In the SCAdian realm, the Tripod of Power is the most recognizable structure in Revelwood. With the exception of that thing that hold’s Stonewall’s feather up.
Holding a throne on the Tripod of Power in Revelwood is a mixed blessing.
Whereas you are often depicted as holding a position of power by those outside of Revelwood, you are often accused of being powerless by those within.
Whereas you are often looked to for guidance and resolution to abstract problems, your advice is usually poorly received and regularly ignored by those asking for your help.
Whereas you would think you have the best seat at the P&P, you ultimately have to stare into those annoyingly bright spot lights while the general citizenry mock your pronouncements and finishes off the Vicar Brew.
Have I changed your mind yet? No? Good.
Actually, it’s not all that bad. I’m just trying to weed out the partially committed.
A would-be throne holder needs to be fully committed. Immediately.
Well, you know what I mean. If you feel you are, or should be committed, then a seat on the Tripod of Power may be for you.
Let’s have a brief review of:
The Tripod of Power includes the Intellectual
Throne, The Spiritual Throne and the Physical Throne. In essence, they
represent the mind, spirit and body of Revelwood.
The Iron Baron has agreed to work with
those who are appointed to the Spiritual and Physical Thrones. Just a word
of warning. Always make sure you have plenty of Gin and Tonic available.
Without it, he can be pretty brutal.
I strongly believe that the Spiritual Leader of Revelwood must care deeply for the members of REVELWOOD, to the extent that she/he will put Revelwood’s needs before her/his own. When trials come, and they will, this Leader must face, understand and embrace these experiences so that she/he may grow in the true Spirit of Revelwood. This person can not be weak in Spirit... because the Piranhas WILL come!
The Spiritual Leader of Revelwood should have a doctrine that can be explained and understood by all the members of Revelwood, so that they will support the Throne and what it represents: do not overpower the people...empower them! This doctrine will make itself known and will influence the persons attempting to fill the Throne. Therefore, all who seek this honor must humble themselves and truly seek the knowledge and wisdom needed by Revelwood. The current doctrine (attached) is extremely old (over ten years) and has not been distributed to the new members... perhaps this can be changed in the future. It supports and expands on the Triple Trilogy of the Chart... 3x3x3. The new doctrine may expound on this or evolve in an entirely different direction. If you feel led in the direction of expounding on the current Doctrine, I will be more than willing to talk to with you in further detail.
The Spiritual Leader of Revelwood must believe fully in the Magic of Revelwood. She/he must have personally experienced this magic and be able to impart her/his learning to the membership. There is no greater joy than to see Magic and understanding in the eyes of your comrades! The Spiritual Leader of Revelwood should always remember that the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the one...
May the Spirit and Magic of Revelwood lead you on a journey of understanding, comprehension and compassion.
The following is the doctrine of the Church of the Circled Holly:
HOLLY ••• Thankfullness
DAGGER ••• Loyalty
MASK ••• Magic
The intermingling of the White Cups, The Tripod of Power and the Guilds: mysterious, wonderful and magical.
The keeping of the sacred mysteries is only for the chosen, yet all are her very being. As the Holly, Dagger and Mask are interwoven, so is the web... reflecting the surface yet hiding the depth from all who are unworthy.
All are interwoven and depend on each other for their exsistence. The web of life is both fragile and strong, it captures the enemy yet bows to the elements... it exists in harmony with nature and reflects her beauty as the dew in the first rays of the rising sun.
Reflection: The reflection of the beauty of Reveklwood is her first task ... the hope of all who see.
Surface: On the surface one can glimpse all Revelwood embraces ... she keeps the faith for all.
Depth: The depth can only
be found by careful observation and true committment ... her love
is extended to all who are willing.
The Physical Throne seeks to provide the hands, eyes, ears, tongue and other popular appendages when they are needed. The throne holder must be confident of their abilities, observant of their surroundings, unafraid of challenge and have the charisma to lead. A loud boisterous voice is nice, but not a prerequisite.
The Physical Throne was often sought out
by persons inside and outside of Revelwood for negotiations regarding mercenaries,
military alliances and combat art support. The legends of the Revelwood
Mercenaries are rich with tales of daring and honor. I recall there was
a great deal of treasure also. Although these issues have become less frequent
as the interests of Revelwood have become more broad, this does not mean
a new holder of the Physical Throne could not rekindle those flames. Many
people could use a blunt object dropped atop their head. Just look around.
However, The Vicar’s abdication is how The Lady Cheron found her way to the Spiritual Throne. The Iron Baron took office at the first Pint & Pipe and The General was appointed to the Physical Throne at the second. In those early days, there were fewer persons who stood to be committed, so there was less competition. Years later, during The Lady Cheron’s bid for the Spiritual Throne, Krakesbone also sought the seat. It was a close race, but The Lady Cheron’s doctrine was so well developed and presented that the White Cups selected her for the Spiritual Throne. Krakesbone’s efforts were also noteworthy, but there could only be one throne holder. Besides, The Lady Cheron could summon the Iron Maiden. This proved a valuable skill during castigation season.
The next thing to do is prepare a explanation of how your abilities apply to the throne. What is it about you that makes you a good throne holder? Do you have any goals you see for Revelwood.
The decisions will be made prior to and announced at the Art Show (late June/early July). This gives the new throne holders almost six months before the P&P. The thrones will be passed then.
Best of luck to all.
You’re gonna need it.