Award Scrolls Overview
At its most basic, an award scroll is simply a legal document attesting that the recipient has earned a specificaward. They are often very pretty legal documents, but at the core, this is what they are, and thinking of themthat way may help you to answer some of those questions above.
Exactly how elaborate a particular award scroll should be is left to the individual tastes of the scribe or scribeswho are working on it. There is a school of thought which holds that lower-level scrolls should be simple, andthat higher-level scrolls should be more elaborate; while another school of thought holds that all awards ofarms should be ornate and elaborate, as this is the only type of award many members often receive. TheCollege does not have an official policy on this; we leave it to you to decide.
Regardless of the design, the following elements are required on all award scrolls in Caid:
The award being given
The name of the recipient
The monarchs who gave the award
The date the award was given
Signature lines for the monarchs
Space for the Kingdom Seal
Certain award scrolls also require at depiction of the recipient’s heraldic arms; see Chapter 2 for an explanation of which scrolls require them. Even if the arms are not required to be depicted, including them isalways an option. If the arms are pictured, a signature line for the Crescent Herald and Herald’s Seal must alsobe included.
Finally, many (but not all) award scrolls contain at least some art. This can as simple as an illuminated capitalor a simple border, and as complex as your imagination allows.
Types of Scrolls
When you take a scroll assignment, it is important to understand the type of award that it is, so you know what therequired elements are going to be for that scroll. Awards scrolls in Caid fall into the following categories:
Awards of Arms and Armigerous Orders
Grants of Arms and Grant-Bearing Orders
Each of these categories has different rules about what elements can and must be displayed on the scroll, asdescribed in Chapter 5. As such, before you start designing a scroll, you need to know what kind of award it isfor as well as if to know if the scroll is for the first award of a category to be received by the person. Below is abrief description of each of the award types.
Awards of Arms and Armigerous Orders
Awards of Arms and Armigerous Orders are generally the first level awards people receive; most peoplereceive the Award of Arms, and then membership in other Armigerous Orders in accordance with theirinterests and skills within the society. Occasionally someone is made a member of one of the ArmigerousOrders without already having an Award of Arms; and in this case that award confers arms upon the subjectand is treated much like an Award of Arms scroll.
The Caidan Armigerous Awards are:
❖ An Award of Arms: Conferring arms upon subject, giving them the right to have their device be considered arms
❖ The Order of the Argent Arrow: Recognizing that the subject has begun to show prowess in the form of targetarchery
❖ The Order of the Chamfron of Caid: Recognizing that the subject has begun to show prowess in equestrianactivities
❖ The Order of the Crescent Sword: Recognizing that the subject has begun to show prowess on the field forarmored combat
❖ The Order of the Dolphin of Caid: Recognizing that the subject has begun to contribute to the Society withmeaningful efforts of service
❖ The Order of the Duellist: Recognizing that the subject has begun to show prowess on the field for rapiercombat
❖ The Order of the Harp Argent: Recognizing that the subject has begun to do work of note in a specific arts orsciences field.
Grants of Arms and Grant-Bearing Orders
Grant-bearing Orders are the second level of awards people generally receive, given for a length of years performing service, an art form, or a martial form within the Society. The “naked” Grant of October 20,Anno Societatis 52 Caid Scribal Handbook – Reference Edition 8
Arms is rarely given; most people receive a Grant through membership in one of the Grant-bearing orders.
❖ A Grant of Arms: Recognizing diverse great service to the realm
❖ The Order of Argent Blade: Recognizing for outstanding achievements in rapier combat
❖ The Order of Chiron: Recognizing for outstanding achievements in target archery
❖ The Order of the Crescent: Recognizing for outstanding achievements in service to the kingdom
❖ The Order of the Gauntlet of Caid: Recognizing for outstanding achievements in armored combat
❖ The Order of the Golden Lance of Caid: Recognizing for outstanding achievements in equestrian activities
❖ The Order of the Lux Caidis: Recognizing for outstanding achievement in the arts and sciences
❖ The Order of the White Scarf of Caid: Recognizing for outstanding achievements in rapier combat; this Orderis now closed, but scrolls are still being produced for past recipients.
Membership in one of the Society’s four Peerage Orders is the terminal level of awards that people mayreceive. These are Society-wide awards, meaning that they are recognized in all kingdoms across the KnownWorld, and they carry with them a Patent of Arms. All patent-bearing awards require the blazon to be depictedand described in the text for the first award of this level, with other specific requirements for each of thedifferent awards.
Society-wide, the Peerage Orders are:
❖ The Order of Chivalry (Knighthood), awarded for armored combat
❖ The Order of Defense, awarded for rapier combat
❖ The Order of the Laurel, awarded for artistry
❖ The Order of the Pelican, awarded for service
Court Barony scrolls are for sustained service to the kingdom outside the normal hierarchy of awards, andgrant the recipient the title of Baron or Baroness. Often, a landed baronial pair will be granted the courtbaronies when they step down from the baronial thrones. These are technical Armigerous awards, but theyhave special rules for their achievements and are treated separately.
County and Duchy scrolls are Patents of Arms and they making the recipient a Royal Peer. These awards aregenerally given to the outgoing monarchs by their heirs once the heirs have been crowned at Coronation.County scrolls are for monarchs who have reigned once, granting them the title of Count or Countess, whileDuchy scrolls are for monarchs who have reigned twice, granting the title of Duke or Duchess.
Achievements of Arms
The simplest depiction of a person’s heraldry is simply the arms displayed on a shield. An achievement of arms, onthe other hand, is the fullest and most formal display of a person’s arms. It includes the arms displayed on a shield (orsimilar shape, see T he Escutcheon below) and surrounded by other elements (such as a helm, mantling, crest,supporters, and other items described below) permitted by the person’s rank. Achievements are used as decorativeelements in scrolls, as well as on processional banners, pieces of furniture, and other items.
Full achievements are not required on award scrolls, though you have the option of including an achievement on anyscroll that contains the recipient’s heraldry. It is particularly appropriate on the first award scroll for a particular levelthat the person receives, as this new rank entitles the recipient to new elements of the achievement, as describedbelow. If such elements are described in the text, you are encouraged to depict them.
The elements of the achievement, how to depict and describe them, and when they can and cannot be used aredescribed in the following sections. In all cases, the depiction of each of the individual elements of the achievementshould match the overall style of the style of illumination.
The description of an achievement in the text of the scroll follows the blazon of the arms and often begins with aphrase like “In token whereof, We grant him/her the privilege of showing as achievement…”