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Re: baronies/shires/etc

Poster: "Terry L. Neill" <Neilltl@ptsc.slg.eds.com>

>(As opposed to the Old-timers;
>I'm an OTimer and I don't know, so the Ancients must...;>)

Define OTimers.  How many years is that?

>I think we've fairly well established the fact that shires can't give awards;
>now let's see if we can move along up the ladder.

No we haven't.  We have, in fact, established the opposite.

ANYONE can give 'awards'.  I could go start the Anarra Karlsdottir Group of
Great Folks.  Symbol:  A norse necklace dangly with red, black and gold beads.

Mind you, this 'award' would carry absolutely no prescedence in any kingdom. 
All it would say is that Anarra Karlsdottir thinks you is Great Folks.

And that is the kind of 'award' any shire, canton, province, college, etc, can
give.  These groups are not allowed to have *prescedence bearing* awards.  But
that doesn't make them meaningless.

If the Barony of Clay Feet gave their Order of the Iron Oxide to any damned
fool, and the Shire of Serene Sisters gave their non-official award only to
those truely deserving, which do you think people would come to value more?

For that matter, how different is the hypothetical Group of Great Folks from
the tokens Laurels and non-Laurels leave with A&S entries that strike their

        - Anarra Karlsdottir, Great Folk  ;)

Sable, a bend Or, overall a dragon segrient Gules, clutching in dexter forepaw
two wings conjoined Sable.
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