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Poster: John Wash <email@example.com>
Some time during the past millenium, Thorpe, John said:
> Poster: "Thorpe, John" <firstname.lastname@example.orgSC.NCR.COM>
> Greetings from Eldred!
> Scipsit Tibor:
> %Eldred wrote:
> % In the context of "playing" SCA, we would like to maintain the illusion
> % that we "own" our registered armory. As Tibor so eloquently points
> % out, we don't own it--it is just on a list maintained by the Laurel
> % Sovereign of Arms. When someone violates the rules(customs)
> % we use in our game, then our illusion begins to fragment. We have
> % no formal recourse for arbitrating disputes nor enforcing those
> % decisions.
> %Ahh, but which illusion? The illusion of ownership of armory? That
> %illusion is not a good one: for it is not only false (as all illusions are)
> %but it prevents us from understanding history, and from playing more and
> %better games of history.
> Reality check #1: Illusion of armorial ownership. Armorial ownership
> is a reality in period. Exclusive ownership is another matter. We have
> formulated an illusion within the SCA that we have exclusive ownership
> of armory. Tibor is correct that this obscures the real view of history.
> %I have some of the most fun I can have in the Society, when I can act as a
> %period herald acted. Resolving such disputes in a peaceful and period
> %manner seems to me to be the ultimate fun,
> Cool. That may play well in the East, but I seriously doubt I would survive
> such encounters intact if I tried that here in Southern Atlantia.... Just
> d**n stuffy herald... 8^)
> %Or, is the illusion you feel that is being shattered the period illusion we
> %attempt to create? Nothing could be further from the truth. Identical arms
> %were born all over history. (I could bear that out with a quick check in
> %Papworths Ordinary, any random page.)
> Reality check #2: The period illusion we attempt to create is not shattered
> by armorial display. The illusion is shattered when we attempt to
> arbitrate matters in a modern style--which is what seems to happen more
> often than not.
> %That seems like an interesting challenge. I happen to be working from home
> %today, so I will check some random page in Papworths...
> %Page 356. The first arms listed belong two different names, the third
> %arms listed belong to 3 different names, the fourth arms listed belong to 4
> %different names, the fifth arms listed belong to 4 different names, the
> %seventh arms belong to two different names. Half the arms belong to
> %multiple names. (And this is England alone: I know not for the continent.)
> %Let's check a few other pages, the first 10 arms: I find that somewhere
> %between one half to one third of these random arms have multiple holders.
> Torpedoes away! Well, now that you've scuppered our notion that
> armory must be unique.... 8^) You now need to change the minds of
> the rocks: "Armory has been unique in the SCA since day one, and we
> *like* it that way!" How to change the status quo....education? Change
> the system under them? Do you really want to go against the will of
> the people(if you could get a large enough sample of them to respond)
> that wants unique armory for the sake of creating a more period model?
> I'm sure many heralds would like to see a more period model, but alas,
> we are not the majority of the populace, are we?
> In service,
> Neutral Minion(tm)
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