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General Organisation of the Order -- 3. Ranks & Forms of Address

by Bruce Heard

Military Ranks: Grand Master of the Order, Grand Knight, Knight Banneret, Knight Bachelor, the common knight, and the sergeant in decreasing order of importance. All soldiers beneath the rank of knight are addressed as "Brother" followed by their name. A common knight is called "Brother Knight" or "Brother" followed with the knight's name. When addressing any other knight, one uses the term "Sir", "Sire", "Herr", "Lady" or "Dame" as the case may be. When addressing the Grand Master, one uses the term "My Lord" or "Meinherr" (The Grand Master title pertains to both the military and clerical branches). Squire and Sergeant- at-Arms aren't military ranks but functions. One of the Sergeant-at-Arms should be a Grand Knight or a Knight Banneret who will act as the commander's seneschal. The seneschal replaces an army commander in his absence. A squire is equivalent to a common sergeant, but unlike the latter, squires have taken their Oath of Service to the Order.

Clerical Ranks: The head of each clerical branch has the title of Primate, which automatically confers the rank of Grand Knight. A Primate stands between a Grand Knight and the Grand Master of the Order as far as personal authority is concerned. Serving a Primate are Abbots, considered equivalent to Knights Banneret. Serving an Abbot (or Abbess) are Priors, equivalent to common knights. Under a Prior (or Prioress) toil Serving Brethren, standing between indentured soldiers and sergeants; they are addressed as "Brother" followed by their names. Among the Hammer of Vanya, Priors are called Chaplains. Priors and Abbots are referred to as "Reverend Father (or Mother)". The Primate of the Heart is called "Your Eminence", while the Primate of the Hammer is called "Your Grace".