The Kingdom of Terre Neuve

Per pale Azure and Gules, a pale Argent and over all a crown Or

The Kingdom of Terre Neuve

Fortis et Fidus

Strong and Faithful
Per pale Azure and Gules, a pale Argent and over all a crown Or


Terre Neuvian Traditions & Customs

The primary and most important tradition in Terre Neuve is to have FUN!

Some terms and definitions:

The Crown: The seat of power within a chartered subdivision or chapter.
A King and Queen are individually called “A Crown”. They are termed “The Crown” collectively. In Terre Neuve, a golden “Chain of State” is reserved for the seated Crown. This is very different than a jewelry chain and should never be confused with one.
Sometimes you will hear people refer to “The Crowns” which is actually redundant so please don't do that. Please refer to them as “The Crown.”

Terre Neuve: Old French for “New Land” or “New World”.
Neuve is correctly spelled with the “e” before the “u” meaning “new”. It is incorrect to spell it “Nueve” which is the Spanish word for the number nine.
When taking any oath, particularly the oath of Knighthood it is considered a mark of loyalty to add the statement “to love and honor the land of Terre Neuve, which is my home.”

Procreation: Children born into the Kingdom may be presented in court. In ancient times noble infants were often granted titles at birth to “encourage them to live” and we think this is a wonderful tradition. The Crown will extend the courtesy title of “Lady” or “Lord” to all children born into the Kingdom of Terre Neuve. It is widely said throught the empire that there is something in Terre Neuvian water...

Language: Terre Neuve has its own language of sorts, filled with Terre Neuvian-ism's like “Agreeance” (we are in agreement) and “anecdotage” (referring to the use of a well-known anecdote in the past-tense)
We are very welcoming of “portmanteau” words in general, feel free to make up words to suit any occasion.

Squire Hug Traditionally, just after a squire is taken on by a knight, all squires in attendance chase down their new brother or sister and “hug” the baby squire in a merry “free for all” that often winds up in a dog-pile. At times a gentle version may be requested due to extenuating circumstance. This request is always honored.


Culture

Coronation Ceremony
The Kingdom of Terre Neuve boasts an honored “Stone of Destiny” that is carried into the feast site during the coronation ceremony. The Heirs Apparent stand barefooted upon it as they take their oaths. It is said that God will strike them dead where they stand if they are unworthy to rule our fair Kingdom.

Business
“Paying” the Court Herald to get your business before The Crown during opening or closing court is a time honored tradition. This should be an obviously over the top action, seen by as many people as possible. No actual money or valuables are used and is done in jest only.

Independent
Terre Neuve is often viewed by the rest of the empire, and especially The Imperium as having a rebellious nature. We like that. It is not uncommon to hear Terre Neuvians to refer to themselves as the “rebellious dogs” of the empire.
The Order of the Jaculatus is a local award bestowed upon individuals outside our Kingdom that we wish to kill over and over again. This award was established when it's premier member, HIH Sir Pavo Rosalia of Umbria who was fighting on our side, turned traitor in the middle of a Banner War and stabbed our general. To remember the incident, Sir Pavo was presented with a tabard with the arms of the order, (a blue white and red bulls-eye) to help us focus on our favorite target.

Religion
The most prominent in game “Church” in Terre Neuve is Iglesia de los Soldatos (Church of the Soldiers). Other recognized churches are The Church of Adria and The Holy Royal Church of the Bleeding Blackheart. The churches hold ceremonies, administer blessings etc. as was done in history. Think about the Bishop in the Princess Bride. We like him.

  • Courtesy

    Towards each other:
    Ask permission to enter an encampment or to touch or use anyone's belongings. Return anything borrowed to the place you received it, and in the same condition in which it was received. If you are invited to enjoy the courtesy of another's encampment or pavilion, be a courteous guest. Keep mundane items like coke cans and cell phones hidden while in their encampment, and be sure to remove any trash you create. If you spend the day in another's encampment, offer to help them break down at the end of the day.
    Try not to speak of mundane issues during an event; it can ruin the mood for many.
  • Cigarettes were unknown during our time period. If you wish to smoke please remove yourself to an area away from the event.
  • For Gentlemen
    • When you are introduced to a lady, if she extends her hand, it is usually permissible to kiss it, or bow your head over her hand. A kiss should be dry, without nibbling or licking. (Eeew.) If the lady does not extend her hand, or indicates in any way that she does not wish to be kissed, a polite bow is always welcomed.
    • If the lady you meet is titled nobility (she is wearing a crown or coronet or circlet etc.) you may wish to go to one knee as you are introduced. You may kiss her hand should she extend it.
    • If a lady is called to court, it is proper that she be escorted. Offer your arm, and she will accept it. Any lady may call upon you as an escort as she makes her way around an event.
      Be a gentleman at all times.
  • For Ladies
    • If you do not wish your hand to be kissed, it is better to curtsy to a gentleman upon introduction. Remember that it is always acceptable to say “No”.
    • Many ladies request an escort when venturing to the privy. You should feel confident to call upon any gentleman in the Kingdom to escort you. In some other lands (subdivisions) an escort after dark is required.
    • Playing the role of a bawdy wench can be fun, is often encouraged and certainly falls within the spirit of medieval re-creation. No one will fault you for it.
    • Playing the prim and proper lady is likewise encouraged and acceptable. Behave in the manner which supports how you would like to be treated. Men tend to be somewhat dense and we are not capable of figuring out “Signals” so please be obvious and we will do our best to accommodate you.
  • Towards the Nobility and Chivalry
    • Extend courtesy to those you happen upon, if they are titled Nobility or members of The Chivalry (Knights) address them by their titles. It is proper to bow or curtsy to those of higher rank than you.
    • If the person is wearing a crown, a coronet or a circlet (A crown or coronet has points on it. A circlet is a plain band of metal.), then they have some sort of title and you are usually safe by addressing them as “Your Excellency.”
    • In The Adrian Empire if they are wearing a blue belt, they are a Knight. Address them as “Sir” or “Dame”. Remember that everyone in Adria is considered to be of noble birth, so it is perfectly acceptable to address anyone you meet as “m'lord” or “m'lady”.
    • Only wear a crown, coronet or circlet if you are titled. Only wear a blue belt if you are a knight.
    • If you are a Knight, or if you aspire to Knighthood, it is considered courteous to kneel in support of a prospective Knight who is taking his/her Oath. This is standard courtesy and shows reverence for your own Knightly Oath, or the Oath you hope to take one day.
    • Do not assume jurisdiction over another's vassals. If you wish to ask for the help of someone else's Squire, Lady in Waiting or Man at Arms, ask the permission of their Knight first.

“Title-stacking”
Title-stacking is the practice of listing all or most of your titles before your name.
This is incorrect, non-period and considered to be extremely bad form.

For example, if your name happened to be Flora Bumblebottom and you were a knight, had received a Baronet of the Court title (formerly Lady Baronet) and styled yourself as “Lady Baronette Dame Flora Bumblebottom” or your name was George Snootypants, were knighted, had been Lorded, received a Baron of the Royal Court title, were a serving Count and tried to style yourself as “Count Baron Lord Sir George Snootypants” etc. you would be doing it wrong!

Commonly in period you would be called by your profession and your first name. If your name happened to be Wat Dabney (yes, THE Wat Dabney!) and you made buckets for a living people would simply call you “Wat Dabney the Cooper” or just “Wat the Cooper”. As time went on, the actual surname sometimes gave way to the profession which would result in the modern name “Wat Cooper”.
Being addressed by your first name only was typically reserved for familiar use and only close associates called you by your simple first name.
If you were lucky and were born high enough to be recognized by your father, you would have a surname. If not, the city in which you were born became your surname. Leonardo was born in Vinci, Tuscany, so... Leonardo from Vinci or Leonardo da Vinci.
Leonardo da Vinci's full name was Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci, which is translated as “Leonardo, son of Messer Piero from Vinci.”


Since all members of The Adrian Empire are assumed to be of noble birth, you have the luxury of an individual surname.
Let's say your chosen persona name is Derfus Mac Bustenhalter y Bjornski McFly.
If you are serving as the leader of the County of Flibbertygibbet, had received a Baron of the Royal Court title, were a Lord and a Knight; you would be correctly styled: “Count Flibbertygibbet” where the highest title, in this case the county you represent, becomes your public identity and lets people know how to properly address you.
Even more accurately “His Grace, Count Flibbertygibbet” followed by the personal name would be used when conducting business or legal affairs. There is also the “Short Form” where this guy would be called “Count Derfus” among those he personally interacted with in business or other public matters. Not all that common, but it happened. Titles just weren't really used much in everyday speech.
In familiar company it was most common to omit rank and title completely. If your name was Derfus, they just called you Derfus.

If you knew of but were only talking about a person, his rank preceded his name. For example; “Did you see Sir Derfus in the Joust yesterday? Yeah! He really beat the stuffing out of that nasty Count Anjou!”
In general, your highest title alone is sufficient for most occasions.

The accolade of knighthood is the only embellishment that actually appends something before your everyday given name for everyday use. Gertruda Hinklehorn would legally become Dame Gertruda Hinklehorn. (Her friends still probably called her “Gert”)
Hierarchal titles such as “Majesty”, “Highness”, “Grace” or “Excellency” are styled before your legal name and replace a chivalric rank. Therefore “Her Grace, Countess Dame Maxinia von Grossenbust” is incorrect while “Her Grace, Countess Maxinia von Grossenbust” is correct.

When you are announced into a formal court by the Herald, or writing a letter to be read in court, it is then proper to use all your titles in a formal manner. For instance, when being announced into Court you could use something like: “Presenting Her Grace, the Duchess of Throckmorton, Esteemed Countess of Suchensuch, Dame Eglantine e Hexenbunny, Knight Premeire, Order of Squirrels Bane, Keeper of the Crown doodahs, Third Battle Nun of the Holy Church of Iglesia de los Soldatos, etc. in decending order.

Courtesy towards the Crown
Remember that while you are at an event, we are ALL ruled by seated monarch of some sort. In a kingdom it us usually a King and Queen. While they are at the event they are The Crown and should always be treated with great deference and respect. Even if you and they are great friends in the real world, you must show them the proper respect at all times during the Kingdom events.
Any Crown must be addressed as “Your Majesty” or “Your Royal Majesty”. Even when they speak to you informally, always speak to them as “Your Majesty”.
Always give The Crown of any Adrian Subdivision your full respect whether or not you like or even know them personally. As a Crown, they embody their Kingdom, Archduchy, Duchy, etc. This respect should extend to all contact with them in any Adrian context.

Reverence (bow, curtsy or kneel before) the Crown as they pass, do not rise until they have completely passed by or have acknowledged you.

If a Crown is speaking with someone, do not interrupt. If you need to speak with a Crown, wait patiently to the side, outside of hearing distance, until they acknowledge you.
Bow as you approach and ask their permission to speak with them. After you have completed your conversation, ask The Crown's permission to leave their presence.

Reverence the thrones when you pass by them even when unoccupied. The thrones represent the office of The Crown and should be shown the same respect as the people who sit in them.

Remember that The Crown is the supreme authority of the Kingdom; if you wish to plan an activity for the populace or do anything that affects the Kingdom in general; you should always obtain their permission beforehand. Do not touch anything sitting in the thrones or within the Royal pavilion without the direct permission of the Crown.

Courtesy in Court
Everyone should attend court at an event. It shows respect and courtesy for the Crown, but more than that this is an official forum for announcements. If you don’t attend court you are ill informed and may miss a part of the event to which you had been looking forward.
If The Crown chooses to process into court, you should bow, curtsy, or take a knee as they make their way to the thrones. The Crown will often ask the Herald to announce that you should “make yourselves comfortable” or similar language. So, it is perfectly acceptable to bring a chair to court but you should not seat yourself until the Crown have advised the populace to do so.
If you wish to address the court, seek out the herald before court begins. S/he will add you to a list of court business. You may also ask the Herald to make an announcement for you, this is the recommended practice and will speed Court business along. Remember that the Crown has the final say as to what announcements they will allow, and who will make them.

When the Crown is speaking, you should be silent. Likewise, be courteous to those who are speaking in court by not talking among your selves or interrupting their announcement. If you have questions, hold them until they are finished.

Non-knights are not permitted to bring a weapon into court. In every case remove your weapons well before entering court.

When you are called to court you should approach the Crown from the front. When you reach their presence, bow, take a knee or curtsy. There is no need to bow to everyone seated with the Crown but you may acknowledge them briefly. This is the Crown's court and it is to them that you should address your reverence. If they ask you to rise, do so and quietly ask them if you may present your business. If they agree, step to the side so you do not block the Crown's view and present your business to the populace. The populace should not be addressed vocally as “The populace”. Rather, it is proper to refer to them as “My Lords and Ladies”. Remember, they are all of noble birth not that common rabble. When you are finished, ask the Crown's permission to leave their presence if you have not already been dismissed. When leaving court, do not immediately show your back to the Crown. Take three or more steps backwards and then turn and leave court.


Activities

Crown War
By law, Terre Neuve annually holds an event to determine who will rule our chapter for the coming year. This is usually a weekend camping event. Traditionally a King and Queen rule however; single Monarchs have reigned as have a Crown and Consort. At one point a Crown and “Dauphin” ruled. In the absence of a serving Crown, the Chancellor governs until a Lord and/or Lady Protector is seated. The Lord/Lady Protector(s) serve until a Crown War is held and a new King and Queen are chosen.
There is something for everyone including children at a Crown War. Before the event, adults gather stuffed bunnies (and other animals) in anticipation of the “Bunny hunt.”
Bunnies are hidden throughout the event site and are eagerly sought out by the children of the Kingdom.

Hearts and Honor
Each February the Kingdom holds the “Hearts and Honor” tournament. Special combat scenarios are offered including the rescuing of the “Damsel in the Tower” in steel combat where those combatants who are bested present a rose to those who have bestowed their favor on the winning combatants. The “wooing” of the Damsel is in fun only and not part of determining a winner in steel combat which is important as we are a meritocracy and tournament points are important.
Likewise; an honoring of Saint Bella is held every year at this event by the Knights of Saint Bella (Patron Saint of Procreation). Once again, something in the Terre Neuvian water...
Some years a Rose Banner War is held the same weekend. Estates vie for the Rose Banner and alliances between estates are allowed. The Rose Banner is awarded by a test of Arms.

Traditionally four feasts are held each year in Terre Neuve
The Terre Neuvian feast book with recipes, menus, and much other valuable information is available to all who autocrat feasts; contact the Crown to borrow the Feast Book.

  • Every January a feast is held to celebrate 12th Night. This is a celebratory event where a “King and Queen of Misrule” are chosen. The Crown can “Let down their hair” so to speak and be a part of the populace without regard to pomp and circumstance.
  • In April; we hold a Coronation Feast where our new Crown is invested. It is a tradition that Stuffed Mushrooms are served at all Coronation Feasts in Terre Neuve.
  • Each Summer a “FireFeast” is held at the seashore. This does not mean that we feast upon fire, rather, a large bonfire is built and we revel around it!
    The Kingdom provides meat and other feasting wonderfulness, and the populace provides entertainment with song, poetry, theatrical skits and other antics.
  • Every Fall we hold a Masquerade Ball. Also called a bal masqué. Masks are made, medieval dancing classes are held beforehand and the populace provides potluck dishes.


The Terre Neuve Anthem

Written by Sir Wilhelm the Shakespearian

Drink on me lads and I will sing a song of heroes
Of all the brave Terre Neuvians that sailed across the sea.
Engaging all our foes in fearsome battle,
That by the Grace of God Terre Neuve shall always be.
So raise your tankards high, and sing along with me,
That by the Grace of God Terre Neuve shall always be.
Always be……always be….
That by the Grace of God Terre Neuve shall always be.

Esperance invades our shores to win our banner,
A toast me lads to all of those who fight to keep us free.
Driving back the Umbrian hoards with ships of fire
That by the Grace of God Terre Neuve shall always be.
So raise your tankards high, and sing along with me,
That by the Grace of God Terre Neuve shall always be.
Always be……always be….
That by the Grace of God Terre Neuve shall always be.


So now me lads me’thinks it’s time to join these heroes
And drink a toast to each of them and their heroic deeds
On land and sea we will defend our gracious Kingdom
That by the Grace of God Terre Neuve shall always be.
So raise your tankards high, and sing along with me,
That by the Grace of God Terre Neuve shall always be.
Always be……always be….
That by the Grace of God Terre Neuve shall always be.


The Crown War Anthem


(To the tune of “So Happy Together”)
by Cliff Hughes AKA Sir Gunther the Grey

Oh and there was a war, a mighty war.
The likes of which we'd never, never seen before
Between the House of Eagle's Roost and Mannochmore,
And Y Ddraig-ap Rhy-fel.

A mighty host of folks turned out to fight,
They never, never wondered who was wrong or right,
It lasted long and deep and far into the night,
It lasted forever.

Hacking slashing slitting some throats and running people through,
Maiming, b'heading, d'capitating, aw heck, that's just what we do.


All of the bravest knights they stood their ground,
And each and every one of them felt heartfelt bound,
To drive all of their evil foes into the ground,
Victor'ous forever.

And when the battle ceased, and all was done,
It was hard to tell exactly who had actually won,
But what was sure is that both sides they all had fun,
The war was successful.

Hacking slashing slitting some throats and running people through,
Maiming, b'heading, d'capitating, aw heck, that's just what we do.


And this story it, was often told,
Of how they fought on land and field, so brave and bold,
To re-enact the wars of ancient times of old,
To be long remembered.
To be long remembered.
To be long remembered.


We all live in the Land of Terre Neuve


(Sung to the tune of “Yellow Submarine” The underlined sections are 1st, 2nd & 3rd beat in the measure)
By Egan Skelly, May 24, 2004 First publicly sang at the Terre Neuve Aug 7, 2004, Fire Feast on Mission Bay.


Twas Nikolai, of Belski Fame, And Dame Isabeau, started the Reign
It was they who did first rule, In this great land called Terre Neuve
A civil war Stefan did lead, And with him crowned Chandel as Queen
Sir Nikolai, he was not Blue, Glad to not rule Bloody Terre Neuve


Chorus
We all live in the land of Terre Neuve, The land of Terre Neuve, land of Terre Neuve.
We all live in the Land of Terre Neuve, Victorious Terre Neuve, oh Bloody Terre Neuve!

Then did ascend Sir Mathgemain, Loyal Bear, the Kilshannig Thane
He was third crowned, and third to rule, In the land of Terre Neuve
Then ruled the Eagle and Queen of Hearts. Sir Stefan and Dame Katyana
On holy Quest we all were led To retrieve the Holy Chest

Chorus

The single Lord, no wife to ring, Came the very first our Saxon King
Ce'Wolf loved this land 'tis true, This great land called Terre Neuve
Erik the Aweful, may he reign, Took the throne, a Viking Thane
Another realm he helped to form, Sangreal from Terre Neuve was born

Chorus

The bloody Goth then took the throne, Johann Von Houste... whatever; oh he's well known!
Wild of manner, his faith was true, His titles grew and grew in Fair Terre Neuve
The young Tremaine (he) won the throne, He was here, then he was gone
Queen Josephine ruled in his stead, While he was out on pilgrimage

Chorus
The McDonnons then ruled the land, Queen Allora and King ALynn
With Celtic grace and friendly smile, Terre Neuve flourished all the while.
Hummm humm hum, hum hum hum hum, Hum hum hum hum hum, hum hum hum hum,
Hummm humm hum, hum hum hum hum, Hum hum hum hum hum, hum hum hum hum.

Chorus
The Badger Fierce oh he was Bold, with Queen Kendra like Kings of Old.
Ruled the land and returned the pride, Cause fair Terre Neuve will never die.
Dame Kendra returned again, With Madoc McDonnon as King instead.
The sky did weep rain from the West, When they stepped down for a needed rest
Angus and Claire are King and Queen, What they dooo, will soon be seen
Of wars they speak, with lots of fuel, Here in the Valiant land of Terre Neuve... Chorus


Adrian Empire Forms of Address
The following forms of address are guidelines for within the structure of the Adrian Empire. They are not totally accurate for historical purposes. They will be used to identify and to greet any “Titled” member of the game.
  • Emperor / Empress
    Addressed as “Your Imperial Majesty”, “Your Majesty”, “Highness”, or “Your Grace”
    Wears a Crown or Coronet
  • Prince /Princess / Heir(s) Apparent
    Addressed as “Your Imperial Highness” or “Your Highness”
    Wears a Coronet
  • King / Queen
    Addressed as “Your Royal Majesty”, “Your Majesty”, “Highness” or “Grace”
    Wears a Crown or Coronet
  • Duke / Duchess
    Addressed as “Your Royal Grace” or “Your Grace”
    Wears a Crown or Coronet
  • Count(ess) Royal(Formerly Earl/Comtessa)
    Addressed as “Your Grace”
    Wears a Coronet
  • Viscount(ess) Royal
    Addressed as “Your Grace”
    Wears a Coronet
  • Marquis / Marchioness
    Addressed as “Your Excellency” or simply “Excellency”
    Wears a Coronet
  • Viceroy / Vicerine - Shire or Canton
    Addressed as “Excellency” or “Your Excellency”
    Wears a circlet
  • Count / Countess
    Addressed as “Excellency” or “Your Excellency”
    Wears a Coronet
  • Baron / Baroness
    Addressed as “Excellency” or “Your Excellency”
    Wears a Coronet
  • Lord / Lady
    Addressed as “Lord / Lady” or “Your Lordship / Your Ladyship”
    Wears a Circlet
  • Lord / Lady Protector
    Addressed as “Lord / Lady Protector” or “Your Lordship / Your Ladyship”
    Does not wear a headpiece
  • House Sire
    Addressed as “Sire”, “Lord / Lady” or “Your Lordship / Your Ladyship”
    Wears a circlet
  • Knight of any level
    Addressed as “Sir” or “Dame”
    Wears a blue belt and spurs. In some chapters it is tradition to adorn the belt with ornamentation depicting rank as well as “Color Coded” spurs.
    • 1st level: Bachelor, Minister, Robe, Archer ~ silver spurs
    • 2nd level: Banneret, Civil, Master, Forester ~ silver spurs w/ gold rowel
    • 3re level: Champion, Premier, Doctor, Warden ~ gold spurs
  • Squire
    Addressed as “Squire”
    Wears a red belt
    Some knights will allow their squires to wear black spurs and a belted sword.
  • Man at Arms / Lady in Waiting
    Addressed as “Master / Mistress”
    Wears a green belt and/or the persona favor of their liege.
  • Page
    Addressed as “Master / Mistress”
    Wears a yellow belt.


The Terre Neuve Coronation Ceremony

Court opens with the processional of the Seated Crown.
They are announced into the hall by the Herald with a Boast:
Herald: My Lords and Ladies! Please show respect and honor to They who come before you now.
They have been Patrons of the Arts, Defenders of the Weak, Dispensers of Justice, Protectors of the Realm, Guardians of the Dream, Exemplars of Chivalry, and Queen and King of our Sovereign Kingdom of Terre Neuve, (Insert Crown Names Here)

Their Majesties will open court and will have some items of business before they step down. When they are ready, they will rise, and address the populace:
Good People of Terre Neuve: We have served you these past twelve months, and now it is time for Us to take our leave. We at this time command the presence of Our Chancellor and Our Steward.

The Chancellor and the Steward will come forward and kneel before the King and Queen. The Chancellor will be bearing the Sword of State.
(Crown to Chancellor): My Lord Chancellor, the time has come for Us to take Our leave of the Throne of Terre Neuve. Are you prepared to act as Guardian of the Regalia and the Kingdom in Our absence?
Chancellor: I am, Your Majesties.
The Chancellor will take up a position standing next to the right throne, holding the Sword of State point down.
(Crown to the Crown Champion): (Insert Champions name here) you are the Crown's Champion and have served Us well. You are sworn to defend this Kingdom. Are you now prepared to protect and defend the Throne of Terre Neuve in Our absence?
Champion: I am, Your Majesties.
The Crown Champion will take a position in between and behind both thrones, blade drawn, and at the ready.
(Crown to the Steward): My Lord/Lady Steward, are you prepared to take these crowns into your custody under the Guardianship of the Chancellor in Our absence?
Steward: I am, Your Majesties.

The Steward will come before The Crown. The Monarch(s) will remove their crowns and chains and present them to the Steward. They shall then step down from their thrones. The moment the crowns are off their heads, the Chancellor will raise the Sword of State point upwards to show that the Empire is still protected. The Steward then takes a position next to the left throne and they depart. The Steward will hold up the regalia while the Herald calls for cheers in their honor.
Herald: Three cheers for (insert departing Crown name(s) here)! Hip hip! Huzzah! Hip hip! Huzzah! Hip hip! Huzzah!
The Chancellor, Steward and Crown Champion will remain in place during the break until the next part of the ceremony begins.
The thrones stand empty. The Chancellor, Steward and Crown Champion remain at the ready in preparation for the procession of the Heirs Apparent. A fanfare is trumpeted and the populace rises.

The Representatives of the Churches process in. They are followed by guards carrying in the Sacred Stone of Destiny. They will process around the entire perimeter of the hall, then come up the center aisle, finally placing the stone on the floor in front of the Thrones.
The Churches will perform holy acts to consecrate the Stone, as the Herald educates the populace regarding the Ancient Stone of Destiny. The guards should take up positions to the right and to the left of the stone. When the Churches are finished, they will all stand together as a group to the right of the Thrones.

Chancellor (to the soon-to-be-approaching Heirs Apparent): Who claims these thrones, and by what right?
The flag-bearers of the Heirs Apparent process in, banners unfurled, followed by the Heirs Apparent. Finally, the guards of the Heirs Apparent enter, swords unsheathed and carrying the weapons in front of them; as they enter the hall. They process to the front of the stone, and the two guards move to each side and take their places next to the guards who now stand there. The flag bearers take a position one to each side of the Thrones. The Heirs move forward and stand before the stone facing the thrones.

Herald (to the Chancellor): Be it known to all the lands! They who lay claim to the throne of Terre Neuve are the true and rightful heirs! They approach as is their right. They are…
The Herald will boast their names, ranks and titles here.
Princess (to the Chancellor): By virtue of rank and by the grace of God, do we lay claim to the throne of Terre Neuve.
Prince (to the Chancellor): By right of conquest and nobility of birth, do we lay claim to the throne of Terre Neuve.

At this point the Crown Champion will come from behind the thrones and kneel before the Heirs.
Crown Champion (to the Heirs Apparent): We hereby relinquish the Thrones and Regalia of Terre Neuve unto those who have rightful claimed by conquest, grace and rank.
Prince (to the Crown Champion, insert name here) We commend you for your service to this Kingdom.

The departing Champion stands and turns to the Crown Guards.
The head guard says to the departing Champion: Sir, you are relieved.
Champion departs and returns to his seat.
The Representatives of the Churches come forward and stand behind the stone facing the populace; the Heirs will be facing them. The acolytes will remain to the side to the left of the Thrones. The Guards will take positions two to each side of the Heirs. The standard bearers will take positions behind the thrones, with one banner behind each throne.

Church Representative #1 (to the Heirs Apparent): Is it still your desire to rule the Kingdom of Terre Neuve as its Crown?
Heirs (in unison): It is.
Herald (to the Minister of Rolls): Minister of Rolls, do you swear that those who stand before us have obtained the rank of Knight and have sworn the oaths of the Chivalry?
Minister of Rolls: I do so swear.
Herald (to the Minister of War and Joust): Minister of War and Joust, do you swear that those who stand before us have by force of arms, accuracy of bow and excellence of arts been victorious in war for the Crown of the Kingdom of Terre Neuve?
Minister of War and Joust: I do so swear.
Herald (to the Steward): Steward, do you swear that those who stand before us have paid their taxes in full to the Imperium, and maintained the requirements of membership?
Steward: I do so swear.
Herald (to the Chancellor): Chancellor, do you swear that those who stand before us are not under any judicial ban, nor have they been found guilty by any courts or the estates that would impede their becoming King and Queen of Terre Neuve?
Chancellor: I do so swear.

Church Representative 1 (to the Heirs): Your claims as the rightful heirs to the throne of Terre Neuve have been verified. Please approach and prepare yourselves for the investiture and the oaths to which you must swear.
Designated persons will approach and assist the Heirs to remove their footwear if needed.
The Princess and Prince will step up onto the Stone and turn and face the populace.
Herald (to the Heirs): By the grace of God, let your standing upon this sacred stone affirm your right to rule, or the Lord God strike you dead!
Church Representative #1: May God show his mercy and affirm you.
Church Representative #2: May God show his mercy and affirm you.
Church Representative #3: MAY GOD STRIKE YOU DEAD (pause…) IF, He doesn’t affirm you.
Pause. Everyone looks around. If the Heirs Apparent die, the ceremony ends at this point.

Herald (to the populace): Terre Neuve! Let it be known far and wide, throughout our lands and beyond her borders into all of Adria! The Heirs Apparent have been determined worthy of the throne of Terre Neuve!
Herald (to the Churches): Bring forth the regalia.
The Steward will come forward with the regalia. Church Representative #1 will take the Crown of the Queen, Church Representative #2 will take the Crown of the King and Church Representative #3 will take the Chains of State. Then, all will come to the front of the stone.

Herald (to the populace): Representing the Church of Iglesia de los Soldatos, (insert representatives name and church title here).
Representing the Church of Adria, (insert representatives name and church title here).
Representing the Holy Royal Church of the Bleeding Blackheart, (insert representatives name and church title here).
The 3 Representatives of the Churches will perform acts of blessing and consecration of the regalia.

Church Representative #1 (to the Heirs): These Crowns represent the laurel wreaths of honor and victory worn by the Kings and Queens of old. They are made of precious metal to remind you of the price that has been paid for the honor bestowed upon you this day. Their weight upon your brows represents the burden of power, your responsibility to your populace and the encumbrance of leadership. Do you accept this symbol of honor & responsibility?
Prince & Princess: We do.
Church Representative #1 ~ Placing a crown on the head of the Princess: May you wear this Crown with honor and integrity.
Church Representative #1: ~ Pronounces a Celtic Blessing
Church Representative #2 ~ Placing a crown on the head of the Prince: May you wear this Crown with honor and integrity.
Church Representative #2: ~ Pronounces a Latin blessing
Church Representative #3: These golden chains represent the people of your Kingdom, each member an integral link of the whole. The color is a symbol of the Royal Peerage of which you are now a part. These chains will bind you to your oath and to your people. Do you accept these symbols of your bond to this Kingdom?
Prince & Princess: We do.
Church Representative #3 (placing a chain around the neck of the princess): May this chain bind you to your oath and to your people.
Church Representative #3 (placing a chain around the neck of the prince): May this chain bind you to your oath and to your people.
Church Representative #3: Pronounces a blessing.
Herald (to the Chancellor): Bring forward the Sword.

The Chancellor approaches bearing the sword. He moves to the front of the stone on the right, the Herald will move to the left front of the stone. Both the Chancellor and the Herald will support the Swords as the oaths are sworn. The Steward may take their leave and return to their table.
The Sword of State is held before 3 Representatives of the Churches who bless it as they see fit.
Church Representative #1 (to the Heirs): This sword represents the blade of justice, which you shall wield as Crown of Terre Neuve. Always remember to temper justice with mercy.
Church Representative #2 (to the Heirs): Judge as you would be judged.
Church Representative #3 (to the Heirs): Punish as is warranted and no more.
The 3 Church Representatives may leave and be seated at their tables.

Chancellor (to the Heirs): Place your hands upon the blade and repeat after me:
Here do I swear by mouth and hand, to provide good governance, and represent the populace of Terre Neuve to the best of my ability. I swear to protect the rights of the chivalry and the nobility, and to enforce the laws and will of the Estates. I will uphold the bylaws and laws of the Adrian Empire and will dispense justice tempered with mercy. I will protect, support and lead the populace of this Kingdom in uprightness and honor. So say I… (They state their names.)

Herald (to the banner bearer): Bring forth the Banner of the Sovereign Kingdom of Terre Neuve! The banner of Terre Neuve is brought forward and takes a position behind the thrones.
Herald (to the populace): I call forth the Ministers for the oaths they must swear. Those who have been chosen to accept these oaths are needed now in service to your Kingdom.
The ministers approach.

Herald (to the ministers): Your Highnesses, place your hands under the blade. Good ministers, place your hands atop the blade and repeat after me:
Here do I swear by mouth and hand, to accept those before me as my lawful King and Queen. I swear to obey the bylaws, laws, and writs of the Sovereign Kingdom of Terre Neuve and of the Empire of Adria. To advise the Throne on all matters pertaining to the welfare of the Kingdom. To serve all who come before me equally and with respect. To fulfill the duties of my office faithfully and bring only honor to Terre Neuve, which is my home. So say I… (they state their names)

Chancellor (to the Heirs): Your Highnesses; for your part do you swear to uphold and protect the rights of your ministers? To hear and weigh their counsel? To execute justice for them, and to aid them in the performance of their tasks and duties in Terre Neuve?
Prince & Princess: This we do swear.
The ministers rise and leave.

Herald (to the populace): I call forth the Chivalry for the oaths they must swear.
The assembled members of the chivalry approach.
Chancellor (to the Heirs): Your Highnesses, repeat after me:
Here do I pledge by my solemn vow, to protect all the rights of the Chivalry, to represent you unto the Estates, hear and weigh your counsel, to execute justice for you and to provide you with good governance, and to aid you in the performance of your tasks and duties for the Kingdom of Terre Neuve. So say I… (each states his/her name)

Herald (to the Chivalry): Place your hands upon the blade and repeat after me:
Here do I swear by mouth and hand, to accept you as my lawful King and Queen. I swear to uphold the Bylaws, Laws, and Writs of the Sovereign Kingdom of Terre Neuve and of the Empire of Adria To give you good counsel and heed your advice, To advise you on all matters pertaining to the welfare of the Kingdom and the Chivalry, To execute judgment and justice in accordance with my rank and duties, To teach what I know, To be a Lamp of Chivalry and a light to the Path of the populace, and to be a Sword and Shield in defense of this Kingdom of Terre Neuve, which is my home. So say I… (Tthey state their names)

The Chivalry rise and leave.

Herald (to the populace): I call forth the Representatives of the Greater and Minor Estates to come forward for the oaths they must swear.
The Estates approach.
Herald (to the Estates): Place your hands upon the blade and repeat after me:
Here do I swear by mouth and hand, to accept you as my lawful King and Queen. To uphold the Bylaws, Laws, and Writs of the Sovereign Kingdom of Terre Neuve and of the Empire of Adria. To provide good governance to the members of the Estate I represent. To advise the Throne on all matters pertaining to the welfare of the Kingdom and the Estates, To execute judgment and justice in accord with my rank and duties, And to support and aid the Kingdom of Terre Neuve, which is my home. So say I… (they state their names)

Chancellor (to the Heirs): Your Highnesses, please repeat after me:
Here do I swear by mouth and hand, to uphold and protect the rights of the Estates. To represent you to the Imperial Estates, and to the best of our ability listen to your counsel. To provide you with good governance. To execute justice for you, and to aid you in the performance of your tasks and duties for the Kingdom of Terre Neuve, so say I… (they state their names)
The representatives of the Estates rise and leave.

Herald (to the populace): I call forth the Representatives of the Populace to come forward for the oaths they must swear.
The representatives of the populace approach.
Herald (to the populace): Place your hands upon the blade and repeat after me:
Here do I swear by mouth and hand, to accept you as my lawful King and Queen. To uphold the Bylaws, Laws, and Writs of the Sovereign Kingdom of Terre Neuve and of the Empire of Adria. To allow you to represent us unto the Estates. To give you good counsel and heed your advice. To advise the Crown on all matters pertaining to the welfare of the Empire and the Populace. To execute judgment and justice in accordance with my rank and duties, and be a support and aid to the Kingdom of Terre Neuve, which is my home. So say I… (they state their names)

Chancellor (to the Heirs): Your Highnesses, repeat after me:
Here do I swear by mouth and hand, to uphold and protect the rights of the populace. To give ear to all, from the youngest babe, to the most esteemed among us. To represent you unto the Estates. To listen and heed your counsel. To provide you with good governance. To execute justice for you, and to aid you in the performance of your tasks and duties for the Kingdom of Terre Neuve, so say I… (they state their names)

The representatives of the populace rise and leave.

Herald (to the heirs): You have been invested with the regalia of Terre Neuve and sworn to serve her as its King and Queen. Go forth and serve Her well! Long live the King and Queen of Terre Neuve! Hip Hip, Huzzah! etc.
The King assists the Queen from the stone.
Designated helpers assist them into their shoes if necessary. Then, the King leads the Queen to her throne and sits on his own. The Guards take up positions to the right and left of the thrones. The Chancellor may leave and take his place at table.
Herald (to the populace): Now opens the first Court of (insert Crown Names here)