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Known World Wordsmiths join WGA strike

KNOWNE WORLD – Across all of the kingdoms of the Knowne World, wordsmiths of the Society for Creative Anachronism are launching a sympathy strike with the Writers Guild of America (WGA). These “wordsmiths” of the Knowne World are those who provide texts for award scrolls and related documents, as well as ceremony heralds and royal schtick writers. Renowned wordsmith and poet, Magistra Virginia Lupa released a statement.

“So much of what we do in the Knowne World has been influenced by members of the WGA, whose work has informed and, if you will pardon a little scribal joke, illuminated our own work. While members of the WGA are striking over issues which affect their very livelihood, SCA wordsmiths and scribes can also suffer from difficult working conditions, and although our “pay” comes in social capital and wordfame, sometimes we don’t even get that.  Supporting our sibling writers in the WGA seems only fair, after all they’ve given us.”

The strike has affected all the kingdoms, though some have been harder hit than others.  Kingdoms which have standard texts for some awards have suffered less than those where all scrolls are unique. Some of those kingdoms have begun to look through older scroll texts to find those which can be depersonalised and recycled. Peerage scrolls are universally unique, causing some kingdoms to delay elevations while the strike is ongoing.

Some kingdoms have even resorted to scabs, with predictably poor results. Maestra Monica do Cabo Verde, elevated shortly after the strike began, was a victim. “The illumination is gorgeous, the calligraphy is fantastic, but the text.”  Maestra Monica burst into tears before giving The SCAllion a transcription of the text, which is reproduced below in its entirety.

A woman stood out from the rest
Her service was truly the best
A Pelican she
Really ought to be
Signed , the King and the Queen of the West

The SCAllion supports the WGA and the Knowne World wordsmiths in their fight for fair treatment.

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Kingdom of Drachenwald seeking membership in European Union

SHIRE OF HARPELSTANE, PRINCIPALITY OF INSULAE DRACONIS, KINGDOM OF DRACHENWALD – The Kingdom of Drachenwald has indicated that it will soon be looking to break with the Society for Creative Anachronism and petition to join the European Union instead.

Drachenwald’s Kingdom Seneschal, Íþróttakona Hoderina Ullrdottir, OP, gave this statement: “It is unfortunate that it has come to this, but we must inform you that, with sorrow, the Kingdom of Drachenwald will be presenting a petition to join the European Union in the very near future. This decision is not made lightly, but with full and frank consideration of all the issues and the unwavering support of Their Royal Majesties of Drachenwald. As the Board of Directors of the Society has demonstrated no interest in listening to international affiliates, the situation has become somewhat untenable. The Directors have made decisions that are incongruent with the core values expressed in Drachenwald, as expressed by our listening sessions with the populace. Americans should, in theory, be supportive of self-governance and equitable power structures. Unfortunately, the BoD has restricted our ability to change things like Crown and Coronet tournaments to be more in line with our core values.”

Íþróttakona Ullrdottir spoke further to The SCAllion: “Off the record? Seriously. The SCA has gone utterly overboard, and we’re plain knackered from dealing with it. Frankly, we’re legging it as soon as possible and we really don’t care. Does it look like we’re throwing a wobbly? Probably. But at this point, we really don’t care. I don’t want to slag the BoD off, but we’ve reached a point where we simply no longer care, nor want to care.”

The SCAllion will continue to try to decipher what Íþróttakona Ullrdottir just said so we can more accurately report on it for you, our devoted readers.

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