Last weekend was Bjorn’s Retreat, my first in-person event since the pandemic began last year (and the kingdom’s first except for Crown Tourney last month). While we were all masked even outdoors (thank you, your Majesties, for your laudable caution and concern for the health of the populace), it was still delightful to be at an event with my family, and get to see so many old friends in the flesh.
It was an especial delight to get to see their Majesties, Tindal and Alberic, one last time before they step down at the end of the month, since we won’t be at Coronation. They have weathered this long, unprecedented reign with kindness, caring, and good cheer, to the kingdom’s great blessing, and it was an honor to serve them as Champion and General.
Speaking of which, their Majesties ultimately summoned me in court and had some words with me about my service during the First Bardic War (and some high praise for the staff that worked so mightily to make it a reality):
The Golden Lyre is an award coveted by any composer or performer in the East, and to earn it for my efforts in promoting and field-marshaling the War is a distinction I will carry with pride. But the title “Ravager of Rhapsody” both humbles and tickles me in ways I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to express.
I was also very pleased to see awards given to several deserving friends: Berakha bat Mira v’Shlomo inducted into the Order of the Silver Brooch; Consort’s Cyphers bestowed upon Joachim Liechtenauwer, Maria von Ossenheim, and Audrye Beneyt; the Consort’s Order of Courtesy given to Audrye and Cedric of Armorica; and finally, Joachim elevated to the Order of the Chivalry. And Alberic’s new Rose garment, bestowed by Countess Vienna de la Mer and the Guild of Athena’s Thimble, was absolutely glorious.
I am not sure when or where I will next be able to see any of you in person, but I await the opportunity with eagerness. In the meantime, keep the Dream alive, and stay safe.