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Laws & Customs of Meridies

An Introduction to the Laws and Customs of the Kingdom of Meridies

(for those who have joined us from other kingdoms)

Kingdom Chatelaine
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Click here to read Meridies Kingdom Law.

As a new resident of the Kingdom of Meridies, you will notice that some things are done differently here. Mostly this is due to the climate, our SCA heritage, or simply a blend of our southern roots. To help make your transition a smooth one, this page lists some of these customs and hints to help you enjoy your stay in our kingdom.

Events
Event fees in Meridies are for the entire weekend and may include not only bedspace but several meals. Some events will include traveler's fare Friday night and lunch on Saturday. You will want to consult the event's Popular Chivalry flyer or online flyer to confirm all amenities offered. Meridies is fortunate to have many event sites that offer cabins, dining halls and full kitchens. Many of these buildings are heated; some are air-conditioned. Most sites have shower facilities and electricity available, but, as always, please check with the event's autocrat to confirm what each site has to offer.

Activities
Most activities offered across the Known World are available in Meridies, though local activities vary. Martial activities include armored combat, rapier fencing, youth combat, field and combat archery, live thrown weapons, and equestrian. Anyone interested in these activities should contact the Earl Marshal's office for kingdom rules and authorization. A variety of Arts and Sciences activities are also available including guilds, competitions, an artisan's row at many events, Equestrian, Falconry and Hound Coursing.

Associates to the Peerage
The Associate structure is strong in Meridies. It is customary for members of the Peerage to take on associates as they are able: Knights/Squires; Pelicans/Proteges; Laurels/Apprentices. Some Peers also include in their households men-at-arms, pages, and others. Baronies in Meridies do not create Sergeants, as is more common in the west. Meridies also does not have an order of the White Scarf (rapier fencing). Coronets follow Society conventions.

Belts - Aside from the Society standard of white belts, and gold neck chains and spurs for Knights, which is a kingdom law, tradition holds that unadorned red belts, silver chains, and silver spurs are reserved for Squires. Although not specified by Society law, traditionally, unadorned yellow belts are reserved for Proteges, and green belts for Apprentices.

If you are a Peer moving in from another Kingdom, it is recommended that you contact the Secretary of your Order to confirm meeting dates and places, and ask to be put on the Order listserve.

Other - Kingdom laws also apply to badges of orders, collars of estate, batons, and supporters on heraldic arms.

Information on Meridian Sumptuary Laws may be found in the last section of our Kingdom Law in the Seneschal's section of the Kingdom website.

Children
To support the participation of children and their parents, kingdom law states that children under the age of 18 are free unless the child is eating event food, in which case they will pay the "on board" fee. There may also be a charge for children if the site charges a "per head" fee or if the child is using bed space that is limited, in which case there may be a charge for that bed space. SCA policy for Children's Activities: Please consult the Society Seneschal's Handbook Appendix A for the full policy which applies at all Meridian events.

Many Meridian events offer activities for children. Please contact the host group in advance for specifics.

Weather
Residents of Meridies will experience all forms of weather during the year, from snow in the southern Appalachians in the winter to hot, steamy weather in most of the region in the summer. SCA members are advised to come to events prepared with warm cloaks and layered garb/lightweight breathable tunics or chitons, as warranted by the forecast. In the summer, all event attendees, especially fighters, are strongly advised to drink enough liquids and watch for sunburn, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke. Sunscreens are needed year-round.

Local Pests
Insect repellants are recommended for all outdoor events during warm weather. Mosquitoes and fire ants are pervasive in Meridies, these ants produce an acid that can sting and cause swelling. Check for anthills before setting up camp, and watch your children. As with any outdoor activity, it is recommended that you prepare yourself and your family for exposure to sun and nature.

Coronations
Just so that you are not alarmed the first time you see it, in Meridies the Crowns do not step down, they die - or otherwise can no longer reign. The philosophy behind this is that, in period, a sovereign would never simply pass on the crown. This always involves a certain amount of theatrics, followed by a break in Court, after which the new King and Queen are crowned. In between, the Chivalry guards the thrones, and insure that when the Heir returns to court, the Kingdom is secure and ready for our new Sovereign and Consort.

I want to welcome you personally to our wonderful kingdom, and hope that you enjoy your time with us. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact any of the officers on this website-any one of us would be glad to help make your SCA experience with us an enjoyable one!

Baron Gwydion ap Urien, Kingdom Chatelaine

Herald

Office of the Herald

Heralds in the SCA have many jobs and many names. Book heralds help research period naming and armorial practices for the registration of names and armory for the populace. Voice heralds call announcements, proclaim who is fighting upon the field, and declare the voice of nobility in court. Protocol heralds record awards and honors bestowed, draft ceremonies, and determine precedence and other period legal niceties in all sorts of situations. Heralds also work closely with the College of Scribes, whose art and artistry with pen and brush make what we do beautiful. The Beacon Herald is responsible for the conduct of the College of Heralds, the Masters/Mistresses of the List, and for all the Heralds and Pursuivants of the local branches of the Society under the Crown of Meridies.

Beacon Principal Herald

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Deputies

Arbor Pursuivant (Web Deputy)
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Bagatelle Pursuivant (Award Regalia)
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Candle Pursuivant (Mentoring)
Vacant

Clerk of Precedence
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Cypher Pursuivant (Submissions)
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Lambent Herald (CoA Letters of Comment)
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Lantern Herald (Heraldic Studies)
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Lucis Herald (Reporting Deputy)
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Lighthouse Pursuivant (Field Heraldry)
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Papyrus Pursuivant (Scanning and Archives)
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Pennon Herald (Names and Armory)
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Silent Herald
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Torch Herald (Courts)
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Trumpet Herald (Lists)
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Parchment Herald

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Resources

Award Report Form
please click the "Court Report" button

Financial Report Worksheet

Herald's Doomsday Report

Monthly Report Form (DOC)

Monthly Report Form (PDF)

Monthly Report Form (online)

Online Submissions

Websites

Meridies Heraldry
Including Text of the Oath of Fealty, Text of the Sword Oath for Crown List entrants, Information for Local Heralds, Lantern's List of Links, Information on Beacon's Staff

Online Award Recommendation

Kingdom Awards/Regalia
with instructions for creating award regalia

Meridian Online Order of Precedence

SCA Ordinary and Armorial Online

Society Heralds Homepage

Office of the Parchment Pursuivant

The Parchment Pursuivant is responsible for producing and providing scrolls for all the Orders, Honors, and Ceremonies in Meridies. They serve as a liaison between the Royal Family and the scribal community for this purpose. Staff includes the Quill, which serves as the liaison to the Scribal Guild of Meridies and the Envoy, which is responsible for the logistics of scroll procurement/transport.

Parchment Pursuivant

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Deputies

Deputy Parchment Clerk and Quill (Liaison to the Scribal Community)
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Envoy (Logistics and Shipping)
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Deputy Quill and Scribal Guild Steward
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Exchequer

Office of the Exchequer

The Chancellor of the Exchequer is responsible for all withdrawals, collections, and usage of Kingdom monies, and appoints such assistants as seems necessary to aid them with these duties. The Chancellor of the Exchequer keeps records of all transactions of the Kingdom Account and requires such records from individual people or groups responsible for the monies of Meridies due to hosting Kingdom events.

Kingdom Exchequer

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Deputies

Non-Member Registration Deputy
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ePay Deputy
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Warrant Deputy
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Royal Regalia Coordinator
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Northern Reporting Deputy (TN & KY)
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Western Reporting Deputy (AL & FL)
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Eastern Reporting Deputy (GA)
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Kingdom Communications

The Kingdom Communication Officer coordinates information between the offices of Kingdom Chronicler, Kingdom Webminister and Kingdom Social Media Officer, and manages the release library.

Kingdom Communication Officer

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KCO Deputies

Baroness Isabetta de San Marco

Social Media Officer (KSMO)

Baroness Isabetta de San Marco

Social Media Deputies

Mistress Anneke von Eisenberg: Moderator, Reporting, Graphics
Lady Isabetta de San Marcos: Reporting, Instagram
Lord Leopold von Heidelberg: Crown List Glossator
Lord Snorri Smedsonn: Technical, Video
THL Gwydion ap Lewyllen: Photography, Reporting
THL Bjorn the Hunter: Moderator

Resources

Release Forms

Group Webminister Warrant

Webminister-At-Large Sign Up Info

Reporting Dates

January-March report due April 10th
April-June report due July 10th
July-September report due Oct 10th
October-December report due Jan 10th
Reports require no special forms; please see the "reporting" section of the webmin handbook for more info.

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