Wednesday 2 October 2013

Abal of the Burning Desert, Award of Arms, 2012

O wild rose, pay heed! for tales of your deeds need telling!
Neither favour nor fortune did you seek, nor profit from the work of your hands,
Yet at foreign wars you gave great sustenance, to fighters you gave the gift of water,
How many fought on because of you! how can we let your name remain in obscurity!

We cannot.

Therefore, be it known that We, Roak, King by right of arms, and Elizaabeth, Our Queen, are minded to make Abal of the Burning Desert an Award of Arms in recognition of her service to Ealdormere, specifically for her services as a water bearer at several Pennsic Wars. We bestow upon her the right to bear arms within the Society for Creative Anachronism without let or hindrance from any person, and the rights and responsibilities conveyed by his/her elevation to this rank. Done this [Date] day of [Month], A.S. [Year], while sitting on Our thrones in Our [Place name], in testimony whereof We have set Our hand and seal.

By THLaird Colyne Stewart. Based on “The Story of the Fisherman” from Stories from the Thousand and One Nights, translated by Edward William Lane (NY: P.F. Collier & Son Company, 1909-14), revised by Stanley Lane-Poole (NY:, 2001,

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