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Local Officers

As you explore the SCA, there are multiple people that have official jobs to help run the SCA. Below are some of the common local offices that you might interact with.

SeneschalSeneschal

This person serves as the representative for the local group in the outside world. Acts as the chief administrative officer, similar to a group's president.

ChatelainChatelain / Castellan

This person is responsible for making sure that newcomers to the local group are made to feel welcome and receive the assistance that they need to become active members of the SCA. He/she is also responsible for ensuring that demos for recruitment and education are held.

HeraldsHerald

This person is in charge of making announcements at events and helping people research their names and heraldic devices in preparation for submission to the College of Heralds.

MarshalKnight's Marshal

This person is in charge of the rules and regulations for fighting and archery. Sees to the safety of the participants. Keeps a record of who is authorized locally. Is responsible for seeing that fighters have an opportunity for training.

Marshal - ArcheryArchery Marshal

This person works with the Knight's Marshal on archery-related activities. Typically runs local archery practices.

Marshal - RapierRapier Marshal

This person works with the Knight's Marshal on rapier-related activities. Typically runs local rapier practices.

Minister of YouthMinister of Youth

This person is responsible for organizing children's activities.

ExchequerExchequer

This person is in charge of the financial affairs of the group.

Minister of Arts and ScienceMinister of Arts and Sciences

This person coordinates and encourages the study and practice of the medieval arts and sciences. See this officer if you have any questions in these areas or want to learn more about one of the skills or crafts.

ChroniclerChronicler

This person publishes the group's newsletter and keeps minutes of the business meetings.

Minister of the ListsMinister of the Lists (MoL)

This person is responsible for the paperwork involved in holding tournaments at events.

 

Titles in the SCA

There are a number of titles used within the SCA. Those people that have a title have earned their title through hard work, service, and dedication. Since it is likely that you will meet people with these titles, here is a quick guide into each of the officially recognized titles, and the common ways to address those that have the title.

QueenKingKing and Queen

These are the current rulers of the kingdom, chosen by combat in the Crown Tourney. The actual winner of the tournament is indicated by the suffix by right of arms after his/her title. Call them "Your Majesty."

PrincessPrincePrince and Princess

There are two types of Princes and Princesses--Crown and Territorial. The Crown Prince and Princess are heirs to the kingdom, chosen by combat in the Crown Tourney. Call them "Your Highness." A territorial Prince and Princess rule over a Principality, a territory which is a subdivision of a kingdom. They are also chosen by combat. Their form of address varies from kingdom to kingdom. As Atlantia does not currently have any principalities, you will probably not have to worry about territorial princes and princesses.

Duke or Duchess

They have served at least twice as King or Queen. Call them "Your Grace."

Count or Countess

They have served once as King or Queen. Call them "Your Excellency." Some alternate titles are Earl (Jarl, Iarll) and Graf.

Viscount or Viscountess

They have served at least once as territorial Prince or Princess. Call them "Your Excellency."

Baron or Baroness

They oversee a large local group called a Barony and act as representatives of the Crown. Call them "Your Excellency."

Court Baron or Baroness

They have been granted the title as a reward from the Crown, often for exceptional service. However, they are not the heads of territories as are the other barons and baronesses. Call them "Your Excellency."

Lord or Lady

They have been granted an Award of Arms by the Crowns for service to the Kingdom and thus have been elevated to the nobility. It is typically the first Kingdom level award received. Call them "Lord" or "Lady".

 

Elevation Ranks

There are four special elevated ranks in the SCA: the Chivalry, the Laurels, the Pelicans, and the Masters of Defense. These people are collectively knows as the Peers of the Realm. In many kingdoms the Order of the Rose is also Peerage-level and in some kingdoms former royalty are called Royal Peers.

Chivalry

The Chivalry of the SCA consists of the Order of Knighthood and the Order of Mastery of Arms. Members are chosen by the Crown after consulting with the Chivalry for qualities of Courtesy, Grace and Skill at Arms. Knights swear fealty to the Crown and are entitled to wear a white belt. They wear a chain as a symbol of their fealty. Call them "Sir" (name). Mastery of Arms is for those persons who choose not to swear fealty and is equal in rank to knighthood. They wear a white baldric but do not wear a chain since it represents fealty. Address them as "Master" (name) or "Mistress" (name). In most kingdoms, spurs are limited to the Chivalry as one of their signs of rank.

Defense

Members of the Order of Defense must be considered the equal of his or her prospective peers with the basic weapons of rapier and/or cut-and-thrust combat. 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."

Companions of the Order of Defense are chosen by the Crown after consultation with the Order,  and are recognized for their exemplary skill in rapier and cut and thrust combat, along with their consistent display of the virtues of Grace, Courtesy and Chivalric Demeanor.

Laurel

Members of the Order of the Laurel are chosen by the crown after consultation with the Order for great skill in the Arts or Sciences, for their willingness to teach others, and for using their abilities to benefit their kingdom. They are addressed as "Master" or "Mistress" (name). Their insignia is a laurel wreath, usually colored green on a gold background.

Pelican

Members of the Order of the Pelican have given of themselves in Service to their kingdom, usually for many years and without thought of reward. They are chosen by the Crown in consultation with the Order. Address them as "Master" or "Mistress" (name). Their insignia is a "pelican in her piety," a pelican piercing her breast to feed her young with her own blood.

Rose

Members of the Order of the Rose are chosen from those individuals who have served their kingdom by ruling as Queen or Consort. In many kingdoms it is Peerage-level.

 

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