Awards and Honors

Awards in the Principality of Oertha

The lists of holders of awards was last updated: October 27, 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 Prince and Princess of Oertha. 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 Oertha, 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 Oertha

Companions of the Diamond Willow
This is given for service to the Principality. Members of this order are given a diamond carved from diamond willow to wear as a pendant, or a more 'jewelry' like form of pendant. Historical view of different tokens for this award. Listing of all Companions of the Diamond Willow
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The Order of the Snowy Owl
This is given for excellence in the arts. The token given for this award has changed over time, including: a blue glass pendant etched with a white owl's feather, a cast owl in flight (made of silver), a single silver feather ... Listing of all Members of the Order of the Snowy Owl
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The Oerthan Order of Grace
This award is given for exceptional grace and courtesy. The badge is: Quarterly argent and Or, a snowflake azure. The token is a snowflake pendant in some medium dependant from a ribbon. Listing of all Members of the Oerthan Order of Grace
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The Order of the Oerthan Sword
This is given for prowess in combat and chivalrous conduct, the token for this is a leather-mounted sword ring decorated with a seated wolf-at-bay. Listing of all Members of the Order of the Oerthan Sword
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The Order of the Silver Ulu
This is given to commend outstanding cooks in Oertha. The token of the order is a small silver ulu pendant hung from a ribbon (an ulu is a very sharp, curved blade, shaped like a very wide U with a central handle, used by native Alaskan tribes in flaying and preparing animals and fish for cooking and preserving). Listing of all Members of the Order of the Silver Ulu
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Holders of the Heart
This is a companionship of past Ladies of the Snow and past consorts of the victor of the Coronet (there have been, to date, two Prince Consorts in Oertha). The token for this is a small (usually carved wooden) heart hung from a ribbon. Listing of all Holders of the Heart
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The Princess' Riband
This is given to reward those who have been of exceptional service to the Princess. The token of the order is usually a ribbon of the Princess' personal colors, or other tokens determined by the Princess. Images of past Princess' Ribands. Listing of all Recipients of the Princess' Riband

Coronet's Favor
Given to recognize those who contribute to the well-being of the Coronet. The token of this award shall be determined by the Coronet. Listing of all Recipients of the Coronet's Favor

The Order of the Raven's Heart
This is given to recognize service and courteous acts in the youth of the Principality, there is no token, but the recipients are given a scroll commemorating their membership in this Order. Listing of all Members of the Order of the Raven's Heart
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The Order of the Polaris
This Order is given by the Prince and Princess to Their subjects who foster tradition and teach the customs and ways of the Society to the populace. The token is a sphere of interlocking pearls suspended on a blue silk ribbon. Listing of all Members of the Order of the Polaris
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The Order of the Bards of Oertha
The Coronet may elevate any of Their Subjects to The Order of the Bards of Oertha, who have notably enriched the Principality in the bardic arts. The Coronet may decide to present this recognition directly, or may determine the individual to be awarded through a contest. Listing of all Members of the Order of the Bards of Oertha
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Argent Wolf
This honor is given by the Crown to groups (households, clans, etc.) who, as a group have served the principality outstandingly. Listing of all Members of the Order of the Argent Wolf

Argent Flame
The Argent Flame is given to those who show true Oerthan hospitality to strangers and friends to our fair Principality, through their generosity and charity provide for the needs of newcomers and members alike. The token is a silver flame formed into a pendant. Listing of all Members of the Order of the Argent Flame

The Order of the Glove
The Order of the Glove is given to those who have displayed chivalry and prowess on the rapier field, and possess the qualities of a courtier. The token for this award is a blue glove with a white wolf ululant (as in the arms of Oertha) on the cuff. Listing of all Members of the Order of the Glove
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Order of the Argent Stylus
The Order of the Argent Stylus is given to those who have made notable achievements in the art and service of scribing. The token for this award is a silver stylus suspended from a cord or ribbon. Listing of all Members of the Order of the Argent Stylus
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Ursa Major
Given to those who guide the "Treasures of Oertha" (the children). The token for this award is a Bear Sow with cub suspended on a cord of Principality Colors (azure and argent / blue and white). Listing of all Recipients of the Ursa Major

Ursa Minor
The Ursa Minor may be given upon successful completion of the Oertha Page School program, in recognition of the service and knowledge gained through the program. The Page School officer shall maintain the program, and will advise the Coronet of participants who, through service and learning, have shown maturity in the customs of the Society and Principality. The token for this award shall be a bear charm, hung from a cord of Principality colors. Listing of all Recipients of the Ursa Minor
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The Oerthan Company of Wandering Wolves
Granted to those who have contributed to the Principality of Oertha, but had to move due to non-SCA requirements. The token is an argent wolf passant, head erect. Listing of all Members of The Oerthan Company of Wandering Wolves

Orion
Given for achievement / excellence in the field of Archery. The token for this award may be an Arrowhead Or for fostering Archery; an Arrowhead Argent for Target Archery; or an Arrowhead Azure for Combat Archery. Listing of all Members of the Order of Orion

The Princess' Champion
The Princess may choose a champion, either by tournament or by personal selection, to defend Her honor and come to Her aid should it be within his/her power. This title lasts until the current reign is over. In Oertha, there is often a "heavy" champion and a "fencing" champion. Listing of all Past and Current Princess' Champions

The Princess' Escort
This is to recognize individuals of skill and talent, whose duty it is to serve the Princess during her reign in whatever she may (lawfully) command. This honor is usually given to fighters, but not necessarily. Usually favors are made by the Princess and her court. This honor lasts from the time a member is admitted to the Escort until the end of the reign. Listing of all Past and current Members of the Princess' Escort

Princess' Artisans
This recognition is given to select artisans who are not yet Laurels, to serve the Princess in whatever manner She requires during Her reign. Listing of all Princess' Artisans

Lord and Lady Guardian
These titles are used to recognize the fighter and their consort who made it to the finals, but did not win. There is a pair of blue mantles with compass stars on them that are worn by those so honored. The titles last until the end of the reign in which they were granted. Listing of all Those who have served as Lord and Lady Guardian of Oertha
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Ladies of the Chamber
The Ladies of the Chamber are selected to give assistance and council to the Princess during Her Reign. There is no token except whatever gift Her Highness may wish to present. Listing of all Past and Current Ladies of the Chamber

Sandhill Crane, Order of the
This award is given to recognize achievements in pageantry and heraldic display. The token is a pendant of a white crane. Listing of all Members of the Order of the Sandhill Crane

Wandering Wolves, Order of the
This award is given to recognize those departing the Principality who have contributed to the well-being of Oertha. The token is of a wolf passant head erect argent. Listing of all Members of the Order of the Wandering Wolves


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