WELCOMEWelcome, you who have found these writings. The original first section was called “Welcome, draftees,” because those who were on the list were placed there by their teachers, and that is why the “course of study” was rushed through, as they were not volunteers. Perhaps you have been sent here by your own knight or teacher or mentor, or by a friend. Perhaps you found it on your own. In any case, I hope it proves helpful to you as you grow in awareness.
The following message was first sent in late February, early March 1998 for Duke Olaf’s squire Bjarki, Duke Artan’s squire Martino, Jarl Gunwaldt’s squires Bela and Bohemund, and my apprentices Sabia and Aindrea.
You're all in a temporary intensive learning situation from which there is no easy escape, so relax and enjoy it as you may. A week or two max, and I'll let you out.
For one odd snippet of reason and another, it seemed time for me to dispense experience and wisdom and you have been chosen for one of the following reasons: Being the squire of a duke who trusts me, being an apprentice of mine, or being a squire of Gunwaldt's. That would be Martino, Bjarki, Sabia, Aindrea, Bela and Bohemund. On the copy list you will see My Lovely Assistant, Mistress Helena the Fortunate.
There will not be a test.
Here is the topic at hand:
Some of you have heard or read some of what I want to impart. Helena has read most of it. None of you has heard all of it, I don't think. Aindrea asked me to put in writing something I told Martino one-on-one, so that will be here for Aindrea's special benefit and curiosity, but it probably won't hurt any of the rest of you to hear it or hear it again.
Topics coming SOON:
That's all for the introduction. I have Crown Tournament as a deadline to tell you everything there is to tell in two weeks (or ten e-mails, whichever comes first) about humility and courtesy. If I'm through in a week that's fine too.