Sunday, November 17, 2013

Another Modest Proposal to Improve the SCA

I have a cunning plan. Suppose there was an SCA fraternal society, the Company Incognito. All members would swear to maintain at least two personae, one high and one low. They could both have the same name, or not, but only the high could wear their regalia and use their honorifics. The low would wear a distinctive badge and neither use nor expect to be addressed with SCA honorifics. The high, on the other hand, would be expected to always appear in public with clothing and servants fitting to their rank.

Suppose that the minimum retinue for a baron is one servant. Baron Insertname spends 1/4 of his event time as the Baron, 1/4 as Yeoman Insertname repaying his servant, and the rest as untitled Goodman Insertname doing what he wants.

Readers of Jack Vance may recognize his Kirstendale here.

I suggest that if seriously implemented this would go a long way towards improving the SCA problem of "too many chiefs and not enough Indians".

1 comment:

Steve Muhlberger said...

That title may have me waking screaming in the night.