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Barony of Vatavia Awards

Cords

Blue- Citizen of Vatavia

Given to individuals who are paid members when presented.

 

Red- Victor in Competition (VinC)

Given to individuals who have won a competition at a official SCA event (Kingdom, advertised contest- NOT local).

Additional victories noted by leaves on the cord.

Premier

Edward Cire of Greymoor 01/10/1981
William V’tavia 01/10/1981

 

Blue/White- Achievement in the Arts (AinA)

Given to individuals whose work in the arts has shown promise of skill in their chosen craft.

Further recognition for work in the arts of the same art (not for the same individual piece) denoted by leaves.

Premier

Elisabeth de Rossignol 10/11/1981
Felicity of Mathienvale 10/11/1981

 

Red/Gold- Achievement in the Sciences (AinS)

Given to individuals whose work in the sciences has shown promise of skill in their chosen craft.

Further recognition for work in the sciences of the same art (not for the same individual piece) denoted by leaves.

Premier

Thomas Bacon 10/11/1981
Tymm the Mysterious 10/11/1981

 

White- Act of Dedication (AoD)

Given to individuals who in the estimation of the Baronage have performed some act of dedication for the Barony above the service normally expected of citizens of Vatavia.

Further recognition denoted by leaves on the cord.

Premier

William V’tavia 01/10/1980

 

Blue/Gold- Vojak (veteran) (Baronial Guard) (Voj)

Must be proficient in at least one weapon system, and must be familiar in all weapon systems used in the SCA combat. A Guardsman must always display unquestionable honor both on and off the field.

No additional leaves.

Premier

Edward Cire of Greymoor 05/10/1981
Erlechin de Battenhelm 05/10/1981
Frances Alouisous O'Rourke 05/10/1981
Josfo Vidrfarle 05/10/1981

 

Red/White- Vesslar (oarsman) (Baronial Archer Guard) (Ves)

Must be proficient with bow or crossbow. A Guardsman must display unquestionable honor both on and off the field.

No additional leaves.

Premier

Barbarosa Jebez 01/22/1984
David ‘The Silent’ of Ravenscroft 01/22/1984
Gabriel ap Morgan ap Hywel 01/22/1984
Wylfridd Taliesin 01/22/1984

 

Green/Gold- Salve (Cut & Thrust Baronial Guard) (OS)

Must be proficient in at least one weapon system, and must be familiar in all weapon systems used in the Calon Steel combat. A Guardsman must always display unquestionable honor both on and off the field.

No additional leaves.

Premier

Roderick de Graham
12/18/2013


Green- Foreign citizen Act of Dedication (no Order of Precedence designation)

Given to non-Vatavians who in the estimation of the Baronage have performed some act of dedication for the Barony above the service normally expected of citizens of Vatavia much less a guest and visitor.

Further recognition denoted by leaves.

Premier

Christopher Robin 05/02/1992
Ida Lundy 05/02/1992

 

Yellow/White- Act of Promise (AoP)

Given to a child for effort in arts, sciences, or service.

Further recognition denoted by leaves.

Premier

Bella del Sol 05/18/2005

 

Black/ White- Zevack (Zvck)

Recognizes achievement in the bardic arts.

Further recognition denoted by leaves.

Premier

Cerridwyn Eurgledde ferch Owain ap Bychan ap Gruffudd 07/08/2006
Gabriel ap Morgan ap Hywel 07/08/2006
Stephen Grimfalcon de Norfolk 07/08/2006

 

Badges

Populace of Vatavia

 

Use of this badge is left up to each individual; denotes a member of the Barony.

Badge (registered 11/1987): Azure, a dragonfly within a bordure OR (background- blue; bug and border- yellow or gold)

Bards of Vatavia

Use of this badge is left up to those individuals who participate in the bardic arts.

Badge (registered 5/2006): Per bend sinister OR and azure, a harp and a dragonfly inverted counterchanged. (background diagonal from the upper right hand corner- as you look at it- left yellow or gold, right blue; harp blue; bug – head pointed to the bottom- yellow or gold)

Award Badges

The Orders of the star of Vatavia, Radiant Lioness, Straz, Zeman Straz are given after consultation with the members of that Order.

Star of Vatavia (Star)

Shall be given to those outstanding individuals whose unselfish actions and deeds on behalf of the Barony of Vatavia have greatly elevated and improved Vatavia and its populace and its position in the Known World. That is someone who brings acclaim and renown to Vatavia through their skill and/or leadership and is KNOWN as a VATAVIAN. Some consider it to show an ideal SCA person. For individuals who have devoted a very significant portion of their time and energy over a very substantial period of time for the betterment of the Barony.

Receives a metal medallion.

Premier

Maelan Azalais de Beacaire 09/04/1981

Badge (unregistered): On a mullet of eight elongated points Or another mullet of eight points bendwise argent, a bezant charged with dragonfly azure. (top mullet- white or silver; bottom mullet points, circle-yellow or gold; bug-blue)

Vatavian Sword (AKA Sword of Valor or Vatavian Sword of Valor)

Started 08/31/1980

Winner of the annual Tournament of Valor, a two-handed sword, double-elimination tournament held in September (originally to be autocrated by the Champion of Vatavia). Receives a knife, metal medallion and a giant cookie (started 1985 by House de Belfour) Holds the Sword of Valor for one year.

The Guardian of Valor Tournament, started in 1984 (Valor V), was open to all past Valor winners present and that year’s winner. (This was to follow the practice of Namron Protectorate after which Valor Tournament was pattern.)

The prizes changed. The Valor winner received the banner of Valor, a scroll and a knife. The Guardian received the medallion, a scroll, the giant cookie and became the holder of the Sword of Valor for one year.

Then in honor of Calontir’s Centennial the Tournament was open to all ( Valor XIV 9/4/1994). The winner received a scroll, a knife, a giant cookie, and a medallion, plus the banner and sword to hold for one year. A single tournament has been held since that time for Valor.

***Except for 2007 and 2008 where, at the request of Their Majesties, separate Valor and Guardian of Valor tournaments were held.***

Premier Valor

Gunter Brummbar van Schwarzberg 08/31/1980

Premier Guardian

Brom Blackhand 09/02/1984

Badge (registered 11/1985): Per bend sinister OR and azure a dragonfly volant en arrire and a sword counterchanged. (background diagonal from right upper corner- as you look at it; left- yellow or gold, right blue; bug- blue; sword-yellow or gold)

Radiant Lioness (ORL)

Named after the founding Baroness Mammara Leona

Conferred upon individuals whose work in the arts or sciences has shown a consistently high level of skill in their chosen craft, who have a detailed knowledge of its history, an individual who has assisted others in learning of said craft. Baronial equivalent of a Calon Lily.

Receives a metal medallion.

Premier

Wylfridd Taliesin 03/06/1983

Badge (registered 11/1981): Azure, in pale a lioness couchant coward and a demi sun inverted OR (background- blue; lioness and sun- yellow or gold)

Golden Heart of Vatavia (OGH)

Given to people who in the estimation of the Baronage have served the Barony of Vatavia well and faithfully, above and beyond that service normally expected of its citizens. It represents continued service to the Barony.

Receives a badge of the Order.

Premier

William V'tavia 01/01/1979

Badge (unregistered): Fieldless, on a heart OR a dragonfly azure (heart- yellow or gold; bug- blue)

Straz (guard) (Captains of the Baronial Guard) (Stz)

Must be proficient in at least two of the weapon systems, and must be authorized in all weapon systems used in SCA combat, participated at the Kingdom level, and exhibited leadership in fighting (usually by marshalling) within the Barony. A Captain must always display unquestionable honor both on and off the field.

Receives a medallion of the central charges.

Premier

Edward Cire of Greymoor 05/10/1981
Raedwald of Boarhunt 05/10/1981

Badge (registered 11/1992): Azure, a dragonfly between two daggers inverted in pile , a bordure counter-compony azure and OR (This combines the Captains’ medallion with the cord of the Baronial Guard of which they are also a member and whom they lead.) (backround- blue; bug and daggers-yellow or gold; border checkered blue and yellow/ gold)

Zeman Straz (thane guard) (Captains of the Baronial Archer Guard) (Z-Stz)

Must be proficient with bow and/ or crossbow, participate at the Kingdom level, and exhibit leadership in archery (usually by marshalling) within the Barony. A Captain must always display unquestionable honor both on and off the field.

Receives a medallion of the central charges.

Premier

Gabriel ap Morgan ap Hywel 01/22/1984

Badge (registered 11/1992): Azure, a dragonfly between two arrows in pile OR, a bordure compony argent and gules. (This combines the Archer Captains’ medallion with the cord of the Baronial Archer Guard of which they are also a member and whom they lead.) (background- blue; bug and arrows-yellow or gold; border- white or silver and red)


Cepel Straz ( guard) (Captains of the Baronial Cut & Thrust Guard) (C-Stz)

Started by Baron Donald McDonald and Zoe Mikre

Must be proficient in the weapon systems, participated at the Kingdom level, and exhibited leadership in fighting (usually by marshalling) within the Barony. A Captain must always display unquestionable honor both on and off the field.

Premier

Donald Andrew McDonald
06/04/2016

Badge (registerd 2/2014): Azure, a dragonfly between two dussacks in pile Or a bordure countercompony vert and Or. (background- blue; bug and swords-yellow or gold; border- red and yellow)

Treasure of Vatavia (ToB)

Started by Baron Gawayne ap Tristam and Brialen Ulfsdottir Vikings

Award given at the discretion of the the Baronage to an individual whose effects have enhanced and enriched the Barony and who are invaluable members.Usually given to those who have already been acknowledged by the other service awards. (This is different from the boon given by Baron Tedrick von Wolfschatten and Baroness aideen the audacious to such individuals of selecting an item from the Baronial Treasure Chest.)

Premier

Sean Angus MacDuinnchinn 10/20/1991

Token: Choice of the presenting Baronage
(original) Brown, a dragonfly OR surmounting two cattails inverted brown with OR heads

Dream Feather (DF)

Started by Champion Rinald il Bianco

Awarded by the Baronial Champion, as he steps down, to the individuals that gives part of the Dream to others.

Symbolism comes from Rinal’s device- he is the serpent; the wings are the Dream; the feathers were his way of thanking those who had given him a piece of the Dream allowing him to soar.

This is separate from the Ansteorran award of the same name and purpose which some Vatavians have been given.

Premier

Eleanor ferch Rhiwallon 05/02/1992
Gabhainn Luath MacDhomhnuill 05/02/1992
Kasimira Verena d'Arcy 05/02/1992

(Later limited to one per term. Not always awarded.)


Banner Bearer

Originally the runner up in the Champion’s Tournament or the Champion’s choice. It was duty of the Banner Bearer to carry the Baronial banner, especially in wars.

Premier

Ian Brannock 11/07/1993

It was closed with the last bearer being Gabhainn Luiath mac Dhomhnuill – 11/4/1995. It was re-opened as the teen champion title.

Premier

Gwenhevare Dominique Nazaire d'Avignon 06/06/1998

It was the re-established as the runner up in Champion’s Tournament (11/1998) and the flag bearer in wars. It was later expanded to also include being the chief of mercenaries in Vatavian service.

Premier

Yesngge the Golden 11/21/1998


Golden Dragonfly of Vatavia (GDV)

Children’s award, recognizes active participation in all possible aspects of the Society: service similar to that recognized by the Golden Heart; activity in the arts and/or sciences; displays leadership to their peer group including teaching. Ready to step into adult activities.

Premier

Subadai 07/07/2001

Badge: (registered 5/2006): Azure, a dragonfly Or a bordure per saltire Or and argent (background- blue; bug yellow or gold; border divided X-wise, top and bottom sections yellow or gold, sides white or argent) (original- pierced metal work dragonfly)


Saint Hilarius (OSH)

Started by Baron Donald McDonald and Zoe Mikre

Recognizes contributions to the fun of the society

Premier

Robert Steven MacLaren the Scot
02/19/2014

Badge (registered 11/2013): Azure, a humerus bone bendwise sinister argent surmounted by a dragonfly Or a bordure per saltire argent and Or. (background- blue; bug yellow or gold, bone white or silver; border divided X-wise, top and bottom sections yellow or gold, sides white or silver)

Dormant Orders

Cumbersome Load

Started by Baroness Rhianwen ferch Bran ap Gruffydd

Given for shouldering burdensome duties above and beyond sanity. It is held by the recipient until the next “lucky” candidate is awarded it. (held/worn while individual efforts are honored.)

It is a large doughnut shaped rock (~8” diameter, 4-5” thick) on a rope as a necklace.

First recipient: Duncan MacCraken for marching and fighting the entire 3 miles of the Sundowner Parade (River Festival 1995) without taking a break.

Second recipient: Friar Thomas Bacon for dishwashing.

Vatavian Corps of Engineers- mechanized

Started by Baron Gawayne ap Tristam and Brialen Ulfsdottir Vikings

Consists of the entire Vatavian road repair crew for the Harvest Faire (10/21/1991) event site near Greensburg : Andries ap Daffydd, Ala of Featherstone, Sean Angud MacDuinnchinn, Eleanor ferch Rhiwallon, Galen MacDonald, Lawrence Tailefer the Leech, Phillipa Llyod de Tarifa, Marie Chantal Delaire, Leonardo il Calamaro, Deitrich Eisenhart, Fynn MacGuire.

Token: tiny brass “V” to place at the top of AoD cord.

Guardian of Valor ***

Winner of a tournament between all past winners of the Valor Tournament present. Held the Sword of Valor for the following year.

Instituted at Valor V (9/2/1984) and discontinued after Valor XIV (9/4/1994).

***At the request of the Crown a Guardian tournament was held at Valor XXVIII (2007) and Valor XXIX (2008)***

Premier: Brom Blackhand

Llywelyn Lorell of Shrewsbury, “Mr. Valor” has won five times including the last four (1994). ***He won again at Valor XXIX (2008)***

Avatar of Valor

Voted by attendees of the tournament of Valor started by Valor XII (1991) event steward (Eleanor ferch Rhiwallon).

Rinald il Bianco- 8/31/1991, received a scroll, Rine Castrion- 9/6/1992, received a candle

 

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