Baronial Candidate Q&A

This is a venue for anyone who can’t make it to one of the face-to-face sessions to put questions to all the candidates for Baron and Baroness of Politarchopolis.  Please allow time for the candidates to consider their responses, and for the webwright to put their answers up – this is not going to be a very slow process, but it is not an instant conversation.  People have day jobs!

To submit a question, please email it to baronialcandidates@polit.lochac.sca.org.  If there are multiple people asking similar questions, you may see a standardised version of your question put to the candidates – just to minimise repetition.

Open questions

These are questions that have been raised, to which the candidates are still in the process of responding.

  1. What are your thoughts/plans/intentions for the relationship between Politarchopolis and Adora?
  2. If you weren’t to be appointed baron/baroness who would you pick and what virtues in them do you find appealing? (jump to question)
  3. What is the most important of the Chivalric Virtues for a SCA landed B&B? Why? (jump to question)
  4. This is a whole-of-barony question covering Polit Central, both the Cantons and the Colleges. Do you have a Baronial level vision, strategy and/or plan to foster, encourage and continue the Arts and Sciences in the Barony? (jump to question)
  5. I would like to know what the Baronial candidate think about siege?
    Not if they have been under siege, and having to decide if to eat the dogs or horses first, but the weapons of flinging of things.
    If our Siege Marshall finally gets the practicalities sorted out, will we start an arms race?
    Will we be ready to out protect our increasing borders from those ravenous Rowanites, who will certainly be out with a flat packed Trebuchets, before one drop of the water clock?
    Should “Johann the Carpenter” be deputised as “Johann the Trebuchet” Builder? (jump to question)

 

What are your thoughts/plans/intentions for the relationship between Politarchopolis and Adora?

Lord Gaspar Falch de Cantoria and Viscountess Muirghein ni Ghrainne —

As our nearest neighbours Politarchopolis would always be there to support, defend and engage with the people of Adora in a manner that befits our dear friends. We will actively encourage the sharing of skills, ideas and all of the fun. (The Barony itself keeps on expanding and expanding in all of the directions it can go…. 😊)

Master Giles Leabrook —

Continue and enhance the current Okewaite/Adora amicable arrangement. Support in business; fight on the field.

Mistress Anne de Tournai —

Politarchopolis can always be relied upon to provide support and counsel to our friends and allies whether in war or in peace.

Lord Ivan Iaroslavich and Mistress Tatianitska Iaroslavna —

We would support the Shire of Adora in any way we could.

Before any changes were made, the first thing to do would be to speak with the Seneschal of the Shire of Adora and members of the populace to learn what the Adorans need and want from a relationship with a Barony, or if their desire is to remain independant.  Once that is defined, then we would work together to assess if the Barony of Politarchopolis or the Barony of Rowany were best suited to provide that support.

Any long term plans for the Shire of Adora would need to be defined by the Populace, in the same way that the change for the Canton of Okewaite was.

Lord Semeon Aleksandrovitch Dragon —

The relationships between Politarchopolis and the other parts of the Kingdom are all important. Working together to enhance and protect the integrity of our activities is vital to the health of the Kingdom and I for one will remain committed to continuing the good relationships we have and further building on that foundation to enhance them even further.

As Baron and ‘in-game’ there will be many opportunities for interaction with Adora, to share events and visits and to build on the friendships and close ties we have. As our closest northern neighbour I would want to assure them that the stability of their lands is important to Politarchopolis as is the welfare of their people. Should they wish it I would extend the hand of friendship to assist them however they may need, be it with the knowledge and skills of our populace or with the might of our armies.

As such I would welcome diplomatic envoys from them and promise to consider their words and deeds carefully when such an approach is made. I will answer friendship with friendship, good intent with trust and look forward to an era of growth and mutual alliance. I hope for the sake of stability and peace that the people of Adora feel the same way.

Finally I would assure the populace of this fair Shire that I hold no military ambitions in their direction. Politarchopolis, though powerful seeks not to expand through force of arms and values the benefits that peace brings. Of course should we be attacked we will respond as chivalry dictates however I do not foresee such a circumstance arising between our demesnes. I would welcome Adoras warriors to travel to Politarchopolis to try their skill at arms in our tourneys and pas d’armes at any time, as I will welcome any who travel to learn and share their knowledge. Adora and Politarchopolis have allied before in times of war, much to the dismay of our foes and I would continue this valued alliance. Our warriors have come together for training in the past I would extend this invitation again to all of Adoras warriors, to enhance our ability to defeat those who would march against us.

I hope this answers your question.

 

If you weren’t to be appointed baron/baroness who would you pick and what virtues in them do you find appealing?

Lord Gaspar Falch de Cantoria —

Being relatively new to the Barony and the game in general I actually don’t know most of the other candidates well enough to be able to say what their virtues are. If I am not selected I will also not have had an opportunity to input so it doesn’t really matter who I might support once I have found out more about the other candidates.

Viscountess Muirghein ni Ghrainne —

As this process has only just commenced and to date all those who have graciously put their hand up to take on this role bear themselves with courtesy and will bring a positive forward direction to the Barony, I have not as yet determined who I would prefer as such I cannot answer this with any certainty or conviction at this time other than I would support whoever the crown deemed fit.

Master Giles Leabrook —

Helayne and Andreas for their youthful vigour and enthusiasm.

Mistress Anne de Tournai —

Politarchopolis is lucky to have such a strong field of candidates and all would bring their own strengths to the role which is a joy to see. If I must choose only one set of candidates, I agree with Giles, that Helayne and Andreas’ vigour and enthusiasm would be wonderful.

Lord Ivan Iaroslavich —

My choice would be Viscountess Muirghein and Lord Gaspar. Having studied fencing alongside Lord Gaspar I have seen his strengths and I admire his exemplary patience, generosity and kindness. Viscountess Muirghein I know less well but she is brilliant and thoughtful. Either would be exciting as candidates and together would serve our Barony excellently.

Mistress Tatianitska Iaroslavna —

Fortunately, all the candidates are wonderful examples in their own ways, and I would be happy to see any of them as our next B&B.  It is honestly hard to choose.

My own choice would be Master Giles Leabrook and Mistress Anne de Tournai.  Master Giles has a presence and humour that cannot be denied, and Mistress Anne is a joy.  People gravitate around both these gentles.  They are both very active, with a depth of knowledge that they are very happy to share.  There is also an advantage to the fact they live in separate parts of the Barony, and both have very strong support networks that would be assisting them in the role.

Lord Semeon Aleksandrovitch Dragon —

This is a very difficult question to answer! I’ll start with the second part and hope that covers things. There’s no one virtue I value in any one of the couples who are standing with me in this succession, as I feel they all display more than one. One thing I do admire though is their willingness to serve their Barony by putting their names forward to be Baron and Baroness. There’s a large commitment in time and resources involved and they have obviously weighed this against their personal circumstances and decided that they can make the effort required. That reflects the qualities I spoke of in my earlier answer about the Chivalric virtues needed for a Baronage. So in answer to the first part of your question I am confident that all of the other candidates, to one extent or another would be capable of performing the role.

 

What is the most important of the Chivalric Virtues for a SCA landed B&B? Why?

Lord Gaspar Falch de Cantoria —

I don’t think there is one virtue that stands clearly above the rest. All have their place and without reasonable balance between them they fail to be virtues at all. Strength without humility is arrogance. Courage without compassion is bullying and so on.

Viscountess Muirghein ni Ghrainne —

Personally I think it is Grace: My understanding of Grace includes largesse, courtesy, inclusion and honour.

Master Giles Leabrook —

One of the hardest Chivalric Virtues to explain in modern terms, Franchise is “being the estate”. B&Bs have private lives and mundane moments, but when the game is on and especially when the hat is on then living the role makes it easier for everyone to get on board.

Mistress Anne de Tournai —

Faith. All of the virtues have a place and like Giles, I feel that franchise is very important to the role but for me personally, it’s faith. Faith in the essential goodness of people and the game we play. Being someone that people can put their faith into. It’s not blind faith rather a strength of belief brought about through experience.

Lord Ivan Iaroslavich —

For me I think it is Hope. A positive outlook and striving, to find things to celebrate, to lift up the populace, to encourage everyone to try things, to move forward, to grow and be better tomorrow than we are today.

Mistress Tatianitska Iaroslavna —

There is more than one list of historical virtues attributed to Chivalric ideals but nothing specific to the Society.  Most people commonly talk about 7 virtues, namely Courage, Justice, Mercy, Generosity, Faith, Nobility, and Hope, but there is also Chastity, Compassion, Courtesy, Fortitude, Franchise, Honor, Honesty, Humility, Loyalty, Prowess, Prudence, Reason, and Strength.

Of all the Chivalric Virtues, I think the most important is Compassion.  Compassion is the ability to feel on behalf of another.  It encompasses so many things that I would wish to see in any leader.  Empathy, tolerance, understanding, charity, leniency, sensitivity, benevolence etc.  All ideals that inspire us to work for the betterment of our society and the individual members of it can be found in Compassion.

Lord Semeon Aleksandrovitch Dragon —

No one Chivalric virtue stands above another. A landed Baron, sworn to the Crown of Lochac and holding lands in their name should weigh all his decisions against the chivalric virtues, as they are a code designed to guide nobility in their duties and responsibilities.

Loyalty runs both up and down, with the Baronages loyalty to the Crown manifest in the proper execution of their duty and responsibility to maintain their lands and populace and to the populace in communicating their needs to the Crown and standing for them in the councils of the High. When the Crown calls the Baronage answers but likewise when the populace calls upon the Baronage then they should answer, for they rely on him to lead and protect them and theirs.

Courage is not only demonstrated on the field of battle but in the actions of a person when faced with difficult decisions or challenging conversations. A Baron should speak the truth, even though their voice may shake and not fail to stand against that which is wrong in speech, thought or deed as the Champion of their people and all people in the Kingdom and even beyond.

Humility is not a shroud to cover ego, it is the realisation that although one has been placed over the Barony to lead and guide it, a Baron is still the servant of the people and their shield and sword in time of need. An SCA Baron needs to be approachable, putting others before themselves, taking of their own time and resources and giving unto others when they are in need. Be humble before your Crown and your populace, though firm and fair. If a Baron rules with humility in his heart then he will be better for it.

Prowess both on and off the field is vital. A Baron must be fit to take the field of war and lead his armies in defence of his lands or at the command of the Crown. He should train personally and with his troops to ensure he ready to meet the challenge of battle and tournament, for in one lies the safety of his lands and the other he gains glory for his domain and in its name. Off the field he should endeavour to enhance his knowledge and skill in all arts and sciences that the populace of his Barony favour, so as better to understand their works that he may laud them both himself and through missive to the Crown asking for their recognition. A well-rounded and educated Baronage is a wise one and such will undoubtedly flow down into how they rule their lands.

Faith is expressed differently in our Code of Chivalry than in history but I interpret the term to mean faith in yourself and in others. I give trust to all on first meeting, the benefit of the doubt being theirs as I believe this is their right as a human and as a member of the SCA. When someone strays from the path deemed acceptable to us it is my first instinct to guide, mentor and attempt to redeem that person if it is apparent that such redemption is genuinely sought after and forgiveness possible. My faith is in the inherent goodness of people and I maintain it even in the face of isolated incidents of behaviour that has led to people being removed from our group. I have faith in the populace of the Barony to speak truth to me, should they feel I need to hear it and would reward their faith in me by having an open mind and dealing objectively and fairly with all regardless of station. I also extend this faith to the Society itself, in its Officers, Corpora and Procedures, that these people can be trusted to always act in to the benefit of the society and that the governing documents, policies and procedures of the Society, when used correctly are fit for purpose.

Honour is all, for without it you are reduced to the level of beasts in the field. A Baron should comport themselves as a person of honour at all times, as they are not above reproach, they are answerable to the Barony, their peers and the Crown, the Baron and Baroness must lead their people by example. Their word is their bond as they speak not only for themselves and their populace but also in the name of the Crown and with their voice. All of these things must be without taint of falsehood or untruth, even if that truth is uncomfortable. A Baron must treat all with honour, regardless of station and must stand firm in the face of temptation to act otherwise.

Finally, a Baron’s Franchise must reflect the standing and renown of their Barony. Their conduct, poise and dignity must reflect their position, their garb, harness and pageantry suitable to their role. They should endeavour to assist their populace to reflect the standing of their Barony as well, through the apportioning of suitable raiment and regalia to office bearers, retainers and soldiers of the Barony. Pride, balanced with humility and honour is no sin if it brings positive renown and joy to a populace and pageantry to the gatherings and mustering of the Barony. Whether it be in camp or on the battlefield, or at tourney or feast the banners should fly, the harness shine and the accoutrements and decorations reflect the power and dignity of Politarchopolis. As in all things the Baron must lead the way and hold himself to a standard higher than all others, not through shame but through example and a willingness to assist other to achieve that standard. Every attempt, no matter how humble is to be valued and even a simple word of praise or encouragement from the Baron can be an empowering and vital thing for a new member finding their place.

This is a whole-of-barony question covering Polit Central, both the Cantons and the Colleges. Do you have a Baronial level vision, strategy and/or plan to foster, encourage and continue the Arts and Sciences in the Barony?

Lord Gaspar Falch de Cantoria and Viscountess Muirghein ni Ghrainne —

The Barony has a very strong base in A&S and this is something that we will do everything in our power and influence to continue and grow. We have discussed in some detail the opportunities to promote teaching, learning and seeking out the diverse skills on offer in our great Barony. We are considering ways to bring in a Tournament/Championship for A&S running over a 12 month period and would discuss this with the officers and populace to find appropriate ways to spotlight as many of the Arts and Sciences as possible. Also looking to find ways to highlight and better support fab Fridays as well as possibly trialling something in the Cantons or hooking into things the Cantons are already doing that can help increase the connection and cross pollination of skills and knowledge across the entire Barony.

Master Giles Leabrook —

Our own experience is that joy comes from making, and we both feel joy seeing others make and learn.

Mistress Anne de Tournai —

A&S is fundamental to the game we play, it creates our lived environment, atmosphere, spectacle and so much joy!   As such a fundamental part, we would seek to lift the awareness of this fact, creating baronial artisans alongside our champion, to serve on our guard and sponsoring an annual theme competition for the Barony.  As an example, I mentioned at the central Politarchopolis Q&A session, we are interested in a competition for the design of new communal baronial pavilion which then creates opportunities for people to join in aspects of construction, decoration and pageantry.

Lord Semeon Aleksandrovitch Dragon —

One of the things I spoke about at the Sunday Q&A was my idea to bring back monthly events in such a way that they highlight and foster different parts of the Society. One weekend may be costuming or patterning, another calligraphy and illumination, feast/event prep, tournaments or an archery competition. Continuing and improving my own A&S interests and leading by example will also be how I, for the most part, contribute toA&S within the Barony. Recognition of artisans and servants, not only formally through the bestowing of awards but through recognition from a quiet word of admiration to a token of esteem will also serve to let everyone that their Baron has noticed their good works and wishes them to be recognised.

 

I would like to know what the Baronial candidate think about siege?

Lord Gaspar Falch de Cantoria and Viscountess Muirghein ni Ghrainne —

Assuming the practicalities could be worked out: If those who are wanting to play in this direction created a proposal and brought it to Council, we would certainly offer our enthusiastic support. It would be awesome and amazing if we could find ways to trial and train a siege company or two! And while an arms race isn’t always a good thing with near neighbours we certainly wouldn’t want to be too far off the pace so some friendly competition around best built for purpose would be fun and educational.

We would love to have a Siege General to stand alongside our Archery General, Armoured Combat General, Rapier General and A&S Champion.

Master Giles Leabrook —

The reality is that siege engines are sometimes inconsistent, but are always awesome. If you want sheer effectiveness then archery is the way to go – Politarchopolis has great renown for archers and more archers are always good. However, for maximum awesomeness, go for siege! A siege weapon on field ALWAYS makes the opponent shiver, and for that alone they are awesome.

Mistress Anne de Tournai —

One of my favourite siege quotes is ‘Siege is the Force behind the Powerful Arms of the Soldier. We both Support and Prepare the Field for Fighters. Siege brings Castles down, Bursts Gates, and Breaks the Field for the Army. Sometimes at the Front, we are the edge that assures Victory.’  We both have fond memories of seeing mighty siege engines take the field (and the occasional engineer covered in water).  Seeing such mighty weapons arrayed on the field for Politarchopolis would only bring us joy!

Lord Semeon Aleksandrovitch Dragon —

SCA siege is unfortunately one of those areas where mundane law is always going to make it difficult for us to enjoy the wide depth and variety of weapons that can be re-created for combat and fun. That said I am well in favour of people taking them time and using their creative skills to research, build and demonstrate or fight with siege engines. Certainly if a group of enterprising Baronial patriots wished to form a siege train to help the Baronial armies continue their domination of the battlefield, as Baron I would lend my support and knowledge of siege engines to their cause, as I will for any of the other fighting disciplines that make our Barony a force to be feared on the battlefield.

As for Lord Johann certainly his skills as a crafter of wooden wonders would be most welcome but we do not draft people into our forces here in Politarchopolis, we would simply make him an offer that would be too good to refuse.