Order of the Mask

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Called the order of the Masque or the Facade in some places. A once a reign award given for outstanding roleplay.


This award was not ever a ladder award in most kingdoms with the notable exception of the Wetlands, where it once led to a knighthood in the Order of the Serpent; however that was changed when Award Standardization was passed by the CoM. Only one knight was ever created for this particular qualification, O'Banion of the Wetlands in 2007.

Example template of Mask by Alona Twotrees
Example template of Dead by Smiley influenced by Alona Twotrees

Order of the Dead

In the Kingdom of Golden Plains, the Order of the Dead is given out for good roleplay within the Spirit of Amtgard and can be given out by the Monarch and Regent of the Kingdom and groups within the Kingdom at any time, while an Order of the Mask is given for exceptional portrayal of a persona and can only be given out once per reign by the Kingdom Monarch.

Excerpt from the Corpora

4.38 Order of the Mask (Masque)

  • awarded by: the Monarch
  • awarded for: outstanding portrayal of persona
  • limitations: only one may be given in each Monarch's reign

Suggested Criteria

From an old Monarch's Handbook Possibly originating in the wetlands.

Order of the Mask

Qualification for Masterhood: Any combination of Mask or Jovious awards that total to 10 (Master Thespian).

Given by: the Monarch, Grand Duke/Duchess (to 9th), Duke (7th), Baron (4th)

Given for: outstanding portrayal of persona, the Mask promotes the feel of Amtgard by rewarding role-play in a system that really doesn't encourage it. (An example we all know is Sir Nomad. When several of us first encountered him 2 years ago he portrayed a very believable personage who was beholden to kneel before every lady he met. Ask him why.)

Limitations: Only one may be given in each Monarch's reign

Belt favor: Copper belt favor with the theatrical smiling and frowning masks embroidered on it and a Black border and diagonal mark across the bottom. Masterhood will be denoted by a gold braid or ribbon down the middle with the appropriate symbol embroidered on it.

SUGGESTED criteria: All criteria listed here are just that, 'suggested'. They are BY NO MEANS requirements. This Monarch's Handbook is NOT intended to be a barrier between DESERVING individuals and their just rewards; rather, it is intended

as a guide line for groups to use for rewarding their populace. If it can be generally agreed that a person deserves a certain award, even if they may not quite pass muster by the letter of This Monarch's Handbook, then they should probably get the award anyway.

Number of awards, Criteria, (not to be confused with who can give them, refer to "given by" for that information)

1st: To be given to the individual with the best consistent role-play of persona; generally, this person's performance is sincere, if not believable. For purposes of determining eligibility, as few as three months' worth of the candidate's performance may be evaluated (as opposed to evaluating their behavior over a whole reign, or longer). Alternatively, a single truly outstanding performance may be considered. Note that performances are not necessarily limited to a single specific persona.

2nd through 4th: To be given to the individual with the best consistent role-play of persona. The period of time under consideration here should be at least four months, but not necessarily more than one reign. Subsequent orders should require equal or longer periods of observation than previous orders. Alternatively, a handful of truly outstanding performances may be considered; a number of performances roughly equal to the level of order make a good guideline. It may also be desirable to compare the candidate with candidates from other shires for these levels.

5th through 7th: To be given to the individual with the best consistent role-play of persona. The period of time under consideration here should be at least one reign, though not necessarily more than nine months. Again, subsequent orders should require equal or longer periods of observation than previous orders. Alternatively, a handful of truly outstanding performances may be considered; a number of performances roughly equal to the level of order make a good guideline. It may also be desirable to compare the candidate with candidates from other baronies (and/or lesser groups) for these levels.

8th through 9th: To be given to the individual with the best consistent role-play of persona. The period of time under consideration here should be at least one reign, though not necessarily more than nine months. Again, subsequent orders should require equal or longer periods of observation than previous orders. Alternatively, a handful of truly outstanding performances may be considered; a number of performances roughly equal to the level of order make a good guideline. It may also be desirable to compare the candidate with candidates from other duchies (and/or lesser groups) for these levels.

10th: To be given to the individual with the best consistent role- play of persona. The period of time under consideration here should be at least one reign, though not necessarily more than two reigns. Again, subsequent orders should require equal or longer periods of observation than previous orders. Alternatively, a handful of truly outstanding performances may be considered; a number of performances roughly equal to the level of order make a good guideline. It may also be desirable to compare the candidate with candidates from all over the Kingdom for this level.

Masterhood requirements, as always, should be similar to but more demanding than those for the 10th order. At any level of the order progression, in addition to the criteria listed above, awarding officers may wish to consider additional criteria they deem relevant (such as, for example, the degree to which the candidate inspires newcomers to intensify their involvement in Amtgard). [Yes, good role play can inspire just as well as good attitude can, if not more so.]

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