I had a wonderful time at KWAR this Saturday. Though I didn't have a chance to attend any of the classes offered, I enjoyed working/watching the tasks that happen "behind scenes". I was unfamiliar with the procedures of the Lincoln Signet, which is the officer for the Midlands Region in charge of collecting and preparing the award/scrolls that will be given out during court. My friend and fellow Canton member, Hillary of Langeforde, recently accepted this position and allowed me to watch some of the processes and explained the other responsibilities of the office that happen prior to the day of the event. It gave me a better understanding and greater appreciation for all the efforts that are made in order for court to proceed with ease.
The evening was especially great. I had been in communication with Mistress Sarafina Sinclair, who had asked me to consider an Apprenticeship with her. We had another chance to meet during the event, where I informally but officially accepted her offer over drinks and merriment. Court was to begin shortly after, where my presence was requested by their Majesties. It was unusual and most amusing for me as the populace applauded my presence, which came after many other individuals had be called upon that were not in attendance. I can only assume the populace was merely happy that someone showed up. It was announced that I was to receive the Award of the Purple Fret. I was delighted by the many kind words both Their Majesties bestowed upon me, while in their presence. I was especially thrilled that King Dag expressed his gratitude in my native language, with a simple "Doumoarigatougozaimasu." In midst of the moment, I briefly lost my language skills. But I regained my composure, bowed respectfully with proper response. "Douitashimashite."
As much as I might appreciate Their Majesties, I understand that many of our societies' awards are determined by the recommendations submitted by members of the populace. Thank you very much to those that felt I was worthy of such award and took the time to submit your recommendations. I received a wonderful scroll and a pewter medallion, with the blazon of the purple fret. Initial thanks went out to Master Etienne le Couteau des Roches for the medallion, but he mentioned this particular medallion was casted by someone else, using his mold. My apologies that your name escapes me, but thank you to the maker of my new medallion. It is beautiful.
To Kara Atladottir for her work on my award scroll, thank you for providing me with a great piece of artwork. It will eventually be framed, though I really want to frame the comment you left for me on the back, more than anything. And a special thank you to the gracious Lord who offered his escort for my award acceptance. I did not have a chance to be properly introduced but I thank you for your service, as my Lord was not able to attend.