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[[File:Hrafn.jpg|200px|thumb|left|Hrafn Olafsson - Photo by [[Amata Amati d'Arezzo]]]]
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| photocaption = Hrafna at Steppes 12th Night, 2023 - taken by [[Cassian Jaskółski]]
|scope="col" width="175" |Currently Known As:
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| location = [[Steppes]]
|Hrafn Olafsson
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| regname= [http://oanda.sca.org/oanda_name.cgi?p=Hrafn%20Olafsson Hrafn Olafsson ]  
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| status = Active
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| joindate = 2004
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| OP = [http://herald.ansteorra.org/OP/op-names.php?search=Hrafn%20Olafsson&id=2271 Hrafna Wyrdmake]<BR>[http://chivalry.ansteorra.org/new/member_profile.pl?member_id=116 Chivalry Page]
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| device = [[File:Hrafn-Blazon.jpg|x400px]]
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| devicecaption = Per pale sable and argent, two ravens respectant counterchanged.
|[http://oanda.sca.org/oanda_name.cgi?p=Hrafn%20Olafsson Hrafn Olafsson]
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|Current Group:
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==Her Grace, Hrafna Wyrdmake, KSCA, CSS, OL, Defender of the Dream==
|[[Steppes]]
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Previously Known As:<BR>
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Nickname(s): Olaf the Well-Travelled<BR>
|Past Groups:
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Pronouns: She/Her<BR>
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Proprietor of [https://www.youtube.com/TheRavensTable| The Raven's Table]<BR>
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|Joined SCA:
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|2004.
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====Additional Registered Heraldry:====
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|Last Seen:
 
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|-
 
|Rank/Title:
 
|Duke
 
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|Device Registered?
 
| Yes: Per pale sable and argent, two ravens respectant counterchanged.
 
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|Badge Registered?
 
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|Offices Held:
 
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'''Local:'''<BR>
 
* Knight Marshal, Barony of the Steppes
 
'''Kingdom:'''<BR>
 
* Deputy Earl Marshal, Kingdom of Ansteorra
 
* King of Ansteorra
 
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|OP Listing:
 
|[http://herald.ansteorra.org/OP/op-names.php?search=Hrafn%20Olafsson&id=2271 Hrafn Olafsson]<BR>[http://chivalry.ansteorra.org/new/member_profile.pl?member_id=116 Chivalry Page]
 
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== Persona History: ==
 
Early period (900 CE) Norwegian
 
 
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== Interests: ==
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===Offices:===
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* Local Offices Held
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** Knight Marshal, Barony of the [[Steppes]]
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* Regional Offices Held
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** Central Regional Knight Marshal
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* Kingdom Offices Held
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** Deputy Earl Marshal, Kingdom of Ansteorra (2013-2017)
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** Earl Marshal, Kingdom of Ansteorra (2017-2019)
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** [[61st Crown]] of Ansteorra
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** [[67th Crown]] of Ansteorra
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* Other Positions
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** Gulf Wars 2013: Deputy Marshal-in-charge
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===Persona History:===
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Early period (900 BCE) Norwegian
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===Interests:===
 
* Chivalric combat
 
* Chivalric combat
 
* Rapier combat
 
* Rapier combat
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* Armor making
 
* Armor making
 
<BR>
 
<BR>
==Timeline of Activity: ==
 
2004: First Event -- Steppes 12th Night.<BR>
 
  
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====Gallery:====
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<gallery caption="Selected Examples of Work" widths="200px">
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image:Hrafn Projects 1.jpg|Pyrography and woodworking - 2nd Hnefatafl board. Presented to HRM Ullr of the Midrealm at Gulf Wars XX
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image:Hrafn Projects 2.jpg|Pyrography and woodworking - 1st Hnefatafl board I made. Presented to the winner of the Steppes 12th Night Hnefatafl tournament - 2011
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image:Hrafn Projects 3.jpg|Pyrography with wire inlay - Prize board for the Hnefatafl tournament at the Bjornsborg Tavern event.
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image:Hrafn Projects 4.jpg|Pyrography and woodworking - Board made as a prize for the Viking Deed of Arms at Gulf Wars 2015. Knocked it out in about 6 hours.
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image:Hrafn Projects 5.jpg|Leatherworking & Pyrography - A new type of art for me. Stepping down Court Barony coronets for Gerhart and Elspeth.
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image:Hrafn Projects 6.jpg|Pyrography - "Mjolnir" I created for Bjornsborg event in 2015. Photo by [[Kalista Zvereva Rostova]]
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image:Hrafn Projects 7.jpg|Pyrography - Birthday present commission, delivered at BAM 2015.
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image:Hrafn Projects 8.jpg|Pyrography and woodworking - My entry into the 2015 Sable Swap project. Pictish art inspired Nine Men's Morris board.
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image:Hrafn Projects 9.jpg|Leatherworking - Leather Rapier buckler I crafted in 2009. Dual layer tooled leather with an aluminum disk in the middle for stiffness.
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image:Hrafn Projects 10.jpg|Silk banner - "Ansteorra Chili Night" banner I created in 2010 with help from Jhan Knebel
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image:Hrafn Projects 11.jpg|Pyrography and woodworking - Nine Men's Morris boards created for Steppes 12th Night - 2016.
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image:Hrafn Projects 12.jpg|Pyrography - For Asoph - Centurion Eagle on the original cudgel
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image:Hrafn Projects 13.jpg|Pyrography and woodworking - Game boards created for Ysabeau of Prague's vigil at Gulf Wars 2016. Clockwise from the top row: Shove Ha'penny (2),Glückhaus (4), Nine Men's Morris (4)
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image:Hrafn Projects 14.jpg|Pyrography and woodworking - Hnefatafl board created as a prize for the Viking Deed of Arms at Gulf Wars 2016
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image:Hrafn Projects 15.jpg|Woodworking, Pyrography - Epic sized Dice Tower, pyrographied 4" dice, and matching Gluckhaus board. Created for the Gulf Wars 2013 Known World Party that the Centurions of Ansteorra ran. The tower was inspired by the Vettweiss-Froitzheim Dice Tower, I just changed the wording up a little.
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image:Hrafn Projects 16.jpg|Quick project to craft nalbinding needles for Emma Haldan. Made from repurposed bamboo chopsticks (the bottom one is the bone original used for proper scaling).
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image:Hrafn Projects 17.jpg|Pennsic 2016 hard cider. Honey apple on the left (5.7% ABV) and cranberry apple (6.2% ABV) on the right.
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image:Hrafn Projects 18.jpg|Viking 6-panel chest made for Mistress [[Kyna Terricsdottir]] elevation to the Order of the Pelican. Scroll text w/ Royal signatures on the inside of the lid. Poplar wood with pyrographic art. Total construction time, 3 weeks.
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image:Hrafn Projects 19.jpg|Commission for [[Nicaize Maupetit]] as a surprise to Liam Gordon upon his safe return from deployment. Axe head was purchased elsewhere, I did the handle work - pyrography and wire wrapping.
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image:Hrafn Projects 20.jpg|Woodworking and Pyrography - Table that I originally created for Corvin's (Kevin Wilson) Hobbit-themed MOD vigil in September 2016. Got it back to tweak a couple things (managed to miss one of the MOD virtues and to needed to correct alignment of the legs).
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image:Hrafn Projects 21.jpg|Helm crest made for Bjornsborg's 2010 "Legacy of Lions" event. Took home the Best Crest award. Sculpted to match a period Viking design. The photo does not show it, but the Raven detaches from the crenelated base. When knocked off, the hidden plug detatches and confetti would fly out.
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image:Hrafn Projects 22.jpg|Beware of Viking" sign, made for Gulf War 2019. Gifted to a fellow Norseman after the event.
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image:Hrafn Projects 23.jpg|Norse 6-board chest. Poplar wood, pyrographic art, iron nails/handles/hinges, lined with homespun style remnant fabric found at the fabric store. Total build + artwork time was ~100 hours.
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image:Hrafn Projects 24.jpg|Tak board. Wood construction with pyrographic and painted artwork.
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</gallery>
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===Timeline of Activity:===
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2004: First Event -- Steppes 12th Night.
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====January 16, 2023====
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WOW!<BR><BR>
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To say this past weekend was a memorable one is a massive understatement. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_kgDEdb-oM VIDEO HERE.]<BR><BR>
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Coronation is frequently a bittersweet moment in time. The stepping down of one Crown for another, when those who sit upon the Sable Thrones pass responsibility for The Dream to their successors. Witnessing [[85th Crown|Creppin and Toryn]] lay down the Crowns after a glorious reign and seeing [[86th Crown|Gabriel and Sonja]] place that same joyous burden upon their brows filled me with pride and confidence for the future of Ansteorra. <BR><BR>
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The day was also filled with joy in many other ways, both large and small. Being able to see friends for the first time since the Pandemic was an amazing thing. All those in attendance were laughing, swapping stories, and otherwise celebrating the day. If nothing else had happened, that shared experience made the long trip from The Steppes to Bjornsborg more than worth it!  But little did I know that the day was only to become even more memorable. <BR><BR>
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After the standard step-up court rituals of oaths sworn, announcements made, and the granting of Duchy titles to [[Creppin l’Ostriche]] and [[Toryn Sevenstitches]], Their Majesties Gabriel & Sonja weren't done. I was off to one side of court, sitting with [[Simha Bint Yusuf]], [[Elen Verch Phellip]], [[Ceara inghean mhic an Ghabhann]], [[Alden Drake]], [[Osanna van der Linden]], [[Nicaize Maupetit]], and others watching the proceedings.  At one point, His Majesty Gabriel starts describing their desire to sit upon the Thrones of Ansteorra once again and asked me to come before them to help with a story. Not knowing what to expect, Simha and I dutifully made our way into court, where HRM regaled everyone with a tale of what inspired him to re-grow out his long hair.<BR><BR>
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'''<nowiki>***</nowiki>I want to pause my account for a moment to make something VERY clear. Gabriel had actually pulled me aside at War of the Rams, over a month previously, asking if I would be OK if he told this story.  Not knowing why he wanted to tell the tale, but finding it to be hilarious and worthy of a retelling, I happily granted my permission. I am proud of who I am, have no shame for my life in the "before times", and referencing my life in that phase of my existence causes me no discomfort.  It meant a lot that he asked for my consent before regaling folks with the tale. We all change as we experience what life has to offer. Things that might have once been funny or acceptable, may no longer be so. But in this case, I did not consider the story offensive in any way and neither of them misgendered me at any time. I wish to thank Their Majesties from the bottom of my heart for thinking of comfort and my desires here. *** <nowiki>***</nowiki>'''<BR><BR>
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His tale spoke about how, at that time, there were a number of folks in the Kingdom who presented to one and all as men and were known for their glorious long hair and that I was in good company. He also was clear to say that "Our understanding of the situation has drastically changed", eliciting a hearty laugh from both me and the crowd.  He went on to start listing out those who He was referring to, namely [[Ulstead the Unsteady]], [[Caelan MacRob]], [[Cynric of Bedwyn]], [[Phelim Gervase]], [[Airaklee Wolf]], and others - describing them all as "An inspiring bunch". It was at this time, that Her Majesty Sonja looked me dead in the eye and uttered words that will forever be burned into my soul:<BR><BR>
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"You'll notice that they are all Lions"<BR><BR>
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At this point, I have no shame in saying that all rational thought left me. Looking back at video taken of the event, I very ungracefully fell on my butt in absolute shock.  The next thing I remember is getting back onto my knees, hearing the crowd, and seeing Simha walking up to hand a medallion to Their Majesties. <BR><BR>
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Me? Being chosen to be counted amongst those who I have looked up to for more years than I care to admit?  This cannot be real?! How can I, a simple sword-slinger who has an occasional ability for helping others have fun, be considered to be as worthy as those who have led our beloved Kingdom for many years?! But, to my continued amazement, this was not some fever dream. Lions of Ansteorra were emerging from the populace smiling and applauding with the rest.  Each communicated to me without words, "Welcome, you are one of us". [[Amelot Lisette]] even produced and handed me a bouquet of roses.<BR><BR>
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I lost count of the number of folks who hugged and congratulated me afterward. In many ways, the rest of the evening is still a blur of happy smiling faces, hugs, and words of encouragement. The journey back to The Steppes was spent in a continuous loop of "WOW!", "Why Me?", and "What does this mean?". I am sure that there are details I missed in my retelling, folks I missed. But these things I can say for certain:<BR><BR>
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I am still amazed and very much humbled by the confidence Their Majesties have placed in me.  I will never stop trying to be the best person I can be, never stop fighting for those who need defending, never stop trying to bring happiness to others, and never stop trying to do the right thing. As I said in this little post from back in July, anyone reading this and who may feel like you don’t have a place, please come find me.  My camp is open to you, there will always be a place at my table.<BR><BR>
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The gorgeous medallion presented to me was crafted by Master [[Alden Drake]] pictured here.<BR><BR>
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====Prior Groups:====
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* Barony of [[Elfsea]]
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===Populace Provided Information:===
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====[[Rónán Fionn Ó Dubáin]]====
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Blood starling of Steppes, the<BR>
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Stormborn of Hrist’s blizzard,<BR>
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Plumed often in pitch and<BR>
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Powder inspires many.<BR>
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Steel talons have torn the<BR>
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Triskel-sons that dared to<BR>
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Stalk the fields and strike the<BR>
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Star of jet she keeps well.<BR>
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<BR>
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Drums she beats and drinks for<BR>
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Dreamers brewed most strongly,<BR>
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Rouse voices to revel<BR>
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Reaching late to night’s end<BR>
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Seek the battle-swan and<BR>
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Set your brow orbs skyward<BR>
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High over the oaks her<BR>
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Ebon wings are soaring.<BR>
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===[[Avery Shaw]]===
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A CLARIFICATION.<BR>
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Below I say that His Majesty stated that Her Grace Hrafna was the inspiration for HRM growing his hair out. Thinking back, that is not what was said. His Majesty wanted to make clear that originally he was going say something along those lines regarding long hair...but that situations are fluid and that making that sort of "joke" would now not be accurate and that He wanted to acknowledge that people change. And that Their Majesties wanted to recognize Her Grace as who she is. Any implications of anything different were absolutely not said by His Majesty, they are simply me remembering things inaccurately from a very emotional moment. If anyone finds fault in the tale below, aim your ire at the faulty memory of an enthusiastic storyteller...me. <BR>
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Yesterday was Coronation here in Ansteorra.  I will bear witness to something that happened that made my heart very glad. <BR>
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Upon taking the throne, the first act of Their Royal Majesties Gabriel and Sonja III was to call Duchess Hrafna into their court.  His Majesty, standing with his long hair draped down past his collar, waxed about what an influence to grow his own hair out had been Her Grace.  That His Majesty was not sure to do so, but seeing how wonderful Hrafna's hair looked, he was inspired.  And he then mentioned others who also had long hair, who were also inspiring...Master Pug, Master Cael, I think there were others, but those are the ones I remember....but that there was something all of these others had in common.<BR>
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At this point, Her Majesty Sonja stated " and they were all Lions."<BR>
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It was said so casually, that the hall suddenly went silent for a period of time....I am sure it was only several seconds, but it felt like maybe hours as we all processed what had just been said.  And then we all watched as Her Grace fell back in shock.
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And my friends....I know I am one to never let the actual facts get in the way of a good story...but to say that the entire Hall exploded in joy and cheers as we all realized what Their Majesties had done....that would one of the great understatements of all time.  The approval shared by all was palpable.<BR>
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As this is all happening, the other Lions all looked at each other.  Our Crown had not told us this was going to happen.  Usually, we are told "someone will be made in court" so we know to be ready to come in and meet our new sibling.  This time, the Crown kept it to themselves....and looking at my sisters and brothers, you could see the smiles and surprise as we quickly filled in to stand with our new sister.<BR>
 
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== Populace Provided Information: ==
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We live in a time where things are in turmoil.  Different people have ideas that some feel are radical or dangerous or uncomfortable.  We have people who sometimes feel that being afraid of something different is preferable to simply letting our fellow humans be who they are and loving them because they are good humans and they are our friends, our family...our heroes.<BR>
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I have know Hrafna for almost 20 years, and she has always been honorable, honest, passionate, and absolutely willing to defend those in need.  Her Grace is a Knight in every way that one can measure.  She is a Laurel who makes events better by sharing her love of period games and encouraging others to simply sit and play and have fun.  She is my friend.<BR>
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Yesterday, Ansteorra named her the newest Defender of the Dream.  <BR>
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And the Hall did shake with joy and awe at the sight.<BR>
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All this I swear is true, so witnessed by me,<BR>
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Avery Shaw, Lion<BR>
 
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== Notable Contributions or Accomplishments: ==
 
* 2011: Steppes Warlord
 
* 2010: Glaslyn Rapier Champion
 
* 2009: [[61st Crown]] of Ansteorra.
 
* 2008: Bryn Gwlad Chivalric Champion
 
* 2007: Emerald Keep Chivalric Champion
 
  
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===Notable Contributions or Accomplishments:===
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* 2016: [[Steppes]] Brewing Champion
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* 2013: Protector of [[Namron]]
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* 2012: [[67th Crown]] of Ansteorra
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* 2011: [[Steppes]] Warlord
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* 2010: King's Champion to [[Jean Paul de Sens]] I
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* 2010: [[Glaslyn]] Rapier Champion
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* 2009: [[61st Crown]] of Ansteorra
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* 2008: [[Bryn Gwlad]] Chivalric Champion
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* 2007: [[Emerald Keep]] Chivalric Champion
 
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===Affiliations:===
 
* Reigned with [[Elizabeta di Valore della Rosa]]
 
* Reigned with [[Elizabeta di Valore della Rosa]]
 
* Previously squired to [[Duncan Arthur Ross the Black]]
 
* Previously squired to [[Duncan Arthur Ross the Black]]
* Member, [[Clann Ross]]
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* Apprentice to [[Debora of Durham]]
 
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Latest revision as of 14:01, 26 January 2023

Photo
Hrafna-12th-Night.png
Hrafna at Steppes 12th Night, 2023 - taken by Cassian Jaskółski
Information
Registered Name: Hrafn Olafsson
Resides: Steppes
Status: Active
Joined SCA: 2004
Order of Precedence
Hrafna Wyrdmake
Chivalry Page
Heraldry
Hrafn-Blazon.jpg
Per pale sable and argent, two ravens respectant counterchanged.

Her Grace, Hrafna Wyrdmake, KSCA, CSS, OL, Defender of the Dream

Previously Known As:
Nickname(s): Olaf the Well-Travelled
Pronouns: She/Her
Proprietor of The Raven's Table

Additional Registered Heraldry:


Offices:

  • Local Offices Held
    • Knight Marshal, Barony of the Steppes
  • Regional Offices Held
    • Central Regional Knight Marshal
  • Kingdom Offices Held
    • Deputy Earl Marshal, Kingdom of Ansteorra (2013-2017)
    • Earl Marshal, Kingdom of Ansteorra (2017-2019)
    • 61st Crown of Ansteorra
    • 67th Crown of Ansteorra
  • Other Positions
    • Gulf Wars 2013: Deputy Marshal-in-charge


Persona History:

Early period (900 BCE) Norwegian

Interests:

  • Chivalric combat
  • Rapier combat
  • Cut and Thrust combat
  • Period gaming
  • Middle-eastern drumming
  • Pyrography
  • Brewing
  • Scandinavian history
  • Armor making


Gallery:


Timeline of Activity:

2004: First Event -- Steppes 12th Night.

January 16, 2023

WOW!

To say this past weekend was a memorable one is a massive understatement. [VIDEO HERE.

Coronation is frequently a bittersweet moment in time. The stepping down of one Crown for another, when those who sit upon the Sable Thrones pass responsibility for The Dream to their successors. Witnessing Creppin and Toryn lay down the Crowns after a glorious reign and seeing Gabriel and Sonja place that same joyous burden upon their brows filled me with pride and confidence for the future of Ansteorra.

The day was also filled with joy in many other ways, both large and small. Being able to see friends for the first time since the Pandemic was an amazing thing. All those in attendance were laughing, swapping stories, and otherwise celebrating the day. If nothing else had happened, that shared experience made the long trip from The Steppes to Bjornsborg more than worth it! But little did I know that the day was only to become even more memorable.

After the standard step-up court rituals of oaths sworn, announcements made, and the granting of Duchy titles to Creppin l’Ostriche and Toryn Sevenstitches, Their Majesties Gabriel & Sonja weren't done. I was off to one side of court, sitting with Simha Bint Yusuf, Elen Verch Phellip, Ceara inghean mhic an Ghabhann, Alden Drake, Osanna van der Linden, Nicaize Maupetit, and others watching the proceedings. At one point, His Majesty Gabriel starts describing their desire to sit upon the Thrones of Ansteorra once again and asked me to come before them to help with a story. Not knowing what to expect, Simha and I dutifully made our way into court, where HRM regaled everyone with a tale of what inspired him to re-grow out his long hair.

***I want to pause my account for a moment to make something VERY clear. Gabriel had actually pulled me aside at War of the Rams, over a month previously, asking if I would be OK if he told this story. Not knowing why he wanted to tell the tale, but finding it to be hilarious and worthy of a retelling, I happily granted my permission. I am proud of who I am, have no shame for my life in the "before times", and referencing my life in that phase of my existence causes me no discomfort. It meant a lot that he asked for my consent before regaling folks with the tale. We all change as we experience what life has to offer. Things that might have once been funny or acceptable, may no longer be so. But in this case, I did not consider the story offensive in any way and neither of them misgendered me at any time. I wish to thank Their Majesties from the bottom of my heart for thinking of comfort and my desires here. *** ***

His tale spoke about how, at that time, there were a number of folks in the Kingdom who presented to one and all as men and were known for their glorious long hair and that I was in good company. He also was clear to say that "Our understanding of the situation has drastically changed", eliciting a hearty laugh from both me and the crowd. He went on to start listing out those who He was referring to, namely Ulstead the Unsteady, Caelan MacRob, Cynric of Bedwyn, Phelim Gervase, Airaklee Wolf, and others - describing them all as "An inspiring bunch". It was at this time, that Her Majesty Sonja looked me dead in the eye and uttered words that will forever be burned into my soul:

"You'll notice that they are all Lions"

At this point, I have no shame in saying that all rational thought left me. Looking back at video taken of the event, I very ungracefully fell on my butt in absolute shock. The next thing I remember is getting back onto my knees, hearing the crowd, and seeing Simha walking up to hand a medallion to Their Majesties.

Me? Being chosen to be counted amongst those who I have looked up to for more years than I care to admit? This cannot be real?! How can I, a simple sword-slinger who has an occasional ability for helping others have fun, be considered to be as worthy as those who have led our beloved Kingdom for many years?! But, to my continued amazement, this was not some fever dream. Lions of Ansteorra were emerging from the populace smiling and applauding with the rest. Each communicated to me without words, "Welcome, you are one of us". Amelot Lisette even produced and handed me a bouquet of roses.

I lost count of the number of folks who hugged and congratulated me afterward. In many ways, the rest of the evening is still a blur of happy smiling faces, hugs, and words of encouragement. The journey back to The Steppes was spent in a continuous loop of "WOW!", "Why Me?", and "What does this mean?". I am sure that there are details I missed in my retelling, folks I missed. But these things I can say for certain:

I am still amazed and very much humbled by the confidence Their Majesties have placed in me. I will never stop trying to be the best person I can be, never stop fighting for those who need defending, never stop trying to bring happiness to others, and never stop trying to do the right thing. As I said in this little post from back in July, anyone reading this and who may feel like you don’t have a place, please come find me. My camp is open to you, there will always be a place at my table.

The gorgeous medallion presented to me was crafted by Master Alden Drake pictured here.

Prior Groups:


Populace Provided Information:

Rónán Fionn Ó Dubáin

Blood starling of Steppes, the
Stormborn of Hrist’s blizzard,
Plumed often in pitch and
Powder inspires many.
Steel talons have torn the
Triskel-sons that dared to
Stalk the fields and strike the
Star of jet she keeps well.

Drums she beats and drinks for
Dreamers brewed most strongly,
Rouse voices to revel
Reaching late to night’s end
Seek the battle-swan and
Set your brow orbs skyward
High over the oaks her
Ebon wings are soaring.

Avery Shaw

A CLARIFICATION.
Below I say that His Majesty stated that Her Grace Hrafna was the inspiration for HRM growing his hair out. Thinking back, that is not what was said. His Majesty wanted to make clear that originally he was going say something along those lines regarding long hair...but that situations are fluid and that making that sort of "joke" would now not be accurate and that He wanted to acknowledge that people change. And that Their Majesties wanted to recognize Her Grace as who she is. Any implications of anything different were absolutely not said by His Majesty, they are simply me remembering things inaccurately from a very emotional moment. If anyone finds fault in the tale below, aim your ire at the faulty memory of an enthusiastic storyteller...me.

Yesterday was Coronation here in Ansteorra. I will bear witness to something that happened that made my heart very glad.

Upon taking the throne, the first act of Their Royal Majesties Gabriel and Sonja III was to call Duchess Hrafna into their court. His Majesty, standing with his long hair draped down past his collar, waxed about what an influence to grow his own hair out had been Her Grace. That His Majesty was not sure to do so, but seeing how wonderful Hrafna's hair looked, he was inspired. And he then mentioned others who also had long hair, who were also inspiring...Master Pug, Master Cael, I think there were others, but those are the ones I remember....but that there was something all of these others had in common.

At this point, Her Majesty Sonja stated " and they were all Lions."

It was said so casually, that the hall suddenly went silent for a period of time....I am sure it was only several seconds, but it felt like maybe hours as we all processed what had just been said. And then we all watched as Her Grace fell back in shock. And my friends....I know I am one to never let the actual facts get in the way of a good story...but to say that the entire Hall exploded in joy and cheers as we all realized what Their Majesties had done....that would one of the great understatements of all time. The approval shared by all was palpable.

As this is all happening, the other Lions all looked at each other. Our Crown had not told us this was going to happen. Usually, we are told "someone will be made in court" so we know to be ready to come in and meet our new sibling. This time, the Crown kept it to themselves....and looking at my sisters and brothers, you could see the smiles and surprise as we quickly filled in to stand with our new sister.

We live in a time where things are in turmoil. Different people have ideas that some feel are radical or dangerous or uncomfortable. We have people who sometimes feel that being afraid of something different is preferable to simply letting our fellow humans be who they are and loving them because they are good humans and they are our friends, our family...our heroes.

I have know Hrafna for almost 20 years, and she has always been honorable, honest, passionate, and absolutely willing to defend those in need. Her Grace is a Knight in every way that one can measure. She is a Laurel who makes events better by sharing her love of period games and encouraging others to simply sit and play and have fun. She is my friend.

Yesterday, Ansteorra named her the newest Defender of the Dream.

And the Hall did shake with joy and awe at the sight.

All this I swear is true, so witnessed by me,
Avery Shaw, Lion

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