Monday, November 21, 2011
Well first let me preface this post with - unless you're in the SCA you won't get this.

My knight is Viscount Sir Jerry the Inverter of Kilkenny, whom has been Prince of the Sun in Atenveldt, Baron of Atenveldt, Knight of the SCA and for a significant portion of my life a surrogate father when I needed one deeply.  An injury took him from the field for a good number of years and during that time for my own reasons (mostly girls and chasing skirts) I fluttered in and out of the SCA.

Coming back for me is like showing up at a family reunion and everybody grew up, got married, and moved out of mom and dad's.  Dad's much older and can't help teach you some of the things you were to dumb to listen to growing up. So what is a squire to do?

I headed out and began meeting people again.  I began to meet a number of people that started to help me get better as a fighter.

In the Barony of Sun Dragon:
Duke Jonathon Von Trotha (whom was also a squire of Sir Jerry and we served House Inverted as squires together)
Duke Aaron Graves (awesome left handed fighter and mass weapons)

In the Barony of Atenveldt:
Sir Shawn of Kilkenny (the current head of House Inverted)
Squire Duncan (I can't pronounce his SCA name, which is bad for me because he is the minister at my upcoming wedding!!)
Sir Elias and his monday night practices
Squire Pelagius - Queen's Champion of the 84th Crown of Atenveldt & the Baronial Champion of Atenveldt

In the Barony of Tir Ysgthir:
Duke Eduard Gostomski (his WHOLE household has been very welcoming, and helpful. I owe Sir Ivan more talk time about hand made tools, hahaha!)

In the barony of Twin Moons:
Baron Morgan of Twin Moons (has been helpful but mostly because when he would say something to someone else I paid attention)
Count Tristan Dragonheart (for figuring out my stance issue that had developed - trying to fight sword and shield like I was holding a pole weapon)
Sir Kazmir Konstantinov(short Kaz - and this is whom the remainder of this article will be about)

Look at that list!  Now I will list a list a few name not on this because how they helped did not directly work with fighting: Baron Brion the Pious of the Barony of Granite Mountain, Thegn Tighearnain of the Barony of Tir Ysgthir, Baron Dongal of AESIR Metalwyrks, and Sir Johannes of Windrose Armoury. Baron Brion, Duke Edward and Sir Kazmir have kept up with messages asking how I am doing and taking a personal interest in me, and I am not their personal squire. This says volumes to their commitment to the SCA and its future fighters. Both Tighearnain and Dongal answered questions for me about what the differences were for them on the chivalry and the other peerages in the SCA. Sir Johannes simply said pulled me into a room at his shop and said, "You want to be a knight do this list long enough and it will be the best route I can suggest."

  1. Show Up! We can't help you if you're not here.
  2. Practice! This will mean weekly beatings at fighter practice and pell work in between.
  3. Be Better! This will take a while since it means the beatings at fighter practice will happen less because you're getting better.
  4. Qualify to fight in crown! Even if you don't win no one will know your name if you don't make a showing in tournaments and in time start getting farther and farther to the end of them.
  5. Find a knight you click with and stay with it.

He told me my appearance looked good, Baron Dongal added I needed to keep the helm polished after each fight. Well I have been showing up and wow there have been a score of people to help me!

Well I got to know Sir Kazmir Konstantinov through Baron Dongal. He introduced me to him when I was looking to get a center-grip teardrop shield made from wood like Sir Vitus Von Aztinger is know for making.

I had even considered joining Duke Eduard's household in Tir Ysgthir, but he asked me to talk with Sir Jerry and Sir Shawn (whom let me borrow his pell).  After those conversations I decided to stay and try an provide inspiration to my household I grew up with. I have since talked further with Sir Kazmir and he took a vow not to take a squire for a year and a day which will end at Saturday, Estrella War 2012. I talked with him about being a foster knight and I his trainer squire that he could get use to what that would mean to have one.  An accord was struck and my training commences forward. Right now he wants me to use only wrap shots and rather than question it I am merely trusting my foster knight and waiting to see the wisdom in it. I just see no point in arguing with Mister Myagi about why 'paint the house' is important, just do it.

The road to KSCA continues forward thanks to everyone in this post.



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