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Awards and Travel
Poster: Lance Harrop <email@example.com>
Lord Alfredo wrote:
> Try to construct an example of an hypothetical person who has
> served his kingdom well and long. If this person does not travel
> outside the kingdom, autocrat interkingdom events, or take any
> SCA,Inc. offices, why should this person get a Pelican?
Which, is in part a response to Earl Dafydd writing that he regards
travel as an important determinant in a candidate's suitability to
receive an award or order.
Travel is rather weird. It is hard to argue that it is a demonstration
of skill, whether in fighting or the arts. Nor is it directly tied to
service. It is possible, in a lot of offices for instance, to perform
service without travelling, or even attending events.
But Travel, and attending events for that matter, is important. For one
thing, it is a matter of courtesy and charity. Getting to events outside
your local group shows that you believe other groups and other people are
worthy to play with also. Attending a faraway event is effectively
thanking the autocrat and crew for creating an event which entices you
out of the house that weekend.
Travel has another benefit for the candidate. It allows others to see
your skill. It is certainly important for a fighter to attend tournies
around the Kingdom, so that the local knights can see him. Of course,
knights have as much obligation to continue to travel around the kingdom
to see the fighters on the watch list as the watch list has to travel to
be seen. However, sheer numbers demonstrate that unbelts need to travel
to be seen, rather then belts need to travel to see.
Travel is of course also broadening. Being the best fighter in a local
fighter practice doesn't really mean all that much, if you travel one
group over and are suddenly the low man on the totem pole. There are two
types of fighters I can defeat, those who do not know my style, and those
whose style I know. With surprise, I can defeat up to knight candidate
level fighters with tricks and combinations. With knowledge, there are
certain knights I can defeat. By traveling, I lose the surprise I can
use to defeat opponents, this was true at Emerald joust. But knowledge
has allowed me to defeat better opponents and improve my skills as well.
In the end, attending events and travelling, even just to have a good
time, is service. You are giving other people, the ones running the
event, encouragement, and the satisfaction of having entertained you.
The least we demand of any Scadian is that they have a good time.
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