Royalty, Nobility, and Peerages
Most, if not all, titles in the Society are earned by hard work over a long period of time, and they are well deserved. But how do you earn these titles?
KING & QUEEN
The title of King is won by fighting in a Crown Tournament. Crown Tournaments are held twice a year (or more depending on the customs of the kingdom) in the Outlands; once in the Spring and once in the Fall. After a short time following the Crown Tournament, a Coronation is held at which the victor is crowned King and his lady is crowned Queen. The King and Queen rule for approximately six months and may not succeed themselves. The King has won this title by 'Right of Arms'.
PRINCE & PRINCESS
The title of Prince is won by fighting at a Coronet Tournament held by Principalities. The Outlands currently has no Principalities and therefore has no Prince or Princess.
DUKE & DUCHESS
Fighters and consorts who have worn the Crown twice.
COUNTS & COUNTESSES
Fighters and consorts who have worn the Crown only once.
VISCOUNTS & VISCOUNTESSES
Fighters and consorts who have served as Prince or Princess at least once.
CROWN PRINCE & CROWN PRINCESS
The title of Crown Prince is won by the victor of the Crown Tournament. The title is held only between the time of the Crown Lists and Coronation. The title of Crown Princess is given to the Lady of the victor of the Crown Lists and is held only between the time of the Crown Lists and Coronation.
BARON & BARONESS
There are two types: TERRITORIAL Barons or Baronesses are named by the King and serve as His representative in a Barony. A founding territorial Baron and/or Baroness of a group retain their title after they step down. The subsequent Baron and/or Baroness of the group only hold the title while in office. The title of COURT Baron or Baroness is given at the pleasure of the Crown, but these people do not hold any lands.
KNIGHTS & MASTERS OF ARMS
Fighters who have received recognition for their fighting and courtly accomplishments. Knights wear a white belt and a gold chain. Master of Arms wear a white belt over one shoulder, called a baldric. White belts are reserved for these men and women to wear.
MASTERS & MISTRESSES OF THE LAUREL
Those people who have been honored for achievement in non-martial arts and sciences. They are entitled to wear a medallion depicting a laurel wreath (possibly a gold medallion with a green wreath worn around the neck by a green ribbon). Companions of this order rank with Knights and Masters of Arms, and Masters and Mistresses of the Pelican and must have the same courtly accomplishments. They have used their knowledge to serve the Kingdom in general.
MASTERS & MISTRESSES OF THE PELICAN
Those people who have been honored for their service to the Society as a whole or to the Kingdom. They are entitled to wear a medallion depicting a pelican wounding itself (to feed her young) and may be worn around the neck by a green ribbon. Companions of this order rank with Knights, Masters of Arms, and Masters and Mistresses of the Laurel and must have the same courtly accomplishments. They have used their knowledge to serve the Kingdom in general.
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Each member of the Royalty is considered to have "presence". This radius of approximately 10 feet should be entered with reverence for the Crown. By showing reverence we mean a bow, a nod of respect, etc. Members of the Nobility and the Peerage carry a lesser "presence", but should be approached with reverence; perhaps to a lesser degree than Royalty, but some sign of recognition of their station should be shown.
-- Revised from Raymond the Quiet & Kathryn of Iveragh by Kathws Rusa
Last Updated May 7, 2003