The majority of people in the SCA take on some sort of persona, kind of an 'alter ego'. For many people, it's just their usual self with a different name, but others "play" their persona.
Your persona is your alternate name, or SCA name which people refer to you as in the society. It may come from a particular place (e.g. Ireland or Germany) and/or time (e.g. 12th century), and you can create a story behind your persona. Some like to dress in the style of their persona, so if they have an Italian name, they may choose to wear Italian garb or armour, and have an Italian-style device.
Then again, there's the other type of people who simply have an SCA name, wear whatever clothes they like, have a device that doesn't match their persona, and cover a whole range of time periods, and that is perfectly fine and acceptable too. The SCA doesn't care. It's entirely up to you how you play the game.
Often there is regional variation in how personae are viewed. Some groups or kingdoms tend toward high persona, with cultural importance attached to consistency across name, kit and so forth. Others lean toward low persona, without such cultural importance.
For hints on developing an SCA persona in a little more depth, follow some of the links below to the Your SCA Persona is a ... section. Be aware that some of the comments presented therein are occasionally a little tongue-in-cheek. But then again, that's what the SCA is about at times.
By Time and Place
- Your SCA persona is from 15th century Burgundy
- Your SCA persona is from Sengoku Japan
- Your SCA persona is a Buddhist
- Your SCA persona is a Christian
- Your SCA persona is a Heretic
- Your SCA persona is a Humanist
- Your SCA persona is a Hussite
- Your SCA persona is a Jew
- Your SCA persona is a Lollard
- Your SCA persona is a Pagan