The East Kingdom, the second kingdom of the Society for Creative Anachronism, was founded in July, A.S. 3.
The arms of the kingdom
are: Purpure, within a laurel wreath vert fimbriated Or, an eastern crown
of three grand points tipped with pearls and two lesser points, all Or.
Several award badges incorporate the kingdom colors of purple and gold,
or a blue heraldic tyger, the kingdom's symbol.
Grants of Arms
Grants of Arms are given to those inducted into the Orders of High Merit
listed below, if the recipient does not already have a Grant or Patent of Arms.
The positions of territorial Baron and Baroness and the titles of Court Baron and Court Baroness are usually accompanied by Grants of Arms. (A Court Barony conveys at least an Award of Arms, as per Corpora.) A Grant of Arms is occasionally given in the East as a stand-alone award.
Order of the Silver Crescent (OSC): given for service: either long service within an area of the Kingdom from which the entire Kingdom benefits, or by continuing service in ways which directly benefit a large portion of the Kingdom. The order's badge is: In pale a crescent inverted argent and an Eastern crown Or. Established June 13, A.S. 6, by Akbar III and Khadijah III.
Order of the Maunche (OM): given for arts and sciences, either for excellence in one specific area or for surpassing competence in several. The order's badge is: Per pale Or and purpure, a maunch counterchanged. Established October 9, A.S. 11, by Laeghaire and Ysabeau II.
Order of the Tygers Combatant (OTC): given for prowess at armored combat, either for excellence in one weapons form or for surpassing competence in several. The order's badge is: Per pale Or and azure, two tygers combatant counterchanged. Established October 9, A.S. 11 by Laeghaire and Ysabeau II.
Order of the Sagittarius (OSag): given to those who show superior prowess at target archery, and who have distinguished themselves in archery in one of the following areas; teaching and demonstrating the art of archery, making archery equipment or by helping to arrange archery at events and/or sites. The order's badge is: Azure, a sagittary passant to sinister, the human torso turned to dexter Or. Established January 22, A.S. 18 by Viktor and Sedalia; updated March 24, A.S. 41 by Lucan and Jana.
Order of the Golden Rapier (OGR): given for excellence in the art of fence, for superior prowess in the lists, teaching, and promoting and expanding the knowledge of the art. Established April 26, A.S. 26 by Ruslan and Margaret.
Order of the Golden Lance: given for prowess in the equestrian lists and service to the Kingdom in marshalling, teaching, and helping to promote and expand the knowledge of equestrian arts. Established March 28, A.S. 49 by Edward III and Thyra II.
Order of the Golden Mantle: given to those who have demonstrated prowess in an auxiliary capacity on the field of battle and the target range in the areas of Siege Weaponry, Scouting, and Thrown Weaponry, and given service to the Kingdom in these areas by marshalling, commanding, building equipment, teaching, and helping to promote and expand the knowledge of these arts.
The order includes all those who previously received the Golden Mantle as an Order of Honor, and those inducted into the Order of Artemis. Established March 24, A.S. 41, by Lucan and Yana; raised to an Order of High Merit July 9, A.S. 51 by Kenric III and Avelina III.
Awards of Arms are given at the royalty's discretion. They also automatically accompany any of the six Armigerous Orders, if the recipient does not already bear a Patent, Grant, or Award of Arms.
Order of the Silver Rapier: given for martial skill upon the rapier field, whether in single combat or melee combat. Established August 2, A.S. 43, by Konrad and Brenwen. Made armigerious December 5, A.S. 50 by Brennan II and Caoilfhionn II.
Order of the Silver Tyger: given for martial skill in the armored combat lists or on the field of melee combat. Established December 5 A.S. 50 by Brennan II and Caoilfhionn II.
Order of the Silver Brooch: given for skill in the arts and/or sciences. Established December 5 A.S. 50 by Brennan II and Caoilfhionn II.
Order of the Silver Wheel: given for service that benefits the local group, Kingdom, or Society. Established December 5 A.S. 50 by Brennan II and Caoilfhionn II.
Order of Apollo's Arrow: given for skill in the field of target archery. Established December 5 A.S. 50 by Brennan II and Caoilfhionn II.
The Order of the Silver Mantle: given for martial skill on the field, range, or list, in the areas of equestrian, combat archery, thrown weapons, siege weaponry, scouting, and other martial arts as The Crown may determine. Established January 29 A.S. 51 (2017) by Brion III and Anna III.
Consort's Order of Courtesy: presented by the consort to those who show exemplary courtesy to all.
The token is a glove (usually right-handed) bearing a blue rose charged with a gold rose.
Established October 19, A.S. 9 by
Cariadoc II and Diana II. Formerly known as the "Queen's Order of Courtesy" and "The Order of Courtesy".
The Order includes all those who previously received the Queen's Order of Courtesy and the Order of Courtesy.
Order of the Tyger's Cub: for children who display admirable virtue and decorum at events. Members are entitled to act as pages to the royalty until they reach the age of 18. The order's badge is: Or, a tyger sejant azure, its forepaws resting on a torteau. First awarded October 14, A.S. 13 by Gyrth and Melisande.
Order of Troubadours: given by the Crown to hose who participate and contribute to performance and enteratainment arts, including: vocal/instrumental musical performance, theater, jestery, and storytelling, The token of the order is an empty cup. Companions of the order are encouraged to communite among themselves to expand their collective repertoire and knowledge. Established October 6, A.S. 14 by Vissevald I and Embla; revised June 20, A.S. 45 by Edward and Marguerite; revised September 22, A.S. 53 by Brennan III and Caoilfhionn III.
Order of the Terpsichore: given for consistent devotion of their knowledge and talent in helping others to acquire knowledge and understanding of dance and polite court movement. The traditional token is a bell or string of bells. Companions of the order are encouraged to communite among themselves to expand their collective repertoire and knowledge. Established October 6, A.S. 14 by Vissevald I and Embla; revised September 22, A.S. 53 by Brennan III and Caoilfhionn III.
Order of Excellence: given by the Sovereign for consistent efforts to maintain a high standard of authenticity in their dress, behavior, persona, and goods, in the feast hall, in their encampments, and on the field of honor. The Companions of this Order will be bound, insofar as they are able, to maintain the standards of authenticity which entitled them to induction into the Order. Established March 16, A.S. 25 by Rhys and Elaina as the King's Order of Excellence; revised September 22, A.S. 53 by Brennan III and Caoilfhionn III. The Order of Excellence includes all gentles who previously received the King's Order of Excellence.
Tyger of the East: given to those who most embody and personify the ideals of the East Kingdom. No more than one person may be so recognized during a reign. An individual may receive this honor only once. Established April 26, A.S. 37 by Darius II and Roxane II.
Order of Gawain: given to honor and recognize those young people (up to and including the age of 17) who have distinguished themselves by acts of valor, honor, chivalry, courtesy, and leadership within a youth martial activity. Recipients of this award are entitled to wear on the left arm a green garter charged with a gold mullet. Established April 22, A.S. 41, by Gryffith and Aikaterine.
Order of Gilder: given to children of the East Kingdom under the age of 18 who display or perform works of Arts & Sciences that manifest the spirit of the East Kingdom Arts. The badge of the Order is (Fieldless) A burnisher Or. The Order includes all those who previously received the Order of the Golden Kinder and the Award of Gilder. Established as the Golden Kinder July 18, A.S. 44 by Andreas IV and Gabriella II, Also formerly known as the Award of Gilder.
Order of the Tyger's Eye: given to youths of the East Kingdom for exemplary achievement, service, and contribution to the kingdom. The token of the Order is a tyger's eye pendant. Established January 27 A.S. 53 by Wilhelm and Vienna.
Order of Artemis (closed): formerly given to those who have demonstrated prowess in combat archery on the field of battle, given service to the Kingdom (such as marshalling, commanding, building equipment, or teaching), and served the Queen on and off the field. An individual may receive this award once.
Established March 24, A.S. 41, by Lucan and Yana. Those inducted into this order are now companions of
the Order of the Golden Mantle.
Award of the Burdened Tyger: presented to those gentles associated with running an event or an aspect of an event which the Crown attended, and which They feel was well above the normal standard of excellence in the Kingdom. It cannot be presented at the event for which it is being awarded, except at the Pennsic War. An individual can receive this award more than once, for different events. The order's badge is: Or, a tyger sejant erect, forepaws clasped over its head, azure. Established February 14, A.S. 10 by Aonghais II and Ysabeau I. Formerly known as the Order of the Burdened Tyger.
The Consort's Cypher: presented by the Consort to those who provided exceptional service to Them during the reign. The Consort may award up to ten Cyphers during Their reign. The recipients receive either a scroll or a personal token bearing the Consort's initial together with an "R". Established October 18, A.S. 15 by Gavin and Tamera. (Formerly known as the Queen's Cypher)
The Sovereign's Cypher: given by the Sovereign to those who provided exceptional service during Their reign. The Sovereign may award up to ten Cyphers during Their reign. The recipients receive either a scroll or a personal token bearing the Sovereign's initial together with an "R". Established March 9, A.S. 30 by Balfar II and Luna II. (Formerly known as the King's Cypher)
Blue Tyger Legion: given to groups who have demonstrated exceptional martial prowess on the field. A group inducted into the Legion may hang from its banner a schwenkle (small flag), bendy purpure and Or, charged with the initials of the inducting sovereigns. No more than one group may be inducted into the Legion during any one reign. A group may be recognized in this manner more than once, in which case the initials of the sovereigns will be added to the existing schwenkle. Established November 19, A.S. 29 by Gregor II and Christence II.
Consort's Award of Esteem: given by the Consort to recognize an act, a series of acts, or general behavior that is not already properly recognized by other East Kingdom awards. The token of the honor shall be specified in each reign by the Consort, and is fashioned by Their hand. A person may be so honored more than once. Established October 6, AS 31 by Elspeth. Formerly known as the "Queen's Honour of Distinction" and the "Queen's Award of Esteem".
The Sovereign's Award of Esteem: given by the Sovereign to acknowledge special merit in an act, a series of acts, or general behavior that is not already properly recognized by other East Kingdom awards. The token for the award shall be specified in each reign by the Sovereign. A person may be so honored more than once. Established January 31st, A.S. 44 by Konrad II and Brenwen II. Formerly known as the "King's Esteem of Merit" and the "King's Award of Esteem".
Order of Valor of the East: given by the Crown to individual members of the armies of the East Kingdom who have distinguished themselves either by displaying extraordinary command excellence on the battlefield at an Inter-Kingdom War, or by displaying extraordinary actions of valor on the battlefield at an Inter-Kingdom War. This award may be given no more than three times during a reign. Established as The King's Order of the Tyger of Valor on September 29, A.S. 37 by Andreas II and Isabella II. Also formerly known as The King's Order of the Valiant Tyger, and the Order of the Tyger of Valor. The order includes all those who those who were inducted into the earlier versions of the order.
Award of the Golden Lyre: given by the Sovereign or Consort (individually or together) to acknowledge an individual or group whose single work or performance, either displayed publically or in an Arts & Sciences display at a Royal Progress, manifests and represents the fire and passion of the East Kingdom arts. Artistic use of period mediums, creativity, and/or inspirational value of the work or performance are the basis for bestowing the award. Documentation is not required, but is highly recommended. The award may be given to a work in progress. Individuals/groups can receive the award more than once during a reign, but not for the same work or performance. The badge of the Award is a tyger rampant azure sustaining a lyre Or, A token bearing this badge may be given personally or placed with the meritorious work. Established as the Gift of the Golden Lyre on September 29, A.S. 37 by Andreas II and Isabella II; Also formerly known as the Gift of the Golden Tyger, and the Award of the Golden Lyre. The award includes all those who those who were inducted into the earlier versions of the order.
Augmentation of Arms: given to honor a person for service to the Kingdom or specifically to the royalty. This honor is infrequently granted. An augmentation, specific to the individual awarded, is added to the individual's heraldic arms. The final decision of the nature of the Augmentation is determined by the recipient, following consultation with the Brigantia Principal Herald. Reestablished June 30 A.S. 47 by Kenric and Avelina. All individuals who were presented with an augmentation of arms, the Royal Augmentation of Arms, or the East Kingdom Augmentation of Arms by prior Eastern royalty are considered to have received this award.
The Company of the Pennon of the East: given to those East Kingdom subjects who have demonstrated exceptional martial prowess on the field, or as field support, staff, or others who support the East Kingdom at events held in other kingdoms. An individual may receive this honor more than once. The token is a small pennon or streamer bearing the initials of the awarding Crown, to be worn by the person or attached to their banner. The colors of the token will reflect the host kingdom of the foreign war for which the award was given. Established as the Tyger of Foreign Legions June 19, A.S. 40 by Gaufred Kelson II and Geneviere d'Alsace II, renamed January 25 A.S. 49 by Edward III and Thyra II.
The Company of Fellowship: given to branches of the East Kingdom (below principality level) which display an exceptional level of unity while promoting the ideals of the East and the Society. It shall not be presented at the event for which it is being awarded (except at the Pennsic War). No more than one group may be so recognized in any one reign. A group may receive this award multiple times, for any number of different events. Groups which receive this award are entitled to fly a pennon in conjunction with their branch arms, bearing the badge of the Company of Fellowship and the initials of the bestowing monarchs.
Sovereign's and Consort's Champions: are selected each year, with two Champions in each category of Fighting, Rapier, Archery, Equestrian, Thrown Weapons, and Arts & Sciences. The format of each competition is determined by the previous champions and the Crown. Champions are charged with defending the honor of the Crown, furthering the practice of their art in the kingdom, and serving as members of the royal household. The badge registered for the Sovereign's Champion is: A tyger rampant guardant azure maintaining a spear bendwise proper. The original Champions' tourney was held on April 6, A.S. 8 by Aonghais I and Alyson. The first fencing champions' tourney was held on June 17, A.S. 34, and the first archery champions' tourney was held on June 24, A.S. 24, both by Morguhn III and Maurya. The first equestrian champions' tourney was held on May 28, A.S. 33 by Timothy II and Gabrielle II, and the first Arts & Sciences Championship was held on May 25, A.S. 38 by Darius II and Roxane II.
Sovereign's and Consort's Bards: chosen each year at a competition. They are charged with commemorating the history of the Crowns and the kingdom in song and story, furthering the practice of the bardic arts in the kingdom, serving as members of the royal household, and setting up and supervising the competition to choose their successors. The Sovereign's Bard wears a gold baldric with three purple clarions; the Consort's Bard wears a gold baldric with three purple clarions below a purple rose. They hold the honorary position of Ollaves in the Royal College of Bards (the highest of three rankings -- one clarion per rank). The positions of King's and Queen's Bard were first added to kingdom law on February 3, A.S. 24, in the reign of Horic and Lea, although Queen's Bard dates at least as far back as the reign of Gavin I and Tamera, and the first King's Bard may have been made around A.S. 16-17.
Queen's Guard: chosen by the Crown Princess to serve her for the duration of her Reign. The guard is composed of fighters, archers, fencers, equestrians, and throwers who are not peers, for their skill at arms and examplary courtesy. One is selected to serve as the captain. Members wear baldrics of the queen's devising, usually purple with a gold rose. The Princess also chooses a member of one of the martial Peerage Orders to serve as their advisor. Established April 7, A.S. 24 by Bronwyn II; expanded to fencers and archers on November 19, A.S. 29 by Christence II. Later expanded to equestrians, and mention of number of guards removed. Expanded to throwers on January 25, A.S. 49 by Thyra II. Selection of advisor amended December 5 A.S. 50 by Brennan II and Caoilfhionn II.
Shield of Chivalry: presented by the queen to the fighter who fought the most chivalrously in the crown tournament. The shield depicts a blue tyger holding a sword in his tail. It may have first been presented at a Crown Tournament hosted by the Shire of the Blak Rose, in the early days of the shire.
Admiral of the Armies: the "title" given to the runner-up in the Crown lists. It may have been first awarded by Alaric and Yseult, in A.S. 11.
Order of the Portable Feast: an tradition begun by Duchess Nicorlynn of Caer Wydr, to encourage the display of elaborate table settings at Crown Tournament, Coronation, and Twelfth Night feasts. The current holders select the next recipients, and present them with a footed bowl and a scroll containing the names of all the previous recipients.
Royal Guilds are chartered by the crown, and maintain their own system of rankings. These include the Brewers' Guild, the Equestrians' Guild, the Musicians' Guild, the Royal College of Bards, the Gilded Pearl (late period arts), Athena's Thimble (embroidery), and Arachne's Web (lacemaking). Some guilds present their rankings in court, for public recognition.
Archers' skills are recognized by a system of rankings based on their Royal Round averages over the past year. These are not titles, but simply a method of comparing levels of skill. An archer with an average score of eighty or more is ranked a Master Bowman. One with an average of one hundred or more is a Grand Master Bowman. These ranks are of sufficient note that the Crown of the East reserves the right to present them at royal court; the lower rankings of Archer, Marksman, and Bowman are awarded on the local level. Each archer is entitled to wear a badge signifying his/her current ranking, and Grand Master Bowmen keep their ranking permanently. The badges contain four fretted black arrows; the color of the field and bordure vary according to the rank.
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