Awards and Honors

By default everyone’s persona in the SCA is considered to be of “gentle birth”, i.e. descended from noble blood, but actual titles of nobility must be earned.  There are many levels of titles and awards, some of which are society wide and others that are only at a kingdom, principality, or barony level.

Society-wide Awards and Titles

Kingdom Rulers

King/Queen – The rulers of a kingdom are chosen through trial by combat at a crown tournament.  The winning combatant and their consort become the heirs to the throne and are crowned when the current rulers step down.  Most kingdoms have a six month reign.  As of 2015 the SCA allows same sex rulers at all levels in the society. Kings/Queens are address as “Your Majesty”.

Crown Prince/Princess – The winner of the crown tournament and their consort are invested as the crown prince or princess until they are crowned king or queen. Crown princes/princesses are addressed as “Your Highness”.

Territorial Prince/Princess – In kingdoms with very large populations the kingdom may be split into principalities, which are ruled on the crown’s behalf by a prince/princess.  Similar to king/queen the prince/princess is determined by a coronet tournament, with the winner and their consort becoming prince/princess.   Northshield was a principality of the Middle Kingdom before becoming a kingdom on its on.   There are no principalities in Northshield currently. Territorial princes/princesses are addressed as “Your Highness”.

Royal Peers

Duke/Duchess – Someone who has completed 2 complete reigns as king/queen is awarded the permanent title of duke or duchess.  The regalia for a duke or duchess is a coronet with strawberry leaves. Dukes/Duchesses are addressed as “Your Grace”.

Count/Countess – Someone who has completed 1 complete reign as king/queen is awarded the permanent title of count or countess.  The regalia for a count or countess is a gold embattled coronet.  Some counts prefer to go by alternate titles, such as earl or jarl.  Counts/Countesses are addressed as “Your Excellency”.

Viscount/Viscountess – Someone who has completed 1 complete reign as a territorial prince/princess is awarded the permanent title of viscount or viscountess.  The regalia for a count or countess is a silver embattled coronet. Viscounts/Viscountesses are addressed as “Your Excellency”.

Patent of Arms Peerages
(all are considered the same level)

Order of Knighthood – a  knighthood is awarded to individuals who epitomize the ideals of chivalry and consistently excel at armored combat.  The regalia of a knight is a gold chain and white belt.  Knights are addressed as “Sir” or “Dame”.

 

 

Order of Master of Arms – The Master of Arms is awarded to individuals who epitomize the ideals of chivalry and consistently excel at armored combat, but choose not to swear fealty to the crown.  The regalia for a Master of Arms is a white baldric and they are addressed as “Master” or “Mistress”.

Order of the Laurel – Awarded to individuals who have mastered an art or science and freely and generously share their knowledge with others. The regalia of a laurel is a laurel wreath and they are addressed as “Master” or “Mistress”.

 

 

Order of the Pelican – Awarded to individuals who consistently volunteer their time an talents to assist others in the society.  The regalia of a Pelican is a Pelican in its Piety and they are addressed as “Master” or “Mistress”.

 

 

Order of Defense – The Order of Defense is awarded to individuals who epitomize the ideals of chivalry and consistently excel at rapier combat.  The regalia for a Master of Defense is a white livery collar and they are addressed as “Master” or “Mistress”.

Other Titles

Landed Baron/Baroness – The crown appointed rulers of a barony.  In Northshield a baron/baroness is a Grant of Arms level award. The regalia is a gold coronet of six jeweled points and they are addressed as “Your Excellency”. 

Court Baron/Baroness – Awarded by the crown for consistent service to the crown and/or kingdom.  In Northshield a baron/baroness is a Grant of Arms level award. The regalia is a silver coronet of six jeweled points and they are addressed as “Your Excellency”.

Grant of Arms – This award is a higher level recognition than an “Award of Arms” and it falls between an Award of Arms and a Peerage. It entitles an individuals registered heraldic device to be referred to as a “Coat of Arms”. It was first created to recognize Kingdom Officers for the work that they had done for the Kingdom. It is given at the crown’s discretion now, but is still often given to Kingdom Officers for a job well-done.  In Northshield the regalia for a Grant of Arms is a circlet with no more than 1 point no more than 1″ inch in total height and they are addressed as “The Honorable Lord” or “The Honorable Lady”.

Award of Arms – This is the first level of award normally given for continued effort in the SCA. It entitles an individuals registered heraldic device to be referred to as a “Coat of Arms”. In Northshield the regalia for a Award of Arms is a circlet with no more than 1 point no more than 1″ inch in total height and they are addressed as “Lord” or “Lady”.

Northshield Kingdom Awards

There are numerous awards for martial arts, arts and sciences, and service at the kingdom level.  Rather than list them all here we refer you to the Kingdom Awards Descriptions page on the kingdom website.

Customary Titles

There are a number of titles that are not officially recognized by the society but are commonly used and recognized throughout the SCA.

Squire – A heavy fighter in fealty to a knight who is training them.  Squires wear red belts.
Apprentice – Someone in fealty to a Laurel who is training them.  Apprentices wear green belts.
Protege – Someone in fealty to a Pelican who is training them.  Proteges wear yellow belts.
Cadet – A rapier fighter in fealty to a Master of Defense who is training them.  Cadets wear red livery collars.
Yeoman – An archer apprenticed to a master archer who is training them.  Yeoman sometimes wear red hoods.
Man-at-Arms – A heavy fighter being trained by a squire or a knight who isn’t ready to make them a squire yet.  Men-at-Arms often wear blue belts.