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Letters to the Editor – April 2023

[Letters contained herein are completely made up and unreflective of the actual letters we have received.  If you would like to contribute your own Letter to the Editor to be answered, you may send in your Letter to the Editor here:]

Dear Editor, 

I find myself in the unenviable position of writing you a missive of complaint. How dare you suggest that the royalty of the known world would attempt to set a universal time for the SCA. That is utterly ridiculous, since we’ve already done it. Everyone knows that SCA standard time is “about 45 minutes after the schedule says it is”

Dear Reader, 

Please let me know how things go when every war court is late, and you hear the grumblings of children and the lamentations of their mothers as a nine-o’clock bedtime rolls near. 


The SCAllion

Dear Editor, 

As you can tell from the email, I am Jack Bearhunter, the SCA president. I need you to do a chore for me – to purchase Google Play gift cards from Target or any other nearby store. Let me know when you receive this email for the amount and denominations you are to purchase then look forward to my response. Could you please email me back?

Dear Reader, 

Normally, I wouldn’t respond to this sort of email, instead, it would go straight into the spam folder. 

That said, we just got contacted for the United Nations Democracy Fund, and in the interest of bringing democracy to the SCA, we actually just gave them your cards. 

Sorry about that!

The SCAllion

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New to The SCAllion: Audience Participation!

Unto our loyal and also our disloyal readership, greetings upon this the 27th day of April, Anno Societatis 57. 

We have, up until this point, relied on the staffroom, interns, and the lurkers who support us in email* for questions and comments for our various pieces. Today, we’re changing that. 

In the section called “Contact Us” here on our website, you will find three new forms: 

Letters to the Editor

Goody Advice


Community Standards

We encourage those of goodwill to submit Letters to our Editor or to Goody Advice for answer upon these electronic pages – though please be aware that our interns are the ones sorting through this slush pile and only the most choice of texts will be passed on from them as a gift to our valued staff. 

You may have also noticed the new series called Community Standards. What are the unwritten community standards of your kingdom, that should never be violated upon pain of sanctions, as per the perspective of the current Board of Directors? (We wish we could have used Non scripta non est, but we noticed that the Board has embraced the concept of unwritten standards these days. Unfortunately.)

We ask only that you be pleasant. Funny, snarky, and salty posts are encouraged; nasty, mean, or doxxing responses will be ignored and promptly deleted. Particular egregious examples may result in Jaws pulling out their letterhead. Jaws is particularly hungry, and we would like to keep Jaws from not only eating opposing counsel, but you as well.

Come, play with us, remember the joy of the Dream, and help us to polish it back to brightness one small piece of fun and whimsy at a time. 

In Service to the Society, 

The SCAllion 

*Or in the comments sections

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Letters to the Editor – March 2023

[Letters contained herein are completely made up and unreflective of the actual letters we have received.  We don’t want your letters.  Our newsroom is already busy enough.  Seriously.  Shoo.  Go away.  Put down that quill now.]

I’m writing in response to your recent article “Knight returning to SCA after 30-year absence can’t understand how fencers are now considered people.” I was an active Knight during that time period, and I demand a retraction. We would never have referred to fencers as “wire weenies,” because even that validated their ridiculous excuse for historical combat.  We ignored them completely. I demand an apology and correction.

Dear Sir,

With absolutely no due respect, no.

The SCAllion

I’m absolutely loving your publication so far: no notes. Just one question, though. When will Goaty get his own spin-off series?

Dear Goatfan,

Goaty’s agent refuses to respond to any further communication, despite many peers pointing out Goaty’s need for exposure.  We regret that we will not be able to continue with a further series on Goaty.

The SCAllion

As a relatively high-ranking member of the SCA, on behalf of many of us, we’d love to show the depths of our support. Please provide an address where we can send flowers, ideally Wolfsbane, Larkspur, Foxglove, or Oleander.

Dear Florist,

Thank you. You may send this bouquet to the Board of Directors. They will love it.

The SCAllion

You published an article entitled “First SCA DEI symposium held in person; location only accessible via car, stairs“. I do not appreciate the tone of this piece. Autocrats already have a hard time hosting events.  There are 1,000 passive aggressive comments from the local grant level service members who want to get all the credit for running the event, without actually running the event. There are inevitably frustrated marshals of the heavy-list community who don’t understand why they can’t have a field for a tournament at a cooking schola. And Heaven help you if the Baron wants to make it a royal progress without consulting you. The list of things to consider while hosting an event is exhausting.

Furthermore, to add to this pedantic list of pedantry, I would like to point out that although in Section XVIII of Cupora “disability” is listed as one of the things we don’t discriminate against, nowhere in Section II. EVENTS does it require Autocrats to consider accessibility a factor when planning events. The autocrat is given the option to make a site accessible, not required to make a site accessible, therefore the autocrat of a theoretical DEI event does not need to make sure their people in wheelchairs and crutches can get to panels.

Really, I do appreciate your satire, but if you don’t get the details right, it’s just not funny. 

Sincerely, Autocrat #9

Dear Event Steward #9,

Please consult literary sources on satire.  In many cases, satire may be presented in a manner to point out egregious human error or folly in a way that embraces hyperbole, understatement, sarcasm, and irony. This article used all of these items to demonstrate a theoretical DEI event that did not actually embrace the ideals of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. But really, we’re just being pedantic.

While pedantry is on the table, we should also point out that it is “Corpora,” and even though autocrat has been the traditional title, modern events are using “Event Steward” as the more appropriate medieval alternative.

Thank you for your commentary; please believe we are giving it the value it deserves.

The SCAllion