Monday, March 30, 2020

Researching Oaths

His Highness and I are working with Master Malcolm Bowman on oaths for Coronation based upon the "Promission Ducal" sworn by the Doge of Venice at his Inauguration, specifically the Promission of Enrico Dandolo (1192-1205):

* To govern righteously according to justice

* To increase the prestige of Venice

* To readily do justice to everyone

* Apply the laws impartially

* Do justice to false documents

* Keep the secret of what was discussed in the councils

* Do not collect or appropriate assets or revenues due to the Municipality

* Do not grant anyone the seal of the Duchy

* To arm at least ten ships at the expense of the Municipality

* Not to influence the election of the Bishops and the Patriarch

* Do not send personal letters to the Pontiff, the Emperor or the Kings
* Not to appoint judges and notaries arbitrarily

* To respect collegiality in the management of power

So, despite being from 1192 many of the promises are surprisingly timeless (you do wonder if a couple of these have names on them, I'm looking at you - "do not send personal letters").

Although, with the great job Settmour Swamp did on our new *wooden* chests, I bet they could outfit 10 ships... 😉

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Tyger Princess Diary: Damn Fine Toybox Runner

From a year ago today:

Dear Princess Diaries,

As I said this weekend at Black Rose Ball: I feel it's my job as Princess to make sure wishes come true. 

Thankfully, Talen is still talking to me and he did provide the most energetic and longest Toy Box run I have seen since Her Then Majesty of the West Ariah Hume. 

You see, a week before Talen had told me about his experience *not* running the toy box for the veloci-... I mean children of the East. Instead, he got to run it from the B-blocks to the battlefield and then to EK Royal. Then running behind B as he ran the toy box.

And I could just tell, in the way a Princess can tell, that this really, really, disappointed him. 

So, when on Saturday I had the opportunity to make his wish come true I took that chance and called him up to the front of Court. As His Majesty handed him the chest he made eye contact with me and I could tell from the look in his eye and the tight smile he made that he would remember this experience for a long time, and knew it was because of me. 

The fire in those eyes warmed my heart.

So Talen, thank you for running Saturday and bringing joy to our kingdom's future. And thank you for someday forgiving me. 

Love & Gilded Kisses,
Princess Fortune

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Princess Diary from a year ago

Dear Princess Diaries,

So, I'm going to let you in on a secret: this Royalty gig comes with a lot of "stuff". Crown boxes, and thrones, and largesse, and regalia, and and and...

But, even with all this new stuff, it turns out I still have this Chatelaine Soapbox kicking around here.

You see, I was the Chatelaine for my local group, the beautiful Shire of Quintavia, for several years. I resigned when we won. In fact, I resigned by text at 2am to my wonderful (and long suffering) Seneschal Sir Matthias Grunwald with the following message:

"Dear Matthias, I quit. Love, Princess Fortune"

But let me tell you, I firmly believe that each and every member of the SCA is a Chatelaine. 

And while recruitment is very important, I also don't want us to forget about retention. Those friends we had at events for years who had an attack of life and haven't been able to play, have you reached out to them lately? Even just a "Hey friend, thinking about you and it made me smile". Letting them know they are welcome back. 

Or have you reached out to the new person in your group who moved here from another kingdom and invited them out for a coffee (your Princess's favorite beverage) and to hear their stories of their home group. Letting them share their experiences before telling them what our local customs are.

Or have you reached out to the parents of toddlers who would love to go to an event but the task seems gargantuan when they think about wrangling their kid solo while one partner goes to the Thrown Weapons Range and who will help them if one kid starts crying while another wants to run toward the shiny swords!?!? Have you offered to help co-parent? Or offered to help them set up a tent area for the kids so you can sit and chat next to it and catch up? 

Or have you just talked to someone new at an event for a few minutes? Maybe they aren't a newcomer but they are a new face. Ask them about their cool belt pouch, or where they got that awesome hat? Are they having a fun event? Did they try *insert awesome Dayboard item here*? Talk to the arts person who has displayed incredibly intricate embroidery, and the fighter who just won the tournament, and the fencer who... Ok maybe not them. 😉. (I love my fencers, I also love teasing the fencers)

But cross pollinate, talk to folks outside your circle and make connections. It makes us a stronger Kingdom and a stronger Society. 

And with that, dear Princess Diary, I'm going to tuck the Chatelaine Soapbox away for a bit and try to organize more "Princess Stuff" getting ready for April 6th. I hear Mom and Dad have big news for Ôzurr and I. (I hope it's a kitten!)

Love and Gilded Kisses,
Princess Fortune

Monday, February 24, 2020

Another Tyger Princess Diary Entry from Estrella

Dear Princess Diaries,

I once thought my SCA family was pretty big. I knew people up and down the kingdom and even a few folks in other Kingdoms. But it's always expanding.

Last Fall I went out to Great Western War and was adopted into the Weastie family without whom we could not have survived this Estrella War. I will thank them all in a separate post as they deserve it, (and Ariah Hume deserves sainthood).

Then we became Prince and Princess and suddenly all of Zack Karabin s SCA family was mine as well. (Including actual family in the case of Jaymee)

And they have been such a gift!

It was killing me to be torn between the coasts and SCA friends this weekend. We both really wanted to be at Yevgeniya Pechenaya s Laureling, ESPECIALLY because of the ENGAGEMENT!!! His Highness and I sent her a "virtual vigil" message before we headed to site Saturday. (#MillenialReign)

Lada and Suuder have consistently been amazing assets to us, between arranging for retainers at Ôzurr's first solo event as Prince, to always checking in to make sure we don't need anything, to making us the most delightful Prince and Princess regalia coozies. Lada is so talented that even unconventional mediums like, say, puff paint become willing tools to her artistry.

Congratulations to my favorite Vicereine, Mistress Lada! You are a shining example of your Order! 💛

We raised a toast to your elevation last night with our favorite beverages.

All my love from the muddy lands of Atenveldt and Gilded Kisses,
Princess Fortune

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Tyger Princess Diary 1 year ago today

Dear Princess Diaries,

I may be a princess, I may very much want to be a Disney Princess, but that Disney princess is most certainly not Ariel. 

You see, I wanna be where the people are (warm).
I wanna see, wanna see dry land again. 
Walkin' around on those... What do you call 'em? Oh. Pallets!
Sloshin' 'round in boots you don't get too far
Mud's too deep so we are jumpin', slidin'
Strollin' along down a (What's that word again?) river!

Mud where you walk
Mud where you run
Mud everywhere in this Kingdom of the Sun!
The water view's free
But wish I could be, back on dry land!

Soggy Love and Gilded Kisses,
Princess Fortune

P.S. Yes, His Highness and I (and most of our camp mates) are safe at a hotel.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Tyger Princess Diary Entry 11

January 16, 2019

Well Princess Diary, this is what I get for stepping foot in Carolingia.

I'm stopped on the Pike for the past hour in Framingham while they deal with a truck fire. 

All I wanted was to drop off a nice present to go to our Cousins in Northshield. 

Instead. I'm stuck between a Lucky Star bus and an 18-wheeler trying to catch Pokemon in this wasteland. 

Effingham, you're on notice. You may lose that "Favorite Baron" title for this. 

Send kittens, Starbucks DoubleShots, and at least ONE Grimer! 

Idling Love and Gilded Kisses,
Princess Fortune

Tyger Princess Diary Entry 10

January 7, 2019

Dear Princess Diary,

For me, the best part of an adventure is the company you keep while on it. This weekend I was overwhelmed with great company and had a great time in Tir Mara!

I drove up to Montreal with Perronnelle de Croy, where we met up with Shyvan Floyd, Thórormr Barnakarl, Eithne ingen Mael Duin, Marieta de Charay, and Mikjall Bogmadr, we had an adorable Airbnb where we stuffed ourselves with Chinese, beer, and laughed well into the night.

After the obligatory stop at Tim Horton's we made it to site (again without planning on it at almost exactly the same time as the Prince!). He and I exchanged 12th Night/Birthday gifts including some new "armor" 🤣🤣🤣 and all the rose scented things (and a 🦄!). 

I got to see Hemma and give her a little something too and got to have feast with her! 

My first retainer of the day Matilde was fantastic and made sure to check in with me on messenger about my ETA and if I needed anything even before arriving to site, watching her be gobsmacked later getting her Silver Crescent was a joy. All my retaining staff were amazingly attentive as I had no voice all day. I just had to turn and I had a drink or cough drop in my hand. Thank you all for your support!  Special shout-out to Shannon whose grin lit up my day!

We got to sign our first scrolls (terrifying!) But our Tir Maran herald staff headed up by HER EXCELLENCY Kirsa were outstanding! 

Lord Reinhart brought Their Majesties (and us) the bounty of his man at arm's hard work to share. I might have drunk more than my share of the apple pie liquor (for medicinal purposes! I swear!). Reinhart introduced me to many wonderful folks throughout the day, including The Bear! 🐻. The Barony will be in wonderful hands with his lady Leana, oh, and him, at the reigns. (It's a horse pun, because she's also one of our Equestrian Champions!)

I got to geek out about fabric with Vienna and her amazing Lady and the Unicorn dress. I recognized the "Dragonfly" silk from Silk Baron as I had just ordered a sample of it and the color his Majesty was wearing with the silks we got for Birka. I love the moments she and I get to spend like that.

The day was a blur and the feast was spectacular! I'm pretty sure His Highness and I could have died happy with the smoked salmon alone, CellachDonn MhicanMhadaigh. My highest compliments to the event staff and cooks! 

His Majesty Wilhelm and I share a birthday, and while we also got to share a wonderful day and feast together, we didn't have to share cake as they had arranged to give us each our own! Tadea Isabetta Di Bruno's kind words were perfect and we blew out the candles together.

Ôzurr spoke for both of us (and in FRENCH!) at Court! He also gave his thoughtful counsel to Spurious when we visited his Vigil. (My contribution was a whispered reminder to go down stairs sideways in spurs.) I am continuously grateful to have his strength and insight by my side. 

I look forward to returning to IDD in March, I am sure we will have just as wonderful a time, I can only hope my voice makes it across the border this time as well!

Silent Love and Gilded Kisses,
-Princess Fortune