Thursday, 21 January 2021

Bardic Verse: ‘The Curse of Camping' by Milady Nelly Iverson

A trip to take
Our trio wished,
To the world full of wonder
West of our home. Our shire’s story To see for ourselves, Of mystery, magic and More of the same. We wanted and wished for The weather to bless us, We looked with great longing For low winds and high heat. Our planning was perfect We all presupposed, Though fully fallible We felt before long, With tent and titillation Our trip started out. Until a rather minor misstep Materialized on the way. For controlling our carriage, Continue I must. Such studies my friends Saved had for later. To fight such a strain, I swallowed hard. And half-day after Arrive we did. Museum of magic And mysteries we saw. Before sandman with sleep Shut our eyes.

Wednesday, 28 October 2020

Bardic Verse: ‘Waiting' by Lady Alessandra di Riario

(one of my most vivid Raglan experiences was walking just before dawn into the castle and almost straight into a grey heron, the colour of the sky, sitting on the bridge)


“I forget” was the name of the heron who hovered over the feast
But you, you remember
Arms and alarums
fires and festivity
swords and celebration
a woman in white, weeping
A squire, in the corner, readying himself for glory
Shards of cannon
and a king, next a fountain, raising a cup to the dead.
 
If I asked you to speak would you tell me
of guards guarding fallen towers
a light at midnight, without a candle
children in sunshine dreaming of being knights
and mothers, dreaming of a moment without children?
would it be prophecy, poetry,
or simply nature’s truth?
 
“By all means rise at dawn,
and don your armour
dream of crowns
and count your marks after.
but leave me my realm, my grey twilight
my flight and my silence
my humble pursuit
and the man there, the one under the bridge,
dressed in his finery, serving princes
tell him I’m waiting
tell him to cook fish when I want my breakfast.”

Bardic Verse: ‘My Virtual Raglan' by Milady Kelly

Within known walls
and not castle halls
was my very first Raglan fair-
yet without it, I wouldn’t have been there.

 

Remembered a few people from Shire events,

met many more who were new

to me, and the SCA,

which is what happens when you’re new anyway!

 

A few new things I got to see,

not as many as I’d have liked, but still-

Camp fires and another Bardic Circle,

I finally performed at this one,

in a great night of skill and happiness

even if it did all go too fast.

In the future, I’d love to see those castle walls,

but glad I could still take part in these halls-

I’m happy to remember my first Raglan fair.


Thursday, 9 July 2020

Chivalrous Acts and Unwise Challenges: The Story of the Legendary Monster of Cudgel War Lake - Herr Egil Drakhufvud, Squire to Sir Brendan


The truth of this story was witnessed by many including the Queen of Drachenwald and the Princess of Nordmark, so it must be true. Once upon a time, there was a monster in the lake. It had eaten children for several years, but when it bit a child in the foot this year, a mighty warrior stepped up and proclaimed that he would slay the monster.

First he dived down into the lake, and started to dig the monster out of its lair with his bare hands, but the monster did not yield, and neither did our warrior.

He brought rope and many mighty lords and ladies down for a second attempt. This warrior was from Frostheim, and they are not the kind of people to ever give up! He dived down into the muddy water and found the monster again. He put several loops of rope around its neck and the whole crowd tried to strangle the monster. But the monster did not yield, and being from Frostheim, neither did our fierce warrior.

At this point, people told him to give up, but he did not! A old and rusty saw was brought to him and he swam down once more and this time, he stayed under the water for a long, long time. But then he broke the surface with the monster's head in his fist, and he yelled:
“Behold the monster's head! The lake is safe for us again!"

Even though the monster was dead, its eyes were terrible to behold, so our warrior picked them out with his blade and replaced them with two fine carnelian gems from Nordmark. The monster's head was later presented to the Baron and Baroness of Aarnimetsä as a gift.

And the moral of this story is that sometimes you just have to keep trying, and you will find a way to achieve your goal. And if you need to retell this story for someone outside the SCA, you could say: there was a sharp pole in the water under the bridge where children got hurt all the time. A stubborn guy dug a half meter down in the mud and sawed it off. But that does not sound as fun, does it?

This story took place at Cudgel War XVII in the Barony of Aarnimetsä, in A.S. LIII/53. The written version is by and the hero in the story is Herr Egil Drakhufvud, squire to Sir Brendan the Tired. The magical version where the story is told and shown to you through the ether with wonderful pictures (video) is narrated by Jarl Peregrine MacKay and the illustration, illumination and calligraphy for the book it features were by Aislinn O'Faelan.

Saturday, 6 June 2020

My First Event: ‘Dear SCA Newbie' by Lady Hiltrude von Trivium

Dear Newcomer, 

WELCOME into the wonderful world of the Society of Creative Anachronism


Society: meaning, meeting new friends from near and far away


Creative: you will learn stuff, either how to fight, or how to cook, or how to make art


Anachronism: Feasting, sat between a Viking warrior, and a Tudor noble, opposite of someone in magnificent Landsknecht garb (yes, look it up!)


On a rather random day, somewhere in June 2017, a friend of mine let me know that he is going to an event from a group called SCA and invited me and my family to come join (« we still have a few places left »).


We had No Idea Whatsoever what we got ourselves into (« just try and dress somewhat Medieval-ish »), but what a lovely surprise we had when we discovered this lovely old abbey in the Belgian Ardennes.


The moment we arrived, we got welcomed by a Friendly American guy who immediately took us by the arm and gave us a tour around the abbey (it was hilarious because the American guy gave us a guided tour in our own country). But he was so incredibly welcoming and lent my husband a BEAUTIFUL tunic for the weekend.


He introduced us to several people and there I first met the members of Trivium, the Belgian SCA shire.


Since I am not a very shy person, it didn't take me long to get to talk to people and everyone was very welcoming.


BUT... the downside of first getting into contact with the SCA on an actual event is this:


You have no idea what to expect and what Not to expect. A lot of people I know (including myself of course) suffer a bit of anxiety, either socially or more « what to pack, what to wear, what to do »...


So I would like to help other newbies to prepare a bit better.

Saturday, 30 May 2020

I Kid Thee Not: ‘The Bells of St. Trivium' by Viscount Yannick of Normandy, OP

A long time ago, in an Abbey far, far away….

A noble Prince and Princess took their retinue and set out on their travels from the North Lands to their seat on their beloved Dragon Isles. Their journey was long and arduous, and oft made on the wrong side of the bridleway amid much shouting and rancour. They did eventually pause, seeking succour in the Abbaye de Marche-les-Dames, to rest their horses and to recover their capacities before continuing their journey home.

They were met with the most wonderful generosity and warmth by their hosts in the Shire of Trivium. The Abbaye de Marche-les-Dames showing signs of great age, was still a most impressive and beautiful building. A very fitting place to take Royal refuge.

The warm hospitality of the people of Trivium was enjoyed in full measure by the whole retinue. A certain Princess, was encouraged to indulge in a wine ‘tasting’ come the evening. The Ladies of the Rose being of great service to the Princess, did proceed to get her totally Hammered and ne’er a one did retire to bed until the birds were loud in their morning voice.

The Prince being a more elderly sort, had himself retired to bed at a reasonable 2am, His inner Kilmister being vastly ashamed. The Prince was therefore up quite early to take his morning constitutional. A steady stroll around the grounds and gardens in the warm morning sun, with only birdsong for company. The peace and tranquillity was intoxicating.

The good Prince had walked a half a mile or so when the Abbey bells started to ring...

Dissonant, Random, Continuous bells. They were loud, even from that great distance. Any tune they once played, any harmony they once possessed, long since lost to the mists of time. The cracks and fault-lines in the bell castings giving great distortion to the tones. The bass notes were remarkably impressive, they could be felt deep within the soul rather than just simply heard.

Seeing this as a good sign that the kitchen staff ought now be busy warming their pans; The prince set off back to the Abbey on the hunt for bacon.

Upon arriving back at they Royal Suite some twenty minutes hence, with the bells still in their full dissonant flow; the Prince discovered that the bell tower was in fact, right outside the Royal Dormitory window. The open window that wouldn't close. The Prince was amused to find the royal retinue with their heads under pillows crying a muffled “Noooo...” and a Princess looking slightly less than regal, with mad orange hair. A vision in Moomin Jammies standing in the ancient doorway, one hand holding onto her head, the other pointing an accusing finger at him. The vision ranting “Make it Stop!, Make it Stop!”, “You did this to me...!”

Not having a head full of angry demons, The Prince looked smugly amused.

The bells rang for a full hour, The Prince was Very much entertained.

There was no bacon.

Based on true events.

Names have been omitted to protect the guilty.

You know who you are!

Monday, 18 May 2020

History of Drachenwald: ‘Why the Dragon Has Its Tail Between Its Legs: Or, A Tale of How the Drachenwald Arms Came To Be' by THL Ommadan inigena Ru, OM (East Kingdom)

When I first arrived at Ramstein, Germany in AS XIII, being 1978 CE, stationed there with the U.S. Air Force, I found myself in the Protectorate of Thairis -- the East Kingdom's European holdings. Change was afoot, though, to sweep away some of the old and bring in the new, starting with a new name: Drachenwald. New arms would be needed for the new name, and it was decided to hold a contest. Being something of an artist as well as a budding armorial herald at the time, I figured I would give it a shot. What was the worst that could happen -- people wouldn't like my design, right?


So, the arms. Drachenwald in those days was largely based in Germany, so I chose the colors of the German flag: gold, black, and red. It made sense to me to make the field gold, and the other elements red and black, because I felt a field division might confuse it too much with the German flag. 


The name itself dictated the rest of the design, a dragon in the woods. Pine trees were what I decided to use, since most of the woods I had seen around Ramstein were coniferous. I drew them eradicated, with the roots torn, and decided to make them red and keep them simple in design, because I liked the look and figured a black dragon on red trees would offer better contrast. 


The dragon's design came from a book on heraldry; somewhere I had read that the typical German depiction of a dragon was cowed, with its tail between its legs, and this particular dragon was in fact described as a German dragon. Besides, I loved its overall look. So on it went, making sure it was sized so that a good portion of it was on the gold field in order to follow the heraldic rules of contrast. Voila!


I was pretty happy with the result. Now to see if the populace of Drachenwald liked it as well.


I don't remember where the contest was held specifically. There was one other design besides mine in the competition, and again memory fails me as to what it was or who submitted it. When it came time for a hand count, I didn't put my own hand up for either design -- I didn't want to come across as beating my own drum or voting against myself. But when I saw all the other hands shoot up at my design, I was beyond happy. I WON! My design, with the addition of a laurel wreath, was going to be the arms of the new Protectorate of Drachenwald. 


My original design still lives on in the Drachenwald populace badge. I hope you all like it as much as I still do.

Courageous Challenges and Desperate Duels: ‘The Five Duels of Raglan - A tale of caution and consequence' by Lord Guy de Dinan

1
There dwelt a Lady of innocent repose but loose tongue
Whose name is nameless, yet her thoughts careless slung
Of temptations of the flesh, and carnal hope
She professed, and was called 
Trollope


2
Now in this company there was a swordswoman that
Would match blade skill with the instinct of a cat
She riled herself up, hissing at the Man 
Little realising he was called
Guy de Dinan


3
Pray Sir, to this Lady, deliver your apology
Forthwith, or else by the marks of horology
I will show you are in aereo
For I am called
Alessandra De Riario


4
I will not take the demand from the like of you he said
This is little but the wind from the Med
I shall pin your body to a tree!
For insults on my home called
Italy

Sunday, 3 May 2020

Chivalrous Acts and Unwise Challenges: ‘Remember to Specify' by Lady Alessandra di Riario

In a small town in the north of the Principality lived a bravado who took great joy in battle but lacked humility and was given to crowing which wars had they been in, which tournaments, which great lords they challenged and what a beating had been given. Being proud and quick to wrath, though of great courage, and sometimes esteeming fighting over learning, this bravado did not always remember to tell that it had been given to them. All day this bravado was out talking and swinging swords, prattling of which great list they might enter this week, next week or the next month and whom they would defeat, forgetting to do what they had been told to practice, and bemoaning not having the finest clothes to fight in and to sit drinking at feast after. 


Now it happened that in the next town lived a seamstress who passed the bravado when she came to market or went to see tournaments or attended great feasts, for her work was fine and she had sewn even for the Queen herself. This seamstress heard the great boasting and occasional pellwork and thought, “Truly this must be a noble of high rank and great skill if they can afford to talk more and practice less. I can make fine clothes of brocade and silk wool from Flanders. I can sew finest linen for shirts to dress them for battle.” And so the seamstress asked the bravado what clothes were wanted and the bravado replied saying “all of them.” And the seamstress, being of wit as well as beauty, replied saying “that is as well, but they must be paid for”. “Of course” replied the bravado and brought out a great purse and said “there will be more once I have finished the next tournament”  And the seamstress took the purse and began sewing and soon the fine clothes were brought and were received with great joy.

Tuesday, 28 April 2020

Deeds of Stealth and Cunning: The Story of the Raglan Doole AS 51, as told by Lord Yannick of Normandy (who was there and did suffer)

'Doooole!' they cried! 'Doooole!' For shires did muster their finest archers to compete on the Raglan Doole.

The year was AS. 51, at Raglan Ffaire. This is the story of the Evil Baroness, Her Dread Excellency Ari Mala and her insatiable desire to win the Doole, and of poor Yannick; who did suffer greatly.

It began just days into the Ffaire when Master Archer Lord Mícheál of Dun in Mara mysteriously, accidentally, brutally chopped off his bow hand with an axe while making breakfast. No-one suspected foul play.

Barely one day later, Master Archer Lord Yannick of Normandy narrowly survived a Cards and Gin related assassination attempt by the Evil Baroness. Her plan to prevent him shooting for his home shire of Pont Alarch was thwarted by the Ladies of the shire, who administered coffee in great quantities. His life saved, the Ladies of the shire did nonetheless gather and glare at him in silence for being so foolish as to fall for such a simple ploy; and lo... Yannick did suffer.

Now shunned by Pont Alarch for his foolish behaviour, Yannick was cast aside. Lord Mícheál with his single remaining hand was pressed into service by Lady Alana, who was seemingly immune to his miserable pleading for mercy.

Her Dread Excellency decided it was time for Plan B!, “if you can't kill 'em, join 'em up!”.

The day of the Doole, the Evil Baroness cast a spell on an unsuspecting Lord Marx, her own team mate! Lord Marx mysteriously vanished in a cloud of green smoke, mere moments before the Doole began. Leaving behind nought but strange globules of green goo on the end of his arrows. The hapless Yannick wandered too close and was forced to shoot for the Evil Baroness under enchantment; the Ladies of Pont Alarch did glare, and so... Yannick did suffer.

Deeds of Stealth and Cunning: ‘A Rehearsall Both Straung and True' by Arianhwy, barwnes arslwyd

Being a tale of the second year of the Raglan Dooooooooooole, and told at the request of Viscount Yannick


And so, it came to pass, in the year of the reign of Yannick and Alana, that the cry of “Dooooole!” was once again heard in the land, and many doughty archers assembled upon the grounds of Raglan Castle to contest the prize and entertain those who chose to watch. There was much buzz: would the team of female master archers win this year? Would the other teams of master archers win? Or could the West Dragonshire team (this year called WD-40, for the shire and the age none of the team would see again), entirely comprised of non-master archers, defend its well-won title?

In the first year of the Doole, due to circumstances entirely beyond her control, Baroness Arianhwy (no, the other one) found herself in the excellent company of Edmund fitzJohn and Yannick of Normandy, as the three of them won the competition. Some of you are no doubt familiar with the scandalous and downright inaccurate tales of the machinations Arianhwy (the other one, I said) went to to ensure victory. If you haven’t heard the tale itself, you will no doubt have heard its refrain: And Yannick did suffer.

Upon the morning of the second doooole, Arianhwy found her fingers had exploded in blood and pus. Clearly, this was the work of some evil character trying to prevent her from defending her title! Yannick’s defection to sitting in the sun drinking gin and watching whilst wearing a pointy hat had already meant a change in the team: Dame Geneviève la flechière had gallantly stepped in to fill his place.

Courageous Challenges and Desperate Duels: ‘Challenging Dukes for Fun and Profit' by Baroness Arianhwy Wen

So it came to pass that Paul de Gorey was inspired to win Crown for Aryanhwy merch Catmael. At the court that afternoon, it should be noted, Lady Ceara and Lord Cedric of the Floppy Hat’s eldest daughter was elevated to the nobility, in particular for cooking and assistance in the kitchen. There was great rejoicing, and an even greater feast.

Duke Gerhardt wished to speak to the new lady. He called for her during feast, to be told that she was in the kitchen. Duke Gerhardt, who had been libating the present and future crown of Drachenwald, said “In the kitchen? As she should be!”

The assembled populace gasped. I was seated between Lord Duncan Forbes and (then) Viscount William of Richwood. I said, “That comment was grounds for a duel!” and looked at Lord Duncan, who nodded and said “It certainly is,” but stayed seated (the feast was really very good). I looked at the good (then) viscount, and he was nodding, as well; but he, too, remained seated.
So I stood up, and with a cry of “My good lord Duke!” I accosted Duke Gerhardt who, as I have observed, was half-cut. What ensued was him expostulating, and me tearing a strip off this duke I had never met with angry wit. Eventually he accepted the challenge to duel, and said we would meet at Raglan. During ensuing correspondence it was arranged that we would shoot archery, in armour, from the window embrasure, to determine the outcome.
Sadly for him, the Duke was not able to take leave of his modern responsibilities. Queen Aryanhwy judged that therefore he lost the duel, and the honour of Lady Aschenputtel, as she was then known, was preserved.
It is hard to remember, but I think this was before I was actively evil. Note the adverb. How I became so is another story.

Wednesday, 22 April 2020

Courageous Challenges and Desperate Duels: A Tale of Trouble over Taxes from Lord Maredudd ap Gwylim

Many years ago, when our lands had no Coronet, and we were still making enquiries amongst ourselves as to whether indeed that should be our destiny, yet were we still an administrative region of the great Kingdom of Drachenwald, with regional officers who collected the reports of the Shires and sent them on for the attention of the Their Majesties' Officers of State. In those days, it happened that The Shire of Mynydd Gwyn had within its populace a Shire Exchequer, a regional Exchequer, and the Kingdom Exchequer; and so was set in place the planning for some "business"... 

At a great feast, such as are common within these lands, Their Majesties called into Their Presence the Kingdom Exchequer: "We have been examining the taxation records for the Kingdom, and it appears that We have not received all that is Our due!" The Kingdom Exchequer insisted that all taxes received had been forwarded directly to Their Majesties, and asked if Their Majesties could show where this discrepancy had occurred? "The Isles" (which was the common name for our lands at that time), came the reply. "Call the Isles Exchequer" echoed through the halls, and the regional Exchequer was found and presented. Once again a hapless officer was questioned, and once again they insisted that all taxes had been forwarded. 


Examining the records in more detail showed that the (alleged) shortfall came from the taxes owed by the Shire of Mynydd Gwyn. "Call the Mynydd Gwyn Exchequer!" Your humble narrator was produced as the (possibly) guilty party, but insisted that there had been no error in his figures, and that all was as it should be. Their Dread Majesties insisted "But there have been no taxes paid by the Isle of Anglesey within the borders of your Shire!" After some discussion, an explanation was forthcoming: One of Their Majesties' recent ancestors had been the puissant Sir Elffin O'Mona, Duke Drachenwald, and because Mona and Anglesey are, in different tongues, the same lands those lands had been deeded back to him to simplify the record keeping (rather than His then Majesty paying taxes on his personal holdings that would then be returned to Him as King). Formal presentation of the deeding had been made, but no record of any revoking appeared to exist from after the Noble Duke had relinquished His Throne. 


Relieved to have successfully thrown the blame onto someone else, your narrator started blustering about the terrible insult to the Shire of Mynydd Gwyn, and calling for satisfaction of this insult to be made. "Call the Shire Champion!" was the somewhat unwise cry from the Shire Exchequer; unwise, because it was then gently pointed out that, authorised but a month before, The Exchequer (your narrator) was the only authorised armoured combatant living within the bounds of the Shire and therefore by default, the Shire Champion. With much hesitation, the somewhat tentative words "For the insult to the Shire of Mynydd Gwyn, I, Lord Maredudd ap Gwylim challenge (gulp) His Grace Sir Elffin O'Mona, Duke Drachenwald to single combat" were forced out... Fortunately His Grace had been called away on other business; unfortunately, one of His Grace's doughty squires was present and offered immediate satisfaction; fortunately your narrator had neglected to bring his armour! 


There then followed a comedy of errors whereby for the next three full Reigns of the Crowns of Drachenwald one or other of His Grace and I would either not be present or not be armoured. Eventually the challenge was fought with the predictable result, but, by dint of catching His Grace at the end of a long day of fighting, your narrator did better than might have been expected: I lasted for several seconds, and I believe that one of my blows might have been good (if only it had been harder or on target).

Sunday, 12 April 2020

Animals: ‘The Cat Who Entered Coronet’ by Lady Alessandra di Riario

In the current year of our beloved Society, those gathered in the month of February by the field of the Clough of Linnet to see the great tournament were witness to a strange sight. Not the rain which had fallen for forty days and nights, or the wind that constantly howled and moaned or so it seemed to the Company there gathered, to the ladies who huddled in their warmest garb, to the Chivalry who despatched their squires for their heaviest cloak, or to the Marshal who declared that the tournament to provide heirs to the Principality should be held between the kitchen and the hall, where the ground would bear the weight of an armed warrior. The number of the combatants in this great tournament was at that time less than even, so that for great love of Courtesy and that the fighters might have benefit of his skill and desire to promote learning, His Majesty Aerikr also took the field as a Bye fighter.

And so it was that after a break, for the fighting had been hard with many great blows inflicted upon helm and hauberk, and many great warriors chivalrously defeated by their opponents, though they gave great resistance, that his Majesty took the field. Before he could strike a blow, the Chivalry cried “hold!” of one voice, for a new combatant walked upon the field, even though he had sought no approval and sent no letter and the Seneschal knew not his name.

This brave and proud warrior was long and lean of limb, pointed of face and large of ear.  His hair was of a curious sandy hue, with streaks of brown and black, his breast and feet as white as the swan and behind he bore a great ringed plume which he carried proudly. For this was Oscar, c(h)atelaine of that place, born to his fief 18 summers ago, he bore a man’s whiskers on his chin, and, so the gatekeeper attested, he was wont to patrol his lands each day, lest any invade and lay siege to them. And as Oscar crossed to the field he went not first to the Lady Alessandra who bore on her shield the cat paly, nor to the lady Eowen who bore on hers his own image. This proud lord, scion of the Great Cat of Ra, went first unto Sir Avery of Westfall who cried to the company “Here is our friend come to see us, let us welcome him”. At that the Lady Alessandra gave much assent crying, “yes, let us welcome him, for he is old for one of his race and at 18 summers this may be his last time on the field.” Then did Sir Elfin, Duke Drachenwald, agree saying most wisely “if he is of 18 summers then he asserts correctly his right to be on the field, for he is come of age even though he be not auth’d.”

Then did the company welcome on to the field Oscar, and grant unto him by this assent auth for the day and Oscar made fit to assail the King. He took his stance, keeping his distance and raised his arm which bore no less than five sharp blades - and then he yielded, blinking with his eyes, as his race is wont to do. Thus Oscar showed wisdom in his valor and a lesson to those who would always seek glory without first considering their odds. This Oscar paid unto Aerikr great homage and acknowledged him as his liege lord, and Aerikr accepted his homage. He allowed him to leave with honor and to cross the field to the company of the ladies who welcomed him with great joy and much rubbing of ears and scratching of belly and this Oscar showed by his courtesy and gentleness that he was well accustomed to such.

And on that day was victory granted by the strength of his arm and the extent of his chivalry and courtesy to Sir Avery of Westfall and his wise and beautiful lady Zoë, that they might rule our great principality. As for Oscar, he walks his domains still, for he is of age to be on the field, and still he looks at Kings, and is loved by ladies, for I have heard no different.

Tuesday, 7 April 2020

Welcome to The Dracameron!

This is a project to collect stories from the Society for Creative Anachronism's  Kingdom of Drachenwald (although they need not have taken place here), so that we can share those stories now while we cannot meet to share them in person, and hopefully, to serve as a permanent repository for our Principality, to say that we were here, and this is what we did, and here are those tales. The project began in Drachenwald's Principality of Insulae Draconis but has since been expanded to the whole Kingdom.

Tales of war, of arts, of joy, of sorrow, of love, of friendship and family, of great deeds and amusing occurrences. Tales of travel, tales of feasts, tales of exceptional events. Tales of people - and animals. Tales of kindness, and courtesy, and courage, and daring escapes (or not). Of the great deeds of our fighters. The tales of our foundation. Of triumphs in the Arts and Sciences. Perhaps of those now in different kingdoms and missed. All of these and more may be found here. 

Tales such as, perhaps, those of the fool who forgot their opponent was left-handed in the final of the Oxford Roll. Or the courageous victor, from his knees. Or the fighter who finally got his round shield back after the baggage handlers realised the plane had unaccountably developed an extra hatch. Or the Knight whose weapons got put in Lost Property. Or even, maybe, of the cat who stopped Coronet, but was permitted to cross the field by Duke Drachenwald because he was 18, and thus eligible to be there.

The Dracameron is the idea of the Lady Alessandra di Riario and is run by that good lady and Lady Cecily of Okynfirth, both of Insulae Draconis.