Within the group, we have the option of choosing the name we will be known by. Overtime, it becomes a part of who we are. Why did you choose your fencing name and what does it mean to you?
Within our group and others, like the SCA, we promote the use of personas. It’s a tradition that allows us to dive into history or create a characterized version of ourselves and how they would fit into the lore of Terrasylvae. The dictionary defines personas as:
the aspect of someone’s character that is presented to or perceived by others.synonyms: image, face, public face, character, personality, identity, self; front, facade, guise, exterior, role, partPersona / per·so·na / pərˈsōnə
For the SCA, they use personas as a way to encourage a study of history and anachronism. Based on your persona, you would dress a certain way, specialize in certain skills, and understand what it would have been like if you would have lived at specific point in time. It provides focus in study and participation originating from what a person is interested in. For us, we vary slightly.
In Terrasylvae, we still encourage a study of history, to whatever depths an individual desires to go, but our focus is more on fitting ourselves into the story and lore of our group. We are Terrasylvans! A ragamuffin band of rebels, vagabonds, and misfits who have left the established kingdom in favor of freedom, equality, and camaraderie. Our personas cover who we are before and how we came to find/join Terrasylvae and we have had a lot of people find Terrasylvae, each with a name/identity of their own.