Order of the Pelican: Galen MacColmain

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Source text: Pie Postulatio Voluntatis, 1113

King Hirsch and Queen Magdalena, to Our right trusty and most well-beloved Galen MacColmain: greetings and all good things. 

The requests of a devout desire ought to meet with a corresponding fulfillment. Inasmuch, as of their affection for you, Our right and honorable Order of the Pelican has requested, in token of your service to Our community of archers, and most especially of your service to the Realm in the time of the Plague, of which these number just a few and of which the full number could not be contained in all the books of all the world, that you should in fact be numbered among the Order.

We, therefore, being much pleased with your talents, and service, do now receive this petition with favor and with distinct pleasure, and ordain and establish by the authority of this our present decree, that you shall now and forever be numbered among the Companions of the Order and grant you arms by Letters Patent, those being: per chevron sable and vert, a chevron between three mullets and a sheaf of arrows inverted argent. It is also Our will and desire that you shall receive and partake in all those privileges and responsibilities which pertain to membership in the said Order from this day forward. 

Furthermore, all dignities or possessions which you hold at present, such as Hillcrest Hall and its attendant lands within the Shire of Oakheart, the twenty goodly acres in the Shire of Shadowdale, and the maison-fortes at Pontmerci and the Duchy of Fleurdarc, as also those which hereafter We bestow at this time, namely 16 arpents in the Barony of Forgotten Sea where an archery range has been created for your use with the understanding that you will maintain the land and let it serve as a place for people to gather and hone their skills; and also a pass of safe conduct to the Duchy of Fleurdarc wherein Duchesse Issabell has bestowed your name on a newly constructed library at the Saint-Charles Cathedral of Fleurdarc.  We confirm them to you and to your heirs, and through you to them in perpetuity, who shall devote themselves with pious zeal to the cares of hospitality as you do and have done. We further decree that it shall be unlawful for anyone whatsoever rashly to disturb your peace, or to carry off any of your property, or if carried off to retain possession of it, or to diminish anything from its revenues, or to harass you with audacious annoyances. 

As Our will and intentions have been made known in full to all, any person who at a future time shall attempt to oppose its provisions, and if, after having received a second or third warning, does not make a suitable satisfaction and restitution, let them be deprived of all dignity and honor and meet with the severest vengeance. But to all who deal justly and rightly with the same, on them be peace, so that not only here below they may receive the rewards of good actions, but may enjoy the blessing of peace eternal. 

Given at Our Crown Tournament in the lands of the Barony of Three Rivers, by Our hand and with Our signatures, on the ninth day of April, in the fifty-sixth year of the Society since the first Tournament, and in the fourth month of Our Reign.

Notes
a) I apologized after Court to Baroness Ayisha, because this is the longest text I’ve ever written by…about a hundred words.

Galen’s completed scroll (photo credit to HE Ayisha)

b) Both this and Galen’s Silver Hammer text (which I also wrote and which will be posted at some point in the future) are based off texts related to the Knights Hospitaller. If I’d known that his Cross was going to him at the time of writing*, I would have used a Hospitaller-related text for that as well.
(*The Crown who granted him entry into that Order used pre-written text for their GoA recipients without a specific person in mind, similar in some ways to Calontir’s AoA texts.)

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