Meet Master John, the Pell-i-Can
by Dame Aoife Finn.
Countess Caryl chokes up when it comes to certain subjects. Sir Wulfstan the Unshod proclaimed himself an imprinted baby duckling. Count Sir Hasdrubal, the Royal Peer, was late to the party, causing His Majesty Timothy to take his own quite sound advice. But Master Bedwyr, companion of the Laurel, probably stated it best when he spoke in support of Master John the Pell at the elevation ceremony to the Order of the Pelican. After a quarter of a decade of being told by John that he could do, make, or be anything in the SCA (and then being shown how), Bedwyr declared the Kingdom’s favorite Martial Master to be a fitting addition to the Order of the Pel-i-can.
On this balmy afternoon, after an amazing castle battle, still wet with the sweat of his own brow earned while fighting in service to the crown, and surrounded by several hundred of his most avid supporters, Master John the Pell replied in the affirmative when asked if he would join the order. This sealed his fate as the newest Æthelmearc double Peer, recognized as the longest-running teacher of martial activities, for many years as tactical advisor to the Crown, and for his unrelenting dedication to service off the field. Under a gorgeous sky by the castle on the battlefield, this third day of August, Their Majesties Timothy and Gabrielle created John their newest member of the Order of the Pelican.
A reception, complete with many flavors of homemade Pelluha coffee liquor, cold beverages, and a sumptuous spread followed the ceremony. Well wishers from several Kingdoms came by to sign the guest book, eat heartily, and have a congratulatory word with John. We at the Gazette also offer our congratulations to Master (squared) John the Pell!
Dame Aoife Finn, Æthelmearc