About the Order

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The Order of the Pelican is the Society-wide Peerage Order dedicated to service. Pelicans are elevated to the Order by the Crown in accordance to the rules of Society and after consultation with the current members of the Peerage.

Service is done in many ways by different people. Some organize events, some provide water, some hold offices, some do heraldry, some organize information, and everyone in the Society volunteers their time and energy at some point during their pursuit of The Dream.

A Pelican is someone who puts all the skills they have accumulated in service and leadership to bear on Local, Kingdom, or Society level projects that make a significant difference to the members of the Kingdom or Society. They must also have attributes of a peer. While those attributes are not well defined, and vary from person to person, they are the things that make people point a person out as examples of what we strive to be in the SCA.

These are the main categories of awards that can be given in Ansteorra, corresponding service awards are listed with each.


Awards are often given based on recommendations from the populace.
If you see someone who is deserving of an award, Submit a Recommendation!


  • A candidate must meet the General Requirements for a Patent of Arms (Section A.1). As of 22 July 2021, this includes:
    • They shall have been obedient to the governing documents of the Society and the laws of the kingdom.
    • They shall have consistently shown respect for the Crown of the kingdom.
    • They shall have set an example of courteous and noble behavior suitable to a peer of the realm.
    • They shall have demonstrated support for the aims and ideals of the Society by being as authentic in dress, equipment and behavior as is within their power.
    • They shall have shared their knowledge and skills with others.
    • They shall have practiced hospitality according to their means and as appropriate to the circumstances.
    • They shall have made every effort to learn and practice those skills desirable at and worthy of a civilized court. To this end they should have some knowledge of a wide range of period forms, including but not limited to literature, dancing, music, heraldry, and chess, and they should have some familiarity with combat as practiced in the Society.
    • They should participate in Society recreations of several aspects of the culture of the Middle Ages and Renaissance.
  • A candidate must meet the specific requirements for induction into the Order of the Pelican (Section 4.c). As of 22 July 2021, this includes:
    • Members of the Order of the Pelican may choose to swear fealty, but are not required to do so. The candidate must have attained the standard of service to the Society or any of its branches equal to that of his or her prospective peers, which is above and beyond that normally expected of members of the Society.
    • The duties of the members of the order are as follows:
      • To set an example of courtesy and chivalrous conduct.
      • To respect the Crown of the kingdom; to support and uphold the Laws of the kingdom and Corpora.
      • If in fealty, to support and uphold the Crown of his or her kingdom.
      • To enrich the kingdom by sharing his or her knowledge and skills.
      • To advise the Crown on the advancement of candidates for the Pelican.

Awards are often given based on recommendations from the populace.
If you see someone who is deserving of an award, Submit a Recommendation!