[SCA-AE] Just out of curiousity
elady1 at suddenlink.net
Sat Oct 4 22:36:08 EDT 2008
Many thanks! I know why many of the awards in Calontir are named as
they are, but I had never thought to ask until today why the awards
here are named as they are. Thank you so much for the illumination
in this area!
At 10:24 PM 10/4/2008, you wrote:
> >how did folks come up with the names for [the awards]?
>The Keystone was represents Pennsylvania, which is the Keystone
>state. The keystone in an arch also is the stone that keeps the arch
>up and standing, which was nice symbolism for a service order.
>The Sycamore was because the regional herald before we became a
>Principality was the Sycamore Herald. The name was changed to Silver
>Buccle Herald after AEthelmearc was founded.
>The Golden Alce was the result of various discussions regarding what
>would make a good totem animal that wasn't already taken. "Alce" is
>actually an early form of the word "elk," though I believe in period
>"elk" was used to refer to any antlered critter including deer. I
>have a vague recollection that the "Golden" part was added because
>just "Alce" conflicted with something else heraldically.
>A Millrind was used to grind grain into flour, and could be
>considered the workhorse of a mill. It's also a traditional heraldic
>charge that's kind of interesting looking but easy to draw. :-)
>The Fleur is for the fleur-de-lys points on the end of the escarbuncle.
>A Gage is another name for a gauntlet.
>I don't know about the White Horn, though the hunting symbolism
>seems pretty clear. The Scarlet Guard is likewise pretty direct as
>the guardians of the kingdom.
>The White Scarf is an inter-kingdom order, and I think the original
>one was created in Ansteorra. You'd have to ask someone else what
>its symbolism is.
>The Cornelian was for the red stone that was chosen to represent
>AEthelmearc back when we were founded. I think the first coronets
>had cornelians (also spelled carnelians) on them. They are pretty
>and red, and much less expensive than rubies or garnets. :-)
>The Silver Buccle is actually a shoe buckle, though I honestly don't
>remember why that was chosen for the children's award. The Silver
>Alce and Silver Sycamore follow that pattern.
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