Baronial Awards List on Kingdom Web-Site

Baronial Awards
Taken from "The Gatekeeper", October/November 1996
By Morgana yr Oerfa, Baroness Winter's Gate

OP, GA, OLM, ORL, AA, OSO, CDW, OE
Have you ever wondered what all those initials mean following someone's name, like above? Commonly called Alphabet Soup, they indicate which awards someone has received. Awards can be given by Kings and Queens, Princes and Princesses, and landed Barons and Baronesses (which is what I am). One usually starts out being recognized at their local level, and gradually work up (from barony to principality to kingdom).
The Barony of Winter's Gate has a handful of awards that are given by me (in my capacity as Baroness) when appropriate at baronial courts, usually at May and Harvest Captaincy events (although they can be given at any official event). The most prestigious is the Order of the Estoile, given for long-term service to the Barony. People receiving this award have usually been members of the barony for several years, have held one or more offices, are often instrumental in keeping the baronial activities on track, and are examples for all to follow. For excellence in the arts and sciences, there is the Order of the Silver Swan, given not only to those who produce arts and sciences that clothe us, feed us, armor us, and entertain us, but also to the historians who research, teach and publish.
The Order of the Stout Heart (Closed Order) was given to those hardy souls who, although not members of the Barony, have traveled frequently to our isolated lands, have aided, encouraged (and sometimes incited) us in war and peace, and have generally been our friends, especially back in ancient times when it was not politically wise to be such a friend.
The Honorary Citizenship is given to friends of the Barony, have traveled frequently to our isolated lands.
The Companions of the Bear Claw are those who have displayed ferocity on the field of combat or war. Another fighting award is the Gilded Lily, given for exceptional deaths on the field. The Lily and Bear Claw were designed to be awarded as often as deserved, and recipients are entitled to display a gold lily or a bear paw somewhere on his or her armor (on the helm was the practice in early baronial history). Neither has been given for some time, but I would certainly like to see these qualities displayed on the field so they could be acknowledged.
Created to be given when deemed appropriate, and as often as earned, is the Baroness' Recognition, which I started to thank people for work done in the last six months or so, that I might have had had to do if they hadn't been there. How do people receive them, you ask? First, I keep an eye on the members of the Barony, watching who does what. I also confer with previous recipients of the awards to get their opinions on my suggestions and to find out what they might have observed that I missed. And anyone can recommend someone for any of those awards. You can either speak with me at events or meetings, call me, or put your recommendations in writing. I am always glad to talk to people about the awards, and to have people recommended. It's one of the more pleasurable aspects of being Baroness: being able to recognize the activities of people!

Badge for the Estoile

Badge for the Guilded Lily