This weekend, me and some friends drove to Oxford OH for an SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism) event – The Tournament of Chivalry at Unicorn. I wrote a short thing about the SCA before (link here), but I thought I would take more pictures and spend a little more time explaining what exactly the SCA is, and what it is that we do.
The Society for Creative Anachronism is, essentially, a historical reenactment organization. We are different from Renaissance Faires in that we strive mostly for historical accuracy. That means no fairies and no swashbuckling pirates. What it means however, is that all historical eras and places, up till the 16th Century are represented in an amalgamation of 9th Century Vikings, noblemen from the Middle Ages, and Tudors.
My Kingdom is the Midrealm, which is actually where the SCA began as a society. The Midrealm is constituted of the states of Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, and parts of Kentucky, Iowa, and Ontario. Some of the prominent households that reside in our Kingdom includes the Von Atzingers (14th Century) and Trotheim (a group of 8th-10th Century Vikings). I am part of Trotheim, in that I am currently a Gestr (guest), and soon-to-be Cup-wif of Haus Raud-Hammar, headed by our Knight Sir Gunnar. Does all of this sound like mumbo-jumbo? It did for me as well in the beginning, but after a while, the lingo starts to make sense, and have meaning.
The TOC, or Tournament of Chivalry, is basically an armored combat event, where Knights volunteer to fight against any and all Unbelts that challenge them. They fight, they teach, and they learn, for an entire day.
Another cool thing that happened today was a Huskarl-ing ceremony, held by our household, Haus Raud-Hammar. What this is is basically a squiring ceremony, but holding true to our Viking “roots”, for us, it was a performance in the style of the Old Sagas; full of boasts, spear-brandishing, and skål.
There is much to be experienced in the SCA, so if you are interested, simply Google “SCA [your local area name]”. Baronies are sure to help anybody interested get ready for their first events, as we are known for being “aggressively helpful and generous”.