Awards and Honors

Awards in the Barony of the Westermark

The lists of holders of awards was last updated: October 16, AS LII (2017).

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 Baron and/or Baroness of the Westermark.

Descriptions of awards and tokens comes from a variety of sources, including but not limited to: The Laws of the Barony of the Westermark, 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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Order of the Westermark
Order of the Westermark is the first award created by Catalin and Ana. The award was later split into 3 categories: Arts (Blue), Service (White), and War (Green). If a second OW is awarded, the awardee receives only the appropriate color ribbon. The award is a large circle with the letter "W" in the center, and five rondels underneath the "W". Listing of all Members of the Order of the Westermark

Thug of the Westermark
This is the victor in the annual Westermark Tournament. The regalia for this position includes a plastic horned Viking Helm, a plastic club with a nail through it, and a favor. Listing of all Current and Former Thugs of the Westermark

Pearl of the Westermark
Pearl of the Westermark, created by Corwyn and Susanna as the "Silver Ring", then about six months later it became the Pearl of the Westermark. This award is given for singularly identifiable act of service to the Barony and can be given multiple times. The token is a necklace with a freshwater pearl, surrounded by a gold bead and ametheyst on one side, and a gold bead and a hematite (or any other black stone bead) on the other. Listing of all Recipients of the Pearl of the Westermark

Purple Heart Pearl of the Westermark
Purple Heart Pearl of the Westermark, a subcategory of the Pearl of the Westermark created by Martin and Chiara. This award is given to members of the Barony who sacrifice themselves (via physical injury) while serving the Barony. This award can be given multiple times but Martin and Chiara sincerely hope not. Based on the Pearl, the only difference being the freshwater pearl is purple in the shape of a heart. Listing of all Recipients of the Purple Heart Pearl of the Westermark

Sharp of the Westermark
The Baroness' Rapier Champion. The Sharp will be chosen by the Baroness from the participants in the annual Westermark Rapier Tournament. The regalia for this position includes: A Musketeer's hat, a plastic sword, and favor that goes with the position. Listing of all Current and Past Sharps of the Westermark

Baronial Guard
Current and past members of the Westermark Baronial Guard. Listing of all Current and Past Members of the Baronial Guard

Shepherd of the Westermark
Winner of the Bushkazie (Shepherd) competition, held at Westermark Madness each year. Listing of all Current and Past Shepherds of the Westermark

Markee
The Markee is chosen by the Baron and Baroness from those who perform various Bardic Arts throughout the year or the annual competition. The Markee will assist with the following years competition. Listing of all Current and Former Markees of the Westermark

Safe Harbor of Westermark
Given to people who show a commitment to supporting those who need to take a break from the SCA, in pledge that "we will be around" for them. Token: A boat cleat. Listing of all Safe Harbors of Westermark

Forager of the Westermark
Awarded to people who have shown the ability to create a feast from items available naturally at a site. Listing of all Foragers of the Westermark

Light of Liberation
Given to officers of the Barony when they retire from their offices. Not known if this is automatic, or Baron's/Baroness' choice. Listing of all Lights of Liberation

Lantern
This is a gift from the Baron and/or Baroness to visitors. Listing of all Lanterns of Westermark

Order of the Brick
Members named to the Order are recognized for their long standing support and hard work, whether or not they serve or have ever served as an official of the Barony of the Westermark. The symbol of this Order is a stone in the shape and color of a brick that may be worn as a piece of personal adornment. Listing of all Members of the Order of the Brick

First Sword
The title of "First Sword" and sword are given to one who the Baron and Baroness believe embodies the characteristics of an up and coming swordsman as demonstrated at the Westermark tournament. The title and sword will be passed on at the annual tournament. Listing of all Current and Past First Swords

Hood of the Westermark
The Hood of the Westermark is the Baroness' Archery Champion. Regalia for this position is a Robin Hood hat, an arrow through head (novelty item), and a favor that goes with the title. Listing of all Current and Past Hoods of the Westermark

Chef of the Westermark
Recognition of amazing cooking skills. The symbol of the award is an apron bearing the very mark of the Wester (yes, the very mark of the Wester) as token to inform all of this indenture to the service of the Barony. Listing of all Those Recognized as Chefs of the Westermark


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