Medieval societies were highly structured with a hierarchy of ranks: Kings, Dukes, Barons, Knights. Adria has a similar system. While Adria does not regulate chains and other jewellery there are a few ways to tell if someone should be addressed a particular way. Look at their head. Are they wearing a crown or a circlet? Look at their waist. Is their belt blue? Red? Green? Yellow? Watch how other people react. Are they bowing? Take your cue from other people. Use this table to help learn to identify and address people properly.
|Emperor/Empress||Crown||Your Imperial Majesty|
|King/Queen||Crown||Your Royal Majesty|
|Archduke/Archduchess – Duke/Duchess||Crown||Your Royal Grace|
|Count/Countess Royal||Coronet||Your Grace|
Baron/Baroness of the Court
|3rd-level knights (Champion, Master, Premier, Warden)||Blue belt, Gold spurs,Flies a standard||Sir or Dame|
|2nd-level knights (Bannerette,Doctor, Civil, Forester)||Blue belt, Silver spurs,Flies a standard||Sir or Dame|
|1st-level knight (Bachelor, Robe, Minister, Archer)||Blue belt,
|Sir or Dame|
|Lord/Lady of the Court||Circlet||Lord or Lady|
|Lord/Lady Protector||Your Grace|
CROWNS, CORONETS, CIRCLETS
In Adria, there is no difference between a crown and a coronet, except for the person wearing it. That doesn’t help the new person recognize others, but it is more historically accurate. How fancy your headgear was depended on how much money you had. The easiest thing to remember is that a crown (or coronet) has points on it. A circlet is a plain band of metal. If someone is wearing either one, they have some sort of title
Courtesy and honourable behaviour is at the core of the Empire. It is always best to be too polite! Show respect by addressing others with their proper title, as that title was earned through skill, excellence, or long service. When the King or Queen are present, make a graceful bow or curtsey as you pass them or as they pass you. Be sure not to block the view of the King or Queen. If you don’t know a person’s title, a respectful inquiry is never refused. Of course, you can always use “Milord” or “Milady” until you know exactly what to say! Oh and one more small detail, some members like to play in different cultures, if you hear a title or mode of address not listed here feel free to ask!
Anyone can become a Knight in any, or all, of the 4 disciplines: Archery, Arts & Science, Combat, and Ministry. You earn points on your way to knighthood by attending events, both wars and monthly tournaments, and participating in your chosen area(s). Shoot flights of arrows to earn points towards your Archery Knighthood. Enter the arts list with a medieval craft to head in the Arts and Science direction. Don armour and cross the threshold of the list field to gain a Combat Knighthood and last but certainly not least, help out in any capacity you can to become a Ministry Knight: clean up, set up, man a booth at a demo, or volunteer for a ministry position.
For a more on Knighthoods click here.
SQUIRES AND LADIES-IN-WAITING
Once you have decided which area, or areas, you are interested in, you may want to consider becoming a squire to a someone with a knighthood in that area. Any knight may take a squire, but squiring to a knight artisan makes perfect sense if your primary interest is in the arts. Ask questions and become familiar with the game before considering any formal allegiances. Becoming a squire is a great honour as well as a great responsibility. It is never taken lightly. Unless the person you are considering squiring to is a good friend, you owe it to yourself (and your potential liege) to consider this carefully. There is no disrespect in telling someone that you are not yet ready for squirehood. It is also never an insult to ask, but be prepared for a possible “no”. Many knights and squires have their hands full and can’t take on the additional responsibility.