Sergeantry

*We ask any who wish to declare for Candlemas to submit all imagery and documents by 2/1/2021* At this time we are allowing a rolling declaration , due to covid-19. You can declare anytime there after, to be added at a Business Meeting or at a future virtual or in person event. We will reassess this as we move forward in the future.

A new dawn has cast its glow over the lands of Dragon’s Laire.  Shining its vibrant light through the trees and over the waters.  Calling forth the people of the Barony to take up the quest.  A quest of knowledge, of service, of personal growth.  Different from what it was before, the path has overgrown, slowly being reclaimed by the earth, covering the footprints of those who walked the path in times remembered.  Today the sun shines down, casting out the shadows and illuminating the path once again for all who choose to seek it.  Become the Dream.

Sergeantry is taking on a new and exciting form.  We have created a four part adventure for everyone who chooses to dedicate themselves to the path.  Define, Learn, Live, and Become the Dream.  Each section has its own unique focus.

To Define the Dream, you will take time to learn about how the Barony, Kingdom, and Society are defined, the rules that encompass them, the landscape of the Known World, and some of the traditions that we all share in.  You will also take time to think about who your persona is, and begin to build upon your story

As you Learn the Dream you will declare who you will become as you forge your path along this adventure.  Shall you dedicate yourself as a Courtier, Gallant, Lancer, Sergeant, or Yeoman through skills and focused goals?  Each path will guide you through a focused quest, focused goals, and personal growth. 

Live the Dream is where you will expand your knowledge through side quests and gain experience to grow who you are in the SCA and who your persona is. While you will still spend time on your focused quest, we know there is more to a sergeant that the route you choose. Here you will spend time learning about all the other things you may want to know. These side quests can cover numerous topics of Arts, Sciences, Service, and Martial activities. This journey is about growing you.

Lastly, we come to Become the Dream.  This is your epic battle, your greatest mission, your most inspiring adventure.  Here you combine all that you have done before, to inspire those around you, and to expand yourself into the society at large, to Become the Dream that is the SCA.

Along the journey you will meet so many others, some who will be walking their own path beside you, others who will cross your path along the way.  While this is a quest of personal growth and development, we encourage you to support one another, and those around you, as you share the journey together.  

For any who wish to declare their intent to enter the Sergeantry we ask that, in lieu of a written letter of intent, you create your declaration in video format, if possible.  This can be recorded using your computer, your phone (please use horizontal format), or any other camera you have with a record function.  We also understand that not everyone will have access to the equipment needed and do also accept written declarations as well.

Declaration

Video:

Put on your garb, or perhaps your armor, and find a fun, inspiring, or inventive location.

Do something fun, inventive, adventurous, whatever inspires you.  Perhaps stand upon a rock wall, walk a path through the woods, toss yourself into the Puget sound.  Be creative.

You will have an oath that will be recorded as part of your video.  That script is as follows:

I, (persona name), do hear by declare my intent to become a Sergeant of Dragon’s Laire.  I swear (choose 1: fealty or service *See below for descriptions) unto the Barony and its Coronets, that I shall dedicate myself to personal growth and enrichment of the Barony and Kingdom, through education, dedication, service, honor, virtue, and loyalty.

Written:

If you do not have access to record, or would prefer not to, we also accept written letters of intent.  You will need to include the following statement on the written letter.  If possible, write the letter as your persona would have, in your time-period and culture:

I, (persona name), do hear by declare my intent to become a Sergeant of Dragon’s Laire.  I swear (choose 1: fealty or service *See below for descriptions) unto the Barony and its Coronets, that I shall dedicate myself to personal growth and enrichment of the Barony and Kingdom, through education, dedication, service, honor, virtue, and loyalty.

All Participants

            Lastly, we ask that all candidates submit a full body picture of you standing, or sitting, in your garb or armor, against a plain backdrop (not black please) for the sergeant website.  You will need to sign the Grant of Use waiver for each item you submit.

Once your declaration and photo are complete you will upload it to the drive listed on the Dragon’s Laire website.  

Once your intent is complete upload the following items to:
https://tinyurl.com/DL-Sergeantry-Intent

Swearing Fealty or Service

We have presented 2 options for swearing to the path of Sergeantry.  Below is a brief description as to what they mean (the script is included in the book).

Fealty

Swearing “Fealty” is a pledge of loyalty by an individual to their Crown, Coronet, or other individual, and is a promise of -absolute- service and faithfulness to the Crown, Coronet, or to an individual person. In turn, the Liege swears to protect and defend the individual.

Service

When someone swears “service,” they are simply promising to do a job that is required of them. They are -not- swearing absolute loyalty, nor Liege fealty.

Sergeantry Quest Guide

Click the cover below to open and download a copy of the quest book.

Sergeantry Quest Book

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