Re: [Authentic_SCA] Servants (was How Authentic is Normal?)
- In a message dated 5/5/2004 5:22:29 AM Eastern Standard Time,
<<I've been grumbling lately that I lack a retinue to strap on my
armour - all the little buckles. Maybe what I need is a slave
My husband has an equerry - a young man who was, for a time, our "SCA foster
child" - ie, a teenager whose parents don't play SCA but who were supportive
of him doing so, and who were comfortable with us taking him to events with us
and so forth. He loves to have a role to play and suggested this particular
one to us. We pay him in one suit of clothes per year, and he helps my husband
set up camp, get into his harness, carries his banner for him when
appropriate, runs messages for us, and at times is delegated to assist me at whatever
tasks I need him for. He is tremendously good at it. He became our foster
child at 15, and suggested this when he was 16 or 17. Unfortunately we have been
deprived of his assistance for most of the last few years as he enlisted in
the Army. His term of service will be up in 8 months and we can't wait! With
any luck he will be able to get leave for Pennsic this year and we will have
him with us.
My husband, in turn, is senior man-at-arms to our clan chief - our household
is roughly set up as a Scottish clan. As our chief is a disabled veteran, my
husband often serves as his legs and strong back and is responsible, among
other things for the layout and general running of our Pennsic camp.
Often these arrangements develop over time in the SCA - my husband became man
at arms after beginning to date me and getting involved with the clan when I
was adopted into it.
>The quality of some of the people in the SCA continues to amaze me.
How fortunate for the young man that such wonderful people were there
to help him out when he needed it.