The Order of the Arquites Australis
(Badge image created by Lord Kieran Blake)
Constitution for the Order of the Arquites Australis:
I. There shall exist in the Barony of the Citadel of the Southern Pass an award, known as the Order of the Arquites Australis, which may be given by the Coronet, subject to the pleasure of the Crown, to those persons who have demonstrated their skill in archery.
II. The holders of the award shall be styled as Companions of the Arquites Australis and shall be entitled to place the initials C.A.A. after their names.
III. The insignia of the order shall consist of a medallion bearing the registered badge of the Order: Azure, a pheon argent between two piles inverted Or.
IV. Arms and Precedence
A. The award shall carry with it, subject to the pleasure of the Crown, an Award of Arms. Companions of the order shall take precedence after principality orders but before a simple Award of Arms.
B. If the award is given to a person who bears an award carrying higher precedence than given above, his/her precedence shall remain unchanged.
C. If the award is given to a person who has previously received an Award of Arms, his/her precedence shall date from his/her election to the Order.
V. Amendments to this constitution shall be made by the Coronet after due consultation with the Crown.
By our hands this 17th day of January, A.S. XXXVIII, being 2004 in the Common Era
Conrade, Baron Leah, Baroness
Hoegaarden, King Chiara, Queen
Tatiana, White Stag Principal Herald
History of the Order:
When the Order was confirmed, the Barony was ten months short of being twenty years old. The badge for the Order was approved on 31 January 2004 during the reign of Roger and Constance, just fourteen days after the constitution was signed. “The companionship of all previous recipients of the Order is hereby confirmed.” This constitution does not include this sentence as there are no previous recipients. The constitution of this Order, unlike any of the others before it, grants an Award of Arms to those who receive it. This was the only Precedential Baronial Order created during the reign of Conrade and Leah.
(There is no second constitution written for this Order as Conrade and Leah’s Baronial Reign came after that of Berold and Bahiyyah’s.)
The Arquites Australis is the Latin translation for “Bowmen of the South”. This keeps with the tradition of most Baronial Orders being named in Latin. The charge on the badge is that of the pheon, or arrow point, synonymous in keeping with the flavor of the award.
[Link] to the most current listing of the members of the order.