Order of the Pelican
The legend was that in time of famine, the mother pelican wounded herself, striking her breast with the beak to feed her young with her blood to prevent starvation.
How do you become one?
It is the highest award given in the SCA for excellence in Service.
In order to become a Pelican, the candidate must;
Excerpt from the Corpora
The Order of the Pelican.
Members of the Order of the Pelican may choose to swear fealty, but are not required to do so. The candidate must have attained the standard of service to the Society or any of its branches equal to that of his or her prospective peers, which is above and beyond that normally expected of members of the Society.
What are the duties of a Pelican?
Pelicans give their time their service, and sometimes their blood to the kingdom.
From the Corpora
The duties of the members of the order are as follows:
- To set an example of courtesy and chivalrous conduct.
- To respect the Crown of the kingdom; to support and uphold the Laws of the kingdom and Corpora.
- If in fealty, to support and uphold the Crown of his or her kingdom.
- To enrich the kingdom by sharing his or her knowledge and skills.
- To advise the Crown on the advancement of candidates for the Pelican
Do they have reserved regalia?
The most recognized badge of the order is a A pelican in its piety. Usually worn on a medallion. Lesser known, but still reserved is a pelican vaulting itself, or a pelican alone stabling it's self with it's beak. All pelicans may wear a red hat with ermine trim, often called a chapeau. Most newly minted members of the order are given or handed down a medallion bearing it's symbol when they are raised to the peerage.
What is the proper form of address for a Laurel?
Members of the Order of the Pelican are referred to as Master, or Mistress. When written the name of the Laurel might be followed by OP.