Lady Ruth Baraskaya
Per fess sable and azure, a swan naiant argent, beaked, in chief an increscent, decrescent, and increscent, one and two, Or.
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Lady Ruth Baraskaya
I joined the SCA back in the mid to late 70's while in college. In 1976 I had helped a roommate haul video equipment so she could film some fighting in the student union. This was part of Ice Dragon. It was pre-internet days so I could not later find the group. The next year I saw people from some of my classes come into the computer lab wearing "funny-looking" clothes. So I then found the local SCA group on campus.
I started with the then shire of the Rhyderrich Hael, which later became a barony. Back when I lived there, it was still part of the East Kingdom. I was their Minister of Arts (MOA). I have a Russian name, but no Russian clothes or actual personna.
I moved in 1992 to the Barony of Concordia of the Snows, where I have worked gate, worked in kitchens, sung with the choir, played with the instrumental group, became involved with the local brewers guild and helped form a local group of the Keepers of Athena's Thimble.
Award of Arms (AOA) 3/20/1982
Order of the Friends 12/1/1994 (Concordia) - service
Companions of the Pine 11/6/1999 (Concordia) - service
Order of the Sapphire 11/9/2002 (Concordia) - arts
Order of the Silver Crescent 10/4/2008
I decided on a Russian name, since most of my family came from some part of Russia. I was 18 or 19 at the time. I later found in Costume books what the garb might have looked like. I opted to stick with chemises, skirts and bodices for the time.
On a funny note, when developing my arms, I decided I wanted a Swan. I wanted it sitting on water, at night, with 1 silver crescent moon. I was told that it was to close to a real Russian coat of arms and needed 3 points of difference. That is how I wound up with 3 gold crescent moons instead,
Offices & Positions
late 70's to ~1981 MOA Shire/Barony of the Rhyderrich Hael
2015 became a member of the Baronial Finance Committee
EK NMS Deputy, 03/01/2015 to ...