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The Royal Family of Meridies

Their Royal Majesties
Timothy & Ysmay

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Their Royal Highnesses
Thorstenn & Dalla

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Meridies Orders and Awards

Online Award Recommendation

Meridies kingdom law states that anyone receiving an award which carries armigerous status (an Award, Grant, or Patent of Arms), or being invested as a territorial Baron or Baroness, is required to be a paid member of the Society in good standing.


Patents Of Arms

The Crown confers a Patent of Arms to subjects during elevation into the Order of Chivalry, the Order of the Laurel, the Order of the Pelican, and Order of Defense.

Order of the Chivalry

Knighthood and Master of Arms

Order of Defense

Rapier

Order of the Laurel

Arts & Sciences

Order of the Pelican

Service


Grants Of Arms

Grants of Arms are given to those persons of outstanding achievement to the kingdom. This is considered an award of special dignity and is not bestowed lightly.


Awards Of Arms

Awards of Arms are given at the pleasure of the Crown. In the case of a Principality, the Coronet, with the permission of the reigning Crown, may also bestow Awards of Arms.


Orders Of High Merit

Order of the Bough

Given to those who have served the kingdom well and faithfully, above and beyond normal expectations, and who have consistently displayed courtesy and chivalry in an exemplary manner. Those who live outside the boundaries of the kingdom may be given this award for meritorious service to Meridies, no matter what their citizenship status.

Order of the Legio Ursi

Also referred to as the Legion of the Bear. Given to those who have exemplified and furthered the art of soldiering, who have shown outstanding skill upon the field of war, who have imparted those skills to others by teaching and training, who consistently display leadership, courtesy and chivalry, in an exemplary manner, above and beyond normal expectations.

Order of the Meridian Blade

Given to those who have served Meridies with longtime excellence, quality, leadership, courtesy, and chivalry in the pursuit of the art of the rapier.

Order of the Split Arrow

Given to those who have served Meridies with longtime excellence, quality and chivalry in either combat or target archery.

Order of the Sable Sword

Given to those who have served the kingdom with longtime excellence, quality, and chivalry in the fulfullment of duties of a martial nature, and have shown outstanding skill and accomplishment in the Martial Arts, have imparted those skills to the populace of Meridies by regular teaching and sharing of ability in their particular specialty, and have distinguished themselves in war, on tournament fields, and in the training of new fighters.

Order of the Scarlet Star

Given to those subjects who have who have served Meridies well and faithfully, over and above normal expectation from subjects of Meridies. This service specifically takes the form of consistent and successful administration of Society events, and/or consistent and successful preparation of Society feasts.

Order of the Velvet Owl

Given to those who have shown outstanding skill and accomplishment in the arts and sciences, who have imparted those skills to the populace of Meridies by regular teaching and sharing of ability in their particular specialty, and who have consistently displayed courtesy and chivalry in an exemplary manner.


Non-Armigerous Awards

The following awards carry no arms or precedence:

Order of the Argent Comet

Given by the Crown to those who have demonstrated outstanding service to a shire, college, or other group not directly administered by a barony. Companions may place the initials CACM after their names. At the pleasure of the Crown, this order may bear an Award of Arms and process ahead of simple Awards of Arms.

Order of the Argent Lance

The Crown may induct into this order those subjects who display courteous and chivalrous conduct and have distinguished themselves in the field of equestrian sciences. Companions may place the initials ALM after their names.

Order of the Argent Lily

The Crown may induct into this order those subjects exemplifying courtliness (refinement and elegance). Companions may place the initials CAL after their names. No more than one male and one female may be inducted during any reign.

Order of the Argent Rapier

The Crown may induct into this order those fighters who have distinguished themselves with the rapier in war, on the tournament field, and in the training of new rapier fighters. Companions may place the initials CAR after their names.

Order of the Argent Shield

The Crown may induct into this order those fighters who have distinguished themselves in war, on the tournament field, and in the training of new fighters. Companions may place the initials CAS after their names.

Order of the Argent Slipper

The Crown may induct into this order those subjects who have greatly enriched the Kingdom by the instruction of its populace in the art of European or Middle Eastern dance. Companions may place the initials COAS after their names.

Order of the Athanor

The Crown may induct into this order those subjects who by virtue of their contributions add to historical study in the Society. Companions may place the initials CAM after their names.

Companion of the Bard Meridies

The Crown may induct into this order those subjects who have served the Kingdom in the capacity of Kingdom Bard. Companions may place the initials CCB after their names. Each companion may only be inducted once into this order, although he/she may serve the Kingdom as Bard Meridies more than once.

Order of the Meridian Broken Bow

The Crown may induct into this order those archers who have displayed courteous and chivalrous conduct and have distinguished themselves in the field of archery. Companions may place the initials CMB after their names.

Order of the Broken Brank (Closed)

The Crown may induct into this order those subjects who have enriched Meridies greatly through their service to the Chirurgeon's Office. Companions may place the initials CBB after their names.

Order of the Burning Trumpet

The Crown may induct into this order those subjects who have enriched Meridies greatly through their service in the Herald's Office. Although induction into this order rests with the Crown, the Beacon Herald should be consulted and may make recommendations directly to the Crown. Companions may place the initials CBT after their names.

Order of the Chalice

There will exist within the Kingdom of Meridies an order called the Order of the Chalice. The Companions are selected by virtue of their valor, grace, and service to the Kingdom. Election into the Order must be by unanimous vote of the companions of the order. Any companion failing to strive for the Order's high standards may be asked by any one companion of the order, or required by the majority of the companions, to remove him/herself from the order. All Companions are equal, with no recognized principal. As this is an order of humility, this award carries no title or precedence.

Order of Compostella

The Crown may induct into this order those subjects who travel greatly in the service of the Crown and the Kingdom. This order may also be known as the Pilgrim's Order. Companions may place the initials CPO after their names.

Award of the Crown's Favor

The Crown may induct into this order those branches or households who act as worthy examples, either directly or through service, by displaying the types of behavior most favorable in these Current Middle Ages. This award is reserved only for branches or households and may not be given to individuals. This award is given at the pleasure of the Crown, and may be given more than once. Recipients of this award are entitled to attach to their group insignia/device/arms, a small pennon bearing a sable pale on an argent field, and carrying a single argent mullet. Upon receiving additional recognition through this award, additional mullets may be added (to a maximum of five), after which, having received the award six times, the first mullet must change to Or, and so on in a like manner to a maximum of five Or mullets.

Order of the Cygnet

The Crown may induct into this order those children who have shown courtly behavior and rendered honorable service. Companions may place the initials CC after their names.

Order of the Cygnet's Nest

The Crown may induct into this order those subjects who work tirelessly on behalf of the children. Companions may place the initials CCN after their names.

Order of the Duvant Cross

The Crown may induct into this order those subjects who have exhibited exceptional skill, courtesy, and honor on the field of Youth Combat. This order is called the Duvant Cross in honor of Count Sir Francois Duvant, First Prince and Fourth King of Meridies, whose shining example of honor, chivalry, and courtesy has been the model for all who have come after. Companions may place the initials CDC after their names.

Order of the Guiding Hand

The Crown may induct into this order those subjects who have served the Kingdom well and faithfully by giving encouragement and assistance to newcomers and any who have need. Companions may place the initials CGHM after their names.


Baronial Service Orders

Each Territorial Barony is granted the right to have a Baronial order distinct unto itself and bestowed by the Baronet. The order may, at the pleasure of the Crown, bear an Award of Arms and process ahead of simple Awards of Arms.

  • Order of the Doubloon del Mar (CDM): (closed) former Barony of Arenal
  • Order of the Dreamstone (CD): Barony of Bryn Madoc
  • Order of the Golden Iris (CGI): (closed) former Barony of Glaedenfeld
  • Order of the Osprey's Jess (COJ): Barony of Osprey
  • Order of the Red Raven (CRR): Barony of South Downs
  • Order of the Sable Gryphon (CSG): Barony of Thor's Mountain
  • Order of the Sanguine Mountain (CSM): Barony of Iron Mountain
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