RE: [SCA Newcomers] Fighting for a Consort
>honor at all because he had no one to do it to. Just remember, only crownJust to make sure, in this sentence I was referring to Crown Tournament.
>requires you to fight for some one of the opposite sex, the rest of the
>there is flexibility. The choice is up to you and no one can change that.
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- In a message dated 2/26/2004 12:15:47 PM Eastern Standard Time,
<<I just have a few questions regarding who you can fight for during
a list. My problem is that I don't really have a consort; I have a
good friend, but she's the same gender as me, and I remember reading
somewhere that your consort must be the opposite gender ( though that
may have just been specifically for crown list. I'm in Trimaris, if
it makes a difference ).>>
I know that lists which result in the winners being royalty have a
requirement for the consort to be of the opposite sex from the fighter. For other
tourneys, I imagine it would be primarily up to whoever's organizing the tourney.
You could always ask them if you could fight for your female friend; the worst
they can do is say no.
<<The question is, what do you do when you need someone to fight for
but don't have a consort? Wander through the crowd until you find
some single person of the opposite sex ( a task that I imagine is
quite a bit easier for guys than girls. )? Fight for someone not
involved with the SCA what so ever? ( I could fight for my dad, I
suppose... he's not in the SCA though, just vaugely interested
because I am )>>
I know a number of instances where people other than the significant other of
the fighter have been their consort. In one case it was the gentleman's
mother, who was active in the SCA; in others the person has been a close friend.
Does winning the tourney give the consort of the victor any lasting
responsibilities? If so, it probably wouldn't be a good idea to fight for someone not
in the SCA. If the only "responsibility" is to sit at high table at the feast
after the tourney, then invite your dad along to the event to see what you're
doing, and fight for him. I know my Dad would have appreciated such a
gesture. I think the wandering through the crowd thing would also depend on what
needs to happen if you win. If it's just someone to sit with at feast, then pick
some young man you admire and ask him. If it's someone you're going to have
to deal with for a while, then that might not be the best option :-)
<< What about fighting for someone who is married? For example, the
person whose been taking care of me at events ( I'm a minor, so I
have a legal guardian for SCA events )? What is the
proper 'protocal', per se, in such a situation? I'd imagine that it'd
be a good idea to ask the wife first, but anything else?>>
People have certainly fought for someone who is married to someone else; a
number of Kings of the East have had Queens who were married to someone else.
Asking the wife first is the way to go. Asking your guardian to be your
consort would be a nice way of thanking him for what he's done for you, I would
Shire of Silver Rylle, East Kingdom
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