1. Establishment of the Order
(THIS IS A POLLING ORDER in Ansteorra )
a) There shall exist in Ansteorra (and Trimaris) an Order unto which the Crown
shall select persons who have distinguished themselves by
demonstrating exceptional skill, leadership and honor on the
equestrian field; service to Ansteorra (and Trimaris) and its people; knowledge of
the courtly graces; and who have shown a consistent respect for the
laws and customs of Ansteorra and (Trimaris) .
b) This Order shall be known as the Order of the Golden Lance of
Ansteorra, and shall be hereafter referred to as the Order.
c) Companion shall be entitled to place after their names the
letters "CGL" to designate their membership in the Order, and shall be
styled and announced in procession as "Companion to the Order of the
Golden Lance of Ansteorra (Trimaris)."
d) It shall be recognized tradition in Ansteorra to address
members of the Order with the prefix title "Lancer."
2. Arms and Precedence
a) The Order shall carry with it, at the pleasure of the Crown, a
Grant of Arms. Companions of the Order shall take precedence after
all nobility and peerage, but before simple Grant of Arms. The
precedence of the Order shall be combined with that of the Orders of
the Star of Merit, the Iris of Merit, the White Scarf of Ansteorra,
the Centurians of the Sable Star and the Arcus Majoris of Ansteorra.
b) If the Order is given to a person who is already higher in
precedence than that stated above, then his/her precedence shall
c) If the Order is given to a person who does not hold equal or
higher precedence, then his/her precedence shall date from his/her
elevation to the Order.
3. Investiture of the Order
a) The selection of a member of the Order shall be publicly
proclaimed by the Crown in open court.
b) Persons being selected must be present to receive the Order.
4. Membership in the Order
a) The number of members in the Order shall not be limited.
b) Companions of the Order shall retain their membership in the
Order despite any future change in residence.
c) The Crown shall consort with the Order concerning the
qualifications and suitability of a candidate. Recognition and
elevation remains the sole right of the Crown.
5. Principals of the Order
a) The King and Queen of Ansteorra (Trimaris)shall be the Principals of the
b) Principals of the Order shall share all rights, privileges,
and responsibilities of membership in the Order.
6. Insignia of the Order
a) The badge of the Order shall be "(fieldless) On a mullet of
five greater and five lesser points Sable, a lance Or."
b) Companions of the Order shall be entitled to wear a ribbon
"Sable edged Or charged with a lance Or" worn on either the calf or
above the elbow.
c) Companion to the Order may display on their tournament lances
a pennon bearing the badge of the Order.
Order Charter Text
The Companionship scroll shall read:
" Each shall know that We, and , Rex and
Regina Ansteorra (Trimaris), in consideration of exceptional skill and
contributions of service to the Equestrian
Arts and to Our Realm, do by this Our Charter advance to
the Rank and Estate of Companion to the Order of the Golden Lance of
Ansteorra (Trimaris), with all responsibilities and privileges thereto
appertaining. This is so done and given in Our (group type) of (group
name) on the day of , anno societatus ___, being
by the common era.
DRAFT TEXT Treaty of the Arc d'Or
We, the kingdoms signatory to this treaty, desire to offer deserved and due
recognition to those in Our respective kingdoms who have demonstrated
exceptional expertise in the arts of archery and who have, through service
to the archery community, advanced those arts and promoted them; and
We desire to promote the archery arts within Our separate realms, and to
other realms, by this recognition of exemplar individuals; and
We desire to establish in, between, and throughout Our realms a singular
order to accomplish this recognition, such that all who hold membership in
this order will be recognized equally for their skills and service to the
archery arts among and within all kingdoms signatory to this treaty; and
We desire to register this order name and similar badges for each kingdom
signatory to this treaty with the College of Arms.
Article the First ~
We do each therefore establish, create, and recognize within Our separate
realms, according to Our kingdom law and the Laws of Arms, the Order of the
Arc d'Or. Further, We each declare that a member of this order inducted in
any other kingdom signatory to this treaty shall be welcomed in all of Our
realms and accorded the rights and precedence granted to Our own kingdom's
members of this order. We do not, save only by the terms of other treaties
in force if any are applicable, grant to any other kingdom the right to
confer membership in this order upon one of Our populace without prior
consultation with Us or Our successor Kings and Queens.
Article the Second ~
We do each grant to each and every other kingdom signatory to this treaty
permission to conflict with our respective name and badge registrations for
this Order of the Arc d'Or for purposes of each kingdom's registration of
the order with the College of Arms. We do each recognize that such
permission granted cannot be revoked once registrations are
completed. This treaty text shall be included with each registration of
name or badge to the College of Arms and shall constitute documentation of
such permission to conflict as the College may require.
Article the Third ~
We each mutually recognize that the name of this order registered to each
signatory kingdom will add the kingdom name to the end of the
phrase: "Order of the Arc d'Or of".
Article the Fourth ~
We each mutually recognize that the badge registration by each signatory
kingdom for this order will include the charge of "a bow Or" as either a
primary charge or as an overall charge, all other badge components to be
determined by each signatory kingdom. We each further mutually declare
that members of this order are at any time entitled to wear either the
badge of this order of the kingdom in which they were made members or the
badge of the order of the kingdom in which they currently reside.
Article the Fifth ~
We do each direct and charge, through enactment of this treaty, Our
respective Colleges of Heralds to speedily register the order name and
badge for Our respective kingdoms with the College of Arms.
Article the Sixth ~
We, the kingdoms signatory to this treaty, do further declare Our intent to
encourage other realms in the pursuit of the archery arts and to welcome
such kingdoms who pursue these ideals to join this treaty as they may desire.
By Our Hands, duly witnessed by Our Principal Heralds, do We enact these
articles and make their terms binding as law in Our respective kingdoms in
accordance with the procedures and laws of Our kingdoms.