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Who's who?

Everyone at an SCA event is taken to be part of the European nobility, and we address each other as "my lord" and "my lady" (and this is always acceptable, regardless of who you are talking to).

Here are some extra positions that you might come across:

Royalty: The Kingdoms are ruled by Kings and Queens chosen "by right of arms" - that is by armed combat - at six monthly tournaments. They are addressed as "Your Majesty".

The winners of the "Crown Tournament" become the Crown Prince and Crown Princess until Coronation. After stepping down the King and Queen receive Royal Peerages and become Count and Countess (Your Excellency), or after two reigns Duke and Duchess (Your Grace).

Lochac was previously a Principality so we also have Viscounts and Viscountesses who are former Principality Rulers (Your Excellency). Each Barony is led by a Baron and a Baroness (Your Excellency). This is a semi-permanent position.

Peers: "The Strength and Stability of the Kingdom lie in these virtues of its people: Service, Creativity and Chivalry, for if any of these are lacking the Kingdom fails." The three peerages are the pinnacle of achievement in the SCA. These orders are equal in standing. The regalia of the orders is restricted, meaning they should only be worn by a member of the order. Peers are created by the desire of the King and Queen in accordance with the recommendations of the companions of the order. The orders are:

  • The Order of Chivalry (or Knights) for heavy combat.  Knights are addressed as Sir and wear a white belt, spurs and an unadorned chain of Fealty. Their 'students' are squires. (Squires often wear a red belt, but it is not restricted to just them.)
  • The Order of the Laurel for Arts and Sciences.  Members of the Order are called "Master", "Mistress" or "Dame" and wear a medallion with a laurel wreath. In Lochac, Laurels in fealty to the Crown may also wear a chain of fealty. Many Laurels have wreaths on their cloaks, or other bits and pieces of clothing. Their 'students' are apprentices. (Apprentices often wear a green belt, but it is not restricted.)
  • The Order of the Pelican for Service. Members of the Order are called "Master", "Mistress" or "Dame" and wear a medallion with the symbol of the Order - A Pelican In Its Piety. In Lochac, Pelicans in fealty to the Crown may also wear a chain of fealty. Many Pelicans have pelican symbols on their cloaks or other clothing. Their 'students' are proteges. (Proteges often wear a yellow belt, but it is not restricted.)

Event Staff:

The Steward. This is the person organising a particular formal event (feast, tournament, camping weekend, or ball) and who will be in charge of the schedule, pricing, etc. They're the person to go to for more information about a particular event.

chatelaine icon The Chatelaine. The Chatelaine helps orientate visitors and newer members. A good first point of contact - the chatelaine can lend medieval clothes for your first event, answer questions, make introductions, suggest good places to start.

marshal iconThe Marshals The Marshal is in charge of all matters to do with martial arts and fighting. Before you can participate in combat at SCA events you will need to "authorise" in a given area: attend training, learn the rules, and gain enough skill that you can demonstrate to the marshal that you know the rules and can participate safely.

chirurgeon iconThe Chirurgeon The volunteer first-aid person at an Event, who maintains the First Aid Kits and sees that basic first aid is available.

herald iconThe Herald The Heralds' job is to be Voice of the Crown – they make announcements of all sorts. They are identified by either wearing the tabard in Ildhafn's colours, or with a green baldric with two crossed gold trumpets. Announcements often begin with the cry "Oyez! Oyez!" (hear me! hear me!) : when you hear this, stop what you are doing and listen.

constable icon The Constable In charge of lost property, event security and enforcing site and event rules. They maintain the Lost Property, which is usually brought along to each event, so the Constable may hold anything lost from a previous recent event.