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Re: Preparation for Court
I just had to share this one.
ps. that's another tadhg, not me...
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Subject: Re: Preparation for Court
Author: Discussions of SCA Heraldry <SCAHRLDS@LISTSERV.AOL.COM> at smtpgate
Date: 6/18/96 10:54 AM
Let me generalize, based on the good comments from Rhiannon et al: the
herald needs *some* sort of backup, but not necessarily a herald per
se for everything. For example, for me, the noble's retinue handled
"regalia" (danglies, garters, and such), while my backup herald did
charters. A guard can handle water passing, as Rhiannon (I belive)
I still want a *herald* from some backup purposes, specifically for
reminding me of things, and for taking over if I get called into court
or can't continue.
Steffan's Law (maybe it's Steffan's Fifth Law, for all I know):
> you do not use "good", "surprise", and "herald" in the same sentence.
(Hmmm ... that would allow "We're going to surprise the herald.")
A related one I know is "Never surprise the nobles [in court]."
The unspoken corollary is "If you don't know when you can safely break
that rule, you can't.". (Long-time trusted retinue can get away with
it, for instance -- but they should know when it's safe, or at worst
you can blame them safely.)
To digress a bit onto other rules for running things: when Tadhg Liath
briefly became seneschal of a barony, he opened his first group
meeting by putting on the table a bag and a stick and promulgating
- Nobody interrupts the baron or the baroness.
- Nobody interrupts the seneschal except the baron or the baroness.
- Nobody interrupts anyone else except the seneschal, the baron, or
- If you violate the rules, I put this bag over your head.
- If you violate the rules again, I hit the bag.
The room got *really* quiet, and they were very well-behaved for his
Daniel de Lincoln
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