Award: Master of Defense for Leona Talbot
Date: Warriors and Warlords 2019
Paper: 11×14″ on calf (?) parchment
Illumination: Gouache, Finetec gold, iron gall ink
Calligraphy: Iron gall ink, .75mm Brause nib
Inspiration: Ruthin School’s Royal Charter, 1595
(Words by Katerinka Lvovicha.)
Aibhilin and Konrad, by grace of inspiration and right of arms, queen and king of Northshield, defenders of the people, etc, ordain and appoint that Leona Talbot is a fit and honorable gentle of good prowess and character, and we certify that she is well known to teach the Art of Defense, and she is proficient in the interpretation of such ancient manuals of skills as is required by one of her station.
And we hereby confirm, ratify, and certify that she has met all measures of mettle to be well-appointed as such, and upon her conscience to observe with all carefulness and upon such occasions as to demonstrate the qualities of a Peer, those being Franchise, Loyalty, Humility, Courtliness, Justice, Servitude, Gallantry, Courage, Faith, and Honor, and to guide and instruct her own students, as well as the students of others and those not yet formally students but who are seeking knowledge and tutelage in these and other things such as what would be learned.
For inasmuch as we value her especially honed talents, we acknowledge and admit her to our Order of Defense as a companion, and she shall swear before our kingdom her intent to duly and diligently observe and keep all such orders and articles as relayed therein.
In witness whereof we have set our hand and seal on the 13th of July in the reign of us ourselves, Aibhilin and Konrad, rightful sovereigns of Northshield, in the 54th year of our society.