Barony of Wastekeep
A minimum of two months prior to the Trials, each Candidate must notify the Baroness of their intentions to attempt The Trials. This notification can be via modern letter or e-mail, the notification must include any concerns or impediments the Candidate may have, such as dyslexia, a difficulty in taking written or oral tests, any physical issues that may be evident, etc. Each Candidate must submit a hand calligraphered petition requesting permission to participate in the tournament to the Baroness of Wastekeep at least one month in advance of the date set for the Sergeants trials. While it is required that the applicant letter his or her own petition, no advantage will be given for the quality of the document beyond that it must be legible and must be written in a medieval hand.
Persona development and research allows members of the S.C.A. to see how their chosen persona would fit into the context of medieval life and culture. To demonstrate that they have taken time to research and develop a persona, candidates will be asked to submit a text of at least one page describing the culture, daily life, family connections and possessions of his or her persona.
Members of the Order of Sergeantry and the Order of Courtier must be ready to serve as court or field heralds if asked. To demonstrate knowledge of heraldry the candidate must blazon his own device and must have submitted said device for registration with the College of Heralds. (It will be an expectation that successful candidates will continue the submission process until the device is accepted.) Candidates must display their device on some personal item, for example, shield, armor, garb, etc. In addition the candidate must :
Members of the Order of Sergeantry and the Order of Courtier must be knowledgeable in the Geography of the Known World. To demonstrate the knowledge of S.C.A. Geography, the candidate must:
Members of the Order of Sergeantry and the Order of Courtier must display the traits of Chivalry, Courtesy and Etiquette.
To demonstrate their knowledge of courtly ideals, candidates will be asked to choose one (or more) of the following personal characteristics described by Andreas Cappelanus in The Art of Courtly Love. Candidates will make a short address to the Ladies, (or Lords for female candidates), of the court explaining the importance of said characteristic and how one might go about achieving it.
The candidate's address should be presented in terms of how his persona would view the characteristic or alternately, how it would have been addressed in the tradition of the 12th century medieval Courts of Love. If a candidate wishes to familiarize himself or herself with the style of the discourses of the time or any other information from Capellanus' book, it should be available from the Wastekeep library or from local or college libraries.
The Baroness of Wastekeep will convene a Court of Love to reflect upon the past and present behavior of the candidates, to assure the Barony that those who represent our barony are those who are held in high regard for their chivalry and courtesy. The Baroness always welcomes written comment about candidates, since those who may not be able to attend the tourney may wish to bring forward information about a candidate. To further demonstrate courtly manners the candidate must learn the definitions of and the proper forms of address for the following S.C.A. ranks:
Members of the Order of Sergeantry and the Order of Courtier must demonstrate an understanding of the games of their time period, or alternately of a 12th Century European Court. The candidate must be able to:
Members of the Order of Sergeantry and the Order of Courtier must set an example for the populous and show a familiarity with the art of dance. The candidate must be able to perform the following:
The Dancing will be lead by the Wastekeep Dance Mistress/Master. Please contact the Baroness one month before the Trail with the list of dances you wish to demonstrate, this will ensure that music is available.
Members of the Order of Sergeantry and the Order of Courtier must be able to provide entertainment when called upon by Her Excellency. To demonstrate knowledge of Music and Literature, the candidate must do one of the following:
All presentations must be in a form from their personas time period (plus or minus 100 years), or alternately of a 12th Century European Court. The candidate must perform all Bardic Presentations, unless the candidate has made arrangements with a bard (with the Baroness's permission). Alternate performance ideas must be approved by the Baroness at least one month prior to the Trials.
Because military activities (war) played a important part in the daily life of the middle ages, all candidates must have a knowledge of methods and material. To demonstrate knowledge of the science of war, the candidate shall:
Following are listed the Specific requirements for the three members of the Order of Sergeantry:
All Candidates will meet the following standards:
All fighting candidates, regardless of martial specialty, must be authorized to fight with all weapons or forms they intend to use. Your armor and weapons must pass an armor inspection, and you must own the armor and weapon s you intend to take trials with. You are required to have constructed a minimum of one item of armor and one of the weapons you intend to use. Items of armor constructed by you and made from period materials are given extra merit. Plastic armor pieces will be covered with leather, a surcoat, etc.
NOTE: All candidates shall display, at all time, courtesy on the field and off.
All Candidates must be prepared to list and discuss the Rules of the Lists.
The Sergeant candidate must have S.C.A. legal armor and weapons for his own use. To demonstrate his skill at arms, the candidate must participate in whatever challenges and melees are deemed necessary and must:
Candidate will be required to show average proficiency in more than one weapon style and above average proficiency in one style. The members of the Chivalry, the Wastekeep Sergeants and any other people invited by the Baron and Baroness will judge this requirement.
The Candidate will be required to demonstrate his knowledge of armor and weapon standards by inspecting pieces of S.C.A. armor and weapons including protection from light troops and commenting on their adequacy or inadequacy.
Yeomen candidates must own use a complete set of armor required for light troops in war in the Kingdom. Candidates will display skill in war archery and one other weapon class. Equipment shall be war legal according to current standards and shall be properly marked for identification, especially war arrows, bolts, javelins and tennis balls.
To demonstrate the candidate's ability and prowess with missile weapons, the candidate shall:
The Gallant candidate must own S.C.A legal armor and weapons for use at events.
The Candidate may use any An Tir legal period fencing weapons with the following exception: At least one test MUST be done with the An Tir fiberglass Rapier.
The Candidates will be required to show above average proficiency in one weapon style and average proficiency in at least two other weapon styles. The test will be conducted in any tournament or field setting deemed appropriate. Wastekeep Gallants and members of the Order of the White Scarf will judge this testing, with assistance from other prominent Rapier fighters or people invited by the Baron and Baroness. Wastekeep Gallants and members of the Order of the White Scarf will make the final decision.
Candidates will be required to demonstrate their knowledge of armor and weapon standards by inspecting pieces of period fencing armor and weapons and commenting on their adequacy or inadequacy. The candidates must also be able to demonstrate their knowledge of light missile weapons and armor by inspecting various pieces and commenting on their adequacy or inadequacy. This inspection ability must also include armor for both men and women fighters.
Following are listed the Specific requirements for the members of the Order of Courtier:
All Candidates will meet the following standards:
The foundation of this Order is service. Whether the Candidate intends to become a Steward or an Artisan, service to the Baron and Baroness, the Barony and the Kingdom is of utmost importance. From time to time, the Members of the Order of Courtier may be asked to advise the Baron or Baroness on matters concerning Kingdom Law and/or Corpora. They may also be asked to help with one or more of the offices of the Barony if they reside here, or of their home area, if the need arises. Teaching new folk the basics of the Law, etiquette and the proper address of Royalty and Peers is also important. Candidates are required to be familiar with Kingdom Law, Corpora and the basics of the offices of the Curia. Candidates will be tested on these things in a written test.
NOTE: All candidates shall be examples of chivalrous behavior. Serve the Barony with courtesy at all time.
In addition to the General Requirements all candidates of all Orders must meet, the candidates for the Order of Courtier have some additional refinements:
I. Persona: The candidate should also provide a map locating his persona's homeland. And any travels the candidate has taken.
Additionally the candidates shall accomplish two of the following:
Participated in one Baronial project.
Regular attendance at Baronial Council is a requirement. Exception to this requirement can be made for non-local members, with the Baroness approval.