As a newcomer to the SCA, you might be wondering how to succeed in your new community of friends. The secret is easier than you’d think!
According to Sir Giles, the key to reaching knighthood (and indeed to flourishing in the SCA) is to follow the Four P’s- patriotism, participation, prowess and perception. The Twin Moons knight learned the Four P’s from Sir Andrew Ward, then passed this on to the SCAeveryday throughout hardsuit combat training.
Earl Giles, Knight of the SCA, in his late-period kit. Photo provided courtesy of subject.
Patriotism– Are you supportive of your kingdom? Do you believe in the dream of the SCA, and are you doing all you can to support it? Be a royalist and support the Crown! Trash talking won’t get you anywhere. Sure, there will be people that irk you, but insulting them behind their backs will not help in at all. Staying out of politics and being positive will get you far.
Participation– How often do you attend events? Do you travel outside of your local group and make an effort to meet people from other shires, baronies or kingdoms? When the Crown and the knights of your kingdom are looking for future candidates of knighthood, they discuss your activity within the kingdom. Do you make an effort to get to know other people and visit their lands?
Prowess– How good are you at what you do? According to Sir Giles, “Prowess, for knighthood, is being a fantastic fighter.”Are you one of the best warriors on the field? Do people respect your skill and look forward to fighting you? Actively working to develop your technique will boost your prowess, and as a result, others’ respect for you.
Perception– When your name comes up in the conversation, what immediately comes to mind? While it could have been fun once upon a time, being known as “The Drunken Party Animal” could get little awkward, and it certainly won’t help your reputation in the long run. If your name comes up and people think, what a great warrior- he/she fights hard and always has a good attitude, that reflects well on both you and the community that nurtured your growth in the SCA.
“With these kept in mind, I know I’ll stay true and strong,” Rose Ella Duvanovicha doch’ Sychevna (Rose Halberg), a fighting student of Sir Giles, said to the SCAeveryday.
The Four P’s were created as a guide to knighthood, but don’t be afraid to apply them to your SCA experience as a whole. If you put them to practice, you’ll be sure to win the respect of your friends and your kingdom.