Eadwynne of Runedun

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Eadwynne of Runedun
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Resides: Dreiburgen
Status: Active Locally
Awards: Visit the Caid Order of Precedence
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Or, a chevron inverted cotised gules, in chief a dragon passant sable. I entered an art contest when I was really new and Lorissa du Griffin was Princess of the Principality of CAID. She was the judge and I won. I drew this dragon. I figured it was a sign and made it my arms. Alison was consulting herald. ~Eadwynne

THL Theign Eadwynne of Runedun

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From Eadwynne

I joined the SCA around 1977. One of my fondest memories, of course, is one of my first events in what became my home Barony, Dreiburgen in the Kingdom of Caid, the Investiture of Balin and Lorissa. We were still part of the Kingdom of the West at the time. I remember one of the fighters was Black, but he had a Viking persona (named Lars, I think). Everyone treated him as a Viking named Lars. I thought to myself, "This is a cool group."
We were also considered, by ourselves and the outside world, as a kind of "counter-culture." We were eccentric. And we attracted a lot of people that the outside world would have definitely called, "fringe." I think the SCA would distance itself from some of those people today, and others would now be totally accepted by our prevalent culture. Culture changes. But the biggest takeaway from "who we were" is that these vastly different types of people came together as a society and dealt chivalrously with one another despite huge philosophical, political and cultural differences, and differences of out-side world social class. In a word, we were egalitarian and believed in an (admittedly flawed) awarded meritocracy.
The "60s" ideal of who we were at the time was summed up as, "The Society for Creative Anachronism is a non-profit educational corporation dedicated to the re-creation of the middle ages, not as it was but as it should have been." The idea was that people would take on a medieval(ish) persona, and, instead of killing each other, they would share their cultures, understand each others' cultures, and make a better one.
Just for the record, we did people who had real-world Royalist, Republican, Christian, Wiccan etc., etc. views. It didn't matter because the people were accepting of the differences and talked respectfully even when those views were in direct conflict. As a young man, I found this intellectually and culturally stimulating.

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