FAQ

Sometimes you’re the “Goulburn & Southern Highlands Medievalists”, sometimes the SCA, and sometimes Okewaite.  What’s the difference?

The Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) is a bit of a mouthful, so we tend to promote ourselves locally as the Goulburn and Highlands Medievalists, which makes more sense to many.

Okewaite is a name for our local branch of the SCA.  All groups give themselves a name – we chose Okewaite as being representative of the English Midlands, in Middle England in the middle of the medieval period.  Which leads us to…

Why do you have a medieval name?

The SCA has a concept of a “current medieval ages” where we create a space that we can be as medieval as possible.  This means that we all take a medieval name, and many people develop a ‘persona’, a story of how you came to be in the Kingdom of Lochac right now.

Your persona needs to be somebody who could have lived, but didn’t.  So you can’t be Henry VIII or Cleopatra.

Having a persona is a helpful way of anchoring your research – otherwise there’s two many cultures over too long a period.  So most people specialise in a time and place, while having forays off elsewhere as their interest is pricked.

You’re the Canton of Okewaite.  What’s a canton?

Our group is kindly sponsored by the Barony of Rowany (SCA Sydney).  We could choose to become an independent group, but we’re choosing to be a canton, a sub-group of Rowany.

We prefer to be known as the “Hundred of Okewaite”, this being an English word for a division of a country, originally supporting 100 families or perhaps 100 swords.

Can I use my family’s heraldry in the SCA?

Just as with your persona name, your SCA heraldry has to be that of somebody who could have lived, but didn’t.  Often people will choose an element from their family arms to develop an SCA heraldic device.  SCA heraldry broadly follows the rules of English heraldry from the 1400s.

Can I run an SCA event for you?

To run an SCA event, you need to be a full member of the SCA, and to have the agreement of the local Seneschal.  It is best if you have some experience helping other stewards with their events.

To run an event, you will have an interesting idea, a budget and a menu.  Think about how you will fit in with the group’s event schedule.

How do I recommend somebody for an award?

The SCA gives awards for those doing wonderful things.  The SCA in general is reasonably good at recognising the efforts people make, which in turn relies on people like you taking the time to notice and to comment.  Getting recognition for your work is appreciated by nearly everybody, and strengthens our group, so do take the time.

The short answer is: if you see some important service or great skills, that you think might not have been noticed, send an email to Crown@lochac.sca.org.  This is the address of the King and Queen.  They probably won’t know the person, so mention some examples of the person’s best work.

The longer answer is that the kingdom website has lists of the awards that are available, so you can suggest a particular award if you wish.  The Heralds’ website has a list of who already has what awards — though it’s not always up to date.  Ask those who have been around a while for more information about particular awards.

Do I have a vote?

The SCA is not a democracy.  In Okewaite, decisions are made by the relevant officer, and major group decisions are made by the Seneschal.  All these people are advised by our monthly Leet Court, usually held during potluck events.

At Leet Court, there will be active discussions, and you will have the opportunity to advise the officers.  But we don’t vote.  In practice, those with greater experience, specific knowledge, or good arguments will count for more in the decision making process.  That’s how the SCA works.

Sometimes, the Crown will poll the populace on a topic – that’s a way for them to measure support for an idea, but ultimately they’re not bound to follow the vote if they don’t want to.

Members do get a vote at meetings of SCA Australia Ltd, including annual elections which are held at the Rowany Festival.  The SCAA looks after the mundane, “behind the scene” activities of the organisation.  It has a committee and you can stand for election.

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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Nat Boehm  |  November 14, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    Wow!! So awesome..I am moving to Goulburn within 6 months and now I have found this group, something I have always wanted to do, I am so joining!!

    Reply
    • 2. cockatrice  |  November 15, 2010 at 6:07 am

      Hi Nat, we’re looking forward to meeting you. Any chance you can make it to Misrule?

      Reply
  • 3. Kate  |  July 27, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    Do you still meet at the guide hall Victoria park 2012

    Reply
    • 4. cockatrice  |  October 18, 2013 at 4:31 am

      Kate,

      It depends upon the date, the best way to locate us is Thursday nights from 7:30pm at the Goulburn Club.

      regards
      Matt

      Reply
  • 5. Ted  |  September 15, 2013 at 10:14 am

    Hi,
    Wondering how much combat training you guys get into. I am moving to the Yass area by end Sept (2013). I have been heavily into steel re-enactment for 5 years and I have had some exposure to SCA styled combat.
    any help appreciated
    Cheers
    Ted

    Reply
    • 6. cockatrice  |  October 18, 2013 at 4:30 am

      Afternoon ted,

      We have a small and enthusiastic group of fighters, many with ex steel experience you are welcome to give me a call on my mobile 0413 016 187.

      cheers
      Matt

      Reply

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