Greetings to the Artisans of the East,
With changes that have been introduced at the last Curia to the existing award system, I decided this was a prime time to initiate a request from the Tyger Clerk of the Signet’s Office. Especially since Her Majesty also happened to mention getting people who are not traditional scribes involved in the creation of scrolls. If you have ever though you might like to help out this is the time to start. We are likely to get a good number of new assignments from the changes in the award system, so we are looking for talented people willing to help.
As you sit in court listening to the awards going out, surely you have noticed some that were not the traditional paper scroll. We have given out a variety of different items representing a wide range of artistic practices over the years. During the last year I have seen stone carvings, embroidery, woodburning, wood block printing, pottery and painting on non-paper media. In the past I have also seen a painted windwall, carved horn and a painted lute. We welcome artists who work in techniques other than the traditional paper scrolls to become members of the scribes for the East Kingdom. Typically an assignment is given to the scribe at least a month before it is due to go out in court, sometimes up to three months is available. A great many projects can be completed in that amount of time. Therefore if you do anything that can be turned into an award, and think you might like to try this out get in touch with the Signet’s Office.
The Tyger clerk of the Signet’s Office has a webpage at: http://signet.eastkingdom.org/wp/ At our homepage you can find the handbook and sample wordings under the “New Scribe” heading. There are also many examples of scrolls in the gallery.
You can send a message to either the Signet at: Signet@Eastkingdom.org
Or the New Scribe deputy at: newscribe.deputy@Eastkingdom.org
Thank you all for your attention,
Nest verch Tangwistel
Tyger Clerk of the Signet
The following is a Q&A with commonly asked questions about the new awards and answered by the Shepherd’s Crook Herald, Master Rowen Cloteworthy
I’m sure some of you have questions about the new Grant-level Orders, the new Armigerous Orders, and how these changes affect your precedence and the Order of March.
I heard the order names were changing. Is that true?
No, the names of the Orders of High Merit (Silver Crescent, Maunche, Tygers Combatant, Sagittarius, Golden Rapier, and Golden Lance) are not changing. The new Armigerous Orders will be added to the Order of Precedence with their new names.
What about these new awards? What are the Armigerous Orders?
En français In case of disparity between the French or English text, English text have precedence.
The following is a message from Their Royal Majesties, Brennan and Caoilfhionn:
We have decided that, at this point in the history of the East Kingdom, it is right and proper that the existing Orders of High Merit (the Silver Crescent, the Golden Rapier, the Maunche, the Tygers Combatant, the Sagittarius and the Golden Lance), which currently carry an Award of Arms, should instead carry Grants of Arms and be afforded the same precedence as these polling orders do in most other kingdoms. Consistent with existing precedent on Orders that are elevated to Grant-level after their creation, everyone who currently has an Order of High Merit will be deemed to have received a Grant of Arms as of the date when he or she was elevated to the Order of High Merit. Therefore, if you received a Silver Crescent on December 1, 1992, you will be considered to have received a Grant of Arms on the same date. Continue reading
The Kingdom of the East, on 3 October 2015, AS L, celebrated the Coronation of Brennan Ri and Caoilfhionn Banri!
The newly crowned King and Queen heard the fealty of those greater officers of state, landed Barons and Baronesses, and champions before suspending court and sitting in state.
At the first court of Brennan and Caoilfhionn, His Majesty Tindal of Aethelmearc was welcomed, and gifts were exchanged. Their Highnesses Acre made a presentation of a gift to their newly crowned Majesties as well.
Her Majesty Caoilfhionn then called forth Einarr Njortharson, called Billy Fish, and named him the Captain of her Queen’s Guard. Einarr then proceeded to name the rest of her Majesty’s guard force, who were presented with scarves to represent their station.
Before court was continued, the populace bore witness to an eerie sight – the ghostly spirit of Kenric of blessed memory appeared to race across the dais, vanishing as swiftly as he appeared.
Their Majesties called forth Elewys of Anglespur. They awarded her arms, making her a lady of their court. She was presented with a scroll by Sorcha Dhocair inghean Ui Ruairc.
Her Majesty then proceeded to call forth the children who had participated in her Children’s Service Initiative. Caleb Patrasso, Emma Lovell, Caitilin ingean Donndubain and Rowyn received tokens for their participation.
The children in attendance were called before the court. Duncan MacKinnon was called forward to run with the toybox, to the delight of all in attendance.
Next Sir Jeffrey was called forward, and despite his unshod appearance, welcomed all to participate in a demo happening the next day.
Jean Paul Ducasse, Baron of Concordia, was called forward. He told the populace about the success of the Populace Badge fundraiser, and was presented a gift for the generosity of Concordia for hosting Their Majesties’ coronation.
Brennan and Caoilfhionn asked for a moment of silence, in memory of the recent passing of Aiden ni Leir.
Drake Oranwood was called before the court. His talent in bardic performance was rewarded with his induction into the Order of the Troubadour. He was presented with a scroll by Katrusha Skomorokh with words by Olivia Baker.
Their Majesties called before them Anne de Basillion. They made her a lady of their court, awarding her arms. She was presented with a circlet, and a scroll by Mari Clock van Hoorne.
Next Brennan and Caoilfhionn called forth Isabel de Bayonne. Her talent spoken of, they requested the presence of their Order of the Maunche. Isabel was elevated to the order of high merit for the arts and sciences, and presented a medallion and a scroll by Elsa de Lyon.
Their Majesties called before them Doroga Veronin. During their coronation ceremony Doroga had spoken for the populace as one without grant nor patent, but they felt the need to correct that he had neither been previously awarded arms. Thus Doroga was made a Lord of their court, and presented with a scroll featuring illumination by Lillian ate Valeye and calligraphy by Nest verch Tangwistel.
Her Majesty called before her Duncan MacKinnon. Speaking of his frequent chivalrous actions, she awarded him with the Queen’s Order of Courtesy, presenting the traditional glove and a scroll by Saerlaith ingen Chennetig featuring words by Lucius Aurelius Varus.
Their Majesties next called forth Rhys Ravenscroft. They spoke of his prowess since moving to the East Kingdom, and called forth their Order of the Tyger’s Combatant. He was presented with a medallion, and a scroll by Jan Janowicz Bogdanski.
Their Majesties Brennan and Caoilfhionn expressed concern with Their Excellencies of Concordia of the Snows. They brought forth a need to sue Jean Paul and Lily for holding too tightly to Magnus Hvalmagi, not allowing him the proper freedom to be recognized outside of the Barony. Thus it was they called Magnus forth, and also witnesses to the crimes – the companions of the Order of the Laurel. Magnus received a writ to contemplate elevation to the order at a date to be named, and received a scroll by Isabel Chamberlaine with words by Toki Redbeard.
Their Majesties concluded and closed their first court. Long Live the King! Long Live the Queen! Long live the People of the Kingdom of the East!
Thank you to the heraldic staff – Master Donovan Shinnock, Master Ryan McWhyte, Mistress Kay Leigh
McWhyte, and Lord Yehuda ben Moshe.
Master Malcolm Bowman
Eastern Crown Herald for Brennan and Caoilfhionn
A message from Their Highnesses:
Recommendations to be considered for the 2nd polling of Brennan & Caoilfhionn will be accepted through the end of Friday 10/9. Recommendations for polling awards received after that time will be passed to our heirs.
Please remember that you need not be a member of an order to recommend someone you consider deserving. If you know someone you feel strongly about, please recommend them via the online recommendations system.
Thank you, and we look forward to hearing …
Brennan & Caoilfhionn
The East Kingdom Awards Overview (created by Tola knitýr) has been updated to reflect the addition of the Order of Defense and the Order of the Golden Lance, as well as several name changes.
Other Award Resources
How to Write an Awards Recommendation by Queen Avelina II
How Web Pollings and Recommendations Work by Lady Raffaella Mascolo
How the Awards Process Works by Queen Avelina II
On the Scheduling of Awards by Brennan II, Princeps
- We set our Royal Progress calendar. It is based around required events, visiting several parts of the Kingdom, events we really want to attend, and our availability (in that order).
- We make decisions about who we will give various awards to (after pollings if applicable). This is usually started by a recommendations. So, if you feel someone deserves an award, write a recommendation.
- We send these off to our Royal Scheduler. This job is essential, difficult, and totally under-appreciated. The scheduler reaches out to people around the award recipient to figure out at what event the award(s) should be given, based on some of the following:
- What events are left of the Royals’ calendar?
- Which of those events will the recipient be attending?
- What is the closest event to the recipient?
- What event is the most appropriate to the award?
- How full is the docket for the event in question.Often times, step #3 involves a great deal of back and forth, and plans often change.
- Once the schedule is set, the scheduler works with the Signet’s office to make sure that a scroll is being created.