Re: the Arc D'Or
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> John edgerton wrote:would
> >Am I correct in reading this as the current members of the treaty
> >retain some degree of control as to allowing a kingdom to join theIn regard to the expected skills desired for a candidate for such an
> >treaty? To exaggerate, as in a kingdom with standards of: Anyone that
> >shoots over at 20 on the Royal Round becomes a member...
award, this footnote for the Midrealm (grant level) equivalent - The
Greenwood Company - may be of some interest. We style ourselves
Foresters. Our first level award is the Dragons Barb, and we have come so
far as to advise TRMs about who we think is ready to join the Company.
Whether TRMs accept our recommendations is, of course, entirely up to
them, and some Monarchs actively seek our advice, and some not.
A comment By THL Robin Arthur Kyrke:
This order is the highest level award that an archer may aspire to in
this kingdom and, as such, holds a special place in the hearts of those
gentles committed to the art of archery. For this reason, I wish to
advise you of the qualities looked for in a potential Forester by myself
and some other members of the order so that you may be better informed on
this issue. I wish merely to share my views. According to the description
in the laws of the Middle Kingdom, a prospective member should show
excellence in two of three areas: skill, service, and arts and sciences.
Of course, other factors do play a role as well, as I will attempt to
explain. Although archery is far more quantifiable than the other combat
arts, what sort of scores show excellence in the skill qualification? If
an archer is very active, they should be shooting the Midrealm Ranking
Shoot and the Inter Kingdom Archery Competition and sending in scores. A
score of around 75+ in the ranking and 180+ in the IKAC would show a high
level of skill, but I have seen members elevated with much lower scores.
Personally, I feel that the skill component is very important as the
Greenwood will be looked to in times of war as a source for possible
Archery Champions, very much like the Red Company (rattan) is for
Unbelted Champions. In the area of service, a candidate should be freely
teaching, marshalling, running events and practices, helping to set up
and take down ranges, encouraging others in the sport, etc. They should
be someone others look to for advice and support. In the arts and
sciences component, a candidate would show a degree of mastery in the
making of archery equipment or accessories for themselves or others.
Also, research and a period appearance could be noted as well. A
candidate should already have a Dragon's Barb, unless it is felt that
their qualifications are highly exceptional. They should also already be
an archery marshal. It shows a commitment and responsibility to all
archers and their safety. Most importantly of all, those who wear the
green hood will serve as a very visible example to all who see them. How
they comport themselves, on and off the range, will affect how others
view all archers as a whole and how the archers view the Order. Their
actions should inspire other archers to better themselves and not just in
their skills. As the Knights inspire the fighters, so should the
Greenwood Company be a good example to the archers."
Ian Gourdon of Glen Awe - Midrealm Forester, OP
"From the point of view of an arrow, chain mail can
be thought of as a series of loosely connected holes." -Terry Pratchett
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