Glossary

Officer

Someone appointed (volunteered) to do one of the jobs in the civil service of a Society branch, or of the SCA as a corporation.

Order of Chivalry

The Order of Chivalry consists of those who have been recognized for their fighting skills on the field of honor, as well as other skills required to make a "well-rounded" individual. This order consists of Knights and Masters of Arms. 

Historical Note: The first Knight of the SCA was created at the first event, but subsequently others were made Knights during a ceremony at Twelfth Night, AS II (January 6, 1968), as well as those who could/would not swear fealty (for whatever reason) who were made Masters of Arms. This was done by [King] William the Silent. Note that members of the Order of Chivalry are equivalent in rank to the members of the Orders of the Laurel, the Pelican and the Order of the Rose.

Order of Precedence

This is the precedence of awards within the SCA. The period studied and re-created by the SCA was a highly structured time -- "a place for every person, every person in their place". The SCA uses a structure that is sort of home-grown with the idea of emulating some of this medieval structure. The Order of Precedence is a means of tracking where someone ranks in relation to everyone else.

Order of the Laurel

The Order of the Laurel is a peerage level recognition. The focus of this recognition is excellence in the Arts and/or Sciences. Historically this recognition was given for service when it was created, as well as Arts/Sciences, but this changed when the Order of the Pelican was created at the Kingdom level. Members of this Order may wear a medallion displaying a Laurel Wreath. A member of the Order of the Laurel may style themselves "Master (Name)" or "Mistress (Name)". There are a variety of Title Language Equivalents that can be used for those who wish to use a specific language for their persona. 

Historical Note: The Order of the Laurel was first granted at Twelfth Night, AS II (January 6, 1968) by [King] William the Silent. Note that members of the Order of the Laurel are equivalent in rank to the members of the Orders of Chivalry, the Pelican and the Order of the Rose.

Order of the Pelican

The Order of the Pelican is a peerage level recognition. It is given specifically for service to the SCA. Members of this Order may wear a medallion displaying a Pelican in its Piety. A member of the Order of the Pelican may style themselves "Master (Name)" or "Mistress (Name)". There are a variety of Title Language Equivalents that can be used for those who wish to use a specific language for their persona. 

Historical Note: This award was created by the Board of Directors (who at the time, when they interacted with the SCA directly at events titled themselves "The Imperial Electors"), and was first granted at Autumn Crown, AS VII (October 22, 1972). At this time the Board of Directors does not grant membership in this order, and has not for many years. Note that members of the Order of the Pelican are equivalent in rank to the members of the Orders of Chivalry, the Laurel and the Order of the Rose.

Order of the Rose

This award was created to grant those who had reigned as Queen of Love and Beauty (and later, simply as Queen) to give them equal rank with those who had reigned as King (who were, in the early days, automatically Knights if they weren't before they won the tournament). 

Historical Note: In the very early days of the SCA, if a fighter was not a Knight and they won the Crown Tournament, they were offered Knighthood. The Order of the Rose was created to give an equivalent title, as Countess (and Duchess) did not exist at the time. This was first granted at Twelfth Night, AS II (January 6, 1968) by [King] William the Silent, and was backdated for those who had reigned up until that point as Queen. Note that members of the Order of the Rose are equivalent in rank to the members of the Orders of Chivalry, the Laurel and the Pelican. However, most people do not think of the Order of the Rose as a peerage level award, as the recipient is also becoming a Countess at the same time, which outranks the other non-royal peerages, as the title is that of a Royal Peer (and the Countess title carries the Patent of Arms, which the Order of the Rose does not).

Out of Period (OOP)

The SCA period, while loosely defined, does have a definition. The term "Out of Period" or "OOP" is sometimes used to define something that does not fit within the scope of the SCA

Outlands

A Kingdom in the SCA. This Kingdom covers these regions (of the US): New Mexico, most of Colorado, parts of Wyoming and Nebraska, and El Paso and Hudspeth counties of Texas.

OYEZ or Oy Yay

Cry used by heralds in some Kingdoms, to gain the attention of the populace. Stop and listen for the announcement when you hear a herald call - for simple courtesy, as the herald is the voice of the Crown, and because you may well need to know what he's trying to tell you. (pronounced Oh-yay! or Oy-yay ... oy vey!)

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