and consequently garner their thoughts) is next Saturday.

First of all, I put up an ad stating my interest in starter pieces on the Armor Archive forums. For those of you who don’t know Armor Archive is a wonderful site housing a gracious amount of information on armor, from making it, to patterns, to even historical documentation.

I recieved a good amount of hits, along with some corresponding messages. the prices were generally around a thousand to two thousand USD.

As an unemployed college student, you can see that as way out of the window.

However, several of these armorer’s were happy to give me advice. one of these goes by the name Draven, the other would be Frank from Viking leather (http://www.vikingleathercrafts.com/catalog/index.php).

On the lighter side, I was contacted by someone out of the SCA garb yahoo group about commissioning her to sew some pieces. She has not replied yet, but she seemed willing to work with me. again, a work in progress.

After reviewing the options, the plan now is to wait, talk to my locals, and take it from there.

As far as the promised “in-persona” blog post I have not forgotten, but have been busy and will get it written as soon as I have more time. Steve Maynard (who commented on my last post) has been helping me iron out the kinks in my heraldry and name. The proposed change (concerning the name) is to change it to Marc Makdougall instead of Marcus MacDougallsson.

One of the reasons (which i did not know before) is that Mac in McDougall already means “son of” and so MacDougallsson would be redundant. I wanted to keep a semblance of my mundane last name (McDougall) simply because I think it rolls better with Marc or Marcus in the previous case.

I will keep everyone abreast of the armor predicament as it develops.

 

regards,

 

Marc/Maxwell

Welcome, oh most noble lords and ladies of Trimaris and beyond,

 

This is to be a blog charting my journey in the SCA. For those of you who do not know the SCA is the Society for Creative Anachronism, a group “dedicated to researching and re-creating the arts and skills of pre-17th-century Europe” (SCA.org).

The structure of the blog will be simple. Every event, meeting, or other such happening I attend in the SCA will have both a report post in standard form along with a post describing the events in the words of my persona Marcus MacDougallsson (name is a WIP.) The text will be acompanied by pictures if possible.

Longer events will have longer reports, and so on, possibly written over a period of days after the event. This is going to happen with today’s posts, as I have other work requiring my attention.

I will start however with the basics.

A week and a half ago I was in the local starbucks, and began to converse with a gentleman I had seen there on occasion. He spoke with me about the SCA, explained what it was, and told me there was a fighter practice coming up on Sunday. I went to said practice and was both enthralled and galvanized to get involved. Eventually I learned that the gentleman (whose real life identity, as of those others mentioned forthwith, will remain nameless unless necessary) was called by the name of Maredudd within the society and that he held the title of Baron, among others.

Over the intervening week that has passed I have done a goodly amount of research into armor making as well as designs for heraldry and standard garb. I have been helped in these endeavors both by Maredudd (in person and in email), as well as other SCAdians via the internet. The heavy combat I witnessed at the fighter practice looks like an extremely fun activity and I can’t wait to get some armor of my own to try it out.

Combat is not the only activity in the SCA however. AS earlier stated, sewing garb is an important activity, as well as other more specialized fields such as smithing, brewing (Master Maredudd is a brewer) and even period-specific dancing. I am interested in several of the fields practiced by the SCA, but as my historical focus is on military matters there will be more talk of that over the course of the blog.

For instance I have been actively searching for someone to sew a surcoat and other garb for me (on commission of course.) M’lord Hienrich, another fighter in the local shire (starhaven) has offered to assist me in making leather armor, and Syr Geoffrey will open his metal workshop on occasion.

Today has been one of knowledge though. I began to organize a thrift store raid with the local group so as to learn what to look for when shopping at such venues, and then I visited Baron Maredudd who helped me on serveral important points of contention with the SCA : Heraldry, persona naming, and basic garb. The good Baron graciously gifted me with a brown leather belt to help me on my way towards getting a full garb outfit for events and meetings. He has my thanks.

Personally, I can’t wait to attend more meetings and events.  the SCA looks so fun and rewarding in so many ways.

Keep watch my fellow SCAdians, there will be more to follow. My first “in persona” blog post should be on its way shortly.

 

Marcus/Maxwell