09/10/2013

Knighting scroll for Lief

The full scroll is almost A2 in size.
Instead of a medieval helm I chose boba fett's since Lief has a Boba build.

This has triple meanings: Wolf because Lief likes wolves and they are a part of his name, I like them too and the greywolf is also my name and as I am a die hard Imperial I placed it over the imperial cog this was a sort of signature.

over the rebel symbol I placed a more Celtic design representing Lief's good side and his persona which is Viking.

The Bantha Skull was a must!

all knights must hold vigil I added a blue glint on the sword to represent the lightsaber's glow but also to show how he must war off and defend against evil. ( see sneaky Tolkien reference there)

The Capital letter.

Lief and his wife Morrigan this was take from an actual photo.



How do you combine two amazing costume hobbies? Well by mixing it. In the SCA we had a guy about to become a knight but I also knew he is a major Star Wars fan and has done his own massive costume builds such as Boba Fett. When we knew Lief was to be made a member of the Order of the Chivalry his wife asked me to do the scroll "in star wars style" . This is no easy thing to do, combine a love of science fiction fantasy and all things medieval So this scroll is the result.

I decided to write it up like a medieval write and use symbolism from both his SCA world and the Starwars world. It's written entirely in Aurebesh.

The scroll is done on A2 Pergamenata with 23kt gold leaf on sugar + gum arabic + water gesso and both gouche and aquarells.

This is the text which was very kindly written up and thought out by my very dear friend Henri


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Long time ago in a kingdom far far away an order was born to guard the piece and  justice of the land, to serve and counsel her rulers the King and the Queen, to serve all those in need. This was the first of the orders of our Society, the Order of Chivalry founded on the second year of the Society after the great May Tourney of St. Diane of the Lists.

Concerning this order do we Paul and Aryanwhy, Most Just and Draconian King and Queen of Drachenwald, liege lords to the Princes of Nordmark and Insulae Draconis as well as the Barons of Knight's Crossing and Aarnimets├Ą, rulers of all the lands from the glaciers of Klakavirki to the southern seas by Adamastor, to all people to whom these presents shall come, greet and share these thoughts We have you know that the Companions of Chivalry are expected to always have been obedient to the letter and spirit of the governing documents of our Society as well as having respected their Crown all through the reigns they might have seen. They shall have set an example of courteous and noble behavior suitable to a peer of the realm and never wavered from by all their power and might supporting the ideals and cause of our Society. They have generously shared of their knowledge and skills, practiced hospitality to the best of their means and in all manner taken their own the study and practice of that what makes court a place peace and wisdom.

In becoming Knights and Companions of Chivalry they have accepted and embraced further duties they must not stray from. These duties are setting the very example of courtesy and chivalrous conduct on and off the field of honor, to never show but respect for the Crown. To be bastion of support for the laws of the Kingdom and Corpora. To share their wisdom and skills by teaching them to such willing they may find on their journeys, however far these may them take. They must guard and keep the peace by supporting the Crown. A Knight shall furthermore own the Crown counsel on advancement of students to the Order. They have the duty of domnei and the dedications thereof. Finally it is also a duty of a knight to bestow the accolade upon a candidate for the Order of Knighthood, as the sole right of Sovereign or acting directly for him, for only a Knight can create a Knight.

Now to this Order, the oldest of orders, the order of Chivalry do we wish toinvite and bring that Lief Wolfsonne And of this our will we say to him, to our Knights of Chivalry and all of our good servants and loyal subjects this. The Trials of Chivalry are not easy, many try and fail only a few mastering them and finding their way to the Order and her circle of swords. All knights are judged in a many years taking trial of skill and courage for their prowess and resolve, if they truly are worthy to take arms in the ranks of chivalry. Lief Wolfonne's trials in these have been numerous beyond counting and so has the number of our knights who have had the privilege of finding him worthy been great as well.

All knights are judged in the trials of spirit and wisdom for their courtesy, justice and magnanimity, do they gracefully serve the peace and the needy of the lands as a true knight should, do they seek and gift the learning and skills. Lief's trials in these have been numerous and long and on this very night of this deed of our's, many of the Companions of the Laurel and Rose as well as those of the more ordinary ranks of our people have given witness to his worth in these.

 Finally must all knights be judged in the trial of insight, do they by loyalty and largesse serve and maintain this, our Society. In countless occasions has Lief prevailed in these trials most crucial to a true knight of chivalry.By his deeds, testimony of our servants and own eyes are we convinced that indeed has Lief Wolfsonne prevailed in all his trials and thus do we by our especial grace, certaine science and mere motion now bring and elevate him to this our circle of swords, our Order of Chivalry and create him Knight of the said order from now on to be known as Sir Lief, Servant of Chivalry. By these letters we charge him to hold
the ideals and duties of a knight of Chivalry close to his heart and all our other servants to receive and respect him as such, a Peer of the Land and a true Knight.

So done by our own hand and royal will, on this Xth eve of X, in the grand tournament of 21 for 40th Crown of the Albion, held in this X of Nordmark.

Paul, King, Aryanwhy Queen



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 Henri did a lot of research on how Jedi Knights were created and what it took to

be one and he incorporated this into the text. It's pretty clever when you read it.

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