Many have walked The Path to peerage before me, and many more will follow. This list is not exhaustive by any stretch of the imagination, but details many of the tasks that can help one grow into an honorable peer.
Creed of The Path
As a follower of The Path, I value myself as a whole person, and not just as a warrior. As a representative of others and myself on The Path, I am committed to virtue and chivalry in everything that I do. I strive to be the best version of myself in all aspects of my life, and I promise to always live as is expected of me by myself and my brothers and sisters on The Path. -The Creed was written soon after the paging of Oroku with help from MaA Àine and MaA Drakken. The base of the Creed is the High Knights Motto for the Knights of the High Code of which Sir Oroku is a member.
To embark upon the road to knighthood is to follow the path so many before us have journeyed. With this in mind I have designated that process The Path. The Path is not an order. It is a way of thinking and action that the accolade of chivalry is only one passing step of many. But for those who join on this journey it is a way to better understand ourselves, our fellow pilgrims, and those who surround us.
“I look forward to the day when we have a house of brave, honorable, and personable knights. Other people may think us ridiculous an excessive, and they don’t have to play that way. But for those who do want something more, we can be their guides.” – MaA Àine
After an initial trial period, as “student” you will be offered the position as a Man/Mistress-of-Arms in Sir Oroku’s household. As a MaA your job is that of learning. You have shown dedication and promise and this appointment serves to honor those attributes at every turn you will be instructed, given access to equipment and always have a place to call home no matter where you lay your head. Be mindful and enjoy the time spent with your fellow house members. If you show continued drive and commitment you may be selected to be a page under Sir Oroku.
- 12 months of reasonable activity in Belegarth.
- Have attended two (2) inter-realm events
- You will learn and adhere to the principles of chivalry always.
- You must support others along the path, no matter their title or rank.
- Respect orders given to you by those further along the path, no matter title or rank.
- Take care so you may be physically fit for the rigors of battle.
- This may only be a temporary station and is solely dependent on your attitude and ethic.
- Own a Book of War and bring it to every practice.
Page is the first step on the journey to knighthood. At this stage, you are considered a full student of the chivalry and are preparing to eventually join the ranks of Knights of Belegarth. You fully represent and stand for your liege, your realm, and the society in all that you do. It is your job to travel and seek out others who can train and teach you as well as making a mark on Belegarth. Getting known is a valuable tool and will serve you well into the future.
- 24 Months of reasonable activity in Belegarth.
- Accept any and all fighting challenges from anyone on the path of Chivalry or equivalent.
- Attend to your liege as they see fit.
- Keep a written log of your training.
- Obtain and maintain enough weapons and garb for yourself and another.
- Construct a Class 1 weapon to your liege’s satisfaction. Donate it to your realm or pass it on as a gift.
- Begin learning and training in different weapon styles. Grow your knowledge at every opportunity.
- Create a complete set of garb by your own hand.
- Volunteer at two inter-realm events.
- Construct a simple black and dark blue war banner as your display of rank. The only adornment to be your lieges symbol optionally that of your realm. It is to be kept clean and neat. Your liege will provide you a belt of green. Formal wear is a tabard or surcoat in Navy Blue and Black, quartered.
- At the first practice of every month you will fight all combat peers present five times each. These fights are for learning. Get good feedback on what they see and how you can improve. Write them down and cover them with your knight.
- At every opportunity, you will query other knights, no matter title or path, as to their favorite knightly virtue. Discuss that virtue and others with them as you form your own.
- Challenge peers, equivalents, and caliber fighters to first to ten matches at every event you attend. Record the results of these fights and the feedback given.
- At a time of your lieges choosing sew and prepare your squire’s tabard. The Norinaga lotus will be displayed in a shield of your design and choosing on the center. The tabard should be lined in yellow on the reverse.
As a squire, you have not a title, but a job description. This is where you learn the process is not to become a knight, but be a knight. If appropriate a page may be taken or assigned to you. You will be assigned tasks not included on this list as your knight sees fit.
- 36 months of reasonable activity in Belegarth.
- Learn and live the Creed of The Path.
- Teach those entering the sport the basics so that they may be successful.
- Throughout your squireship, you must choose pieces of media to review and write a report on. Explain the piece’s relevance, what you learned, and why others should read it.
- Maintain and use three different weapon styles at every practice. You may choose the weapons with which you train.
- Prepare for and pass the Presidential Marshal test.
- Take an active interest, and if able, participate in your realm leadership.
- For the first year of your squireship your primary shield will be a twenty-eight inch (or equivalent) round cored strap shield and your primary weapon a thirty-two inch (or equivalent) flat bladed sword.
- Wear your squires tabard and keep it clean and neat. Your liege will provide you a belt of red.
- Wear your knight’s heraldry until your own knighting. A standard shield design will be required to be in your inventory. This cover will be on your primary shield. When fighting in tourney a squire’s own colors and device may be displayed.
- Show a reasonable level of volunteerism at events. This can include event coordination, setup/take down, weapon checking, running tournaments etc.
- At an event, you must provide a meal for a group, such as a house, a group of knights, a unit, etc., at an event.
- Marshall at both local practices and events. Keep up to date on any BoW changes.
- Check weapons at any events you attend as able. Equip yourself to check weapons.
- Coordinate and host at least two (2) non-combat events.
- Own enough garb to wear a different complete kit each day of Chaos Wars and do so. One kit must be historical in nature with supporting documentation and another must exemplify your persona in Belegarth.
- Maintain a personal armory with the weapons for five fighters.
- Have constructed one each of the main weapons of Belegarth to your liege’s satisfaction. Submit them to your realm as loaner weapons or pass them on gifts.
- Attend fifteen events during your time as a squire, including four pilgrimages to “major national events” (Armageddon, Octfest, Battle for the Ring, Ragnarok and/or Chaos Wars).
- Enter at least three (3) bardic and/or A&S competitions.
- Enter at least five (5) separate combat tournament’s.
- Teach no less then four (4) combat classes.
- Teach at least two (2) non-combat class.
- Act has as an Event Coordinator for an inter-realm day event.
- Act as a Head Coordinator at an inter-realm weekend or multi-day event.
- Determine your own heraldry and prepare your own knighting vestments.
- Have a prioritized list of your duties, including duties outside of Belegarth.
- Have a back-story for your persona in Belegarth and a page on the Geddon.
- Learn a new non-combatant skill that can be applied to Belegarth.
- Have an expense account for Belegarth.
- Write and memorize a healing poem.
- At every practice, you attend you will fight all knights, squires, and peers present with matched weapons of their choice to your victory. Solicit feedback from those fighters about your progress. This feedback should be put in your journal and reviewed with our knight. If your honor moves you, challenging first to ten is also permissible and encouraged.
- Challenge peers, equivalents, and caliber fighters to first to ten matches at every event you attend. Record the results of these fights and the feedback given. Total number of challenges must exceed thirty.
The above is by no means a checklist. There are many duties not enumerated and to list all the tasks of the chivalric path would be impossible. Knights, are it is said, not made, they are recognized. It is hoped by working through these tasks you’ll gain an understanding of The Path and what it means to walk it. Once it is felt that you are prepared, a date will be set at an appropriate gathering of your friend and peers. You will prepare your knighting tabard, shield cover, chain, belt, oath, and sword. If a trial or exhibition is requested it will commence at this time. Following successful completion or once all have gathered the he accolade of knighthood will be requested from those present and those wishing to speak to the candidates behalf will be heard. Following the accolade the squire will sit vigil until sunrise. A semi-private knighting ceremony will follow the vigil at first light with public celebration if desired to follow later in the day.
A Knight is Sworn to Valor
Their Heart Knows Only Virtue
Their Blade Defends the Helpless
Their Might Upholds the Weak
Their Words Speak Only Truth
Their Wrath Undoes the Wicked
Their Knowledge Will Defeat Ignorance
Their Skills Will be Taught to the Willing
Their Temper Shall Be Held by Patience
They Will Give Aid to Those Who Seek It
They Will Ask for Aid When Needed
Oath of The Path