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Part I Introduction

The Drachenwald Book of Ceremonies was originally compiled by Mistress Adelaide de Beaumont, then Schwarzdrachen Herald, as a part of the project of Drachenwald becoming a Kingdom. Ten years later, Marcus and Anna, then Crown Prince and Princess, commissioned a revision of the ceremony and oaths for their coronation, and this led to an updated Second Edition of the entire book. A third edition was produced when the Order of Defence became a fourth order of bestowed peerage.

This fourth edition has been created for a couple of reasons. The first is to include the new grant level awards of the Orders of the Ring. The second is to take into account that a ruling couple may no longer be one man and one woman, but two of the same or that they or a recipient/candidate may not consider themselves as either.

While new editions of the Book of Ceremonies have only been published once a decade, one should keep in mind that a book like this is by its nature a work in progress: new ceremonies appear and old ones are changed as needed. However, most changes that happen over the years are minor, and this is as it should be. Ceremonies are one of the fundamental aspects of this Society, and while it is possible to change them, this should be done slowly and with reverence.

Nevertheless, while the standard ceremonies change relatively little over time, there is room for alternate ceremonies and oaths. There is a companion volume to this Book that includes such additional material; more would be welcome.

In terms of practical heralding, it is also permitted to drop parts of ceremonies where this may prove advantageous. When you are aware that a court will be long, you will do yourself and the Crown more favour by being as succinct as possible rather than reading the introduction to each and every order or award being presented.

In service,

Nicholas de Estleche dictus le Tardif, Schwarzdrachen

Definitions

Crowns
The ruling couple of Drachenwald
Sovereign
The Crown by right of arms
Consort
The Crown by inspiration
Monarch
Either of the Crowns, when interchangeable
Coronet
The ruling couple of a Principality

These are designations of convenience only, and the actual titles preferred by the individuals concerned should be used.

Version History

  • First edition: 1993, ed. by Adelaide de Beaumont
  • Second edition: 2004, ed. by Pietari Uv
  • Third edition: 2017, ed. by Pietari Uv
  • Fourth edition: 2021, ed. by Nicholas de Estleche

Part II Advice for their Majesties

  • The court is where you truly become the embodiment of Drachenwald. Here is where you project the Kingdom as you wish it to be, where you make the Kingdom as you wish it to be. The words you speak here become the reality of Drachenwald, whether that be the Law, the raising of those deserving reward or the declaration of war and peace. Your decisions will be made elsewhere, but here is where they become substance. This will be someone’s first experience of Drachenwald ceremony, it will be their first recognition for their service or skills and it will be where they are celebrated for their accomplishments.
  • Your herald is not just your messenger. When they wear your tabard, they don’t just speak for you, they speak as you. They are how you project your voice and command before recording devices. Your herald is inviolable, as are the heralds of others. As your herald is treated by others, so are you, and vice versa.
  • Unless you have been a herald previously, there will be much unfamiliar about the process and running of courts. Your herald can guide you.
  • When speaking with the intent to be heard by more than just an individual, speak louder and slower than you would normally. One of the most frustrating things as an attendee of court is being unable to hear the business being enacted. Your herald speaks as you, so can take the load, or conversely you may wish to speak in person more than is the guide in this book.
  • Know the space in which you will be presiding. This applies to such things as obstacles, compactness, acoustics, light levels, etc.
  • Be aware of the state of those being called before you you. For some, even a joyful reward can be a stressful experience when singled out in public. There is no requirement that an award be a surprise. Some people enjoy that, some would prefer to be prepared. A summons to court, in as much detail as you think warranted, can be a good option for the latter.
  • A specific case of the previous point are newcomers. They will be at their first event, know very few people, most likely still be uncomfortable in their clothes and completely unfamiliar with what to do in court. Surprise is just extra stress and they should be called up after they have had a chance to see how more experienced members approach.
  • Courts can be as formal or informal as you desire, and can have different priorities. For example, it may be that rewarding a fighter at the castle gates prior to the assault may be more meaningful than in a formal court. The trade off is that fewer people will be witness.
  • Try to avoid long courts: they are not popular, if sometimes necessary. If a court must be long consider building in a break or give permission for people to come and go. Much of the formality of awards and orders will be generally well known, and can be dispensed with when time is at a premium.
  • Prepare as much of the court business as far ahead of the event as possible. Know who your herald will be and involve them. It is inevitable that you will not have anywhere near as much spare time at an event as you think. You will have meetings, consultations, tournaments, displays and waylayers. Time to prepare an entire court on the day will be very restricted.

Part III Advice for Heralds

  • When you wear their Majesties’ tabard, you do more than just represent them, you speak as them. What you do reflects directly upon them. You should act as they would. Remember however, that when their Majesties ask you to do something in their name, you are their voice. It can sometimes be daunting to ask, or even instruct, those who would normally be of higher rank and experience within the Society than you. As their Majesties herald, though, you act with their authority.
  • Advise their Majesties honestly, on tradition, on what is period, on how best to accomplish something. In the end though, the final decision is theirs.
  • Know the space in which you will be presiding. This applies to such things as obstacles, compactness, acoustics, light levels, etc.
  • You do not have to do everything within court yourself. Delegate to others. Small jobs, such as the reading of a scroll, can be good starting points for those wishing to gain experience in the business of court heraldry.
  • Make sure the court has the physical items necessary. Tables, not just for royalty, but for business items and your drink. Chairs not just for their Majesties, but also for any with business in court who are infirm. A chair is also often appreciated by those receiving a peerage as it is a long ceremony and one they should enjoy rather than getting sore knees.
  • Receiving an award is often an emotional experience. Give the recipient time to take it in.
  • As far as possible make sure newcomers know that they will be called up and know what to do. Ideally they should be called after they’ve had a chance to observe more experienced members. They will be unsure and unfamiliar, amongst people they don’t know.
  • Always place a drink for yourself in the court before it starts.
  • Vivat is for one person, vivant for more than one.

Part IV Business Checklist

This is not a mandatory list, but considering each item for inclusion will help ensure all potential business has been considered. Different items can be intertwined.

  • Awards and Orders (usually ordered with lowest precedence first, but be flexible). A peerage is usually the last piece of business of a court, whether that be invocation or elevation.
  • Children.
  • Those for whom it is their first court [in Drachenwald] (near the end of court).
  • The business of other royalty present.
  • Guild business.
  • Tournaments and competition proclamations and results.
  • Event Steward & staff.
  • Head Cook & staff.
  • Oaths of Fealty (peerages, officers, personal).
  • Inductions into positions of fealty or office.
  • Interludes (music, poetry, stories, etc.). Not a good idea in already long courts.
  • Ambassadors
  • Anyone who has requested time for other business.

Part V Physical Layout

  • Not all courts have to involved the Sovereigns in being seated. These can be far more fluid in conduct and set up. for a more formal court:
  • Placing the entire retinue behind the thrones is to be discouraged.
  • The herald should be in position to move freely: to centre stage as voice, into the background, to interact with the Sovereigns and to guide those called into the royal presence.
  • Guards and champions should be where they can physically do their job.
  • Attendants need easy access to provide drinks, refills, snacks and paraphenalia to the Sovereigns.
  • An ideal court would have a chronicler, although this has been rarely done. If you know something complicated or freestyle may occur, a chronicler is recommended. They will need a table and chair.
  • The Sovereigns will need a table for their drinks and stuff. A table will be needed for tokens and other objects to be held until they are needed. The herald should have a table for a drink and other items required for court.
  • There should be corridors to allow the nobles access to their Sovereigns as commanded. If the Sovereigns intend to process in ot out, make sure that corridor is large enough for the retinue.
  • You will need enough space for those called forwards. If this is likely to be a large number, such as prior to a vigil or for an elevation, take this into account.
  • A stool and/or cushon should be provided for kneeling in front of the Sovereigns. Keep a spare chair handy for any who may be unable to kneel. A chair is also handy for elevation ceremonies for the candidate, however fit.
  • Other royalty invited to attend in state should be arranged from the Sovereigns, those cloest being higher in precedence. Remember that those who rule the lands for their Majesties, such as Princes or Barons, jump up the order in their own lands.
  • Ideally the peerage should be sat closest to the Sovereigns, either in the front rows or in choirs to the side. Peers are as easy to herd as cats, so this will rarely be achieved to perfection.

Part VI Royalty

For distinction, the Crown who is monarch by right of arms is called Sovereign, their inspiration is called Consort.

1. Invocation to the Crown Lists

Herald
Their Royal Majesties command the presence of all entrants in the Crown Lists, that they should present themselves and their consorts before the Crown.

Couples approach the thrones one at a time, exchange a few words with the Crown, receive usually some token of the day, withdraw slightly and kneel.

Herald
My Lords and Ladies, you know well that true gentles enter combat not for their own personal glory, but rather to advance the honour of their consorts; and to prove, by their courtesy and valour upon the field, their worthiness of that honour.

Be mindful, as you fight, of your consort’s honour as well as your own, for your consort personifies all honour and loyalty, beauty and truth – they embody the love that is worthy of great reward.

Therefore, today you fight in the Crown Lists not to gain power for yourself, not for your own glory and honour, as you may in other lists. You fight instead for the honour and glory of the one whose favour you bear upon the field, whom you would advance by your valour, skill and courtesy.

And should victory be granted to you this day, you will be crowned together as the Heirs of Drachenwald, until the day of your coronation shall come.

Sovereign
You have heard the reasons for our lists. Each of you here today has an inspiration whose favour you would advance, whom you would crown this day as your consort. Is it still your desire to participate in these lists?
Entrants
It is.
Consort
Do each of you, entrant and consort, now affirm that you, fulfil all the qualifications for fighting today as set forth by our laws?
Entrants and Consorts
I do.
Sovereign
And do you all here know the Rules of the Lists and swear to abide them?
Entrants
I do.
Consort
Then bear your favours bravely into battle, and prove the worth and virtue of your consorts, whether in victory or in honourable defeat. You have our leave to withdraw and prepare.

2. Investiture of the Heirs

Herald
____ , given victory this day upon the field of honour, Their Majesties command you to present yourself and your Consort ____ before the thrones.

Victor and Inspiration come forward, bow and kneel. The Crowns rise. Courtiers with the Coronets come forward from the Royal entourage, bow before the Crowns and kneel beside Victor and Inspiration. The Crowns take the Coronets from the cushions. Courtiers remain kneeling.

Sovereign
____ , by your valour and skill, you have most nobly advanced the honour of your Inspiration and won yourself a high estate. I do hereby acknowledge your right to succeed to these our lands.
Consort
And you, ____ , by your grace and virtue you have inspired your champion to victory. I do hereby acknowledge your right to succeed to these our lands.

The Crowns hold the Coronets high above the heads of the victor and the inspiration and crown them, while they speak the following words.

Sovereign & Consort
Be thou Crown Prince / Princess of Drachenwald.

The Crowns raise the Heirs, whilst the herald speaks the following words.

Herald
For the new Heirs to Drachenwald. Vivant! Vivant! Vivant!

The Crowns and Heirs sit in their thrones and the Royal court continues with regular business.

3. Coronation

Opening

Herald
All rise!

All rise for their <adjective> Majesties ____ and ____, Noble and wise rulers of the Kingdom of Drachenwald, from Aarnimetsä to Adamestor, undoubted and sole Sovereigns of all lands to the East of the Atlantic Sea!

The Crowns process in and are seated. They give those in attendance leave to sit.

Herald
Your Majesties, do you have any words for these, your people?

The Crowns make personal statements from their thrones.

Call Forward the Heirs

Sovereign
Herald, call forward our successor.
Herald
Their Majesties call before them Crown Prince[ss] ____ , heir to the throne of Drachenwald.
Heirs’ Herald
Make way, make way for their Royal Highness ____ , Crown Prince[ss] of Drachenwald!

The Victor comes forward, makes reverence, but remains standing. Any escort retires save his Champion, if present.

Victor
Your Majesty, you accepted me as your successor on the day of my victory in the Crown lists. I come before you now to claim the Crown and Throne of Drachenwald, as is my right.
Sovereign
Indeed they shall be yours, for you are my true and undoubted heir.

Know you all, that anyone challenging this right must first best me. Does any so challenge?

Short pause.

Consort
Your Highness, great are the burdens of the Crown; you cannot bear them alone. Who will share this burden and rule beside you?
Victor
They who inspired me to victory, ____ .
_Consort:
signals herald.
Herald
Their Majesties call before them Crown Prince[ss] ____ , heir to Drachenwald.
Heirs’ Herald
Make way, make way for their Royal Highness ____ , Crown Prince[ss] of Drachenwald!

The Inspiration comes forward and makes reverence. It is best they stand at an oblique angle to the Crowns so that their words may be heard by all._

Any escort retires.

Sovereign / Herald
Heirs to the throne of Drachenwald, listen well.

The Crown is a weighty burden. As Monarchs you will stand highest in the sight of your people, but you must nonetheless take upon yourselves the heaviest burdens and the gravest responsibilities.

Consort: / Herald
You must at all times place the good of the Kingdom before your own interests. You must be a source of strength and wisdom for Your people.
Sovereign / Herald
You must be foremost in valour upon the field of battle and gentlest in courtesy. You must foster the pursuits of peace and beauty as well as the arts of war. You must see that the scales of justice balance fairly for high and low alike.
Consort: / Herald
You must take counsel, make just laws and you must lead your people to prosperity.
Sovereign / Herald
Knowing these things, do you still wish to take the Crowns of Drachenwald?
Victor & Inspiration
I do.

Coronation Oath**

Sovereign / Herald
Let the Seneschal come forward and administer the coronation oath.

The Kingdom Seneschal comes forward, bows and stands beside the Consort’s throne. The Heirs keep standing and put their right hand on the Book (ideally, a nicely bound book of the Corpora and/or Kingdom law) or on a sword.

Seneschal
Do you swear to love all that is true and fair, and fight all falsehoods, lies and injustice, both with your Royal power and with justice?
Victor & Inspiration
I do.
Seneschal
Will you be true to your people, confirm to them their old rights and privileges, and not remove from anyone what is rightfully theirs, except after proper verdict of law?
Victor & Inspiration
I so swear.
Seneschal
Will you protect the Realm to the best of your ability, so that when the time comes you will leave your successors a strong Kingdom, as is their due?
Victor & Inspiration
I so swear.

The Seneschal retires.

The Coronation

The Heirs kneel on the cushions before the outgoing Crowns, who stand up.

If the Heirs are to be anointed, they are anointed here with such chrism as they think best. Likewise it is here that they may take up such sceptre, orb and swords of justice and mercy as they please or as tradition demands.

Two nobles come forward with cushions and kneel beside the Heirs. The Crowns remove the Heirs’ coronets and place them on the cushions, the courtiers bow and retire from the Presence.

The following should be done as simultaneously as possible:

The Crowns remove their Crowns and hold them above the heads of the Heirs.

Sovereign

Consort

Sovereign & Consort (together)
Be thou [King / Queen / preferred title].

With this last sentence, the old Crowns crown the new Crowns. They raise them, so that they stand beside them.

Heirs’ Herald, hereafter the Herald
For their Majesties ____ and ____ , Vivant, vivant, vivant!

The former Crowns step back in front of the new Crowns and bow.

Former Sovereign
Your Majesties, let us be the first to congratulate you both and wish you all success and a bountiful reign.
Sovereign
We thank you. You are released by our word from the burden of the Crown which we now bear in your stead. Go now with our blessings and the thanks of Drachenwald.
Herald
For ____ and ____ , Vivant, vivant, vivant!

Outgoing Crowns bow and retire with their retinue, led by their heralds.

Oaths of Office

Herald
Let those Officers of State who are ready to swear their oaths of office come forward.

The officers of state come forward and kneel.

Herald
Do you swear on your honour to hold ____ and ____ your rightful Sovereigns, until the end of their lawful reign, and support their royal might and justice?
Officers
I do.
Herald
Will you give them such obedience as is their due, obeying their commands in such matters as are theirs to command?
Officers
I will.
Herald
Will you be true officers of the Kingdom, discharging your duties to the best of your ability?
Officers
I will.
Sovereign
And We in turn promise to support You with our royal power and justice.

So say We ____ , Rex/Regina.

Consort
So say We ____ , Rex/Regina.

The officers retire.

Fealty of Peers

The peers can be called forward all at once, by order, or singly. If there are many it is better to call them by their orders since otherwise they swear in a great mob. If they are called at once, it is done like this:

Herald
Let all Peers of Our realm who wish to swear fealty at this time come forward.

If each group of peers are called separately they are called as follows:

Herald
Let all Royal Peers who wish to swear fealty at this time come forward.

Stand forth those of the Most Ancient Order of the Chivalry who are ready to swear fealty.

Let all members of the Order of the Chivalry who wish to swear fealty at this time come forward.

Stand forth those of the Right Worshipful Order of the Laurel who are ready to swear fealty.

Stand forth those of the Right Noble Order of the Pelican who are ready to swear fealty.

Stand forth those of the Right Trusty Order of the Defence who are ready to swear fealty.

Peers come forward, bareheaded and ungirt, and bow and kneel as to do homage. If possible they swear their oath on a book or on a sword or other relic. If there are many, the book, sword or other relic should be brought forward so that they may be on many sides of it. It is not meet to force them to assemble touching each other’s bodies in order to conduct their oath as though it were electric current.

Herald
Will you swear on your honour (and on this book/sword/relic) to hold ____ and ____ your rightful Sovereigns, right until the end of Their lawful reign, and support their royal might and justice?
Peers
I will.
Herald
Do you wish to give the Crown such counsel which is to the benefit of them and their Realm, and support them in upholding the laws and fulfilling their coronation oath?
Peers
I do.
Herald
And will you keep secret such matters as the Crown wants to keep in confidence, and not divulge such secrets that could harm their Realm?
Peers
I will.
Crown
And We in turn promise to grant you, the
  • Peers of our Realm
  • Royal Peers
  • Knights
  • Companions of the Order of the Laurel
  • Companions of the Order of the Pelican
  • Companions of the Order of Defence

and your households, all the rights and privileges of old, and to protect you with the Law of the Realm.

Sovereign
So say We ____ , Rex/Regina.
Consort
So say We ____ , Rex/Regina

Those peers who reserve their insignia until they have sworn may replace their insignia.

The peers retire.

Homage for Territorial Prince(sse)s and Baron(esse)s

Those nobles who hold their lands in feof directly from the Crown are called up to swear homage in order of precedence of the principality / barony. At the time of compiling this edition, these territories are the Principalities of Nordmark and Insulae Draconis and the Baronies of Knights Crossing and Aarnimetsä. It is expected that Baronies within the territories of Nordmark and Insulae Draconis will pay homage to their Princes, who hold the lands directly in feof from the Crowns.

For brevity, only Nordmark is written out in full; the others follow suit. The landed nobles may have their own oaths instead of the one suggested here.

Herald
Let the Prince[ss] and Prince[ss] of Nordmark come forward to swear homage.
Nordmark Herald
Make way, make way for ____ and ____ , Prince[ss] and Prince[ss] of Nordmark!

The Coronets come forward as for homage, ungirt and bareheaded, make reverence and kneel. Unlike fealty, homage is sworn with hands between those of the overlord, so the Coronets put their hands between those of their sovereigns.

Nordmark Herald / Prince(ss)
Let all present and to come know that we ____ and ____ , Prince[ss] and Prince[ss] of Nordmark, swear to be your vassals of life and limb and acknowledge verily to you ____ and ____ , Sovereigns of Drachenwald, that we hold and ought to hold. as a fief the Principality of Nordmark. For this we make homage with hands and with mouth to you, and we swear that we will always be faithful vassals to you in all things in which a vassal is required to be faithful, and we will defend you and the Kingdom and Principality against all malefactors and invaders, and we will give you power over all the castles and manors in the Principality, in peace and in war, whenever they shall be lawfully claimed by you.

And if we do not observe to you each and all the things declared above, and should come against these things, we wish that the aforesaid fief should, by that very fact, be forfeit to you.

Coronets
So say I ____ , Prince[ss].

So say I ____ , Prince[ss].

Crowns
We receive the homage for the Principality of Nordmark, in the manner you have sworn; and likewise We concede to you, the Prince[ss] and Prince[ss] of Nordmark, all the castles and manors and places aforesaid, as a fief. And We promise to you that We will be a good and faithful liege concerning all those things described above.
Sovereign
So say We ____ , Rex/Regina.
Consort
So say We ____ , Rex/Regina.

Closing

Herald
There being no further business, I do hereby declare this court closed.

All rise for their <adjective> Majesties ____ and ____ of Drachenwald!

The Crowns depart. During the procession the herald says the following.

Herald
Long live the [King / Queen / Alt Title]! Long live the [King / Queen / Alt Title]! Long live Drachenwald!

The territorial nobles may withdraw in state. The members of the court may then withdraw as they please.

Part VII Royal Peers

The ceremonies assume that the reign that ended was either the first or second for both of them, and that the former Consort had not already reigned as Sovereign. If these assumptions do not hold please change the wording as appropriate and omit sections that are not relevant.

1. Investiture of Counties

Adapt as necessary if only one person is receiving the rank.

Herald
Their Majesties do hereby call before them ____ and ____ , for they have greatly enriched our realm and We would honour them.

They shall present themselves.

Sovereign
____ , having won the Crown of this our beloved realm and having ruled honourably as its Sovereign, we do hereby affirm you as Count. Will you accept this honour from our hand?
Ex-sovereign
I will, Your Majesty.
Sovereign
In consensus with the Peerage, make known Our Royal will.

Herald reads Count[ess]’s scroll, hands it to the Sovereign. The Sovereign hands it to the Count[ess].

Consort
____ , having by your wisdom, grace, and virtue inspired your champion to win for you the Royal Crown of this, our beloved Kingdom and having ruled as its honourable Sovereign, We do hereby affirm you as Count[ess]. Will you accept this honour from our hand?
Ex-consort
I will, Your Majesty.
Consort
In consensus with the Peerage, let the scroll be read.

Herald reads Count[ess]’s scroll, hands it to the Consort. The Consort hands it to Count[ess].

Sovereign
Let their Excellencies receive the Coronets of their new rank.

Courtiers come forward from the Royal Entourage and kneel beside the recipients. The Crowns stand up and take the Coronets from the cushions. The Crowns hold the Coronets above the heads of their Excellencies and place the coronets on their heads, as they says the following.

The Crowns
Be thou henceforth known as
Sovereign
Count[ess] ____ .
Consort
Count[ess] ____ .

The Crowns sit and usually make personal statements to their Excellencies.

If wanted:

Count[ess]
Your Majesties, we would swear fealty to you.

Their Excellencies kneel before the Crowns, they place their hands on the Sword of Stat., The Crowns place theirs above them.

Herald
Will you hold ____ and ____ your rightful Sovereigns, until the end of heir lawful reign, and support their royal might and justice?
Count[ess]es
I will.
Herald
Do you wish to give the Crown such counsel which is to the benefit of them and their realm, and support them in upholding the laws and fulfilling their coronation oath?
Count[ess]es
I do.
Herald
And will you keep secret such matters as the Crown wants to keep in confidence, and not divulge such secrets that could harm their realm?
Count[ess]es
I will.
Consort
And We in turn promise to grant you, Peers of our Realm, and your households, all the rights and privileges of old, and to protect you with the Law of the Realm.

So say We ____ , Rex/Regina

Sovereign :So say We ____ , Rex/Regina.

Herald :Count[ess] ____ , you may depart; Count[ess] ____ , please remain.

The one stands, bows and departs.

Herald
For Their Excellencies ____ and ____ , Vivant! Vivant! Vivant!

Pause

Their Majesties command the presence of all members of the Order of the Rose.

_ Members of the order come forward and kneel._

Herald
A rose is a glorious flower, worthy of all admiration, yet underneath all its elegance it has fierce thorns to defend itself. Similarly, a Consort inspires their subjects to noble deeds and fosters hospitality but will, when necessary, defend their realm and subjects with all their might.
Consort
____ , having ruled this Kingdom as its [King / Queen / Alt Title], we confirm you as a Companion of the Rose.

_ The Consort gives a rose or a similar token._

Sovereign
Let the new Companion of the Rose be vested as befits their rank.

Two members of the order place a cloak of the order around the new member’s shoulders.

Herald
For the new Companion of the Rose, ____ , Vivat! Vivat! Vivat!

_ The order departs._

2 Investiture of a Duchy

Adapt as necessary if only one person is receiving the rank.

Herald
Their Majesties do hereby call before them ____ and ____ , for they have greatly enriched our realm and we would honour them.

They shall present themselves.

Sovereign
____ , having twice won the Crown of this our beloved realm and having twice ruled honourably as its Sovereign, We do hereby affirm you as Duke/Duchess. Will you accept this honour from our hand?

Alternative:

____ , having won the Crown of this our beloved realm and having ruled honourably as Sovereign of Drachenwald and of ____ , We do hereby affirm you as Duke/Duchess. Will you accept this honour from our hand?

Duke/Duchess
I will, Your Majesty.

Courtier comes forward from the Royal Escort and kneels beside the Duke/Duchess. The Sovereign stands, removes the County Coronet from recipient’s head and places it on the cushion. The Sovereign sits. Courtier stands up, bows before their Majesties and retires to the Royal Escort.

Sovereign
In consensus with the Peerage, make known our Royal will.

Herald reads the scroll, hands it to the Sovereign and the Sovereign hands it to Duke/Duchess.

Consort
____ , having by your wisdom, grace, and virtue twice inspired your champion to win for you the Crown of this, our beloved Realm and having twice ruled as its honourable Sovereign, We do hereby affirm you as Duke/Duchess. Will you accept this honour from our hand?

Alternative

____, having by your wisom, grace and virtue twice inspired your champion to win for you the Crowns of the realms of Drachenwald and ____, and having ruled each honourably as Sovereign, We do hereby affirm you as Duke/Duchess. Will you accept this honour from our hand?

**Duchess
I will, Your Majesty.

Courtier comes forward from the Royal Escort and kneels beside the Duke/Duchess. The Consort stands, removes the County Coronet from the recipient’s head and places it on the cushion. The consort sits. Courtier stands up, bows before their Majesties and retires to the Royal Escort.

Consort
In consensus with the Peerage, let the scroll be read.

Herald reads the scroll, hands it to the Coronet and the Coronet hands it to Duke/Duchess.

Sovereign
Let their Graces receive the Coronets of their new rank.

Courtiers come forward from the Royal Escort, with Ducal Coronets on the cushions and kneel beside the recipients. The Crowns stand. The Crowns take the Ducal Coronets from the cushions, hold them above their Graces’ heads, and place the coronets on their Graces’ heads, as they say the following.

The Crowns
Be thou henceforth known as
Sovereign
Duke/Duchess ____ .
Consort
Duke/Duchess ____ .

The Crowns sit and usually make personal statements to the new Dukes/Duchesses.

If wanted:

Duke
Your Majesties, we would swear fealty to you.

They kneel before the Sovereigns place their hands on the Sword of State, and the Sovereigns place theirs above them.

Herald
Will you hold ____ and ____ your rightful Sovereigns, until the end of their lawful reign, and support their royal might and justice?
Duke/Duchess
I will.
Herald
Do you wish to give the Crown such counsel which is to the benefit of them and their Realm, and support them in upholding the laws and fulfilling their coronation oath?
Duke/Duchess
I do.
Herald
And will you keep secret such matters as the Crown wants to keep in confidence, and not divulge such secrets that could harm Their Realm?
Duke & Duchess
We so swear.
Consort
And We in turn promise to grant you, Peers of our Realm, and your households, all the rights and privileges of old, and to protect you with the Law of the Realm.

So say We ____ , Regina

Sovereign
And so say We ____ , Rex.

If the first reign of the outgoing Consort was as Sovereign, insert the ceremony for the Order of the Rose here. Otherwise:

Duke and Duchess stand up, bow and depart.

Herald
For Their Graces ____ and ____ , Vivant! Vivant! Vivant!

Part VIII Peerage Orders

1. Order of Chivalry

* Invocation of the Vigil **

Herald
Their Majesties command the presence of all members of the Order of Chivalry.

The order comes forward.

Monarch
Good my Peers, We seek counsel! Will you give us this?
Order
Yes.
Monarch
Word has reached us that there is one amongst our people who is a Peer in truth, but not in name. Is this so?
Order
Yes.
Monarch
Let us summon the candidate.
Herald
Their Majesties command the presence of ______.
Monarch
____, your skill with arms is known to us, your virtues beyond reproach. It is our wish to make you a member of the Order of Chivalry.
Herald / Sponsor / Senior Chivalry
It is necessary that I address you, concerning aspects of Peerage and Chivalry. It is often said that Peerage is an honour. It is surely that, but further, it is a responsibility, which you should not take upon yourself lightly, but with sobriety and sincerity. The oath you will be offered will bind you in fealty to the Crown; and it is well that you should understand what you are about to promise.

The next paragraph may be read by a Member of the Pelican:

The Order of the Pelican is the order of Service, and yet, a Knight and a Master of Arms must serve as well: not only the Crown, but the land as a whole, each member of the Chivalry performing to the best of their ability, and then to that point of performance where sacrifice is required. A Peer must be willing to do good works, and must do then more frequently and more extensively than their friends who are not Peers.

The next paragraph may be read by a Member of the Laurel:

The Order of the Laurel is the order of the Arts and Sciences, but a Knight and a Master of Arms must also encourage the Arts and Sciences, not just by appreciating them, but by participating in their practice, for what the strong arm of the warrior wins may be made barren and cold by the battle; only the warm heart can nurture the land and its people and bring them to their fullest potential.

The next paragraph may be read by a Member of the Defence:

The Order of Defence is the order noted for its deadly art and scholarship of weapons, but a Knight and a Master of Arms must be equally skilled in diverse arts martial, either on a tourney field or in war, always striving to become more skilled in the arts and practice them with grace, and to teach those willing to learn.

Return to the Herald / Sponsor / Senior Chivalry

The Knights and the Masters of Arms are the Order of Chivalry, and as such, they stand as the foremost examples of gentle behaviour, valour, and honour. A member of this Order must display equal grace in victory and in defeat; he must not suffer injustice, but neither should he seek vengeance; he must remember that as his reputation depends upon his skill in delivering blows, so it also depends upon the way in which he receives them. Be mindful that a Peer guides, not only by his word, but also by the example he sets for others. Continue to live by the Code of Chivalry: to protect the weak and defenceless; to respect and defend the honour of ladies; and to teach these values to others that may seek the true standard of Chivalry. The Code is your guide in your conduct with others, whether they be fellow Peers, or the humblest member of the populace; for indeed, the lowlier the station of those with whom you treat, the greater is your influence over them. Deal with them justly and fairly, regardless of station, be gracious and courteous to all, be an example to whom others can look.

To accept elevation to the Peerage is to accept these responsibilities. I pray you, keep these words in your heart, as you prepare for your new status.

Monarch
Good peers, please escort ______ to their vigil to consider our offer and please give them your guidance and counsel in this matter.

** Induction into the Order of Chivalry **

Herald
Their Majesties command the presence of the Chivalry.

Members of the Order assemble.

Herald
Since ancient times it has been recognised that there are certain warriors who are much deserving of high honour, not only by their skill at arms, but by their noble behaviour, which has come to define the meaning of Chivalry.

Therefore was created the Order of the Chivalry, to recognise those who, possessing all the other skills, virtues and attributes appropriate to members of the Peerage, shall also have distinguished themselves by their prowess in armoured combat and chivalrous demeanour. The Order consists of two equal parts, Knights and Masters of Arms.

And the symbols of Knighthood are a white belt and an unadorned chain, while the symbol of Mastery of Arms is a white baldric. The white belt and baldric betoken the honour with which the knight or master girds himself, and the chain the fealty the knight swears. And this Order ranks in precedence with the Orders of the Laurel, the Pelican, and Defence. It carries with it a Patent of Arms.

Escort
Your Majesties, having consulted with the Order, is it your desire to increase our numbers at this time?
Monarch
It is. Please bring the candidate forward.

Escort brings candidate forward.

Escort
My liege, it is my privilege to present you ____ , that they may be made a member of our order.

At this point it is possible to have members of the peerage orders to speak for the candidate:

Herald
Not only the arts of Ssordmanship and eye of measure but also the strength of arm and chivalry of heart make one a true warrior. Order of Chivalry stands as primary of these attributes.
Monarch
Is there a member of the Order of the Chivalry to speak for the candidate?
Knight / Master of Arms
Speaks about the chivalry and prowess in arms of the candidate.
Herald
But whilst Force of Arms may defend a Realm, it does not make it flourish. Without the Arts and Sciences, the land is bare and barren. The Order of the Laurel is the Order of the Arts and Sciences. But to appreciate what they fight for, a member of the Chivalry must have knowledge of the Arts and Sciences.
Monarch
Is there a member of the Order of the Laurel to speak for the candidate?
Laurel
Speaks of the candidate in respect to their accomplishments in / appreciation of arts and sciences.
Herald
No matter the greatness of the Warrior or the Artisan, without Service, they remain isolated, shared not with the Realm. The Order of the Pelican is the Order of Service, but a member of the Chivalry must also serve the Crown and the Realm.
Monarch
Is there a member of the Order of the Pelican to speak for the candidate?
Pelican
Speaks of the service done by the candidate.
Herald
By all manner of arms and combat the Kingdom is defended and championed. While the Order of Defence is the Order of Steel, Swordsmanship and Art of Arms, a member of the Chivalry is also a keen student and teacher of these arts.
Monarch
Is there a member of the Order of Defence to speak for the candidate?
Defence
Speaks of the candidate’s long dedication, skill and inspiration in the arts of combat and of his grace in field and court
Monarch
Is there a member of the Order of the Rose to speak for the candidate?
Herald
A warrior may be mighty, but without courtesy and honour they are no Peer. The Order of the Rose speaks for courtesy and honour.
Rose
Speaks of the courtesy of the candidate.
Herald
Drachenwald has many Peers, but many more who are not Peers, and their voice is mighty, to be ignored at the peril of all! Is there a message from the People of the Realm in regard to this candidate?
**Representative of the populace
Speaks of the largesse, humility or fairness the candidate exhibits in how he interacts with the rest of the society.

Crown turns to the sponsor.

Monarch
Do you, Sir/M___ ____ , and the other members of your order affirm their worthiness for this high honour, accepting them as your peer in chivalry, honour and valour upon the field?
Knights
I do.
Monarch
It is our judgement that the candidate fulfils all the requirements of the Order of Chivalry.
Monarch
____ , well pleased with your prowess on the field and your gentle conduct at all the times, responsive to the wishes of your peers, we are minded to create you a member of the Order of Chivalry. Will you accept from us this honour?
Candidate
I will, Your Majesty.
Monarch
Do you wish us to create you a Knight, and swear fealty to us, or would you rather become a M___ of Arms?
Candidate

Monarch
Make known Our Royal will.

Herald reads scroll, hands it to Monarch. Monarch hands it to candidate.

** **In case the candidate opts for Knighthood **
Monarch
Let the candidate’s sword be brought forward.

The candidate’ sponsor girds the candidate with the sword belt. During this, the Crown adds the following words.

Monarch
Remain forever worthy of this sword ____ , and bear in mind that a sword has two edges, Justice and Mercy.
Monarch
Let the candidate be vested with his spurs.

A member of the Chivalry puts the spurs on the candidate.

Herald
Be mindful that a knight guides, not only by his word, but also by the example he sets for others. Continue to live by the Code of Chivalry: protect the weak and defenceless, respect and defend the honour of ladies and teach these values to others that may seek the true standard of knighthood.
Monarch
With what sword do you wish to be knighted?

Candidate answers, e.g. Sword of State, Sponsor’s sword, etc.. Monarch receives the named sword and if the Crown is not a knight, the sponsor moves around to the right of the throne and lays his hand over the Crown’s. The candidate is struck with the flat side, once on the right shoulder, once on the left and then once on the top of head. During this, a Crown says the following.

Monarch
I dub thee once, I dub thee twice, I name thee Knight!

Pause.

Sir ____ , let this be the last blow you receive without giving answer.

Crown delivers the buffet, preferably to the right shoulder, firmly but not injuriously. The buffet may be left out completely if the candidate has strong hesitations. The other Crown, if present, receives the white belt and girds the knight with it.

Monarch
Wear this belt, Sir ____ , and keep it as you would your honour, unblemished and unstained.

Crown receives Sword of State. Knight places his hands on the sword, The Crowns place their hands upon knight’s hands.

Herald
Will you hold ____ and ____ your rightful Sovereigns, right until the end of their lawful reign, and support their royal might and justice?
Knight
I will.
Herald
Do you wish to give the Crown such counsel which is to the benefit of them and their Realm, and support them in upholding the laws and fulfilling their coronation oath?
Knight
I do.
Herald
And will you keep secret such matters as the Crown wants to keep in confidence, and not divulge such secrets that could harm their Realm?
Knight
I will.
Monarch
And We in turn promise to grant you and your household all the rights and privileges of old, and to protect you with the law of the Realm.
Sovereign
So say We ____ , Rex/Regina
Consort
So say We ____ , Rex/Regina.

Crown receives chain. Crown hangs chain around knights neck, as they say the following.

Monarch
Take this chain, and let its weight ever remind you of the fealty you have sworn.
** **In case the candidate opts for Mastery of Arms **
Monarch
Let the candidate’s sword be brought forward.

The candidate’ sponsor girds the candidate with the sword belt. During this, the Crown adds the following words.

Monarch
Remain forever worthy of this sword ____ , and bear in mind that a sword has two edges, Justice and Mercy.
Monarch
Let the candidate be vested with his spurs.

A member of the Chivalry puts the spurs on the candidate.

Herald
Be mindful that a Master of Arms guides, not only by his word, but also by the example he sets for others. Continue to live by the Code of Chivalry: protect the weak and defenceless, respect and defend the honour of ladies and teach these values to others that may seek the true standard of Chivalry.

Crown receives the white baldric and girds the m__ with it._

Monarch
Wear this baldric, M___ ____ , and keep it as you would your honour, unblemished and unstained.
Monarch
Congratulations, Sir/M___ ____ . Go now to your peers.

2 Order of the Laurel

** Invocation of the Vigil **

Herald
Their Majesties command the presence of all members of the Order of the Laurel.

The order comes forward.

Monarch
Good my Peers, We seek counsel! Will you give us this?
Order
Yes.
Monarch
Word has reached us that there is one amongst Our people who is a Peer in truth, but not in name. Is this so?
Order
Yes.
Monarch
Let us summon the candidate.
Herald
Their Majesties command the presence of ______.
Monarch
____, your skill in the arts and sciences is known to us, your virtues beyond reproach. It is our wish to make you a member of the Order of the Laurel.
Herald / Sponsor / Senior Laurel
It is necessary that I address you, concerning aspects of the Peerage. It is often said that Peerage is an honour. It is surely that, but more, it is a responsibility, which you should not take upon yourself lightly, but with sobriety and sincerity. The oath you will be offered will bind you in fealty to the Crown; and it is well that you should understand what you are about to promise.

The next paragraph may be read by a Member of the Chivalry:

The Knights and the Masters of Arms are the Order of Chivalry, but no less chivalrous behaviour will be expected of you. As a Peer of the Realm you must endeavour to live, as you have until now, by the rules of courtesy and gentle behaviour. This courtly ideal is your guide in your conduct with others, whether they be fellow Peers, or the humblest of the populace; for indeed, the lowlier the station of those with whom you treat, the greater is your influence over them. Deal with them justly and fairly, regardless of station, be gracious and courteous to all, be an example to whom others can look.

The next paragraph may be read by a Member of the Defence:

The Order of Defence is the order noted for its deadly art and scholarship of weapons, but you too are expected to apply to your own art and scholarship with tenacity and grace, to defend what is right, and to share your knowledge with those willing to learn.

The next paragraph may be read by a Member of the Pelican:

The Order of the Pelican is the order of Service, but each Master and Mistress of the Laurel, too, has the responsibility to serve: not only the Crown, but the land as a whole, each Laurel performing to the best of their ability, and then to that point of performance where sacrifice is required. A Peer must be willing to do good works, and must do then more frequently and more extensively than their friends who are not Peers.

Return to the Herald / Sponsor / Senior Laurel.

The Order of the Laurel is the Order most noted for artistry and scholarship. Members of the Orders of Chivalry, Pelican, and Defence, as Peers of the Realm, are expected to have some measure of artistic talent or skill, but a Laurel exemplifies this talent to a degree far greater than that of the other Peers, and greater still than that of the populace at large. Rightly or wrongly, a Laurel is taken as an authority, whose words carry considerable weight; do not therefore choose your words lightly. Remember that just as your praise can encourage a young artisan beyond any other force, your censure can crush a budding talent of which the land may, by your actions, forever be deprived.

To accept elevation to the Peerage is to accept these responsibilities. I pray you, keep these words in your heart, as you prepare for your new status.

Monarch
Good peers, please escort ______ to their vigil to consider our offer and please give them your guidance and counsel in this matter.

** Induction to the Order of the Laurel **

Herald
Their Majesties command the presence of the Members of the Order of the Laurel.

Members of the Order assemble.

Herald
It has long been recognised that there are those among us who are much deserving of high honour, but who, by reason of the nature and direction of their services and achievement, come not to the glory of warrior or throne, yet without whom our land would not be half so blessed.

Therefore was created the Order of the Laurel, to recognise those who, possessing all the other skills, virtues and attributes appropriate to members of the Peerage, shall also have distinguished themselves by their outstanding achievement in the Arts and Sciences.

And the symbol of this Order is a medallion bearing a laurel wreath, for the chaplet of laurel has long been acknowledged as a mark of superior achievement, and this Order ranks in precedence with the Orders of Chivalry, the Pelican, and Defence. It carries with it a Patent of Arms.

Escort
Your Majesties, having consulted with the Order, is it your desire to increase our numbers at this time?
Monarch
It is. Please bring the candidate forward.

Escort brings candidate forward.

Escort
My liege, it is my privilege, to present ____ , that they may be made a member of our order.

At this point it is possible to have members of the peerage orders to speak for the candidate:

Herald
Without the Arts and Sciences, the land is bare and barren, for only they make the Realm flourish. The Order of the Laurel is the Order of the Arts and Sciences.
Monarch
Is there a member of the Order of the Laurel to speak for the candidate?
Laurel
Speaks of the achievements of the candidate in the arts and sciences.
Herald
But while the arts and sciences enhance the Realm, it must be fostered by strength and chivalry. The order of Chivalry stands as primary of these attributes, but they are also required of a member of the Order of the Laurel.
Monarch
Is there a member of the Order of Chivalry to speak for the candidate?
Knight
Speaks about the chivalry and/or prowess in arms of the candidate.
Herald
No matter the greatness of the Artisan or the Warrior, without Service, they remain isolated, shared not with the Realm. The Order of the Pelican is the Order of Service, but a member of the Order of the Laurel must also serve the Crown and the Realm.
Monarch
Is there a member of the Order of the Pelican to speak for the candidate?
Pelican
Speaks of the service done by the candidate.
Herald
The Kingdom is defended and championed by many different arts. While the Order of Defence is the Order of Steel, Swordsmanship and Art of Arms, a member of the Order of the Laurel is also a keen student and teacher of their own arts.
Monarch
Is there a member of the Order of Defence to speak for the candidate?
Defence
Speaks about the candidate’s grace and long dedication to the art.
Herald
An artisan may be skilled, but without courtesy and honour they are no Peer. The Order of the Rose speaks for courtesy and honour.
Monarch
Is there a member of the Order of the Rose to speak for the candidate?
Rose
Speaks of the courtesy of the candidate.
Herald
Drachenwald has many Peers, but many more who are not Peers, and their voice is mighty, to be ignored at the peril of all! Is there a message from the People of the Realm in regard to this candidate?
**Representative of the populace
Speaks of the largesse, humility or fairness the candidate exhibits in how he interacts with the rest of the society.

Monarch turns to the sponsor.

Monarch
Do you, M___ ____ , and the other members of your order affirm their worthiness for this high honour, accepting them as your peer in artistic and philosphic endeavour, and the other attributes of peerage?
Laurels
I do.
Monarch
It is our judgement that the candidate fulfils all the requirements of peerage and entry into the Order of the Laurel.
Monarch
____ , right mindful of your achievement and service to our land, and responsive to the wishes of your peers, We are minded to create you a M___ of the Laurel. Will you accept from us this honour and this badge of your achievement?
Candidate
I will, Your Majesty.
Monarch
Make known Our Royal will.

Herald reads scroll, hands it to Monarch. Monarch hands it to candidate. Monarch receives the medallion from the provider, usually a member of the Order. It is appropriate to here relate to the history of the medallion, if any. Monarch places medallion around candidates neck, as he says the following.

Monarch
____ , take from our hands this token of your achievement and our esteem. Henceforth be M___ ____ .
Monarch
Let the new M___ be vested as befits their new rank.

A chaplet of laurel leaves is placed on the new peer’s head and a Laurel’s cloak is placed around the peer’s shoulders, while the herald says the following.

Herald
From ancient times, the chaplet of laurel has been placed on the heads of those worthy of special honour and recognition.

The cloak is the outward sign of the Laurel’s new status as a peer of the realm.

Monarch
M___ ____ , is it your wish to swear fealty to us at this time?
Laurel

If yes:

Crown receives Sword of State. Laurel places their hands on the sword, Crowns place their hands upon Laurel’s hands.

Herald
Will you hold ____ and ____ your rightful Sovereigns right until the end of their lawful reign, and support their royal might and justice?
Laurel
I will.
Herald
Do you wish to give the Crown such counsel which is to the benefit of them and their Realm, and support them in upholding the laws and fulfilling their coronation oath?
Laurel
I do.
Herald
Will you keep secret such matters as the Crown wants to keep in confidence, and not divulge such secrets that could harm their Realm?
Laurel
I will.
Monarch
And We in turn promise to grant you and your household all the rights and privileges of old, and to protect you with the Law of the Realm.

So say We ____ , Rex/Regina

Monarch
So say We ____ , Rex/Regina.

Crown raises new Member of the Laurel

Monarch
Congratulations, M___ ____ . Go now to your peers.

3 Order of the Pelican

** Invocation of the Vigil **

Herald
Their Majesties command the presence of all members of the Order of the Pelican.

The order comes forward.

Monarch
Good my Peers, We seek counsel! Will you give us this?
Order
Yes.
Monarch
Word has reached us that there is one amongst Our people who is a Peer in truth, but not in name. Is this so?
Order
Yes.
Monarch
Let us summon the candidate.
Herald
Their Majesties command the presence of ______.
Monarch
My Lord/Lady/other appropriate title, your acts of service and counsel are known to us, your virtues beyond reproach. It is our wish to make you a member of the Order of the Pelican.
Herald / Sponsor / Senior Pelican
It is necessary that I address you, concerning aspects of the Peerage. It is often said that Peerage is an honour. It is surely that – but more, it is a responsibility, which you should not take upon yourself lightly, but with sobriety and sincerity. The oath you will be offered will bind you in fealty to the Crown; and it is well that you should understand what you are about to promise.

The next paragraph may be read by a Knight or Master / Mistress of Arms:

The Knights and the Masters of Arms are the Order of Chivalry, but no less chivalrous behaviour will be expected of you. As a Peer of the Realm you must endeavour to live, as you have until now, by the rules of courtesy and gentle behaviour. This courtly ideal is your guide in your conduct with others, whether they be fellow Peers, or the humblest of the populace; for indeed, the lowlier the station of those with whom you treat, the greater is your influence over them. Deal with them justly and fairly, regardless of station, be gracious and courteous to all, be an example to whom others can look.

The next paragraph may be read by a Member of the Laurel:

The Order of the Laurel is the order of the Arts and Sciences, but a Pelican must also encourage the Arts and Sciences, not just by appreciating them, but by participating in their practice, for the greatest service you can render to your Land is to make it whole and harmonious, and devoid of the beauty and braces of Art, that it cannot be.

The next paragraph may be read by a Member of the Defence:

The Order of Defence is the order noted for its deadly art and scholarship of weapons, but you too are expected to serve and defend the Crown and their realm with tenacity and grace, and to teach those willing to learn the arts of maintaining this our Society.

Return to the Herald / Sponsor / Senior Pelican.

The Order of the Pelican is unique among the four orders of Peerage. Every Peer of the Realm, be they of the Order of the Chivalry, Laurel, Defence or Pelican, has the responsibility to serve: not only the Crown, but the land as a whole, each performing to the best of their abilities. But the service expected of a Pelican is far greater than that expected of the other Peers, and greater still than that expected of the populace at large. You must be the first to offer your help, and the last to accept reward; you must not falter when the task becomes more difficult than you anticipated; and you must not remain content with your past accomplishments, for although they are great, and for this reason are you being created a Peer, it is by your future achievements that you will be judged by those who seek to follow the example of a Peer.

To accept elevation to the Peerage is to accept these responsibilities. I pray you, keep these words in your heart, as you prepare for your new status.

Monarch
Good peers, please escort ______ to their vigil to consider our offer and please give them your guidance and counsel in this matter.

** Induction to the Order of the Pelican **

Herald
Their Majesties command the presence of the Members of the Order of the Pelican.

Members of the Order assemble.

Herald
It has long been recognised that there are those among us who are much deserving of high honour, but who, by reason of the nature and direction of their services and achievement, come not to the glory of warrior or throne, yet without whom our land would not be half so blessed.

Therefore was created the Order of the Pelican, to recognise those who, possessing all the other skills, virtues and attributes appropriate to members of the Peerage, shall also have distinguished themselves by their sustained and exemplary service to the Society.

The symbol of this Order is a medallion bearing a Pelican in her Piety, for as we all know, the Pelican will, when necessary, nourish her young with blood from her own breast. Hence, the Pelican has come to represent sacrifice, and become the symbol of the good servant. And this Order ranks in precedence with the Orders of Chivalry, Laurel, and Defence. It carries with it a Patent of Arms.

Escort
Your Majesties, having consulted with the Order, is it Your desire to increase our numbers at this time?
Monarch
It is. Please bring the candidate forward.

Escort brings candidate forward.

Escort
Your Majesty, it is my privilege, to present______ , that they may be made a member of our order.

At this point it is possible to have members of the peerage orders to speak for the candidate:

Herald
No matter the greatness of the Warrior or the Artisan, without Service, they remain isolated, shared not with the Realm. The Order of the Pelican is the Order of Service.
Monarch
Is there a member of the Order of the Pelican to speak for the candidate?
Pelican
Speaks of the service done by the candidate.
Herald
But while service upholds the Realm, it must be done with strength and chivalry. The order of Chivalry stands as primary of these attributes, but they are also required of a member of the Order of the Pelican..
Monarch
Is there a member of the Order of the Chivalry to speak for the candidate?
Knight
Speaks about the chivalry and/or prowess in arms of the candidate.
Herald
But whilst service may uphold a Realm, it does not make it flourish. Without the Arts and Sciences, the land is bare and barren. The Order of the Laurel is the Order of the Arts and Sciences. But to appreciate why they serve the Kingdom, a member of the Pelican must have knowledge of the Arts and Sciences.
Monarch
Is there a member of the Order of the Laurel to speak for the candidate?
Laurel
Speaks of the candidate in respect to their accomplishments in / appreciation of arts and sciences.
Herald
The Kingdom is defended and championed in many different ways. While the Order of Defence is the Order of Steel, Swordsmanship and Art of Arms, a member of the Order of the Pelican is also defending the Realm in their own manner.
Monarch
Is there a member of the Order of Defence to speak for the candidate?
Defence
Speaks about the candidate’s grace and long dedication to the kingdom and society.
Herald
A servant may do great works, but without courtesy and honour they are no Peer. The Order of the Rose speaks for courtesy and honour.
Monarch
Is there a member of the Order of the Rose to speak for the candidate?
Rose
Speaks of the courtesy of the candidate.
Herald
Drachenwald has many Peers, but many more who are not Peers, and their voice is mighty, to be ignored at the peril of all! Is there a message from the People of the Realm in regard to this candidate?
**Representative of the populace
Speaks of the largesse, humility or fairness the candidate exhibits in how they interact with the rest of the society.

Monarch turns to the sponsor.

Monarch
Do you, M___ ____ , and the other members of your order affirm their worthiness for this high honour, accepting them as your peer in service and in the other attributes of peerage?
Pelicans
I do.
Monarch
It is our judgement that the candidate fulfils all the requirements of peerage.
Monarch
____ , right mindful of your achievement and service to Our land, and responsive to the wishes of your peers, We are minded to create you a Member of the Pelican. Will you accept from us this honour and the badge of your achievement?
Candidate
I will, Your Majesty.
Herald
Will you, to the best of your ability, continue in the cause of service, as you most surely have until now, and seek to increase your labours and talents nobly, and train any dependants you may have to do likewise, so far as it is within your powers?
Candidate
I will.
Monarch
Make known our Royal will.

Herald reads scroll, hands it to Monarch. Monarch hands it to candidate. Monarch receives the medallion from the provider, usually a member of the Order. It is appropriate to here relate to the history of the medallion, if any. Monarch places medallion around candidates neck, as he says the following.

Monarch
____ , take from our hands this token of your achievement and our esteem. Henceforth be M___ ____ .
Monarch
Let the new M___ be vested as befits their new rank.

A cap of maintenance is placed on the new peer’s head and a Pelican’s cloak is placed around the peer’s shoulders, while the herald says the following.

Herald
Since times immemorial, the cap of maintenance is the symbol of the Pelican, for just as the cap of maintenance supports the crown and makes it easier to bear, so the Pelican supports the Kingdom and eases the burden of its rulers.

The cloak is the outward sign of the Pelican’s new status as a peer of the realm.

Monarch
M___ ____ , is it your wish to swear fealty to us at this time?
Pelican

If yes:

Crown receives Sword of State. Pelican places his hands on the sword, The Crowns place their hands upon Pelican’s hands.

Herald
Will you hold ____ and ____ your rightful Sovereigns, right until the end of their lawful reign, and support their royal might and justice?
Pelican
I will.
Herald
Do you wish to give the Crown such counsel which is to the benefit of them and their Realm, and support them in upholding the laws and fulfilling their coronation oath?
Pelican
I do.
Herald
And will you keep secret such matters as the Crown wants to keep in confidence, and not divulge such secrets that could harm their Realm?
Pelican
I will.
Monarch
And We in turn promise to grant you and your household all the rights and privileges of old, and to protect you with the Law of the Realm.

So say We ____ , Rex/Regina

Monarch
So say We ____ , Rex/Regina.

Crown raises new Master/Mistress of the Pelican.

Monarch
Congratulations, M___ ____ . Go now to your peers.

4 Order of Defence

** Invocation of the Vigil **

Herald
Their Majesties command the presence of all members of the Order of Defence.

The order comes forward.

Monarch
Good my Peers, We seek counsel! Will you give us this?
Order
Yes.
Monarch
Word has reached us that there is one amongst Our people who is a Peer in truth, but not in name. Is this so?
Order
Yes.
Monarch
Let us summon the candidate.
Herald
Their Majesties command the presence of ______.
Monarch
____, your skill with arms is known to us, your virtues beyond reproach. It is our wish to make you a member of the Order of Defence.
Herald / Sponsor / Senior Defender
It is necessary that I address you, concerning aspects of Peerage, Courtesy and the Scholarship of Defence. It is often said that Peerage is an honour. It is surely that - but more, it is a responsibility, which you should not take upon yourself lightly, but with sobriety and sincerity. The oaths you will be offered will bind you in fealty to the Crown; and it is well that you should understand what you are about to promise.

The next paragraph may be read by a Member of the Pelican:

The Order of the Pelican is the order of Service, and yet, a Master of Defence must serve as well: not only the Crown, but the land as a whole, each companion of the Defence performing to the best of their ability, and then to that point of performance where sacrifice is required. A Peer must be ready and willing to do good works, and must do them more frequently and more extensively than their friends who are not Peers.

The next paragraph may be read by a Member of the Laurel:

The Order of the Laurel is the order of the Arts and Sciences. The Art of Defence may be the defining one for a swordmaster, but he too must endorse and encourage the full field of Arts and Sciences, not only by appreciating, but by participating in their practice, for what the skills of a swordmaster might win may be made barren and cold by the combat itself; only the warm heart can nurture the land and its people and bring them to their fullest potential. Heed well the example of teaching from the Companions of the Laurel, as that is the very art that in addition to your own you will require to fully achieve the estate of a mastery.

The next paragraph may be read by a Member of the Chivalry:

The Knights and the Masters of Arms are the Order of Chivalry, but no less chivalrous behaviour will be expected of you. As a Peer of the Realm you must endeavour to live, as you have until now, by the rules of courtesy and gentle behaviour. The courtly ideal is your guide in your conduct with others, whether they be fellow Peers, or the humblest of the populace; for indeed, the lowlier the station of those with whom you treat, the greater is your influence over them. Deal with them justly and fairly, regardless of station, be gracious and courteous to all, be an example to whom others can look.

Return to the Herald / Sponsor / Senior Defender.

The Order of Defence is the order noted for its deadly art and scholarship of weapons. The swordmasters of the order stand as the foremost examples of grace and form, not only in swordsplay but in all manner of courtliness setting the standard of the gentles in our royal courts. A companion of Defence, a swordmaster, must display equal grace in victory and in defeat; he must not suffer injustice, but neither should he seek vengeance; he must remember that as his reputation depends upon his skill in delivering sure thrusts and clever cuts, so it also depends upon the way in which he receives them. Be mindful that a Peer guides, not only by his word, but also by the example he sets for others.

As a swordmaster you need to continue your scholarship and study of not only the Art of Defence and all others of the courtly arts as being a Master is being a scholar who is now responsible for not only his own improvement but of the improvement of others as well. Remember the demands and dictates of courtesy, honour, and chivalry and being true to the Order you are about to enter, defend them by your life, limb and heart, both In fields of combat and halls of our Courts. Teaching the love of them as well as your art to all those who look upon you for guidance.

To accept elevation to the Peerage is to accept these responsibilities. I pray you, keep these 	words in your heart, as you prepare for your new status.
Monarch
Good peers, please escort ______ to their vigil to consider our offer and please give them your guidance and council in this matter.

** Induction to the Order of Defence **

Herald
Their Majesties command the presence of the Members of the Order of Defence.

Members of the Order assemble.

Herald
It has long been recognized that not only in the tournament combat and melee, but in the study and practice of the Art of Defence as well, is the true strength and prowess of the Kingdom forged. Since times of antiquity has this art been practised, honed and taught by those first amongst the swordsmen who have dedicated themselves to pursuit of the mastery of steel. A number of these also possess the virtues we expect and demand from the peers of our Society, they are much deserving of our recognition and tribute, not only by their skills with true edge of steel, but their nobility of heart, grace of their manner and service to our realms as whole.

Therefore was created the Order of Defence, the fourth Order of the Society bearing a Patent of Arms and ranking equally with the Orders of Chivalry, Laurel and Pelican, to be bestowed on the worthiest of our gentles when elevating them to the ranks of Peers of the realm. The Order of Defence exists to recognize those of our Swordsmen, Warriors and Scholars of the Arts of Arms who display not only these but also all other qualities expected from the Peers of the Realm and who by their love of Arts not only that of defence and their service and largesse support these lands and the Crown.

Escort
Your Majesties, having consulted with the Order, is it Your desire to increase our numbers at this time?
Monarch
It is. Please bring the candidate forward.

Escort brings candidate forward.

Escort
Your Majesty, it is my privilege, to present______ , that they may be made a member of our order.

At this point it is possible to have members of the peerage orders to speak for the candidate:

Herald
By all manner of arms and combat the Kingdom is defended and championed. The Order of Defence is the Order of Steel, Swordsmanship and Art of Arms.
Monarch
Is there a member of the Order of Defence to speak for the candidate?
Defence
Speaks about the candidate’s long dedication, skill and inspiration in the art of defence and of his grace in field and court.
Herald
No matter the greatness of the Warrior or the Artisan, without Service, they remain isolated, shared not with the Realm. The Order of the Pelican is the Order of Service, but a M____ of Defence must also serve the Crown and the Realm.
Monarch
Is there a member of the Order of the Pelican to speak for the candidate?
Pelican
Speaks of the service done by the candidate.
Herald
Not only Artfulness of Swordmanship and eye of measure but also the strength of arm and chivalry of heart make one a true warrior. The Order of Chivalry stands as primary of these attributes.
Monarch
Is there a member of the Order of the Chivalry to speak for the candidate?
Chivalry
Speaks about the chivalry and/or prowess in arms of the candidate.
Herald
But whilst Force of Arms may defend a Realm, it does not make it flourish. Without the Arts and Sciences, the land is bare and barren. The Order of the Laurel is the Order of the Arts and Sciences. But to appreciate what they defend, a M_____ of Defence must have knowledge of the Arts and Sciences.
Monarch
Is there a member of the Order of the Laurel to speak for the candidate?
Laurel
Speaks of the candidate in respect to their accomplishments in / appreciation of arts and sciences.
Herald
A swords__man may be mighty, but without courtesy and honour they are no Peer. The Order of the Rose speaks for courtesy and honour.
Monarch
Is there a member of the Order of the Rose to speak for the candidate?
Rose
Speaks of the courtesy of the candidate.
Herald
Drachenwald has many Peers, but many more who are not Peers, and their voice is mighty, to be ignored at the peril of all! Is there a message from the People of the Realm in regard to this candidate?
**Representative of the populace
Speaks of the largesse, humility or fairness the candidate exhibits in how he interacts with the rest of the society.

Monarch turns to the sponsor.

Monarch
Do you, M___ ____ , and the other members of your order affirm their worthiness for this high honour, accepting them as your peer in service and in the other attributes of peerage?
Defenders
I do.
Monarch
It is our judgement that the candidate fulfils all the requirements of peerage.
Monarch
____ , right mindful of your achievement and service to Our land, and responsive to the wishes of your peers, We are minded to create you a M___ of Defence. Will you accept from us this honour and the badge of your achievement?
Candidate
I will, Your Majesty.
Herald
Will you, to the best of your ability, continue in the cause of service, as you most surely have until now, and seek to increase your labours and talents nobly, and train any dependants you may have to do likewise, so far as it is within your powers?
Candidate
I will.
Monarch
Make known Our Royal will.

Herald reads scroll, hands it to Monarch. Monarch hands it to candidate. Monarch receives the collar of the order from the provider, usually a member of the Order. It is appropriate to here relate to the history of the collar, if any. Monarch places the collar around candidate’s neck, as he says the following.

Monarch
____ , take from Our hands this token of your achievement and Our esteem. Henceforth be M___ ____ .
Monarch
Let the new M___ be vested as befits their new rank.

A cloak of the order is placed around the peer’s shoulders, while the herald says the following.

Herald
As a cape defends the body from cold, so defends a Master of Defence the realm and crown. As the cape displays the sign of the Masters’ new status as a peer of the realm, underneath it carries the symbol of the Order of the Dragon’s Steel so the heritage of the Order of Defence in the lands of Albion would not be forgotten.

The particular sign for a Master of Defence is the white collar of maintenance where the collar’s pure colour symbolizes his honour, intentions and aspirations the very name of the garment reminding him how he as a peer, ought to maintain the realm, the crown and our common ideals thus making the crown lighter to bear as he defends our Sovereigns and their realm from all that might wish harm or slurs upon the Golden shields of the Kingdom and Society.

Monarch
M___ ____ , is it your wish to swear fealty to us at this time?
Candidate

If yes:

Monarch receives Sword of State. The new peer places his hands on the sword, the Crowns place their hands upon his hands.

Herald
Will you hold ____ and ____ your rightful Sovereigns, right until the end of their lawful reign, and support their royal might and justice?
Candidate
I will.
Herald
Do you wish to give the Crown such counsel which is to the benefit of them and their Realm, and support them in upholding the laws and fulfilling their coronation oath?
Defence
I do.
Herald
And will you keep secret such matters as the Crown wants to keep in confidence, and not divulge such secrets that could harm their Realm?
Defence
I will.
Monarch
And We in turn promise to grant you and your household all the rights and privileges of old, and to protect you with the Law of the Realm.

So say We ____ , Rex/Regina

Monarch
So say We ____ , Rex/Regina.

Crown raises the new Master/Mistress of Defence.

Monarch
Congratulations, M___ ____ . Go now to your peers.

Part IX Baronies

In Drachenwald, baronage, both territorial and of the court, ranks between peerage and grant-level awards. The ceremonies for investing barons and baronesses are accordingly listed in the section of grant-level awards. A Grant of Arms is often given with a court barony, but this is not automatic and so must be explicitly proclaimed at court.

1. Investiture of Landed Baronies

** Divestiture **

If there were predecessor(s) to the Barony, this should be done either right before the investiture or at an earlier court.

Herald
The Barons of ____ have asked for an audience, and it is hereby granted.

The outgoing Barons come forward and kneel.

Barony
Your Majesties, we have now served You and your predecessors as the Barons of ____ for ____ years, and we would retire from this office.
Monarch
Thanks the outgoing Barony.

Royal retainers come forward with pillows. The outgoing Baronies take off their coronets and hand them to the Crown, who put them on the pillows. The retainers retire, and after a short pause so do the ex-Barons.

Herald
For ____ and ____, former Barons of ______ , Vivat! Vivat! Vivat!

** Investiture **

Herald
Their Majesties call forward ____ .

The incoming Barons come forward and kneel.

Monarch
It is Our wish to create you the Barons of ____ . Will you accept this from us, and swear fealty to us?
Barons
I will.

Royal retainers come forward with the baronial coronet(s) on pillow(s). If there are both a Baron and a Baroness, the Crowns both take a coronet and as simultaneously as possible put the coronet on the head of one of them, saying

Crowns (one per Baron)
____ , be Baron(ess) of ____ .

The Crowns receive the Sword of State. The Barons place their hands on the sword, and the Crowns their hands upon the Barons.

Herald
Do you ____ , Barons of ____ , acknowledge verily to these ____ and ____ , Sovereigns of Drachenwald that you hold and ought to hold as a fief the Barony of ____ , and make for the same homage and fealty with hands and with mouth to these your Sovereigns?
Barons
I do.
Herald
Do you swear that you will always be a faithful vassal to their Majesties in all things in which a vassal is required to be faithful, and defend Them and the Kingdom and ____ against all malefactors and invaders, and give their Majesties power over all, or any portion of, the castles and manors in their fief, in peace and in war, whenever they shall be lawfully claimed?
Barons
I so swear.
Herald
And if you do not observe to their Majesties each and all the things declared above, and should come against these things, the aforesaid fief should by that very fact be forfeit to their Majesties.
Barons
I so swear.

The Crowns raise the Barons.

Herald
To ____ and ____, Barons of _____ .

[Followed by a cheer of some description.]

2. Investiture of a Court Baron / Baroness

Herald
Their Majesties call forward ____ .

The recipient comes forward and kneels.

Monarch
This is one of the times to reveal the Coronet, if there is one, permanent or temporary.

It is our wish to create you the Baron(ess) of our court Will you accept this from us?

Baron(ess)
I will.
Monarch
Let the scroll be read.

Herald reads the scroll and hands it to a Monarch.

Monarch
Let Their Excellency receive the Coronet of their new rank.

A royal retainer can come forward with the baronial coronet on a pillow, or the Crowns may already have it via their attendants. A Monarch takes it and puts it on the head of one of them, whilst they say:

Monarch
____ , be Baron(ess) of our Court of Drachenwald.
Monarch
Baron(ess) ____ , is it your wish to swear fealty to us at this time?
Baron(ess)

If yes:

_The Crowns receive the Sword of State. The Baron(ess) place their hands on the sword, and the Crowns their hands upon the Baron(esse)s. _

Herald
Will you hold ____ and ____ your rightful Sovereigns, right until the end of their lawful reign, and support their royal might and justice?
Baron(ess)
I will
Herald
Do you wish to give the Crown such counsel which is to the benefit of Them and their Realm, and support Them in upholding the laws and fulfilling their coronation Oath?
Baron(ess)
I do.
Herald
And will you keep secret such matters as the Crown wants to keep in confidence, and not divulge such secrets that could harm their Realm?
Baron(ess)
I will.
Monarch
And We in turn promise to grant you and your household all the rights and privileges of old, and to protect you with the Law of the Realm.

So say We ____ , Rex/Regina

Monarch
And so say We ____ , Rex/Regina.

The Crowns raise the Baron(ess).

Herald
To ____ , Baron(ess) of the Court of Drachenwald,

Vivat! Vivat! Vivat!

Part X Grant of Arms Level Awards

Court Note: **Ring and Wing sound almost identical in English, especially in the probably imperfect acoustics of a court. Sometimes the entire Ring may be addressed and others just those of the Wing. Make sure that it is very clear which is being referred to. I, Nicholas, have in the past already been caught out once by mishearing this in court.

There is no formal ceremony for giving a plain Grant of Arms. The normal method is for the person to be called to the Royal presence; the Crown then has the opportunity to talk about the accomplishments of the person, after which the herald reads the scroll and calls for vivats.

Bear in mind that granting arms is specific to certain places and times within period. It is acceptable to substitute an equivalent type of ceremony and scroll to suit the recipient’s persona.

The three grant level orders listed here rank above a plain Grant of Arms, and if the recipient has not already got a Grant of Arms it comes by Kingdom law automatically with the membership in the order. In such a case, this should be proclaimed at court, for example by reading the scroll that mentions the fact explicitly.

It is traditional for the existing members of an Order to make themselves known, either by being called forward, or more commonly as they increase in size, by simply standing in place. Neither is mandatory, and an easy win when faced with a long court is to omit this part.

In some Kingdoms it is traditional to style gentles with a grant of arns as Honorable Lord/Lady. This is not an official title of the SCA, and whilst not officially recognised within Drachenwald, there is no barrier to using this style, especially if the holder or recipient desires it.

Herald
This introduction can be dispensed with if time is short.

Drachenwald is rich with stories of rings. Rings of might, circles of knights and rings of legend: some made by gods of old, others forged by men seeking to build a better world and live by the greatest of ideals. Thus inspired, the rulers of Drachenwald added to this long tradition by creating our Kingdom’s own Order of the Ring, called in Latin, Ordo Annuli. This order is the circle of trust and protection around our Crown, this order is the circle of pillars supporting the thrones and this order is the chaplet of stars resting on the royal brow. The order is one unified circle, composed of three entwined companies of greatness.

This ordering is arbitrary, and can be changed as appropriate or just to reinforce that no company is greater than the others.

The Order of the Swallow, formally called Ordo Hirundinis, whose companions are noted for their service and diligence. The Order of the Swan, formally called Ordo Cygni, whose companions are noted for the grace of their art and philosophy. The Order of the Wing, formally called Ordo Alae, the Crown’s allies in deeds of arms, noted for their prowess and courage.

For longer courts, depending on which orders are being presented, and in what order, it may expedient to call upon the entire Order of the Ring, or just the Company specifically involved.

Herald
Be very clear here, where required, to distinguish between ‘Ring’ and ‘Wing’, hence why including the Latin form is a good idea.

Their Majesties call forth all companions of Ordo Annuli, the Order of the Ring, to bear witness and stand by them in their following deeds.1

or

Their Majesties bid all companions of Ordo Annuli, the Order of the Ring, to stand or make themselves known to witness their following deeds.

or

Substitute a specific order in one of the forms above.

Their Majesties call before them Title ___ ____.

The recipient kneels before the Crown.

Monarch
We are well pleased with
  • your prowess and courage on the field,
  • your skills in the arts and philosophy,
  • your service, diligence,

and your gentle conduct at all the times. Thus we are minded to create you a Companion of the

  • Wing
  • Swan
  • Swallow

and, through that Company, create/confirm you as a member of the Order of the Ring.

Make known our command.

Herald
Reads the scroll text and hands it to the Crown.

A token appropriate to the company is given to the Crown, either by an attendant or one of the appropriate Company. The Crown then bestows the token.

Monarch
____, take from Our hands this token of your achievement and rank, and of Our esteem. Henceforth you are a Companion of the Ring.

Go forth and greet your companions.

Herald
Note a pre-existing title may trump that below.

For [the Honorable] Lord/Lady _____. Vivat! Vivat! Vivat!

Part XI Award of Arms Level Awards

There is no formal ceremony for giving a plain Award of Arms. The normal method is for the person to be called to the Royal presence; the Crown then has the opportunity to talk about the accomplishments of the person, after which the herald reads the scroll and calls for vivats.

Bear in mind that awarding arms is specific to certain places and times within period. It is acceptable to substitute an equivalent type of ceremony and scroll to suit the recipient’s persona.

The three armigerous orders listed here rank above a plain Award of Arms, and if the recipient has not already got an Award of Arms it comes by Kingdom law automatically with the membership in the order. In such a case, this should be proclaimed at court, for example by reading the scroll that mentions the fact explicitly.

It is traditional for the existing members of an Order to make themselves known, either by being called forward, or more commonly as they increase in size, by simply standing in place. Neither is mandatory, and an easy win when faced with a long court is to omit this part.

1. Orden des Lindquistringes

Herald
Their Majesties command all members of the Orden des Lindquistringes to stand / come forward..

T he members do as they are bid.

Herald
As the Crown serve the people of Drachenwald throughout their reign, they set the example of service for all their subjects. All those who enjoy the beauty and prosperity that is Drachenwald are expected to render service when required, to the best of their abilities.

There are those few, however, whose service consistently exceeds the expectations of their offices or ranks and who are, therefore, especially worthy of reward.

The Orden des Lindquistringes was created to honour the memory of one whose great honour and service helped to build our beloved land. It is given to those persons who have served Drachenwald above and beyond the normal contributions of a loyal subject.

And so do Their Majesties call before Them ____ .

Recipient comes forward, bows and kneels. The Crowns may make personal statements.

Herald reads scroll and hands it to a Crown. The Crown names the artist of the scroll, shows it to the populace and hands it to recipient. The Crowns raise the recipient.

Herald
For ____ , the newest member of the Orden des Lindquistringes, Vivat! Vivat! Vivat!

2. Order of the Panache

Herald
Their Majesties command all members all members of the Order of the to stand / come forward..

The members do as they are bid.

Herald
As the Crown reward service and valour, so too do they seek to encourage the development of artistic skills and philosophic expertise among their subjects. When a person has excelled consistently in the Arts or Natural Phiosophy, and has shared that beauty and knowledge with others, it becomes not only the duty, but the joy of the Crown to recognize such endeavour.

Therefore was created the Order of the Panache, to be given as a sign of the Crown’s recognition of the exceptional skill with which these individuals increase the beauty and wisdom of Drachenwald.

And so do their Majesties call before Them ____ .

Recipient comes forward, bows and kneels. The Crowns may make personal statements.

Herald reads scroll and hands it to a Crown. The Crown names the artist of the scroll, shows it to the populace and hands it to recipient. The Crowns raise the recipient.

Herald
For ____ , the newest member of the Order of the Panache, Vivat! Vivat! Vivat!

3. Order of the Silver Guard

Herald
Their Majesties command all members all members of the Order of the to stand / come forward..

The members do as they are bid.

Herald
Many a noble warrior has donned armour in order to pursue their fortunes upon the tourney field, defend their land from a foe or follow their Lord as sworn by oath.

There are those, however, whose prowess in combat inspires their companions-at-arms and whose noble demeanour brings glory and honour to Drachenwald. These are especially deserving of reward.

Thus does the Crown recognises such individuals by admitting them to the Order of the Silver Guard, that all may know these gentles and be instructed by their example

And so do Their Majesties call before them ____ .

Recipient comes forward, bows and kneels. The Crowns may make personal statements.

Herald reads scroll and hands it to a Crown. The Crown names the artist of the scroll, shows it to the populace and hands it to recipient. The Crowns raise the recipient.

Herald
For ____ , the newest member of the Order of the Silver Guard, Vivat! Vivat! Vivat!

4. Non-Armigerous Awards

For all these awards, after the recipients are called to the court, the Crown may address them. After this, the herald reads a scroll, if there is one, and the Crown hands the recipient the scroll or a token. While the recipient retires from the presence, the herald calls for vivats.

5. The Order of the Companions of Albion

This is a very long ceremony. It is not recommended in full for courts which will be long for other reasons.

Herald
In the years before history was recorded in our land, in a dark forest to the North, called in German the “Schwarzwald”, which means the “Black Forest”, there lived an ancient black dragon whose name was Albion. And it was in this forest one winter’s day that Albion came across a young boy. He was but fifteen and he was Prince of the land, and his name was Yustav, and he was crying.

And Albion said, “Your Highness, why dost thou sit so in the winter snow?”

Yustav said, “Friend Albion, tomorrow my people go off to hunt, and they would have me be a great hunter, but try as I might, I cannot catch a deer nor kill a fowl, and how shall I be a great Prince if I cannot hunt?”

Albion pondered this a moment, and then with a great wrenching of his mighty jaws, he severed the tail from his body, and he burned it in the fiery flame of his breath. He said unto Yustav, “Take this, my tail, and use it as a spear, and with it you shall kill the swiftest deer, the largest boar, and you shall be hailed in all the lands as the greatest hunter.”

Yustav took the spear upon him, and he went off to the hunt, and when he had returned what Albion had told him was true, for he had killed the swiftest deer, the largest boar, and he was hailed in all the lands as the great hunter.

Whereupon ten years went by, and Albion came upon a somewhat older Prince, now twenty-five, who was sitting in the snow, weeping.

And Albion said, “Your Highness, why dost thou sit weeping in the snow?”

And Yustav said, “Friend Albion, tomorrow my people go to war, but I fear for my life. If only my skin were as hard as yours, then I would be courageous in combat, and fearing no enemy, I could be a warrior. How can I be Prince if I cannot fight?”

Albion pondered this for a moment, and then with a mighty clenching of his claws, he ripped the scales from his flesh, and he heaped them in a pile before Yustav, saying, “Your Highness, take these my scales. Have them sewn onto a coat, and you shall have the finest armour in all the lands. You will be untouchable in battle. Fearless, you will be hailed as the greatest warrior.”

Yustav took up the scales unto him, took them to his armourer and had them made into a suit of armour. When he returned from the wars, what Albion had told him was true. Fearless in combat, knowing that no blade could touch him, no axe could reach him, he killed the largest number of enemies and was hailed as the greatest warrior.

Twenty years went by, and Albion, a little worse for wear with no tail and no scales, came across the now mature Prince of forty-five who was sitting in the snow, brooding.

And he said, “ Your Highness, why dost thou sit so stern of face and pale of countenance?”

And Yustav said, “Friend Albion, I would take me a wife, but the lady that I would have is of great wealth and stature. There is nothing I can give her which she does not already possess. How can I be a Prince if I do not have a Princess?”

Albion pondered this a moment, and then with a mighty clenching of his claws he wrenched the teeth from his very mouth, and he placed them before the Prince, saying, “Your Highness, take these, my teeth. Have them placed in placards of ivory and you shall have the finest combs in all the land to gift your lady with.”

Yustav took up the teeth from him, and had them made into fine combs, and his Princess agreed to marry him, and he lived happily.

Whereupon twenty years went by, and Albion, much weaker, much smaller than before, for with no teeth he could catch only the smallest of field mice, the slowest of fowl, came across a now ageing Prince of sixty-five, who sat shivering in the snow.

And he said, “Your Highness, why dost thou sit here so coldly in the snow?”

Yustav said, “Friend Albion, my bones grow old, and the winters are cold. There is no heat to worm the inner ice. I fear that soon shall I die.”

Albion pondered this a moment, and then with his razor-sharp claws he plucked the heart from his breast, and placed it before the Prince, saying, “Your Highness, take this, my heart. Have it made into a fine robe, for there is nothing warmer in all the lands. Wear it and you shall live.”

Yustav took up the giant heart and had it made into a robe, and the dragon’s words again were true, for Yustav did live.

Ten years went by, and Yustav awoke, and he realised that after all the years, after all the gifts that Albion had given him, so unselfishly, so chivalrously, not once, not once had the Prince thanked him. And he grieved. He told his son, Wilhelm, who would soon be Prince, that he would seek out a friend in the Schwarzwald, and there he went to find his friend, Albion.

Now, as we all know, a dragon may live without scales, or tail, or even teeth, but without a heart the essence, which is the magic of a dragon, is no more, and all that remains are the bones left by the vultures and the dragon’s claws. And that is what Yustav found there in the clearing of Albion - the many scattered bones left by the vultures and predators, and the many sable claws of Albion. The Prince fell to his knees and wept.

After many hours, Wilhelm called for a search to find his father, but it was Wilhelm himself who found the Prince there in the landing. He took his father into his arms, and with dying words and rasping breath, Yustav told Wilhelm the story of Albion and of his many gifts, whereupon he died.

Wilhelm took up his father and laid on a great funeral, and he was shortly thereafter made Prince of the land. His first official act as Prince was to make dragons a protected species in the land.

After many years the people, having heard the legend of Albion, lost the old name of their land and took up a new and popular one, calling themselves “Drachenwald”, meaning in the German the “Dragon Forest”, and Albion became the symbol of this land.

The new Prince, who was called Richard, thought that in some manner he should make his memory lasting, and so he created an Order, into which could be admitted only those who their own interests could forget while serving others. So chivalrous, so noble, so true must they be that they would be likened by their peers to the memory of Albion. And he styled the Order “The Royal Order of the Companions of Albion” and he took as its symbol a sable claw of the great dragon. Following the tradition of the Princes of Drachenwald and of the great Albion himself, do the Sovereigns of Drachenwald reward their most faithful servants, even to this very day.

Pause.

And so does their Majesty call before them ____ .

(The Albion story was written by Viscount Richard Gilchrest, who created the Order during his reign as Prince.)

6. The Order of Courtesy

This is a very long ceremony. It is not recommended in full for courts which will be long for other reasons.

Herald
Long ago, the lands of Drachenwald were forged into a mighty Kingdom, and in the King’s, army was a virtuous but impoverished noble. One day in the fierce heat of battle, a foul arrow struck them under the arm, where they were lightly armoured, and they fell. The chirurgeon, knowing the esteem in which the noble was held, worked long into the night to save them. Eventually, the arrowhead was withdrawn, but it was clear that they could play no further part in that campaign.

“A good and courteous subject,” said the King to His Queen, “but they are now of no use to us. Lay them in a carriage and send them home to retire.”

When the noble awoke from their fever, the Queen went to them and said, “Your service has been gallant, but in your condition, you can no longer fight. You have leave to depart.” They could not stand, but the noble sat up and said, “Your Majesty, I can no longer wield my sword, yet I beg that I be allowed to stay so that I may be of use wherever I can, for my heart still beats with a love of Drachenwald.”

And so the noble followed the army. Their pain and misery at being unable to fight alongside their King and Queen in the front rank was almost beyond endurance.

But, the Queen noted, not once did they complain. They made their bed in the open, along with the servants, shared their meagre rations without demur, fetched firewood and stirred the pot alongside the lowliest cook.

As the wound began to heal, they took up further tasks. They rode with messages or on errands for the Sovereigns. Even when requests for assistance were made by the lowliest servant, it was greeted with a smile and left with a charming farewell. Never did they think of their own needs, but rather always saw the world through the eyes of those around, anticipating their needs and making their burdens less wearisome.

Some of the maids had children that ran about their feet whilst they tried to work. The noble began to look after the children for a while each day, so that the ladies might have peace. He taught the children games and skills that would be of benefit to them in later life, and he told them moral tales. These children came from the humblest families – yet this noble treated them all with the same grace and courtesy as if they had been the children of the King and Queen themselves.

One day, the army was passing through a region of high mountains in terrible weather. Thunder shook the walls of rock around them, and lightning flashed overhead. Rain turned every stream into a torrent laden with fallen branches and tumbling rocks.

The Queen turned to one of her ladies-in-waiting, asking, “Where is that kind and gracious noble who was wounded? I would have them organise our camp for tonight.”

A while later, the lady returned, saying “Your Majesty, it grieves me to tell you, but that gentle is nowhere to be found.”

The Queen ordered, “Search the army and find this noble indivduak, for they are of great service to me, and I would have him at my side.”

Eventually, a young peasant was brought before the Queen.

“Your Majesty,” he said, “it is my fault that your noble servant is not here. Please forgive me.”

“Do not be afraid,” said the Queen, “just tell me what has happened.”

“I am a goatherd,” said the youngster, “and my flock provides your Majesty with fine cheeses and fresh milk. But this morning, when this terrible storm arose, my animals took fright and scattered. Your noble servant found me crying at my plight, and immediately set off to find my goats although the thunder threatened to blast them from those dreadful rocks.” The child turned and pointed to a rocky ridge that climbed thousands of feet to be lost in the clouds.

The King said to the Queen “They risk their life even for a mere peasant, and had they already returned, we would never have known of their toil. But they have always been so.”

The Queen replied, “it is true that even the greatest deeds can pass unnoticed. But now, we must find our noble friend, for they are in grave danger in this storm. I beg you to find them.”

Patrols were sent into the mountains, and at length, a trumpet call sounded. Their Majesties mounted their steeds, and clambered up the treacherous paths, until they found the soldiers.

“Look!” called the sergeant-at-arms, pointing further ahead. And there, descending through the mist, with staff in hand, guiding a flock of goats, was the noble friend, singing a jaunty song in defiance of the storm.

Surprised to be greeted by such a retinue, they bowed deeply. “Your Majesties,” they said, “surely you cannot be here on my account. How may I help you?” They spread their arms wide, and their Majesties could see both hands were cut and grazed from the perilous climb.

The King spoke. “Noble warrior, I can see your strength has returned, and your courage has evidently not faltered, so you may rejoin the army with my blessing.”

The Queen smiled. “Noble servant,” she said, “We came in search of one whose values we would protect. You never complain at your misfortunes. Not once have you sought attention at the expense of others. Unseen, you work to ensure that the honour of Drachenwald and its people is upheld. But in particular, it is the unstinting courtesy that you have shown to young and old, to high and low-born alike, that has made this long journey and difficult task not a labour, but a joy, and for that we thank you.”

With this, the Queen noticed something in the noble herder’s belt. “What is that flower caught in your clothing?” she asked.

The noble saw that an edelweiss was lodged in their buckle, so they handed it to the Queen. As they did so, a drop of his blood stained its centre. “It is an edelweiss, your Majesty, that grows only on the highest peaks, for it was there that I found the goats, sheltering from the gale.”

The Queen turned to her husband, saying “Your Majesty, I beg of you this boon. The honours of Drachenwald are mostly in your gift, but I would ask that I, too, may create an Order to which only the most worthy may be admitted.”

“So be it,” replied the King, “know you all that I grant Her Majesty this wish.”

The Queen spoke again. “Noble friend, your courtesy and love of Drachenwald is an example to us all and is almost beyond reward. But let this flower be now worn as a rare badge of honour, for the Consorts of Drachenwald alone to bestow, from now until the world ends.”

And so she pinned the edelweiss to the noble’s breast, and charged them to promote the study of courtesy for as long as they should live.

And so from that time forth, exceptional individuals have been inducted into the Order of Courtesy, in this fashion, either as a pin or on a silver chain: an edelweiss argent eyed gules.

Pause.

And so does their Majesty call before them ____ .

(The story was commissioned by Queen Honor of Restormel and written by Lord Heinrich von Westfelsen.)

7. Sigilla Coronarum

** By both Sovereign and Consort together **

Herald
The duties and responsibilities of the Crown are many. Our Sovereign by blood must be a source of strength and wisdom for the people. They must be foremost in valour upon the battlefield, yet gentlest in courtesy of any in the Realm. Their Consort must be a patron of artists and philosophers. They must be the embodiment of gentle grace, courtesy, virtue and love that her subjects deserve. Together, as one, they must govern and rule this land.

Although our Sovereigns are supported by all loyal subjects whose service they may command, there are those subjects without whom they could not rule half so joyously, for their constant attention to Royal needs makes light the day-to-day details of ruling and their tireless devotion serves to ease the burden of Royal responsibilities.

Therefore was created the Sigillum Coronae, to recognise those individuals, whose personal service to the Crown far exceeds any expected measure. And the badge of the award shall be a white Edelweiss surmounted by a black dragon’s head bearing the sigils of the Crown bestowing it.

So now do their Majesties call before them ____ .

** Sigillum Coronae/Regis/Reginae (by the Sovereign) **

Herald
The duties and responsibilities of a Sovereign are many. They must govern and rule the land. They must be a source of strength and wisdom for their people. They must be foremost in valour upon the battlefield, yet gentlest in courtesy of any noble in the Realm.

Although They are supported by not only their Inspiration, but by all loyal subjects whose service They may command, there are those of Their subjects without whom the Crown could not rule half so joyously, for their constant attention to Their needs makes light the day-to-day job of ruling and their tireless devotion serves to ease the burden of Royal responsibility.

Therefore was created the Sigillum Coronae, to recognise those individuals, whose personal service to the Crown far exceeds any expected measure. And the badge of the award shall be a black dragon’s head charged with the sigil of the Crown bestowing it.

So now does their Majesty call before them ____ .

** Sigillum Consortis/Regis/Regina (by the Consort) **

Herald
The duties and responsibilities of a Consort are many. They must govern and rule the land. They must be a patron of the arts and natural philosophy. They must be the embodiment of gentle grace, courtesy, virtue and love that their subjects expect.

Although They are supported by not only their Champion, but by all loyal subjects whose service they may command, there are those of their subjects without whom the Crown could not rule half so joyously, for their constant attention to their needs makes light the day-to-day details of ruling and their tireless devotion serves to ease the burden of Royal responsibility.

Therefore was created the Sigillum Consortis, to recognise those individuals, whose personal service to the Consort far exceeds any expected measure. And the badge of the award shall be a white Edelweiss charged with the sigil of the Consort bestowing it.

So now does their Majesty call before them ____ .

8. The Order of the Dragon’s Tear

Herald
Whenever members of the Kingdom gather to fight or dance, revel or conduct business, there are responsibilities which fall to the hosts so that all may enjoy the event. It sometimes happens, however, that a heavy burden falls upon a single individual or small group, so that a great number of people might find special enjoyment.

Thus was created the Order of the Dragon’s Tear, for those worthy souls who, as event stewards, overcome special difficulties or provide a particularly enriching experience for the populace. And these gentles shall be known by a teardrop-shaped pendant worn on a cord in the colours of Drachenwald.

Now therefore do their Majesties call before them ____ .

9. The Order of the Dragon’s Bowle

Herald
The occasion is always joyous when we gather together. However, the occasion is doubly blessed when we can also enjoy a special display of beauty and art. Therefore was created the Order of the Dragon’s Bowle, to be given at the Crown’s discretion to those gentles whose care, attention and artfulness in equipping themselves enhances the spirit of the event to the delight of all.

And so do their Majesties call before them ____ .

10. The Order of the Dragon’s Jewel

Herald
We delight in the presence of children, because We know they represent the future of all We hold all dear; but there are those young nobles who contribute to our Kingdom and the Society not only beyond the measure of their fellows, but also beyond the measure of their years.

And so do their Majesties call before them ____ .

11. The Order of the Dragon’s Pride

Herald
The reward of artistic achievement and scientific knowledge is a joyful duty for the Crown, as the product of such labour brings delight to all who are touched by it; but when the skill resides in one of tender years, the joy is especially great, since the Crown rewards not only the work itself, but the promise of greater things to come.

Therefore was created the Order of the Dragon’s Pride, to reward artistic or philosophic achievement in a young member of the people.

And so do their Majesties call before them ____ .

Herald
Our beloved realm was founded by travellers who came to this land from distant shores and made it their home. We are proud that to this day, travellers still come and abide in our land.

But alas, as travellers come, they also go, and often it is our sad task to bid farewell to those whose path leads them away from Drachenwald. It is especially sad when those travellers have served the Kingdom well and become beloved of the people.

Thus was created the Popular Company of Sojourners, to recognise those who leave Drachenwald the richer for their time here.

And so do their Majesties call before them ____

13. The Order of the Hospitallers of Albion

Herald
There are times when the Crown of Drachenwald travels to distant lands either to stand with other kingdoms on the field of battle, fighting injustice and defending the weak, or for the pleasure to be gained from foreign travels where the beauty of the Known World may be experienced and enjoyed. During these travels, the Crown is sometimes aided and supported by gentles of those foreign lands, whose sacrifice on behalf of our Crown may be great indeed.

Therefore was created the Order of the Hospitallers of Albion, to reward and thank those gentles or groups who, while not subjects of Drachenwald, have shown unselfish service to our Kingdom and its Crown during these travels.

And so do their Majesties call before them ____

Part II Other Ceremonies

1. Creation of a Pursuivant or Herald

In theory any noble, singly or as a couple, can appoint their own herald.

Herald
Know that We _____ [and _____ ], _____ [and ____] of ____ , have need of a pursuivant / herald to carry our messages in peace and war, to be our voice, and to teach the noble arts of heraldry. Know also that hearing good report of our faithful servant _____ as a gentle(wo)man skilled in the arts of honour we are minded to appoint them as our Pursuivant / Herald [Extraordinary].

In witness thereof we call forth all and any members of the College of Heralds here present and direct them to present _____ before Us!

The heralds come forward, escorting the candidate, and stand aside.

Herald
Do you _____ , of your own free will, swear to serve ____ [and ____] as pursuivant / herald?
Candidate

If swearing:

Herald
You shall swear by the faith that you owe to the Lords / Barons / Princes / Sovereigns whose arms you shall bear, that you shall truly keep such things as are comprised in the articles following:

Following each of the articles, the candidate responds “I so swear”.

If not swearing:

Herald
By the faith that you owe to the Lords / Barons / Princes / Sovereigns whose arms you shallbear, you shall truly keep such things as are comprised in the articles following:
Herald
First, you shall be true to our high and most excellent Lords / Barons / Princes / Sovereigns that they are, and to them that make you a herald. And if you should have any knowledge or hear any imagination of treason, you shall discover it to them or to their noble council; and counsel it in no manner.

You shall be serviceable to all gentle persons to do their commandments to their worship of noble deeds; and to excuse their worship by your good counsel, and ever ready to offer your service to them.

You shall be secret and keep the secrets of knights, squires, ladies, gentlewomen, and all manner of gentle folk; a confessor of arms; and not discover them in any wise except treason aforesaid.

If you be in any place where you hear debate or peril between two gentles which you be privy to, if so be it that you be required by prince, judge, or any other to bear witness, you shall not be without license of both parties, and when you have leave, you shall not testify for any good favour or awe, but say the truth to your knowledge.

If investing a Kingdom, Principality or Regional Herald

You shall pursue learning, and teach officers of arms under you, all manner of things pertaining to nobility.

You shall forsake all places of dishonesty and hazard and dishonestly going to common taverns and places of debates and all manner of vices, and take to virtues as much as you are able.

If swearing (Be aware of the potential religious sensitivities of this action. It may be omitted.)

Herald
These articles you have sworn truly to keep with all your might and power.

An attendant moves forward and gives the goblet of water to the appointing noble who slowly pours a bit of water from the goblet over the candidate’s head while speaking these words:

If swearing

**Presiding noble
Then, by your oath, I do create you pursuivant / herald by the name of _____ . As you shall serve Us as pursuivant / herald, We shall reward you with largesse.

If not swearing

**Presiding noble
I hereby create you pursuivant / herald by the name of _____ . As you shall serve Us as pursuivant / herald, We shall reward you with largesse.

Sovereign/Baron gives the cup to the candidate.

If creating a Pursuivant

Herald
Let the pursuivant be invested with his tabard of office, and let him wear it athwart as befits his rank of pursuivant, and in no other way.

Attendents move forward and put a tabard on the candidate. The tabard should be put on so that the arms of the tabard are on the candidate’s chest and the front and back drape over the candidate’s shoulders and arms.

If creating a Herald

Herald
Let the herald be invested with his tabard of office and let him wear it so that he may be known as a herald.

Attendants move forward and put a tabard over the head of the candidate so that it is athwart. Then, in a separate and obvious motion, the tabard is turned so that it is worn properly. If the candidate was already wearing a tabard athwart then the attendants turn the tabard so that it is worn properly.

**Presiding Noble
Arise, _____ , and go forth.

The herald exhorts cheers from the populace.

** Acknowledgements **

This is heavily based on a ceremony composed by Lothar von Katzenellenbogen and subsequently adapted by Eiríkr Sigurðarson for use within the Caidan College of Heralds.

Part XIV Oaths

Oaths are a very personal thing and the ceremonies below should be taken as templates. Custom varied in period, as do preferences now, as to whether an oath is to the person or the office, to successors or not, what exactly is sworn to by the person giving the oath and whether it is done publicly or privately. The Crown, heralds and oath-givers should be flexible in how this aspect of fealty is handled.

1. Coronation Oath

Seneschal
Will You love all that is true and fair, and fight all falsehoods, lies and injustice, both with Your Royal powers and with justice?
Coronets
I will.
Seneschal
Will You be true to Your people, confirm to them their old rights and privileges, and not take away from anyone what is rightfully theirs, except after proper verdict of law?
Coronets
I will.
Seneschal
Will You protect the Realm to the best of Your ability, so that when the time comes You will leave Your successors a strong Kingdom, as is their due?
Coronets
I will.

Modelled after the coronation oath in the King Christopher law of 1440’s Scandinavia.

2. Kingdom Officers’ Oath

Herald
Will you hold ____ and ____ your rightful Sovereigns, right until the end of their lawful reign, and support their royal might and justice?
Officers
I will.
Herald
Will you give Them such obedience as is their due, obeying their commands in such matters as are theirs to command?
Officers
I will.
Herald
Will you be a true officer of the Kingdom, discharging your duties to the best of your ability?
Officers
I will.
Monarch
And We in turn promise to support you with Our royal power and justice.

So say We ____ , Rex/Regina.

Monarch
So say We ____ , Rex/Regina.

Modelled after the oath of allegiance for populace in the King Christopher law of 1440’s Scandinavia.

3. Peers’ Oath

Herald
Will you hold ____ and ____ your rightful Sovereigns, right until the end of their lawful reign, and support their royal might and justice?
Peer
I will
Herald
Do you wish to give the Crown such counsel which is to the benefit of Them and their Realm, and support Them in upholding the laws and fulfilling their coronation oath?
Peer
I will.
Herald
And will you keep secret such matters as the Crown wants to keep in confidence, and not divulge such secrets that could harm their Realm?
Peer
I will.
Monarch
And We in turn promise to grant you, the Peers of our Realm, and your households, all the rights and privileges of old, and to protect you with the Law of the Realm.

So say We ____ , Rex/Regina

Monarch
So say We ____ , Rex/Regina

Modelled after the oaths of allegiance for populace and for the King’s Council in the King Christopher law of 1440’s Scandinavia.

4. Oath of Fealty for Principalities and Baronies

Herald
Let all present and to come know that I ____ , ____ of ____, acknowledge to You ____ and ____ , Sovereigns of Drachenwald, that I hold and ought to hold as a fief the ____ of ____ . For this I make homage and fealty with hands and with mouth to You my Sovereigns, and I swear that I will always be a faithful vassal to You in all things in which a vassal is required to be faithful, and I will defend You and the Kingdom and ____ against all malefactors and invaders, and I will give You power over all the castles and manors in the ____ , in peace and in war, whenever they shall be lawfully claimed by You.

And if I do not observe to You each and all the things declared above, and should come against these things, I wish that the aforesaid fief should by that very fact be handed over to You and to the Kingdom of Drachenwald.

Ruling Noble
So say I ____ , ____ .

Modelled after the oath of fealty of the Viscount of Carcassonne, 1110.

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