Dark Horde

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Household Heraldry

Badge of the Great Dark Horde
Head of Household:The Khan
Household Seat:Everywhere & Nowhere


Eek! It's the Mongols!

No, they are peaceful agrarian reformers!

Great Dark Horde or GDH The Great Dark Horde is an independent household (a type of social sub-group or fraternal club) within the Society for Creative Anachronism. Although one can also find members in other re-enactment groups, it may very well be the largest household in that organization. It covers all the Kingdoms, though in some Kingdoms members do not always advertise themselves as Hordesmen.

History of the Great Dark Horde in the Middle Kingdom

The Dark Horde first appeared at an event of the SCA in the Middle Kingdom, on 8 May 1971 (A.S. V, in SCA notation). One of the more notable co-founders was well-known fantasy author Robert Asprin (who in the SCA was known as "Yang the Nauseating.") According to eyewitness accounts, some attendees wondered who let the bike gang in the event. According to Yang himself in a song he wrote describing the incident, he was hailed as the Khakhan of the Horde because while enroute to that event he and his friends stopped at a bike shop that was having a sale on sheepskin biker's vests. The others all bought vests that had dyed fleece, while the only one he found that would fit him was natural. Because his was different from the rest, he had to be the 'leader of the pack.' Although the Dark Horde is particularly interested in the historical aspects of pre-1650 Mongol culture, some members have personae of Slavic, Middle Eastern, Viking, Celtic, Cherokee, German, Japanese and Chinese origins, among others. Thus, one cannot always identify a Hordesman by their garb. They may very well be dressed as a Cavalier ..... or a Crusader ..... or wearing a royal Crown.

More about the Great Dark Horde

This diversity is an homage to the fact that the historical Mongol empire not only covered the greatest land-mass of any single country to date -- but that the Mongols were among the more benign conquerors in terms of tolerating the cultural and religious differences of those they absorbed. They did not impose their belief systems, customs or mores on subjugated peoples, nor even much care how they lived or whom they worshipped -- as long as they were prompt with required tributary payments, and did not try to rebel.

Even More about the Great Dark Horde

Members of the Great Dark Horde are held to ideals of self-discipline, honor, and perfection; equality and respect for each person, regardless of race, sex, age, or allegiance; and cameraderie and friendship. Although the role of the Horde is to serve as an anti-aristocratical alternative within the SCA, Horde members have served as King and/or Queen (and as Prince and/or Princess) in many SCA Kingdoms and Principalities; have served as officers at all levels of the SCA; have served as Baron/Baroness of SCA Baronies; and have earned almost every known award and rank of peerage the SCA has to offer. The emblem of the Great Dark Horde is a red and black yin-yang symbol traversed by a yellow lightning-bolt.

Identifying Members of the Horde

Those Horde members who wish to be known as such are identifiable by cords of braided, woven or twisted red and black yarn which hang from the belt, commonly called "Horde Cords".



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