[Scriptoris] Original scrolls in Ansteorra

hsetrinity at aol.com hsetrinity at aol.com
Wed Nov 4 14:39:32 PST 2009

 Yeah, what Serena said.  :-)

The only addition that I have to her very well-executed explanation is that the office of Star Signet is open to receiving original illuminated scroll blanks (no calligraphy/lettering ) that can be filled in if  the Crown desires an original scroll that has not been previously commissioned.  To my knowledge, this has only happened a few times, but Their Majesties (and the recipients!) were *very* pleased to have the piece on hand!

Star Signet


-----Original Message-----
From: Diane Rudin <serena1570 at yahoo.com>
To: Kingdom of Ansteorra - SCA, Inc. <ansteorra at lists.ansteorra.org>; Scribes List Kingdom of Ansteorra <scriptoris at lists.ansteorra.org>
Sent: Wed, Nov 4, 2009 4:05 pm
Subject: [Scriptoris] [Ansteorra] Original scrolls in Ansteorra (was: Greetings from the incoming Sable Scroll)

Lady Maeve Dianotto generously wrote:

> If you need an AOA scroll for someone in the upcoming reign or anyother
> scroll needed when you assign it please let me know who it is for, where
> they are getting it, something about why, I design the scroll with the
> recipient in mind.  Please check out my work on
> Thank you for letting me serve.

This topic comes up frequently enough that I feel an explanation would help 
other scribes who have moved in from other kingdoms.

The Crowns of Ansteorra are very generous in rewarding their people with awards 
and orders.  As such, the small number of scribes we have in Ansteorra cannot 
ever hope to keep up with the reign-by-reign demand for non-armigerous, 
AoA-level, and Grant-level award scrolls.  Rather than leave most award 
recipients with blank walls, or continue to over-burden our scribes to the point 
that most quit (because they didn't want to spend events stuck in a corner doing 
scrolls all day), our kingdom devised a system, which is over twenty years old 
now, whereby most award recipients will receive a quality document when they are 
given an award or inducted into an order.  It is not perfect -- no system is -- 
but it is what works best for us.

Ansteorra uses pre-printed, hand-painted charters for non-armigerous, AoA-level, 
and Grant-level awards.  In the interest of fairness to all, no original scrolls 
are accepted or used for awards of this level.  These are created with quality 
materials, from the paper they're printed on, through the printing process 
itself, to the paints used, until finally they are filled in with great care and 
attention by the Crown's Sable Scroll.  The few exceptions are:  (1) 
occasionally, at the request of a Crown, their Gauntlet & Glove scrolls; (2) 
Court Barony scrolls for retiring Baron/esse/s in Fief; (3) the Lion and the 

*However*, this does NOT mean that there is no need for original works!  Quite 
the contrary!  There is more demand for quality original work than our scribes 
have ever been able to keep up with!

Assignments for original works for the various Ansteorran ceremonial positions 
(Queen's Champion, King's Champion, etc.) are handed out each reign.  Notices 
requesting these are posted most usually to the Scriptoris list (Ansteorran 
scribes' e-mailing list), and may also be published in the Black Star.  These 
usually have very specific, set deadlines.  If you see one of these 
opportunities posted, contact the requesting authority and volunteer!

Peerage patents, nobility confirmations, Lion and Rose scrolls, Barony in Fief 
scrolls, and *all* achievement scrolls are original works, commissioned by the 
recipient directly.  If you are interested in doing this sort of work, the best 
way to get
these commissions is to approach the potential client directly, with
your portfolio at hand.  The head of the Ansteorran College of Scribes, Star 
Signet (currently Mistress Suzanne), can act as a sort of "marriage broker" for 
persons wanting to commission an original work, but that is usually the extent 
of Star Signet's involvement.  There are LOTS of peers and nobles who have never 
received a scroll who would LOVE to have one, so there is plenty of work 
available for those interested in doing large-scale original works!  

The required texts for Ansteorran award scrolls are available at 
The required texts for Ansteorran achievement scrolls are available at 

*Please* read all of the introductory material in these documents before going 
to the texts sections themselves!  It will save you a lot of time and trouble in 
the long run.  95% of the questions I get asked about the awards texts are 
answered in the introductory material.  ("When all else fails, read the 

I hope this clears up some misconceptions.  

--Serena, Blanc Gryffon Herald
& Deputy to the Star Principal Herald for Awards Texts

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