Monday, July 28, 2008

Castellan 2008

Sarait and I travelled north to attend Northkeeps Castellan event. It would be a day tripper for us. We worried a bit about the weather but I really wanted to take part in the archery contest and see the many bards. I have been wanting to do bardic for a while now so I thought that would give me an idea what to expect. As we arrived we saw Baroness Muriel and Lady Annebelle. We checked in with the trolls and started scoping the area out.

As opening court began, Her Majesty Vanessa wanted to place importance of the passing of a previous King. Now, I had never known him but the honor with which people had spoke His name made it easy for me to appreciate the importance. As HRM Vanessa spoke the clouds grew more and more dark. Rain began to fall. With each word, the rain grew heavier and lighting began to fall. Court was moved indoors.

The weather improved after court but alas I did not get to compete in the archery shoot. Lord Lawrence has his "knight" target out there and they raised $75 in donations.

It was a terrific day and it inspired me to write the following poem:

The Reign of Castellan
Sæmundr the pure
Jim Couch (June

A hush came over every man.
The Crown came forth to make a

The people bowed their heads in deep

As Queen Vanessa sauntered by,
the rain dropped slowly
from dark skies,

and peace came ever more and more

Her Majesty, with tearful eyes,
spoke greatly of the
Duke, who died,

Deeds recounted by the words of

The heavens heard these loving tales.
Its heart with glee
began to swell.

Falling down, the rain came hard and

The Royalty who stood that day,
she passed the purple
strands away.

Reminding all that even great Kings

And as the skies they opened wider,
our claims of glory
shouted higher.

Lightning set forth a final battle

The rain began to fade away.
And clouds, they parted,
making way.

The Duke to come and speak to every

And truly did He hear our cries.
He sent to us his own

The sun shined down on all at Castellan.

The poem was published in The Plume in the July edition.

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