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Dear Gentlefolk:

Master El of the Two Knives, that longtime denizen of the Barony of the Bridge, is ever-so-mundanely resident at Oak Hill Rehab, whence he returned Friday last after another sojourn in the hospital.

I visited him there last night and we had a nice chat and a drop of non-caffeinated tea.

He was very happy, and very tired, having finally made it out of bed. Yup, the physical terrorists have gotten their hands on him. He got to sit in a chair, stand on one leg and maneuver back and forth on the parallel bars. Heady stuff, after a couple of months on his back!

His is his lively self again, telling stories, singing, waving his hands and charming the nurses.

He's still not reading for any length of time. His glasses annoy him and his eyes tire quickly, with or without, but he has read a few tidbits in large, clear type: poems, songs, histories thereof.  But letters and cards are very, very welcome -- and visitors, even more so.

Please feel free to pass along his contact details and  information about his condition "to the Known World, and beyond," El says. "Everybody should know!"
To keep track of his recovery online, watch LJ User  master_el
Yours in service ...  Ann O. Nymous
14 July 2008 @ 08:02 am
OK, so I need advice. I am leaning towards developing a Khazarian persona. The only Khazarian I knew in the SCA is no longer playing and I have no idea how to locate her to pick her brain. One of the things I loved about her was her garb. It was very beautiful in its simplicity and I believe it was Mongolian.
So....Did the Khazars wear Mongolian garb? Did the Mongolians have enough, if any, contact with the Khazars to influence their garb as well as their naming practices?

Thanks so much for your help.
11 July 2008 @ 02:33 pm
Sain Bainuu! Next weekend will be the first blogaversary for this community.

Due to its small size, not to mention it being a spinoff-comm, you've probably noticed that things tend to be a bit quiet around here. But gradually, the folks for whom it was created have been finding their way into it. And asking the kinds of questions it was intended to answer.

Feel free to invite your friends to join. Also: if you're going to War this year and have an interest in attenting Khan's Court/Open Camp night, stop by the gate to find out what night it's happening.


(Or just, yanno. Look up. :P 'Cause this thing's visible from the parking lot...)

26 June 2008 @ 09:45 am
I should have known to look on LJ.

I first learned about the Great Dark Horde in about 1977, at my first SF convention -- msminlr introduced me to Bob Asprin/Yang the Nauseating. ("Bob, I want you to meet [gramina]. She's Fif. Teen." It was a wonderful convention, and wonderful music and stories.

I joined the SCA in about '78 or '79? as part of the Shire of the Small Grey Bear, just then forming in Little Rock. I helped put on one of the first events there, even -- I think at 17 I was the youngest person working the event. But (isn't it always the way?) then came college, and my time went skidding away from me, and I haven't been really active since.

I've always liked what (relatively little, I suppose) I've known of the Horde. The last month or so, I've been looking for more information -- and I should have known to look on LJ. I've been thinking for a year or two about trying to get active in the SCA again, and I still don't know if I will -- but if I do, I'd very much like to be somehow associated with the Horde.

This comm, I notice, isn't very active; is there another location on the web that would be better for getting aquainted and learning what's going on where? It would be really nice to be able to meet some folks in person at some point, too, if there's anyone active in the Bay area. (I'm in the east Bay, north of Fremont and south of Oakland, near Hayward/San Leandro.)

I guess if I were listing questions, they'd be about the different ways one might be associated with the GDH, and what's involved. It's important to me to keep my commitments; I'd like to know what commitments you look for, and begin figuring out how or whether I might be able to fit them.

I'm so glad I found this community.
14 June 2008 @ 02:28 pm
Greetings, all. I found this community while looking for info on the Horde, so I thought I'd join up and say hi! I haven't played in the Society for years, and I never really knew that much about the GDH other than the stories everyone tells, so after checking the webpage, I was intrigued. Can anyone recommend where I should go to learn more?
11 December 2007 @ 10:23 am

These are (in Cyrillic, Roman and Uighur script, respectively) Mongol versions of the four essential phrases every world-traveller should know:

1) Where is my room?
2) Where is the beach?
3) Where is the bar?
4) Don't touch me there!

Use them wisely.
Current Mood: amusedamused
14 August 2007 @ 05:19 pm
OK. Some of you helped make this possible; others could possibly care less. Either way, it killed about 20 minutes...

If you saw the picnic table between our tent and Toady's, you know that six of our collective throwing-axes lay on it for most of the War. The pattern and arrangement kept shifting at whim, but always seemed to remain pretty artistic-looking.

I'm not sure what happened to me Wednesday afternoon. It just seemed that a Chianti bottle, some fruit, etc., were needed to complete the picture...

I call it "Still Life. With Axes."

Or alternately, "Tuscan Feast, Interrupted (by Lombards)".
Current Mood: amusedamused
14 August 2007 @ 02:13 am

For those who weren't there — or haven't already heard from about a hundred sources by now — this Pennsic was a lot of things. But mostly, it was downpour after downpour after downpour. Monsoon entrée with a side order of gale-force winds, and a heaping bowl of knee-deep mud for dessert.

For DAYS. ON. END. Seriously; unless you were born in Myanmar or something, you'd be astounded to think the sky could hold so much water.

This post mainly concerns the Thursday evening of War Week: when Khan's Court was scheduled, as well as the "open camp night" upon which this LJ-comm is based.

Well, the gathering ended in a severe deluge which sent most attendees running for dry cover. For the umpteenth time we were all trapped in our respective hidey-holes, sulking and restless, waiting for enough of a break in the storm so we could get on with the evening's partying.

At Bag End, Rags and I decided to keep up our spirits by composing grouchy haiku.

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Current Mood: amusedamused
20 July 2007 @ 11:23 pm
What is the significance of the bread and salt when welcoming guests? My folks do missionary work in Pyatagorsk, and are always welcomed with bread and salt. I have seen that the GDH honors the same ritual. Is there a story behind this tradition? I can understand bread, but why salt...?

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Current Mood: curiouscurious
20 July 2007 @ 01:54 am
*clears throat, taps mike*

Welcome to our fire! Share bread and salt with us, and tell us stories! Come, sit next to me, on this nice comfy cushion, right here... Kumiss? No, seriously, don't drink that, it's nasty.

Mongols love stories. We also love Mongolian cat macros. Why? That is a terrible dark secret that we might share with you later, when we get to know you better, if you tell us stories, ask questions, or give us beer. :)