Good Gentlemen and Ladies.
One thing I have noticed is your concern for the lack of
qualifications, as it were, for the Arc d'Or. The order is not based
on skill alone, you see. There are championships aplenty to prove
one's prowess on the field, or on the range. A knight must not only
be a good fighter, however. He must also show the chivalric ideals
and attitudes that our Society places such a high value on. It used
to be that a knight was required to be well versed in the Arts and
Sciences, as well as the martial arts, and to dance, have some art or
craft he/or she could perform reasonably well, and to be well
mannered, of glad heart and service, etc.
Sadly there has been some lack of consistancy here and it is showing
in many places. I recently had a friend at an event who uses a cane
and is 50+ who got a flat tire and tried, unsuccessfully, to change
it herself. She counted several white belts, including many that knew
her personally who looked at her, then looked away and walked on past
her before someone she did not know, a stranger from far away,
changed it for her. Real chivalrous lot, en?
The Arcus Majorus that has now joined hands with the Arc d'Or, does
not simply recognize one's ability as an archer. It also recognizes
the service to the archery community and society and kingdom. Many of
us have come to the conclusion that Archers will never be recognized
in the same light as peers, white scarves, or many other high-level
awards until we show some well roundedness amongst ourselves and
demonstrate those chivalric ideals. I know many archers that do just
that, but sadly there are many others who do not and their
reputations sometimes put all of us in a less than rosy light.
My personal contribution to this effort is that this year, for the
first time, at our Baronial Championships this Memorial Day weekend,
I am instituting a new award to be given. The recipient will be voted
on by the archers and marshals on the archery range during
competition. The Silver Arrow of the Steppes will be open to all
entrants and marshals of the Championship and Bowman's Tourneys. This
award will be for the person who best demonstrates the chivalric
qualities of Honor, Grace, Courtesy, Humility, Loyalty, and
Generosity. Those qualities should apply to us all, not just the
It is my honor and pleasure to serve.
Lady Linet Grey