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Awards and Recognitions in the Kingdom of Atenveldt
An Overview

Revised and updated 12/1/06 by Lady Anita de Challis (Anita Challis). Based on the original article by Dutchess Katerina O' Callahan (2002).

There are a variety of recognitions bestowed in the Kingdom of Atenveldt, this page is a summary of the awards you might see given within the Kingdom. Click one of the links below to take you to that section.

Royalty

Reigning Royalty

They are defined in Corpora for all Kingdoms of the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA Organization Handbook sec.IV Royalty), rather than Atenveldt Kingdom Law (Lex Atenveltus). The The Kingdom of Atenveldt has additional law governing Royalty which can be found in Lex Atenveltus (sec. II; sec. X; sec. XI). These titles also have specific heraldry and regalia definitions within the Kingdom of Atenveldt and are set out in the Sumptuary Tradition and Guidelines

  • King and Queen (of a Kingdom, also called the "Crown")
  • Crown Prince and Princess (Heirs to a Crown in a Kingdom)
  • Territorial Baron and Baroness (Landed Nobility of a Barony)

Ranks Achieved after Reigning

They are defined in Corpora for all Kingdoms of the Society for Creative Anachronism, and must be presented by a Crown or Coronet. These titles have specific heraldry and regalia definitions within the Kingdom of Atenveldt and are also set out in the Sumptuary Tradition and Guidelines.

Award Why it is Given Heraldry and Regalia (in Atenveldt)
Duke & Dutchess (Duchy) Presented after a second Reign as Crown Wear coronets of precious metals, embattled, ornamented, and embelished with strawberry leaves
Count & Countess (County) Presented after the first Reign as Crown Wear coronets of precious metals, embattled and ornamented
Viscount & Viscountess (Vicounty) Presented after the first reign as Coronet (ruler of a Principality) Wear coronets of precious metals, ornamented with a single point at the front
Theign & Bantheign Presented after sitting as the Landed Nobility of a Barony Wear Coronets of precious metals with six points and embellished with spheroids, pearls, or precious stones. The badge of the Barony they served shall be incorporated in the design and the overall height of the Coronet shall not exceed two (2.0") inches including the spheroids

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Society Level Awards

These are official awards or Orders of the Society for Creative Anachronism and are defined in Corpora (SCA Organizational Handbook Sec.VIII Personal Awards and Titles), rather than Atenveldt Kingdom Law (although some Kingdoms can apply additional requirements in their Kingdom Law). These awards are registered with the SCA College of Arms, but are recognized and presented by the Crowns in all SCA Kingdoms.

Individual Kingdoms further define the heraldry and regalia reserved for award recipients. The Kingdom of Atenveldt's specific heraldry and regalia definitions form the Sumptuary Tradition and Guidelines (includes Atenveldt Achievement of Arms for Heraldic Display). These documents form part of Kingdom Law and are signed by the Crown.

Award Why it is Given Heraldry and Regalia (in Atenveldt)
Knight of the Society of Creative Anachronism (KSCA) Given by the Crown for their ability on the field and for their constant courtesy and chivalry within the SCA. Knights swear fealty to the King and Queen and are considered to be vassals of the King (Fieldless) A white belt; (Tinctureless) A circular chain.
  • Allowed to wear of spurs, a white belt and a chain of fealty.
  • Make additions to personal arms as defined in Atenveldt Achievements of Arms.
  • Be titled "Sir"
Master at Arms of the Society of Creative Anachronism (MSCA) Given by the Crown for their ability on the field and for their constant courtesy and chivalry within the SCA (Fieldless) A white baldric
  • Allowed to wear a white baldric
  • Make additions to personal arms as defined in Atenveldt Achievements of Arms.
  • Be titled "Master" or "Mistress"
Order of the Laurel (OL) Given by the Crown for outstanding excellence and teaching in the arts and/or sciences. (Fieldless) A laurel wreath.
  • Allowed to wear a collar of estate composed of their cypher and elements of their arms, bearing the badges of their Order and Awards.
  • Make additions to personal arms as defined in Atenveldt Achievements of Arms.
  • Be titled "Master" or "Mistress" (or approved alternative)
Order of the Pelican (Pel) Given by the Crown for continual, extraordinary service to the Kingdom. (Fieldless) A pelican in its piety.
  • Allowed to wear a collar of estate composed of their cypher and elements of their arms, bearing the badges of their Order and Awards.
  • Make additions to personal arms as defined in Atenveldt Achievements of Arms.
  • Be titled "Master" or "Mistress" (or approved alternative)
Grant of Arms (GoA) Given at the will of the Crown
  • Make additions to personal arms as defined in Atenveldt Achievements of Arms
  • Be titled "Lordship" or "Ladyship"
Court Baron or Court Baroness Given at the will of the Crown
  • Wear a precious metal coronet with six (6) points, simple ornamentation, embelished with prescious stone spheres and smaller than 1.5 inches in height.
  • Make additions to personal arms as defined in Atenveldt Achievements of Arms
  • Confers an Award of Arms on the individual
  • Be titled "Excellency"
Award of Arms (AoA) Given at the will of the Crown
  • Display personal arms (device, helm and supporters) as defined in Atenveldt Achievements of Arms
  • Be titled 'Lord' or 'Lady'
Lady of the Rose (LoR) Traditionally membership is automatic to Countesses who have ruled in the Kingdom of Atenveldt  

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Kingdom of Atenveldt Awards

These are official awards for the Kingdom of Atenveldt defined by Heraldic Charters and registered with the SCA College of Arms. The charters for these awards are available online through the Atenveldt Order of Precidence

While the Charters are not included in Kingdom Law, they are legal documents signed by the Crown and Kingdom Herald. The Charters explain what the awards are for, what regalia goes with them, when they were implemented, and where the award fits in the Order of Precedence for Atenveldt. Any Changes to the Heraldic Charters must be announced by the Crown in Court and published in Southwind to be official.

The table below lists a brief description of each award and they are listed in precidential order, from highest to lowest:

Award Why it is Given Heraldry and Regalia (in Atenveldt)
Lions of Atenveldt Given by the King to the person whose behavior He feels shows the highest ideals and values of the Current Middle Ages. Only one person may be admitted to the Order each Reign. The insignia of the order is a medallion bearing a lion's face, dependant from a collar of estate of lion's heads. Companionship in this order carries a Grant of Arms
Defenders of the White Scarf Given by the Crown to individuals who have shown excellence in defense with the rapier, shared these skills with others, demonstrated the courtly graces associated with this art and provided great service to Atenveldt and the SCA. A White Scarf worn on the left shoulder. It can be decorated with simple trim in the subject's own heraldic colors and clasped with a sun in its splendor Or. Companionship in this order carries a Grant of Arms
Commander of the Fleur de Soleil Given by the Crown to individuals who are already Companions of the Order from a previous reign and continue to show excellence in the teaching and practice of the Arts and Sciences. Only one person may be admitted to the Order each Reign. Or, five fleur-de-lys in annulo, tips outward, gules

In addition the award is suspended from a gold ribbon and Companionship in this order carries a Grant of Arms

Commander of the Queen’s Grace Given by the Queen to individuals who are Companions of the Order and whose conduct she feels continues to be the best example of the ideals of courtliness and gentility in the Current Middle Ages. Only one person may be admitted to the Order each Reign. A cord of knotted white and blue strands, worn on the left shoulder. Companionship in this order carries a Grant of Arms
Commander of the Light of Atenveldt Given by the Crown to iindividuals who are already Companions of the Order from a previous reign and continue to give outstanding service to the realm. Only one person may be admitted to the Order each Reign. Per pale argent and azure, a sun in its glory and a bordure Or

In addition the award is suspended from a gold ribbon and Companionship in this order carries a Grant of Arms

Commander of the Azure Archers Given by the Crown to inindividuals who are already Companions of the Order from a previous reign and continue to continued to show excellence in the teaching and skills of archery. Only one person may be admitted to the Order each Reign. Azure, a sun in his splendor Or within seven pheons in annulo, points outward, argent and a bordure Or.

In addition the award is suspended from a gold ribbon and Companionship in this order carries a Grant of Arms

Commander of the Hawk’s Lure Given by the Crown to individuals who are Companions of the Order from a previous reign and continue to show excellence in the fighting arts through teaching and use traditional SCA style weaponry. Only one person may be admitted to the Order each Reign. Insignia is a golden hawk's lure, to be worn suspended from the belt. Companionship in this order carries a Grant of Arms
Commander of the Pilgrim of the Desert Given by the Crown to individuals who are already Companions of the Order from a previous reign and continue to continue to demonstrate excellence in promoting historical authenticity in the recreation of the Current Middle Ages. Azure, an escallop and a demi-sun issuant from base Or

In addition the award is suspended from a gold ribbon and Companionship in this order carries a Grant of Arms

Light of Atenveldt Given by the Crown to individuals who give outstanding service to the realm. Per pale argent and azure, a sun in its glory and a bordure Or
Queen’s Grace of Atenveldt Given by the Queen to individuals whose conduct she feels best exemplifies the ideals of courtliness and gentility in the Current Middle Ages. A cord of white and blue strands worn on the left shoulder.
Fleur de Soleil Given by the Crown to individuals who show excellence in the teaching and practice of the Arts and Sciences. Or, five fleur-de-lys in annulo, tips outward, gules.
Hawk’s Lure Given by the Crown to individuals who show excellence in the fighting arts through teaching and use traditional SCA style weaponry. Insignia is a handmade hawk's lure, to be worn suspended from the belt.
Guardians of Atenveldt (3 levels)
  • Legionaire
  • Officer
  • Commander
Given by the Crown to individuals whom They believe show special talent in the organization and practice of the arts of war, and the teaching of military tactics for SCA style warfare.

The Crown decides the degree of the award when presented. The award can be presented to the same person more than once, but only in a higher degree than is currently held.

Per pale argent and azure, in pale a sun in his splendor and two swords in saltire Or.

The award is suspended from a ribbon and the color denotes rank

  • Legionaire - blue ribbon
  • Officer - silver ribbon
  • Commander - gold ribbon
Azure Archers of Atenveldt Given by the Crown to individuals who show excellence in the teaching and skills of archery Azure, a sun in his splendor Or within seven pheons in annulo, points outward, argent and a bordure Or.
Luxbruder of Atenveldt Given by the Crown to individuals who show excellence in the art of defense with the rapier and share their skills with others. (fieldless) two rapiers inverted in saltire surmounted by a third inverted sable, overall a sun in splendor Or
Pilgrim of the Desert Given by the Crown to individuals who promote historical authenticity in the recreation of the Current Middle Ages. Azure, an escallop argent and a demi-sun issuant from base Or
Blood of Fenris Given by the Crown to individuals who demonstrate skill and enthusiasm in the fighting arts. Individuals may only recieve one award. Fieldless, a wolf passant argent goutty de sang.
Beacon of the Desert Given by the Crown to individuals who have given service to the Kingdom of Atenveldt. Individuals may only recieve one award. Argent, a sun in splendor per saltire Or and azure and a bordure indented azure.
Flower of the Desert Given by the Crown to individuals who have shown skill in the Arts and Sciences. Individuals may only recieve one award. Or, three fleur-de-lys in pall bases to center azure
Golden Blade Given by the Crown to individuals who have shown skill in the art of defense with the rapier. Individuals may only recieve one award. Azure, two rapiers inverted crossed in saltire and in base a rose Or.
Sable Pheon Given by the Crown to those persons who have demonstrated skill in archery. Individuals may only recieve one award Or, three pheons in pall points outward sable, within a bordure indented azure.
Star of the Desert (3 degrees)
  • Gules
  • Azure
  • Argent
Given by the Crown to individuals who give service helping with the running of Estrella war.

The Crown decides the degree of the award when presented. The award may be presented to the same person more than once, but only in a higher degree than currently held

Per fess indented azure and argent, in chief four mullets of four points elongated palewise Or and in base a sun in splendor azure.
  • Gules - 1st degree
  • Azure - 2nd degree
  • Argent - 3rd degree (highest level)
Hope of the Sun of Atenveldt Given by the Crown to youth who show an understanding of life in the Current Middle Ages; and actively participate in the activities of the Society.

Recipients of the award must be no more than 18 or less than 13 years old, and active in the SCA for at least one year.

Or, a branch bendwise sinister vert between two scarpes within a bordure indented azure.

In addition the award is suspended from a gold ribbon

Lion’s Pride Given by the Crown to youth who show an understanding of life in the Current Middle Ages; and actively participate in the activities of the Society.

Recipients of the award must be less than 12 years old, and active in the SCA for at least two years.

The insignia of the Order is a Lion's Tail proper, worn as a cord looped on the right shoulder
King's Sigil Given by the King to those subjects who have been of great help to him personally during His Reign A medallion or pendant showing the current King’s main charge upon it, the design is decided by each King who chooses to bestow His Sigil.
Queen's Cypher Given by the Queen to individuals who have been of great help to Her personally during Her Reign. The insignia is a stylized rendering of the Queen’s initials, the design is decided by each Queen who chooses to bestow her cypher.
Scarabs of Atenveldt Given by the Crown to households or large groups that help the Kingdom continue to grow and improve. Or, a scarab beetle vert and a bordure indented azure.
Esprit de Corps Given by the Crown to the best dressed and displayed Aten war unit at the Estrella War. A unit may win the award more than once. Or, on a pile between two compass stars azure a torch Or, enflamed proper

A pennon showing the badge and the year the award was received.

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Kingdom Court & Traditional Recognitions

Kingdom Court positions are defined and explained in Kingdom Law (sec. III.5 Members of the Royal Court), and are not awards or warranted Officer positions.

As defined by law, they are either selected by the Crown or chosen by competition. Kingdom Law also states whether a new person is selected for the position once per reign or once per year. These positions include:

  • King's Champion of Atenveldt
  • Queen's Champion of Atenveldt
  • Aten Warlord
  • Champion of Arts & Sciences
  • Queen's Rapier Champion
  • Kingdom Archery Champion
  • Kingdom Youth Weapons Champion
  • Kingdom Youth Warlord
  • Royal Chatelain or Chamberlain
  • Atenveldt Crown Herald
  • Queen's Privy Secretary
  • Captain of the Royal Queen's Guard

The Kingdom of Atenveldt has several recognitions given by tradition, but not defined or mentioned in Atenveldt Kingdom Law or Society governing documents. Each of these recognitions is held by only one person in the Kingdom at a time. Two of these awards are

Bard of the Sun Given by the Crown to the winner of the Royal Bardic Competition. On stepping down all Bards of the Sun are admitted to the Order of the White Oak
Kingdom Shield of Chivalry Given by the Queen to a fighter in the Atenveldt Crown List for outstanding chivalry on the field.

When a new Bard of the Sun or Bearer of the Kingdom Shield of Chivalry is selected, the prior person holding the recognition retires from the position.


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