Meridies Heraldry
Page updated:
03 Dec 2014
 
 

Scroll Wordings

This page lists the wordings that have been used for "award scrolls" in the past, images of badges and regalia, and design recommendations for producing new versions or custom scrolls.

 

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Note: The "Legio Ursi" is also known as the Legion of the Bear.

 

 

For the outlined images below, you can click on them to see a slightly larger version.

 

Argent Comet

Whereas you, (Recipient's name), have faithfully served the Kingdom of Meridies through many hours of service to (Type and Name of group), We, (Sovereign's name) and (Consort's name), Sovereign and Consort of Meridies, do this day elevate you into the Order of the Argent Comet. Further, We charge you by this elevation to continue to enrich Our Kingdom through the Service you have so willingly rendered in the Past. By Our Hands this (number) day of (month) Anno Societatus (Society year), being (year) by the common reckoning.

 

[To be signed by the Sovereign and Consort, with space for Their seals.]

 

This award carries precedence. Leave space for the seal of the Beacon Principal Herald.


Blazon: (Fieldless) A comet fesswise argent.

Argent Lance

Since the truest flowers of Chivalry were carried upon the mighty backs of Great War-horses while engaged in tournament combat, We, (Sovereign's name) and (Consort's name), Sovereign and Consort of Meridies, wishing to recognize Our subject (Recipient's name) for Outstanding Skill in Horsemanship and for Excellence in the Art of the Tournament, do hereby elevate [him/her] into the Order of the Argent Lance of Meridies. By Our Hands this (number) day of (month) Anno Societatus (Society year), being (year) by the common reckoning.

 

[To be signed by the Sovereign and Consort, with space for Their seals.]

 

Notes

The design should include two horsemen, one decorated (on shield, tabard, and horse's trappings) with the Arms of Meridies, the other reflecting the equipment of the recipient (when known).

Blazon: Sable, in pale an uncial letter M and a tilting lance argent.

Argent Lily

Whereas the quality of courtliness, being that of refinement and elegance, is a precious one rarely recognized, We, (Sovereign's name) and (Consort's name), Sovereign and Consort of Meridies, are minded to recognize this quality in you, (Recipient's name), by conferring upon you the Order of the Argent Lily. Done by Our Hands this (number) day of (month) Anno Societatus (Society year), being (year) Gregorian.

 

[To be signed by the Sovereign and Consort, with space for Their seals.]

 

Notes
The design should include at least one white or silver lily.

Blazon: (Fieldless) A lily blossom argent.

Argent Rapier

Since ancient times, warriors have been recognized for their prowess in the arte of defence, displaying virtue on the field, and sharing their knowledge with others. At this time, we are minded to admit (Recipient's name) into the Order of the Argent Rapier. Signed by Our Hands this (number) day of (month) Anno Societatus (Society year), being (year) Gregorian.

 

[To be signed by the Sovereign and Consort, with space for Their seals.]

 

Notes
This design should include items associated with rapier combat.
No badge.

Argent Shield

Since ancient times warriors have been recognized. Thus We, (Sovereign's name) and (Consort's name), Sovereign and Consort of Meridies, wish to recognize our subject (Recipient's name), who has displayed considerable prowess in the Art of War, distinguished [himself/herself] in Battle, and has shared [his/her] knowledge with others. We are minded to admit [him/her] into the Order of the Argent Shield. Signed by Our Hands this (number) day of (month) Anno Societatus (Society Year), being (Year) Gregorian.

 

[To be signed by the Sovereign and Consort, with space for Their seals.]

 

Notes
The design should include at least one shield left completely blank.

Blazon: (Fieldless) An escutcheon within and conjoined to an annulet argent.

Argent Slipper

There are among the populace those persons who have served to enrich Our Kingdom by sharing their skill as an instructor in the art of dance. We hereby elevate (Recipient's name) to the Order of the Argent Slipper for teaching (European/Middle Eastern) dance. Your dedication to the continuation of this worthwhile endeavor is an inspiration to us all. Done this (number) day of (month) Anno Societatus (Society year), being (year) Gregorian.

 

[To be signed by the Sovereign and Consort, with space for Their seals.]

 

Notes
The design should be appropriate to and incorporate the badge of whichever specialty (European or Middle Eastern) is represented.

Blazon: Sable, a slipper within a bordure argent. (European or Middle Eastern as appropriate. Not registered.)

Athanor

Whereas the seeking and dissemination of knowledge of our history is an important function of this Society and is, verily, laudable for its own sake; and Whereas (Recipient's name) has, by [his/her] research and scholarship added greatly to Our understanding of the noble past; Therefore are We pleased to create [him/her] a companion of Our Order of the Athanor on this (number) day of (month) Anno Societatus (Society year), being (year) Gregorian.

 

[To be signed by the Sovereign and Consort, with space for Their seals.]

Blazon: (Fieldless) A retort atop an athanor argent.

Augmentation of Arms

There are among the populace of the Laurel Kingdom of Meridies those gentles who, either individually or as a group, have contributed extensively, far and above the high expectations for Grace, Growth, Gentility, and Nurture of Meridies. Thus We, (Sovereign's name) and (Consort's name), Sovereign and Consort of Meridies, wish to Grant unto (Recipient's name) the Meridian Augmentation of Arms of Three Mullets in Chevron, One and Two, Argent, to be registered with the Laurel Sovereign of Arms and the College of Arms and to be displayed thus: (Blazon with augmentation added). Done by Our hands this (number) day of (month) Anno Societatus (Society year), being (Year) Gregorian.

 

[To be signed by the Sovereign and Consort, with space for Their seals.]

 

This award should also have a seal from the Beacon Principal Herald.

 

Notes
While not Armigerous, this award enables a change to the Recipient's Arms, and so should include an emblazon of the Recipient's Arms.

Blazon: (Fieldless) Three mullets one and two argent.

Award of Arms

 

Version 1 (Recipient has registered Arms)

Know all men by these presents that We, (Sovereign's name) and (Consort's name), Sovereign and Consort of Meridies, having given Our subject (Recipient's name) an Award of Arms, and having commanded Our Heralds to devise a suitable Blazon, do hereby grant unto [him/her]: (BLAZON). Henceforth, [he/she] shall have exclusive right to bear these Arms in the Society for Creative Anachronism. In witness whereof We set Our Hands and Seals this (number) day of (month) Anno Societatus (Society year), being (year) Gregorian.

 

Version 2 (Recipient doesn't have registered Arms)

Whereas, it has come to our attention that through diverse great efforts you, (Recipient's name), have considerably enriched Our Kingdom, It is Our Pleasure to reward you with an Award of Arms. At this time, We grant you the rights and charge you with the responsibilities of this rank. We charge you to consult with Ourselves and Our Heralds to determine unique and suitable Arms. By Our Hands this (number) day of (month) Anno Societatus (Society year), being (year) Gregorian.

 

Version 3 (Recipient doesn't have registered Arms)

Know ye one and all, that (Recipient's name) has considerably enriched Our Kingdom through diverse great efforts. We would reward such service with an Award of Arms conferring all the rights and charging all the responsibilities pertaining thereto. We further charge you to consult with Our Heralds to determine unique and suitable Arms. By Our Hands this (number) day of (month) Anno Societatus (Society year), being (year) in the common reckoning.

 

[To be signed by the Sovereign and Consort, with space for Their seals.]

 

This award carries precedence. Leave space for the seal of the Beacon Principal Herald.

 

Notes

For scrolls where the recipient has registered Arms, their arms should figure prominently in the design.

No badge.

Bard, Kingdom

Throughout this land and history, the bards have raised their voices in Praise and Honor of Meridies. They have moved us to laughter and to tears. They have inspired us to war and to peace, and given us memory and ideals for the future. On this day, one voice has risen above all others within the spirit of Meridies. We, (Sovereign's name) and (Consort's name), name Our subject (Recipient's name) as Kingdom Bard for the duration of Our Reign and charge [him/her] to sing the glories of Our Realm, to inspire Our people, and to represent Meridies to all the Known World. Done this (number) day of (month) Anno Societatus (Society year), being (year) Gregorian.

 

[To be signed by the Sovereign and Consort, with space for Their seals.]

Blazon: Vair, a harp Or. (Registered under Bards, Companionate of.)

Bough

Let all men know by these presents that (Recipient's name) has been brought to Our esteem by [his/her] deeds. Therefore are We minded to create [him/her] a member of the Order of the Bough of Meridies, on the Merit of [his/her] past deeds and good works, and in the assurance of [his/her] continued faith to Meridies. We are secure in the knowledge that so long as you live and inspire others by your example, so shall Meridies be nurtured and grow. Having consulted with the present Companions and Principals of the Order, by Our prerogative We hereto set Our Hands and Seals, this (number) day of (month), Anno Societatus (Society year), being (year) Gregorian.

 

[To be signed by the Sovereign and Consort, with space for Their seals.]

 

This award carries precedence. Leave space for the seal of the Beacon Principal Herald.

 

Notes
Traditionally, the design should include a cypress tree and a small frog.

Blazon: Sable, in pale the Lombardic uppercase letter M argent and a tree branch couped fesswise reversed to sinister Or.

Broken Bow

Know that there are those gentles that have, with great courtesy and chivalry, excelled in the art of the bow and arrow. It is Our desire to recognize those individuals for their accomplishments. Therefore We, the Crown of Meridies, do hereby place (Recipient's name) into the Order of the Broken Bow. To this We set Our Hands and Seals this (number) day of (month) Anno Societatus (Society year), being (year) Gregorian.

 

[To be signed by the Sovereign and Consort, with space for Their seals.]

 

Notes
The design should include representations of the tools and weapons associated with archery.

Blazon: Sable, on a pale between two bows argent a crossbow sable. (Registered under Meridian Broken Bow..)

Broken Brank

Whereas you, (Recipient's name), having broken the chains of routine duty and rendered great service unto the Chirurgeonate of Meridies, are hereby appointed to the Order of the Broken Brank. By Our Hands this (number) day of (month) in the year (Society year) of the Society.

 

[To be signed by the Sovereign and Consort, with space for Their seals.]

 

Notes

Leave space for the signature of the Kingdom Chirurgeon.



Blazon: Per bend sinister azure and argent goutté de sang, a fleam counterchanged.

Burning Trumpet

By the Consent of the Crown of Meridies, (Sovereign's name) and (Consort's) name), (Beacon Principal's name), Beacon Principal Herald of Meridies is pleased to name (Recipient's name) to the Order of the Burning Trumpet, for service of an enduring and exemplary nature to the Meridian College of Heralds. Done this (number) day of (month) Anno Societatus (Society year), being (year) Gregorian.

 

[To be signed by the Sovereign and Consort, with space for Their seals.]

 

Notes
This scroll needs additional space to be signed by the Beacon Principal Herald's and/or the Beacon Principal Herald's seal.

Blazon: (Fieldless) A trumpet Or issuing flames gules.

Chalice

Notes
Each text is created for the specific occasion. Contact the Parchment Pursuivant or the Beacon Herald for details.

No badge.

Chivalry/Knight

 

 

Version 1 (Recipient has registered Arms)

Know ye by these presents and good greetings that We, (Sovereign's name) and (Consort's name), Sovereign and Consort of Meridies, have elevated Our Subject (Recipient's name) unto the rank of Knight of the Society for Creative Anachronism, and that We do hereby charge [him/her] to fulfill the responsibilities of this rank as befits a Peer of Our Realm, and to hold these Arms by Letter Patent as blazoned and emblazoned, and registered with the College of Arms: (BLAZON). We further bestow unto [him/her] the privileges and rights attendant thereto. Signed by Our Hands this (number) day of (month) Anno Societatus (Society year), being (year ) Gregorian.

 

Version 2 (Recipient doesn't have registered Arms)

Know ye by these presents and good greetings that We, (Sovereign's name) and (Consort's name), Sovereign and Consort of Meridies, have elevated Our Subject (Recipient's name) unto the rank of Knight of the Society for Creative Anachronism, and that We do hereby charge [him/her] to fulfill the responsibilities of this rank as befits a Peer of Our Realm, and to hold Arms by Letter Patent when approved by the College of Arms and the Laurel Sovereign of Arms. We further bestow unto [him/her] the privileges and rights attendant thereto. Signed by Our Hands this (number) day of (month) Anno Societatus (Society year), being (year) Gregorian.

 

[To be signed by the Sovereign and Consort, with space for Their seals.]

 

This award carries precedence. Leave space for the seal of the Beacon Principal Herald.

 

Notes

If the recipient has registered Arms they should prominently featured with the recipient's full achievement, or at a minimum the emblazon with the regalia of Knighthood (forward facing helm, white belt, gilded spurs, and gold chain).

 

For those recipients lacking registered Arms, the scroll should not feature assumed or proposed armory, although they may incorporate the Knightly regalia.

No badge.

Compostella (The Pilgrim’s Order)

There is one among us who has traveled greatly in the service of Crown and Kingdom. In recognition of this, (Recipient's name) is inducted into the Pilgrim's Order of Compestella. Done this (number) day of (month) Anno Societatus (Society year), being (year) Gregorian.

 

[To be signed by the Sovereign and Consort, with space for Their seals.]

 

Notes
The design should include a depiction of the regalia of the order: an escallop (the fan-shaped shell of the scallop) bearing the Meridian Populace Badge as shown here.

Blazon: Sable, a mullet within a saltire voided argent.

County

 

 

Count

Harken all good gentles of the Known World. We, (Sovereign's name) and (Consort's name) Sovereign and Consort of the Laurel Kingdom of Meridies, wish to honor One who has reigned and served Meridies as King. Thus, hereby, and herewith do we elevate Our subject (Recipient's name) to the Rank and Estate of [Count/Earl]. Bearing with this rank all duties, responsibilities, honors and privileges appendant thereto. Done by Our Hands this day, the (number) day of (month) Anno Societatus (Society year), being (year) Gregorian.

 

Countess (has registered Arms)

As the Lord in his wisdom made man and woman helpmates one to the other, so has the queen been consort to the Sovereign, First Lady to the Kingdom, Great Patroness of the Arts and Sciences, and Genteel Hospitality personified. Therefore, Know all men by these presents that We, (Sovereign's name) and (Consort's name), King and Queen of Meridies, in recognition that our subject, (Recipient's name), has reigned as Queen of this realm, do hereby style her Countess and Lady of the Rose, and do reaffirm her right to bear these Arms in the Society for Creative Anachronism: (Blazon). In witness whereof, We here set Our Hands and Seals this (number) day of (month) Anno Societatus (Society year), being (year) Gregorian.

 

Countess (doesn't have registered Arms)

As Beauty, Grace, Charm, and Good Demeanor are all qualities worthy of praise and honor, We, (Sovereign's name) and (Consort's name), Sovereign and Consort of the Laurel Kingdom of Meridies, wish to reward One who has reigned and served Meridies as Queen, and who has displayed these Qualities. Thus, hereby and herewith do We elevate Our subject (Recipient's name) to the Rank and Estate of Countess and create her a Lady of the Rose, bearing with this rank all duties, responsibilities, honors, and privileges appendant thereto. Done by Our Hands this (number) day of (month) Anno Societatus (Society year), being (year) Gregorian.

[To be signed by the Sovereign and Consort, with space for Their seals.]

 

This award carries precedence. Leave space for the seal of the Beacon Principal Herald.

 

Notes

The Recipient's Arms should be included in the design. A complete achievement is desirable. For female recipients, the escutcheon (or lozenge) should be encircled with a chaplet of heraldic roses (to denote the Order of the Rose).

No badge.

Court Barony

In recognition of unique contributions to the Crown and Realms of Meridies, the Rank and Privileges of Baron/ess of the Court are bestowed upon (Recipient's name), by the hands and decree of Their Royal Majesties (Sovereign's name) and (Consort's name). Done this (number) day of (month) Anno Societatus (Society year), being (year) Gregorian.

[To be signed by the Sovereign and Consort, with space for Their seals.]

This award carries precedence. Leave space for the seal of the Beacon Principal Herald.

 

Notes
The design may include a simple gold band supporting six silver or white spheres, only four of which are visible from the front to represent a coronet with six pearls.

No badge.

Crown’s Favor

Usage of collected talents and energies for the common good, the glory of the Kingdom, and the greater weal of the Society greatly deserves recognition. Let all peoples hereby and herewith take notice that We, (Sovereign's name) and (Consort's name), have found (Name of Group) to be worthy of the Crown's Favor, specifically for their good works in (type of works). Therefore they shall be eligible to display the appropriate regalia of this order. Furthermore, We desire their continued good and loyal efforts and deeds. Thus We set Our Hands and Seals this (number) day of (month) Anno Societatus (Society year), Being the year (year) Gregorian.

 

[To be signed by the Sovereign and Consort, with space for Their seals.]

 

Notes

The design should include a depiction of the regalia of the order as shown here.

Blazon: Argent, a pale sable and in chief a mullet argent. (Not registered.)

Cygnet

Whereas you, (Recipient's name), have faithfully served the Kingdom of Meridies, and demonstrated the Noble qualities of Courtly Behavior, We are pleased this day to elevate you unto the Order of the Cygnet. Furthermore, We charge you to continue to grow, and to enhance Our Kingdom through your exemplary service. By Our Hands this (number) day of (month) Anno Societatus (Society year), being (year) Gregorian.

 

[To be signed by the Sovereign and Consort, with space for Their seals.]

 

Notes
The design should include a swan and one or more cygnets (younger swans).

Blazon: Per bend sable and argent two swans naiant and a bordure counterchanged.

Cygnet’s Nest

Know all that We, (Sovereign's name) and (Consort's name), Sovereign and Consort of Meridies, are mindful that the future of the Realm lies with Our children. As We are thus inclined to honor those who instruct Our Treasures in the noble traditions of Our Fair Kingdom, We do hereby name (Recipient's name) to Our Order of the Cygnet's Nest. Done this day by Our Hands, the (number) day of (month) Anno Societatus (Society year).

 

[To be signed by the Sovereign and Consort, with space for Their seals.]

 

Notes
The design should include a swan and one or more cygnets. A nest proper is brown.

 

Blazon: (Fieldless) A swan argent sitting in a nest proper within and issuant from an annulet argent.

Duchy

 

 

Duke

Proclaim unto all to whom these presents come that (Recipient's name), having by his valor, skill and strength of arms twice won the Crown of this fair Kingdom, and having ruled justly and graciously as King, has thereby earned the noble title and estate of Duke of Meridies. We, (Sovereign's name) and (Consort's name), King and Queen of Meridies, do joyfully invest him with all the rights, dignities, and honors appertaining thereto. Done this (number) day of (month) Anno Societatus (Society year), being (year) Gregorian.

 

Duchess

Let it be known to all that (Recipient's name), having twice inspired her champion to win for her the Crown of this fair Kingdom, and having borne the mantle of Queen with dignity and grace, has hereby earned the noble title and estate of Duchess of Meridies. We, (Sovereign's name) and (Consort's name), King and Queen of Meridies, do joyfully invest her with all the rights, dignities, and honors appertaining thereto. Done this (number) day of (month) Anno Societatus (Society year), being (year) Gregorian.

 

[To be signed by the Sovereign and Consort, with space for Their seals.]

 

This award carries precedence. Leave space for the seal of the Beacon Principal Herald.

 

Notes

The design should include at least the Recipient's Arms; a complete achievement is more desirable.

No badge.

Duvant Cross

From the early days of Meridies there is one whose shining example of honor, chivalry, and courtesy that still echoes through out the Kingdom. As one of the few Young warriors who exhibit these noble traits of Meridies' first Prince, We find you, (Recipient's Name) worthy of the Order of the Duvant Cross. By Our Hand on this (number) day of (month) Anno Societatus (Society year), being (year) Gregorian.

[To be signed by the Sovereign and Consort, with space for Their seals.]

 

Notes
This order is called the Duvant Cross in honor of Francois Duvant, KSCA, the first prince and fourth king of Meridies. His shining example of honor, chivalry, and courtesy has been the model for all who have come since.

Blazon: Sable, a cross formy argent, between in bend, two mullets of five points argent. (Not registered.)

(Generic)

Be it known by all those present that We (Sovereign's name), Rex Meridies, and (Consort's name), Regina Meridies, wishing to recognize (Recipient's name), do hereby bestow (Name of award) acknowledging well and faithful service to Our Kingdom through assistance and encouragement to those in need. Done this (number) day of (month) Anno Societatus (Society year), being (year) Gregorian.

 

[To be signed by the Sovereign and Consort, with space for Their seals.]

 

Notes
This represents a multi-use scroll, almost always created as a master from which to make copies. The design should be simple and non-specific to allow maximum versatility.
No badge.

Grant of Arms

 
Version 1 (Recipient has registered Arms)

Whereas We, (Sovereign's name) and (Consort's name), by Right of Arms King and Queen of Meridies, do find it meet to reward those who have served Our Realm with great energy, constancy, and loyalty; and Whereas (Recipient's name) has come to Our notice as being well worthy of such recognition; Therefor do We present to [him/her] a Grant of Arms, and confirm [his/her] right to bear (BLAZON). This done by Our command, and under Our own Hands and Seals this (number) day of (month), Anno Societatus (Society year).

 

Version 2 (Recipient doesn't have registered Arms)

Whereas We, (Sovereign's name) and (Consort's name), Sovereign and Consort of the Laurel Kingdom of Meridies, are right mindful of your service and loyalty, it is Our desire to bestow upon you, (Recipient's name), a Grant of Arms, confirming your right to bear Arms in Our Realm, and showing to the populace Our esteem and Our recognition of your good works. Done this (number) day of (month) Anno Societatus (Society year), being (year) Gregorian.

 

[To be signed by the Sovereign and Consort, with space for Their seals.]

 

This award carries precedence. Leave space for the seal of the Beacon Principal Herald.

 

Notes

The design should include at least the Recipient's Arms; a complete achievement is more desirable.

 

Guiding Hand

Whereas the strength of Our Kingdom lies in her people, those who instruct Our newer subjects in the Grace, Courtesy, and Chivalry, which are the foundation of the Society, stand high in Our esteem. In recognition of your unfailing efforts and patience in making all thus welcome, We, (Sovereign's name) and (Consort's name), are pleased to bestow upon you, (Recipient's name), the Order of the Guiding Hand. By Our hands this (number) day of (month) Anno Societatus (Society year), being (year) Gregorian.

 

[To be signed by the Sovereign and Consort, with space for Their seals.]

Blazon: Argent, on a egg sable the Lombardic uppercase letter "M" argent.

King’s Champion

Let all who hear these presents know that (Recipient's name), having been distinguished by [his/her] prowess and chivalry upon the field, has found favor in Our eyes; Therefore do We appoint [him/her] the King's Champion, and charge [him/her] with the defense of Our Honor and of Our Royal person. By our Hand this (number) day of (month) Anno Societatus (Society year), being (year) Gregorian.

 

[To be signed by the Sovereign, with space for His seal.]

 

Notes
The design should include the personal Arms of the Sovereign.

Blazon: Sable, two swords in saltire proper, in chief three mullets in chevron argent. (Registered under Meridian Kings Champion, Companionate of the.)

King’s Lancer

Whereas the drumming of hooves and the crack of shattering lances has since olden times heralded the coming of a champion; and Whereas (Recipient's name) has shown surpassing prowess in the saddle; Therefore do We, (Sovereign's name), by right of arms Sovereign Lord of Meridies, name [him/her] the King's Lancer, and charge [him/her] with the duty and privilege of riding at Our side and protecting the Royal Flank. Done this (number) day of (month) Anno Societatus (Society year), being (year) Gregorian.

 

[To be signed by the Sovereign, with space for His seal.]

 

Notes
The design should include one or more horses and the trappings associated with equestrian activities.

Blazon: Checky sable and argent, a knight armed cap-a-pie mounted upon a horse courant to sinister a bordure embattled Or. (Registered under Kings Lancer, Companionate of the.)

Laurel

 

 

Version 1 (Recipient has registered Arms)

Know ye by these presents and good greetings that We, (Sovereign's name) and (Consort's name), Sovereign and Consort of Meridies, have elevated Our Subject (Recipient's name) unto the Order of the Laurel, and that We do hereby charge [him/her] to fulfill the responsibilities of this rank as befits a Peer of Our Realm, and to hold these Arms by Letter Patent as blazoned and emblazoned and registered with the College of Arms: (BLAZON). We further bestow unto [him/her ]the privileges and rights attendant thereto. Signed by Our Hands this (number) day of (month), Anno Societatus (Society year), being (year) Gregorian.

 

Version 2 (Recipient doesn't have registered Arms)

Know ye by these presents and good greetings that We, (Sovereign's name) and (Consort's name), Sovereign and Consort of Meridies, have elevated Our Subject (Recipient's name) unto the Order of the Laurel, and that We do hereby charge [him/her] to fulfill the responsibilities of this rank as befits a Peer of Our Realm, and to hold Arms by Letter Patent when approved by the College of Arms and the Laurel Sovereign of Arms. We further bestow unto [him/her] the privileges and rights attendant thereto. Signed by Our Hands this (number) day of (month), Anno Societatus (Society year), being (year) Gregorian.

 

[To be signed by the Sovereign and Consort, with space for Their seals.]

 

This award carries precedence. Leave space for the seal of the Beacon Principal Herald.

 

Notes
If the recipient has registered Arms they should prominently featured with the recipient's full achievement, or at a minimum the emblazon with the regalia of the Order, a laurel wreath. For those recipients lacking registered Arms, the scroll should not feature assumed or proposed armory, although they may incorporate the regalia of the Order.

No badge.

Legio Ursi (“Legion of the Bear”)

The field of war is a perilous place fraught with danger, both of a noble and treacherous nature, calling for the greatest sacrifices and steadfastness from the True Warrior. In this regard, the Crowns of Meridies should be protected by the bravest and fiercest of Her Soldier Elite. There exists within our lands an order dedicated to the advancement of the soldier's art and committed to the personal defense of the Royalty. You (Recipient's name) are worthy of this distinction and have agreed to uphold the principles and purpose of and are hereby inducted into the Legion of the Bear. Forevermore, your name and mark shall be inscribed upon the Ursine Mantle. Done by Our Hands this (number) day of (month), Anno Societatus (Society year), being (year) Gregorian.

 

[To be signed by the Sovereign and Consort, with space for Their seals.]

 

Notes

After the signature spaces, the Oath should be included: "I shall now and for as long as I remain a soldier of Meridies defend the Crown and Kingdom and serve within the Legion of the Bear, pledging the safety of the Crown & Heirs with this, my sworn oath." Also leave a space for the signature of the Recipient.

Blazon: Argent, a bear passant and a bordure embattled sable.

Meridian Cross

 

 

Version 1

Whereas We, (Sovereign's name) and (Consort's name), Sovereign and Consort of Meridies, wish to encourage the Arts and Sciences in Our Kingdom, We are pleased to bestow the Meridian Cross upon (Recipient's name), in recognition of outstanding achievement. By Our Hands this (number) day of (month) Anno Societatus (Society year), being (year) Gregorian.

 

Version 2

Be it known by these letters that We, (Sovereign's name), Sovereign of the Laurel Kingdom of Meridies, and (Consort's name), Our Consort, do find (Recipient's name) worthy of honor for diligent efforts and great skill in the Arts and Sciences. We are therefor pleased to bestow upon this gentle the Meridian Cross. By Our Hands this (number) day of (month) Anno Societatus (Society year), being (year) Gregorian.

 

[To be signed by the Sovereign and Consort, with space for Their seals.]

 

Notes
The design should include the badge for the award and the Society Badges for the Arts and Sciences.

Blazon: (Fieldless) A cross moline gyronny argent and sable.

 

SCA badge for the Arts:
Purpure, an Irish harp Or.

 

SCA badge for the Sciences:

Per pale Or and argent, a pair of calipers sable.

Meridian Majesty

Whereas, the responsibilities of the Crown being of heavy weight, those who, through service, have eased the burden, greatly deserve recognition; Therefor be it know that (Recipient's name), has by diverse actions and deeds, win the recognition and respect of (Consort's name), Her Meridian Majesty. Done this (number) day of (month) Anno Societatus (Society year), being (year) Gregorian.

 

[To be signed by the Consort, with space for Her seal.]

 

Notes
The design should include the personal Arms of the Consort, a rose and a crown.

No badge.

Meridian Order of the Blade

Let all know by this commission that (Recipient’s name) shall be recognized for brave service, skillful instruction, and excellence in the true Arte of Defence. Accordingly it is the Crown’s wish to induct [him/her] into the Meridian Order of the Blade this (number) day of (month), A.S. (blank).

 

[To be signed by the Sovereign and Consort, with space for Their seals.]

 

This award carries precedence. Leave space for the seal of the Beacon Principal Herald.

No badge.

Pelican

 

 

Version 1 (recipient has registered Arms)

Know ye by these presents that We (Sovereign's name) and (Consort's name), King and Queen of Meridies, having elevated (Recipient's name) unto the Order of the Pelican, do hereby charge [him/her] to fulfill the responsibilities of this rank as befits a Peer of Our Realm, and do further confer upon [him/her] the privileges and rights attendant thereto. We do affirm [his/her] exclusive right to bear the Arms Patent hereupon displayed and here blazoned: (BLAZON). By Our Hands this (number) day of (month) Anno Societatus (Society year), being (year) Gregorian.

 

Version 2 (recipient doesn't have registered Arms)

Know ye and all men present that having consulted with the Companionate of the Order of the Pelican, it is Our Sovereign Will to elevate you, (Recipient's name), to the rank of [Master/Mistress] of the Pelican. It is thus Our pleasure to bestow upon you a Patent of Arms, granting you the privileges and charging you with the responsibilities of a Peer of the Realm. Here onto do We set Our Hands and Seals, this (number) day of (month) Anno Societatus (Society year), being (year) Gregorian.

 

[To be signed by the Sovereign and Consort, with space for Their seals.]

 

This award carries precedence. Leave space for the seal of the Beacon Principal Herald.

 

Notes

If the recipient has registered Arms they should prominently featured with the recipient's full achievement, or at a minimum the emblazon with the symbol of the order, a pelican in her piety, or a pelican's head.

 

For those recipients lacking registered Arms, the design should not feature assumed or proposed armory, although it may incorporate the symbols of the Order.

No badge.

Pillar

There are those among our populace whose efforts by appearance or artistry serve to inspire us and beautify our kingdom. These good gentles build the foundation whereby we are transported closer to the world of our ancestors. We therefore in gratitude, commend our subject [blank] for their fine efforts and induct them into the The Order of the Meridian Pillar. Done this day by our hand,

 

[To be signed by the Consort, with space for Her seal.]

 

Notes
The design should include items associated with rapier combat.
No badge.

Poet-Laureate

With eloquent words does the poet call to mind the glory of Our Kingdom. In meter and rhyme are his talents professed. So with words We (Sovereign's name) and (Consort's name), Sovereign and Consort of Meridies, do recognize Our subject (Recipient's name) as Poet-Laureate of Meridies for the duration of Our Reign, and charge [him/her] thus, to leave in words Our true beliefs, Our wisdom and concerns, and return again to paper to see what we have learned. To speak of truth and honor and to never let the pen be stilled, to never let your voice be silent until the words of Our hearts have been spoken. Done this (number) day of (month) Anno Societatus (Society year), being (year) Gregorian.

 

[To be signed by the Sovereign and Consort, with space for Their seals.]

 

Notes
The design should include laurel leaves, a quill pen, and the badge as shown here.

Blazon: Vair ancient, a lion's head cabossed Or, orbed and langued gules.

Queen’s Champion

Know all good gentles to whom these presents come that (Recipient's name), having distinguished [himself/herself] by ability and chivalry upon the field of battle, has found favor in Our eyes. We do appoint [him/her] Queen's Champion and charge [him/her] with the defense of the Honor of the Meridian Crown, and with the protection of Our Royal person. By Our Hand this (number) day of (month) Anno Societatus (Society year), being (year) Gregorian.

 

[To be signed by the Consort, with space for Her seal.]

Blazon: Argent, two swords in saltire sable overall a rose gules. (Registered under Meridian Queens Champion, Companionate of the.)

Queen’s Rapier Champion

Greetings to all good gentles. By these presents, know that (Recipient's name) having distinguished [him/herself] with chivalry, agility and elegance upon the field of battle has found favor in Our eyes. We do appoint [him/her] Queen's Rapier Champion. By Our Hand this (number) day of (month) Anno Societatus (Society year), being (year) Gregorian.

 

[To be signed by the Consort, with space for Her seal.]

 

Notes
The design should include items associated with rapier combat.
No badge.

Queen’s Yeoman

It is fitting that the Queen of the Realm should be attended by the stoutest and most skilled. This archer has proved surpassing prowess with the bow and is found to be a good and true protector for the Jewel of Meridies. Therefore do We appoint (Recipient's name) to serve Her Majesty (Consort's name) as Queen's Yeoman, enjoying the honor and minding the duties incumbent on the post. To this We set Our Hand this (number) day of (month) Anno Domini (year), being Anno Societatus (Society year).

 

[To be signed by the Consort, with space for Her seal.]

 

Notes
The design should include representations of the tools and weapons associated with archery.

Blazon: (Fieldless) A sheaf of three arrows inverted, overall a rose argent. (Registered under Queens Yeoman, Companionate of the.)

Rising Swan

Youth is a time of energy, creativity, and exploration. With this comes the beginning of maturity and the desire to make a name and a place in the world. Our Kingdom has been enriched by your vitality and creativity. We are pleased with your efforts, and at this time it is Our Pleasure to bestow upon you, (Recipient's name), the Order of the Rising Swan. We charge you to continue your good works and know that all in Our Realm share Our Pride in your achievement. Done this (number) day of (month) Anno Societatus (society year), being (year) Gregorian.

 

[To be signed by the Sovereign and Consort, with space for Their seals.]

 

Notes
The design should include a rising swan as shown here.

Blazon: (Fieldless) A swan roussant argent, within and conjoined to an annulet argent.

Rose

By beauty, grace and demeanor the rose rules as Queen of the Garden. In like fashion have you, (Recipient's name), served the weal of this realm as Queen and Helpmate of Chivalry. In recognition of those qualities which served as an inspiration to all who discerned you, We now create, in fact, that which you demonstrated by example, and elevate you to the honor and estate of Lady of the Order of the Rose, granting all the rights and prerogatives attendant thereto. By Our Hands this (number) day of (month) Anno Societatus (Society year), being (year) Gregorian.

 

[To be signed by the Sovereign and Consort, with space for Their seals.]

 

Notes

The design should include at least one rose. No masters for duplication are used.

This should always be done as an original, unique scroll.

No badge.

 

 

A wreath of eight roses.

Sable Quill

Education within our society is passed freely in many ways. Those who have shared and distributed hard earned knowledge of our studies through the media of the printed word are worthy of great honor and praise. Thus We, (Sovereign's name) and (Consort's name), Sovereign and Consort of Meridies, wish to recognize (Recipient's name or names) as [a Companion/ Companions] of the Order of the Quill, and encourage [he/she/them] to continue [his/her/their] good works. Thus We set Our Hands and Seals this (number) day of (month) Anno Societatus (Society year), being the year (year) Gregorian.

 

[To be signed by the Sovereign and Consort, with space for Their seals.]

 

Notes
The design should include a black quill pen and could also include a printing press and/or similarly appropriate elements. In cases of collaboration, one scroll is presented to the group.

Blazon: (Fieldless) On a quill pen bendwise sinister sable, a mullet argent. (Registered under Quill, Order of the.)

Sable Sword

On this day the Crown of Meridies wishes to recognize one who has shown longtime preeminence in the art of war, displaying chivalry, valor, skill, and prowess on the field of battle and imparting this knowledge to other warriors. We, the Sovereign and Consort of Meridies, do hereby name Our subject (Recipient's name) a Companion of the Sable Sword, and charge [him/her] to continue these worthy endeavors. Done this (number) day of (month), Anno Societatus (Society year), being (year) Gregorian.

 

[To be signed by the Sovereign and Consort, with space for Their seals.]

 

This award carries precedence. Leave space for the seal of the Beacon Principal Herald.

Blazon: Sable, on a pale between two escutcheons argent a sword sable.

Scarlet Star

Hear ye! Hear ye! Let all those here gathered, and all to whom these presents shall come know that We, (Sovereign's name) and (Consort's name), King and Queen of Meridies, are mindful of the great service done by those who ceaselessly serve Our Realm through the planning and execution of feast and revel, of tournament and display. We do, therefore, exercise Our prerogative and name (Recipient's name) to Our Order of the Scarlet Star, confident that [his/her] example will continue to shine forth as a beacon in the night. This by Our command, and under Our Hands on the (number) day of (month) Anno Societatus (Society year), being (year) Gregorian.

 

[To be signed by the Sovereign and Consort, with space for Their seals.]

 

This award carries precedence. Leave space for the seal of the Beacon Principal Herald.

 

Notes
The design should include a red mullet (five-pointed star).

Blazon: Sable, a mullet gules fimbriated between two pallets argent.

Sovereign’s Pleasure

Whereas, the burdens of the Crown being of heavy weight, those who, through service, have eased that burden greatly deserve recognition; Therefore be it known that (Recipient's name) has, by diverse actions, earned the Sovereign's Pleasure. Done this (number) day of (month) Anno Societatus (Society year), being (year) Gregorian.Know all that We are contented and well pleased with Our right trusty and well-beloved subject (Recipient's name) has done commendable service to the Crown and Kingdom, and therefore We do proclaim that [he/she] has earned the respect of the Sovereign's Pleasure. Done this (number) day of (month) Anno Societatus (Society year), being (year) Gregorian.

 

[To be signed by the Sovereign, with space for his seals.]

 

Notes
There is no official badge, but the traditional regalia is said to be a ring of gold or silver with a blue stone. The design should include the Arms of the Sovereign (being the Kingdom Arms), and a crown.
No badge.

Split Arrow

In days of old, kingdoms were won and lost by keen eyes of skilled archers. Mindful of this, We (Sovereign's name) and (Consort's name), King and Queen of Meridies, do elevate (Recipient's name) into Our Order of the Split Arrow. Done this (number) day of (month) Anno Societatus (Society year), being (year) Gregorian.

 

[To be signed by the Sovereign and Consort, with space for Their seals.]

 

This award carries precedence. Leave space for the seal of the Beacon Principal Herald.

Blazon: Argent, on a pale sable between a pair of arrows inverted and in chief two mullets sable, an arrow inverted and in chief a mullet argent.

Velvet Owl

In ancient times the Owl was the symbol of Athena, Goddess of Wisdom and the Arts, and so represents man's ideal of artistic achievement. Therefore be it known by all people that (Recipient's name) has shown outstanding accomplishments in the Arts and has freely imparted that knowledge of those skills to the populace and so is awarded the Order of the Velvet of the Owl for excellence in the Arts and Sciences. After consulting with the present companions and principals of the Order, by Our prerogative We hereto set Our Hand and Seal, this (number) day of (month) Anno Societatus (Society year), being (year) Gregorian.

 

[To be signed by the Consort, with space for Her seal.]

 

This award carries precedence. Leave space for the seal of the Beacon Principal Herald.

 

Notes
The traditional regalia is a blue velvet pouch embroidered with a white owl's face. The owl is usually drawn as a Great Horned Owl.

Blazon: (Fieldless) An owl's head cabossed within and conjoined to an annulet argent.

Viscounty

 

 

As of 6 November 2005, with the creation of the Kingdom of Gleann Abhann, Meridies has no principalities.
No badge.

Warlord

Be it known to all that come upon these presents that We, (Sovereign's name), by right of arms King of Meridies, and (Consort's name), Our Queen, do hereby appoint (Recipient's name) as Our Warlord, charged with the duty and the honor of leading Our armies upon the field of battle. Done in expectation of great victories on this (number) day of (month) Anno Societatus (Society year), being (year) Gregorian.

 

[To be signed by the Sovereign and Consort, with space for Their seals.]

 

Notes
The design should be appropriately martial in style.
 No badge.

Weaponmasters

There are those among Our subjects who display exceptional skill and prowess in the use of weapons. It is thus Our pleasure to recognize and reward such a one by naming (Recipient's name) a Companion of the Order of Weaponmasters of Meridies. Done this (number) day of (month) Anno Societatus (Society year), being (year) Gregorian.

 

[To be signed by the Sovereign and Consort, with space for Their seals.]

 

Notes
The design should include one or more of the applicable weapons – axe, spear, throwing knife, and bow.
No badge.