Awards and Honors

Awards in the Kingdom of the West

The lists of holders of awards was last updated: December 10, AS XLIX (2014).

This page of the West Kingdom web site awards list system is used to explain the various awards that are listed in the West Kingdom Awards List that may be given by The King and Queen of the West. In addition, all Viscounty listings, and Leaves of Achievement and Awards of Arms are from this page, even if given by Princes and Princesses of the Principalities, as these awards have specific places in the West Kingdom Order of Precedence. This is in addition to individual Viscounty listings for the Principalities.

Descriptions of awards and tokens comes from a variety of sources, including but not limited to: The Laws of the Kingdom of the West, the West Kingdom Ceremony Book, an article in the West Kingdom Herald's Handbook on Awards, Baronial websites, or heralds, etc.

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Dukes and Duchesses
Dukes and Duchesses are those who have served as King and Queen at least twice. They can usually be identified by the coronets they wear. These coronets normally have strawberry leaves in groups of three, set at four points on the coronet, and may have additional "personalized" decorations as well. Listing of all Dukes and Duchesses of and in the West

Counts and Countesses
These are folk who have served as King and Queen once. Again their coronets give them away. These are embattled, and may have additional personal decoration as well. Listing of all Counts and Countesses of and in the West
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Viscount and Viscountess
A Viscount or Viscountess is a person who has served as Prince or Princess of a Principality at least once. Viscounty Coronets are in no way defined, but are a matter of personal taste. They normally reflect some element of the Principality Arms, plus personal decoration. Listing of all Viscounts and Viscountesses of and in The West

The Order of Chivalry
Members of this Order are either Knights or Masters at Arms (or Masters of Arms), depending on whether or not they wished to swear fealty to the Thrones of the West at the time of their recognition. They are elevated to this rank for their ability on the field and for their courtesy and chivalry both on and off the field. Knights swear fealty to the King and Queen, sometimes to Princes, and are considered to be vassals of the King, while Masters at Arms may swear fealty to an individual King and Queen (or Prince and Princess) if they so desire. Knights wear white belts, and chains of large single links, and prick spurs if they so desire. Masters at Arms wear only a white baldric, a belt worn diagonally across the chest. For the Knights the chain represents the bond of fealty between the King and His Knight. The white belt is a symbol of chivalry and prowess, which is why both Knights and Masters at Arms wear white belts, albeit in different ways. The spurs come from the days when knights were mounted warriors, and are the symbol of the rank of knight. Sometimes abbreviated: KSCA or MSCA for Knight of the Society for Creative Anachronism, or Master at Arms of ... Listing of all Knights and Masters at Arms of and in the West
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The Order of the Laurel
Membership in the Order of the Laurel is given for excellence in the arts and/or sciences. Only a member of the Order of the Laurel may wear a medallion with a laurel wreath, and in the Kingdom of the West may wear a cloak with the laurel wreath on the back, possibly enclosing an emblazon of their Arms, and a smaller one on the front. The laurel wreath is a Greek symbol of achievement, and was also a symbol of Apollo, the Greek god of the Arts. Sometimes abbreviated: OL. See details on Laurel areas of Interest Listing of all Members of the Order of the Laurel of and in the West
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The Order of the Pelican
The Order of the Pelican is given for extraordinary service to the Kingdom, far and beyond that given by most members. The members of the Order may wear a medallion depicting a pelican in its piety (wounding itself to feed its young), and a cloak with the same on the front and back (as for the Laurel). The pelican in its piety symbolizes sacrificing oneself for others, and was also a medieval symbol of Christ (the ultimate symbol of sacrifice). Sometimes abbreviated: OP Listing of all Members of the Order of the Pelican of and in the West
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The Order of the Rose
Membership in this Order is given automatically to Countesses in the Kingdom of the West by tradition, if not by law. The Order of the Rose was created in the early days of the Society, before the title of Countess was used for those who had served as Queen. All Kings were, in those days, automatically made Knights, so it was felt that those who had served as Queen deserved recognition as well. The OR is not always accompanied by a patent of arms from one kingdom to the next. In the West, it is considered that the patent is the Countess' Royal Patent of Arms, therefore there are not two independent Patents of Arms being granted. There is no medallion or other symbol for the Order. (In some Kingdoms the OR is also a polling order, which is not the case in the West -- it is automatically granted with the title of Countess.) Listing of all Members of the Order of the Rose of and in the West

Writ of Endorsement
The Crown may recognize with a Writ of Endorsement those individuals whose actions and contributions have helped shape and define the Kingdom. The ceremony for this award shall be specifically written to describe the accomplishments of the recipient, and the token shall be a scroll or writ, endorsing those accomplishments. The award shall carry with it a Grant of Arms, and those persons so recognized shall stand in precedence between holders of Patents of Arms and holders of Grants of Arms. NOTE: As of July, 2013 (A.S. XLVIII) this recognition is no longer granted and has been stricken from Kingdom Laws. Listing of all Recipients of the Writ of Endorsement

The Order of the Golden Poppy
This award is given to those people who have won the Arts and Sciences Competition of the Kingdom for the current year. As of October Crown, AS XLIII (2008), the Order of the Golden Poppy has been moved to rank above other Grant of Arms awards. It was also changed to carry a Grant of Arms -- this Grant of Arms is retroactive to those members of the Order who did not previously have a Grant of any sort (as of the date given above). The most recent winner of this competition is given a cloisone token to be worn signifying that they are the Kingdom Arts and Sciences Champion, and a cloak exists with poppies embroidered on the hem that may be worn. Members of the Order may wear a wreath of poppies, or may purchase a token similar to the one worn by the current Kingdom Arts and Sciences Champion. Listing of all Members of the Order of the Golden Poppy
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Awards that Grant Arms
In the West Kingdom at this time, there are four awards or titles that carry a Grant of Arms that are of equivalent rank (see The Order of the Golden Poppy as well). These are listed here:

The Royal Missile Company:
Membership in this order is granted to those who excel in the use of archery and/or other forms of missile weaponry, both in target and war-time situations. Membership in this order grants the title "Yeoman of the West". The token of membership in this order is a green scarf bearing three arrowheads conjoined in pall inverted, points to center, within and conjoined to an annulet Or.

Special Note: Membership in the Royal Missile Company has been backdated for members of the now closed Royal Company of Archers and the Royal Company of Yeomen. Listing of all Members of the Royal Missile Company
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The Western White Scarf
This listing includes members of The Royal Company of Courtiers and Guildmasters of Fence. This title was granted to those who support and teach rapier combat in the West. These two recognition have become a 'closed order', replaced by the Western White Scarf. This is a polling order. The token for membership is a white scarf with a gold demi-sun on it. Those recognized with this award may style themselves "Royal Courtier" or "Companion of the Western White Scarf", and may place the letters "OWWS" after their name. It should be noted that former members of the Guildmasters of Fence and/or Royal Courtiers of the West may be granted membership in the Western White Scarf as a separate recognition. Listing of all Members of the Western White Scarf
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The Western Gold Scarf
Membership in this order is granted to those who excel in the practice, study, and teaching of the equestrian arts of peace and/or of war. Members of the order serve as exemplars of the West Kingdom's equestrian might and earn the title of "Rider of the West". The token of membership in this order is a gold scarf bearing a white demi-sun. Listing of all Members of the Order of the Western Gold Scarf
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Grants of Arms
In the Kingdom of the West, the Grant of Arms is usually given to Greater and Lesser Lords of State, their Deputies, (often) founding (landed) Baron/ess, Members of the Order of the Golden Poppy, Members of the Royal Missle Company, Members of the Order of the Western White Scarf, or members of the Order of the Western Gold Scarf.

A "plain" Grant of Arms may be given at Their Majesty's wish, and therefore there are no set standards for who may receive one. They are, however, somewhat rare. There is no token given for a "plain" Grant of Arms. (NOTE: If a person is a member of these Orders and got their Grant of Arms with that recognition, they will not be listed in the Grants listing, but in the listing mentioned above ...) Sometimes abbreviated: GA or GoA. Listing of all Recipients of Grants of Arms

The Order of The Western Lily
The Order of the Western Lily may be offered to those the Crown finds deserving of great honor for both their individual excellent achievements and for their consistent contributions in teaching others of their skills and knowledge of the arts, sciences and other activities that strengthen and enhance the Kingdom. Membership in this Order will carry an Award of Arms if the recipient does not already have one. By Kingdom Law, this award ranks above the Leaves of Achievement, but below Grants of Arms. The token of this award is a pendant of a natural lily dependent from ribbons. Listing of all Members of the Order of the Western Lily
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Leaves of Achievement
There are three "Leaves of Achievement" given within the Kingdom of the West. (NOTE: If a recipient of a Leaf of Achievement received their Award of Arms at the same time as their Leaf, they will not be listed in the Award of Arms.) By Kingdom Law, the Leaves of Achievement carry the same precedent amongst themselves (one leaf does not carry a higher rank than any other).

The Order of the Leaf of Merit
The Order of the Leaf of Merit is given for service. This is given at the wish of Their Majesties or Their Highnesses, but often upon recommendation by knowledgeable people. The token for this is a cast pewter laurel leaf pendant. Historical View of tokens for this award. Sometimes abbreviated: OLM. Listing of all Members of the Order of the Leaf of Merit
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The Order of the Rose Leaf
The Order of the Rose Leaf is given for expertise in the arts or sciences This is given at the wish of Their Majesties or Their Highnesses, but often upon recommendation by knowledgeable people. The token for this award is a pendant (in various media) in the shape of a rose leaf for the Rose Leaf. Historical View of Award Tokens. Sometimes abbreviated: ORL. Listing of all Members of the Order of the Rose Leaf
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The Order of the Ash Leaf
The Order of the Ash Leaf is given for expertise in combat (including, but not limited to heavy, rapier, combat archery ...). This is given at the wish of Their Majesties or Their Highnesses, but often upon recommendation by knowledgeable people. The token for this award is a pendant of an ash leaf for the Ash Leaf. Sometimes abbreviated: OAL. Listing of all Members of the Order of the Ash Leaf
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Armigerous Group
A group who either received an AoA or received an award called Armigerous Group (group being defined as more than one person acting as a single entity). (This stopped being given at some point in the West, although continued in An Tir ... eventually the West Kingdom created the Pillar of the West, which does not carry an Award of Arms.) Listing of all Armigerous Groups

Court Baron/ess
This title is given, as an addition to any other titles, by Their Majesties, for whatever reason They wish. If the person receiving a Court Baronage is not previously Armigerous, this award carries an Award of Arms. By Kingdom law, a Court Baron or Baroness ranks below Leaves of Achievement but above Armigers (Awards of Arms). They wear a coronet of their own design, often decorated with pearls in addition to some personal insignia. (This listing includes the Award of Arms of those who received their Award with their Court Barony title, and they will not be listed in the Award of Arms listing below.) Listing of all Barons and Baronesses of the Court

Awards of Arms
An Award of Arms is the first level of "armigerous" award. (It confers the right to bear arms.) It is given usually for service or other significant contribution to the well-being of the Kingdom or Principality, usually at the local level. There is no token given. (NOTE: This list does not include those who received their Award of Arms with a Court Barony or a Leaf-level award. IMPORTANT NOTE: This is the largest award listing here as the Award of Arms is often the first award people recieve ...) Abbrev: AA or AoA Listing of all Recipients of Awards of Arms

Augmentations of Arms
Augmentations are given at the discretion of the Crown, for whatever reason the Crown may so desire. They are an addition to the Arms of the recipient, the form of which is (usually) determined by the Crown and the College of Arms. Listing of all Recipients of Augmentations of Arms

Commendabilis
This recognition is given to the person who came in second in the Crown Lists, and their consort, as a recognition of all of the combatants who fought with honor and chivalry in the Lists and for those who inspired them. Those so honored were originally given tokens of gold oak leaves on ribbons, which were returned to the Crown before the next Crown Tournament, to be passed on to the next Commendabilis. At this time, the new Commendabilis are recognized with pewter tokens which are theirs to keep. The ceremony names those so recognized as Commendabilis Regni Occidentalis. Listing of all Recognized as Commendabilis
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Queen's Order of Grace
The QOG is given to those the Queen finds courteous to all. Members of this order may wear a medallion of a crowned rose, from which is dependent a pearl. (Note: The listing will include similar awards from other Kingdoms if there are recipients of those awards living in the West.) Historical View of Award Tokens.Sometimes abbreviated: QOG Listing of all Members of the Queen's Order of Grace
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The Order of the Silver Nib
This is an award given by the Crown to members of the College of Scribes of the Kingdom, for excellence and quantity of scrolls in their scribe work. The token given is a silver pen nib on a black and gold braided ribbon. Listing of all Members of the Order of the Silver Nib
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Goutte d'Encre Noire
Given to those who continue to produce scrolls for the Kingdom of the West after they have received the Order of the Silver Nib. This recognition is pronounced: la goote dahnk-ruh nwahr. The token is ...? Listing of all Recipients of La Goutte d'Encre Noire

The Order of the Silver Molet
The OSM was an order of Peerage which included those Peers who had shown the highest qualities of Peerage. The Knights may wear rowels on their spurs, and all members may wear cloaks based on the augmentation of their arms allowed by the College of Arms: Argent, on a pile gules, an antique crown voided Or. Generally these cloaks are white, with the pile and crown on the back. This order was closed at Beltane, AS XXIV (1990), reopened Twelfth Night XLVI (2012), and opened to include those who hold Grants of Arms. Listing of all Members of the Order of the Silver Molet
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Knights Bannerette
This honor is given to individual members of the Chivalry who have shown continuing support to Crown and Kingdom in war. The Knight Bannerette may display on the fly of their banner a stripe colored barry Vert and Or (the colors of the Kingdom), typically six stripes. Listing of all Knights Bannerette
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The Order of Valor
This honor is given at the wish of the King, for great service in war. It is usually given to those who lead units, or who have made some other especially noteworthy contribution. Its symbol is a torse braided of green and gold, the colors of the Kingdom, and red, the color of blood. Listing of all Members of the Order of Valor

Roll of Western Heroes
This recognition is granted to those few fighters whose actions in war have transcended that of their fellow combatants by displaying indomitable spirit and honor on the field of battle. Those so honored will have their name, the date, the field of battle and the act(s) that earned them this recognition inscribed on a Scroll of Honor, with all others who have been so recognized, to be immortalized for all time. There is no token given for this award. Listing of all Roll of Western Heroes

The Order of the Silver Mantle
This honor is given by the Crown on the recommendation of the members of the Order to those who serve as consistently good examples of well-accoutered fighters. There is currently no symbol for the Order. Listing of all Members of the Order of the Silver Mantle

The Order of Missle Champions
Membership in the Order of Missile Champions shall be offered by the Crown to the winner of the Annual Kingdom Archery Championship. The most recent member of the Order shall be named as Kingdom Archery Champion at the conclusion of the annual competition held prior to 12th Night. This is a permanent award/recognition. The members of the Order may wear a cloak bearing the badge of the order. This was formerly called the Order of the Levis Armaturae, then it was the Ordo Primorum Telis, now the Order of Missle Champions. Listing of all Members of the Order of Missile Champions

The Order of the Grey Goose Shaft
The OGGS is given for excellence in archery. The new member is presented with a personalized arrow. This order is active in An Tir, but is effectively a closed order in The West. Listing of all Members of the Order of the Grey Goose Shaft

Wreaths of Valor and Chivalry
This honor is given at Crown Tournaments to (usually) unbelted fighters who have proven the most Valorous and the most Chivalrous on the field of honor that day. The tokens are wreaths of Rosemary, the Wreath of Valor has a red ribbon wrapped around it, and the Wreath of Chivalry has a white ribbon wrapped around it. Listing of all Recipients of the Wreaths of Valor and/or Chivalry

The Muckin' Great Clubbe
This honor is given for ferocity on the field. The current holder of the honor maintains a massive club with a spike driven through the head. They are responsible for determining the next holder of the Clubbe, and for rubbing at least one pound of wax into the Clubbe. The recipient is expected to present the Clubbe to a new recipient IN COURT sometime in the near future, so it gets passed on.Sometimes abbreviated: MGC Listing of all Recipients of The Muckin' Great Clubbe
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The Old Battered Helm
The OBH is presented to those who die gloriously on the field. Histrionics are not mandatory, but do increase your chances. The OBH itself is a freon tank helm which has suffered greatly, for each new recipient is expected to mark the helm with a steel weapon of his/her choice in front of witnesses. Sometimes abbreviated: OBH Listing of all Recipients of The Old Battered Helm
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The Order of the Wooden Spoon
This Order consists of the victors of the Kingdom cooking contests. They are given to wear a wooden spoon dependent from a ribbon. It is possible to be given many of these tokens. Historical View of Award Tokens Listing of all Members of the Order of the Wooden Spoon
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The Queen's Cypher
This award is given to those who have been thoughtful and helpful personally to the Queen. The QC recipients may wear a medallion which is personalized from Queen to Queen, normally in the shape of her initials. It is quite possible for a person to be given several QCs. (NOTE: This is a relatively long listing, as most Queens have given anywhere from 3 to 20 (and maybe more) of these, and the West has three reigns a year ... In addition, the list may include recipients of similar awards from other Kingdoms if those recipients are resident in The West at this time.) Historical View of Award Tokens. Sometimes abbreviated: QC Listing of all Recipients of the Queen's Cypher

Queen's Order of Maintenance
The Order of the Queen's Maintenance is given to honor the one or two persons a Queen feels were vital to her ability to reign -- and it is not required or even expected that there will be an entrant to this Order each reign. This is not meant to be a "super-Cypher"; it is meant to recognize those whose service is more substantial and more personal. This is an Order; people can receive this honor only once. The token of this award is individualized (and is preferably constructed or commissioned by the Queen bestowing the honor), but always includes a teardrop-shape as a substantial part of the design. Listing of all Members of the Queen's Order of Maintenance
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The Crown's Favor
Given to recognize those who contribute to the well-being of Their Majesties and of the Kingdom of the West. The token of this award is a cast pendant with crowns on either side. Listing of all Recipients of The Crown's Favor

The Order of Arachne's Web
This is actually a guild of lacemakers. Membership is given to those who have shown excellence in the art of lacemaking. There are many ranks within the "Order", corresponding to levels of competence. The members of the Order present lace napkins to the Crown at each Coronation, and the lacemaker to the Queen is usually selected from amongst the members. At one time this was treated as an award (The ORDER of ...), but it has since become a guild. No new members of the guild are being added to the Awards Database, as the structure has changed -- effectively this is a closed order. Historical View of Award Tokens Listing of all Members of the Order of Arachne's Web
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The Order of the Pied d'Argent
Membership is given to winners of the Kingdom dance competitions. Winners of these competitions are given a small pendant or pin of a silver dance slipper. Listing of all Members of the Order of the Pied d'Argent
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Western Centurion
Granted to fighters who show great leadership abilities during wartime, rallying troops, etc. These are the backbone of the army of the West. The recipient is given a silver shield. Listing of all Western Centurions

Defenders of the West
This honor is given to those that serve the realm most outstandingly during times of war. It is given to people such as water-bearers, marshals, heralds, chirurgeons, and many others. Members are given a braid of ribbons containing colors from the arms of the Kingdom and all of its Principalities (the colors used are blue, gold and green). This is sometimes abbreviated: DefWest. Listing of all Defenders of the West
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Pillars of the West
This honor is given by the Crown to groups (households, clans, etc.) who, as a group have served the kingdom outstandingly. While not an individual award, the group so honored may add an augmentation to their badge: On a canton vert, a crown dancetty of three points, voided Or. Listing of all Pillars of the West

The Order of the King's Lance
This award is given to those who have shown excellence in and continued support of the equestrian arts. The token of this award is a silver lance suspended from a ribbon. Listing of all Members of the Order of the King's Lance
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Queen's Arrow
The Order of the Queen's Arrow is given to those who have shown excellence in and continued support of target archery. The token of this order is a small arrow suspended on a ribbon. Listing of all Members of the Order of the Queen's Arrow

The Order of the Golden Acorn
This is given to those who have assisted in the upbringing of the Kingdom's children. The token is a small pendant of an acorn on a green ribbon. Listing of all Members of the Order of the Golden Acorn

Royal Pages of the West
This honor is given by the Crown to those children who have demonstrated exceptional courtesy and given of their service or talents to the Kingdom. The recipients are given a token of the letters "RP" strung from ribbons. Listing of all Royal Pages of the West
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The Western Roll of Honor
This honor is given to those individuals, who, by their actions have inspired the populace or have substantially enriched the realm. Their name is added to the "Western Roll of Honor" (a scroll listing the name, date and deed they are being recognized for), and are given a token which shall be a heater shaped medallion with the Western demi-sun above a rolled scroll. Listing of all Those Honored to be Listed on the Western Roll of Honor
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West Kingdom Paragons of Merriment
The WKPM is given at the discretion of the Crown to those individuals who help create and support period entertainment and activities for the enjoyment of the populace and of the Kingdom. In particular those whose efforts enhance the festivities and evening revels through dance, music, performance arts, and any other social activity which may prove worthy for this honor. The token for this honor shall be a ribbon of festive colors with a leather roundel stamped with the initials of the award. Listing of all Recipients of the West Kingdom Paragons of Merriment

The Order of the Noble Manor
The Order of the Noble Manor will be given once per year, at June Crown, to those individuals whose excellent and regular efforts have created an exceptionally period and well-appointed encampment. The most recent recipient of the award will be given a banner to display, which shall be passed on each year, or may create a banner in a form that best suits their encampment. Any such banner shall incorporate the kingdom colors and the silhouette of a culturally appropriate dwelling. After the year of holding the initial banner, recipients of this honor may display a banner of their own with the same design. Note that this award is given to individuals, not to households. Listing of all Members of the Order of the Noble Manor

The Order of the Queen's Treasure
The Order of the Queen's Treasure is offered by the Queen to those who, by their consistent efforts in creating various works and providing such items to the Crown to use as gifts to others, greatly contribute to the Crown's ability to show largesse. The token for this award shall be a treasure chest depending from a ribbon of kingdom colors. Listing of all Members of the Order of the Queen's Treasure
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Wreath of Athena
At every Crown Tournament event, individual artisans will be invited to display their Arts and Sciences projects; these projects need not be completed nor need they be accompanied by documentation. This display, hosted by the Arts and Sciences Minister, represents the work of populace members who are practicing the Arts and Sciences to the best of their ability.

The individual who prevails is given the "Wreath of Athena" which is a rosemary wreath decorated with purple and yellow ribbons, i.e. the colors of the Arts and Sciences Office. The victor of this popular polling will then be allowed to wear this wreath for the duration of the event and this honor will be recorded in the awards list.

Listing of all Winners of the Wreath of Athena

Queen's Champion
The Queen's Champion is an honor bestowed on a single fighter for the duration of a reign. The position may be appointed by the Queen, or a tournament may be held in which the victor is usually given the position, this varies from reign to reign. The person holding the position is responsible for championing the Queen's Honor, in whatever ways he/she and the Queen decide best. The current holder of the position is given to wear a large leather baldric with the Queen's Arms on it. This honor lasts until the end of the reign in which it was granted.
     In the early days of the Kingdom, the Queen awarded her Favor, often after a tournament specifically held for that purpose. The recipients of the Queen's Favor are listed as equivalent to this honor. Listing of all Past and Current Queen's Champions

Archery Champion
This title is granted at 12th Night, after the conclusion of the Kingdom Annual Archery Competition. The Victor of this Championship is named the Kingdom Archery Champion for a year, and is also granted membership in the Order of Missle Champions (formerly the Levis Armaturae) at the same time. Listing of all Current and Past Archery Champions
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Rapier Champion
This title is granted to the Rapier Champion for a period of one year - from 12th Night Coronation to 12th Night Coronation. The current Rapier Champion wears a coat or cloak with the badge of the office, and a red cord to be worn as a sword knot. Listing of all Current and Past Rapier Champions

Arts & Sciences Champion
This title is granted to the Arts & Sciences Champion for a period of one year - from Twelfth Night to Twelfth Night. The current Arts & Sciences Champion may wear ...? Listing of all Current and Past Arts & Sciences Champions

West Kingdom Equestrian Champion
An annual West Kingdom Equestrian Championship will be held prior to 12th Night. The victor of the annual West Kingdom Equestrian Championship shall be named as the West Kingdom Equestrian Champion. Listing of all Current and Past West Kingdom Equestrian Champions

The Queen's Guard
This is an honor, rather than an award, and opportunity is offered to unbelted fighters who show much promise (quite often members of the Guard are knighted while still members, removing them from the guard). The members of a specific guard are retired at the end of the reign of the Queen. Members of the Queen's Guard wear a baldric of red leather with the device of the Queen tooled into it, and are given the favor of the Queen on whose guard they serve. (NOTE: This is a long listing, as there are usually quite a few members of the guard for each reign ...) Listing of all Past and current Members of the Queen's Guard
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Queen's Artisans
This recognition is given to select artisans who are not yet Laurels, to serve the Queen in whatever manner She requires during Her reign. Listing of all Queen's Artisans

King's Huscarls
This honor lasts for the reign in which it is granted, much like membership in the Queen’s Guard. Members (usually of the Chivalry, but this is not limited to the Chivalry) are asked to serve as the King’s house guard, specifically during war time. They are given to wear baldrics with the badge of the Huscarls ("Or, an antique crown voided, surmounted by a sword gules") to signify that they will stand between the Crown of the West and any danger that threatens it. Note: those so honored have seldom been listed in The Page as this is not an award. This means that many who should be listed here are not as there is no way of finding this information unless it is volunteered. Listing of all Those known to have been honored as The King's Huscarls

First Spear of the Western Centurions
Western Centurions may be recognized for their continued efforts on the war field, and in such cases may be proclaimed First Spear Centurion, and they will serve the Crown in that capacity until a new First Spear is named by the Crown. There is no token for this honor. Listing of all Current and Past First Spears

Bard of the West
This recognition is given to the current Bard of the West, who gains the title during a competition held at Beltane Coronation. The title is granted at June Crown following. The person so honored carries this title from June Crown of the year they were named Bard of the West until the next June Crown, when they pass the title to their successor. This listing may include other Kingdom Bard titles for those who have moved to the West ... Listing of all Past and Current Bards of the West

Western War Council
The Western War Council is appointed once a year by means of a mass melee tournament between war units. The war unit that is appointed Western War Council shall assume the role of command of the Army of the West Kingdom in time of War, at the discretion and direction of the Crown. The current War Unit designated as the Western War Council has the right to display on and off the field, a banner with the following badge: Or, two thunderbolts in saltire, overall a demi-sun vert (or other badge, once registered). War units who have held this position in the past may display as an augmentation on the badge of their war unit: On a canton checky Or and vert, a demi-sun sable. Note: January 29, 2005 (AS XXXIX), Their Majesties Alden and Constantina have closed the War Council. This recognition will no longer be granted. Listing of all Current and Past Western War Councils

Foam Weapon (Boffer) Champions of the West
The victors in the foam weapon tournaments held by the Page School Minister are recognized as Foam Weapon Champions of the West. The older champion is designated the King's Foam Weapon Champion, the younger is designated the Queen's Foam Weapon Champion. Both are given medallions (?) to show this honor. Listing of all Current and Past Foam Weapon Champions of the West

Order of the Western Prima Spada
The Crown shall offer membership in the Order of the Western Prima Spada to the winner of the Annual Kingdom Rapier Championship to be held prior to 12th Night Coronation. Listing of all Members of the Order of the Western Prima Spada


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