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(SCA Corpora VIII.A.1)
Candidates for any order conferring a Patent of Arms (Peerage) must meet the following minimum criteria…
a. They shall have been obedient to the governing documents of the Society and the laws of the kingdom.
b. They shall have consistently shown respect for the Crown of the kingdom.
c. They shall have set an example of courteous and noble behavior suitable to a peer of the realm.
d. They shall have demonstrated support for the aims and ideals of the Society by being as authentic in dress, equipment and behavior as is within their power.
e. They shall have shared their knowledge and skills with others.
f. They shall have practiced hospitality according to their means and as appropriate to the circumstances.
g. They shall have made every effort to learn and practice those skills desirable at and worthy of a civilized court. To this end they should have some knowledge of a wide range of period forms, including but not limited to literature, dancing, music, heraldry, and chess, and they should have some familiarity with combat as practiced in the Society.
h. They should participate in Society recreations of several aspects of the culture of the Middle Ages and Renaissance.
(SCA Corpora VIII.A.4.d)
Prospective members must be considered the equal of his or her prospective peers with the basic weapons of rapier and/or cut-and-thrust combat. The candidate must have applied this skill and/or knowledge for the instruction of members and service to the kingdom to an extent above and beyond that normally expected of members of the Society. Members of the Order of the Defense may choose to swear fealty, but are not required to do so. The duties of the members of the order are as follows:
(a) To set an example of courtesy and chivalrous conduct on and off the field of honor.
(b) To respect the Crown of the kingdom; to support and uphold the laws of the kingdom and Corpora.
(c) If in fealty, to support and uphold the Crown of his or her kingdom.
(d) To enrich the kingdom by sharing his or her knowledge and skills.
(e) To enhance the renown and defend the honor of the peer’s Lady or Lord.
(f) To advise the Crown on the advancement of candidates for the Master of Defense.
Sumptuary Traditions and Guidelines for the Kingdom of Atenveldt
- By tradition in Our Kingdom, the following individuals wear Collars of Estate if and only if they are in fealty to the Crown of Atenveldt ….The Peers of the Realm may wear a Collar of Estate composed of their Cypher and Elements of their Arms, all in precious metals, bearing the badges of their respective Orders and Awards, of a size not to exceed two (2") inches.