BRING FOOD AND DRINK
Uberheim events are generally held in parks or other outdoor locations. Bring a small cooler with food, snacks and water so that you will not have to leave the site. We have no food vendors as yet.
When events are held in a hall, they are usually catered. The autocrat
running the event provides information about fees.
Please note ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES are PROHIBITED at all events in public areas!!
BRING A CHAIR
As noted above, day events are usually outside, so bring something to sit on. It is also nice if you have a sun shade of some kind and a folding table. However, be aware that some public parks will not allow tents or pavilions to be set up, so check with the event coordinators or park administrators if you are planning to bring one.
Occasionally events have a one or more meals provided for
a fee by the Autocrat. If you are attending such an event, you will need Feast Gear. "Feast Gear" refers to all the items you need to participate in a meal. This means knife, fork, spoon, plate, bowl, cup, napkin. It is also nice if you bring a table cloth and candlesticks and candles (a must for night feasts!.
You don't have to spend a lot of money at a specialty store to get authentic looking feast gear. Walk through the housewares section of Marshalls, TJ Max,
thrift stores, the Salvation Army or craft or fabric stores and you can usually find iron work candlesticks, fancy goblets, and tapestry tablecloths at affordable prices. Be creative and you'll be amazed at what you can come up with!
I WANNA FIGHT!
Both men and women enjoy participating in the martial arts of Uberheim. You must be 18 to fight. Activities includes boffer weapon combat, Norse Wrestling, and occasional Silliness. All fighting is conducted under the aegis of the Chivalry. In order to participate in tourneys, you must have their approval. In other words, don't expect to come to an event, call yourself Sir Muerto the Black Knight, and begin beating people with a boffer sword!
To get in on the action, contact Sir
Rudiger, Sir Hagen or Sir
Fasolt. They will explain the basics to you and give you a trial run. You
must be qualified and have the proper protective equipment.
After you've got the basics, you can start attending fighter practice, getting your own equipment, entering tourneys (pay attention to the registration times on event postings!).
You might also be asked to join a Chivalric Household. For examples see Diegralsritter Site. (This
is just one of the households, there are several).
ARTS AND SCIENCES
The Members of the Academy of Arts and Sciences runs classes and workshops at events. Topics vary from event to event. The current chair of A&S is Syn. Common subjects include Sewing, Garb Making, Heraldry, Runes, Arms and Weapon Making, Skaldic Arts (Song, Storytelling and Poetry), Trivia Games, History, and Mythology. Arts and Sciences happenings are listed in Event Announcements. Persons who have shown excellence in their chosen field can achieve
Awards of Honor, Volsung Awards, and finally the title of Master/Mistress. Those wishing to learn a craft may Apprentice to a Master. The largest organized Guild of A&S is
Golden Thread, which is under the direction of ArchDuchess Skuld.
CUSTOMS AND MANNERS
The members of Uberheim hold the Chivalric Ideal
as the model of our behavior. In practice, what it amounts to is a great deal of courtesy and respect. All persons, regardless of rank, should at least be addressed as "Milord" or "Milady". It is also considered polite (but not mandatory) to make a bow or curtsey upon meeting another lord or lady.
All titles (except the generic honorific "lord/lady") are EARNED in Service to the Realm. You can't call yourself "Count" "Lady" "Prince" "Goddess" or "Sir" (et cetera) without that title having first been bestowed.
The King and his Senate are high lords/ladies of the Realm, as are the Gods, and certain others known as Eternals. Most of these people hold the positions they do because of their excellent manners and Service to the Realm. They are held to be the model of behavior. Bowing to these people is by no means necessary, but it is correct and polite nonetheless.
Court Ettiquette: Court is where the business of the Realm occurs. During Court, the King or occasionally the Gods, hear petitions, perform ceremonies, and make announcements of various types. While Court is in session, the strictest of behavior is enforced. Stand or sit quietly, do NOT call out or make comments. The Herald will make announcements and call people before the court. If you are called into court, approach from the front and make a BOW/CURTSEY (in court it IS mandatory). Remain in that position until you are told to do otherwise. Upon leaving court, make another bow, and while leaving do not turn your back on the King.
At times, new members may be slightly confused by the language we use and references we make. Sometimes it is typically Medieval/Shakespearian, sometimes it is SpaceAge! To get a feel for what you might hear, consult the sources in
BUT WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?!?!?!
Medieval costume, or "Garb" as we refer to it, is not hard to come by. You can either make some simple garb yourself, or purchase some. There are hundreds of sites on the web that offer every type of clothing you can possibly imagine. In Uberheim, Skuld and I, (Saga) both offer garb making at reasonable prices. There are a few garb retailers on the Links page, or you can
learn to make your own through Arts and Sciences classes.
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