Sir Daniel writes:
Many people speak often about Knightly Virtues in the SCA.
You will find a lot of folks who will wax freely and openly about Courage, Loyalty, Honor, and Courtesy.
And Prowesse, whether it is on the Field of Combat, at the Arts and Sciences Competition, or the heroic effort of manning gate into the pre dawn hours, is easily apparent in our Mighty Kingdom.
But what of the more difficult concepts? Those that we may not easily grasp in our modern mind, or that make us uncomfortable in our Society.
Of these I shall speak, Franchise, and the most difficult to talk about, Faith.
Franchise is a synonym for many other adjectives and virtues; Nobility, 'being a good host', Mercy, Largesse, Generosity...
Those words are much easier to understand for our 21st Century ear. And we have a better understanding of these concepts during *this* particular time of the year.
Franchise is what the 12th Knight Auction is about. A chance to give back to the world in a small way. To share in your own good fortune with those who may be struggling this year.
Many many times I'm asked why I set up the 'rules' for the 12th Knight auction to require the donations to come from or be sponsored by the Chivalry?
Frankly, the answer to that question has changed over the years, but nowadays I look on it as a pathway to establish a dialogue between the members of the populace and those men and women in the Kingdom that should stand most publically and unwaveringly for the ideals of Chivalry. Often we hear coarse mutterings of those who resent the Order of the Chivalry and their place in the Kingdom. Sometimes those hard feeling are well deserved. More often, in my experience, it is an outgrowth of a lack of understanding and common reference between the community of the Chivalry and the populace at large.
The 12th Knight Auction, in part, is meant to be a bridge. A connection between people who want to believe. A link between people who have "Faith" in common.
Faith in each other. Faith in their Kingdom. Faith in themselves and the rest of the people that make An Tir a Kingdom of conscience.
So I'd invite you to come join in our Brotherhood (and sisterhood::grin::) of Chivalry.
We are all capable of being Knightly, whether we have a white belt or not.
So, this year, the 12th Knight Auction will benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
As mentioned before, Our Auctioneers will be Lady Bolverk and Sir Brand!
Thank you all so much for the donations already committed to this years auctions!
At the end of this note you will find an updated list of donations. I'll send out more updates as we get closer to the event!
Here are the rules again for those interested in Donating to the cause.
- All donation must either be from a member of the Chivalry or be sponsored by a member of the Chivalry
- This year, we will be accepting Cash, Checks made out to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society or, for the first time, you will be able to use your Credit Card to send your donations directly to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society during the auction!
Please use the following format when contacting me with your donations.
- Approximate Value:
The auction will be at the usual time (just before TRM's Teirnan and Miranda's Final Court) in the main ballroom. Items will be on display Friday Night and Saturday morning as well.
So far we have the following items pledged, but we need many more!!!
Sponsor: Sir Cornelius von Rugen
Donor: HL Cerridwen Ravenhawk of Conway
Description: 4x3 Print of Medieval Spanish soldier.
Approximate Value: $150
Sponsor: Riddari Steinn Vikingsson
Donor: Caitilin ingen ui Dalaig
Description: Wax hardened elbows
Approximate Value: $90
Sponsor/Donor: Sir Brand
Description: Oak Hangers-On Hangers
Approximate Value: 10$ each
Sponsor: Sir Aleksii
Donor: Maitresse Melusine d'Argent
Description: Hand-sewn made to measure linen shirt
Approximate Value: $140
Sponsor: Sir Wilhelm
Donor: Janos the Gypsy
Description: Damascus Saxon Saex blade
Approximate Value: 80$
Sponsor: Sir Skepti
Donor: Baron Styr
Description: Hand Made Fealty Chain
Approximate Value: 50$
Sponsor/Donor: Sir Gernon
Description: Brewed spirit (more details to follow)
Approximate Value: 50$
Please forward this, or any other missive regarding the 6th annual 12th Knight Auction, to any venue that may be interested.