Unto Our Order of the White Scarf,
We would have you know Our criteria for choosing those to induct into
this order and you can use this as the 'mission statement' from Those
who signed the treaty;
First, prowess- On this we are firm and did not waiver. Those to be
considered must be in the top 5% of all Rapier combatants in
Being an exemplary citizen of the Rapier Field- This is an amalgam
of your personal appearance, your efforts to support rapier in
general, day to day labors and services, and the level of respect you
have within the rapier community. All members of this order and many
companions of the Order of the White Scarf or its equivalent from other
kingdoms should have heard of those being considered.
And Chivalry- This is our character component. Courage, honesty,
loyalty, generosity, courtesy, humility, and so on…We were quite comfortable in
using the same virtues one ascribes to knights as our criteria here.
Two more things We would leave you with. These are to very common
bits of advice given to those on vigil for a peerage, adapted for you;
1) The person you have been was what got you recognized and
subsequently made a Don/Dona. To act differently, to become someone else's
vision of what a Don/Dona is, would do a disservice to the rapier community
and to the process which was used to select you…essentially, be cool
and keep it real.
2) In becoming a Don/Dona, you have amplified your voice and the weight of
your opinions. Your praise and criticism will seem as though it comes
from a near divine source, and will affect those who receive them
exponentially more. Mind the power of you words and actions.
Finally, you will be in a fishbowl. The waves you make due to any
missteps on your part will reach the all corners of the Kingdom.
In Love and Service,
Siegfried & Bridei