Awards and Coronets
crouchet at infinity.ccsi.com
Mon Mar 27 15:00:39 PST 1995
On 25 Mar 1995, Aodhan Ite an Fhithich wrote:
> Dia duit!
> [Replying to a message of James Crouchet to All]
> JC> There didn't really seem to be a great
> JC> need for a new armored fighting award, and it's creation left a
> JC> glaring hole in the rapier hierchy -- either at the CSS level or the
> JC> KSCA level according to your point of view -- if you compare the two
> JC> (many people do).
> Savian, I'm not sure what you mean here. There has always, in this Kingdom,
> been a number of gaps in the fighting hierarchies as compared to the arts and
> service. Heavy fighters were either Knights/Masters or they weren't - there
> were no intermediate awards to serve as progress markers. Rapier fighters
Different views, I guess. I felt the Sable Falcon filled this gap as the
Queen's Rapier does for rapier. I didn't feel absolute parity was needed
with the A&S, nor did I see lack of an AoA or GoA being attached to such
an award as a problem.
> were either Dons or not - the Society hasn't seen fit grant them the peerage
> we all pretend the WSA to be, and there was no intermediate progress marker.
> The CSS partially redresses the gaps for the heavy fighters. The situation
> for rapier fighters is essentially unchanged (although making the WSA a
> polling order may give its members a notch more prestige).
> Not that I'm necessarily advocating AoA level awards for fighters. Part of me
> thinks they're being slighted by not having a level of recognition that's
> available for artisans and worker-bees. But the precedent herald in me thinks
> our system is already too much like a merit badge system.
> 'Tis a dilemma.
> JC> Just to confuse things more, the WSAs were converted from swearing
> JC> service to the queen to swearing fealty to the crown at the same time
> JC> these other changes took place. Note that this was a change in
> JC> tradition made at the request of the crown, not a change to kingdom
> JC> law.
> I presume the Crown here was Inman? Then get Michael and Michaela to change
> the tradition back.
I think you minunderstand me. I am not complaining, I was just pointing
out how the timing further confused the issue.
> Feicfidh me' ari's thu',
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