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Mid-Realm Bardic Madness Challenges

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  • Cerian Cantwr
    Mid-Realm Bardic Madness XII Greetings and welcome are bid to all Bards, Troubadors, Trouveres, Minstrels, Minnesingers, Jongleurs, Singers, Storytellers,
    Message 1 of 2 , Oct 6, 2010
      Mid-Realm Bardic Madness XII

      Greetings and welcome are bid to all Bards, Troubadors, Trouveres,
      Minstrels, Minnesingers, Jongleurs, Singers, Storytellers, Poets,
      Scops, Skalds, Fillids, Olaves, Griots, Wordsmiths, and Friends of
      these arts. Also Musicians, Dancers, Jugglers, Magicians, and Players
      as well.

      This year's Bardic Madness will take place on November 13th, 2010. Our
      hosts will be the Shire of Narrental (Twelve Mile, IN). Many thanks go
      to all of them for their hospitality in helping the bardic community
      out this year.

      The purpose of today's challenges is to encourage the participants'
      creativity and artistic growth. They are not meant to be
      competitions - everyone who takes part can consider themselves a

      Your response to the various challenges may be in many different
      forms. Song or story are the most obvious choices; however juggling,
      magic, instrumental, or dance can also express an idea or tell a
      tale. All of these could be used to answer a given challenge (though
      perhaps not all at the same time :-) . Our desire here is to be
      inclusive rather than exclusive. If you have something to share that
      doesn't quite fit or that stretches the definitions a little, then
      fire away.

      It is our wish to create a "bardic safe zone" - a friendly place
      where you may feel free to experiment and try new things. If you've
      never performed before, now's your chance. You'll be hard pressed to
      find a friendlier and more supportive audience. We would be
      delighted to see lots of first time performers.

      Please remember, in order to make sure as many gentles get a chance
      to perform as possible, we ask that you limit your performances so
      that they run less than five minutes.

      For more event information, see the website at
      http://tilted-windmill.com/bms12 Additional information will be
      posted there as it becomes available.

      For questions about the days challenges or participating in the concert
      please contact the provost:
      Lucia Elena Braganza

      For questions about the site and logistics, please contact the
      Loptr Orlygsson
      (Landon Montgomery)
      1500 Miles Street
      Logansport, IN 46947

      The Challenges

      Fyt the First:

      Pass the Tale:
      All those who wish to participate get up together, and tell a tale
      from beginning to end. The challenge's patron will 'conduct' by
      pointing to the person whose turn it is to continue the tale, and
      deciding when it is time to end.

      Fortune's Fool:
      Many tales revolve around a prophecy, divination or lucky charm. Tell us
      of one such adventure.

      Deja Vu:
      What if "It's Been A Hard Day's Night" had been written by O'Carolan
      instead of the Beatles? If John Henry was a blacksmith instead of a
      steel drivin' man? Mighty Casey at Crown List? Take a modern piece, but
      crank the dial on the way-back machine to make it SCA compatible. For

      Now, gentles, sit! And yes shall hear a tale,
      The story of a voyage marr'd by fate,
      Commencing from a port of tropic clime
      Aboard a vessel minuscule, the mate
      A sailor full of puissance, yet not more
      Than was his captain. That idyllic shore
      Sent forth five passengers upon a tour
      Of but three hours' time; the weather played
      The strumpet with the ship, her serenade
      Turned hurricano, and not small at all,
      Her crew's exertions nurs'd her to the lee
      Of a long-forgotten atoll. There lamed,
      Brave Gilligan and his captain dwell beside
      A merchant rich as Croesus and his bride,
      A wanton actress, a most learned man,
      And Mary Ann,
      Upon the isle for which our play is named!
      -- (unattributed, found at http://www.thalia.org/medieval.html)

      2nd fyt:

      Sibyl Says:
      The sibyls were female prophets of Greek and Roman mythology. Their
      prophecies, which emerged as riddles to be interpreted by priests, were
      inspired by Apollo or other dieties. (mythencyclopedia.com). Tell us a
      riddle, prophetic or not!

      Mourning Becomes Cassandra:
      Cassandra was a prophetess cursed by Apollo to always foretell true,
      but never to be believed. She witnessed many tragedies and died in the
      fall of Troy. Pull out the hankies and give us a good lament.

      Period Piece:
      Perform a documentably period piece of music, story, or song (poetry,
      prose, and so forth are good too). Dig out those reference books, blow
      off the dust (try not to sneeze), and see what wonderful and magical
      treasures you can find in them. There is a staggering amount of
      fantastic material out there. Find something, be it silly or sublime,
      and amaze us with it.

      3rd fyt:

      Fortune Cookie:
      We're leaving this one up to the fates and sugar. Grab a fortune cookie
      or the Italian analog, Baci (provided by the Provost), and write two
      verses and a chorus inspired by the wisdom within.

      Anglo Saxon Verse:
      My magic 8 ball predicts there will be a mighty event in the East,
      where the lines of Beowulf will once again echo in the hall
      (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/BeowulfEvent). Start warming up now with
      a piece in Anglo Saxon verse. The rules for constructing it are as

      1. Each line is made up of two half lines or distiches.
      2. When spoken aloud, there will be a natural pause between them.
      This is the caesura.
      3. Each half line consists of two strongly stressed syllables and an
      indefinite number of weaker ones.
      4. Stressed syllables rhyme with each other by alliteration.
      5. The first stress of the second half line will rhyme with either
      of the stresses in the first half line.
      6. The second stress of the second half line does not usually rhyme
      with either of the stresses in the first half line.

      Here is an example:

      Harken and hear heed my example.
      Verse form I give you view it and learn.
      Two are the stresses told in each half-line,
      Varied the unstressed uttered as well.
      The first or the second fit with the third beat;
      The fourth, at the end, follows no rule.
      When spoken aloud, ears spot the caesura -
      The silence between both halves of the line.

      Further information on the basic rules for Anglo-Saxon alliterative
      verse can be found at
      For all the gory details, take a look at The Princeton Encyclopedia of
      Poetry and Poetics.

      Beware the Ides of March:
      Ceasar might've lived longer if he'd paid attention! Give us your own
      ominous foretelling.

      4th fyt:

      Bard Scribe Illuminator:
      Given a subject in the morning, compose, calligraph, and illuminate a
      text on that subject. This may be done individually or as a team.

      Feast time is traditionally when we raise our glasses on high to honor
      the crown and other deserving individuals. Given a topic or person at
      random, create an appropriate toast for them.

      Tastier than Tea Leaves:
      Food is often involved in divination, from reading of tea leaves or
      entrails to tossing apple peelings. But we've got much better things to
      do with food - a glorious feast! Give us a piece about food or
      feasting; bonus points if you can work in praise for our cooks.

      Challenge General Rules

      Challenges are not contests. You win by entering and striving to do
      the best you can.

      Challenges are designed to encourage you to try your hand at
      something new, to stretch yourself, to enjoy, and to celebrate the
      creative spirit.

      Read the guidelines for the challenges carefully, like most
      exercises, they are designed to help you develop in specific areas.
      Try to follow them as closely as you can, but stretching them in
      unexpected directions is good too.

      Individuals are welcome and encouraged to give recognition to those
      performers whom they especially enjoy.

      In order to allow the largest number of people to participate,
      challenge entries shall be limited to five minutes or less. Each
      person may enter a maximum of one piece in each challenge and a
      maximum of four challenges.
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