Sir Madoc Traushirglan, Knight of Malta, Viceroy of the Shire of Malta, bids you welcome.
Welcome to the Adrian Empire.
It is certainly our pleasure in providing this New Member's Guide to you. We hope it answers many of your questions, and raises just as many new ones. Most of all, We hope it inspires your participation in Adria. If you have any comments you have about anything in this guide, or what is not, that you think other new members would be interested in, please contact the Crown. You're just now at a very exciting time. Everything is new, different, and fascinating. That's what The Adrian Empire is all about. Even those of us who have been in Adria for years are constantly finding new information, ideas, articles, items, and (especially) people that add to everyone's enjoyment and enrichment.
Adria is Learning
As a new member, you have an opportunity to learn and develop new skills and to experience a different way of life. In recreating the Medieval and Renaissance periods, you can appreciate the fine arts such as painting, costuming, music, dance, theatre, and feasting. You can wield a blade and experience fierce hand-to-hand combat. And, more than anything, you'll meet wonderful like-minded folk who all bring something special to the Empire. We hope you make as many good friends in Adria as We have!
Adria is Sharing
Often, work needs to be done by everyone in order to enjoy the fruits of our labor. This can be helping someone get into armor, setting up a demonstration for the public, designing and building a scale model of a siege engine, or simply cleaning up after an event. Our members enjoy sharing their special talents and skills with the rest of the Empire, and the public at large. We hope you will make use of the resources we offer and that you will make a positive contribution of your own that will add to the enjoyment of others. You'll want to participate in many events and appreciate the benefits everyone gains from the results. The best way to get to know others in the Empire is by volunteering. A great way to meet people is to help out. Offer to help take down and set up, offer to assist with signins or other administrative activities.
Like most manuals, is a "living" document. This means that the document is in nearly constant revision and change to keep up with the most current information possible. This is not the "end-all" manual on how things are done. It is merely a guide to help new members get quick information on getting started in Adria and for older members as a reference for finding information in other manuals. As such, the information presented here should be used to get the creative juices flowing. It also points to further detail in the full manuals on particular subjects. References to approved manuals and other resources are given where available.
If you have trouble finding something, have questions (hopefully lots!), or just want to share a good story, please feel free to contact your Hospitaler and let them know. This New Member's Guide has been put together to serve you as you begin to explore the richness of this new world you've stumbled upon!
The Imperial newsletter, the Adrian Herald, contains:
Schedules of tournaments, meetings, and other events
News from each region
Articles about combat, archery, and the arts and sciences
You are encouraged to submit articles that you think would be of general interest: fiction, books, recipes, humor, poetry, artwork, recordings, local stores, mail-order companies, renaissance fairs. Your area may have a local newsletter as well and would also like to see your articles.