Shakespearean Scroll Texts

I wrote these scroll texts in February 2014 when the scribes in the Barony of Stierbach were looking to freshen up their texts. If you are not from the Barony of Stierbach, it would be easy enough to modify the text for your barony. Please feel free to use these texts.  – Lady Amie Sparrow

Silver Compass

To paraphrase the Bard William Shakespeare, Artistry sought is good, but given unsought, is better. <Name> has produced countless pieces of <particular art> and We, <Baron’s name> & <Baroness’s name>, Baron and Baroness of Stierbach, feel that the Barony has been made richer by <Name’s> work. Therefore, it is with great pleasure and appreciation that we do award the Silver Compass to <Name> in recognition of <his/her> artistic prowess in our lands. Done this <date> day of <month>, A.S. <year in Roman numerals> at <event>.

Order of Saint Roche

We, <Baron’s name> and <Baroness’s name>, Baron and Baroness of Stierbach, live by the words of the Bard “Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.” Therefore, we feel that we have indeed done wrong to not recognize a particular member of the populace. To right this wrong, we wish to call before us <name> and make him/her a member of the Order of Saint Roche for <specific service>. Done this <date> day of <month> [A.S./Anno Societatis] <year in Roman numerals> at <event>).

Minotaur

As William Shakespeare says, “Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once.” Today, We, <Baron’s name> and <Baroness’s name>, Baron and Baroness of Stierbach, recognize <name> for <his/her> valiant heavy fighting skills on the field of battle. <He/she> embodies ferocity and strength of the Bull, which is the symbol of Our Lands. For this we bestow upon <name> the Award of the Minotaur. Done this <date> day of  <month>, Anno Societatis <year in Roman numerals>.

Dreamer’s Cup

Those who embody the spirit of the society know that “pleasure and action make the hours seem short” according to the Bard William Shakespeare. Such is the truth about <name>. <He/She> has shown to us, <Baron’s name> and <Baroness’s name>, Baron and Baroness of Stierbach, the true Heart of Stierbach. We find that it is our pleasure to bestow upon <name> the Dreamer’s Cup for [his/her] [good works/…some specific thing…] this day the <date> day of <month>, Anno Societatis <year in Roman numerals> (at <specific site or event>).

Award of Bull & Crescent

To quote the Bard William Shakespeare, “How far that little candle throws its beams! So shines a good deed in a naughty world.” So it is that the children of Stierbach bring joy into Our hearts. They are the future of the Barony and their actions enrich us all. Today, it is Our desire to reward the good deeds done by a young citizen of Our Barony. We, <Baron’s name> and <Baroness’s name>, Baron and Baroness of Stierbach, therefore award the Bull & Crescent to <name> for services above and beyond those expected of the youngest of our lands. Done this <day> day of <month> A.S. <year in Roman numerals> at <specific site or event>.

Order of the Silver Heart

The Bard William Shakespeare says, “Listen to many, speak to a few.” To those words, We add, “Award those that are worthy.” We, <Baron’s name> and <Baroness’s name>, Baron and Baroness of Stierbach, wish to induct a very worthy citizen into the Order of the Silver Heart. It has come to our attention that for some time <name> has served the Barony of Stierbach far and above the normal expectation, especially in <area of service>, for which cause We do publicly commend [him/her].  Done this <day> day of <month> A.S. <year in Roman numerals> at <specific site or event>.

Silver Glove (Rapier)

“If you prick us do we not bleed? If you tickle us do we not laugh? If you poison us do we not die? And if you wrong us shall we not revenge?” Such are the words of William Shakespeare and such are the beliefs of rapiers in this land. We, <Baron’s name> and <Baroness’s name>, Baron and Baroness of Stierbach, in keeping with the beliefs of Our Rapiers, recognize a citizen of Stierbach who has used sharp, pointy metal on the field and occasionally speaks of revenge. We do hereby award the Silver Glove to <name> and hope that <he/she> will continue to use <his/her> skills to enrich and defend the Barony of Stierbach for many years to come. Done this <day> day of <month> A.S. <year in Roman numerals> at <specific site or event>.

Silver Bow

To paraphrase William Shakespeare, “The field is empty and all the archers are here.” It is now time to recognize a person who has made many ghosts on the field of battle. <He/She> handles a bow with deadly effectiveness. <His/Her> skills involve many a wellshot arrow. In as much as <name> has distinguished [himself/herself] as an archer of great renown and has strengthened Our Barony through the teaching of this skill to many others, We, <Baron’s name> and <Baroness’s name>, Baron and Baroness of Stierbach, choose to bestow the award of the Silver Bow to <name>. May your bowstring be ever supple! Done this <day> day of <month> A.S. <year in Roman numerals> at <specific site or event>.

Silver Ax

Shakespeare says, “Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.” Those of you with proficiency in thrown weapons know also that sometimes you have a thrown weapon thrust upon you! To honor one among you that has vaunted prowess in Thrown Weapons, We, <Baron’s name> and <Baroness’s name >, Baron and Baroness of Stierbach, award the Silver Ax to <name> whose skill with is renown. We hope that <name> continues to instill fear in our enemies and envy among our friends. Done this <day> day of <month> A.S. <year in Roman numerals> at <specific site or event>.

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