Melchior zum grauen Wolf
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Melchior (Mel) is the current Web Minister for the Kingdom of Atlantia. He is also a White Scarf and a nut for period math and science ( cryptography, in particular)
Master Melchior zum grauen Wolf, Provost, is from the Duchy of Bavaria in the late 16th century (or, in the modern middle ages, the Barony of Lochmere in Atlantia). He is court advisor to Duke William V on matters of communication and science. He currently resides in Heidelberg where he traveled to attend, and then to lecture, at the University.
He makes the return journey to Landshut annually to attend court but is in close communication with the House of Wittelsbach through the use of ciphers and codes. A topic which he has developed a considerable library and is willing to share his knowledge of with all who have an interest. A good cipher, after all, can’t be broken even if you know how it is supposed to work.
He enjoys practicing the sword, solving puzzles, a good book (of the martial or mathematical sciences), and sitting by Neckar with his Lady.
Melchior’s primary interests in the SCA are the rapier (martial), research of period cryptography (A&S), and generally helping out in any way that will make everyone smile a little more, with a specific focus on technology (service).
Offices & Positions
|Rapier Marshal||Atlantia||At large since 02|
|Kingdom Web Minister||Atlantia||Retired (SEP 2021)|
|Rapier Champion||Lochmere||Retired (DEC 2020)|
|Deputy Kingdom Rapier Marshall||Southern Atlantia|
|Web Minister ‘at large’||Mostly serving the rapier community.|
|Seneschal||Canton of St. Georges|
|Exchequer||Canton of Falcon Cree|
|Rapier Champion||Nottinghill Coil||Retired (MAR 2002)|
Projects & Publications
- Introduction to Period Substitution Ciphers v0.4
- Handout: Scytale, a transposition
- Handout: Pigpen, an early pictographic system for substitution ciphers
- Handout: Lochmere cipher. A modern take on the Pigpen cipher
- Handout: Aeneas Tacticus on covert communications
- How to: The Cardino Grille
- How to: Build a rotation cipher tool you can actually read
- How to: Understand transposition ciphers
- How to: Understand substitution ciphers
- more to come