One of the pleasures of belonging to a society such as ours is that you get to meet so many interesting people who share similar interests. It is through the society that I met Isolde, after all. Occasionally meetings are of a somewhat amusing nature so what follows are some of my favorite “How I met…” stories. I start with our former Seneschal, Lady Eugenie Griffon de Seleone.
As it happened, a few years back while I was out a Viking, Isolde wished to attend a Saltare dance collegiums in that area known mundanely as Alabama. Since Isolde is not a reliable long distance driver she wished to have someone accompany her to do the bulk of the driving, Lady Eugenie had not been outside of the Axemoor/Seleone area much, and wished to expand her horizons, so she agreed to accompany Isolde to the event.
Eugenie had a good time at the collegium, attending several classes. One particular class that Eugenie attended was taught by Master Giles, a dance master from West Realm. Unfortunately, Eugenie arrived after the class started so she wound up standing against the wall at the back of the class.
While she was there, Eugenie struck up a conversation with the Lady who was standing next to her. They were having a pleasant chat when another lady passed in front of the pair and bowed. Now, Eugenie was certain that the bow wasn’t for her, so she turned to the lady she had been talking with and asked, “Pardon me, but who are you?”
“Katrina of Iron Mountain,” the lady replied, “the crown princess.”
At this point Eugenie started to profusely apologize for not recognizing one of the heirs to the throne of Meridies. Katrina quickly put her art ease by saying, “We were having a wonderful conversation before, please let’s continue it.” So they did.
I can not help but speculate that Her Royal highness Katrina perhaps remembered her own somewhat unorthodox introduction to Master Giles. It was Lady Katrina of Iron Mountain who created the Iron Mountain Dance Tape. Katrina wished to have the opinion of a dance master about the tape and sent a copy to Master Giles in West Realm.
Master Giles thought the tape was quite good and this started a correspondence between himself and Katrina. Eventually, however, mundane considerations caused Katrina to move to Ansteorra and she and Giles lost track of each other.
A couple of years later Mistress Katrina was attending a dance collegium in Ansteorra at which Master Giles was teaching. After the class she joined the gentles that wished to have a personal word with Master Giles. The lady immediately in front of Katrina asked Giles, “Can you recommend a good tape that I can use to teach dance in my shire?”
Master Giles responded by saying, :there is a very good dance tape by a lady from Meridies called Katrina of Iron Mountain. Unfortunately I have lost her address but there are some Meridians here, maybe they know her.”
“I think I can help you,” said Katrina, “I’m Katrina of Iron Mountain.”
One of my favorite first meeting stories involves Daphne of Colchester. The Honorable Lady Daphne of Colchester was autocrat of Gulf Wars V. As such, one of the problems Daphne had to contend with was people who wished to bring their pets to the event. At this particular Gulf Wars rumor had it that there were at least three attendees who had brought their dogs along and secreted them in their camps. Working animals, like the coursers and horses, were allowed but not household pets.
Friday morning Daphne was patrolling the site in a golf cart with Dian of the Isles at the wheel when she spotted a gentleman with a red-tail hawk on his arm. They pulled the car over and accosted the man about the strict no pets’ policy. The gentleman started to explain that this was not a pet when Daphne told him, “I know it is not a pet, our seneschal is a falconer, but I can not let you have an animal on site unless it is a working animal.”
The inspiration hot Daphne. She asked if the gentle would be willing to teach a class on falconry at the children’s pavilion, that way the bird would be a working animal and perfectly legal. Falconers lice to talk about their craft, and SCA falconers doubly so, so the gentleman agreed to this arrangement.
As they pulled away, Daphne turned to Diana and asked, ”Was he wearing a Pelican’s Medallion?”
”I don’t know,” Diana replied, “but I did notice the Laurels Medallion on his glove.”
The gentleman that Daphne had just scolded was Master Eric of Telemark, Companion of the Pelican and Laurel! This somewhat unorthodox introduction doesn’t seem to have hurt either Daphne’s or Diana’s elevations however.