Creation of a Master of Defense
[At Their Majesties' command, the SECRETARY of the Order will be called forward by name.]
HERALD: _______________, Master of Defense, has a petition for Your Majesties. Let him come before the Thrones.
When the Order's spokesperson has approached, the QUEEN or HERALD will say:
HERALD: Master _______________, what is your petition?
SPOKESPERSON: The Order of Defense petitions Your Majesties to admit another into the Order of Defense and the Peerage of Avacal.
And the QUEEN will order the HERALD to summon the members of the Order.
HERALD: All members of the Order of Defense here present come now before the Thrones of Avacal.
And the members of the Order may process in a formal procession, or they may gather more informally before the Thrones, leaving an aisle approaching the Thrones, and kneeling there.
QUEEN: Greetings to you, Masters of the Order of Defense. Each of you is a Peer of this Our Realm by virtue of your prowess and the sharing of your talents with the people of the Kingdom. Today you bring before us another for consideration. What is the name of the candidate?
The SPOKESPERSON will name the candidate. And the QUEEN will command the HERALD to summon the candidate.
HERALD: Let _______________ approach the Throne.
When the candidate has come before Their Majesties, the QUEEN will query the SPOKESPERSON.
QUEEN: Is there any who would speak for this candidate?
When the Sponsors have enumerated the qualities which qualify the candidate for the Order, the QUEEN will query the assembled members of the Order.
QUEEN: Is it your desire that _______________ be admitted to this Order?
And the members of the Order will reply in the affirmative.
HERALD: Are you sworn in fealty to another?
If so, call the other person forward and have them release the candidate.
QUEEN: _______________, well pleased with your prowess, and your continued service to this Our Kingdom, and right mindful of the desires of your peers, we are minded to create you a Master of the Order of Defense. Will you accept from us this honor, and swear to uphold the rights and responsibilities of the Order?
CANDIDATE: I will.
HERALD: Do you, _______________, swear to continue to conduct yourself as you most surely have until now, as an exemplar of chivalry and honor, both on and off the field of combat, to increase your labors to the benefit of the realm, and to seek to disseminate your skills and talents throughout the Kingdoms of the Knowne World, training others in the ways of the Order of Defense, as far as is in your power?
CANDIDATE: I will.
QUEEN: Bring forth the medallion.
When the medallion arrives, if there is history it may be shared at this time. Then the QUEEN will give the medallion to the candidate.
QUEEN: Then take from Our hands this token of your accomplishment and Our esteem.
KING: Bring forth the mantle.
When the mantle arrives, if there is history it may be shared at this time. Then the KING will place the mantle around the candidate’s neck.
KING: Wear this mantle as a symbol of that purity, and chivalric grace, to which your own labors, as much as our recognition, have raised you.
The Queen shall take the Sword of State (Rapier of State) and prepare for the dubbing.
Queen: I dub thee once. I dub thee twice. I dub thee Master of Defence of the Kingdom of Avacal.
HERALD: Let it be known that on this day _______________ has been admitted to the Right Noble Order of Defense and will be known as a Peer of the Kingdom of Avacal.
The new peer shall here be asked if he is willing to swear fealty.
HERALD: Would you now swear fealty to the Crown?
If the new peer does wish to swear fealty, the herald shall ask:
HERALD: Upon which Symbol of State would you swear fealty?
[The symbols of state include: the Sword of State, either or both Royal Crowns, the Scepter, the Kingdom Rapier, the Great Seal of State and their Majesties’ persons. The new peer shall state his/her choice, and the Crown shall take up the Symbol.]
HERALD (leading new peer phrase by phrase): Here do I swear fealty to ___________, and ___________, My undoubted King and Queen, that I will obey Their lawful commands in all matters that concern this Realm, and uphold the Crown and Kingdom of Avacal.
CROWN: All this do we hear. And We for our part do swear to protect and defend you ______________, and your household with all Our power, so long as We remain Sovereigns of Avacal.
QUEEN: So say We, _______________ Queen of Avacal.
KING: And so say We, _______________, King of Avacal.
But if the new peer does not to swear at this time, the ceremony will continue as follows:
QUEEN: Arise, Master _______________, and go to your peers.
The HERALD will exhort the cheers of the populace.