Put a Wing on It!

I joke about everything. It’s how I deal with the world: no matter what goes wrong, I look for the silver lining and try to at least make others smile. Since adding wings to the main charge is a common way to clear conflict, I’d been meaning to change the words of Beyoncé’s Put a Ring on It to Put a Wing on It. In a discussion in the Heralds’ email list, I mentioned this, and Herald Alexander in Meridies came up with the following:

All the single charges (All the single charges)
All the single charges (All the single charges)
All the single charges (All the single charges)
All the single charges

Now put your hands up

Up in the tub, we just conflict up
I’m doing my own little thing
You decided to dip but now you wanna trip
Cause another herald noticed me
I’m up on him, he up on me
don’t pay him any attention
Cause I cried my tears, for three good years

Ya can’t be mad at me

[Chorus:]
Cause if you liked it then you should have put a wing on it
If you liked it then you should’ve put a wing on it
Don’t be mad once you see that he has it
If you liked it then you should’ve put a wing on it
Wuh uh oh uh uh oh oh uh oh uh uh oh

Wuh uh oh uh uh oh oh uh oh uh uh oh

I got gloss on my grips, a rose on my slips
Hold me tighter than my peon jeans
Acting up, drink in my cup
I could care less what you think
I need no permission, did I conflict?
Don’t pay him any attention
Cause you had your turn
And now you gonna learn

What it really feels like to pass me

[Chorus]

Don’t treat me to these things of the world
I’m not that kind of charge
Your dove is what I prefer, what I deserve
Is a man that makes me then takes me
And delivers me to a destiny, to infinity and beyond
Pull me into your arms
Say I’m the one you want

If you don’t, you’ll be alone
And like a ghost I’ll be gone

All the single charges (All the single charges)
All the single charges (All the single charges)
All the single charges (All the single charges)
All the single charges

Now put your hands up
Wuh uh oh uh uh oh oh uh oh uh uh oh
Wuh uh oh uh uh oh oh uh oh uh uh oh

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List Tree Shields

CrownTree

Twice a year in the spring and fall, each Kingdom in the SCA hosts Crown Tournament. This happens a few weeks after the Coronation of the new King and Queen, and determines who the next Prince and Princess will be. (My home, the East Kingdom, has not yet had a Queen by Right of Arms, or two monarchs of the same gender. Yet!)

Crown Tournaments will usually host between forty and eighty competitors and their consorts. Combatants are divided into pools, usually with the top two or four advancing to the next round. The period way to display who would be fighting where is to use list trees with small shields displaying the competitors’ arms.

This is when my work as an Armory Herald really makes a difference, and why it is so important for fighters to have Registered Devices with the SCA College of Heralds. While fighters are allowed to compete in Crown without registering their name and arms with the Heralds in the East Kingdom, they are strongly encouraged to register before the tournament.

Thorin

These are the arms of my consort, Lord Þórin Úlfsson: Azure, a dragon and a stallion combatant argent.

When he asked to fight for me at Crown Tournament in November, I insisted that he and I submit his name and arms as soon as possible. They are currently working their way through the registration process, and should pass before Pennsic 46.

This list tree shield is 10″ by 12″.

 

Wulf

In contrast, these are the arms of my friend and first Heavy List instructor, Baron Wulfhere of Stonemarche: Per fess argent and sable, a wolf’s head erased contourny and a clenched gauntlet counterchanged.

I made his a list tree shield because he left his at home  last Crown Tourney. I wanted to make sure that wouldn’t happen again. He may think I’m being silly, but I feel like arriving at the tournament without your shield tree is only slightly better than arriving without your helm!