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Since the SCA is a volunteer-driven non-profit organization, in which no monetary compensation is given to members for all their hard work, we recognize their contributions to the group through awards of rank and title. Some awards come with an illuminated scroll, which the member can frame and hang on their wall to declare their past achievements to all who enter their home and to remind themselves of the future aspirations not yet achieved. These awards are important to the SCA for a number of reasons, but most of all, they are important to the members who receive them, because the recognition of their past efforts inspires them to even greater future endeavors.

It is our job as members to never let each others' efforts go unnoticed. When we see a fellow member going above and beyond the norm to ensure a smooth running event, or to keep the Barony going while no one else is around, or to inspire others around them to a higher level of authenticity in their Arts & Sciences, it is our duty to report these deeds to the Crown (or to the Coronet, as the case may be), so that Their Majesties of the West (or Their Excellencies of the Far West) may duly recognize the toils of Their loyal subjects. This is done by submitting an award recommendation, as detailed below. Please read the description of what each award means before submitting a recommendation, to ensure that you recommend your fellow member for the most appropriate award for the work they are doing. If you feel that their work falls outside of any of the established awards listed here, you may even recommend the establishment of a new award or a specific honor to properly recognize that person's work.

Award recommendations

Award recommendations should be made to Their Majesties of the West through the West Kingdom Award Recommendation Form online for all Kingdom-level and GOA (Grant of Arms)-level awards. Their Majesties have decreed, however, that non-armigerous, AOA (Award of Arms)-level awards may be bestowed vicariously through Their Excellencies of the Palatine Barony. This means that some awards should be recommended to Their Excellencies of the Far West instead of to the Crown.

How do you know where to send your award recommendation letter? We will try to make it easy by dividing the awards into clear sections below, the first being Baronial awards, which are always granted at the Baronial level, the second being AOA-level awards that should be recommended to Their Excellencies to be given at the Baronial level, and the third being awards that should be recommended directly to Their Majesties to be granted at the Kingdom level.

Please read the description of what each award means before submitting a recommendation, to ensure that you recommend your fellow member for the most appropriate award for the work they are doing.

Local honors

Here on Battle Rock, we currently offer four local honors. These include the Battle Rock Champion, the Phoenix Flame, the Flying Pig, and the letter of Seneschal's Appreciation.

Battle Rock Champion

The tradition of selecting a Battle Rock champion by right of arms in local tourney is likely as old as the Stronghold itself, but in the group's current incarnation, this tradition has been carried on semi-annually since Twelfth Night, A.S. XLIV (9 January, 2010 C.E.), with a Winter championship held in December or January and a Summer championship held in July. The Battle Rock Champion carries the honor of championship until the following championship tourney (about 6 months).

The known Battle Rock championship pedigree is as follows:

  • Lord Rothri de Ross (January 2010 - July 2010)
  • Lord Turtious of the Ninth Legion (July 2010 - December 2010)
  • Baron Rothri de Ross (December 2010 - July 2011)
  • Ryan of Battle Rock [mka Ryan Bennett] (July 2011-December 2011)

Phoenix Flame

PhoenixFlame
{C}The Order of the Phoenix Flame is a local brotherhood of the most dedicated and accomplished armored fighters sworn to the enduring defense of Battle Rock. This honor was established by Battle Rock Branch Marshal Lord Adam de Ansetl Leah at the Rise of the Phoenix Crest Tourney in March, A.S. XLV (26 March, 2011 C.E.). Members of the order receive from the Branch Marshal a tablet woven belt sash of alternating stripes of brown and white, with three longitudinal stripes of red, to wear as a symbol of their dedication to the defense of Battle Rock. This order carries a lifetime membership.

Companions of the Phoenix Flame include:

  • Adam de Ansetl Leah (26 March 2011)
  • Aodhan MacRaibert (26 March 2011)
  • Rothri de Ross (18 June 2011)
  • Turtious of the Ninth Legion (26 March 2011)
  • Wilhelm Meis (26 March 2011)

Flying Pig

FlyingPig
{C}The Flying Pig is Battle Rock's honor in recognition of the dedicated and creative spirit our members display through their recreation of the arts and sciences of the Middle Ages. The flying pig reminds us that through the creative application of our indomitable spirit, all things are possible. This honor was established by our Minister of Arts and Sciences Lady Pipa Follywolle at the Twelfth Night Feast in January, A.S. XLV (8 January 2011 C.E.), and the first Flying Pig was awarded to Lord Wilhelm Meis for the Plague doctor mask he made for the masquerade ball. Recipients are presented by the Battle Rock Minister of Arts and Sciences with a pewter flying pig as a token of their honor.

Keepers of the Flying Pig include:

  • Wilhelm Meis (8 January 2011)
  • Adam de Ansetl Leah (5 February 2011)
  • Johanna of Battle Rock [mka Johanna Graber] (26 March 2011)

Seneschal's Appreciation

Seneschals Appreciation
{C}The letter of Seneschal's Appreciation is a local honor in recognition of remarkable dedication and self sacrifice in service to the Stronghold as evidenced by a member going above and beyond their duties in order to accomplish whatever task the Stronghold requires. These are the members who take the initiative to step in where needed, to do the thankless work of the Stronghold, regardless of their own comfort or enjoyment. Recipients of this honor are publicly presented with a letter of Seneschal's Appreciation by the Battle Rock Seneschal at any Populace meeting. This honor was established by Battle Rock Seneschal Lord Wilhelm Meis when he honored Lord Adam de Ansetl Leah, Lord Bjorn Olfuss, and Lady Pipa Follywolle at the 1 June 2011 Populace meeting.

Recipients of the Seneschal's Appreciation include:

  • Adam de Ansetl Leah (1 June 2011)
  • Bjorn Olfuss (1 June 2011)
  • Pipa Follywolle (1 June 2011)

Baronial awards and honors

Baronial awards are non-armigerous awards and honors specific to the Barony of the Far West, established by the Coronet to recognize the skills and service of the populace of the Barony. These awards are given only by Their Excellencies of the Palatine Barony of the Far West, under the guidelines provided in Section XIII of the Baronial Customs and Traditions.

The Order of the Sea Griffon

This Order recognizes those who are the very ideal of what the gentry of the current Middle Ages should be. It was established to recognize members of the populace who have made great sacrifices of themselves in service to the Barony, who have demonstrated great courtesy, chivalry, and grace at all times, and who have achieved much in the arts and sciences. This is a polling order; no member may be inducted unless the other members are in majority agreement. Every effort should be made to contact all members of the order. A majority of the members may also approach the Coronet with a candidate; however, in such a case, the Coronet is not obligated to induct members proposed by the order itself. The order was named after the principal charge on the arms of His Excellency Alwyn, Founding Baron Palatine of the Far West. The order was created by Baron Palatine Edward and Baroness Marixsa on November 3, A.S. XXVI (c.e. 1991). A companion of this order is styled "Companion of the Order of the Sea Griffon" any may append the initials "C.S.G." after his/her name. The token for this order is a silver-colored sea griffon on a red field, pendant from a yellow ribbon.

The Order of the Burdened Bouget

This is the Baronial service award. It was established to recognize members of the populace who have made great sacrifices of themselves in service to the Barony. A companion of this order is styled "Bearer of the Burdened Bouget" and may append the initials "B.B.B." after his/her name. The token for the order is a silver-colored bouget pendant from a red ribbon.

The Order of the Attic Helm

This is the Baronial award given to recognize fighters of high caliber. It was established to recognize members who, in addition to fighting skills, train new fighters and show chivalry on and off the field. A companion of this order is styled "Companion of the Order of the Attic Helm" and may append the initials "C.A.H." after his/her name. The token for the order is a gold-colored image of a Greek helm pendant from a red and gold ribbon.

The Order of the Oriental Dragon

This is the Baronial award given to recognize great skills in the arts or sciences. It is given to those who both do and teach. A companion of this order is styled "Companion of the Order of the Oriental Dragon" and may append the initials "C.O.D." after his/her name. The token for the order is a gold-colored dragon on a billet of green jade pendant from a chain.

The Order of the Baronial Gallant

This is the Baronial award established to honor those members of the Barony who are at all times examples of courtesy and grace. A companion of this order is styled "Companion of the Order of the Baronial Gallant" and may append the initials "C.B.G." after his/her name.

The Order of the Empty Shell

This is the Baronial award established to honor those members of the Barony who have participated in the Barony's various activities thereby enriching it. This order is only given to members who are leaving the Barony. A companion of this order is styled "Companion of the Order of the Empty Shell" and may append the initials "C.O.E.S." after his/her name. The token of the Order is a small empty shell pendant from a blue and silver ribbon.

The Order of the Leaping Dolphin

Realizing that the Barony has no official way of recognizing those who have in the past served as the Coronet, Baron Palatine Edward and Baroness Marixsa created this award on January 4, A.S. XXVI (c.e. 1992). It is given by the new Coronets at their investiture to their predecessors, and none may be inducted into the order who have not ruled as Baron and Baroness. All past Coronets shall be granted this recognition and shall be inducted to the order upon successful completion of their term. Should a Coronet abdicate for whatever reason(s), induction into the order will be considered on a case by case basis by the subsequent Coronet. Induction after an abdication is not guaranteed. A companion of this order is styled "Companion of the Order of the Leaping Dolphin" and may append the initials "C.L.D." after his/her name. Members of the order may display the Baronial badge below a baronial coronet.

The Ginger Flower

This honor was established by Palatine Baroness Trude and Baron Wulfric on December 5, A.S. XXII (c.e. 1987), and is presented to fighters whose prowess on the field of battle is exceeded only by their ability to die with panache and flair.

Coronet's Appreciation

This honor was established by Palatine Baron Ulrich and Baroness Ariel in June, A.S. XXV (c.e. 1990). It is presented to those who have through some special deed or service made life easier for the Coronet.

Far West Support

This honor was established by Palatine Baron Edward and Baroness Marixsa on January 4, A.S. XXVI (c.e. 1992) to recognize continued work for the growth of the Barony in such diverse areas as autocrating, running demos, feastocratting or gold key and generally lending a helping hand where needed.

Izanagi's Spear

This honor was established to recognize and encourage all up and coming youths of the Barony who perform and excel in the graces, virtues, skills, and talents that the Society professes. This honor shall be given to all youths whom the Coronet deems worthy and needful of recognition by the Populace of the Barony and Society in general.

Awards delegated to the Coronet

Award of Arms

Awards of Arms (AOA) are given to members of the populace of the Far West by Their Excellencies of the Palatine Barony, under the specific authority vested in the Coronet under Article IV, Section 1.1 of the Laws of the Kingdom of the West, granting the Baron and Baroness of the Far West specific authority to offer Awards of Arms to Their subjects. This means that a recommendation for an Award of Arms should be made by sending a letter, stating who you think should receive an AOA and why, to Their Excellencies. Awards of Arms, granting their holders the title Lord or Lady, are the only awards delegated by the Crown to the Coronet. The Crown may also grant other AOA-level awards, which are listed in the section below.

Awards reserved to the Crown

The following awards have been reserved for Their Majesties of the West to grant under their own sole authority, so recommendations for these awards should be passed directly to the Crown through this online submission form.

Patents of Arms

The highest recognitions of achievement in the Martial arts, the Arts & Sciences, and in Service to the Kingdom, are the Royal Peerages of the Order of Chivalry, the Order of the Lily, and the Order of the Pelican, respectively. These awards are given through Patents of Arms granted by the Crown after a conclave of the Peerage has selected its new member. Thus, elevation to the Peerage is not achieved through letters of recommendation to the Crown, but through selection from within the Peerage itself.

Grants of Arms

Grants of Arms may be offered to the Great Officers of State or to other officers of the Crown for conscientious execution of their duties while in office. The Crown may also offer Grants of Arms to any individual whose great, unremitting, and excellent service is of equivalent value to the Kingdom.[1]

Royal Missile Company

This is a GOA-level Royal Order for those who have demonstrated chivalry, courtesy, and a high level of courtly behavior as well as unparalleled accomplishment in archery.

Order of the Western White Scarf

This is a GOA-level Royal Order for those who have demonstrated chivalry, courtesy, and a high level of courtly behavior as well as unparalleled accomplishment in rapier fighting.

Order of the Western Gold Scarf

This is a GOA-level Royal Order for those who have demonstrated chivalry, courtesy, and a high level of courtly behavior as well as unparalleled accomplishment in the equestrian arts.

Order of the Golden Poppy

This is a GOA-level Royal Order for the winners of the annual Kingdom Arts and Sciences competition. The only way to be inducted into this order is to win the annual Kingdom Arts and Sciences competition. The newest member bears the title of Royal Artificer (if the winning entry was a Science) or Royal Artisan (if the winning entry was an Art), and also bears special responsibilities.

Awards of Arms

The Western Lily

The Order of the Western Lily may be offered to those the Crown finds deserving of great honor for both their individual excellent achievements and for their consistent contributions in teaching others of their skills and knowledge of the arts, sciences, and other activities that strengthen and enhance the Kingdom.[2]

Order of the Leaf of Merit

The Order of the Leaf of Merit may be offered to those the Crown finds deserving of honor, especially for substantial and unobtrusive service to the Kingdom. The token given is a pendant in the shape of a laurel leaf.[3]

Order of the Rose Leaf

The Order of the Rose Leaf may be offered to those the Crown finds deserving of honor, especially for achievement in the arts and sciences. The token given is a pendant in the shape of a rose leaf.[4]

Order of the Ash Leaf

The Order of the Ash Leaf may be offered to those the Crown finds deserving of honor, especially for expertise in combat including, but not limited to, heavy armored combat, rapier combat, and combat archery. The token given is a pendant in the shape of an ash leaf.[5]

Court Baron/ess

The title of Court Baron or Court Baroness may be offered to those the Crown wishes to honor. This title carries with it an Award of Arms, and those entitled shall stand in precedence between holders of Leaves of Achievement and holders of Awards of Arms.

Non-armigerous Orders

In addition to the armigerous Orders, the Crown may create orders which do not in themselves convey the right to bear arms. At present, these include the Queen's Order of Grace, the Order of the Queen's Cypher, the Order of Valor, Knight Banneret, Defender of the West, Pillar of the West, the Order of the King's Lance, the Order of the Queen's Arrow, the Order of the Silver Mantle, Royal Page of the West, the Order of the Golden Acorn, the Western Roll of Honor, the Wreath of Valor, the Wreath of Chivalry, the Muckin' Great Clubbe, the Old Battered Helm, the WKPM (West Kingdom Paragons of Merriment), the Order of the Noble Manor, the Order of the Queen's Treasure, Augmentation of Arms, Commendabilis, the Order of the Silver Nib, Western Hero, the Order of the Wooden Spoon, the Order of the Pied d'Argent, the Order of Missile Champions, the Order of the Western Prima Spada, the Queen's Order of Maintenance, the Crown's Favor, and the Order of the Western Centurion.

For more information about these awards, please refer to Article IV, Section 8 of the Laws of the Kingdom of the West.

Kingdom honors

Honors are positions that last only for the duration of a reign. These include the Queen’s Champion, the Queen’s Guard, and the King’s Huscarls. These are selected solely at Their Majesties' discretion to serve during Their reign.

  1. Laws of the Kingdom of the West [PDF], Article IV, Section 4. "Grants of Arms".
  2. Laws of the Kingdom of the West [PDF], Article IV, Section 5. "The Western Lily".
  3. Laws of the Kingdom of the West [PDF], Article IV, Section 6. "The Leaves of Achievement".
  4. Laws of the Kingdom of the West [PDF], Article IV, Section 6. "The Leaves of Achievement".
  5. Laws of the Kingdom of the West [PDF], Article IV, Section 6. "The Leaves of Achievement".

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