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Re: MR-Disc: What A Knight Requires

Poster: Henry Best <jstrauss@gmu.edu>

On Wed, 14 Aug 1996 edh@ascc01.ascc.lucent.com wrote:

> "The first and principal thing a knight requires is to support the
> weight of his armor; the second is to practice arms constantly;
> the third is to withstand hunger; the fourth is to be able to sleep
> badly and live uncomfortably; the fifth is to fearlessly risk his
> life for justice and the common good, thus saving his soul as
> though he had been pious and chaste all his life; the sixth is not
> to fear the sight of blood; the seventh is to skillfully defend
> himself and slay his enemies; and the eighth is to be ashamed of
> craven flight."

See. That's why I will never ever be a knight. I can't handle 
requirement #3. I'm doomed before I even start.

> * Why isn't horsemanship on this list?
> * Should anything be added for a KSCA?  Like a truck or van?

I think these two questions are linked. A KSCA needs a van instead of a 
horse. Instead of sufficient land to support a horse and armor, he needs 
a job.

> * Should anything be deleted for the Current Middle Ages?  For instance,
>   does the "saving his soul" part violate General Order Six from the BoD?

I think it's only fair to remove the bit about being chaste. This gets us 
back to the hunger issue. Food and sex are two of the Great Gifts from 
God. It's cruel to ask our knights to avoid them.

| Ld Henry Best		| "People don't quit playing because they   |
| John Strauss		| grow old. They grow old because they quit |
| jstrauss@gmu.edu	| playing." 	    -Oliver Wendell Holmes  |

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