Investiture of a Territorial Baron & Baroness
Herald: _________and_________, Baron and Baroness of _____________, please present yourselves before their Majesties of Avacal.
(Pause to allow the Baron and Baroness to come forth)
King or Queen: Our faithful Baron and Baroness, do have business before us?
Baron or Baroness: Your Majesties, if it pleases you, we have served as the Baron and Baroness of _________ for these many years with joy and love, but we feel our time as your representatives is coming to an end. We ask you to release us from our oath and allow others to take up the mantle of Baron and Baroness of _________.
King or Queen: We hear your words and know the burden that leadership can have. We understand your desires and we are grateful for your service. Have you released all those who have sworn fealty to you?
Baron or Baroness: We have not your Majesty, but would do so now.
Baron: Champions of ______, please come forth.
(Pause to allow the Baronial Champions to come forth.)
Baron: Champions of _________, you have served us well and we thank you for that service. We release you from your vow to serve us and know that you will serve our successors with the same wisdom, bravery and duty with which you have served us. Thank you.
(Pause to allow the Baronial Champions to come leave.)
Baroness: Sergeants of ______, please come forth.
(Pause to allow the Sergeants to come forth.)
Baron: Sergeants of _________, you served me truly and advised me wisely. You have fought in my name, travelled the realms to sing our praise and provided support when it was needed. I release you from your vows to me and charge you to serve my successor with the same dedication and love that you have shown me. Thank you.
(Pause to allow the Sergeants to come leave. If there any others with oaths to the Baron or Baroness, call them forward in the same manner to release them from their vows.)
Baron or Baroness: Your Majesties, we have had the honour of serving Avacal as the Baron and Baroness of ____________, but it is time for us to now resign our service and return the Barony to your care.
King or Queen: We are sorry to see you leave these posts as you have been true and steadfast in your duties, but we will grant your request and release you from your oaths of fealty.
(At this time, their Majesties may elevate the outgoing Baron and Baroness to Court Baron and Baroness. If so, use the following ceremony.)
King or Queen: It would please us to style you as Baron and Baroness of our Court. Will you accept this honour?
Outgoing Baron or Baroness: Answer in the affirmative if so desired.
Herald: Hear now the wishes of their Majesties of Avacal. We, __________Rex Avacal and __________Regina Avacal, exercise our rights and our prerogative to honour two who have pleased us and served us well with the title and estate of Baron/Baroness of the Kingdom of Avacal. Go henceforth Baron_________ and Baroness __________ and take with you all the rights and privileges that come with this rank. This we proclaim on the _______day of _______Anno Societatis_______.
King: So say we, ___________ Rex Avacal
Queen: So say we, ____________Regina Avacal
(If Baronial coronets have been prepared, present them now. )
King or Queen: Wear theses coronet as a symbol of your new estate.
(The outgoing Baron and Baroness now leave court.)
Baronial Seneschal: Your Majesties, We are now like a ship without a rudder. We ask you to name a new Baron and Baroness to lead us through good times and bad and to be your representatives in your Barony of ____________.
King or Queen: Call forth those we have chosen to be our representatives in the Barony of ____________.
Herald: Would ______________ and ________________ please present themselves before their Majesties of Avacal.
(Pause to allow the new Baron and Baroness to come forth.)
Herald: ___________ and _____________, Their Majesties of Avacal have chosen you to take up service as their representatives in the Barony of ___________. Will you accept the title and the responsibilities of Baron and Baroness of ___________ from their Majesties? And will you swear fealty to the Crown of Avacal for this Barony?
Baron or Baroness: We will.
King or Queen: As is my right as rightful Sovereign of the Kingdom of Avacal, do I name you Baron and Baroness _________________. You stand in Our place in all matters of ceremony and we charge you to serve with duty to your people and with wisdom. Wear this coronet as a symbol of your new estate and as a reminder of the responsibilities you now bear.
(Place the Baron and Baroness coronets on their heads.)
King or Queen: Bring for the Sword of Avacal
Herald: Do you now swear fealty to their Majesties of Avacal, King ________ and Queen ________ for the Barony of ___________. That you will obey and uphold Their Majesties lawful commands in all matters concerning Their realm. And do you swear to maintain harmony with your Barony and the Kingdom of Avacal and to treat all those who reside in your realm with courtesy and chivalry so long as you remain Baron and Baroness. That you will support and defend their Majesties in your hearts and in your homes so long as they remain Royal Sovereigns of Avacal?
Baron oand Baroness: I so swear
King or Queen: And we for our part do swear that we shall do all in our power to protect and defend you as Baron and Baroness of __________ and to rule justly, so long as we remain King and Queen of Avacal.
King: So say we, _____________Rex Avacal.
Queen: So say we, _____________ Regina Avacal.
Herald: People of Avacal, Three cheers for _____________ and ___________, Baron and Baroness of _____________.
(From here the Baron and Baroness would call up their champions, sergeants and officers to swear fealty to their Majesties through them.)