From an article originally published in Tournaments Illuminated #120, Fall 1996.
Last updated June 23, 2009.


Etcetera - The Kingdom of Trimaris

by Mistress Jessa d'Avondale

Trimaris originated as a region of Meridies in A.S. XIV. It became a principality in A.S. XVI, and was elevated to kingdom status in A.S. XX.

The arms of the kingdom are Argent, on a fess wavy azure, a celestial Crown of five points, between two triskeles arronde contourny, environed of a laurel wreath, all counterchanged.


Many awards' badges incorporate the triskele and the colors white and blue from the kingdom's arms. Trimaris kingdom law states that anyone receiving an award is required to be a current paid member of the Society.

Patents of Arms

Patents of Arms are not awarded to departing royalty.

The Order of the Rose, bestowed upon consorts of Trimaris at the completion of their reign, is accompanied by a Patent of Arms.

Grants of Arms

The Crown may bestow a Grant of Arms to recognize exemplary and/or enduring service. Those made Territorial Barons and Baronesses, or given the title of Court Baron or Baroness receive Grants of Arms. The following awards are also accompanied by Grants:

Order of the Triskele Trimaris (OTT): the premier kingdom honor, given for exemplary service to the kingdom as a whole in any area of endeavor, as well as exemplary courtesy. The order's badge is: Azure, a triskele argent.

Order of the Argent Sword of Trimaris (OTS): the premier fighting award, given for excellence in, education in, and fostering of the art of heavy weapons combat, as well as exemplary courtesy. The order's badge is: Azure, a triskele between three swords in pall points to center argent. (Formerly known as the Order of the Trimarian Sword.)

Order of the Silver Trident Trimaris (OSTT): the premier Arts and Sciences award, given for excellence in any Art or Science, as well as exemplary courtesy. The order's badge is: Azure, a trident argent.

Order of the White Scarf of Trimaris (OWST): given to recognize the highest level of skills and training in light weapons combat. It is bestowed by the Crown, pursuant to treaty with Ansteorra and the Outlands. The symbol of the order is a white scarf worn about the left shoulder. (Formerly known as the Order of the Cravat Blanche.)

Order of the Arc d'Or (OAO): given to recognize the highest level of skill and training in archery, both in combat and at the butts. The badge registered to the order is: Azure, a bow fesswise Or between three triskeles one and two argent.

Order of the Golden Lance: given to recognize excellence in the Equestrian Arts. The badge registered to the order is: Azure semy of triskeles argent, a lance Or.

Awards of Arms

The Crown may bestow Awards of Arms to those deemed worthy by their service or accomplishment. The following orders are accompanied by an Award of Arms, if the recipient is not already armigerous:

Order of the Argent Scales of Trimaris (OAST): given for excellence in administrative service. The order's badge is: Argent scaly azure.

Order of the Trade Winds of Trimaris (OTWT): given for enduring and exemplary service in the Arts and Sciences. The order's badge is: Argent, an aeolus azure.

Order of the Silver Shield of Trimaris (OSST): given for personal excellence in any martial art, including heavy and light weapons, archery, and live weapons. The badge registered to the order is: Argent, on a triskele azure an escutcheon argent.

Each barony may have one order which conveys an Award of Arms, usually its premier service award. Since the Baron and Baroness bestow the Award of Arms on behalf of the Crown, they must have the Crown's permission to give the award. The existing armigerous baronial awards are:

Order of the Wyvern's Claw (OWC): Barony of Wyvernwoode. The badge is: A wyvern's claw argent, worn from a green and gold braided cord.

Order of the Cross and Serpent (OCS): Barony of An Crosaire. The badge is: A saltire involved of a serpent.

Order of the Trident Keype (OTK): Barony of Darkwater. The badge is: On an escallop Or, a friendly three-towered keype gules.

Order of the Beacon: Barony of Oldenfeld. The badge is: Vert a beacon argent flamed Or within a bordure Or.

Order of the Golden Citadel of Marcaster: Barony of Marcaster. The badge is: Azure, issuant from the battlements of a demi-tower a beacon Or enflamed proper, a tierce wavy paly wavy argent and azure.

Non-armigerous awards

The following kingdom awards do not convey arms:

Crown's Order of Gratitude: given for service to the sovereign and consort. An individual may be given this award more than once. The badge registered to the order is: Per pale azure and vert, a triskele within a bordure Or. Order of Trimarian Gratitude (OTG): given for service to the sovereign. An individual may be given this award more than once. The badge registered to the order is: Barry wavy azure and argent, a triskele within a bordure Or.

Order of the Emerald Seas (OES): given for service to the consort of Trimaris. An individual may be given this award more than once. The badge registered to the order is: Barry wavy vert and argent, a triskele within a bordure Or.

Order of the Grey Beard: given to active fighters, age forty or older. The badge registered to the order is: Per pale sable and azure, in saltire a crutch Or and a sword inverted proper.

Order of the Mermaid's Pearl: (OPM) given for exemplary and continued service by those gentles over the age of fifty. The badge is Argent, a hand mirror azure silvered argent.

Order of the Argent Estoile (OAE): given for excellence in the Arts or Sciences in specific areas of endeavor. An individual may be given this award more than once. The order's badge is Quarterly azure and vert, an estoille a bordure embattled argent

Order of the Argent Palm (OAP): given for enduring and continuing service in any field of endeavor. The order's badge is Azure, a palm tree couped within a bordure argent.

Order of the Argent Morningstar of Trimaris (OMS): given for personal excellence in the martial arts, including heavy and light weapons, archery and live weapons. An individual may be given this award more than once. The order's badge is: Azure, a morningstar bendwise within a border argent. (Formerly known as the Order of the Morning Star.)

Order of the Trefoil Argent of Trimaris (OTAT): given for exemplary courtesy, chivalry, and period presence. An individual may receive this award multiple times, however, the Crown may bestow the Trefoil Argent to only two people per reign. The badge registered to the order is: Argent, on a triskele vert a trefoil argent.

Order of the Bard's Laureate (OBL): given to those who have served as Poet, Troubadour, or Mask Laureate Trimaris. An individual may receive this award multiple times. The order's badge is: An annulet of chain pendant of six bells argent.

Order of the Fletcher (OF): given to children under the age of sixteen, for service. (Formerly known as the Order of the Sea Urchin.) The order's badge is: (Fieldless) Four Japanese arrow notches conjoined in saltire bases to center azure.

Order of the Golden Galleon (OGG): given for exemplary service as autocrat or head cook. The order's badge is Azure, a galleon Or.

Order of the Herald's Tressure (OHTT): given for exemplary and continued service as a herald. The order's badge is (Fieldless) A maunch Azure semy of triskeles argent.

Order of the Healer's Lamp (OHL): given for exemplary and continued service as a chirurgeon. The order's badge is Azure, on a lamp Or a fleam gules.

Order of the Watchful Flame (OWF): given for exemplary and continued service as a constable. The order's badge is Argent, eight flames in annulo bases to center azure.

Order of the Silver Saddle Trimaris: given for exemplary and continued service in the equestrian arts. The order's badge is Per fess azure and vert, a tournament saddle argent.

Order of the Cross of St. Joan: given to veteran heavy-weapons fighters who are an inspiration both on and off the field of combat. Traditionally given to female fighters.

Crown's Order of Gratitude (COG): for service to the Sovereign and Consort of Trimaris. An individual may be given this award more than once. The badge registered to the order is: Per pale azure and vert, a triskele within a bordure Or.

At the Crown's pleasure, Augmentations of Arms may be bestowed upon individuals or groups who have rendered outstanding service to the kingdom or brought honor to Trimaris through their efforts, and in all ways personify what it means to be Trimarian. This is the highest and rarest of heraldic honors that can be bestowed in the kingdom.


Index of SCA Kingdom Awards articles Kingdom of Trimaris website

This column was compiled from Trimaris kingdom law (2006) and the SCA Armorial. Assistance was provided by Meistarai Haakon Bjornsson (Triskele Principal Herald), Mistress Laura de Botelesford (Triskele Principal Herald) and Don Esteban Vicente Manrique de Santiago (Sextant Herald).

Mistress Jessa d'Avondale (Marla Lecin) resides in the East Kingdom. She invites anyone with updates or corrections to this article to contact her.