Greetings unto all who read these words,
The Laurel King of Arms has just published a special Letter of Acceptances and Returns (LoAR) for the items related to the Order of Defense. I have clipped out a lot of the discussion of procedural stuff. Because the last peerage was created in 1972 and the first set of written rules for the College of Arms came out in 1982 there was not a lot of precedents or procedures relating to the registration of items for peerages and significant discussion revolved around that.
The information below is taken from both the cover letter and the acceptance letter. I recommend reading the entire LoAR. If you would like to read the letter in its entirety it can be found here http://heraldry.sca.org/loar/2015/04s/
Society for Creative Anachronism. Order name Order of Defense and badge. (Tinctureless) Three rapiers in pall inverted tips crossed.
Appearing in the Letter of Intent as Order of Defence, the preferred spelling is Order of Defense. The spellings defence and defense are used interchangeably in our period [see the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), s.v. defence]. We have changed the name to the desired spelling, with the caveat that both spellings are acceptable and can be used according to the desires of the kingdom and the individual companions of the order.
The badge of the Order is registered as tinctureless. We recognize that it has been long-standing policy to not register tinctureless armory outside of Herald’s Seals. However, given that the majority of the armory and regalia for the Peerage orders are tinctureless, we have afforded the same standing to the badge registered herein.
Society for Creative Anachronism. Regalia for Order of Defense. (Fieldless) A white livery collar.
Submitted as (Fieldless) A white livery collar, bearing the badge of the Order of Defence, commentary indicated that requiring to recognize a specific badge hanging from the collar would decrease identifiability of the members of the order.
The white livery collar is registered and protected as regalia only. Similarly to the laurel wreath of the Order of the Laurel, it is not registered as a badge and cannot be registered on armory for the members of the Order of Defense.
In acknowledgement of the diverse forms and ornamentation that livery collars may possess, we decline to specify a type for the Order, just as we do not specify anything beyond a white belt for the Order of the Chivalry. In order to be considered regalia, the collar itself must be white.
Much like the superprotection of the white belt as regalia for the Order of Chivalry does not prevent the populace from wearing belts of other colors or metal, the superprotection of a white livery collar for the Order of Defense does not mean that members of the populace cannot wear livery collars of another color or metal livery collars, including those made of silver.
The phrase Academy of Defense is a historical term used by fencing schools, and is used by multiple SCA branches to refer to both educational events and fencing practices. A registration of Order of Defense would “superprotect” the term Defense under NPN4B2 of SENA, preventing further uses of X of Defense and limiting the use of Defense in both non-personal and personal names in future registrations:
Order and award names may not include the names of the peerage orders or overt references to famous knightly orders such as the Garter. Other types of non-personal names may only use such elements in contexts where no reference to the order is likely to be perceived by members of the order and the general populace.
However, in acknowledgement of the traditions of excellence that many branches have displayed in educating their populace on period rapier combat, the SCA Board of Directors has granted permission for the use of Academy of Defense or Academy of Defence by any branch, and only branches, in the future.
We note the following acceptable styles for members of the Order: X, Master of the Order of Defense, and X, Master of Defense. On the question of post-nomial abbreviations (the practice of putting initials for awards behind one’s name), we decline to specify an abbreviation as this practice is post-period.