The Principality of Hell
Aodhan Ite an Fhithich
aodhan at dobharchu.org
Wed Oct 23 21:56:52 PDT 1996
Tim McDaniel wrote in a message to All:
TM> I dunno. I think it'd be a lot simpler and still just as
TM> functional to have just a few Kingdom awards (other than the
TM> SCA-wide ones): - AoA-level awards for martial arts, service, and
TM> - Grant-level, the same 3
TM> - An award for personal service to the Crown
TM> - maybe one or two special cases I've forgotten
TM> and avoid all the proliferation.
- An (one) AoA-level award - the Award of Arms.
- Court Barony - for exceptional retiring Territorial Barons
(Barony-in-Fief becomes just a cermonial office)
and others who've just done way above and beyond
- Lion-equivalent - for exceptional persona-play (non armigerous)
- Order of the Rose - for former rulers by right of arms
- Baronial service orders - 1/per barony - non-armigerous
The royals could recognize personal service by giving a personal momento
(something *they* made or at least used).
*Anyone* who can afford they're own armor (or get someone else to provide in
payment for combat service) could be a knight. *Anyone* with enough skill in a
craft to teach others and get them to form a Guild could be Master of that
County & Duchy - have you got a household willing to support you in such style
and call you Count or Duke? Fine, you're a Count or Duke.
You've busted your butt for the kingdom, but not enough to be enobled or
further enobled to a Baron - the crown calls you up in court and praises you
profusely and maybe hands you some token of their esteem (ideally uniquely
marked for their reign).
This isn't perfect, but I think it's *much* closer to the real Middle Ages than
our merit badge system.
TM> Actually, I'd nuke the entire SCA award and rank hierarchy to the
TM> ground and then salt the ground, and start over from first
Sounds like a plan to me.
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