|January 15, 2000
Well, its been a while, and although I have been fighting
fairly consistantly, I haven't really had a whole lot to
write about. I guess thats the way it is with all things,
where you enter periods where you simply do. As they so
eloquently put it in ElfQuest, "The now of wolf
thought". Sometimes we all just get that way, and
keep doing things without even really thinking about
them. On occassions, this state of mind is refreshing, as
there are times when I am simply just thinking too much.
On other occasions, the exit
from this state is like waking from a dream, and you look
around and wonder, "what on earth have I been doing
these last four weeks? How could the time have gone by so
Well, the wakeup call
from this last wolf-thought period was rather strange. At
coronation, I went down and fought and had a good time. I
was truly not wanting to win the list, for although his
Majesty Alaric is a good knight and fine king, I had
already been to enough events last fall, and being a
member of the King's entourage sounds like a lot of
responsibility and work. Also, I am starting back to
school this semester to work on my master's degree, so I
didn't feel up to the additional resposibility of being
reservations I spoke of above, I was willing to do the
things required of me should I win, so I felt no problem
with entering the list, and I did. My first fight was a
fun one, and gave some validation to me that I
particularly enjoyed. For the last eight months or so, I
have worked fairly hard on learning to fight glaive, and
had in truth neglected my work with sword and shield.
After a rather embarrasing fight @ the Northern Regional
Toy Tourney (Hi Thorgrim!!), I decided to work really
hard on getting my S&S back up to snuff. Angus and I
had put in quite a few hours on working on technique, and
I am happy to report that my S&S fight @ the
tournament felt really good. It was a hard tough fight,
but I felt in control the entire time, and I won after a
much effort (pant pant pant).
The second fight was
not as enjoyable, but mainly because I let myself switch
mindsets. My second opponent was Sir Alexis, and I let
him intimidate me a bit. I hate when it happens, and I
work hard to make sure it doesn't happen, but every now
and then I go "Wow!!! This guys a knight!!!".
At these points, I stop attempting to control the fight
and usually allow my opponent to control how the fight
happens. The interesting thing is that I notice it tends
to happen with knights I really like.
Well, after I lost my
second fight to Alexis, I resolved to be more assertive
in the next fight. Then I heard the pairings, and it was
announce that I had drawn Count Bear (Sir William
Miesko). Bear's a pretty darned intimidating type of guy,
but even so I still worked hard to control the fight. I
didn't control it really well, but in the end, I did get
the victory. I thanked Sir William for the good fight,
and left the field.
The fourth fight I lost
really quickly to Romanus (as a matter of fact so quickly
that HE was surprised), and packed it up and showered and
changed (no fighter smell for court :-) ). I was fairly
pleased, I had enjoyed my fights, felt good about the two
that I won, and not felt too bad about the ones I had
lost. Well, gentle reader, you may remember at the
beginning of this I was talking about wake-up calls.
Well, the wake-up call happened during court. Daffyd and
Octavia had already stepped down and Alaric and Kayleigh
had stepped up when my name was called. I was pretty
surprised when His Majesty gave me a Sable Falcon. Well I
was properly grateful, and was especially pleased when
Sir Alrek (Bunny) gave me his own personal Sable Falcon.
But I didn't really know what it meant...
The next day, we were
fighting, and Asoph and Bunny and His Majesty were like:
Sable Falcon?", they asked.
"I don't want it to get torn or dirty", I
"Its a fighting award, its should be worn when
fighting", they chastened me. "I don't think
you understand the importance of this award," said Asoph.
He was right, I didn't.
When I got home after the event, I went out and did some
searching on the web, and looked for information about
who had been given the award.
disbelief> in some cases the Sable falcon is like
reading a who's who of who's cool :-) Makes you wonder.
Hilde got his in 84
Asoph got his in 88
Bunny and Daffyd, 89
Cat and Gunhilda 91
Talon and Treshen, 92
Lots of Knights and
other notables. People like Mistress Stella.
The Kingdom of Atlantia
and the Mountain Confederation.
I'm very honored to be
included in the number.
In service to the
Kingdom and Mooneschadowe
the newest Sable Falcon of Ansteorra
Seconde, Lion Dragon Guard