Information for this page has been collected from various SCA sources, including people in the know and Kingdom law. It has been included for the edification of the populace in the hopes that it clears up some communication problems that have been faced.
If you have any questions that are not on here, or any suggestions, please email me.
Who do I go to for help?
Do I have to dress up?
How do I recommend someone for an award?
Q: Where do I go for help?
A: If you are new and you really don't have any idea what is going on, ask for the Hospitaller. The Hospitaller is the SCA version of the Welcome Wagon without the basket. They can direct you to the correct people when you need a resource, and they can help you get started on the right foot. If there isn't a Hospitaller, then ask for the Seneschal.
Q: Do I have to dress up?
A: Believe it or not, I hear this a lot from new people and visitors alike. The answer is "sometimes". Sometimes it is strongly encouraged (I hesitate to say manditory in a land that is mundanely democratic).
At meetings, it is optional. However, if it is in a public place, wearing costumes is a great way to draw attention to the SCA and bring new members to your group. Depending on what you are doing, you might feel that you don't want to ruin your new togs... like while painting the privy. Obviously, in a situation like that you will probably want to wear your scrungiest mundanes.
At events, the Crown prefers that everyone get togged out. The reason for this is simple: we are trying to form the illusion of medieval life, therefore anyone not in costume is ruining "The Dream" for someone else. There has been a time or two that I stopped on site to drop something off during an event and been in mundane clothes, but usually I throw on a tunic to cover my "nakedness".
Rule of thumb: If unsure, ask!
Q: I know someone who has done a lot. How do I recommend them for an award?
A: Provided you are not talking about a baronial award, the answer here is write a letter to the crown. You should put the following things in it to be sure they get recognized:
Be sure to submit it with plenty of time prior to the events they will be at (at least 2 weeks). You can send it through the usual postal system or in some cases by email (but I would recommend sending a hardcopy, too).
- The candidate's full name, correctly spelled.
- The group to which they belong (where they are from).
- Events that they will be attending.
- Clear, concise reasons why they deserve the award.
Additionally, in this Barony, it is wise to also send a copy of the recommendation to the Baron and Baroness as a courtesy. It doesn't do to suprise them.
Please note: just by sending an award recommendation there is no guarantee that the person will be granted an award at that time. A lot of things are considered in granting an award, as well as timing and lack of scrolls, scribes, or insignia. Obviously, higher-level awards will also require planning and consultation before they are given. Patience is a virtue.
Answers to come:
What are sumptuary laws?
How does one become King/Queen? -- The Lady of the Lake, her arm clad in the purest shimmering samite, held aloft Excalibur from the bosom of the water.... oh, never mind.
How do I address others?
What does the hat mean?
Respect for the accomplishments of others.