Tir Ysgithr's Baron Ivan Petrovich discusses his introduction to the SCA while in college in South Dakota. "I watched a guy walk out of his dorm room one day with a bag full or armor and a stick with a helmet on it," Kemp recalled. "I asked him where he was going and he said, 'To fight with a sword and shield.' I had been reading Tolkien since I was 10 so I was very interested." Kemp joined and soon found himself learning battle techniques and making fast friends.