Part 4 - The Official Stuff

Duties and Responsibilities

From the SCA Organisational Handbook, Corpora, Section VII.A, Personal Awards and Titles, Patents of Arms.

1. General Requirements: Candidates for any order conferring a Patent of Arms must meet the following minimum criteria. Additional requirements may be set by law and custom of the kingdoms as deemed appropriate and necessary by the Crown.

  • They shall have been obedient to the governing document of the Society and the laws of the Kingdom.
  • They shall have consistently shown respect for the Crown of the Kingdom.
  • They shall have set an example of courteous and noble behaviour suitable to a peer of the realm.
  • They shall have demonstrated support for the aims and ideals of the Society by being authentic in dress, equipment and behaviour as is within their power.
  • They shall have shared their knowledge and skills with others.
  • They shall have practiced hospitality according to their means and as appropriate to their circumstances.
  • They shall have made every effort to learn and practice those skills desirable at and worthy of a civilised court. To this end, they should have some knowledge of a wide range of period forms, including but not limited to literature, dancing, music, heraldry and chess, and they could have some familiarity with combat as practiced in the Society. They should also participate in Society re-creations of several aspects of the culture of the Middle Ages and Renaissance.

Corpora VII.A.4.a.2.b:

b. The Order of the Laurel. Members of the Order of the Laurel may choose to swear fealty, but are not required to do so.

1) Specific requirements:

  1. The candidate must have attained the standard of excellence in skill and/or knowledge equal to that of his or her prospective peers in some area of the Arts and Sciences.
  2. The candidate must have applied this skill and/or knowledge for the instruction of members and service to the Kingdom to an extent above and beyond that normally expected of members of the Society.

The duties of the Members of the Order include:

  1. To set an example of courtesy and chivalrous conduct.
  2. To respect the Crown of the Kingdom; to support and uphold the laws of the Kingdom and the governing documents of the Society.
  3. (If the Member has sworn fealty to the Crown) to support and uphold the Crown of his or her Kingdom.
  4. To enrich the Kingdom by sharing his or her knowledge and skills.
  5. To advise the Crown on the advancement of candidates for the Laurel.
  6. Rights and Privileges

    You have the right to wear a medallion or pendant displaying the laurel wreath. This is the symbol of the Order.

    You have the right to swear fealty to the Crown and Kingdom of Lochac, and receive fealty from the Crowns of Lochac.

    • You have the right to (and are encouraged to) wear a chain of large open links (a "fealty chain") or a collar of medallions emblematic of the Order of the Laurel if you swear fealty to the Crowns of Lochac to show your fealty to the Crown.
    • You have the right to wear a Laurel Cloak (prominent display of the laurel wreath on the back of the cloak).
    • You have the right to the title of Master or Mistress (or Dame if you wish).