Awards with Titles

From Kingdom of Atenveldt

In the SCA there are society level awards ie. they are recognized throughout the Known World. They are are armigerous (see definition) and confer different titles, rights, and responsibilities; and heraldry. These are the Award of Arms (AoA), Court Barony, Grant of Arms (GoA) and the Patent of Arms (Peerage).[1]

Heraldry Display

These awards give you the right to display your 'achievement of arms' ie. a full formal display of a coat of arms. This form of display can be used for decorative elements, banners, and of course on your scrolls.

An achievement is your device surrounded by all the extra elements accorded to you by your rank in the SCA. Each SCA Kingdom has its own customs for achievements and those shown below are for the Kingdom of Atenveldt. The Sumptuary Traditions and Guidelines for Atenveldt define what each rank can display

The achievement always contains some sort of shield shape, upon which the arms are rendered. It can also contain other elements which surround the shield. The rank of the owner of the arms determines what kind of elements may be used in the achievement.

Award of Arms

Full heraldic achievement for an Award of Arms in the Kingdom of Atenveldt

Often the first award a player receives. An Award of Arms is given for contributing or active members of the Kingdom who look like they will continue with the SCA.  The Award of Arms is one of the most special and conveys many rights.[2].

This title is recognized throughout the SCA and is the first award that conveys precedence and armigerous status.

This award grants the recipient the right to use the title ‘Lord’, ‘Lady’ or a gender-neutral [3] title and to display ‘arms’ (their own heraldic design) in the SCA. See the Achievement of Arms table below for the heraldry elements that can be used with an AoA.

Shield can be any shape that was found in the SCA time period. Lozenge shapes were often used to denote women.
Helmet Can be any style in the SCA period. Must face left (dexter), must be dull gray color (only peers
Supporters Can be any object, beast or human found in the SCA period. They do not have to match. They must be mirrored and appear to hold the shield up.

Grant of Arms

Full heraldic achievement for a Grant of Arms in the Kingdom of Atenveldt

The Grant of Arms (GoA) is an SCA society-wide award with a rank between that of a Patent of Arms and an Award of Arms[4]

A Grant of Arms can be given for a variety of reasons that emphasize remarkable contributions to the Kingdom for a long period of time.  This award entitles individuals to be addressed as The Honorable Lordship/ladyship/Noble and to add more detail to their personal arms.

Some Atenveldt Some awards automatically confer a Grant of Arms when they are given - these are high ranking awards such as "Commander of XXX" or the "Golden" awards. See the Achievement of Arms table below for the heraldry elements that can be used with a GoA.

Court Barony

Full heraldic achievement for a Court Barony in the Kingdom of Atenveldt

The Crown can give the title of Court Baron or Court Baroness to anyone who has gone above and beyond while serving served the Kingdom, or giving personal service to the Crown.  In Atenveldt, this award gives the holder the right to wear a 6-point coronet (under 1½ inches tall); be called “ Their Excellency”; and add to their personal arms. See the Achievement of Arms table below for the heraldry elements that can be used with a Court Barony.

In Atenveldt a Court Barony ranks just above an Award of Arms.  A Crown may choose to give a Grant of Arms at the same time as the Court Barony.


Peerage (Patent of Arms)

Full heraldic achievement for the Order of the Laurel in the Kingdom of Atenveldt

Peerages are the highest level of award given in the SCA and they recognize outstanding service to the Kingdom or expertise in a particular area.  However a peer is more than that, they have to show qualities worthy of the title of peer – such as courtesy and respect to others, be passionate about sharing their knowledge, and play a significant role in our community.  In short, be the kind of person we want to admire.  Our Peers can be some of the most well-known and respected members of the SCA community.

Each order has different heraldic elements for visual identity (the one shown here is a Laurel). See the Achievement of Arms table below for those used by Peerage orders and Royalty.

In Atenveldt, there are five peerage orders as the Royal Peers also receive Patents of Arms.  The Crown regularly meets with them to discuss potential candidates for the order and relevant business.  For more information see pages for Chivalry, Laurel, Pelican, Master of Defense

References

  1. “Society Level Award.Cunnan Wiki, Kingdom of Lochac, SCA Inc, 28 Mar. 2018, accessed 5/1/2021. cunnan.lochac.sca.org/index.php/Society_level_award.
  2. Vibert, Milicent. “Award of Arms.” MiddleWiki RSS, Kingdom of the Middle, SCA Inc, 30 Sept. 2013, middlewiki.midrealm.org/index.php/Award_of_Arms.
  3. de Luna, Juliana. “Gender-Neutral Titles for SCA Armigers.” July 2018 Letter of Acceptances and Returns - Cover Letter, Laurel Queen at Arms, SCA College of Heralds, 29 Sept. 2018, heraldry.sca.org/loar/2018/07/18-07cl.html.
  4. Cunnan.lochac.sca.org. 2009. Grant Of Arms - Cunnan. [online] Available at: <https://cunnan.lochac.sca.org/index.php/Grant_of_Arms> [Accessed 6 January 2021].

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Table of Achievements of Arms

Achievement of Arms for Heraldic Display[1]
Rank Shield Helmet Torse Mantling Supporters Crest Coronet (can
replace torse)
No AoA Yes no no no no no no
Award of Arms yes Gray non-metalic
in profile to dexter
no no as desired no no
Grant of Arms yes Gray non-metalic
in profile to dexter
2x owner's
colors
same as torse
(no ermine)
as desired no no
Court Barony Yes Gray non-metalic
in profile to dexter
2x owner's
colors
same as torse
(no ermine)
as desired no plain gold band with
4x visible pearls
Thegn/Bannthegn Yes Gray non-metalic
45 degrees to dexter
2x owner's
colors
same as torse
can use ermine
as desired no plain gold band with
4x visible pearls
Master of
Defense
Yes Silver, full face
or profile
2x owner's
colors
same as torse
can use ermine
as desired as desired No
Laurel Yes Silver, full face
or profile
2x owner's
colors
same as torse
can use ermine
as desired as desired Laurel wreath may
replace torse
Pelican Yes Silver, full face
or profile
2x owner's
colors
same as torse
can use ermine
as desired as desired Chapeau may
replace torse
Chivalry Yes Silver, full face
or profile
2x owner's
colors
same as torse
can use ermine
as desired as desired no
Viscounty Yes Silver, full face
or profile
2x owner's
colors
same as torse
can use ermine
as desired as desired Coronet of a
single point
County Yes Silver, full face
or profile
2x owner's
colors
same as torse
can use ermine
as desired as desired Crenellated coronet
Duchy Yes Gold, full face
or profile
2x owner's
colors
same as torse
can use ermine
as desired as desired Coronet with
strawberry leaves


All Awards B. of Atenveldt Tir Ysgithr
Sun Dragon Mons Tonitrus Twin Moons
Ered Sul Granite Mountain
  1. Kingdom Seneschal (Ed.). (2018, May 1). Kingdom of Atenveldt Sumptuary Traditions and Guidelines. Kingdom of Atenveldt.