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Thjora's Pelican Ceremony

Submitted by Genevieve some time ago, now resurrected from the depths of the database.

With Your Majesties' permission, may I stand so that I might be heard by both You and Your assembled court?

I am Elisabeth MacAlester, Companion of Their Majesties' Orders of the Laurel and the Pelican. Those who have been honored with these sibling Peerages bear upon their breasts the emblem of a pelican feeding her chicks, surrounded by the leaves of the laurel.

The laurel, the emblem of the arts, shelters the bird, surrounding it with beauty and grace, as the beauty and grace of so many ancient arts surround us here in Atlantia. But it is the pelican, the symbol of service, that lies at the heart of the emblem, as service lies in the hearts of men.

There is one among Your court who has long since been elevated to Your Order of the Laurel. And this is rightly so, for she fills our lives with clothing, furniture, jewelry, and countless other objects of grace and beauty. But so, too--through her long work with the University of Atlantia and other of Your Majesty's institutions--does she offer her whole heart in service to You and to this fairest of Kingdoms. And I would beg Your Majesties, at this time, to offer her membership in Your most noble Order of the Pelican.



With Your Majesties' permission, may I stand so that I might be heard by both You and Your assembled court?

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