Awards and Honors

Awards in the Principality of Cynagua

The lists of holders of awards was last updated: December 9, AS LI (2016).

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 Prince and Princess of Cynagua. Leaves of Achievement, and Awards of Arms are listed on the West Kingdom page, rather than here, as they fit into the West Kingdom Order of Precedence. Viscounties are also listed here, but only Viscounties for residents of this Principality or that were granted by the Prince and Princess of this Principality.

Descriptions of awards and tokens comes from a variety of sources, including but not limited to: The Laws of the Principality of Cynagua, 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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Viscounts and Viscountesses
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 Cynagua

The Ruxton Award

This is the premier service award of the Principality. It carries with it an Award of Arms, if the recipient does not already have one. Since this award is to honor those who have given of their time without thought of personal glory or gain, there is no token. This award is limited to two per reign. (Note:Awards of Arms granted with the Ruxton are listed in the Kingdom list of Awards of Arms.) Numbers: The Ruxton is presented with a specific number, which is important to the recipients. The numbers listed here are as close as we can get based on scanty record keeping. If you find you have evidence that the numbers as shown are not correct, please let us know.

This award started out as an award in the (then) Barony of Golden Rivers, and became a Principality award when Cynagua was named a Principality.

Listing of all Recipients of The Ruxton Award

Au Coeur del le Cygne Noir (Heart of the Black Swan)
There are many who serve the Coronet and the Principality of Cynagua; however, there is an individual whose dedication to the Prince goes so far above and beyond the normal course of Loyalty, Service and Duty that the Prince must recognize this essential and meaningful service. As such, it is right and proper that the Prince honor this extraordinary individual with induction into the Order of the Heart of the Black Swan (Au Coeur de la Cygne Noir). This award may be given no more than two times per reign. The recognition may only be given by the Sovereign of the Principality (Prince or Princess by Right of Arms). Listing of all Members of the Order Au Coeur del le Cygne Noir

Scutiferus Cynaguae (Shieldbearer of Cynagua)
The secondary service award in the Principality shall be called the Scutiferus Cynaguae (Shieldbearer of Cynagua) and be awarded by Their Highnesses for exceptional service to the Principality. The collective recipients of this award shall be known as the Scutiferuli Cynaguae (Shield bearers of Cynagua). The token of this award is a small bronze shield. Listing of all Recipients of the Scutiferus Cynaguae
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The Order of the Melan Pteron Cynagua
The Melan Pteron Cynagua is awarded by the Coronet for Achievement in the arts and sciences. The Coronet can only offer this award to a person for any art or science performed within the Principality or for the benefit of the Principality. The token is a black feather. Listing of all Members of the Order of the Melan Pteron Cynagua
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The Order of the Winged Harp
Upon successful completion of the Bard of Cynagua’s term, he/she shall be inducted into the Order of the Winged Harp, which shall be comprised of past bards of Cynagua who successfully completed their terms. The token of the Order shall be “Argent, a winged Irish harp Or”, in the form of a pendant. The wings are "down", to differentiate the medallion from that of the Bard of Cynagua, where the wings are up. Listing of all Members of the Order of the Winged Harp

The Cynaguan Order of Grace
It is the sole prerogative of the Consort of Cynagua to bestow this award to those persons felt to be exceptional in courtesy and chivalry. There will be no more than two awards given per reign. The token is a small crystal hung from a golden letter "C". Listing of all Members of the Cynaguan Order of Grace

The Order of La Courtesia
The La Courtesia is given for courtesy and friendliness and grace and forbearance in times of stress as well as in times of peace. The token is a crystal snowflake pendant from a silver ribbon. This Order is a polling Order. Listing of all Members of the Order of La Courtesia
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The Order of the Friendly Castle
This is given for "high hospitality". The token is a swan above an heraldic "Friendly Castle" (a two towered castle with its gate raised). This Order is a polling Order. Listing of all Members of the Order of the Friendly Castle
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The Hearth Stone
The Hearth Stone is awarded to those who exhibit a medieval encampment, thereby enhancing the ambiance of the Current Middle Ages for all. The token is a piece of landscape jasper within a setting of silver. Listing of all Recipients of the Hearth Stone
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The Cambium Award
The Cambium is awarded to those who maintain a well developed persona, thereby adding to the spirit of the Society. The token for this award is a small wooden heart dependant from a gold ribbon. Listing of all Recipients of The Cambium Award

Torse Cynagua
The Coronet may award the Torse Cynagua to a fighter who has shown particular courtesy, chivalry and/or valor in the Coronet lists. This award is to be given out at the Coronet tourney after the lists and may be given only once per reign. The token for this award is a torse of Argent, Sable and Or ribbons. Listing of all Recipients of the Torse Cynagua
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The Cynaguan Medal of Honor
This is given by their Highnesses to those fighters who have demonstrated valor, bravery and skill in times of war. The token is a metal swan suspended from green and red ribbons. Original / Classic CMoH Token. Listing of all Recipients of the Cynaguan Medal of Honor
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The Roll of Captains
Their Highnesses may honor the Captain of Their guard by ordering his/her name inscribed upon the Roll. The token is a pendant of a helmet with torse and mantling, suspended from a black ribbon. Listing of all Those honored by being listed on the Roll of Captains

The Order of the Crystal Swan
The Order of the Crystal Swan shall be the exclusive Order bestowed upon and honoring all past Consorts of Cynagua. Each Consort shall induct Their predecessor into the Order at Their Investiture. The token for this award shall either be one acceptable to the Coronet, or a small pendant of a “crystal swan” strung on a ribbon of white, black or gold. Listing of all Members of the Order of the Crystal Swan

The Order of the Black Swan
The Order of the Black Swan is to be awarded by the Princess to those combatants who fought and reached the final round of the Coronet Lists, but failed to prevail. The token is a triangular silver pendant marked with a silver swan holding a sword. The token is passed down to the newest member. A smaller version of the token is also given to the member to keep. Listing of all Members of the Order of the Black Swan
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The Order of the Swan's Heart
This is given to the Consort of the Black Swan (runner-up in the Coronet Lists), the token is a stone of worth in the shape of a heart hung from a white ribbon. Listing of all Members of the Order of the Swan's Heart
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The Order of the Gilded Swan
The coronet may honor those fighters who have added to the pageantry on the field of honor by the display of period armor ... This award is limited to two per reign. The badge for the order is a bronze pendant of a helm with torse and mantling in the form of a swan. Listing of all Members of the Order of the Gilded Swan
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The Princess' Token
This may be given to any whom the Princess feels gave "cheerful" help during her reign. The token is determined by the Princess and varies for each reign. View Historical List of Tokens Listing of all Recipients of the Princess' Token

Coronet's Favor
This award is for those whose actions and support has been critical to the success of the reign. The token is a medallion depicting a swan. Listing of all Recipients of the Coronet's Favor

Pearl of the Court
Their Highnesses may honor members of their court by gifting them with a personal token. Listing of all Pearls of the Court

Prince's Token
This may be given to any whom the Prince feels gave "cheerful" help during his reign. The token is determined by the Prince and varies for each reign. Historical View of Award Tokens Listing of all Recipients of the Prince's Token

Heart of the Princess
There are those members of the populace that go so far above and beyond the normal course of loyalty, service and duty that their deeds touch the heart of the Princess. The Princess may honor those extraordinary efforts with "The Heart of the Princess." The token of this award is a cast pewter heart with a coronet and a swan inside it. Listing of all Recipients of the Heart of the Princess

The Cygnet
This is an award given to younger members of the realm (under 16 years) for their contributions to the Principality. The token of this award is a black wooden swan suspended from a black ribbon. Listing of all Recipients of The Cygnet

The Honor of the Copper Spoon
The Cynaguan Cooking award, this is earned the same way as the Wooden Spoon at Kingdom level -- by winning a cooking contest. The token is a copper spoon hung from a ribbon. Historical View of Award Tokens Listing of all Recipients of the Honor of the Copper Spoon
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Den Grimme Aeling
This award is to be given by the Coronet for the support and effort given to the Principality by peoples that do not reside in the Principality of Cynagua. The token for this award is a late hatching egg, upon a silver coin suspended from a black ribbon. Listing of all Recipients of Den Grimme Aeling
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The Solea Argentea
The Coronet may honor those members of the populace who have contributed their time, efforts and knowledge to the promotion and enrichment of the Equestrian Arts throughout the Principality of Cynagua. The token for this award shall be a small silver horseshoe. Listing of all Recipients of the Solea Argentea
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Order of the Black Wing
Given for teaching in the Principality. The token is a black wing, either as a pendant or a pin. Listing of all Members of the Order of the Black Wing
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The Cynaguan Quill
The Coronet may honor scribes who have contributed through their support of time and expertise to the promotion and enrichment of the scribal arts. The tokens for this award will be as follows: for five scrolls and/or official documents, a copper feather; for ten completed scrolls and/or official documents, a silver feather; for twenty completed scrolls and/or official documents, a gold feather. Listing of all Recipients of The Cynaguan Quill
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Lumen Cynagua
The recipient of the Lumen Cynagua is the victor of the Arts and Sciences Championship of the Principality, and for the following year is the Principality Artisan, whose job it is to give instructions to all who would learn from the victor. The token is simply described as the "Championship Token" at this time. Listing of all Recipients of the Lumen Cynagua
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Black Swan's Archer
Formerly the Saethwyr Eithriadrol, Their Highnesses may honor those members of the populace who have excelled in their skills and knowledge of Archery, whether it be on the archery field or in war. The token for this award is a roundel of polished Yew. Listing of all Past and Current Black Swan's Archers

Gladius Ater
The Ordo Gladius Ater is to be given by the Coronet to those who have demonstrated exceptional skill and knowledge in all aspects of Rapier. The token for this order shall be a gold toned triangular pendant, embossed with a black rapier pointing upwards. Listing of all Members of the Ordo Gladius Ater

The Circlet of Gallantry
This recognition is given to those who show uncommon gallantry by their vigorous and courageous nobility of spirit. This award is limited to two per reign. The token is a wreath adorned with a red ribbon. Listing of all Recipients of the Circlet of Gallantry

The Circlet of Honor
This recognition is given to those whose display of integrity and honor inspires all. This award is limited to two per reign. The token of this award is a wreath addorned with a white ribbon. Listing of all Recipients of the Circlet of Honor

Crusader of Cynagua
This honor is for those who attended war with Their Highnesses and their service helped support the Coronet at war. The token is a personal medallion from the Prince. Listing of all Crusaders of Cynagua

Princess' Champion
The Princess' Champion is an office held for the duration of the reign of the Princess granting the title. The job is to champion the honor of the Princess. Listing of all Past and Current Princess' Champions

Cynaguan Guard
Members of the Cynaguan Guard hold this honor for the duration of the reign of the Prince and Princess who admitted them to the honor. The duties will vary depending on the Royalty. Members of the Cynaguan Guard are given to wear a black leather baldric on which the Coronet of Cynagua’s Arms are displayed. Listing of all Past and Current Members of the Cynaguan Guard
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Prince's Huscarl (Cynagua)
The Huscarl's are the Prince's personal guard, for the duration of the reign. There is no specific token ... Listing of all Members of the Prince's Huscarls

Lord Defender of Cynagua
There will be a tournament once a year to determine the holder of this title. The purpose is to have a defender in case the Prince/ess is not able to do so. The list is restricted to unbelted fighters. The person who wins this title in combat retains the title for a year. The Lord Defender may not succeed him or herself. There is no token for this recognition. Listing of all Current and Past Lord Defenders of Cynagua

Prima Spada of Cynagua
There will be a rapier tournament once a year [at the Fall Coronet Tournament] to determine the holder of this title. It is the duty and privilege of the Prima Spada to step forward and wield his/her blade for the Coronet Sovereign, in Rapier matters. The person who wins this title in combat retains the title for a year. The Prima Spada may not succeed him/herself. The token is a cape in the colors of the Principality of Cynagua embroidered with the device of the Principality. Listing of all Current and Past Prima Spadas of Cynagua

Standard Bearer of Cynagua
Their Highnesses may honor a fighter residing within the Principality by naming that person as the Principality Standard Bearer for that Reign. Those so honored may be awarded a token of a banner suspended from a ribbon of black and gold. This is a temporary position, which means that it ends the next time a person is named to this position. Listing of all Current and Past Standard Bearers of Cynagua

Archery Champion (Cynagua)
The Archery Champion holds their position from Winter Investiture to Winter Investiture, having won the title in competition. Their duty is to bear the bow on the field of combat and in tournaments to represent the Principality as Archery Champion. They are responsible for the competition to determine their successor. The Archery Champion may not succeed him/herself. Regalia for this office includes a baldric and quiver, and a cape of office. Listing of all Past and Current Archery Champions (Cynagua)

Equestrian Champion (Cynagua)
(No description at this time.) Listing of all Past and Current Equestrian Champions (Cynagua)

Rapier Champion (Cynagua)
(No description at this time.) Listing of all Current and Past Rapier Champions (Cynagua)

General of the Army (Cynagua)
Leader of the army of Cynagua as needed. Listing of all Current and Past Generals of the Army

Cynaguan Artisans
The Cynaguan Artisan is an honor offered to those individuals who are not members of the Order of the Laurel who are pursuing the Arts and Sciences; these Cynaguan Artisans are selected solely at the discretion of the Coronet. Cynaguan Artisans are bestowed a favor designating the honor bestowed upon them. The Coronet may appoint a Laurel Counselor to assist the Cynaguan Artisans in pursuing their Arts and Sciences. Listing of all Current and Past Cynaguan Artisans

Black Flake of the Devil
This award was given once, and then the order was closed (for good). The token was a Christmas ornament spray-painted black, which sadly was destroyed shortly after being given (in a wrestling match over the award, so the story goes). The acronym for this recognition is OBFD. Listing of all Members of the Order of the Black Flake of the Devil


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