Amtgard Corpora Section 4 -- Honors and Awards
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Amtgard Corpora Section 4 -- Honors and Awards


4.1 Knighthood:
Listed first because of the attraction it holds for most Amtgard members. Amtgard has experimented with several systems of criteria for knighthood. None of them worked very well, mainly because people wanted the mark of achievement more than the achievements themselves. It is unfortunate that so many believe a white belt will elevate them past their own foibles and fears. Not withstanding the mistakes of the past, here are the latest criteria for Knighthood. It is an attempt to at least partially recognize the efforts of our brightest and our best. This system might yield a higher percentage of white belts than other medieval organizations. That only reflects Amtgard's trend away from the massive arrogance found elsewhere that implies it is the mark of a knightly persona to drive the infidels (translate to: "other guys") into the ground. In the modern "real" world, knighthood is awarded for a variety of reasons (winning a Nobel prize, organizing an effort to feed the starving,etc.). It is to be hoped that Amtgard will take a page from this more enlightened perspective.

4.11 The Monarch of a Kingdom may knight people into any of the four orders. Although not required, candidates for Knighthood should have achieved the criteria listed and have the approval of a majority of the Knights of that order. Note that the achievement of criteria set forth does not automatically grant Knighthood. Also note that the traditional positive knightly virtues will go a long way towards achieving the white belt.
4.12 The orders of Knighthood:
4.121 Knights of the Crown:
a. a civil order for serving in the highest echelons of the group
b. colors: white trimmed with gold
c. suggested criteria: complete a term as the Monarch or serve in two of the following three positions: Champion, Consort, Prime Minister.
4.122 Knights of the Flame:
a. a service order for contributions to the group
b. colors: white trimmed with red
c. suggested criteria: Masterhood in at least one of the following three areas- Rose, Lion, Smith
4.123 Knights of the Serpent:
a. an achievement order for excellence in the arts and/or sciences
b. colors: white trimmed with green
c. suggested criteria: Masterhood in at least one of the following four areas- Dragon, Owl, Garber, Hydra
4.124 Knights of the Sword:
a. a military order for fighting skills and battlefield prowess
b. colors: white trimmed with silver
c. suggested criteria: any of the following honors- Warlord, Defender,
Weaponmaster (equivalent tournament successes will be considered).
4.13 Only those Knights who have been a member of the Circle of Knights (Guild of Knights) for twelve or more weeks may play a paladin or antipaladin. Exception- if for any reason a person loses his/her knighthood, they also lose the ability to play paladin or antipaladin.
4.14 A Knight may choose to take a squire.
4.141 The garb of a squire is a red belt.
4.142 A knight should never have more squires than separate orders of knighthood that he/she has achieved.

4.2 Masterhood in the Service Guilds and Orders:
4.21 Awarded by the Monarch for achieving the criteria set forth.
4.22 Denotes excellence in contributions to the group in the area listed (see explanations of the orders themselves).
4.23 Specific types of Masterhood:
4.231 Dragon- 10 orders of the Dragon.
4.2311 Hydra- 10 orders of the Hydra.
4.232 Garber- 12 garber credits.
4.233 Lion- any combination of orders of the Lion and orders of the Griffon that add up to 10.
4.234 Owl- 10 orders of the Owl.
4.235 Reeve- 12 weeks experience as a reeve.
4.236 Rose- 10 orders of the Rose.
4.237 Smith- 12 smith credits.
4.238 Warrior (designated title: Warlord)- 10 orders of the warrior.
4.239 The Monarch may create other titles and forms of Masterhood.


4.3 Orders:
4.31 Order of the Dragon
given by: Monarch, Consort
given for: outstanding achievements in the arts (garb, art, music, literature, etc.)
limitations: none
4.32 Order of the Flame
given by: the Monarch
given for: given to a group of people (company, household, etc.) for outstanding contributions to Amtgard
limitations: only one may be given in each Monarch's reign
4.33 Order of the Griffon (Gryphon)
given by: the Monarch
given for: courage, chivalry, and honor on the battlefield
limitations: none
4.34 Order of the Hydra
given by: the Monarch
given for: entering enough Crown Qualifications events to qualify for the Crown tourney/election
limitations: each person may only receive one Hydra per Crown qualifications
4.35 Order of the Jovious
given by: the Monarch
given for: outstanding attitude
limitations: only one may be given in each Monarch's reign
4.36 Order of the Lion
given by: Monarch, Consort
given for: displaying outstanding traits of service and loyalty to Amtgard
limitations: none
4.37 Order of the Mask (Masque)
given by: the Monarch
given for: outstanding portrayal of persona
limitations: only one may be given in each Monarch's reign
4.38 Order of the Owl
given by: Monarch, Consort
given for: outstanding achievements in the sciences (armor, construction, seigeworks, etc.)
limitations: none
4.39 Order of the Rose
given by: Monarch, Consort
given for: beneficial service to Amtgard
limitations: none
4.3A Order of the Walker of the Middle
given by: the Monarch
given for: exemplification of the ideals and conduct of reeves
limitations: a person may never receive more than one of these
4.3B Order of the Warrior
given by: the Monarch
given for: fighting ability (see the criteria below)
limitations: higher levels are increasingly difficult to attain.

Level          	Belt Favor          	Animal		Criteria
1		green               	snake           win 3 straight
2		blue                 	boar		win 5
3		red			mongoose	win 7
4		brown			bear		win 9
5		rust			hawk		win 11
6		grey			wolf		win 13
7		orange			tiger		win 15
8		black			panther		win 17
9		purple			dragon		win 19
10+		yellow			phoenix		win 21
		with a (warlord) 
		red border

Note: Battlefield commendations are also given with orders above 5th level only awarded for outstanding success in the games, quests, or tournaments. The higher the level, the harder it is to< achieve more orders of the warrior. No one has ever achieved warlord status (10th level or higher) without winning at least two major kingdom level tourneys. These orders are cumulative (think of them as levels). Thus, no one may have both a first, and say, an eighth level order of the warrior at the same time. Also, the levels do not add up (winning three duels, and losing one, they winning three again still only makes for a first level order of a warrior, not second level). 4.3C Order of the Zodiac
given by: the Monarch
given for: outstanding contributions in any one month
limitations: only one may be given each month
4.3D Note: as with the order of the warrior, orders of all types, when awarded at higher levels, should be harder to earn (i.e.- a person's 7th order of the dragon should be harder to attain than his or her 2nd order, etc.).

4.4 Titles of Nobility and Lesser Titles of Honor (awarded by the Monarch):
4.41 Title: Grand Duke
equivalents: none
suggested criteria: serve the kingdom two terms as Monarch
4.42 Title: Arch Duke
equivalents: none
suggested criteria: one term each as a kingdom and Duchy (or Kingdom pro-tem) Monarch.
4.43 Title: Duke/Duchess
equivalents: Doge, Dux, Herzog, Duc, Duque, Duca, Pfalzgraf, Shogun, Bretwalda, Chiangchun
suggested criteria: serve the kingdom six months as Monarch
4.44 Title: Count/Countess
equivalents: Earl, Comes, Comite, Graf, Jarl, Conde, Comte, Conte, Graaf, Orkhan, Shireman, Dey, Kaliph, Khidiw, Cuauhtlahtoque, Contessa
suggested criteria: serve the kingdom six months as Royal Consort
4.45 Title: Marquis/Marquise
equivalents: Markgraf, Marchioness, Margrave, Mark, Markis, Margraf, Marques, Marchese, Margravine, Marquee
suggested criteria: serve in each of the following positions of a kingdom-Monarch, Consort, Prime Minister
4.46 Title: Viscount/Viscountess
equivalents: Vicomte, Viconte, Visconte, Vizconde, Visconde, Walfgraf, Pasha
suggested criteria: have held both the following positions of a kingdom- Champion, Weaponmaster
4.47 Title: Baron/Baroness
equivalents: Thane, Daimyo, Khan (Kahn), Emir, Barun, Barao, Barone
suggested criteria: serve the kingdom six months as Prime Minister
4.48 Title: Baronet
equivalents: Freiherr, Lesser Thane, Sheik, Seignur, Nawab, Begum
suggested criteria: serve in a pro-tem position for any of the following kingdom positions: Monarch, Champion, Prime Minister, Consort
4.49 Title: Lord/Lady (lesser title)
equivalents: Halfweard, Loverd, Laferd, Pan, Laird, Kyrios, Dom, Don, Sherif, U Sayid, Agah, Rabban, Chieftain
suggested criteria: Monarch's discretion (service to Amtgard) 4.4A Title: Defender (lesser title) equivalents: --- suggested criteria: serve the kingdom six months as Champion


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This document was last updated on March 26, 1997
by Sir Ivar Nefarious
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