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Isabeau's Journal

 November, 12 2005

OK, folks-this is the general forum now for questions that don't seem to fit in any of the other threads. I'm going to sort some of the earlier posts into the appropriate forums, but it might take a while, so bear with me. I'll delete the ones that have already been reposted by their authors.

Nargil wrote: I have a question, When Andra jumps over the table why is he wearing spurs? Do the Swan Kmights wear them all the time or is it just him, I know that wear I ride you are not allowed to put them on untill just before you mount your horse and from all accounts people seem to find even the plain modern spurs easy to trip over allthough I have never needed them myself.

That's the SCA person in me-knights and squires in the SCA wear spurs as a badge of office, and I believe medieval knights wore them continuously as well. Andra's an agile sort-he wouldn't have the problems I would if I tried that!

Also what is the Swan Knight uniform like? you mention Andra having some sort of chain and the probationers having a black bordered belt, and do they have horse tails on thier helmets like the Rohirim?

OK. It's basically a dark royal blue tunic and pants with black boots. Regular knights have the Swanship arms in white on the tunic, officers in white with silver thread. The Commander, Armsmaster and Horsemaster wear silver chains of office. Matching cloaks when appropriate, with officers bordered in silver. Esquires wear black leather belts, knight probationers white leather with a black border, knights a white belt. All the belts have a Swanship buckle. No horse tails on the helmets, though I thought at one point about a swan feather crest of some sort. I really like the regular Gondorian helmets in the movie with the wing motif, so imagine something similar. Not the fountain guard helmets with those huge wings, the ones with the feather design on the cheeks. Imri's helmet has a circlet with sapphires worked into it, as does Elphir's. When in armor, the knights wear blue tabards with their arms. The officers and the Princes' tabards are bordered and embroidered in silver.

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