Hello Debatable Lands, from Hilda and Brandubh, Baron and Baroness.
Our next Baronial Court is at Pennsic at the Debatable Lands Party, Middle Sunday in Aethelmearc Royal. It is our honor to be able to recognize those members of our Barony (including the Canton and College) with local awards. We are seeking recommendations!
Q: So, who can recommend folks?
A: Anyone! From the newest new folks to the people that have been around for decades!
Q: Who should you recommend?
A: Any gentle that lives in the Barony (including our Canton and College), and who contributes to the Barony in some way. We also have an “Friend of the Barony” type award for people that live outside our borders, but who have contributed to our Barony.
Q: What Baronial awards can we recommend people for?
A: The main Baronial award is the Comet. We separate the different areas of interest by color, or Branubh and I are using metals for our tenure for a few of them:
A Gold Comet is for service to the Barony.
A Silver Comet (previously blue-silver) is for excellence in Arts and Sciences in the Barony.
An Iron Comet (previously red) is for excellence in one or more of the martial activities here in the Barony.
Purple Comets are given to the youth of the Barony who contribute in any field.
A Comitus Amicus (previously green) is our “friend of the Barony” award, given to those who contribute to the Debatable Lands (any field, but usually service), but who do not live within our borders.
We also have an Order, the Order of Copernicus, given out rarely, and to those Barony members who have made a long-term, very positive impact here.
Q: How do you recommend people?
A: By private email, please. Or in person or by social media (private message), but it helps to follow up by email. You can reach us at email@example.com, and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: How do we know if the worthy gentle already has a Comet?
A: Check out our Order of Precedence here: http://debatablelands.org/herald/op/
But you may notice that people can receive more than one Comet! Lots of folks have be awarded multiple Comets over the years, of the same and different colors, in recognition of continued contributions. Go ahead and recommend someone for Comet, even if they have one. It’s not likely that we’ll award a Comet of the same category within a year or two of the last one to someone, but it doesn’t hurt to recommend anyway! People are inducted into the Order of Copernicus just once.
Q: What if you want to recommend a Kingdom award?
A: Please do! You can use the form here: http://www.aethelmearc.org/onlineaward/, and it will get to the Royalty. And hey, if you want to drop me and Brandubh a note telling us about that recommendation, we could send one for that person, too!