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Dear Mistress Abigaille

Advice from a real Peer -
so it must be good!

Dear Mistress Abigaille,

I'm a successful fighter, and I am sick of these overblown pas d'armes. I don't want to recite poetry or bow and scrape to the Ladies' Gallery! Is there a way I could win a pas without participating in all that fruity stuff that goes along with it?

- Manly Man Fighter in Mathom Trove

Dear Manly Man,

You don't have to recite poetry or give expensive gifts to those watching in the Ladies' Gallery. You just have to conform to the conventions of the pas. Sure, it's no bear pit - that's why there's a gallery, the fighting is for the entertainment of the on-lookers. There's nothing wrong with not winning a pas - with all the ladies watching, your prowess on the field could attract a new love interest. And wouldn't that better than winning some old tournament?

Dear Mistress Abigaille,

Why is it considered lucky when you are sewing garb and you poke yourself with a needle and the wound bleeds?

- Wondering in Wyvernwoode

Dear Wondering,

Fighting is the central feature of SCA activities. Artisans must content themselves with looking good rather than being noticed for participating in the lysts. In short, no pain, no gain.

Confidential to Fashion Victim:

Yes, but have you considered foundation undergarments?

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