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  • L Joseph
    Ah, I do still have this. For those who may find it of interest, I particularly like the story of Thor s Hammer which appears at the end of the article. Enjoy,
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 2, 2007
      Ah, I do still have this. For those who may find it of
      interest, I particularly like the story of Thor's
      Hammer which appears at the end of the article.

      Jehanne de Wodeford,
      West Kingdom
      --- Bob Davis <brewer@...> wrote:

      > To: SCA Authenticity list
      > <Authentic_SCA@yahoogroups.com>
      > From: Bob Davis <brewer@...>
      > Date: Fri, 23 Mar 2001 09:08:11 -0500
      > Subject: [Authentic_SCA] Persona stuff...
      > Here's something I wrote some time ago, and teach
      > classes about whenever
      > I can.
      > Avoiding Sounding Ridiculous When Playing Persona
      > From the opinions of Robert fitz Thomas
      > Many SCAdians try to be different people when
      > attending events. This is
      > a Good Thing [tm] -- it's called persona play.
      > Persona play can make an
      > SCA event a truly medieval experience instead of a
      > bunch of
      > quasi-academics in funny clothes at a camp-out.
      > There are, however, some
      > unfortunate paths SCAdians have taken in the past in
      > order to get to the
      > desired end of a medieval atmosphere.
      > In order to avoid obvious mundanity in our SCA
      > experience, certain words
      > and phrases have developed. These phrases replace
      > the mundane references
      > involved with words and phrases of an
      > almost-medieval flavor. The
      > trouble is that, used on their own and in persona
      > play, they sound quite
      > silly. Moreover, they actually draw the listener to
      > the overt mundanity
      > which the words/phrases pretend to hide. To
      > illustrate, let us examine
      > some of the most common (and the ones most newcomers
      > first encounter),
      > and some possible actually medieval replacements:
      > Troll booth. Neither I nor my persona have never
      > seen a troll, much less
      > one in a booth. If either of us ever do, we will do
      > our best to kill
      > that nasty thing. A much more fitting phrase would
      > be gate guard. All
      > castles, fortified towns, and manor house complexes
      > (in short, all the
      > places a gathering of medieval people would occur)
      > had gates. Moreover,
      > those gates were supplied with guards.
      > Portable castle. Never have I heard of such a thing,
      > except in certain
      > late-period jousts, where spectacle was the order of
      > the day. Certainly,
      > the portable castles which did exist were not used
      > for the elimination
      > of bodily waste. Contrary to ostensible SCA belief,
      > there was a medieval
      > word for this concept: privy.
      > Smalls/Halflings. Thankfully, this word is not much
      > in use here in
      > Eisental. It is in use in much of the Kingdom,
      > regrettably. Like privy,
      > medieval persons had a word for humans who were not
      > yet grown: children.
      > Farspeaker. This is a tough one. Most often,
      > farspeaker is used in
      > conjunction with elf box, which is intended to hide
      > a reference to a
      > mundane answering machine. If we combine the twain,
      > we can easily
      > replace the concept with messenger or message.
      > Dragon. Like troll, above, if I ever see one, I
      > shall attempt to slay
      > it. Regardless, it can be reasonably assumed that
      > medieval people did
      > not travel about in the bellies of such beasts, much
      > less carry their
      > belongings therein. Believe it or not, car is
      > actually a period word for
      > a conveyance, as are sedan and van. As these are too
      > obvious and
      > therefore offensive to the anachronist, allow me to
      > suggest wagon, cart,
      > or wain. All these are period words for conveyances,
      > and are
      > sufficiently estranged from the modern parlance to
      > sustain the medieval
      > atmosphere.
      > To further illustrate my point, let us examine the
      > following sentences:
      > "I left my dragon down at the troll booth so I could
      > find a farspeaker
      > to leave a message on my lady's elf box, and now I
      > must take my smalls
      > to the portable castle."
      > Or:
      > "I left my wagon down at the gate so I could send a
      > message to my lady,
      > and now I must take my children to the privy."
      > Which sounds more medieval? Hm. I thought so. If you
      > stop to think about
      > it, the second is actually easier to say! Avoidance
      > of silly-sounding
      > jargon is a very nice thing indeed.
      > This can be used in other ways, also. When
      > explaining why you were late
      > to an event, instead of saying you had a flat tire
      > on the way, say you
      > had a wheel break on your wagon. Or make up a story
      > about bandits along
      > the road. Or a bunch of loony pilgrims who insisted
      > on telling stories
      > to pass the time on the road (wait -- that's been
      > done). If you've been
      > away from events for a while, don't tell people "My
      > mundane life caught
      > up with me." Come up with a creative story. If
      > you're a teacher and the
      > kids have been unruly, say you had to put down a
      > minor peasant revolt
      > (get it? "Minor peasant"?). If work has been a
      > time-consuming pain, tell
      > them that the effort of running your estates has
      > been hectic. It's easy,
      > and all it takes is some creativity.
      > Let me tell you a tale, after which I'll close this
      > missive. It seems,
      > some years ago, in the Kingdom of Ansteorra's Barony
      > of Bjornsburg there
      > was an event. To this event came one Master Ragnar
      > Alf-something-or-other, who had succumbed to that
      > mid-80s mundane fad,
      > "the perm." He was stopped and questioned about his
      > newly-curly hair,
      > and stood there for a moment, thinking. Then his
      > face lit up, and he
      > proceeded to tell a story: "One day, not long ago, I
      > was travelling up
      > the mountain next to the fjord where I
      > live. The path was treacherous, and many men have
      > fallen to their deaths
      > on the rocks below. As the path wound through a
      > small wood, I came upon
      > a circular clearing in the trees, which, as any man
      > knows, is a place of
      > magic. That day, magic was upon us, for there in the
      > middle of the
      > circle stood the Thunderer himself: Thor. He said,
      > "Here, Ragnar, hold
      > my hammer." And thus, my hair became curly." Ragnar
      > was overheard
      > telling the same story over and over again, with
      > greater and greater
      > embellishment as the day progressed.
      > You don't have to be a master storyteller like
      > Ragnar. You just have to
      > get into the medieval mindset.

      Fiat simii.

      Iocundum nunquam cessat.

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