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An Tir College of Scribes: Opening Phrases

~ Opening Phrases ~


These alphabetically listed phrases are provided for those Scribes who are searching for that perfect expression to use with a specific Illuminated Capitol. Most may be used for any award document of Kingdom, Principality or Baronial level. Make sure they suit the recipient and the award or token for which they are given.

A -
All attend these presents...
All gather and attend these presents...
All know by these presents that We...
All shall know...
All shall know by these presents...
All shall know that We...
As is in accord with Our will...
Attend all gentles and nobles unto whom these presents shall come...

B -
Beauty and skill go hand in hand and shine forth from the products of the labours of Our beloved servant (name of recipient), and so it is...
Be it known...
Be it known to all...
Be it known to all men...
Be it known to all by these presents...
Be it known to all that We...
Be it known to all unto whom these present letters may come...
Be it known to all unto whom these presents come...
By these letters may all men know...
By this, the will of the Thrones of An Tir be known...

C -
Come forth good gentles of the Land and know...
Come forth good and noble gentles and know...
Come forward all, and know that We...
Craft displayed at such a high level should be rewarded and so...

D -
Do all here present pay heed...
Do ye all hear and tell others that We...
Do ye all hear Our words...
Do ye all hear the words of Our Herald...
Do ye all listen and tell others...
Due commendations and greetings...
Duty and Service are the burdens of Office and when one takes these up, showing such selflessness...

E -
Each and all shall know...
Each Sovereign is gifted the joy of rewarding the deserving and (name of recipient) is such a one...
Enriching have been the deeds of Our servant (name of recipient)...
Ever gracious, loyal and steadfast, (name of recipient) has been...
Ever minded of the duty and honour of presiding over Our people of An Tir...
Exaltation and joy mark this day...

F -
Far and wide though Our subjects may roam, words of their deeds still reach Our ears...
Forasmuch as We...
From a passionate heart and gifted hands are born rare and priceless objects...
From this day onward, let all people know from these presents...

G -
Gather ye and attend these presents...
Grace and beauty...
Great feats of bravery and skill at arms have been displayed by (name of recipient)...
Greetings unto all to whom these presents come...

H -
Hear ye all these presents...
Hear ye all and know...
Heralds proclaim loudly for all to hear Our words so that they may know...
Here do We...
Honoured are We (name of Sovereign) and (name of Consort), [King and Queen/Queen and King] of An Tir with the deeds of Our subject (name of recipient)...

I -
It is Our prerogative as King and Queen to honor with the title of...
It is the judgement of the Throne and the peoples' will that great acts shall be rewarded...
It shall be known to all that...

J -
Joyful greetings to all...
Joyous is the message of the Angels that shout great news to the world, Listen to their voices and know...
Jubilation fills An Tir in acknowledgement of the deeds of (name of recipient)...
Just as We reflect the glory of the Crown, so do our subjects reflect that glory of An Tir...
Joy and peace good gentles of the Land...

K -
King (name of Sovereign) and Queen (name of Consort) are minded to...
Kinship grows from the service one gives to their kingdom...
Know ye all to whom these presents come...
Know all men by these presents...
Know all unto whom these presents come...
Knowingly and with great joy do We...

L -
Lesser would be the beauty of Our mighty realm An Tir without the skills of (name of recipient)...
Let all gentles and nobles know by these presents...
Let all know...
Let it be known...
Let it be known unto all...
Let it be known by all the Land...
Let all nobles and gentles know by these presents...
Long are the accolades given to Our subject (name of recipient) for accomplishments in [service/skill]...

M -
Make unto...
May it be known to all...
May it be told unto all the land...
May it be proclaimed throughout Our Realm and to the very corners of the known world...
Merciful in battle and skilled of hand are the trademark of (name of recipient)...

N -
Never shall Our Kingdom be darkened while the deeds of Our loyal subject (name of recipient) serve Us...
None may know the true extent of Our pleasure on this day as We now reward Our servant...
Now let it be known to all...
Now let all know...

O -
O come all good people of the Land and know...
On this ______ day of (month), anno societatas (year)...
Open wide the gates and proclaim to all...
Our realm has been mightily enriched by (name of recipient)...
Our subject, (name of recipient)...
Outstanding are the efforts of (name of recipient)...
Oyez, Oyez listen to the words of your King and Queen An Tir...

P -
Pleasing has been the [service/artistic endeavors] of (name of recipient), Our loyal subject and We are minded...
Pray let all know...
Prerogative is Ours in awarding faithful subjects...
Proclaim Our words so that the people will know...
Proclaim to all gentles and nobles that...
Proclaim unto all that...

Q -
Quality has been witnessed in the [skills/accomplishments/artistic endeavors] of Our subject (name of recipient)...
Queen (name of Sovereign) and King (name of Consort) are minded to...
Queens'joys are many and so are Her burdens, when one comes along who lightens the load...
Quiet yet stunning have been the arts with which (name of recipient) has enriched Our Kingdom...
Quintessential is the nobility embodied by (name of recipient)...
Quake at these words spoken by Our Herald good gentles of the Land...

R -
Rally one and all, so that you may know...
Reflect upon the beauty and craftsmanship that (name of recipient) has so kindly given to enrich Our Realm...
Reflect upon the deeds and accomplishments of (name of recipient) who has enriched An Tir by...
Rejoice good people of the land and hear these words...
Rejoice good people and hear Our words...
Righteous are We in Our knowledge that (name of recipient)...
Rightfully do We acknowledge the many and diverse efforts of Our Subject (name of recipient)...

S -
Salutations and greetings...
Salutations to all unto whom these presents come...
Selfless actions undertaken without thought of personal gain exemplify the traits displayed by (name of recipient)...
Stunning are the accomplishments of (name of recipient) in [skill/area] that delight Our Realm...
Surrounded by wonders is the Crown...

T -
Tales of such deeds as (name of recipient), Our noble subject demonstrates, shall be told for aeons...
Tell one and all...
Tell one and all that We (name of Sovereign) [King/Queen] and (name of Consort) [King/Queen] of An Tir do...
That which graces and enriches Our most fair and wondorous Kingdom...
The Will of the Thrones be known...
Those who give of their service to the Kingdom...
To all and singular to whom these presents shall come, greetings.
To all and singular unto whom these presents shall come...
To all unto whom these presents come, greetings.
Treasured above all else...

U -
Unselfish is the devotion with which (name of recipient), Our loyal servant has enriched Our Realm...
Unto all to whom these present letters may come...
Unto all to whom these present letters may come, greeting! Know that We...
Unto all to whom these presents may come...
Unto the populace...
Unworthy would be the Crown if We did not recognize the deeds of (name of recipient)...

V -
Various are the traits that make a good [warrior/artisan/servant]...
Verily, it shall be known that...
Verily, We...
Vital are the traits and skills with which (name of recipient) has enriched An Tir...

W -
Warm are Our hearts with the [works/accomplishments] of (name of recipient) in serving An Tir...
We, (name of Sovereign) and (name of Consort), [King and Queen/Queen and King] of An Tir, give you greetings.
We, (name of Sovereign) [King/Queen] An Tir and (name of Consort) [King/Queen] An Tir wish to express Our special appreciation to (name of recipient)...
When Our realm is glorified with exemplary deeds, We take notice...
Whereas We...

X -
Xanthes had heard of your deeds in ages past...

Y -
Ye all shall know...
Ye all shall know that We,...
Yea though Our kingdom is large, the [service/deeds/arts] of one have stood out...
Years of service go into the making of any office...

Z -
Zealous have been the services with which (name of recipient) has served Our land...
Zephyr of the air pass the knowledge of Our words...
Zestful celebration shall mark this _____ day of (month) Anno Societatas (year), for all shall know...


NOTE: If none of these phrases suits your writing style, there are fabulous text examples included in all of the Laurel Kingdom Scribal Handbooks. You can find links to these Handbooks under the Resources label on the - Info for Scribes - webpage. The extra research can pay off in some pretty good fun and learning too.



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