Glossary

Caid

A Kingdom in the SCA. This Kingdom covers these regions (of the US): Southern California, Greater Las Vegas Area and Hawaii. 

Calontir

A Kingdom in the SCA. This Kingdom covers these regions (of the US): Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, Northern Arkansas.

Canton

A Canton is a small branch within the SCA. It is often,but not always, a sub-group contained within a Barony or Province.

Chamberlain

An officer in charge of inventorying and maintaining the regalia of a Kingdom, Principality or Barony, often a deputy of the Exchequer's office. The office is either appointed by and only as long as the current reign or is invested as a regular officer for the standard tenure independent of reigns. This office is not universal in the SCA. The position's responsibilities will vary from Kingdom to Kingdom.

Chatelaine

The officer in charge of greeting and helping newcomers. Also loans costumes and gear as needed (Gold Key).

Chirurgeon

Pronounced kier-ur-jun, or surgeon. An officer with first-aid training who stands by at events to render assistance as needed. Chirugeons are required to have formal qualification, at least a multi-media First Aid Card and CPR. The Chirurgeon may have a pavilion on site at an event, which would then be flying the banner for that office. This banner is usually red, with a white drop and a charge called a "fleam" on that -- it sort of looks like a weird '7'.

Chronicler

The officer in charge of a group's newsletter.

Circlet

A metal band worn on the head -- to keep the hair out of the eyes or the veil in place -- or just for decoration. Many kingdoms have sumptuary laws with regard to the allowed width of circlets, before investing in one it is suggested that you check your Kingdom's laws. 

Clear

A word called to indicate that someone is about to draw a steel weapon, so passers-by should watch where they step.

College

A College is a branch based on a University campus. The guidelines for activity levels are more loosely defined for a College, as they have some of the most transient populations in the SCA.

College of Arms

This is the SCA-wide College of Heralds. The College of Arms is responsible for registration of SCA Names and SCA Armory (device/coat of arms/badges). Note that the SCA College of Arms is not related to the SCA Registrar's office, and there is little, if any, communication between the two. 

College of Heralds

The Kingdom version of the College of Arms. This is the collective of the heralds in the Kingdom, headed by a "Principal" herald. The Kingdom College of Heralds handles a variety of tasks, ranging from working with the members of the populace to register names and arms, to making announcements at events, announcing fights on the field of honor, and being the master of ceremonies for Court. Not all heralds do all aspects of the office, so a court herald may not be familiar with name research.

Collegium

An event held specifically to educate members of the populace. Classes are taught all day (sometimes over two or more days) on topics ranging all over the SCA map -- Arts and Sciences, Fighting, and whatever else interests members.

Consort

One whose favor a fighter carries into a tournament. In a Crown or Coronet tournament, should the fighter win the tournament, the consort would be co-ruler with that fighter.

Constable

The Constable is an officer in the SCA whose job varies from Kingdom to Kingdom. In the West, one of the primary responsibilities is to ensure that the gate is manned (someone is taking care of business at the front-door for an event, taking money, getting people to sign waivers, etc.). The Constables often take care of "Lost and Found" as well as a variety of other tasks.

Coronation

The event where the Crown Prince and Crown Princess become the new King and Queen, and the outgoing King and Queen step down. If the outgoing King and Queen are not yet Count or Countess, or Duke or Duchess, then they are recognized in these titles and estates at the same event.

Count/Countess

These titles are used for those who have reigned as King or Queen once (or more), and they are assumed when the King/Queen has stepped down, however there is usually a ceremony which confirms these titles. 

Historical Note: The titles first came into existence at Beltane, AS VII (May 6, 1972), and was created by [King] James Greyhelm and [Queen] Verena of Laurelin. When it was created, the title was made retroactive to include all who had reigned as King or Queen of the West to date. There are a variety of Title Language Equivalents that can be used for those who wish to use a specific language for their persona.

Court

The word generally refers to a formal gathering of an SCA chapter, presided over by its ceremonial leaders. The primary activities of a court include announcements, presentations and awards from the leaders to individuals in the group.

A second meaning for this word refers to the retinue of the royalty, as in "Talk to a member of the court." These are folk who are trusted by the royalty to assist them during Their Reign. Sometimes this includes the herald, but not always. Sometimes members of the court "run interference" to keep the royals from being overwhelmed, they are also a good way to find out details about the plans the Royals have for future events, etc. If you find it hard to talk to the Royalty, try to talk to a member of Their Court. Some folk refer to members of the court as the Retinue or Royal Retinue.

Court Baron/Baroness

The title of Court Baron/ess is granted at the whim of the Royalty, and carries the title of Baron or Baroness. 

Historical Note: The first Court Barony was granted at Twelfth Night, AS III (January 4, 1969) by [King] Caradoc ap Cador. The term "Crown Baron" was sometimes used in the early days, and to add a layer of confusion, in Atenveldt, this title (Crown Baron) was used in the early days for those who reigned a Prince/Princess and King/Queen, rather than the terms Viscount/ess and/or Count/ess.

Crown

This term has two general meanings. The first is the King and Queen of a Kingdom working together (i.e., "the word of the Crown"). The other is the coronet worn by the King and/or Queen. These are specific to the Kingdom, and belong to the Kingdom, not the individuals currently wearing them. 

Historical Notes: The first crown worn as the symbol of the King was made by Henrik of Havn and placed on his head by Fulk de Wyvern at the First Coronation and Crown Tournament, March 25, AS I (1967). This Crown was Henrik's personal crown and worn by him during each of his reigns, and is now worn as his personal Ducal Coronet -- it was made of iron with silver crosses. For Twelfth Night AS II (January 6, 1968), Master Beverly Hodgehead created the "Ancient and Honorables" -- a pair of copper crowns that were used for the Coronation itself. Unfortunately, they were not very comfortable, and most of the early Kings and Queens had their own Crowns made, which were worn during the reign itself (becoming their personal County or Ducal coronets after stepping down). At Beltane Coronation, May 1, AS XI (1976), Henrik of Havn presented the silver crowns now used in the West Kingdom. These were first worn by [Duke] Paul of Bellatrix and [Duchess] Carol of Bellatrix. These Crowns have endured all this time, although there have been repairs done. A small sliver of the copper from the "Ancient and Honorable" crowns was included in both the King and the Queen's crowns.

Crown Prince/Crown Princess

The victor in the Crown Tournament and the victor's consort. The victor is named Crown Prince, and his consort is named Crown Princess. If a female fighter wins a Crown Tournament, the victor is named the Crown Princess, and the consort is then named the Crown Prince. The Crown Prince and Crown Princess will become the King and Queen at the next Coronation event, at which time the current King and Queen will step down. 

Historical Note: The titles of Crown Prince and Crown Princess were first used at the First Coronation and Crown Tournament, March 25, AS I (1967), and were first granted to [Duke] Richard the Short and [Countess] Anne of San Anselmo by [King] Henrik of Havn.

Cynagua
A Principality of the Kingdom of the West. This Principality covers most of the Northern part of California and part of Nevada

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