Sergeants

History of the Sergeantry

Years ago, when the Principality of An Tir was still part of the Kingdom of the West, the heart of the Kingdom lay far away. Since most of the Western peerage lived fifteen to twenty hours from the An Tirian heart-land, they had little opportunity to consider those of us who had attained a peerage level in our endeavors. Was a particular An Tirian fit company for a civilized court? Did they dance or scribe? Did they possess knowledge of period entertainments and have a basic understanding of heraldry? Did they willingly share their accomplishments with others?

In order to facilitate the advancement of An Tirians, the landed Baronesses developed a series of Trials that focused on peer-like qualities. Those who passed the Trials became part of an elite Baronesses’ Guard. Therefore, when an An Tirian Sergeant came up in a Peerage council, it would be obvious that many a pertinent question had already been answered. The Guard became a Kingdom Order that bore the title “Sergeant,” a designation borrowed from the armed guards of the Crusades. Thus was born the uniquely An Tirian tradition of Sergeantry.

Today, a member of the Sergeantry is an accomplished person whose peer-like qualities make him or her welcome at any Court. With the advent of missile and rapier combat, the Sergeantry was opened to Yeomen and Gallants, respectively. Those who wish to pursue service and non-martial skills may earn the rank of Courtier. Some baronies also include “Lancer” for equestrians.


Responsibilities

The categories of Sergeantry within Wealdsmere:

  • Sergeant at Arms: Those participating in Rattan combat.
  • Sergeant Yeoman: Those using Missile weapons.
  • Sergeant Gallant: Those participating in Rapier combat.
  • Sergeant Courtier: Those serving as aides, teachers, and whatever else Her Excellency may require.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • to swear fealty to the Barony of Wealdsmere through the person of the Baroness
  • to guard the Baroness in Ceremony and in War
  • to serve Wealdsmere without fear or complaint and to inspire the “Dream” in those around them
  • to fulfill their role as models of Chivalry and Virtue as is traditional in Wealdsmere and the Society
  • to assist the Baroness as she sees fit
  • to assist in all logistical endeavors pertaining to the duties and operations of the Baronial Coronet
  • to maintain themselves in their chosen discipline(s) and to be prepared to demonstrate that ability at Her Excellency’s command
  • to assist with management of future Trials
  • maintain kit in good condition, so that should sudden call up occur, no shame or stain would appear upon their image or that of the Barony
  • to attend their branch martial practice, at a minimum level, on a monthly basis. Dispensation from Her Excellency is possible on this point, should other long-term commitments interfere. (ie. daily work or study requirements)

Rights and Privileges:

  • to receivereceive, as indication of rank, regalia bearing the Sergeantry’s Badge as follows:
  • Sergeant at Arms: A brown belt with a buckle bearing the badge
  • Sergeant Yeoman: An arm-guard bearing the badge
  • Sergeant Gallant: A sash bearing badge and sewn in the colors of the Barony
  • Sergeant Courtier: A necklace shaped as a droplet bearing the badge
  • to guard the Baroness in Ceremony and in War
  • to participate in the annual Sergeants Trials and in the swearing-in ceremonies of successful candidates
  • to be recognized as a member of an elite and proficient Order
  • to serve Wealdsmere as a cornerstone of the “Dream,” reflecting all that is good and virtuous

Requirements of a Sergeantry Candidate:

  • must submit a written letter ofof intent, done in the period style of candidate’s persona, to be delivered publicly to the Baroness.
  • candidate must attend the Trials weekend in August to complete requirements
  • must be willing to swear the Oath of Sergeantry
  • must understand the duties, responsibilities and rights of the rank and be prepared to fulfill them
  • must own sufficient kit of acceptable standard to meet the level expected of a Sergeant/Yeoman/Gallant
  • must past the testing requirements as set out by the Baroness and be willing to continue developing their abilities
  • must accept testing in all areas of importance to the Sergeantry
  • obtain the complete Sergeantry packet from the Baroness for more information