The Order of Defense is one of the four SCA Bestowed Peerages, along with the Order of Chivalry, the Order of the Laurel, and the Order of the Pelican.
Per the Governing Documents, "The candidate must be considered the equal of his or her prospective peers with the basic weapons of rapier and/or cut-and-thrust combat. The candidate must have applied this skill and/or knowledge for the instruction of members and service to the kingdom to an extent above and beyond that normally expected of members of the Society."
Companions of the Order of Defense have been recognized by the Crown for their exemplary skill in rapier and/or cut and thrust combat, along with their consistent display of the virtues of Grace, Courtesy and Chivalric Demeanor. Their elevation is accompanied by a Patent of Arms (the highest level of arms).
Members of the Order of Defense may be styled as Master or Mistress.
During the 68th reign of Calontir, Their Majesties Damien and Issabell opened the Order of Defense in the Kingdom of Calontir. The Order was opened at Gryphon's Fest on September 20, 2017; the premieres are planned to be elevated at Toys for Tots on November 18, 2017. The premiere members of the Order are: Baron Donald Mac Donald, THLord Gawin Kappler, and Master Ravasz Janos.
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