SCA Name: Lucilla Theresa de Courtenay
SCA title: Viscountess
Years in the SCA: 33
Where did you start, what was your first event?
I started in Drachenwald. My first event was a baronial Saint Nicholas feast in the Barony of Knight’s Crossing. I had been in Germany working as a “tourist hire” and was gaming with a small group of Americans. Several of the gamers were talking about an “event.” They convinced me to go along with them. From there I attended my first principality level event, which was the 12th Night Investiture.
What is your persona?
Italian Renaissance mostly… I dabble in cultures with more comfortable clothing (e.g. Norse, Byzantine) when the weather is very hot or very cold. My father was a merchant, so I traveled a lot with him and have been exposed to many different cultures.
Why did you pick this persona?
I really like the fashion of late 14th and early 15th century Italy.
Do you have any group or household affiliations? I am a founding member of Clan Lurkr.
Raised mostly in Minnesota…I still have a touch of accent if I start talking too fast. I’m married to a veteran, so we moved around a lot – I’ve lived in eight kingdoms/principalities over the years. I’ve got three adult children, and my first grandchild was born just two months ago. I work part-time, and I like to spend my free time in my gardens. I love to travel, whether seeing someplace new or just visiting friends and family around the country.
What SCA activities do you or have you participated in?
I was a heavy fighter for a couple years in my youth. I currently enjoy archery, thrown weapons, various crafts – primarily sewing; but I like to dabble in different crafts and am always taking classes for things that I haven’t tried yet.
Tell us a little bit about your SCA experience (jobs, offices, duties, etc.).
For the last couple of years, I have been a List Mistress at large. In the past I have served as a seneschal, gold key, list mistress, and A&S officer. I also served as the 12th Princess of Drachenwald when it was still a principality.
When you started in the SCA what goals did you have?
None, actually. Well, that’s not entirely true… I did want to get people to pronounce my first name correctly (it’s Lew-CHEE-yah… not Lew-SILL-ah.).
I plan to continue to have fun, and to keep learning new things while enjoying the things that I’ve already learned. I would like to learn how to felt.
If you could accomplish only one thing in the SCA in the next year, what would it be?
Not wait until land grab to start my Pennsic sewing.
What advice would you give to a new person in the SCA?
Have fun, do what you enjoy, don’t be afraid to try new things. Whatever else you do, don’t let others dictate your dream.
If you magically woke up with an SCA talent you do not already have, what would it be?
Don’t be modest, what award or honor would you like to receive above all else and why?
For me, the SCA is a journey rather than a destination. It would feel great to be called someone’s inspiration.
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