Northsheild Coronation Spring
Well, I'm officially a SCAdian; I have a "no shit, there I was" story.
But more on that in a little bit.
In spring of 2006, the SCA coronation of Sir Lars
Wolfsblut and Mary of Carrigart took place in my home barony of Jaravellir.
This was pretty cool for me, since it was the first coronation to take
place since I started with the whole SCA thing. For a newbie, it
was a magical experience to be able to go to an event as large as a coronation
so close to home.
Since it was in Jararvellir, and since we had the
permission of Her Stellar Majesty Queen Mary, the Jararvellir Fool's Guild
decided to pull out all the stops on a performance during the event's feast.
For months we worked on a commedia skit entitled "For Love of a Name" or
"Love is a Fishy Thing." As we were pulling out all the stops on
the performance, I figured I should pull out all the stops and finally
finish my original plans for my costume. I had everything I needed
except for the skirt.
About a week before coronation, I began the process.
I had already bought the red and gold cottons I needed some time ago, I
just needed to get off my butt and do it. The previous day-after-Thanksgiving
sale at the local Jo-Ann Fabrics had scored me a 60 degree diamond quilting
template and using that I cut 100 diamond of the gold fabric and 100 diamonds
of the red fabric.
Yes, that's 200 diamonds, all together.
With much grousing and gnashing of teeth, the diamonds
were sewn into twenty rows of ten. A red waist band with elastic
was added at the top and the bottom was finished with a rolled-edge hem.
Basically, a large, glorified, quilted tube. The rest of the costume
consisted of the garb I had previously worn as Arlicchina; black chemise,
black under skirt, red bodice, gillies, and mask. Not shown in this
picture, I was also wearing all my usual props such as Fido the Fish, belt
pouch, mug, Fool's Guild badge, and no less than 17 jingle bells.
The day consisted of two sessions of court (one
where the outgoing king and queen, Kitadate and Aesa, held their final
court and crowned their successors and the second where the new king and
queen held their first court), some heavy fighting, a feast, a dance, and
a small market. I spent money on things, hung out with the other
fools, and got to sing in the Northshield choir. But the "no shit,
there I was" story came when the Fool's Guild assembled for our last practice
before the feast performance.
Fool's Guild met for practice during the second
session of court for the day. We figured that none of us were likely
to be called up and that very little we really needed to see was going
to happen. Not only that but since Robert could only get there after
four, we didn't have much of a choice. At the meeting, we decided
that we had done full practice of the skits enough and that we wanted to
keep the improvisation fresh for the performance itself. So we did
a walk-through rather than a full practice. After that, we did a
few warm-ups for voice and movement. Robert and Faris (our two Capitanos)
were horsing around with some of their movements at the tail end of it
all and due to one of them zigging when the other thought he was going
to zag, the shoulder of Robert's jerkin got torn. That effectively
killed the silly mood and Aleks (Arlicchino), Hroswitha (Isabella), and
Rosa (Dottore) left our little practice area to go and calm down.
I stuck around to fix Robert's jerkin (since I never go to costuming functions
without some way of repairing costumes in emergencies) and Alianor (Riccholina)
decided to wander down and catch the tail end of court.
I spent about five minutes mending Robert's jerkin
and since he had it off he decided to take a bathroom break. Faris
was just hanging out because he didn't really have anywhere else to go.
After tying my last knot, I decided to leave the guys and go find Alianor
down at court, so me and my seventeen jingle bells jingled our way out
the door and on to the balcony overlooking court. While scanning
the lower level for Alianor, her voice suddenly floated up to me amidst
the sounds of a Music Guild performance in court.
"Sarah! Get the guys! We're wanted in
I blinked. "What!?!"
"We're wanted in court! Get everyone, now!"
I went sprinting back into the room where I had
left Robert and Faris; jingle, jingle, jingle, jingle...
"Guys!" I shouted. "Get out here, we've been
called into court!" And it was then that I realized that I could
see only Faris.
"What?!" he exclaimed.
"What?" came a muffled voice from the bathroom.
That's right, the summons had literally caught Robert
with his pants down.
Faris and I bolted out the door and went to the
lower level where we met up with Alianor, Hroswitha, and Rosa. They
had been unable to find Aleks and so had had to give up on him. Faris,
however, was wearing his rapier as a prop for his role as a Capitano and
had forgotten about the rule concerning steel in court; you don't do it.
So as we were rushing up, several people warned him, but it was only his
girlfriend who got his attention. He slipped the sword out of its
scabbard and plunked it in her hands on his way past.
Up the aisle the five of us went (jingle, jingle,
jingle...) to the cheerful playing of the Music Guild, looking quite the
band of fools that we were. At least we were in character.
As we approached the Presence, Faris was greeted with more warnings about
steel in court to which he responded by showing the Presense his empty
Suddenly, Alianor's voice floated up from somewhere
in front of me. "Don't worry, his scabbard is always empty!"
She was firmly in Riccholina mode after our practice session and clapped
a hand over her mouth as soon as the words had tumbled out. There
were some laughs, though.
And thus, we came into the court of The Dark Lady,
Eithni ingan Talorgain, the Baroness of Jararvellir. All except for
Aleks who was no where to be found and Robert who was...
No, wait, here he came... finally all together and...
forgetting to bow... oh brother...
The Baroness recognized the Guild as a whole for
their efforts and announced to the assembled crowd to stick around for
our performance during feast. And then, she gifted us with little
plastic fish on strings. Unfortunately, three of them tangled together
when she handed me mine. I resolved to untangle them and return the
two extras to her later. With that we were dismissed and we all went
to trudge back up the aisle to melt into the back.
"Not you, Sarah." This was the Baroness who
had spoken, so naturally I froze and turned back to her. "No, no,
back up here," she said to me and pointed once again to the presence.
As I went back up the stairs, she continued. "Sarah seems to have
gotten a couple extra fish, here." I had by now untangled said fish
and handed the two extras back to her as I knelt. She held them up
for all to see and set them aside. Then she signaled to the herald
who started reading...
... the recognition text for Order of the Zypher.
Waitaminute, thought I, I'm getting
I was so panicked and wired that I don't
remember the reading of the text one bit. I don't even really remember
the Baroness handing me the small wooden box she had made (it really is
quite pretty, though). I vaguely remember hearing something from
her about Fool's Guild and Rapier, but that's about it. When I left
the presence, I ran straight into Alianor who was waiting in the front
row to give me a big hug. We plunked down for the rest of court (which
at that point was basically the recessional). After that, I turned
to Alianor and said one thing.
"Well, now you're going to have to explain Order
of the Zypher to me." As we went to find the rest of the Guild, she
explained to me that it's basically a baronial award for newbie done good.
After that came feast. Fool's Guild performed
during the second course. It was our best performance ever and we
recieved much acclaimation.
Jingle, jingle, jingle.
The cast of "For Love of a Name." From left to
right, back row; Robert as Capitano Galin, Sarah as Arlicchina, Faris as
Hroswitha as Isabella, Rosa as Dottore. Front;
Alianor as Riccholinna, Aleks as Arlicchino.
For their Stellar Majesties Lars
Wolfsblut and Mary of Carrigart... vivant!
to the Cosplaying Adventures of Berzerker_prime
Page created on 4/12/06 by Berzerker_prime