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The Spears of the Lion

In this Kingdom we currently have four grant level awards. The Order of the Goutte de Sang, which is awarded to those who have consistently given exemplary service to the Crown. The Order of the Jambe de Lyon is for excellence in the Arts and Sciences. The Order of the Grey Goose Shaft rewards superior archery skills, and the most recently adopted Order is that of the White Scarf, for excellence in rapier combat. We will, during this reign, be creating the fifth award of this rank.

This new award will be for achievement in the pursuit of excellence and the display of chivalry in the art of war in An Tir. The members of the Order 'LANCEA LEONUS' or 'SPEAR OF THE LION' will be war field fighters, both Heavily armored and Light. This award will emphasise the exemplary nature of their leadership, fighting skill, chivalry, and service to the Crown. It will be awarded to those in the Kingdom who are renowned upon the battlefield, and who are natural leaders, above average tacticians and strategists, and have proven this in combat. They would demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the ABC's, have plenty of armoring and marshalling experience. They may have worked very long on getting newcomers onto the field safely, even if they themselves have since retired. They will be paragons of chivalric behavior on the field, and have a reputation for teaching this. In short, these people are the ones who make wars happen, in the best possible sense. Through research and training and skill, they will have given outstanding service to the Crown and Kingdom by furthering the study and the practise of war.

By no means should this award be considered a mid-range award on the way to chivalry. The highly specific and demanding requirements for this award would make it an honor to receive it even if one is already a member of the chivalry. To be known as a Spear of the Lion, is to be known to be a force to be reckoned with in war: fearsome foe and an invaluable ally. These will be our guiding lights in the games of war we play. These will be the commanders of our warbands and the generals of our armies. These will now have recognition and a rank to forge the links in the chains needed to ensure a healthy and permanent standing army for this Kingdom. In this way We hope to affect the future of war for the better in An Tir.


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