Tonis van Driele
Performance, Bardic, Bardic Arts - music, written word, vocal production

Order of the Laurel

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Modern Name: Stephen Hoogerwerf
Specialties: Performance, Bardic, Bardic Arts - music, written word, vocal production
Group: Barony of Sternfeld, Region of Constellation
Elevated by: Eduard Gostomski I and Asa Hraffnsdottir I of Atenveldt
Elevation Date: 2005-07-24

Joined the SCA in 1994 while living in the Barony of Tir Ysgithr (Tucson, AZ), Kingdom of Atenveldt and relocated to the Shire of Qu al Jafar and Barony of Sternfeld in 2007.

Atenveldt does not specify a laurel's field of elevation but it is widely accepted that mine was for Bardic Performance and promotion of the Bardic Arts.

Squired to Herzog Matthias von Leuwenburg (West/Atenveldt) at Estrella War in 1995. Returned my squire's belt when I was elevated to the Order of the Laurel as we mutually agreed our feeling was a peer's fealty should be to the Crown rather than to another peer. (YMMV)

Best known as one of the founding (and current) members of the singing group, The Whiskey Bards as well as for running the annual Crystal Flute Bardic & Crystal Fruit Filk competitions at Estrella War for 10 years. Served 3x as Crown/Chaplet Herald in Atenveldt and as principle Grand Court herald for 2 Estrella Wars...and thus beheaded 3x for various infractions (imagined or otherwise) subsequent to each reign. (Hey, we all need to be famous for something, right?...I'm the Headless Herald of Atenveldt legend!)

Has served as kingdom bard in both Midrealm and Atenveldt. Continues to fight both Armored (primarily) and Rapier (occasionally) with the Midrealm army under the banner of the Barony of Sternfeld. Has served 3 terms as the Armored Champion of Sternfeld.

Favorite catch phrase: "Bards have no ego." snort

For potential apprentices, please note that I typically do not approach individuals to enter a Master/Apprentice relationship but would rather be approached by someone who feels that they want to pursue such a relationship specifically with me. Expect to have a lot of discussion and soul searching before a formal relationship of this nature will occur. You do not have to be my apprentice for me to happily teach/advise you.

Lady Brigitta von Metten (poetry)