Glossary

Rattan

The stem of a climbing palm, used in the SCA for Heavy Weapons because its weight and handling properties resemble steel while its overall resilience and other properties permit it to be used with relative safety.

Regalia

Regalia is all that fancy stuff, or the trappings, that go with an office or perhaps even an awarded title in the SCA. For a seneschal the regalia might be a large key on a ribbon, or a cloak with the badge of the office on it. For a knight, the regalia is typically an open-link chain (to signify their fealty), a white belt (to signify their prowess) and spurs (to signify that they are a knight). The King and Queen's regalia includes the Crowns, the Thrones, Royal Pavilion, and whatever else may go with the office. 

Revel

An event/gather devoted to dancing, drama, conversation, games, and refreshments. Also known as a party.

Royal Peer

A peerage that was granted for having spent months on the Throne, serving the populace as Royalty. There are three levels of Royal Peerage: Ducal (Duke, Duchess) -- someone who has been King or Queen at least twice; County (Count, Countess) -- someone who has been King or Queen once; and Viscounty (Viscount, Viscountess) -- someone has been Prince or Princess at least once.

Royalty

The Royalty are the ceremonial heads of their branches of the SCA. A King and Queen are the heads of a Kingdom, and a Prince and Princess are the heads of a Principality. The job of the royalty is to add to the pageantry and ambience of SCA events; to grant awards to those whom they feel deserving; to administer the laws as needed. Within the SCA, Royalty changes hands every few months (ranging from 4 to 6 months usually, depending on the region and the royalty -- in the West Kingdom, the King and Queen change every four months, but the Principality royalty (Prince/Princess) for all four Principalities changes every 6 months).

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