[Darkwood-SCA] RE: Darkwood-SCA Digest, Vol 577, Issue 1

Wilhelm wilhelm at sanmartin.com
Wed Jan 31 23:55:26 PST 2007

The origin of the Tabard of Shame or The Shroud of Darkwood
The mighty Husscarls were heading South for a Darkwood/ ? (probably 
Tarnmist)War. It was unbearably hot. Boris, a noble seneschal of Hawks Haven 
at the time had a brand new red gambeson and a equally brand new Husscarl 
tabard. As the day wore on we pushed our enemy to the Salinas River in King 
City. It was unbearably hot. As I first saw the river and the enemy had been 
soundly trounced I charged to the river wading up to my waist then diving 
deep. When the Baron does something really stupid his Husscarls followed. 
Soon we were floating and fighting in the river. Yes we found that armor 
floats. We were no longer unbearably hot but Boris' brand new red gambeson 
turned "lite red" and bled to the brand new tabard that also turned "lite 
red". As with many of the old traditions my whim was the Barony's command 
and we now had a new relic and award. It was only right and reasonable that 
it should be awarded for some really senseless act of bravery or ferocity. 
Some of the most fearsome and stupid husscarls were awarded it. I think the 
troops even awarded it to me once. I don't know who has it now.
Baron Wilhelm,KSCA, OP,KB
wilhelm at sanmartin.com
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Ride to the Sound of the Guns

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Sent: Wednesday, January 31, 2007 7:17 AM
Subject: [Darkwood-SCA] RE: Darkwood-SCA Digest, Vol 577, Issue 1

> For example...where did the Pink Tabard of Shame come from?  How did it 
> get
> created?  Who wore it first?  *Why* was it such a shame to be awarded it?
> Where is it now?
> Duncan here,
> I was one of the few proud members of the Huscarls to wear the "Pink 
> Tabard
> of Shame" but when I was given charge to wear it, it was called by another
> name.  It was renamed to the "Shroud of Darkwood" in the color of Baronial
> Blue.
> I received the Tabard because of either my brave act of Stupidity or my
> stupid act of Bravery.
> During a Darkwood/Westermark War held in King City some years back, I 
> think
> it was in '94 or '95, Baron Wilhelm came to me and asked me to break a 
> hole
> in the shield wall protecting the castle.  He then turned to gather the
> forces.  I assumed that he wanted that hole right then and there so I
> charged.  Davito and Connor saw me charge and followed me in. We hit the
> shield wall hard and died promptly after that.  The shield wall closed and
> nothing was accomplished.  BUT, I was given the honor of wearing the 
> Shroud
> because I lead the charge onto an entire shield wall with just 2 other
> Huscarls at my back.  I wore it with Honor.  It was several months before 
> I
> could find another worthy recipient and to that, I changed the bearer to
> Percival(SP? And name), friend of Parlan.  As far as I know, he was the 
> last
> to receive it and then left the SCA shortly after that.  It may still be 
> in
> his care.
> Duncan of the Darkwoods
> (I may have to change my name to this to satisfy the Kingdom Herald)
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