Who Are We?
Founded in 1999, Terrasylvae has been a community of friends and family, open to anyone who wants to learn without fear of ridicule or judgement. It is a safe haven for outcasts, vagabonds, and misfits who need a family like group of friends.
As we grow, our goal is to continue to provide a refuge from the tumultuous world around us and to ensure that everyone is welcome around our fire; to be treated as equals.
We believe in Honor, where none is found; Adventure, in everything we do; and Camaraderie with everyone we meet.
Through Terrasylvae, each member will be part of something greater than themselves, experience grand adventures, forge new friendships, and learn new skills.
Well that’s all well and good, but what do you actually do?
We are essentially a band of friends and family that come together to learn cool new skills together, enjoying each other’s company and support, and just having some good old fashioned fun.
We are similar to a group called the SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism) in that we practice medieval culture re-enactment, and learn some skills and fun things that Medieval-Renaissance era people enjoyed. So, we dress up (if desired), we put on our old-timey alter-egos, and we have some fun practicing everything from sword fighting to sewing. It’s partially LARP-ing, and if you’re into that, great, if not, we promise to like you just the same. You’ll have fun either way.
For example, in The Order of the Rose, our largest subgroup (or Guild) within Terrasylvae, we revolve around studying a kind of swordplay called Period Fencing. This is the actual kind of swordplay you’d find way, way back in the day, when if you had a problem with someone, you challenged them to a duel, pulled out your rapiers, and settled your differences with good old fashioned swordplay. Don’t worry, we don’t kill anyone here, and we heavily discourage having a bad attitude and carrying grudges that would have brought your ancestors to arms. We’re completely safe and respectful of others, and our goal is to have constructive fun, not just to win (though that’s nice too).
If you aren’t into swordplay, we also have plenty of other things you can try your hand at. We support a host of Guilds within Terrasylvae that you can join, which are as follows:
- The Order of the Rose (Historical Rapier Fencing)
- The Rangers (Medieval Archery and Wilderness Survival)
- Iron Thorn (Heavy Combat including Longsword, Cut & Thrust, and Sword & Shield)
- Sylvan Assembly (Period Dancing)
- The Scrivener’s Guild (Creative Writing)
- The Company of Broderers (Sewing, Costuming, and Crafting)
- The Gypsy’s Guild (Divination, Fire Blowing, and What Have You)
- The Gaming Guild (Board Gaming and Game Development)
- The Cooking Guild (Study of the Culinary Arts)
That does sound like a lot of fun. Must be expensive, right?
Not at all. It does cost a little money monthly to be a member of the group, but we aren’t greedy. We know that you work hard for your money, and we wouldn’t ask for it if we didn’t have good reason. For instance, to be a member of the Order of the Rose, it’ll cost five dollars a month to join in all the activities and fun of that guild.
That five dollars you pay (that we all pay) will cover your gear rental, from a protective mask, to the sword you wield, for a whole month! Once you have your own set of gear, the monthly fee will drop down to two dollars a month. Rest assured, we aren’t getting the money for ourselves. No member of any guild gets paid for what they do. We’re all volunteers, because we just want to have fun and work hard to learn these cool things.
All the money we earn from fees and sales (such as bake sales, T-Shirts, etc.) goes directly toward buying new gear, and maintaining what we already have. We want you to have the most fun possible, so we want to provide quality protective gear and swords. We aren’t a fancy academy of swordplay that’ll require large monthly fees (we aren’t saying anything against those academies though; they do a good job), we just want everyone to have a good time and learn fun new skills.
This sounds almost too good to be true!
We agree. If we were in your position, we might not believe it either. Only one way to find out though, right? Come and check us out, and try learning swordplay (or whatever else you enjoy) with us! The first month of membership is free, so as to give you a little grace period to figure us out. We welcome everybody from all walks of life to join our circle of friends, so don’t feel like you’re going to be judged or ridiculed. We’re 100% dedicated to being friends, and we aren’t going to make you feel bad for having less skill than others in a certain area. We all start somewhere, and we’re working together to get better. We’re cool nerds, we promise.
If you have questions about who we are or what we do, please feel free to contact us. We’d love to have you come and join us, and experience the fun and camaraderie of Terrasylvae!